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ShareMyPlaylists Gets A Much Needed Android Reboot

“To be honest, it was awful”, says ShareMyPlaylists founder Kieron Donoghue on the company’s previous Android effort, which today gets a much needed reboot. The new app brings many of the Spotify community site’s best features to Google’s platform, such as its editorally-picked ‘Featured Playlists’ as well as the ‘Top 50 Playlist Charts’. Although be warned: Android users ne...

28 Jun 12:45 PM 0 Read More...

Practice Fusion Pulls In $34M Series C Led By Artis To Crush The Other Electronic Medical Record Startups

Practice Fusion is the frontrunner in the fevered race to become the electronic medical record platform, and today it finished raising a $34 million Series C led by hedge fund Artis Ventures to make sure it wins and lead it towards an IPO. Startups trying to compete? “We’re squashing them” founder and CEO Ryan Howard tells me. It now hosts 40 million patient records of its 150,000 doc...

28 Jun 12:01 PM 0 Read More...

CEO Of London’s Tech City Project Departs, As Global Tech Race Heats Up

Eric van der Kleij is to depart his post as CEO of the UK’s Tech City Investment Organisation (TCIO) after his two year contract comes to an end this Summer. The TCIO was set up by the UK government to promote East London’s pre-existing cluster of technology startups and is just one of hundreds of similar initiatives around the world where a city is promoted as a ‘tech city’. It’s a...

28 Jun 11:42 AM 0 Read More...

DogVacay Adds Airbnb Investor Andreessen Horowitz To Its Pack Of Backers, Aims To Become The Place For All Pet Services

DogVacay launched in March this year as an Airbnb for dogs — offering owners an alternative to soul-less kennels and expensive dog sitting services for when they need to leave town and leave their pooches behind. Since then, the service has picked up some traction with users tripling every month since launch, and to continue its growth, it’s adding another VC to its list of backers. Andre...

28 Jun 11:31 AM 0 Read More...

Institutional Venture Partners Raises $1 Billion For Fund XIV, Its Biggest Yet

Angel investing may be hot, but it looks like things are not too shabby for the tech industry’s most powerful late-stage venture capital firms either. Institutional Venture Partners (IVP) is announcing today that it has closed on $1 billion for its 14th fund, dubbed IVP XIV. This represents the largest-ever fund IVP has raised in its 32-year history. To date, this brings IVP’s total committed c...

28 Jun 11:00 AM 0 Read More...

Check-In App Forecast Runs Out Of Money And Will Shut Down On July 1

With the growth of more location-based mobile apps, there is some inevitable shakedown, too: the latest of these is that check-in service Forecast will be shutting down its app and website, effective July 1, because its developers, Hurricane Party, have run out of money. The news hasn’t been posted yet on Forecast’s own site, but was relayed to existing users through an email. “We hav...

28 Jun 10:51 AM 0 Read More...

Vive La France: Orange Bites The NFC Bullet, Plans Nationwide SIM-based Rollout In Home Market

NFC, the technology that can help turn a mobile handset into an instant, superpower payment device, has been long on promise but largely short on delivery. But today, the France Telecom-owned mobile operator Orange took a step that could see some of that potential realized: it has announced that it will initiate a nationwide deployment of NFC SIM cards across its home market of France, cover...

28 Jun 9:35 AM 0 Read More...

Strange Days, Indeed

Have you ever jacked in? Have you ever wire tripped? No? [smirk] A virgin brain. Well, we’re gonna start you off right. This isn’t like “TV only better”, this is life. Yeah, this is a piece of somebody’s life. Pure and uncut, straight from the cerebral cortex. You’re there! You’re doing it, seeing it, hearing-hearing it. You’re feeling it. It’s about the stuff you can’t have, r...

28 Jun 6:03 AM 0 Read More...

BlueStacks Now Lets You Run Android Apps On Your Mac

There’s no love lost between Android and Apple users, or at least among the fanboys and fangirls. The flamewar between the passionate adopters of the top two mobile operating systems has persisted for awhile now, even in spite of our pleas for a detente. Luckily, one startup is on a mission to bridge the gap between the Open and Walled Gardens, so that we can all join hands and walk off int...

28 Jun 5:31 AM 0 Read More...

Qualcomm Extends Vuforia Augmented Reality Platform To The Cloud (Video)

Qualcomm announced an upgrade to their Vuforia Augmented Reality platform on Wednesday. Vuforia is a platform that focuses on using images as the “targets” to launch an AR experience, rather than requiring consumers to scan QR codes or other glyphs. So instead of scanning a barcode, you just scan a specific picture to start the AR experience on your mobile phone or tablet (it could launch...

28 Jun 4:08 AM 0 Read More...