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You can now use Alexa to control Wink lighting shortcuts

If you have a Wink hub then it's easy to set up home automation across a number of different platforms. Throw in Alexa and do a little additional …

TC Cribs: Minted’s Visually Stunning Front Street Office

This week’s Cribs episode takes us to Minted, an online marketplace of independent artists and designers. Minted hangs its headquarters shingle in San Francisco’s historic Jackson Square neighborhood.<p>Stunning is the word for Minted’s interior. The two-story, 32,000-square-foot office space was …

San Francisco

This Secret of British Women in Tech is Coming to the U.S.

Being a woman in tech can be lonely. So, four women in the U.K. decided to create an easy way for their compatriots to connect, virtually and …

Tech Industry

Restaurant Search App Zomato Lays Off 300, 10% Of Staff, In Shift Away From Live Data Collection

Some belt tightening underway at Zomato, the $1 billion+ restaurant discovery portal based out of India that is now active in 22 countries. TechCrunch has learned, and has now confirmed with the company, that Zomato is laying off around 300 staff, or just under 10% of its current workforce of …

Startups

Starbucks test will let mobile users order items ahead of time

Rolling out this year, a test at some Starbucks cafes in the US will allow people to order coffee and other goods before or while still in line using their mobile phones.<p>Some Starbucks customers will be able to order their favorite venti mocha double-shot no-whip before they even reach the …

Coffee

Yelp's Best Reviewer Is Chronicling His Love Life Through His Posts And It's Completely Compelling

His post includes the types of things you'd expect to read in an online restaurant review. He writes about the waitstaff (the waitress is the kind who "seems genuinely happy to bring you more hot sauce") and he describes his food (he got the halloumi eggs: za'atar pita, halloumi cheese, and roasted …

Love Stories

Canary raises $10M for new home security product

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Canary<p>Canary, a connected home security device designed for those who live in apartments or who don’t want to pay …

Canary helps the internet of things take on home security

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Canary<p>One of the most popular reasons for connecting your home has been to monitor it. People have been placing …

Savor Introduces A Personalized Deal Finder & “Flipboard-Like” Coupon Catalog For iPad

A company called Savor is trying to re-imagine how coupon aggregation websites and services, like RetailMeNot or Coupons.com, would operate had they been invented today. Instead of just throwing a bunch of offers at users, Savor says it’s working to build a service where the coupons presented are …

Square tests Pickup app for ordering ahead from local restaurants

Square wants you to know that that it's more than just a register. The company has begun beta testing Square Pickup, a new service that lets you order food and other items from local Square merchants. Pickup only works at a handful of San Francisco restaurants, <i>Priceonomics</i> reports, but could roll …

Casper Raises $1.6M To Offer A New Approach To Building And Selling Mattresses

Casper, a startup that says it’s developing a “vertically integrated” approach to the mattress industry, is announcing that it has raised $1.6 million in seed funding.<p>The round was led by Lerer Ventures, with participation from Norwest Venture Partners, Crosslink Partners, Vaizra Investments, and …

Curated Shopping Service Outfittery Raises €13M To Improve Men’s Fashion Sense

Outfittery, a curated shopping service for men’s clothing, has raised €13 million in new funding to expand into other European markets beyond Germany, Austria and Switzerland where it currently operates.<p>The round was led by Germany’s Highland Capital Partners Europe, with participation from …

Plant-Based Food Startup Hampton Creek Foods Raises $23M Round Led By Horizons Ventures

It looks like investors think there’s a big opportunity in Hampton Creek Foods‘ mission of creating tasty, affordable alternatives to animal-based foods — the company is announcing that it has raised $23 million in Series B funding.<p>The round was led by Hong Kong businessman Li Ka-shing’s …

Brightup Is A Smart Home Lighting System That Works With Your Existing Bulbs And Lamps

Smart home lighting is a growing field, with entrants including Philips and LIFX, but one other new contender has a different approach that might appeal more to some. The Brightup system consists of plug socket hardware and in-wall dimmers, connected to and controlled by a central hub via Z-Wave RF …

How supermarkets get your data – and what they do with it

It doesn't matter if you are part of a loyalty scheme, pay by card or even cash, 'Big Brother' supermarkets know your every move<p>We all know supermarkets use information about our shopping habits to target us with personalised vouchers and offers – but how would you feel about sitting down to watch …

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FORTUNE — Andrew Braccia, a Silicon Valley venture capitalist, often rolls his eyes when he comes across yet another list of the hottest New York startups. Most often, Squarespace, which he helped to finance, does not make the cut. Yet, he says, Squarespace is bigger and more successful than most …

Qordoba Raises $1.5M To Be The Tech-Focused Leader Of The Localization Market

Dubai-based Qordoba solves a need your own startup may have encountered: namely, that of localizing your product to new markets. It does so using human editors, translators and subject matter experts, as you might expect a company like this to do, but it has a strong tech focus, too. The market …

It's now possible to run Android 4.2.2 on the BlackBerry Z10, sort of

An update for Blackberry’s not-so-popular BB10 has started rolling out, and with the update to 10.2.1 comes the ability to easily run Android apps. Although BB10 has been able to run Android apps for a while now, previously .APK files first had to be converted to the .BAR format before they would …

Android News

Svbtle opens its simple and stylish blogs up to everyone

The blogging platform Svbtle is opening up to everyone. For nearly two years now, Svbtle has garnered attention for its simple and beautiful blog designs, but membership has been quite exclusive, at times requiring interested members to actually apply for access. Svbtle creator Dustin Curtis says …

iPhone Replaces Hotel Room Keys in New Pilot Program

Starwood Hotels & Resorts is implementing a new pilot program that will see two key hotel locations in Manhattan and Silicon Valley allowing guests to enter their rooms with their smartphones, reports <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>.<p>After installing the Starwood Preferred Guest (SGP) App, guests will …

947 companies in 43 categories: the increasingly crowded marketing technology landscape

Ion Interactive CTO and marketing technologist Scott Brinker has released version 3.0 of his “marketing technology landscape supergraphic.”<p>It’s certainly super.<p>The icon-strewn graphic contains a staggering 947 companies that offer mostly web-based software as a service for marketers — yet another …

Plated delivers ingredients and prep instructions to your door

Plated has created the un-grocery-shopping-trip. The company received $5 million in its first round of funding today.<p>While there are plenty of companies that will deliver groceries to your door, and plenty more companies that will deliver fully-cooked healthy meals to your door, Plated delivers the …

Pirate Bay unveils ambitious new software scheme to foil anti-piracy measures

The Pirate Bay has announced a surprising new tool to foil copyright enforcers, moving the entire site to a distributed network accessible only through Pirate Bay's own unique software. The new system builds on open source projects like LibTorrent, holding all potentially incriminating data in a …

Why This Startup Chose The Midwest Over Silicon Valley

A new app on the market claims to helps shoppers shop and spend smarter. Wisely combines the social search functions of sites like Yelp and Foursquare with an easy personal finance tracker, all in one app.<p>Wisely founders Mike Vichich and Tyler Felous met at the global consulting firm Accenture, …

Dear God, Oracle is at it again — It’s buying Responsys for $1.5B to bulk up its marketing cloud

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>Credit: Flickr / Oracle_Photos_Screenshots<p>Oracle(s orcl) continues to build its marketing software arsenal, announcing plans …