Disney Imagineering’s Project Kiwi is a free-walking robot that will make you believe in Groot

The black curtain pulls aside and a character straight out of the movies waves hello. This is not an uncommon occurrence when I’m around Imagineers, but this time is special. The character isn’t a

Nextdoor adds new funding, closes growth round at $170M with $2.1B valuation

Social networking platform for neighbors Nextdoor today announced it has secured additional funding to close out its $170 million growth round. The new financing includes the $123 million Nextdoor rai

Google Maps takes on Facebook Pages with new ‘Follow’ feature for tracking businesses

Google Maps has been steadily rolling out new features to make its app more than just a way to find places and navigate to them. In recent months, it’s added things like group trip planning, mu

Nextdoor, now in 160,000 neighborhoods globally, expands to Germany

Nextdoor, the social network that connects you with people in your neighborhood, is taking another step up in its global growth, after launching in the Netherlands and the UK last year. Today, the com

Airbnb puts €5M into ‘Community Tourism Program’ fund for local projects in Europe

Airbnb has become of the more popular ways of travelling around Europe, offering visitors to cities and regions home-based alternatives to staying in impersonal or expensive hotels when they are away

Google Search will now help you find nearby events

Google today is updating its app and mobile web experience in the U.S. to help web searchers more easily find things to do – like concerts, art exhibits, lectures, festivals, meetups, sporting e

Facebook tests an enhanced local search and discovery feature offering business suggestions

Facebook is testing an enhanced local search feature that could see the social network creeping in on Google Maps, Foursquare and Yelp territory, TechCrunch learned and Facebook confirmed. Facebook us

Foursquare adds list search to make its app more useful, as Google prepares its rival

Google Maps is preparing to roll out a list-making feature that lets you star places, favorite places, and make bucket lists. That has led Foursquare to now respond by making its own lists feature mo

Bing’s New Apps For iOS And Android Focus On Finding Deals, Local Offers

Microsoft’s Bing is trying to carve out a niche for itself on mobile by focusing on the types of common searches and information requests people need to access while on the go. To that end, the

Facebook Tests “Local Market,” A Dedicated Buying And Selling Community Powered By Facebook Groups

A number of Facebook users recently reported seeing a new feature called “Local Market” appearing briefly in their Facebook iPhone app, sometimes in place of the “Messenger” b

Jigglist Lets You Find Places For Meetups Without Leaving Your Group Chat

Jigglist is a group chat app centered around finding places to go that are appropriate for the group that will attend.

MyHealthTeams Lands $3.3M To Bring Mobile-Friendly Social Networks To Those Living With Chronic Health Conditions

Today, the CDC estimates that there are more than 130 million Americans currently living with a “chronic disease” — in other words, the many types of long-lasting conditions that &#8

Nextdoor, The Facebook For Your Neighborhood, Lands $60M From John Doerr, Tiger Global And More To Go International

The “local space” has long held sway over the imagination of entrepreneurs, who have produced everything from travel apps to city guides, neighborhood news sites and event planners in purs

CO Everywhere Wants To Fill The Hyper-Local News Gap With Its New Mobile App

Hyper-local news is hard and difficult to scale and monetize. CO Everywhere, which is the completely redesigned and rethought version of BlockAvenue, says it wants to fill in the gap between existing

Google Kills Google+ Local For iOS, App Now Pulled From iTunes App Store

According to a <a target="_blank" href="http://9to5mac.com/2013/07/25/google-local-to-be-retired-august-7/">report</a> circulating the web, Google is officially retiring its Google+ Local application

Lightbank Invests $650,000 In Walk.by, A New Platform Connecting Local Merchants With Online Shoppers By Way Of Smartphones

Lightbank has invested $650,000 in its own <a target="_blank" href="http://www.lightbank.com/team">Founder-in-Residence</a> Josh Hernandez's new startup, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.walk.by/">

Centzy Raises $1.6M Seed Round From Cowboy Ventures, Founder Collective, Lightbank & Others To Bring Offline Biz Data To Web & Mobile

<a target="_blank" href="http://centzy.com/">Centzy</a>, a local search startup which is putting prices, store hours, ratings and specials for convenience-oriented businesses online, is today announci

Local Search Service Roamz Shifts Again – Now “Local Measure,” Startup Brings Geo-Based Data To Businesses (& Gets Them To Pay)

<a target="_blank" href="http://www.roamz.com/">Roamz</a>, a local search and discovery startup which has been struggling to gain traction as a consumer-facing service, is shifting its focus again. Th

Zaarly Shutters Its Reverse Craigslist Marketplace, Goes All In On Virtual Storefronts As Co-Founder Exits

After winning LA Startup Weekend, Zaarly almost immediately <a href="https://techcrunch.com/2011/06/14/zaarly-crosses-1m-in-jobs-posted-in-just-under-a-month/">raised $1 million from</a> a long list o

Local Discovery App Spindle Debuts Google Now-Like “Search Alerts” Which Match Nearby Happenings To Your Personal Interests

<a target="_blank" href="http://spindle.com/">Spindle</a>, the location discovery app from former Microsoft engineers <a href="https://techcrunch.com/2012/11/15/the-next-version-of-spindle-for-ios-hit
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