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Squarespace now sells you domain names directly so you can sidestep GoDaddy

Website builder Squarespace is adding an extra string to its bow today with the launch of Squarespace Domains, a service that helps users procure more than 200 top-level domain (TLD) names from $20 to $70 a year. Founded in 2004, Squarespace has built a solid reputation in the creative realm, with a DIY platform for […]

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Huawei enters the virtual reality fray with a new wearable headset that connects to your phone

One week after unveiling its P9 flagship smartphone, Chinese electronics giant Huawei has now joined the throng of tech companies embracing virtual reality (VR) with a new wearable headset of its own. Unlike Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, or PlayStation VR, Huawei’s adopting a Samsung Gear VR-style approach which means that this only works in tandem […]

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Google’s free public Wi-Fi hits 10 Indian train stations as Internet companies take control

ANALYSIS: Back in September, Google promised to bring Wi-Fi to hundreds of train stations across India, an initiative that kicked off in Central Mumbai in January. Today, the program is available in 10 stations, after the Internet giant opened high-speed public Wi-Fi in Bhopal, Ernakulam Jn, Bhubaneshwar, Ranchi, Kacheguda, Pune, Vijayawada, Vishakhapatnam, and Raipur. “We hope […]

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Microsoft to open Minecraft education edition for all schools in June, free on the early access program

Among a handful of announcements made by Microsoft today designed to make Windows a core facet of the classroom, the company provided more details on the Minecraft: Education Edition, which the company first teased back in January. Kicking off in June, any school will be able to access the new Minecraft, which is tailor-made for […]

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Mobile-first tutoring service MathCrunch becomes Yup, expands into science

MathCrunch, the mobile-first education startup that helps students find personal tutors, has announced a pivot as it changes its name to Yup and expands beyond math into chemistry and physics. Alongside today’s topic expansion and name change, the company has also revealed that it has added $4 million more to its coffers, taking its total seed […]

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Identity verification startup Onfido raises $25 million to inject more trust into the sharing economy

Identity verification startup Onfido has raised $25 million from Idinvest Partners, Wellington Partners, and CrunchFund. The cash influx will be used to “meet rising demand from the U.S. and international markets,” the company said in an announcement. Onfido had previously raised a little more than $5 million, including a $4.5 million series A round last […]

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AppsMediaMobileSocial bloggers can now include share buttons for WhatsApp, Telegram, and Skype

Omnipresent publishing platform has gained a triumvirate of new share buttons today, with bloggers now able to offer readers easy options to share across WhatsApp, Telegram, and Skype. Adding to the existing share-button options, which include the likes of Twitter, Facebook, and Reddit, this latest move makes a great deal of sense for Automattic, […]

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Meet Meucci, the startup that raised $6M for a group calling app that works on cellular networks

A new startup has launched this month with one raison d’être at its core: to make group calling easier and more accessible on mobile phones. Available for Android and iOS, Meucci works like other messaging apps such as WhatsApp insofar as you register for the service with your mobile phone number, and then you can […]

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Accel targets ‘unprecedented opportunity’ in Europe and Israel with fresh $500 million fund

Venture capital firm Accel has announced a fresh $500 million as it looks target what it calls an “unprecedented opportunity” to back “the next generation of entrepreneurs” in Europe and Israel. Founded out of Palo Alto, California, in 1983, Accel has since launched offices in New York, Bangalore, and London — the company’s U.K. hub […]

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Jaguar Land Rover vies to improve travel with new venture that builds apps and on-demand services

British automotive brand Jaguar Land Rover has announced a new spinoff business that will build apps and on-demand services to “overcome modern travel and transport challenges,” the company announced today. A subsidiary of India’s Tata Motors since it was acquired from Ford in 2008, Jaguar Land Rover has today lifted the lid on InMotion, an […]

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Twitter board shake-up: Martha Lane Fox and Hugh Johnston replace Peter Currie and Peter Chernin

Twitter is adding two new members for its board of directors, an SEC filing reveals today. The social network revealed that Martha Lane Fox, the British cofounder of travel website; and PepsiCo vice president and chief financial officer (CFO) Hugh Johnston have been elected. Given that the board has two new members joining, this […]

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Barnes & Noble outsources Nook services and shutters 2 offices to save $13 million a year

Barnes & Noble has revealed plans to outsource some services related to its Nook ereader as it closes two of its offices to save money. The Fortune 500 firm, which remains one of the biggest bookseller brands in the U.S., has announced a partnership with Bahwan CyberTek (BCT), a software services and product company headquartered […]

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900M monthly users strong, Facebook Messenger gets codes, usernames, and links to help you connect with anyone

Facebook Messenger was once a simple private messaging feature within the main Facebook app. But in 2014, Facebook made the unpopular move to chisel Messenger it out from the main experience, meaning friends required two separate apps. Then at its F8 developer conference last year, the social networking giant unveiled plans to expand Messenger beyond […]

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Following Microsoft acquisition, SwiftKey now wants to help you type like Shakespeare

Two months after being bought out by Microsoft, smart keyboard app company SwiftKey has launched a new app designed to help you type like William Shakespeare. ShakeSpeak for Android represents one of SwiftKey’s many experimental apps — part fun, and part a show of technology. Timed to coincide with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, […]

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Twiggle raises $12.5 million to challenge Amazon’s A9 ecommerce search engine

Twiggle isn’t a name you’ll be familiar with, but the Israeli stealth startup has today announced a $12.5 million funding round that should go some way toward putting it on the map. The company was founded in 2013 by a team including Dr. Amir Konigsberg, who previously worked at Google and was formerly managing director at, […]

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Pinterest launches Promoted Pins internationally, starting with the U.K.

Visual bookmarking tool Pinterest is ramping up its ad business this week with the news that it’s finally expanding its Promoted Pins product internationally. First announced back in early 2014, Promoted Pins does exactly what its name suggests by letting businesses pay to have their Pins (products) placed front-and-center in people’s feed — it can […]

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Huawei unveils 5.2″ P9 and 5.5″ P9 Plus smartphones: ‘Coengineered with Leica’

After months of speculation, rumors, leaks, Chinese electronics giant Huawei has finally lifted the lid on its latest flagship smartphone: the Huawei P9. But the company had a nother device to announce too — the slightly bigger P9 Plus. VentureBeat is part of a packed assembly at London’s Battersea Park today, where Huawei has elected […]

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OpenStreetMap boosted as opens in-app map editing on iOS and Android

OpenStreetMap (OSM) data is being given a notable boost this week with the news that a major GPS navigation app provider is to let its users edit OSM data directly within its own mobile apps. Launched out of Zurich, Switzerland, in 2011, has emerged as major contender in the online maps and navigation realm […]

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Medium unveils its grand plan to become a publishing powerhouse

ANALYSIS: Last month, Medium gave the biggest hint yet as to what its future may hold for publisher monetization; today the popular blogging platform officially unveiled the first stage of this plan. Today’s news comes a few months after Medium introduced a new publishing API, WordPress plugin, and a myriad of partners at an event in […]

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Twitter is now a global TV network as it wins NFL rights to stream Thursday night games in full

After months of haggling, we finally have a winner in the fight to broadcast Thursday night NFL games live across the Web: Twitter. A number of companies were reportedly interested in the streaming rights, including Facebook, Yahoo, Amazon, and Verizon, but the surprise winner is the shortform blogging platform that has been under a considerable […]

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Alibaba removes paywall from South China Morning Post, 4 months after acquisition

The South China Morning Post (SCMP), one of the most influential independent Hong Kong-based English-language newspapers in the region, has announced that it’s removing its online paywall from 6pm (local time) today, after ten years in place. The move comes almost four months after Chinese tech titan Alibaba acquired the 113-year-old publication to “influence the […]

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AccorHotels acquires luxury homesharing platform OneFineStay for $170 million

AccorHotels, the Paris-based group that owns and operates thousands of hotels around the world, has acquired the U.K.’s OneFineStay, a so-called “sharing economy” startup that lets homeowners monetize their houses while out-of-town. The initial deal is worth €148M ($170 million), with AccorHotels committing a further €64m ($73 million) to grow the startup’s presence globally. Founded […]

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BlackBerry ditches $1 privacy & control subscription in BBM, makes all features completely free

BlackBerry has announced its latest move to remain relevant: making all the privacy and control features within its BBM messaging app completely free to use. The company first launched its Retract and Timer features within the cross-platform BBM app back in 2014, and though they were free to use initially they later represented part of […]

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Email took an almighty beating this week, but it’s far from dead

ANALYSIS: While 2016 is shaping up to be the year virtual reality and the Internet of Things went mainstream, it could also go down in history as the year email’s much-touted demise cranked into overdrive. At least, if this week’s events are anything to go by. With the likes of Facebook, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Twitter, and a […]

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