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Making Sense Of The Internet Of Things

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Matt Turck is a managing director of FirstMark Capital. Follow him on Twitter @mattturck.</i><p>The emerging Internet of Things — essentially, the world of physical devices connected to the network/Internet, from your Fitbit or Nest to industrial machines — is experiencing a burst of …

What happens when you combine 3D printing and augmented reality? Magic

Augmented reality and 3D printing, while very different technologies, circle around the same general concept: bridging the gap between the physical world and the digital world. 3D printing makes the digital physical, and augmented reality enhances the physical world with digital overlays.<p>So what …

Square shows off $300 ‘Stand’ to help retailers ditch old-school cash registers

Mobile payments business Square has debuted a new piece of hardware called the Square Stand that makes using an iPad as a cash register a more elegant solution.<p>The well-designed Square Stand costs $300 and features a card swiper at the bottom of the device. It can also connect to a receipt printer, …

Momentum debuts ‘first ever’ equity-free mobile accelerator program (exclusive)

An equity-free accelerator program sounds almost too good to be true, but Momentum announced its program today that offers a free twelve week program to support promising mobile startups.<p>Momentum is an initiative out of Mobile Monday, an international community of people in the mobile industry who …

PayPal kills the cash register — and offers completely free payment processing for 2013

PayPal’s killing the cash register and offering free credit, debit, check, and PayPal processing to qualifying U.S. businesses that adopt its PayPal Here solution — for the rest of 2013.<p>In other words, PayPal is all in.<p>PayPal Here, which offers a triangle dongle to compete with a certain rival’s …

Loop’s iOS app collects customer feedback, before you rant on Yelp

Loop plans to reinvent the customer-experience survey with its launch today to help businesses get customer feedback in the moment.<p>Loop is an iOS app that presents customers with a quick survey about their experience at a business. Loop captures the responses then and there, and founder Rajit …

Collegefeed rolls out career marketplace nationwide to help students find jobs

Graduating from college involves more than black gowns and senior celebrations. Most students have to find a job, and Collegefeed opened its digital doors nationwide today to help them do that.<p>Collegefeed is a social network along the lines of LinkedIn, but it’s geared toward students and recent …

Expensify takes on Freshbooks with invoicing & billing features

Popular expense report startup Expensify has introduced invoicing and billing clients from inside its cloud-based dashboard, the company said today.<p>Expensify was founded in May 2008 with the promise of offering “expense reports that don’t suck.” It’s main mission is to make the expense report and …

CamCard, A Card-Scanning App That’s Dominating Asian Markets, Reaches 50M Users

While there’s a perennial debate on the West Coast about whether and when business cards might become irrelevant, they continue to be at the center of business customs in China and Japan.<p>It’s just basic etiquette when meeting a new contact to offer your card with two hands and a slight bow.<p>That’s …

Blinkbuggy Wants To Reinvent The “Baby Book” For Parents To Capture Memories Online

For generations in the past, parents have carefully put together “baby books” that capture the first years of a baby’s life in photos, hand prints and more. My mother created one for me, and it’s something that I treasure. But in the world’s digital age, the photos and memories of our babies are …

Crowdsourcing An Alternate Name For ‘Ride Sharing’

It’s been about a year since SideCar and Lyft entered our lives, bringing the idea of a peer-to-peer marketplace for urban transportation to San Francisco. Since then, they’ve expanded to other cities, providing a way for passengers to open up their mobile phones and find rides from other regular …

Mobile Messaging Apps: A Primer

The global mobile messaging app space is the new social battleground. Startups that would have had little chance of unseating Facebook’s dominance on the web are attacking Zuckerberg’s empire by refocusing social networking around the mobile phone contacts book. Enter your phone number, and these …

Bought My Mother’s Day Flowers With Affirm, And Here’s What It Was Like

My parents have yet to receive their Christmas gift. Because they are avid skiers, I bought them gift cards to Heavenly Mountain last December, and because of some issue with either the ZIP code or security code on my credit card, my charge keeps getting rejected. I have tried five different …

Video News Specialist Wochit Raises $4.75 Million From Redpoint, Cedar Fund, And Greycroft

Video is becoming an increasingly important part of news coverage online. But it’s also expensive and time-consuming to produce, and many publishers don’t have the resources to create them on their own. A startup called Wochit is changing the economics around video production for breaking news, and …

Samsung To Launch 5G By 2020, Hits Speeds Of 1Gbps In Tests

Samsung Electronics has developed core technology that will allow it to deliver high-speed 5G wireless data connections to consumers by 2020, the company announced today. The system allows data transmission up to several hundred times faster than current 4G networks.<p>5G mobile communications …

Samwer Brothers’ Zappos Clone Namshi Gets $13M More From Summit To Build Out Its Middle East Fashion E-Commerce Portal

Rocket Internet, the German-based e-commerce startup incubator from the Samwer brothers, is today announcing another round of funding for its strategy to build out its footprint into emerging markets. Today it’s the turn of Middle-East-based fashion commerce site Namshi, which is getting $13 …

Squarekey Brings Premium Fashion Brands To India’s Burgeoning Mass Of Online Shoppers

With India’s annual GDP growth of about 5 to 6 percent per year, a new wave of affluent consumers is coming. While there have been e-commerce successes like Flipkart, a handful of local startups are targeting the upper-end of the market.<p>Squarekey is a startup that brings high-end fashion brands to …

VirtualMob’s Point-At-Me Aims To Let Brands Easily Build Augmented Reality Campaigns

The idea of using Augmented Reality to bring dead-tree media to life is arguably very 2010, and back then it often hugged the line of gimmickry. But with the hype being generated by Google Glass, AR technology seems destined to be brought back into focus. Meanwhile, companies like Layer and Metaio …

Disqus AudienceSync Allows Users To Share Their Disqus Data With Publishers

Disqus is launching a new feature today that the company says will help publishers get more value from everyone commenting on their site.<p>The company already offers something called Disqus Single Sign-On, where users who are registered on a given site can sign into the Disqus commenting system …

Groupon Squares Up To Rivals With Groupon POS, An iPad App And Dashboard For On-Site, Mobile Payments

Groupon is once again expanding its portfolio of mobile payment services, putting it in closer competition with the likes of Square and PayPal’s here targeting local merchants: today it has released Groupon POS, which appears to be an iPad-specific version of its mobile payments service aimed at …

Airbnb Updates Android App With Host Pre-Approval And Calendar Management

Peer-to-peer housing startup Airbnb has spent the last several years mostly as a platform for listing and booking short-term accommodations through a web browser. But users are getting increasingly comfortable with the idea of booking and even listing spaces through their mobile phones. The company …

On-Demand Helper Startup Wunwun Launches Branded Delivery Services For Businesses

On-demand helper startup WunWun has for the past few months offered consumers the ability to get pretty much anything delivered for a flat rate. Now, the company is offering its service to businesses who want to make local, same-day delivery a perk for their customers.<p>WunWun, like Exec and …

Google Launches Content Recommendation Engine For Mobile Sites, Powered By Google+

Google continues to increase the reach of its Google+ platform, and today the company is launching a new mobile content recommendation service powered by Google+. These recommendations will appear as small widgets at the bottom of the screen as users browse a news site that has enabled this …

Zoobean Grabs $500K From Kapor Capital & Others For Its Handpicked Kids’ Books Subscription Service & Online Shop

A number of startups have been trying their hand at subscription-based children’s books services, or something like a “Netflix for kids’ books,” so to speak. Today, another entry called Zoobean joins the flock, with the debut of its own handpicked catalog which parents can either subscribe to, or …

Obama’s CTO Gives Advice On How Learning Works In Kio Stark’s New Book, Don’t Go Back To School

<i>The following is an excerpt from my new book Don’t Go Back to School: a handbook for learning anything.</i><p>To someone who has never tried, it’s not obvious how to learn the things you want to learn outside of school. I’m on a mission to show you how. To do that, I became obsessed with how other people …

As Rumors Of A $1BN Exit Swirl Around Waze, What Effect Will It Have On Israel?

Last week we reported that Facebook is in advanced talks to buy Israel-born social traffic and mapping app Waze for up to $1 billion, but that there were still some questions over whether Waze’s R&D efforts would remain in their home country, or move to Facebook’s HQ in California. Haaretz has now …

Online Legal Services Platform Rocket Lawyer Raises $15 Million

Online legal services platform Rocket Lawyer has raised another $15 million in new funding, we’ve confirmed with the company. We’re told that the funding was raised from a “strategic investor,” who is not being named at this time. Rocket Lawyer previously raised $40 million in capital from August …

Google Unifies Its Free And Paid Storage Options, Gives You 15GB To Share Between Drive, Gmail And Google+ Photos, 30GB For Apps Users

Until now, you’ve had to track your free storage on Google products separately. It was just another thing that Google hadn’t brought together to make it easier on users. Today, the company announced that you’ll now have 15GB of free storage to share between Drive, Gmail and Google+ Photos. Google …

With Email Insights, Silverpop Allows Marketers To Test And Customize Their Emails Based On Device

Silverpop, the marketing tech company that announced $25 million in new funding last month, is announcing a new feature to help customers adapt to all the different ways that people are opening their emails.<p>The feature, called Email Insights, accomplishes three main tasks, the company says. First, …

Glympse Launches Its First API To Share Location Tracking In Any App Or Platform

Glympse has been in the news for its deals with the likes of Ford, Mercedes Benz and BMW/Mini to integrate its location-sharing and tracking technology into in-car systems on connected automobiles. Today it’s taking its expansion strategy one step further, with the release of a new software …