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Announcing our Disrupt Berlin Hackathon judges and the third release of free hack tickets  

 The third time could be the charm if you haven’t yet scored your free tickets to the Disrupt Berlin Hackathon. Today, we’ve released a third batch of tickets to the most exciting, grueling, 24-hour test of a developer’s chops. Tickets are available on a first-come-first-served basis, so get your tickets now before they’re gone for good. Read More

2017-11-22 09:01:12
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Ten years on: Seedcamp outs new £41M seed fund and says it's ready to invest in tokens  

 The London-based VC firm recently sold its first two funds to Draper Esprit, and today is announcing the first close of a new £41 million fund, double the size of its last. This year the VC is also celebrating its 10 year anniversary. Read More

2017-11-22 07:00:03
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New York attorney general slams the FCC for ignoring net neutrality comments investigation  

 If the FCC’s refusal to acknowledge the vast public outcry against its plan to gut net neutrality isn’t enough of an outrage, its total disinterest in investigating how that same comment system may have been gamed by fake users posing as real Americans adds a bit more insult to injury. Suspicions arose earlier this year that a person or an organization of some kind was… Read More

2017-11-22 06:54:51
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AppLovin scraps acquisition and takes debt financing instead  

 The story of AppLovin‘s acquisition has taken another turn. We first reported that the mobile ad startup was in acquisition talks in August of last year, and the announcement came a month later: AppLovin would sell a majority stake Chinese private equity firm Orient Hontai Capital. Today, however, CEO Adam Foroughi revealed that the deal is (sort of) off. Instead of an outright… Read More

2017-11-22 01:57:53
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Crunch Report | The FCC sets vote to kill net neutrality and Bitcoin hits $8,000  

 Today’s stories: FCC highlights plan to kill net neutrality, Android secretly sending location data, Bitcoin just passed $8,000 and Toyota’s new robot can be controlled in VR. Read More

2017-11-22 01:00:14
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New York Attorney General launches investigation of Uber's $100,000 hack cover-up  

 The revelation that Uber concealed a 2016 data breach affecting 57 million users and paid hackers to destroy the evidence is yet another PR nightmare for Uber, but it’s also a problem when it comes to state laws around data breach disclosure practices. In light of Bloomberg’s report, the office of New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has opened an investigation. Read More

2017-11-22 00:56:57
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Divergent 3D taps a Chinese-led investment syndicate for up to $107 million in new funding  

 On a lonely stretch of road just off the highway in Torrance, Calif. employees at Divergent 3D are hard at work plotting a revolution in vehicle manufacturing. Inside the nondescript office building, chief executive Kevin Czinger and his staff are laying the groundwork for the creation of a more environmentally sustainable, flexible and customizable means of making vehicles. Read More

2017-11-21 23:37:20
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Lightform raises $5M to turn old projectors into augmented reality machines  

 In Blade Runner 2049, one of the more interesting stylistic choices was how the film imagined futuristic augmented reality. While the Microsofts and Googles of our real dystopian world are currently approaching AR tech with headsets and smart glasses, Blade Runner 2049 relied entirely on external projection. This vision of the future may still seem a tad concerning, but it’s good news… Read More

2017-11-21 23:27:20
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Apple acquired augmented reality headset startup Vrvana for $30M  

 As Apple reportedly ramps up work to ship an augmented reality headset in 2020, it has acquired a startup from Montreal, Canada that could help it get there. TechCrunch has learned that Apple has acquired Vrvana, maker of the Totem headset — which had rave reviews but never shipped. The deal was for around $30 million, two sources tell TechCrunch. We contacted Apple, and the… Read More

2017-11-21 23:14:05
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You can now request to join someone's Instagram live stream  

 Instagram just rolled out a neat feature for its live product. Users can now request to join a live stream that they’re watching and, if accepted, can start broadcasting live as the host’s guest. To request to join a live video a viewer can tap a request button in the comments section. Hosts see the request pop up in real time and can accept or deny, and also have access to a list… Read More

2017-11-21 22:56:43
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This website will generate apologies for men accused of sexual harassment  

 Are you a celebrity who’s sexually harassed a bunch of people and are now in need of an apology to subdue an angry mob? Look no further than the Celebrity Perv Apology Generator. The desktop app packages all the usual elements of several recent non-apologies that have come up when other fellow perverts’ dark pasts have come to light. Read More

2017-11-21 22:32:46
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Google Lens in the Assistant starts rolling out to all Pixel users  

 We knew this was only a matter of time, but Google today confirmed that Google Lens as part of the Google Assistant is now rolling out to all Pixel phone owners. That’s something Google already announced at its hardware event, but until now, the timing was unclear. If you don’t see it when you call up the Google Assistant, though, don’t worry. The company says that this… Read More

2017-11-21 22:21:20
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Uber data breach from 2016 affected 57 million riders and drivers  

 Uber faced a data breach in 2016 that affected some 57 million customers, including both riders and drivers, revealing their names, email address and phone numbers. That affected group included 50 million riders and 7 million drivers; around 600,000 driver license numbers for U.S. drivers were also included in the breach, according to a new report from Bloomberg. Read More

2017-11-21 22:20:22
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Salesforce appoints Bret Taylor as chief product officer  

 Salesforce has named Bret Taylor, the former chief technology officer at Facebook and founder of Quip, as president and chief product officer. Taylor first joined Salesforce in 2016, when Salesforce acquired word processing app Quip for $750 million. As chief product officer, Taylor will be tasked with leading Salesforce’s product vision, design, development and launches. Read More

2017-11-21 22:12:37
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10 excellent battery pack gifts for your friend whose phone always dies  

 After putting our favorite battery packs in various gift guides over the years, we decided to go all out this year and do a gift guide JUST for battery packs. I consider myself something of a battery pack aficionado, so I decided to step up to the plate and lay out some of my favorites. Read More

2017-11-21 21:50:14
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Pixar's John Lasseter taking a six-month leave of absence amid reports of inappropriate behavior  

 John Lasseter, the chief creative officer of both Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, is the latest media executive to face allegations of inappropriate behavior. In a memo to employees, Lasseter acknowledged “missteps” and said he will be taking a six-month sabbatical. Read More

2017-11-21 21:41:44
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Meg Whitman out as CEO of HPE early next year  

 Six years after taking the helm as head of HP, Meg Whitman will step down from her role as CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise in February 2018. Whitman’s spot will be filled by the company’s current president, Antonio Neri. Read More

2017-11-21 21:35:44
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US charges Iranian hacker for stealing unaired episodes of hit HBO shows  

 While it didn’t dampen enthusiasm for everyone’s favorite dragon-oriented political drama, HBO certainly wasn’t happy when the major twists from the seventh season of its hottest show popped up online before they aired. According to a newly released indictment, an Iranian man named Behzad Mesri faces charges for the hack. Read More

2017-11-21 21:13:28
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The Boring Co.'s 'Initial Hat Offering' raises $300K for digging in hat sales  

 Do you like hats? If you do, maybe you already contributed to The Boring Company’s ability to dig a network of underground tunnels. Since Elon Musk started selling The Boring Co. hats, featuring the logo on the front (which he once claimed was designed by director J.J. Abrams), the company has apparently sold $300,000 worth of the merch. Read More

2017-11-21 21:09:53
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With Dispatch, Here Be Dragons pushes narrative VR storytelling in bold new directions  

 As VR takes its trip through the hype cycle of technology adoption, I keep returning to the early days of film as a corollary for the medium’s progress and a good benchmark for its evolution. When they first arrived on the scene, movies must have had the same thrilling and disorienting visual jolt. And just as film developed, so too will VR evolve. Read More

2017-11-21 21:07:38
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The US-based tech company that just went public in London  

 Boku, a U.S.-based carrier billing company, listed on the London Stock Exchange’s Alternative Investment Market recently, selling £45 million in stock. Only about one-third of those shares were from the company, however, with the rest sourced from extant shareholders. Let’s peek into the Boku offering to see what happened and what we might learn from it. Read More

2017-11-21 20:30:42
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This DIY project lets you catch a falling muon  

 Physicists at MIT have developed and released a $100 muon detector that you can build at home, allowing you to sense deep space bombardment on something that looks like a TV remote. The CosmicWatch is basically a little box that can detect high-energy cosmic rays as they hit the Earth’s atmosphere and decay into muons. Muons hit the Earth in a “light drizzle” say the… Read More

2017-11-21 19:46:47
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ADAY aims to simplify your wardrobe with $2M in funding  

 ADAY, a fresh entrant in the highly competitive world of direct-to-consumer fashion, has raised $2 million in new funding for its mission to simplify wardrobes with a line of durable, technical and chic womenswear. The company is the latest in an ever-expanding movement of startups that offer direct-to-consumer products for the fashion-conscious consumer. Read More

2017-11-21 19:34:08
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Overclock Labs bets on Kubernetes to help companies automate their cloud infrastructure  

 Overclock Labs wants to make it easier for developers to deploy and manage their applications across clouds. To do so, the company is building tools to automate distributed cloud infrastructure and unsurprisingly, it is betting on containers — and specifically the Kubernetes container orchestration tools — to do this. Today, Overclock Labs, which was founded two years ago, is… Read More

2017-11-21 18:00:22
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Shadow upgrades its cloud computer for gamers and opens signups to everyone  

 French startup Blade, the company behind Shadow, announced at a press conference that it is launching new offers, updating specifications and the ability to become a client and buy a subscription without any waiting list. Shadow is a gaming PC in the cloud for a monthly fee. The company has been running thousands of computers with an Intel Xeon processor and an Nvidia GTX 1070 in a data… Read More

2017-11-21 17:57:53
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YouTube returns to the Amazon Echo Show  

 When the Amazon Echo Show first debuted, it included a YouTube feature, as is right and proper for a device with a screen capable of playing video and connecting to the internet. But Google quickly nixed the Echo Show YouTube player, since it was a non-standard presentation of the company’s stuff which did not comply with their terms of use. Now, YouTube is back on Echo Show (via… Read More

2017-11-21 17:36:53
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Teeth straightening startup Candid raises $15 million from Greycroft, Bessemer and others  

 Candid, the dental startup that aims to straighten your teeth for less than the cost of braces and Invisalign, recently raised a $15 million Series A round led by Greycroft Partners, Bessemer Venture Partners, e.ventures and some existing investors. The plan is to use the funding to beef up Candid’s operations and grow its customer base, the company said in a press release.… Read More

2017-11-21 17:30:25
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Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp just hit iOS and Android a day early  

 No doubt hoping to get a jump on that holiday traffic, Nintendo’s latest mobile opus, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp has hit iOS and Android a day ahead of schedule. The latest installment of one of the game company’s most adorable franchises was first announced this time last month. In spite of some skepticism, early looks at the title were complimentary, noting that the title… Read More

2017-11-21 17:10:55
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You can now control the DJI Spark with Gamevice's controller accessory  

 Gamevice is a bit like way to turn your iPhone or iPad into a Switch, at least in terms of adding physical controls to your gaming experience. But now the add-on can go beyond gaming, offering a way to easily control the DJI Spark with added precision and improved ergonomics when compared to just using a touchscreen device on its own. This is actually great news for Spark owners, since the… Read More

2017-11-21 17:10:20
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FCC will vote whether to delete net neutrality on December 14  

 Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai today made good on his long-standing pledge to tackle regulations established in the last administration designed to protect the distribution of internet content. On Tuesday Pai distributed a draft of his suggested rule changes under the auspices of the “Restoring Internet Freedom Order” to the other commissioners at the FCC. The… Read More

2017-11-21 16:58:58
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YouTube TV gets picture-in-picture support  

 Google’s YouTube TV app has received a recent update that allows for picture-in-picture on Android phones running Nougat or Oreo. Google first announced YouTube TV back in February, and rolled the service out in April, launching in five major U.S. cities. YouTube TV is meant to kill the cable box, offering popular cable channels like ABC, Fox, CBS, CW, NBC, Disney, ESPN and 40+ more for… Read More

2017-11-21 16:57:36
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Company raises $347K ICO, vanishes  

 A company called Confido raised a small ICO by selling special CFD designed to allow “safe and trustless cryptocurrency payments. According to ICODrops they raised their goal of about $400,000 and quickly disappeared, taking the cash with it. The site is currently a parked web server that points to nothing. The apparent founder and former eBay employee, Joost van Doorn, posted a message to… Read More

2017-11-21 16:30:51
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Google's non-profit arm donates another $7.5 million to advance racial justice  

 Google.org is donating $7.5 million to racial justice organizations Vera Institute for Justice, LatinoJustice, The Leadership Conference and R Street’s Justice for Work Coalition. This brings Google.org’s total amount funding to racial justice organizations to $32 million since 2015. Google.org’s racial justice portfolio arc has focused on what Justin Steele, principal at… Read More

2017-11-21 16:00:11
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Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom has backed the U.K. challenger bank Monzo  

 Monzo, one of a number of “challenger” banks in the U.K. aiming to re-invent the current account, is assembling quite an array of backers, many with a U.S. bent. It’s most recent round, which gave the startup a £280 million post-money valuation, saw the likes of Goodwater Capital, Stripe, and Michael Moritz invest, and before that Thrive Capital became a backer. Now… Read More

2017-11-21 15:25:54
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Sonos One users can now ask Alexa to play Spotify music  

 In October, Sonos launched the Sonos One, raising the bar on what is already the gold standard in wireless whole-home audio. The big new feature? An integrated microphone that added support for Amazon’s Alexa. However, there was one big caveat: While Alexa was integrated to control music services like Apple Music, Google Play Music, Soundcloud and others, it was missing a major player in… Read More

2017-11-21 15:01:10
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Grindr updates its app to be more inclusive of transgender and non-binary users  

 Grindr is updating its popular queer dating app to be more inclusive of transgender and non-binary users. In an announcement timed to mark the end of Transgender Awareness Week, Grindr said changes will include new profile fields for gender identity and the use of gender-neutral language throughout its app and website. Read More

2017-11-21 15:00:15
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Android devices seen covertly sending location data to Google  

 An investigation by Quartz has revealed that Android devices send cell tower location data to Google even if the user has disabled location services for apps in their device settings.  Read More

2017-11-21 14:50:34
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With Dabbl, you can earn gift cards for interacting with ads  

 Dabbl is giving users a straightforward reason to interact with ads — the ads earn them money in the form of gift cards. For example, when I signed up for Dabbl this morning, I was presented with a menu of several different campaigns. The first one that I chose was from Oreo, where I answered a bunch of questions about how I feel and what I know about Oreo products. The whole thing… Read More

2017-11-21 14:18:35
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Hear about the future of space propulsion at Disrupt Berlin  

 If hardware is hard, rockets must be even harder. Natalya Bailey should know. She’s the co-founder and CEO of Accion Systems, a startup spun out of MIT’s Space Propulsion Laboratory that is developing a new type of propulsion for spacecraft. Today we’re announcing she’ll take the Disrupt Berlin stage along with Shasta Ventures founder and managing director Rob… Read More

2017-11-21 14:04:39
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Sellers can now invoice buyers through PayPal's new chat extension for Messenger  

 PayPal and Facebook are expanding their integrations today with the launch of an extension for Messenger that allows PayPal sellers to invoice buyers directly through private messaging. The feature is ideal for use with Facebook’s numerous Buy and Sell groups as well as Facebook Marketplace, in addition to being an easy way to send PayPal invoices in general. The launch comes on the heels… Read More

2017-11-21 14:00:58
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Misfit's new hybrid smartwatch offers a better notification system  

 Hybrid smartwatches are a weird category right now. No one’s really mastered the perfect balance between the smart and dumb, though a handful of products have done a decent job, most notably Withings/Nokia’s Steel/Steel HR line. Fossil-owned wearables company Misfit has made some valiant efforts, as well, including the Phase — though the model was a bit of a mixed bag. Read More

2017-11-21 14:00:51
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Capital One begins journey as a software vendor with the release of Critical Stack Beta  

 If every company is truly a software company, Capital One is out to the prove it. It was one of the early users of Critical Stack, a tool designed to help build security into the container orchestration process. In fact, it liked it so much it bought the company in 2016, and today it’s releasing Critical Stack in Beta. This is a critical step toward becoming a commercial product, giving… Read More

2017-11-21 14:00:35
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You can virtually inhabit Toyota's new humanoid robot  

 Toyota has a new, third-generation humanoid robot bears the charming name “T-HR3” and is designed to be a helpful and safe assistant to humans. It also features a so-called “master maneuvering systems,” which is essentially a VR-powered remote operating platform that a human can use to have the T-HR3 mirror its movements. Yes, kind of like a jaeger from kaiju movie… Read More

2017-11-21 13:29:55
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Disrupt Berlin ticket prices increase in 48 hours  

 Disrupt Berlin, Europe’s best technology conference and startup competition, kicks off in less than two weeks. And because we want every procrastinator and every last-minute decision-maker to get the best possible price, we extended our deadline for early-bird ticket pricing to the breaking point. Alas, that opportunity ends in just 48 hours. Read More

2017-11-21 10:02:16
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Tether, a startup that works with bitcoin exchanges, claims a hacker stole $31M  

 Bitcoin cruised past $8,000 for the first time this week, but it hasn’t been smooth sailing for all after Tether — a company that helps exchanges convert fiat currency to token — said today that a hacker snatched nearly $31 million. Tether operates USDT, a cryptocurrency asset that it backs via the U.S. dollar. The company said that $30,950,010-worth of USDT was taken… Read More

2017-11-21 06:33:04
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Japanese pawn shop app Cash acquired for $62.2M by DMM  

 DMM, one of Japan’s largest Internet and e-commerce conglomerates, announced today that it will pay 7 billion yen (about $62.2 million) for pawn shop app Cash. Launched this summer, Cash’s software automatically appraises an item’s value based on user photos and offers a cash advance using it as collateral. Read More

2017-11-21 03:45:28
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Crunch Report | Apple gets served a search warrant and Uber buys a bunch of Volvos  

 Hi, my name is Brian. I’ll be your host all Turkey week. Today’s stories: Apple served with a search warrant, Uber orders 24,000 Volvos, Germany bans children’s smartwatches and Using AR to explore endangered species. Read More

2017-11-21 01:00:25
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Check out the 2017 TechCrunch Holiday Gift Guide  

 It’s hard to believe, but it’s already time for the holidays again. Time to untangle the lights, dust off the wreath and start figuring out what the heck you’re going to get everyone. Need ideas? We can help! Check out the 2017 TechCrunch Holiday Gift Guide here. Read More

2017-11-21 00:17:14
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Managing software complexity through intent-based programming  

 Software is losing its magic. We simply demand too much from the current approaches. As a result, software developers are losing the battle with complexity, often without realizing it. To bring the magic back into software, developers need to make software itself more autonomous. Read More

2017-11-21 00:00:31
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12 great gifts for photography lovers  

 You can get a lot of neat gifts for the photographer in the family or friend group once you starting thinking outside the camera body. These are just some ideas at a range of different price points to satisfy the shutter bugs out there. A picture may be worth a thousand words… but a good, useful gift for a photographer can be priceless if it means getting that killer shot. Read More

2017-11-20 23:38:46
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How the Kindle was designed through 10 years and 15 generations  

 The Kindle has become one of the most ubiquitous pieces of specialty electronics in the world since it launched 10 years ago, but the device has changed so much since its debut that one can hardly believe the oldest and newest models are meant to do the same thing. Amazon’s Chris Green talked with me for a retrospective of the design choices that have defined and redefined the device. Read More

2017-11-20 22:58:17
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Shujaa Delivery aims to compete with Aramax, DHL and others  

On-demand delivery is a coveted service in traffic-congested Nairobi. Enter Shujaa Delivery, a Nairobi-based door-to-door delivery and courier service for businesses that uses motorcycles instead of cars. Read More

2017-11-20 22:29:19
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Amazon's all-new Echo goes (RED) for a limited time  

 The new Echo is a better looking device than its predecessor, thanks in large part to its various fabric coverings. Now, there’s a new option for the outer shell: A PRODUCT(RED) special limited edition. The fabric outer comes in red, appropriately enough, and $10 of the purchase price (of $99.99, same as any other Echo) will go toward (RED)’s work fighting AIDS through the Global Fund. Read More

2017-11-20 22:19:43
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The DOJ sues to block AT&T's Time Warner deal  

 On Monday, AT&T confirmed the U.S. Department of Justice’s decision to sue in order to block the company’s plans to purchase Time Warner for $85.4 billion. Earlier reports suggested that the DOJ would move against the deal if AT&T did not intend to sell CNN. CNN has a famously fraught relationship with the Trump administration, which has gone out of its way to attack the… Read More

2017-11-20 22:11:20
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In 'Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire,' virtual reality finds a new hope  

 While I stood anxiously atop a floating platform on my way to what felt like certain doom, I paused to remember my mission as I felt the pulsing heat of the lava planet Mustafar rising up from below me. With the fate of the galaxy in the hands of me and my new friends, I raced through corridors of the base, fighting waves of Stormtroopers, and coming face-to-face with pure evil. As my… Read More

2017-11-20 21:16:42
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17 gorgeous gifts for your tech-savvy gal pals  

 We’re back again with one of the most loved gift guides in all of tech — the one made just for the ladies. This year, the trend is towards gifts both beautiful and functional, and we’ve got a few suggestions you may want to add to your holiday shopping list. From sleek chargers to digital decor, here are some of the best gifts for gal pals who’ve been good to you all year. Read More

2017-11-20 21:09:12
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Oculus has big plans to expand in the greater Seattle area  

 As Amazon looks to stamp its footprint beyond the Seattle area, Oculus is making further inroads into the Pacific Northwest’s major tech hub. As reported by Seattle-based tech site GeekWire, local real estate sources say that the Facebook-owned virtual reality company is in the market for a 200,000-square-foot R&D space in nearby Redmond, which already houses some Oculus research… Read More

2017-11-20 20:38:00
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Google Cloud Platform cuts the price of GPUs by up to 36 percent  

 Google today announced that it’s cutting the price of using Nvidia’s Tesla GPUs through its Compute Engine by up to 36 percent. In U.S. regions, using the somewhat older K80 GPUs will now cost $0.45 per hour while using the newer and more powerful P100 machines will cost $1.46 per hour (all with per-second billing). The company is also dropping the prices for preemptible local SSDs… Read More

2017-11-20 19:30:31
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Scrivener writing app gets a huge update  

 As ancient as the art of writing is, there is a bit of a shortage when it comes to truly excellent writing applications. Scrivener is one of the few, and today, the app has gotten a major update. Scrivener works for both professional writers and hobbyists, giving an assortment of options for whatever kind of writing suits you, from screenwriting to novels and beyond. The app also offers a… Read More

2017-11-20 19:00:14
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Bitcoin just passed $8,000  

 Bitcoin has been on a wild run. Yesterday the price shot past $8,000 for the first time, and per usual when it breaks through a milestone is now trading solidly above it at $8,250.  Read More

2017-11-20 18:53:02
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AWS launches a Secret region for the U.S. intelligence community  

 Amazon today announced that its AWS cloud computing service now offers a new region that’s specifically designed for the workloads of the U.S. intelligence community. This new AWS Secret Region (that’s really its name) can run workloads up to the “secret” security classification level and will complement the service’s existing $600 million contract with the CIA… Read More

2017-11-20 18:44:03
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Internet of Elephants uses AR to get up close to endangered species, turns their migrations into a game  

 Wildlife conservation groups have made a lot of strides in raising awareness of animals whose populations or natural habitats are endangered, and what we can do to help. Now a startup out of Kenya is tapping into advances made in augmented reality, mapping and app-based games to further the cause. Internet of Elephants, a startup based out of Nairobi, is building an app-based game of the same… Read More

2017-11-20 18:09:21
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13 greats gifts for the geek guys and gals in your life  

 It’s 2017, and the golden age of the geek continues. We all carry supercomputers in our pockets. Superheroes rule the box office. Star Wars is getting a friggin’ theme park. If there’s not something — some show, some band, some video game — that you geek out about, you’re probably the exception. We, at TechCrunch, are geeks — and proud. Got a geek in… Read More

2017-11-20 18:01:52
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Uber donates $1 million to Meals on Wheels  

 Uber has teamed up with Meals on Wheels America to help the organization fulfill its mission of providing healthy meals to homebound seniors, veterans and others. The two-year partnership entails a $1 million donation, which includes a direct contribution to Meals on Wheels and promotional codes for volunteers to get free rides, as well as volunteer support from Uber employees. Through its… Read More

2017-11-20 18:00:41
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Toronto begins sharing traffic data with Waze, and vice versa  

 The city of Toronto has begun sharing its traffic data with navigation service provider Waze. Google-owned Waze will also provide access to its real-time traffic and road conditions data back to the city, in exchange, and both parties expect to improve navigation around the city thanks to the new collaborative effort. Waze offers turn-by-turn navigation to users and drivers, compiling… Read More

2017-11-20 17:53:43
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DreamQuark beefs up financial services through artificial intelligence  

 Meet DreamQuark, a French startup that want to help banks, insurance companies and asset management firms for all their artificial intelligence needs. DreamQuark crunches your data, creates models based on machine learning and lets you apply those models on all past and future data points. Many banks still rely on COBOL code to compute all sorts of financial operations. COBOL is a reliable… Read More

2017-11-20 17:38:58
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UK report calls out “dubious” gig economy practices, urges law reform  

 Pressure is mounting on the UK government to close loopholes in employment law to protect people working in the gig economy from being underpaid and otherwise exploited. Read More

2017-11-20 17:33:05
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How to talk about cryptocurrency at the holiday dinner table  

 You’re sitting down to a nice meal and your aunt, always one step ahead, mentions she wants to start investing in Bitcoin. You freeze, a drip of gravy plopping off the ladle. It’s your time to shine. You got this. First, you know that the state of crypto is very, very good. This has been a banner year for cryptocurrencies. Bitcoin rose from $738 a year ago to $8220 as of this year.… Read More

2017-11-20 17:09:17
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Swiss watchmaker Omega joins the ecommerce bandwagon  

 Swiss watchmakers have long resisted the siren call of ecommerce. While many of their products sold online – you can find everything from Swatch to Breguet on the “grey market” – there were no official online channels for many brands. Until now. Omega, a Swiss watchmaker whose wares now grace the wrist of James Bond, just started selling online, joining Panerai and… Read More

2017-11-20 16:59:11
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Google promises a software fix for the Pixel 2's buzzing phone call problem in 'the coming weeks'  

 Google’s hardware team can’t catch a break this year. In spite of solid reviews (us included), the company’s new Pixel 2 handsets have been plagued by glitches, including a buzzing sound heard in the ear piece during phone calls. A company rep issued a short response to a lengthy thread about the problem on Google’s Pixel User Community board, noting that the company… Read More

2017-11-20 16:50:58
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The new Kindle Oasis is my dream e-reader  

 Amazon’s newest Kindle Oasis arrived like the answer to a timely question  – mostly because I happened to request an update to the device right before it actually arrived. I’m an unabashed fan of the Kindle, dating back to its earliest days, so take that into consideration, but believe me when I say: The new Kindle Oasis is the Kindle update I’d hoped for, and more.… Read More

2017-11-20 16:49:22
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Tesla's newest product is a mobile battery pack to charge your phone  

 Apparently announcing a new all-electric Semi truck and the fastest production car ever made all in one week wasn’t enough for Tesla. They also quietly launched a third “product”, and you don’t have to wait two years to buy it! It’s a mobile battery pack to charge your phone and other devices. Aptly named the PowerBank, the external battery pack is shaped like… Read More

2017-11-20 16:46:53
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Photographer Stephen Shore brings Instagram to the MoMA  

 Stephen Shore made a name for himself shooting classic Americana mundanity in the 70s, evolving his work from automatic cameras to large-format cameras, using both color and black and white, and continuing to adapt in the age of digital photography, digital printing and social media. Obviously, the advancement of smartphone camera technology and the ease by which those photos are beautified… Read More

2017-11-20 16:09:04
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Roomba gets IFTTT functionality  

 iRobot’s been talking a lot about its plans to make the Roomba an essential part of the connected home. The process has been a bit slow going — the company added WiFi connectivity in 2015 and Alexa functionality this year — but it’s getting there, slowly but surely. Today, the world’s best selling robotic vacuum takes another important step with the addition of… Read More

2017-11-20 15:12:17
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Uber adds live location sharing and more for easier pickups  

 Uber has added some updates to its rider app designed to make the pickup process easier in time for the busy holiday travel season. The biggest change is probably that you can now do live location sharing within the app, letting you temporarily share with your driver exactly where you are – all within your control from the main Uber screen. This should help avoid those moments when… Read More

2017-11-20 15:08:47
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Amazon's Philip K. Dick anthology series will go live on January 12  

 Amazon continues to churn out original series, with Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams premiering on Friday, January 12. The anthology series will be a Prime Video exclusive, with each of the ten episodes set in their own unique worlds based on the literature from author Philip K. Dick. Dick is considered to be one of the greatest, if not the greatest, sci-fi authors of all time. Dick… Read More

2017-11-20 14:37:04
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Uber orders 24,000 Volvo XC90s for driverless fleet  

 Uber has entered into an agreement with carmaker Volvo to purchase 24,000 of its XC90 SUVs between 2019 and 2021 to form a fleet of autonomous vehicles, according to Bloomberg News. The XC90 is the base of Uber’s latest-generation self-driving test car, which features sensors and autonomous driving computing capability installed by Uber after purchase on the XC90 vehicle. The deal is said… Read More

2017-11-20 14:28:54
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Defakto's 'Stille Nacht' watch is a limited edition of galactic proportions  

 Independent watchmaker Defakto creates some stunning timepieces via its regular collection, but it has a new limited series that is particularly eye-catching. The new Defakto Stille Nacht is a collaboration with artist Friederike Bellman, and it uses a hand-painted star field to brighten and distinguish each watchface for the 50-piece limited edition run. The Stille Nacht (‘Silent… Read More

2017-11-20 14:16:17
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Scalyr scores $20M Series A for super-fast log reading tool  

 In a time where every startup seems to be using machine learning to sift through massive amounts of data, Scalyr is a cloud-based service that is taking a different approach. It has built a tool the founder claims can sort through massive amounts of log data at lightning speed when compared to conventional logging tools — and it doesn’t require machine learning to make it… Read More

2017-11-20 13:06:27
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Tencent becomes the first Chinese tech firm valued over $500B  

 Tencent has become the first Chinese company to be valued at more than $500 billion. Shares of the 19-year-old company, which is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, rallied to reach HK$418.80 to give it a market cap of HK$3.99 trillion which takes past the $500 billion mark. Close rival Alibaba is Asia’s second-highest-valued firm at $474 billion. Entry to the… Read More

2017-11-20 10:35:48
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Germany bans kids' smartwatches that can be used for eavesdropping  

 A German regulator has banned domestic sales of children’s smartwatches that have a listening function — warning that parents have been using the devices to secretly eavesdrop on teachers at their kids’ school. Read More

2017-11-20 10:12:28
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Only 3 days left to save 30 percent on Disrupt Berlin tickets  

 In just two short weeks, the Disrupt Berlin 2017 conference will be the European epicenter of cutting-edge technology. It’s an event that no self-respecting techie should miss. But here’s the thing: You have only 72 hours left to get the best deal on tickets. Read More

2017-11-20 09:01:46
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Monzo's latest round included £11M in secondary as founding employees partly cash in  

 Earlier this month, U.K.-based challenger bank Monzo announced that it had raised a further £71 million in a round led by Goodwater Capital, giving the startup a post-money valuation of £280 million. However, what wasn’t reported at the time was that the round included £11 million in secondary investment, meaning that only £60 million entered the company’s balance sheet and… Read More

2017-11-20 09:00:44
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What is an IPO pop and why do VCs hate it so much?  

 Over the weekend, several VCs tweeted that my headline recapping Stitch Fix’s first day of trading was too harsh. The headline read, “Stitch Fix up just 1% on first day of trading, after reducing size of IPO.” I didn’t say it “fumbled” or label it as “weak” and other media publications, but that would… Read More

2017-11-20 08:34:16
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Tech In Asia raises $6.6M led by Korean conglomerate Hanwha  

 Tech In Asia, the Singapore-based media and events startup, has closed $6.6 million in fresh funding. The lead investor is a name that may not be too familiar to regular readers (yet) and that’s Hanwha, a Korean conglomerate which started out in explosives in 1952 but has since expanded into a range of verticals including (now) a focus on tech in emerging markets. With $55.5 billion… Read More

2017-11-20 07:33:29
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Last chance to get your tickets for TechCrunch China in Shanghai November 27-28  

 TechCrunch is excited to be returning to China this month! Fresh from the success of our first event in Shenzhen in June, we’ll be back in more familiar surroundings for the TechCrunch China event in Shanghai from November 27-28. The theme of the event is ‘The New Beginning,’ and we’ll be looking at a host of topics from electric vehicles and live-streaming… Read More

2017-11-20 06:25:54
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Southeast Asia's aCommerce lands $65M led by KKR-backed Emerald Media  

 Southeast Asia-based aCommerce, a startup that helps brands get into e-commerce and digital media in the fast-growing region, has pulled in $65 million in new funding led by Emerald Media, an Asian firm backed by global investor KKR. The Series B deal takes Bangkok-based aCommerce to $94 million raised to date. Existing backers Blue Sky, MDI Ventures and Switzerland-based DKSH also took… Read More

2017-11-20 05:39:16
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Jeffrey Tambor quits Amazon's “Transparent” after being accused of sexual harassment  

 Jeffrey Tambor says he will leave Amazon Studios series “Transparent” after being accused of sexual harassment by two women. While Tambor continues to deny the allegations, he told Deadline that he does not want to continue working on “Transparent,” where he portrays lead character Maura Pfefferman, because of “the politicized atmosphere” on set. Read More

2017-11-20 02:45:52
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Alibaba invests $2.9B in hypermarket operator Sun Art to continue its offline retail push  

 Alibaba is continuing its expansion into offline retail after the Chinese e-commerce giant bought up more than one-third of one of Chinese most prolific operators of hypermarket stores. The firm announced today it has spent HK$22.4 billion (around US$2.88 billion) to acquire of 36.16 percent in Sun Art Retail Group, a Hong Kong-listed business that operates 446 hypermarkets across 224… Read More

2017-11-20 02:43:57
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Media startup Cheddar launches its TV channel in Europe with Molotov  

 Business news network Cheddar has been partnering with social media platforms and OTT services in the U.S. And Cheddar is now looking at international markets. The media company is partnering with French startup Molotov so that French viewers can watch Cheddar from all their devices. Cheddar first launched 18 months ago. Unlike many new media companies, the startup has been focusing on live… Read More

2017-11-20 00:01:43
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Fintech startup Glint de-cloaks to offer a multi-currency account and card that supports spending gold  

 London-based Glint has been pretty stealthy about what it planned to offer, despite several funding rounds and a vague description that it wanted to a create new “global currency” based on gold. Well, today the fintech startup is finally de-cloaking with a staggered launch of its multi-currency account, app and card that does indeed let you store your money in gold and convert it… Read More

2017-11-20 00:01:38
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Pact Coffee founder steps down from CEO role as London startup looks to B2B for growth  

 Pact Coffee, the U.K. subscription service that delivers freshly roasted “specialty coffee” to your door, has seen a change of leadership as the company plans to focus more on the B2B side of its business. After 5 years running Pact, TechCrunch understands that founder Stephen Rapoport has stepped down from his role as CEO and instead will act as Chairman going forward.… Read More

2017-11-19 19:56:25
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Authorities serve Apple a warrant for Texas shooter's iPhone  

 Two weeks ago today, 26 people were killed by a gunman at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Two phones were discovered at the scene: older push-button LG and what local news described as a “blood spattered” Apple iPhone SE. Now local law enforcement has served Apple with a search warrant in order to retrieve information from the smartphone. The news has echoes of… Read More

2017-11-19 19:33:12
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Nuraphones' custom profiles bring out new detail in familiar songs  

 I promised myself I wouldn’t read any work email (I failed), wouldn’t tweet (failed) and wouldn’t bring along any homework — I failed there too, but that one I don’t actually feel bad about. We’ve been following the progress of Nura headphones since they were an unsightly jumble of wires, with an exterior control box that did most of the heavy lifting.… Read More

2017-11-19 19:20:13
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17 STEM-focused gifts to inspire kids to learn coding and love robotics  

 This year’s STEM gift guide reflects the boom in ‘educational’ techie toys — featuring programmable and controllable robots of all stripes and shapes, as well as some fully fledged learn-to-code computers and a few lower tech alternatives for variety. Read More

2017-11-19 19:01:09
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100 cryptocurrencies described in four words or less  

 This list describes cryptocurrencies. Each gets four words. There are many. Some are landmarks. Some are scams. Hopefully this provides orientation. Read More

2017-11-19 18:00:05
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Ello Again…  

 The social networking platform splashed onto the tech scene promoting itself as an ad-free rival to Facebook. Soon millions of people (including yours truly) signed on just to see what all the fuss was about. The platform quickly ballooned to nearly 3 million community members in a short few months. The problem was no one knew what the hell this thing was. The logo was just a black dot with a… Read More

2017-11-19 17:30:51
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The battle for control of data could be just starting  

 Companies like Facebook, Google and Amazon happily take our data in exchange for convenience, lower prices or free services, but individuals and businesses are beginning to understand the value of controlling their data instead of simply handing it over to the world’s largest technology companies. The battle to regain control over that data could be starting in earnest. I saw a couple… Read More

2017-11-19 17:30:18
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A decade of Amazon Kindle  

 Ten years ago this week, Amazon released the first Kindle. It was big and clunky and kind of ugly, with an awkward physical keyboard and 250 MB of on-board storage. It sold out in less than six hours and would remain that way until the following April. Amazon, it seemed, was really onto something. Read More

2017-11-19 17:27:31
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Cultural accumulation vs. cultural decay  

 Don’t worry; I’m not getting all moralistic on you here. When I talk about cultural decay I’m talking about something I think we need more of. We have too much culture to have a culture, you see, and that’s basically all tech’s fault — but it’s not necessarily a problem. No, stop, wait, listen, I can explain. Have you noticed that it’s a whole… Read More

2017-11-19 14:00:01
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