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Archived Since:August 17, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Facebook Launches Walled Garden …Umm, App Store

Today, Facebook unveiled it's own app store in the United States. Behind Facebook's protective walls, might the app store actually stifle innovation?

Intel's TV That Watches You

Remember when we used to watch television? Well, reports on Intel's new virtual television indicate that very soon it might be the TV that watches us.

What Entrepreneurs Don’t Know About Mobile Marketing

As the number of people using mobile devices skyrockets, so does the need for mobile marketing initiatives. Many companies are taking the news in stride. After all, all they need to do is migrate their website and other digital content over to mobile, right?

Foursquare's New Clothes

Foursquare just got a makeover. And its new blue-green digs really flaunt that big data.

Firm Questions eHarmony Hack Response

The self-proclaimed “most trusted online dating site” has been hacked, and 1.5 million passwords were the booty. But one Web-security specialist says not enough is being done to protect users.

Hackers Loose on LinkedIn?

LinkedIn is investigating reports that over six million passwords have been stolen, and a Russian forum user is taking responsibility. Change your LinkedIn password before you read this.

Come and Get Your IPv6

IPv6 is now online. What it means is that there’s a new system for Internet addresses that will keep the world from running out of them. Here’s what businesses need to know.

Napster Masterminds Back in Black (and Tan)

Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning, the men behind Napster, today took to the stage with a gaggle of stars to launch Airtime, which, if things go as planned, will be like Chatroulette without the nudity.

Let the Electronic Muscle-Flexing Begin

This gaming conference hasn't even started yet, and it's already been host to two major gaming announcements from Nintendo and Microsoft.

'Temple Run' Founders Enter 'Brave' New World of Disney

The husband-and-wife team behind startup game maker Imangi just signed a deal with Disney to build the movie tie-in app to the upcoming film Brave, based in the forests of Scotland.

Bingtastic Social Search

Bing's thorough redesign now includes fully integrated social search, just in case you trust your friends more than you trust Microsoft.

Nest Gets Blessed

It wasn't long ago that the founder of Nest Labs was sitting across the table at board meetings with his old boss, Steve Jobs. Now, his new product, an eco-friendly "smart" thermostat, is on sale on the very shelves he and Jobs used to work so hard to fill.

Facebook Eyes Another Acquisition

Despite its IPO flop, or maybe because of it, Facebook is still on the hunt for companies to buy. The latest rumor is that the social network wants to add Israeli startup Face.com to the family.

A Big Fat Geek Survey

It’s good to be a geek these days, with more than half of Americans (51 percent) defining geeks as professionally successful, up from 31 percent in 2011, a new survey finds. And when it comes to tech gadgets, they're not like everyone else.

Phasing Out Instagram

Instagram will probably be phased out by Facebook's new Camera product. But a detailed look at Zuckerberg's own words reveals the careful craft of his original Instagram announcement.

UberConference Is Victorious!

UberConference may have won the TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield, but the war has only just begun.

Ark Floats, Olive Branch Unseen

What would Facebook and Google do together if they weren’t trying to destroy each other? In it’s simplest form the answer to that question is probably build a search engine for social networks.

Teach the Internet to Forget

The author of Digital Vertigo says that privacy is a valuable commodity, and those who can teach the Internet to forget will reap rewards for their efforts.

Microsoft Patent Begs the Question:Who Needs Developers?

Think Microsoft has an app-developer shortage? Well, if the upcoming Developer Summit doesn't pay off, they may have a plan B—make developers unnecessary.

Mozilla's Monitor-Me-Not

Marketers thrive relative to what they know about their users—and according to the chair of Mozilla, they aren't too thrilled about the search engine's Do Not Track feature.

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