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The Facebook bubble just popped. Half the country today is still in shock. Reality crashed down and many were presented with a world that didn’t match up with the one they’ve inhabited in th

Google added fact checking: Facebook, it’s your move now

Google yesterday announced it will introduce a fact check tag on Google News in order to display articles that contain factual information next to trending news items. Now it’s time for Facebo

App Release Notes Are Getting Stupid

"Bug fixes." "Jam packed full of Super Amazing Things." "Every 3 weeks, we polish up the Pinterest app to make it faster and better than ever." "To make our app better for you, we bring updat

An Apple Watch In Middle America

Okay, it’s technically not “middle” America, geographically speaking, but it is a small chunk of suburbia on the outskirts of an even smaller urban center. A place where people don’t r

Diary Of A Cord Cutter In 2015 (Part 5: Upgrading To The TiVo Roamio OTA DVR)

In late 2014, I finally took the plunge and cut the cord with cable TV, reducing my monthly bill from a big TV, phone and internet bundle to one which now only includes broadband. My “TV&#8221

Diary Of A Cord Cutter In 2015 (Part 4: Favorite Apps And Resources)

It's now been <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2015/02/01/the-diary-of-a-cord-cutter-in-2015/">over three months</a> since I've adopted the cord-cutting lifestyle, thanks to finally following th

The Diary Of A Cord Cutter In 2015 (Part 2: Shaving The Cord And Cheating)

2015 is the year I finally cut the cord with cable TV. No more flipping through programs mindlessly, no more massive lineup of channels I never watch, no more DVR’ing. In doing so, I’ve b

Smartphone Makers Need To Put An End To Distracted Driving

I’m cruising down the road at 45 mph when – ka-ching! – the sound of a cash register blares out from my iPhone. It’s one of now several deal-finding apps I have installed that

Accounts Launches A New Address Book For iOS That Tracks Your Many Identities

An application called Accounts, live now on iOS to start, is a new attempt at developing a universal address book. While many competitors that have gone before it have focused on aggregating user acco

The Groups App I Wish Facebook Would Build

About once a week, if not more, I find myself typing these words or something similar on Facebook: “I just PM’d you, check your ‘Other’ inbox.” Or, “sorry, I’m on mobile, I can’t get t

Apple Announces Too Many iPads

If you’re in the market to buy a new iPad, your choices just became dizzying. As expected, Apple announced new iPads this morning at its news conference in Cupertino, but it didn’t retire

In Today’s Messaging Wars, Platform Makers Apple And Google Are Coming Up Short

The $19 billion <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2014/02/19/facebook-buying-whatsapp-for-16b-in-cash-and-stock-plus-3b-in-rsus/">WhatsApp acquisition</a> by Facebook is nothing if not a signal of

Baby Selfie App Signals Impending Collapse Of Society (Or Not)

The baby selfie app signals the “impending collapse of society” – or at least that’s one possible interpretation regarding this thing’s existence, admits the developer of

How To Not Be A Glasshole, Part 2

Remember when Google released a handful of guidelines explaining how to properly behave while wearing its new “face computer,” Google Glass? One rule in particular seems worth rehashing gi

Jelly’s Novelty Wears Off, But Long-Term Potential For A Mobile #Lazyweb Remains

Let's get this out of the way up front: I was prepared to dislike Jelly after its reveal. After all, when Twitter co-founder <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2014/01/07/twitter-co-founder-biz-ston

Overrun With Messaging Apps

Because I'll install almost any app on my iPhone just to take a look, I've got a jam-packed folder called "messaging apps" that's now five pages deep. It includes only the big names, regional giants,

Startups Pitching A “Netflix For E-Books” May Have A Tough Sell

When it comes to getting consumers to pay for things on a subscription basis, some services fare better than others. A growing number of people seem happy to pay for entertainment-based offerings like

Startups Apparently Do Not Care That Android Is Better

In a must-read post for the tech industry, Twitter experience designer and serial startup founder Paul Stamatiou writes: "<a target="_blank" href="http://paulstamatiou.com/android-is-better">Android i

Automation Startup IFTTT’s New iPhone App Is Beautiful, Simple, But Still Limited

<a target="_blank" href="http://www.iftt.com/">IFTTT</a>, the web services automation startup <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2012/12/20/iftt-raises-7m-from-andreessen-horowitz-for-connector-serv

Thank You, Google Overlords

Running a website not optimized for smartphones? Guess what, you've been put on notice. Google is using its influence and the power of its algorithm to finally force web publishers to fix their mobile
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