• Slack’s In Talks With Coatue, Others For Another Round At A $2.5B Valuation

    Slack’s In Talks With Coatue, Others For Another Round At A $2.5B Valuation

    Slack, the communication platform that has taken the workplace world by storm, is on a roll of another sort. After announcing a fundraise of $120 million at a $1 billion-plus valuation less than six months ago, TechCrunch has heard that the company is talking to investors for yet another round, this time at a valuation of around $2.5-2.6 billion. Investors that we have heard involved in… Read More

  • Why Don’t Makers Have Higher Social Status?

    Why Don’t Makers Have Higher Social Status?

    Matt Burns wrote about a situation at his son’s school last week that could have happened almost anywhere in the United States. The school had organized a career day, and his son, who is seven years old, told his teachers he wanted to be a video game designer one day. His teacher’s response was not to be enthusiastic, but rather to dismiss the goal, saying that his son should… Read More

  • Amazon Prime Music Takes On Pandora With Addition Of “Prime Stations” On iOS

    Amazon Prime Music Takes On Pandora With Addition Of “Prime Stations” On iOS

    Prime Music, Amazon’s free music streaming service for Prime members, has been upgraded on mobile today with a new feature that will see the service better competing with similar offerings like Pandora or iTunes Radio, for example. The company has now introduced “Prime Stations” for users of its iOS application, which are are ad-free streaming music stations that offer… Read More

  • This Amazingly Limber Bionic Arm Connects To Your Smartphone

    This Amazingly Limber Bionic Arm Connects To Your Smartphone

    A Japanese company called Exiii has created a sub-$300 bionic arm that connects to your cellphone in order to perform some surprisingly limber maneuvers. The arm uses 3D printed parts to make it easy to build and assembled and it can be repaired or reprinted in multiple colo Read More

  • Microsoft Signs 11 Agreements With OEMs To Bring Office To More Android Handsets And Tablets

    Microsoft Signs 11 Agreements With OEMs To Bring Office To More Android Handsets And Tablets

    Microsoft has broadened a previously announced agreement with Samsung to preinstall its software on the latter firm’s hardware it announced today, and landed nearly a dozen separate, similar arrangements with other OEMs including Dell. As a company, Microsoft is pursuing an increasingly cross-platform software strategy, one in which it is content to ensure that its applications are… Read More

  • Four Patents That Changed Enterprise Storage

    Four Patents That Changed Enterprise Storage

    Sports fans get very excited about Final Fours — whether it’s the new four-team playoff in college football, the semi-finals competitors at Wimbledon or, most famously, the remaining competitors in NCAA basketball’s March Madness. As we are in the midst of this year’s tournament, I started pondering a Fab Four, if not the Final Four, of the world’s impactful… Read More

  • Twitter Teaming With Foursquare For Location Tagging In Tweets

    Twitter Teaming With Foursquare For Location Tagging In Tweets

    Twitter is bringing the ability to tag specific locations to Tweets via official apps and the web, through a partnership with Foursquare. The company tweeted about the upcoming feature today, showing a video of how it’ll work in iOS. Coming soon! We’re working with @foursquare so you can tag specific locations in Tweets: https://t.co/MwlLz5Pfvq pic.twitter.com/jATzXvbuV6 —… Read More

  • Instagram Launches Layout, Its Own Photo Collage App

    Instagram Launches Layout, Its Own Photo Collage App

    Instagram today announced the debut of a new application called Layout, the company’s next standalone creation tool outside of its flagship photo-sharing application. With Layout, Instagram users will be able to quickly build collages using their mobile photos, which they can then choose to share to Instagram, Facebook, or elsewhere. Collage-making is already a popular activity on… Read More

  • Next Version Of iOS Will Let You Download Free Apps And Other Content Without A Password

    Next Version Of iOS Will Let You Download Free Apps And Other Content Without A Password

    A forthcoming feature arriving in the next version of Apple’s iOS operating system, iOS 8.3, could make it easier for developers of free applications to acquire new users. Thanks to a new option found under the “iTunes & App Store” section with the iOS Settings application, iOS device owners will be able to disable the password requirement for free apps and other downloads. Read More

  • I Beat A Patent Troll And You Can Too

    I Beat A Patent Troll And You Can Too

    Editor’s Note: Chris Hulls is the chief executive of the family networking and communication service, Life360. I thought I was finished standing up to bullies when I left junior high. Being the quiet guy and a late bloomer made me an easy target growing up, but I eventually fought back and after that no one ever bothered me again… that is, until now. As a tech founder… Read More

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