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Raise gets 60 million for gift card marketplace

Have you ever gotten a gift card for a store you don‘t shop at? Or have you made a purchase and don‘t know what to do with the remaining balance? It turns out you can sell and trade unwanted or partially unused gift cards on a marketplace called Raise. If you don‘t want a Starbucks gift card, you can sell it or get one for Macy‘s. They also have iTunes, Sephora and Read More

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Review: iPhone 8

This is a camera review. There are a number of updates that should appeal in the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, but the one question most upgraders are going to be asking is how good is the camera?The camera system in the iPhone is becoming the central focus of its technological advancements. And it‘s not just about pictures anymore. With augmented reality and computer vision emerging as Read More

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Douxmatok lets you use 30 percent less sugar without affecting sweetness

Our resistance to good nutrition is causing lasting problems within the population. Part of the problem is that the best-tasting food is usually the worst for our health, and bad eating habits beget worse eating habits. That‘s where DouxMatok comes in it has found a way to make sugar more efficient and potent so people can eat less of it and still get the same effect. Read More

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Funnel raises 10M led by Balderton Capital to help companies analyse online marketing spend

Funnel, a startup headquartered in Stockholm that sells a SaaS to help companies analyse the effectiveness of online marketing spend across multiple channels, has raised 10 million in Series A funding. London VC Balderton Capital led the round, with participation from existing investors including Industrifonden and Zobito. Read More

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BP Ventures, BP‘s investment arm, leads 20M in private jet charter marketplace Victor

Victor, which bills itself as the largest on-demand‘ marketplace for private jet charter, has raised 20 million in new funding, bringing total raised to date to 44.45 million since launching in 2011. BP Ventures, BP‘s investment arm, led the round, putting in 10 million, whilst the London headquartered startup says it plans to use the additional capital Read More

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Tech companies must do more to fight misogyny in the wider culture

Over the past few months Silicon Valley‘s treatment of women has made several headlines. Thanks to the incredible women who have found the courage to speak up, we are beginning to have the serious conversation around misogyny in the technology industry and end its complacency in the face of injustice. But the problem of harassment is much bigger than the culture withinparticular Read More

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Acquia Javascript support lets developers build web apps that combine content, data

Acquia, the commercial arm of the open-source Drupal web content management tool, has long offered a cloud-based user interface designed to make it easier for customers to build web sites. Today, the company announced a new way of interacting with Drupal where it will be exposing the different parts of the platform as a set of services, while supporting node.js for scripting. This will Read More

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GoCardless, a fintech that makes recurring payments easy for subscription businesses, raises 22.5M

Well, GoCardless co-founder and CEO Hiroki Takeuchi knows how to work a non-denial denial. When I interviewed him a few weeks ago for an extensive profile piece we ran yesterday, he wouldn‘t be drawn on if the hot London fintech was raising a new round. Today, the company is announcing 22.5 million in new funding. Read More

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Before you update to iOS 11 here‘s how to check which apps won‘t work

Before you hit the update button to grab iOS 11it‘s worth checking which apps you‘ll be consigning to the digital dustbin of history. All old 32-bit apps are incompatible which means a lot of content is going to reach the end of the road here Read More

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Twilio Studio lets you build communication services without having to code

Twilio has long made a name for itself as a service that lets developers easily add audio, video and text communication to their applications, but with Twilio Studio, which is launching as a closed preview today, the company is now also targeting non-developers. Read More

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August announces new smart locks and a smart doorbell

August has updated its smart lock line with a new Pro version with Bluetooth, HomeKit, and Wi-Fi support, as well as the more basic model for 149. They‘ve also announced the Doorbell Cam Pro for 199 that lets you see visitors approaching your domicile, even at night. The August is unique in that it depends entirely on the phone for usage, improving security (or reducing usability) Read More

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At long last, Gmail starts converting addresses and contact info into links

Gmail is packed with a lot of time-saving features, like Smart Replies for mobile users. So it‘s a bit surprising to realize that Gmail will only now start to automatically convert addresses, phone numbers and contacts into links. Read More

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MIT‘s The Engine raises 200M to fund ‘tough tech‘

If you think that too many VCs these days are playing it safe and only looking to back sure bets rather than moonshots and more ambitious ventures, take a look over at what‘s going on in Boston. The Engine, based out of MIT and Cambridge, has raised a 200 million fund to back and help incubate startups working on tough tech new challenges in areas Read More

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Younited Credit raises 47.8 million for its crowdlending platform

French startup Younited Credit is building the biggest crowdlending platform in continental Europe. The company just raised 47.8 million (40 million) to launch in new countries, work on new product features and more. Younited Credit is currently live in France, Spain and Italy as a consumer-facing product. Consumers can borrow anything between 1,200 and 48,000 (1,000 and 40,000) Read More

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Music video AR app Blin.gy shuts down

Blin.gy, the app that let users insert themselves into their favorite music videos, is shutting down. In a Medium post, co-founder and chief executive officer David Hyman wrote that the startup, which launched as Chosen three years ago and raised at least 10 million, decided to close up shop after a potential acquisition fell through. Read More

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Crunch Report | Slack Raises 250 Million

Slack raises a pretty big chunk of change from SoftBank, the DOJ is investigating an Equifax stock dump and Google debuts payments app Tez in India. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

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Adan Medical is bringing technology to Epi-Pens

Going into anaphylactic shock is terrifying. The last time I went into shock, called my mom first, injected myself with an Epi-Pen second, injected myself with a shot of epinephrine third, and 911 last. I had that a bit backwards. Had I been using Adan Medicals smart case for Epi-Pens, my mom and emergency response teams would‘ve been notified the moment I opened the case. I Read More

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Snap, Facebook, Pop: Sriram Krishnan joins Twitter as senior director of product

In the ever-moving musical chairs that is the tech industry, Twitter has added a new person to its product team. Sriram Krishnan is now senior director of product at the social media platform. He announced the news himself, appropriately on Twitter, with a hearty endorsement from CEO Jack Dorsey. He will be reporting to Keith Coleman, who is Twitter‘s new-ish VP of Product (he joined Read More

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Facebook design head loud on voice, silent on Alexa and hardware

Facebook has been reportedly working on a video chat device and a smart speaker that would use a new voice interface, to compete against the likes of Amazon and Google in the race to control your living room; and it‘s also been testing as a voice search feature for its app. Today, the company‘s head of design, Luke Woods, came out bullish on the promise of voice commands, squirmed Read More

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Pokmon Go creator‘s next game will incorporate audio into the AR experience

Niantic, makers of the hugely popular mobile game Pokmon Go, is developing a new AR title that will incorporate audio cues into the gaming experience, according to company CTOPhil Keslin. The executive had just exited the stage at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco, where he had spoken on a panel about the upcoming wave of AR applications, and the potential for the AR market in the wake of Read More

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BeeLine‘s simple navigation device keeps cyclists headed in the right direction

Lets say you‘re roaming the city on your bike. You know your final destination but you don‘t necessarily care how you get there, or if your route is the shortest possible one. You just want to ride. That‘s the idea behind BeeLine, a fuzzy navigation device for cyclists. You tell it where you want to go, and it constantly points you in that direction Read More

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Steve Jurvetson on why he couldn‘t join the board of secretive Zoox

Today at our TC Disrupt event in San Francisco, we had the chance to catch up with investor Steve Jurvetson about a wide number of things that are sweeping across Silicon Valley (and might fundamentally change it), from ICOs to Softbank‘s giant Vision Fund to AI to Elon Musk‘s new Boring Company. Jurvetson had plenty of interesting insights about all, unsurprisingly. He‘d Read More

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Facebook design head bullish on voice, dodges questions on voice apps and hardware

Facebook has been reportedly working on a video chat device and a smart speaker that would use a new voice interface, to compete against the likes of Amazon and Google in the race to control your living room; and it‘s also been testing as a voice search feature for its app. Today, the company‘s head of design, Luke Woods, came out bullish on the promise of voice commands, squirmed Read More

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Looxid Labs is combining brain waves and VR to build an analytics super engine

Virtual reality is having a tough time breaching consumer markets and it‘s not clear where the demand is exactly. But when it comes to research and analytics, gathering emotional responses could be huge to custom tailoring content and gaining important insights. Looxid Labs, launching onstage today at TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield, wants to bring brain waves into the VR equation. There Read More

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