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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Techcrunch

The NFL Gets Quantified Intelligence Courtesy of Shoulder Pad-Mounted Motion Trackers

14 minutes ago
 The NFL is making a move to integrate RFID-based activity tracking tech to give fans, coaches and players more information about what exactly athletes go through during each game. The Zebra Technologies tracker systems will mount to player shoulder pads and communicate with receivers installed in 17 stadiums through the 2014 stadium, providing information about each player’s position,… Read More by Darrell Etherington

Fotopedia Will Shut Down Its Apps And Website On August 10

29 minutes ago
 About six years ago, former Apple Application Division CTO Jean-Marie Hullot founded Fotopedia, a startup that in its early days tried to bring the coffee table book experience to the iPad (and later iPhone). It focused on travel-related apps and quickly gained traction with users and advertisers. By late 2012, the company had already served up over 3 billion image views, but since then, it… Read More by Frederic Lardinois

Venrock Closes $450 Million Seventh Fund To Invest In Tech And Healthcare Startups

33 minutes ago
 Long-running venture capital firm Venrock just closed its seventh fund, bringing in $450 million in new capital. The firm, which has been around since the ’60s and counts the Rockefeller family as one of its big LPs, will use the new money to continue investing in early-stage tech and healthcare companies. The new fund comes four years after the firm raised its sixth fund, which closed… Read More by Ryan Lawler

Yelp Tanks Following Better-Than-Expected Earnings Report

51 minutes ago
 Yesterday Yelp reported its second quarter earnings, beating on revenue, and announcing that it was profitable in the period, a first for the company. Its shares rose, and then fell in after-hours trading. Yelp opened down today, and is currently off nearly 12%. What’s going on? With $88.8 million in revenue, and $0.04 in per-share profit, Yelp more than hit its big numbers. However… Read More by Alex Wilhelm

Mobile Ad Startup AppLovin Says It Has Reached A $100M Revenue Run Rate

54 minutes ago
 Mobile marketing company AppLovin only came out of stealth mode a couple months ago, but CEO Adam Foroughi says it has already reached a $100 million run rate for annual revenue. To be clear, that’s gross revenue (i.e., revenue before paying publishers). And AppLovin actually has been in business for a little more than two years — it was “stealth” in the sense that… Read More by Anthony Ha

LG G3 Review: Ultra-thin Bezels And A Quad HD Display Brings A New King

55 minutes ago
 The last LG phone I owned was the LG Shine in 2008 and I never thought I would want an LG phone after that. Since then I’ve owned mostly Samsung devices, but after using LG’s new flagship phone for about a week, I’m ready to switch back. Read More by Julian Chokkattu

Government Requests For Twitter Account Data Up 46% Since Second Half Of 2013

1 hour 14 minutes ago
 Early this morning, Twitter released its biannual transparency report, detailing the number of requests from global governments for account information, and content takedown demands. Information requests from governments regarding account information for the first half of 2014 totaled 2,058, up 46% from the second half of 2013, and up 77.87% from the year-ago period. The pace of growth in… Read More by Alex Wilhelm

Wunderlist 3 Gets Real-Time Sync And Public Lists

1 hour 20 minutes ago
 You may have thought of Wunderlist as that popular to do list app, especially since that’s how it has been marketed since its launch. With today’s release, Wunderlist 3 wants to become the world’s hub for lists. Read More by Julian Chokkattu

JackPair Lets You Encrypt Voice Calls Whatever Phone You’re Using

1 hour 27 minutes ago
 A new pro-privacy device called the JackPair aims to make it easy to encrypt voice calls on any type of telephony device, old or new — and cheaper than shelling out for a dedicated cryptophone like the Blackphone. Read More by Natasha Lomas

Automatic Vision-Correcting Displays Could Let You Ditch The Reading Glasses

2 hours 13 minutes ago
 MIT’s research department working with the University of California at Berkeley has created digital display tech that can automatically compensate for vision problems, eliminating the need for glasses or contacts for specific uses like reading or viewing GPS navigation devices for far-sighted folks, among other potential uses. The new display tech is actually a variation on glasses-free… Read More by Darrell Etherington

Hatchery Launches A Marketplace For Artisanal Food Makers

2 hours 33 minutes ago
 Hatchery launched in October 2013 to bring artisanal ingredients to customers from all over the world. Like many subscription box companies that have come before it, the startup packaged together a bunch of fun ingredients each month and sent it to users as a “Tasting Box.” Today, however, the company is shifting its model to use the Tasting Box as an added marketing tool with… Read More by Jordan Crook

Wedding Startup Loverly Hires Peggy Fry As COO, Joanne Wilson Joins The Board

2 hours 33 minutes ago
 Loverly, the online platform for planning your wedding, has today announced that Peggy Fry will be joining the team as Chief Operating Officer. Fry comes from Add This, an advertising business focused on building a brand through viral online sharing, where she was president. Before her time there, Fry was Vice President at Netflix from 2005 to 2007, and a Vice President at Aol from 1997 to… Read More by Jordan Crook

ScienceLogic Launches App Store To Share Customized Monitoring Apps

2 hours 36 minutes ago
 ScienceLogic announced a new App Store today that enables customers and third parties to create  and share customized apps for the ScienceLogic platform. ScienceLogic is a cloud service that lets IT pros monitor every aspect of their IT infrastructure whether it’s in the cloud or on premises, getting right down to the data center infrastructure management layer if needed.… Read More by Ron Miller

Nordstrom Acquires Men’s Shopping Service Trunk Club

3 hours 4 minutes ago
 Personal styling service for men, Trunk Club, has been acquired by Nordstrom for an undisclosed amount. The five-year old Chicago-based startup offers a subscription-based service that’s like having your own personal stylist on demand who picks out top designer labels for you and ships them to your home for free. After signing up, men are interviewed by a stylist about their own… Read More by Sarah Perez

Palantir Acquires App-Making Startup Propeller

3 hours 5 minutes ago
 In its second announced deal this week, Palantir has acquired Propeller, a startup offering tools for building native mobile apps. Two acquisitions in one week seems pretty ambitious for any company, but as noted in Fortune, it’s particularly unusual for Palantir, a data analysis company that has only made one other acquisition, email startup VoiceGem (or at least, that’s the… Read More by Anthony Ha

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