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  • Iran Summons Zuckerberg Over Instagram, WhatsApp Complaints

    Iran Summons Zuckerberg Over Instagram, WhatsApp Complaints

    Iran has summoned Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to court over privacy concerns involving WhatsApp and Instagram. He won’t go, of course, because the U.S. and Iran do not have an extradition treaty. And because the summons is ludicrous. Facebook did not respond to a request for comment on the matter. Read More

  • #Love: Thanks, Porn

    #Love: Thanks, Porn

    As a modern married male, the times spent alone with my computer and a box of tissues are, in some ways, the best times. That is not to say the manifold pleasures of family life and the wild menagerie of mere existence aren’t amazing, but a body likes to be alone. For this I thank porn. While there is no doubt that there are dark corners of this industry and that porn, to some people… Read More

  • India’s Flipkart Nears $330M Myntra Deal, As Common Investors Push To Fight Amazon, eBay

    India’s Flipkart Nears $330M Myntra Deal, As Common Investors Push To Fight Amazon, eBay

    India’s biggest e-commerce company, Flipkart, is in the final stages of completing a merger deal with the country’s fast growing online fashion retailer Myntra, in what could potentially create a much stronger entity for fending off aggressive rivals Amazon, Walmart and the eBay-backed Snapdeal. At least three people directly familiar with ongoing talks said the Myntra board… Read More

  • #Love: When Your Lover Has Your Password

    #Love: When Your Lover Has Your Password

    There is a special milestone in each significant relationship that is rarely celebrated. There’s no holiday, no dinner, and no party. It just happens – one day you’re strangers, the next you’re not. It’s the day you hand over your passwords to your SO. Read More

  • #Love: Unfollowing Exes

    #Love: Unfollowing Exes

    One month ago, I got dumped. It was the third in a series of failed, long-term relationships over the past five years. All relationships end differently. Some exes stay friends, or fail to stay friends, or continue hooking up, or cut each other out entirely. Some exes combine any number of those things to form a symphony of chaos. But no matter how it ends, or how it evolves after it’s… Read More

  • Aereo Says A Win For Broadcasters Would Have “Chilling” Consequences To Cloud Computing

    Aereo Says A Win For Broadcasters Would Have “Chilling” Consequences To Cloud Computing

    Aereo has today filed its response brief with the Supreme Court in a case that will make or break the streaming TV startup. So far, we’re in the preliminary stages of this particular case, with the broadcasters filing their initial briefing in March, arguing that Aereo violates Copyrights by retransmitting broadcast signals as a “public performance.” Read More

  • Sheryl Sandberg: Facebook Refused No-Poaching Agreement With Google

    Sheryl Sandberg: Facebook Refused No-Poaching Agreement With Google

    The vast collusion between technology companies to prevent poaching and hiring among themselves, thereby limiting fair-market wages for the workers in question, has a new wrinkle today: Facebook refused to play ball, and we have a statement to that effect. A filing widely reported today includes an anecdote from Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, indicating that Google once approached her to propose… Read More

  • IBM India Battles Fraud Amid Scramble To Save Its $2.5B Airtel Contract

    IBM India Battles Fraud Amid Scramble To Save Its $2.5B Airtel Contract

    Over the past few weeks, IBM India has fired at least half a dozen top- to mid-level executives, as well as several others accused of fraud. The fraud led to a portion of the over $2 billion outsourcing contract, with Bharti Airtel being subcontracted to a company founded by former IBM-ers. The original contract signed was in 2004 and was for managing telecom networks, desktops and other… Read More

  • Microsoft Appoints ValueAct Capital’s Mason Morfit To Its Board

    Microsoft Appoints ValueAct Capital’s Mason Morfit To Its Board

    Today Microsoft announced in a combined press release that it has named ValueAct Capital’s President Mason Morfit to its board, and that it will issue a quarterly dividend of $0.28. Neither piece of news is a surprise. Microsoft and ValueAct created a “cooperation agreement” in which the investing group got “regular meetings” with executives, and the option for… Read More

  • Purported Registry Tweak Allows Windows 8.1 Users To Snag Update 1 Before Its Public Release

    Purported Registry Tweak Allows Windows 8.1 Users To Snag Update 1 Before Its Public Release

    We aren’t supposed to get our mitts on Windows 8.1 Update 1 for more than a month yet, but it seems that a simple registry tweak is letting folks not only get their hands on the new code, but also get it straight from the source: Microsoft via Windows Update. TechCrunch has confirmed with a trusted source that the tweak works, and that the update is material. The only potential issue at… Read More

  • What Can Indian Startups Learn From The Facebook Acquisition That Didn’t Happen

    What Can Indian Startups Learn From The Facebook Acquisition That Didn’t Happen

    Little Eye Labs was not the only acquisition Facebook was chasing in India last year. Salorix, a social media analytics startup that had raised $3.5 million in Series A from Inventus Capital Partners and Nexus Venture Partners in November 2011, was approached by Facebook in October last year. But by December, the acquisition talks were stalled. After several months of negotiations… Read More

  • The Bitcoin Regulation Paradox

    The Bitcoin Regulation Paradox

    Following the implosive death of the Mt.Gox Bitcoin exchange, a number of key players in the cryptocurrency space banded together to release a statement condemning the rogue and failed member of the larger Bitcoin economy. The price of Bitcoin, falling below the $500 mark, has since rebounded slightly. Views on the mishap come in various forms, but I think we can condense the lot into a few… Read More

  • 70,000 People Are Playing Pokemon Collaboratively – And You Can Watch Live

    70,000 People Are Playing Pokemon Collaboratively – And You Can Watch Live

    There are things on the Internet that we humans were not built to understand. Over on Twitch, the largest platform for livestreaming esports and other gaming content, 70,000 people are playing Pokemon in unison and the world is watching. The host cooked up a script that takes game commands from the stream’s chat interface, and feeds them into the game itself. So, people are shouting… Read More

  • As Exchange Withdrawal Restrictions Ease, Bitcoin’s Price Snaps Northward

    As Exchange Withdrawal Restrictions Ease, Bitcoin’s Price Snaps Northward

    It has been a rough time for Bitcoin these past few days, as three major exchanges halted withdrawals in the face of an issue that could impact the perceived integrity of exchanges of the currency. Mt.Gox, a long-running but controversial exchange was first to halt Bitcoin withdrawals. With the currency inside Mt.Gox effectively trapped, the price on the exchange began to fall as people hit… Read More

  • SF Approves Tech Bus Pilot Program Despite Public Dissent

    SF Approves Tech Bus Pilot Program Despite Public Dissent

    Today the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency approved a controversial pilot program that will see some 200 area bus stops made available to private shuttles that ferry corporate tech workers to campuses outside of the city. Despite impassioned, and occasionally coherent, commentary — not to mention more than a handful of Google talking points — the agency’s… Read More

  • Rap Genius Announces News Genius at Disrupt NY

    Google Destroys Rap Genius’ Search Rankings As Punishment For SEO Spam, But Resolution In Progress

    Google hit back hard today after it learned lyrics site Rap Genius had been using dubious SEO tricks to attain top spots in search results. Now RapGenius.com doesn’t appear on the first page of results for a search of “Rap Genius”, and popular queries like “Jay-Z Holy Grail Lyrics” don’t bring up the startup like they used to. The reduced traffic could… Read More

  • Salesforce Says Hackathon Winner Didn’t Cheat But Declares Tie, Gives Two Finalists $1M Each

    Salesforce Says Hackathon Winner Didn’t Cheat But Declares Tie, Gives Two Finalists $1M Each

    Salesforce has responded to cries of foul play in its $1 million hackathon by announcing that while winning team Upshot didn’t cheat, judges weren’t given sufficient information to select a winner so it’s giving $1 million to each of the top two finalists, Upshot and Healthcare.love. Read More

  • VKontakte’s Pavel Durov Explains Bizarre Money-Throwing Incident

    VKontakte’s Pavel Durov Explains Bizarre Money-Throwing Incident

    It was a seemingly tasteless stunt that caught headlines around the globe for Pavel Durov, the founder of Russia’s biggest social network, VKontakte. Cameras caught him throwing paper planes made out of 5,000 Russian ruble notes (worth about $157 each in U.S. dollars) from his office windows high above St. Petersburg streets last year. Eventually, a fight broke out as he and another… Read More

  • Facebook Experiences Partial Outage On Desktop And Mobile

    Facebook Experiences Partial Outage On Desktop And Mobile

    If you were hoping to share your feelings about life with the world this Monday morning, you’re out of luck. (Unless you prefer to do so with Twitter.) Facebook appears to be partially down at the moment, with users unable to post status updates, photos, or like things. However, you can still browse (stalk) the site easily without much trouble. Read More

  • NSA’s Targeting Prowess Doesn’t Extend To Ads

    NSA’s Targeting Prowess Doesn’t Extend To Ads

    If the NSA only invited TechCrunch to its birthday party, it’d have to eat its cake alone. While we aren’t big fans of the NSA, it appears to fancy our readers, as it consistently advertises on our site. This makes me slightly uncomfortable, as I have spent a good portion of my time these past few months excoriating and blasting the NSA for what I view as unconstitutional abrogation… Read More