Mashr Resurrects A Tinder Experiment To Make You A Matchmaker

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 In May 2013, Tinder introduced Matchmaker, a way for users of the popular dating app to introduce their Facebook friends to each other. Matchmaker has since been phased out of Tinder, but a new startup, Mashr, is resurrecting the feature as its central thesis. Read More Read more »

RIP, MSN Messenger: Microsoft Kills Old-School Chat App

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In news that is sure to make you feel old, Microsoft is officially killing its 15-year-old instant messaging program. Windows Live Messenger — formerly MSN Messenger— will soon go the way of Friendster, Google Reader and Facebook Poke. See also: 9 Old-Fashioned Tech Terms You Still Use Today Microsoft first announced it would be closing Windows Live and pushing users over to Skype in 2012 , but the service had stuck around in China — until now. Microsoft began alerting Chinese users of Windows Live's imminent shutdown Thursday, and told users they would need to switch to Skype by October 31. The tech giant also promised free Skype credit to those who did, according to the BBC Read more... More about Microsoft , Skype , Tech , and Apps Software Read more »

What Will We Do With a 12.9-Inch iPad?

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By this time next month, the rumors about a new, larger iPhone will be put to rest. By next year, if those rumors hold true , we’ll also have the super-sized 12.9-inch iPad alongside the regular 9.7-inch model and the mini It’s a product I don’t fully understand, but there are scenarios in which a bigger iPad is truly better. See also: 5 Apps to Improve Work Productivity It's not the first time we're heard the giant iPad rumor, and it won't be the last, either. If you listen to analysts and supply-chain snoops, Apple is always building a 12- or 13-inch iPad, but have never delivered one. Apple soothsayers tend to hedge their bets by predicting delivery sometime next year. Read more... More about Apple , Tablet , Ipad , Tablets , and Tech Read more »

LibraTax Looks To Solve Bitcoin Tax Accounting-Related Woes

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 With new IRS guidance on taxing crypto-currency trading, it can be a bit complicated for Bitcoin enthusiasts to figure out how much capital gains and income tax they owe. Losses and gains are subject to a capital gains tax, which means you have to remember Bitcoin’s valuation at the point you bought the currency and at the point you sold it. That leads to a complicated year-round… Read More Read more »

11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week (8/22)

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This week had our writers investigating new engineering, aerospace and NASA hires for Amazon Prime Air, self-reflecting on social media involvement and getting drunk with robots. 1.  Tom Hanks launched the Hanx Writer typewriter app for iPad, and it soared to the top of the iTunes App Store charts ranking first in the Productivity section, and Overall. 2. Former Microsoft CEO Steve… Read More Read more »

European Investor Admits He Pestered Female Entrepreneur For Sex In “Deal” Email

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 Pavel Curda, a European angel investor, (now ex) contributor at The Next Web and mentor to several startups, has admitted to sending a sexually explicit, inappropriate email to a woman entrepreneur following a meeting during a conference, implying a “Deal” could be struck. While he has apologised, it’s since emerged that he sent the same email to another woman at the event.… Read More Read more »

Uber Opens Its API With 11 Launch Partners, Including OpenTable, TripAdvisor, and United Airlines

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 Last week, my colleague Josh Constine reported that Uber was preparing to release an API that would enable its on-demand ride-hailing service to be integrated into a number of third party apps. And today, the company is announcing an API will become available to app developers, with 11 launch partners already signed up. Read More Read more »

Coinbase Acquires Blockchain Explorer Blockr.io

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 A small consolidation wave in the Bitcoin space continues as bigger, better-funded companies scoop up teams of talented designers and engineers. Coinbase, the Andreessen Horowitz-backed Bitcoin wallet and merchant processing company, completed another talent acquisition today with the purchase of Blockr.io. Blockr.io is a popular explorer for the Blockchain, or the distributed public ledger… Read More Read more »

CloudFlare’s CEO On Expanding In Key Markets Like China And Brazil

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 As Web security startup CloudFlare grows internationally, it plans to take a slow and steady approach to dealing with the challenges of expanding in key markets like China and Brazil. In a discussion with TechCrunch senior editor Jonathan Shieber this week at TechCrunch Beijing (organized with TechNode), CloudFlare co-founder and CEO Matthew Prince talked about dealing with laws and regulations… Read More Read more »