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Alaska Airlines is trying to make VR part of its first-class experience  

When it comes to public areas where you are most free to surrender self-awareness and self-consciousness, lounging on a multi-hour airline flight is probably prime territory. Coincidentally, it’s also a venue where virtual reality companies see an opportunity to open people to a world of VR content. Today, Alaska Airlines announced that it will be […]

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2018-09-24 19:49:25



Sleep Cycle adds 'snore detection' to its sleep-tracking Android app  

Sleep-tracking app Sleep Cycle is bringing a new feature to its Android app to help snoring users track the sleep effects of their rather loud ailment. Sleep Cycle is a great little app that helps you learn about your quality of sleep and helps wake you up at a time where you’re more likely to […]

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2018-09-24 19:11:12



As English burns, Scrabble plays the fiddle adding 300 words like Bitcoin, botnet and emoji  

Attention, Scrabble enthusiasts! A whopping 300 new words have been added to Merriam-Webster’s Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, including a few that are sure to satisfy millennials and aggravate everyone else: Bitcoin, emoji and botnet. Merriam-Webster likes to keep up with the hip, younger crowd and often adds words that began as slang but infiltrated the average person’s vocabulary.  […]

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2018-09-24 18:44:11



Mike Curtis, Airbnb's VP of engineering, is leaving  

Airbnb’s head of engineering will leave the company before the end of 2018 to pursue other projects and focus on his family. The news was first reported by The Information and later confirmed to TechCrunch by Airbnb. Curtis joined the home-sharing platform in 2013 after about two years as the director of engineering at Facebook. […]

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2018-09-24 17:52:04



Walmart is betting on the blockchain to improve food safety  

Walmart has been working with IBM on a food safety blockchain solution and today it announced it’s requiring that all suppliers of leafy green vegetable for Sam’s and Walmart upload their data to the blockchain by September 2019 . Most supply chains are bogged down in manual processes. This makes it difficult and time consuming […]

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2018-09-24 16:39:03



The 7 most important announcements from Microsoft Ignite today  

Microsoft is hosting its Ignite conference in Orlando, Florida this week. And although Ignite isn’t the household name that Microsoft’s Build conference has become over the course of the last few years, it’s a massive event with over 30,000 attendees and plenty of news. Indeed, there was so much news this year that Microsoft provided […]

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2018-09-24 15:16:13



After extradition to Texas, 3D-printed gunmaker Cody Wilson is out on bail  

Last week, after Hatreon creator and 3D-printed gun activist Cody Wilson was charged with the sexual assault of a minor, he managed to evade arrest briefly in Taipei. On Friday, authorities successfully located Wilson and extradited him back to Texas, booking him into a Harris County jail. Now, Wilson is out on a $150,000 bond. Facing […]

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2018-09-24 14:46:53



Here's everything Google announced today at its “Future of Search” event  

Google has changed a lot in 20 years. What started as an index of “just” a few million pages is now reaching into the hundreds of billions; what was once a relatively simple (if very clever!) search engine is now an impossibly complex brew of machine learning, computer vision, and data science that finds its […]

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2018-09-24 13:47:06



Security researcher claims macOS Mojave privacy bug on launch day  

A security researcher has claimed a new vulnerability in the latest version of macOS — just hours before the software is due to be released. Patrick Wardle, chief researcher officer at Digita Security, tweeted a video Monday of an apparent privacy feature bypass that’s designed to prevent apps from improperly accessing a user’s personal data. […]

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2018-09-24 13:19:36



Watch this self-solving Rubik's cube march its way across a table  

This wild, 3D-printed self-solving Rubik’s cube is amazing. To make it work, a Japanese inventor used servo motors and Arduino boards to actuate the cube as it solves itself. Sadly, there isn’t much of a build description available but it looks to be very compact and surprisingly fast. There is a description of the project […]

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2018-09-24 12:38:32



Hulu is first to live stream TV to Amazon's Echo Show  

Amazon’s Echo Show will apparently also work like a little TV, not just a visual interface for Alexa and her many apps. When the newly announced 10-inch HD screen Echo Show begins shipping next month, it will offer support for Hulu – the first live streaming TV service to work on the screen-based Alexa device. […]

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2018-09-24 12:09:09



Mode raises $3M Series A to put sensor data in the cloud  

True Ventures has led the $3 million round for Mode, a real-time database that gives companies instant access to sensor data. GigaOm founder and True Ventures partner Om Malik has joined the startup’s board of directors as part of the deal. Sensor data is collected from vehicles, cell phones, appliances, medical equipment and other machines. Businesses deploying these […]

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2018-09-24 12:02:29



Google and Yandex may collaborate on a real-time blacklist of all known pirated works  

A meeting on the status of anti-piracy efforts at search engines has produced a collaborative approach to better addressing the issue of pirated works appearing in search results. An international collective of search giants thinking of creating a blacklist of all known pirated works, which will be compared with search results every five minutes and any matches removed.

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2018-09-24 11:15:42



Apple closes its $400M Shazam acquisition and says the music recognition app will soon become ad free  

Last year, we broke the news that Apple was buying the music recognition startup and app Shazam for about $400 million, and nearly one year later, the deal has finally closed. Today, Apple announced that it has completed the acquisition, and that it would soon be making the service ad free to use for everyone, […]

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2018-09-24 11:07:03



MetroPCS is now Metro by T-Mobile  

It's been five years since T-Mobile picked up MetroPCS, and now the prepaid service is finally getting a fresh coat of paint. The "PCS" bit is getting the old heave-ho, while the brand's owners are letting you know who's boss with the new Metro by T-Mobile brand name. The new name involves some new plans, […]

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2018-09-24 10:55:11



BloomThat pauses on-demand flower services  

Following an acquisition by FTD Companies earlier this year for a reportedly small amount of cash, on-demand flower service BloomThat is pausing its services as it works “to figure out how to best integrate BloomThat as part of the FTD portfolio of brands,” the founders wrote to its customers a few days ago. “Before we […]

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2018-09-24 10:43:13



Salesforce partners with Apple to roll deeper into mobile enterprise markets  

Apple and Salesforce are both highly successful, iconic brands, who like to put on a big show when they make product announcements. Today, the two companies announced they were forming a strategic partnership with an emphasis on mobile strategy ahead of Salesforce’s enormous customer conference, Dreamforce, which starts tomorrow in San Francisco. For Apple, which is […]

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2018-09-24 10:35:49



UberEats UK couriers striking over pay changes  

Groups of UberEats couriers are continuing to strike over pay and calling for a minimum £5 per delivery fee. Several strikes have been reported in London over the past few days, as well as other UK cities including Glasgow, Cardiff and Plymouth. Late last week Uber revealed a new pay structure which shrinks the per […]

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2018-09-24 10:34:34



Zencargo raises a Seed Plus round led by London's LocalGlobe to tackle global freight  

International shipping has changed little in the last century – it's slow and opaque, with many processes carried out manually and on paper. Most supply chain teams still rely on phone calls and emails to do their job. The whole things stuck in the 20th Century. It's estimated that the average shipper spends over 40 […]

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2018-09-24 10:11:39



License caps and CCTV among ride-hailing rule changes urged in report to UK gov't  

Uber and similar services could be facing caps on the number of licenses for vehicles that can operate ride-hailing services in London and other UK cities under rule changes being recommended to the government. CCTV being universally installed inside licensed taxis and private hire vehicles for safety purposes is another suggestion. A working group in […]

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2018-09-24 09:16:17



VW's Porsche drops diesel for good  

Porsche will no longer make diesel-powered vehicles, opting instead to invest more money into electric and hybrid technology, the company said over the weekend. Porsche has never been as committed to diesel as other automakers under its parent company VW Group. Porsche has offered some diesel versions of its models, including the Porsche Cayenne. But […]

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2018-09-24 08:19:32



Slack acquires Astro to conquer email  

Slack announced today that it has acquired Astro, the Bay Area startup behind email assistant, Astrobot. The deal, which marks Slack's largest to date, will go a ways toward helping the popular enterprise chat platform achieve its vision of fully integrating workplace mainstays like email and calendars into its channels. As Slack notes, the company […]

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2018-09-24 08:08:52



Technology doesn't have to be disposable  

Dust off your old Bose 501 speakers. New devices are coming that will give traditional audio equipment a voice. Amazon recently announced a mess of new Echo devices and among the lot are several small, diminutive add-ons. These models did not have a smart speaker built into the devices but rather turned other speakers into […]

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2018-09-24 06:47:05



FabFitFun expands its video reach with a new experiment in live programming  

The Los Angeles-based women’s subscription box and media business FabFitFun is expanding its video catalog with the launch of new live programming set to coincide with the launch of its latest seasonal box. FabFitFun is creating a new slate of live programming which will air every day on its Facebook page from 11 a.m. to 1 […]

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2018-09-24 06:33:34



Snapchat lets you take a photo of an object to buy it on Amazon  

See, snap, sale. In a rare partnership for Amazon, the commerce giant will help Snapchat challenge Instagram and Pinterest for social shopping supremacy. Today Snapchat announced it’s slowly rolling out a new visual product search feature, confirming TechCrunch’s July scoop about this project, codenamed “Eagle.” Users can use Snapchat’s camera to scan a physical object […]

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2018-09-24 06:13:14



Uber and Grab hit with $9.5M in fines over 'anti-competitive' merger  

Uber and Grab have been hit with combined fines of $9.5 million after their merger deal was found to have violated Singapore’s anti-competition laws. Grab acquired (and then merged/closed) Uber’s Southeast Asia business in March, but the Competition Commission of Singapore today declared the deal is “anti-competitive” following a months-long investigation into its impact on […]

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2018-09-24 05:44:05



Microsoft Azure gets new high-performance storage options  

Microsoft Azure is getting a number of new storage options today that mostly focus on use cases where disk performance matters. The first of these is Azure Ultra SSD Managed Disks, which are now in public preview. Microsoft says that these drives will offer “sub-millisecond latency,” which unsurprisingly makes them ideal for workloads where latency […]

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2018-09-24 05:29:22



Microsoft's Quantum Development Kit adds a chemical simulation library  

During last September’s Ignite conference, Microsoft heavily emphasized its quantum computing efforts and launched both its Q# programming language and development kits. This year, the focus is on other things, and the announcements about quantum are few and far between (and our understanding is that Microsoft, unlike some of its competitors, doesn’t have a working quantum […]

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2018-09-24 05:09:45



Security experts say Chrome 69's 'forced login' feature violates user privacy  

A new feature in the latest version of Google Chrome that logs users into the browser when they sign in to a Google site has come under fire. Until recently, it was the user’s choice to log-in to the browser. Now, any time that you sign in to a Google site in Chrome 69 — […]

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2018-09-24 04:42:36



iPhone XS Max is reportedly dramatically outselling the XS  

According to some early numbers from Apple analyst extraordinaire Ming-Chi Kuo, the iPhone Max XS is currently running laps around its smaller counterpart. In a note posted by MacRumors, Kuo suggested that the 6.5-inch handset sold three to four times as well as the XS during its inaugural weekend. "We have determined that the demand for […]

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2018-09-24 04:39:46



China splits the internet while the U.S. dithers  

There are few stories as important right now as the internet being ripped asunder by the increasing animosity between the U.S. and China. Eric Schmidt, the former chairman of Alphabet, said last week at a private event in San Francisco that "I think the most likely scenario now is not a splintering, but rather a […]

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2018-09-24 04:27:46



macOS 10.14 Mojave review  

Against my better judgement and repeat warnings from those who knew better, I went ahead and installed Mojave on my work computer the first chance I got. Sure, there were certain standard beta bugs and capability issues that made me regret the decision on occasion, but the only way to sufficiently test a product like […]

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2018-09-24 04:17:42



Adobe introduces AI assistant to help Analytics users find deeper insights  

Adobe Analytics is a sophisticated product, so much so that users might focus on a set of known metrics at the cost of missing key insights. Adobe introduced an AI-fueled virtual assistant called Intelligent Alerts today to help users find deeper insights they might have otherwise missed. John Bates, director of product management for Adobe […]

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2018-09-24 04:02:14



TC Sessions: AR/VR early-bird sale extended to Friday  

You heard it here first! Early-bird ticket sales are extended till September 28 for TechCrunch Sessions: AR/VR on October 18 at UCLA. Don’t miss out on the biggest savings for this event — book your $99 tickets here. Students, get your tickets for just $45 when you book here. What’s going to happen at TC […]

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2018-09-24 03:58:29



Ride-hailing startup Shohoz raises $15M to build the Grab of Bangladesh  

Uber may be global but it is very much the alternative in some parts of the world. One such place is Bangladesh — the South Asian country that’s home to 160 million people — where local rival Pathao is backed by Go-Jek and recently raised $10 million. Now Pathao’s closest rival, Shohoz, has also pulled in […]

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2018-09-24 03:41:50



Microsoft, SAP and Adobe take on Salesforce with their new Open Data Initiative for customer data  

Microsoft, SAP and Adobe today announced a new partnership: the Open Data Initiative. This alliance, which is a clear attack against Salesforce, aims to create a single data model for consumer data that is then portable between platforms. That, the companies argue, will provide more transparency and privacy controls for consumers, but the core idea […]

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2018-09-24 03:14:36



Facebook expands its video Ad Breaks to 21 new countries  

Facebook Ad Breaks, the social network’s pre-roll and mid-roll video ads, are launching in 21 new countries. Facebook announced that Ad Breaks were generally available last month in five countries: the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Now it’s adding territories in Europe, Latin and South America and Asia to the list. […]

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2018-09-24 03:07:02



You can play Alto's Adventure on your Mac now  

Everyone’s favorite endless, serene snowboarding game just made the leap from mobile to the Mac App Store. Available now for $9.99, Alto’s Adventure for Mac is a desktop port of the side-scrolling snowscape game that’s won hearts and accolades since it first hit iOS in 2015. Earlier this year, the team behind Alto’s Adventure introduced […]

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2018-09-24 03:05:59



macOS Mojave is now available  

Enjoy reading lots of words about new operating systems? Good news! There are plenty of those here. Enjoy actually downloading and running said new operating systems? Gooder news! macOS 10.14 Mojave is now available in final public form over at the Mac App Store. As with the last several versions of the desktop OS, Mojave's […]

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2018-09-24 02:52:58



Bumble serves countersuit to Match Group, says it's pursuing an IPO  

Bumble is officially serving the papers in the suit against Tinder parent, Match Group. Bumble had said in March it was filing a suit of $400 million against Match Group for fraudulently obtaining trade secrets, following Match’s suit filed only weeks before, which had claimed patent infringement and misuse of intellectual property. Match’s original lawsuit […]

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2018-09-24 02:43:23



Zoho pulled offline after phishing complaints, CEO says  

Zoho .com was pulled offline on Monday after the company’s domain registrar received phishing complaints, the company’s chief executive said. The web-based office suite company, which also provides customer relationship and invoicing services to small businesses, tweeted that the site was “blocked” earlier in the day by TierraNet, which administers its domain name. In an email […]

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2018-09-24 02:03:04



It sounds like Apple's original content is going to be really, really bad  

Last year, an investor projected that Apple would be spending up to $4.2 billion on original content by 2022, but if the reports coming out now about what that content will look like are correct, the company may want its money back. A new Wall Street Journal article highlights some of the tensions that Apple faces as it looks to […]

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2018-09-24 01:29:59



Sony is bundling Red Dead Redemption 2 with a 1TB PlayStation 4 Pro  

Considering it’s been eight years since Red Dead Redemption came out, it’s no surprise that fans of the franchise are ravenous for the next installment of the game, which launches October 26. Last week, Rockstar Games offered some publications the opportunity to preview the game, giving gamers even more to salivate over. But Sony is […]

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2018-09-24 01:28:10



The Markup, a tech-focused investigative news site, raises $20 million from Craigslist founder  

Celebrated former ProPublica investigative journalists Julia Angwin and Jeff Larson are launching their newest venture, the investigative nonprofit news organization called The Markup, with help from some big donors including Craigslist founder, Craig Newmark. The Markup co-founders Angwin, Larson and executive director Sue Gardner (the former head of the Wikimedia Foundation), are backed by a $20 […]

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2018-09-24 01:09:19



The New York Times sues the FCC to investigate Russian interference in Net Neutrality decision  

The ongoing saga over the FCC’s handling of public comments to its net neutrality proposal continues after The New York Times sued the organization for withholding of information that it believes could prove there was Russian interference. The Times has filed multiple Freedom of Information Act requests for data on the comments since July 2017, […]

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2018-09-23 21:52:27



Our Precious  

I’ve long theorized that one’s moral character is inversely proportional to the number of syllables in one’s Starbucks order. (Yes, this is a tech column. We’ll get to that. Have faith.) To which a friend pointed out that what Starbucks offers is control — your drink, exactly how you want it — and the smaller […]

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2018-09-23 15:53:23



Beau Willimon shows us the path to Mars in 'The First'  

Beau Willimon, the screenwriter and playwright who created Netflix’s “House of Cards”, has turned his attention from Washington, D.C. to outer space in his latest series “The First”. The shows have more in common than I expected. Sure, “The First” is about a future expedition to Mars, not present day political machinations. And instead of […]

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2018-09-23 14:52:26



Airbnb wants to give its hosts equity in its business  

Airbnb wants to give the homeowners who power its service the opportunity to own a piece of its business. That’s why, as Axios reports, the $31-billion-valued company has written to the SEC to ask if its rules around security ownership can be revised. Specifically, Airbnb is seeking a change to the SEC’s Rule 701 — which […]

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2018-09-23 08:29:44



Happy 10th anniversary, Android  

It’s been 10 years since Google took the wraps off the G1, the first Android phone. Since that time the OS has grown from buggy, nerdy iPhone alternative to arguably the most popular (or at least populous) computing platform in the world. But it sure as heck didn’t get there without hitting a few bumps […]

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2018-09-23 06:14:20



Toyota's autonomous mobility lead to speak at Startup Battlefield MENA  

Hard to believe, but Startup Battlefield MENA is just over a week away. We've got some of the top founders and investors in the region speaking, including Magnus Olsson of Careem, Imad Kreidieh of Ogero, Mai Medhat of Eventtus, Konstantinos Papamiltiadis of Facebook and Henri Asseily of Leap Ventures, and many more! As we told […]

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2018-09-23 04:10:58



White House says a draft executive order reviewing social media companies is not “official”  

A draft executive order circulating around the White House “is not the result of an official White House policymaking process,” according to deputy White House press secretary, Lindsay Walters. According to a report in The Washington Post, Walters denied that White House staff had worked on a draft executive order that would require every federal agency to […]

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2018-09-22 21:04:22



Corporate venture investment climbs higher throughout 2018  

Many corporations are pinning their futures on their venture investment portfolios. If you can't beat startups at the innovation game, go into business with them as financial partners. Though many technology companies have robust venture investment initiatives—Alphabet's venture funding universe and Intel Capital's prolific approach to startup investment come to mind—other corporations are just now doubling down on venture investments.

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2018-09-22 19:47:20



Understanding Renaud Laplanche's next Upgraded act  

Renaud Laplanche spent ten years building LendingClub. In the process, he created an industry from scratch. Circumventing conventional banking channels for consumer credit began in 1996 when Chris Larsen started E-LOAN, which ultimately led to Prosper Marketplace. But LendingClub, which Laplanche founded in 2007, was and remains the poster child for the business of marketplace […]

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2018-09-22 19:09:09



Cinematic train wreck, “The Room”, is now on YouTube in its entirety  

The Room has been ranked with Plan 9 From Outer Space as a strong contender for the “best” worst movie ever made — and it’s now available in its entirety on YouTube. Written, directed, and starring Tommy Wiseau, The Room belongs in the same category as Plan 9, and Coven (which was immortalized in the 1999 documentary American […]

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2018-09-22 14:08:44



Swiping right on virtual relationships  

Sextech entrepreneur and advocate Bryony Cole is planning for a future when entire relationships exist in virtual reality.

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2018-09-22 08:28:17



Singapore is the crypto sandbox that Asia needs  

Singapore Blockchain Week happened this past week. While there have been a few announcements from companies, some of the most interesting updates have come from regulators, and specifically, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). The financial regulator openly discussed its views on cryptocurrency and plans to develop blockchain technology locally. For those who are unfamiliar, Singapore historically […]

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2018-09-22 07:35:57



Comcast outbids Fox in $40B battle for Sky  

Comcast has outbid Twenty-First Century Fox for the UK's Sky, a final step in what's been a years-long takeover battle between the two media conglomerates.

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2018-09-22 06:08:51



A Lime scooter rider died this morning in Washington, D.C., marking the second fatality this month  

Lime, the 18-month-old, San Francisco-based company whose bright green bicycles and scooters now dot cities throughout the U.S., launched a pilot program in Tacoma, Washington, today, but that tiny victory might have felt short-lived. The reason: on the opposite side of the country, a Lime rider was killed today by an SUV while tooling around Washington […]

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2018-09-22 04:02:56



Seven reasons not to trust Facebook to play cupid  

This week Facebook has launched a major new product play, slotting an algorithmic dating service inside its walled garden as if that’s perfectly normal behavior for an ageing social network. Insert your [dad dancing GIF of choice] right here. Facebook getting into dating looks very much like a mid-life crisis — as a veteran social […]

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2018-09-22 03:22:23



Fintech startups: Apply to exhibit for free as a TC Top Pick at Disrupt Berlin 2018  

Fintech promises to be one of the hottest topics at Disrupt Berlin 2018, and you can take that to the bank — see what we did there? On 29-30 November thousands of attendees will descend on Berlin, and what better way to get your fintech business in front of them than to exhibit in Startup Alley? Oh […]

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2018-09-22 02:28:07



Polestar unveils first production EV with aim to overtake Tesla  

Polestar debuted its first production EV and previewed its electric car line in New York with the CEO squarely taking aim at Tesla. The Volvo subsidiary pulled the cover off its Polestar 1, which it positioned less as a hybrid and more as a fully electric (gas optional) car to attract fence sitters to EVs.

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2018-09-21 21:52:26



Instagram denies it's building Regramming. Here's why it'd be a disaster  

Instagram tells me Regramming, or the ability to instantly repost someone else’s feed post to your followers like a retweet, is “not happening”, not being built, and not being tested. And that’s good news for all Instagrammers. The denial comes after it initially issued a “no comment” to The Verge’s Casey Newton, who published that […]

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2018-09-21 21:04:27



Mithril Capital Management, cofounded by Ajay Royan and Peter Thiel, is leaving the Bay Area  

From its glass-lined offices in San Francisco’s leafy Presidio national park, six-year-old Mithril Capital Management has happily flown under the radar. Now it’s leaving altogether and relocating its team to Austin, a spot that, among others the firm had considered, has “enough critical mass of a technical culture, an artisanal culture, an artistic culture, and […]

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2018-09-21 18:43:07



Twitter says bug may have exposed some direct messages to third-party developers  

Twitter said that a “bug” sent user’s private direct messages to third-party developers “who were not authorized to receive them.” The social media giant began warning users Friday of the possible exposure with a message in the app. “The issue has persisted since May 2017, but we resolved it immediately upon discovering it,” the message […]

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2018-09-21 12:31:54



Early-bird tickets close today, 9/21  

TC Sessions: AR/VR on October 18 at UCLA is gearing up to be a great show. Early-bird sales end after today, September 21. Don’t miss out on the biggest savings for this event — book your $99 tickets here before prices go up by $100. The stage will feature some of the industry's most groundbreaking […]

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2018-09-21 11:13:46



Trump's new cyber strategy eases rules on use of government cyberweapons  

The Trump administration’s new cyber strategy out this week isn’t much more than a stringing together of previously considered ideas. In the 40-page document, the government set out its plans to improve cybersecurity, incentivizing change, and reforming computer hacking laws. Election security about a quarter of a page, second only to “space cybersecurity.” The difference […]

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2018-09-21 10:18:15



VCs say Silicon Valley isn't the gold mine it used to be  

In the days leading up to TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2018, The Economist published the cover story, ‘Why Startups Are Leaving Silicon Valley.’ The author outlined reasons why the Valley has “peaked.” Venture capital investors are deploying capital outside the Bay Area more than ever before. High-profile entrepreneurs and investors, Peter Thiel, for example, have left. Rising […]

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2018-09-21 09:47:40



uBiome is jumping into therapeutics with a healthy $83 million in Series C financing  

23andMe, IBM and now uBiome is the next tech company to jump into the lucrative multi-billion dollar drug discovery market. The company started out with a consumer gut health test to check whether your intestines carry the right kind of bacteria for healthy digestion but has since expanded to include over 250,000 samples for everything […]

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2018-09-21 09:39:23



On-demand trucking app Convoy raises $185M at $1B valuation  

CapitalG, the growth equity arm of Alphabet, has led the $185 million round in Convoy, its first investment in the Seattle-based, tech-enabled trucking network. The round brings Convoy’s total raised to $265 million and values the company at $1 billion. New investors T. Rowe Price and Lone Pine Capital participated in the financing alongside existing […]

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2018-09-21 08:59:09



Japan's Hayabusa 2 mission lands on the surface of a distant asteroid  

The coolest mission you haven't heard of just hit a major milestone: the Japanese Hayabusa 2 probe has reached its destination, the asteroid Ryugu, and just deployed a pair of landers to its surface. Soon it will touch down itself and bring a sample of Ryugu back to Earth! Are you kidding me? That's amazing!

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2018-09-21 06:50:28



Luxury fashion marketplace Farfetch opens trading on NYSE at $27, a pop of 35 percent  

It’s been a strong year for tech IPOs so far, and it looks like today’s debut of Farfetch — a UK-based shopping site for luxury fashion — is on trend, so to speak. The company opened trading today — on NYSE under the ticker FTCH — at $27, making for a decent pop of 35 […]

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2018-09-21 06:28:59



Eight Roads Ventures targets Southeast Asia deals  

Eight Roads Ventures, the investment arm of financial giant Fidelity International, is moving into Southeast Asia where it sees the potential to plug the later stage investment gap. The firm has funds across the world including the U.S, China and Europe, and it has invested nearly $6 billion in deals over the past decade. The firm […]

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2018-09-21 05:11:21



Eventbrite goes public, and everyone else is raising hella money  

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch's venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week we worked with an (excellent) skeleton crew. Our own Connie Loizos held down the fort with a guest that knew quite a lot: March Capital’s Jamie Montgomery. There was a healthy blizzard of news to get through, […]

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2018-09-21 05:03:09



AdGuard resets all user passwords after account hacks  

Popular ad-blocker AdGuard has forcibly reset all of its users’ passwords after it detected hackers trying to break into accounts. The company said it “detected continuous attempts to login to AdGuard accounts from suspicious IP addresses which belong to various servers across the globe,” in what appeared to be a credential stuffing attack. That’s when […]

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2018-09-21 04:47:51



Interiors startup Clippings raises $15.4M Series B with Advance Venture Partners  

Back in April we saw that eporta, a London-based B2B interiors marketplace startup, had raised $8 million in a Series A funding round led by US investor Canvas Ventures. Eport has digitized the catalogues of furnishing manufacturers and allowed businesses to order direct, cutting out the middle-men. Now London is continuing its obsession with interior […]

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2018-09-21 03:42:54



Amazon makes offline retail push in India  

Amazon unleashed a flurry of new products this week at a U.S. press event, but halfway across the world, it is getting deeper into physical retail in the Indian market. The U.S. e-commerce giant is buying up 49 percent of More in a deal that sees Amazon partner and PE firm Samara Capital pick up the […]

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2018-09-21 02:03:34



The long list of new Alexa devices Amazon announced at its hardware event  

Everyone’s favorite trillion-dollar retailer hosted a private event today where they continued to exercise their highly strategic approach to hardware where they just throw everything at the wall and wait to see what sticks. We got some new Amazon Echo devices, sure, but there was also an amp, a camera, a clock and a microwave…? […]

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2018-09-20 21:06:34



Eventbrite's IPO should encourage tech companies to get out while they still can  

Eventbrite is having one hell of a debut on the New York Stock Exchange this morning. Shares of the ticketing startup, founded back in 2006, have shot up over 50 percent in trading on the NYSE. After pricing its shares at $23 in its initial offering, investors have bid up the stock to a whopping […]

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2018-09-20 20:34:02



Google's fingerprints were all over today's Amazon event  

Hidden amongst the 70 or so announcements Amazon made at today's big Alexa event was one key hidden presence. Google's offerings loomed large over much of the news flowing out from the big event. It's easy to understand why, of course. Assistant and Home have steadily been making up ground on Amazon over the last […]

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2018-09-20 18:46:15



Delta to start scanning faces at airport check-in  

Delta will later this year roll out facial recognition at its terminal at Atlanta International Airport for anyone traveling on an international flight. The airline said the biometric facial scanning is optional — a move that will shave off a few minutes off each flight — but will help border and pre-flight security authorities before […]

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2018-09-20 17:16:04



Amazon's Alexa is coming to Sony smart TVs and Lenovo Smart Tabs  

Amazon wants Alexa to interact with as many people as possible, including the ability to show them things. And that means freeing the virtual assistant from the confines of Amazon’s screen-supporting smart speaker Echo Show or Fire TV — devices that give Alexa a face (and of course a voice). The company announced Thursday at […]

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2018-09-20 13:38:22



Circle wants more women to invest in cryptocurrency  

The earliest adopters of Bitcoin — the libertarian anarchist “cypherpunk” crowd — were mostly men. Today, roughly a decade after Satoshi Nakamoto’s famed white paper was released, the majority of cryptocurrency holders are still men. This poses a problem for the companies betting on the mainstream adoption of cryptocurrency. At this point, they’ve already tapped into […]

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2018-09-20 13:22:55



Amazon's announcing new Echo and Fire TV hardware today  

Surprise! Amazon's holding a big hardware event at its Seattle headquarters, and we're here on site, to bring you the news as it breaks. Unlike Apple, Google and the like, the company isn't one for announcing these sorts of events in advance, though given that it's done something similar in recent years, it seemed likely […]

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2018-09-20 13:21:52



Audible brings its audiobook library to the Apple Watch  

Didn't get your fill of Amazon news among the 70 or so announcements at today's Alexa event? Good news, Audible's got something to add to the deluge. The Amazon-owned audiobook site just announced the availability of its Apple Watch app. The offering brings pretty much what you'd expect. You can listen to audiobooks and manage […]

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2018-09-20 13:12:08



Hear about the keys to local investing at Startup Battlefield Africa with Omobola Johnson and Lexi Novitske  

TechCrunch Startup Battlefield is returning to Africa in December, this time in Lagos, Nigeria. We will have a day-long program full of our flagship Battlefield competition highlighting the best startups that Africa has to offer. Not only that, we'll have panel discussions designed to explore the continent’s rapidly developing technological infrastructure on the continent. To […]

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2018-09-20 12:57:10



Facebook's Camera AR platform head is coming to TC Sessions: AR/VR  

Augmented reality has the potential to change how we interact with the internet; as these technologies scale, you can certainly bet that Facebook is going to be looking to shape what’s possible. At our one-day TC Sessions: AR/VR event in LA next month, we’ll be joined by Ficus Kirkpatrick, Facebook’s head of Camera AR Platform, […]

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2018-09-20 12:40:40



Bird hits 10 million scooter rides  

Bird just announced 10 million scooter rides since launching about one year ago. If this story sounds familiar to you, it’s probably because Bird competitor Lime earlier today announced it surpassed 11.5 million rides across its shared bikes and scooters. Bird, which launched last September in Santa Monica, Calif., currently operates in 100 cities and […]

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2018-09-20 12:09:09



Echo HomePod? Amazon wants you to build your own  

One of the bigger surprises at today's big Amazon event was something the company didn't announce. After a couple of years of speculation that the company was working on its own version of the HomePod and Google Max, we still don't have a truly premium Echo. That's due, in part, to the fact that Amazon […]

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2018-09-20 12:05:41



Amazon's new Echo Dot, up close and hands-on  

If the Echo Show was the Amazon device most desperately in need of a makeover (please and thank you), the Dot was certainly a close second. After all, while the cheapest (and best selling) Echo device has already been through a couple of iterations, the hardware wasn't exactly the sort of thing you'd proudly display […]

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2018-09-20 11:54:58



Hulu is making a new season of 'Veronica Mars'  

It’s official: Hulu is reviving the cult mystery series “Veronica Mars”. The show originally ran from 2004 to 2007 on UPN and the CW, with the titular high school sleuth played by Kristen Bell. Last month, there were reports that Hulu was in talks to bring the show back. Now it looks like a deal […]

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2018-09-20 11:38:41



Amazon's new Echo Show up close and hands-on  

The Show was far and away the Echo product most in need of a makeover. The original device, introduced two years back, was far more concerned with function than form. That, of course, is in line with many of the company's hardware offerings, which are often designed to simply show what things like Alexa are […]

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2018-09-20 11:28:48



GoPro kills the Session camera cube  

Three years after its introduction, GoPro is killing its Session camera line. The cute little cube was dropped today after GoPro revealed its latest lineup of Hero7 cameras. GoPro shakes up its entire camera line When the Hero4 Session was first revealed in 2015, it was the action camera company’s first major redesign and signaled […]

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2018-09-20 11:03:52



Cluep, a Canadian startup that raised just $500K, acquired for $40M  

Everyone loves a tale of a bootstrapped startup founder’s journey to an eight-figure exit. The team at Toronto-based Cluep have a good one. The founders of the adtech startup raised less than $500,000 from angel investors before selling their company to Impact Group for $40 million ($53 million CAD) this week. Founded in 2012, Karan Walia, Sobi Walia […]

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2018-09-20 10:08:15



Up close with Amazon's $60 Alexa Microwave  

Amazon was quick to note at today's event that not all that much has been done to update the microwave for the 21st century. While that's probably a pretty fair criticism of the ubiquitous home appliance, the new AmazonBasics microwave is less about space-age technologies than it is helping to usher in the future of […]

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2018-09-20 09:56:31



Inside Facebook Dating, launching today first in Colombia  

Does deeper data produce perfect matches? Facebook is finally ready to find out, starting today with a country-wide test in Colombia of its new Dating feature. It’s centered around an algorithm-powered homescreen of Suggested romantic matches based on everything Facebook knows about you that other apps don’t. There’s no swiping and it’s not trying to […]

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2018-09-20 08:55:01



As tasks wane, skills rise  

The way we work is changing. People possess the innate ability to innovate and evolve in the jobs that they do, and new technologies -- from the wheel to steam power and artificial intelligence -- have drastically improved and impacted work throughout history.

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2018-09-20 08:42:30



GoPro shakes up its entire camera line  

GoPro delivered a big refresh of its cameras today with a lot of new product names but not quite as many hardware updates as we’ve seen in past updates. The new lineup from GoPro is definitely less confusing from a branding perspective. The Hero7 White, Silver and Black will cost $199, $299 and $399 respectively. […]

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2018-09-20 08:27:28



Watch how Tesla Model 3 earned NHTSA's top safety rating  

The Tesla Model 3 has had its share of struggles, from CEO Elon Musk’s well-documented production hell to more recent logistic “nightmares” that have slowed deliveries to customers. There’s one area where the Tesla shines: crash safety tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. And the Tesla Model 3 is no exception. Check out the videos […]

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2018-09-20 08:24:57



Lunewave is pitching a new sensor offering better vision for autonomous vehicles  

The investment arms of BMW and the Chinese search technology giant, Baidu, along with a large original equipment manufacturer for the auto industry and a slew of technology investors have all come together to back Lunewave, a startup developing new sensor technologies for autonomous vehicles. The $5 million seed round which the company just closed […]

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2018-09-20 08:15:36



Instagram may divide hashtags from captions to end overhashing  

Geofenced sharing, Quiz stickers, Stories Highlight stickers, and a separate interface for adding hashtags to posts are amongst a slew of new features Instagram has prototyped or is now testing. The last one could finally #cure #the #hashtag #madness that’s infected many of Instagram’s 1 billion users, causing them desperately fill up their captions with […]

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2018-09-20 07:51:49






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