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TechCrunch Senior Editor. Lover of gadgets. Occasional woodworker. And I live in Michigan. That's about it.

3D Robotics Taps Qualcomm For $50m Series C And Mobile Tech — The race to build the best drone is on and 3D Robotics is today announcing its latest round of financing that it hopes will enable the company to keep its commanding position in the marketplace. As part of the funding, the drone upstart also found a new partner in Qualcomm.

Jawbone Blames Manufacturing Woes For UP3 Delay — Jawbone announced the third generation of its fitness tracker last November but it has yet to ship. Appropriately called the UP3, the device builds upon its two predecessors, adding heart rate monitoring to the mix. The tracker was already delayed once. Now Jawbone tells me that it is having trouble manufacturing the device.

Porsche Will Put A Bluetooth Navigation System In Your Classic 911 — Classic cars are great. The look, the feel, the repair bills. But they often lack the modern safety and convenience features found on modern cars. Porsche has a solution with a radio and navigation system that blends today's technology with the style found in its classic cars.

Samsung SDI Dives Deeper Into Electric Vehicles With Battery Pack Maker Purchase — Samsung SDI is getting more serious about EVs with the purchase of the EV battery pack division of Magna International. Under the agreement, Samsung SDI will acquire Magna Steyr including all 264 employees, production and development sites. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Did Pebble Just Leak Its Color Screen Smartwatch? — Is this the new Pebble? The company is set to unveil its next generation smartwatch tomorrow and the image above was just discovered on Pebble's website. Rumors state that the next version will sport a new design and a color e-ink screen - just like the watch in this picture.

Detroit To Finally Get Fiber-Optic Internet Thanks To Dan Gilbert — High speed fiber optic internet is coming to downtown Detroit thanks to Dan Gilbert's Rock Ventures. The investment group recently confirmed that construction is underway on a fiber-optic network starting in the downtown area. The network, dubbed Rocket Fiber, will serve residents and businesses and will offer internet connection 100 times faster than current services, Crain's Detroit Business confirmed.

This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Smart Watches, Samsung LoopPay, And Bluetooth Toothbrushes — With the Apple Watch looming on the horizon, we simply can't help ourselves from talking about smart watches. This week, we focus on the Garmin Fenix 3, the LG Urbane, and of course, the upcoming Apple Watch. Meanwhile, Samsung is trying to compete in the payments space with the acquisition of LoopPay, and Oral B thinks you might want a Bluetooth-equipped toothbrush.

Announcing The First Speakers For Disrupt NY 2015: Aaron Levie, Tristan Walker And Payal Kadakia — Disrupt NY is quickly approaching and we can't wait. Tickets are available now at an extra early bird discount rate for just a few more days and today we're announcing the first speakers to headline the show. Aaron Levie, Tristan Walker and Payal Kadakia are all well-known in the startup scene and we're excited to have them at Disrupt NY.

Register Now To Exhibit Your Startup At Disrupt NY Startup Alley — According to CrunchBase, of the 126 companies that exhibited in Startup Alley at Disrupt NY 2014, 24 of them have since been funded, raising $90.9 million in seed and Series A funding as of January 2015. And 11 of these companies had raised over $78 million in funding within three months of Disrupt.

Robocoin SDK Lets Any ATM Accept Cryptocurrency — Robocoin released its first Bitcoin ATM nearly two years and today the company is announcing a software pack that enable any ATM or kiosk to accept, dispense or transfer money with Bitcoin. Called Coin SDK, the software pack is part of the company's mission to bring the power of Bitcoin to the masses.
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Feb 26, 2015

@alex listen, friend. i'm going to look so much better at 60 than you.

Feb 26, 2015

But I was going to announce something on March 9th.

Feb 25, 2015

@ryanlawler surely being the mvp of the pro bowl counts for something.

Feb 24, 2015

Breaking: The Next HTC One Looks Like An HTC One

Feb 24, 2015

The sound of everyone pounding out a Pebble Hits Its Goal In 20 Minutes post.

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