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 Real estate startup Zumper, which offers tools that connect brokers and property managers with potential renters, has today released a new mobile application that allows users to to fill out their rental applications – including pulling their Experian...
From: TechCrunch | By: Sarah Perez | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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 Solar panels are becoming increasing affordable, but many people still face barriers to harnessing the power of the sun for their own homes. For example, they might live in an apartment or in a house where the roof is angled or structured improperly...
From: TechCrunch | By: Catherine Shu | Friday, March 27, 2015
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 Facebook has made some breakthroughs in artificial intelligence. Today at its F8 conference, its CTO Mike Schroepfer described new systems for identifying the content and context of videos and sentences. The video AI prototype can not only identify...
From: TechCrunch | By: Josh Constine | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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 Apple is on a tear in China, where it is seeing record shipments and revenue, but it might be about to step things up a notch there. Bloomberg is today reporting that the U.S. firm is planning to launch a trade-in program in the country for the first...
From: TechCrunch | By: Jon Russell | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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 The Beastgrip Pro is a rig system for your phone that lets you take better photos and video by adding stability, mics, lights, and lenses. Read More...
From: TechCrunch | By: Kyle Russell | Wednesday, March 25, 2015
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 It was a big week for phones and homes. John Biggs has been reviewing the new Galaxy S6 Edge from Samsung, while the HTC One M9 recently went on sale in certain markets. And speaking of things that just went on sale, Indiegogo darling Canary recently...
From: TechCrunch | By: Jordan Crook,John Biggs,Matt Burns | Friday, March 27, 2015
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 Updated: After several days of deliberations, a San Francisco Superior Court jury has come to a conclusion in Ellen Pao Vs. Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, the gender discrimination trial that began with a lawsuit filed in May 2012 and has culminated...
From: TechCrunch | By: Colleen Taylor | Friday, March 27, 2015
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This is hilarious, and sad. We didn’t evolve to live with phones in our hands. We’re still getting the hang of managing our instincts and odd behaviors in the face of instant communication. This set of humorous push notifications proves that we...
From: TechCrunch | By: Josh Constine | Friday, March 27, 2015
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 Gillmor Gang – Steven Levy, John Taschek, Erick Schonfeld, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. LIVE recording session 1pmPT/4pmET today. Our FriendFeed chat during the show broadcast Gillmor Gang on Facebook Our sister show, G3 , on Facebook (please...
From: TechCrunch | By: Steve Gillmor | Friday, March 27, 2015
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 At every break during the high-profile Pao versus Kleiner Perkins trial these past couple of weeks, judge Harold Khan reminded the jurors, “Do not form or express any opinions about the case. Do not do any research. Do not read any news reports....
From: TechCrunch | By: Alexandra Cacciatore | Friday, March 27, 2015
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 Tumblr today introduced a change to its service that will encourage users to purchase or fund products and campaigns on other websites, including Etsy’s online marketplace and Kickstarter, for example. With an update to its mobile application for...
From: TechCrunch | By: Sarah Perez | Friday, March 27, 2015
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 Vines just got bigger with a higher quality video upgrade today. A new post on the company blog announced a technical change that allows Vine users to upload the higher-resolution 720p HD video to the app. That’s a significant improvement from the...
From: TechCrunch | By: Sarah Buhr | Friday, March 27, 2015
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 It’s no secret that the incredible wealth of the technology industry has attracted critics in recent years. In this country’s two capitols of capital, San Francisco and New York, influxes of tech workers are reshaping neighborhoods, and accelerating...
From: TechCrunch | By: Alex Wilhelm | Friday, March 27, 2015
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 A new 3D-printed drone called the ELF VR Nano is available for pre-order on Indiegogo and for download on Thingiverse. That’s right: you can either buy the product and receive pre-printed parts or you can simply print it yourself. It’s one of the...
From: TechCrunch | By: John Biggs | Friday, March 27, 2015
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 With Twitter’s much more polished livestreaming app Periscope now on the market, Meerkat needs to strengthen its own social graph to keep users from straying to its new competitor. So today Meerkat for iOS was updated recommendations of people to...
From: TechCrunch | By: Josh Constine | Friday, March 27, 2015
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 Slack, the super slick team chatroom service, is getting popular fast. Word around the rumor mill is that they’re currently raising funds at a $2.8 billion dollar valuation. And in the words of the late, great Biggie Smalls: Mo Money, Mo Problems....
From: TechCrunch | By: Greg Kumparak | Friday, March 27, 2015
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 In early 2011, Skype bought a mobile video startup called Qik, which had developed an app that let mobile users record and stream videos in real-time which others could be alerted to and then view. If that description sounds similar to the newly hot...
From: TechCrunch | By: Sarah Perez | Friday, March 27, 2015
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 It’s hard to believe, after how far the gay rights movement has come, that we’re still doing this. But here we are. Indiana Governor Mike Pence has signed into law a bill that allows private businesses to discriminate against gay and lesbian consumers,...
From: TechCrunch | By: Jordan Crook | Friday, March 27, 2015
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 Earlier this week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced a new set of rules implementing Title IV of the JOBS Act. The release of these final rules further advances one of the core principles and goals of the 2012 law: to create an...
From: TechCrunch | By: Chris Tyrrell | Friday, March 27, 2015
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 Update: Many users are reporting service has returned. Lets us know if that’s the case for you below. Facebook has been down for at least an hour for some users, according to reports on social media and downrightnow. The outage has affected some...
From: TechCrunch | By: Darrell Etherington | Friday, March 27, 2015
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 Innovid, a startup that helps advertisers create, target, and measure video ad campaigns, is announcing that it has raised $10 million in new funding. As part the round, the startup is bringing on Cisco Investments as a new investor. (Previous backers...
From: TechCrunch | By: Anthony Ha | Friday, March 27, 2015
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 If terrorists ever orchestrate a violent cyberattack against the U.S., the odds are 9 in 10 that spear-phishing will be the first step of their assault. The same technique that has breached Sony, Anthem, Target, the Pentagon and thousands of organizations...
From: TechCrunch | By: Tom Chapman | Friday, March 27, 2015
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 As the first quarter of 2015 draws to a close, it’s clear that the venture capital industry is evolving. Since 2005, thousands of new millionaires have been minted by the IPOs of Alibaba Group, Lending Club, Go Pro, Box, Zendesk, Facebook, Pandora,...
From: TechCrunch | By: Fabrice Grinda | Friday, March 27, 2015
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 The trend toward anonymous social applications may be on the downswing for some, but others believe there’s still a place for online discussions where users don’t have to reveal their real identity. Case in point: Cloaq, the anonymous app where...
From: TechCrunch | By: Sarah Perez | Friday, March 27, 2015
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 A company can’t easily shore up its weaknesses, especially when it grows to the size of Facebook, but the social network has managed to slowly but surely reinvent itself on mobile in a way that makes sense and resonates with users. FB surely stumbled...
From: TechCrunch | By: Darrell Etherington | Friday, March 27, 2015
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 Google and Johnson & Johnson have announced that the will team up to develop an advanced, robot-assisted surgery platform. The team effort will involve “capabilities, intellectual property and expertise” from both companies, and will involve...
From: TechCrunch | By: Darrell Etherington | Friday, March 27, 2015
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 Facebook has launched its first home-made apps for its Messenger Platform after Sound Clips (iOS/Android), Selfied (iOS/Android), Strobe (iOS/Android) and Shout (iOS/Android) went live. Stickered, an existing app that lets you plaster photos with stickers,...
From: TechCrunch | By: Jon Russell | Friday, March 27, 2015
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 The development and availability of wearables is running hand in hand with the exploding interest in the digital health space. Managing our health via apps and devices is slowly becoming the norm. And patients that need to monitor their condition day-to-day...
From: TechCrunch | By: Mike Butcher | Friday, March 27, 2015
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 Secret Inc. — makers of the”anonymish” app Secret, which lets users post notes to friends, friends-of-friends, or those in their vicinity without revealing their identities — crashed through the highs and lows of startup life in the last...
From: TechCrunch | By: Ingrid Lunden | Friday, March 27, 2015
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 Consider a scene that happens a billion times a day, at a billion computers across the globe. A man is searching online for new running shoes, or a woman is clicking through e-commerce sites on the hunt for a birthday gift, a new dress or a book to...
From: TechCrunch | By: Liraz Margalit | Friday, March 27, 2015
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 Just a few months back, YouTube bumped up the quality of the videos it hosts by allowing for gorgeous, 60 FPS video playback. Now they’re cranking things up to an almost absurd level. 60 FPS video, on YouTube… at 4K. Read More...
From: TechCrunch | By: Greg Kumparak | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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 If Mexico is indeed in the process of building the world’s next great economy, technology and innovation will be a part of its foundation. Read More...
From: TechCrunch | By: Conrad Egusa,Steven Cohen | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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 Most of Facebook’s announcements at its F8 developer conference this week were iOS-centric, but today, the company also released three new open source tools for Android developers. The first is a performance segmentation library called Year Class...
From: TechCrunch | By: Frederic Lardinois | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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 Hello friends and welcome back to another episode of TCBTC, TechCrunch’s weekly podcast on all things bitcoin. This episode we were joined by Sonny Singh of BitPay, one of the largest bitcoin companies around, to talk about the state of bitcoin itself,...
From: TechCrunch | By: Alex Wilhelm,John Biggs | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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 Fanatical Fantastical users rejoice! The app, which makes adding appointments to your calendar as easy as clicking a button on top of your Mac menu bar and typing “Eat pork with Alex at 5pm on Wednesday,” has completely revamped its scheduling...
From: TechCrunch | By: John Biggs | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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 Magic, an SMS-based on-demand delivery service that started as a YC company’s weekend project, is raising $12 million in Series A funding led by Sequoia, according to sources. Sources also say that the company, which is just a month old, is valued...
From: TechCrunch | By: Jordan Crook | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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 The West Coast of Michigan is a haven for industrial designers and is home to the world’s most iconic furniture manufacturers: Steelcase and Herman Miller. That’s because Michigan builds things. Soon there will be a new accelerator that will help...
From: TechCrunch | By: Matt Burns | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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 The second half of Facebook’s keynote took an odd turn today at F8, spending a surprising amount of time looking at the unknowns of consciousness and visual illusions. But toward the end, Oculus Chief Scientist Michael Abrash spent a few minutes...
From: TechCrunch | By: Kyle Russell | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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 Instapaper, the reader app owned by betaworks, has today launched an update to the app that brings a few new key features to the experience. With Instapaper 6.2, users will gain access to a feature called Speed Reader (video below), which highlights...
From: TechCrunch | By: Jordan Crook | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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 It’s not every day I’m impressed by a smartwatch. Plenty of Android Wear and Pebble devices have come and gone and aside from a brief “Huh” I haven’t really let any of them capture my attention. Olio is different. The brainchild of former...
From: TechCrunch | By: John Biggs | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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 “The jury is six men and six women, so this probably won’t be quick,” a man in a suit said to a female colleague as they shuffled out of the court. They were among the dozens of others who have been watching the Ellen Pao Vs. Kleiner Perkins...
From: TechCrunch | By: Colleen Taylor | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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 Cover, a mobile payments app that focuses specifically on the dining experience, has today announced the launch of the service in Los Angeles. Cover lets diners check-in to a restaurant and split the bill via mobile, offering an Uber-like dining experience....
From: TechCrunch | By: Jordan Crook | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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 Google is launching a new feature for its Cloud Platform today that makes it easier for developers to deploy over 120 popular open-source applications to its Cloud Platform. In total, Google and Bitnami have packed up over 120 applications, including...
From: TechCrunch | By: Frederic Lardinois | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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 As social media continues to come up with new and weird ways to give us dopamine hits — the latest is the resurgence of live streaming apps — a new startup has come up with yet another take on it all. Pleek, is a new picture messaging app that...
From: TechCrunch | By: Mike Butcher | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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 The venture world is hunting for the next batch of billion dollar unicorns in the hardware market, and investors are turning to the crowd to source their deals. VCs have already committed $516 million in funding for hardware companies this year, according...
From: TechCrunch | By: Christine Magee | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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 As the second day of its F8 conference began here at Fort Mason, Facebook announced the first hardware it plans to use to beam Internet down to billions of people around the world. Codenamed Aquila, the drone has a wingspan comparable to a Boeing 767...
From: TechCrunch | By: Kyle Russell | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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 At its F8 developer conference in San Francisco today, Facebook announced that it is open-sourcing its React native framework for building native apps. React Native is Facebook’s version of its React JavaScript framework for building native mobile...
From: TechCrunch | By: Frederic Lardinois | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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 A number of startups in years past have tried to carve out their own niche in the business networking space under the looming shadow of LinkedIn by offering an alternative way to connect with industry colleagues, often on mobile. But today, a new...
From: TechCrunch | By: Sarah Perez | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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 Microsoft today announced that its Azure Backup and Azure Site Recovery services are now generally available. The two services were previously in preview (Microsoft’s terminology for its public beta programs). The company is clearly gearing both...
From: TechCrunch | By: Frederic Lardinois | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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 The Enterprise Show – Peter Burris, Charlie Isaacs, John Taschek, and Steve Gillmor. Live recording session 9:00amPT – 9:30amPT. Our LIVE show chat on FriendFeed Read More...
From: TechCrunch | By: Steve Gillmor | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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