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Facebook Highlights Its 1 Billion Video Views Per Day Reach By Adding View Counts

view-count To prove to advertisers and the world that it’s not just YouTube that has massive video engagement online, Facebook today announced it now delivers 1 billion video views per day and will begin showing everyone view counts on videos posted by Pages and public figures. This could convince advertisers shifting TV ad spend to digital to look to Facebook, which recently bought video adtech… Read More


If Switzerland Is Fucked, Then The iWatch Is, Too

dell-smartwatch As we approach Peak iWatch, it’s important to consider just what the new device (if it even launches) will do to the watch market as a whole. I can assure you – and this is based on a deep and nuanced understanding of the Swiss watch industry – that the jolly watchmakers of Zürich aren’t giving the iWatch a second thought. First, let’s address where we got the… Read More


Reddit Takes Down Groups Hosting Celebrity Nudes, Walks A Blurred Line On Free Speech

reddit Reddit did two things last night that, on the surface, seemed pretty contradictory. It published a post by CEO Yishan Wong offering an explanation for why the site does not generally take down “morally objectionable or otherwise inappropriate” subreddits. At around the same time, Reddit took down /r/TheFappening and related subreddits, where many of the images from the celebrity… Read More


iBeacon Hack Makes It More Efficient To Wait Tables

SmartTables Here at the 2014 TechCrunch Disrupt SF hackathon two-man hack team, Ray Ho and Mark Watson, showed off a simple but promising concept that combines $3-a-pop Bluetooth beacons with restaurant software Clover to make the process of waiting on tables more efficient. Read More


3D Printed Hands Just Got Better Thanks To These DIY Wolverine Claws

wolverinehandx What could be better than giving disabled kids a new pair of hands? How about slapping a set of claws on those hands! Aaron Brown, a maker and volunteer for the group Enabling The Future, has been building 3D printed prosthetic hands for kids who are missing fingers. These hands are given away for free and the group has made countless children quite happy. Now they can be happier. Brown built… Read More


What To Expect From Apple’s iPhone Event On September 9

iphone-event Apple is hosting an event on September 9, and by all accounts it’s going to be a real barn burner. The company is set to announce new iPhones, and this much you can take to the bank, but rumors have also arisen suggesting we’ll see a brand new wearable device of some kind – the great and powerful ‘iWatch’ of legend. Apple will also probably showcase iOS 8, along… Read More


Hands On With The Moto 360, The First Round Smart Watch

moto-360-charging As we approach Peak Smart Watch at the Apple event next week, manufacturers are racing to offer product to those who might not want to bow down to Cupertino in the coming months. The latest contender is the Moto 360, a steel and leather beauty that launched today alongside the new Motorola X. Although I’ve been duly impressed by the Samsung Gear series, you will immediately that the… Read More


CrunchWeek: Samsung’s Gadgets, iCloud Hacks, And Sarah Goes To Burning Man

Screen Shot 2014-09-05 at 3.01.47 PM Happy pre-Disrupt Friday, everyone, I hope you are well rested for next week’s fun. Today on CrunchWeek Sarah Buhr, Jordan Crook, and myself sat around the white table to dig into the biggest stories of the week: Samsung’s raft of new hardware, the issues with cloud security and iCloud itself, and, of course, Sarah’s recent expedition to the desert. Read More


Google Starts Selling Glass ‘Explorer Edition’ On The Play Devices Store

Screen Shot 2014-09-05 at 4.51.03 PM Google is selling the Glass Explorer Edition on its Play devices store, still for $1,500, with your choice of a free frame or sunglass shade in the mix. The Glass model listed is still very much Google’s experimental product, but the descriptions in the listing make it sound more like falling into the category of an “Explorer” is now more about how many extreme sports… Read More


Pinterest’s Latest Chrome Extension Lets You Decorate Your New Tab Page With Beautiful Photos

2014090501 Pinterest wants to insert itself further into its users’ everyday workflows, so the company has rolled out today a new way to jazz up your Google Chrome web browser with a little bit of “inspirational” imagery. With its second Chrome extension, Pinterest can now insert a full-color Pin onto your New Tab page, which you can click on to be redirected to Pinterest’s website… Read More