Author: Henry Pickavet

Data on a street corner

[embedded content] This week on CTRL+T, we talk MoviePass’s tracking drama and the way the local world works – media-style. We’re joined in the studio by Eric Eldon, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Hoodline (and former co-editor of TechCrunch and therefor my former boss). Hoodline is a local news site that covers hoods in San Francisco and Oakland “near you.” As in down the street from where you are. We talks the local news media landscape and a new data wire service that Hoodline just launched to make your hood even more your...

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A ‘Black Panther’ moment

This week we’re bringing you a special edition of CTRL+T, the podcast that examines TechCrunch stories through a cultural lens. You might have heard that Marvel released a film called Black Panther last week and it saw near-record crowds descend on theaters all over the world. The CTRL+T podcast team was among them. We headed to Oakland on an unseasonably cold-for-California evening and waited in line at the Grand Lake Theater for about 90 minutes. While in that line, we talked to a few people to see how they felt about this Black Panther moment in time — with the...

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One week in Las Vegas

Practice Fusion, once poised for a blockbuster IPO, sells at a loss to Allscripts 25 minutes ago by Connie Loizos Udacity and Baidu offer free intro course for Apollo self-driving platform 39 minutes ago by Darrell Etherington Sony CES 2018 live blog 54 minutes ago by Brian Heater Qualcomm shows off a chip for the next generation of Bluetooth earbuds 54 minutes ago by Brian Heater Samsung will add Bixby to its 2018 smart TVs 1 hour ago by Greg Kumparak Google is fixing an error that led to smaller sites disappearing from Google News 1 hour ago by Ingrid Lunden Hulu renews ‘Runaways’ and...

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The identity politics of emoji

Welcome back to CTRL+T, TechCrunch’s latest weekly podcast in which Megan Rose Dickey and I pick the stories we thought were interesting enough to talk to you about. This week we wondered if cell phones can adversely affect your health (or kill you), the goggles of Magic Leap and the problem Twitter has with the hateful people on its platform. Then later in the ep, Megan chats up Jeremy Burge, the Aussie founder of Emojipedia. Importantly, they talk about whether the plural of “emoji” is “emoji” or “emojis.” You know you’ve been wondering. They also discussed the need for...

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The TechCrunch Podcast: Augmented reality’s promise

Welcome back to the TechCrunch Podcast, where we take a deeper dive into the hottest topics coming down tech’s pike. In this episode, Founders Fund partner Cyan Banister and Super Ventures managing partner Matt Miesnieks joined TechCrunch editor-in-chief Matthew Panzarino to talk the past, present and future of augmented reality. The main question, of course, is why now? Why are we seeing the likes of Facebook, Apple and other similar big companies hopping on the AR train? Because it’s starting to work. So maybe the question really is “why not?” Comparisons between AR and VR abound, with our guests this week very much in AR’s corner. With...

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The TechCrunch Podcast: Silicon Valley’s low emotional EQ and, no, not Zuck for president

Om Malik, the venerable entrepreneur, writer and now investor, joined TechCrunch editor-in-chief Matthew Panzarino for our second episode of The TechCrunch Podcast. In 2006, Malik turned his personal tech blog GigaOm into a business to track the tech industry. In that time he watched the industry evolve rapidly with the pace of innovation. But there’s a problem with that pace, he says, which is that the big companies like Google, Amazon and Apple are trudging ahead without considering the effects of technology on consumers. “We need emotional intelligence in the Valley and we don’t have it. We’re so focused...

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The TechCrunch Podcast: E-bikes and the slow-burn disruption of cities

Cities are becoming more crowded, people are buying more cars and mass transit is reaching capacity. At some point, there will be no room to move. That’s where bikes come in. Even better, that’s where e-bikes come in. So says Horace Dediu, an analyst and self-described disruption theorist, and Hong Quan, president of Karmic Bikes, want you to believe. They joined TechCrunch Editor-in-Chief Matthew Panzarino to talk about electrified wheels and whether they have a chance to thrive in car culture. Traction for this form of electrified transportation in the U.S. is slow. There isn’t enough density, says Quan,...

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Announcing the new TechCrunch Podcast

Today we’re happy to announce the imminent launch of our newest show on the TechCrunch Podcast Network. Each episode of The TechCrunch Podcast will treat you to an in-depth conversation between leaders of industry and one of your favorite writers or editors. These will be the stories behind the stories you read every day on the site. The big ideas that often get missed in the crush of the unrelenting news cycle. The first episode, which drops Wednesday, July 5, will feature not one but two e-bike enthusiasts who will discuss the future of the industry and why we...

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