• First Look At Uber’s Co-Founder’s Shopping Concierge “Operator”

    First Look At Uber’s Co-Founder’s Shopping Concierge “Operator”

    Operator wants to “unlock the 90% of commerce that’s not on the Internet”, CEO Robin Chan tells me. After two years in stealth, Chan was finally willing to give TechCrunch a peek at his startup, which he sees as the convergence of the biggest themes in tech: mobile, messaging, and the on-demand economy. Operator calls itself a “Request Network”. It’s an… Read More

  • Fresh Off A (Rumored) Presidential Bid, Carly Fiorina Will Speak At Disrupt NY

    Fresh Off A (Rumored) Presidential Bid, Carly Fiorina Will Speak At Disrupt NY

    Carly Fiorina will speak onstage at Disrupt NY in just two short weeks. And guess who has the honor of speaking on stage with her? THIS GAL. The timing couldn’t be more interesting, actually. Earlier today The Wall Street Journal reported that the former Hewlett-Packard CEO will launch her presidential campaign on May 4th, which just happens to be the day before she joins TechCrunch… Read More

  • Facebook Testing Caller Id App “Hello” | Crunch Report

    On today’s Crunch Report, Google announces Project Fi cell service, what your favorite apps will look like on Apple Watch, Makerbot’s uncertain future, and Facebook’s user base is flocking to mobile. Crunch Report airs Monday through Friday at 7 PM ET / 4 PM PT. Read More

  • New Windows 10 Build 10061 Brings UI Improvements, New Mail And Calendar Apps

    New Windows 10 Build 10061 Brings UI Improvements, New Mail And Calendar Apps

    Unable to contain itself, Microsoft released a new Windows 10 build today, bringing bug fixes, user interface improvements and new Mail and Calendar applications. In the new build, Microsoft added a new ‘black system theme’ for a number of core user interface elements, including the Start Menu and Taskbar. The company also revamped Windows 10’s tablet mode, officially… Read More

  • P2P Lending Site Funding Circle Raises $150M Led By DST At A $1B+ Valuation

    P2P Lending Site Funding Circle Raises $150M Led By DST At A $1B+ Valuation

    Time to make way for another startup juggernaut out of the financial world. Funding Circle — a London-based peer-to-peer platform for small businesses to get loans, and investors to put up money to finance those loans — is today announcing that it has raised $150 million in venture funding, in a round that we have confirmed values the startup at over $1 billion. While… Read More

  • Many Apple Watch Orders Will Ship Earlier Than Expected

    Many Apple Watch Orders Will Ship Earlier Than Expected

    Many customers who ordered the Apple Watch have been receiving email notifications alerting them that their orders are “Processing,” despite being told when they placed their order that they wouldn’t ship until May or June. Apple has confirmed to TechCrunch that many Watch orders will indeed be at their doors a lot sooner than expected. Read More

  • Taxi App Hailo Lays Off More Staff, Preps Another Round Of Funding

    Taxi App Hailo Lays Off More Staff, Preps Another Round Of Funding

    Yellow lights ahead for Hailo? We have heard, and now confirmed, that the London-based taxi-hailing startup that competes against the likes of Uber for on-demand car services is laying off staff. As part of a reorganization, 17 people, or about 11 percent of its staff of 150 people, were let go earlier this week — a move that the company’s CEO says is being made to focus more on… Read More

  • Facebook Messenger Accounts For 10% of Global Mobile VoIP

    Facebook Messenger Accounts For 10% of Global Mobile VoIP

    Facebook Messenger wants to replace the telephone, not just SMS, and it’s on its way. Messenger now makes up 10% of global mobile Voice Over IP calls, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said during today’s Q1 2015 earnings call. And Zuckerberg said that because mobile VOIP can actually provide higher audio quality for calls than traditional phone calls, he expects that growth “is going… Read More

  • Who’s Afraid Of Superhumanity?

    Who’s Afraid Of Superhumanity?

    When I was eight I determined it my destiny to be one of the X-Men, a superhero born with extraordinary abilities. It seemed there were many bad things I could stop if only I were stronger, faster, smarter. To make a positive difference in the world, I had to be better. But there was just a very small chance I was carrying the X-gene, and so I would lie in bed each night and pray to God I… Read More

  • House Passes Controversial Cybersecurity Information-Sharing Bill

    House Passes Controversial Cybersecurity Information-Sharing Bill

    The House of Representatives today passed The Protecting Cyber Networks Act on a 307-116 bipartisan vote. The bill aims to remove legal barriers so that American companies can share threat information with one another to defend against hacks, such as those that have recently plagued Sony and Target. The bills have broad support from the White House and industry groups, including some in tech. Read More

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