Pitch Your Startup On TC Radio On Sirius XM Indie 102

 “The show must go on.” That’s what they’re telling us as a blizzard pummels the northeast. So if we can make sure that TechCrunch Radio on Sirius XM Indie 102 carries on, we will. We simply ask that you apply to be a part of the show and be around to call into the show on Tuesday at 6pm ET/3pm PT. TechCrunch Radio is an hour of geeky bliss as John and I go through… Read More Read more »

Mozilla Wants To Bring Virtual Reality To The Browser

 Last summer, Mozilla launched a very experimental version of Firefox with support for web-based virtual reality apps that could be experienced through the Oculus Rift. Earlier this week, support for WebVR also landed in Firefox’s Nightly and Developer Edition release channels. So why is Mozilla working on virtual reality when its mission is to “promote openness, innovation and… Read More Read more »

Prioritizing Diversity In 2015

 At a recent forum on diversity in tech, Google’s Director of Global Diversity Talent & Inclusion, Yolanda Mangolini, explained that it is incredibly hard to move the needle on diversity by even 1% at Google’s size. In a blog post on how to recruit more women into tech companies, Jennifer Dulski, President and COO of Change.org, echoed the same sentiment, advising startup… Read More Read more »

YC-Backed Bluesmart Raises $2 Million For Its Self-Tracking Suitcase

 “Imagine a world where you never lose your luggage,” says CEO of Bluesmart, Diego Saez-Gil. He motions to a compact carry-on suitcase sitting beside us and tells me he can track this piece of luggage anywhere. Saez-Gil’s Y Combinator-backed startup makes these hardshell suitcases. It can locate, lock and weigh your belongings from an app on your smartphone. Read More Read more »

Researchers Create A Teleportation Machine

 While you probably don’t want this latest project from the Hasso Plattner Institute to “beam you up” just yet, researchers have created a teleportation machine in that the object you are “sending” is destroyed and then reassembled on a 3D printer. Teleportation, as it’s commonly understood, suggests the movement of one object to another place, perhaps… Read More Read more »

Big Data Startup Antuit Raises $56 Million Led By Goldman Sachs

 It isn’t often that we hear an 18-month-old startup raised $56 million, and less so that the company is based in Asia, but that’s exactly the case for Antuit, a big data company that is headquartered in Singapore. Read More Read more »

Spotify Adds Press To Play And Swipe To Save Gestures, Taking Cues From Snapchat And Tinder

 Music streaming service Spotify is updating its iOS app today with features reminiscent of two other popular apps out today, Snapchat and Tinder and their press-to-play and swiping gestures. Perhaps not a moment too soon, considering Snapchat’s potential interest in a music service of it own. Specifically, a new Touch Preview option lets users listen to a song by pressing… Read More Read more »

Facebook Banishes Hoaxes From The News Feed

 “I declare all my Facebook photos are copyrighted” “Free Southwest Flights”, “Bigfoot spotted”. This is the kind of crap gullible people share on Facebook, until enough friends point out these are fake they delete them. Now the company’s getting proactive by reducing the News Feed visibility of hoaxes. Satirical content like The Onion will still fly,… Read More Read more »

Spotify (Finally) Upgrades Windows Phone App With New Look And More Android, iOS Features

 Spotify, which last week announced 60 million users (15 million paying) worldwide, is announcing an upgrade to its Windows Phone app that it hopes will get more owners of Microsoft-powered mobile phones to use its streaming music service. The new app features a slicker-looking black-colored theme, alongside (finally) the appearance of Spotify’s “Your Music” feature to… Read More Read more »

Autonomous Cars Are Closer Than You Think

 “In the next five years, you’ll see somebody introduce autonomous vehicles,” Ford CEO Mark Fields said at a small dinner for press and analysts during CES. He was quick to qualify that statement (only in very defined areas, during good weather, etc.), but that’s one of the few statements that stuck out from the fog of war that is spending a week in Vegas during CES.… Read More Read more »