• Can Ghostbusters copy Pokémon Go’s success with its own AR mobile game?

    Can Ghostbusters copy Pokémon Go’s success with its own AR mobile game?

    You’ll soon be able to trap Ghostbusters ghosts in augmented reality à la Pokémon Go. A short demo of the game Ghostbusters World was showcased at Google’s MWC booth, highlighting functionality made possible by the public release of Google’s ARCore augmented reality platform. Details are pretty slim for a wide release date other than it’s “coming… Read More

  • Jeremy Fiance, the 26-year-old founder of House Fund, ups his VC ambitions

    Jeremy Fiance, the 26-year-old founder of House Fund, ups his VC ambitions

    A little less than two years ago, we reported on Jeremy Fiance, a then 24-year-old recent UC Berkeley graduate who’d just taken the wraps off his new firm, The House Fund. It had secured $6 million in capital commitments from an array of individual investors, many of them venture capitalists, to fund startups coming out of UC Berkeley. At the time, Fiance argued persuasively that the… Read More

  • Google needs to give the AirPods better competition

    Google needs to give the AirPods better competition

    In the race for in-ear AI, Apple has the clear advantage despite the fact that their intelligent assistant is one of the dumbest of the bunch. Yesterday, reports emerged that Apple was working on a pair of follow-ups to its Airpods headphones that could bring them always-on Siri functionality as well as a splash-proof design. As we think about all the things that Apple could do right with… Read More

  • M&A
    Eden acquires OrgOrg, a social network for office managers

    Eden acquires OrgOrg, a social network for office managers

    Eden, the office management and tech support platform, has today announced the acquisition of OrgOrg, a social network for office managers to recommend, discuss, and review vendors and products. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Eden founder and CEO Joe DuBey explained to TechCrunch that a growing number of on-boarding clients said that they had originally heard about Eden from… Read More

  • Public media will resurrect Gothamist, LAist and DCist

    Public media will resurrect Gothamist, LAist and DCist

    Local news sites Gothamist, LAist and DCist are coming back from the dead. Their assets (including story archives) have been acquired by three public radio companies — WNYC in New York, KPCC in Southern California and WAMU in Washington, D.C. According to the acquisition announcement, the deal comes after a competitive sale process, and it was funded by “generous philanthropic… Read More

  • Ledger is working on new native apps for its cryptocurrency hardware wallet

    Ledger is working on new native apps for its cryptocurrency hardware wallet

    French startup Ledger is making some of the most secure cryptocurrency hardware wallets out there. But the company’s apps aren’t that great. That’s why the company announced that Ledger has been working on brand new native apps for all desktop and mobile platforms. Right now, Ledger relies on Google Chrome for its desktop apps. At some point, Google wanted to promote web apps… Read More

  • Microsoft and Xiaomi to collaborate on AI, cloud computing and hardware

    Microsoft and Xiaomi to collaborate on AI, cloud computing and hardware

    After Microsoft signed a deal to test Windows 10 on Xiaomi devices in 2015 and then Xiaomi bought a trove of patents to help run other Microsoft services on its devices in 2016, today the two companies announced another chapter in its collaboration. Xiaomi and Microsoft have signed a Strategic Framework Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work more closely in the areas of cloud computing… Read More