Uber’s partnership with Alipay goes global

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 Uber today expanded its partnership with Alipay, a Chinese payment app owned by Alibaba that boasts 450 million active users. The partnership will allow Chinese travelers to pay their Uber fares using Alipay in any of the 68 countries where Uber does business, and allow riders to hail Uber cars directly from the Alipay app. Uber China’s collaboration with Alipay has grown steadily over… Read More Read more »

Shyp rolls out its new packaging pricing model to all customers

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 Shyp has finished rolling out a new packaging pricing model to all its customers that includes variable shipment pricing based on the packaging that the company provides. Shyp is still playing around with its business model and, to be sure, over time these tweaks will add up. The unit economics of on-demand services aren’t quite as simple as a $5 fee (plus postage) and require a… Read More Read more »

Chegg acquires Imagine Easy Solutions, the company behind EasyBib, BibMe and Citation Machine

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 The online textbook service Chegg today announced that it has acquired Imagine Easy Solutions for $42 million. Imagine Easy is the company behind online bibliography and research tools like EasyBib (which was also its first product) and similar tools like Citation Machine, BibMe and Cite This For Me, most of which it acquired in the last couple of years. Imagine Easy also offers teaching… Read More Read more »

The InBody Band fitness tracker can measure your body composition

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 Most fitness trackers are all about numbers. How many steps did you take? How many flights of stairs did you climb? How many projected calories did you burn? But there is one number (an important one, if you’re a health nut) that is left out of almost every fitness tracker on the market: BMI. The InBody Band, made by a South Korean company that makes professional-scale body… Read More Read more »

Microsoft’s next version of SQL Server will launch June 1

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 The next version of SQL Server, Microsoft’s flagship database product, will launch on June 1, the company announced today. The release follows Microsoft’s usual round of public previews and release candidates since the company first announced this update in 2015. Maybe the biggest difference between this release cycle and others is that the company first tested many of the new… Read More Read more »

Burns victim, who was told she wouldn’t run again, finishes marathon in triumphant moment

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It's been a long road back for Turia Pitt. The Australian ultra-marathon runner received burns to 65 percent of her body when she became caught in a bushfire while competing in Western Australia five years ago.  On Sept. 2, 2011, the part-time model and engineer was in the middle of the 100-kilometre race when a wind change created a wall of flames across her path. She was one of four runners who were seriously injured in the terrifying incident.  Lucky to survive and unable to walk initially, Pitt has spent years fighting back. She was even told by doctors that she would never run again .  The 28-year-old survivor showed how far she had come on Sunday, when she made her comeback by completing her first marathon since she sustained the horrific injuries. Read more.. Read more »

SAM Labs raises $4.5M to turn kids into IoT-mavens

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 London-based SAM Labs just announced that it raised $4.5M from a group of investors led by Imperial Ventures. In addition, the round was padded out with smart money from a number of angels specializing in high growth education technology. The investment will help the company continue its mission to introduce the Internet of Things to kids. Read More Read more »

Here’s why we only did three deals last year

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 There has been a huge disconnect between private and public company valuations over the last few years. This isn’t the first time I’ve said it. It probably won’t be the last. During this period of froth, companies were able to raise capital at increasingly ludicrous valuations, and entrepreneurs turned fundraising into a sport. Deals closed peaked in 2014, but all-time… Read More Read more »

5 can’t-miss apps: Rex, Kamcord, ‘Loop Mania’ and more

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With Apple and Facebook both dropping their latest earnings reports and new rumors around the next generation Apple Watch, you may have missed some of this week's best new apps See also: 7 hidden features in the latest Snapchat update Each weekend, we round up a few of our favorite new and updated apps. This week's list includes an app to find podcast recommendations, an app to help you register to vote and an app with a new take on live streaming Check out the gallery below to see our top picks. If you're looking for more, take a look at our last roundup of can't-miss apps. Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more... Read more »

Don’t ask Leura Fine about being a female CEO — ask about how she’s changing interior design

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"What is it like to be a female CEO?"  That's one question Leura Fine doesn't want to answer.  But of course, it's a question she's frequently asked as the CEO and founder of  Laurel & Wolf , a startup that provides users with an online system to redesign their homes with the help of professionals. SEE ALSO:  This CEO fits all of her trash since 2012 in a mason jar Since its launch in 2014, Laurel & Wolf has raised   $25.5 million  in venture capital funding, including a  $5.5 million series B round led by Benchmark General Partner and Tinder board member  Matt Cohler. Fine has been touted as one brightest young female entrepreneurs, landing a spot on Forbes 30 Under 30 list. Read more... More about Interior Design , Startups , and Business Read more »