Vayyar, A Startup That Looks To Produce 3D Image Sensors, Raises $22M

Vayyar Sensor After leaving Intel, Raviv Melamed and his co-founders spent a year working out of a garage on an image sensor that could produce 3D images of things behind boundaries like walls. The result is a startup called Vayyar, which makes sensors that use radio waves to create 3D mappings of things like root systems or piping. The company said today that it has raised $22 million in venture financing… Read More

Slack Is Launching A New Way To Download Third-Party Apps

slack-large We’ve heard from sources that Slack, the super-hot collaborative communication startup, is launching a new way to download third-party apps. This would be a big move for the startup, valued at $2.8 billion, that could help bring it out of the realm of being a charming new entry to a potential powerhouse in collaboration software. Initially just a channel for communication among teams,… Read More

Taylor Swift Will Launch A Concert Documentary Exclusively On Apple Music

Screen Shot 2015-12-13 at 12.44.49 PM After a series of back-and-forths between Apple and Taylor Swift over royalties, a near-break up between the superstar and Apple Music and a final mea culpa between the two, Swift is now planning on releasing a documentary for her 1989 concert tour exclusively on Apple Music.

Thank you so much for all the birthday wishes. I have a little surprise for you. #1989WorldTourLIVE… Read More

Postmates Rolls Its Way Into London

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 02:  <> on November 2, 2015 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Suzi Pratt/Getty Images for Starbucks) Postmates CEO Lehmann said today that Postmates would launch in London next year today at TechCrunch Disrupt London 2015. The service will launch sometime in the second quarter, Lehmann said. This helps Postmates get ahead of other startups as it starts to expand internationally. It’s dealing in a crowded on-demand market, with other startups like DoorDash and Sprig coming into delivery… Read More

SMSNav.me Sends You Local Directions Without A Data Connection

smsnav.me James Hitchcock and Moti Ferentz, along with the rest of their team, were visiting London for the TechCrunch Disrupt London hackathon, but they didn’t quite have access to the data they needed in order to find their way around using apps like Google Maps. So, as part of the hackathon, they built SMSNav.me. Users tap a button that sends a text message with their location —… Read More

Yahoo Shares Spike 7% On Report That It Might Sell Off Its Core Business

yahoo-logo The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the board of Yahoo is considering selling off its core business in a series of upcoming meetings. So, naturally, shares of the company spiked 7% in extended trading once the news came out. This is significant for Yahoo, which for the most part has seen its core business stagnate and the value of its stake in Alibaba outweigh the value of Yahoo proper.… Read More

GitHub CFO Vlado Herman Is No Longer At The Company

vlado herman We’re hearing from sources that GitHub CFO Vlado Herman, who joined in December 2012, is no longer at the company. Herman was a high-profile hire at the time — and prior to GitHub, he was the CFO of Yelp. To be sure, as a company matures, executive departures can and often do happen. He had been at the company for around three years. We’re also hearing that David McJannet,… Read More

Meet The Team Helping Bring Pinterest’s Code To The Rest Of The World

Dannie Chu and Pawel Garbacki, part of Pinterest's open source committee. Pinterest has built plenty of its technology on open source projects, so of course it wants to open its projects up to the developer community, as well. So the company has built a committee at Pinterest dedicated to making its tools available to the open source community when it thinks they are ready. Enter Pinterest’s open source committee, a team of engineers that got together two… Read More

Mesosphere’s Valuation Could Hit Around $600M In Latest Financing Round

Mesosphere single cluster illustration. We’re hearing from sources that Mesosphere, a company that’s built on the open-source project Apache Mesos, is raising a financing round at a valuation that could be as much as $600 million. The talks are, of course, still fluid and valuation numbers are always cloudy — so any final deal could end up outside of what we’re hearing on our end. This round in… Read More

Fossil Group Buys Health-Tracking Wearable Startup Misfit For $260M

misfit shine Watchmaker Fossil Group said today it would acquire Misfit, which creates various wearable and sleep trackers in addition to a health-tracking platform, for $260 million. Sonny Vu, CEO of Misfit, will serve as Fossil’s CTO. Misfit makes devices like the Shine, a wearable fitness and sleep tracker that costs $99 that the company says has a 6-month battery life. The company came out with… Read More