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Jason Calacanis Made a News Service For Tech Elites Because TechCrunch ‘Is a Joke’

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Jason Calacanis, tech investor and entrepreneur, is sick of tech news. Up until recently, he was spending hours a day reading the top tech blogs and learning “nothing,” so he hired someone right out of college to read them for him and make a spreadsheet.

“My instruction is to just cover the most important things in as few words as possible,” Mr. Calacanis told Betabeat. “No pull-quotes, no PR bullshit.” Read More

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‘Silicon Valley’ Fact Check: HBO Nails TechCrunch Disrupt All the Way Down to the Nametags

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In last night’s final episode of Silicon Valley, the moment of truth was finally upon us. The Pied Piper team got a second chance to present at TechCrunch Disrupt, after their first chance was spoiled by the vengeful cuckold who tackled Erlich onstage. That makes this the second episode in a row that was set entirely at TechCrunch Disrupt, which begs the question — How does the fictional Startup Battlefield hold up against the real thing?

In order to compare the two, Betabeat spoke to Sam O’Keefe, TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield Editor. Ms. O’Keefe helped put together the fictional Battlefield. We asked her where HBO was spot on and where they played things up for drama’s sake. Read More

The Social Network Effect

Hollywood Might Be Mulling a Twitter Movie So Are You Happy Now, Internet?

Jack Dorsey channelling his inner movie villain. (Photo: Getty)

As soon as the first juicy excerpt of Nick Bilton’s Twitter creation story hit the Internet, people tweeted their little hearts out expressing their hope for a Social Network-esque movie based on the book.

Well, here’s a rumor to keep that pot boiling. Regarding turning Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal into a film, “interest is swirling at Sony and several other major Hollywood studios,” TechCrunch reports. Read More

App for That

Fertility and Fitness Apps Join Forces in the Name of Science (And Anxiety)

Getting pregnant was never so aesthetically pleasing. (Photo: Glowing.com)

“Am I pregnant?” and “What is my BMI?” are two of the most anxiety-inducing questions facing any sexually active woman. That’s why it’s disconcerting that diet-and-workout app MyFitnessPal and fertility app Glow have joined forces–but Glow’s CEO swears it’s in the name of science.

“BMI is a big factor in one’s chance to get pregnant,” CEO Mike Huang told TechCrunch. “If you are too high, or too low below the established norm, it can cause you to have more irregular menstrual cycles and have more difficulty conceiving.” Read More

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Rumor Roundup: Kim Kardashian Might Have the New iPhone and Alexis Ohanian Bros Out

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Selfie study Kim Kardashian could be in possession of the just-announced iPhone 5s, or sunlight could’ve just made her black iPhone look grey. Tech!

Refinery29 spotted a photo uploaded to Ms. Kardashian’s Instagram in which the iPhone that appears looks mysteriously like the Space Gray color the new iPhone 5s will be offered in. That wouldn’t be too much of a surprise, given Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak was one of the first non-Kardashian humans to visit baby North West. But let’s not kid ourselves: it’s been awhile since Mr. Wozniak had any sort of insider pull at Apple and he’s going to be waiting in line for the iPhone 5s just like everyone else.

We’ll chalk this one up to a suspicious choice in filter. Read More

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Facebook Tests Chat Room Feature Perfect For Tween Cyberbullying

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Have a hankering for the sluggish simplicity of Web 1.0? Facebook is here to sate your cravings with a “new” chat room feature reminiscent of ’90s AOL, according to a report from TechCrunch.

Facebook is testing the feature now with a small amount of users, TechCrunch reports. It would enable people to host chats revolving around topics, events, projects or nothing at all. Any of the host’s friends can join the chat without being invited. Read More

U Francey Huh

Pinterest Adds French Site in Order to Become More Insufferable

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Pinterest is taking its well-lit show on the road, expanding eastward to the land of cigarettes, simple carbs and wafting B.O. — France.

The site, which is pretty much Tumblr for basic bitches, can already be accessed in French and a few other languages. The official new froggy version will simply provide more French site links and localized content, according to TechCrunch. That likely means an endless stream of pinned Gauloises, animal liver and American Top 40 hits from the mid-2000s. Read More