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Robinhood Raises $13M To Democratize Stock Market With Zero-Commission Trading App

Tue, 23/09/2014 - 17:00
 Half a million people have already signed up for Robinhood‘s unlaunched zero-fee stock trading service. Now the startup has raised $13 million to hire talent to make its app totally secure so it can start adding people from its private beta waitlist. Unlike competitors E*Trade and Scottrade that charge people $7 to $10 per trade, Robinhood doesn’t need to spend money on… Read More

Google Currents For iOS Now Called Google Play Newsstand Following Big Redesign

Tue, 23/09/2014 - 16:50
 Google Currents, Google’s magazine-like news reading iOS app and a competitor to Flipboard, is rolling out a redesign and a handful of new features, including a way to subscribe to topics you’re interested in, instead of only subscribing to publishers, blogs and RSS feeds. The company is also ditching the name “Currents,” and renaming the app “Google Play… Read More

Google Has Tightened Its European Search De-Listing Request Process

Tue, 23/09/2014 - 16:39
 Forget.me, an online service for Europeans wishing to submit de-listing requests to search engines asking for outdated or irrelevant personal information to be de-indexed, has put out new details of the nature of requests it is helping to process — shining a little more light onto what remains a relatively closed-box process at this nascent stage. Read More

The iPhone 6 Plus Gets Bent

Tue, 23/09/2014 - 16:22
 Every year, Apple announces a new iPhone. And every year, we go through a very similar cycle. First it’s rumors and leaks, and then spy shots from factory lines, and then the announcement comes! And then it’s reviews, and long lines, and pre-order figures, and first weekend sales figures… which brings us to today. Welcome to the “-gate” portion of our event,… Read More

Business Goals Platform BetterWorks Leaves Stealth With $15.5M Led By KPCB

Tue, 23/09/2014 - 16:16
 BetterWorks, a new, cloud-based platform designed to help employees set and reach business goals — and the newest project from gamification pioneer Kris Duggan of Badgeville — is coming out of stealth today, as the startup of the same name announces that it has reached some goals of its own. It has raised $15.5 million from a group of top investors; and it has picked up 25… Read More

Akeneo Raises $2.3 Million To Replace Excel For Catalog Management

Tue, 23/09/2014 - 16:04
 It currently takes more than four months for a famous luxury company based in Paris to put new collection items on its website. It’s a nightmare for multiple people who have to fight with Excel to add all the relevant data. And before you know it, the next collection is already there. This is where Akeneo comes along. Akeneo is a CRM for product information. Instead of adding people… Read More

Jiff Raises $18 Million Series B To Make Employers’ Digital Health Programs More Personalized

Tue, 23/09/2014 - 14:42
 Digital health company Jiff has raised an additional $18 million in Series B funding, the company announced this morning. The Palo Alto-based startup wants to make it easier for businesses to reward their employees who participate in digital health programs by providing a software platform that can gather data from across a wide spectrum of wearable devices, like Fitbits, Jawbones,… Read More

Selfie Lets You Share Yourself 24 Seconds At A Time

Tue, 23/09/2014 - 14:16
 A year ago, “selfie” had just been added to the Oxford Dictionaries Online. At the same time, we were just discovering Selfie.com, a mysterious landing page for a “Selfie” service. All we knew at the time was that it was led by Hugh Dornbush and had raised some seed money. Today, however, the company is lifting the veil. Read More

Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes Hints At A World Of Endless Expansion

Tue, 23/09/2014 - 14:11
 Disney may have built the perfect game – Infinity, its “toys to life” franchise, which debuted in 2010 and was first released as a playable title in 2013. The game is entering its second generation with today’s launch of Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes, which also introduces version 2.0 features for all the original series collectibles, as well as new mini-games… Read More

Mobile Invoicing App Invoice2go Raises $35M, Former eHarmony Exec Greg Waldorf Joins As CEO

Tue, 23/09/2014 - 14:05
 More than a decade after it was founded, Invoice2go is announcing that it has raised $35 million in its first round of external funding. The round, a Series A, was led by Accel Partners and Ribbit Capital, with Accel partner Ryan Sweeney joining Invoice2go’s board of directors. In addition, Accel CEO-in-Residence Greg Waldorf has joined Invoice2go as, yes, its new CEO. Read More

After $25B IPO, US Cloud Infrastructure Players Best Pay Attention to Alibaba

Tue, 23/09/2014 - 13:23
 Amazon Web Services better watch its back. And while we’re at it, let’s issue a warning to Microsoft and Google and just about any cloud service you can think of, because there is a new player in town and they have a lot going for them including being based in China and oh, getting a record-setting IPO last Friday that resulted in raising a whopping $25B. That kind of money gives… Read More

Groupon Doubles Down On Its DIY Deal Builder, Racks Up 25k Offers

Tue, 23/09/2014 - 13:02
 Groupon — on a mission to expand its business beyond the daily deal and into more local commerce (a mission to be partly fuelled by Apple Pay) — is also making efforts to ensure that the inventory of offers that it does have continues to grow. As part of that, Groupon is updating its Deal Builder, a do-it-yourself tool it launched in February for merchants to create and upload… Read More

Israel’s ironSource Raises $85M to Bolster Mobile App, Software Distribution Power

Tue, 23/09/2014 - 13:00
 One area that Israel’s tech scene has always done exceptionally well in is ad tech. So it’s not terribly surprising that one of its startups would quietly do a $85 million mega-round. ironSource, a Tel Aviv-based company with reach into both the Chinese and U.S. markets, is picking up this funding from a syndicate of institutional and strategic partners across the U.S., mainland… Read More

Meet Dubs, Doppler Labs’ Reinvention Of The Lowly Earplug

Tue, 23/09/2014 - 13:00
 If you feel like you’re losing your hearing, it’s because you are. In fact, more than six million people in the United States between the ages of 18 to 44 suffer from hearing loss. To tackle the problem, Fritz Lanman’s new company Doppler Labs is announcing Dubs Acoustic filters, otherwise known as extra fancy ear plugs. Read More

Karma Rolls Out An LTE Version Of Its Pay-As-You-Go Mobile Hotspot, Pre-Order For $99

Tue, 23/09/2014 - 12:59
 Karma, makers of the small, portable Wi-Fi hotspot that lets you pay-as-you-go, contract free, for the data you use ($14/1 GB), is now accepting pre-orders for its latest device, the Karma Go portable LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. The new device, which also supports up to 8 concurrent users, runs on Sprint’s Nationwide 4G LTE network, with fallback to 3G CDMA. Before, the device ran on… Read More

Zeef Pulls In $1.55M For Its Crowdsourced Link Directory

Tue, 23/09/2014 - 12:31
 European startup Zeef has closed a $1.55 million Series A funding round to grow its crowdsourced content curation platform. We first came across the company exhibiting at TechCrunch’s startup alley back in September 2013. Read More

Watch Apple’s First Timberlake And Fallon iPhone 6 Ads

Tue, 23/09/2014 - 12:06
 Apple has gone back to territory that treated it well in the past with new ads for the iPhone 6, with a spin on the “I’m a Mac, I’m a PC” John Hodgman/Justin Long duo act that served it well in the latter half of the last decade. This time, it’s not quite so oppositional, as the spots compare the relative virtues of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, with Jimmy Fallon… Read More

Traxpay Raises $15M, Teams With MasterCard To Be The PayPal Of The B2B World

Tue, 23/09/2014 - 11:48
 Traxpay, a German startup that has created a platform for businesses in a supply chain to make payments to each other — think PayPal for the B2B world, or an Alipay of the Western world — is making two significant announcements that point to the company’s global growth ambitions–specifically in the U.S. and Asia. First, it has raised another $15 million, in what… Read More

Last-Minute Sports Ticket Sales App Gametime Raises $4 Million From Accel Partners

Tue, 23/09/2014 - 11:30
 Mobile app Gametime was designed entirely for that use case, helping even the laziest of slackers to buy last-minute tickets on their phones moments before it’s time to enter their local arena. Read More

Airport Car Rental Startup Silvercar Raises $14 Million From Eduardo Saverin And Velos Partners

Tue, 23/09/2014 - 11:30
 Silvercar is taking a bit of a contrarian approach to changing airport car rentals. The company, which launched in Dallas nearly two years ago, isn’t trying to make car rentals cheaper, but trying to make them better thanks to an awesome mobile app and generally higher-quality vehicles. Read More

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