Billy Gallagher

Billy Gallagher is a former TechCrunch staffer whose first book “HOW TO TURN DOWN A BILLION DOLLARS: The Snapchat Story by Billy Gallagher” is on sale now. Gallagher previously worked as an analyst at Khosla Ventures.

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Twerk, Selfie, Bitcoin, Others Added To Oxford Dictionary As Silicon Valley, Middle Schoolers Push English Language Forward

The Oxford Dictionaries Online is adding a slew of words, from bitcoin to twerk. The new words are an odd mix of techie and tween-y. Here are some of the words that are being added:

Facebook Announces Shared Photo Albums To Boost Group Engagement

Facebook is rolling out shared photo albums, as first reported by Mashable. Users can share access to an album with up to 50 contributors, who can each add up to 200 photos. Facebook users can shar

Growth Product Manager Erin Teague Leaves Path For Quora

Erin Teague, a product manager for growth at Path, is leaving for the same position at Quora, as first reported by AllThingsD's Liz Gannes. At Quora, Teague replaces Andrew Johns, who left in July

US Director Of National Intelligence Launches Tumblr Site “IC On The Record” To Assuage Surveillance Concerns

The U.S. office of National Intelligence launched a new site today to promote government transparency in the wake of the months-long scandals surrounding the National Security Agency's surveillance ta

Tesla Model S Earns Highest Safety Rating Ever From US Agency

The Tesla Model S earned a 5-star safety rating, both overall and in each individual category, from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The company claims that the Model S ach

Failed Professional Network BranchOut Pivots To Workplace Chat

BranchOut, a startup that launched in July 2010 as a Facebook application for professional networking, has pivoted to be a messaging platform for teams of coworkers. Users are authenticated by thei

Judge Allows Quinn Emanuel To Continue Representing Snapchat In Lawsuit

A judge denied alleged Snapchat co-founder Reggie Brown's motion to disqualify Quinn Emanuel from representing Snapchat today. Quinn Emanuel will continue to represent the company as the case moves fo

A Year Of Spam: The Twoo Experience

Twoo, “the fastest growing place to meet new people,” has been spamming people for over a year. Users have been complaining that they get unsolicited mail from the app, that the app emails all

Evan Spiegel And Bobby Murphy Say Alleged Snapchat Co-Founder Never Had Equity

Snapchat co-founders Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy have said in new court documents that alleged co-founder Reggie Brown never had equity in the company. In February, Brown filed a suit against Sna

The 5 Best Answers From The Mars Curiosity Rover Team’s Reddit AMA

A group of engineers from the Mars Curiosity Rover mission answered questions in a Reddit Ask Me Anything session today. In addition to questions about the mission and Mars, the Curiosity Rover team r

Grid, An App That Helps You Organize Ideas And Projects, Announces A Seed Round From Jerry Yang, Phil Libin And Others

Grid, an “Excel minus the equations” app that helps you plan and organize more effectively and beautifully, announced today that it has raised a seed round. The app, made by a former Microsoft Exc

Y Combinator-Backed DoorDash Delivers Food Quickly In South Bay, Hopes To Expand Beyond Food

DoorDash, a Y Combinator summer ‘13 company, delivers food from restaurants in Palo Alto and Mountain View in an average time of 45 minutes. Sound familiar? It’s a crowded space, but DoorDas

Photobucket Co-Founder Alex Welch Lets You Demand Photos From Friends With Lasso

Six years after selling Photobucket to News Corp. for $300 million, Alex Welch is launching a new way to share photos with your family and friends. Rather than making photos available on Instagram, Fl

Stanford University Is Investigating An Apparent Security Breach, Urges Community To Reset Passwords

Stanford University urged network users to change their passwords late Wednesday evening, explaining that it "is investigating an apparent breach of its information technology infrastructure." Rand

Live From The 500 Startups Accelerator’s Sixth Demo Day

The sixth group of startups from the 500 Startup Accelerator program will be making their debut today in Mountain View, Calif. -- and then going on to do demo days in San Francisco and New York City a

How CrunchBase Data Compares To Other Industry Sources

Now that the CrunchBase team has spent some quality time improving our data sets, we thought it'd be interesting to see how our free database of companies stacks up against other industry sources on a

She++ Documentary Features Industry Leaders, Stanford Professors and Students Talking Women In Tech [Video]

She++, a Stanford community for women in tech, released a 12-minute documentary today featuring Stanford students, professors and alumni discussing gender in technical fields. High profile Silicon

Sports Illustrated’s Peter King Aims To Create Appointment Reading With New MMQB Site

<a target="_blank" href="http://si.com">Sports Illustrated</a> is launching a standalone football website, <a target="_blank" href="http://mmqb.si.com/">MMQB</a>, tomorrow morning. The site’s name c

Bay Area Tech Wages Are The Nation’s Highest At $123K, But Should Entrepreneurs Look Elsewhere As Costs Rise?

The San Francisco Bay Area pays the highest median tech wage, at $123,497, but comes with higher taxes and housing costs, according to data assembled by Good April, an online tax-planning startup base

Nate Silver Is Leaving The New York Times For ESPN

Nate Silver, the statistician who rose to national prominence for his scarily accurate predictions of the 2008 and 2012 U.S. presidential elections, is leaving The New York Times for ESPN. Silver wil
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