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 Apple has a new full-page ad appearing in some print newspapers today (via 9to5Mac), and it celebrates the company’s environmental record while simultaneously digging slyly at Samsung, its longtime rival and current opponent in court. The ad features the phrase “There are some ideas we want every company to copy,” and has been spotted in The Metro and The Guardian to name just a… Read More

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 In the drawn-out game of will-he, won't-he, Pavel Durov, the founder of VKontakte.com, Russia's top social network with over 100 million users, is now out for good from the company with an unceremonial dismissal conveyed via a newswire report. So what's next? "I'm likely to start building a mobile social network this year," Durov tells TechCrunch. Read More

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 Carmudi, a car classified ads site backed by Rocket Internet, has raised $10 million to expand its operations in Asia. Investors include Tengelmann Ventures, the investment arm of the German retail giant. The site's network currently operates in eleven countries, six of which are in Asia (Bangladesh, Indonesia, Myanmar, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Vietnam). Read More

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 From time to time we like to check in with the European tech blog scene to see what’s up. And there’s a significant update in the form of the news that Webrazzi, Turkey’s main tech startup news outlet, has sold 15% of its equity of Aslanoba Capital, a leading VC in Turkey. Terms were not disclosed, but the cash will be used to to expand Webrazzi’s operations outside of… Read More

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 Tuenti, the mostly Latin-country-oriented mobile social network which exited to Telefonica in 2010, has been gradually iterating on its product offering and today releases its free voice calling service for its iPhone app. The move follows a similar update for its Android app. The free voice over IP feature is compatible with Android, Chrome and Opera. The option for making voice over IP calls… Read More

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 Apparently there are 100 trillion bacteria living in our gut. And just a fingerprint, the composition of our "microbiome" is unique to each of us. It also potentially holds the key to a healthier lifestyle as it impacts on our weight, energy levels and overall well-being. Read More

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 Just a quick and spur-of-the-moment note, I’m in Hanoi this week and would love to meet founders and engineers from the community. Our writers and editors regularly travel through the major tech hubs of the world and we haven’t had a chance to do a series in Vietnam yet.  These informal meetups offer you guys the chance to meet TechCrunch writers and editors. I’m here to hear… Read More

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 Recyclebank, a company founded in 2004 which today works with partners to reward consumers for “green” actions like recycling, is now getting into e-commerce. With the launch of a new website called One Twine, Recyclebank is hoping to attract consumers looking to buy environmentally conscious goods and other sustainable items across a variety of categories, ranging from health and… Read More

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 If you’re just returning to the daily grind after Spring Break and can’t quite seem to get back into work mode, well we have a giveaway for you. Our friends over at Linksys have sent us one of their new WRT1900AC routers ($279) with SMART WiFi capabilities which one of you can win, along with a $400 Linksys gift card for all of the router accessories you could possibly need. Yes,… Read More

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 Mapbox, the OpenStreetMap-based mapping platform that lets app developers incorporate maps into any app, is adding another feature to better compete against the likes of Google Maps, ESRI and Nokia Maps: Smart Directions, a navigation service that developers can customise with extra details such type of terrain, specific places of interest, and current traffic conditions. Its first partner,… Read More

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 It’s not just you. Aol Mail was hacked affecting an untold amount of accounts that were seemingly spoofed. The Twitter hashtag #aolhacked is filled with first-hand accounts of spam being sent from either the hacked email account or an email account spoofed to look like the original. We’ve reached out to Aol for further clarification. The company said in a statement earlier today that… Read More

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 Netflix would prefer an ISP market with a number of large players, competing with each other on price, speed and availability. It is not in favor of Comcast swallowing Time Warner Cable, creating an even more powerful firm that could, in theory, extract increasing sums from itself. Read More

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 Mailbox 2.0 for iOS is here and brings a hosts of enhancements and goodies. Chief among the additions is auto-swipe, a feature that launched first on Mailbox's new Android app. Read More

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 Lawyers are infamous for having jobs that are hard to understand. There’s a reason why “legalese” is a term, after all. But Annie Lin, the senior counsel at music licensing and distribution platform startup Loudr, is an attorney who can both function at the highest level of her field, but happily explain what she does on a day-to-day basis in a way that the rest of us… Read More

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In the past year, Aereo has fought legal battles in three different states with broadcasters looking to get the streaming TV service kicked off the air, if you catch my drift. Tomorrow, the case goes to the main stage in front of the Supreme Court, where lawyers from both sides will make oral arguments before the SCOTUS. Read More

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 Over the last few years, a number of marketplaces have popped up to enable people who have assets or time to share them with others. Now there's Feastly, which provides a marketplace to connect hungry eaters with cooks nearby. Read More

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 GitHub published a short blog post today detailing the results of its investigation over allegations of harassment lodged against the company by its now-former employee Julie Ann Horvath. According to the company, the “investigation found no evidence to support the claims against Tom and his wife of sexual or gender-based harassment or retaliation, or of a sexist or hostile work… Read More

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 Hope you're hungry. Gourmet, on-demand dinner delivery service Sprig today expanded to start serving lunch, just as we wrote it would a few days ago. The soft-launch of lunch includes service to several districts of West San Francisco from Monday to Friday. The move puts Sprig in direct competition with SpoonRocket, which also delivers on-demand meals -- a space we expect to heat up this year. Read More

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 New Netflix members can expect to see their subscription rates go up in the next few months, according to the company's most recent letter to shareholders (the letter also included Netflix's first quarter financial results, which beat analyst estimates). The letter says Netflix's online selection has "greatly improved ... since we introduced our streaming plan in 2010 at $7.99 per month" and as… Read More

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 Wello, the startup that connects people with personal trainers to receive private fitness consultations through online video chat, is in talks to be acquired by Weight Watchers, sources tell TechCrunch. We’ve contacted Wello for details on the deal, but at the moment, the company has declined to comment. This post will be updated with any additional information, such as financial terms, we… Read More

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 Netflix today released its first-quarter financial results, with the company beating analyst expectations. For the first three months of the year, the company reported earnings of 86 cents per share on revenues of $1.27 billion. Earnings were above analyst expectations of 83 cents a share, while revenues were in-line with the $1.27 billion Wall Street forecast for the quarter. Read More

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 The hottest startup in the Bay Area is now online: Pied Piper’s landing page is live. The documentary tracking the company’s progress, produced by the noted biographical network HBO, is the cause célèbre of Silicon Valley at the moment. Nerds of every stripe gather near talking boxes each week to watch the exploits of people that are about to be far, far richer than themselves.… Read More

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 SAP's new EVP and GM of Mobile, Rick Costanzo spent 15 years at BlackBerry. He saw the smartphone develop from its earliest days, and he's excited to be working for SAP because he sees its mobile division as the glue holding together several tech trends. Read More

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 As long as I can remember, I've disassembled (and sometimes even reassembled!) every gadget I could get my hands on. But for some reason, gadget teardown photos and videos — so popular across the Interwebs whenever Apple or Samsung release some new thing — have never really done it for me. But this? This I like. Read More

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 In a blog post today, Airbnb public policy chief David Hantman once again made the company's case for why its platform is valuable to the New York community. Airbnb says it is alerting hosts who are clearly running virtual hotel operations that it is removing listings from its site. Read More

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