• Snapchat Scores Nike’s Director Of Digital To Win Sports Partnerships

    Snapchat Scores Nike’s Director Of Digital To Win Sports Partnerships

    Snapchat could be the new way to experience sporting events from afar. At the very least, sports and athletics brands are jumping up and down trying to reach the young, active demographic Snapchat has captured. That’s why the ephemeral app’s latest hire has so much potential. Snapchat just poached Eric Toda, Nike’s global director of digital to help run its business and… Read More

  • The Best Of Times …

    The Best Of Times …

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of Minecraft, it was the age of Square, it was the epoch of burn, it was the epoch of crash, it was the season of growth and it was the season of collapse. Or so Dickens might have written if he had lived in San Francisco. The Bubble is back in the news again following comments made by Bill Gurley, the well-known Benchmark… Read More

  • Sharethrough Acquires UK’s VAN As A Springboard For International Growth

    Sharethrough Acquires UK’s VAN As A Springboard For International Growth

    Advertising company Sharethrough announced today that it’s moving into Europe with the acquisition of a London-based company called VAN. The financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed. Sharethrough’s head of communications Thomas Channick told me via email that the VAN team will form “the core” of European operations, although the company plans to double… Read More

  • Home Depot Hack Exposed Up To 56 Million Credit Cards

    Home Depot Hack Exposed Up To 56 Million Credit Cards

    Almost immediately after word broke that Home Depot had been hacked, security experts were noting that the breach was likely even worse than the massive Target hack that had preceded it. Sure enough: Home Depot has just confirmed the scale of the breach. All in all, as many as 56 million payment cards were potentially exposed. For comparison (though comparison seems a bit ludicrous when… Read More

  • Oracle Stock Drops 2.5% On News That Larry Ellison Has Relinquished His CEO Title

    Oracle Stock Drops 2.5% On News That Larry Ellison Has Relinquished His CEO Title

    Today after the bell, Oracle announced that its long-time premier Larry Ellison is no longer its CEO. Former HP CEO Mark Hurd will take over the job in partnership with Safra Catz. Catz will manage finance and manufacturing, while Hurd will handle sales. Ellison will take on the titles of Executive Chairman of the Board and CTO. Hurd left HP under negative circumstances, including allegations… Read More

  • MuckerLab | Incubated

    Incubated: MuckerLab’s Hands-On Approach To Accelerating Startup Growth

    MuckerLab was founded three years ago as one of the first incubators to launch in Los Angeles. With a shared workspace for a relatively small cohort of startups that participate, the accelerator takes a hands-on approach to helping companies that go through its program find product-market fit. Read More

  • Join Us In Hardware Alley At Disrupt London, Won’t You?

    Join Us In Hardware Alley At Disrupt London, Won’t You?

    Disrupt London is fast approaching and I’d love to see you in our amazing Hardware Alley. This even, which runs during the last day of Disrupt, features all of my favorite startups – the hardware ones – in glorious technicolor. What is Hardware Alley? It’s a celebration of hardware startups (and other cool gear makers) that features everything from robotic drones to… Read More

  • iOS 8 Adoption Off To A Slower Start Than iOS 7, Say Multiple Usage Trackers

    iOS 8 Adoption Off To A Slower Start Than iOS 7, Say Multiple Usage Trackers

    The iOS 8 installation spike is high, but lower than it was for iOS 7 last year, according to numbers from a variety of mobile OS usage monitoring platforms. Chitika, Tapjoy, Mixpanel and Appsee all show adoption numbers that, while high, fall short of the rocketing pick-up rate we saw when Apple launched its major visual overhaul of iOS just ahead of the iPhone 5s launch in 2013. Read More

  • Apple’s iPhone 6 Has Finally Convinced Me To Ditch My Compact Camera

    Apple’s iPhone 6 Has Finally Convinced Me To Ditch My Compact Camera

    It was bound to happen sooner or later: A smartphone would convince me that I no longer needed to carry around a powerful compact camera, despite a general interest in taking photos that straddles both my professional and personal lives. The iPhone 6 and the even more photo-friendly iPhone 6 Plus are that tipping point. Read More

  • I Drove Toyota’s Car Of The Future And It Was Boring

    I Drove Toyota’s Car Of The Future And It Was Boring

    While Tesla is getting everyone excited about the idea of sexy electric cars in every driveway, Toyota has been working on a different technological roadmap: the carmaker that made the hybrid category with the Prius thinks that the next generation of cars will be fueled by hydrogen, and it’s going to beat everyone to market with a model coming next year. Read More

  • Airbnb CFO Andrew Swain Has Left The Company

    Airbnb CFO Andrew Swain Has Left The Company

    Airbnb CFO Andrew Swain has left the company — or so his email auto-responder states, sources told TechCrunch. We quickly tested the claim for ourselves and, sure enough, it’s true. “Email Not Received,” the subject line of Swain’s auto-responder reads. “Andrew Swain has recently left the company. If your email is work related please contact Beth… Read More

  • Microsoft Lays Off 2,100 More Employees

    Microsoft Lays Off 2,100 More Employees

    As expected, Microsoft hit go on a number of layoffs today, letting 2,100 people go, including 747 people in the Seattle-Redmond area, where the company is headquartered. The firings come as a second wave of the layoffs that were previously announced. Out of 18,000 expected cuts, 13,000 were pulled off nearly immediately. Today’s 2,100 brings the total number to just over 15,000… Read More

  • WomanServants Will Let You Order Around Hot Girls For $125 Per Hour

    WomanServants Will Let You Order Around Hot Girls For $125 Per Hour

    Editor’s Note: Yesterday, we ran a story about a new startup called ManServants, which facilitates the rental of “hot men” for $125. As most of the commenters note, the service is incredibly sexist and has no place in a society striving for gender equality. To examine my thoughts towards the service I took the original post and swapped every instance of a gendered noun. Read More

  • Regular Facebook Users Are More Likely To Fall For Phishing Scams

    Regular Facebook Users Are More Likely To Fall For Phishing Scams

    Researchers at SUNY Buffalo have found that habitual Facebook users — those who are on the site more frequently than their peers — were more susceptible to phishing scams. How did they figure this out? By asking them about their habits and then surreptitiously creating a fake friend who then asked them for private information, including their student ID number and date of birth. Read More

  • Facebook Gets More Twitterish By Showing Timely And Trending Posts Sooner

    Facebook Gets More Twitterish By Showing Timely And Trending Posts Sooner

    Facebook wants to steal discussion of real-time events from Twitter and stop being perceived as a slow social network. So today it announced News Feed changes that will surface posts that mention Trending Topics sooner and higher in the feed. It will also look at when people like and comment on posts from friends and Pages so it can stop showing posts about real-time events hours later… Read More

  • Nine Alternative Keyboards For iOS 8

    Apple’s new mobile world order, iOS 8, ushers in support for third party system wide keyboards for the very first time. We’ve rounded up a selection of alternative keyboard contenders — some with storied histories already on the Android platform, others hoping for a big break on iOS… Read More

  • Technology And The Challenge Of Democracy

    Technology And The Challenge Of Democracy

    Information is more available and accessible than ever before, and we are witnessing the power of the crowd to respond to news events with greater impact. As technology continues to play a larger role in our everyday lives, we must ask ourselves what ultimately is the responsibility of technology when it comes to the dissemination of information? Read More

  • Postmates Hires Former Yodlee, Google Wallet Exec Peter Hazlehurst As COO

    Postmates Hires Former Yodlee, Google Wallet Exec Peter Hazlehurst As COO

    On-demand delivery startup Postmates is growing fast, expanding from serving five markets around the beginning of the year to being in 16 by next week. To help out with a rapidly expanding operations team, the company has hired former Yodlee and Google exec Peter Hazlehurst as its new COO. Read More