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Facebook Launches “Nearby Friends” With Real-Time Location Sharing To Help You Meet Up

techcrunch.com — Today Facebook begins rolling out a new opt-in feature called Nearby Friends. It lets friends see approximately how far away you from them, and you can share your exact, on-going location with them for a limited time.
Funny how just when everyone is talking about The Great Facebook Unbundling, it bundles Nearby Friends into main apps tcrn.ch/1hYXUWt
Facebook didn't throw a flashy launch event for Nearby Friends. tcrn.ch/1hYXUWt Seems it's trying to dial back hype after Home flop
We have plenty of tools for sharing memories online. Finally Facebook built a feature that will help us create them tcrn.ch/1hYXUWt
Big difference btwn FB Nearby Friends & competitors: It broadcasts proximity we're more likely to share, not location tcrn.ch/1hYXUWt
Facebook is introducing a new app feature so you can always know where your friends are tcrn.ch/1hZ2iob via @TechCrunch
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Behold, Murdoculous Rift

techcrunch.com — Pics of moguls wearing Oculus Rift headsets are the new pics of moguls with rappers. And who better to start the trend than media mogul and avid tweeter Rupert Murdoch. According to the fantastic Tumblr " Murdoch Here," Murdoch spent yesterday at NY computer graphics studio Framestore with pals Paul Cheesbrough, former NYC Chancellor of Education Joel Klein and 21st Century Fox chief of staff Natalie Ravitz.

Instacart Could Raise A Big New Round Of Funding Valuing It At $400 Million

techcrunch.com — On-demand grocery startup Instacart is fielding term sheets for a big new round of funding, according to sources. We've heard the new financing could be led by a non-VC investor, and according to one source it would value the company at up to $400 million.
Tech Crunch: Instacart Could Raise A Big New Round Of Funding Valuing It At $400 Million owl.li/2FMhE0
There's apparently big $ in grocery delivery: Instacart Could Raise A Big New Round Of Funding Valuing It At $400M techcrunch.com/2014/04/17/ins…
RT @TechCrunch: Instacart Could Raise A Big New Round Of Funding Valuing It At $400 Million tcrn.ch/1neq8UR by @ryanlawler

Optimizely Brings Its A/B Testing Platform To iOS Apps

techcrunch.com — Optimizely, the popular service for testing out different variations of your website, today announced the launch of Optimizely for iOS. The company says its new mobile tools allow customers to try out different interface and content changes to their iOS apps in real-time, without going through App Store approval.

Announcing The Agenda For TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2014

techcrunch.com — TechCrunch Disrupt hits New York City May 3-7, and we're excited to announce the full agenda. The event will span five days and feature industry titans, noted thought leaders and experienced entrepreneurs. General admission tickets and sponsorship packages are still available. We'll hear from founders like Hosain Rahman, Sophia Amoruso, Yancey Strickler and Niklas Zennström.
Here is a photo of a lot of laptops and also the schedule for Disrupt NY techcrunch.com/2014/04/17/age…
TechCrunch Disrupt NY will be epic techcrunch.com/2014/04/17/age… Oculus CEO @brendaniribe fireside, & I'm chatting w Y Combinator's @SamA...ltman
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ermergerd Disrupt NY schedule - I'll be on stage day 1, provided that nothing changes techcrunch.com/2014/04/17/age…
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Google Launches Home Try-On Program For Glass

techcrunch.com — Interested in owning Google Glass, but not sure how it will look on your face? Google now has an in-home try-on program that lets prospective buyers try all four colors of Glass and the entire Titanium Collection in different colors for free.

Dropbox Acquires Cloud Photos Startup Loom, Service To Be Shut Down As Users Transferred To Carousel

techcrunch.com — Only days after revealing its first dedicated photo management and sharing application Carousel, Dropbox is announcing it has acquired cloud photo storage app Loom, a favorite among iOS users.
Dropbox Acquires Cloud Photos Startup Loom & Document Collaboration Service Hackpad: ift.tt/1qPCLVH
RT @TechCrunch: Dropbox Acquires Cloud Photos Startup Loom, Service To Be Shut Down As Users Transferred To Carousel tcrn.ch/Qhftet

A Million Little Facebook Pieces

techcrunch.com — "In other words, Facebook has failed to invent any new behaviors or even innovate on the behaviors that were commonplace on the service. - Om Malik. Facebook, massive and successful as it is, is no longer a company that defines new social experiences. It either copies them outright, or it just buys them.

In Today’s Messaging Wars, Platform Makers Apple And Google Are Coming Up Short

techcrunch.com — The $19 billion WhatsApp acquisition by Facebook is nothing if not a signal of the significant importance that messaging has in this new phase of online connectivity, in the world where people's "first computers" are their mobile handsets.
Tech Crunch: In Today’s Messaging Wars, Platform Makers Apple And Google Are Coming Up Short owl.li/2FLyQ4
In Today’s Messaging Wars, Platform Makers Apple And Google Are Coming Up Short: ift.tt/1ma32i0

Aereo Launches ProtectMyAntenna.org To Explain Its Position Vs. Broadcasters

techcrunch.com — Aereo is about to present its case to the U.S. Supreme Court, but first it wants to present its case to you. Today, the startup launched ProtectMyAntenna.org, a website designed to inform its users about Aereo's tech, which uses freely offered over-the-air HDTV signals to provide its customers with live and DVR digital TV viewing options.

Hack Siri To Control Spotify, A Nest, A Tesla, And Give Directions Through Google Maps

techcrunch.com — A team of University of Pennsylvania freshmen have turned Siri into the useful companion she was always meant to be. Their creation, GoogolPlex, routes Siri commands through a proxy, allowing their system to add custom commands. Ever want Siri to play a certain Spotify song on demand? Or control a Nest Thermostat?
RT @TechCrunch: Hack Siri To Control Spotify, A Nest, A Tesla, And Give Directions Through Google Maps tcrn.ch/1eDrI00 by @mjburnsy
Hack Siri To Control Spotify, A Nest, A Tesla, And Directions Through Google Maps tcrn.ch/1eDrI00 but will it make me a g&t @mjburnsy

Get Poached | TechCrunch

techcrunch.com — The tech/startup industry is about as incestuous as it gets, and that's without any clear tools to help people switch from one moonshot to the next. So imagine a world in which there are two! Allow me to proudly introduce PoachBox, the anonymous employee auction site, and Underdog, the NY-based site for finding your next employer.

Yahoo Acquisitions Power Flickr’s New Object Recognition Search, Editing And Video Capture

techcrunch.com — Today, Yahoo launches new Flickr apps for Android and iOS. They include the ability to shoot video in the apps, or upload it directly. There is also better search, more detailed statistics for individual photos and a redesigned interface that's had a lot of the crap scraped off of the interface to present you with a more focused version of Flickr on mobile.
RT @panzer: Yahoo Acquisitions Power Flickr’s New Object Recognition Search And Video Capture tcrn.ch/QriBnQ
Yahoo Acquisitions Power Flickr’s New Object Recognition Search And Video Capture tcrn.ch/QriBnQ
RT @TechCrunch: Yahoo Acquisitions Power Flickr’s New Object Recognition Search, Editing And Video Capture tcrn.ch/QriBnQ by @panzer

Oroeco Tracks Spending To Help Reduce Users’ Carbon Footprint

techcrunch.com — I'm the kind of person who cares about their environmental impact ... but aside from basics like recycling, my ideas about how to do better get kind of fuzzy. That's why a new service called Oroeco is pretty appealing.

Apple Patents Android-Like Gesture Unlocking Tech For Mobile Devices

techcrunch.com — Apple has a pair of new patent applications published by the USPTO today (via AppleInsider) which describe a gesture-based unlocking system for iPhone or iPad devices. The system is more sophisticated than existing implementations, however, and includes a number of provisions to make the encryption even harder to frustrate the current methods employed by Android devices.
Apple Patents Android-Like Gesture Unlocking Tech For Mobile Devices techcrunch.com/2014/04/17/app… via @techcrunch
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