• Now part of Nielsen, Gracenote has unified its video, music and sports databases

    Now part of Nielsen, Gracenote has unified its video, music and sports databases

    Media metadata company Gracenote is looking to be the one-stop data provider for TV providers, device manufacturers and various media distribution services. To do so, the company has unified its vast stores of music, TV and sports data into a single database with a common schema and set of APIs to access it. Read More

  • ColorWare will paint your Apple AirPods any color

    ColorWare will paint your Apple AirPods any color

    White AirPods are fine. I guess. If you like boring. But for the rest of us, ColorWare is now offering its aftermarket painting service for Apple’s wireless earbuds and there’s a multitude of color options. The company will even paint the case for an extra few dollars. ColorWare has been around since the early 2000s. These folks know what they’re doing, offering a variety… Read More

  • Website builder Wix acquires art community DeviantArt for $36M

    Website builder Wix acquires art community DeviantArt for $36M

    Wix.com has made another acquisition to build out the tools that it provides to users to build and administer websites: it has acquired DeviantArt, an online community for artists, designers and art/design enthusiasts with some 325 million individual pieces of original art and more than 40 million registered members, for $36 million in cash, including $3 million of assumed… Read More

  • AirMap raises $26 million to manage air traffic as drone use surges

    AirMap raises $26 million to manage air traffic as drone use surges

    Lower airspace isn’t crowded with drones quite yet. But as drones become more pervasive, a startup called AirMap is building software and systems to help drone operators fly only where it’s safe and legal to do so. The task will prove completely different from that of managing airliners as we do today, says AirMap CEO and cofounder Ben Marcus who is also serving as the co-chair for… Read More

  • Qualcomm announces new VR dev kit and headset accelerator program

    Qualcomm announces new VR dev kit and headset accelerator program

    The near-future of VR is definitely mobile, and for the time-being nobody has more control of the guts of mobile devices than Qualcomm does. It’s definitely in the company’s best interest then to foster VR development amongst ODMs (original design manufacturers) around the globe. The future isn’t just slot-in mobile phone based, in places like China, all-in-one mobile… Read More

  • K2 Global’s $183 million VC fund aims to decentralize Sand Hill Road

    K2 Global’s $183 million VC fund aims to decentralize Sand Hill Road

    K2 Global is announcing a $183 million venture capital fund targeted at early stage startups with global aspirations. The fund is closing significantly larger than the $58 million the firm initially raised. With a decentralized team and no Sand Hill Road office, K2 Global aims to bring Valley hustle to international technology investing. In contrast to well known VC firms like Sequoia and… Read More

  • Messaging app Viber adds e-commerce button to sell you items inspired by your chats

    Messaging app Viber adds e-commerce button to sell you items inspired by your chats

    Messaging app Viber is today announcing a new feature that taps into the bigger trend of messaging apps becoming multi-functional platforms, and also its ownership by e-commerce company Rakuten. Viber will start to present users with items for sale, inspired by your current chat, when you press a small shopping bag icon at the bottom of the screen and search for items.  The feature is due… Read More

  • Indonesia’s Printerous raises $1.4M to digitize traditional printing

    Indonesia’s Printerous raises $1.4M to digitize traditional printing

    Printerous, an Indonesia startup that is bringing the country’s printing industry into the digital era, has raised $1.4 million. The round was led by Golden Gate Ventures with participation from U.S. firm Sovereign’s Capital and Indonesian conglomerate Gunung Sewu Kencana. The two-year-old company is using the internet to make traditional printing more efficient and convenient. Read More

  • Trump and the EU-US privacy shield laws Crunch Network

    Trump and the EU-US privacy shield laws

    On January 25, the Trump administration injected a whole new level of uncertainty into the already-fragile EU-US data flow agreement, known as the Privacy Shield. With the stroke of a pen, President Trump signed an executive order entitled “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States,” which directed agencies to “exclude persons who are not United States… Read More

  • Confirmed: UK challenger bank Monzo raises £19.5M with another £2.5M in crowdfunding planned

    Confirmed: UK challenger bank Monzo raises £19.5M with another £2.5M in crowdfunding planned

    Monzo, one of a number of so-called “challenger” banks in the U.K. aiming to re-invent the current account, has disclosed a new funding round — confirming our scoop from earlier this week. Read More

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