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Alibaba's Ant Financial invests in Chinese bike-sharing startup unicorn Ofo  

 Ofo, the Chinese bike-sharing startup that recently claimed unicorn status, announced this weekend that it has added Ant Financial as an investor. In a statement posted to its Weibo account, Ofo said that it will work with Ant Financial, an Alibaba unit, on Internet and credit card payments and its international expansion plan. Read More

2017-04-24 05:20:48
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Flux, a fintech startup founded by ex-Revolut employees, wants to make paper receipts obsolete  

 Flux, a London-based fintech startup founded by three early employees of foreign exchange and banking app Revolut, is on a mission to make store receipts truly digital. Read More

2017-04-24 04:28:28
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Apple Maps gets transit mode for Paris  

 Apple is finally adding transit options to its Maps app for the city of Paris. Starting today, you can use Apple Maps to calculate itineraries using public transportation. You’ll find subway, RER and bus lines, and even Transilien lines. Just like in Google Maps, you can look around the map with a new subway layer or you can calculate an itinerary from A to B. If you tap on a station,… Read More

2017-04-24 01:43:32
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Uber responds to report that it tracked devices after its app was deleted  

 Uber tracked former users even after they deleted the app from their iPhones, a practice that eventually earned CEO Travis Kalanick a scolding from Apple chief executive Tim Cook, the New York Times reports. Uber is pushing back on the allegations, saying that the tracking is a common industry practice used to prevent fraud and account compromise. Uber allegedly used a practice called… Read More

2017-04-23 21:47:58
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Falcon Northwest's Tiki is the sleek sports car of VR PCs  

 Falcon Northwest is a small company, but small can mean focus and care when it comes to device makers. Falcon’s business is PCs, and specifically Windows machines capable of delivering terrific gaming power in a package that won’t take up an entire closet in your house. The Tiki is a compact gaming tower that uses top quality materials inside and out, and if you’re looking… Read More

2017-04-23 16:12:42
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Why the Wikileaks CIA dump was the most damaging one yet  

 There are no hackers anymore — now it’s all about the spies we in the intelligence and security communities are trying to stop. The “insiders” have known this for some time, but it’s becoming more apparent to the business community and now individuals. Read More

2017-04-23 13:23:11
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MakerBot's technology of the future grapples with its rocky past  

 Goshen has a small stack of papers sitting on a table beside him, should he need to consult any notes. He never actually looks over, however. After months of behind the scenes meetings, he’s got the company’s new line down, pat. His voice rarely raises above a whisper during our conversation, but he speaks thoughtfully and pragmatically. He speaks of a company that’s humbled.… Read More

2017-04-23 12:32:08
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Why tech workers showed up to March for Science  

 Science itself may be non-partisan. But the March for Science this weekend simply couldn’t be. Demonstrators turned out in an estimated 600 cities around the world to rally for science and its role in policy-making, many tech workers among them. The march was organized after the Trump administration proposed and began to implement steep budget cuts to federal science agencies in the… Read More

2017-04-23 11:35:27
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Hope and rapture on West Broadway  

 We were just outside the Marriott on the edge of downtown when the conference doors opened. I remember saying something like “Those people… they seem a little different…” And suddenly there was a horrible strident laughter all around us and the street was full of what looked like hairy steampunk neohippies, all vaping and toking and comparing tattoos in clusters around… Read More

2017-04-23 08:12:49
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Online grocery platform Farmdrop raises £7M Series A led by Atomico  

 Farmdrop, a farmer-friendly online grocery platform based in the U.K., has raised £7 million in Series A funding. Leading the round is Atomico, the London VC fund founded by Skype co-founder Niklas Zennström. Read More

2017-04-23 02:57:40
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Books and roses  

 Anyone who thinks paper books are dead has never been in a Barcelona bookshop the day before Sant Jordi. The Patron Saint festival is Catalunya’s equivalent of Valentine’s day. But as well as giving long-stemmed red roses people give books. Lots and lots of books. Some €20 million worth of books are sold (gifted) on the day itself. Read More

2017-04-23 01:43:31
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How to make Twitter profitable  

 Twitter has evolved dramatically since its founding. What the founders fully envisioned we cannot know. Nonetheless, there is one thing we do know: Many business entities have millions of followers and communicate with these followers using Twitter. This is free advertising, no ifs, ands or buts. So, here’s a proposal to radically change the economics of Twitter. Read More

2017-04-22 11:19:05
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Apple testing process for autonomous safety drivers revealed in DMV documents  

 Apple has developed a testing procedure for drivers who would act as failsafe controls during autonomous vehicle testing, documents discovered by Business Insider via a public records request show. The documents detail the testing procedure that Apple has created in order to comply with the California Department of Motor Vehicle’s rules regarding autonomous testing on state roads.… Read More

2017-04-22 05:46:15
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Waymo accuses Uber of hiding a secret LiDAR device  

 In preparation for a preliminary injunction hearing next month, Waymo today filed new claims in its lawsuit against Uber, alleging that its competitor withheld information about technology Uber is using in its development of self-driving cars. Waymo is in the midst of a contentious lawsuit against Uber, in which it claims Anthony Levandowski, a former Google employee, stole confidential… Read More

2017-04-22 05:40:43
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Gillmor Gang: Fossil Fuel  

 The Gillmor Gang — Doc Searls, Keith Teare, Frank Radice, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, April 21, 2017. Big Media meets the Big Algorithm as we reach subscription saturation. B=V/T: Self-service Bundling based on Value prioritized by Trust erases the distinction between short and long form. + G3: Denise Howell, Elisa Camahort Page, Kristie Wells, Maria Ogneva, and Tina… Read More

2017-04-22 05:36:23
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Uber and Lyft sued for patent infringement by 'Hailo,' but not Daimler's Hailo  

 A company called “Hailo Technologies, LLC”, has sued both Uber and Lyft over alleged infringement of U.S. patent 5,973,619, which describes an “automated vehicle dispatch and payment honoring system.” The patent, filed by Alexis Paredes in 1997 and granted in 1999, describes a software system that allows a user to pick a means of transportation from a menu, enter in… Read More

2017-04-22 03:56:13
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PowerRay is an underwater drone for filmmakers or fishermen  

 The creator of the PowerEgg, an ovoid flying robot, has begun accepting orders for its newest creation, a submersible camera drone for home use. Dubbed the PowerRay, the waterproof device can find, attract and record fish. It operates at a depth of 30 meters, or about 98 feet, for up to four hours at a time. It is suitable for use in fresh-, salt-or chlorinated-water. The PowerRay garnered… Read More

2017-04-22 03:19:59
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The MWW Iconik 3 is an inexpensive automatic watch for military fans  

 Manchester Watch Works aka MWW makes small batch watches that are sometimes homages to historic timepieces and are sometimes entirely new design. This model, the Iconik 3 – the third in the Iconik line – is based on the Blancpain TR-900, a military spec diver’s watch used by navies worldwide in the 1960s. These waterproof workhorses are sought after collectables and the Iconik… Read More

2017-04-22 02:16:04
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Is a “robot tax” really an “innovation penalty”?  

 When Bill Gates recently suggested robots should pay income tax like any other employee, I didn’t immediately disagree. I applaud Gates’ bold thinking to help solve one of society’s biggest upcoming challenges: embracing automation in a way that “lifts all boats” instead of leaving large swaths of society behind. A robot tax would help offset the reduced… Read More

2017-04-22 02:08:19
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Theranos says it has been mischaracterized in allegations the company faked tests  

 Theranos secretly bought lab equipment through a shell company, faked tests and inappropriately pumped up its financial outlook to investors, according to allegations in recently unsealed court documents, first reported by the Wall Street Journal. Partner Fund Management LP, a hedge fund management firm which invested $96 million in Theranos filed the claim in Delaware Chancery Court on… Read More

2017-04-21 19:07:49
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Weekly Roundup: Facebook's F8, Confide hit with lawsuit  

 This week saw movement in two tech lawsuits, Facebook held its annual F8 developer conference and a juice press hardware company came under fire. These are the top stories of the week, and you can sign up for this post as the weekly newsletter here.  1. Everything you need to know about Facebook’s F8 developer conference Facebook held its annual developer conference, F8, announcing… Read More

2017-04-21 18:40:52
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Form an orderly queue! Google wants your blood (and other bodily fluids). Oh and your medical records  

 Alphabet’s (Google’s) life sciences division Verily has launched its public pitch for a massive, multi-year health study it’s leading, along with Duke University School of Medicine, Stanford Medicine and Google proper. Read More

2017-04-21 18:25:32
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The death of retail is greatly exaggerated  

 I’ve been thinking a lot about retail these days and I’ve been connecting the dots between the seeming death of retailers like Ralph Lauren and the book industry. In short, we are feeling the seismic echoes of the 2008 crash right now on Main Street and things are both ugly and pretty at the same time. The book industry, like the music industry, nearly imploded when the world… Read More

2017-04-21 15:44:36
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Q&A app Quora valued around $1.8 billion in $85 million fundraise  

 Quora just became the unicorn of subjective human knowledge. After eight years carefully cultivating an intelligent question and answer community, it’s just raised an $85 million Series D round co-led by Collaborative Fund and Y Combinator’s Continuity Fund. Read More

2017-04-21 15:14:02
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Using wearable technology to detect conflict in couples before it occurs  

 Several teams of researchers at USC have joined forces for a study aimed at detecting vital signs to help stem conflicts in couples before they occur. Couples were brought into the lab, equipped with wearable sensors, given smartphones for recording data and sent out on their way. The study largely took place outside of the lab, with participants filling out an hourly survey to offer insight… Read More

2017-04-21 14:22:47
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MIXhalo to reveal new audio technology at Disrupt NY with help from Pharrell and Incubus  

 This is going to be a lot of fun. MIXhalo was founded by Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger and the startup is set to reveal its first product at Disrupt NY 2017. And Mike is bringing some other famous friends to help. MIXhalo has developed a way to distribute audio to a crowd — like at a concert — in a way, they say, is as good as the musicians hear on stage. And there seem to be… Read More

2017-04-21 13:40:23
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Today is the last day to save $1,000 on Disrupt NY tickets  

 Alright, startup fans. We gave you an extension, a whole extra week to save some serious cash on tickets to Disrupt NY 2017. But now your time is almost up. You have just a few hours left to save $1,000 on tickets to the best startup show in the Big Apple. Early bird tickets cost just $1,995 apiece for today only — that price is going to jump to $2,995 tomorrow. Get your tickets now.… Read More

2017-04-21 13:38:13
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New partnership makes Google Play Music the default on all Samsung devices, with double the storage capacity  

 Samsung and Google today announced a new partnership that will make Google Play Music the default music player and music service including on new Samsung phone and tablets worldwide, starting with the launch of the Galaxy S8 and S8+. The deal comes with an added bonus for Samsung users – they’ll be able to upload up to 100,000 of their own songs to Google Play Music for free. This… Read More

2017-04-21 13:31:46
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Uber's head of diversity will be speaking at TC Sessions: Justice  

 I’m excited to announce that Bernard Coleman, Uber’s global head of diversity and inclusion, will be speaking in a fireside chat at TC Sessions: Justice, our day-long event about diversity, inclusion and social justice. Coleman joined Uber earlier this year in January, and has had to hit the ground running in light of sexual harassment allegations and the release of Uber’s… Read More

2017-04-21 11:34:22
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HBO's “Silicon Valley” cast hints about upcoming season  

 They’re back! HBO’s “Silicon Valley” is set to return to television, with the fourth season debuting this Sunday. We had a chance to watch the first two episodes at the premiere and can confirm that they’re very funny (and filled with TechCrunch references). We also sat down for a video with the stars of the show, and got a few hints about what to expect this… Read More

2017-04-21 10:27:52
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Machine intelligence is the future of monetization for Facebook  

 That was effectively the only conversation missing from Facebook’s F8 conference — an event that even made time for a progress update on a moonshot project that might one day allow us to hear through our skin. Perhaps that’s the luxury of a company whose advertising revenue is up 57 percent year-over-year. But don’t misconstrue unseen for unimportant. Behind… Read More

2017-04-21 10:16:53
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Analyzing the spectrum of corporate innovation from R&D to VC  

 Over the coming decade, ongoing corporate exploration of the incubator, accelerator and venture capital models will expand the use of these additional forms of external innovation. Read More

2017-04-21 10:12:39
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Uber allows more time for sexism probe, expects report by end of May  

 Uber’s management is expecting an external investigation of its workplace culture to report by the end of May. Read More

2017-04-21 09:40:25
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A Midas List VC on the problem with the Midas List  

 Earlier this week, Forbes published its annual Midas List, which showcases who the outlet believes to be the top investors in the world. Stuart Peterson of Artis Ventures was on the list — very far down, behind the many VCs whose names are instantly recognizable to founders, like Chris Sacca and Peter Fenton and Mary Meeker. The way Peterson tells it, that’s the way he likes it. Read More

2017-04-21 09:31:21
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Of course Microsoft is working on its own version of the Chromebook  

 Windows Central has gotten its hands on an internal document highlighting the hardware performance of Windows 10 Cloud, a rumored operating system spinoff expected to be unveiled at next month’s big education event in New York. Predictably, the slide puts the OS head to head with Google Chromebooks. The category is a no-brainer for Microsoft as the company struggles to gain a foothold in… Read More

2017-04-21 08:15:06
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Duolingo launches paid subscriptions as it experiments with new ways to monetize its service  

 Earlier this week, the popular language learning service Duolingo quietly introduced paid monthly subscriptions in its Android apps. Subscribers get two benefits: they won’t see ads in the app and they will be able to download lessons for offline use. In addition, there is also a feel-good aspect to this, as Duolingo highlights that subscribers to Duolingo Plus, as the subscription… Read More

2017-04-21 05:42:25
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Equity podcast: Uber's losses, Cloudera's IPO and the biggest e-commerce acquisition ever  

 Welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast. This episode Katie Roof, Matthew Lynley and myself were joined by Ethan Kurzweil of Bessemer Venture Partners for a lively-as-heck conversation covering the biggest financial news of the week. First up was Uber’s newly disclosed financials. The company has a history of leaks and losses, but this time around we… Read More

2017-04-21 05:18:30
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Samsung's Galaxy S8 is now on sale in the U.S., Canada and Korea with more launches to come  

 If you’ve been holding out patiently for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, Samsung’s newest flagship devices, then your wait may soon be over after the phones went on sale in an initial four markets. Samsung is starting sales in the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and Korea today (Friday), with expansions to other countries coming “in the weeks ahead,” it said. In case you missed… Read More

2017-04-21 05:17:54
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What's keeping cryptocurrencies from mass adoption?  

 Speculators flocked to Bitcoin and many of the alt-coins in hopes of getting in early and making a big exit, but everyday users haven’t warmed to cryptocurrencies. There are many reasons why, but one of the largest barriers to mainstream adoption is the price volatility of cryptocurrencies. So the question is, why do the prices change so much in the first place? Read More

2017-04-21 04:41:25
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Twitch opens up its money-making tools to tens of thousands of non-Partnered channels  

 On the heels of yesterday’s news about expanded subscription options for partners, video streaming site Twitch today announced another way for its creator community to generate revenue, with the launch of an Affiliate program. Explains the company, the new program will allow non-partnered video creators to gain access to a variety of tools that will allow them to make money from… Read More

2017-04-21 03:16:45
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The augmented reality gold rush is afoot  

 Who will be the Pixar of AR? Someone oughta be rounding up Hollywood special effects engineers and animated character designers to build an augmented reality content startup. This week’s launch of Facebook’s Camera Effects platform means there are suddenly 1.8 billion people waiting to be entertained by digital overlays on the real world. Read More

2017-04-21 02:24:43
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Snap acquires the crucial geofilter patent from Mobli for a record $7.7M  

 According to Snap’s S-1 filing for its IPO, of the $400 million in revenues the company has, $360 million is made by selling “Geofilters,” or photo filters based on location, which advertisers can buy. So owning the patent on that concept would seem pretty crucial. But Snap has never had such a patent, until now. Read More

2017-04-21 01:50:09
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Elon Musk's Neuralink wants to turn cloud-based AI into an extension of our brains  

 Elon Musk has been working on a Neuralink, a human-computer brain interface company, in whatever spare moments he has between running Tesla and also running SpaceX. Neuralink’s ultimate aim may actually be the most ambitious of all three of his companies, surprisingly, and a new exploration of the foundational ideas behind Neuralink on Wait But Why goes deep within what Musk hopes to… Read More

2017-04-21 01:47:38
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Netflix rival Iflix reveals its first original content series for emerging markets  

 Fresh from raising $90 million from investors in March, Iflix, a Netflix-like service for emerging markets, has announced its first slate of original content. The Malaysia-headquartered business claims five million registered users across 10 countries — it recently branched out into Africa and the Middle East — for its service which costs around $3 per month. Beyond cheaper… Read More

2017-04-21 01:34:34
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Crunch Report | Quora Valued At Around $1.8B  

 Today’s Stories  Q&A app Quora valued around $1.8 billion in $85 million fundraise Elon Musk’s Neuralink wants to turn cloud-based AI into an extension of our brains Duolingo launches paid subscriptions as it experiments with new ways to monetize its service Snap acquires the crucial geofilter patent from Mobli for a record $7.7M Credits Written and Hosted by: Anthony Ha… Read More

2017-04-21 01:28:17
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YouTube says it fixed the problem with Restricted Mode that was filtering LGBTQ+ content  

 YouTube today claims to have fixed an issue with its service that was causing it to incorrectly filter content in “Restricted Mode” and hiding a large selection of LGBTQ+ videos as a result. The company had come under fire last month when it was discovered that users who turned on “Restricted Mode” were no longer able to see a number of innocuous videos referencing… Read More

2017-04-21 01:13:01
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Navy and Marine Corps outlaw nude photo sharing without consent  

 The Marine Corps has taken another step to crack down on the nude photo sharing scandal that broke open in the Marines United Facebook Group. Following changes to the rules governing behavior on social media platforms, new Navy regulations outlaw sharing nude photos without permission outright. The new amendment to Naval regulations (which also apply to Marines) reads as follows: Article 1168… Read More

2017-04-20 21:30:36
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Apple releases a bit of code to let you put Live Photos on your sites  

 Apple’s Live Photos are fun — they’ve definitely captured a few unexpected magical moments for me that standard stills would’ve missed. But for the most part, they live on your phone and stay within the confines of your apps. Seeing them floating around the web, especially on a desktop browser, has always been something of a rarity. That quietly changed this morning. Read More

2017-04-20 21:01:11
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Uber will live stream its first Elevate VTOL summit April 25-27  

 Uber has been tinkering with the idea of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) craft for a while now, beginning with the release of a white paper late last year detailing what steps it thinks are required to help it get it get to the point where it might make sense to actually field an on-demand airborne ride hailing service. It announced that it would host an industry summit of people working… Read More

2017-04-20 20:55:45
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Don't get played by this spammy app like I did  

 At my birthday party last week, my friend Ebby walked over and asked a group of us “What’s this Gather app all about?” I instantly felt a bit insecure. Of that particular group of friends, I should have been the one with a ready answer. I’m supposed to know about hot new apps. But Gather was a mystery. The next morning, hungover and recovering from the post-birthday… Read More

2017-04-20 20:52:38
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Ambient noise could be your next multi-factor authentication token  

 We’re all pretty used to two-factor authentication now, and it isn’t much of an inconvenience to have to type in a four-digit code when you log in from a new location. But some Swiss security researchers came up with a smart way to authenticate without even that tiny amount of work: ambient noise. Read More

2017-04-20 19:51:37
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Another smart card bites the dust, as Plastc ends operations and leaves pre-orders unfulfilled  

 Plastc is throwing in the towel today. The smart card maker sent a message to backers (which now also graces the startup’s homepage) announcing that it’s “exploring options” for filing Chapter 7 and, more importantly, is shutting down all operations as of today. Read More

2017-04-20 18:20:12
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Amazon's new Alexa developer policy now bans all ads except in music and flash briefings  

 Amazon has quietly introduced a change to its Alexa Skills Developer agreement aimed at further restricting advertisements within Alexa’s voice apps, which it calls “Skills.” Previously, the developer agreement stated that it would ban apps that used the Alexa app home cards – the cards that appear in the Alexa companion app – that can describe Skill in question… Read More

2017-04-20 17:24:42
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Crunch Report | Google Home Gets More Personal  

 Today’s Stories  Google Home can now recognize up to six voices and give personalized responses Google said to be planning a built-in ad blocker for Chrome GoPro to release prosumer spherical camera in fall 2017 FTC tells ‘influencers’ to quit trying to hide the fact that they’re shilling for brands Shopify launches a free, in-house-designed card reader Credits… Read More

2017-04-20 17:08:16
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A chat with Pluralsight founder Aaron Skonnard on the global move to sharpen tech skills through online training  

 Utah has a strong history in the tech industry. It’s also starting to become a place known for growing profitable unicorns, including developer training platform Pluralsight, now worth $1.14 billion and listed as one to watch for going public this year. I sat down with Pluralsight founder Aaron Skonnard to discuss the tech landscape and where he wants to take the company next. Read More

2017-04-20 16:18:17
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This phishing technique is more interesting than dangerous  

 There’s no shortage of ways adversaries will employ to get you to click through to a malicious website, some technical, some psychological. This one is interesting because it leverages a useful feature of browsers that you might have never thought about. Read More

2017-04-20 14:37:07
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Pinterest's Tim Kendall will talk the future of advertising at Disrupt NY 2017  

 Snap has finally gone public and it’s worth more than $20 billion. Facebook continues to be an advertising behemoth. Google still owns the search ad universe. So is there room for another — specifically, Pinterest? We’ll find out; today, we’re excited to announce that Pinterest president Tim Kendall will sit down for a conversation at TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2017. Read More

2017-04-20 12:55:56
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Juicero CEO promises refunds for any dissatisfied customers while defending the company's tech  

 Jeff Dunn, the former Coca-Cola executive who became CEO of Juicero last year, has responded to a wave of coverage suggesting that the company’s juice press isn’t all that was promised — and he’s offering dissatisfied customers their money back. Read More

2017-04-20 12:55:54
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Swingvy raises $1.1M to give HR staff in Southeast Asia a break from paperwork  

 Human resources paperwork is never fun to take care of—especially if it’s literally on paper. Swingvy co-founder Jin Choeh says that in Southeast Asia, many small businesses are still stuck with physical spreadsheets and piles of forms. Swingvy wants to help them with affordable cloud-based software. The South Korea and Malaysia-based startup just raised $1.1 million in seed funding… Read More

2017-04-20 12:49:32
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Former White House economic advisor Jason Furman discusses how automation will impact jobs  

 When it arrived in December, the White House’s report, “Artificial Intelligence, Automation, and the Economy” felt like both a parting shot and warning to the incoming administration. That it was perfectly dovetailed with heated election rhetoric around domestic job loss was simply a bit of serendipity, however. The subject matter had been at the forefront of the… Read More

2017-04-20 12:22:15
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The TC Meetup + Pitch-off goes down in Seattle on June 22  

 There is nothing quite like Seattle in June. Everything is green, the sun shines, and the air is crisp. And, of course, TechCrunch heads into town for the annual TC Meetup + Pitch-off. Just as we have the past couple of years, TechCrunch is hitting up Seattle to hear about the latest and greatest startups the Emerald City has to offer. For those of you who don’t know what I’m… Read More

2017-04-20 11:40:47
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Watch Lilium's successful test flight of the world's first electric VTOL jet  

 Lilium has successfully tested its all-electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) jet for the first time, and you can watch the inaugural test flight above. The basic concept of a VTOL is that it has the benefits of a helicopter in terms of taking off without requiring a huge runway, but once airborne, it can still achieve the higher top speeds of a fixed wing aircraft like a jet. The… Read More

2017-04-20 11:26:38
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Coyuchi launches a subscription and recycling service for its organic home textiles  

 An organic bed linen subscription and recycling service sounds like the ultimate hipster indulgence, but considering the massive amount of textiles that end up in landfills every year, it might actually have an impact. Coyuchi, which was one of the first companies to offer organic sheets when it was founded in 1991, launched Coyuchi For Life this week. Subscriptions start at $5 a month and… Read More

2017-04-20 10:01:51
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NerdWallet just laid off over 40 people, including its VP of growth  

 Personal finance startup NerdWallet recently let go of more than 40 employees, TechCrunch has learned. As part of the changes, NerdWallet VP of growth Henry Hsu left the company and NerdWallet COO Dan Yoo is moving into an advisory role. Read More

2017-04-20 08:35:52
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FTC tells 'influencers' to quit trying to hide the fact that they're shilling for brands  

 The Federal Trade Commission has put dozens of so-called influencers on notice for failing to adequately document the fact that their Instagram and such like posts are in fact thinly veiled ads for which the posters are being generously compensated. Read More

2017-04-20 08:19:35
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Harman and Baidu team up on in-car AI for Chinese automakers  

 At the Shanghai Auto Show on this week, global automotive supplier Harman announced a new partnership with Baidu, the leading Chinese internet services provider. The team-up brings together Samsung-owned Harman’s extensive reach among automakers, and existing expertise in-car infotainment systems, with Baidu’s leading role in China’s AI software economy. Baidu will develop… Read More

2017-04-20 07:55:03
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Amazon Lex, the technology behind Alexa, opens up to developers  

 Amazon Lex, the technology powering Amazon’s virtual assistant Alexa, has exited preview, according to a report from Reuters this morning. The system, which involves natural language understanding technology combined with automatic speech recognition, was first introduced in November, at Amazon’s AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas. At the time, Amazon explained how Lex can be… Read More

2017-04-20 07:21:14
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Second round of Disrupt NY Hackathon tickets now available  

 If you’re looking to participate in the hackathon at Disrupt NY 2017, but missed out on the first round of tickets, you’re in luck! Today, we’re releasing a new batch of hackathon tickets, so everyone who has their hearts set on spending a demanding, but fun-filled weekend building something great should head on over to ticketing page and grab your free hackathon tickets… Read More

2017-04-20 07:14:31
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GoPro to release prosumer spherical camera in fall 2017  

 GoPro today announced the Fusion, a camera capable of capturing spherical video for use in VR and standard video formats through a software solution. The camera will be released this fall. GoPro has yet to name the price. If nothing else GoPro is becoming a camera company again. The Fusion shows that GoPro is going back to its core competency in creating hardware. Action cameras existed… Read More

2017-04-20 06:46:32
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Google Home can now recognize up to six voices and give personalized responses  

 Google Home is finally getting a feature that its users have been clamoring for since it launched last year: it can now distinguish between different voices and respond with personalized responses. Read More

2017-04-20 06:34:37
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Tesla voluntarily recalls around 53K 2016 Model S and Model X vehicles  

 Tesla is issuing a voluntary recall for Model S and Model X vehicles made between February 2016 and October 2016, for a potential manufacturing issue with the parking brake on those cars in which a brake, once engaged, might experience a fractured internal gear that results in the parking brake being stuck in the ‘On’ position. Tesla stresses that this recall is being done only… Read More

2017-04-20 06:16:55
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Uber employees thought it'd be a good idea to paint a '#Undelete' mural  

 Well, this is something else. A bunch of mostly male Uber employees decided to get together to spray taint (paint) a wall in San Francisco, basically begging people to reinstall the app if they’ve deleted it in light of all the scandals at Uber, The Verge reported. The employees painted “Undelete.” Why “Undelete”? Well, it refers to the days when we all freaked… Read More

2017-04-20 06:05:36
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Gladly, incubated at Greylock, nabs $36 million in Series C funding  

 There’s no shortage of customer service startups trying to meet the changing expectations of consumers, who want to Tweet, phone, text and use Facebook Messenger, among other newer ways to get their points across. That hasn’t deterred Joseph Ansanelli, who joined Greylock Partners in 2012 but who’d first started and sold three companies and was itching to do it again. Read More

2017-04-20 05:59:49
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Lyft head of engineering pens a letter to teammates asking for open communication  

 Lyft’s head of engineering Jill Wetzler has penned a heartfelt letter to her fellow teammates asking them to chat openly with her about any issues they may be facing in the workplace. The letter, sent on anonymous workplace app Blind and obtained by TechCrunch, pleads with employees to reach out to her. Here’s what she wrote. Read More

2017-04-20 05:53:48
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Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey donated $100,000 to Trump's inauguration  

 Oculus Rift co-founder Palmer Luckey didn’t just support Donald Trump by backing an organization called Nimble America that made anti-Hillary Clinton “shitposts.” He also donated $100,000 to Trump’s inauguration committee under a shell company named after an element in his favorite Super Nintendo game, reports Mother Jones. Read More

2017-04-20 05:49:24
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MakeSpace raises $30 million to store your belongings  

 If you live in New York, you’ve seen the subway ads. MakeSpace wants to free your apartment of clutter. And now the self-storage startup is getting $30 million to execute on their vision. This follows another $17.5 million raised last year. Venture capitalists from 8VC, Upfront Ventures, Harmony Partners and Summit Action believe that there’s a $30 billion market opportunity… Read More

2017-04-20 05:11:48
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Completed wants to take on LinkedIn with a Yelp-style rating model  

 If Black Mirror is anything to go by, rating everyone around you isn’t always a great idea, but Completed wants to make it easier to rate and rank the business professionals around you. It’s kind of like Yelp, but instead of rating companies, you’re rating the people within the businesses. The San Francisco-based company wants to use these ratings to shake up both hiring… Read More

2017-04-20 04:53:34
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HTC's next phone will be squeezable  

 Squeeze for the Brilliant U. 05.16.2017 pic.twitter.com/jLaeFD2wMW — HTC (@htc) April 20, 2017 HTC has confirmed rumors that its upcoming new smartphone — the U — will be squeezable. That doesn’t mean the Taiwanese firm is about to ship a rubber device. Rather, the phone’s metal frame will include embedded sensors that enable its owner… Read More

2017-04-20 04:34:56
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DFJ Growth closes its third fund with $535 million  

 DFJ Growth, the 11-year-old growth-stage arm of the 31-year-old Sand Hill Road firm, has closed its third vehicle with $535 million, slightly more than it was targeting when it began fundraising in the spring of last year. It had closed its previous growth fund with $470 million in May 2014. Read More

2017-04-20 03:57:09
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Getaround raises $45M from Toyota and others to build more partnerships  

 Car sharing service Getaround has raised $45 million in Series C funding, led by a new investor Braemar Energy Ventures, and with participating from Toyota Motor Corp and China’s SAIC Motor. The round also includes existing investors Menlo Ventures and Triangle Peak Partners, and is all about helping Getaround continue its new strategy of partnering with big transportation players… Read More

2017-04-20 03:31:55
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YouTube jumped to the top of the App Store following news of mobile live-streaming expansions  

 Demand for mobile live streaming on YouTube appears to be strong, given the fact that YouTube shot up to the top of the App Store – a position it hasn’t held since December 2015 – following reports of YouTube opening up this feature to more users. Earlier this week, YouTube was spotted having relaxed its earlier restrictions on mobile live streaming, which was initially… Read More

2017-04-20 03:27:43
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Apple vows to use only recycled materials, but Greenpeace says iPhones should also last longer  

 Apple has set a lofty goal for itself: use only renewable materials in its products to protect the environment and avoid “blood minerals.” In its 2017 Environmental Responsibility Report, released today ahead of Earth Day, the company said it is “challenging ourselves to one day end our reliance on mining altogether.” Greenpeace, however, thinks that’s not enough.… Read More

2017-04-20 03:27:39
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Alexa now works with your G Suite calendar  

 Amazon’s connected speakers and other Alexa-powered devices will now work with your G Suite calendar, the company announced this morning. Once enabled, users will be able to ask Alexa to give them an overview of their day or make changes and other additions to their calendar as needed, just by speaking. The change represents another step towards making Echo and other Alexa… Read More

2017-04-20 03:09:10
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Investors: Here are the Startup Alley companies at Disrupt NY  

 Listen up, investors at Disrupt NY 2017. This one’s for you. We’re thrilled to announce that you can now peruse all of the companies that will be on display in the Startup Alley at Disrupt NY 2017 on our handy Startup Alley Hub. In addition to being a fantastic resource, the site is mobile-friendly so you can easily view info on all of your favorite Alley companies right from… Read More

2017-04-20 02:59:32
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Bedly raises $2.7 million to make renting an apartment a little less horrible  

 Craigslist is great for serial killers and spear-phishers, but less than ideal for anyone looking for housing. As a platform for renters, Bedly aims to take some of the pain out of the housing-rental process — and it’s hoping that’s a draw for landlords too. Read More

2017-04-20 02:58:28
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Spotify strikes new deal with indy giant Merlin 'competitive' with big labels  

 Spotify — the streaming music company with 50 million paying users — has been working on renegotiating licensing deals with labels over the last several months — a critical move to improve its revenues and margins en route to going public — and today one of the big pieces of that process has fallen into place. The streaming music platform now has a new deal with… Read More

2017-04-20 02:37:52
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Survey says: Kids these days aren't so into electric or autonomous vehicles  

 Conventional wisdom has kind of assumed that old fogies are afraid of self-driving cars and suffer from crippling range anxiety when it comes to EVs. Those youngsters, though, are all about autonomous electric cars — computers on wheels, if you will, that chauffeur them about town. But a new massive survey from Driving-Tests.org (DTO, for short) says otherwise. Not about the fogies… Read More

2017-04-20 01:53:23
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Shopify Pay aims to complete the picture for online checkout  

 Shopify introduced a new product at its developer conference today, which will reduce friction during online orders and simplify checkout across any stores that run on Shopify’s ecommerce platform. Shopify Pay is similar to other instant payment solutions that store your info for fast access later on, including PayPal Express Checkout, but it works across any store using Shopify as… Read More

2017-04-20 01:39:09
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Confide sued over ephemerality and screenshot protection claims  

 Confide, the encrypted chat app that’s reportedly popular among Trump staffers, is facing a class action lawsuit that claims Confide misled consumers about its ability to protect messages from being screenshotted or saved. Read More

2017-04-20 01:31:31
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Lazada, Uber and Netflix team up ahead of Amazon's expected entry into Southeast Asia  

 Amazon isn’t in Southeast Asia yet — the e-commerce giant pushed back plans to enter early this year — but that isn’t stopping future rival Lazada teaming up with a range of companies to offer an Amazon Prime-style membership package in advance of the U.S. e-commerce giant’s arrival. Lazada, the e-commerce firm that is majority owned by China’s Alibaba,… Read More

2017-04-20 01:22:32
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Alibaba's Ant Financial takes control of HelloPay to extend its reach in Southeast Asia  

 Another day, another deal to widen the reach of Ant Financial, the fintech-focused Alibaba affiliate. This week, Ant Financial announced that it is picking up HelloPay, the payments firm attached to Lazada, which Alibaba bought a major share in for $1 billion last year. HelloPay was founded in November 2014 by Lazada to develop payment services for its e-commerce business. The deal is an… Read More

2017-04-20 01:11:53
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Kip is using data to make therapy better for both patients and therapists  

 Kip connects patients with qualified therapists, and helps them track outcomes over time. By combining in-person therapy with a mobile app that allows patients to provide feedback on a day-to-day and week-to-week basis, the company believes it can improve the process for patients and therapists. Read More

2017-04-19 21:44:48
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Texas gets closer to allowing self-driving vehicle testing on public roads  

 A new state might join the ranks of those that allow testing of autonomous vehicles on public roads: A bill just passed the Texas Senate Transportation Committee that spells out a path toward statutes allowing use of highly automated vehicles on public state roads. Read More

2017-04-19 21:16:20
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Scientists are racing nanocars on a solid gold track  

 Scientists are set to engage in a frivolous race of single-molecule “nanocars” on, if you can believe it, a solid gold track. It’s the boldest show of academic elitism and greatest waste of taxpayer dollars since the duck penis thing. Oh wait, it’s actually the greatest thing of all time. Read More

2017-04-19 20:20:52
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That fancy smart gadget you put in your car could let hackers turn off the engine while you drive  

 More and more devices, from smart dash cams to head-up displays to Bluetooth-enabled diagnostics dongles, are looking to tap your car’s built-in diagnostic (or OBD-II) port for power and data. The problem: this port… really wasn’t built to be used like that. Read More

2017-04-19 19:56:05
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Nature Conservancy gives forest management a digital makeover  

 Keeping a forest healthy often means deciding what to do tree by tree and acre by acre. That’s easy enough with a square mile of it, but what about a thousand? The Nature Conservancy is working on tools that will make it easy for park services, fire control and conservationists to keep entire forests alive, thriving and — you know, not on fire. Read More

2017-04-19 19:36:22
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Microsoft to shut down Wunderlist in favor of its new app, To-Do  

 Microsoft acquired the popular mobile to do list application Wunderlist back in 2015, and now it’s preparing users for its eventual demise with the release of its new application “To-Do,” announced today. The new app was built by the team behind Wunderlist, and will bring in the favorite elements of that app in the months ahead, Microsoft says. The company also added that… Read More

2017-04-19 19:31:55
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Crunch Report | Juicero Running Dry?  

 Today’s Stories  Juicero users find that man trumps machine Facebook will license its new 360 cameras that capture in six degrees of freedom Spotify’s half-priced student pricing expands worldwide Microsoft to shut down Wunderlist in favor of its new app, To-Do Planned Parenthood enrolls in 500 Startups’ seed program Credits Written and Hosted by: Anthony Ha Filmed… Read More

2017-04-19 19:23:14
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Facebook plans ethics board to monitor its brain-computer interface work  

 Facebook will assemble an independent Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) panel to oversee its development of a direct brain-to-computer typing interface it previewed today at its F8 conference. Facebook’s R&D department Building 8’s head Regina Dugan tells TechCrunch, “It’s early days . . . we’re in the process of forming it right now.” Read More

2017-04-19 19:21:08
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Tesla settles lawsuit against ex-Autopilot lead's self-driving startup Aurora  

 Tesla has settled a lawsuit it filed against Sterling Anderson, a former employee and past director of Autopilot. Anderson was a key leader of Tesla’s semi-automated highway driving features, prior to leaving the company to found his own self-driving startup, Aurora, along with former Google self-driving car project CTO Chris Urmson. Read More

2017-04-19 18:12:30
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