Jordan Crook

Jordan Crook is a Senior Writer based out of Brooklyn, NY. She writes about internet culture, social networks, and consumer-facing technology. Jordan hosts many of TechCrunch’s live events, including regional TC Pitch-Offs and the world-renowned TechCrunch Disrupt conference. She’s also a co-host on the TechCrunch Radio show on Sirius XM each week.

She has written for publications such as Mobile Marketer and MobileBurn.

She is now a writer at TechCrunch.

You can email her at jordan@techcrunch.com.

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  • “Human Error” Caused Vine’s DildoPlay Editor’s Pick

    “Human Error” Caused Vine’s DildoPlay Editor’s Pick

    This morning, new Vine users woke up to quite the treat. Twitter’s new video sharing app launched a NSFW, porn clip called “DildoPlay” to the top of the Editor’s Picks section of the app, a place where users can browse the latest and greatest vines. Vine only launched last week, and has already been reported as having a small porn problem. Searching the hashtag… Read More

  • Barnes & Noble To Shutter One-Third Of Retail Stores Over The Next 10 Years

    Barnes & Noble To Shutter One-Third Of Retail Stores Over The Next 10 Years

    Barnes & Noble has put up an excellent fight over the past few years against the rising tide of digital competitors like iPad, Kindle Fire, etc. But it would seem that the bookseller has still come up a bit short, as the Wall Street Journal reports that the company has plans to shut down nearly 20 stores per year over the course of the next decade. Read More

  • T-Mobile Joins Sprint, Verizon In Offering StarStar Me, Letting Users Replace Their Phone Number With Their Name

    T-Mobile Joins Sprint, Verizon In Offering StarStar Me, Letting Users Replace Their Phone Number With Their Name

    T-Mobile has joined Sprint and Verizon in offering Zoove’s StarStar Me service, letting users replace their phone number with their name. Sprint was the first to adopt the service back in October, and Verizon quietly signed on shortly thereafter. T-Mobile’s use of the personalization product solidifies the service’s place in the U.S. wireless arena. To date, Zoove has seen… Read More

  • VinePeek And VineRoulette Let Us Become Real-time Video Voyeurs

    VinePeek And VineRoulette Let Us Become Real-time Video Voyeurs

    Twitter’s new video-sharing service, Vine, launched a few days ago, which we’ve covered extensively. My main complaint after a couple days worth of use is that I simply can’t find enough vines to enjoy. But a “Friday project” out of product incubator PXi Ventures could change all that, as they’ve launched a service called VinePeek. Read More

  • Fly Or Die: Vine

    Fly Or Die: Vine

    Twitter launched Vine, the mobile iOS app that lets users create six-second looping video and share it to various social networks, just two days ago and it’s been the topic of many a media conversation since. Yesterday, Vine swung to the top of social in the App Store after being featured, and many have even called the app the Instagram of video. But does Twitter’s new… Read More

  • Virgin America Taps MOGL’s Restaurant Gamification Platform To Serve Up Dining Rewards

    Virgin America Taps MOGL’s Restaurant Gamification Platform To Serve Up Dining Rewards

    Virgin America is the hip, new airline with cool in-seat displays complete with TV shows, games, and the ability to order food. So it only makes sense that they’ve tapped Califonia-based startup MOGL to power their Elevate frequent flyer dining rewards program. MOGL is a loyalty rewards app that serves restaurants by using gamification and a bit of charity to increase engagement and… Read More

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Poses With Baby Brother Galaxy Note II, Shows Off Its S-Pen

    Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Poses With Baby Brother Galaxy Note II, Shows Off Its S-Pen

    The Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet has been anything but shy, leaking all over the place and posing for a few hands-on pics. But today’s scoop from French blog Frandroid marks the first time we get a real idea of its size, as the latest leaked photos show the Galaxy Note 8.0 next to the Galaxy Note 2. Context is a beautiful thing. The Galaxy Note 8.0 is Samsung’s next big tablet… Read More

  • Vine Swings To The Top Of Social In App Store, Claims 14th Spot In Free Apps

    Vine Swings To The Top Of Social In App Store, Claims 14th Spot In Free Apps

    Vine was just released yesterday as Twitter’s new standalone video-sharing iOS app. It lets users thread together tiny clips into one looping six-second video, with a UI very similar to Instagram’s. The app expectedly made a splash with early adopters in the tech world and has seemed to gain momentum in the past 24 hours, becoming the top free app in the App Store’s… Read More

  • Samsung Dominated Apple And Nokia With A Record 213M Smartphones Shipped In 2012

    Samsung Dominated Apple And Nokia With A Record 213M Smartphones Shipped In 2012

    The battle’s been raging between Samsung and Apple for global smartphone domination, but according to the latest numbers out of Strategy Analytics, Samsung has extended its lead over rival manufacturers to capture a 30 percent marketshare worldwide. According to the research firm, Samsung’s 213 million smartphones shipped over the course of 2012 sets a record for most units shipped… Read More

  • Vine Just Made Twitter A Stronger Social Network

    Vine Just Made Twitter A Stronger Social Network

    Vine, in case you missed it, is a standalone iOS app from Twitter that lets users create short, 6-second videos that run on a loop. Users record by holding their thumb against the screen, and stop by releasing. The short clips can then be threaded together and shared on Vine itself, Twitter or even Facebook. Here’s how a silly video-sharing app (which has been done before, by the way)… Read More

  • Twitter’s 6-Second Video Sharing App, Vine, Goes Live In The App Store

    Twitter’s 6-Second Video Sharing App, Vine, Goes Live In The App Store

    Twitter has officially launched its Vine video sharing app in the App Store, as announced on the company blog. With Instagram taking the world by storm, and subsequently selling to Facebook for $1 billion, the question on everyone’s minds has been who will be able to do the same thing with video? Twitter’s been thinking this through for a while, proven by the acquisition of… Read More

  • ER Accelerator Announces 10 Startups Joining Its January 2013 Class

    ER Accelerator Announces 10 Startups Joining Its January 2013 Class

    It’s a brand new year, and a brand new class for the Entrepreneurs’ Roundtable Accelerator is only fitting on this cold, January morning. The accelerator announced back in October that this January 2013 class of ten startups will be receiving a $15K boost to their seed funding, a total of $40K per startup. According to Jon Axelrod, managing director at ERA, “We really… Read More

  • Cycloramic, The App That Makes Your iPhone Do The Twist, Updates To Version 2.0

    Cycloramic, The App That Makes Your iPhone Do The Twist, Updates To Version 2.0

    At first glance, the Cycloramic app in action may make you think that He Who Shall Not Be Named is somewhere nearby, manipulating your iPhone through dark magic. In reality, it’s simply an app that controls the vibrators in your phone to the exact frequency needed to make it balance on a table and spin at the same time. Meanwhile, you (or the Woz) can film a 360 degree video. But the… Read More

  • A Week After Launching On iOS, Temple Run 2 Hits Google Play

    A Week After Launching On iOS, Temple Run 2 Hits Google Play

    Temple Run was one of the most popular games of 2012, seeing 2.5 million downloads on Christmas day alone. But like any good mobile gaming studio, Imangi Studios has released the sequel to the hit racing/escaping game on both iOS and Android. The iOS version of Temple Run 2 was made available on January 17, and saw over 6 million downloads in the first 24 hours. But Temple Run 2 for Android… Read More

  • Dear Tim Cook, The Retina Display Is Great But It’s Not The Best

    Dear Tim Cook, The Retina Display Is Great But It’s Not The Best

    “iPhone 5 offers a new 4 inch retina display, which is the most advanced display in the industry,” said Tim Cook. “No one comes close to matching the quality of the Retina Display.” He is, of course, obligated to both say and believe this despite the fact there are plenty of displays already available and forthcoming that surpass the iPhone 5’s Retina display. Read More

  • Apple’s Q1 2013 Breaks iPhone And iPad Sales Records With 47.8M, 22.9M Units Sold Respectively

    Apple’s Q1 2013 Breaks iPhone And iPad Sales Records With 47.8M, 22.9M Units Sold Respectively

    Apple just released its earnings report for Q1 2013, ending in December of last year, with a solid hardware quarter overall. The iPhone dominated with 47.8 million units sold in the quarter, up quarterly and yearly, with Apple also breaking records with 22.9 million iPads sold. The iPhone 5 saw its first full quarter of availability this period, as well as a nice holiday sales boost. Analysts… Read More

  • Judge Approves $844M Financing For Kodak To Exit Bankruptcy

    Judge Approves $844M Financing For Kodak To Exit Bankruptcy

    Kodak has had a rough go of it lately, filing for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy almost a year ago and selling off its portfolio of more than 1000 digital imaging patents just last month. But today the centenarian company has some good news to report, as U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Allan Gropper of the Southern District of New York has approved Kodak’s $844 million financing led by… Read More

  • A Founder’s Life Has A Lot Of iPads In It – And Some Gratuitous Sex [NSFW]

    A Founder’s Life Has A Lot Of iPads In It – And Some Gratuitous Sex [NSFW]

    The life of a founder isn’t an easy one — at least, initially. There’s no time for love, fun, or even sleep. The product, the users, the servers and the investors use up every available second of the day and night. But entrepreneurs choose this difficult path in life, and they usually love it. Runa Capital, a $135M technology-focused venture capital firm, appreciates… Read More

  • Pebble Is Shipping, But Slowly, And Without iOS App Approval

    Pebble Is Shipping, But Slowly, And Without iOS App Approval

    The Pebble Smart Watch, a clever little watch that connects to your phone via Bluetooth (and tells time), has officially started to ship in limited quantities. After the product’s Kickstarter campaign blew up, receiving over $10 million in funding after only asking for $100K, the company faced issues with manufacturing and distributing such a high volume of orders. Read More

  • Nintendo Promises More Titles For Wii U Including New Zelda, Mario Games

    Nintendo Promises More Titles For Wii U Including New Zelda, Mario Games

    Nintendo has a lot to announce this morning, including an app for its Miiverse platform, as well as some fan-favorite game titles that will be available on the Wii U platform in the coming months. By the time E3 rolls around, in mid-June, the Wii U will support two new Zelda games, as well as new Super Mario and Mario Kart titles. Nintendo announced the Wii U back in June, offering a new level… Read More