Introducing CrunchCoin

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Technology never sleeps. You need to pivot, expand, re-pivot, focus, unfocus, refocus and unrefocuspivot. With that, we are proud to announce TechCrunch’s greatest endeavor since our CrunchPad. Yes. A digital currency that will change consumer lives more than Netscape and Windows 3.1.

Introducing CrunchCoin.

Every new currency needs some sort of “buy-in” to drive adoption. While we think that CrunchCoin will take off on its own, we’re proud to announce that for all upcoming TechCrunch meetups and events, we will only accept payment in CrunchCoin. So if you had an eye on a demo table, sponsorship or ticket, head here to get started with CrunchCoin.

To demonstrate how seriously we are taking our CrunchCoin efforts, TechCrunch employees have unanimously decided to accept their salary payments only in blocs of CrunchCoin.

Furthermore, to emulate the startups we cover, and in some cases respect, CrunchCoin salary payments to TechCrunch employees will vest over…

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Twitter Buys France’s Mesagraph And UK’s SecondSync To Ramp Up Social TV Efforts In Europe

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Twitter is adding more global firepower to its ambitions to cosy up to broadcasters and TV advertisers: it is buying France’s Mesagraph, and it is also acquiring the UK’s SecondSync (a key partner of Facebook’s). It is also expanding its relationship with Kantar, the market analytics firm owned by WPP who was also an investor in SecondSync, as part of its string of announcements today to further its global reach with its social TV strategy.

Mesagraph works with broadcasters in France such as Canal+, France Télévisions, M6, TF1. SecondSync, meanwhile, works primarily in the UK broadcasting industry, where “through our social analytics products, we’ve enabled clients in the broadcast and advertising industries to realise the value of conversations on Twitter about television,” it notes in its announcement.

With both Mesagraph and SecondSync, Twitter is buying infrastructure: instead of building out more relationships in Europe, these two startups have…

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Facebook’s Oculus Buy Will Force A New Social Future

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Editor’s note:   Brett G. Durrett is the CEO of IMVU, the leader in 3D Social Chat, featuring the world’s largest catalog of virtual goods with over 16 million user-generated products.    

Some reacted to Facebook’s $2 billion acquisition of Oculus VR less than enthusiastically, but the announcement is one of the most exciting opportunities for the future of “social VR” a future where virtual reality will help build stronger online interactions through more expressive communication and shared experiences.

The winner in social VR will start with the premise that relationships between people, their need for self expression and emotive communication is fundamental to the VR experience. Social VRisn’t just another take on virtual worlds — the “world” is arguably the least important component necessary to succeed. Many companies have attempted to build virtual worlds with the hope they would become a social environment. Of the few that…

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iOS App Store Prices To Increase In Australia, India, Indonesia, Turkey and South Africa

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Apple has sent out an email notifying customers of App Store price changes in certain countries within the next 24 hours. The company said that it will raise retail rates for the following currencies because of foreign exchange rate changes: Australian dollar, Indian rupee, Indonesian rupiah, Turkish lira, and South African rand.

On the other hand, retail prices for Israeli New Shekels and some price tiers for the New Zealand dollar will decrease.

Despite Apple’s statement that the price hikes are due to forex rates, apps are becoming an increasingly key part of the company’s business as it competes against Google Play.

In its Q1 2014 earnings statement, Apple reported that its iTunes/Software/Services business made up $4.397 billion of its total $57.59 billion in quarterly revenue, representing 19% growth year-over-year and 3% sequentially.

During that quarter, Apple paid out $2 billion to developers, a record amount and about two to…

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SHAME!!! Nominated Senator Joy Gwendo Arrested for Drunk-Driving

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A Senator is among 36 people who were at the weekend arrested by police for driving while being drunk in Nairobi. Nominated TNA senator Joy Gwendo spent her night in police cells at the Muthaiga police station after she failed a test of an alcoblow. She was released Sunday morning after paying a cash bail of Sh10,000 and police said they expect her to appear in court Monday. She was among those who failed the test of a breathlyser as police intensified their operations on drunk driving in the city. The legislator was driving to her residence in Muthaiga when she was flagged down. Officers involved in the operation said she did not resist the arrest and her bodyguard arrived there later and picked up the car.

Outgoing traffic commandant Samuel Kimaru said those arrested on Saturday night are expected in court Monday. Senators Mongare Okongo (Nyamira) and Nairobi’s Mike…

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Healthcare.gov Crashes On The Last Day To Enroll Before The Deadline

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Healthcare.gov is down for maintenance at the most inopportune time according to CNBC. Users are reporting not being able to access the U.S. government’s healthcare marketplace on the last day before the deadline. Technical problems due to scheduled maintenance is to blame.

The number of Obamacare signups is projected to reach 7 million enrollees by the end of the day.

As in the past, when some visitors attempted to visit the website, they were placed in a virtual waiting room until virtual space was freed in the virtual marketplace. Users from several states reported issues and an Obama administration official confirmed the outage.

Today is the deadline to obtain healthcare or face a tax penalty of $95 or 1 percent of your taxable income, whichever is greater. Procrastination is a horrible disease.

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Launched On Kickstarter, Musaic Promises Hi-Fi Music And Home Automation

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Compact wireless HiFi systems are pretty common these days, but what is less common is startups thinking more deeply about how the same systems could move into home automation and the Internet of Things. That’s the implication behind a new system launched by device startup Musaic, recently launched on Kickstarter.

It now plans to go up against much bigger audio-based companies, such as Bose. It’s speakers system is, to some extend, a Trojan Horse for it’s IoT platform.

Musaic is a new kind of HiFi system made up of wireless speakers, which also cleverly extends into home automation, and is able to deliver high quality 24 Bit content over not just Bluetooth but also Wifi.

It works over WiFi and Bluetooth (many systems are just one or the other) to play music from many different smartphones, Mac or PC, and streaming services such as Grooveshark, Aupeo, Rhapsody, Napster…

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How Dropbox Knows When You’re Sharing Copyrighted Stuff (Without Actually Looking At Your Stuff)

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Late last night, a tweet was spread far and wide showing that a DMCA notice had blocked a file from being shared on a Dropbox user’s account.

As of this afternoon, it’s seen just shy of 3 thousand retweets.

What was going on? Was Dropbox suddenly doing something sketchy? Were they suddenly lurking around their users folders, digging for copyrighted material hiding amongst personal files?

Nope. The system is neither new, nor sketchy. It’s been in place for years, and it’s about as unsketchy as an anti-copyright infringement system can get. It allows Dropbox to block pre-selected files from being shared from person-to-person (thus keeping Dropbox from getting raided by the Feds), without their anti-infringement system having any idea what most of your files actually are.

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The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth: All about breast cancer

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On Friday, April 13, 2012, I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer.

I survived the treatments for breast cancer.

The chemotherapy, the mastectomy, and the radiation treatments just about killed me. They call me a survivor. Did I survive breast cancer? I have no idea. No one ever knows if cancer is growing within them – that’s the scary part. The fear of cancer can be immobilizing. How we choose to deal with that fear is a personal choice, but some people don’t believe they have a choice at all. This makes me sad.

I have chosen to confront my fears about cancer and death. I do not want to cover up what happened to me with reconstructive surgery or by wearing a prosthesis. I do not want to forget the insights I had while under the influence of chemotherapy drugs.

Today there is…

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