Getting Orwell Wrong

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Geroge Orwell I was ready to come to Amazon’s defense (and I will, eventually). In their long letter to the writing community, they made some excellent points. They inflamed our passions, gave us historical context for our discontent, and then quoted none other than George Orwell on the disruptive nature of paperbacks and the need for evil publishers to crack down on upstart, low-priced alternatives. Read More

The New TV Pilot Season: Bringing YouTube Stars, Channels And Bloggers To TV Screens

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television production YouTube Hollywood is in love with YouTube. Last year, DreamWorks Animation paid $33 million for YouTube channel AwesomenessTV, Warner Bros. invested $18 million in the YouTube channel Machinima and most recently, Disney purchased Maker Studios for $500 million. At this point, many other studios are probably negotiating acquisitions of these multi-channel networks. The explanation for so much love… Read More

11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want to Miss This Week (8/8)

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11 TechCrunch Stories You Don't Want to Miss This Week Here’s a recap of some of our top stories from 8/2 to 8/8. The public has scrutinized the success of standalone apps like Facebook Slingshot, Twitter Music, and Instagram Bolt, but most people don’t realize that these apps are supposed to fail most of the time. Josh Constine argues that, “when there’s massive upside, and little downside, standalone apps can be a… Read More

AMD’s 5 GHz Turbo CPU in Retail: The FX-9590 and ASRock 990FX Extreme9 Review

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While AMD’s FX-9590 CPU has been in systems for over a year, it suddenly comes to market as a retail package for end-users to buy with a bundled liquid cooling system. This 220W CPU that has a turbo speed of 5.0 GHz still sits at the top of AMD’s performance stack, despite subsequent improvements in the architecture since. We have decided to grab ASRock’s 990FX Extreme9 and an FX-9590 for a review to see if it still is the AMD performance CPU champion.

The creator of the hated Neil deGrasse Tyson creepshot is defending his work

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The internet is not known for its ability to take a joke. A week ago, Michael Hale, a Twitter user with the charming handle @dogboner found himself riding in the subway across from astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. He surreptitiously snapped a photo and posted it with this sarcastic caption:

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Once-dead video game maker Sierra could be coming back to life next week

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Video game publishers fade into the annals of history all the time, a list that includes Sierra Entertainment — the makers of the once immensely popular Kings Quest and Space Quest series. A laundry list of not so great games, along with owner Activision deciding to shut it down after acquiring parent company Vivendi, ultimately turned it into nothing more than a brand. Now, in the spirit of reboots and revivals that keep the entertainment industry humming, Sierra appears to be on its way back.

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Disney Conquers Physics, Uses 3D Printing To Create Impossible Spinning Tops

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top small Have you ever been sitting around bored and found yourself trying to get some random household object — a battery, a pen, whatever — to spin around like a top? Disney has taken that idea to a pretty grand extreme. Combining the power of 3D printing and some damned clever physics work, they’ve worked out a way to make just about any shape spin for ages. The idea: if you… Read More

Google, Microsoft, others backing Facebook in fight over user privacy in New York

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Facebook’s getting some company in its fight with the New York district attorney’s office over the protection of user data from government investigations, something that has quickly become a battle over constitutional rights. Today, a number of major tech companies including Dropbox, Foursquare, Google, Kickstarter, LinkedIn, Meetup, Microsoft, Pinterest, Twitter, Tumblr, and Yelp, along with the New York Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU, filed amicus briefs in support of Facebook.

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Middle Schoolers Learn About Startups By Launching Their Own

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SKYS Studio In the tech world, we’re used to seeing young entrepreneurs, from Mark Zuckerberg to Evan Spiegel. But not this young. A group of four middle schoolers from Torrance, California, spent their summer vacation building BankIt, a simple game inspired by Flappy Bird. Their parents wanted them to learn what it was like to be part of a startup, from designing and developing an app to… Read More

Stellar, Uber, And The Rise Of Computational Trust

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business-handshake How do you feel about letting strangers into your home? Our homes act as a kind of sanctuary from the outside world, a highly personal and exclusive refuge. They should be safe. While it is a commonplace in cultures throughout the world to be gracious hosts to guests, such warmth rarely extends to complete strangers at the door. Read More

Apple will reveal its wrist gadget next month, says Apple watcher John Gruber

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One of the biggest mysteries in tech is on the cusp of being solved. Apple’s highly anticipated wearable device for the wrist will be shown off in September, according to the well sourced Apple observer John Gruber. Responding to a Verge story today on the Moto 360 charging dock, Gruber announced the gadget’s unveiling with characteristic understatement. “The only way this could get funnier would be if it doesn’t even ship until after Apple announces their wrist wearable thing next month,” he wrote on Daring Fireball. (It’s funny to Gruber because he thinks the Moto 360 has a “stupid flat-tire display shape.”)

This week, several outlets reported that Apple is planning to hold an event September 9th. We assume that’s the day we’ll see…

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FCC Chairman Dismisses Verizon’s Defense Of Throttling High-Bandwidth Customers

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Screen Shot 2014-08-08 at 2.35.14 PM Verizon announced in late July that it would start throttling the 4G data speeds of customers on unlimited data plans who are among the top 5 percent of their users when it comes to consumption of mobile data, and were “connected to cell sites experiencing heavy demand.” The FCC wasn’t too pleased. The commission sent Verizon a letter stating that… Read More

Kim Kardashian’s next book is 352 pages of selfies

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Tired of giving Kim Kardashian $200 million in real money for virtual fame? Looking for something more tangible? Here you go: Selfish is the latest book by Kim (she’s so far authored at least two others: Dollhouse and Kardashian Konfidential). The hardcover novel will reportedly feature 352 pages of Kim Kardashian selfies. As the adage goes, a picture is worth 1,000 words, so this definitely counts as a longread.

Selfish is due out April 7th, 2015 — that’s 242 days away. The list price is $19.95 but Amazon is offering a discount. While you wait, maybe consider her 1,800-plus photos on Instagram.

Remember: Kim Kardashian is not your friend.

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An Interview With Josh Garza, CEO Of GAW Miners, On His $1 Million Purchase Of BTC.com

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Screen Shot 2014-08-08 at 9.40.53 AM On Monday GAW Miners CEO Josh Garza announced the purchase of BTC.com for $1 million. The domain, which now points to a landing page, is to be a beachhead on the war to make bitcoin a household name and, like sex.com before it, the purchase garnered a lot of attention. But why BTC.com? And why $1 million? I spoke with Garza about his purchase. TC: $1 Million, huh? Where’d you get all… Read More

CrunchWeek: Carpooling With Lyft And Uber, Twitch Cracks Down On Copyright, Foursquare’s New App

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Screen Shot 2014-08-08 at 2.55.33 PM You know what goes great with a sunny summer Friday? A new episode of CrunchWeek, the show that brings a few TechCrunch writers together to shoot the breeze about the tech industry’s most interesting stories of the moment. Today, Alex Wilhelm, Ryan Lawler, and I gathered around the big white table to talk about the new carpooling offerings from Lyft and Uber (and the PR tactics that… Read More

TSA inspector faces child porn charges after Craigslist mother-daughter sex sting

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A Northern California man who claims to have worked for the Transportation Security Administration was hit with federal child pornography charges after an undercover sting reportedly caught him trying to arrange sex with a mother and her 13-year-old daughter via Craigslist.

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why nerdy white guys who love the blues are obsessed with a Wisconsin chair factory

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Underground comic artist Robert Crumb is a regular guest on the show. (Via John’s Old Time Radio Show)

Ben Marks of Collectors Weekly says: “Our resident shellac-record expert, Lisa Hix, has just finished a lengthy interview with Amanda Petrusich, whose Do Not Sell At Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World’s Rarest 78rpm Records was published last month by Scribner.

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