Home24 raises $22.7 million for its online furniture retail service


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Berlin-based, Rocket Internet-backed online furniture retailer Home24 has raised €20 million (about $22.7 million) and reinforced its management team to get to profitability and to try and take on IKEA in Europe (via Reuters). The fresh capital comes from both existing and new investors, the company said in a statement.

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Christoph Cordes and Marc Appelhoff, respectively the CEO and founder of ‘Fashion for Home’, a German rival that Home24 acquired last year, will help lead the loss-making Berlin startup along with its founder, Philipp Kreibohm (all three are pictured above from left to right).

Current CEO Domenico Cipolla will step down from the management team in May and pursue new challenges, Home24 said.

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New Model 3 will extend Tesla’s reach into India, Brazil and other global markets


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FILE - In this April 1, 2015, file photo shows the Tesla Motors new showroom in Salt Lake City. State lawmakers said Wednesday, May 20, 2015 they hope to work out a compromise law this year that would allow Tesla Motors to start selling its electric cars at its $3 million showroom in Salt Lake City. Two weeks before the showroom's planned opening in March, the Utah attorney general's office ruled that it couldn't sell cars under state laws barring a manufacturer from owning more than 45 percent of any dealership. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) Tesla finally unveiled its Model 3 today. The $1,500 car drew a staggering 115,000 orders — $115 million in deposits and $4 billion in potential sales — before it had even been unveiled, but another interesting point to note is that it will be Tesla’s first to be sold in India, Brazil and other international markets. Read More

Bluebee lands $11.4 million for cloud-based DNA analysis platform


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DNA analytics startup Bluebee has closed a Series A funding round of €10 million (about $11.4 million) from investors Capricorn ICT Arkiv, Korys, and Biover II. Prior backer Buysse & Partners also participated in the round.

The Dutch company specialises in genomic analysis and provide cloud-based performance solutions to researchers, labs, and diagnostic companies. According to the startup, the new funds will be used to further develop its platform.

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Above: Bluebee management team, Image credit: Bluebee

“This funding will significantly boost our capacity to support our growth,” said Bluebee CEO Hans Cobben, adding that the startup has seen rapid growth in its customer base since 2014.

Bluebee has also appointed Annie Vereecken, founder of AML-Labo Riatol labs and head of Biover II who has invested in this round, to its board of advisors.

The Delft-based startup expects to see a growth in demand for genomics, the study

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Google is getting rid of the physical debit cards linked to its Wallet payment service


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google-wallet-card1 Google is bidding “smell ya later!” to its Wallet Card, the physical debit cards linked to Google Wallet accounts. In a blog post, the company said it plans to focus instead on the Google Wallet app, which relaunched last September with a new focus on online peer-to-peer payments. Read More

Tesla sold 115k Model 3 preorders before anyone even saw the car


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DSC_0005 Elon Musk just unveiled Tesla’s Model 3, the car designed to bring Tesla to the masses.
The car will start at $35,000, compared to the Model S and X which can easily run close to $100,000.
On stage, Elon said that 115,000 people had already preordered before the car had even been unveiled. This means the electric car company just took in $115M in deposits, and four billion dollars in… Read More

Material Wrld raises $9 million to sell used luxury items online


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New York-based Material Wrld provides a high-end marketplace for used clothes. Launched in 2012, the company provides marketplace for luxury fashion items aimed at women looking to update what’s inside their closets according to events and seasonal changes.

The company announced on Wednesday that it has secured $9 million from Start Today and Nissay Capital in a series B round. Start Today is a Tokyo company behind Japan’s largest fashion e-commerce site Zozotown, while Nissay Capital is the investment arm of a leading Japanese insurance company which participated in the previous funding round. With the latest funding, the American company has secured a total of $13 million to date.

In October of 2015, Materal Wrld unveiled a prepaid debit card for luxury shoppers called Material Wrld Fashion Trade-In Card. Through the Discover Card network, this card allows users to buy new clothes at more than 700 fashion retailers both online and offline using

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This is Tesla’s Model 3


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IMG_0408 And there it is. After years of speculation, the Tesla Model 3 has been unveiled. We’re live in Hawthorne, CA, where the company has just shown the car for the very first time. Story actively developing; refresh for updates as we hear them. Curiously, they’ve actually said no big cameras (DSLRs, etc) are allowed at this event — though camera phones are apparently okay (hence… Read More

Tesla finally unveils the Model 3: Its first car for the masses


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At long last, here’s our first look at the Tesla Model 3, the company’s debut mass-market electric car starting at $35,000 and (perhaps) launching next year.

Telsa CEO Elon Musk unveiled the vehicle to the press and relentless devotees during an event at the company’s design studio in Hawthorne, California this evening. We’ll update this story as the event unfolds (and, by the way, you can watch it live).

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Musk warned fans yesterday that today’s event is merely part one of two. We’ll learn more about the car as it nears production, Musk said — likely sometime in the distant year of 2017. Until then, savor every screenshot you can.

Speaking on stage, Musk touted the Model 3’s safety features, saying it will be rated “five-stars in every category.” The base model of the car will start with a 215 mile range, auto-pilot hardware, supercharger access, and the ability to go from zero to 60 miles per hour “in less

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FCC seeks to end broadband providers’ collecting consumer data without consent


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(Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Thursday advanced a proposal to ensure the privacy of broadband Internet users by barring providers from collecting user data without consent.

The proposed regulation from FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler won initial approval with a 3-2 vote to require broadband providers to obtain consumer consent, disclose data collection, protect personal information and report breaches — but would not bar any data collection practices.

“It’s the consumers’ information and the consumer should have the right to determine how it’s used,” Wheeler said.

Broadband providers currently collect consumer data without consent and some use that data for targeted advertising, which has drawn criticism from privacy advocates.

Wheeler’s proposal does not prohibit Internet providers from using or sharing customer data for any purpose. The FCC would not extend the broadband provider privacy rules to sites such as Twitter, Google or Facebook, drawing the ire of

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Watch a stop motion video made entirely in Snapchat


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MysteryGuitarMan decided to make a stop motion video. Sounds pretty standard. Oh. You want to know the catch? MysteryGuitarMan filmed his crazy clip entirely in Snapchat.

The video description explains that creating the video only required three components: “some fruits, Snapchat, and a LOT of free time.” Unfortunately, I only have the first one, and even if I were to get back on Snapchat, I seriously doubt I’ll ever have enough of the third component.

But it’s the catchy music that particularly draws me in, almost to the point that I wish this was a real game I could play on my phone:

The vertical video is really my only complaint, though I’m told that this is just the way Snapchat is. It turns out you can film and send horizontal videos in the app, but no one does this.

Also, Snapchat doesn’t have any built-in games. If this

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Sword Coast Legends studio N-Space closes as publisher determines future for DLC, console releases


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Spiders. It had to be spiders.


The studio behind Sword Coast Legends has shut its doors, and Dungeons & Dragons publisher Wizards of the Coast is figuring out the future for the role-playing game’s DLC and upcoming PlayStation 4 and Xbox One releases.

Wizards of the Coast confirmed today that N-Space is no more. As for the upcoming Rage of Demons expansion for Sword Coast Legends, the D&D maker is looking toward Digital Extremes, the game’s PC publisher, for the fate of the downloadable content.

“Yes, N-Space is shutting down, and we are super-sad about it. We are proud of everything they did in bringing Sword Coast Legends to D&D fans, and we sincerely hope everyone at N-Space lands on their feet,” a Wizards of the Coast spokesperson told GamesBeat via email. “As for Sword Coast Legends going forward, it is unclear at this time, but we are working with Digital Extremes, the official PC publisher, to

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Government report details Theranos quality control issues


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elizabeth-holmes3 A government report released late Thursday accuses Theranos of producing inaccurate test results, of failing to meet its own lab standards and hiring unqualified personnel. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service visited Theranos’ main facilities in Newark, California last November and found the one drop blood test startup’s machines produced wildly inaccurate test… Read More

Meeting cybersecurity challenges through gamification


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security When it comes to cybersecurity issues, we always seem to be dealing with either shortages or excess. With the dark shadow of bigger security incidents constantly looming on the horizon, both government agencies and private firms are always looking for new ways to meet the challenges and overcome the many shortages the cybersecurity industry is facing. One of the growing trends in this regard… Read More

Don’t hand over EV charging in Northern California to PG&E


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AAE439AD-ED51-4801-AA6E-DD71A16D65F7 Northern California has become a test-bed for electric vehicle charging. And it’s no accident; the region is home to more electric vehicles and EV charging stations than anywhere else in the country. Like other innovative industries, the EV charging models, products and services that prove successful over time will scale around the state, the country and the world. Read More

All of Google’s jokes for April Fools’ Day 2016


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Here we go again. It’s April Fools’ Day, and like every year, Google is doing its best to outdo itself. This is the first year the company is doing so under its new Alphabet parent company, so we’ll see if that has any impact. But if the jokes are anything like in previous years, we’ll see jokes ranging from ridiculously lame to very clever, spanning the simple blog post to the elaborate gag.

Google’s various divisions always create more practical and impractical jokes than any other tech firm, and it’s simply hard to keep track of them all. As a result, we’re back with our usual annual roundup.

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Google Japan announced Furikku, a physical keyboard you flick. Think of it as the hardware version of the Japanese input software for Android. And of course, the circuit board and firmware are open source.

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Sorry, Oculus, but HoloLens gets my money


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holo-bw The battle between headsets you strap to your heads is being brought to a rolling boil this week, as Microsoft’s HoloLens Dev Kit and Oculus Rift both start shipping to customers. Being a lover of cutting-edge tech, you’d expect I’d be in lust with both technologies, but no. HoloLens did something to me that Oculus never managed: It made me think I was leaping into the… Read More

Miitomo is already a hotbed of nasty jokes, sexual innuendo, and Donald Trump


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Nintendo just released the social-networking Miitomo app, and gamers have already flooded it with crap.

Earlier this morning, Miitomo hit the iOS App Store and Android’s Google Play around the world (we like it!), and a ton of people have rushed to install it. It is now the No. 1 most downloaded app on iPhone and iPad, according to market-tracking firm Sensor Tower. With that kind of popularity and the powerful tools that enable users to make their own pictures and say whatever they want, it shouldn’t shock you to learn that a lot of the user-generated content is … bawdy. And that has led to the creation of a new Twitter account called MiitomoHell that has stepped up to start highlighting these atrocities.

Nintendo is, of course, attempting to use Miitomo to launch its future efforts on mobile devices. Smartphones and tablets generate $34.8 billion in spending

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Growthhacking your app store downloads via App Marketing Optimization (webinar)


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Breaking through the avalanche of apps requires the most current tricks of the ASO/AMO trade. Join analyst Peggy Anne Salz and App Masters founder Steve P. Young in this half-hour master class — and learn how to turbocharge your app store downloads.

Register here for free.


Nearly 2,000 mobile apps are released on Google Play and iOS on a daily basis. Amazing, but not surprising, considering how dominant the mobile market is. But app developers fighting for the spotlight have no time to gawk at the incredible statistic. There’s so much competition among app publishers and not enough time and memory space for consumers to install every new app that pops up. How are publishers — particularly first-timers — expected to get their apps discovered by the average consumer?

For the longest time, publishers have relied on App Store Optimization as the most efficient way of raising their profile among

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Reddit deletes surveillance ‘warrant canary’ in transparency report


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WASHINGTON (By Dustin Volz for Reuters) — Social networking forum Reddit on Thursday removed a section from its site used to tacitly inform users it had never received a certain type of U.S. government surveillance request, suggesting the platform is now being asked to hand over customer data under a secretive law enforcement authority.

Reddit deleted a paragraph found in its transparency report known as a “warrant canary” to signal to users that it had not been subject to so-called national security letters, which are used by the FBI to conduct electronic surveillance without the need for court approval.

The scrubbing of the “canary”, which stated reddit had never received a national security letter “or any other classified request for user information,” comes as several tech companies are pushing the Obama administration to allow for fuller disclosures of the kind and amount of government requests for user information they receive.

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