Menlo Ventures raises new $450M fund to back early consumer, enterprise and ‘frontier technologies’

 Silicon Valley VC Menlo Ventures has closed a new $ 450 million fund to invest primarily in early-stage “consumer, enterprise and frontier technologies”. The funding brings the firm’s total capital to more than $ 5 billion under management, while Menlo Ventures says the fund was oversubscribed with both new and existing limited partners. Read More…

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TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield finalists are BloomLife, Pillar Technologies, Siren Care and Stratio

 Over the past two days, 13 startups have taken the stage at TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield. Now our editorial team has finished deliberating with the expert judges (seriously, expert) and chosen four finalists who will be competing for the big prize of $ 50,000, as well as a trophy that we like to call the Metal Man. You can watch…

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Harnessing mobile technologies will help the next generation vote

 With one of the most controversial and important presidential elections in our country’s history –- of which issues important to diverse communities are especially front and center –- it’s imperative we encourage millennials to vote. It is safe to say either their participation or inaction will shape this country for decades and influence future generations…

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MasterCard jumps into UK payments technologies, buys VocaLink for up to $1.14B

 For those keeping tabs, one more big tech company built and operating in the UK has been acquired by another company from abroad. Today, MasterCard Inc. announced that it has agreed to acquire 92.4% of VocaLink — the tech giant behind the UK’s ATM, direct debit, and major mobile payments networks — for $ 1.14 billion: £700 million ($…

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Drayson Technologies raises £8M for RF energy harvesting tech aimed at IoT devices and wearables

 There’s no such thing as a free lunch or free energy, right? Not necessarily. Drayson Technologies, the London startup founded by Lord Paul Drayson, a very successful serial entrepreneur and former U.K. government science minister, is commercialising technology that harvests energy from radio frequency (RF) signals to potentially power a range of low-consumption devices. These…

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Hyperloop Technologies becomes Hyperloop One, pulls in $80 million and announces global partners

 The news comes just days after rival hyperloop builder Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) announced a licensing deal to power its own prototype with magnetic levitation technology. Both Hyperloop One (formerly Hyperloop Technologies) and HTT are based in L.A. and both are working on models of Elon Musk’s Hyperloop – a vacuum tube-based transportation technology promising……

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German court rules against Apple in patent suit with OpenTV over streaming technologies

Reuters reports this evening that a German court has ruled against Apple in a case centered around video streaming patents owned by OpenTV. Kudelski’s OpenTV unit originally sued Apple over the patents in 2014, alleging that Apple was infringing on its patents with streaming technologies used in iOS, OS X, iAds, the App Store, iTunes, and…

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