• Kickstarter Updates Terms Of Use Section Related To Failed Projects

    Kickstarter Updates Terms Of Use Section Related To Failed Projects

    Popular crowdfunding destination Kickstarter updated its Terms of Use today to clarify what specifically needs to happen if a project runs into trouble and creators are unable to deliver. The terms changes come on the heels of new FTC rules which state how online retailers now have to abide by a 30-day shipping requirement, or refund customers payments if the customer doesn’t consent… Read More

  • Sf.citi Tries To Recruit Tech Companies To “Adopt” SF’s Public Schools

    Sf.citi Tries To Recruit Tech Companies To “Adopt” SF’s Public Schools

    One of the issues with leaning on a high-tech economic growth strategy in a region where there is incredibly constricted space and housing stock like in San Francisco and Silicon Valley is making sure that the benefits of a boom spread to everyone. Read More

  • TROBO Is A Storytelling Plush Toy Robot That Teaches Kids Science And Math

    TROBO Is A Storytelling Plush Toy Robot That Teaches Kids Science And Math

    A huggable, talking toy is not an entirely new idea, but a new toy robot called TROBO does more than just chatter at kids – he also works alongside an iPad app to help get children excited about STEM topics – that is science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Through stories, games and quizzes, TROBO taps into kids’ natural curiosity about the world around them to… Read More

  • Veteran Venture Capitalist Pierre Lamond Joins Formation 8 As An Advisor

    Veteran Venture Capitalist Pierre Lamond Joins Formation 8 As An Advisor

    After leaving Khosla Ventures after its last fund, Silicon Valley icon Pierre Lamond has resurfaced in a new role. The veteran venture capitalist has taken an advisory position at Formation 8, the three-year old venture firm founded by Joe Lonsdale, Jim Kim, and Brian Koo. Read More

  • Alibaba Opens Trading At $92.70, Up 36 Percent From Its IPO Price

    Alibaba Opens Trading At $92.70, Up 36 Percent From Its IPO Price

    Alibaba just opened trading on the New York Stock Exchange at $92.70 per share, up 36 percent from the $68 share price of its initial public offering. The Chinese e-commerce giant raised $21.8 billion in its IPO, making it the biggest US public offering ever. Read More

  • Keyboard Apps Dominate The App Store’s Top Charts After iOS 8 Release

    Keyboard Apps Dominate The App Store’s Top Charts After iOS 8 Release

    As the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus go on sale today, many consumers will be getting their hands on Apple’s new mobile operating system, iOS 8, for the first time. And what are iOS 8 users downloading from the App Store? From the looks of things, it’s keyboards. That’s right — after years of strictly controlling the iOS user interface, Apple has opened things up. You can now… Read More

  • Patient Access And Control: The Future Of Chronic Disease Management?

    Patient Access And Control: The Future Of Chronic Disease Management?

    Sufferers of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in the United States are among the more active practitioners of disease self-management. It involves, among other disciplines, rigorous self-monitoring of blood glucose and blood pressure levels, strict dietary discipline and, possibly, self-administering of insulin injections. It is a complex program of continuous diagnosis and treatment that also… Read More

  • Notion Ink Quietly Releases The Cain Windows Tablet

    Notion Ink Quietly Releases The Cain Windows Tablet

    I place this here not as a recommendation to buy but as a reminder of the great Notion Ink Wars of 2011. At the time, Notion Ink was offering an Android tablet that everyone thought was the second coming and, when the dust settled, it was a fat load of nothing. And now they’re back. Read More

  • Apple’s iPhone 6 And 6 Plus Go On Sale To Long Lines Of Fans

    Apple’s iPhone 6 And 6 Plus Go On Sale To Long Lines Of Fans

    Apple started selling its iPhone 6 and 6 Plus today, with sales in-store kicking off at Apple Store retail locations beginning at 8 a.m. local time. The lines this year are longer than they have been in recent memory, if not ever for an iPhone launch, and by all accounts this is shaping up to be probably the most successful iPhone launch day in history — provided there’s plenty… Read More

  • Europe Seeks A Common Appeals Process For The ‘Right To Be Forgotten’

    Europe Seeks A Common Appeals Process For The ‘Right To Be Forgotten’

    Data protection regulators in Europe are working on creating a common set of guidelines for handling appeals by individuals whose requests to search engines to de-index personal information, under the region’s recent right to be forgotten ruling, have been refused. Read More

  • Klarna Announces U.S. Team As It Plans For 2015 Launch In The U.S.

    Klarna Announces U.S. Team As It Plans For 2015 Launch In The U.S.

    The payments market in the U.S. couldn’t be be more competitive, and now yet another player is entering the mix. Stockholm-based Klarna is set to announce its U.S. team ahead of expansion plans into North America, which will begin in earnest at the beginning of 2015. Read More

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  • Facebook Won’t Budge On Letting Drag Queens Keep Their Names

    Facebook Won’t Budge On Letting Drag Queens Keep Their Names

    Facebook will not be changing its real-name policy for the drag queen community. San Francisco drag queens met with representatives from the company yesterday afternoon to talk through a recent mass deletion of their personal profile pages. Facebook started deleting accounts of hundreds of members of the drag community last week after deciding these profiles were in violation of the policy. Read More

  • One Lap with Circa's Matt Galligan

    One Lap With Circa’s Matt Galligan

    In the first installment of One Lap, Matt Galligan joined me at Thunderhill Raceway to talk about his mobile news application, Circa. I first met Matt in Boulder, Colo., in early 2010 shortly after he started SimpleGeo, an infrastructure provider for location-aware applications. A few years later, he sold SimpleGeo and founded Circa. Along the way, he’s learned a lot of lessons about… Read More

  • Patient Capital Drives Change In Education

    Patient Capital Drives Change In Education

    In 2001, Arthur Levine, then president of Columbia University Teacher’s College, predicted that one day faculty members would become free agents, increasingly independent of their colleges and universities. “It is only a matter of time before we see the equivalent of an academic William Morris Agency,” Levine, now president of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, wrote in The… Read More

  • Hours For iOS 8 Lets You Track Your Time With A Widget

    Hours For iOS 8 Lets You Track Your Time With A Widget

    Those who have to keep track of how they spend their time working during the day can’t do much better on iOS than Hours, Apple Design Award winner Tapity’s latest app. We recommended the app when it launched back in July, and now the Tapity team has released an update for iOS 8 that helps you keep on top of your tasks with even less hassle. Read More

  • SAP To Acquire Expense Software-Maker Concur For $129 Per Share

    SAP To Acquire Expense Software-Maker Concur For $129 Per Share

    Enterprise software company SAP just announced that has agreed to acquire Concur Technologies, maker of expense and travel management tools that are used by 23,000 businesses (including TechCrunch and its parent company AOL). The deal is for $129 per share, which is 20 percent higher than Concur’s closing price on Sept. 17 (yesterday). That gives Concur an enterprise value of $8.3 billion. Read More

  • Snapchat Scores Nike’s Director Of Digital To Win Sports Partnerships

    Snapchat Scores Nike’s Director Of Digital To Win Sports Partnerships

    Snapchat could be the new way to experience sporting events from afar. At the very least, sports and athletics brands are jumping up and down trying to reach the young, active demographic Snapchat has captured. That’s why the ephemeral app’s latest hire has so much potential. Snapchat just poached Eric Toda, Nike’s global director of digital, to help run its business and… Read More

  • The Best Of Times …

    The Best Of Times …

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of Minecraft, it was the age of Square, it was the epoch of burn, it was the epoch of crash, it was the season of growth and it was the season of collapse. Or so Dickens might have written if he had lived in San Francisco. The Bubble is back in the news again following comments made by Bill Gurley, the well-known Benchmark… Read More