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5 Reasons You Should Work For A Startup At Least Once

They say in business you should think big. But when it comes to your career, have you considered thinking “small”? In my experience, a startup is a roller-coaster ride that can offer you incredible career experiences and teach you some in

Oculus Execs Believe Controllers Are The Missing Link In Virtual Reality

When you put a child in virtual reality, they instinctively raise their hands hoping to see them, says Oculus CTO John Carmack. Yet Oculus doesn't have its own gloves or handheld controllers, despite rumors amongst the VR community that Oculus would

Return Of The M&A

2014 has seen an unprecedented number of M&A transactions globally, especially within the tech sector. Global tech M&A was up 55% over last year, soaring to its highest level since 2000. Technology related transactions this year alone have ge

The ?Oculus Platform? Marketplace For Virtual Reality Apps Coming This Fall

Oculus announced the “Oculus Platform” store for developers to distribute their virtual reality apps and experiences today at the Oculus Connect conference. Starting this fall on the Samsung Gear VR made by Oculus, this revamp of the Ocul

The Investments In A Wearables Future

People may debate when the wearable first came into being or what industries will be most impacted by the technology, but there is no debating that startup activity in the wearable space has accelerated. if Apple moving into a category is one sure si

Oculus Reveals Its New ?Crescent Bay? Developer Kit With 360-Degree Head Tracking And Headphones

Oculus gave the world the first look at its new developer kit Crescent Bay today at Oculus' Connect conference, which you can watch live here. Crescent Bay has a faster frame rate, 360 degree head tracking, and an integrated audio system. Plus it's l

Gillmor Gang: Slight of Hand

The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Dan Farber, John Taschek, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. The new big iPhone and its younger less bigger brother hit the streets, along with the iOS refresh that will link the shipping devices to a late October

London's Tech Boom Is More Than Just Hype, The Hard Numbers Say So

While London Technology Week may not yet rival last week's London Fashion Week for glamour, there is real substance to the capital's tech boom. This is why, for the first time, TechCrunch is bringing its Silicon Valley conference, Disrupt, to London

Air Food One Delivers Airline Food Right To Your Door

Have we reached peak delivery service? Just in case you had a craving for airline food for some reason, there's now a company in Germany that will bring it to you. Air Food One is a subscription food delivery service that has teamed up with grocery c

Apple Cauterizing HealthKit At Launch Shows How High The Stakes Are 

Last week, in the fevered cauldron of iPhone 6/6+ reviews, iOS 8 rolling out and shiny new iPhone hardware going on sale it was easy to miss the glitch in Apple's oh-so-choreographed release matrix: a bug in its new HealthKit develop tool. Read More

Watch The Oculus Connect Keynotes Here

Oculus, the virtual reality headset company that Facebook acquired for a mind-blowing $2 billion dollars, is holding its very first conference today. With conferences come keynotes — and with keynotes comes the potential for big announcements.

The Demons Of On-Demand

Are today's on-demand and local services really about catering to the lazy rich, as claimed, or are they about a new way to book services from local providers by satisfying demand more efficiently through the use of geolocation and advanced software

Going Digital: A New Frontier For Finance

Financial services are no longer the enigma they once were. Gaining ever-increasing accessibility, these services are on the brink of exploding. While obtaining greater access to financial services comes in part because our world is becoming more dig

Let's Fix The Internet

I hate to be the one to tell you this, but: we, the people of the Internet, have collectively run up a colossal amount of technical debt. Much of our online infrastructure consists of band-aid and/or legacy Rube Goldberg solutions hacked together wit

The Big Picture On Digital Receipts

What's happening with digital receipts? The answer to that is – a lot. The last five years or so have seen an explosion of ideas surrounding the capture, management and storage of digital receipts. There has been a mad rush by start-ups and mer

SchoolMint Takes $2.2 Million To Make School Enrollment Easier

Startups have raised millions of dollars to improve every aspect of the classroom experience, but now there's one focused on making it easier to actually enroll kids in schools. San Francisco-based SchoolMint, a new company backed with $2.2 million i

Super Early Data Suggests iPhone 6 Is Outselling 6 Plus By A Lot

What's going to sell better — the big ol' iPhone 6, or the friggin' huge iPhone 6 Plus? The data is really, REALLY early (the phone has only been on the shelves for about 18 hours at this point, after all) — but so far, the 6 seems to be

Super Early Data Suggests iPhone 6 Is Outselling 6 Plus By A Lot

What's going to sell better — the big ol' iPhone 6, or the friggin' huge iPhone 6 Plus? The data is really, REALLY early (the phone has only been on the shelves for about 18 hours at this point, after all) — but so far, the 6 seems to be

Bitcoin Slips Back Under $400

After a steady decline from former, mid-year highs, bitcoin is now back under the $400 mark. The cryptocurrency hit that mark in April, at which point TechCrunch pointed out that the stuff was off 60 percent from its record highs. Read More

The $300 Headband That Gamifies Your Moment Of Zen

The Muse brain-training headband promises to help you reduce stress and anxiety in just three minutes a day. I went with our TechCrunch TV crew to chat with Muse co-founder and CEO Ariel Garten and to try out the tech…which turned into my own,

Rumor: Oculus Will Unveil A Handheld Virtual Reality Controller At Its Conference

Oculus‘ headset lets you look around virtual reality but requires integrations with unofficial controllers to move an avatar, fire weapons, or input other commands. But at tomorrow's Oculus Connect virtual reality conference, sources say Oculus

Verizon Will Be Getting iPhone 6-Friendly WiFi Calling In 2015

A quick update for those trying to figure out which carriers will/won't support the iPhone 6's WiFi calling feature any time soon: T-Mobile is a go. AT&T will get it in 2015. Now Verizon is pledging to support it next year, too. Word of the new f

A Unique Fingertip Sensor Helps Robots Touch The World Around Them

Robots need love too. That's why MIT researchers have added a touch force sensor to the robotic Baxter, allowing him to register gentle caresses, tender hand-holding, and the sense the he is loved and in love. Ok, not really. But now Baxter, a robot

CrunchWeek: Alibaba's IPO, Minecraft, And Sarah Gets A ManServant

Happy Friday, everyone, and welcome to another episode of CrunchWeek. This time around the table, TechCrunch's Sarah Burh, Ryan Lawler and myself discussed Alibaba's massive IPO, Microsoft picking up Minecraft for a few dollars, and why Sarah had som

NYSE Traders Weigh In On Alibaba's IPO

We were on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange this morning for Alibaba's debut. The Chinese e-commerce company had the biggest initial public offering ever for a US-listed company, and its share price jumped another 36 percent when it opened at

Alibaba Spikes, Yahoo Sags

Alibaba's IPO touched down today to large success. The company's shares soared more than 38 percent in regular trading, pushing the valuation of the Chinese e-commerce company north of $225 billion. The success of the offering, however, did not bolst

Netflix Is Finally Coming To Linux Without The Need For Hacky Tricks

If you're sitting in the itty-bitty overlapping sliver on the Venn Diagram of “People who use Ubuntu” and “People who can't figure out how to use user agent spoofing and other trickery to make Netflix work on Ubuntu” — G

TechCrunch Giveaway: LogMeIn Rescue + 1 Year Mobile License

For all you technicians out there, the team at LogMeIn wants to give one of our readers a license to their Rescue software tech support service. Rescue is a cloud-based application that empowers customer service agents to offer premium levels of remo

Gillmor Gang LIVE 09.19.14

Gillmor Gang – Dan Farber, John Taschek, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. LIVE recording session today at 1pm PT. Our LIVE Friendfeed chat during show Gillmor Gang on Facebook Read More

Sweeten, A Match-Making Platform For Homeowners And Renovators, Launches Out Of Beta

We've seen services like Angie's List and Red Beacon provide greater transparency around booking contractors and designers for home renovation and repair work, but that doesn't mean there is no room for improvement in the space. Sweeten, which just l

This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Apple, Moto 360, And Amazon

This week, you might have noticed that Apple introduced a few new products. That said, we're getting to know the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Meanwhile, we've actually grown more attached to the Moto 360 than expected, and are in the process of learning abou

Amazon Attempts To Upend The Television Ratings System ? No, Really

On January 26, 1979, “The Dukes of Hazzard” television show premiered on CBS on the East Coast. The show was poorly reviewed and, worse still, the TV ratings were just okay. As the legend goes, the president of CBS, who was in New York th

UK Engineers 3D Print Their Own Raspberry Pi Laptop

Is there anything a robotic system for the extrusion of plastic in to solid forms over time can't do? We present to you today the Pi-Top, a Raspberry Pi-based laptop that is completely 3D printed and lasts for hours on a single charge. The kit, which

Kickstarter Updates Terms Of Use Section Related To Failed Projects

Popular crowdfunding destination Kickstarter updated its Terms of Use today to clarify what specifically needs to happen if a project runs into trouble and creators are unable to deliver. The terms changes come on the heels of new FTC rules which sta

Ahead Of New FTC Rules, Kickstarter Updates Terms Of Use Section Related To Failed Projects

Popular crowdfunding destination Kickstarter updated its Terms of Use today to clarify what specifically needs to happen if a project runs into trouble and creators are unable to deliver. The terms changes come on the heels of new FTC rules which sta

Sf.citi Tries To Recruit Tech Companies To ?Adopt? SF's Public Schools

One of the issues with leaning on a high-tech economic growth strategy in a region where there is incredibly constricted space and housing stock like in San Francisco and Silicon Valley, is making sure that the benefits of a boom spread to everyone.

TROBO Is A Storytelling Plush Toy Robot That Teaches Kids Science And Math

A huggable, talking toy is not an entirely new idea, but a new toy robot called TROBO does more than just chatter at kids – he also works alongside an iPad app to help get children excited about STEM topics – that is science, technology,

Veteran Venture Capitalist Pierre Lamond Joins Formation 8 As An Advisor

After leaving Khosla Ventures after its last fund, Silicon Valley icon Pierre Lamond has resurfaced in a new role. The veteran venture capitalist has taken an advisory position at Formation 8, the three-year old venture firm founded by Joe Lonsdale,

Alibaba Opens Trading At $92.70, Up 36 Percent From Its IPO Price

Alibaba just opened trading on the New York Stock Exchange at $92.70 per share, up 36 percent from the $68 share price of its initial public offering. The Chinese e-commerce giant raised $21.8 billion in its IPO, making it the biggest US public offer

Keyboard Apps Dominate The App Store's Top Charts After iOS 8 Release

As the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus go on sale today, many consumers will be getting their hands on Apple's new mobile operating system, iOS 8, for the first time. And what are iOS 8 users downloading from the App Store? From the looks of things, it's keyboar

Patient Access And Control: The Future Of Chronic Disease Management?

Sufferers of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in the United States are among the more active practitioners of disease self-management. It involves, among other disciplines, rigorous self-monitoring of blood glucose and blood pressure levels, strict dieta

Notion Ink Quietly Releases The Cain Windows Tablet

I place this here not as a recommendation to buy but as a reminder of the great Notion Ink Wars of 2011. At the time, Notion Ink was offering an Android tablet that everyone thought was the second coming and, when the dust settled, it was a fat load

Apple's iPhone 6 And 6 Plus Go On Sale To Long Lines Of Fans

Apple started selling its iPhone 6 and 6 Plus today, with sales in-store kicking off at Apple Store retail locations beginning at 8 AM local time. The lines this year are longer than they have been in recent memory, if not ever for an iPhone launch,

Europe Seeks A Common Appeals Process For The ?Right To Be Forgotten'

Data protection regulators in Europe are working on creating a common set of guidelines for handling appeals by individuals whose requests to search engines to de-index personal information, under the region's recent right to be forgotten ruling, hav

Man Buys The First iPhone 6 In Perth, Immediately Drops It Onto Concrete

WHOOPS. On the upside, it doesn't look like the screen got too busted up. Plus, hey, even if it was shattered… at least he got a U2 album out of it*. [* haha just kidding no one wants that] Read More

Klarna Announces U.S. Team As It Plans For 2015 Launch

The payments market in the U.S. couldn't be be more competitive, and now yet another player is entering the mix. Stockholm-based Klarna is set to announce its U.S. team ahead of expansion plans into North America, which will begin in earnest at the b

Winter Is (Probably) Coming (Soon)

That's the gist of a recent interview that venture capitalist Bill Gurley gave. His words matter because they cut to the simple fact that too many companies are burning too much money. Making money is better than losing money, but losing money —

Facebook Won't Budge On Letting Drag Queens Keep Their Names

Facebook will not be changing its real-name policy for the drag queen community. San Francisco drag queens met with representatives from the company yesterday afternoon to talk through a recent mass deletion of their personal profile pages. Facebook

One Lap With Circa's Matt Galligan

In the first installment of One Lap, Matt Galligan joined me at Thunderhill Raceway to talk about his mobile news application, Circa. I first met Matt in Boulder, Colo., in early 2010 shortly after he started SimpleGeo, an infrastructure provider for

Patient Capital Drives Change In Education

In 2001, Arthur Levine, then president of Columbia University Teacher's College, predicted that one day faculty members would become free agents, increasingly independent of their colleges and universities. “It is only a matter of time before w
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