• The #Gamergate Answer

    The #Gamergate Answer

    In response to my article last week I got a fair degree of heated comments, but most civil ones said that the gamergate issue was about journalistic integrity. Is it? Or is it actually about the culture of games? And how does that affect the industry going forward? Read More

  • Yo Still Kicking With More Than 100M Yos Sent, Roughly 15 Per Second

    Yo Still Kicking With More Than 100M Yos Sent, Roughly 15 Per Second

    The end is nigh for the tech industry? Butler startups? Yo? The funding round that launched a thousand aggravated blog posts about the merits or idiocy of an app that lets you send just a single word over and over via push notification is still supporting a living, breathing and perhaps even, thriving, startup. “It’s amazing if I compare it to other companies,” said… Read More

  • TrustedCompany.com, An E-Commerce Review Site For Emerging Markets, Raises $1M Series A

    TrustedCompany.com, An E-Commerce Review Site For Emerging Markets, Raises $1M Series A

    TrustedCompany.com, a review platform for e-commerce businesses in emerging markets like Southeast Asia and India, announced today that it has raised a Series A round of $1 million led by Tengelmann Ventures, with participation from 500 Startups and returning investor Asia Venture Group. Read More

  • Leaked Clips Show Windows 9 In Action

    Leaked Clips Show Windows 9 In Action

    Around two weeks out from the purported release date of the technical preview of Windows 9, videos of the upcoming operating system have hit the Internet. German site WinFuture has released a mess of screenshots and videos of the upcoming code over the past few days, to our benefit. A number of clips are up for watching, detailing how Windows 9 will handle multiple desktops, the return of… Read More

  • Up Close With The Tissot T-Touch Solar Expert,  The Perennial Hiking Watch For Geeks

    Up Close With The Tissot T-Touch Solar Expert, The Perennial Hiking Watch For Geeks

    For years the Tissot T-Touch line has been Switzerland’s unique answer to the quartz hiking watch. While other manufacturers offered analog quartz pieces, Tissot has been the only company that has tried to take on the altimeter-barometer-thermometer uber watches made by Casio, Seiko and Citizen. And they’ve done a great job so far. The latest model is the Tissot T-Touch Solar Expert. Read More

  • A Tale Of Two Apps
  • Putting Smartphone Zombies In Their Place

    Putting Smartphone Zombies In Their Place

    City planners are charged with designing cities for residents, from developing spaces for popular activities to balancing the needs of different constituencies. For planners in Chongqing, China, one of those constituencies are people absorbed in their smartphones, who have come into conflict with another group, often called human beings. So the city has done the obvious thing when two… Read More

  • Places Is A Sharing Platform That Puts Privacy First

    Places Is A Sharing Platform That Puts Privacy First

    Places is a privacy-centric startup that’s building a secure Dropbox-style platform for file sharing and messaging — but one that has end-to-end, client-side encryption built in. It’s currently launched in early alpha and is inviting people to sign up for a forthcoming beta at Joinplaces.com. Read More

  • Mobile Payments Are Finally A Reality Thanks To Apple

    Mobile Payments Are Finally A Reality Thanks To Apple

    A song lyric from “All That Jazz” comes to mind following Apple’s big announcement about mobile payments on Tuesday: “Everything old is new again.” Amid rumors and leaks surrounding the new Apple phone, operating system and peripherals, Apple clearly saw – and took advantage of – the looming perfect storm in mobile payments that’s been swirling… Read More

  • A Cambrian Explosion In AI Is Coming

    A Cambrian Explosion In AI Is Coming

    You can call it a Virtual Personal Assistant, an Intelligent Agent, an Intelligent Interface or whatever you wish. We call it inevitable. The era of the assistant that began with Siri will eventually dominate the way people interact with mobile devices, computers, cars, wearables, appliances and every other piece of technology that requires complex human-machine interaction. We do not appear… Read More

  • Product Hunt's Ryan Hoover: The Superhero Origin Story

    Product Hunt Raises $6 Million From A16Z

    Product Hunt, the aggregation site that many people consider a direct competitor to TechCrunch and other tech blogs due to its ability to surface new tech products and startups, has raised a hefty series A, we’re hearing. We’ve heard that Andreessen Horowitz led the round, and that Product Hunt picked up $6 million at a $22 million valuation (our tipsters were unclear on whether… Read More

  • Here Are Clips From The First SiriusXM TechCrunch Radio Show

    Here Are Clips From The First SiriusXM TechCrunch Radio Show

    On Tuesday we launched our SiriusXM radio show, TechCrunch Radio, from Disrupt SF. Jordan Crook and John Biggs discussed the Apple Watch and did a startup pitch-off. Here are a few audio clips. Catch next week’s show on the Indie 103 channel, airing Tuesday September 16 at 6 p.m. ET. The show also replays Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET, Fridays at 6 p.m. and Sundays at 9 p.m. ET. Read More

  • Hey Microsoft, Acquiring A Hit Game Is Stupid

    Hey Microsoft, Acquiring A Hit Game Is Stupid

    Buying a game company is like buying an aging baseball player. You’ll need a miracle to get another hit. And while they might have plenty of fans, they probably aren’t making a lot of new ones. Mojang hit a grand slam home run with Minecraft, but that doesn’t mean Microsoft should pay $2.5 billion for it, as it’s reportedly going to announce this week. There’s… Read More

  • Venture Capital Is Prime For A Reverse Gold Rush

    Venture Capital Is Prime For A Reverse Gold Rush

    Considering how important proprietary deal flow has become as a tool for differentiation within venture capital, it’s surprising that more VCs aren’t shopping in the South. They simply aren’t looking at the concepts and companies coming out of Nashville, Atlanta, Birmingham, Chattanooga, and other Southern startup hubs. At best, VCs might have a token startup on their roster… Read More

  • PopKey’s iOS 8 Launch Will Replace Written Language With The Expressive Art Of The GIF

    PopKey’s iOS 8 Launch Will Replace Written Language With The Expressive Art Of The GIF

    We’re on the verge of a linguistic revolution, made possible by the fact that Apple has opened up its iOS operating system to allow third-party keyboards. One of the first entrants will be PopKey, a project out of the WorkshopX creative studio based in Ottawa, which has created on-demand social photo printing service CanvasPop, among others. The Betaworks-style operation’s new… Read More

  • Sailo Is A Marketplace Connecting Boats, Captains And Renters

    Sailo Is A Marketplace Connecting Boats, Captains And Renters

    If you think boating sounds vaguely appealing but you’ve never actually made it out on the water, a New York City startup called Sailo aims to help. It’s not the first company to allow you to rent boats from their owners. Early last year, for example, we wrote about Boatbound, a self-described Airbnb for boats. However, Boatbound and similar services are really focused on getting… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: AppleJacked

    Gillmor Gang: AppleJacked

    The Gillmor Gang — Dan Farber, Robert Scoble, Benedict Evans, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. It’s three days later and I’m still going back and forth over which iPhone to buy. The preorders are sold out for 6+, tipping the scale toward the smaller bigger one. What may tip it back is the Watch, which suggests a new paradigm of interlinked devices that, when starting with… Read More

  • Colorado High Schooler Invents Smart Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

    Colorado High Schooler Invents Smart Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

    Colorado has a history with gun violence so it’s only appropriate that 17-year-old Kai Kloepfer, a high school student from Boulder, would want to apply biometric user authentication to firearms. Kloepfer just won the $50,000 Smart Tech for Firearms Challenge for his smart gun prototype. Angel investor and gun reform advocate Ron Conway became the main backer of the $1 million Smart… Read More

  • Technologists’ Duty Can Go Beyond For-Profit Industries

    Technologists’ Duty Can Go Beyond For-Profit Industries

    Early last year, I wrote an article explaining how our team views the concept of duty for leaders in the technology ecosystem. We believe that this duty involves looking beyond conventional startups to study complex industries and using technology to tackle the biggest problems we can find. Read More