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GNM taps Rightster to launch Guardian Select Video, a syndication portal to monetize digital video

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Guardian News & Media (GNM), the publisher behind Guardian.co.uk, Guardiannews.com and the Guardian and Observer newspapers, has now announced the launch of Guardian Select Video, in partnership with Rightster. The new partnership will herald the launch of a private video syndication portal that’s geared towards distributing and monetizing its digital...
GNM taps Rightster to launch Guardian Select Video, a syndication portal to monetize digital video

Booker gets $27.5M to brings its cloud tools to Main Street

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Sept. 9 - 10, 2013San Francisco, CAEarly Bird Tickets on Sale Booker, the cloud-based service management startup formerly known as GramercyOne, has closed a $27.5 million funding round. The New York-based company has the ambitious goal of building a “unified platform” for businesses, meaning that it offers customer relationship management...
Booker gets $27.5M to brings its cloud tools to Main Street

So what happens to storage….

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So far this month, Amazon Web Services, Google and Microsoft’s Azure  cut the prices on their cloud storage offerings. These three companies are part of a big change that is sweeping the  business world — instead of buying their infrastructure by spending millions of dollars upfront, the companies are now...
So what happens to storage….

Google's Evil Plan

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Google’s evil plan is simple and not so evil. Don’t Be Evil Any successful company is going to draw criticism. Google probably gets more of it than others because of their ‘Don’t Be Evil’ motto. Algorithm changes shuffle branded sites higher and people shout ‘evil!’ Google begins to disintermediate certain...
Google's Evil Plan
Silicon Valley VCs predict 2013 trends: Space, robots, self-driving cars

Automattic Debuts Vetted And Featured Third-Party Services For WordPress.com VIP Sites

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Automattic is announcing a new feature for large-scale sites hosted in WordPress.com VIP SaaS program (TechCrunch is a VIP publisher)—Featured Partners for third-party integrations. Basically, the program allows companies that have integrated their services with the WordPress platform to promote and seamlessly enable their tools for large-scale VIP sites, which...
Automattic Debuts Vetted And Featured Third-Party Services For WordPress.com VIP Sites
WordPress.com Launches Education Vertical For Students And Teachers

Lot18 Co-Founder Philip James Departs And Heads On A 2 Month Bike Ride Across Siberia

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Last summer, Kevin Fortuna left the wine sale startup, Lot18, that he and Philip James started. Today, Philip James announced his departure from the company as well. For the past few months, James has been helping Lot18's new CEO, Jay Sung, get up and running. The pair have made a...
Lot18 Co-Founder Philip James Departs And Heads On A 2 Month Bike Ride Across Siberia

RollUp Media Raises $1.4 Million From Arts Alliance

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Lord knows niche and independent online publishers can sometime struggle to monetize what they do and over the last few years we’ve seen the rise of startups to address those problems in the market, from companies like SAY Media to Federated Media. In general they offer baked-in ad networks and...
RollUp Media Raises $1.4 Million From Arts Alliance

Appcelerator Launches "Innovation Fund" To Help Startups Speed Up Mobile App Development

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Appcelerator is all about speeding the development of rich, native mobile apps. One way Appcelerator does this is with Titanium, its next-gen mobile app development platform. But now it’s looking to accelerate app development* by helping other startups focused on features, capabilities, or verticals that it’s not focused on itself....
Appcelerator Launches "Innovation Fund" To Help Startups Speed Up Mobile App Development

OrderGroove Raises $7M To Help Brands Enable Subscription Commerce

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OrderGroove, a startup that allows brands to create subscription and membership commerce, has raised $7 million from Fung Capital USA, with additional investment from Lerer Ventures, Legend and SWaN Ventures, Allegro Venture Partners, Bee Partners, as well as former Walmart.com CEO Raul Vazquez and NEW Corporation’s Chairman Fred Schaufeld. Brands...
OrderGroove Raises $7M To Help Brands Enable Subscription Commerce

Care.com expands to UK as it becomes Amazon of care

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Care.com, the Reid Hoffman-backed care giver service, is taking its first international leap, bringing its offerings to the UK. The six-year-old Waltham, MA-based company has built an international platform and plans on expanding to several other countries this year. Care.com offers a marketplace to find all kinds of care services,...
Care.com expands to UK as it becomes Amazon of care

Visual discovery service Gojee moves beyond foodies, launches fashion verticals on iOS and Web

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Gojee, the gorgeous, discovery and image-focused service known for curating food and drink recipes, has expanded into new fashion verticals on iOS and the Web. Now Gojee, which had previously carved a niche for itself among foodies, packs brand new categories, including jewelry, handbags, heels, dresses and lingerie. Early feedback from users...
Visual discovery service Gojee moves beyond foodies, launches fashion verticals on iOS and Web

Following Thefts, Luxury Car-Sharing Service HiGear Acquired By Rent2Buy

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San Francisco-based HiGear, a peer-to-peer car-sharing service for luxury vehicles, has been acquired. The news follows the company’s decision to shut down operations last month, after a criminal ring targeted HiGear, resulting in multiple incidents of theft involving its members’ cars. The criminals stole four cars totaling $400,000 by using stolen identities...
Following Thefts, Luxury Car-Sharing Service HiGear Acquired By Rent2Buy

Virtual assistant startup lands $16M to help sales pros cultivate hot leads

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A fast-growing Bellingham startup has landed $16 million in venture capital from Kennet Partners and named former NexTag president Mark Bradley as CEO. AVA.ai is the maker of an “automated virtual assistant”  — an online tool used by thousands of automobile dealers, insurance agents and other sales professionals to better track...
Virtual assistant startup lands $16M to help sales pros cultivate hot leads
6 multibillion dollar businesses Facebook would do really well at

Transmedia entertainment group Saban Brands acquires Zombie Farm developer The Playforge

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Saban Brands, a transmedia entertainment management group run by Saban Capital, has acquired mobile game developer The Playforge to build on its current and future free-to-play mobile titles. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. The Playforge is best known for Zombie Farm, an early iOS hit that distinguished the...
Transmedia entertainment group Saban Brands acquires Zombie Farm developer The Playforge

HUGE FACEBOOK ADVERTISER: The Skeptics Are Dopes -- It Will Be Worth More Than Google

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The head of the vast global marketing firm Havas thinks that investors just don't get it with respect to Facebook. Specifically, he thinks Facebook will be worth more than Google. Why? Because Facebook's revenue opportunity is much bigger than "advertising." Here he is, Havas CEO David Jones, quoted in...
HUGE FACEBOOK ADVERTISER: The Skeptics Are Dopes -- It Will Be Worth More Than Google

Clik brings smarts — and convergence — to multiple screens

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Until now, Smart TVs haven’t been very smart. After all, most smart TV platforms don’t do much more than allow developers to build applications that can be used to stream video or maybe play some crappy casual games. But when it comes to converging applications between the TV, PCs and...
Clik brings smarts — and convergence — to multiple screens

Guardian sells tech money tracker Kable to Danson’s PDMG

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Five years after it acquired public-sector technology research firm Kable (here was our story), Guardian News & Media (GNM) is off-loading the outfit. The firm, which tracks local government’s technology expenditure plans for suppliers hunting contracts, is passing to Progressive Digital Media Group (PDMG), the vehicle through which Datamonitor Mike...
Guardian sells tech money tracker Kable to Danson’s PDMG

Memrise: Fresh content and $1 million in the bank to change how the world learns

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When I first met the Memrise team a few months ago in Boston, the site was just getting started and the dreams were big. Fast forward 8 months and my how things have changed. The site, which aims to facilitate easier methods to learn everything from languages to constellations of...
Memrise: Fresh content and $1 million in the bank to change how the world learns

Twitter developers, don’t be scared, be smart

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I just returned home from Chirp, Twitter’s developer conference in San Francisco, where I had the chance to participate on a panel about investing in the Twitter ecosystem. Between the panel, the rest of the conference, and some 1:1 conversations with Twitter execs, I have a handful of takeaways for...
Twitter developers, don’t be scared, be smart

VERSUS IO Aims To Compare Anything - Has Its Fanboy Filter Dialled High

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This one’s likely to have M.G. Siegler a little riled: VERSUS IO is a newly-launched comparison engine that puts the Samsung Galaxy S3 ahead of the iPhone 4S! But fanboy wars aside, the startup is an interesting proposition. Initially targeting buying decisions around smartphones and tablets, it eventually plans to apply...
VERSUS IO Aims To Compare Anything - Has Its Fanboy Filter Dialled High

PowerInbox, The Service That Turns Emails Into Apps, Launches API

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PowerInbox, the email platform that lets you run apps for Facebook, Twitter, Groupon and Google+ inside your inbox, is today announcing the launching of its API. With this addition, companies that want to make their own emails interactive can now do so. To kick off the launch, PowerInbox signed up...
PowerInbox, The Service That Turns Emails Into Apps, Launches API
OwnCloud, the open-source challenger to Box, nets $2.5M

Fab Goes Euro Flash: Acquires Casacanda and Relaunches It as Fab.de In Germany, Austria, And Switzerland

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Another month, another milestone for master pivoter Jason Goldberg and his go-go daily deals for design startup, Fab. Today, the company announced that it has acquired Casacanda, a Berlin-based flash sales company. Along with the acquisition, Casacanda will relaunch as as Fab.de, serving Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Last November ccTLDInvestors,...
Fab Goes Euro Flash: Acquires Casacanda and Relaunches It as Fab.de In Germany, Austria, And Switzerland
Google Tests New Navigation: Lots Of Whitespace, No Sidebar Ads
Birchbox Rebrands In The UK, Hopes To Take A Little Shine Off Glossybox And Other Beauty Box Rivals

Delivery.com Acquires Online Laundry Services Startup Brinkmat To Expand Beyond Food Deliveries

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Delivery.com, the New York City-based company whose technology platform lets local merchants easily provide e-commerce and delivery services, has acquired Brinkmat, a startup also based in New York that’s built an online scheduling and ordering platform for local laundry and dry cleaning businesses. In a phone call this week, Delivery.com...
Delivery.com Acquires Online Laundry Services Startup Brinkmat To Expand Beyond Food Deliveries
Comparison Engine VERSUS IO Adds Further $2.8M To Its Coffers From Earlybird, Dave McClure, Others
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