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TechCrunch now a sister site of Download Squad

There were rumors about it yesterday, but today we find out that it actually happened: AOL has purchased TechCrunch, one of the biggest blogs (and blog networks) in the technology industry. AOL CEO Tim Armstrong announced the news this morning at TechCrunch's Disrupt conference, noting that TechCrunch will become part of the AOL Technology Network that includes sites like Engadget, Switched, The...

Scribd switches to HTML5. Another Flash fail? Not this time ...

TechCrunch has an interview with the CEO of Web-based document repository Scribd, and he has some interesting things to say about the company's recent switch from Flash to an HTML5-based viewer. Apparently, ditching Flash has led to a huge increase in Scribd's user engagement; we're talking about the same number of users, but they're spending three times as much time on the site as they used to....

Facebook "Like" boxes randomly sprouting baby Facebooks - they're not very cute

We have yet another story of failure. The Facebook "Like box" that's currently inhabiting TechCrunch's sidebar apparently began randomly growing miniature Facebooks on Thursday as users visited the site while logged into the network. All it took to correct the problem was a page refresh, and while there doesn't seem to be any real security risk in this happening (that I know of), it's still...

Facebook takes chat feature offline to plug gaping privacy hole -- ready to delete your account yet?

If you've been wondering why Facebook chat was mysteriously "down for maintenance" during normally high-usage hours this morning, it's probably because they were alerted this morning to a pretty serious security hole in their privacy settings. The hole allowed for what can only be called one of the easiest exploits in recent memory; it allowed any Facebook user to see his or her friends' live...

Facebook working on a Gmail competitor

If you hate the Facebook inbox as much as I do, this will come as welcome news; according to TechCrunch, Facebook will soon be launching a full webmail client. Dubbed Project Titan it will be a full blown mail client similar to Gmail with full POP and IMAP support. According to Michael Arrington your address will be your current Vanity URL @facebook.com. With 350 million active Facebook...

Local business finder RedBeacon wins TechCrunch50

Whether you love TechCrunch or hate it, you must admit that the TechCrunch50 conference does a decent job of generating exposure for startups. I had never heard of this year's winner, RedBeacon, before TechCrunch50, and I have no doubt that the publicity the company gets from the event will be at least as valuable as the $50,000 prize. RedBeacon is a local business finder that TechCrunch...

It's you and an iPod vs. Arrington in The EV Files - Time Waster

There's been plenty of vitriolic heated discussion in Tech circles recently over Twitter's recent security breaches and the subsequent publication of certain documents. Whilst we're not all that interested in the documents, we're always game here at Download Squad for a little light-hearted time-wasting over the latest blogosphere outrage. That's where The EV Files comes in. A quick and easy...

Twitter's internal documents: stolen, boring

Some internal Twitter documents were recently compromised by a hacker who offered them to various tech websites for publication. Other than the illicit way they were obtained - via some weak passwords set by Twitter employees, Biz Stone suggests in a blog post - the documents are pretty boring. TechCrunch, as you might expect if you're at all familiar with that blog, has gone ahead and published...

TechCrunch vs. Last.fm vs. the RIAA, Round 2

Remember the panic a while back about social music site Last.FM supposedly leaking listener data to the RIAA? TechCrunch sure does, because they started the rumor, and then faced accusations of shoddy reporting from basically the whole Internet when it turned out to be false. Well, now TechCrunch have uncovered some new information that shows they were right after all ... sort of. Last.fm's...

Flock still undecided on switch to Chrome

TechCrunch is at it again, posting things about companies that the companies themselves aren't even aware of. This time, it was a report that the popular social browser Flock, which is currently built on Firefox, is switching to Chrome. Not so fast, Flock says. TechCrunch updated their post with this comment from Flock CEO Shawn Hardin: "We haven't ceased development efforts on the Mozilla...

Last.fm not really sharing data with RIAA

Have you torrented the new U2 album? We won't tell, and neither will Last.fm, if those unreleased tracks show up on your listening profile. That's not what TechCrunch is saying, though. Earlier today, they incorrectly reported that Last.fm turned over listener data to the RIAA as part of an investigation into piracy of the U2 record. According to TechCrunch's anonymous source, "I heard from an...

Download Squad's Pictures from The Crunchies After-Party

Don't worry, we're not going all Valleywag on our loyal readers, but with a bucket-load of photos from the Crunchies (and ensuing party) we thought it wise to separate the sober from the (Myspace-sponsored) party photos from San Francisco's City Hall. Thanks to all at TechCrunch for welcoming us Download Squad-ers to the event! ...

Download Squad's Pictures from The Crunchies

Friday night saw myself and our intrepid leader Victor Agreda Jr swing by the Crunchies. In amongst the swathes of free, MySpace-sponsered beer, we rubbed shoulders with many of the stars of Silicon Valley and acknowledge some of the notable services and devices of the last 12 months. Stay tuned for yet more photos from the after-party later today! ...

Google Chrome, the web chimes in

Yesterday might have been a US holiday, but the Twittering and blogging masses were awakened (by quacking claxons, I'm sure) to the inadvertent leak of Google Chrome, the oft-rumored browser from the search giant. Naturally, everyone wants a piece of the action. Here are a few of the stories we're digesting: TechCrunch has some juicy first pics of the browser. They snagged a few blurry YouTube...

Is Google playing Microsoft to Facebook's Apple?

Microsoft became the market leader in operating system deployment largely by making its OS and software available to any hardware maker that wanted to license the technology. Apple, on the other hand, has always insisted the its OS should only run on Apple-labeled computers. So while Microsoft is often slammed for not being "open," the company owes much of what it is to early openness. And it...