• IPO-Bound E-Commerce Giant Rocket Internet Consolidates, Holtzbrink Takes 2.5% Stake

    IPO-Bound E-Commerce Giant Rocket Internet Consolidates, Holtzbrink Takes 2.5% Stake

    More shareholder activity over at Rocket Internet, the Berlin-based e-commerce incubator and investor that is widely expected to go public. Holtzbrinck Ventures, a firm that has been a longtime investor in Rocket Internet portfolio companies around the world, is exchanging the shares it has in those companies for a 2.5% share in Rocket Internet. No cash is changing hands here: this is a… Read More

  • Federal Court Shuts Down Aereo’s Attempt At A Comeback

    Federal Court Shuts Down Aereo’s Attempt At A Comeback

    In an eleventh hour attempt to save its business following the Supreme Court’s ruling that it was illegal, Aereo changed its tune and claimed to be a cable provider in a court filing last month. But the Second Circuit Court Of Appeals isn’t hearing it. The Washington Post reported Thursday that the court denied the company’s request to reconsider the case, classifying the… Read More

  • There Is One New Book On Amazon Every Five Minutes

    There Is One New Book On Amazon Every Five Minutes

    In an interesting post, writer Claude Nougat estimated the total number of books on Amazon – about 3.4 million at last count (a number that could include apps as well) and then figured out how many books were added in a day. Nougat noticed that the number rose by 12 books in an hour, which suggests that one new book is added every five minutes. And, most likely, it’s probably an… Read More

  • Movie Theaters May Be Getting More Interactive, Thanks To Audience Entertainment’s SDK

    Movie Theaters May Be Getting More Interactive, Thanks To Audience Entertainment’s SDK

    You may soon be doing more twisting, turning, and jumping around when you go to the movies, if startup Audience Entertainment succeeds in launching a new type of in-theater interactivity. The company’s technology basically allows audiences to play together, usually as part of an ad campaign. Imagine standing up with everyone else in the room, then waving your arms left and right in unison… Read More

  • Unscaling The Trillion-Dollar Power Industry

    Unscaling The Trillion-Dollar Power Industry

    Throughout the history of the power industry, the answer to all of our problems has been to “get bigger”. Due to economies of scale, utilities have concentrated on building larger and larger power plants to increase efficiency and improve profitability. That’s why we still receive the vast majority of our power the way we have for decades — from massive plants based… Read More

  • Botlr The First Hotel Robot

    This Robot Butler Tried To Get Me Drunk

    The merry TechCrunch band took a trip to Cupertino this week to kick it with a small robot called Botlr made by robotics startup Savioke. The little android, outfitted with a fancy collar and racing stripes, brings small items from the front desk of the Aloft hotel, to the rooms of customers. The cute R2 can handle elevators on its own, and scoots along at around one to two miles per hour. Read More

  • Salesforce Beats In Its Fiscal Q2 With Revenue Of $1.32B, EPS OF $0.13

    Salesforce Beats In Its Fiscal Q2 With Revenue Of $1.32B, EPS OF $0.13

    After the bell, Salesforce reported its fiscal second quarter financial results, including revenue of $1.32 billion and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.13. The company beat estimates in the fiscal 2015 quarter, as investors had expected it to earn $0.12 per share — excluding certain costs — on revenue of $1.29 billion. In its sequentially preceding quarter, Salesforce’s… Read More

  • Product Hunt Briefly Banned From Reddit, Reinstated

    Product Hunt Briefly Banned From Reddit, Reinstated

    Product Hunt, the YC-backed social network for sharing links to interesting new startups and apps via a Reddit-like interface, has been banned from Reddit. We first got wind that links to Product Hunt could no longer be submitted to Reddit from a comment on a video published to YouTube by Google Ventures announcing that the search giant’s investment wing invested in Product… Read More

  • Facebook Rolls Out Analytics For App Links

    Facebook Rolls Out Analytics For App Links

    Today, Facebook is rolling out analytics for App Links, its initiative to make it easier for developers to link to specific content in partnership with Parse (which it purchased last year) and Mixpanel. The data available is still rather simple, but it’s a first step to convincing developers that they should use it to send traffic between apps. Read More