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  • Blockai’s new tool combines tweeting and claiming copyright

    Blockai’s new tool combines tweeting and claiming copyright

    Blockai is supposed to help photographers and artists defend their intellectual property. Now it’s launching a new feature to make that process easier — or at least better-integrated with Twitter. Previously, Blockai users would go to the startup’s website to upload their work, creating a record in a public database (namely, the blockchain) stating that they’re the… Read More

  • Netlify, a service for quickly rolling out static websites, raises $2.1M

    Netlify, a service for quickly rolling out static websites, raises $2.1M

    Mathias Biilmann — a former CTO of a firm that built websites for small businesses — says developers have gotten so used to using Github as a central workflow, they expect the entire rest of the developer experience to work the same way. “The way that a front-end developer would work would be to go into a server and change how things were structured, but then Git came in… Read More

  • Why startups need a defensive IP strategy Crunch Network

    Why startups need a defensive IP strategy

    One of the things I really love about working with startup founders is that they are by nature an optimistic crowd: They set out to build amazing things, change the world and fundamentally shift the way people view things. What they often don’t realize, though, is that in the midst of brutal competition, the path to scale and success is often lined with unexpected co-travelers and events. Read More

  • ZeroCater raises $4.1 million to keep office workers well-fed in the U.S.

    ZeroCater raises $4.1 million to keep office workers well-fed in the U.S.

    While it seems like a new food delivery business launches or gets funded every season in the U.S., several have scaled back, like Sprig, or shut down entirely like Spoonrocket. Among those that have survived, however, are smart sites and apps serving the office-catering corner of the industry, a $20 billion market in the U.S. alone according to research from Technomic. Now, one of the… Read More

  • Wheelys raises $350K from the crowd to bring coffee-bikes to the world

    Wheelys raises $350K from the crowd to bring coffee-bikes to the world

    Wheelys Café just raised a large chunk of equity funding on Swedish crowdfunding platform FundedByMe to expand to more countries and pour gas on its already explosive growth around the world. The young company has had an illustrious history already, with a stint in Y Combinator, a successful Indiegogo campaign and now a vastly overfunded equity crowdfunding campaign. Read More

  • Casper makes dog beds now

    Casper makes dog beds now

    110 protoypes, 460 hours of lab testing and 11 months of sleep studies later, Casper is ready to starting shipping out dog beds. The mail order mattress startup that is almost single-handedly propping up the world’s podcasters now offers its service to canine companions for $125 a pop. The Casper Dog Mattress model is remarkably similar to the company’s human offering, with… Read More

  • Women 2.0 has new leadership, and is launching a tech recruiting service

    Women 2.0 has new leadership, and is launching a tech recruiting service

    Women 2.0, a for-profit for-good media business that works to bring women into the tech industry and help them succeed there, has appointed Kate Brodock as President and Elisa Miller-Out as COO, according to founder Shaherose Charania.   Charania will maintain a board seat, she said. The changing of the guard comes for Women 2.0 after a phase of scaling back. Founded in April 2006… Read More

  • ApolloShield’s new system detects and sends unwanted drones home

    ApolloShield’s new system detects and sends unwanted drones home

    ApolloShield, which was originally incorporated as Airfence Inc., has launched an anti-drone system that detects drones flying where they’re not authorized or wanted, and forces them to fly home. The startup intends to sell its technology to owners or managers of venues that have intense security needs such as oil refineries, nuclear facilities, airports, prisons, stadiums or hotels… Read More

  • Pinterest starts rolling out native video ads

    Pinterest starts rolling out native video ads

    Advertisers have plenty of options for running video ads — but they haven’t had a chance to run on one of the most engaging discovery-driven platforms on the Internet, Pinterest, quite yet. That’s partly because the option simply wasn’t there on Pinterest. It was only in the past few weeks that the company finally started rolling out a native video player. And it… Read More

  • Intel unveils a ready-to-fly drone, the Aero, to win over developers

    Intel unveils a ready-to-fly drone, the Aero, to win over developers

    At the Intel Developer Forum on Tuesday, Intel unveiled a new, hardware product — a ready-to-fly drone; specifically, a quadcopter, aimed at software developers rather than casual hobbyists or commercial drone operators. Intel’s drone is a fully assembled unit that runs on Intel’s Aero Compute Board with a Linux operating system, RealSense for vision and comes with Santa… Read More

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