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  • Joyent Raises $15M To Bring Enterprise-Grade Docker Support To Its Cloud Platform
    containers_docker Until today, cloud infrastructure company Joyent had raised a total of $120 million in a number of funding rounds, with its 2012 $85 million Series D round being the latest and largest. There aren’t all that many companies that go past the Series D stage, but cloud platform provider Joyent today announced that it has raised an additional $15 million from existing investors Intel… Read More


  • Jony Ive Is So Focused On Design He Doesn?t Know Apple?s Key Financial Numbers
    Jony Ive Apple design lead Jony Ive spoke to an audience at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art last night, the Wall Street Journal reports, addressing the difficulties in designing an Apple smartwatch. The Apple Watch design process was “difficult and humbling” because of the expectations consumers have with regards to wearable tech and fashion, Ive said, but perhaps his most… Read More


  • Slack Confirms $120M Fundraise Led By Google Ventures And KPCB At $1.12B Valuation
    slack-large Slack, the enterprise collaboration platform co-founded by Stewart Butterfield, today confirmed that it has closed a $120 million round of funding, co-led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Google Ventures with the participation of past investors including A16Z, Accel Partners and The Social+Capital Partnership. We first reported on this fundraise last week. The valuation is… Read More


  • Amazon?s Fire Phone Product Efforts Will Continue Despite Early Stumbles
    Amazon Fire Phone Amazon is taking the long view on the Fire phone, despite poor early sales, a huge price cut and $83 million in surplus inventory that resulted in a $170 million charge for the excess hardware and supplier costs combined. Amazon’s SVP of Devices David Limp told Fortune the big issue was a miscalculation on pricing, which later resulted in Amazon slashing the price of the device from $199… Read More


  • Car Rental Startup Zoomcar Raises $8 Million To Democratize Transportation In India
    india traffic Following on from Socar, Korea’s answer to ZipCar, which raised $18 million earlier this month, another car rental startup in Asia is in the money today. India-based Zoomcar has added $8 million to its coffers with a funding round led by Sequoia Capital. Read More


  • HTC Reports Slim $19.7M Profit For Q3 2014 As Its Rebuilding Efforts Continue
    HTC-One-M8-4 Things are better for HTC these days, after the Taiwanese phone company eked out a slim $19.6 million (NT$0.6 billion) profit for the third quarter of 2014. That figure represents a drop on the previous quarter’s $75 million profit, but is a big improvement on October 2013: when it suffered a $102 million loss, its first negative quarter as a public company. Read More


  • Sony Writes Off $1.5B From Its Mobile Division As It Cuts Smartphone Sales Target Again
    sony logo Sony replaced the head of its mobile division yesterday, and today its latest earnings report gave a clearer indication of why. Sony’s mobile unit increased its revenue in the last quarter of business (its Q2 2014) by 1.2% to $2.83 billion, but the company wrote down the valuation of the business by a whopping $1.58 billion. Read More


  • Samsung Announces The Galaxy A5 And Galaxy A3, Its ?Slimmest Smartphones To Date?
    galaxy a3 a5 Samsung vowed to introduce more metallic devices when it revealed its disappointing Q3 2014 earnings yesterday, and it wasted no time doing so after announcing the Galaxy A5 and the Galaxy A3 — two metallic devices that it calls its “slimmest smartphones to date.” Read More


  • Novelty T-Shirt Maker Print Syndicate Raises $4.25M Series A
    Screen Shot 2014-10-31 at 9.41.03 AM Print Syndicate, an e-commerce store that sells printed T-shirts and other fashion and home decor goods, has raised $4.25 million in Series A funding led by Data Point Capital. Read More


  • In The Best Conditions, iOS-Exclusive Vainglory Is A Top-Notch MOBA
    Vainglory A few weeks back I drove down to the San Mateo headquarters of Super Evil Megacorp, the developer behind Vainglory, one of the prominent MOBAs built specifically for tablets (and, as we discovered at September’s iPhone event, the iPhone 6). Read More


  • Andy Rubin Is Leaving Google To Start A Hardware Incubator
    Screen Shot 2014-10-30 at 4.59.03 PM Andy Rubin, best known for his work on Android at Google, is leaving the company. According to The Wall Street Journal, Rubin will build an incubator for what it describes as companies working with “technology-hardware” products. Google confirmed the departure to us with a prepared statement from Google CEO Larry Page: “I want to wish Andy all the best with what’s next. Read More


  • Meet Samantha, Ethan App?s Sister
    Samantha App Samantha is a girl living in New York City. She’s old enough to drink and experienced enough to give love advice. But other than that she prefers to keep it anonymous, like Gossip Girl. Read More


  • Equity Crowdfunding Service Seedrs Acquires Junction Investments, Plots US Expansion
    Screen Shot 2014-10-30 at 2.21.25 PM Seedrs, a company based in London that deals with equity crowdfunding, has an eye on the U.S. market. Today, it announced that it has acquired Junction Investments, which is based in California, and operates in a similar market space. As a company, Seedrs is most interesting for its ability, with certain caveats, to accept small dollar amounts from regular folks that can be converted via a… Read More


  • Myths And Misconceptions Of Our Wearable Future
    wearables-blueprint Wearables as a second brain. The Internet of Self and Things. One trillion sensors?. There’s no doubt that a sensor-laden world is the buzz of the town. The next Big Thing. In fact, there is so much buzz that many consumers probably dismiss it as hype. Yet, in spite of all this hype, as a 30-year veteran of Silicon Valley’s semiconductor and sensor industry, this is about as… Read More


  • Trialfire Begins Selling Code-Free Analytics Service For Apps And Websites
    Screen Shot 2014-10-30 at 5.23.51 PM Toronto-based startup Trialfire is launching a service so companies can track customers as they interact with applications and websites without the need for data analysts and technical support. The company’s new software allows companies to collect every user click, navigation and entered field, without the need for fancy coding. “This way you don’t have to add any custom code… Read More



 
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