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  • Crunchweek 100th Episode!

  • CrunchWeek: Apple’s Huge Quarter, Snapchat Discover, And Newsweek’s Cover Fail

    Today’s episode of CrunchWeek is a very special milestone for us here at TechCrunch, marking the 100th time we’ve met up to casually talk about the week’s most interesting news. To commemorate the event, Colleen Taylor and TechCrunch Co-Editor Alexia Tsosis reminisced about the first episode of the show.We then went on …

  • Will Uber Convertibles Run Out Of Gas? @ TechCrunch - 18 hours ago
    Will Uber Convertibles Run Out Of Gas?

    Editor’s note: Robbie Goffin is a senior adviser at FTI Consulting. Prior to that, he spent two decades on Wall Street where he developed advisory relationships with institutional investors and senior executives across a broad range of industries. Uber just completed a $1.6 billion, six-year convertible debt raise via Goldman’s …

  • Review Of Uber’s Privacy Policy Shows Positive Signs, But Still Room For Improvement

    Uber today released the results of a review of its privacy policies, which it had commissioned from independent law firm Hogan Lovells. The firm found that Uber had appropriate policies and disclosures in place and that it had invested significantly to enforce those policies. However, it made 10 recommendations into how …

  • FIghting Sexism In Silicon Valley @ TechCrunch - 18 hours ago
    FIghting Sexism In Silicon Valley

    As a woman venture capitalist since 1999, I initially read the Newsweek article “What Silicon Valley Thinks of Women” with great interest, and then with increasing sadness.  The scenarios depicted in the Newsweek story were disturbing, but frankly they remained somewhat abstract for me until I taught my class at Stanford’s …

  • Betaworks Launches Idiot-Proof Livestream Broadcast App Upclose

    Sick of hassling with Google Hangouts? Now you can start broadcasting video live to the world with just one-touch through Upclose, the newest app from Betaworks. Upclose lets you follow people to get notified when they’re on the air, discover who’s livestreaming now, and then comment on their broadcasts in a chat room with …

  • Sandboxing And Smart Regulation In An Age of A/B Testing

    Editor’s Note: Nick Sinai is a Walter Shorenstein Media and Democracy Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, a Venture Partner at Insight Venture Partners, and a former U.S. Deputy CTO at the White House.The small drone crash at the White House earlier this week is just …

  • Gillmor Gang LIVE 01.30.15 @ TechCrunch - 20 hours ago
    Gillmor Gang LIVE 01.30.15

    Gillmor Gang – Robert Scoble, John Taschek, Keith Teare, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor. Live recording session has concluded for today.Click here for LIVE FriendFeed chat during show broadcastGillmor Gang on FacebookOur sister show, G3, on FacebookOur sister show, G3, on ustream

  • TC AppleCast 3: Apple Sells All The iPhones

    It’s a very special episode of the TechCrunch AppleCast, as we’re joined by Jackdaw Research founder and Chief Analyst Jan Dawson, who offers some context around Apple’s huge earnings success reported earlier in the week. Dawson joins Darrell Etherington and Kyle Russell to explain just how Apple managed to sell 74.5 million …

  • The Sights And Sounds Of The BMW i8 @ TechCrunch - 20 hours ago
    The Sights And Sounds Of The BMW i8

    TechCrunch recently spent sometime with the BMW i8 hybrid supercar. The full review can be found here. But here are the best photos and videos from our time with the amazing glimpse at the future. Just look at her, she’s a beauty.

  • Google Now Gets Upgraded With Cards From Your Favorite Apps

    Google Now, Google’s service focused on bringing you real-time information to your mobile device – including things like traffic updates, scores, stock changes, travel times, your flight status, and much more – is getting a notable update today. The company says that, going forward, the Google app will show users updates …

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Apple iPhones, Samsung Smartphones, And Legos!

    It’s earnings season, which means we get a deeper look into the true popularity of the various gadgets on the market. This week, all eyes were on Apple as the company announced record-breaking quarterly results, including the sale of ~75 million smartphones. Turns out, Samsung showed similar sales figures by unit but at …

  • 13 Questions With Mark Cuban @ TechCrunch - 22 hours ago
    13 Questions With Mark Cuban

    Welcome to 13 Questions, a series aimed at bringing a human face to notable figures in the world of startups, hardware, and tech. Ever wonder how your favorite designer learned to love tech? Curious what’s on your favorite VC’s bucket list? Want to see the person behind the media hype? 13 Questions is here.This week Mark …

  • The Bootstrapper’s Guide To Bitcoin Remittances

    Editor’s note: Luis Buenaventura is a co-founder and head of product at Rebit.ph, a bitcoin remittance startup wholly owned and operated by Satoshi Citadel Industries in the Philippines.There’s a lot of rhetoric about bitcoin and its impact on the $430 billion international remittance industry. One of the cryptocurrency’s …

  • Epson Home Cinema 3500 Projector Review @ TechCrunch - 23 hours ago
    Epson Home Cinema 3500 Projector Review

    Epson’s Home Cinema 3500 is a mid-range home projector that’s designed to provide bright, clear 1080p (and 3D) video without breaking the bank. It’s a big step up in size and embedded tech from the Epson PowerLite 2030, another projector I’ve recently tested, but does it justify the considerable extra expense? With the …

  • “Zombie” Apps On The Rise – 83% Of Apps Not On Top Lists, Up From 74% Last Year

    With the app economy showing no sign of slowing, the iOS App Store, too, continues to grow, and has now reached over 1.42 million apps, according to a new report out this morning from app analytics firm adjust. One interesting metric the report uncovered is just how many of the apps are effectively invisible to consumers …

  • Vine Introduces Vine Kids @ TechCrunch - 23 hours ago
    Vine Introduces Vine Kids

    Vine is today introducing a new layer of the service called Vine Kids. It’s meant to be a safe, kid-friendly space for a younger audience to play around with the app and watch vines.The app pulls from the millions of Vines being created on the platform and chooses ones that are appropriate for children. The interface of …

  • Airbnb Hires Former Say Media SVP Alex Schleifer As Head Of Design @ TechCrunch - Fri, Jan 30, 2015 4:03 AM EST
    Airbnb Hires Former Say Media SVP Alex Schleifer As Head Of Design

    Airbnb has always been pretty design-oriented, but today it’s announcing that it has hired former Say Media exec Alex Schleifer to head its design organization. He’ll lead the user experience and content design teams, as well as working with the production design team.Airbnb’s roots in design run deep, since the company …

  • Rothenberg Ventures’ First Virtual Reality Accelerator Emphasizes Health And Education

    VR could enlighten and heal, not just entertain. Its immersiveness could distract us from pain, help us face our phobias, or give us first-hand training. “We have a belief that VR will disrupt every industry. And it’s global. So we made efforts to find companies in every different industry and that are global” Rothenberg …

  • Female Founders Fare Much Better In 2014 @ TechCrunch - Fri, Jan 30, 2015 3:48 AM EST
    Female Founders Fare Much Better In 2014

    Editor’s Note: Christine Magee is an editor for CrunchBase.In a place where having a penis is referred to as the sine qua non of the startup founder, it’s easy to jump on the pessimism bandwagon and overlook any gradual momentum for women in tech.But the data tells a different story. Of the 1090 U.S. startups...

  • Daily Mail Acquires Millennial-Focused Website Elite Daily @ TechCrunch - Fri, Jan 30, 2015 2:55 AM EST
    Daily Mail Acquires Millennial-Focused Website Elite Daily

    DMG Media, publisher of UK newspaper The Daily Mail, announced this morning that it has acquired Elite Daily.Describing itself as “The Voice Of Generation Y,” Elite Daily mixes general news and culture coverage with stories like, um, “You Can Literally Make Over $13,000 A Year Just By Pooping.” (Which, to be fair, is good …

  • Blinq Enhances Your Favorite Messaging Applications With Extra Information

    A new mobile application called Blinq is launching today into public beta to add a layer of contextual information to your favorite mobile messaging applications. Founder Yossi Ghinsberg, who’s better known for his adventures in the Amazon (not Amazon.com, but the actual unchartered wilderness), described Blinq as “more …

  • Minibar Offers On-Demand Booze Delivery In 13 Cities @ TechCrunch - Fri, Jan 30, 2015 2:26 AM EST
    Minibar Offers On-Demand Booze Delivery In 13 Cities

    The snow is piled high and frozen on the New York City streets. Joshua and Amanda sit on their couch for the fifth night in a row, bored out of their minds but unwilling to bundle up, venture into the winter night and try to find warmth elsewhere.“Christie and Caleb want to go out,” Amanda says unenthusiastically, without …

  • Canon 5DS Leaked Specs Reveal A High Megapixel DSLR Geared For Color Accuracy

    Canon’s announcing a new pro-level DSLR camera next week, according to CanonRumors, and now specs have leaked that reveal what we can expect. The 5DS (and 5DS R, a variant with the low pass filter removed, which should provide greater detail for landscape photographers at the expense of higher moiré) should offer a generous …

  • Airbnb To Begin Collecting Taxes In Amsterdam, San Jose, Chicago, And Washington, D.C.

    Over the past few years, Airbnb has been working with local lawmakers and regulators on ways that it can comply with local hotel tax and housing laws. Those efforts have been slow-going, as its public policy team has more or less had to work with each individual city to do so.But things are speeding up. Today the company …

  • Utah-based Kickstart Seed Fund Raises $39.2 Million @ TechCrunch - Fri, Jan 30, 2015 2:00 AM EST
    Utah-based Kickstart Seed Fund Raises $39.2 Million

    Early stage venture capital investors Kickstart Seed Fund announced today that it has raised a $39.2 million investment round from various Utah investors. This is the third round for the seed fund and one of the larger rounds in Utah venture capital history.The Utah-based firm typically invests $500,000-$1 million rounds …

  • Sportsman Tracker Raises $950k To Bring Hunters Into The Smartphone Age

    Hunting is one of the oldest social activities. Even if the hunter goes out alone, there’s always a story to tell or a lesson to be learned. That’s where the Sportsman Tracker comes in. The app, which just raised $950k, aims to give hunters key information before they go out into the woods.The Michigan-based company is …

  • AOL To Lay Off About 150 People, Mostly In Sales; Folding Joystiq, TUAW Into Engadget

    Some more details are emerging around AOL’s reorganization plans. Sources tell us that the company will lay off around 150 people, with the majority in sales. As part of it, AOL is also consolidating some websites. Gaming site Joystiq and Apple news site TUAW are both being folded into Engadget, and AOL Autos has already …

  • Uber Sued In California For Fraud, Negligence Following New Delhi Rape

    Nearly two months ago, a young woman was allegedly raped by her Uber driver in New Delhi, India. The incident led to the banning of the service in India and a full-scale investigation there, but the victim has brought her case over to the U.S. now filing a complaint with the Northern District Court of California.The charges …

  • Tesla Model X Caught On Video At The Test Track @ TechCrunch - Fri, Jan 30, 2015 12:43 AM EST
    Tesla Model X Caught On Video At The Test Track

    A new model Tesla has been caught on camera at the Alameda Airport test track (via Electrek). The car looks pretty similar to a Prius, or perhaps a crossover utility vehicle, and could plausibly be either the Model X SUV Tesla has been working on for years, or, as others are arguing, a prototype of the mass-market Model …

  • U.K. Telco BT Sets Out ‘500Mbps’ Broadband Plan By 2025 @ TechCrunch - Thu, Jan 29, 2015 11:21 PM EST
    U.K. Telco BT Sets Out ‘500Mbps’ Broadband Plan By 2025

    As the U.K.’s political parties sweat their policy wonks to come up with voter-friendly manifestos ahead of the General Election in May, incumbent telco BT has dropped a reminder that broadband upgrades will never be big enough nor fast enough for digital’s cutting edge unless politicians find the willpower and public money to …

  • Google Settles With UK’s Information Commissioner And Will Change Its Privacy Policy

    While Google continues to work through implementing Right To Be Forgotten legislation in Europe, there are some more developments around how Google handles consumer data and privacy. The search giant has reached an agreement with the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office over how it collects personal data in the country, …

  • Jay-Z Gets Into Music Streaming With $56M Bid For Aspiro, Owner Of WiMP And Tidal

    Dr. Dre might not be the only rapper in the music streaming business for long. That’s because Jay-Z is making a move to buy Aspiro, a Swedish company that operates the WiMP Music service and Tidal, as it is known some markets, according to local media reports.Project Panther, which is owned by Jay-Z’s S. Carter Enterprises, …

  • India’s Mad Street Den Raises $1.5M To Bring The Benefits Of AI To Apps And Services

    Mad Street Den, a one-year-old artificial intelligence startup based in Chennai, India, has closed a $1.5 million seed round to bring technology developed in the labs to consumers in a useful way.Reservoir Investments’ Exfinity Fund and GrowX Ventures provided the capital, which Mad Street Den will use for making new hires …

  • Singtel, Sony And Warner’s New Video Streaming Service Beats Netflix To Asia

    Telecom giant Singtel is planning to beat Netflix to the punch in Asia after it announced it has partnered with Sony Pictures and Warner Brothers to introduce a video streaming service in the region.The companies said that HOOQ — which is described as a “joint venture startup” — will offer Hollywood movies and U.S. TV  …

  • Product Hunt Adds Direct Messaging To Founders @ TechCrunch - Thu, Jan 29, 2015 6:09 PM EST
    Product Hunt Adds Direct Messaging To Founders

    There are various ways to get a contact for the stories we write here, but it’s not always easy. The reasons can vary from the wrong contact info listed on a site to simply no contact info listed anywhere on the web.Product Hunt, the product aggregation site, is hoping to make it a bit easier to contact founders and makers …

  • What (Some) Silicon Valley Women Think Of Newsweek @ TechCrunch - Thu, Jan 29, 2015 3:33 PM EST
    What (Some) Silicon Valley Women Think Of Newsweek

    I have thoughts on this Newsweek article. Tech has some issues. You read trade pub stories about sexual harassment and assault allegations so often it’s absurd. Newsweek, which just discovered there are only a few women in tech, sent accomplished author Nina Burleigh to investigate tech gender politics. She did an adequate …

  • Secret Co-Founder Chrys Bader-Wechseler Steps Down Because It’s Not About Design Anymore

    One year after founding anonymish app Secret with fellow Googler David Byttow, Chrys Bader-Wechseler is leaving the company on amicable terms. He cites that Secret isn’t about design and curation as much now since it redesigned recently, dropping the artful photo squares with overlaid text in favor of a sterile text feed …

  • OnePlus Will Reveal Details Of Its ‘Oxygen’ Android ROM On February 12

    OnePlus introduced its own version of Android for its One smartphone earlier this month in response to its standoff with Cyanogen, and now the company has revealed that it will unveil its own ROM which can be installed on third-party Android devices on February 12.Correction: OnePlus told us that, in fact, it won’t launch the …

  • The Startup Advice You Don’t Hear Inside The Echo Chamber @ TechCrunch - Thu, Jan 29, 2015 10:00 AM EST
    The Startup Advice You Don’t Hear Inside The Echo Chamber

    Editor’s note: Nadia Eghbal is a Principal at Collaborative Fund. Kate Harrison Brennan is a Rhodes Scholar and founder of Global & Smart, and was an adviser to former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard.When today’s most successful founders are asked why they started their companies, they often give some version …

  • Snapchat Outgrows The Friend Zone @ TechCrunch - Thu, Jan 29, 2015 9:47 AM EST
    Snapchat Outgrows The Friend Zone

    Discover is Snapchat’s big new play in the world of media. It’s a special tab in the app powered by content publishers like ESPN, Yahoo, etc., offering daily long-form content with videos, articles and, of course, advertisements.Brands can buy advertisements against these Discover “Editions,” which play every three or four …

  • Tesla’s P85D Will Get Even Faster Thanks To A Software Update @ TechCrunch - Thu, Jan 29, 2015 9:30 AM EST
    Tesla’s P85D Will Get Even Faster Thanks To A Software Update

    Tesla’s P85D is already fast. Really, really fast. Push the button to put the car into “Insane” mode (really — that’s what it’s called) and it’ll do 0-60 in 3.2 seconds.Now it’s about to get even faster.And get this: It’s getting faster because of an over the air software update.Musk confirmed the change in a...

  • Google CFO Calls Glass A Case Where The Company Needed To “Pause” And “Reset”

    Google’s Chief Financial Officer Patrick Pichette wasn’t too optimistic about the future of Google Glass on today’s Google earnings call for Q4 2014. The executive took some time to highlight the project as an example of when Google is willing to take a step back and rethink something that isn’t working out, even when they’ve …

  • This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: An Interview With Luis Buenaventura Of Rebit

    Welcome back to TCBTC, TechCrunch’s weekly podcast on the cryptocurrency bitcoin. This week Alex is on vacation so I recorded a short interview with Luis Buenaventura Of Rebit, a major Bitcoin remitter in the Philippines. Luis gave us a quick look under the hood of his growing business. Click here to download an MP3 of …

  • Google Misses On EPS Of $6.88, Revenue Of $14.5B For Q4 2014 @ TechCrunch - Thu, Jan 29, 2015 8:14 AM EST
    Google Misses On EPS Of $6.88, Revenue Of $14.5B For Q4 2014

    Google reported its third-quarter earnings after close of market today, offering up gross revenue of $18.10 billion, revenue net of traffic acquisition costs (ex-TAC) of $14.5 billion, and non-GAAP earnings per share (EPS) of $6.88, with GAAP EPS of $6.91.Wall Street watchers had anticipated $7.13 non-GAAP EPS, with revenue …

  • Amazon’s Mixed Q4 2014 With $29.33B Revenue, And $0.45 EPS @ TechCrunch - Thu, Jan 29, 2015 8:03 AM EST
    Amazon’s Mixed Q4 2014 With $29.33B Revenue, And $0.45 EPS

    Amazon just released its fiscal Q4 2014 earnings, reporting $29.33 billion in revenue, $214 million in net profit representing $0.45 per share. According to CNBC/Thomson Reuters, analysts expected the company to report earnings of $0.17 per share on $29.67 billion in revenue. While the company largely beat the expectations …

  • In Communications, Privacy And Security Are Illusions @ TechCrunch - Thu, Jan 29, 2015 8:00 AM EST
    In Communications, Privacy And Security Are Illusions

    Editor’s note: Robert R. Ackerman, Jr. is the founder and managing director of Allegis Capital focusing his investments on the cybersecurity market.President Obama has tried for three years to persuade Congress to pass a cybersecurity bill. The president went so far as to highlight his cybersecurity proposals to a prime-time …

  • Social Shopping App Depop Raises $8M, Hires Ex-Reddit GM To Break Into US Market

    While eBay tries to get more social and local, and Pinterest deepens is position in e-commerce, a new mobile app out of London is building out a platform that combines all of those experiences together natively. Depop, a mobile app for iOS and Android that is part Instagram-style social network and part eBay marketplace, …

  • With $1.75M In Funding, MaestroIQ Promises Smart Recommendations For Mobile Marketers

    When you talk to ad tech and analytics companies, one thing you hear over and over again is the promise to deliver recommendations that marketers can act on, rather than overwhelming them with data and graphs.MaestroIQ is the latest startup to make that pitch, but it looks like it has the team and investors to back up that …

  • Why The Least-Talked-About Aspect Of The Dish Sling TV Is The Most Important One

    Editor’s note: Pete Borum is the co-founder and CEO of Reelio, where he oversees the business, creative, and engineering teams that power branded content partnerships on YouTube.Among the many new technology products and services revealed at this year’s CES, perhaps none has gotten more press coverage than Dish’s...

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