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 The Gillmor Gang — Danny Sullivan, Robert Scoble, Dan Farber, John Taschek, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, April 24, 2015. We got nothing but time on our hands waiting for the one on our wrists. Plus, the latest G3 (below) with Halley Suitt Tucker, Denise Howell, Mary Hodder, Rebecca Woodcock, and Tina Gillmor. @stevegillmor, @scobleizer, @dannysullivan, @jtaschek, @dbfarber Read More

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 In the last ten years, the Seattle tech scene has changed quite dramatically. In the 1990s and early 2000s, the only gigantic software companies in town were Microsoft and Amazon. For a time it even became common knowledge that most Seattle-based startups had only two viable exit strategies: go public, or get acquired by Microsoft. Read More

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 The world around us is screaming with signals our original five senses don’t detect. Unlike some snakes, we can’t sense infrared with our naked eyes and unlike ducks and geese, we don’t have a native intuition for magnetic fields. But we’ve got pretty incredible brains, which we’ve used to craft ways to augment our five basic senses for a very long time. Read More

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 We’ve seen how Venmo has taken off in the US for when people want to split things like shared restaurant bills. Now a UK startup has come up with an app which it claims will make it easier to share expenses when sharing an apartment. According to the UK’s Office of National Statistics, the country has over ten million young renters driven into sharing apartments because of… Read More

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 You’re a business that wants to create a mobile app, but faster than it would take a designer to build something bespoke. UK-based startup Fliplet says it has come up with a simple way to do this which is mainly used by companies to produce internal business apps, such as to support sales, reporting, training, marketing, stuff like that. Existing customers include Marriott, Mars, Xerox… Read More

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 “I would again draw an analogy to venture capital,” observes Ben Thompson, in a typically incisive Stratechery post eviscerating the new streaming service Tidal. “The importance–and amount–of venture capital has never been greater. The truth is that because so many folks can now get started it is that much harder–and more expensive–to cut through… Read More

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 PF Chang’s. Domino’s. eBay. Home Depot. Nieman Marcus. Sony. That isn’t just a list of wildly successful companies, it’s also a list of hacked companies; companies whose security was profoundly, publicly compromised. And it’s just a very small sample of a much larger set. The problem is not just that our industry’s approach to security is compromised but a… Read More

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 What if your phone could let you — and only you — answer an incoming call, no thumb print/PIN/swipe gesture required? Instead of a finger, it’d gauge the shape of your ear; instead of a fingerprint sensor, it’d use the touchscreen your phone already has built-in. That’s the idea behind Bodyprint, a new concept out of Yahoo’s research labs. Read More

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 Oculus is getting ready to launch its consumer Rift virtual reality headset so at TechCrunch Disrupt NY I’ll be sitting down with the man who made it. Nate Mitchell is the co-founder and VP of Product at Oculus. While visionary Palmer Luckey and CEO Brendan Iribe get a lot of attention, its Mitchell who’s in charge of engineering, product, its Story Studio content team, and making… Read More

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 Disrupt NY 2015 is days away and we’re thrilled to announce the TechCrunch video team will be broadcasting interviews, updates, and great startup action live from the Exhibit Hall floor. In the past, our video team has been hidden backstage, occasionally sneaking out from inside a secret lair with cameras and microphones. This year TechCrunch TV Live will quite literally be in… Read More

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 “Removed instagram friend-finding cause they blocked us! #nochill” This note in hip GIF app Phhhoto‘s latest release notes was how it announced its users can no longer easily follow their Instagram friends. Instagram confirmed to me that it has blocked Phhhoto’s Find Friends access, but it has a policy of not discussing platform enforcement issues regarding specific… Read More

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 With the Apple Watch now officially on the market, and soon to be on the wrists of several million customers – possibly as many as 20 million this year, according to some estimates – there’s a lot of curiosity about what kind of app ecosystem will spring up around the new device. Will Apple Watch owners actually be interested in actively reading news, shopping or playing… Read More

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 Another week has left us in a miasma of earnings, product releases, and something called the Apple Watch. As such, it’s the perfect time to sit around our little round table we keep in the back of TechCrunch, and kick over the most important stories of the week: Amazon’s massively popular quarter, Zenefits’ massive capital raise, and, yes, the Apple Watch. This time around… Read More

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 Last month, WeChat launched City Services in select towns across China – if you’re already a user of WeChat, simply change your location to one of the three pilot cities and the language to Chinese and you’ll be presented with a wide array of additional services that may be accessed from right within the app. As the name says it, it basically is trying to solve all problems… Read More

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 This week, Apple Watch deliveries officially arrived to the first pre-order customers, Q1 earnings were released and Google announced its wireless cell service Project Fi. These were our best stories of the week (4/18-4/24). Read More

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 Manufacturing never left America. Even during the recession, good people were still building good things. Recently, though, thanks to the maker movement, small-scale manufacturing is seeing a renaissance throughout the world, something the president of Shinola, Vice President of Grado Labs, and founder of Adafruit will discuss at Disrupt NY. Each of these people have a unique vantage point on… Read More

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 Apigee, a company that helps organizations build and manage API connectors, went public this morning at $17 per share, briefly jumping to $20 per share before closing at $16.68, down 1.88 percent in its first day of regular trading. After-hours, the company is flat. The company sold 5,115,000 shares in its IPO, raising $87M according to its CEO Chet Kapoor. It trades under the symbol… Read More

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 It’s a hot day. You jump into a swim suit, hop into the pool, and… suddenly remember that your Apple Watch is still on your wrist. Well, crap — $600 wrist computer ruined, right? Nope. Read More

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 Gillmor Gang – Danny Sullivan, Robert Scoble, Dan Farber, John Taschek, and Steve Gillmor. LIVE recording session today at 1pmPT/4pmET. Our live chat during show broadcast Gillmor Gang on Facebook Our sister show G3 on Facebook Archives of G3 on Ustream Read More

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 PC gaming giant Valve is facing vocal backlash from its community a day after giving developers of game modifications the ability to charge for their work on the Steam platform. Read More

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 Welcome to Future World where the weird is commonplace! To wit: engineers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science have created a 4D printer. That doesn’t mean the printer outputs objects into the space-time continuum. Instead, it means they are building objects that can change based on the physics of the materials used. By extruding objects in multiple materials,… Read More

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 They’re back at it. After reporting earnings yesterday, Google and Microsoft are once again locked in their long-running battle for second. Apple, the most valuable technology company, is also the most valuable company in the world, with Google and Microsoft rounding off the top three. Google, up 3.56 percent as of the time of writing, is currently worth $385.59 billion. Microsoft, up… Read More

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 Google says it’s working to improve its spam-detection systems in its Google Maps platform after yet another prank allowed a user to upload an inappropriate image to Google Maps. This most recent image, which showed the Google Android mascot urinating on the Apple logo in the style of those unfortunate Calvin and Hobbes bootleg decals, was apparently uploaded by a Map Maker user… Read More

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 In case you haven’t heard, the Apple Watch, Apple’s first step into the world of wearables, starts shipping to consumers today. The Watch marks an interesting time in the wearable fitness space, in particular. Health and fitness trackers like Jawbone Up and Fitbit have dominated much of that space in the last few years. According to NDP, these wearable fitness devices sold close… Read More

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 Earlier this week smartphone maker BlackBerry confirmed it acquired Israel’s WatchDox to build out its security software business, but it looks like it may be downsizing elsewhere. According to reports from Swedish news sites, BlackBerry is closing down its software design operations in Sweden — a business that grew out of its acquisition of UI startup The Astonishing… Read More

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