• A Closer Look At Canonical’s Ubuntu Phones

    A Closer Look At Canonical’s Ubuntu Phones

    Canonical has finally got skin in the mobile game, putting its first Ubuntu phone on sale in Europe last month. It’s been showing off that mid-tier device, made by BQ, at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, along with a more premium smartphone made by Meizu, which will be released later this year — targeting the Chinese market. Read More

  • Uber Suspends Its UberX Service In South Korea

    Uber Suspends Its UberX Service In South Korea

    Uber has suspended its ride-sharing service UberX in South Korea following discussions with the government. The news is the latest in a series of setbacks that the ride-hailing service has encountered there, where it has regularly clashed with authorities. Read More

  • Signal App Review

    Signal Keeps Your iPhone Calls And Texts Safe From Government Spies

    Don’t want someone else handing your text messages, pictures, video or phone conversations over to the government? There’s an app for that. An app called Signal is a project out of Open Whisper Systems, a not-for-profit collective of hackers dedicated to making it harder for prying government eyes to get a hold of your information. It gets high marks from both the American… Read More

  • If You Run A Facebook Page, Expect The Like Count To Drop Soon

    If You Run A Facebook Page, Expect The Like Count To Drop Soon

    Do you run a Facebook Page? Heads up: your page’s “Like” count is probably going to drop a bit soon, and it’s totally not your fault. The short version: Facebook is changing the way it’s counting likes, subtracting any accounts that have been either manually deactivated or “memorialized” after its owner passed. It’s something that probably… Read More

  • The Hidden Co-Founder

    The Hidden Co-Founder

    It was Valentine’s Day recently and that reminded me of a story I often share with the founders we work with, here at Balderton. One Friday in Cambridge, a few years ago: a tech guy and his fiancée are planning their wedding, which is due to take place in the city a few months later. Scheduled that day were: checking out the wedding venue, meeting people involved with the service… Read More

  • Springleap Aims To Rethink Marketing Research With New Backing From Cross Border Angels

    Springleap Aims To Rethink Marketing Research With New Backing From Cross Border Angels

    Startup Springleap says it can help marketers improve their ad campaigns by tapping into a community of 180,000 creative professionals. To pursue that vision, the company is announcing that it has raised an additional $650,000 in seed funding, bringing its total backing to around $1.1 million. I got on the phone with founder Eran Eyal partly to discuss the funding, but more to discuss the… Read More

  • This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: Do You Even Invest?

    This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: Do You Even Invest?

    Hello and welcome back to another episode of TCBTC, TechCrunch’s bitcoin podcast. This time around, myself and John Biggs kick over the news that a new bitcoin-facing investment vehicle is getting itself put together and public. Can it help bitcoin achieve greater price stability over time? Also joining us is Jameson Lopp of BitGo, who broke down the finer technical points of paper… Read More

  • Join Us At Hardware Alley At Disrupt NY

    Join Us At Hardware Alley At Disrupt NY

    We want to see you in New York for Disrupt NY 2015, our annual celebration of all things startup. It’s a great time. You get to meet great founders and VCs and I’d love to meet you. Hardware is my favorite thing in the world and you’re some of my favorite people. Disrupt runs from May 4-6 and will be held at the Manhattan Center in New York City. It’s an amazing event… Read More

  • How Disney Thinks About Virtual Reality For Its Theme Parks

    How Disney Thinks About Virtual Reality For Its Theme Parks

    In a session at GDC this morning, Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Technologies Lead Bei Yang gave a talk about the work the entertainment giant has done with virtual reality. Read More

  • Zombie Ridesharing Bill Comes Back To Life In California

    Zombie Ridesharing Bill Comes Back To Life In California

    A bill designed to regulate ridesharing companies is back. California Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian has submitted a bill aimed at placing new rules on companies like Uber and Lyft. Assembly Bill 24, however, is incredibly similar to Assembly Bill 612, which failed in committee in 2014. Nazarian notes in a release on the bill that 24 is “similar” to 612, which is understatement. Read More

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