Category Archives: TechCrunch

2015 Ad Spend Rises To $187B, Digital Inches Closer To One Third Of It

old television Web and mobile continue to be the platforms that get all the buzz, but when it comes to advertising dollars, traditional media continues to rule the roost. Strategy Analytics has published its latest figures for advertising spend in the U.S., and in an overall pot that it estimates at nearly $187 billion, digital will account for just under 30% of that — 28%, or $52.8 billion, to… Read More

Shapr Raises $3 Million For Its Business Networking Mobile App

Screen Shot 2015-01-20 at 11.01.47 AM A New York and Paris-based startup called Shapr has raised $3 million to build a better way to professionally network with others in your industry. However, unlike business networking giant LinkedIn, Shapr’s software is mobile-first, with apps for both iOS and Android devices that allow users to select a subset of their contacts who they really know and endorse, and then share those… Read More

Google Partners With Cloudera To Bring Cloud Dataflow To Apache Spark

mh_google01 Google today announced that it has teamed up with the Hadoop specialists at Cloudera to bring its Cloud Dataflow programming model to Apache’s Spark data processing engine. With Google Cloud Dataflow, developers can create and monitor data processing pipelines without having to worry about the underlying data processing cluster. As Google likes to stress, the service evolved out of… Read More

Swiss Police Confiscate The Things Purchased Randomly By A Darknet Bot

Image (1) sanwa_robots-620x465.jpg for post 346777 Robots need ketamine too! And to supply their robot with drugs a group of Swiss techno-artists programmed an agent to randomly buy an item on a random darknet site with bitcoin, resulting in a cache of drugs and other contraband that, at first, was a fun art project and then caught the eye of the authorities.
Called the Random Darknet Shopper, the robot simply found a random item and bought it. Read More

Marriott Considers Offering Netflix, Hulu And Pandora In Hotel Rooms

shutterstock_67308952 Marriott, recently in the news for attempting to block private hotspots, is working to offer familiar entertainment via their in-room video systems. Marriott International is testing out new in-room entertainment in eight hotels across its chain (which is, admittedly, a relatively small test considering the chain operates more than 4,000 properties in over eighty countries) that includes… Read More

In A Strategic Shift, Egnyte Treads Closer To IPO Territory

screen-shot-2014-06-09-at-2-59-20-pm Egnyte, a provider of enterprise file management products, is shifting its strategy to place itself between a company’s datacenter and its cloud storage provider. Previously, the company worked to be a cloud storage solution that worked with a firm’s current on-premises file system. Now, Egnyte wants to become the intelligence layer between any company’s current storage… Read More

LastPass Launches A Native Password Manager For Mac Offering Quick Search, Security Checks And Offline Access

Screen Shot 2015-01-20 at 9.51.09 AM Longtime password management software company LastPass is rolling out a new, native Mac application this morning, which will offer users more native integration on OS X, while also introducing a number of new features, including instant logins, the ability to run security checks on your online accounts, and a fast search function.
With data breaches becoming par for the course, it seems… Read More

Enterprise Incubator Alchemist Lands $2.1M From Impressive Backers

Test-tubes with blue liquid on blue background The Alchemist Accelerator started two years ago with the goal of creating a platform to help promising enterprise seed-stage startups. Today, it announced $2.1M in funding that should provide enough capital keep the company going through the first quarter of 2018. The round is led by Mayfield with help from Tyco and previous investor Cisco. Other investors include Draper Fisher… Read More