Former Microsoft Engineers Launch Pixotale, A Social Networking App For Visual Storytelling

See the original posting on TechCrunch

pixotale A pair of ex-Microsoft engineers, Robert Mao and Haito Li, have launched what they describe as a new social network based around photos and videos with Pixotale, an app that aims to re-imagine long-form storytelling for the mobile era. Mao, previously having spent five years with Microsoft Research, says that to create Pixotale, the two had to basically “unlearn everything”… Read More

Facebook Acquires LiveRail To Serve Video Ads Everywhere, Improve Its Own

See the original posting on TechCrunch

Facebook Liverail Facebook has just bought video ad tech startup LiveRail, which connects marketers to publishers on web and mobile to target 7 billion video ads to visitors per month. Facebook tells me it will invest in keeping LiveRail running and is evaluating how to intermingle their data, but it plans to use its use data to aid LiveRail with its targeting and vice-versa. Terms of the deal for the… Read More

Microsoft Acquires SyntaxTree To Offer Better Unity Support In Visual Studio

See the original posting on TechCrunch

unityvs-2 Microsoft today announced that it has acquired SyntaxTree, the France-based company behind UnityVS, a popular Visual Studio plugin for developers that use the cross-platform Unity framework to write their games. As S. “Soma” Somasegar, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of its Developer Division, notes, the company plans to integrate UnityVS into Visual Studio “and… Read More

Coinbase Launches A More Secure Bitcoin Storage Option Called ‘Vault’

See the original posting on TechCrunch

coinbase-logo One of the amusing things about the fast-maturing Bitcoin ecosystem is how the better-funded startups in the space are offering products that increasingly resemble services proffered by banks, the very entities they arguably are trying to disrupt. With Bitcoin, transactions can be handled anonymously and irreversibly without the need for a third-party mediator. Yet that ability also has… Read More

New Picture-Based Messaging App Hipe Gives Friends Just 99 Seconds To Respond After Reading Your Text

See the original posting on TechCrunch

Screen Shot 2014-07-02 at 10.30.17 AM A new mobile messaging app called Hipe, which lets users share GIFs, videos, or image overlays and a short amount of text, has introduced a twist on ephemeral messaging which turns replying to conversations into something of a game. In Hipe, friends only have 99 seconds to respond to a message after reading it, or otherwise the content disappears and the conversation is gone. The company says… Read More

Source: Rackspace Wants To Take Itself Private

See the original posting on TechCrunch

4870003098_26ba44a08a_b Rackspace — the publicly-listed enterprise cloud services company that competes against the likes of Amazon’s AWS, Microsoft and Google — has been in the spotlight after announcing in May that it has hired bankers to help consider offers to parter with or be acquired by another company. However, it could choose a third option: taking itself private. Following the likes… Read More

US Marshals Have Sold 30,000 Silk Road Bitcoins

See the original posting on TechCrunch

allyourbitcoin The US Marshals announced they have sold 30,000 BTC to an anonymous bidder. The auction took place on June 27 and the highest bidder won all 30 blocks of 1,000 bitcoins. Comically, the sender of a an email to those involved in the auction disclosed all the bidders last week, making it clear that a number of big players, including Barry Silbert of SecondMarket and Bitcoin Investment Trust,… Read More

Senators Call On Obama For More Transparency In The Intelligence Community

See the original posting on TechCrunch

7604868970_59ba477343_o Two senators who scolded the intelligence community for failing to provide a sufficient transparency report are taking their complaints to the White House. Senators Al Franken and Dean Heller asked President Barack Obama “to support stronger transparency provisions” in a letter Tuesday. The senators urged Obama to endorse their bill that would require the intelligence community… Read More

MakersKit Raises $1.5 Million In Seed Funding To Launch A DIY Empire

See the original posting on TechCrunch

Screen Shot 2014-07-01 at 1.23.04 PM Looking to build a 21st century DIY media empire? The rags-to-not-yet-riches story of Jawn McQuade and Mike Stone, the co-founders of MakersKit may have written the instruction manual.
Launched in February last year, the company has already raised $1.5 million in seed financing, inked distribution agreements with Nordstrom and Urban Outfitters, and published a book through Amazon. Read More

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

See the original posting on TechCrunch

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

See the original posting on TechCrunch

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

See the original posting on TechCrunch

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

See the original posting on TechCrunch

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

See the original posting on TechCrunch

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

See the original posting on TechCrunch

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

See the original posting on TechCrunch

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

1 1,334 1,335 1,336 1,337 1,338