Editor’s Picks

  • SoundCloud Raises $50 Million Round Led By Kleiner Perkins

    SoundCloud Raises $50 Million Round Led By Kleiner Perkins

    SoundCloud has raised a new fundraising round led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. The amount was not released but TechCrunch understands it to be $50 million. This would give the company a $200 million pre-money valuation. GGV Capital also participated in this round. The social sound platform which has seen high growth in the past year will use the funding to expand more rapidly… Read More

  • 6 Big HealthTech Ideas That Will Change Medicine In 2012

    6 Big HealthTech Ideas That Will Change Medicine In 2012

    “In the future we might not prescribe drugs all the time, we might prescribe apps.” Singularity University’s executive director of FutureMed Daniel Kraft M.D. sat down with me to discuss the biggest emerging trends in HealthTech. Here we’ll look at how A.I, big data, 3D printing, social health networks and other new technologies will help you get better medical care. Read More

  • GymPact Launches To Help You Keep Your Fitness Resolutions (By Paying If You Don’t)

    GymPact Launches To Help You Keep Your Fitness Resolutions (By Paying If You Don’t)

    If you’re anything like me, one of your New Years Resolutions may have been to get in better shape. There’s no doubt that many of us could stand to live healthier lives, and it’s no mistake that devices, services, and tools that help us achieve healthier lifestyles and decreased body masses are on the rise. (See John Biggs’ predictions for hot gadgets in 2012 —… Read More

  • Uber’s New Year’s Eve Surcharges Demonstrate The Harsh Reality Of Dynamic Pricing

    Uber’s New Year’s Eve Surcharges Demonstrate The Harsh Reality Of Dynamic Pricing

    I woke up this morning to tweets from Uber customers nationwide who felt taken for a ride, literally and figuratively, after requesting an Uber on one of the busiest nights of the year. Despite the fact the company said as such on their blog and communication channels, riders were apparently not expecting the surcharges to be so exponentially high. In exchange for providing cars on demand… Read More

  • The Internet Is People

    The Internet Is People

    There’s always been a tension on the Internet between humans and algorithms. In the early days, Yahoo was a human-curated index, remember? But humans couldn’t keep up, and the algorithms took over. Today, the human factor is rising in importance once again with Facebook, Twitter, and countless mobile applications like Instagram. Everything is social. The tension today is between… Read More

  • Freight Train Kept A-Rollin’

    Freight Train Kept A-Rollin’

    2011 was the year of Android. A little over a year ago Andy Rubin tweeted that 300,000 Android devices were being activated each day. In January we reported that Android had surpassed iOS in terms of US smartphone market share. In June Android’s activations-per-day reached 500,000; this month they hit 700,000. That’s more than double the rate at which it was spreading when it… Read More

  • Keeping Up With The Normals

    Keeping Up With The Normals

    The holidays for most people who read this site involve answering a cornucopia of tech support questions for their relatives. Honestly, I’ve watched friends field the most frustrating 45 minute IT department-level questions during holiday time with the family, which inevitably devolves into more of those types of conversations in between “Pass the gravy.” These conversations… Read More

  • A Web Of Apps

    A Web Of Apps

    It is remarkable to think that we’re in the early days of the app era, when there are already close to 600,000 iOS applications and nearly 400,000 on Android. The growth of these app ecosystems has been rapid, exponential and shows no signs of slowing down. As well it shouldn’t: the untapped, addressable market for mobile apps involves hundreds of millions of users. And yet… Read More

  • Facebook Started Saturating The US Market In 2011

    Facebook Started Saturating The US Market In 2011

    Most third party web measurement firms have provided a steady drumbeat of positive growth news for Facebook over the years, as the company has gained tens of millions of users in the US and around the world. But now the social network appears to be reaching market saturation among internet users in some of its early key markets, with one firm showing nearly 75% of all US internet users on… Read More

  • How to Survive Your First Year As An Entrepreneur

    How to Survive Your First Year As An Entrepreneur

    I loved talking to the skankiest prostitutes at three in the morning with a camera crew around me, fires burning in the street, sad, abused people clinging to scraps of life for their pleasures, bailed out prisoners and the drug dealers waiting for them to be released, homeless addicts with nowhere to go and they only weren’t freaks if you saw them at three in the morning . In short, … Read More

  • The Most Important Gadgets Of 2012

    The Most Important Gadgets Of 2012

    Rather than looking back (which I’m sure we will), I thought it would be nice to look forward to 2012 and beyond and note some of the gadgets that will change the world in the next few years. I’ve included mobile, gaming, and computing gadgets but I think 2012 will also be the year of Windows Phone, 3D printing, and fitness technology that actually makes a difference. I’m… Read More

  • Exclusive: Groupon Acquires Stealth Silicon Valley Startup Campfire Labs

    Exclusive: Groupon Acquires Stealth Silicon Valley Startup Campfire Labs

    Groupon has continued its (talent) acquisition spree with the recent purchase of a hot Silicon Valley startup before they even launched – and with extremely little fanfare. We’ve learned that Campfire Labs, which was founded by ex-Googler Sakina Arsiwala (previously Head of International at YouTube) and her husband, social search technology expert Naveen Koorakula (previously at… Read More

  • Does Microsoft Really Need A Windows Superphone?

    Does Microsoft Really Need A Windows Superphone?

    A leaked Windows Phone roadmap made the rounds earlier today, and if its contents hold true, then Microsoft will be going big on hardware when it comes time for Windows Phone Apollo to take the stage. Even though the budget-friendly Tango update will hit devices first, Microsoft has apparently made the development of “superphones” a priority for next year. Read More

  • IFTTT Triggers Loyal, Nerdy Following

    IFTTT Triggers Loyal, Nerdy Following

    One of my favorite services to pop in the second half of 2011 is “If This, Then That,” or if you’re really dorky, IFTTT. Among a small group of faithful nerds on Twitter, IFTTT is a simple yet powerful service that generates warm, fuzzy feelings among those who are hooked. Based in San Francisco, the company has received funding from Betaworks and is closing out 2011 with… Read More

  • For Google+, User Count Is A Journey Not A Race

    For Google+, User Count Is A Journey Not A Race

    That’s a good thing because Google+ missed the starting gun. And its “invite only” launch strategy saw all its disconnect users flailing independently. But in the long run that might not matter much, because Google+ doesn’t need a critical mass or tons of engagement. It needs signups so it can get its identity layer under users of its other products. That way it can… Read More

  • Giving Windows Phone A Chance

    Giving Windows Phone A Chance

    If you take a look at Techmeme right now, you’ll notice that the top conversation in the tech blogosphere is about Windows Phone, and more specifically why it has failed to catch on compared to Android smartphones in particular (according to Charlie Kindel, former GM of the product division). I’ve read people’s different views on this with great interest, but I feel like… Read More

  • The Threat And Opportunity Of Mobile: How Physical Retailers Can Fight Back Against Amazon

    The Threat And Opportunity Of Mobile: How Physical Retailers Can Fight Back Against Amazon

    As online retail sales continue to soar, brick and mortar stores are seeing margins dissipate. Online holiday sales are expected to grow 15 percent to $37.6 billion this season while retail sales in physical stores are only expected to increase by 3.8 percent to $469.1 billion. Best Buy recently reported a 29 percent drop in profits because of discounts and sales of top grossing electronics. Read More

  • Apps Are Media

    Apps Are Media

    Apps have taken over the world. If you doubt that just take a look at this app map by Horace Dediu at Asymco which shows the 123 countries in the world where iPhones are available. Of course, anywhere you can get an iPhone, you can get an iPhone app. Like the Web, apps are distributed globally. But when it comes to “media” like books, music, and movies, the distribution is much… Read More

  • ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas (Revisited)

    ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas (Revisited)

    ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
    Not an ultrabook was whirring, not a touchpad nor mouse.
    The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
    With hopes they were stuffed with Thunderbolt MacBook Airs. The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
    While visions of Galaxy Tabs danced in their heads.
    And ma in her ‘kerchief, and I with my apps,
    Had… Read More

  • The Other Side Of Open

    The Other Side Of Open

    Open. Open. Open. Open. Open. Open. Open. Open. Open. Every chance they get, someone from Google brings this up as a huge advantage of Android over rivals like iOS. Never mind the fact that a good percentage of the time it’s pure marketing bullshit — why exactly isn’t Google Wallet on Google’s own Galaxy Nexus device? — even when it’s true, there are some… Read More