• Twitpic Data Will Stay Alive “For Now” Thanks To An Agreement With Twitter

    Twitpic Data Will Stay Alive “For Now” Thanks To An Agreement With Twitter

    And in a somewhat happy turn of events, Twitpic has announced that it has reached an agreement with Twitter to keep Twitpic photos and links alive, giving Twitter control over the domain and the full photo archive. However, the agreement also states that Twitpic will no longer be taking any new photos or data and will only exist in a read-only mode. Apps on the App Store and Google Play have… Read More

  • Top The Charts With Your Mobile Game App This Holiday Season

    Top The Charts With Your Mobile Game App This Holiday Season

    The holiday season is fast approaching, and for mobile gaming studios it’s make or break time. How can you earn one of the coveted spots in Apple Store’s Top 10 list without exhausting your marketing budget? Below are five steps to help you develop an effective strategy for getting your mobile game apps noticed by consumers this holiday season. Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Room to Grow

    Gillmor Gang: Room to Grow

    The Gillmor Gang — John Borthwick, Robert Scoble, Dan Farber, John Taschek, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. Facebook’s Rooms iOS app, Twitter’s Fabric platform , Google’s InBox, a big Microsoft quarter, and the refactoring of TV. An @borthwick tweet turned into viral on boarding turned us into believers — of what we’re not sure: Instagram for Adults… Read More

  • 11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    As we return from Disrupt London, we give you the stories you won’t want to miss from the past week (10/18-10/24). 1. Josh Constine wrote a long form piece called “Inside The Spotify – Echo Nest Skunkworks” about the future of Spotify and what it will take for them to win the music streaming race. 2. Columnist Jon Evans explored the concept of Developaralysis… Read More

  • Google’s New Skybox For Good Program Gives Real-Time Satellite Imagery To Non-Profits

    Google’s New Skybox For Good Program Gives Real-Time Satellite Imagery To Non-Profits

    On the heels of acquiring satellite startup Skybox in August, Google and Skybox have announced the Skybox for Good program, which will provide real-time satellite imagery to organizations and programs that save lives, protect the environment, promote education, and positively impact humanity, according to the official blog post. The program launches today in beta with a small group of partners. Read More

  • U.K. Startup Swytch Is Building An App To Open Up The ‘Burner’ Phone Number Market

    U.K. Startup Swytch Is Building An App To Open Up The ‘Burner’ Phone Number Market

    U.K. startup Swytch — founded in April this year — is bootstrapping a cloud based mobile network and dialer app that will let you use multiple phone numbers on a single SIM, so doing away with the hassle of juggling multiple physical SIM cards. Read More

  • Bitcoin 2.0: Sidechains And Ethereum And Zerocash, Oh My!

    Bitcoin 2.0: Sidechains And Ethereum And Zerocash, Oh My!

    Strange, interesting, and wildly ambitious things are afoot in the world of Bitcoin and blockchains. I give you Zerocash, a completely anonymous currency; Ethereum, an blockchain platform designed to decentralize much of the Internet; and Sidechains, a proposal to accelerate the evolution of Bitcoin itself. Any one of these could conceivably become a very big deal. All three? Prick up your ears. Read More

  • Sundar Pichai’s Ascension At Google Could Herald New Platform Unification

    Sundar Pichai’s Ascension At Google Could Herald New Platform Unification

    In a sweeping transfer of power, Google CEO Larry Page will bequeath operational leadership of a host of core products to his lieutenant Sundar Pichai. Pichai, a well-known Google executive, will add control of Google+, search, maps, infrastructure and ads to his portfolio, which already includes Chrome’s browser and operating system efforts, Google Apps and Android. Read More

  • Sidecar Tests A New “Commute” Service, With Discounts When You Pay For A Week Of Morning Rides

    Sidecar Tests A New “Commute” Service, With Discounts When You Pay For A Week Of Morning Rides

    Ridesharing service SideCar invited me today to beta test a new feature called Sidecar Commute. Here’s how it works, as explained on the tester signup page: You pay $35 for a one-week SideCar Commute Pack, then you can request a ride every morning that week, and you’ll get a $15 credit for that ride. Read More

  • You Can Now Build Oculus Rift Projects In The Free Version Of Unity

    You Can Now Build Oculus Rift Projects In The Free Version Of Unity

    Hey, you! Yeah, you! The one with the awesome idea for something that needs to be built in virtual reality! Remember a few weeks back, when Oculus mentioned that their development tools would soon work with the free version of the Unity game engine, rather than just the $1,500 Pro Version? It’s done. Read More

  • First Look At 3D Camera App 3DAround

    First Look At 3D Camera App 3DAround

    What if you could shoot those cool 360-degree, swivel-around photos you see on ecommerce sites or in The Matrix with just your smartphone? Then you’d be using the 3DAround camera app that launches next month from Dacuda, which gave TechCrunch an early peek. Simply hit record, revolve your camera phone or tablet around an object, and 3DAround stitches together all the photos into a 3D… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang LIVE 10.24.14

    Gillmor Gang LIVE 10.24.14

    Gillmor Gang – John Borthwick, Robert Scoble, Dan Farber, John Taschek, Keith Teare and Steve Gillmor. Gillmor Gang – John Borthwick, Robert Scoble, Dan Farber, John Taschek, Keith Teare and Steve Gillmor. Recording has concluded for today. Live FriendFeed chat during the show broadcast Our Gillmor Gang Facebook page Our sister show G3 on Facebook Read More

  • Don’t Open Random PowerPoint Presentations From Strangers Right Now (Or Ever, Really)

    Don’t Open Random PowerPoint Presentations From Strangers Right Now (Or Ever, Really)

    Heads up! In what feels like a throwback to the late 90s/early 2000’s, Microsoft has discovered one helluva bug in Microsoft Office. Executed properly, the bug could be exploited to take over your entire system running just about any version of Windows. You can find Microsoft’s full disclosure on the bug here, but here’s the bulk of what you should know: This bug is… Read More

  • Google Rolls Out An Invite System For Its New Email App, Inbox By Gmail

    Google Rolls Out An Invite System For Its New Email App, Inbox By Gmail

    Good news, you don’t have to scour eBay for an invite to Google’s new email application, Inbox. You just have to know someone who got in. Today, Google announced by way of its “Inbox by Gmail” Twitter account that each Inbox user will now receive three invites they can hand out to friends. Hilariously, the invite button emoji is a golden ticket. If you aren’t… Read More

  • AT&T Breaks The Apple SIM’s Best Feature, Locks It Down If You Pick AT&T

    AT&T Breaks The Apple SIM’s Best Feature, Locks It Down If You Pick AT&T

    The idea behind the Apple SIM that comes in the new iPads is most excellent: one SIM, many carriers. Whenever you want to switch carriers, you’d just pop into settings and pick the new one. If you want to bring your own SIM, you can — but otherwise, everything happens through software. No swapping SIMs, no ordering new SIMs, no hassle. Read More

  • The Groups App I Wish Facebook Would Build

    The Groups App I Wish Facebook Would Build

    About once a week, if not more, I find myself typing these words or something similar on Facebook: “I just PM’d you, check your ‘Other’ inbox.” Or, “sorry, I’m on mobile, I can’t get to the ‘Other’ inbox right now.” Or sometimes, just “bump.” If any of these phrases sound familiar, you’re probably also a member… Read More

  • Terminal’s Containers Pioneer A New Way Of Developing Apps From The Cloud

    Terminal’s Containers Pioneer A New Way Of Developing Apps From The Cloud

    Terminal, a San Francisco-based startup founded by some ex-Facebook and Google technical talent, is trying to transform the way we do software development. They’ve built system supporting containers, or ultra-fast virtual machines that will let developers write, ship and collaborate on code directly from the browser. While there are other somewhat comparable startups like Docker… Read More

  • Yep, Apple Will Shut Down Beats Music App And Roll It Into iTunes

    Yep, Apple Will Shut Down Beats Music App And Roll It Into iTunes

    Last month I reported that Apple would shut down Beats Music and likely add streaming music to iTunes. Apple denied, specifically, that Beats Music would be shut down. Shortly thereafter, ‘unnamed sources familiar with the matter’ conveniently surfaced to engage in a battle of semantics about whether Apple might modify Beats Music over time, including its brand. As we noted at… Read More

  • The Queen’s First Tweet Is A Royal Mystery

    The Queen’s First Tweet Is A Royal Mystery

    Think about your first tweet. Mine was sent from a desktop, but I’m sure plenty of people sent their first tweet from a smartphone. But before you can ever send a tweet, you have to sign up for an account. And, of course, you have to type out an actual message. Only then can you press that little blue Tweet button and begin your Twitter journey. The Queen, however, does things a… Read More

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