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Mashr Resurrects A Tinder Experiment To Make You A Match Maker

In May 2013, Tinder introduced Matchmaker, a way for users of the popular dating app to introduce their Facebook friends to each other. Matchmaker has since been phased out of Tinder, but a new startup, Mashr, is resurrecting the feature as its centr

Chinese Internet Giant Tencent Invests $70 Million In Healthcare Group DXY

Chinese Internet giant Tencent has invested $70 million in DXY (also known as Ting Ting Group), which claims to be the largest online healthcare service community in China. In return, Tencent will receive a minority equity stake in DXY. Read More

How To Present A Successful Hackathon Demo

It's sad to stay up for three days building something awesome only to bomb the demo presentation. It's no surprise it happens: you're exhausted and racing to finish your project, with little time to plan your words, and only a few minutes to say them

FreeCharge, Which Gives Users Coupons For Charging Their Mobile Plans, Raises $33M Series B

FreeCharge, an India-based online platform that lets user earn coupons when they add money to their prepaid mobile phone plans or pay utility bills online, has raised a $33 million Series B from returning investor Sequoia Capital, as well as Sofina,

LinkedIn Is Quietly Retiring Network Visualization Tool InMaps

A little autumn cleaning underway at LinkedIn. The company is quietly retiring InMaps, a tool that let you map out how your LinkedIn network looks. A notice on the InMaps homepage notes that today, September 1, is the last day for you to use it, and

When Does Uber Become Cheaper Than Owning A Car?

Thanks to the proliferation of local transportation services like Uber, we're entering a world in which people have less reason to drive everywhere they need to go. But at what point will it become less expensive to rely on someone else to drive you

Tables, Tablets, Data And Eating

Restaurants as we know them have remained the same for over two hundred years, and fables about amazing restaurant tech have inevitably leapt to futuristic ideas: robot waiters, food printers, talking refrigerators. Today's reality is far more intere

Windows XP's Market Share Fell By Less Than 1% In August

According to Net Applications, Windows XP's global desktop market share fell from 24.82 percent in July, to 23.89 percent in August. That's just under one percentage point in a full month. At that pace, it will take more than two years for Windows XP

Apple Publishes The Top 10 Reasons They Reject Apps

Whether you've ever built an iOS app or not, you've probably heard tales of how frustrating it can be to get Apple's stamp of approval. But why does Apple reject apps? What are the big mistakes that most developers make? Read More

Where You Are Is Who You Are Even If It Is China

Where your cloud data is stored is, increasingly, critical to determining who controls it. Though many around the globe have become concerned about data storage in the United States, there are worse alternatives. Imagine, for example, if your persona

GuiaBolso Brings Mint-style Financial Management To Brazil

Editor's note: Julie Ruvolo is a freelance writer and editor of RedLightR.io and RioChromatic.com. In August a new, homegrown entry raced onto Brazil's top 10 most downloaded apps. It's a list usually cluttered by American-made social media, music an

RunScribe Is A Wearable For Granular Gait Analysis

Do you heel strike or are you a forefoot runner? If you have no idea what that question means this wearable probably isn't for you. RunScribe is aiming for serious running geeks who want to nerd out over exactly how, where and when their feet connect

Press Fit Standing Desk Review: An Affordable Option With U.S. Manufacturing And Materials

A standing desk is a resource for the home office that's increasingly common, but they're still not affordable or convenient in most cases. The Press Fit standing desk began life as a Kickstarter project designed to fix both those problems, with an i

If Apple Makes A Move Into Mobile Payments, It Could Not Come At A Better Time

Apple, the reports say, will add NFC technology to the iPhone 6, and it will debut a mobile wallet-style service that could include integrations with American Express, Visa and MasterCard and possibly PayPal to enable physical, in-store payments usin

Twitter's Timeline Could Get (More) Algorithmic

Twitter has changed significantly over the past 8 years. With every new product manager and leadership cadre there have been attempts to make it more accessible to new users and more sticky for existing ones. But the biggest changes may yet be ahead

Vandrico Wants To Become The Wearables Platform For The Workplace

If you know about Vandrico, it's probably because of the company's cool wearables database we featured earlier this year. That was just a byproduct of Vandrico's research, however. What the company is really about is bringing wearables into the workp

What Students Really Carry Back To School

Back-to-school stories are click fodder. They allow for marketers to feel they are directly addressing a group of easy marks. After all, when is your life more insecure than on the cusp of a grade change or a trip to college? The world, then, is in u

Are All Accelerators Decelerators?

Hari, a smart and very savvy early-stage entrepreneur, emailed me to ask if it was worth joining a well-known accelerator. I texted an emphatic “No!” We then spoke to each other for over 30 minutes and I don't recall having made such an i

Here's What We Know So Far About The Celebrity Photo Hack

As you will by now have probably read, around 100 women celebrities (including Jennifer Lawrence, Rihanna and Kim Kardashian) have had naked and explicit pictures seemingly hacked from their iCloud accounts and published online, first on 4Chan and no

Yohann Is An iPad Stand Jony Ive Could Be Proud Of

I didn't think I'd ever get excited about an iPad stand. But the Yohann, designed by Swiss architect Berend Frenzel, ticks all of my boxes. First up, it's a thing of beauty, with an incredibly simple but clever — why didn't I think of that R

The New Era Of Smart Dining

The restaurant industry has been around for a long time – since the dawn of Western civilization itself. Starting in Ancient Rome, some of the earliest known public restaurants, called thermopolia, were local hot-spots where the citizenry would

JUMP Cable Is The Right Smartphone Charger For Forgetful People

Like many other users, the battery on my iPhone tends to die right before the end of the day. One obvious solution is to use a case like the Mophie, but I don't like increasing the size of my phone. Another is to carry a battery charger around with m

Startup Mentors ? How Do You Filter Out The Good, The Bad And The Ugly?

In light of the recent brouhaha over the actions of a particular European investor who had a habit of attaching himself to accelerators as a ‘mentor', it seems an appropriate time to do a quick rundown on the kinds of things entrepreneurs need

Microsoft Continues Its Campaign Against A US Warrant Demanding Overseas Data

A search warrant commanding Microsoft to turn over certain customer email data that is currently stored overseas was unfrozen late this week. The company declined to comply. In a statement, Microsoft said that it “will not be turning over the e

AnandTech Founder Anand Shimpi Is Heading To Apple

A day after announcing his retirement from writing, it's come to light that veteran journalist Anand Shimpi will soon be joining Apple. The move, which was first reported by Re/code earlier today, was confirmed by the company. Read More

Typing Writer Turns Your iPad Into A Typewriter (And No, It Wasn't Created By Tom Hanks)

A couple of weeks ago, Hanx Writer, a typewriter app from movie star Tom Hanks, shot to the top of the Apple App Store. I guess there must be something in the air, because it's not the only iPad-into-typewriter app to launch recently. There's also Ty

Investor Pavel Curda Dumped By Euro Accelerators After Sleazy Emails

Pavel Curda, the European Angel investor and ‘mentor' who became the centre of a media maelstrom after admitting to emailing point-blank requests for sex to tech business woman at a conference, has been shunned by the tech accelerators he conti

This Labor Day, Reflect On Diversity And The Future

2014 is the year that work became a central point of discussion in Silicon Valley. For the engineers and knowledge workers in the region, issues of diversity and inclusion finally got their turn in the limelight, forcing us to question our deeply-hel

Apple's New Spaceship HQ Doesn't Look Like A Spaceship Yet, But It's Huge

Apple's new spaceship-style campus is one of the last things on the company's mind right now, with the iPhone launch looming just over the horizon. However, that hasn't stopped some curious folks from peeking around over at the construction site. You

Amazon Vs. Hachette: Fewer Middlemen Equals A Better World

By now everyone is well aware of the ongoing battle between Amazon and publisher Hachette. The thing is, we all know how this story ends, we just don't know when it will be over. This one does not have a David vs. Goliath ending. Goliath is going to

AnandTech Founder Anand Lal Shimpi Retires From Writing

We don't always note when fellow tech writers hang up their hats, as those posts can start to seem a bit inside baseball-y. There are times when we just can't help it, though. This is gonna be one of those times. Anand Lal Shimpi, namesake founder of

How The Digital Revolution Can Fix Scientific Publishing And Speed Up Discoveries

Scientific, Technical, and Medical (STM) publishing is big business. It generates $19 billion in revenue per year, the majority of which is earned by a few powerful publishers who enjoy profit margins of up to 40 percent. Inflated subscriptions sold

Lessons From The Sharing Economy

Companies everywhere are jumping on the sharing economy trend – from sharing skills to houses to cars, the sharing economy is transforming many industries. Technology has lowered the barriers so that anyone can provide services blurring the lin

Intel's CEO Envisions A Future Where Wearables Don't Look Like Wearables ? And It's Not That Far Away

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich foresees a day when a wearable is no longer seen a one-size-fits-all device that you put on your wrist. That day could be coming sooner rather than later, as Intel-based wearable products will likely be shown off in the comin

Cultural Realities Of Latin American Entrepreneurship

One of the brilliant things about tech leaders and pundits in Silicon Valley is their true passion for entrepreneurship and their belief in the power of the human spirit and intellect. Surrounded by the sight of so many motivated and talented founder

Former Teacher And Current Entrepreneur Walter Duncan Offers Advice On Getting Things Done

In honor of back to school we're talking to creatives, VCs, and, in this case, entrepreneurs about what it takes to succeed. Walter Duncan is a really nice guy and dedicated “teacherpreneur” who has created a test-taking app. His start-up

Five Factors In Building Giants Of The Big Data Era

As we enter the second half of 2014, it would be fair to say that big data has gone mainstream, attracting coffee table books, multiple industry landscapes, consumer applications, and large amounts of funding. Having seen many technology cycles durin

Gillmor Gang: Summertime Blues

The Gillmor Gang — Dan Farber, Robert Scoble, John Taschek, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. This one seems more like an AA meeting for Apple addiction, as the Gang stumbles around pretending to be interested in Twitter tinkering wi

DrinkMate Is A Tiny, Plug-In Breathalyzer For Android Devices

Devices that plug into smartphones to augment the built-in sensors with additional smarts are continuing to make their way to market, many fueled by crowdfunding. Here's another contender aiming to extend the capability of Android smartphones: a teen

In Defense Of Square Smartwatches

All the smartphone hype is currently around round watches. When LG and Samsung announced their first Android Wear smartwatches earlier this year, most pundits had a heard time getting excited about them — in part because everybody was still wai

How Siri's Founders Could Have Built The Next Google

Editor's note: Dan Kaplan helps startups tell their stories. He's done marketing for Twilio, Asana, and Salesforce and blogs about marketing, growth, and storytelling at Threadling. It always breaks my heart a little when the startups with the most r

Online Anonymity Will Soon Be The Only Kind We Have

Anonymity: it's all the rage–Whisper, Secret–and it's rage-inducing. A Brazilian court has ruled that Secret must be removed from app stores there, and existing installs remotely wiped. The UK's House of Lords has recommended the end of o

Multi-Factor Analysis Of Y-Combinator's Summer 2014 Class

In my previous article, I wrote about how multi-factor analysis of startups helps avoid decision biases such as availability, anchoring or the famous “herd-mentality.” The merits of the theories behind this approach go back to the 1950's.

Stanford Professors Want To Teach You How To Scale Your Business Without Screwing It Up

After eight years of studying best practices for expanding a business, a pair of Stanford professors are scaling up the size of their classroom with their first foray into massive open online courses (MOOC). Huggy Rao and Robert Sutton, the authors o

11 TechCrunch Stories You Don't Want To Miss This Week

Before we take off for the long weekend, check out the best stories from the past week (8/23-8/29). After months of rumors suggesting that Google was prepped to snatch up Twitch, Amazon ended up dropping the money to make this deal happen. Alex Wilhe

Clever Launches New Instant Log In Feature

When adults are struggling to remember all of their passwords, how can second graders? After launching to provide a common API for K-12 education two years ago, Clever wants to help instructors teach more and worry about resetting students' forgotten

The Revival Of Semiconductor Funding

Over the past few years the semiconductor funding ecosystem experienced a significant downturn. According to the GSA survey, there were only 5 Series A semiconductor funding rounds and 10 exits in 2010 in North America, Europe and Israel. Most of the

Someone 3D Printed A Castle In His Backyard And It's Awesome

I now know what I want for my birthday. Using customized 3D printing technology, Andrey Rudenko printed a castle in his backyard. It took him two years from conception to completion. The result is incredible: Better than that image is a clip from his

ThemeBoard Will Let Designers Share Custom Keyboards On iOS 8

Since the introduction of custom keyboards in iOS 8 at this year's WWDC, we've seen a few implementations come from developers preparing solutions aiming to make the typing experience more convenient on the iPhone. Taphive's ThemeBoard is something e

Vice Media Confirms That It's Selling A Stake To A&E Networks At A $2.5B Valuation

Vice Media has agreed to sell a 10 percent stake to A&E Networks. The $250 million investment values the company at $2.5 billion. The news was first reported in the Financial Times (warning: paywall), and a Vice spokerson confirmed both the deal
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