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25Mar/15Off

BT Confirms New BT Mobile 4G Service On EE’s Network

bt mobile Ahead of closing its deal to buy EE for £12.5 billion, BT is laying the groundwork for its new mobile business, and quad-play strategy, today: the company has now officially launched BT Mobile — a 4G service that will run on EE’s network, for now by way of an MVNO deal, with pricing starting at a crazy £5 per month. “Offering BT customers the UK’s best value 4G data… Read More

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25Mar/15Off

Facebook F8 App Appears To Leak Messenger As A Platform, Parse For IoT

11004543_1709536572606643_2301293475262284474_o A notification just sent out by the official app for Facebook’s F8 conference later today reads “The Garage and Demo areas are now open! Just revealed: Parse for IoT, Messenger as a Platform, and the Teleportation Station.” The alert seen by Multiple people seems to indicate that Facebook will reveal a version of its mobile app building suite Parse for “Internet… Read More

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24Mar/15Off

Yelp Hooks Up With Startups To Offer A Larger Selection Of E-Commerce Bookings

yelpbookings As part of its ongoing efforts to transform itself from a reviews site into an e-commerce platform, Yelp announced today that it has partnered with startup Vimbly to offer activities bookings on its site and apps. Other startups it will work with include GolfNow for golf outings; online florist BloomNation; Vagaro, which books spa treatments; and TableList, which Yelp says is its first… Read More

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24Mar/15Off

Teabox Raises $6M To Grow Its Global Tea-Commerce Business

Him_Her Teabox, an India-based company that sells tea online to a global audience, has brewed up a fresh $6 million funding round to grow its business in key overseas markets. Read More

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24Mar/15Off

47 Startups That Launched At Y Combinator Winter 2015 Demo Day 2

Stanford Y Combinator Y Combinator got so big, it had to split its Demo Day in two. During today’s second wave we saw a variety of promising biotech, marketplace, enterprise, and financial tech startups. Yesterday we chronicled 50 consumer, B2B, developer, and hardware companies. With bigger and bigger batches, the on-stage pitches are getting more bombastic as YC’s startups compete for attention. Yet… Read More

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24Mar/15Off

Tech Bubble? Maybe, Maybe Not

burst I’ve heard people wonder if we’re in a bubble with regard to startups. Is it as bad as the 2000 dot-com bubble? Might it actually be worse? I thought it would be worthwhile to look at the available data to see if we can figure this out with more than just a personal opinion. After all, I’m responsible for running Google Ventures, and data are important to us, as is the answer. Read More

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24Mar/15Off

Apple Acquires Durable Database Company FoundationDB

shutterstock_105784187 Apple has acquired FoundationDB, a company that specializes in speedy, durable NoSQL databases, TechCrunch has learned. A notice on the FoundationDB site notes that it’s no longer offering downloads of its database software. Financial terms of the deal were not available. CEO David Rosenthal was previously VP of Engineering at Omniture and co-founded the company with COO Nick Lavezzo… Read More

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24Mar/15Off

Apple Watch, Shmapple Watch. Here’s A Watch That’s Full Of Ants!

ant_gif_cleaner-1 Assume, for sanity’s sake, that this isn’t an April Fool’s joke. If we begin our exploration of the Ant Watch on that basis we are able to suspend, for a moment, our disbelief and consider deeply and truly the madness of wearing a watch full of ants on your wrist. Read More

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24Mar/15Off

Zendo Is My New Favorite Secure Messaging App

Zendo How does a new secure messaging app stand out in such a crowded space? By making something that’s super easy to use. And also by using a type of encryption that technically cannot be cracked. Yet which has been overlooked by cryptographers for decades… Read More

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24Mar/15Off

Watch This Amazing Fan-Made Star Wars TIE Fighter Short Film

Screen Shot 2015-03-24 at 2.08.58 PM If you’re excited about the forthcoming cinematic universe Disney appears to be planning around Star Wars, then this amazing seven-and-a-half-minute short created by a fan over four years should do a lot to help tide you over. The animated film was created by Paul Michael Johnson, and animated in the style of epic 80s anime series’ like Mobile Suit Gundam, Patlabor and many… Read More

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