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Recharge, which lets users book hotels by the minute, just launched in New York

Recharge, a two-year-old, San Francisco-based company whose app enables users to book a stay in a hotel for just 66 cents a minute, is opening in select New York hotels today, after testing its service over the last year in San Francisco.<p>The company has also raised an undisclosed amount of funding …

San Francisco

Under pressure, Silicon Valley workers turn to LSD microdosing

It's 7am on a sunny Friday in a shared house in the sleepy San Francisco neighbourhood of Richmond. Flatmates buzz in and out of the kitchen as Lily …

Psychedelic Drugs

The Difference Between RGB and CMYK, Explained

Anyone who has ever opened Photoshop has been met with the question of using RBG or CMYK at some point. These might seem like arbitrary options at …

[Article] OAuth2 Grant Types and Need For Implicit Grant for JavaScript and Mobile Applications

Archived Content<p>This article is provided for historical perspective only, and may not reflect current conditions. Please refer to relevant product …

This Site Lets You Check If A Hotel’s WiFi Sucks Before It’s Too Late

There are lots of things that review sites should rank hotels on, but don’t. Is it known for bed bugs? Is the “heated pool” only heated during summer when the sun is out? How many ghosts live there? How fast is the WiFi?<p>This site won’t help you with all of those, but it <i>will</i> help you with that last …

How Facebook Beat Wall Street with Data

<i>Maurice Coyle is the CEO and co-founder of HeyStaks, a search analytics startup that helps mobile operators monetize subscriber data usage and increases conversions for e-commerce stores.</i><p>Facebook went public on May 18, 2012 in one of the most hotly anticipated tech company IPOs ever. The company …

A Stanford engineer built the fake compression algorithm in HBO's 'Silicon Valley'

The creators of HBO's <i>Silicon Valley</i> could have glossed over the breakthrough technology behind fictional start-up Pied Piper, but instead they reached out to a Stanford professor for some help crafting a compression algorithm that seemed perfectly plausible on the surface. Ultimately, Ph.D student …

Apple quietly bought a book discovery startup to compete with Amazon

Apple has quietly purchased BookLamp, an Idaho startup that set out to build better book recommendations, according to a report by TechCrunch. The …

The First Trillion-Dollar Startup

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Rhett Morris is the director of Endeavor Insight, the research arm of Endeavor, a nonprofit that supports more than 900 entrepreneurs in 20 countries. He edits a blog and monthly newsletter on entrepreneurship ecosystems here.</i><p>In 1957, eight entrepreneurs decided to do something that …

Net neutrality is dead – welcome to the age of digital discrimination

A US appeal court ruling that undermines the principle of net neutrality could spell the end for the ideal of an open internet<p>Want to know if someone is internet-savvy? Just ask them why anyone should care about net neutrality. If they understand the technology, stand by for a lecture on why it is …

Electronic aura could be answer to lost passwords

You are trying to book theatre tickets online with a rarely used credit card. Prompted to give a password, you find you can no longer remember it. The result is a failed transaction and a minor rise in blood pressure.<p>It gets worse. While shopping later on, you drop your car keys. An opportunist …

If You Think 5G Is All About Faster Network Speeds, You're Wrong

You can already reach for your phone, ask Google a question, and receive the answer within seconds.<p>The forthcoming generation of wireless technology will be even faster, but it's not just about sheer speed.<p>The next major network upgrade will solve one of the most aggravating problems we experience …

Adidas teams with Spotify to soundtrack your run, hook you up with a new route

Spotify knows a thing of two about playlists we guess. As for Adidas? It's responsible for more gallons of sweat than most. So, in something of an inspired combination, the two forces have linked-up to create a web-tool for runners. Hit up this link, and you'll be prompted for your location, a hint …

Everything you need to know about High-Resolution Audio, the future of music

Although high-res audio has been around for a while now, the public really knows very little about it. Until recently, talk of high-res audio has …

Why Is Facebook Page Reach Decreasing? More Competition And Limited Attention

Every Page on Facebook wants everything they post shown to everyone. But people only read a limited amount of News Feed per day. There simply isn’t room for everything, and the competition for feed space is intensifying. The total number of Pages Liked by the typical Facebook user grew more than …

Who is Elon Musk? Tech billionaire, SpaceX cowboy, Tesla pioneer – and real life Iron Man

By the time Elon Musk founded the company that would become PayPal, in 1999, he had already built and sold one internet business. But this time he hit the jackpot.<p>Already wealthier than most of us will ever dream of being, he netted close to $180 million from PayPal’s sale to eBay, enough to retire …

The Hottest Startups Of 2013

On the search for the hottest startups of 2013 we sifted through more than 300 entries, looking at nominations submitted by founders, investors and FORBES writers. The nine companies chosen in conjunction with comments from our judges were either founded or first gained significant traction in the …

Facebook’s Cutesy Annual Report To Partners Reveals First Country-By-Country Mobile Stats

TechCrunch has obtained never before published metrics showing Facebook’s international growth. Facebook sent some partners a playfully illustrated eMagazine called The Annual, but I’ve acquired a copy from a source and the stats inside are serious business. The report divulges user counts for some …

China's Alibaba Lets Users Judge E-Commerce Disputes

E-commerce is not smooth-sailing all the time — there may be arguments between sellers and buyers that can turn ugly, and lead to dissatisfaction with online shopping.<p>Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is trying to solve this — as it officially launched a platform for its Taobao Marketplace that lets …

Twitter Tests 'Recommended Accounts' Feature

It’s been a year of experimentation from Twitter, and the latest feature that the company is piloting is the option to favorite other users’ accounts.<p>Favoriting has taken on a new meaning in recent times. For many users it is more akin to a Facebook ‘Like’ or an act of acknowledgement rather than …

That Was Fast: Nokia Draws Down The $2B In Convertible Bonds Offered By Microsoft Earlier This Week

If we needed some more confirmation of how urgent the financial situation was over at Nokia, we got a glimpse of it today. The company announced that it would be drawing down the €1.5 billion ($2 billion) in convertible bonds offered to it by Microsoft earlier this week at the same time as the …

Microsoft details a faster, more powerful SmartGlass experience for Xbox One

SmartGlass, which enabled Microsoft's Xbox 360 to communicate with mobile devices, came relatively late in the console's life cycle. But Xbox One has been designed to maximize interplay with your Windows, Android, and iOS hardware, Microsoft revealed today. The company is sharing new details on …

Elon Musk's New Project: Iron Man's Gesture-Based Interface

Tuck away inside the SpaceX labs, Elon Musk has been building his version of Tony Stark's design tech.<p>Elon Musk is just toying with us now. The geek superstar already has his hands and calendar full running a private space company that's traveling to the International Space Station and a car …

Yahoo Says U.S. Looked At Only .01% Of People's Data, But That's Way More Than You Think

Yahoo just released its first transparency report, and despite what the company wants you to believe, the U.S. government is looking at a lot of people's data.<p>In the report released Friday, Yahoo says that the U.S. government requested "less than one-hundredth of one percent of Yahoo users …

Hands-on with HP's Recline 27 all-in-one, whose touchscreen sits close to your lap

We admittedly didn't initially get the point of HP's new "Recline" family of all-in-ones. Sure, we understood the <i>concept</i> well enough; these machines use a patent-pending hinge allowing the touchscreen to hang off the table, close to your lap. But we couldn't understand why HP would opt for such a …

A Closer Look At Elon Musk's Much-Hyped Hyperloop

You can thank brainy billionaire Elon Musk's Hyperloop proposal for bringing electro-magnetic-powered transportation and the linear induction motor back into the public consciousness.<p>The Hyperloop is a system for really-really rapid transit. If built, Musk claims it can carry people about 800 miles …

Kim Jong-Un Approves A (Possibly?) North Korea-Made Smartphone

North Korea leader Kim Jong-Un has given his approval to the first smartphone made in the hermit country, according to the official North Korea news ("news") agency. Except, uh, maybe it was just made in China and hastily packaged at a North Korean facility? Looks like the phone runs on the Android …

Elon Musk reveals plans for high-speed Hyperloop

In a blog post today, Elon Musk revealed plans for an alpha version of his much-anticipated Hyperloop, an innovative transportation system that would move passengers from Los Angeles to San Francisco in less than 30 minutes. According to the plans (PDF), the Hyperloop would transport passengers in …

Hackermeter Wants To Kill Your Résumé And Replace It With A High Score

If you’re looking to hire a bad-ass programmer, fielding résumés can start to feel like an exercise in futility. They’re good for quickly filtering out folks who are clearly applying to <i>everything</i> — but when everyone in the industry has some crazy made-up senior ninja/rockstar/space cadet title, …