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Snapchat invests in shopping app Spring

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Would you buy clothes on Snapchat?

The social media startup seems to think so — or at least, it is investing an unspecified amount into a shopping app called Spring, according to a Re/code report which cites sources familiar with the matter

Spring, which launched last year for iOS and Android, recommends menswear and womenswear via a slick photo-friendly feed somewhat resembling Instagram. Spring’s parent company Jello Labs already raised $25 million in April, but it has the option to raise another $5.7 million in this round — which is where Snapchat might come in Read more…

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Mystery Uber cars in Pittsburgh aren’t self-driving — yet

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Mysterious Uber cars are zipping around Pittsburgh, and witnesses aren’t quite sure what to make of them

Uber is currently testing out several vehicles in the city, which are easy enough to pick out by the large gray contraption on top and the words “Uber Advanced Technologies Center” on the sides,
according to the Pittsburgh Business Times

The Pittsburgh Business Times originally published a purported image of one of Uber’s self-driving vehicles. But Uber claims otherwise. “This is not a self-driving car,” an Uber spokesperson told Mashable. “This vehicle is part of our early research efforts regarding mapping, safety and autonomy systems.” Of course, given that most driverless car tests require a human as backup in most states at this stage, an autonomous vehicle would not necessarily be described as self-driving in any case Read more…

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Mystery Uber cars in Pittsburgh aren’t self-driving — yet

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Mysterious Uber cars are zipping around Pittsburgh, and witnesses aren’t quite sure what to make of them

Uber is currently testing out several vehicles in the city, which are easy enough to pick out by the large gray contraption on top and the words “Uber Advanced Technologies Center” on the sides,
according to the Pittsburgh Business Times

The Pittsburgh Business Times originally published a purported image of one of Uber’s self-driving vehicles. But Uber claims otherwise. “This is not a self-driving car,” an Uber spokesperson told Mashable. “This vehicle is part of our early research efforts regarding mapping, safety and autonomy systems.” Of course, given that most driverless car tests require a human as backup in most states at this stage, an autonomous vehicle would not necessarily be described as self-driving in any case Read more…

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Chef’d Raises $5.25M To Help You Prepare Meals From Your Favorite Chefs

Chef'd Recipe-and-ingredient delivery service Chef’d ran a successful Indiegogo campaign last year, but that’s not the only way the team is funding its growth — the company is also announcing that it has just raised a new round of $5.25 million. Founder and CEO Kyle Ransford has said that the point of the crowdfunding campaign was to recruit early users, not raise an enormous sum… Read More

Fixed’s App Can Now Fix Your New York Parking Tickets

fixed Fixed, a mobile app that fights parking tickets on your behalf, has now arrived in New York City – its first new market outside of California, where the company already operates. New York is one of the biggest markets for parking tickets in the U.S, Fixed founder David Hegarty notes, as it issues 10 million parking tickets per year. That’s one new ticket every three seconds, he… Read More

Some Spider Adds Salon’s Blake Zeff To Its High-Profile Hires

some spider team Some Spider, the digital media startup created by Quidsi co-founder Vinit Bharara, has been bringing on some big names from the media world, including The New York Times’ chief technology officer Rajiv Pant and its digital head Paul Smurl.
Yesterday it announced that it has hired Blake Zeff, former political editor at Salon.com, to be the editor in chief of Cafe.com. Read More

LaunchKit Now Helps Developers Keep Track Of Their App Store Sales

billboard-v7080f20869bc LaunchKit, which aims to give developers a toolset that makes launching new apps easier, announced its newest service this week. The free LaunchKit App Store Sales Reporter helps developers track the sales they generate from Apple’s App Store (just like its name implies). Read More

The Aria Lets You Control Your Smart Watch Without Touching It

Aria wearable The Aria is an add-on band that measures movement in the wrist to control smart watches with finger gestures. Compatible with Android Wear and the Pebble Time, their module slots in to an existing band and lets you move through a watch’s interface without tapping the screen or using controls on the side of the watch face. Read More

Izberg Marketplace Turns Any Website Into An E-Commerce Marketplace

Package Meet Izberg Marketplace, an interesting French startup that has been flying under the radar for a while. The company recently grabbed $1.7 million from Alven Capital (€1.5 million) — and it’s already profitable. Izberg provides one of the most flexible e-commerce solutions available, and it finds the right balance between customizability and complexity.
“We can add an… Read More

Switch, With $2 Million In Seed Funding, Is Tinder For Jobs

Screenshot 2015-05-22 11.59.02 Switch, the Tinder for job apps, has just announced a new investor in the form of Marker VC, closing out their seed round at $2 million. Other investors include Metamorphic, Rhodium, Marker, BAM, SG VC, and Marcel Legrand. Switch lets users search anonymously for jobs through an algorithmic matching process and a UI similar to Tinder. This lets users swipe right of left on potential… Read More