Number26 Is A Bank Designed For The 21st Century

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number 26-1-2 Why does it still take two days in Europe for a card transaction to show up in your bank statement? Meet Number26, the Simple of Europe — a fintech startup that promises to fix all the oddities of the European bank system. In other words, Number26 is a bank that doesn’t suck. The startup is launching today in private beta on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt London. “We are… Read More

AOL’s Tim Armstrong Says He Isn’t Thinking About Yahoo At All

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Tim Armstrong AOL CEO Tim Armstrong addressed the latest rumors that Yahoo and AOL might merge while on-stage today at TechCrunch’s Disrupt Europe conference. Specifically, Armstrong said AOL has a board meeting tonight (I guess he’s flying back really soon), for which he’s prepared what he described as a 30- to 40-page presentation outlining his plans for 2015. “I don’t… Read More

Dropbox Updated For iPhone 6 And 6 Plus, Gains Touch ID Support

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dropbox-screen A week after popular file-sharing site Dropbox confirmed user accounts were compromised but denied claims of its own servers being breached, the company has rolled out an update to its iOS application which introduces support for Apple’s Touch ID. With this change, iOS 8 users will now have the option to unlock and access their Dropbox accounts using their own fingerprints. Dropbox is… Read More

China is staging a nationwide attack on iCloud and Microsoft Live

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China got its first official shipments of new iPhones last week, but a new report from web censorship watchdog Great Fire indicates Chinese users may be facing an unpleasant surprise when they try to connect to Apple services at large. As of last night, the Chinese firewall is blocking all local connections to iCloud.com, redirecting those connections to a dummy site designed to look exactly like Apple’s login page. If you’re using Firefox or Chrome, you’ll land on a warning page like the one above, but if you’re using the Chinese Qihoo browser, the most popular browser in China, you’ll be routed straight to the dummy site with no indication that it’s not being run by Apple. A similar attack is also being leveled against Microsoft’s…

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Former Netezza Team Reunites And Lands $8M To Solve Today’s Big Data Problem

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Big data concept drawing. End users on platform looking at graphis and charts with databases on other platforms behind it. In 2000, some companies had big data problems before the concept we know today even existed. Back in those days, these organizations used a concept called the data warehouse to deal with large amounts of data, and a company called Netezza formed to build an appliance to simplify data warehousing. The company was sold in 2010 to IBM for a cool $1.7B, but they have decided to get the band… Read More

Pitching A Means To Automate Data Processing, Xplenty Raises $3 Million

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Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 1.59.02 AM Selling itself as “Big data processing. Simplified.” the Tel Aviv-based Xplenty, which has developed technology to make data processing possible for professionals who aren’t versed in the arcane arts of Hadoop programming, has raised $3 million in a Series A round of financing. Hadoop, the open-source software project that’s used to process large data sets in… Read More

Android Lollipop Easter Egg Casts Andy The Android As Flappy Bird

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Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 8.12.12 AM Android 5.0 Lollipop is coming soon, and shipping on Google’s new Nexus hardware, but a newly discovered Easter Egg in the build is already available in the developer preview. The hidden, fun feature in Android 5 is accessible via the Settings menu, with repeated tapping on the Android version number listing, and gives users the chance to play through an Android Lollipop-themed version… Read More

Autonomous Boats Are Helping The Navy Swarm On Threats

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Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 1.44.00 PM I rarely like to focus on military robots but this video is fascinating. It talks about the SWARM program, a system for controlling multiple boats in a body of water and ensuring they don’t crash into each other and can easily swarm on another ship as needed. These boats, which are connected via software called Control Architecture for Robotic Agent Command and Sensing, can be armed but… Read More

The Midwest Is On Track For Its Strongest Year In Startup Investing As “The Rest” Rises

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3281376579_3ac216dd8d_o From Chicago’s city of big shoulders to the new businesses bolstering Detroit’s renaissance; in Cleveland and Cincinnati and Kansas City and St. Louis, startup economies are flourishing across the Midwest. The proof is in events like Steve Case’s Rise of the Rest tour, a whistle-stop paean to entrepreneurship whose first leg wrapped up over the summer. Case just finished… Read More

Spotify Introduces Family Plan, Starting At $14.99 Per Month For Two Members

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spotify A much requested feature — and playing catch-up with competitors, such as Rdio — Spotify is introducing a family plan to reduce the cost of several family members subscribing to the music streaming service. The ‘Spotify Family’ plan lets users buy premium subscriptions for up to four additional family members at 50 per cent off, or $4.99 for each additional account. So,… Read More

Credit Suisse Launches Entrepreneurs Circle To Support African-American Entrepreneurs

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Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 4.15.55 AM Global investment bank Credit Suisse is launching a new initiative called the Entrepreneurs Circle to support African-American entrepreneurs in the U.S.
The bank has selected 12 members to start the program, which will offer access to bank loans, members of the investment bank’s staff, and an ability to share tips and tactics for growing their business ventures among the membership. Read More

There Is Lots Of Low-Hanging Fruit For Digital Health Startups

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digital health-3 At Disrupt Europe today, TechCrunch senior editor Jon Shieber talked to Peter Hames from Big Health, the National Director for Patients and Information in the National Health Service Tim Kelsey, and Dr. Dominic King from the HELIX Centre. Unsurprisingly, given these panelists, the first part of the panel focused on Ebola and the role tech can play in handing this and similar crises. Read More

Spotify Family lets you share a subscription from $14.99 per month

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Spotify is finally letting subscribers share their accounts with family and friends. The streaming music service is unveiling Spotify Family today, a way to share a premium subscription with up to four other Spotify users. Pricing starts at $14.99 for two users per month, $19.99 for three, $24.99 for four, and all the way up to $29.99 for all five users. Spotify says the new plans will be made available globally in the coming weeks.

While Spotify will share the premium subscription across all users, accounts will remain separate so that playlists and recommendations aren’t mixed into a single shared account. A single premium subscription is currently priced at $9.99 per month, so the new family pricing works out at an extra $5 per user….

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MilkzUpBottle Is Yo For When You’re Out Of Milk

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mlikzup I’m not great at being an adult. If I’m lucky enough to have milk in the fridge for my cereal, it’s normally gone bad.
Luckily, a hack at yesterday’s Disrupt EU Hackathon can tell you everything you need to know about your milk situation. It’s called MilkzupBottle and it’s a combination of a plastic bottle, a USB connector, an LED light, and a basic webcam. Read More

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