Monday, October 27, 2014

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  • Nextbit Unveils A Dead-Simple Way To Sync, Store Data Across Multiple Mobile Apps, Devices

    Nextbit Unveils A Dead-Simple Way To Sync, Store Data Across Multiple Mobile Apps, Devices

    The last time I talked to Nextbit, they had raised $18 million from Accel Partners and Google Ventures and had put together a veteran team made out of early Android folk who helped build Google’s mobile OS into what it is today. But they refused to share anything about what they were working on. Now after building up a team of 22 people from Android, HTC and Dropbox, they’re willing… Read More
  • So-Called “Twitter Tax Break” Netted City More In Mid-Market Tax Revenue

    So-Called “Twitter Tax Break” Netted City More In Mid-Market Tax Revenue

    In hindsight, it was one of the more controversial decisions the city has made in years. Back in 2011, on a quiet threat that Twitter would leave the city and decamp for nearby Brisbane or South San Francisco, the city decided to offer a temporary exemption on it 1.5 percent payroll tax to entice companies to move into a set of very specific buildings in Mid-Market. For decades, that area had… Read More
  • Automatic Launches License+, A Coaching Program For Teen Drivers And Their Parents

    Automatic Launches License+, A Coaching Program For Teen Drivers And Their Parents

    The first few months — or years, really – of being a new driver can be a nerve-wracking experience for teens and, of course, their parents. Young drivers are still developing their skills, and likely to make mistakes not only related to how few road hours they’ve logged, but because their brains aren’t even fully developed – meaning they’re more likely to… Read More
  • Robin Labs Launches Less.Mail, An A.I.-Based Assistant That Responds To Emails For You

    Robin Labs Launches Less.Mail, An A.I.-Based Assistant That Responds To Emails For You

    A new A.I.-based application for Android users called Less.Mail wants to make it easier for you to work through a crowded inbox, handling routine email responses by way of automatic replies based on the mobile assistant’s understanding of the original email’s context. All users need to do is tell the app if they want to accept or reject the email sender’s invitation… Read More
  • Travel Money Transfer Startup WeSwap Raises $7.5M

    Travel Money Transfer Startup WeSwap Raises $7.5M

    More funding activity in the so-called peer-to-peer money transfer space. WeSwap, the London-based startup that helps travellers get a better exchange rate when changing currency in advance of a trip, has closed a decent-sized $7.5 million series A round, adding to the $2 million previously raised. Read More
  • Middle Eastern E-Commerce Startup Wysada Raises $5M Series A

    Middle Eastern E-Commerce Startup Wysada Raises $5M Series A

    Wysada, an online home furnishings store based in Amman, Jordan, announced today that it has raised a $5 million Series A led by Badia Impact Fund, a venture capital fund owned by Silicon Badia. Strategic investors from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and existing investors also participated. Read More
  • A Long Walk Through Startup Alley At Disrupt London

    A Long Walk Through Startup Alley At Disrupt London

    In part 500 of our continuing series featuring some of the most amazing startups on Earth, we present my endless walk through Startup Alley at Disrupt London. Given the terror associated with a large, inebriated man approaching you from all directions with a microphone, I’m pleased to note that everyone at the event was able to pitch with a professionalism that’s rare even in… Read More
  • Twitpic Data Will Stay Alive “For Now” Thanks To An Agreement With Twitter

    Twitpic Data Will Stay Alive “For Now” Thanks To An Agreement With Twitter

    And in a somewhat happy turn of events, Twitpic has announced that it has reached an agreement with Twitter to keep Twitpic photos and links alive, giving Twitter control over the domain and the full photo archive. However, the agreement also states that Twitpic will no longer be taking any new photos or data and will only exist in a read-only mode. Apps on the App Store and Google Play have… Read More
  • First Look At 3D Camera App 3DAround

    First Look At 3D Camera App 3DAround

    What if you could shoot those cool 360-degree, swivel-around photos you see on ecommerce sites or in The Matrix with just your smartphone? Then you’d be using the 3DAround camera app that launches next month from Dacuda, which gave TechCrunch an early peek. Simply hit record, revolve your camera phone or tablet around an object, and 3DAround stitches together all the photos into a 3D… Read More
  • Looksery Launches A Video Chatting App That Makes You Look More Attractive

    Looksery Launches A Video Chatting App That Makes You Look More Attractive

    Want to look more attractive on video? Or just different? Earlier this year, a company called Looksery popped up on Kickstarter to raise crowdfunding for a new kind of mobile video chat application that allows users to look more attractive on video using special effects that can remove blemishes, let you change your eye color, slim your face, and more. The app, which is live as of today on… Read More

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