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  • Nike Is Said To Be Killing Off The FuelBand

    18 April 2014, 9:33 pm by: Greg Kumparak

     Bad news, Fuel fans: Nike is purportedly killing off their wearable hardware efforts, including the FuelBand. Just a few days ago, folks started whispering about shakeup in Fuelband land after the following post popped up on Secret: Now, sure enough, CNET…
  • Counterforce Protests Tech Using Tech

    18 April 2014, 8:18 pm by: Alexia Tsotsis

    Rising income inequality is quickly becoming the most prevalent issue of our century, "the defining challenge of our time," according to President Obama. No where is this more acute than in San Francisco, where rents growing at 3 times the national average are…
  • White House Declines To Deport Bieber, Pivots To Immigration Reform In Its Official Response

    18 April 2014, 7:50 pm by: Alex Wilhelm

     TechCrunch squinted slightly when the White House petition to deport the Canadian Justin Bieber passed the 100,000-signature mark, the minimum threshold to warrant an official response. Read More
  • 214 Technologies Is Crowdfunding A Smart Doorbell Called Chui

    18 April 2014, 7:00 pm by: Anthony Ha

     "What the heck is a smart doorbell?"…
  • Ask A VC: Next World Capital’s Ben Fu On Engineer Recruiting Challenges

    18 April 2014, 6:00 pm by: Leena Rao

    In this week’s episode of Ask A VC, we hosted Next World Capital’s Ben Fu in the studio to talk about big data, recruiting and more. Fu, who has backed Datameer, Datastax, and Good Data among others, talked about the talent crunch, and the challenges…
  • CrunchWeek: Airbnb’s $500M Funding, Twitter Gobbles Up Gnip, Instagram’s Swapped Username…

    18 April 2014, 4:44 pm by: Colleen Taylor

     It’s Friday, the sun is shining, the birds are chirping, a holiday weekend is ahead, and we’ve got a brand new episode of CrunchWeek for you to watch. What more could you wish for? In today’s show, Leena Rao, Ryan Lawler and I huddled around the big…
  • Raise Now: VC Funding For Startups At Highest Point In More Than A Decade

    18 April 2014, 4:43 pm by: Alex Wilhelm

     There is a reason it feels like everyone and anyone is raising money at the moment to build a company: They are. According to two studies, capital raised from venture capitalists by growing, private companies is at its highest point since 2001. Read More
  • Gillmor Gang Live 04.18.14

    18 April 2014, 4:13 pm by: Steve Gillmor

     Gillmor Gang - Danny Sullivan, Dan Farber, Semil Shah, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. Live recording session has concluded for today. Read More
  • Canary Smart Home Security Shows Off Its Smartphone App For The First Time

    18 April 2014, 3:41 pm by: Jordan Crook

     Canary has had a big year. After smashing through its Indiegogo campaign goal and picking up an extra $10 million in VC funding, the company is nearly ready to ship its home security product.…
  • Facebook ‘Nearby Friends’ Will Track Your Location History To Target You With Ads

    18 April 2014, 3:37 pm by: Josh Constine

     Facebook says it’s not using its new Nearby Friends feature to target ads yet, but after I asked why it’s tracking “Location History” it admitted it will eventually use the data for marketing purposes. This morning, the proximity sharing feature…
  • In Just A Few Minutes, SpaceX Will Attempt To Launch A Reusable Rocket — Watch Now! (Update:…

    18 April 2014, 3:10 pm by: Greg Kumparak

     Quick! Tune in! SpaceX is about to attempt something pretty historic: launching a rocket in such a way that much of it can be reused in later launches. If the launch is successful, the payload of the rocket will spend a few days cruising to the International…
  • Gusto Debuts A Smarter, More Powerful Email App For iPhone

    18 April 2014, 3:02 pm by: Sarah Perez

     There's no lack of startups trying to rethink the mobile email experience - for example, Mailbox, Boxer, CloudMagic, Triage, or Acompli, to name just a few. Now a new application called Gusto is throwing its hat into the ring, as well, with a smart email…
  • This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Siri Hack, Amazon Smartphone, And Galaxy Gear

    18 April 2014, 3:00 pm by: Jordan Crook

     Siri was hacked! But don't panic — it's apparently a really fun hack that gives Siri access to your other apps. Meanwhile, rumors are swirling over Amazon's forthcoming smartphone with 3D-gesture features. Plus, we're taking a good hard look at the Galaxy…
  • Supreme Court Justices Say They’re Likely To Rule On NSA Surveillance

    18 April 2014, 2:34 pm by: Alex Wilhelm

     Supreme Court justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia think that the nation's top court will eventually rule on the NSA's surveillance activities. The two, appearing in front of the National Press Club, both touched on the subject, with Justice…
  • Airbnb Has Closed Its $500M Round Of Funding At A $10B Valuation, Led By TPG

    18 April 2014, 1:29 pm by: Ingrid Lunden

     TechCrunch has learned that Airbnb, the fast-growing site that lets people become hoteliers by renting out sofas, rooms or entire private homes, has now closed its latest round of funding: $500 million, led by private equity firm TPG, at a $10 billion…
  • Facebook Says Paper Users Browse 80 Stories A Day, Adds Features That Let It Replace FB For iOS

    18 April 2014, 1:24 pm by: Josh Constine

     Facebook just released Paper 1.1, an update that adds features and notifications to make it a more comprehensive substitute for Facebook for iOS. It also gave the first momentum update on Paper since its Febraury 3rd launch, saying "people have explored an…
  • Who Wants A Ticket To The Disrupt NY Hackathon?

    18 April 2014, 12:27 pm by: Matt Burns

     Ready. Set. Go. Our events team just released another batch of tickets to the Disrupt NY Hackathon. You can grab one below. Last year using the Foursquare and Plaid APIs, a credit card transaction tracker took home the top prize. Teams are forming now so…
  • Taking On Amazon, Target Expands Online Subscriptions Program To More Categories, Lowers Prices

    18 April 2014, 12:22 pm by: Sarah Perez

     Target has significantly expanded its subscription-based e-commerce service, first launched last fall as a response to Amazon’s popular “Subscribe and Save” program, by increasing the number of online items available for subscription purchase from just…
  • Telerik Open Sources Most Of Its Kendo UI HTML5 Framework

    18 April 2014, 12:15 pm by: Frederic Lardinois

     Telerik, the company behind the popular Kendo UI library, this week announced that it is open sourcing the vast majority of Kendo UI's tools and JavaScript framework features. This new Kendo UI Core package is licensed under the Apache 2.0 license, which…
  • La Belle Assiette Launches Its On-Demand Chef Service In Belgium And The U.K.

    18 April 2014, 11:50 am by: Romain Dillet

     French startup La Belle Assiette just opened shop in Belgium. La Belle Assiette is a sort of on-demand chef service. You can browse the site, find your chef and book a meal directly from the service — a chef will then come to your home or office. The…

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