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    Whisky or whiskey is a type of distilled alcoholic beverage made from fermented grain mash. Different grains are used for different varieties, including barley, malted barley, rye, malted rye, wheat, buckwheat and corn. Whisky is typically aged in wooden casks, made generally of charred white oak. Whisky is a strictly regulated spirit worldwide with many classes and types. Read More

  • This Week On Bullish: Why Journalists Are Calling It Quits

      Hello friends, and welcome back to Bullish, TechCrunch’s first talk show.Ā This week we’re talking about journalism, leaving it, and what happens when you come back. The move from journalism to PR, to pick one example, is a very well-worn route. Hell, the route from journalism to any other form of work isn’t uncommon — the woes of the world of journalism have… Read More

  • Group Social App Heaps Comes To The US

    Heaps, an app that helps friend groups connect with other groups and find parties, is expanding beyond its home country of Denmark by launching in Los Angeles. The startup is also announcing that it has raised an undisclosed amount of seed funding from investors including billionaire Ron Burkle, musician and producer Steve Aoki, Vine star Logan Paul, Gary Vaynerchuk’s Vayner/RSE and… Read More

  • Periscope Gets Better Maps, Skip Ahead And 3D Touch Shortcuts Including ‘Teleport’

    Some pretty notable updates for Periscope, the live broadcasting service owned by Twitter, just dropped today. Included among the new goodies for users of Periscope for iOS is teleporting, a feature that will transport you to a random part of the world and drop you into a broadcast from there. Read More

  • NY State Rules Daily Fantasy Illegal, Ordering FanDuel & DraftKings To Stop Taking Bets

    Today, the NY Attorney General dropped a bomb on daily fantasy sports sites like FanDuel and DraftKings. Sites like them have been categorized as “illegal gambling sites” and have ordered them to cease taking money from the residents of New York state. The official cease-and-desist notices have been delivered. BREAKING: NY Attorney General determines that FanDuel & DraftKings… Read More

  • What In The Hell Is A #TacoEmojiEngine?

    Tacos. Emojis. Tacos + Emojis. That’s what Taco Bell rolled out to Twitter yesterday. They called it the “#TacoEmojiEngine.” šŸŒ®šŸŒ® What's #TacoEmojiEngine? Tweet us a šŸŒ® + any other emoji to find out. šŸŒ®šŸŒ® — Taco Bell (@tacobell) November 9, 2015 What the hell is it and what is the point? I set out to find out, tweeting along… Read More

  • iHeartMedia Launches A New, Kid-Focused Radio App

    iHeartMedia, maker of the iHeartRadio streaming music app, is launching a new app called iHeartRadio Family. The app includesĀ music and radio stations selected specifically for kids ages four to eleven, and it was created in partnership with children’s retailer Build-A-Bear Workshop — there will be a Build-A-Bear Workshop Radio station, along with stations like tied to popular… Read More

  • HotelTonight Cuts 20 Percent Of Its Workforce

    HotelTonight CEO Sam Shank (pictured above) said the hotel booking startup laid off 37 employees today, 20 percent of its total workforce. Shank described the cuts as “a strategic movement that will enable us to reach our growth and revenue targets” and said they will result in “a more streamlined and focused company.” At the same time, he was quick to add, “This… Read More

  • Apple TV ‘Tech Talks’ Coming To Major Cities Across The Globe

    Want to develop an app for the newly released Apple TV? Of course you do. Not sure how to get started? Apple is touring the globe for “Apple TV Tech Talks” which promise to get you rocking. You have to register by November 13th, though…so hop to it. Between December and February next year Apple is going to their stores in Toronto, Los Angeles, Austin, Seattle, Cupertino… Read More

  • Tumblr Rolls Out Instant Messaging On Both Web And Mobile

    Tumblr today has launched a feature that its user base has wanted for some time: messaging. The blogging platform has long offered an inbox feature and way for its users to ask each other questions, but now it has added threaded, instant messaging as well. The feature is rolling out now on the web as well as within Tumblr’s mobile apps on iOS and Android. Not all users will immediately… Read More

  • Apple Music Comes To Android As An Emissary

    Today, Apple Music comes to Android phones. It’s the first user-centric app that Apple has created for Android (but not its first). As people download and dissect it, they’ll doubtless be looking at how Apple builds on Android, what features are ported over from iOS and what Apple’s pan-operating-system Music philosophy looks like in the mobile age. In advance of the launch… Read More

  • Twitter Sees 6% Increase In “Like” Activity After First Week Of Hearts

    Speaking at the Open Mobile Summit in San Francisco today, Twitter’s SVP of Product, Kevin Weil, shared with the crowd that the new hearts aren’t stopping activity. In fact, the activity is increased: "With the change from favorites to likes we've seen a 6% increase in like activity in just the first week." –@kevinweil — Robi Ganguly (@rganguly) November… Read More

  • Align Uses Your Star Sign To Match You With Potential Suitors

    “What’s your sign?” The question has found itself on one too many “Horrible Pick-Up Lines” lists, but in reality most people who start dating, whether they consider themselves wildly astrological or not, end up asking about star signs. Align, a dating app launching out of beta, is looking to use astrological compatibility to help online daters find a more… Read More

  • Slew Of New Virtual Reality Titles Available Alongside Samsung Gear VR

    As we reported earlier, you can now pre-order your Samsung Gear VR. It’s a device that’s going to unlock virtual reality for a lot of consumers, even though it requires a Samsung phone to drive it. Along with the announcement of pre-order for a ridiculously low $99, a bunch of games are hitting the scene to support its launch. Land’s End by Ustwo Games, Bandit Six: Salvo… Read More

  • Google Maps Gets Offline Navigation And Search

    It’s 8am and you’re in your garage. You have to head into a different direction today, but you can’t fire up Google Maps until you’ve left the garage, because you’re offline. You probably pull off to the side of the road until your phone gets connectivity. Not anymore. Starting today, Google Maps will make itself available offline (search and navigation) for… Read More

  • Hullabalu Raises $2.5 Million For Its Interactive Storytelling App For Kids

    The iPad helped introduceĀ the concept of interactive books, where stories are accompanied by games and other tappable animations to complement their tales. But a company calledĀ HullabaluĀ offers a twist. Instead of digital stories with interactive bits,Ā kids advance the story’s progress by interacting with the world and playing with the characters. Now the company has raised an… Read More

  • SFMTA Rolling Out MuniMobile Transportation Payments App Nov 16

    Out of beta and ready for the masses of San Francisco’s public transportation commuters, MuniMobile will roll out November 16, 2015. MuniMobile is the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s (SFMTA) app enabling city riders to load payments for their trip on their smartphone instead of fumbling for change and waiting in line to buy tickets at the station. Nearly… Read More

  • Google Acquires Fly Labs To Join Its Google Photos Team

    Today, Google acquired Fly Labs to join its Google Photos team. The company aimed to help people edit videos and photos and it sported 3 million downloads over the past 18 months. Their suite of apps (Tempo, Fly and Crop) will be made available for the next three months. You’ll still be able to use them, but there will be no more updates. We're excited to announce that we've… Read More

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