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Snapchat close to raising as much as $100 million at a jaw-dropping valuation

The Hidden Losers In Softbank's $20 Billion Sprint Deal: Startups, VCs, And Yahoo Shareholders (YHOO)

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Softbank bought a controlling stake in Sprint for ~$20 billion. It's bad news for Yahoo, Yahoo shareholders, Marissa Mayer, Silicon Valley VCs, and tech startups. Here's how: Yahoo Japan is a joint venture between Yahoo and Softbank. Softbank was, until a few weeks ago, preparing to pay Yahoo ~$3 billion...
The Hidden Losers In Softbank's $20 Billion Sprint Deal: Startups, VCs, And Yahoo Shareholders (YHOO)

Backed Or Whacked: Kids Projects Put The 'Fun' In Crowdfunding

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Editor’s note: Ross Rubin is principal analyst at Reticle Research and blogs at Techspressive. Each column will look at crowdfunded products that have either met or missed their funding goals. Follow him on Twitter @rossrubin. ‘Tis the season when our thoughts often turn to the wee ones in our lives, and that has certainly...
Backed Or Whacked: Kids Projects Put The 'Fun' In Crowdfunding

Chinese AirBnb Clones Get Millions In Funding - From American Investors

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The cheap sleep bazaar in Asia keeps growing, even as AirBnb itself seeks to expand there. Domestic tourism in China hit a record high in 2012, with 3 billion trips. And as of yesterday the hipsters of Shanghai and Shenzen (aka "cultured youth") will have more lodging options similar...
Chinese AirBnb Clones Get Millions In Funding - From American Investors

Pebble Watch Will Finally Ship on January 23

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Pebble, the E-Ink “smart” watch that generated more than $10 million in preorders on Kickstarter last year, finally has a ship date: The company says it will go out Jan. 23, and that all 85,000 backers should receive their watches within six to eight weeks. The $150 Pebble is compatible...
Pebble Watch Will Finally Ship on January 23

Wheelz acquisition: Another sign car-sharing is heating up

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Why RelayRides is buying Wheelz. By Kurt Wagner, reporter FORTUNE -- Peer-to-peer car-sharing service RelayRides announced on Tuesday the acquisition of competitor Wheelz, a San Francisco based startup also connecting users with nearby rental cars. The deal's financial terms were not disclosed, but Wheelz's financial backers have agreed to carry...
Wheelz acquisition: Another sign car-sharing is heating up

OUYA Android game console on track for March launch for backers, ahead of June retail release

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OUYA, the company behind the Android gaming console that became a Kickstarter sensation when it raised over $8.5 million on the crowdfunding platform, has announced its release schedule for the much-anticipated device – Kickstarter backers will get the console in March, online preorders will arrive in April and retailers will...
OUYA Android game console on track for March launch for backers, ahead of June retail release
Satarii turns to Kickstarter to help design its newest Swivl

Lynx A 3D point-and-shoot camera/tablet does motion capture and 3D modeling, we go hands-on

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Earlier this year, a group of enterprising students from the University of Texas unveiled the Lynx A 3D camera and asked for money to fund its construction on Kickstarter. Since then, they've soared past their funding goal of $50,000, and are getting ready to ship out their first set...
Lynx A 3D point-and-shoot camera/tablet does motion capture and 3D modeling, we go hands-on

Oculus Rift won't come bundled with Doom 3, credit or refund offered instead

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This news is likely to be a bit disappointing to some Oculus Rift backers. Project supporters were set to be rewarded with a copy of Doom 3: BFG Edition, which was to arrive bundled with each development kit. Unfortunately, it turns out that the device won't support the game...
Oculus Rift won't come bundled with Doom 3, credit or refund offered instead
Holiday rental firm HouseTrip rakes in $40m as big backers multiply

W3C to explore a proposal bringing DRM hooks to HTML

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The web is defined by the free, open exchange of information, right? Not necessarily. The W3C has decided that it's "in scope" for its HTML Working Group to explore a specification for the Encrypted Media Extensions framework, which would allow companies to plug in their own copy protection for...
W3C to explore a proposal bringing DRM hooks to HTML

Jack Dorsey Still Has Pull at Twitter. Just Ask the Vine Guys.

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Asa Mathat | AllThingsD.com Earlier this month Twitter bought Vine, a three-man video-sharing startup that has yet to launch. Twitter may build its own video hosting system, so it’s possible Vine may play a role in that effort one day. But the main reason Twitter bought Vine is more concrete:...
Jack Dorsey Still Has Pull at Twitter. Just Ask the Vine Guys.

Crowdfunding pioneers Lumawake and Lockitron team up to lock your doors the minute you fall asleep

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Both finding success by crowdsourcing funding for their new smartphone-enabled products, Lumawake and Lockitron have teamed up again to extend the capabilities of their respective intelligent sleep recognition system and connected door-locking mechanism to secure your house the minute you fall asleep. The partnership sees Lumawake tune its motion-sensing sleep...
Crowdfunding pioneers Lumawake and Lockitron team up to lock your doors the minute you fall asleep

Ouya: This video game console could change everything

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Flush with $15 million from Nvidia and Kleiner Perkins, the $99 Kickstarter success story keeps making waves -- and it's not even out yet. Julie Uhrman talks to Fortune about fast-tracking Ouya, those harsh early reviews, and a rumored mobile device. Still, when early units began shipping to some Kickstarter...
Ouya: This video game console could change everything

Makers Of Minecraft Documentary Put It On The Pirate Bay, Despite High Profile Launch With Xbox

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Last week, I got an email from 2 Player Productions, the video game documentary filmmakers who have done a documentary on Mojang (makers of Minecraft) and who are working on the documentary about Double Fine making their new adventure game, which was part of super successful Kickstarter campaign (the Minecraft...
Makers Of Minecraft Documentary Put It On The Pirate Bay, Despite High Profile Launch With Xbox
Rock The Post And CrowdHut Are Trying To Solve Two Of Crowdfunding's Biggest Pain Points
Simple.TV's unique DVR is a cord-cutter's dream (but isn't for everyone)

Workday Stock Soars 72% On IPO (WORKP)

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Workday, a  a cloud-based human resources provider, has begun trading on the New York stock exchange, and it's done so with a classic IPO pop. Priced at $28 per share, it's now going for ~$48, a 72% boost. That sounds like great news for Workday founder David Duffield and venture backers Greylock...
Workday Stock Soars 72% On IPO (WORKP)

Duolingo Plans To Translate Virtual Language Learning Into Real Life Big Bucks

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The startup Duolingo has found a way to make free foreign language learning profitable. Venir otra vez? The company, which counts Ashton Kutcher and four-hour obsessive Tim Ferriss among its backers, is doing it, in part, by enlisting new language learners to translate the web. It's an approach that investors...
Duolingo Plans To Translate Virtual Language Learning Into Real Life Big Bucks

Insert Coin: 2012's top 10 crowd-funded projects

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This trip around the sun has been a monumental one for crowdfunding, marked by big projects and astronomical numbers. Take Kickstarter wunderkind OUYA, for example, which raised more than $8.5 million in funding from 63,416 backers. Kickstarter itself has even grown and matured, expanding to the UK and putting...
Insert Coin: 2012's top 10 crowd-funded projects
Foundation Medicine uses DNA, $42.5M to treat cancer
Apple kills a Kickstarter project: Portable power project POP refunding $139,170 to backers

Should Justin Bieber Invest In Your Enterprise Solution?

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Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, 50 Cent, Ashton Kutcher: A-list celebs, sure. But they're also members of a Who's Who of new-age venture capitalists and product developers. That is, at least according to public perception. In recent years, an increasing number of startups and big-name companies have looked to celebrity backers...
Should Justin Bieber Invest In Your Enterprise Solution?

Early-backer GameStick consoles delayed to June, dev units now shipping

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Fancied PlayJams' GameStick Android gaming console enough to back it on Kickstarter earlier this year? The good news is that Dev units have been shipping to the roughly 600 who signed up, with the remaining ones set to head out within a week. The bad news? The early-backer versions...
Early-backer GameStick consoles delayed to June, dev units now shipping

Review: Pebble smart watch is hype-worthy

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Pebble, the famed Kickstarter smart watch project that raised well over $10 million, has been enjoying a huge amount of media hype thanks in no small part to its tens of thousands of backers. The buzz is well-founded; Pebble is good and getting better by the minute....
Review: Pebble smart watch is hype-worthy
Pinterest Is Now A $2.5 Billion Company
YC's first non-profit seeks to bring medical care to everyone on the planet
'Kickstarter for science' wants to cure Alzheimers, teach coding, save the pandas

AudienceScience scores cash, names former PopCap exec as CFO

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AudienceScience has raised additional capital and named former PopCap Games executive Bob Chamberlain to the role of chief financial officer. The marketing services company declined to comment on how much cash it raised in the most recent round, but a SEC filing indicates that it has reeled in $9.2 million...
AudienceScience scores cash, names former PopCap exec as CFO
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