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A call to action for tech  

 Tech is uniting against Trump. From 127 tech firms teaming up against Trump’s immigration ban, to Google employees’ massive walkout in response to the immigration ban, to Lyft’s $3 million donation to the ACLU, tech has taken up the language of protest and spoken loud and clear. However, as the tech community’s voice grows louder, it must be strategic in how it directs… Read More

2017-04-25 21:58:58
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Google's and Intertrust's new PatentShield helps startups fight patent litigation in return for equity  

 Google and Intertrust today announced the launch of PatentShield, a new program that aims to help defend startups from patent litigation — in return for a stake in those companies. The basic idea here is to give startups that join the program ownership of a selection of patents from Google’s and Intertrust’s portfolio that they can then use as a deterrent against… Read More

2017-04-25 20:44:53
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Gett in advanced talks to buy Juno for $250M as Uber rivals consolidate  

 As Uber continues to work through its many layers of turmoil as a business, its smaller rivals are seizing the moment and consolidating to double down on their own ambitions in transportation-on-demand. Multiple sources tell TechCrunch that Gett — the taxi-hailing service backed by $300 million from Volkswagen — is acquiring Juno — one of the latest upstarts on the… Read More

2017-04-25 20:03:19
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A chat with Imzy co-founder Jessica Moreno on building a kinder online community  

 Jessica Moreno and her co-founder Dan McComas couldn’t find the kind of inclusive online community they were looking for when they left Reddit in the summer of 2015 so they left the Bay Area and headed east to Salt Lake City to start Imzy, a community platform encouraging kinder interactions with like-minded individuals. Moreno and McComas spent six years prior to… Read More

2017-04-25 18:46:25
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If you build a flying car, will they come?  

 Flying cars have been a sci-fi promise for decades, and we’re hearing that they may be a reality soon. Maybe. But are consumers really waiting with bated breath for a flying car? Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle at the University of Michigan’s Sustainable Worldwide Transportation group surveyed 508 Americans to find out what people think of this sci-fi dream becoming reality. Read More

2017-04-25 17:51:58
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Be the alien you want to see in the theaters with the new Alien: Covenant VR experience  

 As part of the media push surrounding the premiere of Alien: Covenant (set to debut May 19th), Twentieth Century Fox and its compatriots are offering up a VR teaser — Alien: Covenant In Utero. This non-Nirvana-related short puts an audience inside the moment of birth for Alien’s eponymous aliens. The short (much like the album from which it does not take its name) is bloody… Read More

2017-04-25 16:47:45
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Uber seeks information from Larry Page in Waymo court case  

 Uber is looking to get Google co-founder and Alphabet CEO Larry Page to provide a deposition in the ongoing court case between itself and Waymo. The company made the request in court today during a discovery hearing before Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley, and Waymo opposed the request. Read More

2017-04-25 16:32:25
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Sense360 raises $7 million to track customers in fast food restaurants  

 Physical tracking in shops has been a global trend since at least 2013. Using a cell phone’s location data and video monitoring, retailers have been tracking customers’ movements through stores in an effort to regain some of the ground lost to the online retail experience. At least, that’s the argument from stores. And now fast food restaurants are picking up the rallying cry. Read More

2017-04-25 16:22:37
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Tune in for the The Duke Of York's live Pitch @ Palace annual event right here  

 The Duke Of York’s Pitch@Palace event is are now a regular annual feature fixture in the London startup scene, and TechCrunch is delighted to live stream the pitches of the teams Pitch@Palace has selected from its events throughout the year. Today you can watch the event being broadcast live right here from 17.40 London time or 09.40 SF time. Today is the final event of Pitch@Palace… Read More

2017-04-25 13:44:52
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Collaboration startup Splice introduces sound effects to its library  

 At his startup Splice, Steve Martocci said he’s aiming to build “the creative hub for the modern musician.” And with the latest addition to the service, he’s looking to work with sound designers and sound editors, too. Splice offers both collaboration tools and a library of royalty-free music samples, which it calls Splice Sounds. More recently, it’s expanded… Read More

2017-04-25 13:33:56
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Talkdesk launched an app store for enterprise call center customers  

 Over the last several years Talkdesk has offered a way for businesses to get a cloud-based call center up and running. Today the company is launching AppConnect, a place where customers can connect with other vendors who provide services adjacent to its offerings. As a result, it can round out the products and services needed to efficiently run a call center. Read More

2017-04-25 12:14:29
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The Internet of Cows herds hackers to support the global cattle industry  

 Cows are generally not top of mind among those who call the animal pen, South of Market, San Francisco, home. But BovControl, a Brazilian startup building data analytics tools to support livestock operations, is working to close the gap between technologists and ranchers. Host of the Internet of Cows hackathon, in partnership with Google Launchpad and The Silicon Valley Forum, the… Read More

2017-04-25 11:32:09
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BrickerBot is a vigilante worm that destroys insecure IoT devices  

A hacker called The Janitor has created multiple versions of a program called BrickerBot, a system that searches out and bricks insecure IoT devices. A researcher named Pascal Geenens has followed the worm for a few weeks and has seen it pop up and essentially destroy infected webcams and other IoT devices. The devices all used a Linux package called BusyBox and had exposed telnet-based… Read More

2017-04-25 10:56:24
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Uber targets 2020 for on-demand VTOL demo flights in Dallas and Dubai  

 Uber is making its vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) plans more concrete, via new partnerships announced today during its Elevate conference focused on the VTOL industry. The partnerships are with established aeronautics and emerging VTOL players, and will focus on two markets initially, including Dallas and Dubai. Read More

2017-04-25 10:51:54
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New Box platform pricing designed to give developers more cost certainty  

 Box has been in the process of enhancing its developer platform, and today it announced a new pricing plan designed to provide developers with more cost certainty than the old pricing approach. “We’ve been in the market for 18 months and there has been a tremendous amount of traction, but pricing was still complicated,” Jeetu Patel, CSO and SVP of Box Platform told TechCrunch. Read More

2017-04-25 10:19:18
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Palantir settles racial discrimination lawsuit with the Department of Labor  

 Palantir has reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Labor over a lawsuit alleging racial discrimination against Asian people in the company’s hiring and selection processes for engineering roles. As part of the agreement, Palantir will pay $1.7 million in back wages and other types of monetary relief, like stock value options, to those affected. Read More

2017-04-25 09:40:13
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Surging tech stocks have pushed Nasdaq over 6000 for the first time ever  

 The Nasdaq composite just passed 6000 for the first time, hitting an all-time intraday high in the process. Over the past 12 months the composite is up nearly 32%. The majority of this strong performance can be attributed to five technology stocks that have also been surging – Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft and Alphabet account for about 40% of the composite’s gains in 2017.… Read More

2017-04-25 09:35:01
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Apple to launch new educational sessions at stores, including advanced courses, performances, labs & more  

 Apple announced this morning a new initiative aimed at offering an expanded and more in-depth series of programs and training sessions in its stores, under the branding “Today at Apple.” The company is adding dozens of educational sessions starting next month to all 495 stores worldwide, which will go beyond teaching users the basics of using Apple hardware and software,… Read More

2017-04-25 09:21:50
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Airbnb's new open source library lets you design with React and render to Sketch  

 Today, Airbnb’s design team open sourced its internal library for writing React components that easily render directly to Sketch. Instead of trying to get Sketch to export to code, the Airbnb team spent its time on the opposite — putting the paintbrush in the hands of the engineer. Everyday engineers and designers have the luxury of operating without design systems, but large… Read More

2017-04-25 09:15:07
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Desktop Metal reveals how its 3D printers rapidly churn out metal objects  

 Today, Desktop Metal revealed pricing and other details for its 3D printers, which can make objects out of hundreds of different alloys including steel, aluminum, titanium and copper. In terms of quality, the parts produced by Desktop Metal systems compare to injection-molded items, says the startup’s CEO and cofounder Ric Fulop. While metal 3D printers have been around for decades… Read More

2017-04-25 08:35:17
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Spotify brings its Behind the Lyrics annotations to Android  

 Over a year ago, Spotify inked a deal with music annotation startup Genius to provide the backstory to the songs you’re streaming through a feature called Behind the Lyrics, which pops up additional commentary as you’re listening to tracks on the service. Today, the company says the feature is finally making its way over to Android, where it will initially be available across a… Read More

2017-04-25 08:28:40
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Watch Uber's Elevate electric VTOL summit live right here  

 Uber’s Elevate summit, which brings together experts in the vertical take-off and landing industry, is happening in Dallas, Texas starting today and continuing through tomorrow. The conference includes a number of sessions, with participation from experts from some of the largest aeronautics companies in the world, as well as regulators and leading academics. Basically, if… Read More

2017-04-25 07:44:06
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Uber must turn over to Waymo information about its acquisition of Otto, court rules  

 Anthony Levandowski, the engineer at the center of the legal battle between Google and Uber over driverless-car technology, has suffered a setback. Levandowski has broadly invoked his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination. However, an appeals court has denied his request to extend his Fifth Amendment rights so broadly that Uber could redact documents on Levandowski’s behalf. Read More

2017-04-25 07:36:07
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YouTube Kids comes to smart TVs  

 YouTube Kids, the application offering a filtered version of YouTube that’s more kid-friendly, is now natively available on the big screen for the first time, Google announced today. Previously a mobile-only application, YouTube Kids will now be offered on a range of smart TVs, including those from LG, Samsung and Sony. Read More

2017-04-25 06:39:29
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Axios co-founder Mike Allen will discuss the evolution of media at Disrupt NY  

 Thanks to his work at Politico, Mike Allen has been described as “The Man the White House Wakes Up To.” But he left the site last year and teamed up with Politico’s Jim VandeHei to launch Axios, a media startup that combines brevity with real reporting. Axios (the name comes from the Greek word for “worthy”) isn’t the only site focusing on short,… Read More

2017-04-25 06:07:17
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Google's Sergey Brin said to be working on a zeppelin-like airship  

 Google co-founder Sergey Brin has been known to enjoy ambitious flights of technological fancy, but this may be his flightiest: Bloomberg reports the enigmatic billionaire, who favors dark attire and once leapt out of an airplane wearing Google Glass to promote the launch of the wearable, is now working on a secret airship in a NASA hangar. Read More

2017-04-25 05:47:18
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CommonBond now offers direct student loans alongside debt refinancing  

 CommonBond, one of the biggest of the second generation of startups tackling online lending, has launched a direct student loan product as it expands its footprint in the debt business. The company is known for its strict qualification requirements for refinancing packages and with an initial focus on the high end of student lending (servicing only 20 — mostly ivy league —… Read More

2017-04-25 05:22:41
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There's now an Amazon Dash button for underwear  

 Amazon this morning gave an update on its Dash buttons in light of its recent expansion to support over 300 brands, and, in typical Amazon fashion, it didn’t release any hard numbers in terms of Dash buttons in the wild, or sales figures generated by these push-button ordering devices. However, there was a hint that Dash buttons’ traction is growing – the company said that a… Read More

2017-04-25 05:13:10
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FaceApp apologizes for building a racist AI  

 If only all algorithmic bias were as easy to spot as this: FaceApp, a photo-editing app that uses a neural network for editing selfies in a photorealistic way, has apologized for building a racist algorithm. Read More

2017-04-25 04:42:58
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Oscar Health officially rolls out its small business product Oscar for Business  

 Oscar Health, a startup rethinking health insurance for the digital age, is rolling out a new product for small businesses called Oscar for Business. The rollout moves Oscar further away from its original bet on individual insurance through the Affordable Care Act, a move which vaulted the company, now valued at $2.7 billion, to initial success. Oscar was the only startup that had the… Read More

2017-04-25 04:27:23
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Babylon Health raises further $60M to continue building out AI doctor app  

 Babylon Health, the U.K. startup that offers a digital healthcare app using a mixture of artificial intelligence (AI) and video and text consultations with doctors and specialists, has raised $60 million in new funding. Read More

2017-04-25 04:20:17
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MikMak is using mini infomercials to help retailers turn their stories into sales  

 MikMak, the New York-based startup that is trying to make short and catchy infomercials (aptly named minimercials) the future of commerce, is launching a new feature to help retailers monetize their stories on Instagram and Snapchat. The new product is called Attach, and serves as a middleman between a retailer’s daily story on a platform like Instagram and the actual product available… Read More

2017-04-25 04:11:59
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Crunch Report | Self-Driving Company Waymo Launches Public Test  

 Today’s Stories  Waymo begins first public on-demand self-driving service test in Arizona Google tweaks Search to help combat ‘fake news’ Facebook shows Related Articles and fact checkers before you open links Netflix enters China via licensing deal with top video streaming service iQiyi Gett in advanced talks to buy Juno for $250M as Uber rivals consolidate Credits… Read More

2017-04-25 03:47:33
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JD.com creates new unit for its logistics services  

 JD.com, China’s second-largest e-commerce company after Alibaba, will create a new business group called JD Logistics. Not to be confused with a Wisconsin-based company that has a similar name, JD Logistics will take advantage of the company’s existing delivery and warehouse infrastructure. Read More

2017-04-25 03:23:32
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Samsung's new app uses emojis to help people with language disorders communicate  

 Once derided as a silly novelty, emojis are coming into their own as a communication tool. New app Wemogee uses the ideograms to help people with aphasia, a language-processing disorder that makes it difficult to read, write or talk. Read More

2017-04-25 03:14:26
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Oneva wants to make it easier to access elder, infant and child care through employee benefits  

 When it comes to finding someone to take care of your kids or your aging parent, the on-demand aspect of services that some businesses offer is not really a selling point. The most important element is trust and the peace of mind that you’re hiring a qualified person to take care of some of the most important people in your life. Onēva enables employers to offer elder, infant and… Read More

2017-04-25 03:13:39
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Tor node operator arrested in Russia will be held on terrorism charges until June trial  

 Earlier this month, a Tor node operator in Russia was arrested in a potential misunderstanding about the nature of the decentralized network. Dmitry Bogatov, a lecturer at the Moscow Finance and Law University, was taken into custody on April 6 and charged with organizing mass unrest, which was later appended with the more serious charge of incitement to terrorist activity. He remains in… Read More

2017-04-25 03:01:42
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Banking app Pockit picks up further £2.9M as it readies new remittance service  

 Pockit, a mobile banking app that provides current account functionality and is targeting the U.K.’s “underbanked,” has picked up £2.9 million in further funding and will soon begin rolling out a remittance service to make it easier for its users to send money abroad. Read More

2017-04-25 02:15:49
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TechCrunch Disrupt returns to San Francisco in September  

 Are you ready for this, San Francisco? TechCrunch is thrilled to announce that we are coming back to the Bay Area for Disrupt SF 2017. Mark your calendars — Disrupt SF 2017 takes place September 18-20 at Pier 48, and it’s going to be an impressive show. With the announcement, we’re also once again giving a select few the opportunity to buy deeply discounted tickets to… Read More

2017-04-25 02:12:31
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Facebook shows Related Articles and fact checkers before you open links  

 Facebook wants you to think about whether a headline is true and see other perspectives on the topic before you even read the article. In its next step against fake news, Facebook today begins testing a different version of its Related Articles widget that normally appears when you return to the News Feed after opening a link. Now Facebook will also show Related Articles including third-party… Read More

2017-04-25 02:06:03
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Greg Mark of Markforged talks about putting metal into the microwave  

 When a guy like Greg Mark emails it pays to reply. Mark, who is the eccentric and excitable founder of Markforged, a 3D printer systems that spits out ready-made carbon fiber and metal products, is always good for a glimpse into the future. This week he pinged me with a quick message: “We’re putting metal in the microwave.” And boy is he ever. His current system prints metal… Read More

2017-04-25 01:43:25
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Funding for the Tor Project reached a record $3.3 million in 2015  

 Last year was a challenging one for the Tor Project, the non-profit organization beyond the anonymous global network. Prominent developer Jacob Applebaum stood down following allegations of sexual mistreatment, an ugly saga that resulted in the appointment of a new board of directors and the introduction of policies aimed at preventing similar incidents in the future. Despite those goings-on,… Read More

2017-04-25 01:32:26
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Google is fixing up Chromecast's 'Cast a tab' feature and you can try the new version now  

 I’ve been saying it for a few years now, but I really, really like the Chromecast — Google’s simple little dongle for streaming Netflix/Hulu/YouTube etc. from your devices to your TV with just a tap or two. It does what it’s supposed to do, does it well and doesn’t try to do anything more than that. Well… that’s not entirely true. Read More

2017-04-25 01:24:59
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Google tweaks Search to help combat 'fake news'  

 Google has made some adjustments to how Search works, which are aimed at improving the general quality of returned results, and more specifically at fighting the problem of “fake news,” which Google takes to mean “content on the web [that[ has contributed to the spread of blatantly misleading, low quality, offensive or downright false information,” according to a blog… Read More

2017-04-25 01:18:27
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Data management startup Rubrik is raising up to $200M on a $1B valuation  

 Make way for another juggernaut amongst enterprise startups: Rubrik, a data backup company that only emerged from stealth in 2015, is in the process of raising between $150 million and $200 million on a valuation of $1 billion as the company enters a period of strong demand for its storage and data management products, according to sources. TechCrunch first learned of the new fundraise via… Read More

2017-04-24 20:54:48
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Mercedes-Benz expands car sharing service Croove beyond pilot phase  

 Mercedes-Benz started testing out a new car sharing service in December of last year, debuting Croove in a limited pilot allowing people to rent out their cars on-demand for short stints in Munich. The program has proven successful enough for Mercedes to expand it to other German cities, including Berlin, where it began operations in mid-April. The Daimler-owned car brand’s program is… Read More

2017-04-24 20:47:10
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'Scanner Sombre' arms you with lidar for a gorgeous, creepy explore-'em-up  

 Something about the polychromatic pointillism of lidar imagery has always intrigued me, but as a writer I can’t say I have many opportunities to use the technology. That’s why I’m excited about a lovely looking new game from the creators of Prison Architect in which you are exploring a pitch-black cave with nothing but lidar. Read More

2017-04-24 19:31:03
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Seattle grapples with Airbnb in proposal to limit hosts to two properties  

 Seattle will move forward with plans to restrict how many units its residents can list on short-term rental platforms like Airbnb and VRBO. Keeping things a little more lax than cities that have adopted a one-host, one-home policy, Seattle’s proposal would allow each short-term rental host to list their own place of residence coupled with one extra housing unit. Read More

2017-04-24 17:43:16
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Uber gets sued over alleged 'Hell' program to track Lyft drivers  

 Uber has another lawsuit on its hands. This time, it’s about Uber’s alleged use of a program called “Hell.” The plaintiff, Michael Gonzales, drove for Lyft during the time Uber allegedly used the software. He’s seeking $5 million in a class action lawsuit. Read More

2017-04-24 16:01:52
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Jimmy Wales' Wikitribune to combat fake news with wiki-powered journalism  

 With fake news continuing to dominate the discussion about the future of the media and role of social networks in spreading it, many in the tech world have tried to come up with ways to fight this new cancer. Various pronouncements have been made by Google, Facebook and Twitter about tweaking their algorithms. But it’s hard to get away from the fact that human beings are probably going… Read More

2017-04-24 15:44:39
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Federal court decides that Adobe can't stay under a gag order over search warrant forever  

 According to newly unsealed documents, a federal court in California ruled that it is unlawful for Adobe to remain under an indefinite gag order regarding a search warrant for one of its users. In the ruling, the Los Angeles court concluded that the government had not made a sufficient argument to support the ongoing nature of a gag order it issued to Adobe in 2016. Read More

2017-04-24 15:29:16
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LoveCrafts, a social network and marketplace for makers, raises $33M  

 Facebook may have the generalist social network on lockdown, but when it comes to communities based around special interests, the playing field remains full of promise. Today, a U.K. startup called LoveCrafts, aimed at knitters and other home craft makers with a platform that is part social network and part e-commerce marketplace, is announcing a significant growth round to seize that opportunity. Read More

2017-04-24 14:56:43
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Samsung says the Galaxy S8 easily outsold the S7  

 The Galaxy S8 experience is something of a mixed bag – but it’s certainly not a bomb. As ever, Samsung isn’t giving out exact numbers, but the company is happily reporting that the new flagship has seen a 30-percent increase in pre-orders over its predecessor, here in the States. The new sales figures technically account for two separate handsets – the S8 and S8+… Read More

2017-04-24 13:57:57
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Amazon's driverless tech team focuses not on building it, but on how to use it  

 Amazon has a team dedicated to driverless technology, the Wall Street Journal reports, but their focus isn’t on building self-driving cars or trucks; instead, the Amazon squad acts as a kind of braintrust looking at how to best employ autonomous vehicle technology to serve the ecommerce giant’s business goals. The Amazon team was set up just over a year ago, and it’s… Read More

2017-04-24 13:55:39
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Instagram is down around the world [Update: anddd it's back]  

 Reports of the Instagram outage began around 10:35am Pacific, though by 11:04am some users in the states and U.K. were regaining access to the website. At that time, Instagram tweeted that it is aware of and working on the issue. Read More

2017-04-24 13:36:11
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Tesla's Model 3 production plans said to include a risky manufacturing move  

 Tesla’s making a bet on its production process for the Model 3 that defies accepted industry know-how – which is not at all an unusual strategy for the young carmaker. Basically all of Tesla’s success thus far has been due to its ability to defy accepted industry wisdom, but with the Model 3 production line, the risk centers around skipping a step in the manufacturing process… Read More

2017-04-24 13:36:09
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Reefill wants you to drink more tap water  

 Reefill is a New York-based company that wants you to stop buying bottled water. Their system, which will be installed in delis and fast food restaurants, lets you refill your water bottle for free with filtered tap water that should, in theory, be better than the swill you currently get from water fountains. The founders, Jason Pessel, Andrew Betlyon, and Patrick Connorton, first worked on… Read More

2017-04-24 13:25:07
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Amazon launches 'Subscribe with Amazon,' a marketplace for digital subscriptions  

 Amazon has made headway in the subscription business with its Subscribe & Save feature for consumers. Now, the retailer is looking to expand its subscription footprint with a new program called Subscribe with Amazon, which aims to make Amazon the place to discover, subscribe to and manage a range of digital subscriptions. Read More

2017-04-24 12:57:14
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VideoBlocks goes beyond moving pictures and announces its stock photo marketplace  

 VideoBlocks made a name for itself a few years ago when it launched its subscription-based stock video service and — later on — a members-only marketplace for buying one-off clips, too. Now, the company is following a very similar model for its expansion into the stock photo space as well. That new service is now open for photographers who want to contribute their images and… Read More

2017-04-24 12:40:46
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How a Berlin startup beat the online giants at image recognition  

 Can a machine learn aesthetics in a way a human would? Could it then look at a set of photos, and draw on those same aesthetics to reproduce a different set? It’s a big question because it has long-term implications for how AI is going to develop. What are aesthetics anyway? Is it just what you “like”? How does it all work? When you as a human find it hard to express what… Read More

2017-04-24 12:05:39
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Revolar, the personal safety button, can get you out of tight spots  

 A new hardware/app device called Revolar aims to make it safe to walk the streets. This tiny button will notify your friends and family if you’re scared, the authorities if you’re in trouble, and will even simulate a phone call if you need to get out of a sticky situation. It works with iOs and Android and ships in May. The idea for Revolar came about when co-founder Jacqueline… Read More

2017-04-24 11:52:56
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Dairy might have snuck into Soylent 1.8 powder, prompting recall  

 Soylent, the meal replacement drink/powder that frees people from the pesky task of eating so they can “use less, do more,” has recalled its Soylent 1.8 powder over the potential presence of dairy. Soylent 1.8 is specifically listed on the company’s website as “lactose-free.” Whoops. Read More

2017-04-24 11:12:27
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Find out how startups are transforming real estate investing at Disrupt NY  

 Ever since the financial crisis of 2008, investors have been wary of investing in real estate. But startups have emerged over the last decade to help provide more transparency and accessibility to an industry that until recently had suffered from antiquated technology and a business based mostly on personal relationships between real estate investors, developers and property managers. Read More

2017-04-24 10:44:25
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Apple cuts App Store affiliate commission from 7% to 2.5%  

 Apple just sent an email to members of the App Store affiliate program saying that App Store commissions will be reduced from 7 percent to 2.5 percent on May 1st — that’s a 64 percent cut. While this change will have no effect on App Store users, it has some implications on the App Store ecosystem. Many websites from the Apple community link to App Store downloads with a unique… Read More

2017-04-24 10:40:02
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New Microsoft tools integrate LinkedIn data directly into Dynamics 365  

 Microsoft announced some significant integrations between LinkedIn, the professional social network it bought last year for over $26 billion and Microsoft Dynamics 365, the company’s CRM and ERP suite. It was clear that when Microsoft paid that much money for LinkedIn, it had plans to use that data in other Microsoft products. Those ideas began to emerge last summer with some Office… Read More

2017-04-24 09:34:45
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Is Spotify working on a wearable?  

 Spotify is said to be exploring the launch of branded wearable, according to rumors floated by a “trusted source” at Zatz Not Funny. There’s little information out there at this early stage, though a job listing posted by the company does lend some validity to the project. Based at the streaming service’s global headquarters in Stockholm, the position involves, among… Read More

2017-04-24 09:02:08
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Juicero may be the absurd avatar of Silicon Valley hubris, but boy is it well-engineered  

 The Juicero story is a funny one in some ways and a sad one in others, so let’s just assume they cancel each other out and admire the machine itself in a nice judgment-free moral vacuum. Read More

2017-04-24 08:54:27
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Facebook launches telco infrastructure accelerator with Orange  

 Back in February, the Facebook-led Telecom Infrastructure Project led a call to put $170 million into startups focusing on solutions to improve infrastructure: the switching technologies, engineering, cabling and other components that go into building networking for internet and other communications services. Today comes one more advance on that front: Facebook and the TIP are working… Read More

2017-04-24 08:49:26
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Google makes its local reviews easier to use when traveling with automated translation  

 Google announced today it’s making its business reviews easier to access and read when you’re traveling by performing automatic translation. The company says it will now translate the user reviews that appear in Google Search results and Google Maps into the language you have set on your device, so you can read them in your own language. This allows you to get more information… Read More

2017-04-24 08:28:37
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Scrumpt now offers fresh, healthy lunches for kids  

 Scrumpt, the healthy lunch for kids startup that debuted at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco in 2015, recently launched lunch meal kits with fresh food. Before, Scrumpt was only focused on non-perishable foods and required parents to supplement the lunches with items from home. Read More

2017-04-24 08:03:15
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The NYT brings its news – and a mini crossword – to Snapchat Discover  

 The New York Times announced today it’s joining Snapchat Discover – the feature in Snapchat which includes updates and news from a variety of media publications. The paper’s “daily edition” on Snapchat will include a handful of The NYT’s stories, distilled down to the quick, more consumable format that’s common on the medium, and will heavily focus… Read More

2017-04-24 07:38:47
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Crunch Report | Uber Responds to iPhone Tracking Report  

 Today’s Stories  Uber responds to report that it tracked devices after its app was deleted LinkedIn hits 500M member milestone for its social network for the working world Amazon’s driverless tech team focuses not on building it, but on how to use it DJI’s new FPV goggles let you control your drone with head movements The NYT brings its news – and a mini crossword… Read More

2017-04-24 06:56:54
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This might be your last chance to buy the NES Classic  

 Nintendo is discontinuing the NES Classic Edition. While this decision is still puzzling, you might still be looking to buy one before it disappears into the ether forever. Best Buy stores have some of the last units starting today. If you plan on buying one, I’d head to the closest Best Buy store right now as these units won’t be available on Best Buy’s website. Nintendo… Read More

2017-04-24 06:22:25
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Tesla to double its Supercharger network in 2017, topping 10K chargers globally  

 Tesla is getting ready to produce the Model 3 at volumes unprecedented for the company, but it hasn’t forgotten about that other key ingredient in the electric vehicle mix – charging infrastructure. The automaker announced today that while it began 2017 with over 5,000 Superchargers installed globally, it will end the year with double that, offering 10,000 Supercharger… Read More

2017-04-24 05:41:22
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Alibaba's Ant Financial invests in Chinese bike-sharing startup unicorn Ofo  

 Ofo, the Chinese bike-sharing startup that recently claimed unicorn status, announced this weekend that it has added Ant Financial as an investor. In a statement posted to its Weibo account, Ofo said that it will work with Ant Financial, an Alibaba unit, on Internet and credit card payments and its international expansion plan. Read More

2017-04-24 05:20:48
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Recharge, which lets users book hotels by the minute, just launched in New York  

 Recharge, a two-year-old, San Francisco-based company whose app enables users to book a stay in a hotel for just 66 cents a minute, is opening in select New York hotels today, after testing its service over the last year in San Francisco. In New York, customers can now book rooms at The Pierre, W New York, The Knickerbocker and 1 Hotel Central. Read More

2017-04-24 05:14:14
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An Instagram bug has been preventing users from disabling their accounts for months  

 A number of Instagram users have found they’re no longer able to temporarily disable their accounts – a feature, similar to Facebook’s, that allows you to take a break from the social network for a period of time, but stops short of a full account deletion. The bug has been spotted in the wild since at least February, and is the subject of a number of complaints across… Read More

2017-04-24 04:44:10
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Flux, a fintech startup founded by ex-Revolut employees, wants to make paper receipts obsolete  

 Flux, a London-based fintech startup founded by three early employees of foreign exchange and banking app Revolut, is on a mission to make store receipts truly digital. Read More

2017-04-24 04:28:28
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FCC chairman will address the future of net neutrality on Wednesday  

 So it begins: FCC Chairman Ajit Pai appears to be showing his cards regarding his promised rollback of net neutrality rules. He is slated to speak on “the future of internet regulation” on Wednesday. Pai previously said at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that he considers the FCC’s approach to regulating the internet heavy-handed and old-fashioned. Read More

2017-04-24 04:02:37
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Flush with funding, Instacart accelerates US expansion  

 Grocery delivery startup Instacart recently closed a $400 million Series D round of funding at a valuation of $3.4 billion. Now, the company is putting that capital to work by accelerating its expansion across the U.S., and offering free Instacart Express memberships to entice new users wherever it goes. Read More

2017-04-24 02:34:41
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Hullabalu releases Lightwell, a platform for creating interactive storytelling apps  

 Interactive storytelling startup Hullabalu has spent the last several years producing a series of apps for kids based around a group of characters it has developed. But after making multiple apps of its own, the company has decided to open up its creative tools to other interactive storytellers. Read More

2017-04-24 02:17:03
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Every feed app should steal Pinterest's 'more like this' button  

 This is the best new social app feature in a long time. Twitter should copy it. Instagram should copy it. Facebook probably already is copying it. I’m talking about Pinterest’s “Instant Ideas” button that started testing in February but is slowly rolling out to more people. As soon as I tapped it, I was hooked. Read More

2017-04-24 01:54:21
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Apple Maps gets transit mode for Paris  

 Apple is finally adding transit options to its Maps app for the city of Paris. Starting today, you can use Apple Maps to calculate itineraries using public transportation. You’ll find subway, RER and bus lines, and even Transilien lines. Just like in Google Maps, you can look around the map with a new subway layer or you can calculate an itinerary from A to B. If you tap on a station,… Read More

2017-04-24 01:43:32
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Behance founder on maximizing creative output and using constraints to boost productivity  

 Scott Belsky is the co-founder of Behance and investor at Benchmark Capital. In this episode, we discuss how to maximize your creative output, how constraints can – and should – be used to boost productivity, and the patterns most seen in successful businesses. Read More

2017-04-24 01:24:49
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Creepy facial projections, 3D hair capture, digital creepers and more from Eurographics 2017  

 The Eurographics conference is underway in Lyon and among the more technical offerings from computer graphics specialists are a few cool enough for just about anyone to appreciate. Unless you’re afraid of clowns. In that case, don’t click. Read More

2017-04-24 01:20:33
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LinkedIn hits 500M member milestone for its social network for the working world  

 Now that LinkedIn is a part of Microsoft (after closing its $26.2 billion acquisition in December), the social networking site for the working world no longer reports earnings, and the metrics that come with them, as an individual business. So to underscore its growth, today LinkedIn used a blog post to announce that it has now passed 500 million registered users in 200 countries on its… Read More

2017-04-24 01:12:53
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AI report fed by DeepMind, Amazon, Uber urges greater access to public sector data sets  

 What are tech titans Google, Amazon and Uber agitating for to further the march of machine learning technology and ultimately inject more fuel in the engines of their own dominant platforms? Unsurprisingly, they’re after access to data. Lots and lots of data. Read More

2017-04-24 01:04:19
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Uber responds to report that it tracked devices after its app was deleted  

 Uber tracked former users even after they deleted the app from their iPhones, a practice that eventually earned CEO Travis Kalanick a scolding from Apple chief executive Tim Cook, the New York Times reports. Uber is pushing back on the allegations, saying that the tracking is a common industry practice used to prevent fraud and account compromise. Uber allegedly used a practice called… Read More

2017-04-23 21:47:58
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Falcon Northwest's Tiki is the sleek sports car of VR PCs  

 Falcon Northwest is a small company, but small can mean focus and care when it comes to device makers. Falcon’s business is PCs, and specifically Windows machines capable of delivering terrific gaming power in a package that won’t take up an entire closet in your house. The Tiki is a compact gaming tower that uses top quality materials inside and out, and if you’re looking… Read More

2017-04-23 16:12:42
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Why the Wikileaks CIA dump was the most damaging one yet  

 There are no hackers anymore — now it’s all about the spies we in the intelligence and security communities are trying to stop. The “insiders” have known this for some time, but it’s becoming more apparent to the business community and now individuals. Read More

2017-04-23 13:23:11
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MakerBot's technology of the future grapples with its rocky past  

 Goshen has a small stack of papers sitting on a table beside him, should he need to consult any notes. He never actually looks over, however. After months of behind the scenes meetings, he’s got the company’s new line down, pat. His voice rarely raises above a whisper during our conversation, but he speaks thoughtfully and pragmatically. He speaks of a company that’s humbled.… Read More

2017-04-23 12:32:08
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Why tech workers showed up to March for Science  

 Science itself may be non-partisan. But the March for Science this weekend simply couldn’t be. Demonstrators turned out in an estimated 600 cities around the world to rally for science and its role in policy-making, many tech workers among them. The march was organized after the Trump administration proposed and began to implement steep budget cuts to federal science agencies in the… Read More

2017-04-23 11:35:27
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Hope and rapture on West Broadway  

 We were just outside the Marriott on the edge of downtown when the conference doors opened. I remember saying something like “Those people… they seem a little different…” And suddenly there was a horrible strident laughter all around us and the street was full of what looked like hairy steampunk neohippies, all vaping and toking and comparing tattoos in clusters around… Read More

2017-04-23 08:12:49
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Online grocery platform Farmdrop raises £7M Series A led by Atomico  

 Farmdrop, a farmer-friendly online grocery platform based in the U.K., has raised £7 million in Series A funding. Leading the round is Atomico, the London VC fund founded by Skype co-founder Niklas Zennström. Read More

2017-04-23 02:57:40
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Books and roses  

 Anyone who thinks paper books are dead has never been in a Barcelona bookshop the day before Sant Jordi. The Patron Saint festival is Catalunya’s equivalent of Valentine’s day. But as well as giving long-stemmed red roses people give books. Lots and lots of books. Some €20 million worth of books are sold (gifted) on the day itself. Read More

2017-04-23 01:43:31
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How to make Twitter profitable  

 Twitter has evolved dramatically since its founding. What the founders fully envisioned we cannot know. Nonetheless, there is one thing we do know: Many business entities have millions of followers and communicate with these followers using Twitter. This is free advertising, no ifs, ands or buts. So, here’s a proposal to radically change the economics of Twitter. Read More

2017-04-22 11:19:05
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Apple testing process for autonomous safety drivers revealed in DMV documents  

 Apple has developed a testing procedure for drivers who would act as failsafe controls during autonomous vehicle testing, documents discovered by Business Insider via a public records request show. The documents detail the testing procedure that Apple has created in order to comply with the California Department of Motor Vehicle’s rules regarding autonomous testing on state roads.… Read More

2017-04-22 05:46:15
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Waymo accuses Uber of hiding a secret LiDAR device  

 In preparation for a preliminary injunction hearing next month, Waymo today filed new claims in its lawsuit against Uber, alleging that its competitor withheld information about technology Uber is using in its development of self-driving cars. Waymo is in the midst of a contentious lawsuit against Uber, in which it claims Anthony Levandowski, a former Google employee, stole confidential… Read More

2017-04-22 05:40:43
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Gillmor Gang: Fossil Fuel  

 The Gillmor Gang — Doc Searls, Keith Teare, Frank Radice, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, April 21, 2017. Big Media meets the Big Algorithm as we reach subscription saturation. B=V/T: Self-service Bundling based on Value prioritized by Trust erases the distinction between short and long form. + G3: Denise Howell, Elisa Camahort Page, Kristie Wells, Maria Ogneva, and Tina… Read More

2017-04-22 05:36:23
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Uber and Lyft sued for patent infringement by 'Hailo,' but not Daimler's Hailo  

 A company called “Hailo Technologies, LLC”, has sued both Uber and Lyft over alleged infringement of U.S. patent 5,973,619, which describes an “automated vehicle dispatch and payment honoring system.” The patent, filed by Alexis Paredes in 1997 and granted in 1999, describes a software system that allows a user to pick a means of transportation from a menu, enter in… Read More

2017-04-22 03:56:13
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