All posts by: williams

How the M14 Industries Dragons’ Den deal collapsed

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“Hello, I’m John. I’m from M14 Industries and we are a dating company,” explained John Kershaw as he stepped onto the set of the BBC television show Dragons’ Den. The Manchester-based startup was pitching its dating and social app-building platform for an investment of £80,000 for 15 percent ..

This is the Samsung Galaxy S8

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Behold. The Samsung Galaxy S8 a month before you’re supposed to see it. This image comes from professional leaker, Evan Blass, who is responsible for a good chunk of the mobile phone leaks. The image here shows a redesigned Galaxy phone. It lacks physical buttons and still has the wrap-around screen ..

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Lux Capital closes $400 million fund to back startups ‘inventing the future’

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Lux Capital’s portfolio companies sound like they ripped their product concepts from the pages of science fiction. Among these are self-driving car startup Zoox, a company gathering oceanographic data from fleets of autonomously operating boats called Saildrone, Desktop Metal whose 3-D printers that ..

MobileIron adding IoT management to its arsenal

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MobileIron, which went public in 2014, has been known mostly for helping large companies manage mobile devices, especially in a time when people tend to bring their own. Today it announced it was expanding that mission to the Internet of Things. When you think about it, it’s a logical move for a company ..

Twitter’s advertising business is stalling

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Twitter may have re-oriented itself and laid off part of its workforce to streamline its business, but it still doesn’t look like it is bringing in enough money to keep Wall Street happy. Here is the biggest data point from the company’s fourth-quarter earnings report: according to the company, ..

YouTube Kids gets its own original shows

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YouTube Kids, the app offering a curated selection of age-appropriate videos sourced from YouTube, is launching its own original programming, the company announced today. The four new shows are a part of the YouTube Red subscription service, and were created with the kids’ app in mind. This is also ..

Confirmed: UK challenger bank Monzo raises \u00a319.5M with another \u00a32.5M in crowdfunding planned

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Monzo, one of a number of so-called “challenger” banks in the U.K. aiming to re-invent the current account, has disclosed a new funding round. Confirming most of the details from our report earlier this week, the startup has raised £19.5 million from U.S.-based Thrive Capital, London’s Passion ..

Ingram’s VitalSource wants to acquire Verba to give students affordable access to textbooks

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The college textbook industry has no shortage of startups, from ebook company RedShelf to big players like rental service Chegg all the way to Amazon itself. But a SF-based company called Verba, which has flown mostly under the radar since 2008, has weathered the slow change of the textbook industry. ..

Layoffs hit Mozilla as it shifts its focus

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Mozilla’s push to grow beyond browsers hit a major hurdle this week as the Firefox-maker dissolved its Connected Devices initiative, laying off what CNET reports as around 50 people in the process. The nonprofit org confirmed the layoffs with TechCrunch, though won’t comment on specific numbers. ..

Google Material Design principal Nicholas Jitkoff joins Dropbox as head of design

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Dropbox today said it has named Nicholas Jitkoff — former lead designer for Google’s Material Design team — as its VP of design. Related Articles Dropbox claims $1B revenue run rate Dropbox's note-taking app Paper launches globally in 21 languages Dropbox's Smart Sync lets users open ..