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Smartsheet Helps Businesses Visualize Themselves — Smartsheet, the spreadsheet-based project and work management platform, is now making it easier for companies to understand how their employees actually work (and who they mostly work with). Companies mostly use the service to manage their projects and help employees collaborate.

InstantAPI Lets You Build An API In An Instant — "In the world of cloud computing, APIs are the new currency," Microsoft's VP of its developer division S. "Soma" Somasegar told me last week. But if that's true, then how can you best create an API for your services?

Crate Lets Developers Set Up Big Data Backends In Minutes — Big data is (still) hot, but setting up the backend servers to work with huge amounts of information isn't easy. It often involves setting up many different services and once you're done, you still don't know how well you'll be able to scale everything.

There Is Lots Of Low-Hanging Fruit For Digital Health Startups — At Disrupt Europe today, TechCrunch senior editor Jon Shieber talked to Peter Hames from Big Health, the National Director for Patients and Information in the National Health Service Tim Kelsey, and Dr. Dominic King from the HELIX Centre.

Passage Replaces Your Passwords With Images — Passage, from the Edinburgh-based team behind Peekabu, replaces your passwords with images. So instead of typing in a password, you simply hold a previously registered image up to your screen - maybe a photo of your family you have on your desk or your driver's license.

Microsoft To Host Connect() Developer Event In New York Next Month — Microsoft today announced that it will hold a small developer conference under the Connect() monicker in New York next month. Unlike the company's usual developer events, which tend to center around major point releases or new products, this event is about giving developers more insight into what the company is working on and to start a conversation about those new features with developers.

OpenStack’s Juno Release Focuses on Big Data, Network Function Virtualization

Natural Language Platform Raises $3M Seed Round Led By Andreessen Horowitz — As we start using more and more Internet-connected gadgets that rely on voice input, the need for smart speech recognition and natural language processing services is only going to increase. offers developers an API for building natural language interfaces for their apps and devices and the Y Combinator alum got a major boost today thanks to a $3 million seed round led by Andreessen Horowitz.

Orchestrate Brings Its Database Technology To The Enterprise — Portland, Oregon's database-as-a-service startup Orchestrate provides developers with a single API to work with a wide variety of database, no matter whether that's MySQL, Hbase or Elasticsearch. Until now, Orchestrate mostly focused on startups, but its starting a major push into the enterprise today with the launch of its Orchestrate Enterprise service.

Facebook Open Sources More Of The Tech Behind Its Paper App — It doesn't look like Facebook's Paper app for iOS ever caught on with users, but many developers looked toward it as an example of what a modern mobile app could look like. To write Paper, Facebook developed a wide variety of proprietary libraries and it's slowly making some of them available to outside developers.
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Oct 20, 2014

There Is Lots Of Low-Hanging Fruit For Digital Health Startups

Oct 20, 2014

PSA: never leave your laptop open when @alex is around and you are not...

Oct 20, 2014

RT @alex: I still love @boris, it's a love that will never die

Oct 20, 2014

RT @TechCrunch: Introducing The 14 Companies Participating In Disrupt London: Startup Battlefield by @samok #tcdisrupt

Oct 20, 2014

RT @alex: Hey #TCDisrupt attendees: If you see @jonrussell on site, make sure to ask him for a beer. He's new so has to carry a 6 pack around all day!

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