Singapore-based music startup buys 49% stake in Rolling Stone
Posted: 26 September 2016 | 2:45 am

 The company behind iconic music magazine Rolling Stone has sold a 49 percent share in the business to a startup from Singapore in a bid to grow its international reach. Read More

WTF is clickbait?
Posted: 25 September 2016 | 11:00 pm

 Let’s settle this, once and for all: Clickbaiting is the intentional act of over-promising or otherwise misrepresenting — in a headline, on social media, in an image, or some combination — what you’re going to find when you read a story on the web. Currently, clickbait is often characterized by wording like, “You won’t believe” or “What… Read More

Apple done nothing wrong
Posted: 25 September 2016 | 9:00 pm

 Having read the European Commission’s original ruling, some prior rulings, the Treasury’s white paper about the European Commission’s actions and a lot of analysis in the tax community, in my opinion, the EC is over-reaching in their decision on Apple. Read More

Food delivery startup Deliveroo expands with Business tier for corporate accounts
Posted: 25 September 2016 | 7:51 pm

 Fresh from raising $275 million this August at around a $1 billion valuation, Deliveroo is now taking the next step in its bid to corner the market in Europe and other markets for high-end, high-concept restaurant food delivery; and turn the Deliveroo business profitable in the process. The startup is launching a new service catering specifically for the corporate market, Deliveroo for… Read More

Blue Bottle Coffee is raising another big round of funding
Posted: 25 September 2016 | 6:24 pm

 The coffee wars of San Francisco are back on! We’re now hearing from sources that Blue Bottle is raising a big round of financing a little more than a year after it raised a whopping $75 million. We don’t know the exact amount, but given the immense (and at times odd) interest in coffee from investors in Silicon Valley, it wouldn’t be surprising if it would be approaching… Read More

🎶 Can’t wear Snap sunglasses at night 🎶
Posted: 25 September 2016 | 5:33 pm

 Unless you plan on bumping into stuff, don’t expect to record after-dark concerts and parties on your Snap Inc Spectacles. The company formerly known as Snapchat (they really should have just changed it to the  emoji, Prince-style) confirms to me its new camera glasses are not currently built to be worn at night. Their lenses are like normal sunglasses, so it’d be too shady to… Read More

How to pull workers back from the brink of burnout
Posted: 25 September 2016 | 5:00 pm

 Work/life balance in startup culture is total BS. And you are probably part of the problem. Until you say “enough” — and fight back, stand up and resist — you’re perpetuating a culture of burnout in which no one wins. Read More

Marc Andreessen suddenly deletes all his tweets, goes on Twitter break
Posted: 25 September 2016 | 4:36 pm

 The Twittersphere was just a little bit quieter this morning after Marc Andreessen, father of the Tweetstorm, vacated the platform last night. While there’s no clear answer from him or others as to why he decided to take a break, Andreessen is not the first popular Silicon Valley figure to abruptly leave the service. Earlier this summer, Sam Altman, President of the Y Combinator… Read More

Unpicking the Gordian knot around blockchain patents
Posted: 25 September 2016 | 12:00 pm

 As of June 22, 2016, there were 492 published patent families directed to the theme of blockchain and 192 relating to bitcoin. Patent applications filed over the last 18 months are not in these statistics, and it is expected that significant numbers of new applications connected to these themes have been filed in that period. The numbers we are seeing likely represent the tip of the iceberg. Read More

Sol vs. Sol, for the fate of humanity
Posted: 25 September 2016 | 9:00 am

 I happened to spend much of this week in Abu Dhabi, from whence came, conveniently, the most important news of this week, month, year, and arguably decade. Yes, bigger than the American election; yes, bigger than the long-awaited rise of machine learning; yes, bigger than Elon Musk’s one-two punch of space travel and electric cars — although it’s related to that. Read More

Investing in AI offers more rewards than risks
Posted: 24 September 2016 | 11:00 pm

 It’s difficult to predict how artificial intelligence technology will change over the next 10 to 20 years, but there are plenty of gains to be made. By 2018, robots will supervise more than 3 million human workers; by 2020, smart machines will be a top investment priority for more than 30 percent of CIOs. Read More

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

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