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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  • 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

  • PayPal Shuts Down Secure Messaging Service ProtonMail’s Crowdfunding Account

    PayPal Shuts Down Secure Messaging Service ProtonMail’s Crowdfunding Account

    In another example of why Bitcoin is probably best for online transactions, the mercurial PayPal has shut down ProtonMail’s account, freezing $270,000 in limbo until “questions” are “answered” regarding the cash. PayPal is quite good at shutting down popular funding efforts including, most notably, Wikileak’s donation provider a few years ago. Writes Andy… Read More

  • Kinetise Lets Devs Create Five Working Mobile Apps At Once

    Kinetise Lets Devs Create Five Working Mobile Apps At Once

    Mobile app creators are a dime-a-dozen. However, few are as thorough and powerful as Kinetise,¬†which allows you to create apps in a few minutes and then deploy them on iOS, Android, Blackberry OS, Java, and Windows Phone. Interestingly, it works. Read More

  • The Story Of Slenderman, The Internet’s Own Monster

    The Story Of Slenderman, The Internet’s Own Monster

    Every generation creates its own monsters. Folk tales tell of witches and wyrms in the woods, my TV-infused generation feared Jaws in lakes¬†and Bloody Mary in the mirror. This generation gets its monsters from the Internet. Slenderman is a pure product of electronic media. He appears in places we rarely frequent, these days – abandoned, crumbling halls, deep woods, a playground with… Read More

  • Today Is The Last Day To Enter The PragueCrunch III Pitch-Off

    Today Is The Last Day To Enter The PragueCrunch III Pitch-Off

    PragueCrunch III is already sold out and I’m getting ready to pick startups for our pitch-off next Thursday. That means you have less than 12 hours to submit your startup to the fray. You’re going to want to be part of this. If we release more tickets, I’ll let you know in a post tomorrow or via my Twitter account. I’m not in charge of the venue so I don’t know… Read More

  • Extortionists Are Using Bitcoin To Steal Cash From Business Owners

    Extortionists Are Using Bitcoin To Steal Cash From Business Owners

    Extortionists are going completely anonymous thanks to social media and bitcoin. Brian Krebs just posted on a number of pizzerias that received anonymous letters asking for one bitcoin in order to keep the owners from receiving bad ratings on Yelp, the Better Business Bureau and the like as well as to keep the extortionists from “SWATing” – calling the police to report… Read More

  • The Co-Creator Of Dogecoin Talks About Building One Of The Funniest (And Most Popular) Cryptocurrencies In The World

    The Co-Creator Of Dogecoin Talks About Building One Of The Funniest (And Most Popular) Cryptocurrencies In The World

    Cryptocurrencies are much interesting. While bitcoin churns along like some sort of cyber juggernaut, there are a number of smaller currencies created, mostly off-the-cuff, by programmers and hackers. Dogecoin – pronounced dozhe, like the ancient Ventian dukes – is one of those currencies. Read More

  • This Mechanical Watch Has A Magic Button That Sets It By GPS

    This Mechanical Watch Has A Magic Button That Sets It By GPS

    If there’s a single problem with mechanical watches its that they’re often considered inaccurate. A collection of gears and springs, no matter how carefully put together, will always lose a little time here or there. There’s a solution, quartz, but these tickers are accurate but boring. But why not put the chocolate in the peanut butter, as it were, and connect the two? VCXO… Read More

  • Modern Meadow Raises $10 Million To Make Bioprinted Leather

    Modern Meadow Raises $10 Million To Make Bioprinted Leather

    In the future your sexy black biker jacket may be bioprinted. The New York-based Modern Meadow was originally known for its work in producing bioprinted meat – meat that is cultured in a vat and not grown on a cow – but just raised a $10 million Series A to begin printing cultured leather, a biomaterial that can be used in clothing and other applications. The company has $12.5… Read More

  • Fotolia Now Lets Android Smartphone Photographers Sell Their Snaps

    Fotolia Now Lets Android Smartphone Photographers Sell Their Snaps

    Stock photo merchant Fotalia has launched a new app called Fotalia Instant. The app, which is available on iOS and Android, allows entrepreneurial snappers to take and sell pictures through their smartphone, no fancy photo editing and uploading software required. Read More

  • Time Is Running Out! Join The Disrupt Europe Battlefield Today

    Time Is Running Out! Join The Disrupt Europe Battlefield Today

    In consideration of the teams who will be joining us in Prague next week, have extended the deadline to submit applications for the Startup Battlefield at Disrupt Europe until Sunday, July 6th. Read More

  • Mini-Bots Are Helping Scientists Control Tiny Objects Under A Microscope

    Mini-Bots Are Helping Scientists Control Tiny Objects Under A Microscope

    Imina has created tiny little robots that can be used to help scientists and researchers manipulate tiny objects under a microscope, giving them a tiny helping hand when looking at very small objects. The video above, filmed by AtoZNano, shows the miBots in action. They’re controlled via a joystick-like interface and the tiny probe can measure wires and nanotubes and can even help out… Read More

  • Verizon Confirms It Will Reconnect Data Plans For Chromebook Pixel Owners

    Verizon Confirms It Will Reconnect Data Plans For Chromebook Pixel Owners

    You’ve probably been following the news that some owners of the Google Chromebook Pixel who bought a two-year data plan with their devices had been stiffed. According to a number of complaints, users were greeted with a cancelled account screen when they tried to connect via Verizon’s data network and no one was quite certain what was going on. Read More

  • Security Researchers Uncover The Tools Governments Use To Spy On Our Phones

    Security Researchers Uncover The Tools Governments Use To Spy On Our Phones

    Edward Snowden, whistleblower of the decade, has made it consistently clear that he didn’t trust cellphones. While he never described the methods governments and other miscreants used to crack into our handsets, he maintained that eavesdroppers could hear us even if the phone seemed off and everything on our devices was open to a dedicated hacker. But he never said how it was done. Now… Read More

  • This Perching Robot Could Point To The Future Of Flying Drones

    This Perching Robot Could Point To The Future Of Flying Drones

    What do you do when your drone runs out of power? At this point in the quadcopter game, flying drones need to return to base to recharge or risk falling out of the sky. However, a new method for “tapping” power lines has been discussed, which would allow the drones to sit on and steal power from overhead lines and then keep flying when they’ve recharged. Read More

  • Lenovo Just Patented Their Own Version Of Google Glass

    Lenovo Just Patented Their Own Version Of Google Glass

    As we all know, merely patenting something doesn’t mean it will ever land in stores. However, Lenovo has just filed a basic patent for an “Electronic Device And Sound Capturing Method.” The device, which appears on the USPTO website, looks about as close to Google Glass as you can get without implicitly calling these Lenovo Glasses. Read More