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Jul 20, 2018

Indie gem Stardew Valley will get multiplayer on August 1st
Stardew Valley, the popular indie farming simulator (it's more fun than "farming simulator" makes it sound, I promise) is quite possibly the chillest game of all time. But, without any multiplayer aspect, it can get … a bit lonely. From farming, to fishing, to exploring mines, it's always felt like a game that would be […]

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Jul 20, 2018

CowryWise micro-savings service opens high-yield government bonds to everyday Nigerians
In emerging market countries where economic volatility is a way of life, there aren't a lot of relatively safe options for members of the burgeoning middle class to park their money. For instance, countries like Nigeria have experienced a tremendous growth in the number of citizens entering the middle class, which now accounts for about […]

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Jul 20, 2018

What next? Oh yes, turning a luxury car into a non-fungible token
We've seen more than one project use the immutability of blockchain to verify important physical things. So, for instance, a pioneer in the space, Verisart, has brought blockchain certification of high art to leading galleries worldwide, and other players are now entering this growing market. Codex Protocol is a new startup also putting art on […]

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Jul 20, 2018

What should competitive Fortnite look like?
Last weekend, Epic Games put forth its first true effort at official competitive Fortnite Battle Royale. It was a disaster. The private hosts used for the tournament were about as laggy as could be, with pro players getting eliminated simply because they couldn't move. This tournament was for a total prize of $250K. That's big […]

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Jul 20, 2018

James Gunn fired from ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 3' after offensive tweets resurface
Disney fired director James Gunn from the set of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, the company confirmed at Comic-Con this week. The move came after highly offensive joke tweets dating from between 2008 and 2011 resurfaced. The tweets, which have since been deleted, make light of topics ranging from molestation and rape to pedophilia. […]

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Jul 20, 2018

Facebook suspends analytics firm Crimson Hexagon over data use concerns
As part of its ongoing mission to close the barn doors after the cows have got out, Facebook has suspended the accounts of British data analytics firm Crimson Hexagon over concerns that it may be improperly handling user data.

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Jul 20, 2018

Comics writer Grant Morrison signs a content deal with Magic Leap
Grant Morrison's Square Slice Studios just signed a content deal with Magic Leap. If you've read a comic book at some point in the past two decades, odds are you're very excited at this news. Morrison is, after all, one of the most exciting writers working in the comics media today. The Scottish writer came […]

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Jul 20, 2018

Niantic explains how and why it bans players in Pokémon GO
Getting banned for cheating is nothing new in Pokémon GO. There've been big ol' ban waves every few weeks for ages now. The policies have never been totally set in stone, however — at least not publicly. Like many of the game's mechanics, the player base has had to share info amongst themselves to figure […]

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Jul 20, 2018

Oscar and Lemonade founders will join us at Disrupt SF to strategize about the future of insurance innovation
Insurance premiums total more than a trillion dollars in the U.S., and yet, where that money goes is something of a mystery. It certainly doesn't seem to get invested in the consumer experience, where ancient incumbent companies still process paperwork as if it is the 1800s, and consumers are left wanting for new insurance options […]

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Jul 20, 2018

Now this… this is an ultra-wide monitor
I've been working with an ugly but functional lopsided two-monitor setup for years, and while it has served me well, I can't say the new generation of ultra-wide monitors hasn't tempted me. But the truth is they just aren't wide enough. Or rather, they weren't. Samsung has just blown my mind with a monitor so […]

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Jul 20, 2018

Wilson is like Longreads for podcasts
Meet Wilson, a new iPhone app that plans to change the way you discover and listen to podcasts. The company describes the app as a podcast magazine. It has the same vibe as Longreads, the curated selection of longform articles. With its minimalistic design and opinionated typography, Wilson looks like no other podcasting app. On […]

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Jul 20, 2018

YouTube CEO's latest update details its growth, glosses over content problems
YouTube highlighted its growth and promised better communication with creators about its tests and experiments, the company announced today in its latest of an ongoing series of updates from CEO Susan Wojcicki focused on YouTube's top five priorities in 2018. The majority of her missive today - which was also released in the form of a […]

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Jul 20, 2018

Healthcare data breach in Singapore affected 1.5M patients, targeted the prime minister
In what's believed to be the biggest data breach in Singapore's history, 1.5 million members of the country's largest healthcare group have had their personal data compromised. The breach affected SingHealth, Singapore's biggest network of healthcare facilities. Data obtained in the breach includes names, addresses, gender, race, date of birth and patients' national identification numbers. […]

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Jul 20, 2018

Waymo's autonomous vehicles are driving 25,000 miles every day
Waymo, the former Google self-driving project that spun out to become a business under Alphabet, has driven 8 million miles on public roads using its autonomous vehicles. Waymo CEO John Krafcik shared the company's milestone Friday while on stage with Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval at the National Governors Association conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The figure […]

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Jul 20, 2018

Redefining dilution
Everyone generally agrees that dilution should be avoided. VCs insist on pro-rata rights to avoid the dreaded "D" word. Executives often complain, after a new financing, that they should be "made whole" to offset the dilution that came with the new round. Founders work as hard as they can to maximize their valuation at each financing event to avoid painful dilution. Dilution = Bad.

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Jul 20, 2018

Trump's China tariffs could drive up the price of the Apple Watch and Fitbit trackers
A new $200 billion round of tariffs on Chinese goods could have some broader implications for U.S.-based hardware companies. New government rulings on the Trump-imposed tariffs single out a couple of key devices buy name, including the Apple Watch, Fitbit trackers and Sonos speakers. Products like smartphones have thus far been unimpacted by fees leading […]

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Jul 20, 2018

The World Cup led to a record-breaking number of app downloads and consumer spend in Q2
The second quarter of 2018 was another record-breaker for mobile app downloads and revenue. According to a new report this week from App Annie, there were over 28.4 billion app downloads worldwide across both iOS and Google Play in the quarter, up 15 percent year-over-year. That number is even more remarkable because it doesn't include […]

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Jul 20, 2018

Tempow's Bluetooth stack can improve your TV setup
French startup Tempow has been working on improving the Bluetooth protocol at a low level to make it more versatile. The company is introducing a new audio profile for your TV or set-top box. TV and set-top box manufacturers can license Tempow's software and integrate new features in their devices. It works with regular Bluetooth […]

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Jul 20, 2018

Prices for Disrupt SF 2018 passes increase in a few days
There isn't a business person alive who doesn't appreciate an advantage, but sometimes folks need to be reminded of an advantage that's staring them right in the face. This is that reminder. Your opportunity to save up to $1,200 on passes to Disrupt San Francisco 2018, which takes place on September 5-7, comes to an end […]

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Jul 20, 2018

Dish is the first TV provider to offer support for Apple's Business Chat
Dish today announced it's becoming the first TV provider to offer customer support over Apple's Business Chat. Launched earlier this year, Business Chat allows companies to communicate with their customers over iMessage in order to answer questions, provide customer service, or even enable purchases. In Dish's case, the TV provider says its customers can use […]

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Jul 20, 2018

Facebook, Google and more unite to let you transfer data between apps
The Data Transfer Project is a new team-up between tech giants to let you move your content, contacts, and more between apps. Founded by Facebook, Google, Twitter, an Microsoft, the DTP today revealed its plans for an open source data portability platform any online service can join. While many companies already let you download your […]

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Jul 20, 2018

Zoox's fresh $500M, how to spend $6.3B and Microsoft's fine fiscal year
Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch's venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week we had another full house which made for a good time. Our own Connie Loizos, Matthew Lynley and I were joined by Renata Quintini, a partner at Lux Capital. Today's episode is a grab bag of topics, including […]

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Jul 20, 2018

Blavity raises $6.5 million Series A round led by GV
Blavity, the digital lifestyle media company geared toward black millennials, recently closed a $6.5 million Series A round led by GV with participation from Comcast Ventures, Plexo Capital and Baron Davis Enterprises. As part of the investment, GV Partner John Lyman is joining Blavity's board of directors. As the media landscape continues to change, with […]

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Jul 20, 2018

EBay paid $573M to buy Japanese e-commerce platform Qoo10, filing reveals
EBay is a very distant second behind Amazon when it comes to e-commerce sales in the U.S., but abroad — and in particular in Asia — it is willing to invest to grow its footprint in a targeted way. In February, eBay paid a total of $573 million to acquire Qoo10, a Japanese sales platform, […]

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Jul 20, 2018

WhatsApp limits message forwarding in bid to reduce spam and misinformation
In a bid to cut down on the spread of false information and spam, WhatsApp recently added labels that indicate when a message has been forwarded. Now the company is sharpening that strategy by imposing limits on how many groups a message can be sent on to. Originally, users could forward messages on to multiple […]

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Jul 19, 2018

AnyVision AI startup locks in $28M for its body and facial recognition tech
As image recognition advances continue to accelerate, startups with a mind towards security applications are seeing some major interest to turn surveillance systems more intelligent. AnyVision is working on face, body and object recognition tech and the underlying system infrastructure to help companies deploy smart cameras for various purposes. The tech works when deployed on most […]

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Jul 19, 2018

Public shareholders got high today on Tilray, the first marijuana company to IPO on Nasdaq
Tilray, a five-year-old, British Columbia-based medical cannabis company that sells its products to patients, researchers, pharmacies and even governments, saw its shares get high (sorry) on the Nasdaq today, after the company priced 9 million shares at $17 apiece and watched them soar, closing at $22.39, a jump of slightly more than 32 percent. The […]

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Jul 19, 2018

Disney to debut its first VR short next month
Walt Disney Animation Studio is set to debut its first VR short film, Cycles, this August in Vancouver, the Association for Computing Machinery announced today. The plan is for it to be a headliner at the ACM's computer graphics conference (SIGGRAPH), joining other forms of VR, AR and MR entertainment in the conference's designated Immersive Pavilion. This […]

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Jul 19, 2018

Shared electric scooters probably won't return to SF until August
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is still reviewing the 12 applications from companies to operate electric scooters in the city. In early June, companies like Uber, Lime, Bird, Lyft and others applied for permits to operate electric scooter-share services in San Francisco. San Francisco's permit process came as a result of Bird, Lime and Spin deploying their […]

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Jul 19, 2018

Surprise! Top sites still fail at encouraging non-terrible passwords
You would think that Amazon, Reddit, Wikipedia and other highly popular websites would by now tell you that "password1" or "hunter2" is a terrible password — just terrible. But they don't. A research project that has kept tabs on the top sites and their password habits for the last 11 years shows that most provide only rudimentary password restrictions and do little to help users.

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Jul 19, 2018

Farfetch acquires CuriosityChina to expand its social media efforts on the Mainland
Farfetch — the e-commerce startup that works with some 900 high end fashion boutiques and labels to present and sell clothes, shoes, accessories and jewellery online, and we and others have heard is gearing up for a $6 billion IPO — is making an acquisition to double down China, one of the fastest-growing markets for luxury […]

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Jul 19, 2018

Jido Maps is building a ‘save button' for persistent AR worlds
Augmented reality tech is in this incredibly weird position where it has the world's biggest tech companies cheerleading consumer-facing products highlighting it but there are some very base issues that haven't been solved yet. Jido Maps, which just graduated from Y Combinator's most recent class, is another startup aiming to deliver the backend technologies needed […]

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Jul 19, 2018

Walmart acquiring Shopify is no longer a laughable idea
As competition between Walmart and Amazon intensifies, the acquisition of Shopify's merchant marketplace may be the boost that the Walton family's juggernaut needs to move ahead.

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Jul 19, 2018

Autonomous trucking startup Embark lands $30 million in funding
Embark Trucks has raised $30 million in a Series B funding round led by Sequoia Capital in its bid to be the first to develop and launch a commercially viable driverless truck. Sequoia partner Pat Grady has joined Embark's board. Existing investors including Data Collective, YCombinator, SV Angel and AME Cloud also participated in the round, […]

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Jul 19, 2018

UK government panel issues inconclusive Huawei security report
Huawei's had a rough go of it here in the States, after concerns around ties to the Chinese government have left the company scrambling to gain a commercial toehold. Over the past several years, top U.K. security officials have also put the company under the microscope over potential security concerns.  A new report issued by […]

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Jul 19, 2018

Yelp partners with event management startup Gather to make planning your next party easier
Event management software company Gather today announced the introduction of its Gather Booking Network, and inaugural partners Yelp and EVENTUp. The network is designed to help party go-ers, venues and event planners connect more easily and start celebrating sooner. Gather was founded in 2013 by CEO and co-founder Nick Miller, Alex Lassiter (SVP of Sales) […]

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Jul 19, 2018

Disney's streaming service is resurrecting ‘The Clone Wars'
Star Wars: The Clone Wars, an animated series that ran on Cartoon Network for five seasons, is coming back. Created by George Lucas and overseen by Dave Filoni, the show depicted the adventures of Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, as well as new characters like Ahsoka Tano, during the titular Clone Wars. Fans praised its ability […]

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Jul 19, 2018

Why self-regulation is better than legislative regulation
Self-imposed third-party algorithm audits should become the norm to prevent overly restrictive government regulations.

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Jul 19, 2018

Last call for tickets to TechCrunch Summer Party at August Capital
The TechCrunch Summer Party at August Capital is the stuff of Silicon Valley legend. We're celebrating 13 years of libations and convivial conversation while toasting the entrepreneurial spirit on the deck at August Capital in Menlo Park on July 27. And we want you to join us. If you have not yet secured your ticket to this […]

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Jul 19, 2018

Last call for tickets to the TechCrunch Summer Party at August Capital
The TechCrunch Summer Party at August Capital is the stuff of Silicon Valley legend. We're celebrating 13 years of libations and convivial conversation while toasting the entrepreneurial spirit on the deck at August Capital in Menlo Park on July 27. And we want you to join us. If you have not yet secured your ticket to this […]

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Jul 19, 2018

Euro startup FlixBus expands its $10 bus service in California
FlixBus, the low-cost bus service out of Europe, is doubling down on its U.S. launch. The parent company, FlixMobility, started cheap bus routes between Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Tucson just two months ago. Now it's adding another 16 connections throughout central and northern California as well as Nevada and Arizona. The new connections, […]

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Jul 19, 2018

Microsoft caps off a fine fiscal year seemingly without any major missteps in its last quarter
Microsoft is capping off a rather impressive year without any major missteps in its final report for its performance in its 2018 fiscal year, posting a quarter that seems to have been largely non-offensive to Wall Street. In the past year, Microsoft's stock has gone up more than 40%. In the past two years, it's […]

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Jul 19, 2018

Instagram adds a status indicator dot so people know when you're ignoring them
In a blog post today, Instagram announced a new feature: a green status dot that indicates when a user is active on the app. If you're cruising around Instagram, you can expect to see a green dot next to the profile pics of friends who are also Instagramming right then and there. The dot will […]

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Jul 19, 2018

FCC issues ‘de facto merger death sentence' to Sinclair-Tribune deal
A broadcast merger that has been the poster boy for the FCC's pro-industry agenda has been ordered to undertake a lengthy and potentially embarrassing process that amounts to, in the words of one commissioner, a "de facto merger death sentence."

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Jul 19, 2018

That $20 Wyze Cam now works with Alexa
The Wyze Cam has long been a strong contender for the best deal in connected home security. I haven't actually tried the thing out, but Greg was "surprisingly impressed" with his hands-on time with the 1080p camera. That's probably enough in and of itself to justify the $20 price tag. Now the dirt cheap camera's […]

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Jul 19, 2018

With new tech coming online, cities need a department of urban testing
Shaun Abrahamson Contributor Shaun Abrahamson is a managing partner at Urban Us Ventures and serves on the Investment Committee at URBAN-X. The design and operation of cities is the province of urban planning. But an explosion of startups in cities means a lot of new products and services for urban areas. The problem is, we […]

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Jul 19, 2018

Self-driving car startup Voyage brings on ex-Tesla, Cruise and Uber exec as CTO
Voyage, the autonomous driving startup that currently operates self-driving cars in retirement communities, has brought on its first CTO, Drew Gray. Gray most recently worked at Uber as its director of engineering, leading the deep learning and perception team in San Francisco, according to his LinkedIn. This comes shortly after the company poached Uber's head […]

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Jul 19, 2018

Here's what Facebook employees were saying about Holocaust denial … in 2009
Mark Zuckerberg has been in hot water this week thanks to comments he made during an interview with Kara Swisher about the kinds of content that should and shouldn't be removed from the platform. Zuckerberg brought up Holocaust deniers as an example, saying he found them "deeply offensive," then added, "But at the end of the day, […]

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Jul 19, 2018

Now you're journaling with power! (with this Mario-branded Moleskine gear)
Although this isn't a stationery news site (how I should like that!), the latest collection from Moleskine is Mario-related, so technically I can write about it. There's even a phone case and a rolltop backpack!

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Jul 19, 2018

How Facebook configures its millions of servers every day
When you're a company the size of Facebook with more than two billion users on millions of servers, running thousands of configuration changes every day involving trillions of configuration checks, as you can imagine, configuration is kind of a big deal. As with most things with Facebook, they face scale problems few companies have to […]

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Jul 19, 2018

A vacuum vulnerability could mean your Roomba knockoff is hoovering up surveillance
Yet again we are reminded that the mild conveniences of the smart home are all well and good, right up until someone decides to turn one of those Wi-Fi-connected things you invited in against you. But you probably didn't think it was going to be the vacuum, did you? Two researchers with enterprise security company […]

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Jul 19, 2018

Arrivo partners with a Chinese state-owned infrastructure developer to commercialize hyperloop tech
Arrivo, the upstart high-speed mass transit technology developer launched by a former co-founder of Hyperloop One, has inked a massive partnership with a Chinese state-owned infrastructure developer to help finance mobility projects around the world. Genertec America, an affiliate of the China National Technical Import and Export Corp., which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the […]

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Jul 19, 2018

Samsung and Xiaomi had record smartphone shipments in India
India has quickly become ground zero for the smartphone wars. Last year, the country surpassed the U.S. to become the world's No. 1 smartphone market, and manufacturers are falling over themselves to plant a flag. Samsung and Xiaomi have been the two biggest winners in recent quarters, battling it out for the top spot. Earlier […]

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Jul 19, 2018

CloudHealth adds support for Google Cloud amidst growing demand
CloudHealth, a startup that enables customers to manage a multi-cloud environment, announced today it was adding support for Google Cloud Platform. With today's addition, CloudHealth now supports AWS, Azure, VMware and Google, giving customers a fairly comprehensive view of their cloud usage. Company co-founder and CTO Joe Kinsella says the company has been seeing inbound […]

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Jul 19, 2018

Bird now offers discounts to people with low incomes
Bird, the scooter startup that has raised more than $400 million in funding, has introduced a program geared toward low-income people in order to increase access to transportation. Called One Bird, the program eliminates the $1 fee to unlock a Bird so that the rider just has to pay 15 cents per minute. "Everyone should […]

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Jul 19, 2018

British Airways shows everyone how not to GDPR
Let's all take a minute to appreciate the view in the British Airways social media cockpit, where staffers at the coalface of the airline's Twitter account have presided over a wildly unusual ‘interpretation' of Europe's new data protection rules. One that, er, suggests quite the opposite of GDPR compliance… Given the company's social media staff […]

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Jul 19, 2018

Amazon sponsors new Disrupt SF 2018 Virtual Hackathon prizes
Our first Virtual Hackathon, which takes place at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2018 on September 5-7, is shaping up to be a world-class showdown. Thousands of the world's best programmers, hackers, marketers, designers and developers will compete. One hundred teams will score free passes to Disrupt SF 2018, and one team will go on to […]

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Jul 19, 2018

Cloudflare recruits state and local governments for free election site security program
After launching a free program to protect election systems last December, Cloudflare has an update on how things are going. The program, known as the Athenian Project, provides Cloudflare's services for free to state and local government websites that administer elections, host voter registration or verification data or report election results. Those services include the […]

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Jul 19, 2018

One day, Google's Fuchsia OS may become a real thing
Every few months, Google's Project Fuchsia makes the rounds in the tech press. And for good reason, given that this is Google's first attempt at developing a new open-source kernel and operating system. Of course, there are few secrets about it, given that it's very much being developed in the open and that, with the right know-how, […]

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Jul 19, 2018

Amazon's new AR Part Finder helps you shop for those odd nuts and bolts
Got an odd screw, nut, bolt, washer or fastener you need to buy more of, but have no idea to how to find the right one? Amazon's AR "Part Finder" can help. The company has rolled out a new feature on mobile that lets you point your camera at the item in question, so Amazon […]

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Jul 19, 2018

Amazon's new Part Finder helps you shop for those odd nuts and bolts
Got an odd screw, nut, bolt, washer or fastener you need to buy more of, but have no idea to how to find the right one? Amazon's "Part Finder" can help. The company has rolled out a new feature on mobile that lets you point your camera at the item in question, so Amazon can […]

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Jul 19, 2018

Malta paves the way for a decentralized stock exchange
Malta AKA "Blockchain Island" has been making waves lately in the world of cryptocurrency and governance. Their latest move involves the crypto exchange Binance and the ICO builders at Neufund. The plan is simple: Neufund will help MSX, the Malta Stock Exchange's skunkworks, create tokenized securities. Binance has agreed to carry these securities on its […]

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Jul 19, 2018

Some MacBook Pro users complain about throttling issues
The new MacBook Pro has a thermal issue. YouTuber Dave Lee found out that the top-performing MacBook Pro can't operate at full speed for a long time because it gets too hot. According to him, a video export in Adobe Premiere Pro is taking longer on a brand new MacBook Pro with an Intel Core […]

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Jul 19, 2018

Insight Venture Partners closes on its largest fund with $6.3 billion
Insight Venture Partners that it has raised $6.3 billion for its latest (and largest ever) fund as technology investors continue to amass increasingly large war chests. In the wake of SoftBank's massive $100 billion Vision Fund, investors in technology companies have said that capital has become weaponized as a way to create a competitive moat […]

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Jul 19, 2018

Facebook and Instagram change to crack down on underage children
Facebook and Instagram will more proactively lock the accounts of users its moderators encounter and suspect are below the age of 13. Its former policy was to only investigate accounts if they were reported specifically for being potentially underage. But Facebook confirmed to TechCrunch that an "operational" change to its policy for reviewers made this […]

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Jul 19, 2018

Ofo shuts down many international markets to focus on profitability
Chinese bike-sharing company Ofo is entering a new phase. After a period of aggressive growth, the company is looking back at its international markets and focusing on the most promising ones. A couple of weeks ago, the company issued a press release highlighting some of the priorities outside of China. As part of this move, […]

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Jul 19, 2018

Lifebit raises $3M to scale-up AI-powered analysis of DNA data
Making sense of DNA data is a two-step process, namely the biochemical-sequencing of the DNA and the analyzing and extracting insights from the sequenced DNA data. As of today in 2018, the first part of this process is now almost fully automated requiring minimal human intervention. Even sequencing costs have dropped below $1,000 and soon […]

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Jul 19, 2018

Trump just noticed Europe's $5BN antitrust fine for Google
In other news bears shit in the woods. In today's second day Trump news: President ‘The Donald' has seized, belatedly, on the European Commission's announcement yesterday that it had found Google guilty of three types of illegal antitrust behavior with its Android OS since 2011 and was fining the company $5 billion; a record breaking penalty […]

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Jul 19, 2018

Uber partners with Cargo to help drivers make money by selling stuff to riders
Uber has teamed up with Cargo, a startup that makes it easy for ride-share drivers to sell goods to their passengers. Cargo works by giving drivers free boxes, filled with goods like gum, phone chargers and snacks, to sell to passengers from the center of the car console. Cargo, which has partnered with brands like […]

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Jul 19, 2018

Even raises $40m to transform the working class to the savings class
The working class of the United States doesn't get many breaks these days. It's not just a function of low pay and long hours, but also the incredible uncertainty of income and expenses that makes surviving week-to-week so challenging. One in five Americans have a negative net wealth, even in an economy where the unemployment […]

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Jul 19, 2018

IBM Watson Health and the VA extends partnership in cancer research
IBM Watson Health and the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) announced today their continued partnership to use Watson's artificial intelligence to support Veterans suffering from late stage cancer. While perhaps better known as a Jeopardy! winner than an oncologist, Watson joined the VA's Precision Oncology program in 2016 following the Obama administration's introduction of the National Cancer […]

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Jul 19, 2018

Messenger Kids launches in Mexico
Messenger Kids, Facebook's parent-controlled messaging app that lets kids text, call, video chat, and use face filters, has now arrived in Mexico. The launch follows Messenger Kids' recent expansion outside the U.S., where in June it first became available to users in Canada and Peru. The app in Mexico works the same as it does elsewhere […]

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Jul 19, 2018

Europe updates its predatory pricing investigation against Qualcomm over UMTS baseband chips
On the heels of Google getting served a $5 billion fine by the EU over monopolistic practices related to its Android operating system, the European Commission today resurfaced another ongoing case in the world of large U.S. tech companies. The EC said that it has added to its investigation into Qualcomm and its predatory pricing […]

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Jul 19, 2018

Comcast drops its pursuit of Fox, making way for Disney acquisition
Comcast announced this morning that it's halting its efforts to acquire the film and television assets of 21st Century Fox. Disney made a deal to acquire those assets last year, but after a district court judge approved the merger of AT&T and Time Warner (despite the antitrust-related objections of President Trump's Department of Justice), Comcast […]

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Jul 19, 2018

Spotify's new tool helps artists and labels reach its playlist editors
Spotify wants give artists and labels and easier way to submit their new music for playlist consideration. The streaming service this morning launched a feature, still in beta, that allows any artists with a Spotify for Artists account or labels using Spotify Analytics to share unreleased tracks directly with Spotify's team of over 100 editors […]

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Jul 19, 2018

Printrbot has shut down
Printrbot, a popular Kickstarter-backed 3D printer company, has shut down, leaving only a barebones website and little explanation. The founder, Brook Drumm, wrote that "Low sales led to hard decisions." "We will be forever grateful to all the people we met and served over the years," he wrote. "Thank you all." Printrbot's machines costs about […]

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Jul 19, 2018

Sinemia drops prices for its movie ticket subscriptions, which now start a $3.99 per month
MoviePass competitor Sinemia is lowering prices on the already low-cost movie ticket subscription plans that it introduced earlier this year. Its monthly prices are being cut by $1 across-the-board. The cheapest plan now costs $3.99 per month, which gets you one standard movie ticket for that month. The priciest one, which covers three tickets (and […]

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Jul 19, 2018

Apple reportedly confirms keyboard reliability fix in internal document
An internal Apple document distributed to Apple Authorized Service Providers and obtained by MacGénération and MacRumors confirms that there's a membrane under the keyboard to "prevent debris from entering the butterfly mechanism". This is the first time Apple acknowledges that the third generation butterfly keyboard tries to fix unreliability issues. "The keyboard has a membrane […]

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Jul 19, 2018

PureSec exits Beta to secure serverless code
PureSec, a startup out of Israel emerged from Beta today to provide a way to make serverless computing more secure. Serverless computing reduces programming to writing functions, so that when a certain event happens, it triggers an automated action. The cloud vendor takes care of the underlying infrastructure and developers just write the code. It […]

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Jul 19, 2018

PureSec exits stealth to secure serverless code
PureSec, a startup out of Israel emerged from stealth today to provide a way to make serverless computing more secure. Serverless computing reduces programming to writing functions, so that when a certain event happens, it triggers an automated action. The cloud vendor takes care of the underlying infrastructure and developers just write the code. It […]

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Jul 19, 2018

Landbot gets $2.2M for its on-message ‘anti-AI' chatbot
Who needs AI to have a good conversation? Spanish startup Landbot has bagged a $2.2 million seed round for a ‘dumb' chatbot that doesn't use AI at all but offers something closer to an old school ‘choose your adventure' interaction by using a conversational choice interface to engage potential customers when they land on a website. […]

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Jul 19, 2018

Sweden's Engaging Care raises $800,000 for its digital healthcare SaaS
Engaging Care, a Swedish heathtech startup co-founded by Charlotta Tönsgård, who was previously CEO of online doctor app Min Doktor before being asked to step down, has raised $800,000 in "pre-seed" funding to continue building out its digital healthcare SaaS. Backing the burgeoning company are a host of well-established angel investors in the region. They […]

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Jul 19, 2018

India's BookMyShow pulls in $100M to grow its online ticketing business
BookMyShow, an online ticketing service for cinemas, theatres and sports in India, has pulled in $100 million in new capital for growth. The Series D round was led by private investment firm TPG Growth and it included participation from undisclosed existing investors. BookMyShow, which is headquartered in Mumbai, has now raised a total of $225 million […]

TechCrunch
Jul 19, 2018

Alibaba boosts its offline reach with $2B investment in outdoor digital marketing firm
Alibaba is investing big bucks into offline distribution. The Chinese e-commerce giant has forked out $2.23 billion in exchange for a sizeable piece of Focus Media, a Shanghai-based company that operates outdoor digital advertising screens across China, Singapore and Hong Kong, according to a U.S. filing. The deal itself is broken up into a few pieces. Alibaba itself […]

TechCrunch
Jul 19, 2018

The Accel team is coming to Disrupt Berlin
Every time Accel invests in a startup, it's an instant positive sign in the startup community. The venture capital firm has a rich history with decades of investments in successful startups. That's why we're excited to have four partners at Accel on stage at Disrupt Berlin. Philippe Botteri, Sonali De Rycker, Luciana Lixandru and Harry […]

TechCrunch
Jul 19, 2018

With eyes on Europe, Open Banking API provider TrueLayer raises $7.5M
TrueLayer, the London startup that's built a developer platform to make it easy for fintech and other adjacent companies, such as retailers, to access bank APIs — and ride the Open Banking and PSD2 gravy train — has picked up further $7.5 million in funding. Leading the round is venture capital fund Northzone. It follows […]

TechCrunch
Jul 19, 2018

China's Didi Chuxing is close to launching a taxi-booking service in Japan
Days after raising $500 million via a strategic investment from travel giant Booking Holdings, Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing has continued its international push with the launch of a local business in Japan. Its new Japan-based unit is a joint venture with SoftBank, a longtime Didi investor, which has been in the works since an announcement back […]

TechCrunch
Jul 19, 2018

And now, here's a ‘Trumpy Cat' augmented reality app from George Takei
Anyone who follows George Takei on Twitter can tell you that Star Trek‘s original Sulu is not a fan of President Donald Trump. But he's found a new way to express that criticism — not just in tweets, interviews and op-eds, but also in an augmented reality app called House of Cats. The app was […]

TechCrunch
Jul 18, 2018

Worried about a slowdown? It already happened in 2016, says one new venture study
In today's market, it's hard to make sense of what's what. Deals have grown incestuous for the first time, with outfits like GV investing alongside Uber last week — just months after its parent company, Alphabet, was at Uber's throat. A $10 million-plus round of seed funding is no longer a joke. Venture firms continue […]

TechCrunch
Jul 18, 2018

Midwest rising
Emerging venture capital firms in smaller American cities from Indianapolis to Princeton, NJ are attracting increasingly larger funding as investors see opportunities for returns beyond the coastal confines of the nation's largest cities and the innovation epicenter of Silicon Valley. For the last four years, AOL co-founder Steve Case has been criss-crossing the country preaching […]

TechCrunch
Jul 18, 2018

‘Underwater Pokéball' snatches up soft-bodied deep dwellers
Creatures that live in the depths of the oceans are often extremely fragile, making their collection a difficult affair. A new polyhedral sample collection mechanism acts like an "underwater Pokéball," allowing scientists to catch 'em all without destroying their soft, squishy bodies in the process.

TechCrunch
Jul 18, 2018

Senate wants emergency alerts to go out through Netflix, Spotify, etc.
An emergency alert goes out, trying to let you know about incoming bad news — a missile, a tsunami, or something else terrifying. Your phone starts shouting.. but it's downstairs. A warning ticker pops on TVs, if you're watching cable… but you've got your eyes glued to Netflix, or Hulu, or some other online streaming […]

TechCrunch
Jul 18, 2018

Hyundai teams up with Amazon to offer virtual showroom
Next time you're grabbing a new charging cord on Amazon, you might be tempted to grab a new Hyundai as well. Hyundai announced today a partnership with Amazon to create a digital showroom to allow customers to compare pricing and reviews, book a test drive and find a dealer in their area to purchase the […]

TechCrunch
Jul 18, 2018

The Galaxy Note 9 is leaking out all over the place
The Galaxy Note 9 won't be announced until August. You wouldn't know it by reading the internet, however. Every nook and cranny of the upcoming phablet has been bared for the world, in a series of leaks over the past several weeks. Sure, not all of them will pan out, but plenty have come from […]

TechCrunch
Jul 18, 2018

Roblox responds to the hack that allowed a child's avatar to be raped in its game
There's a special place in hell for people who think it's funny to rape a 7-year old girl's avatar in an online virtual world designed for children. Yes, that happened. Roblox, a hugely popular online game for kids, was hacked by an individual who subverted the game's protection systems in order to have customized animations […]

TechCrunch
Jul 18, 2018

Essential discounts its 360 Camera to $19, a day after its phone was half-off
At $250, the Essential Phone was arguably the best deal of Amazon Prime Day. Which is saying a lot. But no matter how you slice it, 50 percent off an Android flagship is a pretty tough deal to beat. I know of at least one TechCruncher who couldn't resist the lure of that kind of […]

TechCrunch
Jul 18, 2018

Coinbase didn't get (or need) SEC approval for acquisitions after all, company says
Hmm. Well, after Coinbase confirmed to Bloomberg (and us) that they had received regulatory approval for some acquisitions that would let it eventually usher in trading tokenized securities on its exchange, the company is now walking back from which agencies it received approval. While a Coinbase spokesperson had initially indicated that the company had received […]

TechCrunch
Jul 18, 2018

New law forces Airbnb to open its books to New York authorities
The New York City Council has voted in favor of a new law requiring Airbnb and similar companies to share data on their users. The company has fought the law tooth and nail, but city authorities say it's basically common sense for the local government to be informed of the number and nature of residents using the service.

TechCrunch
Jul 18, 2018

Facebook can now sync your Instagram contacts to Messenger
Facebook wants to expand your Messenger contact list with a little help from Instagram. The company has launched a feature in Messenger that pulls in your contacts from Instagram, if you opt to connect your account. The option appears in Messenger's "People" tab, alongside the existing option to sync your phone's contacts with Messenger. The […]

TechCrunch
Jul 18, 2018

Rolls-Royce demonstrates robotic bugs as the future of engine maintenance
Rolls-Royce showed off its new vision for the future of engine maintenance this week at the Farnborough Airshow, and it might make your skin crawl. As part of its IntelligentEngine vision (which the company announced at the Singapore Airshow earlier this year), it demonstrated plans for both a robotic snake and swarm of cockroach-like miniature robots […]

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