Author: Jordan Crook

About.com rebrands to Dotdash

About.com, one of the internet’s oldest and most familiar websites, is about to fully fade to memory. The IAC-based company has been slowly dismantling its content from an all-in-one site to branded vertical sites, including Verywell (Health), Lifewire (Tech), The Balance (personal finance), The Spruce (home and food) and ThoughtCo (education). And today, About.com is ditching its old name for a new one: Dotdash. Fun fact: DotDash is the letter “A” in Morse Code. CEO Neil Vogel, who has led the transition of the company since 2014, told TechCrunch that Dotdash is an homage to the little red dot...

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Ballz is my new digital enemy and favorite mobile game

I’ve played my fair share of iPhone games, but few have taken over my mind and life like Ballz. From Ketchapp, Ballz is about as simple as it is infuriating. It’s a mix between old-school Pong and Threes. The player starts with a single ball at the bottom of the screen and a number of blocks, each with a number, floating at the top of the screen. Pulling back with a finger and releasing shoots the ball at the desired angle, hitting the blocks and, eventually, crushing them into non-existence. The numbers on the blocks signify the amount of...

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Meet four of the startups in the Founder Spotlight at TC Disrupt NY

At Disrupt NY in May, we’re launching the Founder Spotlight, where startup founders will be able to tell the human story behind their company. We’ve already revealed a handful of those companies, and today we’re excited to tell you about the rest of them. Bowery Farming is a startup looking to change the way we grow food. With the global population growing, and extreme weather and pollution threatening outdoor agriculture, Bowery Farming uses vertical, indoor farms to grow food in an efficient, clean and sustainable fashion. With a combination of robotics, LED lighting, computer vision, sensors and data analytics,...

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Air Tailor, an ERA-backed startup, offers on-demand clothing alterations

Almost nobody looks forward to going to the tailor. For one, you have to trek your clothes to and from this place — in metropolitan centers where walking/biking is a primary source of transportation, this becomes compounded. Plus, pricing isn’t always clear at local tailors and turnaround time is anyone’s guess. Enter Air Tailor, a new startup graduating from the Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator today. Air Tailor is an on-demand clothing alterations and repair platform that offers a single logistics and order management system to a network of tailors nationwide as well as Air Taylor users. Here’s how it works:...

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Token, with $2.5 million in funding, wants to help you find the perfect gift

There is nothing better than giving someone the perfect gift. So it’s only natural that giving the wrong gift, for which you searched tirelessly and still came up short, is one of the worst feelings in the world. That’s where Token comes in. The startup, launching publicly today from the Human Ventures startup studio, wants to take on the challenge of gift-giving with a little help from AI. Here’s how it works: Users download the app and enter a bit of information about the gift recipient, including style, their relationship to the gift giver, the gift-giving occasion, and budget....

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WeWork’s office domination continues with the launch of the Services Store

WeWork, the co-working giant closing on 100,000 members, is today launching the WeWork Services store. In short, the NY-based behemoth wants to take over the world by way of the office, and is now focusing in on office tools instead of just the space. Much like your old-fashioned app store, WeWork Services Store gives members easy access to a broad suite of enterprise services, oftentimes with exclusive deals. WeWork has long served its members with deals on enterprise software as the company leverages its massive base of members to get discounts and exclusive offers from folks like Amazon AWS and more. With the launch of the Services Store, WeWork can now serve those deals and other enterprise software as a part of the WeWork membership. Here’s how it works: A member logs in to the WeWork website and clicks into the Services Store. Enterprise services like Slack, Hive, InVision, Box and more are organized by use-case and feature their own reviews from existing WeWork members. For WeWork’s streamlined partners, users can simply purchase software from the WeWork site like any other e-commerce transaction, and the software automatically gets information about the number of seats, name, and billing. For the CEO, that transaction is reflected as part of the WeWork invoice for that month. People have long believed that WeWork is just for small to medium-sized businesses, and that eventually,...

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Dairy might have snuck into Soylent 1.8 powder, prompting recall

Soylent, the meal replacement drink/powder that frees people from the pesky task of eating so they can “use less, do more,” has recalled its Soylent 1.8 powder over the potential presence of dairy. Soylent 1.8 is specifically listed on the company’s website as “lactose-free.” Whoops. The company said in a statement on the FDA website that it is voluntarily recalling 890 boxes of Soylent 1.8 powder after it came to Soylent’s attention that a small amount of dairy, in the form of whey powder, may have been incorporated into one production lot during manufacture at a third-party facility. It’s offering a...

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The TC Meetup + Pitch-off goes down in Seattle on June 22

There is nothing quite like Seattle in June. Everything is green, the sun shines, and the air is crisp. And, of course, TechCrunch heads into town for the annual TC Meetup + Pitch-off. Just as we have the past couple of years, TechCrunch is hitting up Seattle to hear about the latest and greatest startups the Emerald City has to offer. For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, allow me to explain: The TC Meetup + Pitch-off is an event where TC brings folks together from the local tech community to network and to enjoy...

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