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After 55 Million Downloads, Dots Gets A Major Upgrade

Screen Shot 2015-07-02 at 2.06.09 PM Dots, the incredibly basic but addicting mobile game created by gaming studio Playdots, is getting its first major upgrade in over a year. Dots now features three new themes: Space, Mod Synth, and Desert. There’s also a custom “Designer” option if users prefer to select their own dot and background color palate.  The goal of the game is simple — connect… Read More

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Geniac Raises £22M From Grant Thornton To Offer ‘Office As A Service’

Geniac, which operates in the rarefied world of “business management” platforms, has raised £22 million from Grant Thornton UK, a big provider of assurance and tax advisory. To date, Geniac has been in beta.
The London-based Geniac was founded by ex-Accenture consultants Michael Galvin and Eduardo Martinez to allow businesses to run themselves within one platform.
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Fatigue Science Lets Pro Sports Teams Track Their Athletes’ Sleep

Screen Shot 2015-07-02 at 11.15.49 AM As wearable activity trackers get increasingly smart and complex, Fatigue Science is measuring one thing and one thing only — how we sleep. Fatigue Science’s Readiband looks very similar to a Fitbit or Nike Fuelband. It has a 3D accelerometer that tracks movement, impact, velocity, speed and frequency, a battery that lasts 60 days between charges, and it’s both water… Read More

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In Wake Of Apple Music, SoundCloud Update Focuses On Music Discovery, Better User Experience

soundcloud-ios All the buzz this week may be about the launch of Apple Music, but another popular streaming music application, SoundCloud, has also now rolled out a notable update to its mobile application. The update – which delivers new features including related tracks, shuffle, direct playlist editing, and more – is aimed at both improving music discovery and the overall user experience.… Read More

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On-Demand Cleaning Startup Hassle Merges With Rocket Internet’s Helpling

cleaning According to multiple sources, the U.K. on-demand home cleaning startup Hassle.com, which also operates in Ireland and France, has been acquired by Rocket Internet’s Helpling. Both companies declined to comment. However, TechCrunch understands that this is now a done deal. Read More

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Trash-Focused Rubicon Global Hires Its First CTO

trash cans Rubicon Global, a startup helping customers find money-saving, environmentally-friendly ways to handle their waste and recycling, is announcing the hire of its first chief technology officer — Phil Rodoni, previously vice president of software at Esurance. Atlanta-based Rubicon doesn’t haul trash itself, but instead connects businesses with waste hauling and recycling companies… Read More

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Media Server Company Plex Hacked – Forum Servers Affected, But Payment Info Safe

plex-logo Plex, a popular application that lets users organize and stream their media collections across devices, has been hacked. However, the attackers were only able to compromise the servers hosting the company’s forums and blog – not account information or users’ financial data, the latter which Plex says is not stored on its own servers at all. That being said, many Plex users… Read More

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Read This Before Meeting VCs For Pre-Pitch “Advice”

footindoor Startups often ask VCs for pre-pitch meetings. These requests usually are positioned along the lines of, “We aren’t looking for money yet, just advice.” Of course, we all know this is just a nice way of getting your foot in the door for a soft pitch. And that’s ok; these meetings enable both sides to get acquainted before the real ask. However, when startups come… Read More

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Twitter Pushes Ads With A New Button Atop Mobile Users’ Profiles

twitter-earnings Twitter’s latest push to monetize its service has led to the rollout of a new “Twitter Ads” button, which is now prominently appearing on user profile pages on both the iOS and Android client applications. The newly added button, which some users may have initially mistaken as a shortcut to Twitter analytics, is found right next to the “Edit profile” button,… Read More

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Prince Won’t Stream 4 U (Unless You’re On Tidal, Or Maybe Google Music)

Screen Shot 2015-07-02 at 13.50.47 Call it the Taylor effect: it looks like another high-profile musician is sharpening his arrows to take aim at how streaming music services pay artists. Music from the artist currently known as Prince has been pulled from Spotify and Rdio. And Deezer — where at the time of writing Prince’s music is still streaming — has confirmed to us that it has received a takedown notice… Read More

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