Epicurious Brings Cooking Instructions To The Apple Watch With New Smart Timer App

epicurious smart timer What will recipes look like on the Apple Watch? I’m not sure, but but Condé Nast-owned cooking website Epicurious has taken a stab at figuring it out. Eric Gillin, who became the site’s editorial director last fall, demonstrated a new Smart Timer app for me earlier this month (sadly, he had to do the demo sans Watch). Just as The New York Times plans to deliver one-sentence… Read More

Microsoft Announces Azure Service Fabric, A New Framework For Building Highly Scalable Cloud Services

1680904861_07bead7f07_o Microsoft today announced Azure Service Fabric, a new Azure service that aims to make it easier for developers at startups and ISVs to create highly scalable cloud applications. The idea is to give developers the tools necessary to build cloud apps without ever having to worry about scaling and having to rearchitect their infrastructure to keep up with growth. To do so, Service Fabric… Read More

Groupon Sells 46% Of Korea’s Ticket Monster To KKR Consortium For $360M

Screen Shot 2015-04-20 at 13.50.03 The long-running question mark over Groupon’s ownership of Ticket Monster has been resolved. Today the company announced that it is selling a controlling stake in the Korean online shopping platform to a consortium that includes Anchor Equity Partners, KKR and TMON management. The group is taking a 46% of the company for $360 million, valuing Ticket Monster at $782 million, assuming… Read More

Cloud Customer Service Startup Freshdesk Reels In $50M Round

Two men fishing in a boat. One has a load of money caught in a fishing net, tipping the boat forwards it's so heavy. Freshdesk, a cloud-based customer service tool, caught a bushel of money today, announcing a $50M investment led by Tiger Global with Accel Partners and Google Capital also participating. The funding comes on the heels of a $31M round last June and brings the total investment to just over $95M. The reason Freshdesk went back for more so soon, was that it has continued its phenomenal growth,… Read More

A Robot That Bought Drugs Online Is Now Free From Police Custody

parcel_attorney_04_905 If that headline doesn’t make much sense welcome to the 21st century when a program designed to buy random items from illegal marketplaces automatically can be arrested by Swiss police. As you’ll recall, Swiss police seized a program called Darknet Shopper, a bot that visited darknet markets and bought random items with bitcoin. Most of the items were mundane – counterfeit… Read More