• Let’s Fix The Internet

    Let’s Fix The Internet

    I hate to be the one to tell you this, but: we, the people of the Internet, have collectively run up a colossal amount of technical debt. Much of our online infrastructure consists of band-aid and/or legacy Rube Goldberg solutions hacked together with bubble gum and baling wire; and the only way to pay back technical debt is to fix it. The good news is, we’re finally doing just that. Read More

  • The Big Picture On Digital Receipts

    The Big Picture On Digital Receipts

    What’s happening with digital receipts? The answer to that is – a lot. The last five years or so have seen an explosion of ideas surrounding the capture, management and storage of digital receipts. There has been a mad rush by start-ups and merchants trying to capitalise on the enthusiasm typically generated by a new and innovative concept and it seems, in the process, they have… Read More

  • SchoolMint Takes $2.2 Million To Make School Enrollment Easier

    SchoolMint Takes $2.2 Million To Make School Enrollment Easier

    Startups have raised millions of dollars to improve every aspect of the classroom experience, but now there’s one focused on making it easier to actually enroll kids in schools. San Francisco-based SchoolMint, a new company backed with $2.2 million in financing from investors like New School Ventures Fund, Runa Capital, and Crosslink Capital along with education-focused seed… Read More

  • Super Early Data Suggests iPhone 6 Is Outselling 6 Plus By A Lot

    Super Early Data Suggests iPhone 6 Is Outselling 6 Plus By A Lot

    What’s going to sell better — the big ol’ iPhone 6, or the friggin’ huge iPhone 6 Plus? The data is really, REALLY early (the phone has only been on the shelves for about 18 hours at this point, after all) — but so far, the 6 seems to be outpacing the 6 Plus by quite a bit. That chart below comes from MixPanel, who is updating every hour. If you’re… Read More

  • The $300 Headband That Gamifies Your Moment Of Zen

    The $300 Headband That Gamifies Your Moment Of Zen

    The Muse brain-training headband promises to help you reduce stress and anxiety in just three minutes a day. I went with our TechCrunch TV crew to chat with Muse co-founder and CEO Ariel Garten and to try out the tech…which turned into my own, personal calmness competition. Read More

  • Rumor: Oculus Will Unveil A Handheld Virtual Reality Controller At Its Conference

    Rumor: Oculus Will Unveil A Handheld Virtual Reality Controller At Its Conference

    Oculus‘ headset lets you look around virtual reality but requires integrations with unofficial controllers to move an avatar, fire weapons, or input other commands. But at tomorrow’s Oculus Connect virtual reality conference, sources say Oculus is expected to unveil an official controller or controller industry standard to make it easier for developers to build more complex games. Read More

  • A Unique Fingertip Sensor Helps Robots Touch The World Around Them
  • Alibaba IPO, Microsoft Buys Minecraft and Sarah's Manservant

    CrunchWeek: Alibaba’s IPO, Minecraft, And Sarah Gets A ManServant

    Happy Friday, everyone, and welcome to another episode of CrunchWeek. This time around the table, TechCrunch’s Sarah Burh, Ryan Lawler and myself discussed Alibaba’s massive IPO, Microsoft picking up Minecraft for a few dollars, and why Sarah had someone hold an umbrella for her. Read More

  • Alibaba Is the Biggest American IPO Ever

    NYSE Traders Weigh In On Alibaba’s IPO

    We were on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange this morning for Alibaba’s debut. The Chinese e-commerce company had the biggest initial public offering ever for a US-listed company, and its share price jumped another 36 percent when it opened at $92.70. (After approaching $100, the stock closed at $93.89.) Read More

  • Alibaba Spikes, Yahoo Sags

    Alibaba Spikes, Yahoo Sags

    Alibaba’s IPO touched down today to large success. The company’s shares soared more than 38 percent in regular trading, pushing the valuation of the Chinese e-commerce company north of $225 billion. The success of the offering, however, did not bolster Yahoo, whose stock fell during midday trading, dipping under the $40 mark before partially recovering. Yahoo owns a large stake… Read More

  • Netflix Is Finally Coming To Linux Without The Need For Hacky Tricks

    Netflix Is Finally Coming To Linux Without The Need For Hacky Tricks

    If you’re sitting in the itty-bitty overlapping sliver on the Venn Diagram of “People who use Ubuntu” and “People who can’t figure out how to use user agent spoofing and other trickery to make Netflix work on Ubuntu” — Good news! Netflix is likely (finally) coming to Ubuntu soon. Read More

  • TechCrunch Giveaway: LogMeIn Rescue + 1 Year Mobile License

    TechCrunch Giveaway: LogMeIn Rescue + 1 Year Mobile License

    For all you technicians out there, the team at LogMeIn wants to give one of our readers a license to its Rescue software tech support service. Rescue is a cloud-based application that empowers customer service agents to offer premium levels of remote support to people and the devices they use, no matter where you are. Read More

  • Gillmor Gang LIVE 09.19.14

    Gillmor Gang LIVE 09.19.14

    Gillmor Gang – Dan Farber, John Taschek, Robert Scoble, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. LIVE recording session has concluded for today. Our LIVE Friendfeed chat during show Gillmor Gang on Facebook Read More

  • Sweeten, A Match-Making Platform For Homeowners And Renovators, Launches Out Of Beta

    Sweeten, A Match-Making Platform For Homeowners And Renovators, Launches Out Of Beta

    We’ve seen services like Angie’s List and Red Beacon provide greater transparency around booking contractors and designers for home renovation and repair work, but that doesn’t mean there is no room for improvement in the space. Sweeten, which just launched out of beta, has already done more than $100 million worth of renovation projects through its marketplace since June. Read More

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Apple, Moto 360, And Amazon

    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Apple, Moto 360, And Amazon

    This week, you might have noticed that Apple introduced a few new products. That said, we’re getting to know the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Meanwhile, we’ve actually grown more attached to the Moto 360 than expected, and are in the process of learning about Amazon’s newest gear. We discuss all this and more on this week’s episode of the TC Gadgets Podcast featuring John… Read More

  • Amazon Attempts To Upend The Television Ratings System – No, Really

    Amazon Attempts To Upend The Television Ratings System – No, Really

    On January 26, 1979, “The Dukes of Hazzard” television show premiered on CBS on the East Coast. The show was poorly reviewed and, worse still, the TV ratings were just okay. As the legend goes, the president of CBS, who was in New York that night, saw the show for the first time and was appalled by its lack of quality. He immediately called his executives in Los Angeles, telling… Read More

  • UK Engineers 3D Print Their Own Raspberry Pi Laptop

    UK Engineers 3D Print Their Own Raspberry Pi Laptop

    Is there anything a robotic system for the extrusion of plastic in to solid forms over time can’t do? We present to you today the Pi-Top, a Raspberry Pi-based laptop that is completely 3D-printed and lasts hours on a single charge. The kit, which will launch as a Kickstarter soon, offers a 13.3-inch screen and a little keyboard and trackpad combo for data entry. Viola! A little open… Read More

  • Kickstarter Updates Terms Of Use Section Related To Failed Projects

    Kickstarter Updates Terms Of Use Section Related To Failed Projects

    Popular crowdfunding destination Kickstarter updated its Terms of Use today to clarify what specifically needs to happen if a project runs into trouble and creators are unable to deliver. The terms changes come on the heels of new FTC rules which state how online retailers now have to abide by a 30-day shipping requirement, or refund customers payments if the customer doesn’t consent… Read More