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  • Dating App Coffee Meets Bagel Lands $7.8 Million In Series A

    Dating App Coffee Meets Bagel Lands $7.8 Million In Series A

    Coffee Meets Bagel, the dating service that focuses on quality over quantity, has today announced the close of a $7.8 million Series A financing round led by existing investor DCM Ventures. Quest Ventures and Azure Capital also participated in the round. Coffee Meets Bagel is an impressive little app. Launched in 2012, Coffee Meets Bagel aims to find one quality match for their users every… Read More

  • Amazon’s One-Hour Delivery Service Goes Live Across Manhattan

    Amazon’s One-Hour Delivery Service Goes Live Across Manhattan

    Amazon is now offering one-hour delivery in all of Manhattan. In December, the online retail giant promised one-hour delivery to a very expensive, very small zone in Manhattan. Today, an Amazon spokesperson confirmed to Mashable that the service is available across all of Manhattan. Read More

  • Rosetta Gets Close-Up Photos Of Comet P67

    Rosetta Gets Close-Up Photos Of Comet P67

    Back in November, the European Space Agency made history by landing a probe on Comet 67P, marking the first time that any spacecraft has successfully landed on the surface of a comet. The mission has taken more than ten years, with Philae having landed on the surface, and Rosetta running tests from orbit. On Saturday, the Rosetta did its first ultra-low fly-by, getting within 6 kilometers… Read More

  • Pitch Your Startup In The TC Radio Pitch-Off On Sirius XM

    Pitch Your Startup In The TC Radio Pitch-Off On Sirius XM

    The TechCrunch Radio Pitch-Off gets better every week, and we’re more excited than ever to hear about the latest products in the tech world. The TC Radio Pitch-Off goes down every Tuesday at 6pm ET on Sirius XM, where five companies have the chance to pitch their product in sixty seconds or less. A panel of judges, including John Biggs, myself, and a guest VC, will ask a few questions… Read More

  • Applications For The Boston And Atlanta TC Pitch-Offs Close Monday

    Applications For The Boston And Atlanta TC Pitch-Offs Close Monday

    We’re on our way to Atlanta and Boston in a few short days, and we’re ready to see the best that those tech communities have to offer. The world-famous TechCrunch Pitch-Off will hit Atlanta on February 24 and Boston on February 26, where select startups will have 60 seconds to pitch their product live on stage to a panel of judges, including TC writers and local VCs. Read More

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Phorm, Samsung’s Eavesdropping TV, And Xiaomi

    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Phorm, Samsung’s Eavesdropping TV, And Xiaomi

    This week, we saw a new iPad case that creates physical buttons at the flip of a switch, a TV that listens in on your conversations, and heard that Xiaomi is planning its entry into the States. It’s been hectic to say the least. Read More

  • Foursquare Accounts No Longer Required For New Users

    Foursquare Accounts No Longer Required For New Users

    Foursquare has just made an update to the app that allows new users to onboard without creating an account, finally allowing the app to be used as a discovery-first tool. Since its launch years ago, Foursquare was a location-based social network that allowed users to track their favorite spots and share them with friends. This framework called for a privacy policy, which require each user to… Read More

  • Google And Mattel Revive The View-Master

    Google And Mattel Revive The View-Master

    Mattel’s venerable View-Master, the stereoscopic photo viewer so familiar to kids, is now using Google Cardboard Virtual Reality technology to bring life to those old 3D images. The View-Master of yesteryear was a beautiful thing. By slipping in micro-reels from movies, far-off destinations, or from your very own life, users were able to see anything they wanted. The company says it has… Read More

  • Conductor Proves Web Presence Management Is A Real Thing With $27 Million In Series D

    Conductor Proves Web Presence Management Is A Real Thing With $27 Million In Series D

    Conductor, the web presence management platform that looks to put an end to ads, has today raised $27 million in Series D funding led by Catalyst Investors, with participation from existing investors including FirstMark Capital, Matrix Partners, and Investor Growth Capital. A new investor, Blue Cloud Ventures, also joined the round. The company started out as an SEO-based platform, but has… Read More

  • At The R/GA Accelerator Demo Day, Ten New IoT Companies Go Live

    At The R/GA Accelerator Demo Day, Ten New IoT Companies Go Live

    Here at the R/GA accelerator Demo Day, powered by TechStars, 10┬ácompanies are looking to make a difference in the world. Back in August, TechStars and R/GA got together once again to form a special kind of accelerator, focused entirely on connected devices and the IoT space. Today, the fruits of all that labor are about to be unveiled, with ten new companies launching into the scene to figure… Read More

  • Announcing The Judges For The TC Atlanta And Boston Pitch-Offs

    Announcing The Judges For The TC Atlanta And Boston Pitch-Offs

    One of the best parts of the TechCrunch Meetup Pitch-Offs, beyond the beer and the fun conversation and the new tech, is our amazing judges. The whole point of these events is to bring these regional communities together in the name of tech, and what better way to do that then to pull together entrepreneurs and investors and get them in the same room. Plenty of VCs will be in attendance at the… Read More

  • Meet Willow, The Dating App Where Love Isn’t Based On Lust

    Meet Willow, The Dating App Where Love Isn’t Based On Lust

    In the last year, Tinder packaged the experience of making eyes at someone across a bar and put it right on your phone. But if you’ve ever actually gone through with the eyes-in-a-bar experience, you know it can be hit or miss. Willow, a new app launching to the App Store, asks users to make a connection based around who you are, not how you look. Instead of showing a feed full of… Read More

  • Hacked Newsweek Twitter Account Tweets Threats At Obama Family

    Hacked Newsweek Twitter Account Tweets Threats At Obama Family

    It appears that Newsweek’s Twitter account was hacked today by a group calling itself Cyber Caliphate. Around 20 minutes ago, the Newsweek Twitter account began tweeting out images of alleged leaked documents from the DCITA, or the Defense Cyber Investigations Training Academy. Other tweets contained threats against Michelle Obama and her family on Valentine’s Day. Cyber Caliphate… Read More

  • JetBlue Will Accept Apple Pay At 30,000 Feet

    JetBlue Will Accept Apple Pay At 30,000 Feet

    JetBlue has become the first U.S. airline to accept Apple Pay in-flight, meaning customers can use their iPhone to purchase snack boxes, premium items, etc. from the airline. The idea here is that some people tuck their wallets away in carry-on bags, stowed in luggage compartments above, and hold up service to get out a credit card and pay. Fewer people part with their portable personal… Read More

  • Pitch Your Startup In The TC Radio Pitch-Off On Sirius XM

    Pitch Your Startup In The TC Radio Pitch-Off On Sirius XM

    There are a few ways to get a chance to pitch your startup to TC editors, investors, and a breath-caught audience all at the same time. You could apply to be in the Startup Battlefield at the world-famous TC Disrupt conference, held three times a year. You could apply to be in one of our regional TC pitch-offs (check out our upcoming Pitch-Offs in Atlanta and Boston on February 24 and February… Read More

  • Snapchat Selfie At Scene Of Alleged Crime Is Key Evidence In Murder Case

    Snapchat Selfie At Scene Of Alleged Crime Is Key Evidence In Murder Case

    A teenager from Jeanette, Penn. is facing first-degree murder charges after taking a selfie with the body of the alleged 16-year-old victim and sharing it via Snapchat. Investigators told the Pittsburgh Tribune Review that the picture, screencapped by a recipient and shown to authorities, was a key piece of evidence in the case against Maxwell Marion Morton, 16. The photo led to a search… Read More

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Friendship!

    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Friendship!

    We were all physically in the same room for this podcast, which is the first time that has ever happened. That said, we covered a multitude of topics, including the new Nintendo 3DS, the potential Swatch smartwatch and the first-world problems of folks who own multiple IoT products. Read More

  • Bumble, The Sadie Hawkins Of Dating Apps, Introduces Direct Photo Messaging

    Bumble, The Sadie Hawkins Of Dating Apps, Introduces Direct Photo Messaging

    Bumble, the dating app that puts the ladies in charge, is today launching a bold new feature. The app has introduced photo-messaging, which may be one of the first times that a mobile dating app has allowed users to send each other direct photo messages. The reason for the resistance here is obvious. Users searching for potential romantic partners are even more likely to share inappropriate… Read More

  • HelloFresh Raises $126 Million In Series E From Rocket Internet

    HelloFresh Raises $126 Million In Series E From Rocket Internet

    HelloFresh, the European startup that delivers perfectly portioned groceries and recipes for you to cook at home, has just announced the close of a $126 million Series E funding round led by previous investors Rocket Internet and Insight Venture Partners. This brings the company’s total funding to $193.5 million. Read More

  • YikYak Wins Fastest Rising Startup At 8th Annual Crunchies Awards

    YikYak Wins Fastest Rising Startup At 8th Annual Crunchies Awards

    In the tech world, few things matter as much as growth. At the end of the day, it’s all about grabbing the biggest possible slice of the pie. At the 8th Annual Crunchies Awards, we’re recognizing the startups who took 2014 by storm, rising from oblivion to become household names. The winner of the Fastest Rising Category is YikYak, and the runner up is Slack. The nominees… Read More