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Rothenberg Ventures Opens Virtual Reality Accelerator Offering 10 Startups $100K And A Clubhouseview story

http://techcrunch.com –  “2015 will be the year of Virtual Reality” says investor Mike Rothenberg. But fragmentation in the nascent industry means VR hardware, software, and content startups need to team up for demos. So Rothenberg Ventures today launched a VR accelerator called River to provide a shared office and $100,000 investments to 10 startups. (IT news)

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Instagram Is Now Worth $35 Billionview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Citigroup raised the valuation of Instagram this morning from $19 billion to $35 billion. The photo-sharing network recently announced it had surpassed 300 million active users, and has taken steps toward cleaning up spam accounts, as well as adding new filters and features. Read More (IT news)

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Venture Investors Light Up Cannabis Startupsview story

http://techcrunch.com –  As American lawmakers legalize cannabis in a handful of states and decriminalize it in others, “potrepreneurs” are emerging from the shadows to bring tech to the cannabis community. Not surprisingly, venture capitalists had taken a (puff puff) pass on investments in cannabis startups – until now. (IT news)

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Wedgies.com Raises $700K For Its Social Media Polling Toolsview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Polling startup Wedgies.com (yes, that’s really its name) is announcing that it has raised $700,000 in seed funding led by Greycroft Partners. (IT news)

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Watch This Double Amputee Control Two Robotic Arms At Onceview story

http://techcrunch.com –  It’s rare to see the future unfold in front of our eyes this dramatically but here it is: the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab has helped a man who lost both his arms in a “freak electrical accident” connect to dual robotic arms by connecting to and reading from his nervous system. (IT news)

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Mobile-First Sales Support Platform Showpad Acquires Storydesk’s Assetsview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Off the back of a $8.5 million in new funding, Belgium and San Francisco-based startup Showpad, which provides mobile-first software to help support sales teams, has acquired some of the assets of New York-based Storydesk. Read More (IT news)

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VCE Expands Certified Professional Programview story

http://thevarguy.com – VCE is expanding its Certified Professional Program with new certifications for converged infrastructure professionals. The company’s new Manage Track is expected to help IT professionals further develop data center transformation by focusing their training on real-world expertise. read more (IT news)

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Crossing The Digital Divide To Protect The Environmentview story

http://techcrunch.com –  A growing suite of digital tools is emerging to better manage the world’s natural resources. Development Alert! maps where new infrastructure projects overlap with environmentally sensitive areas in Jamaica. Global Forest Watch uses satellite and crowd-sourced data to track deforestation around the world in near-real time. (IT news)

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Bitcoin Falls Even As Some Russians Turn To Cryptocurrencyview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Bitcoin fell to $307 overnight and is now hovering at about $311, a move that analysts are attributing to panic selling. At the same time, BTC-to-ruble transactions rose to 230%, from 230 trades in the last 30 day period to 819 trades. (IT news)

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Ubuntu GNOME 15.04 Alpha 1 Prepares for GNOME 3.14, Go Forth and Testview story

http://spd.rss.ac – The Ubuntu GNOME developers have released the first version of the 15.04 branch for their Linux distribution and it looks like this operating system is also going through some interesting changes, just like Ubuntu, although not on the same scale. Ubuntu GNOME 15.04 Alpha 1 (Vivid Vervet) is the next version in the series and the first Alpha version has arrived with a moderate number of changes, a (IT news)

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Manjaro 0.8.11 Brings Support for Linux Kernel 3.18view story

http://spd.rss.ac – Manjaro 0.8.11 is a Linux distribution based on Arch Linux, which is also 100% compatible with the repositories of the base system. It's been out for a short time, but developers have already pushed a second major update for it. It took developers a lot of time to get Manjaro 0.8.11 out the door and it looks like there are still a large number of issues and other problems to be fixed. (IT news)

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Lubuntu 15.04 Alpha 1 Is Out and Still Uses LXDE – Galleryview story

http://spd.rss.ac – Lubuntu 15.04 Alpha 1 (Vivid Vervet) has been officially released and it follows its Kubuntu and Ubuntu GNOME brethren. Users can now download and test this latest installment. The Ubuntu ecosystem gathers some of the most important desktop environments under one roof and LXDE is just one of them. (IT news)