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Materialize.X is using machine learning to disrupt the $300B engineered wood industry  

 What’s the next $300 billion industry to be disrupted by technology? Wood. Specifically, engineered wood. Materialize.X, launching today at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017, has two new products that it thinks will revolutionize the $300 billion-a-year engineered wood market. Read More

2017-09-19 21:21:47
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Verbal common sense will prevent AIs from harvesting kings and unlocking oranges  

 If I hand you an apple, you know from experience that it isn’t something you can drive. And the tree it came from can’t be woven, or its seeds bandied. You know that’s nonsense, but AIs don’t have the benefit of years spent navigating the world, and as such have no real idea as to what you can do with what — but a little common sense could be coming their way. Read More

2017-09-19 20:35:08
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Twitter replaces board member who left for Microsoft with ex-Google CFO  

 Crossing the social media divides isn’t common in Silicon Valley, so it’s notable that Twitter and Microsoft have played a spot of musical chairs with their boards. Twitter board member Hugh Johnston — day job: Pepsi vice chairman and CFO — has left Twitter’s board to join Microsoft’s board as of today. Johnston’s replacement at the microblogging… Read More

2017-09-19 20:06:36
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Here are the best ARKit apps for iOS 11 you should try right now  

 Apple just released iOS 11 to the public, and a big feature is ARKit, the company’s SDK that lets developers easily create cool augmented reality apps. Even though Apple announced ARKit a few months ago, there aren’t a ton of good options available right now to test out AR on your phone. But we’ve found a few good ones that will at least let you see the potential of… Read More

2017-09-19 19:07:49
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Apple's huge App Store makeover arrives today in iOS 11  

 Apple today is releasing its completely redesigned iOS App Store to the wider public as part of the launch of the new iOS 11 operating system. First previewed at its Worldwide Developer Conference in June, the new App Store has made changes focused on the goal of improving app discovery across a storefront that now has over 2 million applications, according to App Annie. Read More

2017-09-19 19:05:42
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Lilu's compression bra aims to help nursing mothers pump more milk faster  

 A startup called Lilu took the stage today at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco to show off their prototype bra designed to help breastfeeding mothers pump milk more efficiently, and hands-free. The device, which is meant to be worn over or even attached to a standard nursing bra, utilizes a built-in compression mechanism that simulates the breast massage that some mothers perform to help… Read More

2017-09-19 17:30:09
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Poshtel launches an international network of luxe pop-up shipping container suites  

 Launching on the Disrupt 2017 Startup Battlefield stage, the Danish startup Poshtel is really, really into shipping containers. And with good reason. The modular, industrial train car-esque structures are a versatile idea for the near future of housing, from providing permanent homes for the houseless to giving backpackers on a budget somewhere to crash for a night. While Poshtel sounds… Read More

2017-09-19 17:26:47
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Tomorrow looks to make it easier to draw up plans for a will and life insurance  

 Talking about filling out a will and setting up life insurance is probably one of the more sensitive subjects you’ll tackle as you get older — but Dave Hanley says it’s something that a lot of people end up dodging altogether. That’s why he started Tomorrow, a company that makes it easier to set up life insurance and how assets and guardianship are divvied up. Rather… Read More

2017-09-19 17:02:42
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Olfaguard is an electronic nose for smelling pathogens in food factories  

 Mitigating risk of food-borne illnesses can be a costly and time-consuming business for food manufacturers — but one that is necessary. With what it calls an electronic “sniffer,” Olfaguard, a new Toronto-based startup, is working to reduce the time it takes food manufacturers to discover food-borne pathogens like Salmonella and E. Coli in the food we buy. Read More

2017-09-19 16:42:21
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M8 wants your friends to be the matchmaker  

 Forget algorithms. M8 is a dating app that’s powered by human matchmakers. And these aren’t just any matchmakers, they’re your friends! M8 is unveiling its concept for a different dating app at TechCrunch Disrupt’s Battlefield competition in San Francisco. Read More

2017-09-19 15:09:38
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By integrating with lenders and carriers, Matic makes it easier to buy homeowner's insurance  

 Matic, a company that wants to make the process of finding the right homeowner’s insurance easier and more efficient, is launching today at TechCrunch Disrupt. If you’ve ever shopped for homeowner’s insurance, you know the process can be challenging, especially for first-time home buyers who aren’t familiar with coverages, how they vary, or why they should pick one… Read More

2017-09-19 13:59:10
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Onēva expands platform for child and elder care, housecleaning  

 Trust is one of the most important aspects of selecting a caregiver and Onēva believes that it has a vetting process that’s better than the rest. The San Francisco-based booking platform for elder, child and special needs care, screens its applicants with fingerprinting technology and FBI background checks as well as reference checks and interviews. Onēva touts a 6% acceptance rate. It… Read More

2017-09-19 13:37:20
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iOS 11 is a fresh start for the iPad  

 After reading back the preview I wrote back in June, the dominant tone was that iOS 11 is so different that it takes a while to get used to it: I’m not going to lie to you. It takes time to get used to those new gestures. I’m not there yet, and I often find myself thinking about what I’m supposed to do to pull up Spotlight, look at my Today widgets and find an app that I… Read More

2017-09-19 12:55:53
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Minio scores $20 million Series A to build a neutral object storage layer  

 Minio has a plan to become the neutral object storage layer, while still maintaining Amazon S3 object storage compatibility. That may seem like an odd strategy, but as CEO Anand Babu Periasamy, co-founder and CEO of Minio points out, there is a clear market need. By building a solution that enables customers to store data across a variety of solutions including S3, he believes he is giving… Read More

2017-09-19 12:50:29
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GGV's Jenny Lee says Xiaomi doesn't need to come to the U.S.  

 Xiaomi is one of the most valuable startups in the world and has become a big icon in smartphone design, sometimes suggested as an analog to Apple in China. The company’s flagship phones receive a ton of press in the U.S., too, but they aren’t available in the U.S. just yet. Instead, Xiaomi is looking to emerging markets like India in addition to getting its phones into the hands… Read More

2017-09-19 12:01:18
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You can learn to build aerial taxis with Udacity's new Flying Car Nanodegree  

 Online education company Udacity is growing its new Nanodegree program yet again – it’s adding two entirely new programs to the roster, including a new entry-level self-driving Nanodegree, as well as a brand new one focused on ‘flying cars’ (though it’s actually a bit more nuanced than that). The Flying Car program will include course material created by… Read More

2017-09-19 11:34:28
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Nikola and Bosch team on powertrain design for hydrogen electric long-haul trucks  

 Nikola Motor Company, the Utah-based company that is working on building heavy-duty transport trucks using hybrid hydrogen-electric powertrains, announced today that it’s partnering with global automotive industry supply leader Bosch to design and build said powertrains. The company also revealed the first ever image of its Nikola Two truck design (above), with a smaller, ‘day… Read More

2017-09-19 11:13:36
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iOS 11 is now available to download  

 Apple has just released the final version of iOS 11. This update is packed with new features for the iPad and new core frameworks for the iPhone. The update is currently rolling out and is available both over-the-air in the Settings app, and by plugging your device into iTunes for a wired update. Many people try to download these major updates at the same time. Apple usually implements a… Read More

2017-09-19 10:54:24
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Google's search app now makes suggestions of other things to read  

 Google’s search app for iOS is today introducing a feature that will keep users browsing the web, instead of exiting back to their homescreen to use other mobile application. The app is being updated to include a “related content” section that will appear at the bottom of the web pages you visit while using the Google app. That is, if you search for a topic on Google, then tap… Read More

2017-09-19 10:47:38
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Stack Overflow's developer salary calculator tells you how much money you should be making  

 Stack Overflow, the popular developer community and job board, is launching a new tool for developers today that will allow them to find out what other developers in their area are making. The data behind the new developer salary calculator is based on information from the Stack Overflow community and the site’s annual developer survey, which includes questions about salary data. For… Read More

2017-09-19 10:40:13
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Boundless helps you navigate the US immigration labyrinth for your partner  

 Boundless is a Seattle based startup addressing the enormous issue of applying for immigrant status in the US. Founder Xiao Wang came to the US over when he was young from China. “My family spent five months of rent money on immigration lawyers because we just didn’t know how to do it and didn’t know any better. And this is an experience that’s repeated by millions… Read More

2017-09-19 10:18:06
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A bunch of Amazon customers were told about a purchase on their non-existent baby registries  

 Something weird is going on over at Amazon. It seems the online retail giant is randomly telling some customers about purchases on their baby registry. The problem is these customers say they don’t have a baby registry — and some don’t even have a baby. Read More

2017-09-19 10:07:07
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What working on Pebble taught me about building hardware  

 Building hardware is fun but tough. We worked on Pebble for a full four years before we launched on Kickstarter in 2012. We went on to sell over $230 million worth of Pebbles, or just over 2 million watches. While it wasn’t our top goal to sell to Fitbit last year, I’m grateful that they’re continuing to work on low-power, fun, hackable smartwatches. Startups in general are… Read More

2017-09-19 10:04:02
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AR helmet startup Skully may have risen from the dead  

 It seems Skully, the AR helmet company that crashed and burned last year after the former CEO Marcus Weller refused to sign a confidentiality deal with investors is trying to make a comeback. A letter sent to those who had previously subscribed to the Skully email list, and obtained by TechCrunch, says new company SKULLY Technologies is bringing back the helmet. Interestingly, cousins and… Read More

2017-09-19 09:52:23
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Watch Day 2 of Disrupt San Francisco live right here!  

 The best is yet to come, and babe, won’t it be fine? Disrupt Day 2 kicks off right now, and thanks to the live stream, no one will be left behind. Today, we’ll be joined by Sebastian Thrun, Apple’s Lisa Jackson, 23andMe’s Anne Wojcicki, the co-founders of Houzz Adi Tatarko and Alon Cohel, as well as NBA MVP Kevin Durant and his business partner Rich Kleiman. And, as… Read More

2017-09-19 09:15:18
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Flippy, the hamburger cooking robot, gets its first restaurant gig  

 Today at Disrupt SF, we got our first look at Flippy in its final form. Miso Robotics has been showing off its burger-flipping “robotic kitchen assistant” for several months now, but today’s food robotics panel marks the first time we’ve actually seen it put to work in a real-world kitchen. No surprise, Caliburger is the first restaurant to get its hands on a Flippy.… Read More

2017-09-19 07:21:13
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Benchmark principal Kris Fredrickson leaves for another firm  

 Amidst all the drama happening between former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and Benchmark, Kris Fredrickson has left his role as principal at Benchmark to join Coatue Management, Recode reports. Benchmark has since confirmed Fredrickson’s departure on Twitter. 1/ Thrilled for @krisfredrickson to join Coatue as Partner. Terrific opportunity. Grateful for all Kris has done for @benchmark!… Read More

2017-09-19 06:38:24
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Amazon inks exclusive TV deal with 'Stranger Things' writer  

 The next project for TV from Stranger Things writer and producer Justin Doble. The overall deal means that he’ll be producing television projects exclusively for Amazon Studios and Amazon’s Prime Video streaming service. Doble’s CV isn’t limited to just his work on the Emmy-winning Stranger Things, which has been a huge surprise hit for Netflix, with a second season set… Read More

2017-09-19 06:17:33
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Former BBC Worldwide exec is taking the reins at Mitú, a digital media company focused on the hispanic audience  

 Chalk up another coup for digital media hiring as the media company mitú, focused on digitally distributed content for hispanic audiences, has managed to score the longtime entertainment executive Herb Scannell as its new chief executive. Scannell comes to mitú from BBC Worldwide, where he served as the President of its North America division, overseeing BBC America and sales for the… Read More

2017-09-19 06:16:04
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Citizen's controversial crime tracker expands to SF, picks up $12 million from Sequoia  

 The app formerly known as Vigilante isn’t going away. Today at TechCrunch Disrupt SF, the crime tracker now known as Citizen announced that its parent company Sp0n has raised a $12 million Series A round led by Sequoia Capital. Paired with the funding news, Citizen, previously exclusive to New York City, will open its crime-conscious geogates to San Francisco. Read More

2017-09-19 06:01:12
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Augmedics is building augmented reality glasses for spinal surgery  

 Meet Augmedics, an Israeli startup working on augmented reality headsets for surgeons performing spinal surgery. The company is participating in the Startup Battlefield at TechCrunch Disrupt SF. Computer assisted surgery systems are nothing new. Plenty of surgeons look at a screen while performing an operation. But Vizor is something new. Instead of making you look away from your patient,… Read More

2017-09-19 05:43:52
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Before you update to iOS 11 here's how to check which apps won't work  

 Before you hit the update button to grab iOS 11 it’s worth checking which apps you’ll be consigning to the digital dustbin of history. All old 32-bit apps are incompatible which means a lot of content is going to reach the end of the road here…  Read More

2017-09-19 05:26:28
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TalkIQ raises $14 million Series A to give enterprises AI insights into voice communication  

 There’s no shortage of startups building their brands around AI for enterprise. And within the enterprise, few spaces are as competitive as AI-powered voice analytics. TalkIQ is the latest company in the space to carry home a large round of financing with promise. With $14 million in Series A funding, the TalkIQ team is hoping its proprietary tech stack and engineering-heavy team will… Read More

2017-09-19 05:05:14
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15 neat hidden features in iOS 11  

 After months and months of beta, iOS 11 is finally here — and it’s a huge update. In particular, Apple has tucked away many little features that you won’t see right away. If you want to impress all your friends with your mad iOS skills, here is a list of some of these features. I also wrote a short and sweet review of iOS 10 if you want to learn more about all the changes… Read More

2017-09-19 05:02:12
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Udacity adds a new 'Intro to Self-Driving Cars' Nanodegree  

 You likely won’t be surprised when I tell you that building a self-driving car is difficult and complex. Udacity has tried to help address that difficulty with flexible, online education for self-driving engineers through its Self-Driving Cars Nanodegree program, and now it’s expanding its offerings with a new Intro to Self-Driving Cars Nanodegree being introduced at TechCrunch… Read More

2017-09-19 04:50:28
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Music video AR app Blin.gy shuts down  

 Blin.gy, the app that let users insert themselves into their favorite music videos, is shutting down. In a Medium post, co-founder and chief executive officer David Hyman wrote that the startup, which launched as Chosen three years ago and raised at least $10 million, decided to close up shop after a potential acquisition fell through. Read More

2017-09-19 04:41:15
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WT2 real-time translation earpieces look to crowdfund first run  

 This summer the TC team took a brief trip to Shenzhen, where I met Wells Tu, whose company TimeKettle has made an earpiece that translates spoken Chinese to English and vice versa in near real time. Having created a functioning prototype (it isn’t vaporware; we tried it, as you can see above) he and the team are now heading to Kickstarter to raise the money for their first run of the… Read More

2017-09-19 04:12:11
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YouTube's Twitch-like 'Sponsorships' open to all YouTube Gaming creators, expand to YouTube's main app  

 YouTube today is taking on Twitch with the launch of a new program that will allow gamers to make money from their channels through the use of sponsorships. Like Twitch’s subscriptions, which offer fans access to custom emotes, special badges and other perks, YouTube’s sponsorships also include a similar set of perks, like custom badges, custom emoji in chat, and access to… Read More

2017-09-19 04:08:51
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Acquia Javascript support lets developers build web apps that combine content, data  

 Acquia, the commercial arm of the open-source Drupal web content management tool, has long offered a cloud-based user interface designed to make it easier for customers to build web sites. Today, the company announced a new way of interacting with Drupal where it will be exposing the different parts of the platform as a set of services, while supporting node.js for scripting. This will… Read More

2017-09-19 03:59:36
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Snap, Facebook, Pop: Sriram Krishnan joins Twitter as senior director of product  

 In the ever-moving musical chairs that is the tech industry, Twitter has added a new person to its product team. Sriram Krishnan is now senior director of product at the social media platform. He announced the news himself, appropriately on Twitter, with a hearty endorsement from CEO Jack Dorsey. He will be reporting to Keith Coleman, who is Twitter’s new-ish VP of Product (he joined… Read More

2017-09-19 03:49:20
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Younited Credit raises $47.8 million for its crowdlending platform  

 French startup Younited Credit is building the biggest crowdlending platform in continental Europe. The company just raised $47.8 million (€40 million) to launch in new countries, work on new product features and more. Younited Credit is currently live in France, Spain and Italy as a consumer-facing product. Consumers can borrow anything between $1,200 and $48,000 (€1,000 and €40,000)… Read More

2017-09-19 03:40:06
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Future astronauts could 'feel' alien ground with new space boots  

 New technology developed by Draper labs could help astronauts actually feel the ground beneath them. The product in question is a boot, outfitted with sensors and feedback motors that generate tactile response based on what they detect. You may not have worn space boots in the past, but they’re very similar to any standard heavy boot – albeit likely heavier or at least thicker… Read More

2017-09-19 03:26:45
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MIT's The Engine raises $200M to fund 'tough tech'  

 If you think that too many VCs these days are playing it safe and only looking to back sure bets rather than moonshots and more ambitious ventures, take a look over at what’s going on in Boston. The Engine, based out of MIT and Cambridge, has raised a $200 million fund to back and help incubate startups working on “tough tech” — new challenges in areas… Read More

2017-09-19 03:06:59
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Subscription art crowdfunder Patreon confirms $60M fundraise  

 Patreon upgrades content creation from a passion to a profession by paying artists 95% of subscription payments from fans instead of 55% of skimpy ad revenue like Facebook and YouTube. Now Patreon itself is getting paid with today’s official announcement of the big Series C funding round TechCrunch broke news of last week. Patreon has raised $60 million led by Chris Paik at Thrive… Read More

2017-09-19 02:47:41
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At long last, Gmail starts converting addresses and contact info into links  

 Gmail is packed with a lot of time-saving features, like Smart Replies for mobile users. So it’s a bit surprising to realize that Gmail will only now start to automatically convert addresses, phone numbers and contacts into links. Read More

2017-09-19 02:46:09
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Tech companies must do more to fight misogyny in the wider culture  

 Over the past few months Silicon Valley’s treatment of women has made several headlines. Thanks to the incredible women who have found the courage to speak up, we are beginning to have the serious conversation around misogyny in the technology industry and end its complacency in the face of injustice. But the problem of harassment is much bigger than the culture within particular… Read More

2017-09-19 02:44:53
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Adan Medical is bringing technology to Epi-Pens  

 Going into anaphylactic shock is terrifying. The last time I went into shock, called my mom first, injected myself with an Epi-Pen second, injected myself with a shot of epinephrine third, and 911 last. I had that a bit backwards. Had I been using Adan Medical‘s smart case for Epi-Pens, my mom and emergency response teams would’ve been notified the moment I opened the case. I… Read More

2017-09-19 02:40:43
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Google Cloud's Natural Language API gets content classification and more granular sentiment analysis  

 Google Cloud announced two updates this morning to its Natural Language API. Specifically users will now have access to content classification and entity sentiment analysis. These features are particularly valuable for brands and media companies For starters, GCP users will now be able to tag content as corresponding with common topics like health, entertainment and law (cc: Henry).… Read More

2017-09-19 02:19:21
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Pokémon Go creator's next game will incorporate audio into the AR experience  

 Niantic, makers of the hugely popular mobile game Pokemon Go, is developing a new AR title that will incorporate audio cues into the gaming experience, according to company CTO Phil Keslin. The executive had just exited the stage at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco, where he had spoken on a panel about the upcoming wave of AR applications, and the potential for the AR market in the wake of… Read More

2017-09-19 01:48:32
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August announces new smart locks and a smart doorbell  

 August has updated its smart lock line with a new Pro version with Bluetooth, HomeKit, and Wi-Fi support, as well as the more basic model for $149. They’ve also announced the Doorbell Cam Pro for $199 that lets you see visitors approaching your domicile, even at night. The August is unique in that it depends entirely on the phone for usage, improving security (or reducing usability)… Read More

2017-09-19 01:42:28
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Amazon now lets Hilton Honors members shop with Points  

 Hilton and Amazon have teamed up on a new initiative that will allow member of Hilton’s Honors loyalty program to shop Amazon using their points. This is the first time a hotel brand has offered such a deal, Amazon says, and will be available to all Hilton Honors members. To use the new benefit, Honors members have to link their account to their Amazon profile. This is a one-time… Read More

2017-09-19 01:33:40
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GoCardless, a fintech that makes recurring payments easy for subscription businesses, raises $22.5M  

 Well, GoCardless co-founder and CEO Hiroki Takeuchi knows how to work a non-denial denial. When I interviewed him a few weeks ago for an extensive profile piece we ran yesterday, he wouldn’t be drawn on if the hot London fintech was raising a new round. Today, the company is announcing $22.5 million in new funding. Read More

2017-09-19 01:20:06
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Twilio Studio lets you build communication services without having to code  

 Twilio has long made a name for itself as a service that lets developers easily add audio, video and text communication to their applications, but with Twilio Studio, which is launching as a closed preview today, the company is now also targeting non-developers. Read More

2017-09-19 01:17:21
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Crunch Report | Slack Raises $250 Million  

Slack raises a pretty big chunk of change from SoftBank, the DOJ is investigating an Equifax stock dump and Google debuts payments app Tez in India. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

2017-09-19 01:08:08
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Shasta Ventures launches a fund to accelerate AR and VR app development  

 Apple and Google are ready for an augmented reality tidal wave, but what of developers? Over the past several months, the availability of ARKit and ARCore have proven there’s plenty of interest in the technology on the developer side, and some big brands from Ikea to Disney have been publicly exploring the ways in which the technology can enhance existing applications. But developers… Read More

2017-09-18 21:54:30
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Global Learning XPRIZE awards $1 million each to final five teams  

 The Global Learning XPRIZE, an international competition to create educational software, has reached its penultimate stage: 5 teams out of an initial pool of nearly 200 have been selected to receive $1 million and compete for the $10 million grand prize. Read More

2017-09-18 21:19:35
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The Nuada smart glove gives your hand bionic powers  

 In the future, said Andy Warhol, everyone will be bionic for fifteen minutes. I’m paraphrasing, but it looks like a Portuguese company called Nuada is about to give us that opportunity. Created by Filipe Quinaz and Vitor Crespo, the seed-funded company pitched on our Disrupt stage and showed us one of the coolest pieces of hardware I’ve seen in a long time. The Nuada is a smart glove. Read More

2017-09-18 20:29:36
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ICOs aren't just about raising lots of money, say founders who raised lots of money from ICOs  

 It’s impossible to ignore the rush of ICOs in venture capital land. The new fundraising dynamic has helped companies raise more than $1.7 billion this year to date. Huge sums of money tend to catch the attention, but experts in the industry argue that there’s far more to ICOs, also known as token sales, than simply the cash. Eyal Hertzog, a co-founder of Bancor Network —… Read More

2017-09-18 19:28:41
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DFJ's Steve Jurvetson thinks Elon's Boring Co. will win with short tunnels first  

 Noted Silicon Valley investor and SpaceX investor Steve Jurvetson is probably better positioned than most to know what Elon Musk is thinking with The Boring Company, his project to build a better tunnel boring concern, which he created essentially because he was fed up with sitting in traffic in L.A. Though The Boring Co.’s most recent headlines have hailed Musk’s plans to… Read More

2017-09-18 18:24:28
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Facebook design head bullish on voice, dodges questions on voice apps and hardware  

 Facebook has been reportedly working on a video chat device and a smart speaker that would use a new voice interface, to compete against the likes of Amazon and Google in the race to control your living room; and it’s also been testing as a voice search feature for its app. Today, the company’s head of design, Luke Woods, came out bullish on the promise of voice commands, squirmed… Read More

2017-09-18 17:46:33
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After years of chasing brokers and bots, 'slow ticketing' will help both artists and fans  

 Since the advent of the modern ticket era, speed has been the name of the game. Whether it was the first person to get in line, or the first ping to hit the server, the winners in the world of ticketing have always been a step ahead. Over the last 15 years on the internet, that competition has risen to super-human levels, with bots becoming virtually unbeatable. For average fans, that… Read More

2017-09-18 17:23:36
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U.S. Senate votes to oust Russian security software vendor Kaspersky from federal use  

 Following a directive from the Department of Homeland Security last week banning the use of Kaspersky Lab security software in the executive branch, the U.S. Senate has followed suit. On Monday, the Senate passed an amendment against Kaspersky Lab pushed forward by New Hampshire Democrat Jeanne Shaheen. Read More

2017-09-18 15:51:13
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Chilean startup ComparaOnline raises $14 million for its financial education tools for Latin America  

 Venture investing in Latin America continues to pick up the pace, with new deals in financial technology services leading the way. One example of investors’ renewed interest in regional financial services companies is the $14 million in financing that ComparaOnline just wrapped up. The company, now backed by private equity firm Bamboo Capital Partners and the International Finance Corp.,… Read More

2017-09-18 13:56:49
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Keybase launches fully encrypted Slack-like communications tool — and it's free  

 Keybase added to its encrypted tool kit today when it launched Keybase Teams, an open source, Slack-like communications tool with end-to-end encryption. Desktop and mobile versions are available for download now. It may seem like competing with Slack, the enormously popular enterprise communications tool would be a fool’s errand for Keybase. But by making it fully encrypted, open source… Read More

2017-09-18 13:07:34
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Waymo taps Intel for self-driving computers it develops entirely in-house  

 Waymo has made a point of going in-house for the core technology of its self-driving system, which is something it has talked about specifically around its sensor suite in the past. The company revealed today that it also built its own compute hardware for sensor fusion and autonomous decision-making, pathfinding and more – and it’s working with Intel for the chips that power… Read More

2017-09-18 12:24:14
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BeeLine's simple navigation device keeps cyclists headed in the right direction  

 Lets say you’re roaming the city on your bike. You know your final destination — but you don’t necessarily care how you get there, or if your route is the shortest possible one. You just want to ride. That’s the idea behind BeeLine, a “fuzzy navigation” device for cyclists. You tell it where you want to go, and it constantly points you in that direction… Read More

2017-09-18 12:08:05
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Facebook nabs Change.org COO Jennifer Dulski to lead Groups  

 Facebook is serious about using Groups to propel its new mission to “bring the world closer together.” That’s why it’s made a big-name hire for the product leader for the Facebook Groups team. Former Change.org COO and president Jennifer Dulski will take the role. Read More

2017-09-18 12:02:25
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Google's Heather Adkins thinks everybody is going to get hacked and you need to be ready  

 Google’s Information Security Manager Heather Adkins has a pretty good track record. The company was last hacked in 2009, that’s why Adkins had some good advice for startups in the audience at TechCrunch Disrupt SF. “At some point in the history of your company, you’re probably going to get hacked. The question is not whether or not you’re going to get hacked, but… Read More

2017-09-18 11:31:13
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Tune in to Disrupt SF Day 1 right here!  

 Buckle up, folks! It’s going to be one helluva week. Disrupt SF is about to kick off at 9 a.m., and for those of you who didn’t make it out to Pier 48, we’re bringing the show to you. Today, we’ll be sitting down with some of the greatest minds in tech, including Google’s Heather Adkins, Ethereum’s Vitalik Buterin in conversation with Naval Ravikant,… Read More

2017-09-18 10:57:36
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China's JD.com announces $500M e-commerce and fintech joint ventures in Thailand  

 Roll up, roll up… there’s another e-commerce mega deal in Southeast Asia courtesy of a Chinese investor. Following on from Alibaba’s $1 billion deal with Lazada and a $1.1 billion round in Tokopedia led by Alibaba, rival Chinese e-commerce firm JD.com has announced a $500 million investment that will create e-commerce and fintech businesses in Thailand. Southeast Asia, a… Read More

2017-09-18 10:34:32
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Lyft envisions future streets that actually reduce lanes to cut back traffic  

 Lyft’s focus on future autonomy isn’t just about partnering with self-driving car companies like Drive.ai, or with providing an open network upon which an autonomous ride hailing service can be built – it’s also working with design firms and other stakeholders to try to foresee future streets intentionally built to facilitate autonomous transportation. This is… Read More

2017-09-18 10:32:29
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Matroid picks up $10M Series A to automate video stream monitoring  

 As computer vision and object recognition technology continue to mature, we’re edging closer to automating away the exceedingly boring task of monitoring closed circuit TV cameras. Matroid is one of the startups leading the democratization of this variety of machine intelligence. The company is announcing a $10 million Series A this morning from NEA and Intel Capital that brings… Read More

2017-09-18 09:40:25
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Blavity acquires Travel Noire, a travel and discovery platform for black millennials  

 Blavity, the media and events startup focused on black millennials and black culture, has acquired travel startup Travel Noire for an undisclosed amount. Travel Noire, which offers up traveling tips and guidance for black millennials, reaches over 2 million millennials a month. Next month, I’m heading to Nairobi with some TechCrunch colleagues. Thanks to Travel Noire, I now know to hit… Read More

2017-09-18 09:17:29
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Announcing Startup Battlefield at Disrupt San Francisco  

 Each year, TechCrunch selects early-stage startups from a pool of thousands across the globe, and selects the top innovators to compete in Startup Battlefield. Over the next three days at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017, a select few will vie for $50,000 and the coveted Disrupt Cup. Our founders are using VR for precision spinal surgery and emotional recognition. They are using biotech for… Read More

2017-09-18 08:53:43
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Looxid Labs is combining brain waves and VR to build an analytics super engine  

 Virtual reality is having a tough time breaching consumer markets and it’s not clear where the demand is exactly. But when it comes to research and analytics, gathering emotional responses could be huge to custom tailoring content and gaining important insights. Looxid Labs, launching onstage today at TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield, wants to bring brain waves into the VR equation. There… Read More

2017-09-18 08:16:13
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A Google security chief considers the NSA a state-sponsored threat  

 Today at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017 Google’s Manager of Information Security Heather Adkins sat down for a fireside chat. Among the varying topics discussed, she spoke about what’s like to have the NSA tap the company’s lines and how she views state sponsored threats. Moderator and TechCrunch Senior Editor Frederic Lardinois asked Adkins if she thinks of the NSA as a… Read More

2017-09-18 07:58:19
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Videoblocks launches its stock photo service and changes its name to Storyblocks  

 Stock imagery service Videoblocks made its name thanks to its flat-rate, unlimited video library and a marketplace that paid photographers a 100 percent commission. Over time, the service started branching out beyond video, though, and the company first announced its plans for a stock photo service earlier this year. Now — after having gathered and indexed millions of images from its… Read More

2017-09-18 07:42:04
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Netflix's new teaser for 'The Punisher' reveals killer survival skills  

 Netflix’s The Punisher is coming to the streaming service later this year, starring Jon Bernthal in the title role reprising his role from Daredevil. The latest Marvel/Netflix team-up focuses not on the traditional hero, but on an anti-hero with a serious axe to grind. In a new teaser, we see via simulated found footage that this brooding justice-seeker isn’t afraid to shed some… Read More

2017-09-18 07:16:40
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Pinterest's new Sections feature begins beta testing, public launch in 'weeks'  

 Pinterest is rolling out a new feature inspired by its power users, said Pinterest CEO and co-founder Ben Silbermann, speaking today at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco. The new addition, called Sections, allows Pinterest users to divide their board into various sub-groups related to the board’s main topic. For example, if you’re redesigning your home, you might create sections… Read More

2017-09-18 06:53:43
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Red Sox may have used a Fitbit, not an Apple Watch, to snag Yankees signs  

 In a major upset for Apple’s smartwatch brand, it appears that it was a Fitbit, not an Apple Watch, that the Red Sox used as a medium for their sign-stealing in a recent ball game. The news comes from “a major league source” speaking to Boston Globe sports reporter Nick Cafardo. It’s unclear at this time whether the source himself or herself is major league or if they… Read More

2017-09-18 06:47:13
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Avast reckons CCleaner malware infected 2.27M users  

 Users of a free software tool designed to optimize system performance on Windows PCs and Android mobile devices got a nasty shock this morning when Piriform, the company which makes the CCleaner tool, revealed in a blog post that certain versions of the software had been compromised by hackers — and that malicious, data-harvesting software had piggybacked on its installer program. Read More

2017-09-18 06:23:38
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Index is a clean, colorful app for organizing your ideas and digital content  

 The makers of Index are hoping they’ve created the only app you’ll need to access all your files, notes and links. “We’re giving people a full control panel for the digital world,” founder Brian Cox told me. Cox said he actually developed Index for his own personal use five years ago. Read More

2017-09-18 06:03:29
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GoCardless CEO: 'I still feel like I'm the same person'  

 It has nearly been a year since GoCardless co-founder and CEO Hiroki Takeuchi was involved in a serious road accident that left him paralysed below his chest, and unable to walk again. Based on multiple interviews, including with Takeuchi himself, we tell the story of his journey back to startup life and the many challenges faced along the way. Read More

2017-09-18 05:53:35
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Goodbye, photo studios. Hello, colormass virtual photoshoots  

 Berlin-based colormass, one of the startups presenting today at TechCrunch Disrupt as part of the Battlefield, has developed a platform that lets you recreate an IKEA-style experience for your own merchandise: highly realistic, but digitally manipulated 3D facsimiles. Read More

2017-09-18 05:29:44
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Snap blocks Al Jazeera in Saudi Arabia to “comply with local laws”  

 Snap has bowed to pressure from the government of Saudi Arabia to censor a news channel operated by the Qatar-based news broadcaster, Al Jazeera, from the Snapchat Discover section of its app. Read More

2017-09-18 04:57:58
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Only one week left to apply for Startup Battlefield at Disrupt Berlin  

 Seven days, 168 hours or 10,080 minutes; you can crunch the numbers any way you like, but you still have only one week left to apply for the Startup Battlefield at Disrupt Berlin 2017. We get it; you’re busy building something great. But you seriously don’t want to miss out on Startup Battlefield — it’s one of the best ways to introduce that greatness to the rest of… Read More

2017-09-18 04:49:17
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'The Handmaid's Tale' wins Hulu its first Emmy Awards, including Best Drama  

 Hulu’s science-fiction series The Handmaid’s Tale won big tonight at the Primetime Emmy Awards, where it took home the awards for drama series, actress in a drama series (Elisabeth Moss), writing in a drama series (Bruce Miller), directing in a drama series (Reed Morano) and supporting actress in a drama series (Ann Dowd). The show tells the story of Offred (played by Moss), a… Read More

2017-09-18 04:35:49
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Essential Phone will get Android Oreo update 'soon'  

 Essential is bringing the latest version of Android to its first smartphone, the aptly named “Phone.” The Android 8.0 release is already available for Google’s own flagship Pixel hardware, but Essential has previously talked about how it will endeavor to follow Google quickly when it comes to major software updates. Read More

2017-09-18 04:26:38
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Video advertising took a big leap in Q2, according to Smaato  

 Video was the fastest-growing ad format in recent months, according to a new report from mobile ad company Smaato. Smaato says it examined the more than 1.5 trillion ad impressions that it served in the second quarter of 2017 and found that video ad spending was up 142 percent from Q1. And that’s after Q1 represented a 14 percent increase from the final quarter of last year. (Q4 tends to… Read More

2017-09-18 03:55:56
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Netflix and HBO cleaned up at last night's Primetime Emmys  

 Hulu made Emmys history last night by becoming the first streaming service to win an Emmy for Best Drama (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), but it was Netflix that actually took home more awards at last night’s event. That’s not surprising, given how nominations Netflix earned this year – with 91 Emmy nods, it had come close to doubling its Emmy presence from 2016,… Read More

2017-09-18 02:56:15
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SoftBank Group will buy a 5% stake in ZhongAn, China's first online-only insurance agency  

 SoftBank Group has agreed to be a cornerstone investor in the initial public offering of ZhongAn, China’s first online-only insurance agency, on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange today. SoftBank Group will buy a 5 percent stake in the company, or about 72 million shares, at the offer price, which is in the range of HKD $53.70 to HKD $59.70 per share. If calculated based on the… Read More

2017-09-18 02:38:19
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Waze and Spotify integration arrives on iOS  

 Google-owned navigation app Waze announced a partnership earlier this year with music streaming service Spotify to put Spotify playlists right within the Waze app, and now the team-up is extending to iOS. The new integration is rolling out today, and adds a number of direct Spotify features within Waze and vice versa. This allows Waze users to begin navigating to their destination right inside… Read More

2017-09-18 02:28:24
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Coinbase vulnerability is a good reminder that SMS-based 2FA can wreak havoc  

 Two days ago, a friend who invested in Bitcoin asked me how secure her Coinbase investment was. She had plans to put her coins in cold storage, but as a security stopgap was relying on two-factor authentication (2FA) through Coinbase, as many people do. My main question: What kind of two-factor? Read More

2017-09-18 02:21:27
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Ford and Mahindra explore strategic cooperation around car tech in India  

 Ford and Indian automaker and mobility company Mahindra Group have entered into a new agreement to explore a potential strategic partnership focused on a number of different areas, including mobility, electrifications, connected vehicles and transportation infrastructure and more. Ford and Mahindra’s initial cooperation period extends for three years, during which time the general idea is… Read More

2017-09-18 02:15:53
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Slack raises a huge financing round from SoftBank valuing the company at $5.1B  

 Slack has raised another huge new round of financing that values the company at more than $5 billion, this time led by Softbank — which seems to be investing in everyone at this point. This seems like another huge investment from a $100 billion fund that is dumping an enormous amount of money in some of the biggest deals in Silicon Valley, this time participating in a $250 million round… Read More

2017-09-18 02:09:44
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Steve Jurvetson on why he couldn't join the board of secretive Zoox  

 Today at our TC Disrupt event in San Francisco, we had the chance to catch up with investor Steve Jurvetson about a wide number of things that are sweeping across the startup landscape (and might fundamentally change it), from ICOs to Softbank’s giant Vision Fund to AI to Elon Musk’s new Boring Company. Jurvetson had plenty of interesting insights about all, unsurprisingly. He… Read More

2017-09-18 01:49:03
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Google brings its resources for founders and startups to a single site  

 Google launched “Startup with Google” today, a new site that brings together all the company’s resources for founders and their startups. As the name implies, the focus here is on Google’s own tools, services and initiatives (think everything from Firebase and Android Studio to Analytics and Google’s various cloud security tools), but the site also highlights… Read More

2017-09-18 01:18:31
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Equifax was reportedly hacked almost five months before its first disclosed date  

 Equifax learned about a major breach in its systems in March, well before it disclosed a massive breach earlier this month that included sensitive information for 143 million consumers, according to a new report from Bloomberg. Read More

2017-09-18 01:17:22
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Who is to blame for algorithmic outrage?  

 This week we saw a few high-profile demonstrations of the ability to target advertising to unsavory groups generated or suggested by major internet companies. Upon being alerted of these bafflingly obvious abuses, the companies’ responses all struck the same notes: “this is against our rules, we have no idea how it happened, and it’s fixed now.” Were you as unconvinced… Read More

2017-09-17 21:57:51
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MythQuiz builds Alexa tutor at Disrupt Hackathon  

 Most people use Amazon’s Alexa to answer their questions, but what about using it to test what you already know? That’s the idea behind MythQuiz, an audio flashcard platform. It was created by physical therapy student Lacey Hineman and her father, engineer Francis Hineman at TechCrunch Disrupt’s Hackathon in San Francisco. They were also joined by product manager, Phillip… Read More

2017-09-17 20:51:31
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