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Comcast Makes It More And More Difficult To Opt-Out Of Internet Sharing

As we learned back in June, Comcast has decided to turn every cable router on its network into a public wi-fi access point. While this may sound like a good idea – free Internet for all Comcast subscribers everywhere is the goal – the reality clashes with the Internet user’s sense of freedom and …

Texting Turns 22

Half a lifetime ago, 22-year-old Neil Papworth sent the first ever short message service (SMS). His fifteen-character missive – ‘merry christmas’ – was sent to colleague Richard Jarvis on December 3, 1992.<p>This act was considered important enough to mark the occasion with a party but not important …

Report: Iran Developing System To ID Any Internet User

The government of Iran is no stranger to using its power to restrict Internet freedoms in its country, blocking millions of websites when they have run counter to religious or political beliefs. Now it sounds like it plans to take that another step further: engineers are developing a system to …

Rumor: Ektron Deal Could Include Merger With European CMS Vendor EpiServer [Updated]

As though the Ektron story we have been following over the last week hasn’t been convoluted enough, we started hearing rumors yesterday that the deal actually includes another component. The company could be merging with Stockholm-based Web-content management vendor EpiServer as part of the …

Moore’s Law And The 30-Year Rule

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Paul Johnson is a co-founder of Uncommon Union.</i><p>Citations of Moore’s Law are growing exponentially. In fact the number of articles with some mention of the law, which has come to mean computing capacity doubles every 10 months, are accelerating. TechCrunch alone returns 220 pages of …

Uber Confirms It Is Assisting Police In India Following An Alleged Rape

Uber is assisting police in India with an investigation into the alleged rape of a passenger who used its service in New Delhi, the U.S. company confirmed today.<p><b>Update: Reuters reports that the man has been arrested.</b><p>A number of media in the country — including Times of India and NDTV — report that …

The Dawning Virtual Age

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Sasa Marinkovic is the head of software marketing for the computing and graphics group at AMD.</i><p>We all experienced a colorless world not too long ago — a colorless computing world. The arrival of graphics processing for personal computers 30 years ago banished monochrome and grayscale …

Six Drivers Of The $700B Mobile Internet

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Tim Merel is the managing director of Digi-Capital.</i><p>Mobile internet is all about big numbers. Revenue will more than triple to $700 billion by 2017, there was over $19 billion invested and $94 billion exits in the last 12 months, average sector returns were up to 15.6x all of the money …

Gillmor Gang: Not Fade Away

The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Doc Searls, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, December 5, 2014.<p>As notifications and deep linking are built out, the Gillmor Gang is implementing a series of interconnected apps and services including a forthcoming Gillmor Gang app.<p>Follow …

Watch Sony’s PlayStation Experience Keynote Live

This embed is invalid<p>Sony’s PlayStation Experience is kicking off in Las Vegas today, with a keynote that starts at 10 AM PT. You can tune in to the live stream via Twitch above to catch all the action, which should include a fair number of new game announcements, complete with some early looks at …

Starting And Finishing In Columbus

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Web Smith is co-founder and CEO of</i> <i>Whence</i><i>, a local commerce engine focused on connecting local, independent businesses to the city’s citizens who want to support local.</i><p>Historically, a concentration of the country’s startups with the most upside move to the Valley, Boston, New York and …

Lies, Damn Lies And The Myth Of Following The Data

We are told to follow the data and the truth will be revealed, but data tells many tales and it depends on the data and how you interpret it. It makes me wonder if anything is definitive if you can present two similar sets of data and draw wildly different conclusions, depending on your emphasis. …

Legal Tech Startups Have A Short History And A Bright Future

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Basha Rubin is co-founder and CEO of Priori Legal.</i><p>Legal technology is booming, with companies attempting to disrupt the legal space at every level and from every angle. And with good reason. Some estimates value the market size at as much as $400 billion. While legal still hasn’t …

Zillabyte’s Funding Maps Show Startups Taking Over Your Favorite Cities

Everyone talks about how San Francisco has been overrun with startups, but now Zillabyte has taken a stab at visualizing it for you.<p>Zillabyte’s actually a San Francisco-based startup itself. It relaunched earlier this year, offering tools for developers who want to build data analysis apps.<p>In a …

A Bitcoin Battle Is Brewing

Did you know the Bitcoin community is riven by tension, drama, competing agendas, and at least two starkly different visions of our economic future? That even as major banks who thought of Bitcoin as snake oil re-assess its blockchain technology as a major breakthrough, and smart money pours into …

Ektron President Fesses Up To Selling The Company To Accel-KKR

After denying to TechCrunch that Ektron had been sold, company president Tim McKinnon admitted in a later phone conversation that a sale had in fact happened, after a document confirming the deal began circulating online.<p>Earlier this week we published a story about the rumor that Ektron had been …

CrunchWeek: Uber’s Massive Raise, The IPO Market And What The Hell We Listened To This Year

Another Friday, another turn ’round the CrunchWeek table. This week, Sarah Buhr, Kyle Russell and myself chewed on Uber’s latest funding round, the IPO market and, yes, Spotify’s end-of-year data.<p>Spotify may lose money, but it and Uber help set the larger tone for the technology market, both …

Here’s What Cortana Looks Like Running In Windows 10

Hey, Windows users! Ever wish you could talk to Cortana (Microsoft’s Siri/Google Now-style digital assistant) on your desktop the way you can on Windows Phone?<p>It’s coming.<p>Long-established Windows fan site WinBeta has managed to get their hands on a leaked build of Windows 10, and have coaxed a</i> …

Instacart Is Raising North Of $100 Million At A $2 Billion Valuation

Instacart, the home grocery delivery service that launched back in 2012, is close to raising a massive Series C round of funding north of $100 million, according to sources. The raise will value the startup at $2 billion, or more than quadruple the $400 million valuation of its Series B financing …

Twitter’s Former Head Of Product, Daniel Graf, Has Left The Company

Daniel Graf, who was just recently bumped from his role as the head of Twitter’s product team, has parted ways with the company altogether. News of his departure comes by way of a tweet from Graf:<p>Graf previously led the Maps team at Google, switching ships to Twitter just seven months ago. In …

Separating The Opportunities From The Obstacles In Open-Source Networking

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Mike Cohen is the director of product management for open-source, policy-based solutions at Cisco.</i><p>Open standards have driven the networking market since the earliest days of the Internet. While the use of open source for networking is a more recent phenomenon, it is no less important. …

Zazzle Buys Boundless Network As It Battles Teespring For Democratized E-Commerce

Want to sell T-shirts with your face on them, or get your employees shirts with your company name? Zazzle is fighting newcomer Teespring for your business, and it just got some more ammunition. Yesterday, personalized product maker and marketplace Zazzle acquired Boundless Network, a startup that …

Gillmor Gang LIVE 12.05.14

<b>Gillmor Gang</b> – Robert Scoble, Keith Teare, Doc Searls, and Steve Gillmor. LIVE recording session <b>today 1pm Pacific; 4pm Eastern</b>.<p>Gillmor Gang on Facebook<p>LIVE Friendfeed chat during show live broadcast<p>Our sister show G3 on Facebook<p>Gillmor Gang – Robert Scoble, Keith Teare, Doc Searls, and Steve …

Early Uber Investors Shervin Pishevar And Scott Stanford Raising $250M For SherpaEverest Fund

Early Uber investors Scott Stanford and Shervin Pishevar are looking to raise another big fund, presumably to do follow-on investments in growth companies they had previously invested in. According to an SEC filing, they are seeking $250 million for the new SherpaEverest Fund.<p>Stanford and Pishevar …

Bitsbox Debuts Monthly Coding Projects That Teach Kids To Build Simple Apps

When Bitsbox co-founder Scott Lininger learned to code, it was on a TRS-80 color computer his mom and dad bought him when he was a kid. He says he taught himself coding by copying from the book that came with the computer. Now a dad himself, Lininger wanted to offer his daughter the opportunity to …

Hands On With Sony’s PlayStation 4 20th Anniversary Edition Console

Sony has a new version of its PlayStation 4 console going on sale soon, which is limited to only 12,300 units globally, and which comes in the original gray color of the first PlayStation hardware. The anniversary edition will retail for $500, which seems steep, but it also includes a stand for …

This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: CarPlay, Google Glass + Intel, And Star Wars

Friday is a beautiful thing, and this morning’s podcast celebrates that.<p>Pioneer released a new version of its in-car AppRadio system that integrates CarPlay, and the WSJ reported that Intel would replace TI under the hood of the next version of Google Glass. Meanwhile, the tech world is salivating …

Microsoft Releases Cortana In 4 New Countries

If you live in Germany, Italy, France or Spain, you can now get your Cortana on. Microsoft today announced that it has rolled out its virtual, digital assistant to those four new European countries for users that are part of its Windows Phone Developer Preview Program.<p>In short, if you’re an early …

Recruitment Platform Intern Avenue To Roll Out Across Europe With Vodafone

Intern Avenue is a startup which matches college undergraduates/graduates searching for paid internships with employers by using a data-based scoring system. To date, around 2,000 employers and 40,000 intern applicants have registered with the service in the UK. But it’s now secured a major …

Microsoft Rolls Out Support For Video Calling Between Skype And Lync Users

Last year, Microsoft announced that its consumer-facing Skype communications service and its enterprise-focused counterpart would begin to interoperate, first with IM and audio, and later expanding to support video.<p>Today, the company says, the video integration is complete.<p>Skype users can now video …