A Bitcoin Battle Is Brewing

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ancient-dollar Did you know the Bitcoin community is riven by tension, drama, competing agendas, and at least two starkly different visions of our economic future? That even as major banks who thought of Bitcoin as snake oil re-assess its blockchain technology as a major breakthrough, and smart money pours into blockchain startups, the few at its cutting edge are increasingly divided against themselves? Read More

Ektron President Fesses Up To Selling The Company To Accel-KKR

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Sold sign in front of a house. After denying to TechCrunch that Ektron had been sold, company president Tim McKinnon admitted in a later phone conversation that a sale had in fact happened, after a document confirming the deal began circulating online. Earlier this week we published a story about the rumor that Ektron had been sold to an unnamed private equity firm. The firm was presumably Accel-KKR, which had invested in… Read More

Instacart Is Raising North Of $100 Million At A $2 Billion Valuation

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instacart Instacart, the home grocery delivery service that launched back in 2012, is close to raising a massive Series C round of funding north of $100 million, according to sources. The raise will value the startup at $2 billion, or more than quadruple the $400 million valuation of its Series B financing from June. Including this round, Instacart has raised a total of $154.8 million with other… Read More

Zazzle Buys Boundless Network As It Battles Teespring For Democratized Ecommerce

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T-Shirt War Want to sell t-shirts with your face on them, or get your employees shirts with your company name? Zazzle is fighting newcomer Teespring for your business, and it just got some more ammunition. Yesterday, personalized product maker and marketplace Zazzle acquired Boundless Network, a startup that lets companies save money on big branded product orders. Founded way back in 1999, Zazzle has… Read More

Separating The Opportunities From The Obstacles In Open-Source Networking

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plantlock Open standards have driven the networking market since the earliest days of the Internet. While the use of open source for networking is a more recent phenomenon, it is no less important. A major industry transition to open source for software-defined networking (SDN) is under way, and users and vendors stand to benefit. Some expectations, however, may need to change. Read More

This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: CarPlay, Google Glass + Intel, And Star Wars

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gadgets141205 Friday is a beautiful thing, and this morning’s podcast celebrates that.
Pioneer released a new version of its in-car AppRadio system that integrates CarPlay, and the WSJ reported that Intel would replace TI under the hood of the next version of Google Glass. Meanwhile, the tech world is salivating over the new Star Wars trailer. Read More

Hands On With Sony’s PlayStation 4 20th Anniversary Edition Console

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20th Anniversary PlayStation 4 laid flat. Sony has a new version of its PlayStation 4 console going on sale soon, which is limited to only 12,300 units globally, and which comes in the original gray color of the first PlayStation hardware. The anniversary edition will retail for $500, which seems steep, but it also includes a stand for vertical mounting and a PlayStation 4 Camera in the box, neither of which are included in any of… Read More

Microsoft Rolls Out Support For Video Calling Between Skype And Lync Users

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Skye-Lync-video-1024x554 Last year, Microsoft announced that its consumer-facing Skype communications service and its enterprise-focused counterpart would begin to interoperate, first with IM and audio, and later expanding to support video. Today, the company says, the video integration is complete. Skype users can now video call contacts on Lync, and vice versa, Microsoft announced this morning. The change follows… Read More

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Review

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captain-toad-gif Nintendo’s hit holiday season continues with an unlikely hero: Captain Toad, the toadstool-esque stock supporting character from Super Mario games, who takes the helm for a full-fledged puzzler based on mini games from Super Mario 3D World. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker takes unique advantage of the Wii U’s capabilities, in addition to being just generally super fun, and while… Read More

Torque, Microsoft’s Alternative To “OK Google,” Now Works On Android Smartphones

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torque Microsoft this morning has released an app for Android smartphone users called Torque that allows you to shake your phone in order to perform a voice search, similar to Google’s “OK Google.” The difference is that instead of waking up the app with a standard keyword command, it’s the shaking motion that instead does the trick. Also like Google, Torque will provide a… Read More

Retailer Bebe Confirms Payment Card Data Breach

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IMG_6601 Another day, another payment card data breach. In what’s now becoming routine news, this morning retailer Bebe is confirming a security incident that took place over the busy holiday shopping period in November which saw attackers stealing customer’s names, account numbers, expiration dates and verification codes from cards swiped in stores. The breach occurred during the dates… Read More

Kindle Needs A “Subscribe To Author” Button

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kindle-unlimited When Amazon launched the Kindle Unlimited service last July, the idea was that popular indie authors could use the service as a way to gather royalties and raise their author profiles in tandem. The all-you-can-eat reading service was supposed to help, not harm, authors. The opposite has been the case. After the launch of KU a number of prolific writers have seen sales drop precipitously.… Read More

To Get Off Russia’s Blacklist, GitHub Has Blocked Access To Pages That Highlight Suicide

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github russia GitHub is slowly navigating the tricky waters of Internet censorship in Russia, using its own platform to track how it’s doing it in an effort to remain transparent, but also agreeing to block pages that the regulator says offend content regulations. “We have since blocked access within the Russian Federation to the specific content which was flagged as prohibited by law… Read More

Watch NASA’s Second Orion Rocket Launch Attempt Live

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Orion_with_ATV_SM Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream NASA is set to launch its Orion spacecraft on an unmanned test flight today, in an early step towards an eventual manned mission to Mars. The launch was originally slated for yesterday, but a combination of technical issues and weather conditions scrubbed the launch. The new window kicks off today at 7:05 AM ET, so tune in above and you don’t have… Read More

US Marshals Complete Second Auction Of Silk Road Bitcoin

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bitcoin-eagle1 The US Marshals Service has completed the second auction of Bitcoin seized from the original Silk Road. The auction, consisting of 50,000 BTC, is the latest in a seized BTC sell-off that began in June. The USMC reported that 11 registered bidders placed 27 bids for the bitcoin, down from 45 bidders in June. Coindesk attributes the drop to a smaller bidding window – 6 hours versus 12… Read More

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