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PastBook Brings Its Collaborative Photo Book Maker To iPhone

pastbook There are a number of tools to build photo books from your phone today – including apps like Shutterfly, Mosaic, Printic and others, but today Dutch company PastBook is now joining the fray, bringing its online, collaborative photo book maker to the iPhone. While the majority of photo book making utilities share a similar feature set – you select photos from your local gallery or… Read More

Finnish Startup Gets Seed Backing For Its Online Education Platform Play, Eliademy

Eliademy Finnish startup CBTec, maker of Eliademy, an online education platform offering free cloud-based tools for teachers and learners which launched just over a year ago, has taken in its first significant tranche of external funding from early stage Finnish VC firm Inventure. The exact amount of seed funding isn’t being disclosed but we’re hearing it’s just over €200,000. A… Read More

Acompli, The Email Productivity App Backed By $7.3M, Goes Live On App Store

Acompli A number of companies are rethinking how email should work in this mobile age, but the team from Acompli, an email startup backed by $7.3 million, envisions mobile email as more of an all-in-one productivity application. Today, that application is going live on the App Store for everyone to try for themselves. Read More

ShopKeep Raises $25 Million to Get Retailers to Ditch Cash Registers for iPads

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“I don’t have a credit card,” Jason Richelson’s roommate told him. “I can’t spend any money on this Internet thing.”

That thought helped pave the way for InternetCash, a financial technology company that offered prepaid cards for online shopping. InternetCash was a failure. The company launched in 1999, just before the Dot Com bubble burst. It hired too many people, purchased unnecessarily expensive software systems and invested “crazy amounts” in marketing that didn’t work.

“We made every mistake in the book,” Richelson, one of the company’s four co-founders, recalls. “InternetCash went out of business like everyone else back then.” Read more…

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Taking Cues From Tinder, Match.com Launches New iPhone App

unnamed Today, Match.com is unveiling an entirely redesigned mobile experience for iPhone users, with the release of Match 3.0 for iOS. The new app takes gestural cues from the big iOS 7 overhaul, and also goes for a more flat design overall. Even the Match.com logo has been reimagined. But more than anything, the company has taken cues from other dating apps to make Match an enjoyable mobile… Read More

Intralinks Acquires Document Security Service docTrackr

Intralinks docTrackr Enterprise software vendor Intralinks acquired document encryption service docTrackr for $10 million in cash. Gigaom first spotted the news in an SEC filing, Intralinks confirmed in a release. docTrackr provided powerful plugins to add a security layer on top of Gmail or Box. For example, you could send a PDF file using docTrackr to encrypt the file on your computer and then track it. You could… Read More

Uber, SnapCar And Others May Not Be Able To Use Geolocation In France

8493583277_3360dc45ac_b Thomas Thévenoud had an impossible job — he was the member of the Assemblée Nationale in charge of finding an agreement between urban transportation startups and taxi unions in France. He just announced his report to those companies, and it will become a law in the coming weeks. But some of the 30 points are highly controversial. For example, Uber, Chauffeur-Privé, LeCab and others… Read More

Tweekaboo, The Family Photo Sharing App, Adds Book Printing

Techcrunch-tweekaboo-white-iphone-flip-book-horizontal copy Private family photo sharing network Tweekaboo has just launched the Tweekabook, an 8.5″ x 8.5″ book offering that lets parents produce and print baby books right from their iOS app. The books start at $29.95 for a 24-page book and the company ships anywhere in the world. Read More

Talixo, Yet Another European Taxi App Startup, Gets Backed

Talixo Now that TechCrunch has launched galleries I’m thinking of lining one up to illustrate the proliferation of on-demand car services/taxi apps in Europe. Earlier today there was Estonia’s Taxify. And here’s another one pulling in new funding: Talixo hails from Germany but has ambitions to expand beyond its home market down the road. Read More

Namo Media Upgrades Its Native Ad Platform With Ad Carousels

namo carousel Native ad startup Namo Media has found a way to pack more ads into the content streams of its publishers. The company is launching version 3.0 of its software development kit, and co-founder and CEO Gabor Cselle said the biggest change is the addition of a carousel for ads — so instead of just seeing one ad at a time, users can now swipe horizontally to see more. Apparently Namo is using… Read More