• Netflix touts Disney partnership to remind U.S. subscribers it still has movies

    Netflix touts Disney partnership to remind U.S. subscribers it still has movies

    In the midst of a quest to become an international video streaming success, Netflix has been drawing criticism from core, U.S. customers who say its film and TV library — beyond original series and films — isn’t robust enough to whet their viewing appetites. Today, Netflix made an announcement seemingly tailored for these restless U.S. customers, touting a pay TV partnership… Read More

  • Google and Oracle present closing arguments in battle over Java

    Google and Oracle present closing arguments in battle over Java

    Attorneys for Oracle and Google presented their closing arguments today in a lawsuit over Google’s use of Java APIs owned by Oracle in Android. Oracle accused Google of stealing a collection of APIs, while Google suggested that Android transformed the smartphone market and Oracle sued out of desperation when its own smartphone attempts failed to launch. The case is expected to have… Read More

  • Snapchat is raising more money around $20 billion valuation

    Snapchat is raising more money around $20 billion valuation

    Snapchat may have first made its name in the crowded world of mobile apps with an ephemeral messaging service, but the startup and its wildly popular app are not disappearing anywhere soon. TechCrunch has learned from multiple sources that Snapchat is raising yet more financing at around a $20 billion valuation. Sources with knowledge of the deal say the social media giant is in the… Read More

  • Facebook denies bias in Trending Topics, but vows changes anyway

    Facebook denies bias in Trending Topics, but vows changes anyway

    Facebook responded today to official queries regarding its Trending Topics feature, specifically allegations made over the last few weeks that the team responsible for it was deliberately suppressing conservative views and arbitrarily elevating stories with little oversight. It denied the accusations, but nevertheless announced changes it would make to the process. Read More

  • Wherein I suck on an iPhone to fix it

    It's a tragic tale told time and time again. Coffee plus Apple hardware plus toddler equals broken, coffee-soaked devices. Gadget reviewer Doug Aamoth uses his mouth to fix an iPhone that thinks headphones are always plugged in.

  • Facebook ditches Bing, 800M users now see its own AI text translations

    Facebook ditches Bing, 800M users now see its own AI text translations

    Machine learning is accomplishing Facebook’s mission of connecting the world across language barriers. Facebook is now serving 2 billion text translations per day. Facebook can translate across 40 languages in 1,800 directions, like French to English. And 800 million users, almost half of all Facebook users, see translations each month. That’s all based on Facebook’s own… Read More

  • Tim Cook admits ‘prices are high’ for iPhones in India

    Tim Cook admits ‘prices are high’ for iPhones in India

    Apple CEO Tim Cook made an uncharacteristic admission today in an interview with Indian news channel NDTV — that iPhones are too expensive. He immediately qualified it, and the context really is important, but it’s just one of those things you don’t hear very often. Read More

  • How to get a show on TechCrunch

    How to get a show on TechCrunch

    I’m pretty excited and happy to announce that today I’m taking over Crunch Report. “I am the captain now.” I edited over 150 episodes of Crunch Report back when Sarah Lane hosted the show and I learned a lot: how to be super efficient at editing, learning what I personally liked and disliked about Crunch Report and basically eating, breathing and living this… Read More

  • Ex-Twitter VP Brian “Skip” Schipper lands at Yext

    Ex-Twitter VP Brian “Skip” Schipper lands at Yext

    In January, Twitter revealed that several of its key executives were leaving the company. We learned that former product head Kevin Weil landed at Instagram, and now Brian “Skip” Schipper, the former vice president of human resources at Twitter, is joining Yext, the fast-growing location data management company. Schipper will serve as Chief People Officer, overseeing global HR for… Read More

  • Lyft will now let you schedule trips ahead of time

    Lyft will now let you schedule trips ahead of time

    Ridesharing platform Lyft heard the people and the people wanted to schedule rides ahead of time. Starting today, Lyft is adding a new feature to let you schedule in advance that ride to the airport or crucial business meeting for which you need to be on time. Gett, a ridesharing service in New York, has offered this feature for more than a year and we’ve heard rumors Uber has toyed… Read More

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