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Waze cofounder tells us how his company's $1 billion sale to Google really went down

In the weeks that preceded Google's $1.15 billion purchase of the Israeli map app Waze in 2013, there was a constant stream of leaks about the deal, and about a bidding war between Google, Facebook, and Apple.

The sale was a milestone for Israel's young but huge startup community: The first Israeli …


Rental startup RentMethod shuts down, Airbnb snaps up founders

Correction: This is not a formal acquisition. RentMethod is shutting down and two of its founders have joined Airbnb.

The founders of apartment rental company RentMethod have joined Airbnb and will be shuttering their company on August 31. Customers who used RentMethod are being encouraged to port …


On-Demand Massage Startup Soothe Unwinds With $10.6M In New Funding

Soothe, which sends massage therapists to clients’ homes, is smoothing its expansion with $10.6 million in new funding. The startup’s new round was led by The Riverside Company and will be used to hire key employees, improve its platform’s technology, and acquire new users with the goal of turning …


New Company Helps SaaS Applications Work Behind Firewall

Replicated, a company that wants to help SaaS vendors ship an on-premises version of their applications more easily, made a series of announcements today including a $1.5M seed round and several Beta customers.

The company is taking advantage of Docker containerization technology to build a solution …


A startup that sells $1 razors is now worth $615 million thanks to campaigns like, 'Our blades are f---ing great!'

Dollar Shave Club, with its slogan "Our Blades Are F---ing Great," just got valued at $615 million.

The Los Angeles-based startup launched three years ago with an idea to steal market share from razor powerhouse, Gillette. CEO Michael Dubin promised a better price point: for $1 a month, Dollar Shave …


Now You Can Buy Amazon's Artificially Intelligent Robot Speakers

Amazon Echo, the voice-controlled smart speakers, are officially on sale for the general public.

At first glance, Amazon's Echo seems to be a Wi-Fi-connected Bluetooth speaker with something like Siri's long lost cousin built in. And while that's not inaccurate, Amazon is clearly going for something …


API-Based Money Mover Currency Cloud Taps Sapphire Ventures And Rakuten For $18M

Startups that help people send money to each other or pay for goods and services online have been growing like weeds, fuelled by consumer demand, increasingly ubiquitous connected devices to make and receive the funds, and VCs eager to profit from their growth. Now a startup that has built …


Instagram Gets Newsy With Trends And Place Search For Exploring Anything, Anywhere

Instagram has real-time coverage of almost everything happening in the world. Now its unlocking that content with a revamped Explore tab featuring Trending Tags, Trending Places, curated content, plus a new Places Search. You’ll be able to see all the photos from Father’s Day or Coachella, scope …


iPad Pro, What We Know So Far

We have heard various rumors about the new iPad Pro over the last few months, the device is expected to launch in September along with the new iPhone …


Why Ford is partnering with a hot 3D printing startup

Ford has teamed with fast-rising 3D-printing startup Carbon3D, whose technology can build 3D-printed objects.

The next time you take your car out for a spin, imagine how much more comfortable it would be if your steering wheel perfectly conformed to the shape of your hand.

Ford Motor Company …


These 25 Successful Startups Were Built With Outsourced Development

Starting a venture and developing your product or service requires working quickly and efficiently. You need to ensure your startup offers value in terms of innovation, quality and convenience, even though you have limited resources and may be racing against the competition to be first to …

After raising $1 million, the super-thin CST-01 watch won't make it to Kickstarter backers

Nearly two years after "the world's thinnest watch" was supposed to arrive to Kickstarter backers, the project has announced that it's pretty much done for. It's a disappointing update in the long saga of the $1 million campaign for CST-01, what was once supposed to be a stylish, 0.80mm-thick E Ink …


This cockroach-inspired robot will scurry right into your nightmares

Things that scurry are hard to predict. They're nervous and quick — and no one likes a small, nervous, quick thing. But one robot seems to be going against the grain. It's a cockroach-inspired machine, and it might give you nightmares.

Before it was round, the cuboid robot just got stuck

When I think …


Docker, CoreOS, Google, Microsoft, Amazon And Others Come Together To Develop Common Container Standard

Docker, CoreOS, Google, Microsoft and Amazon are now working on a new standard for software containers with the help of the Linux Foundation. Other members of this coalition include Apcera, Cisco, EMC, Fujitsu Limited, Goldman Sachs, HP, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Joyent, Mesosphere, Pivotal, Rancher …


Why Google, IBM, and Intel are backing this hot technology

A group of leading companies are joining forces to back a hot data center technology called a container.

A group of leading companies including Amazon, Google, Goldman Sachs, Hewlett-Packard, and IBM are joining forces to help make an emerging data center technology easier to use by creating an …


Y Combinator grad SigOpt scores $2M from Andreessen Horowitz and Data Collective to optimize everything


SigOpt, a Y Combinator grad, has raised a $2M seed round from Andreesen Horowitz and Data Collective to provide world-class data science and optimization as a service. SigOpt’s promise is to optimize everything and anything — from digital ads, to shaving cream, to synthetic biotech …

Get your 3D printers ready: Sketchfab raises $7 million to be the world’s 3D file hub

Sketchfab, a web service that lets users upload, download, and share 3D content, announced a $7 million series A round led by FirstMark Capital, and the collaboration of past investors Balderton, Partech, Borealis, and TechStars’s new venture fund. FirstMark’s managing director, Matt Turck, will be …

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 …


Big data search startup Maana launches with $14.2M


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …

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 …

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 …


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 …

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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 servers.


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 …