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  • Hey Microsoft, Acquiring A Hit Game Is Stupid

    Hey Microsoft, Acquiring A Hit Game Is Stupid

    Buying a game company is like buying an aging baseball player. You’ll need a miracle to get another hit. And while they might have plenty of fans, they probably aren’t making a lot of new ones. Mojang hit a grand slam home run with Minecraft, but that doesn’t mean Microsoft should pay $2.5 billion for it, as it’s reportedly going to announce this week. There’s… Read More

  • Come To The TechCrunch Virtual Reality Meetup In LA On Sept 18th

    Come To The TechCrunch Virtual Reality Meetup In LA On Sept 18th

    The night before the Oculus Connect conference, TechCrunch is bringing together the virtual reality community for an evening of cool demos, free drinks, and a chance to meet TechCrunch’s writers and VR startups in the space. Register here for the TechCrunch Virtual Reality Meetup. From 6:30pm to 9:30pm at the The Mondrian Hotel’s beautiful Skybar in West Hollywood, come mingle… Read More

  • Kevin Rose Launches Tiiny To Take The Anxiety And Megapixels Out Of Photo Sharing

    Kevin Rose Launches Tiiny To Take The Anxiety And Megapixels Out Of Photo Sharing

    “If you made photos tiny and kept them tiny so they can’t be enlarged, would it reduce the anxiety around taking a photo and get people to take more photos?” Kevin Rose asks me. He’s not quite sure, but he’s going to find out with Tiiny, the new iOS app from his mobile laboratory North that launches this morning. It lets you take a thumbnail-sized photo or GIF… Read More

  • Kevin Rose’s New App Tiiny Lets You Share Little Photos That Disappear In 24 Hours

    Kevin Rose’s New App Tiiny Lets You Share Little Photos That Disappear In 24 Hours

    Digg, Milk, and Revision3 founder Kevin Rose recently left Google Ventures to start a new mobile development house called North, and now we have some details on the firm’s first app, Tiiny, which will launch soon. The basic idea is that Tiiny lets you share thumbnail-sized photos and animated GIFs to a grid of pics on your friends’ phones, and they disappear 24 hours later. Rather… Read More

  • Sean Rad Backstage Interview

    How Tinder Transformed Dating, According To Its CEO

    Do you really know yourself if you’ve never had your heart broken? Tinder is often labeled a hookup app, but its CEO Sean Rad believes that going on lots of dates can teach you what you need in a soulmate. You can hear his perspective on Tinder’s impact in our backstage video interview at TechCrunch Disrupt SF.  Some believe Tinder and the globalized dating scene overwhelm us… Read More

  • Snapchat Finally Settles Lawsuit With Ousted Co-Founder Reggie Brown

    Snapchat Finally Settles Lawsuit With Ousted Co-Founder Reggie Brown

    After more than a year of legal woes, Snapchat has finally settled its lawsuit with Reggie Brown. According to a press release, the settlement resolves the issue on “mutually agreeable terms,” but doesn’t reveal the specifics of those terms. In early 2013, Frank Reginald Brown accused Snapchat founders Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy of unfairly ousting him from the company… Read More

  • Dropbox Acqui-Hires KBVT’s Computer Vision Geniuses To Mine Its Photos

    Dropbox Acqui-Hires KBVT’s Computer Vision Geniuses To Mine Its Photos

    Dropbox doesn’t just want to store your photos. It wants to organize and make them more useful too. That’s why today it acqhired the two computer vision and machine learning professors who founded Kriegman-Belhumeur Vision Technology (KBVT). After a decade building KBVT, Columbia University’s Professor Peter Belhumeur and UCSD’s Professor David Kriegman will start work… Read More

  • StudyRoom Lets College Students Join Online Study Groups, Book Tutors

    StudyRoom Lets College Students Join Online Study Groups, Book Tutors

    Launching publicly on the TechCrunch Disrupt stage this afternoon is a company called StudyRoom, which aims to take student study groups and tutoring online, and make them more social. The company has already been running trials of its program in six universities, starting this spring, and now claims to reach 40,000 students across the U.S. who use it as a platform for social, peer-to-peer… Read More

  • Kanzee Makes Sharing Clothes With Friends A Breeze

    Kanzee Makes Sharing Clothes With Friends A Breeze

    Kanzee is a social network and accompanying app that allows people to share and swap clothes with each other. It’s a simple concept and that’s why I like it. It also solves a problem that many a fashionista have encountered (myself not included) — how to get new outfits or accoutrements for specific events without purchasing them. Read More

  • Twitter Announces Its First Commerce Product — A “Buy” Button On Mobile

    Twitter Announces Its First Commerce Product — A “Buy” Button On Mobile

    After months of reports and rumors, Twitter is announcing its first commerce product. The company first signaled its interest in this area last year, when it hired former Ticketmaster CEO Nathan Hubbard to lead its commerce team. Then it started recruiting other commerce specialists, and Recode got its hands on mock-ups of a Buy Now button. Over the summer, people started spotting those buttons… Read More