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Japanese Hobbyists Build A Working Transformerview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Eee-urrk-urrk-urrk-urk! A pair of Japanese hobbyists have built a transforming robot that can walk or, when in sports car form, drive around autonomously. It’s called the J-deite Quarter and is four feet tall. The goal, apparently, is to make a full-sized transformer… just because they can. The team consists of Kenji Ishida and Wataru Yoshizaki of Brave Robotics and Asratec. (IT news)

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Retail Software Startup LightSpeed Now Caters For Restaurants After Buying Belgian Startup POSIOSview story

http://techcrunch.com –  LightSpeed, a Montreal-based startup that provides point-of-sale software for retailers, is expanding into the restaurant and hospitality industry. (IT news)

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Terminal’s Containers Pioneer A New Way Of Developing Apps From The Cloudview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Terminal, a San Francisco-based startup founded by some ex-Facebook and Google technical talent, is trying to transform the way we do software development. They’ve built system supporting containers, or ultra-fast virtual machines that will let developers write, ship and collaborate on code directly from the browser. (IT news)

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Bitcasa Ends Unlimited Storageview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Bitcasa, a cloud storage service that initially made waves with a low cost unlimited storage offer is scrapping this option entirely — claiming it’s not being used enough to justify the high costs of dealing with a small group of what it dubs Terms of Service abusers. Read More (IT news)

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Google Launches USB Security Key Support To Keep Accounts Safeview story

http://techcrunch.com –  For the longest time now, Google has recommended that users enable two-factor authentication for their accounts on its platforms (and anywhere else, really). But starting today, it is launching a second — even more secure — method for those who really want their accounts to stay safe. (IT news)

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Waze Co-Founder Uri Levine Says Sale To Google Went “Smooth”, 102 Of 107 Employees Stayedview story

http://techcrunch.com –  This morning at the first day of Disrupt Europe in London, TechCrunch’s Josh Constine sat down with FeeX’s Uri Levine to dig into how the new company is doing. Levine is best known for his work with Waze, a mapping service that Google bought in a 10-figure deal. FeeX has raised a total of $9.5 million to date, including a $6.5 million Series B round of funding this August. (IT news)

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Venture Investors Get Fashion Fever As Early Stage Deals Soarview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Editor’s Note: Christine Magee is an analyst for CrunchBase. There’s a brand new dance in venture capital, as investors have gone fashion-mad. After watching JustFab and Gilt Groupe explode into billion dollar companies while Warby Parker raised over $100 million to sell stylish eyeglasses, investors are eager to discover the next big hit. (IT news)

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Pitching A Means To Automate Data Processing, Xplenty Raises $3 Millionview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Selling itself as “Big data processing. Simplified.” the Tel Aviv-based Xplenty, which has developed technology to make data processing possible for professionals who aren’t versed in the arcane arts of Hadoop programming, has raised $3 million in a Series A round of financing. (IT news)

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CloudFlare’s Co-Founders Talk Co-Founders, Investors And Losing At TC Disruptview story

http://techcrunch.com –  During our Disrupt London event today, TechCrunch co-editor Matthew Panzarino sat down with CloudFlare co-founders Matthew Prince and Michelle Zatlyn to talk about the company’s journey and challenges since it made its public debut as the runner-up in the Disrupt 2010 Startup Battlefield. Read More (IT news)

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Q&A With Facebook’s Josh Miller On Why His Rooms App Isn’t Anonymous, It’s The Early Web Rebornview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Is Rooms the anonymous Facebook app people were expecting? “No. Unequivocally No…because you cannot be anonymous in our app,” Josh Miller tells me. The Branch founder turned Facebook product manager’s new forums app Rooms launches today, and he says lessons from Tumblr, Twitter, Snapchat, and the early days of the web guided its construction. (IT news)

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Amazon Rewards Visa Cards Now Compatible With Apple Payview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Amazon said it would be making its Rewards Visa from Chase compatible with the new Apple Pay system earlier this week, and the integration is already out the door. Amazon had said it would support it sometime, though they didn’t specify an exact timeline, so seeing it roll out this quickly is likely a pleasant surprise for card owners. (IT news)

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The Ultimate Vision For Homejoy Is Not Just Cleaning, According To CEO Adora Cheungview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Homejoy has been providing cleaning services over the last few years, but it’s hoping to expand into several other verticals. Today at TechCrunch Disrupt Europe, co-founder and CEO Adora Cheung said the company would continue to test out other services in its different markets. Read More (IT news)