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  • Consider Pitching A “Virtual Startup” To Your Boss Crunch Network

    Consider Pitching A “Virtual Startup” To Your Boss

    Over the years I’ve been part of several of startups, and I love the energy, excitement and sense of risk that comes with launching into uncharted waters. My last startup was acquired in 2007, and I’ve been working at the acquirer ever since. A bit over two years ago, I got the itch to do something entrepreneurial again. When I talked with my boss about quitting to build a new… Read More

  • Google Updates Chrome Beta With Support For External MIDI Keyboards And A New Permissions API

    Google Updates Chrome Beta With Support For External MIDI Keyboards And A New Permissions API

    Chances are you’ve seen a few web-based virtual instruments that use the Web Audio API. Now, assuming developers support this, you’ll be able to use your MIDI-compatible keyboard to play these with the help of the latest beta version of Chrome. Google today released this update with support for the Web MIDI API, an upcoming standard for connecting keyboards to the browser. Read More

  • Why Your Favorite Snapchat Apps No Longer Work

    Why Your Favorite Snapchat Apps No Longer Work

    Outside of a mobile application’s official product, there tends to exist a broader ecosystem catering the wants and unmet desires of its user community. For Instagram, there are apps to boost your followers; Tinder users could once peer into who likes them and undo their accidental swipes; and dozens Snapchat apps bloomed, allowing users to automatically save incoming photos or… Read More

  • 3D Robotics Launches DroneKit, Its API For Building Drone Apps

    3D Robotics Launches DroneKit, Its API For Building Drone Apps

    3D Robotics, the largest U.S.-based drone manufacturer, today announced the launch of DroneKit, its open-source API for writing drone apps. Because 3D Robotics has always taken a platform approach, DroneKit will work with any drone that uses its APM autopilot (and while there are quite a few of those on the market, though this won’t work with any of the popular DJI drones, for example). Read More

  • 47 Startups That Launched At Y Combinator Winter 2015 Demo Day 2

    47 Startups That Launched At Y Combinator Winter 2015 Demo Day 2

    Y Combinator got so big, it had to split its Demo Day in two. During today’s second wave we saw a variety of promising biotech, marketplace, enterprise, and financial tech startups. Yesterday we chronicled 50 consumer, B2B, developer, and hardware companies. With bigger and bigger batches, the on-stage pitches are getting more bombastic as YC’s startups compete for attention. Yet… Read More

  • Ustream’s New Live-Broadcasting SDK Lets You Build Your Own Meerkat

    Ustream’s New Live-Broadcasting SDK Lets You Build Your Own Meerkat

    Call it a sign of the times: hot on the heels of Meerkat’s sudden boom in popularity among techies and Twitter’s kneecapping of the service as SXSW began, live-streaming startup Ustream is opening its internal API to the public so that anyone can build their own Meerkat-like broadcasting app. Read More

  • With Hushbook, Swipe Left To Unfollow Someone On Facebook

    With Hushbook, Swipe Left To Unfollow Someone On Facebook

    If you’re still on Facebook, you need this app. Called Hushbook, the iOS app essentially is Tinder for Facebook, but instead of finding new friends, it’s decided to find friends you no longer want to follow. It’s time for a bit of spring cleaning. If you’re anything like me, Facebook lost its novelty years ago and now your profile is an ugly mix of professional… Read More

  • German Startup Campaigns For Personal Data API Law

    German Startup Campaigns For Personal Data API Law

    German startup Protonet, which last year raised just over $4 million via Seedmatch for its secure server product for SMEs — 8x more crowdfunding than it had originally sought — has cooked up a new initiative, and this time it’s a not-for-profit campaign lobbying for a change in European law to open up access to an individual’s personal data held by digital platforms… Read More

  • Dropbox Brings Groups Functionality To Its Business Product

    Dropbox Brings Groups Functionality To Its Business Product

    After a multi-month preview, Dropbox today announced that it is generally releasing its groups feature to business customers, along with an API that will allow IT departments to integrate the capability into their normal organizational flow. Groups allows companies that use Dropbox to segment their employee base to quickly assign access to various files and folders. Dropbox, a company that… Read More

  • Rainforest Raises $4M To Build Scalable QA

    Rainforest Raises $4M To Build Scalable QA

    Quality assurance testing is a problem that can quickly escalate beyond the resources of startups and often requires entire divisions at larger companies. It’s increasingly easy to build apps with more functionality, powered by more sources of data, with more situations a user might encounter. Read More

  • Amazon Cloud Drive Gets Its Own API

    Amazon Cloud Drive Gets Its Own API

    Amazon is working to make its Cloud Drive service more competitive in the crowded online storage market. After recently bundling free, unlimited photo storage on Cloud Drive for Amazon Prime customers, today the company is going after developers with a new Cloud Drive API. The API will allow third-party developers to integrate Cloud Drive into their own applications, so they can focus more… Read More

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