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StumbleUpon Gets A Redesign In Version 4.0 For Android

Tue, 29/07/2014 - 17:18
 StumbleUpon released version 4.0 of StumbleUpon for Android today, bringing a complete user interface overhaul, including navigation changes and a new way for users to find content. The design fits Google’s Android app design guidelines, with pages you can slide in from the left and right and a flat look that is has hints of Android L’s Material design. The drawer slide menu gets… Read More

Think Gaming Demystifies Paid App Installs With A Mobile Gaming Co-Op

Tue, 29/07/2014 - 17:00
 Think Gaming has created what it’s calling a mobile advertising co-op. Through that co-op, gaming companies share data about the cost of the ads they’re purchasing across multiple networks, and the effectiveness of those ad networks. Read More

Ford Plans To Replace BlackBerries With iPhones Beginning This Year

Tue, 29/07/2014 - 16:59
 Ford is going to start switching its employees over to iPhone, beginning with moving 3,300 staffers from BlackBerry devices to iPhones by the end of the year. Over the course of the next two years, approximately 6,000 employees will get iPhones, replacing their existing flip phones, but ultimately the goal is to get everyone on Apple’s iPhone platform, a Ford spokesperson told Bloomberg. Read More

After A Decade In Business, Kargo Says It’s Growing Fast, With Big Ambitions For Premium Mobile Ads

Tue, 29/07/2014 - 16:12
 By the standards of the startups we cover at TechCrunch, mobile advertising company Kargo is pretty much ancient. But even though it was founded back in 2003, the company says it’s hit a triple digit revenue growth, with total annual revenue approaching $50 million. And it’s profitable. Founder and CEO Harry Kargman also told me that Kargo’s headcount has grown about 50… Read More

Airbnb Partners With San Francisco And Portland For Emergency Preparedness

Tue, 29/07/2014 - 16:10
 Airbnb announced a partnership with the cities of San Francisco and Portland as part of an initiative to help communities prepare and respond to emergencies. Read More

Asana Doubles Down On Mobile, Releases New iOS App

Tue, 29/07/2014 - 16:08
 Asana, a company that provides collaboration tools to corporations and groups, today released a unified iOS application for iPhone and iPad. As other companies have in recent quarters, Asana built its new iOS app using native code. (The app is due to land in the app store at any moment, so if you don’t see it in the App Store, hang tight.) The firm has an Android app similar to its new… Read More

WalmartLabs Acquires Kleiner Perkins-Backed Luvocracy, A Pinterest-Like Marketplace For Product Recommendations

Tue, 29/07/2014 - 16:01
 Walmart’s Silicon Valley R&D group @WalmartLabs is announcing this morning that it has acquired its 14th startup, social marketplace Luvocracy. As part of the deal, @WalmartLabs will bring in a total of 16 employees from Luvocracy, including founder and CEO Nathan Stoll. Luvocracy offered a Pinterest-like experience where friends and tastemakers can recommend products for others.… Read More

I Want My Internet TV

Tue, 29/07/2014 - 15:38
 Well, it’s happened. Sarah Palin has her own internet channel, free from the “lamestream media.” Palin seems to be just one more personality joining what seems to be a larger trend in our society. We’re moving on from television to watching content via the internet. The Sarah Palin channel will cost you $9.95/month or $99.95 for a one year subscription. You can try a 30… Read More

Bring Your Hardware To Disrupt SF

Tue, 29/07/2014 - 15:30
 It’s summertime and the Hardware Alley love is easy. We want to see you in San Francisco for Disrupt SF 2014, our annual celebration of all things startup. It’s a great time. You get to meet great founders and VCs, and I’d love to meet you. Hardware is my favorite thing in the world and you’re some of my favorite people. Read More

Cutting Energy Costs For Businesses, Green Charge Networks Raises $56 Million

Tue, 29/07/2014 - 15:10
 Armed with nifty energy management software, thousands of Samsung lithium-ion batteries, and $56 million in outside financing, Green Charge Networks is looking to change the way companies pay for power. If the issue sounds a little boring (yawn, utility bills), think about this: businesses spend billions of dollars on power — in some cases many millions more than they could —… Read More

Frameri Eyes Up Warby Parker, Launches Eyewear With Interchangeable Lenses

Tue, 29/07/2014 - 15:00
 Ever since they disrupted the glasses industry, Warby Parker hasn’t seen much competition from other startups. Until now. Frameri, a new brand focused on giving you some optical bang for your buck, is today launching to the public. The company has raised a $750k seed round. Read More

MxHero Grabs $500K To Close Seed Round

Tue, 29/07/2014 - 15:00
 Email has always been a poor file manager and startup MxHero wants to change the way we manage email attachments. To that end, it announced it closed its seed round today with a $500K contribution. Funders include lead investor White Star Capital along with contributors GW Holdings, Esther Dyson, Ari Kushner, Actinic Ventures and a strategic Miami-based investor group they chose not to name.… Read More

BlackBerry Snags German Voice Encryption Firm Secusmart, But Years Too Late

Tue, 29/07/2014 - 14:55
 In a move that makes a lot of sense, BlackBerry bought Secusmart today, a German firm that makes voice encryption chips for Blackberries and other mobile phones. Unfortunately, the deal is probably much too late to matter. The companies have worked closely in the past, so it’s probably not surprising that BlackBerry chose to pull the trigger and purchase them. Secusmart is used by… Read More

A Book By Any Other Name

Tue, 29/07/2014 - 14:51
 In the midst of the Hachette-Amazon wars as well as the launch of Kindle Unlimited, there has been much hand-wringing about what it means to be a publisher, a writer, and a reader. One excellent piece by Laura Miller at Salon suggests that the “active readership for self-published books has agreed to go through America’s slush pile.” In other words, Amazon is letting anyone… Read More

European Startups Raise $2.8BN In 2nd Qtr, Highest Since 2001, UK Leads Pack

Tue, 29/07/2014 - 14:46
European startups are on a roll. According to data from Dow Jones VentureSource they have raised more than $2.8 billion (€2.1 billion) from VCs in the second quarter of 2014, the highest quarterly total since that iconic dotcom bust year of 2001. The UK remains the gang-buster country, where companies have raised 28% of the total amount in the second quarter, followed by France with 19%… Read More

Apple TV Gets CNBC And FOX NOW Channels

Tue, 29/07/2014 - 14:34
 Apple continues to fill out its Apple TV content library, with two new additions to the device today including a CNBC channel with live broadcasts and FOX NOW, the on-demand app for the network that includes episodes of Glee, Family Guy and more. Both channels need a cable subscription to unlock completely, but offer some preview content free, according to 9to5mac which spotted the update.… Read More

London’s Mayor Misses Window To Spend £50M On Startup Building

Tue, 29/07/2014 - 14:09
 London’s Mayor has missed an opportunity to spend a £50 million fund set aside by the UK government to create a public building dedicated to both technology startups, events and public education around technology. The Prime Minister’s office has confirmed an earlier report that the large sum of money it had allocated to City Hall to create a building which would serve tech… Read More

Flickr Rolls Out A New Commercial Licensing Program To Compete With 500px And Others

Tue, 29/07/2014 - 14:09
 Yahoo-owned photo-sharing and storage site Flickr announced this morning the rollout of a new licensing program aimed at the service’s members who are looking to have their work discovered, featured on prominent news sites, including Yahoo’s own properties, as well as generate additional income through commercial licensing. Some photographers may receive a message from… Read More

Prepare For Emergencies Through Crowdsourcing

Tue, 29/07/2014 - 13:34
 If flooding in your town is imminent, do you know where to go to stay safe? If a heat warning has been put in place, can you find the nearest cooling center to cool down? Using the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s OpenFEMA Initiative, Appallicious created the Disaster Assessment and Assistance Dashboard (DAAD) that offers communities a tool for recovery efforts. Read More

Concur Is Partnering With Airbnb And Uber To Capture A New Breed Of Business Traveler

Tue, 29/07/2014 - 13:00
 Business expense and travel management company Concur has announced some new partnerships that should enable users to better manage expenses across a wider range of businesses. That includes a couple of startups whose users will now be able to expense staying at an Airbnb or taking an Uber while traveling. Read More