Brazil’s Movile Raises $55 Million To Bring Universal Delivery Services To Latin America

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Screen Shot 2014-08-07 at 12.14.15 PM The experiment with e-commerce and delivery services that’s taking hold in the U.S. actually may see more traction in emerging markets, where big retailers had struggled because of infrastructure and logistics issues. Latin American and Asian e-commerce players are angling to become the dominant players in retail with same-day delivery for goods and services that were traditionally sold… Read More

Two Tap Raises $2.7M Seed Round For Its “Shopping Cart For The Entire Internet”

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twotap-iphone Two Tap, a Y Combinator-backed startup that aims to become the “shopping cart of the entire Internet,” today announced that it has raised a $2.7 million seed round from the likes of Khosla Ventures, SV Angel, former Visa CEO Joseph Saunders, Ryan Petersen, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian and Posterous co-founder Gary Tan, in addition to We Funder, Transmedia Capital and Digital… Read More

Adatao Emerges With $13M In Funding And Visions Of Changing Big Data

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Business man in suit with focus on his hands, holding a graphical representation of words "big data" Big data has emerged as a big trend over the last several years, but as an area it has remained ill-defined and focused for the most part on data scientists, while ignoring business users. Adatao wants to change that by offering a solution that has something for both parties and a collaboration environment that lets them work together in one tool -and they got $13M in Series A funding led… Read More

Google Says Website Encryption – Or Lack Thereof – Will Now Influence Search Rankings

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google-datacenter-tech-05 Google will begin using website encryption, or HTTPS, as a ranking signal – a move which should prompt website developers who have dragged their heels on increased security measures, or who debated whether their website was “important” enough to require encryption, to make a change. Initially, HTTPS will only be a lightweight signal, affecting fewer than 1% of global… Read More

Notes From Crazytown, Day Two: How To Fix Everything

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dan-geer-4 Did you know the CIA has a venture fund? Of course the CIA has a venture fund. It’s called In-Q-Tel, and yesterday its Chief Information Security Officer, Dan Geer, a world-weary man with white Wolverine sideburns, stepped forth from the shadows to give the keynote address at Black Hat. It was a remarkable speech and I want to signal-boost it. Read More

Facebook Buys Secure Server Technology Provider PrivateCore

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facebookserver Facebook announced this morning it has acquired PrivateCore, a Palo Alto-based secure server technology company. The deal does not appear to be solely an acqui-hire, as Facebook says that it plans to deploy PrivateCore’s technology into Facebook’s server stack in order to better protect its own servers and customers. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but PrivateCore was backed… Read More

Barnes & Noble Teams With Google To Stem The Amazon Tide

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Google Shopping Express In a move clearly designed to counter the rising power of Amazon in the physical bookselling space, Barnes & Noble has debuted a pilot program with Google for same-day delivery of books in Manhattan, West L.A. and the San Francisco Bay area according to a new report by the New York Times. The trial program pairs Google Shopping Express with Barnes & Noble’s brick-and-mortar… Read More

Apple Patent Details A Siri For Mac That Acts As A Virtual “Third Hand”

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Siri Apple has a new patent application published by the USPTO today (via AppleInsider) which details a desktop incarnation of its Siri virtual assistant. The iOS Siri software has long been something observers have expected to make the jump to OS X, but so far, only its voice dictation component has crossed the virtual divide. Now, this patent articulates in great detail how Siri on the Mac… Read More

Lessig’s MAYDAY Reports Donations From Tech Magnates To Get Money Out Of Politics

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244715090_98eceb5fff_o The self-proclaimed super PAC to end all super PACs, MAYDAY has relied financially on tech moguls since it started its push to take money out of politics. The organization recently released a list of donors that gave more than $10,000, including some of Silicon Valley’s wealthiest players who gave the committee millions. One of the tech sector’s most active political donors,… Read More

JustPark Releases iOS App, Secures Funding From Index Ventures

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shutterstock_20336533 Founded in 2006 when Anthony Eskinazi was just 23 years old, ParkatmyHouse seemed ever so slightly crazy at the time. Who would rent out their unused private drive way or church car park over the Internet? It turned out plenty of people would, and long before smartphone apps came along to make the whole process simpler, Eskinazi was plugging away at his vision, making it the UK’s… Read More

Path’s Dave Morin To Discuss The Changing Social Landscape At Disrupt SF

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Screenshot 2014-08-06 17.17.30 As August sets in and the tech world goes on vacation, it signals the return of the best part of every year: TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2014. This is the big show, folks. This is the main stage. And luckily, we’ll have a true star of the tech world up on our stage in the form of Path founder Dave Morin.
Dave Morin built Path as a way to fundamentally change the way we do social media. The… Read More

Vogogo Raises $8.5 Million To Bring Crypto Payments To The US, EU

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eagle-usa-canada Vogogo isn’t a new company. The payments processor has been around for about 13 years and is currently processing $75 million in payments in the last ten months from their Calgary headquarters. Now they’ve raised $8.5 million to help bring their expertise in payments and cryptocurrency to the U.S.
Cormark Securities Inc. led the round which included Salman Partners Inc., Clarus… Read More

The GOP Is Using Support For Uber As A Fundraising Pitch

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fellowkids The GOP is cool, guys, and they want you to know it.
Out today from the Republican party is a petition in support of Uber. The petition is predictably partisan, blaming “liberal government bureaucrats” alongside “taxi unions” for “setting up roadblocks” and “issuing strangling regulations” to the detriment of Uber. Cities, according to the GOP… Read More

SocialTables, A Collaborative Event-Planning Service, Raises $8 Million Series A

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img-home-on-site DC-based SocialTables has announced its latest raise, an $8 million Series A round led by Bessemer Venture Partners with Thayer Ventures joining. The company previously raised $1.6 million to help streamline event planning with collaborative tools. Founded by Dan Berger, a programmer and event-planner, we’ve been following this company since 2012 when I was impressed by their clever… Read More

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