• London’s Startups Hit A High Of $682M In VC Funding In Q1 2015

    London’s Startups Hit A High Of $682M In VC Funding In Q1 2015

    Startups in Silicon Valley, the epicenter of the tech world, and the U.S. overall have seen an unprecedented amount of investment as consumers and businesses buy into more online services, and investors flock to fund the next big thing. But the ripples of that trend are being felt elsewhere, too. A new report says that London chalked up a record $682.5 million of investment in the first… Read More

  • Google Bans China’s Website Certificate Authority After Security Breach

    Google Bans China’s Website Certificate Authority After Security Breach

    Google has announced that its web browser Chrome and other products will no longer recognize security certificates issued by the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), the government agency that oversees China’s domain name registry. Read More

  • Community-Based Car Rental Service Drivy Grabs Another $8.6 Million, Acquires Buzzcar

    Community-Based Car Rental Service Drivy Grabs Another $8.6 Million, Acquires Buzzcar

    French startup Drivy raised $8.6 million (€8 million) from Bpifrance, Via-ID as well as existing investors Index Ventures and Alven Capital. The company is also acquiring its smaller competitor Buzzcar for an undisclosed amount. As a reminder, Drivy lets you rent a car from anyone, usually for less than what it would cost you in a brick and mortar car rental agency. In addition to spending… Read More

  • Mobile Authentication Startup Toopher Acquired By Salesforce

    Mobile Authentication Startup Toopher Acquired By Salesforce

    Cloud computing giant Salesforce has acquired Toopher, an Austin, Texas based security software startup. The news was announced on Toopher’s site and confirmed to TechCrunch by Salesforce. Terms of the deal were undisclosed. According to Toopher’s post, the company has stopped selling its products as its team prepares to join Salesforce. Read More

  • Line Renews Its IPO Application, But May Not List This Year

    Line Renews Its IPO Application, But May Not List This Year

    Messaging app Line has renewed its paperwork for an initial public offering on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, but that doesn’t mean it will list this year. A spokesperson told TechCrunch “there have been no decisions made in regards to the IPO at this point in time. We have no further comments.” Read More

  • Let’s Make ‘Off The Grid’ A Thing Of The Past

    Let’s Make ‘Off The Grid’ A Thing Of The Past

    We live in a world where there are nearly as many cell phone subscriptions as people on earth, where we can instantly see a real time view of streets or buildings halfway across the planet, and where our TVs, homes, and cars get smarter by the day. The level of connectivity that we currently enjoy could barely have been imagined even a decade ago, and yet the reality is that even today we… Read More

  • Former Motionloft CEO Jon Mills Sentenced To 24 Months In Prison For Wire Fraud

    Former Motionloft CEO Jon Mills Sentenced To 24 Months In Prison For Wire Fraud

    Founder and former Motionloft CEO Jon Mills has been found guilty on two counts of wire fraud, and ordered to serve 24 months in jail. In addition, he was ordered to pay $6,000 in fines and to pay restitution to his victims in the amount of $572,039. Read More

  • Rounds Brings Its Group Chat Capabilities To Android

    Rounds Brings Its Group Chat Capabilities To Android

    Have you ever wanted to have a live chat with 11 of your closest friends? Well, even before this week, you could’ve done it using video chat app Rounds — but only on iOS. Now, however, the majority of Rounds users (namely, the ones on Android) will have access to the company’s group chat feature, too. CMO Natasha Shine gave me a quick demo of the Android app last week… Read More

  • Nintendo 64 And DS Games Arrive On The Wii U Virtual Console

    Nintendo 64 And DS Games Arrive On The Wii U Virtual Console

    Nintendo just announced that it’s bringing Nintendo 64 and Nintendo DS consoles to the Wii U’s Virtual Console, its app that lets you play older games through software emulation. Read More

  • GoDaddy’s CFO Talks About Taking The Company Public

    Web hosting company GoDaddy just finished its first day of trading as a public company, with the stock both opening and closing at $26.15 (31 percent over its IPO price). GoDaddy was founded all the way back in 1997, but in the past few years, we’ve seen some new names leading the company — Scott Wagner joined from investor KKR and became interim CEO in 2012, then he shifted to… Read More

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