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11:05 pm GMT - Mon, December 30, 2013
Techcrunch Microsofts Surface 2 Shortage Persists, Will Likely Stretch Into The New Year
In mid-December, Microsoft’s Surface 2 inventory became extremely tight. Now in the post-Christmas period of the month as we move into 2014, Surface 2 inventory continues to be heavily constrain...
10:59 pm GMT - Mon, December 30, 2013
Techcrunch Archos To Launch A Line Of Pebble-Like Smartwatches For iOS And Android At CES
Archos just dropped a huge smattering of CES news in advance of the huge annual tech show, which kicks off next week in Las Vegas. Among the various announcements, tucked away near the bottom, is the ...
10:28 pm GMT - Mon, December 30, 2013
Techcrunch U.S. Senator Issues Letter To Top 5 Wireless Carriers Urging Kill Switch Adoption
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota has today taken up the battle cry of numerous legislators before her, calling for wireless carriers to enable new anti-theft technology on handsets. According t...
10:01 pm GMT - Mon, December 30, 2013
Techcrunch 73% Of U.S. Adults Use Social Networks, Pinterest Passes Twitter In Popularity, Facebook Stays On Top
The U.S. is edging ever closer to social media saturation, with the percentage of adults using multiple social networks to communicate with each other now at 73%, and -- partly thanks to the rise of m...
09:19 pm GMT - Mon, December 30, 2013
Techcrunch Yahoo Ends 2013 With No Apps In Apples Top 100
Yahoo has put of lot of effort and investment in 2013 towards improving its mobile business -- significant updates to old apps; over a dozen (out of a total of 28) mobile-relatedacquisitionsto pick up...
08:04 pm GMT - Mon, December 30, 2013
Techcrunch Flurry Finds Christmas App Download Spike Continues, But Lessens As People Get Used To Smartphones
Mobile analytics and ad platform Flurry has released its annual report on the state of app downloads over Christmas for 2013, and as is usually the case, consumers clearly went crazy for apps this yea...
07:31 pm GMT - Mon, December 30, 2013
Techcrunch The Twitter & NYSE Honeymoon Is Over As Stock Price Takes Another Nosedive
Today at market opening, Twitter shares (NYSE:TWTR) dropped once again. With a stock price of $60.27 a share, shares were down 5.46 percent compared to Friday’s closing price of $63.75. This nos...
07:31 pm GMT - Mon, December 30, 2013
Techcrunch The Twitter NYSE Honeymoon Is Over As Stock Price Takes Another Nosedive
Today at market opening, Twitter shares (NYSE:TWTR) dropped once again. Shares were at $60.27, down 5.46 percent compared to Friday's closing price of $63.75. This nosedive marks the end of the honeym...
07:17 pm GMT - Mon, December 30, 2013
Techcrunch Amazons Rough Christmas
Despite the fact that Amazon had one of its best Cyber Monday's in reported history, it doesn't mean that the holiday shopping season went off without a hitch. The company had some trouble getting all...
06:42 pm GMT - Mon, December 30, 2013
Techcrunch Meet Egg, A Smart Cat Toy Thats A Real Companion For Your Kitten
Keeping cats interested in any one toy for any length of time can be difficult, at least in my experience. Plus, most of them require a lot of manual input on the owner's part. The Egg is a Kickstarte...
05:08 pm GMT - Mon, December 30, 2013
Techcrunch Web App Searchlet Lets You Perform Multiple Searches Without Opening A Gazillion Tabs
At any given moment during my working day, I have browser tabs open for my email account, Feedly, TechCrunch, WordPress, Convo, Twitter, Google Calendar, Reddit, Pinterest and Facebook. That's in addi...
09:54 am GMT - Mon, December 30, 2013
Techcrunch New Report Shows That Most Of Chinas Gamers Are Still Playing On PCs, Not Mobile
A new report from China's GPC (link via Google Translate), an industry group for game publishers, shows that China's video game industry is now worth 83.17 billion RMB (or $13 billion), a 40% increase...
08:00 am GMT - Mon, December 30, 2013
Techcrunch Fly Or Die: Microsoft Xbox One
As console makers all present their refreshed products this year, Microsoft has led the pack with the ever-impressive Xbox One, complete with cable TV control, bumped up graphics, and an all-new Kinec...
06:45 am GMT - Mon, December 30, 2013
Techcrunch Mophies Powerstation XL Packs In The Power For Extended Time Away From Outlets
Our devices have a neverending hunger for power – it’s their single greatest failing, in a time when they can do incredible things but still only last around a day of solid use in the best...
03:35 am GMT - Mon, December 30, 2013
Techcrunch New Leaks Detail How The NSAs TAO And ANT Units Spy On Devices, Global Networks
New leaks emerged today in Germany's Der Spiegel newspaper about the scope of electronic surveillance conducted by the United States' National Security Agency. In short, it looks like the agency has e...
03:19 am GMT - Mon, December 30, 2013
Techcrunch Reason #152 Virtual Reality Is Awesome: Personal Movie Theaters Without The Awful Other People
I love going to the movie theater. Seriously, I love it.I just hate all the other people that go. The talkers. The texters. It's just not worth it anymore.But this this gives me hope. Hope for a next-...
03:00 am GMT - Mon, December 30, 2013
Techcrunch Marco Polo Is A Simple App For Sharing Your Location With Selected Friends
A smartphone app called Marco Polo aims make it easier for users to find and meet up with their friends.The basic mechanic of the app is pretty straightforward, and is indeed reminiscent of the childr...
02:09 am GMT - Mon, December 30, 2013
Techcrunch SD Cards Arent As Secure As We Think
The hardware hacker Bunnie Huang gave a talk at the Chaos Compute Club Congress where he offered some good news and some bad news. The good news? SD cards contain powerful, handy micro controllers tha...
01:35 am GMT - Mon, December 30, 2013
Techcrunch Facebooks Cutesy Annual Report To Partners Reveals First Country-By-Country Mobile Stats
TechCrunch has attained never before published metrics showing Facebook's international growth. Facebook sent some partners a playfully illustrated eMagazine called The Annual, but I've acquired a cop...
12:03 am GMT - Mon, December 30, 2013
Techcrunch What Makes Girls Fall In Love With Computers And Code?
The perennial discussion about women in technology is in high gear once again, this time after remarks made by Y Combinator co-founder Paul Graham about the relative dearth of female tech founders and...
12:00 am GMT - Mon, December 30, 2013
Techcrunch Steve Jobs Biographer Puts Draft Of New Book Online To Crowdsource Ideas
One of the most successful authors in the world, Walter Isaacson, is seeking the wisdom of the crowds for his new book about the technology industry's major inventors. In an interview with TechCrunch,...
11:00 pm GMT - Sun, December 29, 2013
Techcrunch How Snapchat Became The Breakout Consumer Product Of 2013
Last year, as 2012 ended, I scanned the early-stage startup landscape and tried to identify one company that was a breakout for the year -- I ultimately selected Stripe, and explained why, here. I lik...
10:00 pm GMT - Sun, December 29, 2013
Techcrunch CrunchWeek 2013 In Review: Bitcoins Big Rise, Edward Snowden And The NSA
It's the end of the year, which is always a time for reflection -- auld lang syne and all that jazz. So for the next couple of weeks, CrunchWeek, the show that brings a few TechCrunch writers together...
09:00 pm GMT - Sun, December 29, 2013
Techcrunch What Games Are: Games And Money Are Still Weird
Suppose you have a passion-project game. You want to develop it for iOS, to be console quality. You want it to be cool. Given how everything has liberalized in the gaming market over the last few year...
10:00 am GMT - Sun, December 29, 2013
Techcrunch RSAs Deal With The NSA Reflects A General Mistrust
Here's how it works when a big company believes that its power is in its girth: They enter this bizarre world that leads them to believe that what comes from their PR organs is enough to float their t...
03:38 am GMT - Sun, December 29, 2013
Techcrunch Uber, LeCab And Others Now Have To Wait 15 Minutes Before Picking You Up In France
At first, it was just an idea, but this bill is now very real — urban transportation services like Uber and LeCab will now have to wait 15 minutes in France before letting a customer in the car....
02:00 am GMT - Sun, December 29, 2013
Techcrunch Googles Chromebooks Have Hit Their Stride
It looks like Microsoft was right to worry about Google’s Chromebook project. According to the latest numbers from NPD,Chromebooks accounted for 21 percent of all laptop sales and almost 10 perc...
01:38 am GMT - Sun, December 29, 2013
Techcrunch The Bathys Atomic Watch Is Heading Towards A Crowdfunded Future
Bathys, a boutique watchmaker based on Kauai, Hawaii and run by one determined man, first announced their wild Cesium 133 atomic watch in October. Now, a few months later, the company is nearly ready ...
11:00 pm GMT - Sat, December 28, 2013
Techcrunch Gillmor Gang: Almost Full
The Gillmor Gang Robert Scoble, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, John Taschek, and Steve Gillmor. Happy New Year!...
07:00 pm GMT - Sat, December 28, 2013
Techcrunch I Cant Believe Im Saying This, But T-Mobile Is Awesome
I've spent the last week back in my wintry homeland in Canada, and here the scales have fallen from my eyes, and I have seen the light, and I have a message for all of you who live in America, a messa...
03:54 pm GMT - Sat, December 28, 2013
Techcrunch Startup Hackathon In Kiev Today Hopes To Build Tools For Euromaidan Protest
Earlier this year I attended Startup AddVenture 2013 in Kiev. Normally tech startup conferences consist of a normal routine of speeches, pitches, panels and networking events. This time however, there...
10:00 am GMT - Sat, December 28, 2013
Techcrunch A Look Back At How The Content Industry Almost Killed Blockbuster And Netflix (And The VCR)
In 1977, the first video rental store was launched, a 600-square foot store located in Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles. George Atkinson, the entrepreneur who decided to launch this idea, charged $50...
09:30 am GMT - Sat, December 28, 2013
Techcrunch What The Data Says About How We Spent Christmas Morning
The kids woke up, the parents got called out of bed and for a few hours, shockingly, it looks like the family put down their mobiles on Christmas morning, according to data from Mixpanel, a mobile and...
05:07 am GMT - Sat, December 28, 2013
Techcrunch Snapchat Downplays Phone Number Matching Hack, Says Its Added New Counter-Measures
Following security researchers publishing a way to match Snapchat usernames to phone numbers, Snapchat has published a skimpy statement making the hack sound impractical and noting "We recently added ...
03:31 am GMT - Sat, December 28, 2013
Techcrunch Ask A VC: Accels Ping Li On The Impact Of Data-Driven Software and More
In this week's episode of Ask A VC, Accel Partners' Partner Ping Li joined me in the studio to talk about big data companies, enterprise IPOs and more....
02:35 am GMT - Sat, December 28, 2013
Techcrunch NY Judge Rules NSA Phone Record Collection Is Legal
A U.S. District Judge ruled that the National Security Agency’s phone-record-collection program is constitutional [PDF]. “The right to be free from searches and seizures is fundamental, bu...
02:24 am GMT - Sat, December 28, 2013
Techcrunch 2013 Mac Pro Review: Apples New Desktop Boasts Dramatic Redesign, Dramatic Performance
Apple's new Mac Pro is a sight to behold: In black aluminum with an eye-catching cylindrical design, there's little chance you'll ever mistake it for any other computer. The previous Mac Pro was iconi...
02:12 am GMT - Sat, December 28, 2013
Techcrunch Gillmor Gang Live 12.27.13 (TCTV)
Gillmor Gang - Robert Scoble, John Taschek, Keith Teare, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor. Live recording session today at 1pm Pacific....
12:24 am GMT - Sat, December 28, 2013
Techcrunch Asias Richest Man Invests In BitPay
After some serious drubbing in two of the world’s largest countries during past few weeks, the Bitcoin ecosystem may have found its biggest individual backer yet in Li Ka-shing, Asia’s ric...
11:22 pm GMT - Fri, December 27, 2013
Techcrunch Rdio Shuts Down Video Streaming Site Vdio, Offers Amazon Credits As Reimbursement For Purchases
It's only been six months since Rdio launched its video streaming platform Vdio to the world, but it appears that the company has already decided to give up on that experiment. In an email sent to cus...
11:22 pm GMT - Fri, December 27, 2013
Techcrunch Rdio Shuts Down Video-Streaming Site Vdio, Offers Amazon Credits As Reimbursement For Purchases
It's only been six months since Rdio launched its video-streaming platform Vdio to the world, but it appears that the company has already decided to give up on that experiment. In an email sent to cus...
11:00 pm GMT - Fri, December 27, 2013
Techcrunch As Marketplaces Evolve, Greylock Places Its Bets
The idea of marketplaces as a business model for technology startups isn't new. We saw some marketplaces go belly-up in the Bubble, and saw a few, like eBay, grow into massive businesses. Of late, tho...
10:34 pm GMT - Fri, December 27, 2013
Techcrunch How A Fabricated Story About Iron Maidens Love Of Music Pirates Became Internet Truth
Wouldn’t it be awesome if heavy metal icons Iron Maiden leveraged data about which regions of the world pirated their music to plan a multi-million dollar global concert tour? Yeah, it’d b...
10:32 pm GMT - Fri, December 27, 2013
Techcrunch Managing Director Jonathan Teo Leaves General Catalyst, Might Set Sights On Asian Startups
Jonathan Teo, a General Catalyst managing director whose most notable investments included Snapchat, has left the venture capital firm. The news is confirmed on Teo's LinkedIn profile and his General ...
08:24 pm GMT - Fri, December 27, 2013
Techcrunch Nine Music Labels Plan To Sue Vkontakte, The Facebook Of Russia, Over 6,000 Illegal Tracks
Vkontakte, a social networking site known as the "Facebook of Russia", is facing legal action from nine music labels including EMI, Sony and Warner over what they claim is the unlawful distribution of...
06:38 pm GMT - Fri, December 27, 2013
Techcrunch Bitcoin Exchanges In India Shut Down After Regulator Warning
Bitcoin exchanges in India are shutting down days after the country’s banking regulator warned users of virtual currency against security and financial risks associated with them. The Reserve Ba...
05:29 pm GMT - Fri, December 27, 2013
Techcrunch With Angel Funding From Top Media Veterans, The News Lens Wants To Reshape Journalism In Taiwan
Earlier this month, The News Lens, an independent media startup in Taiwan, announced that it had received angel funding from Marcus Brauchli, whose resume includes top editing positions at the Washing...
05:14 am GMT - Fri, December 27, 2013
Techcrunch Elephanti Raises $4.5M To Help Shoppers Find Products In Nearby Stores
Elephanti, a startup that's supposed to make it easier for physical stores to connect with shoppers online, is announcing that it has raised $4.5 million in seed funding from LMJ Holdings.The basic se...
02:26 am GMT - Fri, December 27, 2013
Techcrunch Keen On Innovation: Is Silicon Valley Losing Its Mojo?
Perhaps best known for his definitive book about Facebook, David Kirkpatrick is one of tech's smartest and best informed writers. He now runs a media startup called Techonomy,which -- through a series...
08:55 pm GMT - Thu, December 26, 2013
Techcrunch Plain Vanilla Games, Maker Of Ultra-Hot Trivia App QuizUp, Raises Another $22 Million From Sequoia
Plain Vanilla Games, the company behind ultra-hot trivia app QuizUp, has raised a $22 million Series B Round of financing. The financing was led by Sequoia Capital, with participating from all existin...
05:51 pm GMT - Thu, December 26, 2013
Techcrunch Gogolook Confirms Its Acquisition By Naver, The Owner Of Line
Taipei-based startup Gogolook confirmed that it has been acquired by Naver, the Korean Internet giant that is best known outside of Asia for being the owner of Line. Gogolook has not disclosed the acq...
05:40 pm GMT - Thu, December 26, 2013
Techcrunch Meet Re.mu, The Social Network For Idealistic Style Lovers From Plurks Founder
Remember Plurk, the social network was once considered a rival to Twitter, along with other microblogging sites like Heello, FriendFeed and the late Rejaw? Plurk is still trucking along with 10 millio...
03:30 pm GMT - Thu, December 26, 2013
Techcrunch Code.org: 2 Weeks And 600MPlus Lines Of Code Later, 20M Students Have Learned An Hour Of Code
Less than a year ago, brothers Hadi Partovi and Ali Partovi launched Code.org to help advocate for computer science in the U.S. and increase participation in STEM education by making these subjects mo...
10:31 am GMT - Thu, December 26, 2013
Techcrunch Such Hack. Many Dogecoin. Very Disappear. So Gone. Wow.
Dogecoin, the virtual currency that was named after a silly meme but has been described as a potential successor to Bitcoin, was successfully hacked for the first time today, with Dogewallet users los...
06:00 am GMT - Thu, December 26, 2013
Techcrunch What I Want For Christmas From Each Major Tech Company Next Year
Here's my wish list. I realize it's too late for this year, but I'm hoping the companies are already planning for next year, and this way they have all of 2014 to deliver. Many of these are pretty big...
04:00 am GMT - Thu, December 26, 2013
Techcrunch Google Wants To Build The Ultimate Personal Assistant
Google Search is changing rapidly. Given the company’s love of small, rapid-fire updates, its sometimes hard to keep track of where the company is going, but earlier this month, at the LeWeb con...
02:00 am GMT - Thu, December 26, 2013
Techcrunch The 2013 Year In Review In Review
Its a holiday, which means its time to fill a post with meaningless reflections on things you thought were interesting about 2013. Try to be comprehensive, but dont rack your brain too hard. After all...
01:00 am GMT - Thu, December 26, 2013
Techcrunch AdEspresso Raises $500K To Make Facebook Ad Optimization Easy For Small Businesses
AdEspresso, a startup offering Facebook ad tools for small and medium businesses, is announcing that it has raised its first outside funding, a seed round of $500,000.The company focuses on ad optimiz...
12:00 am GMT - Thu, December 26, 2013
Techcrunch Apple Slapped With $667K Fine For Trying To Influence Taiwanese iPhone Prices
Chances are that if you’re reading this, you didn’t recently buy an iPhone in Taiwan. As it happens, that may be for the best — according to a Wall Street Journal report published ea...
11:16 pm GMT - Wed, December 25, 2013
Techcrunch Open Thread: What Will You Give The World This Year?
Maybe it's the ham and biscuit brunch talking, but here's something we've never done: an open thread. To celebrate our new Facebook commenting system, I'd like you all to start sharing what you'd like...
11:08 pm GMT - Wed, December 25, 2013
Techcrunch Google Destroys Rap Genius Search Rankings As Punishment For SEO Spam, But Resolution In Progress
Google hit back hard today after it learned lyrics site Rap Genius had been using dubious SEO tricks to attain top spots in search results. Now RapGenius.com doesn't appear on the first page of result...
10:39 pm GMT - Wed, December 25, 2013
Techcrunch With $100MPlus Run Rate, Gett Reveals A New Look, App And Delivery Service As It Prepares To Do Battle With Uber
Another European on-demand car service is finding investors more than willing to bet on its own fast-growing business, as it, too, follows Hailo into the U.S. market. Already operating in over 20 citi...
10:03 pm GMT - Wed, December 25, 2013
Techcrunch Evasi0n Jailbreak Group Drops Pirate App Store TaiG
In a short letter to the jailbreak community, the Evasi0n group has announced they are refusing to distribute TaiG, an Chinese app store released alongside an iOS 7.x jailbreak. Users found that the a...
09:12 pm GMT - Wed, December 25, 2013
Techcrunch Stanford Researcher Proves NSA Can Probably Identify Individuals From Phone Records
The National Security Administration andlikes to claim that intelligence officers are only collecting the phone records of millions of Americans, safely omitting their actual names from analysis. But,...
11:01 am GMT - Wed, December 25, 2013
Techcrunch With $1.5M In Angel Funding, byUs.com Wants To Provide Better Recommendations For Important Service Providers
There are tons of recommendation sites out there, but for services where the stakes are much higher than a meal--like pediatricians or financial advisors--a lot of people still prefer referrals from f...
06:00 am GMT - Wed, December 25, 2013
Techcrunch Ive Learned To Love (Wearables) Again
As a dedicated watch nerd, I felt that smartwatches were, on the whole, awful. A watch was a watch - if made correctly and correctly handled it's a miracle of technology in its own right. The movement...
05:00 am GMT - Wed, December 25, 2013
Techcrunch The Consumer Electronics Startup Show
The size and scope of the Consumer Electronics Show is unfathomable for the uninitiated. CES has been called a cesspool. It’s been called a shitshow. And those descriptions are accurate. It̵...
03:00 am GMT - Wed, December 25, 2013
Techcrunch Fly Or Die: Singtrix
Singtrix is the personal Karaoke machine of the future. Instead of being limited by Karaoke-friendly, vocal-free tunes, Singtrix lets you erase the vocal track from any song in your phone or tablet, e...
02:01 am GMT - Wed, December 25, 2013
Techcrunch TC Cribs: TellApart Turned An Old Auto Shop Into A Golden Land Of Tech (And Champagne)
There are a few extra special Christmas gifts that can't be wrapped and don't quite fit under the tree -- love, family, happiness... and new episodes of Cribs, the TechCrunch TV show that takes you in...
02:01 am GMT - Wed, December 25, 2013
Techcrunch This Gift Box Only Unlocks When Youre In Exactly The Right Place
We didnt plan it, but it seems that this week is Mystery Gift Box week on TechCrunch. First we had the Timeless Box, a tightly secured titanium box that can only be opened after a certain amount of ti...
01:38 am GMT - Wed, December 25, 2013
Techcrunch Rap Genius Apologizes For Not-So-Genius SEO Spam Tactics
Those lovable rascals from Andreessen Horowitz-backed Rap Genius are stirring up trouble again. But this time it's not for controversial statements they've made -- instead, the company came under fire...
11:00 pm GMT - Tue, December 24, 2013
Techcrunch In A Post-Amazon World, E-Commerce Site Wayfair Wants To Win At Selling Home Goods And Furnishings
Taking on Amazon when it comes to e-commerce can be a futile effort. There are only a handful of e-commerce companies that have successfully been able to build a billion dollar-plus business in e-comm...
10:16 pm GMT - Tue, December 24, 2013
Techcrunch Prediction: The Government Will Put The NSA In Check
Up until a few months ago, President Obama probably didn’t worry much about the National Security Agency’s massive surveillance program. After all, Congress had approved it, courts oversaw...
07:28 pm GMT - Tue, December 24, 2013
Techcrunch Fly Or Die: Nokia Lumia 1520
Nokia is now basically the defacto Windows Phone handset manufacturer, and the Lumia 1520 is its latest effort. The big, big full HD 6-inch display sets it apart from any previous Windows Phone device...
05:36 pm GMT - Tue, December 24, 2013
Techcrunch Apple Patents Integrated Heart Rate Monitor For Smartphones, Hover Touch Sensors
Apple has been issued a couple new patents by the USPTO today, including one for hover touch sensing the likes of which we're starting to see rolled out in Android-powered devices lately like the Sams...
05:00 pm GMT - Tue, December 24, 2013
Techcrunch The Consumer Electronics Startup Show
The size and scope of the Consumer Electronics Show is unfathomable for the uninitiated. CES has been called a cesspool. It’s been called a shitshow. And those descriptions are accurate. It̵...
02:34 pm GMT - Tue, December 24, 2013
Techcrunch BSkyB Invests $350,000 In Early-Stage Immersive Video Startup Jaunt
British Sky Broadcasting Group (called BSkyB) has made a $350,000 investment in Jaunt, an early-stage startup that captures and displays 360 degree video content. BSkyB said that the new partnership w...
10:30 am GMT - Tue, December 24, 2013
Techcrunch Healint Wants To Make Life Better For Stroke Patients
Mobile health tech startup Healint wants to make life better--and safer--for patients suffering from neurological conditions like strokes, epilepsy and migraines. Their first product, Android app Just...
06:57 am GMT - Tue, December 24, 2013
Techcrunch Indian Music Streaming Startup Dhingana Faces An Uncertain Future After T-Series Pulls Its Licensing Agreement
Indian streaming music startup Dhingana faces an uncertain future after T-Series, its biggest music label partner, said it will not be renewing their licensing agreement.Soundbox reported last week,an...
04:05 am GMT - Tue, December 24, 2013
Techcrunch Yes, Its Real: Tim Draper Gives Details On Ballot Initiative To Make Silicon Valley A State
Silicon Valley is no stranger to unusual ideas, and today the world got to witness another: noted investor Tim Draper is proposing a ballot proposition to split California into six separate states. Th...
04:00 am GMT - Tue, December 24, 2013
Techcrunch Target May Be Liable For Up To $3.6 Billion From Credit Card Data Breach
This is not exactly the merriest of times for Target. Last week the retailer revealed that credit card data from 40 million customers had been stolen. Now it looks like the giant retailer could be lia...
03:59 am GMT - Tue, December 24, 2013
Techcrunch Apple Reportedly Acquires Note-Taking App Catch, BroadMap Talent
Two more Apple acquisitions have reportedly been unearthed today by 9to5Mac. The first is of Catch, a note-taking app similar to Evernote that was likely acquired back in July, and the second is Broad...
03:02 am GMT - Tue, December 24, 2013
Techcrunch Apples New Mac Pro In Pictures: Beauty And The Beast
Apple has a brand new Mac Pro with an all-new, bold design that's assembled at home in the U.S. in a facility in Texas. It's easily among the most bold and unique designs of a Mac in recent memory, br...
01:09 am GMT - Tue, December 24, 2013
Techcrunch Jack Dorsey Joins Disneys Board Of Directors
The Walt Disney Company just announced that Jack Dorsey (co-founder and CEO Square, as well co-founder and chairman at Twitter, as if you didn't know) has joined its board if directors."Jack Dorsey is...
11:46 pm GMT - Mon, December 23, 2013
Techcrunch Silk Road 2 Still Running After Moderator Arrests
The Silk Road 2, a hidden website modeled on the original Silk Road contraband marketplace, is regrouping as the users and single remaining moderator prepare for a Christmas lockdown. The group faced ...
11:20 pm GMT - Mon, December 23, 2013
Techcrunch Analysts Expect 3D Printer Shipments To Grow Ten Times Before 2017
Hardware analysts at IDC are estimating that 3D printer shipments will grow ten times in the period between now and 2017. Printers, once the provenance of hackers and engineers, will soon be household...
10:38 pm GMT - Mon, December 23, 2013
Techcrunch AllCast Gives Your Android Device AirPlay Video Powers And Streams To Other Devices, Too
Android app AllCast has just left beta, and is now available as a full version for all to try out. There's a free version and a paid license, so you can find out if this swiss army knife of media stre...
10:26 pm GMT - Mon, December 23, 2013
Techcrunch The BeatBuddy Pedal Lets You Build Beats With Your Feet
This is something I never knew I wanted: it's called BeatBuddy and it's basically a crowdfunded guitar stomp box that allows you to cue up and play drumbeats through your amplifier. That means you can...
10:04 pm GMT - Mon, December 23, 2013
Techcrunch Googles Cloud Platform Gets Billing API To Help Developers Monitor And Analyze Cost
The cloud makes it easier for developers to run complex applications, but all of this convenience often comes at the expense of being able to easily track cost. Today, Google is making it a bit easier...
10:03 pm GMT - Mon, December 23, 2013
Techcrunch D-Wave CEO Vern Brownell On Quantum Computing And Tackling Techs Big Problems
It's been a big year for D-Wave, the quantum computing technology company. In May it was announced that NASA and Google had jointly purchased a D-Wave Two computer to anchor a new 'Quantum Artificial ...
10:00 pm GMT - Mon, December 23, 2013
Techcrunch Tribune To Acquire Sony Audio Recognition Unit Gracenote For $170 Million
Global consumer electronics conglomerate Sony is getting a tiny bit leaner with the sale of Gracenote, a business unit that provides audio recognition and metadata solutions to a number of device manu...
09:15 pm GMT - Mon, December 23, 2013
Techcrunch Inside ZenPayrolls Sprint To Reimagine The Way You Get Paid
ZenPayroll saw an opportunity to also improve the experience for employees. After all, pay day hasn't fundamentally changed in a long time. So it used Google Ventures' design sprint process to re-imag...
08:08 pm GMT - Mon, December 23, 2013
Techcrunch BlackBerry Reveals Its BlackBerry Live Developer Event Is Dead For 2014
BlackBerry isn't hosting its own big annual conference this year, the company announced Friday. The event has been called various things, including BlackBerry World, and BlackBerry Live once the World...
07:45 pm GMT - Mon, December 23, 2013
Techcrunch Samsungs Newest Ad Is Pretty Much The Worst
Worried that none of their recent commercials would take home that coveted “Worst Ad Of The Year” trophy, Samsung has swooped in with one hell of a last minute entry. It’s like Samsu...
06:19 pm GMT - Mon, December 23, 2013
Techcrunch MaxStone Kickstarts A Remote iPhone Shutter For Digital Cameras Thats Also A Bluetooth Tracker
A new Kickstarter project is hoping to combine some popular recent gadget trends with commonly sought after DSLR and pro photography features for a Bluetooth gadget that's unique and more versatile th...
01:35 pm GMT - Mon, December 23, 2013
Techcrunch Camera360, One Of Chinas Most Popular Photo Apps, Now Focusing On International Growth
Build by Pingguo, a startup based in Chinese tech hub Chengdu, Camera360 is already one of the world's most successful photo editing apps with over 180 million users in more than 200 countries who tak...
10:47 am GMT - Mon, December 23, 2013
Techcrunch Gift Guide: Our Favorite Android Phone
Darrell and I spent a good chunk of our last Droidcast discussing some Android-centric holiday picks, but we felt that one of those choices could use a bit more fleshing out. That said, we took a mome...
10:00 am GMT - Mon, December 23, 2013
Techcrunch Q&A Platform Answers.com Raises More Cash, Buys Customer Experience Analytics Company ForeSee For Over $200M
Q&A platform Answers.com is announcing a big acquisition and fundraising tonight--the company is buying customer experience analytics company ForeSee, and just raised $300 million in new funding i...
10:00 am GMT - Mon, December 23, 2013
Techcrunch Everything You Wanted To Know About The Giant Elance, oDesk Merger & Ensuing Backlash (But Were Afraid To Ask)
While visions of strategic synergies and competitors running for cover danced in the heads of company executives, the scores of freelancers who use oDesk and Elance to find work or hire support don't ...
09:00 am GMT - Mon, December 23, 2013
Techcrunch Augmented Reality Is Almost Everywhere
There is less difference between our work and home devices, our tablets and our mobile phones. They are not meant for "work" or for the "home." We just use them wherever we are. The idea of a balance ...
08:49 am GMT - Mon, December 23, 2013
Techcrunch Teleza Turns Your Mobile Device Into A Dual-SIM Powerhouse
When I was in Shenzhen last month I met James Sung, the guy who brought us original dual SIM Peel case and turned countless iPod Touches into iPhones. Now you can do the same thing, but wirelessly....
08:00 am GMT - Mon, December 23, 2013
Techcrunch Fly Or Die: Instagram Direct
As you may have already figured out, Instagram has launched private messaging this month, calling it Instagram Direct. It lets users send a photo up to 15 people without publicly broadcasting that pho...
05:33 am GMT - Mon, December 23, 2013
Techcrunch Partnership With Chinese App Store Shines A Light On The Hidden World Of Jailbreak Groups
Jailbreak releases for new iOS products are major events. In the early years, release teams would celebrate major holidays with a new jailbreak or SIM unlock and millions of anxious users would rush f...
04:00 am GMT - Mon, December 23, 2013
Techcrunch The Crowdfunders Dilemma
My crowdfunding campaign is fully funded now and I'm preparing metrics and other measurements to help us both understand some best practices for crowdfunding. But, until then, I wanted to comment a bi...
03:16 am GMT - Mon, December 23, 2013
Techcrunch Apple Announces Deal To Bring iPhones To China Mobile Starting On Jan. 17
Apple and China Mobile just announced that they have reached an agreement that will see the iPhone 5s and 5c launch on the China Mobile’s 4G and 3G networks early next year. Pre-registration is ...
11:00 pm GMT - Sun, December 22, 2013
Techcrunch For Holiday Shopping, Mobile Apps Bring Out My Inner Grinch
Every week for this column, I write about something related to mobile technology or apps. It would be only natural, then, for me to devote at least one column to the intersection of mobile and commerc...
09:05 pm GMT - Sun, December 22, 2013
Techcrunch iOS 7 Untethered Jailbreak Now Available
A team of iOS programmers called Evasi0n have jailbroken that latest iPhone/iPod/iPad operating system, iOS 7.0.4. Jailbreaking allows uses to install home-brew software and run unapproved apps from t...
07:00 am GMT - Sun, December 22, 2013
Techcrunch How To Hire More Engineers In Less Time
Editor’s note: Bryan Schreier is a partner at Sequoia focusing on consumer and enterprise companies. He represents Sequoia on the boards of Dropbox, Hearsay Social, Inkling, Qualtrics, Thumbtack...
04:00 am GMT - Sun, December 22, 2013
Techcrunch CrunchWeek: Bitcoins Big Crash, The Six Californias Plan, Dorsey Gives Back Square Stock
We might be heading into the height of the holiday season, but tech news has not slowed down just yet! So we had quite a few things to discuss in CrunchWeek, the TechCrunch TV show that brings togethe...
12:00 am GMT - Sun, December 22, 2013
Techcrunch Announcing TechCrunchs 2014 Pitch-Offs: Atlanta, New Orleans, Washington D.C., NYC, Boston, And LA
TechCrunch is about to hit the road again. Starting in late February, we’re bringing the magic of our Pitch-Off events to Atlanta and New Orleans. Then, a month later, we’re hitting Washin...
11:30 pm GMT - Sat, December 21, 2013
Techcrunch Mozillas Asm.js Gets Another Step Closer To Native Performance
Mozilla’s asm.jsis a strict subset of JavaScript that Firefox can run significantly faster than regular JavaScript code. Thanks to the so-called OdinMonkey module for Firefox’s built-in Ja...
11:00 pm GMT - Sat, December 21, 2013
Techcrunch Gillmor Gang: Robophobia
The Gillmor Gang Danny Sullivan, Dan Farber, Robert Scoble, John Taschek, and Steve Gillmor talk about what it means to be human in a digital age. The rise of the stream threatens to overwhelm us, a...
10:00 pm GMT - Sat, December 21, 2013
Techcrunch Overstock.com Reportedly Plans To Accept Bitcoin In 2014
Overstock.com is moving to accept Bitcoin as payment in 2014, the CEO told The Financial Times. Apparently the retailer has the ambition to become the first major online retailer to accept the digital...
09:00 pm GMT - Sat, December 21, 2013
Techcrunch The Ultimate Cheat Sheet For Selling Anything
I've never read a book on sales. They seemed corny. Like many people, I always looked down on the concept of "selling." It seemed like something lower than me. To some extent, selling appears manipula...
07:00 pm GMT - Sat, December 21, 2013
Techcrunch Its A Wonderful Life, For A Few Of Us
So where were we? Oh yes: everybody hates us. San Francisco's recent Google-bus and "homeless trash" kerfuffles are symptoms of an increasingly broad, deep, and bitter anti-tech animosity. The Economi...
03:49 pm GMT - Sat, December 21, 2013
Techcrunch Amazon Bought GoPagos Mobile Payment Tech And Product/Engineering Team, DoubleBeam Bought The POS Business
Last week, we wrote about how Amazon had quietly acquired mobile payments startup GoPago. Today, some more details about the deal: A source close to the situation confirms that Amazon bought the techn...
07:29 am GMT - Sat, December 21, 2013
Techcrunch Snapchat Sacrifices Ephemerality With New Replay Feature
My least favorite part of Snapchat is mistakenly opening video Snap when I can't hear it, like in a noisey public place or when my sound is off. Snapchat tried to address that today with an experiment...
06:00 am GMT - Sat, December 21, 2013
Techcrunch Snapchat Adds Filters, A Replay Function And For Whatever Reason, Time, Temperature And Speed Overlays
Snapchat busted out an update to its app today just before the holidays. The new version of the ephemeral messaging app includes several color filters, a new 'special text' font and a few other additi...
05:06 am GMT - Sat, December 21, 2013
Techcrunch BTC China CEO Attempts To Calm The Bitcoin Market After RMB Deposit Shutdown
In a letter posted on the Chinese bitcoin trading site BTC China CEO Bobby Lee attempted to calm the markets by posting a long, detailed description of the way forward for the company. "As China's fir...
04:25 am GMT - Sat, December 21, 2013
Techcrunch Mobile Rewards Startup Kiip Upgrades Its User Contests With New Challenges Product
When Kiip announced last week that that it's powering rewards in Zepto Labs' popular Cut the Rope mobile games, co-founder and CEO Brian Wong said it didn't share one of the key details (because, uh, ...
04:22 am GMT - Sat, December 21, 2013
Techcrunch The Target Breach Flood Is Already Appearing On The Carder Black Market; Target Reacts
In a deliciously detailed post, security writer Brian Krebs has explained the pathtaken bycredit card numbers stolen in the Target breachon their way to the carder black market. Krebs has far more inf...
04:10 am GMT - Sat, December 21, 2013
Techcrunch Today In Dystopian War Robots That Will Harvest Us For Our Organs
Hello, future IKEA Swedish meatballs! How are you this Friday? Ready to be torn to bits by sharp, gnashing, robotic teeth? I bet you are. In this exciting edition of TIDWRTWHUFOO we meet some tiny fly...
03:58 am GMT - Sat, December 21, 2013
Techcrunch NSA Reportedly Paid A Security Firm Millions To Ship Deliberately Flawed Encryption Technology
Today Reuters reported that the NSA paid RSA, a security company and subsidiary of EMC,$10 million to use a flawed random generator technology as the “preferred” option in itsBSafe softwar...
03:52 am GMT - Sat, December 21, 2013
Techcrunch Facebook Officially Joins The S&P 500, Prices Follow-On Offering At $55.05 Per Share
Facebook said this afternoon that it has priced its previously-announced secondary offering of 70 million shares of Class A stock at $55.05 per share. At this price, some $3.85 billion in stock will b...
03:45 am GMT - Sat, December 21, 2013
Techcrunch Ask A VC: GGV Capitals Glenn Solomon On How Companies Should Build And Expand In China
In this week's episode of Ask A VC, we had GGVCapital's Glenn Solomon in the studio to talk about the developing technology market in China, and his predictions for 2014....
03:03 am GMT - Sat, December 21, 2013
Techcrunch Windows Phones 2013: A Year In Perspective
Windows Phone, Microsoft’s smartphone platform has ground out its place at the mobile table employing a combination of tenacity, marketing dollars, improving firmware, and, at last, a world-clas...
02:14 am GMT - Sat, December 21, 2013
Techcrunch Zimperium Raises $8M For Mobile Security That Turns The Tables On Attackers
Let's say you're at the airport, checking your email on your iPhone over the wifi. Well, you've already made your first mistake. You've trusted the airport network to be secure enough to protect you f...
02:04 am GMT - Sat, December 21, 2013
Techcrunch Gillmor Gang Live 12.20.13 (TCTV)
Gillmor Gang - Danny Sullivan, Robert Scoble, Dan Farber, John Taschek, and Steve Gillmor. Live recording session today at 1pm Pacific. like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/GillmorGang...
02:00 am GMT - Sat, December 21, 2013
Techcrunch Gift Guide: Something For A Twenty-Something
Twenty-somethings are some of the hardest people to shop for. They're changing so quickly, interests waxing and waning by the day, that it can be pretty difficult to figure out a great gift for the ho...
01:55 am GMT - Sat, December 21, 2013
Techcrunch Why Do People Keep Giving Foursquare Money?
Foursquare just raised a bunch of money, again. This time its a Series D round of $35M, back in April of this year it was $41M in debt financing. The company seems to keep being able to convince peopl...
01:02 am GMT - Sat, December 21, 2013
Techcrunch Facebook Eyeing Up A $10-$15M Acquisition Of Indias Little Eye Labs
We now have more details on Facebook’s plans to acquire Bangalore-based Little Eye Labs, an Indian startup whose primary product is a software tool for analyzing Android apps’ performance....
01:00 am GMT - Sat, December 21, 2013
Techcrunch This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Our Favorites For 2013
It’s the most reflective and introspective time of the year, so this week on the TechCrunch Gadgets Podcast we take a look back at the year that was and offer up our favorite gadgets. John likes...
10:16 pm GMT - Fri, December 20, 2013
Techcrunch ChallengePost Will Soon Support Software Innovation On An Ongoing Basis Outside Of Contests
Hackathon and online technology challenge contest provider ChallengePost (disclosure: ChallengePost is the current service provider for TC Disrupt hackathon events) is pretty proud of its 2013 the co...
10:02 pm GMT - Fri, December 20, 2013
Techcrunch Backed By Steve Blank & More, Startup Genome Founders Launch Next-Gen Benchmarking Tool For Startups
Three years ago, a team of researchers, entrepreneurs and data geeks set out on an ambitious mission: To put the world’s technology startups under the microscope in an effort to better understan...
10:00 pm GMT - Fri, December 20, 2013
Techcrunch InVision Raises $11.6M From FirstMark Capital And Tiger Global
InVision, a prototyping tool for thousands of web developers and designers, has recently closed an $11.6 million Series A round from FirstMark Capital and Tiger Global. The company launched in 2011 ou...
07:35 pm GMT - Fri, December 20, 2013
Techcrunch Warby Parker Raises $60 Million From Existing Investors
Online eyeglasses company Warby Parker just raised a $60 million Series C round from its existing investors, with Tiger Global Management leading. General Catalyst Partners, Spark Capital, Thrive Capi...
07:35 pm GMT - Fri, December 20, 2013
Techcrunch Warby Parker Raises $60 Million From Existing Investors, Fortune Reports
Online eyeglasses company Warby Parker just raised a $60 million Series C round from its existing investors, with Tiger Global Management leading. General Catalyst Partners, Spark Capital, Thrive Capi...
07:06 pm GMT - Fri, December 20, 2013
Techcrunch Alleged Top Moderators Of Silk Road 2 Forums Arrested In Ireland, U.S. In International Sweep
At least two moderators of the Silk Road 2 user forums have been arrested by authorities in the U.S. and Ireland. A source claiming to have inside knowledge of the arrests said that Libertas, a modera...
07:00 pm GMT - Fri, December 20, 2013
Techcrunch Getaround Strikes Deal To Offer Discounted Leases For Smart Cars Listed On Its Rental Platform
Getaround, in conjunction with a Smart car dealership in San Francisco, is offering a pretty sweet deal on new leases of cars that its members intend to rent out to others. As part of the partnership,...
06:52 pm GMT - Fri, December 20, 2013
Techcrunch News Corp Pays $25M For Storyful, Which Digs Up And Verifies News From Social Sites Like Twitter And Instagram
News Corp is raising its game in digital news again: the company has just announced that it is acquiring Storyful, a Ireland-based "village square" for social media news, aggregating stories found on ...
06:21 pm GMT - Fri, December 20, 2013
Techcrunch BlackBerrys First Foxconn Partnership Phone Will Be 3G BB10 Device, Coming March Or April 2014
BlackBerry announced today that it would be partnering with Foxconn to produce devices going forward, and CEO John Chen revealed a few details about the first fruits of that partnership on the company...
06:00 pm GMT - Fri, December 20, 2013
Techcrunch BlackBerry To Work With Foxconn On New Smartphone For Growing Markets As It Posts $4.4B Loss
BlackBerry announced its fiscal Q3 2014 results today, and the numbers aren't pretty. The company revealed a whopping $4.4 billion GAAP-adjusted loss for the quarter, which includes a write-down on cu...
04:11 pm GMT - Fri, December 20, 2013
Techcrunch Animated Avatar Messaging App Zoobe Monetises With Shop Featuring Smurfs
Avatar messaging applications have had some successes. The Talking Tom apps for kids have been a smash hit for Outfit7 and spawned many other off-shoots. Others like Headcast created bespoke apps for ...
03:41 pm GMT - Fri, December 20, 2013
Techcrunch Taxibeat Raises $4M From Hummingbird To Scale Its Marketplace Taxi App
Taxibeat, an iOS and Android taxi app with an innovative approach to hailing a cab (which works particularly well in emerging markets), has secured a new $4 million funding round from London-based Hum...
03:00 pm GMT - Fri, December 20, 2013
Techcrunch Rocket Internet Partners With African Telecom Operator MTN To Invest 300M in Middle East Startups
MTN Group and Rocket Internet announced that they have formed a new joint venture to invest in startups in the Middle East, with a focus on e-commerce. The two companies will each hold a 50% stake in ...
03:00 pm GMT - Fri, December 20, 2013
Techcrunch Rocket Internet Partners With African Telecom Operator MTN To Invest $410M in Middle East Startups
MTN Group and Rocket Internet announced that they have formed a new joint venture to invest in startups in the Middle East, with a focus on e-commerce. The two companies will each hold a 50% stake in ...
12:42 pm GMT - Fri, December 20, 2013
Techcrunch Messaging App Line Launches C2C Marketplace Line Mall In Japan
Messaging app Line began the limited rollout of its new C2C e-commerce platform Line Mall today (link to TechCrunch Japan via Google Translate). The app, which is now available for download in Japan's...
09:26 am GMT - Fri, December 20, 2013
Techcrunch Tim Draper Wants To Split California Into Pieces And Turn Silicon Valley Into Its Own State
The secessionist movement is alive and well in the heart of the technology sector. TechCrunch has learned about noted technology investor Tim Draper's to split California into six separate states, inc...
07:11 am GMT - Fri, December 20, 2013
Techcrunch Appsfires First Ad Unit Ura Maki Is iAd Done Right
Last week, app discovery startup Appsfire surprised everyone by removing its apps from the App Store to focus entirely on native advertising on mobile. The first iOS ad unit is here — Ura Maki i...
05:39 am GMT - Fri, December 20, 2013
Techcrunch Powering Smart Content For Publishing Giants, Knewton Lands $51M To Take Its Personalization Engine Global
Just when it looked like the bubble might be cracking, that venture capital investment in education was stuck in the doldrums, and that the year in EdTech might end with a whimper, no bang in sight, a...
05:39 am GMT - Fri, December 20, 2013
Techcrunch Powering Smart Content For Publishing Giants, Knewton Lands $51M To Take Personalized Learning Global
Just when it looked like the bubble might be cracking, that venture capital investment in education was stuck in the doldrums, and that the year in EdTech might end with a whimper, no bang in sight, a...
04:19 am GMT - Fri, December 20, 2013
Techcrunch Loop Upgrades Its Mobile Survey App, Adds A Pro Account For $99 A Year
Loop, a startup that makes it easy and quick for retailers to collect feedback from customers, has released version 2.0 of its iOS app. The most important change probably isn't a product feature, but ...
03:33 am GMT - Fri, December 20, 2013
Techcrunch Apple Adds FaceTime Audio To OS X 10.9.2 Beta, Bringing Native Mac-To-iOS Voice Calls Closer
Apple has issued a new developer preview of OS X, version 10.9.2, and it introduces some interesting new features according to 9to5Mac. The most interesting is probably FaceTime Audio, however. Apple ...
03:30 am GMT - Fri, December 20, 2013
Techcrunch Nextdoor Talks Growth, Now Being Used In One In Six Neighborhoods In The US
Nextdoor, the fast-growing startup that has been compared to a Facebook for your neighborhood, has revealed some new numbers today in a TCTV interview with co-founder and CEO Nirav Tolia and Greylock ...
03:24 am GMT - Fri, December 20, 2013
Techcrunch Fly Or Die: Motorola Moto G
It always seems like the flagship phones get the most attention, but what about a device that doesn't even bother trying to claim that title? Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside has been saying for months an...
03:10 am GMT - Fri, December 20, 2013
Techcrunch Microsoft Exec Charged With Insider Trading, SEC Alleges 400K In Illegal Gains
Reality is always better than fiction. Today the Securities and Exchange Commission charged a — now former — Microsoft “senior manager” with insider trading. The employee, Bria...
03:05 am GMT - Fri, December 20, 2013
Techcrunch Twitter Adds In-App Notifications For Emergency Alerts System As Brazil And Australia Begin Supporting It
Twitter has just announced a couple of small but useful updates to its Twitter Alerts system, which allows participating organizations to send out notices to subscribing users about emergencies or dis...
03:00 am GMT - Fri, December 20, 2013
Techcrunch AOL Finalizing Talks To Sell Winamp And Shoutcast, No Shutdown Expected On Dec. 20
AOL is finalizing negotiations to sell off Winamp and Shoutcast in a deal that would allow both products to live on, according to a source with knowledge of the discussions.The company (which owns Tec...
02:57 am GMT - Fri, December 20, 2013
Techcrunch The Worlds First Home-Printable Fashion Doll, Quin, Looks Pretty Spacey
This is Quin. She's a fully posable (and Barbie-compatible) doll that can be made on a 3D printer and snapped together. Her creators, the folks at 3DKitBash built her to prove that you can build usabl...
02:41 am GMT - Fri, December 20, 2013
Techcrunch The Internship, The Only In-Flight Movie You Havent Watched Yet Because Jesus It Looks Annoying
Though it seems to have bagged a licensing agreement with all of the airlines, the last thing you'll want to watch as you fly home this holiday season is the 'The Internship.'Now mind you, I have not ...
02:22 am GMT - Fri, December 20, 2013
Techcrunch Simple.TV Starts Shipping Next-Gen Streaming DVR, With Cloud Storage And Ouya Support Coming Soon
Simple.TV is making good on its promise to ship its next-generation streaming DVR to users who pre-ordered the product, telling them they would receive the devices by the end of the year. The company ...
02:00 am GMT - Fri, December 20, 2013
Techcrunch Gift Guide: Four Sweet Presents For Your Sweetheart
The most important gift you give this holiday season will be the gift you give your sweetheart. After all, this is the person you get sex from. That said, these are some cute last-minute ideas that wi...
01:22 am GMT - Fri, December 20, 2013
Techcrunch Atheer Labs Turns To Crowdfunding To Bring Its 3D Augmented Reality Glasses To Life
The jury is largely still out on wearable gadgets like Google Glass that let you passively consume information that appears in front of your eyes, but Soulaiman Itani isn't satisfied with just looking...
12:45 am GMT - Fri, December 20, 2013
Techcrunch Tooga Gear Gives Photo And Video Pros Options With A Modular Kit For Hard-To-Get Shots
A new Kickstarter project called Tooga Gear based out of LA wants to provide a versatile, durable camera mounting solution for capturing tricky shots in a modular package that can support DSLRs, GoPro...
12:31 am GMT - Fri, December 20, 2013
Techcrunch Developer Interest In Windows Phone Grows As Microsofts Windows 8.x Platform Slips
This morning Appcelerator and IDC released the results of a developer survey they executed in November. The data indicates that while Windows Phone is seeing record developer interest, Windows itself ...
12:18 am GMT - Fri, December 20, 2013
Techcrunch Facebook Tries Salvaging Home With Redesign That Adds Familiar Notifications, Clock, Weather To Lockscreen
Facebook's Home has been a bit of a flop, with few users willing to so drastically change the face of their phone. Today Facebook launched a redesign that makes Home more familiar to a traditional loc...
12:18 am GMT - Fri, December 20, 2013
Techcrunch Facebook Tries Salvaging Home With Redesign That Makes Its Lockscreen More Familiar
Facebook's Home has been a bit of a flop, with few users willing to so drastically change the face of their phone. Today Facebook launched a redesign that makes Home more familiar to a traditional loc...
12:14 am GMT - Fri, December 20, 2013
Techcrunch Elseviers Research Takedown Notices Fan Out To Startups, Harvard, Individual Academics
A familiar story is starting to play out in the Ivory Tower. A powerful incumbent with a very lucrative business model gets reactive when the content it holds the rights for becomes too freely distrib...
12:01 am GMT - Fri, December 20, 2013
Techcrunch IBM Buys Aspera, A File Transfer Company That Counts Apple And Netflix As Customers
IBM is acquiring Aspera, a bootstrapped file transfer company that counts media companies, SaaS providers and large enterprises as customers. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.Aspera's software is ...
11:57 pm GMT - Thu, December 19, 2013
Techcrunch Airbnb Tops 10 Million Guests Since Launch, Now Has 550,000 Properties Worldwide
This is what hockey-stick growth looks like: Peer-to-peer lodging marketplace Airbnb announced this morning that it'll top 10 million guest stays since being launched in 2007. That's a big number, for...
11:57 pm GMT - Thu, December 19, 2013
Techcrunch Airbnb Tops 10 Million Guest Stays Since Launch, Now Has 550,000 Properties Listed Worldwide
This is what hockey-stick growth looks like: Peer-to-peer lodging marketplace Airbnb announced this morning that it'll top 10 million guest stays since being launched in 2007. That's a big number, for...
11:47 pm GMT - Thu, December 19, 2013
Techcrunch The Timeless Box Sends Your Gifts Through Time And Space
Gift giving is very anticlimactic. You hand something over, the recipient tears it open, and you're done. Maybe there are hugs exchanged, maybe some high fives. Whatever. Cheetos, beer, and football t...
11:00 pm GMT - Thu, December 19, 2013
Techcrunch BitTorrent Details How Its Building An Anonymous Chat Product Without Using Servers
BitTorrent is publishing a blog post with more details about its in-development chat product, which it announced in September with the stated goal of ensuring "that your messages stay yours: private, ...
10:41 pm GMT - Thu, December 19, 2013
Techcrunch With $2.2M In New Funding, SeatGeek Acquires And Shuts Down Ticketing Competitor FanSnap
Ticketing startup SeatGeek is announcing that it has acquired FanSnap from Wize Commerce, which purchased the ticketing site two years ago.Co-founder Russ d'Souza told me that the deal closed in late ...
10:11 pm GMT - Thu, December 19, 2013
Techcrunch MyGlass For iOS Returns To The App Store Following Google Glass Firmware Update
After a brief appearance earlier this week, Google's official iOS support app for Google Glass has re-entered the App Store. MyGlass for iOS lets users set up their head-mounted computer, screencast t...
10:00 pm GMT - Thu, December 19, 2013
Techcrunch Madefire Partners With DC On Batman: Arkham Origins Interactive Graphic Novel, Digital First Titles
California comics startup Madefire has a big new partnership announcement: the young company is teaming up with comics industry giant DC for a number of new titles, including a graphic novel based aro...
10:00 pm GMT - Thu, December 19, 2013
Techcrunch As Web Traffic Explodes, Showyou Relaunches iOS Apps To Provide A More Consistent Video Experience
Many video apps have come and gone over the past few years, all of which have promised to help users find new content that they might not have already known about. But Showyou is one of the real survi...
10:00 pm GMT - Thu, December 19, 2013
Techcrunch Prismatic Updates Its News Discovery App To Bring You The Best Of Everything Youre Interested In
There are few really great news discovery apps out there, but Prismatic hopes to be one of them. To become the go-to service for finding things that might interest you, the startup just launched a new...
10:00 pm GMT - Thu, December 19, 2013
Techcrunch First Round Parodies The Unicorn Club, The Harlem Shake, Miley Cyrus, And More In Annual Holiday Video
VCs may be clamoring to expand their online video and marketing content, but no firm will ever be able to beat First Round Capital's annual holiday video....
10:00 pm GMT - Thu, December 19, 2013
Techcrunch CyanogenMod Quickly Raises Another $23 Million Led By Andreessen Horowitz
CyanogenMod, which is leveraging Android to create a new smartphone platform in what is now a two horse race, just picked up $23 million in new funding led by Andreessen Horowitz. The round comes just...
09:59 pm GMT - Thu, December 19, 2013
Techcrunch Instagrams First Ad Results Are Promising With Recall Up 32%, Show It Wants TV Brand Dollars
Instagram may prove a valuable platform for advertisers. Instagram released its first results on ads since they began appearing November 1st. Brands saw average ad recall up 32% while brand message aw...
09:59 pm GMT - Thu, December 19, 2013
Techcrunch Instagram Says First Ad Results Are Promising With Recall Up 32%, Shows It Wants TV Brand Dollars
Instagram may prove a valuable platform for advertisers. Instagram released its first results on ads since they began appearing November 1st. Brands saw average ad recall up 32% while brand message aw...
09:47 pm GMT - Thu, December 19, 2013
Techcrunch Target Confirms Point-Of-Sale Data Breach, Announces It Exposed 40 Million Credit Card Numbers
Today retailer Target announced that between November 27 and December 15 its point-of-sale systems - the cash registers mounted at the check-out areas of its stores - suffered an attack that exposed a...
09:27 pm GMT - Thu, December 19, 2013
Techcrunch Foursquare Raises $35M More, Says It Has 45M Registered Users
Foursquare has raised a $35 million in Series D funding, as first revealed on AllThingsD and then confirmed in a company blog post. The post says the funding comes from DFJ Growth and Capital Group...
08:00 pm GMT - Thu, December 19, 2013
Techcrunch Curious Launches On The iPhone To Let You Watch Bite-Sized, How-To Lessons On The Go
Following the launch of its iPad app in August, today Curious continues its expansion into mobile with the launch of its first native iPhone app. With its new app, users can now access Curious' librar...
08:00 pm GMT - Thu, December 19, 2013
Techcrunch WunWun, The Uber For Anything, Implements Surge Pricing
WunWun, the on-demand delivery service for anything, is changing things up a bit to streamline operations. The company is introducing some version of surge pricing, wherein users can pay an extra $10 ...
07:18 pm GMT - Thu, December 19, 2013
Techcrunch Apple Patents Displays With Better Color And A Maps App With Web-Based Data Layers
Apple has a couple of brand new patent applications out this morning that are quite different but that both offer a window into potential improvements being worked on in R&D. One deals with a meth...
07:00 pm GMT - Thu, December 19, 2013
Techcrunch Taboola Launches An API To Bring Its Content Recommendations To Native Mobile Apps
Content recommendations company Taboola wants to be everywhere readers are, offering up links that they'll find interesting (or at least click on). With that in mind, the company is releasing an API t...
06:57 pm GMT - Thu, December 19, 2013
Techcrunch The Kano Build-it-yourself Computer For Kids Raises $1.4M On Kickstarter
Built on top of the Raspberry Pi, called Kano is a build-it-yourself computer which launched on Kickstarter with the aim of pulling in $100,000 in crowd funding to get 1,000 of its Kano kits to market...
06:08 pm GMT - Thu, December 19, 2013
Techcrunch Apples Mac Pro Is Now Available, Max One Out Now With A 4K Display For Over $13K
Apple is now selling its new U.S.-assembled Mac Pro via its online store, as announced yesterday in a press release. The pro-targeted computer starts at $2,999, but with custom options and maxed out s...
06:05 pm GMT - Thu, December 19, 2013
Techcrunch Floored Raises $5.26 Million To Make More 3D Scans For Real Estate With Its Kinect-Like Sensors
New York-based startup Floored just closed a $5.26 million Series A funding round led by RRE Ventures to fuel its business. This round seems to be all about growth and going to the next level. Greycro...
06:05 pm GMT - Thu, December 19, 2013
Techcrunch Floored Raises $5.26 Million To Make More 3D Scans For Real Estate With Its Laser Sensors
New York-based startup Floored just closed a $5.26 million Series A funding round led by RRE Ventures to fuel its business. This round seems to be all about growth and going to the next level. Greycro...
05:35 pm GMT - Thu, December 19, 2013
Techcrunch Facebook Announces Secondary Offering Of 70M Shares To Raise Around $4B, Linked To Joining S&P 500 Index
Some steps ahead for Facebook in its life as a public company: it's raising nearly $4 billion in a secondary offering, and it's joining the S&P 500 Index. The social network today announced that i...
05:35 pm GMT - Thu, December 19, 2013
Techcrunch Facebook Announces Secondary Offering Of 70M Shares, Raising Around $4B, As It Joins S&P500 Index
Some steps ahead for Facebook in its life as a public company: it's raising nearly $4 billion in a secondary offering and joining the S&P 500 Index, while Zuckerberg is will be making a philanthro...
07:07 am GMT - Thu, December 19, 2013
Techcrunch Datameer Raises $19M As Market For Hadoop And Big Data Analytics Hits An Inflection Point
The data analytics market is starting to boom. Hadoop distributions from big data companies likeCloudera have matured and are becoming more useful as they allow for better ways to perform real-time da...
06:34 am GMT - Thu, December 19, 2013
Techcrunch Yahoo/Siri App Is Actually A Real Prototype Built By Robin Labs But Not Commissioned By Yahoo
A little earlier we ran a story about a video that showed what appeared to be a Yahoo Siri competitor. "Sources familiar with Yahoos internal projects tell us that the video is fake," we wrote. Well, ...
05:54 am GMT - Thu, December 19, 2013
Techcrunch Californias Experiment With Massive Online Courses Restricted To University Students
California’s radical experiment in massively open online courses (MOOCs) is not so radical anymore. San Jose State University will scale back the number of purely online courses and restrict the...
05:44 am GMT - Thu, December 19, 2013
Techcrunch At Last, Yahoo Introduces Flickr Embeds To Formally Seed Content Outside Of The Site
Yahoo has introduced embeds for Flickr photos.This is not a story from 2010. That’s as snarky as I’ll get here, because I actually think that Flickr embeds are a fantastic idea. Just about...
05:44 am GMT - Thu, December 19, 2013
Techcrunch Yahoo Introduces New Style Of Flickr Embeds To Seed Content Outside Of The Site
Yahoo has introduced a new cleaner style of photo embedstoday. Just about everyone has used content from Flickr in various ways at some point, especially from its great store of Creative Commons licen...
05:00 am GMT - Thu, December 19, 2013
Techcrunch Viki Launches On Chinas Baidu To Expand Further In The Worlds Biggest Online Video Market
Video streaming site Viki, which allows users to write subtitles in over 160 languages,is expanding in China’s online video market by launching on Baidu, the country’s biggest search engin...
04:54 am GMT - Thu, December 19, 2013
Techcrunch That Yahoo Siri/Google Now Competitor Video Is Fake
Earlier today a video began circulating that showed what appeared to be a Yahoo project that would be aimed at the virtual assistant market currently dominated by Siri and Google Now. The video, which...
04:54 am GMT - Thu, December 19, 2013
Techcrunch That Yahoo Siri/Google Now Competitor Video Is Not A Yahoo Product
Earlier today a video began circulating that showed what appeared to be a Yahoo project that would be aimed at the virtual assistant market currently dominated by Siri and Google Now. The video, which...
04:34 am GMT - Thu, December 19, 2013
Techcrunch Bionyms Vision For A Future Where Secure Account Holders Are Their Own Credentials
Toronto-based Bionym turned heads with its concept for wearable hardware that authenticates a user based on their heartwave signature, which could turn the whole world of digital security on its head....
04:27 am GMT - Thu, December 19, 2013
Techcrunch Stride, A Bootstrapped CRM Service, Acquired By The Founders of KISSmetrics and Crazy Egg
Stride, a bootstrapped CRM company out of Seattle, has been sold to Neil Patel andHiten Shah, the longtime investor partners behindKISSmetricsandCrazy Egg. Terms of the deal were not disclosed....
04:26 am GMT - Thu, December 19, 2013
Techcrunch I Guess It Was My Turn To Get A Creepy Pitch Video
[12/18/13, 5:12:24 PM] Bob Patterson: so this creepy santa video[12/18/13, 5:12:28 PM] Bob Patterson: was that sent to you?[12/18/13, 5:13:16 PM] Anthony Ha: yes...
04:02 am GMT - Thu, December 19, 2013
Techcrunch Low Surface Inventory Could Hamper Microsofts Q4 Hardware Results
Demand for Microsoft’s new Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 computers is outstripping supply, with shortages being noted online and off. Over the past few days, reports have cropped up that stock of ...
03:30 am GMT - Thu, December 19, 2013
Techcrunch This Week On The TechCrunch Droidcast: What To Get The Android Lover Who Has Everything
After a whirlwind trip in Toronto, my co-host Darrell Etherington and I are back in our respective countries and ready to talk about what's new with Android. But first, a heartrending disclaimer -- we...
03:07 am GMT - Thu, December 19, 2013
Techcrunch Googles Location History Browser Is A Minute-By-Minute Map Of Your Life
Quick! Where were you last Tuesday at 6:35 PM? If you’re anything like me, your answer is probably along the lines of “I have absolutely no idea.” Most people’s brains just don...
02:55 am GMT - Thu, December 19, 2013
Techcrunch Revamped PrivacyStar App Uses Color Coding To Help You Avoid Telemarketers
PrivacyStar released a version of its Android app today aimed at making it easier for users to avoid calls from aggressive telemarketers and debt collectors.The previous PrivacyStar app already provid...
02:30 am GMT - Thu, December 19, 2013
Techcrunch Obamas NSA Task Force Recommends Major Reforms
Today, the much-anticipated findings of President Obama’s National Security Agency task force have hit the wire [PDF]. The non-binding 200 page report of 40-plus recommendations calls for the en...
02:24 am GMT - Thu, December 19, 2013
Techcrunch Video: A Window Into BTCChina And The Rise Of Bitcoin In Asia
If you're looking for a little background on bitcoin in China - and speak Chinese - this video from our TechCrunch event in Shanghai last month may be of interest. Featuring BTCChina CEO Bobby Lee as ...
02:02 am GMT - Thu, December 19, 2013
Techcrunch Boxbee Launches A Sharing Library To Spark Peer-To-Peer Lending Of Unused Goods
San Francisco-based storage startup Boxbee was founded on the idea of using technology to change the way people thought about urban storage. By providing its users with an inventory system and an ultr...
01:58 am GMT - Thu, December 19, 2013
Techcrunch Keen On 2013: Robert Scobles Person And Company Of The Year
2013 has been kind to one of Silicon Valley's most iconic characters - the blogger, tech evangelist and writer Robert Scoble. He published a well received new book, Age of Context: Mobile, Sensors, Da...
01:19 am GMT - Thu, December 19, 2013
Techcrunch Crowdfunding: Figure Out What Success Looks Like And Plan Backwards From There
This is what happened during my first crowdfunding project, which is currently sitting at 97% of its goal with two days left on the clock. Our campaign's goal was to cover the launch cost of our first...
12:59 am GMT - Thu, December 19, 2013
Techcrunch PhotosPlus: A Better, Gif Friendly, Camera Roll For iPhone
I get a lot of crap every time I say that my main camera is my iPhone. The sensor snobs and glass hogs come out of the woodwork to tell my why I’m an idiot for using it as my primary shooter. Bu...
11:58 pm GMT - Wed, December 18, 2013
Techcrunch Hey Uber, Lyft Is Growing Faster Than You
Uber’s revenue numbers, which were leaked to Gawker just a few weeks ago, look bold at roughly $20 million per week. But there isn’t necessarily a definitive market winner yet in the peer-...
11:05 pm GMT - Wed, December 18, 2013
Techcrunch The Bitcoin Swan Dive Was Utterly Predictable
Bitcoin took a pounding in the last 24 hours, dropping below the $500 mark on the popular Mt.Gox exchange before rebounding. As TechCrunch’s John Biggs wrote this morning, “China’s b...
11:01 pm GMT - Wed, December 18, 2013
Techcrunch Mention Becomes A Full-Fledged Media Monitoring Tool With Buffer Integration
French startup Mention just received an important update that should make it more compelling to its user base. Whenever Mention users receive a new alert, they can share it on their social channels us...
11:00 pm GMT - Wed, December 18, 2013
Techcrunch Pebbles Official Appstore Coming Early 2014, Will Be Built Into Android And iOS Pebble Apps
Pebble is finally getting around to creating an official app marketplace for software devs build for its platform. The Pebble Appstore, as it will be known, is going to debut sometime early next year ...
10:55 pm GMT - Wed, December 18, 2013
Techcrunch Google Glass Getting A Face Recognition App This Month, But It Wont Get Googles Blessing
Google Glass use cases are many, but one that inevitably comes to mind is facial recognition. Google already does a lot with reverse image searching and identifying faces in photos, so it would not be...
10:44 pm GMT - Wed, December 18, 2013
Techcrunch Hatching Twitter Book Optioned For TV Show Development By Lionsgate
New York Times’ columnist Nick Bilton’s book Hatching Twitter: A True Story ofMoney, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal, on the dramatic origins of Twitter, has been optioned by Lionsgate for...
10:06 pm GMT - Wed, December 18, 2013
Techcrunch The Second Screen Becomes The First Screen: Hulu Says 50% Of Its 5M Subscribers Use Devices Exclusively
Hulu was born on the desktop computer, and existed there for some time before it began appearing on portable and set-top devices. Part of that was Hulu’s ties to the Flash framework for DRM and ...
10:00 pm GMT - Wed, December 18, 2013
Techcrunch With $2.5 Million From Khosla Ventures, Pymetrics Launches A Game-Based Campus Recruiting Tool
Pymetrics thinks there's a better way to do campus recruiting. The company, founded by a couple of neuroscientists, is launching a new, game-based recruiting tool on campuses that it believes will bet...
09:05 pm GMT - Wed, December 18, 2013
Techcrunch BBM To Come Preinstalled On LG Smartphones
BlackBerry is keeping the hope alive with a partnership with LG. Announced today, the LG G Pro Lite will ship with BBM already installed on the smartphone. This comes two months after BBM’s Andr...
09:00 pm GMT - Wed, December 18, 2013
Techcrunch Moovit Raises $28M From Sequoia And Others To Be The Waze For Crowdsourced Public Transit Data
Social transit app Moovit is announcing a massive round of funding this morning, closing a $28 million round led by Sequoia Capital, with participation from its existing investors BRM Group and Gemini...
08:54 pm GMT - Wed, December 18, 2013
Techcrunch Delta CEO Grounds In-Flight Calls
The FCC may have taken the first steps toward lifting the ban on in-flight cell use, but that doesn't mean you'll be listening in on any of your neighbors private conversations anytime soon. At least ...
08:14 pm GMT - Wed, December 18, 2013
Techcrunch SensioLabs Raises $6.9 Million To Implement Its PHP Framework Symfony Everywhere
French company SensioLabs raised $6.9 million (5 million) from CM-CIC Capital Priv to expand its operations around the open-source PHP framework Symfony. While the startup is only a year old, the team...
08:00 pm GMT - Wed, December 18, 2013
Techcrunch AmEx-Backed Luxury Vacation Club Inspirato Merges With Exclusive Resorts Portico Club
Luxury vacation club Inspirato is announcing big news today--the company has merged with competitor Portico Club, which was previously a part of Exclusive Resorts....
08:00 pm GMT - Wed, December 18, 2013
Techcrunch Exclusive Resorts Portico Club Combines with Luxury Vacation Club Inspirato With American Express
Luxury vacation club Inspirato is announcing big news today--the company has merged with competitor Portico Club, which was previously a part of Exclusive Resorts....
07:54 pm GMT - Wed, December 18, 2013
Techcrunch Turn Your Smartphone Into A Caroling Karaoke Machine With This Google Easter Egg
Using any mobile browser, type “let’s go caroling” into Google. And just like that, your phone will turn into a Christmas Carol karaoke machine with the words and music of five class...
07:10 pm GMT - Wed, December 18, 2013
Techcrunch Bitcoin Drops 50% Overnight As Chinas Biggest BTC Exchange Stops Deposits In Chinese Yuan
China's biggest Bitcoin exchange, BTCChina, has stopped accepting deposits in Chinese yuan. The shutdown has sent the currency into a downward spin, stripping it of half its value overnight. It is tra...
07:00 pm GMT - Wed, December 18, 2013
Techcrunch Couple App Now Lets You Stalk Your Partner On Mobile And Desktop
Fans of monogamy should get excited. Couple, the social network for two, has just launched a relatively major update that integrates location data in a totally new way, making sure you can always keep...
07:00 pm GMT - Wed, December 18, 2013
Techcrunch Robinhood App Will Offer Zero-Commission Stock Trades Thanks To $3M Seed From Index And A16Z
Why pay E*Trade or Scottrade $7 to trade a stock when you could do it for free? That premise helped mobile investment app startup Robinhood raise the $3 million seed round led by Index Ventures it ann...
06:35 pm GMT - Wed, December 18, 2013
Techcrunch Apples New Mac Pro Goes On Sale Dec. 19 Online And In Retail Starting At $2,999
Apple has just announced that its new Mac Pro computer, featuring that signature ‘Darth Vader’ design, will be available for sale starting tomorrow, Thursday Dec. 19 beginning at $2,999. T...
06:15 pm GMT - Wed, December 18, 2013
Techcrunch Nokias Strategy For Selling The Lumia 2520 Windows 8 Tablet Is To Make You Very Uncomfortable
I remember in the early 2000s a friend of mine through college had a mullet zine, which was an actual print photocopied irregular publication that featured candid photos he'd taken of mullets in the w...
05:00 pm GMT - Wed, December 18, 2013
Techcrunch Planet Labs Raises $52 Million From Yuri Milner To Build The Worlds Biggest (Little) Flock Of Satellites
Satellite startup Planet Labs is just on the brink of launching the largest constellation of Earth-imaging satellites into orbit, with 28 of its units expected to head into space next month. To prepar...
05:00 pm GMT - Wed, December 18, 2013
Techcrunch Planet Labs Raises $52 Million From Yuri Milner To Build The Biggest (Little) Flock Of Satellites
Satellite startup Planet Labs is just on the brink of launching the largest constellation of Earth-imaging satellites into orbit, with 28 of its units expected to head into space next month. To prepar...
04:00 pm GMT - Wed, December 18, 2013
Techcrunch Viber Desktop Launches On Windows 8
Viber has been busy lately with the launch of new revenue-generating features like a Sticker Market and Viber Out, but today the company is focused on expanding its reach with the release of Viber for...
02:01 pm GMT - Wed, December 18, 2013
Techcrunch Amazon Raises Its Game Against Alibaba, Will Expand AWS Cloud Services To China In 2014
Another step ahead for Amazon in its bid to become the world's biggest cloud computing platform for businesses, and to specifically take aim at a big regional competitor in Asia, Alibaba: today it ann...
01:00 pm GMT - Wed, December 18, 2013
Techcrunch Klarna Acquires Germanys Sofort For $150M To Build A Formidable European Payment Network
Klarna, the Stockholm-based payments company that has raised a whopping $250 million from top-tier investors like Sequoia Capital, is making an acquisition of its own. The company, which makes it easy...
10:00 am GMT - Wed, December 18, 2013
Techcrunch Wrike Launches Enterprise Platform For Project Management And A Data Driven Business World
Wrike has launched a new version of its project management platform with an emphasis on real-time analysis and new features such as syncing calendars to work projects. The new platform, Wrike Enterpri...
07:40 am GMT - Wed, December 18, 2013
Techcrunch South America Can Now Crowdfund With Bitcoins
While the rest of us are messing around with our Paypals and Amazon Payments, some folks in Argentina have created the first crowd funding platform in America to take bitcoin. The platform, called Ide...
05:37 am GMT - Wed, December 18, 2013
Techcrunch Apple Requiring All App Submissions To Be Optimized For iOS 7 By Feb 1st
Apple is requiring developers to optimize all app submissions for iOS 7 by February 1st, 2014, according to a new posting on its developer portal. That includes new apps and updates to existing apps. ...
05:28 am GMT - Wed, December 18, 2013
Techcrunch Gift Guide: A Few Of Our Favorite Things
Friends, the moments are ticking away and it won't be long at all before your tranquil living rooms turn into wrapping paper-strewn war zones. What's that? You haven't done your shopping yet?Well, we'...
04:51 am GMT - Wed, December 18, 2013
Techcrunch Stupeflix Launches Replay, An App To Quickly Stitch Your Photos Together Into Videos
Stupeflix, a startup that offers video tools to app developers, has launched a mobile app of its own called Replay.In many cases, when a developer-focused company launches an app, it's done as a proof...
04:28 am GMT - Wed, December 18, 2013
Techcrunch Facebook Acquires SportStream To Increase Sports Chatter By Providing News Outlets With Cleaner Data
Facebook wants more users talking about sports on it instead of Twitter, so today it announced the acquisition of SportStream, a startup that analyzes social media mentions of sports and provides clea...
04:07 am GMT - Wed, December 18, 2013
Techcrunch Move Fast And Break Our Comments Section
You don't know what you've got until it's gone. We've been on Livefyre commentsfor a little under a year now and while we weren't the biggest fans of Facebook Comments* while we were using them, we've...
04:01 am GMT - Wed, December 18, 2013
Techcrunch Facebooks Silent Autoplay Video Ads Require Custom Content To Shine
Facebook could have made it easy for advertisers to port their TV commercials or online pre-rolls into its new video ad unit. Instead, it's spawned a fresh video ad format designed to minimize disrupt...
03:44 am GMT - Wed, December 18, 2013
Techcrunch Microsoft Chief: Nobody Ever Buys Windows. They Buy Windows PCs.
Earlier today ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley published another installment in what appears to be an orgy of access, this time with outgoing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Regarding its executive changes, M...
02:33 am GMT - Wed, December 18, 2013
Techcrunch YourMechanic Launches An iPhone App To Connect You With A Mechanic While On The Go
TechCrunch Disrupt winner YourMechanic just got a lot more mobile with an iPhone app that will help users to better diagnose repairs that are needed. The app will also send notifications to users as t...
01:56 am GMT - Wed, December 18, 2013
Techcrunch Google Glass Gets Wink To Shoot Picture Mode, Lock Screen, YouTube Uploading And Hangouts Chat
Google has just announced a massive update to Google Glass which adds a lock screen, Hangouts chat, direct YouTube uploading via a Glass app and a ‘wink to shoot a picture’ mode. The wink ...
01:50 am GMT - Wed, December 18, 2013
Techcrunch Amazon Kinesis Now In Public Beta For Developers To Build Real-Time Apps
Amazon Kinesis, the company's new data streaming analytics platform, is now in public beta, allowing developers to build real-time apps without having to manage the complexity of multiple clusters. Bu...
01:41 am GMT - Wed, December 18, 2013
Techcrunch How The Nokia Purchase Will Impact Microsofts Financials
Microsoft’s purchase of Nokia’s hardware business appears set to sail through, having passed shareholder and regulator approval. The 5.44 billion euro deal will see “substantially al...
01:29 am GMT - Wed, December 18, 2013
Techcrunch Dropbox Makes Mailbox More Service Agnostic With Support For Yahoo Mail And iCloud
Dropbox acquisition Mailbox has expanded from its single service roots with support for Yahoo Mail, iCloud, Me.com and Mac.com accounts. Previously, the client supported only Gmail inboxes, making its...
01:14 am GMT - Wed, December 18, 2013
Techcrunch YouTube Finally, Finally, Finally Gets A Channel On Roku 3
Mark this up as one of those things that we’ve been waiting for forever and had to happen at some point: YouTube announced today that it’s launched a channel on Roku streaming devices. Wel...
01:00 am GMT - Wed, December 18, 2013
Techcrunch Foundation: Brian Armstrong on Coinbase and Bitcoin Security
In this episode of my Foundation video series, I sit down for a chat with Coinbase founder Brian Armstrong. We chat about Bitcoin, his first Android wallet project, and the insane security he uses to ...
12:49 am GMT - Wed, December 18, 2013
Techcrunch FlyCleaners, An On-Demand Laundry Startup Rolling Out In Brooklyn, Raises $2M
FlyCleaners, a startup that picks up your laundry, cleans it, and drops it off on-demand, is announcing that it has raised about $2 million in seed funding from Selkova Ventures and undisclosed angel ...
12:36 am GMT - Wed, December 18, 2013
Techcrunch Someone Is Buying StackMob For Christmas
Mobile backend service provider StackMobis being acquired, in a deal expected to be announced soon, according to multiple TechCrunch sources. Weve heard from a few people the acquiring company is "dow...
12:36 am GMT - Wed, December 18, 2013
Techcrunch PayPal Is Buying StackMob For Christmas
[Update:PayPalis buying StackMob. Original post follows.]Mobile backend service provider StackMobis being acquired in a deal expected to be announced soon, according to multiple TechCrunch sources. We...
11:35 pm GMT - Tue, December 17, 2013
Techcrunch The Napwell Knows When You Are Sleeping, Then Coaxes You Awake
Is this the year of the sleep mask? Napwell thinks so. The Boston-based company is creating a napping mask that allows you to grab some shut-eye and wake up gently as lights inside the mask slowly rou...
11:15 pm GMT - Tue, December 17, 2013
Techcrunch The Soloshot Is A Robotic Cameraman For Your Video Selfies
Sometimes you just need a robotic cameraman at your side and when you do, the Soloshot is the gadget for the task. Just set it up, strap on a wristband, turn on your video camera and go surf, bike or ...
11:15 pm GMT - Tue, December 17, 2013
Techcrunch Microsoft Declines To Name New CEO In 2013, Promises New Leader In Early 2014
Today Microsoft published a short blog post from John Thompson, a member of its board and the chair of its search committee for its next CEO. The entry stated that from an initial pool of 100 candidat...
11:06 pm GMT - Tue, December 17, 2013
Techcrunch Unitus Raises New $3.3M Fund To Back Startups That Fight Poverty In India
Unitus Seed Fund, which invests in for-profit startups in India to help people at the bottom of the economic pyramid access basic necessities, has raised its second fund of $3.3 million. The new fund,...
11:00 pm GMT - Tue, December 17, 2013
Techcrunch With Another $6M, Maxwell Health Is On A Mission To Be The Operating System For Employee Benefits
For companies of all sizes, particularly small businesses, managing benefits can be a serious headache. With health insurance being pushed online by Obamacare and healthcare as a whole plodding its wa...
11:00 pm GMT - Tue, December 17, 2013
Techcrunch Read Snowdens Appeal For Political Asylum To Fight The NSA From Brazil
Notorious National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden wants to move to the land of sunny beaches and micro-bikinis. In an open letter in the Brazilian newspaper Floha de Sao Paulo, Snowden a...
10:49 pm GMT - Tue, December 17, 2013
Techcrunch Forget Drones: Sphero Will Deliver Your Packages With Amazon Ground
Amazon made waves with its Amazon Air drone delivery concept, and a video of a recent test flight really brought that concept to life. Now robotics startup and iPhone-enabled toy maker Sphero has a co...
10:12 pm GMT - Tue, December 17, 2013
Techcrunch Yahoo Acquires PeerCDN As It Builds Out Its Content Strategy
Content delivery network provider PeerCDN has been acquired by Yahoo, the company has informed TechCrunch, in a deal the terms of which were not disclosed. The startup revealed its project earlier thi...
10:08 pm GMT - Tue, December 17, 2013
Techcrunch Send In Your Questions For Ask A VC With GGV Capitals Glenn Solomon, Revolutions David Golden, And Manatts Peter Csathy
We have a busy week in the TechCrunch TV studio for our Ask A VC show. This week, we have a group of all-star guests, including GGV Capital's Glenn Solomon, Manatt's Peter Csathy, And Revolutions Davi...
10:03 pm GMT - Tue, December 17, 2013
Techcrunch This Is The Year Of The Makers
We are at a turning point in terms of gadget manufacturing. The heavy hitters in hardware - the Sonys, the Samsungs, the LGs - are stuck in the mire of slow innovation. We haven't heard much out of th...
10:00 pm GMT - Tue, December 17, 2013
Techcrunch Tech PR Firm VSC Debuts Wareness.io To Fund And Advise Hardware Startups
It's not that common for PR firms to invest money into startups, but VSC, a PR firm that focuses on tech and marketing strategy, is debuting a new fund today that focuses specifically on helping hardw...
10:00 pm GMT - Tue, December 17, 2013
Techcrunch Meta Unveils Meta Pro, Its $3,000 AR Glasses Now Available For Pre-Order
Augmented reality startup Meta has spent the past few years making prototypes of wearable devices featuring see-through optics and a wide variety of sensor arrays. Now it's starting production on its ...
10:00 pm GMT - Tue, December 17, 2013
Techcrunch iSpot.tv Launches Social Analytics Platform To Match TV Ads With Mentions On Twitter And Facebook
TV advertising analytics provider iSpot.tv wants to become the default platform for advertisers who want to get a better view of how their ads are doing on Twitter and Facebook. The new offering is th...
09:55 pm GMT - Tue, December 17, 2013
Techcrunch Uncoverage Hopes To Crowdfund Investigative Journalism, Because Newspapers
Israel Mirsky likes to give the following analogy about the role of journalism in a democracy: a free society can only function if it has a strong immune system. Investigative journalists serve as the...
09:45 pm GMT - Tue, December 17, 2013
Techcrunch Verified Label Found In Instagrams Mobile App, But Its Not What You Think, Says Company
Instagram's mobile application has been hiding what first appeared to be an account verification feature of some sort, and other developer settings, TechCrunch has learned. The feature puts a small te...
09:35 pm GMT - Tue, December 17, 2013
Techcrunch New Line-Up iOS App Begins UK Roll-Out To Organize Your Favorite Events
Last year Planvine emerged as part of the new wave of apps designed to figure out your entertainment for the evening. For a monthly subscription, it reserved two tickets to events based on your pre-se...
08:57 pm GMT - Tue, December 17, 2013
Techcrunch The Scramble For Africa Continues iROKOtv Closes $8M To Be The Netflix Of Africa
Only yesterday German e-commerce incubator and cloning giant Rocket Internet and MTN partnered to develop internet businesses in Africa through Africa Internet Holding (AIH), a vehicle to develop e-co...
08:43 pm GMT - Tue, December 17, 2013
Techcrunch Linkifys SDK Wants To Make Mobile Searches Less Cumbersome
Performing Web searches on a mobile devices is often a fiddly experience that involves flipping between multiple apps and tabs in a single window. (I often end up juggling my smartphone and tablet to ...
07:22 pm GMT - Tue, December 17, 2013
Techcrunch Apples New Holiday Ad Flips Your Expectations And Tugs The Old Heartstrings
Oh brooding teenage boy apparently dejected at holiday family gathering, I was you once. But unlike the character in Apple's note-perfect holiday commercial embedded above, I was just doing terrible t...
06:41 pm GMT - Tue, December 17, 2013
Techcrunch Crowdfunded Iron Man Suit Project Seeking 5K Pre-Orders For Production Run
Speaking as someone who's considered spending nearly $1,000 on a full Stormtrooper costume multiple times, I'm very interested in a new crowdfunding project designed to build and mass produce a comple...
06:25 pm GMT - Tue, December 17, 2013
Techcrunch Why Microsoft Had No Choice But To Buy Nokias Smartphone Business In One Chart
Microsoft is set to close on a deal to purchase the vast majority of Nokia’s handset business in the first quarter of 2014. The deal will see the software giant become a smartphone OEM overnight...
06:02 pm GMT - Tue, December 17, 2013
Techcrunch Googles Top 2013 Search Terms In Asia Hint At Online Trends That Might Go Global
2013 might be remembered as the year Asian companies started making an undeniable impact on consumer Internet habits around the world. For example, just back in January, M.G. Siegler warned TechCrunch...
05:30 pm GMT - Tue, December 17, 2013
Techcrunch Sailthru Raises $20M Round To Personalize Email Marketing And More
Marketing personalization startup Sailthru is announcing that it has raised $20 million in Series C funding.Less than a year has passed since the company raised its $19 million Series B, and founder a...
05:10 pm GMT - Tue, December 17, 2013
Techcrunch Facebook Confirms Autoplaying Video Trial For Ads In Newsfeed
Facebook is indeed rolling out autoplaying videos for ad units in your newsfeed on both mobile and desktop, something the Wall Street Journal pegged for arrival just a little while before it was made ...
05:08 pm GMT - Tue, December 17, 2013
Techcrunch CloudFlare Reveals $50M Round From Union Square Ventures
In what is quite possibly a move to bolster valuation ahead of raising a new round,CloudFlare has revealed that it raised a $50 million Series C in December of 2012, according to CEO and co-founder Ma...
12:03 pm GMT - Tue, December 17, 2013
Techcrunch Apple Highlights Language Learning, Visual Design With Its 2013 Top App Store Picks
Apple just released its annual "Best Of" list for the iTunes and App Stores, and apps that focused on language learning or had unusual visual designs were among its top picks. The iPhone and iPad Game...
10:39 am GMT - Tue, December 17, 2013
Techcrunch All I Want For Christmas: A Beta App Store
Notice: You must submit your basically untested app now or your holidays will surely be ruined. If you don’t, you’ll miss out on all those downloads that your app probably isn’t read...
10:30 am GMT - Tue, December 17, 2013
Techcrunch WyzAnt Lands $21.5M From Accel To Take Its Tutoring Marketplace Global And Mobile
Building an online marketplace for local services is a tricky proposition, especially at scale. It takes time to recruit a stable of service providers, to offer deep coverage within local markets and ...
05:42 am GMT - Tue, December 17, 2013
Techcrunch Amazon Reportedly Buys Mobile Payments Startup Gopago, Working On An Ambitious New Project
Looks like Amazon may have quietly made another acquisition, and another move to expand its role in the world of mobile: Italian newspapers are reporting that the e-commerce giant has acquired Gopago,...
05:39 am GMT - Tue, December 17, 2013
Techcrunch Premature Celebration: Todays Anti-Spy Ruling Is Merely Symbolic For Now
The news industry exploded today with headlines trumpeting a federal judge’s declaration that the National Security Agency’s phone data collection program was “unconstitutional”...
04:23 am GMT - Tue, December 17, 2013
Techcrunch 500px Plans Aggressive Consumer Market Expansion In 2014, We Take A Look At Their New Space
Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, 500px's new offices are expansive, impressive and just as laden with exposed brick and beams as anything you'll see south of Market in San Francisco. When we ...
04:23 am GMT - Tue, December 17, 2013
Techcrunch Ephemeral Messaging App Frankly Updated To Give Users More Control Over Their Text
Spurred on by the intense popularity of Snapchat, it seems like everyone's making an app with self-destructing messages these days. Or if you're not making a standalone messaging app, you're adding me...
04:09 am GMT - Tue, December 17, 2013
Techcrunch Trustev Adds $500K From Notion Capital To Capitalise On The Ecommerce Boom
Ecommerce fraud prevention startup Trustev is on something of a roll. Having recently closed a $3 million seed round from investors including Greycroft Partners, Mangrove Capital Partners, ACT Venture...
03:14 am GMT - Tue, December 17, 2013
Techcrunch Pebble Seeds Engineering Schools With 4K Free Smartwatches In A Bid To Drive Developer Interest
Pebble today revealed a new project aimed at education in which it will donate over 4,000 smartwatches to higher ed schools including Carnegie Mellon, MIT, Stanford, Virginia Tech and many more. The d...
02:45 am GMT - Tue, December 17, 2013
Techcrunch Federal Judge Rules NSAs Phone Metadata Program Likely Unconstitutional
A district court judge has declared the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of telephone metadata likely unconstitutional. While civil liberties groups are hailing the ruling as a victory...
02:44 am GMT - Tue, December 17, 2013
Techcrunch Make A Little You With Shapify.me
Arctec, makers of high-end 3D scanners for industrial clients, have added a little whimsy to your day with Shapify.me, a service that can scan and print your body in full color, allowing you to make a...
01:03 am GMT - Tue, December 17, 2013
Techcrunch Facebook Launches Donate Button For Non-Profits That Also Collects Billing Info For Itself
Facebook unveiled a "Donate Now" button today to make it much easier for non-profits to take contributions. A nice side effect? The button will collect credit card numbers and other billing info for F...
12:43 am GMT - Tue, December 17, 2013
Techcrunch Hub Launches To Become The All-In-One Calendar And To-Do App For Your Family
Organization within families -- or even within teams -- has never been easy. Different people use different calendars and tools for to-do lists, which means that it's tough to stay on the same page. W...
12:01 am GMT - Tue, December 17, 2013
Techcrunch Khosla Ventures Replaces Yuri Milner In Y Combinators YC VC Program
Khosla Ventures is joining Y Combinator's YC VC program, which provides $80,000 to each startup that goes through the seed stage accelerator. According to a Y Combinator blog post, the firm will be ta...
11:46 pm GMT - Mon, December 16, 2013
Techcrunch Salon Booking Platform StyleSeat Goes Mobile, Ahead Of Upcoming Series A
Salon-booking service StyleSeat has finally made its way to mobile, after seeing its smartphone usage increase from 15% during the company's first year (2011) to now 78% of total usage today. Says com...
11:08 pm GMT - Mon, December 16, 2013
Techcrunch Microsofts Satya Nadella On Outgoing CEO Ballmers Legacy, Management Style, And Vision
ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley today published an interview with Microsoft’s Satya Nadella, one of its key executives and a candidate to be its next CEO. The discussion as written focuses on the le...
10:56 pm GMT - Mon, December 16, 2013
Techcrunch My Long Road To Self-Publishing
After blindly supporting it for a number of years, I've decided to crowdfund my own project, a novel that I wrote for my son, and then write about the experience for you guys. Today I'd like to talk a...
10:51 pm GMT - Mon, December 16, 2013
Techcrunch Comcast Will Spend Millions Promoting Khan Academy To Encourage Low-Income Broadband Adoption
Comcast has committed to pumping millions of dollars into a joint program with Khan Academy that will promote its free, online education alongside Comcast's cheap broadband access tier Internet Essent...
10:51 pm GMT - Mon, December 16, 2013
Techcrunch Comcast Will Spend Millions Developing And Promoting Khan Academy To Encourage Low-Income Broadband Adoption
Comcast has committed to pumping millions of dollars into a joint program with Khan Academy that will promote its free, online education alongside Comcast's cheap broadband access tier Internet Essent...
10:32 pm GMT - Mon, December 16, 2013
Techcrunch Windows Phone 8.1 Brings Popular Android And iOS Features To The Emerging Third Mobile Platform
For all its polish, Windows Phone still lags the competition in certain features that seem obvious to include. Windows Phone 8.1, set for a public reveal at Microsoft's Build conference in April, brin...
09:58 pm GMT - Mon, December 16, 2013
Techcrunch Moments Lets You Quickly Build A Photo Book On Your iPad, Pick It Up At Walgreens When Complete
Looking for a last-minute holiday gift you can create on your iPad and pick up same day? Moments.me (not to be confused with photo-sharing app Moment.me), is a newly launched photo book maker which le...
09:54 pm GMT - Mon, December 16, 2013
Techcrunch MyOptique Raises Another 8M To Grow Internationally And Acquire Others
A million years ago (ok, 2005) Glasses Direct was founded in the UK. It wasn't quite Warby Parker, but it did help pioneer the whole wave if online optometrist startups. Now the business behind Glasse...
08:30 pm GMT - Mon, December 16, 2013
Techcrunch Google Ventures: $1.2B Under Management, 75 New Investments And 9 Exits In 2013
Google Ventures is releasing its year-end data for 2013, showing that the firm made 75 new investments and saw 9 exits for the year. In total, GV has backed 225 companies since its founding four years...
08:23 pm GMT - Mon, December 16, 2013
Techcrunch With $5.3M In Funding, Entitle Launches E-Book Service Emphasizing Ownership And Big Titles
In the past few months, we've seen the launch of several e-book subscription services using a Netflix-style pricing model, where users pay a monthly fee and get access to any title in the catalog. A n...
08:14 pm GMT - Mon, December 16, 2013
Techcrunch Deck, A Cloud-Based Presentation App From India, Raises $600K From Qualcomm, Hotmail Co-Founder
Deck, a mobile-first app that lets users create presentations on the go, has raised a $600,000 seed round from Qualcomm Ventures and angel investors led by Sabeer Bhatia, the Hotmail co-founder. The B...
07:00 pm GMT - Mon, December 16, 2013
Techcrunch Rebtel Launches Sendly, A Money Transfer App For Topping Up Pre-Paid Phones
VoIP provider Rebtel has been steadily growing ever since launch in 2006, with over 20 million users and an increasingly popular VoIP SDK. But today the company is dipping their toes in a new pool, la...
05:59 pm GMT - Mon, December 16, 2013
Techcrunch Yahoo Makes Its iOS Weather App iPad-Friendly, To The Everlasting Joy Of Those Who Miss A Native One
Yahoo's new direction under Marissa Mayer is still coming together, but one thing they've unquestionably done right is the weather app for iPhone they debuted earlier this year. The iPad version has j...
05:00 pm GMT - Mon, December 16, 2013
Techcrunch Crowdtilt Raises Another $23 Million From Andreessen Horowitz & Others For International Expansion, Enterprise Tools
Crowdfunding platform Crowdtilt wasn't looking to raise another round, but when their Series A lead investorAndreessenHorowitz offered to lead their B round, the team decided it would make sense given...
04:23 pm GMT - Mon, December 16, 2013
Techcrunch Endemol Bets On Real-Money Gaming, Leads $13 Million Round In Social Casino Startup Plumbee
Endemol, the Netherlands-based TV production house known for game shows like Fear Factor and Deal Or No Deal, is now making a bet on online gambling. The company today announced that it has made a str...
04:23 pm GMT - Mon, December 16, 2013
Techcrunch Endemol Bets On Gaming, Leads $14 Million Round In Social Casino Startup Plumbee
Endemol, the Netherlands-based TV production house known for game shows like Fear Factor and Deal Or No Deal, is now making a bet on online gambling. The company today announced that it has made a str...
03:55 pm GMT - Mon, December 16, 2013
Techcrunch Tesla Launches Chinese Site As It Prepares To Sell Its Electric Cars In China
Tesla Motors has launched its Chinese site, Tousule.cn, as it prepares to sell its electric cars, the Model S and Model X, in China (h/t TechNode). The site is currently taking pre-orders with with a ...
03:30 pm GMT - Mon, December 16, 2013
Techcrunch AOL Will Close Patch After Its Long Struggle For Profitability
TechCrunch has learned that AOL is closing down Patch, even though CEO Tim Armstrong said just last week that the company was looking at ways to save the hyper-local news service. We've contacted AOL ...
03:30 pm GMT - Mon, December 16, 2013
Techcrunch AOL Closes Down Its Hyperlocal Effort Patch After A Long, Losing Struggle For Profitability
AOL is closing down Patch, even though CEO Tim Armstrong said just last week that the company was looking at ways to save the hyper-local news service. We've contacted AOL and Patch for more informati...
03:30 pm GMT - Mon, December 16, 2013
Techcrunch Update: AOL Says Its Hyperlocal New Network Patch Is Not Closing
AOL is closing down Patch, even though CEO Tim Armstrong said just last week that the company was looking at ways to save the hyper-local news service. We've contacted AOL and Patch for more informati...
03:30 pm GMT - Mon, December 16, 2013
Techcrunch Update: AOL Says Its Hyperlocal News Network Patch Is Not Closing
Update: AOL says implications that Patch is closing down are inaccurate. A New York Times article stated that AOL is reportedly planning to dismantle Patch or sell it off to various partners, even tho...
10:00 am GMT - Mon, December 16, 2013
Techcrunch Impala: Another Google Inspired Platform Enters The Mainstream Data World
Amazon Web Services has added support for Impala, the Google inspired query tool developed by big datastartupCloudera. Itprovides real-time, parallel processing for large amounts of data.With Impala, ...
06:17 am GMT - Mon, December 16, 2013
Techcrunch How Smules Jeff Smith Got A Ph.D. While Running A Startup
You hear about graduate students who drop out to found startups, but I guess that would be too easy for Jeff Smith. He co-founded and serves as CEO at Smule, the startup behind social music apps like ...
05:15 am GMT - Mon, December 16, 2013
Techcrunch Zulis Smartplugs Turn Your Phone Into The Proximity-Based Switch For The Connected Home
A recent Kickstarter project called the Zuli Smartplug makes each of your power outlets intelligent thanks to Bluetooth low-energy, along with remote control from a smartphone, proximity triggering an...
05:01 am GMT - Mon, December 16, 2013
Techcrunch Metail, The UK Virtual Fitting Room Startup, Raises Further 2.6M As It Stretches Londons Tech City
Metail, the UK-based virtual fitting room startup, has raised 2.6 million in "growth funding", as it gets ready to move into a new 6,000 square foot converted warehouse on the periphery of "Tech City"...
03:00 am GMT - Mon, December 16, 2013
Techcrunch Too Different, Not Different Enough: Why Instagram Direct May Fail
My friends aren't using Instagram Direct, at least not yet. I've received just two IGD messages since it launched Thursday. In the meantime, over 20 close friends I regularly message with elsewhere ha...
01:00 am GMT - Mon, December 16, 2013
Techcrunch Aereo Founder Explains Delayed Expansion Plans
Streaming TV startup Aereo has had a big week. The company agreed to take an arduous legal battle with major network broadcasters to the Supreme Court.To discuss the move and the growth of the company...
11:01 pm GMT - Sun, December 15, 2013
Techcrunch The Shifting Ways In Which Well Interact With Mobile Apps
Tis the season to reorganize the apps on my iPhone. With iOS 7 and the shift from spotlight search to swipe-down-to-search for apps, Ive noticed my app behavior has changed a bit, as its become easier...
07:00 am GMT - Sun, December 15, 2013
Techcrunch CrunchBase Reveals: The Average Successful Startup Raises $41M, Exits at $242.9M
The CrunchBase dataset has now captured more venture exits than ever, so we decided to take a closer look at what successful startups can tell us about venture investing and the startup landscape....
05:11 am GMT - Sun, December 15, 2013
Techcrunch Why Does Google Need So Many Robots? To Jump From The Web To The Read World
Why does Google need robots? Because it already rules your pocket. The mobile market, except for the slow rise of wearables, is saturated. There are millions of handsets around the world, each one con...
05:11 am GMT - Sun, December 15, 2013
Techcrunch Why Does Google Need So Many Robots? To Jump From The Web To The Real World
Why does Google need robots? Because it already rules your pocket. The mobile market, except for the slow rise of wearables, is saturated. There are millions of handsets around the world, each one con...
04:46 am GMT - Sun, December 15, 2013
Techcrunch iOS Rules The Corporate Mobile Market As Android And Windows Scrap For Second Place
According to a report by Intermedia, Apple continues to dominate the mobile device market among small and medium-sized businesses. During the first 10 months of 2013, Intermedia customers activated 19...
04:00 am GMT - Sun, December 15, 2013
Techcrunch CrunchWeek: Instagram Debuts Messaging, Twitters Blocking Debacle, Snapchat Banks $50M
The weather outside is frightful, but CrunchWeek is so delightful. So since we've no place to go, why don't you watch the show... that brings three TechCrunch writers together to dish the dirt on the ...
02:24 am GMT - Sun, December 15, 2013
Techcrunch The Government Really Isnt Sure What Snowden Took
Out this morning is in the New York Times is a stark tale: The United States intelligence apparatus has little idea what Edward Snowden took, despite spending a half year trying to find out. As the fu...
02:00 am GMT - Sun, December 15, 2013
Techcrunch Code Literacy Doesnt Need To Come At The Expense Of Other Skills
This week President Barack Obama rekindled a couple of the Internet’s favorite debates: whether it’s appropriate to take selfies at funerals, and whether everyone should learn to code. As ...
12:00 am GMT - Sun, December 15, 2013
Techcrunch As Software Eats The World, Non-Tech Corporations Are Eating Startups
  Over the past year or two, non-tech corporations have begun to actually open their wallets to arm themselves with talent and technology that can help them enter the digital and data-focused wor...
11:32 pm GMT - Sat, December 14, 2013
Techcrunch Twitter Tests New Nearby Feature To Surface Local Tweets From Those Around You
According to the Wall Street Journal, Twitter is testing a new service called Nearby, which will display geographically local tweets to users, whether they are following the progenitor of the update o...
11:00 pm GMT - Sat, December 14, 2013
Techcrunch Gillmor Gang: Brain Chemistry
The Gillmor Gang John Taschek, Keith Teare, Dan Farber, and Steve Gillmor take the edge off of a slow week with a relaxed conversation about Instagram and Twitter direct messages, online anonymity, ...
10:38 pm GMT - Sat, December 14, 2013
Techcrunch Google Buys Boston Dynamics, Creator Of Big Dog
Google announced that they've acquired Boston Dynamics, creators of quad- and bi-pedal robots like Big Dog and PETMAN. This is Google's eighth robotics acquisition....
10:36 pm GMT - Sat, December 14, 2013
Techcrunch Uber Quietly Spins Up New System Helping Riders Look For Lost Items
The car service Uber has quietly rolled out a new version of Uber Lost, the system that helps riders locate items theyve left in drivers cars....
07:00 pm GMT - Sat, December 14, 2013
Techcrunch Amazon Drones: As Ye Sow, So Shall Ye Reap
As a drone hipster — I wrote an entire novel about a drone apocalypse a full five years ago — I watched the techosphere’s reactions to Amazon’s announcement that it was experim...
11:00 am GMT - Sat, December 14, 2013
Techcrunch Rep. Bob Goodlattes 43-Day Assault On The Patent Troll
NPEs (the bad ones) are undeniably a problem. By one estimate, companies that have been targeted by NPEs spend $29 billion a year in direct costs, with $83 billion a year in lost wealth, an amount tha...
09:25 am GMT - Sat, December 14, 2013
Techcrunch Birdi Will Warn You When Youre Breathing Nasty Air
Although the Chinese government believes that smog "unifies people, makes China more equal, and makes people funnier," we all know it also can kill you. That's why Birdi is so interesting. It's a dedi...
07:14 am GMT - Sat, December 14, 2013
Techcrunch Yahoo CEO Mayer Apologizes For Mail Outage That She Says Affected 1% Of Users
After a week of Yahoo Mail outages that began four days ago, CEO Marissa Mayer has posted an apology to the company Tumblr. In it, she gives some details about the issue, which was apparently related ...
05:20 am GMT - Sat, December 14, 2013
Techcrunch Ask A VC: DFJs Josh Stein On What He Looks For In Early-Stage Investing
In this week's episode of Ask A VC, DFJ Managing Director Josh Stein joined us in the studio to talk about his investing strategy, and much more....
04:40 am GMT - Sat, December 14, 2013
Techcrunch As The Microsoft CEO Race Tightens, The Companys Satya Nadella Sits In The Spotlight
Ford's Alan Mulally was going to save Microsoft from obsolescence through his storied leadership and management skills. Until he wasn't. For a hot minute Qualcomm COO Steve Mollenkopfwas on the list. ...
04:00 am GMT - Sat, December 14, 2013
Techcrunch Today In Dystopian War Robots That Will Harvest Us For Our Organs
You're in luck today, true believers! We have four exciting robots that will eventually enslave and/or eat us, each one more beautiful than the last, thereby allowing us to be lulled into a false sens...
02:15 am GMT - Sat, December 14, 2013
Techcrunch Widespread Apple App Store Search Rankings Change Sees iOS Apps Moved Over 40 Spots, On Average
Apple has again tweaked its iOS App Store algorithms, and the changes have brought about widespread search ranking changes across both iPhone and iPad devices. That's search rankings, to be clear - me...
02:10 am GMT - Sat, December 14, 2013
Techcrunch Gillmor Gang Live 12.13.13 (TCTV)
Gillmor Gang - John Taschek, Dan Farber, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. Live recording session today at 1pm Pacific....
01:53 am GMT - Sat, December 14, 2013
Techcrunch Founder Stories: Meet The Young Makers And Educators Behind The Menlo App Academy
This is a very special edition of "Founder Stories."First, this installment features the youngest entrepreneurs to be on our show, Max Colbert & Matthew Dillabough, who founded The Menlo App Acade...
01:34 am GMT - Sat, December 14, 2013
Techcrunch How Oculus Plans To Be Riding High When The Virtual Reality Wave Breaks
A company that was conceived less than a year ago today announced its Series B round of funding late last night, with a massive raise of $75 million to add to its existing $16 million Series A and $2....
01:14 am GMT - Sat, December 14, 2013
Techcrunch Want To Win A Crunchie? Nominations Close Sunday
Every year the Crunchies, our annual awards show, defines what it means to be a start-up. We bring the scrappiest, hard-workingest, and most amazing star-ups on stage and celebrate them at one of the ...
01:00 am GMT - Sat, December 14, 2013
Techcrunch This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Oculus VR, Smartphone Subsidies, And Home Automation
With the gaming world reinvigorated by the introduction of two new consoles, Occulus has announced $75 million in funding to bring virtual reality headsets to the masses. Meanwhile, AT&T’s C...
12:35 am GMT - Sat, December 14, 2013
Techcrunch Facebooks New Offline Sales Measurement Trick Could Make Ad Clicks Obsolete
Facebook is launching a new way for brick-and-mortar business owners to measure if their Facebook ads drove in-store sales, even if customers never clicked. Businesses can buy ads, then send Facebook ...
12:21 am GMT - Sat, December 14, 2013
Techcrunch Social Media Analytics Company Viralheat Names Jeff Revoy As Its New CEO
Viralheat is announcing that it has a new CEO: Jeff Revoy, whose recent roles include serving as former Chief Marketing and Product Officer at email marketing company iContact.A company spokesperson s...
11:40 pm GMT - Fri, December 13, 2013
Techcrunch Rumors Of Stuff Happening: Obamas NSA Task Force May Recommend Meaningful Changes
President Obama’s surveillance task force will reportedly recommend that a civilian should direct the National Security Agency and that it should reform its mass data collection practices. An ov...
11:40 pm GMT - Fri, December 13, 2013
Techcrunch Obamas NSA Task Force May Recommend Meaningful Changes
President Obama’s surveillance task force will reportedly recommend that a civilian should direct the National Security Agency and that it should reform its mass data collection practices. An ov...
10:16 pm GMT - Fri, December 13, 2013
Techcrunch Last Minute Holiday Shopping? SixDoors Raises $600K To Courier Gifts, Well, To Your Door
Same-day mobile shopping app SixDoors has been iterating on its idea of local product delivery since August, but only with the latest version released just weeks ago has the app really found its footi...
09:36 pm GMT - Fri, December 13, 2013
Techcrunch New Cut the Rope 2 Game Drops On 19 December, Check Out The Video Preview
We've seen the global success of games like Angry Birds from Rovio, but while the latter has $42m in funding, ZeptoLab, who is sitting on 400 million downloads of its Cut the Rope game since its 2010 ...
09:36 pm GMT - Fri, December 13, 2013
Techcrunch New Cut the Rope 2 Game Drops On December 19, Check Out The Video Preview
We've seen the global success of games like Angry Birds from Rovio, but while the latter has $42m in funding, ZeptoLab, who is sitting on 400 million downloads of its Cut the Rope game since its 2010 ...
08:48 pm GMT - Fri, December 13, 2013
Techcrunch Leaked Facebook Video Ad Pitch Deck Reveals Plans To Steal TV And YouTube Dollars
"Avoid saying anything negative about YouTube leave the impression of the user experience up to them" Facebook tells its adtech partners in a leaked, confidential deck that teaches them to sell Faceb...
08:06 pm GMT - Fri, December 13, 2013
Techcrunch Appsfire Exits The App Discovery Business To Focus On Mobile Advertising, Native Ads
It's tough to compete with the Apple App Store. Appsfire, which has been in the app discovery business since its founding in 2009, is pulling all its consumer-facing app discovery apps in a week in or...
07:51 pm GMT - Fri, December 13, 2013
Techcrunch Nextdoor Competitor Meetey Launches Its Local Social Network Internationally
Back in October Nextdoor, the startups that lets people create private social networks with others who live in their local neighborhoods, raised a new $60 million funding round boosting it's cash pot...
07:32 pm GMT - Fri, December 13, 2013
Techcrunch The Future Of The iPhone, If Unbound By The Requirements Of Reality
Apple has taught us to dream. When the company launched game-changing products like the iPod, iPhone and iPad, Apple made us feel like the future we picture in our minds will one day be a reality. And...
07:20 pm GMT - Fri, December 13, 2013
Techcrunch Google Turns On Desktop-Based Web Streaming Of Google Play Content For Chromecast
Google Chromecast owners can now stream Google Play music and movie content direct from the web, as well as from smartphones and tablets, thanks to the Google Cast extension for the Chrome desktop bro...
06:17 pm GMT - Fri, December 13, 2013
Techcrunch Qualcomm Will Elevate COO Steve Mollenkopf To CEO Role In March, So Hands Off, Microsoft
Qualcomm will replace current CEO Paul Jacobs with current COO Steve Mollenkopf starting on March 4, immediately following the company's annual shareholder meeting. This announcement comes only seven ...
04:36 pm GMT - Fri, December 13, 2013
Techcrunch Berlin Startups Continue Consolidation, As Moped Crashes Into 6Wunderkinder
Back in the Summer we saw the first signs of Berlin's startup hot-house begin to consolidate. Amen has been the most high profile company to throw in the towel and merge with a fellow Berlin startup, ...
02:03 pm GMT - Fri, December 13, 2013
Techcrunch Russias Oktogo Rebrands As Travel.ru, Raises Another $5M To Transform Into A One-Stop Travel Portal
In September, Oktogo, one of the larger hotel-booking sites in Russia, acquired Travel.ru, Russia's equivalent of Rough Guides, for around $2 million, and today, Oktogo is rebranding under that name t...
12:29 pm GMT - Fri, December 13, 2013
Techcrunch Oculus VR Raises $75 Million To Help Bring Virtual Reality Goggles To The Masses
The road to immersive virtual reality has been a long and strange one -- it was fodder for wide-eyed futurists and engineers for years before it became painfully clear that the sorts of experiences we...
11:14 am GMT - Fri, December 13, 2013
Techcrunch Nimble Storage IPO Expected To Raise $184M In NYSE Debut With Price Range Of $18 To $20 Per Share
Nimble Storage will make its debut tomorrow on the New York Stock Exchange at an opening price in the $18 to $20 range. The hybrid storage provider will offer 8 million shares and raise an expected $1...
11:14 am GMT - Fri, December 13, 2013
Techcrunch Nimble Storage Expected To Raise $168M On NYSE After Setting Stock Price At $21 Per Share
Nimble Storage will make its debut tomorrow on the New York Stock Exchange at an opening price of $21 per share. The hybrid storage provider will offer 8 million shares and raise an expected $168 mill...
08:57 am GMT - Fri, December 13, 2013
Techcrunch Workout App Fitstar Gets An Overhaul As It Shows Promising Paid Sign-Up Metrics
The app may be killing the workout video star. Fitstar, a Google Ventures-backed company that’s trying to make personalized fitness a reality on tablets, just released an overhauled tablet app a...
07:05 am GMT - Fri, December 13, 2013
Techcrunch Now With 25M Monthly Users, Social Photo Startup We Heart It Partners With Teen Vogue & Others
Lots of companies spend large amounts of money and time trying to attract the lucrative but elusive young demographic. So when something organically emerges as a trend-setting app for young people, it...
06:46 am GMT - Fri, December 13, 2013
Techcrunch TechCrunch TVs Goodbye To The Blue Background
It’s no secret that many viewers were getting tired of the blue bubble background in TechCrunch TV videos (it had a good run, but after nearly three years, we were too.) So over the Thanksgiving...
06:34 am GMT - Fri, December 13, 2013
Techcrunch Guitar Hero Creators Tackle Fitness Equipment Next With Goji Play
Treadmills. They’re just so monotonous, no? It’s a challenge to keep your mind off exhaustion or muscle fatigue, so many gym users turn to TV shows or books to distract themselves. But eve...
05:30 am GMT - Fri, December 13, 2013
Techcrunch Dell Ventures Launches $300M Fund And Inks Deal With Dropbox, Showing Deeper Focus On Storage
Dell Ventures has announced a $300 million"Strategic Innovation" venture fund to invest in startups that have a focus on areas such as storage, next-generation data center technology and mobile. The d...
05:26 am GMT - Fri, December 13, 2013
Techcrunch Microsoft Is Bringing Its BUILD Developer Event Back To San Francisco In April Of 2014
Microsoft today announced – and then removed – the date and location of its next BUILD developer conference, which will again take place in San Francisco, on April 2nd, 2014. Tickets will ...
04:44 am GMT - Fri, December 13, 2013
Techcrunch Twitter Says New Blocking Policy Which Allows Following, Tweet Interaction Is To Prevent Retaliation
Twitter has introduced a new blocking policy that is materially different from the one that they’ve had in the past. Blocked users can now see your tweets while logged in and continue to follow ...
04:44 am GMT - Fri, December 13, 2013
Techcrunch Twitter Reverts Changes To Blocking Functionality After Strong Negative User Feedback
Update: Twitter has reverted most of the changes to blocking functionality that it made earlier today. Here is its statement: Earlier today, we made a change to the way the “block” functio...
04:32 am GMT - Fri, December 13, 2013
Techcrunch Bots Now Reportedly Account For 61.5% Of Website Visitors
In 2012, just over half of all Internet traffic came from bots and, according to the latest data from security CDN service Incapsula, this year the number has increased to 61.5 percent. At first glanc...
04:17 am GMT - Fri, December 13, 2013
Techcrunch Google Says That Despite Changes, Marketers Can Still Track Open Rates In Gmail
A recent change to the way that Gmail displays images will have an effect on marketers, but it won’t be as dramatic as others have suggested, according to a Google spokesperson. The company anno...
03:38 am GMT - Fri, December 13, 2013
Techcrunch Whiskey As A Service In San Francisco: Instacart v. Lasso
Procrastinating party throwers in San Francisco have options to toss together a soire in short order. Let me restate that: You can have whiskey delivered all but into your glass without the need to pu...
01:53 am GMT - Fri, December 13, 2013
Techcrunch YouTube Opens Up Livestreaming And Google+ Hangouts on Air To All Verified Accounts
Bring on the school holiday pageants, local baseball games and armchair poetry slams... YouTube today announced that it is expanding its live video services to the masses. Everyone who has a verified ...
01:53 am GMT - Fri, December 13, 2013
Techcrunch YouTube Opens Up Live Streaming And Google+ Hangouts On Air To All Verified Accounts
Bring on the school holiday pageants, local baseball games and armchair poetry slams... YouTube today announced that it is expanding its live video services to the masses. Everyone who has a verified ...
01:39 am GMT - Fri, December 13, 2013
Techcrunch CrunchBase Reaches Agreement With PeoplePlus, Announces New Terms Of Service
Following a legal dispute with Pro Populi, the company behind startup database People+, CrunchBase is announcing new terms of service. CrunchBase data will now be available through a Creative Commons ...
01:29 am GMT - Fri, December 13, 2013
Techcrunch Aereo Says Bring It On As Broadcasters Push Case Into The Supreme Court
Aereo, a TV streaming service backed by Barry Diller, is in the middle of a fierce legal battle. The company uses remote, miniature antennas to pull free OTA signals from broadcast networks like Fox, ...
01:23 am GMT - Fri, December 13, 2013
Techcrunch Why Im Crowdfunding My Book
I like to write. A lot. I write a lot for TC, and then when I'm done here, I like to write non-fiction, and most recently, fiction. I just finished a novel - and "finished" is a very loaded term when ...
01:13 am GMT - Fri, December 13, 2013
Techcrunch Twitters Expanded Photo Timeline Comes To The Mac App Along With Refreshed Design
Twitter’s Mac app, once thought dead and gone, got an update today to bring it in line with the web and mobile apps in a few ways. The new expanded photo timeline makes an appearance, as does a ...
01:03 am GMT - Fri, December 13, 2013
Techcrunch Google-Backed Email Privacy Petition Gets 100K Signatures, But Will It Work?
Google put its significant digital soapbox behind an official White House petition on privacy, reaching the difficult 100,000 signature threshold today. Google, along with a host of civil liberty grou...
01:01 am GMT - Fri, December 13, 2013
Techcrunch Ad Tech Startup TellApart Hits $100 Million Revenue Run Rate
TellApart may not be a household name, but if you spend time shopping (or window shopping) online, you have probably come across its technology. The Burlingame, California-based startup helps online r...
12:10 am GMT - Fri, December 13, 2013
Techcrunch Contextual Lockscreen Cover Hits Google Play Boasting Less Battery Drain And 100 More Upgrades
Cover is bringing its situation-aware lockscreen to more Android users today after its beta test launch six weeks ago. It's now available in the Google Play store to Android 4.1+ users in the US, Cana...
11:51 pm GMT - Thu, December 12, 2013
Techcrunch Lifesum Is Taking Its Playbook Straight From Spotify And A Few Of Its Executives
Swedish health and fitness app ShapeUp Club has been quietly building its user base over the last couple of years. Indeed, it's almost as if it has been taking its playbook from that other noted Swedi...
11:06 pm GMT - Thu, December 12, 2013
Techcrunch No More Private Foursquare Check-ins? No Problem. Pins For iPhone Lets You Save & Share Your Favorite Places
Foursquare did away with private check-ins this week, finally ending support for what had been, for a long time, one of the service's most-neglected features: the ability to privately track places you...
10:48 pm GMT - Thu, December 12, 2013
Techcrunch Yahoos Bad Week Continues: Flickr Crashed Today, Too
Wow, Yahoo just can’t catch a break. Yahoo’s photo-sharing service Flickr went down this morning, in a brief outage that appears to have started around 11 AM ET, lasting for over an hour. ...
10:40 pm GMT - Thu, December 12, 2013
Techcrunch Drink Discovery App Elixr Scores Investment From David Karp, Gets Fresh Redesign And Android App
The social drink finding and collection app Elixr gets a fresh redesign for iOS 7 today, launches and Android version and adds a bunch of features to an already very fun app. The app and service also ...
10:01 pm GMT - Thu, December 12, 2013
Techcrunch Kik Hits 100M Users, Adding New Ones At A Rate Of 200K Per Day
The messaging wars are in full swing, and Waterloo-based Kik is still seeing tremendous positive growth despite trailing its rival WhatsApp in terms of total userbase size. The company revealed today ...
10:00 pm GMT - Thu, December 12, 2013
Techcrunch Highlight Raises $4 Million From DFJ, Releases Version 2.0 Of Its Location-Based Social Networking App
Location-based social startup Highlight has just released a new version of its app, aimed at being smarter about the connections it shows, while also giving users more context about what those connect...
10:00 pm GMT - Thu, December 12, 2013
Techcrunch IFTTT Launches iOS Location Channel With Integrations For Foursquare, Twitter, Instagram And Facebook
Today, IFTTT announces the addition of an iOS Location channel to its ‘Internet glue’ service. The channel will allow users to specify an ‘area’ that will allow them to trigger...
09:59 pm GMT - Thu, December 12, 2013
Techcrunch LinkedIn Refreshes Its Inbox With Message Previews And A Simpler Interface To Keep Users Around Longer
LinkedIn, the social network for the professional world, has been going through a overhaul of every aspect of its platform. Today,it's the turn of the inbox, which is refreshing its inbox with better ...
09:29 pm GMT - Thu, December 12, 2013
Techcrunch Instagram Is The Apple Of Apps, Fast Following With Finesse
Instagram didn't invent photo sharing, video sharing, or the photo messaging it launched today. With 150 million users, it doesn't have to be first. It just wants to be the best, making new experience...
09:29 pm GMT - Thu, December 12, 2013
Techcrunch Hands On With The KnCMiner Jupiter, The Massive BTC Mining Rig That Can Move Markets
It's not every day you get to see a machine designed to mint money. KnCMiner is a Stockholm-based hardware company that has single-handedly changed the face of Bitcoin mining. Their products sell out ...
09:19 pm GMT - Thu, December 12, 2013
Techcrunch Kevin Systrom Says He Vets All Instagram Ads, Too Early To Put Them On Instagram Direct
During this morning's press event unveiling Instagram Direct for private photo-sharing, co-founder Kevin Systrom offered some thoughts about monetizing (or not monetizing) Instagram and its new featur...
09:19 pm GMT - Thu, December 12, 2013
Techcrunch Twitters MoPub Fires Up An In-Stream Native Ad Product, Launches On Tango
Twitter’s recent acquisition MoPub has fired up a native advertising business that will launch with in-stream ads on the Tango messaging platform and with other partners.The product is obviously...
09:10 pm GMT - Thu, December 12, 2013
Techcrunch On Its 10th Anniversary, LeWeb Names IntelClinic The Winner Of Its Startup Competition
Well, it’s been ten years for LeWeb, one of the key events in the European tech startup calendar. And as usual they had a startup competition. Out of 16 selected semi-finalists in Paris, just th...
08:50 pm GMT - Thu, December 12, 2013
Techcrunch Space-Saving iCloud Alternative Loom Now Supports Video, Too
Loom, a simple but well-built photo-sharing app targeting the mainstream, has been focused on building something of an iCloud alternative which also helps users to free up disk space on their smartpho...
08:15 pm GMT - Thu, December 12, 2013
Techcrunch Instagram Introduces Instagram Direct
Today at a press event in New York, Instagram founder Kevin Systrom has announced that the photo-sharing service is introducing private photo-sharing and messaging. The feature is called Instagram Dir...
08:14 pm GMT - Thu, December 12, 2013
Techcrunch Instagram Says Half Of All Instagrammers 75MPlus Use the App Daily
At a press event today in New York City, Instagram founder Kevin Systrom announced that the photo- and video-sharing app is used by half of its users use the app every day.Back in September, the compa...
08:00 pm GMT - Thu, December 12, 2013
Techcrunch Working To Mature Its Esports Business, MLG Delivered 262% More Video To Its Fans In 2013
Major League Gaming, better known as MLG, saw its audience greatly expand in 2013 according to data it provided to TechCrunch. Its audience watched a total of 54 million hours of its content in the ye...
08:00 pm GMT - Thu, December 12, 2013
Techcrunch NomNom Launches First Plugin-Free Commercial Game Based On Asm.js And Unreal Engine 3
Earlier this year, Epic Games and Mozilla showcased a demo of Epic’s popular Unreal Engine running in the browser without the need for a plugin. Based on Mozilla’s Asm.js JavaScript subset...
07:49 pm GMT - Thu, December 12, 2013
Techcrunch Google Maps On iOS Gets More Google Now-Like, Can Find Your Flight, Hotel & Restaurant Reservations
A minor, but interesting, update to the Google Maps iOS application out today introduces a little bit of Google Now-like functionality to the otherwise utilitarian Google Maps application. Users who c...
07:36 pm GMT - Thu, December 12, 2013
Techcrunch Salesforces Ex-CMO Launches GetFeedback, A New Mobile-First Customer Survey Platform
Back in 2006, two enterpreneurs called Kraig Swensrud and Sean Whiteley started a business based around the idea that Salesforce could be used for more than just helping salespeople organise their acc...
07:00 pm GMT - Thu, December 12, 2013
Techcrunch Bitstrips Confirms $3M Series A From Horizons, Sees 30M Avatars Created In Two Months
The old thought experiment asks: If you could travel back in time to prevent someone's birth who would be capable of great evil, would you do it? Admittedly, sometimes while browsing Facebook I wrestl...
07:00 pm GMT - Thu, December 12, 2013
Techcrunch Fleksy Launches Its First SDK Partners On iOS To Demo The Power Of Third-Party Keyboards
San Francisco-based Fleksy has launched its in-app SDK integration for iOS via four new partners who implement the software in their own apps today. These include Launch Center Pro, Wordbox, GV Connec...
07:00 pm GMT - Thu, December 12, 2013
Techcrunch Mozilla, LG, ZTE, Deutsche Telekom And Others Launch Open Web Device Compliance Review Board To Promote Firefox OS Hardware Ecosystem
Mozilla,Deutsche Telekom, LG, Qualcomm, TCL/ALCATEL ONETOUCH, Telefnica, ZTE and a number of other tech companies today launched a new initiative that aims to promote the open Web device ecosystem by ...
07:00 pm GMT - Thu, December 12, 2013
Techcrunch Buffer Social Scheduling Startup Launches Buffer For Business, After Beta Drives 10% Of Revenue
SF-based Buffer, the social media scheduling tool has officially launched its Buffer for Business product after a small private beta that ran during the past few months. Buffer lets users schedule upd...
06:15 pm GMT - Thu, December 12, 2013
Techcrunch Enterprise Social Network Convo Adds At-Rest Encryption To Its Servers To Better Protect Client Data
Convo, an enterprise social network that competes with the now Microsoft-owned Yammer, today announced that it has added at-rest encryption (ARE) to its servers in order to better protect its client i...
06:00 pm GMT - Thu, December 12, 2013
Techcrunch DataSift Launches Vedo To Help Enterprises Channel The Big Social Data Firehose
DataSift has built a reputation as a provider of Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr firehoses -- streams of unstructured data from those and dozens of other social sources, which can then be used in applica...
06:00 pm GMT - Thu, December 12, 2013
Techcrunch Travel Site Peek Goes Mobile, Launches An iOS App For Booking Aspirational Experiences On The Go
Since launching a little more than a year ago, Peek is trying to find new ways to help travelers book interesting experiences when visiting new and interesting places. To that end, the company has lau...
05:00 pm GMT - Thu, December 12, 2013
Techcrunch LifeLock Acquires Mobile Wallet Platform Lemon For $42.6 Million, Launches LifeLock Wallet
Lemon, a digital wallet platform which allows users to store their ID, payment, loyalty cards and more on their smartphone, has been acquired by identity theft protection service LifeLockfor approxima...
03:30 pm GMT - Thu, December 12, 2013
Techcrunch Coinbase Raises $25M Led By Andreessen Horowitz To Build Its Bitcoin Wallet And Merchant Services
Coinbasehas raised $25 million in a Series B round led by Andreessen Horowitz in the largest funding to date for a company focused on the Bitcoin digital currency. Existing investors Union Square Vent...
02:38 pm GMT - Thu, December 12, 2013
Techcrunch Microsoft Brings Together 25 Partners For The Cloud OS Network To Drive More Windows Azure Use
Microsoft has been adding firepower to its Windows Azure cloud platform to compete against the likes of Google, Amazon and Dropbox and Box to attract enterprise users to create, host and distribute da...
01:23 pm GMT - Thu, December 12, 2013
Techcrunch Twitters Latest Partnership, With Truecaller In India, Links Phone Number Look-ups With Twitter Accounts
Twitter has been inking deals with third parties outside of the U.S. to drive more international usage, both in emerging and mature markets. Today comes news of yet another deal that it hopes will exp...
01:23 pm GMT - Thu, December 12, 2013
Techcrunch Twitters Latest Partnership, With Truecaller In India, Links Phone Number Look-Ups With Tweeting
Twitter has been inking deals with third parties outside of the U.S. to drive more international usage, both in emerging and mature markets. Today comes news of yet another deal that it hopes will exp...
10:18 am GMT - Thu, December 12, 2013
Techcrunch Spire Raises $8M In Series A To Help Customers Manage Talent, Prevent Employee Fraud
Spire Technologies, a big data startup based in Bangalore that helps customers manage current and future talent requirements using a contextual search engine, has raised $8 million in Series A funding...
10:01 am GMT - Thu, December 12, 2013
Techcrunch Shopify Raises $100M To Drop The E And Become The Commerce Company That Spans On- And Offline
Ottawa-based Shopify has already raised a considerable amount of money, especially for a Canadian company, and its Series C round continues that theme: The ecommerce company has raised $100 million fr...
07:08 am GMT - Thu, December 12, 2013
Techcrunch NSA Reportedly Uses Google Cookies To Target Suspects
According to information once again leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency secretly targets suspects using the same tool that allows advertisers to target consumers ̵...
06:27 am GMT - Thu, December 12, 2013
Techcrunch Web Video Startup Ooyala Raises $43 Million From Telstra
Video distribution startup Ooyala raised another $43 million today, in a round of funding led by Australian telecom service provider Telstra. The funding brings the total amount raised to more than $1...
05:31 am GMT - Thu, December 12, 2013
Techcrunch A Merger In Gaming Services: Playhaven, Kontagent Combine In An All-Stock Deal Worth Hundreds of Millions
Consolidation ahoy! Playhaven and Kontagent, two of the bigger gaming services companies that help developers run analytics and retain their players, have decided to merge into a combined company wort...
05:14 am GMT - Thu, December 12, 2013
Techcrunch Uber Offering Lyft Drivers Free $50 In Gas, Signing Perks To Switch Teams
Uber is offering Lyft drivers several perks to entice them away from the ride sharing service. The perks include a $50 gas card just to stop by Uber HQ in San Francisco, and signing bonuses if they ch...
04:47 am GMT - Thu, December 12, 2013
Techcrunch Facebook Puts Its Web Feed In Motion With Auto-Playing Videos
The News Feed is about to get a lot more lively. Just days after pushing its auto-play feature for videos to all mobile users, today we spotted auto-playing videos on Facebook.com, and the company con...
04:38 am GMT - Thu, December 12, 2013
Techcrunch Glow, The Fertility App Founded By Max Levchin, Crosses 1,000 User Pregnancies
Now that it's been a little over four months since its public launch, Glow, the fertility app founded by Max Levchin, is finally talking numbers, and they are pretty impressive. More than 1,000 women ...
04:30 am GMT - Thu, December 12, 2013
Techcrunch Kleiner Perkins Names Bing Gordon As Chief Product Officer; Debuts Founder Education Program ProductWorks
It's no secret that Kleiner Perkins has been restructuring its partnership, with some partners leaving and others transitioning to new roles within the firm. Today, the firm announced that General Par...
03:30 am GMT - Thu, December 12, 2013
Techcrunch This Week On The TechCrunch Droidcast: So Many Google Play Editions, So Little Time
After a brief hiatus, we're back with a very special episode of the TechCrunch Droidcast. Recorded with both myself and Chris Velazco present in the flesh in our studio offices in sunny, warm (actuall...
03:27 am GMT - Thu, December 12, 2013
Techcrunch Will Instagrams Messaging Moments Be Ephemeral?
Instagram is preparing to launch a new messaging service on its platform this year — as soon as its event this Thursday — TechCrunch has heard from a variety of sources. This isn’t t...
02:46 am GMT - Thu, December 12, 2013
Techcrunch Gift Card Marketplace Raise.com Gives Itself A Raise With $18.1 Million In New Funding
Chicago-based Raise.com, a marketplace where consumers can buy and sell gift cards for cash, has raised $18.1 million in funding, according to a new SEC filing. The company declined to comment on who ...
01:47 am GMT - Thu, December 12, 2013
Techcrunch AmazonFresh Launches In San Francisco
As we previously reported, Amazon has launched its grocery delivery service in San Francisco today. The service was previously available in Seattle and Los Angeles, but has now extended to the San Fra...
01:38 am GMT - Thu, December 12, 2013
Techcrunch On Strength Of Chicagos Growth, Instacart Launches Grocery-Delivery Service In Boston
Grocery-delivery service Instacarttoday launched in Boston, its third market afterthe Bay AreaandChicago. The companysaid it will serve the entire Boston metropolitan area within the next few months. ...
01:18 am GMT - Thu, December 12, 2013
Techcrunch Twitter Broadens Its Keyword Targeting For Ads With Synonyms And Twitter Lingo
Twitter just announced a new feature that it calls "broad match for keyword targeting." Supposedly, this will allow advertisers running keyword-targeted campaigns to reach users who are using synonyms...
01:01 am GMT - Thu, December 12, 2013
Techcrunch Snapchat Raises $50 Million In Series C From A Single, Undisclosed Investor
Amid rumors of a $3 billion acquisition offer from Facebook and a potential $200 million funding round, turns out that ephemeral messaging sensation Snapchat has actually raised $50 million in Series ...
01:01 am GMT - Thu, December 12, 2013
Techcrunch Snapchat Raises $50 Million In Series C From Coatue Management
Amid rumors of a $3 billion acquisition offer from Facebook and a potential $200 million funding round, turns out that ephemeral messaging sensation Snapchat has actually raised $50 million in Series ...
12:52 am GMT - Thu, December 12, 2013
Techcrunch Petsy.mx Raises $1M To Bring U.S.-Style E-Commerce To Mexicos Pet Lovers
If, like me, you're old enough to remember the original Pets.com, then this funding story will make you smile. Folklore has it that the online retailer, which went from IPO to liquidation in 268 days,...
12:22 am GMT - Thu, December 12, 2013
Techcrunch Google Brings Chrome Apps For Mac Out Of Beta, Offers Web Software That Works Offline
Google has brought its Chrome Apps to the Mac, letting users install apps to their desktop for use just like native software. There's a Chrome App Launcher for Mac, too, which resides in your dock and...
12:07 am GMT - Thu, December 12, 2013
Techcrunch Feels For iPhone Updates The Pro/Con List For The Emoticon Generation
Torn up by a complex decision you need to make, and that pro/con list just isn't helping? A new app calledFeelscan help. Feels is a recently launched app designed by three students at the Savannah Col...
11:37 pm GMT - Wed, December 11, 2013
Techcrunch Google Releases Its Find My iPhone-Style Android Device Manager App In The Play Store
Google launched Android Device Manager back in August, but it curiously made the tool web-only, eschewing a native Android app and causing a lot of confusion in doing so. The Android Device Manager do...
11:16 pm GMT - Wed, December 11, 2013
Techcrunch Pixar Veterans Launch Vellum, An App To Help Authors Craft Pixel Perfect Ebooks
Vellum is an app for the Mac from a team led by two Pixar software veterans that are trying to make the process of creating ebooks less painful. The app allows authors to publish ebooks on Apple’...
11:07 pm GMT - Wed, December 11, 2013
Techcrunch The Deltaprintr 3D Printer Nearly Sells Out On Kickstarter In Less Than A Week
What do you do when your school can’t afford a 3D printer? If you’re Shai Schechter and Andrey Kovalev you build one yourself. Their printer, called Deltaprintr, has just launched on Kicks...
10:28 pm GMT - Wed, December 11, 2013
Techcrunch Square Acquires Evenly, A Venmo Competitor For Sending And Receiving Payments With Friends
Square has just announced that it has acquired Evenly, a company that was built to make it easy for friends to send and receive payments for splitting bills and other expenses. The company was founded...
10:20 pm GMT - Wed, December 11, 2013
Techcrunch Mobile Payments Startup Loop Closes $10 Million Series A, Starts Shipping Fobs To Early Backers
New mobile payments startupLoophas closed on $10 million in Series A funding, in what's being described as an "oversubscribed" angel round involving undisclosed investors. The company, which is workin...
10:08 pm GMT - Wed, December 11, 2013
Techcrunch The End Of Subsidized Phones Could Be Near
For almost a decade and a half, mobile customers - and Americans in particular - have enjoyed a certain economic perk: phone subsidies from the major carriers. This meant you could, on sign-up, get a ...
10:00 pm GMT - Wed, December 11, 2013
Techcrunch Google Sheets Gets Offline Editing, Speed Boost And Filter Views
Google todayis launching a major update to Sheets, its Google Drive spreadsheet app that's part of Google Drive productivity suite. With this new version, Sheets joins the rest of Google's productivit...
10:00 pm GMT - Wed, December 11, 2013
Techcrunch KeepTruckin Makes Trucking Fleet Management Easy And Compliant
No, this might not be the sexy new disappearing messages app. However, it’s a startup that takes software and applies it to an unsexy but potentially lucrative market. KeepTruckin is an eight-pe...
10:00 pm GMT - Wed, December 11, 2013
Techcrunch Microsoft Builds New Tool To Help Gmail Users Move To Outlook.com
Microsoft would greatly appreciate it if you could knock off that Gmailing business and move to its Outlook.com email service. I refuse to, and so do more people than Microsoft prefers, so the company...
10:00 pm GMT - Wed, December 11, 2013
Techcrunch Tipalti Streamlines Mass , Global Payments For Ad Networks, Publishers, Affiliates And More
Tipalti is one of those startups that flies under the radar, gets little press, but is growing faster than many other payments companies out there. The startup takes a slightly different approach from...
09:30 pm GMT - Wed, December 11, 2013
Techcrunch Meet Leo, The Lightweight New Way To Send Self-Destructing Messages
The idea behind Leo is to provide an ultra-lightweight platform for one-on-one and group conversations. The fact that its message disappear will cause some to draw comparisons between it and all the o...
09:28 pm GMT - Wed, December 11, 2013
Techcrunch Appidemia Shutting Down After Changes In Apples Policy
Ever since it launched five months ago, Appidemia has been on a rough ride due to Apples app development policy. After weeks of exchanging emails with the review committee, the team decided to pull a ...
09:14 pm GMT - Wed, December 11, 2013
Techcrunch Bloomberg Brings 24-Hour Live News To Apple TV; Crackle, KOR TV And Watch ABC Also Added
Apple continues adding new channel partners to its Apple TV hardware, and now it's rolling out four new ones today (via 9to5Mac), including Watch ABC for streaming local ABC affiliate content, Crackle...
08:31 pm GMT - Wed, December 11, 2013
Techcrunch Trouble At Yahoo: Partial Webmail Outage Hits Day Two, Surprise Small Business Websites Shutdowns Anger Customers
Normally a report of a web services outage goes like this: web service goes down, reporter writes post, hits publish, web service comes right back up. But that doesn’t appear to be the case for ...
08:30 pm GMT - Wed, December 11, 2013
Techcrunch Digital Magazine Startup Magzter Raises $10M To Fuel Global Growth
New York-based Magzter, a startup founded in 2011 to help magazine publishers get their pubs in the hands of digital readers, regardless of which platform they choose to use to read. In two years of o...
08:16 pm GMT - Wed, December 11, 2013
Techcrunch Spotify Goes Freemium On Tablets, Launches Free Shuffle Product On Smartphones
For the first time since launching, Spotify now offers free access to the its streaming music catalog on iOS and Android smartphones and tablets.The service will be different for the two: tablets will...
08:15 pm GMT - Wed, December 11, 2013
Techcrunch Online Marketplace For Luxury Clothes And Goods Shop-Hers Raises $3.5M From Floodgate, Bono And Others
Like many women who wanted to make a little extra cash from their selling older luxury goods, Jaclyn Shanfeld had been using online consignment sites and marketplaces to sell her designer clothes and ...
08:00 pm GMT - Wed, December 11, 2013
Techcrunch Box Rolls Out New Management Tools, Gives Its 200K Business Users More Control Over Their Files
This morning Boxannounceda number of feature improvements to its file-storage platform, as well as corporate moves that the company says will help its customers better manage their employees use of th...
07:43 pm GMT - Wed, December 11, 2013
Techcrunch PubNub, MtGoxs Real-Time Price Streaming Partner, Now Offers Trading Data To Other Bitcoin Exchanges
PubNub has built a business around offering APIs that let developers stream different services such as messaging and other interactive services in their apps and websites. Today it's adding a new modu...
07:43 pm GMT - Wed, December 11, 2013
Techcrunch PubNub, MtGoxs Real-Time Price Streaming Partner, Now Offers APIs To Other Bitcoin Exchanges
PubNub has built a business around offering APIs that let developers stream different services such as messaging and other interactive services in their apps and websites. Today it's adding a new modu...
06:40 pm GMT - Wed, December 11, 2013
Techcrunch Dell Unveils Its First Chromebook, An 11-Inch Portable Designed Specifically For Education
Dell has finally made its entry into the Chromebook market official, as it follows in the footsteps of many other PC OEMs who are looking around to shore up flagging Windows machine sales. Dell’...
06:26 pm GMT - Wed, December 11, 2013
Techcrunch Talend Raises $40M To More Aggressively Extend Into Big Data Market, Sets Sights On IPO
Talend, an open-source dataintegrationcompany based in Los Altos withofficesin Paris, has raised$40million in a Series funding from Bpifrance and Iris Capital with participation from existing investor...
06:20 pm GMT - Wed, December 11, 2013
Techcrunch Rdio Launches In 20 New Countries, As 57% Of New Users Come From Outside U.S.
Streaming music provider Rdio has just launched its services in 20 new countries, making for a total reach of 51 different international markets. That's more than rival Spotify, for those counting, wh...
06:00 pm GMT - Wed, December 11, 2013
Techcrunch Egnyte Takes On $29.5M In New Capital To Grow Its Enterprise Cloud File Storage Business
This morning Egnyte announced that it has taken on $29.5 million in new capital. The Series D round of funding was participated in by Seagate, CenturyLink, Northgate Capital, and prior investors Klein...
04:29 pm GMT - Wed, December 11, 2013
Techcrunch Tony Fadell Says Nest Has 100 Patents Granted, 200 Filed, And 200 More Ready To File
Many in the tech world and Washington have railed against the encroaching and limiting effect of patents on innovation, but when the chips are down, IP and patents remain key cornerstones in how tech ...
01:00 pm GMT - Wed, December 11, 2013
Techcrunch For Some Reason, Everyone On LinkedIn Likes To Call Themselves Responsible
The reign of "creative" LinkedIn profiles appears to be over.The company is releasing its list of the most overused buzzwords in 2013, based on the words that appear most frequently on the professiona...
07:51 am GMT - Wed, December 11, 2013
Techcrunch Palantirs Latest Round Valuing It At $9B Swells To $107.8M In New Funding
Palantir, the big data company that started off with clients like the FBI and CIA before building up a large private-sector roster of customers, just added more funding to its coffers. Last week, the ...
05:56 am GMT - Wed, December 11, 2013
Techcrunch nWay Raises $5M To Build Out ChronoBlade MMO Game
nWay, a San Francisco-based gaming startup from an experienced team of MMO-makers, just raised $5 million in funding led by TransLink Capital. They also had participation from several of Silicon Valle...
05:32 am GMT - Wed, December 11, 2013
Techcrunch Meet Kubo, The Crowdfunded Electric Cargo Scooter Made By Lit Motors
Lit Motors, the electric car startup that launched last year with its first vehicle called the C1, has debuted another sleek looking electricity-fueled vehicle called the Kubo. ...
04:19 am GMT - Wed, December 11, 2013
Techcrunch Extole Raises $5M To Reward Customers For Promoting Products To Their Friends
"Referral marketing" startup Extole is announcing that it has raised $5 million in new funding.Founded in 2009, Extole announced the appointment of new CEO Matt Roche back in April. Since then, the co...
04:06 am GMT - Wed, December 11, 2013
Techcrunch Lovelys Apartment Rental App Moves Into Its New Digs On Android
Few things in life are more frustrating that trying to find a new place to live (especially if you're itching to move to the housing market hellholes that are New York City and San Francisco). It's no...
03:49 am GMT - Wed, December 11, 2013
Techcrunch Microsoft Debuts Another Set Of Surface Updates And Patches
As 2013 wraps to an end, Microsoft released its final set of Patch Tuesday fixes, updating its Surface line of tablets at the same time. According to Microsoft, the fixes include 11 bulletins, five of...
03:46 am GMT - Wed, December 11, 2013
Techcrunch Gifting Service Loop Commerce Adds PayPal As An Investor, Bringing Its Series A To Over $12M
After closing its Series A in early November, gifting startup Loop Commerce has added an investment from PayPal to the round. While Loop Commerce co-founder and CEO Roy Erez would not disclose the exa...
03:35 am GMT - Wed, December 11, 2013
Techcrunch Cloud Storage Service SugarSync Abandons Freemium For A Paid Account Model
SugarSync, a gladiator in the long, hard battle that is hosted cloud storage, has decided to go mercenary. The company announced today that they will offer a "paid-only" service model, doing away with...
03:30 am GMT - Wed, December 11, 2013
Techcrunch Gift Guide: The Tech-Loving Outdoors Enthusiast
Technology and nature seem in constant conflict, but they can be better together. And tech enthusiasts aren't by default mutually exclusive with people who love the outdoors, which is why we've put to...
02:39 am GMT - Wed, December 11, 2013
Techcrunch Crunchies Nominations Close Next Sunday
The Crunchies are almost here and time is running out to nominate your favorite startup, founder, CEO and technology of the year. You have less than a week....
02:37 am GMT - Wed, December 11, 2013
Techcrunch Twitter Apps Updated With New Swipeable Design And Photo Support In Direct Messages
Today, Twitter has announced an update to its apps for iOS and Android that bring a renewed focus on direct messaging. The app now features a direct link to Direct Messages in the tab bar and allows y...
02:28 am GMT - Wed, December 11, 2013
Techcrunch Rainforest Launches On Demand Service That Uses API To Spin Up QA Testers For Web Sites And Apps
Rainforest, a Y Combinator company, has developed anon-demand service that runs functional tests against acrowd of people through Mechanical Turk, Amazon's crowdsourcing platform. The service issimila...
02:25 am GMT - Wed, December 11, 2013
Techcrunch Deutsche Telekoms Hub:raum Accelerator Opens Offices In Krakow As It Welcomes Its First Batch Of Startups
Originally based in Berlin, Deutsche Telekoms startup accelerator Hub:raum has opened offices in Krakow, Poland. What's more, this past weekend, fifteen teams from ten different European countries gat...
02:11 am GMT - Wed, December 11, 2013
Techcrunch Startups, Celebrities, And The Deadpool
Entrepreneurs who have had successful exits find it easier to raise capital for their next ventures. They come with the sort of record the money people want: A past littered with big, profitable liqui...
01:41 am GMT - Wed, December 11, 2013
Techcrunch Secret-Sharing App Whisper Adds Search And Topics To Find Other Users Like You
Whisper, the secret sharing startup backed by Sequoia and others, has just pushed a new version of its app into the app store that's designed to help users search and browse through various topics. Th...
01:18 am GMT - Wed, December 11, 2013
Techcrunch KryptoKit Lets You Pay In Bitcoin Instantly On Almost Any Webpage
There have been a few Bitcoin wallets available for Chrome and other browsers but how about one that searches for Bitcoin addresses on the pages you visit and allows for one-click payment from your BT...
12:29 am GMT - Wed, December 11, 2013
Techcrunch White Nexus 7 Now Available In 32GB Model In The US, UK And Japan For $269
Google has just released a white version of the Nexus 7 tablet, in white and packing 32GB of storage, available now for $269 on the Google Play Devices store, so long as you're in the U.S., U.K. or Ja...
12:27 am GMT - Wed, December 11, 2013
Techcrunch Twitch Picks Up 100K Video Game Streamers On PlayStation 4
Twitch today announced that its integration intoPlayStation4 has seen more than 100,000 new video game streamers join its service. In the month of November, Twitch grew from 600,000 total broadcasters...
12:25 am GMT - Wed, December 11, 2013
Techcrunch KidoZen Finds Right Fit With Enterprise Backend That Connects To Developer Platforms
A number of companies are building robust mobile platform as a service offerings. But few are building both a platform and a mobile backend as a service like that fromKidoZen, anenterprisemobile PaaS ...
12:21 am GMT - Wed, December 11, 2013
Techcrunch Google Outs Play Edition LG G Pad And Sony Z Ultra, But Theyre Still US-Only
Well, that was fast. LG inadvertently outed a G-Pad tablet that would be getting the Google Play Edition treatment earlier today, and Google has just followed up with a confirmation, a price tag ($349...
11:43 pm GMT - Tue, December 10, 2013
Techcrunch How Matternet Wants To Bring Drone Delivery To The People Who Need It Most
Last week, the media world was abuzz with the news that e-commerce giant Amazon was experimenting with a new program dubbed “Amazon Prime Air,” which would use small automated “drone...
11:00 pm GMT - Tue, December 10, 2013
Techcrunch With $3M From Andreessen And Others, Doctor On Demand Launches To Bring A $40 (Virtual) House Call To Healthcare
Adam Jackson and former Stanford physician and White House fellow Dr. Pat Basu want to help modernize healthcare by bringing back a type of care that was a fixture in the 1960s: By bringing the house ...
11:00 pm GMT - Tue, December 10, 2013
Techcrunch iBeacon Pioneers Estimote Raise $3.1M Seed Round
Jakub Krzych, founder of Estimote, has announced a $3.1 million seed round raise from Innovation Endeavors, Betaworks, Bessemer Venture Partners, Birchmere Ventures, Valiant Capital Partners and other...
10:43 pm GMT - Tue, December 10, 2013
Techcrunch Kayak For Auto Insurance Site The Zebra Grabs Another $3M, Launches Nationwide
Austin-basedInsurance Zebra, now just called The Zebra, has closed its $4.5 million seed round of funding, a good chunk of which now comes from an added $3 million investment from Simon Nixon, founder...
10:13 pm GMT - Tue, December 10, 2013
Techcrunch Google Makes Creating Online Exhibitions Easy For Anyone With Google Open Gallery
Google has been working with museums to populate its Google Cultural Institute, an online collection of virtual exhibitions from around the world. Today, it's opening up that project to anyone who wan...
10:00 pm GMT - Tue, December 10, 2013
Techcrunch Cross-Cultural Mobile Games Publisher Yodo1 Raises $11M Led By GGV Capital
Yodo1, a Beijing-based mobile games publisher that has gradually built a business that helps take games from the West to Asia and vice versa, has raised $11 million in funding led by GGV Capital. This...
09:59 pm GMT - Tue, December 10, 2013
Techcrunch Source Code Says LGs G-Pad Tablet Will Get The Google Play Edition Treatment
Google and LG have been getting awfully cozy lately -- the web giant tasked the Korean company with delivering its two most recent Nexus smartphones, and if you're the type to put stock in rumors, it ...
09:33 pm GMT - Tue, December 10, 2013
Techcrunch Firefox For Android Gets New Homescreen, Adds Bing And Yahoo As Search Options
Mozilla launched the latest version of its Firefox browser for Android and desktop today. While the desktop versiongets its fair share of minor updates and now sets all plug-ins with the exception of ...
09:17 pm GMT - Tue, December 10, 2013
Techcrunch Mobile Payments Service Flint Adds $2M More In Series B Funding From Verizon, Rolls Out Passbook Support, Invoicing
Flint Mobile, a mobile payments startup which unlike Square or PayPal Here uses the phone's camera instead of a dongle to "scan" credit and debit cards, announced this morning an add-on in Series B fu...
09:00 pm GMT - Tue, December 10, 2013
Techcrunch Chromecast Gets 10 New Apps, Including Songza, VEVO, And Revision 3
Slowly but surely, Google's Chromecast devices is beefing up with content partners. The latest is Songza, a music streaming service that finds you an expertly curated playlist based on your current ac...
08:54 pm GMT - Tue, December 10, 2013
Techcrunch Microsoft Releases 3rd Generation Of Photosynth, Turns 3D Images Into Video-Like Experiences
Microsoft this morning lifted the veil on the next generation of Photosynth, its 3D image technology, with the release of a technical preview of the new Photosynth. This is the third generation of the...
08:33 pm GMT - Tue, December 10, 2013
Techcrunch AirCast Mobile Wants To Make Phone-To-TV Video Sharing As Easy As Texting
Chances are you've got a screen in your pocket and a screen in your living room, and as time goes on more and more companies are trying to find ways to make the two play nice together. The latest entr...
08:30 pm GMT - Tue, December 10, 2013
Techcrunch Music Discovery Site Plug.DJ Gets $1.25M To Build On Its Highly Engaged Community
It was the licensing that killed Turntable.fm — thousands of uploaded songs, each one a tiny stream of coins tingling out of the company’s coffers. Or maybe it was the impermanence of the ...
08:00 pm GMT - Tue, December 10, 2013
Techcrunch Postmates Launches In Washington, DC And Releases An Android App In Beta
On-demand delivery service Postmates has launched in Washington, D.C. today, marking its fifth market in the U.S. The company is also releasing a beta version of its app for Android, which will make t...
07:34 pm GMT - Tue, December 10, 2013
Techcrunch Gibbon Launches A Different Kind Of Education Startup, With User-Generated Learning Playlists For All
There's a lot of terrific content on the web in the form of one-off blog posts and DIY guides from working designers and programmers, but the question is always how to find the best, and how to make s...
07:29 pm GMT - Tue, December 10, 2013
Techcrunch Meet Revolv, The Missing Link To The Modern Smart Home
Automated homes are nothing new. For decades, people have toiled over connecting household object to intranets and servers in a desperate attempt to simplify lives. But the work rarely justified the r...
06:31 pm GMT - Tue, December 10, 2013
Techcrunch Catchbox Is A Throwable Microphone To Get The Audience Talking
Throw the mic in the air like you just don't care. Catchbox is a new throwable microphone designed to liven up audience participation, and in turn reduce the faffing around that seems to occur wheneve...
06:19 pm GMT - Tue, December 10, 2013
Techcrunch Viber Officially Launches Viber Out, Letting Users Call Mobile And Landline Numbers
Today, Viber is launching a new feature called Viber Out to its entire user base. See, Viber Out lets Viber users make calls to people who don’t have the Viber app, effectively mimicking a Skype...
05:35 pm GMT - Tue, December 10, 2013
Techcrunch Marketing Startup Shift Raises $6M For European Expansion
Marketing startup Shift is announcing that it has raised $6 million in new funding.The round was led by European firm DN Capital, with DN managing partner Nenad Marovac joining Shift's board of direct...
05:32 pm GMT - Tue, December 10, 2013
Techcrunch Techstars Seattle Startup Shippable Raises $2.05M For Continuous Integration Platform Built On Docker
Shippable, a Techstars Seattle startup, has raised $2.05 million in seed funding for its continuous integration service that is built using Docker, the popular Linux container used for its lightweight...
05:28 pm GMT - Tue, December 10, 2013
Techcrunch Apple Patents Curved Touch Screen And Display Tech
Apple has received a patent for curved touchscreens and displays, according to AppleInsider, which describes a system for making curved touch sensitive glass. The method patented by Apple is designed ...
05:15 pm GMT - Tue, December 10, 2013
Techcrunch PaeDae Raises $11.6M, Looks Beyond Mobile Rewards To User-Centric Advertising
Mobile rewards and advertising startup PaeDae is announcing that it has raised $11.6 million in new funding.The round is a mix of debt and equity, said founder and CEO Rob Emrich, though he declined t...
04:59 pm GMT - Tue, December 10, 2013
Techcrunch Dailymotion Buys SublimeVideo Developer Jilion To Build Out Video Producing And Customizing Capabilities
With a Yahoo purchase very much off the cards, Frances Dailymotion is making an acquisition of its own: it is buying Jilion, the developer behind the SublimeVideo platform for distributing web videos ...
03:52 pm GMT - Tue, December 10, 2013
Techcrunch Evernotes Market For Physical Goods Now Accounts For 30% Of Its Monthly Sales
Evernote's CEO Phil Libin today disclosed some of the company's latest revenue numbers at LeWeb in Paris.While Evernote took about16 months to get to the first $1 million in sales through its freemium...
03:07 pm GMT - Tue, December 10, 2013
Techcrunch Fred Wilson On Bitcoin, Unbundling, Data Leakage And Health Care
During the 10th edition of the LeWeb conference in Paris today, New York-based investor Fred Wilson described the three "mega trends" that currently influence which companies he invests in....
02:00 pm GMT - Tue, December 10, 2013
Techcrunch Soundwave Plugs Into YouTube To Let You Track Listening Habits On Freetard Music Service Of Choice
Hey kids, rock 'n' roll. Soundwave, the Mark Cuban-backed music discovery app that tracks the listening habits of you, your friends and other users you follow, has added support for YouTube. Users can...
02:00 pm GMT - Tue, December 10, 2013
Techcrunch Soundwave Plugs Into YouTube To Let You Track Listening Habits On Free Music Service Of Choice
Hey kids, rock 'n' roll. Soundwave, the Mark Cuban-backed music discovery app that tracks the listening habits of you, your friends and other users you follow, has added support for YouTube. Users can...
09:12 am GMT - Tue, December 10, 2013
Techcrunch Payments Company Square Debuts A Newly Designed Website
After announcing a new version of its credit card reader this morning, Square is debuting a new website today....
06:11 am GMT - Tue, December 10, 2013
Techcrunch Fashion Site StyleCaster Gets A Glossy Redesign, Adds E-Commerce Features
Fashion-focused startup StyleCaster Media is unveiling a redesign of the flagship site that gives the company its name.Vice President of Product Peter Tanapat gave me a quick tour of the new site (the...
05:50 am GMT - Tue, December 10, 2013
Techcrunch Codecademy Releases Its First Educational App, A.K.A. My New Subway Time Killer
Today Codecademy released its first foray into the mobile space, an app-based intro course to coding designed to take less than an hour to complete. I had a lot of laundry to do, so I figured I'd give...
04:42 am GMT - Tue, December 10, 2013
Techcrunch Kleiner Perkins Partner Chi-Hua Chien Transitioning Out Of Firm
Sources say that Chien is in the process of transitioning out of his role at Kleiner, amid recent changes in the firm's partner structure. ...
04:28 am GMT - Tue, December 10, 2013
Techcrunch Opscode Raises $32M To Expand IT Automation Platform, Changes Name To Chef
Opscode has raised $32 million and has changed its name to Chef, after the configuration management and IT automation cookbook that has become very popular in the enterprise market. Scale Venture Part...
04:06 am GMT - Tue, December 10, 2013
Techcrunch Send In Your Questions For Ask A VC With Accels Ping Li And Foundation Capitals Charles Moldow
This week on TechCrunch TVs Ask A VC show, Accel Partners' Ping Li and Foundation Capital's Charles Moldow will be joining us, separately, in the studio. As you may remember, you can submit questions ...
04:01 am GMT - Tue, December 10, 2013
Techcrunch As Foursquare Concentrates On Demonstrating Value, It No Longer Allows Private Check-Ins On iOS 7
Foursquare no longer allows users to check in privately with the iOS version of its app. The change was made with the recent 7.0 release and ‘iOS 7 refresh’ last week and appears to be a p...
03:28 am GMT - Tue, December 10, 2013
Techcrunch Qualcomm Unveils 64-Bit Chipset With Integrated LTE: Next Years Moto G Could Have 4G
Qualcomm has just announced the Snapdragon 410 chipset series, which is Qualcomm's first announced processor to have 64-bit support, but it's actually more interesting because it aims to make integrat...
03:12 am GMT - Tue, December 10, 2013
Techcrunch How Does Apple Really Feel About Bitcoin?
Over the past couple of months there have been a few Bitcoin app rejections by Apple that have made some waves. First, the venture-backed startup Coinbase had its app removed entirely from the App Sto...
03:05 am GMT - Tue, December 10, 2013
Techcrunch Amazon Cloud Drive Photos Adds Video Upload On iOS, And Finally An iPad Version
Amazon today added support for video uploads in the new iOS version of its Cloud Drive Photos app, which also now natively supports iPad and iPad mini. The update comes over a year and a half after Am...
02:42 am GMT - Tue, December 10, 2013
Techcrunch Microsoft Could Bring Back The Start Menu In The Next Version Of Windows
Microsoft watchers Mary Jo Foley and Paul Thurrott recently detailed a number of changes that could be coming in the next major version of Windows, something that Foley is hearing called “Thresh...
02:39 am GMT - Tue, December 10, 2013
Techcrunch Crunchies Nominations Close Next Sunday
The Crunchies are almost here and time is running out to nominate your favorite startup, founder, CEO and technology of the year. You have less than a week....
01:55 am GMT - Tue, December 10, 2013
Techcrunch Techs Hyper-Gentrification Has A New Fake Spokesperson
This weekend my taxi driver dropped me off at Twitter HQ, and as I paid my $7 fare with Square, asked me if I worked at Twitter. When I responded "No," he said, "Ok, I usually charge those people more...
01:51 am GMT - Tue, December 10, 2013
Techcrunch Scripps Buys Newsy For $35M To Expand From TV And Newspapers To Digital Video
Another exit for a new media startup into the arms of the old media industry: E.W. Scripps, the storied owner of 19 local television stations and daily newspapers in 13 markets across the U.S., today ...
01:00 am GMT - Tue, December 10, 2013
Techcrunch UKs Tesco Starts Close Cooperation With Samwers Rocket Internet, Leads $250M Round In Lazada
If you thought that the days of Samwer brothers e-commerce investments with the eBays and Groupons of the world were over, think again. Today, their Berlin-based incubator Rocket Internet announced a ...
12:08 am GMT - Tue, December 10, 2013
Techcrunch Payments Startup Clinkle Lays Off A Quarter Of Its Staff
Stealthy payments startupClinklewhich raised $25 million in outside funding before its product ever launched, has terminated around 25% of its staff (16 people), according to a report posted this morn...
12:08 am GMT - Tue, December 10, 2013
Techcrunch Payments Startup Clinkle Lays Off A Quarter Of Its Staff [UPDATED: New Layoffs In Addition To 30Plus Who Already Left]
Stealthy payments startupClinklewhich raised $25 million in outside funding before its product ever launched, has terminated around 25% of its staff (16 people), according to a report posted this morn...
11:53 pm GMT - Mon, December 9, 2013
Techcrunch NYU Deep Learning Professor LeCun Will Head Facebooks New Artificial Intelligence Lab
By teaching a computer to think, Facebook hopes to better understand how its users do too. So today the company announced that one of the world's leading deep learning and machine learning scientists,...
11:33 pm GMT - Mon, December 9, 2013
Techcrunch Give A Hoot, Add Smart Sensors To Your Home With The Owl Platform
Building a smart home is hard. First you have to install all the hardware then you have to figure out a platform for controlling lights, sensors, and the like. Thankfully the Owl Platform has got your...
11:10 pm GMT - Mon, December 9, 2013
Techcrunch iPhone 5s Passes 10% Adoption; 5c Seeing Strong Uptake, Too, Compared To Past Launches
The iPhone 5s is doing pretty well in terms of sales numbers, and has just passed 10 percent usage rate among iPhone models according to mobile analytics firm Mixpanel. That's a significant milestone,...
11:06 pm GMT - Mon, December 9, 2013
Techcrunch Confirmed: Flipboard Raises Another $50 Million To Close Out Its Series C Round
Flipboard has confirmed that it raised an additional $50 million, which will close out the Series C round of financing that it brought on in September. According to a company spokesperson, the funding...
11:00 pm GMT - Mon, December 9, 2013
Techcrunch Counsyl Co-Founder Balaji Srinivasan Steps Up As Andreessen Horowitz Newest General Partner
Balaji Srinivasan, a Stanford academic who co-founded a major genetic testing company Counsyl, is stepping up as Andreessen Horowitz’ eighth general partner. The firm, which is just four years o...
10:44 pm GMT - Mon, December 9, 2013
Techcrunch Target Experiments With A Pinterest-Powered Online Storefront, Dubbed The Awesome Shop
Target is testing an e-commerce storefront powered entirely by Pinterest recommendations, with the beta launch of a site called "Target Awesome Shop." The site, refreshed daily, is a mashup of data fr...
10:37 pm GMT - Mon, December 9, 2013
Techcrunch Swrve Adds Dynamic Engagement Scoring To Help App Devs Better Monetize Their User Groups
It’s a mobile world, and making money from users on the go is the question that Yahoo needs to answer and that Facebook already has. For companies in between, it’s a tough race between dec...
10:15 pm GMT - Mon, December 9, 2013
Techcrunch Snapchat Files For A Restraining Order, Accuses Ousted Founder Of Leaking Confidential Court Docs
Snapchat has filed for a temporary restraining order against Reggie Brown, the man who claims to have invented the idea for disappearing messages. According to newly filed documents, the ousted founde...
10:13 pm GMT - Mon, December 9, 2013
Techcrunch UK Home Office Clarifies Rules Against 3D Printed Guns
The UK Home Office has clarified the rules against 3D printed guns, finally stating unequivocally that 3D-printed firearms are prohibited under the Firearms Act 1968. According to an informational rel...
10:13 pm GMT - Mon, December 9, 2013
Techcrunch UK Home Office Clarifies Rules Against 3D-Printed Guns
The UK Home Office has clarified the rules against 3D printed guns, finally stating unequivocally that 3D-printed firearms are prohibited under the Firearms Act 1968. According to an informational rel...
09:12 pm GMT - Mon, December 9, 2013
Techcrunch Amazons Kindle FreeTime Becomes An Even Better Babysitter, With New Educational Feature That Tells Kids To Learn First, Play Later
Kindle Free Time, Amazon's parental control software built into its line of Kindle Fire devices, is being upgraded ahead of the holidays with additional educational features that will help the tablet ...
09:07 pm GMT - Mon, December 9, 2013
Techcrunch DreamRoomer And MeDesk Take The Honours At TechCrunch Moscow 2013
Well, that's a wrap. For those who don't know, we've been running a startup event in Moscow for 4 solid years, TechCrunch Moscow. Our partners, Digital October and Kite Ventures have been absolutely a...
08:28 pm GMT - Mon, December 9, 2013
Techcrunch Zofari Debuts A Pandora For Places On iPhone & Android
Some local recommendation apps tell you where you can go to eat, dine or be entertained, as rated by things like proximity, price or user reviews. Others aim to offer a more personalized experience, h...
08:22 pm GMT - Mon, December 9, 2013
Techcrunch Google Starts Testing Paid PlusPost Ads For Google+ Content With Launch Partners Toyota And Cadbury
Google is doing a thing that was probably inevitable with its social network, Google+: It's testing a new +Post ad system in the form of promoted posts that translates public Google+ content from thei...
08:07 pm GMT - Mon, December 9, 2013
Techcrunch Square Reveals A Thinner Credit Card Reader With Higher Accuracy And More Device Compatibility
Square did indeed reveal something new today as promised, and it's a credit card reader design update, which is what we suggested was most likely yesterday when they teased the news. The new reader is...
07:13 pm GMT - Mon, December 9, 2013
Techcrunch NSA And Other Intelligence Agencies Got All Up In Your World Of Warcraft, Xbox Live
The next time you're looking to party with a dark elf Rogue in World of Warcraft, think twice: that could be an NSA agent in disguise. According to new documents from the Snowden leaks, both the NSA a...
07:00 pm GMT - Mon, December 9, 2013
Techcrunch Anturis Raises $2 Million More To Grow Its IT-Monitoring Service For SMBs In The US
This morning Anturis announced that it has raised a $2 million Series A round of funding. The company, focused on providing IT-monitoring services to small and medium-scale businesses, raised the new ...
06:12 pm GMT - Mon, December 9, 2013
Techcrunch Recipe Kit Subscription Service Gousto Raises $2M To Keep HelloFresh Out Of Its Kitchen
Gousto, the UK recipe kit subscription service that competes with Rocket Internet's HelloFresh, and Housebites (post-pivot), has raised $2 million in new funding. The investment was led by London VC M...
06:00 pm GMT - Mon, December 9, 2013
Techcrunch HealthLoop Lands $10M To Help Doctors Better Track And Engage Patients Between Visits
HealthLoop, the makers of a cloud-based platform that aims to automate the process by which doctors engage with their patients after visits, announced today that it has closed a $10 million round of S...
05:57 pm GMT - Mon, December 9, 2013
Techcrunch Verizon Confirms EdgeCast Acquisition, Adding Over 6K Customers To Its Content Delivery Business
Verizon is indeed going to acquire EdgeCast Networks, a content delivery network founded in 2008 that has grown to be one of the fastest-growing Internet companies in the world. TechCrunch's Ryan Lawl...
05:38 pm GMT - Mon, December 9, 2013
Techcrunch China Mobile Kicks Off iPhone Preorders Thursday, 4G Network Booting Up Dec. 18
Last week, it came out that China Mobile and Apple had finally penned a deal to bring the iPhone to China's largest mobile network, and now the Wall Street Journal reports that iPhone 5s pre-order sal...
05:30 pm GMT - Mon, December 9, 2013
Techcrunch Practice Fusion Adds Another $15M From Qualcomm To Help Fuel Growth, Acquisitions & Mobile Push
After raising a hefty $70 million in September, Practice Fusion, the makers of a popular Electronic Health Records (EHR) platform, are adding yet another round of coin to its coffers. Today’s $1...
05:03 pm GMT - Mon, December 9, 2013
Techcrunch Phone Warrior Raises A $550K Seed Round From Lightspeed Venture To Block Spam Calls, Messages
Phone Warrior, a New Delhi-based startup that blocks mobile spam calls and text messages, is announcing A seed round of around $550,000 from Lightspeed Venture Partners. The money raised will be used ...
02:59 pm GMT - Mon, December 9, 2013
Techcrunch A New Fintech Accelerator Emerges In London As Techstars Partners With Barclays
A new fintech accelerator has emerged in London, courtesy of a partnership between Barclays and Techstars. Similar to previous programs run on behalf of Nike and Microsoft in the U.S., the Barclays Ac...
12:30 pm GMT - Mon, December 9, 2013
Techcrunch Obama, Celebrities, Politicians And Tech Cos Come Together To Launch Computer Science Education Push
Back in January, brothers Ali Partovi and Hadi Partovi launched a new non-profit organization called Code.org with a simple mission: Change the perception America has of coding and computer science an...
12:30 pm GMT - Mon, December 9, 2013
Techcrunch Obama, Celebrities, Politicians And Tech Cos Come Together To Launch Coding Education Push
Back in January, brothers Ali Partovi and Hadi Partovi launched a new non-profit organization called Code.org with a simple mission: Change the perception America has of coding and computer science an...
12:28 pm GMT - Mon, December 9, 2013
Techcrunch Tech Companies Outline More NSA Reform Demands
Before Congress’s holiday recess, Silicon Valley’s major tech companies have renewed calls for surveillance reform. Executives from Google, Apple, Yahoo, Microsoft, Linkedin, Twitter, and ...
11:30 am GMT - Mon, December 9, 2013
Techcrunch Twitter Is Taking A Log-Out Approach To Raise Usage, Awareness In Emerging Markets With USSD On Mobiles
Twitter is working hard to build up its profile and usage among people in developing markets, and today another piece of that strategy has come into focus. It has signed a deal with mobile software co...
07:00 am GMT - Mon, December 9, 2013
Techcrunch What Games Are: The Multiplayer Singularity
There's a tendency in game design circles to think of the potential of games as being wrapped up in some great leap. When we have the breakthrough technology that somehow tells stories for example, or...
06:39 am GMT - Mon, December 9, 2013
Techcrunch Playing Next-Microsoft-CEO Bingo
The small, insular, and inbred world of Microsoft watchers is on something of a hold at the moment, as we wait with breath partially abated who will run the company next. Each of us in this small caba...
06:30 am GMT - Mon, December 9, 2013
Techcrunch The War For Your Wrist
The past decade has seen the consumer electronics war grow more furious and more personal: your living room is a battlefield, as are your desks and your pockets. Now, more than a year and a half since...
06:00 am GMT - Mon, December 9, 2013
Techcrunch Fly Or Die: Nexus 5
The Nexus 5 is the latest generation of Google's Android software, KitKat, come to life. The hardware itself isn't super glamorous, with a simple 5-inch display and a matte black backside, but the sof...
05:30 am GMT - Mon, December 9, 2013
Techcrunch Square Teases Some Kind Of Announcement For Monday On Vine
Square has a cryptic teaser on Vine published today that suggests it'll show us... something on Monday. There's little about the short video that offers any clue about what could be revealed, except t...
05:00 am GMT - Mon, December 9, 2013
Techcrunch Heyday, The New Journaling App, Reminds Me That Im Kind Of Boring
When I met Siqi Chen, founder and CEO of the startup behind a new journaling app called Heyday, a few weeks ago, he said he'd built an app that offered a "more holistic" approach to tracking your life...
02:32 am GMT - Mon, December 9, 2013
Techcrunch Let It Full-Bleed
On the importance of images and layout in writing. Load up your favorite tech blog. Or almost any blog, really. There’s a good chance it looks like shit. There’s a better chance that the r...
02:22 am GMT - Mon, December 9, 2013
Techcrunch Beatport Bloodbath As Dance Music Startup Lays Off Engineers
"These guys will trash the office if we don't send someone there", Beatport worried, so it flew HR to its San Francisco office to fire the whole engineering team there, a source tells TechCrunch. Mult...
01:47 am GMT - Mon, December 9, 2013
Techcrunch In Praise Of The Holiday Book
It's has to be one of those cold half-light afternoons, a radio in the house mumbling something low and steady, Click and Clack or the news, the snow might be fresh, might be coming, might not come fo...
11:00 pm GMT - Sun, December 8, 2013
Techcrunch On Mobile, The Location Arrow May Finally Be Pointed In The Right Direction
From time to time on Twitter, Ill unknowingly dip my toes into contested waters. There are some debates which run deep, like strong ocean currents. Occasionally, I muster up the courage to write about...
08:30 pm GMT - Sun, December 8, 2013
Techcrunch Evntlive Could Help Yahoo Fix Its Broken Video Experience
This week, Yahoo continued with its prolific acquisition strategy with a one-two punch picking up companies working on video -- a sign that, while some of its acquisitions have been basic talent grabs...
01:36 pm GMT - Sun, December 8, 2013
Techcrunch Here Are The 38 Startups Pitching At TechCrunch Moscow Today
TechCrunch Moscow today features a whole 38 startups pitching to enter the final on Day Two, which features the main conference. You can catch the pitches live today on the live video stream but here&...
12:43 pm GMT - Sun, December 8, 2013
Techcrunch Tune In For The Live Stream From TechCrunch Moscow, 2 Days Of Startups And Speakers
Today we are kicking off the first day of TechCrunch Moscow. Day one is all about 38 startups pitching to enter the final stages. Day Two will feature many speakers from the Russian tech startup ecosy...
04:21 am GMT - Sun, December 8, 2013
Techcrunch Verizon Is Acquiring Content Delivery Network EdgeCast For More Than $350 Million
Verizon is looking to get deeper into the content delivery business with the acquisition of Los Angeles-based CDN provider EdgeCast Networks, TechCrunch has heard. According to a source, the deal for ...
04:00 am GMT - Sun, December 8, 2013
Techcrunch CrunchWeek: Amazon Drones, Ubers Leaked Revenue, 23andMes FDA Trouble
December is officially here, and it’s a particularly cold weekend for much of the United States. Looking for a way to stay warm? I humbly suggest that you huddle around the cozy glow of your com...
12:47 am GMT - Sun, December 8, 2013
Techcrunch A Few Basic Science And Tech Facts Many Americans Dont Know
How does a power cord charge a cell phone? Magic, silly! According to a Pew poll, many of my fellow Americans are completely in the dark about how their world works, including the fact that carbon dio...
11:00 pm GMT - Sat, December 7, 2013
Techcrunch Gillmor Gang: Game of Drones
The Gillmor Gang John Borthwick, Robert Scoble, Dan Farber, Doc Searls, and Steve Gillmor imagine a world 30 years in the future and discover it looks pretty much the same. A world where drones drop...
09:30 pm GMT - Sat, December 7, 2013
Techcrunch Meet The Nate Silver Of Education. Bruce Baker Will Bring Sanity To Reform Hype
Public school children have become lab rats of policymakers who are eager to see change faster than we can study what works. Experimental reforms are often founded on the lackluster research of ideolo...
08:00 pm GMT - Sat, December 7, 2013
Techcrunch The Open Secret Of iBeacon: Apple Could Have 250M Potential Units In The Wild By 2014
Yesterday, Apple began a small press push on its new iBeacon technology, pushed an Apple Store app update to support them and turned the feature on in 254 U.S. based stores in an initial rollout. Acco...
07:00 pm GMT - Sat, December 7, 2013
Techcrunch Its Time For A Special Regulatory Zone
Your government is the enemy of the future. Innovative technology that would disrupt the world as we know it is already here, but oppressive government bureaucrats keep getting in its way. Taxi commis...
05:07 pm GMT - Sat, December 7, 2013
Techcrunch Localizing Games For China Doesnt Just Mean Making Them More Chinese
China boasts the world's fastest growing market for mobile devices and, like in the rest of the world, games dominate the amount of time users spend in apps. The top publishers there already include o...
12:35 pm GMT - Sat, December 7, 2013
Techcrunch STI Buys Chalkable For $10M To Bring Its Educational App Store And Learning Platform To K-12 Schools
With entrepreneurs beginning to wake up to the huge demand for better learning tools, and the opportunity for technology to remove some of the long-standing barriers within the system, startups have b...
09:01 am GMT - Sat, December 7, 2013
Techcrunch Play-i Raises $1.4M From The Crowd For Toy Robots That Make Programming Kid-Friendly, Comes To Stores Near You Next Summer
If we’re going to prepare future generations for an increasingly technical world (and workforce) ahead, then we need to teach them computer science and engineering. To some, that may sound like ...
07:52 am GMT - Sat, December 7, 2013
Techcrunch Facebook Videos Now Auto-Play On Mobile, Expect Video Ads Soon
FB could look a lot more like TV soon. While Vine and Instagram Video are booming, you don't see many people natively uploading videos to Facebook. But now Facebook is bringing auto-play for native vi...
06:36 am GMT - Sat, December 7, 2013
Techcrunch Inside Indias Aadhar, The Worlds Biggest Biometrics Database
  India’s Unique Citizen Identification project, also known as Aadhar, earlier this week finished capturing demographic and biometric data of about half a billion citizens–the largest...
05:56 am GMT - Sat, December 7, 2013
Techcrunch Today In Dystopian War Robots That Will Harvest Us For Our Organs
Good morning and how do you do? Do you enjoy all of your limbs and organs? Good! Keep them healthy because these Dystopian War Robots are sure to want them when they come to power. To begin with, we p...
05:48 am GMT - Sat, December 7, 2013
Techcrunch Architect Bradley Rothenberg Does 3D-Printed Fashion At The Annual Victorias Secret Show
The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show is about so much more than lingerie.Over the years the annual event, which took place in Manhattan in mid-November and airs December 10, has grown into a mega-beast ...
04:38 am GMT - Sat, December 7, 2013
Techcrunch Ask A VC: Redpoints Geoff Yang On What Makes A Successful Entrepreneur
In this week's Ask A VC episode, Redpoint partner Geoff Yang joined us in the studio to talk about entrepreneurship, international investing and much more....
03:54 am GMT - Sat, December 7, 2013
Techcrunch Flurry Raises Another $12.5M For Mobile Analytics And Advertising
Mobile analytics company Flurry has raised $12.5 million in new funding, as first revealed in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission and confirmed by a Flurry spokesperson....
03:34 am GMT - Sat, December 7, 2013
Techcrunch NSA Claims Collecting Cellphone Location Data Is Legal Under Executive Order From 1981
Today the National Security Agency (NSA) discussed its program that collects billions of cellphone location records each day. The NSA targets foreign phones but also absorbs data on the phones of Amer...
03:01 am GMT - Sat, December 7, 2013
Techcrunch Beeline Bikes Is Like A Homejoy Or Uber-For-Bike Repair
While there are thousands of small, independently-owned bike shops across the country and in bike-friendly cities like San Francisco, it’s still a pain to bring your bike in for a tune-up. There...
03:01 am GMT - Sat, December 7, 2013
Techcrunch Beeline Bikes Is Like A Homejoy Or Uber For Bike Repair
While there are thousands of small, independently owned bike shops across the country and in bike-friendly cities like San Francisco, it’s still a pain to bring your bike in for a tune-up. There...
03:00 am GMT - Sat, December 7, 2013
Techcrunch Wisely Helps You Find Where To Shop Or Eat Based On Real Consumer Spending Patterns, Not User Reviews
When looking for a new place to eat, drink or shop, most people turn to local recommendations services like Yelp, Google Places, or Foursquare, for example. A new mobile application called Wisely, lau...
02:58 am GMT - Sat, December 7, 2013
Techcrunch Gift Guide: Five Kitchen Gadgets Your Foodie Will Eat Right Up
More food is consumed during the holiday season than any other time. But that's the thing with food; you can't stay full forever. And so these gadgets, services and tools should serve your food-friend...
02:07 am GMT - Sat, December 7, 2013
Techcrunch Bitcoin Value Loses Its Mind As Trading Lags On The Mt.Gox Exchange
Bitcoin is acting up at the moment. Following a steep decline that saw the currency trade at prices not seen since late November, trading of Bitcoin on the Mt.Gox exchange has gone crackerdog. It has ...
02:06 am GMT - Sat, December 7, 2013
Techcrunch Gillmor Gang Live 12.06.13 (TCTV)
Gillmor Gang - John Borthwick, Robert Scoble, Doc Searls, Dan Farber, and Steve Gillmor. Live recording session today at 1pm Pacific. Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/GillmorGang...
01:24 am GMT - Sat, December 7, 2013
Techcrunch Microsoft Really Doesnt Want You To Buy A Chromebook
About a week after posting its first anti-Chromebook “Scroogled” video, which features the cast of “Pawn Stars,” Microsoft is now back with a second video. But instead of revis...
01:22 am GMT - Sat, December 7, 2013
Techcrunch Former Square Wallet Lead, Google PM Raise $1.2M For Secret (Which Is A Secret)
David Byttow, the former technical lead for Square Wallet, and Chrys Bader-Wechseler, a former Google product manager at Google+, Photovine and YouTube, are raising $1.2 million for a new stealth star...
01:13 am GMT - Sat, December 7, 2013
Techcrunch Bitcoin Value Loses Its Mind As Trading Lags On The Mt.Gox Exchange
Bitcoin is acting up at the moment. Following a steep decline that saw the currency trade at prices not seen since late November, trading of Bitcoin on the Mt.Gox exchange has gone crackerdog. It has ...
01:02 am GMT - Sat, December 7, 2013
Techcrunch YC Alum MobileWorks Aims To Make Acquiring Users Easier (For A Price) With LeadGenius
Startup founders, especially those up to their necks in product development, don’t always have the head for building the kinds of customer bases required to keep their business afloat. That̵...
01:00 am GMT - Sat, December 7, 2013
Techcrunch This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Moto X, Drone Hacks, And Gift Guides Galore
Happy Friday, lovers. Gift Guide season is upon us, which is why we spend a good chunk of this podcast discussing smart gifts to buy your friends and loved ones. But that didn’t stop us from cha...
12:01 am GMT - Sat, December 7, 2013
Techcrunch Nickelodeon Vets Debut BatteryPOP, A Kid-Safe, Kid-Programmed Online Network
YouTube may be a popular destination for kids, but parents know that it's not a kid-friendly one. One innocent video of Elmo singing leads to others of him cursing and slinging racial slurs. That's wh...
11:12 pm GMT - Fri, December 6, 2013
Techcrunch National Geographic Offers Up Over 500 Maps Through Google Maps Engines Public Data Program
Google is launching an initiative to let organizations share their map data with the public, via Google's Maps product and cloud-based infrastructure, and today partner National Geographic announced t...
11:00 pm GMT - Fri, December 6, 2013
Techcrunch Y Combinator Introduces Safe, Its Alternative To Convertible Notes
Years ago, Y Combinator helped popularize the convertible note as a way for startups that go through its accelerator to easily raise seed money they need to grow. That gave companies the flexibility t...
10:00 pm GMT - Fri, December 6, 2013
Techcrunch SparkLabs Global Ventures Closes First Investments In LawPal and Memebox, Adds Brian Behlendorf And Jonathan Teo As Advisors
Global seed-stage fund SparkLabs Global Ventures, which launched in October, has closed the first two investments. The $30 million fund seeks to identify and support promising startups around the worl...
09:41 pm GMT - Fri, December 6, 2013
Techcrunch Skypes Suspicious Absence From Microsofts Anti-NSA Promises
Microsoft’s public relations department was on encrypted cloud nine yesterday, riding a wave of high-five press reports for their swift action to protect consumers from National Security Agency ...
09:41 pm GMT - Fri, December 6, 2013
Techcrunch Overrun With Messaging Apps
Because I'll install almost any app on my iPhone just to take a look, I've got a jam-packed folder called "messaging apps" that's now five pages deep. It includes only the big names, regional giants, ...
09:33 pm GMT - Fri, December 6, 2013
Techcrunch Less Than 10% Of Twitters Revenues Came From Promoted Trends In Q2 2013, SEC Filings Reveal
Twitter has been putting a lot of effort into its advertising business, which today is the newly-public company's primary strategy for generating revenue. But it turns out that one of its earliest, le...
09:19 pm GMT - Fri, December 6, 2013
Techcrunch 3D Model Sharing Service Sketchfab Raises $2 Million
As 3D modeling enters the mainstream, it helps to have a place to put them. That's where Sketchfab comes in. Designed as an embeddable 3D object browser, the company allows designers and tinkerers to ...
09:07 pm GMT - Fri, December 6, 2013
Techcrunch Uber And Twitter-Backer Benchmark Closes Eighth, $425M Fund
Benchmark, the VC firm that has backed Twitter, Instagram, OpenTable, Uber, Zendesk, and Nextdoor among many others, has closed its 8th fund, totaling $425 million, according to an SEC filing. Reuters...
08:34 pm GMT - Fri, December 6, 2013
Techcrunch One-Button Electronic Camera Level Makes It Easy To Get The Horizon Right In Photos
A new Kickstarter project from New Zealand based entrepreneur Graham Manson makes it easy to level your camera before you shoot, no matter where you are, so that you don't have to level your photo or ...
07:28 pm GMT - Fri, December 6, 2013
Techcrunch China Mobiles Jego Wants To Challenge Skype By Targeting Overseas Chinese Users First
Jego, a VoIP app for iOS and Android, was launched by China Mobile International last month as part of an effort to build its international retail business by offering an alternative to other VoIP ser...
06:47 pm GMT - Fri, December 6, 2013
Techcrunch Dymant Crafts And Sells The Most Luxurious Products Online
Publisher of craftsmanship Dymant just opened its doors to fashion enthusiasts and more generally fans of beautiful objects. Each month, the French startup works with luxury craftsmen to design, produ...
06:01 pm GMT - Fri, December 6, 2013
Techcrunch 23andMe Ceases Health-Focused Gene Testing, Still Offers Raw Genetic Data And Ancestry Reports
After the Food and Drug Administration ordered that 23andMe suspend use of its at-home gene testing kits, based on the government organization's belief that it constitutes a medical device and thus re...
05:52 pm GMT - Fri, December 6, 2013
Techcrunch Dick Costolo Admits Twitter May Be Confusing To Some
Twitter CEO Dick Costolo has been doing the interview rounds, with Matt Lauer of the Today Show getting his turn today. As befitting the mass-market appeal of the morning TV program, Costolo admitted ...
05:24 pm GMT - Fri, December 6, 2013
Techcrunch Apple Turns On iBeacons In All Its 254 U.S. Stores For In-Store Notifications And More
Apple will kick off this weekend by launching iBeacons functionality in all of its 254 domestic U.S. stores, according to a new report by the AP. The location-based tech will work with the official iO...
12:15 pm GMT - Fri, December 6, 2013
Techcrunch Maxthon Reaffirms Commitment To PC With New Windows Desktop Browser
Cloud-based browser maker Maxthon's latest announcements have been for mobile products (including its deal with MediaTek to be pre-loaded onto 100 million mobile devices next year). Despite keeping pa...
07:48 am GMT - Fri, December 6, 2013
Techcrunch Spotify Will Launch Limited Free Mobile Access At Dec 11th Event, Source Confirms
Spotify plans to make mobile access to its music service free, The Wall Street Journal reports. Now a source confirms with TechCrunch that the free mobile tier will launch December 11th at a press eve...
06:29 am GMT - Fri, December 6, 2013
Techcrunch Big Data Company Palantir Is Raising $58M At A Hefty $9B Valuation
Palantir, the big data company that secured clients like the NSA, the FBI and the CIA early on, is topping up its recent September funding round with a 50 percent bump in valuation. The company is now...
05:55 am GMT - Fri, December 6, 2013
Techcrunch SurveyMonkey CEO David Goldberg On Swinging Into London To Build Out A Global Enterprise Business
At 14 years old, SurveyMonkey, the online feedback and survey company, is "not quite a startup anymore," says its CEO David Goldberg. But the last year has marked what you might call a second childhoo...
05:43 am GMT - Fri, December 6, 2013
Techcrunch Job Site Dice Acquires Recruiting Startup getTalent
getTalent founder and CEO Abraham Shafi told me that his SuccessFactors-backed startup was just acquired by job site Dice.With getTalent, customers (who supposedly include Walmart, MTV, and Box) can a...
05:33 am GMT - Fri, December 6, 2013
Techcrunch If Instagram Isnt Building Private Messaging, It Should Be
Once upon a time, Instagram was a little app for sharingphotos with friends and photography buffs. Its mostly publicsharing model worked at that size. But now with over 150 millionusers, widespread aw...
05:19 am GMT - Fri, December 6, 2013
Techcrunch Box Confirms It Raised $100M To Help Accelerate Global Expansion
The mega rounds continue to drop, with enterprise-facing cloud storage company Box confirming that it has raised $100 million in fresh outside funds.TechCrunch reported and confirmed the funding in la...
05:05 am GMT - Fri, December 6, 2013
Techcrunch Google Pushes White House Petition Demanding The Government Secure A Warrant To Read Your Email
Google is promoting a White House petition calling for reform to theElectronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), amending it to require a warrant for the government to read the email of its citizens....
03:42 am GMT - Fri, December 6, 2013
Techcrunch Online Code School Bloc Raises $2 Million For Its Web Development Apprenticeship Program
A company focused on teaching anyone the fundamentals of web development, Bloc, has raised $2 million in seed funding, in a round led byHarrison Metal, with First Round Capital, Baseline Ventures, and...
03:35 am GMT - Fri, December 6, 2013
Techcrunch Monetate Raises $8M To Help Companies Target Online Customers
Monetate has raised $8 million for its platform that helps companies such as Best Buyincrease their sales through the analysis of information from multiple sources such as interactions with the web si...
03:17 am GMT - Fri, December 6, 2013
Techcrunch Keen OnJessica Rosenworcel: Why Silicon Valley And Washington DC Cant Live Without Each Other
There are, of course, many libertarians in Silicon Valley who see Washington DC as the mortal enemy of innovation. But according to Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, who was appointed to the Federal C...
03:08 am GMT - Fri, December 6, 2013
Techcrunch eBay Pushes Into Curating And Selling Digital Goods, Launches Dedicated Marketplace For Digital Comics
eBay has long been known as the defacto marketplace for buying and selling physical goods. But today the marketplace giant is making an interesting move into digital goods, launching a dedicated marke...
02:59 am GMT - Fri, December 6, 2013
Techcrunch Filing Indicates Snapchat Is Looking To Raise $54.5M At Around A $2B Valuation
According to a filing uncovered by VC Experts, Snapchat has authorized a new share class called Series C Preferred. The class of 1.6 million shares is set to be valued at $34.0893 each, according to a...
02:59 am GMT - Fri, December 6, 2013
Techcrunch Googles Voice Search On Android And iOS Can Now Answer Questions In German, French And Japanese
Google has long had a thing for voice search, but until now, the only language it fully supported was English. Even though voice search itself is available for a few dozen languages, the only language...
02:50 am GMT - Fri, December 6, 2013
Techcrunch We Need Your Help To Design The Hardware Battlefield Trophy
We are about to embark on amazing adventure and we need your help. In January we are holding our first Hardware Battlefield in Las Vegas, Nevada to coincide with CES. We will bring 15 great hardware s...
02:24 am GMT - Fri, December 6, 2013
Techcrunch Airfy Is A Wi-Fi Hotspot That You Wouldnt Be Ashamed To Take Home To Mother
Wi-Fi routers are usually boring. Designed to look as innocuous as possible, designers basically go for the "black box with lights on it" approach and head home. Not Airfy....
02:13 am GMT - Fri, December 6, 2013
Techcrunch Gift Guide: Tools And Toys For The Amateur Or Master Photographer
Taking pictures is fun, frustrating and rewarding. But the right gear helps minimize the frustration and bump up the other two. This guide covers a range of photographers, from amateur mobile shooters...
01:16 am GMT - Fri, December 6, 2013
Techcrunch Who Is The Real Satoshi Nakamoto? One Researcher May Have Found The Answer
The Internet did something strange last week. When a researcher named Skye Grey posted a detailed analysis of textual biases in the writing of shadowing Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto and a research...
12:52 am GMT - Fri, December 6, 2013
Techcrunch Google-Backed Anti-Patent Troll Bill Passes The House
The most unproductive Congress in history is on a mini-roll: the House of Representative passed its second piece of tech legislation this week. The Google and White House-backed Innovation Act seeks t...
12:29 am GMT - Fri, December 6, 2013
Techcrunch YC-Backed Bop.fm Links Together Music Silos Like Spotify, Radio And iTunes To Share Tracks Universally
Competition for listeners among digital music companies is tough (and getting tougher). But while each builds a business that it hopes will stand out enough from the rest of the pack, a new startup ca...
12:22 am GMT - Fri, December 6, 2013
Techcrunch Instagram Invite For Mysterious December 12 Media Event May Hint Toward Printing
Instagram has invited members of the media to an event in NYC on December 12 to "share a moment" with Kevin Systrom and the Instagram team. It's unclear what this event is in reference to, but conside...
12:00 am GMT - Fri, December 6, 2013
Techcrunch Shopifys Popify Retail Store Brings Independent Vendors Greater Visibility
Ottawa-based Shopify, which now has a growing office in Toronto thanks in large part to the company's recent acquisition of Jet Cooper and Rocketr, is running a pop-up retail experience in Toronto's K...
11:51 pm GMT - Thu, December 5, 2013
Techcrunch Trifacta Raises $12M For Platform That Uses Human And Machine Interactions To Prepare Data For Analysis
Trifacta, a platform to prepare data for analysis, has closed a $12 million Series B round led by Greylock Partners and Accel Partners. The company has now raised a total of $16.3 million.In an email...
11:46 pm GMT - Thu, December 5, 2013
Techcrunch Clever Gets $10 Million From Sequoia To Provide A Standardized API For School Data
Clever launched last summer to provide a standardized API for K-12 schools which will allow them to unlock and share data with each other and with outside developers. Over the past year and a half, th...
11:34 pm GMT - Thu, December 5, 2013
Techcrunch Bitcoin Back Over $1K After Chinese Ban, BofA Comments, And Greenspan Mockery
It’s been a rough day for Bitcoin. China slapped a ban on it, Bank of America said it is “at risk of running ahead of its fundamentals” claiming it has little short-term upside, and ...
11:22 pm GMT - Thu, December 5, 2013
Techcrunch BlackBerry Messenger Directory Search App Lands On Android & Charts Uptick In BBM Interest
BlackBerry hardware may be languishing unloved on warehouse shelves but the company formerly known as RIM's long-in-the-tooth mobile messaging client, BBM, ain't dead yet. Indeed, it's enjoying a bit ...
11:17 pm GMT - Thu, December 5, 2013
Techcrunch Microsoft Sheds $12B In Market Cap On News That Fords Mulally Wont Be Its Next CEO
Ding. Today investors unloaded Microsoft's stock following indications that current Ford President and CEO Alan Mulallywon't be its next CEO. Ford board memberEdsel Ford II stated that "Alan is stayin...
11:17 pm GMT - Thu, December 5, 2013
Techcrunch Microsoft Sheds $12B In Market Cap On News That Fords Alan Mulally Wont Be Its Next CEO
Ding. Today investors unloaded Microsoft's stock following indications that current Ford President and CEO Alan Mulallywon't be its next CEO. Ford board memberEdsel Ford II stated that "Alan is stayin...
11:14 pm GMT - Thu, December 5, 2013
Techcrunch Play Canvas Wins The Knock-Out Fight At Startup AddVenture Summit In Kiev
Startup AddVenture Summit is a new conference to hit the European circuit. Unusually, it's run in Kiev, Ukraine, which turns out to be a rather good idea because Russians can easily travel there witho...
10:49 pm GMT - Thu, December 5, 2013
Techcrunch Twitter Announces Tailored Audiences For Ad Retargeting
Twitter just published a blog post announcing a new product for advertisers called “tailored audiences”. Basically, this confirms the report by TechCrunch’s Josh Constine yesterday s...
10:48 pm GMT - Thu, December 5, 2013
Techcrunch Brace Launches Dropbox-Powered Hosting Solution For Static Sites
Sometimes, all you need is a static website. Thanks to the advances in HTML5 and JavaScript, you can even offer relatively complex services through a static site. Brace, which is launching today, beli...
10:35 pm GMT - Thu, December 5, 2013
Techcrunch Data Portability Win! Google Now Lets You Export All Your Gmail & Calendar Data Via Google Takeout
Google has been good about offering a number data portability options through its Google Takeout service, which has previously allowed users to download data for over a dozen products, including Conta...
10:24 pm GMT - Thu, December 5, 2013
Techcrunch Microsoft Launches Bing Maps Preview With High-Res 3D Imagery
As Microsoft promised during its BUILD developer conference earlier this year, the company today launched a first preview of its new maps app for Windows 8.1. The highlight of this release is the addi...
10:16 pm GMT - Thu, December 5, 2013
Techcrunch Swapbox Lands $800K To Take On Googles BufferBox And Amazons Lockers
San Francisco-based startup and Y Combinator Winter 2013 class member Swapbox has raised $800,000 in seed funding, led by Tony Hsieh's Vegas Tech Fund investment vehicle and including Fuel Capital, YC...
10:11 pm GMT - Thu, December 5, 2013
Techcrunch Sound Familiar? Trace Launches A Social App That Lets You Share Your Purchases With Friends
If at first you don't succeed, try, try again...to build another social network around users' recent shopping purchases. Traceis the latest startup to give social commerce a go, with a new iPhone app,...
09:50 pm GMT - Thu, December 5, 2013
Techcrunch Google Still Lags In Mobile Cameras, But Android 4.1.1 Should Make Things Better For The Nexus 5
Google's Android OS has many venerable traits, but the camera isn't one of them. The software iterates with each release, but it doesn't ever get all that much better, and the hardware on Android devi...
09:30 pm GMT - Thu, December 5, 2013
Techcrunch After 12M Downloads, Houzz Launches Redesigned iOS App With Full Screen Images, Easier Navigation
Houzz, the popular online platform for home remodeling and design, is launching a completely redesigned iOS app for iPhone and iPad today. The new version features an updated look and feel in line wit...
09:04 pm GMT - Thu, December 5, 2013
Techcrunch This Week On The TC Europe Podcast: Mallzee, Kano, And Hoxton Ventures
This week on the TC Europe podcast we talk about the up and coming Mallzee that actually lets you tell your friends what to by, the easy-to-use Kano Raspberry Pi had, and Haxton Ventures, a fund dropp...
09:00 pm GMT - Thu, December 5, 2013
Techcrunch Foursquare 7.0 Brings Scannable Design And Expands Proactive Recommendations To All Users
Way back in the ancient prehistory of 2009, Foursquare made its first foray into push notifications, at a time when using push at all was still rare. Two years later, it made an attempt to capitalize ...
08:57 pm GMT - Thu, December 5, 2013
Techcrunch Amazons Grocery Delivery Service, AmazonFresh, May Launch In SF Next Week
What's better than drones delivering your stuff? Drones delivering your food*. ...
08:33 pm GMT - Thu, December 5, 2013
Techcrunch Social Travel App Jetpac Ditches Facebook, Pivots To Instagram-Based City Guides For At-A-Glance Recommendations
Facebook-based social travel apps may have run their course.Jetpac, a gorgeous but ultimately slow-to-grow travel app for iPad, which last year raised $2.4 million in Series A funding, is shifting its...
08:06 pm GMT - Thu, December 5, 2013
Techcrunch Amazon Tops Customer Satisfaction Ratings For Leading Brands While Facebook Languishes At The Bottom
Amazon has been riding the holiday sales push with some whizz-bang marketing highlighting its delivery prowess and sympathy for our consumerist frustrations (the latest: drone couriers and anti- "wrap...
07:12 pm GMT - Thu, December 5, 2013
Techcrunch Twitter Names Marjorie Scardino, Ex-CEO Of Pearson, As The First Female Member Of Its Board
Twitter has announced the appointment of its first female board member, Marjorie Scardino, the former CEO of media company Pearson. The appointment is effective immediately. She's also joining the aud...
07:00 pm GMT - Thu, December 5, 2013
Techcrunch Homejoy Raises $38M As It Looks To Expand Beyond Home Cleaning
Homejoy, a startup that makes it easy and relatively affordable ($20 an hour) to sign up for a home cleaning, is announcing that it has raised $38 million in new funding.The money was actually raised ...
07:00 pm GMT - Thu, December 5, 2013
Techcrunch SmartThings Rolls Out A New iPhone App To Simplify Adding Your Home To The Internet Of Things
If you haven't yet connected all the rooms and lights and doors in your house to the Internet of Things, SmartThings wants to make it easier for you to do so. With the latest version of its iPhone app...
07:00 pm GMT - Thu, December 5, 2013
Techcrunch Fleksys Android Keyboard Gets First Stable Release, Adds Multiple Languages To Beta
San Francisco-based Fleksy offers predictive text typing that's so intuitive it can be used without even a glance at a screen, and now the app is finally exiting beta on Android. Fleksy works by analy...
06:40 pm GMT - Thu, December 5, 2013
Techcrunch U.K. Government Jumps On The Autonomous Robot Bandwagon, Sort Of
The U.K. government appears to be taking a leaf out of Jeff Bezos' Massive Book Of Marketing Genius -- by spicing up the dry digital tome that is its 2013 National Infrastructure Plan, which sets out ...
06:29 pm GMT - Thu, December 5, 2013
Techcrunch Apple Patents A Siri Dock For An Always-On Digital Assistant At Home
Apple has applied for a patent for a dock that lives at a user's home, designed to work with an iOS device's Siri function and make them into an always-on assistant with smart home potential. The dock...
06:15 pm GMT - Thu, December 5, 2013
Techcrunch ClearDATA Lands $14M To Give The Healthcare Industry A HIPAA-Compliant Cloud Alternative To AWS And Rackspace
As Big Data and analytics are take hold in nearly every industry, a whole new set of demands and problems face IT teams within organizations. This is especially true among healthcare companies, which ...
10:46 am GMT - Thu, December 5, 2013
Techcrunch Perpetu Lets You Decide What Happens To Your Online Accounts After You Die
One day each of us will pass on and be no more. We will cease to be, expired stiff and bereft of life, our metabolic processes part of history. Most of us don't like to think about joining the choir i...
10:36 am GMT - Thu, December 5, 2013
Techcrunch ToyTalk Isnt Just Entertaining Our Kids, Its Teaching Our Machines To Converse
Today the talking iPad app The Winston Show from ToyTalk gets two new scenarios based on classic movie genres. The skethc called In the Movies has a film noir segment called Winston Sly, Private Eye a...
10:25 am GMT - Thu, December 5, 2013
Techcrunch Pinterests Engineering Lead Jon Jenkins Leaves To Launch His Own Startup
Jon Jenkins, who joined Pinterest a year ago as its head of engineering, is leaving the company in what he describes on Quora as a "bittersweet" decision. Jenkins says wants to launch his own company,...
10:04 am GMT - Thu, December 5, 2013
Techcrunch Former Battery Ventures Partner Brian OMalley Joins Accels Early Stage Team
Accel Partners has announced that Brian O'Malley will join the venture capital firm as a partner on its early stage team. O'Malley was formerly a general partner at Battery Ventures, where he led its ...
08:27 am GMT - Thu, December 5, 2013
Techcrunch Apple Finally Signs Long-Awaited Deal To Sell iPhones On China Mobiles Network
China Mobile has finally signed a deal to offer Apple iPhones on its network, an agreement that took years to reach, reports the Wall Street Journal. China Mobile is the world's largest mobile carrier...
07:13 am GMT - Thu, December 5, 2013
Techcrunch Second Screen TV Startup Wywy Raises $7M For International Growth
Wywy, a German company promising to help monetize TV activity on mobile devices, is announcing that it has raised $7 million in Series B funding.According to the wywy website, the company's history go...
06:28 am GMT - Thu, December 5, 2013
Techcrunch Twitter Is About To Officially Launch Retargeted Ads
Twitter is ready to roll out retargeted ads fueled by browser cookies, sources confirm. Twitter could make the announcement as soon as tomorrow, expanding retargeted ads beyond the "experimental" phas...
04:52 am GMT - Thu, December 5, 2013
Techcrunch Ahead of Christmas, ZowPow Launches Plush Toy Controllers That Interact With Mobile Games
Like moths to a flame, kids gravitate toward iPad and iPhone games. But for parents that want their children to still be exposed to real-world toys, a new startup called ZowPow is offering a way that ...
04:41 am GMT - Thu, December 5, 2013
Techcrunch Here Are 2013s Most Popular Tunes, According To Our Informal Survey Of Music Startups
As we head into the last leg of 2013, you may find yourself misty-eyed, staring out the window and listening a mashup of this year's biggest musical hits. It was a good year, and not just because One ...
04:34 am GMT - Thu, December 5, 2013
Techcrunch Microsoft Closes At $38.94, Its Highest Point In 13.38 Years
Microsoft's stock closed at $38.94 this afternoon, a level that the company hasn't seen since 2000. As Dow Jones noted today,the last day that Microsoft managed to close above $38.49 was July 18, 2000...
04:00 am GMT - Thu, December 5, 2013
Techcrunch AmEx Now Allows You To Apply Your Reward Points To Everyday Purchases Via Your Mobile Phone
AmEx has made a fairly significant improvement to its points redemption system, via the financial institution's mobile app. So all those points that AmEx users rack up when swiping their card or makin...
03:35 am GMT - Thu, December 5, 2013
Techcrunch Leaked Uber Numbers, Which We've Confirmed, Point To Over $1B Gross, $213M Revenue
Today, Valleywag got its hands on leaked screenshots of Uber's dashboard, along with a series of numbers from two weeks ago that show raw revenue, signups, active clients and ride request/completion r...
03:35 am GMT - Thu, December 5, 2013
Techcrunch Leaked Uber Numbers, Which Weve Confirmed, Point To Over $1B Gross, $213M Revenue
Today, Valleywag got its hands on leaked screenshots of Uber’s dashboard, along with a series of numbers from two weeks ago that show raw revenue, signups, active clients and ride request/comple...
02:36 am GMT - Thu, December 5, 2013
Techcrunch Yahoo Closes Above $38 For The First Time Since Early 2006
Yahoo shares closed above the $38 mark today, cresting that barrier for the first time since early 2006 on the strength of a nearly 4% gain on the day. Between then and now, Yahoo has endured a long w...
02:28 am GMT - Thu, December 5, 2013
Techcrunch Publishing Platform Medium Keeps Iterating With New Photo, Layout Tools And Collection Controls
Medium, the blog publishing platform from Twitter co-founder Evan Williams, has today released new features and a few design changes. Medium has sprouted from a seedling to a full-fledged media tool i...
02:28 am GMT - Thu, December 5, 2013
Techcrunch NSA Reportedly Tracking Cell Phone Location Data
According to leaked documents from whistleblower and Russian residency enthusiast, Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency is tracking people's whereabouts en masse. By collecting the location da...
02:04 am GMT - Thu, December 5, 2013
Techcrunch RISD President John Maeda Departing To Become First Design Partner At Kleiner Perkins
John Maeda is leaving his role as president of the Rhode Island School of Design to become a design partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Maeda made the announcement in a YouTube video (emb...
01:42 am GMT - Thu, December 5, 2013
Techcrunch Carl Icahn Files $50B Apple Share Buyback Proposal
Today Time reported that activist investor Carl Icahn filed a shareholder proposal that could press Apple to increase its share buyback program. The proposal, even if it is accepted by a majority of s...
01:30 am GMT - Thu, December 5, 2013
Techcrunch ShareBloc Pivots To Be More Like Reddit For The Business World Instead Of Yelp And Quora
ShareBloc today launched as a Reddit-like link sharing community for professionals. Originally called VendorStack, the company launched in February as a peer review site that let users rate and review...
01:15 am GMT - Thu, December 5, 2013
Techcrunch No, Google Isn't The Far Right's Sugar Daddy
A report in PRWatch made it more publicly known that Google has made donations that it calls "substantial" to a number of conservative groups, includingAmericans for Tax Reform, the CATO Institute, an...
01:15 am GMT - Thu, December 5, 2013
Techcrunch No, Google Isnt The Far Rights Sugar Daddy
A report in PRWatch made it more publicly known that Google has made donations that it calls "substantial" to a number of conservative groups, includingAmericans for Tax Reform, the CATO Institute, an...
01:02 am GMT - Thu, December 5, 2013
Techcrunch How Facebook Went Mobile, In Before And After Org Charts
Facebook used to be a website translated to mobile by a tiny team, but over the last 2 years it's reorganized to make every department in the company mobile-first as revealed in two new org charts it ...
12:44 am GMT - Thu, December 5, 2013
Techcrunch Microsoft To Launch Windows Azure Region In Brazil Early Next Year
Windows Azure is coming to Brazil. As the company announced today, Azure's first Latin American region will start on-boarding preview customers within the next four to six weeks. This launch, Microsof...
12:10 am GMT - Thu, December 5, 2013
Techcrunch TouchCast Brings Its Interactive Video Tools To PCs
TouchCast, a startup with a more interactive approach to online video, is launching a beta version of its Windows PC app today.The company was co-founded by former TechCrunch editor Erick Schonfeld an...
12:00 am GMT - Thu, December 5, 2013
Techcrunch Intuit Agrees To Acquire Small Business Document Startup Docstoc
Intuit, maker of financial products like Quickbooks and TurboTax, has a stated purpose of trying to be "the operating system for small business." Today, it took another step to solidify that position ...
11:55 pm GMT - Wed, December 4, 2013
Techcrunch Microsoft Revamps Imagine Cup, Adds Worldwide Semifinals And New Challenges
Microsoft's Imagine Cup is one of the world's largest software development competitions aimed at students. Since its launch 11 years ago, more than 1.7 million students have participated in it in some...
11:45 pm GMT - Wed, December 4, 2013
Techcrunch On Cyber Monday, Pinterest More Than Tripled The Revenue Sent To Online Retailers
As Pinterest opens its doors to advertisers, retailers have been carefully monitoring the service's ability to drive traffic to their sites, and more importantly, increase conversions which impact the...
11:18 pm GMT - Wed, December 4, 2013
Techcrunch German Startup Yetu Raises $8 Million To Create Open Standards For Smart Homes
Yetu AG (not to be confused with Yeti ARGGHH!) has raised $8 million in series A capital from Bilfinger Venture Capital and KfW. The company, which appeared at Disrupt in Berlin, aims to connect all i...
11:00 pm GMT - Wed, December 4, 2013
Techcrunch SmartCharge Wants You Not To Notice Power Outages At Least Until The Milk Starts To Stink
When the power goes out, it's terrible. Nothing works, and for some reason it's impossible to remember that: I always find myself doing things like "well if I can't watch TV I can at least read this b...
10:56 pm GMT - Wed, December 4, 2013
Techcrunch The Nokia-Microsoft Deal Receives The EU Antitrust Watchdog's Blessing
Today the European Union signed off on Microsoft's purchase of Nokia's handset business, a transaction worth more than $7 billion. Recently, the deal was approved by Nokia's shareholders, and the Unit...
10:21 pm GMT - Wed, December 4, 2013
Techcrunch Beats Music Streaming Service Launches January 2014, Fires Up Username Reservations
The new Beats Music streaming music service will launch January 2014, according to CEO Ian Rogers. The service also launched a ‘name claiming' site today that lets you snag a primo username earl...
10:17 pm GMT - Wed, December 4, 2013
Techcrunch Big 3D Printing Needs To Stop The Bullying
Stratasys, one of the two giants in the 3D printing market (the other is 3DSystems), is on a roll. This summer it bought one of the biggest and beloved home 3D-printer makers, MakerBot, and watched it...
10:13 pm GMT - Wed, December 4, 2013
Techcrunch Google Calendar Gets Location Autocomplete and Type-Ahead Search Results
Google Calendar is getting a small update today that adds autocomplete for locations and instant search results as you type to the company's calendaring solution. With the new location autocomplete, a...
10:09 pm GMT - Wed, December 4, 2013
Techcrunch Gift Guide: For The Tech-Savvy Music Lover And Audio Enthusiast
The holidays are a time when music fills the air, thanks to carollers and tinned music played through mall speakers. Both of those things sound horrible compared to the items in this gift guide, which...
10:00 pm GMT - Wed, December 4, 2013
Techcrunch Famo.us Unveils Widgets To Get More Developers On Board, Integrates With Firebase And Others
After two-and-a-half years, Famo.us is (almost) ready to make its JavaScript development platform available to the world, and today it's taking one big step closer to making that a reality. In its eff...
09:21 pm GMT - Wed, December 4, 2013
Techcrunch HomeAway Acquires Australian Vacation Rentals Site Stayz For $198 Million Cash
Nasdaq-listed vacation rental siteHomeAwayhas acquired Stayz, an Australia-based vacation rental service and market leader in the region, for approximately $198 million in an all-cash transaction, the...
09:18 pm GMT - Wed, December 4, 2013
Techcrunch U.K. Social Media Users Get Legal Advice From On High On Avoiding Contempt Of Court
The U.K. government's chief legal advisor, Attorney General Dominic Grieve, whose remit includes trying to ensure fair trials can take place, has decided the time has come to provide free legal advice...
09:00 pm GMT - Wed, December 4, 2013
Techcrunch Dave McClure Backed Comparison Engine, VERSUS IO, Adds Social Layer So Fans (& Fanboys) Can Chime In
Versus IO, a natural-language powered consumer electronics product comparison engine that's now getting some three million unique visits per month and growing at a monthly average of 34%, has added a ...
09:00 pm GMT - Wed, December 4, 2013
Techcrunch Kima Ventures Will Allow Startups To Raise $150K Within 15 Days Via AngelList
As Paul Graham wrote a few months ago, fundraising can be incredibly distracting to a founder. It often takes months of pitching, re-pitching and paperwork to finally get your money in the bank. Kima ...
08:23 pm GMT - Wed, December 4, 2013
Techcrunch Amazon's New Cloud Desktop Service, Amazon WorkSpaces, Arrives On iPad
Amazon WorkSpaces, the company's recently announced virtual desktops service and competitor with VMware, has now arrived on the iOS platform, or more specifically, on iPad. The new app will allow thos...
08:10 pm GMT - Wed, December 4, 2013
Techcrunch Notion Capital And NEA Put $1.8M Into International Relocation Startup MOVE Guides
MOVE Guides - a UK-based SaaS platform startup aimed at dramatically simplifying the process of someone moving their lives to an international city for work - has previously raised 400,000 funding. La...
08:01 pm GMT - Wed, December 4, 2013
Techcrunch Virtual Piggy, A Paypal For Minors, Rebrands As Oink After It Buys Domain From Kevin Rose's Milk
Oink -- a user-review app created by Kevin Rose's startup lab Milk before Milk was acquired by Google and Rose later joined Google Ventures -- never made it past its six-month birthday, but today the ...
08:00 pm GMT - Wed, December 4, 2013
Techcrunch Mobile Car Insurance App Maker Snapsheet Raises $10 Million, Hires Industry Vet David Bauer As COO
Thanks to a company called Snapsheet, the process of making a car insurance claim has gotten a lot simpler and faster, by allowing users to upload photos of the damage and receiving a response via mob...
07:38 pm GMT - Wed, December 4, 2013
Techcrunch Sugru To Offer A Kit To Attach Anything To Anything
While attaching one thing to another is a fairly basic process - epoxy is still a thing, after all - what do you use if you want to occasionally remove that thing from the other thing? The answer? Mag...
07:37 pm GMT - Wed, December 4, 2013
Techcrunch Tracking Santa Has Never Been So Technologically Friendly
Tradition is a beautiful thing. As the world speeds up, goes digital, and eventually airborne, certain traditions keep us grounded throughout the years. One such tradition is tracking Santa across the...
07:04 pm GMT - Wed, December 4, 2013
Techcrunch Infamous Hacker Creates SkyJack To Hunt, Hack, And Control Other Drones
The gray sky darkens as the sun dips below the horizon. The hum of a thousand drones replace the quiet of sunset, charging through the city behind a single leader drone. Children tug on the hands of t...
07:02 pm GMT - Wed, December 4, 2013
Techcrunch Hot Hotels Integrates With SeatID To Add Social Proof' When Booking A Last Minute Hotel Room
Hot Hotels, one of a slew of HotelTonight-styled last minute hotel booking apps, thinks that so-called "social proof" is what's needed to help travellers make better purchasing decisions. To make this...
07:01 pm GMT - Wed, December 4, 2013
Techcrunch Targeting Next $1BPlus European Exit, Hoxton Ventures Pulls Back Curtain On New $40M Early-Stage VC Fund
Although it's already made several investments, Hoxton Ventures, founded by Accel and Fidelity alums, Hussein Kanji and Rob Kniaz, is officially pulling back the curtain today. It's announcing the clo...
07:00 pm GMT - Wed, December 4, 2013
Techcrunch Sunnycomb Forecasts How Each Day's Weather Will Make You Feel
Tokyo-based Weathernews Inc (WNI) already makes Japan's top weather app with over 10 million downloads to date. So why does the company, one of the largest weather service providers in the world, want...
06:56 pm GMT - Wed, December 4, 2013
Techcrunch Seoul-Based Accelerator SparkLabs' Latest Class Includes Wearable Tech And Mobile Game Makers
SparkLabs has unveiled the latest group of startups participating in its Seoul-based accelerator program. The current batch includes locally-based companies, as well as teams from Tokyo, San Francisco...
06:38 pm GMT - Wed, December 4, 2013
Techcrunch Rubin's Robots: Google Gears Up To Revolutionize Manufacturing And Logistics
Andy Rubin left the helm of the Android team back in March, replaced by then-Chrome VP Sundar Pichai, and it's been a bit of a mystery what he's been up to since. Now, the New York Times reveals that ...
06:14 pm GMT - Wed, December 4, 2013
Techcrunch The Next-Gen USB Plug To Be Smaller And Finally Reversible
Our long worldwide nightmare is almost over. The next USB plug will finally be reversible just like Apple's Lightning connector. No more blindly jamming the connector towards the receptacle, just know...
06:03 pm GMT - Wed, December 4, 2013
Techcrunch Russia's Ticketland Raises $10M From iTech Capital To Up Its E-Ticketing Sales
Russian event ticketing company Ticketland -- which claims to be closing in on being the largest player in Eastern Europe -- has raised a new round of funding: $10 million from Russia-based Private Eq...
05:44 pm GMT - Wed, December 4, 2013
Techcrunch iBeacons Used To Deliver Location-Based Access To iOS Newsstand Publications
iBeacon, Apple's hyperlocal trigger tech in iOS 7, is an innovation that holds a lot of promise, and that will probably continue to make waves in the retail industry for a long time to come. One Londo...
05:30 pm GMT - Wed, December 4, 2013
Techcrunch Mayfield Backs Connected, Commercial Drone Maker 3D Robotics With $6M
In September, drone and aierial robotics maker 3D Robotics announced a $30 million funding round from Foundry Group, True Ventures, O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, and SK Ventures. Today, Mayfield Fund i...
05:22 pm GMT - Wed, December 4, 2013
Techcrunch Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates Put $9M Into EducationSuperHighway, A Non-Profit To Improve Broadband In Schools
The digital divide between those who have Internet access and those who do not is often described as an economic or geographical issue, but there is another divide that actually runs across both of th...
05:22 pm GMT - Wed, December 4, 2013
Techcrunch Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates Put $9M Into EducationSuperHighway To Improve School Broadband
The digital divide between those who have Internet access and those who do not is often described as an economic or geographical issue, but there is another divide that actually runs across both of th...
05:00 pm GMT - Wed, December 4, 2013
Techcrunch Misfit Raises $15.2M From Li Ka-shing's Horizons Ventures For Its Activity Tracker, The Shine
Misfit Wearables, the hardware startup that built a sleek activity tracker called the Shine, just picked up $15.2 million from Li Ka-shing's Horizons Ventures in a big, new growth round. Jason Wong, a...
05:00 pm GMT - Wed, December 4, 2013
Techcrunch Stealthy Payments Startup Clinkle Brings On Two More Former Netflixers To Fill Out Its Executive Ranks
Super-stealthy payments startup Clinkle is expanding its executive ranks, and it's doing so by bringing on a few folks who had previously worked with new COO Barry McCarthy at Netflix. Today it's anno...
05:00 pm GMT - Wed, December 4, 2013
Techcrunch Stealthy Payments Startup Clinkle Brings On Two Former Netflixers To Fill Out Its Exec Ranks
Super-stealthy payments startup Clinkle is expanding its executive ranks, and it's doing so by bringing on a few folks who had previously worked with new COO Barry McCarthy at Netflix. Today it's anno...
03:33 pm GMT - Wed, December 4, 2013
Techcrunch Accel Leads $4.5M Series A In Trufa, An SAP HANA Startup Using Predictive Analytics For Opex Efficiency
Accel Partners has led a $4.5 million Series A funding round in Heidelberg, German-based startup Trufa, which is focused on improving enterprises operational efficiency using real-time analytics that ...
12:30 pm GMT - Wed, December 4, 2013
Techcrunch The Android-Powered, Dual-Screen YotaPhone Launches In Russia And Beyond For 499
Remember the YotaPhone? The delightfully kooky Russian smartphone that pairs a bog-standard LCD screen with an eInk display on its rump? It's been teased for a launch for months now, but the company b...
11:31 am GMT - Wed, December 4, 2013
Techcrunch From The Infinity Ventures Summit In Kyoto/Japan: 12 Japanese Startups Set Out Their Pitches
Japanese VC firmInfinity Venture Partnersis organizing the so-calledInfinity Ventures Summit Fall 2013(IVS) in Kyoto/Japan this week, an online industry event that's taking place twice a year.Like at ...
10:01 am GMT - Wed, December 4, 2013
Techcrunch Steve Case's Revolution Growth Invests $22 Million In Local, Organic Salad Chain Sweetgreen
Local, organic salad chain Sweetgreen has attracted $22 million in funding from Revolution Growth, the investment fund founded by Steve Case, Ted Leonsis, and Donn Davis. Along with the funding, Case ...
06:55 am GMT - Wed, December 4, 2013
Techcrunch Brazilian Antivirus Startup PSafe Raises $30M Series C From China's Qihoo 360 And Redpoint e.ventures
Brazilian antivirus startup PSafeannounced a $30 million Series C investment round today. Chinese antivirus company Qihoo 360led the round with a $25 million investment, and existing investors Redpoin...
06:36 am GMT - Wed, December 4, 2013
Techcrunch In Rovio And Supercell's Wake, Finland's Gaming Scene Sees A Renaissance
Somehow, 2013 marked the year that Helsinki became a global gaming capital in its own right. Maybe it was because Supercell, a humble gaming studio that started back in 2010, blossomed into a $3 billi...
06:24 am GMT - Wed, December 4, 2013
Techcrunch New Card Skimmer Attaches To A Real POS Card Reader Like A Nasty Succubus
Brian Krebs has found a fascinating example of a card skimmer - essentially a machine that steals your credit card number - that masquerades as a real POS terminal. The skimmer fits over the ubiquitou...
05:49 am GMT - Wed, December 4, 2013
Techcrunch Yahoo Acquires Team Behind Dreamworks Animation Incubated Mobile Video App Ptch
Ptch, the Dreamworks Animation-incubated mobile video startup, has been acquired by Yahoo. The app was launched just over a year ago and will shut down on January 2, 2014. Until then, you'll be able t...
05:13 am GMT - Wed, December 4, 2013
Techcrunch Amazon To Look Into Deliveries By Self-Driving Car
Just kidding. But since Jeff Bezos is going to pull his April Fool's Day jokes early for traffic, then so will we. Because quite honestly, 'twas the night before Cyber Monday, and all through the hous...
04:31 am GMT - Wed, December 4, 2013
Techcrunch Send In Your Questions For Ask A VC With DFJ's Josh Stein
Ask a VC is back this week after a brief hiatus--and our guest this week is DFJ managing director Josh Stein. As you may remember, you can submit questions for our guests either in the comments or her...
04:07 am GMT - Wed, December 4, 2013
Techcrunch With A Fresh $200M In The Bank, Airbnb Built A Replica Of The Dr. Strangelove War Room In Its Office
Airbnb recently raised a fresh $200 million (total funding: $326 million), and also built a replica of the war room from the film Dr. Strangelove in its new office. A profile of its digs in Modern Lux...
04:07 am GMT - Wed, December 4, 2013
Techcrunch After Raising $200M More, Airbnb Built A Replica Of The Dr. Strangelove War Room In Its Office
Airbnb's last round of funding totaled$200 million, bringing itstotal funding to$326 million. The company also has a new office that includesa replica of the war room from the film Dr. Strangelove. A ...
04:01 am GMT - Wed, December 4, 2013
Techcrunch Apple, PrimeSense And Perceptive Computing Or: Why Your Phone Will See In 3D
Last month Apple confirmed the acquisition of Israeli motion-sensing company PrimeSense. Initial thoughts turned towards applications in the Apple TV set-top box, but other reports that Apple was inte...
03:14 am GMT - Wed, December 4, 2013
Techcrunch Instagram Blocks Competitor Mobli From Its API
The relationship between Instagram and competitor Mobli, a photo- and video-sharing app out of Israel, has been a rocky one. Today Instagram blocked Mobli's access to the Instagram API, effectively ma...
03:08 am GMT - Wed, December 4, 2013
Techcrunch Biba Adds A Desktop Version To Its Mobile-First Internet Conferencing Service
Biba, an Internet conferencing startup that came out of stealth last spring, has launched a new desktop app,screen sharingcapability and HD audio. The service, designed originally to be used on iOS an...
02:14 am GMT - Wed, December 4, 2013
Techcrunch The New Just.me Wins Auction For The Old Just.me's Assets
Mobile messaging startup Just.me announced a couple of weeks ago that its assets were being auctioned off. Now it looks like the auction is over. The winner? Just.me.Well, technically it's "Just.me 20...
01:45 am GMT - Wed, December 4, 2013
Techcrunch Google Wallet Cards Arriving Now, But Consumer Benefits Remain Unclear
Those who signed up for the new Google Wallet debit card at the end of November are now receiving their cards in the mail, following the Thanksgiving holiday here in the U.S. This MasterCard-powered d...
01:35 am GMT - Wed, December 4, 2013
Techcrunch House Approves Plastic Gun Ban, But Fails To Update Law For 3D Weapons
The most unproductive Congress in history could not manage to update a ban on plastic guns for the era of 3D printed weapons. Today, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted to extend theUnde...
01:24 am GMT - Wed, December 4, 2013
Techcrunch Paid Game Downloads Spike 34% On The Windows Store In November, But Microsoft Obscures Other Data Points
In November, paid downloads of games on the Windows Store grew 34.12 percent, while free game downloads grew a more modest 13.41percent. In the month, the Windows Store's assortment of games saw 1,311...
11:40 pm GMT - Tue, December 3, 2013
Techcrunch Windows 8.1 Surpasses Windows Vista Among Steam Users, Drives Windows 8.x Over The 18% Mark
The Windows 8.x family of operating systems had a rough November, but among gamers the recently released Windows 8.1 is performing decently. In November, gamers using the Steam platform sent Windows 8...
11:35 pm GMT - Tue, December 3, 2013
Techcrunch Chrome Beta Gets New Tools For Mobile Development With Better Viewport Emulation, Screencast-Enabled Remote Debugging
With the launch of the latest Chrome beta this morning, Google introduced a number of new tools for mobile developers that should make it a bit easier for them to test their mobile web apps right from...
11:32 pm GMT - Tue, December 3, 2013
Techcrunch Gift Guide: Walk Your Way Into 2014
As a convert to the standing desk lifestyle, I wondered just what I could do to further expand my alternative loafing lifestyle. To that end I brought a desk treadmill into the home, a decision that I...
11:18 pm GMT - Tue, December 3, 2013
Techcrunch Why It's Never Mattered That America's Schools Lag' Behind Other Countries [2013 Edition]
*Editorial Note: Every year, the media generally reports international student test comparisons with the same narrative about how the US is losing at education. The new annual report out today from th...
10:34 pm GMT - Tue, December 3, 2013
Techcrunch Square Acquires Ex-Googler Team Behind Viewfinder To Help Grow Its NYC Presence
Square is announcing today that it has acquired New York-based photo-sharing app Viewfinder, or perhaps more accurately, that members of the Viewfinder team are joining the payments company, where the...
10:25 pm GMT - Tue, December 3, 2013
Techcrunch The One Percent Foundation, A Non-Profit, Wants To Help Millennials Turn Philanthropy Into A Habit
"Philanthropist" is a daunting word that conjures up images of Bruce Wayne and other people with so much excess money and time that they have to give it away. Most of us, on the other hand, need to bu...
10:13 pm GMT - Tue, December 3, 2013
Techcrunch Google Trends Gets Smarter By Enlisting Data From Knowledge Graph
Google Trends has long been a popular way to find out how much interest there is in a given topic, but until now, it was also a relatively simple tool. It just looked at how often people would search ...
10:03 pm GMT - Tue, December 3, 2013
Techcrunch RetailNext Acquires Eric Schmidt-Backed Wi-Fi Analytics Company, Nearbuy Systems
In-store analytics provider RetailNext is plugging a hole in its product suite with the acquisition of Nearbuy Systems, a three-and-a-half year old in-store mobile analytics firm backed by $2.5 millio...
10:00 pm GMT - Tue, December 3, 2013
Techcrunch Chartbeat Looks Beyond Clicks With Redesigned Publisher Analytics
It's not unusual to hear complaints about websites that are too focused on maximizing clicks but it's a little surprising to hear those words coming from Tony Haile, CEO of real-time analytics startu...
09:53 pm GMT - Tue, December 3, 2013
Techcrunch IntelClinic's NeuroOn Launches On Kickstarter, Promises To Let You Sleep Like Da Vinci
If you need a better night's sleep you can either kick the chickens out of your bed (true story) or try something like the NeuroOn. Designed to work as a sleep mask and neural sensor, the system knows...
09:00 pm GMT - Tue, December 3, 2013
Techcrunch Firehose Provider DataSift Raises $42M Led By Insight Venture Partners For Global and Non-Social Ambitions
DataSift, a social data platform that provides brands and enterprises with access to content from the likes of Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and dozens of other social networks, is today announcing a $42 ...
08:59 pm GMT - Tue, December 3, 2013
Techcrunch Microsoft's Project Spark DIY Game Creation Software Beta Begins Today
Microsoft has recognized that people appreciate the chance to make their own stuff, possibly due to the success of PlayStation exclusive LittleBigPlanet, and that's why it created Project Spark, previ...
08:27 pm GMT - Tue, December 3, 2013
Techcrunch SumAll Raises Another $4M To Help Businesses Understand Their Data
Business analytics company SumAllis announcing that it has raised $4 million in new funding from existing investors Battery Ventures and Wellington Partners, as well as an additional $1 million in deb...
08:03 pm GMT - Tue, December 3, 2013
Techcrunch Digital Scrapbook Ember Makes Its Way To iOS, With iCloud Sync, Smart Photo Collections & More
Digital scrapbookEmberfrom RealMac Software, makers of the popular, gesture-based to-do list app Clear,has made its way to iOS today, complementing the previous launched Ember for Mac app with iCloud ...
07:17 pm GMT - Tue, December 3, 2013
Techcrunch UPS Also Said To Be Testing Drone Delivery, Constant Robot Background Hum Increasingly Inevitable
UPS is also looking into getting flying robots to deliver packages, according to The Verge, along with Internet ecommerce giant Amazon. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos dominated the news cycle yesterday with th...
07:10 pm GMT - Tue, December 3, 2013
Techcrunch The iPhone Quietly Goes Up For Pre-Order On China Mobile
According to Fortune, China Mobile has begun quietly taking pre-orders for Apple's iPhone 5s and 5c smartphones. The below screenshot reportedly originated on a website owned by a subsidiary of China ...
07:07 pm GMT - Tue, December 3, 2013
Techcrunch Newly Internationalized Yext Launches Pages To Help Businesses Sync Their Website Data
Yext is adding new tools today to help businesses synchronize their content and data across multiple services with the launch of a product called Pages.Back in 2009, the company launched a pay-per-cal...
07:02 pm GMT - Tue, December 3, 2013
Techcrunch WorldLister App Promises To Generate Better, Faster eBay Listings
In the world of eBay sellers, some people photograph their wares on models and take the time to write up comprehensive product descriptions. Others... are kind of indecipherable. Or just unhelpful. ...
06:35 pm GMT - Tue, December 3, 2013
Techcrunch Sony Sells Over 2 Million PS4 Units In Two Weeks
After revealing that Sony had sold 250k PS4 units in the UK over opening weekend, the company has finally announced global sales over the past two weeks. According to Sony's PlayStation blog, the comp...
06:35 pm GMT - Tue, December 3, 2013
Techcrunch Sony Sells Over Two Million PS4 Units In Two Weeks
After revealing that Sony had sold 250k PS4 units in the UK over opening weekend, the company has finally announced global sales over the past two weeks. According to Sony's PlayStation blog, the comp...
06:07 pm GMT - Tue, December 3, 2013
Techcrunch Canon's Long-Awaited EOS M2 Hopes To Improve On Canon's First Mirrorless With Improved AF
Canon's first kick at the mirrorless market was without question a disappointing debut: The EOS M first launched in 2012, and was a let-down mostly because of its incredibly sluggish autofocus, as wel...
06:00 pm GMT - Tue, December 3, 2013
Techcrunch Video Ad Tech Startup LiveRail Is Targeting A Late 2014 IPO Thanks To $100 Million Revenue Run Rate
Over the past year, video ad startup LiveRail has seen its share of the ad market increase and has seen revenues grow 300 percent year-over-year. It's on pace for a $100 million run-rate in the fourth...
05:55 pm GMT - Tue, December 3, 2013
Techcrunch Intel Makes Another Acquisition: Hacker League, A Platform For Hackathons, Is Now A Part Of Mashery
Intel's acquisition spree continues apace, with the latest being made to augment one of its other recent acquisitions. It is buying Hacker League, a popular platform for managing hackathons, which wil...
05:52 pm GMT - Tue, December 3, 2013
Techcrunch Rdio Names Former Amazon Exec Anthony Bay Its New CEO
After enduring a round of layoffs last month, Rdio, the streaming music startup from Skype co-founder Janus Friis, has found a new chief executive officer, Anthony Bay. Bay, whose experience includes ...
05:25 pm GMT - Tue, December 3, 2013
Techcrunch Apple Patents Face Recognition Tech For Enhanced iPhone Privacy And Automated Controls
Apple has been issued a patent by the USPO today (via AppleInsider) that describes a system for using facial recognition and detection on a mobile or desktop computing device. This could work a lot li...
04:44 pm GMT - Tue, December 3, 2013
Techcrunch Access Industries Leads $112M Funding Into Rocket Internet's Asia-Pacific Fashion Sites Zalora And The Iconic
Earlier this year, Rocket Internet announced the closing of a huge fund of $500 million that it would use to develop its portfolio companies in markets outside of Western Europe. Today, one of the big...
04:09 pm GMT - Tue, December 3, 2013
Techcrunch YuFu Is A Range Of Bluetooth 4.0 Styli For Pro Digital Artists & Amateur Scribblers
Hex3, the company behind a successfully Kickstarted pressure-sensitive stylus called JaJa, and a follow-up stylus for tablets, called Nota, which had a (relatively) fine 3.7mm tip to make scribbling o...
03:03 pm GMT - Tue, December 3, 2013
Techcrunch Spotify Gets In Tune With Musicians With The New, B2B Spotify Artists Website; Has Paid Out $500MPlus To Rightsholders So Far In 2013
Spotify recently confirmed a whopping $250 million expansion round of funding. But with a lot of public heat from high profile musicians questioning whether the music streaming platform is a boom or b...
02:53 pm GMT - Tue, December 3, 2013
Techcrunch Huawei's Problems In The U.S. Point To Branding Challenges For Other Chinese Tech Companies
After two years of dealing with espionage accusations, Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei recently told French publication Les Echos that he wants the telecom equipment manufacturer to pull out of the U.S. marke...
02:30 pm GMT - Tue, December 3, 2013
Techcrunch Mallzee Is A Tinder-Esque Shopping App That Lets Your Friends Play Fashion Police
Swipe right if you like. Swipe left if you don't. Mallzee, a 'personal shopper' for iOS, has a Tinder-esque UI, underpinned by its own recommendation engine, to make clothes shopping simple, efficient...
01:53 pm GMT - Tue, December 3, 2013
Techcrunch Blackhawk Network Picks Up Gift Card Startup, Retailo, To Bolster Its Reach In Europe
Blackhawk Network, the subsidiary of Safeway thatIPOed back in Apriland which offers prepaid and payment products such as gift cards in North America and elsewhere, has announced it has acquired Europ...
11:00 am GMT - Tue, December 3, 2013
Techcrunch Index Ventures Leads 10M Series C In Online Plus-Size Fashion Retailer, Navabi
Index Ventures has led a10 million Series C round innavabi, an online retailer for plus-size fashion. Existing investors, which include Seventure PartnersandDumont Venture, also participated in the ro...
10:01 am GMT - Tue, December 3, 2013
Techcrunch Google's Compute Engine Hits General Availability, Drops Instance Prices 10%, Adds 16-Core Instances & Docker Support
Google today announced the general availability of the Google Compute Engine, the cloud computing platform it launched in the summer of 2012. As part of the GA launch, Google also announced expanded s...
08:49 am GMT - Tue, December 3, 2013
Techcrunch Drop Til You Shop Harnesses Our Burning Desire To Nab A Deal To Turn Over Unsold Goods
Compulsive shoppers, meet your worst enemy. It's not Cyber Monday. ...
05:49 am GMT - Tue, December 3, 2013
Techcrunch Eleven James Is A New Startup That Lets You Rent Your Wrist Wear
Why should the ladies have all the fun? Like Le Tote and Rent The Runway, a new start-up, Eleven James, is offering something men may find alluring: the opportunity to wear a cool new watch every few ...
05:22 am GMT - Tue, December 3, 2013
Techcrunch Man, Machine And How They Relate To APIs
The interactions between humans and machines creates a new set of relationships that we are just beginning to understand. We are becoming more machine-like, which changes the way we co-exist with each...
05:20 am GMT - Tue, December 3, 2013
Techcrunch The Chernin Group Nabs A Majority Stake In Anime Video Distributor Crunchyroll
The Chernin Group confirmed today that it has acquired a majority stake in anime video distribution company Crunchyroll. The deal was first reported by AllThingsD in October and gives Peter Chernin's ...
04:53 am GMT - Tue, December 3, 2013
Techcrunch Rentals Delivered By Drone Could Make Ownership Obsolete
Why buy something when you could rent it, have it instantly delivered when you need it, and taken away when you're done? While Amazon's unveiling of its Prime Air drone-powered delivery service could ...
04:32 am GMT - Tue, December 3, 2013
Techcrunch PC Market Will Contract 10.1% In 2013, 3.8% In 2014, And Bottom Out North Of 300M Yearly Units
Today IDC released its forecasts for the global PC market, estimating that 2013 sales will fall 10.1 percent, which is a slightly higher than the 9.7 percent the firm had previously anticipated.The PC...
03:36 am GMT - Tue, December 3, 2013
Techcrunch E La Carte Scores Deal With Applebee's, Bringing 100,000 Tableside Tablets To All U.S. Locations By Year-End 2014
Applebee's, the largest casual dining chain in the U.S., has signed a deal with restaurant tablet hardware and software provider E La Carte, which will see it introducing 100,000 tableside tablets to ...
03:21 am GMT - Tue, December 3, 2013
Techcrunch Facebook's Feed Adds More Links And Related Articles To Battle News Discovery Apps
Facebook is determined to be your top content discovery destination, so it's making several tweaks to its News Feed, including showing more links to articles, displaying a "related articles" box when ...
03:05 am GMT - Tue, December 3, 2013
Techcrunch Apple Buys Topsy For Price Reportedly North Of $200M, Could Use Social Signals To Bolster Siri, App Store Relevance
Apple has purchased social analytics firm Topsy, which focuses on parsing data from Twitter, reports The Wall Street Journal. The deal was apparently worth ‘more than $200M' according to the pub...
02:34 am GMT - Tue, December 3, 2013
Techcrunch Salesforce Says Hackathon Winner Didn't Cheat But Declares Tie, Gives Two Finalists $1M Each
Salesforce has responded to cries of foul play in its $1 million hackathon by announcing that while winning team Upshot didn't cheat, judges weren't given sufficient info to select a winner so it's gi...
01:04 am GMT - Tue, December 3, 2013
Techcrunch Microsoft Rolls Out Student Advantage, Giving Students Free Access To Its Office Suite
Today Microsoft flipped the switch on Student Advantage, a program, announced in October,that extends the availability of Office to students of educational institutions that pay for Office 365 for the...
12:51 am GMT - Tue, December 3, 2013
Techcrunch AppHero Acquired By Mobile App Publishing Firm Fuse Powered, Will Turn Its Attention To Ads
App discovery startup AppHero has been acquired by fellow Toronto-based company Fuse Powered, the company announced today, in a deal that will see the entire AppHero team including 19-year old founder...
12:29 am GMT - Tue, December 3, 2013
Techcrunch Healthcare.gov: Mission Accomplished
Apparently, no President is above the temptation of propaganda. Yesterday, the White House released a much-anticipated report on the beleaguered insurance e-commerce website, heatlhcare.gov, proudly d...
12:18 am GMT - Tue, December 3, 2013
Techcrunch Supreme Court Refuses Consideration Of Amazon Sales Tax Case
The Supreme Court has rejected Amazon's calls to consider their case against New York State's sales tax on goods sold outside of its borders. By effectively upholding a New York Court's ruling, the Ju...
11:34 pm GMT - Mon, December 2, 2013
Techcrunch The FTC Signs Off On The Nokia-Microsoft Deal
TheFederal Trade Commission has signed off on the Nokia-Microsoft deal, meaning that there is little if anything left that could derail the potential marriage of Microsoft's money and Nokia's hardware...
11:34 pm GMT - Mon, December 2, 2013
Techcrunch FTC Signs Off On The Nokia-Microsoft Deal
TheFederal Trade Commission has signed off on the Nokia-Microsoft deal, meaning that there is little if anything left that could derail the potential marriage of Microsoft's money and Nokia's hardware...
11:30 pm GMT - Mon, December 2, 2013
Techcrunch Facebook Is Replacing Its Hide All Button With Unfollow
Here's a new tweak to how Facebook users can filter their News Feeds: The company says it's rolling out a button that allows you "unfollow" other users.To be clear, it sounds like the functionality is...
11:13 pm GMT - Mon, December 2, 2013
Techcrunch Eventifier Raises A $500K Seed Round From Accel, KAE To Make Social Media Archives Of Your Conferences And Other Events
Eventifier, a Bangalore-based startup that aggregates and then creates archives of social media content from conferences, has raised around $500,000 in a seed round from Accel Partners and KAE Capital...
11:13 pm GMT - Mon, December 2, 2013
Techcrunch Eventifier Raises A $500K Seed Round From Accel, KAE To Make Social Media Archives Of Your Events
Eventifier, a Bangalore-based startup that aggregates and then creates archives of social media content from conferences, has raised around $500,000 in a seed round from Accel Partners and KAE Capital...
11:00 pm GMT - Mon, December 2, 2013
Techcrunch Three Problems Stopping Bezos' Army Of Amazon Delivery Drones
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos isn't the only one who wants to take to the skies. Most of Hollywood wants drones for making films, police want them to patrol the skies, the national guard needs rescue bots, jo...
10:49 pm GMT - Mon, December 2, 2013
Techcrunch On Smartphone-Optimized Sites, Black Friday Sales Up 187%, Thanksgiving Sales Up 258% Over Last Year
Mobile's portion of online shopping continues to grow - this Black Friday, for example, smartphones drove a quarter of all online traffic, and 7.2% of all online sales, according to IBM Benchmark data...
10:27 pm GMT - Mon, December 2, 2013
Techcrunch DigitalOcean Expands In Europe With New Amsterdam Data Center, Singapore Coming Next
DigitalOcean, the quickly growing SDD-only web hosting and cloud infrastructure provider, launched its European flagship data center in Amsterdam today in an effort to keep up with growing demand for ...
10:26 pm GMT - Mon, December 2, 2013
Techcrunch Amazon Is Joining, Not Starting, The Drone-Delivery Revolution
Jeff Bezos shocked Middle America during a CBS “60 Minutes” segment with Charlie Rose: 30-minute Amazon deliveries by drones. Whether it's a real product or genius PR stunt on the eve of t...
10:19 pm GMT - Mon, December 2, 2013
Techcrunch Misfit Wearables Finally Launches An Android App For Its Activity Tracker, The Shine
Misfit Wearables, the Khosla and Founders Fund-backed startup that builds elegant activity tracking hardware, is patching up a weak spot with the launch of its new Android app today. It was something ...
10:02 pm GMT - Mon, December 2, 2013
Techcrunch BlackBerry Sends Out Another We're Not Dead' Notice, This Time Homing In On Enterprise
BlackBerry got a lot of chaff from the press for issuing full-page print newspaper ads effectively reminding customers they're not dead, likely to counter rumors to the contrary in a lot of headlines ...
09:37 pm GMT - Mon, December 2, 2013
Techcrunch FunderCloud For iOS Lets You Search Across Kickstarter & Indiegogo At The Same Time
The most popular crowd-funding sites, Kickstarter and Indiegogo, have been slower to embrace a native mobile experience. With Kickstarter, the official app is iPhone-only at present, and Indiegogo doe...
08:53 pm GMT - Mon, December 2, 2013
Techcrunch Yahoo Acquires Natural Language Processing Company SkyPhrase To Help Drive Intent Identification
Yahoo has acquired SkyPhrase, a startup that builds natural language processing technology, the company revealed today in a blog post. SkyPhrase will join Yahoo's New York office, according to that co...
07:52 pm GMT - Mon, December 2, 2013
Techcrunch Google Brings The Telethon Online With First-Ever Hangout-a-thon
On Tuesday - akaGiving Tuesday- Google will repurpose its video broadcasting service called Google+ Hangouts to help host an online "Hangout-a-thon" that aims to connect those interested in making cha...
07:36 pm GMT - Mon, December 2, 2013
Techcrunch PlayStation 4 Sells 250K Units In The UK During Launch Weekend, But Steam One-ups With 7M Concurrent Users
The PlayStation 4 took home the record for sales of a launch console this weekend in the UK, topping 250,000 units sold in 48 hours, which tallies up to around $1.4 billion U.S. in sales, according to...
07:34 pm GMT - Mon, December 2, 2013
Techcrunch Y Combinator Alum Strikingly Launches Its Super Easy One-Click' Site Builder
Y Combinator alum Strikingly launched earlier this year with the mission of enabling people to build Web sites in just a few minutes. With the launch of its one-click site builder, the startup has now...
07:13 pm GMT - Mon, December 2, 2013
Techcrunch Gift Guide For The Home Automation Enthusiast
It's never been easier to make your home work for you. In the past, installing home automation devices was a laborious and obnoxious task, reserved for only the most committed geeks. But now home auto...
07:03 pm GMT - Mon, December 2, 2013
Techcrunch What's Up With The Samsung Galaxy Note?
With thanksgiving behind us and Christmas looming on the horizon, Samsung apparently thought it fitting to drop a few pre-holiday gifts in our lap. A number of rumors have been swirling this morning r...
06:24 pm GMT - Mon, December 2, 2013
Techcrunch YouTube Finally Lands On The 3DS
In case you do not have access to your smartphone, computer, tablet, smart TV, Xbox 360, PS3, Boxee Box, PS Vita or any of the other countless connected devices, you can now watch YouTube on a Nintend...
06:14 pm GMT - Mon, December 2, 2013
Techcrunch After 20 Months Google's Campus London Hub Has 22,000 Members, So Where Next?
Opened in April 2012, Campus London, Googles East London 'startup hub' was something of a new departure for Google. It was taking out a ten year lease of a building which would be populated by co-work...
06:05 pm GMT - Mon, December 2, 2013
Techcrunch Amazon Pokes Fun At Apple, Jony Ive And The iPad Air In Latest Kindle Advert
Oh, Amazon. You're silly. But also very right. In Amazon's latest assault on the gadget establishment, the Kindle HDK 8.9 takes on the iPad Air, correctly pointing out that Amazon's offering has a bet...
05:28 pm GMT - Mon, December 2, 2013
Techcrunch Plugaway Is An App-Controlled Plug & LED System Aiming To Undercut The Smart Home Competition
Another contender for smart(en)ing up your home has taken to Kickstarter to raise funds. The Beijing-based startup behind PlugAway has put together Wi-Fi connected plugs and LED lightbulbs which, used...
04:50 pm GMT - Mon, December 2, 2013
Techcrunch Akamai Buys DDoS Prevention Specialist Prolexic For $370M To Ramp Up Security Offerings
The holiday season e-commerce rush is in full swing, and so are malicious types that will hope to profit from the increased activity. To that end, Akamai, the specialist in optimising web site perform...
04:50 pm GMT - Mon, December 2, 2013
Techcrunch Akamai Buys DDoS Prevention Specialist Prolexic For $370M To Ramp Up Security Offerings For Enterprises
The holiday season e-commerce rush is in full swing, and so are malicious hackers that will hope to profit from the increased activity online. Timely news, then, that Akamai, the specialist in optimis...
04:31 pm GMT - Mon, December 2, 2013
Techcrunch As Facebook Eyes Up Little Eye Labs, Twitter Is Also Looking At A Startup In India
Facebook is not the only one. Twitter has been eyeing up an acquisition of Bangalore-based Frrole, a big data startup that sifts through half a billion Twitter posts every month to offer insights abou...
03:00 pm GMT - Mon, December 2, 2013
Techcrunch Apple Sees Significant Bounce With Colored 5c, High End 5s Models; Android Still Trumps With 71% Share Of All Sales
Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, the WPP market research division that provides a rolling check-in on how smartphones are selling in key markets, has put out its latest figures this morning covering the 12 ...
03:00 pm GMT - Mon, December 2, 2013
Techcrunch Apple Gets Significant Bounce On 5c, 5s iPhones; Android Still Trumps With 71% Share Of All Sales
Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, the WPP market research division that provides a rolling check-in on how smartphones are selling in key markets, has put out its latest figures this morning covering the 12 ...
02:15 pm GMT - Mon, December 2, 2013
Techcrunch Wedo Raises 3 Million Led By MMC Ventures. Because Furniture.
Admittedly, I didn't exactly jump at the chance to cover this story. Because furniture. But, as boring as this e-commerce category might seem, VCs continue to pile in money. This time the recipient is...
10:47 am GMT - Mon, December 2, 2013
Techcrunch Windows 7 Handily Bests Windows 8 And 8.1s Minute Market Share Gains In November
November was not a good month for Microsoft's Windows 8.x operating system according to Net Applications, with Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 collectively gaining a mere 0.05% points of market share during...
08:43 am GMT - Mon, December 2, 2013
Techcrunch I, Drone
Let's ignore, for a moment, all of the obvious problems with a drone-based Amazon Prime delivery system. Let's ignore the fact that you can get free stuff if you're a good shot with a rifle and let's ...
07:15 am GMT - Mon, December 2, 2013
Techcrunch The Amazon Future
Jeff Bezos revealed something that truly would revolutionize ecommerce and online ordering, should it become widely used: automated air delivery drones that could deliver 86 percent of the goods Amazo...
06:09 am GMT - Mon, December 2, 2013
Techcrunch Amazon Is Experimenting With Autonomous Flying Delivery Drones
Between launching a charity-friendly buying program, announcing Sunday deliveries, and gearing up for the first wave of frenzied holiday shoppers, Amazon has been busy these past few weeks. But that d...
06:00 am GMT - Mon, December 2, 2013
Techcrunch Microsoft Should Be Worried About Google's Chromebooks
Just ahead of the holiday shopping season, Microsoft ramped up its FUD machine and launched the next phase of its infamous anti-Google Scroogled campaign last week. This time, the company is targeting...
05:06 am GMT - Mon, December 2, 2013
Techcrunch YourFreeProxy Is Caught Installing A Toolbar That Mines Bitcoin On The Sly
Today in "Things Your Tech Service Shouldn't Do" we present YourFreeProxy from Mutual Public AKA We Build Toolbars, LLC. The company, which offers proxy servers for routing around firewalls and censor...
04:58 am GMT - Mon, December 2, 2013
Techcrunch WaterField's Staad Is A Durable And Gorgeous Low-Profile Backpack In Leather And Canvas
There have been so many permutations of the standard backpack at this point that it's hard for a bag maker to come up with an original spin that adds anything to the formula. WaterField, a San Francis...
04:19 am GMT - Mon, December 2, 2013
Techcrunch Sold To Telefonica For $207M In 2009, Now-Neglected VoIP Provider Jajah Is Shutting Down
Chalk up another casualty in the consolidation of Internet voice services. Nearly four years to the day after getting acquired by Telefonica for $207 million, VoIP provider Jajah has announced that it...
01:50 am GMT - Mon, December 2, 2013
Techcrunch Hello Santa Offers A Memorable, But Pricey, Video Call With A Real-Life Santa
Want to FaceTime Santa? There's an app for that. A new video chat app called "Hello Santa" offers you and your child a one-on-one with the jolly ol' elf himself, and for once, it's not a pre-recorded ...
01:00 am GMT - Mon, December 2, 2013
Techcrunch Fly Or Die: The Ostrich Pillow
With travel ramping up over the holiday season, we thought it wise to bring you a taste of Ostrich. The Ostrich pillow, to be exact. It's a clever little pillow that slips over your head and covers ev...
11:23 pm GMT - Sun, December 1, 2013
Techcrunch Black Friday Desktop E-Commerce Spending Rose 15 Percent To $1.2B, Amazon Was The Most Visited Online Retailer
We heard that Black Friday online spending possibly reached record numbers over the weekend, and today comScore has released an actual amount that was spent on one of the busiest shopping days of the ...
11:00 pm GMT - Sun, December 1, 2013
Techcrunch A Tweet About Mobile That Took On A Life Of Its Own
Ive been fascinated with mobile startups like Uber and Snapchat, among others -- but not for the standard reasons. Yes, theyre both great products and ideas, but the one aspect I found most interestin...
03:22 am GMT - Sun, December 1, 2013
Techcrunch In Which We Make Coffee With The Founders Of Bonaverde, A Machine That Roasts, Grinds, And Brews
Last we heard from the founders of Bonaverde, they had just launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $135,000 to produce a coffee maker that turns green, unroasted beans into a cup of coffee in under ...
02:08 am GMT - Sun, December 1, 2013
Techcrunch A VC And Olympic Hopeful Taps Indiegogo With A Game To Raise Funds For Young Athletes
Paul Bragiel, the batshit crazy awesome VC who has been training for months in the Arctic Circle to compete in the Sochi Winter Olympics, has a side charity project up his sleeve. After seeing dozens ...
01:58 am GMT - Sun, December 1, 2013
Techcrunch IndieVoic.es Hopes To Become Kickstarter For Independent Media
The Internet wasn't kind to media. Huge media corporations have managed to transform their businesses, for the most part, but independent media, often playing a vital role in emerging countries, are s...
11:00 pm GMT - Sat, November 30, 2013
Techcrunch Gillmor Gang: Private Practices
The Gillmor Gang Robert Scoble, Keith Teare, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor work off that stuffed feeling with a show devoted to the intersection between public and private messaging. What started w...
08:00 pm GMT - Sat, November 30, 2013
Techcrunch Hands On With Jolla's First Phone - The Spearhead Device For Its MeeGo-Successor Sailfish OS
The first handset from Finnish smartphone startup Jolla is simply called Jolla. It launched last week, after around two years in the making. TechCrunch got hands-on with the device for a few hours at ...
07:00 pm GMT - Sat, November 30, 2013
Techcrunch Yahoo Users Anonymous: A Transcript
This is what happened:Scene: A Silicon Valley church basement. Folding chairs, coffee, cigarettes tucked behind ears. Jon EVANS, a tall man with a shaved head and an Arsenal FC T-shirt, steps forward ...
10:00 am GMT - Sat, November 30, 2013
Techcrunch How To Sell Your Business And Make And Lose Millions
First I totally gave up. I thought there was no way to sell my web services business. It started when I was in the offices of Loud Records, run by Steve Rifkind. My company, Reset, was doing websites ...
03:45 am GMT - Sat, November 30, 2013
Techcrunch Agent Makes Your Smartphone A Little Bit Smarter
You cant teach an old phone new tricks.Hah! Just kidding. Of course you can. This isnt 1998.Agent is an app that aims to make your Android smartphone just a little bit smarter, using all of your phone...
02:06 am GMT - Sat, November 30, 2013
Techcrunch Gillmor Gang Live 11.29.13 (TCTV)
Gillmor Gang - Robert Scoble, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. Live recording session today at 1pm Pacific....
02:00 am GMT - Sat, November 30, 2013
Techcrunch IronSource Announces KudosKits, Allowing App Users To Show Their Appreciation With Money
Israeli company IronSource has come up with a new way for developers to ask their users for money or other forms of support.Chief Design Officer Dan Greenberg told me that the product, called the Kudo...
01:00 am GMT - Sat, November 30, 2013
Techcrunch This Week On The TechCrunch Gadgets Podcast: PS4, Xbox One, And The Sense 3D Scanner
Happy Thanksgiving, dear readers. What are you thankful for? My list is short, but sweet: I'm thankful for you guys, gaming consoles, and 3d scanners. ...
12:00 am GMT - Sat, November 30, 2013
Techcrunch Wibidata Machine Learning Platform Offers Capabilities Comparable To Amazon.com And Google
Wibidata, a big data application provider,has a new platform for building real-time apps that shows the increasing accessibility of machine learning and how e-commerce companies can provide an experie...