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PeeqPeeq, The App That Lets You “Shop Your Email” Expands, As Company’s Next Take On Reimagining The Inbox Starts Testing

PeeqPeeq, a mobile and tablet application that lets users “shop their email,” is launching its first major update today, after initially debuting its email-based catalog on iTunes just last month. The update expands the app’s reach beyond Gmail, to now include all of the Microsoft email domains, …

Nifti Brings Its Smart Shopping Wishlist And Price Tracker To iPhone

Nifti, a Google Ventures-backed shopping startup which first debuted its price tracking and alerts service this summer, is today making the move to mobile. The company is launching its iOS application by the same name, while also offering a slightly different take from what Nifti does online. On …

With HarperCollins Deal, Scribd Unveils Its Bid To Become The Netflix For Books

The latest company making a bid to bring the subscription model to the book world is one that may already be familiar to TechCrunch readers — social publishing service Scribd.<p>Scribd first launched in 2007, offering users a platform for users to share documents and other written content. We use it …

Rocket Internet’s HelloFresh Says Hello To $7.5M, As The Meal Prep Service Sets Its Eyes On The U.S.

Berlin’s Rocket Internet has of late made a big business out of incubating and growing e-commerce startups in emerging markets, far away from the U.S. where the competitive field is much more crowded. But today comes news of a funding round for portfolio company HelloFresh that will be used to …

With Launch of iOS App, 99dresses Goes Mobile-Only For Dress Swapping Goodness

99dresses, the Y Combinator graduate that gives women the ability to hit “refresh” on their wardrobes as often as they like through clothing swaps, has gone mobile-only with the launch of its new iOS app. The startup has fundamentally reworked the virtual currency system on which its swaps operate, …

EBay Debuts Its Answer To Amazon Lockers: Click & Collect At Retail Stores, While eBay Now Goes Abroad

E-commerce giant eBay today made its latest moves to blur the lines between online and offline commerce, and it’s chosen the UK to do it: it launched a new “Click & Collect” service, where shoppers can buy goods from eBay online and then select a physical retail location where they can be …

Branding Brand Rides M-Commerce Wave To $9.5 Million Series B

You may not be familiar with the m-commerce vendor known as Branding Brand, but you’ve likely encountered its work. The company, which is today announcing a $9.5 million Series B, powers the mobile e-commerce sites and apps for more than 200 of the top retailers worldwide, including American Eagle …

Growing Payment-Splitting Platform PayByGroup Expands Internationally

PayByGroup, a 500 Startups-backed payments platform that lets friends split the cost of purchase on bigger items like vacation rentals, parties, trips, sports tickets and more, is now making its service available internationally. The San Francisco-based startup has partnered with 53 payment …

MyTAG Wants To Make Local Selling Safer And Simpler

Spotted in the Startup Alley at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2013, myTAG is a soon-to-launch online platform for local selling that aims to make the e-commerce experience more transparent between buyer and seller by adding “social proof” into the equation. That is, instead of only looking at anonymous …

Songdrop Brings Its ‘Delicious For Music’ To iOS As It Finds A Fan In Japan

Songdrop, the service that lets you bookmark, create playlists and stream music from the Web, has made good on its promise to launch an iOS app enabling curated music to be listened to on-the-go. The new Songdrop app supports music/video from YouTube, Soundcloud, Bandcamp, and Vimeo — with most of …

Juengo Loyalty Platform Rewards For Actions Not Purchases

Most loyalty platforms work on the simple premise that you are rewarded with a variable number points based on the purchases you make, and you can redeem those points for additional merchandise or services. Look no further than the airlines for the contemporary model…they practically invented it. …

Rapt.fm Launches In Beta To Enable Live Rap Battles To Happen Anytime, Anywhere

We first met Detroit-based startup Rapt.fm back in November 2012, when we were swinging through town for the TechCrunch Northern Meetups. It’s safe to say that Erik Torenberg was the first startup CEO I’d ever met whose demo included a freestyle rap. And the product, though then still in an early …

Robotic pet care: While you’re at work, this bot takes care of your best friend

Stuck at work doing overtime and not able to get home to feed your pet?<p>No need to worry; just pick up your smartphone. With the press of a button, you’re able to dispense food from Korean startup SinglePet’s hardware at home. The service even allows pets and their owners to interact through a live …

E-Commerce Startup CouchCommerce Snags A Seed Round For Mobilizing Magento Shops

The move to mobilize e-commerce websites continues. Last week, a company called ShopPad, which turns Shopify and Magento sites into tablet-friendly formats, announced $500,000 in seed funding. Today, Hanover, Germany-based competitor CouchCommerce is announcing some seed funding of its own. …

Meet Human, A Beautiful Fitness Tracking App To Help You Effortlessly Stay Healthy

Human is a newcomer in the crowded fitness space, but its take is different. Instead of being a stat-heavy activity app like RunKeeper or a life tracker gadget like Withings, Fitbit or Jawbone, Human is a passive iOS app designed to help you stay healthy. The goal is to move for 30 minutes every …

How Amazon Is Tackling Personalization And Curation For Sellers On Its Marketplace

When it comes to personalization, Amazon has been one of the pioneers in mining and using data to create a more curated e-commerce experience for consumers. But by now, nearly all e-commerce companies and marketplaces have caught on and are using more personalized recommendations to enhance the …

Stealth Startup Fantex Wants To Make It Possible For Celebrities To IPO

If corporations can be people, why can’t people be corporations? A stealth startup called Fantex aims to allow celebrities and professional athletes to file for initial public offerings (IPOs).<p>The quoted text and screenshots in this article are from the Fantex app the company had launched in the …

ShopPad Raises $500K To Instantly Turn Online Shops Into iPad-Friendly Websites

ShopPad, an e-commerce platform that turns retailers’ desktop websites into tablet-optimized experiences, is today announcing $500,000 in seed funding for its software-as-a-service technology now used by more than 10,000 online merchants. Angels in the round include Mashery co-founder and CEO of …

Gilt Launches Personalized Sales, Because Personalization Is Where It’s At

Personalization seems to be the name of the game in e-commerce right now, and to that end, the luxury flash sales site Gilt has just added a user-specific sales page to their offerings. The algorithm-powered feature, aptly called “Your Personal Sale,” culls and presents the best sales for each user …

Nudge Is Like Reddit For Social Activities

Social planning continues to be a hot topic for developers, and the latest new service out of San Francisco is taking a different approach to the whole thing. Nudge, a mobile and desktop web app, crowdsources activities from people in the area and surfaces the best ones to the top of the list.<p>The …

One Size Fits All? JustFab Merges With ShoeDazzle In Fashion Commerce Consolidation Play

Some consolidation in the world of fashion commerce: JustFab and ShoeDazzle, two sites from Southern California that both sell shoes, accessories and apparel, have just announced a merger, which they say will create the world’s biggest fashion subscription commerce player, with 33 million members …

PriceGrabber Boosts Local And Mobile Presence By Acquiring Fashion App Snapette

Snapette, a fashion app for local designer shopping, has been acquired by the comparison shopping and daily deals website PriceGrabber for an undisclosed sum. This is PriceGrabber’s first acquisition since it was founded in 1999.<p>While PriceGrabber is a massive e-commerce aggregate in the same vein …

‘Hometown’ Food Delivery Startup OrderUp Launches A Mobile App

It used to be if you wanted to get food delivered, you had to pick up the phone and call a place. Then you could go online and place an order direct through the Interwebs. Now people will be able to use their phones again, as Baltimore-based OrderUp is launching a native mobile app that will help …

Thiel Fellow Launches A Topical Energy Spray For Absorbing Caffeine Through Your Skin

Between Rockstars and Red Bulls, Thiel fellow Ben Yu and Deven Soni believe there is a $45 billion market up for grabs.<p>They’re looking to attack it with not another consumable drink, but rather a sprayable form of caffeine that you absorb through your skin.<p>Called Sprayable Energy, it’s an unscented …

Frank & Oak Debuts StyleScape, A New Personalization Platform With Pinboard-Style Collections

Montreal-based startup Frank & Oak has made good progress since its launch in February 2012, quickly ramping up to over 700,000 users in total, with around 75 percent of that business coming from the lucrative U.S. market. Today, it’s launching its personalization platform, dubbed StyleScape, which …

London Startup Pocket Shop Launches 1-Hour Supermarket Delivery Service Powered By Local Pedestrian Pickers

Too time-strapped to get your grocery shopping in? Can’t face another dinner made from polenta and rice crackers, the two remaining foodstuffs in your cupboard? Bleeding to death because you keep cutting yourself shaving and forgetting to buy plasters? London startup Pocket Shop feels your pain. …

Online Textbook Rental Firm Chegg Files For $150 Million IPO

Online textbook rental company Chegg today filed for a $150 million initial public offering. Its proposed ticker symbol is CHGG.<p>The company had revenue of $149 million in 2010, $172 million in 2011 and $213 million in 2012. In the first half of 2013, Chegg had revenue of $117 million. That compares …

“Pandora For E-Commerce” StyleSeek Raises $750K More In Seed Funding

Chicago-based StyleSeek has raised $750,000 more in pre-Series A funding for its e-commerce recommendations service for lifestyle products, which is today primarily focused on men’s and women’s fashion. Though the service competes with a number of product aggregators on the market, like Wanelo, …

Sosh Nabs $10.1M Series B Led By Khosla Ventures To Take Its Activity Concierge Into New Cities

If you live in NY or SF, chances are you’ve heard of Sosh, the activity concierge that serves up things to do in your city with nary a search query on your part. Well, today, the company has raised a $10.1 million Series B led by Khosla Ventures to fuel expansion into new cities.<p>Current investors …

Max Landis Explains What His 'Chronicle' Sequel Would Have Been – /Film

The first <i>Chronicle</i> did well enough that Fox quickly snapped screenwriter <b>Max Landis</b> back up to pen a sequel. But then word spread that the studio was …

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