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

As The Twitter World Turns: Anthony Noto Is Its New CFO, Mike Gupta Now Investments SVP

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Noto Twitter continues to shake up its executive ranks, and the latest is a double-doozy. Today the company announced in an SEC filing that it would be appointing a new CFO — the hotshot banker Anthony Noto, who helped lead Twitter’s public offering as the co-head of Goldman Sachs’ Technology, Media and Telecom Investment Banking group — and at the same time would be… Read More

Art Galleries App ArtBinder Raises $3.17M In Round Led By Index Ventures

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ipad-solution ArtBinder, an app and platform which allows art galleries to present artworks remotely, has raised $3.17 million in a Series A funding round led by Index Ventures. Additional investors include: Leon Black, CEO and Founder Apollo Global Management; Matt Cohler former VP of Product at Facebook; Adam Freed, former COO of Etsy; Bruce Gibney, former partner at Founders Fund; Ben Sontheimer, CEO… Read More

UberX Wages War On Bay Area Taxis With 25% Price Cut

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Screen Shot 2014-06-30 at 7.14.37 PM If Uber’s intent to put taxis out of business wasn’t clear already, the email it just sent SF Bay Area users should make it crystal. “We just dropped uberX fares by 25%, making it 45% cheaper than a taxi.” No matter how much people want hard-working cabbies to be able to support their families, uberX is now just too much cheaper for most people to ignore in San… Read More

FBI, CIA Join NSA In “Backdoor” Searches On Americans

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Screen Shot 2014-06-30 at 5.29.58 PM Thousands of Americans were targets of so-called “backdoor” warrantless surveillance by the NSA and other intelligence agencies last year, according to a letter sent to Senator Ron Wyden. The missive, written by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) to the Senator in response to a question posed earlier this month, is plainspoken. The Office also stated that… Read More

US National Archives To Upload All Holdings To Wikimedia Commons

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wikipedia Ever since the National Archives and Record Administration launched the Open Government Plan in 2010, it has increasingly been uploading content to Wikipedia to digitize and gain a wider reach for its holdings. But all this time, uploading its digitized holdings to the Wikimedia Commons was a side project. Now, as mentioned in the 2014 Open Government Plan published earlier this month, the… Read More

Court Allowed NSA To Spy On All But 4 Countries

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EDWARD-SNOWDEN_2599507b A court permitted the National Security Agency to collect information about governments in 193 countries and foreign institutions like the World Bank, according to a secret document the Washington Post published Monday. The certification issued by a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in 2010 shows the NSA has the authority to “intercept through U.S. companies not just the… Read More

High-Skill Immigration Reform Is Dead This Year – Again

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Screen Shot 2014-05-20 at 1.25.52 PM High-skill immigration reform failed to become law in 2013. The Senate managed to pass a comprehensive bill around a year ago that went precisely nowhere in the House. When the new year kicked off, there was some optimism that we could get something done. Misplaced optimism, really. With this Congress, having a positive outlook is something akin to masochism. Read More

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