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Thursday, January 29, 2015


Secret Co-Founder Chrys Bader-Wechseler Steps Down Because It’s Not About Design Anymore

46 minutes ago
 One year after founding anonymish app Secret with fellow Googler David Bytow, Chrys Bader-Wechseler is leaving the company on amicable terms. He cites that Secret isn’t about design and curation as much now since it redesigned recently, dropping the artful photo squares with overlaid text in favor of a sterile text feed that looks just like competitor Yik Yak. Bader-Wechseler tells… Read More by Josh Constine

OnePlus Will Launch Its ‘Oxygen’ Android ROM On February 12

1 hour 18 minutes ago
 OnePlus introduced its own version of Android for its One smartphone earlier this month in response to its standoff with Cyanogen, and now the company has revealed it will unveil its own ROM that can be installed on to third-party Android devices on February 12. Read More by Jon Russell

The Startup Advice You Don’t Hear Inside The Echo Chamber

5 hours 46 minutes ago
 When today’s most successful founders are asked why they started their companies, they often give some version of the answer that they were “scratching their own itch.” Airbnb founders Joe Gebbia and Brian Chesky were renting out their floor space to help cover their rent. Mark Zuckerberg started Facebook to help Harvard students find one another. Nest co-founder Matt Rogers… Read More by Nadia Eghbal,Kate Harrison Brennan

Snapchat Outgrows The Friend Zone

5 hours 59 minutes ago
 Discover is Snapchat’s big new play in the world of media. It is a special tab in the app powered by content publishers like ESPN, Yahoo, etc., offering daily long-form content with videos, articles, and of course, advertisements. Brands can buy advertisements against these Discover ‘Editions’, which play every three or four swipes. It’s really not all that bad.… Read More by Jordan Crook

Tesla’s P85D Will Get Even Faster Thanks To A Software Update

6 hours 16 minutes ago
 Tesla’s P85D is already fast. Really, really fast. Push the button to put the car into “Insane” mode (really — that’s what it’s called) and it’ll do 0-60 in 3.2 seconds. Now it’s about to get even faster. And get this: it’s getting faster because of an over the air software update. Musk confirmed the change in a tweet: Tesla P85D 0 to… Read More by Greg Kumparak

Google CFO Calls Glass A Case Where The Company Needed To “Pause” And “Reset”

6 hours 38 minutes ago
 Google’s Chief Financial Officer Patrick Pichette wasn’t too optimistic about the future of Google Glass on today’s Google earnings call for Q4 2014. The executive took some time to highlight the project as an example of when Google is willing to take a step back and rethink something that isn’t working out, even when they’ve made a considerable investment in… Read More by Darrell Etherington

This Week On The TechCrunch Bitcoin Podcast: An Interview With Luis Buenaventura Of Rebit

7 hours 7 minutes ago
 Welcome back to TCBTC, TechCrunch’s weekly podcast on the cryptocurrency bitcoin. This week Alex is on vacation so I recorded a short interview with Luis Buenaventura Of Rebit, a major Bitcoin remitter in the Philippines. Luis gave us a quick look under the hood of his growing business. Click here to download an MP3 of this show. Subscribe on iTunes. You can subscribe to the show here. Read More by John Biggs

Google Misses On EPS Of $6.88, Revenue Of $14.5B For Q4 2014

7 hours 32 minutes ago
 Google reported its third-quarter earnings after close of market today, offering up gross revenue of $18.10 billion, revenue net of traffic acquisition costs (ex-TAC) of $14.5 billion, and non-GAAP earnings per share (EPS) of $6.88, with GAAP EPS of $6.91. Wall Street watchers had anticipated $7.13 non-GAAP EPS, with revenue of $14.8 billion. One of the key metrics to watch this quarter was… Read More by Darrell Etherington

Amazon’s Mixed Q4 2014 With $29.33B Revenue, And $0.45 EPS

7 hours 43 minutes ago
 Amazon just released its fiscal Q4 2014 earnings, reporting $29.33 billion in revenue, $214 million in net profit representing $0.45 per share. According to CNBC/Thomson Reuters, analysts expected the company to report earnings of $0.17 per share on $29.67 billion in revenue. For the past two quarters, Amazon unexpectedly posted losses. Three months ago, the stock market was very harsh with… Read More by Romain Dillet

In Communications, Privacy And Security Are Illusions

7 hours 46 minutes ago
 President Obama has tried for three years to persuade Congress to pass a cybersecurity bill. The president went so far as to highlight his cybersecurity proposals to a prime-time audience during his recent State of the Union address. And in the wake of the massive Sony hack, the political climate may finally have shifted in his favor. Read More by Bob Ackerman

Social Shopping App Depop Raises $8M, Hires Ex-Reddit GM To Break Into US Market

9 hours 8 minutes ago
 While eBay tries to get more social and local, and Pinterest deepens is position in e-commerce, a new mobile app out of London is building out a platform that combines all of those experiences together natively. Depop, a mobile app for iOS and Android that is part Instagram-style social network and part eBay marketplace, has raised an $8 million Series A round led by Balderton Capital… Read More by Ingrid Lunden

With $1.75M In Funding, MaestroIQ Promises Smart Recommendations For Mobile Marketers

9 hours 42 minutes ago
 When you talk to ad tech and analytics companies, one thing you hear over and over again is the promise to deliver recommendations that marketers can act on, rather than overwhelming them with data and graphs. MaestroIQ is the latest startup to make that pitch, but it looks like it has the team and investors to back up that claim. The company is announcing today that it has raised $1.75 million… Read More by Anthony Ha

Why The Least-Talked-About Aspect Of The Dish Sling TV Is The Most Important One

9 hours 47 minutes ago
 Among the many new technology products and services revealed at this year’s CES, perhaps none has gotten more press coverage than Dish’s new Sling TV service. As multiple outlets have reported, this $20 per month subscription service gives subscribers access to TNT, TBS, CNN, Food Network, HGTV, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, the Disney Channel, ESPN and ESPN2 — without the… Read More by Pete Borum

Swipe Raises $6.5M To Combine Tinder And Photo Sharing Clichés Into Something Cool

10 hours ago
What if you swiped through Instagram rather than scrolling? What if posts were anonymous until you commented and the author replied? What if you’re already too old to know what kids like? Swipe raises these questions, and it’s that last one that may have prompted top early stage firms Sherpa Ventures, First Round Capital, Lowercase Capital, and Binary Capital to invest $6.5… Read More by Josh Constine

Reddit Complied With 58% Of User Info Requests, 31% Of Takedown Notices In 2014

10 hours 46 minutes ago
 Reddit just released its first transparency report, outlining at the requests for user information and for content takedown that it received in 2014. Not surprisingly, the report doesn’t go into detail about individual requests, but it does break things down by category. It also notes how many of those requests the news and content sharing site actually complied with and offers some… Read More by Anthony Ha

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