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Weight Watchers Acquires 5-Minute Fitness App Hot5

Mon, 04/05/2015 - 19:30
 Weight loss company Weight Watchers continues its recent acquisition spree with the purchase of Hot5. The startup will join a couple of other mobile apps Weight Watchers has bought to help its customers get in shape. Hot5 originally launched in August 2013 and moved to a subscription model enabling customers to pay monthly and receive access to a wide range of short fitness videos they can… Read More

Case Is An Insanely Secure Hardware Bitcoin Wallet

Mon, 04/05/2015 - 19:28
 You shouldn’t trust anyone with your bitcoins, and Case is well aware of that. Over the past few years, Mt.Gox, Bitstamp and countless other centralized services have suffered serious security breaches. But Case is about to put an end to all this, as this startup has built one of the most secure hardware bitcoin wallets in the world. The startup is launching onstage today at Disrupt NY. Read More

Box CEO Aaron Levie On Box’s Multi-pronged Growth Strategy

Mon, 04/05/2015 - 19:28
 Box CEO Aaron Levie talked about his company’s multi-pronged growth strategies with TechCrunch’s Alex Wilhelm today at TechCrunch Disrupt NY. The strategy involves building access to vertical markets, letting customers and partners build applications on top of Box and embedding Box in applications to take advantage of Box services. The first part of Box’s strategy involves… Read More

Is Your Marijuana Growing / Testing / Delivery / Vaporizer Startup Idea Genius Or Half-Baked?

Mon, 04/05/2015 - 19:26
 Everyone seems to have a marijuana startup idea. Snoop Dogg even raised a venture fund to invest in them. But would you believe it? Coming up with business plans while you’re high is not a fool-proof way to get rich! According to two experts, many of the opportunities are so crowded with competitors that you’d first have to invent a time machine and go back three years. Read More

VimoFit Wants To Be The Only Fitness App You Need

Mon, 04/05/2015 - 19:15
 VimoFit is hoping to be the one fitness app to rule them all, which is a claim we’ve heard before. But co-founder and Stanford electrical engineering PhD Huan Liu says VimoFit, which presented onstage at Disrupt NY today, is different. Built by Liu and his co-founders Joshua Kozak, and Pebble dev extraordinaire Ethan Fan, the VimoFit app is unique in that it is completely automatic,… Read More

Google+ Turns Users Into Content Curators With New “Collections” Feature

Mon, 04/05/2015 - 19:10
 Google+, the company’s social networking service that allows users to share posts and photos with family, friends and the broader public, has been sometimes criticized for being too much like competitor Facebook in terms of feature set. But today, Google+ is taking inspiration from another source: Pinterest. With the launch of a new “Collections” feature, users are now able… Read More

Wellth Takes A Crack At Reducing The Cost Of Health Care With Steady Monitoring

Mon, 04/05/2015 - 19:02
 More than ever, insurers and healthcare providers are looking for ways to reduce the cost of patient care. Wellth, which launched onstage today at TechCrunch Disrupt NY, thinks it solved one step of the puzzle. Many times, patients leaving a hospital will not follow the instructions given by caregivers, and the caregivers often don’t have the time to follow up with every patient.… Read More

Swarm 2.3 Feels Like The Old Foursquare, Looks Way Better

Mon, 04/05/2015 - 19:00
 Foursquare has today released an update for Swarm, the company’s social check-in app, that brings far more of the delightful gamification of the old Foursquare back to the service. But today’s update is just a pre-amble to version 3.0, which will be released in the coming weeks, and will include Mayorships within the entire Swarm community, as well as a leaderboard between friends… Read More

PageCloud Wants To Simplify Website Creation

Mon, 04/05/2015 - 18:50
 PageCloud launched at Disrupt NY 2015 today to allow users to drag-and-drop photos, video, text or other elements onto a web page in order to create the look they want on a website. Much like other simplified web content management systems, such as Wix or Squarespace, PageCloud offers several pre-built templates, fonts and other elements to choose from. But it branches off from these other… Read More

Facebook And Nokia Quietly Ink Deal For Here To Power Maps On Mobile, Instagram And Messenger

Mon, 04/05/2015 - 18:41
 One of the companies in the frame as a potential buyer of Nokia’s Here mapping division has quietly inked a deal with the Finnish company to power mobile maps. Facebook is now using Here maps for its mobile web version, and it is also running a test for Here to power location in native apps like Instagram and Messenger. The news comes as mobile company Nokia has confirmed that it… Read More

BioBots Is A 3D Printer For Living Cells

Mon, 04/05/2015 - 18:38
 U.S. biotech startup BioBots sits at the intersection between computer science and chemistry. Its debut product, a desktop 3D printer for biomaterials, which was just demoed on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt NY — printing Van Gogh’s ear in replica, no less — combines hardware, software and wetware. It’s the latter area where the core innovation sits, says co-founder… Read More

Google Acquires Timeful To Bring Smart Scheduling To Google Apps

Mon, 04/05/2015 - 18:29
 Google has acquired Timeful, a startup designed to make scheduling easier by helping you solve larger goals without requiring you to sweat the details. Timeful’s app analyzes your schedule, and uses it to help you achieve specific goals you have in mind. The features Timeful created will be integrated into Google Apps going forward, and the app will remain available, but the Timeful team… Read More

FCC’s Tom Wheeler Talks Net Neutrality, Congress And Possibly Serving The Next President

Mon, 04/05/2015 - 18:19
 TechCrunch writer Alex Wilhelm talked to FCC Commissioner Tom Wheeler onstage today at TechCrunch Disrupt NY about the decision to pass new net neutrality regulations, Congressional troubles and Wheeler’s take on the failed Comcast/Time Warner merger. Read More

Mayor De Blasio Offers Three Pillars For Tech Growth In NYC At Disrupt NY

Mon, 04/05/2015 - 18:08
 New York may be the city that never sleeps, but when it comes to tech investment, historically, the naked city has been caught napping. Since the dot-com bubble burst in 2000, New York City has been trying to regain its footing as a hub for technology innovation and startups. Those efforts received a huge boost under the previous the Bloomberg administration and now Mayor De Blasio is looking… Read More

Nintendo Answers Amiibo Fan Frustration

Mon, 04/05/2015 - 17:14
 Nintendo’s Amiibo toys are selling well; almost too well, depending on who you’re asking. Fans are frustrated that many specific models are very hard to get, unless you’re willing to pay a lot on sites like eBay. Nintendo wants you Amiibo-hungry diehards to know it’s going to be okay, thanks to ramped-up shipping efforts and re-issues of Amiibo that have already ended… Read More

UK Elections Get A Partisan Spin From The Startup World

Mon, 04/05/2015 - 17:07
 “Startup businesses back the Conservatives,” screamed last week’s headline in The Guardian newspaper. In a move that feels somewhat unprecedented for the U.K.’s startup scene, which isn’t especially known for ‘doing politics’, more than 90 tech entrepreneurs have signed a letter declaring their support for the return of a Conservative-led government… Read More

How Snapchat Made QR Codes Cool Again

Mon, 04/05/2015 - 17:00
 QR codes have been a laughing-stock for years now. The gangly square bar codes were slapped on posters and magazine pages, and heralded as an easy way to open URLs or bonus content. Instead they became a frustrating symbol of over-engineering. You often needed a special QR code reader app which might fail to recognize the little robot tattoos on the first try. By the time you found your QR app… Read More

Hitting 2 Million Deliveries, Postmates CEO Bastian Lehmann Says Profitability Is Possible In 2016

Mon, 04/05/2015 - 16:16
 Same-day delivery service Postmates could be profitable next year if the company wants to be, said CEO Bastian Lehmann today at TechCrunch Disrupt NY. The company has made 2 million deliveries, which is up 500,000 in around seven weeks. It took 10 weeks to go from 1 million deliveries to 1.5 million. Postmates is rapidly expanding to new cities and adding big partnerships, such as Chipotle… Read More

Twitter Turns Off MS-DOS Game Embeds In Tweets

Mon, 04/05/2015 - 16:08
 The newfound ability to put entire MS-DOS games hosted by the Internet Archive inside Tweets, and then play them back in Twitter’s official web client, is now gone. The feature used Twitter’s Cards setup, but it also violated the terms of that system by putting an entire end-to-end gaming system within Twitter’s embedded video player. It was fun while it lasted, and likely… Read More

Health And Fitness Tracker MyFitnessPal Targets Power Users With Its First Paid Product

Mon, 04/05/2015 - 16:00
 MyFitnessPal, a popular health and fitness tracking app that was snatched up by athletic apparel maker Under Armour earlier this year for $475 million, is today making its first move to a paid model by introducing a premium tier to its service aimed at power users. In particular, paying users will be able to customize their MyFitnessPal dashboard in order to better track the types of… Read More