• Lobster nets £1M to scale its user-generated content licensing marketplace

    Lobster nets £1M to scale its user-generated content licensing marketplace

    U.K. startup Lobster is gearing up to scale its user-generated content licensing marketplace, as it closes a £1 million Series A. It’s expecting to have closed out the round next week, with 85 per cent of the funding committed at this point and only its decision on the last few investors outstanding. Read More

  • FLYR raised $8 million to change the way we buy plane tickets

    FLYR raised $8 million to change the way we buy plane tickets

    Travel tech startup FLYR raised $8 million in Series A funding for technology that predicts the price of airfare by applying artificial intelligence to a database of both open industry data and a proprietary collection of years of past prices and fluctuations. The funding round was led by a Peter Thiel fund, and, according to an SEC filing, Thiel Capital principal Phin Upham was involved in… Read More

  • Obama returns to his original Twitter handle and launches Obama.org

    Obama returns to his original Twitter handle and launches Obama.org

    Former (😢) President Obama is heading off for a well-earned vacation, but before going to his undisclosed but hopefully sunny and isolated location, he took to his old personal Twitter handle, @BarackObama, to promote the launch of his new website, Obama.org. Read More

  • Casual dating app Down acquired by Paktor

    Casual dating app Down acquired by Paktor

    Remember “Bang With Friends?” The controversial app, which later rebranded as Down, was acquired by Singapore-based dating startup Paktor (they’re, um… hooking up). The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but we’re told it was several million. After raising just $1 million, it was a “positive outcome” for investors like Tim Draper. Paktor has pulled… Read More

  • How to fail at Kickstarter — even if you get funded Crunch Network

    How to fail at Kickstarter — even if you get funded

    Originally positioned as a medium for projects to garner modest seed funding from a diverse group of supporters, crowdfunding platforms have evolved. Yes, crowdfunding has produced some inspiring success stories. However, it also has facilitated the transfer of significant sums of money to teams that ultimately proved themselves to be incompetent, leaving backers with nothing. Read More

  • Twitter just can’t let go of Vine, launches an online archive

    Twitter just can’t let go of Vine, launches an online archive

    Twitter just can’t seem to let go of Vine. The company announced last fall it would close the video-sharing community site and its accompanying mobile applications, which it then did just days ago. But it also has taken several steps to ensure that the content created in Vine would not be lost, by offering tools to export videos, both online and in its app. Today, in another move to… Read More

  • Amazon’s latest Dash button will send you a randomly assorted box of candy

    Amazon’s latest Dash button will send you a randomly assorted box of candy

    Amazon’s latest (physical) Dash button is like a “I’m Feeling Lucky” for candy. When pressed, the button will send you a box with a random assortment of small-batch candy made by “artisans from across the nation.” The box will cost $18 (with two-day free Prime shipping, of course) and can be ordered as many times as you want. The program is called Prime… Read More

  • Apple files a billion-dollar royalty suit against Qualcomm

    Apple files a billion-dollar royalty suit against Qualcomm

    What started as a rough week for Qualcomm just got worse. Apple is piling onto the lawsuit train just ahead of the weekend, following in the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s footsteps with a roughly billion-dollar suit against the San Diego-based mobile chipmaker. Apple was specifically named in the recent FTC filing, which accused Qualcomm of engaging in an anti-competitive “no… Read More

  • Weekly Roundup: Zuckerberg defends Oculus in court, Obama commutes Chelsea Manning sentence

    Weekly Roundup: Zuckerberg defends Oculus in court, Obama commutes Chelsea Manning sentence

    President Trump is officially the 45th president of the United States. Minutes after the inauguration, the White House’s LGBT rights page disappeared, as well as any mention of the terms “climate change” and “global warming.” The @POTUS Twitter account has been handed over to Trump and the first thing he tweeted was a Facebook link. Read More

  • Doug stays dry with an unloseable Bluetooth umbrella

    Gadget reviewer Doug Aamoth likes his umbrellas like he likes his women. As such, the $60 Kisha Bluetooth Never Lost Umbrella caught his attention because it's sturdy and location-trackable via an inexpensive Bluetooth beacon. The Never Lost has bluetooth, not GPS, and can be tracked back to the last location it connected with your phone. So no chase around town to find that pesky umbrella thief, it's just generally helpful if you are forgetful.

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