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Why Travel Startup Hopper, Founded in 2007, Took So Long To “Launch”

Hopper CEO Frederic Lalonde is bemused by the coverage of his travel startup’s “launch,” which supposedly took place this past week, according to various news stories. The company, reportedly in stealth for six years, had just now opened its doors, it was proclaimed. Not quite, says Lalonde. “The …

Inside A Google Ventures Design Sprint

Design isn’t something you would normally associate with a VC firm. But as more firms are adding value-added services, Google Ventures has created an all-star team of designers from Google, Mozilla and more to help portfolio startups create beautiful and easy-to-use products. In particular, Google …

Ask A VC: Google Ventures’ Dr. Krishna Yeshwant On The Opportunities For Health-Focused Mobile Apps And More

In this week’s Ask A VC show, we sat down with Google Ventures partner Dr. Krishna Yeshwant in the TechCrunch TV studio.<p>Yeshwant is unique among most of the VCs we have on the show. Not only is he an investor, programmer and former entrepreneur, but he is also a practicing physician. Yeshwant, who …

Bargain Bites 2013

Our best bets for dining on the cheap in the Bay Area, broken down into categories from bar food to ramen to taquerias and beyond.

San Francisco

Labor Expert David Yamada on End to Conde Nast Internships: It's "Lose-Lose"

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>When it comes to the debate over unpaid internships, law professor and intern labor rights advocate …

Runnable Aims To Be The YouTube Of Code, Only With Fewer Cat Videos!

Before YouTube, watching video on line was a hit-and-miss proposition. There were Flash video players, but many videos need to be downloaded before you could play them. And you might or might not have the player for the specific format of the video installed on your computer. So although there was …

Shampoos still contain carcinogens, lawsuit claims

An Oakland watchdog group has sued four companies and plans to sue dozens more for allegedly manufacturing or selling shampoos, soaps and other care products without attaching labels warning consumers that they contained high levels of a carcinogen.<p>The suit, filed Tuesday in Alameda County Superior …

Environmental Health

Google Just Launched A New Zagat Website For Free

The new Zagat.com focuses on restaurants and bars in eight U.S. cities and London only.<p>Zagat's website previously covered over 30 destinations. While listings in other cities that previously existed on the site are still discoverable via an external search, users won't be able to navigate to them …

Local Search

Obvious-Incubated Lift Brings Its Smart Goal-Tracking And Self-Improvement App To The Browser And Mobile Web

Back in August, Lift launched the first rendition of its snappy-looking iPhone app that aims to help people build healthy habits and achieve their goals. Initially incubated and seed funded by Obvious Corp., the hybrid accelerator and seed vehicle created by Twitter co-founders Ev Williams and Biz …

Best summer lakes

<b>School is out and the summer heat is in.</b><p>The vacation season is in full gear across Northern California, lakes are at their highest levels of the year for boating, water sports, fishing and camping, and blazing temperatures will arrive this weekend across much of California.<p>Hundreds of smaller lakes …

45 best hiking trails of the West

Just a drive away are some of the most beautiful, challenging and tranquil hikes of the West. See a glacier, hike up to a waterfall or walk through a desert.<p>This article originally appeared on Sunset.com: "Top 45 hikes in the West"<p>Subscribe to Sunset Magazine todayand get 2 free preview issues!

Big Impact On A Small Budget: Ben’s Friends Wants To Build A Web & Mobile Support Network For Every Rare Disease

There’s a lot of exciting and head-turning technology out there today, and it’s changing our world in a multitude of ways, some more obvious than others — and at a fairly astounding rate. But many of these services, while making our lives more convenient or connected, aren’t necessarily helping …

Kale Mary finds saving grace

A recent Monday, 10:28 a.m.: Like a circus juggler, Lisa Laricchiuta tosses a fistful of kale into the air before washing it and lovingly massaging it in her kitchen sink. She repeats the process for 45 minutes until an entire box of the nutrient-rich greenery has been prepped for its 13-hour …

Making Sense Of The Internet Of Things

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Matt Turck is a managing director of FirstMark Capital. Follow him on Twitter @mattturck.</i><p>The emerging Internet of Things — essentially, the world of physical devices connected to the network/Internet, from your Fitbit or Nest to industrial machines — is experiencing a burst of …

Google X Acquires Makani Power And Its Airborne Wind Turbines

After previously investing in the company, Google has now acquired Makani Power, a green energy startup that is currently building airborne wind turbines. The acquisition was first reported in Brad Stone’s Businessweek story about Google X, and judging from Stone’s story, the team will join Google …

Sleep Tracking Startup Zeo Says Goodnight

One of the early pioneers in the Quantified Self movement has quietly gone out of business. Zeo, a leading maker of hardware and software used by consumers to track sleep and improve their health, has not been operating since the end of last year. A trustee has nearly completed the sale of all …

Hands-On With The Scanadu Scout, The Health Gadget That’s Crowdfunding Its Way To FDA Approval

The last time we met with the folks from Scanadu, we had a very limited look its much buzzed-about line of gadgets that aim to bring vital sign monitoring beyond the realm of the hospital and available to anyone with a smartphone. This week, the company’s CEO Walter De Brouwer stopped by TechCrunch …

Practice Fusion Continues To Reach Beyond Digital Health Records, Adds Free Expense Tracking To New Booking Engine

Practice Fusion has made a name for itself over the past few years by tapping into enormous demand for digital health information — particularly health records. From its inception in 2005, the startup has been on a mission to disrupt the slow-moving, archaic world of Healthcare IT by providing a …

ConsultingMD Lands $10M From Venrock To Bring Speedy Referrals And Second Opinions Online

When it comes to diagnoses and the possibility of undergoing serious medical procedures, we want second opinions (and trustworthy referrals) whenever we can get them. With 30 to 40 million Americans slated to receive insurance for the first time next year thanks to Obamacare — and with millions …

Founders Fund Backs Its First Food Tech Startup, Hampton Creek Foods, With A $1M Investment

Founders Fund, the firm founded by Peter Thiel and other PayPal executives, famously declared that it wants to back companies with big, ambitious visions (not just dinky web startups). And that description certainly fits Hampton Creek Foods, a startup that wants to move the world from animal-based …

Georgian police slow to react to mob violence at gay rights march

<b>Violent protestors mob buses escorting gay rights marchers to safety. (YouTube)</b><p>No arrests have been made in a Friday attack that saw thousands hurl rocks and assault participants at a gay rally<p>Katie McDonough<p>May 20, 2013 12:55pm (UTC)<p>Thousands of anti-gay protestors, led by priests in the Georgian …

Acrobotics Wants To Kickstart Smarter Cities With Its Smart Citizen Environment Sensors

This embed is invalid<p>There’s plenty of buzz about the concept of making our cities “smarter” — that is, loading them up with sensors and data-driven services to improve efficiency and quality of life. Hell, even Google has taken to loading up its event venues with scores of sensors.<p>Most of the …

Google Believes Web Components Are The Future Of Web Development

While it was missing the skydiving antics of last year’s event, Google’s I/O keynote last week wasn’t short on product launches. In between the splashy updates to Google Maps, Search, Android and everything else Google announced, the company also briefly talked about Web Components for a few …

Bans Of Same-Sex Marriage Can Take A Psychological Toll

As the country awaits two important Supreme Court decisions involving state laws on same-sex marriage, a small but consistent body of research suggests that laws that ban gay marriage — or approve it — can affect the mental health of gay, lesbian and bisexual Americans. When several states passed …

The view from El Techo de Lolinda, the Mission’s brand-new (and one-and-only) rooftop bar

Pretty much the same as it always was, but now there’s a wraparound glass windscreen, really fancy Australian heat lamps, and solid menus of Latin …

Bay Area median housing price jumps

Eager Bay Area buyers propelled the region's median home price above a half-million dollars in April - its highest point in almost five years - …

ShapeUp Club Pulls In Ex-Spotify And Stardoll Execs To Go Big

ShapeUp Club is a startup out of Stockholm which has been making waves recently with a lot of under-the-radar growth. Originally built back in 2008 as a side project, it’s morphed into an interactive calorie counter on iPhone, Android, and web. You get a personal weight loss plan, can track …

Welcome to the new (and fast-growing) ecosystem of mobile business apps

Over the last few months, I’ve had several conversations about mobile business applications that remind me of early discussions and debates around …

Google’s New “Save To Drive” Button Lets Website Visitors Save Files To Google’s Online Storage

Google announced today an expansion of its online storage efforts with the release of a “Save to Drive” button that can be added to any website, allowing visitors to click and save files hosted on the site to their personal Google Drive accounts. The button is already being used by Bigstock, Delta …