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Ben is a chatbot that lets you learn about and buy Bitcoin  

It’s generally a given that whenever a new technology takes off people rush into the space to build everything under the sun, and eventually natural selection kicks in and only the truly useful remain. For example, chatbots became trendy last year and we quickly began seeing chatbots for weather, movie recommendations, personal finance, etc. Some of […]

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2018-03-22 21:13:09

Sheryl Sandberg says Facebook leadership should have spoken sooner, is open to regulation  

The days of silence from Facebook’s top executives after the company banned the political advisory service Cambridge Analytica from its platform were a mistake, according to Sheryl Sandberg. In a brief interview on CNBC, Sandberg said that the decision for her and company chief executive and founder Mark Zuckerberg to wait before speaking publicly about […]

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2018-03-22 19:47:19

John Bolton is Trump's new National Security Advisor  

With one fell swoop, President Trump just swapped out the “warrior scholar” for the warmonger. I am pleased to announce that, effective 4/9/18, @AmbJohnBolton will be my new National Security Advisor. I am very thankful for the service of General H.R. McMaster who has done an outstanding job & will always remain my friend. There […]

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2018-03-22 18:50:37

Gwynnie Bee is bringing subscription clothing rental to traditional retailers with launch of 'CaaStle'  

Gwynnie Bee, a subscription service offering women an “unlimited closet” of clothing for rent, believes its model is one that can be expanded to traditional retailers, too. And today, it’s officially taking the wraps off a new technology platform which will allow retailers to offer a subscription clothing rental business alongside their existing channels. The […]

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2018-03-22 18:35:29

Why achieving diversity in tech requires firing the industry's 'cultural fit' mentality  

If you have interviewed for a technology job, there's a good chance the words "culture" and "fit" made an appearance during the phone-screen phase, or in early rounds of interviews. It is no longer enough for a candidate -- especially early to mid-career -- to arrive to job interviews with a stellar resume and relevant technical skills. They might also have to come with their best "I'm normal and will fit into the overall team culture of this company" outfit on.

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2018-03-22 17:44:16

IBM can't stop milking the Watson brand  

More than seven years after IBM Watson beat a couple of human Jeopardy! champions, the company has continued to make hay with the brand. Watson, at its core, is simply an artificial intelligence engine and while that’s not trivial by any means, neither is it the personified intelligence that their TV commercials would have the […]

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2018-03-22 16:43:26

Alphabet's Outline lets you build your own VPN  

Alphabet's cybersecurity division Jigsaw released an interesting new project called Outline. If I simplify things quite a lot, it lets anyone create and run a VPN server on DigitalOcean, and then grant your team access to this server. I played a bit with Outline and it's an interesting product. There are two components, a managing […]

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2018-03-22 15:42:25

As the CLOUD Act sneaks into the omnibus, big tech butts heads with privacy advocates  

As the House advances a 2,232-page spending bill meant to avert a government shutdown, privacy advocates and big tech companies aren’t seeing eye to eye about a small piece of legislation tucked away on page 2,212. The Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act, a.k.a. the CLOUD Act (H.R.4943, S.2383) aims to simplify the way that […]

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2018-03-22 15:05:20

Trump announces $60 billion tariff on Chinese high-tech and other goods  

Following months of investigations by the U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, the Trump administration announced today at a White House briefing that the administration intends to place about $60 billion of tariffs on Chinese goods, with the bulk of them likely to be focused on the high-tech industry. The White House will announce a final […]

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2018-03-22 15:01:56

Water Abundance XPRIZE finalists compete in gathering water from thin air  

Despite being a necessity for life, clean, drinkable water can be extremely hard to come by in some places where war has destroyed infrastructure or climate change has dried up rivers and aquifers. The Water Abundance XPRIZE is up for grabs to teams who can suck fresh water straight out of the air, and it just announced its five finalists.

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2018-03-22 14:16:23

Bird adds a former Lyft VP of Government Relations as chief legal officer  

Bird has made another key hire as it looks to spread its electric scooter rental business across the nation. The company has brought on former Lyft vice president of government relations, David Estrada, to be its chief legal officer. He’s going to take over the company’s compliance and government relations efforts just as Bird seems […]

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2018-03-22 14:10:53

More evidence ties alleged DNC hacker Guccifer 2.0 to Russian intelligence  

It may be a while since you've heard the handle "Guccifer 2.0," the hacker who took responsibility for the infamous DNC hack of 2016. Reports from the intelligence community at the time, as well as common sense, pegged Guccifer 2.0 not as the Romanian activist he claimed to be, but a Russian operative. Evidence has been scarce, but one slip-up may have given the game away.

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2018-03-22 12:57:07

Snapchat's new feature is aiming to turn Snap Map into a next-gen newsfeed  

Snapchat may still be getting a lot of heat for their redesign, but the company is continuing to devote resources to build out Snap Map, the map-based feature it introduced last year. A new feature called Map Explore will let you thumb through Snap Map updates in a more methodical way, so that you can see […]

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2018-03-22 11:28:51

Tapas Media aims to turn digital comics into the next big entertainment franchise  

Tapas Media has its own platform for digital comics — but like a lot of publishers, CEO Chang Kim has ambitions beyond the comics world. Comixology is the big name in digital comics. The company, which was acquired by Amazon in 2014, is focused on selling print comics from major publishers in web- and mobile-friendly […]

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2018-03-22 10:10:31

Zuckerberg on #deletefacebook: 'You know, it's not good'  

Following what felt like years of silence on a plethora of issues, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has gone on an interview rampage (but not us — was it my editorial?). Although he mainly plugs away at the points he made in today's blog post, there are a few items worth noting.

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2018-03-22 05:38:41

Dropbox prices above its original range at $21 as it heads toward an IPO  

Dropbox today said it is pricing above the range it originally set ahead of its public listing tomorrow, handing the company a valuation inching ever-closer to its original $10 billion valuation. Dropbox earlier this week said it would price its initial public offering in a range between $18 and $20 per share, settling on a […]

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2018-03-22 04:58:19

MIT's new device can pull water from desert air  

When it comes to Star Wars Universe-style tech breakthroughs, lightsabers, holograms and hyperdrive get all the love. But spare a thought, if you will, for the poor moisture farmers of Tatooine. Granted *spoiler* it didn't end to well for Aunt Beru and Uncle Owen, but the idea of pulling water from the desert air was […]

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2018-03-22 03:47:37

First impressions of the $199 Oculus Go VR headset  

Virtual reality seems to have become a very tired topic to consumers, products are still getting made though because big tech companies are convinced of its eventual ubiquity. The challenge now becomes attracting attention from people whose attention spans for what you’re selling has perhaps already timed out. Oculus Go is the latest VR hardware […]

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2018-03-22 03:42:53

Medium is now paying partners cash bonuses for quality work  

A year ago, publishing platform Medium debuted a new business model where readers could pay a monthly fee to access exclusive, curated content, and would reward participating partners by offering a revenue share based on a metrics like time spent reading and the more explicit “claps” – Medium’s form of the “Like.” Now, Medium will […]

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2018-03-22 03:29:01

Hold this beam for me, friend robot, and let us construct a house together  

Being a neophyte in the world of woodworking — I've made a shabby but sturdy shed — I can appreciate the value of a good partner who can help measure, cut, hold stuff, and generally be a second pair of hands. The usual drawback with humans is you have to pay them or feed them in return for this duty. So imagine my delight in finding that ETH Zurich is pioneering the art of robot-assisted woodworking!

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2018-03-22 02:51:01

Meet the startups that pitched at EF's 9th Demo Day in London  

Entrepreneur First (EF), the company builder and "talent first" investor, held its ninth London Demo Day this afternoon. Once again, the pitches took place in front of a packed crowd at King's Place in London's King Cross area, seeing 19 startups pitch their wares to investors, press and other actors in the European tech scene. […]

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2018-03-22 02:01:46

Cambridge Analytica's Nix recalled by fake news probe  

Stock up on the popcorn — the currently suspended CEO of the firm at the center of a data handling and political ad-targeting storm currently embroiling Facebook, Cambridge Analytica, has been recalled by a UK parliamentary committee that’s running a probe into the impact of fake news because it’s unhappy with the quality of his […]

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2018-03-22 01:46:49

Elon Musk's Boring Co. flamethrower ships in time for summer BBQs  

Elon Musk raised a significant chunk of money for his tunnel boring venture, the aptly named Boring Company, via sales of a heavily marked up ‘flamethrower’ with Boring Co. branding. Those pre-sales are all concluded, but now people who put down cash to reserve one are finding out when they can get their flame on. […]

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2018-03-21 21:21:51

The nuanced challenges of antitrust and AT&T-Time Warner  

It's been almost 18 months since the boards of AT&T and Time Warner unanimously voted to sign an agreement to merge their two companies and create a content and distribution powerhouse. That deal, pegged at $108 billion including debt from Time Warner, would be among the largest corporate mergers in American history. The U.S. Department […]

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2018-03-21 20:59:06

One of the youngest fund managers in the U.S. just launched her own accelerator, too  

Last August, we told you about Laura Deming, a New Zealand native who was home schooled before moving halfway around the world as a 12-year-old to work alongside Cynthia Kenyon, a renowned molecular biologist who specializes in the genetics of aging. She didn’t stay long. At age 14, Deming began her college career at MIT. When she […]

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2018-03-21 20:23:10

Jack Dorsey believes bitcoin will be the world's sole currency within 10 years  

We knew Jack Dorsey was bullish on bitcoin, but some new quotes reveal that he’s really, really bullish. In an interview with The Times of London, the Twitter and Square chief executive expressed a strong belief in bitcoin’s shot at outliving its growing pains in order to grow into a ubiquitous digital currency. “The world ultimately […]

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2018-03-21 20:20:58

7 much scarier questions for Zuckerberg  

Could this be just the beginning of a much bigger Cambridge Analytica scandal for Facebook? The answer rides on how transparent Facebook is actually being right now. CEO Mark Zuckerberg just put forth a statement and plan to improve data privacy, but omitted some of the most grievous inquiries — and stopped short of apologizing. […]

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2018-03-21 19:27:36

To protect election systems from hacking, states are getting cozier with Homeland Security  

It might be a snow day in Washington, but the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on election system security continued as planned. During Wednesday’s hearing, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and her predecessor Jeh Johnson appeared with a panel of state election officials to hash out the recommendations issued by the committee on Tuesday. “This issue […]

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2018-03-21 18:32:13

Get the latest TC stories read to you over the phone with BrailleVoice  

It can be a pain for the visually impaired to keep up with your favorite publications the way sighted app users do. BrailleVoice is a project that puts the news in a touch-tone phone interface, reading you the latest news from your favorite publications (like this one) easily from anywhere you get signal.

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2018-03-21 17:40:02

Now would be a good time for Mark Zuckerberg to resign  

Facebook is at the center of a dozen controversies and outrage is peaking. The social network has failed again and again at expanding beyond a handful of core features. Doubts of its usefulness, and assertions of its uselessness, are multiplying. A crisis of confidence at multiple levels threatens the company's structure and mission. For Facebook's sake and his own, now is the time for Mark Zuckerberg to spare himself the infamy and resign.

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2018-03-21 16:15:01

Uber has reportedly rescinded its job offer for the Amazon exec that was its potential product lead  

Uber appeared set to hire Assaf Ronen, the former vice president of Amazon’s voice and natural user interface shopping, to lead its products — but it looks like that isn’t going to happen due to a discrepancy in his working history, according to Recode. Uber discovered a discrepancy related to his tenure at Amazon, where […]

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2018-03-21 14:26:15

Instagram has unreleased “nametag” scanning, adds # & @ links to profiles  

Instagram may copy Snapchat’s QR Snapcode scanning, judging by files buried in the Instagram Android app’s files. Meanwhile, today it’s starting to let users link to hashtags and other accounts from their profile. “Nametag scan” images indicate Instagram might want to let you aim your phone’s camera at a visual code to open someone’s profile. […]

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2018-03-21 13:55:40

YouTube just became the Top Grossing iPhone app for the first time  

YouTube just became the Top Grossing iPhone app in the U.S. for the first time on Tuesday, after flirting with the top spot a number of times over the years, but never reaching higher than No. 3. The milestone was first spotted by the app store intelligence firm Sensor Tower, which notes that the U.S. […]

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2018-03-21 13:36:12

OpenSignal, which taps sensors on 100M smartphones to monitor network speed, raises $8M  

The world is awash in data, and while OpenSignal, a startup based out of London that’s probably best known for its mobile network speed reports  — which it compiles by tapping sensors from a network of smartphones from 100 million people — has picked up $8 million in funding to expand its team and products. (Yes, […]

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2018-03-21 13:29:35

Layoffs at bike-share startup Zagster following $15 million raise  

Zagster, the bike-share startup that raised a $15 million round last month, has laid off some employees, TechCrunch has learned. Zagster has since confirmed the layoffs, but has yet to comment on the number of those affected. “Coming off the heels of our recent financing, we've re-structured to accelerate expansion of Pace, with a heavier […]

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2018-03-21 13:23:55

Zuckerberg's response to Cambridge scandal omits why it delayed investigating  

“I started Facebook, and at the end of the day I’m responsible for what happens on our platform” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted after days of the public and government officials waiting for him to speak up about the Cambridge Analytica scandal since it broke Friday. “We have a responsibility to protect your data, and […]

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2018-03-21 12:21:11

Otonomo and Waze founders join the TechCrunch Tel Aviv conference  

The TechCrunch Tel Aviv conference is in June and we're excited to announce our first speakers for the day-long event. Today, we're delighted to announce that Uri Levine, co-founder of Waze, and Ben Volkow, CEO and co-founder of Otonomo will be speaking on our stage. TechCrunch Tel Aviv is focused on mobility and all that […]

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2018-03-21 12:18:54

Dropbox boosts its price range for its IPO as it nears an $8B valuation  

Dropbox said it would be increasing its IPO price range - the range for which it will sell its shares for its initial public offering — from $16-$18 per share to $18-$20 per share, giving the company a valuation that could reach close to $8 billion, according to an updated filing with the Securities and […]

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2018-03-21 12:16:42

Video: The driver of the autonomous Uber was distracted before fatal crash  

The Tempe, Arizona police department have released a video showing the moments before the fatal crash that involved Uber’s self-driving car. The video includes the view of the street from the Uber and a view of minder behind the wheel of the autonomous Uber. Warning: This video is disturbing. Tempe Police Vehicular Crimes Unit is […]

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2018-03-21 10:44:24

Roblox, the Club Penguin for Gen Z, is now cash-flow positive  

I'm familiar with Roblox because my 8-year old daughter watches YouTube videos of kids playing the game almost every day. I'm also familiar with Roblox because she whined while we were running errands one weekend that she needed to “get on the internet right now" because she had scheduled a playdate with a friend in […]

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2018-03-21 10:37:52

Showcase your country's startups at Disrupt SF  

Here's a big TechCrunch global shout-out to all countries interested in showcasing their best and brightest technology startups. Come to Disrupt San Francisco 2018 on Sept. 5-7 at the Moscone Center West and join more than 1,200 early-stage startups in Startup Alley, the very heart of every Disrupt event. A country pavilion waits just for […]

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2018-03-21 10:36:42

Mobile gaming is having a moment, and Apple has the reins  

It's moved beyond tradition and into the realm of meme that Apple manages to dominate the news cycle around major industry events, all while not actually participating in said events. CES rolls around and every story is about HomeKit or its competitors; another tech giant has a conference and the news is that Apple updated […]

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2018-03-21 10:35:35

Peer-reviewed study shows Cardiogram and Apple Watch can accurately determine atrial fibrillation  

Over the past year, Cardiogram and UC San Francisco (UCSF) have presented a series of findings on how well consumer wearables like the Apple Watch and Android Wear can detect medical conditions in their users, including diabetes as well as hypertension and sleep apnea. Now, the startup is reaching a new milestone, this morning publishing […]

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2018-03-21 10:26:02

Facebook Messenger gets admin rights for group chats  

In this modern world, some days it can feel like everything is out of your grasp. So take stock on those things that you can control. Like Messenger, Facebook's increasingly feature-rich offshoot app, which now sports admin privileges for group chats. The new feature is rolling out this week, giving users the ability to better […]

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2018-03-21 09:36:58

Modular sofa startup Burrow raises $14M  

We’ve described Burrow as a startup that brings a Casper-style approach to sofas, so perhaps it’s no surprise that the company has raised funding from one of Casper’s investors. Burrow is announcing a $14 million Series A led by New Enterprise Associates. Correlation Ventures also participated in the round, as did previous investors Red & Blue […]

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2018-03-21 09:28:04

Cadillac brings Spotify integration to select models  

Spotify has been working with Cadillac to integrate the streaming music into the in-dash entertainment system for new and recent models. The app actually started as a quiet roll-out for some car owners earlier this year, accessible through the company's in-car app store. The app will be available on all new Cadillac models, along with […]

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2018-03-21 08:47:18

Pandora doubles down on ad tech with acquisition of AdsWizz for $145 million  

Pandora announced this morning it’s acquiring digital audio ad technology firm AdsWizz for $145 million, as a combination of at least 50 percent cash, with the remaining paid in either cash or stock at Pandora’s discretion. The company, whose technology will be used to upgrade Pandora’s own ad tech capabilities, will continue as a subsidiary […]

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2018-03-21 08:26:32

Paperspace goes serverless to simplify AI deployment in the cloud  

Building a GPU-fueled infrastructure service is not a simple matter for a startup to undertake, but that’s precisely what Paperspace has set out to do. Today, it took it to the next level when it announced Gradient, a service platform that eliminates the need to deploy servers for AI and machine learning projects. Like any […]

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2018-03-21 07:50:39

Apple Watch gets new bands for spring  

Apple has unveiled new Apple Watch bands for spring. Bands include Woven Nylon bands direct from Apple, Nike bands, and Hermès bands. Long story short, there are a bunch of new colors and styles. The Woven Nylon bands focus on stripes, alternating white with another color (Black Stripe, Blue Stripe, Gray Stripe and Pink Stripe). […]

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2018-03-21 07:49:40

Google brings DDoS protection and other new security features to its cloud  

For the longest time, enterprises worried about how secure their data would be in the cloud, and for some, that was a major roadblock for moving out of their own data centers. At this point, most major cloud providers have shown that security isn’t an issue and that they are quite capable of securing their […]

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2018-03-21 07:40:54

Netflix launches bug bounty program to pay researchers to track down bugs  

Netflix announced in a Medium post today that it is opening a public bug bounty program on the Bugcrowd bug bounty platform. The roots of the company’s bug hunting concept go back to 2013 when Netflix launched what it called a,”responsible vulnerability disclosure program.” The idea continued to develop over the years and they launched […]

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2018-03-21 06:43:49

Jimmy Iovine said to be transitioning to consulting role at Apple  

Back in January, reports surfaced that Jimmy Iovine was planning to exit Apple later this year — four years after selling Beats to the company. The music exec issued a semi-denial at the time, stating that he was committed to his bosses and still "in the band." The latest update to Iovine's reported on-again-off-again relationship […]

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2018-03-21 06:32:26

Clari raises $35M for its AI-based sales platform, expands into marketing and supply chain management  

Clari — a startup that has built a predictive sales tool that provides just-in-time assistance for sales people close deals and for those who work in the bigger chain of command to monitor the progress of the sales operation — is capitalising on the big boom in interest for all things AI in the business world. […]

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2018-03-21 06:31:12

Twitter's chief information security officer is reportedly quitting  

Twitter Chief Information Security Officer Michael Coates is leaving the company, The Verge first reported. Word on the street is that Coates is leaving to start his own security company. Twitter has been an amazing ride, but as I mentioned internally a few weeks back, my time is coming to an end. I'm confident to leave […]

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2018-03-21 06:21:53

Kyklo is bringing the billion-dollar electromechanical industry into digital sales  

The electromechanical industry may not be the kind of sexy tech that you’ll regularly read about in TechCrunch, but we like solutions to problems, and that is why I am about to write about a company in the aforementioned industry. Add in that the startup is based in Asia — Thailand, to be precise — and […]

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2018-03-21 05:33:53

These are the 64 startups unveiled at Y Combinator W18 Demo Day 2  

Microbiome therapeutics, Photoshop for augmented reality, and cancer treatments were some of the ideas presented at Day 2 of startup accelerator Y Combinator’s Winter 2018 Demo Day. YC is increasingly using its massive class size (141 startups this time around) to fund especially risky frontier technology and biotech moonshots, while tempering the portfolio with more […]

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2018-03-21 05:26:15

Here is how to delete Facebook  

Some of us have been on Facebook for more than a decade, but all good things come to an end. Over the past 18 months, Facebook has been in a downward spiral. The social network is in the eye of a controversy storm, with fake news, Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election, and misuse […]

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2018-03-21 05:17:45

Gfycat looks to be a hub of content for AR experience development  

If all goes well, some GIF creators may start seeing their GIFs show up in augmented reality experiences, based on a new deal that’s happening with Gfycat this morning. Gfycat said it would be working with a company called Metaverse that, like many tools of its kind, is looking to make it easier to build […]

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2018-03-21 05:05:24

CryptoKitties raises $12M from Andreessen Horowitz and Union Square Ventures  

CryptoKitties, the virtual collectible kitten game that turned into a viral sensation has raised $12M in funding and will be spun out from Axiom Zen, the Vancouver and San Francisco-based design studio that originally built the game. The round is being led by Andreessen Horowitz and Union Square Ventures, both of which have quickly developed a […]

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2018-03-21 04:17:04

Molotov is no longer geoblocked in Europe  

French startup Molotov has built the best TV streaming service in its home country. Unfortunately, if you tried using the service in other European countries, Molotov would simply stop working. The startup now lets you stream your content when you're traveling across the European Union. The European Union has been working hard on creating a […]

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2018-03-21 04:16:46

Synology's C2 backup services goes live to users worldwide  

If you know about Synology, chances are you know about its network attaches storage (NAS) hardware. Over the course of the last few years, the company made a name for itself as one of the premiere NAS providers for consumers and small businesses who want to make local backups of their data or make it […]

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2018-03-21 04:14:20

Twitter violates womens' human rights, according to Amnesty International  

Twitter has found itself under fire again. This time, it’s coming from Amnesty International, a non-governmental organization that focuses on human rights. Amnesty International’s new report, “#ToxicTwitter: Violence and abuse against women online,” details Twitter’s failures to ensure safety online and prevent violence and abuse toward women. What Amnesty International is trying to achieve with […]

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2018-03-21 04:14:08

Sign up for free hack tickets to TC Hackathon at VivaTech today  

Are you a developer, marketer, or designer living in Europe? Do you have an idea for an app or a hardware product that's been tickling your brain trying to escape into the real world? Then you need to get yourself and your ideas down to the Expo Porte de Versailles in Paris on May 25-26. […]

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2018-03-21 03:54:57

Sources: Google is buying Lytro for about $40M  

Last week, Google showed off a new app to display immersive photography in virtual reality, and a multi-camera technique for capturing it, and now it looks like there may be plans to enhance that with some bolted-on technology created by a third party. Multiple sources tell us that Google is acquiring Lytro, the imaging startup that began […]

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2018-03-21 03:53:14

Researchers find the best way to press a button  

When all you have is a finger everything looks like a button . But what happens if you’re unable to press buttons or, more likely, we begin using robots and other tools to interact with the real world? That’s what researchers at Aalto University, Finland, and KAIST, South Korea wanted to find out when they […]

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2018-03-21 03:37:42

AI game trainer raises $1.9M to give gamers a virtual assistant  

If you play hardcore and competitive games, you want to win, so it would be useful to have someone leaning over your shoulder giving you tips on how to play better. Someone who knows all your moves and behaviors, for instance. That's the thinking behind, which has developed an AI assistant to help gamers […]

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2018-03-21 03:35:30

Target tests a new loyalty program with 1% back, Shipt discounts and free next-day delivery  

Target has begun to test a new loyalty program, “Target Red,” that combines discounts on delivery with cash back on later purchases. The program will serve as an alternative to the existing REDcard program which requires customers to sign up for a Target credit or debit card. With Target Red, customers instead earn 1 percent […]

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2018-03-21 02:34:32

Omega takes us to the Dark Side with their new moonwatch  

Omega has just announced a new version of their iconic Moonwatch, the chronograph that was worn most notably by Neil Armstrong on the surface of the moon. Their new model, the Dark Side of the Moon Apollo 8, features the traditional Moonwatch design with a few unique tweaks. The has an exhibition back – you […]

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2018-03-21 02:10:29

Apple is an exception to nearly every rule  

Haje Jan Kamps Contributor Share on Twitter Haje Jan Kamps is the director of portfolio at Bolt, a venture capital firm focused on hardware startups and enabling technologies. He was also a staff writer for TechCrunch. Walking into my first ever meeting with a structural packaging designer, I started rooting around in my bag before […]

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2018-03-21 01:27:04

Everledger's Kemp and Omise's Hasegawa join TC Blockchain  

Blockchain technology and the decentralizing effects of distributed ledgers have enormous amounts of potential and may mean the Internet will never be the same again. The fact that one could eventually run vast applications without any servers is equally transformational. But it's still very much a wild west out there in terms of ascertaining who […]

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2018-03-21 01:27:04

Facebook has lost $60 billion in value  

Facebook is having a bad day… for the second day in a row. Following the Cambridge Analytica debacle, Facebook shares (NASDAQ:FB) are currently trading at $164.07, down 4.9 percent compared to yesterday's closing price of $172.56. More importantly, if you look at Monday and Tuesday combined, Facebook shares are down 11.4 percent compared to Friday's […]

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2018-03-20 20:46:10

Chargebee raises $18M to help businesses manage subscriptions  

The subscription model is growing in popularity as a way to monetize a service, netting in trends in SaaS, media, e-commerce and other verticals that are in search of more predictable, recurring revenues. Now, a startup built to provide a subscription platform to businesses has raised a round of funding to grow.  San Francisco and […]

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2018-03-20 20:32:50

Amazon surpasses Alphabet in market value  

Amazon is currently the second biggest company in the world when it comes to market capitalization. The company is currently worth $763.27 billion (NASDAQ:AMZN) while Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG) is "only" worth $762.98 billion. Amazon has had an incredible quarter. Stock is up nearly 29 percent since early January. As for Alphabet, its shares have gone up […]

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2018-03-20 19:52:45

Oracle's cloud biz heading in the wrong direction right now  

Oracle announced its quarterly earnings last night, detailing that its cloud business grew 32 percent to $1.6 billion in the quarter. That might sound good at first blush, but it’s part of three straight quarters of reduced growth — a fact that had investors jittery over night. It didn’t get better throughout the day today […]

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2018-03-20 19:51:40

Toyota pauses automated driving testing on U.S. roads following Uber accident  

Automaker Toyota has temporarily ceases its public road testing of its fully autonomous ‘Chauffeur’ system in the U.S. after an accident earlier this week saw an Uber self-driving test vehicle strike a pedestrian, which ultimately resulted in her death. Police have stated that initial findings suggest the accident would’ve been extremely difficult to avoid regardless […]

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2018-03-20 17:53:05

The new Dragon Ball game is powered by Google's cloud  

Bandai Namco Entertainment announced the latest entrant in its series of Dragon Ball games this week. Dragon Ball Legends is a player versus player (PvP) mobile game that has players from all over the world battle with each other in real time by using their move cards. From all I’ve seen, it looks like a […]

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2018-03-20 15:21:35

Salesforce is buying MuleSoft at enterprise value of $6.5 billion  

Salesforce announced today that it intends to buy MuleSoft in a deal valued at a whopping $6.5 billion. That’s not necessarily the selling price, but the amount the company has been valued at based on stocks, bonds and cash on hand. The exact price was not available yet, but the company did indicate it was paying […]

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2018-03-20 14:06:32

Ford could change Detroit by buying its defunct train station  

According to this report, Ford is pursuing a deal to purchase the abandoned Michigan Central Station. Located just outside downtown Detroit, the massive transit station has sat empty for about 30 years and recently became a symbol representing a decaying Detroit. Crain’s is reporting that the deal between Ford and the current owner, the Moroun […]

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2018-03-20 13:59:06

After selling his company to Facebook for $19B, Brian Acton joins #deleteFacebook  

Brian Acton, the co-founder of messaging service WhatsApp (which Facebook bought in 2014 for $19 billion), is now joining the chorus of the #deletefacebook movement. It is time. #deletefacebook — Brian Acton (@brianacton) March 20, 2018 A tipster alerted us to the fact that Acton made the same call… on Facebook… as well. Since the […]

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2018-03-20 13:54:44

8bitdo's wireless adapter adds flexibility to Xbox, PlayStation and Switch controllers  

Game controller compatibility is a labyrinthine nightmare most of the time: Some controllers work with some platforms some of the time, but it’s very hard to keep track of how and when. 8bitdo’s latest accessory adds some simplicity to the mix, enabling use of Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch controllers with Switch, Windows […]

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2018-03-20 13:47:06

Zuck and Sandberg go M.I.A. as Congress summons Facebook leadership by name  

The bad thing about making your face synonymous with the company you run: When you go M.I.A., everyone tends to notice. The callout posts began over the weekend. Normal Facebook users don’t always track the tech press outrage cycle, but a flurry of reporting on Facebook’s mishandling of the private data of 50 million users, […]

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2018-03-20 13:26:22

Amazon adds fingerprint authentication to Key app for Android  

Building technology is all about learning as you go. Amazon knows this, and has today added fingerprint ID to the new Amazon Key app, which enables in-home delivery of goods. The Key app was announced in October, alongside the Cloud Cam, which lets users watch goings on in their homes as delivery professionals come in […]

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2018-03-20 13:22:02

IBM's smart assistant is called…Watson Assistant  

You saw this one coming, right? This week at its Think 2018 Conference in Las Vegas, IBM showed off its own take on the growing smart assistant category, aimed firmly at enterprise applications. Naturally, the company's using the Watson name for the offering, and tacking on "Assistant" for good measure. Unlike Alexa, Siri and Google's […]

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2018-03-20 12:51:43

Ford's new SmartLink connected upgrade for older vehicles will be available mid-2018  

Ford is finally detailing availability of its FordPass SmartLink accessory, an OBD II plug-in device with Verizon 4G LTE on board which can add connected car features to model year 2010 to 2017 Ford vehicles that don’t already have native connectivity built in. The FordPass accessory will be available across the U.S. sometime in the […]

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2018-03-20 12:38:28

Hackers gain access to 880K credit cards from Orbitz customers  

Another day, another breach. Today, online travel agency Orbitz disclosed that hackers managed to get both credit card data and personal information (though no Social Security numbers and passwords) from users who made their travel purchases on the site between January 1, 2016 and December 22, 2017. In total, the company says, that’s about 880,000 […]

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2018-03-20 11:31:03

Salesforce is reportedly in talks to acquire Mulesoft and the stock is going nuts  

After previously investing in Mulesoft, it looks like Salesforce may finish off the deal and is in advanced talks to acquire the data management software provider altogether, according to a report from Reuters this morning. Mulesoft works with companies to bring together different sources of data like varying APIs. That’s important for companies that have data […]

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2018-03-20 11:29:02

Cambridge Analytica CEO Andrew Nix has been suspended  

Andrew Nix, the CEO of the London-based voter profiling company Cambridge Analytica — which harvested private information from more than 50 million Facebook users without their permission to analyze their voter behavior — has been suspended from his job. In an announcement posted to the company’s site, the board said the suspension was effective immediately. Nix’s […]

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2018-03-20 11:11:29

Cleo, the chatbot that wants to replace your banking apps, has stealthily entered the U.S.  

With little fuss or fanfare, Cleo, the London-based startup that offers an AI-powered chatbot as a replacement for your banking apps, has begun quietly offering its service to U.S. customers. Just 21 days in, I understand the U.K. fintech is already signing up 1,000 users across the pond per day. Described as an “alpha version” […]

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2018-03-20 11:11:26

Apple's autonomous vehicle fleet has nearly doubled in the last two months  

Apple seems to be ramping up its autonomous vehicle efforts, nearing doubling the number of vehicles in its fleet since January. The company now has 45 autonomous vehicles in California registered with the DMV, according to the Financial Times. This makes Apple’s AV fleet the second largest in the state of California, outsized only by […]

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2018-03-20 11:02:32

Senate Intel Committee gives Homeland Security its election security wish list  

In a press conference today, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence presented its urgent recommendations for protecting election systems as the U.S. moves toward midterm elections later this year. “Currently we have an election upon us, and the past tells us that the future will probably hold another set of threats if we are not […]

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2018-03-20 10:49:44

Rachio announces a new smart sprinkler controller, raises $10M  

Rachio, the company that builds WiFi controllers for your garden sprinklers (think Nest Thermostat, but for watering your plants instead of heating your house), is back with a new one. They’ve also raised $10M in a Series B round. So what’s new in this Gen 3 version? A new hardware design, which the company tells […]

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2018-03-20 10:43:31

Get ready to start seeing more local ads on YouTube  

YouTube’s video ad creation service aimed at helping small business reach YouTube viewers is now available more broadly across the U.S. The company announced this morning that YouTube Director onsite, as the service is called, is now live in over 170 U.S. cities, up from only 9 previously – Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, […]

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2018-03-20 10:25:44

Windows Server 2019 is now available in preview  

Microsoft today announced the next version of Windows Server, which launches later this year under the not completely unexpected moniker of “Windows Server 2019.” Developers and operations teams that want to get access to the bits can now get the first preview build through Microsoft’s Insider Program. This next version comes with plenty of new […]

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2018-03-20 10:23:32

Netlify wants to make it easier for web developers to use AWS Lambda event triggers  

Netlify has a vision of changing the way we develop websites, making it simpler to connect the front-end design to backend services execution. Today, the company announced another step in that vision when it introduced AWS Lambda functions on Netlify. The company aims to reduce much of the complexity associated with web development. You design […]

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2018-03-20 09:24:06

Wayfair's Android app now lets you shop for furniture using augmented reality  

AR-enabled shopping is expanding again today. This time, online furniture retailer Wayfair is introducing an augmented reality feature in its mobile app for Android that will allow customers to visualize furniture in their own home ahead of purchase, just by holding up their smartphone. The feature, called “View in Room 3D,” was previously available on […]

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2018-03-20 09:07:39

Google's simple new app lets you draw white lines  

Today, a bunch of app developers showed off their latest AR apps for Google’s augmented reality platform, but Google didn’t stay too still either. The team at Google released what could be one of its simplest apps ever, it’s called an “experiment,” and with good reason, it’s literally just an app for drawing white lines. […]

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2018-03-20 08:50:28

European, UK and US pols summon Zuck as FTC eyes probe of Facebook over data violations  

The fallout from the story concerning Facebook, Cambridge Analytica, the misuse of personal data and how much Facebook knew about all this, has quickly made its way into the halls of government — and with it Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg is getting a lot of invitations in his inbox. This afternoon, Antonio Tajani, the president […]

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2018-03-20 08:41:37

Tradewind Bioscience attacks the physiology of tumors to treat cancer  

Cancer remains the one counterpoint to the march of medical progress that has scored human history over the last 200 years. Last year 600,920 people in the U.S. died from cancer, and another 1.7 million received an initial diagnosis of the disease. Globally, one in six people die from cancer, according to the World Health Organization. […]

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2018-03-20 08:17:15

CoEdition raises $4 million from NEA and others for its plus-sized shopping site for women  

The average American woman is plus-sized, but only 18 percent of clothing sold in 2016 was size 14 or higher. This disconnect in the world of fashion looked like an opportunity to a team of four former Gilt execs, who are today launching a new e-commerce site, CoEdition. The site will cater to women sizes […]

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2018-03-20 07:18:54

Waze Carpool expands to the entire state of Washington  

Google -owned Waze is growing the footprint of its Waze Carpool product with a market expansion today to cover all of Washington state. That means Carpool is now available in California, Texas, Washington and Israel following today’s launch. Waze also recently revamped its Carpool experience, which now includes new options for choosing what rides to […]

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2018-03-20 06:42:14

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