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  • Living On Bitcoin @ TechCrunch - 11 hours ago
    Living On Bitcoin

    Contributor Kevin Cruz writes for BitcoinMagazine and so he knows a few things about Bitcoin. But with the help of a BTC to cash service he tried to live for weeks using only bitcoin.I write for a living and sometimes people pay me in bitcoins.  I’m aware that I’m being paid in a currency that hasn’t reached mainstream …

  • BitTorrent Tells Sony It’s Happy To Release ‘The Interview’

    Many have called for Sony to release ‘The Interview’ online. However, Sony CEO Michael Lynton stated earlier that there has not been a major video on demand service, “that has stepped forward and said they are willing to distribute this movie for us.”Several major movie chains pulled out of the scheduled Christmas Day release …

  • The Future Of Biometric Marketing @ TechCrunch - 13 hours ago
    The Future Of Biometric Marketing

    Editor’s note: Cavan Canavan is a co-founder of the motion tracking technology company FocusMotion.The current smartwatch and fitness device space is stagnant. The offerings and the devices are a commoditized mess with companies competing for the same consumers – with the same features. There must be more available from …

  • How To Speak User @ TechCrunch - 15 hours ago
    How To Speak User

    In homage to my TC colleague Alex Wilhelm’s recent entrepreneurial lexis magnum opus, How To Speak Startup, I present its fantastical companion: How To Speak User.Spend an above-average amount of time using digital services and the fabric of reality starts to resemble a curtain that can be pulled to and fro at will. Standing …

  • In War With Publishers, Tech Companies Take Wrong Approach

    Publishers have been offered a seriously raw deal in the war over content on the internet. Linking to another site is free, and there are few revenue sharing agreements between publishers and technology companies. Supported throughout the development of the internet by leading companies like Yahoo, Google, and Facebook, …

  • How Clear Is The Future Of Google Glass? @ TechCrunch - 19 hours ago
    How Clear Is The Future Of Google Glass?

    Editor’s note: Frank Palermo is the senior vice president of the Global Technical Solutions Group at Virtusa.Some ideas are ahead of their time.There is no question that the wearables market is taking off with the proliferation of health monitors, pedometers and activity trackers like Fitbit, Jawbone, Nike Fuelband, etc. …

  • Why Retailers Must (But Won’t) Succeed In Introducing Mobile Payment Systems

    Editor’s note: Catherine Tucker is a marketing professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management.In the digital age, it’s critical for retailers to collect and manage customer data. This information is the key to providing personalization for any kind of shopping experience, as it allows retailers to understand customer preferences …

  • How NASA Opens Planetary Mission Data @ TechCrunch - Sat, Dec 20, 2014 10:00 AM EST
    How NASA Opens Planetary Mission Data

    Editor’s Note: Thomas Stein is the Senior Computer Systems Manager for NASA’s Planetary Data System Geosciences Node at Washington University.As the U.S. National Aeronautic and Space Administration tests new rockets for its manned space program, planetary scientists are already working with reams of data to determine what …

  • The Internet Of Things Is Not A Shiny New Toy @ TechCrunch - Sat, Dec 20, 2014 9:00 AM EST
    The Internet Of Things Is Not A Shiny New Toy

    Editor’s note: Marc Canter is CEO of Interface, a company focused on creating a new set of authoring tools for easily building personalized apps and experiences for the Internet of Things.The Internet of Things is the latest, greatest new buzzword du jour and every major technology company, industrial manufacturer, big …

  • BlackBerry Classic | Hands On @ TechCrunch - Sat, Dec 20, 2014 8:16 AM EST

    Recently announced at a NYC press event, the BlackBerry Classic aims to court the faithful physical keyboard fans as well as enterprise business in an atmosphere of insecure corporate communications. It has a look and feel that previous users know very well but it also sports a touchscreen and applications from the Amazon …

  • Hands On With The Blackberry Classic @ TechCrunch - Sat, Dec 20, 2014 8:16 AM EST
    Hands On With The Blackberry Classic

    It’s been a long time coming: Blackberry’s return to its roots. Rather than chasing the pack, Blackberry has brought back exactly what its fans have been wanting in a package that is usable, fun, and solid. But can it save the company?I’m a fan of the $450 Classic and will post a full review on Monday but until then I’ve …

  • How Mobile And Social Feeds Government’s Appetite For Innovation @ TechCrunch - Sat, Dec 20, 2014 7:00 AM EST
    How Mobile And Social Feeds Government’s Appetite For Innovation

    Editor’s note: Anne Altman is the general manager of IBM U.S. Federal and Government Industries.Applications that simply deliver information can be useful, but government agencies are now pushing user engagement to new heights. With 173 million people in the U.S. owning smartphones, citizens are continuously equipped with …

  • 11 Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week @ TechCrunch - Sat, Dec 20, 2014 6:25 AM EST
    11 Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    From the Sony hack coverage to Instagram being valued at $35 billion, here are the top stories from 12/13-12/19.1. Sony was hacked. Sony cancels the theatrical release of The Interview after threats from hackers. The FBI blames North Korea for the hack. Obama says Sony made a mistake in canceling the release of The Interview (and …

  • North Korea On Sony Hack: It Wasn’t Us @ TechCrunch - Sat, Dec 20, 2014 5:46 AM EST
    North Korea On Sony Hack: It Wasn’t Us

    Here is the latest twist in the ongoing Sony hacking story: after the FBI alleged that North Korea was indeed behind the attack on Sony, North Korea today categorically denied having anything to do with it. According to a BBC report, North Korea’s foreign ministry went as far threatening “grave consequences” and demanding a …

  • Gillmor Gang: Hackathon @ TechCrunch - Sat, Dec 20, 2014 5:00 AM EST

    The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Alexia Tsotsis, John Taschek, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, December 19, 2014.

  • Stichy Makes It Easier For Groups To Curate And Share Mobile Media @ TechCrunch - Sat, Dec 20, 2014 3:57 AM EST
    Stichy Makes It Easier For Groups To Curate And Share Mobile Media

    Rumr Inc, a mobile messaging focused startup which last year raised an $800,000 seed, led by Khosla Ventures‘ Ben Ling, to fund a series of projects, has now launched its third app — called Stichy — this one focused on sharing multimedia content within groups.Rumr’s founder is James Jerlecki, who brings a background in …

  • Transforming The Conversation On Women In Computer Science @ TechCrunch - Sat, Dec 20, 2014 3:00 AM EST
    Transforming The Conversation On Women In Computer Science

    Editor’s note: Alison Derbenwick Miller is the vice president of Oracle Academy where she and her team work to advance computer science education by driving student interest and skill development – regardless of gender or socioeconomic background – to help cultivate the next generation of technology innovators and busi …

  • Why Is Yahoo Still So Bad At The Basics? @ TechCrunch - Sat, Dec 20, 2014 1:00 AM EST
    Why Is Yahoo Still So Bad At The Basics?

    I’m reluctant to cite what I’m about to cite. It’s scathing. It’s scurrilous. It’s caustic criticism that seems often overblown and, in some cases, deliberately devoid of context. It’s the New York Times Magazine‘s condensation of Nicholas Carlson’s book about Marissa Mayer, and it’s clearly an attempt to do to her wha …

  • India’s E-Commerce Giant Flipkart Replenishes Its War Chest With New $700M Round

    Flipkart raised $1 billion at the end of July, and less than six months later the Indian e-commerce giant is rounding off the year with a new $700 million round.The round includes money from existing investors DST Global, GIC, ICONIQ Capital and Tiger Global, and new backers Baillie Gifford, Greenoaks Capital, Steadview …

  • Google+ Can Now Automatically Make Your Videos Look Better @ TechCrunch - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 11:42 AM EST
    Google+ Can Now Automatically Make Your Videos Look Better

    For almost two years now, Google has been automatically enhancing the photos you upload to Google+; starting today it will do (almost) the same with videos, too.It won’t do this automatically, though. Instead, whenever Google now thinks it can improve a video you upload, a banner will appear in the Google+ web app that …

  • Fallout from the Sony Hacks @ TechCrunch - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 11:05 AM EST

    Sarah Buhr, Ingrid Lunden & Alex Wilhelm talk about the big weekly tech news

  • CrunchWeek: Fallout From The Sony Hack @ TechCrunch - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 11:05 AM EST
    CrunchWeek: Fallout From The Sony Hack

    Acquisition leaks, embarrassing emails, threats, theaters refuse to show The Interview, FBI’s confirmation that the hack came from North Korea, a response from the White House: There has been so much coming out of the Sony breach that this week we felt it necessary to devote our entire show to discussing everything that …

  • Sony’s CEO Michael Lynton: “We Have Not Given In.” @ TechCrunch - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 10:04 AM EST
    Sony’s CEO Michael Lynton: “We Have Not Given In.”

    Sony CEO Michael Lynton blamed theaters for the studio’s decision to pull out from the scheduled theatrical release of The Interview this Christmas. He told CNN in an exclusive interview that Sony had no other choice after a slew of theaters decided not to show the film.President Obama called the entertainment company out …

  • After Sony, Every Startup Should Prepare For War @ TechCrunch - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 10:00 AM EST
    After Sony, Every Startup Should Prepare For War

    The battle between Sony and what the FBI believes are North Korean hackers may be at its end, but the war for the security of the enterprise is just getting started.Companies have been rapidly transitioning their legacy systems to modern IT technology like cloud services, hoping to save money and improve performance in …

  • Carnival’s Mobile Marketing Platform Gets More Automated @ TechCrunch - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 8:46 AM EST
    Carnival’s Mobile Marketing Platform Gets More Automated

    When someone tells me that they’re introducing “trigger messaging” to their product, well, it’s not the most thrilling start to a conversation. But hey, mention automated FaceTime calls from One Direction, and suddenly I’m onboard.(Not that I’m a huge One Direction fan or anything. It’s not weird that I think this sounds …

  • Reddit Announces RedditNotes, A Way To Share Equity With Readers @ TechCrunch - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 8:30 AM EST
    Reddit Announces RedditNotes, A Way To Share Equity With Readers

    Reddit, the world’s favorite repository for funny and/or pornographic images (and wide-ranging discussions on almost any topic), has announced a RedditNotes initiative, a method to give equity to the site’s readers using a lottery method.The 950,000 notes will be given away at random to folks who have been on the site before …

  • Apple Responds To BBC Panorama’s Portrayal Of Supplier Conditions @ TechCrunch - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 8:25 AM EST
    Apple Responds To BBC Panorama’s Portrayal Of Supplier Conditions

    Apple was the subject of a recent investigative report by BBC’s Panorama program, which presented as part of its findings various instances where suppliers of the Mac maker violated Apple’s own stated standards for its partners. The breaches reported by the BBC included problems at Pegatron factories outside Shanghai, as …

  • Gillmor Gang LIVE 12.19.14 @ TechCrunch - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 8:11 AM EST
    Gillmor Gang: Hackathon

    Gillmor Gang – Robert Scoble, Kevin Marks, Alexia Tsotsis, John Taschek, and Steve Gillmor. LIVE recording session has concluded for today.Gillmor Gang on Facebook Our sister show G3 on Facebook

  • Facebook Has So Much To Announce, Its f8 Conference Expands To 2 Days In SF March 25-26 2015

    Facebook has more news to share at f8 than can fit in a single day, so it’s adding a second for its developer conference now slated for March 25th and 26th, 2015 at San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center. Registration for the first two-day f8 will open in early 2015, but developers hoping to attend can sign up for a reminder …

  • EDI Is Trying To Kickstart The Classic Dive Watch @ TechCrunch - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 7:35 AM EST
    EDI Is Trying To Kickstart The Classic Dive Watch

    Two entrepreneurs and engineers have taken to Kickstarter to fund a new line of dive watches, EDI. The watches, in addition to looking just a bit like sword-hand divers of the early Blancpain era, use an EDI E-353 automatic movement with self-winding features, as well as a handsome steel case. What’s truly interesting, …

  • All Day Raises $2 Million To Be A Media Portal For The Twitter Generation

    Would-be media moguls take heart: with nothing more than a Twitter handle and a dream, you can raise capital to become the next Vice or Vox Media Group, or Buzzfeed.All it takes is a knack for viral content, 2.15 million followers on your marquee Twitter account, and a core team of (incredibly) young social media entrepreneurs. Then …

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: BlackBerry, Bar-Tending Robots, And Drones

    Christmas is around the corner, and thus, this podcast is especially merry.BlackBerry recently introduced the smartphone of yesterday, in the BlackBerry Classic. We’re also seeing an uptick in bar-tending robot products, which leads us to wonder if there has ever really been a lot of difficulty in making yourself a drink.And …

  • This Board Lets You Give Any Arduino Project Predator-Style Heat Vision

    Up until the last few years, heat-sensing cameras — think Predator vision — were a thing that pretty much only the Army and the super rich got to play with.Then FLiR figured out how to make the required sensors tiny and (relatively) cheap, and the whole idea became considerably more accessible. Hell, you can get heat vision …

  • Tesla To Begin Model S Battery Swap Pilot Program Next Week @ TechCrunch - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 6:27 AM EST
    Tesla To Begin Model S Battery Swap Pilot Program Next Week

    Tesla showed off its upcoming battery swapping technology for the Model S electric vehicle last year, which would let users change out their battery rather than charging when on the road for a quick fill-up that’s speedier than actually refuelling a standard car’s gas tank. Starting next week, it’s launching the pilot program …

  • Obama Says Sony Made A Mistake In Canceling “The Interview” Release

    Disagree with Sony’s decision to pull The Interview from theaters? So does President Barack Obama.In a statement during a press conference this afternoon, President Obama said:“I am sympathetic to the concerns that faced. Having said all that, yes, they made a mistake.We cannot have a society where a dictator someplace …

  • Canary Home Security System Has Finally Started Shipping @ TechCrunch - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 5:30 AM EST
    Canary Home Security System Has Finally Started Shipping

    Canary, the $250, all-in-one home security system that caught the attention of our hearts and minds back in 2013, has finally started shipping.The device launched on Indiegogo back in July of 2013, with a goal of $100,000. By the time the campaign had ended, Canary had amassed nearly $2 million in pre-orders. After selling …

  • Facebook Launches Separate “Stickered” For Messenger App That Lets You Paste Images On Your Photos

    Today Facebook is releasing a new app called “Stickered” For Messenger that lets you pick a photo, resize and paste a Facebook Sticker on top, and send it to friends. “Stickers and photos are two of the most popular ways that people express themselves on Messenger. This is a fun experiment to see how people combine the …

  • Facebook Messenger Shows Its New Speed With FacePile Read Receipts @ TechCrunch - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 4:59 AM EST
    Facebook Messenger Shows Its New Speed With FacePile Read Receipts

    Milliseconds make a difference when it comes to chat. The less lag, the more it feels like being in the same room. But with texting, we lost the cues like nods and “mmhmm”s that tell you someone heard what you said.Today Facebook Messenger takes a leap forward on both fronts with a big speed improvement across all its versions, …

  • Canonical’s “Snappy Ubuntu” Lands On AWS @ TechCrunch - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 4:36 AM EST
    Canonical’s “Snappy Ubuntu” Lands On AWS

    Canonical’s stripped down “Snappy” edition of Ubuntu Core is now available on Amazon’s AWS cloud computing platform.If you’ve followed along over the last few weeks, that’s not a major surprise. Snappy first launched on Microsoft Azure at the beginning of this month and then arrived on Google’s Compute Engine platform. …

  • The FBI Blames North Korea For Sony Hack @ TechCrunch - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 4:29 AM EST
    The FBI Blames North Korea For Sony Hack

    The FBI has officially put the blame on the North Korean government for the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack which resulted in the theft of mass amounts of personal and commercial data, as well as the shut down of Sony Pictures work computers. A group calling itself the “Guardians of Peace” had claimed responsibility.In …

  • GamerGate Harassment Of Zoe Quinn Stoops To New Low @ TechCrunch - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 3:46 AM EST
    GamerGate Harassment Of Zoe Quinn Stoops To New Low

    GamerGate has not bottomed out quite yet. The pent-up rage of a group of disenfranchised misogynists has found a new digital outlet for harassing one of their targets, games developer Zoe Quinn, in the form of Amazon Kindle e-books. so um. someone's selling rape fanfic of me on amazon. :/ TW obviously...

  • Sony’s ‘The Interview’ Capitulation May Prevent Further Leaks @ TechCrunch - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 3:00 AM EST
    Sony’s ‘The Interview’ Capitulation May Prevent Further Leaks

    Sony Pictures might be spared further embarrassment resulting from future data dumps, according to emails received by Sony executives today. CNN reports that Sony execs got a new email that matches the pattern, language and email list of previous threats and demands, but this one apparently praises Sony for its “very wise” …

  • Rothenberg Ventures Opens Virtual Reality Accelerator Offering 10 Startups $100K And A Clubhouse

    “2015 will be the year of virtual reality” says investor Mike Rothenberg. But fragmentation in the nascent industry means VR hardware, software, and content startups need to team up for demos. So Rothenberg Ventures today launched a VR accelerator called River to provide a shared office and $100,000 investments to 10 s …

  • Venture Investors Light Up Cannabis Startups @ TechCrunch - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 2:17 AM EST
    Venture Investors Light Up Cannabis Startups

    Editor’s Note: Christine Magee is an editor for CrunchBase.As American lawmakers legalize cannabis in a handful of states and decriminalize it in others, “potrepreneurs” are emerging from the shadows to bring tech to the cannabis community.There’s Weedmaps, the Google Maps for tracking down dispensaries, Leafly, the Ye …

  • Wedgies.com Raises $700K For Its Social Media Polling Tools @ TechCrunch - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 2:13 AM EST
    Wedgies.com Raises $700K For Its Social Media Polling Tools

    Polling startup Wedgies.com (yes, that’s really its name) is announcing that it has raised $700,000 in seed funding led by Greycroft Partners.Co-founder and CEO Porter Haney told me the company’s goal is to “legitimize web voting,” and its approach is to bring those polls to social media: “Think about what Gallup or Su …

  • Watch This Double Amputee Control Two Robotic Arms At Once @ TechCrunch - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 2:10 AM EST
    Watch This Double Amputee Control Two Robotic Arms At Once

    It’s rare to see the future unfold in front of our eyes this dramatically but here it is: the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab has helped a man who lost both his arms in a “freak electrical accident” connect to dual robotic arms by connecting to and reading from his nervous system. The results aren’t quite staggering …

  • Crossing The Digital Divide To Protect The Environment @ TechCrunch - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 2:00 AM EST
    Crossing The Digital Divide To Protect The Environment

    Editor’s Note: Stephanie Ratté is a project coordinator and research analyst with the Governance of Forests Initiatives; Carole Excell is the project director of The Access Initiative at the World Resources Institute and Lauren Williams is an associate with the Governance of Forests Initiative, leading engagement in the …

  • Mobile-First Sales Support Platform Showpad Acquires Storydesk’s Assets

    Off the back of $8.5 million in new funding, Belgium and San Francisco-based startup Showpad, which provides mobile-first software to help support sales teams, has acquired some of the assets of New York-based Storydesk.Terms of the deal remain undisclosed, in what otherwise is a customer-base acquisition only and will …

  • Bitcoin Falls Even As Some Russians Turn To Cryptocurrency @ TechCrunch - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 1:52 AM EST
    Bitcoin Falls Even As Some Russians Turn To Cryptocurrency

    Bitcoin fell to $307 overnight and is now hovering at about $311, a move that analysts are attributing to panic selling. At the same time, BTC-to-ruble transactions rose to 230%, from 230 trades in the last 30 day period to 819 trades. This rise in transactions, though minor, mirrors the efforts by account holders in Cyprus …

  • Instagram Is Now Worth $35 Billion @ TechCrunch - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 12:58 AM EST
    Instagram Is Now Worth $35 Billion

    Citigroup raised the valuation of Instagram this morning from $19 billion to $35 billion.The photo-sharing network recently announced it had surpassed 300 million active users, and has taken steps toward cleaning up spam accounts, as well as adding new filters and features in an update this week.Instagram was acquired by …

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