Drew Olanoff

Drew Olanoff

Drew is a geek who first worked at AOL when he was 16 years old. Drew was a senior writer at TechCrunch. He is now the VP of Communications for venture equity fund Scaleworks.

The Latest from Drew Olanoff

Here’s What 10,000 Characters Looks Like

So, Recode reported today that Twitter was tinkering around with the idea of expanding its 140 character limit to a number a bit higher….10,000 characters. But what, you ask (and I’m glad

Yahoo Shuts Down Yahoo Screen, Its Home For Original Content Like “Community”

According to a report by Variety, and confirmation by Yahoo, Yahoo Screen has closed its doors with its content being split among its various magazine properties. Screen launched in 2013 as a place to

Samsung’s ‘Rink’ Motion Controllers For Gear VR Look Pretty Great

A few days ago, Samsung shared a few items that they’d be showing on the floor at CES in Las Vegas. One of them, which barely caused a blip on the radar was the “rink.” It’s Sa

Oculus Pushes Back Touch Controller Launch To Second Half Of 2016

Sometimes timing creeps up on you and you have to move things back. It's an ugly reality for hardware creators, but it happens. Today, Oculus announced that its Touch controllers will be shipping i

We’re Close

All of the chatter about virtual reality shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. Over the years, we’ve been forcing our way to get closer and closer to content of all types. For example, before

Slack’s New TV Commercial Is Adorable And Effective

If you're in the tech world, then you know exactly what Slack is and does. As you eke outside of our little techosphere, however, you might get some puzzled faces when you talk about your favorite wor

Gabriel Stricker Returns To Google To Lead Policy And Communications For Fiber

During all of Twitter’s changes this year, one move stuck out as quite significant…its Chief Communications Officer Gabriel Stricker announced that he was leaving the company. A “shi

Oculus Teams Up With LeBron James For Virtual Reality Journey

On Christmas day, the world was given a gift by Oculus, UNINTERRUPTED, and LeBron James during the Warriors and Cavaliers game. The two companies paired up to launch a LeBron James experience in VR c

Reminder From Oculus Founder Palmer Luckey: “First To Market Is Hard”

On the day before Christmas, Oculus founder Palmer Luckey took to Twitter to amp folks up about what’s to come sometime in Q1 next year, the consumer version of the Rift. There are tons of quest

Oculus Founder: Rift Launch “On-Target” For Q1 2016

One of the most asked questions about the Oculus Rift is “when are we getting them?” and the founder of the company continues to update those who are waiting patiently. According to a seri

Kim Kardashian’s Buttmoji Owns The App Store

It seems like 2015 was the year of the “emoji.” I mean, a damn emoji was the “word of the year.” This year is ending with a massive bang on the App Store thanks to Kim Kardashi

Instagram Makes It Easier To Share From Boomerang

Right before the holidays, Instagram snuck in an update for its most second-most popular spun-out app, Boomerang. The app currently sits in the top 250 on the App Store’s free apps. The changes,

Games Like Angry Birds Friends And Risk Hit The Chromecast Right Before The Holidays

We’ve gotten a fair bit of play out of Google’s latest $35 Chromecast leading up to the holidays. The games are pretty fun, and you can’t beat it for the price. In time for said holi

Oculus Shipping Early Builds Of Final Rift Hardware To Developers

If you’re developing a launch title for the upcoming Oculus Rift, you may have gotten a little good news in your inbox this evening. The company says that it’s still shipping Rift hardware

Are Tweeting Drones On The Way? Twitter Patent Tips Off Potential Future Of Selfies

In today’s episode of “boring patents…wait, WHAT ARE THOSE???”, it looks like Twitter filed a patent for messaging with or from, or both, an unmanned vehicle (drone!) in June o

Tesla’s Model S To Get Spotify Premium For Free Outside Of The US

If you’re buying a Tesla Model S, you can probably afford to bring your own tunes to the mix, but the company has announced today that you’ll get free Spotify Premium integration with your

Pinball In Virtual Reality? Yes Please

OK, it doesn’t exist just yet, but one group called “Pinball Labs” has a new Kickstarter to bring back the feels you felt when you entered an arcade with tons of pinball games. There

Yahoo Renews Its Partnership With NBC Sports

Today, Yahoo announced that one of their crown jewels, its relationship with NBC Sports, has been renewed. In a post, Ian Weingarten, SVP, Corporate Development and Partnerships, said: We’ve renewed

Vine Gets A Personalized Channel Just For You

If you’re a Vine user then you know that finding new clips can be difficult. I rely mostly on my network to surface really funny Loops, but the team wants to make it easier for you. Today it has

FBI: We Did Not Seize Shkreli’s Wu-Tang Album

In the latest episode of “holy shit, how is this guy not in jail…oh, he is…cool”, the FBI was forced to make a statement about today’s arrest of Martin Shkreli for securi
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