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Box CEO Aaron Levie weighs in on markets, privacy

Apr 27, 3:11AM

aaron-levie1 Box has come a long way since Aaron Levie founded it as a student at USC in 2005. The cloud storage company ultimately went public last year, in what turned out to be a difficult period for tech stocks.  Recent IPOs like Box have been facing added scrutiny, and its shares are currently trading below the IPO price.   TechCrunch sat down with Box CEO Aaron Levie to get his take on the… Read More

Rightspeed helps you devour audio books at a terrifying pace

Apr 27, 2:07AM

Screen Shot 2016-04-26 at 6.39.51 PM Podcasts and audio books are enjoying tremendous popularity at the moment, and the fresh-off-the-app-presses app Rightspeed is a $2.99 iOS app that’s here to help you speed-listen your way through your audio library. Have you ever wondered how quickly you can really listen to an audio book? That was the starting point for Max Deutsch, the app’s creator, and the idea behind the app. Read More

Furbo is a dog camera that lets you share treats remotely

Apr 27, 1:09AM

furbo Furbo, created by startup Tomofun, gives owners a new way to interact with their dogs while away from home. The camera allows you to keep an eye on your dog, with two-way audio so that you can also talk to them and make them feel a little less alone. There are even push notifications that tell you when your dog is barking. Other startups also make pet cameras, so what really sets Furbo and… Read More

Willow Hill Ventures will fund and connect agriculture tech startups with farmers

Apr 26, 11:27PM

A CropX soil sensor is installed in the field. International Farming Corp. and Finistere Ventures have agreed to partner under the moniker Willow Hill Ventures to invest in growth-stage agricultural tech startups. International Farming Corp. owns and manages land that it, essentially, leases out to commercial farmers, helping them maximize the land’s yield and profitability. Finistere Ventures invests in early-stage tech companies… Read More

Jaguar partners with Tile to make sure drivers never leave without their wallets

Apr 26, 11:01PM

Automaker Jaguar Land Rover Ltd. today announced a partnership with Silicon Valley startup Tile Inc. to prevent drivers from leaving home, or any other place, without their essential personal items. Tile, which has raised $16 million in total venture funding to-date, makes small, waterproof tags that employ Bluetooth low-energy radio and GPS technology to locate objects to which they are… Read More

Practice safe financing

Apr 26, 11:00PM

vault The convertible note is a useful and common financing structure in Silicon Valley. It’s a form of debt that is really more a type of equity — one where the valuation hasn’t been determined yet. It’s helpful because sometimes you want to align a new investor or bridge a company with extra capital, but not argue about the valuation or have to price the round yet. Read More

Why Apple's stock fell off a cliff today

Apr 26, 10:37PM

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 22:  Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during an Apple announcement at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on October 22, 2013 in San Francisco, California.  The tech giant announced its new iPad Air, a new iPad mini with Retina display, OS X Mavericks and highlighted its Mac Pro.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Apple took a more than $40 billion hit today after reporting its second-quarter earnings — and it was bleak. Shares of Apple were down more than 8 percent in extended trading at one point today. Things went about as poorly as you could expect: the company couldn’t hit revenue or earnings targets, iPhone sales fell off a cliff from the year-ago quarter and its third-quarter guidance… Read More

It isn't just Uber: Carnegie Mellon's computer science dean on its poaching problem

Apr 26, 10:04PM

Screen Shot 2016-04-26 at 1.45.07 PM Andrew Moore was a professor of computer science and robotics at Carnegie Mellon University for a dozen years when Google hired him away in 2006 to lead some of its efforts around ad targeting and fraud prevention. CMU lured Moore back in 2014, making him the dean of its computer science school. But he still understands well what goes through his colleagues’ minds when industry… Read More

Apple iPhone sees first YOY sales dip ever

Apr 26, 9:51PM

iPhoneSEbottom For the first time in its history, the iPhone is experiencing a drop in sales. In 2015 at this same time, Apple sold 61 million units of the iPhone. This year, for the period ending March, Apple only sold 51.2 million units, representing a 16 percent YOY drop. This shouldn’t come as a surprise for most folks who know that we are close to (if not already at) peak iPhone levels. There… Read More

Apple Music hits 13 million paying subscribers

Apr 26, 9:31PM

18 apple music During an earnings call marked by a lot of less than stellar news, Apple CEO Tim Cook did manage to locate some bright spots in the company’s ever-expanding portfolio. Among them was a steady increase in paying Apple Music subscribers. That number has surpassed 13 million, up from the 11 million announced by execs Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi back in February. Of course, the number… Read More

A brief history of SpaceX

Apr 26, 8:50PM

SpaceX Falcon 9 launches from Cape Canaveral with 7,000 pounds of supplies / Image courtesy of SpaceX SpaceX is a space transport services company whose mission is to reduce space transportation costs and enable the colonization of Mars. It has developed several launch vehicles and spacecraft. Read More

Everything you need to know about Apple's huge second-quarter miss

Apr 26, 8:47PM

CUPERTINO, CA - MARCH 21:  Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during an Apple special event at the Apple headquarters on March 21, 2016 in Cupertino, California. The company is expected to update its iPhone and iPad lines, and introduce new bands for the Apple Watch.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Okay folks, this is the big one. Last year the company brought in revenue of $58 billion — and it showed its first decline in 13 years by posting revenue of $50.6 billion for the second quarter this year, missing analyst expectations on its revenue and guidance by quite a bit. We’re parsing through all the details right now — here’s everything you need to know… Read More

Now some Ubers will only wait 2 minutes before charging you, not 5

Apr 26, 8:45PM

Uber ditched Better sprint outside, because now Uber can ditch you if you’re just two minutes late for your ride, or start charging you before you get in the car. Previously, people got a five-minute grace period to get to the car after it arrived, or to cancel their trip after they sent a request. But now, Uber is telling some users to “Request When You’re Ready” or face fees… Read More

eBay shares rise 5% after beating earnings expectations

Apr 26, 8:36PM

eBay Campus eBay surpassed first quarter earnings expectations when it reported after the bell on Tuesday. Shares ticked up 5% following the announcement. The e-commerce giant brought in $2.1 billion in revenue, when analysts were expecting $2.08 billion. The company also posted an adjusted 47 cents per share, when Wall Street was forecasting 45 cents. eBay also reported quarterly gross merchandise… Read More

Twitter's woes continue on Q1 sales of $595M, a sluggish 310M MAUs and weak guidance

Apr 26, 8:14PM

twitter-earnings Twitter reported its Q1 earnings today, and they’re not great. On the back of 310 monthly active users, the company posted revenues of $595 million, with Q1 GAAP diluted earnings per share of ($0.12) and non-GAAP diluted EPS of $0.15. This is a big miss on revenues but a beat on EPS. On top of this, the company issued very weak guidance for Q2, and currently Twitter’s stock… Read More

SpaceX's next launch and the business of rocket recovery

Apr 26, 8:04PM

land and sea SpaceX confirmed to TechCrunch that their next launch is scheduled for May 4th at 1:22 am EST with a two-hour launch window. The company is expected to couple the launch with another rocket landing attempt on a drone ship out at sea. It was less than three weeks ago that SpaceX made their first successful rocket recovery on a drone ship. Landing from the chase plane… Read More

FBI to keep Apple guessing on San Bernardino iPhone hack

Apr 26, 8:02PM

A man walks up the stairs at the Apple Store in Grand Central Station February 25, 2016.   Apple has been in a legal fight with the government in the San Bernardino case, where the FBI wants the company to help hacking the iPhone of Syed Farook, a US citizen, who gunned down 14 people with his Pakistani wife Tashfeen Malik in the California city in December. / AFP / Timothy A. CLARY        (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images) The FBI plans not to disclose to Apple the method it used to access an iPhone belonging to the San Bernardino shooting suspect, or submit it for an internal government review, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The FBI announced in March that it had purchased a hacking tool from a third party that enabled it to access data on an iPhone used by Syed Farook. Farook and his wife… Read More

The restaurant OS

Apr 26, 8:00PM

dining, restaurant So you’re a techie and a foodie. You’re having dinner and your phone buzzes to let you know you can pay for the meal you’re enjoying right from an app. It’s then you realize there’s something going on in restaurant tech. Read More

Regulators order environmental impact study of Lyft Line and UberPOOL

Apr 26, 7:15PM

Lyft Line Carpool Remember when a California regulatory agency tried to shut down carpooling services like UberPOOL and Lyft Line throughout the state? Well, you can breathe a sigh of relief. Two years after its initial threats, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has decided that the services are legal and can continue to operate. However, the CPUC has ordered Uber and Lyft to provide specifics… Read More

Teardown of HTC Vive highlights the headset's differences from Oculus Rift

Apr 26, 7:10PM

vive teardown 2 Today’s VR headsets are marvels of miniaturization. And, as iFixit’s teardowns show, both the Oculus Rift and HTC’s Vive are also remarkably user-friendly when it comes to repair and customization. Read More

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