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  • After Raising $1.8M, Jolla’s iPad Alternative Returns To Indiegogo With 64GB Version

    After Raising $1.8M, Jolla’s iPad Alternative Returns To Indiegogo With 64GB Version

    After smashing through its original crowdfunding goal of $380,000 in just over two hours, eventually raising $1.8 million before the campaign closed in December, perhaps we shouldn’t be too surprised to see the Jolla Tablet return to Indiegogo. To keep things interesting (and, presumably, a little more competitive), the iPad alternative, which runs Jolla’s open source Sailfish OS… Read More

  • Imgur Releases A Fast Video-To-GIF Converter

    Imgur Releases A Fast Video-To-GIF Converter

    Here’s an embarrassing secret: Before today, I’d never made a GIF. I mean, obviously I’ve seen them, laughed when they’ve been passed along, and made a note so that I could share them myself later. I’ve even searched for them once or twice on Giphy. Read More

  • Tune Raises $27M To Unify Mobile Marketing Data

    Tune Raises $27M To Unify Mobile Marketing Data

    Tune, a company that bills itself as “the enterprise platform for mobile marketing,” is announcing that it has raised $27 million in Series B funding. Founded by twin brothers Lucas and Lee Brown (pictured above with CEO Peter Hamilton), Tune was previously known as HasOffers — it rebranded last summer, giving it what Hamilton called “a more flexible, bigger name.” Read More

  • Armed With A Push-Bike And $25 Million, Europe Beckons For Premium Take-Out Service Deliveroo

    Armed With A Push-Bike And $25 Million, Europe Beckons For Premium Take-Out Service Deliveroo

    “I was actually the first delivery driver, I still do deliveries for 4 hours a week,” Deliveroo CEO and co-founder William Shu tells me during a call. “I don’t do it on the scooter anymore, I do it on the bicycle. It’s actually really good exercise so I don’t mind.” Read More

  • AnalyticsMD Applies AI To Optimize The ER

    AnalyticsMD Applies AI To Optimize The ER

    AnalyticsMD, which is launching out of Y Combinator’s latest batch, is a startup tackling a difficult but very worthwhile problem: how to boost the operational efficiency of hospitals and improve patient care by helping staff make better choices about how resources are allocated. Its founders liken their product to an “air traffic controller for the hospital and healthcare… Read More

  • AutoBot Raises $6M To Drive Development Of Its Car Diagnostic Tools

    AutoBot Raises $6M To Drive Development Of Its Car Diagnostic Tools

    AutoBot, a Beijing startup that makes diagnostic tools for cars (not the robots in disguise), has raised a $6 million Series A from Gobi Partners and ABC Capital. The company will use the funding for marketing, hiring and product research and development. AutoBot’s main product is the AutoBot Mini OBD (on-board diagnostic) device, which users can plug into their car’s OBD-II outlet… Read More

  • Up Close With Coinbase Exchange

    Up Close With Coinbase Exchange

    It’s been a few days since Coinbase launched its official Exchange, a dashboard for active bitcoin traders that lets you buy and sell based on real-time pricing. I thought I’d sit down and put it through its paces and see just how usable this tool was for the average BTC fan, as well as folks who might want to add BTC to their trading regimen. Read More

  • ScottEVest Founder Puts In Bid For SkyMall

    ScottEVest Founder Puts In Bid For SkyMall

    It’s back! Venerable SkyMall, that inflight catalog full of stepping stools for dogs and hearing gadgets, may have a second life thanks to the larger-than-life CEO of ScottEVest, Scott Jordan. Jordan, who we interviewed at CES this year, is putting in a bid for the company and hopes to turn it around by bringing it into the 21st century. Read More

  • TechCrunch Is Bringing The Pitch-Off Back To Atlanta And Boston

    TechCrunch Is Bringing The Pitch-Off Back To Atlanta And Boston

    Meetups are coming to Boston and Atlanta, and they’ll be here before you know it. Be a planner. Get out ahead of it and follow through on your New Year’s resolutions! Buy tickets here. We’re headed to Atlanta on February 24 and Boston on February 26 to hit our favorite cities with the world famous TechCrunch Pitch-Off. About 10 companies will have the chance to pitch… Read More

  • ShuttleCloud Launches API To Import Address Books And Build “The Email Graph”

    ShuttleCloud Launches API To Import Address Books And Build “The Email Graph”

    You’ve probably heard of the social graph and the interest graph. Now a startup called ShuttleCloud says it’s trying to help developers with “unlocking the email graph.” By email graph, ShuttleCloud means “the contacts and the relationships buried within your email,” according to Bob Greenlees, the company’s director of operations and business development. Read More

  • Snapchat Lets You Add People Via QR Snaptags Thanks To Secret Scan.me Acquisition

    Snapchat Lets You Add People Via QR Snaptags Thanks To Secret Scan.me Acquisition

    Leaked emails from the Sony hack revealed Snapchat quietly acquired a QR code startup called Scan.me late last year, and now we know why. Yesterday alongside Discover, Snapchat launched a new feature called Snaptags that creates a unique QR code for every Snapchat user. When someone points their Snapchat camera at a Snaptag, the app adds the corresponding person as a friend. Read More

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