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    Pinterest Launches “Buyable Pins” | Crunch Report

    Microsoft acquires productivity app Wunderlist, Apple's first HomeKit-enabled devices go on sale, the Midas Touch USB turns an Apple Watch gold on the cheap, Thunderbolt 3 increases data transfer speeds by 100%

    Pinterest Launches “Buyable Pins” | Crunch Report
  • LawnStarter Raises $6M To Become Your “Lawn Care Concierge”

    LawnStarter Raises $6M To Become Your “Lawn Care Concierge”

    Lawn care startup LawnStarter is announcing that it has raised $6 million in Series A funding. The company describes itself as “your personal lawn care concierge” — the idea, said co-founder Steven Corcoran, is to express LawnStarter’s “focus on customer experience.” Similar to the way that startups like Handy and Homejoy (soon to be one and the same?)… Read More

  • Star Wars BB-8 Designer Sphero Raises Another $45M From Mercato, Disney And More

    Star Wars BB-8 Designer Sphero Raises Another $45M From Mercato, Disney And More

    As anticipation continues to rise for the new Star Wars film to open at the end of this year, a hardware startup central to the making of one of the characters has raised a new round of funding. Sphero, makers of the eponymous spherical robots that you control with your smartphone — as well as the new BB-8 droid in Star Wars: The Force Awakens — has raised $45 million in a new… Read More

  • Boost.vc Diversifies With A Push Into VR

    Boost.vc Diversifies With A Push Into VR

    Startup accelerator Boost.vc is diversifying its next cohort of startups, shifting its line-up of accepted startups from focusing solely on Bitcoin to include those working on virtual and augmented reality. Read More

  • Apple’s Tim Cook Delivers Blistering Speech On Encryption, Privacy

    Apple’s Tim Cook Delivers Blistering Speech On Encryption, Privacy

    “I’m speaking to you from Silicon Valley, where some of the most prominent and successful companies have built their businesses by lulling their customers into complacency about their personal information,” said Cook. “They’re gobbling up everything they can learn about you and trying to monetize it. We think that’s wrong.” Read More

  • Amazon Turns Its Boxes Into Ads With First-Of-Its-Kind Marketing Deal For “Minions” Movie

    Amazon Turns Its Boxes Into Ads With First-Of-Its-Kind Marketing Deal For “Minions” Movie

    Forget billboards or magazine ads. If an advertiser wants to put its brand in front of a big audience today, you may as well slap that ad on an Amazon shipping box. Or, at least, that’s the mindset behind the new partnership between Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment and Amazon. The retailer has begun to ship customer orders in bright yellow delivery boxes featuring… Read More

  • Magic Leap Announces Its Augmented Reality Developer Platform

    Magic Leap Announces Its Augmented Reality Developer Platform

    Magic Leap wants game makers, filmmakers, and other creators to build augmented reality experiences on its platform, and today on stage at MIT Technology Review’s EmTech Digital conference, it announced how that will happen. Magic Leap is launching a development platform. It’s just opened a Developers section of its website where people can sign up for access to its SDK, which… Read More

  • TC Cribs: Venmo’s NYC Headquarters Is On The Money

    Today’s episode of Cribs had us criss-crossing the country to New York City, where mobile payments juggernaut Venmo has made its home. Venmo has become enough of a phenomenon that it has become a verb in many circles — “I’ll Venmo you the cash I owe for dinner” is not an unusual thing to overhear — so it was fun to go to their office in person to see where… Read More

  • Tim Kendall, Pinterest’s GM Of Monetization, Talks Buyable Pins

    Tim Kendall, Pinterest’s GM Of Monetization, Talks Buyable Pins

    Following Pinterest’s unveiling of Buyable Pins — a way for merchants to sell things that users can buy directly within Pinterest — I had an opportunity to sit down with the company’s general manager of monetization Tim Kendall to talk a little bit more about it. The first thing he made clear was that, for now, brands will not be able to promote Buyable Pins. Read More

  • Senate Votes 67-32 To Reform The NSA’s Phone Record Program

    Senate Votes 67-32 To Reform The NSA’s Phone Record Program

    On a vote of 67 to 32 today, the Senate passed the USA FREEDOM Act. The bill, which will now race to President Barack Obama’s desk, marks the first time Congress has moved to reform the National Security Agency (NSA’s) surveillance programs since Edward Snowden’s revelations. Read More

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