Matt Burns

Matt Burns
Matt is a Senior Editor at TechCrunch. Matt Burns is a family man first and attempts to be a writer second. Born and raised in the heart of the automotive world, only cars eclipse his love of gadgets. He previously wrote for Engadget and EngadgetHD before moving into the party house that is TechCrunch. His passions include emails, run-on sentences and following through with action items developed during a conference call. CrunchBase profile →

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  • Twitch's Otherworldly Office | TC Cribs

    Twitch CEO Emmett Shear And COO Kevin Lin To Speak At Disrupt SF

    Twitch is coming to Disrupt SF in early September. The event, like everything Twitch does, will, of course, be streamed live. Twitch is a media monster. It’s at the forefront of the exploding eSports industry. Just three years old, the video streaming service is changing the way gamers interact while providing multibillion avenues for advertisers. Google is reportedly looking into… Read More

  • Please Join Us For The 9th Annual August Capital Party In Silicon Valley

    Please Join Us For The 9th Annual August Capital Party In Silicon Valley

    TechCrunch’s annual summer soirée is almost here. As in years past, August Capital will host TechCrunch and hundreds of local investors, founders and developers at its sunny office on Sand Hill Road. All are welcome to the August 1 event, but space is very limited. Read More

  • Uber Comes To Flint And Makes Me Very Happy

    Uber Comes To Flint And Makes Me Very Happy

    I live in a dead city outside of a larger dead city in Michigan. We’re always last to get things. But Uber is finally in Flint, Michigan. This is the best day ever. In fact Uber just launched across Michigan today in Flint, Lansing, Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo. Read More

  • Longtime Apple Board Member Bill Campbell Retiring, BlackRock Co-Founder Susan Wagner To Replace Him

    Longtime Apple Board Member Bill Campbell Retiring, BlackRock Co-Founder Susan Wagner To Replace Him

    Bill Campbell has had a seat in Apple’s boardroom for 17 years, yet he joined the company in 1983 as vice president of Marketing. Next to Apple co-founders Steve Jobs and Mike Markkula, he’s the company’s longest serving board member. Apple announced today that he will be stepping down. BlackRock co-founder Susan L Wagner will be taking his spot. Read More

  • HP Appoints CEO Meg Whitman To Chairman Of The Board

    HP Appoints CEO Meg Whitman To Chairman Of The Board

    Meg Whitman just gained a bit more power within HP. The company’s Board of Directors has appointed her to the chairman’s spot following the departure of Ralph Whitworth earlier this week. Whitman was already serving as president and CEO of HP. She came on board following a tumultuous period of always-shifting leadership within HP and immediately set out to stabilize the… Read More

  • Nokia X Android Devices Will Run Windows Phone

    Nokia X Android Devices Will Run Windows Phone

    Nokia, (you know, Microsoft’s mobile division), launched the Nokia X2, a low-cost Android handset last month. Yes, Android. This was the second device in the product line and a curious one at that. Because Android. Today, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced a change in direction that will bring the Nokia X line more in line with Microsoft’s strategic direction meaning… Read More

  • The $5 Million Cooler

    The $5 Million Cooler

    Forget potato salads. There’s a new Kickstarter superstar: The Coolest Cooler. It’s just a cooler yet so much more. It already has over $5 million in funding on Kickstarter with 45 days left on its campaign and is about to break into Kickstarter’s top 5 most-funded projects. It’s just the coolest! Read More

  • Ex-Ford CEO Alan Mulally Joins Google’s Board Of Directors

    Ex-Ford CEO Alan Mulally Joins Google’s Board Of Directors

    That didn’t take long. Former Ford President CEO has found a new parking spot at Google after just retiring from Ford Motor Company earlier this month. Google has just announced the appointment of Alan Mulally to its Board of Directors and will serve on Google’s Audit Committee. His appointment was effective July 9, 2014. Read More

  • Of Course The FCC’s Website Is Crashing, But You Can Still Leave A Comment On Net Neutrality

    Of Course The FCC’s Website Is Crashing, But You Can Still Leave A Comment On Net Neutrality

    Today is the final day a person can comment on the FCC’s net neutrality proposal. But it’s currently not possible. That part of the FCC’s website — the part where a person can leave a comment — is dead and has been for most of the day. Clearly this Government agency, with its archaic, non-functional website, should be in charge of the future of the Internet. Read More

  • Google Is Looking For Developers For Its Modular Smartphone Project

    Google Is Looking For Developers For Its Modular Smartphone Project

    Google’s modular smartphone is inching closer to reality. The company is looking for a few good developers with stellar ideas for Project Ara. Developers have to apply to the program and Google will select a lucky few to get very early access to the modules powering the novel smartphone. Read More

  • Here Are The First Products From Fitbit’s Partnership With Tory Burch

    Here Are The First Products From Fitbit’s Partnership With Tory Burch

    Fitbit is going high-style. Back at CES, the wearable gadgets company announced a partnership with Tory Burch that would involve the noted designer releasing several accessories for the Fitbit Flex. I must say, I look good in brass. Read More

  • ScribbleLive Acquires CoveritLive, Will Still Operate Both Brands

    ScribbleLive Acquires CoveritLive, Will Still Operate Both Brands

    Once bitter rivals, ScribbleLive and CoveritLive are now family. Scribble Technologies is today announcing the acquisition of CoveritLive from Demand Media, effectively bringing two of the largest live content creation companies under one roof. The two companies have slightly different product sets, but the same aim: To empower brands and companies with tools to bring live content to their… Read More

  • MakerBot Comes To Select Home Depot Stores

    MakerBot Comes To Select Home Depot Stores

    Home Depot is redefining the term DIY now that MakerBot printers and scanners are available in some retail locations. As part of a pilot program (pdf link), the 3D printers will sold and demonstrated in 12 stores throughout California, Illinois and New York. Home Depot started selling the printers on its website three months ago. The latest generation of the Replication, the new Replicator… Read More

  • Developer Predicted LeBron’s Move To The Cavs With Website Analysis

    Developer Predicted LeBron’s Move To The Cavs With Website Analysis

    LeBron James is going home. Sports Illustrated just announced that the king will once again don a Cleveland Cavaliers jersey. The move was predictable yet few people knew for sure that he would leave Miami — except LeBron’s web developer. Yesterday, a web developer ran Firebug on LebronJames.com. The results revealed several new unpublished pages built the day prior. The pages… Read More

  • Finally, A Way To Find Movies Worth Watching On Netflix

    Finally, A Way To Find Movies Worth Watching On Netflix

    Netflix is like the candy dish at your grandmother’s house. Most of the movies are crap, but you know, buried somewhere in there, is something worth your time. A Better Queue is a site dedicated to finding the Werther’s Originals in Netflix based on Rotten Tomatoes ratings. Read More

  • Tinder’s Sean Rad To Join Us At Disrupt SF 2014

    Tinder’s Sean Rad To Join Us At Disrupt SF 2014

    Sean Rad, the co-inventor of the hottest dating game in the land, will be joining us onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2014 to chat about the success of Tinder and its plans for monetization. Tinder is also currently the subject of a lawsuit served by its former VP of Marketing Whitney Wolfe, which we have covered here. The app in its present iteration has been around since 2012, but… Read More

  • Expect Labs Releases API For Better Voice Controls And Content Discovery

    Expect Labs Releases API For Better Voice Controls And Content Discovery

    TechCrunch Startup alumni Expect Labs has just released a turnkey solution to allow developers to add a voice interface with just a few lines of code. Called MindMeld, the API leans on the company’s extensive work with voice search and natural voice analysis. Building a recipe app and want an easy way for your users to search for potato salads? The MindMeld API can help. Read More

  • The LTE Verision Of Sony’s Ultra-Slim Xperia Z2 Tablet Hits Verizon Exclusively

    The LTE Verision Of Sony’s Ultra-Slim Xperia Z2 Tablet Hits Verizon Exclusively

    The Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is one of the best Android tablets on the market. It’s incredibly thin, waterproof and the screen is stunning. And now it’s available in LTE, exclusively on Verizon for $599.99, although, for a limited time, it be discounted to $499.99 when purchased with a new two-year activation. The tablet is available for order on July 10 and will be in retail locations… Read More

  • Chinese Supercloner Xiaomi Expected To Release A Fitness Tracker

    Chinese Supercloner Xiaomi Expected To Release A Fitness Tracker

    Watch out, Fitbit. Xiaomi is firing up its photocopiers again. Xiaomi makes the best cheap gadgets available. The company started out cloning existing gadgets, but has since moved on to designing and developing its own wares. And selling them dirt cheap. The company already sells several smartphones and a streaming TV device. Now reports state that company will soon release a fitness tracker. Read More

  • BlackBerry Is One Of The Hottest Stocks Of 2014, Seriously

    BlackBerry Is One Of The Hottest Stocks Of 2014, Seriously

    Don’t look now, but BlackBerry — you know, the butt of most cell phone jokes — is mounting an impressive comeback. BlackBerry’s stock is up 50 percent on the year and one of the best performers in its sector. BlackBerry has been written off as dead countless times. The company is often viewed as a relic of a bygone era. Its CEO is a blowhard, not afraid to take spats… Read More