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Posts Tagged ‘TechCrunch’

Tom Hanks is King of the Typewriter Apps

HanxWriterAppGranted, it’s a relatively small category. But this week’s number-one-with-a-bullet Productivity and Overall categories success of Tom Hanks‘ free Hanx Writer iPad App proves the two-time Oscar winner can do no wrong.

From Sarah Perez‘s TechCrunch report:

Launched last week, Hanx Writer turns your iPad into an old-fashioned typewriter, offering a pseudo-analog typing experience. The bangs of key presses, hard returns and the chimes that sound when you reach the end of a new line now sit alongside modern conveniences like the ability to correct without white tape or whiteout, and options to print, email or share your documents when complete.

Is it necessary? No, not really. Is it enjoyable to use and well-made? Well, yes.

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NYU Student Seeks to Reclaim the Word ‘Hacker’

DaniGrantTwitterProfilePicThe media coverage began in earnest with a June 26 item on TechCrunch. It continued over the July 4 holiday weekend with a Business Insider feature by Rebecca Borison.

Expect more such articles as word spreads about NYU student Dani Grant‘s (pictured) efforts. Through her expanding website Hackers of New York, she is seeking to realign the term “hacker” with innovation rather than interruption. From the BI piece:

The site is modeled after the popular blog Humans of New York and aims to portray the diverse and unique individuals involved in the tech community. Grant interviews random people in the greater tech community and publishes their picture along with a quote or two from the interview.

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Peekster Adds NYT, WSJ and Washington Post Content

TechCrunch’s Disrupt NY 2014 is in full swing. And to frame some first-day news shared by free UK App Peekster, the site turned to its London-based reporter Natasha Lomas.

As Lomas explains, the App is targeted mainly at 35-and-over print newspaper readers who do a lot of newspaper reading during their daily public-transit commute. To a mix of six British newspapers, Peekster has as of this week added the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Washington Post:

Users of Peekster can whip out their Smartphone and digitally ‘clip’ an article from the paper edition they’re reading by scanning a few words from the headline or first paragraph.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Eldon Out at TechCrunch | Barnes & Noble Struggles | Hall Gets Rude Question

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Co-Chief Eric Eldon Leaving TechCrunch (ValleyWag)
One half of the heavyweight duo operating Silicon Valley’s industry blog of record is making his exit. After a little more than two years at the helm alongside Alexia Tsotsis, TechCrunch co-editor Eric Eldon will soon depart the site. He planned to make the news official next week. TechCrunch Eldon: “It’s time to try something pretty different. I’ve been in tech since everybody wrote it off as a dying industry town about to be fully outsourced, to a scarily mainstream phenomenon. Back in the old days when my media-tools startup got covered by TechCrunch, or over the years when I’ve competed against this publication, we all seemed a little innocent, hopeful and idealistic. The dreams came true. Almost too true.” TechCrunch Clearly Eldon will leave a huge hole, and therefore we’re going to be making a couple of editorial changes to make sure TechCrunch meets 2014 staffed up for greatness. Our esteemed senior editor Leena Rao will become managing editor as part of these changes.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Rose Interviews Assad | Obama Gives Interviews | Politico Buys Capital NY


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Charlie Rose Interviews Bashar al-Assad
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CBS This Morning co-host Charlie Rose got an interview Sunday with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. This is Assad’s first TV interview since President Obama asked Congress to approve the use of force against the Syrian regime for use of chemical weapons. Rose, now in Beirut, called in to Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media In the interview, Assad denied that he had anything to do with the chemical weapons attack that took place on Aug. 21, 2013. Rose also said the Syrian president would not confirm or deny that the regime has chemical weapons. NYT The interview, which was arranged in the last few days amid a Congressional debate about whether to authorize a limited military strike against Syria, will be broadcast on Monday by CBS and PBS. In a sign of the significance of the interview, he was accompanied by Jeffrey Fager, the chairman of CBS News and the top producer of 60 Minutes. HuffPost It is the first interview that al-Assad has given to an American news network in two years. Barbara Walters sat down with him in Syria in 2011. The Guardian It is Rose’s second major scoop of the summer. In June, he interviewed Obama as the president defended the record of the National Security Agency, following revelations in The Guardian regarding the mass surveillance of US and foreign citizens.

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Micheal Arrington’s Ex-Girlfriend Claims He Abused Her

Jenn Allen, the ex-girlfriend of TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington, has accused him of mentally and physically abusing her. In a rambling Facebook post, Allen laid out her claim:

It hurts when you love someone borderline and they can’t feel anything at all for you, and threaten to murder you if you told anyone about the physical abuse – all for keeping his reputation. The emotional abuse was equally bad. On a positive note, it can’t get any worse than this and I can’t get myself of this bed.

In the update, Allen says that she dated Arrington for eight years, but Gawker suggested that might not be true.

Arrington — currently a columnist for AOL-owned TechCrunch — hasn’t commented on Allen’s very serious words, but we’re sure he will. We’ll update when any more details emerge.

Tim Armstrong Refutes Engadget, TechCrunch Sale

AOL CEO Tim Armstrong has refuted a rumor from earlier today that AOL is planning to sell Engadget and TechCrunch. He explained to AdertisingAge that the company has explored outside partnerships for investments opportunities. But a sale? Nope.

“We are planning to invest in those properties, not sell [them]” Armstrong told AdAge.

Now who/what do you believe? Armstrong or the rumor? Either way, there’s probably a lot more to this story.

Rumor: AOL is Selling Engadget and TechCrunch

According to PandoDaily — who cites two sources — AOL is putting its tech sites Engadget and TechCrunch up for sale. The sites would have to be purchased together, and the asking price is a ridiculous $70 to $100 million. For now there are no serious bidders, but Pando says there has been interest.

And because any story involving TechCrunch wouldn’t be complete without a quote from its founder, Michael Arrington, he told PandoDaily the following:

I don’t know anything. No one tells me anything. I am not in the least bit interested [in buying back TechCrunch]. I was Team Pando all the way until Sarah Lacy fired me. That does not change my position on TechCrunch.

Serious question: If Arrington didn’t have drama in his life, would he be able to function?

AOL Loses CTO, Top Engineer and TechCrunch EIC in Same Day

It’s been a rough week for AOL, and it’s only Tuesday. Yesterday Alex Gounares, CTO of AOL, Tim Dierks, Senior Vice President of Engineering, and Erick Schonfeld, Editor-in-Chief of TechCrunch, all left the company.

Gounares had been with AOL since 2010. Since Dierks was hired by Gounares, All Things D reports that the two departures are connected. There is no word on who will replace Gounares, but Michael Manos will succeed Dierks.

TechCrunch, which also lost top reporter Jason Kincaid on Friday, announced that Eric Eldon will succeed Schonfeld.

A TechCrunch Departure

TechCrunch has lost Jason Kincaid, one of the site’s more popular writers. Kincaid has been with TechCrunch since 2008. Earlier today he tweeted, “Thank you to TechCrunch — and all of its readers — for an amazing four years,” and linked to a farewell post on his personal blog:

You’ll note that this post doesn’t have any coy allusions as to what I’ll be doing next. The truth is, I’m not really sure —I’m fortunate in that I have several options, but I promised myself that I wouldn’t make any decisions until after I’ve redeemed the dancing classes I purchased on Google Offers, which will take a few weeks.

So keep watching this space, should you be so inclined. With any luck, I should be busting some moves soon enough.

Erick Schonfeld, TechCrunch’s Editor-in-Chief, bid adieu to Kincaid a few hours later on the site. “Jason has many fans here among readers and the staff alike. He helped to define the character of TechCrunch during our formative years, and he will always be a part of our family,” wrote Schonfeld.

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