Klint Finley

Klint Finley

Klint Finley is a technology journalist working for TechCrunch. He has also contributed to publications such as Wired, ReadWriteWeb, Disinfo and Shift.

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  • GoDaddy Outage Takes Down Millions Of Sites, Anonymous Member Claims Responsibility

    GoDaddy Outage Takes Down Millions Of Sites, Anonymous Member Claims Responsibility

    According to many customers, sites hosted by major web host and domain registrar GoDaddy are down. According to the official GoDaddy Twitter account the company is aware of the issue and is working to resolve it. Update: customers are complaining that GoDaddy hosted e-mail accounts are down as well, along with GoDaddy phone service and all sites using GoDaddy’s DNS service. Update 2… Read More

  • Blue River Technology Raises $3.1 Million To Build Robots To Replace Chemical Herbicides

    Blue River Technology Raises $3.1 Million To Build Robots To Replace Chemical Herbicides

    Computer vision/robotics company Blue River Technology announced today that it has raised a $3.1 million Series A round of funding from Khosla Ventures. Steve Blank, Ulu Ventures and Stanford Angels and Entrepreneurs also participated. Blue River is designing weed elimination robots for agriculture. No, the company’s not making marijuana crop destructobots — these machines will… Read More

  • Hackathon Project Memstash Helps You Memorize Anything

    Hackathon Project Memstash Helps You Memorize Anything

    Unlike something like Evernote, which helps you store and reference information, TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon entrant Memstash helps you actually memorize stuff. For example, if you want to memorize a famous quote, you can put it in your Memstash through a bookmarklet and the app will send you that quote via SMS or e-mail at specific intervals until you have it memorized. Read More

  • Hacker Returns From Wilderness Exile To Disrupt Sally Struthers

    Hacker Returns From Wilderness Exile To Disrupt Sally Struthers

    Peter Ma says hadn’t switched on his HP laptop for nearly six months when he booted it up at the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon yesterday afternoon. From May until August he backpacked alone in the Sierra Nevada, with no electronics other a watch and a head lamp, just trying to get away from society and come up with a truly new idea. “I wanted to get in touch with basic human… Read More

  • Hex3 Shows Off Android/iPhone Laser Tag At TechCrunch Hackathon

    Hex3 Shows Off Android/iPhone Laser Tag At TechCrunch Hackathon

    Hex3 founder Jon Atherton didn’t have any hardware hacking experience when he launched Kickstarter campaigns for the company’s debut products, the AppTag Laser Blaster and the JaJa Pressure Sensitive Stylus for the iPad. But now, just a few months after raising over $100,000 between the two campaigns, both are real and available for hacking at the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon. Read More

  • Twitter’s API Crackdown May Be Bad For Users, Even If They Never Notice

    Twitter’s API Crackdown May Be Bad For Users, Even If They Never Notice

    This week Twitter launched its new API. There are still lots of questions about what this means for developers, and what role developers have played in Twitter’s rise. But the general consensus seems to be that it doesn’t matter much for most users. Apparently most users just use Twitter’s official clients and supposedly will never notice if Twitter bans most third party clients. Read More

  • Local Search Engine Locu Will Debut API At TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco Hackathon This Weekend

    Local Search Engine Locu Will Debut API At TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco Hackathon This Weekend

    Locu, an app that makes it easy for restaurants to update their menus, will debut its public API at the TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco Hackathon tomorrow. The API will provide access to much more the menus of Locu’s existing users — it’s a full blown local search engine. Read More

  • Y Combinator Backed Bushido Pivots From Cloud Platforms To Customer Data

    Y Combinator Backed Bushido Pivots From Cloud Platforms To Customer Data

    Prince Siddhārtha is said to have left behind his life of privilege, and his wife and child, to dedicate his life to the search for enlightenment and eventually become the spiritual leader known as Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. Y Combinator backed company Bushido’s pivot is less drastic than Siddhārtha’s, but the founders are leaving behind a baby of their own. Read More

  • Enterprise Startup Accelerator Gets Funding Boost From Cisco

    Enterprise Startup Accelerator Gets Funding Boost From Cisco

    It’s been over two years since Box CEO Aaron Levie declared here at TechCrunch that enterprise is sexy again. Since then there have been a few strong enterprise IPOs, like Jive Software, Palo Alto Networks and Splunk, along with some hefty acquisitions, like Microsoft’s $1.2 billion acquisition of Yammer. So yeah, enterprise tech startups are hot, if not sexy, and it makes sense… Read More

  • Snappli Raises $1 Million To Help You Stay Under Your Mobile Data Limit

    Snappli Raises $1 Million To Help You Stay Under Your Mobile Data Limit

    As carriers drop unlimited data plans and throttle bandwidth, the need to stay under a data limit is on more people’s minds. “The thing about web data is that no matter how bad you think it is now, it’s only going to get worse,” says Snappli co-founder Roy Tuvey. Snappli has just raised $1 million from investors including Greylock Partners, Index Ventures and early… Read More

  • The Inbox Is The New Activity Stream. Kind Of…

    The Inbox Is The New Activity Stream. Kind Of…

    Today Atlassian announced a new version of its enterprise wiki Confluence. The big new feature is “WorkBox,” which adds a task management system to Confluence’s activity stream. Ever since Y Combinator co-founder Paul Graham called for startups to “replace e-mail” last March, “inboxes” have become trendy in the way activity streams were a couple years ago. Read More

  • Why The Space Democratization Movement Blows My Mind

    Why The Space Democratization Movement Blows My Mind

    There’s real movement behind the democratization of space. Not in the form of sending more people into space, but in giving more people access to satellites. Nano-satellites are getting cheap enough now that groups can raise enough money on Kickstarter to buy and launch them. That’s only a slightly interesting development on its own, but what fascinates me is that some of these… Read More

  • Happy Ending To The Joyent Lifetime Subscription Story

    Happy Ending To The Joyent Lifetime Subscription Story

    Earlier this month Joyent announced that it would pull the plug on legacy “lifetime” hosting accounts. Now a long lost co-founder of the company is stepping up to honor the agreement. Read More

  • HireVue Lands $22 Million To Reinvent The Job Interview

    HireVue Lands $22 Million To Reinvent The Job Interview

    Today HireVue, makers of a video based job interview and hiring management platform, announced that it raised a $17 million Series C round led by Investor Growth Capital along with an expansion of its debt facility for a total of $22 million in new funding. The company raised a total of $6 million during its B and C rounds, bringing its total raised to $28 million. Read More

  • Paranoid Server Admins Get New iPhone App From Cloud Security Company Dome9

    Paranoid Server Admins Get New iPhone App From Cloud Security Company Dome9

    Israeli security company Dome9 provides a hosted firewall for protecting servers in both private or public clouds. It enables customers to lockdown SSH access or admin panels until they’re specifically opened via the web-based Dome9 console. Today the company released an iPhone app that will provide more convenient access to the console. Read More

  • Huffington Post Now Has Its Own “Labs” Site For Online News Experiments

    Huffington Post Now Has Its Own “Labs” Site For Online News Experiments

    News publishers are becoming tech companies, right down to the Google Labs style experimental sites: The New York Times Company Research & Development Lab, The Globe Lab, WapPo Labs… And now there’s HuffPost Labs, which will unveil its first project today: Highlights, a collection of the most popular sentences from articles and blog posts across the Huffington Post empire. Read More

  • Grim And Gritty Startup Reboot: NoSQL Company Citrusleaf Changes Name And Acquires AlchemyDB

    Grim And Gritty Startup Reboot: NoSQL Company Citrusleaf Changes Name And Acquires AlchemyDB

    Yesterday NoSQL company Citrusleaf announced an undisclosed new round of funding led by New Enterprise Associates. Apparently the someone thought “Citrusleaf” was too soft and friendly a name for today’s more mature NoSQL audience, so the company also got a grimmer, grittier name: Aerospike. But it didn’t stop there. The company needed even more new, so it today… Read More

  • Cult Favorite Note Taking App Notational Velocity Gets A Cross-Platform Alternative

    Cult Favorite Note Taking App Notational Velocity Gets A Cross-Platform Alternative

    Notational Velocity is a cult favorite open source note taking app for OSX. The phrase “life changing” gets thrown around a lot by it devotees. It’s simple, fast and it can sync with either Simplenote or Dropbox, giving you access to all your text notes from virtually any device. But it’s only for OSX. Now there’s an open source clone called nvPY that runs on… Read More

  • Coders Can’t Put Writers Out Of A Job Yet, But We’d Better Watch Our Backs

    Coders Can’t Put Writers Out Of A Job Yet, But We’d Better Watch Our Backs

    Last week The New York Times ran a story by John Markoff about robots replacing human workers. Andrew McAfee, co-author of the excellent Race Against The Machine followed up with a post of his own. The gist: technology and automation lead to more job creation than job displacement in the past, but that may be changing. Writing is one of the few areas that McAfee and his co-author Erik… Read More

  • India’s SMS Hoax Panic: Could It Happen In The U.S.?

    India’s SMS Hoax Panic: Could It Happen In The U.S.?

    Last week tens of thousands of migrants from India’s northeast region fled urban areas as rumor ricocheted through text messages and social media that Muslims would attack them after Ramadan. Fake photos added to the rumors’ credibility. Given how forward button happy we can be in the U.S., I can’t help but wonder if a similar panic could happen here. I spoke with Shlok Vaidya… Read More

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