Jordan Crook

Jordan Crook

Jordan Crook is a writer/reporter based out of Brooklyn, NY. She writes about things teens like. She snaps innocent selfies and vines nudes. She has written for publications such as Mobile Marketer and MobileBurn.

She is now a writer at TechCrunch.

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  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: BlackBerry, Bar-Tending Robots, And Drones

    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: BlackBerry, Bar-Tending Robots, And Drones

    Christmas is around the corner, and thus, this podcast is especially merry. BlackBerry recently introduced the smartphone of yesterday, in the BlackBerry Classic. We’re also seeing an uptick in bar-tending robot products, which leads us to wonder if there has ever really been a lot of difficulty in making yourself a drink. Read More

  • Canary Home Security System Has Finally Started Shipping

    Canary Home Security System Has Finally Started Shipping

    Canary, the $250, all-in-one home security system that caught the attention of our hearts and minds back in 2013, has finally started shipping. The device launched on Indiegogo back in July of 2013, with a goal of $100,000. By the time the campaign had ended, Canary had amassed nearly $2 million in pre-orders. After selling around 15,000 units, Canary turned off pre-orders and went head-down… Read More

  • Instagram Is Now Worth $35 Billion

    Instagram Is Now Worth $35 Billion

    Citigroup raised the valuation of Instagram this morning from $19 billion to $35 billion. The photo-sharing network recently announced it had surpassed 300 million active users, and has taken steps toward cleaning up spam accounts, as well as adding new filters and features. Read More

  • Betaworks’ Homescreen Intros App Profile Pages, Taking App Discovery To A New Level

    Betaworks’ Homescreen Intros App Profile Pages, Taking App Discovery To A New Level

    Betaworks latest experiment, Homescreen, has added app profile pages to the platform, letting users see how popular the app is on various Homescreens, important people who are using it, and other apps that either share a drawer or a homescreen with that particular app. “The App Store is a black box,” Homescreen co-founder Matt Hartman tells me. “We want to make it easy for… Read More

  • Bustle Lands $15.5 Million From General Catalyst

    Bustle Lands $15.5 Million From General Catalyst

    Bustle, the <a target="_blank" href="http://valleywag.gawker.com/who-gave-this-asshole-6-5-million-to-launch-a-bro-tast-1134693292mansplational (portmanteau for sensational man-splaining) lady-centric news site led by Bryan Goldberg (because he knows women) has raised $15.5 million led by General Catalyst. Time Warner Investments, Rothenberg Ventures, 500 Startups and The… Read More

  • Uber Driver Charged With Rape In Boston

    Uber Driver Charged With Rape In Boston

    An Uber driver in Boston has been charged with rape, according to Bloomberg. He allegedly picked up a female passenger on the evening of December 6, asked her to get cash out of an ATM, and took her to a secluded area where he beat and raped her. Police Commissioner Robert Haas and Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan have identified the suspect as Alejandro Done, 46, through… Read More

  • US Officials Believe North Korea Was Involved In Sony Hacks

    US Officials Believe North Korea Was Involved In Sony Hacks

    U.S. officials say they believe that North Korea’s government was involved in the large-scale hack of Sony servers, which led to the leak of troves of Sony data from emails to unreleased projects, according to the NYT. Federal cyber-security sources say that there is evidence indicating that the hack was routed through computers in Singapore, Thailand, Italy, Bolivia and Cyprus, ABC reports. Read More

  • Sony Officially Cancels ‘The Interview’ Release Following Hacker Threats

    Sony Officially Cancels ‘The Interview’ Release Following Hacker Threats

    Following threats from hackers responsible for large-scale server breaches and leaks at Sony, the entertainment studio has made the official decision to cancel The Interview, which was set to be released on Christmas Day. Read More

  • Dating Platform Zoosk Ditches IPO Plan As Founders Exit Leadership Roles

    Dating Platform Zoosk Ditches IPO Plan As Founders Exit Leadership Roles

    Zoosk, the online dating platform that has been around since 2007, has today announced changes to leadership, with CFO Kelly Steckelberg taking over as CEO. She will be replacing co-founder Shayan Zadeh, who is becoming a member of the board, and his co-founder Alex Mehr (currently president) will also be moving into a board position. Read More

  • Truly Wireless Lands $1.4M Seed To Turn Your Smartphone Into An Actual Business Phone

    Truly Wireless Lands $1.4M Seed To Turn Your Smartphone Into An Actual Business Phone

    Truly Wireless, a new company launching with a fresh $1.4 million in seed funding, is trying to bring all the same functionality of the classic enterprise telephony system, to the phone you actually use every day, your smartphone. The round was led by Index ventures, Greylock Partners and Boldstart Ventures, with participation from ENIAC ventures and a group of angels. Truly allows companies… Read More

  • Sinch Goes Global With SMS API For Developers

    Sinch Goes Global With SMS API For Developers

    Sinch, the newly spun out Rebtel company, has launched its SMS API globally, offering the ability for developers to add SMS integration to their app or website in 105 different countries across the globe. The product was initially developed under the Rebtel umbrella before Sinch took $12 million in funding to spin out the business this May. Since then, the company has test launched the SMS… Read More

  • Chatous Topic-Based Messaging Platform Closes $2.1M Seed From General Catalyst

    Chatous Topic-Based Messaging Platform Closes $2.1M Seed From General Catalyst

    Chatous, a social messaging app that has been around since November 2012, is today closing a $2.1 million seed round led by General Catalyst, with participation from XSeed Capital and Slow Ventures. General Catalyst’s Kevin Colleran will join the board. The whole idea behind Chatous is that folks want to talk about what they’re interested in, whenever they’re interested in it. Read More

  • Instagram Adds Five New Filters

    Instagram Adds Five New Filters

    Today Instagram has added five new filters for still images, which is the first time they’ve done such a thing in two years. The most recent filters before this, which seems odd considering they’ve been there longer than most of Instagrams users have actually been on the app, were Willow and Mayfair. Just like you’d expect, each of the new filters has a slightly odd-sounding… Read More

  • Talkspace Therapy Platform Piles On Another $1M From Metamorphic, Launches On Android

    Talkspace Therapy Platform Piles On Another $1M From Metamorphic, Launches On Android

    Talkspace, the web and mobile app that lets people connect and communicate with licensed therapists, has today announced the close of a $1 million bridge from Metamorphic Ventures to close out their seed round. This brings Talkspace’s total raised to $3.5 million as Metamorphic joins existing investors Spark Capital and Soft Bank. Alongside the new financing, the therapy platform is… Read More

  • Dots Spins Out Of Betaworks With $10M Series A From Tencent, GreyCroft

    Dots Spins Out Of Betaworks With $10M Series A From Tencent, GreyCroft

    Dots, the mobile gaming studio responsible for two dead-simple but beautiful games, is today announcing the close of a $10 million round, as well as the official spinout of Dots as its own company, separate from betaworks. The series A round is co-led by Greycroft Partners and TenCent, which Dots cofounder and CEO Paul Murphy reminded TechCrunch is the largest gaming company in the world based… Read More

  • These Australian Social Media Reactions To The #SydneySiege Are Perfect

    These Australian Social Media Reactions To The #SydneySiege Are Perfect

    The hostage situation in Sydney’s busy city district has crossed over into day two, with the identity of the hostage taker revealed as Man Haron Monis. The perpetrator, 49, is a self-proclaimed sheikh already pending trial and out on bail for being an accessory to murder. He still has an unconfirmed number of hostages captured inside a Lindt Cafe in Sydney. Some hostages escaped or… Read More

  • Endui App Looks To End DUIs

    Endui App Looks To End DUIs

    Even if you’re a relatively “good” drunk, you’re still far dumber than you are when you’re sober. It’s just science. So technology, as it is wont to do, is swooping in to save the day. A new app called Endui (End DUI) was launched by government and police officials in Maryland with about $50,000 in funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety… Read More

  • Facebook Dumps Bing, Will Introduce Its Own Search Tool

    Facebook Dumps Bing, Will Introduce Its Own Search Tool

    It seems that Facebook quietly removed Bing as its primary search provider over the weekend, announcing plans to debut its own search tool on Monday, according to Reuters. The report says that Facebook’s new search tool will give users the ability to filter through old comments and other information from friends. Read More

  • This Week On The TechCrunch Gadgets Podcast: Cheap New 3D Printers And Pizzas

    This Week On The TechCrunch Gadgets Podcast: Cheap New 3D Printers And Pizzas

    I’m just going to admit it. We were kind of a mess on the podcast this morning. But the show must go on. Read More

  • Protesters March On Apple Campus To Demand Better Working Conditions For Contractors

    Protesters March On Apple Campus To Demand Better Working Conditions For Contractors

    Protestors invaded Apple’s Bay Area campus yesterday during a torrential downpour. Reports say there were around 100 protestors, in coordination with the United Service Workers West union and accompanied by the Reverand Jesse Jackson, who were protesting pay and work conditions for the lower-paid contract workers who handle things like security and maintenance at tech firms like… Read More

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