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Image Credit: GoogleGoogle Shopping Express is rebranding to “Google Express” today. It will also be rolling out its same day and next day delivery service to Chicago, Boston, and Washington D.C. the company said in a blog post. Google Express has built partnerships over the last several months and counts ...

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Today SoftBank announced it has reached an agreement to acquire DramaFever. DramaFever, known for its catalog of Korean dramas, was founded in 2009 and raised a total of $12 million. The company calls itself “the largest online video destination for premium international television shows,” and counts YouTube cofounder Steve Chen ...

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Image Credit: Images via Shutterstock, modified by VentureBeatVenture capital fund Life.SREDA announced today it intends to raise a second fund worth $100 million that will be focused on investments in financial technologies. Based in Moscow, the firm said it has already secured $20 million of that fund. The firm’s previous ...

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Above: Caryl Shaw of Telltale GamesImage Credit: Caryl ShawWhen it comes to free-to-play games, Caryl Shaw has been there, done that. And the veteran game developer said she has had enough for now. Shaw, who formerly worked on free-to-play titles for several game companies, plans to give a talk entitled, ...

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Image Credit: AFC InsuranceWith the rise of the on-demand economy, we are increasingly having to trust complete strangers. Checkr wants to help make this safer. The Y Combinator-backed startup provides background checks-as-a-service and is announcing today that it has raised $9 million in a first round of institutional funding. The ...

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Above: Netflix's newest feature lets you share movie recommendations with Facebook friends.Image Credit: NetflixNetflix continued its critical courtship of international markets on Tuesday when Ted Sarandos, the company’s chief content officer spoke at the MIPCOM conference in Cannes. The conference is one of the world’s largest gatherings of new and ...

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SPONSORED POSTImage Credit: wavebreakmedia/ShutterstockThis sponsored post is produced in association with Syncano. By 2020, there will be almost as many digital bits in the universe as there are stars floating above us and over 212 billion connected “things” (IDC). As more and more devices and sensors come online, and as ...

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Image Credit: Drop Since you can put computers into basically anything these days, it’s no surprise that a baker’s scale is getting one too. Say goodbye to runny cupcakes and flat souffles. Drop, the smart baking scale that opened up for pre-orders back in June, is announcing today that it ...

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Above: The ecovent motorized wall vent and outlet-mounting sensorImage Credit: ecoventA Boston-based startup wants home heating/cooling vents to become part of the automated house — and it’s just scored $2.2 million so its missile engineers can make that happen. Ecovent (pronounced eco-vent) has developed motorized vents and sensors so that ...

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Above: BPCE of France unveiled the ability to pay with Twitter using the bank's S-Money app. In a splashy press conference in Paris on Tuesday, the banking giant Groupe BPCE unveiled the details of its new service that lets users send money using a single Tweet. Basically, starting today, anyone ...

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Above: Watch out: Collision ahead.Image Credit: photo credit: K e v i n via photopin ccThe advertising and marketing technology sectors are going through a stage of explosive growth. With $3 billion invested in new-wave platforms in the first half of 2014 alone, VC interest is strong, while twice as ...

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GUEST POSTAbove: We need more tools.Image Credit: photo credit: Jack Mallon via photopin ccWhile it might not seem so to outsiders, Y Combinator’s new Developer Tools Request for Startups (RFS) is a big deal. (Editor’s note: The deadline to apply is tomorrow.) This is a request from one of the ...

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Above: "Hackers" movie posterImage Credit: MGMUpdated 8:30pm Pacific with Dropbox’s response. Hundreds of alleged usernames and passwords for Dropbox have been published on Pastebin, an anonymous information-sharing site. Above: Sample of usernames and passwords allegedly stolen from Dropbox.Image Credit: Screenshot The apparent hackers claim to have nabbed 6,937,081 passwords and ...

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Above: A promotional image from Uber, not Up Hail. Image Credit: UberUpdate at 7:04 p.m. Pacific: Updated with founders’ info, how Up Hail is getting its rates, and its future plans. Since we know you’ve long been wondering which ride-sharing service, Lyft or UberX, is cheapest — and since their ...

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Snapchat’s photo hack was a really big deal to billionaire investor Peter Thiel. “It’s especially problematic for a company like Snapchat, where the brand is privacy,” Thiel said during a televised interview Sunday on Fox. “People are worried about privacy, and its one of the reasons people are using a ...

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