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Zenefits Under Investigation In California

The hits just keep on coming at the embattled cloud human resources software provider Zenefits, as the California Department of Insurance has begun an investigation into its licensing practices.

The company, whose chief executive, Parker Conrad, resigned earlier this week, has faced a series of …

Licensing

Uber Proposes $28.5 Million Settlement Over Safe Ride Fee Class Action Lawsuit

Uber is asking the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California to settle two cases: Philliben v. Uber Technologies, Inc. and Mena v. Uber Technologies, Inc., which have since been consolidated into one case on behalf of Uber passengers seeking restitution for every $1 Safe Rides fee …

Class Action

Groupon Soars 23% On Favorable Earnings

Not dead yet, deal site Groupon soared 23% in initial after-hours trading, following a better-than-expected fourth quarter earnings release. The company beat analyst forecasts, bringing in $917 million, instead of the anticipated $846 million, and a 9% year-over-year increase. Adjusted earnings per …

Groupon

Pandora Has Mixed Q4 Earnings With $336M Revenue And 3.8% Growth To 81.1M Listeners

Amidst rumors that it’s trying to sell itself, Pandora missed on its Q4 2015 earnings report where it said it had 81.1 million listeners, up from 78.1 million in Q3 but down from 81.5 million a year ago. Pandora saw $336 million revenue and $0.04 earnings per share, compared to expectations of $332 …

Pandora

Startups Selling To Other Startups: A House Of Cards?

“Don’t put all your eggs in one basket,” the saying goes. Well, if you’re running a startup that sells to other startups, you might be putting all your eggs in one blender.

B2B companies whose customers are other early stage B2B companies put themselves doubly at risk: Not only are startups …

Startups

Sleep++ 2.0 Proves That There’s Still A Market For Apple Watch Apps

The Apple Watch was supposed to become the new thriving platform and App Store for third-party apps. 10 months later, it’s hard to name popular Watch apps. And there are reasons why the Apple Watch App Store isn’t as vibrant as the iOS App Store. But some developers, such as David Smith, have found …

Watches

NBA Bolsters Partnership With SAP To Bring Natural Language Queries To Stats Site

The NBA announced today that it was bringing natural language queries to its online stats pages on NBA.com.

The feature enables fans to type a question in a natural way and the site should come back with your answer without having to dig for it. The feature is launching in Beta starting tomorrow.

The …

Statistics

In Race to Build Kid-Activity Subscription Services, Pearachute Raises $1.2 Million

They’re starting to crop up here and there, new startups that have appropriated the monthly class-pass model and are focused on children’s activities. Last month, a New York-based startup called KidPass announced $325,000 in seed funding, including from serial entrepreneur Kevin Ryan. Meanwhile, …

Seed Funding

Watch OK Go Fly Weightless In Their New Music Video

The band OK Go released their latest creative music video and this one was taken on a parabolic airplane tens of thousands of feet in the sky. The video, which features OK Go floating in weightlessness, was for their song “Upside Down & Inside Out.”

OK Go, who is famous for producing highly creative …

Music Videos

INNOVATE2016: Have French Reforms Created A New Tech Hub In Europe?

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Alongside the Internet of Things, AI and virtual reality, the new new thing at CES this year was France.

Yes, that European country with a legacy for strict government controls and regulatory oversight seems to be reinventing itself… and there were more French start-ups at …

Europe

Facebook Tests SMS Integration In Messenger, Launches Support For Multiple Accounts

Facebook says it’s testing a way for users to receive, read and respond to their SMS-based conversations in its Messenger application for mobile devices. The feature, which would be optional if broadly rolled out, could help to shift users away from their default texting application and see them …

SMS

Yeezy Season Approaches As Tidal Scores Stream Of Kanye’s Fashion Show Concert

Yesterday, Kanye West took to Twitter to announce the launch of both his new album and season three of his ultra-popular fashion brand, Yeezy.

The brand will debut its latest duds and kicks at a star-studded fashion show concert today at 4 p.m. ET at Madison Square Garden in NYC. Want to see Ye …

Fashion Shows

Drive Motors Lets You Actually Buy A Car Online. How Did This Not Exist?

No one wants to go to a car dealership. We’re in the era where everything can be done online, so it’s crazy you can’t buy a new car straight from the web. Every site and startup that claims to help you do that just dumps you on a contact form to request more info or a meeting with a car dealer.

But …

Startups

Chrome Will Drop SPDY Support On May 15

With SPDY, Google laid much of the groundwork for what later become HTTP/2, the next-gen version of the HTTP protocol that is responsible for sending websites to your browser. Now that HTTP/2 is an official standard, Google is getting ready to deprecate support for SPDY in its Chrome browser and as …

PayPal Commerce Matches Stripe With PayPal’s Own Native Shopping Toolkit For Apps

PayPal’s first acquisition after it separated from eBay in 2015 was of a young startup called Modest, which had built a platform for small businesses to integrate buy buttons across third-party apps. Now, PayPal is taking the wraps off a new product that will integrate Modest’s technology.

PayPal …

PayPal

Foursquare Now Offers On-Demand Food And Alcohol Delivery

Foursquare just announced a partnership with Delivery.com to enable Foursquare users to order food, alcohol and groceries for delivery right from the Foursquare app. The integration is made possible thanks to a mobile commerce platform called Button, which also works with companies like Uber, …

Food

Twitch’s Users Watch More Video In A Month, On Average, Than Typical YouTube Users Do

Twitch, the Amazon-owned video game streaming site, has been growing in popularity as more of today’s younger users look to online video instead of traditional television for entertainment. Today, the company released figures that paint of picture of its user base and how deeply they engage with …

YouTube

Instagram Reveals Video View Counts To Score Creators And Ad Dollars

Video is booming on Instagram with watch time up 40% in 6 months, so now it’s trying to lure the best video makers and marketers from competitors like Vine and YouTube. Over the next few weeks, Instagram will begin showing view counts on videos where the Like number used to be, though you can still …

Advertising

Google Partners With National Park Service To Bring Imagery From 40 Parks To Street View

The National Park Service is celebrating its one-hundredth birthday later this year and as a part of its celebration, the agency has teamed up with Google to bring more of its parks into Google Street View and digitize many of the artifacts in its vast collections.

Google is launching Street View …

Google

Einstein’s Gravitational Waves Have Been Detected For The First Time

“We have detected gravitational waves.” David Reitze, LIGO Laboratory Executive Director

Today, scientists announced that, for the first time in history, gravitational waves have been detected.

Gravitational waves are ripples in spacetime throughout the universe. What’s truly remarkable about this …

Gravitational Waves

Coffee Meets Bagel Will Help You Pick Your Best Dating Photos

If you’ve ever had trouble determining which photos to upload to your dating profile, Coffee Meets Bagel says it has found a solution. From now on, users can A/B test photos, by uploading two options and letting other users vote on which is best.

Coffee Meets Bagel has been polling daters and found …

Bagels

Quartz’s Fun News App Is Quite Unlike Any News App You’ve Seen Before

If you’re tired of news apps that all look the same, you’ll want to take a look at the iPhone app that Quartz just put out.

The news site, which is owned by Atlantic Media, is known for taking a different approach to publishing. Quartz executive editor Zach Seward once described it as an API that …

iPhone Apps

Cinemax Is Now Available To Cord Cutters, But Only On Sling TV

HBO’s move to offer a version of its service aimed cord cutters has inspired other premium cable TV networks to do the same, including, most recently Showtime which debuted its standalone streaming service last summer, and later brought it to Hulu. Today, Cinemax is testing the waters, too, and is …

Cinemax

Who Will Own The Virtual Reality Interface?

Virtual reality and augmented reality are having a moment.

Last month, both multimedia formats had a large presence at both CES and the Sundance Film Festival. German games festival director Thorsten Wiedemann recently spent 48 hours in a VR headset—and lived to tell the tale.

And the New York Times, …

Virtual Reality

Tunisia Is Becoming The Middle East’s Next Startup Hub

Since the Arab Spring in 2011, Tunisia’s new democracy has struggled to enact prudent economic policy to provide employment and opportunity for its young, growing population.

Unemployment is currently at 15 percent, with one-third of jobless youth being university graduates. Inequality is steep, …

Tunisia

Vevo’s New, More Personalized Music App Comes To Android & Apple TV

In recent months, Vevo has been working to extend its brand from being best-known as the provider of original music videos on YouTube to being a service for music discovery in its own right. The company in November rolled out an upgraded iOS experience as a part of this larger vision, and has today …

Personalization

Sky-Futures, The Drone Startup Targeting Oil And Gas Industry, Picks Up Another $5.7M

Sky-Futures, the drone startup that flies drones around oil rigs and gas pipelines and analyses the resulting data to spot problems before they become a problem, has raised an additional $5.7 million. This follows an earlier $3.8 million Series A back in May.

Backing comes from Bristow Group, a …

Startups

Eyefluence’s Eye-Tracking Interface Lets You Navigate Virtual Reality Hands-Free

When it comes to virtual reality tech, seeing is always believing.

Earlier this month, I joined the team at Eyefluence, an eye-tracking startup, for a demo in a San Francisco office overlooking the bay. Over the course of the meeting I was walked through the process of navigating menu screens, …

Virtual Reality

Online Dating Use Jumps Among Youngest US Adults And The Middle Aged, Finds Pew

Call it the Tinder effect: in the past two years use of online dating has surged among the youngest U.S. adults, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center. Rates of online dating have also risen significantly for U.S. adults in their late 50s to early 60s. (For the record, Tinder launched …

Online Life

Time Inc Acquires Viant, Owner Of Myspace And A Vast Ad Tech Network

It looks like Myspace is becoming a big-media property once again. Today during its quarterly earnings report, Time Inc announced that it has acquired Viant, a profitable company that has built a large ad tech business, but also owns other properties, including once-hot social networking site …

Myspace