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Wednesday, April 23, 2014


Samsung’s Own Apps Don’t Get Used Much, But That’s No Surprise

1 hour 11 minutes ago
 Samsung preloads its own apps on its Android devices, including replacements for stock apps like the phone dialer and SMS software, as well as more advanced note-taking and WhatsApp competitor apps. But app away though they may, very few people are actually using them according to a new survey detailed by the Wall Street Journal. instead, people are using the apps you’d expect to be… Read More by Darrell Etherington

Misfit Debuts Two New Colors And Bloom, A Sleek New Necklace For Its Shine Activity Tracker

1 hour 14 minutes ago
 As wearables continue to evolve, we're seeing the blend of wearables and jewelry, and the importance of form factor in adoption. Misfit, the makers of the popular activity tracker, the Shine, are debuting a sleek new necklace as the newest way to wear Shine. The company is also debuting two new colors, Storm and Coral. Read More by Leena Rao

Meat Marketplace AgLocal Becomes A Consumer-Facing Subscription Service, Raises Another $1.3 Million

1 hour 16 minutes ago
 Andreessen Horowitz-backed AgLocal, which began as a marketplace for meat, connecting animal farmers to buyers including top-rated chefs, has now pivoted to become a consumer-facing service. On the new e-commerce site, online shoppers can browse through the meat products offered by family-operated farms, which are paid for on a subscription basis. Read More by Sarah Perez

European Tech Blog Raises €150K, Backers Include Dave McClure’s 500 Startups And Adeo Ressi

1 hour 31 minutes ago
 Last November, Robin Wauters, ex-TechCrunch writer and former European editor for The Next Web, launched new tech blog,, with a stated mission to fill the "gap" left for in-depth coverage of Europe’s technology industry (thanks for that Robin!). But, as anyone in online media knows, content isn't cheap and for that mission to be little more than hyperbole the new European tech blog on… Read More by Steve O'Hear

Rocket Internet Taps Qatar’s Ooredoo In New Fund For Emerging Market E-Commerce Startups

1 hour 39 minutes ago
 Rocket Internet, the Berlin-based incubator founded by the Samwer brothers with a number of notable exits and fundings under its belt, is branching further into Asia, and specifically emerging markets. It's partnering with Ooredoo, the main carrier in Qatar and formerly known as QTel, in a new joint venture called Asia Internet Holding to build and fund e-commerce startups, especially those… Read More by Ingrid Lunden

HBO GO To Land On Amazon Fire TV Later This Year

1 hour 50 minutes ago
 Amazon just announced a multi-year agreement with HBO to offer that cable network’s back-catalog of shows on Amazon Instant Video, free for Prime subscribers. That’s not all, though; HBO GO, which offers not only archived content but also current programming to HBO subscribers, will arrive on Amazon Fire TV by year’s end, the companies announced. HBO GO was the one glaring… Read More by Darrell Etherington

HBO Content Is Coming To Amazon Prime Instant Video Including ‘Sopranos’ And ‘The Wire’

2 hours 3 minutes ago
 Classic HBO programming will soon be available on Amazon Prime Instant Video. The two companies announced the programming deal this morning. The first set of programming will hit the video streaming service starting on May 21. HBO Go Will also finally hit the Amazon Fire TV by the end of 2014. The programming list includes The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, The Wire, Big Love, Deadwood, Eastbound &… Read More by Matt Burns

Apple Profiles Apps Used To Create Its ‘Powerful’ New Ad

2 hours 7 minutes ago
 Apple has a new ad out that you may have seen, featuring a track by The Pixies and a whole lot of iPhone users employing mobile software to cover the song. The ad harkens back to earlier Apple ads where people used a variety of software from the App Store to have fun with their devices, and as such represents a pretty strong return to form. I’ll forgive them the obligatory… Read More by Darrell Etherington

Google Street View Now Lets You Go Back In Time

2 hours 13 minutes ago
 Every day, Google’s Street View cars capture massive amounts of data and the company then publishes them on Google Maps at regular intervals. Until now, the only images you could see on Google Maps were the latest images. Starting today, however, you will also be able to go back in time and see older images. When you’re in the Street View interface, you will now see a small clock icon… Read More by Frederic Lardinois

AOL Will Offer Free Streaming Miramax Movies To U.S. Viewers

2 hours 34 minutes ago
 AOL is getting into the full-length movie business with a new ‘Movies’ section for the AOL On Network (dislosure: AOL owns TechCrunch). The company’s movie portal is adding titles from Miramax starting April 30, including what the comnpany says will be “tens of films,” with the selection refreshing on a monthly basis. It’s a move into territory that could put… Read More by Darrell Etherington

The Next Samsung Galaxy Cameraphone Leaks

2 hours 57 minutes ago
 This is allegedly the Samsung Galaxy K, the successor to the odd Galaxy S4 Zoom. The device in question sports the same faux leather casing as the Galaxy S5 and Samsung has a product launch on the books in the coming days. Chances are good this is the real deal. Read More by Matt Burns

These HBO Go Ads Are Hilarious

2 hours 59 minutes ago
 My colleagues wrote about Apple ads yesterday. So when I stumbled across these HBO Go ads, I thought that, you, dear TechCrunch readers, also deserve to see these videos. In these seven videos, you see teenagers sitting on a couch and watching HBO shows, such as Game of Thrones, True Detective or Girls. But their parents are lingering in the background. Everybody remembers those awkward moments… Read More by Romain Dillet

The OnePlus One Offers Top-Tier Specs Android Phone Specs At $299

3 hours 29 minutes ago
 Not all smartphones are created equal, but the new OnePlus One (not to be confused with that other One, the HTC One) is roughly equivalent on paper with some of the most expensive smartphones in the world, albeit with a price that puts it much more within reach than most of those. The OnePlus One starts at $299 for a white 16GB version, and will also offer a 64GB variant in black for $349 when it… Read More by Darrell Etherington

Spindle Founder Pat Kinsel Joins Polaris Partners

3 hours 41 minutes ago
 The co-founder and former CEO of Spindle, a social discovery app that was acquired by Twitter last year, has joined Polaris Partners as venture partner on its technology investment team. Pat Kinsel started at the Boston-based firm as an entrepreneur-in-residence after Spindle was acquired. Polaris was an investor in Spindle. Read More by Catherine Shu

Unnamed Russian Banks Are Using AlterGeo’s Location Data For Credit Ratings

3 hours 49 minutes ago
 To some extent, AlterGeo bills itself as the ‘Foursquare of Russia’. You can check-in to a location via their apps, get discounts, the usual sort of thing. But on the back end of the consumer facing apps it has a hybrid positioning technology which is a B2B product. It is far more sophisticated than Foursquare. Founded in 2008, AlterGeo employs WiFi, WiMAX, GSM, LTE, IP addresses and… Read More by Mike Butcher

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