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Raspberry Pi 3: Four days old and already flying

Fruity autopilot funThe Raspberry Pi 3 is only four days old, but it can already fly, thanks to Spanish outfit Erle Robotics and its PXFmini …

Bet365 donates Erlang libraries to GitHub

The open-source initiative will help to drive adoption of the Erlang functional programming language among enterprise developers

A Look Back At How The Content Industry Almost Killed Blockbuster And Netflix (And The VCR)

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Derek Khanna is a technology policy consultant and columnist. He previously worked for the House Republican Study Committee where he authored their report on copyright reform. He</i> <i>spearheaded the national campaign on cellphone unlocking that resulted in proposed legislation to legalize</i> …

Amazon Tries Breaking From the Streaming-Video Pack With Offline Viewing for New Kindles

Amazon has been spending a lot of time and money trying to catch up to Netflix in the subscription-video race. So far, not much luck: Many more …

Ahead Of Rumored Apple TV Refresh, Roku Updates Streaming Media Player Lineup And Launches Roku 3 In The UK

Streaming media hardware company Roku, which is holding it own in a market that includes tech industry heavyweights including Apple and Google, has just introduced new models of its streaming players. The small set-top boxes include redesigned versions of the Roku LT, Roku 1 and Roku 2, bringing …

Naveen Selvadurai Has Joined Oscar, The Startup Aiming To Simplify Health Insurance

Naveen Selvadurai, the Foursquare co-founder who left the company last year, has found a new role at Oscar, the health insurance startup co-founded by Thrive Capital’s Joshua Kushner. The startup just raised $40 million ahead of sweeping changes to U.S. health insurance regulations that go into …

Hyperlocal Power: Urban Compass Raises $20M At A $150M Valuation; Adds Advance Publications And Marc Benioff As Investors

Urban Compass, the young New York startup that emerged from stealth mode in May with a home rentals platform and accompanying hyperlocal social network, has closed a Series A round of funding totalling $20 million. The new investment values the company at what sources tell me is $150 million.<p>With …

Luma For iPad Is A Personalized TV Guide For Streaming Video…With A Few New Tricks

Movie and TV recommendations app Luma.tv has been working to solve the “what to watch” problem for years. The company first launched as Inveni.com, a free web service backed by nearly $2 million in founder and angel funding, which helped users create their own “taste profiles” in order to serve up …

News curation startup Upworthy closes $8M round

Editorially curated content startup Upworthy has secured a new $8 million round of funding to help grow its service, the company announced today.<p>The round may seem large for what’s essentially a content/media startup, and indeed it is. But Upworthy has released plenty of traffic stats that show its …

Y Combinator Summer 2013 Demo Day, Batch 1: Meet Glio, 7Cups, Prim, Teleborder And More

It’s that time again.<p>Y Combinator‘s Summer demo day is upon us, and we’re here live to bring the best and brightest new startups into your world. Forty-nine new companies will pitch their wares for the very first time today, but for now we’re focusing on the first batch, which includes everything …

Y Combinator Summer 2013 Demo Day, Batch 3: Meet Senic, Buttercoin, Crowdery, Reebee And More

Third time’s the charm.<p>We’re here (yep, still) at Y Combinator’s Summer 2013 demo day, covering the wide range of 48 startups pitching their wares to a large crowd of investors, fellow founders and members of the media. [<b>Update</b>: Check out TechCrunch’s top 8 startups from Demo Day]<p>So far we’ve met …

Vungle Raises $6.5M For A Growing In-App Mobile Video Advertising Business

As iOS and Android have matured, the mobile ad units on both platforms have had to evolve, becoming richer and more interactive. The tiny banner ads that earlier mobile advertising startups like Google AdMob pioneered are falling to the wayside as mobile video ads and rich interstitials have taken …

Amid Speculation That Yahoo Was Sniffing Around, Blinkx Acquires Video Content Syndication And Ad Platform Grab Media

Amid speculation that online video syndication and advertising platform Grab Media could be on Marissa Mayer’s Yahoo acquisition list, AIM-listed Internet Media platform Blinkx has moved to acquire the property in an “all cash transaction” with Grab Network Holdings Inc. Terms of the deal remain …

Personalized News Radio App Swell Raises $5.4M

Swell, the app that brings a Pandora-like experience to news and talk radio content, is announcing that it has raised $5.4 million in Series A funding.<p>The round was led by Draper Fisher Jurvetson, with participation from Google Ventures, InterWest Partners, Correlation Ventures, and Draper Nexus …

Hullabalu, A Startup With A Different Take On Touchable Storybooks, Arrives On iPhone

Hullabalu, the New York-based kids app maker backed by $1.8 million from SV Angel, Great Oaks and others, is today bringing its iPad storybook app to the iPhone. Like the big-screen version, the new app also features the same cast of characters (a tribe of cute and sometimes precocious bears), as …

When TV Isn’t Just TV Anymore

We live in a world where Netflix is receiving Emmy nominations. The streaming video company received an unprecedented number of Emmy nominations — 14 in all. That included nine nominations for the Kevin Spacey-led political drama House of Cards, three for Arrested Development, and two for Hemlock …

U.S. Music Sales Down As Streaming Up 24% To 51B Tracks In 6 Months; Harlem Shake Bumps Its Way To The Top

As questions continue to swirl around just how well artists get paid through streaming music services like Spotify — and what they can do to improve that — Nielsen today released numbers that attest to how streamed music is rising against a decline in music sales. In the first six months of 2013, …

Netflix in Talks for Another Season of Arrested Development

Netflix already made <i>Arrested Development</i> fans’ dreams come true by bringing back the show for a new season, and it’s currently in discussions for another round. Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer, who serves as one of the producers of the series, told Bloomberg (via The Verge) that talks have …

Firefox OS apps now have a new tool for money-making

As we anxiously await the general availability of Firefox OS devices, Mozilla has rolled out a new Firefox OS simulator tailored to would-be money makers.<p>Firefox OS Simulator 4.0 offers a new feature for receipts. For each app’s dashboard, you’ll now find a drop-down menu for selecting receipt …

Vine Is Coming To Windows Phone 8 As Nokia Looks To Attract More Big-Name Apps

Perhaps the most understated announcement at Nokia’s Lumia 1020 release event today was the promise of Vine for Windows Phone 8 within the year.<p>Nokia CEO Stephen Elop announced onstage from Pier 92 in New York City that apps from CNN, Vyclone, Yelp, Foursquare, Path, Flipboard, and Hipstamatic …

Vonage Co-Founder And VoIP Pioneer Jeff Pulver’s Next Call: Zula, A WhatsApp For Business

Today, whether it be via Skype or Gmail, making phone calls over the web has become part of our daily routine. While the name may not ring any bells for younger generations, Jeff Pulver is one of the pioneers of that very technology we take for granted. A co-founder of Vonage, one of the biggest …

Debunking Some Myths About Native And HTML5 Hybrid Apps

An elegant iPad app is like a fine yacht. Built the right way, the app can have a sense of elegance that provides the customer with an optimal experience. The Google+ iPad app has that beauty and usability. Flipboard provides a similar experience. But even more so, an iPad app moves the work …

VideoElephant Wants To Be The iStockphoto Of Pre-Packaged Professional Video Content

Irish startup VideoElephant is launching its video content marketplace this week. Gunning to be something along the lines of an iStockphoto for professionally-produced short-form video packages, the site offers an easy way to buy and sell video content, with the target market on the buyers’ side …

Hulu bidding war reportedly ends, with AT&T and Peter Chernin submitting a joint bid

The fate of Hulu has been uncertain for months as a behind-the-scenes bidding war has run its course, with companies including DirecTV reportedly offering over $1 billion for the video streaming company. Now, <i>Bloomberg</i>'s anonymous sources say another previously rumored bidder has submitted a final …

A Tale Of Two Netflix: Has The Streaming Giant Bounced Back After Qwikster?

Wall Street thought Reed Hastings was an idiot. Now Wall Street thinks Reed Hastings is a genius. Does Wall Street know anything about Netflix?<p>In the fall of 2011, <i>Saturday Night Live</i>‘s Jason Sudeikis skewered Netflix CEO Reed Hastings. In one skit, Sudeikis-as-Hastings announces 17 possible name …

Pave, The Crowdfunding Platform For Investing In People, Launches Option For Those Who Just Want To Pay It Forward

New York-based startup Pave launched with the idea to allow investors to put their money not into startups or companies or ideas, but into people. The idea was to highlight a group of potential prospects who wanted to get a particular personal project off the ground and to help them get that …

Vine Fights Instagram With Biggest App Update Yet

Vine, Twitter’s six-second looping video-sharing app, has just launched some new features to the app, including a redesigned camera, categories for various vine genres, and the ability to revine people’s existing Vines.<p>The update brings some much-asked-for features to the social network, and also …

Apple’s Reported Time Warner Cable Deal Great For Extending Provider Reach, But Not For Real Change

Apple is said by Bloomberg to be working on a deal that would bring Time Warner Cable content to its Apple TV set-top streaming box, for subscribers to TWC’s existing cable packages. Which is nice, for those people, and something that’s like the iOS apps which allow cable and satellite subscribers …

Another Video Ad Network Plans To Go Public, As YuMe Files For $65 Million IPO

This was supposed to be the year that all the big video ad networks would begin going public, and it looks like it’s starting to come true. Less than a week after Tremor Video listed on the NYSE, competitor YuMe filed its S-1, announcing its intent to raise $65 million in an initial public offering.<p>…

Cloud server review and comparison: Amazon AWS EC2 vs Linode vs DigitalOcean

I have experience with Amazon’s AWS cloudservices for years now, but still have problems with EBS (=amazon network storage) performance. It is not …