CrunchWeek: Alibaba’s IPO, Minecraft, And Sarah Gets A ManServant | TechCrunch

Happy Friday, everyone, and welcome to another episode of CrunchWeek. This time around the table, TechCrunch’s Sarah Buhr , Ryan Lawler  and myself discussed Alibaba’s massive IPO , Microsoft picking up Minecraft for a few dollars , and why Sarah had someone hold an umbrella for her .

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Keyboard apps make typing a breeze in iOS 8

Keyboard apps make typing a breeze in iOS 8 SAN FRANCISCO — Swipe it, type it, set a shortcut, grab a dictionary perfect for texting from your favorite sporting event: Typing on new Apple gadgets gets a lot easier with iOS 8. Check out this story on

10 Things We Want From Our Vendors

The toughest part of any vendor negotiation is determining who is going to accept what amount of risk for what price. Buyers want the vendor to take on maximum risk for as little money as possible. Vendors want to assume as little risk for as many dollars as possible. What you need is for your vendors to have some skin in the game, so that they will share in the success or failure of whatever project, service, or hardware they are providing. This can be achieved by putting fees at risk in the SLA, so that a vendor that does not achieve a certain score on a KPI or SLA must reduce its fees by a certain percentage.

In Silicon Valley, Awe, Dread and Hope for Alibaba

“Ultimately if you’re a venture person what you hope for one day is to have a bidding war occur for one of your companies,” Mr. Agrawal said. “Having Alibaba is a good thing for the venture industry because long term I think they will be aggressive in the US market.”


Are we simply the sum of our experiences? Or can we choose our own path? In this hour, TED speakers share stories of undergoing remarkable transformations despite extraordinary challenges.

IOS 8 How To Guide - iPhone Wiki Guide - IGN

iOS 8 has arrived, and IGN is here to help with a complete How To guide for everything you'd ever want to do with your new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. iOS 8 is the most recent iteration of Apple's tablet and iPhone operating system. iOS 8 officially launched September 18, 2014. 

360° Drop & Scratch Protection For Your Beloved iPhone 6

360° Drop & Scratch Protection For Your Beloved iPhone 6

A Unique Fingertip Sensor Helps Robots Touch The World Around Them | TechCrunch

In Platt’s experiments, a Baxter robot from MIT spinout Rethink Robotics was equipped with a two-pincer gripper, one of whose pincers had a GelSight sensor on its tip. Using conventional computer-vision algorithms, the robot identified the dangling USB plug and attempted to grasp it. It then determined the position of the USB plug relative to its gripper from an embossed USB symbol. Although there was a 3-millimeter variation, in each of two dimensions, in where the robot grasped the plug, it was still able to insert it into a USB port that tolerated only about a millimeter’s error.

Microsoft delays Xbox One launch in China - GeekWire

“At Xbox, we pride ourselves on delivering first rate gaming and entertainment experiences and to allow us to deliver on that promise we need to reschedule the launch of Xbox One,” Microsoft said in a statement. “Working with our partner, BesTV, we look forward to launching in China by the end of this year.”

Netflix Is Finally Coming To Linux Without The Need For Hacky Tricks | TechCrunch

If you’re sitting in the itty-bitty overlapping sliver on the Venn diagram of “People who use Ubuntu” and “People who can’t figure out how to use user agent spoofing and other trickery to make Netflix work on Ubuntu” — good news! Netflix is likely (finally) coming to Ubuntu soon.

NYSE Traders Weigh In On Alibaba’s IPO | TechCrunch

We were on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange this morning for Alibaba’s debut. The Chinese e-commerce company had the biggest initial public offering ever for a U.S.-listed company, and its share price jumped another 36 percent when it opened at $92.70 . (After approaching $100, the stock closed at $93.89.)

Mixing it up with the ultra-powerful Blendtec Designer 725 (pictures) - CNET

Mixing it up with the ultra-powerful Blendtec Designer 725 (pictures)

The Big Picture On Digital Receipts | TechCrunch

What’s happening with digital receipts? The answer to that is a lot. The last five years or so have seen an explosion of ideas surrounding the capture, management and storage of digital receipts. There has been a mad rush by startups and merchants trying to capitalise on the enthusiasm typically generated by a new and innovative concept, and it seems, in the process, they have lost sight of the main beneficiary and owner of the receipt – the consumer.

How to Ditch Android and Join the Apple Side | WIRED

One of the things I love about getting a new handset is the chance to start fresh. But some folks like to keep their favorite photos, videos, and music on their device, always. No sweat. If that’s you, you’ll want to first download them onto your computer (connect your Android device and then sync using Outlook or Exchange) and transfer them onto your iPhone via iTunes. To do this, connect your iPhone via USB or over WiFi and launch iTunes, click “Sync with Phone,” then choose the media you want on your new phone (you can select from books, movies and TV shows, notes, photos, audio content, and more).

Need Room Service? A Google-Backed Robot May Knock at Your Door

Among the robot’s tricks, Botlr can call an elevator by tapping into the hotel’s wifi, board the elevator, and then order the elevator to a specific floor without ever touching the control pad. Botlr is in a test run four days a week at the Cupertino Aloft. Savioke plans to open up the pilot program to other hotels some time next year. The company aims to sell Botlr as a service and charge a monthly fee that includes maintenance of the devices.

Three devs, one house, a corgi and a dream

After a dozen or more years apiece kicking around the AAA side of the games industry, the three men behind Ragtag Studio embraced independence. They've spent the last two-plus years working on Ray's the Dead , a cartoonish zombie adventure that is about to conclude an already-funded Kickstarter campaign (which ends Sunday), but going indie brings new challenges and necessary sacrifices. For all three, that's meant a long span without salaries. But for co-founders Chris Cobb and Matt Carter, it's also meant moving halfway across the country from Chicago to Dallas and combining their families within a single rented home, which now houses four adults, the Carters' infant daughter, the Cobbs' corgi, and the Ragtag office. It's a premise fit for a reality show-but in fact, it's simply their reality for the next year or so, at least. Call it a Hail Mary of a life change, done in an effort to finish the game following a taxing year-plus that saw a first Kickstarter attempt flatline , family members arrive and depart, and development slow to a crawl. But can this grand gamble really bring Ray's the Dead to life? Ray's The Dead Ups and downs The three men behind Ragtag Studio all know the AAA side of the development world well.

Our iPhone 6 Plus unboxing photos and first impressions

Here are our first photos of the iPhone 6 Plus, and with more than 50 photos, it’s our most exhaustive unboxing photos of an Apple device till date. I have tried to capture various aspects of the device in addition to the unboxing, so let me know what you think. And please excuse my amateurish DSLR skills. We will be sharing more photos and hands-on videos during the day so do stay tuned!

3 Things to Know Before Embarking on an International Job Assignment

For Huston, living and working abroad means being on a work permit, which can add an extra layer of stress. "We all have days when we fantasize about quitting our jobs," she says, explaining that the stakes for such decisions are much higher when you’re on an employer-sponsored work visa. "On a work permit, this can add anxiety. It also makes tax returns really complicated," she adds. "Ask your company to cover the cost of an accountant."

Master Chief (Possibly) Spotted in Destiny - IGN

Now Reading Master Chief (Possibly) Spotted in Destiny

Apple's iOS 8 Keyboard Gets Flooded With Replacements

Devindra Hardawar at VentureBeat tested three, third-party keyboard apps — Swype, SwiftKey and Fleksy — against Apple’s Quick Type. He couldn’t find a single player that beat out the others, but concluded that choice over Apple’s predictive keyboard was generally better. In trying SwiftKey on an iPhone I’ve found the service is faster to type with its Swype-like “Flow” feature, and a little smarter at predicting words.

White House Fence-Jumper Made It Inside Before Getting Caught [VIDEO]

The Secret Service is coming under renewed scrutiny after a man scaled the White House fence, and made it all the way through the front door before he was apprehended.

Alibaba Threw A Crazy Party At Its Headquarters To Celebrate Yesterday's IPO

 2014 will go down in history as a great day for the market, trading, and getting rich. That night Alibaba Group employees and Tencent Tech got together at Alibaba's headquarters, “Taobao City," for a once-in-a-lifetime sleepless night.

Ellison’s Been Paid Billions as Oracle CEO; His Stake Is Worth a Lot More

His large annual option grants prompted complaints from shareholders. In each of the past two years, Oracle holders have opposed the company’s executive compensation plan in advisory votes. In July, Oracle cut Ellison’s option grant for the fiscal year ending next May, to three million options, from the seven million he received in each of the prior eight years.

U.S. judge awards $40.7 million in SEC case over bitcoin Ponzi scheme

How can bitcoin possibly be a “ponzi scheme” when a) there is no “bitcoin fund manager” asking you to purchase them from him, guaranteeing you a profit, and then mismanaging your holdings/funds, b) There is no question whether or not the bitcoins you purchase actually existed and held a verifiable cash value at the time of purchase, and c) The value of your bitcoin investment does not rely of the actions of a “fund manager” or “management team”, but rather on the determination of public utilization and market demand of the current and future numbers of bitcoins in circulation. That is much more closely related to forex trading than a “ponzi scheme”

Tech Time Warp of the Week: A Look Back at Larry Ellison's Most Outrageous Moments as a CEO | WIRED

Oracle founder and all-around Silicon Valley legend Larry Ellison is stepping down as CEO of the world’s most frighteningly powerful database company after 37 years at the helm. And though this is largely ceremonial—he will no doubt continue to run Oracle for the rest of his life and from beyond the grave—it provides a good excuse to remember the man’s most colorful moments. If that’s the right term.

From Steve Jobs costumes to Batman: What the launch of the iPhone 6 looked like worldwide

During an Apple product launch, you can expect two things: insanely long lines and then photos of jubilation as the first people emerge with the cradle of civilization — err, an iPhone — wrapped neatly in a white box and tucked in a white drawstring bag. People go to desperate lengths to become the first in line and get that prized image; one guy even flew from California to Australia to be the first person in the world to receive an iPhone 6.

Mirantis wants to part ways with Red Hat and it's easy to see why

More OpenStack follies: Last year, Red Hat invested in Mirantis, then things went sideways and the two companies were more enemies than partners which made everything awkward.

Oculus Execs Believe Controllers Are The Missing Link In Virtual Reality | TechCrunch

During the Q&A I asked what the execs thought were the advantages and disadvantages of different input devices like dual-wielding nunchuks, motion tracking, and gloves, and which is each of their favorites. Luckey responded that a great device for guns is not the same as a great device for swords is not a great device for productivity apps. He said there will need to be a device that’s good for generally interacting with virtual worlds, though. With so many different use cases for VR and different corresponding input devices, it leads me to believe that Oculus will build a platform for connecting third-party input devices to its headsets. This would leave controller fragmentation to the developer community so Oculus can focus on generalizable problems and opportunities that exist across VR apps.

Samsung Galaxy A5: First pictures and details allegedly surface - CNET

Photos and details obtained by Samsung-tracking blog SamMobile show a smartphone it claims to be the midrange A5. The pictures certainly resemble the Alpha. What's more, the Galaxy A5 is the first of three rumored devices to fall into the Galaxy A line.

HTC Nexus 9 rumors claim an October 16th release date

This week MoDaCo’s Paul O’Brien posted a tip from an anonymous source saying that HTC is planning on announcing its Nexus 9 tablet on October 16. Earlier this year, rumors were suggesting a release date of October 9th. Whether this information was incorrect or the date was just pushed back is unknown, but this new information is being considered true.

Make A Frankencooler Pumpkin

This is the step everyone knows. Decide on the kind of top you want to have that goes with your theme then help your pumpkin flip it's lid. One thing to keep in mind. You'll definitely want to carve a shape that helps the lid or top to lock into position. The last thing you want is pumpkin cooler top that doesn't know it's place and keeps spinning around or falling off. Once you got the top off grab a spoon or some family members available hands and get messy removing that goo. My stepson thinks the inside is really gross and nasty so this part is fun for torturing him. Last year I even gave him a pumpkin innards swirly with all the seeds and guts I had collected at a pumpkin carving party:) You'll want to make sure it is nice and cleaned out though so you can put the beverage inside without pumpkin guts. As an additional step I actually rinsed my pumpkin out in the sink to get any left over junk or pieces.

YouTube Invests Millions To Keep Its Top Stars Home

YouTube should also try doing home grown videos with it's own staff in its own recording studios. The challenge is about choosing right and compelling stories that can have impact. Accomplished story writers follow some great technique's but for others from the public i felt that there is a very simple way of creating stories.. I used the software flow chart technique to creating stories with multiple ends based on a single word. Read more here

Getting to know interactive notifications on iOS 8 - CNET

Most of the default iOS 8 apps which are capable of sending a notification take advantage of the new notification type, but what's going to be most interesting is to see how developers implement the new feature in apps. As is usually the case, developers are able to think outside of the box for which Apple designs a feature, and often can come up with some interesting use cases.

Watch the Evolution of the iPhone in a Single GIF

The iPhone's design is famous for meticulous attention to detail, and over the years, there have been some pretty major tweaks. A new GIF from GadgetLove captures how the phone's hardware has changed over the years.

Health Insurance Marketplace, Affordable Care Act

Now that you've signed up for email or text message updates about the Health Insurance Marketplace, you're one step closer to getting the health coverage you need. We'll send you tips and alerts that will help you stay on track to get health insurance that fits your budget and meets your needs.

11 Of The Oldest Living Things In The World

For nearly a decade, photographer Rachel Sussman has been traveling the globe in search of the world's oldest living things. From the Mojave Desert to the Australian Outback to Greenland's icy expanses, she captures portraits of life forms so relentless they've managed to survive eons of planetary change. An 80,000-year-old colony of aspen trees in Utah and a 43,600-year-old self-propagating shrub in Tasmania rank amongst Sussman's unlikely subjects, just two of the many plants, fungi and invertebrates catalogued by her lens.

Scientists Have Simulated Time Travel With Photons | IFLScience

In a quantum regime, the authors say, the paradox of time travel can be resolved, leaving closed timelike curves consistent with relativity. Near a black hole, for example, the extreme effects of general relativity play a role.

Awwww. Dad Makes His Goth Girl Feel At Home In This Charming Home Improvement Ad

By referencing My Chemical Romance and Pierce the Veil I'm guessing that you were somewhere in high school somewhere around...2004-2008? Me too. But it's not 2004-2008 any more and music is allowed to change. Goth kids in the 80's who worshiped the cure probably had "real goths" who listened to Bach telling them to fuck off. Music changes, and the frameworks of our social references change, too. She made a clear reference to Die Antwoord and is doing what EVERY kid in high school does, did, or will do, which is doing their best to form an identity. High school is where it is allowed to be stupid, so I'm excusing her...slightly. She's a dumb highschooler and this is your chance to introduce her to things that don't suck. By telling her she isn't good enough, she will now defend her stupid tastes more. For real, Ashton, either stop calling yourself Goth, find a new term, or put some research into it and commit.

iPhone 6 Plus Camera Review: Iceland

AE/AF lock is really useful when shooting macro shots like this one but also for high-speed photography or any shot you are lining up and waiting for. For instance, if I'm on the sidelines at a bike race and want to get a shot of a biker whizzing by with perfect composition, I would AE/AF lock on that composition ahead of time and then wait for the rider to cruise through. This is quicker because the exposure and focus have already been chosen and your phone just needs to actuate the shutter. 

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Solar City and Tesla Combine Manufacturing Plans | MIT Technology Review

Rive and Musk, who are cousins, also said at the New York event that within the same time frame electricity from solar power would become cheaper in the U.S. than power produced from natural gas. To meet that target, the pair both plan to build two major manufacturing operations that will feed off each other. One of Musk’s other companies, Tesla Motors, announced plans earlier this month to build a vast factory for producing lithium-ion batteries in Nevada (see “ Does Musk’s Gigafactory Make Sense? ”). This factory will supply batteries for its electric vehicles as well as to Solar City. While some lithium-ion batteries and solar cells are made in the U.S. today, the vast majority are made in Asia.

Explore Black Holes and Destroy Planets in the Awesome New Interstellar Game | WIRED

Once your perfect universe is finished, you can pilot your own starship through space. It feels a bit like a NASA simulator turned into a game and—because it uses real science—requires that you travel the way an exploratory crew would have to. Navigating around black holes to avoid being drawn into the void? Yes. Avoiding crashing into various bodies? That too. Using gravity to slingshot around and save fuel? You got it. You’ve even got the option of traveling through wormholes. It’s like Galaga , but with Newtonian physics. There are no pew! pew! pew! noises, but we won’t judge you for making them at your desk.

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OhLife is shutting down We'll unfortunately be shutting OhLife down on October 4, 2014. We started OhLife to help people remember what's happened in their life. But since then we haven't been able to grow our user base or make OhLife financially stable. Because of both these reasons we've decided to shut OhLife down. We appreciate everyone that's used OhLife and supported us. We're extremely sorry for shutting the site down. We have some FAQs below to help out. Thank you for all your support. Thank you, The OhLife Team How do I export my entries? You can save your entries to a text file here: Please export them before we shut down and delete them on October 4, 2014. How do I save photos? The Past page ( has a list of all your entries, so you can quickly scroll through them to find your photos. If you click a photo it will take you to the original version. What if I had a premium account? If you had the premium version, a few weeks after we shut OhLife down we'll refund you a prorated amount.

Destiny is the World's Best-Selling New Franchise Ever - IGN

"Millions of gamers are having a great time playing Destiny and can't put down their controllers," said Activision's Eric Hirshberg. "And this is just the beginning. Destiny is a platform that will grow and evolve and we will continue to work closely with our partners at Bungie to bring a long line of new experiences and content to life in the game."

The Top 25 Modern PC Games - IGN

For the longest time, the task of building a great Batman game had proved to be beyond the talents of most developers. Rocksteady emphatically put an end to that trend with the excellent Batman: Arkham Asylum, but it went one step further with Batman: Arkham City. (Which of these two games would make this list proved one of our most contentious decisions.) By opening up such a large expanse of Gotham to explore, we were at last able to be the Bat: swooping freely from the rooftops and gliding down alleys to terrify and takedown goons with finesse before zipping back up into the night. Yet it’s not merely the freedom of its open-world that makes Arkham City so great; it’s the gripping story, the wonderful cast of villains, the effortless free-flowing combat, and the countless and compelling side quests that all combine to make it the best superhero game ever made. As an added bonus, it looks particularly stunning on the PC. - Tristan Ogilvie

How To Build A Massive YouTube Following--With A Message

More subliminally, Oakley, who is openly gay, is an inspiration to teens all over the world who are grappling with their sexuality. He receives messages every day from fans who need advice about how to come out of the closet, or how to support a friend who has, or who just want to applaud his courage. Not that he sees himself as any kind of pioneer. He says that being frank about who he is was a no-brainer from the beginning, particularly on a platform like YouTube.

What Is It Really Like to Work in Social Media?

So you want to be the person behind the social media accounts of a brand? That is great, however, it also means that there is an incredible amount of pressure and importance to your job.

Wonder Woman’s Secret Past

Marston’s interests in deception, sex, and emotion fed a long-standing interest in film. He’d worked his way through Harvard by selling screenplays. In 1915, after the Edison Company held a nationwide talent search among American college students, promising a hundred dollars to the author of the best movie scenario submitted by a student at one of ten colleges—Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Cornell, Princeton, and the Universities of California, Chicago, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin—Marston won. The resulting film, “Jack Kennard, Coward,” played at scattered theatres across the country, in some places sharing a billing with Charlie Chaplin. In 1916, Marston’s undergraduate adviser, Hugo Münsterberg, who ran Harvard’s Psychological Laboratory, published a psychological theory of cinema. (Münsterberg, who vehemently opposed both the suffrage and the feminist movements, is the inspiration for Wonder Woman’s arch-nemesis, Doctor Psycho.) In 1928, when it became clear to Marston that his academic career was doomed, he returned to his earlier interest in the movies. Working with Byrne, who was, at the time, pursuing a Ph.

Why a good book is a secret door

Childhood is surreal. Why shouldn't children's books be? In this whimsical talk, award-winning author Mac Barnett speaks about writing that escapes the page, art as a doorway to wonder — and what real kids say to a fictional whale.

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53 10 Flawless Moments From Beyonce and Jay Z's 'On the Run' Tour
54 Wonder Woman’s Secret Past
55 15 Things That Are Harder To Get Into Than Harvard
56 The Challenges of Emotion vs. Data-Driven Marketing
57 You Get 25,000 Mornings: Here Are 8 Ways Not to Waste Them
58 We made weed butter with a 'magical' machine
59 New York City's 11 Most Accessible Ruins
60 Blogging Nuns, Tweeting Monks, And The Catholic Church's Digital Revolution
61 Silicon Valley’s Contract-Worker Problem
62 Official Plot Synopsis Released for Marvel's The Avengers: Age of Ultron - IGN
63 Widespread Android Vulnerability 'A Privacy Disaster', Claim Researchers
64 With 56 Million Cards Compromised, Home Depot's Breach Is Bigger Than Target's
65 TGS 2014: Here's the New Final Fantasy 15 Trailer - IGN
66 14 Impossibly Chic Cat Houses
67 Terry Gilliam on His Epic New Dystopian Film The Zero Theorem | WIRED
68 Colorado High Schooler Invents Smart Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint | TechCrunch
69 Amazon's $200 Kindle Voyage is the Rolls-Royce of e-readers
70 Worried About Nasties On Public Wi-Fi? This Map Might Help You Avoid Hackers
71 R + L = J: 'Game of Thrones' fan theories to chew on - CNET
72 Internet Trolls Are Narcissists, Psychopaths, and Sadists
73 Why Bitcoin Is Poised To Win Big In Las Vegas
74 LOOK: Killer Whale Crashes Surfing Line-Up
75 How Apple Made Your iPhone 6 Much Less Likely To Be Stolen
76 A Cambrian Explosion In AI Is Coming | TechCrunch
77 js13kGames - HTML5 and JavaScript Game Development Competition in just 13 kilobytes
78 5 Happiness Secrets for More Productive Employees
79 Are You 'The Flash'? Step Into the S.T.A.R. Labs Mobile Unit and Find Out
80 15 Insanely Great Tricks to Master Apple's iOS 8 | WIRED
81 Motorola Moto X (2014) review - CNET
82 Microsoft Shutters Silicon Valley Research Lab
83 Wife of ISIS Captive, Alan Henning, Asks for His Release
84 Intruder was unarmed, seemed mentally ill; Obamas were not home
85 iOS 8 review: Some overdue updates, but well worth the wait
86 The Lost Art of Candor in the Workplace
87 Wearables After The Apple Watch: Still Not As Disruptive As Smartphones
88 THE MOBILE AND ONLINE BANKING REPORT: Mobile Is Pulling Customers Away From Branches And Online Banking
89 Bug Invades Android Browser App, Bypasses Security - IGN
90 Philippe Starck Bike Helmet Looks Like Space-Age Riot Gear
91 How Thought Leaders Approach the Global Health Conversation
92 How 3D Printing Will Impact Your Future
93 Emergency Room Communication Sucks. Could This Twitter-Like Tech Save Lives?
94 Characters - Super Smash Bros. for Wii U / 3DS Wiki Guide - IGN
95 These are the apps you want to try on your new iPhone
96 Creators Of Beats And Guitar Hero Launch Smart Home Startup Leeo
97 The Musk Family Plan for Transforming the World's Energy
98 The Investments In A Wearables Future | TechCrunch
99 Return Of The M&A | TechCrunch
100 How “Soft” Architecture Could Change Lopsided Gender Dynamics