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Voltus Gives The 12-Inch MacBook A Battery Boost, Two New USB Ports

The new 12-inch MacBook from Apple is packed with cool tech, and its USB-C port is a prime example. The port allows for charging as well as data connectivity, meaning you can draw power from things like USB power banks, which are traditionally designed for phones and tablets. The Voltus, a new …

Automattic Buys WooCommerce, The Popular Plugin For Turning WordPress Into A Store

If you’re looking to turn your WordPress site into an online shop, one option reigns supreme: WooCommerce. With roughly 7.5 million downloads, it’s easily the most popular e-commerce WordPress plugin — hell, it’s one of the top 10 most popular WordPress plugins overall.<p>And now it’s officially a …

Video Conferencing Company Fuze Buys LiveMinutes, Raises $20M To Expand Into Team Collaboration

San Francisco-based video conferencing company Fuze is expanding its platform today with the acquisition of an online team collaboration platform, LiveMinutes. With the addition, Fuze is no longer focused only on online meetings, but is now also rolling out a new product called Fuze Spaces which …

Index Ventures Hires Dropbox Exec Ilya Fushman As General Partner

Dropbox shed an executive today. The storage and file-sharing company’s Ilya Fushman is joining Index Ventures as a general partner.<p>Index Ventures led Dropbox’s $250 million Series B round of funding. Benchmark, Greylock and IVP also participated in that round. According to startup and funding …

Stripe In Talks For New Funding At A $5 Billion Valuation

API-for-payments startup Stripe is raising a new round of funding, according to sources with knowledge of the talks. One source with direct knowledge of the talks tells us that one of the leading investors in the deal is Yuri Milner’s DST Global.<p>While all sources maintained that the round was …

Venture Capital

Radio Shack Still Owes Makers Money

After a brief – but energetic – flirtation with hardware startups, Radio Shack went bankrupt, leaving many creditors in the cold. The hardest hit? Those same hardware startups. According to an open database of creditors, Radio Shack owes the likes of Afinia, Parallax, and LittleBits thousands of …

Qwilr Gets Seed Funding To Turn Business Documents Into Attractive Websites

Qwilr is a tool for anyone who has sent out a PowerPoint deck they spent hours creating, only to wonder if anyone is even going to bother downloading it. The platform makes it easy to turn business documents into webpages, which in turn gives users access to analytics and other helpful tools.<p>The …

Miito Deconstructs The Kettle To Save Energy

Europeans love little better than a nice cup of tea. Which means an awful lot of water is being boiled daily — only a portion of which is actually necessary, given most people aren’t fastidious enough to boil only the quantity of liquid they actually need to fill their cup or teapot.<p>Part of this …

GoCardless Founder Tom Blomfield’s New Startup Is A “Full Stack” Mobile-First Bank

We already knew that GoCardless co-founder Tom Blomfield was working on a new U.K. banking startup, but now, thanks in part to a noisy series of Tweets from investors, developers and the company’s own Twitter account, more details have emerged.<p>Dubbed Mondo, the startup is described as a “full …

Banking

Expedia Sells Majority Stake In Chinese Partner eLong For $671 Million

It’s been a pretty busy and expensive 2015 so far for Expedia — which forked out $280 million to buy Travelcity in February, before shelling out $1.6 billion for Orbitz a week later — but the travel giant is divesting one major asset after it sold its majority stake in eLong, its loss-making …

Philip Zimmermann: king of encryption reveals his fears for privacy

The creator of PGP has moved his mobile-encryption firm Silent Circle to Switzerland to be free of US mass surveillance. Here he explains why<p>When Philip Zimmermann was campaigning for nuclear disarmament in the 1980s, he kept an escape plan in his back pocket. The inventor of the world’s most …

Actress Anne Meara, wife of Jerry Stiller, dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress and comedian Anne Meara, whose comic work with husband Jerry Stiller helped launch a 60-year career in film and TV, has …

Entertainment