Even Microsoft has to work really hard to compete with Google on search. So how might Leap.it, a small startup of Kansas City, take on the world’s biggest search engine? Read more »
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Ecommerce startup Birchbox, which specializes in subscriptions to monthly beauty kits, announced Monday that it raised a $60 million Series B round, led by Viking Global Investors and including existing investors such as First Round Capital and Accel Partners. The company said that it would use the funds “to continue to tell its story through marketing initiatives, refine its mobile application, fortify Birchbox Man and develop its team worldwide.” According to Fortune, the new round gives the company a $485 million valuation, which prompted a “no comment” from Birchbox.
There are multiple reports that old AOL email addresses have been compromised and are sending out spam. Read more »
Cheap semiconductors — that are lower tech than solar cells — could be the key to converting heat into useable energy at power plants, in appliances and even in vehicles. Read more »
Instead of a paywall around its existing content, Slate is trying to convince its biggest fans to become members of a community — membership that will bring them additional benefits, including preferential access to writers and editors at the site. But will it be enough to move the revenue needle? Read more »
After 8 months, Microsoft’s purchase of Nokia’s devices and services business becomes official on April 25. Nokia’s network and mapping groups will remain separate, but Nokia phones will become Microsoft phones. Read more »
Since 2012, people have been 3D printing robotic hands with a design made open source through the Robohand project. Fifty-three-year-old Jose Delgado, Jr. recently swapped out his $42,000 prosthetic arm for a 3D printed one derived from Robohand and found it actually helped him accomplish more. 3D Universe has posted an interview with Delgado, along with a video of his thoughts:
A team at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology has already used the system to power equipment at a nuclear power plant. Read more »
First generation Apple TVs have lost their ability to connect to iTunes, according to a 25-page-long thread on Apple’s support forum. Users report they cannot connect to the iTunes store to download or stream movies, TV shows and podcasts, although most internet functions, such as Youtube, are working. The issue appears to be widespread and worldwide, implying an issue on Apple’s backend. Users first noticed the issue last Thursday. Apple has yet to state whether this is a temporary glitch or an intentional change to functionality. The first generation Apple TV was released in 2007 and sold until 2010. The glitch does not affect the second or third generation models.
This month, Facebook will announce a mobile ad network that delivers advertisements directly to third-party mobile apps. Read more »