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Australian Graphic Design Startup Canva Raises Additional $3.6M

canva Canva, a site that lets non-designers create graphics using drag-and-drop tools, has nabbed an additional $3.6 million in funding from Founders Fund and Shasta Ventures, as well as existing investors Matrix Partners, Blackbird Ventures, and Square Peg Capital. This brings its total raised so far to $7 million. Read More

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Urban Compass Raises $40M To Expand Its Apartment Marketplace Beyond NYC

Screen Shot 2014-07-21 at 10.45.02 AM Urban Compass, the startup that runs an online marketplace for people to rent, buy, and sell apartments, announced today it has closed on $40 million in new funding. The round, which is Urban Compass’ Series B, includes participation from Advance Publications and Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, who also pitched into the company’s $20 million Series A round announced in September… Read More

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New York To Bitcoin Startups: Get Permission Or Get Out

bitcoin-thorns Bitcoin allows people to build financial technology without asking for permission, but if New York state has its way, this won’t be the case for long.
The New York Department of Financial Services released a series of proposed regulations last week that could shut down the digital currency startup ecosystem as we know it. Deemed “BitLicense,” it may help “Big… Read More

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Dealflicks Raises $1.7 Million To Offer Movie Discounts Through An App

empty seats DealFlicks, which considers itself a kind of “Priceline for movie tickets,” is trying to get more people into movie theaters that by partnering with theater chains and offering discounted tickets and snacks at concessions stands. And it’s raised $1.7 million in seed funding to do so. Read More

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Facebook Launches Save, A Read-It-Later List For Links, Places, And Media Pages

image001-1 Two years after acqhiring read-it-later startup Spool, Facebook today launched a basic Pocket competitor called Save. It’s a feature for iOS, Android, and web that lets you store links from News Feed and Facebook Pages for Places, Movies, TV shows, and music to a list where you can view them later. While Save doesn’t cache content behind links like Pocket or Instapaper, it should… Read More

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That Horrible Moment When You’re Stuck On The Bowl Without Toilet Paper

toiletpaper You’ve been there. At a friendly gathering, slowing removing yourself to take care of personal business in the restroom. Your mind wanders as you relieve yourself, only to notice but a shred of soft Charmin left on a cardboard roll. A hasty, anxious look in the cabinets and under the sink yields nothing, and creative problem solving takes over. Time is ticking. A knock at the door… Read More

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Knock Simulates An Incoming Call To Get Friends To Respond To Your Texts

Screen Shot 2014-07-21 at 12.30.59 PM Knock, a recently launched Android application, offers a new twist on mobile messaging. When you send a message using this app, Knock simulates an incoming call to get your friend’s attention. But the call screen your friend sees looks slightly different than usual. Instead of the standard accept and reject buttons, they’ll see your text message written on the screen which… Read More

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BitLit Partners With HarperCollins To Make Buying Digital Versions Of Books You Already Own Easier

4637637337_218b3db02c_o The idea behind BitLit is pretty simple: scan the title page of a book you already own, write your name on the copyright page and scan that, too, and within a few seconds, you have access to the e-book version of your book. In an ideal world, this would work for any book. But the current state of digital publishing isn’t exactly perfect, so while the number of publishers that support… Read More

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Google In The Running To Turn NYC Pay Phones Into Free Wi-Fi Hotspots

8140128977_66ba057c82_z A New York meeting providing information to companies interested in offering free Wi-Fi access counted Google among its attendees, according to a new Bloomberg report. Others at the event included IBM, Samsung and Cisco, but Google’s ambitions regarding blanketing the U.S. with free or affordable Internet connectivity could be a good reason so suspect it’ll submit a compelling… Read More

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Microsoft Blends 5 Conferences To Create The “Unified Microsoft Commercial Technology Event”

Screen Shot 2014-07-21 at 9.15.39 AM Apparently the team that handled the Windows Vista version naming framework still works at Microsoft. This morning, the software company announced that it will end several of its standalone conferences, including its confabs for SharePoint, Lync, Project, and Exchange, along with its TechEd event. The five events will be replaced, and I promise that I am not making this up, the… Read More

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