• Pure Storage CEO Says $225M Round Gives It Flexibility And R&D Runway

    Pure Storage CEO Says $225M Round Gives It Flexibility And R&D Runway

    Pure Storage, a company that has pioneered a way to deliver solid state disk performance for a mechanical disk price, announced today it has received $225 million in Series F venture funding at a valuation of $3 billion. Those are impressive numbers, but it doesn't stop there. According to company president David Hatfield, Pure Storage achieved 700 percent year-over-year growth and 50+ percent… Read More

  • Etsy Acquires Gadget Marketplace Grand St.

    Etsy Acquires Gadget Marketplace Grand St.

    Grand St., a service once described as an Etsy for electronics, is now actually a part of Etsy, the companies confirm. The deal was announced today on Grand St.'s official blog and on Etsy's site (via Fortune) where Etsy CEO Chad Dickerson explained the two companies' overlapping vision. He says both were focused on the way "making was changing," in a time when shoppers are more interested in… Read More

  • Instagram Diverges From Vine By Personalizing Explore Tab

    Instagram Diverges From Vine By Personalizing Explore Tab

    Rather than just sunsets from foreign countries and selfies by fashion models, Instagram's Explore page is now also personalized with top photos and videos Liked by people you follow. Personalization highlights Instagram's focus on your own social graph and a subjective vision of beauty, to contrast with Vine, which centers around re-sharing and globally popular expert content creators. Read More

  • Codecademy Moves To Be A One-Stop-Shop For Programming Education

    Codecademy Moves To Be A One-Stop-Shop For Programming Education

    Since its launch two years ago Codecademy has become synonymous with online education for basic computer programming. In that time, the company says it’s learned a few things itself and today launched a newly redesigned website with an enhanced framework for teaching more than just the nuts and bolts of programming. In some ways it’s the company’s attempt to transform itself from… Read More

  • Google Commits $100M To Help Finance Residential Solar Installs With SunPower

    Google Commits $100M To Help Finance Residential Solar Installs With SunPower

    Fresh off its agreement to purchase up to 407 MW of wind power for its Iowa data center, Google today announced that it has committed $100 million to create a new fund to help finance the purchase of residential solar installations with SunPower Corporation. The fund, which will also include $150 million from SunPower, is meant to enable a scheme that is similar to what other residential solar… Read More

  • Samsung’s Own Apps Don’t Get Used Much, But That’s No Surprise

    Samsung’s Own Apps Don’t Get Used Much, But That’s No Surprise

    Samsung preloads its own apps on its Android devices, including replacements for stock apps like the phone dialer and SMS software, as well as more advanced note-taking and WhatsApp competitor apps. But app away though they may, very few people are actually using them according to a new survey detailed by the Wall Street Journal. instead, people are using the apps you’d expect to be… Read More

  • These HBO Go Ads Are Hilarious

    These HBO Go Ads Are Hilarious

    My colleagues wrote about Apple ads yesterday. So when I stumbled across these HBO Go ads, I thought that you, dear TechCrunch readers, also deserve to see these seven videos. In them, you see teenagers sitting on a couch and watching HBO shows, such as Game of Thrones, True Detective or Girls. But their parents are lingering in the background. Everybody remembers those awkward moments watching… Read More

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