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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  • Vonage CEO Marc Lefar To Step Down

    Vonage CEO Marc Lefar To Step Down

    Home VoIP pioneer Vonage is looking for a new chief after its longtime CEO announced his retirement. Marc Lefar joined Vonage in 2008 and the company today announced he will step down after his replacement is found. And this replacement has a tough act to follow. Read More

  • Livestream Comes To Google Glass

    Livestream Comes To Google Glass

    With just a voice command and a click of a button, a Google Glass wearer can launch the new Livestream app and start streaming from their face. The video streaming startup just announced the Glass app at the National Association of Broadcasters show. Glass already featured a live video streaming platform in Google Hangouts. But with Livestream, Glass just took a big step towards commercial… Read More

  • T-Mobile CEO Fires Back After Losing BlackBerry Sales Arrangement

    T-Mobile CEO Fires Back After Losing BlackBerry Sales Arrangement

    BlackBerry and T-Mobile executives should read Jordan’s #love column. Breaking up over the Internet is rough on everyone. In a letter released this evening, T-Mobile’s outspoken CEO John Legere talked about BlackBerry’s separation with the wireless carrier and reassured BlackBerry customers that their devices will continue to operate on T-Mobile’s network. Read More

  • Report Claims Google Is Exploring Offering Wireless Carrier Services

    Report Claims Google Is Exploring Offering Wireless Carrier Services

    Google is exploring launching a wireless carrier service, according to The Information. The report cites a meeting between Google and Verizon officials in which the possibility of a Google MVNO was discussed. Read More

  • Twitter Is No Longer Banned In Turkey

    Twitter Is No Longer Banned In Turkey

    After weeks of being blocked, Twitter will soon be accessible in the country following a court ruling stating that the ban was a breach of freedom of expression. It may take a couple of hours to restore the service after the TIB, the governmental administration in charge of internet regulations, lifted the ban. The status of YouTube is still in question since that service was also blocked on… Read More

  • Popcorn Time Has A New Home

    Popcorn Time Has A New Home

    After a brief stint without a home, Popcorn Time is back online at Popcorn-time.tv. I give it two weeks until the site is pulled and it pops up somewhere else. Meanwhile the installer is actively traded on torrent sites and back on GitHub, showing that a program can exists, but perhaps not thrive, without a flashy front-end website. Read More

  • After Week-Long My Cloud Outage, Western Digital Is Making A Case For Dropbox, Box

    After Week-Long My Cloud Outage, Western Digital Is Making A Case For Dropbox, Box

    Western Digital brags that the its My Cloud product and service will allow owners to “Save everything. Access anywhere”. Except when the service is down. Which it has been for almost a week. Read More

  • “If We Lose, We’re Finished,” Said Aereo Investor Barry Diller

    “If We Lose, We’re Finished,” Said Aereo Investor Barry Diller

    It’s win or go home for Aereo. “[Aereo] probably will not be able to continue,” key Aereo investor Barry Diller told Bloomberg TV about the company’s Supreme Court case. He added that there might be some salvageable material. There isn’t a plan B. Read More

  • Here’s TechCrunch’s Review Of The Original Fire TV, The FyreTV Porn Streamer

    Here’s TechCrunch’s Review Of The Original Fire TV, The FyreTV Porn Streamer

    Amazon’s Fire TV is not the first box to be a hot streamer… if you know what I mean. A Florida-based company launched the original FyreTV video streamer in 2008 and a followup product in 2009. We reviewed it and concluded that it was an impressive device even if it was just for porn. Read More

  • Popcorn Time Has Gone Dark. Again.

    Popcorn Time Has Gone Dark. Again.

    The saga continues. Popcorn Time, the so-called Netflix for pirated content, has vanished from its splashy website and GitHub home. The latest popular fork of open source project is gone, but the program is far from dead. Nothing ever totally disappears from the Internet. Popcorn Time is not an exception. The program can still be found on various websites and torrent aggregators. The latest… Read More

  • BlackBerry Breaks Up With T-Mobile

    Remember when T-Mobile ran a highly successful campaign offering a new phone to BlackBerry owners? The one where BlackBerry fanboys attacked like rabid raccoons only to have T-Mobile pick them up and Kevin Rose them down a staircase? Yeah, BlackBerry didn’t like it very much and today announced that it will not renew a sales agreement with T-Mobile when it expires at the end of April. Read More

  • Tickets Are Now Available For The Disrupt NY 14 Hackathon

    Tickets Are Now Available For The Disrupt NY 14 Hackathon

    The Disrupt NY Hackathon is a month away and the first round of tickets are available here. It’s free to register and attend our 24 hour hackathon. Designers and developers are both welcome. It’s a grand time. Space is very limited and the tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. More tickets will be released in coming weeks. As the show draws closer, the APIs… Read More

  • Healthcare.gov Crashes On The Last Day To Enroll Before The Deadline

    Healthcare.gov Crashes On The Last Day To Enroll Before The Deadline

    Healthcare.gov is down for maintenance at the most inopportune time. Users are reporting not being able to access the U.S. government’s healthcare marketplace on the last day before the deadline. Technical problems due to scheduled maintenance is to blame. Read More

  • Neil Young’s PonoPlayer Passes $5m In Kickstarter Pledges

    Neil Young’s PonoPlayer Passes $5m In Kickstarter Pledges

    The portable music player is alive and well. Pono Music’s PonoPlayer just crossed the $5 million milestone on Kickstarter, making it the fourth most funded project in the site’s history. Twelve thousand backers have pledged enough to pre-order the device. And there is still 16 days to go on its campaign. Read More

  • Whaling Is The New Harlem Shake

    Whaling Is The New Harlem Shake

    Have you whaled yet today? It’s the new thing. Whale at the club. Whale at school. Whale in your cubical. Just don’t whale at a funeral. That would be doing it wrong. As the Vines below show, the premise is to act like a whale breaching the water behind an unsuspecting observer. Bonus Internet points are awarded for twisting in the air. Read More

  • The 11 Memes That Define Oculus Riftbook (NSFW)

    The 11 Memes That Define Oculus Riftbook (NSFW)

    Now that the dust has settled, it’s time to have a little fun. Virtual reality itself used to be a punchline. Now, Facebook and its latest purchase of Oculus Rift is the joke. But can Facebook raise and nurture Oculus Rift into the virtual reality device of the future? As the following memes show, not everyone trusts Zuckerberg and team to raise and nurture Oculus VR into the chosen one. Read More

  • Tesla Strikes Deal To Keep Dealerships In New York

    Tesla Strikes Deal To Keep Dealerships In New York

    Tesla can keep its dealerships in the state of New York. An agreement was made between the auto maker and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo that will allow Tesla to keep its five direct-to-consumer retail stores as long as it doesn’t open any more. Tesla took the deal and ran to the bank. As the WSJ reports, any new dealerships Tesla wishes to open would have to abide by a… Read More

  • Elon Musk Turns To Medium And GIFs To Reveal New Model S Fire Safety Feature

    Elon Musk Turns To Medium And GIFs To Reveal New Model S Fire Safety Feature

    Is the company blog dead? Instead of posting on the Tesla blog, Elon Musk announced a significant new Model S feature on the personal blogging site Medium. Read More

  • BlackBerry Surprises With Fourth Quarter Results

    BlackBerry Surprises With Fourth Quarter Results

    BlackBerry just posted its fiscal fourth quarter results, revealing a quarterly operating loss much smaller than analysts had feared. Shares of BlackBerry are up 6.63% (NASDAQ:BBRY) in pre-market trading. However, the revenue missed expectations and the company’s cash position worsened. The company also revealed BlackBerry 10 phone sales, which were less surprising. Read More

  • Sony Just Launched The Most Boring Product In The World

    Sony Just Launched The Most Boring Product In The World

    Meet the Digital Paper, Sony’s latest e-ink slate. It’s part iPad, part e-reader, and must be made out of moon rocks. It’s $1,100 and will be available in the States this May. But you’re not going to buy it. Read More