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  • WTF
    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

  • WTF
    Ballmer To Purge His Sportsball Team Of Those Evil Apple Things

    Ballmer To Purge His Sportsball Team Of Those Evil Apple Things

    Steve Ballmer, former CEO of Microsoft, and new owner of some sort of sports team, is still pretty serious about hardware. In an interview with Reuters, Ballmer indicated that his team, the one he paid $2 billion for, won’t use Apple tech. Nope. It’s Microsoft all the way down. Read More

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    Jack Dorsey’s Advertising Agency Couldn’t Make A More Pretentious Website If It Tried

    Jack Dorsey’s Advertising Agency Couldn’t Make A More Pretentious Website If It Tried

    Quid had a good run, but it looks like we have a new champion in the endless battle to have the most pretentious startup website. West, an advertising agency founded by former Apple exec Allison Johnson in 2011 with backing from Jack Dorsey and Ray Chambers, has managed to claim that spot with a site that offers absolutely no information about who works there or what kinds of services they offer. Read More

  • Google’s Skybox Satellites Shoot GIFs Of Burning Man Being Built

    Google’s Skybox Satellites Shoot GIFs Of Burning Man Being Built

    Google bought Skybox Imaging for $500 million, and the micro-satellite company’s most recent mission was…to take photos of Burning Man. Skybox repeatedly flew its satellites over Burning Man to create GIFs of how the 70,000 person make-shift hippie city was assembled and then deconstructed over three weeks. For example, above you’ll see the whole city rise and fall, and… Read More

  • Twitter’s CEO Will Respond To Whether He’s High Once He Finishes These Doritos

    Twitter’s CEO Will Respond To Whether He’s High Once He Finishes These Doritos

    Peter Thiel thinks Twitter is more 420 than 140-characters. In a CNBC interview today, the famous Facebook investor bashed its competitor saying “Twitter is hard to evaluate. They have a lot of potential. It’s a horribly mismanaged company—probably a lot of pot-smoking going on there.” And when Twitter employee Jason Goldman ribbed Twitter CEO and former improv… Read More

  • 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

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    Someone 3D Printed A Castle In His Backyard And It’s Awesome

    Someone 3D Printed A Castle In His Backyard And It’s Awesome

    I now know what I want for my birthday. Using customized 3D printing technology, Andrey Rudenko printed a castle in his backyard. It took him two years from conception to completion. The result is incredible: Better than that image is a clip from his website, showing how the construction process worked: According to Rudenko, building the castle with concrete had some unique issues. Rudenko… Read More

  • Someone Keeps Sending Us Fake Tips About Path

    Someone Keeps Sending Us Fake Tips About Path

    Someone very desperately wants TechCrunch to write about Path. Over the past few weeks, we’ve received over half a dozen tips about layoffs, visitors from China in the office, an Alibaba “partnership,” potential acquirers and more. The funny thing is, none of these things seem to be true. For starters, the company outright denies it – on the record. Other sources… Read More

  • The noPhone, Because Smartphone Separation Anxiety Is Real

    The noPhone, Because Smartphone Separation Anxiety Is Real

    The other day, as I sat on the couch with a dead iPhone resting on my belly, I found myself wondering why my phone is constantly out of battery. And I had a revelation: I’d rather have a dead phone within reach than be even a few feet away from it as it charges across the room. It’s pathetic, I know, but absolutely true. Enter the noPhone. Read More

  • This Real-Time Projected CGI Makeup Is Beautiful And Terrifying

    This Real-Time Projected CGI Makeup Is Beautiful And Terrifying

    CGI has come a long way – from simulating Jar Jar Binks on the silver screen to replacing green screens with King’s Landing. Today, we should add this video to the progression. Producer and technical director Nobumichi Asai has used a projection technology called Omote to project makeup onto a live model’s face. Read More

  • Yo Guys, Postmates Built BurritoCannon For Me

    Yo Guys, Postmates Built BurritoCannon For Me

    BurritoCannon is real, and you can use it. At least for the next few hours. Hella. After I published my truly revolutionary post yesterday calling for a new burrito-delivery service that I tentatively named BurritoCannon, I trotted over to Postmates’ digs after its CEO Bastian Lehmann asked if I could drop by. Our offices are next door, so I slipped over to say what for. Read More