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Flickr exits the photo book business, shuts down wall art orders

Flickr, the once Yahoo-owned photo-sharing site that‘s now a part of Verizon*, is getting out of the photo book printing business, and is shutting down the feature that allowed users to turn photos into professional-quality wall art. In an email sent to users this week, Flickr said that it was turning over photo books to publishing service Blurb as of October 16, 2017, but the wall Read More

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Feeling blue might lead to faster broadband

In what could amount to a sea change in the way we transmit data over fiber optics, researchers at University College London have found a new way speed things up by changing the color of the transmitted light. To maximise the capacity of optical fibre links, data is transmitted using different wavelengths, or colours, of light. Ideally, we‘d dedicate a wavelength to each subscriber Read More

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Boeing invests in company building autonomous aircraft

Boeing‘s HorizonX venture arm has invested in Near Earth Autonomy, a Carnegie Mellon spin-out company that focuses on building autonomous aircraft systems for things including site inspection, defence and potentially automated cargo delivery and personal transportation systems - i.e., flying taxis. Near Earth Autonomy is led by CEO and co-founder Sanjiv Singh, along with his Read More

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Snaps raises 6M to expand its marketing platform for messaging apps

Snaps has raised 6 million in Series A funding for what it calls its Conversational Marketing Cloud. By that, it‘s referring to a suite of tools that allows businesses to to promote themselves through messaging. CEO Christian Brucculeri said Snaps is differentiated by its write once and deploy everywhere approach, allowing marketers to build things like chatbots and Read More

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Owl Ventures, which funds edtech exclusively, just raised 185 million for its second fund

Plenty of investors have broken their picks, trying to find gold in education technology. That doesn‘t seem to concern the limited partners of Owl Ventures, a three-year-old venture firm that‘s focused only on edtech, and which just closed on 185 million nearly twice the 100 million it raised for its debut fund in 100 million. As the firm tells it, there‘s never Read More

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Gett inks cross-network partnership with Carey to share tech, expand to 1000 cities

A lot of the conversation today about on-demand transportation is focused on how new players like Uber and Lyft are rapidly expanding and disrupting the established transportation market (alongside whether they have been overvalued and overplayed in their rapid ascent), but today comes news about how one of those newer players is teaming up with a legacy transportation business as a route Read More

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Pokmon Go‘s Halloween event will bring new Pokmon, double candy, and more

Just a few days ago we wrote that new Pokmon were seemingly just about to land in Pokmon Go timed alongside a Halloween event and hey, what do you know: Niantic has just confirmed it. The first Generation 3 Pokmon should start showing up as early as tomorrow, October 20th, at noon Pacific. As we figured initially, though, we‘re not going to see the entire Gen 3 collection Read More

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Verizon delays its live TV service until spring 2018, report says

Verizon‘s* plans to launch a streaming service of its own to compete with the likes of Dish‘s Sling TV, ATT‘s DirecTV Now, Sony‘s PlayStation Vue, and others, have been pushed back to spring 2018, according to a report from Bloomberg on Wednesday.Citing unnamed sources, the report indicates the timing of the launch is still tentative and could be postponed Read More

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Led by Stellar cofounder Joyce Kim, SparkChain Capital is a new 100M fund for blockchain and cryptocurrency startups

Over the past 18 months, investments in blockchain startups tackling a variety of problems have climbed. SparkChain Capital, a new 100 million early-stage fund launched by SparkLabs Group, wants to contribute by backing blockchain and cryptocurrency-related companies that are solving real-world issues. Read More

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Relativity Space wants to launch rockets for 90% less with 3D printing

A new startup called Relativity Space founded by two aerospace engineers wants to use massive 3D printers to produce rockets without humans required on the factory floor, with the ultimate aim of driving the price of rocket launches down from their current rate of around 100 million to just about 10 million per launch. Bloomberg reports that Relativity‘s founders think using 3D printing Read More

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The canaries in a coal mine

I‘ve seen startups come and go over the years and I was particularly interested to see what happened to August Smart locks today. The company originally tapped Yves Behar to make a better smart lock, one that would meld with the sensitivities of a certain kind of smart home stylist with the high-concept, high-tech design of the Nest thermostat. The products, while beautiful, were unusable Read More

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Cisco‘s buying machine learning startup Perspica and folding team into AppDynamics

Cisco announced today that it intends to acquire Perspica, a machine learning-driven operations analytics firm that has raised 8.5 million. Cisco intends to fold Perspica‘s team into AppDynamics, the company it purchased earlier this year for 3.7 billion. Cisco did not share the Perspica purchase price. All of these machinations have a purpose. Cisco is of course at its heart a Read More

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Elon Musk‘s Boring company readies its second, poetic tunnel digger

The Boring Company, Elon Musk‘s third or fourth company (who can keep track) is nearly ready to double its tunnel digging capacity: The venture‘s second boring machine is almost ready according to Musk, and it‘ll be named Line-Storm,‘ borrowing its name from a poem by Robert Frost. Maybe this is what Steve Jobs really always meant when he talked Read More

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Swedish lock giant Assa Abloy acquires smart lock maker August Home

The smart home market continues to heat up, and the legacy giants do not want to get locked out: quite literally. This morning, Assa Abloy, the 23 billion Swedish lock giant that owns Yale and many other brands announcedthat it is buying US-based smart lock maker August Hometo double down on new technology. Terms of the deal are not being disclosed but we have asked both August Read More

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Feather raises 3.5M to rent furniture to millennials

The furniture rental industry is stuck in the last. Current options involve old-school companies like CORT where most of the inventory will make your apartment look like a dorm room, or a place like Rent-A-Center where you‘ll almost certainly pay many times what the item is actually worth. Enter Feather, a company trying to breathe some life into the aging industry by letting Read More

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Swedish lock giant Assa Abloy acquires August Home

The smart home market continues to heat up, and the legacy giants to not want to get locked out: quite literally. This morning, Assa Abloy, the 23 billion Swedish lock giant that owns Yale and many other brands announced this morning that it is buying US-based smart lock maker August Hometo double down on new technology. Terms of the deal are not being disclosed but we have asked Read More

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Swedish lock maker Assa Abloy set to acquire August Home

Swedish lock conglomerate Assa Abloy announced this morning plans to acquire US-based smart lock maker August Home. Details about the deal a fairly scarce at the moment pricing is not being disclosed at press time though the two companies anticipate that the deal will close by year‘s end. Assa Abloy has been kicking around since 1881, becoming the name behind the Read More

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London-based on-demand delivery startup Jinn shutters

Jinn, the London-based startup that offers a same-hour shop on your behalf‘ delivery app that operates quite similarly to Postmates in the U.S., has shut down, with the company is in the process of going into administration. TechCrunch understands that the remaining fifteen or so people still working in Jinn‘s London office were let go on Tuesday, while, according to a Read More

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Hiya, a Whitepages spinout, nabs 18M to for its smart caller ID technology

Hiya came to life a year ago when it was spun out by Whitepages to take on TrueCaller and others in the world of smart caller ID services. Using machine learning and a vast database of calling data (3.5 billion calls to date), Hiya‘s mission has been to supercharge the humble phone call by providing detailed information about who is calling you, whether it‘s a regular person Read More

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European house removals platform Movinga raises up to another 22M

Movinga, the European platform for house removals that was seemingly written off last year, continues to perform what appears to be an impressive turn around. The Berlin-headquartered startup has closed a new funding round of up to 22 million led by Santo Venture Capital, the venture arm of the Strngmann family office, with participation from existing backers Earlybird Venture Capital Read More

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Safaricom launches innovation center to move beyond M-Pesa

Safaricom, Kenya‘s largest telecom company and provider of the nation‘s mobile money service, M-Pesa, has launched a new innovation center in Nairobi. Named Safaricom Alpha, a priority of the incubator is to identify spending patterns on mPesa and turn those insights into additional Safaricom products according to Chief Innovation Officer, Kamal Read More

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Tony Fadell‘s newest product? An investing and advisory firm called Future Shape

Tony Fadell is starting yet a new chapter. Fifteen months from leaving Nest Labs, a maker of digital thermostats and smoke detectors that Fadell cofounded and sold to Google for 3.2 billion in 2014, Fadell is taking the wraps off a new investment and advisory firm that‘s working with engineers and scientists called Future Shape. The firm‘s site, which appears to have gone live Read More

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Crunch Report | Snapchat Halloween Costume

Duo Security raises 70 million, a close look at Apple‘s self-driving car, Snapchat‘s Halloween costume and Abu Dhabi‘s state fund is doing business in San Francisco. All this on Crunch Report! Read More

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This ultra-cute tiny PS4 controller is a great option for children and the small-handed

If you like playing console games with the younger generation, you may have come across the issue of their tiny hands being unable to perform certain combos, reach certain buttons easily, and so on. While this makes them satisfying opponents, it might be better if they had a controller more suited to their physiology. Well, good thing there is one! Read More

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