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Food delivery service Daojia raises $50M in funding led by JD.com

Online food delivery service Daojia.com announced that it has closed $50 million in Series D financing jointly led by JD.com and Macquarie. (source via Sina) This deal marked JD’s second capital injection in Daojia, which received an undisclosed amount of financing in Series C round one year earlier.

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How Apple Pay is set to change commerce

Apple finally has a chance to succeed in making a phone a wallet. The user experience is very slick, and this will draw an influential and affluent new segment of consumers into NFC payments.

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How to maximize your ROI from VC introductions

In an effort to set them — and hopefully others — up for success, I’ve come up with a few pointers that all startups should keep in mind when approaching their network for VC intros that ultimately lead to funding.

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In defense of email

Email will never die. It’s the only system in the world where a user can send a message regardless of infrastructure.

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Retargeting and iOS 8: Thriving in a time of change

Up to 75 percent of iOS users are likely to be reevaluating their apps in the first 10 days iOS is available. App makers should retarget users during that time.

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Social network Snowball Finance raises $40M from Renren and others

Snowball Finance (Xueqiu in Chinese), the Chinese finance-focused social media site, announced that the company has raised $40 million in Series C funding led by Renren Inc. and joined by existing investor MorningSide Ventures. The company raised a Series A funding of US$10 million last year, and $3.2 million in 2011.

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Fashion won’t be what sells the Apple Watch

It’s ugly. It’s beautiful. It doesn’t matter: The Apple Watch will sell millions in 2015 when it finally ships. More than 200 million people already own iPhones that are compatible.

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5 ways iOS 8 will impact the developer community

The new OS will make it easier to leverage health and home data and incorporate cloud functionality and better security. It’ll also help your app get more exposure.

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What U.S. organizations should know about foreign state-sponsored cyberattacks

In recent weeks, reports have surfaced about several cyberattacks that targeted patient health records, critical infrastructure intelligence, employee data and personal financial and credit card information. Collectively, these breaches demonstrate both the diversity of targets and their shared vulnerabilities.

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Here’s what happened when we opened up our board meeting to the whole company

Conventional wisdom tells us that the larger the audience for a board meeting, the less information can be shared, and the less honest the discussion about a company’s performance and challenges will likely be. My biggest surprise? The opposite was in fact true.

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Uber continues growing in Germany — despite being banned

Earlier this week, Frankfurt’s district court issued a temporary nationwide ban against UberPop, the peer-to-peer offer of Uber, the private limousine order service. The next day, Uber announced it would continue its service anyway — and shared numbers showing that its downloads in Germany were increasing.

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Women are the great disruptors

Though it might be lonely and scary, here are three good reasons for disrupting yourself.

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MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis steps down

Pettis will remain within Stratasys, the 3D printing company that acquired Makerbot for $403 million last year.

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German onnline fashion retailer Zalando Plans IPO for 2014

After months of speculation, Zalando has announced today its plan to list on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange this year. The Berlin-based fashion retailer intends to offer newly issued shares, as the company focuses on reaching profitable growth.

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Why the U.S. depends on Europe for building massive, 'multi-local' marketplaces

Whenever startup ecosystem commentators discuss how to create European technology businesses of global scale they tend to name one company as a shining example: Skype. Headquartered in Luxembourg and developed in Estonia, Skype is a revolutionary product and, rightly, a European success story. It sold three times in the last seven years; most recently, to Microsoft for $8.5 billion.

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DevOps is real, but you can't get it just by buying a tool

DevOps is not about specific tools. It’s about IT operations and software development working closely together to deliver software faster, with fewer errors. Tools enable this collaboration between people — they can’t create it.