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Friday, October 24, 2014

Techcrunch

Sprung From The Ashes Of Formspring, Spring.me Raises $5M To Create The “Friendliest Social Network”

40 minutes ago
 Spring.me, the new social network that was previously Formspring, has raised a total of $5 million in debt and equity seed funding from investors including Right Click Capital, Tank Stream Ventures, Nextec Strategic Capital, and Rubicon Project Founder Craig Roah. The company plans to use the funding to expand Spring.me in the U.S., where it just launched. Read More by Catherine Shu

Bitcasa Ends Unlimited Storage

57 minutes ago
 Bitcasa, a cloud storage service that initially made waves with a low cost unlimited storage offer is scrapping this option entirely — claiming it’s not being used enough to justify the high costs of dealing with a small group of what it dubs Terms of Service abusers. Read More by Natasha Lomas

Here’s A Sneak Peak At MotionSavvy’s UNI Sign Language Interpretation Device

Yesterday
 MotionSavvy, the San Francisco startup working on tech to help the deaf communicate, has launched an Indiegogo campaign to commercialize its first product, UNI. The UNI app works with Leap Motion technology to translate each hand sign from American sign language and translates it into audible words on a tablet. We first wrote about the tech behind MotionSavvy when it launched out of the… Read More by Sarah Buhr

Amazon Fire Phone Flops

Yesterday
 Given that Amazon was tanking the price of the Fire Phone down to 99 cents two months after launch (leading to many a “Fire sale!” joke), this probably won’t come as much of a surprise: the Fire Phone isn’t a success. On the Amazon earnings call today, Amazon noted that the company was taking a $170 million dollar writedown “primarily related” to… Read More by Greg Kumparak

Amazon Tanks 10% After Reporting Larger Than Expected Third Quarter Loss

Yesterday
 Amazon reported lower than expected revenue in its third quarter, and a larger than expected loss. Analysts expected the company to lose $0.74 on revenue of $20.84 billion. Instead, Amazon lost $0.95  per share on revenue of $20.58 billion. That per-share loss works out to a net loss for the firm of $437 million. Shares in the firm took it poorly, as investors headed for the… Read More by Alex Wilhelm

Australian Service Directory Site Oneflare Raises $876,000 For International Expansion

Yesterday
 Oneflare, a local services marketplace based in Sydney, Australia, has raised an additional $1 million AUD (about $876,000), bringing its total funding so far to $1.5 million AUD (about $1.3 million). Investors include Les Szekely of Equity Venture Partners, Garry Visontay, of the Sydney Seed Fund and Dr. Jeffrey Tobias of The Strategy Group. The startup says it will use the capital on… Read More by Catherine Shu

Microsoft Up 3% After Reporting Better Than Expected FQ1 Revenue Of $23.20B, EPS Of $0.54

Yesterday
 After gaining more than 1 percent in regular trading, Microsoft reported its fiscal first quarter (2015) earnings: Revenue totaled $23.20 billion in the period, leading to profits of $0.54 per share. Analysts had expected Microsoft to report $22.02 billion in revenue, and earnings per share of $0.49 to $0.50. The company is up sharply after its large earnings beat in after-hours… Read More by Alex Wilhelm

PlayStation 4 Update Coming On 10/28 Lets You Play Games With Friends Who Don’t Own A Copy

Yesterday
 Back in August, Sony started teasing a new feature they call “Share Play”. Though we’re still waiting to see just how well it works, the idea itself is wonderful: once enabled, you can let your friends play your games with you (or by themselves, even) from across the vast Interwebs without them actually owning a copy of the game. Up until now, Sony was pretty vague about… Read More by Greg Kumparak

Researchers Want To Send Us To The Moon Using Robots And Oculus Rift

Yesterday
 A researcher at Carnegie Mellon University, Daniel Shafir, and his team want to do something incredible: they want to send a rover to the moon and then let us, the Earthlings, control it and look out of its 360-degree cameras as it tumbles around that barren alien rock. The researchers are working to win a $30 million prize from Google to beam video back from the moon. The team, called… Read More by John Biggs

With 40 Million Downloads, betaworks-Backed Dots Gets A Refreshed Logo

Yesterday
 Dots, the betaworks-backed gaming studio led by Paul Murphy and Patrick Moberg, has today announced a rebranding for the company. The new logo takes inspiration from Charles Eames, according to a Medium post, and uses colors from the first iteration of Dots while incorporating the newer, and more popular, TwoDots game into the company logo. Read More by Jordan Crook

Surface Revenue, Redux

Yesterday
 In about an hour, Microsoft will release the results of its most recent quarter, the first quarter of its fiscal 2015. The company is expected to report revenue of $22 billion, and earnings per share between $0.49 and $0.55, depending on which set of averaged estimates you trust. That will all come shortly. For now, let’s talk about Surface. Read More by Alex Wilhelm

Join Me Tomorrow In Krakow

Yesterday
 I’ll be speaking at an event held by Geek Girls Carrots Crakow, a group of amazing programmers who are working to bring everyone onto the STEM wagon. The event will be held at Przemysłowa 12 in Krakow, Poland at 7pm. You can sign up here. I’ll also be attending and judging AGHacks, the biggest student Hackathon in Poland. This event will include “DARMOWE JEDZENIE I… Read More by John Biggs

TestFlight Beta Testing Goes Live For All iOS Developers

Yesterday
 Apple has pushed its TestFlight Beta testing service live for everyone, the company revealed on its developer news portal today. Registered developers can now invite up to 1,000 beta testers to try out their iOS apps, using emailed invitations sent via the iTunes Connect portal. TestFlight, the beta testing service Apple acquired sometime within the last year, allows developers to build teams… Read More by Darrell Etherington

Charlie Briefs You On Your Upcoming Meetings By Emailing You One-Pagers On Attendees

Yesterday
 A new web application called Charlie has raised a seed round of $1.75 million led by Lightbank Capital for a product that emails you short, automatically generated one-pagers detailing what you need to know about the people you’re about to meet with, based on your Google Calendar entries. If this idea rings a bell with you, it’s because Charlie is not the first in recent months to… Read More by Sarah Perez

Slack Is Raising Another Round At Up To A $1B Valuation

Yesterday
 Slack, the enterprise collaboration platform co-founded by Stewart Butterfield of Flickr fame, continues to defy its namesake: we have heard from sources that the company is raising a new round of funding at a valuation of between $800 million and $1 billion, just six months after raising nearly $43 million. The total raise is said to be eight figures and Sequoia and KPCB are participating,… Read More by Ingrid Lunden

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