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Sears starts selling Alexa-enabled Kenmore appliances on Amazon in bid for relevance

It‘s hard to see this move as anything but a temporary reprieve for the once-mighty Sears brand. The mall mainstay has fallen on hard times in recent decades as online retail has taken over and now, the company is signing on with Amazon to sell its Kenmore brand through one of the key contributors to that on-going downside. While the move feels a bit defeatist, it‘s a Read More

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Vimeo promotes Anjali Sud to CEO after canceling SVOD plans

IAC-owned streaming video siteVimeo has a new CEO: Anjali Sud, who previously led the company‘s creator business. The appointment comes as the company has scrapped plans to launch a subscription video-on-demand service and decided instead to double down on bringing more professional and semi-professional creators to the platform. Read More

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Direct mail startup PebblePost raises 47M

PebblePost, a startup that uses online data to target consumers with printed mail, has raised 47 million in a combination of equity and debt. That includes the 15 million, RRE Ventures-led Series B that the company announced in February. The equity portion of the funding has been expanded to 20 million, with another 27 million coming from a loan facility from Horizon Technology Finance, plus Read More

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Twitter claims its anti-abuse measures are helping, though many still disagree

Twitter today offered an update on how its improvements to user safety and its newer anti-abuse measures are having an impact. The company declined to share any hard numbers related to abuse on its network, including how many abuse reports have been filed, or the number of actions it‘s taken, for example, noting instead across the board percentage increases on things like account Read More

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Marketing personalization startup Dynamic Yield adds 9M to its Series C, bringing it to 31M

Dynamic Yield, which uses machine learning to help online marketers personalize customer experiences on their site, has added 9 million to its Series C, bringing it to a new total of 31 million. Its new investors are DTCP (Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners) and La Maison. Read More

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MIT is building a system that can identify a recipe using pictures of food

Having mastered the ability to distinguish hot dogs from not hot dogs is truly one of mankind‘s greatest achievements. Attempting to one-up that sort of masterstroke would surely be flying too close to the sun but researchers at MIT are trying nonetheless. The team‘s pic2recipe system uses neural networks to determine the recipe of a given food, in an attempt to gain Read More

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Viber acquires Chatter Commerce, the startup behind its shopping keyboard

Messaging app Viberearlier this year made its first foray into shopping services with Instant Shopping, a feature that suggested items for sale based on your chats and a keyboard to help you navigate this. Today, the company is announcing some more e-commerce related news: it‘s buying the startup that helped build that feature. Viber has acquired Chatter Commerce, maker of a service Read More

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Google Street View now lets you explore the International Space Station

Google Street View now lets you explore the International Space Station (ISS). This marks Street View‘s first foray into space and gives those of us who will likely never get to visit the ISS a chance to explore all of its 15 modules. The new imagerylets you walk (drift?) through the different modules and given the complexity of the ISS, Google thankfully provides explanations for some Read More

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Amid a tough field, Vyking.io wins the TechCrunch London Pitch-Off

Well the TechCrunch London Meetup + Pitch-Off in London is over for another year, and this one was arguably the best vintage ever in terms of quality of startups and the sheer enthusiasm from the attendees! Hundreds of startups entered the competition, creating a very competitive field. We packed out the Old Truman Brewery in East London with over 500 people, to hear the pitches of the Read More

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Citymapper will offer actual paid bus service in London this year

Citymapper has long been a top option for navigating in major urban centers thanks to its app, but now it‘s getting even closer to the heart of the problem - by operating its own buses, starting with its first commercial bus route in London. The inaugural route is a nighttime one, running between 9 PM and 5 AM on weekend nights in East London, which Citymapper identified as Read More

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GoDaddy sells PlusServer for 456M, kills off its AWS-style cloud services

As web hosting and domain registration business GoDaddy prepares to report its quarterly results in a couple of weeks, the company is making some moves to reorganise its business. Earlier this week it confirmed that it would sell its European PlusServer business to London-based private equity firm BC Partners for 456 million (397 million). And separately, we have learned that GoDaddy is Read More

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Petcube Bites treat camera lets you monitor and reward your pet from afar

Petcube‘s existing pet camera iss basically an advanced video camera and voice intercom, but the new Petcube Bites is also a treat flinging machine that gives you more ways to interact with your pet while you‘re not at home. The Petcube Bites has a reservoir that can hold up to two pounds of treats for either dogs or cats - and it can fling those treats at different ranges Read More

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Luma launches a home tech support service for 5 a month

The Luma was a compelling product when it was announced back in late-2015 we even went so far as declaring the WiFi-extending home mesh system, fun. That descriptor doesn‘t really apply the startup‘s new offering, and indeed, Luma Guardian feels a bit out of left field for the networking hardware-maker. The system is a lot of things rolled into one: a VPN Read More

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US lifts laptop ban for all remaining airlines and airports

The U.S. has now lifted entirely a controversialban on laptops in hand luggage for passengers flying to the country from the Middle East or via certain Middle Eastern airlines, with the Department of Homeland Security professing itself satisfied with enhanced security measures in place. Read More

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Chinese brands have invaded Indonesia‘s fast-growing smartphone market

If you‘re looking for a market with smartphone sales growth potential then India usually comes to mind, but the market is moving forward with much promise in Indonesia, the world‘s sixth largest country. A new report from IDC shows that smartphones sales in the country accelerated by 13 percent year-on-year during the first quarter of 2017. A total of 7.3 million devices shipped Read More

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Microsoft unveils a Cortana-powered thermostat

The latest addition to the smart thermostat space is a product that includes Microsoft‘s Cortana virtual assistant. We‘re all familiar with the rise of the internet-enabled thermostats, thanks to the development of companies like Nest, and now Microsoft is entering the space after it partnered withJohnson Controls to develop a product called GLAS. The rather stunning looking Read More

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Mighty Networks founder Gina Bianchini on building a business in silicon valley

In episode two of Founder‘s Corner, Gina Bianchini, the founder and CEO of Mighty Networks, joins host and Omidyar Network partner Shripriya Mahesh to discuss her mission of empowering people to connect around their passions and pulls back the curtain on how she runs the business and manages her days as CEO. [Embed Soundcloud:] Gina has a storied history building social networks and Read More

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Crunch Report | NBC Launches News Broadcast for Snapchat

NBC launches news broadcast for Snapchat, Tim Draper invests in an Iron Man suit and SoftBank invests massively in three startups. All this on Crunch Report! Read More

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Google opens Expeditions VR education app to the public

Google has long sold its Cardboard VR format as a super accessible platform for getting people into virtual reality. One of their major initiatives for it has been in education markets through its Google Expeditions program, which allows students to get in the center of 360 photos and 3D scenes with historical importance. The program has enabled trips to the TaJ Mahal, Colosseum and behind Read More

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LinkedIn Lite launches as an Android app in India, coming to 60+ countries soon

LinkedIn, the social network for the working world with over 500 million members that is now owned by Microsoft, is today taking its next step in its bid to court more users in emerging markets. The company has released an Android app for LinkedIn Lite, a pared-down version of its original LinkedIn mobile app that is developed for users in markets where data networks are slower and relatively Read More

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A huge new survey shows that teens are bullied most on Instagram and Facebook

According to British anti-bullying organization Ditch The Label‘s new annual survey, Instagram is the network of choice for cyberbullies in 2017 with Facebook close behind. This year‘s survey collected results from 10,020 people between the ages of 12 and 20, making for a respectably robust data set that sheds some light into the damaging phenomenon endemic to internet communities. Read More

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Here‘s what robotics investors say they‘re looking for in startup pitches

Robotics investing has taken off in recent years. Though it still represents a small fraction of overall VC spending, related deals are increasing in both frequency and size, with roughly 520 million invested across 40 deals in the first quarter alone, compared with roughly the same amount invested in 130 companies across all of 2014. This week, we sat down with top robotics investors Josh Read More

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Qualcomm has some trouble on its hands

Qualcomm‘s finances are taking heavy hits over its licensing dispute with Apple and analysts are expressing concern. Today, the company reported its Q3 earnings and front-and-center were the company‘s various legal disputes which are causing its profits and revenues to dive. The earnings report showcased a whopping 40 percent decline in year-over-year profits with Q3 net income Read More

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Under Tillerson, the State Department may put cyber diplomacy on the chopping block

According to newreports by Politico and Bloomberg, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to merge or eliminate its cybersecurity office, long tasked with representing U.S. cyber interests abroad. The Office of the Coordination for Cyber Issues, created in 2011 by former President Obama, was established as a State Department liaison on a full spectrum of cyber-related issues Read More

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