Dropbox Buys E-Commerce A/B Testing Service Predictive Edge, Shuts It Down

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dropbox-biz Dropbox has made another acquisition: Predictive Edge, a startup that had built a way to personalise e-commerce offerings, along with dynamic pricing, for marketers to send out to users and run A/B tests around them. The service will be shut down, and the founders will be working on something different, as they note in an announcement on the site: “Predictive Edge is joining forces… Read More

After Losing In The Supreme Court, Aereo Turns Its Sights To Congress

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aereo-legal-shutterstock_140860981 When the Supreme Court ruled Aereo was illegal last week, many thought it was the final nail in the coffin for the nascent cloud-based antenna service.
But it seems even though CEO Chet Kenojia said he didn’t have a Plan B, he came up with one. On Tuesday he sent a letter to subscribers, calling them to demand action from their representatives in Congress. Read More

Facebook Accidentally Sent Advertisers Receipts And Data For Other People’s Ads

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Facepalm Blue Last night a sizable number of Facebook advertisers received receipts listing other people’s ads, including company names, campaign names, and amount spent. Sources tipped us off to the bug, and Facebook confirms to me it occurred and was fixed in about two hours. It confirms that no one was charged for other people’s ads, despite one victim claiming otherwise, and ad… Read More

MapR Gains $110 Million In Funding Led By Google Capital

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MapR-Logo-New-2014 Google Capital led the latest round of $110 million in financing for Bangalore based MapR Technologies. MapR, which helps companies around the world deploy Hadoop, raised $80 million in private equity from Google Capital, Qualcomm Incorporated, through its venture investment group, Qualcomm Ventures, and existing investors including Lightspeed Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund, NEA and… Read More

Arista Networks, GoPro And JD.com Spike, Pumping Fresh Oxygen Into The Tech IPO Market

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2067062407_c0ebf2204e_o Three recently public technology companies are surging today, potentially indicating fresh analyst and investor enthusiasm for tech shares. GoPro is up more than 21% at the time of writing, continuing a massive bull run since its recent debut. Its shares are nearing the $50 mark. The company IPO’d at $24 per share, meaning that it has more than doubled its value since going public.… Read More

Matchmaking App Hinge Attracts $4.5M To Beat Tinder’s Endless Swiping

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Hinge Matches Why would prestigious VCs Founders Fund and Lowercase Capital invest $4.5 million in what looks like a Tinder clone? Because Hinge is building a romance graph of what structured data clues suggest two people will want to date. While Hinge’s app might not be as carefree as swiping through Tinder’s seemingly endless queue of mates, it delivers a daily set of tailored… Read More

HP, Shareholder Settlement Is Latest Chapter In Autonomy Saga

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Pelicans fight over a dead fish. Today, HP announced it had reached a settlement with its shareholders over its handling of the purchase of Autonomy for $10B back in 2011, but it’s far from the end of the story as the fight over the Autonomy purchase will very likely head to court, this time with HP and its shareholders at one table and Autonomy’s former executives at the other. Apparently, HP shareholders decided… Read More

Custom Analytics Startup Keen IO Raises $11.3M Round From Sequoia And Others

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keen-io Keen IO, a startup that helps developers build their own analytics products, is announcing that it has raised $11.3 million in Series A funding. Co-founder and CEO Kyle Wild told me that when the company started talking about raising more funding, its previous backers offered to fund the new round on their own. However, since Sequoia capital’s Aaref Hilaly had already reached out, Wild… Read More

Phonotonic Is A Nifty Music Device That Turns Movement Into Music

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V1 Meet Phonotonic, a new music device that you can back on Kickstarter. What’s interesting is that you don’t need to have any actual music knowledge to play with Phonotonic — it’s all about movements. When I first saw a demo of Phonotonic, I was skeptical. The French startup then let me play with it for a few minutes, I started enjoying moving my arms around and listening… Read More

Vine Update Introduces Loop Counts So You Know How Great You Are

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vineupdate1 For the narcissist in all of us, Vine has today introduced Loop Counts, which show the number of times someone has watched your gif play over and over again in their feed.
As many of you well know, Vine lets users share six-second looping videos in an Instagram like feed. Those Vines can be re-vined by other users, commented on, or liked. Read More

Announcing KrakowCrunch On July 7

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80UUO4-8pZR0iPNEkV-llzT7030qnRTAzcaCe9sUKlU When it rains in Central Europe it pours. I’m pleased to announce we’re going to hold the first annual KrakowCrunch Pitch-Off at on Monday, July 7 at The Stage, ul. Lobzowska 3, from 6pm until 11pm. We’ll be holding a startup pitch off – each founder will pitch for 90 seconds and there will be eight startups on stage – and the winner gets a free table in Startup… Read More

Microsoft Bolsters Encryption For OneDrive And Outlook.com

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Screen Shot 2014-07-01 at 8.29.53 AM Microsoft announced this morning that it has bolstered the security of several of its digital products, bringing stronger encryption tools to its OneDrive and Outlook.com services.
In the wake of revelations that the United States government was tapping the core fiber cables of the Internet, snooping on traffic between the data centers of large technology companies, and working to weaken… Read More

The AP Is Using Robots To Write Earnings Reports

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robotwriting The Associated Press is going to start using “automation technology” (otherwise known as robots) to deliver stories recapping the quarterly earnings reports of thousands of companies starting in July. According to a post on the AP official blog, this will allow the AP to cover the earnings reports of approximately 4,400 companies each quarter, as opposed to their usual volume… Read More

Backtracker Helps Bikers Keep From Being Rear-Ended

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Screen Shot 2014-07-01 at 1.34.42 PM iKubu has created something that just might save a biker’s life. Called the Backtracker, the device notifies you how fast and how close cars are approaching behind you and it reacts by flashing a light and telling the rider they are about to get hit. The founders describe it as a notification system for riders and drivers. “It gives you the speed and distance of… Read More

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