Facebook Advertises That You Can Turn Off Home “If You Need Some Alone Time”

Desperate to make its homescreen replacement Home seem less invasive, Facebook is advertising that you can temporarily deactivate it and use your HTC First or other Android phone as normal. The fact t

Google Won’t Approve Glass Apps That Recognize People’s Faces… For Now

The potential creep factor of Google Glass is something that the search giant has to mitigate as best it can if it wants that kooky head-worn display to become a mass-market sensation (and even that m

Big Impact On A Small Budget: Ben’s Friends Wants To Build A Web & Mobile Support Network For Every Rare Disease

There's a lot of exciting and head-turning technology out there today, and it's changing our world in a multitude of ways, some more obvious than others -- and at a fairly astounding rate. But many of

Science- And Tech-Focused ‘STEAM Carnival’ Hits Its Kickstarter Goal

Looks like <a target="_blank" href="http://www.kickstarter.com">Kickstarter</a> can add "reimagined" carnivals with "robots, fire, and lasers" to the list of things that its users have crowdfunded.

GitHub Announces Octokit, The Official Way To Build Using The GitHub API

GitHub today <a target="_blank" href="https://github.com/blog/1517-introducing-octokit">announced</a> <a target="_blank" href="http://octokit.github.io/">Octokit </a>, a new lineup of GitHub-maintain

Stilly Is A One-Button GIF Maker For iPhone That’s Even Easier Than Vine

Like GIFs? Tumblr? Got an iPhone? $2.00? OK, good, then you'll probably like this new app called <a target="_blank" href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/stilly-one-button-gif-camera/id648976952">Stil

Ask A VC: Freestyle’s Dave Samuel On The Secrets To A Great Co-Founder Partnership And More

In this week's Ask A VC episode, Freestyle Capital's <a target="_blank" href="http://freestyle.vc/bios/dave-samuel/">Dave Samuel</a> joined us in the studio to discuss his investment philosophies and

With Over 12M Users, Wish.com Hopes Its AdWords For Shopping Will Stick

Hey kids, there's a new personalized shopping platform in town. <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2011/03/03/contextlogic/">Since it raised $1.7 million in angel funding</a>, ads recommendation sys

After Four Years At Twitter, Director Of Platform Ryan Sarver Will “Fly The Coop” With “No Plans But Rest”

Ryan Sarver, who joined Twitter four years ago and is currently its director of platform, announced today he'll be leaving the company on June 28th, and has "no plans but rest". Fittingly, he announce

Twitter Just Made It Easier To Obsessively Tweak Your Profile

I don't know anyone who thought the process of editing their Twitter profile was just too complex -- talk about first world problems -- but they're surely out there somewhere and working themselves in

Despite Criticism, FWD.us Adds YouTube Co-Founder Steve Chen And Web Mogul Barry Diller As Funders

Amidst widespread criticism, Mark Zuckerberg's political advocacy group FWD.us gained some momentum today as it announced Steven Chen and Barry Diller have signed on as financial backers. Chen was a c

Connecting Offline Shopping With E-Commerce, Curebit Partners With Bonobos On New “Retail Referrals” Program

<a target="_blank" href="http://www.curebit.com/">Curebit</a>, an e-commerce startup which has built its business around optimizing and tracking word-of-mouth referrals for customers like Bonobos, Res

This Week On The TechCrunch Gadgets Podcast: Moto X, Locks, And Austin

TechCrunch is in Austin this week for some excellent pitch-offs and BBQ. We also learned of the new Moto X, a secret phone that could change Motorola's fortunes, the <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.c

Aiming To Make You More Productive, Focus@Will Launches A Music App For iOS

I've always been impressed by people who can listen to music while they write. I mean, I'll do it every once in a while, especially when <a target="_blank" href="http://www.twitter.com/alexia/">one of

ParStream And Panopticon Partner To Provide Analytics And Data

<a target="_blank" href="http://www.parstream.com/">ParStream</a> And <a target="_blank" href="http://www.panopticon.com/">Panopticon</a> are partnering to offer data analytics and data visualization

Amazon Updates Route 53 DNS Service To Make Hosting High-Availability Sites On EC2 Easier

Thanks to an <a target="_blank" href="http://aws.typepad.com/aws/2013/05/amazon-route-53-elb-integration-dns-failover.html">update</a> to its <a target="_blank" href="http://aws.amazon.com/route53/">R

Two Years After TweetDeck Acquisition, Founder Iain Dodsworth Leaves Twitter

TweetDeck founder Iain Dodsworth <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/iaindodsworth/status/340513129349906432">announced today</a> that he's leaving Twitter. In his tweet, Dodsworth noted that

The Transit App Nabs 35K Downloads In 72 Hours, Blows Past Google Maps In Canadian App Store After Going Free

The Transit App, the app that provides real-time transit information on iOS, enjoyed a boost back when Apple cut transit out of its own Maps app during the switch from Google to its own in-house navig

LightUp Helps Kids Learn Electronics With Augmented Reality

Understanding electronics is tricky. Electricity is invisible, the components are cryptic, and the concepts are hard to grasp. That's where LightUp comes in. This is an AR-based system for teaching el

Lyft Hits The East Coast With A Launch In Boston, Its First Big Post-Funding Expansion City

<a target="_blank" href="http://www.lyft.me/">Lyft</a> raked in a huge amount of new funding last week, raising $60 million in a round led by Andreessen Horowitz. Along with that funding, the company
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