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telenor health There’s a new company entering the mobile healthcare space in Asia, and it is perhaps an unlikely name. That’s because telecom giant Telenor has launched Tonic, a service that provides basic medical information as well as more sophisticated services. Read More

datapitfall Another document from the original cache leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in 2013 has just been published by The Intercept, and it further bolsters the view that government intelligence agencies’ bulk collection of data for investigatory purposes is counterproductive to national security efforts. Read More

shipping containers, boxes iContainers, a startup with ambitions to make moving goods from warehouse to warehouse anywhere in the world as easy as booking a hotel room, closed $6.7 million in growth capital today led by Serena Capital. CEO Jaime Jimenez wants to take the Expedia model and build it out for transporting freight long distances. Right now there are more costs built into global shipping than artificial… Read More

Trailhead If every company is a software company, perhaps every line of business (LoB) employee should be a programmer. That would be appear to be the idea behind Salesforce’s massive TrailheaDX announcement today. Ultimately, Salesforce hopes these LoB employees will be able to build apps without the help of IT or trained programmers. While the technical folks with programming knowledge… Read More

Screen Shot 2016-06-07 at 13.32.41 As more of our day-to-day services make the shift to digital platforms, a startup that has built a customer care tool to help us through some of the pain points in mobile apps has closed a Series B round of funding. Helpshift, which provides an SDK to software companies to build a chat bridge between users of their mobile apps and their customer service teams, has raised $23… Read More

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 23:  Troy Carter of Atom Factory speaks onstage during TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2015 at Pier 70 on September 23, 2015 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunch) *** Local Caption *** Troy Carter Troy Carter has confirmed yesterday’s report from Hits Daily Double that he’s now going to work for Spotify as Global Head of Creator Services. He shared a message on his Facebook account to explain the move, and Spotify also confirmed it to TechCrunch. In his new role, Carter will handle relationships with artists, songwriters and record labels. Spotify was l Read More

Opendoor.founders Opendoor, a two-year-old, San Francisco-based startup is a swing-for-the fences type of bet during a time when the most ambitious startups are suddenly less fashionable than they once were. That’s not crimping the company’s style. In fact, Opendoor, which is on a mission to make it simple to buy and sell houses online, just added another layer of risk onto its big-risk,… Read More

stockholmmeetup800x266 Stockholm, I have two things to tell you. First, you look so pretty today. I think I’m never leaving your country again. Second, the TechCrunch Meetup + Pitch-Off in Stockholm is t-o-n-i-g-h-t. We still have a few tickets available, so why don’t you buy your ticket right now. Read More

Mariusz Gralewski CEO, docplanner.com_3 Europe’s DocPlanner, an online booking platform for healthcare appointments, has raised a $20 million Series C round, and at the same time is announcing a merger with Spain’s Doctoralia. The new funding, which was led by Target Global, will be used for further international expansion and development of the company’s online practice management software solution. ENERN… Read More

shutterstock smartphones Analyst Gartner is expecting a big drop in smartphone sales growth, projecting the market will shrink from 14.4 per cent growth in 2015 to just 7 per cent in 2016 — with only 1.5 billion smartphone units being shipped globally this year. The high watermark for smartphone sales was back in 2010, when Gartner notes the market grew 73 per cent. The signs of a slowdown in the global… Read More