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Firefox Integrates Pocket, Adds Distraction-Free Reader View

Tue, 02/06/2015 - 17:09
 Mozilla’s Firefox now features a full integration with the Pocket read-it-later service for saving text and video. In addition, Reader View now offers users a distraction-free reading mode that’s similar to Apple’s Reader mode in Safari and the functionality of the popular Readability add-ons and bookmarklets. Read More

Brazil’s Nubank Raises $30M Led By Tiger To Build Out Its Mobile-Based Credit Card Business

Tue, 02/06/2015 - 17:05
 Brazil is one of the world’s fastest growing mobile markets, with 90 million smartphones in circulation among a population of about 200 million, and today a fin-tech company that has focused on catering to that growing group of users has raised a significant round of funding. Nubank, which has developed a platinum Master Card credit service that you apply for and manage using only… Read More

Instagram Beefs Up Ads With App Install And Buy Buttons, Interest Targeting, API

Tue, 02/06/2015 - 17:00
 Instagram continues to expand its ad program, today announcing three broad changes — new ad formats, new ad targeting and new ad-buying tools. For Instagram users, the most obvious change will be the new formats. They’re called “action-oriented” formats, and they’ll appear as buttons below an image. As you can see in the mock-ups above, they’ll give you… Read More

Spark Is An Email Client That Shows You What’s Important, Lets You Delete What Isn’t

Tue, 02/06/2015 - 16:17
 Email clients are like noses: everyone’s got one and they’re absolutely essential to your survival. There’s Mailbox and Outlook and Gmail and all the rest and now there’s Spark. Created by the folks who brought you Readdle, Spark splits your emails up into three sections – important notes, “pins” or starred emails, and all the rest. It is also Apple… Read More

Russia’s Skolkovo Foundation Expands Its Tech City With €200M, Finland-backed BioCity

Tue, 02/06/2015 - 16:00
Until now Russia’s Skolkovo Foundation has been best known for an enormous ’tech city’ built just outside of Moscow. But today it expands its reach with the signing of a deal with the Finland-based Turku Science Park Oy to construct the Centre for Bio Technologies Skolkovo, with the working title of BioCity. The deal is worth 200 million euro and will span 10,000-square… Read More

Watch The Trailer For ‘Henry,’ The Second VR Movie From Oculus Story Studio

Tue, 02/06/2015 - 15:57
 Oculus made waves earlier this year when it announced it would be developing its own original film content for consumption on its VR devices – now there’s a second movie coming out of the Oculus Story Studio, directed by Ramiro Lopez Dau, who had a hand in both Brave and Monsters University from Pixar. Henry follows the tale of a hedgehog, starting out with an interior view of… Read More

Facebook Opens New AI Research Center In Paris

Tue, 02/06/2015 - 15:56
 France has many hidden gems, and Facebook is well-aware of that. The company is building a new artificial intelligence research team in Paris in order to work on ambitious futuristic projects. The new team will work closely with existing Facebook AI Research (FAIR) teams in Menlo Park and New York on image recognition, natural language processing, speech recognition, machine learning, live… Read More

AppFigures Debuts Its Own App For Tracking App Store Performance

Tue, 02/06/2015 - 15:55
 App store intelligence platform appFigures today rolled out a new iOS app that will allow app developers to track their own apps’ performance, including things like downloads, revenue and app store reviews. The launch is a long time coming for the app tracking firm, which previously offered its API to several third-party app publishers instead of focusing on its own native mobile… Read More

Hands-On With Thync’s Mood-Altering Headset

Tue, 02/06/2015 - 15:19
 Thync is launching its mood-altering headset today, letting you find a state of calm or boost your energy with controls on your smartphone. Read More

Microsoft Purchase Of Wunderlist Confirmed

Tue, 02/06/2015 - 15:17
 Microsoft has indeed added Wunderlist to its growing collection of fabulous productivity apps, the companies confirmed today. After the Wall Street Journal reported the deal as done yesterday, Wunderlist itself admitted it will be joining the Redmond tech giant in a blog post. The post is penned by Christian Reber, CEO and founder of 6wunderkinder, the German company that created Wunderlist.… Read More

Fallout Teaser Counts Down To Something – Most Likely Fallout 4

Tue, 02/06/2015 - 15:05
 There’s likely a Fallout 4 official announcement happening, since developer Bethesda Softworks posted a teaser video today with a countdown that started at 24 hours this morning. The sequel to the company’s series of post-apocalyptic adventure RPG titles was thought to be coming soon, but we’ll finally get concrete details tomorrow around this time, it looks like. The annual… Read More

Doorman Raises $1.5 Million To Eliminate Missed Package Deliveries

Tue, 02/06/2015 - 14:12
 Everyone has, at some time or another, experienced the frustration that comes from missing a delivery – that is, coming home only to find a delivery notice stuck to your door. A company called Doorman is trying to solve this problem by allowing customers to schedule their own deliveries as late as midnight, seven days a week. Now Doorman has $1.5 million in seed funding to continue to… Read More

How Ever-Higher Valuations Lead Unicorns Into A Cycle Of Private Capital Dependency

Tue, 02/06/2015 - 14:00
 Unicorns and dragons have become so ubiquitous that some argue investing in these companies is the only way for VCs to survive. This phenomenon makes for excellent entertainment, and for some either incredibly lucky or prophetic investors, there are billions of dollars to be made. But, at what cost to entrepreneurs? Read More

Imgur Introduces Native Ads On The Web And Overhauls Its Android App

Tue, 02/06/2015 - 13:56
 There’s lots of news from Imgur, one of the internet’s most popular sites for funny images and GIFs today. The site has officially launched paid-for advertising, and made significant changes to its Android and iOS apps. Read More

Nintendo Denies Its Next-Gen Console Will Run Android

Tue, 02/06/2015 - 13:51
 Sorry, Android fans. Nintendo’s next gaming system will not be based on Android. The official word comes from a Nintendo spokesperson speaking to a Japanese report that indicated that the upcoming Nintendo NX would use Android as its operating system. Read More

Aircall Is The Easiest Way To Create And Manage Your Phone Customer Service

Tue, 02/06/2015 - 13:51
 Meet Aircall, a French startup specialized in creating a modern platform for your phone support needs. The company started as an easy way to create a virtual number that would ring your support team’s phones one by one until someone picked up the phone. It is now a complete yet easy-to-use phone solution for support teams that you manage from your computer. “We launched a desktop… Read More

Google Tests ‘Study Kit’ Apps To Collect Health Data Before Wider Launch Of Baseline Study This Year

Tue, 02/06/2015 - 13:49
 In July 2014, Google announced Baseline Study, a Google[x] “moonshot” that involves collecting and analysing diagnostics from people to paint a picture of “what it means to be healthy.” While Baseline Study started as a limited pilot with Duke University and Stanford University in July 2014 with 175 participants, TechCrunch has learned that Google is now preparing… Read More

Amazon’s Fire TV Gets More Gaming Cred With GameFly Streaming

Tue, 02/06/2015 - 13:41
 Amazon is crowing about its big Fire TV app and channel catalogue this morning (I have to wonder if the timing has anything to do with the Apple TV announcement rumored for next week), but the best part of the announcement is the addition of GameFly, which brings streaming top-tier games to Amazon’s cheap, lightweight set-top box. GameFly’s presence on the Amazon box is exclusive,… Read More

Hi, I’m Fitz, TechCrunch’s New Intern

Tue, 02/06/2015 - 13:37
 Hi. I’m Fitz, TechCrunch’s newest writer/intern. (West) Philadelphia born and raised, on the computer is where I spent most of my days. Seriously, though. I started playing Power Pete on my first Mac Performa in 1996, and have been obsessed with technology ever since. Fun Fact: I’ve camped out for every iPhone launch since 2007, and am only slightly ashamed of it. (Also,… Read More

Apple’s Smart Earphone Patent Is Designed For Sharing A Single Set

Tue, 02/06/2015 - 13:17
 Apple has a patent for earphones (via AppleInsider) that pretty ingeniously suits common usage – the headphones described in the document can automatically detect multiple users using one earbud apiece and switch from stereo sound to mono streams, for instance, or deliver completely different audio streams to each. People share a single headset all the time, which you’ve… Read More