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Cybersecurity startup PhishMe raises $42.5 million to help employees spot phishing attacks — PhishMe, a cybersecurity startup that helps companies thwart phishing attacks among other targeted malware, has closed a $42.5 million series C round led by existing investor Paladin Capital Group, with participation from Bessemer Venture Partners. Founded in 2011, Virginia-based PhishMe provides the tools to engage employees across an organization so that they can recognize malicious phishing emails.

Runkeeper's Running Groups is a virtual running club for you and your buddies — RunKeeper is introducing a new group running feature today, as the GPS-fitness tracking company looks to encourage uptake through greater social engagement. Available on Android and iOS, Runkeeper Running Groups can consist of up to 25 people, with new members able to join or leave at any point.

Microsoft confirms 1TB and 500GB Xbox One S bundles for August 23, starting at $300 — Microsoft has finally confirmed launch details for the 500GB and 1TB versions of its upcoming Xbox One S console. Available initially as part of a bundle, the 500GB incarnation will be available from August 23, initially only shipping with five Halo games, between "Halo 5: Guardians" and "Halo: The Master Chief Collection," and will cost $300.

SafeBreach raises $15M to test companies' cybersecurity from a hacker's perspective — SafeBreach, a cybersecurity startup that simulates hacks on companies' systems to help them identify holes, has closed a $15 million series A round from existing investors Sequoia Capital and Shlomo Kramer, with participation from new entrants Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners, Hewlett Packard Pathfinder, and Maverick Ventures.

Solar-powered plane completes world's first ever round-the-world journey — History was made earlier today when the first round-the-world flight powered entirely by solar energy was completed. The solar-powered circumnavigation kicked off in Abu Dhabi back in March 2015, and the journey was originally supposed to finish around five months later in August.

After $4.8B Verizon deal, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer says she's not leaving (yet) — As Verizon confirmed its $4.8 billion acquisition of Yahoo earlier today, speculation promptly turned to Marissa Mayer in terms of what would happen next to the Yahoo CEO. The official acquisition announcement, which didn't come as a major surprise given the mounting speculation in recent days, made little mention of Mayer beyond a fairly generic hyperbolic quote that bigged-up the new unit that brings AOL and Yahoo under the one roof.

With 10M downloads on iOS, Prisma now lets Android users turn their photos into works of art — What should a startup do when it find itself sitting on one of the hit apps of the year? Make it available to more people, of course. And that's exactly what the Russian team behind the much-hyped Prisma has done with the Android launch over the weekend of an app that had been restricted to iOS for the past six weeks.

Skyscanner: How one of Britain's newest unicorns plans to crack America — It's been a busy year for travel search giant Skyscanner. In the wake of the Scottish company's first substantial funding round in January -- a whopping $192 million that valued the 13-year-old firm at $1.6 billion, according to reports -- the Edinburgh-based tech giant was catapulted into the limelight as the latest U.K.

Tinder's Facebook-powered group-socializing feature 'Tinder Social' launches in 6 markets — Perennially popular dating app Tinder is pushing further beyond the realm of hookups with the launch of a new group socializing feature in a handful of markets. First announced as part of a pilot program in Australia back in April, Tinder Social encourages groups of friends to meet up with other groups of friends and do things together.

Font giant Monotype gets into user-generated content with $130M Olapic acquisition — Font foundry Monotype, a company specializing in digital typesetting and typeface design, has acquired Olapic, a startup that helps brands garner relevant photos and videos from social media users for use in marketing campaigns.
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Jul 26, 2016

@obrien At least you didn't waste your time. Sounds like you stumbled upon a milestone moment in history.

Jul 26, 2016

@MattNavarra Reminds me of that time TechCrunch reported on a "tech conference in Amsterdam..."

Jul 26, 2016

RT @RealKidPoker: Donald Trump spends more time thinking of childish nicknames than he does reading books or contemplating a policy platform past build a wall

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