Samsung’s new smart TVs will all use the Tizen operating system

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The Tizen operating system hasn’t had the easiest start in life. Samsung’s first Tizen smartphone was postponed indefinitely, and a later attempt, the Tizen-based Z1, had its Indian launch pushed back from 2014 to January 2015. But the South Korean company hasn’t given up on Tizen  — today it announced that all of its upcoming Samsung smart TVs will run the Linux Foundation’s OS.

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The Supreme Court plans to adopt an electronic filing system by 2016

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In an era of instantaneous access to everything, one system that’s managed to lag well behind is online court documents. Electronic filing systems have become the norm in lower courts, but are still in the midst of being overhauled to make accessing documents feel like like you’re stuck in the 1990s. Then there’s the Supreme Court, which still relies on paper filings, which need to be scanned and distributed by others like the Scotusblog for public consumption. That will change sometime in 2016, Chief Justice John Roberts said today. Writing in a year-end report on the Federal Judiciary, Roberts said the court was developing its own electronic filing system to help it escape the clutches of paper, and freely host major documents for the…

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A Look Back At 2014

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shutterstock_236141542 2014 was an amazing year in startup news. In fact, we wrote more than 13,000 articles here on TechCrunch. That’s why we are giving you a handy TL;DR guide to remind you of all the big news from the past year. Apple: We predict that large phones will be the next big thing. WhatsApp: Sorry, I can’t hear you over the sound of all the $$$$. Amazon: Remember that one time we built… Read More

Snapchat Has Raised $485 Million More From 23 Investors, At Valuation Of At Least $10B

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snapchat-still Back in the day, we reported that messaging app Snapchat* was raising over $100 million in a round led by Kleiner Perkins. And then the WSJ reported that it was $20 million, which left us wondering why a growth round would be so small in terms of total principle. Well, it turns out it’s not. Snapchat has raised a much bigger amount: Nearly $500 million in aggregate, according to an… Read More

7 Venture Capitalists Predict What Will Happen In 2015

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6860259772_65ca429a85_o (1) From cloud wars to the certainty that there will be hacks, venture capitalists believe that 2015 will be a year of tumult and (in public markets anyway) triumph for the startup world. Here are the visions that the general partners, managing directors and partners from firms such as NEA, IVP, Cue Ball Group,General Catalyst Partners and MDV have when they gaze into their crystal balls. Read More

Sony execs used old BlackBerrys found in a basement after getting hacked

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With its computer systems crippled worldwide, Sony executives did what any of us would do: turn to simpler technologies to get them moving again. According to The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, that tech included notepads, a manual paycheck machine, and also a stash of BlackBerrys found in Sony’s basement. The BlackBerrys were handed out to Sony executives, who used them to start emailing once again thanks to the fact that the BlackBerrys were still set up to use their own server, rather than Sony’s hacked one. They were also used to send out updates to the company’s staff over text messages, which made their way down through the organization over a phone tree that was thrown together.

Sony executives initially saw the hack…

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Comcast Customer Spends Four Hours Canceling His Account

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comcast-ouroboros A Comcast user named Mike posted a portion of a four hour call with the company to cancel his account. The resulting back and forth, full of long, pregnant pauses and corporate rigamarole, isn’t nearly as exciting as Ryan Block’s Kafkaesque hell but Mike’s story is about patience, perseverance, and poorly-trained customer service providers whereas Ryan’s was about… Read More

How We Celebrate New Year’s Eve On Social Media Around The World

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Crowds watch and take photographs as fireworks light up the Sydney Harbour Bridge during the annual fireworks display From Smartphone selfie sticks to pyrotechnics, this is how we digitally ring in 2015 around the world: Twitter: Happy New Year from Sydney, Australia pic.twitter.com/wkRNKV5wax — Best Earth Pics (@BestEarthPix) December 31, 2014 Happy New Year from #Dubai, United Arab Emirates! #NYE #2015 pic.twitter.com/7rsbqYLvoG — Beautiful Pictures (@BEAUTIFULPlCS) December 31, 2014… Read More

How To Find The Right YouTube Influencers For Your Brand

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influencer Earned media is stealing the show. According to Nielsen, 84% of consumers say they trust peer recommendations above all other sources of advertising. According to McKinsey and Deloitte, marketing-inspired word-of-mouth generates more than twice the sales of paid advertising, while customers referred by loyal customers have a 37% higher retention rate. Read More

You can now buy the Moto X Pure Edition with 64GB of storage for $599

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Are the Moto X’s storage limits keeping you from buying Motorola’s flagship smartphone? If so, those concerns may have just dissolved. Today the company announced that it’s now offering its unlocked GSM Pure Edition Moto X — which ships free of carrier cruft and bloatware — with 64GB of storage. That’s a new option to go alongside the 16GB and 32GB variants that’ve been available since the second-gen Moto X launched earlier this year. Going with the Pure Edition is pretty much the only way of getting that much space for your apps, music, movies, documents, and whatever else you cram onto a phone; Motorola doesn’t offer the “regular” model with 64GB through any US (or international) carrier. We really wish Motorola would take after…

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Apple sued for shrinking storage space on 16GB devices thanks to iOS 8

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Apple’s caught plenty of flack for continuing to sell iPhones and iPads with just 16GB of storage in 2014, and just as much for the amount of storage needed to upgrade to iOS 8, two things that a pair of customers from Florida are suing the company over. In a legal complaint filed yesterday in California, Miami residents Paul Orshan and Christopher Endara say that the 16GB iPhones and iPads they purchased had less than that amount of usable space, something Orshan contends was further reduced after upgrading his iPhone 5S from iOS 7 to iOS 8.

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Microsoft’s Windows Store Sees 110% Download Growth From A Year Ago

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windows-101 According to the company, Microsoft has seen a 110 percent rise in the number of app downloads on the Windows Store in the last year. The increase, as relayed by the firm’s own Todd Brix, is built on the back of 30 percent more active users in the same period, and has led to a more than doubling of “gross sales” for developers. It isn’t clear what hard numbers… Read More

CrunchWeek’s 2014 In Review: Hacks Aplenty, Mega Money, Tech’s Stars Under Scrutiny

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Screen Shot 2014-12-31 at 11.08.12 AM This week’s episode of CrunchWeek is coming a couple of days early, since it’s really a CrunchYear — we took some time to look back at some of the biggest trends and stories from 2014 in tech news.
It was a year of many huge security breaches, from Target and Home Depot to the infamous Fappening, Snappening, and Sony. It was also a year of huge amounts of money, from… Read More

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