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 A few weeks back I drove down to the San Mateo headquarters of Super Evil Megacorp, the developer behind Vainglory, one of the prominent MOBAs built specifically for tablets (and, as we discovered at September’s iPhone event, the iPhone 6). Read...
From: TechCrunch | By: Kyle Russell | Friday, October 31, 2014
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 SquareOne, an email startup that launched its iOS app for organizing messages earlier this year, has now pivoted to become Immediately, an email app designed with the needs of sales reps in mind. The new app, which is currently live on the web and...
From: TechCrunch | By: Sarah Perez | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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 Tapkast’s iOS-only app lets you broadcast ephemeral status updates to your friends’ phones, with each status update replacing the previous one. You can also comment on status updates, until they disappear that is. In some ways it harks back to...
From: TechCrunch | By: Steve O'Hear | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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 Hey, are you interested in ladies or men? Do you like to flirt with a capital F? Then Elimi is for you (or perhaps not if you prefer to meet potential partners at the church, club, or local rendering plant). Created by Adam Labedzki and Sebastian Brzuzek,...
From: TechCrunch | By: John Biggs | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Comcast has agreed to a $50 million settlement to a case regarding customers in the Philadelphia area. The lawsuit was filed more than a decade ago. Comcast continues to deny the allegations. The original case failed before the Supreme Court, leading...
From: TechCrunch | By: Alex Wilhelm | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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 Merchants don’t like credit cards. The fees associated are onerous and wildly convoluted. For example, I challenge you to find a single source of information one the Internet regarding these fees that isn’t a spam-laden lead generation engine....
From: TechCrunch | By: John Biggs | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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 Dutch startup Blendle, which is applying a Netflix style marketplace model to journalism, allowing web users of its website to buy individual articles from a range of publishers and publications for a few cents a pop, has pulled in a €3 million...
From: TechCrunch | By: Natasha Lomas | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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 Dropping out of left field like a foul fly ball from the Kansas City Royals this week, the Microsoft Band was a surprise. Part fitness band, part computer, part mobile Twitter and stock-checking smartgadget, the Band is a mix of things. And it pretty...
From: TechCrunch | By: Alex Wilhelm | Friday, October 31, 2014
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 Alex Wilhelm, Kyle Russell and I discuss Google[x]‘s new nanoparticle project to hunt down cancerous cells, Alex shows off his shiny new fitness tracker from Microsoft, and the scary comments we received after Kim Kardashian showed up at a tech conference....
From: TechCrunch | By: Sarah Buhr | Friday, October 31, 2014
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 With the latest expansion of its content recommendation tools, startup Contextly isn’t just pointing visitors to relevant articles, but videos and products, too. Co-founder and CEO Ryan Singel (a former editor at Wired) told me that this is “doubling...
From: TechCrunch | By: Anthony Ha | Friday, October 31, 2014
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Every industry is ripe for disruption, and food preparation is no exception. Traditional recipes are static and driven by standard portion sizes. With experience, a good chef knows how to properly modify recipes according to objectives of taste and healthiness....
From: TechCrunch | By: Rob Coneybeer | Friday, October 31, 2014
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 Uber’s putting that $1.2 billion in funding to good use poaching execs from its top competitor. After hiring former Lyft COO Travis VanderZanden earlier this month, Uber has now scored Lyft’s former VP of Operations Stephen Schnell to work on...
From: TechCrunch | By: Josh Constine | Friday, October 31, 2014
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 Between the portal to hell opening in our comments section, Elon Musk’s AI demons, and metallic 3D printed guns, it’s been a scary Halloween week here at TechCrunch. We give you our best stories of the week (10/25-10/31). 1. During an interview...
From: TechCrunch | By: Anna Escher | Friday, October 31, 2014
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 Fitbit announced a few new devices, including the Fitbit Charge and the Fitbit Surge, both of which we’re excited about. Plus, HP is doing all kinds of weird things, not least of which is the announcement of an odd new computer, projector type device...
From: TechCrunch | By: Jordan Crook | Friday, October 31, 2014
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 This morning, Virgin Galactic tweeted that their SpaceShipTwo spaceplane had experienced an “in-flight anomaly” We have now confirmed that SpaceShipTwo has crashed due to currently unknown causes. Read More...
From: TechCrunch | By: Greg Kumparak | Friday, October 31, 2014
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 The FCC is expected to vote on new neutrality rules in December. What those rules will entail remains a high-stakes parlor game. Out this week from the Wall Street Journal’s Gautham Nagesh was a report indicating that, similar to some plans proposed...
From: TechCrunch | By: Alex Wilhelm | Friday, October 31, 2014
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 Andrew Wylie is a major book agent who many in the milquetoast publishing industry call the “jackal.” His fiery pronouncements are much-read in certain circles and his latest one, in a speech given at Toronto’s International Festival of Authors,...
From: TechCrunch | By: John Biggs | Friday, October 31, 2014
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 Evernote has rolled out a new “Work Chat” feature to its web and mobile applications which allows users of its online note-taking and collaboration software to discuss ideas and projects directly in the Evernote interface itself, instead of having...
From: TechCrunch | By: Sarah Perez | Friday, October 31, 2014
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 Mad Genius Radio is taking a somewhat old-school approach to streaming music. In a world where most radio services use correlation algorithms to figure out what you want to hear, based on beats per minute and cadence and genre, without really thinking...
From: TechCrunch | By: Jordan Crook | Friday, October 31, 2014
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 Musical magic man Trent Reznor is working with Apple on something or other, after the Beats Chief Creative Officer came on board following the acquisition. He says that Apple was interested in working with Reznor directly in “designing some products”...
From: TechCrunch | By: Darrell Etherington | Friday, October 31, 2014
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 But I thought we were recording our video selfies on Instagram and Snapchat now? A soon-to-launch mobile application called VideoSelfie, whose founders participated in the 500 Startups accelerator last year, has raised $1.2 million for its forthcoming...
From: TechCrunch | By: Sarah Perez | Friday, October 31, 2014
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 A Dutch engineer has created a flying defibrillator for emergency situations. The drone, called the Ambulance Drone, would be stationed at various points in the city. In an emergency, people on the scene can call it in and it arrives a few seconds...
From: TechCrunch | By: John Biggs | Friday, October 31, 2014
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 A blockchain tinkerer named Chris Ellis has created a system to build an actual digital passport that, through use of the Bitcoin blockchain and some encryption, will allow you to identify yourself online and off. Called World Citizenship, the project...
From: TechCrunch | By: John Biggs | Friday, October 31, 2014
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 In an age when new technology and the growth of pure online-only retailers have industry analysts questioning the future of brick-and-mortar stores, what are online retailers doing to grow their businesses and gain market share? Why, opening up physical...
From: TechCrunch | By: Mike Kercheval | Friday, October 31, 2014
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 When Facebook scooped up mobile data analytics powerhouse Onavo last year, it was only a matter of time before someone rebuilt its service. And that seems to be just what the now-leading mobile app analytics firm App Annie has done. The company, which...
From: TechCrunch | By: Sarah Perez | Friday, October 31, 2014
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 We’ve seen leaks of a new Office for Mac 2015 suite circulate, but the new version of Outlook for Mac is already here, at least for Office 365 subscribers. The overhauled email client includes a new look and feel, as well as search that extends to...
From: TechCrunch | By: Darrell Etherington | Friday, October 31, 2014
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 Until today, cloud infrastructure company Joyent had raised a total of $120 million in a number of funding rounds, with its 2012 $85 million Series D round being the latest and largest. There aren’t all that many companies that go past the Series...
From: TechCrunch | By: Frederic Lardinois | Friday, October 31, 2014
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 A team of early Grooveshark employees who left the company a couple of years ago to pursue their own startup ambitions have raised a little under a million for Tandem, a service that helps e-commerce companies better understand their customers shopping...
From: TechCrunch | By: Sarah Perez | Friday, October 31, 2014
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 Slack, the enterprise collaboration platform co-founded by Stewart Butterfield, today confirmed that it has closed a $120 million round of funding, co-led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Google Ventures with the participation of past...
From: TechCrunch | By: Ingrid Lunden | Friday, October 31, 2014
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 Apple design lead Jony Ive spoke to an audience at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art last night, the Wall Street Journal reports, addressing the difficulties in designing an Apple smartwatch. The Apple Watch design process was “difficult and...
From: TechCrunch | By: Darrell Etherington | Friday, October 31, 2014
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 Following on from Socar, Korea’s answer to ZipCar, which raised $18 million earlier this month, another car rental startup in Asia is in the money today. India-based Zoomcar has added $8 million to its coffers with a funding round led by Sequoia...
From: TechCrunch | By: Jon Russell | Friday, October 31, 2014
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 Amazon is taking the long view on the Fire phone, despite poor early sales, a huge price cut and $83 million in surplus inventory that resulted in a $170 million charge for the excess hardware and supplier costs combined. Amazon’s SVP of Devices...
From: TechCrunch | By: Darrell Etherington | Friday, October 31, 2014
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 Things are better for HTC these days, after the Taiwanese phone company eked out a slim $19.6 million (NT$0.6 billion) profit for the third quarter of 2014. That figure represents a drop on the previous quarter’s $75 million profit, but is a big...
From: TechCrunch | By: Jon Russell | Friday, October 31, 2014
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 Sony replaced the head of its mobile division yesterday, and today its latest earnings report gave a clearer indication of why. Sony’s mobile unit increased its revenue in the last quarter of business (its Q2 2014) by 1.2% to $2.83 billion, but the...
From: TechCrunch | By: Jon Russell | Friday, October 31, 2014
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 Samsung vowed to introduce more metallic devices when it revealed its disappointing Q3 2014 earnings yesterday, and it wasted no time doing so after announcing the Galaxy A5 and the Galaxy A3 — two metallic devices that it calls its “slimmest smartphones...
From: TechCrunch | By: Jon Russell | Friday, October 31, 2014
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 Print Syndicate, an e-commerce store that sells printed T-shirts and other fashion and home decor goods, has raised $4.25 million in Series A funding led by Data Point Capital. Read More...
From: TechCrunch | By: Catherine Shu | Friday, October 31, 2014
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 Andy Rubin, best known for his work on Android at Google, is leaving the company. According to The Wall Street Journal, Rubin will build an incubator for what it describes as companies working with “technology-hardware” products. Google confirmed...
From: TechCrunch | By: Alex Wilhelm | Friday, October 31, 2014
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 Samantha is a girl living in New York City. She’s old enough to drink and experienced enough to give love advice. But other than that she prefers to keep it anonymous, like Gossip Girl. Read More...
From: TechCrunch | By: Sarah Buhr | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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 Toronto-based startup Trialfire is launching a service so companies can track customers as they interact with applications and websites without the need for data analysts and technical support. The company’s new software allows companies to collect...
From: TechCrunch | By: Jonathan Shieber | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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 Wearables as a second brain. The Internet of Self and Things. One trillion sensors…. There’s no doubt that a sensor-laden world is the buzz of the town. The next Big Thing. In fact, there is so much buzz that many consumers probably dismiss it...
From: TechCrunch | By: Hamid Farzaneh | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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 Seedrs, a company based in London that deals with equity crowdfunding, has an eye on the U.S. market. Today, it announced that it has acquired Junction Investments, which is based in California, and operates in a similar market space. As a company,...
From: TechCrunch | By: Alex Wilhelm | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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 Most people have a burning question to ask about Facebook, whether they’re one of its 1.35 billion users or not. So taking a cue from Reddit’s Ask Me Anything sessions, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg is upping the transparency and will play customer...
From: TechCrunch | By: Josh Constine | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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 We’re announcing a new TechCrunch TV show called Built in Brooklyn, and its main goal is simple — to showcase a bunch of cool Brooklyn startups. This has been in the works for months, but I’m glad we’re announcing it today — exactly one year...
From: TechCrunch | By: Anthony Ha | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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 GoPro’s earnings for the third quarter were pretty as a picture for the company’s investors, with earnings coming in above analysts’ expectations For the quarter, GoPro racked up sales of $280 million, up 45.7 percent from the $192.1 million...
From: TechCrunch | By: Alex Wilhelm,Jonathan Shieber | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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In a quarter that has seen a mixed set of results for social networks Twitter and Facebook, LinkedIn today reported its quarterly results, handily beating analyst estimates on sales of $568 million, up 45% compared to a year ago and sales of $393 million...
From: TechCrunch | By: Ingrid Lunden | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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 Still pushing hard on its strategy to be more than just a site for daily deals, today the e-commerce powerhouse Groupon reported its quarterly earnings. It reported revenues  fo $757.1 million on non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.03, but a negative...
From: TechCrunch | By: Ingrid Lunden | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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 Plenty of companies are looking to give brands and recruiters a way to connect with the ultra-valuable, soon-to-be-working, super influential college demographic, and University Beyond has just raised $300,000 in seed funding to do just that. The round...
From: TechCrunch | By: Jordan Crook | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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 Autodesk is opening up a first of it’s kind $100 million 3D printing fund and new partners 3D Hubs, Authentise, and MatterFab. The idea for the new Spark Investment Fund is to give money to startups and designers in the 3D printing space. The company...
From: TechCrunch | By: Sarah Buhr | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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 Microsoft’s console exclusives are arguably what it needs to make up ground on PlayStation, despite its continued hold on the beloved Halo series. Its brand new Xbox One game, Sunset Overdrive, looks in part to be an answer to Sony’s fan favorite...
From: TechCrunch | By: Darrell Etherington | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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 Swiss founded startup NaturalCycle, which has been testing its contraception app in the Nordics since last December has now opened it up to the U.K. market, making its first move to scale the subscription service which aims to offer women an alternative...
From: TechCrunch | By: Natasha Lomas | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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