• Will Uber Convertibles Run Out Of Gas?

    Will Uber Convertibles Run Out Of Gas?

    Uber just completed a $1.6 billion, six-year convertible debt raise via Goldman’s private wealth group. “But Robbie,” you say, “how do you even put a value on a convertible bond if there isn’t any stock to convert the bond into?” A great question, and one that has a number of significant implications. Since we’re all friends here, let’s go ahead… Read More

  • Review Of Uber’s Privacy Policy Shows Positive Signs, But Still Room For Improvement

    Review Of Uber’s Privacy Policy Shows Positive Signs, But Still Room For Improvement

    Uber today released the results of a review of its privacy policies, which it had commissioned from independent law firm Hogan Lovells. The firm found that Uber had appropriate policies and disclosures in place and that it had invested significantly to enforce those policies. However, it made some recommendations into how the company could improve the way it handles user data. Read More

  • FIghting Sexism In Silicon Valley
  • Betaworks Launches Idiot-Proof Livestream Broadcast App Upclose

    Betaworks Launches Idiot-Proof Livestream Broadcast App Upclose

    Sick of¬†hassling with Google Hangouts? Now you can start broadcasting video live to the world with just one-touch through Upclose, the newest app from Betaworks. Upclose lets you follow people to get notified when they’re on the air, discover who’s livestreaming now, and then comment on their broadcasts in a chat room with other viewers on the web or mobile. That’s it. Read More

  • Sandboxing And Smart Regulation In An Age of A/B Testing

    Sandboxing And Smart Regulation In An Age of A/B Testing

    The small drone crash at the White House earlier this week is just the latest in a series of reminders that when it comes to regulating new technology the government is woefully slow. Read More

  • Gillmor Gang LIVE 01.30.15

    Gillmor Gang LIVE 01.30.15

    Gillmor Gang – Robert Scoble, John Taschek, Keith Teare, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor. Live recording session today at 1pmPT/4pm ET. Click here for LIVE FriendFeed chat during show broadcast Gillmor Gang on Facebook Our sister show, G3, on Facebook Our sister show, G3, on ustream Read More

  • TC AppleCast 3: Apple Sells All The iPhones

    TC AppleCast 3: Apple Sells All The iPhones

    It’s a very special episode of the TechCrunch AppleCast, as we’re joined by Jackdaw Research founder and Chief Analyst Jan Dawson, who offers some context around Apple’s huge earnings success reported earlier in the week. Dawson joins Darrell Etherington and Kyle Russell to explain just how Apple managed to sell 74.5 million iPhones in a single quarter, and to discuss… Read More

  • The Sights And Sounds Of The BMW i8

    TechCrunch recently spent sometime with the BMW i8 hybrid supercar. The full review can be found here. But here are the best photos and videos from our time with the amazing glimpse at the future. Just look at her, she’s a beauty. Read More

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Apple iPhones, Samsung Smartphones, And Legos!

    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Apple iPhones, Samsung Smartphones, And Legos!

    It’s earnings season, which means we get a deeper look into the true popularity of the various gadgets on the market. This week, all eyes were on Apple as the company announced record-breaking quarterly results, including the sale of ~75 million smartphones. Turns out, Samsung showed similar sales figures by unit but at a lower margin per device, yielding lower overall… Read More

  • 13 Questions With Mark Cuban

    13 Questions With Mark Cuban

    Welcome to 13 Questions, a series aimed at bringing a human face to notable figures in the world of startups, hardware, and tech. Ever wonder how your favorite designer learned to love tech? Curious what’s on your favorite VC’s bucket list? Want to see the person behind the media hype? 13 Questions is here. This week Mark Cuban talks about his upbringing and road to becoming an… Read More

  • The Bootstrapper’s Guide To Bitcoin Remittances

    The Bootstrapper’s Guide To Bitcoin Remittances

    There’s a lot of rhetoric about bitcoin and its impact on the $430 billion international remittance industry. One of the cryptocurrency’s most obvious uses is, after all, sending money across the planet with roughly the same effort as sending an email. The potential effect on emerging markets — savings in aggregate that are larger than most countries’ education… Read More

  • Epson Home Cinema 3500 Projector Review
  • “Zombie” Apps On The Rise – 83% Of Apps Not On Top Lists, Up From 74% Last Year

    “Zombie” Apps On The Rise – 83% Of Apps Not On Top Lists, Up From 74% Last Year

    With the app economy showing no sign of slowing, the iOS App Store, too, continues to grow, and has now reached over 1.42 million apps, according to a new report out this morning from app analytics firm adjust. One¬†interesting metric the report uncovered is just how many of the apps are effectively invisible to consumers – something adjust lovingly refers to as “zombie… Read More

  • Vine Introduces Vine Kids

    Vine Introduces Vine Kids

    Vine is today introducing a new layer of the app called Vine Kids. It’s meant to be a safe, kid-friendly space for a younger audience to play around with the app and watch vines. The feature pulls from the millions of Vines being created on the platform and chooses ones that are appropriate for children. The interface of the Kids section of the app has also been tailored to be more fun… Read More

  • Airbnb Hires Former Say Media SVP Alex Schleifer As Head Of Design

    Airbnb Hires Former Say Media SVP Alex Schleifer As Head Of Design

    Airbnb has always been pretty design-oriented, but today it’s announcing that it has hired former Say Media exec Alex Schleifer to head its design organization. He’ll lead the user experience and content design teams, as well as working with the production design team Read More

  • Rothenberg Ventures’ First Virtual Reality Accelerator Emphasizes Health And Education

    Rothenberg Ventures’ First Virtual Reality Accelerator Emphasizes Health And Education

    VR could enlighten and heal, not just entertain. Its immersiveness could distract us from pain, help us face our phobias, or give us first-hand training. “We have a belief that VR will disrupt every industry. And it’s global. So we made efforts to find companies in every different industry and that are global” Rothenberg Ventures’ founder Mike Rothenberg about the… Read More

  • Female Founders Fare Much Better In 2014

    Female Founders Fare Much Better In 2014

    In a place where having a penis is referred to as the sine qua non of the startup founder, it’s easy to jump on the pessimism bandwagon and overlook any gradual momentum for women in tech. But the data tells a different story. Read More

  • Blinq Enhances Your Favorite Messaging Applications With Extra Information

    Blinq Enhances Your Favorite Messaging Applications With Extra Information

    A new mobile application called Blinq is launching today into public beta to add a layer of contextual information to your favorite mobile messaging applications. Founder Yossi Ghinsberg, who’s better known for his adventures in the Amazon (not Amazon.com, but the actual unchartered wilderness), described Blinq as “more of a hack than an app,” saying that people are tired… Read More

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