• Facebook’s New Photo “Scrapbook” Lets Parents Give Kids An Official Presence

    Facebook’s New Photo “Scrapbook” Lets Parents Give Kids An Official Presence

    For the first time, children under 13 are allowed to have an official presence on Facebook. They still can’t have a profile, but their parents can now tag photos of them (or pet) to create a “Scrapbook.” This lets parents collect photos of their baby, toddler, or pre-teen in a centralized place they can share with friends or loved ones. Scrapbook will first roll out in the U.S. Read More

  • Microsoft Simplifies Visual Studio Lineup And Pricing For Enterprise Users

    Microsoft Simplifies Visual Studio Lineup And Pricing For Enterprise Users

    Microsoft today announced that it will consolidate its Visual Studio Premium and Ultimate offerings for enterprises into a single product once it launches Visual Studio 2015 later this year. Now called Visual Studio Enterprise With MSDN, this new version will include all of the features developers were getting with Visual Studio Ultimate (IntelliTrace in production, CodeLens support, etc.). Read More

  • Hisense And Haier Launch $149 Chromebooks

    Hisense And Haier Launch $149 Chromebooks

    A few weeks ago Google made headlines with the launch of the new Chromebook Pixel, the highest-end Chromebook on the market (and with a price to show for it). Today, the Chrome OS laptop ecosystem is launching two products that are the exact opposite: the Haier Chromebook 11 (now available online at Amazon) and the Hisense Chromebook (now available at Walmart). Both of these 11.6-inch… Read More

  • In The Land Of Opportunity, Why Hinder Our Own Success?

    In The Land Of Opportunity, Why Hinder Our Own Success?

    We often hear that America is a nation of immigrants, but some members of Congress have forgotten the simple truth – immigration is our country’s single greatest competitive advantage in a growing global economy. The primary driver of the U.S.’s position as the worldwide leader in innovation and entrepreneurship is due to tireless, talented, hardworking immigrants coming to… Read More

  • Why Jay-Z’s Music App Tidal Sounds Doomed

    Giving away music is how you get people to pay for it. That might seem crazy, but it’s true, though Jay-Z doesn’t want to listen. He just launched a music streaming service called Tidal with Beyoncé, Daft Punk, Kanye, Arcade Fire, and Rihanna as co-owners contributing exclusive content. The goal is to get artists properly paid. The problem is Tidal subscriptions costs $20… Read More

  • Postmates Will Deliver Bastian Lehmann Via Bike To The Disrupt New York Stage

    Postmates Will Deliver Bastian Lehmann Via Bike To The Disrupt New York Stage

    Okay, the bike thing probably isn’t true but Postmates co-founder and CEO Bastian Lehmann will join us on stage at TC Disrupt New York in May. Almost four years ago, Lehmann stepped onto the TechCrunch Disrupt stage and launched a company called Postmates, with a plan to totally disrupt the courier industry. Read More

  • Tile Launches Sharing, Allowing Others To Help You Find Your Lost Items

    Tile Launches Sharing, Allowing Others To Help You Find Your Lost Items

    Tile, the lost item tracker that you can attach to purses, keys, luggage, bikes or anything else that tends to go missing at times, is today rolling out a new feature designed to make it easier for people to get help finding their items. In an update to the company’s iOS and Android applications, users will now be able to share their Tiles with others, including friends, family… Read More

  • Sensai Raises $900K To Help Data Scientists Query Unstructured Data

    Sensai Raises $900K To Help Data Scientists Query Unstructured Data

    Data analysis often involves looking at a large set of pretty uniform, well-structured data. But as companies continue to gather more electronic documents in all kinds of forms (and formats), those traditional techniques don’t work anymore. Companies like Palantir and IBM (with Watson) are now making it easier for data scientists and technical users to query unstructured textual… Read More

  • ESPN Launches A Big Redesign For Its Web Versions

    ESPN Launches A Big Redesign For Its Web Versions

    Tomorrow, ESPN is launching a major redesign to an experience that has basically gone unchanged since its previous redesign in 2009. The company has rebuilt its web experience: instead of having two different completely units — a mobile version and a desktop version — it’s now a single responsive unit that scales to the size of the device, using the same underlying technology. Read More

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