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  • Airbnb Has Closed Its $500M Round Of Funding At A $10B Valuation, Led By TPG

    Airbnb Has Closed Its $500M Round Of Funding At A $10B Valuation, Led By TPG

    TechCrunch has learned that Airbnb, the fast-growing site that lets people become hoteliers by renting out sofas, rooms or entire private homes, has now closed its latest round of funding: $500 million, led by private equity firm TPG, at a $10 billion valuation, according to our sources. This brings the total raised by Airbnb to $826 million. Read More

  • Telerik Open Sources Most Of Its Kendo UI HTML5 Framework

    Telerik Open Sources Most Of Its Kendo UI HTML5 Framework

    Telerik, the company behind the popular Kendo UI library, this week announced that it is open sourcing the vast majority of Kendo UI's tools and JavaScript framework features. This new Kendo UI Core package is licensed under the Apache 2.0 license, which allows developers to use it for both commercial and non-commercial projects. Read More

  • Nest Uses Its Data To Turn Electric Utilities Into Cash Cows

    Nest Uses Its Data To Turn Electric Utilities Into Cash Cows

    When Google acquired smart thermostat maker Nest for $3.2 billion, the startup quickly stated that it would never share its user data with other Google services and outside companies. But according to a recent report by Forbes, the company is taking advantage of its data to create a lucrative revenue stream from electric utilities. “Our privacy policy clearly limits the use of customer… Read More

  • Facebook Launches “Nearby Friends” With Opt-In Real-Time Location Sharing To Help You Meet Up

    Facebook Launches “Nearby Friends” With Opt-In Real-Time Location Sharing To Help You Meet Up

    Today Facebook begins rolling out a new opt-in feature called Nearby Friends. It lets friends see approximately how far away you are from them, and you can share your exact, on-going location with them for a limited time. While it's sure to stir privacy concerns, Nearby Friends could get people spending more time with friends in the real-world instead of online as it hits iOS and Android. Read More

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  • Google Patents Tiny Cameras Embedded In Contact Lenses

    Google Patents Tiny Cameras Embedded In Contact Lenses

    Google has a new patent application with the USPTO (via 9to5Google), which takes one of the basic concepts of Glass and extends it even further, embedding tiny cameras that could be embedded in contact lenses for various uses, including photographing what a wearer sees, or providing the basic input for a contact-based assistive device for the visually impaired. Google has previously detailed a… Read More

  • #Love: Thanks, Porn

    #Love: Thanks, Porn

    As a modern married male, the times spent alone with my computer and a box of tissues are, in some ways, the best times. That is not to say the manifold pleasures of family life and the wild menagerie of mere existence aren’t amazing, but a body likes to be alone. For this I thank porn. While there is no doubt that there are dark corners of this industry and that porn, to some people, is… Read More