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The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Introducing TechCrunch’s Brand-New Apple TV App!

    Introducing TechCrunch’s Brand-New Apple TV App!

    I’m excited to announce that TechCrunch Video has arrived on Apple TV, and now available to download in the App Store! The app features our entire VOD library as well as our growing list of live streaming events, just in time for 1st and Future this Saturday February 6th, and the 9th Annual Crunchies on Monday February 8th. TechCrunch Video is helpfully featured in… Read More

  • You Misunderstand Foursquare. It’s comScore, Not Instagram

    You Misunderstand Foursquare. It’s comScore, Not Instagram

    Foursquare is not a consumer social app business, it’s a data company. And only when it admitted that to itself and revalued as such was it able to pull in more capital and keep chugging. Today at LA’s Upfront Summit, Foursquare’s lead investor from Union Square Ventures Fred Wilson stuck up for the startup while trying to make people understand how it’s… Read More

  • The 4 Reasons You’re Addicted To Technology Crunch Network

    The 4 Reasons You’re Addicted To Technology

    “Nearly everyone I know is addicted in some measure to the Internet,” wrote Tony Schwartz in a recent essay in The New York Times. It’s a common complaint these days. A steady stream of similar headlines accuse the ‘Net and its offspring apps, social media sites and online games of addicting us to distraction. There’s little doubt that nearly everyone who comes… Read More

  • Western Union Brings Money Transfer And Its Tricky Fees To Chat Apps

    Western Union Brings Money Transfer And Its Tricky Fees To Chat Apps

    Remittance has always been a shady business. Migrant workers need to send money they earn home to their families, but get hit with fine print fees so less cash comes out the other side than they might assume. Remittance companies earn extra by keeping the margin between their own made up exchange rate and the real one. Western Union is the best known remittance company, with 500,000… Read More

  • Facebook Celebrates Turning 12 With “Friends Day” Videos

    Facebook Celebrates Turning 12 With “Friends Day” Videos

    Now Facebook has its own holiday it calls “Friends Day.” On February 4th, the social network turns 12 years old. But in typical self-less Zuckerberg fashion, Mark said “rather than having this birthday that focuses on us, we should make sure that the world focuses on what’s important.” Namely, its users. So today Facebook is sending everyone a Friends Day video… Read More

  • Instagram Extends Video Ads To 60 Seconds To Score TV Dollars

    Instagram Extends Video Ads To 60 Seconds To Score TV Dollars

    Instagram today announced that it began running its first 60-second video ads, starting with T-Mobile and Warner Brothers. Until now, the maximum length for video ads was 30 seconds, already longer than the 15-second videos users are allowed to post. Instagram tells me that “We recognize that advertisers have a variety of creative resources and want to bring more choice to help them… Read More

  • Google Boots Ad Blockers From Google Play

    Google Boots Ad Blockers From Google Play

    Earlier this week, Samsung rolled out support for ad blocking in the new version of its web browser for mobile devices, the Samsung Internet Browser. Third-party developers quickly responded by launching ad-blocking mobile apps that work with the browser. Now those developers are finding their apps are being pulled from the Google Play, and their updates are being declined. The reason? It… Read More

  • Fast Dining Startup Allset Comes To New York City

    Fast Dining Startup Allset Comes To New York City

    Lunch breaks! They’re great, right? But they can also turn into a huge time sink — I’ve definitely had moments where I’m frantically flagging down a waiter because everything’s taken longer than expected, leaving me to try to pay the check and get to my next meeting in just a few minutes. One (sad) solution is to eat at your desk, but Allset is taking a… Read More

  • Google Play’s Podcast Platform Launch Appears Imminent

    Google Play’s Podcast Platform Launch Appears Imminent

    Google announced its plans to support podcasts in Google Play last October, and now it appears that the feature is ready to launch. A handful of users are reporting they’re seeing the new Podcasts section pop up in their Google Play Music app’s left-side navigation menu, underneath the section for Top charts, New releases, and their Music Library. This is clearly not a… Read More

  • Microsoft Confirms SwiftKey Acquisition (For $250M In Cash)

    Microsoft Confirms SwiftKey Acquisition (For $250M In Cash)

    Microsoft today confirmed that it has acquired SwiftKey — a startup based out of London that makes keyboard apps for Android and iOS devices and is already installed and used on some 300 million devices. The terms of the deal are not being disclosed but sources close to the deal tell us it’s $250 million in cash after Microsoft beat out other interested buyers, which we’ve… Read More

  • Legacy Republic Unveils Studio, A Portable Scanner For Family Photo Albums

    Legacy Republic Unveils Studio, A Portable Scanner For Family Photo Albums

    Legacy Republic is removing a big hurdle in its photo digitizing process — putting albums in the mail. YesVideo launched its Legacy Republic initiative back in 2014. The idea is to recruit a freelance workforce of so-called Legacy Makers who help families digitize their photos. Through digitization, the company says it can preserve memories and make it easier to share those pictures… Read More

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