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Jonathan Shieber

BuildingConnected lands $15 million for its service linking contractors and developers

BuildingConnected, which provides software linking contractors and developers has raised $15 million from a strategic investor — Brookfield Ventures, the new venture arm from real estate developer Brookfield Asset Management.

The new investment bumps the total raised by BuildingConnect to $53 million. Previous investors in the company include Crosslink Capital, Brick & Mortar Ventures, Freestyle Capital, Homebrew, Bee Partners, and Lightspeed Venture Partners.

“It is rare to have an...

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Taylor Hatmaker

Credit Karma expands its identity theft monitoring tool to include dark web data

Credit Karma is best known for being the only reason anyone is ever willing to peek at their credit score, but the company has other things it wants you to be less stressed out about too.

After introducing a free identity monitoring tool for its users late last year, Credit Karma is widening the scope of its fraud-fighting scans to include data from the dark web.

Credit Karma’s existing ID monitoring tool searches 4.5 billion public breaches for a user’s personal data, but the improved...

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Brian Heater

Delivery robotics company Marble raises $10 million, with plans to move beyond food

San Francisco-based robotics company Marble announced this morning that it’s just closed a $10 million Series A. The round, which involves the likes of Tencent, Lemnos, Crunchfund and Maven, brings the startup’s total funding to $15 million.

In press material tied to the announcement, Marble’s careful not to get hung up on the whole food delivery label that’s been hung on the company since its early days. Instead, Marble’s now referring to itself as “the last-mile logistics...

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Sarah Perez

Roku’s adds news to its free channel, including the new streaming network ABC News Live

Last fall, Roku launched its own channel to provide its cord-cutting customers with access to free movies and TV shows in a single destination. Today, it’s adding live news to its channel, too.

In partnership with ABC News and others, The Roku Channel will now feature live news streams and linear news programming, alongside its entertainment options.

ABC News will be the flagship partner for the launch, as Roku will be the exclusive over-the-top home for its new live and linear streaming...

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Anthony Ha

Flipboard launches a new tech section

With recent changes, Flipboard has been placing a big emphasis on allowing readers to go deep on their interests. Now it’s adding even more features around one particular interest, in the Technology section of the Flipboard website and app.

“We want to make Flipboard definitive for tech insiders and enthusiasts,” said CEO Mike McCue .

This positions Flipboard as more of a direct competitor to a tech news aggregator like Techmeme, but with more curation from partners and from readers...

The Verge

Dami Lee

The director of Pixar’s Bao on the challenges of animating a living dumpling

The title of Pixar’s latest short film, Bao, has two meanings in Chinese: “steamed bun” or “precious treasure.” In the short, it could easily mean both. The bao in this film is a cute homemade dumpling that comes to life, turning into a weird little dumpling baby that delights the empty-nesting Chinese mother who made it. From there, the bao baby starts growing up. That sounds surreal on paper, and the execution is just as jarring. Writer-director Domee Shi has described it as a...

The Verge

Casey Newton

Flipboard introduces expanded tech coverage and private sharing features

Flipboard is expanding its editorial coverage of technology to include a broader selection of curated articles and product recommendations, the company said, which represents a modest step into e-commerce for the news-reading app. Starting today, people who follow “tech” on Flipboard will see recommended stories, videos, books, podcasts, and other products from publishers, generating money for both from affiliate links. The new tech section, which Flipboard says could serve as a model...

The Verge

Chris Welch

Roku Channel adds live news and curated movie collections

Roku has announced that its free Roku Channel is adding live, linear news programming from ABC News, Cheddar, and People TV.

The ad-supported Roku Channel is a quick way for new owners of the popular streaming devices to find free content. No, it doesn’t have new releases or a very comprehensive collection, but if you’ve already browsed Netflix or Amazon Video on a Sunday morning and come up empty, there’s always a chance you’ll find a very random movie worth watching.

And it seems...

The Verge

Thuy Ong

These sneakers are made from recycled chewing gum

Chewing gum is somewhat of a universal pastime, but the consequence is often the amount of gum left on streets when people spit it out. To reduce waste and litter, city marketing organization Iamsterdam, designer Explicit Wear, and sustainability company Gumdrop have collaborated to design a shoe from the recycled gum. Called Gumshoe, the shoe’s sole is made of recyclable compounds (known as Gum-Tec) produced by Gumdrop, and those compounds are made up of 20 percent gum.

“We discovered...

Wired Top Stories

Lauren Goode

Flipboard's Answer to Fake News: More Human Curation

The news aggregator is focusing on human curation at a time when people distrust the news.

Wired Top Stories

Matt Simon

Delivery Bots Have Awkward Sidewalk Interactions, Too

Marble wants to make these things proficient enough to find their own way around the people and the buskers and the intersections.

Engadget

Devindra Hardawar

Roku is getting free live news, starting with ABC

If there's one thing streaming video watchers love, it's free stuff. So it wasn't a huge surprise to see Roku launch a free ad-supported movie channel of its own last year. Now, it's adding news coverage to that selection, starting with ABC News Live...

Engadget

Jon Fingas

Roku adds private listening for multiple viewers

Many living room media players support headphones to let one person watch videos without disrupting anyone. But that's not how it always works. What if you want to watch Netflix with your spouse when the kids are sleeping, or catch up on YouTube with...

Engadget

Rachel England

Pandora Premium arrives on Xbox One

Pandora has dragged its heels expanding its Premium service beyond mobile -- a web player only arrived in February, nearly a year after the mobile launch. But now it's opening up its offerings further still. From today, you'll be able to use the stre...

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Frederic Lardinois

You can now give Amazon the keys to your car

Last week, I was sitting in the office, waiting for an Amazon package to be delivered to my house. Typically, the driver would just leave the package at the door, where anybody could steal it. But this time around, the process was a bit different because the driver arrived, used his phone to unlock the car in my driveway, put the package into the trunk and then locked the car again. That’s thanks to the latest feature of Amazon Key — free in-car delivery for Prime members — which is...

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Steve O'Hear

Belgium’s Cowboy raises $3M led by Index to launch a smarter e-bike

Cowboy, the startup that’s building a new, smarter electronic bicycle, quietly launched in its home country of Belgium this past week, whilst simultaneously disclosing it has raised $3 million in seed funding.

Notably, the round is led by Index Ventures. The London and San Francisco-based VC appears to be particularly bullish on electric-powered mobility, recently backing electric scooter startup Bird.

France’s Hardware Club, and Kima Ventures also participated in Cowboy’s seed round,...

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Jon Russell

Despite IPO surge, Hong Kong investors aren’t tech savvy, warns Razer CEO

Xiaomi and Ant Financial are two of a cluster of major tech names being linked with IPOs in Hong Kong. But, despite a burst of upcoming tech listings and new measures that are tipped to encourage more, the country still has some way to go to match the U.S. as a destination for startup exits, according to one of its star graduates.

Gaming hardware firm Razer raised over $500 million when it went public on the HKSE last November, but its CEO Min-Liang Tan has warned that the country’s...

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Matthew Lynley

DoorDash makes a big push into grocery delivery through a pilot program with Walmart

DoorDash is about to make a huge move into grocery delivery, but instead of going all out as a delivery service on its own, it’s instead going to be working behind the scenes to power delivery networks for larger companies — with Walmart as its first big partner.

While Instacart looks to control the end-to-end customer experience for grocery delivery, and Amazon is off doing Amazon-y things with its Whole Foods delivery system, DoorDash is hoping it can build a network that any company...

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John Biggs

Bag Week is coming and we need your recommendations

Every year your faithful friends at TechCrunch spend an entire week looking at bags. Why? Because bags – often ignored but full of our important electronics – are the outward representations of our techie styles and we put far too little thought into where we keep our most prized possessions.

To that end we need your help. Do you have a favorite bag we should check out? Do you make a bag we should check out? Is there a bag we should avoid? We’ve created this form to gather bag and...

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Ingrid Lunden

Enterprise communications firm Mitel is being acquired for $2B by Rackspace investor Searchlight

Mitel, the enterprise communications company that tried but failed to buy Polycom for $2 billion, is now being acquired for $2 billion itself. The company today announced that it has agreed to be acquired by Searchlight Capital Partners in an all-cash transaction of $2 billion, which will also see the company going private.

The price is a decent jump on the company’s market cap of $1.57 billion when it closed trading on Nasdaq yesterday evening, with the $11.15 per share deal a 24 percent...

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