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Hassle’s Alex Depledge To Talk Sharing Economy, Being Acquired, And Women In Tech At Disrupt London

Wed, 04/11/2015 - 19:25
 As co-founder and CEO of on-demand cleaning startup Hassle, Alex Depledge is not only one of the more successful founders in London’s current startup scene but is also one of the most outspoken. In particularly she is known for her strong views on the sharing economy, women in tech and the challenges faced when trying to build a global company from within Europe. That’s why we… Read More

Google Drive Apps Get Sharing Notifications, Access Requests And Previews

Wed, 04/11/2015 - 19:10
 Google Drive for iOS and Android has becoming pretty important for me. Whether I’m taking notes or writing up a post, I’ve used it to share my docs with colleagues from the road. Today, the team announced a few new features to help speed up sharing and collaboration, which if you’re not on your desktop can seem slow at times. Yeah, Google Drive sends share requests and… Read More

NewsON Brings Your Local News Stations To iOS, Android And Roku

Wed, 04/11/2015 - 18:52
 A company called NewsON launched today, offering cord cutters and mobile consumers access to local news with an app that works on iOS, Android, and Roku devices. The service, which is financially backed by a cohort of TV stations, claims to offer local news coverage across 75 percent of the U.S., including video content from a total of 118 stations in 90 markets. The launch comes at a time… Read More

Totem’s Press Page Builder Gets Automated Updates Thanks To Its New Concierge Model

Wed, 04/11/2015 - 18:37
 Here’s a product built for a very specific need: Totem creates press pages where reporters (and anyone who’s curious) can learn more about a company, find images and reach out for further information. Does this seem like an awfully narrow product? Well, as a tech journalist, I can tell you that many of the companies I write about have press pages, and I do visit those pages when I… Read More

Google Says Over 19K Organizations Are Now Testing Or Using Android For Work

Wed, 04/11/2015 - 18:00
 Google today announced that over 19,000 organizations are now either testing, deploying or using its Android for Work service. Android for Work makes it easier and safer for businesses to allow their employees to bring their own Android devices to work. It separates business apps from personal apps. Thanks to this, the IT department still retains control of its data and apps, while the… Read More

Stripe Hires Away Twitter’s Romain Huet To Lead Global Developer Relations

Wed, 04/11/2015 - 17:59
 At Twitter’s Flight conference, one of the stand-out portions of the keynote was a pretty epic on-stage coding exercise. It lasted about a half hour and turned into a sample project that was immediately made available on Github. One participant, Romain Huet, is leaving Twitter for online payments service Stripe to run its global developer relations team. He joined Twitter in 2013… Read More

VC Formation 8 Axes Plans For A Third Fund [Memo]

Wed, 04/11/2015 - 17:49
 We’ve heard about consolidation in the word of startups; today comes some news about a thinning of the ranks among VCs. Formation 8 — the VC firm co-founded by Palantir’s Joe Lonsdale, Brian Koo and Jim Kim — is winding down its investment activities. Specifically, the VC has sent out a memo to portfolio companies noting that it will not raise a Fund 3, according to… Read More

TechCrunch Tallinn, Meetup And Pitch-Off, November 18

Wed, 04/11/2015 - 17:21
 TechCrunch Disrupt London, our stupendous European conference, is coming to London, December 5-8. In the lead-up to this we’re holding a Meetup and Pitch-off in Tallinn, Estonia, on November 18 and we want you there! We’ll be doing some amazing drinking, some amazing pitching, and some amazing networking. We’ll all have a blast. As well as TechCrunch people (ok, me), you… Read More

Hiku’s New Connected Grocery Scanner Lets You Order Groceries From Walmart And Peapod

Wed, 04/11/2015 - 17:13
 Amazon may be leading the internet-of-things market when it comes to push-button ordering via hardware devices like its Dash grocery scanner and Dash buttons, but it’s not without its competition. Today, a company called hiku announced the second generation of its own shopping button, which now allows customers to order groceries from Walmart’s online service as well as Peapod,… Read More

Google Calendar Is Down, Feel Free To Be Late For Your Meetings

Wed, 04/11/2015 - 17:10
 Google Calendar is having issues this morning, so if you don’t know what meetings you have and where you are supposed to be, you’re not alone. As far as we can see, the outage started sometime around 8:15am Pacific this morning and Google acknowledged it shortly after that. It seems like Calendar is down completely for quite a large number of users, but in my own experience, the… Read More

Watsi Receives $3.5M “Philanthropic Round” Donation For Nonprofit Healthcare Crowdfunding

Wed, 04/11/2015 - 17:00
 Ron Conway, Tencent and Paul Graham aren’t getting their money back, and that’s the point. They’re part of today’s $3.5 million round that’s actually a donation to fund the operations of Watsi, Y Combinator’s first nonprofit that hosts crowdfunding of medical treatment for people in need around the world. Rather than constantly hitting up donors for money… Read More

Ario Smart Lamp Wants To Help You Sleep (And Wake Up) Better

Wed, 04/11/2015 - 17:00
 There are plenty of smart lighting systems out there that let you change light colors and dim with just your smartphone (or even your voice), but a freshly Kickstarted product called the Ario is a smart lighting system that works to benefit your health. The Ario mimics the natural light of the sun as it passes overhead each day, generating bright blue light in the morning and warmer amber light… Read More

UberEVENTS Now Provides Your Drunk Uncle With A Free Ride Home From The Party Anywhere In The U.S.

Wed, 04/11/2015 - 17:00
 Just in time for the holiday season (or, really, the almost holiday season because America starts early like that), Uber is rolling out its group events service UberEVENTS. The ridesharing giant launched UberEVENTS in beta about a month ago in six cities throughout the United States and included Uber for Business users to test the product. The service is now available nationwide, starting… Read More

Eden On-Demand Tech Help Service Goes Exclusively B2B

Wed, 04/11/2015 - 16:59
 Eden, the YC-backed on-demand tech installation and repair service that launched in May of this year, has shifted the focus of the business to the enterprise market, serving offices with tech help as opposed to serving both businesses and individuals. After starting out as a consumer-facing product, sending tech wizards to a specific location to solve a tech problem, like printer installation or… Read More

Report: Jet Lands $500 Million In Funding From Fidelity

Wed, 04/11/2015 - 16:41
 Jet, looking to go toe-to-toe with Amazon, is reportedly raising $500 million on a $1 billion pre-money valuation. Fortune reports that Fidelity is leading the round, which has been rumored for quite a while and which Jet has previously confirmed was in the works. Jet is an ecommerce platform that was founded by Marc Lore, who sold his last ecommerce business Quidsi to Amazon for $545 million… Read More

Smart Wireless Router eero Gains FCC Approval, But Delays Product Due To Manufacturing Challenges

Wed, 04/11/2015 - 16:00
 Wireless router startup eero had several announcements for its supporters this morning, including an official FCC approval, and a delay in shipment of its product to early next year. The company also disclosed it had raised somewhere in the neighborhood of $35 million in funding from Playground Global, Redpoint Ventures and Shasta Ventures. The startup didn’t want to talk exact… Read More

Atlassian Opens Its HipChat Messaging Platform To Developers

Wed, 04/11/2015 - 16:00
 HipChat, the team chat platform Atlassian acquired in 2012, now allows developers to build apps that run directly inside its user interface. Until now, developers were only able to push inbound messages to HipChat through its existing API, and create their own custom slash commands. That was mostly on par with what HipChat competitor Slack also currently offers. HipChat Connect takes this a… Read More

Microsoft Readies Its Cortana For iOS Beta, Promises Invites In “Weeks”

Wed, 04/11/2015 - 15:47
 Microsoft said earlier that its Cortana personal assistant – something of a rival to Google Now and Apple’s Siri – would take on its competition by offering cross-platform support, including via iOS and Android. It then delivered on those promises in August when it rolled out a Cortana for Android beta. Now it seems the iOS release is nearing, too – as the company… Read More

Codeanywhere Supercharges Its Cloud Development Platform

Wed, 04/11/2015 - 15:46
Of late the code development area has seen Atlassian heading for and IPO and GitHub becoming a Unicorn. But more specifically Koding, Nitrous.io and others have rubbed shoulders with the likes of Microsoft, SAP and even Oracle because just about every segment of software development. But one of the biggest problems of cloud-based IDEs is speed. So to fix this problem, Codeanywhere, which we… Read More

U.K. Users’ Online Activity To Be Logged Under New Surveillance Law

Wed, 04/11/2015 - 15:27
 The U.K. government has today published a draft bill setting out new surveillance powers that if passed into law will allow the security and intelligence agencies to more deeply probe Brits’ digital activity by requiring U.K. ISPs keep a log of all the websites visited by Internet users over the past 12 months. Read More

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