• Welcome To The Disrupt NY Hackathon

    Let the coding begin! Over 1,000 hackers have filed into the Manhattan Center and are diligently banging out code and tearing apart APIs. Over the next 24 hours these teams will work furiously, powered by Red Bull and Nerf Gun tomfoolery, to create a stunning application or hardware project. Read More

  • The Big Reverse Of The Web

    The Big Reverse Of The Web

    Here is one idea that arrived before its time: the push-based web, where information comes to us, versus the search-dominant web we’re most familiar with. Those who are looking at the push web in the context of a new mobile and connected device-centric world might be having a real 90s flashback (remember PointCast?), except this time the push web could take off and transform the economy… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Watch Not Watch

    Gillmor Gang: Watch Not Watch

    The Gillmor Gang — John Borthwick, Robert Scoble, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, May 1, 2015. @Scobleizer gets his Watch, @borthwick on TwitterGate, and why negative filtering is the New Deal. Plus, the latest G3 (below) with Halley Suitt Tucker, Kristie Wells, Rebecca Woodcock, Francine Hardaway, and Tina Gillmor.
    @stevegillmor, @scobleizer, @borthwick, @kteare Read More

  • Rise Of The Quants — Again

    Rise Of The Quants — Again

    I graduated from Stanford in the late 1980s with a dual degree in engineering and economics, and, like so many others of my day, I was drawn to Wall Street. Reaganomics was in full swing, Bloomberg terminals were still in their early days and popular culture was full of colorful characters like Gordon Gekko. Read More

  • Death To C

    Death To C

    Ladies and gentlemen, the C programming language. It’s a classic. It is sleek, and spartan, and elegant. (Especially compared to its sequel, that bloated mess C++, which shares all the faults I’m about to describe.) It is blindingly, quicksilver fast, because it’s about as close to the bone of the machine as you can get. It is time-tested and ubiquitous. And it is… Read More

  • TC AppleCast 13: Life With Apple Watch

    TC AppleCast 13: Life With Apple Watch

    On this week’s AppleCast, we get into the Apple Watch experience, since we’ve both now been actively using them for at least a few days. We expand on our thoughts regarding the device at length in our extensive review, but here on the podcast, we talk about very different aspects of the device, including how first-hand experience differed from what we thought we’d find… Read More

  • Protecting Users’ Location Data From An Unconstitutional Search

    Protecting Users’ Location Data From An Unconstitutional Search

    Location data is highly sensitive. It contains information about where we live, our daily habits and our network of friends. We discover new places to go; avoid traffic on the way there; swipe to meet new friends once we’ve arrived; and even turn up the thermostat before we get home. When data knows this much about us it requires careful protection. Read More

  • CrunchWeek: Secret’s Demise, Botched Earnings, And Microsoft Goes Viral

    Hello from New York, friends, where TechCrunch’s staff has taken up residence to put on a small confab that you might have heard of. This week, the lovely Anthony Ha, the brilliant Colleen Taylor and myself are on hand, and on foot, to dig our way through the week. This time around, Microsoft managed to go viral by promising to guess your age, Twitter and LinkedIn hit the skids after… Read More

  • The User’s Guide To Disrupt NY 2015

    The User’s Guide To Disrupt NY 2015

    The TechCrunch Disrupt NY Conference is almost upon us and we’ve partnered with some amazing companies to make your experience this year better than ever. Read More

  • Hobnob Lets You Create Personalized Event Invites To Send By Text

    Hobnob Lets You Create Personalized Event Invites To Send By Text

    There are a number of services today that allow you to create and send digital invitations to birthdays, parties and other events, where the invites themselves are sent out via email, social networks, or even by postal mail if you choose. But a new application called Hobnob, launching now, is designed instead to support invite delivery entirely via SMS and MMS. This means recipients will… Read More

  • EyeWire Is Making Neuroscience Research Cool Again

    EyeWire Is Making Neuroscience Research Cool Again

    Thanks to a little startup sprouting up from Boston, I was able to map out a small section of a neuron through EyeWire, a company that’s gamifying its neuroscience research in order to enlist the help of people from all over the world. To understand how the brain works, scientists need to figure out how electrical impulses travel through its vast network of 85 billion neurons… Read More

  • Apple Confirms Tattoos Can Affect Apple Watch’s Heart Rate Sensor Readings

    Apple Confirms Tattoos Can Affect Apple Watch’s Heart Rate Sensor Readings

    Apple has updated its Apple Watch support documentation, confirming that the device may have issues when worn by users who have wrist tattoos. The changes were added following a series of reports from new Apple Watch owners who found that their tattoos seemed to interfere with the smartwatch’s ability to track their pulse, or cause other problems. Apple now says that permanent and… Read More

  • Meet The Disrupt NY 2015 Speakers And Judges

    Meet The Disrupt NY 2015 Speakers And Judges

    Disrupt NY is just a few days away, and we have some of the most iconic entrepreneurs and thought leaders in the tech industry lined up to speak¬†throughout the three-day-long conference. You can still buy general admission tickets for Disrupt NY here. You can find full details about the event here. These are the speakers we are proud to announce and when you can expect to see them take… Read More

  • Deep-Learning, Image-Analysis Startup Descartes Labs Raises $3.3M After Spinning Out Of Los Alamos National Lab

    Deep-Learning, Image-Analysis Startup Descartes Labs Raises $3.3M After Spinning Out Of Los Alamos National Lab

    After being incubated in a government lab for seven years, Descartes Labs — a deep-learning image analysis startup — has raised $3.3 million of its own funding and spun off as a private company. Descartes Labs is focused on taking satellite imagery, turning it into something coherent and analyzing it for useful data. Descartes Labs formally spun out of Los Alamos National Labs… Read More

  • Acceleprise Accelerator Aims $3.5M Fund At Early Stage Enterprise Apps

    Acceleprise Accelerator Aims $3.5M Fund At Early Stage Enterprise Apps

    Acceleprise Ventures, a San Francisco-based incubator anchored by investor Sean Glass, announced a new $3.5 million fund with a pronounced enterprise app bent. It also announced 10 newly funded companies. The company works with 8-12 pre-seed B2B companies per round to help them grow from acquiring their first customers “to building scalable and repeatable processes that can fuel… Read More

  • Microsoft Acquires Surface 3 Pen Tech From N-trig

    Microsoft Acquires Surface 3 Pen Tech From N-trig

    Microsoft has confirmed the acquisition of pen technology used in the Surface Pro 3 and Surface 3, from supplier and longtime partner N-trig. The Israeli company is a key patent-holder for digital stylus and writing recognition tech, as well as the supplier behind the pen input technologies used by both Microsoft and many of its OEM partners. So this brings in-house one of the technologies… Read More

  • Start-Up Chile SCALE Fund Makes Its First 9 Investments

    Start-Up Chile SCALE Fund Makes Its First 9 Investments

    Start-Up Chile SCALE, the follow-on fund backed by the Chilean government to boost local startup growth, is making its first nine investments. The nine companies, all graduates of Start-Up Chile’s past three classes, will receive $100K each in equity-free funding. In exchange, the founders agree to keep their companies in Chile for at least a year and serve as mentors to three… Read More

  • Join New York Mayor Bill de Blasio At TechCrunch Disrupt NY

    Join New York Mayor Bill de Blasio At TechCrunch Disrupt NY

    The best thing about Disrupt is that it brings together so many amazing people. To wit: New York Mayor Bill de Blasio will join us on stage at Disrupt New York for an amazing interview with our own Kim-Mai Cutler. Mayor de Blasio succeeds a Disrupt favorite, former Mayor Mike Bloomberg, on our stage and will talk about the future of and in New York. A former New York City Public Advocate… Read More

  • Tinder Sees Huge Jump In App Revenue Rankings, Courtesy Of Tinder Plus

    Tinder Sees Huge Jump In App Revenue Rankings, Courtesy Of Tinder Plus

    Dating app Tinder’s move into the subscription business seems to be paying off. According to remarks made by parent company IAC during its quarterly earnings reported this week, the company is pleased with Tinder’s penetration rates – it reached its current level of penetration quicker than IAC’s OkCupid did, in fact – and renewal rates are higher than any… Read More

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