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Original Content podcast: We can't resist the thoughtful glamour of 'The Crown'  

We weren’t expecting to like “The Crown.” Yes, there are talented actors and fancy costumes on-screen, and yes, there’s an acclaimed writer at the helm who specializes in dramatizing real history. But did we really need to watch another 20 hours of serious, scripted drama about England’s royal family? Well, we were convinced to give […]

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2018-10-14 20:44:07



Distributed kitchen service Pilotworks is shutting down  

Pilotworks, the distributed kitchen service which raised $13 million in venture funding from investors including Campbell’s Soup Co.’s investment arm, is shutting down. The company issued a brief statement on its website yesterday with the news It is with a heavy heart that after failing to raise the necessary capital to continue operations, Pilotworks will […]

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2018-10-14 20:44:01



At what point do we admit that geoengineering is an option?  

In 1883, Krakatoa erupted, spewing volcanic ash and gas into the stratosphere, making clouds more reflective and cooling the entire planet by roughly 1° C that year. In 2018, the UN reported that human activity has already raised Earth’s temperature by 1°, and if we don’t do something drastic soon, the results will be catastrophic. […]

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2018-10-14 13:00:29



Make your own phone with MakerPhone (some soldering required)  

There's no shortage of interesting electronics kits out there to occupy an idle Sunday, but with this one you get a phone out of the bargain. The MakerPhone is a kit looking for funds on Kickstarter that lets you assemble a working mobile phone from a number of boards and pieces, and the end result looks about as wild as you'd expect.

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2018-10-13 20:29:25



What to expect from the return of electric scooters in SF  

The time has come. Electric scooter sharing services are returning to the streets of San Francisco — this time with explicit permission from the SF Municipal Transportation Agency. On Monday, we’ll see both Skip and Scoot deploy their respective electric scooters throughout the city. And if you remember what it was like earlier this year, […]

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2018-10-13 19:16:40



NASA plans 'on schedule' Soyuz launch despite failure of Russian rocket  

The high-profile failure of a normally reliable Soyuz rocket during a crewed mission to the International Space Station earlier this week spooked the space community in more ways than one, but NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said he expects to launch a new crew in December via Soyuz anyway.

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2018-10-13 18:36:49



A fictional Facebook Portal videochat with Mark Zuckerberg  

TechCrunch: Hey Portal, dial Mark Portal: Do you mean Mark Zuckerberg? TC: Yes Portal: Dialling Mark… TC: Hi Mark! Nice choice of grey t-shirt. MZ: Uh, new phone who dis? — oh, hi, er, TechCrunch… TC: Thanks for agreeing to this entirely fictional interview, Mark! MZ: Sure — anytime. But you don’t mind if I […]

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2018-10-13 18:00:16



International growth, primarily in China, fuels the VC market today  

The venture capital business model has gone global. VC is still an exclusive club of financiers, but now with worldwide scope and scale.

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2018-10-13 17:11:56



Gillmor Gang:  

The Gillmor Gang — Keith Teare, Esteban Kolsky, Frank Radice, Michael Markman, and Steve Gillmor . Recorded live Friday October 12, 2018. Smartspeaker UI, Post-Advertising micropayments, and other mythical creatures. Produced and directed by Tina Chase Gillmor @tinagillmor @kteare, @ekolsky, @fradice, @mickeleh, @stevegillmor Liner Notes Live chat stream The Gillmor Gang on Facebook

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2018-10-13 17:00:09



SF judge denies Lime's request to block electric scooter deployment  

A judge today denied Lime’s request for a temporary restraining order that would block Skip and Scoot from deploying their electric scooters in San Francisco on Monday. This means San Franciscans will be able to use electric scooter services again first thing next week. Following the SFMTA's decision to grant Skip and Scoot electric scooter […]

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2018-10-13 02:08:25



Venmo bumps up instant transfer fee to 1 percent of the total amount  

If you’re a frequent Venmo user, you might want to double-check your settings because the company just changed up their fee structure for instant transfers and it may result in more of your balance slipping away. The fee for instant transfers where a user would move their Venmo balance to their bank account via debit […]

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2018-10-13 01:48:17



Stephen Hawking's final paper about black holes is now online  

Stephen Hawking passed away earlier this year at the age of 76, but his incredible intellect isn’t yet done contributing to the scientific community. The acclaimed physicist’s final paper is now online for anyone to read and it revisits some mysteries of the physical world that came to define his illustrious career. Titled “Black Hole […]

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2018-10-13 00:29:00



Snapchat now has cat lenses. (Yes, for your cat.)  

It’s 8:00 PM on Friday night and you’re home alone and already drunk. Oh, is that just me? Well no matter. Snapchat has made lenses for your cat now. Yes, that’s right. Your cat! This is what the internet is made for, friends. Not all that fake news and trolling. Not having to read tweets […]

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2018-10-12 23:58:35



FCC resorts to the usual malarkey defending itself against Mozilla lawsuit  

Mozilla filed a lawsuit in August alleging the FCC had unlawfully overturned 2015's net neutrality rules, by among other things "fundamentally mischaracteriz[ing] how internet access works." The FCC has filed its official response, and as you might expect it has doubled down on those fundamental mischaracterizations.

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2018-10-12 23:46:59



AllTrails gets $75M to keep hikers happy  

Spectrum Equity is making a big bet on AllTrails, that app for outdoorsy folk.

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2018-10-12 23:41:08



Walmart continues M&A spree with acquisition of lingerie retailer Bare Necessities  

Walmart has acquired online lingerie retailer Bare Necessities one week after its purchase of ELOQUII.

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2018-10-12 22:41:24



U.S. lawmakers warn Canada to keep Huawei out of its 5G plans  

In a letter addressed to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Senators Mark Warner and Marco Rubio make a very public case that Canada should leave Chinese tech and telecom giant Huawei out of its plans to build a next-generation mobile network. “While Canada has strong telecommunication security safeguards in place, we have serious concerns that […]

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2018-10-12 22:28:18



The team behind 'First Man' aims to de-mythologize the space program  

Even for those of us born decades after the event itself, Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon remain among history’s most iconic and indelible images. Can a Hollywood movie tell us anything new about that moment? With “First Man” (which opens today), “La La Land” director Damien Chazelle certainly tries. The film climaxes with […]

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2018-10-12 21:05:33



At 10 trillion frames per second, this camera captures light in slow motion  

Light is the fastest thing in the universe, so trying to catch it on the move is necessarily something of a challenge. We've had some success, but a new rig built by Caltech scientists pulls down a mind-boggling 10 trillion frames per second, meaning it can capture light as it travels along — and they have plans to make it a hundred times faster.

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2018-10-12 21:00:19



New wave founders are headed to Startup Battlefield Latin America  

TechCrunch is thrilled to announce that Rappi co-founder Sebastian Mejia, Enjoie founder Ana McLaren and Konfío founder and CEO David Arana will be joining us on stage at Startup Battlefield Latin America for a panel about new wave startups coming out of the region. What does scaling a delivery startup out of Latin America look like? Where do you find […]

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2018-10-12 20:28:10



Anaplan hits the ground running with strong stock market debut up over 42 percent  

You might think that Anaplan CEO, Frank Calderoni would have had a few sleepless nights this week. His company picked a bad week to go public as market instability rocked tech stocks. Still he wasn’t worried, and today the company had by any measure a successful debut with the stock soaring up over 42 percent. […]

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2018-10-12 20:07:37



Watch this quadrotor turn into a trirotor and keep flying  

In a video that similar to those videos where humans push around ATLAS, researchers at Delft University of Technology have created a system that will let a quadrotor drone keep flying even if one of the propellers is broken. The video above – which is, arguably, pretty boring – shows the drone fighting against both […]

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2018-10-12 19:05:37



Take ten seconds now to make sure you're registered to vote  

Fellow citizens! An important election is approaching, and you should vote in it. But are you registered? Are you sure? Why don't you take ten seconds now to check?

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2018-10-12 18:40:30



Apple rebukes Australia's “dangerously ambiguous” anti-encryption bill  

Apple has strongly criticized Australia's anti-encryption bill, calling it "dangerously ambiguous" and "alarming to every Australian." The Australian government's draft law — known as the Access and Assistance Bill — would compel tech companies operating in the country, like Apple, to provide "assistance" to law enforcement and intelligence agencies in accessing electronic data. The government […]

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2018-10-12 18:27:28



Facebook prototypes Unsend 6 months after Zuckerberg retracted messages  

In April, TechCrunch broke the news that some of Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook messages were deleted from recipients’ inboxes in what some saw as a violation of user trust and abuse of power since Facebook Messenger doesn’t have an Unsend button. The next morning, Facebook suddenly announced that it would actually build this Unsend functionality for […]

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2018-10-12 17:38:49



Elon Musk: Teslaquila tequila is 'coming soon'  

Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed Friday in a tweet that the Tesla-branded tequila called "Teslaquilla"—the bottle of liquor that co-starred in his April Fool's Day joke about the automaker filing for bankruptcy — is “coming soon.” Musk’s tweet was a response to a CNBC article that reported Tesla had filed an application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to […]

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2018-10-12 17:25:41



Facebook bans hundreds of clickbait farms for 'coordinated inauthentic behavior'  

Facebook has announced a relatively small but significant purge of bad actors from the platform: 810 pages and accounts that have "consistently broken our rules against spam and coordinated inauthentic behavior." It may not seem like a lot, but it sounds like the company is erring on the side of disclosure even if the news isn't particularly hard-hitting.

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2018-10-12 17:22:20



Here's how to find out if your Facebook was hacked in the breach  

Are you one of the 30 million users hit by Facebook’s access token breach announced two weeks ago? Here’s how to find out. Facebook breach saw 15M users’ names & contact info accessed, 14M’s bios too Visit this Facebook Help center link while logged in: Scroll down to the section “Is my Facebook account impacted by […]

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2018-10-12 17:11:38



Facebook breach saw 15M users' names & contacts accessed, 14M's bio info too  

Facebook has now detailed what was potentially stolen in the breach it revealed two weeks ago. 30 million users, not 50 million as it initially estimated, had their access tokens stolen by hackers. Users can check Facebook’s Help Center to find out if their information was accessed, and Facebook will send customized alerts to those impacted […]

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2018-10-12 16:38:40



Want to reduce fraud? Make a better password, dummy!  

Researchers at Indiana University have confirmed that stringent password policies – aside from being really annoying – actually work. The research, led by Ph.D. student Jacob Abbott, IU CIO Daniel Calarco, and professor L. Jean Camp. They published their findings in a paper entitled “Factors Influencing Password Reuse: A Case Study.” “Our paper shows that […]

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2018-10-12 15:43:45



Zyl is now a nostalgia-powered photo app  

AI-powered photo management app Zyl is going back to the drawing board with a streamlined, more efficient redesign. The app is now focused on one thing only — resurfacing your old memories. Taking photos on a smartphone is now a daily habit. But what about looking back at photos you took one year, three years […]

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2018-10-12 15:34:23



Facebook's gaming hub Fb.gg launches into beta on Android  

This summer, Facebook launched Fb.gg, its online gaming hub and Twitch competitor, designed to attract game streamers and their fans to watch videos on Facebook instead of on rival sites. The destination shows videos based on which games and streaming celebrities users follow, plus Liked Pages and Groups, and other featured suggestions of what to […]

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2018-10-12 15:25:55



The real-life Emery and Evan from “Fresh off the Boat” launch Batu Capital for cannabis, crypto and big data startups  

Restaurateur and raconteur Eddie Huang is the best known of the three "Fresh off the Boat" brothers (it was his memoir that inspired the ABC sitcom), but his younger brothers Emery and Evan remain relatively mysterious even to its most loyal viewers. Though the two’s namesake characters are also prominently featured on the show, their […]

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2018-10-12 15:00:33



IBM files formal JEDI protest a day before bidding process closes  

IBM announced yesterday that it has filed a formal protest with the U.S. Government Accountability Office over the structure of the Pentagon’s winner-take-all $10 billion, 10-year JEDI cloud contract. The protest came just a day before the bidding process is scheduled to close. As IBM put it in a blog post, they took issues with […]

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2018-10-12 14:57:19



With TodayTix Presents, TodayTix is starting to produce its own live shows  

Mobile ticketing app TodayTix is getting into the show production business with the launch of a new program called TodayTix Presents. While TodayTix is sometimes described as the mobile version of the TKTS booth where you can pick up last-minute tickets to Broadway shows, CEO Brian Fenty said that he sees the service’s real competitors […]

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2018-10-12 14:49:19



Half of all devices now run iOS 12  

Half of all devices are now running the latest version of the iOS mobile operating system, iOS 12, according to figures shared by Apple. On devices introduced in the last four years, that number is as high as 53 percent. And iOS 12 adoption is taking place more quickly than the last release did, Apple […]

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2018-10-12 13:50:58



CoD: Black Ops 4 is available today  

CoD: Black Ops 4 is available today, marking yet another chapter in the franchise’s history. The Black Ops series, developed by TreyArch, tends to be one of Call Of Duty’s most popular, and Black Ops 4 doesn’t show any signs of being any different. Alongside multiplayer, Black Ops 4 also includes Zombies and Blackout, the […]

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2018-10-12 13:50:22



Blood capital, WeWork whisperings, and gobs of cash for smiles and vegetables  

 Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch's venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week we had a good crew on the show. We had Connie Loizos and Danny Crichton from TechCrunch, I scampered over from the Crunchbase News domicile, and Brian O’Malley, a general partner with Forerunner Ventures, joined us to […]

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2018-10-12 13:00:59



Readdle's Denys Zhadanov to talk about bootstrapping at Disrupt Berlin  

Readdle might not be a familiar name, but chances are you've been using some of their mobile apps. The Ukrainian company is a bootstrapped success story with 100 million downloads, 135 employees and a profitable business. That's why I'm excited to announce that Readdle Vice President Denys Zhadanov is coming to TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin to […]

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2018-10-12 08:10:41



Tesla vehicles ordered after October 15 lose out on full tax credit eligibility  

Tesla customers who want the full $7,500 federal tax credit have until October 15 to order a Model S, Model X or Model 3 electric vehicle, a new deadline posted on the company’s website that could spark a flurry of sales. The October 15 deadline was added Thursday to the Tesla website. Earlier this year, […]

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2018-10-12 07:09:33



With $50M in fresh funding, Allbirds will open new stores in the US, UK and Asia  

Allbirds' wool runners have been a VC favorite since the beginning. Now, the company is worth $1.4 billion.

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2018-10-12 05:46:12



Lime wants to block Scoot and Skip from deploying electric scooters in SF next week  

Lime is doing the most right now. In light of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency denying Lime a permit to operate electric scooters in the city, Lime is gearing up to request a temporary restraining order. “Lime believes that after selecting two other less experienced electric scooter companies and comparatively weaker applications in a process that […]

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2018-10-11 23:04:19



DARPA wants to teach and test 'common sense' for AI  

It's a funny thing, AI. It can identify objects in a fraction of a second, imitate the human voice, and recommend new music, but most machine "intelligence" lacks the most basic understanding of everyday objects and actions — in other words, common sense. DARPA is teaming up with the Seattle-based Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence to see about changing that.

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2018-10-11 22:18:37



Astronauts land safely after Soyuz launch fails at 20 miles up  

A fault in a Soyuz rocket booster has resulted in an aborted crew mission to the International Space Station, but fortunately no loss of life. The astronauts in the capsule, Nick Hague (US) and Alexey Ovchinin (Russia) successfully detached upon recognizing the fault and made a safe, if bumpy, landing nearly 250 miles east of the launch site in Kazakhstan. This high-profile failure could bolster demand for U.S.-built crewed spacecraft.

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2018-10-11 21:29:19



Watch Boston Dynamics' humanoid robot leap up massive steps like it's nothing  

Two years ago, Boston Dynamics’ humanoid robot Atlas needed a big ol’ safety tether to shuffle its way down a flat hiking trail. Five years ago it needed a big, bolted-down support structure to keep itself upright. Now it’s casually leaping up and over obstacles that would leave many humans huffing and puffing. The company demonstrated […]

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2018-10-11 21:19:19



Bird hires Uber's former head of finance and director of corporate development  

Bird, the scooter-sharing startup founded by former Uber VP of International Growth Travis VanderZanden, has brought a couple of former Uber employees to the flock. Joining Bird as VP and Head of Finance is Dennis Cinelli, who worked as Uber’s head of finance for global rides up until this month, according to his LinkedIn. Uber, […]

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2018-10-11 21:05:44



How this Kazakhstan internet giant built success on ideas from Russia and China  

The advantage of entering an emerging market is that the market still has a lot of empty space to fill, and as a startup you can be the first player. Kazakhstan might not be the first country that comes to mind when you think of overseas expansion. However, it is the world's largest landlocked country, and shares borders with Russia and China, which are important consumer markets as well as technology hubs.

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2018-10-11 21:00:17



Facebook mistakenly deleted some people's Live videos  

This time instead of exposing users’ data, a Facebook bug erased it. A previously undisclosed Facebook glitch caused it to delete some users’ Live videos if they tried to post them to their Story and the News Feed after finishing their broadcast. Facebook wouldn’t say how many users or livestreams were impacted, but told the […]

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2018-10-11 20:46:14



YC-grad Papa raises $2.4M for its 'grandkids-on-demand' service  

Alexis Ohanian's Initialized Capital and Ashton Kutcher's Sound Ventures participated in the round for the Y Combinator graduate.

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2018-10-11 19:58:07



Grado takes the wraps off their first pair of wireless headphones  

Legacy open-backed headphone maker Grado is taking their classic design into the future with the small Brooklyn company’s first pair of wireless headphones. The GW100s have a familiar look, but integrate Bluetooth tech and volume controls. They go for $249. Grado headphones are a favorite of mine; they have a very unique open sound that really […]

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2018-10-11 19:55:37



Copyright compromise: Music Modernization Act signed into law  

Musicians are celebrating as the Music Modernization Act, an attempt to drag copyright and royalty rules into the 21st century, is signed into law after unanimous passage through Congress. The act aims to centralize and simplify the process by which artists are tracked and paid on digital services like Spotify and Pandora, and also extends the royalty treatment to songs recorded before 1972.

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2018-10-11 19:11:46



G2 Crowd, a business software marketplace, raises another $55M at just under a $500M valuation  

G2 Crowd, a platform that lets businesses search for, compare reviews and pricing for, and then buy software and other IT services — it likes to refer to itself as the “Amazon of business software” — has raised $55 million in growth funding to continue expanding its business. This round was led by IVP, with […]

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2018-10-11 19:11:19



Instagram tests tapping instead of scrolling through posts, first in Explore  

The effortless way you fast forward through Stories could be coming to more of Instagram . A screenshot from user Suprateek Bose shows Instagram “Introducing a new way to move through posts — Tap through posts, just like you tap through stories.” Now Instagram confirms to TechCrunch that it’s testing tap to advance within Explore, […]

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2018-10-11 19:10:10



Improbable brings its massive multiplayer platform to Unity game engine  

As battle royale games like Fortnite pit more players against each other, studios are starting to realize the potential of bringing a massive online audience together at one time. This ambition has always existed, but Improbable, a well-funded startup aiming to enable these vast online worlds, is looking to bring these experiences to more game […]

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2018-10-11 18:25:57



Why missing Saudi journalist's Apple Watch is an interesting, but unlikely, lead  

Police investigating the missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi are searching for his Apple Watch to obtain his health and location data before his disappearance. But that may prove impossible, according to new details learned by TechCrunch. The Saudi-born U.S. resident and Washington Post columnist went missing last week after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, […]

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2018-10-11 18:01:57



Facebook rolls out 3D photos that use AI to simulate depth  

What if you could peek behind what’s in your photos, like you’re moving your head to see what’s inside a window? That’s the futuristic promise of Facebook 3D photos. After announcing the feature at F8 in May, Facebook is now rolling out 3D photos to add make-believe depth to your iPhone portrait mode shots. Shoot one, […]

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2018-10-11 17:53:13



With Cred partnership, PwC wants to help make stablecoins legit  

Audit giant PwC is the latest mainstream firm to show new interest in digital currencies. This week it announced a partnership with decentralized lending platform Cred to advise on better standards for stablecoins. While details of the partnership are light, Cred is working on its own stablecoin tied to the U.S. dollar, and is hoping to avoid […]

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2018-10-11 17:26:42



App Store generated 93% more revenue than Google Play in Q3  

There’s always been a gap between how much money Apple’s App Store makes when compared with Google Play. But in the third quarter of 2018, that gap widened considerably – possibly to the widest point yet. According to a new report from Sensor Tower, the App Store earned nearly 93% more than Google Play in […]

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2018-10-11 17:09:57



CommonSense Robotics' first automated fulfillment center is now live  

Israeli startup CommonSense Robotics is launching its first automated micro-fulfillment center in Tel Aviv. It's a tiny 6,000 square feet warehouse that is packed from ground to ceiling with products. Robots do the heavy lifting when it comes to getting items ready to dispatch. TechCrunch shot a video os CommonSense Robotics' test fulfillment center. Today's […]

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2018-10-11 17:01:04



SpankChain spanked  

SpankChain, a cryptocurrency aimed at decentralized sex cams, has announced that a hacker stole about $38,000 from their payment channel thanks to a broken smart contract. They wrote: At 6pm PST Saturday, an unknown attacker drained 165.38 ETH (~$38,000) from our payment channel smart contract which also resulted in $4,000 worth of BOOTY on the […]

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2018-10-11 16:52:31



Coord, a Sidewalk Labs spin-out, raises $5 million to help mobility services better integrate into cities  

Coord, the mobility data startup that spun out of Alphabet-owned Sidewalk Labs, has raised a $5 million Series A round led by Alliance Ventures, with participation from Trucks, Urban.Us and DB Digital Ventures. The plan with the funding is to continue to enhance Coord’s APIs and geographic coverage, as well as “build a bridge between […]

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2018-10-11 16:46:02



Fortnite for Android no longer requires an invite  

Fortnite's journey to Android has been an adventure unto itself. It first launched as a Samsung exclusive, alongside the Note 9, before circumventing the Play Store to arrive on Google's Mobile operating system. Until now, however, actually getting the game required going to the site, signing up and waiting for an invite. Epic announced today […]

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2018-10-11 16:34:57



Uber Freight's app for truck drivers is getting an upgrade  

Uber Freight, the newly spun out Uber business unit, will push out an upgraded app in the coming weeks with better, more intuitive tools to help truck drivers connect with shipping companies. The redesigned and updated app comes just two months after Uber announced it would make Uber Freight a separate unit and more than double […]

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2018-10-11 16:14:41



Roblox makes first acquisition with purchase of app performance startup PacketZoom  

Fresh off a $150 million round of funding, kids’ gaming platform Roblox is making its first acquisition. The company says it’s acquiring the small startup PacketZoom, bringing its team and technology in-house to help it improve mobile application performance as its platform expands further into worldwide markets. Founded in 2013, and based in San Mateo, California, […]

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2018-10-11 16:00:27



Google updates its Assistant on smart displays and phones  

Earlier this week at its annual hardware event, Google announced a number of new features for its Assistant coming to the new Pixel 3 phones and Google’s own Home Hub smart display. As it turns out, though, Google didn’t pull back the curtain on everything new with the Assistant, so today, it’s announcing a number […]

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2018-10-11 16:00:21



Facebook Groups can now launch up to 250-person chat rooms  

If you miss the old AOL chat rooms, you’ll love Facebook’s plan to combine Groups and with Messenger without spamming you to death. Starting today, Facebook will gradually roll out the ability for members of Facebook Groups to launch group chats about specific sub-topics that up to 250 members can join. They can also start […]

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2018-10-11 15:59:29



Pro-privacy search engine DuckDuckGo hits 30M daily searches, up 50% in a year  

Some nice momentum for privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo which has just announced it’s hit 30 million daily searches a year after reaching 20M — a year-on-year increase of 50%. Hitting the first 10M daily searches took the search engine a full seven years, and then it was another two to get to 20M. So as […]

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2018-10-11 15:39:46



Walmart is working with Eko to create interactive content  

Walmart and Eko announced a partnership this morning to create a joint venture for interactive content called W*E Interactive Ventures. The best example of the interactivity that Eko enables is probably “That Moment When,” a comedy web series that the startup created last year in partnership with Sony. In a series of short videos, you take […]

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2018-10-11 15:19:08



New Relic acquires Belgium's CoScale to expand its monitoring of Kubernetes containers and microservices  

New Relic, a provider of analytics and monitoring around a company’s internal and external facing apps and services to help optimise their performance, is making an acquisition today as it continues to expand a newer area of its business, containers and microservices. The company has announced that it has purchased CoScale, a provider of monitoring […]

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2018-10-11 15:17:59



Apple Music adds Genius lyrics  

Back in 2016, Spotify partnered with Genius to bring lyrics and backstory to its pop music playlists. Today, however, the musical reference guide has drawn a bit of a line in the sand, partnering with Spotify's chief competitor. Genius announced via blog post today that it's firmly in the Apple Music camp. The new deal brings […]

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2018-10-11 15:13:41



BoxLock secures your booty against porch pirates  

This clever – if expensive – product is called the BoxLock and it is a keyless padlock that lets your package delivery person scan and drop off your packages into a locked box. The system essentially watches for a shipping event and then waits for the right barcode before opening. Once the delivery person scans […]

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2018-10-11 15:11:51



Pocket's reading app won't sound so robotic now  

Last year, Mozilla made its first acquisition by snatching up Pocket, the Instapaper competitor that helps you save longer articles for later reading. Today, this popular reading app is getting a major update that gives its app a visual makeover, including a new dark mode, and most importantly, a better way to listen to the […]

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2018-10-11 15:08:04



June.ai looks to take on the inbox with $1.5 million  

Email continues to be a tempting target to entrepreneurs. After all, email is nearly ubiquitous, and yet almost no one loves the experience of using it. June.ai today joins a long list of startups that looked to change up the way we use email, but this latest company is taking a different approach. Co-founder and […]

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2018-10-11 14:46:17



Amazon says wage hike 'more than compensates' for loss of bonuses  

Last week, Amazon addressed growing backlash against unfair warehouse wages by announcing plans to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour. The news was largely lauded as a positive step by critics including Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who had helped push the company in that direction with strongly worded legislation. The move was still […]

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2018-10-11 14:12:22



Sinemia's new service lets theaters create custom subscriptions  

As MoviePass continues to fumble, Sinemia just keeps on rolling. This morning, the movie ticket subscription service announced one of it its most compelling offerings to date. In addition to all of its proprietary ticket tiers, the startup is launching Sinemia Enterprise, a white-labeled service that essentially lets theaters build their own custom plans. The service […]

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2018-10-11 14:00:45



MindBody-owned FitMetrix exposed millions of user records — thanks to servers without passwords  

FitMetrix, a fitness technology and performance tracking company owned by gym booking giant Mindbody, has exposed millions of user records because it left several of its servers without a password. The company builds fitness tracking software for gyms and group classes — like CrossFit and SoulCycle — that displays heart rate and other fitness metric […]

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2018-10-11 13:59:37



Walmart will now allow shoppers to access PayPal cash in stores  

Walmart and PayPal this morning announced a partnership that will see the two collaborating on financial services and products, including new PayPal cash in and cash out services at Walmart stores, as well as the ability for PayPal Cash MasterCard customers to access their cash balance in-store at service desks, ATMs and cash registers. The […]

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2018-10-11 13:40:42



Tandem's new credit card targets people who have non-existent credit histories  

With its regulatory woes behind it — and the acqui-hire of fintech startup Pariti — Tandem‘s product roadmap appears to be picking up pace. The challenger bank founded by Ricky Knox has launched its second credit card today, this time targeting people in the U.K. who have yet to build up a credit history at […]

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2018-10-11 13:38:04



Apple has acquired Spektral, a Danish computer vision startup, for augmented reality technology  

On the heels of Apple this morning inking a $600 million deal to acquire IP, talent and licenses from Dialog Semiconductor in Europe, it has also confirmed another acquisition of a smaller startup in the region. Apple has purchased Spektral, a computer vision company based out of Denmark that has worked segmentation technology, a more […]

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2018-10-11 08:32:03



CrunchMatch connects attendees at Disrupt Berlin 2018  

On 29-30 November, thousands of early-stage startups across Europe and beyond will attend Disrupt Berlin 2018 and spend two program-packed days exhibiting and exploring the very latest in tech innovations. In a crowd that size, it helps to have a tool to find and connect with the right people. That's why we're making our CrunchMatch platform […]

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2018-10-11 08:00:52



Google+ for G Suite lives on and gets new features  

You thought Google+ was dead, didn’t you? And it is — if you’re a consumer. But the business version of Google’s social network will live on for the foreseeable future — and it’s getting a bunch of new features today. Google+ for G Suite isn’t all that different from the Google+ for consumers, but its focus […]

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2018-10-11 07:01:51



Google's Apigee officially launches its API monitoring service  

It’s been about two years since Google acquired API management service Apigee. Today, the company is announcing new extensions that make it easier to integrate the service with a number of Google Cloud services, as well as the general availability of the company’s API monitoring solution. Apigee API monitoring allows operations teams to get more […]

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2018-10-11 07:01:30



Google introduces dual-region storage buckets to simplify data redundancy  

Google is playing catch-up in the cloud, and as such it wants to provide flexibility to differentiate itself from AWS and Microsoft. Today, the company announced a couple of new options to help separate it from the cloud storage pack. Storage may seem stodgy, but it’s a primary building block for many cloud applications. Before […]

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2018-10-11 07:01:26



Google expands its identity management portfolio for businesses and developers  

Over the course of the last year, Google has launched a number of services that bring to other companies the same BeyondCorp model for managing access to a company’s apps and data without a VPN that it uses internally. Google’s flagship product for this is Cloud Identity, which is essentially Google’s BeyondCorp, but packaged for […]

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2018-10-11 07:01:09



Google Cloud expands its networking feature with Cloud NAT  

It’s a busy week for news from Google Cloud, which is hosting its Next event in London. Today, the company used the event to launch a number of new networking features. The marquee launch today is Cloud NAT, a new service that makes it easier for developers to build cloud-based services that don’t have public IP […]

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2018-10-11 07:01:07



Apple inks $600M deal to license IP, acquire assets and talent from Dialog to expand chipmaking in Europe  

Apple has quietly been putting considerable effort into building faster and more efficient chips that can help differentiate its hardware from the rest of the consumer electronics pack, and today it’s taking its next (and possibly largest) step in that strategy. Apple is paying $300 million in cash to buy a portion of Dialog Semiconductor, […]

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2018-10-11 05:42:42



ServiceNow to acquire FriendlyData for its natural language search technology  

Enterprise cloud service management company ServiceNow announced today that it will acquire FriendlyData and integrate the startup's natural language search technology into apps on its Now platform. Founded in 2016, FriendlyData's natural language query (NLQ) technology enables enterprise customers to build search tools that allow users to ask technical questions even if they don't know […]

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2018-10-11 03:00:55



Razer soups up its gaming smartphone  

Razer is quick to refute any suggestions that its second phone is little more than an iterative update. Sure, the thing looks remarkably identical to its predecessor from the front, but the innards are certainly souped up — and there's a snazzy new back to match. As the company puts in the Razer Phone 2 […]

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2018-10-11 03:00:07



Elon Musk hits back: James Murdoch is not the lead candidate for Tesla chairman spot  

It’s 4:20 p.m., which means Tesla CEO Elon Musk might be tweeting. This time, the billionaire entrepreneur’s tweet debunked a Financial Times article from Wednesday that reported Twenty-First Century Fox CEO and Tesla board member James Murdoch was the lead candidate to take Musk’s chairman spot. Musk agreed in a September 29th settlement with the U.S. Securities […]

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2018-10-11 01:02:37



Gogoprint raises $7.7M to expand its online printing business in Asia Pacific  

Gogoprint, a startup that is aiming to disrupt the traditional printing industry in Southeast Asia, has pulled in a $7.7 million investment as it prepares to expand its business in Asia Pacific. We first profiled Gogoprint in 2016 soon after its launch the previous year, and since then the Bangkok-based company has expanded beyond Thailand […]

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2018-10-11 00:07:09



Self-driving car startup Aurora becomes Pennsylvania's first 'authorized' tester  

Aurora, the buzzy self-driving car startup, has become the first company officially authorized by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to test its vehicles on public roads. Aurora has been testing its autonomous vehicles on public streets in Pittsburgh since late 2017. And other companies such as Argo AI also test autonomous vehicles there. So receiving […]

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2018-10-10 23:54:08



Teeth-straightening startup SmileDirectClub is now worth $3.2 billion  

SmileDirectClub, the at-home teeth-straightening startup, has just raised $380 million at a $3.2 billion valuation, the company announced today. Investors from Clayton, Dubilier & Rice led the round, which featured participation from Kleiner Perkins and Spark Capital. This funding comes on top of Align Technology’s $46.7 million investment in SmileDirectClub in 2016, and another $12.8 million investment […]

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2018-10-10 21:55:58



Tech stocks (and the stock market) are tanking thanks to rising interest rates  

Tech stocks tanked today amid a broader stock market slide as nervous investors worried that the 10-year bull run in public stocks may be coming to an end. The S&P 500 dropped 3.3 percent while Nasdaq composite index (which is the market where many of the largest U.S. tech companies are traded) lost 4 percent […]

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2018-10-10 21:30:57



Apple reportedly plans to give away its TV content, because that worked well with U2  

Apple has answered two questions in one day, or rather a CNBC report citing someone within the company has. Why are the shows it's planning so allegedly boring? And what does it plan to do to get a foot in the door in an increasingly competitive streaming-media market? They're going to repeat the success they had with U2's "Songs of Innocence" and just shunt it right onto everyone's device.

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2018-10-10 21:28:05



Magic Leap expands shipments of its AR headset to 48 US states  

If you are dying to get your hands on some crazy Magic Leap hardware, you have some much better options as of today. At the company’s first developer conference, Magic Leap announced they are opening orders of the Magic Leap One Creator’s Edition headset to the 48 contiguous states of the USA. If you’re in […]

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2018-10-10 21:09:32



Origin launches protocol for building cheaper decentralized Ubers & Airbnbs  

The sharing economy ends up sharing a ton of labor’s earnings with middlemen like Uber and Airbnb, and $38 million-funded Origin wants the next great two-sided marketplace to be decentralized on the blockchain so drivers and riders or hosts and guests can connect directly and avoid paying steep fees that can range up to 20 percent […]

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2018-10-10 20:54:19



Sarah Friar, long the CFO of Square, is leaving to join the social network Nextdoor as its CEO  

Square’s CFO Sarah Friar is stepping down to become the CEO of Nextdoor, according to the payment company’s CEO, Jack Dorsey. In a statement issued a bit ago, he says of Friar that she “steered us through an IPO and helped build a growing ecosystem of businesses that will scale into the future.” Friar “leaves […]

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2018-10-10 20:45:50



Microsoft adds 60,000 patents to the Open Invention Network  

Microsoft announced today that it's joined open-source patent group Open Invention Network in an effort to help shield Linux and other open-source software from patent-related suits. As part of the deal, the software giant is opening a library of 60,000 patents to OIN members. Access to the massive portfolio is unlimited and royalty free. It […]

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2018-10-10 20:03:18



Four reasons why you should attend TC Sessions AR/VR 2018  

On October 18 — just one week away — some of the most brilliant and innovative minds in reality creation will gather at UCLA's Royce Hall in Los Angeles to attend TC Sessions AR/VR 2018. Whether you're an early startup founder, an investor, a developer or a student, if you're focused on AR/VR, you don't […]

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2018-10-10 20:00:29



AT&T will launch another streaming service in 2019, with HBO and other WarnerMedia content  

AT&T will launch a new direct-to-consumer streaming service next year, the company announced today. Yes, another one. AT&T currently already operates cord cutter-friendly streaming services DirecTV Now and the low-cost WatchTV, but its new service will be focused on WarnerMedia properties, including HBO. The move follows AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner, which completed this past […]

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2018-10-10 19:56:51






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