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Sparta, The Gamified Sales Platform, Gets Backing From Spotify Managers And Other Swedish Angels

Mon, 23/02/2015 - 15:47
 Sparta, the Stockholm-based startup that provides an online platform to help sales managers more easily run sales competitions, has picked up a very modest €100,000 round of funding. However, its new backers are perhaps more noteworthy. Read More

Samsung SDI Dives Deeper Into Electric Vehicles With Battery Pack Maker Purchase

Mon, 23/02/2015 - 15:32
 Samsung SDI is getting more serious about EVs with the purchase of the EV battery pack division of Magna International. Under the agreement, Samsung SDI will acquire Magna Steyr including all 264 employees, production and development sites. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Magna Steyr is a Austria-based division of Canada’s Magna International, one of the largest automobile part… Read More

Managing Tensions In Online Marketplaces

Mon, 23/02/2015 - 15:00
 Specifically, I believe all of these marketplaces need to nurture and manage conditions of “perfect competition” to thrive. A big part of managing two-sided marketplaces involves managing tensions between the two, often opposing “sides”. Typically these are consumers on one side and micro-entrepreneurs or small businesses on the other. Depending on the type of… Read More

Did Pebble Just Leak Its Color Screen Smartwatch?

Mon, 23/02/2015 - 14:57
 Is this the new Pebble? The company is set to unveil its next generation smartwatch tomorrow and the image above was just discovered on Pebble’s website. Rumors state that the next version will sport a new design and a color e-ink screen — just like the watch in this picture. Read More

More Fear And Laundry In London As Lavanda Launches Its ‘True’ On-Demand Laundry Service

Mon, 23/02/2015 - 14:21
 Chalk this up as the latest instalment of ‘Fear And Laundry In London‘. Lavanda, co-founded by Guy Westlake, who was previously same-hour delivery company Shutl’s Head of Marketing, is the latest startup to buy the on-demand laundry ticket and take the ride. Read More

Respoke Launches Its WebRTC-Based Platform For Voice, Video And Text Chat Apps

Mon, 23/02/2015 - 14:00
 Digium, the company behind the popular open source Asterisk PBX software, today announced the official launch of Respoke, its WebRTC service backend for developers. Respoke joins a number of similar services like Bistri and Telefonica’s TokBox that also offer WebRTC-centric communications platforms. Using Respoke, developers can use a single API to add features like video… Read More

Detroit To Finally Get Fiber-Optic Internet Thanks To Dan Gilbert

Mon, 23/02/2015 - 13:40
 High speed fiber optic internet is coming to downtown Detroit thanks to Dan Gilbert’s Rock Ventures. The investment group recently confirmed that construction is underway on a fiber-optic network starting in the downtown area. The network, dubbed Rocket Fiber, will serve residents and businesses and will offer internet connection 100 times faster than current services, Crain’s… Read More

Apple Expands Editorial Focus With Music Hires

Mon, 23/02/2015 - 12:06
 Apple is sharpening its focus on editorial content by looking to hire people with a background in music and pop culture commentary. Read More

Uber Pilots Program In India With Safetipin To Get Data On Local Safety

Mon, 23/02/2015 - 10:58
 Uber is again increasing its focus on passenger safety after it announced a partnership with mobile safety and auditing service Safetipin, starting in New Delhi, India. Read More

Apple To Spend $2B On Green Data Centers In Ireland And Denmark

Mon, 23/02/2015 - 08:40
 Amid deeper investigations into how Apple may be using its operations in Ireland as a means for tax avoidance on tens of billions of dollars, the iPhone maker has announced that it will spend nearly $2 billion (€1.7 billion) to develop two new 100% renewable energy data centers in Europe. The centers will be located in Athenry, Ireland, and Viborg, Denmark. Apple said that they will… Read More

Gemalto Claims Its Products Are ‘Secure’ In Response To Reported NSA Hack

Mon, 23/02/2015 - 08:02
 Gemalto, the SIM card maker that reportedly had its encryption keys stolen by the NSA and GCHQ, has claimed that its products are secure, despite apparent leaked NSA documents suggesting otherwise. Read More

Peer-To-Peer Rental Service NoBroker Grabs $3M To Battle India’s Property Brokers

Mon, 23/02/2015 - 06:52
 NoBroker, a peer-to-peer property listings startup that wants to rid brokers from the rental process in India, has closed a $3 million Series A round to expand its service to more cities beyond Bombay and Bangalore. Read More

Line Of Sight

Mon, 23/02/2015 - 06:30
 You’ve probably heard that the FAA proposed its rules for commercial drones last weekend. There’s some good and some bad in those rules. The good thing is that drone startups finally know what kind of rules they will operate under once they are codified in the next year or so. The bad: many of the most interesting use cases for drones, including drone delivery, will be… Read More

LG Reveals Four Mid-Range Smartphones For Those On A Tight Budget

Mon, 23/02/2015 - 04:58
 LG had a good 2014, posting record quarterly shipments and doubling its annual profits. The company released some eye-catching smartphones (and smartwatches), but much of its success came down to solid, affordable mid-range devices. Read More

Latest Teaser Suggests Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Will Sport A Metal Back

Mon, 23/02/2015 - 03:49
 It looks like Samsung is finally dispensing with its tradition of faux leather, plastic backs for its Galaxy S range. Read More

The “Common Plus” Opportunity

Mon, 23/02/2015 - 02:00
 It’s become increasingly common for early-stage entrepreneurs to “lead their own rounds” via the use of convertible notes. In cases where they set financing terms themselves, they often set a high valuation cap and sign initial angel investors onto those terms rather than waiting for VCs to join. While this sounds like it’s good for founders, it can actually harm… Read More

Funnely Builds Smarter Facebook Ad Campaigns For Online Stores

Sun, 22/02/2015 - 23:00
 If you run an e-commerce business, Facebook can be a big opportunity for making sales and finding new customers — in fact, the company just announced new ad units for this very purpose. But if you need a little more handholding, there’s a startup called Funnely that might help. Funnely was created by a team based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and that’s where the… Read More

Fogo’s Modular Flashlight Launches On Kickstarter

Sun, 22/02/2015 - 22:00
 Fogo Digital, who you may remember as a competitor in this year’s CES Hardware Battlefield, has launched their smart flashlight on Kickstarter. Read More

And The Best Native Ad Award Goes To …

Sun, 22/02/2015 - 21:00
 Although the Super Bowl is still “king” when it comes to TV ad space, annual award shows like the Oscars and the Grammys are also very attractive to advertisers. For the recent Grammy Awards, 30-second commercials went for $1 million apiece, while half-minute ads for this year’s Oscar telecast are selling for $1.9 million. Read More

This Is Probably HTC’s Next Big Android Phone, The One M9

Sun, 22/02/2015 - 20:35
 We’ve still got nearly two weeks to go before HTC officially unveils their new top-tier Android phone at Mobile World Congress, but it looks like the details have already started dumping out. Read More