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  • I/O Ventures VC Paul Bragiel Goes On Hiatus To Train For The Winter Olympics

    I/O Ventures VC Paul Bragiel Goes On Hiatus To Train For The Winter Olympics

    Some VCs are into kite-surfing. Some do triathlons. Then there’s i/o Ventures managing director Paul Bragiel, who has spent the last two and a half months in the Nordics, either cross-country skiing for two to four hours per day or doing “swamp training,” where he runs through bogs for several hours. His dream? To compete in the Winter Olympics, which are just eight months… Read More

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    Electric Kool-Aid iOS 7 Test

    Electric Kool-Aid iOS 7 Test

    Flat, man. Flat is free. It doesn’t tell us what to think. We don’t need those metaphors. Skeuomorphism was a trap. A mental prison, holding us back. Let the people decide for themselves what a calendar or a notepad looks like, and their eyes will open wide. {**continue transmission from the brain of Jony Ive**} Read More

  • Girl Loses Friends Because Her Phone Is Too Big To Carry

    Girl Loses Friends Because Her Phone Is Too Big To Carry

    Somewhere on the dance floor, she vanished. It would have a been no problem, except her smartphone was so large she left it at coat check. In the pursuit of a big, beautiful screen, she’d sacrificed why people carry phones in the first place. We had no way to find her in the massive nightclub, and we never saw her again. Read More

  • Google Admits It Spams The Hell Out Of You In New Gmail Commercial

    Google Admits It Spams The Hell Out Of You In New Gmail Commercial

    Got so many Google+, YouTube, Google Offers, and Zagat emails you want to scream? Google’s got you covered. No, it’s not sending you less spam. It’s organizing your spam into tabs! Google’s blatant attempt to cross-promote its bevy of services in the video for the quite possibly awesome new Gmail inbox leaves it seeming like a sketchy foreigner who just needs $200 to… Read More

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    For Real, Ex-Groupon CEO Andrew Mason Is Releasing An Album Of Motivational Music

    For Real, Ex-Groupon CEO Andrew Mason Is Releasing An Album Of Motivational Music

    Andrew Mason must be some kind of spirit animal of optimism. We assumed he was kidding when today he wrote that he had recorded “a seven song album of motivational business music”. Just three months ago the founder and CEO got booted from Groupon. But we’ve just confirmed with him that his album “Hardly Workin'” is for real. Hold on to your ear holes, startup people. Read More

  • Lightsaber FIght Vs. PR2 Robot

    Watch Robots Fight With Lightsabers At Google I/O [TCTV]

    Meet the PR2 personal robot from Willow Garage. The human-sized bot can learn to fold clothes and do other activities via voice commands, and it can even get into sword fights. Watch as I challenge the PR2 to a lightsaber duel today at Google I/O, and learn how Willow Garage could help anyone run their own experiments with robots. Read More

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    What Not To Do In Your Startup Promo Video

    What Not To Do In Your Startup Promo Video

    Every now and then I see something so ridiculously stupid, it’s just begging to be called out. That’s the case with this promotional video from the kind folks at Rippln, which is more or less a two-minute case study in how not to pitch your soon-to-be ultra-viral app to the general public, or the press, or potential employees or investors. Read More

  • Vine, The App That Eats Your Precious Memories

    Vine, The App That Eats Your Precious Memories

    No app has ever broken my heart quite like Vine, Twitter’s six-second animation maker. You capture a scene, then pocket your phone while you think of a witty way to describe. But when you open it a few minutes later or the app randomly crashes, it’s gone. That moment, that memory, deleted. I still love Vine, but I’ll never forgive it for the visions it stole from me. Read More

  • Facebook Forces You To Smile When You’re Unhappy (Update: Smile Turned Upside Down)

    Facebook Forces You To Smile When You’re Unhappy (Update: Smile Turned Upside Down)

    “Success Theater” means only sharing an idealized version of yourself where you’re always happy. Now a bug in Facebook’s new mood sharing feature is taking that concept way too literally. Select that you’re “Unhappy” and Facebook adds a smiley face to your post instead of a frown emoticon. Read More

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    Jack Dorsey Fights Robots In His Own Unauthorized Comic Book

    Jack Dorsey Fights Robots In His Own Unauthorized Comic Book

    He might not be bulletproof, but simultaneously running Twitter and Square qualifies Jack Dorsey as a superhero. This week a new unauthorized comic book about him was released, called “Jack Dorsey: Co-Founder of Twitter #1″. Check out these page scans posted by Comic Book Resources that preview his quest to recover stolen quantum networking technology. Read More

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    Crowd Surfing The Zombie Apocalypse, Or Why Spotify’s TV Ad Is So Creepy We Made A Parody

    Crowd Surfing The Zombie Apocalypse, Or Why Spotify’s TV Ad Is So Creepy We Made A Parody

    I love you Spotify, but you’re freaking me out. Today you showed off your first television commercial. It’s supposed to introduce the mainstream world to the wonder of listening to almost any song ever on demand. Yet with a useful product to sell and all the emotional resonance of music to lean on, the ad comes off vague, haunting, and devoid of soul. So much so I couldn’t… Read More

  • Twitter Verification Has More To Do With Being Good At Twitter Than With Identity

    Twitter Verification Has More To Do With Being Good At Twitter Than With Identity

    Twitter has done a great job at keeping the whole “blue badge” verification process a mystery. If curiosity eats away at you like it does me, you’re in luck. A new video from comedians Hari and Ashok Kondabolu, featuring Anil Dash who has around 500k followers, shows the magical transformation from start to finish. First off, it’s important to know that you can’t… Read More

  • My Phone And I Are Never Getting Out Of Bed

    My Phone And I Are Never Getting Out Of Bed

    Our beds used to be finite. A limited range of activities took place there. We’d sleep, or try to, make love, eat, and maybe read a paperback. But we could only hide from the world for so long. The nagging puppet strings of our desire to learn and experience would pull taught. Eventually we had to rise. Then we found someone to cuddle with. Read More

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    Google Embeds March Madness Bracket In Search, Because Screw Sports Sites

    Google Embeds March Madness Bracket In Search, Because Screw Sports Sites

    Who wins basketball games is an immutable fact. No one owns that information, so why should some random sports sites get the windfall of traffic as millions of sports fan search Google for the NCAA March Madness bracket updates? In Google’s latest application of making the world’s information universally accessible, it’s now embedding the March Madness at the top of a variety… Read More

  • The Death Of Google Reader Sparks A Petition 30,000 Signatures Strong

    The Death Of Google Reader Sparks A Petition 30,000 Signatures Strong

    Google announced yesterday that it would shut down Google Reader, Google’s RSS feed reading product, on July 1. In response, an online petition was started by Daniel Lewis (no relation) asking the search giant to let Reader live. As of the time of writing, the petition already has over 30,000 signatures. Read More

  • The Oatmeal's Matthew Inman on Where He Finds Humor on the Web

    The Oatmeal Thinks It’s Time To Put LolCats To Sleep [TCTV]

    Matthew Inman is sick of memes about bacon and kitties. Better known as web comic artist The Oatmeal, Inman gave TechCrunch the lowdown on what’s funny, what’s not, and how he finds inspiration. In this video interview he shoots off his thoughts on 4Chan and The Harlem Shake. When asked about LolCats, he bluntly replied, “Tired of that”. Read More

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    Someone Calculated How Many Calories A Mouse Click Burns

    Someone Calculated How Many Calories A Mouse Click Burns

    Video gaming for hours is exhausting, so surely it counts as some sort of workout too, right? One publication from Japan just estimated how many calories it takes to click a mouse button once. ‘Convert Anything To Calories’, published by PHP Science World Shinsho, has narrowed down a mouse click to 1.4 calories. This is based on an index finger at a volume of 10.8 cubic… Read More

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    Kids Love The Apple Store So Much They Pee On The Seats

    Kids Love The Apple Store So Much They Pee On The Seats

    Don’t ever sit on the black balls at the kids table in Apple retail stores, recommends supposed former employee and Redditor Mister_Rabbit. It seems that as 370 million people visit an Apple Store each year, a few of the kids are leaving something behind when they go. Read More

  • Silicon Valley Has Hit Peak Lameness

    Silicon Valley Has Hit Peak Lameness

    Hey Bros of Virool, I know you think it’s cool that your launch party is being written up in TechCrunch. But seriously, half-naked girls in silver mono-kinis dancing in front of floating arithmetic, fractions and percentage signs? Why would women want to work for this company? When did Silicon Valley become so thin on actual technology that startups had to have “nerd” or… Read More

  • TechCrunch Writer Update, Sat 02/16 – Fri 02/22

    TechCrunch Writer Update, Sat 02/16 – Fri 02/22

    Every week, Eric and Alexia update the TechCrunch editorial team on our performance, providing important stat breakdowns for the week, such as total number of posts and pageviews. They also provide updates on notable news within the team and organization — things like new hires, new roles, and important upcoming events and goals. This was my response to our fearless leaders this week. Read More