• Kleiner Trial Is A Front Row Seat To A VC Firm In Flux

    Kleiner Trial Is A Front Row Seat To A VC Firm In Flux

    “Didn’t you tell Ms. Pao at the time that one of the reasons you chose Randy Komisar to be a board partner was that Randy ‘needed a win?’” asked Alan Exelrod, the lead counsel for the plaintiff in the case of Ellen Pao V. Kleiner Perkins. This came during a particularly tense point in the questioning of John Doerr in San Francisco’s Superior Court today. Read More

  • Nvidia Announces The $199 Shield Set-Top Box

    Nvidia Announces The $199 Shield Set-Top Box

    Nvidia today unveiled its plan to further its push into user hardware with a new device aimed at the Apple TV and Roku, which it’s calling the Shield. Read More

  • Alibaba Is Expanding Its Cloud Services To The U.S. To Give Amazon New Competition

    Alibaba Is Expanding Its Cloud Services To The U.S. To Give Amazon New Competition

    Alibaba, the Chinese commerce firm which held the largest IPO in history last year, is bringing cloud computing services in the U.S. after it announced plans to open a data center in Silicon Valley. Read More

  • Product Hunt Mobile Will Make You An App Collector

    Product Hunt Mobile Will Make You An App Collector

    Ryan Hoover is becoming the iconic modern founder. Big on transparency. Quick to admit mistakes. And always trying to galvanize the Product Hunt community. So rather than wait for its upcoming launch, today Hoover previewed Product Hunt‘s next iOS build by livestreaming its developer’s work in progress via Meerkat. The new mobile version of community product review site Product… Read More

  • Valve Announces Source 2, And It’ll Be Free

    Valve Announces Source 2, And It’ll Be Free

    It’s been a good week for game developers. Unreal Engine 4 went free. Unity 5 came out, and a massive chunk of its once premium features went free. And now: Valve has just announced Source 2, the next generation of their Source game engine… and sure enough, it’s “free to content developers”. Best known as the engine that powers games like Half-Life 2, Team… Read More

  • Valve Announces Steam Link, A $49 Gadget For Streaming PC Games To Any Room In Your House

    Valve Announces Steam Link, A $49 Gadget For Streaming PC Games To Any Room In Your House

    Valve continues its push into hardware, as the company has announced that it plans to release a new gadget later this year that will let Steam users stream games from their PCs to any room in the house. Valve says the new gadget, which it’s calling the Steam Link, will sell for $49 when it arrives in November. Read More

  • Sony Will Ship Its Project Morpheus VR Headset In The First Half Of 2016

    Sony Will Ship Its Project Morpheus VR Headset In The First Half Of 2016

    We’re live in a rather humble little room at the W hotel in San Francisco, where Sony is showing off the latest prototype of its Project Morpheus VR headset to a handful of reporters. Externally, the latest prototype looks… about the same. At this point, though, it’s what’s on the inside of a VR headset that counts. Without beefy hardware inside, that sense of… Read More

  • The Battle Is For The Customer Interface

    The Battle Is For The Customer Interface

    In 2015 Uber, the world’s largest taxi company owns no vehicles, Facebook the world’s most popular media owner creates no content, Alibaba, the most valuable retailer has no inventory and Airbnb the world’s largest accommodation provider owns no real estate. Something interesting is happening. Since the industrial revolution the world has developed complex supply chains… Read More

  • Pebble Time Smartwatch

    Pebble’s CEO Discusses The Company’s Second Product Launch

    With the most-funded project ever (with 24 days left to go in its campaign!), Pebble has managed to bring in nearly 60,000 backers to support their unique approach to the smartwatch concept. As other manufacturers look to bring devices for your wrist to market bearing marked similarity to their phones, Pebble has gone in the other direction, focusing on its seven-day battery life and a… Read More

  • Google Contacts Gets A New Look

    Google Contacts Gets A New Look

    Google Contacts is getting an update. Contacts sits at the core of services like Gmail, Google+, Hangouts and others, but it never felt like Google was putting a lot of resources into this service. Now, it’s not only getting a new look, but also a couple of new features that will make using it a bit easier. The new look takes its cues from Google’s other services that have adopted… Read More

  • Microsoft Turns To Software To Move Hardware

    Microsoft Turns To Software To Move Hardware

    Microsoft announced two new phones yesterday, the Lumia 640 and the Lumia 640 XL. The inexpensive devices are designed to handle global communications, built with dual-SIM slots and the like. They also included something curious: Free Office 365 for a year. The company currently offers a Surface bundle that includes Office 365, and a cheap HP laptop recently shipped with the same. I confirmed… Read More

  • Curious About Apple Watch Apps? WatchAware Provides Interactive Previews

    Curious About Apple Watch Apps? WatchAware Provides Interactive Previews

    Apple’s first wearable is right around the corner, and the Apple Watch will likely debut along a very healthy selection of third-party apps. It might be hard to envision just how those apps will work, however, especially for potential buyers who don’t have the luxury of being able to wander over to an Apple Store and check one out in person. WatchAware, a new site from the… Read More

  • 42Floors Lays Off Half Of Staff As It Cuts Brokerage Team, Refocuses On Search

    42Floors Lays Off Half Of Staff As It Cuts Brokerage Team, Refocuses On Search

    42Floors, the startup that’s built a platform for finding and leasing commercial office space, has laid off around half of its staff as part of a plan to refocus on its core search business, TechCrunch has learned. A total of 14 people across 42Floors’ San Francisco and New York offices were let go today, we’re told. That’s around half of 42Floors’ workforce. The… Read More

  • YC Backed Gradberry Curates Technical Talent

    YC Backed Gradberry Curates Technical Talent

    Gradberry is launching today out of Y Combinator to connect companies with vetted technical talent. Candidates quickly build a talent profile, connecting their GitHub, online portfolios and projects, and LinkedIn account. The talent profile is then vetted by the Gradberry team and approved candidates are passed along to specific employers. Read More

  • “FREAK” Security Flaw Discovered Lurking In Many Computers For Decades, Apple Promises Fix Next Week

    “FREAK” Security Flaw Discovered Lurking In Many Computers For Decades, Apple Promises Fix Next Week

    Ugh — another week, another nasty widespread security bug to worry about. The twist this time: this one has apparently been around since the 90s. Read More

  • Twitter Adds Friend-Finding And Two-Step Authentication To Its Login Service Digits

    Twitter Adds Friend-Finding And Two-Step Authentication To Its Login Service Digits

    Twitter’s Digits, a developer-facing service launched last fall that offers a way to integrate a simpler, password-free login option into third-party mobile applications, has been expanded today with a pair of new features, including a friend finding function and two-step verification. While already Digits was offering a more secure way for users to log into apps by using their phone… Read More

  • TC Droidcast Episode 40: Samsung Galaxy S6 And HTC’s VR Headset

    TC Droidcast Episode 40: Samsung Galaxy S6 And HTC’s VR Headset

    This week’s Droidcast is all about Mobile World Congress, where HTC unveiled some surprises in addition to the HTC One M9, and Samsung changed up its design strategy with a new take on the Galaxy that replaces boring old plastic with exciting metal and glass. Will the premium look make up for trade-offs in terms of user accessible storage and batteries, and can in-house processors push… Read More

  • Apple Will Hire Its Contract Security Staff On A Full-Time Basis

    Apple Will Hire Its Contract Security Staff On A Full-Time Basis

    Apple will hire its contract security staff on a full-time basis, a decision that continues a nascent trend of technology giants reducing their use of external labor for non-technical roles. Google made a similar move with its security staff late last year. According to a media report, Apple will bring “the majority” of its contractual security staffers in-house. Read More

  • Getting Breach Notification Right

    Getting Breach Notification Right

    President Obama proposed in January the first federal standard for data breaches, requiring that companies notify customers of privacy-related breaches within 30 days of discovery. Other standards and regulations exist (47 states at last count had some form of regulation regarding breach disclosure), but there is currently no federal standard to act as a uniform baseline. Read More

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