<img width="100" height="70" src="http://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/screen-shot-2013-12-08-at-12-32-55.png?w=100&h=70&crop=1" class="attachment-tc-carousel-river-thumb wp-post-image" alt="Screen Shot 2013-12-08 at 12.32.55" style="float: left; margin: 0 10px 7px 0;" />TechCrunch Moscow today features a whole 38 startups pitching to enter the final on Day Two, which features the main conference. You can catch the pitches live today on the live video stream but here’s a run-down of al the companies, as they describe themselves. The Startup Alley features over 70 startups that met the requirements of an exhibition participant, being less than 3 years old, and having raised no more than $3M investment. Evan Nisselson (LDV Capital) is MCing the Startup Pitches. The TechCrunch Moscow event partners are Digital October and Kite Ventures. Follow TC Moscow on Twitter and Facebook. You can also follow the hashtag on Twitter. 10TRACKS A cloud music storage and streaming service targeting owners of large music collections to enjoy their music over Android, iOS, WP8 devices. Our storage system helps to upload music to the cloud 30 times faster, save space and lower costs. Songs can be uploaded to the cloud from iTunes, Winamp and different devices. Folders and subfolders structure are preserved. Music can be listened even without internet access. We offer 3 Gb for free and $25/year unlimited. Sign up right now! 27 FACES Special application that includes unique computer vision algorithms. It utilizes a video sensor to scan the space in front of a digital display or a showcase, detects human faces and tracks their position. At any given time 27 faces detects from all potential viewers only those who were looking directly on the screen, recognizes their gender and age group. Collected data is anonymously transmitted in encrypted form to a central server for storage and analysis. 3PLET Music tech company, providing digital publishing solution and platform for music and visual artists to jointly publish, share and monetize their music and art on mobile and connected devices. We turn music, images, text and metadata into a beautiful application called 3plet. 3Plet is a mobile music album and artist-centric sales and communication channel, new industrial standard for music album releases. ADVERTONE A platform that integrates all available Advertising Networks (AN) by means of parsing and API methods. Our aim is to provide a system that facilitates the maximization of revenue of publishers. It allows controlling, customizing and making A/B testing any AN from a single interface. It relieves from most of the routine work and the necessity to change promotional codes on a site while changing an ANs. AGORA Platform for
December 8th, 2013 03:36 AM
<img width="100" height="70" src="http://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/screen-shot-2013-12-08-at-11-27-55.png?w=100&h=70&crop=1" class="attachment-tc-carousel-river-thumb wp-post-image" alt="Screen Shot 2013-12-08 at 11.27.55" style="float: left; margin: 0 10px 7px 0;" />Today we are kicking off the first day of <a target="_blank" href="http://tc.digitaloctober.com/">TechCrunch Moscow</a>. Day one is all about <a target="_blank" href="http://tc.digitaloctober.com/startups">38 startups</a> pitching to enter the final stages. Day Two will feature <a target="_blank" href="http://tc.digitaloctober.com/speakers">many speakers</a> from the Russian tech startup ecosystem and some international speakers. <a target="_blank" href="http://tc.digitaloctober.com/">Here's live video stream</a>.
December 8th, 2013 02:43 AM
<img width="100" height="70" src="http://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/light-trails.jpg?w=100&h=70&crop=1" class="attachment-tc-carousel-river-thumb wp-post-image" alt="light trails" style="float: left; margin: 0 10px 7px 0;" />Verizon is looking to get deeper into the content delivery business with the acquisition of Los Angeles-based CDN provider EdgeCast Networks, TechCrunch has heard. According to a source, the deal for EdgeCast -- which provides CDN services to the likes of Twitter, Pinterest and Hulu -- is expected to be announced in the coming days, and will be worth more than $350 million.
December 7th, 2013 06:21 PM
<img width="100" height="70" src="http://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/crunchweekthumb.jpg?w=100&h=70&crop=1" class="attachment-tc-carousel-river-thumb wp-post-image" alt="crunchweekthumb" style="float: left; margin: 0 10px 7px 0;" />December is officially here, and it’s a particularly cold weekend for much of the United States. Looking for a way to stay warm? I humbly suggest that you huddle around the cozy glow of your computer screen and watch a new episode of CrunchWeek, the show that brings a few TechCrunch writers together to chat about the most fascinating stories of the past seven days in tech. In this week’s episode, Leena Rao, Ryan Lawler and I discuss Amazon’s much-buzzed-about experiments in making deliveries using unmanned flying drones, the leaked screenshot that showed just how much money Uber is raking in (it’s a lot), and 23andMe’s battles with the FDA over the marketing and sale of its genetic testing kits.
December 7th, 2013 06:00 PM
<img width="100" height="70" src="http://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/9de2c011_the-files-are-in-the-computer-zoolander.jpeg?w=100&h=70&crop=1" class="attachment-tc-carousel-river-thumb wp-post-image" alt="9de2c011_the-files-are-in-the-computer-zoolander" style="float: left; margin: 0 10px 7px 0;" />How does a power cord charge a cellphone? Magic, silly! According to a Pew poll, many of my fellow Americans are completely in the dark about how their world works, including the fact that carbon dioxide is a chemical responsible for some global warming. Readers can take the interactive quiz here before reading more. Pew’s quiz is especially salient this week, after another round of International test scores confirmed, once again, that America’s poorly run education system is producing a deeply unequal and uninformed society. Here are a few of the essential gems that participants couldn’t answer. Less Than Half Of High School Graduates Know The Cause of Global Warming Forty-nine percent could not identify “carbon” as the cause of climate change (as opposed to Hydrogen, Helium, or Radon). Note, this wasn’t about whether humans are causing global warming, just what, on Earth, is making it warmer outside. Equally concerning to those who think Democracy rocks is the fact that about one-third didn’t know the basics of drug experimentation. About 33 percent of those without a diploma thought that researchers should give all the participants in a study the treatment drug, rather than half (the control group). The graph below is not segmented by education level. Nano Means Small Nanorobots are not, in fact, robots that are very large, cold, or hot. Nano means tiny; it’s a prefix I’d like to know when an evil super-villain infects the water supply with mind-controlling robots. Or, less likely, when our government is debating pollution and crop spray regulations. “The inability to communicate effectively the potential risks associated with nanotechnology could create an environment where appropriate regulation and confident private sector investment are threatened,” explained a research paper from Yale’s Cultural Cognition Lab [PDF]. Electrons Are Smaller Than Atoms And Lasers Are Not Made Of Sound About 33 percent of those over 65 years of age didn’t know that an electron was smaller than an atom. One would think with the Cold War’s delightful history of nuclear propaganda, someone would have noticed that the objects orbiting the center ball were smaller. In total, less than half (47 percent) got that question correct. Another fun fact: sound does not produce blinding light. Lasers are something we see. Despite this fact, less than half (47 percent) of Americans thought lasers were made of sound. Bacteria Resistance Is A Thing We might be slowly rumbling towards
December 7th, 2013 02:47 PM
<img width="100" height="70" src="http://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/gillmor-gang-test-pattern_excerpt.jpeg?w=100&h=70&crop=1" class="attachment-tc-carousel-river-thumb wp-post-image" alt="gillmor-gang-test-pattern_excerpt" style="float: left; margin: 0 10px 7px 0;" />The Gillmor Gang — John Borthwick, Robert Scoble, Dan Farber, Doc Searls, and Steve Gillmor — imagine a world 30 years in the future and discover it looks pretty much the same. A world where drones drop things off and pick them up, too. Why buy when you can rinse, rent, and repeat. The signs are everywhere, as the cloud makes anything possible at startup scale. The question is, can anyone but Google and Apple win?
Form versus function is the framing of the media, but perhaps the real winners will capture the broad audience with fitness data topped with media services. Twitter is serving up viral swarms around binge programming, and soon we'll be telling our wrist bands to sort the mail and start the dishwasher. It's more and more difficult to tell the robots from their makers. Pass the oil, please.
December 7th, 2013 01:00 PM
<img width="100" height="70" src="http://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/baker.jpg?w=100&h=70&crop=1" class="attachment-tc-carousel-river-thumb wp-post-image" alt="Baker" style="float: left; margin: 0 10px 7px 0;" />Public school children have become lab rats of policymakers who are eager to see change faster than we can study what works. Experimental reforms are often founded on the lackluster research of ideological think tanks, who have filled the expertise vacuum left by academics unwilling to conduct policy-related research. “I’ve reviewed some just God awful stuff,” cringes Rutgers Professor Bruce Baker, whose influential data-driven education, blog, schoolfinance101 has helped him become a go-to reviewer for policy reports. For example, he notes, the libertarian-happy think tank The Reason Foundation concluded that a controversial program to peg funding to student improvement had worked, but forgot to highlight the policy was adopted after the changes had begun. “I started realizing that there’s this never-ending flow of misinformation and disinformation out there,” he said. Like Nate Silver’s influential and statistically nuanced election forecast blog posts, Baker has gained notoriety for reexamining data to trounce his adversary’s conclusions. And, with Silver’s new independent 538 channel, Baker’s brand of statistics-heavy argument could be the future of education journalism. Stop Cheerleading Education Miracles, i.e. Education Effects Are Small “We really have failed in the teaching of mathematics and probability,” decries Baker, who regularly debunks myths about unicorn policy changes that radically improve student outcomes. At scale, experiments rarely move the needle more than a few percentage points. Statisticians measure outcomes in “standard deviations”, or how students move relative to their peers. A full standard deviation is, on average, going from the back of the pack (33rd percentile) to average (50th percentile). If “Anyone starts saying they’re getting you a half or full standard deviation additional growth–that’s when the bullshit detector starts going off.” When a new Stanford University study found that Washington D.C.’s controversial pay-for-performance teacher policy had a half-standard deviation impact on quality, newspaper headlines lit up, “Study Finds Gains From Teacher Evaluations” read the New York Times Economix blog. Despite data buried within the reports that show how reform had slightly improved the number of good teachers who didn’t quit, there was virtually no impact on student outcomes. Even worse, it ignored the fact that many other school districts have attempted similar strategies, with widely varying results. Baker put together a blog post soon after, re-organizing all the reform-minded states in relation to their students’ initial starting points on reading and math In the admittedly ugly graph above, states should be showing great gains (above the red line)–but
December 7th, 2013 11:30 AM
<img width="100" height="70" src="http://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/screen-shot-2013-12-06-at-4-27-08-pm.jpg?w=100&h=70&crop=1" class="attachment-tc-carousel-river-thumb wp-post-image" alt="Screen Shot 2013-12-06 at 4.27.08 PM" style="float: left; margin: 0 10px 7px 0;" />Yesterday, Apple began a small press push on its new iBeacon technology, pushed an Apple Store app update to support them and turned the feature on in 254 U.S.-based stores in an initial rollout. According to the details we know so far, some Apple stores may have as many as 20 iBeacons deployed, depending on the size. But the size of that rollout is deceptive for a couple of reasons — and the full implications of the impact on Apple’s iPad business, the internal mapping industry and the retail market are far bigger than anyone has really copped to. Specifically, most of the coverage of iBeacons so far has failed to recognize a very important reality of this system: every iOS device since the iPhone 4s and iPad 3rd gen is already capable of being either an iBeacon receiver or transmitter, as long as it’s properly configured. Yes, there are separate devices like Estimote’s beacons that can use Bluetooth LE protocols to act as a beacon, and Apple is using separate, specialized iBeacon devices that look like small silver rectangles tucked under shelves in some stores. But some of the iBeacons deployed in Apple stores are not specialized hardware at all, they’re just regular iPads or iPhones that have been configured as iBeacons. And that capability extends to any Apple device with Bluetooth Low Energy and the latest major version of iOS. Let that sink in for a minute and you’ll start to realize the forward-thinking strategy Apple has been implementing over the course of the last few years. According to estimates by Creative Strategies Analyst and Techpinions columnist Ben Bajarin, an estimated 170-190 million iOS devices are currently capable of being iBeacons — that is they have the right hardware and are running iOS 7. That number could swell to 250 million if holiday sales of iPhones and iPads are strong. Bajarin notes that Apple’s anticipated China Mobile deal could put them over 200 million in iPhone sales in 2014 alone. This means that every compatible iPad currently deployed in a retail store is already capable of being configured as an iBeacon transmitter — and every iOS device with Bluetooth LE can be a receiver. And the iPad is already enormously dominant in the retail space. We spoke to Scott Paul, CEO of ArmorActive — a tablet enclosure solutions company — about their deployments of iPads and other tablets as
December 7th, 2013 10:00 AM