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A Look Back At 2014

shutterstock_236141542 2014 was an amazing year in startup news. In fact, we wrote more than 13,000 articles here on TechCrunch. That’s why we are giving you a handy TL;DR guide to remind you of all the big news from the past year. Apple: We predict that large phones will be the next big thing. WhatsApp: Sorry, I can’t hear you over the sound of all the $$$$. Amazon: Remember that one time we built… Read More

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Dec

7 Venture Capitalists Predict What Will Happen In 2015

6860259772_65ca429a85_o (1) From cloud wars to the certainty that there will be hacks, venture capitalists believe that 2015 will be a year of tumult and (in public markets anyway) triumph for the startup world. Here are the visions that the general partners, managing directors and partners from firms such as NEA, IVP, Cue Ball Group,General Catalyst Partners and MDV have when they gaze into their crystal balls. Read More

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Flipboard App Updated With Bug Fixes In Windows Phone Store

Flipboard app for Windows Phone just got updated to v2.5.1.0 in Windows Phone Store. This is minor update with only bug fixes and no new features. The last major update added the support for 512MB devices and better performance. Bugs in that release have been fixed now. What’s New: – Support for…

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Flipboard App Updated With Bug Fixes In Windows Phone Store

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Dec

Old Nintendo Manual Says Wario Is Mario’s Childhood Friend, Which Is BS

Old Nintendo Manual Says Wario Is Mario's Childhood Friend, Which Is BS

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author Blake Harris gave the internet another peek at the treasure trove of an historic Nintendo character guide recently. The main revelation this time is that the company insisted Wario "is not Mario’s evil twin," but rather his "childhood friend." Wait a second. What?!?!

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Dec

Comcast Customer Spends Four Hours Canceling His Account

comcast-ouroboros A Comcast user named Mike posted a portion of a four-hour call with the company to cancel his account. The resulting back and forth — full of long, pregnant pauses and corporate rigamarole — isn’t nearly as exciting as Ryan Block’s Kafkaesque hell: Mike’s story is about patience, perseverance and poorly trained customer service providers whereas Ryan’s… Read More

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Ten Ways The World Changed In 2014

3619201281_9472a47839_o Editor’s Note: David Hirsch is a founder of Metamorphic Ventures. The firm is an investor in TalkSpace, Boxbee, Snowball, Voyat and Thrive Market. .  1) We Went From People Searching For Things To Things Finding People Companies are leveraging data in order to serve people with relevant content, commerce, and ads based on situations and locations. In content, a good example of this is… Read More

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Dec

HP Pro Tablet 408 With Stylus Support And 3G Connectivity Coming Soon

HP already has an 8-inch Windows tablet in the name of Stream 8. But it is a consumer focused tablet with a really low price tag of $99. According to the leaked specs from HP site, HP is planning to release an enterprise focused tablet named HP Pro Tablet 408. It will have a 2GB […]

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Awesome Smash Bros. Mod Turns Brawl Into a Pokémon Fighting Game

Smash Bros. does have some Pokémon characters that you can use, like Charizard and Greninja. But, there aren’t enough playable characters for a Pokémon-centric fighting game. Enter mods.

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Dec

FBI Confirms Lizard Squad is Being Investigated for DDoS Attacks on PSN and Xbox Live

This had to happen. After giving ruining Christmas season for many gamers by acutely targeting and taking down two of the most cherished online video game distribution services and after giving a hard time to a few video game giants by attacking their online servers, the notorious black hat hacker group most widely known as Lizard Squad is finally being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the attacks on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live that kept a larger amount of gamers from using their online services for extended periods of time.

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FBI is Investigating the DDoS Attacks on PSN and Xbox Live That Were Reportedly Carried Out by Lizard Squad

Lizard Squad, the notorious hacker collective which took responsibility for attacking the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live and knocking then offline for millions of users across the globe on Christmas Day, has been finally brought in for investigation by Federal Bureau of Investigation. The group had previously also claimed to have attacked and shut down online multiplayer servers for games like Destiny, Call of Duty and FIFA. Although there are currently no details about what is going on between the hacker group and FBI, a spokesperson for the bureau told GamesBeat about the investigation.

“The FBI is investigating the matter. Given the pending nature of the case, we cannot comment further.”

Lizard Squad rose to notoriety after disrupting the normal services offered by several video game companies. The group carried out small attacks on two of the most important console video game content distribution services and on multiplayer servers of some online games. After a few threats, the hacker collective reportedly assaulted PlayStation Network and Xbox Live on Christmas with distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, which swamps a target with junk data and traffic that most servers can’t handle. Due to these attacks, both Sony and Microsoft’s online servers faced frequent outages and stood unresponsive for millions of gamers across the globe. The companies potentially had to pay millions of dollars in lost transactions and to cover the damages.

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DDoS attacks are considered to be unsophisticated and can be carried out using one of the many software available on the web. The attacks are only illegal is they result in a certain amount of damage. With Sony and Microsoft losing truck load of money due to not being able to offer video game content to users through their online stores when the services were out, Lizard Squad certainly can face a criminal case and can be held accountable for the attacks. The group itself seems to be least concerned about the FBI investigation, as it recently responded to reports on the web with the following tweet:

Lizard Squad is turning the publicity it is getting for the recent PlayStation Network and Xbox Live attacks into profit by launching a DDoS-for-hire service where you can ask the hacker collective to attack any site of your choice by paying it a sum of $6. This is not the only profit that the group claimed for its activates, as just recently, Kim Dotcom, the owner of well-known data transfer site called Mega, presented Lizard Squad 3,000 lifetime passes to Mega in return for no more attacks on the online gaming networks. The group is now reportedly selling the passes for $30 each.

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The Craziest Dash Cam Videos Of 2014

The Craziest Dash Cam Videos Of 2014

In 2012, dash cams introduced themselves to the world. In 2013, dash cams started breaking worldwide news. In 2014? Things got weird.

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