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Bitcoin 2.0: Unleash The Sidechains

1 hour 29 min ago
 "Cryptocurrencies will create a fifth protocol layer powering the next generation of the Internet," says Naval Ravikant. "Our 2014 fund will be built during the blockchain cycle," concurs Fred Wilson. And Andreessen Horowitz have very visibly doubled down on Bitcoin. Even if you don't believe in Bitcoin as a currency, and I'll grant there's plenty to be skeptical about, you should be thinking:… Read More
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Nike Is Said To Be Killing Off The FuelBand

Sat, 2014-04-19 01:33
 Bad news, Fuel fans: Nike is purportedly killing off their wearable hardware efforts, including the FuelBand. Just a few days ago, folks started whispering about shakeup in Fuelband land after the following post popped up on Secret: Now, sure enough, CNET says they’ve got a person-in-the-know confirming that the majority of the 70-person FuelBand team has been let go. It’s a pity,… Read More
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Counterforce Protests Tech Using Tech

Sat, 2014-04-19 00:18
Rising income inequality is quickly becoming the most prevalent issue of our century, "the defining challenge of our time," according to President Obama. No where is this more acute than in San Francisco, where rents growing at 3 times the national average are squeezing out the lower and middle classes in favor of tech workers who can pay astronomical housing prices. Read More
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White House Declines To Deport Bieber, Pivots To Immigration Reform In Its Official Response

Fri, 2014-04-18 23:50
 TechCrunch squinted slightly when the White House petition to deport the Canadian Justin Bieber passed the 100,000-signature mark, the minimum threshold to warrant an official response. Read More
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214 Technologies Is Crowdfunding A Smart Doorbell Called Chui

Fri, 2014-04-18 23:00
 "What the heck is a smart doorbell?" That's what my friends asked me any time I mentioned that I'd be meeting with Nezare Chafni and Shaun Moore, co-founders of 214 Technologies. They've developed a product called Chui, which they describe as "the world's most intelligent doorbell." Read More
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Ask A VC: Next World Capital’s Ben Fu On Engineer Recruiting Challenges

Fri, 2014-04-18 22:00
In this week’s episode of Ask A VC, we hosted Next World Capital’s Ben Fu in the studio to talk about big data, recruiting and more. Fu, who has backed Datameer, Datastax, and Good Data among others, talked about the talent crunch, and the challenges founders face when recruiting engineers, especially in the enterprise world. Check out the video above for more! Read More
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CrunchWeek: Airbnb’s $500M Funding, Twitter Gobbles Up Gnip, Instagram’s Swapped Username Scandal

Fri, 2014-04-18 20:44
 It’s Friday, the sun is shining, the birds are chirping, a holiday weekend is ahead, and we’ve got a brand new episode of CrunchWeek for you to watch. What more could you wish for? In today’s show, Leena Rao, Ryan Lawler and I huddled around the big white table to talk about the confirmation that Airbnb has closed on $500 million in a massive new funding round, Twitter’s… Read More
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Raise Now: VC Funding For Startups At Highest Point In More Than A Decade

Fri, 2014-04-18 20:43
 There is a reason it feels like everyone and anyone is raising money at the moment to build a company: They are. According to two studies, capital raised from venture capitalists by growing, private companies is at its highest point since 2001. Read More
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Gillmor Gang Live 04.18.14

Fri, 2014-04-18 20:13
 Gillmor Gang - Danny Sullivan, Dan Farber, Semil Shah, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. Live recording session has concluded for today. Read More
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Canary Smart Home Security Shows Off Its Smartphone App For The First Time

Fri, 2014-04-18 19:41
 Canary has had a big year. After smashing through its Indiegogo campaign goal and picking up an extra $10 million in VC funding, the company is nearly ready to ship its home security product. Due to a couple of hurdles, Canary units won't arrive until "this summer," but to tide us over, the team has given us our first real look at the complementary smartphone application. Read More
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Facebook ‘Nearby Friends’ Will Track Your Location History To Target You With Ads

Fri, 2014-04-18 19:37
 Facebook says it’s not using its new Nearby Friends feature to target ads yet, but after I asked why it’s tracking “Location History” it admitted it will eventually use the data for marketing purposes. This morning, the proximity sharing feature began rolling out to iOS users after it’s launch yesterday, and with it I discovered a new “Location History”… Read More
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In Just A Few Minutes, SpaceX Will Attempt To Launch A Reusable Rocket — Watch Now! (Update: It’s Over)

Fri, 2014-04-18 19:10
 Quick! Tune in! SpaceX is about to attempt something pretty historic: launching a rocket in such a way that much of it can be reused in later launches. If the launch is successful, the payload of the rocket will spend a few days cruising to the International Space Station, then drop off a bunch of supplies. The “first stage”(the largest — and often the most expensive —… Read More
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Gusto Debuts A Smarter, More Powerful Email App For iPhone

Fri, 2014-04-18 19:02
 There's no lack of startups trying to rethink the mobile email experience - for example, Mailbox, Boxer, CloudMagic, Triage, or Acompli, to name just a few. Now a new application called Gusto is throwing its hat into the ring, as well, with a smart email application that helps you more easily find files and photos within dedicated tabs, plus a powerful search feature that lets you refine keyword… Read More
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This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Siri Hack, Amazon Smartphone, And Galaxy Gear

Fri, 2014-04-18 19:00
 Siri was hacked! But don't panic — it's apparently a really fun hack that gives Siri access to your other apps. Meanwhile, rumors are swirling over Amazon's forthcoming smartphone with 3D-gesture features. Plus, we're taking a good hard look at the Galaxy Gear smartwatch equipment from Samsung. Or, more accurately, we diverge into talking about the Galaxy S5. Also, it's Good Friday. Read More
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Supreme Court Justices Say They’re Likely To Rule On NSA Surveillance

Fri, 2014-04-18 18:34
 Supreme Court justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia think that the nation's top court will eventually rule on the NSA's surveillance activities. The two, appearing in front of the National Press Club, both touched on the subject, with Justice Scalia calling the Supreme Court the "the institution least qualified to decide" on the matter, and Justice Ginsburg stating that "[the court]… Read More
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Airbnb Has Closed Its $500M Round Of Funding At A $10B Valuation, Led By TPG

Fri, 2014-04-18 17:29
 TechCrunch has learned that Airbnb, the fast-growing site that lets people become hoteliers by renting out sofas, rooms or entire private homes, has now closed its latest round of funding: $500 million, led by private equity firm TPG, at a $10 billion valuation, according to our sources. This brings the total raised by Airbnb to $826 million. Read More
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Facebook Says Paper Users Browse 80 Stories A Day, Adds Features That Let It Replace FB For iOS

Fri, 2014-04-18 17:24
 Facebook just released Paper 1.1, an update that adds features and notifications to make it a more comprehensive substitute for Facebook for iOS. It also gave the first momentum update on Paper since its Febraury 3rd launch, saying "people have explored an average of 80 stories a day". It didn't release a user count, though, and some critics are calling it a flop. Read More
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Who Wants A Ticket To The Disrupt NY Hackathon?

Fri, 2014-04-18 16:27
 Ready. Set. Go. Our events team just released another batch of tickets to the Disrupt NY Hackathon. You can grab one below. Last year using the Foursquare and Plaid APIs, a credit card transaction tracker took home the top prize. Teams are forming now so grab a ticket while they're still available. Read More
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Taking On Amazon, Target Expands Online Subscriptions Program To More Categories, Lowers Prices

Fri, 2014-04-18 16:22
 Target has significantly expanded its subscription-based e-commerce service, first launched last fall as a response to Amazon’s popular “Subscribe and Save” program, by increasing the number of online items available for subscription purchase from just 200 to now 1,500. While the company’s original focus was on baby-care items, the now revamped service offers similar… Read More
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Telerik Open Sources Most Of Its Kendo UI HTML5 Framework

Fri, 2014-04-18 16:15
 Telerik, the company behind the popular Kendo UI library, this week announced that it is open sourcing the vast majority of Kendo UI's tools and JavaScript framework features. This new Kendo UI Core package is licensed under the Apache 2.0 license, which allows developers to use it for both commercial and non-commercial projects. Read More
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