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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

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

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

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

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

Karma raises $12M to let restaurants and grocery stores offer unsold food at a discount  

Karma, the Stockholm-based startup that offers a marketplace to let local restaurants and grocery offer unsold food at a discount, has raised $12 million in Series A funding. Swedish investment firm Kinnevik led the round, with participation from U.S. venture capital firm Bessemer Venture Partners, appliance manufacturer Electrolux, and previous backer VC firm It […]

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2018-08-15 05:16:26

Google releases a searchable database of US political ads  

In an effort to provide more transparency and deliver on a promise to Congress, Google just published an archive of political ads that have run on its platform. Google’s new database, which it calls the Ad Library, is searchable through a dedicated launch page. Anyone can search for and filter ads, viewing them by candidate […]

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2018-08-15 04:45:12

SAP's Foundry debuts the graduates of its second women-focused accelerator  

SAP, the German-based enterprise software giant, has unveiled the New York-based cohort from its Foundry accelerator programs focused on women-led technology companies. The first program was launched in San Francisco in July 2017, and while the company has launched additional accelerator programs in Berlin and Tel Aviv (with plans for a Paris accelerator in […]

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2018-08-15 04:26:20

Y Combinator is launching a startup program in China  

U.S. accelerator Y Combinator is expanding to China after it announced the hiring of former Microsoft and Baidu executive Qi Lu who will develop a standalone startup program that runs on Chinese soil. Shanghai-born Lu spent 11 years with Yahoo and eight years with Microsoft before a short spell with Baidu, where he was COO and […]

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2018-08-15 04:12:10

Fighting food waste, Full Harvest raises $8.5m to bring excess produce to commercial buyers  

It's a story that any urban millennial can (and will) complain about. You are looking for a non-caffeinated beverage, so you walk into a juice shop only to be shocked at the $13 price point for a couple of apricots and kale mixed in a blender. Yes, there is an intentional premium signaling going on, […]

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2018-08-15 04:04:24

MoviePass' parent company had a really rough quarter  

The company that owns MoviePass lost a ton of money last quarter. Unsurprising, I realize, but in context, it's actually a bit of a mind boggling. The more austerely named Helios and Matheson Analytics had one heck of a tough quarter, posting a $126.6 million operating loss, as compared to a loss of $2.7 million […]

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2018-08-15 04:03:19

One week left: Apply to Startup Battlefield at Disrupt Berlin 2018  

Anyone with even a tangential relationship to the European tech startup scene knows that Startup Battlefield is one of the most effective launching pads for early-stage startups. All the pitch-competition drama and excitement goes down at Disrupt Berlin 2018 on November 29-30. If you want to spotlight your startup in front of the continent's brightest innovators, […]

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2018-08-15 03:21:12

Turkish President Erdogan calls for boycott of US tech  

Yesterday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for a boycott of all U.S. technology during a speech in the country’s capital city of Ankara. "Every product that we buy in foreign currency from outside, we will produce them here and sell abroad," said Erdogan during the speech. "We will boycott the electronics products of the U.S." […]

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2018-08-15 02:59:44

XYZPrinting announces the da Vinci Color Mini  

XYZPrinting may have finally cracked the color 3D printing code. Their latest machine, the $1,599 da Vinci Color Mini is a full color printer that uses three CMY ink cartridges to stain the filament as it is extruded, allowing for up to 15 million color combinations. The printer is currently available for pre-order on Indiegogo […]

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2018-08-15 02:51:55

Uber is on a hiring spree in Singapore despite 'exiting' Southeast Asia  

Uber agreed to sell its Southeast Asia business in March, but it isn’t leaving the region. In fact, the U.S. firm is doubling down with plans to more than double its staff in Singapore. That’s right. Uber is currently in the midst of a major recruitment drive that will see Singapore, the first city it […]

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2018-08-15 02:48:23

RunSafe could eliminate an entire class of infrastructure malware attacks  

RunSafe, a Mclean Virginia startup, got started doing research for DARPA on how to defend critical infrastructure. They built a commercial product based on that initial research that they claim eliminates an entire class of attacks. Today, the company released a product called Alkemist that enables customers to install the solution without help from RunSafe. […]

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2018-08-15 02:37:49

Twitter puts Infowars' Alex Jones in the 'read-only' sin bin for 7 days  

Twitter has finally taken action against Infowars creator Alex Jones, but it isn’t what you might think. While Apple, Facebook, Google/YouTube, Spotify and many others have removed Jones and his conspiracy-peddling organization Infowars from their platforms, Twitter has remained unmoved with its claim that Jones hasn’t violated rules on its platform. That was helped in […]

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2018-08-15 02:24:57

Asian investors have plenty of cash, a hearty appetite for investments and a different approach to doing deals  

If you're being courted by Asian investors, you'll need to adjust the VCs' expectations. That can be a challenging task when the parties have different perspectives on appropriate management styles and levels of control.

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2018-08-15 02:19:19

Android 9 Pie (Go edition) arrives this fall  

With Android Pie now available (on a handful of devices, at least), Google's prepping the launch of its low-powered counterpart. Android 9 Pie (Go edition) — the successor to the more pithily named Android Go — will be hitting arriving on devices this fall. Like Android Oreo (Go Edition), the latest OS is a stripped […]

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2018-08-15 01:55:36

Coinbase acquires Distributed Systems to build 'Login with Coinbase'  

Coinbase wants to be Facebook Connect for crypto. The blockchain giant plans to develop “Login with Coinbase” or a similar identity platform for decentralized app developers to make it much easier for users to sign up and connect their crypto wallets. To fuel that platform, today Coinbase announced it has acquired Distributed Systems, a startup […]

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2018-08-15 01:46:43

Top execs from 6D.AI are joining us at TechCrunch Sessions AR/VR  

While the potential for entertainment in virtual and augmented reality has grabbed the most headlines, these new platforms promise radical transformations across industries and the very way that people interact with their world. And no company is doing more to develop the toolkit for how to build applications for these new interactions than 6D.AI. At […]

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2018-08-15 01:27:08

The Alexa-Cortana integration is now available in a public preview  

Microsoft today will begin to allow Alexa device owners to summon its own virtual assistant, Cortana, through their Echo devices, as well as call for Alexa via Cortana. The integration between the two voice computing platforms was previously announced and briefly demoed on stage in May at Microsoft’s Build 2018 event in Seattle. But the […]

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2018-08-15 01:26:01

Twitter is purging accounts that were trying to evade prior suspensions  

Twitter announced this afternoon it will begin booting accounts off its service from those who have tried to evade their account suspension. The company says that the accounts in question are users who have been previously suspended on Twitter for their abusive behavior, or for trying to evade a prior suspension. These bad actors have […]

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2018-08-14 21:06:35

Bird and Lime are protesting Santa Monica's electric scooter recommendations  

Lime and Bird are protesting recommendations in Santa Monica, Calif. that would prevent the electric scooter companies from operating in the Southern California city. We first saw the news over on Curbed LA, which reported both Lime and Bird are temporarily halting their services in Santa Monica. Last week, Santa Monica's shared mobility device selection committee […]

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2018-08-14 17:59:36

HQ Trivia downloads spiral downward as it hits Apple TV  

HQ Trivia’s app store ranking has continued to sink the past three months, but it’s hoping a new version on your television could revitalize growth. HQ today launched an Apple TV app that lets users play the twice-daily live quiz game alongside iOS Android players. “Everything about the game is still the same - same […]

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2018-08-14 17:09:19

Revcontent is trying to get rid of misinformation with help from the Poynter Institute  

CEO John Lemp recently said that thanks to a new policy, publishers in Revcontent‘s content recommendation network “won’t ever make a cent” on false and misleading stories — at least, not from the network. To achieve this, the company is relying on fact-checking provided by the Poynter Institute’s International Fact Checking Network. If any two independent […]

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2018-08-14 14:08:41

Come watch the Equity podcast record live at Disrupt SF 2018  

Disrupt SF is right around the corner, which means startupland is prepping to congregate once again in the city for another epic run of investors, startups and celebrities. This year, Disrupt is heading to Moscone West, so the event will be bigger and better than ever. And I have some good news for you. Initialized […]

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2018-08-14 13:13:17

Carbyne raises $15M for its next-gen 911 service, as Founders Fund invests in its first Israeli startup  

911 and other emergency numbers have been a key route for people to contact medical, police or fire services, with some 240 million calls are made for urgent help in the US alone each year. But while calling the numbers is a breeze, sometimes passing on crucial information is far from that, with most of these […]

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2018-08-14 11:49:36

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