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Editor's note: Matt Turck is a managing director of FirstMark Capital.
The emerging Internet of Things is experiencing a burst of activity and creativity that is getting entrepreneurs, VCs and the press equally excited.
It’s that time of the week for CrunchWeek, the show where a few of us writers chat up the most interesting stories from the past seven days. Heads up, Android fans. If you took the plunge and backed the rather sleek Shine wearable activity tracker from Misfit Wearables, you may want to get your money back. Price and ship date are always the biggest concerns when new gadgets or hardware hits the market, but in the case of the Xbox One, it's likely to help determine whether the "home entertainment system," as Microsoft is characterizing it, becomes the category-busting, revolutionary multi-purpose living room command center it's being billed as, or ends up just another console with niche appeal that makes it a target of lust for core gamers, but few outside that circle. Microsoft's Xbox One presents a big and complicated machine whose primary purpose is a menu layer for watching television. The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, John Taschek, and Steve Gillmor — neatly sidestepped the Yahoo Tumblr acquisition and segued into the wonderful world of messaging. Google Buzz, the social service that Google launched way back in 2010 and then killed in 2011, reminded former users that their data still lives in and will be moved over to your Google Drive accounts in July. Although 3D printing technology has existed for some time, it's only now beginning to cross over into mainstream awareness, thanks to increasingly affordable access to the printers themselves as well as attention-grabbing headlines about 3D printed guns and life-saving medical applications. Your government is worried. The world is "going dark." Once upon a time, telephones were the only way to talk to someone far away, and the authorities could wiretap any phone they wanted. Editor's note: Jon Gottfried is a Developer Evangelist at Twilio, co-founder of the Hacker Union, and a StartupBus Conductor.