Korean last-minute hotel booking app DailyHotel launches in 10 new countries

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shutterstock hotel DailyHotel, a Seoul-based app that lets harried travelers quickly find hotel rooms, has launched in 10 new Asian countries. The startup was founded in 2013 by brothers Ryan and Jimmy Shin after Ryan struggled to find a last-minute hotel room in Seoul. It has raised more than $10 million from Sequoia India, but declined to say exactly how much funding it has received so far. Read More

Tinggal, a budget hotel network in Indonesia, lands $1M from backers of India’s Wudstay

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Screenshot 2016-03-01 12.23.46 Indonesia-based Tinggal is less than one month old, but today the company announced that it has raised $1 million in funding. Particularly of interest is the fact that this financing has come from the investors and members of the executive team behind India-based Wudstay, a budget hotel network that launched in July 2015. Read More

Rubicon Project earnings and Snapchat ad moves are among the week’s L.A. tech highlights

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Rubicon Project, among the handful of publicly traded tech companies in Los Angeles, is getting rewarded for a rare trait in its industry: Growing sales quickly and still managing to turn a tiny profit.

The Playa Vista company gained almost $110 million in value last week, or 18%, after releasing…

Is Singularity Near?

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brain-hearts The 11th of December 2015, Open AI, a nonprofit artificial intelligence research company was announced to the world. With $1 billion in funding from high-profile investors, such as Elon Musk, Reid Hoffman and Peter Thiel, the company put forward an ambitious research agenda to keep artificial intelligence beneficial to humanity. Both the research agenda and the objective of the company, is… Read More

The ultimate VR headset buyer’s guide

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If you go back to the 1990s and start reading about “virtual reality,” you’ll quickly realize that the term could refer to anything from a full Lawnmower Man simulation system to a 3D model on a computer screen. Things have gotten simpler since then: outside a few special circumstances, we’re now almost always referring to things you see inside a VR headset like the Oculus Rift. Unfortunately, this definition implies that all headsets are roughly equivalent — that a $30 Google Cardboard will do the same thing as an $800 HTC Vive.

But as VR headsets start appearing on store shelves, the very real differences between them will start to matter — a lot. So if you’re looking into VR, what should you check out? There’s no one, specific device…

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Gmail Gets Improved Security Features For Business Users

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9027029071_ab7695723b_o Google announced a number of new security features for Gmail users in the enterprise today. Last year, the company launched its Data Loss Prevention (DLP) feature for Google Apps Unlimited users that helps businesses keep sensitive data out of emails. Today, it’s launching the first major update of this service at the RSA Conference in San Francisco. The DLP feature allows businesses to… Read More

GoPro Spends 20% Of Its Cash On Hand To Acquire Two Video Editing Startups

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21443484529_0b6d7d2083_k (1) GoPro today announced the acquisition of two startups to address one of the company’s sore spots: Video editing. Stupeflix and Vemory are the companies behind the mobile apps Replay and Splice, respectively. GoPro tells TechCrunch the company spent $105 million on the two companies combined and that all the employees from these companies will join GoPro’s ranks but work from… Read More

Meet The Judges For The TC Meetup + Pitch-Off In Brooklyn Tomorrow Night!

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TC Meetup pitch off USE Did I mention we’re having a pitch-off in Brooklyn tomorrow night? Because we are! It will be held at Output in Williamsburg at 6pm, and tickets are still available, which you can buy here. But what is a pitch-off? Well, ten companies have been selected to show off their wares on our stage. They will have exactly sixty seconds to wow a panel of expert judges and the audience, after… Read More

Everything coming to Netflix and Amazon Prime in March (and what to watch before it’s gone)

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Remember way back in 2013, when Netflix put out its first true original show, House of Cards? Remember how shocked you were at how good it was? Remember a year later, when the second season came out — and was equally compelling? Remember last year, when the third season came around, and you stopped watching about four episodes from the end?

Well, it’s back.

This March 4th Netflix will be releasing the latest installment in The Ballad of Frank Underwood, and the only thing we can really be sure about is that Frank (probably) won’t die this time, because Netflix has already ordered another season. But that’s not all, folks — Netflix will also be rolling out the second season of Daredevil and the long-awaited sequel to the 1988 cultural…

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You can now buy a Cardboard VR viewer direct from Google

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If you haven’t gotten your hands on a Cardboard VR viewer via one of the many third-party companies making them or through one of Google’s own time-limited promotions (or you’re not interested in clogging your arteries for one from a McDonald’s Happy Meal), Google will now sell you one directly through its online store. In a listing that went up recently, Google is offering the Cardboard unit for $15 for a single unit or $25 for a two-pack. It appears to be the same Cardboard unit that Google introduced in May of last year and should be compatible with most phones under six inches in size, including the iPhone.

The listing is a part of a new Virtual Reality section in the Google Store, where Google is also selling Mattel’s new…

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Frank Ocean reportedly shared new music at a listening party in NYC last night

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Frank Ocean’s follow-up to 2012’s Channel Orange is something of a modern musical mystery. It didn’t get a release date until 2015, and then that July date came and went without so much as a new single. By the time 2015 ended, no one seemed entirely convinced there even was an album. But today, murmurings about the album (which might be called Boys Don’t Cry) have found their way back into the spotlight, following reports that Ocean held a secret VIP listening party in New York City last night.

For now, these reports are little more than the combination of a very appealing rumor and a handful of song snippets with vocals that definitely sound like Frank Ocean’s. You can listen to one of those snippets below, at least until it inevitably…

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This Kickstarter aims to deliver a 2-in-1 Micro USB and Lightning cable

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If you own a lot of tech (plus an iPhone or iPad), you’ve probably got at least two cables you take everywhere: an Apple Lightning cable and a Micro USB cable. That’s not really a major nuisance; Apple’s cable works with Apple things, and the Micro USB plugs into most everything else. But a new Kickstarter project hopes to bridge the gap between them and combine both must-have cables into one. It’s the LMcable, and it’s already raised over $15,000 in funding. On one side of the cable is the familiar gold-striped Lightning connection. On the other end is a Micro USB. The cable puts out a maximum current of 2.4 A and the inner wires are claimed to be “10 times more durable than the regular wires.”

A Frankenstein creation like this…

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Volkswagen’s Phideon is a big luxury sedan that you can’t have

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Remember the Phaeton? In many markets, Volkswagen’s big, ultra-luxe flagship sedan is still sold — but sales in the US ended years ago. Now, there’s a Phaeton successor, sort of. Except you can’t have it, unless you happen to be in China.

Meet the Phideon, which will be built in China through VW’s local partner, SAIC. It’s described as a four-door coupe — a paradoxical term used to describe an ever-growing number of cars like the Mercedes CLS, BMW 4 Series and 6 Series Gran Coupes, and the Audi A7. Basically, that just means it’s a sedan with a slightly swoopier look than your typical four-door.

Like many higher-end cars designed for the Chinese market, the Phideon is designed with chauffeurs in mind — people like to be driven around…

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McDonald’s VR goggles: the cases for and against

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McDonalds will join the virtual reality party this month with a limited run of Happy Googles, a VR display a la Google Cardboard. The goggles are created in part by deconstructing a Happy Meal box. According to Ad Week, McDonald’s will launch the promotion in 14 restaurants in Sweden over the first two weekends of March. Only 3,500 headsets will be made available, making them a collector’s item for VR and McDonald’s historians and superfans.

The Happy Googles are formed by tearing a portion of the specially designed Happy Meal box into a foldable outer shell. An included pair of VR lenses are inserted into said with, presumably, a parent’s smartphone.

Now, as McDonald’s considers a global rollout, I will weigh the pros and cons of the…

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Facebook’s Private Photo-Sharing App Moments Now Supports Video

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Facebook Moments Facebook’s Moments, the social network’s private photo-sharing application – and replacement for photo syncing – will now support video-sharing, the company announced today. The new feature is live in the updated version of the Moments mobile application for iOS and Android devices. In a few weeks, Facebook says that Moments will also allow users to include videos… Read More

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