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The Black Friday Survival Guide

It wasn’t easy accumulating the research data displayed in the following guide. I saw horrific sights working retail for seven long years in both a big box electronic store and a major shoppin

With Over $100M Raised, P2P Lending Platform CommonBond Expands To 100 Programs To Help Grad Students Reduce Debt

New York City-based CommonBond launched in late 2012 on a mission to bring the power of person-to-person lending and crowdsourcing to the student debt crisis. With student debt in the U.S. having surp

Telenav Held Talks With Navmii Before Acquiring Rival Navigation App Skobbler

TechCrunch understands that Skobbler wasn't the only OpenStreepMap-powered startup to be on Telenav's radar. We're hearing that the U.K.’s Navmii, maker of Navfree, the free mapping and navigation a

Fitwall Is A Gym That Knows If You’re Working Out Too Hard, Or Not Hard Enough

Many earnest novice gym-goers have a commitment that won’t outlast a green banana. One problem is that newbies exert themselves too much and drop their membership before their overly worked musc

Planting A Startup Garden

"We're less interested in deal-making than getting things going. Perhaps I'm just naive." Those are the words of Rick DeVos, founder and CEO of the Michigan-based Start Garden, a $15 million invest

Square Expands To Larger San Francisco Headquarters, New Offices In NYC And Waterloo, Canada

Tonight Jack Dorsey hosted a roundtable at Columbia University about <a target="_blank" href="https://squareup.com/">Square</a> to weigh in on recent developments in smartphone tech, New York as a sui

Siri 2.0? Skyphrase Wants To Make Data More Accessible With Natural Language, Starting With Analytics & Fantasy Sports

With an increasing number of commercial applications relying on its technology, natural language processing (NLP) has started to come into its own of late. After years of research and experimentation,

Penn Jillette Turns To FundAnything To Become A Bad Guy

Penn Jillette of Penn & Teller fame is about as nice as they come. And he's super sick of it. So he wrote a movie called "Director's Cut" in which he will no longer be the hero. His role is so ba

Defense.net Ensures All Your Base Are Not Belong To Them

If you’ve ever been on the business end of a denial of service attack, you know the sinking feeling you get when your servers fall to the enemy. Defense.net, a new project by cybersecurity exper

Anfacto Lets You Create Single-Purpose Android Devices For The Workplace, Restaurants And Events

While there are plenty of enterprise mobility and device management companies, they may not go deeply enough in controlling the end-user experience for an employee or a customer. Many of these enterpr

Resisting The Deadpool, Turntable.fm Focuses On Live

In the past year, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.crunchbase.com/company/turntable-fm">Turntable.fm</a> has gone from a force in the digital music world, with around <a target="_blank" href="http:

Violin Memory Struggles In IPO And Now Faces A Fierce Storage and Enterprise Market

On Friday, <a href="https://future.techcrunch.com/2013/09/27/flash-memory-provider-violin-memory-down-17-in-public-market-debut-while-cloud-service-ringcentral-up-45-in-ipo/">Violin Memory's IPO did n

Google Fiber Compared To Broadband By Putting A Middle Age Guy In A Bath Robe And Soaking Him With A Firehose

<a target="_blank" href="http://www.provo.org/">Provo, Utah</a> is getting <a title="Google Announces Provo, Utah As The Third Google Fiber City And Acquires The Local Fiber Provider" href="https://f

AppSeed Relies On Computer Vision Tech And Your Phone To Speed Up UI Design

Digital designers point your eyes at this neat Kickstarter project which is utilising computer vision tech to speed up the early stages of the design process. The basic idea is to give designers a way

The Danger And Opportunity Of The Intermediate Metric

Are social media companies overvalued? The question is not just a matter of revenue multiples (low or high), but rather whether that revenue is actually generating new sales for advertisers. Google co

The Science Behind Using Online Communities To Change Behavior

Is it just me, or is it impossible to talk to technology entrepreneurs without mentioning user engagement and behavior? I’m a behavioral psychologist, so that might be why I keep having conversation

Advertising’s Logged-In User Revolution Is Brewing

Native advertising may be the buzzword stealing the attention of the advertising technology landscape, though a much quieter revolution is brewing around the space: the fight for the logged-in user ov

Should Facebook Start Its Own Version Of Google Ventures?

Over the past year, Facebook has seen its fair share of departures from employees and executives who are either starting a VC fund or camping out at a firm to figure out what their next startup or com

Gillmor Gang: Sensorship

The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Keith Teare, John Taschek, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor — new iPhone + new OS = continued Apple domination. Twitter vacillates between NYSE and NASDAQ. Age of C

The Genius Of Twitter: A Paean

It's the first app I launch in the morning, and the first I install on a new phone, and my most-visited web site. Which is strange, because I don't much like most social media. I'm on Facebook only re
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