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In-Image Ad Company GumGum Raises $26M

May 28, 12:45PM

gumgum GumGum announced this morning that it has raised $26 million in Series C funding. Founded in 2007, the company offers technology to identify the content of an image, then place ads to match the picture — for example, here’s a GumGum-powered Coke ad that appears in an image of “healthy” pizza. The company also says it has expanded beyond in-image ads to offer a… Read More

Gracenote Spent $54 Million Buying Two Companies To Launch A New Sports Data Product

May 28, 12:00PM

gracenote tms Music and video metadata company Gracenote is launching a new product for a new vertical, getting into sports data for the first time. To power the new sports product the company has acquired a couple of companies — Infostrada and SportsDirect — for a combined $54 million. Read More

Salesforce Helps Customers Ride Wave To Big Data Platforms

May 28, 12:00PM

Man in row boat on ocean waves made of bits and bytes. Salesforce Wave, the data analysis platform that released last Fall, was originally conceived to visualize Salesforce data, but the company is always tinkering with its products. Today it announced a series of connectors that link Wave with popular big data tools with the idea of bringing external data sources to the platform. Partners include Cloudera, Google, New… Read More

Alibaba Expands Logistics Network To Power Next-Day Grocery Deliveries In More Chinese Cities

May 28, 10:58AM

groceries Over the past two years, groceries have become an increasingly important segment for Chinese e-commerce companies. Now Alibaba, which is facing slowing growth despite its leading market position, is ramping up the growth of its countrywide logistics network to power next-day deliveries. Read More

Facebook Brings Its Controversial Initiative To Pakistan

May 28, 10:57AM

Screenshot 2015-05-28 17.52.39 Facebook’s initiative to provide basic internet access for free has been heavily criticized over the past few months, but its business as usual for the U.S. company after its service rolled into Pakistan today. Read More

Jolla Pushes BRICS Partnerships To Target Android In Emerging Markets

May 28, 10:54AM

jolla India Finnish mobile upstart Jolla, whose linux-based Sailfish OS is marketed as a more flexible alternative to the dominant platforms of Android and iOS, is stepping up its push to win friends and influence mobile users in the BRICs cluster of emerging markets — ahead of the release of Sailfish 2.0 this summer, which will be the first version of its OS that OEMs can license. Read More

London's Passion Capital Raises $69M For Its Second Early Stage Fund

May 28, 7:41AM

Passion Capital London-based Passion Capital has raised a second fund for investing in early stage U.K.-based startups — today announcing a coffer of £45 million ($69M) to power its next phase of investments. Read More

Microblogging Site Weibo Invests $142M In China's Top Taxi-Hailing Firm Didi Kuaidi

May 28, 6:36AM

Sina Weibo app Weibo, the NYSE-listed microblogging company in China, is an unlikely investor in China’s soon-to-merge taxi-hailing apps Didi Dache and Kuaidi Dache. Read More

Lenovo Launches Motorola's Moto Maker Customization Suite In China

May 28, 5:49AM

motorola-lenovo Lenovo re-introduced Motorola smartphones to China in January, and now it has launched the Moto Maker customization service there too. Read More

Lenovo Releases A Media Stream Puck

May 28, 4:00AM

Accessories Lifestyle Photos Lenovo Cast Lifestyle Photo High Re This thing somehow sticks to an HDTV. Called the Lenovo Cast, it’s the firm’s first media streaming device and is designed to work with Android devices. Launching this August at $49 and lacking native apps, it’s a more expensive Chromecast, but don’t write off Lenovo’s product just yet. Read More

Pinterest Testing Implicit Bias Training For Managers

May 28, 1:52AM

FullSizeRender Diversity is a running theme across this year’s Code conference, but unlike some of the other CEO guests, Pinterest CEO Ben Silberman was well-versed on what the diversity statistics are at his company. Pinterest, thanks largely to the efforts of Tracy Chou, a prominent software engineer, released its first global diversity report last July, with the results showing that Pinterest was… Read More

SumoMe Is An App Store For Tools To Grow Your Online Traffic

May 28, 12:55AM

sumome “The first app store for websites” — that’s how AppSumo co-founder Noah Kagan describes the company’s new-ish product SumoMe. What does that actually mean? Basically, Kagan aims to create a one-stop shop (yes, it’s a cliché, but one I feel justified using since it’s a literal store) where people can find tools to improve their websites. Just add just… Read More

GoPro Working On A VR Camera Array And Quadcopter Drone

May 28, 12:28AM

IMG_3465 Today, GoPro announced that it was working on an array that combines 6 GoPro Hero cameras for spherical shots all at once. CEO Nick Woodman says that when Facebook bought Oculus, the ‘gauntlet was dropped’ and GoPro started work on a spherical setup that could generate content for virtual reality and augmented reality systems. Woodman also said that the company has software in… Read More

Follow Our Google I/O 2015 Keynote Live Blog May 28 At 9:30 AM PT

May 27, 11:55PM

IMG_9984 Google’s I/O developer conference for 2015 kicks off tomorrow, with a keynote that begins at 9:30 AM PT. Google typically uses this to make big, splashy announcements about its software platforms and products, and to go into additional detail about what the changes mean to developers especially. We’ll have a special team of highly talented TechCrunch individuals at the event,… Read More

Pinterest Adds A Few Tools To Integrate More Easily With Squarespace

May 27, 11:17PM

Screen Shot of Pinterest Integration in Squarespace (1) Squarespace users this afternoon will get a set of tools that will enable them to more easily publish content to Pinterest and gather data about the traffic those pins are driving to their site. Previously, adding Pinterest tools like the Pin It button would require a small amount of code added directly to the site, but the new integration has built it into the user interface of the… Read More

Target Wants To Offer Apple Pay, But Focus Is On Chip And Pin

May 27, 10:54PM

IMG_3461 Target CEO Brian Cornell said today at the Code conference that the company is committed to offering Apple Pay as an option for customers. “I’d love to have Apple Pay in our system right now,” said Cornell, adding that he sat down with Tim Cook and explained that Target would be supporting it. Read More

Apple Is Working With Postmates To Offer Same-Day Delivery

May 27, 10:49PM

postmates-apple_1024 Apple has partnered with on-demand delivery startup Postmates to offer same-day delivery of certain items in the Apple Store. We’ve been able to order items from the nearest Apple Store on the Postmates app for a while. However, this is a pilot partnership between the Apple Store app and the on-demand delivery startup. Apple fans can get items delivered to them via Postmates such as a… Read More

Come To The TechCrunch 10-Year Birthday Meetup

May 27, 9:42PM

tc10-post3 On Saturday June 6 we are celebrating the ten year birthday of TechCrunch. 1,500 people will gather from 12-3 p.m. at the Presidio in San Francisco. Like the meetups ten years ago at my house in Atherton, it will be a party, a bbq and a celebration of startups. I can’t wait to spend the days with new friends and old. Get one of the few remaining tickets here. Read More

A Requiem For Pakistani Activist And Entrepreneurial Advocate Sabeen Mahmud

May 27, 9:30PM

Supporters of prominent women's rights activist Sabeen Mahmud Housed in a dusty street in Karachi, Pakistan, the community space for artists, creatives and entrepreneurs, The Second Floor (T2F), doesn’t look like much from the outside. Inside the space beams with light, color, art, and most importantly space. It was space that motivated Sabeen Mahmud to open up T2F in 2007. It was also the reason she was murdered last month as she left an event… Read More

What To Expect From Google I/O 2015

May 27, 9:25PM

io15-color Google I/O begins Thursday, kicking off with the usual keynote from the search giant during which it generally drops a lot of news. We’ll be there to cover it live as it happens, but a lot of info, rumor and speculation has already been making the rounds about just what we’ll see announced. Here’s a round-up of what to expect, what isn’t all that likely, and what might… Read More

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