• ChargePoint raises $50 million to charge more cars

    ChargePoint raises $50 million to charge more cars

    ChargePoint announced this month that it had raised $50 million in its latest round of funding, thanks in large part to Linse Capital. That makes a total of $164 million raised from investors like BMW iVentures and Siemens, among others. ChargePoint already has the largest EV charging network in North America, with 28,000 stations installed since 2007. According to the U.S. Department of… Read More

  • Microsoft tries its hand at a news bot with Rowe

    Microsoft tries its hand at a news bot with Rowe

    Like everyone else these days, Microsoft sure loves its bots. Now, the company has rolled out its own news-finding bot called “Rowe,” which lives inside the latest version of Microsoft’s Bing-powered personalized news reading app, News Pro. Rowe is an experiment with helping you keep up with the news that matches your current interests. You can ask the bot to show you news… Read More

  • Uber is testing a loyalty program that rewards riders with free trips

    Uber is testing a loyalty program that rewards riders with free trips

    Uber sent an email to LA riders yesterday announcing they are doing a temporary promotion that looks very much like a loyalty program. Each UberBLACK ride taken will give riders 200 points, and when they amass 3,000 total points they will be rewarded with a free $25 Uber ride. Essentially, the program is buy 15 get 1 free. While the company has tested “VIP” loyalty programs in… Read More

  • Reddit’s head of community leaves after nine months

    Reddit’s head of community leaves after nine months

    About nine months after taking on the role of head of community management at Reddit, Kristine Fasnacht (u/krispykrackers) has left the company. In a post titled, “Admin released from captivity, reintroduced to Reddit community,” Reddit CEO Steve Huffman wrote: I am sad to share that u/krispykrackers is leaving Reddit. Over the past five years, she has done an incredible amount… Read More

  • Ex-Facebook designers climb charts with adorable game Pinchworm

    Funky physics and controls make mobile games fun. You tap against gravity in Flappy Bird, fling on a trajectory in Angry Birds and press to maintain momentum in Tiny Wings. So when two of Facebook’s top designers left to build their own apps, they wanted to bring a new gesture to gaming… and let worms, not birds, be the stars. Pinchworm sounds simple, but its the mapping of the controls… Read More

  • Placemeter’s urban intelligence platform gets smarter

    Placemeter’s urban intelligence platform gets smarter

    Placemeter helps businesses and municipalities measure what’s happening in front of their stores, on their streets and in their parks. In its first iteration, the service, which relies on real-time video feeds, was able to quantify the overall number of objects that it saw and distinguish between pedestrians and vehicles. Now, the service is getting significantly smarter. By default… Read More

  • Gulülu turns drinking water into a game for kids

    Gulülu turns drinking water into a game for kids

    Through the power of smart sensors and the magic of the cloud, parched children is on its way to become a thing of the past — at least, if the Gulülu team have anything to say in the matter. The company’s bottle, launching on Kickstarter today, is the newest, most high-tech weapon in the battle to get their kids to imbibe enough liquids throughout the day. Read More

  • King Bach launches Bachify, a photo editing app for the social media obsessed

    King Bach launches Bachify, a photo editing app for the social media obsessed

    Andrew Bachelor (better known as King Bach on Vine, where he has more than 15 million followers) has just launched Bachify, his own iOS-based photo-editing app. The genesis of the app was an issue anyone who is a heavy social media user faces — there isn’t one app that provides a comprehensive photo-editing experience. Bach explained that he “always had to go to… Read More

  • Twilio ramps up mobile play with programmable SIMs for IoT and handsets with T-Mobile

    Twilio ramps up mobile play with programmable SIMs for IoT and handsets with T-Mobile

    Twilio stormed into the telecoms market several years ago with a set of services that turned core communications features once controlled by carriers, like text messages and phones numbers, into API-based services that any developer could easily customize and use in whatever app or site she or he chose. Today, the company is unveiling its next step in its bid to take on more telecoms… Read More

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