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BuzzFeed Acquires Startup Torando Labs To Create A New Data Engineering Team

Tue, 28/10/2014 - 14:07
 BuzzFeed is announcing its first acquisition since it raised a $50 million round from Andreessen Horowitz over the summer — it’s buying Torando Labs, and the Torando team will form the online publisher’s first data engineering unit. While best-known for its love of GIFs and quizzes, BuzzFeed is also a famously data-savvy company — see, for example, this profile of… Read More

Fleksy Raises $2M To Help It Keep Up With Growth From iOS 8 Launch

Tue, 28/10/2014 - 14:00
 Software keyboard maker Fleksy raised a new $2 million round of venture funding from Digital Garage, Eniac Ventures, Middleland Capital, Highland Capital Partners and others to help it continue to power its growth, which got a big boost from the launch of iOS 8 earlier this year. The additional round will help the company fund development on both iOS and Android, however, and a new Android… Read More

B4RM4N Is A Smart Shaker That Turns The Art Of Cocktail Mixing Into A Science

Tue, 28/10/2014 - 14:00
 Meet B4RM4N, a smart connected shaker to pretend that you actually know how to mix cocktails. B4RM4N connects to your phone using Bluetooth and will tell you exactly what to do to make the perfect cocktail. And the best part is that you get feedback in real time to tell you precisely when to stop pouring. B4RM4N will cost you between $89 and $159 depending on how early you back the… Read More

YouTube Considering An Ad-Free, Subscription-Based Version

Tue, 28/10/2014 - 13:19
 Google’s YouTube online video service might soon provide a way to do away with those increasingly annoying pre-roll ads forever: The network is considering the adoption of a new version, says the Wall Street Journal, that would get rid of ads altogether, and introduce subscription-based billing for customers who want it instead. YouTube head Susan Wojcicki is spearheading the attempt… Read More

United Ventures Closes Fund At $80M, Plans To Take Italian Talent Global

Tue, 28/10/2014 - 13:10
 Last year two Italian VC firms and an institutional player combined to from United Ventures, based out of Milan. They closed a first round of funding at €30 million ($39M) but aimed for €50 million. It was a welcome move as the Italian tech scene has formerly languished through lack of funds, despite a growing entrepreneurial and startup scene, as we’ve seen in the last few years… Read More

Surprise! We’ve Pushed Back The Hardware Battlefield Application Deadline

Tue, 28/10/2014 - 12:44
 TechCrunch is looking for the next hot hardware startup to launch on our stage in Las Vegas, but you have to apply first. The deadline is now November 15th, leaving you just over two weeks. For the second year in a row TechCrunch is holding Hardware Battlefield at CES where startups will compete for $50,000 and our newly-minted Metal Man trophy. Best yet, participating startups will get… Read More

Yelp Buys Cityvox To Build Out Restaurant And Nightlife Reviews In France

Tue, 28/10/2014 - 11:39
 Yelp continues with its march across Europe to build up its reach in local listings in the region. Today, the company announced the acquisition of Cityvox, a reviews site in France that focuses on restaurants and nightlife and “providing great consumer insights for businesses ranging from restaurants and brassieres to cinemas and clubs, basically any business falling into the… Read More

Apple Watch Will Need Juicing Daily, Says Tim Cook

Tue, 28/10/2014 - 11:16
 Apple fans hoping Cupertino’s reality distortion field was going to do magical things to the battery life of its forthcoming Apple Watch had better reset their expectations to something far more average: the wrist computer will likely need charging daily according to Apple CEO Tim Cook. Read More

Messaging App Nimbuzz Goes To UK’s New Call In $250M Deal

Tue, 28/10/2014 - 10:47
 Yet more consolidation in the messaging app business: Nimbuzz, an early mover in messaging that currently has 200 million+ users with a large number of those in India, has been majority acquired by New Call. The UK-based provider of low-cost fixed line and broadband services has taken a 70% stake in the business for $175 million, valuing the full company at $250 million according to reports… Read More

Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Turkey, India Powering Next Wave Of App Growth, Says App Annie

Tue, 28/10/2014 - 09:41
 A new report by mobile app analytics firm, App Annie, and mobile content and commerce association MEF, has identified Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Turkey and India as the next growth markets for app publishers — with rates of app downloads in these five markets growing substantially between Q3 2013 and Q3 2014. Read More

Adsquare Locates $4.3M Funding To Serve Ads Based On Location And Context Without Being Too Creepy

Tue, 28/10/2014 - 08:59
 Adsquare is an interesting proposition, considering it trades in location data without relying on the use of cookies and in a way it claims complies with strict European data protection laws. Read More

Southeast Asian Mobile Payments Company Soft Space Acquires Fasspay

Tue, 28/10/2014 - 08:24
 Soft Space, a Southeast Asian white-label mobile point-of-sale platform maker, announced today that it has acquired Fasspay, a payment service provider based in Malaysia. The acquisition price was undisclosed. Read More

Now On Kickstarter, Arist Is A Barista In A Machine

Tue, 28/10/2014 - 07:44
 Arist wants to turn your kitchen into a cafe by brewing almost any coffee drink. Arist grinds beans and pour shots at the right time, and its smartphone app can remember your favorite drink recipes, find new ones, and finetune things like water temperature and syrup quantity. Arist can even remember certain coffee cups with the aid of an NFC sticker. Read More

Microsoft Gives Developers More Ways To Integrate With Office 365

Tue, 28/10/2014 - 07:30
 At TechEd Europe in Barcelona today, Microsoft announced the launch of a number of new APIs for Office 365, as well as new Office 365 SDKs for iOS and Android. The new APIs were previously only available in preview. With the Office 365 APIs for mail, files, calendar and contacts, developers will be able to interact with Microsoft’s Office suite directly from their own applications.… Read More

Jack Ma’s AliPay Might Partner With Apple Pay

Tue, 28/10/2014 - 05:02
 Jack Ma and Tim Cook both repeatedly teased a possible partnership between The Paypal-like AliPay and Apple Pay in two separate talks while on stage at the Wall Street Journal Digital conference in Laguna Beach, California this evening. Cook joked with the WSJ’s editor-in-chief Gerard Baker that he was going to go discuss a marriage between AliPay and Apple Pay after his talk. He said… Read More

BigPanda Wants To Bring Order To IT Alerts Madness

Tue, 28/10/2014 - 04:01
 Today we have monitoring tools generating logs and logs of data flowing into our data centers, letting us know everything that’s happening down to a detailed level. That’s a good thing, right? Not necessarily, because the more information we need to sift through, the more overwhelming it becomes and the more impossible it becomes for humans to track. BigPanda asserts that it can… Read More

Apple CEO Tim Cook: Apple Pay Activated 1M Cards In 72 Hours

Tue, 28/10/2014 - 03:42
 This evening at a Wall Street Journal technology conference, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that in its first 72 hours, Apple Pay activated 1 million cards. That figure indicates that Apple Pay is picking up traction outside of the technology, early-adopter set. Apple Pay competes with rival offerings from Google, among others, alongside traditional payment methods. Paying for goods with your… Read More

T-Mobile CEO John Legere Says Without The iPhone, A Carrier “Is Shit”

Tue, 28/10/2014 - 03:41
 It probably goes without saying, but: carriers love them some iPhones. For anyone who comes into the store with an iPhone in mind, the damn thing pretty much sells itself. Carrier execs would rarely speak too bluntly about that fact, though; Apple is already chipping away at their stronghold (see: Apple taking app distribution out of the carrier’s hands, things like Apple SIM) without… Read More

India’s Answer To Uber, Olacabs Takes $210M Led By Softbank At $1B Valuation

Tue, 28/10/2014 - 03:19
 SoftBank is doubling down on India, quite literally. The Japanese tech powerhouse, flush with billions from its extremely lucrative Alibaba investment, is today confirming that it has led a $210 million investment in Olacabs, an Uber-style service in India that aims to use technology to shake up and dominate the car-for-hire and wider transportation market in the country. The news comes at… Read More

India’s Snapdeal Snaps Up $627M Led By SoftBank To Supercharge Its Marketplace

Tue, 28/10/2014 - 02:59
 A big day for e-commerce startups in India, and a double boom for Japan’s SoftBank. Snapdeal, founded four years ago as a marketplace for third party retailers in India to sell goods online, has raised an additional $627 million from SoftBank Internet and Media to continue building out its business in the country, both organically and through acquisitions. It’s thought to be… Read More