• Yes, Ashton, There Are Journalists

    Yes, Ashton, There Are Journalists

    Ashton Kutcher, actor and occasional Disrupt participant, has something to say about journalism. Yesterday he Tweeted, apropos of Uber: What is so wrong about digging up dirt on shady journalist? @pando @TechCrunch @Uber — ashton kutcher (@aplusk) November 19, 2014 This created a hand-wringing media storm that caused journalists to chuckle and shrug. He was schooled in multiple venues… Read More

  • LinkedIn Sharpens Education Focus: Self-Serve Widget Lets Users Add Certifications While On Other Sites

    LinkedIn Sharpens Education Focus: Self-Serve Widget Lets Users Add Certifications While On Other Sites

    LinkedIn — the social network for the working world — has been working on launching various tools to increase the usefulness and engagement of its platform to its 300m+ users. Today sees the launch of the latest of these. LinkedIn is unveiling a self-service certification feature, aimed both at helping education businesses and institutions spread their name in a more legit way… Read More

  • With Vyte.in, Schedule Meetings Without Long Email Threads

    With Vyte.in, Schedule Meetings Without Long Email Threads

    Scheduling a meeting usually takes a few emails. Add a third person, and you are now stuck in an email nightmare. French startup Vyte.in knows this too well, and will let you schedule meetings in a few clicks right in your browser. “I’ve worked for 4 years in big companies and small startups — from the smallest to the biggest company, you always have this problem when it comes… Read More

  • YouTube Revamps Its Music Awards For Second Year Show

    YouTube Revamps Its Music Awards For Second Year Show

    YouTube is bringing back its annual Music Awards for a second festival, with a new format that is designed to better emphasize the role of fans and creators on the service. The YouTube Music Awards last year were directed by Spike Jonze, and hosted by Jason Schwartzman and Reggie Watts. VICE Media is onboard as a production partner for the event, but it sounds like in addition to the… Read More

  • Flywheel Gets $12 Million In Series C Funding, Slams Uber And Finds A New CEO

    Flywheel Gets $12 Million In Series C Funding, Slams Uber And Finds A New CEO

    Flywheel, the app that hooks up taxi drivers with riders, announced Rakesh Mathur as the new CEO today. Mathur served as an Amazon VP in the early days, after the “The Everything Store” purchased his e-commerce startup Junglee. Mathur has brought in a new executive team and $12 million in a series C round of funding from TCW/Craton, Rockport Capital and Shasta Ventures. All… Read More

  • Tyba Pulls In Another $3.1M To Scale Up Its Graduate Recruitment Platform

    Tyba Pulls In Another $3.1M To Scale Up Its Graduate Recruitment Platform

    Tyba – a “junior recruitment market” aimed at allowing companies like tech startups to more efficiently hire university and college graduates – last year raised $1.3 million in an investment round led by Sunstone Capital. It’s now raised another $3.1 million, once again from Sunstone Capital and a new investor, the VC fund Impulse, which is part of the Kuwaiti… Read More

  • Xbox One Gets HBO Go

    Xbox One Gets HBO Go

    HBO Go fans can now enjoy their favorite single-source streaming service on the Xbox One, as the app is now available (via Verge). Microsoft beat PlayStation 4 to the punch with this one, but the PS4 app from HBO is being developed, and should arrive later on. The Xbox One app offers an experience you’d expect based on the Xbox 360 software that has been available before today, but… Read More

  • Eric Schmidt’s Farm2050 Collective Will Back Agriculture Tech To Feed Earth’s Growing Population

    Eric Schmidt’s Farm2050 Collective Will Back Agriculture Tech To Feed Earth’s Growing Population

    We’ll need to produce 70% more food by 2050 to sustain a world population expected to grow to 10 billion. Yet agriculture startups struggle to get the funding, manufacturing, and test facilities needed to build tech that could boost food production. To fix that disconnect, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors and Flextronics Lab IX today launched Farm2050, a… Read More

  • Jaunt VR Releases Its First Content With App That Puts You On Stage With Paul McCartney

    Jaunt VR Releases Its First Content With App That Puts You On Stage With Paul McCartney

    Jaunt wants to give you something to watch on makeshift virtual reality headsets like Google Cardboard, Dodocase, and Mirage. So today the 360-degree camera and VR production software maker launches its free Android app featuring the first of many planned VR content releases: on-stage and front row views of Paul McCartney playing “Live And Let Die” at San Francisco’s… Read More

  • Getaround Gets $24M In Strategic Funding To Bring Peer-To-Peer Car Rentals To New Markets

    Getaround Gets $24M In Strategic Funding To Bring Peer-To-Peer Car Rentals To New Markets

    After several years of building its business in San Francisco, peer-to-peer car rental startup Getaround is ready to make its marketplace available in more cities around the U.S. In preparation for that expansion, the company has raised $24 million in new funding led by strategic investor Cox Enterprises. Read More

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