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3D Printing Company Stratasys Is Buying GrabCAD For Around $100M

Screen Shot 2014-09-16 at 13.23.08 Some M&A activity afoot in the world of hardware design: GrabCAD, an online community that has been described as the ‘Github for mechanical engineers’, is getting acquired by 3D printing giant Stratasys, a source tells us. The companies plan to announce the deal a little later today [Update: confirmed]. We have heard that the deal is in the region of nine figures, and… Read More

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Ingrid Lunden

September 16th

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Nokia’s Here Maps Its Future On Samsung With Its First Android And Tizen Apps

here-android Opera may have taken some of the wind out of the Nokia brand’s sails with the news that its browser will be replacing Nokia’s on the now-Microsoft-owned, winding down, feature handset business. But today the Finnish company that has remained after the Microsoft handset sale had some interesting news of its own: it’s tying up with Samsung for two new versions of its Here… Read More

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Ingrid Lunden

August 29th

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For Its First Google Glass Effort, EBay Adapts Its RedLaser Product Finder App

Screen Shot 2014-07-22 at 15.52.58 Back in March 2013, eBay said it would start to work on applications for Google Glass — the idea being that the Android-powered, head-mounted computer could help consumers shop for things online and in the real world more seamlessly than pulling out your smartphone (and even less so, a full-fledged computer). Read More

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Ingrid Lunden

July 22nd

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CEO With A Heart Of Gold, Neil Young Takes The Reins At PonoMusic, Tech Vet John Hamm Remains Investor

ponoplayer A changing of keys and tempo, at PonoMusic, the venture founded on the premise of a high-fidelity digital music service and music-playing device. Neil Young, the iconic musician who founded Pono and saw it raise over $6.2 million on Kickstarter after aiming for only $800,000, is stepping in as its new CEO as John Hamm steps down. Hamm will remain an investor in the company, the company… Read More

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Ingrid Lunden

July 11th

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FreedomPop Brings Its Free Wireless Service To Europe, Sans Handsets

freedompop FreedomPop, the startup out of LA that has been going after U.S. carriers’ wireless business with a “free” basic mobile offering, is now bringing a SIM-only version of its service to Europe and beyond. Today, the company announced that it will kick off first with FreedomPop in Belgium, with rollouts also in the UK, Germany, France and Spain, as well as to markets in the… Read More

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Ingrid Lunden

July 10th

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Forget “OK Glass,” MindRDR Is A Google Glass App You Control With Your Thoughts

InUse2 Google Glass has made a name for itself (somewhat infamously) as head-mounted hardware that you can control with your voice and a sliding finger. Now, a team based out of interactive studio This Place in London, is launching a new app that it hopes will kickstart an even more seamless way of interacting with the device: with the power of your mind. MindRDR, as the app is called, links up… Read More

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Ingrid Lunden

July 9th

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Microsoft Teams With American Family Insurance To Launch A Home Automation Accelerator In Redmond

6774667607_ec4114c718_b Microsoft has been ramping up its effort to raise its profile with the startup community through programs like accelerators outside of the U.S. run by Microsoft Ventures. Today, that strategy is taking a turn towards Microsoft’s home market, down the corporate route and stopping at the Internet of Things: Microsoft is launching a new accelerator in Seattle in partnership with American… Read More

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Ingrid Lunden

June 17th

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New Google Glass App Lets You Nod To Pay With Bitcoin, Will Add Dollars This Summer

Pay withe EAZE low res While Google may be working on adding Google Wallet to Glass, and other big payment players are “eyeing up” (!) ways of integrating into Google’s computing headgear, a Dutch startup has beaten them to the punch. Eaze is a new app, out in beta today, that uses voice and image recognition to activate the service, and nodding head gestures to confirm and complete… Read More

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Ingrid Lunden

May 16th

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Sphero And Ollie Robotic Toy Maker Orbotix Has Raised Another $20M, Say Sources

ollie Orbotix, the company that makes fast-moving, robotic toys that you control with smartphone apps, has raised another $20 million in funding, TechCrunch has learned and confirmed with a reliable source. This brings the total raised by maker of the popular Sphero ball to $35 million, as it gears up to start selling its next product, the cylindrical Ollie (originally called the 2B), later this year… Read More

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Ingrid Lunden

May 2nd

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Led By Ex-CEO Of Willow Garage, Savioke Gets $2M From AME, Google Ventures To Build A ‘Service’ Robot

SaviokePortraits-137 Savioke, a robotics startup out of Sunnyvale led by the former CEO of the now-defunct but influential Willow Garage robotics startup, is announcing a seed round of funding today, $2 million from Jerry Yang's AME Cloud Ventures, Google Ventures, Morado Venture Partners and other individual investors. It is planning to use the money to develop and build its first robot, an as-yet unnamed piece of… Read More

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Ingrid Lunden

April 9th

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