SpaceTech Is Venture Capital’s Final Frontier

 Venture-backed companies like SpaceX, Skybox, Planet Labs, Rocket Lab and O3B disrupt the aerospace industry with faster, cheaper, better products. Unencumbered by government bureaucracy, this new breed of enterprise can move quickly, attract the best talent with equity ownership, and take calculated design risks that government contractors cannot afford to. Read More Read more »

Dad builds awesome backyard sledding track for his kids

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By March, most people are completely over winter, which at this point has few redeeming qualities left. However, sledding is definitely one of them. Joseph Colangelo doesn't have a huge hill in his backyard, but that didn't stop him from building an amazing, luge-style track for his kids to enjoy Looks like Colangelo has a few Olympians in training The ladies of 'SNL' think you should 'say what you wanna say' Dakota Johnson literally can't even with her coworkers right now in 'SNL' sketch Fussy macaw cleans her lovely plumage in a sink 'Mortal Kombat X' trailer shows the descendants of our favorite characters Read more... More about Viral Videos , Snow , Cute Kids , Watercooler , and Videos Read more »

Airbnb Is Raising A Monster Round At A $20B Valuation

 Airbnb — the platform that lets travellers book private spare rooms and entire homes as an alternative to traditional hotels — is doing some booking of its own. Airbnb is in the process of raising another round of funding that will value it at $20 billion, according to sources familiar with the situation. Read More Read more »

Early YC Alums Rethink The College Summer Internship With New Program For Students

 The summer internship isn’t about grabbing coffee anymore. A handful of early Y Combinator alums are testing a new type of summer program where they will give $10,000 to four or five teams this summer to build products. Called the Summer Founders program, its first site is at Pennsylvania State University, where Xobni and Sincerely founder Matt Brezina got his undergraduate degree. About… Read More Read more »

No, Magic Can’t Deliver A Tiger

 Earlier this week, as Re/Code’s Jason Del Rey was trying to procure a chicken parmesan via text, we were trying to procure a tiger via text. “You want a tiger delivered? Just text the details and Magic’s got you covered,” read the lede of the VentureBeat article about nascent on-demand startup Magic. Read More Read more »

CrunchWeek: Net Neutrality Passes, Pebble Time, Growing Potrepreneurship

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 It’s the end of another week in tech and what a week it’s been! The FCC passed new net neutrality regulations and then the Internet exploded. First it was about the net neutrality news, then we quickly turned our attention to some llamas, and soon after that everyone divided over the color of a dress (do we even deserve net neutrality?). In any case, this week, Sarah Buhr, Alex… Read More Read more »

Last Day To Get Cheap(er) Disrupt NY Tickets #thedress

 Whether you’re #teamwhiteandgold or #teamblueandblack, you should be on #teamgreenandwhite. TechCrunch Disrupt NY is only a couple of months away. And we’re planning a huge show, with tech stars like Aaron Levie, Payal Kadakia, Tristan Walker and more on our stage roster. Read More Read more »

This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Apple Watch, Pebble Time, Moto E, And Galaxy S6 Leaks!

 It’s been a busy week. Apple sent out invitations to its Apple Watch event on March 9, and Pebble released its next-gen watch on Kickstarter and raised more than $6 million in half a day. Meanwhile, Motorola released the Moto E smartphone, and photos of the Samsung Galaxy S6 reportedly leaked this week. Read More Read more »

Google Expands Its Safe Browsing Service To Warn More Users And Webmasters Of Malware

 Earlier this week, Google announced that it has expanded its Safe Browsing service, which prevents users from going to known malware sites. Chrome, for example, now shows you a warning before you visit a site that harbors known malware (instead of just popping up a warning when you are about to download it). Similarly, Google Search will now pop up a warning when you’re about to go to… Read More Read more »

My View From Outside The Anti-Echo Chamber

 Amazon’s stumble into mobile with the Fire Phone was widely and savagely derided by the tech press, and when it comes to its latest gadget, the Echo, the only way to describe the reaction is “meh-spicious.” My fellow TechCruncher Greg Kumparak wagged a finger at Amazon for providing us with yet another unnecessary way to give them our money, and others in the tech media… Read More Read more »