How massive DDoS attacks are undermining the Internet

cyber-security-data-phone On Friday morning, I awoke to find that our company-wide single sign-on and cloud storage was disrupted due to the massive distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack against domain host Dyn. This attack was big, disrupting consumer services like Spotify and Netflix, all the way to enterprise-grade providers like Heroku and Zendesk. Once the dust has settled, it’s likely that this… Read More

Arizona venture-capital investments mixed

Arizona venture-capital investments mixed Six tiny Arizona companies received $23.5 million from venture capitalists in the latest quarter. Check out this story on Venture capitalists injected $23.5 million in six disclosed Arizona deals during the third quarter - down significantly from the second quarter but triple the dollars invested during the third quarter of last year.

Announcing the startups pitching in the TC Pitch-off in Seoul!

TC Meetup pitch off USE TechCrunch is coming to Seoul next week for the TC Meetup + Pitch-off, and today we’re proud to announce the startups participating in the pitch-off. These companies will have exactly sixty seconds to pitch their wares to a panel of expert judges, including TC editors and local VCs. First place wins a table in the Startup Alley at TC Disrupt London. Second place gets two tickets to… Read More

Six reasons to be hyped for the Nintendo Switch (and four reasons to worry)

nintendo-switch Yesterday saw the introduction — after many leaks and rumors — of the Nintendo Switch, the company’s next game console. It isn’t due to arrive until March of next year, which is infinitely frustrating because it looks amazing for several reasons, not all of them obvious. Here’s why I’m more excited about the Switch than for any Nintendo product in a long time. Read More

With its first VR series, CollegeHumor gives a completely accurate overview of presidential history

Abe Lincoln VR How do you make things funny in virtual reality? That’s the question CollegeHumor is exploring with 1600 in 360, a new video series depicting some of the, um, highlights of US presidential history. Apparently, Google approached IAC-owned CollegeHumor about creating 360-degree content for YouTube and for its DayDream VR platform. Sam Reich, president at CollegeHumor’s… Read More

Facebook doubles down on strategy for Live

Facebook Live may not have been the first live streaming platform, but it dominates its competitors. The number of people broadcasting on it in any given minute has grown by four times just since May. To inspire even more people to use it, the social network on Friday unleashed a marketing campaign complete with billboards and a series of TV spots.

Airbnb sues New York City

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30:  Supporters of Airbnb hold a rally on the steps of New York City Hall showing support for the company on October 30, 2015 in New York City. The New York City council is currently debating how to regulate the controversial company.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images) Another city, another Airbnb lawsuit. Airbnb sued the city of New York, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Mayor Bill de Blasio today over legislation that would make it illegal to advertise accommodations that can’t legally be rented out for less than 30 days. The bill was passed in June and signed into law by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo earlier today. New York housing law… Read More

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff on the key to equality

salesforce-ghc Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff took the stage at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing today to talk about diversity and equality. This comes just weeks after Salesforce brought on board Tony Prophet, its first-ever Chief Equality Officer. Equality, Benioff said, has to be something that Salesforce stands for, just like it stands for growth, innovation, new ideas and creating new… Read More

The reality of AR/VR competition

vr-ar Virtual, augmented and mixed reality have a competition problem. But while most AR/VR companies will tell you how much better they are than their nearest direct competitor, they’re picking the wrong fight. The main event isn’t between the major companies; there are far bigger and scarier competitors out there: Status quo is AR/VR’s biggest competitor. Read More