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 Qplay, the video streaming app and device from a couple of TiVo co-founders, is closing down next Friday. The shutdown marks a short life for the service, which launched in February this year with a $49 streaming device and expanded to the iPad just last month. Read More

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 Feeling bored at work? Just go start a company. Feeling depressed about life and lack any direction? Just go start a company. Broke up recently? Just go start a company. Had a parent die and can’t move on? Just go start a company. (To be fair, I overheard that one last year. Apparently the idea is that you get so busy you can’t think about anything else. Grieving 2.0?) The irony of… Read More

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 Speaking at the Hope X conference taking place in New York this weekend, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden put out a call for developers to build systems that protect privacy and constitutional rights by design. He also revealed his own intention to work on developing privacy protecting technology. Read More

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 This spring we witnessed the big three OS manufacturers — Microsoft, Apple and Google — continue to unbundle their versions of Microsoft Office apps for mobile, including versions of PowerPoint, Excel and Word for iPad. You’ve also seen Craig Federighi’s endurance test at Apple’s WWDC where he juggled all three Apple devices in order to demo the concept of app… Read More

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 Between 2008 and 2010, Wonga was doing something mind-bendingly stupid: sending letters from fake law firms to borrowers behind on their loans. It sounds like a bad office prank. They even took the firm names from apparently still current employees — except when you consider that they did it 45,000 times and that it will cost them £2.25 million to give each injured party just £50 in… Read More

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 Amazon Unlimited was dubbed the Netflix of books. That is correct as long as you imagine a Netflix consisting of an endless array of low-budget indie releases and some major small studio filks. In truth, Amazon’s new $9.99 all-you-can-read service features no books by “big 5″ trade publishers, an issue on which Amazon has remained mum. I’ve asked Amazon for… Read More

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 Immersive technology will put the user into the digital shoes of their own avatars, experiencing video games, simulations, learning opportunities and even romance on new levels, so it goes without saying that while we can expect all that grandeur, there will be people who try to ruin it, for money. Read More

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 The Gillmor Gang — Danny Sullivan, Alexia Tsotsis, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor — react with nervous jokes as all eyes turn to the success of Yo, the single-minded communication app that has one thing on its little mind. But wait a minute, what’s surreally going on here as BetaWorks’ John Borthwick leads an investment round on the love child union of… Read More

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 The week of 7/12 – 7/18 was a busy one for TechCrunch. Here’s the best of the best from this week. Priya Haji was an inspirational and positive presence in the technology and business worlds, and she will be greatly missed. Chicago-based entrepreneur Cheryl Dahle established a crowdfunding campaign on Fundly to help support Haji’s young children. Read “Tech… Read More

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 This is a post about good vs. evil and right vs. wrong, but don’t worry, it’s highly technical. Let’s start with Stormfront, the white-supremacist hate site that attracts circa 300,000 unique American visitors per month, and the recent analysis of its members (and follow-up) by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz in the New York Times. Some numbers you probably didn’t expect: Read More

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 Popular bitcoin wallet provider Blockchain.info is releasing a major new version of its Android app, allowing you to store, receive and send bitcoins directly from your Android phone. The key thinking behind the update is to make bitcoin more accessible. It hides the complexity of the protocol in order to encourage mainstream user adoption. Read More

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 I spoke to the VC on Wednesday. He said he would have his decisions “fast.” He said the great thing about his VC firm (as opposed to all of those “others”) is that it has absolutely no problem making a quick decision. “Our lawyers are all ready. The deal is boilerplate. We can send the money to you right away.” Now it’s Friday. “Did anyone… Read More

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 Bebo founder Michael Birch just sent Airbnb what seems to be a hilarious tongue-in-cheek cease and desist letter, citing the “phallic nature” of the new Airbnb logo. Airbnb’s new logo has been a sort of Rorschach test for all of Silicon Valley, as it has been referred to as both the male and female genitals. To add to the hilarity, Birch sent out a tweet this afternoon that… Read More

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 Dell now accepts bitcoin in the United States for online purchases of its products. The move is a win for CoinBase, which today on its blog announced that it was the integration partner for the personal computing company. Overstock.com and online technology marketplace TigerDirect also accept the cryptocurrency. The price of bitcoin, long a driver of media and public interest in the stuff,… Read More

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 While Netflix tends to stray away from hosting stuff that could be considered straight-up porn, that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything on there that you might not want sitting in your viewing history ’til the end of time. Maybe you want to watch Phineas And Ferb on your lunch break without catching flack for it from your buddies later. Maybe you share a Netflix account with… Read More

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 Higgle is a recently launched website where consumers can set the price that they want to pa — in exchange, all they need to do is convince enough friends to join in. Higgle is both the name of the company and the term it uses for the discount offers that consumers can make to merchants on the site, combining haggling and bulk discounts, where merchants cut prices in exchange for selling… Read More

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 This week in tech news was a mixed bag: On the sad side, we saw thousands of layoffs from Microsoft. On the ridiculous side, we saw Airbnb debut a new brand logo that effectively served as a Rorschach test for everyone who saw it (and apparently a lot of people have dirty things on the brain.) And on the crazy side — or perhaps, crazy like a fox? — we saw Yo officially announce… Read More

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 The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) initial comment period regarding its notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on net neutrality regulations ends in around seven hours. Instead of seeing a final surge in submissions, however, it appears that the influx in missives from the public to the agency is slowing. Read More

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 Gillmor Gang – Danny Sullivan, Alexia Tsotsis, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. Live recording session today at 1pm Pacific. Find our Facebook page here. Our live show chat on Friendfeed is here. Read More

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 Each month since launch, the Xbox One has received an update meant to teach it a few new tricks. So far, these updates have primarily served to fix bugs, tweak the UI, and reintroduce things that were inexplicably absent after the jump from Xbox 360 to Xbox One — things like external HDD support, automatic account sign-in, and alerts when your friends sign in. Here’s… Read More

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 When the San Francisco 49ers take the field for their first preseason home game on August 17, fans will have a lot to cheer about. Not just because the team, which finished last year with a 12-4 record and made it into the NFC Championship game, is back — but also because they will be playing in a brand new stadium. Read More

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 As you may expect, the summer can be a slow period for tech journalists. But since we’re obsessed with startups, there’s still plenty of new stuff to discuss this week on the TC Gadgets Podcast. Read More

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 Yo, the simple app that just sends a “yo” to your friends, has closed $1.5 million in seed funding with a $10 million valuation and is finally ready to talk about its investors. They include Betaworks, Mashable’s Pete Cashmore, and the founders of China’s Tencent, among others. Read More

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 Silicon Valley startup accelerator Y Combinator announced this morning that it has added to its team with several new appointments at the partner level. Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian, App.net founder Dalton Caldwell, and Talkbin founder Qasar Younis have all joined the organization as full-time partners. Caldwell and Younis had previously been working as part-time partners with Y Combinator,… Read More

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 All of Google’s properties will eventually bear a look inspired by ‘Material Design‘ and Android L, and Chrome OS is part of that sweeping visual overhaul, too. A new preview posted by Google “Happiness Evangelist” François Beaufort today (via 9to5Google) shows a very early design inspired by the card-style multitasking view that made an appearance in Android L,… Read More

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