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 Pokémon, the game franchise that I love more than most real things in the actual world, is coming to the iPad. I would weep for joy were the news not watered down somewhat by the fact that the first game arriving on Apple’s devices isn’t the actual monster collection and battling game that makes up the core franchise, but is instead the Pokémon trading card game. Now I own… Read More

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 Google just acquired the team behind Jetpac, an app that utilizes public Instagram data to determine things like the happiest or drunkest city. Jetpac launched in 2012 as a social travel guide on iPad but later shifted focus to its Instagram-driven data on its iphone app, “Jetpac City Guides.” Google will most likely use the Jetpac team to improve search around location… Read More

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 We’re in the mid-August tech news cycle (AKA, it’s pretty slow), which made for some interesting topics for this week’s episode of CrunchWeek. Pour yourself a nice cold spiked lemonade, and join Sarah Buhr, Alex Wilhelm, and I at the big white table to talk about Amazon launching a product that competes with Square, as TechCrunch first reported way back in 2012 (and… Read More

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 Despite the nifty-ness of having your phone tell you to leave work 15 minutes early to make it to your flight or Siri and Cortana cracking the occasional joke, the limitations to these assistants are clear. Siri can set a reminder, but she can’t help you schedule a meeting; Google Now can suggest some restaurants nearby, but it can’t book you a table at your favorite place. Read More

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 An Austin-based company called Bearch has raised $2.1 million in seed funding for its anonymous photo-sharing app Unseen, which has been trending on college campuses. Investors in the round include Rackspace co-founder Dirk Elmendorf, Indeed.com CEO Rony Kahan, CEO of Woodbolt International Doss Cunningham, and several other angel investors. At first glance, Unseen looks similar to other… Read More

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 The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced Friday it would extend the net neutrality reply comment period from September 10 to September 15. The commission has already received more than 1.1 million comments, which it released to the public last week. That is the largest number of comments the FCC has ever received, with the exception of Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe… Read More

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 It’s come to our attention that PotatoStock is a go. Zack “Danger” Brown, a Columbus, Ohio native, previously confirmed that he will put the proceeds raised from his potato salad Kickstarter to good use, namely founding PotatoStock, a philanthropic music festival featuring “gallons” of potato salad. The festival, which will be held on August 27 in Columbus,… Read More

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 Gillmor Gang – Robert Scoble, Kevin Marks, Dan Farber, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. LIVE recording session today at 1pm Pacific. Like us on Facebook here Join our live Friendfeed chat here Read More

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 With over a million apps in each the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store, there’s an app—or 10—for practically everything a consumer needs. So why is it in an ever-growing sea of competing apps, some take off like rocket ships while most fade into obscurity? The answer is magic. Read More

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 Serial entrepreneur, investor, and overall Internet good guy Kevin Rose is stepping down from his role of general partner at Google Ventures. The Digg and Revision3 founder will be moving into a part-time role at the firm, and will be using all his spare time to embark on a whole new adventure building a mobile startup called North. The return to entrepreneurship probably shouldn’t come as… Read More

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 Somewhere, somehow, maybe less than a year after I got the latest version of my iPhone, its battery would mysteriously deplete in about half a day. I wasn’t really sure why. But now I can find out. There’s a new app called ‘Normal’ out from a pair of Stanford Ph.Ds in computer science named Adam Oliner and Jacob Leverich, who are turning some postdoctoral research into… Read More

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 This week, Amazon announced a Square competitor in the form of the Amazon Local Register, undercutting Square’s transaction fee. Meanwhile, the makers of the Skully smart motorcycle helmet finally opened up the pre-order, setting the Indiegogo record for the fastest funded company to hit $1 million in pre-orders. But as August permits us a bit too much time for introspection, we also take… Read More

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 Earlier this summer, we saw Uber experiment with UberRUSH, a courier service in New York City. The car service seems to be testing the waters for another service, announcing it will move Atlanta college students and Nashville residents this weekend. Read More

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 Israel-based ad startup ClarityRay announced on its website that it has been acquired by Yahoo. A Yahoo spokesperson sent me the following statement confirming the deal: Read More

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 Nearly every network administrator has been on night duty when their pager buzzes or they get a smartphone alert of a network issue, one they’ve fixed a hundred times before, yet still forcing them to get out of bed to deal with it. YC backed startup, Neptune.io wants to change that by providing automated fixes for common networking problems, allowing those on-call admins to sleep just… Read More

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 Oh, you thought Bill Gates wouldn’t be up to Zuck’s challenge to dump a bucket of icewater on his head for ALS awareness? You thought wrong. And because it’s Bill Gates, the video involves blowtorches and engineering. Read More

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 BurritoCannon is real, and you can use it. At least for the next few hours. Hella. After I published my truly revolutionary post yesterday calling for a new burrito-delivery service that I tentatively named BurritoCannon, I trotted over to Postmates’ digs after its CEO Bastian Lehmann asked if I could drop by. Our offices are next door, so I slipped over to say what for. Read More

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 The stories of Silicon Valley millennials competing, succeeding, and failing spill out of the region faster than most journalists can type. The region excels in the churning out of startups, thanks to the abundance of venture capitalists, the plethora of reporters, and the proximity of like-minded techies. Read More

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 Yesterday’s launch of Spring, a fashion-focused mobile shopping app, is a testament that the mobile commerce space is growing. House Account, a mobile shopping app that launched a year and a half ago has the numbers to prove it. Read More

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 A number of startups lately have taken on the somewhat hefty challenge of rethinking email for the mobile-first era. But many of these are centered around task management and triage, like Dropbox-acquired Mailbox, for example. A newer company called InboxCube instead is focused on putting the content inside emails first, allowing you to visually search through and access different… Read More

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 As cities reach new heights, artists Julian Adenauer and Michael Haas want to explore the vertical in a more dynamic way — art. The Vertwalker is a lightweight robot they built with 3D printed materials that can walk up vertical surfaces. The patented robot, which looks like a Roomba, has a vacuum on its bottom with two computer fans, two wheels and has an Arduino-based custom… Read More

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 Google’s AdWords is about to get a small but important update in September, the company announced today. Until now, advertisers had two options when it came to how the company matches their ads to search queries: either only show the ad when the query exactly matched the keywords they set up in AdWords, or allow Google to also match the ad to keywords and phrases that are very similar to… Read More

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 Berlin-based photo-sharing platform EyeEm has acquired a smaller computer vision startup called Sight.io, both companies are announcing today. As a part of the deal, Sight.io founder Appu Shaji, originally from Kerala, India, will now join EyeEm as Head of Research and Development, where he will continue to work on technologies that can help EyeEm improve upon its image searching… Read More

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 Freelancers and contractors are a rapidly growing part of the workforce. Without benefits, however, many struggle with issues like figuring out how much of their earnings to withhold for taxes and finding insurance providers. A new startup called Zen99 wants to help contractors with a free service. Backed by Y Combinator, Zen99 lets users sign up for health insurance, track earnings and… Read More

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 Not content with selling the best-selling consumer 3D printer on the market, Makerbot is working hard to become a force in just-in-time design and alternative art. Zee is a small figure inspired by paintable toys like Kid Robot’s Munny, Zee is designed to be printed out and decorated. It is available on Makerbot’s digital store for 99 cents. Zee is part of Makerbot’s effort… Read More

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