Naspers Drops Off $40 Million For Brazilian Mobile Conglomerate Movile

468265643_fec5123aa2_o The on-demand delivery market has now raised more money in the first four months of 2015 than it did in all of 2014, and the latest beneficiary is the Brazilian mobile application and content developer Movile. The company has received a $40 million commitment from the South African technology investor and media company, Naspers . Read More

The VR-Smartwatch Continuum

ocwatch There’s a lot of enthusiasm at either end of the spectrum for “go big” virtual reality and “go small” smartwatches and other wearable devices. Is the “game-changing” hype of either justified? Or are they overblown? Read More

How Google, Facebook And Others Pay Their H-1B Employees

foreignsalary Legislative debate regarding expanding the H-1B visa program is heating up in the U.S. Senate. H-1B visas allow foreign workers—specifically those in technical roles—to legally work in the United States. In lobbying for an expansion of the current H-1B visa program, Google executive Eric Scmidt summarized, “We take very, very smart people, bring them into the country, give them… Read More

15 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

tc-weekly-roundup1 This week’s tech news included big announcements from Facebook and Y-Combinator, a sighting of the Tesla Model X on the road, a controversial Indiana bill that has tech leaders up in arms, and the launch of Periscope, a Twitter app that has potential to change the way we communicate online. At TechCrunch HQ we launched our new daily show, Crunch Report, a roundup of tech news airing… Read More

Google Takes Its Amazon-Style Starred Product Ratings To Europe To Boost Shopping Searches

Screen Shot 2015-03-26 at 11.45.55 While Amazon is expanding its logistics and delivery business to complement its e-commerce portal, Google is working on ways to make its search experience online more like Amazon’s to grow the number of people who use Google to look for and buy products. Today Google announced that it is turning on Product Ratings in the UK, France and Germany. Product ratings, first launched in the U.S. Read More

UK Chancellor Says “Google Tax” On Diverted Profits Will Come Into Effect Next Month

houses of parliament UK Chancellor George Osborne today confirmed that a new tax dubbed the “Google tax” — because of its aim at tech companies that divert profits made in the UK — will come into effect next month, from April 1. He also pledged £600 million ($880 million) to improving broadband in the country. The 25% Google tax is part of a wider aim of raising some £3.1 billion… Read More

The Back Office Developers

shutterstock_18292468 What are the 5 biggest tech employers in the world? I conducted a survey amongst some tech entrepreneurs and interestingly, almost everyone guessed wrong. Take a second and write down your top 5. If you guessed Apple, Google or Amazon, you’re wrong – and by a huge margin! These companies have approximately 5k-35k developers, almost ten times less than the real behemoths: TCS,… Read More

Vimeo Finally Adds Chromecast Support Via Its iOS App

vimeo Streaming video service Vimeo now works with Chromecast, the company announced this morning, making it one of the more high-profile services to support Google’s dongle-based media player which plugs into your TV’s HDMI port and allows you to “cast” video, photos, music and more from your phone or computer to your television’s big screen. The Vimeo integration… Read More

Vimeo Finally Adds Chromecast Support Via Its iOS App

vimeo Streaming video service Vimeo now works with Chromecast, the company announced this morning, making it one of the more high-profile services to support Google’s dongle-based media player which plugs into your TV’s HDMI port and allows you to “cast” video, photos, music and more from your phone or computer to your television’s big screen. The Vimeo integration… Read More

Koru Raises $8M Series A Round For Its Talent Marketplace

Koru is a Seattle-based talent marketplace that helps college grads find jobs at tech companies by putting them through an intensive business program. As the company today announced, it has raised an $8 million Series A round led by Maveron, with participation from new investors City Light Capital and Trilogy Equity Partners, as well as existing investors Battery Ventures and First Round. Read More
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