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Will Twilio IPO reopen tech window?

Twilio, the cloud communications platform, has revealed its IPO filing, signifying that it could enter the public markets as early as next month.<p>If the company ends up going through with its plans, it would likely be just the third tech IPO of the year. This has been the worst year for public …

Financial Markets

KitSplit brings its peer-to-peer, creative equipment rentals to Washington, D.C.

KitSplit aims to help creative professionals rent the equipment they need, whether it’s basic video gear or something a little more high-tech, say a 360-degree camera or an Oculus Rift.<p>The service launched last year in New York, and now it’s ready to expand, starting with its launch in Washington, …

Oculus Rift

Twitter tunes into Spotify to soundtrack its audio cards

Whistle while you tweet with the new partnership between Twitter and Spotify. Now you can listen to 30-second previews of songs in your timeline and Moments thanks to Twitter’s audio cards which now support Spotify.<p>Twitter first launched audio cards in 2014 with iTunes previews and later worked …

Spotify

We want you to be the next Startup Battlefield Manager!

TechCrunch is looking for a Startup Battlefield Manager!<p>TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield is the world’s preeminent startup competition and is at the very heart of Disrupt. At each event selected startups have an opportunity to pitch in front of top-notch investors, compete for $50K and the Disrupt …

Online Life

Bang & Olufsen’s Beoplay A1 packs a lot of sound into a little Bluetooth speaker

Some days it’s hard to get excited about Bluetooth speakers. That’s not a statement of judgment, really, it’s just that the space has been flooded with a lot of likeminded devices that are honestly pretty tough to tell apart. And then something like the Beoplay A1 comes along and gives you hope …

Bluetooth

Jury finds Google’s implementation of Java in Android was fair use

Software developers can breathe a massive sigh of relief — a jury found today that Google’s implementation of 37 Java APIs in Android qualified as fair use.<p>“Today’s verdict that Android makes fair use of Java APIs represents a win for the Android ecosystem, for the Java programming community, and …

Java

The omnichannel customer experience is poised to take off in regulated industries

The omnichannel customer experience is nothing new, especially in the consumer and retail industries. Many companies and brands are using data and automation technologies to engage seamlessly with their customers at any time and place and across any device.<p>At the same time, omnichannel doesn’t mean …

Health Care

The circle is complete: Minecraft is getting a deathmatch mode

Minecraft, a game that skyrocketed to unprecedented levels of popularity among all ages because of its open-ended gameplay, infinite worlds, and limitless possibilities for creation and collaboration, is getting a deathmatch mode.<p>Is this it? Is this Minecraft’s shark jump (or pig jump, or squid …

Minecraft

Protect your pet with Treat’s on-demand vet visits

Your pet gets sick and you don’t know what to do. Google has a thousand conflicting answers and it could be a week until you can get an appointment with a veterinarian. But Treat can let you chat live with a licensed vet instantly or get them to come for same-day in-home visit to check on your …

San Francisco

Airbnb + HotelTonight = new startup Overnight

Need a place to crash last-minute but don’t want to pay for a pricey, cookie-cutter hotel? Overnight can hook you up with a local to stay with right away. Request a room and Overnight averages just 45 seconds until you get a response, and in LA, the startup says its spots are 23% cheaper than …

Airbnb

Adobe is bringing content-aware cropping to Photoshop

If you’ve every tried to crop a photo (and in the age of Instagram, who hasn’t?) or simply adjust the horizon line, you know how hard it can be to find just the right crop that allows you to focus on what you want to highlight in a picture without cutting other important parts out of it or leaving …

Photoshop

Twitch launches Clips so gamers can quickly share short videos of their favorite moments

Live streaming platform and gamer community Twitch is today launching a new feature that it hopes will help spread its content further afield. The company has now debuted Clips, a feature that lets website viewers quickly and easily clip a 30-second portion video from others’ live streams. These …

Bob Ross

Wyper fancies itself the Tinder of car shopping

The new iOS and Android app Wyper brings the swipe left-swipe right matchmaking magic of Tinder to car shopping. When I spoke with creator Aaron Rosenthal, the app had only been out of beta and available nationwide for about a week and a half, and there had already been more than 100,000 swipes. …

Tinder

Microsoft and Facebook are building the fastest trans-Atlantic cable yet

Here is some news you don’t read every day: Microsoft and Facebook today announced that they are teaming up to build a subsea cable across the Atlantic that will connect Virginia Beach, Virginia, with Bilbao, Spain.<p>The companies say the so-called MAREA cable will allow them to “meet the growing …

Facebook

ACLU moves to join Microsoft lawsuit against Justice Department

The American Civil Liberties Union wants to help Microsoft challenge government gag orders that prevent it from telling its customers when it receives warrants for their information.<p>Microsoft sued the Justice Department in April, claiming that the government’s demands for silence were …

Microsoft

Microsoft could introduce not one, but two new Xbox One consoles

Microsoft is playing catch up when it comes to console sales. But it looks like the company doesn’t want to give up on dedicated gaming consoles. According to multiple reports, Microsoft is about to announce a new, slimmer Xbox One around E3 in June, and a more powerful Xbox One next year.<p>In April …

Xbox One

Walgreens extends its developer efforts with two new APIs

Walgreens (yes, that Walgreens — the one that also owns Duane Reade and is trying to buy Rite Aid for $17.2 billion) has long offered a number of tools for developers who want to plug into both its retail and pharmacy business. Today, the company is extending this program with the launch of two new …

APIs

GitHub’s diversity is just as bad as the rest of Silicon Valley’s

GitHub, the online repository startup, has released its first-ever diversity and inclusion report, revealing that it’s no different from the rest of tech companies in Silicon Valley and beyond. At a high level, GitHub is 64% male worldwide and 64% white in the U.S. That said, the company has …

Diversity

Zolt helps you stay on the pulse with customized news summaries

We get it, you’re a busy person, and life moves at 132 MPH. But you still want to keep your finger on the pulse, if for no other reason to not be completely out of the loop at the office water cooler, right? Zolt is fresh out of its app wrapper to help you stay tuned, with 60-word news updates on …

Apple News

62 percent of U.S. adults get their news from social media, says report

A new study from Pew Research claims that 62 percent of people get their news from social media, with 18 percent doing so very often.<p>As expected, the top social media news source is Facebook.<p>The study claims that two-thirds of Facebook’s user base read their news on the platform, with 59 percent of …

Social Media

Skillshare books $12 million to take its education platform international

Edtech startup Skillshare Inc. has raised a $12 million round of venture funding to grow its marketplace of “bite-sized, self-paced courses for creators,” according to founder and CEO Michael Karnjanaprakorn.<p>Amasia and Omidyar Network co-led the Series B investment in Skillshare joined by Union …

Education

Front grabs $10 million to bring email to the next level

It’s safe to say that email is broken. But a startup called Front wants to reinvent email, or at least make it suck less. Front started as a collaborative email service for companies so that multiple people can interact and deal with incoming emails on your on your support@, jobs@ or contact@ email …

Email

How ready is the Internet for IoT?

We’re currently witnessing rapidly expanding product launches and sky-high elevated expectations from the emerging deployment of the Internet of Things in both personal and commercial domains. Stakeholders — ranging from hardware manufacturers and service providers to cloud platforms — are …

Internet of Things

FullContact launches a better alternative to your Mac’s built-in Contacts app

Managing a large database of contacts can get messy, which is why a number of startups over the years have attempted to tackle this space with a wide variety of apps that attempt to streamline the process of keeping contact information up-to-date, while also offering other tools to clean up your …

Software

What’s the point of virtual reality?

VR needs content if it’s to be more than a flash in the early adopter pan.<p>But it’s pretty clear that in the short term at least it’s not going to have a whole lot of compelling content.<p>And understandably so. It’s a new medium, after all, and figuring out how to create exciting ‘experiences’, as the …

Virtual Reality

Netatmo launches new platform to make smart objects talk to each other

French startup Netatmo just introduced a new developer platform called Netatmo Connect so that developers can build software and hardware integrations with Netatmo products. Netatmo sells weather stations, thermostats, indoor and outdoor cameras. The startup raised $32 million in November 2015.<p>It’s …

Internet of Things

Dish ships the HopperGo, a tiny little cloud player for TV on the run

Originally announced at CES in January, the minuscule HopperGo is a 64GB USB drive with a built in wireless access point. The little device connects to your Dish Hopper 3 or Hopper 2 – essentially Dish’s DVR – and sucks down up to 100 hours of TV. You can then unplug the little bugger and watch for …

TV

Nintendo’s first game Miitomo is turning into a ghost town

Nintendo’s first smartphone application – the social game called Miitomo, which allows avatars to interact in a virtual world – may already be in decline, according to a new report. Following its launch earlier this year, it seemed that Miitomo found immediate success, shooting to the top of both …

Nintendo

Qualtrics makes a small acquisition — its first

Qualtrics, a Provo, Utah, company whose online survey research platforms help 8,5000 enterprise customers better understand both their employees and their customers, has made its first acquisition, picking up four-year-old, Seattle-based Statwing.<p>Terms of the deal aren’t being disclosed, but …

Series A Rounds

Adding a YouTube integration, AmpMe raises $8 million for its app syncing phones into a single speaker system

AmpMe, the Canadian app development company responsible for a syncing technology that links mobile devices into a networked speaker system, has raised $8 million in a new round of financing and is adding a YouTube integration to its service.<p>Led by the Toronto and Menlo Park, Calif.-based Relay …

YouTube