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  • The Only Logical Thing To Do With These Lenovo IdeaPad Ads Is Start A Caption Contest

    The Only Logical Thing To Do With These Lenovo IdeaPad Ads Is Start A Caption Contest

    Marketing never ceases to crack me up. Sometimes that’s a good thing, like when Samsung cracks a few fanboi jokes at Apple ahead of the Superbowl. It’s funny, and it delivers their message in a compelling, entertaining way. But there are some marketing efforts that are unintentionally hilarious — like when Samsung partnered with hot new clothing line Rag & Bone in… Read More

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    Twitter Makes Its Bird Logo More Optimistic As Its Business Model Takes Flight

    Twitter Makes Its Bird Logo More Optimistic As Its Business Model Takes Flight

    While it used to fly straight ahead, Twitter’s new bird logo has its beak held high, representing a company ready to take off, not just cruise on. Bloomberg’s sources close to Twitter said the company expects to generate $1 billion in sales in 2014, almost double eMarketer’s prediction, so it’s fitting that the Twitter bird is looking skyward and has a new… Read More

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    The Mysterious Words You Can’t Tweet

    The Mysterious Words You Can’t Tweet

    The legend goes something like this: as a child, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey’s father would relentlessly hound him to “Get better”, so Jack eventually banned the phrase from being tweeted. Go ahead and try it, the tweet won’t go through. But the legend? It’s a hoax. Here’s the real story… Read More

  • Zuckerberg Gets His Own Bizarre Animated News Video On IPO Day

    Zuckerberg Gets His Own Bizarre Animated News Video On IPO Day

    If only Facebook IPO day were a little less of a snoozefest than it is now. If only it had Zuckerberg impaling investors while riding a bull rampaging through a city. Or an elevator to space. Or Zuckerberg bouncing Ronald McDonald and the Hamburglar off a giant scale. But sadly, our surrealist dreams will never be realized. We will just have to settle for the ho-hum performance of… Read More

  • In Zlango’s World, Emoticons Are The Future (And The Future Revenue Model)

    In Zlango’s World, Emoticons Are The Future (And The Future Revenue Model)

    They say if you want to understand the future, you have to look at children. And if my 10-year-old cousin’s chat history is any indication, we will soon be communicating in emoji, Egyptian hieroglyphics or some other kind of pictographic language that renders the 2,000-year-old Roman alphabet obsolete. Sometimes she sends me full e-mails with dozens of lines of straight emoticons… Read More

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    Spotify Crop Circle Appears Near Stonehenge

    Spotify Crop Circle Appears Near Stonehenge

    Aliens are streaming our music! A crop circle bearing a striking resemblance to the Spotify logo has appeared in Wiltshire, England near Stonehenge. The Swedish startup denies having anything to do with the formation pressed into a canola seed field. Sirius XM satellite radio must feel a little jealous, as it’s been beaming music into space for years. Hopefully the extraterrestrials like… Read More

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    Things You Never Thought Would Happen: Wu-Tang’s Raekwon Makes “Google That” Rap Video

    Things You Never Thought Would Happen: Wu-Tang’s Raekwon Makes “Google That” Rap Video

    “She told me that she Googled my name up / Shootings, robberies and big coke came up”. These are lyrics from “Google That”, a vulgar, violent new rap song from NORE Styles P, and Wu-Tang Clan member Raekwon immortalizing the search engine. In it, the rappers brag about how their crimes and jail time are so famous you can find them on the Internet. Most tech… Read More

  • WTF Was That “Happy” Song At The End Of The Apple Earnings Call?

    WTF Was That “Happy” Song At The End Of The Apple Earnings Call?

    Earning calls are super fascinating when you think about it; For multiple hours a quarter we tune in with the thousands of other tech bloggers to dissect the financials of the public companies we spend our lives covering. Here at TC we’ve started calling covering these calls “putting our Rao face on,” inspired by our star senior editor Leena Rao, who is just amazing at… Read More

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    A Sign Of The Hiring-pocalypse

    A Sign Of The Hiring-pocalypse

    Oh San Francisco, has it really come to this? Are we now at the point where the disheveled men on street corners no longer ask for change, but rather developers? Apparently so. I walked out of the TechCrunch offices yesterday afternoon and passed this guy at the Caltrain station. He handed me a business card, cut out of cardboard with the URL fingg.com scrawled onto it in black Sharpie… Read More

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    Marriott Puts An End To Shady Ad Injection Service

    Marriott Puts An End To Shady Ad Injection Service

    Late last week, one Justin Watt discovered something suspicious going on with the wi-fi at his hotel, the Times Square Marriott. Not content to charge him hundreds for the room and $16.95 for internet access, it appeared that the service provider was using JavaScript injection to serve banner ads on every website guests visited. The story spread like wildfire for obvious reasons, and at… Read More

  • NYC Considering Installing Enormous Touchscreens Instead Of Pay Phones

    NYC Considering Installing Enormous Touchscreens Instead Of Pay Phones

    The Big Apple is looking into upgrading its existing pay phones, and a pilot study is underway that replaces everyone’s favorite anachronism with something a little more 21st-century: giant touchscreens. According the NY Post, the city will unveil 250 revamped phone booths next month that have been revamped with 32-inch touchable displays. These access points would be set up for Skype… Read More

  • Richard Clarke, US Security Wonk, Suggests Customs Should Check All International Net Traffic

    Richard Clarke, US Security Wonk, Suggests Customs Should Check All International Net Traffic

    Richard Clarke was a major feature in US security for a decade, serving as a member of the National Security Council and special adviser for cybersecurity to President George W. Bush. He has written a column for the New York Times that details just how serious the threat of cyber attacks is for this country, something increasingly evident in light of things like the creaking infrastructure… Read More

  • Add A Cool Linen Background To Google Docs

    Add A Cool Linen Background To Google Docs

    Today’s PSA is brought to you by the letter L. What word starts with L? Linen! If you’ve ever used Google Docs, you’ll recall that the interface is wildly ugly. Well no longer. Using a plugin and a nice big Linen JPG, you can turn GDocs into a thing of beauty. For whatever reason (probably for SEO), a Brisbane, Australia driving school is hosting this Linen background for… Read More

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    Facebook Decorates Its Roof With A 42-Foot Wide QR Code

    Facebook Decorates Its Roof With A 42-Foot Wide QR Code

    When Mark Zuckerberg called for a “Space Hackathon” to decorate Facebook’s massive new headquarters at 1 Hacker Way, he probably didn’t expect employees to take him so literally. A few scurried up to the roof with some tar paint, and now there’s a 42-foot wide QR code on the roof that’s visible from space. Scanning it opens the new FB QR Code Page on… Read More

  • A Fleet Of Pirate Bay Aerial Server Drones? Why Not?

    A Fleet Of Pirate Bay Aerial Server Drones? Why Not?

    A slightly cryptic announcement by the Pirate Bay yesterday has the Internet speculating whether the site might have accidentally posted their April Fools joke early. “We’re going to experiment with sending out some small drones that will float some kilometers up in the air.” You can be skeptical, it’s all right. One does not simply launch a fleet of autonomous… Read More

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    Introducing Dotsies: The Space-Saving Font

    Introducing Dotsies: The Space-Saving Font

    When last I met with Craig Muth it was in lovely Columbus, Ohio and he was a down-to-earth hacker working on memorize.com, a site dedicated to making the world a better place. Clearly a useful and noble pursuit. Craig moved to San Francisco a while back, and just sent me an email with details of his latest project: a space-saving font he’s calling dotsies. Dotsies characters are built… Read More

  • 100Proof App Shows How Getting Drunk Is Killing (Or Saving) You

    100Proof App Shows How Getting Drunk Is Killing (Or Saving) You

    6 drinks for an 160-pound, 30-year-old male? That’ll take 2 days off your lifespan. Just in time for SXSW, 100Proof is a mobile web app from healthtech startup 100Plus that calculates how your drinking shortens or even lengthens your lifespan. Cute graphics shows you how much sex or time boxing a kangaroo you’d have to spend to work off those calories. Founder Chris Hogg tells… Read More

  • DARPA’s Cheetah Robot Will Stab You With Its Pointy Legs

    Seriously: this is what is going to do our fighting soon. Imagine stand-off situations with this bastard rolling through the door and then skittering across the marble floor of Oslo City Hall straight into a crowd of hostages, aiming right at the gunman. The design is based on Big Dog, our former favorite dangerous monster robot, but this guy can to 18 miles an hour, five miles faster than… 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

  • The Tale Of A Wolfram Research Co-founder And His Beloved “Periodic Table Table” [Video]

    The Tale Of A Wolfram Research Co-founder And His Beloved “Periodic Table Table” [Video]

    Out of the annals of history comes this doozy. A man by the name of Theodore Gray is a co-founder of Wolfram Research, best known as the creator of Wolfram Alpha, the two-year-old computational answer engine, which Siri uses for 25 percent of her mobile searches. Yesterday, a new video, or rather episode of “Bytesize Science,” emerged on YouTube wherein Gray discusses the tale… Read More

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