• Amazon Rolls Out A YouTube-Like “Video Shorts” Section On Instant Video

    Amazon Rolls Out A YouTube-Like “Video Shorts” Section On Instant Video

    Amazon’s Instant Video service has traditionally been thought of as both a rival to iTunes and Netflix, in terms of offering movies and TV shows for rent, purchase or for free streaming via the company’s Amazon Prime membership program. But you might want to add YouTube to that list of would-be competitors, as Amazon has now introduced a new section to Instant Video focused on… Read More

  • Lyft Strikes A Deal To Launch Service In New York City, But Pauses Operations In Buffalo And Rochester

    Lyft Strikes A Deal To Launch Service In New York City, But Pauses Operations In Buffalo And Rochester

    Lyft has come to a bit of a resolution in the city and state of New York that will allow it to begin offering service in the city after two weeks of discussions with regulators there. But in striking a deal that will make it available in all five boroughs of the Big Apple, Lyft has agreed to pause its operations in two other cities in New York State. Read More

  • Tapulous Founder Bart Decrem Has Raised About $1M For His New ‘Hobby’

    Tapulous Founder Bart Decrem Has Raised About $1M For His New ‘Hobby’

    It looks like Tapulous founder Bart Decrem is ready for his next act, as the gaming exec has raised some money for a new venture, one which is simply called “Hobby.” Read More

  • Kuli Kuli Sprouts Its Own Seed Round Pitching A New Superfood

    Kuli Kuli Sprouts Its Own Seed Round Pitching A New Superfood

    Watch out, kale, quinoa, and collards, there’s a new green coming to the market that’s looking to take the superfood crown, thanks to the efforts of Kuli Kuli, a new startup that’s making a play in the $38 billion U.S. health and organic food market. Selling a West African crop known as moringa as both a powder supplement and as a health food bar, the company is already… Read More

  • Overswipe’s Photo App Makes It Safe To Hand Over Your Phone

    Overswipe’s Photo App Makes It Safe To Hand Over Your Phone

    There are a number of third-party applications that offer up a “secret folder” on your iPhone for hiding certain, ahem, private photos from prying eyes. But most of these require a bit of photo management to take place first – you have to import your photos into the app, then delete the original from the Photo Stream. A new app called Overswipe takes a different approach. Read More

  • Twitch's Otherworldly Office | TC Cribs

    Twitch CEO Emmett Shear And COO Kevin Lin To Speak At Disrupt SF

    Twitch is coming to Disrupt SF in early September. The event, like everything Twitch does, will, of course, be streamed live. Twitch is a media monster. It’s at the forefront of the exploding eSports industry. Just three years old, the video streaming service is changing the way gamers interact while providing multibillion avenues for advertisers. Google is reportedly looking into… Read More

  • Amazon's Fire Phone

    Amazon Fire Phone Goes On Sale Today At AT&T

    Amazon revealed yesterday during earnings that while revenues are growing, so are losses. That’s thanks at least in part to the development and production of the Amazon Fire Phone, which goes on sale exclusively at AT&T starting today. The phone has been up for pre-order for a while, but today is the first time general consumers will get hands-on with the device. Read More

  • The Pirate Bay Launches A Mobile Website For Torrenting From Your Smartphone

    The Pirate Bay Launches A Mobile Website For Torrenting From Your Smartphone

    Everyone’s favorite torrent site has just rolled out a mobile version: The Pirate Bay has now launched a new, mobile-optimized website it’s calling The Mobile Bay. Designed to work better on smartphones and tablets, like those running the iOS or Android operating system, the new site has an updated layout that’s easier to read and navigate. News of the site’s debut… Read More

  • Elon Musk’s Answer To Stephen Colbert’s Vision Of Ambient Wireless Charging: “We’ll Do It”

    Elon Musk’s Answer To Stephen Colbert’s Vision Of Ambient Wireless Charging: “We’ll Do It”

    Last night Tesla’s Elon Musk appeared on The Colbert Report, and he discussed some of SpaceX‘s recent successes, the upcoming update for Tesla vehicles that let you name your car, as well as his general path towards supervillainy. Aside from the usual comedic hijinks, the segment also touched on some of Musk’s concepts for the future, and also on what Colbert himself wants to… Read More

  • TechCrunch Helsinki Meetup Sees Finland’s New Startup Generation

    TechCrunch Helsinki Meetup Sees Finland’s New Startup Generation

    Finland has a rich heritage in technology. Whatever crisis of confidence the masters of Nokia had, eventually leading to its gutting by Microsoft, that long heritage has served it well, giving rise to a several generations of engineers and, increasingly, entrepreneurs. Now a new generation is emerging in Finland, emboldened by local heroes and successes. This new generation started appearing a… Read More

  • Zenefits Adds Stock Options To Its Cloud HR Platform

    Zenefits Adds Stock Options To Its Cloud HR Platform

    Zenefits was founded to help companies manage all their human resources needs on its cloud-based HR portal. Today, its platform will make it even more attractive for startups to entice employees with stock options, by offering a feature that makes it easier to keep track of those options it gives out. Read More

  • FRAMED Immerses Viewers In Digital Artwork

    FRAMED Immerses Viewers In Digital Artwork

    FRAMED seeks to stretch the boundaries of digital art and take it beyond the confines of computer screen. The full-HD IPS display itself is gorgeous, with a walnut frame, but it’s more than just an attractive monitor. It also allows viewers to interact with artwork through motion and sound sensors. Read More

  • Conan O’Brien Has An Office Full Of Robots

    Conan O’Brien Has An Office Full Of Robots

    If you haven’t yet noticed, robots are kind of taking over the world. They’re writing quarterly earnings reports for the AP. They’re reportedly building the next iPhone. And, of course, they help run Conan O’Brien’s office. The late-night comedian explained that robots have been around in his office for quite some time, and that there are different robots for… Read More

  • Google Granting Around Half Europe’s Search De-Index Requests — But Won’t Show Its Workings

    Google Granting Around Half Europe’s Search De-Index Requests — But Won’t Show Its Workings

    Following a meeting between European regulators and search engines yesterday, to discuss the latter group’s implementation of a recent European Court of Justice privacy ruling, it has emerged that Google has received around 91,000 requests from Europeans to de-index personal information that is outdated or irrelevant, with requests relating to a total of around 328,000 links. Read More

  • Women Use Pinterest, But They Don’t Run It

    Women Use Pinterest, But They Don’t Run It

    Only 40 percent of Pinterest employees are women, even though the majority of the company’s users are female, according to a report released by Pinterest Thursday. Pinterest’s ratio appears better than other tech companies that have released similar reports — only about 30 percent of employees at Facebook, Google and Twitter are female. But considering Pinterest’s users… Read More

  • Baidu Shoots Up Google Play Download Rankings With Apps That Boost Android Performance

    Baidu Shoots Up Google Play Download Rankings With Apps That Boost Android Performance

    Chinese search engine giant Baidu had a good month on the Google Play Store in June, shooting up seven ranks to crack the top 10 publishers by downloads, according to App Annie’s latest global app index. Baidu’s growth wasn’t on the back of its search capabilities. App Annie’s data shows that two apps, DU Battery Saver and DU Speed Booster, accounted for most of the jump. Read More

  • YC-Backed Kamcord Launches An App For Watching Mobile Game Replays

    YC-Backed Kamcord Launches An App For Watching Mobile Game Replays

    As reports of Google’s interest in buying Twitch continue unabated, it’s clear there’s an enormous market for video of gameplay. A few players stepped up a couple years ago to tackle the same concept for mobile gaming. Y Combinator-backed Kamcord was one of them. They built a layer that developers could integrate, letting gamers easily record and share their gameplay. Read More

  • Cities Petition FCC In Fight For Municipal Broadband

    Cities Petition FCC In Fight For Municipal Broadband

    Cities like Chattanooga, Tenn., have led the charge of providing public broadband services to local communities. Today, Chattanooga and Wilson, N.C., another city that provides municipal broadband, took it a step further by filing petitions to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), asking them to remove state laws that restrict the right to provide broadband services outside their… Read More

  • Fireside Chat With Yammer Founder and CEO, David Sacks

    Yammer’s David Sacks Departs Microsoft After Two-Year Tenure

    Today Yammer’s founder and former CEO David Sacks announced that he will depart Microsoft, the software company that purchased his social enterprise startup for $1.2 billion. His exit, which comes two years after the June 2012 acquisition of Yammer, follows standard timing. When companies are purchased, existing employees are often given two-year contracts, sometimes with earnouts attached. Read More

  • New Series from TechCrunch TV | Incubated

    TechCrunch TV’s New Show Incubated Is All About What It’s Like To Be In A Tech Accelerator

    With our latest TechCrunch TV series, Incubated, we’re hoping to provide startup founders with all the info they might need before they make the decision to apply to an accelerator. Every Wednesday afternoon over the next 10 weeks, we’ll be releasing a new episode of Incubated, each of which will be focused on one of the top accelerators in the U.S. Read More