This Political Video About Tech And SF’s Schools Is Too Depressingly Real

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one-city I’m normally loathe to talk about political ads, but this is actually a good idea. Sf.citi, which is a Ron Conway-backed non-profit intended to represent tech companies at a civic level within San Francisco, is trying to get startups to “adopt” city public schools. They make a one-year minimum commitment to volunteer resources and time to match whatever a principal says… Read More

Hipcamp Cooks Up $2M Seed To Get People Camping

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camping In today’s connected world, with phones ringing and buzzing and emails constantly flowing in, unplugging and getting back into nature for a few days each year should be a required activity. Turns out, however, that finding a campsite based on any specific search criteria is a horrible process. That’s where Hipcamp comes in. The company has just raised a $2 million seed round led… Read More

Google Launches Drive For Education With Unlimited Storage

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education_home_canvas Students whose school use Google Apps for Education will soon be able to store as many files in their Google Drive folders as they like. Earlier this year, Google launched Drive for Work, its premium $10/month version of Google Drive with unlimited storage and a couple of additional enterprise features. Today, the company announced that is bringing unlimited storage to Google Apps for… Read More

Shared Inbox Front Pulls $3.1 Million To Optimize Your Email Workflow

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unsplash_528c8f581f45e_1 Front is the front desk of your company. Whenever someone sends an email to your contact@, jobs@ or support@ email addresses, the email will appear in your team member’s Front accounts. Then, instead of forwarding the email, creating group emails and forgetting to CC someone, it works like a modern task manager. You can assign an email to someone, comment, get notifications and more.… Read More

The “Impossible” Projection Watch Hits $1.4 Million In Crowdfunding

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0397b8011e8982ffca8ecc418db788ff In what I suspect will result a refrain of “I told you so” from multiple parties, the crowdfunding for the Ritot projection watch – a watch that projects the time and other data on your wrist using a low-throw projector – has closed. The project raised $1.4 million on Indiegogo after extensive chatter about nonexistent prototypes and problematic founder information… Read More

Luxury Consignment Site Shop-Hers Makes Its Mobile Debut

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shop-hers-women Online consignment shops operate in a crowded market these days with a range of stores offering everything from eBay-like, peer-to-peer sales of clothes bought at The Gap and Target to high-end stores where luxury goods are authenticated, approved and sold on your behalf. One company making a dent on the latter side of that spectrum is Shop-Hers, a marketplace for luxury goods that now… Read More

With $3.5 Million In New Funding, Expensify Targets Concur Customers

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expensify Expense management startup Expensify is hoping to win over some new customers thanks to SAP’s acquisition of competitor Concur. To do that, it’s making it free for Concur customers to switch to its platform, and also offering a way for its competition’s users to leverage its products when submitting expenses into Concur. Read More

General Catalyst Commits $10M To Startups In Stripe’s Payments Ecosystem

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3714941137_cebcdcac56_b Another bout of news is coming from the world of online payments: General Catalyst has announced a new, $10 million initiative — called the GC Stripe Platform Fund — to help its portfolio company, payments startup Stripe, continue to scale up: GC will invest in interesting startups that are powered by Stripe’s network, and startups that are building ways of extending the… Read More

Barry Bonds Discovers Glassing

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Screen Shot 2014-09-29 at 9.35.30 PM Urban Dictionary might be adding a new definition to the word “glassing.” Former Major League Baseball left fielder Barry Bonds sent out a tweet and an Instagram of himself sporting a pair of Google glasses yesterday while looking off into the distance and holding a cup of coffee. The message starts with “I’m glassing.” However, Bond’s tweet is not an… Read More

Parrot’s New Zik 2.0 Headphones Are Perfect For Hipsters

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parrotzik2-0-black-app-hd-1 Parrot is better-known for its drones, but the company just announced brand new high-end headphones, the Zik 2.0. They are colorful, feature-packed and different. You can tweak sound settings for each and every different song so that they sound closer to the perfect sound for your ears. In other words, it’s a hipster’s dream. Like its predecessor, the Zik 2.0 is a Bluetooth pair… Read More

Atlantic.Net Launches $0.99/Month SSD-Based Servers To Challenge DigitalOcean

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image002 The price of cloud hosting is quickly trending downward and the latest evidence for this comes from Atlantic.Net, a hosting service that’s been around since 1994. The company is launching a $0.99 per month VPS service today that comes with 256MB of RAM, 10GB of SSD storage, 1TB of outbound bandwidth and a choice of using Linux or FreeBSD as the operating system. Previously, the company… Read More

Payment Network Dwolla Picks Up A Strategic $9.7M Led By CME Group

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7027595009_abeda075d6_k On the same day that eBay announced that it plans to spin off its payments business PayPal, a smaller payments competitor has quietly announced another round of funding to continue building out its own platform. Dwolla — the startup that is disrupting payments services by giving users an independent platform to pay each other and avoid high money transfer and bank payment fees… Read More

eBay And PayPal To Split Into Two Separate Companies

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paypal-ebay-hobo eBay and PayPal are going their separate ways, with the payments company moving out from under the eBay umbrella to form its own, publicly-traded company. The move follows a strategic review conducted by eBay, Inc. and its Board of Directors, and is intended to help both businesses grow faster in their respective markets. The spin-out of PayPal is expected to be complete by the second half… Read More

PayPal To Be Led By AmEx Exec Dan Schulman, Devin Wenig To Become CEO Of eBay Inc.

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ebay-earnings So much for rebuffing Carl Ichan and his calls to split the company: eBay today announced that it would split itself into two separate, publicly traded businesses, with an ex-American Express executive, Dan Schulman, heading up the new PayPal, and an eBay veteran, Devin Wenig, running the remaining eBay portal.
The two new companies will continue to maintain a relationship through… Read More

With New Ad Publishers On Board, Appsfire Becomes A Solid Alternative Mobile Advertising Network

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outdoor advertising bam Advertising technology startup Appsfire provides some of the best interactive advertising formats on mobile devices. Yet, on mobile, Facebook, Google and now Twitter seem to be the overwhelmingly dominant advertising networks. To counter this idea, Appsfire just announced some of its first advertising publishers, and it looks like the startup is becoming a solid alternative network. When I… Read More

Akamai: Broadband Speeds Tip 4 Mbps Globally; DDoS Attacks Down 15%

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chart Internet speeds, fuelled by the growth of cellular networks and low-cost smartphones and tablets, are on the rise, and this last quarter the world finally reached a tipping point. Globally we have finally passed average connection speeds of 4 megabits per second — the threshold for global “broadband” connectivity. The figures come from Akamai, which provides quarterly… Read More

Native Ad Company Sharethrough Raises $10M From British Sky Broadcasting And Others

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sharethrough1 Earlier this month, Sharethrough announced its European expansion, and it jumpstarted those efforts by acquiring London-based competitor VAN. Now it looks like the company will also be getting help from one of the region’s big media companies — British Sky Broadcasting. Specifically, Sharethrough is announcing a $5 million strategic investment from BSkyB. With the participation… Read More

Hem, Fab’s Pivot Into Home Furnishings, Goes Live In 40 Markets

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Screen Shot 2014-09-29 at 23.49.14 Three months after Fab.com, the New York-based design/fashion marketplace, acquired Helsinki’s One Nordic and announced its intention to pivot its European business to focus solely on original home furnishings, the company is putting its eggs into a new basket — or basket chair, as the case may be. Today it is launching Hem, selling Scandinavian-style tables, shelves and… Read More

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