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

Meet The Startups Pitching At TechCrunch’s Grand Rapids Mini-Meetup — TechCrunch is headed to Grand Rapids to host our first mini-meetup and pitch-off in West Michigan. The doors open tomorrow, Thursday May 21st, at 5:00. Expect the pitches to start around 5:30. Thanks to Start Garden, the event is free and there will be an open bar that hopefully serves some great local beers.

Popcorn Time Now Streams Movies To A Browser Making It Scary Easy To Pirate — Popcorn Time has been called the Netflix for pirated movies, but it requires the installation of a desktop application. Not anymore. Now thanks to a site called Popcorn Time In Your Browser you're just a couple clicks away from watching a pirated movie stream.

Vivint Launches A New Home Automation System Complete With A Tiny Doorbell Camera — Home security and automation starts and ends with the front door. It needs to keep the bad guys out yet let the good guys in without hassle. Either a system gets it right or it doesn't, and, until now, I had yet to see a system that's truly impressive.

Spotify Inks Deal With Starbucks Tasking Customers With Picking In-Store Music — Spotify and Starbucks just announced a clever deal to promote Spotify Premium while giving Starbuck customers and employees the opportunity to influence the music played at their local Starbucks. This is the latest in a line of high-profile deals Spotify bagged that puts its brand in front of an important consumer demographic.

Apple Gets Partial Win In Patent Battle With Samsung — US Court of Appeals upheld a lower court's ruling that Samsung copied specific Apple design patents related to the iPhone. However, the court also threw out part of the ruling, and asked a lower court to reduce the amount Samsung is to pay Apple.

This Week On The TechCrunch Gadgets Podcast: Verizon On The Horizon — Can you hear me now? Hopefully you can after a month of silence out of the TC Gadgets Podcast team. But freshly acquired by Verizon, we're back and ready to chat. The deal, which is still subject to regulatory approval, is valued at $4.4 billion.

TechCrunch Is Headed To Grand Rapids For A Mini-Meetup And Pitchoff — Join John Biggs and myself next week in Grand Rapids, Michigan for a mini-meetup and pitch-off. We'll be at Start Garden's new space on Thursday, May 21 from 5:00 - 8:00. The bar opens at 5:00 and the pitches start at 5:30.

Peeple Launches On Kickstarter To Be Caller ID For Front Doors — Peeple is a small camera and sensor that attaches to the peephole on your front door. When someone knocks, Peeple takes a video and sends a mobile notification. With Peeple, co-founder Chris Chuter says, the front door is no longer a blind spot.

Tesla Buys A Company In A State Where It’s Barred From Selling Cars — Tesla Motors has acquired Michigan-based Riviera Tool, Tesla confirms. This purchase marks Tesla's first presence in Michigan, a state where the auto maker is not allowed to sell its vehicles. "We are excited to have reached a deal with Riviera and have a presence in the state of Michigan and bring additional tool building capabilities in-house," a Tesla spokesperson said in an email.

Fizzics Mimics a Keg Poured Beer — Backstage of Startup Alley was a demo of a 3D printed prototype for the upcoming Indiegogo launch of Fizzics. A beer pour delivery system that makes any beer appear and taste as poured from a keg at the local brewpub.
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May 21, 2015

RT @jmalcoun: Excited to join @startgarden @mjburnsy & @johnbiggs for @techrunch's Grand Rapids Mini-Meetup. See the companies here http://…

May 20, 2015

RT @JGallagherFreep: BREAKING: Michigan's unemployment rate drops to 5.4% in April to match the national jobless rate for first time in 15 years #freep

May 20, 2015

When suddenly you have an open spot on your home screen and you’re not sure which app you pocket deleted.

May 19, 2015

Panera bread, where they serve you a side of bread with your sandwich.

May 19, 2015

remember when macbook pros had matte screens that you could use outside. those were the days.

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