• Screw The Rich (Here’s How)

    Screw The Rich (Here’s How)

    Tax the rich. Those bastards. I get why people who aren’t rich hate those that are. No one really cares what they have, they only care what they have relative to others. When there is inequality, and there always is, even the hyper intelligent call for a redistribution of wealth. It’s an enduring longing for us as a species, and no evidence to the contrary will convince people it… Read More

  • “Defending Android”

    “Defending Android”

    Bravo Google, well played. There’s no denying that Google’s maneuver this morning to acquire Motorola for $12.5 billion in cash is remarkable. Everyone is talking about every possible angle of the deal, as they should. The summertime is usually the doldrums when it comes to tech news. Not this year. Google is pulling off an acquisition that is larger than any that Microsoft… Read More

  • BART Shuts Down Cell Service To Thwart Rumored Protests, Gets Actual Protests (And Has To Close Stations)

    BART Shuts Down Cell Service To Thwart Rumored Protests, Gets Actual Protests (And Has To Close Stations)

    Since shutting down cell service on Thursday to try to quell rumored protests which never came to fruition, the Bay Area Transit Authority (BART) has had an interesting weekend and Monday. Aside from getting investigated by the FCC as to whether it exceeded its authority in shutting off cellphones, the myBART website has been hacked by collective Anonymous on Sunday, with Anonymous claiming… Read More

  • Supply Line Troubles To Delay iPad 3 Launch?

    Supply Line Troubles To Delay iPad 3 Launch?

    Analysts and pundits have been predicting an iPad 3 with a late 2011 launch for some time now, but if accounts from suppliers in Asia are to be believed, there just is no way that’s going to happen — if the rumors of the high-DPI screen are correct in the first place (and we think they are). A 9.7″ display sporting 2048×1536 pixels, four times more than the current iPad… Read More

  • Photovoltaic Cells In LCDs Could Recycle Wasted And Ambient Light

    Photovoltaic Cells In LCDs Could Recycle Wasted And Ambient Light

    Researchers at UCLA have created a twist on traditional LCDs that would allow displays to reclaim wasted photons from the backlight, or even act as a normal solar cell. Normal LCDs rely on an always-on backlight, but because of the way LCDs work, most of that light never escapes. This inherent inefficiency hasn’t stopped us from getting bright displays, but the power necessary to make… Read More

  • Obama Checks In: You Can Now Follow Our President On Foursquare

    Obama Checks In: You Can Now Follow Our President On Foursquare

    First Facebook, then Twitter and now Foursquare; Obama sure gets around (social platforms). As announced today on the White House blog, Obama will be checking in to the location-based service as he hits stops on his economic bus tour in the Midwest. Of course. Users who want to follow Barack can check out the White House Foursquare page here, where they can now suscribe to White House Tips as… Read More

  • YC-Funded MarketBrief Makes Obtuse SEC Documents Human-Friendly

    YC-Funded MarketBrief Makes Obtuse SEC Documents Human-Friendly

    If you’ve ever tried to trudge through an SEC filing (or most financial filings, for that matter), you know that it can be a tedious and sometimes confusing process hampered by excessive legalize and unnecessarily small font sizes. Now MarketBrief, a Y Combinator-backed company that’s relaunching today, has a solution: it looks through these SEC filings for you, then culls the… Read More

  • WhaleShark Media Buys UK’s Top Coupon Site, VoucherCodes

    WhaleShark Media Buys UK’s Top Coupon Site, VoucherCodes

    WhaleShark Media, which just announced an investment by Google Ventures, continues to acquire coupon sites around the world. Tomorrow they’ll announce the aquisition of eConversions, Ltd., operator of the web sites VoucherCodes.co.uk in the UK and Gutschein-Codes.de in Germany. Vouchercodes is the UK’s largest coupon site, says Whaleshark. The size of the acquisition isn’t… Read More

  • Michael Arrington’s New Executive Assistant Did It All For The Labradors

    Michael Arrington’s New Executive Assistant Did It All For The Labradors

    Michael Arrington decided to test the limits of what his new Executive Assistant, Greg Barto, can actually do by asking the TechCrunch readers to suggest tasks he should complete for one day. Using Zaarly, Greg was sent on a day long adventure fulfilling tasks (risking his life and dignity?) offered up by the community and doing it all for charity. Luckily, it is all captured in the video below. Read More

  • Digital Chocolate Scoops Up Game Publisher Sandlot Games

    Digital Chocolate Scoops Up Game Publisher Sandlot Games

    Social gaming contender Digital Chocolate has just announced the acquisition of Sandlot Games, a games publisher responsible for titles such as Cake Mania and Super Granny. Read More

  • Twitter Opens Photo Service To Third-Parties — API Hints At Other Media Down The Line

    Twitter Opens Photo Service To Third-Parties — API Hints At Other Media Down The Line

    It’s been two and a half months since Twitter first unveiled their own photo sharing service, in partnership with Photobucket. Just last week, they finished rolling it out to all users. Today, they’re taking the next step: opening it up to third-party developers. As they’ve just announced on the Twitter Developers blog, there’s a new Photo Upload API that’s… Read More

  • Steve Jobs Biography To “Launch” In November

    Steve Jobs Biography To “Launch” In November

    A bit of non-Motorola news comes in the form of a change in the B&N listing for the Steve Jobs biography (Steve Jobs). Originally slated for March 2012, the book will be available on November 21, 2011, just in time for Thanksgiving. Read More

  • PrimeSense Positioning Itself For Integration With Next-Gen TVs

    PrimeSense Positioning Itself For Integration With Next-Gen TVs

    The great smartening of the idiot box continues. It was several years ago that we started seeing the first internet-connected TVs, and since then TV makers have been adding more and more slightly useful features, generally one or two per generation — it wouldn’t do to put them all out at once, of course. And while much functionality is still left to the set-top box, media player… Read More

  • Namaste poised to launch user-gen gaming platform, bags Anil Hansjee as advisor

    Namaste, a games startup which is poised for launch, is building a platform called StoryBricks to enable casual users to create their own games and share them on social networks. The twist is that it’s not for professional game designers but users who want to create their own games. The company is understood to be be in discussions with several top VCs. Why is Namaste in a sweet spot? Read More

  • This Fake Apple Store Is More Stylish Than Most Real Ones

    This Fake Apple Store Is More Stylish Than Most Real Ones

    China is infected with fake Apple Stores. Some have been shut down where some have just changed their names. This gorgeous rip-off is located in Zhongshan China and, as MICGadget notes, it’s probably the best looking one yet complete with a massive glowing Apple logo and wall of glass windows spanning the two-story outlet. This retailer seems to fall under the second category and… Read More

  • peerTransfer Raises $7.5 Million From Spark, Accel, And Maveron For Simple Payment Solution For Students

    peerTransfer Raises $7.5 Million From Spark, Accel, And Maveron For Simple Payment Solution For Students

    peerTransfer, a simple payment solution designed for international students, today announced that it has closed a $7.5 million series A financing round. The investment was led by Spark Capital, with participation from Accel Partners, Maveron, and Boston Seed Capital. The new infusion of capital adds to the $1.1 million in seed funding the startup raised back in October of last year… Read More

  • HackFwd – The slow-burn European accelerator is speeding up

    Back in June last year Lars Hinrichs, the founder of LinkedIn competitor XING who exited for €48.3 million created a new startup investment vehicle dubbed HackFwd. At the time it was announced that HackFwd would tale a 27% stake of a company (US-based YCombinator takes around 6%) and a run a year-long programme for selected startups. Funding amounts to up to €191,000 (depending on the size… Read More

  • Androids Are For Cheap Pessimists, iPhones Are For Worldly Optimists

    Androids Are For Cheap Pessimists, iPhones Are For Worldly Optimists

    Ever wonder what’s the real difference between Android and iPhone users? According to Hunch, Android users are 10 percent more likely to be men, skew younger, and 20 percent more likely to be politically conservative. As you can see from the infographic below, they have good incomes, but iPhone users tend to have higher household incomes. Android users are also “slightly more… Read More

  • RIM’s BlackBerry Management Center is Free BES-Lite

    RIM’s BlackBerry Management Center is Free BES-Lite

    BlackBerry’s Enterprise Server has long been a mainstay of the corporate world, but considering the costs involved, many small businesses haven’t been able to justify the cost. Enter the BlackBerry Management Center, a cloud service meant for exactly those small businesses who want some of the power of BES without the corresponding price tag. Read More

  • TechCrunch Europe takes a break for a couple of weeks

    From today we’ll be taking a vacation break for the next two weeks. Posting will be ‘light’. If urgent please send to colleague Robin Wauters or tips@techrunch.com. Normal service will be resumed around August 30. Thanks to all our readers and partners so far this year. Read More

  • Glorious Minecraft-Themed Xperia Play For Sale On eBay

    Glorious Minecraft-Themed Xperia Play For Sale On eBay

    One of the more pleasant surprises at E3 this year was our hands-on with the Xperia Play. I was really expecting to dislike the device, but after playing a few games on it, I found it to be totally legit, even if the games selection isn’t so hot right now. And what’s more, they had Minecraft on it. As one of the headline games of the new platform, it’s no surprise that… Read More

  • By Buying Motorola, Google Can Now Do Whatever The Heck They Want With Android

    By Buying Motorola, Google Can Now Do Whatever The Heck They Want With Android

    With the announcement of their planned $12.5B Motorola Mobility acquisition this morning, Google is buying a lot of stuff. They’re buying 20,000 employees (almost doubling their headcount.) They’re buying an absurdly daunting armory of over 24,000 patents (I mean, come on: Motorola has the patent on the cell phone.) But there’s one more thing that Google’s buying… Read More

  • Foursquare Gets Into The Crowdsourced Curation Game With Tip Lists

    Foursquare Gets Into The Crowdsourced Curation Game With Tip Lists

    Foursquare has launched its Tip Lists features today, attempting to capitalize on people’s unending desire to create lists about locations, like Top Five Coffee Shops in SF, etc etc. Up until now your Foursquare Tips have sort of roamed free on the app, without rhyme or reason or real incentive to add more. Today the company is trying to improve on the Tips experience and get users to… Read More

  • Microsoft Reader E-Book System Comes To Its Conclusion

    Microsoft Reader E-Book System Comes To Its Conclusion

    Microsoft is officially putting their MS Reader system to bed. First made available in 2000, before e-ink readers were more than a twinkle in some materials researcher’s eye, the application was intended for the consumption of e-books on LCD screens, using Microsoft’s ClearType font smoothing and a relatively compact, familiar format. The .lit filetype and Reader application have… Read More

  • Will Google Lure Microsoft Into The Cellphone Briar Patch?

    Will Google Lure Microsoft Into The Cellphone Briar Patch?

    I believe Larry Page when he says that Google started looking at Motorola for its patent portfolio and then decided that there was no reason not to buy the whole company. Hey, the $12.5 billion price tag is less than a third of Google’s cash on hand. But one of the best bonuses from the deal for Google is that it might well spur Microsoft to buy Nokia or RIM. That would doubtless… Read More

  • Want your company to get better known? We're looking for sponsors

    So, we’re looking for sponsors for various activities aimed at the tech startup community. If any of these take your interest, feel free to email mike AT mbites.com to discuss.
    The Europas
    The Europas, the European Startup Awards, were last held in London in December 2010, the second awards ever. It was the culmination of a month of online voting by the European tech startup industry… Read More

  • HTC Finally Offers Bootloader Unlock, U.S. Users Must Wait

    HTC Finally Offers Bootloader Unlock, U.S. Users Must Wait

    HTC has spent the past few weeks hinting and teasing us with the availability of their bootloader unlock tool, but at long last the wait is over. If you own an international HTC Sensation, then congratulations: you’re free to mosey over to HTC Dev to get your fix. Read More

  • Apple’s Evidence In European Galaxy Tab Injunction Was Seriously Misleading… As In False

    Apple’s Evidence In European Galaxy Tab Injunction Was Seriously Misleading… As In False

    Last week the Apple-Samsung patent brawl took a serious turn after Apple won a preliminary injunction banning sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 throughout the European Union, excluding the Netherlands. As we noted, Samsung had no idea any of this was happening until after the injunction had been issued, as is standard procedure in the German court system. Had the South Korea-based company known… Read More

  • Keen On… Why Gang Members Make Wicked Entrepreneurs (TCTV)

    Keen On… Why Gang Members Make Wicked Entrepreneurs (TCTV)

    “So did you ever kill anyone?” I asked Ryan Blair, a former Los Angeles gang member who is now a successful serial entrepreneur and author of the new best-selling autobiography Nothing to Lose: How I Went From Gang Member To Multimillionaire Entrepreneur. “No,” he answered, of course. But while Blair might not have killed anyone, he has certainly made a killing as… Read More

  • Brighter Lands $8 Million From Benchmark To Bring Affordable Dental Care To The Masses

    Brighter Lands $8 Million From Benchmark To Bring Affordable Dental Care To The Masses

    It was less than three months ago that Jake Winebaum (the same guy who sold Business.com for $360 million) quietly launched Brighter.com, an online marketplace for discounted dental care. As Erick Schonfeld wrote at the time, Americans pay an estimated $55 billion out of pocket each year on dental bills. Dental plans, like their healthcare brethren, tend to take sizable bites out of our… Read More