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Google Adds Song Lyrics To Top Of Search Results, Points Searchers To Google Play

techcrunch.com — Google is now displaying music lyrics at the top of its search results pages when you search for "song name" plus "lyrics" on Google - a move that may reduce the number of visits to music lyrics sites that now rank highly in Google Search, like azlyrics.com or songlyrics.com, for example.
Dec 22, 2014

RT @BryFitz: Significant move. "Google Adds Song Lyrics To Top Of Search Results, Points Searchers To Google Play tcrn.ch/1zp3LCH"

Dec 22, 2014

Significant move. "Google Adds Song Lyrics To Top Of Search Results, Points Searchers To Google Play tcrn.ch/1zp3LCH"

Dec 22, 2014

Google Adds Song Lyrics To Top Of Search Results, Points Searchers To Google Play: ift.tt/1wet17p

Line’s COO Becomes Its New CEO As The Messaging Company Targets Global Growth

techcrunch.com — Fresh from launching its payment service and buying MixRadio from Microsoft, Japan-based messaging app Line has announced a change at the top with current COO Takeshi Idezawa taking over from Akira Morikawa as CEO. Line was founded by parent company NHN Japan, and though both Idezawa and Morikawa are its two directors neither is a company founder.
Dec 22, 2014

RT @TechCrunch: Line's COO Becomes Its New CEO As The Messaging Company Targets Global Growth tcrn.ch/13vkgPO by @jonrussell

How To Speak User

techcrunch.com — In homage to my TC colleague Alex Wilhelm's recent entrepreneurial lexis magnum opus, How To Speak Startup, I present its fantastical companion: How To Speak User. Spend an above-average amount of time using digital services and the fabric of reality starts to resemble a curtain that can be pulled to and fro at will.

BitTorrent Tells Sony It’s Happy To Release ‘The Interview’

techcrunch.com — Many have called for Sony to release 'The Interview' online. However, Sony CEO Michael Lynton stated earlier that there has not been a major video on demand service, "that has stepped forward and said they are willing to distribute this movie for us."
Dec 22, 2014

BitTorrent Tells Sony It’s Happy To Release ‘The Interview’ ow.ly/Gi7QE >> Could you imagine the reaction of the MPAA? Priceless.

Dec 21, 2014

BitTorrent Tells Sony It’s Happy To Release ‘The Interview’ tcrn.ch/1wB9h32

Dec 21, 2014

RT @TechCrunch: BitTorrent Tells Sony It's Happy To Release 'The Interview' tcrn.ch/1wB9h32 by @sarahbuhr

The Future Of Biometric Marketing

techcrunch.com — Editor's note: Cavan Canavan is a co-founder of the motion tracking technology company FocusMotion. The current smartwatch and fitness device space is stagnant. The offerings and the devices are a commoditized mess with companies competing for the same consumers - with the same features.
Dec 22, 2014

RT @TechCrunch: We should expect more from our devices than just tracking our steps and sleep tcrn.ch/1zSpdyY

Google Expands Its Android One Initiative To Bangladesh, Nepal And Sri Lanka

techcrunch.com — Back in June, Google introduced its Android One program to improve the affordable smartphone experience in emerging markets. The project debuted in India in September, and now it is making its first expansion to cover neighboring Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.
Dec 22, 2014

The first Android One expansion will see phones go on sale in Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh “in the coming weeks” tcrn.ch/1sZdBcW

News Corp Buys India-Based Financial Planning Service BigDecisions.com

techcrunch.com — Fresh from making its first investment in India last month, News Corp has now completed its first acquisition in the country, buying financial planning service BigDecisions.com as Next Big What first reported. The service is designed to be a one-stop-shop that uses data and algorithms to help consumers in India make better financial decisions, for example related to retirement, insurance, education and home ownership.

“The Interview” Censorship Protestors Screen Chaplin’s Hitler Parody “The Great Dictator”

techcrunch.com — A clandestine invite to a "secret screening to protest against censorship" of The Interview did not lead to a showing of the North Korea-skewering film at the center of the Sony Pictures hack. It did raise money for free speech charity Article 19, though.
Dec 21, 2014

"The Interview" Censorship Protestors Screen Chaplin's Hitler Parody "The Great Dictator" tcrn.ch/1AW2obN published from the theater

The Perfect Gaming Phone

techcrunch.com — Editor's note: Tadhg Kelly is a games industry consultant, freelance designer and the creator of leading design blog What Games Are. You can follow him on Twitter here. A sketch comedy show in the UK called The Fast Show used to have a farmer/bumpkin character named Jesse who would emerge from a shed to declare "This week I have been mostly" followed by something amusing.

Here’s How Microsoft Described Its Newfangled Product Called “Windows” When It Went Public

techcrunch.com — Microsoft shipped the first version of Windows on November 20, 1985. The company went public on March 13, 1986. That means that Microsoft pulled the trigger on its IPO mere months after Windows was first launched into the market. Until today I didn't know that the two events occurred so close together.
Dec 22, 2014

Here’s How Microsoft Described Its Newfangled Product Called “Windows” When It Went Public techcrunch.com/2014/12/21/her… pic.twitter.com/vLHS2jNeQR

Microsoft Removes All Third Party Snapchat Apps From The Windows Phone Store

techcrunch.com — Snapchat confirmed in November that it would crack down on all third party apps, and now the ax has fallen on the Windows Phone app store, which no longer contains any third party apps as Windows Central reports. The U.S.

Living On Bitcoin

techcrunch.com — Contributor Kevin Cruz writes for BitcoinMagazine and so he knows a few things about Bitcoin. But with the help of a BTC to cash service he tried to live for weeks using only bitcoin. I write for a living and sometimes people pay me in bitcoins.

Khosla Ventures Is Raising A Fresh $400 Million Fund For Seed Investments

techcrunch.com — Mega VC firm Khosla Ventures is raising a new $400 million seed fund as it looks to enter the new year with gusto. That's according to an SEC filing showing that the organization, founded by Sun Microsystems co-founder Vinod Khosla in 2004, is offering but yet to sell the allocation for its new 'Seed C' fund.

In War With Publishers, Tech Companies Take Wrong Approach

techcrunch.com — Publishers have been offered a seriously raw deal in the war over content on the internet. Linking to another site is free, and there are few revenue sharing agreements between publishers and technology companies. Supported throughout the development of the internet by leading companies like Yahoo, Google, and Facebook, what might be termed the American model of content has largely won out throughout the world.
Dec 21, 2014

My view – we need better news models RT @TechCrunch: In War With Publishers, Tech Companies Take Wrong Approach tcrn.ch/13rSKTh

Why Is Yahoo Still So Bad At The Basics?

techcrunch.com — I'm reluctant to cite what I'm about to cite. It's scathing. It's scurrilous. It's caustic criticism that seems often overblown and, in some cases, deliberately devoid of context. It's the New York Times Magazine's condensation of Nicholas Carlson's book about Marissa Mayer, and it's clearly an attempt to do to her what Hatching Twitter did to Jack Dorsey.
Dec 20, 2014

RT @mims: Yahoo adopted stack ranking, a management system so destructive even Microsoft abandoned it. techcrunch.com/2014/12/20/why…

Dec 20, 2014

RT @mims: Yahoo adopted stack ranking, a management system so destructive even Microsoft abandoned it. techcrunch.com/2014/12/20/why…

Dec 20, 2014

Yahoo adopted stack ranking, a management system so destructive even Microsoft abandoned it. techcrunch.com/2014/12/20/why…

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The Internet Of Things Is Not A Shiny New Toy

techcrunch.com — Editor's note: Marc Canter is CEO of Interface, a company focused on creating a new set of authoring tools for easily building personalized apps and experiences for the Internet of Things. The Internet of Things is the latest, greatest new buzzword du jour and every major technology company, industrial manufacturer, big retailer and health industry player has declared the IoT to be the next big thing.

Why Retailers Must (But Won’t) Succeed In Introducing Mobile Payment Systems

techcrunch.com — Editor's note: Catherine Tucker is a marketing professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management. In the digital age, it's critical for retailers to collect and manage customer data. This information is the key to providing personalization for any kind of shopping experience, as it allows retailers to understand customer preferences and analyze shopping histories.
Dec 22, 2014

UPDATE: Why Retailers Must (But Won’t) Succeed In Introducing Mobile Payment Systems tcrn.ch/1v7bM7R

Dec 21, 2014

RT @jayeskenazi: Why Retailers Must (But Won’t) Succeed In Introducing Mobile Payment Systems goo.gl/ER8eiG

Hands On With The Blackberry Classic

techcrunch.com — It's been a long time coming: Blackberry's return to its roots. Rather than chasing the pack, Blackberry has brought back exactly what its fans have been wanting in a package that is usable, fun, and solid. But can it save the company?

Instagram Is Now Worth $35 Billion

techcrunch.com — Citigroup raised the valuation of Instagram this morning from $19 billion to $35 billion. The photo-sharing network recently announced it had surpassed 300 million active users, and has taken steps toward cleaning up spam accounts, as well as adding new filters and features in an update this week.
Dec 19, 2014

RT @miriamgottfried: FYI, everyone: Something is not worth $35 billion just because some sell-side analysts at Citi say it is. tcrn.ch/1JhBxgm

Dec 19, 2014

RT @miriamgottfried: FYI, everyone: Something is not worth $35 billion just because some sell-side analysts at Citi say it is. tcrn.ch/1JhBxgm

Dec 19, 2014

So jaded. MT @miriamgottfried: FYI: Something isn't worth $35B just because some sell-side analysts at Citi says so tcrn.ch/1JhBxgm

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