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What it's like to ship yourself overnight on Cabin's sleep pod bus  

 Last weekend, I traveled from San Francisco to Los Angeles roundtrip on Cabin. When I arrived to the bus pickup location in San Francisco, a smiley attendant greeted me. She then proceeded to check me in and stow away my bag. Upon entering the bus, I saw the social lounge, where people can chit chat and hang out if they don’t want to go to sleep right away. I bypassed that area and… Read More

2017-07-22 06:49:45
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VCs love insurance, even if you don't  

 At first blush it may seem like insurance and venture capital make an odd couple. Venture capital is all about taking big risks for the potential of even bigger payouts down the road, while insurance is all about quantifying and mitigating risk. But make no mistake, there are vast sums of venture dollars going into insurance deals. Read More

2017-07-22 06:07:10
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Crunch Report | Y Combinator Wants In On The 3-Comma Club  

Lyft launches new self-driving division, Shyp is having some issues and Y Combinator wants in on the 3-comma club. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

2017-07-22 04:05:18
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The RealReal's CEO says the company's goal is to IPO  

 The RealReal CEO Julie Wainwright tells TechCrunch in a video interview that she’s preparing the luxury consignment e-tailer to go public someday. “That’s the goal,” she said when asked about IPO plans. “We really aren’t in the mood to sell the business, we’re in the mood to go public at some point in the future.” It makes sense that a… Read More

2017-07-22 02:16:37
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Why the future of deep learning depends on finding good data  

 In the second part of our “A Mathless Guide to Neural Networks,” we’ll take a look at why high-quality, labeled data is so important, where it comes from, how it’s used and what solutions our eager-to-learn machines can expect in the near-term future. Read More

2017-07-21 21:27:21
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Playbuzz unveils a new editor for writing articles chock full of interactive content  

 Playbuzz helps online publishers make their content more interactive by adding elements like polls and galleries. Until recently, those elements have taken the form of widgets that publishers can embed into their stories, but that’s changing with the launch of Playbuzz’s new Storytelling platform, where writers are creating entire articles, not just one-off widgets. Read More

2017-07-21 21:21:48
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SoFi loses another senior executive, as chief revenue officer Michael Tannenbaum departs  

 Online finance startup SoFi has lost yet another senior executive, TechCrunch has learned. Chief revenue officer Michael Tannenbaum is the latest exec to leave, following a string of departures in the company’s senior ranks. Read More

2017-07-21 18:12:31
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SF city attorney seeks court order to force Lyft and Uber to hand over driver data  

 San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera is seeking a court order to force both Uber and Lyft to share records on driver safety, disability access and other operations, in compliance with the city attorney’s subpoenas from last month. Read More

2017-07-21 17:22:32
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AngelList co-founder Babak Nivi out “for my own reasons”  

 “Mr. Nivi has no role at the company” AngelList COO Graham Jenkin told TechCrunch in response to questions regarding the curious absence of the investment platform’s co-founder. It’s atypical for the creator of such a high-profile company to seemingly disappear without any form of announcement. Nivi still lists himself on LinkedIn as presently working at AngelList as… Read More

2017-07-21 13:28:30
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Dropbox CTO Aditya Agarwal is leaving  

 Aditya Agarwal, who came to Dropbox via its acquisition of Cove way back in 2012 and was given the CTO role last year, will be leaving the company. Agarwal held the CTO role for about 9 months and was previously the VP of engineering. Agarwal is leaving the company as it begins to aggressively tout its success as a business. Read More

2017-07-21 12:42:54
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Playkey raises $2.8M to fund its US expansion  

 Playkey, a game streaming service we saw earlier this year at Disrupt NY, has just closed an additional $2.8 million round of funding from Russia’s Internet Initiatives Development Fund (IIDF). Created at the suggestion of Vladimir Putin in 2013, the IIDF has invested in 293 companies to-date with the objective to strengthen infrastructure for Russian businesses. However, the investment… Read More

2017-07-21 12:10:08
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Hong Kong is showing promise as a destination for tech IPOs  

 The U.S. tech IPO window may have reopened in 2017 following a lull last year, but the outlook is also looking rosier for another listing platform located on the other side of world. The Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKSE) is experiencing a renaissance of sorts among the tech industry. Selfie app company Meitu held the largest listing from a tech company for nearly a decade in December —… Read More

2017-07-21 11:56:24
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Netflix drops the full trailer for 'Bright,' its $90M+ potential blockbuster hit  

 Netflix may have its first blockbuster movie on its hands. The new, full-length trailer for the upcoming Will Smith movie, “Bright,” from “Suicide Squad” director David Ayer, dropped during San Diego’s Comic-Con yesterday. The trailer gives viewers a longer look into the upcoming film, which takes place in a futuristic world where magical creatures like orcs and… Read More

2017-07-21 11:52:01
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Y Combinator is reportedly raising a $1 billion fund  

 Silicon Valley startup accelerator Y Combinator is raising up to $1 billion for a new venture capital fund, Axios is reporting this morning. The fundraising comes less than two years after YC announced the close of its first big investing vehicle, a $700 million growth fund called the Y Combinator Continuity fund that it hired Ali Rowghani to oversee. Read More

2017-07-21 09:28:21
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Equity podcast: Roku's IPO, Netflix's momentum and Shyp's layoffs  

 Roku is doing an IPO this year, Netflix shares soared after an earnings beat and Shyp is throwing in the towel everywhere but San Francisco. Cord-cutting was the theme of the latest episode of TechCrunch’s “Equity,” a podcast about tech business news. This week, our special guest was Roy Bahat, head of Bloomberg Beta. TechCrunch’s Silicon Valley editor Connie Loizos… Read More

2017-07-21 09:08:44
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Sami Atiya from ABB says industrial robots will add jobs, not take them away  

 In and interview earlier this week at the TechCrunch Robotics Session held on the MIT campus in Cambridge, MA, Sami Atiya, president of ABB’s Robotics and Motion division, said he believes bringing robots into the manufacturing process actually adds jobs instead of killing them. Read More

2017-07-21 08:47:49
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GM now lets developers test their in-car apps running in actual cars  

 GM has been doing a lot to try to make it easier for developers to create software for use in their vehicle infotainment systems. Back in January, it opened up access to a wide range of data points from the vehicle, and made it possible to develop using a simulator on the desktop, instead of having to use very specific developer hardware based in Detroit. Now, GM is introducing GM Dev Client,… Read More

2017-07-21 06:21:22
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Snap tests the retail waters by selling Spectacles in Harrods  

 There’s no arguing that the Snapbot is an impressive display of retail technology, But if Snap wants to achieve widespread distribution of Spectacles (and presumably other forthcoming hardware devices), it eventually had to expand beyond the Snapbot. So yesterday the camera company opened a pop-up shop inside the famous London department store Harrods, which marks the first time you can… Read More

2017-07-21 06:11:33
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Optoma's UHD60 projector delivers great, affordable 4K performance  

 If you’re among those who use a projector for your home theater, you haven’t really had a great option for jumping on the 4K bandwagon, and you might be feeling left out now that the high-resolution tech is more common among TV manufacturers. But now there’s a great, relatively affordable way to get onboard 4K with a projection-based setup, thanks to Optoma’s new UHD60.… Read More

2017-07-21 05:41:24
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Stargate returns with Stargate Origins series, an MGM streaming exclusive  

 Stargate is the epic, storied TV and movie sci-fi franchise that gets the least amount of credit, overshadowed by the likes of Star Trek and Star Wars. But fans of the series know the truth: Stargate is a deep well of space adventure fiction that you can lose yourself in, and it’s fantastic that it’s coming back with Stargate Origins, a new series coming to MGM’s… Read More

2017-07-21 05:24:59
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Experience the future of reality simulations at Disrupt SF 2017 with Unity and Improbable  

 Video games have never been just games, but as developers grow their ambitions, thanks to evolving, powerful game development tools, the line between real life and simulation has been growing much murkier. To hear more about it, join us at Disrupt SF 2017, where we’ll be chatting with John Riccitiello, the CEO of Unity, and Herman Narula, the CEO and co-founder of Improbable. Read More

2017-07-21 05:15:10
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Fintech startup Klarna taps Permira for around $250M at $2.5B valuation  

 Klarna, the Swedish startup that works with e-commerce businesses and retailers to provide financing and other payment services, today announced that it has picked up yet another large investment, its third inside of two months. Permira, the private equity firm and prolific late-stage tech investor, has taken a minimum 10 percent stake in the fintech business. Klarna and Permira are not… Read More

2017-07-21 05:08:42
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Crunch Report | Elon Musk Wants To Make Infrastructure Great Again  

Legendary Pokemon come to Pokemon GO, Elon Musk says he has verbal OK to build tunnel on the East Coast, YouTube Live launches in 10 more markets and Intel launches deep learning on a stick with Movidius technology. All this on Crunch Report! Read More

2017-07-21 04:12:20
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Microsoft is quietly fighting a clever war against Russian hacking group Fancy Bear  

 While the White House mulls striking up a joint cyber program with Russia, an unlikely vigilante is taking care of business. As the Daily Beast reports, Microsoft has been waging a quiet war against the hacking entity known as Fancy Bear, which is believed to be associated with the GRU, Russia’s covert military intelligence agency. The Daily Beast details how in 2016, Microsoft’s… Read More

2017-07-21 03:43:25
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Lyft launches a new self-driving division and will develop its own autonomous ride-hailing technology  

 Lyft is betting the future of the road centers on sharing autonomous vehicles. It aims to be at the forefront of that technology with a new self-driving division and a self-driving system car manufacturers could plug into their self-driving cars. The company expects to hire “hundreds” of people for the new division by the end of next year and has just signed a lease for… Read More

2017-07-21 03:27:36
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Silent Echo lets you chat with Alexa over Slack  

 Want to chat with Alexa via Slack? A new bot called Silent Echo now makes that possible. The idea is that there are times when you want to interact with Amazon’s virtual assistant, Alexa, but you don’t want to do it by voice. For example, if things are too noisy in the room for Alexa to properly hear you, or, alternately, if you need things to be very quiet. The service… Read More

2017-07-21 03:21:19
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Hulu's Live TV service arrives on Amazon Fire TV  

 Hulu’s Live TV service, the expanded version of Hulu launched in May which provides access to live television in addition to Hulu’s existing on-demand library, is now available on Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. This is the first major platform expansion since the service’s debut, as it was initially available on iOS, Android, Chromecast, Apple TV and Xbox One. Amazon Fire… Read More

2017-07-21 03:16:49
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Sledgehammer reveals Zombies trailer for Call of Duty: WWII  

 The next installment of Call of Duty is coming on November 4, and with it the franchise is returning to its boots-on-the-ground roots. The company has already revealed that the game, developed by Sledgehammer, is centered around WWII, and we’ve seen trailers and even gotten our own chance to play Multiplayer at E3 this year. But today, at San Diego Comic-Con, Sledgehammer has revealed… Read More

2017-07-21 02:28:01
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Graphcore's AI chips now backed by Atomico, DeepMind's Hassabis  

 Is AI chipmaker Graphcore out to eat Nvidia’s lunch? Co-founder and CEO Nigel Toon laughs at that interview opener — perhaps because he sold his previous company to the chipmaker back in 2011. Read More

2017-07-21 01:40:18
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The Orii smart ring lets you control your smartphone using only your voice  

 Orii is a new smart ring that gives you full hands-free control of your smartphone. The device connects to your phone with Bluetooth and it can be used to provide crystal clear audio, which makes it an interesting tool for those with sight or hearing issues. It works using bone conduction technology so that, when wearing the ring, simply putting a finger to your ear will give clear and… Read More

2017-07-21 01:04:58
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Watch all of the panels from TC Sessions: Robotics right here  

 The robotics industry is at an important crossroads. We were honored to host many of the greatest minds in the field as industry and university leaders joined us at TC Sessions: Robotics, including Amazon Robotics’ Tye Brady, Disney Robotics’ Martin Buehler, MIT CSAIL director Daniela Rus, ABB’s Sami Atiya and all three iRobot co-founders, Colin Angle, Helen Grenier and… Read More

2017-07-20 21:58:59
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Shake Shack's CEO is joining Square's board of directors  

 Square just announced that Randy Garutti, the CEO of Shake Shack, is joining the payment company’s board of directors. Garutti has been with Shack Shack since before they opened their first location in 2004, and led the company public in their 2015 IPO. Garutti has spent his entire career in the hospitality business, and will undoubtedly come to Square with an insider’s perspective. Read More

2017-07-20 21:09:49
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Cargo wants to put a vending machine in every Uber  

 How many times have you been in an Uber or Lyft and wanted a few Advil, or a 5-hour Energy? While some enterprising ridesharing drivers occasionally try to sell essentials (or non-essentials like tablets and digital cameras), there really isn’t a structured way to facilitate this… until now. Enter Cargo, a startup that wants to turn drivers’ vehicles into little mobile shops. Read More

2017-07-20 20:59:07
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The very first question to answer when taking on new investors  

 Fundraising is a stressful process. You do all you can to impress prospective investors by honing the story, optimizing key metrics and making your company look as attractive as possible. But before you decide the amount of money you raise and the type of investor you want on board, you must decide the kind of relationship you intend to have with your new partner. Read More

2017-07-20 20:49:18
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Dote raises $7.2 million for its mobile shopping app  

 While consumers are increasingly turning to Amazon to buy everything from home goods to electronics, a newly launched app called Dote believes there’s an opportunity to compete with the e-commerce giant’s fashion business. Read More

2017-07-20 19:46:15
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Watch this teaser for Pacific Rim: Uprising that looks like a Jaeger commercial  

 Your next ride could be a huge, amazing combat robot designed to fight monsters: That’s the message behind this new teaser for Pacific Rim: Uprising, the sequel to Guillermo Del Toro’s 2013 Kaiju movie. The new instalment is set to star Star Wars’ John Boyega, and it’s arriving in theaters next February. This teaser isn’t a straight up trailer – it’s… Read More

2017-07-20 19:38:30
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Samsung's Unpacked event happens August 23, likely bringing the Galaxy Note 8 with it  

 Samsung’s next Unpacked event is arriving right on schedule — and all signs point to it bringing the Galaxy Note 8 along for the ride. The big show lines up with the phablet’s traditional release schedule, and the graphic appears to show an Infinity Display version of the Note 8, along with the requisite S-Pen (don’t call it a) stylus. Read More

2017-07-20 14:51:19
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McDonald's is offering branded lazywear to celebrate you truly giving up  

 McDonald’s is offering delivery across North America through UberEATS, and in case you wanted to fully embrace what it means to order McDelivery to your home instead of mustering the energy to leave your shadowy layer for 15 minutes, it’s offering a special collection of branded loungewear that says “I earned this on-demand Big Mac with my suffering and self-neglect.”… Read More

2017-07-20 13:44:40
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Apple adds Disney and Pixar characters to Clips  

 Apple’s super simple video editing app Clips just got its first significant upgrade since launching in April. There are a couple of feature updates in the mix, but the biggest additions are content — including, most notably, a bunch of licensed characters from the Disney/Pixar universes, adding animated overlays and transitions starring familiar faces like Mickey and Woody. Content… Read More

2017-07-20 13:41:37
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Vimeo promotes Anjali Sud to CEO after canceling SVOD plans  

 IAC-owned streaming video site Vimeo has a new CEO: Anjali Sud, who previously led the company’s creator business. The appointment comes as the company has scrapped plans to launch a subscription video-on-demand service and decided instead to double down on bringing more professional and semi-professional creators to the platform. Read More

2017-07-20 13:41:35
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EBay shares sink after posting financial results  

 EBay shares were down about 4 percent in initial after-hours trading, after posting second-quarter financial results. But in terms of revenue and earnings per share, the company’s results were in line with expectations. Read More

2017-07-20 13:31:48
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PebblePost raises $47M as it uses online data to fuel direct mail marketing  

 PebblePost, a startup that uses online data to target consumers with printed mail, has raised $47 million in a combination of equity and debt. That includes the $15 million, RRE Ventures-led Series B that the company announced in February. The equity portion of the funding has been expanded to $20 million, with another $27 million coming from a loan facility from Horizon Technology Finance, plus… Read More

2017-07-20 12:34:13
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Alexa is coming to the Amazon app on Android, starting this week  

 This spring, Amazon introduced Alexa to a wider audience by making the virtual assistant a feature that could be accessed within the retailer’s main shopping app. However, that integration – which allows you to ask Alexa about news, weather, basic facts, or use the assistant’s add-on “skills,” among other things –  was available only for iPhone users.… Read More

2017-07-20 12:21:04
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Elon Musk says he has 'verbal' okay to build multi-state underground Hyperloop  

 Elon Musk said on Twitter that he received “verbal government approval” to build an underground Hyperloop transit network connecting New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington DC, with stops connecting each city center, and a dozen more entry or exit elevators located within each city. The project would be run through The Boring Company, Musk’s tunneling venture, which… Read More

2017-07-20 12:09:58
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Mobile savings and investment service Acorns is on track to do 1 billion trades in 2017  

 Acorns is quickly turning into an oak tree in the financial services space. The company now boasts more than 2 million investment accounts (with 600,000 opened in 2017 alone) and is on track to do 1 billion trades in 2017 through the proprietary broker-dealer that it created. Read More

2017-07-20 11:11:17
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Microsoft earnings beat expectations thanks to strong cloud performance  

 Following its longstanding tradition of reporting quarterly earnings for its fourth financial quarter of the year in July, Microsoft today announced non-GAAP revenue of $24.7 billion and GAAP earnings per share of $0.83 (and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.98) for the last three months. Operating income was $7.0 billion non-GAAP. Read More

2017-07-20 10:48:43
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Truphone now offers iPad data plans in the UK through the Apple SIM  

 Apple has yet to make any moves to expand the Apple SIM to devices beyond the iPad (despite occasional flurries of rumors to the contrary), but the number of carriers that work with the Apple SIM is growing, potentially laying the groundwork for a time when it might. Today comes the latest development on that front. Truphone, a UK startup that crafts low-cost calling and data plans for users… Read More

2017-07-20 08:44:55
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Slidebean picks up $850K and launches a new version of its presentation-building tool  

 Slidebean, the app that wants to take on Prezi and PowerPoint, is launching version 3.0 of the service on the heels of an $850K seed round from 500 Partners. The idea behind Slidebean is relatively simple. Presentations/decks are a fact of life for many professionals, but creating those presentations isn’t as simple as inputting the information you want. More often than not,… Read More

2017-07-20 08:41:48
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Legendary Pokémon are headed to Pokémon Go  

 Pokemon Go’s getting Legendary Pokemon, those ultra rare, ultra powerful pocket monsters that typically figure prominently in the narrative arc for the main series console games. The Legendary Pokemon will appear as Eggs at gyms, and they’ll act as bosses for the new Raids that the game recently introduced – once defeated, you’ll get a chance to catch them, much like… Read More

2017-07-20 08:41:43
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Freshdesk owner Freshworks acquires Joe Hukum as it plans a move into chatbots  

 After raising $55 million last year to build its business beyond its existing help desk services, today Freshworks (the parent company of Freshdesk) has made an acquisition to help it fill out that strategy. The company has acquired Joe Hukum, a startup out of India that offers a platform for businesses to build their own chatbots. I’ve asked, but the companies are not revealing any terms… Read More

2017-07-20 08:29:42
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Google brings its GIF-making Motion Stills app to Android  

 Google last year introduced an app called Motion Stills that aimed to help iOS users do more with their Live Photos – including being able to crop out blurry frames, stabilize images, and even turn Apple’s Live Photos format into more sharable GIFs. Today, Google says it’s bringing Motion Stills to Android, along with a few changes. Obviously, Android users aren’t in… Read More

2017-07-20 08:11:09
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The IAB finalizes its new ad standards  

 The Interactive Advertising Bureau, a trade group representing online publishers and advertisers, has released new standards around mobile and web advertisers. Not every publisher and advertiser will follow these standards, but the standards important because they help establish best practices around what is and isn’t acceptable for the industry. If done right, they help maintain a… Read More

2017-07-20 07:46:22
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Affirm now has 1,000 retail partners  

 Today Affirm has announced that it has more than 1,000 merchants signed up to offer its financing options at checkout, helping to reduce the friction around making large purchases and, by extension, increasing sales for its partners. Read More

2017-07-20 06:52:02
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D-ID's tech protects your privacy by confounding face recognition algorithms  

 Unless you literally wear a mask all the time, it is almost impossible to completely avoid cameras and face recognition technology. Not only is this a privacy concern, but it also presents a potential liability for companies that need to protect personal data. D-ID, a startup currently taking part in Y Combinator, wants to solve the problem with tools that process images to make them… Read More

2017-07-20 06:19:12
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Anti-drone radio wave startup SkySafe secures $11.5M from Andreessen  

 Drones are a threat to both military and public safety, whether flown by a terrorist or just a reckless pilot. SkySafe’s radio wave technology can detect and stop rogue drones from entering unauthorized areas like military bases, stadiums, prisons, and airports. SkySafe’s radio frequency signals are projected from a perimeter of nodes or even a Jeep, and force unapproved drones… Read More

2017-07-20 06:15:02
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Uber's SVP of leadership and strategy says she hasn't seen any toxicity  

 Uber SVP of Leadership and Strategy Frances Frei is optimistic about the future of Uber, despite the allegations of sexual harassment, greyballing and an executive accessing a rider’s medical records. In fact, Frei wears an Uber t-shirt every day and plans to wear one every day until every single one of Uber’s 15,000 employees feels proud about wearing one. Read More

2017-07-20 06:08:51
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PayPal expands partnerships with Citi and Chase to include reward points and more  

 PayPal today announced an expanded partnership with two of the largest bank issuers, Chase and Citibank. The agreements include a number of increased integrations between the companies, including easier access to Chase and Citibank cards in the PayPal wallet; permitting Chase and Citi customers to take advantage of cards’ rewards points anywhere PayPal is accepted; integrations with… Read More

2017-07-20 05:48:56
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YouTube launches its counter-terrorism experiment for would-be ISIS recruits  

 Google’s experiment in digital counter-terrorism begins rolling out today. Collaborating with its own in-house think tank, Jigsaw, the new effort seeks to bury ISIS-related propaganda on YouTube. When a potential ISIS recruit searches for known extremist content using a predefined set of keywords, they’ll instead be redirected to videos that deconstruct and confront the… Read More

2017-07-20 04:44:09
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Wire launches e2e encrypted team messaging in beta  

 End-to-end encrypted messaging platform Wire is targeting Slack’s territory with a new messaging for teams product, called Teams. Read More

2017-07-20 04:22:07
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Mighty Networks founder Gina Bianchini on building a business in silicon valley  

 In episode two of Founder’s Corner, Gina Bianchini, the founder and CEO of Mighty Networks, joins host and Omidyar Network partner Shripriya Mahesh to discuss her mission of empowering people to connect around their passions and pulls back the curtain on how she runs the business and manages her days as CEO. [Embed Soundcloud:] Gina has a storied history building social networks and… Read More

2017-07-20 04:06:29
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Microsoft unveils a Cortana-powered thermostat  

 The latest addition to the smart thermostat space is a product that includes Microsoft’s Cortana virtual assistant. We’re all familiar with the rise of the internet-enabled thermostats, thanks to the development of companies like Nest, and now Microsoft is entering the space after it partnered with Johnson Controls to develop a product called GLAS. The rather stunning looking… Read More

2017-07-20 03:52:04
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The long-term cost of sexual harassment  

 When news recently broke that multiple women have accused 500 Startups founder Dave McClure of sexual harassment, I felt like I’d been punched in the stomach. In 2015, I was propositioned and groped by a 500 Startups venture partner named Tristan Pollock during an event here in Taipei while working as a contributor for TechCrunch. After 500 Startups conducted an internal investigation… Read More

2017-07-20 03:51:54
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Managed private cloud stacks trying to find their way in the enterprise  

 For a long time, traditional IT resisted the cloud, but that has changed in recent years as companies have come to realize that they can’t survive without the agility, scalability and economics that only a public cloud approach can provide. Yet in spite of the clear advantages the public cloud brings, there are still many companies out there that resist it for a variety of… Read More

2017-07-20 03:28:47
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Google opens Expeditions VR education app to the public  

 Google has long sold its Cardboard VR format as a super accessible platform for getting people into virtual reality. One of their major initiatives for it has been in education markets through its Google Expeditions program, which allows students to get in the center of 360 photos and 3D scenes with historical importance. The program has enabled trips to the TaJ Mahal, Colosseum and behind… Read More

2017-07-20 02:53:39
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Only one more day to apply to Startup Battlefield Africa  

 Alright, sub-Saharan African startups, if you want to get in on our inaugural Startup Battlefield Africa, the time to act is now. Seriously. Right now. Tomorrow is the last day to submit an application to the Battlefield, so be sure to get over to our application page right now and get your application in. Read More

2017-07-20 02:50:55
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Google Cloud gets a new networking algorithm that boosts internet throughput  

 Google today announced that TCP BBR, a new congestion-control algorithm is now available to its Cloud Platform users. The general idea here is to improve on the existing congestion-control algorithms for internet traffic, which have been around since the 1980s and which typically only take packet loss into account (when networking buffers fill up, routers will discard any new packets). Read More

2017-07-20 02:39:53
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YouTube TV triples its footprint with launches in 10 more U.S. markets  

 YouTube TV, Google’s entry in the crowded market of live TV streaming services, is now available in ten more U.S. metros, the company announced this morning. In nine of the ten markets, the service will include the live local feeds from all four major broadcasters – ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC. The ability to watch live television from major broadcasters has been one of YouTube… Read More

2017-07-20 02:22:25
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Movidius launches a $79 deep-learning USB stick  

 Movidius and Intel have put deep-learning on a stick with a tiny $79 USB device that makes bringing AI to hardware a snap. In April of last year, Movidius showed off the first iteration of this device, which they then called the Fathom Neural Compute Stick. The company wasn’t able to get the product out as quickly as they had hoped because they were a little busy getting acquired by… Read More

2017-07-20 01:45:34
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Crunch Report | NBC Launches News Broadcast for Snapchat  

NBC launches news broadcast for Snapchat, Tim Draper invests in an Iron Man suit and SoftBank invests massively in three startups. All this on Crunch Report! Read More

2017-07-20 01:24:30
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Shyp is reducing headcount and suspending all operations outside of SF  

 Shyp, the on-demand shipping service launched in 2013, has announced in a blog post that they are withdrawing from all but one city and “reducing headcount at headquarters” in an effort to “prove their business model and set Shyp up for long-term success.” The company will suspend operations in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York, and only operate in San Francisco. Read More

2017-07-20 01:12:50
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Sears starts selling Alexa-enabled Kenmore appliances on Amazon in bid for relevance  

 It’s hard to see this move as anything but a temporary reprieve for the once-mighty Sears brand. The mall mainstay has fallen on hard times in recent decades as online retail has taken over — and now, the company is signing on with Amazon to sell its Kenmore brand through one of the key contributors to that on-going downside. While the move feels a bit defeatist, it’s a… Read More

2017-07-20 01:11:41
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Elon Musk clarifies that AI regulation should follow observation and insight  

 Elon Musk made headlines over the weekend with comments calling for government controls around artificial intelligence, which he has said repeatedly he believes is an existential threat to humanity if left unchecked. Musk was at the International Space Station R&D conference today, and during a fireside chat explained more about his views on the matter in response to an audience member… Read More

2017-07-19 21:06:34
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Franklin Robotics' Tertill wins the pitch-off at TC Sessions: Robotics  

 We’re pleased to report that a so-called Roomba for weeds, Franklin Robotics’ Tertill, won the TC Sessions: Robotics pitch-off. Because if there’s a task that should be relegated to a robot, it’s weeding a garden. For winning the pitch-off, Franklin Robotics was awarded an exhibit table in Disrupt SF’s Startup Alley. “We actually tried to get away from… Read More

2017-07-19 19:49:33
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Here's what robotics investors say they're looking for in startup pitches  

 Robotics investing has taken off in recent years. We sat down with top robotics investors Josh Wolfe of Lux Capital, Helen Zelman Boniske of Lemnos and Manish Kothari of SRI Ventures to ask what they’re shopping for right now and what they hope to hear in startup pitches. Read More

2017-07-19 18:38:38
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Qualcomm has some trouble on its hands  

 Qualcomm’s finances are taking heavy hits over its licensing dispute with Apple and analysts are expressing concern. Today, the company reported its Q3 earnings and front-and-center were the company’s various legal disputes that are causing its profits and revenues to dive. Read More

2017-07-19 17:43:13
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Elon Musk offers updates on Falcon Heavy, Dragon 2 and Mars mission  

 During a talk at the ISS R&D conference on Wednesday, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk provided a number of updates about progress on the Falcon Heavy rocket, crewed Dragon capsule development and his vision for an eventual crewed mission to Mars with the ultimate goal of human colonization of the red planet. Spoiler alert for those looking forward to the Falcon Heavy’s inaugural flight… Read More

2017-07-19 16:27:01
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The TechCrunch Podcast: Silicon Valley's low emotional EQ and, no, not Zuck for president  

 Om Malik, the venerable entrepreneur, writer and now investor, joined TechCrunch editor-in-chief Matthew Panzarino for our second episode of The TechCrunch Podcast. In 2006, Malik turned his personal tech blog GigaOm into a business to track the tech industry. In that time he watched the industry evolve rapidly with the pace of innovation. But there’s a problem with that pace, he says,… Read More

2017-07-19 15:20:40
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A huge new survey shows that teens are bullied most on Instagram and Facebook  

 According to British anti-bullying organization Ditch The Label’s new annual survey, Instagram is the network of choice for cyberbullies in 2017 with Facebook close behind. This year’s survey collected results from 10,020 people between the ages of 12 and 20, making for a respectably robust data set that sheds some light into the damaging phenomenon endemic to internet communities.… Read More

2017-07-19 15:15:07
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Billionaires make it rain on Plenty, the indoor farming startup  

 SoftBank Vision Fund, the huge tech-investment vehicle helmed by Japanese billionaire Masayoshi Son, has led a $200 million investment into indoor farming startup Plenty. Joining Son are notable tech billionaires Eric Schmidt and Jeff Bezos. Plenty farms can grow anything except tree fruit and root vegetables, and produce crops at yields 530x greater than a typical field. Read More

2017-07-19 15:13:01
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NBC News launches “Stay Tuned,” a twice-daily Snapchat news broadcast  

 NBC News is bringing news broadcasts to Snapchat, the company announced today, with the launch of a twice-daily headline news show it’s calling “Stay Tuned.” The show aims to connect with younger viewers who no longer get their news from traditional television, nor connect with a trusted anchor during a nightly broadcast, as the generations before them once did. Instead, the… Read More

2017-07-19 13:56:53
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Amazon Pay Places lets you pay for real-world shopping using your Amazon info, starting with TGI Friday's orders  

 Amazon is today introducing a new feature called Amazon Pay Places, that allows customers to pay for in-store and order ahead shopping experiences using their Amazon app. That is, instead of using cash, check, credit or debit while shopping out in the real world, you can just use your Amazon account information instead. The first implementation of Pay Places involves a partnership with the… Read More

2017-07-19 13:03:16
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Nauto raises $159M to fuel expansion of its autonomous driving data platform  

 Nauto, a Palo Alto company focused on retrofitting existing vehicle fleets with networked safety camera-equipped devices, has raised $159 million in a Series B round led by SoftBank (which has been quite spendy lately). The company’s products focus on gathering data about human drivers and their behavior in order to improve safety practices right now, but their platform also has a… Read More

2017-07-19 12:48:15
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Facebook tries to prove Instant Articles beat mobile web  

 One-third of all link clicks on Facebook already go to its self-hosted Instant Articles. Facebook claims they drive more referral traffic click-for-click because people don’t abandon them mid-click as they do with slow-loading mobile websites. Now Facebook is teaming up with Nielsen to prove that individual publishers benefit when they post with the Instant Articles format. Read More

2017-07-19 12:31:54
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Tech's 5 biggest players now worth $3 trillion  

 Tech’s most valuable players today crossed the $3 trillion aggregate market cap mark according to Google Finance data. It’s a feat that marks a new threshold for tech amidst the current boom. The current market rally is, in some ways, a technology rally. Let’s examine the number, how we got here and why it matters. Read More

2017-07-19 12:15:34
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NerdWallet has laid off 9 percent of its workforce this year  

 NerdWallet, a personal finance company, laid off six people from its marketing team this week, TechCrunch learned and has since confirmed with NerdWallet. This latest round of layoffs means NerdWallet has cut nine percent of its workforce this year. Read More

2017-07-19 12:07:50
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Amazon's 'Treasure Truck' deals program is expanding nationwide  

 Amazon’s Treasure Truck, the retailer’s deal programs that offers discounts on select items paid for online then picked up in person from an actual truck, is expanding across the U.S. First announced back in 2015 in Seattle, then rolled out the following year, Treasure Truck initially appeared to be some sort of one-off marketing experiment, but its recently granted patent and… Read More

2017-07-19 11:50:44
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Leading VC Tim Draper invests in Gravity's 'Iron Man' flight suit, on a $100 bill  

 You’re a bored former finance guy who decides one day to strap on some micro-jet engines and see if you can become Iron Man. Hey it happens all the time. Or maybe not. But that’s what British entrepreneur Richard Browning decided to do and just this year found himself demoing his ‘flight suit’ to venture capitalist Tim Draper in the parking lot of Boost VC. Moments… Read More

2017-07-19 11:36:40
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Nintendo launches Nintendo Switch Online app ahead of Splatoon 2 release  

 Nintendo just launched a new smartphone app called Nintendo Switch Online. It is a companion app for Nintendo’s latest console and it is now available on iOS and Android for free. When Nintendo first introduced the Nintendo Switch, the company said that many of the social features for online multiplayer would work through a smartphone app. While it took a few months, the app is now… Read More

2017-07-19 11:14:47
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Google's brave new friendless feed  

 It’s like Facebook without all those annoying “friends”. Instead of having to look at what weird things other people are interested in, like their babies, Google shows me the weird things I’m interested in, like Legend Of Zelda and Elon Musk. It’s a fundamental shift in content consumption from curation based on our explicit choices to curation based on our… Read More

2017-07-19 11:02:46
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Facebook may begin testing a paywall for selected media stories as soon as October  

 Facebook could begin testing a paywall for subscription news stories as early as October, according to a top company executive. Campbell Brown, who heads up the social network’s new partnerships business, made the reveal at the Digital Publishing Innovation Summit on Tuesday, The Street reported. We have independently confirmed that, too. “We are in early talks with several… Read More

2017-07-19 10:17:15
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Facebook 'Groups for Pages' unlocks fan clubs  

 With Facebook’s newest feature, a musician could run an on-site fan club, a brand could organize its ambassadors and a newspaper could discuss articles with just its top readers. Today Facebook globally launched Groups for Pages, allowing the 70 million Pages on Facebook to create their own distinct communities and feeds. Read More

2017-07-19 10:10:27
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LinkedIn Lite launches as an Android app in India, coming to 60+ countries soon  

 LinkedIn, the social network for the working world with over 500 million members that is now owned by Microsoft, is today taking its next step in its bid to court more users in emerging markets. The company has released an Android app for LinkedIn Lite, a pared-down version of its original LinkedIn mobile app that is developed for users in markets where data networks are slower and relatively… Read More

2017-07-19 10:01:45
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The final 75 tickets are now available for the TechCrunch Summer Party at August Capital  

 The TechCrunch Summer Party is a thing of tradition and we hope you can make it out this year. As in years past we’ll gather on the spacious grounds of August Capital in Menlo Park and enjoy an evening of cocktails and the spirit of entrepreneurship. The deck around August Capital’s office is large but cannot hold all of Silicon Valley, so tickets are very limited and released on… Read More

2017-07-19 09:20:26
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AI data-monopoly risks to be probed by UK parliamentarians  

 The UK’s upper house of parliament is asking for contributions to an enquiry into the socioeconomic and ethical impacts of artificial intelligence technology. Among the questions the House of Lords committee will consider are how can the data-based monopolies of some large corporations, and the ‘winner-takes-all’ economics associated with them, be addressed? Read More

2017-07-19 08:55:57
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SpaceX targets 24-hour first stage rocket re-use turnaround by 2018  

 In a talk at the ISS R&D conference on Wednesday, Elon Musk shared some more insight into SpaceX’s path to fast and full rocket reusability. The company hopes to achieve its 24-hour turnaround window for used Falcon 9 rockets sometime next year, he said, and there is already “a technical path in place to achieving that.” Some of its reuse efforts aren’t… Read More

2017-07-19 08:46:46
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Clara Labs nabs $7M Series A as it positions its AI assistant to meet the needs of enterprise teams  

 Clara Labs is announcing a $7 million Series A led by Basis Set Ventures. Slack Fund also joined in the round, alongside existing investors Sequoia and First Round. The startup will be looking to further differentiate within the crowded field of email-centric personal assistants by building in features and integrations to address the needs of enterprise teams. Read More

2017-07-19 08:20:52
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Under Tillerson, the State Department may put cyber diplomacy on the chopping block  

 According to new reports by Politico and Bloomberg, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to merge or eliminate its cybersecurity office, long tasked with representing U.S. cyber interests abroad. The Office of the Coordination for Cyber Issues, created in 2011 by former President Obama, was established as a State Department liaison on a “full spectrum of cyber-related issues.” Read More

2017-07-19 07:33:50
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Google's right to be forgotten appeal heading to Europe's top court  

 Europe’s ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling, which allows private citizens in the region to make requests that search engines delist incorrect, irrelevant or out of date information returned by an online search for their full name, is set to return to the region’s top court to settle an ongoing dispute between Google and the French data protection agency, CNIL. Read More

2017-07-19 07:29:55
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Jeremy Bloom's Integrate raises $8 million for marketing software  

 You may know Jeremy Bloom from his days as an Olympian on the U.S. ski team or from when he was a professional football player. These days, he’s busy running an enterprise software startup for marketers. With clients like Salesforce and Dell, Phoenix-based Integrate has raised $8 million in funding from Iron Gate Capital and existing investors. Read More

2017-07-19 07:05:57
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Hulu's new 20th Century Fox deal brings 3,000 more TV episodes to its streaming service  

 Hulu today announced a sizable content deal with 20th Century Fox Television Distribution that will allow Hulu to add nearly 3,000 more episodes of popular TV shows, including dramas and comedies, to Hulu’s streaming service. The deal will give Hulu the streaming rights to several well-known titles, such as “How I Met Your Mother,” “Burn Notice,”… Read More

2017-07-19 06:34:07
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