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Jeff Bezos, Eric Schmidt, Evan Williams and others bankroll D.C. education upstart EverFi

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Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt and Twitter co-founder Evan Williams are among the tech heavyweights bankrolling EverFi, a Washington, D.C.-based startup that hosts online educational programs that teach students digital literacy, alcohol abuse prevention and financial responsibility. The financing round stands at $10 million, and total funding...
Jeff Bezos, Eric Schmidt, Evan Williams and others bankroll D.C. education upstart EverFi

A tale of two acquisitions: A few thoughts on the $1 billion bets by Microsoft and Facebook

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It’s not everyday that the tech industry sees two of its giants fork over $1 billion, especially for things that (at least at this point) have so little impact on the everyday technology consumer. But such is life in the wild world of tech where an aging company like AOL...
A tale of two acquisitions: A few thoughts on the $1 billion bets by Microsoft and Facebook

Hesse, Masayoshi Son Met With FCC to Pitch SoftBank-Sprint Deal

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Sprint CEO Dan Hesse and SoftBank chief Masayoshi Son met last week with members of the Federal Communications Commission to pitch the benefits of their proposed deal. In a regulatory filing with the commission, Sprint confirmed the meeting as well as details of its pitch for approval of the deal....
Hesse, Masayoshi Son Met With FCC to Pitch SoftBank-Sprint Deal

Online real estate upstart Estately expands in Philly and eyes profits as market heats up

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Home prices are on the rise again in some major U.S. cities, sparking enthusiasm that the worst of the real estate bust is in the rear view mirror. And that news is helping Seattle’s crop of online real estate upstarts, including Estately which just announced plans today to expand services...
Online real estate upstart Estately expands in Philly and eyes profits as market heats up

Swipely is processing $250m in payments all from tiny Rhode Island

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Swipely is the first and only Rhode Island-based software company to ever raise a $7.5 million series A. And that series A was stacked with no slouches: It includes Reid Hoffman of Greylock, Josh Kopelman of First Round Capital, and Danny Rimer of Index Ventures. That both points to something...
Swipely is processing $250m in payments all from tiny Rhode Island

BigDoor closes $5M, touts new ‘gamified rewards program’

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BigDoor execs Keith Smith, Matt Shobe and Jeff Malek at the company's offices in the South Lake Union neighborhood There’s so much content clutter on the Web these days that it can be tough for online publishers to keep their readers or viewers engaged, coming back each day for more....
BigDoor closes $5M, touts new ‘gamified rewards program’

"Apple doesn't give anything away for free, and that's had some influence on how Google..."

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"Apple doesn't give anything away for free, and that's had some influence on how Google thinks about enterprise." - Dave Girouard, who used to be in charge of Google Apps (and now is doing Upstart -- which CrunchFund is a happy investor in). This just in: the easiest way to...
"Apple doesn't give anything away for free, and that's had some influence on how Google..."
Our live blog of Apple's iPad mini event begins on Tuesday at 10AM PT, 1PM ET

China's Baidu Strikes Back Against Web-Search Upstart

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A battle is emerging between Baidu Inc. and upstart Qihoo 360 Technology Inc., underlining the high stakes in China’s growing Web-search market. Qihoo’s emergence as a real player in search just a few weeks after unveiling its search engine has rattled Baidu — long the country’s dominant search provider. Google...
China's Baidu Strikes Back Against Web-Search Upstart
GlassesDirect Owner Prescription Eyewear Raises $19.3M, Uses The Bulk To Buy LensOn
Ex-WhitePages execs start Meritshare, a new way to reward top-performing co-workers
Startup Spotlight: This upstart wants to bring the 3D viewing experience to 2D TVs
TripAdvisor sets sights on social travel planning with Wanderfly buy

Jeff Bezos boosts investment in photo editing service Aviary

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Photo editing upstart Aviary has reeled in $6 million in new funding from Bezos Expeditions, the venture arm of Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, Spark Capital and others. All Things D reports that Aviary is now used by eight million people, with more than 100 million photos edited via the tool...
Jeff Bezos boosts investment in photo editing service Aviary

Missed Connection? Craigslist Slowly Adds Maps

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Craigslist hasn't changed much in the 16 years it's become the go-to destination for those in search of living spaces, lost items, and even love. The swarming sea of white, blue, gray, and purple, remains as much a comfort as it does a navigating nuisance to the modern Internet user....
Missed Connection? Craigslist Slowly Adds Maps

Alice.com raises $3.6m in funding

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E-commerce upstart Alice.com announced last night that it has raised $3.6m in funding. The company, which we reviewed in 2009, operates a marketplace through which consumers can purchase household goods, such as batteries and soap. It recently surpassed 1m customer accounts, and last year expanded into Europe with the acquisition...
Alice.com raises $3.6m in funding

YouTube's Nickelodeon Killer: AwesomenessTV Launches With A-List Talent and Investors

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Yesterday, upstart teen- and tween-focused YouTube channel AwesomenessTV announced its $3.5 million in Series A financing with little fanfare. I was able to catch up with the channel’s founder and its lead investor to learn the real story of how this young network is actually poised to be the next...
YouTube's Nickelodeon Killer: AwesomenessTV Launches With A-List Talent and Investors

Gajah unveils E Ink case for iPhone 5 and Galaxy Note II, out next month for $129

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Popslate's much hyped E Ink case still isn't available half a year after it was announced, and now it could be beaten to the punch by an upstart called Gajah. The latter company's InkCase screen cover popped up at Computex 2013 and bears a Kirf-like resemblance to Popslate's nifty...
Gajah unveils E Ink case for iPhone 5 and Galaxy Note II, out next month for $129

BLOOD IN THE WATER: Now Is The Time To Raid Facebook For Talent, Says Rival Exec (FB, GOOG)

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We spent much of yesterday afternoon texting back and forth with a high-powered tech exec who has been very close to Google for the past decade. He had lots of interesting things to say, but one message was particularly clear. Across the industry, startups and rivals have decided that now...
BLOOD IN THE WATER: Now Is The Time To Raid Facebook For Talent, Says Rival Exec (FB, GOOG)

Tep Wireless expands mobile hotspot rental plan to 50 countries, revamps pricing

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The international mobile hotspot rental market just got a lot more interesting. While Xcom Global's offerings are still broader, Tep Wireless is expanding in a major way. Previously reserved for European nations, the upstart is now serving a full 50 nations, adding Brazil, the United States, South Africa, Singapore,...
Tep Wireless expands mobile hotspot rental plan to 50 countries, revamps pricing

SoC vs. CPU – The battle for the future of computing

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After more than 50 years at the top of the heap, the CPU finally has some competition from an upstart called the SoC. For decades, you could walk into a shop and confidently pick out a new computer based on its CPU — and now, everywhere you look, from smartphones...
SoC vs. CPU – The battle for the future of computing

Ex-Google exec brings Kickstarter model to careers of new grads

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Upstart wants to offer students the chance to start their own companies. FORTUNE -- In his 8 years at Google, where he was president of the company's enterprise business, Dave Girouard hired new college grads in droves. While the Google gigs might have made their classmates envious, it turns out...
Ex-Google exec brings Kickstarter model to careers of new grads

A Google Glass rival emerges from an upstart in Japan

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Japanese entrepreneur Takahito Iguchi wants people to see the world through other people’s eyes. But as a less ambitious jumping off point, he’ll kick it off with a world that looks like a Japanese manga cartoon. His device, called the Telepathy One, is the closest thing I’ve seen under development...
A Google Glass rival emerges from an upstart in Japan

Kik raises $19.5M to continue waging its messaging war

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Kik Interactive, the over-the-top communications startup that makes the popular Kik Messenger app, has raised a $19.5 million Series B ,led by new investor Foundation Capital and added Foundation partner Anamitra Banerji to its board. Benarji was Twitter’s 30th employee and first product manager, so he knows a bit about...
Kik raises $19.5M to continue waging its messaging war

The delusions that companies have about the cloud

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In the years that I led the Google Apps team, I heard every imaginable objection to cloud computing. Back in 2007, perhaps, those arguments may have had more merit, given the immaturity of most services and limited track record of the providers. But over time, it became clear to me...
The delusions that companies have about the cloud

Startup Spotlight: Like Secret helps you find that special Valentine via Facebook

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Why scour online dating sites for potential matches when your real Valentine might be waiting in your Facebook contacts? That’s the idea behind Like Secret, a 2-month-old startup that’s taking the covers off its online dating service this month. The company was founded by Drew Blaisdell — a 20-year-old who...
Startup Spotlight: Like Secret helps you find that special Valentine via Facebook

Secure cloud storage outfit Tresorit posts $10K hacker bounty

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Popular cloud storage services such as Dropbox and Google Drive are terrifically easy to use, but only boast middling security (hence the existence of third-party client-side encryption services such as BoxCryptor). However, there are many rivals out there that offer much stronger client-side security and anonymity — Lacie’s Wuala, Spideroak...
Secure cloud storage outfit Tresorit posts $10K hacker bounty
E-book upstart Txtr signs majors for U.S. push

How Tim Cook is changing Apple

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Steve Jobs' successor is making his mark and trying to keep the Apple magic going. FORTUNE -- In February of this year, a group of investors visited Apple as part of a "bus tour" led by a research analyst for Citibank. The session started with a 45-minute presentation by Peter...
How Tim Cook is changing Apple

A New Twist in the Three-Way Payment Wars: Braintree Finally Offers Instant Underwriting

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In the battle to kill PayPal, upstart Braintree has had a few key advantages. It prides it self of people driven– not computer dominated customer service and fraud detection, which means it avoids embarrassing cases of accounts being wrongly closed during a company’s busiest moment. It’s also innovated quickly on...
A New Twist in the Three-Way Payment Wars: Braintree Finally Offers Instant Underwriting
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