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The Agony Of The Fanboy

Every few months I'm reminded of the intensity of feeling some technologies - be they physical objects (they usually are) or web services - engender in a certain subset of the human population. It's a

Startup Founders: Chill Or Get Help

There is a certain kind of Silicon Valley striver that I find abhorrent but, being separated by them by a full continent I feel I'm far enough removed to perhaps understand their wild-eyed efforts at

The BlackBerry Diaspora

I've tried to avoid chiming in on Blackberry 10 but the past few days have brought <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/tag/blackberry/">us an excellent set of reviews and assessments of the platform<

Why CES Matters (For Now)

It's easy to hate CES. It's a vapid, broken <em>wunderkammer</em> filled with booze, waste, and gadgets no one will buy for months if not years if ever at all. The show floor is a crass place where ma

In Praise Of Dangerous Toys

When I was growing up, my dad taught me that potassium nitrate, sulphur, and charcoal made gunpowder. He told me that you could add iron to the mix to get a red flame and that acids wouldn't eat throu

Video Game Journalist Out Of A Job For Calling Out Dead-Eyed, Dorito-Hoarding Journalists

In the great, wide world of journalism, games journalism is a weird animal. Those who "practice" - and practice it well - face a barrage of PR perks, free trips, and angry houses. Access is given and

Mr. Penumbra’s Out-Of-Touch Publishing Industry

Writer and "Media Inventor" Robin Sloan wrote an interesting book called <a target="_blank" href="http://www.robinsloan.com/penumbra/"><i>Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore</i></a> about an out-of-work

The Problem With Early Reviews

I'm going to let you in on a little secret: most of the reviews you read online are performed in a manner that you, as an intelligent consumer, would find abhorrent. I'm not naming names nor am I poin

Hey, Guys, Remember When You Used To Care About Flash?

I wanted to take a moment to pour out a little Club Mate in honor of Flash on mobile and to point out that it wasn't two years ago that the <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2009/10/05/adobe-shows-

Tablets Join The Long Race To The Bottom

Remember netbooks? Exactly. <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2010/09/17/netbook-sales-are-crashing-quick-blame-the-ipad-not-the-lousy-netbooks/">Two years ago</a> netbooks could do no wrong. They

Can Someone Send TechCrunch’s Fax Number To Vanity Fair?

<a target="_blank" href="http://www.vanityfair.com"><em>Vanity Fair</em></a> is one of my all-time favorite magazines -- it publishes loads of incredibly well-written stories about fascinating topics

The Meh-Too Crowd

It's been a while since I came to Google's defense but I think it's time to talk about what an absolute downer it is to dig through a lot of tech commentary these days. The most recent example came af

TL;DR: The Problem With Long-Form Publishing Plays

Last week, our writer Devin Coldewey wrote a 3,000-word essay on Google+. It got 114 comments. Comment numbers are a wildly inaccurate metric for popularity in general - some posts get 100 comments be

Check-In Needs To Work, But How Can We Fix It?

Remember <a HREF="https://beta.techcrunch.com/tag/Highlight">Highlight</a>? That app that everyone thought was hot stuff back at SXSW? I used it for a few days and then deleted it, discovering quite q

Pro Tip: Don’t Pivot Your Way Into Irrelevancy

They say news is what happens to the editor on his way to work, so here's some news: podcast distributor <a HREF="http://www.mevio.com/">Mevio</a> has apparently pivoted right out of the game. The com

Nobody Wins At CES

Rather than do a <a HREF="https://beta.techcrunch.com/ces2012">CES</a> pre-round-up of exciting products I'd like to address <a HREF="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2012/01/05/best-ces-ever/">this intere

SOPA, Freedom, And The Invisible War

While laughable in scope and reach (not to mention ridiculous in terms of potential enforcement) the Stop Online Piracy Act is seen as a very real threat to our freedom to, in short, surf the Internet

Do You Hear What I Hear? Yes, It’s Paypal Stealing Money From Kids

It's the holiday season, when a webmaster's mind turns to thoughts of love and charity. Take <a HREF="http://www.regretsy.com/">Regretsy</a>, for example. The site collected a bit of money and began b

Gadget Sites: Ease Up On The Watermarks Already

Here's a little inside baseball for you all but I wanted to get a pet peeve off my chest: all these darned watermarks on gadget imagery. It got pretty egregious this morning over at BGR where they pos

Your ISP Is Screwing You: As Your Service Costs Go Up, Their Backbone Costs Go Down

In Japan, a multiple-megabit Internet connection costs pennies. I pay $99 for 50-mbps (and that's <i>really</i> about 1 mbps (when it's not raining) in Brooklyn. But why, you ask? Well, to hear cable
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