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  • Join Ron Conway And Fred Wilson At Disrupt NY

    Join Ron Conway And Fred Wilson At Disrupt NY

    It’s no secret that the incredible wealth of the technology industry has attracted critics in recent years. In this country’s two capitols of capital, San Francisco and New York, influxes of tech workers are reshaping neighborhoods, and accelerating tech salaries are ramping rent prices in entire area codes. Technology promises change, but not all change is popular. Startup… Read More

  • Vine Courts The Embed With High Res Video

    Vine Courts The Embed With High Res Video

    Vines just got bigger with a higher quality video upgrade today. A new post on the company blog announced a technical change that allows Vine users to upload the higher-resolution 720p HD video to the app. That’s a significant improvement from the 480p resolution. Video is increasingly viewed on mobile devices and across the web. Facebook rolled out the ability to embed video on other… Read More

  • Tumblr’s iOS App Will Now Add ‘Buy,’ ‘Pledge,’ And ‘Get Involved’ Buttons To Select Posts

    Tumblr’s iOS App Will Now Add ‘Buy,’ ‘Pledge,’ And ‘Get Involved’ Buttons To Select Posts

    Tumblr today introduced a change to its service that will encourage users to purchase or fund products and campaigns on other websites, including Etsy’s online marketplace and Kickstarter, for example. With an update to its mobile application for iOS, posts that link to those sites as well as DoSomething.org will now automatically be given buttons that let others “Buy,”… Read More

  • Slack Got Hacked

    Slack Got Hacked

    Slack, the super-slick team chat-room service, is getting popular fast. Word around the rumor mill is that they’re currently raising funds at a $2.8 billion valuation. And in the words of the late, great Biggie Smalls: Mo Money, Mo Problems. In the case of startups, success can make your databases a juicy target for hackers. And sure enough: Slack got hacked. Read More

  • Meerkat Strikes Back At Periscope With New Ways To Follow

    Meerkat Strikes Back At Periscope With New Ways To Follow

    With Twitter’s much more polished live-streaming app Periscope now on the market, Meerkat needs to strengthen its own social graph to keep users from straying to its new competitor. So today Meerkat for iOS was updated with recommendations of people to follow, a way to follow people from inside streams, and ways to discover streams your friends like. It’s also trying to neutralize… Read More

  • Tech Titans Blast New Anti-Gay Law In Indiana

    Tech Titans Blast New Anti-Gay Law In Indiana

    It’s hard to believe, after how far the gay rights movement has come, that we’re still doing this. But here we are. Republican Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has signed into law a bill that allows private businesses to discriminate against gay and lesbian consumers, according to CNN. The “Restoration of Religious Freedom Act” is meant to allow businesses and corporations to… Read More

  • The Live Stream Goes Mainstream

    The Live Stream Goes Mainstream

    In early 2011, Skype bought a mobile video startup called Qik, which had developed an app that let mobile users record and stream videos in real-time which others could be alerted to and then view. If that description sounds similar to the newly hot live-streaming apps Meerkat and Periscope, it’s because the overall concept introduced then is not all that far off from what’s… Read More

  • SEC Greenlights Equity Crowdfunding, So Anyone Can Invest In Startups

    SEC Greenlights Equity Crowdfunding, So Anyone Can Invest In Startups

    Earlier this week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced a new set of rules implementing Title IV of the JOBS Act. The release of these final rules further advances one of the core principles and goals of the 2012 law: to create an environment where emerging enterprises can raise public capital efficiently. Read More

  • Facebook Is Down For Many Users Right Now (Update: It’s Back!)

    Facebook Is Down For Many Users Right Now (Update: It’s Back!)

    Update: Service is now fully restored according to Facebook. Facebook has been down for at least an hour for some users, according to reports on social media and downrightnow. The outage has affected some but not all users of the platform, with an informal survey of TechCrunch staffers revealing that those outside the U.S. and attempting to connect via the desktop site are most likely to… Read More

  • Cisco Backs Video Ad Startup Innovid In New $10M Round

    Cisco Backs Video Ad Startup Innovid In New $10M Round

    Innovid, a startup that helps advertisers create, target, and measure video ad campaigns, is announcing that it has raised $10 million in new funding. As part the round, the startup is bringing on Cisco Investments as a new investor. (Previous backers such as Genesis Partners, Sequoia Capital, and T-Venture also participated.) Innovid and Cisco were already working together on the technology… Read More

  • Spear-Phishing Could Enable Cyberterrorism Attacks Against The U.S.

    Spear-Phishing Could Enable Cyberterrorism Attacks Against The U.S.

    If terrorists ever orchestrate a violent cyberattack against the U.S., the odds are 9 in 10 that spear-phishing will be the first step of their assault. The same technique that has breached Sony, Anthem, Target, the Pentagon and thousands of organizations every year, spear-phishing is used in some 91 percent of cyberattacks, according to the security firm Micro Trend. We can either spread… Read More

  • Anonymous Social App Cloaq Lets You Secretly Comment On Anything

    Anonymous Social App Cloaq Lets You Secretly Comment On Anything

    The trend toward anonymous social applications may be on the downswing for some, but others believe there’s still a place for online discussions where users don’t have to reveal their real identity. Case in point: Cloaq, the anonymous app where users never had to provide an identifying piece of information, like a phone number or email, is today launching out of beta with a new twist. Read More

  • A Super Angel’s View On Venture Capital In 2015

    A Super Angel’s View On Venture Capital In 2015

    As the first quarter of 2015 draws to a close, it’s clear that the venture capital industry is evolving. Since 2005, thousands of new millionaires have been minted by the IPOs of Alibaba Group, Lending Club, Go Pro, Box, Zendesk, Facebook, Pandora, Zynga, Linkedin, Homeaway, Zipcar and countless others. Read More

  • Google To Build Robotic Surgery Assistance Platform With Johnson & Johnson

    Google To Build Robotic Surgery Assistance Platform With Johnson & Johnson

    Google and Johnson & Johnson have announced that the will team up to develop an advanced, robot-assisted surgery platform. The team effort will involve “capabilities, intellectual property and expertise” from both companies, and will involve Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon, maker of medial devices. All of the language in the announcement of the partnership suggests… Read More

  • Facebook Took The Scenic Route, But Now It’s Nailing Mobile

    Facebook Took The Scenic Route, But Now It’s Nailing Mobile

    A company can’t easily shore up its weaknesses, especially when it grows to the size of Facebook, but the social network has managed to slowly but surely reinvent itself on mobile in a way that makes sense and resonates with users. FB surely stumbled along the path, and some of its efforts even drew outright scorn, but presumably the ill-fated experiments informed recent successes, and… Read More

  • Facebook’s New Homegrown Messenger Apps Focus On Selfies, Sound And Shaking

    Facebook’s New Homegrown Messenger Apps Focus On Selfies, Sound And Shaking

    Facebook has launched its first home-made apps for its Messenger Platform after Sound Clips (iOS/Android), Selfied (iOS/Android), Strobe (iOS/Android) and Shout (iOS/Android) went live. Stickered, an existing app that lets you plaster photos with stickers, has also been retooled for Messenger. Read More

  • Built By A Parkinson’s Sufferer, MyHealthPal Tracks Symptoms, Creates Research Data

    Built By A Parkinson’s Sufferer, MyHealthPal Tracks Symptoms, Creates Research Data

    The development and availability of wearables is running hand in hand with the exploding interest in the digital health space. Managing our health via apps and devices is slowly becoming the norm. And patients that need to monitor their condition day-to-day have even more to benefit from this powerful combination. Startups are of course entering this space in droves. The latest is a startup… Read More

  • Secret Is Working On New Apps, Won’t Shut Down Original Product

    Secret Is Working On New Apps, Won’t Shut Down Original Product

    Secret Inc. — makers of the”anonymish” app Secret, which lets users post notes to friends, friends-of-friends, or those in their vicinity without revealing their identities — crashed through the highs and lows of startup life in the last year, generating a lot of interest and notoriety for its gossipy, eponymous app, and then almost as quickly disappearing off the… Read More

  • CloudSolar Helps Renewable Energy Fans Who Can’t Install Their Own Solar Panels

    CloudSolar Helps Renewable Energy Fans Who Can’t Install Their Own Solar Panels

    Solar panels are becoming increasingly affordable, but many people still face barriers to harnessing the power of the sun for their own homes. For example, they might live in an apartment or in a house where the roof is angled or structured improperly for solar panel installation. A new Boston-based startup called CloudSolar is offering an intriguing solution. Read More

  • Reach Your Customers Through The Subconscious

    Reach Your Customers Through The Subconscious

    Consider a scene that happens a billion times a day, at a billion computers across the globe. A man is searching online for new running shoes, or a woman is clicking through e-commerce sites on the hunt for a birthday gift, a new dress or a book to read on her next vacation. Shoppers navigating the online marketplace think they are in control of their decisions. But the truth is, as they… Read More

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