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TechCrunch TV's New Show Incubated Is All About What It's Like To Be In A Tech Accelerator

With our latest TechCrunch TV series, Incubated, we're hoping to provide startup founders with all the info they might need before they make the decision to apply to an accelerator. Every Wednesday afternoon over the next 10 weeks, we'll be releasing

Samsung's VR Software Leak Shows Initial Apps, Ability To Switch Between Virtual And Real Reality

Samsung's VR efforts are one leaky ship lately, with a report today echoing earlier rumors that the company would be partnering with Oculus VR for its own headset. Now, a leaked pre-release version of the Samsung VR software has made its way into the

Amazon Remains Great For Customers, Not For Shareholders ? Stock Drops 6% As Losses Widen

Amazon's Q2 2014 earnings announced today made it more apparent than ever that Amazon remains a great business for its customers, but not so much for its shareholders. The stock, after the earnings were reported, was already down by 6% and falling in

Please Join Us For The 9th Annual August Capital Party In Silicon Valley

TechCrunch's annual summer soirée is almost here. As in years past, August Capital will host TechCrunch and hundreds of local investors, founders and developers at its sunny office on Sand Hill Road. All are welcome to the August 1 event, but space i

Yeti Is Like Tinder For Places

Sometimes searching for the perfect bar or a challenging hiking trail can be like searching for a mythological creature. Unless you've already found Yeti. Read More

Amazon Drops 5% After Missing In Q2 With In-Line Sales Of $19.34B, Larger Than Expected Loss Of $0.27

Following the bell today, Amazon reported its second quarter financial performance including a $0.27 per share loss on revenue of $19.34 billion. Analysts had expected Amazon to lose $0.15 on revenue of $19.34 billion. For the quarter, Amazon's reven

Pandora Q2 Tops Expectations Slightly With $218.9M In Revenue, Says It Has 76.4M Active Listeners

Pandora pretty much matched analyst estimates in its just-released second quarter earnings report. The streaming music company reported revenue of $218.9 and (non-GAAP) earnings per share of 4 cents Analysts had projected that the company would repor

Your Smartphone Will Soon Know If You Have Bipolar Disorder

In the United States, 1 in 50 people over the age of 25 have some for of bipolar disorder. In fact, the United States has more cases of bipolar I and II per-capita than any other nation in the world.Researchers at the University of Michigan are now t

Y Combinator-Backed Checkr Automates Background Checks For The New, On-Demand Economy

Checkr enables clients to easily sign up and get background checks either via an online form, or by using its REST API to connect with their own hiring systems. Standard reports include one country criminal background checks for $25, while a premium

Chrome Android Beta Gets Single Sign-In For Google Sites And New Material Design Looks

Google has a hit on its hands with Material Design in my opinion, which is why it's great to see it already making its way into some products ahead of Android L's general consumer launch. Today, Google updated the Chrome Beta for Android with some ne

Jimmy Kimmel Convinces People That An Old Casio Is Apple's iWatch

Want to convince people that you've smuggled Apple's top secret smartwatch out of the labs and onto your wrist? You could burn hundreds of man hours rigging up a semi-believable fake.. or, if you're Jimmy Kimmel, you could just stick an Apple sticker

Lawn Love Brings The Whole ?Software Eating The World? Thing To Your Own Backyard

Lawncare and landscaping are areas that have remained largely un-”disrupted” in the whole software eating the world trend that's been going on in recent years. If you're in one of the 80 percent of American households that have a lawn, ch

Fixed Raises $1.2 Million For A Mobile App That Fights Your Parking Tickets For You

Fixed, the clever mobile application that helps you fight your parking tickets just by snapping a photo of the ticket with your mobile phone, has now closed on $1.2 million in seed funding. Investors in the round include Y Combinator, Merus Capital,

Microsoft Brings OneNote To Amazon's Android App Store

When Microsoft said that it wanted to take its products and services to other platforms, it appears that the company meant it: Today the software firm brought OneNote, its EverNote competitor, to Amazon's Android App Store. So, if you have a Kindle F

The Smart Key Chain Will Store Your Files, Check Your Email, And Find Your Keys

Because everything is getting smarter, it would be silly to think that keychains would be exempt. The Smart Keychain has four uses in one small package: USB file storage, upcoming calendar alerts, incoming email notifications, and a key locator. Rea

Instagram's ?Bolt? Leak Could Be A New Facebook App Or An App Install Ad Test

Some Instagram users are reporting having briefly seen a banner advertisement within the Instagram application which pointed to a new app called “Bolt,” described as a “one tap photo messaging” app. Next to the app's name and

Apple Makes OS X Yosemite Beta Download Available To Testers

Apple has flipped the switch on the OS X Yosemite Beta today as promised, and if you've already signed up and been accepted to the Beta program, you can head to the Apple site for the preview to get a Mac App Store redemption code for the new build n

Square Now Works With IFTTT

Imagine a venn diagram with two big circles: “People who use Square”, and “People who use IFTTT”. If you sit in the overlap between the two — Hurray! Today is your day. Square now plays friendly with IFTTT. If you're lef

Google Folds Its Workforce Management Tool ?Maps Coordinates? Into Maps Engine Pro

Last year, Google launched Maps Engine Pro, a service that aims to make it easier for businesses to create, manage and share maps to visualize their data. Until now, this offering was purely about map creation, but today, Google is adding Maps Coordi

Hands-On With The Revamped iOS App For We Heart It, The Feel-Good Social Photo Site

We Heart It, the Pinterest-meets-Tumblr social image sharing platform that's attracted a large and passionate user base among teens and the under-25 set, today rolled out a completely rebuilt and redesigned iOS app. We Heart It president Dave William

Hitpost Co-founder, Designer Aaron Krane Joins Khosla Ventures As An EIR

Aaron Krane, the designer-founder who started Hitpost, a sports-centric mobile company that Yahoo later acquired, is joining Khosla Ventures as an entrepreneur-in-residence. He's close with some of Khosla's recently hired consumer-focused VCs like fo

Secret Escapes Acquires My City Venue To Add More Events To Luxury Travel Club

Secret Escapes, the UK luxury travel ‘flash sales' site that offers members heavy discounts on luxury hotels and holidays, has quietly acquired 3 year old My City Venue to bolster the events side of its business. Read More

Oculus Starts Shipping Its Next-Gen Rift VR Headset, A Bit Later Than Expected

It's a bit later than they originally hoped, but the second pre-release version of Oculus' $350 virtual reality headset is finally finding its way onto the delivery trucks. While the company originally intended for the first shipments to start arrivi

SilverPush Says It's Using ?Audio Beacons? For An Unusual Approach To Cross-Device Ad Targeting

A number of companies are trying to help advertisers bridge the gap between devices — i.e., to identify when the same person is accessing the web or apps from the desktop, phone, and tablets. Now a mobile advertising startup called SilverPush s

Imoji For iPhone Lets You Turn Any Image Into A Custom Emoji

With the rise of smartphones and messaging apps, emoji and stickers have also grown in popularity, and are now a part of our everyday conversations. But the standard set of emoji that come pre-installed on the iPhone can be limiting. Today, a new app

Blink Is An Affordable Wireless Security Cam For Your Home

Security conscious types with a hankering to pepper their homes with sensor-packed cameras to keep remote tabs on their stuff should point their eyes at Blink: a wireless connected security camera with a relatively cheap price-tag vs the extant compe

President Obama Plans Action On Drone Privacy Regulation

As the FAA watches its drone regulation deadlines loom, President Obama intends to issue an executive order that will deal with drone privacy, something that the federal agency hasn't delved too deeply into. According to Politico, the president plans

Uber Comes To Flint And Makes Me Very Happy

I live in a dead city outside of a larger dead city in Michigan. We're always last to get things. But Uber is finally in Flint, Michigan. This is the best day ever. In fact Uber just launched across Michigan today in Flint, Lansing, Grand Rapids and

Karma Swipe Lets You Browse Reddit With Tinder-Like Swipes

There are literally dozens of third-party apps for the online community Reddit, from mini meme-makers to feature-rich native clients, like the popular Alien Blue, for example. But we're getting a kick out of a new app called Karma Swipe (click the li

Facebook Is Now Worth $190 Billion

Facebook is worth more than Amazon. Following yesterday's earnings report, Facebook shares hit an all-time high in after-hours trading at $75. Price has been very stable this morning as well, confirming yesterday's pop. Shares opened at $75.96 a shar

Google's Chromecast Turns One, Boasts Over 400M Casts To Date

Google launched the Chromecast exactly one year ago today, and the $35 streaming stick has made some impressive progress in the intervening 365 days. The media player has added a ton of features, but Google also revealed that it has powered over 400

Appealing To Women, Social Fitness App PumpUp Raises $2.4M Led by General Catalyst

You would think that combining a health and fitness app with social networking features had kinda been done for a while. Strava has a sort of network where I can follow my friends' runs. And other apps have similar features. But it would seem there's

Samsung Might Have Found A Shortcut To Mobile Virtual Reality Through Oculus VR

If you're interested in virtual reality, then a new report from CNET that maintains Samsung is working directly with Facebook-owned Oculus on a headset that uses mobile devices to generate VR environments and experiences should get you excited. We've

Intigua Raises $10M Series B Round For Its IT Management Automation Service

Intigua, a company that specializes in giving enterprises an easier way to manage their IT operations in private and public clouds, today announced that it has raised a $10 million Series B round led by Intel Capital. Existing investors Bessemer Vent

Disrupt Alum Trello Takes In $10.3M For Its Visual To-Do Lists

Disrupt alum Trello has pulled in a $10.3 million funding round. The startup launched its visual project management system back in September 2011, on TC's startup battlefield stage. Read More

Essence Group Holdings Raises $71 Million For Population Health Management Services

Essence Group Holdings Corp., the parent company of health management services provider Lumeris, has raised $71 million in a round of financing announced today. In all the company has raised some $141 million as it seeks to sell services to health c

QBlinks Is A Multi-Use Remote Control And Notification Center For Your iPhone

Qblinks wants to be the Swiss Army knife of iPhone remote controllers. The Bluetooth LE device, which is currently seeking $35,000 on Kickstarter, can be used to alert you to notifications from different apps on your smartphone; as a camera remote sh

Vingle Lets You Mingle With People Who Share Your Interests

Vingle is a fun, community-oriented site from the founders of Viki, the crowdsourced subtitling platform that was acquired by Rakuten for a reported $200 million last year. Viki's founders, Changseong Ho, Razmig Hovaghimian, and Jiwon Moon, saw how d

Easy Location-Sharing App Jink Is Kind To Your Smartphone's Battery

Jink is an iOS and Android app with one goal: to answer the question “where the heck are you?” The location sharing app, developed by Taipei and San Francisco-based Greenhouse Apps, is the latest entrant in a very busy space and is up aga

Matter Lets You Add And Edit 3D Objects In Your Photographs

Pixite, a company that creates high-quality photo editing apps on iOS, is increasing its creative suite today with the launch of Matter, an app that allows users to add 3D effects with shadows and reflections into their existing photographs. Read Mor

Microsoft Says It Isn't Abandoning Xbox Music, Promises It Will Suck Less Shortly

During Microsoft's earnings call yesterday, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella indicated that his company would “streamline” its work in music and video. That was interpreted in some cases to imply that Microsoft was walking away from Xbox Music

Life On Kim Kardashian's D-List

Is there anything Kim Kardashian can't sell? The Kim Kardashian: Hollywood game is now #1 in the App Store with a 5-star rating and more than 140,000 reviews. It's slated to gross an estimated $200 million in annual revenue and the stock price for th

Microsoft Parodies ?I'm Sexy And I Know It? And It's The Worst

The OneNote team has been active lately, making their product free across all platforms, and hosting a successful Reddit AMA session that included an adorkable verification video. Then they decided to reach. Small tip: If you are technology team in a

The Server Needs To Die To Save The Internet

Do we have the Internet we deserve? There's an argument to say that yes, we absolutely do. Given web users' general reluctance to pay for content. We are of course, paying. Just not with cold hard cash, but with our privacy — as digital busines

Twitter's Diversity Report Is More Of The Same

Twitter released its diversity numbers on Wednesday afternoon after mounting pressure from civil rights groups — and they're pretty bad if you're not a white or Asian guy. Overall, Twitter's employees are 70 percent male and 30 percent female.

Facebook Share Price Hits All-Time High Of $75 After Hours Thanks To Strong Q2 Numbers

Facebook's stock infamously took a nosedive in the months following its public debut in 2012 after analysts wondered if the social network was too overhyped in its IPO and employee share lockups expired. But those days now seem a distant memory. On t

Facebook Says Messenger And Payments Will Eventually ?Overlap? But Don't Hold Your Breath

Facebook does plan to monetize Messenger through payments, but it's going to take its time to do it right. Regarding Messenger, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said “over time there will be some overlap between that and payments”. He stressed that &#

Hands On With The Production Version Of The Myo Gesture Control Armband

Thalmic Labs is a Waterloo-based startup with a very ambitious goal – to change the way we interact with our everyday computing devices. To that end, they've developed the Myo armband, a gesture control device that fits around the meaty part of

American Users Spend An Average Of 40 Minutes Per Day On Facebook

American Facebook users spend way more time on the social network than exercising. Mark Zuckerberg said today on Facebook's Q2 earnings call that users in the US spend an average of 40 minutes per day, while the CDC recommends Americans exercise 21 m

Tech Leaders Tell Interns What They Wish They Knew At Age 20

Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger, PayPal co-founder Max Levchin, Eventbrite co-founder Kevin Hartz, early PayPal and AirBnB investor Keith Rabois, Indiegogo co-founder Danae Ringelmann and Re/code founder Kara Swisher were among the 11 speakers whos
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