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Google told to hand over foreign emails in FBI search warrant ruling

Feb 04, 7:05PM

gavel A U.S. judge has ordered Google to hand over emails stored outside the country in order to comply with an FBI search warrant. The warrant in question pertains to a domestic fraud probe. Read More

12 KPIs you must know before pitching your startup

Feb 04, 6:00PM

Colorful data graphs on glowing panel of computer screens It is critically important for the founders of a company to intimately understand the company’s key performance indicators (KPIs). Founders cannot hope to grow a company in any meaningful way without an almost obsessive focus on its KPIs. Let’s review some of the KPIs that are important for founders to understand and for which they should have a strategy, or set of strategies,… Read More

Gillmor Gang: Blind Sighted

Feb 04, 6:00PM

Gillmor Gang Artcard The Gillmor Gang — Michael Arrington, Dan Farber, Doc Searls, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, February 3, 2017. Celebrity CEOs, does the Startup Valley have a path for big ideas, the Social Media Administration, and the politics of 5G. @stevegillmor, @arrington, @dsearls, @dbfarber, @kteare Produced and directed by Tina Chase Gillmor @tinagillmor Read More

Elon Musk says he put travel ban on the agenda as he defends continued Trump council participation

Feb 04, 5:38PM

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 03:  SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk (L) talks with White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon at the beginning of a policy forum with U.S. President Donald Trump in the State Dining Room at the White House February 3, 2017 in Washington, DC. Leaders from the automotive and manufacturing industries, the financial and retail services and other powerful global businesses were invited to the meeting with Trump, his advisors and family.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Elon Musk only noted very briefly that there had been “progress” on the matter of the immigration order made during his meeting with Donald Trump’s economics advisory council on Friday, but on Saturday the Tesla CEO shared a bit more about what happened at the event. Musk said that he specifically requested inclusion of discussion of the travel ban at the closed meeting, as… Read More

Crunch Report | Tech's Rough Day on Wall Street

Feb 04, 4:00AM

Travis Kalanick quits the Trump advisory board, Domino’s updates its Facebook Messenger bot in time for the Super Bowl, GoPro and Amazon have a rough day on Wall Street and Medium plans to monetize. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

Federal judge puts nationwide block on President Trump's travel ban

Feb 04, 3:52AM

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks before signing an executive order surrounded by small business leaders in the Oval Office of the White House January 30, 2017 in Washington, DC. Trump said he will "dramatically" reduce regulations overall with this executive action as it requires that for every new federal regulation implemented, two must be rescinded. (Photo by Andrew Harrer - Pool/Getty Images) President Trump’s executive order banning travelers from seven countries could be over just one chaotic week after its hasty introduction. That’s because a federal judge from Seattle has obtained a restraining order which looks set to overrule the order with nationwide effect. The ruling came after U.S. states Washington and Minnesota filed legal action against the order on… Read More

ChitChat is Silicon Valley's spammiest new app

Feb 04, 3:12AM

spam It began shortly after lunch. The texts appeared, first a trickle. It wasn’t long before the deluge began in earnest. “A friend* added you on ChitChat,” they said. “Tap here … to get it,” they said. WTF is chitchat? — Willis F Jackson III (@wfjackson3) February 4, 2017 What ChitChat is I’m not prepared to say, as I refuse to download it.… Read More

Kill them with candor

Feb 04, 12:00AM

Three businessmen meeting in a conference room. After failing to secure another round of funding and shutting down my startup, Katch, I’ve been thinking about candor. While failure isn’t a unique story in our industry, talking about it is. Of course, I don’t advocate dwelling on one’s failures as a key to success, but paradoxically I found the quickest path to moving forward from my startup’s demise was to… Read More

Thrive Capital hires Obama's Director of Product Josh Miller to focus on tech for the underprivileged

Feb 03, 11:58PM

josh_miller_white_house Connections between the Obama administration and Silicon Valley abound, but particularly for Josh Kushner. The latest? Kushner’s venture firm Thrive Capital just hired Josh Miller, a member of the White House Office of Digital Strategy under President Barack Obama. Miller, just 24 when he left Facebook to serve as the White House director of product, starts Monday at Thrive and… Read More

FCC performs midnight revocations of previous leadership's 'midnight regulations'

Feb 03, 11:09PM

UNITED STATES - JULY 10: FCC commissioner Ajit V. Pai testifies during the House Energy and Commerce Committee Communications and Technology Subcommittee hearing on oversight of the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday July 10, 2012. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) The FCC giveth, and the FCC taketh away… from itself. Chairman Ajit Pai has ordered the revocation of several papers and findings issued by the commission before the turnover to the new administration. Spiking investigations into zero-rating practices by telecoms is the most serious about-face, but it’s worth noting the other items going down the memory hole, unannounced, on a… Read More

Jawbone looks to drop consumer wearables for clinical services

Feb 03, 10:45PM

jawbone feature Make way for one more pivot from Jawbone. The fitness band maker that originally started out in headsets and later made speakers, has abandoned selling and supporting consumer hardware following a deluge poor reviews and media reports that it has run out of money. TechCrunch has learned and confirmed that Jawbone is preparing to shift its business yet again — moving from a focus… Read More

Greenlight is a debit card for kids that parents manage from their phones

Feb 03, 9:42PM

screen-shot-2017-02-03-at-1-34-44-pm Greenlight, a three-year-old, Atlanta, Ga.-based startup, is trying to solve a problem that any parent of an elementary or junior high school student can well understand: how to give kids money without worrying that they’ll lose it or spend it on something they shouldn’t. It isn’t the first reloadable, prepaid card. MasterCard, Visa and American Express each offer… Read More

Trump's FCC just dropped all investigations into zero-rating practices

Feb 03, 9:14PM

shutterstock FCC There’s a new FCC in town and it isn’t wasting any time. Mobile carriers can rest easy today knowing that the Federal Communications Commission is no longer pursuing an investigation into mobile plans that don’t count services like streaming video or music against a user’s data consumption. The practice is more commonly known as zero-rating. Providers putting… Read More

Ford's new "hub" beneath the World Trade Center highlights a transportation future beyond cars

Feb 03, 9:06PM

FordHub Ford opened a location that it’s calling the FordHub in the Westfield World Trade Center mall this week — but you won’t be able to buy any cars there. Instead, the location includes a large screen highlighting different ways (bike, subway and otherwise) to reach New York City landmarks, a ramp-and-marble model that illustrates the idea of traffic congestion and another… Read More

Conductor's new mobile app helps businesses understand what customers are searching for

Feb 03, 8:26PM

Conductor mobile app Conductor is launching a new mobile app that co-founder and CEO Seth Besmertnik described as a way to get quick access to “the voice of the customer.” The New York-based company started with a focus on search engine optimization before broadening to offer a broader range of marketing tools. Now, Besmertnik said, “The core of what we do is understand your customers and… Read More

With one foot in the past and the other in the future, India faces a digital paradox

Feb 03, 8:00PM

towersindia Unlike the decline of the media in the west brought about by smartphones and the internet, the situation in India could not be more different. The value of the Indian newspaper industry has grown by two-thirds in the past six years. The growth of print media is a perfect example of the Indian digital paradox, a phenomenon where India is developing in a distinctly different manner than the west. Read More

Weekly Roundup: Snap files for massive IPO, Uber CEO quits Trump advisory council

Feb 03, 7:56PM

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Evan Spiegel of Snapchat attends TechCruch Disrupt SF 2013 at San Francisco Design Center on September 9, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunch) Snap Inc. files for its +$25 billion IPO, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick quits Trump’s advisory council and the tech industry reacts to Trump’s immigration ban. These are the biggest tech stories of the week. 1. Snap Inc., the parent company of Snapchat, officially filed publicly for its massive IPO. It will be listed on the NYSE as SNAP. While this is just another small step in the… Read More

Google selling Terra Bella satellite imaging business to Planet

Feb 03, 7:30PM

sf-20161227-crop-1500 Google will sell its Terra Bella business, which includes a group of SkySat Earth imaging satellites, to Planet Labs, the companies confirmed on Friday after TechCrunch’s Ingrid Lunden first reported that a deal was going down on January 25. Google’s space-high view of the world in its mapping software isn’t going anywhere, however – Google will continue to license… Read More

One of the worst comments sections on the internet is shutting down

Feb 03, 7:27PM

(Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for IMDb) Good riddance to one of the worst places to socialize on the internet. Amazon-owned IMDb announced today it will be closing down its discussion board later this month, and turning off the ability for users to private message each other. The company claimed the decision was made because the boards were “no longer providing a positive, useful experience for the vast majority of our more… Read More

Apple offers a $199 app bundle for education with Final Cut and Logic

Feb 03, 6:45PM

macbook-final-cut-pro While any Mac user can play with GarageBand and iMovie for free, it has been quite expensive if you wanted to move to pro apps — especially if you’re a student. Apple released a new app bundle with five different pro apps. It costs $199.99 and it’s just for students and people working in education. The five apps include Apple’s two most important pro apps — Final… Read More

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