• Why Is It Bad For Tech To Eat Jobs?

    Why Is It Bad For Tech To Eat Jobs?

    Most jobs suck. Yours probably doesn’t–after all, you’re a member of the highly educated, cutting-edge TechCrunch demographic–but most jobs, almost by definition, are done by people coerced by the fear of not having enough money into doing work they mostly don’t want to do. We should be ecstatic about the prospect of robots doing that work for us. Shouldn’t we? Read More

  • Changing The Rules Of E-Commerce

    Changing The Rules Of E-Commerce

    In late summer, Mayfield and CRV co-hosted a dinner for entrepreneurs at e-commerce 2.0 companies, including Brit& Co, Dolls Kill, Dropship, Indiegogo, Kiwi Crate, LeTote, Massdrop, Pebble, Peek, Poshmark, The Hunt, Tophatter, Touch of Modern, Trendalytics, Udemy and Urban Remedy. Over dinner and drinks these executives discussed the factors making e-commerce cool again for investors… Read More

  • Microsoft Band Demo

    Hands On With Microsoft’s New Fitness Wearable, The Band

    Dropping out of left field like a foul fly ball from the Kansas City Royals this week, the Microsoft Band was a surprise. Part fitness band, part computer, part mobile Twitter and stock-checking smartgadget, the Band is a mix of things. And it pretty much works. It’s still a bit clunky, as you might expect from first-generation hardware, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the Band. Read More

  • Contextly Expands Its Content Recommendation Platform To Include Videos And For-Sale Products, Too

    Contextly Expands Its Content Recommendation Platform To Include Videos And For-Sale Products, Too

    With the latest expansion of its content recommendation tools, startup Contextly isn’t just pointing visitors to relevant articles, but videos and products, too. Co-founder and CEO Ryan Singel (a former editor at Wired) told me that this is “doubling down” on the company’s current strategy. Read More

  • Google Hunts Cancer, Microsoft Releases Fitness Tracker, Kim Kardashian

    CrunchWeek: Google Hunts For Cancer, Microsoft’s Fitness Band, And Kim Kardashian Goes To A Tech Conference

    Alex Wilhelm, Kyle Russell and I discuss Google[x]‘s new nanoparticle project to hunt down cancerous cells, Alex shows off his shiny new fitness tracker from Microsoft, and the scary comments we received after Kim Kardashian showed up at a tech conference. Also, Happy Halloween! We all put on cat ears just for you. Read More

  • 11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    Between the portal to hell opening in our comments section, Elon Musk’s AI demons, and metallic 3D printed guns, it’s been a scary Halloween week here at TechCrunch. We give you our best stories of the week (10/25-10/31). 1. During an interview at an MIT symposium, Elon Musk answered a question that took an unexpected turn. When asked about his views on artificial intelligence… Read More

  • The Orange Chef Prep Pad | One Lap

    One Lap: The Orange Chef Preps At Full Speed

    Every industry is ripe for disruption, and food preparation is no exception. Traditional recipes are static and driven by standard portion sizes. With experience, a good chef knows how to properly modify recipes according to objectives of taste and healthiness. But this process today is driven by intuition based on years of experience cooking and learning what works and what doesn’t. Read More

  • Lyft’s Former VP Of Ops Stephen Schnell Defects To Uber

    Lyft’s Former VP Of Ops Stephen Schnell Defects To Uber

    Uber’s putting that $1.2 billion in funding to good use poaching execs from its top competitor. After hiring former Lyft COO Travis VanderZanden earlier this month, Uber has now scored Lyft’s former VP of Operations Stephen Schnell to work on international supply growth, according to Schnell’s LinkedIn. Bloomberg reporter Serena Saitto tweeted about the move earlier. Read More

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: HP Sprout, New Fitbits, And Other Wrist-Worn Tech

    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: HP Sprout, New Fitbits, And Other Wrist-Worn Tech

    Fitbit announced a few new devices, including the Fitbit Charge and the Fitbit Surge, both of which we’re excited about. Plus, HP is doing all kinds of weird things, not least of which is the announcement of an odd new computer, projector type device called the Sprout. Plus, we’re still fascinated with the Apple Watch so we’re talking about all things wrist this week. Read More

  • Trent Reznor’s Apple Special Project Is In “The World” Of Music Delivery

    Trent Reznor’s Apple Special Project Is In “The World” Of Music Delivery

    Musical magic man Trent Reznor is working with Apple on something or other, after the Beats Chief Creative Officer came on board following the acquisition. He says that Apple was interested in working with Reznor directly in “designing some products” following the deal in an interview with Billboard, and also say that the partnership would focus on the “world” of… Read More

  • Mad Genius Radio Feels Like A Smarter Version Of Old-School Radio

    Mad Genius Radio Feels Like A Smarter Version Of Old-School Radio

    Mad Genius Radio is taking a somewhat old-school approach to streaming music. In a world where most radio services use correlation algorithms to figure out what you want to hear, based on beats per minute and cadence and genre, without really thinking about the right rotation of new and old music. Thus, the stations you end up listening to the most become a bit stale. But Mad Genius is… Read More

  • Net Neutrality’s Future Remains A Glorious Muddle

    Net Neutrality’s Future Remains A Glorious Muddle

    The FCC is expected to vote on new neutrality rules in December. What those rules will entail remains a high-stakes parlor game. Out this week from the Wall Street Journal’s Gautham Nagesh was a report indicating that, similar to some plans proposed by extra-governmental individuals and groups, the FCC is considering a ‘hybrid’ approach to net neutrality. Others, including Rep. Read More

  • Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo Has Crashed

    Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo Has Crashed

    This morning, Virgin Galactic tweeted that their SpaceShipTwo spaceplane had experienced an “in-flight anomaly” We have now confirmed that SpaceShipTwo has crashed due to currently unknown causes. Read More

  • Evernote Rolls Out Its New “Work Chat” Feature

    Evernote Rolls Out Its New “Work Chat” Feature

    Evernote has rolled out a new “Work Chat” feature to its web and mobile applications which allows users of its online note-taking and collaboration software to discuss ideas and projects directly in the Evernote interface itself, instead of having to shift those conversations over to email. Additionally, when you email a note to someone, it will now show up in Work Chat… Read More

  • Super-Agent Andrew Wylie Calls Amazon An “ISIS-Like Distribution Channel”

    Super-Agent Andrew Wylie Calls Amazon An “ISIS-Like Distribution Channel”

    Andrew Wylie is a major book agent who many in the milquetoast publishing industry call the “jackal.” His fiery pronouncements are much-read in certain circles and his latest one, in a speech given at Toronto’s International Festival of Authors, is a doozy. Wylie, who sees Amazon as a threat to all that is good and holy in the book industry, called the organization… Read More

  • Your Next Passport Could Be On The Blockchain

    Your Next Passport Could Be On The Blockchain

    A blockchain tinkerer named Chris Ellis has created a system to build an actual digital passport that, through use of the Bitcoin blockchain and some encryption, will allow you to identify yourself online and off. Called World Citizenship, the project just launched on Github and shows some definite promise. “The goal of this project is to learn and layout a simple process for anyone in… Read More

  • Why Online Retailers Continue To Open Brick-And-Mortar Stores

    Why Online Retailers Continue To Open Brick-And-Mortar Stores

    In an age when new technology and the growth of pure online-only retailers have industry analysts questioning the future of brick-and-mortar stores, what are online retailers doing to grow their businesses and gain market share? Why, opening up physical storefronts of course. The benefits that physical spaces provide make up three of the top reasons why online retailers are setting up shop… Read More

  • App Annie Fills The Void Left By Facebook’s Onavo Acquisition With Its New Company Smart Sense

    App Annie Fills The Void Left By Facebook’s Onavo Acquisition With Its New Company Smart Sense

    When Facebook scooped up mobile data analytics powerhouse Onavo last year, it was only a matter of time before someone rebuilt its service. And that seems to be just what the now-leading mobile app analytics firm App Annie has done. The company, which used some portion of its $39 million in funding to snap up its competitor Distimo earlier this year, has quietly released a new app called… Read More

  • “VideoSelfie” Scores $1.2 Million For Its App Offering Real-Time Filters, GIFs And More

    “VideoSelfie” Scores $1.2 Million For Its App Offering Real-Time Filters, GIFs And More

    But I thought we were recording our video selfies on Instagram and Snapchat now? A soon-to-launch mobile application called VideoSelfie, whose founders participated in the 500 Startups accelerator last year, has raised $1.2 million for its forthcoming mobile application that lets you edit your videos (of yourself, duh) in real-time. You can add filters, decorations and GIFs, hit record… Read More

  • This Ambulance Drone Can Fly Into Trouble With First Aid

    This Ambulance Drone Can Fly Into Trouble With First Aid

    A Dutch engineer has created a flying defibrillator for emergency situations. The drone, called the Ambulance Drone, would be stationed at various points in the city. In an emergency, people on the scene can call it in and it arrives a few seconds later. The built-in defibrillator unit can be used by anyone and it allows doctors to monitor the situation after the shocks are administered. The… Read More

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