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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Techcrunch

How The Facebook Bubble Is Driving Online Startups Into The Arms Of Offline Advertising

Yesterday
 Facebook advertising played a big part in my startup’s rapid growth. So big in fact that in our first two years of operations, all other online advertising platforms combined did not provide as big a growth contribution to the business as Facebook singlehandedly did. And yet, over the past nine months, I’ve been making every effort possible to divert our 8-figure annual… Read More by Morgan Hermand-Waiche

This DIY Raspberry Pi Laptop Is Perfect For Your Weekend Machinations

Yesterday
 My favorite DIY projects are ones that an idiot like myself can do in a few days. To wit, this Raspberry Pi laptop that lets you create a portable computer with keyboard and mouse with only a few parts. The project uses the PiJuice battery module and a 5-inch TFT module. In this project you simply cut or print a case for the screen – this one uses laser cut wood – and an HDMI… Read More by John Biggs

Ad Startup FameBit’s Long Tail Of Creators Grows To More Than 9K YouTubers

Yesterday
 We hear more and more about the big stars of YouTube, but what about the creators who haven’t quite reached superstar status? Well, if they’re looking to connect with advertisers, startup FameBit aims to help. Co-founder and CEO David Kierzkowski told me that most multi-channel networks (which help YouTube content creators build a business around their videos) are focused on the top… Read More by Anthony Ha

15 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

Yesterday
 This week’s tech headlines saw Etsy’s IPO, the Falcon 9 rocket launch, and an abundance of funding news. These are our best stories of the week (4/11-17). Read More by Anna Escher

DIsney’s New 3D Printer Prototype Makes Huggable Things Out Of Fabric Instead Of Hard Plastic

Yesterday
 We’ve seen lots and lots of 3D printers over the last few years, and they almost all have one thing in common: the objects they print are hard* and mostly rigid. What if you wanted to print something soft, instead? Something you can hug, or snuggle with, or hand to your kid without fear of them jabbing it in their eye? Disney is on it. Read More by Greg Kumparak

The Promise Of Invisibles

Yesterday
 Flight or invisibility? The age-old question about which superpower one would choose unveils a preference for either showboating or stealth. When the same lens is applied to wearable technology, the question becomes rhetorical. We do not want to be overshadowed or defined by our devices. Rather, we want to retain a sense of agency. Technology should serve as a secret helper. Enter… Read More by Forest Young

Taplet Lets You Pull HD Photos From Any Video With A Single Tap

Yesterday
 The iPhone has offered the ability to take photos at the same time as you record video, but capturing photos from video that has already been captured isn’t quite so straightforward. Taplet aims to solve that. The company, with $1 million in seed funding, has created an app that lets users upload HD video and then tap the perfect moments to pull HD videos. Currently, the easiest way to… Read More by Jordan Crook

A Conversation With DemocracyOS, The YC Non-Profit That Built A Latin American Political Party

Yesterday
 One of the stranger things that Y Combinator has supported — among the many more interesting things they’ve started to back like prosthetic legs, macrobiotic research and Uber-for-marijuana startups — is a non-profit that built an entire political party in Buenos Aires, Argentina. DemocracyOS is a software platform that allows regular voters to debate and forward policy ideas.… Read More by Kim-Mai Cutler

CrunchWeek: Yahoo+Foursquare, Etsy’s IPO Goes Boom, And Slack Raises Another Chunk Of Capital

Yesterday
 We hope you accomplished enough this week. If not, you won’t be saving your productivity this Friday afternoon, so we’re here to CrunchWeek with you. This time around Sarah Buhr, Colleen Taylor and Alex Wilhelm riff through the latest Yahoo and Foursquare rumors, Etsy’s mind-bending initial public offering, and Slack’s massive new capital raise. Read More by Alex Wilhelm,Colleen Taylor,Sarah Buhr

Gillmor Gang LIVE 04.17.15

Yesterday
 Gillmor Gang – Robert Scoble, John Taschek, Keith Teare, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor. LIVE recording session today at 1pmPT/4pmET. Join a live chat session amongst Gang members and viewers here Gillmor Gang on Facebook Our sister show, G3, on Facebook G3’s archives on Ustream Read More by Steve Gillmor

Microsoft Promises ‘Universal’ Office App For Phones Running Windows 10 This Month

Yesterday
 Microsoft promised this morning to release by the end of April a set of Office applications that it calls “Universal” for smartphones running Windows 10. The company has a two-prong productivity strategy in place for Windows: Office 2016 for desktop use, and, for all other Windows 10 experiences, its touch-focused Office Universal apps. The latter apps, according to Microsoft,… Read More by Alex Wilhelm

Trio Lets You Mash Up Your Own Media With GIFs, Vines, Music And More

Yesterday
 If you spend entirely too much time creating, searching for and sharing the best GIFs and Vines with your friends, then you might get a kick out of a new mobile application called Trio. The app allows you to mash up media in order to create unique “remixes” that combine photos, videos, GIFs and music pulled from a variety of public sources, as well as from your own Camera… Read More by Sarah Perez

How A Founder Can Think Like An Investor At The First Outside Round Of Funding

Yesterday
 The mean case can cost a founder up to $200k in self-funded investment and up to 24 months before they are ready to test outside funding. It is a nontrivial investment, in both capital and time, to test a hypothesis of product-market fit. And in many instances, a founder can fail to give themselves enough time and runway to reach product-market fit. Read More by Paul Bennetts

Coin, The One Credit Card To Rule Them All, Is Finally Shipping

Yesterday
 The Coin card (promising to let you combine all your credit/debit/loyalty cards into a single piece of tech) has delayed for so long that you might have forgotten that you ordered one. In November of 2013, the YC-backed company blew past its $50,000 pre-order goal in forty minutes, but despite a promise of summer 2014 shipping, the company has yet to ship a product that wasn’t in beta.… Read More by Jordan Crook

Twitter Makes It Easier For Developers To Add Timelines To Mobile Apps

Yesterday
 Twitter this week rolled out new features to its mobile developer platform, Fabric, aimed at expanding access to Twitter timelines from third-party applications. With an update to Twitter Kit, the platform component that lets developers authenticate users via Twitter and showcase tweet embeds within apps, developers are now also able to integrate Twitter timelines within their iOS or… Read More by Sarah Perez

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