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  • Planvine Reserves You Those Tickets You Wanted — Invites For TC Readers

    Planvine Reserves You Those Tickets You Wanted — Invites For TC Readers

    In recent times we’ve seen the rise of many businesses predicated on the idea that a user subscribes to an ecommerce service instead of buying a la carte. Thus, BirchBox delivers beauty product samples every month. Stylistpick sends fashion, Shoedazzle sends shoes. The list goes on. But what if you had a similar service but there was no need for shipping items in the post, plus it had… Read More

  • Android’s Now On Top For Mobile Browsing and Search, But Still A Challenger Elsewhere

    Android’s Now On Top For Mobile Browsing and Search, But Still A Challenger Elsewhere

    Android has become the most popular platform in smartphone sales, and that domination is slowly but surely making itself felt in other aspects of the mobile experience — just as Google would have wanted it to be. Some figures out from the number-crunchers at StatCounter have found that Android’s native browser has finally overtaken Opera to become the world’s most popular… Read More

  • Don’t Be Afraid To Go Pink: Designing Great Tech Products For Women

    Don’t Be Afraid To Go Pink: Designing Great Tech Products For Women

    When it comes to fashion, women have embraced products that were originally designed for men. Flip through any J.Crew catalog and you’ll encounter the Boyfriend Jean, Boyfriend Blazer, unisex ankle boots, and of course the classic men’s shirt paired with skinny jeans. When it comes to tech? Not so much. In the predominantly male tech world, products are usually, by default, designed… Read More

  • London’s Conference Drought Ends As Le Web, LWS and Digital London Turn Up

    London’s Conference Drought Ends As Le Web, LWS and Digital London Turn Up

    There’s an old saying in London. You wait an hour for a bus and then three come along at once. Thus, for the last few years people have been asking me when London would get a large technology conference which catered for startups. Admittedly I had a good go with GeeknRolla, which has now been replaced by the London Web Summit on March 19. But now London is being spoiled by yet another… Read More

  • Mallorca-based Incubator Raises €1.2m, Announces First Investments

    Mallorca-based Incubator Raises €1.2m, Announces First Investments

    Mola.com (meaning “cool” in Spanish), a Palma de Mallorca based startup accelerator/incubator has raised €1.2M three months after announcing it’s official launch. The funding comes from Bernardo Hernández, angel investor and currently Global Head of Marketing for Emerging Products at Google; Javier Gómez Navarro, ex Minister of Tourism in Spain; and Luis Chicharro, ex… Read More

  • Stay of Execution — Evi May Stay In App Store If It Doesn’t Look Like Siri

    Stay of Execution — Evi May Stay In App Store If It Doesn’t Look Like Siri

    Only yesterday we reported that Evi, a new iPhone (iTunes link) and Android app (link) which was incredibly Siri-like – and some say it’s better – had gotten a call from Apple that it was about to be pulled from the App store. Why? For being – as far as we could figure out – too much like Siri, and maybe, well, just too good. Today, the buzz at Mobile World… Read More

  • French President Sarkozy Is On Pinterest. Well, Maybe.

    French President Sarkozy Is On Pinterest. Well, Maybe.

    Typically, when I think of an “early adopter,” French President Sarkozy doesn’t come to mind. The man who announced his intention to run for reelection on February 12th didn’t even have a verified Twitter account prior to that date. Fortunately for him and his campaign, he now has a verified account with over 97,000 followers. He has even made it clear that he signs his… Read More

  • musiXmatch Launches Android Version Of Lyrics Finder, Hits 3m Downloads

    musiXmatch Launches Android Version Of Lyrics Finder, Hits 3m Downloads

    musiXmatch, a large music lyrics content provider, is doubling down on mobile at Mobile World Congress. That makes sense – how often have you wondered about the lyrics to a song and ended up surfing some really bad ad-filed site? The new free Android musiXmatch Lyrics Player lets you identify the lyrics from any audio source (using Gracenote). That means to hold up the app to the music… Read More

  • Welcome To Our New Europe Channel, Covering European Tech, VC And Startups

    Welcome To Our New Europe Channel, Covering European Tech, VC And Startups

    Well, here we are. Excuse us while we unpack a few boxes, but as you can see we’re just about moved out of the old EU.TechCrunch.com sub-domain, into this palatial place called TechCrunch.com/Europe. Yes, folks, after five years or so out there in the wilds of the EU, tapping away about startups on the other side of the Atlantic, our European secret agents are coming in from the… Read More

  • Facebook Accused Of Reading Users’ Text Messages

    Facebook Accused Of Reading Users’ Text Messages

    Ahead of Mobile World Congress and an appearance by Facebook to explain its next moves in mobile, the social networking giant is coming under increasing strain over its use of users’ personal information. Mobile startups and operators are both fretting over the issue this week, as smartphones and the apps that come with them increasingly eclipse the feature phones of old. We’ve… Read More

  • Apple Prepares To Pull Evi From App Store. Did It Slap-Down Siri?

    Apple Prepares To Pull Evi From App Store. Did It Slap-Down Siri?

    Last month we reported on the launch of Evi, a new iPhone (iTunes link) and Android app (link) which was very Siri-like in its capabilities. Maybe it was too good at acting like Siri? Yes, Evi can’t do Siri’s trick of adding things to your iPhone Calendar or hook into reminders. But, ask “How do I make apple pie?” and Evi provides a list of recipes with web links. Read More

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