• The Pressures Driving Adaptive Re-Use and Silicon Valley’s Strange Reverse Commute

    The Pressures Driving Adaptive Re-Use and Silicon Valley’s Strange Reverse Commute

    Given Google’s recent purchase of a building on the Embarcadero and the city’s move to effectively block Pinterest from relocating its headquarters into a specially-zoned building in the design district, I wanted to point out a few things. San Francisco is now at record employment levels after adding 60,000 jobs over the last four years. Commercial rents are hovering… Read More

  • This Temporary Tattoo Can Unlock Your Phone

    This Temporary Tattoo Can Unlock Your Phone

    I’d think this was just a clever April Fools joke, if it wasn’t the middle of July. Motorola and VivaLnk have made a temporary tattoo that can unlock a smartphone, no PIN required. Slap it on your skin, hold your phone up to it, and bam — phone unlocked. Who needs gestural passwords or face recognition when you can unlock your phone like a time traveling space wizard? Read More

  • Amazon's Fire Phone

    Hands On With The Amazon Fire Phone

    Announced last month, the Amazon Fire Phone is the company’s first attempt at mobile hardware. Like its cousins in the Kindle Fire line of tablets, it runs a fork of Android and gives you quick access to everything in Amazon’s large (and growing) content library. Read More

  • OpenCurriculum Looks To Foster Open-Source Education By Releasing Free Online Library

    OpenCurriculum Looks To Foster Open-Source Education By Releasing Free Online Library

    Aimed at providing teachers with educational materials by making them open and competitive, OpenCurriculum, which launched in Pittsburgh, curates and organizes material from sites such as teacher blogs and lesson material publishers. Teachers can create lesson plans and more through OpenCurriculum.org. Read More

  • PayPal Expands Its Working Capital Service To UK, Switches From Loans To Cash Advances

    PayPal Expands Its Working Capital Service To UK, Switches From Loans To Cash Advances

    As payments platforms look for more ways to grow their margins and usage among businesses, they continue to push into a wider and deeper range of financial services. In one of the latest moves, eBay’s PayPal is expanding its Working Capital service to the UK. This is its first market for PayPal’s lending platform outside of the U.S., where it first launched the service in… Read More

  • Open Labs Launches Stagelight 2.0, Signs Deals With Lenovo, Dell, Microsoft And Guitar Center

    Open Labs Launches Stagelight 2.0, Signs Deals With Lenovo, Dell, Microsoft And Guitar Center

    Tons of news from Stagelight by Open Labs today. The Linkin Park- and Timbaland-backed production software for amateur musicians for the PC now comes preloaded on Lenovo and Dell laptops, tablets and computers. Additionally, Open Labs has signed distribution agreements with Intel, Microsoft and Guitar Center. The company also just released its 2.0 version software today, complete with the… Read More

  • Apple Faces Class-Action Lawsuit In California Over Alleged Labor Violations Affecting 20K Employees

    Apple Faces Class-Action Lawsuit In California Over Alleged Labor Violations Affecting 20K Employees

    While Apple today reported its quarterly earnings, another group seized the moment to push out another bit of Apple-related news. The company is being sued in a class-action suit over a series of alleged violations of the California Labor Code, including the “timely” granting of meal and rest breaks as well as final paychecks. The case potentially affects some 20,000 current and… Read More

  • Inside Shutterstock’s Fourth Annual Hackathon

    Inside Shutterstock’s Fourth Annual Hackathon

    Here’s a weird confession: Until last week, I’d never been to a company hackathon. Obviously, I’ve been to hackathons, including the ones TechCrunch hosts before our Disrupt conference. But I’ve never made it to one of those company-wide events that large organizations like Facebook hold as a way to develop new ideas and stay connected to their startup roots. Read More

  • InMobi’s New Suite For Game Developers Sports Voxel’s Playable Ads

    InMobi’s New Suite For Game Developers Sports Voxel’s Playable Ads

    Independent ad network InMobi is touting a new solution for developers to take advantage of gamers’ emotional states to producer high click-thru rates on advertisements in their games. Along with tools for including interstitials that look like part of the game experience and ads that give you gameplay bonuses for watching videos, the company’s SDK now includes playable ads powered… Read More

  • Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen To Talk Philanthropy, Open-Source Education At Disrupt SF 2014

    Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen To Talk Philanthropy, Open-Source Education At Disrupt SF 2014

    Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen is the founder and president of the Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen Foundation, a private operating foundation that functions as a philanthropic innovation lab. The foundation’s mission is to inspire, educate and empower people to give in a way that matters more. Arrillaga-Andreessen is trying to radically change the way we give, and we’re thrilled to… Read More