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Kreditech uses Facebook to make faster credit decisions, nabs $7M more

We hear the term big data so often, it’s beginning to lose its meaning. But Kreditech claims to have an actual use for big data that is already making a difference in people’s lives.<p>Today, Kreditech nabbed $7 million in additional funding from Europe’s largest growth debt provider, Kreos …

Ark Launches Rapportive-Meets-Mailbox Email App In Pivot To Marketing Intelligence

Need to do some homework on who you’re emailing? You could search their name on Google, Facebook, or LinkedIn, but on mobile that’s a lot of taps, and it’s hard to know if you’ve got the right John Smith. So Ark has just launched a mobile email client that pulls in all the social profiles of the …

For Metros With Flourishing Economies, Tech Sector At Center Of Job Growth

Last week, CareerBuilder and EMSI released an interactive map that sheds light on pillar industries for each of America’s 100 largest metros. Hospitals and education in Boston, management of companies in Minneapolis-St. Paul, military jobs in San Diego – these are just a few examples of sectors …

Why Outsourcing Innovation Will Be Big in Tech and Beyond

<i>Paul Jozefak, co-founder and managing director of innovation laboratory Liquid Labs, argues that outsourcing innovation will become a mainstream business practice and a key driver of growth, specifically in the tech sector. While he clearly has a business interest in companies outsourcing their</i> …

Gyft Launches A “Wish List” For Gift Cards

The team from Gyft, an app bringing the gift card industry to your mobile phone, took the stage at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2013 today to introduce a new gift card registry option, which allows users to create something of a “wish list” of the gift cards they want to receive. This registry can then be …

Hey mobile developers — here’s one way to make your apps more privacy-friendly

Excellent news for those who worry about the privacy implications of apps: MEF, a trade organization for mobile content and commerce firms, launched …

MyTAG Wants To Make Local Selling Safer And Simpler

Spotted in the Startup Alley at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2013, myTAG is a soon-to-launch online platform for local selling that aims to make the e-commerce experience more transparent between buyer and seller by adding “social proof” into the equation. That is, instead of only looking at anonymous …

Cloud Elements builds one API hub for lotsa storage clouds

If you’re a developer who wants to connect your application to the popular cloud storage options, wouldn’t you rather write to one API as opposed to …

Woo hoo! Amazon loosens up restrictions on reserved instance usage

Amazon Web Services reserved instances used to be a stodgy lot. You had to commit to a certain instance size — which could not be changed — and to a …

Google's browser becomes a true platform with today's launch of Chrome Apps

Google has announced the launch of Chrome Apps today in a bid to establish the Web browser as more of a platform in itself.<p>The new apps are similar to what the Chrome Web Store already offers, but instead of launching in the usual looking browser, it launches sans address bar and navigations …

Zuora gets $50M more to take on Oracle & SAP

Zuora‘s chief executive Tien Tzuo believes that despite its critics, the “paywall” will save the media industry.<p>In fact, Tzuo is an outspoken advocate of subscription models and has built a flourishing business around them. Subscription models may not provide immediate relief to beleaguered …

Cloud Phone Service RingCentral Files for $100 Million IPO

RingCentral, the cloud-based phone service for businesses, just filed for an initial public offering with the U.S. Securities and Exchange …

Venture Capital

Restaurant Owner Dumps Seamless And Does Fine Without It

Pedro Munoz, owner of Luz in Brooklyn, New York, told Bloomberg Businessweek that he became frustrated by Seamless taking 14% commission and taking a month to give him his share.<p>So Munoz encouraged customers to order directly from his website instead of from the popular delivery service.<p>How did it …

Facebook tweaks News Feed, adds new algorithm to serve up high quality content

The usefulness of Facebook's News Feed ranking algorithm may not be universally agreed upon, but the social network's dedication to improving it is unquestionable. Today, FB has updated that ranking system with a newly developed algorithm meant to better surface "high quality content" from pages …

ShareThis bulks up with $30M to facilitate sharing around the Web (updated)

Grid, An App That Helps You Organize Ideas And Projects, Announces A Seed Round From Jerry Yang, Phil Libin And Others

Grid, an “Excel minus the equations” app that helps you plan and organize more effectively and beautifully, announced today that it has raised a seed round. The app, made by a former Microsoft Excel designer, is an interesting take on the way many people use Google Docs or Excel …

The 14 Most Innovative Gadgets Of All Time

Wireless high-speed Internet everywhere? We're getting close thanks to LTE.<p>Cars that drive themselves? Google is working on it. Appliances that sync with your smartphone? Thanks, Nest.<p>We put together what we think are the best examples of gadgets that brought us into the future or are now showing …

Gear & Gadgets

10 Common Startup Ideas That Haven't Broken Through... Yet

Just because you have a great idea doesn’t mean your startup will succeed, and there’s a simple reason for this: concepts don’t make companies.<p>Startups depend on everything from the capabilities of their founders to the depth of their pockets. But, just because an idea hasn’t taken off doesn’t mean …

Uber Looking To Raise An Uber Round Of Funding Led By TPG, At A $3.5B Valuation

On-demand car service Uber is looking to raise another big round of funding, this time led by private equity firm Texas Pacific Group we’re hearing. And so is Dan Primack. And Liz Gannes. The round is expected to be between $150 million and $200 million, at a valuation of about $3.5 billion. The …

Anaqua, IP Management in the Cloud, Lands $100 Million From Insight

Anaqua, a Boston-based company that specializes in managing intellectual property assets like patents, trade secrets and trademarks in the cloud, has …

Ping Identity gets $44M to make SaaS usage simple and secure

Lots of businesses have been sold on the idea of paying a little bit each month for Software as a Service (SaaS) that doesn’t need to be hosted …

Can design help digital health records startup ElationEMR get an edge?

In case you haven’t noticed, electronic medical records are a big deal in the health world. Over the past few years, thanks to government …

Health Scanner Scanadu Scout Breaks Indiegogo’s Crowdfunding Record

Today the Indiegogo campaign for Scanadu Scout became the highest funded in the site’s five year history. At over $1,378,545 and counting, Scanadu has broken the $1,370,461 record set by Let’s Build A Goddamn Tesla Museum.<p>The Scanadu is a small, round scanner that takes a person’s vital signs and …

Facebook builds a tool to manage data on both facilities and servers

Remember that leap-second incident that threw much of the internet last summer? Facebook (s fb) does. Its servers suddenly hit 100 percent CPU …

With Nearly 200M Users, Messaging App LINE Is Gunning For The U.S.

Mobile messaging apps are fast becoming more than just messaging apps. KakaoTalk and Kik are turning into social platforms that host third-party apps and games. LINE, which started off as an app offering free texts and calls, wants to be a fully fledged entertainment platform.<p>Japan-headquartered …

Crowdsourcing Startup CrowdFlower Says Its Contributors Have Completed 1 Billion ‘Judgments’

CrowdFlower, which helps businesses manage crowdsourced tasks, announced that contributors have completed 1 billion “judgments,” which is the basic unit of work on the platform.<p>The company says those judgments are “the crux of microtasking,” with businesses asking CrowdFlower contributors to do …

Coursera Hits 4 Million Students -- And Triples Its Funding

Coursera founders Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng don’t think small. Their Mountain View, Calif., online-education company is less than two years old, yet it already has attracted more than 4 million student signups. Now Coursera has raised $43 million in fresh venture capital, tripling its cash …

BackOps raises $7M to grow workforce of moms making business better