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Tax Day Advice From A Bitcoin Expert

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 15:39
As we approach tax day, many bitcoin fans may be wondering how to handle all of their newfound wealth. Given the recent ruling that BTC are property, not currency, things can get kind of hairy when mining, buying, or trading your BTC. What to do? Thankfully, folks like Tyson P. Cross are around to help. The owner of BitcoinTaxSolutions, Cross handles tax returns and offers tax planning with a… Read More
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Hands On With Wello, The iPhone Case That Monitors And Tracks Your Vital Signs

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 15:19
If you’re like most people, you only check in with your vital signs (temperature, blood pressure, pulmonary function, heartrate, ECG, blood oxygen levels, and the like) when you go to the doctor. But what if you could obtain that data more often through a single device that’s almost always in your pocket or purse? You might be much more in tune with your body and how it responds to… Read More
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Nokia Announces Three New Lumia Phones: Two Cheap, One Not-So-Cheap

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 15:06
Microsoft is just cramming this first day of its Build conference with news. New Windows 8.1! Royalty-free Windows for phone makers! The return of the start menu! And now? Not one, not two, but three new Windows Phone-powered Nokia Lumia phones. With these new phones — the Lumia 630, 635, and 930 — Microsoft is trying to cover its bases at both ends of the market. Read More
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Tesla Drivers Are Using Their In-Dash Browser To Keep Up With The News, Quantcast Says

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 14:36
What are Tesla owners actually doing with their in-car web browsers? That's the question that ad measurement and targeting company Quantcast tried to answer with some just-released data. Apparently, the Tesla Model S (of which there are now more than 25,000 on the road) includes a 17-inch touchscreen with a web browser, and yes, it works when you're driving. Read More
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Tindie, The Gadgets Marketplace For Makers, Ramps Up

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 14:34
I met Emile Petrone, the raffish owner of gadget marketplace Tindie, a few weeks ago and he told me that I would like his site. It turns out I really do. Part maker community and part amazing e-shop, Tindie is where good handcrafted gadgets go to become businesses. It's basically a cool place to find electronics projects for you and yours including sections for kids, musicians, and even fans of… Read More
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Ron Conway Asks Tech CEOs To Step Up For Ellis Act Reform, Stop Evictions

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 14:18
Ron Conway, the widely influential angel investor, is asking tech CEOs across San Francisco to support Ellis Act reform, which will help slow no-fault evictions of long-time residents as rents across the city skyrocket. The non-profit Conway started, Sf.citi, sent a letter out to its hundreds of member companies earlier today. You can also sign a petition here. The Ellis Act is a provision in… Read More
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OpenFin Raises $4 Million To Bring HTML5 Apps To The Financial Services Industry

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 14:08
Financial services-focused software developer OpenFin has raised $4 million in a new round of funding to help financial services firms update their technology infrastructure and junk the Bloomberg terminal. Read More
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Microsoft Updates Visual Studio With Support For Universal Projects, TypeScript 1.0 And .NET Native Code Compilation

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 14:00
At its Build developers conference today, Microsoft announced the launch of the first release candidate of Visual Studio 2013 Update 2. While this may sound like a minor update, it's actually a big step forward for Visual Studio and Microsoft itself calls it one of the most significant updates it has done for Visual Studio yet. Since its release fewer than five months ago, Microsoft also today… Read More
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A Closer Look At Windows 8.1 Update 1

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 13:59
As TechCrunch previously reported, Microsoft today detailed Windows 8.1 Update 1, announcing that starting April 8th, the new code will begin to roll out to the operating system's users around the world. It will be a gradual deployment via Windows Update, so don't set an alarm. I met with Microsoft yesterday to discuss the update, which the company likes to refer to as "laser focused" on users… Read More
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Microsoft Will Slash The Price Of Windows To Zero For Phones, Small Tablets

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 13:59
Today at the tail end of its keynote, Microsoft announced two pricing decisions that were frankly surprising: Windows for devices that have a screen size of less than 9″ will cost nothing. Also, a future version of Windows for the ‘Internet of Things’ will be priced at zero. This means that Microsoft will not collect royalties from OEMs on Windows Phone handsets, or on small… Read More
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Microsoft Will Soon Bring Back The Start Menu In Windows 8.1

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 13:50
Microsoft’s Terry Myerson today announced that Microsoft is “all-in” with the desktop. Indeed, while he wasn’t quite ready to announce Windows 9, he did show off how Windows 8.1 will soon get a new version of the beloved Start menu back. When Microsoft removed the Start menu, quite a few of its users were upset, and this move did indeed make Windows 8.1 harder to use for… Read More
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Universal App System Headed To Microsoft Xbox

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 13:40
This morning Microsoft announced a new "universal" application method that would allow apps to be built for both Windows and Windows Phone. The goal here is to write code once, and then almost deploy it verbatim on both platforms -- different screen sizes do demand slight modification. Read More
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Microsoft Demos Its Touch-Focused Office Suite For Windows

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 13:02
This morning at its Build developer conference in San Francisco, Microsoft showed off the coming touch-friendly build of its Office suite coming for the Windows platform. The software, Microsoft assured us, is not done. Included in the Office touch suite are PowerPoint, Excel and Word, at a minimum. The set of apps includes the 'ribbon' interface that is well-known across Office apps for… Read More
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Battery Ventures Debuts Powered, Its Content Hub For Entrepreneurs

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 13:02
Content is the new black for VCs, with First Round Capital, Sequoia, and even Andreessen Horowitz ramping up original content for founders. Today, Battery Ventures is debuting its content hub, called Powered by Battery. There are some similarities to First Round’s Harvard Business Review-style, and the content on the site is definitely more how-to, marketing copy than hard-hitting… Read More
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“Castle Clash” Game Developer Claims It’s Not Behind The Tinder Exploit

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:57
A quick follow-up to the problem with the bots invading dating app Tinder which are pushing people to download a mobile game called “Castle Clash” using fake profiles and a domain (“Tinderverified.com”) designed to give the scam an air of legitimacy: the company behind the game in question is today claiming they are a victim, too, not the culprit. For background, Tinder… Read More
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‘WhatsApp For The Workplace’ App Cotap Adds Analytics, Security And Alerts As Its First Paid Services

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:42
Cotap, an enterprise messaging startup founded by ex-Yammer execs, launched last year with ambitions to be the “WhatsApp for the workplace” — a free app that was as ubiquitous as the popular messaging service bought by Facebook in February for $19 billion, used not just by “road warrior” white collar workers as an extension of their desktop but all employees to keep… Read More
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Microsoft Shows Off Windows 8.1 Update 1

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:34
As expected, Microsoft showed off Windows 8.1 Update 1 today at its Build developer conference. The raft of tweaks and new features for Microsoft's premier platform are built to help the operating system better interact with traditional inputs. The update will begin to roll out via Windows Update on April 8th. Read More
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How Amazon Fire TV Stacks Up To Apple TV, Chromecast And Roku

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:31
Amazon has just announced its streaming TV media device, the Fire TV, and that means it now faces off against other tech giants and incumbents in yet another category. So how does the Amazon TK compare to the likes of the Apple TV, Google’s Chromecast and Roku’s lineup of streaming set-top boxes and new HDMI stick? Here’s a basic rundown. First-Party Content Amazon has a… Read More
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Automated Investment Service Wealthfront Raises $35M From Index, Ribbit Capital

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:30
Financial services as an industry is a sector that is rapidly being disrupted from all directions. One of the startups helping to lead the pack is Wealthfront, an automated investment firm that serves as an alternative to traditional financial advisory services like Fidelity. And today, the company is announcing $35 million in new funding led by Index Ventures and Ribbit Capital with existing… Read More
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Watch Out Netflix, Amazon’s Fire TV Brings Robust Parental Controls To The Living Room

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:28
With today’s launch of Amazon’s Fire TV, the e-commerce giant’s first foray into the living room via a small, sleek set-top box offering both streaming media and gaming, the company will also cater to parents looking to better control what kind of programming their children can access and watch on TV. The feature, previously available only on Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets,… Read More
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