Opinion

  • Immersion is going to be immense Crunch Network

    Immersion is going to be immense

    Pokémon; Macbeth; the Illuminati. Those may not sound like they have a lot in common, but they exemplify the three whole new forms of technology-driven entertainment that have erupted in recent years. We’ll soon combine all three–and, eventually, use them to create whole new multi-faceted immersive worlds that will make today’s entertainment look like radio dramas. Read More

  • A Vice President Pence would be bad for building US culture of innovation

    A Vice President Pence would be bad for building US culture of innovation

    With a tweet from The Donald himself, it’s official that Governor Mike Pence of Indiana will be Donald Trump’s running mate. But Gov. Pence’s record in the tech industry has been clumsy at best. Perhaps knowing he needed to step up his tech efforts, the Governor has been loudly parading his “new” innovation and entrepreneurship plans for the state of Indiana in… Read More

  • Westphalexit Crunch Network

    Westphalexit

    As technology advances, a world partitioned into nation-states makes less and less sense. That may sound crazy, if you take it as granted that our world must be divided into nations. But the whole concept of a “country” is a 400-year-old weird hack, riddled with crippling bugs, plagued by contradictions that sharpen each year. It is unlikely to survive this century. Read More

  • A brief history of cryptocurrency drama, or, what could possibly DAO wrong? Crunch Network

    A brief history of cryptocurrency drama, or, what could possibly DAO wrong?

    It makes SILICON VALLEY look like C-SPAN — and yet it’s a documentary. Yes, it’s Cryptocurrency!, the show! You already know it’s been the hit of the last half-decade in extreme-nerd, get-rich-quick, and/or libertarian-conspiracist circles. But the story so far may seem incredibly… well… cryptic. So if you’re just tuning in, here’s a timeline to catch… Read More

  • Facebook throws out the news Paper

    Facebook throws out the news Paper

    Facebook Paper could have given publishers the reach they lost yesterday in the News Feed, but no one wanted the standalone news reading app. Facebook has pulled the Paper app from the app store and will discontinue support for existing downloads of it on July 29th, according to a message show to all user. Despite it’s eye-catching, progressive design, the experience proved unnecessary… Read More

  • Final is a plaster on the gaping wound that is U.S. credit card security

    Final is a plaster on the gaping wound that is U.S. credit card security

    Credit card fraud is a big problem, with an increasing number of companies launching products to patch the problems. The most recent example is Final, which today announced it is shipping its first consumer product: disposable credit card numbers. That’s lovely, but in doing so, it serves predominantly as an example of a company fixing a serious problem from the wrong side of the fence. Read More

  • Google+ turns 5 and is somehow still alive

    Google+ turns 5 and is somehow still alive

    People who love Google+ sure love Google+. That hasn’t changed since Google first launched what at the time seemed like a credible Facebook competitor back in June 2011. If you’re a Google+ fan, today is a day to celebrate: Against all odds, your favorite social network turned five today. For everybody else, the fact that Google+ is still online may come as a surprise. The number… Read More

  • The dredge report: being an account of an expedition into the hyperreality of the California Delta Crunch Network

    The dredge report: being an account of an expedition into the hyperreality of the California Delta

    It has occurred to me that perhaps TechCrunch pays insufficient attention to slurry, sediment, silt, sludge, mud, and muck; to canals, earthworks, levees, dikes, dredges, and the Army Corps of Engineers; to the vast engineering works, with lifespans measured in decades, that literally reshape our world. So last weekend I boarded a bus hired by the Dredge Research Collaborative. Read More

  • 360fly’s new ad is a racist mess. I thought we were better than this.

    360fly’s new ad is a racist mess. I thought we were better than this.

    What do you do when nobody is paying attention to your shiny new line of cameras? You could put together a campaign that shows how good your tech is and how it is the perfect match to your target audiences. Or you could go the other way, enlisting a Trump impersonator and an inexcusable dollop of stereotypes to try to get the word out. Guess which option 360fly chose. Yeah. Let’s talk… Read More

  • The world isn’t ready for only wireless headphones, Apple

    The world isn’t ready for only wireless headphones, Apple

    As the rumor mill continues to report that Apple supposedly is doing away with the headphone socket on its next-generation phones (more than 300,000 people already voiced their opinion), I found myself in a series of situations recently that illustrate exactly why the world isn’t quite ready yet… Read More

  • What the actual hell, Britain?

    What the actual hell, Britain?

    As I’m writing this, it looks as if Britain has voted to leave the EU.It’s hitting me like a ton of Europe-approved bricks, because this decision just simply doesn’t make sense. I strongly believes in democracy, and if this really is what the demos want, then so be it. But I just don’t understand how we got here. How this was even sort of remotely possible. Read More

  • A tronc is born

    A tronc is born

    The best satire is indistinguishable from the subject matter it addresses. And sometimes the subject matter is indistinguishable from satire. For the foreseeable future, the absurd rebranding of tronc and this astonishing video will exemplify the latter. Let’s just run through some of the highlights. Read More

  • Learn deeply, but baby, don’t fear the Skynet Crunch Network

    Learn deeply, but baby, don’t fear the Skynet

    Who’s afraid of AlphaGo? Everyone who’s anyone, you might think. Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and Stephen Hawking have all expressed concern about the “existential threat” of AI, just as “deep learning” neural networks are revolutionizing the AI field. Should we be scared for our jobs? Or even our species? Fear not, I have answers! They are, respectively… Read More

  • FFS, Facebook Crunch Network

    FFS, Facebook

    For your convenience. For your security. To better serve you. To offer you the best experience. To better fit our future plans. To comply with regulations. To optimize our resources. These are the blandly vicious lies that companies proffer when they want to take something away from you. I thought I was used to this game, but this week I was actually upset by it again. Et tu, Facebook? Read More

  • The tipping point for rebellion Crunch Network

    The tipping point for rebellion

    We are all getting lazy and spoiled. We’re not choosing simple over better, but easy over passably good. We’re self-sabotaging ourselves because effort is a price too great for anything. Read More

  • Vive la France! Vive la Tech!… But do these two great tastes taste great together? Crunch Network

    Vive la France! Vive la Tech!… But do these two great tastes taste great together?

    I spent last week on a junket in Paris, paid for by the French government, visiting the various hubs and spokes of the burgeoning French startup scene. I don’t think they’ll invite me back, after they read this. My considered assessment is that the French government, and to an extent the larger French tech scene, lacks ambition, boldness, and confidence, and their technology… Read More

  • Facebook is disabling messaging in its mobile web app to push people to Messenger

    Facebook is disabling messaging in its mobile web app to push people to Messenger

    Facebook is removing the messaging capability from its mobile web application, according to a notice being served to users: “Your conversations are moving to Messenger,” it reads. Welcome news to the millions like me who switched to the web app in order to avoid Messenger in the first place! Read More