• Laugh.ly grabs $2.25 million for its stand-up comedy streaming service

    Laugh.ly grabs $2.25 million for its stand-up comedy streaming service

    A streaming service for stand-up comedy called Laugh.ly, which publicly launched this past August, has now closed on $2.25 million in seed funding led by New York Angels, the company announced today. Available for both iOS and Android devices, Laugh.ly is the first to offer an extensive library of comedians’ stand-up sets, with content from top names in the biz, including Kevin Hart… Read More

  • DataSift connects with LinkedIn as its latest social marketing partner

    DataSift connects with LinkedIn as its latest social marketing partner

    DataSift, which taps and structures data from social networks to provide more insights into it, has added a new partner to its own network. The company has linked up with LinkedIn — the social network for the working world with 467 million users that was acquired by Microsoft recently for $26.2 billion — to help develop a stronger marketing profile for LinkedIn by parsing its… Read More

  • ComiXology launches original comics with Adventure Time spin-off

    ComiXology launches original comics with Adventure Time spin-off

    Amazon’s ComiXology is delivering on the promise it made last year to create original content exclusively for users of its platform and Kindle customers, with Adventure Time Marshall Lee Spectacular, an Adventure Time tale focusing on the Vampire King from the franchise’s alternate gender-swapped story universe. The Marshall Lee story is available as a $3.99 one-time purchase… Read More

  • Iris Automation raises $1.5 million to help drones sense and avoid obstacles

    Iris Automation raises $1.5 million to help drones sense and avoid obstacles

    Iris Automation Inc. has raised $1.5 million to bring “sense and avoid” technology, and truly self-flying capabilities, to drones used for industrial tasks. Even for human pilots, identifying obstacles and deciding precisely how to maneuver a fast-flying aircraft around them poses a serious challenge. Iris’ technology analyzes and draws insights from videos captured by… Read More

  • Hulu launches user profiles on mobile

    Hulu launches user profiles on mobile

    In December, Hulu announced the debut of user profiles in order to make its streaming TV service more personalized to end users, offering each user their own Watchlist, viewing history and recommendations based on their activity and interests. At the time of launch, the feature wasn’t broadly available, however. That’s now changing, as Hulu has just rolled out user profiles to… Read More

  • Microsoft to double its Montreal AI R&D office and invest $7M in academic research

    Microsoft to double its Montreal AI R&D office and invest $7M in academic research

    Microsoft is following its acquisition of Montreal-based Maluuba with additional investment in the city that’s become quite the artificial intelligence hotbed. Microsoft announced in Davos on Wednesday that it will be growing its research and design office there (which is what Maluuba will be, post-acquisition) to double the size over the course of the next two years. Microsoft will also… Read More

  • A new CEO for DocuSign

    A new CEO for DocuSign

    DocuSign, the electronic signature company, has ended its search for a permanent CEO. Effective this week, Daniel Springer is taking the reigns and former CEO Keith Krach is moving to a chairman role. With a reported valuation of more than $3 billion, 14-year-old DocuSign is said to be scaling, with speculation that it’s nearing its long-awaited IPO. Though he couldn’t comment… Read More

  • Watch Microsoft Accelerator’s Tel Aviv Demo Day here

    Watch Microsoft Accelerator’s Tel Aviv Demo Day here

    TechCrunch is pleased to offer Microsoft Accelerator’s Tel Aviv Demo Day today at 6:30 p.m. local time, 8:30 a.m. PST. The Microsoft Accelerator is an immersive three- to six-month program aimed at helping entrepreneurs get through the challenges of building a company, finding customers and scaling to global markets. There are seven accelerators located around the world, from Seattle… Read More

  • Maelle Gavet is the new COO at real estate startup Compass

    Maelle Gavet is the new COO at real estate startup Compass

    There has been another development at Compass, the real estate startup that recently hit a $1 billion valuation. The company has appointed a new COO, Maëlle Gavet. She will report to Robert Reffkin, the CEO and co-founder of Compass. Gavet was most recently at Priceline, the travel services giant, which she joined as EVP in 2015 tasked with integrating a number of its brands, and with a… Read More

  • YouTube adds new in-app messaging feature on iOS and Android in Canada

    YouTube adds new in-app messaging feature on iOS and Android in Canada

    YouTube has introduce a new in-app messaging platform, which has been in testing since mid-2016 – but there’s a catch: It’s only available in Canada for now. Why Canada? Well, it’s not unusual for companies to soft launch products in Canada, because it’s a good testing ground thanks to its market similarity to the U.S., albeit with a total addressable population… Read More

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