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KBS Ventures Expands Into Europe After Taking A Stake In Albion

NYC based agency KBS (kirshenbaum bond senecal + partners) has acquired a majority stake in Albion, an integrated marketing agency based in London. Normally we would pass over such news as irrelevant to the tech scene, but KBS operates a venture arm

FeeX Raises $6.5M Series B To Identify Hidden Fees In Users' Retirement Accounts

FeeX, a service that helps users find and avoid hidden fees in their retirement accounts, announced today that it has raised $6.5 million in Series B funding. The round was led by Horizons Ventures, with participation by returning investor Blumberg C

Square Announces Analytics Tools For Merchants

With competition in mobile payments heating up, Square continues to expand its offerings for small businesses to other areas where local merchants are missing out compared to big retailers and franchises. Today the company is launching Square Analyti

E-Commerce May Not Be The Growth Story Many Believe It To Be

The recent surge of interest linking e-commerce to disruption is nothing short of phenomenal. A trend manifested by the rise of Amazon, initially focused on the book industry, has scaled across all sectors of retail. While some believe that 2014 is t

Concert Giant Ticketfly Acquires Last-Minute Ticket App WillCall

WillCall is a pretty concert app, but its weakness was a lack of deals with venues to get tickets to sell. Well no more, as today it was acquired by Ticketfly, the second-biggest concert ticket seller in America, which has relationships with thousand

DoubleDutch Raises $19 Million In Series D

Mobile events and conferences app DoubleDutch announced the raise of $19 million in Series D funding this morning. Led by Mithril Capital Management with participation from Bessemer, Index, and Bullpen Capital, the new cash is intended to help expand

Tesla Model S Software Update Brings iPhone Unlocking And Ignition Start

Tesla owners have been looking forward to OS 6.0, a software update for their vehicles, for a while now, but it's finally rolling out to vehicle owners, reports Electrek. The system adds a bunch of new features for Model S vehicles, including a new C

Atelier Lets You Shop For Luxury Specs By Webcam

Bootstrapping UK luxury eyewear startup Atelier, founded in July last year, is hoping to disrupt the bespoke eyewear business by offering an entirely online service for trying and buying custom eyewear. No luxury bricks-and-mortar stores required. Re

Forest Nurtures You In The Art Of Investing

Many people don't invest, even when they have the money, as it can be confusing, take up a lot of time to manage and adds the risk of losing money. Read More

European Facebook Class Action Suit Attracts 60K Users As It Passes First Court Hurdle

Some developments around the class action suit filed against Facebook in Europe earlier this month over alleged privacy violations: the Austria-based Europe vs Facebook group organising the suit says that the Vienna Regional Court, where the suit was

Apple Patents A Way For Your iPhone To Remember Where You Parked Your Car

Apple has a new patent application (via AppleInsider) that could indicate some additional functionality it's building for its automotive-focused mobile features – the tech described offers a way for your iPhone to automatically record where you

Vemory Automatically Compiles Video Memories From Your Social Media Photos

It seems like everyone and their mom is making video montages. A year in the life of a baby from England. A year in the life of that new SNL actor Brooks Wheelan. But it takes quite a bit of dedication to actually edit those videos to perfection. Th

Alfresco Raises A Fresh $45M To Fuel Open-Source Enterprise Content Management

Alfresco, an open source, enterprise content management startup, is today announcing a new round of funding of $45 million —  a Series D round that is more than twice as big as all of its previous rounds put together. The UK-based company compe

Cross-Platform Development Platform Xamarin Raises $54M Series C

Xamarin, the popular service for building cross-platform native applications, today announced that it has raised a $54 million Series C round led by a combination of new and existing investors. As far as we are aware, that's the largest round ever ra

Spotify Pushes Popular Playlists With A New Tastemaker Tab

Spotify, now with 40 million users, looks like it's adding another new feature that it hopes will help get the long tail of those registered music listeners more active on its platform. A tab has appeared called “Tastemakers” — a li

Soundcloud Launches Ad Platform And Preps Ad-Free Subscription Service

Soundcloud has launched advertising on the platform for the first time. It's understood that it will also start a new paid subscription service in the “coming months” to let listeners opt out of ads. It also appears to be in licensing tal

Health Gorilla Bags $1.2M To Grow Its Online Diagnostic Test Marketplace

Another funding round in the digital healthcare space, with US online diagnostic test marketplace startup Health Gorilla (previously called Informedika) pulling in $1.2 million in new seed financing, led by True Ventures. The startup says it expects

Opera Mini To Become The Default Browser On Microsoft's Featurephones Before They Are Phased Out

Opera Software has signed a partnership with Microsoft that will pre-install Opera Mini as the default browser on Microsoft's featurephones and Asha phones. Included in the licensing agreement are devices based on the Series 30+, Series 40, and Asha

Shipbeat Is A ?Logistics-As-A-Service? To Solve E-Commerce Delivery Woes

Denmark's Shipbeat plans to offer an API that aggregates the services of leading parcel delivery companies, such as UPS, Fedex, Royal Mail, Deutsche Post, and DHL etc., in a bid to solve the delivery woes of small to medium-sized e-commerce businesse

Meedoc, The Video Conferencing App For You And Your Doctor, Raises $1.5M Seed Round

Why can't you Skype your doctor? That was the question Mikko Kiiskilä asked before co-founding Meedoc, an app and service that lets patients connect with their doctor online via the medium of video. Read More

Uber API Terms Bar Developers From Adding Other Ground Transportation Services

So a quick side note that wasn't really mentioned in the coverage around Uber's big API announcement this morning: The on-demand transportation company will keep developers who are interested in using its API from integrating with other ground transp

Startup Marketing And How Emotion Drives Customer Action

Put down the calculator and ignore the data for a second. Contrary to popular belief, startup marketing is not all about quantitative metrics and growth hacking. It's time to start mapping out what creates a connection between you and your customer.

12 Questions With The CEO Of Thumbtack, Google Capital's New $100 Million Bet

In the often hyped-up world of Silicon Valley, Thumbtack has flown a bit under the radar since it was founded five years ago in 2009. But with the announcement today that it's landed a whopping $100 million investment from Google Capital, it's become

Sony Doesn't Know Why The PS4 Is Doing Well

Earlier this month, Sony announced that it has already sold 10 million units of its PlayStation 4 game console since its launch last November, a record-setting figure for the company's hardware. In an interview with Eurogamer published yesterday, SCE

Suits Optional As New Digital Team Moves Into The West Wing

Mikey Dickerson, the engineer credited with saving the botched rollout of HealthCare.gov, moved into the White House earlier this month to lead the new U.S. Digital Service (USDS). But just because he's working a few steps from the Oval Office, Dicke

A Second Act For The Internet Of Things

For the last few years there has been a lot of talk in the venture capital industry about automating the home and leveraging Internet-enabled devices for various functions in manufacturing and the traditional workplace. The first wave of this was the

HP Slips After Reporting Better-Than-Expected Fiscal Q3 Revenue

HP shares are off nearly 1 percent in after-hours trading despite posting better-than-expected fiscal third-quarter revenue, and in-line earnings per share. In its fiscal third, HP had revenue of $27.585 billion, ahead of an expected tally of $27.01

Move Over, Uber, SF Residents Can ?Yo? A Smart Car To Take Them Anywhere They Want Tomorrow

A very gimmicky Mercedes-Benz campaign hopes to tap into the SF tech millennial market tomorrow by offering free rides in its smart electric vehicles to anyone who sends them a “Yo.” Starting at noon on August 21, smart will place pop-up

Incubated: How Amplify.LA Helps LA-Based Startups Grow

Amplify.LA was founded to help grow the number of seed-stage startups in Los Angeles, by launching an accelerator and coworking space. Since then, it's been home to a host of companies that rotate in and out of its offices in the heart of Venice, Cal

Despite FAA Setbacks, Amazon Prime Air Makes Notable Engineering, NASA And Aerospace Hires

Something big is going on with Amazon Prime Air, the e-commerce giant's research project focused on delivering packages in 30 minutes or less using unmanned drones. And it's not the dubious story about drone testing in India, which frankly, doesn't p

The Pac-12 Networks Are Going Live On YouTube Internationally

The Pac-12 conference is launching a live YouTube channel for international fans, featuring 24×7 coverage of the conference's sports teams. Fans in 27 countries will be able to watch live games, studio shows, and re-broadcasts of games on the Pa

The Eyeball Selfie For Secure Banking, EyeVerify Gets $6 Million In Series A Part 2

Banking is now in the eye of the beholder. That's literally for EyeVerify. This new kind of ID verification tech lets you simply hold your smartphone about 8 inches from your face and take a picture of your eyeball. EyeVerify then pattern-matches the

?Airbnb For Storage? Startup Roost Opens Up To Help You Store Your Stuff In Your Neighbor's Garage

The idea behind Roost is not that different from any of those other marketplaces: I've got something you can use, you pay me to use it. In this case, we're talking about storage space, specifically storage space that can be found in your neighbor's b

Hailo Launches API For E-Hailing On The Same Day As Uber

Not to be left behind in the growing feud between Uber, Lyft, Sidecar and others, Hailo has launched a public API for its taxi hailing service, on the very same day Uber announced its own. The startup, which launched in 2011 in London but has since e

TC Cribs: Storm8, The Land Of Very Colorful Desks And Lots Of Fancy Beer

In this episode of Cribs we headed to Storm8, the company that makes lots of popular mobile social games. Storm8 is housed in a, well, pretty bland looking corporate building in suburban Redwood City, so we weren't sure what to expect. But the inside

Kuddle, An ?Instagram With Training Wheels,? Introduces Social Media To Kids

A new mobile application called Kuddle is introducing a safer way for kids to get introduced to social media, while still under a parent's watchful eye. The photo-sharing app, which is like a more restricted version of Instagram, allows children to p

Everdwell Gives Real Estate Agents A More Beautiful Online Home

Real estate is a business where tech is only slowly starting to make a dent into the traditional way of doing things. But even the most technophobic agent now knows that an online presence besides just being listed in an MLS is a necessity. Everdwell

Vine Finally Lets Users Import Video From Their Camera

With more than 100 million people watching Vines across the web each month, and over 1 billion loops every day, Vine has just released an update to the app that finally lets users import video from their camera. Twitter's video sharing app has always

Function Space Brings Its Learning, Discussing And Problem Solving Science Platform To iOS

Learning, discussing and problem solving are three important steps in understanding concepts in science. Function Space, a social learning science network, wants to bring the three together in a cross-platform learning portal aimed at corporate resea

7,000 People Are Watching Two Fish Play Street Fighter

Two fish are playing Street Fighter over on Twitch, and more than 7,000 people are watching the mayhem. Or, partial mayhem. Sometimes the fish don't swim in a pattern that leads to much confrontation. That said, the game is afloat, with the fish R

Skype Will Make Itself Less Noisy Thanks To New, Smarter Chat Notifications

Skype this morning announced a change to the way its notifications will function, designed to keep the app from annoying you with beeps and buzzes across all your devices. These new smart notifications will instead only be sent to the device you're a

Foodmento Is The Foursquare Of Specific Dishes, Not Restaurants

Food has invaded Instagram in such an overwhelming way that studies actually show that people get physically full or tire of certain foods just from looking at the pictures. But there's really no effective way to direct your followers to the specific

LinkedIn's SlideShare Axes Its Freemium Model, Makes ?Pro' Features Like Analytics Free

SlideShare, the LinkedIn-owned site that lets you upload and distribute presentations online, is turning over a new leaf today. The service, which has 60 million users, is going free. In tandem with that, SlideShare is dropping its PRO tiers, once pr

Pivotal Expands Its Enterprise Cloud Platform To Mobile

Pivotal, the enterprise cloud platform that raised a $105 million private equity round last year, today announced a large expansion of its product portfolio today. The update introduces new services for mobile development to the company's Pivotal CF

OnBeep To Tackle Group Communication Wearables With $6.25M In New Funding

Stealth startup OnBeep got a little less stealthy today, announcing a new Series A round of $6.25 million in funding including investment from Riche Levandov of Avalon ventures, and including previous seed funding from WordPress-creator Matt Mullenwe

GoDaddy Acquires MailChimp Competitor Mad Mimi To Beef Up Its Email Marketing Service

GoDaddy has closed on the acquisition of MailChimp competitor Mad Mimi, the companies are announcing this morning. The move is meant to further expand the web hosting provider's product suite aimed at small businesses, while filling a hole in GoDaddy

Uber's API Launch Lights The Way For Sharing Economy Apps

Convincing users to join in new collaborative consumption ventures can be a tall order, but Uber's API launch today gives us a glimpse of how others building businesses along similar lines might be able to juice usage and find a lasting place in the

Service Marketplace Thumbtack Raises $100M Round Led By Google Capital

Thumbtack, a company that connects customers with local service providers, just announced that it has raised $100 million in new funding. The round was led by Google Capital (the search giant's later-stage investment fund), with additional investment

European Investor Admits He Pestered Woman Entrepreneur For Sex In ?Deal? Email

Pavel Curda, a European angel investor, contributor at The Next Web and mentor to several startups, has admitted to sending a sexually explicit, inappropriate email to a woman entrepreneur following a meeting during a conference, implying a “De

Twitter Is Suspending Accounts For Sharing Beheading Images And Videos

Tweet a graphic image relating to the alleged beheading of photojournalist James Wright Foley and risk having your account suspended. The word comes from Twitter CEO Dick Costolo who announced the company's actions in a tweet on Wednesday morning, se
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