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Mirantis scores huge OpenStack win with VW

Apr 06, 4:01AM

VW logo on car. Mirantis, one of the last pure play OpenStack startups left standing announced a major win today when VW chose them over Red Hat for an enormous OpenStack implementation. It was huge for Mirantis and for the open source OpenStack project. VW knew it wanted to run a private cloud on OpenStack. The only question was the vendor. After a call for requests for proposals it came down to two:… Read More

Social payments startup Circle rolls into Europe

Apr 06, 4:01AM

circle-landing It may have started as a Bitcoin wallet but veteran entrepreneur Jeremy Allaire’s fintech startup Circle has since shifted focus to social payments, launching an app in Q4 last year that lets users send U.S. dollars to settle IOUs between each other, with its pitch being it makes payments as easy as firing off an SMS. Read More

Google Calendar's Reminders feature is now on the web

Apr 06, 3:18AM

Google Reminders for the web Way back in December, Google added a to-do function called Reminders to the Google Calendar iOS and Android apps. Now, at long last, it is available for the web. Read More

Goldman Sachs-backed CompareAsiaGroup gets new CEO ahead of its second round of funding

Apr 06, 2:39AM

CompareAsiaGroup CEO Sam Allen CompareAsiaGroup, a consumer finance startup backed by Goldman Sachs Investment Partners, has appointed Sam Allen as its new chief executive officer. Allen previously worked at KKR, where he was a director on the private equity investment firm’s portfolio operations team. Read More

Why Facebook failed with Free Basics

Apr 06, 1:00AM

Indian demonstrators of Free Software Movement Karnataka hold placards during a protest against Facebook's Free Basics initiative, in Bangalore on January 2, 2016.  The group's demonstration was aimed at urging members of the public to say "no to free basics" which they allege will affect net neutrality and give Facebook monopoly over the internet.   (Photo: MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP/Getty Images) Land grab! Net neutrality! Imperialism! There was a lot of justified outrage (and perhaps delight) when Mark Zuckerberg’s dream of bringing the Internet to rural Indians came crashing down recently, fueled by the 11 million people who contacted the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India in protest and 457 companies and more than 800 startups that signed letters vehemently opposing… Read More

Adidas wants to put these Zone fitness trackers on every kid in PE class

Apr 06, 12:00AM

CHARGER-5 Everybody likes a good fitness tracker, but nobody is thinking about the children. The poor dears are being left out of the wearable revolution — looks like it’s up to Adidas to put a gadget on every wrist and a smile on every PE teacher’s face. Read More

Collaborative Fund sets its eyes on consumer goods

Apr 05, 11:00PM

Screen Shot 2016-04-05 at 12.17.34 PM Collaborative Fund is launching a new fund today. Called the Collab+Consumer fund, it’s part of Collaborative Fund’s third $70 million fund that’s geared toward finding companies that make consumer goods — like food and clothing. To be sure, the space is heating up. There are emerging companies focused on single products and businesses, like coffee shops that… Read More

People feel weird about touching robot butts, researchers find

Apr 05, 10:36PM

naobutt2 How would you feel if a robot asked you to touch its butt? Maybe it sounds like a silly question (actually, there’s no maybe about it), but as robots proliferate and anthropomorphize, it’s actually something that needs to be considered. So scientists at Stanford considered it. Read More

NVIDIA announces a supercomputer aimed at deep learning and AI

Apr 05, 9:40PM

nvidia dgx The sophisticated neural networks underlying systems like Google’s Deep Dream and all manner of interesting experiments require a great deal of computing power. NVIDIA proposes to put all that horsepower in a single box, specially engineered to meet the needs of AI researchers. Read More

ClearChat picks a heavily-encrypted fight with Slack

Apr 05, 9:04PM

Lock Slack has a lot of functions, but end-to-end encryption isn’t one of them, which makes the platform a no-go for some users. Along comes ClearChat to serve the needs of the slightly more security-conscious teams, with chat, file transfer and more. ClearChat describes its service as “a combination of Slack and Dropbox,” except with some military-grade encryption thrown in. Read More

The reality of AR/VR business models

Apr 05, 7:00PM

bizvr There is nearly as much confusion as there is excitement about augmented and virtual reality. While VR could be big and AR could be bigger (and take longer), there are more questions than answers out there. I’ll be doing a deep dive on one aspect of AR/VR every month. This month we’re kicking off with business models. AR/VR hardware sales, e-commerce sales, ad spend and mobile… Read More

TiE Global Chairman Venktesh Shukla Joins Fenox Venture Capital as General Partner

Apr 05, 6:56PM

Fenox Venture Capital General Partner Venktesh Shukla Fenox Venture Capital is bringing on TiE Global Chairman and the founder of TiE Angels, Venktesh Shukla, as General Partner. For the unfamiliar, TiE is a nonprofit mentoring network for entrepreneurs and promoter of entrepreneurship worldwide. Its annual conference, TiEcon, is in its 23rd year. According to Fenox VC partners, the firm will rely on Shukla to source deals in, as well as help… Read More

Thrive Market brings its organic grocery store to Android

Apr 05, 4:57PM

thrive market banner A company tapping into consumers’ growing desire for healthier food and organic products, Thrive Market is today bringing its online grocery store to Android users with the launch of a dedicated mobile application. The new app will allow users to shop for natural and organic products right from their phone, including its more recently launched private label items. Described as a… Read More

WhatsApp completes end-to-end encryption rollout

Apr 05, 4:40PM

whatsapp encryption It’s a security project that’s taken around two years to complete, but messaging giant WhatsApp has now fully implemented strong end-to-end encryption on its platform and across all mobile platforms for which it offers apps. Read More

Marijuana deliverer Meadow rolls up $2.1M for dispensary sales software

Apr 05, 4:39PM

Meadow Feature Meadow already lets you get a prescription for medical marijuana over video chat and order from a nearby shop that delivers. Now it wants to be the backbone of the weed business, too. Pot dispensaries can’t use standard point-of-sale or inventory software because they aren’t compliant with the industry’s strict regulations. So over the last year, since graduating Y… Read More

Twitter makes it easier to share tweets privately with new button on iOS and Android

Apr 05, 4:30PM

Screen Shot 2016-04-05 at 11.06.49 AM While nowhere near as big as this morning’s news that Twitter will live stream the NFL’s Thursday Night Football, the company is announcing another change to its service today aimed at increasing the functionality and usage of its Direct Message (private messaging) feature. Starting today, the company is adding a new “Message” button to tweets on iOS and Android that… Read More

Lydia is launching a bot to pay back your friends directly from Slack

Apr 05, 4:28PM

lydia-P2P Lydia and Slack are two charming services and I like using them. So when I learned the two of them were having a baby together, you bet I was excited. Lydia is a French payment app, a sort of Venmo for Europe like stealth startup Cookies. It lets you instantly send and receive money with your friends without paying any fee. And it’s Read More

Cookies teases its payment app that wants to become the Venmo of Europe

Apr 05, 4:16PM

Founders-GarryKrugljakow-LamineCheloufi-Cookies2 Cookies wants to become the Venmo of Europe with a consumer app to pay back your friends in no time and with no fees. The company promises a speedy onboarding experience and a great design. And today, the company is showing a bit more about the app. Read More

Flywheel raises $4M for its designer-focused WordPress hosting platform

Apr 05, 4:11PM

flywheel WordPress sites make up a massive chunk of the Internet, so it’s no surprise there are also plenty of services that specialize in hosting them. WordPress hosting and management service Flywheel, which focuses on designers and creative agencies, today announced it has raised a $4 million Series A round led by Kansas City’s Five Elms Capital. This round comes about a year and a… Read More

Chat app Kik launches a bot store and anyone can make bots for it

Apr 05, 4:05PM

Bot Shop 3 Phones It seems like barely a day passes without some notable mention of chat bots in the tech industry. Now one of North America’s most used chat apps has jumped on the wagon after Kik, the billion dollar mobile messaging service particularly popular with young people, opened its doors to bots. Read More

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