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The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Figuring out what comes after gene sequencing in China

    Figuring out what comes after gene sequencing in China

    In recent years, a crop of companies have emerged that are using genomic sequencing to detect diseases in order to prevent the negative outcome of those diseases. It’s led to a budding ecosystem of startups that are crunching the data, as well as the cost of that sequencing coming down. But while we’re at the stage of getting the cost of genomic sequencing down and making it… Read More

  • Is LeEco really in trouble?

    Is LeEco really in trouble?

    Billionaire CEO Yueting Jia told employees in a letter last week that the company’s rapid growth was leading to stagnation and management problems at LeEco, and announced that he would invest $10 million into the company and cut his salary to 15 cents in order to keep LeEco steady as it expands into the United States and develops a self-driving car. But North American operations lead… Read More

  • Apple picked up talent, tech from defunct music startup Omnifone in August

    Apple picked up talent, tech from defunct music startup Omnifone in August

    As the race continues to pick up more subscribers for streaming music services, TechCrunch has learned that one of the most prominent players in the field quietly picked up some talent and tech to advance its position. Apple hired at least 16 employees and purchased select technology from Omnifone, an early player in streaming music services that filed for bankruptcy this summer. The… Read More

  • Facebook threatens LinkedIn with job opening features

    Facebook threatens LinkedIn with job opening features

    Facebook might muscle-in on LinkedIn’s recruiting business with ways for business Pages to promote job listings. The new Jobs features could give companies another reason to drive traffic to their Facebook Page beyond marketing their products in the News Feed, while also allowing them to pay the social network to get their open position in front of more candidates. Today TechCrunch spotted… Read More

  • Twitter still might save Vine by selling it

    Twitter still might save Vine by selling it

    Vine may survive after all. Twitter is currently vetting multiple term sheets from companies offering to buy Vine, and hopes to make a deal soon, multiple sources tell TechCrunch. After announcing its plan to shut down Vine last month, Twitter received a large number of bids, including several from Asia. It’s now working to decide who should run the short-form video app. While… Read More

  • WhatsApp adds GIF support in iOS app

    WhatsApp adds GIF support in iOS app

    Amid increased competition from Apple’s iMessage, Snapchat, and Google’s new entry Allo, Facebook-owned WhatsApp has now rolled out support for sharing GIFs in its messaging application on iOS. According to the app update text in iTunes, the new feature will allow users to send and receive GIFs, including Live Photos and shorter videos, both of which can be now converted to… Read More

  • Google’s Firebase developer platform gets better analytics, crash reporting and more

    Google’s Firebase developer platform gets better analytics, crash reporting and more

    Google today launched the first major update to its Firebase backend-as-a-service platform since it first announced its plans to turn the service into its unified platform for developers six months ago. While Facebook decided to shut down its competing Parse service earlier this year, Google decided to double down on Firebase (which it acquired in 2014) as its flagship development platform… Read More

  • Why iRobot’s Colin Angle thinks the smart home starts with a robot vacuum

    Why iRobot’s Colin Angle thinks the smart home starts with a robot vacuum

    Robots — and the smart home in general — are a hot topic, and it’s one where an enormous amount of investment is happening right now. There are many companies like Nest and Ring that are trying to target segments of the home in the hopes of making everything smarter. But it’s easy to forget that the home is still a physical space, and in order for everything to… Read More

  • Facebook Messenger is testing “Instant Games” like this one from King

    Facebook Messenger is testing “Instant Games” like this one from King

    Facebook Messenger is preparing to launch a new “Instant Games” platform that will let people  play lightweight games against friends. Candy Crush maker King.com is already testing one of these Instant Games called “Shuffle Cats Mini” in New Zealand, TechCrunch has discovered. And other studios including Big Viking also appear to be prepping for the Instant Games… Read More

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