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Heptio launches an open source load balancer for Kubernetes and OpenStack  

Heptio is one of the more interesting companies in the container ecosystem. In part, that’s due to the simple fact that it was founded by Craig McLuckie and Joe Beda, two of the three engineers behind the original Kubernetes project, but also because of the technology it’s developing and the large amount of funding it […]

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2018-04-23 13:55:39

The EU launches investigation into Apple/Shazam deal  

The European Union has been eyeing Apple's plans to buy Shazam for a while now. Back in February, it noted that the deal raised some preliminary competitive concerns. Today, the EU announced that it's all in, launching an "in-depth" investigation into the deal. In a press release issued earlier today, Commissioner Margrethe Vestager notes, “The […]

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2018-04-23 13:35:59

Canary's cameras get person-detecting AI improvements  

False positives are hands-down the worst part of my home security camera. At some point, the thing started sending me video snippets every time my rabbit eats a piece of arugula. Which is fine for, like, a day and then almost immediately annoying. After rolling out a version of AI-based person detection earlier this year, […]

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2018-04-23 13:29:32

Deliv now offers same-day delivery for Shopify retailers  

Deliv, which partners with retailers like Macy’s, Best Buy and Petsmart to offer same-day delivery, is enabling Shopify retailers to offer scheduled, same-day delivery to customers. This is thanks to a partnership with Zapiet, a store pickup and local delivery plug-in for Shopify. Zapiet helps Shopify retailers manage store inventories and configure the confines of the deliveries. This […]

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2018-04-23 11:40:02

Ride-hailing app Careem reveals data breach affecting 14 million people  

Careem, the ride-hailing company based in Dubai, revealed today it was the victim of a cyber breach. Hackers accessed the names, email addresses, phone numbers and trip data of anyone who signed up for Careem prior to January 14. Careem said there’s no evidence the hackers accessed passwords or credit card information. While the breach […]

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2018-04-23 11:38:46

Bluedot Innovation gets $5.5 million in funding to track smartphone users more precisely  

When it comes to the promises of persistent location hyper-awareness, the promises of mobile have largely fallen flat. While this has been a bummer for consumers looking for more contextual services from the apps they have installed, this has also been a pain for marketers keen to get their hands on more quality user data. […]

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2018-04-23 11:31:04

This is Volkswagen's ludicrous electric Pikes Peak racer  

Volkswagen is entering the yearly race up Pikes Peak with a lightweight custom racer. Called the I.D R Pikes Peak, two electric engines are good for 680 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. The whole package weighs less then 2,500 lbs and VW says the vehicle is good for a 0-60 time of 2.25 seconds. […]

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2018-04-23 10:35:48

RapChat raises $1.6 million to help you make and share your def jams  

The first thing to understand about media sharing app RapChat is that co-founder Seth Miller is not a rapper and his friend, Pat Gibson, is. Together they created RapChat, a service for making and sharing raps, and the conjunction of rapper and nerd seems to be really taking off. Since we last looked at the […]

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2018-04-23 10:02:57

To win back consumers, big brands should invest in R&D and innovation  

Ryan Caldbeck Contributor Ryan Caldbeck is the founder and chief executive of the consumer and retail investment marketplace CircleUp. More posts by this contributor What Silicon Valley tech VCs get wrong about consumer investing We are on the verge of a consumer M&A avalanche The world of consumer goods is changing. Consumer tastes are becoming […]

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2018-04-23 09:30:27

CBS All Access arrives in Canada to kick off international expansion efforts  

CBS’ over-the-top streaming service, CBS All Access, is now available for the first time outside the U.S. The network today announced the service has arrived in Canada, ahead of a planned international expansion which will see the streaming service coming to more markets outside the U.S. in the future. There are some differences between the […]

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2018-04-23 08:44:04

China's Didi Chuxing launches its ride-hailing service in Mexico  

China’s ride-sharing leader Didi Chuxing has continued its global march after it officially launched in Mexico, expanding its battle with Uber to a new front. The company raised $4 billion in December to expand overseas and it hasn’t held back on doing so this year. Hot on the heels of moves into Brazil, Taiwan and […]

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2018-04-23 08:31:49

Apple is offering free battery replacement for some MacBook Pro units  

Apple is offering free battery replacements for some 13-inch MacBook Pro (without Touch Bar) laptops that may have a faulty component. The company announced recently that a limited number of these devices have a component that may fail, which would case the original built-in battery to expand. While Apple says this isn’t a safety issue, […]

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2018-04-23 05:13:57

Formlabs scores another $30 million in funding  

Formlabs announced this morning that it's raised another $30 million in a Series C lead by Tyche Partners. This latest round puts the Somerville, Massachusetts-based 3D printing company's total funding north to $85 million. It's a rare success story in the world of desktop 3D printing, where most of the company's competitors failed to weather […]

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2018-04-23 05:10:48

Amazon is reportedly working on a home robot  

For Amazon's latest hardware trick, the company has apparently been working on a home robot under the codename, "Vesta." That nugget comes via Bloomberg sources, who report that the online retail giant expects to start trialing the device in employee homes this year, with plans to launch it to consumers as early as 2019. The […]

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2018-04-23 04:55:49

Mobile guru Amol Sarva talks about the future of work  

Amol Sarva has done some amazing stuff. The founder of Virgin Mobile, Sarva went on to create the Peek email device created back when cheap, ubiquitous mobile devices were nowhere to be found. Now he runs Knotel, a unique workspace aimed at up and coming startups. In this episode of Technotopia I asked Sarva about […]

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2018-04-23 03:59:26

DoD clarifies winner-take-all cloud contract  

When the Department of Defense announced in March, a 10-year winner-take-all cloud contract that could be worth up to $10 billion, it raised a few eyebrows. Last week, they clarified some of the conditions, and it turns out that much like a modern baseball free agent contract, there are a couple of points where the […]

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2018-04-23 03:52:53

Netflix looks to raise $1.5 billion in debt financing  

In the span of 20 years, Netflix has gone from a (super convenient) Blockbuster knockoff to one of the most powerful players in media. Partially, that’s credited to Netflix’s technology, bringing streaming content to the mainstream. But Netflix’s success is also owed in part to its willingness to invest in its content library. Netflix continues […]

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2018-04-23 03:43:58

43% of music revenues came from streaming last year  

Streaming services and their subscription revenue has saved the music business, according to a new music industry report, which notes that 2017 was the third consecutive year of revenue growth – again, thanks to digital music consumption. Global recorded music revenues reached $17.4 billion in 2017, up from $16 billion in 2016 – an annual growth […]

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2018-04-23 03:26:32

Glowforge opens public orders for its desktop 3D laser cutter  

Hardware startup Glowforge, which makes a desktop laser cutter and engraver for home or office use, has finally opened up sales to the general public. The maker-targeted device, which can ‘print’ (read: engrave/laser cut) a variety of materials including leather, wood, acrylic, glass, and even the metal surface of a Macbook, starts at $2,495 for the entry […]

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2018-04-23 02:39:47

Net neutrality is officially dead today, but the fight to revive it lives on  

Net neutrality's protracted, multi-phase death scene has finally come to an end with a whimper as the FCC rules proposed in May, voted on in December, and entered in the Federal Register in February finally come into effect today. But as before, don't expect some big fanfare by broadband providers and a sudden ratcheting up of prices. Things are going to stay quietly tense for a while.

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2018-04-23 02:14:53

Empathy technologies like VR, AR, and social media can transform education  

Jennifer Carolan Contributor Jennifer Carolan is a general partner and co-founder of Reach Capital. More posts by this contributor Why VR matters, especially in rural schools In The Better Angels of Our Nature, Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker makes the case for reading as a "technology for perspective-taking" that has the capacity to not only evoke […]

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2018-04-22 19:18:50

Proxeus wants to be the WordPress of blockchain  

Can blockchain technology fix the soul sucking tedium and cost of back-and-forth bureaucracy? The Swiss team behind a blockchain-based platform, called Proxeus, believes it can — and that that will be just the tip of what decentralization brings down the pipe, once components such as crypto identities become an accepted (and legal) standard. Blockchain's big […]

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2018-04-22 13:46:03

Original Content podcast: Netflix successfully reinvents 'Lost in Space'  

Lost in Space started out as a ’60s TV series, got rebooted in the 1990s as a feature film and has now been brought up-to-date by Netflix . On the latest episode of the Original Content podcast, we review the first season of the new show, which finds the Robinson family once again sent into […]

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2018-04-22 13:33:54

Where have all the pilots gone?  

You’d think everybody would want to fly. It’s been a universal human dream since the first cave person saw the first pterodactyl¹. You’d think better technology, greater demand, economic growth, and population growth would mean more and more pilots. But the surprising, counterintuitive fact is that fewer and fewer people are flying, and now Earth […]

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2018-04-22 11:26:42

Google confirms some of its own services are now getting blocked in Russia over the Telegram ban  

A shower of paper airplanes darted through the skies of Moscow and other towns in Russia today, as users answered the call of entrepreneur Pavel Durov to send the blank missives out of their windows at a pre-appointed time in support of Telegram, a messaging app he founded that was blocked last week by Russian regulator […]

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2018-04-22 10:17:06

Amazon's next conquest will be apparel  

Sunny Dhillon Contributor Sunny Dhillon is a partner at Signia Venture Partners. More posts by this contributor The rise of experiential commerce Approaching e-commerce investments in the age of Amazon Late last year, after Amazon announced it had acquired the rights to J.R.R. Tolkien's epic "Lord of the Rings" saga for $250 million, I wrote […]

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2018-04-22 07:01:10

Connecting our homeless neighbors with their loved ones  

San Francisco’s housing crisis is painfully obvious with a homeless population of 7,499 people, according to a 2017 homeless census and survey. People lose their homes for a variety of reasons — job losses, wrongful evictions, excessive rent hikes and so forth. What sometimes prevents people from finding a new home is a lack of available […]

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2018-04-22 05:28:20

Gillmor Gang: Carrier Pigeon  

The Gillmor Gang — John Taschek, Denis Pombriant, Keith Teare, Esteban Kolsky, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, April 20, 2018. G3: Privacy Fence — Mary Hodder, Maria Ogneva, Francine Hardaway, Kristie Wells, and Tina Chase Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, April 20, 2018. @stevegillmor, @jtaschek, @kteare, @DenisPombriant, @ekolsky Produced and directed by Tina Chase Gillmor […]

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2018-04-22 03:09:05

Pivotal CEO talks IPO and balancing life in Dell family of companies  

Pivotal has kind of a strange role for a company. On one hand its part of the EMC federation companies that Dell acquired in 2016 for a cool $67 billion, but it’s also an independently operated entity within that broader Dell family of companies — and that has to be a fine line to walk. […]

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2018-04-21 18:44:08

Timescale is leading the next wave of NYC database tech  

Data is the lifeblood of the modern corporation, yet acquiring, storing, processing, and analyzing it remains a remarkably challenging and expensive project. Every time data infrastructure finally catches up with the streams of information pouring in, another source and more demanding decision-making makes the existing technology obsolete. Few cities rely on data the same way […]

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2018-04-21 13:33:56

BigID lands in the right place at the right time with GDPR  

Every startup needs a little skill and a little luck. BigID, a NYC-based data governance solution has been blessed with both. The company, which helps customers identify sensitive data in big data stores, launched at just about the same time that the EU announced the GDPR data privacy regulations. Today, the company is having trouble […]

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2018-04-21 13:31:42

In the NYC enterprise startup scene, security is job one  

While most people probably would not think of New York as a hotbed for enterprise startups of any kind, it is actually quite active. When you stop to consider that the world’s biggest banks and financial services companies are located there, it would certainly make sense for security startups to concentrate on such a huge […]

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2018-04-21 12:35:16

See you on Monday for some crypto talk  

I'll be helping build a larger meetup focused on pre-ICO companies in New York on April 23 and I'd love to see you there. It will be held at Knotel on April 23 at 7pm and will feature a pitch-off with eight startups — I will write about the best ones — and two panels […]

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2018-04-21 12:27:40

NS1 brings domain name services to the enterprise  

When you think about critical infrastructure, DNS or domain naming services might not pop into your head, but what is more important than making sure your website opens quickly and efficiently for your users. NS1 is a New York City startup trying to bring software smarts and automation to the DNS space. “We're a DNS […]

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2018-04-21 09:45:53

Through luck and grit, Datadog is fusing the culture of developers and operations  

There used to be two cultures in the enterprise around technology. On one side were software engineers, who built out the applications needed by employees to conduct the business of their companies. On the other side were sysadmins, who were territorially protective of their hardware domain — the servers, switches, and storage boxes needed to […]

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2018-04-21 08:07:47

Full-Metal Packet is hosting the future of cloud infrastructure  

Cloud computing has been a revolution for the data center. Rather than investing in expensive hardware and managing a data center directly, companies are relying on public cloud providers like AWS, Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure to provide general-purpose and high-availability compute, storage, and networking resources in a highly flexible way. Yet as workflows have […]

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2018-04-21 03:25:27

Special Report: New York's enterprise infrastructure ecosystem  

New York City is a marvel of infrastructure planning and engineering. There are the visible landmarks — the Brooklyn Bridge, the Lincoln Tunnel, the Empire State Building — and also the invisible ones that run the city beneath its crowded streets, such as one of the world's most complex water tunneling and reservoir systems. That […]

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2018-04-21 02:39:57

ZTE says export ban will 'severely impact' its survival  

It's been a hell of a week for ZTE. News Monday that it was being hit with a seven-year export ban sent the company scrambling. The Chinese handset maker suspended its earnings report and reportedly sent its lawyers to meet with Google to see if anything could be worked out about a punishment that could […]

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2018-04-20 21:57:53

SF supervisor doesn't want you riding electric scooters on sidewalks  

For those of you keeping track of the scooter saga in San Francisco, Supervisor Aaron Peskin has filed a resolution in opposition of California State Assembly bill 2989. The bill, authored by Assembly Member Heath Flora and sponsored by electric scooter startup Bird, seeks to allow top speeds of 20 mph, let people ride them […]

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2018-04-20 20:48:16

German Supreme Court dismisses Axel Springer lawsuit, says ad blocking is legal  

Germany’s Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit yesterday from Axel Springer against Eyeo, the company behind AdBlock Plus. The European publishing giant (which acquired Business Insider in 2015) argued that ad blocking, as well as the business model where advertisers pay to be added to circumvent the white list, violated Germany’s competition law. Axel Springer won a […]

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2018-04-20 19:54:51

SmugMug acquires Flickr  

Two photo-sharing services are teaming up, as SmugMug buys Flickr from Verizon’s digital media subsidiary Oath. USA Today broke the news and interviewed SmugMug CEO Don MacAskill, who said he hopes to revitalize Flickr . At the same time, he said he’s still figuring out his actual plans: “It sounds silly for the CEO to […]

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2018-04-20 19:31:56

Kubernetes and Cloud Foundry grow closer  

Containers are eating the software world — and Kubernetes is the king of containers. So if you are working on any major software project, especially in the enterprise, you will run into it sooner or later. Cloud Foundry, which hosted its semi-annual developer conference in Boston this week, is an interesting example for this. Outside […]

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2018-04-20 18:47:29

Twitter is down again for some [Update: It's Back]  

Rough week to be in Twitter support. Three days after the site experienced downtime across the globe, the site was hit by another outage.’s service site is currently listing an “active incident,” leaving many users unable to tweet. In other cases, the site isn’t loading at all, instead serving up internal server errors or […]

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2018-04-20 14:28:27

YouTube ads for hundreds of brands still running on extremist and white nationalist channels  

It's been more than a year since YouTube promised to improve controls over what content advertisers would find their ads in front of; eight months since it promised to demonetize "hateful" videos; two months since it said it would downgrade offensive channels; and yet CNN reports that ads from hundreds of major brands are still appearing as pre-rolls for actual Nazis.

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2018-04-20 13:28:31

Twitter banned Russian security firm Kaspersky Lab from buying ads  

The U.S. government isn’t the only one feeling skittish about Kaspersky Lab. On Friday, the Russian security firm’s founder Eugene Kaspersky confronted Twitter’s apparent ban on advertising from the company, a decision it quietly issued in January. No matter how this situation develops, we won't be doing any more advertising on Twitter this year. The […]

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2018-04-20 11:53:55

RealSelf, a community for cosmetic treatments, raises $40 million  

RealSelf, an online community where people can ask questions, share their experiences and connect with doctors providing cosmetic treatments, has raised $40 million in new funding — its first round of financing since the $2 million raised in 2008, two years after its founding. The round was led by Elephant, a VC firm co-founded by […]

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2018-04-20 11:05:55

Orchid Labs is in the process of raising $125 million for its surveillance-free layer atop the internet  

Orchid Labs, a San Francisco-based startup that’s developing a a surveillance-free layer on top of the internet, has raised a bunch of funding, according to a newly processed SEC filing that shows the year-old startup has closed on $36.1 million. The money comes just five months after Orchid closed on a separate, $4.5 million in funding from […]

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2018-04-20 09:52:12

Musiio uses AI to help the music industry curate tracks more efficiently  

A former streaming industry exec and an AI specialist walk into a bar… they leave starting an AI company for the music industry. That’s not exactly how Singapore-based startup Musiio was formed, but it’s close enough — and the outcome is the same. Co-founders Hazel Savage, formerly of Pandora and Shazam, and Swedish data scientist […]

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2018-04-20 09:20:37

Watch how Steven Spielberg framed 'Ready Player One' shots in VR  

Despite plenty of skepticism over early trailers and the source material itself, Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One has been doing very well at the box office. En mi opinion, it made a lot of quality shifts from the book that made it a quality popcorn flick that wasn’t too nerdishly pretentious. A lot of people […]

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2018-04-20 08:46:02

Friday Night Lights is on Hulu now. You're welcome.  

Friday Night Lights, the football show that was never just about football (and one of the best shows on television), is now streaming on Hulu. Say goodbye to the weekend is all I’m saying. Hailed as one of the most honest depictions of a functioning adult relationship in its portrayal of the husband and wife […]

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2018-04-20 07:58:57

Equity podcast: Coinbase buys a startup, Discord's a unicorn and Netflix soars  

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch's venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week TechCrunch’s Katie Roof and Crunchbase News’s Alex Wilhelm sat down with Science Inc’s Michael Jones to dig through the latest in the world of technology and money. And goddamn was there some stuff to get through. On […]

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2018-04-20 07:05:53

Pivotal Software closed up 5% following IPO, raised $555 million  

Stock market investors showed lukewarm enthusiasm for Pivotal Software’s debut on Friday. After pricing the IPO at $15, the company closed the day at $15.73. Although it didn’t “pop” for new investors, pricing at the midpoint of its proposed range allowed Pivotal to raise $555 million. Its public company market cap exceeded $3 billion. The enterprise […]

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2018-04-20 06:35:10

Startup ecosystem report: China is rising while the US is waning  

Startups are a gamble, but it’s possible to better understand why some thrive and many more die by looking at the ecosystems in which they operate. Such is the mission of eight-year-old Startup Genome, composed of a group of researchers and entrepreneurs who, every year, interview thousands of founders and investors around the world to […]

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2018-04-20 05:26:34

Google changes its messaging strategy again: Goodbye to Allo, double down on RCS  

Google’s long-and-winding road to figuring out messaging is taking yet another change of direction after the company called time on Allo, its newest chat app launch, in order to double down on its vision to enable an enhanced version of SMS. The company told The Verge that it is “pausing” work on Allo, which was only launched […]

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2018-04-20 05:09:55

Facebook starts its facial recognition push to Europeans  

Facebook users in Europe are reporting the company has started giving them the option to turn on its controversial facial recognition technology. Jimmy Nsubuga, a journalist at Metro, is among several European Facebook users who have reporting getting notifications asking if they want to turn on the technology. Facebook has previously said an opt-in option for […]

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2018-04-20 05:08:30

Nintendo Labo review  

I'm here to tell you first-hand: Nintendo Labo is no joke. I'm a grown-up human person, who has spent many hours of his life building things: office furniture, websites, a model of the Batmobile from the 1989 Tim Burton movie. In the fourth grade, I attempted to build Mission Santa Barbara out of sugar cubes. […]

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2018-04-20 04:06:54

This robot can build your IKEA furniture  

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who hate building IKEA furniture and madmen. Now, thanks to IkeaBot, the madmen can be replaced. IkeaBot is a project built at Control Robotics Intelligence (CRI) group at NTU in Singapore. The team began by teaching robots to insert pins and manipulate IKEA parts, then, […]

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2018-04-20 03:45:10

Twitter doesn't care that someone is building a bot army in Southeast Asia  

Facebook’s lack of attention to how third parties are using its service to reach users ended with CEO Mark Zuckerberg taking questions from congressional committees. With that in mind, you’d think that others in the social media space might be more attentive than usual to potentially malicious actors on their platforms. Twitter, however, is turning the […]

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2018-04-20 03:15:41

AT&T CEO says a new $15-per-month, sports-free streaming service is launching in a few weeks  

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson revealed on Thursday the carrier’s plans to launch another live TV service called “AT&T Watch,” which would offer a cheap, $15-per-month bundle of channels for customers, and be provided to AT&T Wireless subscribers for free. At this price point, the service would be one of the lowest on the market — […]

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2018-04-20 02:06:06

iOS 11's new App Store boosts downloads by 800% for featured apps  

When Apple launched its new App Store in iOS 11 back in September, it aimed to offer app developers better exposure, as well as a better app discovery experience for consumers. A new study from Sensor Tower out today takes a look at how well that’s been working in the months since. According to its […]

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2018-04-20 01:45:37

Founder of cryptocurrency debit card faces new fraud charges for $32 million ICO scheme  

The U.S. government is following through on its promise to crack down on initial coin offering scams. On Friday, the SEC announced charges against Raymond Trapani, the third co-founder of Centra Tech Inc., which raised $32 million for a cryptocurrency debit card last year through a flashy ICO endorsed by DJ Khaled and boxer Floyd […]

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2018-04-20 01:39:10

Do you need a blockchain?  

Blockchain technology is set to have a profound impact on a wide variety of industries, ranging from capital markets to the music business. While some use cases may seem obvious, the technology is still surrounded by its fair share of hype and uncertainty. As a manager, how should you approach the subject, and when should you put your money where your mouth is and actively aim to implement blockchain technology?

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2018-04-19 21:03:20

LinkedIn's AutoFill plugin could leak user data, secret fix failed  

Facebook isn’t the only one in the hot seat over data privacy. A flaw in LinkedIn’s AutoFill plugin that websites use to let you quickly complete forms could have allowed hackers to steal your full name, phone number, email address, ZIP code, company and job title. Malicious sites have been able to invisibly render the […]

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2018-04-19 19:03:33

Russia's game of Telegram whack-a-mole grows to 19M blocked IPs, hitting Twitch, Spotify and more  

As the messaging app Telegram continues to try to evade Russian authorities by switching up its IP addresses, Russia’s regulator Roskomnadzor (RKN) has continued its game of whack-a-mole to try to lock it down by knocking out complete swathes of IP address. The resulting chase how now ballooned to nearly 19 million IP addresses at […]

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2018-04-19 16:11:39

Cambridge Analytica was reportedly exploring an ICO  

In the most 2018 thing of the year so far, Reuters and The New York Times are both reporting that Cambridge Analytica was talking to crytpocurrency experts in preparation for the launch of its own initial coin offering. Of course, things may have gotten a bit off-track when the company was revealed to have obtained […]

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2018-04-19 15:35:46

Oculus implements its own GDPR-compliant privacy controls  

While Facebook is still struggling to regain user trust following a data fiasco that ultimately brought Zuckerberg to testify in front of Congress, the company still has plenty to do to ready itself for GDPR and appease EU lawmakers. This includes making sure that everything is up to snuff at its virtual reality company, Oculus […]

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2018-04-19 13:51:28

Intel abandons Vaunt smart glasses project  

It might just be time for Intel to admit that it's not great at this whole wearables thing. A few months after their flashy online debut, the Vaunt smart glasses are dead, the chipmaker has confirmed. Some things, it seems, are just too beautiful to live — or receive sufficient investment from their parent company. […]

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2018-04-19 13:40:29

3D-printing marketplace Shapeways raises a $30 million Series E  

Investors, it seems, aren't entirely soured on the world of 3D printing. The technology is still making progress in the enterprise sector, and Shapeways is certainly continuing to make a case for it in the world of online marketplaces. This morning, the New York-based company announced the closing of a $30 million Series E.  The […]

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2018-04-19 13:21:58

Square acquires corporate catering startup Zesty  

Square has acquired elements of corporate catering startup Zesty . Square, which already owns on-demand food delivery service Caviar, plans to use Zesty’s assets to strengthen Caviar’s corporate ordering business, Caviar for Teams. Neither company disclosed financial terms of the deal, but the plan is for Caviar and Zesty to operate independently in the short […]

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2018-04-19 13:16:35

Lyft invests millions of dollars to offset its effect on climate change  

Lyft, recognizing the impact of its ride-hailing platform on the environment, is making a “multi-million” dollar investment in carbon offsets. Within the first year of this effort, Lyft says it expects to be able to offset about one million metric tons of carbon. “The stark reality is that transportation is one of the largest sources of […]

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2018-04-19 12:54:57

eBay's mobile app can now fill out your listings for you  

Ebay is rolling out an app update designed to make it easier to list items for sale on its online marketplace. Instead of filling out detailed forms on your mobile phone’s small screen, you can now scan the barcode on the item in question or type a description, choose the item’s condition, then click “list […]

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2018-04-19 12:54:56

Centrify gives states a deal on identity management software to secure midterm elections  

To secure U.S. election systems from the very real threat of targeted cyberattacks, states might need to reframe their security practices to look more like they would in a tightly controlled corporate environment. To that end, Centrify, an enterprise cloud-based identity management company, is extending its security offerings to help states cover their bases as […]

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2018-04-19 12:37:31

Crypto-collectibles and Kitties marketplace Rare Bits raises $6M  

Rare Bits wants to be eBay for the blockchain, where you buy, sell, and trade non-fungible crypto-goods. After CryptoKitties raised $12 million from Andreessen Horowitz last month for its digital collectibles game, there’s been an explosion of interest in the space. But without a popular marketplace, it’s hard to find the goods you want at the […]

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2018-04-19 11:47:34

Technique to beam HD video with 99 percent less power could sharpen the eyes of smart homes  

Everyone seems to be insisting on installing cameras all over their homes these days, which seems incongruous with the privacy crisis — but that's a post for another time. Today, we're talking about enabling those cameras to send high-definition video signals wirelessly without killing their little batteries. A new technique makes beaming video out more than 99 percent more efficient, possibly making batteries unnecessary altogether.

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2018-04-19 11:24:28

Jaquet Droz is shipping its mechanical signing machine  

Watchmaker Jaquet Droz announced its Signing Machine — a mechanical device that will sign your name for you using a series of miniature gears and springs — in 2014. Four years later, the company is ready to ship their miraculous contraption just in time for you to ink the deal you’ve made with Cybereus, lord […]

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2018-04-19 11:10:21

mParticle hires Adobe's John Sedlak as chief revenue officer  

mParticle, which helps companies like Airbnb and Spotify manage their customer data, has hired four new executives — including John Sedlak, most recently a vice president at Adobe, who’s joining the company as chief revenue officer. In addition, Kiran Hebbar (formerly CFO of Social Tables) is joining as chief financial officer, Will Rogers (previously an engineer […]

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2018-04-19 10:27:57

Cheddar's digital news network is coming to Hulu, too  

Cheddar isn’t done making deals with the over-the-top streaming TV providers. Only yesterday, news came out that Cheddar was the first digital-only network to launch a channel on YouTube’s streaming TV service, YouTube TV. Today, the company is announcing a similar deal with Hulu, which will bring its programming to Hulu’s over 17 million subscribers. […]

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2018-04-19 09:36:58

Don't just stir; Stircle  

Although I do my best to minimize the trash produced by my lifestyle (blog posts notwithstanding), one I can't really control, at least without carrying a spoon on my person at all times, is the necessity of using a disposable stick to stir my coffee. That could all change with the Stircle, a little platform that spins your drink around to mix it.

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2018-04-19 09:16:04

SNK may be making a mini-console stuffed with arcade classics  

If you've worked through the amazing selection of games provided by the NES and SNES Classic Editions, you may be in luck: SNK, the legendary arcade game creator behind the likes of Metal Slug and Samurai Shodown, is teasing what looks like its own tiny arcade cabinet.

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2018-04-19 08:35:49

Lyft drivers' lawsuit against Uber over 'Hell' program isn't over  

A class-action lawsuit led by a number of Lyft drivers against Uber regarding the alleged “Hell” spying program is moving forward in an amended way. The lawsuit, brought by Lyft driver Michael Gonzales on behalf of other Lyft drivers, alleges Uber wrongfully intercepted the communications and whereabouts of Lyft drivers, and resulted in the loss of […]

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2018-04-19 08:21:39

See you next week in New York  

I'll be helping build a larger meetup focused on pre-ICO companies in New York on April 23 and I'd love to see you there. It will be held at Knotel on April 23 at 7pm and will feature a pitch-off with eight startups and two panels with some yet-unnamed stars in the space. Let’s get […]

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2018-04-19 08:08:59

PlayVS wants every high school to have an esports team  

Nearly 200 colleges and universities across the U.S. and Canada are actively recruiting for esports scholarships. But unlike other sports, there is currently no real infrastructure for high school esports. PlayVS, a Science-backed startup out of Los Angeles, is looking to change that. Founded by Delane Parnell, PlayVS has signed an exclusive contract with the […]

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2018-04-19 07:51:42

Walmart launches 'Check Out With Me' for on-the-spot checkouts in hundreds of U.S. stores  

Walmart announced on Thursday it’s beginning to test new technology that arms store staff with mobile devices for checking out customers from the floor. The devices will first be put into use in Walmart’s “Lawn & Garden Centers” in over 350 U.S. stores, where there’s the most need for a mobile checkout experience like this. […]

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2018-04-19 07:38:46

Rylo brings some new software tricks to their not-a-360 camera  

Rylo wants people to use 360 cameras to capture everything around them, then use software to determine what exactly they want after the fact. Today, the startup is adding a new feature to the app, a new feature to the camera and a new camera effect to keep things interesting on the company’s 360 camera […]

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2018-04-19 07:05:49

Motorola introduces four new phones  

Motorola's phones aren't always the flashiest, but there sure are a lot of them. And today, there are even more. The Lenovo-owned brand is launching not one, but four new handsets for your budget-phone-buying pleasure. The new handsets were launched at an event in São Paulo, Brazil. We, sadly, were not there. Instead, we played […]

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2018-04-19 06:10:36

California OSHA is looking into injury reports at Tesla  

After a report by Reveal suggested that Tesla was underreporting workplace injuries at its Fremont plant, Tesla responded with a blog post calling the report “completely false” and pinning it all up as a “calculated disinformation campaign.” Now California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (otherwise known as Cal/OSHA) is looking into things at the […]

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2018-04-19 05:30:50

Open Mineral plans to disrupt commodities trading with blockchain  

Commodity trading is a very old industry that focuses on raw materials, like lead or copper, that are worth hundreds of billions. These materials are constantly moving from producers to consumers in a global market worth about $80 billion, but it often lacks efficiency and transparency. Meanwhile, intermediaries make a lot of money just by […]

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2018-04-19 05:23:48

Genetics testing startup Prenetics buys UK's DNAFit to move into consumer services  

Prenetics, a Hong Kong-based startup that offers genetic testing services for patients, is expanding outside of Asia and into the consumer space after it acquired London-based company DNAFit. The deal — which a source told TechCrunch is worth $10 million — not only sees Prenetics enter new geographies, but also expand the scope of its services. […]

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2018-04-19 04:51:01

TaskRabbit CEO posts statement as its app returns following a cybersecurity breach  

After taking them down to investigate what it called a "cybersecurity incident," TaskRabbit's website and app are back online. The Ikea-owned platform for on-demand labor also posted an update from its chief executive officer Stacy Brown-Philpot about the incident. "While our investigation is ongoing, preliminary evidence shows that an unauthorized user gained access to our […]

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2018-04-19 04:32:36

Reddit hires former Time Inc. exec Jen Wong as COO  

Reddit, one of the internet’s largest hubs for both traffic and controversy, announced today that it has hired former Time Inc. President of Digital Jen Wong to take on the role of COO. She will be tasked with managing Reddit’s business strategy, working out of the company’s New York office. Wong left Time Inc. earlier […]

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2018-04-19 04:26:44

MoviePass's parent company is getting crushed after offering new stock  

Helios and Matheson Analytics is looking to push additional capital into its prime and wildly popular asset, MoviePass, by raising money in a new stock sale that appears to be giving Wall Street fits. Looking to raise additional capital, Helios and Matheson said it would sell up to $150 million in a stock sale that […]

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2018-04-19 04:17:34

Netflix launches 30-second preview videos on mobile  

Netflix is introducing its own take on Snapchat and Instagram stories after it began to roll out 30-second preview videos for mobile viewers. The previews look much like Stories because the thumbnails are circular and the content plays with virtual videos, so there’s no need to move your phone to the side. Added to that, […]

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2018-04-19 04:10:39

Announcing how startups can exhibit for free at Disrupt SF with Top Picks  

TechCrunch’s top goal at Disrupt SF (September 5-7) is to help early-stage founders get lots of attention, which is why every year we introduce more and better ways to make that happen. This year we’re adding TC Top Picks, a new program that will provide 60 top founders the opportunity to exhibit free of charge for […]

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2018-04-19 04:01:36

Laura Tyson will be speaking at TC Sessions: Robotics May 11 at UC Berkeley  

We're less than a month out from TC Sessions: Robotics, and we've still got some key names to share with you for the big event. We've already announced some of the top names in robotics, including Playground's Andy Rubin, Boston Dynamics' Marc Raibert, Ayanna Howard of Zyrobotics, Chris Urmson of Google and UC Berkeley professor […]

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2018-04-19 03:31:05

Facebook has a new job posting calling for chip designers  

Facebook has posted a job opening looking for an expert in ASIC and FPGA, two custom silicon designs that companies can gear toward specific use cases — particularly in machine learning and artificial intelligence. There’s been a lot of speculation in the valley as to what Facebook’s interpretation of custom silicon might be, especially as […]

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2018-04-19 03:12:39

The making of a hardware founder  

Working in tech, it's hard to avoid the many stories and congratulatory tweets about the latest company to close a funding round, and little wonder. It's a milestone worth celebrating before getting back to work. Yet what's happening in the trenches before those funding announcements roll out is often more instructive. How does one decide […]

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2018-04-19 03:10:29

Apple has a new iPhone recycling robot named 'Daisy'  

Meet Daisy. Apple's latest recycling robot was revealed, not coincidentally, a few days before Earth Day, in a press announcement summing up the company's recent environmental accomplishments. The new ‘bot is an update to Liam, the recycling robot the company announced back in 2016. Daisy was developed in-house by Apple engineers, using some of Liam's […]

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2018-04-19 02:28:07

ZTE postpones earnings report after being slapped with U.S. exports ban  

ZTE will postpone the release of its quarterly earnings report after the United States government banned American companies from selling goods to the Chinese telecom and smartphone maker. In a filing with the Hong Kong stock exchange, ZTE said that its earnings report, originally set to be released on Thursday, is now delayed to an […]

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2018-04-19 02:01:59

TheWaveVR wraps $6M Series A to fuel its immersive, social VR music app  

Music and visual art creation VR startup TheWaveVR just wrapped a $6 million Series A round, and when all was said and done, it seemed appropriate for the team to actually sign the term sheet with their lead investor inside virtual reality. The round, led by RRE Ventures, brings the startup’s total funding to $10 million. […]

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2018-04-19 01:29:12

Eventbrite acquires Spanish ticketing platform Ticketea  

Eventbrite has been shopping again in Europe — announcing today that it’s picked up Spanish ticketing firm, Ticketea. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed. The Madrid-based events discovery and ticketing platform lets people find and book tickets for a variety of live experiences — including festivals, concerts and performing arts shows. It focuses on […]

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2018-04-19 01:27:11

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