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eBay’s Braintree now accepting Bitcoin, expands One Touch payment options

Above: BrainTree’s office Image Credit: Braintree SAN FRANCISCO — PayPal-owned Braintree is welcoming cryptocurrency fans with open arms as it opens up support for Bitcoin payments. Braintree is opening up its One Touch system to Bitcoin and PayPal accounts as well, the company announced today. Over the last few years, Bitcoin (and other cryptocurrencies) have been rapidly increasing in popularity, even ... Read More »

Funding Daily: Farming’s big payday

Get all the tech funding news of the day delivered straight to your mailbox! Sign up for Funding Daily and never miss a deal. Today’s funding stories: Good Eggs grabs $21M Good Eggs, a company that helps people shop for locally farmed, harvested, and prepared food, announced that it has raised $21 million in new funding. Good Eggs is more ... Read More »

Intel turns server chips into data sources at its latest Xeon rollout

Above: The die for Intel’s new Xeon E5-2600 V3 chip. Image Credit: Intel In unveiling the latest versions of its Xeon server processors today, Intel amped up the excitement by announcing new monitoring capabilities made possible by new in-chip sensors. Leading up to the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco later this week, Diane Bryant, senior vice president and general manager ... Read More »

The New ‘Don’t Be Greedy’ MVNO Business Model

The New ‘Don’t Be Greedy’ MVNO Business Model   We looked at the mobile phone industry and just saw all these obvious opportunities to give customers more than they were getting with the major carriers for so much less,” said Tucows CEO Elliot Noss. “We just charge them fairly for what they use. … Not being greedy, perplexing or infuriating ... Read More »

Farm management startup Conservis harvests $10M

Image Credit: Flickr user jimmedia Conservis, a company that provides software to farming industry, has raised a fresh $10 million round of funding today. Conservis provides an enterprise-level platform where farmers can get an overview of a farming operation, as well as the ability to manage planting, harvesting, controlling inventory, marketing, and more. The platform gives those farmers a real-time ... Read More »

VC Peter Thiel: You can either invest in ‘bits’ or ‘atoms’

Above: Founders Fund co-founder Peter Thiel. Image Credit: Heisenberg Media/Flickr Investor Peter Thiel believes that you can either invest in companies that deal in bits or companies that deal in atoms. Right now Thiel seems to think there’s already too many “bits” companies and not enough “atom” companies. He may be right. Thiel, who spoke at the Techcrunch Disrupt conference Monday, gave the example ... Read More »

Investments in crowdfunding platforms have already doubled this year

Image Credit: alexkess / Flickr With almost three quarters of 2014 complete, angel and venture capital has poured more than $140 million into the infrastructure of crowdfunding, more than double the amount invested last year and 43% more in individual deals. Where is all this money going? For four years, my firm has been studying the crowdfunding space. The crowdfunding ... Read More »

Home Depot confirms security breach six days after launching an investigation

Image Credit: http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-127585247/stock-photo-internet-security-and-malware-concept-illustration-a-skull-and-bones-symbol-made-out-of-binary.html Home Depot has admitted their systems were breached, nearly four months after customer credit cards began appearing for sale on the cyber black market and six days after launching a formal investigation into the attack. “The Home Depot today confirmed that its payment data systems have been breached, which could potentially impact customers using payment cards at ... Read More »

From p2p to b2b: The next phase of the sharing economy

In the wake of Uber and Airbnb’s rapid growth and huge billion dollar valuations, everyone is talking about the sharing economy. Sharing marketplaces are experiencing tremendous growth and today, anyone can become a micro-entrepreneur who can rent out a room in their home, share their car, or even leverage their free time running errands. Above: Three of the apps using ... Read More »