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Alcatel OneTouch's Fierce 2 and Evolve 2 are now available on T-Mobile

Alcatel OneTouch may have displayed a number of new devices last week at IFA, but it turns out the company is not quite done showing off its goods just yet. Here at CTIA, the company showed us two more handsets -- the Fierce 2 and the Evolve 2 -- both of which were actually announced a couple of …

Watch this: a day in the life of a cursor

<i>Click</i> is an installation by the Korean art collective Shinseungback Kimyonghun. For one day, one of the artists recorded a screenshot every time he clicked he mouse before piecing it together into a mesmerizing 8-minute video. In the clip, you'll see the silent narrator working on another piece …

Visually Raises $8.1M To Build Out Its Marketplace For Infographics And Other Visual Content

Infographic haters, despair. Visually, the startup that’s best-known as an infographic marketplace, is announcing that it has raised $8.1 million in Series A funding.<p>The company started out as a tool for creating infographics, but over time it has moved to a marketplace model, connecting companies …

Internet In America: An On Again, Off Again Relationship

<b>Listen · 11:30</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>The American Customer Satisfaction Index surveys large swaths of consumers about various industries. And in last year's survey, Americans rated Internet service providers at the very bottom for satisfaction. That puts them below the postal service, …

How Google and Nest could get the smart home all wrong

<i>Welcome to the Google smart home: You walk up your steps and use your Android device (or iOS app) to open your smart lock and signal to the network that you've arrived, whereupon your Nest thermostat turns the heat up to a comfy 71 degrees and Nest smart lights adjust the brightness to optimize</i> …

The 100 Apple employees Google just acquired by buying Nest

By January 14, 2014<p>Nest, maker of internet connected gizmos for the smart home, is a good fit for Google in many ways. But that Google just paid $3.2 billion for a company that has only two products—a thermostat and a smoke detector—seems a bit much. Why the super high valuation? It could be that …

Employment

India's Barefoot College lights up the world | Afghanistan

Living in a palm-lined thatched roof house surrounded by dense jungles and rows of corn and cassava in the Santa Teresa village, 42-year-old Florentine until now has spent all her evenings in the dark, literally.<p>But today, sitting in the dusty village of Tilonia in Rajasthan India, the Mayan woman …

Crowdfunding report signals increased revenue, jobs, and deal flow

One of the arguments behind crowdfunding is that by sourcing money from the crowd, you may enforce structure and transparency on companies earlier in their lives. That, in turn, could help them to demonstrate a market for their product or service, make potentially more informed decisions, and …

Provenance: Buy Locally-Made Goods

With the likes of Fab and Made.com already bring their own unique spin to e-commerce and cool design, a new startup has emerged from London to help shoppers find new products based on where they are made, the material they’re made from and who made them.<p>Provenance is a free service featuring …

Technology is easy. Creating innovative business models is hard

I was checking in on Twitter a few days ago when I noticed this tweet from mobile analyst Horace Dediu that includes a graph depicting the evolution …

Google Travels The World In Search Of Android Insights From Its Most Important Growth Markets

Google isn’t just targeting a broader user base with Android 4.4 based on speculative assumptions – TechCrunch has learned that the Internet giant recently sent teams of Android staffers all over the world on information gathering missions to find out about how its mobile OS is used in various …

How to Calculate The Equity Split Between Co-Founders in Startups

<i>George Deeb is the Managing Partner at Chicago-based Red Rocket Ventures, a startup consulting and financial advisory firm based in Chicago. You can follow George on Twitter at @georgedeeb and @RedRocketVC.</i><p>There are a lot of variables to go into calculating a fair equity split a startup team. These …

Why Intuit Founder Scott Cook Wants You To Stop Listening To Your Boss

Why do gigantic companies made up of insanely intelligent people make bad decisions? Because they rely on persuasion and PowerPoint, Cook says, not experimentation.<p>One thing that’s surprising about Scott Cook, the founder of Intuit, is that this intensely smart guy who’s become one of the most …

Moving In With Manufacturers, Amazon Delivers A New Approach

Amazon's business is built on three basic concepts: faster delivery, greater selection, and cheaper prices.<p>In service of that, it has built enormous warehouses staffed largely by robots that shuttle around, pulling goods out of bins at remarkable speed. It can take just a matter of minutes to go …

See a Map of the World Revealing Each Country’s Most Visited Website

An impressive 62 countries count on Google, with Facebook coming in first for 50 other countries. Together, these two websites constitute true global …

Geography

Themer will make your Android phone look amazing

One of the benefits of Android is its customisability, but that process isn't always easy for average users. An app called Themer is trying to change …

America’s highest earners work at least 60 hours a week—more than anyone else in the world

<i>This item has been corrected.</i><p>Do Americans—and many Europeans working in American-dominated fields such as investment bank, consulting and ventures—work too hard?<p>Economic data show that in 1950, Americans worked around 1,900 hours per year. That’s now down to 1,700. But the French, who used to work …

Die Hard

Etsy Is Growing And Profitable But CEO Says He Has No Plans For An IPO

Etsy's CEO, Chad Dickerson, released the news Town Hall-style to a crowd of Etsy sellers, and reactions were mixed. Many sellers expressed concern about their single-person operations having to compete with businesses that use factory manufacturing.<p>Dickerson tried to quell concern by insisting that …

Startups

The Internet Costs 30% Of Monthly Wages In Some Nations. Google Wants To Help.

Internet access is astonishingly expensive in some parts of the world. The International Telecommunications Union estimates that fixed broadband costs 30 percent of the average monthly wage within the developing world [PDF]. To address this, Google, Facebook, USAID and a host of top-tier tech …

Google partners with international development agencies to make internet cheap

Google(s goog) is teaming up with the World Wide Web Foundation, U.S. and U.K. government international development agencies, non-profits and a host …

Russia to monitor 'all communications' at Winter Olympics in Sochi

Athletes and spectators attending the Winter Olympics in Sochi in February will face some of the most invasive and systematic spying and surveillance in the history of the Games, documents shared with the Guardian show.<p>Russia's powerful FSB security service plans to ensure that no communication by …

Top 50 Startups in New York City you need to know about

<i>Courtney Boyd Myers and Erica Berger are the founders of 3460 Miles, a bi-weekly newsletter that connects the New York and London tech, design, and social good communities. Sign up for their newsletter and find them on Twitter and Facebook.</i><p>New York City is chock full of startups shaking up …

How the NSA builds social graphs of Americans with phone, email, and location records

The US National Security Agency (NSA) analyzes data from <b>phone calls, emails, location services, internet profiles, bank records, flight manifests, and more</b> to construct detailed social graphs of people, including Americans, according to a new report from the New York Times.<p>It’s helpful to start …

Surveillance

Sequoia - Build

Connect with us. Stay up-to-date on the latest perspectives from Sequoia.<p>On the heels of raising our third Scout Seed fund, we wanted to share …

Getting Ready for iOS 7: How to backup your device and set up iOS 7

Apple has announced that iOS 7 will be available tomorrow, September 18th. Before installing the update, it is recommended that you have a backup of your data. This how-to is going to walk you through backing up your iOS 6 device and transitioning it over to iOS 7:<p>First things first, let’s discuss …