• Where Does Apple Pay Stand On Its First Birthday? Crunch Network

    Where Does Apple Pay Stand On Its First Birthday?

    While the “year of Apple Pay,” as Apple CEO Tim Cook dubbed 2015, still has a ways to go, the product’s first anniversary is rapidly approaching. And, considering Android Pay’s recent unveiling, it seems that its competitors are, as well. So, as we prepare to celebrate, the question is: How are things going? Read More

  • Programming Hate Into AI Will Be Controversial, But Possibly Necessary Crunch Network

    Programming Hate Into AI Will Be Controversial, But Possibly Necessary

    In the last few years, the topic of artificial intelligence (AI) has been thrust into the mainstream. No longer just the domain of sci-fi fans, nerds or Google engineers, I hear people discussing AI at parties, coffee shops and even at the dinner table: My five-year-old daughter brought it up the other night over taco lasagna. When I asked her if anything interesting had happened in school… Read More

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    Notifications Summit: Session 2

    The Notifications Summit was recorded live October 1, 2015 @ betaworks in New York. The Notification stream eats Apps, becoming the meta app. Matthew Panzarino (Techcrunch), Or Arbel (Yo!), Peter Rojas (betaworks) In a world where the only death sentence is noise what will be the relationship between notifications and the current smartphone UI with its field of app icons? Read More

  • Scoot Unleashes New Four-Wheeler Quad Cars On San Francisco Streets

    Scoot, the San Francisco-based electric scooter ride share network, has teamed up with Nissan to create a four-wheeled two-seater enclosed vehicle onto the streets of San Francisco. Starting today, Scoot members have the option to rent one of these adorable little cars to get them anywhere in the 7×7. Known as the Scoot Quad, this is an all-electric vehicle that you can turn on with the… Read More

  • The California Drought And Standards Of IoT Crunch Network

    The California Drought And Standards Of IoT

    The Internet of Things (IoT) has a remote control problem — devices are operating independently with no knowledge of each other’s existence. Even systems that are supposed to work together don’t do so easily. We need a digital age of enlightenment and openness to unleash the full potential of the IoT. This means standardizing cross-device and multi-platform communication… Read More

  • Ghana’s MEST Incubator To Launch Pan-African VC Fund, Expand Training Programs Crunch Network

    Ghana’s MEST Incubator To Launch Pan-African VC Fund, Expand Training Programs

    Ghana’s MEST innovation space is making moves, gearing up to launch a Pan-African VC fund in 2015, while expanding its IT training program into Nigeria and Kenya. Based in Accra, MEST (full name Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology) operates both as a tech institute and startup incubator. Its 12 month Entrepreneurs-in-Training (EIT) program infuses African techies with… Read More

  • Specialization, Polymaths And The Pareto Principle In A Convergence Economy Crunch Network

    Specialization, Polymaths And The Pareto Principle In A Convergence Economy

    Economists tell us that the history of human labor is one of continually increasing specialization. As we progressed along the economic continuum from hunter-gatherer through agrarian and industrial and now into post-industrial economies, the labor force has become more fragmented, with workers having more and more specialized skill sets. Read More

  • Is Uber The Root Of All Evil? Crunch Network

    Is Uber The Root Of All Evil?

    It is a truth universally acknowledged, in the enlightened liberal semi-socialist California circles in which I often move, that Uber is evil. It is accepted as axiomatic that they exploit their drivers; they brazenly reject the rule of democratic law, while simultaneously kowtowing to authoritarian China; they use vicious and/or deceitful tactics; and they ignore the needs of the disabled. Read More

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    Steve Ballmer Owns 4% of Twitter! | Crunch Report

    Open source enterprise software giant Red Hat acquires Ansible, some speculation around Jay Z selling Tidal Music to Samsung, 55% of iPhone users are now on iOS 9, Theranos is on the defensive after reports of blood test unreliability.

    Steve Ballmer Owns 4% of Twitter! | Crunch Report
  • Leaked Pinterest Documents Show Revenue, Growth Forecasts

    Leaked Pinterest Documents Show Revenue, Growth Forecasts

    TechCrunch has obtained documents that show Pinterest has been forecasting $169 million in revenue this year and $2.8 billion in annual revenue by 2018. Pinterest was also expecting to grow its monthly active users to 151 million by the end of 2015 and 329 million by 2018. Andreessen Horowitz used this information to solicit limited partners to invest in its special investment fund for… Read More

  • Theranos Continues Damage Control Messaging

    Theranos Continues Damage Control Messaging

    Silicon Valley blood-test technology startup Theranos has once again responded to allegations made by the Wall Street Journal over questionable test results. Unfortunately, little of that response has to do with the allegations. Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes has been on a selective media tour to do damage control over a WSJ report alleging the company wasn’t using its own tech for… Read More

  • STEM And High School Education
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    For Students, The Future Is Now

    The 2014-15 school year was the first during which students of color outnumbered white students in America’s public schools. This demographic shift has significant implications for our education system and the future of our country. It also should be of vital importance to the companies that make up the nation’s technology sector. Read More

  • Tinder Owner Match Group Files To Go Public

    Tinder Owner Match Group Files To Go Public

    Match Group, a spinoff of IAC that owns properties like Tinder and OKCupid, has filed to go public. The Dallas-based company is reporting trailing twelve months revenue of $1 billion ending June 30 this year, and revenue of $483.9 million for the first half of 2015. It had net earnings of $49 million in the first half of 2015, and trailing 12 month net earnings of $177.5 million. In 2014… Read More

  • Dragonlock Lets You Print Your Own RPG Dungeons

    Dragonlock Lets You Print Your Own RPG Dungeons

    Your party enters a darkened room. Candles flicker in the gloom and something is glinting along the far wall. Your thief enters first. Her dwarvish blade begins to glow. Danger is nearby! What will you do? Will you 3D print a wall section and snap it to a floor section? Or will your move a 3D-printed Beholder into the room? What about a pillar or stairs? What about a little wooden… Read More

  • CrunchWeek: WSJ Vs. Theranos, Square’s IPO, And Twitter’s ‘Streamline’

    Knock. Knock. “Who’s there?” CrunchWeek! OK, fine…it wasn’t funny. Welcome to another episode of CrunchWeek, TechCrunch’s weekly roundup show where we talk the biggest things in tech. This week we’re chatting about Theranos’ impending battle with the FDA, Square going for the IPO, Twitter laying off some staff and Ballmer becomes a fan (but not of… Read More

  • Meet Wove, An E-Ink Touchscreen Computer That Wraps Around Your Arm

    Take your iPad, turn it into a slap bracelet and you’ve got Wove, the first computer that can roll up and wrap around your wrist. Wove is the first product from flexible electronics company Polyera. It functions a lot like a smartwatch, but with the added ability to curve and bend. It’s also one of the first bendable touchscreen displays with a kind of technology that, if… Read More

  • The Daily Dot Didn’t Acquire Circa, But It Did Hire Circa’s CTO

    The Daily Dot Didn’t Acquire Circa, But It Did Hire Circa’s CTO

    If you were a fan of news startup Circa, you might remember that shortly before it shut down this summer, it was reportedly looking for a buyer and in talks with The Daily Dot. Well, it looks like those talks led somewhere — but not to an acquisition. Daily Dot co-founder Josh Jones-Dilworth said his company has hired “the core of the Circa tech team,” including co-founder… Read More

  • Breaking The Barrier Of Humans And Machines Crunch Network

    Breaking The Barrier Of Humans And Machines

    My kitchen opens up to my family room, where right smack in the middle sits “Alexa,” an Amazon Echo device. It feels strange to call Alexa a device, because she has been chatting with my family and is building out her personality. As Amazon applies machine learning, Alexa will learn and develop her personality to fit in my home different from yours. Read More

  • Twitter Shares Spike 4.85% In The Wake Of Ballmer’s Stake

    Twitter Shares Spike 4.85% In The Wake Of Ballmer’s Stake

    Turns out the Ballmer Peak is real. Shares in Twitter spiked 4.85 percent today, closing at $31.15 per share. Trading above the $30 mark is an important psychological threshold for Twitter. Put another way, as $40 is to Microsoft, $30 is to Twitter. What happened? Former Microsoft CEO and current eccentric sports fan Steve Ballmer announced that he has acquired a 4 percent minority stake in… Read More

  • Amazon Files Suit Against Individuals Offering Fake Product Reviews On Fiverr.com

    Amazon Files Suit Against Individuals Offering Fake Product Reviews On Fiverr.com

    In April of this year, Amazon filed suit against the operators of websites that offered Amazon sellers the ability to purchase fake, four and five-star reviews of their products. Most of those websites have now been closed, and Amazon took action against the sellers involved. Now Amazon is continuing its crackdown on fake reviews by going after individuals who provide these sort of fake… Read More

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