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Watch Microsoft’s Windows 10 event liveWatch%20Microsoft%E2%80%99s%20Windows%2010%20event%26nbsp%3BliveWindows 10bheater

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:04:05 +0000

(image)  Today’s Microsoft event is kicking off bright and early – particularly for those in the company’s home timezone, where things start in earnest at 7AM PT. Of course, we’ll be live at the press conference in New York City, covering the news as it happens, so for those a few hours behind, we’ll have all of the relevant information for you first thing in the… Read More

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BloomReach shoots for more complete digital experience with Hippo acquisitionBloomReach%20shoots%20for%20more%20complete%20digital%20experience%20with%20Hippo%26nbsp%3Bacquisitiongraphic-bloomreach-hipporonjourn

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:00:17 +0000

(image)  BloomReach, which helps ecommerce companies personalize buying experiences using data and algorithms, announced today that it was acquiring Amsterdam-based web content management vendor, Hippo for an undisclosed amount. It’s an interesting deal in that it brings together a company that offers personalization and optimization in an ecommerce context with one that helps manage web… Read More

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​Culture Trip secures $20M Series A to serve up content for the “culturally curious”%E2%80%8BCulture%20Trip%20secures%20%2420M%20Series%20A%20to%20serve%20up%20content%20for%20the%20%26%238220%3Bculturally%20curious%26%238221%3BCulture TripSteve O'Hear

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:00:03 +0000

(image)  Culture Trip, a London-based media startup with a heavy tech bent (or is that the other way round?) has raised $20 million in Series A funding. The round is being led by the PPF Group, the fund managed by entrepreneur Petr Kellner. Read More

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Dyn DNS DDoS likely the work of script kiddies, says FlashPointDyn%20DNS%20DDoS%20likely%20the%20work%20of%20script%20kiddies%2C%20says%26nbsp%3BFlashPointtroll 2nelomas

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 10:48:14 +0000

(image)  Business risk intelligence firm FlashPoint has put out a preliminary analysis of last week’s massive denial of service attack against Dyn DNS, and its conclusion is it was likely the work of amateur hackers — rather than, as some had posited, state-sponsored actors perhaps funded by the Russian government. Read More

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Perkbox, an employee engagement platform, picks up £2.5M backing from Draper EspritPerkbox%2C%20an%20employee%20engagement%20platform%2C%20picks%20up%20%C2%A32.5M%20backing%20from%20Draper%26nbsp%3BEspritperkbox-staff-away-daySteve O'Hear

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 09:22:09 +0000

(image)  Perkbox, a U.K. startup that offers an employee engagement platform to help companies retain employees (and customers), has picked up £2.5 million in backing from publicly-listed European VC Draper Esprit. Read More

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Announcing the TechCrunch Disrupt London 2016 AgendaAnnouncing%20the%20TechCrunch%20Disrupt%20London%202016%26nbsp%3BAgendaTechCrunch Disrupt London 2015 - Image by Dan Taylor - dan@heisenbergmedia.commike-butcheragenda

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 09:01:20 +0000

(image)  The two-day conference (preceded by a two-day hackathon), kicks off on December 5 in the former Olympic Village’s Copper Box Arena, and wraps the following day with the finals of Startup Battlefield where one startup will take home £30,000 in cash. Deep learning legend Dr. Michael Lynch will talk about the future of AI and investing. The founder of hot London startup Citymapper,… Read More

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Google’s Dart programming language returns to the spotlightGoogle%26%238217%3Bs%20Dart%20programming%20language%20returns%20to%20the%26nbsp%3BspotlightDartedfredericlardinoisscreenshot-2016-10-25-at-18-37-54

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 09:00:25 +0000

(image)  Once upon a time, Google’s Dart programming language seemed ready to take on JavaScript as the default language of the web. Google was even going to give it equal billing with JavaScript in its Chrome browser. But by the time Dart was ready for prime time, JavaScript — and the massive ecosystem around it — was already miles ahead. About a year and a half ago, Google gave up… Read More

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With founders out, Rocket-backed Nestpick reboots as apartment rentals aggregatorWith%20founders%20out%2C%20Rocket-backed%20Nestpick%20reboots%20as%20apartment%20rentals%26nbsp%3BaggregatorNestpickSteve O'Hear

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 08:00:49 +0000

(image)  Its founders, including CEO Fabian Dudek, left the company in May having already lost majority ownership to Rocket Internet, while the pivot sees the company become an aggregator — or meta-search engine — for furnished apartment rentals. Read More

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Selency raises $3.3 million for its online marketplace for second-hand furnitureSelency%20raises%20%243.3%20million%20for%20its%20online%20marketplace%20for%20second-hand%26nbsp%3Bfurnituremaxime-brousse-and-charlotte-caderomaindillet

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 07:01:24 +0000

(image)  French startup Selency (formerly known as Brocante Lab) has raised a $3.3 million Series A round (€3 million) led by Accel with Kima Ventures participating. Many of you should be familiar with online furniture retailers like But what about second-hand furniture? Right now, you still have to go to an antique shop, or maybe look for classified ads on the web. Or maybe you’ll… Read More

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CoreOS launches its OpenStack on Kubernetes project as a technical previewCoreOS%20launches%20its%20OpenStack%20on%20Kubernetes%20project%20as%20a%20technical%26nbsp%3BpreviewAerial view of container terminalfredericlardinois

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 07:01:18 +0000

(image)  Six months ago, CoreOS, the purveyor of fine, small Linux distributions and container management services, demoed a project that would allow its users to easily deploy the notoriously complex OpenStack private cloud platform with the help of containers and Google’s Kubernetes container management tools. Today, it’s ready to actually launch this tool as a technical preview and… Read More

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The Crunchies nominations close soonThe%20Crunchies%20nominations%20close%26nbsp%3BsoonThe 9th Annual Crunchies Awardsmjburnsy

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 00:40:13 +0000

(image)  Stop procrastinating and nominate your favorite startup, founder or investor for a Crunchie. Nominations will close on Thursday, November 3, 2016. We’re looking for the input of the tech community. Who was the hottest new startup? Who launched the best new technology? Which company had the best launch video? There are 11 categories in all. This is the 10th anniversary of the Crunchies… Read More

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Sub Pop’s founder launched a fun music remixing appSub%20Pop%E2%80%99s%20founder%20launched%20a%20fun%20music%20remixing%26nbsp%3Bappimg_1944bheaterimg_1955img_1949

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 23:40:24 +0000

(image)  Okay, this is actually pretty cool. I’ve only been playing around with it a bit, but I can definitely see it becoming addicting — particularly if the service’s creators can bring more musicians on board. As it stands right now, 8Stem’s collection of remix-able music is fairly limited — perhaps not surprising for a service that only launched out of beta today. I… Read More

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Democracy in the age of the Internet of ThingsDemocracy%20in%20the%20age%20of%20the%20Internet%20of%26nbsp%3BThingsIOTdavidalanriggs

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 23:00:40 +0000

(image)  Who wants to read up on candidates’ policies, attend rallies or even watch a debate? You just want to jump into the bed of democracy with the one who turns you on politically, right? Who would bother to vote in the future if a set of sophisticated algorithms just identified, by trawling your data mine, your ideal candidate? Read More

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Sharalike tries to bring your slideshow into the virtual worldSharalike%20tries%20to%20bring%20your%20slideshow%20into%20the%20virtual%26nbsp%3Bworldsharalike-vrhajejanExploring photo slideshows in VR is a trippy experience.

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 22:46:35 +0000

(image)  Wait, wait, wait! Before your eyes glaze over at the word “slideshow,” stay with me for a moment. Yes, we’re all bored to tears with slideslows, but Sharalike’s brand new VR app has been rubbing its medical paddles together to try to jolt some life into your old 2D photos by teleporting them into your VR headset. Read More

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Tim Cook ‘not sure’ Apple will meet iPhone 7 Plus demand by the end of the yearTim%20Cook%20%26%238216%3Bnot%20sure%26%238217%3B%20Apple%20will%20meet%20iPhone%207%20Plus%20demand%20by%20the%20end%20of%20the%26nbsp%3ByeariPhone 7matthewlynley

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 22:27:12 +0000

(image)  Apple is working to match the demand for the iPhone 7 Plus as best as it can, but it might not meet all the demand by the end of the year, CEO Tim Cook said on the investor call discussing its fourth-quarter earnings. “It’s hard to say,” Cook said in response to an investor question about whether the iPhone would hit supply/demand equilibrium by the end of the next quarter. Read More

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Lending Club zooms into car refinancings in turnaround effortLending%20Club%20zooms%20into%20car%20refinancings%20in%20turnaround%26nbsp%3Beffortscreen-shot-2016-10-25-at-12-57-25-pmconnieloizos

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 22:22:13 +0000

(image)  Many Americans learned through Lending Club that they can refinance their credit card debt online; now, the lending marketplace is hoping they’ll start refinancing their automotive loans using its platform, too. Indeed, though automotive lending is a massive market, car refinance is far smaller owing to a lack of awareness, suggests Lending Club CEO Scott Sanborn, with whom we spoke… Read More

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Challenges face former Cheezburger CEO joining Y Combinator’s New Cities projectChallenges%20face%20former%20Cheezburger%20CEO%20joining%20Y%20Combinator%26%238217%3Bs%20New%20Cities%26nbsp%3BprojectWireframe Buildings Planjmannes16

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 22:10:38 +0000

(image)  Y Combinator’s ambitious New Cities project has a new leader today as Ben Huh, former CEO of The Cheezburger Network, joins the effort. The initiative, previously announced back in June, aims to take a fresh, entrepreneurial approach to city building. Details have been hard to come by, but the group was hiring researchers for a short time at the tail end of the summer. In a blog post,… Read More

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IBM Watson and Udacity want developers to learn AI onlineIBM%20Watson%20and%20Udacity%20want%20developers%20to%20learn%20AI%26nbsp%3Bonlineibm-watson-serverslorakolodnytc

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 22:06:53 +0000

(image)  Udacity, the education platform focused on helping workers gain skills they need for great careers in tech, has partnered with IBM Watson, Didi Chuxing and Amazon Alexa to offer a new nanodegree in artificial intelligence, the companies announced today at the IBM World of Watson conference. IBM Watson is co-developing the curriculum of the course with Udacity. Chinese ride-hailing company… Read More

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IrisVR raises $8M to bring virtual reality to architecture and designIrisVR%20raises%20%248M%20to%20bring%20virtual%20reality%20to%20architecture%20and%26nbsp%3BdesignIrisVRanthha

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 22:05:44 +0000

(image)  New York City startup IrisVR is announcing that it has raised $8 million in Series A funding. The company has built virtual reality tools for the architecture and design industries. Iris Prospect allows customers to take their 3D plans and blueprints and turn them into VR experiences viewable on devices like Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, GearVR and Cardboard. Iris Scope, meanwhile, converts… Read More

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Eero looks to help employee whose 10-year-old son was burned by peersEero%20looks%20to%20help%20employee%20whose%2010-year-old%20son%20was%20burned%20by%26nbsp%3Bpeersscreen-shot-2016-10-25-at-2-41-42-pmconnieloizos

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 21:58:22 +0000

(image)  Eero, a two-year-old, San Francisco-based maker of a smart wireless routing system, is asking employees to help one of their colleagues after his special-needs son was burned in a fire set by some of his same-age peers. According to a report in Fox News, the 10-year-old was placed in an induced coma earlier this month after being lured into a shack near his Kerrville, Texas home, doused… Read More

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