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This startup wants to mail you quarters (really)

Washboard wants to help you get your laundry done by sending you quarters, which is just as ridiculous as the 25-year-old "Saturday Night Live" joke about a bank that just makes change.

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Vessyl smart cup can tell Coke from Pepsi

This powerful, sensor-fitted cup identifies what you're drinking and tells you how it affects your health and hydration needs.

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Nintendo making Skylanders-like NFC figurines for Wii U, 3DS

Similar to the Skylanders and Disney Infinity video games, multiple Nintendo titles will now get their own line of figurines. Also, TuneIn Radio gets a social tune-up and Mink promises printable makeup.

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Venture capitalist companies are notorious for trying to make big
profits by investing in startups.  But Sumi Das talks to the founder
of one firm that's looking for a different ROI: social good.

Prosper's $70M funding challenges Lending Club in online loan market

The San Francisco startup, which connects borrowers and lenders, plans to use its new funds to expand -- just like its main rival.

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New $20 million VC fund targets hot hardware startups

San Francisco's Lemnos Lab is aiming to fund some of the hottest startups in robotics, aerospace, connected devices, and other fields. Already its portfolio companies have raised $35 million in funding.

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The best of British startups are vying for a place in the Smart UK Project, the winners of which will be shown off at this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona later this month. We took a look at some of the entrants.

First up is the 5-Tiles keyboard, that has -- you guessed it -- five tiles. It relies heavily on gestures, maximizing screen space, making it well-suited for small-screen devices like smartwatches.

Smart pacifier among best of British startups (pictures)

A Bluetooth pacifier and a smartphone keyboard with five buttons are among the best British tech being shown off at this year's MWC.

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A Bluetooth pacifier and more from the best British startups

A Bluetooth binkie and a smartwatch keyboard with only five buttons are among the innovations shown off by UK tech startups vying for a chance to pitch their ideas at Mobile World Congress.

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The ZeroHour, modular, USB flashlight.

CES 2014: Startups steal the show

Little companies are showing big potential at the massive International CES. In 2014 there were dozens of young companies doing great things. Here are a few of our favorites.

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CES 2014: Startups steal the show

Little companies are showing big potential at the massive International Consumer Electronics Show. In 2014, there were dozens of young companies doing great things. Here are a few of our favorites.

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SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 22: A South Korean banker carries US dollar bank notes at the Korea Exchange bank on February 22, 2005 in Seoul, South Korea. The South Korean won jumped to its highest intraday level in more than seven years in domestic trade on Tuesday, boosted by strong foreign equity buying and exporter deals.

AlphaLab Gear looks to boost hardware, robotics startups

The Pittsburgh-based startup accelerator will invest cash and business know-how into promising companies in return for equity.

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Google's New York City headquarters.

Google looks to help startups start up, unveils hub network

Google already has startup hubs in London and Tel Aviv, which nurture young tech firms. But a new network will cover seven lesser-known pockets of startup activity, from Chicago to Nashville to Minneapolis.

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This could get noisy: New rule lets startups shout for money

The SEC on Monday will lift the ban on "general solicitation" and begin to allow companies to publicly talk about their fundraising efforts. Get ready to hear all about it.

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