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Here Are The Tech Companies Goldman Sachs Wants You To Meet

The Crunchies isn’t the only star-studded tech event in town this week.<p>On Tuesday Goldman Sachs kicks off its “Technology and Internet Conference” and the attendees read like a who’s who of the industry biggest and brightest public and private companies.<p>Goldman’s tech version of hot-or-not includes …

Depop Takes Its Social Shopping App To Android After 200K Downloads On iOS

Social mobile shopping app and U.K. startup Depop has extended the reach of its marketplace by launching on Android.<p>Depop launched its pocket m-commerce offering on iOS in April last year, and says it’s racked up 200,000 downloads since then (it’s not breaking out active users at this point).<p>How …

Sequoia-Backed Guardant Health Wants To Improve Cancer Treatment And Diagnosis Via A New Blood Test

When testing for the possibility of certain types of cancer, doctors often do surgery to retrieve biopsies for genetic analysis. But when a patient has already had cancer, and is testing for a possibility of recurrence, Helmy Eltoukhy, the co-founder of medical tech startup Guardant Health, …

IBM’s Watson Group Makes First Startup Investment In “Social Health Management” Pioneer, Welltok

Remember Watson? Yes, the artificially intelligent, question-answering computer system developed by IBM that trounced two former champions on Jeopardy like they were a couple of kindergartners. <i>That</i> Watson. (He blends right in.)<p>While IBM has since looked expectantly to Watson to become its next cash …

Wearables Market Heating Up, With More Than 17M Bands Forecast To Ship This Year, Says Canalys

The wearables device market is still in its infancy but it’s growing fast — with more than 17 million wearable bands forecast to ship this year, according to a new forecast by Canalys.<p>It reckons 2014 will be the year that wearables become a “key consumer technology,” and is predicting the smart …

How France’s Open Data Team Is Modernizing The French Government Through Data

A small team of 10 people called Etalab recently released a brand new version of Data.gouv.fr, France’s open data platform. Etalab essentially acted like a startup within the French government, utilizing its open data initiative to surreptitiously modernize the state itself.<p>As a reminder, open data …

Mobile Game Developer Supercell Made $892M Last Year (Oh, And They Paid $345M In Taxes)

Here’s what a top mobile game developer can make in a single year: $892 million off two games across Android and iOS.<p>That’s what Finnish developer Supercell said on a call last that night that it earned last year. Although Supercell is privately held, it still has to report earnings once a year in …

Marc Andreessen: Tech Is Still Recovering From A Depression

Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen, Palantir co-founder Joe Lonsdale and Goldman Sachs COO Gary Cohn sat down today at the Goldman Sachs conference in San Francisco, to talk about the thing investors always talk about: Tech.<p>The Netscape founder, taking the same stance he’s had for years, was ever …

Gartner: Smartphone Sales Finally Beat Out Dumb Phone Sales Globally In 2013, With 968M Units Sold

2013 was the year when the inevitable happened: worldwide sales of smartphones surpassed sales of the more basic (and generally cheaper) feature phone devices for the first time, according to Gartner’s latest market estimates — with 968 million smartphone device units sold to end users in 2013 out …

Nielsen: Internet Display Advertising Grew 32% In 2013, But It’s Still Only 4.5% Of Spend Vs. TV At 57.6%

Nielsen put out its latest figures on the state of the advertising market across old and new media platforms this morning. One big takeaway is that Internet advertising continues to be the fastest-growing medium, but it remains a small player. Global display advertising across the web, mobile …

Samsung Said To Be Planning ‘Galaxy Glass’ Computing Eyeware This Fall

Samsung was early to market with a smartwatch in the Galaxy Gear, and now it looks like it might be one of the first in the mix with a glasses-based computing device. A new report from the Korea Times (via Verge) suggests that Samsung is currently developing a Google Glass competitor, which is in …

Tesla Completes First Coast-To-Coast Supercharger Route

While likely not committed with the driving of a silver spike, Tesla has completed the first Supercharger line spanning from each coast. This achievement now makes it possible to drive a Tesla Model S from LA to NYC, recharging the vehicles exclusively through Superchargers. Best of all, at these …

Nintendo May Go Mobile This Year (But Not In The Way We’d All Like)

OMG! Mario on iOS! Not! According to a brief in Japan’s Nikkei (translated by TC writer Serkan Toto), Nintendo will announce plans to use Android and iOS as marketing vehicles, allowing Link, Mario, and the various and sundry Pokemen to appear on mobile devices to promote the company’s games.<p><i>Legend</i> …

Apple’s Mixed 1st Quarter In Charts

Apple’s December quarter was a mixed bag. If you just read the numbers, revenue has never been so high thanks to continued growth in iPhone and iPad sales. But analysts expected more, and net profit is flat.<p>Who is to blame? Probably the iPhone 5c. It wasn’t the market share machine that everyone …

Rocket Internet Fashion Ecommerce Startups, Lamoda & Dafiti, Get €25M From World Bank Group’s IFC

Rocket Internet has secured new funding for two of its fashion-focused ecommerce startups, with a €10M investment for Lamoda, which operates predominantly in Russia and Kazakhstan, and €15M in equity investment for LatAm’s Dafiti (active in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, and Mexico).<p>The target …

Google Glass Gets Prescription Options With Four Titanium Frame Styles And Shades

Google has taken the step that many asked for regarding its Google Glass head-mounted computer – it introduced prescription frames for the device, via an update to the Google Glass website. Google has created four different varieties of frames that should fit the fashion tastes of a number of …

Amazon Appstore Now Allows Developers To Charge For HTML5 Web Apps, Promote Them Through “Free App Of The Day”

Amazon is announcing a change to its Appstore today, which will now allow developers building HTML5 (web-based) applications to price those apps to sell, just the same as their natively coded counterparts. Previously, all HTML5 apps were automatically set to “free” when added to the Appstore, which …

Y Combinator-Backed Food Delivery Startup DoorDash Launches In San Jose

In the San Francisco Bay Area, there’s no shortage of companies lining up to offer fast, cheap delivery from all your favorite chefs and restaurants. DoorDash, which launched in the South Bay last summer, has expanded just a little bit further south, now offering service in neighboring San …

YC-Backed Move Loot Brings Furniture Consignment Into The 21st Century

Buying and selling anything online that can easily be shipped in a small box is easy, but what about bulky furniture? Move Loot, a Y Combinator-backed startup, wants to take the hassle out of buying and selling furniture online and is officially launching its service in San Francisco today.<p>There …

YC-Backed Weight-Loss Startup Weilos Moves From Fitness Coaching To Weight-Loss Selfies

Weilos, a weight-loss centric fitness startup that launched out of Y Combinator’s Summer 2013 class last August, today launched a new version of its service. In its first incarnation, Weilos paired its users with amateur coaches who had previously achieved similar weight-loss goals. Now, the …

Yahoo’s Tumblr-Based Tech And Food Sites Have Seen 10M Uniques Since Jan. 7 Launch

At CES this year Yahoo unveiled its new Tech and Food vertical news and information sites, which feature a visual-heavy redesign that resembles Flipboard somewhat but with more of an online news site vibe. Today, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer reiterated that the sites are based on a Tumblr backend, which …

Walmart Begins Testing Online Grocery Shopping With Local Store Pickup Option In Denver

Walmart To Go, the retailer’s on-demand shopping service offering home delivery of general merchandise, including in some cases, groceries, is expanding its test in the Denver market today to also include a local pick-up option. Denver area customers will now be able to order their groceries …

Facebook’s New “Creative Labs” Lets The 6,000-Employee Giant Move Fast Like A Startup

It’s tough to experiment with a billion people watching. At that scale, Facebook’s mantras of “move fast and break things” and “Done is better than perfect” don’t quite work. But it’s exactly those philosophies Facebook needs to discover the lean, single-purpose experiences people want on mobile. …

Foursquare Can Now Satisfy Your Appetite At Home With Integrated Seamless And GrubHub Ordering

Seamless and GrubHub have partnered with location-based check-in service Foursquare to help you retain your precious pear-shaped physique and avoid exerting even the bare minimum of effort: You can now order delivery from restaurants near you right from within the app, on the Android, iOS and …

Amazon’s Stock Price Stumbles After Hours On Revenue, Earnings Miss And Weak Guidance

Today after the market close Amazon reported its fourth quarter financial performance, including revenue of $25.59 billion, and earnings per share of $0.51. The company has operating income of $510 million in the period, up 26 percent year over year.<p>The street had expected Amazon to report revenue …

India Fashion Portal Myntra Raises $50M On A $200M Valuation As Amazon And Flipkart Circle

India’s e-commerce market is projected to grow sevenfold to $22 billion in the next five years, and investors and global e-commerce companies want to have a piece of the action. We have learned that Myntra, one of the bigger fashion portals in the country focusing both on traditional and more …

App Annie 2013 Index Flags Up Freemium’s Onward March & Why Many Devs Still Go iOS First

Mobile app analytics firm App Annie has put out a retrospective report on app trends in 2013 and there are few interesting tidbits worth flagging for developers. Notably the continued dominance of the freemium business model — especially for games.<p>App Annie’s data shows that games apps with …

Ouya Updates Hardware With $129 16GB Console, 8GB Edition Remains At $99

Ouya’s original hardware featured just 8GB of storage onboard, but a temporary Limited Edition all-white version launched during the holidays doubled that to 16GB. Now, the game console startup is making that a permanent feature of its newest hardware, an Ouya console with a solid matte black …

Coupons.com Files For $100M IPO On The NYSE, Trading As Coup

The march of the 2014 initial public offerings commences, with the latest one of the oldest brands on the internet. Coupons.com has just filed S-1 papers with the SEC for an IPO on the NYSE, trading under the name COUP, and raising $100 million.<p>Goldman, Sachs & Co., Allen & Company LLC, BofA …

Airbnb Is Testing Out An Affordable Cleaning Service For Hosts In San Francisco

Peer-to-peer lodgings marketplace Airbnb has been focused on finding ways that it can help its hosts improve the quality of experience for guests that stay in their homes. As part of this effort, the company is trialing a low-cost cleaning service for some hosts on the platform.<p>According to an …