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Dell Files IPO for Cybersecurity Unit

Oct 09, 8:02PM

13334048894_6e8b421c4e_o Dell Inc. has filed confidentially for an IPO for its SecureWorks cybersecurity unit, TechCrunch has confirmed. The IPO is anticipated to happen before the end of the year. First reported by the Wall Street Journal, SecureWorks could be valued at up to $2 billion. The report said that SecureWorks is working with Bank of America and Morgan Stanley to manage the IPO. Dell acquired SecureWorks… Read More

More Funding Won't Magically Fix Your Startup

Oct 09, 8:00PM

giphy (30) Some entrepreneurs think that (more) money will solve all their company’s problems. Read More

The Dog Ate Our Homework, Google Drive Is Down

Oct 09, 7:31PM

harddrives OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG. If you’ve noticed that Google Drive and all of the apps that save to it are acting a bit shaky today, you’re not alone. Google updated their Apps status page to show that the company is looking into reported issues. It’s showing up as a “service disruption” so nothing is down completely. But nothing is loading either. What do you mean… Read More

This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Google And Microsoft And We're Back!!!

Oct 09, 7:00PM

gadgets151009 Did you miss us? The Gadgets Podcast has been fully interrupted by TC Disrupt and subsequent TC Meetups in various cities, but what is dead may never die. Or, put more simply, we’re back. Today, we’re discussing the latest news out of Google and Microsoft, which includes plenty of hardware: phones, gaming consoles, tablets, and I hear there is even a special new pen. We discuss… Read More

The New Amazon Fire TV Is A Hi-Resolution Box That Does It All

Oct 09, 6:49PM

IMG_5501 The history of media streamers has always trended towards the cheap and powerful. The first streamers, essentially massive Windows PCs with some media tricks built-in, were toys for enthusiasts. Then the Apple TV, Boxee, and Roku started making media streaming boxes into commodities thanks to smaller electronics and a race to the bottom. Now, with the $99 Fire TV we have reached the epitome of… Read More

NEA Backs On-Demand Beauty Business Glamsquad In $15 Million Series B

Oct 09, 5:44PM

Screen Shot 2015-10-09 at 1.34.13 PM New York-based Glamsquad, a startup in the “Uber for X” category of on-demand businesses, has just raised another $15 million for its mobile beauty service that brings hair stylists, makeup artists or nail techs to wherever you are – home, office or hotel – instead of requiring a trip to the salon. The Series B funding was led by New Enterprise Associates, and… Read More

Wonderloop Launches A Web Version Of Its Video Profiles App

Oct 09, 5:31PM

Screen Shot 2015-10-09 at 6.50.26 PM Wonderloop — a startup which allows people to showcase themselves through short 10 to 15 second video profiles (think a sort of “LinkedIn for video”) thus replacing the static bios of traditional social networks — was previously only available via its iOS app. But today it’s launched a Web site which shows all the profiles online. Hanna Aase, founder and CEO,… Read More

The (Predictable) Misunderstanding Of Twitter Moments

Oct 09, 5:15PM

Screen Shot 2015-10-09 at 9.50.19 AM Twitter Moments launched this week, which caught none of Twitter’s most hardcore users by surprise. We knew it by the name of “Project Lightning,” I refer to it as “Project Glacier” because it slows things down for folks who aren’t use to drinking from the water hose. One of the most talked about aspects of Moments is the lack of… Read More

Relay FM Launches iOS App To Discover New Podcast Shows

Oct 09, 4:43PM

Relay FM app Talking about podcasts, podcast network Relay FM released an iOS app today to showcase its 17 shows for creative, curious and obsessive people. It’s a polished app with gorgeous animated artworks. It’s great to discover the network and then subscribe to a few shows in your favorite podcast app. Read More

13 TechCrunch Stories You Don't Want To Miss This Week

Oct 09, 4:30PM

weekly roundup USE This week, Microsoft announced new hardware, Twitter finally got a permanent CEO, and Facebook confirmed it is working on augmented reality. Here in the TechCrunch studio, we talked about India’s massive mobile market with Mohit Aron on Bullish, and our video team took a trip to the DogVacay HQ on TC Cribs. These are the biggest stories of the week. 1. Microsoft held a massive… Read More

iOS Podcast App Overcast Adds Streaming, Drops Price To Free

Oct 09, 3:50PM

Overcast 2.0 Marco Arment just released a major update to its popular podcast app for iOS, Overcast. This update brings many under-the-hood improvements as well as a few new major features. Arment is also switching its pricing model entirely as the app is now completely free with an optional patronage subscription. Read More

Facebook Now Lets You Frame Your Profile Pic To Show Support For Your Favorite College Football Team

Oct 09, 3:47PM

fb-college-composite Facebook has been allowing users have a lot more fun with their profile pictures lately. Last month, the company introduced support for 7-second, looping videos instead of static images as well as new, temporary profile pics that let you show support for a cause, like users did with gay marriage by making their photos rainbow-colored. (These will later revert to your original photo after a… Read More

Pixar Studios Doubles Effects In Upcoming Film 'The Good Dinosaur'

Oct 09, 3:23PM

AN UNLIKELY PAIR - In Disney•Pixar's THE GOOD DINOSAUR, Arlo, an Apatosaurus, encounters a human named Spot. Together, they brave an epic journey through a harsh and mysterious landscape. Directed by Peter Sohn, THE GOOD DINOSAUR opens in theaters nationwide Nov. 25, 2015.  ©2015 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved. “The Good Dinosaur” will feature twice as many special effects as any Pixar film that has come before, Pixar Studios told TechCrunch on a recent visit. The film hitting theaters in November centers on Arlo, a young dinosaur who is swept down a river and has to make his way back to his family. On his way he encounters a human boy named Spot, who becomes his companion and protector… Read More

Can We Get Entrepreneurs And Politicians To Speed Date?

Oct 09, 3:00PM

peoplepolitician Entrepreneurs need to be more politically engaged. When we think of regulatory hurdles that entrepreneurs face, we think about Uber and Airbnb. But outdated policies affect startups in every industry, including banking, healthcare and transportation. Read More

Segment Raises $27 Million For Its "One API To Rule Them All"

Oct 09, 2:49PM

integrations@2x Segment, a Y Combinator-backed startup that allows businesses to use a single API for event tracking in order to send data to hundreds of different tools and databases, including Google Analytics, MailChimp, KISSmetrics, Omniture, Mixpanel, Quantcast, Flurry, and much more, today announced an additional $27 million in Series B funding, led by Thrive Capital. Existing investors Accel… Read More

betaworks Launches Dexter, An Open Platform For Building Integration-Driven Web Apps

Oct 09, 2:45PM

dexter betaworks has today launched the latest product out of its Hacker-In-Residence program, meant to help developers and laymen alike develop third-party API integrations into an app that can be distributed and used via a single link. Dexter, as it were, is an open web platform, and offers developers the opportunity to build and share modules or “blocks”. Those can range from an… Read More

Meet Sounds, A Music App That Lets You Share Songs On Instagram

Oct 09, 2:42PM

Sounds What if the Instagram of song samples was… Instagram? This is what a French startup is currently noticing with its latest app. Sounds is an iPhone and Android app that lets you discover music and also seamlessly share your favorite songs to multiple social networks, including Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook Messenger and Tinder. Read More

LogMeIn Acquires Password Management Software LastPass For $110 Million

Oct 09, 2:07PM

lastpass With an increasing number of data breaches putting users’ personal information at risk, a company that helps online users better manage their account information with various websites and services, as well as help customers run security checks on their accounts, seems like it would have the potential for serious growth. That’s what remote access software maker LogMeIn is hoping,… Read More

Driverless Car Accident Reports Make Unhappy Reading For Humans

Oct 09, 12:55PM

google-self-driving-car California’s DMV has published all the official accident reports involving autonomous vehicles tested on the region’s roads, covering the period from last September to date. The data mostly pertains to Google’s driverless vehicles, with eight of the nine reports involving Mountain View robot cars. Read More

Venturra Capital Is A Big-Hitting $150M Fund For Startups In Southeast Asia

Oct 09, 10:30AM

southeast asia map In a further sign of the increasing maturity of Southeast Asia’s startup ecosystem, a new fund has emerged to offer yet more financing options for emerging tech companies. Venturra Capital is a new, big-hitting $150 million fund announced this week that is focused on the region, where mobile internet adoption is rising rapidly across a cumulative population of over 600 million. Read More

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