Alex Griesmer

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Cash-Based Payments Network PayNearMe Raises $20M Series E, Expands Via Family Dollar Partnership

Cash-based payments platform PayNearMe, which allows consumers to pay their rent, utility bills and loans, buy tickets online and more, is today expanding its footprint significantly in the U.S., thanks to a partnership with Family Dollar. The deal will allow consumers to use the service in the …

OpenTable goes beyond reservations, opens private beta for new dining payments service

OpenTable may soon make getting out of a restaurant just as easy as getting in.<p>After teasing the service back in September, OpenTable last night revealed new details about its “pilot” payment program — a feature which lets users pay for their meals via the app.<p>Kashyap Deorah, the general management …

Apps let users hire house cleaners, handymen without talking

Hiring a cleaner is supposed to be the easy way out, but discussing your dirty work with a stranger can be a mess of its own.<p>Enter startups like Homejoy and Handybook, which help the hesitant book house cleaners with little to no human interaction.<p>For a certain class of young San Franciscans, …

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Apple's iTunes Radio Streaming Music Service Launches in Australia

Apple has launched its iTunes Radio streaming music product in Australia, the first non-U.S. country to get the service after it was launched alongside iOS 7 in September. It was reported in October that Apple was looking to launch iTunes Radio in the U.K., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand in …

New Report Tempers iWatch Expectations, Device May Have 'Simpler' Technological Capabilities

Apple's much-rumored iWatch has been depicted as a standalone device able to function as a typical smart watch and monitor everything from glucose to blood pressure, but a new report from Brian Dolan of <i>MobiHealthNews</i> (via <i>NetworkWorld</i>) suggests that the iWatch's actual functionality may be somewhat …

Startup invents heartbeat-sensing wristband to store passwords, bitcoin

It was in the last few decades that researchers realized that the human heartbeat, no matter how fast or slow it's going, generates signals that are every bit as unique to an individual as a fingerprint or retina.<p>Now, a Toronto startup named Bionym is turning that insight into a novel kind of …