Spare5 Raises $10M Series A Round For Its Mobile Mechanical Turk Service

spare5_turk Spare5 lets businesses outsource menial tasks like tagging and describing images, cleaning up data and classifying content to smartphone users who want to earn a few cents while standing at the bus station. It’s basically a mobile-centric version of Amazon’s Mechanical Turk and it now has another $10 million in the bank thanks to a Series A funding round led by Foundry Group,… Read More

Google Shares Spike 6% After ‘Alphabet’ Restructuring

google-earnings2 Google just announced a big restructuring of the company, sending shares up about 6 percent in extended trading. After the announcement, shares of Google rose 5 percent, but have since risen even further. As part of the restructuring, Larry page is now the new CEO of a parent company called Alphabet, while Sundar Pichai will be CEO of Google. According to a regulatory filing,… Read More

Google Acquires Mobile App Prototyping Tool Pixate

tumblr_nrt9eoHeDw1tcykk3o1_1280 Google has acquired mobile app prototyping tool Pixate today, both companies have confirmed. Pixate had raised $3.8M from Accel Partners in 2013. It had popped out of the Y-Combinator oven previously (YC S12). Here’s what the Pixate CEO Paul Colton shared on their blog about the move today: Today, I am very proud to announce that Pixate has joined Google’s design team. Pixate… Read More

Flipagram Raises $70M, Scores Record Label Deals Thanks To 30M+ Music Hungry Users

HQ It’s a mix of Instagram and YouTube…maybe a bit of a old school RockYou component. No matter how you look at it, Flipagram has seen enormous growth and is a mobile juggernaut. Today, the company has formally announced that it has raised a $70M B round of funding led by Sequoia and including Kleiner Perkins and Index Ventures. The company declined to talk valuation, but we reported… Read More

Flipagram Raises $70M, Scores Record Label Deals Thanks To 30M+ Music Hungry Users

HQ It’s a mix of Instagram and YouTube…maybe a bit of a old school RockYou component. No matter how you look at it, Flipagram has seen enormous growth and is a mobile juggernaut. Today, the company has formally announced that it has raised a $70M B round of funding led by Sequoia and including Kleiner Perkins and Index Ventures. The company declined to talk valuation, but we reported… Read More

Google Confirms Acquisition Of Agawi, A Specialist In Streaming Native Mobile Apps

Agawi AppGlimpse Native apps have overtaken the web as the main place where smartphone users go for entertainment, information and more. So it should come as no surprise that one of the companies that profits the most from our use of the web is looking for ways to get us to use the it more again. According to The Information, Google last year secretly acquired a startup called Agawi, which had developed… Read More

Meteor Raises $20M To Build The One JavaScript Stack To Rule Them All

Meteor framework The competitive landscape for app development tool providers continues to become tighter, with Meteor Development Group raising $20 million for its stack of frameworks and tools for developing web and mobile applications in JavaScript. Read More

Google Acquires Timeful To Bring Smart Scheduling To Google Apps

timeful Google has acquired Timeful, a startup designed to make scheduling easier by helping you solve larger goals without requiring you to sweat the details. Timeful’s app analyzes your schedule, and uses it to help you achieve specific goals you have in mind. The features Timeful created will be integrated into Google Apps going forward, and the app will remain available, but the Timeful team… Read More

Microsoft And Google Battle Once Again For Title Of Second Most Valuable Tech Company

Google They’re back at it. After reporting earnings yesterday, Google and Microsoft are once again locked in their long-running battle for second. Apple, the most valuable technology company, is also the most valuable company in the world, with Google and Microsoft rounding off the top three. Google, up 3.56 percent as of the time of writing, is currently worth $385.59 billion. Microsoft, up… Read More

Edtech Tool RefME Bags $5M To Take The Tedium Out Of Referencing

RefME The copy-and-paste generation has another tedium-busting digital tool in its arsenal: RefME is a book-barcode scanning app that speeds up the task of creating, formatting and managing citations, references lists and bibliographies of academic source material. Read More
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