How Google, Facebook And Others Pay Their H-1B Employees

 Legislative debate regarding expanding the H-1B visa program is heating up in the U.S. Senate. H-1B visas allow foreign workers—specifically those in technical roles—to legally work in the United States. In lobbying for an expansion of the current H-1B visa program, Google executive Eric Scmidt summarized, “We take very, very smart people, bring them into the country, give them… Read More Read more »

BetterCloud Raises $25 Million From Accel To Create Universal Tools For Monitoring The Office Cloud

 The cloud revolution continues to gobble up old players, and none more so than in office productivity. Microsoft, once the Borg of office software with its Office and Exchange products, has faced immense competition to its Office 365 online subscription service from Google and now even from Apple, which brought its own online versions of Pages and Numbers out of beta last month. That… Read More Read more »

Apple Acquires Durable Database Company FoundationDB

 Apple has acquired FoundationDB, a company that specializes in speedy, durable NoSQL databases, TechCrunch has learned. A notice on the FoundationDB site notes that it’s no longer offering downloads of its database software. Financial terms of the deal were not available. CEO David Rosenthal was previously VP of Engineering at Omniture and co-founded the company with COO Nick Lavezzo… Read More Read more »

Apple Watch, Shmapple Watch. Here’s A Watch That’s Full Of Ants!

 Assume, for sanity’s sake, that this isn’t an April Fool’s joke. If we begin our exploration of the Ant Watch on that basis we are able to suspend, for a moment, our disbelief and consider deeply and truly the madness of wearing a watch full of ants on your wrist. Read More Read more »

Meerkat’s Ben Rubin To Join Us On TechCrunch Radio On Sirius XM Tonight

 Tonight is a very special edition of our weekly TechCrunch Radio show, as we’ll be having Ben Rubin, CEO and cofounder of Meerkat, join us on the show to discuss what’s going on with his virally sensational live broadcasting service. And just like clockwork, we’ll be hosting the TC Radio Pitch-off where five companies will have sixty seconds each to impress a panel of… Read More Read more »

This Amazingly Limber Bionic Arm Connects To Your Smartphone

 A Japanese company called Exiii has created a sub-$300 bionic arm that connects to your cellphone in order to perform some surprisingly limber maneuvers. The arm uses 3D printed parts to make it easy to build and assembled and it can be repaired or reprinted in multiple colo Read More Read more »

Are Newly Formed Roles In VC Firms Differentiators, Table Stakes Or Total BS?

 In the venture capital world, we’re about to experience an explosion of hiring around one very specific function. These people won’t invest in startups, nor will they analyze companies. They won’t help operate the management company, nor will they focus on LPs. They won’t be EIRs or in-house recruiters or PR consultants or pretty much anything you’re accustomed… Read More Read more »

Ex Machina Director Alex Garland Talks Artificial Intelligence And His Unsettling Robot Ava

 If you were looking for love in Austin this weekend, you might have run into Ava — a chatbot on Tinder created to promote the South by Southwest premiere of a new science fiction film called Ex Machina. Regardless of what you think about the campaign (I didn’t have a problem with it, but then I’ve always found Tinder chats to be awkward and slightly surreal), it certainly… Read More Read more »

Here’s How Microsoft Will Fit Windows 10 Inside Inexpensive Devices

 Microsoft detailed its efforts today to reduce the footprint of Windows 10, a forthcoming operating system that the software company hopes will run across devices of every screen size. Fitting Windows onto smaller devices, however, is a challenge, given that the operating system isn’t known for having a diminutive footprint. Windows 10 has two chief methods built into it to reduce its size. Read More Read more »

Microsoft Rolls Out Previews Of Office 2016 And Skype For Business

 Microsoft this morning announced a preview of Office 2016 for Windows, in a release aimed at putting the software in front of IT professionals and developers for further testing ahead of a broader roll out. Additionally, the company announced the technical preview of its Skype for Business client, which serves to replace Microsoft Lync in the enterprise with a communications experience that… Read More Read more »