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What Can We Call Blockchain To Help People Understand It?

Understanding blockchain technology is not for the average person. This is level 10,000 on the nerd scale. Which makes for a sizable challenge if you’re a startup trying to build a business based on a technology most people will struggle to comprehend.<p>Here at TechCrunch Disrupt London 2015 a panel …

Blockchain

Postmates And Twitter Product Guru Sara Mauskopf Is Working On Parenting App Called “Winnie”

During stints at Postmates, Twitter, YouTube and Google, Sara Mauskopf has touched many of the products that you use on a daily basis. With that knowledge, having just left her recent post at Postmates<b>*</b>, we now know what Mauskopf is up to next.<p>It’s called “Winnie” and there’s not much more we know …

Parenting

Data Analysis Firm Palantir Technologies Discloses $129M In New Funding

Palantir Technology, the data analytics firm whose clients include the U.S. Government, has raised $129 million in new funding. Based in Palo Alto, the company provides tools for a wide variety of use cases, including cyber security, crisis response, and military intelligence. Palantir software was …

Product Hunt Revamps iOS App, Adds Live Chats And Podcast Player

On the heels of its web redesign a few weeks ago, Product Hunt has launched a beautiful redesign of its iOS app, which originally came out last August.<p>The new app features a Today section for seeing what’s trending in tech, games, podcasts and books. Before, you could only see what was trending in …

Apps

Google Fires At Sonos, Adds Multi-Room Support To Chromecast Audio

Back in September, Google came out of nowhere with Chromecast Audio. The idea: take the Chromecast concept (tap a button, send a video to your TV and control it from your phone) and make it audio-only, letting you add some Wi-Fi-enabled smarts to any stereo system you’ve already got wired in your …

Atlassian Closes Up 32%, Valuing The Company At $5.8B

Potentially the last tech IPO of the year ended its first day of trading with a bang.<p>Atlassian, a maker of collaboration and software development tools, ended the day up about 32%. With that rise, Atlassian — which raised money at a $3.3 billion valuation before going public — is now worth nearly …

Atlassian

TransferWise Wants To Take Over The World

TransferWise co-founder and CEO Taavet Hinrikus took the stage at Disrupt London to tell his company’s founding story. TransferWise has had a big year, and it looks like 2016 will be a big one, as well.<p>TransferWise lets you save on bank fees when you need to make international transfers between …

FinTech

Mainframe Combines The Best Of Slack And Email

History has shown that you can’t topple email. The legacy technology invented in the early days of the net is too entrenched to be abandoned. But newer startups have found a way to at least move some communication outside of email, such as with team collaboration platforms like Yammer or …

Is this climate change real estate agent for real?

Climate change threatens the lives of millions as it causes the seas to boil and the skies to burn, but hey, everything's a business opportunity if you look hard enough. Higher Tides Realty is a dedicated climate change real estate agency that helps buyers ensure that their new homes won't be …

FBI, Microsoft help take down massive global botnet

At long last, a global task force consisting of the FBI, Microsoft and various law enforcement agencies, have finally cracked down on a botnet with a ring of over 100,000 computers worldwide. Known as Dorkbot (not to be confused with the electronic art collective of the same name), the botnet is …

Google Calendar gets reminders to keep track of your tasks

Google's services have had reminders for a while, but they've usually been kept apart from your day-to-day schedule. That's a bit counterintuitive, isn't it? However, the company is finally setting things right by incorporating those reminders in Google Calendar. As of this week, mobile users (the …

Parts of Beijing shut down in first-ever smog 'red alert'

Beijing's smog is legendary, at times blocking out the mid-day sun and enveloping city landmarks, but Monday marked the first time officials have issued an emergency "red alert" concerning the city's air quality. During a red alert, the government recommends schools close up, while outdoor …

Wall Street

USPS will email you images of what's in your mailbox

We've all done it. Take a few minutes to walk to the mailbox only to discover it's either empty or filled with junk that immediately goes in the trash. The US Postal Service is testing a new tool that will save you a trip if there's nothing interesting to be found. The feature is called Informed …

Facebook shutters Slingshot and other Creative Labs apps

Facebook isn't throwing in the towel when it comes to experimentation, but it has shuttered the project that sought to encourage it. Three apps born from its Creative Labs have been pulled from their respective app stores and the website for the initiative itself is no more. Creative Labs began as …

Robots will not take our jobs, says Deloitte's CTO (video)

Technologies like augmented reality and augmented intelligence will actually empower and amplify the individual and result in new opportunities for …

Artificial Intelligence

Here’s A New New Star Wars Trailer, And It’s All About The Bad Guy

Thanksgiving doesn’t really rhyme with Star Wars Episode VII, but given that Disney wants to break the record of trailers before a theatrical release, here’s a brand new trailer full of exclusive footage.<p>You should stop reading right here if you don’t want to get spoilers.<p>This time, the new trailer …

Star Wars

Tarantino explains why he thinks 70mm is better than digital

Famed film director Quentin Tarantino is well-known for his purist cinematic tastes and revelry of antique movie production techniques. His fondness for old-school cinema is on full display in his upcoming release, <i>The Hateful Eight</i>, which is being captured only in 70mm and shown as glamorous …

Quentin Tarantino

Officials link hacker to theft of 1.2 billion log-in credentials

The FBI is linking a hacker only known by the moniker "mr. grey" to a whopping 1.2 billion stolen internet credentials after finding his Russian email address in the evidence it gathered. It's unclear if he obtained all those by himself, though, or if he's even just a single person or a group of …

Why Wall Street talent is moving to Silicon Valley

Less than a decade ago, top talent was flocking to Wall Street — not just for the high salaries and lucrative bonuses, but also for the opportunity to work in a dynamic and fast-growing environment.<p>But now the tech industry, with its double digit growth, is setting a new standard on what the …

The $4T disruption: Why startup investing is up for a big change

In five years, we will no longer talk about crowdfunding versus traditional funding — it will all just be “funding.” Crowdfunding will be treated as a regular part of the private capital markets because it will co-exist with angel, VC, and private equity funding; it will also incorporate some of …

Scientists create quantum entanglement at room temperature

Quantum entanglement, where two particles are inextricably linked, is a real thing. However, creating that odd behavior has been extremely difficult so far -- you have to cool things down to near absolute zero to pull it off on a significant scale. Or rather, you did. Researchers have successfully …

Stampery Now Lets You Certify Documents Using The Blockchain And Your Real Identity

Shortly after participating in our Battlefield competition at Disrupt SF, Stampery raised $600,000 from Draper Associates with Boost VC, Blockchain Capital and Di­-Ann Eisnor also participating.<p>As a reminder, Stampery lets you certify any document by sending an email attachment to your personal …

Blockchain

Zenefits Launches Its Own Payroll Platform

Zenefits CEO Parker Conrad danced around a question about building out payroll services at Disrupt SF 2015. “I can’t announce anything about new products specifically, but you know payroll’s a very important spoke,” Conrad said at the time.<p>But the cloud-based HR unicorn <i>has</i> built a payroll product, …

Startups

Uber Considers Steering Drivers To “Vocational Training” As Cars Go Autonomous

What happens to Uber’s drivers once cars drive themselves? Something other than just losing their jobs, according to a gentler approach from CEO Travis Kalanick. Uber could potentially train drivers to do other jobs in the post-driving world.<p>Previously Kalanick had taken a more ruthlessly efficient …

Hacking Collective Anonymous Declares Total War On ISIS Following Paris Terror Attacks

The hacking group Anonymous on Sunday declared “total war” against the Islamic State, the terror organization that claimed responsibility for the attacks on Friday that killed 132 Parisians.<p>Anonymous also posted a video, confirming the message was in response to the events in Paris.<p>According to the …

Foreign Policy

Mesosphere’s Valuation Could Hit Around $600M In Latest Financing Round

We’re hearing from sources that Mesosphere, a company that’s built on the open-source project Apache Mesos, is raising a financing round at a valuation that could be as much as $600 million.<p>The talks are, of course, still fluid and valuation numbers are always cloudy — so any final deal could end …

Venture Capital

Uber Adds TomTom Navigation Data To Its Driver App, Not Replacing Google Maps

On-demand transportation service Uber lost out on its joint bid for Nokia’s Here mapping unit, so it’s moving ahead with putting together its own navigation, mapping and location services. Today, Dutch mapping company TomTom announced a deal to provide data to Uber for use in its navigation for …

Product Hunt Redesigns The Homepage To Aid Discovery Beyond Tech

It’s been two years since the launch of Product Hunt as a listicle for discovering tech products. Today the site gets a brand new design to reflect the addition of games, podcasts, books, collections and live categories since that time.<p>Product Hunt added the games category earlier this year and has …

Product Management

Mac Store Apps Stopped Working Due To Expired Security Certificate

<i>Oops!</i> A number of users have been reporting error messages and other issues with software downloaded from the Mac App Store that prevented them from using their apps. The warnings prompted them to delete and then re-install their apps, but this was not necessarily correcting the problem, customers …

Apps

Confirmed: ClassPass Raises $30 Million Series C From Google Ventures

ClassPass, the fitness startup that lets you pay $125 for unlimited fitness classes from dozens of gyms and boutiques, has just confirmed to TechCrunch that it raised $30 million in Series C funding led by Google Ventures.<p>Existing investors, including General Catalyst and Thrive, also participated …

Startups