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  • Most U.S. Businesses Don’t Know They Were Caught Up In Massive Cyberattack

    Most U.S. Businesses Don’t Know They Were Caught Up In Massive Cyberattack

    Is your payment information safe? It’s hard to know, considering many companies hit by the same cyberattack that hit Target don’t even know it. According to a New York Times report published Friday, more than 1,000 businesses, including Supervalu and United Postal Service (UPS), were caught up in a breach affecting in-store cash register systems. The Department of Homeland… Read More

  • Mobile Verification Service Zumigo Closes $6 Million Series B Round Led By Intel Capital

    Mobile Verification Service Zumigo Closes $6 Million Series B Round Led By Intel Capital

    Mobile device and location verification service Zumigo closed a Series B funding round led by Intel Capital on Friday, reporting it raised $6 million. Zumigo wants to take the password out of the authentication process. Using the location of your phone, Zumigo can identify whether you’ve made a financial transaction based on the proximity of your phone to the source of the exchange. Read More

  • Federal Court Shuts Down Aereo’s Attempt At A Comeback

    Federal Court Shuts Down Aereo’s Attempt At A Comeback

    In an eleventh hour attempt to save its business following the Supreme Court’s ruling that it was illegal, Aereo changed its tune and claimed to be a cable provider in a court filing last month. But the Second Circuit Court Of Appeals isn’t hearing it. The Washington Post reported Thursday that the court denied the company’s request to reconsider the case, classifying the… Read More

  • Pandora, Indiegogo Release Employee Diversity Reports

    Pandora, Indiegogo Release Employee Diversity Reports

    Indiegogo reported 33 percent of its tech employees are female, a relatively higher percentage than other companies that have recently released diversity reports. In comparison, Twitter’s tech employees are 10 percent female, and those numbers are only slightly better at Snapchat (about 15 percent), Facebook (15 percent) and Google (17 percent). Both Pinterest and eBay both reported… Read More

  • Product Hunt Raises $1 Million, Launches iOS App For Hunting On The Go

    Product Hunt Raises $1 Million, Launches iOS App For Hunting On The Go

    Product Hunt on Thursday announced it raised a seed funding round of $1 million and launched its iOS app. The social network for tech products gained buzz earlier this summer as prominent investors, founders and reporters began to use the website to look out for the next hot startup. In addition to the $120,000 Product Hunt announced it raised from Y Combinator, Product Hunt founder Ryan… Read More

  • Suits Optional As New Digital Team Moves Into The West Wing

    Suits Optional As New Digital Team Moves Into The West Wing

    Mikey Dickerson, the engineer credited with saving the botched rollout of HealthCare.gov, moved into the White House earlier this month to lead the new U.S. Digital Service (USDS). But just because he’s working a few steps from the Oval Office, Dickerson said he won’t be changing his style. “People are putting up with me walking around [Executive Office Building] and the… Read More

  • Wells Fargo Launches Accelerator To Promote Innovation In Financial Services

    Wells Fargo Launches Accelerator To Promote Innovation In Financial Services

    Wells Fargo on Wednesday announced the launch of its first accelerator program, which will provide funding and mentorship to young companies aiming to pioneer new financial services technology. The bank will guide three startups in its inaugural class, offering them mentorship in an attempt to prepare them to one day serve as vendors. Each company receives between $50,000 and $500,000… Read More

  • Former Obama Campaign Manager To Lead Uber’s Political Crusade

    Former Obama Campaign Manager To Lead Uber’s Political Crusade

    After taking Obama to the White House in 2008, David Plouffe will lead Uber’s campaign to bring its driving services to new cities. Uber hired Obama’s former adviser and campaign manager to direct the company’s global policy and political activities, communications and branding efforts. The company has reportedly been looking to hire a top political strategist since earlier… Read More

  • YC-Backed Ravti Wants To Digitize The HVAC Industry

    YC-Backed Ravti Wants To Digitize The HVAC Industry

    Ravti co-founder Alex Rangel walked into TechCrunch with a stack of crumpled yellow slips in his hand. “This is what the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning industry still looks like,” he said, showing me a stack of papers with unintelligible scrawl. But Rangel and his co-founder Chris Ginter want to make managing HVAC units easier for property owners by marking equipment… Read More

  • Y Combinator’s Doblet Plans To Be Everywhere Your Phone Charger Isn’t

    Y Combinator’s Doblet Plans To Be Everywhere Your Phone Charger Isn’t

    We’ve all been there. You’ve been out all day and suddenly that low battery alert pops up on your phone. If you’re lucky, the bar you’re at might have the right charger for your phone behind the counter. If you’re not, you’re walking or taking the bus instead of calling a car service. But with Y Combinator-backed Doblet, you might be able to get a charge… Read More

  • FCC Extends Net Neutrality Comment Period

    FCC Extends Net Neutrality Comment Period

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced Friday it would extend the net neutrality reply comment period from September 10 to September 15. The commission has already received more than 1.1 million comments, which it released to the public last week. That is the largest number of comments the FCC has ever received, with the exception of Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe… Read More

  • Uber To Test Moving Services In Atlanta, Nashville

    Uber To Test Moving Services In Atlanta, Nashville

    Earlier this summer, we saw Uber experiment with UberRUSH, a courier service in New York City. The car service seems to be testing the waters for another service, announcing it will move Atlanta college students and Nashville residents this weekend. Read More

  • YC-Backed Naytev Enhances Social Media Shares To Drive Website Traffic

    YC-Backed Naytev Enhances Social Media Shares To Drive Website Traffic

    Digital publishers are increasingly reliant on content shared with social networks like Facebook and Twitter to drive readers to their sites. Naytev hopes to optimize the way content is shared by A/B testing headlines and images that make their way to those networks. The Y Combinator startup helps digital publishers increase their traffic and engagement by improving the content that readers… Read More

  • Bumped From Your Hotel? WalkSource Aims To Find You A Free Room Fast

    Bumped From Your Hotel? WalkSource Aims To Find You A Free Room Fast

    You’re probably familiar with getting bumped from a flight. But have you ever been “walked” from a hotel? Like airlines, hotels book more reservations than they can accommodate to ensure they are always operating at maximum capacity. But sometimes they overbook and have to “walk” their customers — transfer them to another hotel. When Brett Leonard was… Read More

  • Snowden Reveals NSA Intervention In Syria, Hacking Program Compelled Him To Leak Documents

    Snowden Reveals NSA Intervention In Syria, Hacking Program Compelled Him To Leak Documents

    Many in the media have conjectured that supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad were responsible for a series of Internet outages in Syria in 2012. But National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden claims at least one was caused by the United States Government. Read More

  • Share Your Ideas About Immigration

    Share Your Ideas About Immigration

    High-skilled immigration reform matters to the tech community. Yet in the nationwide debate that often spirals into partisan bickering over border patrol, we’re often drowned out. In both 2013 and earlier this year, we saw chances of high-skilled immigration reform die in congress. In 2013 the senate passed a bill that never gained any traction in the House. This year, House… Read More

  • Y Combinator Takes Public Stance Against Sexual Harassment

    Y Combinator Takes Public Stance Against Sexual Harassment

    Ahead of its Demo Day next week, Y Combinator reminded investors in a blog post on Tuesday that it has a zero-tolerance policy for sexual harassment toward founders. “Don’t even think about doing it,” Y Combinator’s Jessica Livingston wrote. “I will find out. Y Combinator will not continue to work with you.” The post follows increasing publicity surrounding… Read More

  • Let’s Get Over Ourselfies

    Let’s Get Over Ourselfies

    It just became even easier to take selfies at inappropriate times. LINE is set to launch a new app just for selfies. Its key feature? It doesn’t make a shutter sound, so no one will notice when you’re surreptitiously snapping a closeup of yourself. The messaging company’s latest app, called B612, only uses the front-facing camera on your phone and “makes the process… Read More

  • Tech Companies, ACLU Voice Support For Facebook In Data Search Warrant Case

    Tech Companies, ACLU Voice Support For Facebook In Data Search Warrant Case

    A group of tech giants and civil liberties groups voiced their support on Friday for Facebook as it continues its legal battle to return private data collected in a set of bulk search warrants to its users and prevent future searches. Facebook disclosed in June that a New York court forced the company to turn over personal data for almost 400 users in a disability fraud case. Although only 62… Read More

  • Female Entrepreneurs Want To Inspire Young Girls With Miss Possible

    Female Entrepreneurs Want To Inspire Young Girls With Miss Possible

    Looking around their engineering classes at the University of Illinois, Supriya Hobbs and Janna Eaves noticed something was missing — other girls. And so like good engineers, they set out to solve that problem. The recent graduate and college senior invented Miss Possible, a doll and accompanying app aiming to spark an interest in math and science among young girls. Read More