• Apple Should Be More Transparent About Security

    Apple Should Be More Transparent About Security

    It seems that Apple has gotten embroiled in a security scandal of one sort or another every few months. It dodged Heartbleed but was hit by the very embarrassing ‘goto fail’ bug. It was called out for not adequately documenting the uses of diagnostic tools that could have been used to collect data from user devices. Late last year researchers showed off a method for… Read More

  • Apple’s Two Factor Authentication Doesn’t Protect iCloud Backups Or Photo Streams

    Apple’s Two Factor Authentication Doesn’t Protect iCloud Backups Or Photo Streams

    One of the common bits of advice you’ll see people giving you around this celebrity picture hack is to enable two-factor authentication on your accounts — including Apple’s. That’s good advice, but it wouldn’t have protected any of these celebrities and it doesn’t protect the other accounts that are compromised by hackers that are able to obtain an Apple… Read More

  • TechCrunch Disrupt SF Starts With Uber CEO Travis Kalanick

    TechCrunch Disrupt SF Starts With Uber CEO Travis Kalanick

    TechCrunch Disrupt, a thrice-yearly event where they drag me, the founder of TechCrunch, out like Lenin’s embalmed body to show I’m still around, is but a week away. And if anything will shock me back to life, it’ll be Travis Kalanick, the controversial CEO of the controversial startup (if a company can still be called a startup after raising $1.5 billion in venture… Read More

  • Associated Content Founder Luke Beatty Is Now In Charge Of AOL’s Tech Blogs (Including This One)

    Associated Content Founder Luke Beatty Is Now In Charge Of AOL’s Tech Blogs (Including This One)

    So I guess TechCrunch has a new boss. As first reported by Re/code’s Kara Swisher, and confirmed by AOL, Susan Lyne is stepping down from her role as CEO of AOL’s brand group, which includes sites like Engadget, Joystiq, and, yes, TechCrunch. Read More

  • Less Than 1% Of Comments Sent To The FCC Opposed Net Neutrality

    Less Than 1% Of Comments Sent To The FCC Opposed Net Neutrality

    A newly released study executed by the Sunlight Foundation of hundreds of thousands of comments submitted to the FCC by the public found that the vast majority spoke in favor of net neutrality. The group estimates that “less than 1 percent of comments were clearly opposed to net neutrality.” There is wiggle room in the data, given that some people are not clear writers, and could… Read More

  • Bitcovery Presents Onstage At Startup Battlefield | Road to Disrupt S1:E10

    The Road To Disrupt: Bitcovery And Hammer & Chisel

    On this week’s Road To Disrupt, we’re back with Bitcovery and Hammer & Chisel and revisit their on-stage Startup Battlefield presentation at Disrupt SF 2013. Read More

  • 3DHubs Raises $4.5 Million To Make Local 3D Printing Global

    3DHubs Raises $4.5 Million To Make Local 3D Printing Global

    3DHubs, a 3D printer matching service, has raised a $4.5 million Series A to help bring their local 3D printing system to the world. The service, which allows you to find and order 3D prints from printers in your area, is similar to other services like MakeXYZ and 3DLt but is already available overseas. Founded by former 3D Systems employees Brian Garret and Bram de Zwart, the site was one of… Read More

  • Google Partners With UCSB To Build Quantum Processors For Artificial Intelligence

    Google Partners With UCSB To Build Quantum Processors For Artificial Intelligence

    Google today announced that it is expanding its research around quantum computing and that it has hired UC Santa Barbara’s (UCSB) John Martinis and his team — one of the most prolific research groups in this area — to work on new quantum processors based on superconducting electronics. Researchers in Martinis’ lab were among the first to use this technique back in 2008. Read More

  • Announcing The Disrupt SF Hackathon Judges And API Workshops

    Announcing The Disrupt SF Hackathon Judges And API Workshops

    We’re less than a week away from this year’s Disrupt Hackathon, and are delighted to announce the judges & API workshops. I, along with TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Editor, Sam O’Keefe, will be your Hackmaster and host for the weekend. Judges In years past, our judges have served as combination of part-bloodhound, part-iron curtain, separating the wheat from the… Read More

  • 9 Weird Ass Things Uber Has Done For Publicity

    Throughout a company history punctuated by cease and desist orders, consumer backlash to surge pricing and all sorts of regulatory issues, one thing is clear about Uber: It doesn’t like competition. Aggressive pricing, controversial recruiting, 10 figure fundraising, and yes, even some off-the-wall tactics have been Uber’s toolkit for growth. Given the number of things that… Read More