• Facebook’s personal fundraisers exit beta, now support raising money for sports teams & communities

    Facebook’s personal fundraisers exit beta, now support raising money for sports teams & communities

    Facebook announced today it’s expanding its online fundraising tools – basically, Facebook’s own take on a GoFundMe-type service – to include support for community fundraisers as well as those for sports teams. The company had first launched its personal fundraising tools in March of this year, allowing users to raise money for educational, medical or pet medical… Read More

  • With a new CEO, Metabiota looks to new markets for its epidemic monitoring toolkit

    With a new CEO, Metabiota looks to new markets for its epidemic monitoring toolkit

    Bill Rossi, the new chief executive officer at Metabiota, believes that (unlikely as it seems) the insurance industry might be the key to stopping epidemic outbreaks worldwide — and that Metabiota would supply the monitoring tools to make the product work. Rossi, who quietly took the reins at the San Francisco-based company earlier in the year, said that a new product is being developed… Read More

  • Watch two very different new Spider-Man: Homecoming trailers

    Watch two very different new Spider-Man: Homecoming trailers

    Spider-Man: Homecoming is not that far away now, set for U.S. release on July 7. The movie got two new trailers early Wednesday, including a U.S. version (above), and the International trailer (below). I was worried this was going to be a game of spotting minor differences, but it very much is not, as you’ll see for yourself. The domestic trailer focuses a lot on Spidey’s suit… Read More

  • Have a robotics or machine learning startup? Pitch at TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics

    Have a robotics or machine learning startup? Pitch at TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics

    Have a robotic startup or project? We want you on stage at TechCrunch Session: Robotics this July 17 at MIT. We’re looking for students to demo and early stage startups to pitch. If selected, both will get free tickets and exhibit space at the event. Use this form to apply. This opportunity will put participants in front of the companies, founders and engineers driving the robotics… Read More

  • Stae helps cities take advantage of their data

    Stae helps cities take advantage of their data

    Stae wants to help local governments collect, manage and process data about their infrastructure. The company just raised $1.5 million from Story Ventures, Fontinalis Partners and Samsung Next. I first covered Stae back in April 2016. The vision hasn’t changed much, it’s all about preparing cities for the future and upgrading infrastructure by making it more efficient through… Read More

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    This coffee butter-chugging startup just pulled in $19 million more in funding

    This coffee butter-chugging startup just pulled in $19 million more in funding

    Dave Asprey, the man famous for encouraging Silicon Valley execs to put butter in his special blend of coffee, has raised another $19 million to keep on doing just that. His company and lifestyle brand Bulletproof 360 claims to make coffee free of something called mycotoxins, which is, basically, mold and can make you very ill if ingested. Asprey says about 75 percent of other brands are full… Read More

  • Samsung’s new Gear 360 cam gets $229 retail price, goes on sale tomorrow

    Samsung’s new Gear 360 cam gets $229 retail price, goes on sale tomorrow

    Samsung announced today that it will begin selling its new 360-degree camera in-stores and online starting tomorrow for $229. Across the pond, the phone had been available for pre-order for £219, or just over $283, so this is actually a smudge cheaper than some were expecting. Even though the company’s last iteration was priced at $349, those with a thrifty eye could easily find… Read More

  • 8Bitdo’s retro Bluetooth controllers now work with Nintendo Switch

    8Bitdo’s retro Bluetooth controllers now work with Nintendo Switch

    Need more controllers for your Nintendo Switch? If you already have some of 8Bitdo’s excellent Bluetooth, classic system-inspired game pads lying around, you’re all set thanks to a new firmware update. Even if you don’t yet have any of these, it’s worth picking some up since they’re very affordable, ergonomic and stylish. The update to the controllers expands… Read More

  • Collaboration platform Smartsheet nabs $52M at $800M valuation

    Collaboration platform Smartsheet nabs $52M at $800M valuation

    Cloud-based communication and collaboration platforms are the name of the game today in enterprise software, and now one of the still-independent leaders in that space is announcing a significant round at a hefty price to ride the wave of growth. Smartsheet, the Bellevue, Washington-based startup that has built spreadsheet software that lets people set and manage tasks and work across teams… Read More

  • Watch DJI reveal its new drone right here

    Watch DJI reveal its new drone right here

    DJI is promising “something huge” at this morning’s “Seize the Moment” event in New York City. More than likely, that big thing will come in a small package. The often secretive drone company has apparently been leaking like crazy ahead of today’s big reveal, and we’ve gotten more than few looks at the rumored Spark drone, which is set to make the… Read More

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