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Now You Can Sound Drunk When You’re Actually Sober

Zantherus

When I first heard about Drunk Post translator, a hack created by Zantherus Community that translates otherwise sober-sounding text into drunk-sounding text, I really didn’t get the point. We want technology to help us NOT text when we are drunk, not the other way around. But I gave it a try anyway, by translating a quote by Steve… Read more »


Lingua.ly Launches iPhone App for Natural Language Learning

lingualy

Lingua.ly, the digital language learning platform that utilizes content that users engage with on the web to create personalized learning experiences, is now available on iOS. Earlier this year, the company released its Android app, followed by the launch of its web app. “The availability of Lingua.ly on iOS confirms our commitment to provide an… Read more »


Restaurants and Grocers Now Have Easier Access to Locally-Grown Food

direct_local_food

Everyone (or, at least, most people) wants local food – there’s no denying that. From our local grocery stores and Trader Joe’s, to farmers markets and even our very own gardens, we consumers have grown to associate “local” with freshness, health, sustainability, and community support. Direct Local Food, a Boise-based startup, is helping to increase access… Read more »



ParkWhiz Raises $10M Series B for Prepaid Parking Service

Parkwhiz

ParkWhiz announced this morning that it has closed a $10 million Series B round of funding for its prepaid parking service. The round was led by Jump Capital. Other participants include current investors Hyde Park Venture Partners, Alexis Ohanian, Amreesh Modi, Henry Feinberg, and Hyde Park Angels. Founded in 2006, ParkWhiz offers consumers a way… Read more »


20 Apps for Writing a College Paper

best writing apps

You will hardly find a student who enjoys writing a college paper. Among all the other tasks they get assigned in college, paper writing is one of the most difficult assignments. Students run into several problems: lack of ideas problems understanding the paper’s topic problems with research problems with structure lack of knowledge about citation styles problems… Read more »


DC-Based Employee Perks Startup, Aspire, Raises $400K Seed Round

aspire

Aspire, a DC-based startup that gives employees the ability to choose their own company perks and benefits, has raised $400,000 in seed funding. According to the report by The Washington Post, participants in the round included K Street Capital, Acceleprise, and other New York-based as well as international investors. Aspire offers an online marketplace for… Read more »


Top 10 Websites for Students of All Ages

top websites for students

If we started discussing whether technology has improved the educational system or has made students lazy and inactive, the dispute would be neverending. However, things always seem to wrap up to one logical conclusion – the online environment can be either distracting or extremely beneficial. Everything depends on the way students approach the Internet and… Read more »






Steve Case-backed Automated Insights Raises $5.5M Series B, Lands Deal with Associated Press

automated-insights

Automated Insights, a platform that translates Big Data content into plain English, announced yesterday that it had raised a $5.5 million Series B round of financing, as well as landed a deal with The Associated Press. This round of funding was led by Osage Venture Partners. Other participants in this round include Samsung Venture Investment Corporation,… Read more »


Are Sketchy Weirdos Trying to Friend You on Facebook? Tell Them to FakeOFF!

FakeOff

Has this happened to you? You accidentally confirm a stranger’s request to become friends on Facebook, only to realize that “friend” is a total fake. According to recent studies, between 10-20 percent of Facebook’s more than 1.35 billion users are inauthentic. That’s right – these phony Facebook users are either wholly constructed or stolen. Recently… Read more »


Pittsburgh’s Rhiza Raises $3M Series A for Big Data Marketing Analytics

rhiza

Last week, the Pittsburgh-based Rhiza announced a Series A round of financing valued at $3 million. The round was led by Draper Triangle Ventures. “Rhiza is disrupting the marketing analytics industry with intuitive tools for marketers and salespeople across the entire enterprise at a fraction of the cost,” said Mike Stubler, Managing Director at Draper Triangle… Read more »


BuzzFeed Supposedly Raising $200M Round

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VentureBeat reported that BuzzFeed may be raising a $200 million round of funding. It’s speculated that existing investors NEA, Lerer Ventures, RRE Ventures, Hearst Ventures, and SV Angel may participate in the round. According to VentureBeat‘s source, $200 million isn’t an exact amount, but rather a median figure. To date, the rapidly expanding producer of long-form journalism,… Read more »