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Childish Gambino Name-Drops A Bunch Of Techies In His New Mixtape

Childish Gambino Rapper Childish Gambino (also known as Donald Glover, former cast member of cult sitcom “Community”) just dropped an 11-song mixtape, his first big release since last year’s hit album “Because The Internet.” That wouldn’t generally be something we write about, but at the end of tape Glover name-drops seven members of the tech community. Read More

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Estify Raises $1.5 Million To Roll Out Insurance Software For Auto Repair

2673619720_1defd795eb_b After spending two years developing a product to automate the integration of car insurance damage estimate data for repairs between insurance companies and body shops, Estify has raised $1.5 million to bring its technology to market.
There’s a rift between insurance companies and repair shops, explains Jordan Furniss, one of Estify’s co-founders. “[Insurers] write up a… Read More

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Investors Stay Silent After Wonga Fiasco

4550762906_efc5ca64e9_z TechCrunch asked Wonga’s investors to comment on whether they thought the payday loan company had acted responsibly — given the scale of the failures identified by the FCA, and the evident inadequacy of its technology platform. Read More

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Amazon Launches WriteOn To Compete Against Crowd-Writing Sites Like Wattpad

books_on_a_table Amazon has launched a crowd-editing and -writing service called WriteOn into private beta. In an announcement on the Kindle Author Forums, the company said that the site would act as a “community where readers and writers come together around the creative process to make good stories great and great stories better.” You can try it now at https://writeon.amazon.com/ with the invite… Read More

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Are Bots Hijacking Your Marketing Budget?

shutterstock_213192946 Ad fraud is a well-known “secret” in the online marketing world, and it’s been around ever since ads have existed on the Internet. Experts estimate that for every $1 a company spends on online advertising, almost half is lost to digital ad fraud. Read More

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Dash Launches Chassis, An API To Build The “Internet Of Cars”

Screen Shot 2014-10-03 at 8.34.35 AM Dash was one of the earliest and most design-focused apps to offer direct connectivity to your car via their OBD-II port, which is designed to provide mechanics with detailed stats and information. Now, the app is expanding beyond its own software with the Chassis API, a connected car platform that gives other developers access to fuel consumption and efficiency data, driving stats like… Read More

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Here’s The 3 Reasons Europe Green-Lighted Facebook’s $19B WhatsApp Deal

facebook-whatsapp The EU has approved Facebook’s landmark $19 billion acquisition of messaging startup WhatsApp — determining that the two are “not close competitors”. In a statement confirming the clearance, it highlights three key areas where it believes the two do not create an anticompetitive environment for other players in this space: consumer communications services; social… Read More

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EU OKs Facebook’s $19B WhatsApp Acquisition, Clearing The Last Antitrust Hurdle

facebook-whatsapp-screen This just coming in: the EU has approved Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp — deciding that the two are “not close competitors”. WhatsApp today has 600 million users, while Facebook has 1.3 billion, with 300 million using its Facebook Messenger product. This marks closure for the last big regulatory hurdle that the social network needed to pass before… Read More

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Neelie Kroes To Give A Final Interview At Disrupt Europe In London

Neelie Kroes Neelie Kroes will give one of her last ever on-stage interviews at TechCrunch Disrupt Europe in London before leaving her role as Vice-President of the European Commission. TechCrunch Disrupt Europe will take place from 18-21st October 2014 in London. You can grab an early bird ticket right here. Over the weekend we’ll have a free hackathon, which you can apply for here. When Kroes… Read More

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Tesla Motors Just Invited Press To Come Look At Its New D

teslacar_topic - NOT FOR FEATURED IMAGE Tesla Motors just sent out invites to a press event on October 9th in Los Angeles, presumably to unveil the new ‘D’ car that founder Elon Musk tweeted about yesterday evening. Now, we officially have an event, to be held at Hawthorne Airport. The D is rumored to be a new vehicle in Tesla’s lineup, with the Jalopnik folks speculating on a (D)ual motor all wheel drive version… Read More

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