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  • Yo Facebook, Ban Links With Fake Video Play Buttons

    Yo Facebook, Ban Links With Fake Video Play Buttons

    Oh, cute cat video? Let me watch that for a second in the News Feed. Click the play button. NOPE. It was a lie. Just a static image of a play button designed to dupe me into clicking out to some crappy website. Feed reading, interrupted. User experience, injured. Likelihood I’ll click legitimate videos in the future, diminished. Facebook. Seriously. This BS needs to stop. I get it. Sites… Read More

  • The Only Tragedy Of This War Is That One Day It Will End

    The Only Tragedy Of This War Is That One Day It Will End

    Did you know that the book publishing industry is at war with itself? No, wait, you’re a TechCrunch reader, wrong question. Did you know that the book publishing industry still exists? …This is kind of an awkward time for those of us who love both books and technology. It’s almost like you can’t cheer for both. This week’s example: the ongoing dirty war between… Read More

  • Atrocity Exhibition

    Atrocity Exhibition

    It’s likely that, at the time of the horrific acts of violence in Santa Barbara, it was someone’s first instinct to go through the digital breadcrumb trail left by the murderer and save every last item. From the deluded, misogynistic ramblings on YouTube, to the posting history on Reddit and elsewhere, to the near-incoherent “manifesto,” every grisly detail would have to… Read More

  • Dear Clients, Please Stop: Ten Ways Founders Sabotage Themselves

    Dear Clients, Please Stop: Ten Ways Founders Sabotage Themselves

    I spend my Saturdays ranting opining here on TechCrunch, but I spend my work weeks writing software, building apps, sites, and services for the fine startup-to-Fortune-500 clients of the software consultancy HappyFunCorp. (Check out our spiffy new web site!) In that time I have learned many lessons from our clients…the hard way. Read More

  • Don’t Become A Tech Company With Feet Of Clay

    Don’t Become A Tech Company With Feet Of Clay

    Not so long ago, many big tech companies used to be startups with small engineering teams, a little bit of money in the bank and fast-paced development cycles. But when these companies grew, it became harder and harder to find a consensus and release new features or entirely new versions of their core products. Small startups with a dozen employees can now easily outpace tech companies… Read More

  • Kim Stolz on "Unfriending My Ex" #Love

    #Love: Kim Stolz On “Unfriending My Ex”

    You may know reality TV celebrity Kim Stolz as a contestant on America’s Next Top Model, or perhaps from MTV News, but what you might not know is that she’s spent the past few years researching many of the topics we cover in this #Love column for an upcoming book called Unfriending My Ex: And Other Things I’ll Never Do. (She also now works in finance with Citi Group.) That… Read More

  • The Valley Has Nothing To Fear But Fear Itself

    The Valley Has Nothing To Fear But Fear Itself

    Silicon Valley, at its best, is a kind of insurgency. Most of the world is ruled by dinosaur bureaucrats; but as software eats the world, Valley misfits and iconoclasts, armed with razor-edge tech and contempt for the status quo, overthrow those antediluvian empires and build better ones, which light the path to a brighter tomorrow for us all… or that’s the story we tell ourselves. Read More

  • Stanford Asks Students To Learn From Snapchat Founder’s Mistakes. We All Should.

    Stanford Asks Students To Learn From Snapchat Founder’s Mistakes. We All Should.

    Following the leak of sexist, crude emails sent by Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel during his time at Stanford, the university’s Provost John Etchemendy has issued a memo to students imploring them to “learn something from this.” “We can choose to turn a blind eye to such statements and chalk them up to youthful indiscretion,” Etchemendy wrote. “Or we can be… Read More

  • A New Yorker’s Take On Swarm

    A New Yorker’s Take On Swarm

    When foursquare split its app into two and launched Swarm, I decided to take some time before sharing thoughts on the app. As a New Yorker who has never been sold on social location apps, I’m pleasantly surprised by its ability to make me act, remember to use it, and to create the possibility for great experiences. That goes far beyond what any app like it has managed to do, for me at least. Read More

  • Home Alone?

    Home Alone?

    Connected devices company Nest, now owned by Google, has been lauded — mostly, it must be said, by the tech press — for turning its attention to upgrading the utilitarian devices in your home. But perhaps utilitarian is a benefit if smart ends up being a euphemism for ‘displays advertising’. Read More

  • #Love: Wanderlust

    #Love: Wanderlust

    Over the years, I’ve run my passport ragged, each foreign visa and customs stamp an inked reminder of life experiences. I travel as much as possible, sometimes for weeks or months at a time. And even though I often wander solo and choose erratic destinations, I generally don’t get too lonely because I’m constantly encountering fascinating people or things. But one arena it… Read More

  • Women Vs. Women, Or The Ugly Side Of Feminism

    Women Vs. Women, Or The Ugly Side Of Feminism

    With the birth of the new feminist narrative sweeping popular culture, it is bound to enter its awkward teenage phase. And just like a teenage mean girl, the new feminism is growing unwieldy before gracefully settling into something we can agree on. But before it makes it there, I hope it doesn’t tear us all down in the process. Read More

  • Kill The Hamburger Button

    Kill The Hamburger Button

    That little three-lined button is the devil. Whether you call it a side menu, navigation drawer, or a hamburger, hiding your features off-screen behind a nondescript icon in the corner is usually a poor mobile design choice. Interaction theory, A/B tests, and the evolution of some of the top apps in the world all support the same thesis: The hamburger button is bad for engagement, and you… Read More

  • The Internet Is Burning

    The Internet Is Burning

    Online security is a horrifying nightmare. Heartbleed. Target. Apple. Linux. Microsoft. Yahoo. eBay. X.509. Whatever security cataclysm erupts next, probably in weeks or even days. We seem to be trapped in a vicious cycle of cascading security disasters that just keep getting worse. Read More

  • How Google Can Avoid Ruining Twitch

    How Google Can Avoid Ruining Twitch

    With Google’s courtship of Twitch and Facebook’s purchase of Oculus back in March, it seems that tech giants are getting serious about being part of the next big trends in gaming. That has gamers both excited and worried. It’s easy to see how either company can help its new acquiree grow: both Twitch and Oculus are still rather small companies that have the potential to… Read More

  • The Western Twitterer’s Burden

    The Western Twitterer’s Burden

    Sigh. Here we go again. The eyes of the world turn to something awful happening in a remote corner of Africa, and what feels like half of the Western population immediately rushes to proudly embarrass itself on social media everywhere. On the Internet, at least, #BringBackOurGirls is little more than #Kony2012 reloaded. It’s condescending, it’s patronizing, it’s… Read More

  • Google Maps Has Forsaken Us

    Google Maps Has Forsaken Us

    Once upon a time, in the days of yore — meaning, in hyper-fast-forward Silicon Valley, five years ago — there were things you could count on, evident truths on which you could rely, cornerstones on which you could construct your mental model of the world; and high on any such list would have been “Google will provide you with relevant search results.” Yeah, well, that… Read More

  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Disrupt Hardware Rocks Our Socks

    This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Disrupt Hardware Rocks Our Socks

    This week, TechCrunch was consumed by Disrupt NY 2014. It was an amazing week, and made even better by the appearance of three hardware companies in our Disrupt Battlefield finals. Mink, an inkjet printer hack that prints out makeup, wowed the audience. ISI Technology reinvented the water heater with the HeatWorks Model 1, and Mimi focused on making hearing enhancement devices accessible… Read More

  • After Technology Destroys Capitalism

    After Technology Destroys Capitalism

    In honor of May Day, let’s think big for a moment. No, no, no. Bigger than that. Consider all the furious attention paid to economic inequality of late, courtesy of Thomas Piketty and Capital in the 21st Century. He argues that increasing inequality is an inevitable outcome of laissez-faire capitalism, and proposes we fix this with a global wealth tax. I humbly suggest that… Read More

  • Every Fitness App And Wearable Should Have A Mood Tracker

    Every Fitness App And Wearable Should Have A Mood Tracker

    Along with its many other benefits, regular workouts contribute to better mood and energy levels. As a result, I am constantly surprised to see how many fitness tracking apps and wearable devices lack a mood tracking feature. Read More