Monthly Archives: August 2013

Coinchat Is A Chatroom Where Talking Sense Earns You Bitcoin


Coinchat is a Bitcoin-incentivised browser-based chatroom where you can shoot the breeze with strangers online and earn Bitcoin in the process. Where’s the catch? Well, there isn’t really one. The Bitcoin you’re earning through chatting with other users comes from the site’s own revenue generation — funded by ads and also a transfer fee it charges when users send Bitcoin tips. read more

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The Decline And Fall Of Flowtab, A Startup Story


It started with an idea: How can we get our drinks more quickly at the bar? Dreamed up at 2 a.m. in Coloft, a Los Angeles coworking space, future founder Mike Townsend doodled up an iPad application mockup that he called Apptini to answer the question. read more

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Google Confirms It Has Acquired Android Smartwatch Maker WIMM Labs

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Google has confirmed it acquired WIMM Labs last year, a company that previously made an Android-powered smartwatch before shuttering operations in 2012. At the time a message on its website said it had entered into an exclusive partnership without releasing further details, but it’s now clear that partner was Google, rather than Apple as some had initially speculated. Google’s WIMM Labs acquisition was reported earlier by Gigaom. read more

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Former Waywire CEO Nate Richardson Joins AOL As President Of AOL Live

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A few weeks ago we reported that Nate Richardson, the CEO and co-founder of Waywire, would be leaving the company as it makes a strategic shift from content creation to content curation. Well now we know where he’s landed: Richardson has joined our parent company AOL* as the President of AOL Live, TechCrunch has learned. read more

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Following Mobile Test, Facebook Tries Out A ‘Trending' Section On Its Desktop News Feed

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Back in June, Facebook said it would be rolling out a number of features for following public conversations, and it looks like the company’s holding true to that promise. read more

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Microsoft's Next CEO Will Not Spin Off Xbox, Unless They Abdicate The Company's Larger Strategic Direction


A story published by Bloomberg floats the idea that Microsoft might spin off its Xbox business, which it calls “more likely [following current CEO Steve Ballmer’s] exit.” The publication values Xbox at around $17 billion, a figure based on a comparative revenue multiple with Nintendo. read more

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Target Ticket, Target's Video Download & Rental Service, Nears Launch


Target’s answer to Walmart’s Vudu, Netflix, and iTunes, is preparing to launch. Employees at the Minneapolis-headquartered retailer were told this week that Target Ticket, as the service is called, will soon be offered to consumers, allowing them to rent and purchase digital copies of movies and television shows like they do on Apple’s iTunes, then play them back across all the devices they own, including smartphones, tablets, TVs, Blu-ray players, and game consoles. read more

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Ask A VC: Bessemer Venture Partners' Ethan Kurzweil On The Evolution Of Developer Platforms And More

In this week’s episode of Ask A VC, Bessemer Venture Partners’ Ethan Kurzweil joined us in the studio. read more

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TechCrunch Giveaway: Win Disrupt SF Tickets And Fitbits From New Relic


You know what’s cooler than reading TechCrunch every day? Diving into startup culture head first by attending TechCrunch Disrupt SF. We’re excited to announce that New Relic is giving away eight coveted Disrupt SF tickets. read more

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As Ballmer Exits, Microsoft Inks Deal With ValueAct That May Lead To Board Seat


Today Microsoft announced that it has reached a “cooperation agreement” with ValueAct Capital, an investment company that had been a thorn in its side. It was said that ValueAct wanted a seat on Microsoft’s board. read more

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Gillmor Gang Live 08.30.13 (TCTV)

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Gillmor Gang – Robert Scoble, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, John Taschek, and Steve Gillmor.  Live recording session for today has concluded read more

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This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Nintendo 2DS, Pebble, And Unikey


The Nintendo 2DS is just like a 3DS, except for the fact that it’s cheaper and has no 3D. Deal breaker or deal maker? Meanwhile, Matt still seems to fancy the Pebble smartwatch, while the rest of us are sick of hearing about it. And finally, the Unikey Kevo (currently available for pre-order) will make its way into homes in about a month with plenty of competition from Lockitron and others. But which is the better product? read more

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Strike Social Analyzes The Performance Of Your YouTube Videos For Free

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A new startup called Strike Social says its tools give YouTube publishers a way to track how their content is performing on the video site and on social networks, and at a pretty compelling price — free. read more

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Lockbox Raises $2.5 Million Seed Round To Help Encrypt Your Stuff


It’s hard to trust the cloud. With the NSA coming in one end and hackers coming in through the other, complete encryption is key. That’s what Lockbox is for. The company, founded in 2008, has accepted $2.5 million in seed funding to further roll out their Client Portal and iPad app. read more

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