• Wedding App WedPics Raises $6.5 Million From “Shark Tank’s” Barbara Corcoran And Others

    Wedding App WedPics Raises $6.5 Million From “Shark Tank’s” Barbara Corcoran And Others

    “Shark Tank’s” Barbara Corcoran and other investors have backed a popular mobile photo-sharing application called WedPics, designed for use by wedding couples and their guests. The additional funding brings the Raleigh, N.C.-area startup’s total Series B round to $6.5 million, a combination of equity and debt. Read More

  • Announcing The Judges For The TC Atlanta And Boston Pitch-Offs

    Announcing The Judges For The TC Atlanta And Boston Pitch-Offs

    One of the best parts of the TechCrunch Meetup Pitch-Offs, beyond the beer and the fun conversation and the new tech, is our amazing judges. The whole point of these events is to bring these regional communities together in the name of tech, and what better way to do that then to pull together entrepreneurs and investors and get them in the same room. Plenty of VCs will be in attendance at the… Read More

  • Facebook Reveals Final Piece In Scalable Data Center Vision

    Facebook Reveals Final Piece In Scalable Data Center Vision

    Facebook revealed the final piece in its scalable data redesign today, one that completes its vision of redefining traditional hardware and software to make it more flexible to meet the needs of Facebook’s scale. To that end, they announced a new open-source modular switch platform called 6-pack. The key piece to understand is that Facebook has focused on separating the hardware and… Read More

  • SpaceX’s Rocket Recovery Attempt Thwarted By Humanity’s Oldest Enemy: The Sea

    SpaceX’s Rocket Recovery Attempt Thwarted By Humanity’s Oldest Enemy: The Sea

    We are fairly proud of our mastery of nature, but occasionally it can remind us that no matter how many billions, nor how many autonomous drone cargo ships we throw at it, it can still thwart our great designs. SpaceX is still aiming to launch DSCOVR, an observatory satellite, later today, but the  first-stage rocket recovery attempt that was planned along with that mission has been sadly… Read More

  • Backed By $5.5 Million, Laurel & Wolf Brings Interior Design Into The Digital Age

    Backed By $5.5 Million, Laurel & Wolf Brings Interior Design Into The Digital Age

    A company taking the interior design industry into the online era, Laurel & Wolf, has now raised $4.4 million in Series A funding for its web-based platform that connects professional designers with customers, allowing them to create personalized designs for both residential and commercial spaces. Though only live since late spring 2014, Laurel & Wolf has already served thousands… Read More

  • Google Launches Open-Source, Cross-Cloud Benchmarking Tool

    Google Launches Open-Source, Cross-Cloud Benchmarking Tool

    Google today launched PerfKit, an open-source cloud-benchmarking tool that, in Google’s words, is an “effort to define a canonical set of benchmarks to measure and compare cloud offerings.” The PerfKit tools currently support Google’s own Compute Engine, Amazon’s AWS and Microsoft’s Azure clouds. Google says it has worked on this project with over 30… Read More

  • Moto 360 Leads As 720K Android Wear Devices Shipped In 2014, Says Canalys

    Moto 360 Leads As 720K Android Wear Devices Shipped In 2014, Says Canalys

    Consumers didn’t want for choice in smartwatches last year, but that doesn’t mean they’re gobbling up the devices: Research firm Canalys reports today that only just over 720,000 Android Wear-based devices shipped in 2014, which is around 16 percent of the total 4.6 million “smart wearable band” shipments that occurred overall. The Moto 360 has the honour of… Read More

  • RoboCore Is A Core For Your Robo

    RoboCore Is A Core For Your Robo

    Krakow-based RoboCore has just launched on Kickstarter and is looking for a mere $50,000 to help you build better robots. The device is essentially a brain for your robotic projects. It is compatible with LEGO MindStorms and allows you to control multiple servos and sensors. You can also stream audio and video through the box. You program it via an IDE and then upload instructions… Read More

  • Microsoft Confirms Sunrise Acquisition, Adds Depth To Its Mobile Productivity Offerings

    Microsoft Confirms Sunrise Acquisition, Adds Depth To Its Mobile Productivity Offerings

    Microsoft is buying the mobile productivity reputation it seemed disinclined to build for itself for so many years, and the latest addition to the roster is Sunrise, the calendar app that managed to raise $8.2 million in venture funding and achieved rave reviews on the many platforms where it appeared, including the iPhone, iPad, Android hardware, the Mac and the web. TechCrunch first… Read More

  • Coursera Partners With Google, Instagram, 500 Startups And Others On Students’ Capstone Projects

    Coursera Partners With Google, Instagram, 500 Startups And Others On Students’ Capstone Projects

    About a year ago, online education platform Coursera launched “specializations” — its version of college credentials. To graduate from the programs, students take a number of classes and then finish a “capstone” project that lets them showcase that they can put their academic knowledge into practice — similar to a senior project in a traditional college… Read More

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