• Google Updates Play Music With Songza-Style Functionality

    Google Updates Play Music With Songza-Style Functionality

    For the first time since acquiring Songza this summer, Google is integrating the technology into its Google Play Music service. The updated service gives you access to expertly curated playlists based around date, time, weather, and what Google thinks you might be up to. Read More

  • Staples Becomes The Latest Retailer Affected By A Payment Card Data Breach

    Staples Becomes The Latest Retailer Affected By A Payment Card Data Breach

    If you’ve shopped at a major retailer in the U.S., chances are your payment card data has been stolen at some point. Today, it appears you may be able to add Staples to the growing list of retailers who have discovered fraudulent activity related to a data breach in their stores. In Staples’ case, however, the company is currently investigating a “potential issue” in… Read More

  • Zendesk CEO Mikkel Svane Reminds Startups That Luck Takes A Lot Of Work

    Zendesk CEO Mikkel Svane Reminds Startups That Luck Takes A Lot Of Work

    “Being lucky is just so much work,” Zendesk CEO Mikkel Svane told our co-editor Alexia Tsotsis during a fireside chat at TechCrunch Disrupt London today. As a startup, you always have to try to embrace luck, Svane argued when asked about what role luck plays in the life of a new company. “As an early startup, there is no way around trying to open all the doors,” he… Read More

  • Vine’s Stars Are The Best Part, And Now You Can Follow Whole Channels Of Them

    Vine’s Stars Are The Best Part, And Now You Can Follow Whole Channels Of Them

    Vine has just released a minor update to the app that not only beautifies the platform for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but adds some new functionality in terms of sharing videos and consuming them. The Twitter-owned video sharing app now takes advantage of the share extensions functionality in iOS 8, meaning that users can share directly to Vine from the video itself. Read More

  • Raspberry Pi Founder Shows Off Incoming Touch Panel For Making DIY ‘Pi Pads’

    Raspberry Pi Founder Shows Off Incoming Touch Panel For Making DIY ‘Pi Pads’

    Eben Upton, the founder of the Raspberry Pi microcomputer, has shown off a new piece of hardware that’s likely to expand the ecosystem around its single board computer — namely a touchscreen display. So, in other words, get ready for DIY ‘Pi Pads’. Read More

  • Nokia Brings Its HERE Maps App To All Supported Android Phones

    Nokia Brings Its HERE Maps App To All Supported Android Phones

    This August, Nokia, the Finnish company that remains after selling its handset business to Microsoft, rolled out new versions of its HERE mapping product to Samsung smartphones, powered by both Android and Tizen. However, at the time, the company wouldn’t provide an ETA as to when other Android devices would gain access to HERE maps. That day, as it turns out, is today. According to a… Read More

  • B2X Raises $15M For Smartphone Care, Buys Apple Partner TSS In India For $45M

    B2X Raises $15M For Smartphone Care, Buys Apple Partner TSS In India For $45M

    Two more signs of growth for B2X, a startup based out of Munich that is a little like a “Zendesk for smartphones” — creating solutions for handset makers and carriers so that customers can identify, report and fix problems with their devices. The company has raised a further $15 million on a valuation that we understand is somewhere in the region of $300 million –… Read More

  • CloudFlare’s Co-Founders Talk Co-Founders, Investors And Losing At TC Disrupt

    CloudFlare’s Co-Founders Talk Co-Founders, Investors And Losing At TC Disrupt

    During our Disrupt London event today, TechCrunch co-editor Matthew Panzarino sat down with CloudFlare co-founders Matthew Prince and Michelle Zatlyn to talk about the company’s journey and challenges since it made its public debut as the runner-up in the Disrupt 2010 Startup Battlefield. Read More

  • Venture Investors Get Fashion Fever As Early Stage Deals Soar

    Venture Investors Get Fashion Fever As Early Stage Deals Soar

    Editor’s Note: Christine Magee is an analyst for CrunchBase. There’s a brand new dance in venture capital, as investors have gone fashion-mad. After watching JustFab and Gilt Groupe explode into billion dollar companies while Warby Parker raised over $100 million to sell stylish eyeglasses, investors are eager to discover the next big hit. Venture investors have spent nearly… Read More

  • Morten Lund Looks Back At His Past Failures

    Morten Lund Looks Back At His Past Failures

    Serial entrepreneur and investor Morten Lund joined us on stage with Mike Butcher to look back at his past ventures. Most of them turned out to be failures. Lund is now even famous for declaring personal bankruptcy even though he was one of the first angel investors in Skype. “I lost everything, I had to give up my art collection and my cars,” Lund said. “In reality, it… Read More

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