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Jeff Bezos details his moon colony ambitions  

Jeff Bezos has big plans for the moon, if he can just get there. With a little elbow grease our trusty satellite could become a platform from which to build out the space industry — and while a partnership with NASA, the ESA and others would be best, Blue Origin will do it solo if it has to.

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2018-05-27 13:44:47



Pornography and the butterfly effect  

“Whatever happens to musicians happens to everybody,” said Bruce Sterling years ago, referring to the effects of free downloadable music on their industry; and so it has come to pass for pornographers, as depicted by the great Jon Ronson in his equal parts charming and spellbinding podcast series “The Butterfly Effect.” Pornography, however, is much […]

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2018-05-27 10:14:02



Amazon leads $12M investment in India-based digital insurance startup Acko  

Amazon appears to be restarting its funding efforts in India after Acko, the digital insurance startup in India, confirmed that the U.S. retail giant led a new round of funding for its business. Amazon — which has been linked with an Acko investment since the start of this year — backed lending startup Capital Float last […]

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2018-05-27 06:04:03



Location-based virtual reality is increasing its footprint in the U.S.  

Earlier this year, in a small, grey-walled storefront inside a very large mall in Torrance, Calif. (just past the AMC Center) , the virtual reality game-maker Survios planted its first flag in the market for location-based gaming. It’s one of several companies (many based in Los Angeles) that are turning the city into a hub […]

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2018-05-27 05:29:44



'The Expanse' finds a new home on Amazon Prime  

After an outcry among fans following Syfy’s discontinuation of the series on its network, The Expanse will be getting a fourth season on Amazon Prime after an announcement from Jeff Bezos. Bezos revealed the news at the International Space Development Conference where members of the show's cast were amongst those in the audience. I'll just […]

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2018-05-26 17:04:55



CommerceDNA wins the TechCrunch Hackathon at VivaTech  

It's been a long night at VivaTech. The building hosted a very special competition — the very first TechCrunch Hackathon in Paris. Hundreds of engineers and designers got together to come up with something cool, something neat, something awesome. The only condition was that they only had 24 hours to work on their projects. Some […]

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2018-05-26 11:13:38



Here is where CEOs of heavily funded startups went to school  

CEOs of funded startups tend to be a well-educated bunch, at least when it comes to university degrees. Yes, it's true college dropouts like Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates can still do well. But Crunchbase data shows that most startup chief executives have an advanced degree, commonly from a well-known and prestigious university.

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2018-05-26 10:26:52



What President Trump Doesn't Know About ZTE  

David Kline Contributor David Kline is a journalist, author and intellectual property strategist. More posts by this contributor Where human intelligence outperforms AI A new (old) way for product makers to defeat patent roadblocks After meeting with Chinese Vice Premiere Liu He this week, President Trump is still considering easing penalties on Chinese telecommunications giant […]

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2018-05-26 08:49:30



Trump says ZTE will pay $1.3B fine and overhaul its management to continue US business  

U.S. President Donald Trump has claimed that Chinese telecom firm ZTE will pay a $1.3 billion fine and undergo a significant overhaul of its management team in order to remain operational in North America. ZTE looked to be in dire straits when it ceased its business in the U.S. earlier this month after a Department […]

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2018-05-26 05:57:07



Tesla settles class action suit over Autopilot claims for $5M  

Tesla has paid out $5 million to settle a 2017 class action lawsuit that originally alleged that the Autopilot feature shipped in 2016 in the company’s cars was “essentially unusable and demonstrably dangerous.” The settlement does not admit this, but rather compensates owners for delays in delivering the promised functionality; owners who paid $5,000 for […]

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2018-05-25 21:17:32



US news sites are ghosting European readers on GDPR deadline  

A cluster of U.S. news websites has gone dark for readers in Europe as the EU’s new privacy laws went into effect on Friday. The ruleset, known as General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), outlines a robust set of requirements that internet companies collecting any personal data on consumers must follow. The consequences are considerable enough […]

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2018-05-25 20:05:40



Facebook has a very specific Pepe the Frog policy, report says  

Facebook doesn’t ban fictional characters with hateful content as a rule, but interestingly Pepe the Frog is well enough established as a hate speech symbol that Facebook has a very particular policy devoted only to the cartoon frog. Motherboard got their hands on some content moderation policy documents from Facebook that show Pepe, a cartoon […]

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2018-05-25 20:04:29



Gravy's new mobile game show is 'Price is Right' mixed with QVC  

Following the success of the live mobile game show HQ Trivia, a team of serial entrepreneurs have begun testing the market to see if another game show concept can work, too. Their new game show-inspired app, Gravy, is meant to be a riff on the “Price is Right” combined with a QVC-style shopping experience. That […]

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2018-05-25 18:35:24



Former journo Alexia Bonatsos unveils her new venture fund, Dream Machine  

Five years ago, Alexia Bonatsos, nee Tsotsis, was co-editor of TechCrunch, a job that made her renowned in startup circles and familiar with a wide number of startups and their founders. What she really longed to do, in fact, was invest in some of them. “I was among the first people to write about Pinterest […]

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2018-05-25 14:44:43



Twitter will give political candidates a special badge during US midterm elections  

Ahead of 2018 U.S. midterm elections, Twitter is taking a visible step to combat the spread of misinformation on its famously chaotic platform. In a blog post this week, the company explained how it would be adding “election labels” to the profiles of candidates running for political office. “Twitter has become the first place voters […]

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2018-05-25 14:26:18



Snips announces an ICO and its own voice assistant device  

French startup Snips has been working on voice assistant technology that respects your privacy. And the company is going to use its own voice assistant for a set of consumer devices. As part of this consumer push, the company is also announcing an initial coin offering. Yes, it sounds a bit like Snips is playing […]

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2018-05-25 10:37:53



Collections is a better way to organize those photos you snap as mental notes  

Wi-Fi password sticker on your router? Snap. Cute sweater in a store’s window display? Snap. Party invitation? Snap. Cool gift idea for mom? Snap. If any of this sounds familiar to you, then you probably also use your iPhone’s camera to take photos of the things you want to remember – maybe even more often than […]

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2018-05-25 09:46:41



Rover's epic raise, Uber's Q1 results, and a trio of IPOs  

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch's venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week was fun for a few reasons. First, it was our own Connie Loizos’s first time leading, and it was our very first regular episode that included us recording remotely. I mention that as Matthew Lynley and I […]

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2018-05-25 08:22:26



Spotify is reportedly rethinking its 'hateful conduct' policy  

Spotify caused a stir when it unveiled its "hateful conduct" policy earlier this month. Now, a few weeks later, it's reportedly already rethinking the tact, after pushback from artists and inside the company itself. According to a new report from Bloomberg, the streaming service has been in discussions to reinstate at least one of the […]

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2018-05-25 08:10:09



Dot lets you invest in property without the hassle of a traditional mortgage  

Dot, a new U.K. startup de-cloaking today, aims to make it easy to invest in property without the hassle of taking out a traditional ‘buy to let’ mortgage. The company is founded by Gray Stern, who previously co-founded London-based Buy to Let mortgage lender Landbay, and so knows at least a thing or two about […]

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2018-05-25 06:16:43



Mobility startups: Apply to exhibit for free as a TC Top Pick at Disrupt SF '18  

Mobility is one of the most rapidly advancing technologies going, and we're searching for the rising stars of early-stage mobility startups to apply as a TC Top Pick for Disrupt San Francisco 2018 on September 5-7 at Moscone Center West. It's a competitive application process, but if TechCrunch editors designate your company as a Top […]

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2018-05-25 05:54:54



Facebook, Google face first GDPR complaints over “forced consent”  

After two years coming down the pipe at tech giants, Europe’s new privacy framework, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), is now being applied — and long time Facebook privacy critic, Max Schrems, has wasted no time in filing four complaints relating to (certain) companies’ ‘take it or leave it’ stance when it comes to consent. […]

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2018-05-25 05:48:47



HTC adds some bells and whistles to the Vive Focus ahead of Western rollout  

As HTC gears up for a stateside launch of their Vive Focus standalone headset, the company announced a number of changes that they’re bringing to the device currently available in China. The company has long fancied itself the “premium” brand of VR, but at its annual developer conference it was tasked with showing off features […]

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2018-05-25 05:47:02



Fortnite had a $296 million April  

Just how big Fortnite? Very big. Very, very big. $296 million in April, big. That's according to SuperData Research (via The Verge), a service that tracks digital game sales. The number, which includes sales from the console, mobile and PC versions of the game, is up $73 million from just last month. The sandbox's survival […]

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2018-05-25 05:42:51



Apple will add government App Store takedown requests to transparency reports  

Apple's set to up the ante with its transparency report. The same day it dropped the latest version of the twice-yearly document, the company committed to including in future updates government takedown requests for the App Store. The report covering July 1 through December 31 of this year, which is due out in 2019, should […]

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2018-05-25 04:51:50



Google's Duo and Cisco's Webex Teams among the VoIP apps pulled from the China App Store  

Earlier this week, it came to light that Apple had removed a number of VoIP-based calling apps from the App Store, at the request of the Chinese government. The apps had been using CallKit, Apple’s new developer toolset that provides the calling interface for VoIP apps, freeing up developers to handle the backend communications. China’s […]

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2018-05-25 04:48:15



Yahoo shuts down social savings app Tanda only months after launch  

Well, that didn’t take long. Yahoo Finance’s new social savings app Tanda, which launched just this January, is already shutting down. The company announced the news of the app’s closure via a blog post, which vaguely hinted at a lack of traction. That appears to be true – the app isn’t even in the top […]

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2018-05-25 04:12:30



Snapchat launches less creepy Send and Request Location features  

Snapchat is taking another shot at location after its always-on coordinate-broadcasting Snap Map proved a bit invasive for some users. Snapchat now lets you send your ongoing real-time location to a friend, or request theirs, which show up on the Snap Map and within your message thread. Essentially, this is location sharing built for the […]

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2018-05-25 03:55:02



Jury finds Samsung owes Apple $539M in patent case stretching back to 2011  

A patent case that began back in 2011 has reached a conclusion, with Samsung ordered to pay about $539 million to Apple over infringements of the latter's patents in devices that are now long gone. The case has dragged on for years as both sides argued about the finer points of how much was owed per device, what could be deducted, and so on. It's been eye-wateringly boring, but at least it's over now. Maybe.

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2018-05-25 03:49:28



Lime, Bird and Spin have to temporarily remove scooters from SF  

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has officially made available its permit application for electric scooters to operate in the city as part of a one-year pilot program. Part of that means companies like Bird, Lime and Spin will need to at least temporarily remove their scooters from city sidewalks while their applications are being […]

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2018-05-25 03:43:13



Tesla brings on new VP of engineering from Snap  

Tesla announced a number of new hires today, including Stuart Bowers, who is joining as VP of engineering. Bowers is joining Tesla from Snap, where he worked as VP of monetization engineering. Other new hires include Neeraj Manrao, who left Apple to become Tesla’s director of energy manufacturing, and Kevin Mukai, who is now director of […]

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2018-05-25 03:35:32



Kaltura acquires interactive video startup Rapt Media  

Kaltura is expanding its enterprise video platform with the acquisition of Rapt Media. Kaltura already offers support for some interactivity in videos, particularly with quizzes, but co-founder and CEO Ron Yekutiel predicted that this technology is going to become increasingly important: “The bigger play in the world of enterprise and the world of education is […]

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2018-05-25 02:51:52



Riminder raises $2.3 million for its AI recruitment service  

French startup Riminder recently raised a $2.3 million funding round from various business angels, such as Xavier Niel, Jean-Baptiste Rudelle, Romain Niccoli, Franck Le Ouay, Dominique Vidal, Thibaud Elzière and Fred Potter. The company has been building a deep learning-powered tool to sort applications and resumes so you don't have to. Riminder participated in TechCrunch's […]

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2018-05-25 02:25:50



Eric Schmidt says Elon Musk is 'exactly wrong' about AI  

When former Google CEO Eric Schmidt was asked about Elon Musk’s warnings about AI, he had a succinct answer: “I think Elon is exactly wrong.” “He doesn’t understand the benefits that this technology will provide to making every human being smarter,” Schmidt said. “The fact of the matter is that AI and machine learning are […]

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2018-05-25 01:54:26



Take a look at your Twitter timeline 10 years ago  

Here’s a fun thing for a Friday: go back and see what your Twitter timeline looked like 10 years ago. Twitter has pretty powerful search settings, but Andy Baio — of Kickstarter fame and more — did the heavy-lifting for us all by sharing a link that let’s you look at your timeline exactly a decade […]

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2018-05-25 01:39:45



GOAT launches electric scooters in Austin  

Dockless electric scooter company GOAT has launched in Austin after receiving official permits from the city’s transportation department for its pilot program. Unlike what’s happened in San Francisco with startups Bird, Lime and Spin, GOAT says it wants to work in tandem with city officials in Austin. GOAT is currently bootstrapped, but says it plans […]

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2018-05-24 18:22:56



Hitlist's new premium service puts a travel agent in your pocket  

Hitlist, a several-years-old app for finding cheap flights, has begun rolling out a subscription tier that will turn it into something more akin to your own mobile travel agent. While the core app experience, which monitors airlines for flight deals, will continue to be free, the new premium upgrade will unlock a handful of other […]

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2018-05-24 18:07:36



The AI in your non-autonomous car  

Sorry. Your next car probably won't be autonomous. But, it will still have artificial intelligence.

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2018-05-24 17:40:35



Uber in fatal crash detected pedestrian but had emergency braking disabled  

The initial report by the National Transportation Safety Board on the fatal self-driving Uber crash in March confirms that the car detected the pedestrian as early as 6 seconds before the crash, but did not slow or stop because its emergency braking systems were deliberately disabled.

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2018-05-24 17:34:05



Inside Facebook's anti-sex trafficking hackathon  

Tech giants put their rivalries aside for two days this week to code for a common cause: protecting children on the internet. Deep inside Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters, teams drawn from Uber, Twitter, Google, Microsoft and Pinterest worked through the night to prototype new tools designed to help nonprofits in their fight against child sex […]

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2018-05-24 17:02:26



PayPal starts deeper integration with Google; users can now pay directly in Gmail, YouTube and more  

Google earlier this year rebranded all of its payment services under Google Pay to help it double down on making transactions across its platform more frictionless (and more used). Now comes another development: PayPal and Google are kicking off a deep integration, where users who add their PayPal details to their Google Play accounts will be […]

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2018-05-24 16:28:48



And the winner of Startup Battlefield Europe at VivaTech is… Wingly  

At the very beginning, there were 15 startups. After a morning of incredibly fierce competition, we now have a winner. Startups participating in the Startup Battlefield have all been hand-picked to participate in our highly competitive startup competition. They all presented in front of multiple groups of VCs and tech leaders serving as judges for […]

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2018-05-24 16:15:46



Vevo will shutter apps, in order to focus on YouTube  

YouTube has long been the key to Vevo's music syndication services, and in a blog post today, the company announced plans to focus even more on the site. The effort, which finds Vevo, "focused on engaging the biggest audiences and pursuing growth opportunities," also involves trimming away some of the elements it deems unnecessary to […]

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2018-05-24 15:09:16



Google opens its G Suite for Education to home-school co-ops  

Google today announced it is changing the eligibility guidelines of its free G Suite for Education service to include home-school co-ops. Parents and teachers who run home-school co-ops will be able to sign up for it in the coming weeks. G Suite for Education includes all of Google’s usual online productivity tools and then layers a number of […]

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2018-05-24 14:08:24



Facebook and Instagram launch US political ad labeling and archive  

Facebook today revealed that it’s chosen not to shut down all political ads because that could unfairly favor incumbents and candidates without resources to buy pricey TV ads. Instead, it’s now launching its previously announced “paid for by” labels on political and issue ads on Facebook and Instagram in the U.S. and its publicly searchable […]

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2018-05-24 13:11:51



Twitter unveils new political ad guidelines set to go into effect this summer  

Following the unrelenting wave of controversy around Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, Twitter announced new guidelines today for political advertisements on the social networking site. The policy, which will go into effect this summer ahead of midterm elections, will look towards preventing foreign election interference by requiring organizations to self-identify and certify that […]

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2018-05-24 12:50:17



Navigating the risks of artificial intelligence and machine learning in low-income countries  

On a recent work trip, I found myself in a swanky-but-still-hip office of a private tech firm. I was drinking a freshly frothed cappuccino, eyeing a mini-fridge stocked with local beer and standing amidst a group of hoodie-clad software developers typing away diligently at their laptops against a backdrop of Star Wars and xkcd comic wallpaper.

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2018-05-24 12:30:31



Dog-sitting startup Rover just raised $155M  

Rover, a dog-walking and dog-boarding service that merged with DogVacay around this time last year, is now the second of such startups this year to raise a massive new round of funding with its announcement of a $155 million financing round. While competitor Wag has become a juggernaut, there seems room for both room for […]

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2018-05-24 11:52:30



Netflix magic market number larger than big cable company's magic market number  

Netflix’s market cap is now larger than Comcast, which is pretty much just a symbolic thing given that the companies are valued very differently but is like one of those moments where Apple was larger than Exxon and may be some kind of watershed moment for technology. Or not. A couple notes on this largely […]

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2018-05-24 11:07:47



So long, StumbleUpon  

All told, 16 years is a pretty good run in the social media world. After launching in 2002, website discovery platform StumbleUpon is shutting down on June 30. Over its existence, the service racked up 60 billion stumbles for 40 million users, cofounder Garrett Camp wrote in a Medium post this week. Those of us […]

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2018-05-24 10:37:15



Adyen confirms an IPO in Amsterdam, valuing the payments giant at $7B-$11B  

The floodgates are definitely open for IPOs in the tech world right now, and the latest is coming out of Europe. Adyen, a company that powers payments for large and smaller e-commerce merchants and others, has said that it plans to publicly list on the Euronext Amsterdam exchange, keeping the company’s financial future close to where […]

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2018-05-24 09:42:55



The national security implications of Chinese venture capitalists are overblown  

Washington — as Washington does — is barreling towards a new reform plan designed to protect American innovation from overseas investors (which should really just be read as the Chinese these days). Earlier this week, congressional committees passed a measure designed to strengthen CFIUS, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., which we have […]

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2018-05-24 09:23:12



Meet the five finalists at Startup Battlefield Europe  

Fifteen companies just got off the stage at TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield Europe at VivaTech in Paris. The TechCrunch team has taken feedback from our expert judges and narrowed the group down to five companies that will be competing in the finals on the VivaTech Main Stage at 6:15pm CET. (If you’re not at VivatTech, you […]

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2018-05-24 09:22:17



Microsoft and Publicis unveil Marcel, an AI-based productivity platform for the ad giant  

Microsoft under CEO Satya Nadella has refocussed to double down on enterprise, artificial intelligence and cloud services, and today the company took the wraps a new project for advertising giant Publicis that shows how it is leveraging all three to expand its business. At an event in Paris, the CEOs of the two companies unveiled […]

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2018-05-24 08:35:36



OpenStack in transition  

OpenStack is one of the most important and complex open-source projects you’ve never heard of. It’s a set of tools that allows large enterprises ranging from Comcast and PayPal to stock exchanges and telecom providers to run their own AWS-like cloud services inside their data centers. Only a few years ago, there was a lot of […]

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2018-05-24 08:10:29



Executives from Israel's entrants into the flying car business are landing on our stage in Tel Aviv  

Of all of the visions of the future that have been rolled out over the years, perhaps none have had as persistent a hold on the imagination as flying cars (well… maybe jetpacks… But flying cars are right up there). As these technologies move from the realms of the plausible to the probable, they’re finding […]

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2018-05-24 07:50:14



Instapaper on pause in Europe to fix GDPR compliance “issue”  

Remember Instapaper? The Pinterest-owned, read-it-later bookmarking service is taking a break in Europe — apparently while it works on achieving compliance with the region’s updated privacy framework, GDPR, which will start being applied from tomorrow. Instapaper’s notification does not say how long the self-imposed outage will last. WTF is instapaper doing with data? pic.twitter.com/eG2dhtkvnd — […]

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2018-05-24 07:32:42



Sentry raises $16M Series B from NEA and Accel to help developers squash bugs more quickly  

Created to help app developers find and fix bugs more efficiently, Sentry announced today that it has raised a $16 million Series B led by returning investors NEA and Accel. Both firms participated in Sentry's Series A round two years ago. Co-founder and CEO David Cramer tells TechCrunch that the new round puts Sentry's post-money […]

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2018-05-24 06:21:14



Disrupt Berlin 2-for-1 passes go live next week: Sign up today  

Achtung, meine Damen und Herren! Dust off your German, hop on a plane, a train or the Autobahn and join us, along with thousands of tech founders, makers, innovators, investors and early-stage startups, at Disrupt Berlin 2018 on November 29-30. Better yet, join us at our most affordable price. On May 30 at 12pm CEST / […]

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2018-05-24 05:42:04



Watch every startup from Startup Battlefield Europe  

TechCrunch is hosting its first ever Startup Battlefield in Paris. This morning, 15 startups competed for the coveted Best of Show award. They all pitched in front of three different panels of esteemed judges. Investors and tech leaders took some time to ask them some tough questions and understand what they're doing. Later today, finalists […]

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2018-05-24 05:24:37



Andy Rubin's Essential is reportedly up for sale and has cancelled work on its next smartphone  

Essential, the smartphone company helmed by Android co-creator Andy Rubin, is trying to sell itself and has cancelled development of its next phone, Bloomberg reports. The report states that Essential has hired Credit Suisse Group AG to advise them on potentially selling itself. The company raised $330 million from investors, including Rubin’s own Playground Global, […]

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2018-05-24 05:24:20



Crowd Cow, offering ranch to table meats, picks up $8 million from Madrona, Ashton Kutcher  

Most high-end restaurants don’t get their beef from the local grocery store. Well-regarded chefs and restauranteurs build relationships with small farms and family ranchers to procure what’s known in the industry as craft beef. Just like coffee or chocolate or wine, the smallest differences (type of grass, breed of cow, lifestyle, etc.) can make a […]

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2018-05-24 05:15:03



Facebook is asking users worldwide to review their privacy settings  

Starting this week, Facebook will begin asking users worldwide to review their privacy settings with a prompt that appears within the Facebook app. The experience will ask you to review how Facebook uses your personal data across a range of products, from ad targeting to facial recognition. This request to review Facebook’s updated terms and […]

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2018-05-24 05:09:24



Amazon Music's app adds hands-free listening, courtesy of Alexa  

In September, Amazon announced it was adding support for Alexa voice control to its Amazon Music app for iOS and Android. However, it was implemented as a tap-to-talk function – something that didn’t quite mesh with the hands-free voice control experience Alexa is known for. Today, Amazon is addressing that problem by rolling out hands-free […]

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2018-05-24 04:56:34



Airbnb quietly launches its own Stories for users to build video montages of their travels  

The stories format has been one of the most sticky features of social apps like Snapchat and Instagram, letting users stitch together video, photo and text overlays to convey moods and experiences to friends and followers; even Google has incorporated stories into its services. Now Airbnb is becoming the latest adopter of the format: the […]

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2018-05-24 04:43:38



Klevio launches its smart intercom and app that lets you open doors remotely  

Klevio, a smart home startup out of the U.K., is officially launching its first product: a smart intercom system that lets you control your front door lock remotely via an iOS and Android app on your phone. Dubbed “Klevio One,” the device is designed to be retrofitted to existing electric strike-enabled locks, and also interfaces […]

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2018-05-24 03:48:27



Announcing the 15 companies competing in Startup Battlefield Europe  

TechCrunch scoured all of Europe to find the most innovative and disruptive early-stage startups to launch at TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Europe 2018 at VivaTech. And today starting at 9:05 am CET on the TechCrunch homepage you can watch the pitches from the latest 15 Startup Battlefield companies.  Each company will pitch for six minutes on […]

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2018-05-24 03:22:10



Reddit adds a desktop night mode as it continues rolling out major redesign  

For being one of the most visited websites on the web, Reddit‘s product has rocked a notoriously basic design for much of its existence. The site is in the process of slowly rolling out a major desktop redesign to users, and today the company announced that part of this upgrade will be native support for […]

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2018-05-24 02:54:19



This family's Echo sent a private conversation to a random contact  

A Portland family tells KIRO news that their Echo recorded and then sent a private conversation to someone on its list of contacts without telling them. Amazon called it an "extremely rare occurrence."

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2018-05-24 02:52:09



Go-Jek officially announces Southeast Asia expansion to fill void left by Uber's exit  

There’s good news for consumers in Southeast Asia who are feeling the void after Uber left the region. That’s because Go-Jek, the Indonesia-based ride-hailing company backed by Google, Tencent and others, has officially announced plans to move into four new markets. Go-Jek said today it will move into Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore and the Philippines initially […]

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2018-05-24 02:23:14



Apple reportedly partners with Volkswagen for self-driving employee shuttles  

Apple has decided to work with Volkswagen for some of its self-driving car efforts, The New York Times reported today. The plan, according to the NYT, is to turn some of Volkswagen’s T6 Transporter vans into autonomous shuttles for employees. However, this project is reportedly behind schedule and taking up much of the time of […]

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2018-05-24 02:05:48



Microsoft's Twitch rival Mixer gets a revamp, including new developer tools for interactive gameplay  

Microsoft is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its game streaming service and Twitch competitor, Mixer, with a host of new features, including a refresh of the user experience and the launch of an expanded developer toolkit called MixPlay. The new streamer tools will roll out along with the revamped version of Mixer .com across desktop and […]

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2018-05-24 02:03:59



Square brings its Stand for iPad tablets to the UK  

Square, the company that provides payments and other business services to merchants, is today taking another step in its gradual expansion outside of the U.S. Stand — one of Square’s key pieces of hardware, turning an iPad into a point of sale system — is launching in the U.K. It will sell for £64 (+VAT) […]

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2018-05-24 02:03:24



Some low-cost Android phones shipped with malware built in  

Avast has found that many low-cost, non-Google-certifed Android phones shipped with a strain of malware built in that could send users to download apps they didn’t intend to access. The malware, called called Cosiloon, overlays advertisements over the operating system in order to promote apps or even trick users into downloading apps. Devices effected shipped […]

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2018-05-24 02:03:01



Macron defends the European way of tech regulation  

French President Emmanuel Macron gave a speech at VivaTech in Paris, alternating between French and English. He defended a third way to regulate tech companies, which is different from the U.S. and from China. Macron thinks Europe should have a say when it comes to regulation — and it shouldn't be just about privacy. Of […]

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2018-05-24 01:45:35



InVision design tool Studio gets an app store, asset store  

InVision, the startup that wants to be the operating system for designers, today introduced its app store and asset store within InVision Studio. In short, InVision Studio users now have access to some of their most-used apps and services from right within the Studio design tool. Plus, those same users will be able to shop […]

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2018-05-24 01:42:19



Facebook is updating how you can authenticate your account logins  

You’ll soon have more options for staying secure on Facebook with two-factor authentication. Facebook is simplifying the process for two-factor verification on its platform so you won’t have to give the company your phone number just to bring additional security to your device. The company announced today that it is adding support for third-party authentication […]

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2018-05-24 01:35:40



ClassPass plans to add nine international cities by the end of 2018  

ClassPass, the studio fitness platform that gives users access to thousands of boutique fitness classes, has said it plans to expand internationally into nine new countries by the end of 2018. The company’s top priorities are consolidating its position in the UK and launching in three countries in Asia, according to chief executive Fritz Lanman. […]

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2018-05-24 01:26:03



Box expands Zones to manage content in multiple regions  

When Box announced Zones a couple of years ago, it was providing a way for customers to store data outside the U.S., but there were some limits. Each customer could choose the U.S. and one additional zone. Customers wanted more flexibility, and today the company announced it was allowing them to choose to multiple zones. […]

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2018-05-24 01:25:51



Revolut adds Ripple and Bitcoin Cash support  

Fintech startup Revolut is adding Bitcoin Cash and Ripple to its cryptocurrency feature. While cryptocurrency isn't really Revolut's focus point, it's a good way to get started with cryptocurrencies. If you have a Revolut account, you can now buy and hold Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum, Ripple and Bitcoin Cash. Behind the scene, the startup has partnered […]

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2018-05-24 01:20:37



TechCrunch Include Office Hours with Betaworks in New York and SF  

Betaworks is hosting TechCrunch’s Include Office Hours for the month of May. For the first time ever, Include Office Hours will be bi-coastal — held in San Francisco and New York on the same day at 2pm local time at each location. On Tuesday, May 29th, partners Peter Rojas and Matt Hartman will be meeting with startup […]

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2018-05-23 18:46:57



Comcast closing in on plan to challenge Disney's Fox bid  

Seems Disney might not be able to waltz into a 21st Century Fox acquisition, after all. Comcast this morning announced plans to launch its own bid from the movie studio, offering a vague outline for a planned bid. In a statement, Comcast says it's in the "advanced stages of preparing" an offer for the bits […]

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2018-05-23 16:22:10



Uber's raising up to $600M in a secondary round at $62B valuation, Q1 sales grew to $2.5B  

Uber’s CEO is in Paris this week meeting with the French president to talk tech in Europe and expanding its insurance coverage in the region, but back in the U.S. the company is moving ahead on another kind of expansion. TechCrunch has learned and confirmed that Uber is raising another secondary round of funding of up […]

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2018-05-23 15:27:49



How [and why] I invest in startups  

A lot of people ask me how I choose to invest in startups. I'm not proactively funding at different stages. I'm proactively funding brilliant people trying to solve hard problems.

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2018-05-23 15:09:21



Elon Musk has a very bad idea for a website rating journalists  

Elon Musk has, as I imagine he often does during meetings or long car rides, come up with an idea for a new thing. Unlike the HyperLoop, which was cool, and various space-related ideas, which we know he's at least partly expert about, this one is just plain bad. It's basically Yelp But For Journalism.

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2018-05-23 14:18:15



Facebook launches new tools for Group admins, including free customer service  

Facebook’s Groups are one of the social network’s most popular products, with more than 1.4 billion monthly users across tens of millions of active groups. Today, the company is rolling out a series of new features aimed at those who create and manage these groups, including customer support with answers and help provided by a […]

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2018-05-23 12:02:13



Spotify launches 'The Game Plan,' a 10-part educational video series for artists  

On the same day that Spotify’s class-action settlement with musicians gets final approval, the company is making a big push to encourage artists to participate on its streaming service – in this case, by offering them a host of educational material to help them get started. The streaming service today is launching its own video series […]

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2018-05-23 11:49:22



Pandora's personalized playlists go live for all Premium users  

Earlier this year, Pandora announced its plans to challenge Spotify by taking aim at one of its rival’s top features: personalized playlists. Pandora in March began rolling out dozens of variations of personalized playlists, including those spanning moods, activities, and genres – all powered by its music database, the Music Genome. Today, Pandora says the […]

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2018-05-23 10:50:24



Review: A week in an Audi R8 Spyder, an everyday supercar  

It's the sounds. The wisps and growls and gargles. Hit the red Start Engine button on the steering wheel and the world wakes up to the sounds of rumbling V10. The Audi R8 Spyder is a marvelous cup of coffee and a great way to start the day. What's more, after a week as treating […]

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2018-05-23 10:44:54



Governments are cracking down on fake token sales  

From Howeycoin to a Chinese study that found 421 fake token sales, governments and researchers are finally shedding light on bad actors in the token sale space. Take, for example, Operation Cryptosweep. According to an North American Securities Administrator’s Association, regulators in the US and Canada are looking into 70 token sales and may be […]

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2018-05-23 10:38:24



Facebook Marketplace expands into home services  

Facebook is entering the home services market. Starting today, U.S. Facebook users browsing the Facebook Marketplace will be able to search thousands of home service professionals through a new feature that helps users locate top-rated and vetted professionals like house cleaners, plumbers, contractors, and others, as well as receive quotes. The services experience will show […]

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2018-05-23 10:34:55



Apple offers a $50 credit for some out-of-warranty iPhone battery purchases  

If you bought a battery replacement for an out-of-warranty iPhone last year, you may be eligible for a $50 credit from Apple. The company issued a new support page post this week, announcing the rebate policy, which applies to purchases made at authorized locations. The move is part of on-going restitution in the wake of an admission […]

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2018-05-23 10:23:17



A new eyewear brand is taking on Luxottica with a single wire, some seed funding, and a sustainability story  

A U.K.-based startup has come up with a new design for high-end, direct-to-consumer sunglasses that are original, modular, and virtually indestructible. But to get their eyewear in the hands of consumers, they’ll have to compete with some industry giants, including Luxottica Group of Italy, whose brands include Ray-Ban and Oakley among others. Their company, Wires […]

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2018-05-23 09:54:55



YouTeam is a marketplace for offshore developer talent  

While software is said to be eating the world, software developers and other technical talent remains in short supply. Not only is this seeing major tech companies compete hard to hire the best engineers, but it has also meant a rise in the use of remote working freelancers or turning to offshore agencies. The problem […]

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2018-05-23 09:50:35



Lyft invests $100 million in its drivers  

Lyft is committing $100 million to better support its drivers. The company is specifically putting this money toward cheaper oil changes, basic car maintenance, serviced car washes and more. Lyft will also almost double its operating hours at its driver hubs in 15 cities throughout the nation. The idea is to help drivers make more […]

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2018-05-23 09:48:21



Vivo's all-screen phone with a flip-up camera could arrive in June  

The all-screen smartphone is an inevitability. The question at this point, really, is who will get there first and how they'll accomplish that feat. I spoke to a LG rep at the G7 launch, who suggested that the notch is going to be fact of life for the next couple of years, but a number […]

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2018-05-23 09:46:23



It's unconstitutional for Trump to block people on Twitter  

A uniquely 21st-century constitutional question received a satisfying answer today from a federal judge: President Trump cannot block people on Twitter, as it constitutes a violation of their First Amendment rights. The court also ruled he must unblock all previously blocked users. "No government official is above the law," the judge concluded.

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2018-05-23 09:45:22



Meet the judges and hackmasters for the TC Hackathon at VivaTech  

On May 25-26, hundreds of Europe's best and brightest coders, hackers, tech makers and programmers will descend upon Paris to take part in TechCrunch Hackathon at VivaTech and compete for a €5,000 grand prize. But who are the people who will determine who gets that prize? Without further ado the judges for the TC Hackthon: Nicolas Bacca, CTO, […]

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2018-05-23 09:36:36



TruStory, a new startup, just raised $3 million to identify ICO scams before they happen  

Investing in initial coin offerings, or ICOs, is a minefield. This isn't just true for people with absolutely no technical background but also for many investors who may be well-versed in tech but still struggle to understand many projects' white papers. Enter TruStory, a platform for users to research and validate claims that people make […]

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2018-05-23 09:36:31



Okta introduces 'Sign in with Okta' service  

Consider that there are millions of Okta users out there using the service to sign into their company applications with a single set of credentials. Yet getting customers to work together using Okta authentication was an enormous task for developers. Okta wanted to simplify it, so they created a service they are calling it ‘Sign […]

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2018-05-23 09:35:21






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