• 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 December 5-8

    TechCrunch Disrupt Returns To London December 5-8

    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

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