• DroneDeploy Snags $9M As Its Drone Control Platform Soars Out Of Beta

    DroneDeploy Snags $9M As Its Drone Control Platform Soars Out Of Beta

    DroneDeploy is on a mission to make drones accessible to industrial users who have a business need for conducting outdoor landscape mapping and monitoring. So, in other words, it wants drones to be put to work by people other than enthusiastic dorks with a gadget habit — doing tasks like helping farmers spot crop damage and disease. Read More

  • Snapdeal Acquires RupeePower, Will Add Loans, Other Financing To Its Marketplace

    Snapdeal Acquires RupeePower, Will Add Loans, Other Financing To Its Marketplace

    India’s Snapdeal has been on an acquisition spree in the last several months, tapping into the $1.1 billion it has raised from the likes of Softbank to expand from being a marketplace for goods into a platform for all kinds of online transactions. The latest chapter in this story is today’s news that it has acquired a majority stake in RupeePower, a provider of loans and credit… Read More

  • TechCrunch Disrupt Returns To London, From December 5th To 8th

    TechCrunch Disrupt Returns To London, From December 5th To 8th

    Last year European startups raised more money in the first quarter than they had during the “dot-com boom”. Much of that money and startup activity was coming out of London. Why? It’s simple. European entrepreneurs are using this highly developed center as a bridge to global markets, and, often, to San Francisco and the Valley. At the same time, London remains the first… Read More

  • Daum Kakao Debuts Uber Rival KakaoTaxi In South Korea

    Daum Kakao Debuts Uber Rival KakaoTaxi In South Korea

    Daum Kakao, the maker of South Korea’s most popular messaging app, launched KakaoTaxi in Korea today. The new service is a potentially strong competitor to Uber and is the beginning of Daum Kakao’s initiative to extend online-to-offline products to the 48 million active monthly users of KakaoTalk. Read More

  • IBM Launches Major Internet Of Things Offensive

    IBM Launches Major Internet Of Things Offensive

    IBM is wasting little time when it comes to the Internet of Things. The company outlined a major Internet of Things strategy tonight with a series of announcements that included a $3B investment to establish an Internet of Things unit inside of Big Blue along with a partnership with The Weather Company. The Internet of Things refers to the growing network of sensors on everything from… Read More

  • Japan’s SmartNews Raises Another $10M At A $320M Valuation To Expand In The U.S.

    Japan’s SmartNews Raises Another $10M At A $320M Valuation To Expand In The U.S.

    While general sites like Facebook, Twitter and Google stake their claims as news portals, apps focused squarely on reading news continue to duke it out. The latest development comes from SmartNews, a popular app founded in Japan that competes against the likes of Flipboard and Nuzzel in the news recommendation and aggregation space. The startup behind it has raised $10 million to expand… Read More

  • Alibaba Signs Distribution Deal With BMG, Its First Music Partner Outside Of Asia

    Alibaba Signs Distribution Deal With BMG, Its First Music Partner Outside Of Asia

    In a bid to increase its online entertainment offerings, Alibaba has struck an agreement with music publisher BMG, which gives it access to over 2.5 million tracks. The partnership is notable because it represents the first time Alibaba’s digital entertainment unit has signed with a music partner outside of Asia. Read More

  • Welcome Matthew Lynley, Nicole Wilke, Andrew Sweeney And New TCTV Director Sarah Lane

    Welcome Matthew Lynley, Nicole Wilke, Andrew Sweeney And New TCTV Director Sarah Lane

    We talk about sharks a lot here at TechCrunch.  We sympathize with the sea hunters in a lot of ways. Not everything people say about us is true; we’ve got thick skin; we dance to our own rhythm; we like to hunt for our food and become disinterested if it’s fed to us. And, most importantly, we have to keep moving or we die. And part of moving involves hiring, so we’re proud… Read More

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  • Tidal Confirms Partnership With Sprint Owner Softbank For Its Artist Co-Owned Music Service

    Tidal Confirms Partnership With Sprint Owner Softbank For Its Artist Co-Owned Music Service

    We are still light on details, but now we know a bit more about Tidal, the high-defintion music streaming service that relaunched today, including a long list of musician-shareholders in the service and the participation of Softbank. Jay Z may be the name we’ve heard in connection with Tidal’s new ownership, but today, the company unveiled a lineup of 17 other famous musicians… Read More

  • This Easy Cheese 3D Printer Offers Sweet, Golden Disruption

    This Easy Cheese 3D Printer Offers Sweet, Golden Disruption

    We toss the word “disruption” around far too frivolously here but I think we’ve finally found a product that deserves to be called amazing, magical, game-changing, and – dare I say it? – disruptive. It is an Easy Cheese 3D printer, four words that have never been brought together in the English language yet that are so important to the future of mankind. Read More

  • Microsoft Releases Preview Of Its New Browser ‘Project Spartan’ In Fresh Windows 10 Build

    Microsoft Releases Preview Of Its New Browser ‘Project Spartan’ In Fresh Windows 10 Build

    Microsoft wasn’t kidding when it promised to ship Windows 10 builds more quickly. Today, less than two weeks after its last iteration, the company has kicked out a new build that contains an important new feature: Project Spartan. The new build’s number is 10047, up a total of 6 from the preceding release. Read More

  • The Next Billion-Dollar Market Opportunity Is Mobile Enterprise

    The Next Billion-Dollar Market Opportunity Is Mobile Enterprise

    Enterprise mobile applications – like enterprise cloud applications a decade before – are poised to become a $100 billion market opportunity. I’ve worked with enterprise technologies exclusively for more than a decade and have watched as cloud apps took the enterprise by storm, giving businesses more flexibility and power than ever before. Now, enterprise mobile is taking a… Read More

  • The End Of Hardware Alley Registrations Is Nigh!

    The End Of Hardware Alley Registrations Is Nigh!

    It’s almost April and Hardware Alley, our annual celebration of all things hardware, is nearly full. You need to sign up ASAP and let me know you’re coming because I want to see you and your bright, shining, robotic amazingness on our show floor. Disrupt runs from May 4-6 and will be held at the Manhattan Center in New York City. It’s an amazing event and you can check it… Read More

  • Facebook Helps Musicians With Subscribe Button For Any Page’s Nearby Events

    Facebook Helps Musicians With Subscribe Button For Any Page’s Nearby Events

    You don’t want to miss your favorite band’s concert in your town, even if you don’t care to see every one of their News Feed posts. To give you a hand and appeal to musicians by boosting their ticket sales, Facebook last night added an Events subscribe button to the Events section of all Pages on desktop and mobile. Once clicked, you’ll get a Facebook notification when… Read More

  • Phhhoto Tops 1 Million Users

    Phhhoto Tops 1 Million Users

    Phhhoto, perhaps the only social network to have first launched as a physical party product aimed at the enterprise, has topped 1 million registered users over the course of the past nine months. Users have posted upwards of 10 million Phhhotos to the platform. Phhhoto started back at SXSW in 2013 with an iPad-based photobooth, but instead of capturing the usual strip of four photos, the iPad… Read More

  • Google Now Includes Google+ Photos In Drive

    Google Now Includes Google+ Photos In Drive

    Google has begun showing photos uploaded via Google+ in Google Drive, where they can be managed via a new Google Photos tab, or stored in folders alongside other kinds of files easily. The inclusion of Photos and Videos in Drive is one sign that Google is moving to part out the Google+ social network into its key components, and is good news for mobile photographers. Google+ has one of the… Read More

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