Clever Launches New Instant Log In Feature

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Clever-screenshot When adults are struggling to remember all of their passwords, how can second graders? After launching to provide a common API for K-12 education two years ago, Clever wants to help instructors teach more and worry about resetting students’ forgotten passwords less. The education technology company recently launched a feature that will allow students to use a single sign on to all of… Read More

11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

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TC-weekly-roundup1 Before we take off for the long weekend, check out the best stories from the past week (8/23-8/29). After months of rumors suggesting that Google was prepped to snatch up Twitch, Amazon ended up dropping the money to make this deal happen. Alex Wilhelm originally reported the news for TechCrunch, but Kyle Russell offered some critical analysis about how Amazon’s acquisition is too big… Read More

ThemeBoard Will Let Designers Share Custom Keyboards On iOS 8

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Themeboard keyboard Since the introduction of custom keyboards in iOS 8 at this year’s WWDC, we’ve seen a few implementations come from developers preparing solutions aiming to make the typing experience more convenient on the iPhone. Taphive’s ThemeBoard is something else — it’s a keyboard that mostly acts like Apple’s, but you can customize it with designs from the community. Read More

Cable companies want to stop the best internet in America from growing

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A group representing giants in the cable industry is trying to shut down two municipalities’ proposals to expand their public broadband networks, arguing that public broadband has a “mixed record” and can be harmful to taxpayers, despite these two networks already being successful where they’re already operational. Laws in 20 states prevent municipalities from from creating their own broadband networks — much to the pleasure of private cable companies, which have shown an impressive dedication to avoiding any competition and any suggestion that their service is merely a utility. Municipalities have on occasion created their own public networks to make up for shortcomings from local internet providers, and it’s easy to see why private…

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Snapchat lets you watch and create group videos of live events with ‘Our Story’

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Snapchat isn’t just for sharing slices of your life with your friends anymore. A new feature called “Our Story” has begun rolling out to all users today, which lets you create and view public collections of photos and videos captured at the same live event  — say a concert or sports game — even with people who aren’t on your Friends list.

Here’s how it works: if you’re using Snapchat at a big event where other people are also using the app, you can choose to add your video and photo snaps to a larger public collection. Anyone in the world with Snapchat can then open their app, find the collection of snaps from that event, and watch it as a single Snapchat Story. The feature doesn’t identify who created which snaps, only showing that…

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YC’s BillForward Wants To Change The Way You’re Charged For Subscriptions

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ipad-black3 Amazon Prime, Netflix, utilities, the New York Times, HBO Go, the gym…
When you stop and think about all the subscriptions you have, the list probably is a bit longer than you thought.
But even as more subscription services become available, from ride shares to make up kits, it seems companies still offer customers limited subscription options due to constraints with their billing systems. Read More

CrunchWeek: Twitch’s $1B Sale, Snapchat’s $10B Valuation, Uber’s Operation SLOG

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Screen Shot 2014-08-29 at 12.33.39 PM You can tell when summer is coming to an end: The weather turns cooler, the days run shorter, and tech news starts to pick up the pace. This week was a great example of the news cycle perking up as we head into fall, giving us a few big stories to talk about for our weekly CrunchWeek show.
Ryan Lawler, Alex Wilhelm, and I got together to talk about Twitch’s $1 billion sale to Amazon… Read More

An Interview With Max Gurvits, Boy VC

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Max Teres 2 Max Gurvits is an investor. Based in Bulgaria, the peripatetic VC is almost everywhere, showing up at events around the world and scouting out some amazing ideas. I talked to him about how he became a VC at a comparatively young age and what it takes to make it in investing for our back to school series. TC: You’re pretty young (comparatively). How did you start? Gurvits: I co-founded… Read More

This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Apple’s Event, Smart Watches, And Drones

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gadgets140829 As August comes to a close, the world speeds back up again and things actually start… you know, happening.
Apple has an event in just a few short days, where we expect to learn about the iPhone. After that, a bunch of other companies are releasing smart watches, including Motorola, LG, and Google and Disney entering the Game of Drones. Read More

Watch NASA’s 3D-printed rocket part survive a 6,000 degree test-firing

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From pizza to rocket engines, its safe to say that NASA is really interested in 3D printing these days. But the agency’s latest experiment in that realm may be its most spectacular yet. Using a technology known as “selective laser melting,” NASA was able to create a rocket injector — the part that shoots fuel into a rocket engine — out of just two separate components, instead of the 163 that were required using traditional manufacturing techniques.

The idea is to improve efficiency and cut costs, without sacrificing reliability or safety. So far, NASA’s tests of its 3D-printed rocket injector seem to be going well: this week, the agency announced that the injector recently survived a 6,000-degree Fahrenheit test-firing at the Marshall…

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