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Incubated: How Amplify.LA Helps LA-Based Startups Grow

1 hour 22 min ago
 Amplify.LA was founded to help grow the number of seed-stage startups in Los Angeles, by launching an accelerator and coworking space. Since then, it’s been home to a host of companies that rotate in and out of its offices in the heart of Venice, Calif. Read More
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Despite FAA Setbacks, Amazon Prime Air Makes Notable Engineering, NASA And Aerospace Hires

1 hour 27 min ago
 Something big is going on with Amazon Prime Air, the e-commerce giant’s research project focused on delivering packages in 30 minutes or less using unmanned drones. And it’s not the dubious story about drone testing in India, which frankly, doesn’t pass the sniff test in terms of accuracy. Prime Air is shaping up to be more than a marketing stunt, it seems. The company… Read More
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The Pac-12 Networks Are Going Live On YouTube Internationally

2 hours 22 min ago
 The Pac-12 conference is launching a live YouTube channel for international fans, featuring 24×7 coverage of the conference’s sports teams. Fans in 27 countries will be able to watch live games, studio shows, and re-broadcasts of games on the Pac-12 Network on YouTube starting on August 26. Read More
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The Eyeball Selfie For Secure Banking, EyeVerify Gets $6 Million In Series A Part 2

2 hours 59 min ago
 Banking is now in the eye of the beholder. That’s literally for EyeVerify. This new kind of ID verification tech lets you simply hold your smartphone about 8 inches from your face and take a picture of your eyeball. EyeVerify then pattern-matches the blood vessels within the sclera, the white part of your eye, to unlock your bank account. This eliminates any possibility of a hacker… Read More
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Airbnb For Storage Startup Roost Opens Up To Help You Store Your Stuff In Your Neighbor’s Garage

4 hours 22 min ago
 The idea behind Roost is not that different from any of those other marketplaces: I’ve got something you can use, you pay me to use it. In this case, we’re talking about storage space, specifically storage space that can be found in your neighbor’s basement, or garage, or attic, or what have you. Read More
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Hailo Launches API For E-Hailing On The Same Day As Uber

4 hours 54 min ago
 Not to be left behind in the growing feud between Uber, Lyft, Sidecar and others, Hailo has launched a public API for its taxi hailing service, on the very same day Uber announced its own. The startup, which launched in 2011 in London but has since expanded to various cities across the UK, London and Canada, originally dealt in standard taxis vs. Uber’s black car focus, but has since… Read More
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TC Cribs: Storm8, The Land Of Very Colorful Desks And Lots Of Fancy Beer

5 hours 11 min ago
 In this episode of Cribs we headed to Storm8, the company that makes lots of popular mobile social games. Storm8 is housed in a, well, pretty bland looking corporate building in suburban Redwood City, so we weren’t sure what to expect. But the inside of the office tells a very different story, with lots of very colorful things to catch the eye. That’s largely because Storm8… Read More
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Kuddle, An Instagram With Training Wheels, Introduces Social Media To Kids

5 hours 21 min ago
 A new mobile application called Kuddle is introducing a safer way for kids to get introduced to social media, while still under a parent’s watchful eye. The photo-sharing app, which is like a more restricted version of Instagram, allows children to post and share photos with friends in a protected environment, safe from cyberbullying or unwanted connections from strangers. Founded in… Read More
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Everdwell Gives Real Estate Agents A More Beautiful Online Home

5 hours 47 min ago
 Real estate is a business where tech is only slowly starting to make a dent into the traditional way of doing things. But even the most technophobic agent now knows that an online presence besides just being listed in an MLS is a necessity. Everdwell wants to give those agents — many of whom aren’t all that tech savvy — an easy way to create an online home for their listings.… Read More
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Vine Finally Lets You Import Video From Your Camera Roll

5 hours 58 min ago
 With more than 100 million people watching Vines across the web each month, and over 1 billion loops every day, Vine has just released an update to the app that finally lets users import video from their camera. Twitter’s video sharing app has always required users to film new content directly within the app, using Vine’s once-unique hold-to-record feature. Now, Vine users can… Read More
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Function Space Brings Its Learning, Discussing And Problem Solving Science Platform To iOS

6 hours 22 min ago
 Learning, discussing and problem solving are three important steps in understanding concepts in science. Function Space, a social learning science network, wants to bring the three together in a cross-platform learning portal aimed at corporate research and students at any level for free. Read More
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7,000 People Are Watching Two Fish Play Street Fighter

6 hours 29 min ago
 Two fish are playing Street Fighter over on Twitch, and more than 7,000 people are watching the mayhem. Or, partial mayhem. Sometimes the fish don’t swim in a pattern that leads to much confrontation. That said, the game is afloat, with the fish “Aquarius” taking on “Robert the Bruce.” Read More
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Skype Will Make Itself Less Noisy Thanks To New, Smarter Chat Notifications

6 hours 53 min ago
 Skype this morning announced a change to the way its notifications will function, designed to keep the app from annoying you with beeps and buzzes across all your devices. These new smart notifications will instead only be sent to the device you’re actually using at the time, says the company, while your other devices, including PCs, tablets or smartphones, will remain silent. Read More
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Foodmento Is The Foursquare Of Specific Dishes, Not Restaurants

7 hours 16 min ago
 Food has invaded Instagram in such an overwhelming way that studies actually show that people get physically full or tire of certain foods just from looking at the pictures. But there’s really no effective way to direct your followers to the specific dish you’ve endorsed. That’s where Foodmento comes in. Read More
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SlideShare Axes Its Freemium Model, Makes ‘Pro’ Features Like Analytics Free

7 hours 22 min ago
 SlideShare, the LinkedIn-owned site that lets you upload and distribute presentations online, is turning over a new leaf today. The service, which has 60 million users, is going free. In tandem with that, SlideShare is dropping its PRO tiers, once priced at $19/month and $49/month, and making extra features like analytics, which used to come at a price, free for all. The premium tiers were… Read More
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Pivotal Expands Its Enterprise Cloud Platform To Mobile

7 hours 22 min ago
 Pivotal, the enterprise cloud platform that raised a $105 million private equity round last year, today announced a large expansion of its product portfolio today. The update introduces new services for mobile development to the company’s Pivotal CF platform-as-a-service offering that are designed to work side-by-side with the company’s previously announced data services. The… Read More
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OnBeep To Tackle Group Communication Wearables With $6.25M In New Funding

7 hours 22 min ago
 Stealth startup OnBeep got a little less stealthy today, announcing a new Series A round of $6.25 million in funding including investment from Riche Levandov of Avalon ventures, and including previous seed funding from WordPress-creator Matt Mullenweg and others. The company revealed a bit about their secretive product development back in January, when they talked about their efforts… Read More
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GoDaddy Acquires MailChimp Competitor Mad Mimi To Beef Up Its Email Marketing Service

7 hours 37 min ago
 GoDaddy has closed on the acquisition of MailChimp competitor Mad Mimi, the companies are announcing this morning. The move is meant to further expand the web hosting provider’s product suite aimed at small businesses, while filling a hole in GoDaddy’s line-up where it was previously lacking a more solid email marketing service. Until now, explains Steven Aldrich, GoDaddy’s… Read More
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Uber’s API Launch Lights The Way For Sharing Economy Apps

8 hours 1 min ago
 Convincing users to join new collaborative consumption ventures can be a tall order, but Uber’s API launch today gives us a glimpse at how others building businesses along similar lines might be able to juice usage and find a lasting place in the virtual toolboxes of smartphone owners. The fact is that most of the so-called sharing economy apps offer services that complement other apps… Read More
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Service Marketplace Thumbtack Raises $100M Round Led By Google Capital

8 hours 7 min ago
 Thumbtack, a company that connects customers with local service providers, just announced that it has raised $100 million in new funding. The round was led by Google Capital (the search giant’s later-stage investment fund), with additional investment from past backers Tiger Global Management, Sequoia Capital, and Javelin Venture Partners. Read More
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