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 In 2001, I was working for Outride, Inc., an early pioneer in context sensitive search and browser history-based personalization. After the dot-com boom, search became passé. The startup couldn’t raise more money closed and its technology assets were acquired by Google. The founders of Outride were giving glowing recommendations to engineers to get them hired at Google and a few joined. Read More

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 Things are getting pretty strange out there. Roughly a year ago I wrote a post entitled “This Industry Is Completely Ridiculous.” Since then, as you probably already know, our world has gotten even more surreal. If anything the ridiculousness is accelerating. It’s like the tech industry is subject to a Moore’s Law of weird. Read More

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 Jesse Draper, the daughter of VC Tim Draper and former Nickelodeon star, grew up right in front of everyone on the Internet. She started The Valley Girl Show as a web series in her parents’ garage in her early 20’s. It was full of hula hoops, pink and what some have called “ditzy” antics. Draper, now 30, says she’s grown up and changed since the show’s… Read More

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 Robot domination may have just taken another step forward. Just as venture capital investments in robotics are beginning to take off, the granddaddy of consumer robotics companies, iRobot, is launching a venture capital firm. Read More

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 We’re at the end of another big week for the tech industry, so Alex Wilhelm, Kyle Russell and I gathered ’round the big white table for CrunchWeek, the TechCrunch TV show in which we roundup the biggest and most interesting news stories of the past seven days. In this episode, we talk about Box’s spectacularly popular initial public offering, Microsoft’s venture into… Read More

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 If you’re an employer, how do you solve a problem like Facebook? Roughly 61% of office workers use social media during the day and Facebook takes up a huge share of that surfing. Its highest traffic actually occurs mid-week between 1 to 3 pm. All told, this 1.5% drop in productivity adds up to 12 billion hours wasted per year with a cost of $650 billion dollars to the employee’s… Read More

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 Trivia Crack, a game show style quiz app that launched in Argentina, is swiftly taking over schools and college campuses around the world. For months Trivia Crack has been one of the most popular apps in the American app store, currently topping both the free and paid app charts. Now boasting 85 million users and 800,000 daily downloads, the app yesterday expanded with a UK version. Read More

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 Some of this week’s tech news consisted of Microsoft’s Windows 10 event and a $1B funding announcement from SpaceX. We got the chance to interview a few prominent figures in tech. TechCrunch sat down with Chris Poole, aka Moot from 4chan, the folks at TaskRabbit, and Paulina Raguimov, the teen designing games for JumpStart. These are our best stories from this week (1/17-1/23). Read More

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 Purism Librem 15 is a laptop that is not free as in beer but it is instead free as in “absolutely free and open and uncontrolled by outside forces ensures complete control of every aspect of the hardware at all times.” And that’s a good thing. Created by Todd Weaver, the laptop is being funded on CrowdSupply and has already hit $270,000, surpassing its $250,000 goal. An… Read More

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 Gillmor Gang – Benedict Evans, Robert Scoble, Keith Teare, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor. Live recording session today at 1:00pmET/4:00pm ET. Read More

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 On the second ever TechCrunch AppleCast, Darrell Etherington and Kyle Russell discuss the Apple Watch and its battery life, as potentially revealed by leaks this week. We also touch on analyst reports claiming that a 12.9-inch iPad will also include an Apple-made stylus accessory option, and dive into a closer look at Copyfeed, a handy iOS utility. Finally, we preview the week to come,… Read More

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 Box’s IPO was never a normal deal. When Wall Street cooled to tech IPOs last year, especially involving firms that are subscription-based with high customer acquisition costs, the Box offering became the canary in the Wall Street coal mine. The general consensus was that if Box succeeded, other firms could follow, allowing Silicon Valley and its attached investor class to breath… Read More

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 This week, Microsoft announced the HoloLens, which is a super nerdy, AR-based face computer. As is our custom, the fellas got together to discuss the new hardware, and the conversation feels a lot like destiny. Nerds talking about nerd gear. Arguments ensue. Jokes flow. This is definitely one worth listening to. We discuss all this and more on this week’s episode of the TC Gadgets… Read More

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 “Imagine a world where you never lose your luggage,” says CEO of BlueSmart, Diego Saez-Gil. He motions to a compact carry-on suitcase sitting beside us and tells me he can track this piece of luggage anywhere. Saez-Gil’s Y Combinator-backed startup makes these hardshell suitcases. It can locate, lock and weigh your belongings from an app on your smartphone. It operates on… Read More

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 At CES this year, we saw everything from stickers that tracked heart rates on babies to virtual reality headsets that didn’t make you throw up. Talk of the Apple Watch took a backseat, but wearables were a hot topic in sunny Las Vegas. Back in the drizzly reality of winter in Cincinnati, we’re contemplating how wearables will seriously make the leap in 2015. Read More

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 Pinterest this afternoon announced a change to its site’s search settings, which will now introduce search results that are personalized to your interests, based on whether you’re interested in products for men or for women. This setting is based on the gender you previously selected for your account when signing up for the service, the company tells us. Read More

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 The newest pre-launch build of Windows 10 is now available for Windows Insider program members to download and install, and this edition brings a lot of features Microsoft showed off at its special Windows 10 preview event earlier this week. The most notable addition may be Cortana coming to the desktop, giving Windows PCs some of the virtual assistant smarts that Microsoft originally debuted… Read More

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 Google today announced the beta launch of the Google Container Registry for its Cloud Platform. This new service allows developers to host, share and manage their private Docker container repositories on the company’s cloud computing platform. Read More

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 Y Combinator-backed Pomello wants to push recruiting to be more about getting new employees who will get along with the rest of the team rather than pushing fancy perks and competing on pay. At least, that line of thinking is what got co-founders Catherine Spence and Oliver Staehelin talking while they were at Stanford Business School. With backgrounds in product management and recruiting… Read More

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Last year we covered the fact that emerging markets like Africa were exploding with classified ad sites as the population comes online and begins the process of getting into marketplaces. Saltside Technologies is deep into this game, and last year raised $25m in equity funding, backed by Investment AB Kinnevik, a listed Swedish investment house with a specialism in emerging markets. It’s… Read More

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 If you’ve collected a large amount of data that you want to analyze, the go-to method for years has been to follow a programming paradigm called MapReduce, typically using Apache’s Hadoop framework. It’s a tried and true process, but it isn’t simple: Hadoop, which is mostly written in Java, has a reputation for being difficult. Companies that want to get serious about… Read More

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 Microsoft today announced that it has acquired Revolution Analytics, an open-source analytics company with a strong focus on the highly popular R programming language for statistical computing. Microsoft says that it made this acquisition “to help more companies use the power of R and data science to unlock big data insights with advanced analytics.” The two companies did not… Read More

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 You may be fancy and everybody already knows this, but does your portfolio reflect that? Kredo, a new portfolio app, will help you and those around you find out just how fancy you are. Created by Lukas Dryja and Tyler Rooney, Kredo was built after the pair realized their artist friends had no online portfolios. A good, custom website cost money so they decided to bootstrap a cheap solution. It… Read More

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 A new application called Shout is offering a twist on location-based mobile social networking, with a newly launched app that lets you post messages shared with those in your immediate vicinity, or even citywide. The idea is similar in some ways to the popular anonymous social app Yik Yak, which also lets you post things to be shared with those nearby, except for a key difference: on Shout,… Read More

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 The old saw about effective management goes, “You get what you measure.” Today, whether you call it growth hacking or business intelligence, successful large corporations and lean young startups have become fanatical about measuring their customers. The leaders of the pack – like Uber (which collects data on the supply and demand of their riders and drivers) and Zenefits… Read More

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