13 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

This week's tech news saw President Obama coding, the launch of the Samsung Gear VR, and Instagram surpassing Twitter in users. We give you our best articles from the week (12/6-12/12). 1. Barack Obama became the first president to code, writing a few lines of Javascript as part of the Hour Of Code, an event that encourages students to try just one hour of programming. 2. Uber was banned in New Delhi after a driver was arrested for raping his passenger. Uber is now facing legal action in India. 3. Columnist Jon Evans wrote an analysis about the Bitcoin community, and the battle that is brewing between competing cryptocurrencies. 4. Instagram now says 300 million people use its app every month. That makes Instagram officially bigger than Twitter, which had 284 million active users as of six weeks ago. The app also announced plans to strengthen its authenticity with verified badges for celebrities and brands. 5. John Biggs called out the realities of Comcast, and while the free Internet for all Comcast subscribers everywhere model is the goal – the reality clashes with the Internet user’s sense of freedom and control. 6. Robinhood, the app that lets you track the performance of stocks and trade them for free, finally hit the iOS App Store. 7. Matthew Panzarino wrote a piece about the Apple iPad and how the company is figuring out how to sell an archetype. 8. We saw the launch of the Samsung Gear VR, a mobile headset that uses its software and VR hardware expertise to give Galaxy Note 4 owners a taste of immersive virtual reality. 9. Ford launched the Sync 3, its next-generation, in-car technology package. The biggest change? Sync 3 is powered by QNX instead of Microsoft Auto. 10. Co-founder of Uncommon Union Paul Johnson wrote about Moore's Law and the 30-Year Rule, arguing that when it comes to tech, we should be striving for a collaborative golden age, not just a 10-month flip. 11. YouTube rolled out a built-in super-fast GIF maker, and its quite easy to use. 12. Wakie, the ‘social alarm clock’ that lets you wake up (and be woken up by) strangers, finally arrived on iOS. 13. A new app called Workflow, that lets you create shortcuts for the things you do all the time on your phone or tablet, became the #1 paid app in the App Store. Kyle demos the automation app here.
Anna Escher

Anna Escher is a Writer at Gigabuzz, focused on covering early-stage startups, especially those with a technology focus and great perks.

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