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Sign up today: 2-for-1 Innovator passes to Disrupt Berlin  

TechCrunch is headed to Germany yet again to host Disrupt Berlin 2018 on November 29-30. We simply love this city's startup scene, one of the most innovative and fastest-growing in Europe. If you're a founder, investor, hacker or tech leader, you can't afford to miss Disrupt Berlin. You also can't afford to miss our limited-time […]

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2018-05-21 06:17:53



Microsoft acquires conversational AI startup Semantic Machines to help bots sound more lifelike  

Microsoft announced today that it has acquired Semantic Machines, a Berkeley-based startup that wants to solve one of the biggest challenges in conversational AI: making chatbots sound more human and less like, well, bots. In a blog post, Microsoft AI & Research chief technology officer David Ku wrote that “with the acquisition of Semantic Machines, […]

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2018-05-21 04:17:37



Whisk, the smart food platform that makes recipes shoppable, acquires competitor Avocando  

Whisk, the U.K. startup that has built a B2B data platform to power various food apps, including making online recipes ‘shoppable’, has acquired Avocando, a competitor based in Germany. The exact financial terms of the deal remain undisclosed, although TechCrunch understands it was all-cash and that Whisk is acquiring the tech, customer base, integrations, and […]

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2018-05-21 03:53:57



Tradeshift fires-up blockchain to address late payment problem  

While the cryptocurrency world continues to swirl around in a daze of troughs and highs, startups are continuing to make use of the fundamental underlying strengths of blockchain technology. A new entrant in this race is Tradeshift, a leading players in supply-chain payments and marketplaces, which is today launching its new service which enables supports […]

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2018-05-21 02:59:26



Progressive advocacy groups call on the FTC to “make Facebook safe for democracy”  

A team of progressive advocacy groups, including MoveOn and Demand Progress, are asking the Federal Trade Commission to “make Facebook safe for democracy.” According to Axios, the campaign, called Freedom From Facebook, is set to launch a six-figure ad campaign on Monday that will run on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, among other platforms. The other […]

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2018-05-21 02:34:57



Launch with TechCrunch in the Startup Battlefield competition at Disrupt SF 2018  

Hey, this message goes out to all you early-stage startup founders with the drive and determination to take your company all the way to the land of the unicorns. Now's the time to apply to TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield competition — the world's best start-up pitch competition going down at Disrupt San Francisco 2018 on September 5-7. If you require […]

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2018-05-21 02:34:19



AT&T launches its LTE-powered Amazon Dash-style button  

When we first told you about AT&T's LTE-M Button, the information was socked away in a deluge of AWS Re:Invent announcements. The telecom giant was a bit more upfront when announcing its availability earlier this week — but just a bit. After all, it's not a direct-to-consumer device. Unlike the product-branded hunk of plastic you […]

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2018-05-20 16:10:36



Are algorithms hacking our thoughts?  

Adriana Stan Contributor Share on Twitter Adriana Stan is the public relations director of W magazine and a writer on media, culture and technology. She is also the co-founder of the Interesting People in Interesting Times event series and podcast. More posts by this contributor Social media, politics, and the bubble of distraction Patterns, Predictability, […]

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2018-05-20 14:15:21



With at least $1.3 billion invested globally in 2018, VC funding for blockchain blows past 2017 totals  

Although bitcoin and blockchain technology may not take up quite as much mental bandwidth for the general public as it did just a few months ago, companies in the space continue to rake in capital from investors. One of the latest to do so is Circle, which recently announced a $110 million Series E round led by bitcoin […]

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2018-05-20 13:59:16



Orbital ATK is launching a cargo rocket for the ISS early tomorrow morning  

Wake up in the wee hours of the morning on the East Coast, and you might get a chance to watch a rocket launch more than three tons of cargo for the International Space Station. Set for a 4:39 ET liftoff from NASA’s facility on Wallops Island, Virginia, if the weather holds, this will be […]

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2018-05-20 13:54:46



Longtime LG Group chairman Koo Bon-Moo dies at 73  

South Korean electronics conglomerate LG Group announced this morning that the company's longtime chairman Koo Bon-Moo has passed away at 73. Koo's death follows a year-long battle with brain disease, for which he had undergone surgery, according to Reuters. The executive stepped into the role in 1995 and served as a driving force in establishing […]

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2018-05-20 12:56:17



Bail reform has a complex relationship with tech  

On any given day in the United States, more than 450,000 people are behind bars awaiting their constitutionally mandated fair trial. None of them have been convicted of a crime — they’ve been accused of committing a crime, but no formal ruling of guilt or innocence has been made. That means these hundreds of thousands […]

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2018-05-20 09:05:14



After tens of thousands of pre-orders, 3D audio headphones startup Ossic disappears  

After taking tens of thousands of crowd-funding pre-orders for a high-end pair of “3D sound” headphones, audio startup Ossic announced this weekend that it is shutting down the company and backers will not be receiving refunds. The company raised $2.7 million on Kickstarter and $3.2 million on Indiegogo for their Ossic X headphones which they […]

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2018-05-20 04:27:49



Nvidia's researchers teach a robot to perform simple tasks by observing a human  

Industrial robots are typically all about repeating a well-defined task over and over again. Usually, that means performing those tasks a safe distance away from the fragile humans that programmed them. More and more, however, researchers are now thinking about how robots and humans can work in close proximity to humans and even learn from them. […]

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2018-05-20 04:22:20



A simple solution to end the encryption debate  

David Gurle Contributor Share on Twitter David Gurle is the founder and chief executive of Symphony Comunication. Bill Harrington Contributor Bill Harrington is a former federal prosecutor and a partner at the law firm Goodwin Procter. Criminals and terrorists, like millions of others, rely on smartphone encryption to protect the information on their mobile devices. […]

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2018-05-20 02:10:33



Original Content podcast: 'Dear White People' returns to ask more uncomfortable questions  

Dear White People has a pretty provocative title — and the show, for the most part, lives up to that promise, with a sharply drawn portrait of racial tension at Winchester University, a fictional Ivy League school. It was originally a film written and directed by Justin Simien, who then reinvented the story as a […]

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2018-05-19 13:54:41



La Belle Vie wants to compete with Amazon Prime Now in Paris  

French startup La Belle Vie announced a new funding round of $6.5 million earlier this week (€5.5 million). Julien Mangeard, Thibaut Faurès Fustel de Coulanges, Louis Duclert, Kima Ventures and Shake-Up Factory participated in the founding round. Online grocery shopping is becoming quite competitive in Paris. You can order groceries from Amazon using Amazon Prime Now. […]

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2018-05-19 13:20:45



Meet the judges for the TC Startup Battlefield Europe at VivaTech  

VivaTech is right around the corner, and I'm excited to introduce you to the third batch of judges that will come to Paris for TechCrunch's Startup Battlefield Europe. If you haven't been to TechCrunch Disrupt, the Startup Battlefield is arguably the most interesting part of the show. Before everybody started doing a startup competition, there […]

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2018-05-19 10:44:25



Apple started paying $15 billion European tax fine  

It took a couple of years, but Apple has started to pay back illegal tax benefits to the Irish government. The company has paid $1.77 billion (€1.5 billion) into an escrow account designed to hold the fine. Apple has to pay $15 billion in total (€13 billion). In August 2016, the European Commission said that […]

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2018-05-19 10:21:36



'My Data Request' lists guides to get data about you  

GDPR is right around the corner, so it's time to prepare your personal data requests. If you live in the European Union, tech companies have to comply with personal data requests after May 25th. And there's a handy website that helps you do just that. My Data Request lists dozens of tech companies and tells […]

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2018-05-19 09:07:31



Siempo's new app will break your smartphone addiction  

A new app called Siempo wants to un-addict you from your smartphone and its numerous attention-stealing apps. To do so, Siempo replaces an Android device’s homescreen, while also taking advantage of a number of design principles to push distractions further away, and give you more control over your notifications. The startup, which launched a few […]

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2018-05-19 04:52:31



Shared housing startups are taking off  

Joanna Glasner Contributor More posts by this contributor These schools graduate the most funded startup CEOs The formula behind San Francisco's startup success When young adults leave the parental nest, they often follow a predictable pattern. First, move in with roommates. Then graduate to a single or couple's pad. After that comes the big purchase […]

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2018-05-19 04:28:25



AI will save us from yanny/laurel, right? Wrong  

If you haven't taken part in the yanny/laurel controversy over the last couple days, allow me to sincerely congratulate you. But your time is up. The viral speech synth clip has met the AI hype train and the result is, like everything in this mortal world, disappointing.

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2018-05-18 19:02:28



EU parliament pushes for Zuckerberg hearing to be live-streamed  

There’s confusion about whether a meeting between Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and the European Union’s parliament — which is due to take place next Tuesday — will go ahead as planned or not. The meeting was confirmed by the EU parliament’s president this week, and is the latest stop on Zuckerberg’s contrition tour, following the Cambridge Analytics […]

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2018-05-18 16:39:06



Vota turns your credit card transactions into recommendations, helps you spot fraud  

Oh my god, someone’s doing Blippy again. If you’ve been around the internet as long as I have (too long), you’ll probably remember the meteoric rise of the social network for sharing your purchases, Blippy, which was hyped up to a $46.2 million valuation back in 2010 before the world realized that almost nobody wanted […]

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2018-05-18 12:54:01



Does Google's Duplex violate two-party consent laws?  

Google's Duplex, which calls businesses on your behalf and imitates a real human, ums and ahs included, has sparked a bit of controversy among privacy advocates. Doesn't Google recording a person's voice and sending it to a datacenter for analysis violate two-party consent law, which requires everyone in a conversation to agree to being recorded? The answer isn't immediately clear, and Google's silence isn't helping.

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2018-05-18 11:48:27



NASA's newest planet-hunting satellite takes a stellar first test image  

TESS, the satellite launched by NASA last month that will search thousands of stars for Earth-like exoplanets, has just sent back its first test image. It's just a quick one, not "science-quality," but it does give you an idea of the scale of the mission: the area TESS will eventually document is 400 times the area covered by this shot.

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2018-05-18 11:41:55



MoviePass competitor Sinemia can't keep up with demand  

A number of people are complaining about Sinemia not delivering them their movie membership cards within the seven-day timeframe the company said it would. Although Sinemia has charged people for their memberships, the company has not been able to deliver the membership cards in a timely manner. “We have seen strong demand for our new […]

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2018-05-18 11:30:57



AWS adds more EC2 instance types with local NVMe storage  

AWS is adding a new kind of virtual machine to its growing list of EC2 options. These new machines feature local NVMe storage, which offers significantly faster throughput than standard SSDs. These new so-called C5d instances join the existing lineup of compute-optimized C5 instances the service already offered. AWS cites high-performance computing workloads, real-time analytics, […]

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2018-05-18 11:07:10



Tiny house trend advances into the nano scale  

All around the world, hip young people are competing to see who can live in the tinest, quirkiest, twee-est house. But this one has them all beat. Assembled by a combination of origami and nanometer-precise robot wielding an ion beam, this tiniest of houses measures about 20 micrometers across. For comparison, that's almost as small as a studio in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

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2018-05-18 10:44:21



YouTube TV adds Tastemade and The Young Turks as it expands its digital media content  

In April, YouTube TV confirmed rumors it was expanding its service by way of digital-only networks by launching two news channels from Cheddar. The streaming service was also expected to roll out channels from Tastemade and The Young Turks soon, reports said — something YouTube TV hoped would differentiate its service from the now numerous live TV […]

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2018-05-18 10:42:17



WARD is an app for placing fantasy predictions on esports games  

Prediction markets, such as those that exist in the realm of fantasy sports, have taken off amongst consumers in the last few years. But fantasy sports have yet to make much of a play in one of the hottest areas online right now, namely esports. And it's a big market. Fantasy esports have been thriving […]

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2018-05-18 10:38:46



Uber's chief product officer is out  

Uber Chief Product Officer Jeff Holden, who oversaw Uber Elevate, has left the company, Recode first reported. His last day was yesterday, TechCrunch confirmed. On a day-to-day level, Holden was not that heavily involved. Manik Gupta, for example, is in charge of product, maps and marketplace at the VP level. There was also Uber Head […]

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2018-05-18 09:39:17



Lyft hires former Tesla Autopilot manager for self-driving car efforts  

Sameer Qureshi has left his role as a senior manager of Tesla Autopilot Programs and has joined Lyft, according to his LinkedIn. We first saw the news over on Electrek. Tesla declined to comment, but Lyft confirmed Qureshi joined the team this week. At Lyft, Qureshi is now director of product for autonomous driving, specifically focused […]

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2018-05-18 09:14:07



Our second round of judges for the TC Startup Battlefield Europe at VivaTech  

TechCrunch Startup Battlefield will be held at VivaTech in Paris on May 24th. We want to find the best early-stage startup from across continental Europe, ahead of TechCrunch Disrupt in Berlin. The best way to do that is to bring some fantastic investors and founders along to judge the startups. Here’s our second round of […]

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2018-05-18 08:30:53



Baidu's top AI exec is stepping down  

Baidu's stocks took a hit earlier today after the company announced that its Qi Lu is stepping down from his job as president/COO after just a year and a half. In a press release tied to the news, the executive cited personal reasons for his decision to "transition" to a lesser role. "Baidu is a […]

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2018-05-18 07:36:08



zGlue launches a configurable system-on-a-chip to help developers implement customized chipsets  

The complexity and cost of packing an array of sensors and power inside a small amount of space has opened the door to a wider and wider variety of use cases for internet-connected devices beyond just smart thermostats or cameras — and also exposed a hole for getting those ideas into an actual piece of […]

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2018-05-18 07:08:41



WARD is an app for placing fantasy bets on esports games  

Prediction markets, such as those that exist in the realm of fantasy sports, have taken off amongst consumers in the last few years. But fantasy sports have yet to make much of a play in one of the hottest areas online right now, namely esports. And it's a big market. Fantasy esports have been thriving […]

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2018-05-18 06:20:21



A leaked look at Facebook's search engine for influencer marketing  

Facebook’s next money-maker could be this tool for connecting marketers to social media creators so they can team up on sponsored-content Facebook ad campaigns. The Branded Content Matching search engine lets advertisers select the biographical characteristics of creators’ fans they want to reach, see stats about these audiences, and contact them to hammer out deals. […]

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2018-05-18 05:43:29



Bell & Ross releases a new watch for travelers  

In my endless quest to get geeks interested in watches I present to you the Bell & Ross BR V2-93 GMT 24H, a new GMT watch from one of my favorite manufacturers that is a great departure from the company’s traditional designs. The watch is a 41mm round GMT, which means it has three hands […]

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2018-05-18 05:36:03



Ucare.ai is using AI to make healthcare more efficient in Southeast Asia  

AI is being applied across the board in many industries worldwide, and its scope of influence is only likely to continue to expand as Kaifu Lee, a noted AI expert who was formerly head of Google China, recently told TechCrunch. The main battle appears to be between companies in the U.S. and China, but this […]

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2018-05-18 05:35:10



Fortnite is finally coming to Android this summer  

Fortnite is finally coming to Android…in a matter of months. After dominating the iOS gaming charts since March, the wildly popular sandbox survival game will be hitting the world's top mobile operating system at some point this summer. Creator Epic Games buried the news in the middle of a larger blog post titled, "The State […]

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2018-05-18 04:47:12



Equity podcast: Circle raises $110M, VCs hunt liquidity and the Vision Fund's possible twin  

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch's venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. Today Matthew Lynley, Connie Loizos and I were joined by Semil Shah, the founder of seed-stage fund Haystack and venture partner at Lightspeed. This week, we stuck to our roots: big rounds, venture capital liquidity thirst, one IPO, two […]

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2018-05-18 04:43:44



Fortnite Battle Royale's Solo Showdown lets players compete for up to 50,000 V-Bucks  

For the first time ever, Fortnite Battle Royale players have the chance to compete with one another for a huge amount of V-Bucks, the game’s virtual currency. Fortnite Battle Royale often adds new wacky game modes, like 50 vs 50 or the much-memed Thanos game type made in conjunction with Marvel for Avengers: Infinity War. […]

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2018-05-18 04:37:14



Job search engine Adzuna raises £8M Series C from Smedvig Capital  

Adzuna, the meta-search engine for jobs, has raised £8 million in Series C funding from Smedvig Capital. The U.K. company’s previous backers include Index Ventures, Passion Capital, LocalGlobe, and over 400 Crowdcube investors. It takes total funding to £12 million. Founded by the team behind Gumtree, Zoopla and Qype, Adzuna essentially aggregates job listings across […]

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2018-05-18 04:22:01



Apply today for a Startup Alley Exhibitor Package at Disrupt SF '18  

Every tech founder worth their title knows that investors, customers and media exposure form the life blood of every early-stage startup. And there's no better way to place your startup in front of these three essential groups than to exhibit in Startup Alley at Disrupt San Francisco 2018. The conference takes place on September 5-7, but if you […]

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2018-05-18 02:53:04



What we know about Google's Duplex demo so far  

The highlight of Google’s I/O keynote earlier this month was the reveal of Duplex, a system that can make calls to set up a salon appointment or a restaurant reservation for you by calling those places, chatting with a human and getting the job done. That demo drew lots of laughs at the keynote, but […]

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2018-05-18 02:34:34



Trump reportedly pushed USPS to double Amazon's shipping rates  

According to new reporting from The Washington Post, President Trump personally pushed United States Postal Service head Megan Brennan to jack up shipping prices on Amazon and other firms. The story comes from unnamed sources, who suggest that, thus far, the postmaster general has held out against pressure from the president. If enacted, the new […]

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2018-05-18 02:19:20



Elon Musk details his plan to rid LA of traffic with $1 rides on the Boring Co. 'Loop'  

This evening, Boring Company executives Elon Musk and Steve Davis offered a few more details about their plans to revolutionize LA urban transit, introducing the “Loop” which would eventually be composed of all-electric pods that transport up to 16 passengers at a time. Musk theorizes that the Loop could take Los Angeles residents from downtown LA […]

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2018-05-18 01:40:18



First speaker announcements for The Next Stage at Disrupt SF (Sept. 5-7)  

One of the many new features at TechCrunch Disrupt SF (September 5-7) is the addition of another stage, which we’re calling The Next Stage. The goal of The Next Stage is to deliver more insights and wisdom to Disrupt SF attendees, especially founders, to help them navigate the startup odyssey better and faster. The Next […]

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2018-05-17 20:21:10



Amazon picks up Nazi-hunting series produced by Jordan Peele  

Amazon has given a 10-episode, straight-to-series order to The Hunt, a show created by David Weil and executive produced by Get Out writer-director Jordan Peele. The series follows a group of Nazi hunters living in New York City in 1977, who discover a broader Nazi conspiracy. As with other contemporary stories about fighting Nazis, I’m sure […]

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2018-05-17 19:15:41



Call of Duty Black Ops IIII adds battle royale mode while taking the game back to boots on the ground  

In recent releases, Activision has taken its Call of Duty franchise into space (with its Infinite Warfare) and back in time (with the World War II release); now it’s looking to its past to bring it back to glory, while adding the massive multi-player Battle Royale mode. The new Black Ops game is set within a […]

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2018-05-17 18:09:25



Rackspace acquires Salesforce specialist RelationEdge  

Rackspace today announced that it has acquired RelationEdge, a Salesforce implementation partner and digital agency. The companies did not disclose the financial details of the acquisition. At first, this may sound like an odd acquisition. Rackspace is still best known for its hosting and managed cloud and infrastructure services, after all, and RelationEdge is all […]

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2018-05-17 17:21:28



Selected's recruiting platform matches teachers with schools they'll love  

A “dating app for teachers” is an odd but useful way to describe the startup Selected, which has just closed on $1.2 million in seed funding for its recruiting platform for educators. And, in all fairness, Selected said it first. The startup’s own website describes itself (a bit tongue-in-cheek) as a “dating app for job-seeking teachers […]

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2018-05-17 15:16:20



It turns out Apple could build its new campus in North Carolina  

The Washington Post reported just yesterday that Apple was talking with Virginia officials for a new campus in Northern Virginia. But WRAL is now reporting that Apple is about to announce a new campus in North Carolina. According to WRAL's sources, it's "a done deal." The company and legislators plan to talk about a tax […]

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2018-05-17 14:51:25



Apple brings its coding lessons to schools for students who are blind and deaf  

Apple this morning announced another expansion of Everyone Can Code, bringing its Swift coding curricula to a number of US schools focused on students who are blind and deaf. The current list includes eight schools in California, New York, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts and Texas. "Apple's mission is to make products as accessible as possible," Tim […]

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2018-05-17 14:29:34



Facebook's accessibility ambitions  

Facebook’s work around accessibility took center stage in 2016 when it launched something called automatic alt-text (AAT) for people using screen readers to identify what's displayed. AAT uses object recognition technology to generate descriptions of photos on Facebook. But what Facebook deployed in 2016 represented the mere beginning of its efforts, Facebook Accessibility Specialist Matt […]

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2018-05-17 14:16:20



Boston startups may see some fresh checks as Underscore VC closes on its second fund  

There’s a whole lot of data and information that’s stored in the cloud, and it’s critical that consumers and enterprises alike be able to trust that this information is safe and accurate. Such is the primary investing thesis of Underscore VC, a three-year-old, Boston-based early-stage firm that is today taking the wraps off a second […]

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2018-05-17 13:48:24



Facebook Stories reveals 150M daily viewers and here come ads  

After 14 months of silence since launching, Facebook Stories has finally announced a 150 million daily active user count for its Snapchat Stories clone. And now it’s time to earn some money off it. Facebook Stories will start testing its first ads today in the U.S., Mexico and Brazil. They’re 5- to 15-second video ads […]

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2018-05-17 13:43:50



In the next few weeks, you can spend time with any one of these VCs and it will all go to charity  

Five years ago, we told you about a venture capital auction wherein dozens of VCs donated their time toward a greater good — helping fund research at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, one of the world’s largest voluntary health organizations dedicated to funding research and access to treatments for blood cancer patients. The auction was centered […]

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2018-05-17 13:23:17



FCTRY wants to be a new type of startup studio  

Startup Studios are becoming more and more prevalent, with big name companies like Giphy and Girlboss coming from the studio model. The premise is strong: use venture on a small, concentrated number of ideas, fostered by experts and internal resources, to create strong businesses. But a new startup studio is prepping to launch in NYC […]

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2018-05-17 12:33:15



Meet Alchemist Accelerator's latest demo day cohort  

An IoT-enabled lab for cannabis farmers, a system for catching drones mid-flight and the Internet of Cows are a few of the 17 startups exhibiting today at Alchemist Accelerator’s 18th demo day. The event, which will be streamed live here, focuses on big data and AI startups with an enterprise bent. The startups are showing their […]

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2018-05-17 11:10:19



Snapchat Spectacles tests non-circular landscape exports  

The worst thing about Spectacles is how closely tied they are to Snapchat. The proprietary circular photo and video format looks great inside Snapchat where you can tip your phone around while always staying full screen, but it gets reduced to a small circle with a big white border when you export it to your […]

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2018-05-17 09:58:58



Brexit-related concerns remain key for UK tech, says UK gov report  

Two out of the top three challenges facing tech companies in the UK's top two tech clusters are related to Brexit, according to a UK government-backed report, and for much of the rest of the country. That at least is the only possible conclusion from the release today of Tech Nation 2018, the UK's annual […]

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2018-05-17 09:41:43



AT&T and Verizon will carry RED's crazy 'holographic' handset  

RED's Hydrogen One handset is one of those devices we'll believe when we actually see it. The company's been promising up the $1,200 smartphone for a while now, only to be hit with delays and outright admitting, "We have no idea whatsoever what we are doing." Consider this some small vote of confidence, however. AT&T […]

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2018-05-17 09:15:25



House committee accepts amendment to uphold ZTE ban  

The bizarre recent tale of ZTE is getting another wrinkle. Earlier today, a bipartisan House Appropriations Committee unanimously voted to accept an amendment to uphold sanctions against the company. The amendment to the 2019 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations bill is, of course, being viewed as a rebuke of the president, whose tweets over the […]

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2018-05-17 08:53:26



Another smart luggage maker shutters in the wake of airline ban  

Two weeks after Bluesmart called it quits, another smart luggage maker is pulling the plug. New York-based travel startup Raden posted a note (spotted by The Verge) on its site announcing that the company is "no longer in operation." Unlike Bluesmart, which sold its remaining assets to luggage conglomerate Travelpro, this appears to be the […]

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2018-05-17 08:22:15



EAT Club acquires healthy food startup Farm Hill  

EAT Club, the corporate lunch service with a customer base that includes Flipboard, Mastercard and TaskRabbit, has acquired Farm Hill, a lunch box delivery service, to solidify and expand its presence in the San Francisco Bay Area. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Farm Hill had previously raised $4 million in capital. EAT Club […]

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2018-05-17 06:57:02



Augmented reality display maker DigiLens nabs $25 million  

Though content creators in the augmented reality space are still struggling to find engaging use cases for early mobile augmented reality platforms, there is still a feverish amount of excitement inside the space from big tech companies and makers of key components that are plugging along in developing technologies that will enable consumer AR headsets. […]

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2018-05-17 06:51:33



Headspace gets a new CTO and head of data analytics  

Headspace might just be considered an app that plays back a soothing voice to help you meditate, but the company says it is increasingly carries a more difficult technology problem as it continues to grow — and it’s hiring on a few people today to tackle it. Headspace said it has brought on both a […]

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2018-05-17 06:35:47



Sprinklr hires former fed CIO Vivek Kundra as COO  

Sprinklr, the unicorn startup best known for helping customers interpret social signals has been moving into the broader customer experience market in the last year. Today it announced is was hiring a heavy hitter as Chief Operating Officer, bringing in former federal CIO and Salesforce executive Vivek Kundra. He began working at his new position […]

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2018-05-17 05:29:25



YouTube revamps its Red subscription service to offer standalone music streaming  

Like Google’s messaging focus, YouTube’s efforts to spin out successful streaming and music products has felt confusing and haphazard. Now the company is simplifying and consolidating that play by decoupling the music and film components with the launch of a new service. YouTube Music is, as the name suggests, a music streaming service that will […]

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2018-05-17 05:11:32



Instagram opens a San Francisco office  

Last year, Facebook was reportedly scouting for office space in San Francisco in order to find a space suitable to house some 100 Instagram employees. Today, the company is officially confirming its San Francisco plans with an announcement that it has leased four floors at 181 Fremont in San Francisco. It will initially house its under-200 […]

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2018-05-17 05:05:27



Floyd Mayweather-backed Centra Tech ICO founders indicted for fraud  

The founders of Centra Tech, a company that raised a $32 million ICO, have been indicted for wire fraud and securities fraud, charges that could lead to a minimum of five years in jail. The founders, Raymond Trapani, Sohrab Sharma, and Robert Farkas, were found guilty of trying to defraud investors with their ICO. The […]

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2018-05-17 05:04:35



Boosted Boards founders launch heavy-duty scooter renter Skip  

All electric scooters are not created equal. I’ve found ones from Spin, Bird, and Lime to often be broken, shaky, or out of battery. But now the founders of Boosted Boards, which makes the steadiest and safest-feeling electric skateboards, are bringing their rugged hardware expertise to the scooter world. Today, they’re coming out of stealth […]

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2018-05-17 05:02:06



Instagram officially launches re-sharing of posts to Stories  

No, it’s not a “regram” option. Sorry!  But today, Instagram is officially launching a new feature that will allow users to re-share someone’s Instagram post with their friends via Instagram Stories – something it confirmed was in testing earlier this year. The idea with the new re-sharing option is to give users a way to add their […]

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2018-05-17 04:31:54



For Apple, this year's Global Accessibility Awareness Day is all about education  

Following Apple's education event in Chicago in March, I wrote about what the company's announcements might mean for accessibility. After sitting in the audience covering the event, the big takeaway I had was Apple could "make serious inroads in furthering *special* education as well." As I wrote, despite how well-designed the Classroom and Schoolwork apps seemingly are, Apple should do more to tailor their new tools to better serve students and educators in special education settings. ...

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2018-05-17 04:20:10



Pluralsight pops more than 30% in its public debut  

Pluralsight is having a pretty good day in its debut as a public company, with its shares popping more than 30% after its first trade following its IPO. There’ll be a little bit of debate as to whether Pluralsight might have left some money on the table in its IPO after raising its price last […]

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2018-05-17 04:18:51



Jirnexu pulls in $11M for its financial comparison service in Southeast Asia  

It’s been a busy week for startup funding in Southeast Asia. Following big deals for Carro and Carousell, financial comparison startup Jirnexu is the latest to announce new capital after it closed an $11 million Series B round. The new investment comes courtesy of Japan’s SBI Group — a returning investor which led the round having co-led […]

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2018-05-17 04:14:12



Microsoft's Xbox Adaptive Controller is an inspiring example of inclusive design  

Every gamer with a disability faces a unique challenge for many reasons, one of which is the relative dearth of accessibility-focused peripherals for consoles. Microsoft is taking a big step towards fixing this with its Xbox Adaptive Controller, a device created to address the needs of gamers for whom ordinary gamepads aren't an option.

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2018-05-17 04:07:08



Technology innovation on the second half of the chessboard  

The speed and magnitude with which technology innovation is moving is mind boggling, even for those of us who have worked at the center of it for decades. Technology innovation is now a global village.

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2018-05-17 03:41:01



With its new 'Interests' feature, eBay again tries to personalize its marketplace  

Remember when eBay bought Hunch in 2011 to improve its personalization technology and attract shoppers based on their interests? Or when  it launched a Pinterest-like tool called Setify in 2012 for creating personalized collections and wishlists? Or when it revamped its mobile apps in 2014 to focus on discovery and interests? Well guess what? Ebay is at it again […]

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2018-05-17 03:37:33



Pick up some moving insights into the future of mobility with Gett chief executive Dave Waiser in Tel Aviv  

Dave Waiser has been at the forefront of the mobility technology revolution in Israel for the past eight years, ever since he launched Gett in 2010. One of the last companies standing in the ultra-competitive global ride-sharing market, Gett has withstood competition from Didi Chuxing, Grab, Ola, Lyft and Uber and kept pace with those […]

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2018-05-17 03:30:16



Monzo, the U.K. challenger bank, finally rolls out Apple Pay  

Monzo, the U.K. challenger bank, has finally added Apple Pay to its mobile-only current account. The just over three year-old fintech says it has been one of the most requested features for its banking app, with over 2,000 mentions of Apple Pay on Monzo's forum, whilst its customer support team have been asked about the […]

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2018-05-17 03:14:40



Zuckerberg will meet with European parliament in private next week  

Who says privacy is dead? Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg has agreed to take European parliamentarians’ questions about how his platform impacts the privacy of hundreds of millions of European citizens — but only behind closed doors. Where no one except a handful of carefully chosen MEPs will bear witness to what’s said. The private meeting will […]

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2018-05-17 02:58:05



Bossa Studios launches Worlds Adrift, the first game built on Improbable's SpatialOS  

Bossa Studios, the London gaming startup backed by Atomico and behind popular titles ‘Surgeon Simulator’ and ‘I am Bread’, is embarking on its biggest and most ambitious project yet. Described as a “Community-Crafted MMO,” where players have literally co-built the game’s environment and will continue to do so, Worlds Adrift sees its wider public outing […]

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2018-05-17 02:57:51



Contentstack doubles down on its headless CMS  

It’s been about two years since Built.io launched Contentstack, a headless content management system for the enterprise. Contentstack was always a bit of an odd product at Built.io, which mostly focuses on providing integration tools like Flow for large companies (think IFTTT, but for enterprise workflows). Contentstack is pretty successful in its own right, though, with customers […]

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2018-05-17 02:55:12



LocationSmart didn't just sell mobile phone locations, it leaked them  

What's worse than companies selling the real-time locations of cell phones wholesale? Failing to take security precautions that prevent people from abusing the service. LocationSmart did both, as numerous sources indicated this week.

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2018-05-17 02:33:36



Intel starts testing self-driving cars in Jerusalem  

Intel and its subsidiary Mobileye have started testing 100 self-driving cars in Jerusalem. In the “coming months,” the plan is to deploy the fleet in the U.S. and other regions, Mobileye CEO Amnon Shahsua wrote in a blog post. Through this test, Intel/Mobileye hope to demonstrate that its cars are 1,000 times safer than human […]

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2018-05-17 01:39:10



PayPal confirms that it is buying payments startup iZettle for $2.2B in an all-cash deal  

PayPal is taking its biggest bet yet on point-of-sale transactions, small businesses and markets outside of the U.S. as it looks to raise its game against Square, Stripe and others in the world of payments: The company has confirmed that it is buying iZettle — the Stockholm-based payments provider commonly referred to as the “Square […]

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2018-05-17 01:10:40



Bannon and Cambridge Analytica planned suppression of black voters, whistleblower tells Senate  

Appearing before the Senate Judiciary committee today as part of the ongoing investigation of Cambridge Analytica and various forms of meddling in the 2016 elections, former employee and whistleblower Christopher Wylie said that the company and its then-VP Steve Bannon were pursuing voter suppression tactics aimed at black Americans.

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2018-05-16 21:48:06



The SEC creates an educational 'token' to stop scammers  

“Travel is expensive, but we are at the cusp of a revolution that will democratize travel and leisure for everyone,” reads the breathless whitepaper for HoweyCoins. “The Internet was the first part of the revolution. The other part is blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies.” "I'm all about HoweyCoins - this thing is going to pop at […]

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2018-05-16 20:46:01



After Senate victory, House announces plans to force its own vote on net neutrality  

Hot on the heels of a surprising 52-47 Senate disapproval of the FCC's new, weaker net neutrality rules, the House of Representatives will soon attempt to force a similar vote. Representative Mike Doyle (D-PA) announced in a statement and at a press conference following the Senate vote that he will begin the process first thing tomorrow morning.

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2018-05-16 18:05:48



Google acquires Cask Data to beef up its tools for building and running big data analytics  

Google is pushing hard on its efforts to build out a deeper enterprise business around Google Cloud, which continues to trail behind Amazon’s AWS and Microsoft’s Azure when it comes to revenues and usage among organizations. In the latest development, Google has picked up Cask Data, a Palo Alto startup that specializes in building solutions […]

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2018-05-16 18:04:44



Watch a truly driverless car navigate city streets  

Drive.ai, the company that’s gearing up to launch an autonomous ride-hailing pilot in Frisco, Texas, just released a video showing off its driverless capabilities. Drive.ai’s service will initially launch with safety drivers in July, but the goal is to ultimately operate the ride-hailing platform without a driver behind the wheel. In the video below, you […]

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2018-05-16 17:58:32



Senate votes to reverse FCC order and restore net neutrality  

The Senate today voted 52-47 to disapprove the FCC's recent order replacing 2015's net neutrality rules, a pleasant surprise for internet advocates and consumers throughout the country.

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2018-05-16 17:48:42



Facebook faces fresh criticism over ad targeting of sensitive interests  

Is Facebook trampling over laws that regulate the processing of sensitive categories of personal data by failing to ask people for their explicit consent before it makes sensitive inferences about their sex life, religion or political beliefs? Or is the company merely treading uncomfortably and unethically close to the line of the law? An investigation […]

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2018-05-16 17:32:19



Apple reportedly looks to Virginia for another US campus  

It seems Virginia is for tech lovers. According to a report in The Washington Post, Apple has been searching for places to put hubs as it contemplates how to spend the $30 billion it has committed for new facilities and 20,000 new employees in the U.S. over the next five years — and it looks like […]

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2018-05-16 17:16:02



To make Stories global, Facebook adds Archive and audio posts  

Facebook’s future rests on convincing the developing world to adopt Stories. But just because the slideshow format will soon surpass feed sharing doesn’t mean people use them the same way everywhere. So late last year, Facebook sent a team to India to learn what features they’d need to embrace Stories across a variety of local […]

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2018-05-16 13:37:20



A $400 Microsoft Surface may be on the way  

Microsoft's always taken a premium approach to its Surface line, showing users what its operating system can do when run on top of the line hardware. It's a model that makes sense for a company with so many ties to third-party hardware manufacturers. But the line that's been so focused on the high-end needs of […]

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2018-05-16 13:36:22






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