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The Great Tech Freakout: An Overview

Feb 14, 12:07AM

Thunder Well if you were looking for lousy news this week, you didn’t need to search long to find it. Days after some hair-raising price falls for publicly traded LinkedIn and Tableau Software (they tanked 43 percent and 49 percent, respectively, on February 5), a broader swath of public and private tech companies prepared to take their lumps. They came quickly, too. Zenefits, the… Read More

How DHL Pioneered The Sharing Economy

Feb 14, 12:00AM

shipping containers, boxes DHL, the international express delivery company, started its business by offering free plane tickets to people on the street. For the trouble of giving up their baggage allowances, passengers were handed a free round trip plane ticket to Hawaii. Founded as a courier service in 1969, DHL used the spare capacity in travelers’ luggage to transport high value documents. To understand why it… Read More

The Probable, The Possible, The Delusional

Feb 13, 9:00PM

Astronaut and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin moves toward a position to deploy two components of the Early Apollo Scientific Experiments Package (EASEP) on the surface of the moon during the Apollo 11 extravehicular activity. The Passive Seismic Experiments Package (PSEP) is in his left hand; and in his right hand is the Laser Ranging Retro-Reflector (LR3). Mission commander Neil Armstrong took this photograph with a 70mm lunar surface camera.    Image Credit: NASA In 1961, President John F. Kennedy committed before a joint session of Congress that before the end of the decade America would put a man on the moon. This was not an empty political promise to get elected, but a commitment of a sitting President boldly exposing himself to political ridicule in the face of failure. If we can take ourselves back to that moment, it would be fascinating to… Read More

Seeing Beyond The Hubris Of Facebook's Free Basics Fiasco

Feb 13, 8:00PM

Facebook Everywhere What Zuckerberg and his U.S. team didn’t understand was that in India you can buy computer tablets and smartphones for as little as $50, and that 100MB of data—which is more than a Free Basics user will consume in a month—costs much less than a dollar. Read More

What New Mobile Hardware To Expect At MWC 2016

Feb 13, 6:00PM

hoteles-sagrada-familia-barcelona Mobile World Congress, the biggest tradeshow specifically focused on mobile, kicks off in just over a week’s time in Barcelona so here’s a quick rundown of some of the big hardware-focused announcements we’re expecting to land during the best part of a week of fully mobile-focused news… Read More

It's True, Black Female Founders Receive Basically Zero Venture Capital

Feb 13, 5:16PM

women of color In “The Real Unicorns of Tech: Black Founders Women,” a recent report by #ProjectDiane, you’ll come across several startling statistics like, for example, of all venture deals from 2012 to 2014, only 0.2% (24 of 10,238 deals) went to went to black female founders. In researching the state of black women in tech, #ProjectDiane examined over 60,000 startups and identified just… Read More

How To Expand Your Marketplace To LA

Feb 13, 4:00PM

downtown los angeles skyline, night “The theme of LA is diversity.” That is what DoorDash’s Kevin Huang told me in our conversation about how expanding on-demand marketplaces into LA differs from other markets. As an LA-based enterprise and marketplace investor, one of the most common questions I get from entrepreneurs is how to expand marketplaces into LA. While this includes all the usual difficulties of… Read More

When Data Goes Bad

Feb 13, 2:00PM

bad-santa So I know this guy Sulemaan from my Toronto days. Really good guy, despite being a Spurs fan. Sulemaan has a son, Syed, who is flagged as a security risk, a suspected terrorist, every time he flies. Syed is six years old. This is, of course, completely insane. But the data has been parsed; the algorithm has spoken; and so others must suffer from the idiocy of those who built the system. Read More

Unscaling Energy

Feb 13, 2:00PM

416263080_0e0d41a4e6_o Solving climate change is the biggest opportunity for entrepreneurs in our generation. In fact, the planet’s best hope lies in unleashing startups to unbundle and “unscale” the global energy industry. So far, almost all the conversation and policy-making around climate change has focused on austerity — some mix of sacrifice and grudging duty. That came together in the… Read More

10 Amazing Facts You Probably Don't Know About Mobile Phones

Feb 13, 11:00AM

A customer tries out the new Apple iPhone 6S at an Apple store on Chicago's Magnificent Mile, Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato) Over the past few years, mobile phones have become a kind of addiction. Indeed, it’s almost impossible to imagine life without them. But how well do you really know that best friend (fiend?) in your pocket? Here’re a few surprising facts about that thing you whip out roughly 85 times a day.   Read More

Earnings Review: Groupon Spikes, Pandora Mixed and Twitter's Flat User Growth

Feb 12, 11:41PM

earnings3 It’s over! (Nearly.) This week was the last set of big earnings reports, barring a few happening early March — Square and Box, to be exact. It was a wild week, to be sure. Groupon (surprise!) beat expectations, sending the stock soaring. Pandora was reportedly in buyout talks, and had a mixed quarter, giving the company a bouncy ride during the day. And then there’s Twitter.… Read More

How Tech Can Shut Down Patent Trolls

Feb 12, 11:00PM

troll Patent trolls, more formally known as Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs), pose a major threat to American businesses. A study published by the Boston University School of Law revealed that more than six times as many patent lawsuits are filed today as in 1980. More than 10,000 companies have been sued at least once by a PAE, and litigation by PAEs using acquired patents is increasing at an… Read More

Apple Music Tops 11 Million Subscribers; iCloud Reaches 782 Million

Feb 12, 10:51PM

18 apple music At the beginning of this year, Apple Music had surpassed 10 million subscribers, according to a report from the Financial Times. Now, Apple SVP Eddy Cue has confirmed this figure. In fact, he gave a more precise number – the company has just passed over 11 million subscribers, he says. This tidbit and more were revealed on John Gruber’s “The Talk Show” podcast where Cue… Read More

Soylent, The Easiest Thing To Tear Open Since CDs

Feb 12, 10:17PM

Screen Shot 2016-02-12 at 4.50.42 PM I’m a Soylent believer. If you know me personally, this may be hard for you to understand, given that my favorite foods are bread and cheese and that I feel Seamless should always win Best Overall Startup at the Crunchies every year until eternity. Read More

Survios' First-Person Shooter Shows How Addictive VR Will Be

Feb 12, 10:04PM

Raw Data VR Reality Shooter I want to play again. My arms are sore from shooting a virtual bow-and-arrow and slashing robots with a lightsaber. My heart is racing from dodging drone missiles and defending my teammate. And my mind is spinning from the possibilities. I want to play again. And I won’t be the only one. The game is called Raw Data by virtual reality startup Survios. It’s perhaps the most… Read More

Apple Will Update The iPhone's Remote App To Do Everything Apple TV's Own Remote Can

Feb 12, 9:56PM

remote Back in October of 2015, Apple released a long awaited hardware update to the Apple TV — and with it, a shiny new Apple TV remote. You could speak to the remote to issue voice commands (“Siri, play Pitch Perfect 2. Yes, again. Don’t judge me, Siri. You don’t know me.”) and flick around a built-in trackpad for quick navigation. But long-time Apple TV users… Read More

Apple's First Original TV Series Could Star Dr. Dre

Feb 12, 8:04PM

Dr. Dre arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Straight Outta Compton" at the Microsoft Theater on Monday, Aug. 10, 2015. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP) According to both The Hollywood Reporter, Beats co-founder and Apple executive Dr. Dre will be starring in and producing his own six-show original series called Vital Signs. The semi-autobiographical storyline is rumored to be distributed via Apple Music, includes other celebrities like Sam Rockwell and Mo McCrae, and contains “an orgy scene”. Read More

Newcomer Rocket Lab Secures Spire As Their Next Customer

Feb 12, 7:46PM

electron rocket lab rocket Rocket Lab, the venture capital-backed space start up, is constructing the first private launch range in the world. The company told TechCrunch that they have secured Spire as their next customer for a launch later this year. While Rocket Lab has yet to fly their first commercial mission, Spire has made an agreement with the launch provider for an impressive 12 launches over the next 18… Read More

11 TechCrunch Stories You Don't Want To Miss This Week

Feb 12, 7:38PM

weekly roundup USE This week, Twitter rolled out its new algorithmic timeline, Tesla confirmed the price of its next car, Zenefits CEO Parker Conrad exited the company and on the science front, gravitational waves were detected in space. TechCrunch held the 9th Annual Crunchies awards show, which you can watch in full here. Or, you can just read about the winners. These are the top tech stories of the week to… Read More

Google Is Finally Killing Picasa

Feb 12, 6:40PM

picasa-google-photos It hasn’t made sense for Google to continue to invest in two separate photo storage and sharing applications, as it has been doing with the newer Google Photos and the dated software Picasa. And now the company is finally going to do something about that: Google announced this morning that it will no longer support the Picasa desktop application as of March 16, 2016. In addition, it… Read More

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