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True Ventures just closed its fifth fund with $310 million
Posted: 25 August 2016 | 12:18 pm

 The 11-year-old, early-stage firm True Ventures, with offices in San Francisco and Palo Alto, has closed its fifth fund with $310 million, slightly more than the $290 million that the firm raised for its fourth fund, which closed in 2014. Presumably, it could have raised much more. True was the first investor in WordPress parent Automattic, a “unicorn” whose eventual public… Read More

Google now lets you play a game of Solitaire or Tic-Tac-Toe in search
Posted: 25 August 2016 | 12:16 pm

 Looking to waste time with a round of solitaire on your phone? You no longer need a separate app for that – Google today is rolling out a couple of simple games right into its search engine and standalone Google Search app, the company says. It’s making two of the most popular, classic games of all time – solitaire and tic-tac-toe – available both on the desktop web and… Read More

Symphony Commerce raises $11 million to help brands offer faster shipping
Posted: 25 August 2016 | 12:12 pm

 Symphony Commerce, a provider of cloud technology for e-commerce platforms, is raising $11 million to grow its fulfillment business. Charles River Ventures, Blue Cloud Ventures, Bain Capital Ventures and FirstMark Capital invested in the round. Symphony, which helps companies like Gatorade and Hershey’s manage their web business, is doubling down on its logistics services, by helping… Read More

MedEye medicine verification tech gets $5.6M to target new markets
Posted: 25 August 2016 | 12:02 pm

 Dutch hardware startup Mint Solutions has closed a €5 million (~$5.6M) Series B funding round for its pill-scanning device, MedEye, which is designed to reduce bedside errors when patients are given their medication by medical staff. Read More

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter is speaking at Disrupt SF 2016
Posted: 25 August 2016 | 11:57 am

 I’m incredibly honored to announce Ash Carter, the sitting U.S. Secretary of Defense, will join me for a fireside chat at Disrupt SF 2016. After we chat for a few minutes he will take questions from the audience. The United States is sitting at a crossroads right now between fighting traditional battles with guns, tanks and warships and battles that will be fought online with… Read More

TripAdvisor scoops up social mapping service Citymaps
Posted: 25 August 2016 | 11:24 am

 New York-based Citymaps, a social mapping application backed by $12 million in venture funding, has been acquired by TripAdvisor, the companies have announced. The service, which serves both as a mapping and navigational tool as well as a travel guide of sorts, will continue on as a standalone business at TripAdvisor, following the deal’s close. Deal terms were not disclosed. Co-founded… Read More

WhatsApp to share user data with Facebook for ad targeting — here’s how to opt out
Posted: 25 August 2016 | 11:03 am

 Facebook-owned messaging giant WhatsApp has announced a big change to its privacy policy which, once a user accepts its new T&Cs, will see it start to share some user data with its parent company, Facebook, including for ad-targeting purposes on the latter service. Read More

Atlassian now lets you hire freelancers right from JIRA
Posted: 25 August 2016 | 11:00 am

 JIRA, Atlassian’s flagship project management service, is getting a new feature today that will let you easily convert JIRA tickets into job postings on Upwork’s freelance marketplace. “The smartest people will always exist outside of your company,” Atlassian’s head of growth for JIRA and Bitbucket Sean Regan told me. For many companies — and especially… Read More

Google now lets you explore U.S. National Parks via 360-degree virtual tours
Posted: 25 August 2016 | 10:27 am

 Exploring the world is something that’s always been a bit of a luxury for those who can afford to travel, but technology is changing that. With VR and 360-degree videos, you can now immerse yourself in virtual environments that give you a real sense of what a place is like, without actually being there. Google has been taking advantage of things like VR field trips and virtual reality… Read More

BuzzFeed names Todd Levy as its new CTO
Posted: 25 August 2016 | 10:05 am

 BuzzFeed has a new chief technology officer — Todd Levy, who was already serving as the vice president of engineering. Levy joined the company through the acquisition of startup Torando Labs in 2014. As part of the deal, he was tasked with creating a new data engineering team at BuzzFeed. “It is without hyperbole when I say that [Levy] has revolutionized the way we architect… Read More

President Obama has his virtual reality debut in new Felix & Paul experience
Posted: 25 August 2016 | 10:01 am

 With just a few months left in his term, President Obama is still trying out some cool, new stuff. Through the Ages: President Obama Celebrates America’s National Parks is a virtual reality project marking the centennial anniversary of the National Park Service. The experience, which was actually a production National Geographic, Felix & Paul Studios and Oculus, is the first… Read More

The biggest threat facing connected autonomous vehicles is cybersecurity
Posted: 25 August 2016 | 10:00 am

 Connected, autonomous vehicles are around the corner. Many of the most innovative and deep-pocketed companies in the world are racing to bring them to market — and for good reason: the economic and social gains they will generate will be tremendous. But any transformative technology creates new challenges and risks in addition to benefits. This is no exception. Read More

UberEATs couriers planning London “strike” over pay
Posted: 25 August 2016 | 9:47 am

 Seemingly emboldened by the temporary success of Deliveroo “riders” who held a series of protests in London over proposed changes to the formula by which they are paid, couriers working for rival on-demand food delivery service UberEATs are planning a “strike” of their own in the U.K. capital city. Read More

Anglr is Fitbit for fishing
Posted: 25 August 2016 | 9:46 am

 As an avid non-fisher it’s hard for me to quite grasp the depths of depravity associated with a fishing trip. Waking up at 4am? Swinging a pole at some water? Drinking beers all morning in a hot boat? Catching and eating a squirming live thing? Not for me. The folks at Anglr want to change my mind. Their product, the Anglr Tracker, is an activity tracker for fishing. You attach it to… Read More

Amazon releases auto buying research tool
Posted: 25 August 2016 | 9:42 am

 Shopping for a car? You might want to do your research on Amazon. The ecommerce giant just announced and released www.amazon.com/vehicles, and it’s as impressive as it is comprehensive, one of the most complete vehicle research tools I’ve seen. The service does not let shoppers purchase cars, but rather is just a comparison and research tool. Due to auto dealer rules and… Read More

DJI upgrades its 4k handheld gimbal camera with zoom lens, motion timelapse
Posted: 25 August 2016 | 9:24 am

 DJI just announced an upgraded version of its lovely Osmo camera. Called the Osmo Plus, this model offers key features not found on the original Osmo such as zoom, motion timelapse and an improved stabilization system. Like the original, which is still available, the Osmo Plus gives shooters a stabilized camera system thanks to the 3-axle gimbal system. It’s similar to the gimbals used… Read More

Apple may be building a Snapchat-like video app
Posted: 25 August 2016 | 8:54 am

 After a failed attempt to go social with Ping in 2010, Apple may have a renewed sense of excitement over the social space, according to a report from Bloomberg. Sources told Bloomberg that Apple is working on a video recording/editing app that would be similar in functionality to Snapchat, though there’s no mention of disappearing or self-destructing content in the report. Instead, the… Read More

WhatsApp plans to let businesses onto its service before the end of the year
Posted: 25 August 2016 | 8:39 am

 WhatsApp will finally take a step to becoming a platform after the Facebook-owned company revealed it will begin to integrate businesses services into its app before the end of this year. Read More

Xiaomi packs a massive battery and deca-core processor into a $135 phone
Posted: 25 August 2016 | 8:35 am

 Xiaomi’s numbers have been slipping some of late in its native China, but the company’s still announcing handsets at a healthy clip. A month after debuting the Redmi Pro, a high-end take on its budget line, the company is eyeing a rock bottom price point with its latest offering. With a starting price of 899 yuan ($135), the Redmi Note 4 still manages to offer some key upgrades… Read More

ThingThing iOS keyboard app adds meeting invites to woo Sunrise users
Posted: 25 August 2016 | 8:00 am

 Productivity focused third party iOS keyboard app ThingThing is hoping to woo fans of the Sunrise calendar by adding a meeting invite feature — following the latter’s kiss-of-death acquisition by Microsoft last year. Read More

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