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  • Death/Star: Galaxy Tab

    Death/Star (Episode 1): The Galaxy Tab, Instagram, and Boxee Box (TCTV)

    Welcome to Death/Star, a new show we are testing on TechCrunch TV. It’s a product review show with a twist. My co-host, CrunchGear editor John Biggs, and I give our opinions on three hot products. In the inaugural episode we cover the Android-powered Samsung Galaxy Tablet, photo-sharing app Instagram, and the Boxee Box. To spice things up, we try to go beyond the traditional… Read More

  • Yet Another Hot Startup Leaves A Gaping Security Hole In Its iPhone App

    Yet Another Hot Startup Leaves A Gaping Security Hole In Its iPhone App

    It’s no secret that most people are remarkably lax when it comes to online security. They’ll reuse the same password everywhere, and will connect to open Wi-Fi hotspots without a second thought as to who might be sniffing their traffic (Firesheep, anyone?). Which makes it all the more frustrating when startups launch their products without industry-standard security features that… Read More

  • Instakarma: Instagram Expands Team And Moves Into Twitter's Original Office

    Instakarma: Instagram Expands Team And Moves Into Twitter's Original Office

    A few weeks ago I wrote about some office space that was available in the South Park area of San Francisco’s SoMa district. Why was it interesting? Because it was Twitter’s original office. And that’s exactly how the startup that currently owns it, One Block Off The Grid, was pitching it to startups in hopes that they would sublet it. Well, they found one. A certain… Read More

  • Back Of The Phone Apps: Instagram, Picplz, Path Vs. Front Of The Phone App: DailyBooth

    Back Of The Phone Apps: Instagram, Picplz, Path Vs. Front Of The Phone App: DailyBooth

    Today during the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, DailyBooth CEO Brian Pokorny took the stage to talk a bit about “picture talking” — that is, social communication through photos. Obviously, Pokorny believes this is a key form of communication amongst the younger generation. But he’s not the only one. Mobile photo sharing apps are getting a lot of buzz and gaining a lot… Read More

  • Sequoia-Instagram Deal Appears to Be Pure Rumor; That Said, Let the Bidding Begin

    Sequoia-Instagram Deal Appears to Be Pure Rumor; That Said, Let the Bidding Begin

    It’s a chaotic week for Instagram. First it becomes the darling of the app world, then its investors Andreessen-Horowitz decide to double-down on competitor Picplz instead, effectively making the company an orphan. Of course it’s one sexy little orphan half of Sand Hill Road would just love to adopt. Cue swirling rumors that Instagram is in the process of putting together a series… Read More

  • Andreessen Horowitz Isn't Hedging its Bets with Picplz and Instagram; It Has Picked Picplz

    Andreessen Horowitz Isn't Hedging its Bets with Picplz and Instagram; It Has Picked Picplz

    It’s a strict rule in the venture business that you don’t fund two direct competitors, for obvious reasons. There’s a massive difference between the valuation of the number one player in the market (think YouTube) and the number two player (think any of the other hundreds of online video companies launched in the mid-2000s). It’s in a venture capitalist’s best… Read More

  • A Pivotal Pivot

    A Pivotal Pivot

    By all measurements, the new picture sharing service,¬†Instagram, is exploding. A week after their launch, they had 100,000 users. A week later: 200,000. A week after that: 300,000. And then they were made Apple’s App of the Week in the App Store. So yeah, basically they’re likely far past a half a million users already. Not a bad first month at all. But did you know that… Read More

  • Halloween Eve Was The Biggest Instagram Day Ever, Doubling Its Traffic

    Halloween Eve Was The Biggest Instagram Day Ever, Doubling Its Traffic

    In retrospect it was inevitable, people typically upload about 20% more photos on Halloween so of course a service that easily allows you to take photos and share them would explode in usership, much like Instagram did on October 30th. Instagram founder Kevin Systrom tells TechCrunch that this weekend’s Halloween Eve activity more than doubled the iPhone app’s previously quoted… Read More

  • Instagram Captures 100,000 Mobile Photo Addicts In Less Than A Week

    Instagram Captures 100,000 Mobile Photo Addicts In Less Than A Week

    Instagram has had a good week. Seven days ago, after months of testing, they released their first app into Apple’s App Store. Within a few days, my feeds on Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook were inundated with Instagram images. I’m friends with a lot of early-adopter types, so I wondered if it just seemed like the app was everywhere. But it turns out it’s not just my friends… Read More

  • Instagram Launches With The Hope Of Igniting Communication Through Images

    Instagram Launches With The Hope Of Igniting Communication Through Images

    “I think that communicating via images is one of these mediums that you’re going to see take off over the next few years because of a fundamental shift in the enabling technology.“ If you need one line summarizing why Kevin Systrom built Instagram, that’s it. A couple weeks ago, I wrote a long preview of the photo sharing app. Today, it is officially launching in the… Read More

  • Distilled From Burbn, Instagram Makes Quick Beautiful Photos Social (Preview)

    Distilled From Burbn, Instagram Makes Quick Beautiful Photos Social (Preview)

    For about the past six months or so, I’ve been using an app called Burbn. Despite being in stealth mode, the app attracted quite a bit of buzz as it was in the location space and built entirely in HTML5. Oh, and the¬†$500,000 investment from Baseline Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz helped gather interest as well. But it turns out Burbn was a red herring of sorts. Or perhaps more… Read More