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  • WTF Was That “Happy” Song At The End Of The Apple Earnings Call?

    WTF Was That “Happy” Song At The End Of The Apple Earnings Call?

    Earning calls are super fascinating when you think about it; For multiple hours a quarter we tune in with the thousands of other tech bloggers to dissect the financials of the public companies we spend our lives covering. Here at TC we’ve started calling covering these calls “putting our Rao face on,” inspired by our star senior editor Leena Rao, who is just amazing at… Read More

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    A Sign Of The Hiring-pocalypse

    A Sign Of The Hiring-pocalypse

    Oh San Francisco, has it really come to this? Are we now at the point where the disheveled men on street corners no longer ask for change, but rather developers? Apparently so. I walked out of the TechCrunch offices yesterday afternoon and passed this guy at the Caltrain station. He handed me a business card, cut out of cardboard with the URL fingg.com scrawled onto it in black Sharpie… Read More

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    Marriott Puts An End To Shady Ad Injection Service

    Marriott Puts An End To Shady Ad Injection Service

    Late last week, one Justin Watt discovered something suspicious going on with the wi-fi at his hotel, the Times Square Marriott. Not content to charge him hundreds for the room and $16.95 for internet access, it appeared that the service provider was using JavaScript injection to serve banner ads on every website guests visited. The story spread like wildfire for obvious reasons, and at… Read More

  • NYC Considering Installing Enormous Touchscreens Instead Of Pay Phones

    NYC Considering Installing Enormous Touchscreens Instead Of Pay Phones

    The Big Apple is looking into upgrading its existing pay phones, and a pilot study is underway that replaces everyone’s favorite anachronism with something a little more 21st-century: giant touchscreens. According the NY Post, the city will unveil 250 revamped phone booths next month that have been revamped with 32-inch touchable displays. These access points would be set up for Skype… Read More

  • Richard Clarke, US Security Wonk, Suggests Customs Should Check All International Net Traffic

    Richard Clarke, US Security Wonk, Suggests Customs Should Check All International Net Traffic

    Richard Clarke was a major feature in US security for a decade, serving as a member of the National Security Council and special adviser for cybersecurity to President George W. Bush. He has written a column for the New York Times that details just how serious the threat of cyber attacks is for this country, something increasingly evident in light of things like the creaking infrastructure… Read More

  • Add A Cool Linen Background To Google Docs

    Add A Cool Linen Background To Google Docs

    Today’s PSA is brought to you by the letter L. What word starts with L? Linen! If you’ve ever used Google Docs, you’ll recall that the interface is wildly ugly. Well no longer. Using a plugin and a nice big Linen JPG, you can turn GDocs into a thing of beauty. For whatever reason (probably for SEO), a Brisbane, Australia driving school is hosting this Linen background for… Read More

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    Facebook Decorates Its Roof With A 42-Foot Wide QR Code

    Facebook Decorates Its Roof With A 42-Foot Wide QR Code

    When Mark Zuckerberg called for a “Space Hackathon” to decorate Facebook’s massive new headquarters at 1 Hacker Way, he probably didn’t expect employees to take him so literally. A few scurried up to the roof with some tar paint, and now there’s a 42-foot wide QR code on the roof that’s visible from space. Scanning it opens the new FB QR Code Page on… Read More

  • A Fleet Of Pirate Bay Aerial Server Drones? Why Not?

    A Fleet Of Pirate Bay Aerial Server Drones? Why Not?

    A slightly cryptic announcement by the Pirate Bay yesterday has the Internet speculating whether the site might have accidentally posted their April Fools joke early. “We’re going to experiment with sending out some small drones that will float some kilometers up in the air.” You can be skeptical, it’s all right. One does not simply launch a fleet of autonomous… Read More

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    Introducing Dotsies: The Space-Saving Font

    Introducing Dotsies: The Space-Saving Font

    When last I met with Craig Muth it was in lovely Columbus, Ohio and he was a down-to-earth hacker working on memorize.com, a site dedicated to making the world a better place. Clearly a useful and noble pursuit. Craig moved to San Francisco a while back, and just sent me an email with details of his latest project: a space-saving font he’s calling dotsies. Dotsies characters are built… Read More

  • 100Proof App Shows How Getting Drunk Is Killing (Or Saving) You

    100Proof App Shows How Getting Drunk Is Killing (Or Saving) You

    6 drinks for an 160-pound, 30-year-old male? That’ll take 2 days off your lifespan. Just in time for SXSW, 100Proof is a mobile web app from healthtech startup 100Plus that calculates how your drinking shortens or even lengthens your lifespan. Cute graphics shows you how much sex or time boxing a kangaroo you’d have to spend to work off those calories. Founder Chris Hogg tells… Read More

  • DARPA’s Cheetah Robot Will Stab You With Its Pointy Legs

    Seriously: this is what is going to do our fighting soon. Imagine stand-off situations with this bastard rolling through the door and then skittering across the marble floor of Oslo City Hall straight into a crowd of hostages, aiming right at the gunman. The design is based on Big Dog, our former favorite dangerous monster robot, but this guy can to 18 miles an hour, five miles faster than… Read More

  • Facebook Accused Of Reading Users’ Text Messages

    Facebook Accused Of Reading Users’ Text Messages

    Ahead of Mobile World Congress and an appearance by Facebook to explain its next moves in mobile, the social networking giant is coming under increasing strain over its use of users’ personal information. Mobile startups and operators are both fretting over the issue this week, as smartphones and the apps that come with them increasingly eclipse the feature phones of old. We’ve… Read More

  • The Tale Of A Wolfram Research Co-founder And His Beloved “Periodic Table Table” [Video]

    The Tale Of A Wolfram Research Co-founder And His Beloved “Periodic Table Table” [Video]

    Out of the annals of history comes this doozy. A man by the name of Theodore Gray is a co-founder of Wolfram Research, best known as the creator of Wolfram Alpha, the two-year-old computational answer engine, which Siri uses for 25 percent of her mobile searches. Yesterday, a new video, or rather episode of “Bytesize Science,” emerged on YouTube wherein Gray discusses the tale… Read More

  • This Twin-Lens Reflex Camera Is Built Out Of LEGO

    This Twin-Lens Reflex Camera Is Built Out Of LEGO

    Are you enough of a photo geek to build your own camera? Maybe. But are you enough of one to build it out of LEGO and some spare bits you had lying around the house? Probably not. But Carl-Frederic Salicath over in Norway is. And he did. He calls it the Legoflex B1. Read More

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    Could Google Delete Copyrighted MP3s From Gmail? ‘Only In Extreme Cases’ It Says

    Could Google Delete Copyrighted MP3s From Gmail? ‘Only In Extreme Cases’ It Says

    Some rather inflammatory news has been making its way around the web today: a user posting on the Pirateweb message board has accused Google of removing copyrighted MP3 music files from a Gmail account — possibly using the scanning services that Google employs to block illegal content on YouTube, possibly using something else. Shocking if true, so we went to Google to get a response. And… Read More

  • Perfect For A Lonely Valentine’s Day: Behold The Pinterest Porn Clones (NSFW)

    Perfect For A Lonely Valentine’s Day: Behold The Pinterest Porn Clones (NSFW)

    I was debating with myself whether this should be a post or not, and then decided I should just ask out loud on Twitter if it was a good idea or not. Because three people immediately told me that it was (two of those people were smart, attractive women, I might add), and because TechCrunch founder and former fearless leader Michael Arrington has a long history of identifying porn clones, you… Read More

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    Montblanc Takes Google To Court To Obtain Identity Of, And Sue, Counterfeit Advertisers

    Montblanc Takes Google To Court To Obtain Identity Of, And Sue, Counterfeit Advertisers

    Google has been going to great lengths to keep advertisers who sell counterfeit goods online out of its AdWords program, but as far as Montblanc, the Germany-based maker of ‘writing instruments’, watches, jewelry and whatnot, is concerned, they ought to be doing more. Montblanc-Simplo GmbH, as the holding is called, is taking Google to court in an effort to obtain the identity of… Read More

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    Here’s What Facebook Stock Looks Like

    Here’s What Facebook Stock Looks Like

    In a few months time, here’s what the world will be fighting to get its hands on, or get rid of depending on your confidence in Facebook’s business plan. The image of a Facebook stock certificate was included in the amended S-1 Facebook filed today with the SEC. It’s sure to become coveted by Scripophiliacs, or people who collect historic stock certificates, along with… Read More

  • Yelp Ads Are Not A Rip-Off, You Pay To Seal The Deal

    Yelp Ads Are Not A Rip-Off, You Pay To Seal The Deal

    Yelp built its ad business by attracting users that know what they want, just not who to buy it from — exactly when ads are most effective. That’s why I find today’s VentureBeat piece by Rocky Agrawal titled “Yelp advertising is a rip-off for small advertisers” to be ridiculous. His sources say Yelp charges a $600 CPM, or 1,000-times the standard online CPM… Read More

  • Real Augmented Reality Google Goggles In Prototype Stage?

    Real Augmented Reality Google Goggles In Prototype Stage?

    There have been whispers in the past of augmented reality goggles or glasses, but generally we have been able to dismiss them as exaggerations or concepts. The technology, while it isn’t unrealistic, simply isn’t quite there yet. Apparently that hasn’t stopped Google: a new report is appearing corroborating earlier ones that they are working on a pair of augmented reality… Read More