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A university is outfitting living spaces with thousands of Echo Dots  

Soon, Saint Louis University students won't be able to avoid Amazon's near ubiquitous smart speakers. The university announced this week a plan to outfit living spaces with 2,300 Echo Dots. The devices are set to be deployed by the time classes start, later this month. SLU is quick to note that it's "the first college […]

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2018-08-19 13:17:23

HUD complaint accuses Facebook ads of violating Fair Housing Act  

A new complaint filed Friday by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) accuses Facebook of helping landlords and home sellers violate the Fair Housing Act. According to the grievance filed by the department, Facebook's ad settings let sellers disregard laws by targeting specific demographics. HUD says that the ability to tailor Facebook […]

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2018-08-19 12:09:12

Original Content podcast: 'To All The Boys I've Loved Before' is a charming high school romance  

While Hollywood’s interest in romantic comedies seems to be fading, Netflix has been picking up some of the slack. Just a few months ago, it released the tremendously fun Set It Up. And now we’ve got To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, a high school romance based on the young adult novel by Jenny Han. […]

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2018-08-19 07:57:15

What the hell is the deal with Tether?  

It was a simple concept: a cryptocurrency whose units were always and constantly worth exactly one dollar, because they were backed by dollars held in a bank. Voila: dollars with the powers of crypto, such as the ability to quickly and permissionlessly transfer an arbitrary amount … and, er, a certain lack of pesky regulations. […]

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2018-08-19 06:16:07

Soon you'll be able to watch high school football on Twitter  

Just at the NFL is gearing up to kickoff its regular season, Adidas has announced that it will be partnering with Twitter to livestream high school football games on the platform. The "Friday Night Stripes" series (Get it? Get it?) will include eight games, featuring teams from California, Georgia, Florida, Nevada and Indiana. The series […]

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2018-08-19 02:20:22

Gaming in Asia may be crypto's killer decentralized app  

As money and talent flows into the crypto and blockchain worlds, a persistent question keeps coming up: what is going to be the “killer app” that drives adoption for these nascent technologies? The answer may well be quite simple: gaming in Asia. That’s the theory for Cryptokitties, the notable purveyor of cute cats. The company has […]

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2018-08-18 21:33:51

The tech angle in dogs, mac and cheese and working out  

Welcome back to TechCrunch Mixtape, the podcast where Megan Rose Dickey and I, Henry Oliver Pickavet, talk about some of the stories of the week that we feel like talking about. This week it was dogs, working out and mac and cheese. BarkBox creators Bark and Co. decided that Nashville, Tenn., needed a place for […]

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2018-08-18 13:47:06

Global unicorn exits hit multi-year high in 2018  

Unicorn exits are taking flight. With the IPO window wide open, an apparent record number of venture-backed companies privately valued over $1 billion have launched public offerings this year.

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2018-08-18 02:36:45

Distributed teams are rewriting the rules of office(less) politics  

When we think about designing our dream home, we don't think of having a thousand roommates in the same room with no doors or walls. Yet in today's workplace where we spend most of our day, the purveyors of corporate office design insist that tearing down walls and bringing more people closer together in the […]

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2018-08-18 02:06:17

Only 48 hours left: Apply to Startup Battlefield at Disrupt Berlin  

The action you take within the next 48 hours could change your life. That's how much time you have left to apply to TechCrunch Startup Battlefield, our world-renowned pitch competition, which takes place at Disrupt Berlin 2018 on November 29-30. The application deadline expires on August 20th at 9 p.m. PST. Don't waste another minute — apply […]

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2018-08-18 01:10:42

The overlooked opportunity in tackling public finance  

If you’re a certain age, it’s likely that you've never given a second thought to buying a municipal bond or the process of bond buying, even if you've intuited, rightly, that's it's an intentionally opaque business. Yet there could be a big opportunity for startups, and for people looking for places to invest, and for […]

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2018-08-17 21:48:03

YC-backed Sterblue aims to enable smarter drone inspections  

As government regulation for commercial drone usage seems to be trending in a very positive direction for the companies involved, there is an ever-growing opportunity for drone startups to utilize artificial intelligence to deliver insights without requiring much human effort. Sterblue, a French drone software startup that is launching out of Y Combinator’s latest class […]

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2018-08-17 20:01:19

Netflix tests video promos in between episodes, much to viewers' dislike  

Netflix is testing video promos that play in between episodes of shows a viewer is streaming, the company confirmed to TechCrunch. The promos are full-screen videos, personalized to the user, featuring content Netflix would have otherwise suggested elsewhere in its user interface – like on a row of recommendations, for example. The promos also displace […]

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2018-08-17 19:35:22

It's Friday so relax and watch a hard drive defrag forever on Twitch  

It's been a while since I defragged — years, probably, because these days for a number of reasons computers don't really need to. But perhaps it is we who need to defrag. And what better way to defrag your brain after a long week than by watching the strangely satisfying defragmentation process taking place on a simulated DOS machine, complete with fan and HDD noise?

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2018-08-17 18:55:13

YC-backed Mutiny helps B2B business personalize their website for each visitor  

Mutiny, which is part of the current batch of startups at accelerator Y Combinator, helps business-to-business, software-as-a-service companies present a message that’s customized to each visitor on their website. Co-founder and CEO Jaleh Rezaei said this concept is alive and well in the analog world: When she was at VMware, sales reps were given materials […]

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2018-08-17 18:52:51

Tesla lost nearly $8 billion in shareholder value this week and its board should be ashamed  

Over the last five days, Tesla shareholders watched the value of their stock decline by roughly 16 percent and saw nearly $8 billion in value erased, as the company’s celebrity chief executive, Elon Musk, had what amounts to a very public breakdown. However, Musk is not the only person responsible for the collapse of Tesla’s […]

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2018-08-17 18:26:36

The Automatica automates pour-over coffee in a charming and totally unnecessary way  

Most mornings, after sifting through the night's mail haul and skimming the headlines, I make myself a cup of coffee. I use a simple pour-over cone and paper filters, and (in what is perhaps my most tedious Seattleite affectation), I grind the beans by hand. I like the manual aspect of it all. Which is why this robotic pour-over machine is to me so perverse... and so tempting.

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2018-08-17 16:57:31

Movado Group acquires watch startup MVMT  

The Movado Group, which sells multiple brands, including Lacoste, Tommy Hilfiger and Hugo Boss, has purchased MVMT, a small watch company founded by Jacob Kassan and Kramer LaPlante in 2013. The company, which advertised heavily on Facebook, logged $71 million in revenue in 2017. Movado purchased the company for $100 million. “The acquisition of MVMT […]

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2018-08-17 16:08:27

6 million users had installed third-party Twitter clients  

Twitter tried to downplay the impact deactivating its legacy APIs would have on its community and the third-party Twitter clients preferred by many power users by saying that “less than 1%” of Twitter developers were using these old APIs. Twitter is correct in its characterization of the size of this developer base, but it’s overlooking […]

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2018-08-17 15:46:50

Facebook's Kodi box ban is nothing new  

According to recent reports, Facebook has updated its Commerce Policy to specifically ban the sale of Kodi boxes on its site – that is, devices that come with pre-installed Kodi software, which are often used for illegally streaming digital content. However, the ban is not a new one – Facebook confirms its policy on Kodi box […]

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2018-08-17 13:21:52

Incentivai launches to simulate how hackers break blockchains  

Cryptocurrency projects can crash and burn if developers don’t predict how humans will abuse their blockchains. Once a decentralized digital economy is released into the wild and the coins start to fly, it’s tough to implement fixes to the smart contracts that govern them. That’s why Incentivai is coming out of stealth today with its […]

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2018-08-17 11:38:38

Google said to be releasing its own smart display this year  

Back at CES in January, Google put on a big show with the launch of a new product category designed to take on Amazon's Echo Show and Spot. Three companies — LG, Lenovo and JBL — were waiting in the wings with their own take on the screen-powered smart speaker. Google itself, on the other […]

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2018-08-17 09:14:08

Y Combinator invests in non-invasive breast cancer screening bra EVA  

According to a report by the American Cancer Society, an estimated 266,120 women will be newly diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States this year and (according to a 2016 estimate) can expect to pay between $60,000 and $134,000 on average for treatment and care. But, after hundreds of thousands of dollars and non-quantifiable emotional […]

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2018-08-17 07:50:16

Taking Tesla private, WeWork and Uber earnings, and what happened to crypto  

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch's venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week was a corker. We had Alex Wilhelm in-studio with our guest Minal Hasan, founder of K2 Global, and TechCrunch’s Danny Chriton jumped in from New York to help the crew dig through the biggest and best stuff […]

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2018-08-17 07:46:20

Sino-US investment firms are targeting over $4 billion for new funds launched this year  

As limited partners increasingly demand greater exposure to emerging market opportunities, venture capital firms with a focus on Asia are bulking up their funds and chasing deals in an increasingly competitive race to own stakes in the next generation of local startups with global aspirations. Over the last year, firms, including DCM Ventures, GGV Capital, Matrix […]

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2018-08-17 07:33:54

Klarity uses AI to strip drudgery from contract review  

Klarity, a member of the Y Combinator 2018 Summer class, wants to automate much of the contract review process by applying artificial intelligence, specifically natural language processing. Company co-founder and CEO Andrew Antos has experienced the pain of contract reviews first hand. After graduating from Harvard Law, he landed a job spending 16 hours a […]

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2018-08-17 06:32:24

Google updates Location History language after tracking backlash  

Four days after admitting that it continues to track users even after the Location History tracking has been disabled, Google has updated its website to more accurately reflect the nature of its location policy.  "This setting does not affect other location services on your device, like Google Location Services and Find My Device," the updated […]

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2018-08-17 05:57:51

Get your tickets to TechCrunch Startup Battlefield MENA 2018  

Calling all entrepreneurs, techies, aspiring startup founders and anyone else who loves the thrill and excitement that comes from seeing innovative startups compete head-to-head. TechCrunch Startup Battlefield MENA 2018, our premier startup pitch competition, takes place October 3 in Beirut, Lebanon. Come and watch as 15 of the region's top early-stage startup founders vie for […]

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2018-08-17 05:41:25

A new foreign investment bill will impact venture capital and the US startup ecosystem  

President Trump's time in office has been punctuated by rising tension with China on a host of economic issues. He's received bipartisan criticism for the impact of tariffs on Chinese goods and the resulting retaliation against American exports.

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2018-08-17 05:37:02

Google gives its AI the reins over its data center cooling systems  

The inside of data centers is loud and hot — and keeping servers from overheating is a major factor in the cost of running them. It’s no surprise then that the big players in this space, including Facebook, Microsoft and Google, all look for different ways of saving cooling costs. Facebook uses cool outside air when […]

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2018-08-17 05:29:21

New Battlefield V trailer gives a glimpse of Battle Royale mode  

Battle Royale mode is taking over the gaming sphere. Alongside Fortnite, PUBG and H1Z1, a number of big titles are adding Battle Royale to their popular games, including CoD: Black Ops IV and Battlefield V. In fact, EA DICE just released a new trailer for Battlefield V that seems to show a glimpse of the […]

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2018-08-17 04:22:54

Tesla shares tumble in early trading after another Elon Musk-powered PR blunder  

Elon Musk, the embattled chief executive of electric automaker and sustainable energy company Tesla, tried to "set the record straight" about his recent behavior in an hour-long exclusive interview with The New York Times. Instead, it only served to further underscore how out-of-touch the billionaire chief executive seems from the ongoing operations at his company. […]

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2018-08-17 04:18:43

Kiiroo launches an adventure in bi-directional teledildonics  

In the future everyone will be naked for fifteen minutes. It’s with this novel thought in mind that I connect with a model named Nazanin who will walk me through the new world of bi-directional teledildonic cam life. I was there to test a new device from Kiiroo called the Kiiroo Launch. This novel sex […]

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2018-08-17 03:35:26

Threads raises $20M for its luxury goods 'boutique' that exists only in messaging apps  

When you think of e-commerce marketplaces, chances are that the first things that come to mind are storefronts built on websites and apps. But today an e-commerce startup that has never had either — and never plans to — has raised a fistful of cash to continue building out its shopping experience on the platform […]

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2018-08-17 02:54:21

Gillmor Gang: Private Lives  

The Gillmor Gang — Frank Radice, Keith Teare, Michael Markman and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Tuesday, August 7, 2018. Waiting for the midterms, Twitter meets the Constitution, uncommon carriers, straw man superheros.

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2018-08-17 02:15:02

Coinbase now supports buying and selling Ethereum Classic  

Coinbase has added a new buying option for its customers after the crypto exchange introduced Ethereum Classic to its collection. The addition was first announced in July but Coinbase took its time to implement its newest addition following criticism over the way it added Bitcoin Cash last year. Allegations of insider trading led the company to […]

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2018-08-17 01:09:37

Streaming TV services now reach 5% of U.S. Wi-Fi households, up 58% since last year  

The number of U.S. households watching streaming TV services – those that deliver cable TV-like programming over the internet – has grown a remarkable 58% over last year, according to new data from comScore. However, these services still account for a small portion of the overall market, as only 5 percent (4.9 million) of U.S. […]

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2018-08-16 21:05:22

DoorDash raises another $250M, nearly triples valuation to $4B  

Food delivery startup DoorDash announced this afternoon that it has raised $250 million, just five months since the company announced a $535 million round. Why raise more money so soon? CEO Tony Xu told Axios that he wasn’t actively looking for additional investment, but was open to investor interest because it could help the company expand […]

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2018-08-16 20:57:59

Facebook is going back to college  

While today's college graduates are "digital natives," these natives have been conditioned on Netflix-like interfaces, and aren't accustomed to laborious software configurations, or the steep learning curves required to master a software platform.

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2018-08-16 20:40:35

Work-Bench enterprise report predicts end of SaaS could be coming  

Work-Bench, a New York City venture capital firm that spends a lot of time around Fortune 1000 companies, has put together The Work-Bench Enterprise Almanac: 2018 Edition, which you could think of as a State of the Enterprise report. It’s somewhat like Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends report, but with a focus on the tools and […]

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2018-08-16 19:36:26

New Zealand to VCs and hedge fund managers buying up its land: No more  

Over the last couple of years, a once well-kept secret began to gain traction in New York media outlets: wealthy American investors, including VCs and hedge fund managers, had begun snapping up tracts of land in New Zealand, largely out of fear that a Trump administration could have a destabilizing effect on an already polarized […]

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2018-08-16 19:20:58

Tomu is a fingernail-sized computer that is easy to swallow  

I’m a huge fan of single board computers, especially if they’re small enough to swallow. That’s why I like the Tomu. This teeny-tiny ARM processor essentially interfaces with your computer via the USB port and contains two LEDs and two buttons. Once it’s plugged in the little computer can simulate a hard drive or mouse, […]

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2018-08-16 18:23:18

Google Search's new featured snippet panel saves you more clicks  

Google is introducing an additional format for featured snippets in its search results today. For years, these snippets have appeared at the top of the search results page and featured both images and text that Google thinks are relevant to your query. They are all about Google saving you a click. Today, Google is going […]

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2018-08-16 17:04:54

Buy a Startup Alley Exhibitor Package before the deadline expires next week  

You've got one week left to plant your early-stage startup squarely in the path of 10,000 people, including influential investors, technologists, potential customers and the media. If you want to showcase your company at Disrupt San Francisco 2018, which takes place September 5-7, there's no better place to do it than the Startup Alley exhibit […]

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2018-08-16 14:54:40

Facebook cracks down on opioid dealers after years of neglect  

Facebook’s role in the opioid crisis could become another scandal following yesterday’s release of harrowing new statistics from the Center for Disease Control. It estimated there were nearly 30,000 synthetic opioid overdose deaths in the U.S. in 2017, up from roughly 20,000 the year before. When recreational drugs like Xanax and OxyContin are adulterated with […]

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2018-08-16 14:40:23

Pokémon GO is getting a big new 'Special Research' quest next week  

Just a few months back, Niantic added its first "Special Research" to Pokemon Go. Sort of like an in-game quest, the research had players complete a series of tasks to unlock an otherwise unobtainable Pokemon. Now they're back with another one.

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2018-08-16 14:27:24

Autonomous retail startup Inokyo's first store feels like stealing  

Inokyo wants to be the indie Amazon Go. It’s just launched its prototype cashierless autonomous retail store. Cameras track what you grab from shelves, and with a single QR scan of its app on your way in and out of the store, you’re charged for what you got. Inokyo‘s first store is now open on […]

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2018-08-16 14:08:39

Slack is down, take the rest of the day off  

No, it’s not just you. Slack is experiencing issues, as noted on the company’s status page. The issues appear to largely be focused on its Workspace/Org Administration service. We here at TechCrunch HQ East are no longer able to send one another direct messages, and honestly the idea of swiveling our chairs around to speak to […]

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2018-08-16 13:51:26

The Reality Ecosystem: What AR/VR/XR needs to go big  

AR/VR/XR are going to be big, but not everyone will win. Today's market is a collection of related point solutions to specific problems, but not a fully functioning ecosystem. Not yet.

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2018-08-16 13:49:21

Google and GN Hearing partner to stream audio from Android devices directly to hearing aids  

Denmark’s GN Hearing broke new ground in hearing aid technology five years ago when it inked a deal with Apple to develop a hearing aid that would integrate seamlessly with an iPhone, with no need for an intermediary device. And today it announced a significant, new milestone expansion in that technology: it has partnered with Google to […]

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2018-08-16 13:34:05

Arm wants to power your next laptop  

Arm, the company that designs the chips that power virtually every smartphone and IoT device, published its roadmap for the next two years today. That’s the first time Arm has done so and the reason for this move, it seems, is that the company wants to highlight its ambitions to get its chips into laptops. […]

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2018-08-16 10:44:30

Crimson Hexagon regains Facebook data access  

Analytics company Crimson Hexagon says Facebook has reinstated its data access to Facebook and Instagram. That access was suspended last month, with Facebook saying it was investigating whether the company had violated any of its data use policies. (The social network, of course, has been dealing with the fallout from a separate controversy over user […]

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2018-08-16 10:05:10

Update: New whistleblower claims against Tesla allege drug trafficking, theft and phone hacking coverup  

This post has been updated with a comment from Tesla. Employees at Tesla's Nevada gigafactory were allegedly involved in a massive drug ring, stole $37 million worth of precious metals and equipment and illegally spied on former employees at the behest of chief executive Elon Musk, according to a new whistleblower complaint filed against the company.

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2018-08-16 09:36:49

Tonal launches at-home digital strength-training system  

If you want to have a brutal workout from the comfort of your own home — and have about $3,000 to spend — look no further. Tonal, a strength-training system powered by electromagnetism resistance technology and machine learning, is launching today to let you get ripped and in shape without having to go to the […]

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2018-08-16 09:05:30

Intel buys deep-learning startup Vertex.AI to join its Movidius unit  

Intel wants to bring more artificial intelligence technology into all aspects of its business, and today it is stepping up its game a little in the area with an acquisition. The computer processing giant has acquired Vertex.AI, a startup that had a mission of making it possible to develop “deep learning for every platform”, building […]

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2018-08-16 09:02:58

The Boring Company proposes hyperloop to Dodger Stadium  

The Boring Company announced a proposal yesterday to construct a 3.6 mile hyperloop to carry fans from the city directly to Dodger Stadium in less than four minutes for about $1. This proposed loop, called the "Dugout Loop," would run from Dodger Stadium to privately owned Boring Co. property in either the Los Feliz, East Hollywood or Rampart Village neighborhoods.

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2018-08-16 08:40:33

China is the fastest growing smart speaker market  

No surprise that smart speaker sales are on the rise. That certainly comports with recent numbers from NPD. The latest report from Canalys, however, pulls the camera back a bit to give a better picture of the global market. Seems that while smart speaker sales continue to be hot here in the States, they're positively […]

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2018-08-16 08:27:12

Google Firebase adds in-app messaging, JIRA integration, new reports and more  

Firebase is now Google’s default platform for app developers, and over the course of the last four years since it was acquired, the service has greatly expanded its feature set and integrations with Google services. Today, it’s rolling out yet another batch of updates that bring new features, deeper integrations and a few design updates […]

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2018-08-16 08:16:41

Coming to a theater near you: Amazon?  

It looks like Amazon may be gearing up to make more moves in the brick-and-mortar world. Bloomberg reports that the e-commerce behemoth is putting itself in the running to acquire Landmark Theatres, which claims to be the United States’ largest chain of movie theaters focused on art house (indie and foreign) movies, with a network of […]

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2018-08-16 08:11:53

MoviePass is limiting selection to 'up to six films' a day  

One gets the distinct impression that nothing is ever permanent with MoviePass — including, of course, MoviePass itself. The troubled film subscription service has been through a number of different rule changes in recent months, as it's worked to stem the financial bleeding. In an email, CEO Mitch Lowe outlined the latest updates to the […]

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2018-08-16 08:03:09 lets you play Super Nintendo with your friends  

Hot on the heels of the wonderful comes Haukur Rosinkranz’s, a site that lets you play Super Nintendo with all your buds. Rosinkranz is Icelandic but lives in Berlin now. He made a year ago while experimenting with WebRTC and WebSockets and he updated his software to support the SNES. “The reason […]

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2018-08-16 07:58:17

Google One is more proof of commoditization of consumer cloud storage  

We have long known that the price of cloud storage services like Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive have been getting cheaper over time. Yesterday’s launch of Google One in the U.S. dropped the price for Google storage even further, cutting the cost per terabyte per month in half, driving this point home even more clearly. […]

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2018-08-16 06:28:57

Cisco's $2.35 billion Duo acquisition front and center at earnings call  

When Cisco bought Ann Arbor, Michigan security company, Duo for a whopping $2.35 billion earlier this month, it showed the growing value of security and security startups in the view of traditional tech companies like Cisco. In yesterday’s earnings report, even before the ink had dried on the Duo acquisition contract, Cisco was reporting that its […]

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2018-08-16 06:11:39

New WordPress policy allows it to shut down blogs of Sandy Hook deniers  

WordPress has taken down a handful alt-right blogs, according to several complaints from affected blog owners and readers who claim the sites were removed from, despite not being in violation of the company’s Terms of Service. Some site owners also said they were not notified of the shutdown in advance and have lost their […]

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2018-08-16 05:50:18

Facebook says birthday fundraisers have raised more than $300 million over the past year  

Facebook marked the first anniversary of its birthday fundraisers by revealing that more than $300 million in donations have been raised through the feature, which lets users mark their birthdays by creating a donation drive for an organization of their choice. About 750,000 non-profits currently have access to Facebook's fundraising tools (but not every user, […]

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2018-08-16 05:28:45

Netflix signs exclusive deal with 'Black-ish' creator Kenya Barris  

Netflix just announced a multi-year deal with Kenya Barris, creator of Black-ish and its spinoff Grown-ish. While Barris will remain an executive producer on those shows (and on the upcoming Besties), he will be exclusively developing new series for Netflix. The deal only covers TV, as Barris (who was one of the writers of Girls […]

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2018-08-16 05:04:38

Credit Karma acquires mortgage platform Approved  

Credit Karma, the service best known for providing free credit score monitoring and other financial advice (mostly to millennials), is getting into the mortgage business. The company today announced that it has acquired Approved, a mortgage platform that brings modern technology to a process that even today often still involves faxing documents back and forth. The […]

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2018-08-16 04:55:45

The company behind BarkBox is opening an 'outdoor clubhouse' for Nashville's dogs  

Bark, the company behind the BarkBox subscription for dog treats and toys, is planning to open what it calls its first BarkPark in Nashville. It sounds like the goal is to create a space that combines a dog park with a coffee shop or other hangout spot for humans. “I was out with friends, we’re […]

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2018-08-16 04:43:53

Nuro and Kroger are deploying self-driving cars for grocery delivery in Arizona today  

Self-driving car startup Nuro is ready to put autonomous vehicles on the road in partnership with Kroger to deliver groceries in Scottsdale, Arizona. This comes a couple of months after Nuro and Kroger announced their partnership to offer same-day deliveries. This pilot will serve a single Fry’s Food and Drug location in Scottsdale starting today. Customers […]

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2018-08-16 04:43:45

Crypto firm Pantera Capital is looking to raise up to $175 million for a new venture fund  

Pantera Capital, which has made its mark in recent years by investing early and often in a wide variety of digital assets, is looking to raise up to $175 million for its third venture fund — an enormous jump from the $25 million it deployed for its second venture fund and its $13 million debut […]

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2018-08-16 04:24:57

Facebook awards $200K to Internet Defense Prize winners  

Facebook announced today the winners of its annual Internet Defense Prize and awarded first-, second- and third-place winners a total of $200,000 for research papers that addressed topics of internet security and privacy. Combined with $800,000 in Secure the Internet Grants awarded to security and privacy researchers earlier this week, the company has now completed its […]

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2018-08-16 03:30:14

Messaging firm Line launches a dedicated crypto fund  

Messaging company Line is continuing to burrow deep into the crypto space after it announced the launch of a $10 million investment fund. The fund will be operated by Line’s Korea-based blockchain subsidiary Unblock Corporation, which is tasked with research, education and other blockchain-related services. The fund will be called Unblock Ventures and it’ll initially have […]

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2018-08-16 03:05:37

Tweetbot loses several key features ahead of Twitter's API change  

Twitter's API changes won't come out until tomorrow, but its ramifications are already being felt. Tapbots released an update today to Tweetbot for iOS that loses many of the Twitter client’s most popular or essential features. It also removed its Apple Watch app. In Tweetbot's App Store release notes, Tapbots explained "on August 16th Twitter […]

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2018-08-16 02:23:57

Twitter company email addresses why it's #BreakingMyTwitter  

It’s hard to be a fan of Twitter right now. The company is sticking up for conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, when nearly all other platforms have given him the boot, it’s overrun with bots, and now it’s breaking users’ favorite third-party Twitter clients like Tweetbot and Twitterific by shutting off APIs these apps relied on. Worse […]

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2018-08-16 01:51:14

Grabb-It wants to turn your car's window into a trippy video billboard  

It reminds me of something out of Blade Runner. Maybe it’s because it looks a bit futuristic — a bit unreal. Maybe it’s because I’m looking at an ad somewhere I never expected to see one, like the skyscraper-height ads of Ridley Scott’s future. Grabb-It turns a car’s side rear window into a full-color display, […]

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2018-08-15 20:11:08

Uber reports Q2 losses of $404 million, up 32 percent from Q1  

While Uber isn’t required to disclose its financial results, Uber has done so for the past few quarters as it gears up to go public next year. In Q2 2018, Uber’s net revenue was up 8 percent quarter-over-quarter, at $2.7 billion. Year-over-year, that’s a 51 percent increase. Uber recorded gross bookings — the total taken […]

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2018-08-15 15:59:48

Tesla whistleblower tweets photos of allegedly damaged batteries  

Martin Tripp, the former Tesla employee who was fired from Tesla and then sued by the company, has tweeted a number of photos that allegedly show damaged batteries and flawed practices at Tesla’s battery factory, CNBC first reported. In an attempt to corroborate some of his claims, Tripp has posted photos of vehicle identification numbers that […]

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2018-08-15 15:41:20

LinkedIn to relaunch Groups in the flagship app as it looks to reverse 'ghost town' image  

LinkedIn, the Microsoft-owned social networking platform for the working world with over 500 million users, is making a significant change as it continues to look for ways to make its platform more useful (and used). The company is relaunching Groups by rolling it into its main app by the end of the month after quietly […]

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2018-08-15 15:18:23

Shelf Engine uses machine learning to stop food waste from eating into store margins  

While running Molly's, the Seattle-based ready meal wholesaler he founded, Stefan Kalb was upset about its 28 percent food wastage rate. Feeling that the amount was "astronomical," he began researching how to lower it — and was shocked to discovered Molly's was actually outperforming the industry average. Confronted by the sheer amount of food wasted […]

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2018-08-15 13:55:51

To fight the scourge of open offices, ROOM sells rooms  

Noisy open offices don’t foster collaboration, they kill it, according to a Harvard study that found the less-private floor plan led to a 73 percent drop in face-to-face interaction between employees and a rise in emailing. The problem is plenty of young companies and big corporations have already bought into the open office fad. But […]

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2018-08-15 13:49:13

Bumble announces a fund to invest in women-led businesses  

Dating and networking app Bumble today announced the launch of Bumble Fund, a new vehicle focused on early stage investments specifically aimed at helping diverse, female entrepreneurs raise capital for their businesses. Sarah Jones Simmer, Bumble Chief Operating Officer, will lead Bumble Fund's investment strategy along with Bumble Senior Advisor, Sarah Kunst, the company says. "Investing […]

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2018-08-15 13:27:20

Making way for new levels of American innovation  

New fifth-generation "5G" network technology will equip the United States with a superior wireless platform, unlocking transformative economic potential. However, 5G's success is contingent on modernizing outdated policy frameworks that dictate infrastructure overhauls and establishing the proper balance of public-private partnerships to encourage investment and deployment.

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2018-08-15 13:22:02

Catching up with startup advisor (and Wealthfront CEO) Andy Rachcleff  

Andy Rachleff, who cofounded the venture firm Benchmark back in 1995 and has more recently been leading the wealth management firm Wealthfront and teaching at Stanford, is widely sought out for his startup advice. It has become harder to come by, though, given the demands on Rachleff’s time. Most notably, Rachleff has had to dial back […]

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2018-08-15 13:19:42

Fitbit's upcoming Charge 3 to sport full touchscreen, per leak  

This appears to be the Fitbit Charge 3 and, if it is, several big changes are in the works for Fitbit’s premier fitness tracker band. The leak comes from Android Authority which points to the changes. First, the device has a full touchscreen rather than a clunky quasi-touchscreen like the Charge 2. From the touchscreen, […]

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2018-08-15 11:49:41

Powered by $25 million, Arcadia Power looks to expand its distributed renewable energy services  

As renewable energy use surges in the U.S. and the effects of global climate change become more visible, companies like Arcadia Power are pitching a nationwide service to make renewable energy available to residential customers. While states like New York, California and regions across the upper Midwest have access to renewable energy through their utilities […]

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2018-08-15 11:40:56

VR optics could help old folks keep the world in focus  

The complex optics involved with putting a screen an inch away from the eye in VR headsets could make for smart glasses that correct for vision problems. These prototype "autofocals" from Stanford researchers use depth sensing and gaze tracking to bring the world into focus when someone lacks the ability to do it on their own.

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2018-08-15 11:01:28

Oracle open sources Graphpipe to standardize machine learning model deployment  

Oracle, a company not exactly known for having the best relationship with the open source community, is releasing a new open source tool today called Graphpipe, which is designed to simplify and standardize the deployment of machine learning models. The tool consists of a set of libraries and tools for following the standard. Vish Abrams, […]

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2018-08-15 10:46:33

Airbnb pledges $10 million to New York charities  

Airbnb this morning announced the launch of A Fair Share. The initiative promises to donate $10 million to seven organizations, including The New York Immigration Coalition, New York Mortgage Coalition, New York State Rural Housing Coalition Inc., Win, GMHC, CSNYC and Abyssinian Development Corporation. It's not all just a goodwill gesture, however. As The New […]

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2018-08-15 08:50:23

Spotify is falling behind on lyrics and voice  

Spotify’s lack of full lyrics support and its minimal attention to voice are beginning to become problems for the streaming service. The company has been so focused on the development of its personalization technology and programming its playlists, it has overlooked key features that its competitors – including Apple, Google, and Amazon – today offer […]

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2018-08-15 08:30:29

LA to become the first city to use body scanners in rail transit systems  

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority just announced its plans to become the first city to use portable body scanners in its subway and light-rail systems to help detect the presence of explosive devices. "We're dealing with persistent threats to our transportation systems in our country," TSA administrator David Pekoske in a statement. "Our […]

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2018-08-15 08:27:12

Reports indicate that Tesla has been subpoenaed over Elon Musk's tweets  

The long week for Tesla is getting even longer as the company has now been subpoenaed by the Securities and Exchange Commission, according to multiple reports. First reported by the Fox Business Network and confirmed by The New York Times, federal regulators appear to be interested in Elon Musk’s August 7 tweet regarding his plans for […]

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2018-08-15 08:18:27

Google One is now open to all  

A few months ago, Google announced Google One, its new subscription program for getting more Google Drive storage and other perks. Over the course of the last few weeks, Google slowly rolled existing Drive subscribers over to a Google One membership and starting today, new users (at least in the U.S., with other countries coming […]

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2018-08-15 08:08:54

Chinese internet giant Tencent suffers a rare profit drop  

Tencent, Asia’s most valuable tech firm, delivered a surprise drop in profit on account of lower investment gains. The firm recorded strong growth with revenue up 30 percent year-on-year to reach 73.7 billion RMB ($10.7 billion) in Q2 2018. But net profit slipped by two percent annually to reach 17.9 billion RMB, or around $2.6 billion. […]

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2018-08-15 08:06:48

Black Ops 4 Battle Royale beta to go live on September 10  

As summer comes to a close and the leaves begin to brown, the gaming world goes through its own sort of transition. A handful of new titles prep for launch, including Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. But unlike previous CoD titles, Black Ops 4 represents a counter-attack on the world’s biggest game, Fortnite Battle […]

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2018-08-15 07:48:36

Twistlock snares $33 million Series C investment to secure cloud native environments  

As the world shifts to a cloud native approach, the way you secure applications as they get deployed is changing too. Twistlock, a company built from the ground up to secure cloud native environments, announced a $33 million Series C round today led by Iconiq Capital. Previous investors YL Ventures, TenEleven, Rally Ventures, Polaris Partners […]

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2018-08-15 06:29:09

Meet the Disrupt SF 2018 Virtual Hackathon judges and our semi-finalists  

Holy hackathon, people. Here’s an exciting update on the judges and semi-finalists who are set to make the Virtual Hackathon — at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2018 on September 5-7 — an event that redefines "epic." Since June, more than 1,000 developers, programmers, hackers and tech makers all over the world have been hard at work […]

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2018-08-15 06:24:15

Square it can now process chip cards in two seconds  

If you’ve made any payments with a chip card, you’ve probably had awkward moments — those long seconds after you’ve inserted the card and everyone behind you is (literally or metaphorically) tapping their foot, waiting for the card to be processed. Well, Square has been working on this problem for a while now. Last fall, […]

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2018-08-15 06:11:30

Flowbox is a tool that makes it easy to build special effects  

What do you get when you connect a bunch of filmmakers with a bunch of programmers? Something like Flowbox. Flowbox, which began life as a unique object-oriented programming language for visual effects, has grown into something truly powerful in the moviemaking industry. Run by Mikołaj Valencia​, Michał Urbańczyk​, Paweł Pietraszko, and Mat Bujalski, this Polish […]

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2018-08-15 06:06:16

AppDynamics founder Jyoti Bansal and longtime VC John Vrionis are now taking applications for their new accelerator program  

With so much money being stuffed into Silicon Valley companies these days, it’s hard to stand out as an investor, but John Vrionis and Jyoti Bansal have what they think is a winning approach — one that’s a win for startup founders, too. A little background first. Back in May, Bansal, who sold his company […]

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2018-08-15 06:02:48

Descartes Labs launches its geospatial analysis platform  

Descartes Labs, a New Mexico-based geospatial analytics startup, today announced that its platform is now out of beta. The well-funded company already allowed businesses to analyze satellite imagery it pulls in from NASA and ESA and build predictive models based on this data, but starting today, it is adding both weather data to its library, as […]

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2018-08-15 05:42:31

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