• WhatsApp Calling On iOS Is Convenient But The Quality Won’t Blow You Away

    WhatsApp Calling On iOS Is Convenient But The Quality Won’t Blow You Away

    WhatsApp’s new voice calling feature for iOS is decent quality and easy to use, but the experience doesn’t beat dedicated VoIP apps for clarity. At this point, at least. Read More

  • With Lydia, Pay For Your Online Purchases Using Your Apple Watch

    With Lydia, Pay For Your Online Purchases Using Your Apple Watch

    Step by step, Lydia is unveiling its product strategy to handle all your payments. When I last covered the French startup, it was still mostly focused on growing its user base by providing a Venmo alternative for French users. But now, Lydia also lets you pay on e-commerce websites, starting with PriceMinister. The app is now also available on the Apple Watch so that you can just tap on your… Read More

  • India’s UrbanClap Matches Customers With The Best Local Service Providers

    India’s UrbanClap Matches Customers With The Best Local Service Providers

    Based in Delhi, UrbanClap wants to make finding good service providers as easy as, well, clapping your hands. With more than 1,000 service providers currently listed, including individuals and companies, UrbanClap claims to be the largest mobile-based services marketplace in India. The startup, however, aspires to be more than just a listings platform. Read More

  • Say Hello To The Apple Watch

    The Apple Watch has landed, so to speak, with deliveries officially arriving to the first pre-order customers around the world. Apple’s first wearable device has enjoyed one of the longest pre-launch promotional cycles of any of its products, and with good reason – it’s a very different gadget from anything Apple has created before. We’ve had a few days to try out… Read More

  • Unraveling Comcast Merger Exposes Weaknesses In Its Powerful Lobbying Arm

    Unraveling Comcast Merger Exposes Weaknesses In Its Powerful Lobbying Arm

    Comcast spent $4.62 million on lobbying in the first quarter of 2015, an increase of 50 percent from its spending in the same quarter last year. But now the cable giant is reportedly walking away with little to show. Much of Comcast’s spending was aimed at ushering through the company’s merger with Time Warner Cable Inc. and preventing the adoption of strict net neutrality rules. Read More

  • Previously Bootstrapped, GoFundMe Is Raising At A Valuation Of Around $500M

    Previously Bootstrapped, GoFundMe Is Raising At A Valuation Of Around $500M

    TechCrunch is hearing from a few sources that GoFundMe, a crowdfunding and fundraising startup, is seeking venture financing after bootstrapping the company since 2008. According to those sources, Accel Partners is in the mix, and one says they may be leading the round. Sources said the valuation is around $500 million, though one source said the valuation could that go… Read More

  • ClassPass Acquires Competitor FitMob

    ClassPass Acquires Competitor FitMob

    If you were curious about potential consolidation in the fitness space (which I’m sure you were), look no further than this very article. ClassPass, the subscription service for unlimited monthly fitness classes, has acquired direct competitor FitMob for an undisclosed amount. ClassPass, a company that has raised more than $54 million in the past three years, is a subscription service… Read More

  • IVP Raises $1.4B For Its 15th Fund

    IVP Raises $1.4B For Its 15th Fund

    Institutional Venture Partners, better known as IVP, has raised a $1.4 billion 15th fund. The company’s last fund was a smaller $1 billion capital pool. I spoke to the firm’s Steve Harrick, a general partner, about the fund size, cadence, and investment strategy. According to Harrick, the fund was raised in a two month period. That matches other notes I’ve received from… Read More

  • The UDOO Neo Adds More Power To The Ultimate DIY Board

    The UDOO Neo Adds More Power To The Ultimate DIY Board

    The original UDOO board was pretty amazing. A merging of Raspberry Pi and Arduino, the system let you run a tiny computer on a single board as well as control electronic projects. It was a very geeky little tool and proved to be quite popular. Well, the UDOO is back and it’s a lot better. The new UDOO Neo includes a Raspberry Pi, an Arduino board, a 9-axis sensor, magnetometer… Read More

  • Lyft CEO Logan Green To Join Us At Disrupt NY

    Lyft CEO Logan Green To Join Us At Disrupt NY

    The last time Lyft CEO Logan Green graced the Disrupt stage, in September 2013, the mobile ride-hailing service was a little more than a year old. Back then Lyft was available in just 10 markets, but was growing quickly thanks to an aggressive expansion roadmap that would take it into 25 U.S. cities by the end of that year. A lot has changed in the last 18 months, as Lyft has evolved from… Read More

  • Amazon’s Q1 Beats As Revenue Rises 15% To $22.72 Billion, EPS Loss Of $0.12

    Amazon’s Q1 Beats As Revenue Rises 15% To $22.72 Billion, EPS Loss Of $0.12

    Today following the bell, Amazon reported its first quarter 2015 financial performance, including revenue of $22.72 billion and negative earnings per share of $0.12. The street expected Amazon to lose $0.13 per share, on revenue of $22.39 billion. Amazon also announced that its cloud computing business, AWS, had revenue of $1.5 billion in the quarter, with a run rate of $5 billion a year… Read More

  • Airbnb Hires Former Dropbox Exec Sara Adler As Its Head Of Corporate Development

    Airbnb Hires Former Dropbox Exec Sara Adler As Its Head Of Corporate Development

    There’s a battle going on for tech talent in the Bay Area, and private companies increasingly are turning to M&A as a way to bring new members onto their teams. Following along on that trend, Airbnb has hired Sara Adler, who had previously worked at Dropbox and Facebook, as its head of corporate development. Adler will step into the newly created role to create some structure in… Read More

  • The Future Of Marketing Automation

    The Future Of Marketing Automation

    According to industry expert David Raab, almost 70 percent of marketers are either unhappy or only marginally happy with their marketing automation software, and according to Bluewolf’s new “State of Salesforce” study, only 7 percent are seeing good, measurable ROI from those investments. There’s a lot of fragmentation and dissatisfaction in this category despite the… Read More

  • Pandora’s Q1 Beats Estimates With $230.8 Million In Revenue

    Pandora’s Q1 Beats Estimates With $230.8 Million In Revenue

    Pandora’s first-quarter earnings beat Wall Street’s expectations, bringing in $230.8 Million in revenue and a loss of 12 cents per share. Its active listener count — while up year over year — fell quarter over quarter. The company said users listened to 5.3 billion hours of music in the first quarter this year, with 79.2 million active listeners — up from… Read More

  • Microsoft Beats In Its FQ3 With Revenue Of $21.7B, EPS Of $0.61

    Microsoft Beats In Its FQ3 With Revenue Of $21.7B, EPS Of $0.61

    Today following the bell, Microsoft reported its fiscal third quarter financial results, including revenue of $21.7 billion and earnings per share of $0.61. The street had expected Microsoft to earn $0.51 per share on revenue of $21.06 billion. Microsoft, up a point in regular trading, is now up just under three percent in after-hours trading following its earnings beat. Compared to its… Read More

  • Google’s Q1 2015 Earnings Miss With $17.3B Revenue, $6.57 EPS

    Google’s Q1 2015 Earnings Miss With $17.3B Revenue, $6.57 EPS

    Google reported its earnings for its first financial quarter of 2015 today. The company reported revenue of $17.3 billion and earnings per share of $6.57. GAAP net income for the last quarter was $3.6 billion. That compares to $15.42 billion in revenue and earnings of $6.27 per share in the year-ago-quarter. Wall Street expected the company to report EPS of around $6.61 on $17.5 billion… Read More

  • App Annie’s Danielle Levitas And Sequoia’s Alfred Lin Will Speak At Disrupt New York

    App Annie’s Danielle Levitas And Sequoia’s Alfred Lin Will Speak At Disrupt New York

    With app stores being as crowded as they are, understanding mobile distribution and the app economy is more important now more than ever. And in less than two weeks, we’ll sit down with App Annie’s new head of research Danielle Levitas and Sequoia Capital’s Alfred Lin at TechCrunch Disrupt New York. Since discovering AppAnnie, I’ve used it relentlessly to… Read More

  • Cablevision Debuts “Cord Cutter” Packages Combining Broadband, Free Antennas, And Optional HBO NOW

    Cablevision Debuts “Cord Cutter” Packages Combining Broadband, Free Antennas, And Optional HBO NOW

    Cablevision made headlines as the first pay-TV provider to offer HBO’s new standalone service HBO NOW to its broadband customers, and today the cable company is again targeting cord cutters with new packages combining internet, a free digital antenna, and the option to bundle in HBO NOW if they choose. The “cord cutter package” as one bundle is officially called, is one of… Read More

  • Brazil’s Samba Ads Raises R$3 million To Take Premium Video Advertising Off YouTube

    Brazil’s Samba Ads Raises R$3 million To Take Premium Video Advertising Off YouTube

    Editor’s note: Julie Ruvolo is a freelance writer and editor of RedLightR.io and RioChromatic.com.  Sao Paulo-based startup Samba Ads is announcing a R$3 million ($1 million) investment from a coalition of international investors that are betting on the online video opportunity in Brazil. Brazil’s e.bricks, Brazilian-Israeli firm Initial Capital, Israeli firm Rhodium and Dave… Read More

  • Comcast May Walk Away From Its $45B Deal To Buy Time Warner Cable

    Comcast May Walk Away From Its $45B Deal To Buy Time Warner Cable

    The $45 billion marriage of Comcast and Time Warner Cable may be left at the altar, after reports surfaced today that Comcast itself might walk away from the deal. According to Bloomberg, an announcement could come as soon as this Friday. TechCrunch has reached out to Comcast for comment on the news. The FCC declined to comment on the reports, as the transactions are still under review. The… Read More

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