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Amazon Prime members will renew despite price hike, survey finds

Most Amazon Prime subscribers aren't sweating the recent $20 price increase, at least among those questioned in a recent poll.<p>Surveying 500 shoppers who recently made a purchase at the site, research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners found that 44 percent subscribed Amazon's $99 Prime …

Pinterest's workforce is mostly white and male too

Pinterest released diversity data on its workforce on Thursday and guess what? It's pretty much just as white and male and most other tech companies. This news seems a tad paradoxical considering the service is overwhelmingly used by women.<p>Overall, 40 percent of Pinterest's employees are women, but …

New Headsets Geared Toward Mobile/Gaming Generation

Sitting in front of us are seven different over-the-ear headsets from seven manufacturers that want us to believe their product is "unique." Unfortunately, nothing is "unique," although each of these sonic boomers has a feature or two that sets them apart from the others.<p>All of the headsets …

Apple acquired BookLamp startup for $10-15 million earlier this year (update: confirmed)

Apple acquired a company called BookLamp earlier this year for somewhere between $10-15 million, according to information uncovered by TechCrunch.<p>The Idaho-based startup created what was referred to as “Pandora for books,” including a system known as the Book Genome Project that could recommend …

Meet the 12-year-old boy who makes games instead of going to school

Sam Smith is a 12-year-old game developer. That’s rather young, sure, but that’s not even the strangest part.<p>Sam makes games instead of going to school.<p>Spacepants is Sam’s latest game, available for $1 on iOS and Android devices. It’s a brutally tough “endless runner” — like Jetpack Joyride or …

11 On-Demand Music Streaming Services Compared

There’s no shortage of apps to help you discover new music. Some are slaves to algorithms, some depend on human-curation, while some combine the best of both worlds. There’s been a flurry of activity in the music-streaming space of late, with seemingly every company wanting a piece of the …

Apple quietly bought a book discovery startup to compete with Amazon

Apple has quietly purchased BookLamp, an Idaho startup that set out to build better book recommendations, according to a report by TechCrunch. The …

11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want to Miss This Week (7/25)

It was earnings week at TechCrunch, so most of the coverage was dominated by reports about Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Netflix, and Pandora. Fortunately there were a ton of other great stories from our writers. Here are the top stories from 7/19 to 7/25 on TechCrunch.<p>No one thought …

Bose accuses Beats of infringing noise-canceling headphone patents

The next patent spat involving Apple may have nothing to do with Samsung.<p>Headphone and speaker maker Bose filed suit Friday against Beats, accusing the soon-to-be Apple company of infringing five patents related to noise-canceling headphones. The accused products include the Beats Studio and Studio …

Apple Secretly Acquired “Pandora For Books” Startup BookLamp To Battle Amazon

TechCrunch has learned that Apple has made another acquisition, one that it is using to boost its e-books effort and “beat Amazon at its own game.” It has bought BookLamp, a startup based out of Boise, Idaho, that developed big data-style book analytics services.<p><b>[Update 6:45pm PST</b>: Apple has …