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  • Mobile ad startup AppLovin in talks for $1.5 billion acquisition

    Mobile ad startup AppLovin in talks for $1.5 billion acquisition

    Mobile ad startup AppLovin is in talks with a Chinese buyer for an acquisition of around $1.5 billion, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the company. We have not confirmed the identity of the acquirer. The deal is not yet finalized and details may change. Founded in 2012 by CEO Adam Foroughi along with Andrew Karam and John Kyrstynak, San Francisco-headquartered AppLovin operates… Read More

  • Breaking a myth: Data shows you don’t actually need a co-founder

    Breaking a myth: Data shows you don’t actually need a co-founder

    We are often told that starting a startup on your own is madness. There are thousands of articles out there that tell you that and why why you need a co-founder. Probably solid advice, but data from CrunchBase shows a different side of the story. More than half of startups with an exit did so with just a single founder. The average is 1.72 founders. Read More

  • Kids app maker Duck Duck Moose joins Khan Academy

    Kids app maker Duck Duck Moose joins Khan Academy

    Sequoia-backed kids educational startup Duck Duck Moose is heading to Khan Academy, to add preschool learning to the non-profit’s digital education offerings. The startup’s 21 mobile apps aimed at children ages two and up are now available for free as a part of the move, which is not technically being considered an “acquisition,” due to the way the deal was… Read More

  • How rival challenger bank Starling pranked Mondo on day new name Monzo was unveiled

    How rival challenger bank Starling pranked Mondo on day new name Monzo was unveiled

    When I wrote “it’s game on” after Mondo became the last of the four British challenger banks to secure a banking license earlier this month, I didn’t think competitor Starling Bank would take my words quite so literally. Read More

  • Dropbox is resetting passwords for accounts that haven’t changed them since mid-2012

    Dropbox is resetting passwords for accounts that haven’t changed them since mid-2012

    Dropbox is requiring users who have not changed their passwords since mid-2012 to reset their passwords this afternoon. The action appears to be related to continued fallout over the massive hack on LinkedIn in 2012 where credentials for 117 million accounts were posted online. In recent months, treasure troves of user credentials and passwords — in addition to a large MySpace hack… Read More

  • SpaceNet satellite imagery repository launched by DigitalGlobe, CosmiQ Works and NVIDIA on AWS

    SpaceNet satellite imagery repository launched by DigitalGlobe, CosmiQ Works and NVIDIA on AWS

    A consortium of companies, including DigitalGlobe, CosmiQ Works and NVIDIA, today launched SpaceNet, an open-data initiative aimed at improving image analysis tools. The data are being hosted by Amazon Web Services as part of a partnership. With an increase in the number of CubeSats, high-resolution satellites and drones of every shape and size, we have accumulated petabytes of… Read More

  • WeVideo revamps its online video editor for HTML5

    WeVideo revamps its online video editor for HTML5

    WeVideo has rebuilt its browser-based video editor using HTML5 instead of Flash. For many of you, the whole debate about HTML5 versus Flash may seem like a weird flashback to 2010. But Flash is taking a while to die completely — Google Chrome, for example, continues to phase out Flash gradually. CEO Krishna Menon said that in the case of WeVideo’s new editor (which launched… Read More

  • The new collaboration economy Crunch Network

    The new collaboration economy

    Technology is creating a new generation of companies that increasingly choose to collaborate as a coordinated ecosystem, even if they have overlapping or competitive offerings. This transparent way of doing business is transforming the way services are delivered and products are developed. Read More

  • Grabr, the international shopping and delivery platform, picks up $3.5 million

    Grabr, the international shopping and delivery platform, picks up $3.5 million

    Grabr, the peer-to-peer marketplace that lets anyone become an international shopper, has today announced the close of a $3.5 million seed round led by Alexey Repik from RBV Capital. Konstantin Nikolaev of N-Trans Group also participated in the round, along with various angel investors. Grabr works like this: Shoppers who are having trouble finding a certain item (or affording to ship a… Read More

  • BuzzFeed names Todd Levy as its new CTO

    BuzzFeed names Todd Levy as its new CTO

    BuzzFeed has a new chief technology officer — Todd Levy, who was already serving as the vice president of engineering. Levy also co-founded and served as CTO at Bitly. He joined BuzzFeed through the acquisition of startup Torando Labs in 2014. As part of the deal, he was tasked with creating a new data engineering team at the company. “It is without hyperbole when I say that… Read More

  • Apple may be building a Snapchat-like video app

    Apple may be building a Snapchat-like video app

    After a failed attempt to go social with Ping in 2010, Apple may have a renewed sense of excitement over the social space, according to a report from Bloomberg. Sources told Bloomberg that Apple is working on a video recording/editing app that would be similar in functionality to Snapchat, though there’s no mention of disappearing or self-destructing content in the report. Instead, the… Read More

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