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Hobnob Lets You Create Personalized Event Invites To Send By Text

There are a number of services today that allow you to create and send digital invitations to birthdays, parties and other events, where the invites themselves are sent out via email, social networks, or even by postal mail if you choose. But a new application called Hobnob, launching now, is …

Apps

Sensay Lets You Text Strangers For Help With Pretty Much Anything

How much do you value the advice of a stranger?<p>Sensay is betting that you care quite a bit about the opinion of a rando. The service lets users text a specific phone number with a question (like “what’s the best pizza in Brooklyn” or “where can I get a haircut in Santa Fe”), after which that user …

Santa Fe

Retale, The App That Puts Weekly Store Circulars On Your Smartphone, Raises $12 Million

It used to be that when shoppers were interested in learning about the latest sales from their favorite local stores, they would turn to the printed circulars that came with their newspaper subscriptions. But in the mobile age, people aren’t relying on newspapers as much to get their daily news, …

Apple Watch

Start-Up Chile SCALE Fund Makes Its First 9 Investments

Start-Up Chile SCALE, the follow-on fund backed by the Chilean government to boost local startup growth, is making its first nine investments.<p>The nine companies, all graduates of Start-Up Chile’s past three classes, will receive $100K each in equity-free funding. In exchange, the founders agree to …

Startups

You Can Now Use Shazam, Instacart, And Other Android Apps With “Okay Google” Commands

You’ve been able to use your voice (“Ok Google”) to do all sorts of stuff on Android for a while now. But said stuff has almost entirely been built-in by Google itself; third-party developers haven’t really been able to tap into that functionality.<p>Today, that changes. Though it’s limited to select …

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Glia Raises Cash To Match Consumers And Companies Around Values

As another political cycle begins to ramp up, a new service called Glia has raised seed funding to connect consumers with the brands and companies that support their similar values.<p>Seemingly during every big election cycle, people become hyper-aware of how the corporations whose goods they buy and …

CSR

Scanadu Raises $35M Series B To Check Your Pee And Scan Your Vitals

Scanadu, a health tech startup working on devices that can scan and upload medical-grade diagnostic tests to a smartphone, has raised $35 million in Series B financing.<p>The round was led by Chinese investment firms Fosun International and Tencent Holdings Limited, with participation from China …

Startups

SwiftKey Debuts “Clarity,” An Experimental Keyboard Featuring Multi-Word Autocorrect

SwiftKey, the makers of one of the more popular third-party keyboard applications for Android, and more recently, iOS, is out today with a new product – an “experimental” mobile keyboard app it’s calling Clarity. While SwiftKey’s flagship product is a predictive keyboard that adapts to the way you …

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Conductor Helps Customers Figure Out If They’re Ready For Google’s “Mobile Friendly” Update

Last week, Google updated its search algorithm to favor mobile-friendly pages in mobile search results — a move that could affect 40 percent of Fortune 500 websites.<p>If you’re worried about the update, Conductor has built a new tool to help. The company says Mobile Visibility can help businesses …

SEO

Singapore’s DocDoc Lands $8.6M Series A To Help People Find Medical Specialists

It wasn’t until his daughter became the patient zero test-case for his still-nascent DocDoc service, which matches patients with doctors, that entrepreneur and onetime Temasek investor, Cole Sirucek, knew what he needed to do to build his business.<p>Sirucek had brought his daughter, Rand, in for a …

Asia

Secret Shuts Down

[Update: Secret has confirmed it will shut down and give investors back their money]<p>Anonymous sharing app Secret will shut down soon, according to sources close to the company. The announcement could be made as soon as today or tomorrow, and there’s some talk of current employees receiving modest …

Startups

Refinery29 Raises $50 Million In Series D

Refinery29, the 10-year-old media site that caters to the young female reader, has today announced the close of a $50 million Series D financing, led by Scripps Networks Interactive and WPP.<p>Co-founders and co-CEOs Justin Stefano and Philippe Von Borries said that Refinery29 exceeded its own …

Startups

To-Do App Any.do 3.0 Adds Collaboration, Zoom And List Sorting Among 150 New Features

While the world is getting its first taste of what life will be like when you have a small wearable like a watch to direct you to what you should do next, one of the leaders in personal organization apps for smartphones is releasing a big update. Any.do is today taking the wraps off version 3.0 of …

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