• Remember when GZA performed at the Crunchies?

    Remember when GZA performed at the Crunchies?

    Way back in 2012, at the 6th Annual Crunchies Awards, GZA presented an award with then-writer Drew Olanoff. And then he performed. The video is above. Excuse the audio. It’s really bad for some reason. This February TechCrunch will host another Crunchies award show. This is the 10th year. A lot has changed about the show over the years so we’re going to spend some time looking back… Read More

  • Entrepreneurs sense power shift back to VCs in annual First Round Capital survey

    Entrepreneurs sense power shift back to VCs in annual First Round Capital survey

    First Round Capital just published its second-ever State of Startups report, and it’s chock full of interesting sentiments from a survey of more than 700 founders — some of whom have ties to the early-stage venture firm and some who operate outside it. Taken altogether, it suggests that founders remain highly optimistic about their chances of success, but they also sense that… Read More

  • Announcing the Disrupt London Hackathon sponsor prizes, and last chance for tickets

    Announcing the Disrupt London Hackathon sponsor prizes, and last chance for tickets

    This year’s TechCrunch Disrupt London Hackathon is set to be the best yet. We’re mere days away from the main event and are bursting with excitement. As we’ve been releasing information about the event this week, we wanted to whet our hacker’s appetites with details about spectator tickets, our sponsors, and their awesome prizes. Hackathon tickets The last round… Read More

  • Nokia-branded Android smartphones will arrive in the first half of next year

    Nokia-branded Android smartphones will arrive in the first half of next year

    It’s been a rough decade or so for Nokia’s smartphone business. In 2011, then-CEO Stephen Elop famously described the company’s situation as a “burning platform” in a memo to his staff. That same year, the company plunged into the icy waters of a deal to make Windows Phone 7 its primary operating system. The partnership didn’t do much to curb the… Read More

  • Apple could be using drones to improve Apple Maps data

    Apple could be using drones to improve Apple Maps data

    Apple is putting a lot of effort to improve its Apple Maps data and design. According to a new report from Bloomberg, the company plans to use drones to track changes and improve mapping data over time. It would apparently be faster to use a fleet of drones rather than vans with sensors. Apple already admitted that mapping data is a harder problem than the company first anticipated. You need… Read More

  • Amazon Channels adds HBO and Cinemax

    Amazon Channels adds HBO and Cinemax

    It’s getting a lot easier to live outside the loving embrace of a cable or satellite TV subscription – Amazon just added HBO and Cinemax to its Amazon Channels selection of add-on packs for Prime video members. HBO is an additional $14.99 per month, and Cinemax is $9.99 monthly, with both offering 30-day free trials. Amazon Channels offers over 70 additional add-on packs for… Read More

  • iHeartRadio launches on-demand music plans starting at $4.99 a month

    iHeartRadio launches on-demand music plans starting at $4.99 a month

    A few months ago, iHeartRadio announced that it would be adding paid subscriptions for on-demand music. Today it’s releasing more details about its plans — and launching beta versions of those paid offerings. iHeartMedia, the company behind iHeartRadio, has its roots in traditional radio (it owns 858 stations), and until now, the app was largely a way for you to listen to radio on… Read More

  • VR tie-in invites movie fans to live the Assassin’s Creed life

    VR tie-in invites movie fans to live the Assassin’s Creed life

    Assassin’s Creed is basically a story about a guy plugged into VR doing crazy thing in his own family’s long-dead past, so it’s only fitting that the movie would come with a VR experience which puts fans and viewers themselves in the middle of the action. Assassin’s Creed’s movie VR experience will arrive on both Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR, as well as in… Read More

  • SuperAwesome’s PopJam Platform lets developers add kid-friendly social feed to apps

    SuperAwesome’s PopJam Platform lets developers add kid-friendly social feed to apps

    When SuperAwesome acquired Mind Candy’s PopJam — a sort of ‘Instagram for kids’ — last year, the stated plan was to marry SuperAwesome’s expertise and reach in kid-friendly advertising with PopJam’s growing user base of kids and brands in order to monetize the app. But actually the vision that SuperAwesome founder Dylan Collins had for PopJam was… Read More

  • Hyperloop Transportation Technologies claims more than $100 million in total investment

    Hyperloop Transportation Technologies claims more than $100 million in total investment

    Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT), the counterpart startup to Hyperloop One, which is also building a prototype of Elon Musk’s hyperloop system, says it has raised a little over $108 million dollars to build the tech aiming to zip us from San Francisco to Los Angeles in under half an hour. To be clear, the company has raised a total of $31.8 million in cash from investors… Read More

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