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Sundar Pichai's Ascension At Google Could Herald New Platform Unification

In a sweeping transfer of power, Google CEO Larry Page will bequeath operational leadership of a host of core products to his lieutenant Sundar Pichai. Pichai, a well-known Google executive, will add control of Google+, search, maps, infrastructure a

Sidecar Tests A New ?Commute? Service, With Discounts When You Pay For A Week Of Morning Rides

Ridesharing service SideCar invited me today to beta test a new feature called Sidecar Commute. Here's how it works, as explained on the tester signup page: You pay $35 for a one-week SideCar Commute Pack, then you can request a ride every morning th

You Can Now Build Oculus Projects In The Free Version Of Unity

Hey, you! Yeah, you! The one with the awesome idea for something that needs to be built in virtual reality! Remember a few weeks back, when Oculus mentioned that their development tools would soon work with the free version of the Unity game engine,

First Look At 3D Camera App 3DAround

What if you could shoot those cool 360-degree, swivel-around photos you see on ecommerce sites or in The Matrix with just your smartphone? Then you'd be using the 3DAround camera app that launches next month from Dacuda, which gave TechCrunch an earl

Gillmor Gang LIVE 10.24.14

Gillmor Gang – John Borthwick, Robert Scoble, Dan Farber, John Taschek, Keith Teare and Steve Gillmor. Live recording session today at 1pm PT/4pm ET. Live FriendFeed chat during the show broadcast Our Gillmor Gang Facebook page Our sister show

PSA: Don't Open Random PowerPoint Presentations From Strangers Right Now

Heads up! In what feels like a throwback to the late 90s/early 2000's, Microsoft has discovered one helluva bug in Microsoft Office. Executed properly, the bug could be exploited to take over your entire system running just about any version of Windo

Google Rolls Out An Invite System For Its New Email App, Inbox By Gmail

Good news, you don't have to scour eBay for an invite to Google's new email application, Inbox. You just have to know someone who got in. Today, Google announced by way of its “Inbox by Gmail” Twitter account that each Inbox user will now

This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: iPads, Disrupt London, And iPads

You might have heard that Apple released some new iPads last week. A lot of them. Plus, TechCrunch ventured across the pond for Disrupt London, where a number of incredible hardware startups debuted their wares. It was a long, but awesome, week. We d

AT&T Breaks The Apple SIM's Best Feature, Locks It Down If You Pick AT&T

The idea behind the Apple SIM that comes in the new iPads is most excellent: one sim, many carriers. Whenever you want to switch carriers, you'd just pop into settings and pick the new one. If you want to bring your own SIM, you can — but other

The Groups App I Wish Facebook Would Build

About once a week, if not more, I find myself typing these words or something similar on Facebook: “I just PM'd you, check your ‘Other' inbox.” Or, “sorry, I'm on mobile, I can't get to the ‘Other' inbox right now.”

Terminal's Containers Pioneer A New Way Of Developing Apps From The Cloud

Terminal, a San Francisco-based startup founded by some ex-Facebook and Google technical talent, is trying to transform the way we do software development. They've built system supporting containers, or ultra-fast virtual machines that will let devel

Yep, Apple Will Shut Down Beats Music App And Roll It Into iTunes

Last month I reported that Apple would shut down Beats Music and likely add streaming music to iTunes. Apple denied, specifically, that Beats Music would be shut down. Shortly thereafter, ‘unnamed sources familiar with the matter' conveniently

The Queen's First Tweet Is A Royal Mystery

Think about your first tweet. Mine was sent from a desktop, but I'm sure plenty of people sent their first tweet from a smartphone. But before you can ever send a tweet, you have to sign up for an account. And, of course, you have to type out an act

Amazon Quietly Launches A Functional App Store Within Its Main Android Application

Until recently, if you wanted to install an application from Amazon's own Appstore onto your Android device, you would have to install the Amazon Appstore app separately. And this is a bit of a hassle, since you can't exactly just download the app fr

IBM Earnings Reflect Just How Difficult Transformation Really Is

The news came out this week that IBM had another bad quarterly report card. Unfortunately for IBM it marked the 10th straight quarter of falling revenue, indicating that maybe something's not quite right at Big Blue. IBM's earnings illustrate the cha

Socar, Korea's Answer To Zipcar, Raises $18 Million But Isn't Looking Overseas Just Yet

South Korea is know for advanced technology and hardware companies like Samsung, LG and others. But startups? Certainly the country has produced few fledgling tech companies, though there are increasing signs that things are changing: the latest bein

Japanese Hobbyists Build A Working Transformer

Eee-urrk-urrk-urrk-urk! A pair of Japanese hobbyists have have built a transforming robot that can walk or, when in sports car form, drive around autonomously. It's called the J-deite Quarter and is four feet tall. The goal, apparently, is to make a

Nintendo's Extended Amiibo Video Is Weird And Long But Good

Nintendo has a new online ad for its Amiibo ‘toys-to-life' mobile figures, and the spot depicts the lengthy journey of one young player looking to upgrade his collectible character in order to win over the favours of one of his older brother's

How To Tell If You're Burning Money Too Fast

Questions about cash burn have blazed through Twitter like wild fire. Entrepreneurs are asking us: How do I know if I am burning money too fast? Unfortunately, there is no one size fits all answer for an entrepreneur on what level of burn is appropri

Looksery Launches A Video Chatting App That Makes You Look More Attractive

Earlier this year, a company called Looksery popped up on Kickstarter to raise crowdfunding for a new kind of mobile video chat application that allows users to look more attractive on video using special effects that can remove blemishes, let you ch

Blloon App Encourages Ebook Reading By Letting Readers Earn Free Pages

Berlin-based startup Blloon has launched an app that aims to get more young people reading ebooks by applying a freemium model to the medium — gifting a certain number of pages (1,000) when a user signs up, so they can get started reading strai

Deezer Buys Stitcher To Add Talk Radio And Podcasts To Its Music Platform

Deezer, the Paris-based music streaming service that competes against the likes of Spotify and Rdio, is switching up its game in the battle for more differentiation, more users and a higher profile in the U.S. It has acquired Stitcher, the San Franci

College Messaging App DormChat Takes On Yik Yak With Backing From ff Venture Capital

DormChat aims to give people a new way to message each other that's location-based and anonymity-optional — and it's starting with college students. The iOS app was released earlier this year and is already available on more than 200 college ca

Amazon Rewards Visa Cards Now Compatible With Apple Pay

Amazon said it would be making its Rewards Visa from Chase compatible with the new Apple Pay system earlier this week, and the integration is already out the door. Amazon had said it would support it sometime, though they didn't specify an exact time

Yelp Buys Restaurant-Kritik To Expand Its Presence In Germany

Yelp has boosted its presence in Europe after announcing the acquisition of Restaurant-Kritik, a restaurant review service in Germany. Restaurant-Kritik claims to have over 330,000 reviews of more than 94,000 restaurants across Germany. Read More

Sprung From The Ashes Of Formspring, Spring.me Raises $5M To Create The ?Friendliest Social Network?

Spring.me, the new social network that was previously Formspring, has raised a total of $5 million in debt and equity seed funding from investors including Right Click Capital, Tank Stream Ventures, Nextec Strategic Capital, and Rubicon Project Found

Bitcasa Ends Unlimited Storage

Bitcasa, a cloud storage service that initially made waves with a low cost unlimited storage offer is scrapping this option entirely — claiming it's not being used enough to justify the high costs of dealing with a small group of what it dubs T

Here's A Sneak Peak At MotionSavvy's UNI Sign Language Interpretation Device

MotionSavvy, the San Francisco startup working on tech to help the deaf communicate, has launched an Indiegogo campaign to commercialize its first product, UNI. The UNI app works with Leap Motion technology to translate each hand sign from American s

Amazon Fire Phone Flops

Given that Amazon was tanking the price of the Fire Phone down to 99 cents two months after launch (leading to many a “Fire sale!” joke), this probably won't come as much of a surprise: the Fire Phone isn't a success. On the Amazon earnin

Amazon Tanks 10% After Reporting Larger Than Expected Third Quarter Loss

Amazon reported lower than expected revenue in its third quarter, and a larger than expected loss. Analysts expected the company to lose $0.74 on revenue of $20.84 billion. Instead, Amazon lost $0.95  per share on revenue of $20.58 billion. That per-

Australian Service Directory Site Oneflare Raises $876,000 For International Expansion

Oneflare, a local services marketplace based in Sydney, Australia, has raised an additional $1 million AUD (about $876,000), bringing its total funding so far to $1.5 million AUD (about $1.3 million). Investors include Les Szekely of Equity Venture P

Microsoft Up 3% After Reporting Better Than Expected FQ1 Revenue Of $23.20B, EPS Of $0.54

After gaining more than 1 percent in regular trading, Microsoft reported its fiscal first quarter (2015) earnings: Revenue totaled $23.20 billion in the period, leading to profits of $0.54 per share. Analysts had expected Microsoft to report $22.02 b

PlayStation 4 Update Coming On 10/28 Lets You Play Games With Friends Who Don't Own A Copy

Back in August, Sony started teasing a new feature they call “Share Play”. Though we're still waiting to see just how well it works, the idea itself is wonderful: once enabled, you can let your friends play your games with you (or by them

Researchers Want To Send Us To The Moon Using Robots And Oculus Rift

A researcher at Carnegie Mellon University, Daniel Shafir, and his team want to do something incredible: they want to send a rover to the moon and then let us, the Earthlings, control it and look out of its 360-degree cameras as it tumbles around tha

With 40 Million Downloads, betaworks-Backed Dots Gets A Refreshed Logo

Dots, the betaworks-backed gaming studio led by Paul Murphy and Patrick Moberg, has today announced a rebranding for the company. The new logo takes inspiration from Charles Eames, according to a Medium post, and uses colors from the first iteration

Surface Revenue, Redux

In about an hour, Microsoft will release the results of its most recent quarter, the first quarter of its fiscal 2015. The company is expected to report revenue of $22 billion, and earnings per share between $0.49 and $0.55, depending on which set of

TestFlight Beta Testing Goes Live For All iOS Developers

Apple has pushed its TestFlight Beta testing service live for everyone, the company revealed on its developer news portal today. Registered developers can now invite up to 1,000 beta testers to try out their iOS apps, using emailed invitations sent v

Join Me Tomorrow In Krakow

I'll be speaking at an event held by Geek Girls Carrots Crakow, a group of amazing programmers who are working to bring everyone onto the STEM wagon. The event will be held at Przemys?owa 12 in Krakow, Poland at 7pm. You can sign up here. I'll also b

Charlie Briefs You On Your Upcoming Meetings By Emailing You One-Pagers On Attendees

A new web application called Charlie has raised a seed round of $1.75 million led by Lightbank Capital for a product that emails you short, automatically generated one-pagers detailing what you need to know about the people you're about to meet with,

Slack Is Raising Another Round At Up To A $1B Valuation

Slack, the enterprise collaboration platform co-founded by Stewart Butterfield of Flickr fame, continues to defy its namesake: we have heard from sources that the company is raising a new round of funding at a valuation of between $800 million and $1

Jonny IV Wants To Be Nasty Gal For Men

Today marks the launch of yet another ecommerce brand focused on mens apparel, as Jonny IV joins ranks with Buck Mason, Frank & Oak, and many others. Founded by Eugene Kang, the former head of ecommerce at Forever 21, Jonny IV is different from o

Twilio Project Turns 2048 Into A Multiplayer Game? That You Play By Text

Remember all of the wonderfully-entertaining frustration that was Twitch Plays Pokemon? Take that concept and turn it on its head. Wrap it around a puzzle game instead of a side-scroller, and have players text in commands rather than input them via c

Q&A With Facebook's Josh Miller On Why His Rooms App Isn't Anonymous, It's The Early Web Reborn

Is Rooms the anonymous Facebook app people were expecting? “No. Unequivocally No?because you cannot be anonymous in our app,” Josh Miller tells me. The Branch founder turned Facebook product manager's new forums app Rooms launches today,

Facebook Launches Pseudonymous App ?Rooms? That Lets You Create Forums About Any Topic

It's not quite anonymous, but forums standalone app Rooms is Facebook's first product that allows you to ditch your real name. Rooms lets you set up a mobile-only in-app discussion space about any topic, customize the look and moderation settings, se

Hardware Battlefield Applications Close In A Week

Stop procrastinating and fill out your application for Hardware Battlefield. The show is set to be even better than last year with participating startups getting free exhibition space at the 2015 International CES and competing for $50,000 and the co

Mint's Aaron Patzer Launches Beta Version Of An On-Demand Answers App With $4 Million In Funding From Shasta And First Round

Aaron Patzer, the founder and former CEO of Mint is placing his next bet with the on-demand info space. He and co-founder Jean Sini (another former Minter) are launching the beta of Fountain, an app that gives you advice from a curated set of experts

Android Wear Update Adds Offline Music, Bluetooth Headphone And GPS Support

Android Wear is getting its first big update, with features that make smartwatches using Google's wearable operating system more standalone devices, including music syncing and GPS location support. That means if you leave your watch at home while yo

Galvanize Announces GalvanizeU, A Year-Long Bootcamp That Gives You A Master's Degree

Today, tech education startup Galvanize is announcing that in January 2015 it will begin offering a program that, while formatted like a dev bootcamp focused on giving practical skills needed to land a job as a data scientist, also gives you an accre

StumbleUpon's 5by Relaunches As An App For Chatting About Online Videos With Friends

5by, the video recommendation startup that became StumbleUpon's first acquisition last fall, is relaunching its mobile apps for iOS and Android today with a slightly different focus: instead of only helping users find online videos that match their m

A Random Walk Through Hardware Alley

Where else in the world can you see a 3D printer named after a simian, a 2000-core super chip, and an inexpensive hearing test in the same room? Hardware Alley at Disrupt London, that's where. I love visiting the hardware booths at Disrupt and this e
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