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The Final 6 Disrupt SF Startups: Cota, Dryft, Fates Forever, Layer, Regalii And Soil IQ

This year’s TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco has hit attendance records and been one of the most exciting we’ve ever had. Over the past few days, 3200 people have walked through the concourse to watch Valley titans and newcomers hash it out with the TechCrunch team — including Marc Benioff’s moving …

Salesforce Q2 Results Beat Expectations, Cutting Jobs in Canada

Shares of Salesforce.com are rising after hours after the company reported quarterly results that beat the expectations of analysts.In an …

The Last Remaining Piece Of Original Twitter Is Gone

Twitter has transformed over recent years. The latest feature changes what the site is, and more important, who it's really for.<p>If you ask the power users, they'll tell you that we started losing Real Twitter in 2010. This was a sort of golden age, not for the company, which was still taking off …

Why David Sacks should be Microsoft's next CEO

<i>Disclosure: I worked at Microsoft 2008-2009. Microsoft stock is a meaningful part of my portfolio.</i><p>With the announcement of Steve Ballmer’s pending departure from Microsoft, the stock shot up the value of 8 Aols. Clearly the market is happy to see Ballmer go. In his tenure at the company, the stock …

Crowdfunded Startup Canary Aims To Disrupt Home Security

“Home security has been built on the same model and infrastructure for so long, that people have gotten used to lots of false alarms and the police are not responding.”<p>That’s something that Adam Sager, the co-founder and CEO of Canary, a startup that’s producing what they’re calling a “smart home …

Om Malik, Father Of Tech News Blogging, American Citizen

Om Malik is good people. He is also as of today, after a cornucopia of visas and a decade as a Green Card holder, an American citizen.<p>For those of you not familiar with Om Malik, he happens to be one of the forefathers of professional tech news blogging, founding GigaOm in 2006 when he realized he …

Brazil sues Samsung over labour violations

Samsung Electronics Co is facing a lawsuit from the government of Brazil, which is seeking damages over poor working conditions at the technology company's Brazilian assembly lines.<p>Brazil's labour ministry has found "serious" labour violations, including working up to 15 hours of work a day and …

YC startup Ink raises $1.8M to make software more open-minded

Facebook hashtags #introduced

Social network Facebook has introduced hashtags, allowing users to click and see what their firends think about trending topics.<p><b>Facebook</b>said that it will begin to roll out the feature on its social network, making it easier for users and advertisers to find hot spots of user activity around …

Apple reportedly considering a 5.7-inch iPhone

<b>Could the next iPhone hit the "phablet"-level screen size of 5.7 inches?</b><p>According to <i>Reuters</i>, the answer is yes, with "four people with knowledge of …

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What Digg’s Google Reader replacement can teach us about the future of social news

Nothing rocked technology-oriented news junkies this year quite like the announcement that Google Reader will be shuttering its popular but …

Bing Desktop update adds inline search, at-a-glance news

Microsoft wants Bing Desktop to transcend the limits of web-based search, and that's especially clear with a newly posted app update -- it's all about doing what most browsers can't. The software brings inline searching that lets users run Bing queries on websites, PDFs and Word files just by …

CAPTCHA Ad Startup Solve Media Says 2013 Revenue’s On-Track For $13M-$16M, Should Reach 4B Engagements

Solve Media, a startup that turns CAPTCHA verification systems into ads, says that it’s growing quickly.<p>There were more than 1 billion engagements with Solve’s Type-In ads last year, the company says. It will exceed that number in the second quarter of 2013 alone, and it should hit 4 billion for …

Atlassian Bitbucket Passes 1 Million Users, Another Validation Of The Fast-Growing Developer Market

In September 2010, Atlassian acquired Bitbucket, the service for code collaboration, similar to GitHub. At the time, the service had 45,000 users. Today it has 1 million users, a validation that the market for developer tools in the enterprise is growing fast.<p>We know that GitHub has had tremendous …

This Philly Startup Wants To Transform The Way Brands Use Pinterest And Instagram

That's what happened with Apu Gupta, the co-founder and CEO of Curalate, a company that provides advanced image analytics for social networks like Pinterest and Instagram, with clients including retailers like Gap and top ad agencies like Ogilvy.<p>Curalate does pixel-level analysis to understand why …

Goji's Smart Lock snaps pictures, welcomes you by name

Burglars of the future beware: the age of the smart lock is coming. There's no shortage of entries into the space these days -- in fact, it was just under a week ago that we spotted the lovely Yves Behar-designed August lock. Goji's (whoever heard of a company named after a fruit?) got a pretty …

Google set to launch HTML5 development tool with ad integration in coming months

That little ol' company down in Mountain View is cooking up a new HTML5 design tool, according to a recent blog post by the Goog's advertising arm, DoubleClick. Simply dubbed Google Web Designer, it's ostensibly designed for creative professionals to create "engaging web content" and is integrated …

Windows 8.1 makes video debut ahead of June 26th preview release

Microsoft unveiled a number of new changes for its Windows 8.1 update recently, but we've only seen them demonstrated in a small number of screenshots. Today the company revealed a new video demo of Windows 8.1, complete with some of the new features in the update. Start Screen changes, UI …

Google+ isn't a social network; it's The Matrix

Pretty much everyone (myself included) has been reading Google+ wrongly. Because it bears many superficial resemblances to social networks such as …

Microsoft Ponders Major Restructuring, Amid Renewed Wall Street Focus on Stock

According to sources close to the situation, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is working on what is likely to turn into a significant restructuring of the …

Wall Street

Asus announces 6-inch 1080p FonePad Note

Today at Computex 2013 in Taiwan, Asus's Jonney Shih is announcing a new 6-inch 1080p device called the FonePad Note. The device has an IPS+ display and runs Android 4, says the CEO, though it isn't clear whether it's the latest build. The new FonePad looks very similar to the 7-inch device we saw …

Anatomy of a hack: even your 'complicated' password is easy to crack

In March, readers followed along as Nate Anderson, Ars Technica deputy editor and a self-admitted newbie to password cracking, downloaded a list of …

Yahoo reportedly willing to pay up to $800 million in bid for Hulu

Apparently Yahoo has some deep pockets: the company has reportedly bid somewhere between $600 million and $800 million in its quest to assume ownership of Hulu. Those figures come from <i>All Things D</i>, which first reported Yahoo's interest in the video streaming site last week. According to the report, …

Foursquare partners with Gnip to sell check-in stream

Foursquare is now selling unfettered access to its real-time stream of check-ins through Gnip, a popular reseller of social-media data.<p>The companies announced the partnership Thursday in separate blog posts that celebrate the possibilities for "data nerds" who can now use Foursquare's data pool for …

Foxconn continues to violate Chinese labor laws says report

Foxconn has come under fire repeatedly, fueled by several worker suicides and threats of suicides, as well as protests and its eventual installation …

Foxconn

Email From Steve Jobs To James Murdoch Might Show Conspiracy To Undercut Amazon

The Department of Justice is accusing Apple of conspiring with publisher HarperCollins to drive up prices of ebooks. One of the big pieces of evidence in the case is an email from then-Apple CEO Steve Jobs to James Murdoch, deputy chief operating officer of News Corp., which owns HarperCollins, and …