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  • Terminal, a San Francisco-based startup founded by some ex-Facebook and Google technical talent, is trying to transform the way we do software development.They’ve built system supporting containers, or ultra-fast virtual machines that will let developers write, ship and collaborate on code directly from the browser. While …

  • The Queen’s First Tweet Is A Royal Mystery @ TechCrunch - 21 minutes ago
    The Queen’s First Tweet Is A Royal Mystery

    Think about your first tweet. Mine was sent from a desktop, but I’m sure plenty of people sent their first tweet from a smartphone. But before you can ever send a tweet, you have to sign up for an account. And, of course, you have to type out an actual message. Only then can you press that little blue Tweet button and begin …

  • Yep, Apple Will Shut Down Beats Music App And Roll It Into iTunes

    Last month I reported that Apple would shut down Beats Music and likely add streaming music to iTunes. Apple denied, specifically, that Beats Music would be shut down.Shortly thereafter, ‘unnamed sources familiar with the matter’ conveniently surfaced to engage in a battle of semantics about whether Apple might modify Beats …

  • Amazon Quietly Launches A Functional App Store Within Its Main Android Application

    Until recently, if you wanted to install an application from Amazon’s own Appstore onto your Android device, you would have to install the Amazon Appstore app separately. And this is a bit of a hassle, since you can’t exactly just download the app from Google Play. But last month, Amazon quietly rolled out a new feature …

  • The Groups App I Wish Facebook Would Build @ TechCrunch - 21 minutes ago
    The Groups App I Wish Facebook Would Build

    About once a week, if not more, I find myself typing these words or something similar on Facebook: “I just PM’d you, check your ‘Other’ inbox.” Or, “sorry, I’m on mobile, I can’t get to the ‘Other’ inbox right now.” Or sometimes, just “bump.”If any of these phrases sound familiar, you’re probably also a member of...

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: iPads, Disrupt London, And iPads

    You might have heard that Apple released some new iPads last week. A lot of them. Plus, TechCrunch ventured across the pond for Disrupt London, where a number of incredible hardware startups debuted their wares. It was a long, but awesome, week.We discuss all this and more on this week’s episode of the TC Gadgets Podcast …

  • Google Rolls Out An Invite System For Its New Email App, Inbox By Gmail

    Good news, you don’t have to scour eBay for an invite to Google’s new email application, Inbox. You just have to know someone who got in. Today, Google announced by way of its “Inbox by Gmail” Twitter account that each Inbox user will now receive three invites they can hand out to friends. Hilariously, the invite button …

  • Don’t Open Random PowerPoint Presentations From Strangers Right Now (Or Ever, Really)

    Heads up! In what feels like a throwback to the late 90s/early 2000’s, Microsoft has discovered one helluva bug in Microsoft Office. Executed properly, the bug could be exploited to take over your entire system running just about any version of Windows.You can find Microsoft’s full disclosure on the bug here, but here’s …

  • AT&T Breaks The Apple SIM’s Best Feature, Locks It Down If You Pick AT&T

    The idea behind the Apple SIM that comes in the new iPads is most excellent: one SIM, many carriers. Whenever you want to switch carriers, you’d just pop into settings and pick the new one. If you want to bring your own SIM, you can — but otherwise, everything happens through software. No swapping SIMs, no ordering new …

  • First Look At 3D Camera App 3DAround @ TechCrunch - 21 minutes ago
    First Look At 3D Camera App 3DAround

    What if you could shoot those cool 360-degree, swivel-around photos you see on ecommerce sites or in The Matrix with just your smartphone? Then you’d be using the 3DAround camera app that launches next month from Dacuda, which gave TechCrunch an early peek. Simply hit record, revolve your camera phone or tablet around an …

  • Google’s New Skybox For Good Program Gives Real-Time Satellite Imagery To Non-Profits

    On the heels of acquiring satellite startup Skybox in August, Google and Skybox have announced the Skybox for Good program, which will provide real-time satellite imagery to organizations and programs that save lives, protect the environment, promote education, and positively impact humanity, according to the official blog …

  • Sundar Pichai’s Ascension At Google Could Herald New Platform Unification

    In a sweeping transfer of power, Google CEO Larry Page will bequeath operational leadership of a host of core products to his lieutenant Sundar Pichai. Pichai, a well-known Google executive, will add control of Google+, search, maps, infrastructure and ads to his portfolio, which already includes Chrome’s browser and operating …

  • Bitcoin 2.0: Sidechains And Ethereum And Zerocash, Oh My!

    Strange, interesting, and wildly ambitious things are afoot in the world of Bitcoin and blockchains. I give you Zerocash, a completely anonymous currency; Ethereum, an blockchain platform designed to decentralize much of the Internet; and sidechains, a proposal to accelerate the evolution of Bitcoin itself. Any one of these …

  • U.K. Startup Swytch Is Building An App To Open Up The ‘Burner’ Phone Number Market

    The telco industry has resisted change for years. That anti-innovation attitude, coupled with the rise of smartphones and fast data networks, provided ample opportunities for over-the-top startups to circumvent moribund and expensive telco offerings with VoIP and messaging apps that were both less expensive and more feature …

  • guys how do I virtual reality send help pic.twitter.com/KbEzglLPnL— Greg Kumparak (@Grg) July 30, 2014 Hey, you! Yeah, you! The one with the awesome idea for something that needs to be built in virtual reality!Remember a few weeks back, when Oculus mentioned that its development tools would soon work with the free version …

  • Sidecar Tests A New “Commute” Service, With Discounts When You Pay For A Week Of Morning Rides

    Ridesharing service Sidecar just invited me to beta test a new feature called Sidecar Commute.Here’s how it works, as explained on the tester signup page: You pay $35 for a one-week Sidecar Commute Pack, then you can request a ride every morning that week, and you’ll get a $15 credit for that ride.If I’m doing my math right, …

  • Top The Charts With Your Mobile Game App This Holiday Season

    Editor’s note: Xavier Bourlard is head of mobile EUR/US for Headway Digital.The holiday season is fast approaching, and for mobile gaming studios it’s make or break time. How can you earn one of the coveted spots in Apple Store’s Top 10 list without exhausting your marketing budget? Below are five steps to help you develop …

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

    As we return from Disrupt London, we give you the stories you won’t want to miss from the past week (10/18-10/24).1. Josh Constine wrote a long form piece called “Inside The Spotify – Echo Nest Skunkworks” about the future of Spotify and what it will take for them to win the music streaming race.2. Columnist Jon Evans explored …

  • Gillmor Gang: Room to Grow @ TechCrunch - 21 minutes ago
    Gillmor Gang: Room to Grow

    The Gillmor Gang — John Borthwick, Robert Scoble, Dan Farber, John Taschek, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, October 24, 2014. A heavy news week crescendoed with Facebook’s release of its Rooms iOS app, topping Twitter’s Fabric platform , Google’s InBox, a big Microsoft quarter, and the refactoring …

  • Twitpic Data Will Stay Alive “For Now” Thanks To An Agreement With Twitter

    And in a somewhat happy turn of events, Twitpic has announced that it has reached an agreement with Twitter to keep Twitpic photos and links alive, giving Twitter control over the domain and the full photo archive. However, the agreement also states that Twitpic will no longer be taking any new photos or data and will only …

  • IBM Earnings Reflect Just How Difficult Transformation Really Is

    The news came out this week that IBM had another bad quarterly report card. Unfortunately for IBM it marked the 10th straight quarter of falling revenue, indicating that maybe something’s not quite right at Big Blue. IBM’s earnings illustrate the challenge they face as they transform themselves into a cloud-centric company.It …

  • Socar, Korea’s Answer To Zipcar, Raises $18 Million But Isn’t Looking Overseas Just Yet

    South Korea is know for advanced technology and hardware companies like Samsung, LG and others. But startups? Certainly the country has produced few fledgling tech companies, though there are increasing signs that things are changing: the latest being Socar — a startup comparable to Zipcar — raising a $18 million round …

  • Eee-urrk-urrk-urrk-urk! A pair of Japanese hobbyists have built a transforming robot that can walk or, when in sports car form, drive around autonomously. It’s called the J-deite Quarter and is four feet tall. The goal, apparently, is to make a full-sized transformer… just because they can.The team consists of Kenji Ishida …

  • Nintendo has a new online ad for its Amiibo ‘toys-to-life’ mobile figures, and the spot depicts the lengthy journey of one young player looking to upgrade his collectible character in order to win over the favours of one of his older brother’s friends. The story arc and acting are weird and generally not good, but the video …

  • How To Tell If You’re Burning Money Too Fast

    Editor’s Note: Joe Floyd is a venture investor at Emergence Capital. Emergence focuses on enterprise cloud applications and has invested in market leaders including Yammer, Box, Veeva Systems and Salesforce. Questions about cash burn have blazed through Twitter like wildfire. Entrepreneurs are asking us: How do I know if …

  • Looksery Launches A Video Chatting App That Makes You Look More Attractive

    Want to look more attractive on video? Or just different? Earlier this year, a company called Looksery popped up on Kickstarter to raise crowdfunding for a new kind of mobile video chat application that allows users to look more attractive on video using special effects that can remove blemishes, let you change your eye …

  • Blloon App Encourages Ebook Reading By Letting Readers Earn Free Pages

    Berlin-based startup Blloon has launched an app that aims to get more young people reading ebooks by applying a freemium model to the medium — gifting a certain number of pages (1,000) when a user signs up, so they can get started reading straight away. That’s enough freebie pages to read up to three full books.The target …

  • Deezer Buys Stitcher, Adds 35K Talk Radio Shows And Podcasts To Its Music Platform

    Deezer, the Paris-based music streaming service that competes against the likes of Spotify and Rdio, is switching up its game in the battle for more differentiation, more users and a higher profile in the U.S. It has acquired Stitcher, the San Francisco-based aggregator of podcasts and talk radio programming.Stitcher has …

  • Gillmor Gang LIVE 10.24.14 @ TechCrunch - 23 hours ago

    Gillmor Gang – John Borthwick, Robert Scoble, Dan Farber, John Taschek, Keith Teare and Steve Gillmor. Live recording session today at 1pm PT/4pm ET. Live FriendFeed chat during the show broadcastOur Gillmor Gang Facebook pageOur sister show G3 on Facebook

  • With 40 Million Downloads, betaworks-Backed Dots Gets A Refreshed Logo @ TechCrunch - Fri, Oct 24, 2014 12:02 PM EDT
    With 40 Million Downloads, betaworks-Backed Dots Gets A Refreshed Logo

    Dots, the betaworks-backed gaming studio led by Paul Murphy and Patrick Moberg, has today announced a rebranding for the company. The new logo takes inspiration from Charles Eames, according to a Medium post, and uses colors from the first iteration of Dots while incorporating the newer, and more popular, TwoDots game into …

  • Researchers Want To Send Us To The Moon Using Robots And Oculus Rift @ TechCrunch - Fri, Oct 24, 2014 12:02 PM EDT

    A researcher at Carnegie Mellon University, Daniel Shafrir, and his team want to do something incredible: they want to send a rover to the moon and then let us, the Earthlings, control it and look out of its stereoscopic cameras as it tumbles around that barren alien rock. The researchers are working to win a $30 million …

  • Amazon Tanks 10% After Reporting Larger Than Expected Third Quarter Loss

    Amazon reported lower than expected revenue in its third quarter, and a larger than expected loss. Analysts expected the company to lose $0.74 on revenue of $20.84 billion. Instead, Amazon lost $0.95 per share on revenue of $20.58 billion.That per-share loss works out to a net loss for the firm of $437 million.Shares in …

  • Australian Service Directory Site Oneflare Raises $876,000 For International Expansion

    Oneflare, a local services marketplace based in Sydney, Australia, has raised an additional $1 million AUD (about $876,000), bringing its total funding so far to $1.5 million AUD (about $1.3 million). Investors include Les Szekely of Equity Venture Partners, Garry Visontay, of the Sydney Seed Fund and Dr. Jeffrey Tobias …

  • Microsoft Up 3% After Reporting Better Than Expected FQ1 Revenue Of $23.20B, EPS Of $0.54

    After gaining more than 1 percent in regular trading, Microsoft reported its fiscal first quarter 2015 earnings: Revenue totaled $23.20 billion in the period, leading to profits of $0.54 per share. The revenue figure represents a 25 percent year-over-year increase, a large piece of which is due to the Nokia hardware acquisition.Analysts …

  • PlayStation 4 Update Coming On 10/28 Lets You Play Games With Friends Who Don’t Own A Copy

    Back in August, Sony started teasing a new feature it calls “Share Play.” Though we’re still waiting to see just how well it works, the idea itself is wonderful: once enabled, you can let your friends play your games with you (or by themselves, even) from across the vast Interwebs without them actually owning a copy of …

  • Here’s A Sneak Peek At MotionSavvy’s UNI Sign Language Interpretation Device

    MotionSavvy, the San Francisco startup working on tech to help the deaf communicate, has launched an Indiegogo campaign to commercialize its first product, UNI. The UNI app works with Leap Motion technology to translate each hand sign from American sign language and translates it into audible words on a tablet.We first …

  • Amazon Fire Phone Flops @ TechCrunch - Fri, Oct 24, 2014 12:02 PM EDT
    Amazon Fire Phone Flops

    Given that Amazon was tanking the price of the Fire Phone down to 99 cents two months after launch (leading to many a “Fire sale!” joke), this probably won’t come as much of a surprise: the Fire Phone isn’t a success.On the Amazon earnings call today, Amazon noted that the company was taking a $170 million dollar write …

  • College Messaging App DormChat Takes On Yik Yak With Backing From ff Venture Capital

    DormChat aims to give people a new way to message each other that’s location-based and anonymity-optional — and it’s starting with college students.The iOS app was released earlier this year and is already available on more than 200 college campuses, including founder Adam Michalski’s alma mater Penn State. Michalski said …

  • Bitcasa Ends Unlimited Storage @ TechCrunch - Fri, Oct 24, 2014 12:02 PM EDT
    Bitcasa Ends Unlimited Storage

    Reminder: there’s no such thing as a free lunch.Bitcasa, a cloud storage service that initially made waves with a low cost unlimited storage offer is scrapping this option entirely — claiming it’s not being used enough to justify the high costs of dealing with a small group of what it dubs Terms of Service abusers.Bitcasa …

  • Sprung From The Ashes Of Formspring, Spring.me Raises $5M To Create The “Friendliest Social Network”

    Spring.me, the new social network that was previously Formspring, has raised a total of $5 million in debt and equity seed funding from investors including Right Click Capital, Tank Stream Ventures, Nextec Strategic Capital, and Rubicon Project Founder Craig Roah. The company plans to use the funding to expand Spring.me …

  • Amazon Rewards Visa Cards Now Compatible With Apple Pay @ TechCrunch - Fri, Oct 24, 2014 12:02 PM EDT
    Amazon Rewards Visa Cards Now Compatible With Apple Pay

    Amazon said it would be making its Rewards Visa from Chase compatible with the new Apple Pay system earlier this week, and the integration is already out the door. Amazon had said it would support it sometime, though they didn’t specify an exact timeline, so seeing it roll out this quickly is likely a pleasant surprise …

  • Surface Revenue, Redux @ TechCrunch - Fri, Oct 24, 2014 11:56 AM EDT
    Surface Revenue, Redux

    In about an hour, Microsoft will release the results of its most recent quarter, the first quarter of its fiscal 2015. The company is expected to report revenue of $22 billion, and earnings per share between $0.49 and $0.55, depending on which set of averaged estimates you trust.That will all come shortly. For now, let’s …

  • TestFlight Beta Testing Goes Live For All iOS Developers @ TechCrunch - Fri, Oct 24, 2014 11:50 AM EDT
    TestFlight Beta Testing Goes Live For All iOS Developers

    Apple has pushed its TestFlight Beta testing service live for everyone, the company revealed on its developer news portal today. Registered developers can now invite up to 1,000 beta testers to try out their iOS apps, using emailed invitations sent via the iTunes Connect portal. TestFlight, the beta testing service Apple …

  • Join Me Tomorrow In Krakow @ TechCrunch - Fri, Oct 24, 2014 11:26 AM EDT
    Join Me Tomorrow In Krakow

    I’ll be speaking at an event held by Geek Girls Carrots Crakow, a group of amazing programmers who are working to bring everyone onto the STEM wagon. The event will be held at Przemysłowa 12 in Krakow, Poland at 7pm. You can sign up here.I’ll also be attending and judging AGHacks, the biggest student Hackathon in Poland. …

  • Charlie Briefs You On Your Upcoming Meetings By Emailing You One-Pagers On Attendees

    A new web application called Charlie has raised a seed round of $1.75 million led by Lightbank Capital. The product emails you short, automatically generated one-pagers detailing what you need to know about the people you’re about to meet with, based on your Google Calendar entries.If this idea rings a bell with you, it’s …

  • Jonny IV Wants To Be Nasty Gal For Men @ TechCrunch - Fri, Oct 24, 2014 10:26 AM EDT
    Jonny IV Wants To Be Nasty Gal For Men

    Today marks the launch of yet another ecommerce brand focused on men’s apparel, as Jonny IV joins ranks with Buck Mason, Frank & Oak, and many others.Founded by Eugene Kang, the former head of ecommerce at Forever 21, Jonny IV is different from other brands in that it focuses on street wear as opposed to a single look, …

  • Twilio Project Turns 2048 Into A Multiplayer Game That You Play By Text

    Remember all of the wonderfully entertaining frustration that was Twitch Plays Pokemon?Take that concept and turn it on its head. Wrap it around a puzzle game instead of a side-scroller, and have players text in commands rather than input them via chat.The end result: TwilioPlays2048.The idea? Many players, all trying to …

  • Q&A With Facebook’s Josh Miller On Why His Rooms App Isn’t Anonymous, It’s The Early Web Reborn

    Is Rooms the anonymous Facebook app people were expecting? “No. Unequivocally No…because you cannot be anonymous in our app,” Josh Miller tells me. The Branch founder turned Facebook product manager’s new forums app Rooms launches today, and he says lessons from Tumblr, Twitter, Snapchat, and the early days of the web guided …

  • Facebook Launches Pseudonymous App “Rooms” That Lets You Create Forums About Any Topic

    It’s not quite anonymous, but forums standalone app Rooms is Facebook’s first product that allows you to ditch your real name. Rooms lets you set up a mobile-only in-app discussion space about any topic, customize the look and moderation settings, set a screen name for the room, and choose who to invite to share text, photos, …

  • Hardware Battlefield Applications Close In A Week @ TechCrunch - Fri, Oct 24, 2014 8:58 AM EDT
    Hardware Battlefield Applications Close In A Week

    Stop procrastinating and fill out your application for Hardware Battlefield. The show is set to be even better than last year with participating startups getting free exhibition space at the 2015 International CES and competing for $50,000 and the coveted Metal Man trophy.For the first time, TechCrunch has partnered with …

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