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YouTube demonetizes anti-vaccination videos  

YouTube will demonetize channels that promote anti-vaccination views, after a report by BuzzFeed News found ads, including from health companies, running before anti-vax videos. The platform will also place a new information panel that links to the Wikipedia entry on "vaccine hesitancy" before anti-vax videos. Information panels (part of YouTube's efforts to combat misinformation) about […]

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2019-02-23 02:45:45



Update regulations on medical AI, experts plead  

The field of medicine is, like other industries and disciplines, in the process of incorporating AI as a standard tool, and it stands to be immensely useful — if it’s properly regulated, argue researchers. Without meaningful and standardized rules, it will be difficult to quantify benefits or prevent disasters issuing from systematic bias or poor […]

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2019-02-22 20:05:34



Opera Touch brings website cookie blocking to iOS  

Last fall, Opera introduced Opera Touch for iOS — a solid alternative to Safari on iPhone, optimized for one-handed use. Today, the company is rolling out a notable new feature to this app: cookie blocking. Yes, it can now block those annoying dialogs that ask you to accept the website’s cookies. These are particularly problematic […]

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2019-02-22 16:33:31



Report: Zoom, the video conferencing company, may be a public company as early as April  

The video conferencing company Zoom is aiming to file a public S-1 by the end of March, according to a new report in Business Insider that adds the company could go public as soon as April. Business Insider reported last month that Zoom had filed confidentially with the SEC to go public, just months after […]

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2019-02-22 15:43:33



Twitter co-founder Ev Williams to step down from the company's board  

Ev Wiliams is stepping down from Twitter's board of directors effective at the end of the month, according to documents submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday.

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2019-02-22 15:37:05



Sebastian Thrun initiates aggressive plan to transform Udacity  

“I'm a fighter. I believe in our people, I believe in our mission, and I believe that it should exist and must exist.” Sebastian Thrun is talking animatedly about Udacity, the $1 billion online education startup that he co-founded nearly eight years ago. His tone is buoyant and hopeful. He’s encouraged, he says over an occasionally […]

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2019-02-22 14:26:17



Pinstagram? Instagram code reveals Public Collections feature  

Instagram is threatening to attack Pinterest just as it files to go public the same way the Facebook-owned app did to Snapchat. Code buried in Instagram for Android shows the company has prototyped an option to create public “Collections” to which multiple users can contribute. Instagram launched private Collections two years ago to let you […]

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2019-02-22 13:12:15



Can we ever evaluate technical debt?  

Every couple of months, I talk to an entrepreneur who is interested in building a marketplace for buying and selling app businesses (i.e. the actual IP and ownership of an app or other piece of software). These markets always seem to suffer from a lack of liquidity, and one reason why is that it's really […]

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2019-02-22 12:47:18



Fortnite goes big on esports for 2019 with $100 million prize pool  

Epic Games, maker of the ultra popular Battle Royale game Fortnite, is putting up another $100 million in prize cash for competitive tournaments in 2019. The company made waves in the esports world last year, announcing a $100 million prize pool for the 2018 competitive year, dwarfing every other competitive title in one fell swoop. […]

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2019-02-22 12:11:14



Latchel wants to make maintenance easier for landlords and property managers  

Relationships between landlords and their tenants don’t need to be fraught ones. With Y Combinator -backed Latchel, landlords and property managers can access a 24/7 maintenance service that takes requests from tenants and deploys the right professional to fix the things that need fixing. “At first we thought of doing a high-tech property management system,” Latchel founder […]

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2019-02-22 11:15:47



Pinterest and Lyft move closer to IPO, and LPs question the Vision Fund's investment strategy  

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch's venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. What a week. It had looked a bit quiet with just a few big rounds to cover. I was looking forward to a relaxed episode, frankly. But no, as Kate and I were prepping the show notes, the […]

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2019-02-22 11:09:19



TechStyle hits 5 million members for its retail empire  

TechStyle Fashion Group, the company behind Kate Hudson’s Fabletics; the children’s brand FabKids; Rihanna’s lingerie brand, Savage X Fenty; and the shoe retailer Shoedazzle, has amassed 5 million members for its discount retail program. Those members were a large driver behind the $750 million in transactions the company saw for 2018, according to co-chief executive […]

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2019-02-22 08:37:17



Rakuten's Viber chat app plans to charge to operate chatbots in controversial move  

Viber, the messaging app owned by Japanese e-commerce firm Rakuten, is poised to implement a controversial new strategy that will see it charge companies that run chatbots on its platform. The conventional wisdom is to work with content companies to help bring users to messaging platforms and keep them engaged, but Viber, which has struggled […]

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2019-02-22 08:36:10



Apple is offering interest-free financing to boost iPhone sales in China  

Apple is looking to get over its sales woes in China by offering prospective customers interest-free financing with a little help from Alibaba. Apple’s China website now offers financing packages for iPhones that include zero percent interest packages provided in association with several banks and Huabei, a consumer credit company operated by Alibaba’s Ant Financial […]

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2019-02-22 08:23:09



Inside Tesla's solar energy astroturfing  

Tesla has been masking its lobbying efforts on solar panels and battery storage through the Energy Freedom Coalition of America, a trade association that is little more than a front for the automaker and alternative energy company, public documents suggest. SolarCity, which Tesla bought in 2016, began the practice of using the EFCA to promote […]

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2019-02-22 07:43:06



Daily Crunch: Pinterest files to go public  

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Pinterest files confidentially to go public The business has confidentially submitted paperwork to the Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial […]

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2019-02-22 07:11:20



Showfields raises $9M for a more flexible approach to brick-and-mortar retail  

Showfields, which helps online brands move into offline, brick-and-mortar retail, is announcing that it’s raised $9 million in seed funding. “Our thesis was simple: Make the process of becoming physical as easy as becoming digital,” co-founder and CEO Tal Zvi Nathanel told me. I’ve written about other companies, like Bulletin, promising a more flexible approach to […]

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2019-02-22 06:57:26



Japan's Hayabusa 2 has landed on an asteroid, shot it with a special bullet, and returned to space  

The Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa 2 has just completed the next phase of its multi-part, multi-year mission by shooting a bullet into the asteroid it had been circling and returning to space. Hopefully, the spacecraft has been able to collect samples of asteroid material kicked off from the surface by the impact from the specially made […]

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2019-02-22 05:50:26



Baidu's video site iQiyi adds 37M subscribers in 2018 amid mounting losses  

China’s Baidu, which is often compared to Alphabet’s Google, is showing no signs of slowing down its pace of betting on video content as its core advertising unit feels the squeeze from rivals. The company’s latest financial results show its video streaming business iQiyi posted a net loss of 9.1 billion yuan or $1.3 billion in 2018, […]

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2019-02-22 04:53:32



Elon Musk finally hosted meme review with the co-creator of Rick and Morty  

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has been teasing — and his fan base has been making pleas — to host a meme review. And after tweeted hints, meme review has arrived via YouTube star PewDiePie. Musk tweeted last month a photo and a question “Host meme review?” Host meme review? pic.twitter.com/k2SFtIUh1k — Elon Musk […]

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2019-02-22 04:29:54



Uber is reportedly close to making a tactical exit from India's food delivery industry  

Uber has said adamantly that it won’t exit India (or any more markets) following a hattrick of retreats from China, Russia and Southeast Asia, but does that include its food delivery business? The answer could well be yes. If media reports are right, Uber is on the cusp of a tactical exit from India’s food […]

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2019-02-22 04:28:16



Briq, the next building block in tech's reconstruction of the construction business, raises $3 million  

Bassem Hamdy has been in the construction business for a long time. He spent the last few years at the construction software business Procore, now a $3 billion company developing technology for the construction industry, and now Hamdy is ready to unveil his next act as chief executive and co-founder of Briq, a new software […]

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2019-02-22 04:25:35



Venmo launches a 'limited edition' rainbow debit card for its payment app users  

Hoping to entice more users to attach the Venmo MasterCard to their account, Venmo this morning announced it’s launching a “special edition” rainbow-colored version of its debit card that will only be available in limited quantities. Clearly, the idea here is to generate a sense of urgency around ordering the Venmo MasterCard as well as […]

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2019-02-22 04:07:45



Circle raises $20m Series B to help even more parents limit screen time  

Circle makes a fantastic screen time management tool and today the company announced a round of funding to help fuel its growth. The $20 million series B included participation from Netgear and T-Mobile, along with Third Kind Venture Capital and follow-on investments from Relay Ventures and other Series A participants. With this round of funding, […]

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2019-02-22 04:06:37



Vynn Capital snags investment from Malaysia's MAVCAP for its maiden Southeast Asia fund  

Vynn Capital, a new entrant to Southeast Asia’s startup ecosystem, is gearing up to close its maiden fund after it landed an undisclosed sum from Malaysia Venture Capital Management Bhd (MAVCAP) as one of its anchor LPs. Founded by former Gobi Ventures VC Victor Chua and Singaporean investor Darren Chua (no relation) one year ago, […]

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2019-02-22 03:58:20



Japanese internet giant Recruit has a new $25M blockchain fund  

Crypto market prices may be down significantly, but new investors continue to enter the blockchain space. The latest is Recruit Holdings, the $45 billion Japanese internet giant that owns Glassdoor among other things, which quietly launched a $25 million fund. The fund is based out of Singapore and it closed in November 2018, but its […]

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2019-02-22 03:51:50



Verified Expert Lawyer: José Ancer  

Jose Ancer is first of all a startup lawyer, with a client portfolio of startups of various stages based around Texas and other similar ecosystems outside of Silicon Valley. He's also the CTO of Egan Nelson LLP, a boutique firm, where he actively is also building automation software to help the firm compete against larger […]

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2019-02-22 03:45:24



Daimler and BMW invest $1.1 billion in urban mobility services  

Daimler AG and BMW Group officially agreed to merge their urban mobility services into a single holding company back in March 2018 with a 50 percent stake each. And now, they want to unify their services under 5 categories by creating 5 joint ventures — Reach Now, Charge Now, Park Now, Free Now and Share […]

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2019-02-22 02:44:13



Roku on track for $1 billion in revenue in 2019  

Roku plans to be a billion-dollar company in 2019, the company said on Thursday as part of its announcement of strong earnings. The company beat analyst estimates and reported strong growth in active users and streaming hours with earnings of $0.05 per share, compared with the $0.03 analysts had estimated, and revenues of $276 million, […]

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2019-02-22 02:42:09



Apple confirms its plans to close retail stores in the patent troll-favored Eastern District of Texas  

Apple has confirmed its plans to close retail stores in the Eastern District of Texas — a move that will allow the company to better protect itself from patent infringement lawsuits, according to Apple news sites 9to5Mac and MacRumors, which broke the news of the stores’ closures. Apple says that the impacted retail employees will […]

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2019-02-22 02:37:54



China wants its rural villages to go cashless by 2020  

Residents of even the tiniest far-flung villages in China may soon be able to pay on their phones to run daily errands as Beijing announced this month that it aims to make mobile payments ubiquitous in rural areas by the end of 2020. The plan arrived in a set of guidelines (document link in Chinese) […]

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2019-02-22 01:41:20



HTC revamps standalone VR headset to keep pace with Oculus while it looks to big business  

HTC has had a little bit of a rough ride these past few years. After betting the farm on VR, the company has had to make some substantial business strategy shifts to keep the division kicking in the face of a less-than-robust headset market and a behemoth margin-less competitor that’s alright losing a few billion […]

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2019-02-21 20:46:05



Tesla Model 3 loses Consumer Reports recommendation over 'reliability problems'  

Consumer Reports has placed the Tesla Model 3 into that fun-to-drive, terribly unreliable category where brands like Alfa Romeo, Land Rover and Maserati also live. Consumer Reports, which has a complicated relationship with Tesla, says it can no longer recommend the Model 3 because issues with the paint, trim and body hardware raises reliability questions. […]

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2019-02-21 20:08:49



Lime hires its first CFO  

Lime is hiring Ted Tobiason, former managing director in tech equity capital markets at Morgan Stanley, to serve as its chief financial officer. This comes following Lime’s behemoth $310 million Series D round earlier this month. Led by Bain Capital Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, Fidelity Ventures, GV and IVP, the round values Lime at $2.4 billion. Lime, which got its […]

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2019-02-21 18:29:57



Twitter's latest test changes 'Retweet with Comment' so it looks more like a Reply  

Twitter’s new prototype testing program isn’t the only way it’s working to fix conversations on its site. The company confirmed it’s currently running another public-facing test focused on making Twitter “more conversational” — but this time with Retweets instead of Replies. The test involves using a thin line to connect a quote-style retweet to the […]

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2019-02-21 18:10:24



Pinterest files confidentially to go public  

The visual search engine has confidentially submitted paperwork to the Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial public offering slated for later this year, the WSJ reports.

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2019-02-21 18:01:31



CBS All Access releases a spooky, star-studded trailer for Jordan Peele's 'Twilight Zone'  

A new version of “The Twilight Zone,” hosted and executive produced by “Get Out” director Jordan Peele, is set to premiere on CBS All Access on April 1. CBS aired a teaser during the Super Bowl, but it didn’t include any actual footage. So this is the first time we’re getting a real taste of […]

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2019-02-21 17:22:30



DoorDash raises $400M round, now valued at $7.1B  

Delivery company DoorDash is announcing that it has raised $400 million in Series F financing. Earlier this month, The Wall Street Journal reported that the company was looking to raise $500 million at a valuation of $6 billion or more. In fact, DoorDash now says the funding came at a $7.1 billion valuation. The round […]

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2019-02-21 15:50:05



Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aimé retires (and Bowser claims the castle)  

Reggie Fils-Aime is retiring after more than a decade spent as president of Nintendo of America. His career spanned many console generations, starting with the troubled Gamecube and ending with the fabulously successful Switch. Reggie will be succeeded by Doug Bowser, who has worked under him for the last four years.

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2019-02-21 14:35:02



Google ends forced arbitration for employees  

Google is finally ending forced arbitration for its employees. These changes will go into effect for both current and future Google employees on March 21. While Google won’t reopen settled claims, current employees can litigate past claims starting March 21. For the contractors Google works with directly, it will remove mandatory arbitration from their contracts. […]

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2019-02-21 13:21:58



Pokémon GO will soon let you change teams for about $8  

Early on in Pokemon GO, you’re asked to make a decision: Which team do you want to be on? Instinct (Yellow)? Valor (Red)? Mystic (Blue)? The question comes a bit out of the blue. Especially amongst those who started early and have stuck with the game, it’s not uncommon to hear people grumble about how […]

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2019-02-21 12:43:55



Watch SpaceX launch the first private moon landing mission  

Calling all lunatics — the first fully private moon landing mission is about to take off from Cape Canaveral. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying SpaceIL's Beresheet lander is set to take off an hour from now, at 5:45 Pacific time. Watch it right here!

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2019-02-21 12:09:06



Verified Startup Lawyer: Stephane Levy  

Stephane Levy got his start in the days of Silicon Alley almost two decades ago, and built up his practice with New York startups and beyond through all the ups and downs since then. Today, as a partner at Cooley LLP, he works with a wide range of companies, from company formation, seed and later […]

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2019-02-21 10:07:12



California to close data breach notification loopholes under new law  

California, which has some of the strongest data breach notification laws in the U.S., thinks it can do even better. The golden state’s attorney general Xavier Becerra announced a new bill Thursday that aims to close loopholes in its existing data breach notification laws by expanding the requirements for companies to notify users or customers […]

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2019-02-21 09:56:31



Zoba raises $3 million to help mobility companies predict demand  

Scooter share, bike share and ride hailing are quickly becoming staple commodities in cities all over the world. As companies in those respective spaces try to improve their economics, Zoba is aiming to contribute to those goals by predicting demand for scooters, bikes and, eventually, rides in particular areas. To support Zoba’s mission, the company […]

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2019-02-21 09:30:17



As shared kitchens heat up, a China-based startup, Panda Selected, nabs $50 million led by Tiger Global  

A few weeks ago, we told you that former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick looks to be partnering with the former COO of the bike-sharing startup Ofo, Yanqi Zhang, to bring his new L.A.-based company, CloudKitchens, to China. Kalanick didn’t respond to our request for more information, but according to the South China Morning Post (SCMP), his […]

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2019-02-21 09:22:34



Stop limiting quantum computing to speed  

If you're thinking about speed alone, you're missing a world of possibilities for quantum computing.

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2019-02-21 08:56:37



Robotics, AR and VR are poised to reshape healthcare, starting in the operating room  

About 20 years ago, a medical device startup called Intuitive Surgical debuted the da Vinci robot and changed surgical practices in operating rooms across the United States. The da Vinci ushered in the first age of robotic-assisted surgical procedures with a promise of greater accuracy and quicker recovery times for patients undergoing certain laparoscopic surgeries.  For […]

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2019-02-21 08:38:10



Sunsama's $10/month task management calendar cleans up your online productivity  

I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve heard friends lament how difficult it is to find a decent calendar app. The stock calendar apps are certainly serviceable, but there’s so much that they can’t handle in terms of managing and prioritizing tasks. Sunsama, launching out of Y Combinator’s latest batch, is taking a […]

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2019-02-21 07:19:40



JD.com's drones take flight to Japan in partnership with Rakuten  

Chinese e-commerce company JD.com is taking its drone delivery system to Japan. Rakuten, the Japanese e-commerce giant, just announced a partnership with JD that will see its drones and unmanned vehicles become a part of Rakuten’s own unmanned delivery service efforts. JD has been operating drones in its native China for a number of years, […]

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2019-02-21 05:49:20



Facebook removes its Onavo surveillance VPN app from Google Play  

Facebook will end its unpaid market research programs and proactively take its Onavo VPN app off the Google Play store in the wake of backlash following TechCrunch’s investigation about Onavo code being used in a Facebook Research app the sucked up data about teens. The Onavo Protect app will eventually shut down, and will immediately […]

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2019-02-21 05:03:32



Companies including Nestle, Epic and reportedly Disney suspend YouTube ads over child exploitation concerns  

Days after a YouTube creator accused the platform of enabling a "soft-core pedophilia ring," several companies have suspended advertising on the platform, including Nestle, Epic, and reportedly Disney and McDonald's. Nestle told CNBC that all of its companies in the U.S. have paused advertising on YouTube, while a spokesperson for Epic, maker of the massively […]

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2019-02-21 04:53:17



Global smartphone growth stalled in Q4, up just 1.2% for the full year: Gartner  

Gartner’s smartphone marketshare data for the just gone holiday quarter highlights the challenge for device makers going into the world’s biggest mobile trade show which kicks off in Barcelona next week: The analyst’s data shows global smartphone sales stalled in Q4 2018, with growth of just 0.1 per cent over 2017’s holiday quarter, and 408.4 […]

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2019-02-21 03:03:36



Clutter confirms SoftBank-led $200M investment for its on-demand storage service  

There’s plenty of speculation right now around apparently disgruntled investors in SoftBank’s Vision Fund, but the drum continues to beat and the checks continue to be written. The latest deal for the $100 billion mega-fund is Clutter, an on-demand storage company that pulled in $200 million in new financing for growth. Eagled-eyed viewers will recall that […]

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2019-02-21 02:03:34



Podcasting startup WaitWhat raises $4.3M as interest in audio content explodes  

The production business behind Reid Hoffman's 'Masters of Scale' podcast raised the funds from Hoffman himself, plus Cue Ball Capital, Burda Principal Investments and more.

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2019-02-21 01:54:24



Security token offerings aren't looking much better in 2019  

Pressed to explain who is using them, and why, 99 percent of cryptocurrencies let out all their air, go flying around the room making a raspberry sound, hit the wall and fall behind the couch forever. The party is over. A few, however, can present a credible use case. "Tokenized securities" could be one of […]

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2019-02-20 20:17:36



Lyft launches surge-free, shared rides  

Somewhat similar to Uber’s Express Pool option, Lyft just launched Shared Saver to help people spend less money for shared rides. But what makes Lyft’s option more attractive is that riders will never experience surge pricing. “You'll lock in the lowest prices, always — even when it's busy,” Lyft wrote in a blog post today. […]

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2019-02-20 19:47:16



This robotics museum in Korea will construct itself (in theory)  

The planned Robot Science Museum in Seoul will have a humdinger of a first exhibition: its own robotic construction. It’s very much a publicity stunt, though a fun one — but who knows? Perhaps robots putting buildings together won’t be so uncommon in the next few years, in which case Korea will just be an […]

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2019-02-20 19:33:07



Lyft reportedly plans to debut on Nasdaq next month  

Ride-hailing company Lyft plans to file its initial public offering in March, possibly beating rival Uber to the milestone. Two reports, one from Reuters, the other from WSJ, indicate Lyft plans to list its shares on Nasdaq next month. The WSJ, citing unnamed sources, reported Lyft may make the filing public as early as next […]

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2019-02-20 17:53:02



This custom 'hyperfisheye' lens can see behind itself  

If you're doing ordinary photography and videography, there's rarely any need to go beyond extreme wide angle lenses — but why be ordinary? This absurd and unique custom fisheye lens has a 270 degree field of view, meaning it can see behind the camera it's mounted on — or rather the camera mounted on it.

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2019-02-20 16:43:23



Highlights & transcript from Zuckerberg's 20K-word ethics talk  

Mark Zuckerberg says it might be right for Facebook to let people pay to not see ads, but that it would feel wrong to charge users for extra privacy controls. That’s just one of the fascinating philosophical views the CEO shared during the first of his public talks he’s promised as part of his 2019 […]

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2019-02-20 16:37:49



Samsung's Galaxy S10 has a built-in Instagram mode  

After weeks of leaks, Samsung still managed to save some surprises for today's event. One of the most interesting among them is a partnership with Instagram that brings Stories directly to the camera app. It's an interesting partnership, and mutually beneficial for both parties. For some, it could signal a kind of return to pre-loaded […]

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2019-02-20 15:53:20



The Samsung Galaxy S10 can wirelessly charge other phones  

Hole punches aside, Wireless PowerShare is the S10 line's marquee feature. Samsung's new flagship isn't the first handset with the feature — the Huawei Mate 20 Pro beat it to it by a few months — but it's a cool new addition, nonetheless. And perhaps more importantly, Samsung's beat Apple to the punch here. From […]

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2019-02-20 15:12:57



On-demand shuttle startup Via enters South American market  

Via, the on-demand shuttle startup backed by Daimler, has expanded into South America. The company launched a service in Goiânia, Brazil with HP Transportes Coletivos, one of the country’s largest public transportation operators. Via says the service, called CityBus 2.0, is the first on-demand shuttle system operated by a public transit operator to launch in Latin […]

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2019-02-20 15:04:15



Facebook adds new background location privacy controls to its Android app  

Facebook is updating its privacy settings on Android to make it easier for users to control what location data is sent to and stored by the company. In its announcement, Facebook acknowledged that Android users have expressed concern over the app’s ability to continuously log location data in the background. Due to Android’s all-or-nothing system of […]

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2019-02-20 13:40:33



Uber fixes bug that exposed third-party app secrets  

Uber has fixed a bug that allowed access to the secret developer tokens of apps that integrated with the ridesharing service, according to the security researchers who discovered the flaw. In a blog post, Anand Prakash and Manisha Sangwan explained that a vulnerable developer endpoint on Uber’s back-end systems — since locked down — was […]

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2019-02-20 13:27:24



Why Daimler moved its big data platform to the cloud  

Like virtually every big enterprise company, a few years ago, the German auto giant Daimler decided to invest in its own on-premises data centers. And while those aren’t going away anytime soon, the company today announced that it has successfully moved its on-premises big data platform to Microsoft’s Azure cloud. This new platform, which the […]

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2019-02-20 13:02:11



Samsung's Bixby-powered Galaxy Home speaker will arrive 'by April'  

Samsung announced a lot today. Like a lot, a lot. But the company was pretty quiet on the Bixby side of things, and the Galaxy Home smart speaker it announced mid-last year was nowhere to be seen. In an interview with mobile CEO DJ Koh, however, CNET was able to get a bit of a […]

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2019-02-20 12:54:52



The headphone jack lives!  

Reports of the headphone jack's death are greatly exaggerated. Or more accurately, premature. All of the latest versions of Samsung's Galaxy phones are equipped with a 3.5mm port, bucking the trend set by Apple and followed by Google. While the headphone jack might eventually die, right now, in 2019, it's alive and could be a […]

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2019-02-20 12:14:27



QuizUp founder launches Teatime, a mobile gaming platform with built-in video chat  

At the end of 2016, Plain Vanilla founder Thor Fridriksson left the company he founded with the intent to take at least a year off of work. His product QuizUp, a social trivia game that raised more than $40 million and said it had more than 100 million users, never truly found a way to […]

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2019-02-20 12:10:01



eMarketer predicts digital ads will overtake traditional spending in 2019  

This is the year when the money spent on digital advertising will finally overtake spending on traditional ads — at least according to the latest forecast from eMarketer. The research firm is predicting that U.S. digital ad spend will increase 19.1 percent this year, to $129.3 billion, while traditional advertising will fall 19 percent, to […]

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2019-02-20 11:34:20



Xiaomi's Mi 9 includes a triple lens rear camera and wireless charging  

Mobile World Congress, the mobile industry’s annual shindig, is next week, but Xiaomi can’t wait to reveal its newest top-end phone. The Chinese company instead picked today to unveil the Mi 9. Once again Xiaomi’s design ethic closely resembles Apple’s iPhone, with a minimal bezel and notch-like front-facing camera, but Xiaomi has gone hard on […]

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2019-02-20 11:23:29



On-demand logistics startup Lalamove raises $300M for Asia growth and becomes a unicorn  

Lalamove, a Hong Kong-based on-demand logistics startup, has closed a $300 million Series D round as it seeks expansion across Asia. In doing so, the company has officially entered the unicorn club. Founded in 2013 by Stanford graduate Shing Chow, Lalamove provides logistics and delivery services in a similar style to ride-hailing apps like Uber […]

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2019-02-20 11:18:57



Here's how you can save $500 on Disrupt SF 2019  

TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2019 returns to the Moscone North Convention Center for three action-packed days devoted to early-stage startups. On October 2-4, more than 10,000 tech founders, investors, developers, engineers and startup fans from around the world will converge and create a veritable breeding ground of opportunity. And here's the best part — you […]

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2019-02-20 10:17:05



Twitter opens applications for its 'prototype' program, first tests to focus on fixing conversations  

Twitter today is opening up applications for its new testing program, first announced at CES in January. The program potentially can cover any and every aspect of the Twitter experience, but the first set of tests will focus on how interactions between people, and specifically replies, appear on Twitter. They will include a new design […]

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2019-02-20 10:12:38



Timing and why we're all VCs  

Timing is the single most valuable skill of the modern economy, but I would argue its's the least understood and also the least practiced. Capitalism is fundamentally about timing, since market competition is about finding opportunities before others. When should you start a company? What company should you start? When should a VC invest? When […]

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2019-02-20 09:46:59



Made.com founder Ning Li launches cosmetics startup Typology  

Meet Typology, a new Paris-based startup that designs and sells directly to consumer quality skincare and cosmetics products. The startup has been founded by Made.com co-founder Ning Li and is officially launching today. "Typology is a relatively ambitious project. We want to challenge FMCG [fast-moving consumer goods] brands with a digital pure player," Ning Li […]

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2019-02-20 09:39:26



Google says Nest's secret microphone was 'never intended to be a secret'  

Google said there’s absolutely, positively, nothing to worry about the secret microphone in your Nest Secure smart home hub that it didn’t tell you about. Nope, not at all. Just an oversight, said Google. No need to be alarmed. Everything is just fine. When Google announced earlier this month that its Nest Secure would double-up as […]

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2019-02-20 09:26:16



Menlo Ventures just raised a new $500 million fund to invest in Series B and C rounds  

Menlo Ventures, the 43-year-old venture firm with offices in Menlo Park and San Francisco, is currently investing a $450 million fund to invest primarily in early-stage consumer, enterprise and frontier technologies that it closed in 2017. Now, it has a $500 million later-stage fund, too, the firm is announcing this morning. Dubbed by its “inflection” fund, […]

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2019-02-20 08:59:14



MLG co-founder Mike Sepso joins 100 Thieves board of directors  

Mike Sepso has joined the board of directors for 100 Thieves, an esports and content creation brand. Sepso co-founded Major League Gaming in 2002, bringing the first true semblance of infrastructure to competitive gaming. MLG became the biggest independent esports league in the world, and played a big part in the evolution of esports as […]

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2019-02-20 08:46:10



Daily Crunch: Google tries to explain that secret microphone  

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Google says Nest's secret microphone was 'never intended to be a secret' When Google announced earlier this month that its Nest […]

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2019-02-20 08:29:49



Arm expands its push into the cloud and edge with the Neoverse N1 and E1  

For the longest time, Arm was basically synonymous with chip designs for smartphones and very low-end devices. But more recently, the company launched solutions for laptops, cars, high-powered IoT devices and even servers. Today, ahead of MWC 2019, the company is officially launching two new products for cloud and edge applications, the Neoverse N1 and E1. […]

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2019-02-20 08:12:21



UK's extended 5km airport drone 'no-fly' zones in force next month  

The UK’s Department for Transport has said today that an expansion of drone ‘no-fly’ zones to 5km around airport runways will come into force on March 13. Anyone caught and convicted of flying a drone inside the restricted zones could face a fine and years in prison. Last month the government said it would tighten […]

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2019-02-20 07:59:34



Google's managed hybrid cloud platform is now in beta  

Last July, at its Cloud Next conference, Google announced the Cloud Services Platform, its first real foray into bringing its own cloud services into the enterprise data center as a managed service. Today, the Cloud Services Platform (CSP) is launching into beta. It’s important to note that the CSP isn’t — at least for the […]

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2019-02-20 07:27:48



Here's everything announced at Samsung's Galaxy S10/Galaxy Fold event  

Missed today’s Samsung Unpacked event in San Francisco? In all, we have five new phones — one of them a foldable — some new earbuds, a virtual assistant and a watch. Here’s everything you need to know. Samsung's Galaxy Fold launches April 26, starting at $1,980 The last time we saw Samsung's foldable onstage, it was, […]

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2019-02-20 06:54:42



Resooma launches Resooma Bills to help 'generation rent' manage household expenditure  

Resooma, the U.K. accommodation booking platform, is entering the fintech and utilities space with the launch of Resooma Bills, a new product to help “gen rent” manage household expenditure. The Cardiff, Wales-based company’s core offering is an accommodation marketplace primarily targeting students and other renters aged 18-30. Previously trading under the brand name of University […]

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2019-02-20 05:20:43



Can you guess which face is real, and which is computer generated?  

Computers have recently gotten much, much better at a somewhat unsettling skill: generating fake human faces. As in, creating an image of a human who has never existed before. We saw the concept go a bit viral this week with ThisPersonDoesNotExist, a website hooked to a machine that generates a new face every few seconds. […]

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2019-02-20 05:13:28



Selfie app maker Meitu eyes overseas gaming market with $340 million deal  

China’s largest selfie app maker Meitu has been busy working to diversify itself beyond the beauty arena in China. On Wednesday, the Hong Kong-listed company announced in a filing that it has agreed to pay about HK$2.7 billion ($340 million) for a 31 percent stake in game publishing company Dreamscape Horizon. Dreamscape Horizon, a subsidiary of […]

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2019-02-20 04:58:58



Binance releases a first version of its decentralized crypto exchange  

Binance, the world’s largest crypto exchange, has launched an initial version of its highly-anticipated decentralized trading service (dex) today which is available now at testnet.binance.org. The launch — which is initially a testnet as the URL suggests — has been a long time coming and it is designed to complement the main Binance exchange, which does […]

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2019-02-20 04:22:51



German insurance giant Allianz increases its VC fund to $1.1 billion  

Allianz X, the venture capital arm attached to German insurance giant Allianz, has increased the size of its fund to €1 billion, around $1.1 billion, according to an announcement made today. The fund was initially €430 million, or around $490 million, when it launched in 2016. This new injection comes directly from parent Allianz SE, the 124-year-old […]

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2019-02-20 04:04:21



Samsung's new Galaxy Watch Active tracks blood pressure  

You've got to hand it to Samsung. The company sure threw a LOT at us during today's Unpacked event — five phones (including the foldable), earbuds, a fitness tracker and the Galaxy Watch Active, the company's latest smartwatch. The biggest news on the watch front finds the company embracing user health, much like the rest […]

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2019-02-20 04:01:31



StarOfService switches business model for its independent contractor marketplace  

French startup StarOfService has recently switched its business model and has been profitable for the month of January 2019. The company operates a marketplace for independent contractors, a sort of Thumbtack for the rest of the world. If you're looking for a plumber, a music teacher or a DJ for a wedding, StarOfService can help […]

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2019-02-20 03:43:57



How to watch Samsung unveil the Galaxy S10  

Today's the day we finally see the Galaxy S10 — well, officially, at least. As is the tradition with Samsung product launches, the news has already been leaking out at a furious pace. Here's a decent breakdown of what we expect from the new flagship — though to be fair, plenty more leaks have surfaced […]

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2019-02-20 02:57:24



Xage brings role-based single sign-on to industrial devices  

Traditional industries like oil and gas and manufacturing often use equipment that was created in a time when remote access wasn’t a gleam in an engineer’s eye, and hackers had no way of connecting to them. Today, these devices require remote access, and some don’t have even rudimentary authentication. Xage, the startup that wants to […]

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2019-02-20 02:43:08



New conflict evidence surfaces in JEDI cloud contract procurement process  

For months, the drama has been steady in the Pentagon’s decade long, $10 billion JEDI cloud contract procurement process. This week the plot thickened when the DOD reported that it has found new evidence of a possible conflict of interest, and has reopened its internal investigation into the matter. “DOD can confirm that new information […]

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2019-02-20 02:32:15



Mixmax brings LinkedIn integration and better task automation to its Gmail tool  

Mixmax today introduced version 2.0 of its Gmail-based tool and plugin for Chrome that promises to make your daily communications chores a bit easier to handle. With version 2.0, Mixmax gets an updated editor that better integrates with the current Gmail interface and that gets out of the way of popular extensions like Grammarly. That’s […]

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2019-02-20 02:29:59



Netflix says new episodes of “Arrested Development” will debut on March 15  

It's time for another hit off the juice box. Netflix announced today that it will release the remaining eight episodes of "Arrested Development’s” fifth season on March 5, ten months after the first half premiered. In the intervening time, however, the show has dealt with several controversies revolving around accusations of abusive behavior from star […]

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2019-02-20 01:36:50



Trustpilot is revealing more data about how businesses flag reviews  

Review site Trustpilot says it’s creating more transparency around how businesses respond to consumer reviews. Founder and CEO Peter Mühlmann told me that while “the vast majority of companies” are using their ability to flag questionable reviews in “exactly the right way,” there’s a small minority that are potentially “ruining it for everyone” by aggressively […]

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2019-02-20 01:25:01



Sports streaming service fuboTV expands its lineup with Viacom's entertainment channels  

Sports streaming service fuboTV and Viacom this morning announced a new carriage deal that will see fuboTV carry Viacom’s entertainment networks as a part of its TV packages. The deal includes channels like MTV, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., BET, CMT, Comedy Central, VH1, Paramount Network, TeenNick and many others. A selection of these will be added […]

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2019-02-20 01:23:49



Image recognition startup ViSenze raises $20M Series C  

ViSenze, a startup that provides visual search tools for online retailers like Rakuten and ASOS, announced today that it has raised a $20 million Series C. The round was co-led by Gobi Ventures and Sonae IM, with participation from other backers including returning investors Rakuten and WI Harper. Founded in 2012, ViSenze has now raised […]

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2019-02-20 01:21:14






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