digital media

  • Kinder, gentler debt collector TrueAccord raises $22 million

    Kinder, gentler debt collector TrueAccord raises $22 million

    Bringing debt collection into the age of the soft touch, email and text-based world of the 21st century has netted TrueAccord $22 million in a new round of funding. I first wrote about the company three years ago (time flies) and since then the company has added a 70 new customers and is managing the debt of roughly 1.8 million individuals and businesses (to the tune of approximately $1.6… Read More

  • Pronoun, an ebook service for writers, shuts down

    Pronoun, an ebook service for writers, shuts down

    Pronoun, a self-publishing service for authors, is shutting down after promising free ebook distribution for authors. The company, which raised millions in funding and ended up being sold to Macmillan announced the shutdown in an email to authors and on its website. Two years ago Pronoun set out to create a one-of-a-kind publishing tool that truly put authors first. We believed that the power… Read More

  • OneWeb is a step closer to bringing its global, satellite-based internet services to Earth

    OneWeb is a step closer to bringing its global, satellite-based internet services to Earth

    The billionaire-backed corporation, which has raised over $1.7 billion from Virgin Group, SoftBank, Coca Cola, Bharti Group, Qualcomm and Airbus; just announced an exclusive $190 million contract with Echostar subsidiary Hughes Network Systems to provide some of the terrestrial infrastructure necessary to distribute its internet services.  Read More

  • Announcing the TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin 2017 Agenda

    Announcing the TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin 2017 Agenda

    TechCrunch Disrupt is returning to Berlin for the first time since the original Disrupt Europe in 2013. Disrupt Berlin 2017 is one of the largest TechCrunch events we’ve held in Europe and general admission and exhibitor packages are still available. You’re not going to want to miss this. The show is jam-packed, and just like every Disrupt, the focus is on startups and the… Read More

  • Meural’s upgraded Canvas is a surprisingly awesome showcase for art

    Meural’s upgraded Canvas is a surprisingly awesome showcase for art

    Meural’s second-generation Canvas digital art display is now available, and I’ve been testing one out for the past couple of weeks to see how it stacks up. This is my first experience with any kind of digital canvas product, and I have to admit I had very low expectations going into it – but the Meural is actually an outstanding gadget, provided you have the means to commit… Read More

  • The sorrow of Biz Stone

    The sorrow of Biz Stone

    A friend of mine wakes up every morning and reports every single instance of crass, homophobic, and racist behavior she sees on Twitter. She sees it as her duty, an ordering of things in an unordered stream. Her efforts are quixotic at best because when she wakes up and rubs the sleep out of her eyes the firehose still rages. Why does she have to do this? Because of Twitter’s success and… Read More

  • Kik raises nearly $100M in highest profile ICO to date

    Kik raises nearly $100M in highest profile ICO to date

    The highest profile ICOs from a consumer internet company to date has come to a close after messaging app Kik raised nearly $100 million from its token sale. The exact amount is 168,732 ETH — around $47.5 million based on today’s $282 ETH price — came from over 10,000 backers. Combined with $50 million raised in a pre-sale for institutional investors the grand total is… Read More

  • Researchers find that Twitter bots can be used for good

    Researchers find that Twitter bots can be used for good

    According to Emilio Ferrara, a USC Information Sciences Institute researcher, not all Twitter bots are born bad. He should know. Ferrara created a “large-scale experiment designed to analyze the spread of information on social networks” and found that “good” tweets spread just as quickly as bad tweets. Further, they confirmed something the we already know: that… Read More

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