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

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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Judge rejects $324 million settlement from Apple, Google, and others over no-hire scandal

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Judge Lucy Koh of California has rejected a proposed settlement by Apple, Google, and other companies that allegedly agreed to not poach or hire each others’ employees. Court documents say that Koh said the $324 million settlement wasn’t high enough to compensate for the lost wages employees may have suffered. The companies first proposed the settlement in April; now, they’ll need to go back to the drawing board and come back with a higher number in order to avoid taking the issue to trial.

The case in question involves four companies: Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe. Workers claim that from 2005 to 2009, company executives had routinely collaborated to keep from hiring employees away from their jobs — an anti-competitive practice. E…

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TurboRoo Wants You To Come To Hardware Alley

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turboroo-21 Little TurboRoo and I want to see you in San Francisco for Disrupt SF 2014, our annual celebration of all things startup. It’s a great time. You get to meet great founders and VCs, and I’d love to meet you. Hardware is my favorite thing in the world and you’re some of my favorite people. What is Hardware Alley? It’s a celebration of hardware startups (and other cool… Read More

Your Lost Android Phone Can Now Call You

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plz Did you know that Android has a built-in mechanism for locating or locking your lost phone? Google hasn’t done the best job marketing it, but it’s actually been baked right in since Android 4.4*. Today that feature gets even better, with the addition of a trick that seems so obviously great in hindsight: your lost phone can be set to call you — and only you — as soon… Read More

Footage from Kanye West’s unreleased ‘RoboCop’ music video leaked on Instagram

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All in the name of #ThrowbackThursday, 3D modeler Shihan Barbee took to Instagram yesterday to leak a short clip from Kanye West’s unreleased music video for RoboCop, a track off the rapper’s 2008 album 808s and Heartbreak. Barbee, who XXL confirms was involved in the production, says the finished product was “dope,” but the Hype Williams-directed video never debuted, making it the subject of plenty of rumor and speculation ever since. The bizarre clip, filmed in stop-motion, shows West facing off with his then-girlfriend Amber Rose, whose face is digitally superimposed on a naked doll. There’s no telling whether or not more footage will surface, but fans will definitely want to see more.

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Vine Competitor Groopie Lets Vloggers Create TV-Style Shows Together

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slide2 YouTube stars are more popular among today’s U.S. teens than Hollywood celebs, a recent study found. Hoping to capitalize on this trend, a new social video network called Groopie has just launched on iPhone, allowing the next generation of vloggers to record video shows with friends, which may include both scripted and unscripted content. The L.A. and San Francisco-based startup… Read More

The weirdest moments from 30 years of ‘Ninja Turtles’

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The new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie has some very bizarre moments (as well as some blatant product promotion). Lest we forget, though, TMNT has always been that way, from Pizza Hut commercials to a Power Rangers crossover and, yes, even a rock concert on Oprah about “coming out of their shells.” Here’s a look back at some of the most absurd moments in Ninja Turtles history.

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Tour the real-life sandcrawler George Lucas built in Singapore

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With all the talk about the $1B vanity museum that George Lucas is bringing to Chicago, it’s worth stopping for a moment to consider the fact that the Star Wars creator has already plucked a moving fortress from dunes of Tatooine and dropped it in a Singapore office park. Officially opened on January 16, and featured yesterday on Arch Daily, the regional HQ of Lucasfilm Singapore is modelled after a Sandcrawler, those caterpillar-tracked fortresses inhabited by the diminutive hooded Jawas. Of course, this one trades the energy furnaces, workshops, and armored plating that made its fictional counterpart a perfect mobile live/work space for the scrap scavengers that inhabited them for nine stories of glass-wrapped modern offices, but…

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FCC votes to push text-to-911 support on carriers and app developers

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The FCC today voted to adopt rules requiring US carriers and some app developers to implement support for text-to-911 services by the end of 2014. For companies like AT&T and Verizon, the vote doesn’t mean much; all major carriers already allow Americans to text 911 — at least where it’s available. It’s the smaller ones that will be impacted by the deadline. Even so, the delay here rests mostly at the local level. So far, emergency response centers are moving at a snail’s pace to deploy the infrastructure necessary to receive emergency texts.

Speaking before the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials on Wednesday, FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel admitted her colleagues recognize it won’t happen overnight. “I know…

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