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  • What New Mobile Hardware To Expect At MWC 2016

    What New Mobile Hardware To Expect At MWC 2016

    Mobile World Congress, the biggest tradeshow specifically focused on mobile, kicks off in just over a week’s time in Barcelona so here’s a quick rundown of some of the big hardware-focused announcements we’re expecting to land during the best part of a week of fully mobile-focused news… Read More

  • It’s True, Black Female Founders Receive Basically Zero Venture Capital

    It’s True, Black Female Founders Receive Basically Zero Venture Capital

    In “The Real Unicorns of Tech: Black Founders Women,” a recent report by #ProjectDiane, you’ll come across several startling statistics like, for example, of all venture deals from 2012 to 2014, only 0.2% (24 of 10,238 deals) went to went to black female founders. In researching the state of black women in tech, #ProjectDiane examined over 60,000 startups and identified just… Read More

  • How To Expand Your Marketplace To LA Crunch Network

    How To Expand Your Marketplace To LA

    “The theme of LA is diversity.” That is what DoorDash’s Kevin Huang told me in our conversation about how expanding on-demand marketplaces into LA differs from other markets. As an LA-based enterprise and marketplace investor, one of the most common questions I get from entrepreneurs is how to expand marketplaces into LA. While this includes all the usual difficulties of… Read More

  • When Data Goes Bad Crunch Network

    When Data Goes Bad

    So I know this guy Sulemaan from my Toronto days. Really good guy, despite being a Spurs fan. Sulemaan has a son, Syed, who is flagged as a security risk, a suspected terrorist, every time he flies. Syed is six years old. This is, of course, completely insane. But the data has been parsed; the algorithm has spoken; and so others must suffer from the idiocy of those who built the system. Read More

  • Unscaling Energy Crunch Network

    Unscaling Energy

    Solving climate change is the biggest opportunity for entrepreneurs in our generation. In fact, the planet’s best hope lies in unleashing startups to unbundle and “unscale” the global energy industry. So far, almost all the conversation and policy-making around climate change has focused on austerity — some mix of sacrifice and grudging duty. That came together in the… Read More

  • Earnings Review: Groupon Spikes, Pandora Mixed and Twitter’s Flat User Growth

    It’s over! (Nearly.) This week was the last set of big earnings reports, barring a few happening early March — Square and Box, to be exact. It was a wild week, to be sure. Groupon (surprise!) beat expectations, sending the stock soaring. Pandora was reportedly in buyout talks, and had a mixed quarter, giving the company a bouncy ride during the day. And then there’s Twitter. Read More

  • How Tech Can Shut Down Patent Trolls Crunch Network

    How Tech Can Shut Down Patent Trolls

    Patent trolls, more formally known as Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs), pose a major threat to American businesses. A study published by the Boston University School of Law revealed that more than six times as many patent lawsuits are filed today as in 1980. More than 10,000 companies have been sued at least once by a PAE, and litigation by PAEs using acquired patents is increasing at an… Read More

  • Apple Music Tops 11 Million Subscribers; iCloud Reaches 782 Million

    Apple Music Tops 11 Million Subscribers; iCloud Reaches 782 Million

    At the beginning of this year, Apple Music had surpassed 10 million subscribers, according to a report from the Financial Times. Now, Apple SVP Eddy Cue has confirmed this figure. In fact, he gave a more precise number – the company has just passed over 11 million subscribers, he says. This tidbit and more were revealed on John Gruber’s “The Talk Show” podcast where Cue… Read More

  • Soylent, The Easiest Thing To Tear Open Since CDs

    Soylent, The Easiest Thing To Tear Open Since CDs

    I’m a Soylent believer. If you know me personally, this may be hard for you to understand, given that my favorite foods are bread and cheese and that I feel Seamless should always win Best Overall Startup at the Crunchies every year until eternity. Read More

  • Survios’ First-Person Shooter Shows How Addictive VR Will Be

    I want to play again. My arms are sore from shooting a virtual bow-and-arrow and slashing robots with a lightsaber. My heart is racing from dodging drone missiles and defending my teammate. And my mind is spinning from the possibilities. I want to play again. And I won’t be the only one. The game is called Raw Data by virtual reality startup Survios. It’s perhaps the most… Read More

  • Apple Will Update The iPhone’s Remote App To Do Everything Apple TV’s Own Remote Can

    Apple Will Update The iPhone’s Remote App To Do Everything Apple TV’s Own Remote Can

    Back in October of 2015, Apple released a long awaited hardware update to the Apple TV — and with it, a shiny new Apple TV remote. You could speak to the remote to issue voice commands (“Siri, play Pitch Perfect 2. Yes, again. Don’t judge me, Siri. You don’t know me.”) and flick around a built-in trackpad for quick navigation. But long-time Apple TV users… Read More

  • Apple’s First Original TV Series Could Star Dr. Dre

    Apple’s First Original TV Series Could Star Dr. Dre

    According to both The Hollywood Reporter, Beats co-founder and Apple executive Dr. Dre will be starring in and producing his own six-show original series called Vital Signs. The semi-autobiographical storyline is rumored to be distributed via Apple Music, includes other celebrities like Sam Rockwell and Mo McCrae, and contains “an orgy scene”. Read More

  • 11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    This week, Twitter rolled out its new algorithmic timeline, Tesla confirmed the price of its next car, Zenefits CEO Parker Conrad exited the company and on the science front, gravitational waves were detected in space. TechCrunch held the 9th Annual Crunchies awards show, which you can watch in full here. Or, you can just read about the winners. These are the top tech stories of the week to… Read More

  • Google Is Finally Killing Picasa

    Google Is Finally Killing Picasa

    It hasn’t made sense for Google to continue to invest in two separate photo storage and sharing applications, as it has been doing with the newer Google Photos and the dated software Picasa. And now the company is finally going to do something about that: Google announced this morning that it will no longer support the Picasa desktop application as of March 16, 2016. In addition, it… Read More

  • AWS Bolsters High Performance Computing Offering With NICE Acquisition

    AWS Bolsters High Performance Computing Offering With NICE Acquisition

    AWS attempted to enhance its high performance computing offering today when it purchased NICE, an Italian software and services company for an undisclosed price. NICE provides a set of tools and technologies that were attractive to AWS, and brings with it an international clientele, which should help AWS expand its market with a set of customers who have high-end compute… Read More

  • Family App Life360 Acquires Couple, A Private Messaging App For Two

    Family App Life360 Acquires Couple, A Private Messaging App For Two

    Life360, the mobile application designed for families, announced today that it has acquired the private messaging application and Y Combinator grad Couple (formerly known as Pair), based in Mountain View. Not a pure talent acquisition, Life360 sees Couple as being a potential initial entry point into its larger platform, which now counts over 55 million families using its location tracker… Read More

  • Sendbird Looks To Help Developers Add Chat Functions To Any App

    Sendbird Looks To Help Developers Add Chat Functions To Any App

    When John Kim and his team were working on a community-based application called Smile Mom — which was designed to connect nearby moms — they ran into a problem: They wanted to integrate messaging, but couldn’t find an off-the-shelf solution they liked. Read More

  • YouTube Acquires BandPage For $8M To Attract Musicians With Money-Making Tools

    YouTube Acquires BandPage For $8M To Attract Musicians With Money-Making Tools

    YouTube wants to win the love of musicians by solving their biggest problem: how to turn popularity into cash. So today it announced it’s acquired BandPage, a startup that helps artists show off and sell concert tickets, merchandise, and exclusive fan experiences. [Update: According to a source familiar with what BandPage shareholders were sent about the terms of the deal, the… Read More

  • Flipagram Adds Direct Messaging To Share Photo Stories Privately

    Flipagram Adds Direct Messaging To Share Photo Stories Privately

    As the world’s big messaging apps add more features to keep their users locked in for longer, other apps are tapping into messaging features in the hopes of creating more stickiness of their own. In the latest development, Flipagram, the app that lets you sew together pictures and video snippets with one minute of music to create packaged stories, has added a direct messaging feature. Read More

  • SEO Doesn’t Have To Be A Shot In The Dark Crunch Network

    SEO Doesn’t Have To Be A Shot In The Dark

    To many startups, search engine optimization (SEO) is a task that sits on their company’s back burner. With features to launch and customers to support, the idea of spending time fiddling with your title tags can seem like a fool’s errand. That’s especially true when there’s no guarantee that your hard work will result in a single additional visitor from Google. Read More

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