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  • Every Company Needs A Chief Digital Officer @ TechCrunch - 12 minutes ago
    Every Company Needs A Chief Digital Officer

    Editor’s note: Neha Sampat is CEO of raw engineering and an expert on the enterprise market, with 15 years in product marketing for enterprise software, cloud computing and online experiences for companies like Sun Microsystems and VMware.In an increasingly digital world, where everything from marketing to R&D and customer …

  • Evernote Updates Its Penultimate App Following Criticism, Showing Tech Firms Do Listen

    Here’s a positive story about tech companies and their awareness of the outside world, just in case this week had you disillusioned. Evernote today issued a fix for its Penultimate digital handwriting app for the iPad that it hopes will end more than a week of frustration for its users.Evernote bought the service, which …

  • 15 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    This week’s tech news saw a new payments deal between Snapchat and Square Cash, the death of the Netflix API, the failure of the USA FREEDOM Act and a sexist Barbie book. Here are our best stories from this week (11/15-11/21).  1. Following a PR disaster involving an Uber executive’s remarks about a Bay Area journalist, …

  • Adobe’s Cloud Photoshop Suggests We May Finally Realize The Dream Of Streamed Computing

    I’ve been writing about tech for nearly a decade now, and in that time, one thing has always seemed perpetually promising, and yet also ultimately unsatisfying: remote streaming consumer computing. I’m not talking about remotely connecting to your work PC to grab a couple of files, but actually using programs interchangeably …

  • Debunking The 7 Myths of Marketing In The Enterprise

    Editor’s note: Mamoon Hamid is a general partner at The Social+Capital Partnership. Over the last few months enterprise giants Oracle and Salesforce have put on shows featuring the likes of Hillary Clinton and Bruno Mars reminding all of us in the enterprise world that marketing matters. While most enterprise startups will …

  • Gillmor Gang: Cash or Charge @ TechCrunch - 12 minutes ago
    Gillmor Gang: Cash or Charge

    The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Dan Farber, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. Hard not to talk about Uber, given the clash between hubris and transformational momentum. The Gang swims in a sea of messaging apps, Facebook passport control, Google InBox immigration. Newspaper taxis appear on the shore, waiting …

  • Colombia Is One Of Latin America’s Most Promising New Tech Hubs

    Ten years ago, the idea that Colombia would become a burgeoning hub for any dynamic industry beyond its notorious drug trade would have struck most observers as far-fetched. As recently as the turn of the century, conventional wisdom had it that the tropical, Andean nation was on the verge of becoming a failed state. Fast …

  • How To Raise Venture Capital In A Frothy Market

    Editor’s note: Brian Brown advises startups. He has raised hundreds of millions in venture capital and been a co-founder in a number of startups, including Joyent. Prior to startups, he was deputy editor with the Wall Street Journal Europe. Raising venture funding may have just gotten a little tougher. A major investor …

  • SF Has An S&M Problem @ TechCrunch - 12 minutes ago
    SF Has An S&M Problem

    It’s a Friday night, and I am on the prowl. I’m with my friend Edgar, and we are looking for evidence of the increasing S&M problem among the denizens of America’s startup capital. We all know the story the past few months: it’s really bad right now, but don’t worry, everything will get better in time. But it is not …

  • UK Government Pushes IP-Matching In Latest Digital Counter-Terror Measure

    ISPs and mobile operators will be forced to retain information linking IP addresses to individuals for 12 months under U.K. government counter-terrorism plans expected to be detailed next week.The IP-matching measure will be included in the government’s forthcoming Anti-Terrorism and Security Bill. This follows another …

  • Marketplaces Are Eating Firms @ TechCrunch - 12 minutes ago
    Marketplaces Are Eating Firms

    Editor’s note: Josh Breinlinger is a venture partner investing in technology startups at Sigma West. Josh was the fourth employee at global online freelancer marketplace oDesk, where he was in charge of sales, marketing, product marketing and business development.If software is eating the world, then marketplaces are one …

  • Jolla’s Open Source iPad Alternative Raises More Than $1M In Two Days’ Crowdfunding

    Late last week Finnish mobile startup Jolla launched a crowdfunding campaign for a tablet running its open source Sailfish OS, smashing past its initial funding goal of $380,000 in a couple of hours. It has since pushed past the $1 million mark, with around $1.18M now pledged from more than 7,370 backers of the Indiegogo …

  • Crowdsourced War @ TechCrunch - 12 minutes ago
    Crowdsourced War

    Editor’s note: Jillian Kay Melchior writes for National Review as a Thomas L. Rhodes Fellow for the Franklin Center. She is also a senior fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum.At least 4,000 people have died in Eastern Ukraine, according to United Nations estimates, spilling roughly 5,000 gallons of blood on the nation’s …

  • eBooks Could Finally Inch Past Print In 2018 @ TechCrunch - 12 minutes ago
    eBooks Could Finally Inch Past Print In 2018

    PricewaterhouseCoopers analysts are predicting (again) that ebooks could soon edge out print as publishers’ most lucrative products. What does this mean? Essentially that a ebook popularity and pricing stabilizes, users will spend more on bits than they will on pulp. The resulting switch could be the final nail in the print …

  • Fitmob Gets More Funding As It Partners With Gyms And Looks To New Markets

    Fitness marketplace Fitmob is growing fast and looking to grow even faster, and to do so it’s raised new strategic funding from Recruit Strategic Partners. The funding will be used as Fitmob adds more options to its fitness marketplace through partnerships with gyms, and as it seeks to expand into new markets.Fitmob has …

  • Uber Über Alles @ TechCrunch - 12 minutes ago
    Uber Über Alles

    Oh, Uber. Such a great service…run by such short-sighted, thin-skinned executives. Clue: when people criticize you and/or your company, suck it up, take the criticism on board and apologize/adjust if warranted, then shut up and move on. Do not muse aloud, even at a quasi-off-the-record party, about forming million-dollar …

  • Makerclub Helps You Learn 3D-Printed Robotics @ TechCrunch - 12 minutes ago
    Makerclub Helps You Learn 3D-Printed Robotics

    Want to make a giant 3D-printed spider robot? A humanoid help-mate? A robotic scorpion with a powerful, electrified tail? Makerclub can probably help. Created as a place for makers to come together and discuss 3D printed robotics, the service is now part commerce site, part repository, and part educational resource. Interestingly, …

  • Elon Musk Testing ‘X-Wing’ Fins For Reusable Rockets, Seafaring Spaceport Drones For Landing

    Let’s face it: Elon Musk is probably a time traveller sent back to help us leave earth behind and achieve the next phase of human evolution. The inventor and entrepreneur issued a minor tweet storm today, in which he detailed a new SpaceX program to test the function of “X-Wing” style grid fins that could help spacecraft …

  • Is It The Beginning Of The End For Cable Or Just A New Beginning?

    Editor’s note: Braxton Jarrett is the CEO of Clearleap.In mid-October, HBO dropped a bombshell — albeit a long-rumored one — with the news that it would launch a standalone streaming service some time in 2015. The media and Game of Thrones fans everywhere immediately went into overdrive, analyzing every last one of the …

  • Google’s Nexus 6 Might Be Too Big For Right Now, But Right-Sized For The Future

    As Greg Kumparak noted in the TechCrunch review of the Nexus 6, the phone is very large. Too large, in fact, for most humans. Back when it was just a rumor that Google would be picking Motorola to provide the Nexus 6 hardware, and that it would indeed be a monster with a 6-inch display, I lamented the phabletization of …

  • Yahoo Acquires Photo Startup Cooliris @ TechCrunch - 39 minutes ago
    Yahoo Acquires Photo Startup Cooliris

    Photo app-maker Cooliris just announced that it has been acquired by Yahoo.It’s been a long road to this exit. Cooliris was founded back in 2006 and was initially known for creating a “3D wall” for navigating photos and other media content.It also created a platform for mobile ads called Adjitsu, which it sold to Singtel’s …

  • Fire TV Stick Review: A Great Streamer For An Amazon Household

    The Fire TV Stick works. That’s about all there is to it. It streams videos from Amazon, Netflix and more. It plays simple games and streams from local network shares. But it’s not for everyone. There are better products on the market for some users. That said, the Fire TV Stick is well worth its $40 price tag.ProsThe price …

  • Crunchweek: Uber, Uber, Uber And Barbie @ TechCrunch - 2 hours 6 minutes ago
    Crunchweek: Uber, Uber, Uber And Barbie

    Here’s a protip: Don’t do what Uber did this week. That’s the main topic of CrunchWeek this time around. Bad behavior, however, wasn’t just Uber’s purview: The corporate entity behind Barbie was exposed for publishing a wantonly sexist tract that undercut the idea that women can be software engineers.So that wasn’t very …

  • Mikme Is A Portable, Multitrack Recording Rig For Your Cool Band

    If you got your first real six string at the Five and Dime and you and you and some guys from school got together to record some songs primarily during and around the summer of 1969, you probably could have used the Mikme. The Mikme is a box-shaped microphone that can sit anywhere in the room and record, the creator claims, …

  • Gillmor Gang LIVE 11.21.14 @ TechCrunch - 4 hours ago

    Gillmor Gang – Robert Scoble, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, Dan Farber, and Steve Gillmor. Live recording session today at 1pm PT. Gillmor Gang on FacebookFriendfeed chat during live broadcast Our sister show, G3

  • Leading Digital Transformation @ TechCrunch - 6 hours ago
    Leading Digital Transformation

    Editor’s note: George Westerman is a research scientist at the MIT Sloan School of Management Initiative on the Digital Economy. He is coauthor of the book, Leading Digital: Turning Technology into Business Transformation.Digital technologies — from social media to mobile computing to big data to the Internet of everything …

  • DataFox Brings Private Company Analysis And One-Pagers To Mobile

    DataFox, the online research platform that allows anyone to track information about private tech companies, has now brought its service to mobile in the form of a new iOS application. The free app provides DataFox subscribers with access to over 500,000 company one-pager’s, private and public lists, and an events stream …

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Nokia N1, Intel MICA, And The New Parrot Drone

    News is picking up in time for the holiday season, with Nokia announcing the Android-powered N1 tablet. Meanwhile, Intel got into the fashion game with the new MICA data-connected bracelet, complete with a Sapphire OLED touchscreen. Plus, Parrot just released its latest drone, and Matt can’t get enough of it. We discuss …

  • The Internet Is The Best Thing Ever To Happen To Songwriters

    Ever since, Taylor Swift decided to give Spotify the boot, under the auspices of helping songwriters, there has been a conversation suggesting that there was somehow a golden age for songwriters when they controlled their own destiny –and the Internet killed all that. I’m here to tell you that there was never any such time …

  • FCC Expects Cable Companies To Fight Back Over Net Neutrality

    The FCC anticipates that large cable companies will sue the agency after it votes into place net neutrality regulations. This would be a mere repeat of history. It will have the clarifying impact of forcing hands: Companies that tried to split the fence will be decidedly on one end of it or the other.Here’s Chairman Tom …

  • Makerbot CEO Jenny Lawton On Ramping Up A Fast-Moving Company

    3D printer company Makerbot experienced almost exponential growth. After a few years in a cramped Brooklyn warehouse, the team grew from 20 to 600 in a few short years and the company was bought by Stratasys, a major player in the professional printing space. Makerbot’s new CEO, Jenny Lawton, sat down with us to talk a …

  • Ears-On With Spotify In Uber: Fast, Fun, And Data-Free DJing If Drivers Have It

    Uber now lets you play backseat DJ for your car’s sound system via Spotify in 10 cities. On my demo ride-along, I was impressed by how easy and seamless it works, as long as the driver is equipped. Music selections made on your phone quickly start playing through the driver’s app connected to the stereo, and there’s no …

  • A Gift Guide For The Tech-Friendly Kitchen @ TechCrunch - 22 hours ago
    A Gift Guide For The Tech-Friendly Kitchen

    Kitchen gadgets are always a good option if there’s someone on your list that likes to cook, craft, bake and do whatever else in the culinary way. There’s a lot out there that can help simplify the cooking process, enable the creation of new types of dishes, and just generally improve the overall quality and health benefits …

  • Photo-Sharing App Memoir Snags $5.5 Million To Help You Recall The Past

    Photo-sharing application Memoir, a Timehop competitor that allows you to rediscover old photo “memories,” has raised an additional $5.5 million in a round led by Redpoint Ventures’ Ryan Sarver. Others participating included prior investors Founder Collective, Box Group, Lerer Ventures and Thrive Capital.The company had …

  • Aereo CEO: Court Made Incredibly Wrong Decision, Cord-Cutting Is Inevitable

    This morning, Aereo filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 11, marking the end of the road for the cloud-based TV startup. The company launched in 2012 using micro-antennas and cloud DVR technology to provide near-live TV access to 30 channels to subscribers for as low as $8/month.But after losing a fierce legal battle with …

  • Livefyre Studio Puts The Company’s Focus On User Generated Content And Social Media Curation

    At this point, I should probably stop calling Livefyre a commenting platform.Actually, the company has been expanding beyond comments for a while. It launched its StreamHub product, which included more social media widgets, back in 2012. And it acquired social media curation startup Storify last year.But the company is …

  • A New App Called Milk Helps You Save On Groceries, Without Clipping Paper Coupons

    The creators of coupon-code finder Honey, which helps online shoppers save at checkout, have now launched a new app called Milk (mmm…milk and honey…) that lets you save at the grocery store. The app is now one of many aimed at helping consumers save on consumer packaged good purchases, even if they don’t have time for clipping …

  • Investors Are Backing A Recruiting Revolution @ TechCrunch - Sat, Nov 22, 2014 9:40 AM EST
    Investors Are Backing A Recruiting Revolution

    Editor’s Note: Christine Magee is an editor for CrunchBase.Hiring is going high tech thanks to a crop of new venture investments.Recruiting can be a nightmare for companies of all stages and sizes – it’s a time suck for current employees, often a shot in the dark in terms of candidate search and interview logistics, and …

  • Sephora Rolls Out Apple Pay In All Bay Area And Manhattan Locations @ TechCrunch - Sat, Nov 22, 2014 9:06 AM EST
    Sephora Rolls Out Apple Pay In All Bay Area And Manhattan Locations

    Sephora has announced the adoption of Apple Pay for all Bay Area stores, starting today. It will also be in the Lexington store in Manhattan.Over 70 percent of Sephora’s in-store customers are also iPhone owners, according to internal company research. But Sephora had to hold off on being part of the first major retail …

  • Why The Cloud Isn’t Going Anywhere @ TechCrunch - Fri, Nov 21, 2014 11:00 PM EST
    Why The Cloud Isn’t Going Anywhere

    Editor’s note: Arsalan Farooq is CEO and founder of Convirture.So goes the seemingly endless parade of headlines that present the ways in which cloud and online computing has betrayed us: NSA snooping inside the cloud; security breaches like Apple’s iCloud; foreign espionage/cyber attacks; OpenSSL/Heartbleed; Shellshoc …

  • IncuBus — The Tech Startup Incubator Based On A Double-Decker London Bus

    IncuBusLDN is literally an incubator and co-working space on wheels, based on a renovated, red ‘double decker’ London bus, parked close to the ‘Tech City’ tech startup cluster in East London.The bus features a ‘Confession Booth’ – a two person meeting booth, for video conferences; the top deck co-working space with a view; …

  • Now A Father, Hot Or Not Founder Returns With Cakey, A YouTube App For Kids

    Hot or Not founder James Hong has come a long way since building a site that helped people rank the attractiveness of others, ultimately paving the path for speed dating apps like Tinder. Today a father of three, Hong now has a different set of priorities. One of those was keeping his kids safe from the unsuitable, adult-oriented …

  • Prizm Plays Music You Like To Transform Your Living Room Into Your Favorite Coffee Shop

    Remember the last time you went to the same coffee shop or bar because the staff tends to play music you like and you don’t have to pick the next song? Prizm is a neat little pyramid add-on for your sound system to transform your living room into this coffee shop you like. The French startup is just beginning the last week …

  • MovieGlu Brings TV Guide-Style Listings To Movie Showtimes @ TechCrunch - Fri, Nov 21, 2014 5:35 PM EST
    MovieGlu Brings TV Guide-Style Listings To Movie Showtimes

    There’s no shortage of places to go online to search for local movie showtimes to get your cinema fix. But, arguably, when it comes to the way search results are displayed, the majority of sites and apps appear to take their UI inspiration from newspaper movie listings of yesteryear, employing a simple list view. Or so …

  • Assembly Raises $2.9M From USV For Its Community-Led Software Development Platform

    For years, software development has been driven mostly as a for-profit enterprise in which coders are hired to create applications for the organizations that employ them. That structure is usually a top-down exercise with a small number of people calling the shots and deciding what should get built and then assigning employees …

  • Amazon Moves Closer To A Free, Ad-Supported Video Service @ TechCrunch - Fri, Nov 21, 2014 4:10 PM EST
    Amazon Moves Closer To A Free, Ad-Supported Video Service

    Amazon has been gaining ground on Netflix as the most popular video streaming service in the U.S., and now it is planning something that could see it overtake its rival. According to a report in the New York Post, the e-commerce giant is preparing a free video service. Supported by advertising, it would sit alongside – not …

  • Aereo Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy @ TechCrunch - Fri, Nov 21, 2014 3:57 PM EST
    Aereo Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

    Aereo, the streaming TV service that let users watch near-live TV on any internet-connected device, has today announced that the company is filing for Chapter 11 reorganization in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. The company has appointed Lawton Bloom, from Argus, to serve as Chief Restructuring …

  • The Guys Behind Maniac Mansion And Monkey Island Are Making A Brand New LucasArts-Style Game

    Did you ever play Maniac Mansion? Of course you did. Because if you hadn’t, the geek police (a real thing) would have already taken away your geek card (also real.)Like pretty much anything Lucasfilm Games (RIP) released throughout the 80s and 90s, Maniac Mansion is just one of those games you have to play. Seriously, go …

  • Surprise! Bananas Do Not Make A Great 3D Printing Material @ TechCrunch - Fri, Nov 21, 2014 3:31 PM EST
    Surprise! Bananas Do Not Make A Great 3D Printing Material

    THIS PRINT IS BANANAS.B-A-N-A-N-A-S.THIS PRINT IS BA — okay fine I’m done.But for real, the kind of horrifying, fleshy-lookin’ 3D printed shape you see below is quite literally bananas. Pureed bananas, mixed with a bit o’ potato starch for the sake of holding things together. As the latest experiment by the guys over a …

  • This Is What A 24K Gold iPad Air 2 Looks Like @ TechCrunch - Fri, Nov 21, 2014 2:46 PM EST
    This Is What A 24K Gold iPad Air 2 Looks Like

    Quick! If you had to guess what an iPad Air 2 decked out in 24K gold looked like, what would you say?If your answer was “ridiculously kitschy” — congratulations! You’re correct. (We’d also accept “kind of like grandpa’s wristwatch”)Continuing the classic tradition of taking gadgets that are not covered in gold and for  …

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