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  • Let’s Fix The Internet

    20 September 2014, 9:00 am by: Jon Evans

     I hate to be the one to tell you this, but: we, the people of the Internet, have collectively run up a colossal amount of technical debt. Much of our online infrastructure consists of band-aid and/or legacy Rube Goldberg solutions hacked together with…
  • The Big Picture On Digital Receipts

    20 September 2014, 12:00 am by: Mark Johnson

     What’s happening with digital receipts? The answer to that is – a lot. The last five years or so have seen an explosion of ideas surrounding the capture, management and storage of digital receipts. There has been a mad rush by start-ups and merchants…
  • SchoolMint Takes $2.2 Million To Make School Enrollment Easier

    19 September 2014, 8:28 pm by: Jonathan Shieber

     Startups have raised millions of dollars to improve every aspect of the classroom experience, but now there’s one focused on making it easier to actually enroll kids in schools.…
  • Super Early Data Suggests iPhone 6 Is Outselling 6 Plus By A Lot

    19 September 2014, 8:18 pm by: Greg Kumparak

     What’s going to sell better — the big ol’ iPhone 6, or the friggin’ huge iPhone 6 Plus? The data is really, REALLY early (the phone has only been on the shelves for about 18 hours at this point, after all) — but so far, the 6 seems to be outpacing…
  • Bitcoin Slips Back Under $400

    19 September 2014, 7:49 pm by: Alex Wilhelm

     After a steady decline from former, mid-year highs, bitcoin is now back under the $400 mark. The cryptocurrency hit that mark in April, at which point TechCrunch pointed out that the stuff was off 60 percent from its record highs. Read More
  • The $300 Headband That Gamifies Your Moment Of Zen

    19 September 2014, 7:05 pm by: Sarah Buhr

     The Muse brain-training headband promises to help you reduce stress and anxiety in just three minutes a day. I went with our TechCrunch TV crew to chat with Muse co-founder and CEO Ariel Garten and to try out the tech…which turned into my own, personal…
  • Rumor: Oculus Will Unveil A Handheld Virtual Reality Controller At Its Conference

    19 September 2014, 7:03 pm by: Josh Constine

     Oculus‘ headset lets you look around virtual reality but requires integrations with unofficial controllers to move an avatar, fire weapons, or input other commands. But at tomorrow’s Oculus Connect virtual reality conference, sources say Oculus is…
  • Verizon Will Be Getting iPhone 6-Friendly Wi-Fi Calling In 2015

    19 September 2014, 6:54 pm by: Greg Kumparak

     A quick update for those trying to figure out which carriers will/won’t support the iPhone 6’s Wi-Fi calling feature anytime soon: T-Mobile is a go. AT&T will get it in 2015. Now Verizon is pledging to support it next year, too. Read More
  • A Unique Fingertip Sensor Helps Robots Touch The World Around Them

    19 September 2014, 6:44 pm by: John Biggs

     Robots need love, too. That’s why MIT researchers have added a touch-force sensor to the robotic Baxter, allowing him to register gentle caresses, tender hand-holding, and the sense the he is loved and in love. Okay, not really. But now Baxter, a robot…
  • CrunchWeek: Alibaba’s IPO, Minecraft, And Sarah Gets A ManServant

    19 September 2014, 6:10 pm by: Alex Wilhelm

     Happy Friday, everyone, and welcome to another episode of CrunchWeek. This time around the table, TechCrunch’s Sarah Burh, Ryan Lawler and myself discussed Alibaba’s massive IPO, Microsoft picking up Minecraft for a few dollars, and why Sarah had someone…
  • NYSE Traders Weigh In On Alibaba’s IPO

    19 September 2014, 5:56 pm by: Anthony Ha,Jonathan Shieber

     We were on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange this morning for Alibaba’s debut. The Chinese e-commerce company had the biggest initial public offering ever for a US-listed company, and its share price jumped another 36 percent when it opened at…
  • Alibaba Spikes, Yahoo Sags

    19 September 2014, 5:49 pm by: Alex Wilhelm

     Alibaba’s IPO touched down today to large success. The company’s shares soared more than 38 percent in regular trading, pushing the valuation of the Chinese e-commerce company north of $225 billion. The success of the offering, however, did not bolster…
  • Netflix Is Finally Coming To Linux Without The Need For Hacky Tricks

    19 September 2014, 4:12 pm by: Greg Kumparak

     If you’re sitting in the itty-bitty overlapping sliver on the Venn Diagram of “People who use Ubuntu” and “People who can’t figure out how to use user agent spoofing and other trickery to make Netflix work on Ubuntu” — Good news! Netflix is…
  • TechCrunch Giveaway: LogMeIn Rescue + 1 Year Mobile License

    19 September 2014, 4:08 pm by: Anna Escher

     For all you technicians out there, the team at LogMeIn wants to give one of our readers a license to its Rescue software tech support service. Rescue is a cloud-based application that empowers customer service agents to offer premium levels of remote support…
  • Gillmor Gang LIVE 09.19.14

    19 September 2014, 4:07 pm by: Steve Gillmor

     Gillmor Gang – Dan Farber, John Taschek, Robert Scoble, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. LIVE recording session has concluded for today. Our LIVE Friendfeed chat during show Gillmor Gang on Facebook Read More
  • Sweeten, A Match-Making Platform For Homeowners And Renovators, Launches Out Of Beta

    19 September 2014, 3:03 pm by: Jordan Crook

     We’ve seen services like Angie’s List and Red Beacon provide greater transparency around booking contractors and designers for home renovation and repair work, but that doesn’t mean there is no room for improvement in the space. Sweeten, which just…
  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Apple, Moto 360, And Amazon

    19 September 2014, 3:00 pm by: Jordan Crook

     This week, you might have noticed that Apple introduced a few new products. That said, we’re getting to know the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Meanwhile, we’ve actually grown more attached to the Moto 360 than expected, and are in the process of learning about…
  • Amazon Attempts To Upend The Television Ratings System – No, Really

    19 September 2014, 3:00 pm by: Jay Chandrasekhar

     On January 26, 1979, “The Dukes of Hazzard” television show premiered on CBS on the East Coast. The show was poorly reviewed and, worse still, the TV ratings were just okay. As the legend goes, the president of CBS, who was in New York that night, saw…
  • UK Engineers 3D Print Their Own Raspberry Pi Laptop

    19 September 2014, 2:25 pm by: John Biggs

     Is there anything a robotic system for the extrusion of plastic in to solid forms over time can’t do? We present to you today the Pi-Top, a Raspberry Pi-based laptop that is completely 3D-printed and lasts hours on a single charge. The kit, which will…
  • Kickstarter Updates Terms Of Use Section Related To Failed Projects

    19 September 2014, 2:15 pm by: Sarah Perez

     Popular crowdfunding destination Kickstarter updated its Terms of Use today to clarify what specifically needs to happen if a project runs into trouble and creators are unable to deliver. The terms changes come on the heels of new FTC rules which state how…

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