Facebook’s Parse developer platform is shutting down today

By |January 31st, 2017|

 One year ago Facebook made the surprising announcement that it was shuttering Parse, the development platform that it purchased in 2013. While the company said they would keep the service online for a year so developers could migrate their apps to a new backend, that time has finally come. In what is probably the last ever --> READ MORE

NVCA chair on immigration orders: “If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu”

By |January 30th, 2017|

 Venky Ganesan, managing director of $4.4 billion venture capital firm Menlo Ventures and current chairman of the National Venture Capital Association, is walking a political tightrope and trying not to fall off. The venture capital industry, financiers to many tech giants, relies on immigrant talent to launch startups, help them thrive and drive their continued success. Right --> READ MORE

Google employees rally against Trump’s immigration ban

By |January 30th, 2017|

 Over 2,000 Google employees rallied against President Donald Trump’s executive order that bans immigration from seven majority Muslim countries today. Googlers all over the country, including at campuses in Mountain View, San Francisco, New York and Seattle, are rallying against the immigration ban. Google CEO Sundar Pichai and co-founder Sergey Brin, who was spotted at one --> READ MORE

Buy tickets to the Crunchies using our Facebook Messenger bot

By |January 30th, 2017|

 Here’s a fast and easy way to buy tickets to the 10th Annual Crunchies Awards in San Francisco: TechCrunch’s Messenger bot. Type the word “crunchies” into our Messenger bot or click here to purchase tickets with just a few clicks. After purchasing the ticket, the bot will also send a scannable QR code. Everything is done within --> READ MORE

Razer acquires Nextbit, the startup behind the Robin smartphone

By |January 30th, 2017|

 Three months after acquiring iconic audio tech company THX, Razer is making another move to expand its business beyond hardware and software for the gaming community. The company has acquired Nextbit, the startup behind the Robin smartphone, founded by Android veterans who had set out with high hopes (and some decent funding) to rethink how to build a --> READ MORE

Trump’s immigration order sends ripples of dismay through UK tech community

By |January 30th, 2017|

 Reactions to President Trump’s executive order placing a three-month ban on entry to the U.S. from seven majority Muslim countries have been rippling out across the Atlantic over the past 48 hours — with figures from the U.K. tech industry adding their voices to a general chorus of dismay. Read More Source: News

Arkamys creates space-age safety sounds for EVs

By |January 30th, 2017|

 In 2014, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration established the very cool-sounding “Minimum Sound Requirements for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles,” which does exactly what it says. It requires that 100 percent of all EVs and hybrids make some noise at low speeds by 2019. If a vehicle can move forward or in reverse without engaging --> READ MORE

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says Trump’s immigration order “is one we do not support”

By |January 30th, 2017|

 Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has come out strongly against the executive order issued by Donald Trump regarding immigration and blocking certain refugees from entering the U.S. Amazon had previously expressed support for employees affected by the order in an email from HR VP Beth Galetti, but the new message from Bezos expresses opposition to the --> READ MORE

Tapping Nas’ former fund manager, Manhattan Venture Partners launches MVP All-Star fund

By |January 30th, 2017|

 Rashaun Williams, a former fund manager at QueensBridge Venture Partners, the venture capital firm made famous by the hip-hop legend Nas, has joined boutique merchant bank Manhattan Venture Partners to leverage his proximity to star power for a new secondary investment fund. Read More Source: News

Instagram Stories is stealing Snapchat’s users

By |January 30th, 2017|

 Good enough and convenient. That’s proved a winning strategy for Instagram’s clone, according to a dozen analytics providers, social media celebrities, and talent managers who told TechCrunch they’ve seen a decline in Snapchat Stories usage since Instagram Stories launched on August 2nd. Read More Source: News