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Youth-run agency AIESEC exposed over 4 million intern applications  

AIESEC, a non-profit that bills itself as the “world’s largest youth-run organization,” exposed more than four million intern applications with personal and sensitive information on a server without a password. Bob Diachenko, an independent security researcher, found an unprotected Elasticsearch database containing the applications on January 11, a little under a month after the database […]

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2019-01-21 21:53:30



Politiscope, an app to track Congressional voting records and bills, launches on android devices  

Last September, two former National Football League players launched an app called Politiscope to track the voting records of members of Congress and the bills that they were introducing — and provide non-partisan information about what those bills and votes would mean to voters. The pro-football-playing brothers, Walter Powell Jr. and Brandon Williams, launched the […]

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2019-01-21 20:39:24



Shodan Safari, where hackers heckle the worst devices put on the internet  

If you leave something on the internet long enough, someone will hack it. The reality is that many device manufacturers make it far too easy by using default passwords that are widely documented, allowing anyone to log in as “admin” and snoop around. Often, there’s no password at all. Enter “Shodan Safari,” a popular part-game, […]

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2019-01-21 17:33:20



Original Content podcast: We conquer clutter with Marie Kondo's new show  

On the surface, “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo” sounds like a simple show: Over the course of eight episodes, organizing guru Marie Kondo helps a variety Los Angeles residents sort through their belongings and clean up their homes. But for some, following Kondo’s KonMari method can be a surprisingly difficult or emotional experience — after […]

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2019-01-21 16:11:41



Zwipe tops up with $14M to bring biometric payment cards to market this year  

Biometric payment card startup Zwipe has swiped $14M to add to an earlier Series B round as it continues to work towards commercializing technology that embeds a fingerprint reader in payment plastic for an added layer of security. “We are not commercially rolled out yet, we expect that to happen in the second half of this […]

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2019-01-21 10:31:32



Facebook is reportedly testing solar-powered internet drones again — this time with Airbus  

Facebook last year grounded its ambitious plan to develop a solar-powered drone to beam internet across the world, but the company isn’t done with the concept, it seems. The social media giant is working with aeronautics giant Airbus to test drones in Australia, according to a new report from Germany’s NetzPolitik. Using a request under […]

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2019-01-21 10:29:13



GoFundMe launches official campaign for workers impacted by government shutdown  

GoFundMe is partnering with Deepak Chopra to launch a different kind of campaigns. The company is going beyond its usual role as a platform and hosting its own campaign to provide relief for government workers impacted by the current government shutdown. The company is partnering with several nonprofit organizations that are providing support to government […]

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2019-01-21 10:02:54



Work on world's first CRISPR gene-edited babies declared illegal by China  

Chinese authorities have declared the work of He Jiankui, who shocked the scientific community by claiming he successfully created the world’s first gene-edited babies, an illegal decision in pursuit of “personal fame and gain.” Investigators have completed preliminary steps in a probe that began in November following He’s claims and say they will “seriously” punish the researcher […]

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2019-01-21 08:44:58



Samsung could release three variants of the Galaxy S10  

According to a leaked image from Evan Blass, Samsung's new flagship device could come in three different versions — the Samsung Galaxy S10, the Samsung Galaxy S10+ and the Samsung Galaxy S10E. That new leak lines up with previous leaks. As you can see on the photo, the new devices don't have a notch. They […]

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2019-01-21 08:34:06



'Anti-Uber' taxi strikes kick off again in Spain  

Taxi drivers in major cities in Spain are on strike again to apply pressure for more stringent regulations to control app rivals such as Uber and Cabify which they view as unfair competition. In Barcelona the taxi sector called an indefinite strike on Friday, using their vehicles to block Gran Vía in the Catalan capital, […]

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2019-01-21 08:26:23



All your meme are belong to AOC  

Memes are the new vernacular of political culture and we dismiss them at our own peril. Liberals learned this the hard way late in the presidential campaign, when they began realizing how deftly the alt-right was able to use viral jokes, hashtags, and images as a propaganda tool, often to bolster white supremacist ideology. The phenomenon […]

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2019-01-21 08:21:54



French data protection watchdog fines Google $57 million under the GDPR  

The CNIL, the French data protection watchdog, has issued its first GDPR fine of $57 million (€50 million). The regulatory body claims that Google has failed to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) when new Android users set up a new phone and follow Android's onboarding process. Two nonprofit organizations called ‘None Of […]

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2019-01-21 08:07:55



Knotel acquires Deskeo, Paris's largest agile office space operator  

Breathing down the neck of WeWork is Knotel, which in 2017 raised a Series A round of $25 million, then another round of $70m, and then another $5m in debt. It says it has one million square feet in New York versus WeWork's four million. It’s now pushing out internationally. Last year it acquired Ahoy!Berlin, […]

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2019-01-21 07:53:51



Kaia Health gets $10M support for AI-powered management of chronic pain  

Kaia Health, a self-styled digital therapeutics” startup, has pulled in $10 million in Series A funding for an app-based approach to chronic pain management. The idea is to offer an alternative to painkillers, using mobile technology to deliver what the founder describes as multimodal, “mind body therapy” for musculoskeletal (MSK) disorders — comprised of guided […]

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2019-01-21 06:31:14



Canada's Telus says partner Huawei is 'reliable': reports  

The US-China tension over Huawei is leaving telecommunications companies around the world at a crossroad, but one spoke out last week. Telus, one of Canada’s largest phone companies showed support for its Chinese partner despite a global backlash against Huawei over cybersecurity threats. “Clearly, Huawei remains a viable and reliable participant in the Canadian telecommunications […]

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2019-01-21 05:51:35



The Tesla Model 3 is finally approved for European roads  

Tesla can now deliver Model 3 vehicles to European customers. The automakers midsize sedan was recently granted approval from RDW, the Dutch regulator and European authority tasked by Tesla to approve the vehicle for European roads. The approval comes just ahead of the vehicle’s European introduction next month. Right now, it’s been reported that a […]

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2019-01-21 04:41:34



Flexciton is using AI to help factories optimise production lines  

Flexciton, the London-based startup that is using AI to help factories optimise production lines, has raised £2.5 million in funding, in a round led by Backed VC. Also participating is Join Capital and company builder Entrepreneur First. The young company pitched at EF’s 6th London demo day in 2016. Riding the so-called “Industry 4.0” wave, […]

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2019-01-21 03:24:13



Invoice finance platform MarketInvoice raises $33.5M from Barclays, Santander  

London, with its huge FinTech hub, is continuing to attract investment and that is no better represented today than with the news that MarketInvoice, arguably Europe's largest online invoice finance platform, has raised £26M ($33.5M) in a Series-B funding round led by Barclays and fintech fund Santander InnoVentures, alongside participation from European VC Northzone, which […]

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2019-01-21 02:56:43



Warung Pintar raises $27.5M to digitize Indonesia's street vendors  

The digital revolution in Indonesia, Southeast Asia’s largest economy, continues to attract big money from investors. Hot on the heels of a $50 million round for Bukalapak, a billion-dollar company helping street stall traders to tap the internet, so Warung Pintar, another startup helping digitize the country’s vendors, has pulled in $27.5 million for growth. Bukalapak […]

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2019-01-21 02:19:31



Roger Dickey ditches $32M-funded Gigster to start Untitled Labs  

Most founders don't walk away from their startup after raising $32 million and reaching 1000 clients. But Roger Dickey's heart is in consumer tech, and his company Gigster had pivoted to doing outsourced app development for enterprises instead of scrappy entrepreneurs. So today Dickey announced that he'd left his role as Gigster CEO, with former […]

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2019-01-21 01:02:01



The case against behavioral advertising is stacking up  

No one likes being stalked around the Internet by adverts. It’s the uneasy joke you can’t enjoy laughing at. Yet vast people-profiling ad businesses have made pots of money off of an unregulated Internet by putting surveillance at their core. But what if creepy ads don’t work as claimed? What if all the filthy lucre […]

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2019-01-20 21:59:58



Uber is exploring autonomous bikes and scooters  

Uber is looking to integrate autonomous technology into its bike and scooter-share programs. Details are scarce, but according to 3D Robotics CEO Chris Anderson, who said Uber announced this at a DIY Robotics event over the weekend, the division will live inside Uber’s JUMP group, which is responsible for shared electric bikes and scooters. I'm […]

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2019-01-20 21:24:06



Thanks to Hulu, Disney lost $580 million last fiscal year  

The streaming media business is tough. Disney, which has a 30 percent stake Hulu, saw losses of $580 million last fiscal year, according to an SEC filing. This was, the SEC filing states, “primarily due to a higher loss from our investment in Hulu, partially offset by a favorable comparison to a loss from BAMTech […]

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2019-01-20 19:34:08



The AI market is growing, but how quickly is tough to pin down  

If you work in tech, you've heard about AI: how it's going to replace us, whether it's over-hyped or not and which nations will leverage it. Our interest? How much money is going into startups?

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2019-01-20 15:39:11



Stung by criticism, Facebook's Sandberg outlines new plans to tackle misinformation  

Stung by criticism of its widely reported role as a platform capable of spreading disinformation and being used by state actors to skew democratic elections, Facebook's COO Sheryl Sandberg unveiled five new ways the company would be addressing these issues at the annual DLD conference in Munich, staged ahead of the World Economic Forum. She […]

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2019-01-20 12:46:19



Facebook launches petition feature, its next battlefield  

Gather a mob and Facebook will now let you make political demands. Tomorrow Facebook will encounter a slew of fresh complexities with the launch of Community Actions, its News Feed petition feature. Community Actions could unite neighbors to request change from their local and national elected officials and government agencies. But it could also provide […]

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2019-01-20 07:15:17



Technology's dark forest  

We used to be such optimists. Technology would bring us a world of wealth in harmony with the environment, and even bring us new worlds. The Internet would erase national boundaries, replace gatekeepers with a universal opportunity for free expression, and bring us all closer together. Remember when we looked forward to every advance? I […]

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2019-01-20 04:21:56



The social layer is ironically key to Bitcoin's security  

A funny thing happened in the second half of 2018. At some moment, all the people active in crypto looked around and realized there weren't very many of us. The friends we'd convinced during the last holiday season were no longer speaking to us. They had stopped checking their Coinbase accounts. The tide had gone […]

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2019-01-19 16:02:54



Following a record year, Illinois startups kick off 2019 on a strong foot  

Illinois's startup market in 2018 was very strong, and it's not slowing down. Let's take a quick look at the state of venture in the Land of Lincoln.

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2019-01-19 14:11:56



Watch builders construct a life-size Chevy truck with 300,000 LEGO bricks  

Behold, the LEGO Chevrolet Silverado. The full-size truck is basically a giant ad for Chevy and the new LEGO Movie, which is due out in February. Apparently they have to fight Duplo blocks from outer space. No, seriously, that's the plot. Anyway, the 2019 Silverado is six-feet tall, weighs 3,307 pounds and took 18 builders […]

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2019-01-19 12:04:39



TechCrunch Conversations: Direct listings  

Last April, Spotify surprised Wall Street bankers by choosing to go public through a direct listing process rather than through a traditional IPO. Instead of issuing new shares, the company simply sold existing shares held by insiders, employees and investors directly to the market – bypassing the roadshow process and avoiding at least some of Wall […]

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2019-01-19 10:37:42



Startups Weekly: Squad's screen-shares and Slack's swastika  

We’re three weeks into January. We’ve recovered from our CES hangover and, hopefully, from the CES flu. We’ve started writing the correct year, 2019, not 2018. Venture capitalists have gone full steam ahead with fundraising efforts, several startups have closed multi-hundred million dollar rounds, a virtual influencer raised equity funding and yet, all anyone wants to talk […]

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2019-01-19 02:28:07



Welcome to the abnormalization of transportation  

Bill Goodwin Contributor Share on Twitter Bill Goodwin is the head of legal policy at Airmap. Tyler Finn Contributor Tyler Finn is the policy manager at Factual. Something odd is in motion in Los Angeles. On a recent day at the office, colleagues debated the merits of the Boring Company's proposal to alleviate Dodger traffic […]

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2019-01-19 02:18:06



Sony venture arm invests in geocoding startup what3words  

Sony’s venture capital arm has invested in what3words, the startup that has divided the entire world into 57 trillion 3-by-3 meter squares and assigned a three-word address to each one. Financial details were not disclosed. The startup’s novel addressing system isn’t the whole story. The ability to integrate what3words into voice assistants is what has […]

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2019-01-18 21:18:36



Privacy campaigner Schrems slaps Amazon, Apple, Netflix, others with GDPR data access complaints  

European privacy campaigner Max Schrems has filed a fresh batch of strategic complaints at tech giants, including Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Spotify and YouTube. The complaints, filed via his nonprofit privacy and digital rights organization, noyb, relate to how the services respond to data access requests, per regional data protection rules. Article 15 of Europe’s General […]

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2019-01-18 20:44:59



FanDuel co-founder Tom Griffiths just closed a seed round for his decidedly noncontroversial new startup, Hone  

Tom Griffiths has founded four companies, two of which “weren’t much to write home about,” he jokes. The third captured the world’s attention: FanDuel, the fantasy sports company that was routinely in the press — not always for desirable reasons — from nearly the day it launched, to its near merger with rival DraftKings, to its […]

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2019-01-18 18:17:53



Corruption at DJI may cost the company $150 million  

DJI, the world's leading maker of consumer drones, said today that extensive corruption discovered within the company could lead to losses as great as $150 million in the 2018 financial year. The exact nature of the corruption is not stated, but it seems to involve dozens of people at the least.

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2019-01-18 17:43:16



Microsoft is calling an audible on smart speakers  

The Harman Kardon Invoke was fine. But let's be real — the first Cortana smart speaker was dead on arrival. Microsoft's smart assistant has its strong suits, but thus far statement of purpose hasn't been among them. CEO Satya Nadella appears to have acknowledged as much this week during a media event at the company's […]

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2019-01-18 17:08:16



Wine-by-the-glass subscription service Vinebox raises $5.9 million  

One SF startup wants you to get home from a day at work and polish off a bottle of wine by yourself. Vinebox isn’t really trying to get you wasted though, these bottles are cute and tiny. The small startup is hoping that they can get consumers into the idea of buying premium quality wine-by-the-glass […]

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2019-01-18 13:16:34



Curious 23andMe twin results show why you should take DNA testing with a grain of salt  

If you’ve ever enthusiastically sent your spit off in the mail, you were probably anxious for whatever unexpected insights the current crop of DNA testing companies would send back. Did your ancestors hang out on the Iberian peninsula? What version of your particular family lore does the science support? Most people who participate in mail-order […]

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2019-01-18 12:48:23



Free to play games rule the entertainment world with $88 billion in revenue  

They may be free, but they sure pay. Games with no upfront cost but a plethora of other ways to make money generated a mind-blowing $88 billion in 2018 according to SuperData’s year-end report — leaving traditional games (and indeed movies and TV) in the dust. While it may not come as a surprise that […]

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2019-01-18 11:26:38



Backing Culture Genesis, T.I. launches Tech Cypha, an investment syndicate for tech deals  

With an inaugural investment into the Los Angeles-based entertainment startup Culture Genesis, Clifford Harris Jr., who’s better known as “T.I.”, has launched a new syndicated investment vehicle called Tech Cypha. Launched by the music and cultural impresario with more hustle than hustle and his business partner Jason Geter, the new collaborative investment strategy focused on tech startups will […]

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2019-01-18 10:13:44



Sling TV adds personalized recommendations, launching first on Apple TV  

Sling TV, Dish’s live TV streaming service, will now make personalized suggestions of what to watch. The company this week introduced a new recommendations feature that will highlight the shows, movies, sports and news content it believes you’ll like, based on your viewing history. The feature is initially available on Apple TV, but will roll […]

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2019-01-18 08:56:37



Daily Crunch: Tesla cuts its workforce  

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here: 1. Tesla to cut workforce by 7 percent and focus on Model 3 production In an email to employees, CEO Elon Musk […]

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2019-01-18 08:48:57



Facebook is secretly building LOL, a cringey teen meme hub  

How do you do, fellow kids? After Facebook Watch, Lasso and IGTV failed to become hits with teens, the company has been quietly developing another youthful video product. Multiple sources confirm that Facebook has spent months building LOL, a special feed of funny videos and GIF-like clips. It’s divided into categories like "For You," "Animals," […]

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2019-01-18 05:24:19



SaaS stocks are coming back to life  

Nasdaq’s BVP Emerging Cloud Index measures the performance of a portfolio of 45 SaaS stocks. Like much of the tech world, and the stock market in general, the final quarter of 2018 was not terribly kind. The good news is that there are signs of life. On November 19th, SaaS stocks had a noteworthy bad […]

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2019-01-18 05:20:57



Flash, the stealthy e-scooter and 'micro-mobility' startup from Delivery Hero founder, raises €55M Series A  

Flash, the stealthy mobility startup from Delivery Hero and Team Europe founder Lukasz Gadowski, is de-cloaking today, with news that the Berlin-based company has raised a whopping €55 million in Series A funding. Despite rumours that multiple VC firms would be involved, the bulk of the new funding comes from Target Global via its mobility […]

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2019-01-18 05:16:23



Snap's exec team continues to shrink as more reports of internal drama surface  

Days after Snap announced the departure of its CFO, reports have emerged that the company’s HR chief was asked to leave following an internal investigation late last year that had led to the firing of its global security head. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Snap fired global security head Francis Racioppi late last […]

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2019-01-18 03:53:09



Veteran Googler heads to Lyft to lead team of 1,000-plus engineers  

Eisar Lipkovitz, a veteran Google executive who most recently led the video and display advertising team there, is leaving the company to head up engineering efforts at Lyft . As executive vice president of engineering, Lipkovitz will be leading Lyft’s engineering team, which now eclipses 1,000 people. Lipkovitz’s hiring comes on the heels of massive […]

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2019-01-18 03:45:29



Alphabet's Verily scores FDA clearance for its ECG monitor  

Big week for Google wearable news — which, honestly, is not a phrase I expected to write in 2019. But a day after the company announced an agreement to purchase Fossil's wearable technology for $40 million, Alphabet-owned research group Verily just scored FDA clearance for its electrocardiogram (ECG) technology. The clearance pertains specifically to the […]

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2019-01-18 03:45:24



Reserve your demo table today for the TechCrunch Winter Party at Galvanize  

There are just three short weeks until Silicon Valley's startup community takes a night off to relax, connect and get down at the 2nd Annual TechCrunch Winter Party at Galvanize. It's not just an opportunity to have a great time — although you will. It's also the chance for promising early-stage startups to strut their […]

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2019-01-18 03:11:33



SimplyCook dishes up £4.5M Series A for its subscription-based flavourings and recipe service  

SimplyCook, the recipe kit service that focuses on flavour ingredients, has closed £4.5 million in Series A funding. The round is led by Octopus Investments. Unlike other recipe or meal kits, such as HelloFresh, Gousto and Marley Spoon, U.K.-based SimplyCook doesn't send all of the fresh ingredients required to turn its recipes into food on […]

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2019-01-18 02:54:33



Tesla to recall 14,000 Model S cars in China over faulty Takata airbags  

China’s top market regulator said on Friday that Tesla will recall a total of 14,123 imported Model S vehicles in the country over potentially deadly airbags. The recall is part of an industry-wide crackdown on Takata-made front passenger airbags, which involves roughly 37 million vehicles including more mainstream brands such as Toyota and Ford, as […]

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2019-01-18 02:44:01



Indonesian e-commerce unicorn Bukalapak raises $50M  

The chances are you may be familiar with Tokopedia, especially after it commanded a $7 billion valuation last November when it raised $1.1 billion from investors like Alibaba and SoftBank’s Vision Fund, but fewer people outside of Indonesia are aware of another sizable local online retail unicorn: Bukalapak. Smaller than Tokopedia in size, the company is […]

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2019-01-18 02:39:16



Google starts pulling unvetted Android apps that access call logs and SMS messages  

Google is removing apps from Google Play that request permission to access call logs and SMS text message data but haven’t been manually vetted by Google staff. The search and mobile giant said it is part of a move to cut down on apps that have access to sensitive calling and texting data. Google said in […]

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2019-01-18 02:07:20



Facebook fears no FTC fine  

Reports emerged today that the FTC is considering a fine against Facebook that would be the largest ever from the agency. Even if it were 10 times the size of the largest, a $22.5 million bill sent to Google in 2012, the company would basically laugh it off. Facebook is made of money. But the […]

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2019-01-18 01:40:19



Salesforce is building new tower in Dublin and adding hundreds of jobs  

Salesforce put the finishing touches on a tower in San Francisco last year. In October, it announced Salesforce Tower in Atlanta. Today, it was Dublin’s turn. Everyone gets a tower. Salesforce first opened an office in Dublin back in 2001, and has since expanded to 1,400 employees. Today’s announcement represents a significant commitment to expand even further, […]

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2019-01-18 01:32:31



AR startup Meta's assets sold to a mystery 'known name' that will support existing headsets  

Augmented reality technology enables us to see things in places where they may not actually exist. And sometimes, that paradigm might also apply to augmented reality startups themselves. Meta, the AR startup that was incubated at Y-Combinator and became the first to ship a set of “end-to-end” AR glasses (including hardware, software, direct tracking optics […]

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2019-01-18 01:21:27



Facebook says it will ask employees to take down glowing Portal reviews on Amazon  

The reception to Facebook Portal has been, at best, a mixed bag. Between the company’s ongoing privacy woes and a lackluster response, Facebook likely didn’t get the response it was anticipating for its first in-house hardware creation. Still, both the Portal and Portal Plus are floating around the four-star mark over on Amazon. Not too […]

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2019-01-17 21:53:33



Here's how SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule will look motoring in from sea  

If you're coming back from space at high speeds, it's generally safer to descend over water than land, for a number of reasons. Certainly SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule will do so, and this is how it'll look when it comes back to land aboard the Go Searcher retrieval ship. Expect a bit more of a hero's welcome, though.

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2019-01-17 19:36:22



How Lyft envisions bringing VR and AR to your ride  

Lyft is exploring ways to integrate virtual reality and augmented reality into your Lyft rides, according to a couple of patent applications TechCrunch came across today. The first, filed in July 2017, is for “providing a virtual reality transportation experience” that would respond to real-world forces and events that happen during your ride, like sudden […]

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2019-01-17 16:48:49



In defense of screen time  

Silicon Valley engineers who design our tech gadgets won't let their kids anywhere near those devices -- they're convinced too much time in front of smartphones and iPads is rotting kids' brains.

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2019-01-17 15:59:54



'Star Wars' returns: Trump calls for space-based missile defense  

The President has announced that the Defense Department will pursue a space-based missile defense system reminiscent of the one proposed by Reagan in 1983. As with Reagan's ultimately abortive effort, the technology doesn't actually exist yet and may not for years to come.

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2019-01-17 15:30:21



Coinstar machines will start selling Bitcoin at the grocery store  

You know those machines at the grocery store that transform your gallon jugs worth of change into more usable currency? They’re about to start selling Bitcoin . To make this impulse shopping dream come true, Coinstar, the company behind those ubiquitous change-counting kiosks, has partnered with Coinme, a startup that operates a small network of cryptocurrency-dispensing […]

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2019-01-17 14:25:06



Amazon shareholders want the company to stop selling facial recognition to law enforcement  

Amazon shareholders are demanding the company stop selling Rekognition, the company’s facial recognition software, to law enforcement. Unless the board of directors determines the technology “does not cause or contribute to actual or potential violations of civil and human rights,” shareholders want Amazon to stop selling the software to government agencies. Rekognition, which is part […]

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2019-01-17 13:53:40



Walmart adds four grocery delivery partners  

Walmart has partnered with Point Pickup, Skipcart, AxleHire and Roadie to expand its grocery delivery program across four states. Walmart’s grocery delivery is currently available in more than 800 stores, and plans to be in 800 more this year. To use Walmart’s delivery program, customers go online, place an order and then select a delivery […]

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2019-01-17 12:58:16



NPR turns comedy game show 'Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me!' into an Alexa and Google voice app  

NPR is turning its popular game show program “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” into a voice application for smart speakers, including both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant-powered devices. The new app lets listeners play along at home by answering the fill-in-the-blank questions from this week’s news — just like the players do on the NPR podcast […]

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2019-01-17 12:05:38



Twitter bug revealed some Android users' private tweets  

Twitter accidentally revealed some users’ “protected” (aka, private) tweets, the company disclosed this afternoon. The “Protect your Tweets” setting typically allows people to use Twitter in a non-public fashion. These users get to approve who can follow them and who can view their content. For some Android users over a period of several years, that may […]

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2019-01-17 10:49:47



Tesla will end its buyer referral program for 'adding too much cost'  

At the end of the month, Tesla will end a long-running referral program that offered incentives for existing Tesla owners to help drive sales. In its recent iterations, the referral system gifted new buyers who found their way to a Tesla through a friend with six months of free charging at Supercharger stations. Most recently, […]

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2019-01-17 09:44:29



A look at Birdies, the popular slipper shoe startup that just raised $8 million more from investors  

Bianca Gates is a first-generation American, her parents having immigrated to the U.S. from Latin America. As such, she says, after graduating from UC Irvine, she was expected to get a safe job with a 401(k) plan and to live with her parents until she was married. Things haven’t gone exactly that way, but one can […]

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2019-01-17 08:02:05



Netflix adds 8.8M paid subscribers globally, says it now accounts for 10 percent of US TV screen time  

Netflix just released its fourth quarter earnings report, which looks mixed compared to Wall Street expectations. The company added 8.8 million subscribers, well above the 7.6 million that it had predicted at the beginning of the quarter. It also beat estimates for earnings per share — analysts had predicted EPS of 24 cents, but actual […]

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2019-01-17 07:15:18



Nike's auto-laced future  

Why does the world need a self-lacing shoe? Haven't you heard of Velcro? How will you tie your shoes when the Wi-Fi is down? That's the gist of the instant response I got when I mentioned the new Adapt BB, a shoe from Nike with, yes, powered laces that tighten to a wearer's foot automatically. […]

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2019-01-17 06:56:56



Dolby quietly preps augmented audio recorder app “234″  

Dolby is secretly building a mobile music production app it hopes will seduce SoundCloud rappers and other musicians. Codenamed “234” and formerly tested under the name Dolby Live, the free app measures background noise before you record and then nullifies it. Users can also buy “packs” of audio effects to augment their sounds with EQs settings […]

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2019-01-17 06:21:55



Redpoint Ventures is raising another $400M to invest in Chinese companies  

Redpoint Ventures is doubling down on China. The firm, headquartered in Menlo Park, has filed documents with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to raise $400 million across two new China-focused funds. The firm has set a $300 million target for its second flagship China fund, a significant increase from the $180 million it garnered […]

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2019-01-17 06:11:02



Google remains the top open-source contributor to CNCF projects  

According to the latest data from Stackalytics, a project founded by Mirantis and hosted by the OpenStack Foundation that visualizes a company’s contribution to open-source projects, Google remains the dominant force in the CNCF open-source ecosystem. Indeed, according to this data, Google is responsible for almost 53 percent of all code commits to CNCF projects. […]

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2019-01-17 05:38:26



Microsoft pledges $500M to create affordable housing around Seattle  

At a time when tech companies are being blamed for creating housing shortages in cities across the country, Microsoft told the Seattle Times it will make a $500 million pledge, its largest ever, to create affordable housing around Seattle. The company is currently in the middle of a multi-billion dollar expansion of its Redmond, Washington […]

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2019-01-17 05:36:09



VC funding of cybersecurity companies hits record $5.3B in 2018  

2018 wasn’t all bad. It turned out to be a record year for venture capital firms investing in cybersecurity companies. According to new data out by Strategic Cyber Ventures, a cybersecurity-focused investment firm with a portfolio of four cybersecurity companies, more than $5.3 billion was funneled into companies focused on protecting networks, systems and data across […]

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2019-01-17 05:33:11



AWS launches Backup, a fully-managed backup service for AWS  

Amazon’s AWS cloud computing service today launched Backup, a new tool that makes it easier for developers on the platform to back up their data from various AWS services and their on-premises apps. Out of the box, the service, which is now available to all developers, lets you set up backup policies for services like Amazon EBS […]

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2019-01-17 05:13:18



Coinbase acquihires San Francisco startup Blockspring  

Coinbase is continuing its push to suck up talent after the $8 billion-valued crypto business snapped up Blockspring, a San Francisco-based startup that enables developers to collect and process data from APIs. The undisclosed deal was announced by Blockspring on its blog, and confirmed to TechCrunch by a Coinbase representative. Coinbase declined to comment further. […]

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2019-01-17 05:12:25



Ciitizen raises $17 million to give cancer patients better control over their health records  

Ciitizen, the company founded by the creators of Gliimpse (an Apple acquisition that’s been incorporated into the company’s HealthKit) which is developing tools to help patients organize and share their medical records, has raised $17 million in new funding. Ciitizen, like Gliimpse before it, is an attempt to break down the barriers that keep patients […]

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2019-01-17 04:26:57



Slack's product chief is out ahead of direct listing  

Slack's chief product officer April Underwood is stepping down to focus on investing full time.

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2019-01-17 03:58:28



Flutterwave and Visa launch African consumer payment service GetBarter  

Jake Bright Contributor Jake Bright is a writer and author in New York City. He is co-author of The Next Africa. More posts by this contributor Harley Davidson reveals more about its push into electric vehicles Venture capital, global expansion, blockchain and drones characterize African tech in 2018 Fintech startup Flutterwave has partnered with Visa to launch […]

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2019-01-17 03:28:56



German HR and recruiting platform Personio raises $40M Series B led by Index  

Personio, the German HR and recruiting platform, has raised $40 million in a Series B funding. Leading the round is London-based Index Ventures, with participation from existing investors Northzone and Rocket Internet’s Global Founders. Founded in 2015, Munich-based Personio has set out to build a “HR operating system” for small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) ranging […]

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2019-01-17 03:02:46



India's Ola is adding a monthly billing option for its ride-hailing customers  

Ola, the ride-hailing service battling Uber in India, is introducing credit services to its users as it moves closer to a major new funding round. Today the company took the wraps off Ola Money Postpaid, a service that builds on Ola’s existing payment service — which can be used to pay rides and also third-party […]

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2019-01-17 02:39:23



Judge orders net neutrality lawsuit to go ahead despite shutdown  

This week the possibility emerged that the ongoing government shutdown could delay net neutrality's day in court — but the court was not sympathetic to the FCC's request that the lawsuit be put off. Oral arguments for this major challenge to the agency's rollback of 2015's internet regulations will go ahead as planned on February 1.

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2019-01-17 01:03:07



Email security company Tessian is closing in on a $40M round led by Sequoia Capital  

Continuing a trend that VCs here in London tell me is seeing an increasing amount of deal-flow in Europe attract the interest of top-tier Silicon Valley venture capital firms, TechCrunch has learned that email security provider Tessian is the latest to raise from across the pond. According to multiple sources, the London-based company has closed […]

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2019-01-16 21:14:10



TV broadcaster Sinclair launches STIRR, a free streaming service with local news and sports  

Local TV broadcasting company Sinclair Broadcast Group today announced the launch of a new streaming service called STIRR that aims to bring local TV news and other content to the growing number of cord cutters across the U.S. The company today owns more than 190 TV stations, which it’s leveraging in order to create its […]

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2019-01-16 20:24:14



Ford's iconic F-Series trucks are going electric  

Ford's iconic and popular F-series pickup line will soon have electric options, the company announced today. The move is intended to "future-proof" the enormous truck business against rising gas prices and regulations favoring electric vehicles over internal combustion.

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2019-01-16 19:33:10



Robots learn to grab and scramble with new levels of agility  

Robots are amazing things, but outside of their specific domains they are incredibly limited. So flexibility — not physical, but mental — is a constant area of research. A trio of new robotic setups demonstrate ways they can evolve to accommodate novel situations: using both "hands," getting up after a fall, and understanding visual instructions they've never seen before.

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2019-01-16 19:14:31



Shutdown could delay challenge of FCC's net neutrality rollback  

The ongoing shutdown of the federal government has already had adverse effects on millions nationwide, and now could even delay a major legal challenge to the FCC’s infamous net neutrality repeal. The agency moved yesterday to delay oral arguments scheduled for just two weeks from now. The arguments in a consolidated lawsuit against the FCC […]

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2019-01-16 19:13:24



Apple reportedly looking to subsidize Watch with Medicare plans  

If nothing else, the addition of ECG/EKG reinforced Apple's commitment to evolving the Watch into a serious medical device. The company has long looked to bring its best-selling wearable to various health insurance platforms, and, according to a new report, it's reaching out to multiple private Medicare plans in hopes of subsidizing the product. If […]

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2019-01-16 18:44:06



New pre-seed fund powered by First Round Capital will target recent graduates  

Graduate Fund has written "angel-sized" checks to five companies so far, including Spellbrush and Ally Shoes.

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2019-01-16 18:29:50



Facebook urged to give users greater control over what they see  

Academics at the universities of Oxford and Stanford think Facebook should give users greater transparency and control over the content they see on its platform. They also believe the social networking giant should radically reform its governance structures and processes to throw more light on content decisions, including by looping in more external experts to […]

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2019-01-16 16:08:29



Instamojo raises $7M to help SMEs and 'micro-entrepreneurs' in India sell online  

In India, startups are quietly building the tools and platforms to enable a different kind of gig economy: one that allows to tap growing access to the internet to sell goods and services online. One such firm helping this burgeoning economy is Instamojo, a seven-year-old Bengaluru-based startup, which has pulled in a $7 million Series […]

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2019-01-16 13:55:42



Driving down the cost of preserving genetic material, Acorn Biolabs raises $3.3 million  

Acorn Biolabs wants consumers to pay them to store genetic material in a bet that the increasing advances in targeted genetic therapies will yield better healthcare results down the line. The company’s pitch is to “Save young cells today, live a longer, better, tomorrow.” It’s a gamble on the frontiers of healthcare technology that has managed […]

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2019-01-16 13:17:31



Alexa gets a professional 'newscaster' voice for reading the day's news  

Amazon already gave Alexa the ability to whisper, and now it’s rolling out another way to change the assistant’s speaking style — it’s giving Alexa a “newscaster” voice. Starting today, when U.S. customers ask Alexa “what’s the latest?” to hear the day’s news, Alexa will respond using a voice that’s similar to how a professional […]

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2019-01-16 13:06:39



Lance Armstrong just wrote his first check as VC  

Lance Armstrong revealed last month that an early investment in Uber — courtesy of a $100,000 check that he funneled into the company in 2009 through Lowercase Capital — “saved” his family from financial ruin. This was after evidence surfaced in 2012 that he used performance-enhancing drugs and he was stripped not only of his […]

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2019-01-16 13:03:24



The Motorola Razr could return as a $1,500 foldable smartphone  

Motorola has revived the Razr name a few times over the years, but the once-mighty brand has failed to regain the heights of its early days as an ultra-slim flip phone. But what better time for the phone maker's parent Lenovo to bring back the brand in earnest as the mobile world is readying itself […]

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2019-01-16 13:01:12



Most Facebook users still in the dark about its creepy ad practices, Pew finds  

A study by the Pew Research Center suggests most Facebook users are still in the dark about how the company tracks and profiles them for ad-targeting purposes. Pew found three-quarters (74%) of Facebook users did not know the social networking behemoth maintains a list of their interests and traits to target them with ads, only […]

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2019-01-16 12:32:54



Byju's buys Osmo for $120M to add blended learning to its $4B digital education business  

Weeks after it raised a massive $540 million funding round, Indian education unicorn Byju’s is on the M&A path. The company announced today it has snapped up U.S-based Osmo, a startup that develops apps for kids that use offline input, in a deal worth $120 million. Osmo has raised over $30 million from investors that […]

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2019-01-16 11:49:44






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