Yahoo Sags 4% After Alibaba’s Q2 Earnings Disappointment

 After Alibaba reported lower-than-expected financial performance in its second quarter, shares of Internet portal and mobile shop Yahoo fell around four percent in regular trading. Alibaba’s own equity slipped a slightly higher percentage, giving up nearly five percent in the same period. Read More Read more »

Gillmor Gang: Foxy Lady

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 The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, John Borthwick, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, August 7, 2015. Thanks to Twitter and a mid-debate nap, the shape of the 2016 race begins to come into focus. Meanwhile, our Facebook overloads map out the new Show Biz Rules. Plus, the latest G3 with Halley Suitt Tucker, Rebecca Woodcock, Francine Hardaway, and Tina Chase Gillmor. Read More Read more »

Why Polyvore’s Jess Lee Sold To Yahoo

 Yahoo bought Polyvore in what we’ve heard could be a $60 million deal today. Both Polyvore and Yahoo were mum on those details, but Polyvore co-founder Jess Lee did tell TechCrunch her company will continue to do the same thing as it’s been doing before – now on a larger scale and with more resources from the tech giant run by Marissa Mayer. Read More Read more »

Doing Good Tech Versus Doing Good With Tech

 The FDA is currently considering clinical trials for a drug that would delay aging. The idea of extending human longevity is a controversial one, with some arguing for immortality and others arguing that a lifespan into the mid-70s is perfectly adequate. So is the drug good or bad? As an investor in science and technology, this is a non-trivial question for me. Read More Read more »

Yahoo Will Acquire Fashion Startup Polyvore

 Yahoo just announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire style-focused community Polyvore. In a blog post about the deal, Yahoo’s senior vice president of publisher products Simon Khalaf highlighted “Polyvore’s expertise on community-driven experiences and retailer-supported commerce” and wrote that the deal “will accelerate Yahoo’s digital… Read More Read more »

Yahoo Files To Spin Off Its Alibaba Stake As “Aabaco Holdings”

 Yahoo is moving forward with plans to spin off its Alibaba assets, as outlined in a new filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Basically, Yahoo is tossing its Alibaba stock and a minor part of its operations into a new corporate entity. The spinoff will be a public company called Aabaco Holdings, and it will own 384 million shares of Alibaba, which is about 15 percent of the total.… Read More Read more »

Andrew Braccia’s Big Bet on Slack

 Andrew Braccia of Accel Partners doesn’t tweet or write blog posts. He rarely talks with the media. But that doesn’t mean the 39-year-old isn’t working it. In fact, Braccia may have landed as big a deal for Accel as Facebook, whose $12.7 million Series A investment produced billions of dollars for its investors. That company? Slack. I had coffee with Braccia last week to… Read More Read more »

In Wake Of Apple Music, SoundCloud Update Focuses On Music Discovery, Better User Experience

 All the buzz this week may be about the launch of Apple Music, but another popular streaming music application, SoundCloud, has also now rolled out a notable update to its mobile application. The update – which delivers new features including related tracks, shuffle, direct playlist editing, and more – is aimed at both improving music discovery and the overall user experience.… Read More Read more »

Welcome Drew Olanoff (Back) To TechCrunch

TechCrunch has an unofficial tradition of welcoming people back into the fold. We like to think that they go out into the cold, realize how warm and toasty it is by our fire and want to get themselves some more of that. Today, we’re continuing the tradition by welcoming back Drew Olanoff to TechCrunch as a Senior Writer. I worked with Drew previously at The Next Web, where he wrote some… Read More Read more »