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Disrupt London Startup Alley Registration Is Open

Tue, 14/07/2015 - 11:00
 The floodgates are open. We are thrilled to announce that budding startups can now sign up to be part of Startup Alley at Disrupt London 2015. Disrupt London will take place December 7 – 8, and in addition to everything happening on the main stage, hundreds of early stage companies will be flooding the Alley to show off their software and hardware products to attendees. They’re… Read More

Victor Raises $5M To Bring Easy Booking And Price Transparency To Private Jets

Tue, 14/07/2015 - 10:50
 The dream of private jets becoming more accessible to the rest of us (well, ok, SOME of the rest of us) has long been the goal of startups in the space which have tried to gnaw away at the old-fashioned business models. BlackJet has famously tried to become an almost Uber-like, on demand service. And there are others such as Netjets. Now a new-ish entrant thinks it has come up with a very… Read More

Most UK Apple Pay Retailers Cap At £20, But Pret And Bill’s Show Transactions Can Be Limitless

Tue, 14/07/2015 - 10:41
 Apple Pay officially arrived in the UK earlier today, and with it, we’re now getting more details on how the mobile payment service will work. Most of the 250,000 physical locations that will accept Apple’s contactless payment service will work with a £20 cap on transactions, as some had been reporting prior to launch, but it turns out this is not the full story. At least… Read More

Fantasy Sports Company FanDuel Raises $275M Series E, Confirms $1B Valuation

Tue, 14/07/2015 - 10:10
 Scotland’s FanDuel has come a long way since it spun out from news startup HubDub back in 2010. The fantasy sports operator is announcing that it has raised a whopping $275 million Series A, bringing total capital raised to $363 million and valuing the company at “over $1 billion”. In other words, chalk this up as another U.K.-based ‘unicorn’. The round, which… Read More

Another U.K. Surveillance Review Calls For Judicial Sign-Off For Intercepts

Tue, 14/07/2015 - 09:25
 Another independent report into U.K. government surveillance has concluded interception warrants should require judicial sign-off, rather than being sanctioned by ministers as is the case now. Read More

Pura Lets You Monitor Your Finicky Cat’s Water Intake

Tue, 14/07/2015 - 08:43
 You can lead a cat to water, but you can’t make it drink. Even though felines are vulnerable to kidney disease, many are constantly dehydrated because they don’t have a well-developed sense of thirst or are picky about their water source. Developed by a robotics scientist, Pura is a smart fountain designed to not only entice cats, but let owners keep track of their cat’s… Read More

Experts Find A Third Hacking Team Flash Exploit, Call For An End To The Madness

Tue, 14/07/2015 - 08:35
 TrendMicro has posted yet another 0day AKA urgent Flash hole that could put your data at risk. The Hacking Team, a group of professional hackers who supplied governments with hacking tools and whose entire information database was recently leaked, used this exploit to attack computers without the user’s knowledge. The new vulnerability, CVE-2015-5123, follows two other 0day exploits.… Read More

Fastacash Raises $15M To Enable Payments In Your Favorite Social Networks And Apps

Tue, 14/07/2015 - 07:53
 “If I can send you a photo on Whatsapp, why can’t I share money with you, too?” That’s the thesis behind Fastacash, a Singapore-based fintech startup that today announced a $15 million Series B funding round led by Rising Dragon Singapore. Read More

Meet Breezometer, Israel’s Air Quality Startup

Tue, 14/07/2015 - 07:00
 Israel-based BreezoMeter wants to give you a real time air pollutant map that tells anyone what the air is like on their street, and takes the quantified-self movement to another level. Read More

MySmartPrice Raises $10M To Bring Physical Retailers Online In India

Tue, 14/07/2015 - 05:48
 India’s e-commerce boom continues unbounded. Beyond the top players such as Flipkart and Snapdeal raising billions to support their capital intensive businesses, startups in other parts of the online retail space are raising significant numbers too. One such company is MySmartPrice, a Hyderabad-based price comparison and search site, which has landed $10 million. Read More

Factories Aren’t Dying to Take Your Order And Other Hardware Startup Follies

Tue, 14/07/2015 - 04:00
 As the Greater China Investment Partner for 500 Startups, I have been finding myself fielding an increasing number of questions about the manufacturing process in China, especially as we see more investments in the hardware and connected devices space. Based in Beijing, I have made numerous trips to southern China in the past year, specifically Shenzhen — I even shared in an… Read More

Data Virtualization Company Delphix Lands $75M

Tue, 14/07/2015 - 03:48
 Delphix, a “data-as-as-service” startup, has received $75 million in new funding led by Fidelity Management and Research Company. Other participants in the round include Credit Suisse NEXT Investors, The Kraft Group, and returning investors Greylock Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and Icon Ventures. Read More

Asian Matchmaking App Paktor Lands $7.4M To Go Beyond Romance And Into Friendships

Tue, 14/07/2015 - 02:44
 You might think that the path for dating apps is to focus on romance. But that may not be the case for one Tinder-like service. Paktor, a service focused on Southeast Asia, today closed a $10 million Series B round that will go towards expanding its userbase and — interestingly — developing beyond romantic matchmaking to connect people with new, platonic friends. Read More

Development Of A $200 WiFi Router Geared Towards Whistleblowers Was Just Suspiciously Cancelled

Tue, 14/07/2015 - 00:31
 In the world of whistleblowers, any packet of revealed identifying information means game over. ProxyHam, a $200 WiFi router aimed at those seeking the utmost in anonymity, promised to mask users’ IP addresses and place their geographic coordinates miles away from their actual locations. Plans to create the device, set to be unveiled at August’s Las Vegas Def Con convention,… Read More

Securing Startups Will Be Yet Another Gauntlet For Greece

Tue, 14/07/2015 - 00:30
 What will happen now to both Greece and its place in the European Union and, in particular, the Euro itself is an open question. This uncertainty has Greece’s entrepreneurs worried – not only about their startups but their country’s nascent startup ecosystem. Read More

Apple Pay Has Officially Launched In The U.K.

Tue, 14/07/2015 - 00:01
 The Eagle has landed. An accidental tweet told us that the U.K. wouldn’t have to wait for Apple Pay much longer, and that tweet was right. Apple Pay has officially launched in the U.K. Finally! It has been available to customers here in the US since last October, so your time has finally come, U.K. Hopefully your bank is one of the launch participants: American Express, First Direct,… Read More

YC-Backed Interviewed Uses Automated Simulations To Evaluate Job Candidates

Mon, 13/07/2015 - 22:45
 Interviewed, launching from Y Combinator’s most recent batch of startups, is looking to help employees make better hiring decisions. It’s not uncommon for employers to be wowed by a candidate’s interview skills, only to find that their actual on-the-job skills are lacking. Interviewed fixes this issue by creating advanced simulations for job candidates who are interviewing… Read More

As New Horizons Reaches Pluto, Arguments Will Be Settled And Mysteries Revealed

Mon, 13/07/2015 - 22:30
 Tomorrow NASA’s New Horizons space probe will reach the finale of its 9-year journey to the outer reaches of the solar system. The mission, a 13-year study in marshaling resources, could be a lesson to any startup. And regardless of the outcome of tomorrow’s flyby, the probe has already revealed one hell of a planet. Read More

MasterCard Goes Global With Its “Masters Of Code” Hackathon

Mon, 13/07/2015 - 22:26
 Okay, so the fact that MasterCard is hosting a series of hackathons might not seem terribly exciting — even if we grant that the name Masters of Code is kind clever, it seems like every big company is going after the startup/developer crowd with a hackathon of its own. What is impressive, however, is the scale of MasterCard’s efforts. Throughout the course of the year, the… Read More

The Fall and Software Rebirth of Middlemen

Mon, 13/07/2015 - 22:04
 Every region has its evil. In Hollywood, it’s content pirates, and in New York, it’s banking regulators (or Michael Bloomberg if you live outside Manhattan). In Silicon Valley, though, we don’t choose a small profession as our bogeyman: that’s way too pedestrian for us disruption gods. No, we choose all of middlemen as our foe. In the pantheon of evil conjured up by… Read More