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Local Services Marketplace Thumbtack Acqui-Hires HeartThis In Its First M&A Move

Thu, 03/09/2015 - 17:33
 A year after Thumbtack raised $100 million to expand its marketplace for home services and other professional freelance jobs, the startup is making its first acquisition to beef up its engineering and product teams. It has acqui-hired talent from HeartThis, an app with 2 million users that lets consumers shop across multiples stores from a single portal. You might think that this is a… Read More

Google Search Will Now Surface Info On More Health Conditions

Thu, 03/09/2015 - 17:23
 Google says one in 20 searches on Google Search are for health-related information and since February of this year, it’s been using its Knowledge Graph to quickly bring up medical facts when it spots a query about common health conditions. At the time, it was showing these improved results for about 400 conditions, but starting today, it’s rolling out an update that will bring… Read More

Watch This Robot Hunt And Kill Destructive Starfish

Thu, 03/09/2015 - 17:20
 Dear friends: there is now a robot that can kill starfish underwater by hunting them down and injecting them with poison. The starfish in question is the Crown of Throns Sea Star, a destructive seadweller that has been hurting coral reefs for a while. They are so pervasive that they create massive populations – 100,000 per kilometer – in a few years. So now there’s a robot… Read More

Apple, Google, Other Silicon Valley Tech Giants Ordered To Pay $415M In No-Poaching Suit

Thu, 03/09/2015 - 17:02
 United States District Judge Lucy Koh today approved a $415 million settlement in the Silicon Valley no-poaching case. The dollar figure comes after a previous $324 million settlement was rejected as being too low. More than 64,000 workers are part of the case. The suit stems from a secret agreement among large tech firms like Google, Apple and Intel to not poach employees from one another. Read More

Up Close With The New Samsung Gear S2

Thu, 03/09/2015 - 17:00
 Round watch lovers rejoice! Samsung has finally lifted the covers off its new smartwatch, the Samsung Gear S2, and we got to take a look at it. Samsung product manager David Ng ran us through some of the features and I came away impressed by the new bezel, the unique watch faces, and the general build quality. Read More

This Tiny Apple IIc Is All The Computing Power You’ll Need Ever In Your Life Forever

Thu, 03/09/2015 - 16:54
 As we enter the next Information Age, we must take only a few things with us. For example, this ashtray. Just this ashtray. And this paddle game. The ashtray and the paddle game and that’s all you need. And this remote control. And also this teeny tiny Apple computer. Read More

T-Mobile Rolls Out Native Video Calling To Select Samsung Phones

Thu, 03/09/2015 - 16:54
 There are a number of apps that let smartphone users make video calls today, including Skype, Facebook Messenger, Google Hangouts and more, as well as built-in apps like Apple’s FaceTime, for example. But this morning, mobile carrier T-Mobile announced plans to make video calls a native feature on select T-Mobile smartphones. Read More

Microsoft Acquires Organizational Analytics Service VoloMetrix

Thu, 03/09/2015 - 16:46
 Microsoft today announced that it has acquired VoloMetrix, a service that specializes in analyzing organizational performance using anonymized data it gathers from across a company’s corporate communications systems. Organization analytics is something Microsoft itself has been looking at, too, and its Delve organizational analytics service is currently in preview and scheduled for… Read More

Estimote Creates An Indoor Location System Using Beacons And “Nearables”

Thu, 03/09/2015 - 16:20
 The dream of indoor location sensing has always been just that – a dream. The difficulty of Wi-Fi tracking and other technologies has made it hard for anyone – from businesses to regular users – to figure out where they were in a venue. But the folks at Estimote, a Polish beacon company, may have just cracked the code. Using something they’re calling… Read More

Facebook Looks To Tackle Personalized Learning In The Classroom

Thu, 03/09/2015 - 16:00
Facebook is working to better personalize learning in public education. In a blog post today, Facebook announced that over the past school year it has partnered with Summit Public Schools in the Bay Area to improve and test their new learning technologies. We started by working together to rebuild their tool, called the Personalized Learning Plan (“PLP”), for Summit’s use… Read More

Disrupt London 2015 Comes To The Copper Box Arena

Thu, 03/09/2015 - 16:00
 Can you feel the excitement? It’s just a few short months until some of the best and brightest minds in tech will be descending upon London for TechCrunch Disrupt London 2015, and we’re thrilled to announce that the event will take place at the illustrious Copper Box Arena. The Copper Box Arena was built specifically to accommodate the 2012 Summer Olympic games in London. Read More

Technology And Data Are Spurring A Clash Of Travel Titans

Thu, 03/09/2015 - 16:00
 There’s no way to put this gently, so here it goes: The rapid advancement in digital technology is transforming the cozy world of travel retail into an all-out war for customers. And that’s a good thing for you and me as travelers, because it will ultimately mean more selection, better customization and, potentially, lower prices. Read More

Google’s New Street View App Lets You Browse 360-Degree Imagery, Share Your Own Panoramic Photos

Thu, 03/09/2015 - 15:45
 It’s no “street view for cats,” but Google’s newly launched Street View mobile app does promise to make it easier to explore Google Map’s immersive, 360-degree imagery as well as contribute your own photos to improve the overall Google Maps experience. The app, which is actually an update and rebrand of Google’s older “Photo Sphere Camera”… Read More

Databox Raises $3.3M Seed Round To Help Marketers Understand Key Metrics

Thu, 03/09/2015 - 15:39
 Businesses of all sizes now have access to reams of data about their performance, but it can be difficult to read the story behind the numbers. Boston-based startup Databox’s goal is to make data relatable. Its mobile app draws in data from different analytic platforms, analyzes it, and then presents the results in customized reports. Read More

Pinterest Brings On A New Head Of Its Advertising Partner APIs

Thu, 03/09/2015 - 15:00
 Pinterest has brought on a new executive to manage the technology its marketing developer partners use to power advertising campaigns on Pinterest. Michael Akkerman, formerly a vice president at Kenshoo, will help manage the technology and relationships with the company’s advertising partners that are using its APIs. The company started its Marketing Developer Program earlier this… Read More

Skype Gives Its iOS And Android Apps A Makeover

Thu, 03/09/2015 - 14:56
 Microsoft announced this morning it’s rolling out a new version of Skype (ver. 6.0) for users on iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. Across all platforms, the popular communications app has gotten a redesign, though in Android’s case, it references Google’s “Material Design” aesthetic while the iOS version’s redesign is more focused on improvements to the… Read More

Seven New Startups From Silicon Valley’s Favorite New Demo Day

Thu, 03/09/2015 - 14:43
 For the second time in its two-year history, in a small space that’s easy to miss on a leafy Palo Alto street, the boutique venture firm Pejman Mar brought together seven startups yesterday to present their fledgling ideas to some of the best early-stage investors in the startup industry. Roelof Botha of Sequoia Capital was there, as were local investors Jeff Clavier, Manu Kumar,… Read More

Next’s Clever New iOS Keyboard Has Almost Everything You Want

Thu, 03/09/2015 - 14:27
 Ever since Apple introduced support for custom keyboards in iOS 8, third-party developers rushed in to fill the void with keyboards that offered an array of features like predictive emoji, easy access to GIFs, swipe-based input, and more. Today, another new contender is throwing its hat into the now-crowded ring: Next, a skinnable custom keyboard that offers predictive typing, fast… Read More

Apple May Introduce iPad Pro, iPad Mini 4 At September 9 Event: Report

Thu, 03/09/2015 - 14:22
 Apple’s upcoming press event, scheduled for September 9, is going to be a long one, if we’re choosing to believe the rumors. Alongside new iPhones and a brand new (potentially world-dominating) Apple TV 4, both of which are reported to debut at the event, we may also get an introduction to the long-rumored iPad Pro and a refreshed iPad mini, according to 9to5Mac’s Mark… Read More

Bring Home Your Own Star Wars BB-8 Droid, Thanks To Sphero

Thu, 03/09/2015 - 13:09
 Usually, when you fall in love with some cool gadget depicted on-screen in the latest science fiction blockbuster, the best you can hope for is that maybe, maybe some gifted entrepreneur will be inspired to bring it to life in the years to come. For the most part, that’ll be true of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (coming this December, as if you hadn’t already put it on your calendar). Read More