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October 29 2013

11:43
Indiegogo's European Presence Grew 300% In The Last Year, 30% Of Funding Now Outside U.S.
Indiegogo co-founder and CEO Slava Rubin took the stage today at TechCrunch Disrupt Europe 2013, and he shared some interesting stats about the crowdfunding platform's progress to date, and he specifically addressed some of the company's international growth. Over the past year, Indiegogo has managed to expand its business 300 percent in Europe over the past year, and international funding now accounts for a full 30 percent of its platform activity.

October 03 2013

21:30
This Week On The TechCrunch Droidcast: Dude, No One's Getting A Dell Venue Tablet
Dell had an event this week, which is in itself noteworthy regardless of what they launch, but it turns out there were Android tablets there! We talk about those for a while, as well as the Elliptic Labs ultrasound gesture control SDK, Android in the Car, Amazon's four-camera phone plans, and briefly the Kindle Fire HDX.

September 28 2013

23:01
NSA's Targeting Prowess Doesn't Extend To Ads
If the NSA only invited TechCrunch to its birthday party, it’d have to eat its cake alone. While we aren’t big fans of the NSA, it appears to fancy our readers, as it consistently advertises on our site. This makes me slightly uncomfortable, as I have spent a good portion of my time these past few months excoriating and blasting the NSA for what I view as unconstitutional abrogation of our Fourth Amendment rights. And here is the NSA, spending dollars to reach our audience, through those very posts. I suppose it is vaguely democratic to grant them part of our space to make their case, but as this is a financial relationship (they pay us, either directly or through a third-party), it’s not a question of free speech. I’ve never felt a conflict of interest with an advertisement before, due in no small part to the fact that I tune them out like the rest of you. But to have the NSA directly hawking its wares on pages that sport my name doesn’t sit right with me. Here’s the NSA advertising its career listings on our Microsoft subject page: My name appended to a page that sports bright (lurid?) NSA branding. Please, no. Today brought fresh revelations on how the NSA collects data on United States citizens. Here’s the New York Times reporting the tracking of our social graph, based on documents leaked by Edward Snowden: Since 2010, the National Security Agency has been exploiting its huge collections of data to create sophisticated graphs of some Americans’ social connections that can identify their associates, their locations at certain times, their traveling companions and other personal information [...] Because of concerns about infringing on the privacy of American citizens, the computer analysis of such data had previously been permitted only for foreigners. Because of my distaste for the NSA and its surveillance programs, I don’t want it making payments (again, either directly or through some third-party targeting or retargeting) to any group that I have a financial relationship with. And as TechCrunch pays the rent, some NSA dollars have likely leaked into my own bank account. That’s revolting. Also revealed recently is the fact that the Justice Department targeted Edward Snowden’s email provider the day right after he went public. That ended poorly. And the Senate just admitted what we already knew, that the NSA directly taps the core fiber cables of the

August 21 2013

21:30
This Week On The TechCrunch Droidcast: SHIELD Me From These Idiots, I Want A Wacom And Google's Now Octopus
Midweek, we're here for you! Our hump day tradition of the TechCrunch Droidcast continues into its third episode with your host Chris Velazco, myself and special guest Romain Dillet delivering some worldly charm. This week, we've got some new Android-powered hardware to discuss, including the Nvidia Shield portable gaming console and Wacom's new Cintiq Companion Hybrid combo Android tablet/PC or Mac drawing tablet. Both niche devices, but good examples of what Android can do when it isn't just being used for phones or tablets.

August 07 2013

21:30
This Week On The TechCrunch Droidcast: LG G2, Nexus 7, Moto X And The Madness Of BBM For Android
Surprise! We've got another podcast to enjoy with your earholes! This is the TechCrunch Droidcast, wherein we discuss all things Android on a weekly basis. The Droidcast features regular appearances by Chris Velazco and me, Darrell Etherington, along with a rotating Rogue's Gallery like Romain Dillet, who joins us this week.

May 29 2013

01:06
Heading To Yahoo! And No! I Can't Do Anything About The Exclamation Mark!
Today, I have to say goodbye to my current home, TechCrunch. I've not only gotten the opportunity to work with this amazing team as a writer and Community Director, but I've been able to enjoy it as a reader since June 11th, 2005. I'll continue to be a reader.

April 11 2012

22:44
TC Live From The Richmond Mini-Meet Up
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Here we go: it's the last night of our whirlwind Virginia tour and this time we're in Richmond, home of the Fan District, Altria (everyone's favorite tobacco company), and our friends at Snagajob. It looks like this town is just started to unwind a little and consider entrepreneurship as a viable alternative to the corporate life so we're pretty excited to be here. We'll be doing full posts on most of the folks we met on our journey and until then, enjoy these views of Snagajob's handsome slide and orange/orange color scheme. If you're in town, head down.

January 18 2012

20:44
No, We Have Not Been Hacked
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This is a public service announcement to all four of you that visited http://technews.techcrunch.com today and were confused by the jazzy Black Oak Asset Management splash page above; No we have not been hacked. And, no, this is not some kind of elaborate and arcane SOPA/PIPA protest. And while it would be amazing if we did offer complimentary services from the top attorneys & CPA's [sic] in the area, we don't. I barely know what a 401K is. 
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October 30 2011

06:06
Introducing The First TechCrunch Disrupt Beijing Hackathon Winners
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Between bridging the translation gap, the lack of and then abundance of morning coffee, collective Internet struggles and the many many hacks using TianJi's ("the LinkedIn of China") API, the TechCrunch Disrupt Beijing Hackathon just happened, and it was nothing short of amazing. Around 300 hackers signed on to spend 24 hours together, and 100 actually braved a night full of spotty connectivity and vegetable noodles in order to present their hacks at 11:00 am Beijing time. Each team was given a minute to show their stuff in front of the multi-lingual audience and judges.
03:25

Watch TechCrunch Disrupt Beijing Hackathon Live

Ni hao! It’s now morning and all of us here at the Disrupt Beijing Hackathon are somehow awake. We’ve got 46 survivors of a grueling night spent coding about to take the stage and present the fruits of their labors, the excitement is palpable.

For the many of you not in China, you can (miraculously) watch the very first ever international Disrupt hackathon on the livestream above.

Good times.


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July 19 2011

07:42

TechCrunch Redesign Fan Art (Yes, It Exists)

If a website gets a redesign, and nobody hates it, is it even on the Internet? It’s been exactly a week since our redesign and the screams of agony from the tens of offended readers have finally died down. My favorite responses? Milk founder Kevin Rose’s (joke) offer to revert Digg back to Version 3 if we also reneged, investor Chris Sacca’s colorful description of our font choices and those two subsequent “Your Site Sucks” tips that spelled “Micael Arrington” and “Site Redisign” in the subject lines exactly like that.

But honestly guys, seven days and the unwieldy thing is kind of growing on me —  Even if because I have no actually say in what it looks like and better effing get used to it learn how to use it”sink or swim” style (For the record I still don’t like the logo, so there). Other than all the hard work put into it by our team (and it was a lot), what I’m most impressed by is the sheer amount of creativity you guys put into your reactions. From TechCrunch Comments As New Yorker Cartoons to a “Hitler Reacts” video our readers showed us the love/hate.

I’ve complied some of our favorites below.

Some of you creatively interpreted our logo:

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Some of you were silly:

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And some not so silly (offering genuine suggestions for improvement):

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The TCFast people went all out with their New York Times, HackerNews and Google+ inspired versions:

Hilter weighed in:

And so did Crunchgear’s Devin Coldeway:


This Usertesting study of non-TechCrunch readers reactions is also pretty cool, if not as artistic as the stuff readers sent in. Got any more good ones? Email tips@techcrunch.com or include them in the comments, I promise to include the best ones here.



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July 12 2011

01:09

Redesigning TechCrunch: We Picked This Logo Just to Piss You Off

It’s been months in the making. It’s taken innumerable twists and turns along the way. It’s survived an acquisition. It’s been a challenge and a privilege to coordinate. It’s my incredible pleasure to present the all-new, completely redesigned TechCrunch. With special thanks to our launch sponsor, Dell.

As Michael Arrington posted on Friday I’m Dave Feldman, and I’ve been acting as product manager for the TechCrunch redesign since the beginning of 2011. The project began last fall before AOL’s acquisition of TechCrunch. By December it needed product management — providing feedback and direction to the design agency (Code & Theory), defining product requirements, understanding TechCrunch’s unusually collaborative editorial process, determining information architecture, and ultimately coordinating the development and launch. Mike asked AOL’s Brad Garlinghouse for a product manager & project lead. He turned to AOL’s head of Consumer Experience, Matte Scheinker (my manager). Matte’s team specializes in “strategic projects” where additional product, design, and/or process expertise is needed. He agreed to take on the project and put me on the case.

TechCrunch is bold. It’s raw. It’s fast-paced. With 50 articles crossing the home page daily we couldn’t simply redesign the reader-facing site; we had to think about the CMS too. We wanted to support you, the readers, because you read every article we post. We wanted to give you better context across posts and topics, new ways to slice and dice content so you can dig into what interests you. We get a huge amount of RSS traffic and wanted to keep providing a full experience to those readers too.

We went through more rounds of wireframes and logos than I can remember. After our eighth rejected visual design I locked myself in a room with Code & Theory’s creative director and we tweaked, discussed and revised until we had something we both liked, a precursor to what you see here today.

The Site

This is a simpler TechCrunch. The carousel of featured posts is gone. In its place are featured articles pinned to the top of the river (look for the little pushpin icon) and features in the header when there’s not an ad. We’ve replaced the chaotic sea of social networking icons with a single, unified Share button. A consistent, site-wide look & feel means less noise distracting you from the content.

We’ve rolled CrunchGear, MobileCrunch, and TechCrunchIT into techcrunch.com/gadgets, techcrunch.com/mobile, and techcrunch.com/enterprise respectively, so it’s easier to reach the articles you want to read. (Some older posts from those sites may disappear for a couple days during the transition, but they’ll be back.) We’ve created richer ways to present articles: as you scan down the home page you’ll see a variety of layouts, each chosen by the author to best represent her work.

Today’s TechCrunch should be a little faster. We’ve built a new codebase from the ground up. We’ve batched HTTP requests, moved API calls server-side, and tinkered with the load order to improve performance. That’s just the beginning: starting next week we’re going to optimize the hell out of this thing.

I’ve seen a lot of comparisons to the recent Gawker redesign — mostly fear that we’d follow their lead. I think we’re all too hard on Gawker: they saw shortcomings in the traditional blog format and decided to try something new, something app-like. They got a lot of things wrong. But the core idea is an intriguing one, and I applaud them for taking the risk. That said, the Gawker approach wasn’t right for TechCrunch. If they ran away from the blog format we doubled down, addressing those same shortcomings by refining and extending it.

The CMS

One of my favorite things about WordPress is its extensibility. We’re on the same platform today as yesterday, but have built new tools for writers and editors. Featured and pinned articles get expiration dates, so editors don’t have to go back and manually un-feature things. Selecting a post layout is as simple as clicking a button. Automated resizing of images means faster load times and fewer distorted photos. And choosing which articles go on the home page is a single-click affair.

The Look & Logo

The new logo is our most controversial change. I love it, though that’s no accident: we went through many, many options with Code & Theory before finding one we liked. It’s bold, simple, and versatile. It works in any context — from a tiny monochrome icon to a mosaic on a poster. It fits the TechCrunch brand perfectly. And no, we didn’t build it in Minecraft. We used AOL Paint, which comes free on the AOL CD and has this sweet UltraLogoMatic2000 feature.

The overall look & feel reflects the bold, sometimes irreverent nature of TechCrunch. It doesn’t hold tea parties in the backyard or hang out with the black turtleneck crowd at the hippest art galleries. It’s a design that breaks more news than its competitors, that loves the code junkies working 22-hour days to build world-changing products. It’s the first and only design Heather, Mike and I looked at and said yeah, that’s it. It screams TechCrunch.

I think of today’s release as a beta. There’s so much more to come: enhanced social features; ways to navigate across articles and dive into topics; new options for viewing posts; better navigation; and improved filtering of content. Even better tools for writers and editors. Vastly improved performance.

Ultimately TechCrunch is about the tech industry, the personalities who cover it, and the readers who track it obsessively. Above all this redesign is about providing the best vehicle for that. We’ll keep enhancing, refining, and revising to get it right. Stay tuned.



July 07 2011

21:45

More Tickets To Our 6th Annual Summer Party At August Capital Are On Sale Now

We only have a couple more weeks left until our 6th annual summer party at August Capital. Our first two batches of 100 tickets sold out in under an hour. Today we are releasing 100 more. The party will follow our Mobile First CrunchUp on July 29th and will be held in Menlo Park from 5:30 – 10:00pm. There will be a mix of startup demos, drinks, giveaways, networking and fun on one of the prettiest roads in Silicon Valley. The tickets tend to sell out very fast, so be sure to act quickly if you would like to come. If you’re not able to get a ticket today, stay tuned for a ticket giveaway this weekend. We will also release our next set of tickets next week.

Tickets are now on sale here.

Tickets to our Mobile First CrunchUp are unfortunately sold out. We still have a limited number of press passes available though. Contact me to request press pass consideration.

Here are the logistics for our summer party.

6th Annual Summer Party at August Capital
July 29, 5:30 – 10:00 pm
2480 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park CA 94025, Map
Get Tickets @ Eventbrite: $40 based on availability. Tickets to be released weekly in batches. Stay tuned to TechCrunch for releases as they sell out quickly. #tcaugustcapital

Sponsorships
The combined CrunchUp – Summer Party also gives us a great sponsorship platform for startups and brands to reach both conference and networking attendees. Please contact Jeanne Logozzo or Heather Harde to learn more about sponsorship packages and custom opportunities.



June 15 2011

17:21

June 12 2011

16:30

The Math of TechCrunch, Part 1: Is TechCrunch Still About Startups?

Editor’s note: We often hear the complaint that “TechCrunch doesn’t cover startups anymore.” Yet we feel like we are covering them more than ever. In this guest post, Mark Goldenson breaks down exactly how much TechCrunch covers startups. The results may surprise you (while we haven’t independently checked the numbers ourselves, they look about right). After reading his analysis, let us know in comments what you think is the right mix of startup versus big tech company coverage.

Goldenson is CEO of Breakthrough.com, a startup that helps people find a therapist and get online counseling. His email is mark@breakthrough.com.

Recently I went through a Valley ritual: pitching a story to TechCrunch (not this one). We liked our chances: we were announcing funding, contracts, and growing metrics. It was our first TechCrunch pitch.

Like most press pitches, it went into the ether. We understood; journalists are swamped and cutting through the noise is hard. Yet I noticed that day out of TechCrunch’s forty stories, only two were about early-stage startups. The rest were on large or high-profile companies like Google, Twitter, and Foursquare.

It spiked a long-time concern: how much is TechCrunch still about startups?

I wanted to get data to that question and the answer, surprisingly, is both yes and no.  TechCrunch is covering more early-stage startups than ever before, but sadly that coverage is often drowned out by an even greater volume of posts on larger companies.

Methodology

PayPal GM Matthew Mengerink and I did the following:

  • We crawled all 23,547 TechCrunch stories from the first post on June 11th, 2005 to May 11th, 2011.
  • We pulled each story’s title, author, and covered companies according to TechCrunch’s tags. One story often mentioned multiple companies.
  • For the 6,308 companies covered 40,380 times, we used the Crunchbase API to lookup any data on each company’s funding, headcount, category, and investors.
  • We categorized companies by their size:

More on methodology is in the footnotes. Not all stories are correctly tagged and CrunchBase is sometimes inaccurate but we believe it still has a wealth of data.

Here are six of our findings:

1. TechCrunch is now 22 times more prolific than its founding year

Every year, TechCrunch has grown. Last year, it published 22 times more stories, covered 14 times more companies, and had 5 times more authors than its founding year.

2. TechCrunch now covers 10 times more seed-stage startups

TechCrunch’s growth has certainly helped seed-stage startups. They were covered ten times more last year than in TechCrunch’s first year.

Was I wrong about startups becoming marginalized? Not quite…

3. On average, each late-stage company is covered 7 times more than each seed-stage startup

Here’s where seed-stage startups could start griping.

Every year, TechCrunch has increased its stories per late-stage company and decreased its stories per seed-stage company.

In Year One, this ratio was 4 stories per seed-stage vs. 3 stories per late-stage company.

Last year, the ratio was under 2 stories per seed-stage vs. 15 stories per late-stage company.

4. Ten companies account for one-third of TechCrunch’s coverage

Even among late-stage companies, coverage is top-heavy. Ten companies now account for 30% of TechCrunch coverage.

The top ten has changed a bit each year, though Google has always been #1. Google has been covered in 1000 more stories than #2, Facebook.

Top 10 Covered Companies by Year (blue: joined top 10, red: left top 10 next year)

5. Foursquare, Digg, and Twitter are the most covered mid-stage companies

A regular complaint among TechCrunch commenters is that a few startups become over-exposed. These tend to be mid-stage companies that have rocketed to traction. Some are arguably late-stage but did not have enough CrunchBase data to qualify.

Top 10 Covered Mid-Stage Companies by Year

6. In summary, TechCrunch’s long tail is now 14 times longer but the fat head is 24 times bigger

These graphs illustrate the rub: TechCrunch’s long tail of seed-stage startups is now much longer, but its fat head of top ten companies is even bigger. More than half of all stories on TechCrunch — 52% — are now about big companies.

Is this shift justified? It well could be.

There could be fewer groundbreaking startups as the web matures, more innovation by large companies, and most importantly, more people may just want to read about tech’s giants. If TechCrunch started publishing story views like BusinessInsider, we could learn if it is just delivering what readers want.

Is this shift still troubling? I think so.

I genuinely believe Mike and the TechCrunch staff are philosophically champions for startups.  TechCrunch Disrupt launches them and the Crunchies celebrate them, but TechCrunch’s coverage is crowding them out. Every story about Dennis Crowley’s sweater and Twitter going down – “in true
TechCrunch tradition we need to celebrate the downtime with a post” – is less attention to innovations like strong AI, digital locks, or just making landlording easier. In investing terms, seed-stage startups are being diluted.

This change matters. Millions of readers follow TechCrunch, as do dozens of media outlets that amplify its stories. If technology’s Goliaths eclipse its Davids, our most promising innovations can wither. When Mike wrote about resisting jadedness at 40, I think he recognized this:

“I sometimes feel that skepticism creeping into my thinking when I look at a new idea being presented by an eager and innocent young entrepreneur… [S]o please call me on it if you see me starting to act my age.”

“Sometimes all an entrepreneur needs is a few credulous people willing to say that they have a chance. That gives them the psychological boost they need to fight on for another day.”

If TechCrunch continues as is, is there an opening for disruption? I think so, as Marc Andreessen writes on Quora:

“The most remarkable yet easily explainable thing that the existing major blogs do not cover, but should, are the companies that do not have “heat” on them. Lord knows I love Facebook, Apple, Twitter, Foursquare, and all of the other super-hot companies that draw lots of press/blog attention, but there are lots of other companies that are outstanding at various stages of growth that are not as white hot from a public perception standpoint and therefore get covered much less.”

“As an aside, the major frustration I hear from some excellent people who work for the major blogs is that they have to focus on the hot companies because those are the companies that drive page views and therefore revenue. While that makes sense, I think there has to be another opportunity covering the less hot but equally high quality companies that will be equivalently lucrative.”

TechCrunch deserves its success and has every right to cover what they like. Now at AOL, I hope Mike and the staff take time to introspect. What do they want to be as TechCrunch grows up? Will they be a champion for David or Goliath?

Part two of this story will look at TechCrunch coverage by category, investor, and author. Thanks to TechCrunch for being open to this critique.

Footnotes: Categorizing company sizes is tricky, especially without internal data. Some companies have low funding and few employees but high traction (Craigslist), or have high funding but few employees and little traction (Color). These lines are fuzzy and debatable.

When data was very incomplete, we categorized as accurately as we could. For example, we had to manually categorize Hewlett-Packard as late-stage. We did this for a lot of companies but not all of them as CrunchBase is too large.

To try accounting for companies growing over time, we used any available data to evaluate their status at every coverage. For example, Twitter was covered 9 times at seed-stage (before it raised $1M and Mike understandably called it a total snoozer), 240 times at mid-stage (before it raised $50M), and 1,426 times at late-stage. This is only an approximation since CrunchBase can’t always know funding dates and doesn’t have employee growth.

Disclosure: Breakthrough.com is headquartered in the incubator at AOL, TechCrunch’s parent company.



June 11 2011

07:04

TechCrunch Turns 6

TechCrunch turns 6 years old today. Back on June 11, 2005, Michael Arrington wrote his first blog post. Then he started having parties in the backyard of his old house in Atherton, one of the YouTube guys showed up to one of them, there were lots more parties, and the rest is history.

Michael’s come a long way from those backyard parties around a campfire, and so has TechCrunch. We now have millions of readers, dozens of employees, and our gatherings have gotten quite large (2,100 people at the last Disrupt in NYC). Oh, and we are now part of AOL.

We couldn’t have made it this far without all of you, our readers, coming back day in and day out (sometimes hourly). And we wouldn’t even be here if it wasn’t for all the startups, founders, and tech companies large and small who give us so much to write about. So we may a little bit bigger now, but we’ll never forget that the best things start small—sometimes around a campfire.

Photo credit: FLickr/Tom Magliery



June 10 2011

21:46

The +1 Button Is Like A Button You Push For A Treat — Without The Treat

You people confuse me.

Ten days ago we put Google’s +1 Button on TechCrunch — because why not? We try basically all these new buttons/counters/commenting systems much to the dismay of our precious page load speed (we know, we know, it sucks — fix coming). Some of these buttons are great and make a lot of sense. The Tweet Button, the Like Button, even Facebook’s new Send button. But I just don’t get the +1 Button. At all.

Well, let me rephrase that slightly. I understand the concept behind the +1 Button — it’s a smart one. You get people to click it and it improves the page’s search ranking for logged-in Google users with social connections (and eventually maybe all results). At least I think that’s how it works. But I have a hard time believing that all of you actually clicking on the button really get why you’re doing it.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s great that you’re clicking on it! I am too on some of our stories. But I can’t help but get the feeling that it’s a bit like a cruel experiment we’re running. We put up a button, you click on it because it’s there, expecting you’ll get a treat. But there is no treat.

If the +1 Button is serving me up better results, I’m just not seeing it. And yes, I know the button push also populates your Google profile with a feed of our shared stories. But let’s be honest, no one is looking at those.

We’re definitely not seeing any noticeable bump in pageviews coming from Google as a result of the button. Maybe that will slowly change over time, but I’m not convinced. The rate at which people are clicking on the button appears to be dropping each day. And soon it may be just like the *gulp* Buzz button.

Google needs to figure this out quickly. When you push a button, you need to get a treat. People will click for a while out of pure novelty and curiousness. But that only lasts so long. Without anything noticeable happening (like a share on Twitter, or a comment on Facebook), people will just ignore the button altogether. All over the web.

I will give this to Google, the +1 Button definitely follows the Internet Self-Reference Law. That is, the stories that get the most +1s are the ones about Google — just like the stories that get the most diggs are about Digg, the stories that get the most retweets are about Twitter, the stories that get the most Likes are about Facebook, and any story you write about Techmeme always gets on Techmeme.

And while we’re on the subject, it occurs to me that the +1 name doesn’t even really make sense. “+1″ to me implies that you’re agreeing with something someone else said or did. But that’s not what the +1 Button is. Instead, it’s like you’re the person initially saying/doing something. Or you’re +1ing the initial person who +1′d something — but who are they +1ing?

+1 is hard to say, hard to write, and hard to understand. But hey, don’t let me stop you from clicking that button, Desmond.



May 30 2011

20:04

The Next 6 Months Worth Of Features Are In Facebook’s Code Right Now (But We Can’t See)

A few days ago, Facebook held a tech talk at their headquarters. The topic of the talk was pushing changes — bug fixes, new features, product improvements, etc. Every day, Facebook engineers push hundreds of these; some big, some little. Most of the 600 million-plus users never notice a thing. And apparently, we’re even less likely to notice changes due to a special feature Facebook has. The “Everyone But TechCrunch Can See This” feature.

As Facebook engineer Chuck Rossi details around minute 23:00 in the video, Facebook has a tool they call “Gatekeeper” which allows them to be in control of who can see what code live on the service at any given time. As Rossi points out, right now on Facebook.com there is already the code for every major thing Facebook is going to launch in the next six months and beyond! It’s the Gatekeeper which stops us from seeing it.

And I do mean “us”. While some of the Gatekeeper parameters are obvious — filter by country, age, data center — one is really interesting. “One of my favorite ones is an ‘everyone except people from TechCrunch can see this’,” Rossi says. He’s serious.

What Facebook has done is likely just put all of our personal profiles on a list of people never eligible to see hidden code. Of course, that doesn’t always work. But it’s also the same type of feature that allowed them to “launch” a new faxing service with us, even though no one else could see it. Funny stuff.

We appreciate Facebook’s attention to detail in keeping us out of their code. Of course, now they’re really asking for it. Do they really think you can’t make a fake account on Facebook? Sure… Stay tuned for the next six months of features coming from Facebook…

The whole talk is excellent and worth watching, we’ve embedded it below.

[thanks Almir]



May 25 2011

21:07

Behold: TechCrunch Erupt In Iceland (Pictures)

As some of you may have read, I was all set to step on a plane on Sunday to head to New York City for TechCrunch Disrupt. Then a giant volcano exploded.

But being stranded in Iceland wasn’t all bad. First of all, it’s a beautiful country. Second, when some local entrepreneurs read about our misfortune, they got together and organized an event: TechCrunch Erupt. My friends and I headed over to the event on Monday for conversation, beer, and livestreaming of TechCrunch Disrupt from the U.S.

They put this event together at the last minute, and dozens of local entrepreneurs still showed up — on a Monday afternoon. Below, find some images of the event (some of you may recognize a few folks from the U.S. tech community in them — and you may remember the two women in the top picture from this story).



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