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  • Apple Adds Guide On Browser Security In Wake Of China Hack
    iCloud-safari-verified Apple has released an updated iCloud security support document with instructions on how to avoid man-in-the-middle type attacks like those affecting customers in China reported over the past couple of days. The support site says that Apple is “deeply committed to protecting [its] customers’ privacy and security,” and that it is “aware of intermittent organized… Read More

  • BlaBlaCar?s CEO Shares The Company?s 10-Year Journey And Global Expansion Plans
    blahblahcar-3 Taxi apps and ride-sharing companies may have gained mainstream appeal over the past couple of years, but their arrival has been a long time coming. That’s certainly the case for BlaBlaCar, a France-headquartered startup that was started 10 years ago and just raised a whopping $100 million to expand its business from Europe into the rest of the world. Read More

  • Google Acquires Firebase To Help Developers Build Better Real-Time Apps
    Screen Shot 2014-10-21 at 9.39.32 AM Google today announced that it has acquired Firebase, a backend service that helps developers build realtime apps for iOS, Android and the web that can store and sync data instantly. Firebase currently has almost 110,000 registered developers on its platform and the Firebase team says that the service will continue to work as before and remain platform-agnostic. Read More

  • And The Winner Of TechCrunch Disrupt Europe 2014 Is? Crate
    disrupt london winner-8 The competition was incredibly fierce at the inaugural TechCrunch Disrupt London. At the very beginning, there were 15 amazing companies presenting in front of multiple groups of industry leaders serving as judges. The startups were competing for 30,000 and the highly coveted Disrupt Cup. Read More

  • Building A Fintech Startup In Europe
    fintech-5 Today on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt Europe, Taavet Hinrikus from TransferWise, Damian Kimmelman from DueDil, and Jeff Lynn from Seedrs took the stage to talk about the state of fintech startups in London. These companies took us through the current landscape, regulatory issues, and why it’s a good time to build a fintech startup in Europe. Read More

  • Product Hunt Gets Social With Twitter-Like User Profiles, Following Features And Notifications
    Product hunt Product Hunt, the Andreessen Horowitz-backed aggregation site currently focused on surfacing new tech products and startups, is now turning itself into something of a social network this morning with the launch of redesigned user profiles, following features and notifications. The new profiles offer a variety of information about the poster, including a bio, Twitter handle, and tabs for… Read More

  • Japanese 3D-Printed Gun Maker Is Sentenced To Two Years In Jail
    guns5 Yoshitomo Imura, an employee at the Shonan Institute of Technology in Japan, was arrested last may for printing and firing a 3D-printed gun called the ZigZag. He printed three guns in total and was arrested for running afoul of Japan’s strict gun laws. The prosecutors warned that Imura’s actions were a threat and felt he was “flaunting” his skill. They wrote:… Read More

  • The Ultimate Vision For Homejoy Is Not Just Cleaning, According To CEO Adora Cheung
    HOMEJOY-5 Homejoy has been providing cleaning services over the last few years, but it’s hoping to expand into several other verticals. Today at TechCrunch Disrupt Europe, co-founder and CEO Adora Cheung said the company would continue to test out other services in its different markets. Read More

  • Yelp Strikes Hotel Bookings Partnership With Hipmunk
    2811940912_8762d5fa2b_b Yelp has partnered with Hipmunk to allow people to book hotels within the business review platform. While this is not the first time Yelp has offered a way for users to purchase from businesses right on its site, it is the first time it’s done this with hotel bookings. Yelp says the idea is that people will book a place to stay immediately after reading the Yelp reviews on it. This creates… Read More

  • Life360 Acquires Two-Month-Old HelloWorld
    helloworld Today, location-sharing startup Hello World is announcing that it has been acquired by Life360 for an undisclosed seven-figure sum. Read More

  • Google Updates Play Music With Songza-Style Functionality
    google-play-songza For the first time since acquiring Songza this summer, Google is integrating the technology into its Google Play Music service. The updated service gives you access to expertly curated playlists based around date, time, weather, and what Google thinks you might be up to. Read More

  • Staples Becomes The Latest Retailer Affected By A Payment Card Data Breach
    Image (1) staples.jpg for post 175219 If you’ve shopped at a major retailer in the U.S., chances are your payment card data has been stolen at some point. Today, it appears you may be able to add Staples to the growing list of retailers who have discovered fraudulent activity related to a data breach in their stores. In Staples’ case, however, the company is currently investigating a “potential issue” in… Read More

  • Zendesk CEO Mikkel Svane Reminds Startups That Luck Takes A Lot Of Work
    Mikkel Svane (Zendesk)-5 “Being lucky is just so much work,” Zendesk CEO Mikkel Svane told our co-editor Alexia Tsotsis during a fireside chat at TechCrunch Disrupt London today. As a startup, you always have to try to embrace luck, Svane argued when asked about what role luck plays in the life of a new company. “As an early startup, there is no way around trying to open all the doors,” he… Read More

  • Vine?s Stars Are The Best Part, And Now You Can Follow Whole Channels Of Them
    T2 Vine has just released a minor update to the app that not only beautifies the platform for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but adds some new functionality in terms of sharing videos and consuming them. The Twitter-owned video sharing app now takes advantage of the share extensions functionality in iOS 8, meaning that users can share directly to Vine from the video itself. Read More

  • Raspberry Pi Founder Shows Off Incoming Touch Panel For Making DIY ?Pi Pads?
    Screen Shot 2014-10-21 at 3.46.29 PM Eben Upton, the founder of the Raspberry Pi microcomputer, has shown off a new piece of hardware that’s likely to expand the ecosystem around its single board computer — namely a touchscreen display. So, in other words, get ready for DIY ‘Pi Pads’. Read More

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