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  • The Demons Of On-Demand

    The Demons Of On-Demand

    Are today’s on-demand and local services really about catering to the lazy rich, as claimed, or are they about a new way to book services from local providers by satisfying demand more efficiently through the use of geolocation and advanced software that can map out where customers are, what they need and when? I’d argue it’s likely the latter, but I also understand the… Read More

  • Kickstarter Updates Terms Of Use Section Related To Failed Projects

    Kickstarter Updates Terms Of Use Section Related To Failed Projects

    Popular crowdfunding destination Kickstarter updated its Terms of Use today to clarify what specifically needs to happen if a project runs into trouble and creators are unable to deliver. The terms changes come on the heels of new FTC rules which state how online retailers now have to abide by a 30-day shipping requirement, or refund customers payments if the customer doesn’t consent… Read More

  • TROBO Is A Storytelling Plush Toy Robot That Teaches Kids Science And Math

    TROBO Is A Storytelling Plush Toy Robot That Teaches Kids Science And Math

    A huggable, talking toy is not an entirely new idea, but a new toy robot called TROBO does more than just chatter at kids – he also works alongside an iPad app to help get children excited about STEM topics – that is science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Through stories, games and quizzes, TROBO taps into kids’ natural curiosity about the world around them to… Read More

  • Keyboard Apps Dominate The App Store’s Top Charts After iOS 8 Release

    Keyboard Apps Dominate The App Store’s Top Charts After iOS 8 Release

    As the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus go on sale today, many consumers will be getting their hands on Apple’s new mobile operating system, iOS 8, for the first time. And what are iOS 8 users downloading from the App Store? From the looks of things, it’s keyboards. That’s right — after years of strictly controlling the iOS user interface, Apple has opened things up. You can now… Read More

  • PayPal Here Arrives On Android Tablets

    PayPal Here Arrives On Android Tablets

    PayPal Here, the company’s dongle-based mobile payments solution, is now available for Android tablets, the company announced this afternoon — a move that will address a large and growing swath of the tablet market. According to Gartner, PayPal notes, 62 percent of tablets sold last year run Android. The PayPal Here application allows users to accept credit card and debit card… Read More

  • Airbnb CFO Andrew Swain Has Left The Company

    Airbnb CFO Andrew Swain Has Left The Company

    Airbnb CFO Andrew Swain has left the company — or so his email auto-responder states, sources told TechCrunch. We quickly tested the claim for ourselves and, sure enough, it’s true. “Email Not Received,” the subject line of Swain’s auto-responder reads. “Andrew Swain has recently left the company. If your email is work related please contact Beth… Read More

  • After $2M In Pre-Orders, Osmo Starts Shipping Its Hardware-Based iPad Game For Kids, Rolls Out Customization Features

    After $2M In Pre-Orders, Osmo Starts Shipping Its Hardware-Based iPad Game For Kids, Rolls Out Customization Features

    Osmo, the gaming device from former Googlers that combines real world play and the iPad, is now shipping after receiving $2 million in pre-orders, including those from over 2,000 schools. The company is also announcing this morning a new platform that will allow anyone to design games for Osmo. At launch, this lets parents, teachers, and others customize Osmo’s word game with their… Read More

  • Reveal Chat For iOS Helps You Build Real, Social Connections Via Anonymous Chat

    Reveal Chat For iOS Helps You Build Real, Social Connections Via Anonymous Chat

    Offering a different spin on anonymous mobile chatting, Seattle-based Reveal Chat is debuting an app today that lets its users share more with the other party as they become more comfortable with the person they’ve connected with on the other end of the screen. Founded by a pair of ex-Amazonians, the startup is backed by a number of high-profile investors, including former Facebook… Read More

  • Memoir Debuts A “Predictive” Photo-Sharing App For iOS 8

    Memoir Debuts A “Predictive” Photo-Sharing App For iOS 8

    Photo-sharing application Memoir, launched last fall to make it easier to rediscover your photo memories through a combination of advanced search features and a time-capsule-like function, similar to competitor TimeHop. But one of the app’s more interesting features was a way to request photos from other users. Today, thanks to iOS 8, that option has now been improved. The company calls… Read More

  • Xpire’s App Makes All Your Social Media “Ephemeral”

    Xpire’s App Makes All Your Social Media “Ephemeral”

    Dallas-based computer science college student Jesse Stauffer wants to make social media more private. With help from his brother and financial backing from Mark Cuban, he recently released an iOS application called Xpire that lets users share “self-destructing” posts on Facebook, Twitter and, now Tumblr, as well as use a variety of tools to better manage and shrink their… Read More

  • HowGood, Now With $2M In Funding, Releases Apps For More Sustainable Grocery Shopping

    HowGood, Now With $2M In Funding, Releases Apps For More Sustainable Grocery Shopping

    New mobile applications from HowGood want to help shoppers become better informed about which food is best to eat – and not just which food is healthiest, as the name suggests, but whether the animals were treated humanely, if the workers were paid fair wages, if the food was produced locally or sustainably, and much more. In addition, the company is announcing that in order to… Read More

  • Sears Becomes First Major Retailer To Allow Returns & Exchanges From Customers Who Wait In Their Cars

    Sears Becomes First Major Retailer To Allow Returns & Exchanges From Customers Who Wait In Their Cars

    Online shopping’s impact is taking its toll on brick-and-mortar retailers, who are now struggling to compete by offering their own spin on instant gratification and convenience. One such retailer is Sears, which last year introduced a “Shop’In” feature within its own mobile application in order to connect in-store and online shopping. Today, mobile users are offered… Read More

  • Time Spent In Apps Up 21% Over Last Year

    Time Spent In Apps Up 21% Over Last Year

    While there may be an upper limit as to how many apps people interact with over the course of a month, new data from mobile marketing platform Localytics out this morning shows that the time spent actually using apps is increasing. In fact, the average time people spend in their apps is up by 21% year-over-year, with music, health and fitness, and social apps showing the largest… Read More

  • Quidsi Co-Founder Raises An Additional $20M For His New E-Commerce Biz

    Quidsi Co-Founder Raises An Additional $20M For His New E-Commerce Biz

    In less than a year after leaving Amazon, Quidsi co-founder Marc Lore began work on a new startup called Jet.com. Today, the company is officially announcing it has raised an additional $20 million in growth capital from Western Technology Investments, and a $5 million asset-backed facility from Silicon Valley Bank, bringing its Series A round to a total of $80 million at its… Read More

  • Smart Shopping Tool PoachIt Scores An Additional $1.8 Million

    Smart Shopping Tool PoachIt Scores An Additional $1.8 Million

    One of the challenges with online shopping is worrying that you’re not getting the best deal. Customers abandon shopping carts regularly, thinking they’ll spend just a few more minutes researching the product in question, but then never return. A company called PoachIt, which has now closed on an additional $1.8 million in funding, is helping turn those hesitant buyers into… Read More

  • Reflecting Its Digital Shift, Clear Channel Becomes iHeartMedia

    Reflecting Its Digital Shift, Clear Channel Becomes iHeartMedia

    Media and entertainment company Clear Channel is today rebranding itself as iHeartMedia, picking up the new name from its digital business iHeartRadio. The latter was formed three years ago as Clear Channel’s key entry into digital music, and as of June has reached 50 million registered users, the company claims. In addition, Clear Channel, now iHeartMedia, claims that its radio service… Read More

  • App Annie Now Tells Publishers How Well Facebook’s App Install Ads Work

    App Annie Now Tells Publishers How Well Facebook’s App Install Ads Work

    App Annie, a company selling pick axes during the app store gold rush, is expanding its mobile app analytics platform today with the introduction of ad analytics for Facebook Ads. The change will improve the company’s Advertising Analytics service, launched earlier this spring, by allowing app publishers to better determine how well their Facebook-based app install ads are performing… Read More

  • Visual Search Company Slyce Buys Pounce For $5M To Build “Amazon Firefly” For The Rest Of Retail

    Visual Search Company Slyce Buys Pounce For $5M To Build “Amazon Firefly” For The Rest Of Retail

    Tel Aviv-based Pounce, a mobile shopping app that surfaces deals from retailers, as well as a way to shop print ads and catalogs from your smartphone, has been acquired by visual search company Slyce for $5 million in shares, cash and earn-out incentives. The deal wasn’t entirely a talent grab either, says Slyce, as the company was already on track to roll out a consumer-facing app of… Read More

  • DipJar Raises Funding For A Tip Jar Where You Pay With Plastic, Not Spare Change

    DipJar Raises Funding For A Tip Jar Where You Pay With Plastic, Not Spare Change

    The move to a more “cashless” society has not been without its victims – namely, those whose incomes relied on the spare change and small donations that once came from customers emptying their pockets, but are now locked up in digital bits and credit card swipes. The lowly tip jar today often sits empty, as few carry around the quarters and dollars with which to fill it. Read More

  • JibJab Acquires Make Believe Studios, Makers Of Video Calling App Hello Santa

    JibJab Acquires Make Believe Studios, Makers Of Video Calling App Hello Santa

    JibJab Bros. Studios, which is the parent company to JibJab.com and the StoryBots apps, has made its first major purchase in its 15-year history, with the announcement that it’s acquiring a startup called Make Believe Labs, whose product “Hello Santa” we reviewed last year. The company’s three founders will now join JibJab and continue to run their service from… Read More