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 Beats Music, the streaming radio solution spun out from the makers of Beats audio hardware products, has decided to bite the bullet and give Apple its 30 percent cut on subscription sign-ups. The streaming music provider originally side-stepped Apple’s in-app ecommerce options in favor of carrier billing arranged outside the app to pay for its full service, but now users can sign up much… Read More

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 "Cryptocurrencies will create a fifth protocol layer powering the next generation of the Internet," says Naval Ravikant. "Our 2014 fund will be built during the blockchain cycle," concurs Fred Wilson. And Andreessen Horowitz have very visibly doubled down on Bitcoin. Even if you don't believe in Bitcoin as a currency, and I'll grant there's plenty to be skeptical about, you should be thinking:… Read More

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 Bad news, Fuel fans: Nike is purportedly killing off their wearable hardware efforts, including the FuelBand. Just a few days ago, folks started whispering about shakeup in Fuelband land after the following post popped up on Secret: Now, sure enough, CNET says they’ve got a person-in-the-know confirming that the majority of the 70-person FuelBand team has been let go. It’s a pity,… Read More

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Rising income inequality is quickly becoming the most prevalent issue of our century, "the defining challenge of our time," according to President Obama. No where is this more acute than in San Francisco, where rents growing at 3 times the national average are squeezing out the lower and middle classes in favor of tech workers who can pay astronomical housing prices. Read More

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 TechCrunch squinted slightly when the White House petition to deport the Canadian Justin Bieber passed the 100,000-signature mark, the minimum threshold to warrant an official response. Read More

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 "What the heck is a smart doorbell?" That's what my friends asked me any time I mentioned that I'd be meeting with Nezare Chafni and Shaun Moore, co-founders of 214 Technologies. They've developed a product called Chui, which they describe as "the world's most intelligent doorbell." Read More

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In this week’s episode of Ask A VC, we hosted Next World Capital’s Ben Fu in the studio to talk about big data, recruiting and more. Fu, who has backed Datameer, Datastax, and Good Data among others, talked about the talent crunch, and the challenges founders face when recruiting engineers, especially in the enterprise world. Check out the video above for more! Read More

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 It’s Friday, the sun is shining, the birds are chirping, a holiday weekend is ahead, and we’ve got a brand new episode of CrunchWeek for you to watch. What more could you wish for? In today’s show, Leena Rao, Ryan Lawler and I huddled around the big white table to talk about the confirmation that Airbnb has closed on $500 million in a massive new funding round, Twitter’s… Read More

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 There is a reason it feels like everyone and anyone is raising money at the moment to build a company: They are. According to two studies, capital raised from venture capitalists by growing, private companies is at its highest point since 2001. Read More

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 Gillmor Gang - Danny Sullivan, Dan Farber, Semil Shah, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. Live recording session today at 1pm PST. Click here for the live chat on Friendfeed. Read More

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 Facebook says it’s not using its new Nearby Friends feature to target ads yet, but after I asked why it’s tracking “Location History” it admitted it will eventually use the data for marketing purposes. This morning, the proximity sharing feature began rolling out to iOS users after it’s launch yesterday, and with it I discovered a new “Location History”… Read More

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 Quick! Tune in! SpaceX is about to attempt something pretty historic: launching a rocket in such a way that much of it can be reused in later launches. If the launch is successful, the rocket will spend a few days cruising to the International Space Station, drop off a bunch of supplies, then a controlled fall will bring it back to earth with a set of extendable landing legs deployed. Even if the… Read More

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 There's no lack of startups trying to rethink the mobile email experience - for example, Mailbox, Boxer, CloudMagic, Triage, or Acompli, to name just a few. Now a new application called Gusto is throwing its hat into the ring, as well, with a smart email application that helps you more easily find files and photos within dedicated tabs, plus a powerful search feature that lets you refine keyword… Read More

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 Siri was hacked! But don't panic — it's apparently a really fun hack that gives Siri access to your other apps. Meanwhile, rumors are swirling over Amazon's forthcoming smartphone with 3D-gesture features. Plus, we're taking a good hard look at the Galaxy Gear smartwatch equipment from Samsung. Or, more accurately, we diverge into talking about the Galaxy S5. Also, it's Good Friday. Read More

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 Supreme Court justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia think that the nation's top court will eventually rule on the NSA's surveillance activities. The two, appearing in front of the National Press Club, both touched on the subject, with Justice Scalia calling the Supreme Court the "the institution least qualified to decide" on the matter, and Justice Ginsburg stating that "[the court]… Read More

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 TechCrunch has learned that Airbnb, the fast-growing site that lets people become hoteliers by renting out sofas, rooms or entire private homes, has now closed its latest round of funding: $500 million, led by private equity firm TPG, at a $10 billion valuation, according to our sources. This brings the total raised by Airbnb to $826 million. Read More

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 Facebook just released Paper 1.1, an update that adds features and notifications to make it a more comprehensive subsititute for Facebook for iOS. It alsp gave the first momentum update on Paper, saying "people have explored an average of 80 stories a day". It didn't release a user count, though, and some critics are calling it a flop due to low App Store chart rankings and anecdotal evidence. Read More

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 Ready. Set. Go. Our events team just released another batch of tickets to the Disrupt NY Hackathon. You can grab one below. Last year using the Foursquare and Plaid APIs, a credit card transaction tracker took home the top price. Teams are forming now so grab a ticket while they're still available. Read More

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 Target has significantly expanded its subscription-based e-commerce service, first launched last fall as a response to Amazon’s popular “Subscribe and Save” program, by increasing the number of online items available for subscription purchase from just 200 to now 1,500. While the company’s original focus was on baby-care items, the now revamped service offers similar… Read More

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 Telerik, the company behind the popular Kendo UI library, this week announced that it is open sourcing the vast majority of Kendo UI's tools and JavaScript framework features. This new Kendo UI Core package is licensed under the Apache 2.0 license, which allows developers to use it for both commercial and non-commercial projects. Read More

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 French startup La Belle Assiette just opened shop in Belgium. La Belle Assiette is a sort of on-demand chef service. You can browse the site, find your chef and book a meal directly from the service — a chef will then come to your home or office. The startup will also roll out its offering in the U.K., Switzerland and Luxembourg in the next six weeks. Here’s how the service works. Next… Read More

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About.com has never been the coolest website on the internet. With a grayish background and an ugly logo, it was the place you landed when you searched for help with something, but you rarely went there on your own. This is the product that Neil Vogel took over one year ago, when he was made CEO of About.com. Not much has changed on the outside, save for a few subtle design tweaks and the… Read More

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 Google Trends, the informative resource that shows you what’s currently popular around the web right now in and in the recent past, now offers email subscriptions, Google announced this morning. The new feature will allow you to subscribe to any search topic, plus Hot Searches for any country, or any U.S. monthly Top Chart, says Google via a blog post detailing the feature. However, though… Read More

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 Startup Preact is officially launching today with a product that it says can help companies increase customer spending and reduce churn. It's also announcing that it has raised a $4.6 million Series A led by Trinity Ventures. CEO Michael Geller said the Preact system looks at a variety of signals and uses data science to help subscription software companies identify when their customers are… Read More

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 Mobile app search engine Quixey, backed by $75 million from Alibaba, Innovation Endeavors, Translink Capital and others, has put some of those dollars to use by acquiring a smaller, competing app search startup, San Francisco-based Kite.io. The deal was more of a talent grab, we hear, bringing Kite.io’s founders to Quixey where they’ll continue to help the company build out its… Read More

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