New Box Security Features Give Companies Far Greater Control Over Documents

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Box's Whitney Bouck on stage at BoxWorks 2014 Box made its name being a user-focused company. Ease of use took priority over everything else, and while they’ve achieved a huge user base in this fashion, a big criticism of the company has been on the security side. It was never secure enough for some IT pros. A series of announcements today at the BoxWorks customer conference should go a long way towards alleviating those concerns.… Read More

KnCMiner Raises $14 Million To Take Bitcoin Mining To The Moon

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bitcoin-hero Swedish maker of bitcoin miners, KnCMiner, has announced a $14 million Series A to help build out new mining chips along with hosted mining services. Founded by Sam Cole and Andreas Kenner, the company raised with GP Bullhound advising. Creandum led the round. “The funding will enable KnCMiner to expand its mining operations and ability to offer services to consumers in relation to… Read More

DataStax Lands $106M In Series E Funding

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Database diagram DataStax, the commercial face of the open source Apache Cassandra database, announced $106M in Series E Funding, bringing their total to date to over $190M in funding. Today’s round was led by Kleiner, Perkins, Caulfield & Byers with additional investors including ClearBridge, Cross Creek and Wasatch, PremjiInvest and Comcast Ventures. Existing investors including Lightspeed… Read More

Apple’s NFC Payments Play Could Make Its Wearable A Computing Friction Killer

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iwatch Apple could be gearing up to make its so-called ‘iWatch’ a payment device powered by NFC, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal. But including near-field communications tech in the iWatch (and the iPhone 6, too, if the report is correct) will open the door for much more than just payments, and could make the wearable an authentication device that finally convinces… Read More

Bridj Raises $4M, Hires Former Chicago & DC Transport Head Gabe Klein To Reinvent Your Commute

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13 PAX Mercedes Sprinter Bridj is implementing a low-cost alternative to those options. Rather than launching another single ride-hailing service, the company is building a series of dynamically generated bus routes. To aid in that quest, Bridj has raised $4 million in funding and made a big new hire: former Chicago and DC transit head Gabe Klein. Read More

Apple Will Live Stream The iPhone Event On September 9

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Screen Shot 2014-09-04 at 2.24.41 PM Apple has revealed (with plenty of notice for once) that it will live stream the event it’s holding next week on September 9 at 10 AM PT. That means users will be able to tune in on their devices, so long as they can run Safari 5.1.10 or later on desktop or Safari on iOS 6 or later. Apple TV owners with second- or third-generation devices will also be able to get in on the action.… Read More

Snapchat Pushes You To Watch Friends’ Stories

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snapchat-push2 Snapchat Stories are a huge hit, with the photos and videos you post to your profile now more popular than Snap messages. But they’re still easy to forget about since they’re pull and not push — they aren’t sent to friends directly and don’t generate alerts. You had to seek them out. Until now. Snapchat confirms to me it’s started “sometimes”… Read More

Misfit Launches An SDK For Its Sleep And Activity Tracking, Including Shine Enterprise Partners

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brown_leatherband Activity tracking and wellness startup Misfit continues to diversify its operation away from being a straightforward hardware play, with a new software development kit announced today. The Misfit Developer Toolkit lets third-party devs incorporate activity and sleep tracking abilities using Misfit’s data intelligence and Shine hardware. At launch, some 30+ partners are working with… Read More

Facebook To Re-Educate All Users With A Privacy Checkup On Their Posts, Apps, And Profiles

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Privacy Checkup Dinos The top gripe about Facebook is that people don’t know who they’re sharing with, so in the coming days Facebook will push everyone through a multi-step privacy checkup that reminds who they share statuses with, what apps they’ve given permissions, and what’s visible on their profile. A cutesy blue dinosaur will lead people through the process which was originally tested… Read More

Seahorse Lets You Collaborate With Friends To Build Lasting Photo And Video Albums, Shared Privately

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10628379_695991583783673_8712969372170882692_n A new mobile application launching today called Seahorse lets you create collaborative photo and video albums with friends and family, as well as ways to filter your past photos by time, place, or those you were with. The app, a fairly robust alternative to your smartphone’s default photo gallery, lets anyone add photos or videos to a shared “scene,” as these… Read More

Amazon Games Studios Launches Its First Gaming App On iTunes

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A1gOfv1VWpL Amazon has just made another move that indicates the company is taking its expansion into mobile gaming more seriously than just a way to tout how it, too, has “exclusive” content to offer via the Amazon Fire TV. For the first time, Amazon has launched a mobile gaming app on Apple’s App Store. But before you get all worked up, we have to point out that the new app, Sev… Read More

Acer Chromebook 13 Review: A Battery That Almost Makes Up For Display Flaws

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chromebook-13 Acer has a new Chromebook that’s looking for the crown among affordable, minimal laptops – The Chromebook 13, which boasts a 13-inch display as per its name, albeit with unique high-definition display options that set it apart from some of the competition. With HD screens and battery life that ranges between 11.5 and 13 hours depending on which model you choose, Acer’s new… Read More

PayPal Expands Further Into Offline Retail And Mobile Payments With New PayPal Here SDK

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1_2100x1313_300_RGB PayPal this morning is rolling out a new product designed to help its business move further into offline retail. The company is launching the PayPal Here SDK (software development kit), which will help online merchants sell their products offline, while also allowing brick-and-mortar merchants a new entry point into the world of mobile commerce. PayPal Here, as you may recall, was introduced… Read More

Google Unveils The Cartographer, Its Indoor Mapping Backpack

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IMG_20140808_161934-MOTION If you have been following the development of Google Maps over the years, you are probably familiar with the Trekker, the backpack that includes a complete Street View camera setup for mapping anything from hikes into the Grand Canyon to walks through penguin colonies in Antarctica. Today, a new backpack is joining Google’s mapping tools: the Cartographer for indoor mapping. Read More

In A Business Platform Play, Square Adds Sales Tax Reporting Through TaxJar

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Feel free to use this image just link to www.rentvine.com Mobile payment company Square is today adding another integration that highlights its strategy to expand the kinds of services it offers to small businesses, in a bid to go beyond payments and position itself as a business platform. It will now let Square customers link up their accounts with TaxJar, which lets companies automatically count and report local and state sales taxes. While… Read More

Scarosso Aims To Be The Warby Parker Of Shoes With $11M From NEO, DN Capital

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Screen Shot 2014-09-04 at 16.31.09 Warby Parker has made a name for itself, first in the US and now globally, as a purveyor of tailor-made glasses. Vertically integration – where a company both makes and sells something – has become a hot property and it’s supercharged by the efficiencies brought about via technology platforms. Now, Scarosso (based out of Berlin) which makes and sells handcrafted Italian… Read More

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