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Researchers Want To Send Us To The Moon Using Robots And Oculus Riftview story

http://techcrunch.com –  A researcher at Carnegie Mellon University, Daniel Shafir, and his team want to do something incredible: they want to send a rover to the moon and then let us, the Earthlings, control it and look out of its 360-degree cameras as it tumbles around that barren alien rock. The researchers are working to win a $30 million prize from Google to beam video back from the moon. (IT news)

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Apple Sold 39.3M iPhones During The iPhone 6 Launch Quarter, 12.3M iPads And 5.5M Macsview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Apple’s earnings for the final quarter of its fiscal 2014 year are out, and boy did they sell a lot of iPhones. The hardware quarter saw 39.3 million iPhones sold, along with 12.3 million iPads and a very respectable 5.5 million Macs, with the fading iPod category bringing up the rear with 2.6 million sales. (IT news)

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Apple Patent Hints Remote Unlocking And Trunk Operation Possible For Future CarPlayview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Apple has secured a new patent that suggests it may add more features and capabilities to its automotive software in the future. The patent, published by the USPTO today (via AppleInsider), describes a system in which an iPhone acts as an automatic car remote control when used with head units with CarPlay-like connectivity. (IT news)

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In Oakland, A Sign of Some Very High Timesview story

http://techcrunch.com –  How bad is the commercial real estate crunch in San Francisco and Silicon Valley? Uh, bad? So bad that that prices per square foot are roughly where they were around the first dot-com boom. So bad that Uber decided to go in, buy its own piece of land and build its own headquarters from scratch. So bad that Doug Shorenstein, part of the storied multi-generational family of San Francisco&#8230 (IT news)

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Gillmor Gang LIVE 10.17.14view story

http://techcrunch.com –  Gillmor Gang – Robert Scoble, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. LIVE recording session has concluded for today. Gillmor Gang on Facebook Live FriendFeed chat during the show broadcast Our “Sister Show” G3 on Facebook Read More (IT news)

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AT&T Breaks The Apple SIM’s Best Feature, Locks It Down If You Pick AT&Tview story

http://techcrunch.com –  The idea behind the Apple SIM that comes in the new iPads is most excellent: one sim, many carriers. Whenever you want to switch carriers, you’d just pop into settings and pick the new one. If you want to bring your own SIM, you can — but otherwise, everything happens through software. No swapping SIMs, no ordering new SIMs, no hassle. (IT news)

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Twitter Launches Digits, A New Way To Sign In To Apps Without Using Passwordsview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Today, Twitter announced the launch of a new service called Digits, aimed at application developers looking for a simpler, password-free login option for their mobile applications. (IT news)

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Inside The Spotify – Echo Nest Music Skunkworksview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Truffle Pig is just one of the new musical inventions dreamed up at the sonic skunkworks born from Spotify’s $100 million acquisition of The Echo Nest. (IT news)

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PSA: Don’t Open Random PowerPoint Presentations From Strangers Right Now (Or Ever, Really)view story

http://techcrunch.com –  Heads up! In what feels like a throwback to the late 90s/early 2000’s, Microsoft has discovered one helluva bug in Microsoft Office. (IT news)

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Surface Revenue, Reduxview story

http://techcrunch.com –  In about an hour, Microsoft will release the results of its most recent quarter, the first quarter of its fiscal 2015. The company is expected to report revenue of $22 billion, and earnings per share between $0.49 and $0.55, depending on which set of averaged estimates you trust. That will all come shortly. For now, let’s talk about Surface. Read More (IT news)

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BlaBlaCar’s CEO Shares The Company’s 10-Year Journey And Global Expansion Plansview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Taxi apps and ride-sharing companies may have gained mainstream appeal over the past couple of years, but their arrival has been a long time coming. That’s certainly the case for BlaBlaCar, a France-headquartered startup that was started 10 years ago and just raised a whopping $100 million to expand its business from Europe into the rest of the world. Read More (IT news)

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With Laplock, You Get A Text Message When Somebody Unplugs Your Laptopview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Fresh off the hackathon dungeon, Laplock is a nifty little app developed at our TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon in London. Martin Saint-Macary and Ivan Maeder worked tirelessly for the past 24 hours to build an easy-to-use software lock for your Mac. Here’s how it works. At heart, Laplock is a menubar app for your Mac. (IT news)