• Top tech investors turned into emoji

    What do Marc Andreessen, Ron Conway and Naval Ravikant look like as emojis? For the launch of emoji marketplace MojiLaLa, the startup made a set inspired by tech’s best-known venture capitalists. The list could have included more of the great female and minority VCs like Mary Meeker, Charles Hudson and Aileen Lee. But here’s a look at caricatures of the 20 they chose. If… Read More

  • How our Founding Fathers raised a Series A

    How our Founding Fathers raised a Series A

    For some of us, hot dogs, patriotic songs and fireworks are enough. We here at TechCrunch expect more of our readers. Why be satisfied with fireworks when you could literally launch a Kickstarter into the sky. If you’re like me, you were likely quite disappointed to find out that Hamilton wasn’t about an epic duel, I mean “syndicate,” between Backstage… Read More

  • “Let me see your phone”

    “Let me see your phone”

    Here’s one for your Friday. An older video, unearthed by Twitter user @iamjamajesty a few days ago has been blowing up on the network. This group poem, performed by Morgan “MoMo” Butler and Malachi Byrd, is one of the best expressions I’ve seen of love and trust in the digital age. “Settings>Privacy Settings>System Services>Location… Read More

  • Watch this short Sci-Fi movie with a script written by an AI

    Watch this short Sci-Fi movie with a script written by an AI

    You know when you just keep pressing the predictive text button on your mobile phone and the sentence just starts making less and less sense? The team behind Sunspring used the same technology to write a screenplay. Then they found some actors — including Thomas Middleditch, who plays Pied Piper’s Richard Hendricks in Silicon Valley — and turned it into a real short film. Read More

  • 7 of the Internet’s best animated 404 pages

    Gone are the days where a humorous picture or phrase will get your site’s 404 page noticed. In a version of the Internet where GIFs are the new text and videos are the new photos, it’s going to take a lot more than a witty phrase to stand out amongst the crowd. But, we were surprised to see that most sites still aren’t taking advantage of that valuable real estate. Read More

  • How to get a show on TechCrunch

    How to get a show on TechCrunch

    I’m pretty excited and happy to announce that today I’m taking over Crunch Report. “I am the captain now.” I edited over 150 episodes of Crunch Report back when Sarah Lane hosted the show and I learned a lot: how to be super efficient at editing, learning what I personally liked and disliked about Crunch Report and basically eating, breathing and living this… Read More

  • The Europas — It’s time for a different kind of tech conference

    The Europas — It’s time for a different kind of tech conference

    Let’s face it. Some tech conferences have lost their way. While TechCrunch Disrupt remains a firmly curated, media-driven, event, with hundreds of journalists attending, a couple of other conferences have really gone for scale. A minimum of 15,000 people, thousands of companies, echoing halls — and a lot of investors (and journalists) turning their badges around so they don’t… Read More

  • The science of funny Crunch Network

    The science of funny

    Psychologists in Canada have developed a mathematical formula for quantifying the humor of nonsense. Most of us would be forgiven for thinking math and humor are mutually exclusive. One is perceived as logical while the other is considered an intangible, uniquely human trait. Still, science knows no limits and, as The Cat in the Hat once declared, “It is fun to have fun but you have to… Read More

  • Phil Schiller takes to Twitter to remind everyone not to pluralize Apple products

    Phil Schiller takes to Twitter to remind everyone not to pluralize Apple products

    Last night a single tweet on everyone’s favorite news platform was heard ’round the world. No, I’m not talking about the tweet that cost an NFL draft prospect $14 million dollars. Or Drake’s tweet dropping his new album, Views. I’m talking about Apple marketing boss Phil Schiller taking to Twitter to finally answer the age-old question of how to correctly refer… Read More

  • Buy this iconic web company on Craigslist for just $8 billion!

    Buy this iconic web company on Craigslist for just $8 billion!

    Look what I found on Craigslist. This is the best deal ever. If you browse the “antiques” category, you’ll find an offer you can’t refuse. For a mere $8 billion, you could buy Yahoo! Read More

  • Rapchat makes me the rapper I always knew I was

    We covered Rapchat a little bit earlier this year, and I finally decided it was time to take it for a spin. I know I’ve got sweet rapping skills, and I know when it’s time to lay a sick beat and spit some fire, so that’s why I’m doing this in-depth review of Rapchat. Read More

  • April Fools’ 2016: A roundup of this year’s best and worst pranks

    For better or worse, it’s April 1st again. Happy April Fools’ Day! The day when up becomes down, cats become people, and the Internet loses its collective mind for about 24 hours. As is tradition, we’re digging up all the best, worst, weirdest, and most ill-planned April Fools’ jokes from around the Internet and sticking them in one place for your easy perusal. Read More

  • Apple Changed Its Site’s Code So The Word “click” Doesn’t Look Like…

    Apple Changed Its Site’s Code So The Word “click” Doesn’t Look Like…

    If you squint, you can see how the word “click” might look inappropriate. But Apple’s too prim and proper for that. So when it wanted the tagline for its new desktop operating system El Capitan to be “There’s more to love with every click”, it made a tiny, hilarious tweak to its website’s CSS code. By adding a little extra spacing between each letter… Read More

  • Here Are 7 Startups That Kanye West Wants To Build

    When Kanye West went on his most recent Twitter rant a few days ago, he resurfaced an organizational chart he made for Donda, his “content, experience & product company” named after his mother, Donda West. While the chart has been floating around the internet for a while (he showed it onstage at Google’s Zeitgeist conference in 2015), we decided to revisit it now that… Read More

  • Who The F Is The EFF? John Legere Wants To Know

    Who The F Is The EFF? John Legere Wants To Know

    Welp, it happened. T-Mobile CEO John Legere decided to field questions about the “Binge On” program the company launched. Is it great? Is it throttling? The EFF has its thoughts. The organization also decided to participate in Legere’s Twitter Q&A which led to this gem: .@EFF — John Legere (@JohnLegere) January 7, 2016 “Who the… Read More

  • 10 Under 10 Years Old

    10 Under 10 Years Old

    Watch a sad old man (age 25) interview the top pre-tween entrepreneurs in this hilarious video. Even though it’s a parody of the Forbes 30 Under 30, this is too real. “Even an 8-year-old could have regrets because there’s always going to be that 6-year-old inventor who speaks 7 languages” filmmaker Ankush Jindal from MasterClass tells me. Thanks for capturing everyone… Read More

  • Foursquare Promises, Via A Poem, That It Does NOT Drain Your Battery

    Foursquare Promises, Via A Poem, That It Does NOT Drain Your Battery

    The location aware app Foursquare, and its check-in sidekick Swarm, seemingly kills my phone’s battery. I mean, whenever I get within a block of the TechCrunch office, it lets me know all of the wonderful places around me that I can grab a coffee or whatnot. I even tweeted about how annoying the drain is: Foursquare should pay for my iPhone battery pack. — drew olanoff… Read More

  • Here’s What 10,000 Characters Looks Like

    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 you did), does 10,000 characters look like? Well, hey. Let’s find out. Soooo, did you see the Warriors game last night? Crazy, right? It was nice to see Harrison Barnes back and the entire… Read More

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

    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 securities fraud. In case you don’t know, Shkreli acquired an unreleased album by the popular rap group Wu-Tang Clan for $2M. There is only one copy of “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin”… Read More

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