posted about 17 hours ago on techcrunch
 Rejoice, long-time iOS users, for you can finally throw off the shackles of the native Apple keyboard — cursing its erratic autocorrect habits for (hopefully) the last time — as you download a third party keyboard adventure of your choice, including Android veteran SwiftKey, which is releasing its first system-wide keyboard software app on iOS as a free download. Read More

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 Apple’s iOS 8 is arriving tomorrow, and while it isn’t as overtly dramatic a change as iOS 7 was last year, it’s still a big update with lots of new features and tweaks. Using it on the new iPhone 6 hardware revealed lots to love in the new mobile OS from Apple, some easing of restrictions that could lead to big advantages for third-party apps, and a lot of potential to… Read More

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posted about 19 hours ago on techcrunch
 And lo, the final tally: As of Monday night, the FCC had received a total of “approximately” 3.7 million comments on its notice of proposed rulemaking concerning net neutrality and the open Internet. That’s quite a haul. Read More

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posted about 20 hours ago on techcrunch
 Facebook has failed repeatedly to get us to use complicated lists and privacy settings to share intimate moments with just our closest friends and family. It’s clumsy and confusing doing that with the same composer for blasting News Feed updates to everyone. But now Facebook is polishing off a new app codenamed “Moments” designed to make this micro-sharing much simpler,… Read More

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 NASA has announced a deal with SpaceX and Boeing to build space taxis to shuttle astronauts to the International Space Station. This deal will end NASA’s reliance on expensive Russian crew transport by 2017. The cost was a whopping $71 million per seat. However, the rising tensions in Ukraine may have also been a factor in the push for U.S. contracts. Read More

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posted about 21 hours ago on techcrunch
 In the spring of 2012, Peter Thiel taught a class called CS 183: Startup, at Stanford. One of the students in Thiel’s class, Blake Masters, posted detailed notes on his personal blog that became an instant hit in the tech community. Now, Masters and Thiel have transformed those class notes into a book: “Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future.” Read More

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posted about 21 hours ago on techcrunch
 StartX, the Stanford-funded and affiliated incubator, just held the first demo day at its new Palo Alto-based office space. In an hour, twelve startups pitched their wares to investors and the press, showing products and services that range from a whiledating service for Chinese ex-pats to zoom lenses for next-gen smartphones. Read More

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posted about 22 hours ago on techcrunch
 A fairly nasty flaw – the ability to run a script in the title text of an eBook – could compromise the security of your Amazon account. The flaw, which reappeared recently after being patched in October, allows hackers to embed programs right into an eBook file that run when the book is examined via Amazon’s Kindle tools. It seems to be closed as of this writing but it can… Read More

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posted about 23 hours ago on techcrunch
 While there may be an upper limit as to how many apps people interact with over the course of a month, new data from mobile marketing platform Localytics out this morning shows that the time spent actually using apps is increasing. In fact, the average time people spend in their apps is up by 21% year-over-year, with music, health and fitness, and social apps showing the largest increases.… Read More

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posted about 23 hours ago on techcrunch
 We’re hearing from a reliable source that Citrix has acquired a little company we wrote about back in July, called Virtual. The firm, manned by an impressive set of software hackers, claimed to be able to virtualize both Android and iOS completely enough to act as an environment for bug testing and hardware emulation. The buy makes sense for Citrix, who could use Virtual to emulate… Read More

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posted about 23 hours ago on techcrunch
 Have you ever wanted to build a banana piano? Or make a robotic cockroach brain out of LEGO? With LittleBits now you (potentially) can. The company has just announced something called the BitLab, a contest merged with a crowd sourced technology system that allows inventors to create new LittleBits blocks, upload them, and have them made and sold by the company. The system also includes a… Read More

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posted about 24 hours ago on techcrunch
 I suppose that wearables are the new place where cross-platform tools and services must reside. Today Microsoft brought OneNote to Android Wear devices. You can now OneNote from your watch. If you want to. It looks like this when in use: So now, if you want to shout at your watch in public, you can. You will look so cool. With your smartwatch. That can sometimes understand your voice.… Read More

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 Last week at Disrupt SF, DataFox pitched what it called a “predictive intelligence” service, aimed at bringing a wealth of data concerning corporations — their landmarks, hiring trends, funding and valuation — to everyone. For a deep dive into how the product works, who is on the founding team, and what it costs, TechCrunch has you covered. Today the company dropped… Read More

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 When you think about things that need to be disrupted, the entryway sign-in booklet is probably the last thing on your mind. And yet. Having spent four years at Google and three years at Twitter as a backend engineer, Larry Gadea started building Envoy, an iPad-based, visitor-registration system this past November. At Twitter Gadea was part of the team that built Murder, a BitTorrent for the… Read More

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Startup accelerator Y Combinator is an undeniably helpful resource for entrepreneurs looking for mentorship through the tough process of building a company. Unfortunately, it’s a very resource-intense program, in that the accelerator’s partners can only devote time to so many startups without being stretched too thin. Read More

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 Earnest, the online lending service targeting millennial borrowers, is launching a new customized interest rate for its customers. The new product for Millennials allows the company to offer low-interest loans, typically between 4.25% and 5.25% for qualified customers. Interest rates, says Earnest Lending’s chief executive Louis Beryl, “should be about what people deserve to pay,… Read More

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 TechCrunch Radio is coming at you again today, this time with a brand new set of pitch-off companies and an interview with Disrupt Battlefield winner, Alfred Club. If you haven’t heard already, the folks over at Sirius XM are collaborating with us to air a TechCrunch Radio show. In each hour-long episode, John Biggs and I discuss the latest news and chat with folks in the tech industry. Read More

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 When YouNoodle raised additional funding earlier this year, the company’s CEO Torsten Kolind told me the company was trying to build a data business on top of its startup competition platform. That approach, it seems, has led in a roundabout way to YouNoodle hosting a virtual demo day of its own, dubbed YouNoodle Live. Here’s how you get from startup competitions to data and… Read More

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 The idea for TrueAccord began with a late payment on Ohad Samet’s Macy’s card. It was the end of 2012, and Samet, who was working as the chief risk officer for Klarna, started getting phone calls at random times from a number he didn’t recognize. It was a debt collection agency, and for the first time, Samet was on the wrong side of a due payment. Read More

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 In less than a year after leaving Amazon, Quidsi co-founder Marc Lore began work on a new startup called Jet.com. Today, the company is officially announcing it has raised an additional $20 million in growth capital from Western Technology Investments, and a $5 million asset-backed facility from Silicon Valley Bank, bringing its Series A round to a total of $80 million at its close.… Read More

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 Hello, the startup that smashed its Kickstarter goals by raising $2.4 million for an elegant, spherical sleep sensor called Sense, just poached Scott Bartlett, the technical lead behind Google’s Nexus phone program to be its director of hardware. Notably, Bartlett was one of the people behind the Nexus Q, that failed media player from Google that ended up being a source of design… Read More

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 A nationwide injunction issued against on-demand ride-hailing service Uber in Germany has been lifted by a local court in Frankfurt during an appeal hearing. Read More

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 One of the challenges with online shopping is worrying that you’re not getting the best deal. Customers abandon shopping carts regularly, thinking they’ll spend just a few more minutes researching the product in question, but then never return. A company called PoachIt, which has now closed on an additional $1.8 million in funding, is helping turn those hesitant buyers into… Read More

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 IBM today announced a new product called Watson Analytics, one they claim will bring sophisticated big data analysis to the average business user. Watson Analytics is a cloud application that does all of the the heavy lifting related to big data processing by retrieving the data, analyzing it, cleaning it, building sophisticated visualizations and offering an environment for communicating… Read More

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 Misfit Wearables, which has sold roughly 600,000 metallic, quarter-sized activity trackers or Shines, has launched a more affordable fitness wearable called the Flash. The company, which was co-founded by an extremely experienced hardware CEO Sonny Vu and former Apple CEO John Sculley, has been building beautifully-designed wearables in the health space. Instead of the burnished metal finish… Read More

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