Keyboard Apps Dominate The App Store’s Top Charts After iOS 8 Release

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SwiftKey screenshot 3 (1) As the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus go on sale today, many consumers will be getting their hands on Apple’s new mobile operating system, iOS 8, for the first time. And what are iOS 8 users downloading from the App Store? From the looks of things, it’s keyboards. That’s right – after years of strictly controlling the iOS user interface, Apple has opened things up. You can now… Read More

Apple’s iPhone 6 And 6 Plus Go On Sale To Long Lines Of Fans

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IMG_0089 Apple started selling its iPhone 6 and 6 Plus today, with sales in-store kicking off at Apple Store retail locations beginning at 8 AM local time. The lines this year are longer than they have been in recent memory, if not ever for an iPhone launch, and by all accounts this is shaping up to be probably the most successful iPhone launch day in history, provided there’s plenty of stock… Read More

Notion Ink Quietly Releases The Cain Windows Tablet

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notionink32 I place this here not as a recommendation to buy but as a reminder of the great Notion Ink Wars of 2011. At the time, Notion Ink was offering an Android tablet that everyone thought was the second coming and, when the dust settled, it was a fat load of nothing. And now they’re back. The company is setting their sights a little lower. Their next product is the Notion Ink Cain (irony… Read More

One Lap With Circa’s Matt Galligan

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matt-circa In the first installment of One Lap, Matt Galligan joined me at Thunderhill Raceway to talk about his mobile news application, Circa.
I first met Matt in Boulder, Colo., in early 2010 shortly after he started SimpleGeo, an infrastructure provider for location-aware applications. A few years later, he sold SimpleGeo and founded Circa. Along the way, he’s learned a lot of lessons about… Read More

Facebook Won’t Budge On Letting Drag Queens Keep Their Names

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Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 4.03.06 PM Facebook will not be changing its real-name policy for the drag queen community. San Francisco drag queens met with representatives from the company yesterday afternoon to talk through a recent mass deletion of their personal profile pages. Facebook started deleting accounts of hundreds of members of the drag community last week after deciding these profiles were in violation of the policy. Read More

Sharethrough Acquires UK’s VAN As A Springboard For International Growth

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sharethrough Advertising company Sharethrough announced today that it’s moving into Europe with the acquisition of a London-based company called VAN.
The financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed. Sharethrough’s head of communications Thomas Channick told me via email that the VAN team will form “the core” of European operations, although the company plans to double the… Read More

The Best Of Times …

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pour glass It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of Minecraft, it was the age of Square, it was the epoch of burn, it was the epoch of crash, it was the season of growth and it was the season of collapse. Or so Dickens might have written if he had lived in San Francisco. The Bubble is back in the news again following comments made by Bill Gurley, the well-known Benchmark… Read More

Snapchat Scores Nike’s Director Of Digital To Win Sports Partnerships

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IMG_4426.JPG Snapchat could be the new way to experience sporting events from afar. At the very least, sports and athletics brands are jumping up and down trying to reach the young, active demographic Snapchat has captured. That’s why the ephemeral app’s latest hire has so much potential. Snapchat just poached Eric Toda, Nike’s global director of digital to help run its business and… Read More

SAP To Acquire Expense Software-Maker Concur For $129 Per Share

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sap-concur Enterprise software company SAP just announced that has agreed to acquire Concur Technologies, maker of expense and travel management tools that are used by 23,000 businesses (including TechCrunch and its parent company AOL). The deal is for $129 per share, which is 20 percent higher than Concur’s Sept. 17 closing price. That price gives Concur an enterprise value of $8.3 billion. SAP… Read More

Hours For iOS 8 Lets You Track Your Time With A Widget

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Hours iPhone widget Those who have to keep track of how they spend their time working during the day can’t do much better on iOS than Hours, Apple Design Award winner Tapity’s latest app. We recommended the app when it launched back in July, and now the Tapity team has released an update for iOS 8 that helps you keep on top of your tasks with even less hassle. Read More

Oracle Stock Drops 2.5% On News That Larry Ellison Has Relinquished His CEO Title

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larry-ellison-181621516 Today after the bell, Oracle announced that its long-time premier Larry Ellison is no longer its CEO. Former HP CEO Mark Hurd will take over the job in partnership with Safra Catz. Catz will manage finance and manufacturing, while Hurd will handle sales. Ellison will take on the titles of Executive Chairman of the Board and CTO. Hurd left HP under negative circumstances, including allegations… Read More

Facebook Gets More Twitterish By Showing Timely And Trending Posts Sooner

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IMG_4419.JPG Facebook wants to steal discussion of real-time events from Twitter and stop being perceived as a slow social network. So today it announced News Feed changes that will surface posts that mention Trending Topics sooner and higher in the feed. It will also look at when people like and comment on posts from friends and Pages so it can stop showing posts about real-time events hours later when… Read More

Airbnb CFO Andrew Swain Has Left The Company

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airbnb-a8707ed9_original Airbnb CFO Andrew Swain has left the company — or so his email auto-responder states, sources told TechCrunch. We quickly tested the claim for ourselves and, sure enough, it’s true. “Email Not Received,” the subject line of Swain’s auto-responder reads. “Andrew Swain has recently left the company. If your email is work related please contact Beth… Read More

Shippo Raises $2 Million To Provide A Shipping API For E-Commerce Businesses

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Shippo A startup called Shippo wants to provide those online retailers with a lower-cost alternative to their existing shipping practices. It does this by hooking into existing e-commerce solutions like Shopify, as well as by providing an API that can be used by retailers to simplify and automate the process of shipping items. Read More

Mind Candy Slims Down Ahead Of Major New Mobile Push

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Moshi Monsters~Talking Asst~Katsuma~product~78170 Mind Candy, the company behind the Moshi Monsters web game for kids, has in the past been considered one of the breakout successes of the UK startup and gaming world. But while it continues to extend its life as a licensing gangbuster — with every incarnation of possible merchandise — it is clearly going through the bumpy ride of shifting towards the mobile future.… Read More

After $2M In Pre-Orders, Osmo Starts Shipping Its Hardware-Based iPad Game For Kids, Rolls Out Customization Features

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osmo Osmo, the gaming device from former Googlers that combines real world play and the iPad, is now shipping after receiving $2 million in pre-orders, including those from over 2,000 schools. The company is also announcing this morning a new platform that will allow anyone to design games for Osmo. At launch, this lets parents, teachers, and others customize Osmo’s word game with their… Read More

Apple Adds Bundles And Previews To Give App Developers More Ways To Reach An Audience

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app-store-bundles The App Store has often been criticized for limiting discoverability, but Apple has armed developers with new promotional tools with the release of iOS 8 that should help them get their stuff in front of more potential customers. App Previews are short videos that devs can use to show their software in action, which occupy the first slot in the screenshot section of an app description, and… Read More

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