• Best Buy Will Begin Selling The Apple Watch From August 7

    Best Buy Will Begin Selling The Apple Watch From August 7

    Apple is preparing to expand the sales effort behind the Apple Watch after it was announced that Best Buy will begin selling it in its U.S. stores from August 7, making it the first independent retailer to stock the wearable device. In its most recent quarterly report issued last week, Apple declined to break out sales of its new wearable device — which debuted in April — other than… Read More

  • How App Design Can Hurt App Development Crunch Network

    How App Design Can Hurt App Development

    Mobile apps have become so ubiquitous that it’s easy for most people in tech to assume that creating them is a simple, straightforward process. Look behind the curtain of their development, however, and you’ll often find a painful history of cost-overruns, code and asset bloat and development delays. Read More

  • When Selling Virtual Products Abroad, Don’t Put Prices On Autopilot Crunch Network

    When Selling Virtual Products Abroad, Don’t Put Prices On Autopilot

    If you have a physical product that you want to sell in more than one country, determining the price in different markets can be challenging. You might have to open an office in each country, or at least hire a consultant to assess local demand and analyze the competition. But if you have a virtual product — say an app for a mobile phone — setting the price for it in different… Read More

  • The Mystery Money Creating The Unicorn Herd Crunch Network

    The Mystery Money Creating The Unicorn Herd

    Varied explanations for the growing herd of unicorns — and predictions of their imminent demise — abound. But all can agree: Those who invest in unicorns are chasing returns they can’t get elsewhere. And while venture capital is widely perceived to be fueling the unicorns’ growth, a closer look reveals that not all venture capital is really venture capital. Read More

  • Jack Dorsey’s First Order Of Business As Interim CEO? Twitter Support To The Stars

    Jack Dorsey’s First Order Of Business As Interim CEO? Twitter Support To The Stars

    Stop me if you’ve heard this one. Founder of company leaves to start another company. Comes back a few times. Takes role of “Interim CEO” and starts personally doing customer support for celebrities. Haven’t heard that one? OK, well then check this out. The other day, one Kim Kardashian (powerhouse app developer) PERSONALLY emailed Twitter and complained about the lack… Read More

  • Yes Your ******* Startup Can Cut A Little Free Speech

    Yes Your ******* Startup Can Cut A Little Free Speech

    The internet’s ugliness has been revealed in so many different ways these past few months, it almost makes you want to pull the plug on all of it (I can’t of course, because Apple already removed my Ethernet port before I could get the satisfaction). Blow up(s) at Reddit over whether we can post pictures of fat people. Terrorists using Twitter and other social media to call for… Read More

  • The Internet Of Sound Crunch Network

    The Internet Of Sound

    How do birds communicate? By singing. And now it’s the turn of the machines. A new crop of businesses are now creating what’s referred to as the Internet of Sound. Read More

  • Twitter Judges Tweeted Jokes Copyrightable

    Twitter Judges Tweeted Jokes Copyrightable

    Tweeted a great joke lately? Was it A) a brilliantly original observation all of your own? Or B) a funny tweet you saw on Twitter and pilfered, sans credit? If the answer is B) your joke theft might result in your tweet being blocked on copyright grounds — if the original composer of the joke reports your theft as copyright infringement to Twitter. Read More

  • Google Studies How Much Interstitials Suck On Mobile

    Google Studies How Much Interstitials Suck On Mobile

    How much do mobile users hate interstitial screens blocking their mobile browsing by urging them to down the native app instead? An overwhelming amount, judging by a study conducted by Google in July last year. Well, that and common sense when you think about the contrast between the aim of mobile computing (speed, convenience) and the point of interstitials (slow, distract). Read More

  • Software For The Full-Stack Era Crunch Network

    Software For The Full-Stack Era

    The history of software is dominated by companies that automated how the biggest companies in the world did business. IBM automated clerical tasks, SAP unified corporate financials, and Siebel digitized Rolodexes for relationship-driven salespeople. With that focus in mind, it’s no wonder that many of the world’s largest technology companies survive based on their ties to IT… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Fare Trade

    Gillmor Gang: Fare Trade

    The Gillmor Gang — Dan Farber, John Taschek, Keith Teare, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Saturday, July 25, 2015. Uber takes NY, while The Gang wonders what Windows 10 is or isn’t, whether Twitter ain’t broke so don’t fix it, and nothing whatsoever about Donald Trump. Plus, the latest G3 with Halley Suitt Tucker, Mary Hodder, Kristie Wells, Luke Sontag, … Read More

  • Startups Grow In Africa, But Ecosystems Need More To Flourish Crunch Network

    Startups Grow In Africa, But Ecosystems Need More To Flourish

    Obamania has gripped Kenya as the 44th U.S. president lands in Nairobi, the country’s capital, for a visit. From t-shirts, mugs, and caps with Barack Obama’s name and image to “Obama themed ringtones,” (“Yes we can!”) it will not be hard for the U.S. president to find entrepreneurs in Kenya. Among East African countries Kenya, Africa’s fifth… Read More

  • The Three Qualities Twitter’s Next CEO Must Have Crunch Network

    The Three Qualities Twitter’s Next CEO Must Have

    Perhaps you’ve heard there’s a job opening over at Twitter. The blue bird is looking for its next CEO after longtime leader and all-around good guy Dick Costolo decided to step down after a successful run taking Twitter from mid-sized startup to public company. Read More

  • Startups And The Big Lie

    Startups And The Big Lie

    A startup is hemorrhaging cash, and the VCs have yet to agree on terms for a capital infusion. The clock is ticking until deadpool, first weeks away then days. The founders, stress levels increasing to stratospheric levels, continue to sell their company to everyone, whether investors, employees, potential employees, or clients. They have little choice. Funding is contingent on growth, but… Read More

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

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

    This week, top tech companies reported earnings, Twitter took away our backgrounds and we saw headlines about Uber, Tesla, and more. Here at TechCrunch HQ, we launched our newest and first ever talk show Bullish, with Alex Wilhelm. Read More

  • Technology Is Magic, Just Ask The Washington Post Crunch Network

    Technology Is Magic, Just Ask The Washington Post

    Most people don’t understand how technology works. When they flip a light switch, or tap their phone, what happens next is essentially magic to them. Oh, they may be able to handwave a bit about electrons and volts and microprocessors and radio waves and packet-switched networks, but they’re just mouthing the words. They don’t actually understand any of those things. Read More

  • How To Win The Day Crunch Network

    How To Win The Day

    Hal Elrod was dead for six minutes. The car he was driving crashed head on into a truck. His girlfriend, sitting next to him, was unscratched. The roof of the car sliced open his head, causing brain damage. Bones in his face, his arm, all over his body were broken and he was in a coma for six days (during which time his girlfriend broke up with him). When he woke from his coma the doctors told… Read More

  • Why Amazon And Entrepreneurs Are Bullish On Mexico Crunch Network

    Why Amazon And Entrepreneurs Are Bullish On Mexico

    Imagine a country with 100 million mobile phones, but just 15 percent of residents have a credit card. A country where more than half of the population is under age 27, but less than half has Internet access. That, in a nutshell, underscores the opportunities and challenges for innovators and investors evaluating Mexico’s emerging innovation economy. Read More

  • Qualtrics, In The Billion-Dollar Club, But Still An Outsider

    Qualtrics, In The Billion-Dollar Club, But Still An Outsider

    Qualtrics, whose online survey research platforms help more than 8,000 enterprise customers better understand both their employees and their customers, is a little unusual for a lot of reasons. For starters, it’s based in Provo, Utah, a state that has attracted more than $1 billion in venture funding over the last 18 months yet remains far from Silicon Valley’s bustling tech scene. Read More

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