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Breaking: French Government Still Can’t Get France.fr live

On July 13, three days ago, France launched France.fr to give the world a multilingual website with information about the country. It shortly went down. And stayed down. Today we checked back in to...

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Jul 16, 2010 08:48 PM
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Yelp’s Android App Approaching One Million Downloads

Yelp has one of the most popular apps on the iPhone, but its Android app is catching on too. Launched last December, the app is approaching one million downloads and activity on the app is picking up like crazy due to a recent upgrade that adds the ability to check into Yelp locatio...

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Tagged: Company & Product Profiles, Mobile, featured, Android, yelp || Jul 16, 2010 08:28 PM
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Where are the Good Mobile Coupons?

Jul 13, 2010 06:02 PM
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Twitter Changes Tweet Storage Strategy, Confirms Realtime Analytics Product

An interesting post just went up on the Twitter Engineering blog. Usually, that blog contains posts that are more interesting to developers working on Twitter’s platform. And this post is that as well, but it also states two much larger things. First, Twitter won’t be using the Cas...

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Tagged: TC, featured, Twitter, cassandra || Jul 10, 2010 02:40 AM
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Loopt Hits 4 Million Users, Propelled By iOS 4 And Android

“Foursquare gets all the hype.” It’s something I hear just about every day from just about every other location-based startup. And it’s true, though I would argue that it’s warranted — and investors seem to agree. But it’s also imp...

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Tagged: TC, iPhone, Android, foursquare, Loopt, mytown, latitude, ios 4 || Jul 09, 2010 09:05 PM
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Calling All Startups For TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco, September 27-29

Please join us at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco on September 27-29 2010.

It started as an experiment in New York this past May. We sensed a fundamental shift...

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Tagged: Events, TC, featured || Jul 09, 2010 12:05 AM
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Is a Job at a Startup Right For You?

Jul 08, 2010 10:00 PM
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How we deploy new features

There's been some recent discussion about rolling out new features. Ross at Flickr talked about using flags and flippers. Forrst mentioned their use of user buckets.

The nice thing about these techniques is that they're simple and easy to tweak to meet your specific needs. Before launching Orgs, we relied on user feature flag...

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Jul 08, 2010 01:01 AM
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Foursquare Extending The Physical Reach Of Offers And Hints At Hardware Integration

There’s no denying that the location-based service Foursquare has done a great job with regard to partnerships with local merchants. Continue Reading...

Tagged: TC, featured, foursquare || Jul 07, 2010 10:59 PM
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Foursquare Is Five Times Larger Than Gowalla And Growing 75 Percent Faster Every Day

Editor’s note: The following analysis is written by Robert J. Moore, the CEO and co-founder of RJMetrics, an on-demand database analytics and business intelligence startup. Robert blogs at The Metric System and can be followed on Twitter at @RJMetrics.

Locatio...

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Tagged: Company & Product Profiles, featured, foursquare, gowalla || Jul 07, 2010 08:50 PM
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Location Data Gets An Important New Layer: The Alcohol Layer

I’m not gonna lie — most of the venues I check-in to on apps like Foursquare, Gowalla, and Loopt are bars. Most of the time I’m not there to have dinner either. Instead, I’m there to enjoy an adult beverage. Or three. So why not cut out the middlemen, and instead use a location-based app that flips...

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Tagged: TC, featured, Skyhook Wireless, iswig || Jul 07, 2010 07:48 PM
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With A Fresh $16 Million Round, BuyWithMe Plans To Expand To 20 Cities

A lot of venture money is chasing social commerce startups right now because group buying sites are chasing a lot of money (in the form of consumer spending). Groupon kicked things off with its $135 million mega-round last April. Continue Reading...

Tagged: Company & Product Profiles, featured, Buywithme || Jul 07, 2010 03:39 PM
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Everything You Need To Know About The Fragmented Mobile Developer Ecosystem

Considering the immense fragmentation that characterizes the mobile apps industry, it’s good to see decent research help us try and make sense of what’s going on in that particular part of the digital economy, one that is consistently growing in size and importance across the globe. Hence, I invite anyone with a vested interest in the mobil...

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Tagged: Mobile, TC, featured, Nokia, iPhone, Android, blackberry, Android Market, palm, Symbian, windows mobile, Nokia Ovi Store, telefonica, windows phone, ios, visionmobile, java me, Developer Economics 2010, Developer Economics, mobile Developer Economics 2010, mobile Developer Economics, Telefónica Developer Communities || Jul 05, 2010 01:41 PM
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Tasting Table Is The Daily Candy For Foodies

Niche-subject or audience focused mail newsletters, such as DailyCandy and Thrillist, have actually proven to be a successful model. Of course, both of these examples have been graced with the midas touch of Bob Pittman, who has been Continue Reading...

Tagged: TC, tasting table || Jul 04, 2010 07:33 PM
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Oh, So That’s What Blippy Does (Video)

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Every web service needs one of these

When Blippy was looking for a little help creating an overview video for their service, I recommended that they take a look at Mountain View based Transvideo Studios. I know executive producer Rico Andrade there fairly well and have seen some of the work t...

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Jul 04, 2010 04:28 PM
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Waze Taps Into Geo Tweets. Facebook, Foursquare, iOS 4 Come Along For The Ride

When it comes to mapping applications, Waze is probably the most fun one out there. It turns turn-by-turn navigation into a social experience, and a game (think: Pac-Man). It also happens to be free. And a few new features...

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Tagged: TC, featured, Twitter, iPhone, Facebook, foursquare, waze, ios 4 || Jun 30, 2010 09:00 PM
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Work For Us Turns Facebook Fan Pages Into A Recruiting Tool

Facebook is great for keeping up with friends. And of course brands are using it as marketing tool by creating Fan pages. But it can also be used by companies as a recruiting tool. I’ve written before anecdotally about how Citysearch uses Facebook ads for recruiting by targeting the ads at the hiring manager’s frie...

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Tagged: Company & Product Profiles, TC, Facebook, Work For Us || Jun 29, 2010 11:00 PM
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Foursquare Closes $20 Million Series B From Andreessen Horowitz, Union Square, And O’Reilly

Foursquare, the geo-mobile startup everybody tried to invest in or buy, now has officially closed its Series B funding round. The “wire transfer heard ’round the world,” as board member Bryce Roberts puts it, was for $20 million, giving the company a $95 million pre-money valuation. The round ...

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Tagged: Company & Product Profiles, Mobile, TC, featured, foursquare, Andreessen Horowitz, Union Square Ventures, Ben Horowitz, o'reilly alpatech ventures || Jun 29, 2010 09:47 PM
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Why I’m putting on a bootstrapping conference in Vienna

Yes, definitely Vienna. cc paula moya

Despite what my former American neighbor said — “Eh, it’s all the same. They barbecue and drink beer, just like us!” — up and moving to Austria has been a total shock to my system.

So what’s a girl to do when she’s voluntarily excised herself ...

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Tagged: Bootstrapping, Events || Jun 28, 2010 08:31 AM
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Staying Credulous: On Not Letting Being 40 Get In The Way

I turned 40 in March. I didn’t think of it much, and I don’t plan on buying a convertible sports car or otherwise engaging in a mid life crisis. These age milestones just aren’t as meaningful for most men as they are for some women. Besides, I still have the maturity level of an average teenager.

But one thing I am very aware of is my growing skepticism of some of the crazy startup ideas I see. Fiv...

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Jun 27, 2010 08:46 AM
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Decoding Microsoft’s Fantastic Passive-Agressive Numbers Post

Yesterday, Microsoft communications head Frank Shaw put up a post on The Official Microsoft Blog rattling off some numbers regarding many of Microsoft’s products. The intention was obviously to lend some...

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Tagged: TC, featured, Apple, google, Microsoft, salesforce || Jun 26, 2010 08:20 PM
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The Internet Is For… XXX Top Level Domain Gets Initial Approval

has given initial approval for a .xxx top-level domain. Should the initial approval become final approval, you’ll be able to register URLs like nakedchicksdoingstuff.xxx.

It’s a pretty big deal for a few reasons. For one it’s makes filtering out unwanted content approximately 80 billion times easier—just block access to all .xxx domains and cal...

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Tagged: TC, domains || Jun 25, 2010 04:54 PM
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Watching The Longest Tennis Match Ever On The Web: “Someone Will Win This One, Eventually”

The longest tennis match in history is going on right now at Wimbledon between John Isner of the USA and Nicols Mahut of France. They’ve been playing for more than 9 hours now, passing all previous records. Currently they are tied 58-58 in the fifth set. And there is about an hour o...

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Tagged: Company & Product Profiles, Twitter, wimbledon, Wombledon || Jun 23, 2010 07:57 PM
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APK Downloads for Android Projects

For all you Android developers out there, we now will automatically detect when you upload an Android package (.apk) file and will give you a QR code page link on your download page list, like this:

Unfortunately, only uploads since this weekend will work, but going forward any .apk file you upload will automatically have it's own QR code page. Clicking on that icon gives you a page like this:

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Jun 20, 2010 06:09 PM
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Belkin Conserve lineup will make you feel even worse about all the electricity you're wasting

Tagged: belkin, conservation, conserve, conserve insight, conserve socket, conserve valet, ConserveInsight, ConserveSocket, ConserveValet, ecofriendly, electric, electricity, energy, green, green gadgets, greener, GreenGadgets, meter, powerstrip, waste || Jun 17, 2010 05:21 PM
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Forget The Mayor, Gowalla Focuses On Serendipitous Deals For All

We’ve all heard about mayor deals with Foursquare. That is, a person who is the “mayor ” of a venue (essentially, has checked-in there the most number of times) gets access to special deals, such free items or discounts. Gowalla goes about its deals a bit differently. Because there are no “mayors” in Gowalla, instead, they’re focusi...

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Tagged: TC, Apple, foursquare, Best-Buy, gowalla, eye-fi || Jun 17, 2010 07:50 AM
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Hot Potato 2.0 Lets You “Check-In” While You’re Doing Anything

When Hot Potato launched at our Realtime Crunchup last November it was already a solid app. Then came a new version in March (just before SXSW), and it was even better. Today brings version 2.0 — and it...

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Tagged: TC, featured, iPhone, foursquare, ipad, hot potato, miso || Jun 16, 2010 11:31 PM
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Plancast Plans To Spread Throughout The Web With An API And Widgets

Plancast, the social planning service created by TechCrunch alum Mark Hendrickson, is rich with data. It knows not only what you’re planning to ...

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Tagged: TC, featured, plancast || Jun 16, 2010 04:00 PM
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Social media versus Oil Can Henry’s

It’s the banal that determines whether social media will succeed in the mainstream, and today I had an experience that I think demonstrates how far away we are from achieving the the ubiquitously useful social media experience we deserve.

Specifically, I got my oil changed.

The epitome of banal, right?

Yeah, except, see, I don’t really know anything about cars (yeah, I’m man enough to admit it… what? What?!), — and so when the Continue Reading...

Tagged: Design, Economics, Life online, Usability, fluther, oil can henry's, quora, social media, social search, twitter || Jun 14, 2010 01:25 AM
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Apple (Yes, Apple) Helps Fix A Couple Chrome Security Bugs

Sure, Apple and Google are at war, but that doesn’t mean they can’t help one another out from time to time. Especially with regard to WebKit, the rendering engine that both use in their Safari and Chrome web browsers. That’s exactly what happened yesterday with the latest stable build of Chrome.


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Tagged: TC, Apple, google, chrome, webkit || Jun 09, 2010 09:22 PM
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Topguest Rewards Travelers For Check-Ins At Hotels, Airports, And More

Location based services are moving towards establishing rewards program for check-ins; Foursquare just announced that it would be testing rewards offers to users this week. Topguest, which is backed by the Founders Fund, has an interesting take on the LBS arena;...

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Tagged: TC, topguest || Jun 09, 2010 03:37 PM
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My first five months at Google, by the numbers

Clarification: The first version of the post talked about my first six months at Google. Apparently my math skills haven’t improved since I took the job, however, as there are actually only five months between June and January. I regret the error.

Today marks six five months since I joined Google on my birthday on January 7. It’s bee...

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Tagged: Google, Personal, stats || Jun 09, 2010 06:36 AM
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Twitter Hints At Content Recommendation Service With New Link Shortener

Today, Twitter has expanded the testing of its own URL shortner — which is now using the t.co domain. The expansion (which will eventually be available to all Twitter users) is interesting in terms of what it means for the URL shortening ecosystem. ...

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Tagged: TC, featured, Twitter, bit.ly || Jun 08, 2010 11:54 PM
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Web 2.0 to China: Ok, Let’s Try This Again…

Yesterday, I had lunch with one of the top people in the Chinese Internet scene who said, “We have a saying here, ‘Internet multinationals all fail in China, Google was just the last one to go.’”

As sayings go, that’s not especially catchy. But it is devastating...

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Tagged: TC, google, Yahoo, Facebook, China, Slide, hulu, Zynga, Playfish, alibaba || Jun 08, 2010 11:44 AM
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Web App Client Questionnaire



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Jun 08, 2010 11:00 AM
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Startup Life, Visualized (Infographic)

Always delighted to see savvy entrepreneurs and investors in Europe launch initiatives that can help young tech startups, wherever they’re located, go from idea to product without going bankrupt and disillusioned even before making it to the prototype phase.

Hence, I am completely in love with what XING founder Continue Reading...

Tagged: TC, HackFwd || Jun 08, 2010 10:09 AM
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Location-Based Flook’s Popularity With Women May Not Be A Fluke

Flook, the location-based application from Ambient Industries which has now has a total of £1.65m in funding from Amadeus Capital Partners and
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Tagged: TC, flook || Jun 07, 2010 03:30 PM
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Stickybits Rolls Out “Official” Branded Bits, Signs Up Pepsi As First Advertiser

Seth Goldstein, the chairman and co-founder of Stickybits, described the progression of media on the Internet this morning at the Conversational Marketing Summit in New York City. In 1996, Webpages became media. In 2001, search became media. In 2005, people became media. In 2007, status updates became media. Last year,...

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Tagged: Company & Product Profiles, featured, stickybits || Jun 07, 2010 02:50 PM
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Android Chief Andy Rubin: Updates Will Eventually Come Once A Year

In an interview with the Silicon Valley Mercury News, Google VP Andy Rubin — who founded and leads the Android platform — shared some information about the future of the mobile OS. One of the more interesting answers he had concerned Android’s rapid pace of innovation, and how things may slo...

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Tagged: TC, google, Android || Jun 01, 2010 03:59 PM
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Exclusive Video And Screenshots Of Digg Version 4

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Tagged: TC, featured, Digg || May 28, 2010 09:10 PM
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With Extension Desktop Notifications, Chrome Now Even More Awesome

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Tagged: TC, featured, google, chrome || May 28, 2010 08:21 PM