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Groupon Q3 Misses On Sales Of $595.1M; Announces Acquisition Of Ticket Monster For $260M To Boost Mobile Business In Asia

Fresh from celebrating its fifth anniversary last week, Groupon today reported its Q3 earnings: it’s a mixed picture but shows that Groupon continues to make good on its commitment to take its business beyond daily deals and into a wider marketplace for location-based and mobile commerce. Groupon …

To Buy Or Not To Buy? The Twitter Question

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Aswath Damodaran is a Professor of Finance at the Stern School of Business at New York University, where he teaches corporate finance and equity valuation. Follow him on Twitter @AswathDamodaran.</i><p>As the offering date for Twitter approached, the bankers could not seem to make up their …

Apple Rolls Out Patch To Fix Mavericks Gmail Issues

Apple’s newest version of OS X debuted to generally positive feedback a few weeks back… unless you were an Apple Mail user trying to use the app to check your Gmail. Then you probably had to deal with syncing headaches, incorrect unread email counts, and plenty of other miscellaneous unpleasantness …

Meet The 9-Year-Old Who Rang The Opening Bell For Twitter’s IPO

Before Twitter stock started trading this morning, journalists assumed that we’d see the company’s founders and/or executives ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange. And indeed, there were excited whispers as we spotted folks like Dick Costolo and Biz Stone on the floor.<p>But the …

A New $1 Million Prize Competition Aims To Fight Gun Violence With Tech

Mass shootings have become unfortunately common in American life, so a few Silicon Valley investors are launching a $1 million competition to see if technology can reduce firearm violence. With the help of early Facebook investor Ron Conway, the Smart Tech Foundation is soliciting ideas on …

AOL Asks AOLers To ‘Disrupt AOL’

Over the last few years, TechCrunch has done a pretty good job of Disrupting things. We’ve Disrupted San Francisco, we’ve Disrupted New York City, and most recently we’ve Disrupted Europe.<p>But now, our parent company wants TechCrunch employees, and all the rest of the company, to “Disrupt AOL.”<p>In an …

Obama’s Interview: Most Important Quotes On Healthcare.gov And NSA

President Obama sat down for an extended interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd about the epic failure of the healthcare website and National Security Agency spying. The video is embedded below. I’ll get right to the quotes and add context:<p>— <i>“I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation</i> …

Samsung and Intel's budding Android competitor won't come to Smart TVs anytime soon

Looking forward to a unified ecosystem of Tizen-based devices? Hold your breath: the fledgling Android-competitor's roll out isn't picking up any steam. Speaking at the Smart TV Global Summit this week, Samsung's Kim Hyun-seok played down the OS' television rollout. "We've seen much progress in the …

Upcoming Boombotix Sync App Synchronizes Music Across Multiple Devices

Boombotix, a company that successfully made and manufactured a line of speakers that began on Kickstarter, has a new audio app, <i>Boombotix Sync</i>, in development and is seeking funding via a new Kickstarter campaign.<p>The app, which was inspired by the company's speakers, is designed to allow people to …

Apple Releases iBooks 1.0.1 for Mac With Bug Fixes, Stability Improvements

Apple today launched a new update for iBooks for Mac, bringing it to version 1.0.1. The 14.7 MB update includes bug fixes and stability improvements for the app, which was originally released on October 22 alongside OS X Mavericks.<p>Apple has also released two EFI firmware updates for the 13-inch and …

SanDisk’s wireless flash drive: A simple storage boost for your iOS or Android phone

Advertisement<p>11 Comments<p>I love my 32GB iPhone 5s(s aapl), but it’s barely a month old and I’ve already used more than half of the storage capacity. …

Apple’s challenges in ensuring fair treatment of workers in complex supply chains

<i>Bloomberg</i> has a lengthy piece illustrating just how great a challenge it is for Apple and other multinational companies to ensure the fair treatment of workers in complex supply chains.<p>When one of Apple’s suppliers like Flextronics wins a new contract, it needs to take on additional workers – lots …

RunKeeper update uses Apple’s M7 to passively track your daily walks

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>The newest version of RunKeeper for iOS(s aapl) now takes advantage of the iPhone 5s M7 motion co-processor, allowing your …

Vivo Xplay review: $500 buys plenty of smartphone in China

A review of a smartphone that's primarily sold in China? Yes, that's exactly what this is, and with good reason. The Vivo Xplay merits attention because of the components it contains -- some of which are exotic, like its "HiFi grade" audio chips, and some of which are straightforward but desirable, …

Google starts testing ART, a potential replacement for Dalvik in Android

Advertisement<p>17 Comments<p>After a 2010 spat over how Java works in Android(s goog) with Oracle(s orcl), Google is moving on to a new way for apps run …

Earnings Call of Duty: Activision Q3 Call Hits Independence, Next-Gen Consoles And New Franchises

The casual listener to Activision Blizzard’s (NASDAQ:ATVI) Q3 earnings call on 6 November would probably come to the conclusion that third quarters are really, really boring.<p>This is not to say that the call was boring. However, it was clear that there were bigger and more interesting issues for …

Gogobot Adds Personalized Recommendations To Its Social Travel Network

Travel recommendation service and social network Gogobot unveiled a new product today called Tribes that it believes will help users better figure out not only where to go but what to do when they arrive. It’s being billed as a “finely tuned intelligent travel search engine” that offers …

Marvel creating four superhero shows exclusively for Netflix, premiering in 2015

Daredevil, Luke Cage, and others to team up in mini-series<p>Marvel is creating four live-action superhero series and an <i>Avengers</i>-style special event that will all air exclusively on Netflix, beginning in 2015. The first of the TV series will focus on Daredevil, while the following series will star …

Apple’s sapphire deal to increase manufacturer’s revenue from sapphire by approximately 20x current levels

Earlier this week, Apple announced a deal with GT Advanced Technologies to increase production of sapphire for use it’s in products. This production will take place in Apple’s new Arizona facility. Via AllThingsD, as part of an earnings call on Monday, GT shed some light on just how big this deal …

HyTrust buys HighCloud as security land grab rages on

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Shutterstock / mkabakov<p>Even without the NSA PRISM maelstrom, cloud security would be a hot topic. But revelations of …

Google readies Glass development tools for a two-day hackathon preview

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Image courtesy of Google.<p>Programmers eager to make more robust apps for Google Glass(s goog) will have their chance …

Motorola wants you to tattoo a smartphone microphone onto your throat

Okay, where to start on this one? Simply put, Motorola has applied for a patent of a microphone with a tranceiver and power supply that is designed to be <i>tattooed onto your throat</i>. The idea is to capture vibrations directly from your larynx in order to cut out background noise -- while eliminating …

Google's Latest PageSpeed Modules Help Render Pages 2x Faster

As part of its mission to speed up the Web, Google today announced the latest beta versions of its mod_pagespeed and ngx_pagespeed modules add new optimizations that result in a big performance bump. The company says it is seeing pages rendering up to 2x faster, particularly on mobile devices.<p>The …

McDonald’s Might 3-D Print Your Happy Meal (The Toys, Not The Fries)

If you could walk into your nearest McDonald’s and get any Happy Meal toy–any toy, mind you, not just one that’s being advertised that week–would you go more often? McDonald’s certainly hopes so.<p>Mark Fabes, McDonald’s IT Director, recently pondered the idea of using in-store 3-D printing to print …

Raising $20M, Project Frog Ramps Up Production On Its Energy Efficient Buildings

After raising $22 million in 2011, the cleantech building developer Project Frog has now raised $20 million in Series D financing from CCM US LLC and McNally Capital, along with other members of the Cleantech Syndicate.<p>Like an IKEA for energy-efficient buildings, Project Frog develops building …

Student hacks Raspberry Pi to run college bar

A student at the University of Oxford has modified a<p>Raspberry Pi to alleviate the workload at his college bar.<p>Johan Paulsson, who's studying for a …

Twitter Flies On Its First Day As A Public Company: Shares Pop 74% On First Trades, Debuts At $45.10 And $31.8B Valuation

From a humble beginning as a failing podcast startup to an online conversation service now used by over 230 million people worldwide, Twitter today started its first day of trading as a public company with a bang. Trading on the NYSE as $TWTR, the stock opened up at $45.10, a pop of 73.5% on the …

Dell's Venue 11 Pro tablet now available in the US, starts at $500 with Bay Trail inside

After some mystery surrounding an American release date, Dell's Venue 11 Pro is now available in the US. The 10.8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet starts at $500 with a modest, Bay Trail-based 1.5GHz Atom chip as well as 2GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Those who need more processing grunt can step up to …