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  • Airbnb CFO Andrew Swain Has Left The Company @ TechCrunch - 57 minutes ago
    Airbnb CFO Andrew Swain Has Left The Company

    Airbnb CFO Andrew Swain has left the company — or so his email auto-responder states, sources told TechCrunch. We quickly tested the claim for ourselves and, sure enough, it’s true. “Email Not Received,” the subject line of Swain’s auto-responder reads. “Andrew Swain has recently left the company. If your email is work …

  • iOS 8 Adoption Off To A Slower Start Than iOS 7, Say Multiple Usage Trackers

    The iOS 8 installation spike is high, but lower than it was for iOS 7 last year, according to numbers from a variety of mobile OS usage monitoring platforms. Chitika, Tapjoy, Mixpanel and Appsee all show adoption numbers that, while high, fall short of the rocketing pick-up rate we saw when Apple launched its major visual …

  • Apple’s iPhone 6 Has Finally Convinced Me To Ditch My Compact Camera

    It was bound to happen sooner or later: A smartphone would convince me that I no longer needed to carry around a powerful compact camera, despite a general interest in taking photos that straddles both my professional and personal lives. The iPhone 6 and the even more photo-friendly iPhone 6 Plus are that tipping point.While …

  • Join Us In Hardware Alley At Disrupt London, Won’t You?

    Disrupt London is fast approaching and I’d love to see you in our amazing Hardware Alley. This even, which runs during the last day of Disrupt, features all of my favorite startups – the hardware ones – in glorious technicolor.What is Hardware Alley? It’s a celebration of hardware startups (and other cool gear makers) that …

  • I Drove Toyota’s Car Of The Future And It Was Boring

    While Tesla is getting everyone excited about the idea of sexy electric cars in every driveway, Toyota has been working on a different technological roadmap: The carmaker that made the hybrid category with the Prius thinks that the next generation of cars will be fueled by hydrogen, and it’s going to beat everyone to market …

  • Incubated: MuckerLab’s Hands-On Approach To Accelerating Startup Growth

    MuckerLab was founded three years ago as one of the first incubators to launch in Los Angeles. With a shared workspace for a relatively small cohort of startups that participate, the accelerator takes a hands-on approach to helping companies that go through its program find product-market fit. At the time he first started …

  • PayPal Here Arrives On Android Tablets @ TechCrunch - 57 minutes ago
    PayPal Here Arrives On Android Tablets

    PayPal Here, the company’s dongle-based mobile payments solution, is now available for Android tablets, the company announced this afternoon — a move that will address a large and growing swath of the tablet market. According to Gartner, PayPal notes, 62 percent of tablets sold last year run Android.The PayPal Here app …

  • Sharethrough Acquires UK’s VAN As A Springboard For International Growth

    Advertising company Sharethrough announced today that it’s moving into Europe with the acquisition of a London-based company called VAN.The financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed. Sharethrough’s head of communications Thomas Channick told me via email that the VAN team will form “our core” in Europe, although …

  • Home Depot Hack Exposed Up To 56 Million Credit Cards

    Almost immediately after word broke that Home Depot had been hacked, security experts were noting that the breach was likely even worse than the massive Target hack that had preceded it.Sure enough, Home Depot has just confirmed the scale of the breach. All in all, as many as 56 million payment cards were potentially exposed.For …

  • Snapchat Scores Nike’s Director Of Digital To Win Sports Partnerships

    Snapchat could be the new way to experience sporting events from afar. At the very least, sports and athletics brands are jumping up and down trying to reach the young, active demographic Snapchat has captured. That’s why the ephemeral app’s latest hire has so much potential. Snapchat just poached Eric Toda, Nike’s global …

  • Twitter Overhauls Its UI On iPhone, Stops Hiding Your Bio

    If you’ve ever thought that Twitter’s interface for displaying profiles on phones was a bit wonky, don’t worry. You’re not alone. Even Twitter agrees.Twitter has just rolled out a new profile interface for iOS users that they’ve been quietly testing for the past few months.The biggest change? They no longer inexplicably …

  • SAP To Acquire Expense Software-Maker Concur For $129 Per Share

    Enterprise software company SAP just announced that it has agreed to acquire Concur Technologies, maker of expense and travel management tools that are used by 23,000 businesses (including TechCrunch and its parent company AOL).The deal is for $129 per share, which is 20 percent higher than Concur’s closing price on Sept. …

  • The Best Of Times … @ TechCrunch - 57 minutes ago
    The Best Of Times …

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of Minecraft, it was the age of Square, it was the epoch of burn, it was the epoch of crash, it was the season of growth and it was the season of collapse. Or so Dickens might have written if he had lived in San Francisco.

  • Oracle Stock Drops 2.5% On News That Larry Ellison Has Relinquished His CEO Title

    Today after the bell, Oracle announced that its long-time premier Larry Ellison is no longer its CEO. Former HP CEO Mark Hurd will take over the job in partnership with Safra Catz. Catz will manage finance and manufacturing, while Hurd will handle sales.Ellison will take on the titles of Executive Chairman of the Board …

  • One Lap With Circa’s Matt Galligan @ TechCrunch - 57 minutes ago
    One Lap With Circa’s Matt Galligan

    In the first installment of One Lap, Matt Galligan joined me at Thunderhill Raceway to talk about his mobile news application, Circa.I first met Matt in Boulder, Colo., in early 2010 shortly after he started SimpleGeo, an infrastructure provider for location-aware applications. A few years later, he sold SimpleGeo and founded …

  • Klarna Announces U.S. Team As It Plans For 2015 Launch In The U.S.

    The payments market in the U.S. couldn’t be be more competitive, and now yet another player is entering the mix. Stockholm-based Klarna is set to announce its U.S. team ahead of expansion plans into North America, which will begin in earnest at the beginning of 2015. Klarna, a European giant, which has raised $282.1 million …

  • Patient Capital Drives Change In Education @ TechCrunch - 57 minutes ago
    Patient Capital Drives Change In Education

    Editor’s note: Matthew Pittinsky is the CEO of Parchment.In 2001, Arthur Levine, then president of Columbia University Teacher’s College, predicted that one day faculty members would become free agents, increasingly independent of their colleges and universities. “It is only a matter of time before we see the equivalent …

  • Winter Is (Probably) Coming (Soon) @ TechCrunch - 57 minutes ago
    Winter Is (Probably) Coming (Soon)

    Duck everyone. It’s a bubble. Or something close to one. And the good times are going to slow down. Probably soon.That’s the gist of a recent interview that venture capitalist Bill Gurley gave. His words matter because they cut to the simple fact that too many companies are burning too much money.Making money is better …

  • Facebook Won’t Budge On Letting Drag Queens Keep Their Names

    Facebook will not be changing its real-name policy for the drag queen community. San Francisco drag queens met with representatives from the company yesterday afternoon to talk through a recent mass deletion of their personal profile pages. Facebook started deleting accounts of hundreds of members of the drag community …

  • Video: Man Buys The First iPhone 6 In Perth, Immediately Drops It Onto Concrete

    WHOOPS.On the upside, it doesn’t look like the screen got too busted up.Plus, hey, even if it was shattered… at least he got a U2 album out of it*.[* haha just kidding no one wants that]

  • Microsoft Lays Off 2,100 More Employees @ TechCrunch - 2 hours 21 minutes ago
    Microsoft Lays Off 2,100 More Employees

    As expected, Microsoft hit go on a number of layoffs today, letting 2,100 people go, including 747 people in the Seattle-Redmond area, where the company is headquartered.The firings come as a second wave of the layoffs that were previously announced. Out of 18,000 expected cuts, 13,000 were pulled off nearly immediately. …

  • WomanServants Will Let You Order Around Hot Girls For $125 Per Hour

    Editor’s Note: Yesterday, we ran a story about a new startup called ManServants, which facilitates the rental of “hot men” for $125. As most of the commenters note, the service is incredibly sexist and has no place in a society striving for gender equality. To examine my thoughts towards the service I took the original …

  • Regular Facebook Users Are More Likely To Fall For Phishing Scams

    Researchers at SUNY Buffalo have found that habitual Facebook users — those who are on the site more frequently than their peers — were more susceptible to phishing scams. How did they figure this out? By asking them about their habits and then surreptitiously creating a fake friend who then asked them for private information, …

  • Facebook Gets More Twitterish By Showing Timely And Trending Posts Sooner

    Facebook wants to steal discussion of real-time events from Twitter and stop being perceived as a slow social network. So today it announced News Feed changes that will surface posts that mention Trending Topics sooner and higher in the feed. It will also look at when people like and comment on posts from friends and Pages …

  • Technology And The Challenge Of Democracy @ TechCrunch - 10 hours ago
    Technology And The Challenge Of Democracy

    Editor’s note: Dennis Hu is the CEO of fundraising platform Fundly.Information is more available and accessible than ever before, and we are witnessing the power of the crowd to respond to news events with greater impact. As technology continues to play a larger role in our everyday lives, we must ask ourselves what ultimately …

  • Postmates Hires Former Yodlee, Google Wallet Exec Peter Hazlehurst As COO

    On-demand delivery startup Postmates is growing fast, expanding from serving five markets around the beginning of the year to being in 16 by next week. To help out with a rapidly expanding operations team, the company has hired former Yodlee and Google exec Peter Hazlehurst as its new COO.Hazlehurst touts two decades of …

  • Screamy Is A Little Box That Screams When Your Drone Is Lost

    If you’re lucky enough to live in a place where your drone can fly free among the trees and bushes and, more important, you’ve lost your drone in those selfsame trees and bushes, Screamy is for you. It’s a tiny box that connects to your drone via the control module and allows you to signal when the drone is down, a sort …

  • Meta 1 Augmented Reality Glasses Are Dragging Us Into A VR Future

    Meta — which recently presented at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2014 — today began to ship the final version of its Meta 1 Developer Kit (which includes the AR glasses). The 1,500 members of the company’s Pioneer Developer Program will be the lucky (and patient) recipients of the glasses and the accompanying SDK.

  • Shippo Raises $2 Million To Provide A Shipping API For E-Commerce Businesses

    There’s an increasing number of e-commerce retailers, each of which seeks to provide fast, reliable and most importantly, affordable shipping to customers. But most of those businesses can’t compete with the likes of Amazon, which has created enormous economies of scale around its warehouses and distribution centers. A …

  • After $2M In Pre-Orders, Osmo Starts Shipping Its Hardware-Based iPad Game For Kids, Rolls Out Customization Features

    Osmo, the gaming device from former Googlers that combines real world play and the iPad, is now shipping after receiving $2 million in pre-orders, including those from over 2,000 schools. The company is also announcing this morning a new platform that will allow anyone to design games for Osmo. At launch, this lets parents, …

  • Reveal Chat For iOS Helps You Build Real, Social Connections Via Anonymous Chat

    Offering a different spin on anonymous mobile chatting, Seattle-based Reveal Chat is debuting an app today that lets its users share more with the other party as they become more comfortable with the person they’ve connected with on the other end of the screen. Founded by a pair of ex-Amazonians, the startup is backed by …

  • Chat Center Goes Freemium As It Passes One Million Downloads

    Chat Center, a universal chat application, is taking a page from the social media playbook and now selling premium names on its service. This allows users to create names like “taxi,” “iPhone,” and “folgerscrystalsdontcausecancer…” for a price. The company has collected over 50 million trademarked words and has added them …

  • Mind Candy Slims Down Ahead Of Major New Mobile Push

    Mind Candy, the company behind the Moshi Monsters web game for kids, has in the past been considered one of the breakout successes of the UK startup and gaming world. But while it continues to extend its life as a licensing gangbuster — with every incarnation of possible merchandise — it is clearly going through the bumpy …

  • Twilio Adds Low-Cost, Two-Way MMS Picture Messaging To Its API Cloud

    Twilio, the San Francisco-based company that currently works with around half a million developers to integrate text messaging, voice and VoIP services into their apps by way of a set of simple APIs, is today adding a new feature into its artillery that taps into some of the most popular uses for smartphones today. It is …

  • Apple Adds Bundles And Previews To Give App Developers More Ways To Reach An Audience

    The App Store has often been criticized for limiting discoverability, but Apple has armed developers with new promotional tools with the release of iOS 8 that should help them get their stuff in front of more potential customers. App Previews are short videos that devs can use to show their software in action, which occupy …

  • Campus Job Connects Companies With Students For Part-Time Work

    College students are constantly battling between two goals: getting good grades and proving they’re ready for the real world. Combining those two goals, however, can be really difficult for the student with a demanding schedule. That’s where Campus Job comes in.Campus Job is a platform built by Liz Wessel and JJ Fliegelman …

  • CloudFlare’s New Keyless SSL Could Unlock Cloud For Financial Institutions

    Financial institutions crave cloud scalability, but have been reluctant to jump on the cloud bandwagon because of security concerns. In particular, they have been hesitant to expose their precious SSL keys to the open internet. The key identifies them as a financial institution and lets the other party know they can accept …

  • Dice Wants To Be The First Gig Ticketing Giant That Music Fans Adore

    UK music ticketing startup Dice, launching today in London on iOS and Android, is looking to tear up the traditional ticket buying process by ripping out booking fees and sending the middleman up in virtual smoke. The KLF would surely be proud.This mobile-only ticket platform’s pledge is to sell gig tickets to fans at face …

  • Anki Drive Comes To Android, Drops In Price To $149.99

    Anki Drive, the slot-car racing game for the mobile era, is finally launching on Android and dropping in price just in time for the holiday shopping season. Sometime in October, Anki Drive shed its iOS exclusivity and will launch on Android and work with select Android phones.Available today, the Starter Kit now costs just …

  • Red Hat Buys FeedHenry For $82M To Add Mobile App Development To Its Platform

    Some big news today for Red Hat, the open source company that provides a platform for application development and other platform as a service solutions: It is buying FeedHenry, an Ireland-based provider of a platform for mobile app developers, specifically for enterprises to build apps. In a statement on the acquisition, …

  • Apple Explores Bone Conducting, Noise Cancelling EarPod Design

    Apple has a new patent application (via AppleInsider) that describes incorporating bone conduction tech into its EarPods, as well as packing them with sensors for better noise cancellation.The sensors include accelerometers to detect vibration in a wearer’s skull while they’re talking, and is able to then identify speech …

  • ‘Airbnb For Home-Cooked Meals’ Startup EatWith Raises $8 Million From Greylock

    Since 2007, Airbnb has opened up new opportunities for its hosts to meet new people and make money by renting out parts of their homes they weren’t using. In that same vein, a startup called EatWith wants to offer up a similar opportunity for its users to use their cooking skills as a way to make cash and engage in conversation …

  • Ping Identity Picks Up $35M Led By KKR @ TechCrunch - 16 hours ago
    Ping Identity Picks Up $35M Led By KKR

    Ping Identity, a company that works in the enterprise identity space, has raised $35 million, led by KKR, with participation by new investor Ten Eleven, along with a number of prior investors.The funding, as the company was somewhat excited to point out, brings its total fundraising to date to $110 million. Ping hasn’t …

  • Seedcamp Invests In 11 New Startups After Its Annual Event

    European ‘venture accelerator’ Seedcamp has announced it has made 11 new investments, out of the 21 drawn from around Europe that pitched at their annual event in London last week. It made 11 investments, 7 directly from Seedcamp Week applicants, and 4 from the new Seedcamp Fund.

  • Amazon Announces New Fire Tablets, E-Ink Kindles And A Special Fire For Kids

    Amazon released six new devices today with an eye on shipping them before the holiday season. The collection, which ranges from a new e-ink tablet called the Voyage to an 8.9-inch tablet that is lighter than the iPad Air and features Fire OS 4.0, an OS based on KitKat, is designed for reading, work and play.There’s also …

  • Apple’s Tim Cook Does Some Security Straight Talking

    Today, Apple’s Tim Cook posted a letter announcing a new security page on the company’s website, publishing some fairly plain-language security talk.There’s some solid language here that is clearly designed to allay fears about the way that Apple protects user data in the wake of the celebrity nude hacking incidents.Cook’s …

  • Hampton Creek In A Management Pickle As It Seeks To Raise $50 Million In Funding

    It hasn’t even been a full two weeks since Ali Partovi switched from an adviser role to chief strategy officer at Hampton Creek. However, the plant-based mayo startup has confirmed that Partovi is out. This leaves the company in a bit of a management pickle. In an odd move, Partovi switched from simply adviser to second …

  • ManServant Will Let You Order Around Hot Men For $125 Per Hour

    A 6’2″, sandy blond gentleman wearing a tailored suit and tie gently bows to greet me and seat me. “Hello, I am Fabio and I will be your man servant this afternoon,” he says. His gentle, hypnotic voice wraps around me. I suddenly realize I’ve been seated and proceed to accidentally knock my sunglasses off the table. Fabio …

  • If You Want An Android Smartwatch, Get The Moto 360

    Like the serfs on the anarcho-syndicalist commune in Monty Python And The Holy Grail, fans of Android Wear and the $249 Moto 360 have been moaning under the oppressive noise regarding the yet-to-be-released Apple Watch. “You’re biased,” they scream as they swipe desperately at their Google Now cards. “You never cover the …

  • FCC Chairman Wheeler: Title II Is On The Table

    In the final moments of the FCC’s public comment period on its notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) concerning net neutrality, there was a spike in input regarding precisely how bad regulating ISPs under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934 would be.To summarize the corporate response: Oh god, please no. Please.Contrary …

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