• Roku Tops 10 Million Media Streamers Sold

    Roku Tops 10 Million Media Streamers Sold

    The media streaming world is alive and growing, as streaming set top box maker Roku has just announced that it passed the 10 million unit milestone. According to the press release, Roku has sold (not just shipped) over 10 million media streaming boxes since launching in 2008. As it stands now, the company has a media streaming stick (that starts at just $49 and competes directly with… Read More

  • 3D Printing Company Stratasys Is Buying GrabCAD For Around $100M, Beating Out Autodesk, Adobe

    3D Printing Company Stratasys Is Buying GrabCAD For Around $100M, Beating Out Autodesk, Adobe

    Some M&A activity afoot in the world of hardware design: GrabCAD, an online community that has been described as the ‘Github for mechanical engineers’, is getting acquired by 3D printing giant Stratasys, a source tells us. The companies plan to announce the deal a little later today [Update: confirmed]. We have heard that the deal is in the region of nine figures, and… Read More

  • Apple Patents A Strange Physics-Based GUI For iPad File And Folder Manipulation

    Apple Patents A Strange Physics-Based GUI For iPad File And Folder Manipulation

    Apple had an interesting patent granted to it today by the USPTO (via AppleInsider), which describes a graphic user interface on the iPad that more closely resembles a desktop arrangement of files and folders than the current app-based iOS UX. The most interesting part of the patent might be that it uses physics-based animations and interactions to manipulate those files and folders, however… Read More

  • Docker’s So Hot It Just Got $40M It Won’t Start Spending Until Next Year

    Docker’s So Hot It Just Got $40M It Won’t Start Spending Until Next Year

    How hot is Docker? So hot it’s getting money from VCs it doesn’t even really need right now. The company announced $40M in funding today, but CEO Ben Golub says they won’t actually start spending the new funds until at least late next year. In fact, the company runs so lean, it is only just now dipping into the $15M it got at the beginning of this year, but when funders offer… Read More

  • Visual Search Company Slyce Buys Pounce For $5M To Build “Amazon Firefly” For The Rest Of Retail

    Visual Search Company Slyce Buys Pounce For $5M To Build “Amazon Firefly” For The Rest Of Retail

    Tel Aviv-based Pounce, a mobile shopping app that surfaces deals from retailers, as well as a way to shop print ads and catalogs from your smartphone, has been acquired by visual search company Slyce for $5 million in shares, cash and earn-out incentives. The deal wasn’t entirely a talent grab either, says Slyce, as the company was already on track to roll out a consumer-facing app of… Read More

  • Fastly Growing Quickly Snags $40M As VCs Give Generously

    Fastly Growing Quickly Snags $40M As VCs Give Generously

    Fastly, a fast-growing content delivery network, snagged $40M in Series C funding today. The round was led by August Capital with previous investors Battery Ventures, O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures and Amplify Partners also participating along with new investor IDG Ventures. The investment brings the total raised to date to $54M. Company CEO and founder Artur Bergman says they set out… Read More

  • Mail.ru Takes Over ‘Russia’s Facebook’ Vkontake In $1.47B Deal, Settles Durov Suit

    Mail.ru Takes Over ‘Russia’s Facebook’ Vkontake In $1.47B Deal, Settles Durov Suit

    Some big shareholder shifts at Vkontake, the social network with 92 million monthly active users that’s often described as Russia’s Facebook and has been embroiled in political controversies that resulted in the ousting of its founder, Pavel Durov. Mail.ru, the publicly-traded Internet giant, has now taken full ownership of the company, by buying the 48% it did not already own… Read More

  • Accel Puts $8M Into Semmle To Grow Its Software Dev Analytics Platform

    Accel Puts $8M Into Semmle To Grow Its Software Dev Analytics Platform

    Semmle, a b2b startup with a business analytics platform that aims to optimize other companies’ IT projects by analyzing the quality of code their developers are writing and also by looking at factors such as how much money the business is spending on particular software development projects, has closed a new funding round — raising an $8 million Series A, led by Accel Partners. Read More

  • The $1 Million Race For The Cure To End Aging

    The $1 Million Race For The Cure To End Aging

    The hypothesis is so absurd it seems as though it popped right off the pages of a science-fiction novel. Some scientists in Palo Alto are offering a $1 million prize to anyone who can end aging. “Based on the rapid rate of biomedical breakthroughs, we believe the question is not if we can crack the aging code, but when will it happen,” says director of the Palo Alto Longevity… Read More

  • Bellabox, Australia’s Largest Beauty Box Service, Raises $2.7M From Allure Media

    Bellabox, Australia’s Largest Beauty Box Service, Raises $2.7M From Allure Media

    Bellabox, Australia’s largest beauty subscription site, announced today that it has received $2.7 million in funding from Allure Media, a digital publishing company owned by Fairfax Media. The capital will be used to expand bellabox’s service offerings and improve its market research, as well as hire more staff and expand the the startup to new international markets in the Asia… Read More

  • Tim Cook Holds Firm On iMessage Security: It’s Encrypted, And We Don’t Have A Key

    Tim Cook Holds Firm On iMessage Security: It’s Encrypted, And We Don’t Have A Key

    As Apple continues to come under some attack for how it handles iCloud security, the company’s CEO Tim Cook is holding firm on the company’s priorities when it comes to data protection. In part 2 of an interview with Charlie Rose, airing on PBS tonight, Cook is adamant that Apple is not in the business of collecting data, but rather selling hardware, and, as such, it puts data… Read More

  • Recruitment Trainwreck BranchOut In Talks To Be Acquired, May Sell Mobile Team To Hearst

    Recruitment Trainwreck BranchOut In Talks To Be Acquired, May Sell Mobile Team To Hearst

    BranchOut’s story is a brutal lesson about building on someone else’s platform. After raising $49 million and growing to 33 million users, Facebook changed its viral channels leading BranchOut to starve. Now the “Linkedin Within Facebook” wants to throw in the towel. Sources confirm that BranchOut is in discussions with several acquirers in the recruiting space for its… Read More

  • CEO Of Guess Watches Welcomes Apple To The Fray

    CEO Of Guess Watches Welcomes Apple To The Fray

    In what amounts to a “welcome” turned sputtering softball aimed at Apple’s broad side, the CEO of Guess Watches Cindy Livingston wrote an open letter to Apple while, at the same time, proclaiming her own interest in the smartwatch world. Guess, a fashion brand founded in the 1980s, is best known for dress watches known as “department store styles”: the kind of… Read More

  • 500px Co-Founder And Former CEO Ousted From The Startup

    500px Co-Founder And Former CEO Ousted From The Startup

    Toronto’s 500px photo portfolio site and marketplace is undergoing some major changes, as co-founder Oleg Gutsol is out from the company he started. The executive shared the information on Facebook on Monday, saying that he was “ousted from the company that [he] created by the people [he] trusted most.” It’s impossible to see this as a move that was reached equitably… Read More

  • Watch This Robotic Cheetah Run Like A Real Animal

    Watch This Robotic Cheetah Run Like A Real Animal

    It’s not every day that you see a robotic electric cheetah traipse merrily on the MIT quad and football field, but here you go: the Cheetah, a robot that will be able to run as fast as 30 miles per hour, is now wandering about untethered like Big Dog’s jumpy younger brother. The Cheetah was made at MIT’s Biomimetics Lab and features a light, powerful collection of electric… Read More

  • You Can Now Text Groot

    You Can Now Text Groot

    Groot seems like he’d be a pretty good friend to have. He’ll always have your back in a fight, he can inexplicably summon fireflies out of thin air when your movie needs more 3D effects, and he’s one helluva dancer to boot. He’s also a pretty good texter, it turns out. At the very least, he’s consistent. Want to see for yourself? Here’s Groot’s… Read More

  • Microsoft Confirms Its Windows Event Will Take Place On September 30th

    Microsoft Confirms Its Windows Event Will Take Place On September 30th

    Microsoft today confirmed its correctly rumored Windows event that will take place on September 30 in San Francisco. The event is widely expected to include a release of the technical preview of Windows 9, the successor to the controversial Windows 8.x operating system that was released in 2012, along with the Surface line of tablets. Microsoft is not expected to release a preview of its… Read More

  • Swatch Group Head Nicolas Hayek Jr. Is Putting Smartwatches In The “No Fly Zone”

    Swatch Group Head Nicolas Hayek Jr. Is Putting Smartwatches In The “No Fly Zone”

    A source said that Swatch Group head Nicolas Hayek Jr., son of the late SG CEO Nicolas Hayek, is adamant that the company would not be pursuing smartwatches inside Swatch itself or within any of the many Swatch brands. The source said that Hayek Jr. felt “burned” by a 2004-2005 MSN SPOT watch partnership that fizzled and is avoiding mention of smart watches in… Read More

  • The FCC Has Received More Than 3 Million Comments Concerning Net Neutrality

    The FCC Has Received More Than 3 Million Comments Concerning Net Neutrality

    The FCC has received more than 3 million comments concerning the current net neutrality notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). That figure is dramatically higher than the previously reported 1.5 million figure that was released last week. The massive jump comes from the FCC chewing through a deluge of comments that were filed last week as part of a public campaign that saw large websites ask… Read More

  • DipJar Raises Funding For A Tip Jar Where You Pay With Plastic, Not Spare Change

    DipJar Raises Funding For A Tip Jar Where You Pay With Plastic, Not Spare Change

    The move to a more “cashless” society has not been without its victims – namely, those whose incomes relied on the spare change and small donations that once came from customers emptying their pockets, but are now locked up in digital bits and credit card swipes. The lowly tip jar today often sits empty, as few carry around the quarters and dollars with which to fill it. Read More