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  • Wrap Raises $3.5M For App-Like Marketing Tools That Work Over The Mobile Web

    Wrap Raises $3.5M For App-Like Marketing Tools That Work Over The Mobile Web

    Not every company or brand needs to be accessible by a downloadable app distributed through a mobile application store, like iTunes or Google Play. Meanwhile, building out massive web destinations also doesn’t make sense in the mobile era, where content is increasingly consumed in “bite-sized” chunks. A company called Wrap Media, which now has $3.5 million in Series A… Read More

  • RefreshBox Lets Anyone Create Newsletters Featuring The Week’s “Best Reads”

    RefreshBox Lets Anyone Create Newsletters Featuring The Week’s “Best Reads”

    It’s been said the death of email newsletters has been greatly exaggerated. Case in point, perhaps: a new startup called RefreshBox, which lets anyone easily curate their own weekly newsletter. The service has seen 62 percent week-over-week growth in the now 15 weeks it’s been live, and today serves 3,700 subscriptions to some 1,200 email recipients from 207 different curators. Read More

  • Driftt, A Mobile Collaboration Startup From Ex-HubSpot Execs, Buys  Productivity App Fetchnotes

    Driftt, A Mobile Collaboration Startup From Ex-HubSpot Execs, Buys Productivity App Fetchnotes

    Driftt, a Cambridge-based collaboration startup founded by ex-HubSpot execs and recently backed by $15 million in new funding, has acquired productivity app maker Fetchnotes. The deal was specifically for the technology and the product Fetchnotes had built, as it turns out, as no one from Fetchnotes’s five-person team is joining Driftt at this time. Read More

  • Sling TV Stumbles During HBO’s “Game Of Thrones” Premiere, As Customers Report Roku App Issues

    Sling TV Stumbles During HBO’s “Game Of Thrones” Premiere, As Customers Report Roku App Issues

    Cord cutters who have been considering switching to Dish Network’s streaming service Sling TV may be having second thoughts as of this morning. The company, which offers a $20 per month bundle of TV channels you can watch over the internet in addition to various add-on packages, was earlier this month forced to apologize after an outage interrupted some viewers’ ability to watch… Read More

  • PSA: Sorry, Those Apple Watch Band Swapping Sites Aren’t Going To Work Like You Thought

    PSA: Sorry, Those Apple Watch Band Swapping Sites Aren’t Going To Work Like You Thought

    Sorry to disappoint you, recent Apple Watch buyers, but you’re not going to be able to use one of those brand new Apple Watch strap trading sites to get a whole new, extra watchband when your Apple Watch arrives. In case you missed it, a couple of Apple Watch band trading sites recently popped up, reportedly offering owners the ability to swap out the included extra watchband with… Read More

  • Diary Of A Cord Cutter In 2015 (Part 6: HBO Goes Over-The-Top)

    Diary Of A Cord Cutter In 2015 (Part 6: HBO Goes Over-The-Top)

    HBO’s “Game of Thrones” is the world’s most pirated show, according to new data from anti-piracy solutions provider Irdeto out today. So it’s not surprising that the network has now moved to make watching its content more easily accessible to those who don’t want to pay for cable or satellite television. Instead, thanks to deals with Apple, Cablevision… Read More

  • GoDaddy Acquires Marketplace Startup Elto To Expand Its Services For Web Pros

    GoDaddy Acquires Marketplace Startup Elto To Expand Its Services For Web Pros

    Web hosting and web services provider GoDaddy is continuing to expand its resources for small business owners, following its recent IPO. The company has now closed on the acquisition Elto, a San Francisco-based startup which had been offering a marketplace that helped connect business owners and other non-technical people to web developers who could help them establish and improve their… Read More

  • Dropbox Teams With Microsoft To Allow Anyone To Edit Documents Online

    Dropbox Teams With Microsoft To Allow Anyone To Edit Documents Online

    Microsoft and Dropbox are expanding their already close partnership today with the reveal of a new integration that will now allow consumers to edit their Microsoft Office files, including Word, PowerPoint and Excel documents, in Dropbox using Office Online via the web. Previously, many of these edits would have taken place using Microsoft Office’s desktop applications – which… Read More

  • Dashlane’s “Inbox Scan” Tool Uncovers The Passwords You’ve Saved In Your Email

    Dashlane’s “Inbox Scan” Tool Uncovers The Passwords You’ve Saved In Your Email

    Even if you create and use secure passwords with your various online sites, there are still a number of ways they can leak out. One area that’s often overlooked, according to password manager and digital wallet provider Dashlane, is email. That is, people often share their login credentials and plain-text passwords along with other sensitive data via email messages. That means if… Read More

  • Luxury Consignment Site The RealReal Adds $40 Million In New Funding

    Luxury Consignment Site The RealReal Adds $40 Million In New Funding

    Online luxury consignment site The RealReal announced this morning its largest round of financing to date with news that it has closed on $40 million in Series D funding, as the company is poised to double its $100 million in annual revenue in 2015. The round was led by Industry Ventures and included participation from new investors Greycroft Growth, e.ventures Growth, and DBL… Read More

  • YouTube Confirms Plans For An Ad-Free, Subscription-Based Service

    YouTube Confirms Plans For An Ad-Free, Subscription-Based Service

    Confirming reports from last fall, YouTube announced today its plans for an ad-free, subscription-based service by way of an email sent out to YouTube Partners. The email details the forthcoming option, which will offer consumers the choice to pay for an “ads-free” version of YouTube for a monthly fee. The additional monetization option requires partners to agree to updated terms… Read More

  • MudWatt Lets Kids Build Batteries That Run On Mud

    MudWatt Lets Kids Build Batteries That Run On Mud

    A startup that wants to encourage kids to get excited about science and engineering, MudWatt, is now selling an affordable, fun (and, yes, a bit messy), science kit by way of Kickstarter that allows children to make electricity using just mud and electrodes. After the bacteria bloom in the mud, the kit can be used to power simple electronics, including a clock, thermometer and buzzer… Read More

  • Amazon Echo Can Now Control Your Smart Home

    Amazon Echo Can Now Control Your Smart Home

    Amazon Echo, the company’s $200 connected speaker which serves as a virtual assistant of sorts offering to play music, answer questions, and, of course, shop by voice, will now work to control the lights and other appliances in your home, too. Amazon announced today, by way of an email to current customers, that Echo has been updated to support a variety of connected devices from… Read More

  • Torrent App Popcorn Time Comes To iOS, No Jailbreak Required

    Torrent App Popcorn Time Comes To iOS, No Jailbreak Required

    Popcorn Time, the service sometimes referred to as the “Netflix for pirates” because of the way it makes it easy to stream pirated content to your PC or mobile device, is now getting a lot easier for iOS owners to use. According to new reports, the service is being made available by way of an iOS application that no longer requires users to jailbreak their iPhone or iPad in order… Read More

  • Zazzy’s New Marketplace Lets You Design And Sell Your Own 3D Printed Jewelry

    Zazzy’s New Marketplace Lets You Design And Sell Your Own 3D Printed Jewelry

    Zazzy, an Amsterdam-based startup that allows anyone to design and customize their own 3D-printed jewelry is now launching a new marketplace that lets you sell your jewelry to others as well, instead of just buying it for yourself. The company believes the new platform, Zazzy.co, will make sense for artists and designers looking to expand their portfolios, as well as… Read More

  • Haystack TV Scores $1.7 Million For Its News Service Aimed At Cord Cutters

    Haystack TV Scores $1.7 Million For Its News Service Aimed At Cord Cutters

    One of the problems with cutting the cord today is that you lose access to a variety of news channels and programs, and there are few resources in the streaming world that can take their place. A company working to address this problem, Haystack TV, has now raised $1.7 million in seed funding for its personalized news service aimed at specifically cord cutters. But you don’t… Read More

  • WeFinance Offers A Crowdfunded Alternative To Student Loans And More

    WeFinance Offers A Crowdfunded Alternative To Student Loans And More

    WeFinance, launching today, is the latest startup to use a combination of technology and crowdfunding in order to offer borrowers lower interest rates on loans, while reducing lenders’ risk. The new peer-to-peer lending platform operates something like a Kickstarter for personal loans – largely those in the range of $10,000 to $20,000, and many of which are being used to help… Read More

  • Vidme, An Imgur For Video, Grabs $3.2 Million

    Vidme, An Imgur For Video, Grabs $3.2 Million

    Vidme, a video sharing application which is a lot an Imgur for video, as it also has a strong connection with the Reddit community, has raised $3.2 million in new funding, the company is announcing this morning. Investors in the seed round include Mark Suster of Upfront Ventures, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian of Initialized Capital, First Round, Lowercase Capital, SV Angel, Mucker… Read More

  • Polyvore Launches Remix, A New App For Style Advice And Shopping

    Polyvore Launches Remix, A New App For Style Advice And Shopping

    Style community Polyvore released its second standalone mobile application today with the debut of Remix, an app aimed at the larger community of style enthusiasts who generally use the service not to create outfits for themselves, but to browse those created by others for inspiration. With Remix, Polyvore users can check in on what’s trending on the site, get styling advice and buy… Read More

  • Kifi Debuts A “Deep” Search Engine For Twitter Based On Your Own Tweets

    Kifi Debuts A “Deep” Search Engine For Twitter Based On Your Own Tweets

    A startup called Kifi is rolling out a new tool that allows you to automatically save all the links you tweet in order to create a personalized search engine that includes those links as well as others it recommends based on what you’ve already shared. Called “Kifi for Twitter,” the company describes the new feature as something of a deep search engine for Twitter because… Read More