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Wednesday Aug 27 | Business Journal

Facebook buys WaveGroup to create its own in-house design team

Facebook snapped up WaveGroup Sound, track developer for games like "Guitar Hero," bringing the company on board as its full-time, in-house sound design team.

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Related Topix: Startups, Facebook, Social Software

Tue Aug 26, 2014

Silicon Alley Insider

Why The Google And Twitch $1 Billion Acquisition Talks Blew up

Google and Yahoo both offered to buy Twitch before Amazon made the winning $970 million all-cash offer.

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Related Topix: Emerging Technology, Search Engines, Startups

Mon Aug 25, 2014

Hospitality Net

Aloft's Botlr explained in techcrunch.com Interview

The merry TechCrunch band took a trip to Cupertino last week to kick it with a small robot called Botlr made by robotics startup Savioke.

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Related Topix: Startups, Science / Technology, Robots

Thu Aug 21, 2014

Hypebot

TuneWiki Disappears As Bills Go Unpaid

A little over a year ago TuneWiki, which dispayed the lyrics to the music you were playing, announced it was shutting down.

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Related Topix: Startups

Tue Aug 19, 2014

TechCrunch

Elon Musk's SpaceX Is Raising Money At A Valuation Approaching $10B

Space Exploration Technologies , the commercial space transportation startup founded by Elon Musk with ambitions to land people on Mars, is raising investment that values the company somewhere south of $10 billion, TechCrunch has learned.

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Related Topix: Space Exploration Technologies, Startups, Venture Capital, Emerging Technology, Science / Technology, NASA

Thu Aug 14, 2014

Engadget

Samsung's 'Smart Home' dreams get bigger with $200 million SmartThings buy

Count Samsung in -- it's officially purchasing home automation startup SmartThings , a move that should help it keep up with the Joneses, aka Apple and Google .

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Related Topix: Home Automation, Startups, Gadgets

TechCrunch

With Prayas Analytics, Retailers Can Use In-Store Footage To Become More Efficient

Startup Prayas Analytics says it's giving brick-and-mortar retailers a new way to reduce customer wait times and otherwise make their stores more efficient.

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Related Topix: University of Pennsylvania, Startups

Wed Aug 06, 2014

Business Journal

Google picks up mobile messaging app Emu

Google Inc. has acquired Emu, a mobile messaging app that incorporates smart features like a virtual assistant that helps users automate tasks like scheduling appointments, TechCrunch reported .

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Related Topix: Google, Startups, ITA Software, WebMD, Widevine Technologies, AdMob

TechCrunch

AOL Beats On Revenue, But Profit Falls

TechCrunch parent company AOL released its Q2 earnings before the market opened this morning, reporting profit down by 1%, but revenue that beat expectations thanks to a 60% jump in advertising revenue from the company's third-party advertising platform, which reached $194.3 million in the quarter.

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Related Topix: Startups, Advertising, Adap.tv

Tue Aug 05, 2014

Business Journal

Former Google, Facebook scientists launch Big Data startup

Palo Alto startup Metanautix Inc. has launched from stealth after two years of development backed by Sequoia Capital and Shiva Shivakumar, a former VP of engineering with Google Inc., TechCrunch reported Tuesday .

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Related Topix: Startups, Facebook

InfoWorld

What the enterprise startup surge really means

The billions are flowing again -- by some estimates, at twice the investment rate in enterprise startups we saw last year.

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Related Topix: Venture Capital, Emerging Technology, Startups

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