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Stories for Apr. 21, 2014
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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.

Stephen Elop, executive vice president of devices and services at Nokia, introduces the new Nokia 930 during the 2014 Microsoft Build developer conference on April 2, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

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 »

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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:

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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.