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Former Rothenberg employees allege mistreatment and cash management problems
Posted: 24 September 2016 | 5:30 pm

 As TechCrunch has previously reported, there’s been an exodus of talent from the Rothenberg “ecosystem,” amid claims of a significant breach of fiduciary responsibilities and other unconventional behavior by the venture firm’s founder, Mike Rothenberg. This week, we have learned more details about alleged employee abuses within Rothenberg Ventures, recently re-branded… Read More

Gillmor Gang: Just A Scratch
Posted: 24 September 2016 | 4:57 pm

 The Gillmor Gang — John Taschek, Keith Teare, Frank Radice, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, September 23, 2016. With two days until the First Debate, the waiting’s almost over and the voting begins on all available channels. Cast your ballot now! + G3 with Mary Hodder, Elisa Camahort Page, Halley Suitt Tucker, and Tina Chase Gillmor @jtaschek, @kteare… Read More

We’re looking at cyberbullying the wrong way
Posted: 24 September 2016 | 4:00 pm

 A bully is a bully and a troll is a troll, no matter where you go online. For as long as online mass communication has existed, online bullying has existed. To effectively address the issue of cyberbullying, one must not only question the environments that yield such behaviors, but examine how and why the behavior exists in the first place. Read More

The hopes and headaches of Snapchat’s glasses
Posted: 24 September 2016 | 3:43 pm

 Snapchat is the only company cool enough to possibly dismantle the Google Glass stigma. Awkward, useless, and a threat to privacy are how many think of computers you wear on your face. Can Snapchat show off the masterful marketing and smooth execution required to produce a product that won’t die on stores shelves or in a desk drawer? To quickly recount the basics, a video of… Read More

Taking a swing for the Grammys with the new Lip Sync Battle app
Posted: 24 September 2016 | 3:01 pm

 The art of the lip sync has had a profound impact on the state of our…ok no, but dammit is lip synching fun. For those of you locked in a Faraday cage, pretending to sing has become all the rage these days. You have Michelle Obama doing it for Carpool Karaoke, Tim Cook using it to open up events, and of course the ever entertaining LL Cool J and Chrissy Teigen using it as a platform… Read More

Messaging app Telegram adds selfie masks, DIY GIFs
Posted: 24 September 2016 | 2:45 pm

 With what looks to be an eye on Snapchat’s selfie-loving fanbase, messaging platform Telegram has beefed up its in-app photo editor in what it dubs an “entertainment-heavy update” — including an option that lets users customize selfies by adding cartoon masks that automatically align on their faces. Read More

The ugly reality of an Oculus founder’s politics
Posted: 24 September 2016 | 2:22 pm

 It hasn’t been a great couple of days for Facebook PR. For one thing, the company admitted that, due to an error, it has been significantly inflating its reports on average video view times. For another, The Daily Beast discovered that Oculus founder Palmer Luckey is backing the pro-Donald Trump organization Nimble America, a group dedicated to promoting anti-Hillary Clinton memes… Read More

Brian Solis talks about why AI won’t suck
Posted: 24 September 2016 | 2:18 pm

 This week I got the chance to talk to a private hero of mine, Brian Solis. Solis is a digital analyst and speaker who talks about the future and how big brands – Coke, IBM – will interact with humans. His new book X is out now and it’s designed to help big companies survive the changing tides of business and tech. Luckily, however, Solis didn’t just focus on his… Read More

Why is San Francisco trying to strangle its golden goose?
Posted: 24 September 2016 | 11:00 am

 Detroit doesn’t place burdensome regulations on automobile manufacturers, Idaho doesn’t put undue restrictions and hurdles in front of potato farmers and California takes steps to protect its farmers. These industries do more than just create jobs, tax revenue and prestige — they became a symbol of who they are, part of the fabric of the community and the economy. And then… Read More

Camera manufacturers, you’re still missing the point. Be better.
Posted: 24 September 2016 | 9:57 am

 Spotted at Photokina, the world’s largest photography trade show: A professional photographer, taking a photo, then taking a picture off the back of their camera to share the photograph on Facebook. It’s not that unusual an occurrence, but it served as the perfect parable on quite how vigorously the camera manufacturers have self-copulated themselves into oblivion. Read More

Hands-on with Pictar, which adds buttons and wheels to your iPhone camera
Posted: 24 September 2016 | 8:35 am

 There’s no denying that your smartphone’s camera is getting better and better for every generation, but what’s a poor photography nerd to do about controllability? Miggo’s Kickstarter-funded Pictar is shipping soon, and might be just the thing to teach your iPhone some additional photography skills. At Photokina, I had a chance to try it myself. Read More

Why Salesforce might be interested in Twitter
Posted: 24 September 2016 | 8:23 am

 Rumors were flying all day yesterday that Twitter is up for sale, and Salesforce.com could be a chief suitor. At this point, with so many possible bidders being reported, it’s hard to know what’s going to happen (if anything). But the big question for many is why Salesforce would even be interested in the consumer-facing social network. While nobody could say with certainty that… Read More

Yi’s camera brings some underdog to the Micro Four Thirds market
Posted: 24 September 2016 | 4:07 am

 You may know Yi Technologies from its action cameras or its fancy, carbon-fiber drones, but at Photokina, the company launched its first mirrorless Micro Four Thirds camera, the Yi M1. Sporting a 20 mpx Sony IMX269 sensor, a high-quality 3-inch touch-screen and a raft of sharing-friendly features, it’s crashing into a space that has been stale for a while. Read More

A Google self-driving car was involved in crash in Mt. View today
Posted: 24 September 2016 | 1:41 am

 A Google self-driving Lexus RX 450h was involved in a crash with a van in Mountain View, Calif. on Friday afternoon, according to local police. Another driver ran a red light and crashed into the car. Thankfully, nobody was injured in the accident. Google issued the following statement with details about the crash: “A Google vehicle was traveling northbound on Phyllis Ave. in Mountain… Read More

Home furnishings retailer Dot & Bo closes down
Posted: 24 September 2016 | 12:56 am

 Online furniture retailer Dot & Bo has closed its doors today. The San Francisco-based company said in an announcement that it had been in “deep discussions to be acquired by a prominent public company” but, after those talks broke down, it had no option but to shut down. Read More

Oculus founder admits he funded pro-Trump group, but says he won’t vote Trump
Posted: 24 September 2016 | 12:18 am

 A day after a Daily Beast story revealed that he had donated money to an organization supporting Donald Trump’s President run, Oculus founder (and Facebook employee) Palmer Luckey has come clean about his activities. Well, kinda. Read More

Snapchat’s 10 second video glasses are real and cost $130
Posted: 23 September 2016 | 11:16 pm

 Snapchat’s long-rumored camera glasses are actually real. The startup’s first foray into hardware will be a pair of glasses called “Spectacles” and will go on sale this fall for $129.99, as first reported by The WSJ and confirmed to TechCrunch by the newly rebranded Snap Inc.. The glasses will only come in one size, but will be available in three colors –… Read More

Crunch Report | Twitter’s four possible buyers
Posted: 23 September 2016 | 11:00 pm

Four companies are rumored to be wanting to acquire Twitter, UPS is testing a drone delivery service, a helium leak could have caused the Falcon 9 explosion, Airbnb files a $555 million round with the SEC and Uber rolls out a new security measure so you get the correct driver. All this on Crunch Report Read More

Oh Snap! Looks like Snapchat could be rebranding
Posted: 23 September 2016 | 9:20 pm

 Ephemeral media app Snapchat appears to be doing a little disappearing itself. A leaked video and domain records suggest that the company (though probably not the app) is preparing to rebrand as Snap, Inc. alongside its first piece of hardware, a pair of camera-equipped sunglasses called Spectacles. Read More

Twitter scores with NFL deal
Posted: 23 September 2016 | 9:00 pm

 With the start of the new NFL season, fans across the U.S. — indeed, the world — are turning their attention to who the winners and losers will be, and who’ll be making their way to Super Bowl LI. With plenty of interactive and innovative ways for fans to get involved, perhaps the most exciting news for sports fans is the NFL’s deal with Twitter to live stream 10 games… Read More

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