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VOI Technology, the e-scooter startup from Sweden, raises $50M led by Balderton Capital  

VOI Technology, an e-scooter startup headquartered in Sweden but with pan-European ambitions, has raised $50 million in Series A funding, confirming our earlier scoop. As I previously reported, London-based venture capital firm Balderton Capital has led the round, alongside LocalGlobe, Raine Ventures, and previous VOI backer Vostok New Ventures. A number of angel investors also […]

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2018-11-18 23:00:26



Original Content podcast: The disappointment of 'House of Cards' and its final season  

It seems like Netflix’s “House of Cards” had a real opportunity for a fresh start with season six. Granted, the behind-the-scenes turmoil probably made this season particularly challenging: Production was already underway when “Star Trek: Discovery” actor Anthony Rapp came forward with allegations that Kevin Spacey made a sexual advance towards him when Rapp was […]

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2018-11-18 19:00:24



Gillmor Gang: Nation State  

The Gillmor Gang — Keith Teare, Esteban Kolsky, Frank Radice, Michael Markman, and Steve Gillmor . Recorded live Saturday November 17, 2018. Democracy saved, fiat currency, and Facebook rope-a-dope. Produced and directed by Tina Chase Gillmor @tinagillmor @kteare, @ekolsky, @fradice, @mickeleh, @stevegillmor Liner Notes Live chat stream The Gillmor Gang on Facebook

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2018-11-18 17:30:40



Google looks to former Oracle exec Thomas Kurian to move cloud business along  

Diane Greene announced on Friday that she was stepping down after three years running Google’s cloud business. She will stay on until the first of the year to help her successor, Thomas Kurian in the transition. He left Oracle at the end of September after more than 20 years with the company, and is charged with making Google’s […]

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2018-11-18 17:18:52



The slow corrosion of techno-optimism  

Two weeks from now, the Swahilipot Hub, a hackerspace / makerspace / center for techies and artists in Mombasa, Kenya, is hosting a Pwani Innovation Week, “to stimulate the innovation ecosystem in the Pwani Region.” Some of its organizers showed me around Mombasa’s cable landing site some years ago; they’re impressive people. The idea of […]

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2018-11-18 14:00:54



Vision Direct reveals breach that skimmed customer credit cards  

European online contact lens supplier Vision Direct has revealed a data breach which compromised full credit card details for a number of its customers, as well as personal information. Compromised data includes full name, billing address, email address, password, telephone number and payment card information, including card number, expiry date and CVV. It’s not yet […]

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2018-11-18 12:51:54



Cities that didn't win HQ2 shouldn't be counted out  

Brooks Rainwater Contributor Share on Twitter Brooks Rainwater is the director of the Center for City Solutions and Applied Research at the National League of Cities. More posts by this contributor As tasks wane, skills rise Blockchain technology could be the great equalizer for American cities Scott Andes Contributor Share on Twitter Scott Andes is […]

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2018-11-17 20:30:19



Microsoft to shut down HockeyApp  

Microsoft announced plans to shut down HockeyApp and replace it with Visual Studio App Center. The company acquired the startup behind HockeyApp back in 2014. And if you're still using HockeyApp, the service will officially shut down on November 16, 2019. HockeyApp was a service that let you distribute beta versions of your app, get […]

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2018-11-17 18:03:17



China's hottest news app Jinri Toutiao announces new CEO  

You may not have heard of ByteDance, but you probably know its red-hot video app TikTok, which gobbled up Musical.ly in August. The Beijing-based company also runs a popular news aggregator called Jinri Toutiao, which means “today’s headlines” in Chinese, and the app just assigned a new CEO. At a company event on Saturday, Chen Lin, an […]

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2018-11-17 17:37:17



Quantum computing, not AI, will define our future  

William ("Whurley") Hurley Contributor Share on Twitter William Hurley, commonly known as whurley, is an American entrepreneur and the founder of Chaotic Moon Studios, Honest Dollar, and Equals: The Global Partnership for Gender Equality in the Digital Age. He is currently chairing the Quantum Computing Working Group for the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA), and is […]

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2018-11-17 17:30:41



WhatsApp could wreck Snapchat again by copying ephemeral messaging  

WhatsApp already ruined Snapchat’s growth once. WhatsApp Status, its clone of Snapchat Stories, now has 450 million daily active users compared to Snapchat’s 188 million. That’s despite its 24-hour disappearing slideshows missing tons of features including augmented reality selfie masks, animated GIFs, or personalized avatars like Bitmoji. A good enough version of Stories conveniently baked […]

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2018-11-17 17:15:57



How cities can fix tourism hell  

A steep and rapid rise in tourism has left behind a wake of economic and environmental damage in cities around the globe. In response, governments have been responding with policies that attempt to limit the number of visitors who come in. We've decided to spare you from any more Amazon HQ2 talk and instead focus […]

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2018-11-17 16:30:44



Microsoft could release a disc-less Xbox One  

According to a new report from Thurott, Microsoft has been working on a new console in the Xbox One family. This cheaper model could play regular Xbox One games, but there would be no Blu-Ray drive. This move would lower the price of the entry-level Xbox One. An Xbox One S officially starts at $299 […]

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2018-11-17 16:15:42



SparkLabs Taipei closes initial $4.25M for its first fund, adds Jeremy Lin as an advisor  

SparkLabs Taipei, part of SparkLabs Group, the global network of accelerator programs and funds that works with emerging startup ecosystems, has raised $4.25 million in an initial close led by CTBC Group, along with individual investors, for its first venture capital fund. SparkLabs Taipei also announced today that it has added Atlanta Hawks player Jeremy […]

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2018-11-17 13:11:07



YouTube quietly added free, ad-supported movies to its site  

YouTube quietly added around 100 ad-supported Hollywood movies to its site, beginning last month, according to a new report from AdAge. The titles include a mix of classics like “Rocky” and “The Terminator,” as well as other family fare like “Zookeeper,” “Agent Cody Banks,” and “Legally Blonde,” among others. Before, YouTube had only offered consumers […]

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2018-11-17 04:20:04



Blockchain gaming gets a boost with Mythical Games' $16M Series A  

Mythical Games is betting user-generated content and intimate ties between players, content creators, brands and developers is the future of entertainment.

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2018-11-17 04:00:48



Walmart passes Apple to become No. 3 online retailer in U.S.  

Walmart has overtaken Apple to become the No. 3 online retailer in the U.S., according to a report this week from eMarketer. While Amazon still leads by a wide margin, accounting for 48 percent of e-commerce sales in 2018, Walmart – including also Sam’s Club and Jet.com – is poised to capture 4 percent of […]

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2018-11-17 03:16:35



The Boring Company goes brick-and-mortar with The Brick Store  

Elon Musk has shot out some crazy, unbelievable tweets over the last year, but he wasn't joking about the bricks. Musk has started a company called The Brick Store LLC to produce and sell bricks, according to public documents obtained by TechCrunch. The new company, which was founded in July, will be managed by Steve […]

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2018-11-17 01:07:36



Unicorns aren't special anymore  

There are 145 "active unicorns" today worth an aggregate valuation of $555.9 billion. In 2013, there were just 39.

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2018-11-17 00:06:55



Feeling left out of a hot market? This new outfit has a fund with shares of 30 top 'unicorns' to sell you  

When Equidate, a venture-backed secondaries marketplace based in San Francisco, closed its most recent round of funding with $50 million four months ago, it was hardly a surprising bet on the part of its backers. As startups linger ever longer as private companies, more people are looking to lock up shares wherever they can find […]

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2018-11-16 23:30:05



Kairos founder countersues his own company for $10 million  

The turmoil continues at facial recognition startup Kairos . Last night, Kairos founder Brian Brackeen filed a counter lawsuit against Kairos and its interim CEO Melissa Doval that seeks $10 million in damages. Kairos is a facial recognition startup that has become well-known for its stance to never sell to law enforcement. At Disrupt SF […]

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2018-11-16 23:24:27



Pitching a $99 tax advisory service for the masses, Visor has raised $9 million  

The only sure things in this life, according to Ben Franklin, are death and taxes. And a new startup called Visor has just raised $9 million in financing to make one of them as painless as possible. Unlike Nectome, Visor won’t kill anyone, but it may ring the death knell for the high-end tax advisors that most Americans […]

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2018-11-16 21:59:48



The Criterion Collection is launching its own streaming service  

When WarnerMedia announced last month that it would be shutting down its streaming service FilmStruck, the team at the Criterion Collection said it would be looking for a new digital home. Today, Criterion announced that it will be building that home itself — namely, launching a streaming service called The Criterion Channel. The company remains […]

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2018-11-16 21:32:40



Tesla has opened up Model 3 orders to customers in China  

Tesla is now taking orders for the Model 3 from customers in China, according to its website. Reuters was the first to report that Tesla is taking orders in China. Tesla won’t confirm or comment on the information published on its own China-focused website. Tesla CEO Elon Musk did say in a tweet Thursday that […]

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2018-11-16 21:27:46



Gift Guide: The best gear for that friend who wants to start a podcast  

"How do I start a podcast?" As the producer of the TechCrunch podcast Equity, I get this question all the time. Fortunately, it's easier than ever to get your voice out there.

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2018-11-16 20:43:40



Stoop aims to improve your news diet with an easy way to find and read newsletters  

Stoop is looking to provide readers with what CEO Tim Raybould described as “a healthier information diet.” To do that, it’s launched an iOS and Android app where you can browse through different newsletters based on category, and when you find one you like, it will direct you to the standard subscription page. If you […]

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2018-11-16 19:26:03



Cryptocurrency chill causes mining speculator Nvidia's stock to plunge  

The cryptocurrency market is an exciting one, but it's also unpredictable — and when things go south, they take related businesses with them. Nvidia, a hardware giant that has been riding the cryptocurrency wave, saw its stock price take a double-digit hit as it reported vanishing demand for GPUs specializing in crypto-mining.

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2018-11-16 19:12:10



Reading List: Podcasting  

I argued in my recent post What's Next for Podcasting? that we're at a pivot point where podcasting is becoming a mainstream content format for all types of shows and creators as Hollywood enters the fray. There's a surge of interest by both creatives and businesspeople in podcasts right now, so I've compiled a reading […]

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2018-11-16 18:45:10



Former Oracle Exec Thomas Kurian to replace Diane Greene as head of Google Cloud  

Diane Greene announced in a blog post today that she would be stepping down as CEO of Google Cloud and will be helping transition former Oracle executive Thomas Kurian to take over early next year. Greene took over the position almost exactly three years ago when Google bought Bebop, the startup she was running. The […]

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2018-11-16 18:03:13



Weather Up's app can give you forecasts for your calendar events  

There are plenty of weather apps to choose from on the App Store, but the newly released Weather Up app is doing something different. Instead of just offering the daily weather, it will now offer Event Forecasts – meaning forecasts that sync with your calendars so you can see what the weather will be for […]

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2018-11-16 18:00:28



Airbnb made more than $1 billion in revenue last quarter  

Ahead of Airbnb’s expected initial public offering next year, the home-sharing startup announced more than $1 billion in revenue during Q3 2018. Airbnb says this was its strongest quarter to date, where it saw “substantially more” than $1 billion in revenue. Airbnb, however, has been without a permanent chief financial officer since February, when Laurence […]

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2018-11-16 17:58:01



UN warns over human rights impact of a “digital welfare state”  

The UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights has raised concerns about the UK’s rush to apply digital technologies and data tools to socially re-engineer the delivery of public services at scale, warning in a statement today that the impact of a digital welfare state on vulnerable people will be “immense”. He has […]

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2018-11-16 17:51:58



CodeStream lets you collaborate and talk directly in VS Code  

Adding comments to your code is nothing new. But what if you could @-mention your co-workers and start a thread about a specific part of your code? Meet CodeStream, a Y Combinator-backed startup that wants to do just that. The best way to discuss some content is right next to the content itself. That's why […]

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2018-11-16 16:00:54



Mailchimp teams up with Square to launch shoppable landing pages  

Mailchimp, the popular email newsletter service and marketing platform, today announced a partnership with Square that will allow its users to create landing pages with built-in e-commerce features. These shoppable landing pages are meant to give businesses a new sales channel to sell things like limited-edition goods or run-targeted promotions. Mailchimp’s landing pages have been around […]

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2018-11-16 15:00:13



Facebook Messenger is building a 'Watch Videos Together' feature  

Netflix and chill from afar? Facebook Messenger is now internally testing simultaneous co-viewing of videos. That means you and your favorite people could watch a synchronized video over group chat on your respective devices while discussing or joking about it. This “Watch Videos Together” feature could make you spend more time on Facebook Messenger while […]

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2018-11-16 14:47:13



Uber's financials, Qualtric's $8B exit and what's going on at WeWork  

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch's venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week we had the excellent Connie Loizos on the air, we had Danny Crichton on the horn from New York, I was in the studio mostly hacking up one lung or the other and we had Matt Howard […]

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2018-11-16 14:10:55



Popular Chinese selfie app Meitu now includes 3D editing  

You’ve probably had the experience of posing awkwardly for a photo while everyone else looks great. Now China’s top photo-editing firm Meitu has a solution that helps you resist the urge to trash that photo. Meitu’s namesake app, which claims over 100 million monthly active users as of August, recently launched a feature that lets users […]

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2018-11-16 13:53:29



BlackBerry is buying Cylance for $1.4 billion to continue its push into cybersecurity  

BlackBerry was best known for keyboard-totting smartphones, but their demise in recent years has seen the Canadian firm pivot toward enterprise services, and in particular, cybersecurity. That strategy takes a big step forward today after BlackBerry announced the acquisition of AI-based cybersecurity company Cylance for a cool $1.4 billion. Business Insider reported that a deal […]

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2018-11-16 10:45:16



Musca is the winner of TechCrunch Battlefield Tokyo 2018  

TechCrunch is in the heart of Japan and we’ve been hearing from some of Tokyo’s brightest entrepreneurs competing to win the Battlefield startup competition here. We’ve whittled down the group of 20 startups that have presented onstage for our judges, and we’re proud to announce the winner of TechCrunch Battlefield Tokyo 2018. The winner is […]

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2018-11-16 10:25:57



Facebook has other ties to Definers, the GOP-led opposition research group  

In the wake of a fairly catastrophic behind the scenes glimpse into Facebook’s high-level decision making, one question remains: Who brought a controversial Republican opposition research firm into the fold? In a long call with reporters on Thursday, Mark Zuckerberg denied any knowledge of his company's own dealings with Definers Public Affairs, the firm in […]

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2018-11-16 10:00:47



China's Craigslist continues growth after netting 100 million small-town users  

58.com, the Craigslist of China, is making a massive push to pick up rural users as it hedges China’s economic uncertainties. During the third quarter, revenues grew 33.2 percent, to $527 million, and net income jumped 106 percent, to $106 million year-over-year.  The classifieds giant said in Thursday’s earnings call that it added more than 100 million […]

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2018-11-16 09:53:35



Court filings accidentally reveal charges against Julian Assange  

In a turn of events that reads like a plot point from an unreleased Coen Brothers script, information has surfaced revealing that prosecutors have charged embattled WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange. The information came to light as part of the recently unsealed filing of a seemingly unrelated sex crimes case. How Assange's name and fate appeared […]

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2018-11-16 08:58:37



Africa's agtech wave gets $10 million richer as Twiga Foods raises more capital  

Kenya's Twiga Foods has raised $10 million from investors led by the International Finance Corporation to add processed food and fast-moving consumer goods to its product line-up.

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2018-11-16 07:30:54



The Orbital 2 is like a Surface Dial that works with Mac  

This little peripheral is one of the more interesting new pieces of hardware floating around the halls of TC Tokyo this week. The product, created by local startup Brain Magic, is best described as a more feature-packed take on the Microsoft Dial — one that, as it happens, also works with Mac. It's a nice […]

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2018-11-16 07:26:24



Hong Kong is adding QR code payments to its subway stations  

A new dispatch from our “QR Codes Are Very Much Alive In Asia” reporting program: Hong Kong’s subway system will soon allow its commuters to pay by scanning QR codes thanks to a deal with Alibaba that was announced this week. The partnership — which is with Alibaba’s Ant Financial affiliate — will see scan-to-pay […]

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2018-11-16 06:38:48



Alibaba and Amazon move over, we visited JD's connected grocery store in China  

The arms race to build the future of grocery stores is heating up in China. To no one’s surprise, the main contestants are the country’s e-commerce titans Alibaba and JD.com, which are turning offline for growth. Online retail has flourished in China, but it still accounts for less than 20 percent of the nation’s overall consumption, according […]

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2018-11-16 06:04:26



The Timbuk2 Never Check sold me on the importance of a good travel backpack  

For someone who travels a lot, I can be downright reckless when it comes to packing. I've found myself hurling clothes, toiletries and assorted cables into bags on more early mornings than I care to mention. That haphazard approach naturally extends to the bags I'm throwing my things into. I've always just relied on my […]

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2018-11-16 06:03:54



Sheryl Sandberg claims she didn't know Facebook hired agency behind 'abhorrent' anti-Soros campaign  

Sheryl Sandberg has denied that she obstructed early investigations into election meddling and claimed that she was unaware Facebook was involved with an agency that ran “abhorrent” anti-Semitic campaigns that targeted George Soros, among others. Facebook, the world’s largest social network, with more than 2.2 billion users, spent Thursday doing its best to fight a media relations forest […]

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2018-11-16 05:27:00



A leaky database of SMS text messages exposed password resets and two-factor codes  

A security lapse has exposed a massive database containing tens of millions of text messages, including password reset links, two-factor codes, shipping notifications and more. The exposed server belongs to Voxox (formerly Telcentris), a San Diego, Calif.-based communications company. The server wasn’t protected with a password, allowing anyone who knew where to look to peek […]

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2018-11-16 00:31:16



E3 slouches towards irrelevance again as Sony announces it's skipping the show  

I like E3. I really do. But it's also monumentally dumb: game companies spending millions to show off essentially faked content to an increasingly jaded audience. And it's increasingly out of step with how the gaming industry works. So it should come as no surprise that Sony will be skipping the show more or less altogether this year, joining Nintendo in taking a step back from spectacle.

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2018-11-16 00:25:57



Cassette decks from Crosley take aim at tape-hoarding nostalgia-seekers  

Crosley, makers of the "good enough" record players you see in Urban Outfitters and Target, have turned their retro novelty eye on the next obvious format: cassettes. These two new decks from the company have all the latest features from 1985, but also a handful of modern conveniences.

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2018-11-15 23:22:45



Overnight success now requires a little more time  

Building a great consumer company is harder these days. Try anyway.

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2018-11-15 23:00:59



FCC approval of Europe's Galileo satellite signals may give your phone's GPS a boost  

The FCC's space-focused meeting today had actions taken on SpaceX satellites and orbital debris reduction, but the decision most likely to affect users has to do with Galileo. No, not the astronomer — the global positioning satellite constellation put in place by the E.U. over the last few years. It's now legal for U.S. phones to use, and a simple software update could soon give your GPS signal a major bump.

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2018-11-15 22:50:56



Tesla acquires trucking companies to squeeze in more deliveries before Dec. 31  

Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted Thursday that the electric automaker had “acquired trucking capacity,” a move aimed to boost deliveries of its Model 3 vehicles before the federal tax credit begins to wind down December 31. Musk at first didn’t explain what “acquired trucking capacity” meant. The company hasn’t posted any regulatory filings of an […]

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2018-11-15 22:42:22



Uber joins Linux Foundation, cementing commitment to open-source tools  

Uber announced today at the 2018 Uber Open Summit that it was joining the Linux Foundation as a Gold Member, making a firm commitment to using and contributing to open-source tools. Uber CTO Thuan Pham sees the Linux Foundation as a place for companies like his to nurture and develop open-source projects. “Open source technology […]

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2018-11-15 21:58:20



Apple partners with A24, the studio behind 'Moonlight' and 'Hereditary'  

Apple has signed a multi-year agreement with A24, which will see the film studio producing multiple movies for Apple. Not much else is known about the deal yet — not the number of films, their genres or the talent involved. Still, the deal suggests that Apple is going to be investing seriously in original films, […]

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2018-11-15 21:51:45



Facebook will change algorithm to demote “borderline content” that almost violates policies  

Facebook will changed its News Feed algorithm to demote content that comes close to violating its policies prohibiting misinformation, hate speech, violence, bullying, clickbait so it’s seen by fewer people even it’s highly engaging. The change could massively reduce the reach of incendiary political groups, fake news peddlers, and more of the worst stuff on […]

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2018-11-15 20:21:49



Zuckerberg denies knowledge of Facebook's work with GOP opposition research firm  

Today in a call with reporters preceded by a frantic if fairly uneventful distraction-pushing media blitz, Facebook responded to a damning New York Times story published yesterday that cited interviews with more than 50 sources privy to Facebook’s decision making. The call kicked off with the operator’s suggestion that Facebook is “happy to take a […]

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2018-11-15 20:10:53



Citrix pays $200M to acquire Sapho, which connects legacy software with 'micro apps'  

As large organizations grapple with adopting modern work practices without throwing out all of their legacy software, a company that works with them is making an acquisition that it hopes will help with that process. Citrix today is announcing that it has acquired Sapho, a startup that develops “micro apps” for legacy software so that workers […]

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2018-11-15 20:09:12



Wonder Ventures aims to dazzle L.A. startups with its new seed-stage fund  

Dustin Rosen thinks L.A. has a problem, aside from its famously car-choked highways. There aren’t enough investors willing to write small checks. Why not? The way he sees it, most of the so-called micro venture funds have grown their funds to the size of traditional venture firms, and are making bigger bets as a result. […]

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2018-11-15 19:56:14



Canonical plans to raise its first outside funding as it looks to a future IPO  

It’s been 14 years since Mark Shuttleworth first founded and funded Canonical and the Ubuntu project. At the time, it was mostly a Linux distribution. Today, it’s a major enterprise player that offers a variety of products and services. Throughout the years, Shuttleworth self-funded the project and never showed much interest in taking outside money. […]

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2018-11-15 19:43:38



SpaceX gets FCC approval to add 7,518 more satellites to its Starlink constellation  

SpaceX's application to add thousands of satellites to its proposed Starlink communications constellation has been approved by the FCC, though it will be some time before the company actually puts those birds in the air.

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2018-11-15 19:30:20



Facebook will pass off content policy appeals to a new independent oversight body  

Facebook doesn’t want to be the arbiter of decency when it comes to content policy decisions, similar to how it looked to third-party fact checkers rather than becoming an arbiter of truth. Today on a press call with journalists, Mark Zuckerberg announced that a new external oversight committee would be created in 2019 to handle […]

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2018-11-15 19:14:45



OpenStack regroups  

Only a few years ago, OpenStack was the hottest open-source project around, with a bustling startup ecosystem to boot. The project, which gives enterprises the tools to run the equivalent of AWS in their own private data centers, ran into trouble as it tried to tackle too many individual projects at the same time and […]

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2018-11-15 18:47:40



Facebook reports a massive spike in government demands for data, including secret orders  

Facebook has published the details of 13 historical national security letters it’s received for user data. The embattled social media giant said that the letters dated between 2014 and 2017 for several Facebook and Instagram accounts. These demands for data are effectively subpoenas, issued by the FBI without any judicial oversight, compelling companies to turn over […]

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2018-11-15 18:37:13



What the FDA's restriction of e-cig flavors means for Juul  

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb has revealed his plans to combat underage use of e-cigs and nicotine, which has grown 78 percent among high school students from 2017 to 2018. The commissioner today announced a plan that would remove all flavored electronic nicotine delivery system products — with the exception of tobacco, mint, menthol or non-flavored […]

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2018-11-15 18:18:01



After first commercial launch, Rocket Lab announces $140 million in funding  

When it rains, it pours. And when you're a successful space startup, it pours money. Rocket Lab, the New Zealand-based launch provider, is still on cloud nine from having completed its first fully commercial launch this weekend — and now they get to announce a $140 million funding round that puts their valuation well above a billion.

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2018-11-15 18:10:26



Meet Uber's newly promoted chief product officer, Manik Gupta  

Manik Gupta got his first taste of solving logistics nightmares when, fresh out of college, he was delivering Palm Pilots around Singapore. He’d started a precursor to Groupon called BuyItTogether. “We were a full-stack marketplace where we were also delivering the goods. That’s what caused us to not have good profit margins. Actually, zero profit […]

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2018-11-15 18:06:22



Lies, damn lies, and HQ2  

There are few things certain in our world except for the uplifting tendencies of technology. I’ve spent the past few years trying to prove this to myself, at least, by interviewing hundreds of thinkers on the topic. I’ve come to a singular conclusion: when tech moves into a city, be it an iOS dev shop […]

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2018-11-15 09:56:59



Snap up a spectator ticket to Startup Battlefield Africa 2018  

Don't miss your chance to bear witness as a cohort of sub-Saharan Africa's exceptional entrepreneurs launch their early-stage tech startups to the world. Startup Battlefield Africa 2018, our premier pitch competition, takes place on 11 December in Lagos, Nigeria. Join us to cheer on the competitors and enjoy a series of outstanding panel discussions from […]

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2018-11-15 09:00:38



48-hours only: Early-bird prices for Disrupt Berlin 2018  

Das ist super geil — this is awesome! Early-bird prices for Disrupt Berlin 2018 passes have returned to the roost. But you need to act fast, because our time-sensitive offer expires in just 48 hours. This opportunity translates to serious savings in any language — up to €500. Here's even more good news. During this […]

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2018-11-15 08:01:51



Urban Massage re-brands to 'Urban' as it launches wellness services beyond massage  

Urban Massage, the London-headquartered startup that lets you book a vetted massage therapist “on-demand”, is expanding into new wellness services in addition to changing its name. Now simply called Urban, the company, which operates in several U.K. cities along with Paris, is adding the ability to book an expert nail technician, GOsC-regulated osteopath, or skin […]

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2018-11-15 08:00:10



Google is closing its Schaft robotics unit after failing to find a buyer  

Sad news for anyone into giant robots: Google parent Alphabet is closing down Schaft, its secretive unit that develops bipedal robots aimed at helping out in disaster efforts and generally looking badass. The news was first reported by Nikkei, but Alphabet confirmed to TechCrunch that the business will be shuttered. It said it is helping staff find […]

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2018-11-15 07:22:57



Legrand acquires smart home startup Netatmo  

French hardware startup Netatmo got acquired by the biggest manufacturer of switches and sockets in the world, Legrand. Terms of the deal are undisclosed. Legrand and Netatmo already collaborated together on some products. Back in 2017, the company announced that it would work with industrial groups to connect everything in your home, starting with Legrand […]

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2018-11-15 07:15:24



Welcome to the awkward future of the open office  

I have seen the future — in fact, I have worn it. It's big and awkward kind of digs into the top of your head with little metal bars designed to hold it in place. I was like 95 percent sure Wear Space was some viral bit of social commentary the first time it popped […]

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2018-11-15 06:09:15



New York politicians push back on Amazon HQ2 plans  

Amazon's HQ2 process was bound to polarize (though I do enjoy a good dueling op-ed on these pages) no matter how it landed. But the decision to set up shop in New York City is likely ruffling more feathers than just about any other possible outcome. As a resident of neighboring Astoria, Queens, the less […]

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2018-11-15 04:30:36



Sweet Escape connects travelers to photographers for truly Insta-worthy holiday pics  

The rise of smartphone cameras and social media in recent years has fuelled a new level of marking and sharing memories using photos, but one startup is betting that people are prepared to go the next level and spend money to hire professional photographers to make their photos even better. Focused on travel, Sweet Escape […]

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2018-11-15 04:30:17



These temporary electronic tattoos could redefine wearables  

Wearables are great, sure, except you have to wear them. Wouldn't it be nice if that functionality was printed right onto your skin? Well, even though it's not for everybody, it sounds like it might soon be a possibility: CMU researchers have created a durable, flexible electronic temporary tattoo that could be used for all kinds of things.

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2018-11-15 04:19:22



Indiegogo's guaranteed shipping provides refunds for failed campaigns  

For all the potential upsides of crowdfunding, backing a project always feels like a gamble. And some fairly high profile campaigns over the last few years have helped removed some of the model's luster. Indiegogo's hoping to curb some of those failures with guaranteed shipping, a new feature that suspends funding unless a product actual […]

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2018-11-15 03:52:50



Dolby releases branded wireless headphones  

Dolby's been making a bigger push for consumer recognition in the last few years, so it was really just a matter of time before it released a branded product. As far as those things go, headphones make as much sense as anything. Even so, the over-ear bluetooth headphone market is a tough on to crack, […]

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2018-11-15 03:01:28



Sweetgreen is officially a unicorn  

Salad startup and retailer Sweetgreen recently raised a $200 million Series H round led by Fidelity that valued the company at more than $1 billion. This round brings Sweetgreen’s total amount of funding to $365 million. With this additional $200 million in funding, Sweetgreen is setting its eyes on other food categories and looking to […]

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2018-11-15 00:41:06



Pirate Studios raises $20M from Talis Capital for its 'self-service' tech-enabled music studios  

Pirate Studios, the music technology company that operates fully automated and self-service 24 hour music studios, has secured $20 million. The investment was led by Talis Capital, the London-based VC family office. Talis was already an existing backer of Pirate Studios, with Talis’ Matus Maar also named as a co-founder of the startup. Other investors […]

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2018-11-15 00:00:10



Airbnb hosts offer free housing to evacuees displaced by California wildfires  

With California’s recent cluster of devastating wildfires destroying homes and claiming lives, Airbnb is offering some shelter to displaced residents in its home state. This week, the company added free housing listings to serve evacuees affected by the Hill and Woolsey Fires outside Los Angeles and the Camp Fire in northern California. The free Airbnb […]

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2018-11-14 23:01:28



RFID stickers could signal contaminated food  

If a food item isn't safe to eat, it's best to find that out before someone eats it. But manual testing of every jar and bottle isn't possible, even when a threat, like the recent baby food scare, is known. MIT researchers have found a way to check many items instantly, non-invasively, and from a distance — using the RFID tags many products already have.

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2018-11-14 22:39:49



The Correspondent launches campaign to bring its ad-free journalism to the US  

De Correspondent, a Dutch news organization aiming to “unbreak the news,” is planning to launch in the United States next year as The Correspondent. To fund its efforts, it’s hoping to raise $2.5 million from future readers. Co-founder and CEO Ernst Pfauth (a former tech journalist who previously served as editor in chief at The […]

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2018-11-14 22:29:34



Facebook Messenger starts rolling out Unsend; here's how it works  

Facebook secretly retracted messages sent by CEO Mark Zuckerberg, TechCrunch reported seven months ago. Now for the first time, Facebook Messenger users will get the power to unsend too so they can remove their sent messages from the recipient's inbox. Messages can only be unsent for the first 10 minutes after they're delivered so that you […]

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2018-11-14 22:22:32



Government denies Oracle's protest of $10B Pentagon JEDI cloud RFP  

When Oracle filed a protest in August with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) that the Pentagon’s $10 billion JEDI RFP process was unfair, it probably had little chance of succeeding. Today, the GAO turned away the protest. The JEDI contract has been set up as a winner-take-all affair. With $10 billion on the table, there has […]

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2018-11-14 21:58:51



With 'Rivals Week,' Tinder tests an expansion of its well-performing Tinder U  

Starting this weekend, Tinder will allow college students on its Tinder U service to match with others outside their own university for the first time. The dating app is positioning this market test of a potential Tinder U expansion as the  “Rivals Week” — a way to match users with those who attend a rival […]

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2018-11-14 21:28:11



Uber continues to lose money as it scales scooters, bikes and other newer businesses  

Uber, which is expected to go public sometime next year, just released its Q3 2018 financial results. Uber’s net losses increased 32 percent quarter over quarter to $939 million on a pro forma basis, though Uber expected these losses as it continues to invest in future growth areas. On an earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation […]

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2018-11-14 21:00:42



Gift Guide: 10 suitcase-friendly gifts for frequent flyers  

I've been traveling a lot this year — more than any year in the past. It's been both a blessing and a curse, so thanks TechCrunch for that. Honestly, I should probably be packing for Asia instead of writing this.

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2018-11-14 20:06:32



Meet Jennifer Tejada, the secret weapon of one of Silicon Valley's fastest-growing enterprise software startups  

PagerDuty, an eight-year-old, San Francisco-based company that sends companies information about their technology, doesn't receive a fraction of the press that other fast-growing enterprise software companies receive. In fact, though it counts as customers heavyweight companies like Capital One, Spotify and Netflix; it employs 500 employees; and it has five offices around the world, it […]

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2018-11-14 19:03:39



iBanFirst raises $17 million to help companies move money around the world  

French startup iBanFirst is raising another $17 million (€15 million) from Serena Capital and Breega Capital, with existing investor Xavier Niel putting in more money, as well. iBanFirst solves a very specific problem. If you operate a company that works with suppliers all over the world, chances are you waste a ton of money exchanging […]

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2018-11-14 19:01:31



No display for your Mac Mini? No problem.  

Astropad's Luna Display isn't just for your MacBook. It turns out that you can take advantage of that tiny little red dongle to turn your iPad into your one and only Mac Mini display. The Luna Display was designed to extend your laptop display. Many desktop users who travel tend to feel limited with a […]

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2018-11-14 18:09:00



Here's the teaser trailer for Niantic's Pokémon GO-style Harry Potter game  

The good news: Niantic/WB Games/Portkey has released a trailer for “Wizards Unite,” the Harry Potter game built in the same spirit as Pokemon GO. The bad news: It… doesn’t show much. If you were hoping for gameplay footage or really anything detailing how the game will work, you’re out of luck. Alas! It’s just a […]

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2018-11-14 17:32:11



MacBook Pro with updated GPU is now available  

Apple recently unveiled a bunch of new products during a press event in New York. But the company also quietly shared a press release with new configurations for the 15-inch MacBook Pro. Customers can now get a MacBook Pro with an AMD Radeon Pro Vega 16 or Vega 20 graphics processing unit. Before this update, […]

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2018-11-14 17:15:55



Convercent wants to make it easier for companies to measure ethical behavior  

It’s not always easy to do the right thing or to make ethical decisions in a complex business environment. People get lost inside large organizations and group think can overwhelm even normally ethical individuals. Convercent has created a platform to help, and today it announced a new benchmarking dashboard to allow companies to measure just […]

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2018-11-14 17:11:30



Wreck-It Ralph is getting a warehouse-sized VR game at Disney parks  

For the last year or so, Disney has been dabbling with massive virtual reality experiences that let players strap on a portable VR rig and run around in a warehouse-sized environment. In partnership with The VOID (part of Disney’s 2017 accelerator class) and Lucasfilm’s ILMxLab, it launched a Star Wars-themed experience, Secrets of the Empire, […]

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2018-11-14 17:05:06



Google My Business app revamp challenges Facebook Pages  

Google is giving its business customers a new way to reach their customers. The company is today starting the rollout of a revamped Google My Business mobile application for iOS and Android that will offer new tools for viewing customer info — including followers, reviews and messages — as well as a way to quickly […]

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2018-11-14 17:00:07



Zuckerberg rejects facetime call for answers from five parliaments  

Facebook has declined once again to send its CEO to the UK parliament — this time turning down an invitation to face questions from a grand committee comprised of representatives from five international parliaments. MPs from Argentina, Australia, Canada, Ireland and the UK have joined forces to try to pile pressure on the company’s founder, Mark […]

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2018-11-14 16:54:17



Judge orders Amazon to turn over Echo recordings in double murder case  

A New Hampshire judge has ordered Amazon to turn over two days of Amazon Echo recordings in a double murder case. Prosecutors believe that recordings from an Amazon Echo in a Farmington home where two women were murdered in January 2017 may yield further clues to their killer. Although police seized the Echo when they […]

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2018-11-14 16:46:16






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