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  • Weaved Hauls Your Raspberry Pi Projects Online

    Weaved Hauls Your Raspberry Pi Projects Online

    Playing with Raspberry Pi is a lot of fun, but what happens when you want to get some real work done? While it’s not difficult to make a RaspPi board do cool stuff, getting it to communicate with the wider world is a bit of a challenge. That’s why Ryo Koyama, Mike Johnson, and Doug Olekin made Weaved. While the goal is a bit broad – “Weaved is looking to enable Internet… Read More

  • Doxie Updates Its Portable Doxie Go Scanner With Wi-Fi And iOS App

    Doxie Updates Its Portable Doxie Go Scanner With Wi-Fi And iOS App

    I’ve been using my Doxie Go scanner for the past two years. It’s a portable scanner small enough to keep in a drawer for when you need it. Doxie just updated its flagship scanner with not one but two new models — the Doxie Go Plus and the Doxie Go Wi-Fi. The Doxie Go Plus, as the name suggests, is an improved version of the scanner. The company claims that image quality has… Read More

  • Meet & Jam Could Help You Form Your Next Supergroup (Or Simply Book A Rehearsal Studio)

    Meet & Jam Could Help You Form Your Next Supergroup (Or Simply Book A Rehearsal Studio)

    When you think about what it’s like to be in a band, you probably think sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. I think schlepping it around London playing in half-empty venues, continually having to recruit a new drummer, and spending too much time organising evenings spent in a hot, sweaty and dingy rehearsal studio. If only Meet & Jam existed back in my rock ‘n’… Read More

  • SendMyBag Arrives In The U.S. To Take Your Luggage When Airlines Won’t

    SendMyBag Arrives In The U.S. To Take Your Luggage When Airlines Won’t

    SendMyBag has come a long way since being unceremoniously rejected by investors on the BBC TV show Dragon’s Den. Shortly after, the Northern Irish startup, which offers a shipping service that picks up the slack left by airlines who no longer want to take your luggage, raised a modest seed round. Meanwhile, in the last 18 months, the company has transported over 100,000 pieces of… Read More

  • Open-Source Chat Platform Scrollback Raises $400,000 Seed Round

    Open-Source Chat Platform Scrollback Raises $400,000 Seed Round

    Scrollback, a free open-source chat platform for online communities, has raised $500,000 Singaporean dollars (about $400,000) led by Jungle Ventures, with participation from Singapore’s National Research Foundation, Crystal Horse Investments, Singapore Angel Network, Roland Turner, and other angel investors. Read More

  • Snapchat’s Newest Money Maker Is A Sponsored Our Story For Samsung And The AMAs

    Snapchat’s Newest Money Maker Is A Sponsored Our Story For Samsung And The AMAs

    Snapchat took its first shot at monetizing its Our Stories collaborative livestream feature tonight with a Samsung-branded look at The American Music Awards. We were tipped off to the AMA Our Story, and Snapchat confirms to me that it was paid by Samsung for the promotion. The AMA Our Story intersplices “Sponsored”-tagged Samsung photos and videos from behind the scenes at the… Read More

  • Jumpy Is An Open-Platform Smartwatch Just For Kids

    Jumpy Is An Open-Platform Smartwatch Just For Kids

    A Taipei-based hardware startup called JoyRay wants to create a smartwatch for kids that won’t end up abandoned like the Velveteen Rabbit. Founder and CEO Jerry Chang, who was division head of Foxconn’s smartphone business before leaving last December, believes the key to creating a kids’ smartwatch with enduring appeal is to make it open platform and release new apps… Read More

  • Whitney Wolfe, Other Former Tinder Employees To Launch Direct Competitor Called Bumble

    Whitney Wolfe, Other Former Tinder Employees To Launch Direct Competitor Called Bumble

    Whitney Wolfe, an early employee at Tinder who sued the company for sexual harassment and workplace discrimination, has joined up with two other early Tinder employees, Chris Gulczynski and his parter Sarah Mick, to launch a direct competitor to Tinder called Bumble, sources tell TechCrunch. According to the app’s Facebook page, Bumble is a social discovery app that “promotes a… Read More

  • Yahoo Acquires Photo Startup Cooliris

    Yahoo Acquires Photo Startup Cooliris

    Photo app-maker Cooliris just announced that it has been acquired by Yahoo. The company was founded in 2006 and was initially known for creating a “3D wall” for navigating photos and other media content. More recently, its focus shifted to an app (also called Cooliris) that allowed users to browse photos from across services like Facebook, Instagram, and Flickr. It also launched… Read More

  • DataFox Brings Private Company Analysis And One-Pagers To Mobile

    DataFox Brings Private Company Analysis And One-Pagers To Mobile

    DataFox, the online research platform that allows anyone to track information about private tech companies, has now brought its service to mobile in the form of a new iOS application. The free app provides DataFox subscribers with access to over 500,000 company one-pager’s, private and public lists, and an events stream detailing recent news on companies tracked, like new hires… Read More

  • Ears-On With Spotify In Uber: Fast, Fun Backset DJing If Drivers Have It

    Ears-On With Spotify In Uber: Fast, Fun Backset DJing If Drivers Have It

    Uber now lets you play backseat DJ for your car’s sound system via Spotify in 10 cities. On my demo ride-along, I was impressed by how easy and seamless it works, as long as the driver is equipped. Music selections made on your phone quickly start playing through the driver’s app connected to the stereo, and there’s no data cost to the passenger beyond the premium Spotify… Read More

  • Photo-Sharing App Memoir Snags $5.5 Million To Help You Recall The Past

    Photo-Sharing App Memoir Snags $5.5 Million To Help You Recall The Past

    Photo-sharing application Memoir, a Timehop competitor that allows you to rediscover old photo “memories,” has raised an additional $5.5 million in a round led by Redpoint Ventures’ Ryan Sarver. Others participating included prior investors Founder Collective, Box Group, Lerer Ventures and Thrive Capital. The company had previously raised $1.2 million in seed… Read More

  • Livefyre Studio Puts The Company’s Focus On User Generated Content And Social Media Curation

    Livefyre Studio Puts The Company’s Focus On User Generated Content And Social Media Curation

    At this point, I should probably stop calling Livefyre a commenting platform. Actually, the company has been expanding beyond comments for a while. It launched its StreamHub product, which included more social media widgets, back in 2012. And it acquired social media curation startup Storify last year. Read More

  • A New App Called Milk Helps You Save On Groceries, Without Clipping Paper Coupons

    A New App Called Milk Helps You Save On Groceries, Without Clipping Paper Coupons

    The creators of coupon-code finder Honey, which helps online shoppers save at checkout, have now launched a new app called Milk (mmm…milk and honey…) that lets you save at the grocery store. The app is now one of many aimed at helping consumers save on consumer packaged good purchases, even if they don’t have time for clipping coupons from a newspaper. Today, there a lot of… Read More

  • MovieGlu Brings TV Guide-Style Listings To Movie Showtimes

    MovieGlu Brings TV Guide-Style Listings To Movie Showtimes

    There’s no shortage of places to go online to search for local movie showtimes to get your cinema fix. But, arguably, when it comes to the way search results are displayed, the majority of sites and apps appear to take their UI inspiration from newspaper movie listings of yesteryear, employing a simple list view. Or so says U.K. startup MovieGlu. Read More

  • Aereo Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

    Aereo Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

    Aereo, the streaming TV service that let users watch near-live TV on any internet-connected device, has today announced that the company is filing for Chapter 11 reorganization in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. The company has appointed Lawton Bloom, from Argus, to serve as Chief Restructuring Officer during the gradual shut down process. This comes on the… Read More

  • VideoBlocks Launches New Stock Video Marketplace Where All The Money Goes To Contributors

    VideoBlocks Launches New Stock Video Marketplace Where All The Money Goes To Contributors

    Stock video company VideoBlocks is expanding beyond its subscription business model with the launch of a new marketplace for contributed content. The company has already built a library of 115,000 video clips, backgrounds, and effects, which it either created itself or licensed from others. Customers can use any of the content in that library for a subscription fee of $79 a month or $99 a year. Read More

  • Social Betting App Youbetme Raises $2.7M

    Social Betting App Youbetme Raises $2.7M

    Youbetme, the startup behind the social betting app of the same name, announced today that it has raised $2.7 million in Series A funding. Youbetme says it launched the app in January. The company bills itself as a way to “bet on anything, at any time,” either through its iOS app or it’s website. To be clear, it doesn’t support real-money betting, but rather… Read More

  • How Limited Edition Scarves Fit Into Ryan Leslie’s Plans To Take His Music Straight To Fans

    How Limited Edition Scarves Fit Into Ryan Leslie’s Plans To Take His Music Straight To Fans

    In the recent debates about how the business model for musicians and other creative artists is changing, one of the commonly repeated ideas is that you no longer have to reach a mass audience in order to make money — instead, you just need a small group of devoted fans. Musician Ryan Leslie told me he’s been pursuing that idea since he left his label Universal in 2010 —… Read More

  • FastPay Raises $15M More To Improve Digital Media Cashflow

    FastPay Raises $15M More To Improve Digital Media Cashflow

    FastPay, a startup offering credit to digital media companies, is announcing that it has raised $15 million in additional equity funding. That description might not sound particularly sexy, but FastPay seems to be tackling a common problem for companies that serve as middlemen between online publishers and advertisers (such as ad agencies, demand side platforms, supply side platforms, ad… Read More