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Mexico arrests US man on FBI's 10 Most Wanted list

Walter Lee Williams was arrested in Playa del Carmen, Mexico<p><b>Mexican officials have arrested a former US university professor who is on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list.</b><p>Walter Lee Williams, 64, is facing charges of sexual exploitation of children and travelling to the Philippines to engage in sexual …

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In the Heat of Berlin, Obama Signals He's Finally Ready to Act on Climate Change

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>For those waiting for the president to do something on climate change, Obama has offered two signs …

Gutcheck raises $4M to prevent epic product fails

Booze-flavored toothpaste, lawn darts, and funky colored ketchup may initially have seemed like good ideas, but these ultimately proved to be epic product fails.<p>Gutcheck has raised $4 million to helps brands prevent these types of disasters. Gutcheck is a on-demand market research community where …

Twitter Tries Harder to Explain Itself

It’s common knowledge — Twitter is too tough for the average, non-techie person to pick up. Even CEO Dick Costolo agrees.<p>That’s part of why Twitter …

Has Amazon Really Figured Out How To Screw Small Businesses Out Of Their Google Rankings?

The news site describes the process as "black hat" search engine optimization (SEO) that places Amazon search results above legitimate results for the actual businesses people are searching for.<p>That's a serious charge. But that's not quite what is going on.<p>In fact, we're not sure that the Dot has …

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Elastic Path Raises $8M For Commerce Everywhere API Platform

Elastic Path has raised an $8 million debt round to fuel the development of its “commerce everywhere,” API — a hypermedia platform that abstracts backend complexity for the front-end developer and business person. Wellington Financial out of Toronto provided the financing.<p>Elastic Path has …

Twitter’s Vine is killing it, but #Music dropped 62% in May

Twitter’s two major product launches 0f 2013 are heading in vastly different directions.<p>Vine is rising off the charts, growing from being on just one in 50 iPhones in January to being on more than one in 10 iPhones in May. In addition, Twitter just launched Vine on Android this month, where it …

The Battle For Your Energy Bill

One of the most commonly cited barriers to investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy in the built environment is that the payback is too long.<p>Private‐sector capital commonly chases investments with paybacks between three and five years in the commercial property space and financing …

Open Data is Transforming Democracy in Africa but it Faces Challenges

Kenya is at the forefront of the open data movement in Africa thanks to initiatives such as crowdsourcing software Ushahidi and government tracker Uchaguzi.<p>At the recent The Next Web Conference Europe held in Amsterdam, Marina Gorbis, Executive Director of the Palo Alto based Institute For The …

Disrupt Europe Startup Battlefield Deadline Is Approaching — $50,000 Is At Stake

Calling all startups from Europe, the Middle East and Africa. We want you. For the very first time, the full TechCrunch Disrupt conference (complete with the main TechCrunch Editors and Writers) is coming to Europe and we’re looking for the very best startups to launch on our Disrupt stage as part …

The Best Explanation Yet Of How The NSA's PRISM Surveillance Program Works

The report reaffirms what we already know, specifically that "the NSA copies Internet traffic as it enters and leaves the United States, then routes it to the NSA for analysis," and it also shores up a few things about how PRISM works.<p>First, it clears up the controversy around the assertion that …

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Google Fiber Could Reach 8 Million Homes By 2022

How much would it cost Google to become a significant broadband provider and how quickly could that happen?<p>Google’s steps to expand its superfast 1-gigabit-per-second Internet service to Austin, TX and Provo, Utah have prompted financial analysts to fire up their spreadsheets in search of an answer.<p>…

CrunchWeek: Path’s $1B Valuation, Google’s Waze Buy And The WWDC Recap

It’s that time of the week for a new episode of CrunchWeek, the weekly show where three of us writers plop ourselves down in the TechCrunch TV studio for some real talk about the most interesting stories from the past seven days.<p>Colleen Taylor, Greg Kumparak and I chatted this week about private …

Doing Mobile Monetization The Right Way

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Chris Moore is a partner at Redpoint Ventures where he focuses on making investments in consumer Internet, online marketing and SaaS companies. Follow him on his blog and Twitter @Moorski.</i><p>This year alone, there is an $11.4 billion mobile advertising opportunity, which means there is …

Square cofounder Tristan O’Tierney latest exec to leave after string of departures

Tristan O’Tierney has left Square to circle the globe.<p>O’Tierney was one of the founders of Square, which is now one of Silicon Valley’s hottest tech companies. O’Tierney cofounded the company in 2009 with Twitter cofounder Jack Dorsey to make it easier for microbusiness owners to accept credit card …