Sunday, December 25, 2016

Dec 25 - New 'TechCrunch' feed email from

Hi there!
Here's the latest feed from TechCrunch.

Add to your contact list to make sure you receive all your emails
Make sure to visit to get more feeds sent to your inbox.
To find out which feeds you are subscribed to, or to get further help, just reply to this email.

Will technology prevent the next food shortage crisis?

Dec 25, 5:00PM

Field of corn growing in Kentucky (Photo: Getty Images/Universal Images Group) According to scientists, the answer to an impending food shortage might be found in a new age of digital technologies that have proven their worth in different fields and have the potential to transform agriculture and food production and meet the consumption needs of the growing human population before we’re driven to eat cockroaches — or worse, each other. Read More

Snapchat has quietly acquired an Israeli startup for a reported $30 million to $40 million

Dec 25, 2:26PM

screen-shot-2016-12-25-at-9-24-58-am Snapchat sewed up its first acquisition in Israel this week, according to the outlet Calcalist News. It acquired four-year-old Cimagine, whose augmented reality platform lets consumers instantly visualize products they want to buy in their intended location, paying what Calcalist says was between $30 million and $40 million. According to its LinkedIn page, Cimagine currently works with brands… Read More

Dear Air Canada: a systems analysis of a comically colossal cascading failure

Dec 25, 2:00PM

air-canada I’ll be blunt; I’m here to vent my fury. On your behalf, dear reader! Honest. When a corporation gets things terribly wrong, those of us with platforms need to turn our wrath upon them. It’s the only feedback that actually matters. But there’s a larger issue here: the way that poisonously rigid corporate software, when it meets reality, can cause whole companies to… Read More

Italian incubator H-Farm prepares for a new crop with a campus slated to open in 2018

Dec 25, 3:30AM

27041314611_5c000d2ffc_o There’s a farm outside of Venice, Italy, that cultivates tech talent the way that other farms grow crops. Read More

Technology and today's vast and immensely underserved mental health population

Dec 25, 2:00AM

Photo: Getty Images/g-stockstudio/iStock Someone in your life is suffering from a mental disorder right now. You may not know it, but it’s there. Indeed, one in five adults suffers from a mental disorder. Society has trained us to believe mental illness is something to be ashamed of, so a majority of the afflicted hide it and go untreated. I’d like to say we’re becoming more accepting as a society, but … Read More

After having its infrastructure shuttered, CyanogenMod will live on as Lineage

Dec 24, 11:41PM

cyanogenmod-2 The days leading up to the holiday have been a real roller coaster ride for Cyanogen fans. Yesterday, Cyanogen Inc. unceremoniously pulled the plug on its support for CyanogenOS in a short post declaring that “all services and Cyanogen-supported nightly builds will be discontinued” by the year’s end. In a post today titled “A Fork in the Road,” the team behind… Read More

The broken edtech ecosystem investors once avoided is changing

Dec 24, 10:00PM

Photo: Getty Images/Klaus Vedfelt/Taxi Previously considered risky investments, it’s true that many edtech startups — commonly founded by “teacherpreneurs” hell bent on mending education through tech innovation — either tank or fail to achieve true scale. Why is this the case, when basic reasoning leads us to believe there is no other professional better placed to address the issues facing education… Read More

Tim Curry will read you 'A Christmas Carol' from your Amazon Echo

Dec 24, 9:23PM

Amazon Echo Dot It’s the time of year when we find ourselves together with our loved ones, gathered around the warming seasonal glow of our smart home devices. And for those who managed to snag an Echo before the device sold out seemingly everywhere, Amazon’s got a fun little Easter egg (nog). >From now until Jan. 3, 2017, Alexa customers can listen to a holiday classic for free. #JustAsk… Read More

Fitbit ends one Jawbone patent case seeking to block device import

Dec 24, 7:42PM

jawbone-vs-fitbit It’s a minor holiday miracle. Wearable device leaders Fitbit and Jawbone have been locked in a prolonged legal battle for well over a year, and yesterday Fitbit dropped one of the key pursuits against its fellow fitness manufacturer, dropping a patent violation complaint filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission. Fitbit cited Jawbone’s recent financial woes as part of… Read More

The reality of VR/AR trial

Dec 24, 6:00PM

snap spectacles If you haven’t heard about VR/AR by now, your desert island must not have Wi-Fi. But there are millions of folks who know about VR/AR who haven’t seen it yet. User trial is on the critical path for VR/AR to go mass market. So what are the lessons from previous digital platforms about moving mass consumers from awareness to trial? Read More

Dutch regulators order T-Mobile to stop offering free music streaming over net neutrality concerns

Dec 24, 5:27PM

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR T-MOBILE - T-Mobile CEO John Legere introduces Binge On during the Un-carrier X press conference at the Shrine Auditorium on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, in Los Angeles. Binge On allows T-Mobile customers to stream video for free without using their LTE data. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/AP Images for T-Mobile) T-Mobile’s no-data-charge-music-streaming-thing has been going strong since 2014 here in the States, with the company adding services to the offering one by one. The Netherlands version of the promotion ran into significant headwinds this week, however, as regulators at the Dutch Consumer and Markets  (AFM) officially ordered the carrier to stop offering the “zero rating”… Read More

Withings products disappear from Apple stores following Nokia patent kerfuffle

Dec 24, 4:37PM

screen-shot-2016-12-24-at-11-28-03-am As much of the rest of us were gearing up for a relatively quiet holiday season, Apple and Nokia were getting ready to go to battle, reigniting a war that had seemingly gone cold in 2011 with a reported $720 million settlement for the use of a number of patents. Earlier this week, Apple filed suit in California, alleging that Nokia removed certain patents from the deal for the purpose of… Read More

Here's how to track Santa on Christmas Eve

Dec 24, 4:14PM

santatracker2016 As per tradition, Google’s Santa Tracker is live today across Android, Google Maps, and, helping parents and children alike track Santa’s journey from the North Pole as he begins to deliver Christmas presents all over the world. iOS users can also keep an eye on Santa using the Google Maps app on their iPhone or iPad, plus Santa’s journey can be streamed to your… Read More

Count down the end of 2016 with 12 Days of Doug

Dec 24, 1:45PM

12-days-of-doug Is 2016 over yet? Watch 12 Days of Doug on TechCrunch for a new giggle-inducing gadget review everyday this year. What is left of it, at least. From handy kitchen helper to doo-dads that help you get clean, Gadget reviewer Doug Aamoth has reviewed hundred of gadgets – including plenty of “real” ones like computers and phones – so he is clearly a trustworthy fellow who… Read More

Cyanogen failed to kill Android, now it is shuttering its services and OS as part of a pivot

Dec 24, 11:30AM

closing-downn It’s been a rocky few months for Cyanogen, the ambitious startup that aimed to build a better version of Android than Google. It has laid off staff, let go of its CEO and parted ways with another co-founder — now it is shutting down its services and nightly software builds on December 31. Read More

Phil Schiller says Apple is working with Consumer Reports in wake of MacBook Pro battery issues

Dec 24, 3:03AM

MacBook Pro In a year that’s been largely lackluster for Apple and downright bizarre for battery technologies, Consumer Reports’ refusal to recommend the new MacBook Pro feels like a too perfect microcosm of the past twelve months. In the wake of online complaints surrounding the recently refreshed laptop line’s longevity, the review stalwart handed the 15-inch version of the laptop… Read More

TechCrunch's Favorite Things of 2016

Dec 23, 11:03PM

stuff We made it! 2016, the year that might go down in history books as “The one where the simulation glitched out a little” is… just about over. We see a lot of stuff at TechCrunch. Lots and lots of stuff. Gadgets. Apps. Stuff that has inexplicably been made “smart”. Stuff that solves huge problems — and stuff that solves problems literally no one on earth… Read More

Responding to disaster with IoT and SDN mesh

Dec 23, 11:00PM

Photo: Getty Images/Steve Starr/Taxi Communication is always important, but during a disaster it becomes paramount. The internet is the backbone of contemporary communications, from email and Twitter to Instagram and WhatsApp. If we suffer an internet outage, we’re at a loss for how to communicate with the connected world. Read More

Automile raises $7.5 million for fleet vehicle management software

Dec 23, 10:45PM

jens nylander automile Automile, a fleet logistics and management startup, has closed a $7.5 million Series A round led by SaaStr with participation from Salesforce Ventures, Niklas Zennstrom, Dawn Capital and Point Nine Capital. Automile provides customers with a box to install under the vehicle’s dashboard to track mileage, trips and provide route tracking. Automile ships its tracking device to customers… Read More

Tesla's latest Easter Eggs include a holiday light show and a trip to Mars

Dec 23, 8:27PM

holiday-model-x-compressor Tesla has a habit of including Easter Eggs (aka hidden software features) in its software updates, and the latest update includes two doozies. The first is a holiday light show for Model X owners that takes full advantage of the electric SUV’s folding gullwing doors, along with its turn indicators, fog lights, headlights and more. Plus a rousing soundtrack to get you in the holiday… Read More

If at any time you'd like to stop receiving these messages, just send an email to
To stop all future emails from you can reply to this email with STOP in the subject line. Thanks