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Commenters, We Want You Back

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UPDATE: Hold tight. Launch bugs. It was early 2011 and TechCrunch’s comment section was overrun with trolls. Bullies and asshats were drowning out our smart commenters. We hated our commenters because, well, they hated us. So we rolled out Facebook Comments in an attempt to silence the trolls — by removing...
Commenters, We Want You Back

Pinterest Acquires Livestar

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Livestar's founder Fritz Lanman is also an investor in Pinterest. Pinterest is acquiring Livestar, a mobile recommendation app, the companies announced on Wednesday. "If you're not familiar with Pinterest, it's an online tool that helps people discover things they love and inspires them to do these things in their...
Pinterest Acquires Livestar
Last Call For The TechCrunch Austin Meetup + Pitch-Off!

Let's Be Real: Snapchat Is Totally Used For Sexting

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When we first heard about Snapchat, the photo-sharing app that lets you set how long the recipient can view a picture for, we immediately thought that it must be used for sexting. Sexting is the practice of sending nude or revealing photos of one's self to others. Here's how it...
Let's Be Real: Snapchat Is Totally Used For Sexting

One Of Facebook's Great Hopes For Huge Revenues Is Fading (FB)

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From about 2008 to 2012, one way everyone thought Facebook would make a lot of money is through something called "f-commerce." "F-commerce," was a play on e-commerce. The vision was that small and large retailers alike would open stores on Facebook.com, and that through the magic of "social," the distribution...
One Of Facebook's Great Hopes For Huge Revenues Is Fading (FB)

John Goodman To Star In One Of Amazon's Original Comedy Series Pilots, Alpha House

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Amazon, like competitors Hulu and Netflix, is set on producing original content for its Instant Video library. Along with various children’s series, the company is also working on six new comedy pilots which users will then vote on, deciding who keeps on filming and who shuts down. What we didn’t...
John Goodman To Star In One Of Amazon's Original Comedy Series Pilots, Alpha House
Breaking Good: How Airbnb's meth encounter shaped the company
Here are the Crunchies finalists!

Google Drive Has A Handy Spreadsheet Auto Fill Option For Beer Drinkers

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Creating Google spreadsheets doesn’t have to be a boring undertaking, especially if you’re a fan of beer. Here’s a fun little auto fill option that the Drive team has put into place to help you list out popular beers. Simply put the word “lager” in the A1 cell of the...
Google Drive Has A Handy Spreadsheet Auto Fill Option For Beer Drinkers

Now Intel Is Trying To Beat Apple To A TV (INTC)

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Intel is reportedly working on a set-top box for your TV that will let you stream video and audio content, record shows online, and watch a few select cable channels. We've been hearing rumblings of Intel's set-top box for a few months, but TechCrunch and Slashgear are both reporting that...
Now Intel Is Trying To Beat Apple To A TV (INTC)

Iterations: The Unbundling Potential Of Apple's Passbook

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Editor’s Note: Semil Shah is an EIR at Javelin Venture Partners and has been a contributor to TechCrunch since January 2011. You can follow him on Twitter at @semil. This post is about Apple’s Passbook. It’s not about mobile wallets, or Google Wallet, or Square, or anything else. I realize...
Iterations: The Unbundling Potential Of Apple's Passbook

The New New Tech Writing: Straight Up Penning Poems About Stuff

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How much do we love thee, Drew Houston? Let us count the ways. (Photo: wiki.smu.edu) There’s the gadget liveblog, the multimedia-heavy feature and the bloggy, snarky take. But as we near the end of 2012, we may have reached the last possible evolutionary stage of tech writing: just fucking penning...
The New New Tech Writing: Straight Up Penning Poems About Stuff
Looking back at WordPress on its 10th birthday (infographic)

What The World's Biggest Apple Fanboy Has To Say About His New Job At Google (GOOG)

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MG Siegler, the TechCrunch columnist and venture capitalist known best for his unabashed pro-Apple bias, spurred a lot of discussion (and mockery) today when he announced he was departing Michael Arrington's VC firm CrunchFund for Google Ventures. The irony wasn't lost on us: the idea of a part-time Apple blogger...
What The World's Biggest Apple Fanboy Has To Say About His New Job At Google (GOOG)

Want To "Bang With Nobody"? Use Google+

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Want To "Bang With Nobody"? Use Google+: Steve O'hear for TechCrunch: When your product idea turns into a meme, you're probably doing something right. I'm referring, of course, to Bang With Friends. It's the controversial Facebook app that lets you privately nominate those in your Friends network you want to...
Want To "Bang With Nobody"? Use Google+

Boot up: Instagram v Vine, Playbook woes, Microsoft v BSkyB, and more

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Plus Firefox's new logo, are handsets heading for a 'black summer'?, the problem in San Francisco and moreA burst of 9 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology teamA week after Instagram's video launch, Vine sharing tanks on Twitter >> MarketingLandIt's now been a full week...
Boot up: Instagram v Vine, Playbook woes, Microsoft v BSkyB, and more
Under Amazon's Wing, Goodreads Plans Closer Integration While Retaining Its Indy Status
PBS classes up Silicon Valley TV shows with its own program

Google Buying Wavii After Bidding War With Apple

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Google has bought aggregation and summarization startup Wavii for more than $30 million, winning a bidding war with Apple over the firm. TechCrunch is reporting that Apple wanted to integrate the company with its Siri division. Both Apple and Google were competing for the Seattle-based startup, and Google eventually won....
Google Buying Wavii After Bidding War With Apple

Booting Up: Google Only Paid $1 for Fiber in Provo, Utah

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Look at all that spring-fed fiber in Provo. (Source: Flickr) All it took for Google to buy Provo, Utah’s fiber-optic network was a dollar. If only you had four quarters! [AP] Yesterday, a federal judge ruled that YouTube did not violate Viacom’s copyright–despite the fact that several of the company’s shows were being...
Booting Up: Google Only Paid $1 for Fiber in Provo, Utah
From Idea To Development, A Few Hours In At The TechCrunch Disrupt NY Hackathon

techcrunch: Downloaded time with Alex Winters, Ron Conway and...

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techcrunch: Downloaded time with Alex Winters, Ron Conway and MG Siegler. (at TechCrunch Disrupt Conference #tcdisrupt) Fun chat....
techcrunch: Downloaded time with Alex Winters, Ron Conway and...
How Do You Scale Social Innovation Startups?

Troy Carter To Bring A Bit Of Gaga's Social Magic To Disrupt NY

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He founded the Atom Factory talent agency. He manages Lady Gaga, and when she wanted her very own social network for her millions of “little monsters”, he co-founded Backplane. And he doesn’t do weekly team meetings. Troy Carter is a general badass, and will be at Disrupt NY. Carter’s Atom Factory embodies...
Troy Carter To Bring A Bit Of Gaga's Social Magic To Disrupt NY

Unicorn Apocalypse Is Real And It Sucks

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Unicorn Apocalypse Is Real And It Sucks: Sarah Perez of TechCrunch on Samsung's fake-turned-real "Unicorn Apocalpyse" ads: And the whole point of the commercial series was that Samsung devices helped the Unicorn Apocalypse team work better together to make the game a success. So is the lasting takeaway from the...
Unicorn Apocalypse Is Real And It Sucks
Booting Up: Is CES Cool? (No. Yes. Maybe?)
Crowdfunding Platform Crowdtilt Lands $12M From Sean Parker, Andreessen & More; Now Acquiring To Expand Into Mobile

Twitter Launches Ads API, So Marketers Can Run Campaigns Through Adobe, Salesforce, Others

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Twitter just announced via blog post that it has launched an advertising API, which will allow brands to run ad campaigns through the company’s API partners, rather than having to buy them through Twitter itself. This confirms a report by TechCrunch’s Ingrid Lunden saying that Twitter would launch its ads...
Twitter Launches Ads API, So Marketers Can Run Campaigns Through Adobe, Salesforce, Others

I Swear This Is The Last "Harlem Shake" Post We Do

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At the risk of seeming like my father, a man who will beat a dead meme into the ground long after its moment in the sun, I present to you the Harlem Shake Bookmarklet. To use it, you will visit this site and drag the bookmarklet into your Chrome browser...
I Swear This Is The Last "Harlem Shake" Post We Do

"Slow Social Media"

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"Slow Social Media": Josh Constine of TechCrunch shares a bit about NewHive, including their seed investors, which includes CrunchFund. One trend that interests me is the shifting of online tools into the background, to get out of the way of the art they're trying to facilitate. We see this on...
"Slow Social Media"
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