Drew Olanoff

Drew is a geek who first worked at AOL when he was 16 years old. After a visit to the dark side (Tech Communications and PR), Drew has returned to TechCrunch as a senior writer.

(DISCLOSURE: Drew is a shareholder of EyeEm and his significant other is the head of communications at Postmates)

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  • Google Self-Driving Car Pulled Over For Going Too Slow

    Google Self-Driving Car Pulled Over For Going Too Slow

    The internets lit up today when someone posted a photo of a cop talking to someone in a self-driving car. Yep, it got pulled over. Why? According to Google, it was going too slow. According to the original poster, the Mountain View police officer didn’t get the memo on these things patrolling the streets, so of course wanted to know why the thing was going so damn slow Read More

  • Twitter Doing More With GIFs, Introduces Feature Called “ScratchReel”

    Twitter Doing More With GIFs, Introduces Feature Called “ScratchReel”

    Twitter tweeted out a new toy for you to play with for video called “ScratchReel.” Basically, it lets you scrub a short GIF back and forth for cool effects. Check it out here (to see the actual effect you have to visit the native tweet): Spotted a ScratchReel yet? Scrub back & forth to help the @WSL surfer escape the tube! ⏪👆⏩ Only on Twitter, dude. Read More

  • Upthere Launches Its Home And Camera Apps Into Beta

    Upthere Launches Its Home And Camera Apps Into Beta

    The company that built the “computer in the cloud” from scratch to take the heavy lifting away from our devices, Upthere, has launched their apps into beta, letting in those who signed up for an invite in slowly. Upthere Home and Upthere Camera for iOS, Android and Mac are now live, and I’ve been playing with them for a better part of the last week. The service is free during… Read More

  • YouTube Launches Its Long-Awaited Music App

    YouTube Launches Its Long-Awaited Music App

    You’ve probably been watching music videos on YouTube since its inception. The platform has also served as the go-to place for wannabe musicians to be found, but it’s never catered to that specific vertical. The team rolled out YouTube for gaming last month and today it is launching YouTube Music for iOS and Android. The enhanced, paid, experience is free during a 14-day trial. Read More

  • LivingSocial Co-Founder Aaron Batalion Joins Lightspeed Venture Partners

    LivingSocial Co-Founder Aaron Batalion Joins Lightspeed Venture Partners

    Eight years ago, Aaron Batalion and three friends created a Facebook app called “Hungry Machine.” It was pretty successful…so successful that it turned into LivingSocial, which was one of the first startups to raise a “magical” billion dollars. (I refuse to use the creature’s name to describe this “club.”) Read More

  • Thorn To Set Up An Innovation Lab In Silicon Valley To Fight Child Sexual Exploitation

    Thorn To Set Up An Innovation Lab In Silicon Valley To Fight Child Sexual Exploitation

    Putting anyone who can’t fend for themselves into harm’s way is a monstrosity. Every single day, media of all types depicting children in sexual scenarios are being uploaded to sites and services all over the world. It must stop. But how? Read More

  • NY State Rules Daily Fantasy Illegal, Ordering FanDuel And DraftKings To Stop Taking Bets

    NY State Rules Daily Fantasy Illegal, Ordering FanDuel And DraftKings To Stop Taking Bets

    Today, the NY Attorney General dropped a bomb on daily fantasy sports sites like FanDuel and DraftKings. Sites like them have been categorized as “illegal gambling sites” and have ordered them to cease taking money from the residents of New York state. The official cease-and-desist notices have been delivered. BREAKING: NY Attorney General determines that FanDuel & DraftKings… Read More

  • What In The Hell Is A #TacoEmojiEngine?

    What In The Hell Is A #TacoEmojiEngine?

    Tacos. Emojis. Tacos + Emojis. That’s what Taco Bell rolled out to Twitter yesterday. They called it the “#TacoEmojiEngine.” 🌮🌮 What's #TacoEmojiEngine? Tweet us a 🌮 + any other emoji to find out. 🌮🌮 pic.twitter.com/tioahCA0WC — Taco Bell (@tacobell) November 9, 2015 What the hell is it and what is the point? I set out to find out, tweeting along… Read More

  • Apple TV ‘Tech Talks’ Coming To Major Cities Across The Globe

    Apple TV ‘Tech Talks’ Coming To Major Cities Across The Globe

    Want to develop an app for the newly released Apple TV? Of course you do. Not sure how to get started? Apple is touring the globe for “Apple TV Tech Talks” which promise to get you rocking. You have to register by November 13th, though…so hop to it. Between December and February next year Apple is going to their stores in Toronto, Los Angeles, Austin, Seattle, Cupertino… Read More

  • Megan Quinn Heads To Spark Capital As GP To Focus On Growth Stage Investing

    Megan Quinn Heads To Spark Capital As GP To Focus On Growth Stage Investing

    Today, investor Megan Quinn shared that she’d be joining Spark Capital as a general partner for its growth stage fund (its first), which we covered last year. Quinn stepped down from KPCB this year after nearly three years with the firm. Read More

  • Twitter Sees 6% Increase In “Like” Activity After First Week Of Hearts

    Twitter Sees 6% Increase In “Like” Activity After First Week Of Hearts

    Speaking at the Open Mobile Summit in San Francisco today, Twitter’s SVP of Product, Kevin Weil, shared with the crowd that the new hearts aren’t stopping activity. In fact, the activity is increased: "With the change from favorites to likes we've seen a 6% increase in like activity in just the first week." –@kevinweil — Robi Ganguly (@rganguly) November… Read More

  • Slew Of New Virtual Reality Titles Available Alongside Samsung Gear VR

    Slew Of New Virtual Reality Titles Available Alongside Samsung Gear VR

    As we reported earlier, you can now pre-order your Samsung Gear VR. It’s a device that’s going to unlock virtual reality for a lot of consumers, even though it requires a Samsung phone to drive it. Along with the announcement of pre-order for a ridiculously low $99, a bunch of games are hitting the scene to support its launch. Land’s End by Ustwo Games, Bandit Six: Salvo… Read More

  • Google Maps Gets Offline Navigation And Search

    Google Maps Gets Offline Navigation And Search

    It’s 8am and you’re in your garage. You have to head into a different direction today, but you can’t fire up Google Maps until you’ve left the garage, because you’re offline. You probably pull off to the side of the road until your phone gets connectivity. Not anymore. Starting today, Google Maps will make itself available offline (search and navigation) for… Read More

  • Meet The LucidCam, The Future Of Consumer VR

    Meet The LucidCam, The Future Of Consumer VR

    Trying to wade through the noise and hype that surrounds VR can be overwhelming, but there are clear real-world uses that make the future of the technology exciting. Lucid flew through that noise for me. The thing that’s going to bring the “future” to the “now” is a killer app that consumers can understand and more importantly afford. That’s where Lucid… Read More

  • CrunchWeek: Diversity, Candy, And Books Of Faces

    Welcome to another episode of CrunchWeek, TechCrunch’s weekly roundup show where we talk the biggest things in tech. This week we’re chatting about Twitter’s issues with diversity, Activision paying a lot of billions for the maker of the addictive game Candy Crush (hear Megan talk about her recovery), and Facebook’s earnings. They crushed it. So: As our resident… Read More

  • Google Acquires Fly Labs To Join Its Google Photos Team

    Google Acquires Fly Labs To Join Its Google Photos Team

    Today, Google acquired Fly Labs to join its Google Photos team. The company aimed to help people edit videos and photos and it sported 3 million downloads over the past 18 months. Their suite of apps (Tempo, Fly and Crop) will be made available for the next three months. You’ll still be able to use them, but there will be no more updates. We're excited to announce that we've… Read More

  • Google Calendar For The Web Gets A Trash Can

    Google Calendar For The Web Gets A Trash Can

    You set up a meeting, drop it into Google Calendar. Then someone says “let’s do it another time” and you delete it. Then they say they’re available again. What do you do? You create a new entry. Until now. Today, the Google Apps team released a small but handy feature for the web version of Google Calendar — a trash can. You can now view, permanently delete or… Read More

  • Lytro Introduces ‘Immerge’ For Cinematic Virtual Reality

    Lytro Introduces ‘Immerge’ For Cinematic Virtual Reality

    Camera maker Lytro is hopping into virtual reality. Today, it announced a product called “Immerge” which the company describes as “world’s first professional light field solution for cinematic VR.” What does that mean exactly? Well Lytro wants to provide tools to shoot live action virtual reality. It built its “light field” solution from the ground up. Read More

  • 500 Startups Introduces Batch 15: Under-Sea Drones, Puppy Treats, And On-Demand Snow Plowing

    500 Startups Introduces Batch 15: Under-Sea Drones, Puppy Treats, And On-Demand Snow Plowing

    It seems like only yesterday that we were introducing you to 500’s Batch 14, but Summer is gone, the demos have been done, we’ve picked our favs and it’s time to introduce you to the next group going through 500’s accelerator — 500 Startups’ Batch 15. 500 Startups has a thesis of investing in many startups, some that they consider “unsexy,”… Read More

  • Google Maps For iOS Finally Gets Spoken Traffic Alerts

    Google Maps For iOS Finally Gets Spoken Traffic Alerts

    Google Maps for iOS got a seemingly small, but extremely helpful feature today in an update. Starting today, you’ll now get spoken traffic alerts while navigating. The app will tell you about accidents, traffic congestion or other incidents (like police in the area) for your route before you start driving. If this sounds familiar, it definitely seems like Google is pulling out some… Read More

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