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Senior Writer — TechCrunch

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Electric Objects slims down its digital art display and unveils a subscription art club — Electric Objects is announcing new ways to bring art into your home, with an affordable price tag. The New York City startup, led by Jake Levine (formerly of Betaworks), launched a Kickstarter campaign for its digital art displays in 2014, then started shipping them a year later.

Mobile marketing and data startup mParticle raises $17.5M — mParticle announced today that it has raised $17.5 million in Series B funding. The New York City startup helps marketers collect user data through a variety of services and then funnel that data to other marketing and analytics tools.

Thrillist, NowThis, The Dodo and Seeker form a new, Discovery-backed holding company — Four digital media organizations are coming together to form a new holding company - and they've also raised $100 million in additional funding from Discovery Communications. Those four companies are Thrillist (lifestyle), NowThis Media (video news), The Dodo (animals) and Discovery's digital network Seeker (including its production studio SourceFed).

Alibaba backs PlaceIQ, a provider of location tools and data — PlaceIQ has a new, big-name investor - Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba. The companies aren't disclosing the size of the deal; they'll only say that it's a strategic, minority investment, and that it's an addition to the $25 million round that PlaceIQ announced at the beginning of this year.

C1X raises $8.5M for its advertiser and publisher tech — C1X has raised another $6.5 million in what it says is the first part of a Series B round of funding. The company was founded by Mukundu Kumaran (CEO) and Daisuke Nagayama (chief operating officer and chief global strategist) - Kumara, previously worked as an engineering director at Yahoo, and he told me that his goal is "to simplify how the basic advertising transaction works."

Google acquires FameBit to connect YouTube creators with brands — Google just announced that it has acquired FameBit, a marketplace that connects video creators with marketers who want to sponsor their content. This could be an important step for Google's YouTube, where monetization has been a big concern - not just for YouTube as a whole, but also for individual creators.

Remote Year raises $12 million to combine remote work and global travel — Remote Year is a pretty appealing idea for anyone with a serious case of wanderlust: Participants spend a whole year working abroad, moving to a different city and country each month. But is it just a fun, one-time idea, or the seed of a big business?

Duolingo’s new chatbots help you brush up on your foreign language conversation skills — A lot of startups are talking about the possibilities of chatbots, but Duolingo recently launched one of the most interesting uses so far - practicing a new language. The Duolingo chatbots allow users to hold text message conversations in French, Spanish or German, with the chatbots take on different personas and discuss different topics.

Disney Announces Infinity Game ‘Toy Box’ - With A Range Of Characters And Physical Figurines - For Console, Mobile, And Web — Disney executives just took the stage at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles, where they just announced Disney Infinity, a game platform that's set to launch in June. The details of the platform are still emerging, but Co-President of Disney Interactive John Pleasants has already shared the big ideas.

Manilla, The Hearst-Backed Service For Managing Bills, Is Shutting Down On July 1 — Account management startup Manilla says that it will be shutting down on July 1. We received several tips about the shutdown today, then when I visited the site and tried to sign up, I was directed to this announcement, which says that the service will continue to operate as normal until June 30.
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Oct 24, 2016

@spencerchen The worst part is that I sold out for free

Oct 24, 2016

RT @MicrosoftSV: This new game is creating the entrepreneurs of the future through augmented reality:  |…

Oct 24, 2016

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Oct 24, 2016

@Devindra @jaredrusso Except for Hated in the Nation which I loved for being gloriously batshit and stupid.

Oct 24, 2016

@Devindra @jaredrusso I thought most of Season 3 was juuuust smart enough that I wished it was smarter?

Oct 23, 2016

@krwlos1 Like a lot of Season 3, I really liked Ep 3 ... until the ending

Oct 22, 2016

Hated in the Nation is easily the dumbest episode of Black Mirror Season 3 - and also maybe the best?

Oct 21, 2016

RT @nxthompson: Happy 87th birthday today to the great Ursula K Le Guin. 

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