Looking to become the “OS” for financial services OpenFin raises $15 million

00  Some of the biggest financial services firms in the world are coming together to back a small New York-based technology company called OpenFin with aspirations to become the “operating…

Tinder acquires Wheel, an app for creating Snapchat-like video stories

00  Dating app Tinder is looking to get into video. The company announced today it’s acquiring an L.A.-based startup called Wheel, which had developed a social network for sharing “video…

Semi-finalists named in the Shell Ocean Discovery XPrize

00  The Shell Oil-sponsored Ocean Discovery XPrize moves to the semi-finalist stage this week with 21 teams from 25 countries, including Canada, China, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Japan, New Zealand, Portugal, South…

VC Mike Hirshland has some (very early) seed-stage investing advice

00  Mike Hirshland has been a Boston-based investor for 17 years, first with the venture firm Polaris Partners and, for the last five years, at the firm he co-founded, Resolute Ventures, which has…

Verbling adds native apps to expand access to its marketplace of language tutors

00  YC-backed Verbling, a language learning business that’s been active for around five years, has finally launched native Android and iOS apps, along with a refreshed brand and look for…

NASA to Air Prelaunch Briefing, Launch of Next Space Station Resupply Mission

00 NASA provider SpaceX is scheduled to launch its 10th Commercial Resupply Services mission to the International Space Station no earlier than 10:01 a.m. EST Saturday, Feb. 18. Live coverage…

Mobile ad startup Vungle says it’s hit a $300M revenue run rate

00  Adtech startups like to announce when they’ve hit $100 million in annualized revenue, but mobile ad startup Vungle is doing a bit better than that — it says it’s…

Pixar offers free online lessons in storytelling via Khan Academy

00  There are few organizations in the world that can claim more expertise when it comes to storytelling than Pixar. The Disney-owned animation studio is known for its ability to…

Twitter adds Periscope’s live videos to its Top Trends

00  Twitter’s recently launched “Explore” section will now feature live videos sourced from Periscope within its “Top Trends,” the company announced yesterday. The move will further integrate Twitter’s standalone live streaming app…

StockX raises $6M to grow its marketplace for limited-edition products

00  StockX, a marketplace for sneakers, has announced that they’ve closed a $6M round from a group of high-profile investors like Mark Wahlberg, Scooter Braun, and Wale. They join existing investors…