Tim Draper Wants To Split California Into Pieces And Turn Silicon Valley Into Its Own State

TechCrunch has learned about noted technology investor Tim Draper’s plan to split California into six separate states, including a Northern California slice appropriately named “Silicon Valley.” Draper shared his vision with TechCrunch tonight. He says he’s submitting a polished version to the state’s Attorney General in the form of a ballot proposition proposal within the […]

Messaging App Line Launches C2C Marketplace Line Mall In Japan

Messaging app Line began the limited rollout of its new C2C e-commerce platform Line Mall today. The app, which is now available for download in Japan’s Google Play store, is a sign that the service is doubling down on its efforts to increase engagement among users as it competes with WeChat, WhatsApp and other popular messaging […]

Rocket Internet Partners With African Telecom Operator MTN To Invest €300M in Middle East Startups

MTN Group and Rocket Internet announced that they have formed a new joint venture to invest in startups in the Middle East, with a focus on e-commerce. The two companies will each hold a 50% stake in Middle East Internet Holding (MEIH). The announcement follows another partnership, concluded earlier this week, between MTN, Rocket Internet and Millicom International Cellular, […]

Taxibeat Raises $4M From Hummingbird To Scale Its ‘Marketplace’ Taxi App

Taxibeat, an iOS and Android taxi app with an innovative approach to hailing a cab (which works particularly well in emerging markets), has secured a new $4 million funding round from London-based Hummingbird Ventures. The startup previously raised $3 million from private investors and has been expanding its services across urban centres in European cities […]

Animated Avatar Messaging App Zoobe Monetises With Shop Featuring Smurfs

Avatar messaging applications have had some successes. The Talking Tom apps for kids have been a smash hit for Outfit7 and spawned many off-shoots. Others like Headcast created bespoke apps for celebrities. Xtranormal, sadly, closed this year. But Zoobe, a startup which has come up with the different approach of creating of animated avatars for […]

Hackers hit China’s central bank

19 December 2013 Last updated at 06:27 ET Bitcoins are starting to be used to pay for real world goods and services China’s central bank has been hit by a hack attack that briefly made its website unreachable. The attack is thought to have been in retaliation for government action to restrict trading in bitcoins. […]

Web archive goes live but not online

19 December 2013 Last updated at 08:06 ET The archive can only be viewed in six UK libraries A major archive of British websites has gone live – but not on the web. Instead, the project can only be accessed in person from a terminal in one of the British Isles’ six biggest libraries. It […]

Microsoft boss gives cow via Reddit

19 December 2013 Last updated at 12:49 ET A picture included with the package revealed who had sent it Microsoft chairman Bill Gates has donated a cow as part of Reddit’s Secret Santa gift exchange programme. He bought the $500 (£305) cow from charity Heifer International on behalf of a Reddit user known as NY1227 […]

40 million hit in Target card heist

19 December 2013 Last updated at 15:17 ET The cyber thieves managed to infiltrate card swipe systems at Target stores Payment details from up to 40 million credit cards could have been stolen after they were used in the stores of US retail giant Target. The retailer said it was investigating after discovering that thieves […]

Crowd-funded Lego car powered by air

19 December 2013 Last updated at 11:06 ET By Jane Wakefield Technology reporter Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. A car made from Lego blocks and powered by air. An air-powered car built of Lego, that can reach a top speed of around 20km/h (12mph) has hit the roads of Melbourne. It […]

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