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Make Your Facebook Profile More Private in 6 Easy Steps

Managing Facebook’s labyrinthine privacy settings is an ongoing challenge, not least because the options available to users are constantly changing. …

Apps

No inventory? No problem! Dropshipping offers retail without storage

Tapiture, a Pinterest competitor, doesn't just show you stuff you might like. In many cases, it lets you buy that stuff as well.<p>Aside from some …

Jet.com's Marc Lore On Coexisting With Amazon And Why One-Hour Delivery Is Overrated

In 2010, Amazon.com was squeezing Marc Lore and his company Quidsi. While his company’s sites like Diapers.com were being undercut on price and he was being outmaneuvered by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Lore found himself in a corner. Eventually he conceded, selling Quidsi to its rival for $550 million …

eCommerce

Restaurant Discovery Site Zomato Buys IAC’s Urbanspoon, Enters The U.S.

Zomato, the restaurant discovery site backed by Sequoia, has bought Urbanspoon from IAC, the latest in a string of acquisitions around the world. Terms of the deal were undisclosed, but sources tell TechCrunch it was between $50 million to $60 million. This marks the entrance of Zomato into the …

Startups

500 Startups-Backed Italist Is Like Shopping The Streets Of Italy, But Online

Despite the brand recognition of Italian luxury fashion brands like Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, and Valentino, there is no online aggregation of exclusively Italian luxury fashion. 500 Startups-backed Italist is trying to change that.<p>The Italian luxury fashion retail market is worth $21 billion, …

Startups

Fixed, An App That Just Raised $1.2 Million, Fights Your Parking Tickets For You

David Hegarty and DJ Burdick cofounded Fixed last fall after Hegarty received five parking tickets in three weeks. Hegarty knew how to contest tickets, but he realized that his friends didn't and often just paid the fine.<p>"I'm a stickler for protesting all my parking tickets," he told Business …

San Francisco

People Are Freaking Out About A Startup That Snags Restaurant Reservations And Sells Them

Here's how ReservationHop works: The company makes reservations at popular restaurants in San Francisco. These reservations are available to browse on ReservationHop's website.<p>If you see a restaurant you like, you can claim it for a price. The prices seem to range between $5 and $10 based on the …

San Francisco

AppFlood teams with Bidstalk to monetize mobile apps in China

AppFlood, a real-time mobile ad network focused on China, is partnering with Singapore’s Bidstalk to provide more mobile ad and app monetization alternatives for developers moving into the Chinese market.<p>A division of PapayaMobile, AppFlood will be working with Bidstalk’s white-label demand-side …

Follow Airbnb's journey from scrappy startup to $10B company (video)

After Airbnb raised its latest funding megaround, the company attained a massive $10 billion valuation. But the home-sharing startup faced plenty of obstacles on its path to success, as a new video and infographic from Funders and Founders remind us.<p>Airbnb still has plenty of challenges ahead of …

Japanese E-Commerce Giant Rakuten Launches $100M Global Investment Fund

June is barely over, but Rakuten has already had a busy year. In addition to purchasing messaging app Viber for $900 million, the Japanese consumer Internet conglomerate also made investments in several companies based in Southeast Asia or Japan, including Carousell, Visenze, Coda Payments, and …

Want to build beacons into your business? Read this first

Advertisement<p>9 Comments<p>Apple’s iBeacons have set off a rush of excitement in the retail and advertising industry with promises of being able to …

China's Top Private Car App Firm Eyes Global Expansion

Uber is about to get some unlikely competition from China’s top private car app company. Yongche founder and CEO Herman Zhou tells Bloomberg that the firm plans to expand to New York and San Francisco, and later to other international cities.<p>Yongche aims to rival the establishment by offering …

Chili’s replaces its menus with tablets

Advertisement<p>12 Comments<p>Credit: Ziosk<p>The items on the menu at Chili’s may not have changed much in the last decade – baby back ribs and quesadillas, …

17 Free Travel Apps to Make Your Summer Vacay a Snap

Making a globetrotter happy — there’s an app for that. A few years ago we wouldn’t have attempted any trip without an arsenal of maps, travel guides and emergency gear, but today we all depend on our tech to make traveling an easy and hassle-free experience. Whether you’re booking your next flight …

Apps

These Are The 9 Hottest Startups In Los Angeles

Disney bought Maker Studios for $950 million, Facebook bought Oculus VR for $2 billion, and Apple recently scooped up Beats for $3.2 billion. Meanwhile, ad tech startup Rubicon recently went public.<p>Throughout all of Los Angeles, there are 892 startups, according to an open source map called …

Startups

Mobile-Enabled Commerce Will Yield The Next $100B Startup

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Patricia Nakache is a partner at Trinity Ventures. She has active investments in companies including m-commerce players Care.com (CRCM), EAT Club, and ThredUP.</i> <i>Phil Carter is an associate at Trinity Ventures, where he focuses on early-stage consumer technology investments particularly</i> …

MyNextRun Raises €500K To Help Runners Find Events

What is it about Finnish startups and fitness? We’ve recently covered Sportsetter, an app that lets you discover different fitness experiences, and HeiaHeia, the corporate wellness platform — both companies that hail from Finland. Today another Finnish startup, MyNextRun, which helps runners …

Groupon Goes After Square Register With New Gnome Point-Of-Sale Hardware

Groupon is expanding its footprint beyond daily deals yet again this morning, with an announcement of an iPad-based point-of-sale solution called Gnome. The platform includes an “all-in-one” cash register that can accept traditional payments as well as Groupon vouchers, integrated customer …

Restaurant Waitlist Platform NoWait Raises $10 Million Series B

Mobile wait listing service for restaurants NoWait has raised $10 million in Series B funding, the company is announcing this morning. The new round was led by Drive Capital, the $250 million Ohio-based fund focused on Midwestern companies, and co-founded by former Sequoia partners, Mark Kvamme and …

UK Home Cleaning Startup Housekeep Raises $1M To Take On Hassle, Homejoy, Mopp And Others

The UK home cleaning market continues to lather up. Hot on the heels of Hassle.com’s $6 million fund-raise from Accel Partners, local rival Housekeep is announcing it’s closed a $1 million investment led by Pentland Group (majority owner of JD Sports and numerous other major brands), with …

SmellMe: a Chinese social network for pets

Does your pet need a friend? How about several? Chinese social network SmellMe lets your pets have a group of their own.<p>There's a lot of fun to be had by mixing animals and technology, but we're not entirely convinced that a social network would ever catch on -- after all, pets can't even read, let …

Pets

Local Services Marketplace Thumbtack Raises $30 Million

Thumbtack, a marketplace that connects local professionals with clients, has raised a $30 million Series C round from Sequoia Capital and Tiger Global Management, TechCrunch has learned.<p>The startup has an original approach when it comes to local services. Unlike with TaskRabbit, customers don’t …

DoorDash Raises $17.3 Million From Sequoia To Expand Its On-Demand Delivery Service

DoorDash is one of many on-demand food-delivery startups to crop up over the past few years, but the company has big ambitions to move beyond food. Thanks to new investor Sequoia Capital, it has a sizable war chest to go after the competition.<p>The company just raised a $17.3 million Series A round …

The Trendiest Hotel In Times Square Lives Up To The Hype

The hotels are a combination of high design — with work from artists like Andy Warhol and David LaChapelle lining the walls — and high tech — with high-speed touchscreen check-in and complimentary Samsung Galaxy tablets that control everything in the rooms.<p>The brand's emphasis is on affordable …

Times Square

YOYO Holdings Snags $1.3M For Its Prepaid Mobile Consumer Survey Platform

YOYO Holdings, a rewards platform that targets prepaid mobile phone users in developing economies, has secured $1.3 million in funding from Japanese venture capital firms GREE Ventures, CyberAgent Ventures, and Incubate Fund.<p>Based in Singapore, YOYO Holdings operates a reward platform called Candy …

Couple Social Network Between Launches E-Commerce Store

Between, an app that originated from South Korea for couples to share their moments in a private social network, is developing its platform as it launched an e-commerce store today first in South Korea, where 60 percent of its users are. This comes after billion-dollar Japanese mobile games firm …

With New Food App Square Order, Square Wants A Bigger Bite Of The Restaurant Industry

Square, by many accounts, is hungrily in search of new revenue streams to feed its expanding ambitions in e-commerce, and today we are getting another glimpse of where that strategy is taking it. The company has launched a new mobile app called Square Order, which lets you order from nearby …

This tiny startup thinks it can challenge Costco and Walmart with just $6.5M and an app

Boxed, an e-commerce company that offers Costco-like discounts on macro-sized quantities of bulk items, is expanding.<p>The company announced today that it has raised $6.5 million in a Series A round of funding, led by Greycroft Partners.<p>Boxed doesn’t have quite the selection that Costco has, with …

Square's Receipts May Actually Be Useful

Square on Tuesday will start letting business owners get some market research and PR on the cheap.<p>The company is introducing Square Feedback, a …