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 In September Larry Ellison stepped down from the helm at Oracle and appointed a co-CEO pair as his successors. Articles about the announcement spoke of such dual arrangements in discouraging and doubtful tones. Meanwhile, in NYC, a well-regarded VC recently told me that she thought at least 50 percent of early-stage startup failures are rooted in co-founder conflicts. Read More

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 While I can’t say that Daame Bags are the best daame bags we’ve tested (see what I did there?), I can say that they are definitely an interesting rethinking of the women’s laptop bag. We tested two types – a wide leather laptop tote and other 13-inch model. I showed both of these to a human woman, my wife, who said that she liked the elegant and spare design but noted… Read More

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 FBI Director James Comey had some choice words this week for startups and technology companies about their increasing use of encryption and their responsibilities to law enforcement. Speaking at Brookings, Comey argued that “…if the challenges of real-time interception threaten to leave us in the dark, encryption threatens to lead all of us to a very dark place.” He… Read More

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 Ever been to Indiegogo? Kickstarter? Spend any cash? What’d you leave with? Why does anyone buy a product that doesn’t exist yet…and may never exist? On the surface, crowdfunding seems to defy logic. Economists find the phenomenon of crowdfunding startling. If you think like an economist, crowdfunding shouldn’t work. But it does. And those who understand why it works… Read More

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 If Gamergate teaches us anything — beyond, of course, vastly obvious observations about the toxicity of certain Internet demographics (which is hardly new news) — it’s that algorithms and formulaic behaviour can and are being gamed. Read More

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 The Disrupt Europe hackathon began just a few hours ago at Old Billingsgate in London. Participants are now gathered in The Vault, the venue’s ominously-named underground area — but earlier, when everyone was still waiting for the doors to open, Mike Butcher and I walked the line and talked to a few of the hackers about why they’d came and what they’re planning to… Read More

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 The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Keith Teare, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, October 17, 2014. This year’s Dreamforce 2014 overshadowed another Apple reveal of new hardware and consolidation of the mobile operating system platform. Hilary Clinton set the tone for the week by reminding us that vocabulary is the doorway to opportunity, and Al Gore and Neil… Read More

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 To anyone who is tuned into the tech world, it should not come as earth shattering news that machine-to-machine (M2M) technology and the Internet of Things have hit a major convergence point in the tech industry. What is fairly new however is that the two have become so closely intertwined with each other that you can no longer think about one without thinking of the other. Read More

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 Dear developers: Do you feel insecure because you’re only fluent in a mere eight programming languages used across three families of devices? Does exposure to yet another JavaScript framework make you shudder and wince? Have you postponed a pet project because you couldn’t figure out which cloud platform would be best for it? You too may suffer from Developaralysis. Be afraid. There… Read More

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 Prepare for ads on Snapchat, bruh! The company announced on Friday that users will start receiving ads from brands under the Recent Updates section of the app. This is the same portion of the Snapchat inbox where you find Stories, a product that threads together multiple snaps (both video or photo) into one, long snap. The ads are opt-in, in that you don’t actually have to watch them if… Read More

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 From egg freezing to Apple’s iPad and iMac debut event in Cupertino, here are the top stories from 10/11 to 10/17. 1. Edward Snowden conducted a remote interview as part of the New Yorker Festival, where he was asked a couple of variants on the question of what we can do to protect our privacy. He explained that in addition to seeking out encryption tools, people who care about… Read More

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One year since launch, Keepy is announcing that more than 500,000 users are sharing content with their families on its service. In a phone call with TechCrunch, Keepy CEO Offir Gutelzon said that the company hit the 500,000 figure within the last few weeks. He also gave numbers on how the company is doing at bringing in international users and getting its families to convert to its premium… Read More

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 In the past few months we’ve been hearing a lot about how bitcoin’s underlying technology is going to revolutionize not only our monetary system, but also notary services, DNS, authentication, intellectual property ownership and data storage. While most of the amazing products and services that were supposed to emerge on top of the bitcoin protocol have yet to see light,… Read More

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 In about an hour, TechCrunch is officially launching our new Twitch channel by streaming Bayonetta 2, the somewhat controversial action game that’s coming exclusively to Nintendo’s Wii U a week from today. Read More

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 This week we discuss all the iPads and other announcements out of Apple, the shows we are excited to watch on HBO sans cable and that time we met will.i.am and when Arianna Huffington told us to do a “digital detox” at a technology conference. Our video producer Felicia Williams joins Kyle Russell and myself this week on Crunchweek for her second appearance on the show. Read More

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 If you’re tired of logging into different websites every time you want to access your Facebook photos, your Google Drive documents, your Instagram photos, and so on, odrive may be the application for you. It’s a desktop app created by startup Oxygen Cloud — it uses Oxygen Cloud’s file syncing technology, but odrive differs in that it’s built for consumers, not… Read More

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 The quadccopters at the University of Pennsylvania GRASP Lab are truly trained to follow the golden robot rule: fly with others as you’d fly with yourself. Thanks to researchers Yash Mulgaonkar, Gareth Cross and Vijay Kumar, we can see how close these little flying robots are to their noble goal. The team has created a number of failsafe systems that allow the robots to recover from… Read More

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 Editor’s note: Rob Leclerc is the CEO of AgFunder, an online investment marketplace for agriculture and agtech opportunities. The first rule of raising capital is: you do not talk about raising capital. That was the de facto credo of nascent startup companies looking to secure investors before the fall 2013. Then on September 23, 2013, the SEC promulgated the new Title II rules of the… Read More

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 E-commerce retailer ModCloth has laid off additional staff across engineering, creative, product, producer, social teams and more, in a second wave of layoffs, following earlier cuts confirmed back in July which, at the time, affected around 70 employees, or a little under 15% of its then 500-person-plus workforce. ModCloth confirmed the new layoffs to TechCrunch, explaining that the company… Read More

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 On the heels of the release of Apple’s new Mac OS, OS X Yosemite, blogging platform Tumblr has just rolled out its first official desktop application with the launch of a Tumblr app for the Mac App Store. The app allows users to post to their personal Tumblr blogs from anywhere on the Mac, whether that’s content like links, images or videos you stumble across online, or files you… Read More

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 Music is a special kind of content, and people discover it on Twitter. That’s why building a music experience outside the main Twitter app was a boondoggle, and treating music like any other piece of media within Twitter sells it short. These insights have led Twitter to a better strategy since killing off the Twitter Music app, according to a source at the company: Just improve the… Read More

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 Gillmor Gang – Robert Scoble, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare,and Steve Gillmor. LIVE recording session today at 9:00am Pacific. Gillmor Gang on Facebook Live FriendFeed chat during the show broadcast Our “Sister Show” G3 on Facebook Read More

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 Jolla, the Finnish smartphone startup that expanded the MeeGo open source project into its own Sailfish OS, has released its first Android launcher — to give users of Google’s mobile platform a taster of what its alternative OS has to offer. Read More

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 Amazon announced this morning it’s bringing its grocery delivery service AmazonFresh to Brooklyn, confirming earlier reports of a New York area expansion. Initially, the service will be available to Prime members in Park Slope, but the company says it will soon expand the service to additional zip codes in Brooklyn. There’s no word yet on when AmazonFresh will arrive elsewhere in… Read More

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 Update: Microsoft pulled it off, and at the time of writing (2:45 pm London, 9:45 am New York), Microsoft is worth more than Google. We’ll check back in at the end of the day: – Google and Microsoft are currently locked in a dogfight to be the second-most valuable technology company in the world. Following Google’s less-than-awesome earnings report, combined with a… Read More

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