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Festicket integrates with Spotify to help you discover festivals you'll like  

Festicket, the U.K.-based online booking platform for festivals, has integrated with Spotify to help you discover music festivals based on the music you listen to. Dubbed “Festival Finder,” the new feature requires you to connect your Spotify account to Festicket using Spotify login. After doing so, the platform pulls in data on your favourite artists […]

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2018-07-23 03:48:11

The Detroit Auto Show is finally moving out of the cold  

The Detroit Auto Show—otherwise known as the North American International Auto Show—is moving its annual event out of the cold confines of January and into the warm embrace of June starting in 2020. The move aims to reverse an exodus of automakers that have opted to showcase their upcoming products at tech-forward shows like CES held […]

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2018-07-23 03:04:43

PayU acquires Zooz to take on international payment services  

A week after PayPal led a $50 million round in the cross-border payment specialist PPRO, one of its big competitors in the developing world has announced an acquisition of its own in the same space. PayU — the payments division of Naspers that is sometimes described as the PayPal of the developing world — has acquired […]

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2018-07-23 02:56:27

Tesla reportedly asked suppliers for cash back to help it reach profitability  

In an unusual move, Tesla reportedly asked some suppliers to return part of the money it’s paid them since 2016, including for past work. According to the Wall Street Journal, which reviewed a memo Tesla sent to a supplier last week, the electric auto maker said it is asking suppliers for refunds to help it reach […]

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2018-07-23 02:42:17

Get passes to Disrupt SF 2018 before prices increase on July 25  

Don't look now, but July 25 is sneaking up mighty fast. Why should you care? That's the day prices go up on all passes to Disrupt San Francisco 2018, which takes place on September 5-7. If you want to attend one of the best tech conferences for all-things startup and — depending on the type […]

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2018-07-23 02:40:28

SpaceX hyperloop pod competition winner breaks speed record  

WARR Hyperloop has done it again. The engineering students from the Technical University of Munich won SpaceX’s hyperloop pod competition on Sunday for the third time. This year, WARR Hyperloop pulled off the win when their self-propelled pod reached a top speed of more than 290 miles per hour, a new record for the competition. […]

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2018-07-23 02:35:05

Founders Factory signs Marks & Spencer as exclusive UK retail investor  

The model of building vertical market-specific accelerators is now well known, but in the UK, Founders Factory, which has emerged from Lastminute founder Brent Hoberman's stable of projects, is poised to take it to another level. Today it launches Founders Factory Retail, a joint venture with UK retail giant Marks & Spencer’s, focused on investing […]

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2018-07-23 01:48:56

Snapchat will shut down Snapcash, forfeiting to Venmo  

Snapcash ended up as a way to pay adult performers for private content over Snapchat, not just a way to split bills with friends. But Snapchat will abandon the peer-to-peer payment space on August 30th. Code buried in Snapchat’s Android app includes a “Snapcash deprecation message” that displays “Snapcash will no longer be available after […]

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2018-07-22 19:05:32

Tall Poppy aims to make online harassment protection an employee benefit  

For the nearly 20 percent of Americans who experience severe online harassment, there’s a new company launching in the latest batch of Y Combinator called Tall Poppy that’s giving them the tools to fight back. Co-founded by Leigh Honeywell and Logan Dean, Tall Poppy grew out of the work that Honeywell, a security specialist, had […]

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2018-07-22 17:34:26

Inside the rise and reign of supergiant venture capital rounds  

There was a time not so long ago when nine-figure venture capital rounds weren't a near-daily feature of tech business news.

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2018-07-22 15:55:33

The blockchain begins finding its way in the enterprise  

The blockchain is in the middle of a major hype cycle at the moment, and that makes it hard for many people to take it seriously, but if you look at the core digital ledger technology, there is tremendous potential to change the way we think about trust in business. Yet these are still extremely […]

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2018-07-22 13:19:36

Rental attacks mean that blockchains must evolve or die  

Abraham Othman Contributor Abraham Othman is a visiting scholar in the Operations, Information and Decisions department of the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania). He is an advisor to a number of blockchain applications including Augur, Codex, and Decent. Blockchain technologies have a well-earned reputation for hacking and fraud, but the recent theft of more than […]

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2018-07-22 10:58:32

Trill Project aims to be a safe community for people to express their true selves  

Trill Project, founded by three high school girls, recently launched out of private beta to help people safely express themselves online. For those unfamiliar with the word “trill,” it’s a combination of “true” and “real.” An investor described it to me as a positive Yik Yak . Trill Project began as a community for teenagers, […]

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2018-07-22 07:28:52

Here are some of the movie and TV trailers to come out of San Diego Comic-Con 2018  

Over the course of a weekend we got a glimpse at some of the coming seasons and movies for various sci-fi, superhero, and other types of highly-anticipated fan-favorite franchises from the San Diego Comic-Con this year. Here’s a quick selection of some of the ones shown over the weekend: Aquaman Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of […]

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2018-07-22 05:56:39

Information wants to be siloed  

Data, they say, is the new oil, and open public data is the new commons. Give the people the facts, and they will use them to make informed decisions. Right? Except that’s not the bureaucratic instinct. Bureaucrats fear the free flow of information. And all too often they’ll try to quench it by intoning the […]

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2018-07-22 01:22:43

The quantum meltdown of encryption  

Shlomi Dolev Contributor Shlomi Dolev is the Chair Professor and founder of the Computer Science department of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He is the author of Self-Stabilization. Shlomi also is a cybersecurity entrepreneur and the co-founder and chief scientist of Secret Double Octopus. More posts by this contributor The quantum computing apocalypse is imminent […]

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2018-07-22 01:08:34

With its goofy video loops, YC backed Splish wants to be the 'anti-Instagram'  

Is there any space on kids’ homescreens for another social sharing app to poke in? Y Combinator backed Splish wants to have a splash at it (

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2018-07-21 21:36:01

Warner Bros. unveils the first trailers for 'Aquaman' and 'Shazam'  

Today at Comic-Con, Warner Bros . gave fans a peek at the first DC Comics films post-Justice League. Warner Bros. and DC had a bumpy 2017. There was the astonishing critical and commercial success of Wonder Woman, followed by the box office disappointment of Justice League — leading to an executive shakeup and a general rethinking […]

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2018-07-21 21:26:13

Eventbrite is reportedly going public in the second half of this year  

Eventbrite, the 12-year-old, San Francisco-based event-planning company, has filed confidentially for an IPO and plans to go public later this year, according to a new report in the WSJ. The company’s lead underwriters are Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase & Co., it says. The offering must seem a long time in coming for Eventbrite founders […]

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2018-07-21 16:11:39

Weekly Roundup: July 21  

Jeff Bezos’ aerospace company, Blue Origin, performed its most critical test to date, Prime Day had some ups and downs but ultimately broke records and major tech companies are uniting to help you move data across apps. Here's your weekly roundup of the top stories from the tech world:  1. Blue Origin successfully lands both […]

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2018-07-21 16:07:18

While tech waffles on going public, biotech IPOs boom  

With our fixation on all things tech, we're missing out on the big picture -- there are actually more biotech and healthcare startup IPOs than tech offerings.

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2018-07-21 15:59:47

Ellen Pao memoir adaptation among 7 new Shonda Rhimes projects for Netflix  

When Shonda Rhimes left ABC last August for Netflix, both she and the studio kept a tight lid on their plans. We could only imagine where the twists and turns that her future stories would take us. Well, now we know. This week, Rhimes's production company Shondaland and Netflix announced seven projects that she will make […]

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2018-07-21 15:31:31

Propelling deep space flight with a new fuel source, Momentus prepares for liftoff  

Mikhail Kokorich, the founder of Momentus, a new Y Combinator-backed propulsion technology developer for space flight, hadn’t always dreamed of going to the moon. A physicist who graduated from Russia’s top-ranked Novosibirsk University, Kokorich was a serial entrepreneur in who grew up in Siberia and made his name and his first fortunes in the years […]

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2018-07-21 10:57:32

Now is the time for Walmart to strike at Amazon Prime  

Amazon Prime has been an enormous influence on e-commerce, but this online juggernaut is beginning to show cracks. Now is the time for arch-rival Walmart to swoop in with a Prime-like offering that strikes at the weaknesses Amazon has introduced into its formidable loyalty program: price, a lack of focus, and competing subscription services.

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2018-07-21 04:51:51

Data breach exposes trade secrets of carmakers GM, Ford, Tesla, Toyota  

Security researcher UpGuard Cyber Risk disclosed Friday that sensitive documents from more than 100 manufacturing companies, including GM, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, Tesla, Toyota, ThyssenKrupp, and VW were exposed on a publicly accessible server belonging to Level One Robotics. The exposure via Level One Robotics, which provides industrial automation services, came through rsync, a common file transfer protocol […]

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2018-07-21 03:35:03

Now this… this is an ultra-wide monitor  

I’ve been working with an ugly but functional lopsided two-monitor setup for years, and while it has served me well, I can’t say the new generation of ultra-wide monitors hasn’t tempted me. But the truth is they just aren’t wide enough. Or rather, they weren’t. Samsung has just blown my mind with a monitor so […]

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2018-07-20 20:04:34

Comics writer Grant Morrison signs a content deal with Magic Leap  

Grant Morrison's Square Slice Studios just signed a content deal with Magic Leap. If you've read a comic book at some point in the past two decades, odds are you're very excited at this news. Morrison is, after all, one of the most exciting writers working in the comics media today. The Scottish writer came […]

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2018-07-20 18:01:37

James Gunn fired from 'Guardians of the Galaxy 3' after offensive tweets resurface  

Disney fired director James Gunn from the set of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, the company confirmed at Comic-Con this week. The move came after highly offensive joke tweets dating from between 2008 and 2011 resurfaced. The tweets, which have since been deleted, make light of topics ranging from molestation and rape to pedophilia. […]

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2018-07-20 17:59:38

What next? Oh yes, turning a luxury car into a non-fungible token  

We've seen more than one project use the immutability of blockchain to verify important physical things. So, for instance, a pioneer in the space, Verisart, has brought blockchain certification of high art to leading galleries worldwide, and other players are now entering this growing market. Codex Protocol is a new startup also putting art on […]

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2018-07-20 17:22:31

Wilson is like Longreads for podcasts  

Meet Wilson, a new iPhone app that plans to change the way you discover and listen to podcasts. The company describes the app as a podcast magazine. It has the same vibe as Longreads, the curated selection of longform articles. With its minimalistic design and opinionated typography, Wilson looks like no other podcasting app. On […]

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2018-07-20 14:29:30

Redefining dilution  

Everyone generally agrees that dilution should be avoided. VCs insist on pro-rata rights to avoid the dreaded "D" word. Executives often complain, after a new financing, that they should be "made whole" to offset the dilution that came with the new round. Founders work as hard as they can to maximize their valuation at each financing event to avoid painful dilution. Dilution = Bad.

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2018-07-20 13:26:18

Waymo's autonomous vehicles are driving 25,000 miles every day  

Waymo, the former Google self-driving project that spun out to become a business under Alphabet, has driven 8 million miles on public roads using its autonomous vehicles. Waymo CEO John Krafcik shared the company’s milestone Friday while on stage with Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval at the National Governors Association conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The figure […]

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2018-07-20 13:12:07

What should competitive Fortnite look like?  

Last weekend, Epic Games put forth its first true effort at official competitive Fortnite Battle Royale. It was a disaster. The private hosts used for the tournament were about as laggy as could be, with pro players getting eliminated simply because they couldn't move. This tournament was for a total prize of $250K. That's big […]

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2018-07-20 10:48:39

CowryWise micro-savings service opens high-yield government bonds to everyday Nigerians  

In emerging market countries where economic volatility is a way of life, there aren’t a lot of relatively safe options for members of the burgeoning middle class to park their money. For instance, countries like Nigeria have experienced a tremendous growth in the number of citizens entering the middle class, which now accounts for about […]

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2018-07-20 10:42:11

Oscar and Lemonade founders will join us at Disrupt SF to strategize about the future of insurance innovation  

Insurance premiums total more than a trillion dollars in the U.S., and yet, where that money goes is something of a mystery. It certainly doesn't seem to get invested in the consumer experience, where ancient incumbent companies still process paperwork as if it is the 1800s, and consumers are left wanting for new insurance options […]

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2018-07-20 09:33:31

Indie gem Stardew Valley will get multiplayer on August 1st  

Stardew Valley, the popular indie farming simulator (it’s more fun than “farming simulator” makes it sound, I promise) is quite possibly the chillest game of all time. But, without any multiplayer aspect, it can get … a bit lonely. From farming, to fishing, to exploring mines, it’s always felt like a game that would be […]

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2018-07-20 08:28:10

Prices for Disrupt SF 2018 passes increase in a few days  

There isn't a business person alive who doesn't appreciate an advantage, but sometimes folks need to be reminded of an advantage that's staring them right in the face. This is that reminder. Your opportunity to save up to $1,200 on passes to Disrupt San Francisco 2018, which takes place on September 5-7, comes to an end […]

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2018-07-20 07:17:47

EBay paid $573M to buy Japanese e-commerce platform Qoo10, filing reveals  

EBay is a very distant second behind Amazon when it comes to e-commerce sales in the U.S., but abroad — and in particular in Asia — it is willing to invest to grow its footprint in a targeted way. In February, eBay paid a total of $573 million to acquire Qoo10, a Japanese sales platform, […]

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2018-07-20 06:46:38

Healthcare data breach in Singapore affected 1.5M patients, targeted the prime minister  

In what’s believed to be the biggest data breach in Singapore’s history, 1.5 million members of the country’s largest healthcare group have had their personal data compromised. The breach affected SingHealth, Singapore’s biggest network of healthcare facilities. Data obtained in the breach includes names, addresses, gender, race, date of birth and patients’ national identification numbers. […]

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2018-07-20 06:44:56

Zoox's fresh $500M, how to spend $6.3B and Microsoft's fine fiscal year  

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch's venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week we had another full house which made for a good time. Our own Connie Loizos, Matthew Lynley and I were joined by Renata Quintini, a partner at Lux Capital. Today’s episode is a grab bag of topics, including […]

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2018-07-20 05:49:06

Tempow's Bluetooth stack can improve your TV setup  

French startup Tempow has been working on improving the Bluetooth protocol at a low level to make it more versatile. The company is introducing a new audio profile for your TV or set-top box. TV and set-top box manufacturers can license Tempow's software and integrate new features in their devices. It works with regular Bluetooth […]

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2018-07-20 05:03:08

Facebook suspends analytics firm Crimson Hexagon over data use concerns  

As part of its ongoing mission to close the barn doors after the cows have got out, Facebook has suspended the accounts of British data analytics firm Crimson Hexagon over concerns that it may be improperly handling user data.

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2018-07-20 04:58:21

Facebook, Google and more unite to let you transfer data between apps  

The Data Transfer Project is a new team-up between tech giants to let you move your content, contacts, and more across apps. Founded by Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Microsoft, the DTP today revealed its plans for an open source data portability platform any online service can join. While many companies already let you download your […]

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2018-07-20 04:01:16

Trump's China tariffs could drive up the price of the Apple Watch and Fitbit trackers  

A new $200 billion round of tariffs on Chinese goods could have some broader implications for U.S.-based hardware companies. New government rulings on the Trump-imposed tariffs single out a couple of key devices buy name, including the Apple Watch, Fitbit trackers and Sonos speakers. Products like smartphones have thus far been unimpacted by fees leading […]

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2018-07-20 03:06:53

YouTube CEO's latest update details its growth, glosses over content problems  

YouTube highlighted its growth and promised better communication with creators about its tests and experiments, the company announced today in its latest of an ongoing series of updates from CEO Susan Wojcicki focused on YouTube’s top five priorities in 2018. The majority of her missive today – which was also released in the form of a […]

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2018-07-20 02:53:11

Niantic explains how and why it bans players in Pokémon GO  

Getting banned for cheating is nothing new in Pokemon GO. There’ve been big ol’ ban waves every few weeks for ages now. The policies have never been totally set in stone, however — at least not publicly. Like many of the game’s mechanics, the player base has had to share info amongst themselves to figure […]

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2018-07-20 02:28:10

WhatsApp limits message forwarding in bid to reduce spam and misinformation  

In a bid to cut down on the spread of false information and spam, WhatsApp recently added labels that indicate when a message has been forwarded. Now the company is sharpening that strategy by imposing limits on how many groups a message can be sent on to. Originally, users could forward messages on to multiple […]

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2018-07-20 02:24:32

The World Cup led to a record-breaking number of app downloads and consumer spend in Q2  

The second quarter of 2018 was another record-breaker for mobile app downloads and revenue. According to a new report this week from App Annie, there were over 28.4 billion app downloads worldwide across both iOS and Google Play in the quarter, up 15 percent year-over-year. That number is even more remarkable because it doesn’t include […]

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2018-07-20 02:05:54

Dish is the first TV provider to offer support for Apple's Business Chat  

Dish today announced it’s becoming the first TV provider to offer customer support over Apple’s Business Chat. Launched earlier this year, Business Chat allows companies to communicate with their customers over iMessage in order to answer questions, provide customer service, or even enable purchases. In Dish’s case, the TV provider says its customers can use […]

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2018-07-20 02:05:06

Blavity raises $6.5 million Series A round led by GV  

Blavity, the digital lifestyle media company geared toward black millennials, recently closed a $6.5 million Series A round led by GV with participation from Comcast Ventures, Plexo Capital and Baron Davis Enterprises. As part of the investment, GV Partner John Lyman is joining Blavity’s board of directors. As the media landscape continues to change, with […]

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2018-07-20 01:54:26

FCC issues 'de facto merger death sentence' to Sinclair-Tribune deal  

A broadcast merger that has been the poster boy for the FCC's pro-industry agenda has been ordered to undertake a lengthy and potentially embarrassing process that amounts to, in the words of one commissioner, a "de facto merger death sentence."

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2018-07-19 20:42:34

AnyVision AI startup locks in $28M for its body and facial recognition tech  

As image recognition advances continue to accelerate, startups with a mind towards security applications are seeing some major interest to turn surveillance systems more intelligent. AnyVision is working on face, body and object recognition tech and the underlying system infrastructure to help companies deploy smart cameras for various purposes. The tech works when deployed on most […]

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2018-07-19 19:41:43

UK government panel issues inconclusive Huawei security report  

Huawei's had a rough go of it here in the States, after concerns around ties to the Chinese government have left the company scrambling to gain a commercial toehold. Over the past several years, top U.K. security officials have also put the company under the microscope over potential security concerns.  A new report issued by […]

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2018-07-19 17:47:31

Autonomous trucking startup Embark lands $30 million in funding  

Embark Trucks has raised $30 million in a Series B funding round led by Sequoia Capital in its bid to be the first to develop and launch a commercially viable driverless truck. Sequoia partner Pat Grady has joined Embark’s board. Existing investors including Data Collective, YCombinator, SV Angel and AME Cloud also participated in the round, […]

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2018-07-19 17:46:26

That $20 Wyze Cam now works with Alexa  

The Wyze Cam has long been a strong contender for the best deal in connected home security. I haven't actually tried the thing out, but Greg was "surprisingly impressed" with his hands-on time with the 1080p camera. That's probably enough in and of itself to justify the $20 price tag. Now the dirt-cheap camera's getting […]

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2018-07-19 16:09:26

Surprise! Top sites still fail at encouraging non-terrible passwords  

You would think that Amazon, Reddit, Wikipedia and other highly popular websites would by now tell you that "password1" or "hunter2" is a terrible password — just terrible. But they don't. A research project that has kept tabs on the top sites and their password habits for the last 11 years shows that most provide only rudimentary password restrictions and do little to help users.

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2018-07-19 15:28:10

Euro startup FlixBus expands its $10 bus service in California  

FlixBus, the low-cost bus service out of Europe, is doubling down on its U.S. launch. The parent company, FlixMobility, started cheap bus routes between Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Phoenix and Tucson just two months ago. Now it’s adding another 16 connections throughout central and northern California. as well as Nevada and Arizona. The new connections, […]

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2018-07-19 15:06:21

With new tech coming online, cities need a department of urban testing  

The design and operation of cities is the province of urban planning. But an explosion of startups in cities means a lot of new products and services for urban areas. The problem is, we don't really know how people are going to use these new products and services.

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2018-07-19 14:07:33

IBM Watson Health and the VA extends partnership in cancer research  

IBM Watson Health and the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) announced today their continued partnership to use Watson’s artificial intelligence to support Veterans suffering from late stage cancer. While perhaps better known as a Jeopardy! winner than an oncologist, Watson joined the VA’s Precision Oncology program in 2016 following the Obama administration’s introduction of the National Cancer […]

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2018-07-19 13:43:41

Apple reportedly confirms keyboard reliability fix in internal document  

An internal Apple document distributed to Apple Authorized Service Providers and obtained by MacGeneration and MacRumors confirms that there's a membrane under the keyboard to "prevent debris from entering the butterfly mechanism". This is the first time Apple acknowledges that the third generation butterfly keyboard tries to fix unreliability issues. “The keyboard has a membrane […]

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2018-07-19 13:05:33

Amazon's new AR Part Finder helps you shop for those odd nuts and bolts  

Got an odd screw, nut, bolt, washer or fastener you need to buy more of, but have no idea to how to find the right one? Amazon’s AR “Part Finder” can help. The company has rolled out a new feature on mobile that lets you point your camera at the item in question, so Amazon […]

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2018-07-19 13:04:24

Comcast drops its pursuit of Fox, making way for Disney acquisition  

Comcast announced this morning that it’s halting its efforts to acquire the film and television assets of 21st Century Fox. Disney made a deal to acquire those assets last year, but after a district court judge approved the merger of AT&T and Time Warner (despite the antitrust-related objections of President Trump’s Department of Justice), Comcast […]

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2018-07-19 13:02:19

Public shareholders got high today on Tilray, the first marijuana company to IPO on Nasdaq  

Tilray, a five-year-old, British Columbia-based medical cannabis company that sells its products to patients, researchers, pharmacies and even governments, saw its shares get high (sorry) on the Nasdaq today, after the company priced 9 million shares at $17 apiece and watched them soar, closing at $22.39, a jump of slightly more than 32 percent. The […]

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2018-07-19 12:35:15

Malta paves the way for a decentralized stock exchange  

Malta AKA “Blockchain Island” has been making waves lately in the world of cryptocurrency and governance. Their latest move involves the crypto exchange Binance and the ICO builders at Neufund. The plan is simple: Neufund will help MSX, the Malta Stock Exchange’s skunkworks, create tokenized securities. Binance has agreed to carry these securities on its […]

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2018-07-19 11:47:31

Insight Venture Partners closes on its largest fund with $6.3 billion  

Insight Venture Partners has raised $6.3 billion for its latest (and largest ever) fund as technology investors continue to amass increasingly large war chests. In the wake of SoftBank’s massive $100 billion Vision Fund, investors in technology companies have said that capital has become weaponized as a way to create a competitive moat around a startup’s […]

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2018-07-19 11:06:57

Disney to debut its first VR short next month  

Walt Disney Animation Studio is set to debut its first VR short film, Cycles, this August in Vancouver, the Association for Computing Machinery announced today. The plan is for it to be a headliner at the ACM’s computer graphics conference (SIGGRAPH), joining other forms of VR, AR and MR entertainment in the conference’s designated Immersive Pavilion. This […]

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2018-07-19 10:39:49

Microsoft caps off a fine fiscal year seemingly without any major missteps in its last quarter  

Microsoft is capping off a rather impressive year without any major missteps in its final report for its performance in its 2018 fiscal year, posting a quarter that seems to have been largely non-offensive to Wall Street. In the past year, Microsoft’s stock has gone up more than 40 percent. In the past two years, […]

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2018-07-19 10:18:03

Printrbot has shut down  

Printrbot, a popular Kickstarter-backed 3D printer company, has shut down, leaving only a barebones website and little explanation. The founder, Brook Drumm, wrote that “Low sales led to hard decisions.” “We will be forever grateful to all the people we met and served over the years,” he wrote. “Thank you all.” Printrbot’s machines costs about […]

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2018-07-19 10:12:43

Cloudflare recruits state and local governments for free election site security program  

After launching a free program to protect election systems last December, Cloudflare has an update on how things are going. The program, known as the Athenian Project, provides Cloudflare’s services for free to state and local government websites that administer elections, host voter registration or verification data or report election results. Those services include the […]

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2018-07-19 09:43:43

Farfetch acquires CuriosityChina to expand its social media efforts on the mainland  

Farfetch — the e-commerce startup that works with some 900 high-end fashion boutiques and labels to present and sell clothes, shoes, accessories and jewelry online, and we and others have heard is gearing up for a $6 billion IPO — is making an acquisition to double down on China, one of the fastest-growing markets for luxury […]

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2018-07-19 09:43:19

Trump just noticed Europe's $5BN antitrust fine for Google  

In other news bears shit in the woods. In today’s second day Trump news: President ‘The Donald’ has seized, belatedly, on the European Commission’s announcement yesterday that it had found Google guilty of three types of illegal antitrust behavior with its Android OS since 2011 and was fining the company $5 billion; a record-breaking penalty which […]

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2018-07-19 09:39:26

Europe updates its predatory pricing investigation against Qualcomm over UMTS baseband chips  

On the heels of Google getting served a $5 billion fine by the EU over monopolistic practices related to its Android operating system, the European Commission today resurfaced another ongoing case in the world of large U.S. tech companies. The EC said that it has added to its investigation into Qualcomm and its predatory pricing […]

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2018-07-19 09:17:33

Walmart acquiring Shopify is no longer a laughable idea  

As competition between Walmart and Amazon intensifies, the acquisition of Shopify's merchant marketplace may be the boost that the Walton family's juggernaut needs to move ahead.

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2018-07-19 07:51:16

Jido Maps is building a 'save button' for persistent AR worlds  

Augmented reality tech is in this incredibly weird position where it has the world’s biggest tech companies cheerleading consumer-facing products highlighting it but there are some very base issues that haven’t been solved yet. Jido Maps, which just graduated from Y Combinator’s most recent class, is another startup aiming to deliver the backend technologies needed […]

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2018-07-19 07:47:56

Spotify's new tool helps artists and labels reach its playlist editors  

Spotify wants give artists and labels and easier way to submit their new music for playlist consideration. The streaming service this morning launched a feature, still in beta, that allows any artists with a Spotify for Artists account or labels using Spotify Analytics to share unreleased tracks directly with Spotify’s team of over 100 editors […]

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2018-07-19 07:37:31

Facebook and Instagram change to crack down on underage children  

Facebook and Instagram will more proactively lock the accounts of users its moderators encounter and suspect are below the age of 13. Its former policy was to only investigate accounts if they were reported specifically for being potentially underage. But Facebook confirmed to TechCrunch that an “operational” change to its policy for reviewers made this […]

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2018-07-19 07:34:21

Instagram adds a status indicator dot so people know when you're ignoring them  

In a blog post today, Instagram announced a new feature: a green status dot that indicates when a user is active on the app. If you’re cruising around Instagram, you can expect to see a green dot next to the profile pics of friends who also are Instagramming right then and there. The dot will […]

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2018-07-19 07:33:43

Why self-regulation is better than legislative regulation  

Self-imposed third-party algorithm audits should become the norm to prevent overly restrictive government regulations.

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2018-07-19 07:05:31

Last call for tickets to the TechCrunch Summer Party at August Capital  

The TechCrunch Summer Party at August Capital is the stuff of Silicon Valley legend. We're celebrating 13 years of libations and convivial conversation while toasting the entrepreneurial spirit on the deck at August Capital in Menlo Park on July 27. And we want you to join us. If you have not yet secured your ticket to this […]

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2018-07-19 07:01:09

One day, Google's Fuchsia OS may become a real thing  

Every few months, Google’s Project Fuchsia makes the rounds in the tech press. And for good reason, given that this is Google’s first attempt at developing a new open-source kernel and operating system. Of course, there are few secrets about it, given that it’s very much being developed in the open and that, with the right know-how, […]

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2018-07-19 06:08:17

Lifebit raises $3M to scale-up AI-powered analysis of DNA data  

Making sense of DNA data is a two-step process, namely the biochemical-sequencing of the DNA and the analyzing and extracting insights from the sequenced DNA data. As of today in 2018, the first part of this process is now almost fully automated requiring minimal human intervention. Even sequencing costs have dropped below $1,000 and soon […]

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2018-07-19 05:09:48

Some MacBook Pro users complain about throttling issues  

The new MacBook Pro has a thermal issue. YouTuber Dave Lee found out that the top-performing MacBook Pro can't operate at full speed for a long time because it gets too hot. According to him, a video export in Adobe Premiere Pro is taking longer on a brand new MacBook Pro with an Intel Core […]

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2018-07-19 04:46:02

Shared electric scooters probably won't return to SF until August  

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is still reviewing the 12 applications from companies to operate electric scooters in the city. In early June, companies like Uber, Lime, Bird, Lyft and others applied for permits to operate electric scooter-share services in San Francisco. San Francisco's permit process came as a result of Bird, Lime and Spin deploying their […]

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2018-07-19 04:23:22

Messenger Kids launches in Mexico  

Messenger Kids, Facebook’s parent-controlled messaging app that lets kids text, call, video chat, and use face filters, has now arrived in Mexico. The launch follows Messenger Kids’ recent expansion outside the U.S., where in June it first became available to users in Canada and Peru. The app in Mexico works the same as it does elsewhere […]

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2018-07-19 04:22:56

Yelp partners with event management startup Gather to make planning your next party easier  

Event management software company Gather today announced the introduction of its Gather Booking Network, and inaugural partners Yelp and EVENTup. The network is designed to help party goers, venues and event planners connect more easily and start celebrating sooner. Gather was founded in 2013 by CEO and co-founder Nick Miller, Alex Lassiter (SVP of Sales) […]

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2018-07-19 04:22:15

Disney's streaming service is resurrecting 'The Clone Wars'  

Star Wars: The Clone Wars, an animated series that ran on Cartoon Network for five seasons, is coming back. Created by George Lucas and overseen by Dave Filoni, the show depicted the adventures of Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, as well as new characters like Ahsoka Tano, during the titular Clone Wars. Fans praised its ability […]

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2018-07-19 04:08:09

Uber partners with Cargo to help drivers make money by selling stuff to riders  

Uber has teamed up with Cargo, a startup that makes it easy for rideshare drivers to sell goods to their passengers. Cargo works by giving drivers free boxes, filled with goods like gum, phone chargers and snacks, to sell to passengers from the center of the car console. Cargo, which has partnered with brands like […]

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2018-07-19 03:44:04

Alibaba boosts its offline reach with $2B+ investment in outdoor digital marketing firm  

Alibaba is investing big bucks into offline distribution. The Chinese e-commerce giant has forked out $2.23 billion in exchange for a sizeable piece of Focus Media, a Shanghai-based company that operates outdoor digital advertising screens across China, Singapore and Hong Kong, according to a U.S. filing. The deal itself is broken up into a few pieces. Alibaba itself […]

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2018-07-19 03:03:38

China's Didi Chuxing is close to launching a taxi-booking service in Japan  

Days after raising $500 million via a strategic investment from travel giant Booking Holdings, Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing has continued its international push with the launch of a local business in Japan. Its new Japan-based unit is a joint venture with SoftBank, a longtime Didi investor, which has been in the works since an announcement back […]

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2018-07-19 02:59:40

And now, here's a 'Trumpy Cat' augmented reality app from George Takei  

Anyone who follows George Takei on Twitter can tell you that Star Trek‘s original Sulu is not a fan of President Donald Trump. But he’s found a new way to express that criticism — not just in tweets, interviews and op-eds, but also in an augmented reality app called House of Cats. The app was […]

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2018-07-19 02:54:21

With eyes on Europe, Open Banking API provider TrueLayer raises $7.5M  

TrueLayer, the London startup that's built a developer platform to make it easy for fintech and other adjacent companies, such as retailers, to access bank APIs — and ride the Open Banking and PSD2 gravy train — has picked up further $7.5 million in funding. Leading the round is venture capital fund Northzone. It follows […]

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2018-07-19 02:24:44

Ofo shuts down many international markets to focus on profitability  

Chinese bike-sharing company Ofo is entering a new phase. After a period of aggressive growth, the company is looking back at its international markets and focusing on the most promising ones. A couple of weeks ago, the company issued a press release highlighting some of the priorities outside of China. As part of this move, […]

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2018-07-19 02:21:28

Sinemia drops prices for its movie ticket subscriptions, which now start a $3.99 per month  

MoviePass competitor Sinemia is lowering prices on the already low-cost movie ticket subscription plans that it introduced earlier this year. Its monthly prices are being cut by $1 across-the-board. The cheapest plan now costs $3.99 per month, which gets you one standard movie ticket for that month. The priciest one, which covers three tickets (and […]

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2018-07-19 01:55:32

The Accel team is coming to Disrupt Berlin  

Every time Accel invests in a startup, it's an instant positive sign in the startup community. The venture capital firm has a rich history with decades of investments in successful startups. That's why we're excited to have four partners at Accel on stage at Disrupt Berlin. Philippe Botteri, Sonali De Rycker, Luciana Lixandru and Harry […]

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2018-07-19 01:16:15

Even raises $40M to transform the working class to the savings class  

The working class of the United States doesn't get many breaks these days. It's not just a function of low pay and long hours, but also the incredible uncertainty of income and expenses that makes surviving week-to-week so challenging. One in five Americans have a negative net wealth, even in an economy where the unemployment […]

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2018-07-19 01:11:42

Coinbase didn't get (or need) SEC approval for acquisitions after all, company says  

Hmm. Well, after Coinbase confirmed to Bloomberg (and us) that they had received regulatory approval for some acquisitions that would let it eventually usher in trading tokenized securities on its exchange, the company is now walking back from which agencies it received approval. While a Coinbase spokesperson had initially indicated that the company had received […]

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2018-07-18 20:42:33

Roblox responds to the hack that allowed a child's avatar to be raped in its game  

There’s a special place in Hell for people who think it’s funny to rape a 7-year-old girl’s avatar in an online virtual world designed for children. Yes, that happened. Roblox, a hugely popular online game for kids, was hacked by an individual who subverted the game’s protection systems in order to have customized animations appear. […]

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2018-07-18 19:10:55

Russian indictments show that the US needs federal oversight of election security  

President Trump's Helsinki summit with Vladimir Putin, on the heels of 12 Russian intelligence officials indicted for hacking the 2016 election, made it clear that this administration has zero commitment to protect our elections from future Russian attacks.

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2018-07-18 17:11:30

Worried about a slowdown? It already happened in 2016, says one new venture study  

In today’s market, it’s hard to make sense of what’s what. Deals have grown incestuous for the first time, with outfits like GV investing alongside Uber last week — just months after its parent company, Alphabet, was at Uber’s throat. A $10 million-plus round of seed funding is no longer a joke. Venture firms continue […]

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2018-07-18 15:17:17

InkHunter heads to YC to build a try-and-buy tattoo marketplace  

InkHunter, an augmented reality tattoo try-on app that was born out of a 48-hour hackathon back in the altogether gentler days of 2014, has bagged a place in Y Combinator’s summer 2018 batch, scoring itself the seed accelerator’s standard $120,000 deal in exchange for 7 percent equity. We first covered InkHunter in April 2016 when it […]

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2018-07-18 14:15:10

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