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Uber only has itself to blame for London license loss  

 The tech industry’s over-processed supply of irony might not be enough to service all the ramifications of Uber being stripped of its London license by the city’s transport regulator. Read More

2017-09-23 11:45:22
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Don't wait for the Apple Watch to dole out medical advice anytime soon  

 Could the Food and Drug Administration classify the Apple Watch as a medical device? It’s a question many have asked over the past couple of years, but the stakes are now higher for the Watch with its newfound ability to detect atrial fibrillation, or an irregular heart rhythm. Already, Apple is rumored to be working on an Apple Watch sensor that would detect and monitor glucose… Read More

2017-09-23 09:13:04
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Dispatches on diversity: Uber, sexual harassment and venture capital  

 Racism. Sexism. Discrimination. Harassment. Those words often come up in questions pertaining to the state of diversity in Silicon Valley. Read More

2017-09-23 09:05:28
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This news-reading AI could scan for police shootings nationwide  

 Ask how many people have been killed in the last couple decades by police officers, and results vary widely. Local and federal authorities may track them differently, likewise activist and research groups. One project hopes to keep better tabs on police-related fatalities by having an AI system extract them from news reports nationwide. Read More

2017-09-23 08:10:02
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iPhone 8 teardown reveals few surprises, but more camera details  

 The always hotly anticipated iFixit teardown of the iPhone 8 has arrived, and while it doesn’t harbor much in the way of surprises, there are a few tidbits you may want to know about hiding in there. Especially if you like hearing about things like “pixel pitch.” Read More

2017-09-23 04:07:13
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Twitter is testing a Twitter Lite Android app, first in the Philippines  

 Twitter today has nearly four times as many monthly active users outside the U.S. as it does in its home market — 260 million versus 68 million — and this week it quietly launched a new app in an effort to boost those numbers further. The social network is testing a Android app for Twitter Lite, a native app version of a mobile web site Twitter launched earlier this year that… Read More

2017-09-23 02:59:45
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Russia targeted election systems in 21 states, successfully hacking some  

 On Friday, the Department of Homeland Security notified nearly half of the U.S. states that their election systems were targeted by Russia-affiliated hackers in an attempt to influence the 2016 election. In most of the states targeted, the hackers were engaged in preliminary activities like scanning. In other states hackers attempted to infiltrate systems and failed, but in a small selection… Read More

2017-09-23 02:37:55
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Facebook drops no-vote stock plan, Zuck will sell shares to fund philanthropy  

 Mark Zuckerberg has gotten so rich that he can fund his philanthropic foundation and retain voting control without Facebook having to issue a proposed non-voting class of stock that faced shareholder resistance. Today Facebook announced that it’s withdrawn its plan to issue Class C no-vote stock and has resolved the shareholder lawsuit seeking to block the corporate governance overhaul. Read More

2017-09-22 17:35:38
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Netflix adds HDR support on iOS for iPhone 8, iPhone X and 2017 iPad Pro  

 Netflix has updated its iOS application with HDR support for newer devices, including the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, as well as the forthcoming iPhone X. It also works on the iPad Pro 12.9 and 10.5 from 2017, if you happen to have one of those devices. Netflix HDR streaming requires a premium subscription plan, as well as more recent hardware. Some of the newest Android phones have already offered… Read More

2017-09-22 16:51:06
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Forget what you've been told about edtech  

 Investors are incessant in their hunt for the next emerging market. The investment de jour? Edtech. The tastemaker in this case is an article from David Bainbridge claiming, “Edtech is the next fintech.” While most of us can appreciate the wordplay, comparing edtech to fintech, or other “hot” industries, is a dangerous game — one that that can severely damage… Read More

2017-09-22 16:49:56
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Despite all odds, Hyperloop One just raised another $85 million  

 Hyperloop One, a three-year-old, L.A.-based company working to create near-supersonic trains that can whisk both passengers and cargo in giant pneumatic tubes at speeds of many hundreds of miles per hour, has raised $85 million in fresh funding, as first reported in Recode. Read More

2017-09-22 16:45:36
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CRISPR breakthrough could drop miscarriage rates  

 Gene-editing technology CRISPR has revealed a clue in how human embryos begin to develop, possibly reducing the risk of miscarriage in those crucial first few weeks of pregnancy. CRISPR Cas9 can modify or snip out genetic defects thought to contribute to miscarriage, but until now it wasn’t clear why some embryos continued to form into a fetus and others did not. Read More

2017-09-22 16:26:57
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TC's Original Content podcast watches the Emmys and goes to Disrupt  

 This week, we’re mixing up the format on TechCrunch’s Original Content podcast. Your hosts Darrell Etherington and Anthony Ha were both at the Disrupt SF conference this week, which meant that they were able to record the news recap in person. We discussed Hulu’s big victories at the Emmy Awards, other Emmy wins for Netflix and Hulu and CBS’ new Star Trek series,… Read More

2017-09-22 14:42:37
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Uber loses its license to operate in London  

 In a huge blow to Uber in the UK London’s transport regulator has rejected its application to renew its license to operate in the city. In a statement today TfL said it has concluded that Uber is “not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator licence”. “TfL’s regulation of London’s taxi and private hire trades is designed to ensure passenger… Read More

2017-09-22 12:49:25
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How to run a token sale  

 Seed funding is drying up. Accelerators are scrambling for revenue. Things are changing drastically in the startup ecosystem. So how do you raise money when your product needs more than some Django code and an AWS instance? You run an ICO, right? Read More

2017-09-22 12:09:09
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iPhone 8 and 8 Plus cameras get top marks from testing outfit DxOMark  

 If our review didn’t convince you that the cameras in the latest iPhones are something special, perhaps DxOMark’s lab-heavy evaluation process will do the trick. The camera testing site unequivocally states that the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus have the best smartphone cameras it’s ever tested — though they aren’t without their flaws. Read More

2017-09-22 11:39:44
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Target expands its next-day delivery service, now reaches 70+ million customers  

 Target’s next-day delivery service focused on everyday essentials, which has been in testing over the summer, is now expanding to eight major metros, making it available to over 70 million people, or about one-fifth of the U.S. population. The service allows online shoppers to fill a box with typical household items like laundry detergent and pet food for a flat fee – similar to… Read More

2017-09-22 10:20:26
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How tbh hit #1 by turning anonymity positive  

 The innovation of tbh, teen-speak for To Be Honest, was getting rid of the typing. Whether asking or answering questions, open text fields invite abuse when combined with anonymity. Even an innocuous question like “What do you think of me?” can lead to mean-spirited comments if responders don’t have their names, and therefore any accountability, attached. Read More

2017-09-22 09:13:45
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Automated telemedicine is coming, for everyone  

 The irony of strict regulation is that while it drives up the quality of care, it also drives up costs, making it unreachable for those without health insurance. The fact that few for-profit screening services exist outside of health insurance ecosystems suggests the cost of FDA approval makes it prohibitively expensive to develop low-cost solutions. This leaves no options for the poor. Read More

2017-09-22 08:54:28
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Music and Muzak  

 We are facing a firehose. Data spews at us from all angles, inundating us with ideas, culture, and creativity. We produce terabytes of information a year, changing the world as we know it. We are the most culturally-aware generations in existence. Or are we? An interesting recent post on Marginal Revolution post gives lie to the idea that the world is moving faster than ever. In fact, they… Read More

2017-09-22 08:48:23
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Ford is now designing cars in mixed reality using Microsoft HoloLens  

 Ford is making cars using Microsoft’s HoloLens mixed reality headset, as part of a new test project the automaker is rolling out globally. The mixed reality design trial allows for rapid prototyping in a virtual environment, instead of having to create new physical models to see what new materials and angles will look like on a final design. Old clay models aren’t going the way of… Read More

2017-09-22 07:34:22
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Preschoolers get their own Pokémon game with launch of Pokémon Playhouse  

 A new app called Pokemon Playhouse from the Pokemon Company, released this week, is bringing Pikachu and friends to preschoolers. Unlike the augmented reality game Pokemon Go, a collaboration between Niantic and Nintendo by way of the Pokemon Company, this latest game is not focused on capturing Pokemon, battling and raids. Instead, it’s filled with activities appropriate for… Read More

2017-09-22 07:13:37
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Logitech's MX Ergo made me a trackball convert  

 Some geeks of my vintage have a nostalgic fondness for trackballs, but I never managed to form such an association. Instead, I’ve been pretty much a dedicated mouse user since the mouse first became an option. But Logitech’s MX Ergo wireless trackball has changed all that – and I’m not sure I’ll ever go back. The new trackball has some highlight features including… Read More

2017-09-22 07:07:36
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Reelgood's app for cord cutters helps you find something new to watch  

 Reelgood, a service aimed at helping cord cutters find new shows and movies to watch from across streaming services, is now available on mobile devices. The company this week launched on iOS – its first mobile application – which allows you to search and browse content from over 250 streaming services, including those that are available to stream for free with ads. After abandoning… Read More

2017-09-22 07:03:40
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I have an SNES Classic Edition, and it rules  

 Just in time for a weekend during which I had already planned to do nothing productive, a small package from Nintendo containing what will likely be its hottest item since the NES Classic Edition… which is to say, of course, the SNES Classic Edition. Read More

2017-09-22 06:26:25
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Startup Battlefield applications for Disrupt Berlin close this Monday  

 Ach du lieber, menschen! The application deadline for your chance to compete in the Startup Battlefield at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin is this Monday, September 25 at 5 p.m. PT. It’s time to cancel your weekend plans, stop procrastinating, hunker down and get it done. Read More

2017-09-22 05:04:46
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Walmart partners with smart lock maker August to test in-home delivery of packages and groceries  

 Walmart announced today it will begin testing a new service that will allow customers with August smart home devices, like the August doorbell and security cameras, to have their packages delivered inside their home instead of left on the doorstep. This test will also include online grocery orders, which won’t just be placed inside the house like the packages, but will be put away in… Read More

2017-09-22 04:48:08
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Google launches crowdsourced TV show and movie reviews, but only in India  

 Google has added a new feature that allows web users to contribute their own movie and television reviews right within Google search results – a step towards the possible implementation of Google’s own Rotten Tomatoes or IMDB-like reviews service. But before you get too excited about this, be aware that the feature is currently only available in India. The addition was first spotted… Read More

2017-09-22 04:29:57
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'BoJack Horseman' gets picked up for a fifth season at Netflix  

 Netflix’s narcissistic neigh-sayer is coming back yet again – BoJack Horseman will have a fifth season on the streaming service, as confirmed by a tweet from the official BoJack Twitter account. SO, THIS HAPPENED… pic.twitter.com/ZgRcG7anIF — BoJack Horseman (@BoJackHorseman) September 21, 2017 The animated show, with its distinctive animal human hybrids created… Read More

2017-09-22 04:23:13
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Live from Disrupt SF: Equity talks Slack, Lyft and flying cars  

 Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s weekly venture capital-themed podcast where we work to unpack the numbers lurking behind the news. This week we have a special episode for you all. We recorded live from Disrupt San Francisco, right in the middle of the main floor. Read More

2017-09-22 03:29:56
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iPhone 8 and Apple Watch Series 3 hit stores today  

 A week and a half after being unveiled on stage at the new Steve Jobs Theater, the iPhone 8/8 Plus and Apple Watch Series 3 have hit just hit store shelves. As ever, eager fans were queued up at stores across the globe to be among the first to get their hands on the new products, though a number of outlets are reporting that the crowd size is significantly sparser than past launches. According… Read More

2017-09-22 03:09:59
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The PocketBeagle is the tiniest and most whimsically-named single-board computer on the market  

 Do you need a Linux machine about as big as a few quarters? Man, have I got something for you. It’s called the BeagleBoard PocketBeagle and it’s the smallest Linux computer you can buy for $25. I’m a huge fan of single-board computers for one simple reason: in my childhood, the technology that enables these things simply didn’t exist. Further, a little kit like this… Read More

2017-09-22 02:25:48
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iTunes finally offers 48-hour rentals in the US  

 Praise the Apple gods. If you rent a movie on iTunes in the U.S., you now have 48 hours to watch it. And you can watch the movie as much as you want during that 48-hour window. As always, you have 30 days to start watching the movie. iTunes has previously offered 48-hour rentals elsewhere throughout the world, but the rules were different in the U.S. Up until now, you had to power through… Read More

2017-09-22 01:20:30
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Thoughts on Facebook's 9 plans to curb election interference  

 Election meddling is Facebook’s next adversary, and it’s got a plan to attack it just like it did with fake news. Solutions to both these scourges come too late to prevent tampering that may have aided Donald Trump winning the presidency — but at least Facebook is owning up to the problem, working with the government and starting to self-regulate. Read More

2017-09-21 17:58:28
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Freight startup Flexport soars from 'unsexy' to $800M valuation  

 Flexport handles the boring logistics of a trillion-dollar business: the transport of shipping containers around the world. Because the work of freight forwarding seemed so bland, it was long ignored by the tech world. But digitizing the paperwork let Flexport speed up shipping so clients keep less inventory on hand while never running out. Read More

2017-09-21 17:49:47
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Microsoft confirms plans for a new flagship store in Regent Street opposite Apple  

 Shopping may be turning into an increasingly virtual experience, with people buying goods online and through apps, but there is no denying the power of a physical in-store experience — a lesson Microsoft is taking to heart. Today the company announced it will be opening a new flagship store in London — just a stone’s throw from the Apple flagship store. Read More

2017-09-21 14:24:59
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Database provider MongoDB has filed to go public  

 MongoDB, a database software company based in New York, has filed to go public with the Securities and Exchange Commission as it continues to burn a ton of cash despite its revenue almost doubling year-over-year. The company, which provides open-source database software that became very attractive among early-stage startups, is one of a myriad of companies that have sought to go public by… Read More

2017-09-21 14:14:15
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ipsy launches its beauty product e-commerce business Shopper as hit hits 3M subscribers  

 ipsy, a subscription service that delivers a collection of products to its users every month, has spent the last six years building up a community with millions of people obsessed with beauty products. And now that the company has more than 3 million subscribers — with a $10 per month subscription cost — it’s ready to get a little bit more aggressive by getting directly… Read More

2017-09-21 13:53:41
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Pinterest opens up more than 5,000 interests for advertiser targeting through its Taste Graph  

 Pinterest builds itself around visual discovery — the idea that you can come to the site or app, see something you like, and immediately dive down a rabbit hole. The company has built an extensive suite of tools internally to figure out which rabbit hole to divert users to, and now it’s opening up some of that knowledge to advertisers. Pinterest said today that it’s… Read More

2017-09-21 13:48:11
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With new funding, Tuition.io moves from student loan management to student loan repayments  

 Back in 2014, Tuition.io was pitching itself as a management platform for student loan repayments. Now, three years later the company has raised $7 million in new financing as it moves from loan management services to actual repayment of student loans. It’s a business model that’s already shown promise, with companies like FutureFuel.io also looking to get in on the action. Both… Read More

2017-09-21 12:58:20
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Google Cloud adds support for more powerful Nvidia GPUs  

 Google Cloud Platform announced support for some powerful Nvidia GPUs on Google Compute Engine today. For starters, the company is making Nvidia K80 GPUs generally available. At the same time, it’s launching support for Nvidia P100 GPUs in Beta along with a new sustained pricing model. For companies working with machine learning workloads, having access to GPUs in the cloud provides… Read More

2017-09-21 12:28:44
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Apttus is putting artificial intelligence to work on contract management  

 It seems AI and machine learning are quickly becoming a must-have for today’s software. Apttus, the quote-to-cash service is putting AI to work in contract processing in an effort to speed up a highly inefficient system and close sales faster. Contracts have traditionally been a bottleneck in the sales process. As Apttus CEO and company founder Kirk Krappe explains it, there are a series… Read More

2017-09-21 11:53:07
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Baidu announces $1.5B fund to back self-driving car startups  

 Baidu is putting some serious cash behind its self-driving car push after it announced a $1.5 billion fund that’s focused on backing autonomous driving tech companies. The Chinese giant, best known for its internet search service and AI technology, has prioritized autonomous vehicles in a major way in recent years, so this comes as little surprise. Baidu made its Apollo self-driving… Read More

2017-09-21 11:50:38
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Google makes it easier for businesses to set up new phones for their employees  

 Google is launching a new way for businesses to give new phones to their employees: zero-touch enrollment. Traditionally, when you want to give a new phone to an enterprise user, chances are some poor admin has to deal with ensuring that the device is configured correctly and that all the right policies are in place. As the name implies, the new zero-touch enrollment feature, however, takes… Read More

2017-09-21 11:38:51
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Nvidia Shield TV gets a new, lower price ahead of Apple TV 4K launch  

 Nvidia’s Shield TV, an Android TV-based device that’s currently the best option available for 4K streaming fans, is getting a price drop with a new package that leaves out the included video game controller. Bundled with just the remote, the 16GB Shield TV is now $179 – $20 cheaper than the Shield TV bundle that also includes the joypad, and in line with the pricing of the… Read More

2017-09-21 10:31:18
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Learning effects, network effects, and runaway leaders  

 There’s a new economic force at work in the machine learning revolution that is capable of generating increasing returns to scale, much as network effects did in the internet revolution. This force is automated learning, and its business impact comes in the form of learning effects: the more a product learns, the more valuable it becomes. Learning effects have the potential to… Read More

2017-09-21 10:30:23
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Facebook and Twitter play bigger role in Congressional election-hacking probe  

 As Congressional investigations into Russia’s role in manipulating the election for U.S. president deepens, tech companies are assuming a more central role in the inquiries. Both Twitter and Facebook are stepping up their efforts to cooperate with Congressional investigations into Russian interference with last year’s presidential election. Read More

2017-09-21 09:43:21
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London and Antwerp-based Hummingbird Ventures closes new $95M fund  

 London and Antwerp-based Hummingbird Ventures, which counts Deliveroo and Showpad in its portfolio, has closed a new $95 million fund to invest in tech startups at the “late Seed and Series A” stage. Read More

2017-09-21 08:34:06
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East Ventures closes new $30M fund to continue investing in Indonesia  

 East Ventures is back at it again with another new fund to invest in early-stage companies in Indonesia, Southeast Asia’s largest economy and the world’s fourth most populous country. This new $30 million fund is the firm’s sixth to date in Southeast Asia, and remarkably its second in 2017 alone. Read More

2017-09-21 07:39:19
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CCleaner supply chain malware targeted tech giants  

 Malware that piggybacked on CCleaner, a popular free software tool for optimizing system performance on PCs, appears to have specifically targeted high profile technology companies and may have been an attempt to harvest IP — perhaps for commercial or state-level espionage.  Read More

2017-09-21 07:04:42
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Citymapper ties with Gett to launch shared taxi commuter route in London  

 Urban transport navigator app Citymapper has announced a tie-up with Gett’s UK black cab hailing app to run two commuter lines of shared taxis in London, morning and evenings, between Highbury in North London and the Waterloo transport hub in the south.  Read More

2017-09-21 06:58:37
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Zenefits tries a rebrand and hands off insurance brokerage  

 Zenefits co-founder Parker Conrad was shown the door in February last year, paving the way for then-COO David Sacks to take over the company and try to turn it around. After about a year of working on that, Sacks stepped back and brought in Jay Fulcher as its new CEO, the former CEO of Ooyala and Agile Software. Since then, Fulcher has been taking a heat test on the company and the brand,… Read More

2017-09-21 05:32:40
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Bose debuts new Google Assistant-optimized noise cancelling headphones  

 Bose’s rumored QC 35 II noise-cancelling headphones are rumored no more: Bose made them official today, revealing the update to the company’s popular QC 35 premium noise-cancelling cans. Google worked with Bose to create the new headphones, the company explained in a new blog post, helping to “optimize” the audio accessory for Assistant, Google’s virtual helper… Read More

2017-09-21 05:25:06
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Tax on Internet ads among Europe's proposals to plug digital tax gap  

 Europe’s executive body has revealed more of its thinking on reforming digital taxation rules, issuing details of proposals it’s considering ahead of another meeting of EU ministers next week. Read More

2017-09-21 05:09:43
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Pointy, a startup that lets local retailers easily put stock online with a simple gadget, raises​ ​$6M  

 Pointy​,​ ​an Irish start​ ​startup​ ​that​ lets ​local​ ​retailers put their stock online so that they can be discovered via search engines, has raised $6 million in Series A funding. The round is being led by Frontline Ventures, alongside Paul Allen’s Vulcan Capital, Draper Associates and a number of notable angel investors. Read More

2017-09-21 04:15:11
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DogBuddy, the European dog sitting marketplace, scores €5M Series A  

 DogBuddy, a pan-European online marketplace for dog sitting, has closed €5 million in Series A funding, money it plans for further expansion. Backing the London-headquartered startup in this round is existing investor Sweet Capital, the investment fund started by the founders of King.com, and a number of new unnamed private investors. It brings total raised by DogBuddy to €10 million. Read More

2017-09-21 03:51:58
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Polly's teen polling app piggybacks on Snapchat  

 Snapchat doesn’t technically have a developer platform, but that hasn’t stopped other startups from taking advantage of its new feature for attaching links to your Snaps and Stories. Sarahah was the first, allowing people to ask fellow Snappers for open-ended anonymous feedback. But the problem is that those requests could be met with cyberbullying. Polly is a new teen sensation… Read More

2017-09-21 03:47:27
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Instagram adds face filters to live video  

 Instagram is making its face filters available for live video streaming through the app, the company announced today. Instagram had introduced face filters, which add visual effects to detected faces, back in May, but until now it was only available on video and images captured first and then posted to your Instagram Story after the fact. All existing face filters are now available for live… Read More

2017-09-21 03:39:45
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Co-founder Brian Fenty becomes CEO at TodayTix  

 There’s a new CEO at TodayTix, though he’s definitely not new to the company — Chairman Brian Fenty is becoming chief executive, while his co-founder (and the previous CEO) Merritt Baer is becoming the Head of Europe. TodayTix sells theater tickets in cities across the United States (including New York, Chicago and San Francisco), but its European presence is currently limited… Read More

2017-09-21 02:34:28
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Activehours raises $39 million for its new take on cash advances  

 Nine months after raising $22 million for its unique take on the cash-advance business, Activehours has gone back to the venture capital well and pulled out another $39 million in financing. Led by Andreessen Horowitz, with participation from the company’s early-stage investors Matrix Partners, Ribbit Capital, and March Capital Partners, Activehours has managed to now raise nearly $65… Read More

2017-09-21 02:33:22
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HTC says it remains committed to Vive and its own smartphones after $1.1B deal with Google  

 The $1.1 billion cooperation deal announced today between HTC and Google ended months of speculation, but prompted new questions. Chief among them is if the agreement and cash infusion can save HTC, which has struggled with a series of setbacks and lackluster earnings over the past few years. In a press conference today at HTC’s headquarters in Xindian, New Taipei City, the company said… Read More

2017-09-21 02:27:24
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Crunch Report | Waymo Wants $2.6B for Trade Secret  

Nest releases a new alarm system, the Nest Secure, SpaceX files trademark for name of internet service and Waymo wants $2.6 billion for allegedly stolen trade secret. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

2017-09-21 01:05:04
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Google, HTC sign $1.1B USD cooperation agreement to boost Google's hardware game  

 Google and HTC have entered into an agreement where certain HTC employees will join Google. As part of the transaction, HTC will receive $1.1B USD in cash from Google. Google will also receive non-exclusive license for HTC’s intellectual property. HTC says many of the employees worked with Google to develop the Pixel smartphones. Read More

2017-09-21 01:01:54
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Facebook vows to manually review ad targeting after 'Jew-Haters' scandal  

 Facebook failed to foresee how turning user-written interests and employer information from profiles into ad targeting options could turn offensive. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has apologized for the situation, and announced that Facebook will now manually review all ad targeting options. Read More

2017-09-20 20:45:04
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YC wants to let people invest in its startups through the blockchain  

 ICOs — or initial coin offerings — are emerging as a route for startups to raise money from a wide pool of investors through cryptocurrency networks. Speaking at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco, Y Combinator president Sam Altman painted a mixed picture of the role of ICOs in the tech world today. It wasn’t all good. Read More

2017-09-20 20:35:12
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Our favorite pitches from Alchemist Accelerator's 16th batch  

 Alchemist Accelerator, known for its specialty in working with enterprise startups, held its 16th demo day at Microsoft’s offices in Mountain View, California. 18 startups pitched ideas ranging from more traditional marketplaces to frontier aerospace technology. Addressing the packed auditorium before the pitches began, Ravi Belani, managing partner at Alchemist, reasserted his core… Read More

2017-09-20 20:29:35
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VC Kirsten Green talks shop — including responding to criticisms of Bodega  

 Earlier today at Disrupt, Kirsten Green, founder of the early-stage, San Francisco-based venture firm Forerunner Ventures, sat down for a quick conversation about her work. Green has become one of the most sought-after e-commerce investors in the country. Read More

2017-09-20 20:21:53
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Senate Intelligence Committee wants Facebook to appear in a public Russia hearing  

 According to its chairman, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence intends to call Facebook to a public hearing on Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. North Carolina Senator Richard Burr made remarks to reporters on Tuesday confirming the committee’s interest in speaking with Facebook, the Hill reports. Read More

2017-09-20 20:04:30
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Bozoma Saint John says Uber didn't really 'poach' her from Apple  

 Uber’s first-ever chief brand officer, Bozoma Saint John, spoke today at TechCrunch Disrupt about the challenges ahead of her in her new role focused on transforming the Uber brand. The executive, who most recently led the global consumer marketing division for Apple Music and iTunes, had only been working at Uber for a matter of days before embattled CEO Travis Kalanick resigned… Read More

2017-09-20 16:47:42
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Delphi partners with BlackBerry QNX on its autonomous driving platform  

 Delphi is planning to launch its own autonomous driving solution for car manufacturers and mobility service fleet operators in 2019, and it announced today that it will use BlackBerry QNX as the operating system for the automated drive solution. Both BlackBerry QNX and Delphi are long-time auto industry stalwarts who have been reconfiguring their businesses to focus on the opportunity… Read More

2017-09-20 16:22:36
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And the winner of Startup Battlefield at Disrupt SF 2017 is… Pi  

 Startups participating in the Startup Battlefield have all been hand-picked to participate in our highly competitive startup competition. They all presented in front of multiple groups of VCs and tech leaders serving as judges for a chance to win $50,000 and the coveted Disrupt Cup. After hours of deliberations, TechCrunch editors pored over the judges’ notes and narrowed the list down… Read More

2017-09-20 15:27:10
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Here's why professional sports teams are buying esports teams  

 Today at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017 we sat down with three experts from the esports world to explain why you should start paying attention to the industry. To kick it off, Heather Garozzo, a former competitive Counter Strike player and current Director of Fan Marketing for Team Dignitas, told us what a day in the life of a professional esports player is like. And surprisingly, it’s not… Read More

2017-09-20 14:14:08
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Google Assistant is coming to Nest Cam IQ  

 One more quick bit of news out of Nest’s press conference this morning: the company is adding support for Google’s voice-powered Assistant to the Nest Cam IQ line it debuted in March. The move is a natural one, of course: Google acquired Nest 3 years ago, and has been pushing hard into the home ever since. Google already uses Assistant to power its standalone Home speaker; with… Read More

2017-09-20 13:51:18
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Nest launches a new $349 smart outdoor security camera  

 Nest today announced its newest camera today: the Nest Cam IQ outdoor. This new outdoor camera brings the features of the company’s smart indoor camera to a more rugged outdoor version. As Nest GM of security products Michele Turner noted during an event in San Francisco today, the number one way that burglars break into a house is simply through an unlocked door. But the most… Read More

2017-09-20 13:48:13
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You can now launch the Instagram app directly from Facebook  

 Facebook is making it easier for users to access their Instagram profile directly from within the Facebook app. The company confirms it’s rolling out a new addition its main navigation menu on mobile that includes a link to your Instagram account. This option appears just below the link to your personal profile in Facebook’s app, and above the links to any Facebook Pages you may… Read More

2017-09-20 13:43:37
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Target rolls out Bluetooth beacon technology in stores to power new indoor maps in its app  

 Target is adding an improved indoor mapping component to its mobile app, designed to help shoppers find their way through stores and locate the products they need, the retailer announced this morning, referring to the feature as a “GPS for your shopping cart.” Instead of simply showing a static map, or noting the aisle number where a product can be found, the new Target… Read More

2017-09-20 13:12:12
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Watch Nest unveil its next big thing right here  

 Starting at 12:00 pm Eastern, Nest is set to unveil… something. There have been rumors and whispers and murmurs about what Nest could unveil but all will be revealed shortly. And then shortly after, Nest Co-founder and VP of Engineering Matt Rogers will speak at Disrupt SF about the new products. The company needs a hit and the product announced earlier today is not a hit in the same… Read More

2017-09-20 12:37:21
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This is Nest's new video doorbell  

 We’re live at a Nest press conference in San Francisco, where the company is debuting new products rapid fire. The latest debut: Nest Hello, a smart video doorbell. If you’re familiar with existing products like the Ring video doorbell, this one is of a similar vein — just with all of Nest’s usual polish. It’s got a microphone/speaker rig built-in so you can… Read More

2017-09-20 12:35:16
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Apple bumps up the the over-the-air download limit for apps to 150 MB  

 With the release of iOS 11, Apple is making it slightly easier for iOS device owners to download larger apps over a cellular connection by increasing the download limit. Before, Apple would require users to switch to Wi-Fi to download an app over 100 MB in size, which includes many games as well as Apple’s own suite of iWork applications. Now, that limit has increased to 150 MB. The… Read More

2017-09-20 12:14:37
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Mira AR headset startup grabs $1M in new funding led by Greylock  

 Though phone-based AR is the big news lately with the release of iOS 11 yesterday, Mira is still hoping to ensure that the iPhone opens up a world of hands-free headset AR to consumers as well. Today, Mira is rolling out their SDK to devs and announcing some new funding from some top names. Though the company’s Prism headset isn’t all that complex — it doesn’t include… Read More

2017-09-20 12:07:58
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21.co announces a token system to get people to join its paid messaging network  

 Today at Disrupt, 21.co CEO and co-founder Balaji Srinivasan outlined his company’s unusual evolution and announced the launch of a new system for kickstarting the site’s user base by incentivizing people with tokens for doing things like signing up, getting verified and performing certain tasks. The company opted to move away from the increasingly popular ICO model because… Read More

2017-09-20 11:42:01
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Pluralsight IQ allows engineers to compare skills and proficiencies  

 Pluralsight is announcing a new tool this morning to help satiate our innate desire to compare ourselves against one another. Pluralsight IQ is designed to assist developers in assessing their competencies and determining their proficiencies relative to their peers. Engineers taking the test are assigned scores between zero and 300 along with an indicator of attainment — novice,… Read More

2017-09-20 11:40:59
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HubSpot acquires chatbot builder Motion AI  

 HubSpot announced this morning that it has acquired chatbot startup Motion AI. Motion AI launched in 2015 and offers an editor for building chatbots that work on websites, Facebook Messenger, SMS and Slack, no coding required. Even before the acquisition, the tool was already integrated into HubSpot Free CRM. The entire Motion AI team, including founder and CEO David Nelson, will be joining… Read More

2017-09-20 11:06:07
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Snapchat's new partners attach instant apps and games to ads  

 Snap wants its ads to open to something interesting rather than a boring mobile website. Today Snap announced 14 new ad Creative Partners that will help build custom games, interactive videos, gyroscope-powered epxeriences, lead generation campaigns, and pre-loaded Instant Apps as destinations for Snapchat ads. They’ll also help connect advertisers to influencers, despite Snapchat… Read More

2017-09-20 10:45:32
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Why women are coming forward about harassment and discrimination  

 It’s been the talk of the summer in Silicon Valley. CEOs at Uber and SoFi lost their jobs after whistleblowers came forward, alleging sexism and harassment. Powerful venture capitalists, including Dave McClure from 500 Startups lost their jobs after women, including Sarah Kunst, accused him of making inappropriate advances when seeking a job at his venture firm. Workplace harassment… Read More

2017-09-20 09:36:45
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ClassPass begins testing variable pricing as it expands beyond studio fitness  

 On the heels of its $70 million Series C, an expansion to new markets, and a partnership with Blink Fitness, the popular workout subscription service ClassPass is now beginning to experiment with variable pricing. The test was revealed by new ClassPass CEO Fritz Lanman, speaking on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt SF this afternoon. The idea to try out a virtual currency of sorts came about… Read More

2017-09-20 09:35:41
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Google brings the $399 Android One Moto X4 to Project Fi (and the U.S.)  

 Google today announced that the Android One Moto X4 is now available for pre-order on its Project Fi page. Like other Android One phones, the mid-range Moto X4, comes with a pure version of Android without any bloatware. This marks the first time an Android One phone is available on Project Fi, Google’s own virtual cell network, and it also marks the Moto X4’s arrival in the… Read More

2017-09-20 09:30:39
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Peter Thiel is being considered to chair Trump's intelligence advisory board  

 In a fairly epic new Vanity Fair profile, the magazine reports that Peter Thiel is the frontrunner to become the chair of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board (PIAB), a meta intelligence entity that functions independently from the nation’s spy agencies. Read More

2017-09-20 09:19:24
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Former AOL exec Seth Demsey joins Revcontent as an advisor  

 As content recommendation company Revcontent plans to unveil new tools for online publishers, it’s also working with former AOL Platforms CTO Seth Demsey to develop its broader strategy. Demsey left his role running adtech at AOL (which owns TechCrunch) over the summer, right before AOL-owner Verizon closed its acquisition of Yahoo. He told me that when he was introduced to Revcontent… Read More

2017-09-20 08:02:25
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Apple is working on a fix for Watch Series 3 LTE issues  

 The new Apple Watch is mostly an iterative update over its predecessor, but for one major feature: LTE. The addition of cellular connectivity has been touted as everything from “nice” to “game changing,” but reviewers appear to have early issues in testing. Read More

2017-09-20 07:04:22
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Wall Street dings Apple after some reported LTE connectivity issues on the new Watch  

 There are a lot of reports hitting the ‘net this morning in reviews of the Apple Watch Series 3, which indicate that there are some LTE connectivity issues — causing Apple to take a small dip this morning and a speed bump in its march to $1 trillion. Shares of Apple fell around 2.5% this morning, which for Apple is a pretty substantial ding for the company despite the deceptively… Read More

2017-09-20 06:24:50
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Yahoo's former VP of Mobile launches YaDoggie, a dog wellness startup  

 Having successfully founded and exited a couple of software companies, Tomfoolery (sold to Yahoo) and Rally Up (sold to AOL), Sol Lipman has made his move into dog wellness with the launch of YaDoggie. YaDoggie aims to help dog parents take a holistic approach to caring for their pups. And it has an impressive group of tech investors on board, including Oath CEO Tim Armstrong (my… Read More

2017-09-20 06:13:46
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10x, founded by the ex-CEO of Barclays, raises $46M to take on ancient banking infrastructure  

 The fintech revolution continues apace, and while many startups are hoping that newer and better tech will help them take business away from traditional banks, today a company has received a large round of funding to help those incumbent institutions better compete. 10x Future Technologies is a startup that has built a ground-up platform that incorporates machine learning, cloud services… Read More

2017-09-20 05:23:22
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Watch the final day of TC Disrupt SF live right here!  

 All good things must come to an end, but we have one more full day of Disrupt for you to enjoy from home. The lineup today is jam-packed with all-stars of the tech world. Kirsten Green from Forerunner Ventures, Justin Kan, Coursera’s Andrew Ng, and Uber’s new Chief Brand Officer Bozoma Saint John will all be joining us on the Disrupt stage. Plus, Laurene Powell Jobs and Ron Conway… Read More

2017-09-20 05:15:07
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Crunch Report | iOS 11 Now Available to Download  

iOS 11 is now available to download, First Miso Robotics flipping burger installed in a restaurant and Stack Overflow’s salary calculator. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

2017-09-20 05:11:01
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Saudi Arabia opens itself to Skype, WhatsApp and other internet calling services  

 Lifting a longtime ban, Saudi Arabia will open up the country to online calling services. Apps like Skype and WhatsApp will become functional in the country on Wednesday at midnight local time. The announcement came from the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), Saudi Arabia’s telecommunications regulatory authority. تلبية لحاجة المستخدم… Read More

2017-09-20 04:57:01
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Announcing the TechCrunch Battlefield of Sub-Saharan Africa agenda  

 TechCrunch and Facebook are collaborating to bring TechCrunch’s very first Startup Battlefield to Nairobi, on October 11. The pitch-off competition will feature startups from all over Africa in three categories: Productivity and Utility, Social Good, and Gaming and Entertainment. Top notch investors and founders, as well as TechCrunch editors, will serve as judges to pick the winners in… Read More

2017-09-20 04:17:34
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ClearMetal gets $9M from Prelude Ventures and Eric Schmidt's Innovation Endeavors for its logistics platform  

 Logistics and supply chain management is a notoriously outdated and labor-intensive process. ClearMetal uses artificial intelligence to help manufacturers and retailers climb out from underneath piles of spreadsheets. Today the San Francisco-based startup announced that it has raised $9 million in Series A funding led by Prelude Ventures and Innovation Endeavors, the venture capital firm… Read More

2017-09-20 04:03:24
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Nest announces the $499 Nest Secure, its new alarm system  

 Nest announced a number of new security products today that all aim to keep your home safe from burglars and others you’d rather keep out. In addition to its new Nest Cam IQ Outdoor, the company also launched Nest Secure, its new, fully featured  security system. The system consists of three hardware products that can also be integrated with the company’s cameras: Nest Guard, the… Read More

2017-09-20 03:44:03
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Calling all international startups: sign up for a country pavilion at Disrupt Berlin  

 Before you know it, thousands of startup fans will travel to Disrupt Berlin. The event attracts the best and brightest entrepreneurs, investors and influencers. We’re looking for international early-stage startups to apply for a country pavilion in Startup Alley — the heartbeat of every Disrupt event. Read More

2017-09-20 03:33:15
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