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  • 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

  • If My Phone Falls Down The Seat Crevice Again I’ll Lose It. Please Redesign Meatspace.

    If My Phone Falls Down The Seat Crevice Again I’ll Lose It. Please Redesign Meatspace.

    The physical world wasn’t built for $500 devices we need every other minute. This is never more obvious than when I strain my back and curse like a sailor because my phone has fallen into the gap beside my car or plane seat. As tech companies obsess over usability, the thoughtlessness that mars the meatspace comes into painfully sharp relief. Read More

  • The Science Behind Why The Harlem Shake Is So Popular

    The Science Behind Why The Harlem Shake Is So Popular

    A five-minute video? Ain’t nobody got time for that. Not to watch one, or to make one. But the Harlem Shake dance videos are capped at 30 seconds. That’s why we’re so willing to watch just one more incarnation, and why it’s easy to recruit friends to make them. The result is one of the most pervasive gags in history. A “Symbiotic Meme”, the Harlem Shake has… Read More

  • Yesterday Alicia Keys Was An iPhone Addict, Today She’s BlackBerry’s Global Creative Director

    Yesterday Alicia Keys Was An iPhone Addict, Today She’s BlackBerry’s Global Creative Director

    It wouldn’t be a BlackBerry press event without something totally unexpected and semi-weird thrown in the mix. Today, at BlackBerry’s media conference revealing BlackBerry 10, the company appointed Alicia Keys as the new Global Creative Director. Her first act as GCD was to talk about how much she loves BlackBerry 10 at today’s media conference. Her other responsibilities… Read More

  • Sand Hill Road’s True Belieber

    Sand Hill Road’s True Belieber

    Scott Hartley, a venture capitalist at Mohr Davidow, decided to completely overhaul his investment strategy today after returning from a trip to New York. Hartley, who is originally from Palo Alto, spent a few days in New York for meetings and an interview on Bloomberg TV. When he unlocked his Sand Hill Road office today, he found that his colleague Abhas Gupta had cheerfully Bieberized his… Read More

  • A Whimsical Seasonal Greeting From A Human Camera

    A Whimsical Seasonal Greeting From A Human Camera

    One of the stranger things I came across while in Tokyo last month was a digital artist who built a human camera that requires touch from another person to snap photos. It is artist Eric Siu’s bit of rebellion against an increasingly technology-dependent world that distances people from real-life interactions. This effect is especially pronounced where Siu lives in Japan, as the Internet… Read More

  • “Jewel In The Night”, The First Christmas Carol From Space

    “Jewel In The Night”, The First Christmas Carol From Space

    The first ever musical recording in space (that we know of anyway) was performed just a few days ago on the International Space Station by Col. Chris Hadfield, commander of the International Space Station. The song, which is already climbing up Reddit’s r/Music page, is an original Christmas Carol called Jewel in the Night. Based on the commander’s Facebook and Twitter pages, he… Read More

  • Mark Zuckerberg Is The Voice Behind The “Poke” Notification Sound And Wrote Code For The App

    Mark Zuckerberg Is The Voice Behind The “Poke” Notification Sound And Wrote Code For The App

    Mark Zuckerberg invented Poking, one of Facebook’s earliest features, so it’s fitting he was part of the small team that built the new Poke app over the last 12 days. Sources say Zuckerberg actually wrote code for Poke despite saying he rarely programs for Facebook anymore. And that voice that blurts out “Poke” when you get a push notification about a new Poke message? Read More

  • WTF
    The NRA Blames Video Games For School Shootings. Sigh

    The NRA Blames Video Games For School Shootings. Sigh

    The NRA just wasted its chance at redemption and used its highly anticipated press conference to shift the blame to video games, and insinuate about a conspiracy to downplay the role of violent media. “There exists in this country, sadly, a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells and stows violence against its own people,” cried NRA Vice President, Wayne LaPierre… Read More

  • A Glimpse Of The Apocalypse: Walmart Customers Fight Over Phones On Black Friday

    A Glimpse Of The Apocalypse: Walmart Customers Fight Over Phones On Black Friday

    On Black Friday, discounted boxed smartphones seem to be the equivalent of dry foods in a post-apocalyptic movie. This video, first spotted by the Telegraph, shows customers of a Walmart in Moultrie, Georgia duking it out over discounted pay-as-you-go smartphones. Read More