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Tutanota, An Open Source Encrypted Gmail Alternative, Heads Out Of Beta

Germany based encrypted email startup, Tutanota, is taking its service out a beta next week — after a year of testing and almost 100,000 users signed up to send and receive secure email.<p>Additional domains will also be offered in the new release, coming on Tuesday, including .com and .io options (in …

Information Systems

Why the real world is the next big opportunity in big data

Image copyright Shutterstock / zhu difeng.Matt Ocko had been investing in data-based companies for years before he and Zack Bogue officially launched …

Big Data

These 20 companies achieved $1B+ valuations in 2014 (updated)

<i>Update 12/29: We’ve added AdYen.</i><p><i>Update 12/30: We’ve added IronSource.</i><p><i>Update 1/6/2015: We’ve added Credit Karma.</i><p>It is really, really difficult to create a company and grow it to the point where investors believe it is worth $1 billion or more. That milestone is so difficult to achieve, in fact, that …

IsoHunt unofficially resurrects The Pirate Bay

<b>Update on December 15</b>: The Pirate Bay has released its first official statement. The team hasn’t decided yet if the site is coming back.<p><b>Update</b>: Readers are reporting that for popular searches there is a clear overlap (identical in most cases) between isoHunt.to and oldpiratebay.org. This shouldn’t …

India’s Answer To Uber, Ola Takes $210M Led By Softbank At $1B Valuation

SoftBank is doubling down on India, quite literally. The Japanese tech powerhouse, flush with billions from its extremely lucrative Alibaba investment, is today confirming that it has led a $210 million investment in Ola, an Uber-style service in India that aims to use technology to shake up and …

The Dark Web Gets Darker With Rise of the 'Evolution' Drug Market

In the digital drug trade as in the physical one, taking out one kingpin only makes room for another ready to satisfy the market’s endless demand. In …

We Asked A Bunch Of Executives What The Hottest Ad Tech Company Is, And One Startup's Name Kept Coming Up

MediaMath, a demand side platform, or DSP, was one name that kept coming up. The company provides advertisers and marketers with tools to buy ads online through a single interface.<p>CEO Joe Zawadzki founded MediaMath in 2007 and launched the first DSP that same year.<p>He was already deeply embedded in …

Startups

Jessica Alba's Startup Raises $70 Million At A Nearly $1 Billion Valuation

The Santa Monica, California, company, which sells natural and eco-friendly baby products, just raised $70 million and is valued at almost $1 billion, according to The Wall Street Journal.<p>The Series C round of funding comes from several VC investors including Wellington Management Company, …

Venture Capital

Six alternative web browsers you should know about

Advertisement<p>13 Comments<p>Credit: Thinkstock / tovovan<p>Most people are only familiar with the “big five” web browsers — Chrome, Firefox, Internet …

Pure Storage, A Startup Worth $3 Billion, Snagged A 10-Year Google Veteran To Be Its New CFO

Riitters is a 10-year Google veteran who was mainly responsible for the company's overall financial and budgeting plans. He also headed Google's European financial operations and was CFO of its European Payments Business in the past.<p>"Riitters brings a wealth of experience to Pure Storage that will …

Startups

Microsoft Creates Snapchat-Like Windows Phone App

Microsoft Research has published a messaging app in the Windows Phone store that behaves exactly like Snapchat, as spotted by Neowin.<p>The WindUp app, available to download for free, lets users send “fun, temporary” messages and media with friends. You can decide how long a message will be shown for …

Private Browsing Settings Aren't as Private as You Think

Let's be honest: There's probably a few things you've been looking at online that you don't want anyone to know about.<p>Whether you're secretly …

Tired of being spied on? These startups try to keep your secrets safe

The private messaging arena is so hot right now that, as I’m writing this story, my inbox is filling up with story pitches about the launch of yet another ephemeral messaging app.<p>And it’s not just product launches: These apps are getting money. Just last week an app called Wiper, which claims to …

Startup crowdfunds $416,000 to take on NSA spying

A new email service pledges to keep the NSA out of your inbox. It's called ProtonMail, an email provider that protects your communications from inbox to outbox.<p>With its servers in Switzerland, ProtonMail uses end-to-end encryption software that protects users’ email communications. "If they do …

SpiderOak founder: 'Privacy is a right, not a privilege'

Ethan Oberman says his secure file storage firm has been boosted by Edward Snowden's surveillance revelations, but warns that authorities have always abused their powers<p>• Edward Snowden urges professionals to encrypt client communications<p>• Snowden: Dropbox is 'hostile to privacy', unlike 'zero …

10 Free Android Apps Everyone Should Download

Every time I get a new Android smartphone or tablet, I install certain apps right away, before I even really start to play with the device — apps I …

Apps

Here's How to Stop Facebook From Snooping in Your Web History

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>This week, Facebook announced it was expanding its evil empire adding targeted advertising based on …

15 stocks to buck the summer doldrums

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (MarketWatch) — May Day’s seasonally based advice to “Sell in May and go away” is not looking so good right now.<p>I say that not just …

Stock Markets

These Harvard And MIT Kids Say They've Made NSA-Proof Email

Those who worry that Gmail or the National Security Agency may be rifling through their emails now have a new alternative: ProtonMail, a super-secure email service created by students from Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.<p>"It was the Snowden leaks that got us started," …

RANKED: The Hottest Pre-IPO Adtech Startups Of 2014

Rubicon Project filed for an IPO, and its stock popped nicely on the first day — making adtech IPOs suddenly much more interesting than they used to be.<p>Tubemogul also filed for an IPO. DataXu confirmed it will do the same thing.<p>And, biggest of all, Pinterest looks like it is gearing up an adtech …

AdTech

Anonymous OS reportedly used by Snowden reaches version 1.0

Tails, which leaves no trace of Internet activity on computers, was reportedly used by the NSA whistle-blower in discussions with journalists.<p>The operating system reportedly favored by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden to keep his conversations with journalists secret has graduated to 1.0 status.<p>…

National Security Agency (NSA)

Grid Storage Startup Ambri Raises $35 Million

The company will use the funds to roll out its first commercial projects.<p>Energy storage startup Ambri has closed a $35 million financing round that will help fund the delivery of its first systems to customers.<p>Earlier investors Khosla Ventures, Bill Gates and energy company Total participated in …

Ondot Card Control brings Find My iPhone features to your wallet

A startup out of San Jose, Calif. is handing card holders protection akin to smartphone antifraud services.<p>"Banks are thinking about this as a slam dunk."<p>Vaduvur Bharghavan, Ondot co-founder and CEO

Wallet

Dark net's 'Google' makes finding drugs and guns online easy

The dark web just got a little less dark with the launch of a new search engine that lets you easily find illicit drugs and other contraband …