• A Look Inside Transcriptic’s New Biotech Testing Facility

    Transcriptic, the cloud-based biotech lab that tests for experimental drugs automation and robotics, has become a key platform for many biotech companies in Silicon Valley. The platform has been particularly useful for many of the biotech companies now coming out of Y Combinator. These startups don’t have the deep pockets of big pharma and need a low-cost solution that produces… Read More

  • MLB’s Bob Bowman Streaming Live At Disrupt NY

    MLB’s Bob Bowman Streaming Live At Disrupt NY

    The MLB’s streaming arm, MLB Advanced Media, was founded in 2000 and has been streaming live video to the web longer than anyone. MLBAM got so good at live that it’s been tapped by HBO, Sony, ESPN and many others to handle their streaming efforts. That’s why we’re happy to announce that Bob Bowman, president of Business & Media for MLB, will be coming to Disrupt NY… Read More

  • mDrawBots Will Draw On Your Wall, Floor And Eggs

    mDrawBots Will Draw On Your Wall, Floor And Eggs

    mDrawBots, a Kickstarter project from MakeBlock, are very reminiscent of old-timey Erector sets with one interesting difference: These robots can actually do cool stuff. Designed to be customizable, the kits allow you to build robots that will draw on walls and floors, and even draw sassy little faces on eggs. The robot moves around each surface like an ink plotter, laying down a line here… Read More

  • Bootstrapping Is The New Seed

    Bootstrapping Is The New Seed

    The all-American ‘rags to riches’ story is one that many can identify with or find inspiration from — going from sleeping in your car to owning more than you hate to admit, or coming from humble beginnings only to reach fame and fortune. Entrepreneurship is the vehicle of this story, where we have the power to make something from nothing. Read More

  • TC Droidcast 43: HTC One M9 And… Facebook?

    TC Droidcast 43: HTC One M9 And… Facebook?

    This week, Chris Velazco joins us to discuss the HTC One M9, which he got to review over at Engadget. The company’s new smartphone looks pretty similar to last year’s model on the outside, but HTC also revamped the camera. I’d argue that this is hardly the time for modest upgrades for HTC, but Chris gives us some insight into what they were thinking. We then leap logically… Read More

  • FTC Pushes Back Against Criticism Of Its Inquiry Into Google’s Search Practices

    FTC Pushes Back Against Criticism Of Its Inquiry Into Google’s Search Practices

    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published a comment today pushing against a rising media narrative that it may have gone too easy on Google during its multi-year antitrust probe on the search company’s ranking of results to benefit its own products. In the end, Google agreed to change some of its business practices, and the FTC closed its investigation. Read More

  • Everything You Need To Know From Today’s Facebook F8 Announcements

    Everything You Need To Know From Today’s Facebook F8 Announcements

    Today marked the first day of F8, Facebook’s annual developer conference, and the company announced a ton of stuff! Some of it is bigger than others, though — so we’ve wrapped up all the most important stuff from today in one easy-to-digest list. Enjoy! Read More

  • Amazon’s On-Demand Services Marketplace Launches Monday

    Amazon’s On-Demand Services Marketplace Launches Monday

    Amazon’s Angie’s List competitor, called “Amazon Local Services,” has been rebranded as “Amazon Home Services” ahead of a larger launch happening Monday, sources familiar with the plans tell TechCrunch. The site, which previously featured only a limited number of service offerings in a handful of select markets, has also recently expanded to include a… Read More

  • Tinder Hack Matches Unaware Straight Men, Odd Conversations Ensue

    Tinder Hack Matches Unaware Straight Men, Odd Conversations Ensue

    Flirting can be hard, especially through a screen. But these guys never had a chance, considering they were chatting with other heterosexual male users as part of a clever technological ruse. A hack on Tinder isn’t anything new. More tech-savvy folks have actually dug into the app to automatically swipe right on every potential match, and then there are all the marketers that are… Read More

  • The Top 10 Startups Of Y Combinator Winter ’15 Demo Day 2

    The Top 10 Startups Of Y Combinator Winter ’15 Demo Day 2

    Y Combinator unveiled one of its most impressive startup batches to date yesterday, featuring big ideas in medicine, finance, and marketplaces. After carefully watching the demos, speaking with founders in the class, and querying prestigious investors about their favorites, TechCrunch has compiled this list of the top 10 startups of the 47 that launched at Winter 2015 YC Demo Day 2. Here they… Read More

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