Alibaba smashes estimates as revenue jumps 54% to $7.67 billion

From Techcrunch Alibaba has smashed analyst estimates with its latest financials. The Chinese e-commerce giant reported (PDF) net income of RMB 17.12 billion ($2.47 billion) with total revenue of RMB 53.25 million ($7.67 billion) for its Q3... Read more »

Civil War short ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ touts bleeding-edge VR cinematography at Sundance

From Techcrunch Filmmakers are still trying to wrap their heads around virtual reality, and the results are a mixed bag — but as the technology to create catches up with cinematic techniques... Read more »

Pitchero, a platform for amateur and grassroots sports, scores £3.1M Series A

From Techcrunch Pitchero, a U.K. startup that makes it easy for amateur and grassroots sports clubs to build a web presence and move its community online, has scored £3.1 million in Series... Read more »

Let’s make Series A terms more logical by moving to object-oriented capital

From Techcrunch Seed terms have gotten much better, but I still find Series A (and beyond) term sheets frustrating. I think we can change the “norm” by offering entrepreneurs a better alternative.... Read more »

Whitehouse.gov petition seeking Trump tax returns flies past 100,000 signature goal

From Techcrunch A Whitehouse.gov petition calling for President Donald Trump to immediately release his tax returns has surpassed the 100,000-signature threshold in under a day, garnering a Whitehouse response. It’s not clear that the... Read more »

Jack Dorsey apologizes for Twitter glitch forcing some users to follow Trump’s @POTUS

From Techcrunch Twitter chief Jack Dorsey today apologized for what he says were technical problems causing some Twitter users to involuntarily follow the @POTUS account as it was handed over to Donald... Read more »

Defense and Homeland Security Secretaries confirmed controlling $86.7 billion in tech spending

From Techcrunch As the nation’s capital prepared to celebrate the inauguration of the nation’s 45th President, Senators confirmed President Donald Trump’s nominees for Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of the Department... Read more »

Weekly Roundup: Zuckerberg defends Oculus in court, Obama commutes Chelsea Manning sentence

From Techcrunch President Trump is officially the 45th President of the United States. Minutes after the inauguration, the White House’s LGBT rights page disappeared, as well as any mention of the terms... Read more »

The cost of hot selfie app Meitu? A healthy dose of your personal info

From Techcrunch You’ve probably seen a Meitu selfie in your Instagram or Facebook feed in the past 24 hours. The app smoothes skin, slims down faces, and even applies a layer of... Read more »

Matt Cutts steps down from Google, steps up at the U.S. Digital Service

From Techcrunch After dipping his toes in government work last year, Google Search guru Matt Cutts is now stepping away from Google in a more permanent way. Cutts, who has wrestled spam and SEO... Read more »