• KitSplit brings its peer-to-peer, creative equipment rentals to Washington, D.C.

    KitSplit brings its peer-to-peer, creative equipment rentals to Washington, D.C.

    KitSplit aims to help creative professionals rent the equipment they need, whether it’s basic video gear or something a little more high-tech, say a 360-degree camera or an Oculus Rift. The service launched last year in New York, and now it’s ready to expand, starting with its launch in Washington, D.C., followed by Philadelphia and Boston. Co-founder Kristina Budelis said KitSplit… Read More

  • Twitter tunes into Spotify to soundtrack its audio cards

    Twitter tunes into Spotify to soundtrack its audio cards

    Whistle while you tweet with the new partnership between Twitter and Spotify. Now you can listen to 30-second previews of songs in your timeline and Moments thanks to Twitter’s audio cards that now support Spotify. Twitter first launched audio cards in 2014 with iTunes previews and later worked with SoundCloud. Now the most popular on-demand subscription streaming service will lend your… Read More

  • We want you to be the next Startup Battlefield Manager!

    We want you to be the next Startup Battlefield Manager!

    TechCrunch is looking for a Startup Battlefield Manager! TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield is the world’s preeminent startup competition and is at the very heart of Disrupt. At each event selected startups have an opportunity to pitch in front of top-notch investors, compete for $50K and the Disrupt Cup. More than that, teams get lots of public visibility, which is great for… Read More

  • B&O PLAY’s Beoplay A1 packs a lot of sound into a little Bluetooth speaker

    B&O PLAY’s Beoplay A1 packs a lot of sound into a little Bluetooth speaker

    Some days it’s hard to get excited about Bluetooth speakers. That’s not a statement of judgment, really, it’s just that the space has been flooded with a lot of like-minded devices that are honestly pretty tough to tell apart. And then something like the Beoplay A1 comes along and gives you hope that maybe there’s still a little more excitement left in the category… Read More

  • Jury finds Google’s implementation of Java in Android was fair use

    Jury finds Google’s implementation of Java in Android was fair use

    Software developers can breathe a massive sigh of relief — a jury found today that Google’s implementation of 37 Java APIs in Android qualified as fair use. However, Oracle attorneys have already indicated that they will appeal the decision. “Today’s verdict that Android makes fair use of Java APIs represents a win for the Android ecosystem, for the Java… Read More

  • The omnichannel customer experience is poised to take off in regulated industries Crunch Network

    The omnichannel customer experience is poised to take off in regulated industries

    The omnichannel customer experience is nothing new, especially in the consumer and retail industries. Many companies and brands are using data and automation technologies to engage seamlessly with their customers at any time and place and across any device. At the same time, omnichannel doesn’t mean digitizing every aspect of the customer journey without regard to which channel is… Read More

  • The circle is complete: Minecraft is getting a deathmatch mode

    The circle is complete: Minecraft is getting a deathmatch mode

    Minecraft, a game that skyrocketed to unprecedented levels of popularity among all ages because of its open-ended gameplay, infinite worlds, and limitless possibilities for creation and collaboration, is getting a deathmatch mode. Read More

  • Protect your pet with Treat’s on-demand vet visits

    Protect your pet with Treat’s on-demand vet visits

    Your pet gets sick and you don’t know what to do. Google has a thousand conflicting answers and it could be a week until you can get an appointment with a veterinarian. But Treat can let you chat live with a licensed vet instantly or get them to come for a same-day in-home visit to check on your furry friend. Treat can also hook you up with the best pet products, training and… Read More

  • Airbnb + HotelTonight = new startup Overnight

    Airbnb + HotelTonight = new startup Overnight

    Need a place to crash last-minute but don’t want to pay for a pricey, cookie-cutter hotel? Overnight can hook you up with a local to stay with right away. Request a room and Overnight averages just 45 seconds until you get a response, and in LA, the startup says its spots are 23% cheaper than equivalent dwellings on HotelTonight. Overnight is Airbnb for people who don’t plan ahead. Read More

  • Adobe is bringing content-aware cropping to Photoshop

    Adobe is bringing content-aware cropping to Photoshop

    If you’ve every tried to crop a photo (and in the age of Instagram, who hasn’t?) or simply adjust the horizon line, you know how hard it can be to find just the right crop that allows you to focus on what you want to highlight in a picture without cutting other important parts out of it or leaving you with white edges. If you’re a Photoshop user, you may soon have to maker… Read More

  • Twitch launches Clips so gamers can quickly share short videos of their favorite moments

    Twitch launches Clips so gamers can quickly share short videos of their favorite moments

    Live streaming platform and gamer community Twitch is today launching a new feature that it hopes will help spread its content further afield. The company has now debuted Clips, a feature that lets website viewers quickly and easily clip a 30-second portion video from others’ live streams. These clips automatically include links back to the original live broadcaster, which eliminates… Read More

  • Wyper fancies itself the Tinder of car shopping

    Wyper fancies itself the Tinder of car shopping

    The new iOS and Android app Wyper brings the swipe left-swipe right matchmaking magic of Tinder to car shopping. When I spoke with creator Aaron Rosenthal, the app had only been out of beta and available nationwide for about a week and a half, and there had already been more than 100,000 swipes. “We had the ‘Tinder for cars’ part done a year ago,” Rosenthal said… Read More

  • Microsoft and Facebook are building the fastest trans-Atlantic cable yet

    Microsoft and Facebook are building the fastest trans-Atlantic cable yet

    Here is some news you don’t read every day: Microsoft and Facebook today announced that they are teaming up to build a subsea cable across the Atlantic that will connect Virginia Beach, Virginia, with Bilbao, Spain. The companies say the so-called MAREA cable will allow them to “meet the growing customer demand for high speed, reliable connections for cloud and online services… Read More

  • ACLU moves to join Microsoft lawsuit against Justice Department

    ACLU moves to join Microsoft lawsuit against Justice Department

    The American Civil Liberties Union wants to help Microsoft challenge government gag orders that prevent it from telling its customers when it receives warrants for their information. Microsoft sued the Justice Department in April, claiming that the government’s demands for silence were unconstitutional. The company said that Outlook.com and Office365 were the products most often… Read More

  • Microsoft could introduce not one, but two new Xbox One consoles

    Microsoft could introduce not one, but two new Xbox One consoles

    Microsoft is playing catch up when it comes to console sales. But it looks like the company doesn’t want to give up on dedicated gaming consoles. According to multiple reports, Microsoft is about to announce a new, slimmer Xbox One around E3 in June, and a more powerful Xbox One next year. In April 2016, FCC filings showed that Microsoft was Read More

  • Walgreens extends its developer efforts with two new APIs

    Walgreens extends its developer efforts with two new APIs

    Walgreens (yes, that Walgreens — the one that also owns Duane Reade and is trying to buy Rite Aid for $17.2 billion) has long offered a number of tools for developers who want to plug into both its retail and pharmacy business. Today, the company is extending this program with the launch of two new APIs. The company launched its API program back in 2012 with a service that allowed… Read More

  • GitHub’s diversity is just as bad as the rest of Silicon Valley’s

    GitHub’s diversity is just as bad as the rest of Silicon Valley’s

    GitHub, the online repository startup, has released its first-ever diversity and inclusion report, revealing that it’s no different from the rest of tech companies in Silicon Valley and beyond. At a high level, GitHub is 64% male worldwide and 64% white in the U.S. That said, the company has improved since the end of 2014, when it was 79% male and 21% female worldwide. Among leading… Read More

  • Zolt helps you stay on the pulse with customized news summaries

    Zolt helps you stay on the pulse with customized news summaries

    We get it, you’re a busy person, and life moves at 132 MPH. But you still want to keep your finger on the pulse, if for no other reason to not be completely out of the loop at the office water cooler, right? Zolt is fresh out of its app wrapper to help you stay tuned, with 60-word news updates on the topics you care about. Read More

  • 62 percent of U.S. adults get their news from social media, says report

    62 percent of U.S. adults get their news from social media, says report

    A new study from Pew Research claims that 62 percent of people get their news from social media, with 18 percent doing so very often. As expected, the top social media news source is Facebook. The study claims that two-thirds of Facebook’s user base read their news on the platform, with 59 percent of Twitter users getting news on Twitter, and 70 percent of Reddit users doing the same… Read More

  • Skillshare books $12 million to take its education platform international

    Skillshare books $12 million to take its education platform international

    Edtech startup Skillshare Inc. has raised a $12 million round of venture funding to grow its marketplace of “bite-sized, self-paced courses for creators,” according to founder and CEO Michael Karnjanaprakorn. Amasia and Omidyar Network co-led the Series B investment in Skillshare joined by Union Square Ventures and Spark Capital. The funding brings the company’s total… Read More

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