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Facebook Really Is Building The Metaverse

Facebook paid $2 billion for a virtual-reality headset maker. Now we learn why: The social network wants to build the first billion-person game.<p>A few months ago, jaws dropped as Facebook shelled out $2 billion to purchase Oculus VR, a virtual-reality headset company started on Kickstarter. Nobody …

Amazon Now Lets You Tweet Products Into Your Shopping Cart

Today Amazon introduced #AmazonCart, a new hashtag that lets Twitter users add potential purchases to their Amazon shopping cart with a tweet.<p>The new feature requires you to connect your Twitter account to Amazon. Then, when you see someone tweet out a link to an Amazon product, you can simply …

'Game of Thrones' Sets Dubious Record: 200,000 Pirating At Once

It's no secret that HBO's "Game of Thrones" is one of the most popular shows ever. But it's not just leading ratings on TV — it's also seeing unheard-of levels of piracy. The latest record? Over 200,000 people pirating Season 4 Episode 5 at once using file-sharing protocol BitTorrent.<p>The numbers …

Wine App Delectable Raises $3M Series A

Delectable, an iOS app that lets you find and share wine recommendations, has announced a $3 million Series A round led by Deep Fork Capital (early investors in Trulia and Oodle), DN Capital, and Ceyuan Ventures. Other investors include Max Levchin, David Sacks (the founder of Yammer), Joes …

This badass business card is made from an iPhone screen

Every year at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, a million and one business cards get handed out. Most end up in a desk drawer or, worse, the circular file. But last year one card stood out.<p>This glass business card is made from an actual iPhone screen, sourced from Foxconn’s factories in …

Pinterest users remain almost exclusively female, 84% stay active after 4 years (study)

In light of droning IPO rumors, a fresh Pinterest study reveals key insights into the pinboarding website — and it just might explain the company’s insane $3.8+ billion valuation.<p>A study of 50,000 random Pinterest users reveals that 92 percent of all “pins” are made by women, 84 percent of whom …

Lose your phone at a restaurant? Someone probably stole it, report finds

Phone theft — it’s an epidemic. So much so, that mobile security company Lookout teamed up with IDG Research and conducted a survey of smartphone owners in the U.S., U.K., France, and Germany that has yielded a sort of “state of affairs” of smartphone theft.<p>Here are a few numbers about smartphone …

How GoPro and Tesla Hacked Digital Marketing

<i>Dominic Smith is a senior writer and content strategist for Rackspace Digital, the digital marketing infrastructure specialists.</i><p>Digital marketing, like the “analog” marketing that came before it, relies on word of mouth. Clicks, shares, pins and retweets are all part of the conversation.<p>Even in the …

Shazam Will Soon Let Users listen to Tagged Tracks on Deezer

After teaming up with Spotify and Rdio, Shazam is strengthening its music discovery service through a new integration with Deezer.<p>If you’re using the app in the UK, Germany, Mexico or Brazil, you’ll soon be given the option to listen to your ‘Shazamed’ tracks instantly through Deezer’s music …

The MEMI, A Smartbracelet For Women, Vibrates When You Get Calls And Texts

In TechCrunch Disrupt NY’s Startup Alley today, MEMI co-founder and president Margaux Guerard is demonstrating her company’s iPhone-compatible smartbracelet. Aimed at women who tend to carry their mobile phones in their handbag, the MEMI alerts you to incoming calls, texts and calendar events with …

Evernote builds corporate muscle with LinkedIn deal to scan business cards

Evernote just announced an expanded partnership with LinkedIn designed to make it a better place to organize your address book, improving the ability of its iOS app to scan business cards and manage contacts. The card-scanning feature, which became part of the iOS app last year, will now pull in …

Apple's Rumored 4.7-Inch iPhone 6 May Already Be In Production

A new report from Taiwan's Industrial and Commercial Times, which was first spotted by MacRumors, indicates that one of Apple's suppliers is already getting iPhone 6 orders.<p>Apple supplier Pegatron has reportedly received 15% of the orders for Apple's rumored 4.7-inch iPhone 5s successor.<p>Pegatron is …

“Lyft Plus” Launches In SF With Tricked-Out SUVs In SF That Cost 2X [Update: Confirmed]

Lyft’s forthcoming premium SUV service will cost twice as much as normal Lyfts, but comes with extra perks, says a Lyft contractor who refused to be named as the plans are still private. I scooped the upcoming launch of Lyft’s competitor to Uber SUV earlier this month before Lyft released a teaser …