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  • Peter Thiel Is Returning To Disrupt SF

    Peter Thiel Is Returning To Disrupt SF

    We’re thrilled to announce that legendary founder and investor Peter Thiel will be joining us on stage at Disrupt SF 2014. From PayPal to Founders Fund, Thiel has set the bar for success in Silicon Valley, and this will be the second time he’s spoken at our conference. We’re glad he’s back. Thiel made the first outside investment in Facebook in 2004, and was an… Read More

  • What’s Disrupt SF Without A Fireside Chat Between Marc Benioff and Michael Arrington?

    What’s Disrupt SF Without A Fireside Chat Between Marc Benioff and Michael Arrington?

    Marc Benioff, the outspoken founder and CEO of Salesforce, will take the Disrupt stage with Michael Arrington again this year at TechCrunch Disrupt SF. Since last year, his company has seen solid growth, and it announced that it will be moving into what will be the tallest building in San Francisco, which will also bear the company’s name. Benioff himself has continued to be one of… Read More

  • Google Fit Warms Up

    Google Fit Warms Up

    Google Fit has risen as part of an prodigious, two-and-a-half-hour-long I/O keynote that included everything but the kitchen sink (and Google Glass and Google+). Today during its annual developer conference, Google announced a platform preview of Google Fit, a set of APIs that will allow developers to sync data across wearables and devices. Read More

  • CEO Late For Dinner

    CEO Late For Dinner

    Last week at the Cannes Lions advertising festival, sorry, “International Festival of Creativity”, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer had a bit of a tough time. First, she gave an on-stage presentation that some are saying was too ‘hard sell’ — telling the ad executives in attendance what they wanted to hear, without actually saying anything genuine. Okay. Read More

  • Survival Of The Digital Fittest

    Survival Of The Digital Fittest

    In just under two weeks from now at Google I/O, Google will announce wearable fitness functionality that Apple announced at WWDC. Next year at WWDC, Apple will announce wearable fitness functionality that Google announced at I/O. Jokes aside, Google and Apple’s competition to “own” wearable health has reached “Silicon Valley”-level proportions. After Apple… Read More

  • Lowercase Capital Is Raising A New $25M Fund, Led By Matt Mazzeo

    Lowercase Capital Is Raising A New $25M Fund, Led By Matt Mazzeo

    Lowercase Capital is raising another $25 million, we’re hearing. This is notable for a couple of reasons: Due to its Uber investment, Lowercase Capital’s very first fund — a modest $8.5 million raised in 2010 — has seen its value increase by more than 100x , which is perhaps historic in early-stage seed funds. Lowercase’s second fund, “Spur,” has also… Read More

  • MotionSavvy Is A Tablet App That Understands Sign Language

    MotionSavvy Is A Tablet App That Understands Sign Language

    There are plenty of things to take for granted in this life, and the ability to hear is one that most of the population does. But not the team at MotionSavvy. Motion Savvy, which emerged from the Leap Motion accelerator AXLR8R, is building a tablet case that leverages the power of Leap Motion in order to translate American Sign Language into English and vice versa. The entire 30-person team… Read More

  • Announcing Include, TechCrunch’s Diversity Partner Program

    Announcing Include, TechCrunch’s Diversity Partner Program

    While the tech industry has long aspired to be inclusive, the numbers are dismal. Hardly a week passes by without media outlets highlighting concerns about sexism, ageism or “founder profiling” in our industry. Read More

  • Apple Opens Up Touch ID To All Apps

    Apple Opens Up Touch ID To All Apps

    If you ever thought that the future creeps up on you slowly, and then all at once, behold Touch ID for all apps. Announced today as a side feature of iOS 8, the Touch ID recognition you’ve come to know and love in the 5s will now extend beyond helping you more quickly unlock your iPhone and download apps from iTunes to helping you more quickly log into apps like Mint (the demo). Read More

  • Watch The Finale Of HBO’s Silicon Valley With TechCrunch

    Watch The Finale Of HBO’s Silicon Valley With TechCrunch

    That HBO show about Silicon Valley is actually good, so good I binge-watched all 7 episodes last Friday. The last two episodes take place at TechCrunch Disrupt, replete with my former colleague Jason Kincaid as a host and a guest appearance by our founder Michael Arrington. Because there’s so much TechCrunch in the show, we thought it might be cool to host a viewing of the finale… Read More

  • Wavii Founder Leaves Google

    Wavii Founder Leaves Google

    Lots of Google executives are at the Re/Code Code conference in Rancho Palos Verdes this week. But at least one of them won’t be a Google executive for very much longer. Wavii founder Adrian Aoun is leaving the search company, a little more than a year after the $30 million acquisition of his content aggregation startup, in order to start a second company. It is unclear whether he left… Read More

  • The Fourth Internet

    The Fourth Internet

    Not very often do you read something online that gives you the chills. Today, I read two such things. The first came from former Gizmodo, Buzzfeed and now Awl writer John Herrman, who wrote about the brutality of the mobile social (or for sake of discussion ‘fourth’) Internet: “Metafilter came from two or three internets ago, when a website’s core… Read More

  • Kyle Russell, Sarah Buhr And Ron Miller Join TechCrunch

    Kyle Russell, Sarah Buhr And Ron Miller Join TechCrunch

    TechCrunch is incredibly happy to announce three new hires today including Kyle Russell, Sarah Buhr and, somewhat belatedly, our enterprise reporter Ron Miller. As a Business Insider reporter, Kyle Russell has impressed with his balanced coverage of being hassled for wearing Google Glass. He’s shown a passion for covering companies like Google and Apple, as well as emerging… Read More

  • SV Angel Leads Pinterest Financing At A $5 Billion Valuation

    SV Angel Leads Pinterest Financing At A $5 Billion Valuation

    News broke this afternoon that Pinterest has raised a $200 million Series F valuing it at $5 billion. We’ve just confirmed that SV Angel led the massive round that could fund Pinterest until its monetization makes it self-sustaining. We had been tipped earlier that the deal was won by Andreessen Horowitz and others, with significant participation from SV Angel. We heard that SV Angel… Read More

  • Marketing Exec Ivy Ross Is The New Head Of Google Glass

    Marketing Exec Ivy Ross Is The New Head Of Google Glass

    Some significant HR changes at Google Glass we’re hearing. First off is the departure of lead electrical engineer Adrian Wong, to competing facecomputer Oculus. Second off is the bringing on of Art.com’s Chief Marketing Officer Ivy Ross to head the division. The Harvard-trained Ross has a rich, non-tech background, having held several high-level marketing positions at companies such… Read More

  • Moju Is Instagram For Moments In Motion

    Moju Is Instagram For Moments In Motion

    As our phones become more camera than phone, it only makes sense that innovators would try to take on the very 20th-century concept of the “photograph.” We’ve thus far seen a slew of apps using tech unique to our mobile devices, utilizing video and sound recording, sensors, GPS and the phone’s accelerometer to transform how users create and share images. Read More

  • Jason Hirschhorn Goes From Teen Club Promoter To Internet DJ

    Jason Hirschhorn Goes From Teen Club Promoter To Internet DJ

    Former president of Myspace Jason Hirschhorn is no stranger to media. But before selling his company Mischief New Media in his twenties, and before stints at Viacom, MTV, News Corp, and Sling Media, Hirschhorn was a 17 year-old club promoter of the alcohol-free NYC dance club “The Saint.” “Club promoting was my first curation job,” Hirschhorn — who once… Read More

  • Why We Can’t Forget About Dre

    Why We Can’t Forget About Dre

    The potential acquisition of Beats by Apple has captured the public imagination. Though it is not yet official, we’ve spent all weekend making jokes about it on Twitter, shocked at Andre Romelle Young’s uncharacteristic confirmation of the buy, joking that Forbes should change its list because he’s now a billionaire, for some reason. Quite honestly, part of the appeal of… Read More

  • People Go Bananas Over MonkeyParking

    People Go Bananas Over MonkeyParking

    It was inevitable. In a place where you could pay for almost anything to come to you via mobile, to have empty parking spots eventually come to you via mobile. That is the premise behind Italian app MonkeyParking, which allows you to “sell” your parking spot (or rather, the inside information about whether your parking spot will be available shortly) starting at $5. Read More

  • The 6 Disrupt NY Finalists:  Boomerang Commerce, ISI Technology, Mimi, Mink, Showkit and Vurb

    The 6 Disrupt NY Finalists: Boomerang Commerce, ISI Technology, Mimi, Mink, Showkit and Vurb

    Oh New York in the springtime! In the past two days, 1600 people have passed through the Manhattan Center for TechCrunch Disrupt NY, in hopes of seeing or being the new new thing. We’ve seen Fred Wilson, Brenden Uribe, Mike Judge and many more grace our stage. Tomorrow we’ll get to see Marissa Mayer, Sophia Amuroso, Whisper’s Michael Heyward and get a surprise visit from… Read More