eMusic’s new owner TriPlay launches eStories, a new audiobook service

estories.com eMusic, the veteran digital music company that was acquired in 2015 by Israeli media startup TriPlay, is expanding its horizons. Today the company is launching eStories, an audiobook service that will offer 80,000 titles at a cost of $11.95 per title to use, plus 33 percent off additional purchases. The service aims to compete with the likes of Audible, which is owned by Amazon and dominates… Read More

GoPro offers another peek of its Live VR tech

GoPro Live VR GoPro has been largely quiet on the Live VR front since giving a glimpse of the technology back at NAB in April. And even then, it was more of a hint at best, buried under announcements around its bigger GoPro VR push. The action cam pioneer is showing off a little more of the forthcoming system, albeit in the most GoPro of ways, nestling into it a sort of heartwarming video highlighting… Read More

Twitter signs a live-streaming deal to bring Pac-12 university sports to its service

FIXED pac-12 networks studio generic Twitter’s quest to become a live-streaming service continues this morning with another announcement of a new partnership that will bring live events to its social network. This time, Twitter and Pac-12 Networks are teaming up to stream more than 150 university sporting events during the 2016-2017 season, the companies said. The news follows similar deals Twitter has made with the NFL… Read More

Experiences generate clicks, not ads

clicks Ads don’t work so well anymore. To begin with, there are just too many of them. In a time when consumers are inundated with ads from every corner of their screens (and lives), brands and startups are finding it insanely difficult to stand out from the crowd. The average consumer has slowly become immune to online advertising and marketing. Read More

India’s Rentmojo, which rents out home appliances and furniture, raises $5M

Screenshot 2016-07-14 20.37.48 Rentomojo, a startup pioneering an interesting alternative for furnishing homes in India, has landed $5 million in fresh financing to further scale its business. The money was provided by Accel and IDG Ventures, and it follows a $2 million raise last November from the same investors. Read More

DCM just raised a new $500 million fund — after returning $1.5 billion to its investors

sanfrancisco-venture-capital-photographer-lizcaruana DCM Ventures, the 20-year-old, early stage venture firm, with offices in Menlo Park, Ca.; China; and Japan, has just closed its eighth early-stage fund, DCM VIII, with $500 million. The fund came together on the heels of two other funds that DCM has raised in the last 18 months, including a $170 million “Turbo Fund” that DCM is using to invest in growth-stage companies (that… Read More

NVIDIA releases its own VR game ‘Funhouse’ to the masses through Steam

balloon_knight_4_1467835130 As of this morning, NVIDIA is in the game publishing business. In its own weird, roundabout sort of way. The company has pushed its first title out to Steam, offering players seven mini-games under the Funhouse umbrella (with a total of ten planned for eventual roll out). But while the Funhouse is as fully playable as one would expect from a Steam-distributed title, it is as much a showcase… Read More

Amazon’s AWS buys Cloud9 to add more development tools to its web services stack

clouds Amazon Web Services has made an acquisition to continue building out the services that it offers around and on its cloud storage platform. It has bought Cloud9, a San Francisco-based startup that has built an integrated development environment (IDE) for web and mobile developers to collaborate together. The news was made public by Cloud9 itself in a statement on its site, which also says… Read More

DraftKings CEO Jason Robins will talk daily fantasy sports at Disrupt SF

Jason Robins, chief executive officer of DraftKings Inc., sits for a photograph after a Bloomberg Television interview in New York, U.S., on Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. Robins discussed the company's expansion into the U.K. Photographer: Chris Goodney/Bloomberg via Getty Images Anyone who is interested in sports knows that daily fantasy sports has became the next big thing. And leading the charge is DraftKings, a four-year old technology company that has already raised over $400 million dollars at over a billion dollar valuation. But it wasn’t an easy ride. In its short lifespan, DraftKings has already been the center of an FBI and Justice Department… Read More