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Register Now For Our Next Round Of Disrupt SF Hackathon Tickets!

Want to participate in the Disrupt SF Hackathon but missed out on the last ticket release? Guess what? Today we’re releasing the another round of Hackathon tickets to the public, and you can score your tickets to the event right now.

To register for tickets, just head over to our Hackathon ticketing …


Mozilla Relaunches Its Thimble Online Code Editor For Teaching HTML, CSS And JavaScript

Back in 2012, Mozilla launched Thimble, an online code editor for teaching the basics of HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Over time, though, things got pretty quiet around the project as other browser-based code editors like Brackets and full online IDEs like Nitrous took center stage. Today, however, …


Feedly’s News Reader Gets Business-Friendly With “Shared Collections,” Team Collaboration Features

Before Google decided that its online news reading application Google Reader was too nerdy and niche to warrant its further attention, a small but devoted community of consummate news gatherers were able to create “bundles” – groups of recommended sources that others could subscribe to and follow, …


Google Will Soon Start Punishing Mobile Sites That Use Annoying App Install Ads

There’s nothing wrong with app install ads, but too often now, you click on a mobile search result, and when the site loads, a giant app install interstitial pops up that prompts you to install that site’s app. Those ads typically block all the content on the site until you find that little small …


Agent Q Is A Virtual Assistant That’s Focused On Helping You Shop Online

It seems like everyone wants to build a virtual assistant that you communicate with via text message. In the case of New York City startup Agent Q, it’s an assistant that helps you shop online.

Co-founders said Rémi Cossart and Pramod Thammaiah pitch their service as a combination of Magic and …

Virtual Assistants

Josh Miller Leaves Facebook For The White House

Once an entrepreneur has sold his or her company and logged the required time with the acquiring outfit, he or she typically sets out to start another company — or become an investor. Josh Miller — whose startup, Branch, allowed groups of people to hold discussions and share links — is taking …


TechCrunch Is Coming To Denver For The TC Meetup + Pitch-Off! Apply Now!

Autumn is here, my friends, and with the falling leaves I bring you good tidings of great joy that shall be heard among the greater Denver area:

In exactly one month, TechCrunch is hitting the Rocky Mountain State for the TC Meetup + Pitch-Off in Denver in conjunction with Denver Startup Week. The …


Amazon, Netflix, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla And Others Partner To Create Next-Gen Video Format

Amazon, Cisco, Google, Intel, Microsoft, Mozilla and Netflix today announced that they have formed a new open source alliance — the Alliance for Open Media — with the goal of developing the next generation of royalty-free video formats, codecs and other related technologies.

It’s not often we see …


Edenworks Is Building The Future Of Food On Urban Rooftops

Avocados from Mexico. Apples from Chile. Broccoli from China. If you take a look at the stickers on the produce you’re buying at the grocery store, chances are they’ll read something like this.

Fast-forward twenty years. Instead of driving to Whole Foods to pay top dollar for produce that was picked …


Instagram Direct’s 85M Users Can Now Reply With Photos In Snapchat-Style Visual Convos

Instagram Direct felt half-baked when the in-app chat feature launched without the ability to send photo replies in December 2013. Still, the private group messaging feature built an audience of 85 million monthly users, and now it’s getting upgrades that make it a true visual communication tool to …


In Pursuit Of Presence And True Immersion

The experience of “reality” is a result of our sensory organs delivering information about the external world to our brains via electrical stimulus. The brain interprets this input and creates our reality.

The ultimate goal of virtual reality (VR) is to achieve a true replacement for the external …

Virtual Reality

On-demand Alcohol Delivery Startup Saucey Drinks To $4.5 Million In Seed Funding

Los Angeles-based on-demand alcohol startup Saucey has delivered good times in a bottle since 2013 but held off raising VC funding till now. The service just pulled in $4.5 million in seed money to make its platform more efficient.

Saucey origins begin with three buddies who worked together and …


MoPub Founder Jim Payne Joins Accel As An Entrepreneur In Residence

Jim Payne left day-to-day operations at Twitter nearly a year ago, and now he’s ready to work on his next company

Not that Payne has been twiddling his thumbs since his departure — he’s been advising startups and also making plans of his own, for a startup somehow involving mobile video. With …


Kinsa’s New Smart Ear Thermometer Will Tell You What To Do When You’re Sick

Kinsa, the maker of a smart thermometer that tracks the spread of illness, has today announced their second product in the form of the Kinsa in-ear thermometer.

Unlike the first thermometer, which was a standard (though smart) stick thermometer, the new in-ear thermometer is completely wireless, and …


DoorDash Now Delivers More Than Food With A New 7-Eleven Partnership

DoorDash, known for its restaurant delivery service, is the latest in a string of startups aiming to bring anything to your door right within hours of ordering it.

The company said it is partnering with 7-Eleven to deliver products to DoorDash users beyond its typical restaurant deliveries. DoorDash …


Ride This One-Wheeled Gyro Skate They Call A “Hoverboard”

The mad scientist who started Hoverboard Technologies calls his vehicle an “earned experience.” That means it’s hard to ride. Despite the name, this hoverboard* doesn’t levitate. Instead, it uses gyroscopes like a Segway to help you balance with your feet on either side of one giant …


Google Gets A New Logo

Google is giving itself a makeover. The company today announced that it’s making some changes to its iconic logo and overall branding. It’s also making changes to the design of its mobile search results pages.

The company says it’s making these changes because the way people interact with its …


Wikipedia Bans Hundreds Of “Black Hat” Paid Editors Who Created Promotional Pages On Its Site

Sometimes Wikipedia’s reliance on volunteers to craft its online content comes back to bite them. Case in point: this morning, the organization announced that editors on the English version of Wikipedia have banned 381 user accounts that were engaging in “undisclosed paid advocacy.” In other words, …


Amazon Prime Instant Video Now Lets iOS And Android Owners Download Titles For Offline Viewing

Amazon took a big step today to differentiate its Prime Instant Video service from rival Netflix: it’s becoming the first subscription-based video streaming service to make its content available for offline viewing on iOS and Android devices. Previously, the company allowed Amazon Fire tablet …


With $50 Million Edison Nation Looks To Back A New Generation Of Inventors

Touting a direct pipeline to Amazon’s Launchpad program and sporting $50 million in commitments to help finance the businesses of young inventors, Edison Nation is preparing to embark on a nationwide tour to find the country’s next great tech invention.

The Charlotte, N.C.-based company, whose …

Internet of Things

Samsung Stock Down For Fifth Month In A Row

Samsung shares fell another 8.1 percent this month, losing $12 billion in value. The company has lost $44 billion in value since April.

Analysts believe that low demand for the company’s new smartphones and upstart rivals – including the fan favorite OnePlus – are hitting the company in a big way. …


Mobile Gaming Live-Streaming Service Mobcrush Raises $11M

Mobcrush, which live-streams mobile games like Twitch does for PC games, said today that it has raised $11 million in a new financing round led by Kleiner Perkins.

TechCrunch previously reported that the company had raised around $10 million. As we noted before, the company’s bet — along with …

Mobile Games

LotusFlare Raises $6 Million To Help Emerging Markets Access The Mobile Internet

The mobile revolution may be booming, but not everyone has the same level of access. That’s why major tech companies like Facebook and Google are building out systems involving drones or high-flying balloons to make sure those in developing regions still have the opportunity to get connected. …

Emerging Markets

Nextbit’s Robin Is An Android Smartphone That Taps The Cloud For Bonus Smarts

A little over a year ago, we broke the news that Nextbit, a company founded by early Android veterans, had raised $18 million dollars for… something. Something secret.

Today, they’re finally pulling back the curtain.

After weeks of teasing out little details on Twitter, Nextbit has finally spilled …

Android Apps

WellAware Raises Additional $16 Million For Its Oil And Gas Monitoring Services

WellAware, the well-connected San Antonio-based provider of monitoring and management services for oil wells, pipelines, and refining and chemical facilities has raised an additional $16 million in its latest round of financing.

The capital, which the company is calling a B-1 was raised from …

Oil & Gas Industry

Good News, Everyone! Chrome Just Killed Flash Ads

Chrome, the browser used by over 50% of the Internet, is officially preferring HTML5 ads over Flash content, a move that should finally dump the failed media platform into the trash heap of history. Quoth Google:

In June, we announced that Chrome will begin pausing many Flash ads by default to …

Google Chrome

Yummly Raises $15 Million At $100M Valuation For Its Recipe Recommendation And Food Delivery Business

Yummly, the online recipe recommendation and food delivery service has raised $15 million in a new round of funding led by Bauer Venture Partners that values the company at $100 million.

Yummly’s raise comes at a time when venture investors of all stripes are trying to book reservations at the board …


3D Robotics Launches 3DU To Promote The Use Of Drones In Education

3D Robotics (3DR), the largest North American consumer drone manufacturer, today announced the launch of its 3DU educational program.

3DU aims to bring drones to more schools — ranging from K-12 to postgraduate programs — by making both hardware discounts and sponsorships available to these schools, …


Pandora To Celebrate 10th Anniversary With Day Of Ad-Free Listening

Our beloved Pandora is 10 years old this month. The music company has endured ups and downs but is set to celebrate that milestone anniversary on the 9th. It’s quite impressive.

What started as the human genome project has become something much bigger, connecting artists to listeners 24/7. To give …

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