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  1. You Can Register Your iPhone 5S to Recognize Your Cat’s Paw Print [Video]

    That's good. My cat gets a lot of very important calls.

    TechCrunch has already answered the burning question we didn't even think to ask.

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  2. Post Pictures of Your Kids Online, They’ll Thank You Later

    In an editorial piece published yesterday on TechCrunch titled "The Gift of Online Privacy," Cyan Banister calls for parents to think twice before sharing every milestone in their child's life on the Internet. As the title implies, she considers privacy one of the greatest gifts a parent can give to their child. I disagree. As proof, the above image isn't some picture I pulled off the Internet. That's the 20-week ultrasound of my daughter. I'll post a photograph of her in about six weeks when she's born, because I think photographs make a better gift than privacy.

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  3. Microsoft Sends DMCA Requests to the BBC, Wikipedia, and More

    The world of internet piracy and online copyright enforcement is rife with stories of incompetence, especially on the side of major corporations and copyright holders. Many of those problems stem from the fact that the most frequently used weapon of copyright-holders, sending DMCA takedown requests to remove sites illegally sharing copyrighted material from search engines, is automated. The systems in place send an obscene number of notices, including duplicate requests for sites that have already been removed and now, apparently, random requests to remove any site even slightly connected to a company's copyrighted material. For example, a recent rash of DMCA notices from Microsoft asked Google to delist a series of popular, most-likely non-infringing sites, including TechCrunch, The Huffington Post,, and Wikipedia.

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  4. Amazon to Launch Illuminated E ink Kindles This Year

    Despite the rumors that Amazon is going to launch three new tablet devices, the gargantuan retailer is apparently not ready to abandon the ultra-readable E ink display format for their Kindle eBook readers. TechCrunch has apparently been allowed to sit down with Amazon's next generation E ink Kindle and reports that it will feature a long-awaited feature: Backlighting. The new device is apparently set to roll out sometime this year, and could bring an entirely new face to E ink readers as well as the end of reading lights for digital devices like the one pictured above.

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  5. AOL: Hand Over CrunchBase and Nobody Gets Hurt

    Dear AOL, Congrats on your recent acquisition of TechCrunch- there’s no better team reporting on tech these days. They’ve really come into their own over the last couple of years and are producing high-quality articles and videos at scale and driving conversations forward that are important to all of us. I think you’re going to make a fortune selling ads against their content. Well done. Now that I have you all buttered up, I have a request. Within that tapestry of websites you bought is woven a gem in our little corner of the world. It's our very own anthropologic artifact that we’ve been co-creating with Mike and his team over the years. Within its hyperlinked catacombs lie hieroglyphs of startups as they rise, as they fall, as they exit into immortality and as they submerge quietly into the dead pool. It's an invaluable daily resource for many of us. Which is why I’m writing. CrunchBase is not much of a traffic driver within the TechCrunch network of sites, and it's starting to show. Look, I know it's only been a few months since the acquisition closed, but CrunchBase is already getting sad. Page load speeds are borderline unbearable, traffic seems to be sliding and content is becoming stale. As someone who has contributed data to CrunchBase and as a near-daily user of the service, I want to make sure this gem gets the attention it deserves.

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  6. Facebook Removes Ability to Look for Friends In Your Gmail Contacts

    Lately Gmail and Facebook have quietly been waging a passive aggressive battle over whether the information that trusting users turn over to a company belongs primarily to the company, or the user, and the latest volley in said battle seems to have been... volleyed. By Facebook. Facebook lists a number of third parties whose data can be perused in order to flesh out your friends list, including Yahoo!, AOL, Comcast, Skype, MSN, and Techcrunch reports that Gmail is no longer an option, and that Facebook will not grab your Gmail contacts even if you sign up with a Gmail address as primary.

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  7. Geekolinks: 11/7

    3DS American Release Date Was A Photoshop (Joystiq) Amazon is Putting in a Like Button (TechCrunch) How to Make a Papercraft Heather Mason from Silent Hill (Paperkraft) Star Trek Online Going Free to Play? (GameInformer) One More Reason Why Neil Gaiman is One of Our Favorite People (Matter Anti-Matter) Radioactive Rabbits, FYI (Koin Local 6) 10 Bizzare Weapons of the Allies in WWII (Listverse) (pic by Jude Buffum, more here.)

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  8. New Twitter Now Available to Everyone

    About a month ago, Twitter announced they'd be relaunching their site with a new split screen design at an undetermined date in the near future. "The near future" meant today, as the new Twitter is now available to everyone.

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  9. Geekolinks: 10/9

    MySpace's New Logo ಠ_ಠ (TechCrunch) Steam Will Be Down on Monday: DON'T PANIC (Kotaku) New Trailer/Poster for Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Coventry Telegraph) You Can Play Zork On A Bunch of Ereaders (Joystiq) Who Else Is in the Deadpool Movie (Bleeding Cool) Automatic Spirograph Cake Decorator (Gizmodo) NYCC Cosplay Day 1 (Kotaku)

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  10. Facebook’s New Groups Lets Friends Add You to Groups Without Consent

    What was probably the biggest announcement at Facebook's conference two days ago was an overhaul to their Groups, including a group chat feature and e-mail list. There's a problem, though: Users can be added to groups by their Facebook friends without consent, an issue that saw Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg added to a group ostensibly for NAMBLA, the North American Man/Boy Love Association. Along with Zuckerberg, Mahalo founder Jason Calacanis and TechCrunch blogger Michael Arrington also would have appeared to have professed a sudden interest in young boys, thanks to pranksters on their (very long) friends lists. Deliberately shocking as the NAMBLA group may be, these additions highlight what's arguably a shortcoming of Facebook Groups: Any Facebook user can go ahead and add any other user to a Facebook Group without any consent on the other user's part so long as the two users are Facebook friends.

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  11. Reminder: 40% of AOL’s Revenue Still Comes from Dial-Up Subscriptions

    In light of AOL's headline-making purchase of TechCrunch and its efforts to rebrand as an online media company, an interesting note about the company's business as it currently stands: 40% of AOL's revenue still comes from selling dial-up Internet subscriptions. To whom, we have no idea. WSJ:

    While the company continues to invest in its new strategy, its business hasn't moved much beyond its old one: More than 40% of its revenue still comes from selling dial-up Internet service and related subscription products, the legacy business it has been trying to shed for years. ... Advertisers like the idea of making AOL a go-to place for buzzworthy news and entertainment. But they aren't convinced it will work.

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  12. AOL Is Buying TechCrunch [Update3]

    Wow. The rumors are true: AOL is buying TechCrunch, and it's going down at TechCrunch Disrupt right now, with TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington and AOL CEO Tim Armstrong taking the stage to announce the purchase. Update: A few more relevant details: Arrington will be staying onboard for three more years, and TechCrunch has signed an agreement guaranteeing what they say is complete editorial freedom -- Arrington said that "if someone releases leaked AOL documents to us, we can publish them with complete freedom." Contrary to Robert Scoble's surmise earlier today that the sale would likely have to be "between $50 million and $75 million," partly as a means of Arrington sticking it to longtime rival Jason Calacanis, who sold Weblogs Inc. to AOL for $25 million, TBI reports based on the word of a "second-hand source" that the deal will only be worth about $25 million, which would be low based on TechCrunch's yearly revenue of $10 million; however, they note that "It's possible that the $25 million is just an initial payment and that the price could include an earn-out for excellent performance." Update2: CNBC is now reporting that the price was $40 million. Update3: Quite a day for AOL: They've also announced that they're acquiring Thing Labs (maker of Brizzly) in addition to TechCrunch and their earlier purchase of 5min Media. Here's the press release announcing the purchase: (yoinked from MediaMemo)

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  13. Craigslist Pulls the Adult Services Section… and Stays Mum

    Late this Friday, Craigslist removed its Adult Services section for American Craigslist users, leaving only a CENSORED bar where the link would normally be. This comes after months of attention and pressure from news outlets and local governments to close the section, which is widely known as a haven those interested in working or hiring in the oldest profession. It is likely that Craigslist took action this weekend due to last week's letter from seventeen state attorney generals demanding that the section be taken down. However, it is unclear exactly what this CENSORED bar means for the future of the section, because Craigslist has not, as yet, released a statement. But that doesn't mean no one has speculated.

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  14. Google is Testing Search Results That Update As You Type

    No more enter keys for you, mister. Quick thinking user Rob Ousbey made a quick video of a search function that Google is testing with some of its users: searches that update as you type. Of course it only lasted for a limited amount of time, but TechCrunch has done the heavy lifting and confirmed with Google that is is something they are working on.

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  15. Foursquare Had Its Most Signups Ever Yesterday: The Day That Places Launched

    Yesterday, Facebook launched its Foursquare killer, Places, a service that allows Facebook users to broadcast their location to their social network. At least, if you live in America and have an iPhone.

    Compatibility with Windows and Android phones is promised but not available yet. In the absence of a Facebook feature to turn to, it looks like some of those non-iPhone or non-American consumers who didn't realize they needed a geolocation based blogging platform in their lives until now have already found a replacement.

    That is, Foursquare, which had its biggest single day of new user sign ups ever yesterday.

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  16. Facebook Places Launches Today

    Facebook Places was announced in March, a geolocation-based answer to Foursquare, and today it officially launches. An updated Facebook iPhone app (TechCrunch has some helpful screenshots) went up for download last night, and users are already reporting the ability to broadcast their location to everyone they know as Facebook cautiously rolls out the "check-in" ability so as not to overload their servers. Of course, if you don't own an iPhone and live in America you're out of luck. (Or in luck?) Places is currently only available in the US, and Android and Windows Phone apps, while promised, are not available yet.

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  17. Slacking Statistics [Infographic]

    Frankly, we're surprised that this infographic even got made. It was way behind schedule. We just know they spent the whole time on Scottrade, Farmville, and Techcrunch and then threw this together at the last minute. Those... those... Procrastinators.

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  18. Woman Quits Job with Dry Erase Board, Calls Out Boss for Playing FarmVille at Work

    This isn't quite as dramatic as the JetBlue flight attendant who recently quit his job by sliding down his plane's emergency chute, but it's still quite a feat: A young woman named Jenny quit her job by emailing her office of twenty people a series of photos of herself holding a dry erase board and explaining her predicament there. She claims to have put up with her assistant job for a temperamental boss with "bad breath" because she wanted to be a broker: However, the last straw was when she overheard her boss using sexist language to describe her:

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  19. What’s Up With the White iPhone?

    With Apple's announcement that the white version of the iPhone 4 has proved "more challenging to manufacture than we originally expected," comes the inevitable question: Well, what the heck does that mean? Is it something with the glass? Are they delaying to fix the antennae problem? TechCrunch points out that it doesn't really matter which reason you pick. If the white iPhone is really as delayed as Apple seems to say it is, it's going to be bad for the product.

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  20. Google Launching Google Games… with Zynga?

    TechCrunch is featuring an extensive article claiming that Google Games is closer than we think, and that Zynga will be highly involved. Their "multiple sources" confirm that Google has quietly invested $100-200 million in the social game company, forging a social media alliance.
    Zynga will be the cornerstone of a new Google Games to launch later this year, say multiple sources. Not only will Zynga’s games give Google Games a solid base of social games to build on, but it will also give Google the beginning of a true social graph as users log into Google to play the games.

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