At a moment when it’s hard to be bullish about smartwatches, Swatch isn’t just embracing the category. It’s going all in. Swatch, Switzerland’s biggest watchmaker, isn’t just planning to launch a smartwatch, the company is actually developing its own operating system in hopes of competing with the likes of Apple and Samsung (which uses a forked version of Tizen).… Read More
 Dubble is officially (re)launching today, in v2, after a year-long hiatus off the app store while the team re-engineered the backend and applied some gloss and community-requested features on the front. We ask co-founder Adam Scott how and why the team has put in so much effort to give a niche photo-blending app a second chance at turning into a self-sustaining community. Read More
DOJ accuses four people of a 2014 Yahoo hack, Reid Hoffman joins Microsoft’s board of directors, a new process for visualizing chips and solving Uber’s navigation problem. All this on Crunch Report. Read More
 Big news, folks! Today, TechCrunch is announcing a new series of events: Sessions. These events will dive deep on a single topic, bringing together experts in the field and those interested in the theme to discuss what matters. Obviously, this is going to be huge! These events will be single-day affairs with limited seating. Some will have intimate discussions with audience participation.… Read More
 McDonald’s began testing mobile ordering and payments on Wednesday in select U.S. markets – the first to receive the technology as part of a pilot test aimed at working out the kinks ahead of a full rollout across the U.S. and to other international markets by year-end.Initially, mobile ordering is available in 29 restaurants in Monterey and Salinas, California, through the… Read More
 You’d think it would be a bit harder to get new users when your startup is a bank. But N26 is now available in 17 different European countries and has opened 300,000 bank accounts for its user base. Currently, a thousand people sign up to N26 every day. The vast majority of the user base still lives in Germany and Austria, but other countries are catching up quickly as more than half of… Read More
Roblox gets $92 million in new funding, Parker Conrad’s new company, Rippling and Waze and Spotify partner up to play music and navigate seamlessly. All this on Crunch Report. Read More
 Jonathan Zdziarski has been a leading expert on Apple and iOS security and forensics for years — and now he’s taking his expertise inside the company. Zdziarski, who has written several books on iOS and was an outspoken supporter of Apple during its battle with the FBI last year, announced on his blog that he’s joining Apple’s Security Engineering and Architecture team… Read More