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Hands-on with the brand-new Apple TV

Tomorrow, Apple opens preorders for its long-overdue Apple TV relaunch. Today, we got a closer look at the developer edition of the device.<p>Ahead of next week’s release, the Apple TV is still extremely limited. There is no gaming, no Netflix, no Siri — yet. Really, all you can do are things Apple …

Exclusive First Look Into Twitter's New Office In New York City

Earlier this year, Twitter's New York City operation completed a move into a brand new office at 245 West 17th St. in the city's Chelsea district. The move brought together four disparate offices -- located in New York's Midtown, Union Square, SoHo and NoMad neighborhoods -- into a single, 12-floor …

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Gogo gets the green light for its next-gen in-flight internet

In-flight internet comes with a kind of technological ambivalence -- the fact that it exists at all feels like a complete miracle, but at the same time it almost always totally sucks. Don't worry though, it's about to get better: Gogo, one of the largest providers of commercial in-flight internet, …

Create A Free Project Management System From Scratch

<i>Nicholas is a marketer & web designer based in Boston, MA with a specialty in high growth B2B startups. He is currently the Director of Marketing for Jebbit.</i><p>For marketers who wear multiple hats, keeping project information streamlined can become an overwhelming task. Managing content, sales …

LinkedIn Raises Its Game In Social Media With Elevate, An App To Suggest And Share Stories

LinkedIn, the social platform with 350 million users where people network for business deals, new jobs, news, and soon to learn a thing or two, is now tapping another business area: social media management.<p>Today, the company is taking the wraps off Elevate, a paid mobile and desktop app that …

Canopy Labs Relaunches To Help Businesses Understand Their “Fuzzy” Customer Funnels

Y Combinator-backed Canopy Labs has relaunched with the aim of giving businesses a detailed understanding of customer journey, i.e. where a customer is in the buying process.<p>I last wrote about the startup back in 2012, when it raised $1.5 million in venture funding. For someone who doesn’t spend a …

Office 2016 for Mac preview: a first look at an overdue upgrade

It's fair to say that Office for Mac hasn't exactly been a priority for Microsoft. While it's lavished attention on the Windows, iOS and Android versions of its productivity suite, Mac users have been stuck using Office 2011 for almost five years. That's set to change very soon, as Office 2016 is …

Software

A New York City politician wants to ban Uber's surge pricing — but that's a terrible idea

Ortiz, a Brooklyn Democrat, formally introduced the legislation in Albany last month.<p>It takes aim at services like Uber and Lyft, banning their dynamic pricing models — Uber's "surge pricing" and Lyft's "prime time" feature. Companies would also face a $250 fine every time this kind of dynamic …

42Floors Lays Off Half Of Staff As It Cuts Brokerage Team, Refocuses On Search

42Floors, the startup that’s built a platform for finding and leasing commercial office space, has laid off around half of its staff as part of a plan to refocus on its core search business, TechCrunch has learned.<p>A total of 14 people across 42Floors’ San Francisco and New York offices were let go …

Uber Is Buying Map Tech Startup deCarta In An Undisclosed Deal

Uber is on course to make its first public acquisition with San Jose-based mapping tech startup deCarta in its headlights.<p>DeCarta provides a range of location and map services, including in-map search, location APIs, turn-by-turn navigation and more. A deal to buy the startup was first reported by …

Sony: 2 million people have streamed The Interview

Over 2 million people have purchased or rented <i>The Interview</i> since it started streaming on December 24th, according to an announcement from Sony …

This new service wants to be the Airbnb for Airbnb

Airbnb has grown so large that it's now spawning other startups that fill the tiniest of niches. Meet "Can I Stay with You While I Rent my Place on Airbnb?" which, perhaps due to the unwieldy name, is also being called the "Airbnb for Airbnb." Just like the name suggests, this startup — featured …

So 3D Printed Prosthetic Legs Are Now A Thing

When folks aren’t too busy using 3D printers to create alleged replicas of Justin Bieber’s dong or wristbands that record TV for sleepy couch potatoes, they actually create useful items. Folks like William Root, an industrial designer in Brooklyn whose 3D printed design for a prosthetic leg took …

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Hybrid Usability Tests: 20 Creative Ways to Test Your Design

The first phase — framing — is kind of like the pre-planning phase, where you figure out what you want to get out of the test. This phase handles your abstract usability goals, and helps you narrow down the specifics of what will help.<p>This kind of pre-planning is what we outlined in the first two …

Harvard-inflected Xfund nets $100M for second fund

Xfund, founded three years ago as the Experiment Fund by four VC firms to fund young startups, now has $100 million in fresh capital from its current …

Microsoft Buying Mobile Email Startup Acompli for More Than $200 Million

Redmond let the cat out of the bag with an errant blog post last week, but now it's a done deal.<p>Microsoft is expected to announce later Monday morning that it is indeed buying email startup Acompli.<p>There may not be much surprise in this one thanks to an errant blog post, but Microsoft’s purchase of …

Smart Calendar App Timeful Gets New Habits and Notifications

Timeful, a calendar app for the iPhone that uses behavioral science to help you optimize your schedule, has received a major update with smart notifications and new options for its habit recommendation feature.<p>You’ll now be able to schedule a habit multiple times in a day, so you can remind …

Meekan Raises $870,000 To Connect The World’s Calendars

Israeli-based startup Meekan has raised seed funding of $870,000 to grow its portfolio of products, which connects different online calendars. $750,000 of the capital was raised from Horizons Ventures, while the rest came from private investors.<p>With the plethora of calendar and scheduling products …

Randstad’s VC Fund Has $60M To Invest In HR Tech Startups Showing Early Traction

A strategic corporate VC fund set up this April by global HR services giant Randstad is looking to invest in startups working on the hard problem of matching people to jobs, and jobs to people, as well as coming up with more effective ways for employers to communicate with and motivate their …

What I Wish I'd Known About Running a Startup

<i>This post originally appeared on the Crew blog.</i><p>I knew building a startup would be hard. I knew it would be slow. I knew we had to do lots of customer development and build something people want.<p>But there were things I didn’t know.<p>A lot of the work is actually email<p>Someone asked me recently what a …

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Nest to Acquire Dropcam for $555 Million

Nest is acquiring Dropcam for $555million, the companies announced Friday.<p>The companies are two of the most high-profile manufacturers in the …

Handybook Raises $30 Million For On-Demand Housecleaning, Repairs

Oisin Hanrahan first had the whiff of an idea that would lead to his big startup while living in Budapest in 2005 and searching for someone …

Travel Company Hipmunk Raises $20 Million to Expand

Hipmunk, the online travel company, announced the closing of a $20-million Series C funding round on Friday.<p>Adam Goldstein and Reddit co-founder …

Box Launches Box.org Initiative for Nonprofits

Box's CEO Aaron Levie spoke at length about his company's success with its developers and and enterprise customers at Box's Developer Conference …

Upcoming.org Kickstarter Clears $100,000, Founder: 'I Won't Sell Out Again'

The Kickstarter campaign to fund the relaunch of Upcoming.org, the collaborative events calendar first started in 2003, has ended, raising more than …

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Android News

Uber's Valuation Rockets to $17 Billion, Report Says

Less than a year ago, reports were circulating that on-demand car service Uber was closing in on a $1 billion valuation. Now that looks like pocket …