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Thanx Gets $4.7 Million From Sequoia, Partners With Visa And MasterCard

Customer loyalty program startup Thanx launched today with both a Visa and MasterCard partnership and $4.7 million in Series A funding from Sequoia Capital. An earlier seed round from SoftTech VC of $1.3 million brings the total funding raised to $6 million.<p>Thanx might have its work cut out for it, …

Updated: “Alex from Target” was a stunt, one that shows the sophistication of the teen social media machine

It happened again. The internet, including mainstream sites from CNN to ABC, fell for viral meme #AlexFromTarget, which appears to be a marketing …

Portable Robot Printer Is Like A Roomba That Squirts Ink

“What is a printer?” asked Zuta Labs, then reimagined it as the Mini Mobile Robotic Printer, as small as your hand.<p>Designed by Zuta Labs and now on Kickstarter, the Mini Mobile Robotic Printer is one for the mobile age. It cleverly sheds the bulk of consumer printing by re-imagining what a printer …

Bitcoin money supply lags Guatemalan Quetzal

A look into Bitcoin's market cap in relation to global currencies, including the Guatemalan Quetzal<p><i>Source: Bloomberg</i>

Stop-Motion Video Shows the Fun Side of Office Supplies

Office supplies never had so much fun. (Sorry, Clippy.)<p>The short, stop-motion film "A Girl Named Elastica" uses push pins, elastic bands and a cork …

SocialRadar shows you who is nearby, how you know them, and what you have in common

SocialRadar is trying to give humans the power of dolphins.<p>That is to say, enable us to figure out who is around using a form of radar.<p>SocialRadar released its iPhone app today that presents real-time information about people in your social network that are nearby. It was founded by Blackboard …

This iPhone case lets you answer calls while it's closed

Both LG and Samsung have phone cases that let you take calls without exposing your screen to the elements, but what if you have an iPhone? As of today, you can check out Moshi's SenseCover. The iPhone 5 and 5s flip case includes both a preview window as well as a touch strip that lets you answer …

eShares Now Offers Electronic Stock Options And Real-Time Cap Table Updates For Private Companies

When we last checked in with eShares, the company had just launched its platform for issuing and managing electronic stock, rather than paper certificates, to employees, investors, and other shareholders. Now the company hopes to make its offering even more compelling, by expanding its system to …

The existential threat to bitcoin its boosters said was impossible is now at hand

A doomsday scenario that has long been dismissed by bitcoin’s biggest boosters is now a clear and present danger. At 3am ET this morning, a single bitcoin mining collective known as Ghash.io reached 45% of the computing power of all global bitcoin miners, just six points short of the 51% that would …

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376 of the best one-liners on the internet

<b>One one-liner a day keeps the doctor away…so, here is a shortlist of the best one-liners you can find on the internet today. Have fun!</b><p>1. I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn’t work that way. So I stole a bike and asked for forgiveness.<p>2. Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to …

There Are Now At Least 14 Digital Currencies Worth More Than $1

Bitcoin prices on the Mt. Gox exchange have climbed back up to $800. Litecoin, which bills itself as the "silver" to Bitcoin's gold and is often accepted by retailers taking Bitcoin, surpassed $1 months ago and now stands at $24.<p>But many lesser-known currencies have broken through the $1 …

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“Become An iOS Developer In 8 Weeks”: The Truth About Hack Schools

As coding courses and bootcamps flourish, some students get left behind–and that promise of a six-figure salary pops like a bubble.<p>After the design firm where he worked as a web developer went under, Ray S. turned the bad news into an opportunity to transition into iOS development. The Chicago-area …

Pebble Smartwatch in Red or Black: $90 shipped ($60 off) with .edu email ($120w/o)

<b>Update:</b> Amazon is also offering it for $119.99, but if you are eligible for the Best Buy student discount that remains the best deal.<p>Best Buy dropped the price on the Pebble Smartwatch in Black or Red by $30 to $119.99 with free shipping (price shows up in cart). Add a $30 discount for those with …

This Prediction Algorithm Can Tell If Your Startup Will Fail

Instead of guessing, consulting, or offering advice based on years of experience, Growth Science is trying to take the disruption theory to a whole …

This startup’s tech verifies your identity by scanning your eye with your smartphone

Eye scanner identification systems are the stuff of spy movies, but EyeVerify is bringing them to the mainstream.<p>The startup took home the first prize at the Kauffman Foundations’s Get in the Ring startup clash yesterday, beating out hundreds of applicants for the award.<p>EyeVerify’s biometric …

Google Wallet Creators Raise $7M From Eric Schmidt, Khosla To Bring Personalization And Analytics To In-Store Commerce

While Amazon has been at the forefront of providing a personalized experience in online commerce, in-store retailers are still behind in using data in compelling ways to make the purchasing and shopping experience better in physical retail. Index, the new personalization and analytics company from …

Revel Goes Big With Full Stadium Deployment Of iPad Point-Of-Sale System At ASU

iPad-based point-of-sale market leader Revel has just completed its biggest single deployment to date, outfitting the entire Alabama State University stadium with Revel POS equipment. The brand new stadium for the ASU Hornets now has Revel-powered iPads at all 30 concession stands throughout the …

Zeus 3D copier and printer does it all in one

We're already used to 2D copiers and printers. Slip a piece of paper in, push a button, and a copy comes out. Now, that same sort of capability is coming to the 3D world with the AIO Robotics Zeus all-in-one 3D scanner, copier, and printer on Kickstarter.<p>The process is fairly simple. You place an …

Handshake Is A Personal Data Marketplace Where Users Get Paid To Sell Their Own Data

They don’t go around shouting about it but most Internet companies make money off user data — either by selling the specifics of individuals’ digital activity to interested companies, or by bundling up multiple users’ data into quasi-anonymised business intelligence and flogging that ‘insight’ on …

What will CRM look like in 2015?

When I joined Salesforce.com in 2002, the question was, why isn’t enterprise software as easy to use as Amazon.com? That simple idea transformed an …

Bunkr Is The PowerPoint Killer We’ve All Been Waiting For

French startup Bunkr is focused on one simple task: killing PowerPoint. To achieve this goal, the company’s well-designed web app will help you collect visual content and organize it into slides. The result is a very visual HTML5 presentation that works on your computer, phone or tablet. You can …

Foursquare Begins Crowdsourcing Local Business Data Collection With Questions That Appear After Check-Ins

Foursquare, a company now focused on transforming itself into a source of local business information and reviews more along the lines of Yelp, is releasing a feature that it hopes will help to extract more value from users’ check-ins. The company says it may now ask users a brief question about the …

OpenDesk.cc Is Like Ikea For Open Source Zealots

Furniture is probably the last thing on the mind of most open source proponents but now it doesn’t have to be. OpenDesk is a free, open source line of furniture that you can make yourself or order unassembled from a maker with a CNC machine. Not only is the furniture cheap – free if you have the …

NYC Startup KeyMe Releases An App That Promises You’ll Never Get Locked Out Again

Iris and fingerprint scanning may be the future of locksmithing, but when it comes to keys, most of us are still using the good old-fashioned brass sort. And that means the occasional lock out.<p>New York based start-up KeyMe is hoping to solve that problem by creating a secure, cloud-based keychain …

Facebook Reveals 78% Of US Users Are Mobile As It Starts Sharing User Counts By Country

A new level of transparency from Facebook will help the world see whether its mobile growth is entirely propped up by international users that don’t earn the company as much money. Today Facebook announced it will start sharing country-by-country web and mobile monthly and daily user counts. …

Mobelisk MoGo Transforms Any Tablet Into A Ruggedized Enterprise Version -- With Add-On Features

There’s no doubt that tablets – iPads, Nexuses, etc. – are changing business today. There is another class, “business class”, that can do quite a bit more but are far more expensive. Mobelisk’s new Chimera MoGo device aims to bridge that gap, though it’s not a tablet itself.<p>Instead, the MoGo is a …

CloudZync, (Yet) Another M-Payments Startup, Launches In London With 280 Retailers Willing To Give Its Wallet App A Go

There’s no shortage of ways to pay for stuff involving a mobile phone, even if most people still reach for the coin in their pocket — rather than trying to grapple with NFC or pay-by-SMS or scan a QR code or use a mobile wallet app or stick their bank/credit card in someone else’s mobile card …

PayPal 'check in' app lets you pay with your face on the UK high street

UK consumers can now leave their wallets at home and pay using nothing more than their phones and faces thanks to PayPal's "check in" app -- at …

World's first 3D-printed rifle gets update, fires 14 shots

A Canadian tinkerer who previously claimed to have created the world's first 3D-printed rifle, only to see the barrel crack upon its first videotaped test firing, has now created an updated version of the gun that was able to fire 14 rounds before suffering damage. The riflemaker, who goes by the …