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Snapchat Grows Out Of The Friend Zone — Tesla's P85D Will Get Even Faster Thanks To A Software Update Discover is Snapchat's big new play in the world of media. It is a special tab in the app powered by content publishers like ESPN, Yahoo, etc., offering daily long-form content with videos, articles, and of course, advertisements.

Betaworks-Backed Giphy Lands $17 Million Series B Led By Lightspeed Venture Partners — Giphy has just raised $17 million in Series B funding led by Lightspeed Venture Partners, with participation from General Catalyst and previous investors such as Lerer-Hippeau, betaworks, RRE Ventures, and CAA Ventures. The investment values Giphy at $80 million, according to a report from Business Insider.

Bench Bookkeeping Service Cooks Up $7 Million Series A — Bench, the TechStars-backed company that matches bookkeepers with businesses, has today closed a $7 million Series A round. The financing was led by Altos Ventures with participation from Contour Venture Partners. Bench started out as 10sheet, an algorithm-meets-human platform where SMBs could sign up to have all their transaction paperwork sent directly through the 10sheet system and then looked over by a human bookkeeper.

TechCrunch Is Bringing The Pitch-Off Back To Atlanta And Boston — Meetups are coming to <a Boston, and they'll be here before you know it. Be a planner. Get out ahead of it and follow through on your new year's resolutions! Buy tickets here. We're headed to Atlanta on February 24 and Boston on February 26 to hit our favorite cities with the world famous TechCrunch Pitch-Off.

With $40M In Recent Funding, Classpass Hires Revenue And Marketing Execs — Classpass, the NY-based company that gives users unlimited access to local fitness classes, has pulled in some new key hires moving into 2015. Zach Apter and Alex Do are joining the team as Head of Revenue Management and Head of Marketing respectively, as Classpass focuses on growing the already popular brand.

Apple Sells 5.5 Million Macs In Q1 2015 — Apple sold 5.5 million Macs over the holiday quarter (ending December 28), according to the company's Q1 2015 earnings report released today. Analysts estimated that Apple would sell 5.68 million Macs this quarter, putting the electronics maker just under estimates but still showing growth YOY.

Hands-On With Snapchat Discover: Fun Content For Short Attention Spans — Snapchat today launched its media hub Discover. With bite-sized content blips that mix photos, videos, and text, it could become a millenial entertainment destination. And by mixing in pre-rolls and looping video interstitial advertising, Snapchat may have found how to turn storytelling into a serious business.

Snapchat Launches Discover — Snapchat now has a Discover feature, which will let you see content from brands like ESPN, CNN, Vice and Warner Music. According to the blog post and video (embedded below), users will be able to watch a special brand-delivered story from a Discover page.

It’s Snowing In The Northeast — You might not know it, because maybe you're in some wonderful part of the country covered in sunshine warmth and rainbows, but for real people who live in the north east, it's snowing. It's been snowing for 24 hours now. It's blown up with the media.

Pitch Your Startup On TC Radio On Sirius XM Indie 102 — "The show must go on." That's what they're telling us as a blizzard pummels through the north east. So if we can make sure that TechCrunch Radio on Sirius XM Indie 102 carries on, we will. We simply ask that you apply to be a part of the show and be around to call into the show on Tuesday at 6pm ET/3pm PT.
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Jan 29, 2015

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Jan 29, 2015

Betaworks-Backed Giphy Lands $17 Million Series B Led By Lightspeed Venture Partners

Jan 29, 2015

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