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October 2017

Snapchat dangles referral traffic with link sharing from other apps

By | October 23rd, 2017|Technology|

Snapchat is embracing links beyond its native content and will now allow you to briefly disappear from its Snap Map. In an update to Snapchat’s iOS app today it added two important new features. You can now share links from other apps via the iOS share sheet, allowing you to send a private message with [...]

TransferWise changes fees for GBP transfers, introduces complicated flat transaction fees

By | October 23rd, 2017|Technology|

Fintech startup TransferWise has built a solid reputation when it comes to transparency. The startup just announced new fees for transfers initiated from the U.K. And it’s quite hard to understand if transfers are going to be cheaper or not after the change. The company claims that in most cases transfers should be cheaper. But [...]

Countingup, a startup from founder of Clear Books, raises ​$750K to merge banking and accounting

By | October 23rd, 2017|Technology|

Countingup, a new fintech startup from Tim Fouracre, who previously founded cloud accounting software Clear Books, wants to simplify the life of sole traders by reinventing the business bank account. Specifically, Fouracre’s vision is that for one-person enterprises, business banking and accounting software should be merged so that book keeping and filing accounts can be [...]

Ancestry answered the DNA questions 23andMe couldn’t

By | October 22nd, 2017|Technology|

A really awesome thing about being black is that ancestry can be very unclear because of, you know, slavery. Enter DNA kits. In 2013, I sent over my spit kit to 23andMe. After a couple of weeks, 23andMe notified me that I was 71.3% West African. My results didn’t specify which specific countries in Africa, [...]

After the end of the startup era

By | October 22nd, 2017|Technology|

There’s a weird feeling afoot these days, in the Valley, and in San Francisco. Across the rest of the world — Denver, Santiago, Toronto, Berlin, “Silicon Glen,” “Silicon Alley,” “Silicon Roundabout“, Station F — it seems every city still wants to be a startup hub, dreaming of becoming “the new Silicon Valley.” But in the Valley itself? Here it feels [...]

Antisocial media?

By | October 22nd, 2017|Technology|

As Facebook finds itself publicly on the hook for enabling Russian agents to spread divisive propaganda via its platform, be it in the form of fake news, ‘dark ads‘, issue pushing Facebook pages, and even political rallies organized using its Event tools, there’s another side to the story of how tech tools are impacting the democratic process [...]

GitHub’s scandalized ex-CEO returns with Chatterbug

By | October 22nd, 2017|Technology|

Translation earbuds might eliminate some utilitarian reasons to know a language, but if you want to understand jokes, read poetry, or fall in love in a foreign tongue, you’ll have to actually learn it. Unfortunately, products like Rosetta Stone leave people feeling burned after claiming the process should be easy while never helping you practice [...]

OmniHub tries to fix the MacBook Pro’s port shortage with magnets and modules

By | October 21st, 2017|Technology|

Earlier this month, my five-year-old MacBook Pro finally gave up the ghost. After traveling the world and surviving several CESes, it was time to finally lay the thing to rest. I had some misgivings about replacing the old workhorse with one of the new models, not the least of which was the company’s fairly unpopular [...]

Redesigning the TechCrunch app

By | October 21st, 2017|Technology|

Angela Medina Contributor Angela Medina is a product designer who led the redesign of TechCrunch's mobile apps. She's now based in New York City. Over the last two years we have been working hard to improve the experience of TechCrunch products for our readers. Our tiny-but-mighty product team launched the brand new TechCrunch mobile app for [...]