• Cloud Encoding Startup Encoding.com Gets Strategic Investment From Harmonic

    Cloud Encoding Startup Encoding.com Gets Strategic Investment From Harmonic

    Cloud encoding startup Encoding.com has gotten a bit of validation from one of the big players in the more traditional video processing world. That’s because Harmonic has made a strategic investment in Encoding.com, which could lead to closer integration between the companies as more video processing moves to the cloud. Read More

  • To Create A Habit, Focus On The Reward

    To Create A Habit, Focus On The Reward

    On May 1, 1981, American Airlines launched its frequent flyer program AAdvantage. Since then, a flood of loyalty programs have attempted to bring customers back through rewards. Today, you can become a card-carrying member of just about anything: hotels, supermarkets, drugstores and pizza chains. If you’re in a store, chances are someone will ask, “Would you like to join our… Read More

  • The Department Of Energy Needs Your Help To Cut The Soft Costs Of Solar

    The Department Of Energy Needs Your Help To Cut The Soft Costs Of Solar

    This year, SunShot’s Catalyst incubator crowdsourced 130 problem statements involving these soft costs in solar energy by letting the public vote for the issues they deem most important, which drew attention to issues like the difficulty consumers have finding information about buying into solar or the price of inspecting large commercial installations. Read More

  • VCs Look To The Future As IoT Investments Soar

    VCs Look To The Future As IoT Investments Soar

    Internet of Things startups are amassing millions in venture dollars to make their way out of the conceptual future and into our homes, cars and offices. Crowdfunding platforms have made hits out of intelligent coolers and customizable smart watches, but the top venture-backed companies have been centered around the home automation and security space. Read More

  • Announcing The 8th Annual Crunchies Awards

    Announcing The 8th Annual Crunchies Awards

    It’s that time of year again. One of Thanksgiving and … nominations for the 8th Annual Crunchies Awards. Once again TechCrunch, GigaOm and VentureBeat writers will step away from their keyboards to celebrate the best of technology. Read More

  • A New Bullet Can Make 3D-Printed Guns A Reality

    A New Bullet Can Make 3D-Printed Guns A Reality

    3D printed guns aren’t very compelling right now. Because of the vagaries of plastic and the methods used to manufacture weapons like the Liberator, your gun can turn itself into a hand grenade if you’re not careful. But engineer Michael Crumling might have a solution. Read More

  • Google Guarantees Inbox Invite By 5 PM PT If You Ask During Today’s ‘Happy Hour’

    Google Guarantees Inbox Invite By 5 PM PT If You Ask During Today’s ‘Happy Hour’

    Google is expanding its Inbox invite program, having issued another collection of invites to existing members already today, with a new ‘Happy Hour’ taking place between 3 p.m. PT and 4 p.m. PT today. If users email them at inbox@google.com asking for an invite during that window, they’ll get access guaranteed by 5 p.m. PT today. Want an invite TODAY? #InboxHappyHour 3-4pm PT. Read More

  • Google Drive Now Works Better With Desktop Applications

    Google Drive Now Works Better With Desktop Applications

    Google today announced a new feature for its online storage service Google Drive that will allow users to more easily launch the files they have saved in the cloud using their preferred desktop applications. The feature is not rolling out to the core product, however, but is instead available as an optional Chrome extension. Once installed, users will be able to right-click on applications… Read More

  • Facebook Open Sources Its Proxygen HTTP Framework And Server

    Facebook Open Sources Its Proxygen HTTP Framework And Server

    Facebook today announced that it is open sourcing Proxygen, the C++ HTTP libraries — including an HTTP server — that it uses internally. The company has open sourced quite a bit of its code in recent months, much of it focused on mobile developers. In many ways, today’s launch is more interesting, though, as it’s likely to reach a far wider number of developers. Read More

  • Meetup Gets Into Crowdfunding With Launch Of “Contributions”

    Meetup Gets Into Crowdfunding With Launch Of “Contributions”

    Longtime social site for groups Meetup has been steadily rolling out new features to its serviceĀ over the course of the year following the close of a secondary round earlier in 2014. This summer, the company made messaging the big focus of its mobile application, and now Meetup is rolling out its own crowdfunding platform called “Contributions.” The new feature allows Meetup… Read More

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