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Quora begins making money with the introduction of advertising

Apr 21, 5:02AM

quora Question and answer site Quora has made its first push to monetize after it added advertising. Read More

Rocket Internet's Zalora loses co-founder and MD amid uncertain future

Apr 21, 3:17AM

zalora Zalora, the fashion-focused e-commerce site backed by Rocket Internet that’s in the process of selling off two of its 11 country businesses in Asia, has lost two key executives, TechCrunch understands. Read More

Federal judge rules FBI didn't have proper warrant to hack child porn site

Apr 21, 12:42AM

WASHINGTON - MARCH 09:  The seal of the F.B.I. hangs in the Flag Room at the bureau's headquaters March 9, 2007 in Washington, DC. F.B.I. Director Robert Mueller was responding to a report by the Justice Department inspector general that concluded the FBI had committed 22 violations in its collection of information through the use of national security letters. The letters, which the audit numbered at 47,000 in 2005, allow the agency to collect information like telephone, banking and e-mail records without a judicially approved subpoena.   (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) A federal judge ruled today that the FBI did not obtain the proper warrant before hacking a child porn website and that the evidence it collected against one of the defendants, Alex Levin, must be suppressed. The case centers on a child porn site called Playpen, which was hosted on a hidden Tor service intended to conceal users’ identities. Read More

The Lian-Li DK-04 is a big PC case and a motorized standing desk all-in-one

Apr 21, 12:18AM

Lian-Li DK-04 What if I told you that you can strengthen your own core while liquid cooling your PCs? That’s the dream, right? Better still, you can accomplish all of that in a single product — which is precisely the sort of innovation one has come to expect from a computer accessory manufacturer that recently announced a case that looks like a luxury yacht. Read More sees non-hotel lodgings draw "420-friendly" travelers

Apr 21, 12:09AM

photo by Katherine Hitt A search engine that lets travelers find and book a stay in non-hotel lodgings,, has detected a burgeoning “budbnb” trend in Colorado. San Francisco-based aggregates vacation rental listings from the likes of HomeAway,, VRBO and other sites, and shows travelers the best prices on available lodgings. It currently lists about 8 million… Read More

Qualtrics adds former Google and Apple exec Kim Scott to the board to help pull in top Silicon Valley talent

Apr 21, 12:05AM

Kim Scott Billion-dollar customer insight startup Qualtrics hopes to recruit top Silicon Valley talent to its home base in Utah as it continues to grow and part of that strategy involves adding professional tech coach Kim Scott to the board of directors. Qualtrics became one of a handful of new unicorns in the Beehive State last year and it continues to climb up and to the right. But it’s hard… Read More

Adtech is going native on steroids, hyper-personalization and consolidation

Apr 21, 12:00AM

marketing After years of VC exuberance, 2015 marked the end of an investment cycle for the adtech industry. Quite a few companies with high valuations stumbled, downsized, restructured and pivoted in order to achieve, or at least progress on a path toward, sustainable profitability. Yet, despite the contraction in VC investments, the industry is growing dramatically. Read More

Build your brand, and they will come

Apr 20, 10:30PM

attachment-1 (1) To achieve market scale along the lines of GoPro and Fitbit, effectively working with big retailers is a necessary part of the process. Despite the growth of online channels, more than 90 percent of the $200 billion U.S. consumer electronics sales still comes from brick-and-mortar stores. Read More

Review: Curb, energy monitoring for an entire home

Apr 20, 10:28PM

curb 2 (1 of 1) My kids don’t turn off the damn lights. Ever. And now, with Curb, I have a new way to see when they leave on their lights. All I have to do is look at an app. This is the future of parenting — and, well, energy monitoring. Curb is a comprehensive household energy monitoring system. The system monitors the entire home by using sensors installed in the circuit breaker. For many… Read More

The Shade Room is back on Facebook, other media startups still "in jail"

Apr 20, 9:59PM

umbrella shade The celebrity gossip and news startup The Shade Room is back on Facebook, the startup announced today, albeit under a new moniker. Its previous page, which had racked up more than 4 million followers, was “;” the new profile is “” The startup said earlier its page had been removed from the Facebook ecosystem without… Read More

Viber defends new end-to-end encryption protocol against criticism

Apr 20, 9:01PM

viber Messaging app Viber rolled out its own end-to-end encryption update yesterday, following in the footsteps of its competitor, WhatsApp, and allowing users to keep their calls and messages private. But researchers are questioning whether Viber’s messages are really as secure as the company claims. In a blog post announcing the change, Viber COO Michael Shmilov says that the new feature… Read More

Shots acquires Mindie to build a teen video app empire

Apr 20, 8:56PM

shots-mindie1 Mindie does with soundtracks what Instagram did with filters: It makes boring imagery interesting. And with the insane amount of video that teens are sharing, the music-video-making app seemed too useful to die when its creators shut down Mindie in December. So Mindie’s technology is getting dug out of its grave thanks to an acquisition by Shots, the selfie app turned comedy feed backed… Read More

Rolltape adds Radio feature so you can share voice messages with the world

Apr 20, 8:36PM

Rolltape Radio Rolltape is a voice messaging app that’s supposed to help you share personal, emotional moments with friends. Now, with the launch of Rolltape Radio, it can help you share those stories on a broader scale. The change is pretty straightforward. Previously, Rolltape messages (which are recommended to be five minutes or less, but have no hard limit) could only be shared with friends,… Read More

Mike Arrington takes on reduced role at CrunchFund

Apr 20, 8:26PM

michael arrington conway 2 Michael Arrington — who famously co-founded TechCrunch in 2005 and just as famously parted ways with the outlet in 2011, one year after selling it to AOL — is now taking on a reduced role at the venture fund that he co-founded when he left TC. After an SEC filing surfaced earlier today showing that CrunchFund is targeting $40 million for its third fund and even more notably not… Read More

AI is not a threat to humanity, but an Internet of 'Smart' Things may be!

Apr 20, 8:00PM

terminator After more than 60 years since its conceptual inception — and after too many hype-generating moments — AI is yet again making its presence felt in mainstream media. Following a recent WEF report, many perceive AI as a threat to our jobs, while others even go so far to assert that it poses a real threat to humanity itself. What is clear for the time being is that there are many… Read More

Influencer marketing startup Captiv8 raises $2M

Apr 20, 7:45PM

captiv8_TeamPhoto Captiv8 announced today that it has raised $2 million in seed funding. Created by the founders of mobile ad exchange Moblix, Captiv8 is one of a number of companies connecting marketers with influencers on social platforms like Instagram and Twitter. However, the startup says it uses a technology- and data-driven approach, examining things like geography and demographics to predict which… Read More

Zeitgeist wants to be the Warby Parker of electric bikes

Apr 20, 6:55PM

Zeitgeist electric bike The Diavelo Zeitgeist Electric Bike was designed to solve one problem: getting uphill on a bike. That led to other goals, like creating a battery that only had to be charged every two weeks and was hidden within the structure of the bike. This, then, led to favoring design and performance over the cost of the bike. “We want to be the Warby Parker of bikes,” said Zeitgeist CEO… Read More

Facebook Messenger launches Group Calling to become your phone

Apr 20, 6:48PM

fb-messenger-hello Jump on the party line or hear the voices of your whole family with Facebook Messenger’s latest feature. Rolling out globally over the next 24 hours on Android and iOS for free, users can start a group VoIP audio call from any group chat. Just tap the Phone icon, select which of the group chat members you want included and they’ll all receive a Messenger call simultaneously. If… Read More

BMW and Daimler abandon Apple Car talks

Apr 20, 6:36PM

An anti-government protester holds up his iPhone with a sign "No Entry" during a demonstration near the Apple store on Fifth Avenue in New York on February 23, 2016.   Apple is battling the US government over unlocking devices in at least 10 cases in addition to its high-profile dispute involving the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino attackers, court documents show. Apple has been locked in a legal and public relations battle with the US government in the California case, where the FBI is seeking technical assistance in hacking the iPhone of Syed Farook, a US citizen, who with his Pakistani wife Tashfeen Malik in December gunned down 14 people.   / AFP / Jewel Samad        (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images) If Apple really is working on a car, it won’t be the Ultimate Driving Machine™. BMW and Daimler have discontinued talks with Apple over a potential automotive collaboration, Handelsblatt reports. Read More

Verizon's AOL's Huffington Post acquires virtual reality studio RYOT for $10 to $15 million

Apr 20, 6:35PM

Screen Shot 2016-04-20 at 1.36.16 PM The Huffington Post, owned by AOL, owned by Verizon, is buying a virtual reality studio called RYOT to build VR content production on the site, according to a blog post from site co-founder and editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington. Sources have confirmed to us RYOT’s purchase price was in the $10 to $15 million range. The company had secured a little more than $3 million in Series A… Read More

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