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The OnePlus One Offers Top-Tier Specs Android Phone Specs At $299

Wed, 23/04/2014 - 11:44
 Not all smartphones are created equal, but the new OnePlus One (not to be confused with that other One, the HTC One) is roughly equivalent on paper with some of the most expensive smartphones in the world, albeit with a price that puts it much more within reach than most of those. The OnePlus One starts at $299 for a white 16GB version, and will also offer a 64GB variant in black for $349 when it… Read More

Spindle Founder Pat Kinsel Joins Polaris Partners

Wed, 23/04/2014 - 11:33
 The co-founder and former CEO of Spindle, a social discovery app that was acquired by Twitter last year, has joined Polaris Partners as venture partner on its technology investment team. Pat Kinsel started at the Boston-based firm as an entrepreneur-in-residence after Spindle was acquired. Polaris was an investor in Spindle. Read More

Unnamed Russian Banks Are Using AlterGeo’s Location Data For Credit Ratings

Wed, 23/04/2014 - 11:24
 To some extent, AlterGeo bills itself as the ‘Foursquare of Russia’. You can check-in to a location via their apps, get discounts, the usual sort of thing. But on the back end of the consumer facing apps it has a hybrid positioning technology which is a B2B product. It is far more sophisticated than Foursquare. Founded in 2008, AlterGeo employs WiFi, WiMAX, GSM, LTE, IP addresses and… Read More

Another Taxi Company App, Estonia’s Taxify, Takes In $100K To Grow In Eastern Europe

Wed, 23/04/2014 - 11:10
 Another funding round for another taxi app company — albeit this one, Estonian startup Taxify, is focusing on helping existing taxi companies fight the encroaching threat on their business from independent drivers making like cabbies with help of apps like Uber and Cabify. Taxify has closed a $100,000 seed round, with investment coming from multiple angel investors from the U.S., Asia… Read More

Marketing Suite For Visual Web Piqora Raises $7.7 Million Series A

Wed, 23/04/2014 - 10:59
 Piqora, a marketing platform and analytics provider for “visual” social networks like Instagram, Pinterest and Tumblr, has raised $7.7 million in Series A funding, the company is announcing today. The round was led by DFJ, and saw participation from Freestyle Capital, Baseline Ventures, Lazerow Ventures, Firebolt Ventures and Altos Ventures. Founded in 2012, and originally called… Read More

Chinese Android Phone Maker Xiaomi Preps Big Global Push For This Year

Wed, 23/04/2014 - 10:46
 Chinese Android device startup, Xiaomi, is stepping up its international expansion plans -- with founder Lei Jun today naming 10 markets it plans to enter this year, speaking at a Beijing press event. Read More

LoyaltyLion Raises $370K Led By EC1 Capital To Let Smaller E-Commerce Sites Run Loyalty Programs

Wed, 23/04/2014 - 10:32
 LoyaltyLion, a graduate of accelerator Startupbootcamp, is another startup attempting to level the playing field for smaller e-retailers. Read More

Delivery Hero Gobbles Another $85M To Fuel A Price War With Just-Eat

Wed, 23/04/2014 - 09:11
 On the heels of online food delivery company Just-Eat’s successful IPO in London earlier this month, its big, still-private rival Delivery Hero has raised another mammoth round of funding: a Series F of $85 million, led by a “6 billion dollar global investment fund” that Delivery Hero tells me does not want to be named just yet; as well as existing shareholders. Update: We have… Read More

Viber Finally Goes Flat With New iOS Design

Wed, 23/04/2014 - 09:00
 Showing up a bit late to the iOS 7 party, Viber has released an update to the iPhone version of the application that incorporates the same flat design we've seen throughout the new operating system. Viber had been in pretty desperate need of a redesign for quite some time. On the one hand, there's something charming about an up-and-coming app that looks slightly outdated or unpolished (the way… Read More

Meet Flappy48, The Clone Game To End Clone Games

Wed, 23/04/2014 - 08:40
 Take the rules of 2048. Add the gameplay and physics of Flappy Bird. What do you get? Flappy48 — a weird (yet surprisingly... fun?) bizarro-world mashup of everything stupidly addictive from 2014. Read More

Codasip Secures $2.8M Funding Led By Credo Ventures

Wed, 23/04/2014 - 08:36
Codasip is an ‘application specific processor design tool’ and IP provider. Today it’s closed its first round of public funding totalling $2.8 million to push its technology product forward. The funding is being led by Credo Ventures, a VC based in the Czech Republic, and includes additional funds from multiple private investors. In case you’re wondering, an… Read More

Kittyo Keeps Your Cats Entertained While You Spy On Them

Wed, 23/04/2014 - 07:13
 Do you feel blue when separated from your cat for any length of time? (I hope so, because then I'd feel a lot less alone). Despite their rugged individuality, indoor cats need to satisfy their stalking instinct, keep stimulated, and get enough exercise, according to the Humane Society. Kittyo is a device that lets owners keep their cats entertained while spying on them from afar. Read More

Apple Sells iPhones To Reanimate The Pixies

Wed, 23/04/2014 - 06:42
 One day in the fall of 1990, or maybe it was ’91, I discovered a box my cousin had left at our house. In the box was a black cassette tape with a grubby label. On one side, recorded in long play mode to fit it all, was the Beastie Boys ‘License To Ill’ and Concrete Blonde’s ‘Bloodletting’. Read More

What Is The Opposite Of A BuzzFeed Quiz?

Wed, 23/04/2014 - 06:33
 “i really feel like we need a buzzfeed-type writer,” our community manager Skypes me, because we’re hiring and dealing with all the fun stuff that that entails, “everyones going in that direction it seems.” “What is that direction?” I ask. “something that you don’t have to click on yet do cause why not” is her answer. This is the most… Read More

Lifeline, The Early-Stage Finnish VC Firm That Backed Supercell, Closes Another Fund

Wed, 23/04/2014 - 02:42
 Lifeline Ventures has never ceased to surprise me. There’s their annual benchpress and dead-lifting contest every November to find the world’s strongest investor and founder. Or, I mean, just look at their portfolio: Trash-sorting robotic systems. Ear-plugs that shine light on the surface of your brain to treat seasonal affective disorder. They even backed the Finnish rock band, the… Read More

David Einhorn Just Cried Bubble And Let Slip The Shorts Of War

Wed, 23/04/2014 - 00:48
 David Einhorn, a hedge fund manager worth north of a billion dollars, isn't bullish on technology stocks. In a letter to his investors sent today, Einhorn called the current market environment regarding technology companies the "second tech bubble in 15 years." Read More

Hipster’s Ludlow And eBay’s Mengerink Are Working On A Startup Called The Happy Home Company

Tue, 22/04/2014 - 23:44
 Doug Ludlow, formerly CEO of startup Hipster, is working on something new called The Happy Home Company, and he has convinced former eBay executive Matthew Mengerink to co-found it with him. Hipster, for those of you who don't remember, was a photo-sharing startup that was probably best-known for stunts like offering a year's supply of Pabst Blue Ribbon as part of its referral bonus. Read More

New Details On Tactus’ Funding

Tue, 22/04/2014 - 23:26
 On the heels of its announcement with Wistron last week, Tactus chief executive Craig Ciesla stopped by TechCrunch to talk about its future plans. Ciesla said that the company raised $13.5 million in its Series B round, with Thomvest Ventures as the lead investor, with Ryoyo, Wistron and other undisclosed strategic and financial investors participating. Ciesla says that the company is using the… Read More

Meet The New CrunchBase

Tue, 22/04/2014 - 23:25
 Since it was first launched in 2007, CrunchBase has been an invaluable source of information about major companies, startups, investors, and executives in the tech ecosystem. Today we're proud to introduce CrunchBase 2.0 -- a more beautiful, easier-to-use, and more powerful version of the database that the tech world has come to depend on. Read More

Star Trek And The Politics Of Silicon Valley

Tue, 22/04/2014 - 22:30
 Let’s get outside of the San Francisco bubble for a little while (trust me, there is oxygen here). I realize in a world saturated with protesters who have all the sophistication and menace of a shipful of Pakleds, it may seem like a protest in front of Kevin Rose’s home is the Biggest News in the Universe. It may seem doubly so when said protesters are demanding $3 billion in latinum, and your… Read More