Apple Asserts Its Commitment To Privacy In Response To Report By China’s CCTV

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apple-store-china Apple has published a statement via its Chinese website as a follow-up to a report on the state-run CCTV last week that claimed its devices could present a state security risk according to researchers. The statement, available in both Chinese and English, details Apple’s efforts to ensure customer privacy is protected, and reiterates that Apple does not store or track user locations… Read More

Comcast May Have Quietly Acquired Skydog WiFi Router Maker PowerCloud Systems

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skydog-smart-family-router Comcast — the cable, broadcasting and Internet giant that is in the middle of buying Time Warner cable for $45 billion – is also honing the products that will help it sell more broadband services when (and if) that deal gets completed. As part of that strategy, it looks like Comcast has quietly acquired PowerCloud Systems, the company behind, Skydog, a WiFi router and app… Read More

Screenshot Claims To Show Off The Coming Windows 8.1 Start Menu

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thing Mostly lost in the noise surrounding the World Cup final, a screenshot floated around the Microsoft-watching community. The image picked up attention because it contains what some claim is an image of the soon-to-return Start Menu in Windows 8.1. Microsoft promised that the user interface element would come back in a keynote this April. In the ensuing few months there hasn’t been much… Read More

Stream (What It Feels Like To Be At) The World Cup On Snapchat

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Snapchat World Cup You can watch the World Cup final game on ESPN or Univision, but Snapchat is transporting all its users to Brazil today through clips of people celebrating in the streets or cheering from the stadium. With this bold test of its new collaborative Our Story feature, people in Rio De Janeiro can submit snaps to Riolive2014 which are curated by Snapchat into a feed anyone around the world can… Read More

Hardware Case Study: Why Lockitron Has Taken So Long To Ship

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Lockitron_Schlage_close There has been renewed excitement at Lockitron HQ in the last few weeks as we pass shipping to our 3,000th backer. Following an incredibly oversubscribed crowdfunding campaign at the end of 2012 — during which we raised over $2.3 million (and garnered 15,000 backers) — we had to adapt our manufacturing plans and shift to volume production from our originally planned run of 1,000 units. Read More

Predicting A Future Free Of Dollar Bills

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Fingertip in the future Picture the scene. It’s 2020. You’re at the checkout in a convenience store with a carton of milk. But you’ve got no cash and you’ve left your cards at home. No problem. You scan your right index finger; the green light flashes. Purchase approved and you leave. Easy. Is this a realistic vision of the future, or are we only ever likely to see such scenes in science… Read More

Amazon Web Services Moves Beyond Developer Tools

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aws-robot Amazon Web Services is known for many things, but all of those have to do with developer services like cloud computing instances, databases and storage. Lately, however, AWS is slowly getting more into productivity tools that are meant for end users. Amazon’s first attempt to get into this market was Amazon Cloud Drive. It launched back in 2011, but while there are no exact numbers about… Read More

647,000 Comments Have Been Sent To The FCC About Net Neutrality. Keep Them Coming.

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Screen Shot 2014-07-11 at 7.14.31 PM In just a few months, the FCC is expected to enact new rules that would allow (or, perhaps more accurately, fail to disallow) ISPs to provide “fast lanes” for companies who could afford to cough up the dough. When ISPs are able to decide which site’s data moves the fastest, competition becomes a matter of who is willing/able to spend the most. Big companies like Netflix,… Read More

What Should YC’s Sam Altman Do With These Bizarre Conway, Paul Graham Oil Paintings?

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graham-conway trying to figure out what to do with these paintings pic.twitter.com/fQRQLvJYZG — Sam Altman (@sama) July 11, 2014 The Conway painting was apparently a gift from Steve Jobs’ wife Laurene Powell Jobs and a YC applicant sent in the one of Paul Graham, according to Altman. I would say auction them off for charity. TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington once coveted the Conway… Read More

Landscape Mobile Launches Sight, Raises Seed Round To Visually Archive Articles

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Screen Shot 2014-07-11 at 7.27.42 PM The good folks at the new Beijing and San Francisco-based startup Landscape Mobile have launched Sight today, an app that makes it easier to organize articles on mobile devices. Copying and pasting on mobile devices is a huge pain in the caboose, and Sight solves that problem by allowing users to take a screen shot of whatever they’re reading through the Sight app (available on iOS… Read More

Crooks Reainmate A Dead Botnet To Target High-Value Bank Accounts

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re-animator-1 In something that sounds like the plot of a Hollywood movie, hackers have reanimated an apparently dead botnet called Gameover Zeus even as malware researchers dismantled the previous version of the network. The botnet, essentially a collection of zombie computers that can be activated to perform denial of service attacks on banks and other financial firms in order to hide thefts from… Read More

CrunchWeek: The Latest Tinder Drama, The New New Microsoft, Lyft’s Struggles To Launch In NYC

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Screen Shot 2014-07-11 at 1.57.43 PM It’s time for a new episode of CrunchWeek, the show that brings a few of us writers together to talk about the most interesting news stories from the past seven days in tech. This time, Ryan Lawler, Anthony Ha and I discussed the latest installment in the ongoing story about trouble between the co-founders at Tinder, the new vision for Microsoft’s future from new CEO Satya… Read More

This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Misfit, Android Wear, And Samsung Earnings

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gadgets140711 After taking a week off for the holidays (sorry about that), we’re back to chat up the latest news in the Gadgets world. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much.
That said, Samsung had some disappointing earnings, and Misfit forged a partnership with Beddit to get into the platform space. Plus, we simply can’t help ourselves from talking about smart watches, including the latest… Read More

Yahoo Acquires Video Streaming Platform RayV

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Following rumors of talks going as far back as May, we’d been hearing whispers all morning that Yahoo had finally acquired the video broadcasting platform RayV. Sure enough, it’s just been made official. Built in 2005 as something of a Joost competitor, RayV’s specialty lies in delivering high-quality video streams to a lot of people. Yahoo! is in the middle of a huge effort… Read More

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