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Join TechCrunch at our 1st Annual Winter Party

Tech Crunch - 1 hour 22 min ago
 If you’re based in the SF Bay Area, you’re likely familiar with the annual party we host with August Capital every summer. After 12 years, that event still sells out fast and gathers top investors and founders in Silicon Valley for an evening of networking and fun.  In keeping with that spirit, TechCrunch will be hosting our 1st Annual Winter Party in San Francisco and add a… Read More

Company builder Entrepreneur First is expanding to Berlin

Tech Crunch - 1 hour 25 min ago
 Entrepreneur First (EF), the London-headquartered company builder that invests in individuals “pre-team, pre-idea” to help create new technology startups, is continuing to expand internationally. Following adding an outpost and program in Singapore, in addition to London, the so-called talent-first investor is setting up shop in Berlin, kicking off its first German program this April. Read More

Google will make page speed a factor in mobile search ranking starting in July

Tech Crunch - 1 hour 37 min ago
 Google today announced a significant change in how it ranks websites for mobile searches: it will now take page speed into consideration as one of its signals, the company says. The change, which Google is referring to as the “Speed Update,” will go into effect in July 2018, and will downrank very slow websites under certain conditions. Though speed will become more of a factor… Read More

Someone is attacking Apple buses outside of San Francisco

Mashable - 1 hour 46 min ago

The commute for thousands of Apple employees just got a whole lot longer. 

The tech giant runs shuttle buses full of employees from San Francisco to its headquarters in Cupertino every day, and, according to a source inside the company, someone is attacking those buses — and breaking windows. 

SEE ALSO: The Apple Car is now just an over-glorified autonomous shuttle for employees, says report

On an internal Apple email thread viewed by Mashable, one Apple employee speculated that the culprit may be firing "rubber rounds" at the buses. At least one of the buses only had the outer pane of its double-paned windows broken.  Read more...

More about Apple, Technology, Tech Shuttles, Shuttles, and Tech

Ellen Pompeo's ultra-candid chat about equal pay is worth reading — even if you aren't a 'Grey's Anatomy' fan

Mashable - 1 hour 48 min ago

Most actors don't like to discuss what they get paid for any given project, but Ellen Pompeo isn't afraid to flaunt the fact that she's finally getting what she deserves after so many years of kicking ass on TV.

In a candid interview with The Hollywood Reporter, long-time Grey's Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo opened up about her 14-year tenure on one of the most successful primetime dramas on television, her fight to get paid as much as a star should get paid, and female empowerment.

Pompeo signed on for two more seasons of Grey's Anatomy in her role of Meredith Grey, and with that deal she became the highest-paid actress on a primetime drama series, with a contract earning her about $20 million a year. But it took her a long time to not only work up the courage to ask for that kind of compensation but to reach an agreement on it. Read more...

More about Shonda Rhimes, Grey S Anatomy, Tv Shows, Ellen Pompeo, and Entertainment

Planning your startup’s acquisition just got easier with Slack’s private shared channels

Tech Crunch - 1 hour 55 min ago
 A few months ago Slack launched a beta feature called Shared Channels, which let two organizations share a common channel. So for example a startup could have a channel that it shared with its PR firm or lawyers. But sometimes discussions between two companies are too sensitive for the entire company to see, so today slack is rolling out Private Shared Channels. Also still in beta, the… Read More

Facebook “Watch Party” lets Groups view videos simultaneously

Tech Crunch - 1 hour 55 min ago
 Facebook’s turning its push for well-being through active, not passive, content consumption into a feature with its new test of “Watch Party”. It allows Group admins to pick any public video on Facebook and show it to their members at the same time with a dedicated comment reel to create a “shared viewing experience”. Live videos on Facebook generate six times… Read More

Nordstrom, Target, Wayfair, and others are having massive kitchen, bath, and bedding sales

Mashable - 1 hour 57 min ago

Heads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission.

Semi-annual White Sales are in full swing. Just like November is known for Black Friday and its sales on holiday gifts, electronics, and more, January is known for its sales on bedding, towels, kitchen appliances, and other home items. New year, new me, new home decor is the mantra now.

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Some of your favorite retailers like Nordstrom, Target, Wayfair, and Urban Outfitters are getting in on the action and giving you the discounted fluffiness of your dreams, so treat yourself or get a head start on Valentine's Day gifts. But hurry — some of these deals expire soon. Read more...

More about Target, Home Decor, Bathroom, Sale, and Gift Ideas

Natural home products startup Grove Collaborative bets niche wins over the Amazonization of everything

Tech Crunch - 2 hours 10 min ago
 Who needs Amazon when you can make your own online distribution channel? At least, that’s the idea behind Grove Collaborative, a natural home care products company that ships natural cleaning brands like Method and Mrs. Meyer’s. Co-founder Stuart Landesberg started the company in 2014 after working with retail brands during his time as an investor at TPG. He noticed how limited… Read More

Mark Zuckerberg wants you to call your congressperson in support of DACA

Tech Crunch - 2 hours 15 min ago
 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants you to call your congressperson to act on DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). Since 2012, 800,000 undocumented immigrants have received DACA status. “Every day that Congress doesn’t act more DACA recipients are losing their status,” Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post this morning. If President Donald Trump has his way, DACA… Read More

This affordable speaker could very well be an audiophile's dream gadget

Mashable - 2 hours 25 min ago

Heads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission.

In 2018, just about everyone has a Bluetooth speaker – and for good reason. Whether you're leading a critical conference call at work or jamming out to your favorite band in the comfort of your own home, a good speaker is crucial for clear, uninhibited sound. 

Taking the standard speaker to new heights is the HiFi MC Micro Portable Music System. Not only is it an audiophile's dream gadget, but it's also currently on sale. Read more...

More about Bluetooth, Speakers, Bluetooth Speakers, Speaker, and Wireless Speaker

The Ocean Solutions Accelerator will nurture companies looking to keep our planet blue

Tech Crunch - 2 hours 27 min ago
 You can’t swing a cat in the Bay Area without hitting some startup accelerator or another, but it can be hard to find one with a mission. That’s the easy part with the Ocean Solutions Accelerator, a new program that aims to help advance startups in tech and conservation relating to… you guessed it, the big blue. They’re now accepting applications for their first wave… Read More

CircleCI raises $31M Series C for its DevOps platform

Tech Crunch - 2 hours 35 min ago
 CircleCI was recently in the news because its founder, Paul Biggar, wrote about his experience at the now infamous Silicon Valley sex party that was also attended by the likes of Elon Musk (who said it was just nerds on a couch). In less salacious news, CircleCI also today announced that it has raised a $31 million Series C round for its software automation platform. Top Tier Capital Partners… Read More

Sketchfab launches a store to become a stock photo site for 3D models

Tech Crunch - 2 hours 35 min ago
 Sketchfab just launched a store so that you can buy and sell 3D models and reuse them in commercial projects. This is a major new feature for Sketchfab, which has become one of the biggest repositories of 3D models on the web. It feels like Sketchfab is becoming a sort of stock photography site, except that it’s all about 3D models. While Sketchfab already has 2 million 3D models on… Read More

Yelp reviewers are spamming Trump hotels with "shithole" reviews

Mashable - 2 hours 39 min ago

Since The Washington Post reported that Donald Trump allegedly asked lawmakers, "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" during a White House discussion on America's immigration deal, the president has been getting dragged.

Trump's offensive words struck a chord with people from El Salvador, Haiti, and countries in Africa, along with many others, and unfortunately for him, some of those disappointed people have Yelp accounts.

Now, angry Yelp users are flooding the comments of Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., with one-star reviews, labelling Trump's establishment a — wait for it — "shithole." Read more...

More about Twitter, Conversations, Politics, Reviews, and Yelp

Instagram is testing another killer feature that could crush Snapchat even more

Mashable - 2 hours 40 min ago

Instagram is not slowing down in 2018.

After Instagram crushed Snapchat — seriously, pounded the app into the ground — last year with its own disappearing Stories feature, the Facebook-owned app is now secretly testing a new "Type" feature that'll let users share text-based clips instead of photos or videos.

SEE ALSO: 12 awesome Instagram features you're probably not using

The Next Web first spotted the feature back in December when it rolled out to a select group of private users in Japan, and now it appears Instagram is testing it on some users in Europe as well.

Mashable reached out Instagram and received the following statement from a company spokesperson: Read more...

More about Instagram, Social Media, Apps And Software, Instagram Stories, and Tech

Set your email free with Mailbird, an organizational app that can change the way you work

Mashable - 2 hours 47 min ago

Heads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission.

It’s hard to keep your email organized. You’re always juggling multiple windows and screens and secretly hoping that your boss won’t notice that you haven’t responded to her last 14 emails. There are too many tasks associated with email, and your existing email program isn’t cutting it. You need to update your workflow with a new application like Mailbird.

SEE ALSO: Ginger Page Premium is like having a personal editor across your devices Read more...

More about Apps, App, Email, Emails, and Apps And Software

Google and Salesforce unveil first elements of partnership

Tech Crunch - 2 hours 48 min ago
 Last fall at Dreamforce, Google and Salesforce announced a partnership. Today, the two companies unveiled the first pieces of that agreement. For starters, Google Analytics 360 users can now import data from the Salesforce CRM tool such as leads and opportunities, among other pieces. This could allow marketers to have a more complete view of the customer journey from first contact to sale… Read More

Google’s Project Fi now caps data bills at $60

Tech Crunch - 2 hours 55 min ago
 Google’s Project Fi cell service never played the “unlimited data” game that most carriers in the U.S. like to play (and which is never truly unlimited). Instead, Google simply offered data at $10/GB/month and would give you a refund for any data you paid for but didn’t use. Now, however, it’s taking its own stab at what is essentially an unlimited data plan. With… Read More

Google’s new G Suite security center gives admins a new perspective on their organization’s security

Tech Crunch - 2 hours 55 min ago
 Google today launched a new tool for G Suite admins that gives them a better view of the state of their organization’s security. The new G Suite Security Center, which is only available to G Suite Enterprise users, features two main components. The first is a dashboard that gives admins an overview of current security metrics across services like Gmail (think incoming phishing emails)… Read More

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