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AdStage Raises $6.25M To Bring Its Cross-Network Ad Platform To The Masses

AdStage, a startup whose co-founder and CEO Sahil Jain said he plans on “bringing a real SaaS model to the ad tech space,” is announcing that it has raised a $6.25 million Series A.<p>The company debuted at last year’s Launch conference, promising customers an easy way to create ads that run across …

Amazon Continues Its Higher Ed Book Sales March At Purdue, Offers Staffed On-Campus Pickup

Amazon debuted a program that seemed both inevitable and unthinkable earlier this year, depending on your perspective, when it teamed with UC Davis for a unique school-specific storefront that provided a cut of sales to the school (2 percent to be exact). Amazon has partnered with Purdue University …

Amazon Launches A Live App Testing Service For Android And Kindle Fire Developers

Apple acquired TestFlight, a popular mobile app testing service earlier this year, and today Amazon is stepping up to compete with its own mobile app testing service aimed at developers targeting the Amazon Appstore. Called “Live App Testing,” the new tool allows developers to quickly distribute …

After YouTube And Vimeo, Pinterest Now Adds Vevo Music Videos To Its Site

Make way for more content coming to Pinterest: today the platform is adding Vevo music videos, which you can search for, share, and watch on Pinterest itself, on your own Pinboards, those of your friends, or on Vevo’s.<p>The companies are not disclosing the financial terms of the deal, a spokesperson …

Fanmode Lets Sports Fans Share Their Emotions From The Couch To The Stadium

Even the most casual sports fan has likely cheered, booed, clapped (or cursed) at their TV during a particularly compelling game. Sport is an emotional business, after all. But, as it stands, there arguably exists a disconnect between fans watching at home or in the many sports bars around the …

Microsoft Goes After The Ubiquitous MacBook To Boost Surface Brand Recognition

Microsoft billed the Surface Pro 3 as the device that can replace multiple pieces of Apple kit, including the MacBook and the iPad. Its latest ad spots for its Windows 8 marquee device target the MacBook directly, invoking the classic Apple Mac vs. PC ads with their visual style but focusing more …

Acer’s Tegra K1-Powered Chromebook Boasts Up To 13 Hours Of Battery Life

Acer is doing a new Chromebook, and they’re doing it up big! The new hardware is powered by Nvidia’s Tegra K1 processor, which the graphics and chip-maker has been promoting as a graphics-friendly chipset for Android smartphones and tablets, but this is the first time it’s powering a Chromebook. …

When Big Data Is Watching You

Is the answer to our feeble human minds needing to grapple with increasing quantities of big data to stand in a purpose built room immersed in complex data visualisations while wearing an array of sensors that track our physiological reactions? A group of European Commission-backed scientists …

Square Targets Small Business With Launch Of Online Booking Tool “Square Appointments”

Continuing its expansion beyond mobile payments, Square this morning has rolled out Square Appointments, an online appointment booking service aimed at small businesses, like beauty and hair salons, and other individuals looking to connect with their customers online.<p>The program, previously …

Online Bridal Boutique Weddington Way Raises $9M Series A

Online boutique for brides and their wedding parties, Weddington Way, announced today it has closed on $9 million in Series A funding in a round led by Javelin Venture Partners. Existing investors Battery Ventures, Felicis Ventures and Trinity Ventures also participated, bringing the company’s …

OpenTable Expands Mobile Payments To New York, And Soon, 20 More Cities

OpenTable, which first announced its mobile payments pilot program this February in San Francisco, is about to speed things up. The company said this morning that it’s now expanding its mobile payments service to a number of restaurants in New York and plans to introduce payments to 20 more cities …

Microsoft, Samsung, And Expensive Free Software

In a world where Windows is cheaper than free software, things get weird.<p>Microsoft and Samsung are currently locked in a public pissing match over royalties. Samsung previously agreed to pay Microsoft for use of the software company’s intellectual property relating to the South Korean firm’s sale …

Xiaomi Surpasses Samsung As China’s Top Smartphone Vendor, Says Canalys

Xiaomi‘s name may mean “little rice” in Chinese, but it’s not so little anymore. According to a report from Canalys, Xiaomi has surpassed Samsung as China’s top smartphone maker, thanks to massive growth over the past year.<p>The report says that in the second quarter, Xiaomi shipped 15 million …

BlackBerry Ends Its Three-Year Workforce Reduction And Looks To Begin Modest Growth

BlackBerry has closed the book on its three-year extensive workforce reduction process, according to an internal memo to employees obtained by Reuters. The note from BlackBerry CEO John Chen says that all notifications which were sent out to employees being let go as part of the restructuring have …

CrunchBase Unleashes The Business Graph

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Matt Kaufman is the president of CrunchBase. Follow him on Twitter @kaufman_matt.</i><p>When CrunchBase 2.0 was released in April, we not only launched an entirely new design and technology stack, we also declared our ambition to build the business world’s answer to Mark Zuckerberg’s “social …

The Hug, A Water Bottle Sensor And App, Helps You Stay Hydrated

Everyone knows they should be drinking more water to stay healthy and hydrated, but actually remembering to do so can be a challenge. In fact, 43% of Americans drink four cups or fewer per day, according a 2012 study from the Center for Disease Control. That’s where The Hug, now on Kickstarter, …

Mimosa Networks Launches Its First Gigabit Wireless Products

Mimosa Networks is finally ready to help make gigabit wireless technology a reality. The company, which recently came out of stealth, is launching a series of products that it hopes to sell to a new generation of wireless ISPs.<p>Its wireless Internet products include its new B5 Backhaul radio …

Drop, The Location-Based Messenger, Closes $1.25M From Atlas Ventures, Spark Capital

Drop Messages, the winner of the TechCrunch Boston Pitch-Off, has today announced the close of a $1.25 million seed round led by Atlas Ventures and Spark Capital. The location-based messaging platform has also introduced a new version of the app alongside the announcement.<p>Drop Messages, for those …

Nymi’s Beta SDK And Device Emulator Go Live In Advance Of Consumer Launch

The days of the password are numbered – increasing security risks and requirements mean that old-fashioned alphanumeric passwords are just plain impractical long-term, and already startups like Bionym are looking to create their replacement. The company’s Nymi heartrate authentication wristband is …

Soulmix Wants To Bring Back Social Bookmarking

Can social bookmarking make a comeback? In the web 2.0 era, services like Delicious and Diigo were at the height of their popularity, as sort of pre-cursors to the more specialized social networking platforms that later evolved as better tools to save and share specific kinds of media: Pinterest, …