John Biggs

John Biggs
Biggs is the East Coast Editor of TechCrunch. Biggs has written for the New York Times, InSync, USA Weekend, Popular Mechanics, Popular Science, Money and a number of other outlets on technology and wristwatches. He is the former editor-in-chief of Gizmodo.com and lives in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. You can [Tweet him here](http://twitter.com/johnbiggs) and [G+ him](https://plus.google.com/u/0/102814019596965765116/posts) here. Email him directly at john@techcrunch.com. CrunchBase profile →

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  • Publishing Startup Tablo Raises $400,000 Seed Round

    Publishing Startup Tablo Raises $400,000 Seed Round

    Tablo.io, a publishing platform built by 21-year-old Ash Davies, has raised $400,000 from Y Combinator partner Kevin Hale and Paul Reining. The company offers a Wattpad-like self-publishing experience – albeit with a superior design aesthetic – and a friction-free way to publish to Amazon and iBooks from your finished book. Read More

  • Samsung’s Race To The Bottom

    Samsung’s Race To The Bottom

    It’s happened before and it’s happened again – a popular commodity appears and is remade in so many permutations and from so many manufacturers that the differentiation ultimately focuses on price. When this happens, the small players sneak in with cheap hardware, the big players stumble and try to buoy sales with higher-end models (an example of this is the Dell Adamo as… Read More

  • Clime Sensors Are Tiny Tags That Tell You When Things Are Heating Up

    Clime Sensors Are Tiny Tags That Tell You When Things Are Heating Up

    Why do you need a tiny climate sensor? Who knows, but Clime is making them. These tiny sensors – shaped like little candies – can transmit the current temperature wirelessly to phones and other devices and will soon able to offer far more interesting data with the help of a tiny chip-based sensor array. Read More

  • Gunmaker Skirts Laws By 3D-Printing A Single Firearm Part

    Gunmaker Skirts Laws By 3D-Printing A Single Firearm Part

    A gunmaker who calls himself Buck O’Fama (get it?) has posted a video of his 3D-printed Ruger Charger receiver. This single part, which usually holds the serial number and is an integral part of the firing mechanism, is, technically, the only part that defines a weapon as an actual gun. By printing his (or her) own, O’Fama has essentially skirted the law that requires all firearms… Read More

  • Watch This Beautiful 3D-Printed Tourbillon In Action

    Watch This Beautiful 3D-Printed Tourbillon In Action

    I’ve been watching my buddy Nicholas Manousos for a few years now. He’s been designing and printing large representations of various watch parts and movements and posting them on Facebook for a while, and he’s just completed his pièce de résistance: a working tourbillon in brightly colored plastic. Read More

  • Amazon Sends Letter To Try To Take Authors “Out Of The Middle” Of The Hachette Dispute

    Amazon Sends Letter To Try To Take Authors “Out Of The Middle” Of The Hachette Dispute

    Amazon is flexing another muscle in the ongoing Hachette dispute. In a letter obtained by the New York Times, David Naggar, VP of Kindle content, is offering 100 percent of all profits for some Hachette authors and has forwarded the offer to the Authors Guild, a long-time opponent of all things Amazon. “We agree that authors are caught in the middle while these negotiations drag on… Read More

  • Announcing The Winner Of KrakowCrunch: Fashionote

    Announcing The Winner Of KrakowCrunch: Fashionote

    Deep in the heart of Krakow, in a billiards hall called The Stage, nine amazing startups appeared before over 150 amazing members of the Polish startup community. They pitched, the parried questions, and in the end, one company one. It was one or the best and most respectful meet-ups we’ve ever held and I’m glad I got to witness it. Our Krakow pitch-off was a last-minute decision… Read More

  • Bitcoin Vault Xapo Raises $20 Million From Greylock, Index And Announces BTC Debit Cards Are Shipping This Month

    Bitcoin Vault Xapo Raises $20 Million From Greylock, Index And Announces BTC Debit Cards Are Shipping This Month

    Secure BTC vault Xapo has announced it’s raised $20 million from Greylock Partners and Index Ventures, bringing its total investment capital to $40 million. Other investors include Emergence Capital Partners, Max Levchin, Yuri Milner, and Jerry Yang. Read More

  • We’ll See You Tonight At KrakowCrunch

    We’ll See You Tonight At KrakowCrunch

    Get your tickets printed and your networking pants on because tonight is KrakowCrunch, the first TC pitch-off in Krakow. As a reminder it’s happening today, Monday, July 7 at The Stage, ul. Lobzowska 3, from 6pm until 11pm. Read More

  • Programmer Craig Muth Kickstarts A New Version Of His (Arguably Amazing) Shell, Xiki

    Programmer Craig Muth Kickstarts A New Version Of His (Arguably Amazing) Shell, Xiki

    Put on your nerd hats, kids, and let’s sit back and bask in the glory of Xiki. Created by Craig Muth, founder of Memorize, Xiki and its shell product, xsh, allows for some amazing autocompletion tricks, as well as interactive command line trickery that would make the average bash ninja salivate. The previous version of the shell is available now but Muth is Kickstarting a new… Read More

  • Hackers Target Silk Road Auction Participants In Scam

    Hackers Target Silk Road Auction Participants In Scam

    The folks at Coindesk are reporting a fascinating phishing attack on leaked list of auction participants for the Silk Road bitcoins. The list, which appeared after a member of the US Marshals failed to use BCC, identified all the parties attempting to bid on the bitcoin seized during a raid on the Silk Road marketplace. It has been a useful tool for scammers. In this case the thieves sent a set… Read More

  • Apple Poaches Patrick Pruniaux, Watch Brand Tag Heuer’s VP Of Sales

    Apple Poaches Patrick Pruniaux, Watch Brand Tag Heuer’s VP Of Sales

    Apple has hired another luxury brand exec away from an established brand. Patrick Pruniaux, VP of sales for watch company Tag Heuer, will join Apple on Monday after seven years in the world of luxury timepieces. Pruniaux, second from the right in the above photograph, joins the company just as talk of an iWatch has risen to a dull roar. Read More

  • Meet The Winner Of PragueCrunch III: Cloudfender

    Meet The Winner Of PragueCrunch III: Cloudfender

    This man is very happy. He’s Tomas Soukup, one of the contestants in last night’s PragueCrunch pitch-off and a proud drinker of fine Czech beer. He is just one of the cool people we met in Prague last night. The pitch-off, judged by Yao Huang of the Hatchery, our own Natasha Lomas, and Andrej Kiska of Credo Ventures, also made this man very happy. We listened to eight startup… Read More

  • A Drone Over PragueCrunch

    A Drone Over PragueCrunch

    When I held the first PragueCrunch in 2008 I didn’t expect much. I loved the city but I wasn’t sure what sort of start-up ecosystem it had. But, in those strange days when live streaming was still a clever trick (don’t try finding those streams. Technology changed so fast that they essentially evaporated) and money was contracting, I found everything about the Czech… Read More

  • VC Tim Draper Won The Government Bitcoin Auction, Will Bring Liquidity To Emerging Markets

    VC Tim Draper Won The Government Bitcoin Auction, Will Bring Liquidity To Emerging Markets

    According to bitcoin exchange Vaurum founder Avish Bhama, VC Tim Draper won all 30,000 BTC in the recent government auction. It is believed he paid above the current market rate for BTC. The price of one BTC is now up $5 to $645. Draper and Bhama intend to use the hoard to allow emerging markets to buy and use bitcoin in lieu of their own fiat currencies, thereby assisting in bitcoin liquidity. Read More

  • Researchers Create Walking, Muscle-Powered Biobots

    Researchers Create Walking, Muscle-Powered Biobots

    In today’s mildly squiggy but kind of cool news, we learn that researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have created tiny robots that walk when current is applied to their bio-based muscular engines. The tiny robots can twitch their way across a surface or through a liquid. Read More

  • US Marshals Have Sold 30,000 Silk Road Bitcoins

    US Marshals Have Sold 30,000 Silk Road Bitcoins

    The US Marshals announced they have sold 30,000 BTC to an anonymous bidder. The auction took place on June 27 and the highest bidder won all 30 blocks of 1,000 bitcoins. Comically, the sender of a an email to those involved in the auction disclosed all the bidders last week, making it clear that a number of big players, including Barry Silbert of SecondMarket and Bitcoin Investment Trust… Read More

  • Announcing KrakowCrunch On July 7

    Announcing KrakowCrunch On July 7

    When it rains in Central Europe it pours. I’m pleased to announce we’re going to hold the first annual KrakowCrunch Pitch-Off at on Monday, July 7 at The Stage, ul. Lobzowska 3, from 6pm until 11pm. We’ll be holding a startup pitch off – each founder will pitch for 90 seconds and there will be eight startups on stage – and the winner gets a free table in Startup… Read More

  • Backtracker Helps Bikers Keep From Being Rear-Ended

    Backtracker Helps Bikers Keep From Being Rear-Ended

    iKubu has created something that just might save a biker’s life. Called the Backtracker, the device notifies you how fast and how close cars are approaching behind you and it reacts by flashing a light and telling the rider they are about to get hit.
    The founders describe it as a notification system for riders and drivers. “It gives you the speed and distance of… Read More

  • Researchers Now Able To 3D Print Working Blood Vessels

    Researchers Now Able To 3D Print Working Blood Vessels

    One of the biggest problems with printing human meat was the creation of blood vessels and ventricles. Making a solid mass of flesh was easy but adding a way to pump blood and other nutrients through the flesh was more difficult. Now researchers at the University of Sydney, Harvard, Stanford and MIT, have solved some of these problems by creating a skeleton of vessels and then growing human… Read More