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Citrix Acquires Virtual, An Android And iOS Virtualization Company

photo-2 We’re hearing from a reliable source that Citrix has acquired a little company we wrote about back in July called Virtual. The firm, manned by an impressive set of software hackers, claimed to be able to virtualize both Android and iOS completely enough to act as an environment for bug testing and hardware emulation. The buy makes sense for Citrix, which could use Virtual to emulate… Read More

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LittleBits Announces BitLab, An App Store For Hardware

Screen Shot 2014-09-16 at 1.55.34 PM Have you ever wanted to build a banana piano? Or make a robotic cockroach brain out of LEGO? With LittleBits now you (potentially) can. The company has just announced something called the BitLab, a contest merged with a crowd sourced technology system that allows inventors to create new LittleBits blocks, upload them, and have them made and sold by the company. The system also includes a… Read More

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Microsoft Brings OneNote To Android Wearables

screen-shot-2014-07-02-at-12-03-08-pm I suppose that wearables are the new place where cross-platform tools and services must reside. Today Microsoft brought OneNote to Android Wear devices. You can now OneNote from your watch. If you want to. Read More

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The Consumerprise Comes To Vistor Registration With Envoy

Screen Shot 2014-09-16 at 8.33.55 AM When you think about things that need to be disrupted, the entryway sign-in booklet is probably the last thing on your mind. And yet. Having spent four years at Google and three years at Twitter as a backend engineer, Larry Gadea started building Envoy, an iPad-based, visitor-registration system this past November. At Twitter Gadea was part of the team that built Murder, a BitTorrent for the… Read More

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Seatylock Turns Your Seaty Into A Locky

6d7ac7c9d3d83f88cca04f5d5bc9c717_large Do you value your bikey? Seatylock wantsy to helpy. This Brooklyn-based Kickstarter aims to help cyclists solve two perennial problems: the lack of solid, heavy-duty bike locks that are also portable and the tendency of snarfers to sniff and even steal bicycle seats. The lock itself folds into the specially designed seat and falls out when you take the seat off. You can then wrap the metal… Read More

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Y Combinator Will Teach A Class On Startups At Stanford This Fall

Startup accelerator Y Combinator is an undeniably helpful resource for entrepreneurs looking for mentorship through the tough process of building a company. Unfortunately, it’s a very resource-intense program, in that the accelerator’s partners can only devote time to so many startups without being stretched too thin. Read More

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When It Comes To Lending, Earnest Gives Credit Where It’s Due

Screen Shot 2014-09-16 at 12.13.07 PM Earnest, the online lending service targeting millennial borrowers, is launching a new customized interest rate for its customers. The new product for Millennials allows the company to offer low-interest loans, typically between 4.25% and 5.25% for qualified customers. Interest rates, says Earnest Lending’s chief executive Louis Beryl, “should be about what people deserve to pay,… Read More

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Tune In Tonight To TechCrunch Radio On Sirius XM 102 Indie

techcrunch-radio1 TechCrunch Radio is coming at you again today, this time with a brand new set of pitch-off companies and an interview with Disrupt Battlefield winner, Alfred Club.
If you haven’t heard already, the folks over at Sirius XM are collaborating with us to air a TechCrunch Radio show. In each hour-long episode, John Biggs and I discuss the latest news and chat with folks in the tech industry. Read More

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YouNoodle Holds Its First Virtual Demo Day, YouNoodle Live

younoodle live When YouNoodle raised additional funding earlier this year, the company’s CEO Torsten Kolind told me the company was trying to build a data business on top of its startup competition platform. That approach, it seems, has led in a roundabout way to YouNoodle hosting a virtual demo day of its own, dubbed YouNoodle Live. Here’s how you get from startup competitions to data and… Read More

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TrueAccord Looks To Fix Debt Collection With $5 Million From Khosla Ventures, Max Levchin And More

TrueAccord debt collection screen The idea for TrueAccord began with a late payment on Ohad Samet’s Macy’s card. It was the end of 2012, and Samet, who was working as the chief risk officer for Klarna, started getting phone calls at random times from a number he didn’t recognize. It was a debt collection agency, and for the first time, Samet was on the wrong side of a due payment. Read More

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