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 Need a tube of toothpaste, but don’t want to wait? Google wants to drone that to you, the Mountain View-based technology giant announced today. Google follows Amazon in announcing that it is building consumer delivery-facing drone technology. Amazon previously disclosed that it is working to build drones that can deliver small parcels to shoppers. The two companies have differing… Read More

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 Google is launching a new feature in the Chrome beta channel for Windows, Mac and Linux today that will make it easier — and safer — to let others use your computer. Read More

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 Just about every Mac you’d see in operation nowadays has a 64-bit CPU tucked inside. Apple started making the switch from 32-bit to 64-bit nearly a decade ago, after all. And yet, Chrome has always stubbornly insisted on running at 32-bit on OS X. That’ll change soon. Read More

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 The stories of billionaires flying into Burning Man on private jets with hired sherpas, body guards turning people away from VIP art cars and private glamp camps going for $25K in dues seems to be on everyone’s lips at the annual festival in the desert. While this is not the norm, it’s a reality and it has many asking if Burning Man has jumped the shark. Read More

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 Where is your data, and how quickly can you safely reach it? These questions are top of mind now that cloud and mobile apps like Dropbox, Google Apps, iCloud and mobile banking apps pervade our everyday lives at home and at work. By 2020, there will be an estimated 6.5 connected devices per person. And as more devices—from baby monitors to cars and pacemakers—get Internet… Read More

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 Nintendo has seen better times. Back in June, the company announced a quarterly loss despite tripling sales of its flagship console, the Wii U. The numbers were bad, but look even worse when looking back with context: if Nintendo sold the Wii U at the same rate as the previous quarter for a year, it would only sell about 2 million units. Read More

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 There are dozens, if not hundreds, of services out there to help you find someone you might like to have sex with. But there are very few that are run solely by two female founders, and even fewer that use “biological compatibility” as a criteria for matching two users. Meet Singld Out, a platform built for busy folks who are looking to love and need more than just a photo to… Read More

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 Google today announced that it has stopped showing the names of authors in its search results. The company first started showing authorship on its search results pages a few years ago. At first, this was a pretty complicated process (I remember a Google engineer walking me through it back then), but over time, it got pretty easy and you basically just had to link your Google+ profile to your… Read More

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 Making plans with friends can be like herding cats. Finding out who’s available when and trying to get everyone to agree on a place to meet at a certain time is one of the most problematic issues facing this current generation. Unfortunately, most of today’s messaging and calendaring options are insufficiently prepared to deal with this problem. But CalPal is. Read More

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 Downtown wants to change the way you order and pay for food, starting with its launch today at the Palo Alto’s Coupa Cafe, a common startup meeting spot.  Although it’s easy to make online purchases or order food on your phone for delivery, the way you pay for a meal when you’re inside a restaurant has relatively stayed the same. But with its iOS app that launched… Read More

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 Don’t worry, it’s not just you. For the second time this year, Instagram is down hard. At least on my end, it’s completely down. You might be able to get to Instagram.com, but the app has been rendered mostly useless. Seems it’s been that way for about an hour. Update: Looks like the web version is at least partly back online, but the mobile app still seems to be down… Read More

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 Recently, I’ve been considering raising a seed round for my startup Foundersuite. So, to get my head in the game, I’ve been chatting up various startup friends who have recently been in the market for capital. Here are a few of the best tips for running an efficient fundraising round. Read More

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 Good news for Microsoft: HTC’s new One (M8) Windows Phone handset will land on at least three of the four largest carriers in the United States. Bad news for Microsoft: According to Kantar data, Windows Phone’s market share in China has eroded to less than a single point. It’s a country where Microsoft has invested heavily into adapting its Cortana digital assistant to the… Read More

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 Jack Conte is a busy guy. He and his partner, Nataly Dawn, are on tour with Pomplamoose, a band that rivals only OK Go in their dedication to weird and wacky video production and Conte is also co-founder of Patreon, a way to pay artists for their work. This interview, part of our back to school series, is aimed at getting to the bottom of what it means to be a musician in the Internet age and… Read More

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 TechCrunch Disrupt hits San Francisco September 6-10 at its new home at Pier 48, and we’re excited to announce the full agenda. The event will span five days and feature industry titans, noted thought leaders and experienced entrepreneurs. General admission tickets are still available. Luminaries like Peter Thiel, Vinod Khosla and Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen will speak. Unicorn club… Read More

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 Notability has emerged as one of the favorite apps for students who wish to take notes during class while also recording audio of their lectures. The app, which was already available for the iPhone and iPad, is now bringing all the same functionality to the desktop, rounding out all the places where its users might want to access their notes. Read More

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 Back in June, Microsoft announced that it would bring support for managing Docker containers with the help of Google’s open-source Kubernetes tool to Azure and today, it is making good on this promise. Most of the work on this integration was done by Microsoft Open Technologies, the company’s subsidiary for working on open-source technologies and interfacing with the open-source… Read More

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 Are users itching for a better way to search through the information contained within their mobile apps, bypassing the web and traditional search? Developer Steve Taylor decided to find out, and is now launching an iOS application called In-App which is essentially a Google-like search engine where links automatically open up your apps when tapped. This is made possible via “deep… Read More

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 Municipal broadband has become a surprisingly debated topic on the national level, after Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler indicated that he believes that the FCC has the legal “power” to “preempt state laws that ban competition from community broadband.” In response to that assertion, House Republican worked legislatively to curb the… Read More

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 Tilt, the group funding startup that recently chopped its name down from its former moniker “Crowdtilt”, announced today that it’s chopping its fees, too. The San Francisco company has dropped the fees on its “Collect” feature, which lets groups of people pool money together for shared causes or events, such as parties, group vacations, and gifts for friends… Read More

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 Let’s face it, HP was once the king of Silicon Valley, but over the last several years, the company has had issues due in part to the revolving door in the CEO office. While the company has finally gained some stability with Meg Whitman, the lack of consistent leadership has resulted in shifting priorities and changing strategies. And the products for which they were once so… Read More

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 Contact Center acts like speed dial built for the way we communicate with others on smartphones today. You’re given a set of customizable tiles that can be edited to show common functions, like calling, texting, or sending GIFs, or to show your favorite contacts. Read More

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 OneDrive, Microsoft’s rebranded cloud-based storage and file sharing service that competes against Google Drive, Apple’s iCloud, Box and Dropbox, is issuing an update to its mobile apps today, part of the company’s bigger push to differentiate the service from the rest of the pack and attract more users. While the iOS, Windows Phone and Android apps are all getting new… Read More

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 Toronto startup Minuum is readying its iOS 8 custom keyboard software, now that Apple has made it possible for developers to create that kind of app. The system-wide Minuum virtual keyboard is nearing completion, just in time for the launch of iOS 8 in September, and its developers are looking for those eager to be among the first to try out the software. The Minuum app for iOS features a… Read More

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 Last month, Visa launched a new payment option designed for e-commerce transactions called Visa Checkout, which eliminates the need for entering in a 16-digit card number during the checkout process in favor of a username and password combination. Today, the company is announcing partnerships with a number of top acquirers and e-commerce platform providers, increasing Visa Checkout’s… Read More

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