Jonny IV Wants To Be Nasty Gal For Men

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Screenshot 2014-10-23 13.16.34 Today marks the launch of yet another ecommerce brand focused on mens apparel, as Jonny IV joins ranks with Buck Mason, Frank & Oak, and many others. Founded by Eugene Kang, the former head of ecommerce at Forever 21, Jonny IV is different from other brands in that it focuses on street wear as opposed to a single, look, like the preppy Frank & Oak, basics-focused Everlane, or the… Read More

Slack Is Raising Another Round At Up To A $1B Valuation

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Screen Shot 2014-10-23 at 10.41.26 AM Slack, the enterprise collaboration platform co-founded by Stewart Butterfield of Flickr fame, continues to defy its namesake: we have heard from sources that the company is raising a new round of funding at a valuation of between $800 million and $1 billion, just six months after raising nearly $43 million. The total raise is said to be eight figures and Sequoia and KPCB are participating,… Read More

Charlie Briefs You On Your Upcoming Meetings By Emailing You One-Pagers On Attendees

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Screen Shot 2014-10-23 at 1.37.17 PM A new web application called Charlie has raised a seed round of $1.75 million led by Lightbank Capital for a product that emails you short, automatically generated one-pagers detailing what you need to know about the people you’re about to meet with, based on your Google Calendar entries. If this idea rings a bell with you, it’s because Charlie is not the first in recent months to… Read More

Android Wear gets GPS support, offline music in first major update

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Google promised that it would consistently improve Android Wear with a number of updates, and now the first major update is here. Announced today in a blog post, the update unlocks some key fitness functionality. It now supports watches with built-in GPS sensors, providing new tools to track your distance and speed independent of your phone. Additionally, with the new software, you’ll be able to pair Bluetooth headphones, and offline music playback will also be enabled. And, of course, we’re sure the Android Wear team has squashed some bugs along the way.

The Sony SmartWatch 3 is the first Android Wear watch with a dedicated GPS sensor, and it is available for preorder today for $249.99 from Verizon Wireless, with Google Play…

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Groupon is trying to turn itself into Yelp

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Groupon has been attempting to move beyond the waning group-discount space that it pioneered, and it’s now trying to do that by looking a little more like Yelp. This week, Groupon is beginning to roll out millions of individual pages for local businesses, giving them a place to display images, business hours, a phone number, a menu, and various other pieces of information. Visitors to those businesses will also be able to leave comments about them. The service was already being tested in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, DC, and Seattle, and Groupon says that it’ll be launching with 7 million total listings.

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Steve Carell is making a movie with ‘Eternal Sunshine’ writer Charlie Kaufman

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Steve Carell is generating early Oscar buzz for his performance in the upcoming drama Foxcatcher, but now there’s exciting news about a project that’s further out. Deadline reports that Carell has signed on to star in an adaptation of the 1978 sci-fi novel IQ 83, and surrealist auteur Charlie Kaufman is now re-writing the script.

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How Kevin Smith learned to love making movies again

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Kevin Smith’s legendary film Clerks hit theaters 20 years ago this month. Shot in black and white with a measly $27,000 budget, the film ended up being a critical success and launched Smith’s filmmaking career. He spent the next decade building a quirky and bizarre film universe that mixed his trademark brand of vulgar humor with surprisingly intense and personal stories; his movies were never box-office smashes, but they were cult hits that built him a loyal and passionate fanbase.

In more recent years, however, Smith’s output has slowed down and started to dry up. He tried his hand at some more conventional Hollywood movies (Zack and Miri Make a Porno with Seth Rogen, Cop Out with Bruce Willis) with limited success and seemed far more…

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Facebook’s new Rooms app brings bite-sized forums to your iPhone

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“We’re not trying to build the next Snapchat — we’re trying to build the next WordPress.”

These aren’t the words you expect to hear from the guy building Facebook’s next big app. Facebook has spent the last two years cloning Snapchat, trying to buy Snapchat, and eventually creating a pseudo-Snapchat. None of these plans have worked, so now it’s building… a blogging platform?

Not exactly. Today, Facebook is launching Rooms, an iPhone app that lets you create tiny message boards for posting text, photos, and videos. In each room you can create your own username and identity, and post or comment with friends or strangers about anything from minimalist furniture to Kendama or Destiny. Like on conventional message boards, you can set…

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StumbleUpon’s 5by Relaunches As An App For Chatting About Online Videos With Friends

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5by-screen 5by, the video recommendation startup that became StumbleUpon’s first acquisition last fall, is relaunching its mobile apps for iOS and Android today with a slightly different focus: instead of only helping users find online videos that match their mood, 5by’s new apps are meant to encourage users to seek out videos for themselves, get a head’s up about the next viral… Read More

Android Wear Update Adds Offline Music, Bluetooth Headphone And GPS Support

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batman-dance Android Wear is getting its first big update, with features that make smartwatches using Google’s wearable operating system more standalone devices, including music syncing and GPS location support. That means if you leave your watch at home while you go out for a jog, you’ve still got access to sweet jams, and your watch can still tell you where you are, and how to get home. The… Read More

Mint’s Aaron Patzer Launches Beta Version Of An On-Demand Answers App With $4 Million In Funding From Shasta And First Round

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Context 01 - Fountain in Aaron's SF back yard Aaron Patzer, the founder and former CEO of Mint is placing his next bet with the on-demand info space. He and co-founder Jean Sini (another former Minter) are launching the beta of Fountain, an app that gives you advice from a curated set of experts. The app is currently focusing on the home improvement space and in alpha testing phase with a bunch of friends and family, but Patzer tells us… Read More

Hardware Battlefield Applications Close In A Week

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robot-2015 Stop procrastinating and fill out your application for Hardware Battlefield. The show is set to be even better than last year with participating startups getting free exhibition space at the 2015 International CES and competing for $50,000 and the coveted Metal Man trophy. For the first time, TechCrunch has partnered with the CEA to be an official media partner of the tradeshow. This… Read More

Facebook Launches Pseudonymous App “Rooms” That Lets You Create Forums About Any Topic

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Facebook Rooms It’s not quite anonymous, but forums standalone app Rooms is Facebook’s first product that allows you to ditch your real name. Rooms lets you set up a mobile-only in-app discussion space about any topic, customize the look and moderation settings, set a screen name for the room, and choose who to invite to share text, photos, videos, and comments with others in the Room. It’s… Read More

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