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Find out how startups are transforming real estate investing at Disrupt NY

2017, April 25 - 12:36am
 Ever since the financial crisis of 2008, investors have been wary of investing in real estate. But startups have emerged over the last decade to help provide more transparency and accessibility to an industry that until recently had suffered from antiquated technology and a business based mostly on personal relationships between real estate investors, developers and property managers. Read More
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Revolar, the personal safety button, can get you out of tight spots

2017, April 25 - 12:04am
 A new hardware/app device called Revolar aims to make it safe to walk the streets. This tiny button will notify your friends and family if you’re scared, the authorities if you’re in trouble, and will even simulate a phone call if you need to get out of a sticky situation. It works with iOs and Android and ships in May. The idea for Revolar came about when co-founder Jacqueline… Read More
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Reefill wants you to drink more tap water

2017, April 24 - 11:35pm
 Reefill is a New York-based company that wants you to stop buying bottled water. Their system, which will be installed in delis and fast food restaurants, lets you refill your water bottle for free with filtered tap water that should, in theory, be better than the swill you currently get from water fountains. The founders, Jason Pessel, Andrew Betlyon, and Patrick Connorton, first worked on… Read More
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Recharge, which lets users book hotels by the minute, just launched in New York

2017, April 24 - 11:29pm
 Recharge, a two-year-old, San Francisco-based company whose app enables users to book a stay in a hotel for just 66 cents a minute, is opening in select New York hotels today, after testing its service over the last year in San Francisco. In New York, customers can now book rooms at The Pierre, W New York, The Knickerbocker and 1 Hotel Central. Read More
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Every feed app should steal Pinterest’s ‘more like this’ button

2017, April 24 - 11:01pm
 This is the best new social app feature in a long time. Twitter should copy it. Instagram should copy it. Facebook probably already is copying it. I’m talking about Pinterest’s “Instant Ideas” button that started testing in February but is slowly rolling out to more people. As soon as I tapped it, I was hooked. Read More
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VideoBlocks goes beyond moving pictures and announces its stock photo marketplace

2017, April 24 - 10:00pm
 VideoBlocks made a name for itself a few years ago when it launched its subscription-based stock video service and — later on — a members-only marketplace for buying one-off clips, too. Now, the company is following a very similar model for its expansion into the stock photo space as well. That new service is now open for photographers who want to contribute their images and… Read More
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Flux, a fintech startup founded by ex-Revolut employees, wants to make paper receipts obsolete

2017, April 24 - 5:28pm
 Flux, a London-based fintech startup founded by three early employees of foreign exchange and banking app Revolut, is on a mission to make store receipts truly digital. Read More
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Alibaba’s Ant Financial invests in Chinese bike-sharing startup unicorn Ofo

2017, April 24 - 3:41pm
 Ofo, the Chinese bike-sharing startup that recently claimed unicorn status, announced this weekend that it has added Ant Financial as an investor. In a statement posted to its Weibo account, Ofo said that it will work with Ant Financial, an Alibaba unit, on Internet and credit card payments and its international expansion plan. Read More
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MakerBot’s technology of the future grapples with its rocky past

2017, April 23 - 11:49pm
 Goshen has a small stack of papers sitting on a table beside him, should he need to consult any notes. He never actually looks over, however. After months of behind the scenes meetings, he’s got the company’s new line down, pat. His voice rarely raises above a whisper during our conversation, but he speaks thoughtfully and pragmatically. He speaks of a company that’s humbled.… Read More
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Online grocery platform Farmdrop raises £7M Series A led by Atomico

2017, April 23 - 5:00pm
 Farmdrop, a farmer-friendly online grocery platform based in the U.K., has raised £7 million in Series A funding. Leading the round is Atomico, the London VC fund founded by Skype co-founder Niklas Zennström. Read More
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PowerRay is an underwater drone for filmmakers or fishermen

2017, April 22 - 10:00pm
 The creator of the PowerEgg, an ovoid flying robot, has begun accepting orders for its newest creation, a submersible camera drone for home use. Dubbed the PowerRay, the waterproof device can find, attract and record fish. It operates at a depth of 30 meters, or about 98 feet, for up to four hours at a time. It is suitable for use in fresh-, salt-or chlorinated-water. The PowerRay garnered… Read More
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HBO’s “Silicon Valley” cast hints about upcoming season

2017, April 22 - 10:00am
 They’re back! HBO’s “Silicon Valley” is set to return to television, with the fourth season debuting this Sunday. We had a chance to watch the first two episodes at the premiere and can confirm that they’re very funny (and filled with TechCrunch references). We also sat down for a video with the stars of the show, and got a few hints about what to expect this… Read More
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Crunch Report | Quora Valued At Around $1.8B

2017, April 22 - 9:00am
 Today’s Stories  Q&A app Quora valued around $1.8 billion in $85 million fundraise Elon Musk’s Neuralink wants to turn cloud-based AI into an extension of our brains Duolingo launches paid subscriptions as it experiments with new ways to monetize its service Snap acquires the crucial geofilter patent from Mobli for a record $7.7M Credits Written and Hosted by: Anthony Ha… Read More
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Theranos says it has been mischaracterized in allegations the company faked tests

2017, April 22 - 4:02am
 Theranos secretly bought lab equipment through a shell company, faked tests and inappropriately pumped up its financial outlook to investors, according to allegations in recently unsealed court documents, first reported by the Wall Street Journal. Partner Fund Management LP, a hedge fund management firm which invested $96 million in Theranos filed the claim in Delaware Chancery Court on… Read More
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Q&A app Quora valued around $1.8 billion in $85 million fundraise

2017, April 22 - 3:37am
 Quora just became the unicorn of subjective human knowledge. After eight years carefully cultivating an intelligent question and answer community, it’s just raised an $85 million Series D round co-led by Collaborative Fund and Y Combinator’s Continuity Fund. Read More
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The death of retail is greatly exaggerated

2017, April 22 - 2:55am
 I’ve been thinking a lot about retail these days and I’ve been connecting the dots between the seeming death of retailers like Ralph Lauren and the book industry. In short, we are feeling the seismic echoes of the 2008 crash right now on Main Street and things are both ugly and pretty at the same time. The book industry, like the music industry, nearly imploded when the world… Read More
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The augmented reality gold rush is afoot

2017, April 22 - 1:29am
 Who will be the Pixar of AR? Someone oughta be rounding up Hollywood special effects engineers and animated character designers to build an augmented reality content startup. This week’s launch of Facebook’s Camera Effects platform means there are suddenly 1.8 billion people waiting to be entertained by digital overlays on the real world. Read More
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Duolingo launches paid subscriptions as it experiments with new ways to monetize its service

2017, April 22 - 1:22am
 Earlier this week, the popular language learning service Duolingo quietly introduced paid monthly subscriptions in its Android apps. Subscribers get two benefits: they won’t see ads in the app and they will be able to download lessons for offline use. In addition, there is also a feel-good aspect to this, as Duolingo highlights that subscribers to Duolingo Plus, as the subscription… Read More
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MIXhalo to reveal new audio technology at Disrupt NY with help from Pharrell and Incubus

2017, April 22 - 1:04am
 This is going to be a lot of fun. MIXhalo was founded by Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger and the startup is set to reveal its first product at Disrupt NY 2017. And Mike is bringing some other famous friends to help. MIXhalo has developed a way to distribute audio to a crowd — like at a concert — in a way, they say, is as good as the musicians hear on stage. And there seem to be… Read More
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Equity podcast: Uber’s losses, Cloudera’s IPO and the biggest e-commerce acquisition ever

2017, April 21 - 10:05pm
 Welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast. This episode Katie Roof, Matthew Lynley and myself were joined by Ethan Kurzweil of Bessemer Venture Partners for a lively-as-heck conversation covering the biggest financial news of the week. First up was Uber’s newly disclosed financials. The company has a history of leaks and losses, but this time around we… Read More
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