President Obama made a visit to a school in Mooresville, North Carolina today, and announced an ambitious plan to get 99 percent of American students connected to lightning fast Internet within five years.
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The heroine in Suzanne Xie’s first interactive game for kids is no damsel in distress.
Box plans to split revenues with the developers that use its cloud platform, which it claims will improve “enterprise monetization in a consumer app world.”
Knewton has partnered with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and aims to bring digitally-enhanced learning tools to five million schoolchildren by the end of the year.
Panzura, the cloud storage company, has closed a $25 million funding round. The San Jose Calif.-based company provides faster web-based services for its corporate customers than the alternative: storage devices attached to locally-hosted servers.
In addition to booking appointments, Beauteeze is designed to be a useful marketing tool for the salons, and it integrates with existing scheduling and customer relationship management (CRM) software.
The CIA has invested an undisclosed sum in “robot journalism” startup Narrative Science through its venture arm In-Q-Tel.
Digital health accelerator Rock Health has selected its fifth class of startups. Given the burgeoning interest in the space, the team says this was its most competitive application process yet.
Personal Capital, the startup that claims to be the world’s first digital wealth management service, just raised a $25 million third funding round.
SoFi has received an additional $41 million from Bancorp for its private student lending solution.
Guest Post It’s easier for advisors and investors to drive product by metrics rather than by insight, and by funnels rather than by a strong point of view.
A breast cancer survivor launched an online petition against Facebook, urging the social network to stop taking down photos of men and women who have undergone mastectomies.
Guest Post Google Glass for health care will remain a concept — rather than a practice — until developers gain a better understanding of the medical environment.
InsightSquared, the Cambridge, Mass.-based company that is taking on Microsoft’s Excel, just scored $8 million in second round funding.
In 2012 alone, “Silicon Mountain” entrepreneur launched 122 digital technology startups, and 69 received funding.
LinkedIn updates its highly-addictive feature “Who’s viewing your profile.” Premium users can now get in-depth visuals about who’s been checking them out — and why.
Guest Post Founders, when you’re searching for a business model, make sure that you’re the ones doing the learning… not the outsourced help.
Appgyver exclusively announced to VentureBeat that it has raised $1.325M in seed funding for its toolset that developers can use to easily test and deploy apps.
The agency believes the transformative technology could be “key” for astronauts venturing to Mars.
Guest Post Fragmentation between software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions is affecting the average business that has moved to the cloud. Here’s why.
Code for America’s founder Jennifer Pahlka will serve as the deputy CTO under Todd Park, and will bring “lean startup” principles to government.
Coursera just announced a partnership with some of the largest state universities in a bid to bring online education to millions of students.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week launched its first investigation into an unregulated Urinalysis app, a warning to health app makers.
With the old revenue models falling apart, musicians have needed to get entrepreneurial. Check out these three music-tech startups.
Google is increasingly focused on e-commerce, and today signed a multiyear partnership so it can access ratings and reviews of online retailers.
The goal is to help bands that need a better way to connect with fans — and are ready to go beyond a static Facebook page and a website.
Editor’s Pick Over half of doctors in the U.S. have now ditched paper-based systems in favor of electronic health records (EHRs). Will this drive down health care costs?
Ticketea, a Spain-based startup that helps event organizers sell tickets, has closed a $4 million funding round.
Peter Thiel’s late-stage venture firm Mithril Capital Management has just hired two space industry experts to evaluate opportunities.
Guest Post The perception of St. Louis is a nice, conservative Midwest town, possibly waiting for a rebirth of the industrial revolution. But over the past two-plus years the region’s business and entrepreneurial ecosystem has begun to drastically evolve and flourish.
Silicon Valley’s tech startups are increasingly using business process to drive positive social or environmental change. But what constitutes a “social entrepreneur?”
Ride-sharing startup Lyft has closed a $60 million funding round led by venture firm Andreessen Horowitz, the company announced on its blog. It also confirmed raising $15M in October of 2012.
The $90,000 boost from angel investors is the first outside capital for the company with a diagnostic test for Alzheimer’s disease.
Seattle-based Remote Medical just scored $8 million to bring health care to virtually anyone in need, anywhere in the world. It’s a popular option for military personnel and law enforcement groups.
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Mystery funding of the day? That’d be YesGraph, a stealthy startup in the recruiting space founded by Ivan Kirigin, a former product manager at Facebook and Dropbox.
San Francisco-based Practice Fusion just launched a free tool for consumers to manage their health spending.
What do the most innovative doctors and nurses really think about the new wave of medical technology?
ConsultingMD offers patients the opportunity to consult a leading medical expert for a second opinion — and receive a detailed response in about 48 hours.
Editor’s Pick Despite the obvious flexibility and cost savings of cloud technologies, health care providers are treading carefully — largely because of security concerns.