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  • Samsung Electronics Sells Assets In Defense, Chemical Units, Plans To Reinvest Capital In Core Business

    Samsung Electronics has announced that it will sell stakes in Samsung Techwin and Samsung General Chemicals to Hanhwa Corp. in order to raise money for new investments.Like Samsung Electronics, Samsung Techwin, a defense firm, and Samsung General Chemicals are subsidiaries of South Korean mega-conglomerate Samsung Group.Samsung …

  • Wriggle Lets You Find Last-Minute Offers To Eat, Drink And Experience London

    Is there wriggle-room left in the last-minute offers space? U.K. startup Wriggle obviously thinks there is. The app, which matches you with last-minute availability at independent food, drink and entertainment establishments, is seeing its London launch today after initially being trialled in Bristol as part of accelerator …

  • Eyeing Up O2, BT Is Also In ‘Exploratory Discussions’ To Buy EE

    Earlier this week, it emerged that BT was eyeing up buying a mobile carrier to expand its existing fixed line business, and that O2 was one of the two under consideration. Today we have confirmation of the other one: it is EE, the UK joint venture between France Telecom’s Orange and Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile.The larger …

  • Amazon Fire Phone Gets Another Fire Sale: $199 Unlocked

    Amazon has already admitted that it priced its Fire Phone much higher than consumers anticipated, and now it’s making a significant adjustment to the device’s price tag: A fully unlocked Fire Phone now retails for $199.00, instead of $449.00. The GSM device is still U.S.-only, which means it’ll work with AT&T and T-Mobile, …

  • Pop-Up Shops Startup Appear Here Raises $7.5M, Led By Balderton Capital

    Appear Here, a marketplace for retail space aiding and abetting the fashionable craze of ‘pop-up’ shops, has raised a significant $7.5 million of new funding, in a round led by Balderton Capital. Existing investors MMC, Forward and Meyer Bergman also took part in the round, which follows on from a £1m fundraising in November …

  • U.K. Government Points Finger Of Blame At Web Firms For Counter-Terror Failures

    The U.K. government is once again amping up counter-terrorism rhetoric against Internet companies, with Prime Minister David Cameron telling Parliament yesterday that digital communications firms’ networks are “being used to plot murder and mayhem”, and asserting that web companies have a “social responsibility to act  …

  • Rocket Internet-Backed Jumia Raises $150M For Its African E-Commerce Business

    Rocket Internet-backed Jumia is in the money today, after the Africa-based e-commerce company announced it has raised €120 million ($150 million) in new funding. The company confirmed that the round values it at €445 million ($555 million).Jumia sells a range of products, from clothes, to electronics, cosmetics and even …

  • Microsoft-Backed Inlope Is An Interest-Based Local Social Network

    Is there room for another social network in your life? Inlope, a Munich, Germany-based startup which was founded last year and has just launched its app reckons so. And it’s not alone — having persuaded Microsoft to cover its costs for a year while it seeks to scale its idea into a living and breathing local social net …

  • iPhone 6 And 6 Plus Are Shifting Reading Away From iPad, Study Finds

    When Apple unveiled the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, it seemed likely that the larger screens on the devices would naturally lead to them assuming some of the functions of the iPad, giving users fewer reasons to turn to their tablets. Now, data from save-for-later reading and video app Pocket finds that indeed, users of Apple’s …

  • Social Marketing Startup Tiger Pistol Raises $3.1M As It Plans For US Growth

    Tiger Pistol, a startup offering social marketing tools for small businesses, is announcing that it has raised $3.1 million in Series A funding.The company started in Melbourne, Australia, and I first covered it in 2012, when it left beta testing. Since then, Tiger Pistol (named after the tiger pistol shrimp) has moved …

  • Canopy Brings A Curated Amazon Shopping Experience To The iPhone

    A company called Canopy launched last year to bring a more curated and community-driven experience to shopping Amazon products, with an organized catalog of recommended items, and a number of tools for finding and saving favorites. Today, Canopy is bringing that same experience to mobile with the launch of the Canopy iOS …

  • Unity Finally Releases Its Long Promised User Interface Creator

    Good news, everyone!Once upon a time, Unity promised to overhaul the way developers would build user interfaces in their Unity-powered games. This was roughly around the time man discovered fire*.At long last, Unity has shipped version 4.6 of its visual game development system — and...

  • Firefox Redesigns Its Search Interface Ahead Of Yahoo Switch

    Last week we learned that Mozilla had made a pact with Yahoo to switch Firefox’s default search engine to a yet-to-be launched new version of Yahoo’s Bing-powered search experience. At that time, we already noted how easy it is to switch between search engines in Firefox and now the organization is making it even easier …

  • Emojiary Is A Mobile Diary App Where You Visualize Your Feelings With Emoji

    Regularly journaling your thoughts and feelings is a good way to “check in with yourself,” raise your self-awareness and connect with your intuition, but it can also be a time-consuming activity that most of us don’t have time for, given our busy lives. A company called All Tomorrows wants to change that, by offering a …

  • Google.com Domain Should Be Covered By Search De-Listing, Say European Regulators

    Google has kicked against it. Eric Schmidt was doing so in public only last month. But European regulators are now stipulating the so called ‘right to be forgotten‘ ruling should apply to search results displayed on Google.com, not just on European sub-domains such as Google.co.uk.The reason the regulators want this expansion …

  • Expressiv Is An Irish MIDI Guitar With Some Groovy Light Effects, Man

    Hey, man, is that a MIDI guitar with amazing internal lighting effects? Well turn it up! Hot on the heels of the GTar and the Jamstik we present the Expressive, a guitar designed by Rob O’Reilly. The Kickstarter, which ends today, sold the guitars for about $450 and aims to ship in March.Does the world need another MIDI …

  • GoPro Could Go Robo With Consumer Drones Launching Next Year

    GoPro is working on a lineup of consumer drones to supplement its action camera lineup, according to the Wall Street Journal. The new product category would offer aerial drones like the Parrot Bebop and DJI Phantom and Inspire 1. The drones would reportedly retail in the $500 to $1,000 range, and come with GoPro action …

  • Uber Continues To Bleed Cash In India To Pick Up Market Share

    Uber raised $1.2 billion in funding in June, so you might justifiably ask why it is reportedly closing in on $1 billion more less than six months later. The answer may just be an aggressive international expansion in Asia, with a particular focus on India.The U.S. company was a relatively late arrival in India, but it has …

  • Apple Co-Founder Ron Wayne Puts Apple-1 Manual Proofs, Apple II Blueprints And More Up For Auction

    Apple has made a lot of people varying degrees of rich, but original third co-founder Ronald Wayne isn’t one of them. The lesser known member of the Apple founding trio that also includes Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak sold his 10% stock in the company for $800 U.S. under two weeks after formalizing their original partnership, …

  • Applause Raises $765K From Salesforce CEO For Its Revamped Weight Loss App

    If you’re worried about blowing your diet over the holidays – or perhaps, thinking about making a New Year’s resolution to “eat healthy” (you know, again) – an app called Applause, now seed funded by Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, may help. The startup aims to bring to market a more lightweight food and activity tracking …

  • Singaporean Mobile Game Developer Inzen Raises $748,000 To Tackle The Chinese Market

    Inzen, a Singapore-based mobile game developer, has raised a Series A round of $935,000 SGD (about $748,000). The company is setting its sights on China as it prepares to launch a new portfolio of titles for international markets next year. Its latest funding round, which brings the total Inzen has raised to $1,485,000 …

  • Den Is A New UK Home Automation Platform, Raising Crowd Financing

    It’s strange, because until now most home automation system which involve accessing the power outlets seems to have been designed for nerds to show off their ‘touch sensitive’ switches. But it’s taken a 19-year-old from Kent, England to produce a power socket aimed at the mainstream UK market which carries a real switch, …

  • Zuck Will Do Another Public Q&A In December @ TechCrunch - 2 hours 33 minutes ago
    Zuck Will Do Another Public Q&A In December

    Do you have a question that you’re dying to ask Mark Zuckerberg? Did you miss your shot during the live Q&A session earlier this month?Fret not. It seems the “Q&A With Mark” concept is set to become a regular occurence. Earlier this morning, Facebook announced that a second Q&A event will occur on Dec. 11th …

  • This Is The First Thing To Be 3D Printed In Space

    Imagine you’re an astronaut on the International Space Station. Congratulations! Childhood-you would be so proud.You’ve been sent a 3D printer.So… what do you print first? A wobbly snowman ornament? Princess Bubblegum’s crown? TechCrunch editor John Biggs’ head?Nah – this is space. If Sandra Bullock has taught me anything, …

  • Grab Your Cameras, We Are Little Brother @ TechCrunch - 3 hours ago
    Grab Your Cameras, We Are Little Brother

    Dystopian futures have always imagined governments oppressing us with surveillance. Under the all-seeing, all-hearing eyes and ears of Big Brother, free will is curtailed and only “approved” behavior is allowed. Edward Snowden revealed this was no conspiracy theory, and we wouldn’t have to wait for the future. We’re already …

  • Hollywood Comes Back To Silicon Valley With A New SyFy Reality TV Show

    Hollywood just can’t get enough of geeks coding in hoodies. Following the successful first season of Mike Judge’s HBO brilliant farce Silicon Valley, NBC Universal techie network SyFy will try to show what being inside the tech bubble is really like. SyFy has greenlit a new, six-episode series that will follow teams of …

  • TC Droidcast Episode 28: Android Wear Weary, Go For GRID Gaming

    On this week’s Droidcast, Chris Velazco joins us from a bathroom, Kyle Russell contributes from New Hampshire, Greg Kumparak rises from his sick bed, and Darrell Etherington hosts from the permanent midnight of Canada. Up for discussion are two new Android Wear devices, the LG G Watch R and the Asus ZenWatch, as well as …

  • Grabyo Secures $2M From Celeb Sports Stars For Rights-Friendly Social Video

    Video-focused startup Grabyo, which has a second-screen offering and partners with TV broadcasters to allow TV viewers to legally share real-time clips of its content, has landed $2m in funding from a clutch of globally recognised sports stars.UK Premier League Soccer stars Cesc Fabregas and Robin Van Persie, New York Red …

  • Pomplamoose Details The Cost Of Being An Indie Band

    In a surprising display of transparency, Jack Conte and Nataly Dawn aka Pomplamoose detailed what it took to run a 28-city tour of the US. The bottom line? The band made $135,983 in income… and incurred $147,802 in expenses. Essentially, they lost a little over $11,000.But what does this mean for a modern Indie band? Conte …

  • Dropbox’s Mobile Apps Are Now Integrated With Microsoft Office

    Earlier this month, Dropbox and Microsoft announced a partnership that would see Dropbox offer better support for Microsoft’s Office Suite, including the ability to edit Office docs from the Dropbox mobile app among other things. Today, those integrations have gone live for users of both the Android phone and iOS Dropb …

  • Two Rallies @ TechCrunch - 5 hours ago
    Two Rallies

    Today Apple topped the $700 billion value market cap threshold during regular trading, a remarkable achievement. The company’s shares have since slipped some, but it’s impossible to deny the technology giant’s massive rally. Apple, a company that was once small enough to be dismissed whole-cloth is now not only the world’s …

  • Lyft Appeals To More Casual Drivers By Matching Them With Passengers To Share Commutes

    For years, the founders of Lyft had imagined a world in which carpooling would become mainstream, a world in which people wouldn’t necessarily ride alone to work if they didn’t have to. Today they move another step closer to that world with the release of a new feature allowing its drivers to get matched up with passengers …

  • Tumblr Overtakes Instagram As Fastest-Growing Social Platform, Snapchat Is The Fastest-Growing App

    With 1.35 billion active monthly users, Facebook continues to be the world’s largest social network by some margin, but  when it comes to picking up new users, it appears to have reached a saturation point. Research out today from the Global Web Index notes that Tumblr’s active user base in the last six months grew by  …

  • Zendrive Lets Ridesharing And Delivery Companies Know If Their Drivers Are Distracted

    Zendrive, a startup that uses smartphone sensors to measure drivers’ behavior, today announced ZenFleets, its first paid service. As the name implies, ZenFleets is meant for companies that have a large number of cars on the road at any given time.With ZenFleets, businesses can track where those cars are, but more importantly, …

  • Inspace Aims To Rocket Us Into Virtual Reality

    In the yeaaaaarrrr 2000! As I recall, we were all supposed to be flying around with jetpacks and using Minority Report-esque hardware by now, but that still hasn’t come to pass. Thankfully the folks at InSpace are on the job. The system, which is mostly software, allows you to see media and information in a three-dimensional …

  • Twitter Expands Its Commerce Lineup With Twitter Offers, Which Link To Your Credit Or Debit Card

    Twitter just announced that it’s testing a new commerce product called Twitter Offers.This follows the announcement of Twitter’s first commerce product back in September, a “Buy” button allowing users to make purchases directly from tweets.This announcement’s aimed specifically at businesses advertising on Twitter — th …

  • Lumoid Launches A Peer-To-Peer Marketplace For Short-Term Gadget Rentals

    Since launching earlier this year, gadget rental market Lumoid has provided a place where camera nerds, amateur photographers, and even drone enthusiasts can try out a bunch of different devices without having to purchase them. Today it’s announcing that it’s also giving users the ability to make a little bit of money by …

  • A Gift Guide For Watch Lovers, The Guy’s Edition

    Watches make a great gift (and I’m not just saying that because I love them and write about them.) Watches are personal items that you wear and say something about you; they are functional tools; and they can embody beautiful designs. Watch lovers tend to focus mostly on mechanical watches, which have a timelessness to …

  • This Victoria’s Secret Sports Bra Can Hook Up With A Heart Rate Monitor

    It was only a matter of time… fancy lingerie brand Victoria’s Secret is now selling a sports bra for around $75 with built in electrodes that hook up to a heart rate monitor. Sign of our wearable tech times.Smart garments were recently identified by analyst Gartner as the fitness wearable with the “greatest potential for …

  • IDC: iPad Sees First-Ever Decline As Wider Tablet Shipment Growth Drops 7.2% In 2014 To 235.7M Units

    As Apple rides a cresting wave in the stock market with its market cap now dancing around $700 billion, a dark cloud moves in from IDC. The analysts report today that full-year iPad shipments will decline for the first time in its history, amid a sluggish market overall for tablets.Apple — which ironically now offers more …

  • Tumblr Rolls Out Mobile App Install Ads In The Form Of Shareable Sponsored Posts

    Tumblr this morning is rolling a new mobile-only ad unit called “Tumblr Sponsored Apps” which will allow app publishers to target the social blogging service’s largely Millennial (and heavily mobile) audience with creative posts designed to drive users to the iTunes App Store and Google Play to download new applications. …

  • Feastly, A Marketplace For Dining Experiences, Raises $1.25M

    Feastly, a startup that connects diners with chefs offering unique food experiences outside of restaurants, is announcing that it has raised $1.25 million in seed funding.We first wrote about the company in April, describing it as an “Airbnb for dinner.” Basically, it’s a site where chefs (who need to be approved by the …

  • Chromecast Adds Comedy Central, Sesame Street Go, Nickelodeon, TuneIn And More

    Google continues to build out its lineup of content partners for the Chromecast streaming media device. This time, partners include Comedy Central, Sesame Street Go, Nickelodeon, and TuneIn, providing a good mix of comedy, kids and radio/podcast content for direct broadcast to your TV or display.Other new channels include …

  • Batch Insights Is AppGratis’ New Trick, A Benchmark Tool For Push Notifications

    The two co-founders behind AppGratis are working on a new project for mobile developers. Batch Insights is a push notification aggregator that will let you search, filter and manipulate notifications from thousands of popular apps. This service is a good way to benchmark your competitors when it comes to push notifications.“With …

  • Addappt Relaunches On iOS With A Focus On Messaging

    Addappt, released in 2012 as an application to keep your contacts up to date, relaunched this morning with a new focus on messaging. Its re-designed iOS app still has a focus on your address book — it forms the locus of your social data — but Addappt now includes a feature the company calls ‘Tapp.’Tapp is a 100 character …

  • Alexa Competitor SimilarWeb Raises $15M To Expand Into Mobile Analytics, App Engagement Insights

    Online, and now, mobile measurement service SimilarWeb has raised $15 million in Series D funding from prior investors Naspers and angel investor Lord David Alliance, chairman of clothing catalog retailer N Brown Group, as the company prepares to expand its capabilities in terms of measuring mobile application data, including …

  • VigLink Acquires Content Promotion Startup LinkSmart, Adds Another $2M In Funding

    VigLink just announced that it’s acquiring Boulder, Colo.-based startup LinkSmart.Aside from the obvious connection of having “link” in both company names, VigLink founder and CEO Oliver Roup pointed to LinkSmart’s focus on helping online publishers promote content, whether it’s an important article or a sponsored story. …

  • The XOO Belt Which Charges A Smartphone Joins With Iconic UK Fashion House

    Nifty, a hardware startup which has previously turned heads which it’s clever SD card (the MiniDrive) designed to expand the memory of ultra books like Macbook Air’s, has come up with a new product. The XOO Belt is a designer belt that will charge a smartphone. Launched recently on IndieGoGo, it packs 2,100mAh of power …

  • Flipboard Adds The Wall Street Journal To Its News Discovery Apps @ TechCrunch - Tue, Nov 25, 2014 1:41 PM EST
    Flipboard Adds The Wall Street Journal To Its News Discovery Apps

    Flipboard has spent the last several years tying to convince publishers the value of having their content show up in its apps. Today the Wall Street Journal, one of the last major holdouts in the U.S., will allow Flipboard users to view its news stories there.For Flipboard, the addition of WSJ articles is a huge win, one …

  • Allie Kline Gets Promoted To CMO Of AOL Inc. @ TechCrunch - Tue, Nov 25, 2014 1:22 PM EST
    Allie Kline Gets Promoted To CMO Of AOL Inc.

    AOL just announced that Allie Kline, who was already chief marketing officer for AOL Platforms, has been promoted to CMO for the company as a whole.AdAge reported yesterday that Erika Nardini would be leaving her role as CMO of AOL Advertising, and that Kline would be taking on Nardini’s duties.According to the AOL press …

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