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  • Cover, The Mobile Payments App For Restaurants, Launches In Los Angeles

    Cover, The Mobile Payments App For Restaurants, Launches In Los Angeles

    Cover, a mobile payments app that focuses specifically on the dining experience, has today announced the launch of the service in Los Angeles. Cover lets diners check-in to a restaurant and split the bill via mobile, offering an Uber-like dining experience. The app launched in New York back in October of 2013 and has since raised a total of $7 million in funding, according to Crunchbase. Read More

  • Steller Storytelling App Gets A Huge Makeover

    Steller Storytelling App Gets A Huge Makeover

    Steller is a storytelling app that has been around since the beginning of 2014, but today the company has announced a huge overhaul of the app’s UX to make editing and creating that much simpler. Steller allows users to upload videos, photos, and add text to create a storybook experience on mobile. Users can create Steller stories based around an event, a party, or their own creative… Read More

  • Frank & Oak Plans To Open Six Brick-And-Mortar Stores In The US

    Frank & Oak Plans To Open Six Brick-And-Mortar Stores In The US

    Frank & Oak, an online retailer of men’s apparel and goods, is today announcing plans to launch six different long-term pop-up shops across the United States. Where? Well, it seems that’s up to consumers. The company is launching a campaign that will allow customers to vote (through the Tilt platform) on which markets they’d like Frank & Oak to invest in… Read More

  • Tinder Hack Matches Unaware Straight Men, Odd Conversations Ensue

    Tinder Hack Matches Unaware Straight Men, Odd Conversations Ensue

    Flirting can be hard, especially through a screen. But these guys never had a chance, considering they were chatting with other heterosexual male users as part of a clever technological ruse. A hack on Tinder isn’t anything new. More tech-savvy folks have actually dug into the app to automatically swipe right on every potential match, and then there are all the marketers that are… Read More

  • Giphy + Messenger, Giphy’s First Mobile App, Brings GIF Search To Facebook Messenger

    Giphy + Messenger, Giphy’s First Mobile App, Brings GIF Search To Facebook Messenger

    Giphy has launched its own app called Giphy + Messenger that integrates directly with Facebook Messenger. With the expansion of Facebook Messenger into its own developer platform, as announced today at F8, Giphy joins a few exclusive apps that will debut on the new platform. In other words, Facebook Messenger just got very Giphy. Giphy is a betaworks-backed GIF search engine that has raised… Read More

  • Indiegogo Darling Canary Hits Best Buy For $249

    Indiegogo Darling Canary Hits Best Buy For $249

    Canary, the all-in-one smart home monitoring system that launched on Indiegogo in summer of 2013, is today available in retail locations for the first time. This is a relatively big deal considering just how few crowd-funded hardware products ever make it out of the lab and into a retail location. It took Canary, complete with Indiegogo and venture funding, more than 18 months to get in front… Read More

  • Meerkat’s Ben Rubin To Join Us On TechCrunch Radio On Sirius XM Tonight

    Meerkat’s Ben Rubin To Join Us On TechCrunch Radio On Sirius XM Tonight

    Tonight is a very special edition of our weekly TechCrunch Radio show, as we’ll be having Ben Rubin, CEO and cofounder of Meerkat, join us on the show to discuss what’s going on with his virally sensational live broadcasting service. And just like clockwork, we’ll be hosting the TC Radio Pitch-off where five companies will have sixty seconds each to impress a panel of… Read More

  • Gone, The App For Selling Your Old Crap, Taps UPS To Go Nationwide Instantly

    Gone, The App For Selling Your Old Crap, Taps UPS To Go Nationwide Instantly

    Gone, a service that launched out of Austin to help your sell your old crap, has today announced a partnership with UPS that will allow the company to rapidly scale nationwide. Gone traditionally works by letting users snap pictures of their old gear, which is then automatically priced, picked up same-day by a Gone helper, packaged, and either shipped to a buyer or sent over to Gone to re-sell… Read More

  • Tinder’s Sean Rad Swipes Right On Disrupt NY

    Tinder’s Sean Rad Swipes Right On Disrupt NY

    Tinder cofounder Sean Rad has been interviewed at Disrupt Europe in 2013, at Disrupt San Francisco in 2014, and this year, he’ll be hitting up the Disrupt NY stage. Tinder has had a wild year. The company started off 2014 with a sexual discrimination lawsuit filed by former VP of marketing Whitney Wolfe after a relationship between her and cofounder and CMO Justin Mateen ended badly. Read More

  • Loverly Announces Partnership with Splash

    Splash And Loverly Partner To Give Brides Wedding Websites

    Brides in this day and age are asking for a lot. Social media tools and event tech have come a long way, giving wedding planners and brides more control over the entire experience of their wedding, from planning to booking vendors to informing guests of the wedding’s Instagram hashtag. But today, Splash and Loverly are partnering to take that experience to a new level, introducing… Read More

  • |LIVE NOW| Meerkat Raises $12M From Greylock At A $40M Valuation

    |LIVE NOW| Meerkat Raises $12M From Greylock At A $40M Valuation

    If you’re reading TechCrunch right now (you are, by the way), chances are you have at least heard of Meerkat. You may even be simultaneously hoping that you don’t have to fall prey to the new SXSW sweetheart before the trend of live broadcasting is over. But this is no Yo. Sources familiar with the matter tell TechCrunch that Meerkat has closed on a $12 million Series B led by… Read More

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Android Wear, Nintendo, And Microsoft Windows 10

    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Android Wear, Nintendo, And Microsoft Windows 10

    Weeks keep happening with no end in sight, and so we press on with our weekly gadgets podcast. This week, TAG Heuer, Intel, and Google announced a partnership that would bring Android Wear to a TAG Heuer-designed smart watch. Meanwhile, Nintendo finally gave in to pressure and announced it would enter the world of mobile gaming, and Microsoft is making a land grab with Windows 10. We discuss… Read More

  • Minibar Liquor Delivery Startup Acquires Competitor Booze Carriage

    Minibar Liquor Delivery Startup Acquires Competitor Booze Carriage

    Minibar, an on-demand liquor-delivery platform operational in 13 cities, has announced the acquisition of one of its biggest competitors, Booze Carriage. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Minibar launched in February of 2014 and has since grown to 13 cities, with 50 percent month-over-month user growth, though the company won’t be much more specific than that. Minibar says… Read More

  • Former eBay Exec Chris Payne Is A Match For New Tinder CEO

    Former eBay Exec Chris Payne Is A Match For New Tinder CEO

    After an announcement months ago that Tinder founder Sean Rad would be stepping out of the CEO role and into a more presidential position, the decision has finally been made on a new CEO for the growing dating app. Christopher Payne, most recently head of eBay North America and formerly of Microsoft and Amazon, will be taking over as CEO. Read More

  • Giphy’s First Acquisition, Nutmeg, Is A Big Step Towards Mobile

    Giphy’s First Acquisition, Nutmeg, Is A Big Step Towards Mobile

    Giphy, the betaworks-backed Google of gifs, has today announced its first acquisition. Nutmeg, an Gif messaging app, will be joining the Giphy squad. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Giphy founder Alex Chung says that Nutmeg will remain alive with the entire Nutmeg development team joining Giphy. Giphy’s focus moving forward is mobile, according to Chung. Read More

  • Sosh Brings Concierge, The Uber Of Restaurant Dining, To New York

    Sosh Brings Concierge, The Uber Of Restaurant Dining, To New York

    Sosh has today launched Concierge, the Uber equivalent for dining, in New York city. Concierge essentially reserves tasting menu inventory for the Sosh community, allowing users to reserve a table at a hot restaurant and pay for their prix fixe meal all through the app. This means the user simply arrives at the restaurant, eats, and bounces out of there, Uber-style. In fact, Concierge even… Read More

  • With $1 Million In New Funding, Dattch Lesbian Dating App Rebrands To Her

    With $1 Million In New Funding, Dattch Lesbian Dating App Rebrands To Her

    Dattch, the Pinterest-inspired dating app for queer women, has today re-launched with a new name (Her) as well as $1 million in new funding from investors such as Reddit’s Alexis Ohanian, YC’s Garry Tan and Michael Birch. Founder Robyn Exton said that people too often thought Dattch stood for some combination of ‘dyke’ or ‘butch’ or ‘snatch’… Read More

  • The Weasel And The Woodpecker

    The Weasel And The Woodpecker

    Remember that picture of the weasel riding the woodpecker? It came to mind several times this weekend as I roamed the SXSW festival in Austin. Live streaming app Meerkat dominated┬áthe conversation at most gatherings, with the competing video streaming product, Periscope, coming up far less frequently – if at all.┬áThen on Friday night Twitter confirmed rumors that it had closed on… Read More

  • Bezar, Bradford Shellhammer’s Reimagined Fab.com, Goes Live Today

    Bezar, Bradford Shellhammer’s Reimagined Fab.com, Goes Live Today

    Bezar, the curated online marketplace that takes after its predecessor Fab.com, is going live today with twelve designers across four categories: (art, accessories, house, and jewelry). Bezar was founded by Bradford Shellhammer, cofounder of Fab.com who left in November of 2013, and took much of the “special sauce of Fab.com” with him when he left. I’ve visited… Read More

  • Atlas Wants To Pay You To Name Its New $200M Tech Fund

    Atlas Wants To Pay You To Name Its New $200M Tech Fund

    Jeff Fagnan of Atlas Ventures has announced a new $200 million fund dedicated exclusively to financing technology startups. The fund is currently operating as FKA (“formerly known as”) and will be the first time that Atlas Ventures has split its tech/life sciences fund into two separate funds, with life sciences keeping the Atlas Ventures brand name. But the fund won’t be… Read More

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