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Forget the Apple Watch -- Dole makes a wearable banana

To celebrate eight years as a Tokyo Marathon sponsor, Dole's Japan division has outfitted a banana with sensors and LEDs to create the world's first edible wearable.<p>Before the Apple Watch, there was the Dole banana.<p>The world's largest producer of fruits and vegetables, Dole has sponsored the Tokyo …

Wearable Tech

Social Shopping App Depop Raises $8M, Hires Ex-Reddit GM To Break Into US Market

While eBay tries to get more social and local, and Pinterest deepens is position in e-commerce, a new mobile app out of London is building out a platform that combines all of those experiences together natively. Depop, a mobile app for iOS and Android that is part Instagram-style social network and …

Startups

Marissa Mayer Pretends “MaVeNS” Isn’t A Silly Acronym, Says It Represents Yahoo’s Future

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has been talking for a while now about how mobile, video, native advertising, and social are the company’s key growth areas. Now she’s come up with an interesting way to refer to them — MaVeNS.<p>I don’t know how you feel, but personally, I’m not convinced that it’s, um, the …

ClosetSpace Brings Fashion Inspiration And Recommendations To Your Smartphone

A new application called ClosetSpace from fashion analytics company Stylitics wants to put a digital closet in your pocket, while also feeding you daily inspirations, outfit suggestions, and more, as well as offering access to a personal stylist for just $25.00. The app, targeting mainly at women, …

Facebook’s Money-Making Solution To App Discovery? A Whole Feed Of Install Ads

Finding a good app can be like looking for a needle in a truck stop bathroom. Apple and Google aren’t doing much to help you sift through their messy app stores. Facebook has tried to step up, but sometimes you don’t care about your friends and just want a new mobile toy to play with. So Facebook …

How To Speak User

In homage to my TC colleague Alex Wilhelm’s recent entrepreneurial lexis magnum opus, How To Speak Startup, I present its fantastical companion: How To Speak User.<p>Spend an above-average amount of time using digital services and the fabric of reality starts to resemble a curtain that can be pulled …

With Vessel, Jason Kilar Hopes To Create A Hulu For The YouTube Generation

Former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar is finally ready to take the wraps off what he’s been working on for the past 18 months… and, well, it looks a lot like Hulu. But while that service was built to usher TV into the digital world, Kilar and his team are focused on creating a product around creators who …

Social Shopping Platform Piccing Secures $3.6M Series A Round

Piccing, the Zurich-headquartered ‘social-shopping’ platform, has secured new funding. It’s raised a $3.62 million Series A round from undisclosed investors — money it will use to fuel its international launch, which kicked off earlier this week.<p>The company’s web and iOS app lets users upload or …

Ebay Expands Local Pilot Program Offering Same-Day Delivery, In-store Pickup In Brooklyn

Ebay’s testing of “last-mile” delivery hasn’t been totally shelved, it seems. The company, distancing itself from its earlier eBay Now initiative, announced today that it’s expanding its eBay Local pilot program in Brooklyn with the addition of 80 small businesses that will offer scheduled and …

Shyp Partners With Banana Republic To Help Procrastinating Shoppers

On-demand shipping startup Shyp is partnering with Banana Republic to help last-minute shoppers get presents to family and friends without needing to attach one of those awkward semi-apology notes to the package.<p>Between December 17-22, Banana Republic shoppers at 19 locations in cities served by …

Amazon Launches Surprise!, A Facebook-Powered App For Sending Personalized E-Cards

Amazon today has rolled out a new mobile application for iOS and Android users called Surprise! that allows you to send e-cards to friends and family to celebrate various occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, and, of course, the forthcoming December holidays including Christmas, Chanukah, and …

Facebook Brings Graph Search To Mobile And Lets You Find Feed Posts By Keyword

Facebook is finally getting serious about search. Today it’s challenging Google for finding answers and Twitter for checking real-time chatter with the launch of keyword search. Two years after debuting semantic “My friends who…” search for people, places, and photos on the web, Graph Search is …

Excerpt From “Startupland”: How Three Guys Risked Everything To Turn An Idea Into A Global Business

Things were looking dire. We were rapidly running out of money at Zendesk, and I was rapidly running out of money personally.<p>I did not want to go back to consulting and neither did Alex or Morten, but soon we would have to look for some better-compensated alternatives. Part of me wondered if that …

Hands-On With Facebook Post Search: Strong Recommendations, Yelp Should Worry

We’re all critics, whether we Like it or not. Our Facebook posts are implicit reviews and recommendations of restaurants, apps, movies, news articles, dry cleaners, and even whole cities. Now, Facebook’s new keyword post search is unlocking the value of the opinions we share but never put on review …

Evernote Brings Context, Work Chat And Presentation Out Of Beta

Evernote, now with over 100 million users and some 16,000 businesses paying to use its document sharing, note-taking and organising platform, is today turning on a few new features that add more interactivity and potentially time spent on the platform: Work Chat, an improved Presentation mode; and …

IBM: Black Friday Online Sales Up 8.5% Over Last Year, 20% Of Sales Came From iOS

Online retailers had a decent Black Friday, with sales up over 8% from a year ago, and nearly 47% of online traffic coming from mobile devices throughout the day. Mobile played a big role this year in terms of both traffic and sales, and yesterday was especially notable for being the first …

Mobile Marketplace Carousell Raises $6M Series A Led By Sequoia Capital

Carousell, a mobile app marketplace that lets sellers upload items with a few taps on their smartphones, has raised $6 million in Series A funding led by Sequoia Capital. The Singaporean startup’s existing investors, Rakuten Ventures, Golden Gate Ventures, 500 Startups, and serial entrepreneur …

eBooks Could Finally Inch Past Print In 2018

PricewaterhouseCoopers analysts are predicting (again) that ebooks could soon edge out print as publishers’ most lucrative products. What does this mean? Essentially that a ebook popularity and pricing stabilizes, users will spend more on bits than they will on pulp. The resulting switch could be …

Ebay Now Pulled From App Store As Company Rethinks Its Same-Day Delivery Plans

Ebay Now, the same-day local delivery service from the online marketplace giant, was pulled from the App Store over the weekend, where previously it allowed mobile customers to shop from their phones in order to receive items from nearby retailers later that day for an additional $5 fee. The …

Post Rakuten Acquisition, Slice Buys Unroll․Me To Add Email List Control To Its Shopping App

Slice, the shopping and package tracking app acquired by Rakuten earlier this year, has now made an acquisition of its own. It has bought Unroll.Me, an app that lets users roll up and manage mass-email subscriptions and unsubscribe to those that have tipped into the point of being useless …