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WayBlazer, the travel cognitive computing startup, lands $5M

IBM is a lead investor in a $5 million Series A funding round for WayBlazer, a travel search and discovery company that licenses Watson cognitive …

Startups

Big data search startup Maana launches with $14.2M

EXCLUSIVE:

Meet Maana: an enterprise search startup with impressive technical chops that has already gotten business from some big companies. If its founders are right, Maana could wind up becoming a sort of Palantir — selling software that’s easy to set up, for a wide variety of customers.

Today …

Startups

Croatian Startup Oradian Raises Seed Funding For Its Microfinance Platform

Oradian, another European startup offering cloud-based software for micro finance institutions (MFIs) in developing markets, has picked up financing of its own.

The Croatian company, whose current customers are micro finance providers mainly in Nigeria, has raised an undisclosed seed round to …

Startups

Spotify Introduces Video Clips, Podcasts, And Activity-Based Playlists

Spotify has just unveiled the newest version of the product at a media event here in New York City.

Alongside the introduction of new media types, such as podcasts and videos, the service will also serve up playlists that are more personalized and relevant to what you’re doing at the time.

“Music is …

Spotify

Apple Acquired High Precision GPS Start-up Coherent Navigation

Apple has acquired Coherent Navigation, a start-up specializing in high precision GPS, according to various media reports this week, confirmed by …

Precision

Friends with benefits?

Facebook and several news firms have entered an uneasy partnership

“INSTANT ARTICLES” is a new service announced by Facebook on May 12th, in …

Facebook

Google Just Put Its Search Design Chief In Charge Of Cardboard VR

Google's whimsically named Cardboard virtual-reality effort has a new chief, and possibly a new vision. Jon Wiley, who formerly headed up design for the company’s search division and—among other things—came up with the Cards user interface on Google’s mobile platforms, will be taking over a …

Google

Booze On-Demand Service Drizly Lands $13 Million to Expand - Venture Capital Dispatch - WSJ

Getting booze delivered from your smartphone has never been easier.

A half-dozen startups have built apps allowing users in certain cities nationwide to order alcohol and get it delivered in as little as 20 minutes. The largest of the lot, Boston-based Drizly Inc., is about to get bigger, having …

Venture Capital

Lily Meets Robert Scoble

@iSocialFanz - DEBATE Future of @AppMeerkat @periscopeco w/ @Scobleizer & I on #H2Hchat: @bryank...

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Nexenta Unveils Big Data Storage System for OpenStack

NexentaEdge is a high-performance manager of petabyte-scale repositories and runs on so-called "shared-nothing" clusters of commodity Linux …

Linux

Facebook Wants To Bring Games To Messenger

In its transformation from simple messaging tool to app platform, Facebook Messenger is fixing to take another step: The social network’s standalone chat app will soon tie into game apps, according to The Information. At least, that’s the gist of Facebook’s latest maneuver. The company confirmed …

Facebook

10 skills a digital marketing professional MUST have to succeed

Being a digital marketer means understanding the nuances of the new web paradigms and how they interact. It’s about knowing about how each of the …

Marketing

Secretive bitcoin startup 21 finally unveils its plans to mine bitcoin using your smartphone

The super-secretive bitcoin startup 21 finally has a product plan to announce, and it may change your phone forever.

21 announced today that it is working on an embeddable chip for your phone or other consumer devices that would allow you to "mine" bitcoin in the background.

Mining is the process …

Startups

Bd4travel Raises $4.2M To Let Online Travel Industry Use Big Data To Personally Target Visitors

Bd4travel, a German startup that offers a “predictive analytics platform” for the online travel industry to help target site visitors in a more personal way, has raised a $4.2 million Series A round led by London-based Hoxton Ventures. Talis Capital, and Robin Klein of The Accelerator Group also …

Big Data

Our 100M+ Fund II for Enterprise Tech, Industrial and Sustainability Startups in US and Japan

We are excited to announce our second fund, Draper Nexus II, for early and select growth stage startups.

We were fortunate to have a few success …

Startups

Think Slack is just a billion-dollar chat app? You haven’t seen how this company is using it

EXCLUSIVE:

If you pay any attention to the business software industry, you probably can’t hear enough about Slack’s status as belle of the proverbial tech ball. But the company has admittedly done a less-than-clear (okay, shitty) job of explaining what it’s for, or how or why it helps you get your …

Slack

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Facebook

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Ansible Partners With Cisco, CSC, HP And Rackspace To Make Deploying And Managing OpenStack Easier

Enterprise IT automation service Ansible today announced that it’s partnering with HP, RackSpace, CSC, Cisco and the open source community to help make deploying and managing OpenStack clouds easier.

While the open source cloud computing platform is now extremely powerful, few of its users would …

Cisco Systems

Behind Apple’s Move to Shelve TV Plans

Would it make financial sense for Apple to enter the TV hardware and electric car businesses? Tech analyst Patrick Moorhead joins the News Hub to …

TV

731 Slack Users Reveal Why It's So Addictive

731 Slack Users Reveal Why It’s So Addictive

I had this idea of “open research” where a group of volunteers and I would coordinate doing research on a …

Collaboration

Google researchers create amazing timelapses from public photos

There are a zillion digital photos in the public domain and scientists have just figured out something very cool to do with them. A team from Google and the University of Washington have developed a fully automated way to create time-lapse videos of popular tourists landmarks using images from …

Flickr

The Big Tent - a look at the new OpenStack projects governance

Urs Hölzle, Google's 8th employee and tech guru, explains why it can win the cloud war against Amazon and Microsoft

Urs Hölzle was Google's eighth employee.

When he was hired in 1999, his job was to keep one of the fastest-growing sites on the Internet from crashing and burning. It was a crazy time, and the only way to survive was to keep throwing more physical servers at the problem.

"We were growing at something …

Amazon

One of the most accurate Apple analysts just spilled a ton of new details about the iPhone 6s

Apple is reportedly planning some significant changes for its next iPhone, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has made accurate predictions about some Apple products in the past.

Here are Kuo's latest predictions for the next iPhone, which were published by Apple Insider:

The next

iPhone

Lily is the World's First Throw-and-Shoot Camera

Lily is a new robotic camera drone that aims to shake up not only the drone industry, but the camera industry as a whole. It’s the world’s first …

Cameras