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  • Imgur Finally Has A Proper Mobile App For Its Trove Of Funny Images

    Imgur has returned to mobile apps after it launched a new iOS app for its library of addictive photos and GIFs. The company released native apps for iOS and Android in the past, but they were shuttered due to limited success.This time around, Imgur has taken a very different approach — the app doesn’t resemble the website …

  • Analyzing Postmates’ Growth @ TechCrunch - 14 hours ago
    Analyzing Postmates’ Growth

    Postmates, a startup that allows users to order nearly anything in their city and have it delivered in an hour for a fee, is growing quickly. The company’s CEO, Bastian Lehmann, tweeted out a graph yesterday detailing how quickly the firm has scaled its delivery service.Here’s the chart: And here’s a version that TechCrunch’s …

  • Twitter In Talks With Live Streaming App Periscope

    If you looked at this week’s sudden Meerkat phenomenon and thought “hey, Twitter should buy this,” then you’re on the right track. According to sources we’ve spoken with, Twitter has been in talks to purchase live streaming app Periscope, which many private beta users have compared to Meerkat.The talks are in early stages, …

  • Even With Delays, Building A 12.9-Inch iPad Could Be The Easy Part

    Rumors of an iPad with a larger screen simply will not die. Bloomberg is today reporting that a 12.9-inch iPad will hit manufacturing lines in September. That is later than previously speculated, and the screen is to blame, according to the report.But building the larger iPad could be the easy part. Apple then has to convince …

  • Designing Animation For Mobile @ TechCrunch - 14 hours ago
    Designing Animation For Mobile

    Editor’s note: Tim Donnelly is the co-founder of Storehouse.It’s easy to forget that it was only eight years ago that the first iPhone introduced the world to the idea that you could actually touch software. Graphically, the UI was filled with gradients, textures and bevels that referenced real world objects to make the …

  • Appcelerator Slashes 30% Of Staff As It Pivots Away From Enterprise Sales

    App development platform maker Appcelerator is looking to change the way it does business. Unfortunately for many employees at the company, that meant a massive reorganization that saw about 30 percent of its staff let go last week.CEO Jeff Haynie confirmed to TechCrunch that last week Appcelerator reduced headcount by …

  • Udacity Kicks Off Enrollment For Its Swift-Focused iOS Developer ‘Nanodegree’

    If you’re looking for a way to gain the skills necessary to get a gig developing for iPhone and iPad, but unwilling to commit to a full-time college or university schedule, Udacity might have the answer. The online education platform debuted something called a “nanodegree” last year, and enrollment for the iOS developer …

  • Etsy Officially Files To Go Public, Aims To Raise $100M

    Word started going around back in January that Etsy, the online market for handmade goods, was planning to go public.Sure enough, they’ve just filed the forms to get the ball rolling.You can view Etsy’s just-filed S1 form here; we’re looking through it for more details now.Etsy’s revenue has ramped quickly, expanding from …

  • How Game Historians Are Keeping Your Favorite Bits From Being Lost Forever

    Since 2013, the Internet Archive has provided access to old console games, arcade titles and even MS-DOS classics like Oregon Trail. In a talk at GDC, Internet Archive curator Jason Scott explained how and why the non-profit preserves history by making sure games from the past aren’t lost as we move on from old hardware …

  • YC-Backed Outbound Helps Businesses Message Customers Over Both Email And Mobile

    With the shift to mobile devices, businesses today have a need to reach their customers wherever they are – and that includes marketing to their customers outside of email alone. A Y Combinator-backed startup called Outbound wants to help today’s marketers run campaigns that go beyond just tracking “opens and clicks,” and …

  • Nextdoor Joins The Billion Dollar Valuation Club With New $110M Funding

    Nextdoor just became the latest private tech company to join the swelling ranks of the billion-dollar valuation club.The San Francisco startup, which runs a social network for people to interact with others who live in their physical neighborhoods, announced today it has raised $110 million in new funding. Nextdoor has …

  • Vanhawks Raises $1.6M To Help Put The Valour Smartbike On The Road

    Smartbike startup Vanhawks, part of the Y Combinator Winter 2015 class, has raised $1.6 million from Real Ventures, Olympic triathlon gold medallist Simon Whitfield, Brenda Irwin of Relentless Pursuit partners and various angels. The company will use the funding to help deliver its Valour smartbike, which raised over $820,000 …

  • Garmin Fenix 3 Review: For When You Need To Look Good Tracking Your Activity

    First, a backstory: I’m fat. It happened as I got older. I’m 31 now and feel horrible. Like many others I turned to activity trackers and quickly discovered they don’t make you not fat. And then I stop wearing it. This is common and one of the chief concerns Garmin is addressing with the Fenix 3. It looks and works like …

  • Oculus CTO John Carmack Says Gear VR Gets A Full Launch With Samsung’s Next Cycle

    Samsung and Oculus have been treating Gear VR and the Oculus Rift in a similar manner, meaning both pieces of hardware are clearly labeled as developer or enthusiast devices, and not meant for the general public. Oculus CTO John Carmack said Gear VR will get a proper, full consumer launch with Samsung’s next hardware cycle, …

  • Liveblog: Xbox Head Phil Spencer Talks About The Future Of Gaming On Windows And Xbox

    Xbox head Phil Spencer is at GDC today to give a talk on the future of gaming and game development on the Windows and Xbox platforms.It’s an interesting time for Microsoft’s gaming division. Windows 10 will bring unprecedented integration with the Xbox platform, letting you stream games running on Xbox One hardware to any …

  • Google’s Cloud Pub/Sub Real-Time Messaging Service Is Now In Public Beta

    Google is launching the first public beta of Cloud Pub/Sub today, its backend messaging service that makes it easier for developers to pass messages between machines and to gather data from smart devices. It’s basically a scalable messaging middleware service in the cloud that allows developers to quickly pass informat …

  • Garmin Fenix 3 Review @ TechCrunch - 19 hours ago

    A review of Garmin’s Fenix 3 activity tracker.

  • Nvidia’s Shield Set-Top Box Could Finally Make The Stream Dream Real

    Nvidia announced a new product in its Shield lineup yesterday, a streaming set-top box powered by Android TV that’s capable of 4K output. This new gadget is called simply the Nvidia Shield, which means the company probably wants it to lead the lineup that also includes the Shield Tablet and Shield Portable, and it’s powered …

  • The New Frontier Of Telemedicine Is Drug Stores

    Editor’s note: Chirag Patel is the managing director of Highnote Foundry, which has an incubated company, WorldClinic, that provides connected care through telemedicine.Modern medicine has seen some amazing technological advances. Heart surgeries that used to be all day open-heart procedures requiring long hospital stays …

  • Pitch Your Startup In The TechCrunch Radio Pitch-Off On Sirius XM

    Each week on Tuesday, John Biggs and I are lucky enough to get the opportunity to take over an hour of radio time on Sirius XM. We discuss the latest in tech news, chat with important people in the industry, and then get into the best part of all: The TechCrunch Radio Pitch-Off. Here’s how it works:After going through a …

  • Instagram’s New Carousel Ads With Links @ TechCrunch - 20 hours ago

    Demo of Instagram’s new carousal ads.

  • Instagram Starts Letting Ads Be Clickable @ TechCrunch - 20 hours ago
    Instagram Starts Letting Ads Be Clickable

    Instagram never allowed URLs to open until now. It wanted people browsing photos, not the web. But Instagram says its advertisers demanded more vivid ways to influence people who “lead to meaningful results for their businesses.”Brands want measurable impact, not to be breezed by. Meanwhile, Instagram new ads court e-commerce …

  • HTC And Valve Have Cracked The VR Code @ TechCrunch - 20 hours ago
    HTC And Valve Have Cracked The VR Code

    “I’ve been doing this for fifteen years,” I told HTC’s mild-mannered demo wrangler at MWC today. “And this is the first time I’ve been actually excited about a technology in five.”He had just walked me through one of the best demos I had ever seen. It was the HTC Vive, a sensor-studded helmet with dual hand controllers …

  • Newly Independent Social Monitoring Service Sysomos Launches Redesign, New API

    Sysomos was among the earliest players in the enterprise social media monitoring and analytics space (together with the likes of Radian6, which was later acquired by Salesforce). Five years ago, the Toronto-based company was acquired by Marketwire, and while it continued to win big clients, things remained rather quiet …

  • Yahoo Mail Gets Automatically Updating Smart Contact Cards

    Yesterday, Google announced a well overdue revamp of its Google Contacts service which introduced a redesign and a handful of new features, and today Yahoo is following up with some contacts-related news of its own. The company is now rolling out new “Contacts Cards” in Yahoo Mail, which are small cards that pop up when …

  • Chat App Kik Adds Native Video In Step Towards More Interactive Content

    Mobile messaging app Kik has added native video capture to its service as it lays the groundwork to offer more interactive content options for its 200 million registered users.An update to Kik for iOS and Android today now lets users record videos of up to 15 seconds from inside their chat windows. The feature includes …

  • SuperAwesome Continues Kids Marketing Land-Grab With Acquisition Of Spain’s Ad4Kids

    SuperAwesome, the ad network and marketing platform for kids and teens, continues to be on a mini-shopping spree. The London-headquartered company is acquiring Spanish startup Ad4Kids, a platform for mobile app developers to cross-promote their ‘kid-safe’ apps, in an all-cash, otherwise undisclosed, deal.It adds to a spew …

  • Felicis Leads $6.3M Series A Round In Employee Survey Startup Culture Amp

    As the battle for talent in Silicon Valley rages on, more tech companies here are recognizing the importance of how company culture affects their ability to attract and, more importantly, to retain their employees. But putting your finger on the pulse of employee happiness isn’t easy, and it usually isn’t cheap.In the past, …

  • Dual-Screen YotaPhone 2 Comes To The U.S. This Summer Via Indiegogo

    The YotaPhone 2, an innovative Android smartphone with a standard full-color display on the front, and a low-power e-ink screen on the back, will finally make its way to the U.S. market beginning this summer with an Indiegogo campaign kicking off soon. The company will use the crowdfunding site to sell the device outright, …

  • AmbyGear’s New Smartwatch For Kids Combines GPS Tracking With Educational Games

    A company called Ambit Networks has just launched its own take on wearables aimed at children with the debut of the AmbyGear Smart Watch, now live on crowdfunding site Indiegogo. The new watch includes built-in GPS and alerts for parents as well as educational content and games for kids. It’s initially available for $99, …

  • Google Glass Is Alive And Well And Living In The Enterprise

    Rumors of Google Glass’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. Google Glass is not dead. It’s not hospitalized. It’s not gravely ill. It is not even convalescing.In fact, it’s alive and well, hard at work and living in the enterprise.The enterprise, you say? What came over it?Google Glass had its day with the consumers …

  • Nokia’s N1 Tablet Looks Good For ‘Designed In Finland, Built On Android’ Strategy

    Nokia is showing off the Android tablet that’s part of its post-mobile phones strategy here at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. It’s only available in China right now but the company tells TechCrunch it’s “looking at European markets” to consider whether to bring the N1 here too.Announced last November, the slender, …

  • Versal Helps Teachers Create Interactive Online Lessons, Partners With Wolfram Alpha

    Versal is a service that allows teachers to build and publish interactive online courses, homework assignments and tutorials. The company launched its service out of beta today, but maybe more importantly, it also announced a partnership with Wolfram Research.Thanks to this deal with Wolfram Research — which includes Stephen …

  • Sling TV Brings AMC, IFC And EPIX To Its Subscription Service For Cord Cutters

    Dish’s newly launched streaming video subscription service Sling TV announced this morning the addition of two more channels, AMC and IFC, which will now become available as part of its $20 core package aimed at cord cutters. In addition, Sling TV customers will also be able to optionally subscribe to a new movie-focused …

  • 4 Ways Stadium Hospitality Technology Is Defending The Live Event

    Editor’s note: Bob Pascal oversees the global business development, marketing and communications functions for event hospitality company Centerplate.This year’s Super Bowl had 114.4 million viewers, making it the most-watched TV broadcast in history; television has clearly mastered the art of broadcasting sports games for …

  • Y Combinator’s Sam Altman On The Elements Of A Successful Startup

    You don’t have to have millions of dollars or the best team possible to launch a winning startup. What you do need to have, however, is passion according to Sam Altman in an interview he gave with at Startup Grind 2015  When an entrepreneur has a project he feels passionate about, he’ll be much more likely to succeed than …

  • Parrot Bebop Drone Review @ TechCrunch - Wed, Mar 4, 2015 1:07 AM EST

    A quick review of the Parrot Bebop drone, the latest consumer drone from Parrot, which focuses heavily on video and photo capture.

  • Parrot Bebop Drone Review: A Keen Eye In The Sky Without A Huge Price Tag

    Parrot has a brand new drone on the market, featuring a 1080p video camera that captures motion at 30FPS, and that can take stills at 14MP. The camera has built-in stabilization, letting it avoid the kinds of shakes and jitters that can normally add up to nausea when dealing with moving camera, and has a Wi-Fi flight range …

  • Fashion Marketplace Farfetch Raises $86M Led By DST At A $1B Valuation

    Some big news today in the world of fashion e-commerce. Farfetch, the London-based online marketplace for high end fashion retailers, is announcing a raise of $86 million. The funding vaults Farfetch into the unicorn club with a valuation of $1 billion, and it is notable for another reason: it is led by DST Global — the …

  • IBM Watson Group Buys AlchemyAPI To Enhance Machine Learning Capabilities

    IBM Watson, the artificial intelligence platform made famous by beating the three best Jeopardy! champions ever several years ago, bought Denver-based AlchemyAPI today. It did not reveal the purchase price.The acquisition gives Watson a key piece of machine learning technology. The deal also gives it access to community …

  • Shyp Returns Makes It Easy To Send Back Stuff You Buy Online @ TechCrunch - Wed, Mar 4, 2015 12:00 AM EST
    Shyp Returns Makes It Easy To Send Back Stuff You Buy Online

    On-demand shipping startup Shyp is introducing a new key feature to its iOS and Android app today with the launch of Shyp Returns, a dedicated interface for returning stuff you buy online without stopping at the post office or UPS.For months, Shyp noticed that a small but growing percentage of customers used the app to …

  • Goldman Sachs Leads New £25M Round In UK Online Furniture Retailer WorldStores

    More evidence that VCs are bullish about the online furniture retail space in the UK, as web upstarts continue to apply pressure on the likes of IKEA and other traditional brick ‘n’ mortar furniture retailers.This time Goldman Sachs is leading a £25 million round in WorldStores, the “home and living products” online retailer …

  • Maelle Gavet Steps Down As CEO Of Ozon, Russia’s Amazon @ TechCrunch - Tue, Mar 3, 2015 11:29 PM EST
    Maelle Gavet Steps Down As CEO Of Ozon, Russia’s Amazon

    A very surprising and sudden changing of the guard at Ozon, an e-commerce marketplace known as the “Amazon of Russia.” Maelle Gavet has stepped down as CEO, effective today, and is getting replaced by Danny Perekalsky, who had been the deputy CEO.Gavet, who has been CEO of Ozon for four years, is leaving for a job somewhere …

  • Hooks Wants To Send You A Notification For Anything That’s Important To You

    Whenever I install a new app on my iPhone, the first thing I invariably do is deny it permission to send me notifications. It is a bit odd, therefore, to find myself writing about Hooks, an iOS app that has the sole purpose of sending you notifications triggered by things that are important to you.But therein lies the difference: …

  • Apple Grabbed Record 25% Share Of Smartphone Sales In China: Kantar

    Apple’s continued progress in China saw the company record one-quarter of smartphone sales in urban areas of the world’s largest smartphone market for the first time, according to a new figures from Kantar. China aside, Apple saw significant growth across Europe and the U.S..It’s well documented that Apple had a huge last …

  • Volvo Brings Cloud To The Car To Transmit Safety Data Automatically

    Your car swerves treacherously, and as it does, the built-in sensors in the automobile detect it, collect the location of your car and share the data to the cloud.

  • Uber Is Buying Map Tech Startup deCarta In An Undisclosed Deal @ TechCrunch - Tue, Mar 3, 2015 6:41 PM EST
    Uber Is Buying Map Tech Startup deCarta In An Undisclosed Deal

    Uber is on course to make its first public acquisition with San Jose-based mapping tech startup deCarta in its headlights.DeCarta provides a range of location and map services, including in-map search, location APIs, turn-by-turn navigation and more. A deal to buy the startup was first reported by Mashable, but Uber has …

  • Kleiner Trial Is A Front Row Seat To A VC Firm In Flux @ TechCrunch - Tue, Mar 3, 2015 5:40 PM EST
    Kleiner Trial Is A Front Row Seat To A VC Firm In Flux

    “Didn’t you tell Ms. Pao at the time that one of the reasons you chose Randy Komisar to be a board partner was that Randy ‘needed a win’?” asked Alan Exelrod, the lead counsel for the plaintiff in the case of Ellen Pao V. Kleiner Perkins.This came during a particularly tense point in the questioning of John Doerr in San …

  • Glympse Launches A New App To Help Drivers Share Their Locations @ TechCrunch - Tue, Mar 3, 2015 4:00 PM EST
    Glympse Launches A New App To Help Drivers Share Their Locations

    Glympse was one of the earliest smartphone-based location services, but the company’s focus on utility kept it out of the hype cycle. Today, it’s back with a new Android app that makes it easier for drivers to share their location. Glympse for Autos is meant to allow drivers to share their locations with their families …

  • Nvidia Announces The $199 Shield Set-Top Box @ TechCrunch - Tue, Mar 3, 2015 2:26 PM EST
    Nvidia Announces The $199 Shield Set-Top Box

    At a post-GDC keynote at the Nob Hill Masonic Center, Nvidia co-founder and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang just took to the stage for a series of big announcements. The video processing technology company today unveiled its plan to further its push into user hardware with a $199 Shield, a set-top box running Android TV that will launch …

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