• Koru Raises $8M Series A Round For Its Talent Marketplace

    Koru is a Seattle-based talent marketplace that helps college grads find jobs at tech companies by putting them through an intensive business program. As the company today announced, it has raised an $8 million Series A round led by Maveron, with participation from new investors City Light Capital and Trilogy Equity Partners, as well as existing investors Battery Ventures and First Round. Read More

  • Slyce Snatches Up Mobile Couponing App SnipSnap For $6.5 Million

    Slyce Snatches Up Mobile Couponing App SnipSnap For $6.5 Million

    Visual search provider Slyce is expanding its lineup of mobile applications taking advantage of its proprietary image recognition technology with the acquisition of popular mobile couponing app SnipSnap for $6.5 million. The deal was a combination of cash and stock, and brings SnipSnap’s 4 million-plus consumers to Slyce, as well as its enterprise product line which Slyce now plans to… Read More

  • Android Breaks 1B Mark For 2014, 81% Of Total 1.3B Smartphones Shipped

    Android Breaks 1B Mark For 2014, 81% Of Total 1.3B Smartphones Shipped

    With the quarterly numbers now in from smartphone leaders Samsung and Apple, the analysts at Strategy Analytics have published their latest figures on how the overall market performed for the last quarter of the year and 2014 overall. In short, it has been a milestone year. Globally we have now passed the 1 billion mark for annual smartphone shipments, with 1.28 billion devices in total… Read More

  • ‘Fitbit For Dogs’ Maker Whistle Acquires Tagg Pet Tracker And Raises $15M

    ‘Fitbit For Dogs’ Maker Whistle Acquires Tagg Pet Tracker And Raises $15M

    Wearables for pets used to be a punchline, but now it’s a legitimate business with multiple players active in the space. Said space did just get a bit smaller today, as Whistle, the startup which launched its Fitbit for dogs back in 2013. Now, Whistle is expanding its position with the acquisition of a competitor in the pet wearable space, Tagg, and adding another $15 million to its… Read More

  • Google Wallet Goes International: Gmail P2P Money Transfer Now Live In The UK, Silent On Payments

    Google Wallet Goes International: Gmail P2P Money Transfer Now Live In The UK, Silent On Payments

    Google Wallet — the search giant’s payments business that competes against PayPal and Apple Pay, among others — is today taking its first step outside of the U.S., in the form of money transfers. Users in the UK will now be able to send money to each other by way of an “attachment” in Gmail. Google tells us that the feature should be live today for 10-20% of… Read More

  • Restaurant Discovery App Zomato Acquires Turkey’s Mekanist For Cash

    Restaurant Discovery App Zomato Acquires Turkey’s Mekanist For Cash

    Zomato, the Restaurant discovery service which competes with Yelp, has acquired Turkey’s Mekanist. The price was not disclosed but it has been confirmed as an all-cash deal. The move will take Zomato from covering 27,500 restaurants in Istanbul and Ankara to more than over 50,000 restaurants in Turkey. The move is a sign that Zomato is prepared to take Yelp on in significant… Read More

  • Singapore Property Site 99.co Lands $1.6M From Sequoia And Facebook Co-Founder Saverin

    Singapore Property Site 99.co Lands $1.6M From Sequoia And Facebook Co-Founder Saverin

    99.co, a property rental and sales site that launched in Singapore last November, has scored a deal of its own after closing $2 million in funding from Sequoia and Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin. The round values the young startup at $10 million. Read More

  • Microsoft’s Office For Android Tablets Comes Out Of Preview

    Microsoft’s Office For Android Tablets Comes Out Of Preview

    Last November, Microsoft launched a beta of its free Office apps for Android tablets and announced that it would make them generally available for Android tablets in early 2015. It’s now early 2015 and today Microsoft is living up to its promise by launching Word, Excel and PowerPoint for Android tablets. The updated apps should arrive in the Google Play store over the course of the next… Read More

  • Armed With A Push-Bike And $25 Million, Europe Beckons For Premium Take-Out Service Deliveroo

    Armed With A Push-Bike And $25 Million, Europe Beckons For Premium Take-Out Service Deliveroo

    “I was actually the first delivery driver, I still do deliveries for 4 hours a week,” Deliveroo CEO and co-founder William Shu tells me during a call. “I don’t do it on the scooter anymore, I do it on the bicycle. It’s actually really good exercise so I don’t mind.” Read More

  • Microsoft Launches Outlook For iOS And Android

    Microsoft Launches Outlook For iOS And Android

    Microsoft today launched Outlook for Android and iOS phones and tablets, based on the application it acquired when it bought Acompli last December. These new applications will go live in their respective app stores over the course of the next few hours. These new applications will go live in their respective app stores over the course of the next few hours. Read More

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