Announced last month, the Amazon Fire Phone is the company’s first attempt at mobile hardware. Like its cousins in the Kindle Fire line of tablets, it runs a fork of Android and gives you quick access to everything in Amazon’s large (and growing) content library. Read More

 Airbnb’s cleaning trial began in San Francisco, and over time expanded to New York and Los Angeles. Those were three markets that both Homejoy and Handybook operated in. Now, Handybook will handle cleanings in all of them. Read More

 Microsoft’s record layoffs have picked up negative attention from governmental authorities and leaders, even as the cuts have been largely welcomed by investors and the broader market. The software company accreted more than 20,000 employees when it acquired the majority of Nokia’s hardware assets. In the wake of that deal’s closing, Microsoft announced 18,000 cuts [...]

 Immersive technology will put the user into the digital shoes of their own avatars, experiencing video games, simulations, learning opportunities and even romance on new levels, so it goes without saying that while we can expect all that grandeur, there will be people who try to ruin it, for money. Read More

 Dell now accepts bitcoin in the United States for online purchases of its products. The move is a win for CoinBase, which today on its blog announced that it was the integration partner for the personal computing company. Overstock.com and online technology marketplace TigerDirect also accept the cryptocurrency. The price of bitcoin, long a driver [...]

 Google released the latest beta version of its Chrome browser today, and if you’re a Windows user on a machine that runs at least Vista, fonts will now look better on your screen. That’s because the Chrome 37 Beta now supports Microsoft’s DirectWrite API, a technology that improves the way fonts look on modern screens. [...]

 Snappay? Snapchat may try to monetize by processing peer-to-peer payments, money transfers, or online payments, according to two trademarks it filed earlier this week. Owned by Snapchat and filed on July 11th by an attorney at Cooley, which is known to be Snapchat’s law firm, the trademarks could keep anyone else from entering the same space [...]

 At one point, Tesla’s third car — the one they’re trying to get to the market for around $35,000 — was called the Model E. Then Ford got huffy and threatened legal action, given that they’ve got something of a history (and a trademark or two) for cars with a similar name. So Tesla is [...]

 The second version of the Oculus Rift VR headset is expected to start arriving this week, but actually getting your hands on one is going to be tough. Over 45,000 units had been pre-ordered as of the first of this month — and of those, only 10,000 are expected to actually ship in July. If [...]

 The Techcrunch London Summer Meetup rolled into town this week as part of our Summer Tour to promote TechCrunch Disrupt in London on October 20-21. We had a bunch of brand new startups apply. The pitch-off was judged by TechCrunch writers Ingrid Lunden and Natasha Lomas and myself, with Andy Chung of AngelList and James [...]

 Picture the scene. It’s 2020. You’re at the checkout in a convenience store with a carton of milk. But you’ve got no cash and you’ve left your cards at home. No problem. You scan your right index finger; the green light flashes. Purchase approved and you leave. Easy. Is this a realistic vision of the [...]

 New Yorkers hoping to catch a ride with Lyft today are out of luck. The company said via email and on its blog that it’s putting off its NYC launch. Lyft had announced launch plans for Brooklyn and Queens earlier this week, and it said yesterday that it would move forward with those plans despite [...]

 Amazon has petitioned the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for exemption from rules barring it from testing drones in the United States. The online shopping company made waves recently by showing off small unmanned aircraft that it claims will be able to deliver parcels to consumers in 30 minutes. The drone delivery service, called Prime Air, could [...]

 On-demand ride-sharing startup Lyft will move ahead with its planned launch in Brooklyn and Queens this Friday, despite warnings from the local taxi regulator that its service is not authorized to operate in the city. Read More

 Remember Windows Phone 7.8? Microsoft built it as a stop-gap measure to lessen the ire of Windows Phone 7.5 users, a group technologically precluded from making the leap to Windows Phone 8. If you had forgotten about it don’t worry, Microsoft is about to do the same. Mary Jo Foley today detailed the coming death-dates of a number of [...]

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