• Feather raises $3.5M to rent furniture to millennials

    Feather raises $3.5M to rent furniture to millennials

    The furniture rental industry is stuck in the last. Current options involve old-school companies like CORT where most of the inventory will make your apartment look like a dorm room, or a place like Rent-A-Center where you’ll almost certainly pay many times what the item is actually worth. Enter Feather, a company trying to breathe some life into the aging industry by letting… Read More

  • Crunch Report | Google Maps Launches Location Sharing with Others

    Google Maps launches a location-sharing feature, Coffee Meets Bagel has a new paid membership tier and AI expert Andrew Ng leaves Baidu. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

  • Google Launches YouTube Campaigns To Help Its 18K Nonprofit Partners Promote Their Goals

    Google Launches YouTube Campaigns To Help Its 18K Nonprofit Partners Promote Their Goals

    Over the years, YouTube has grown into way more than a place to upload cat videos. In a way, it’s become a new breed of “television” that lets people interact with the things they care about. This could be music or even nonprofits. Some really amazing video campaigns for nonprofits have been hosted on YouTube, and today a really amazing feature has been released to… Read More

  • ShareFile Introduces Cloud-Based File Syncing For The Enterprise

    File-sharing services are getting pretty sophisticated these days, using the cloud to do a lot of the heavy lifting when it comes to not only transferring files, but managing them as well. ShareFile, a fast-growing company founded five years ago which is based in Raleigh, North Carolina, is releasing a new product called Sync today targeted at enterprises that want an easier way to sync… Read More

  • Intel And Another 70 Companies Launch Cloud 2015 Open Data Center Alliance

    Today at a press event in San Francisco, Intel and a group of 70 companies announced an alliance to build a system of open standards for cloud computing. Part of the Cloud 2015 initiative, The Open Data Center Alliance makes it easier for customers to deploy cloud computing solutions, as it focuses on interoperability, flexibility and unifying industry standards. The Open Data Center Alliance… Read More

  • Microsoft Puts New York City In The Cloud

    When Mayor Bloomberg wants to make an announcement with Microsoft, CEO Steve Ballmer gets on a plane and flies to New York City. That’s because he’s Mayor Bloomberg, but also because New York City is a very large customer with 100,000 city employees. Today Ballmer and Bloomberg are in City Hall announcing a new five-year deal which will roll up dozens of separate city contracts… Read More

  • Magento Mobile Broadens E-Commerce To iPhone Shopping Apps

    Everyone needs an iPhone app it seems, even e-commerce sites. But most shopping sites don’t want to bother with creating their own custom mobile app. So now we are starting to see white-label mobile e-commerce apps. Today, Magento Commerce, which raised $22 million in March for its open-source e-commerce platform, is getting into the mobile game with white-label apps for existing… Read More

  • Alert The Enterprise: Seesmic Integrates With Salesforce Chatter

    How businesses and brands deal with social media has become one of the defining issues of the recent web era. Today a pretty big leap is taking place which may define the next phase. Two of the biggest players have come together to create certainly one of the slickest and most seamless integrations I’ve yet seen of the realtime social web and enterprise worlds. Seesmic is to… Read More

  • Benchmark And Accel Partners Reach Across The Atlantic To Fund ResearchGATE

    “So ResearchGATE is Facebook for Scientists?” I asked ex-Facebook exec, current Benchmark Capital general partner and new ResearchGATE investor Matt Cohler. “I bristle at that characterization,” he responded telling me that doesn’t adequately describe the company. Either way he’s invested in the Berlin based startup, along with Accel Partners, Simon… Read More

  • Ebyline Launches As A Market For Freelance Journalists And News Syndication

    Can a ragtag group of former newspapermen from the L.A. Times help newspapers fight off the content farms of the Web? The founders and backers of Ebyline, which has been in private beta for a few months and launches today more broadly, think they can streamline the way news organizations manage freelancers and syndicate their own articles. Some publishers testing out the system include… Read More

  • Online Workers Doing Fine, ODesk Passes One Million Hours A Month

    While full-time tech jobs might not be making a roaring comeback, freelance and part-time work seems to be picking up the slack. One data point just came out today illustrating the shift to freelance and online work. Online outsourcer oDesk passed one million hours of work on its system for the first time in the month of August. A year ago, workers on oDesk were logging less than half of… Read More

  • IBM Fingers Web Apps As Culprit Behind 36 Percent Rise In Enterprise Security Threats

    IBM put out a new report (embedded below) on security threats to enterprise computer networks today from its X-Force security research group. It found a 36 percent increase in security vulnerabilities, with Web applications being the main culprit. Web apps with security exploits accounted for 55 percent of all disclosed vulnerabilities. One of the biggest threats are hidden attacks using… Read More

  • Product Management Software Company Atlassian Takes A Huge, $60 Million First Round Of Funding From Accel

    It is not often that a company’s first round of venture funding comes in at $60 million and eight years after it was founded with $10,000 worth of credit card debt. But Atlassian, which was founded in Sydney, Australia in 2002, is taking its first venture money today from Accel Partners. The company pulled in $59 million in revenues in its fiscal year ended June 30, 2010, and has… Read More

  • Zoho Projects Gets A Bug Tracking Application

    Zoho’s project collaboration product and Basecamp-rival, Zoho Projects, is getting a much needed feature today: a Bug Tracking tool. Zoho Projects is a team collaboration and project management application that allows teams to plan, track and collaborate on everyday activities and big software projects with external customers. Tracking software bugs and then prioritizing these bugs… Read More

  • Why Former Loudcloud CEO Ben Horowitz Invested $10 Million In Cloud Identity Startup Okta

    Long before he was part of the powerful investing duo behind venture fund Andreessen Horowitz, Ben Horowitz was a co-founder and CEO of Opsware (previously known as Loudcloud) a pioneer for cloud computing companies (Opsware was eventually sold to HP in 2007 for $1.6 billion). He’s considered an expert in the cloud so his first investment in a cloud computing startup is something to… Read More

  • 4INFO CEO: Expect More Acquisitions, Revenues Will Quintuple [Video]

    4INFO CEO Zaw Thet is trying to shed the title, “King of SMS.” The mobile advertising company dominates the US SMS market, delivering some 400 million text messages each month (its monthly rate has roughly doubled from early 2010)— but Thet is tired of his crown, or rather, he’s eyeing a different one. 4INFO is trying to position itself as the largest mobile advertiser… Read More

  • Bantam CEO Tries To Position Salesforce Chatter As Lipstick On A Pig (Video)

    Salesforce Chatter just went live to all customers earlier today, but already it is being attacked from below by smaller social CRM players. Taking a page from Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff’s own playbook of getting attention by going after larger incumbents, Bantam Live CEO John Rourke likens Chatter to lipstick on a pig. The pig in question is the underlying Salesforce app which he… Read More

  • A guide to 3D display technology: its principles, methods, and dangers

    Whether you buy into the hype or not, it’s plain fact that 3D is everywhere these days. From movies and games to laptops and handhelds, pretty much every screen in the house is going to be 3D-capable in a year or so, even if you opt not to display any 3D content on it. Those of you who choose that path may stop reading now, and come back a little later when you change your mind. Because… Read More

  • Why Japan Matters: iPad Mania, Cloud Computing, And Social Intelligence

    Editor’s note: Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO of salesforce.com, really loves Japan. And if you are a startup founder or tech executive, he thinks you should too. He explains why in this guest post, culled from observations from his most recent visit. Thousands of people lined up last week to buy iPads. And, if you didn’t notice them, it’s because they were in… Read More

  • Apple Patents The Invisible Button

    One of Apple’s famous minimalist design principles is to get rid of buttons whenever possible. With touchscreen devices like the iPhone and iPad, almost all of the buttons appear when needed on the screen. But what about Macbooks with aluminum casings? A new patent application titled “Disappearing Button or Slider” shows that Apple is at least thinking about how to… Read More

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