• Citi Survey: 27 Percent Watch Netflix Online Versus 15 Percent For Hulu

    Citi Survey: 27 Percent Watch Netflix Online Versus 15 Percent For Hulu

    Both Netflix’s brand and shares have been battered this year after price hikes last summer and the botched attempt to spin off the DVD rental business. Netflix was roundly criticized for its miscommunication with customers, but what’s been the actual effect? Citi analysts Mark Mahaney surveyed almost 10,000 former and current Netflix customers to find out. While overall… Read More

  • The Definitive Guide To HTML5: 14 Predictions For 2012

    The Definitive Guide To HTML5: 14 Predictions For 2012

    From tech titans like Zynga, Facebook, Microsoft, Google and Apple, to startups just launching, the battle lines of 2012 will be drawn across the landscape of HTML5. Below are 14 bold predictions for how HTML5 will evolve in 2012. Welcome to a more interconnected web: In 2012, HTML5 will be adding support for some really useful and cool APIs that allow one
    website to connect to… Read More

  • Stephen Kaufer on TripAdvisor's IPO

    (Founder Stories) TripAdvisor’s Kaufer: Crucial Early Decisions Paved The Way For An IPO

    Earlier today, TripAdvisor added its name to the list of companies publicly trading on the NASDAQ. After doing so, TripAdvisor’s co-founder Stephen Kaufer stopped by TechCrunch for a Founder Stories interview with host, Chris Dixon. TripAdvisor offers user-generated reviews of everything from hotels to restaurants and claims “50 million monthly unique visitors and 20 million… Read More

  • Aol Shareholders Freak Out Over Exec Departures — As They Should

    Aol Shareholders Freak Out Over Exec Departures — As They Should

    More than a fair amount of business success hinges on telling stories about the future. The reason Yahoo’s market cap is down to $19.83 billion from a high of $55 billion is because shareholders don’t believe that it has a future. The reason Aol bought Bebo for $850 million (a little over half of Aol’s current market cap!) is that at the time it essentially believed… Read More

  • Last-Minute Gift Guide 2011: Things For The Audio Lover In Your Life

    Last-Minute Gift Guide 2011: Things For The Audio Lover In Your Life

    You’ve got a few hours left before all of the free “Get it before Christmas!” shipping deals come to a close, and you’ve still got people left gift-less. What ever will you do? Give’m the gift that just about everyone would love: pornography booze the gift of music! We’ve had all sorts of aural accessories come through our office in the last year, so join… Read More

  • Fly or Die Review of Mid-Size Tablets

    Fly Or Die: The Mid-Size Tablet Revolution

    There’s been a recent interesting trend in the tablet market: devices 8 inches and smaller that are as powerful as their bigger cousins but considerably more portable and convenient. In this episode of Fly Or Die we talk about the mid-size trend and decide whether a smaller tablet makes for a better tablet. Read More

  • Facebook Snubs Zynga’s CityVille As Most Popular Game Despite 5X Users Of #1 Gardens Of Time

    Facebook Snubs Zynga’s CityVille As Most Popular Game Despite 5X Users Of #1 Gardens Of Time

    Playdom’s Gardens of Time took the #1 spot of Facebook’s Most Popular Games of 2011 list. But wait, Zynga’s CityVille was ranked #3 despite peaking at over 100 million monthly active users and 21 million daily active users — far more than Gardens of Time’s peaks of 17 million MAU and 4 million DAU, or its current stats according to AppData. That’s… Read More

  • The Other Side Of Open

    The Other Side Of Open

    Open. Open. Open. Open. Open. Open. Open. Open. Open. Every chance they get, someone from Google brings this up as a huge advantage of Android over rivals like iOS. Never mind the fact that a good percentage of the time it’s pure marketing bullshit — why exactly isn’t Google Wallet on Google’s own Galaxy Nexus device? — even when it’s true, there are some… Read More

  • It Had To Happen Eventually: Hasbro Sues Asus Over Transformer Name

    It Had To Happen Eventually: Hasbro Sues Asus Over Transformer Name

    Call me naive, but I just assumed that when Asus showed off a device called the Transformer Prime, they had some sort of deal to license or at least provide some kind of royalty to the Transformers franchise. Apparently not, as Hasbro has just filed a lawsuit alleging that Asus is infringing on the Transformers trademark. Now, if the device were just called the Transformer, I think I would… Read More

  • Actually, Searches For “Google+” Are Petering Out

    Actually, Searches For “Google+” Are Petering Out

    Just last week, Google was promoting the fact that “Google+” was the No. 2 fastest-growing search term of the year in its annual Zeitgest list. And it did have an amazing pop when it hit “10 million members” a couple weeks after launch last summer. People wanted to know what this new Google+ thing was all about. And since it didn’t exist the year before, on a… Read More

  • Flickr Updates Its iPhone App, But Where’s Flickr For iPad?

    Flickr Updates Its iPhone App, But Where’s Flickr For iPad?

    Flickr has just pushed out an update to its iPhone app, easing the batch upload process and making some UI tweaks. It will surely be welcomed by the many Flickr users who use iPhones, but Flickr’s continual reticence to develop for new platforms remains a problem. It took them more than a year to produce a native iPhone app, about the same for Android. We’re coming up on the… Read More

  • HP Sends $19 Refunds To Overcharged TouchPad Sale Partakers

    HP Sends $19 Refunds To Overcharged TouchPad Sale Partakers

    If you were one of the lucky few that managed to snag a TouchPad during HP’s (maybe) final fire sale of TouchPad inventory two weeks ago, you might be receiving a little present soon via PayPal. It seems that some people were charged quite a bit extra for shipping. It seems a bit fussy to complain about when you’re getting a device like this for such a ridiculous price, but hey… Read More

  • 45 Privacy Changes Facebook Will Make To Comply With Data Protection Law

    45 Privacy Changes Facebook Will Make To Comply With Data Protection Law

    In 2012, Facebook will be making 45 privacy-related changes to comply with the recommendations of an audit by Ireland’s Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) released today. Below I’ve compiled a roadmap of all the changes Facebook will implement based on the the 149 pages of DPC recommendations and how the social network says it will address them. Read More

  • Intel Shows Off Smartphone Reference Design, Claims Performance Gains Over ARM

    Intel Shows Off Smartphone Reference Design, Claims Performance Gains Over ARM

    We’ve been waiting for Intel’s promised smartphone effort for a long, long time now. The few desultory pushes by the likes of Acer and niche OEMs has done little to dent the dominance of rival ARM, whose low-power chips have become an indispensable part of smartphone architecture. Just last week, though, Intel gave a private showing of a smartphone prototype that appears to be more… Read More

  • Samsung Teases Android-Controlled Smart TVs For CES 2012

    Samsung Teases Android-Controlled Smart TVs For CES 2012

    Smart HDTVs will be a big trend at CES 2012. Nearly every major brand will release major updates to existing lines along with completely new products. However, Samsung has long sold a successful line of smart TVs, but a just-released CES 2012 teaser video shows the upcoming models will be a bit different. They’re going to ditch remotes. These HDTVs look to be controlled by mobile devices. Read More

  • UP Maker Jawbone Bites Into Another $40 Million

    UP Maker Jawbone Bites Into Another $40 Million

    The future of technology software is contingent upon the capabilities of the hardware that it powers. That’s why Jawbone, a company that makes pretty and pretty useful hardware like the Jawbone UP, the Jawbone ERA and the Jambox speaker is on my shortlist for startups that will be huge huge huge in 2012 — despite some notable bumps along the way. Read More

  • Advice from Charity: Water's Scott Harrison

    (Founder Stories) Charity: Water’s Harrison Highlights Tactical Decisions

    In Scott Harrison’s final Founder Stories interview with host, Chris Dixon, Harrison offers some suggestions to other founders and discusses how people can donate to Charity: Water. Offering advice to others, Harrison says “I think one of the key and very simple things is get lawyers to help you file for your 501(c)(3).” While the upfront costs may seem prohibitive, he… Read More

  • ComScore’s 2011 Social Report: Facebook Leading, Microblogging Growing, World Connecting

    ComScore’s 2011 Social Report: Facebook Leading, Microblogging Growing, World Connecting

    You already know that social networking sites have been getting huge around the world, but an annual report out today from comScore shows what exactly is going at a wonderful new level of detail, with surprises for even long-time industry watchers like me. 1 in every 5 minutes of time online is now being spent on social networking sites, up from a mere 6% in early 2007. The sites, led by… Read More

  • Swype Learns To Listen Better, Type More Accurately

    Swype Learns To Listen Better, Type More Accurately

    If you haven’t taken the time to play with Swype (the trace-to-type mobile keyboard alternative), you’re missing out — and I’m not just saying that because it launched at one of our conferences. As evidenced by the fact that it’s now built right into a ton of Android handsets, it’s pretty damn good. This morning, it’s getting even better. Swype has… Read More

  • No Boys Allowed: Women Innovate Mobile Accelerator Is Just For Women

    No Boys Allowed: Women Innovate Mobile Accelerator Is Just For Women

    Today, a new startup accelerator for women, the Women Innovate Mobile (WIM) Accelerator, is opening its doors for applications. The program will start off small, offering two to five companies seed funding of $18,000, plus mentoring, support, and free office space in New York during the course of its three-month program. Read More

  • Microsoft says goodbye to Ciao, sells online shopping guide to LeGuide.com

    Microsoft says goodbye to Ciao, sells online shopping guide to LeGuide.com

    LeGuide.com Group, a pan-European publisher of online shopping guides, comparison websites and the like, has acquired online shopping portal Ciao from Microsoft. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but LeGuide.com says it paid for the Ciao assets in cash and didn’t need to take on debt to finance the transaction. Read More

  • Facebook Agrees To Make Privacy Improvements, Though Audit Says It’s Lawful

    Facebook Agrees To Make Privacy Improvements, Though Audit Says It’s Lawful

    After a 3 month audit by the Office of the Irish Data Protection Commissioner (DPC), Facebook has issued a statement that “a DPC report demonstrates how Facebook adheres to European data protection principles and complies with Irish law.” Still, Facebook has committed to making a wide range of changes to its privacy policies and features. These include deleting or anonymizing… Read More

  • BookLamp Will Recommend Books Based On Your Past Preferences

    BookLamp Will Recommend Books Based On Your Past Preferences

    Are you a big fan of Life Of Pi? Well don’t go and get the Story Of O just because they sound similar. Instead, put your query to BookLamp, a free service/project aimed at creating a database of “like” books. Similar to Pandora, the service is based on the Book Genome Project and attempts to find books that are similar based on measurable criteria. The project, founded in… Read More

  • WTF
    Someone Has Purchased Vatican.xxx, And It Isn’t The Vatican (Update: Possibly Not)

    Someone Has Purchased Vatican.xxx, And It Isn’t The Vatican (Update: Possibly Not)

    Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican’s spokesman, said today that an unknown party had purchased Vatican.xxx. This mystery person has not stepped forward, and the site itself is a placeholder stating simply that it has been “reserved from registration.” It’s a warning to all those companies and institutions that may have opted not to purchase this domain variation… Read More

  • Zappos Founder’s Customer Rewards App RNKD Now On Android

    Zappos Founder’s Customer Rewards App RNKD Now On Android

    RNKD, the customer rewards app and brainchild of Zappo’s founder Nick Swinmurn, is today arriving on Android. With the new mobile application, users can snap photos of the clothes and accessories they own, upload them to the RNKD website and receive rewards directly from brands. The idea with RNKD is that customers should get rewards for the things they actually bought, not just the… Read More

  • Meet Circa, The Stealthy ‘News Experience’ Startup From Ben Huh And SimpleGeo Founder Matt Galligan

    Meet Circa, The Stealthy ‘News Experience’ Startup From Ben Huh And SimpleGeo Founder Matt Galligan

    As we heard in August, SimpleGeo founder Matt Galligan left the company to pursue other interests. SimpleGeo was then bought by UrbanAirship in November, and fellow co-founder Joe Stump left the newly acquired startup to launch new projects like Sprintly and (just today) Lens.ly. Galligan recently announced that he teamed up with Shervin Pishevar to launch their new organization 1% of… Read More

  • Tracks Grabs $1 Million To Build “The Experience Graph”; Adds Photobucket Founder To Its Board

    Tracks Grabs $1 Million To Build “The Experience Graph”; Adds Photobucket Founder To Its Board

    The photo-sharing market is saturated, and, by and large, we don’t need more players. The players that are there, if they’re not leading, are trying to differentiate themselves from the rest in a host of different ways. In the case of Tracks, while it is, by makeup, a photo-sharing app, CEO Vic Singh says that the startup really isn’t trying to solve a photo-sharing problem… Read More

  • Spotify For BlackBerry Officially Released, Only Supports Old Hardware

    Spotify For BlackBerry Officially Released, Only Supports Old Hardware

    If you’re a BlackBerry user and you’ve been waiting for a music service that’s just a bit more compelling than BBM Music, then you may be in luck — emphasis on the “may.” Spotify for BlackBerry was officially released today, but you’ll only be able to use it under some specific circumstances. The newly released app will only work for users with the… Read More

  • Second Batch of Crunchies Tickets on Sale Now

    Second Batch of Crunchies Tickets on Sale Now

    I know that all of you have been waiting on pins and needles… refreshing the TechCrunch web page multiple times each day to see when the next batch of Crunchies tickets will be on sale. Well, today is the day! The second batch of tickets for the 5th Annual Crunchies Awards are available now. 200 tickets have been released for the annual event honoring the best achievements in tech brought… Read More

  • Open Home Pro Helps Realtors Sell Homes Via Their iPads

    Open Home Pro Helps Realtors Sell Homes Via Their iPads

    Open Home Pro has been quietly building a business that uses the iPad to solve a serious problem for a real-world industry. “My girlfriend would come back upset after showing people houses,” founder Andrew Machado tells me, “because people wouldn’t fill out their information. It’s like the people standing outside of Whole Foods — you instinctively… Read More