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  • Meat This New Tinder User

    Meat This New Tinder User

    Before we get too far into this, I want to be fully transparent and disclose up-front that this is weird and mostly irrelevant. Inexplicably, Vimeo user Marcello Gómez Maureira has created a video that shows a piece of meat power-right-swiping through Tinder. The title of the film? “Tender: It’s how people meat.” So, naturally, I love Marcello and this video. A few fun… Read More

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    Searching For The N-Word On Google Maps Pulls Up The White House And Other Minority Institutions

    Searching For The N-Word On Google Maps Pulls Up The White House And Other Minority Institutions

    Searching for racist keywords brings up things like the White House and other historically black institutions in Google Maps. The Huffington Post and other media outlets reported yesterday that typing in “nigga house” in Google Maps sends users to the White House. However, searching for “n***** king” also leads to the White House and typing in “n*****”… Read More

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    Anti-Robot Protest Held At SXSW

    Anti-Robot Protest Held At SXSW

    A small group of protesters held signs and handed out t-shirts to protest robots today at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. What did they have against robots you might ask? Well, they are (apparently, seriously) concerned that robots could one day surpass human intelligence and they were genuinely anxious about this. A spokesperson for the group told TechCrunch they hoped to raise… Read More

  • The Gold Apple Watch Is Perfect For Douchebags

    The Gold Apple Watch Is Perfect For Douchebags

    Apple’s focus should be on selling as many watches as possible, not becoming a fashion brand. Read More

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    BlackBerry CEO Wants Legislators To Make Developing BlackBerry Apps Mandatory

    BlackBerry CEO Wants Legislators To Make Developing BlackBerry Apps Mandatory

    At this point, BlackBerry and Windows Phone fans are probably used to having a much smaller selection of apps than their counterparts on iOS and Android smartphones. After all, diehard devotees of BlackBerry and Windows Phone, which both lag dramatically behind Android and iOS in terms of market share, still bought their smartphones in spite of their limited app ecosystems. BlackBerry CEO… Read More

  • Get Somewhere with Hovertrax

    The Hovertrax Is Like Two Dumb Little Segways For Your Feet

    If laziness was a sport, the equipment would be the Hovertrax. You step up onto the foot pads, tip your feet forward, and two motorized wheels carry you around while gyroscopes auto-balance the Hovertrax so you don’t fall off. What’s hilarious is just how casual you look riding it. You’re basically standing upright while cruising up to 8 miles at 5 miles per hour on a… Read More

  • A Look Back At 2014

    A Look Back At 2014

    2014 was an amazing year in startup news. In fact, we wrote more than 13,000 articles here on TechCrunch. That’s why we are giving you a handy TL;DR guide to remind you of all the big news from the past year. Apple: We predict that large phones will be the next big thing. WhatsApp: Sorry, I can’t hear you over the sound of all the $$$$. Amazon: Remember that one time we built… Read More

  • Facebook’s ‘Year In Review’ Feature Will Chronicle Your 2014, Good Or Bad

    Facebook’s ‘Year In Review’ Feature Will Chronicle Your 2014, Good Or Bad

    Facebook has again unleashed its Year In Review app, automatically compiling some of the most-liked photos from your feeds over 2014 and puts them into a neat little timeline. When you sign into Facebook, you’ll see an advertisement to check out your Year In Review, customize it, and share it with your friends. If you’re still having trouble finding it, you can simply sign into… Read More

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    Microsoft Employee Pens The Worst/Best Corporate Blog Post Of All Time

    Microsoft Employee Pens The Worst/Best Corporate Blog Post Of All Time

    Recently a Microsoft employee published a blog post on the company’s Office blog. The missive, under the name of Tim Carroll, a “senior product manager on the Office 365 team,” is perhaps the worst and best corporate blog post of all time. A Microsoft spokesperson informed TechCrunch that “the blog post was not properly vetted,” that it has been taken down, and… 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

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    Yet Another Reminder To Mind Your Words

    Yet Another Reminder To Mind Your Words

    “You can’t post that photo,” said the founder and CEO of a prominent, exited startup. He was talking to his PR agent in a W hotel suite in Times Square. I had just taken a selfie with the two of them, at the publicist’s request, and then excused myself to use the restroom. “Seriously, you can’t post that,” said the CEO. “I look so gay in that… Read More

  • The Rosetta’s Philae Probe Makes History, Successfully Lands On Comet 67P

    The Rosetta’s Philae Probe Makes History, Successfully Lands On Comet 67P

    In an historic mission that has taken more than a decade, the European Space Agency has successfully landed a probe called the Philae Lander on a comet called 67P, marking the first time a space craft has ever successfully landed on the surface of a comet. The probe, which has its own Twitter account, tweeted that it had a new address on 67P. Touchdown! My new address: 67P! Read More

  • Hampton Creek Plans To Counter-Sue Unilever Over Mayo Fight

    Hampton Creek Plans To Counter-Sue Unilever Over Mayo Fight

    Plant-based food startup Hampton Creek is readying a response and planning to counter-sue major food corporation Unilever over the meaning of ‘mayo.’ Unilever filed a lawsuit against Hampton Creek this weekend, involving its “Just Mayo” product. Unilever’s two main concerns are over market share for its Hellmann’s mayonnaise product and consumer confusion… Read More

  • Taylor Swift Explains Why She Knew Spotify Was Trouble

    Taylor Swift Explains Why She Knew Spotify Was Trouble

    Taylor, I’ma let you finish but… Spotify is still one of the best music streaming services of all time. Now that I got that off my chest, let’s take a look at tall musician Taylor Swift, and her thoughts on the “grand experiment” of Spotify, where she explains why she pulled her entire catalog off of Spotify as her fourth album, 1989, was launching. Why, Taylor? Read More

  • Google Inbox Invite Hits eBay

    Google Inbox Invite Hits eBay

    On a scale from one to ten, how desperate are you to try out Google’s new Inbox app? Would you pay for it? eBay user bpatel90, who has listed the invite on the online auction platform, will sell you an invite right now for around $50. Google’s Inbox is a newly announced mobile app that is meant to totally replace the way you used to deal with your email. It was released as a… Read More

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    Never Trust A TechCrunch Writer With An AOL Email Address

    Never Trust A TechCrunch Writer With An AOL Email Address

    So about a week ago I wrote about a sales and marketing company called Infusionsoft. It wasn’t a particularly in-depth article, just a quick post noting that the company had raised some additional funding, but anyway, it happened. Read More

  • Facebook Apologizes To LGBT Community And Promises Changes To Real Name Policy

    Facebook Apologizes To LGBT Community And Promises Changes To Real Name Policy

    After weeks of backlash over Facebook’s real name policy, namely from members of the LGBT community who have had their Facebook pages suspended due to drag names, Facebook has met with members of the community and apologized for any hardship they might have caused. Facebook’s VP of Product Chris Cox made a statement today on Facebook apologizing (on behalf of the company, it seems)… Read More

  • The Ostrich Pillow Mellows Out With Mini Version

    The Ostrich Pillow Mellows Out With Mini Version

    Once upon a time, in a world that wasn’t already made more bizarre by the existence of things like Yo or Cuddlr, a few guys decided to launch the Ostrich Pillow on Kickstarter. Back then, in 2013, it was one of the weirder things to come through the TechCrunch inboxes. Read More

  • Pavlok’s Wristband That Electroshocks You For Facebooking Or Skipping Workouts Now On Indiegogo

    Pavlok’s Wristband That Electroshocks You For Facebooking Or Skipping Workouts Now On Indiegogo

    Pavlov and his dogs proved conditioning shapes behavior patterns. A hundred years later, a startup called Pavlok hopes the same theory and its electroshock wristband will make us exercise, wake up on time, and stop procrastinating. Launching today on Indiegogo starting at $99, Pavlok’s app lets you set up goals like hitting the gym or avoiding social media sites, and then its… Read More

  • Ello, Apple's Problems And Startups

    CrunchWeek: Apple Bends, Your Startup Is Doomed, And Felicia’s Big Debut

    Hello from TechCrunch SF HQ, where we just wrapped another episode of CrunchWeek, our weekly pandemic covering the latest in technology news. The inane, the excellent, and the execrable are our usual fare. Ello exploded from zero to one, Apple managed to bend, and break, and the burn rate of many startups was judged as less than winsome. This week Kyle Russell and myself were joined by a… Read More

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