Jordan Crook

Jordan Crook

Jordan Crook is a writer/reporter based out of Brooklyn, NY. She writes about things teens like. She snaps innocent selfies and vines nudes. She has written for publications such as Mobile Marketer and MobileBurn.

She is now a writer at TechCrunch.

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  • US Officials Believe North Korea Was Involved In Sony Hacks

    US Officials Believe North Korea Was Involved In Sony Hacks

    U.S. officials say they believe that North Korea’s government was involved in the large-scale hack of Sony servers, which led to the leak of troves of Sony data from emails to unreleased projects, according to the NYT. Federal cyber-security sources say that there is evidence indicating that the hack was routed through computers in Singapore, Thailand, Italy, Bolivia and Cyprus, ABC reports. Read More

  • Sony Officially Cancels ‘The Interview’ Release Following Hacker Threats

    Sony Officially Cancels ‘The Interview’ Release Following Hacker Threats

    Following threats from hackers responsible for large-scale server breaches and leaks at Sony, the entertainment studio has made the official decision to cancel The Interview, which was set to be released on Christmas Day. Read More

  • Dating Platform Zoosk Ditches IPO Plan As Founders Exit Leadership Roles

    Dating Platform Zoosk Ditches IPO Plan As Founders Exit Leadership Roles

    Zoosk, the online dating platform that has been around since 2007, has today announced changes to leadership, with CFO Kelly Steckelberg taking over as CEO. She will be replacing co-founder Shayan Zadeh, who is becoming a member of the board, and his co-founder Alex Mehr (currently president) will also be moving into a board position. Read More

  • Truly Wireless Lands $1.4M Seed To Turn Your Smartphone Into An Actual Business Phone

    Truly Wireless Lands $1.4M Seed To Turn Your Smartphone Into An Actual Business Phone

    Truly Wireless, a new company launching with a fresh $1.4 million in seed funding, is trying to bring all the same functionality of the classic enterprise telephony system, to the phone you actually use every day, your smartphone. The round was led by Index ventures, Greylock Partners and Boldstart Ventures, with participation from ENIAC ventures and a group of angels. Truly allows companies… Read More

  • Sinch Goes Global With SMS API For Developers

    Sinch Goes Global With SMS API For Developers

    Sinch, the newly spun out Rebtel company, has launched its SMS API globally, offering the ability for developers to add SMS integration to their app or website in 105 different countries across the globe. The product was initially developed under the Rebtel umbrella before Sinch took $12 million in funding to spin out the business this May. Since then, the company has test launched the SMS… Read More

  • Chatous Topic-Based Messaging Platform Closes $2.1M Seed From General Catalyst

    Chatous Topic-Based Messaging Platform Closes $2.1M Seed From General Catalyst

    Chatous, a social messaging app that has been around since November 2012, is today closing a $2.1 million seed round led by General Catalyst, with participation from XSeed Capital and Slow Ventures. General Catalyst’s Kevin Colleran will join the board. The whole idea behind Chatous is that folks want to talk about what they’re interested in, whenever they’re interested in it. Read More

  • Instagram Adds Five New Filters

    Instagram Adds Five New Filters

    Today Instagram has added five new filters for still images, which is the first time they’ve done such a thing in two years. The most recent filters before this, which seems odd considering they’ve been there longer than most of Instagrams users have actually been on the app, were Willow and Mayfair. Just like you’d expect, each of the new filters has a slightly odd-sounding… Read More

  • Talkspace Therapy Platform Piles On Another $1M From Metamorphic, Launches On Android

    Talkspace Therapy Platform Piles On Another $1M From Metamorphic, Launches On Android

    Talkspace, the web and mobile app that lets people connect and communicate with licensed therapists, has today announced the close of a $1 million bridge from Metamorphic Ventures to close out their seed round. This brings Talkspace’s total raised to $3.5 million as Metamorphic joins existing investors Spark Capital and Soft Bank. Alongside the new financing, the therapy platform is… Read More

  • Dots Spins Out Of Betaworks With $10M Series A From Tencent, GreyCroft

    Dots Spins Out Of Betaworks With $10M Series A From Tencent, GreyCroft

    Dots, the mobile gaming studio responsible for two dead-simple but beautiful games, is today announcing the close of a $10 million round, as well as the official spinout of Dots as its own company, separate from betaworks. The series A round is co-led by Greycroft Partners and TenCent, which Dots cofounder and CEO Paul Murphy reminded TechCrunch is the largest gaming company in the world based… Read More

  • These Australian Social Media Reactions To The #SydneySiege Are Perfect

    These Australian Social Media Reactions To The #SydneySiege Are Perfect

    The hostage situation in Sydney’s busy city district has crossed over into day two, with the identity of the hostage taker revealed as Man Haron Monis. The perpetrator, 49, is a self-proclaimed sheikh already pending trial and out on bail for being an accessory to murder. He still has an unconfirmed number of hostages captured inside a Lindt Cafe in Sydney. Some hostages escaped or… Read More

  • Endui App Looks To End DUIs

    Endui App Looks To End DUIs

    Even if you’re a relatively “good” drunk, you’re still far dumber than you are when you’re sober. It’s just science. So technology, as it is wont to do, is swooping in to save the day. A new app called Endui (End DUI) was launched by government and police officials in Maryland with about $50,000 in funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety… Read More

  • Facebook Dumps Bing, Will Introduce Its Own Search Tool

    Facebook Dumps Bing, Will Introduce Its Own Search Tool

    It seems that Facebook quietly removed Bing as its primary search provider over the weekend, announcing plans to debut its own search tool on Monday, according to Reuters. The report says that Facebook’s new search tool will give users the ability to filter through old comments and other information from friends. Read More

  • This Week On The TechCrunch Gadgets Podcast: Cheap New 3D Printers And Pizzas

    This Week On The TechCrunch Gadgets Podcast: Cheap New 3D Printers And Pizzas

    I’m just going to admit it. We were kind of a mess on the podcast this morning. But the show must go on. Read More

  • Protesters March On Apple Campus To Demand Better Working Conditions For Contractors

    Protesters March On Apple Campus To Demand Better Working Conditions For Contractors

    Protestors invaded Apple’s Bay Area campus yesterday during a torrential downpour. Reports say there were around 100 protestors, in coordination with the United Service Workers West union and accompanied by the Reverand Jesse Jackson, who were protesting pay and work conditions for the lower-paid contract workers who handle things like security and maintenance at tech firms like… Read More

  • Moov Fitness Tracker Lands On Android

    Moov Fitness Tracker Lands On Android

    Moov, the fitness tracker that raised $3 million in a Series A this October, now supports Android. The idea behind Moov is pretty simple: Rather than counting your steps and giving some illusion of progress in physical fitness, Moov uses a combination of hardware and software to improve your form based on the training you’re doing. Read More

  • Kinsa Raises $9.6M Series A For A Smart Thermometer That Tracks The Spread Of Illness

    Kinsa Raises $9.6M Series A For A Smart Thermometer That Tracks The Spread Of Illness

    Kinsa, the company behind the world’s first app-enabled, FDA-approved smart thermometer, has today announced the close of a $9.6 million Series A financing round with participation from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, FirstMark Capital, and Andy Palmer, among others. This comes directly on the heels of the launch of a new program called Fluency, which lets Kinsa track the spread… Read More

  • Google Announces The Top Apps, Movies, Music Of 2014

    Google Announces The Top Apps, Movies, Music Of 2014

    Google has just released its ‘best stuff of the year’ on Google Play for 2014, and in terms of most downloaded content, it’s not all that different from Apple’s list. Frozen, The Walking Dead, and Fancy by Iggy Azalea all placed at the top of the list in their respective categories, though the app situation varied a bit from that of Apple’s list, which is an… Read More

  • Bob Pittman on Android Wear and IHeartMedia's Future

    iHeartMedia CEO On The Rebranding From Clear Channel

    Clear Channel has been quietly transforming for the past few years into a true platform, where live events, broadcast radio and digital products are combined and cross-promoted to give consumers total access to the music and talk radio that they love. To reflect that transition, the company rebranded to iHeartMedia. We sat down with CEO Bob Pittman to discuss the decision and better… Read More

  • Swill Launches In New York To Make Buying Alcohol A ‘Seamless’ Experience

    Swill Launches In New York To Make Buying Alcohol A ‘Seamless’ Experience

    Swill has launched in NYC, offering users an easy way to order booze with their phone and have it delivered on the spot. The app gives users access to a full marketplace of beers, wines, spirits and mixers from various nearby liquor shops so that the process of picking the evening’s inebriant of choice feels a lot like ordering from Seamless. Just with booze. Lots and lots of booze. … Read More

  • Tune Into TechCrunch Radio On Sirius XM Indie 102 Tonight!

    Tune Into TechCrunch Radio On Sirius XM Indie 102 Tonight!

    It’s Tuesday, and if it weren’t for the following announcement, I’d simply encourage you to put your head down and get through it because Tuesdays generally suck, work-week wise. But there’s something special about Tuesdays: TechCrunch Radio on Sirius XM. We’re coming at you tonight with discussion of Uber’s wild month, and we’ll also be holding our… Read More

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