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  • Meet & Jam Could Help You Form Your Next Supergroup (Or Simply Book A Rehearsal Studio)

    Meet & Jam Could Help You Form Your Next Supergroup (Or Simply Book A Rehearsal Studio)

    When you think about what it’s like to be in a band, you probably think sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. I think schlepping it around London playing in half-empty venues, continually having to recruit a new drummer, and spending too much time organising evenings spent in a hot, sweaty and dingy rehearsal studio. If only Meet & Jam existed back in my rock ‘n’… Read More

  • Snapchat’s Newest Money Maker Is A Sponsored Our Story For Samsung And The AMAs

    Snapchat’s Newest Money Maker Is A Sponsored Our Story For Samsung And The AMAs

    Snapchat took its first shot at monetizing its Our Stories collaborative livestream feature tonight with a Samsung-branded look at The American Music Awards. We were tipped off to the AMA Our Story, and Snapchat confirms to me that it was paid by Samsung for the promotion. The AMA Our Story intersplices “Sponsored”-tagged Samsung photos and videos from behind the scenes at the… Read More

  • Whitney Wolfe, Other Former Tinder Employees To Launch Direct Competitor Called Bumble

    Whitney Wolfe, Other Former Tinder Employees To Launch Direct Competitor Called Bumble

    Whitney Wolfe, an early employee at Tinder who sued the company for sexual harassment and workplace discrimination, has joined up with two other early Tinder employees, Chris Gulczynski and his parter Sarah Mick, to launch a direct competitor to Tinder called Bumble, sources tell TechCrunch. According to the app’s Facebook page, Bumble is a social discovery app that “promotes a… Read More

  • Crowdsourced War

    Crowdsourced War

    Roughly 5,000 gallons of blood has been spilled in Eastern Ukraine, if the United Nation’s estimates that at least 4,000 have perished are any indication. Much of this bloodbath was avoidable; in fact, in 90 percent of potentially survivable battlefield mortalities, uncontrollable bleeding was the top cause of death, the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research found in 2012. Read More

  • Yahoo Acquires Photo Startup Cooliris

    Yahoo Acquires Photo Startup Cooliris

    Photo app-maker Cooliris just announced that it has been acquired by Yahoo. The company was founded in 2006 and was initially known for creating a “3D wall” for navigating photos and other media content. More recently, its focus shifted to an app (also called Cooliris) that allowed users to browse photos from across services like Facebook, Instagram, and Flickr. It also launched… Read More

  • Uber's Terrible No Good Very Bad Week And Barbie Apologizes

    Crunchweek: Uber, Uber, Uber And Barbie

    Here’s a protip: Don’t do what Uber did this week. That’s the main topic of CrunchWeek this time around. Bad behavior, however, wasn’t just Uber’s purview: The corporate entity behind Barbie was exposed for publishing a wantonly sexist tract that undercut the idea that women can be software engineers. So that wasn’t very good. Happily, TechCrunch’s… Read More

  • Photo-Sharing App Memoir Snags $5.5 Million To Help You Recall The Past

    Photo-Sharing App Memoir Snags $5.5 Million To Help You Recall The Past

    Photo-sharing application Memoir, a Timehop competitor that allows you to rediscover old photo “memories,” has raised an additional $5.5 million in a round led by Redpoint Ventures’ Ryan Sarver. Others participating included prior investors Founder Collective, Box Group, Lerer Ventures and Thrive Capital. The company had previously raised $1.2 million in seed… Read More

  • Livefyre Studio Puts The Company’s Focus On User Generated Content And Social Media Curation

    Livefyre Studio Puts The Company’s Focus On User Generated Content And Social Media Curation

    At this point, I should probably stop calling Livefyre a commenting platform. Actually, the company has been expanding beyond comments for a while. It launched its StreamHub product, which included more social media widgets, back in 2012. And it acquired social media curation startup Storify last year. Read More

  • Social Betting App Youbetme Raises $2.7M

    Social Betting App Youbetme Raises $2.7M

    Youbetme, the startup behind the social betting app of the same name, announced today that it has raised $2.7 million in Series A funding. Youbetme says it launched the app in January. The company bills itself as a way to “bet on anything, at any time,” either through its iOS app or it’s website. To be clear, it doesn’t support real-money betting, but rather… Read More

  • TheLadders Revamps iPhone App To Focus On Job Referrals, Unveils Job Market Guide

    TheLadders Revamps iPhone App To Focus On Job Referrals, Unveils Job Market Guide

    What good is a job search site or app when you’re not looking for a job? That’s the issue TheLadders is tackling with the launch of a new version of its iOS app and a new feature that it calls the Job Market Guide. CEO Alex Douzet told me that these are the first steps in a new direction for the company, which was founded in 2003. TheLadders was initially aimed at people looking… Read More

  • Dropbox Drags Its Expensive, Forgotten Photo App Carousel To Web And Tablets

    Dropbox Drags Its Expensive, Forgotten Photo App Carousel To Web And Tablets

    Early this year, Dropbox threw a glitzy launch event for its new photo storage and viewing app Carousel, and people went right on using the dozen other ways to keep and comb through memories. Despite Dropbox’s 300 million users, it saw less than a half million downloads on Android, and has hovered around #350 on the iOS photo app chart, falling out of the top 1500 apps overall less than… Read More

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