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Sep 25, 2018

Watchdog says face scanning at US airports is plagued with technical problems
A watchdog report has warned that Homeland Security's face scanning program, designed to track all departing travelers from the US, is facing "technical and operational challenges" that may not see the system fully working by the time of its estimated completion in 2021. The report by Homeland Security's inspector general said that although Customs and […]

TechCrunch
Sep 25, 2018

The Horological Machine 9 puts a rocket on your wrist
If you've been keeping up with watchmaker MB&F you'll be familiar with their Horological Machine series, watches that are similar in construction but wildly differ when it comes to design. This watch, the HM9, is called the Flow and hearkens back to roadsters, jets, and 1950s space ships. The watch, limited to a run of […]

TechCrunch
Sep 25, 2018

Google's blanket ban of cryptocurrency ads ends next month
Google is rolling back its ban on cryptocurrency advertisements - following a similar move made by Facebook earlier this summer, CNBC reports. Google in March was among the first of the major platforms to announce it would no longer run ban cryptocurrency ads, due to an abundance of caution around an industry where there's so […]

TechCrunch
Sep 25, 2018

Alexa skills can now offer one-time-use purchases, like in-game hints or points
Alexa skill developers will now be able to sell "consumables" within their voice apps, aka Alexa skills, Amazon announced this morning. The company says that, starting today, developers in the U.S. will be able to take advantage of this new feature to sell products to Alexa devices owners which can be purchased, used, then purchased […]

TechCrunch
Sep 25, 2018

You'll now need a subscription to get the best of Microsoft Office
Microsoft released Office 2019 for Windows and macOS this week, the latest version of its regular, non-subscription productivity suite. It's the kind of Office that, ten years ago, you would've bought in a shrink-wrapped package at Office Depot. But it's really not the version of Office that Microsoft would like you to buy — or that […]

TechCrunch
Sep 25, 2018

With Mulesoft in fold, Salesforce gains access to data wherever it lives
When Salesforce bought Mulesoft last spring for the tidy sum of $6.5 billion, it looked like money well spent for the CRM giant. After all, it was providing a bridge between the cloud and the on-prem data center and that was a huge missing link for a company with big ambitions like Salesforce. When you […]

TechCrunch
Sep 25, 2018

Bleximo raises $1.5M for its quantum computing accelerators
Bleximo, a startup that aims to build ‘quantum accelerators' — basically quantum-based application-specific integrated circuits — today announced that it has raised a $1.5 million seed round led by Eniac Ventures. Other investors in this round include Boost VC, Creative Ventures, KEC Ventures and Gyan Kapur. Instead of building a general purpose quantum computer like IBM, […]

TechCrunch
Sep 25, 2018

Amazon donates $1M to Wikimedia
Back in March, we asked the question "Are corporations that use Wikipedia giving back?" The answer was kind of, sort of, with one key exception, noting, "Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Google all contributed around $50,000 by matching employee gifts. Amazon, on the other hand, is nowhere to be found on that list." Today, however, the […]

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Sep 25, 2018

That weird nut Pokémon that showed up in Pokémon Go? It's official now.
This past Saturday, something pretty weird happened in Pokémon Go: immediately after the monthly "Community Day" event came to a close, a strange, new, never-before-seen Pokémon showed up. Weirder yet: no one could actually catch it.

TechCrunch
Sep 25, 2018

Tinder in India launches ‘My Move,' a Bumble-like feature where women chat first
Tinder in India is now rolling out a new feature that allows women to make the first move. The setting, called "My Move," is similar to the core feature in rival dating app Bumble, which is currently enmeshed in multiple lawsuits with Tinder parent Match Group. Match sued Bumble for patent violations following failed acquisition […]

TechCrunch
Sep 25, 2018

HP's Tango looks like a book, so you can hide your printer shame
When I was a child I had a fake soda can with a screw off top for hiding change. It wasn't a very effective theft deterrent. For one, no sane person keeps soda cans on a bookshelf. For another, I'm not sure they even made Diet Rite at that point. The HP Tango's camouflage is […]

TechCrunch
Sep 25, 2018

France records big jump in privacy complaints since GDPR
Another European data protection agency has reported a sharp rise in the numbers of complaints since the EU updated its privacy framework four months ago, when GDPR came into force, updating regional data protection rules and introducing much higher penalties for privacy violations. France's CNIL agency said today that it's received 3,767 complaints since May 25, when GDPR […]

TechCrunch
Sep 25, 2018

New tech uses Wi-Fi to count people through walls
Whether you're trying to figure out how many students are attending your lectures or how many evil aliens have taken your Space Force brethren hostage, Wi-Fi can now be used to count them all. The system, created by researchers at UC Santa Barbara, uses a single Wi-Fi router outside of the room to measure attenuation […]

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Sep 25, 2018

Salesforce wants to end customer service frustration with Customer 360
How many times have you called into a company, answered a bunch of preliminary questions about the purpose of your call, then found that those answers didn't make their way to the CSR who ultimately took your call. This usually is because System A can't talk to System B and it's frustrating for the caller, […]

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Sep 25, 2018

Twitter says it will now ask everyone for feedback about its policy changes, starting today
Twitter says it's going to change the way it creates rules regarding the use of its service to also now include community feedback. Previously, the company followed its own policy development process, including taking input from its Trust and Safety Council and various experts. Now, it says it's going to try something new: it's going to ask […]

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Sep 25, 2018

Data.world raises $12M to help Fortune 500 companies close the great data divide
Airbnb, Uber, Lyft, Warby Parker and a long list of other startups of the 21st century have appointed C-level employees to roles focused exclusively on data science. These digital-age companies have established "data cultures," which provide employees broad access to high-quality data, advocate for data literacy and have data-driven decision-making processes, according to Carl Anderson, who […]

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Sep 25, 2018

Snapchat's users are surprisingly old and it's telling them to vote
Snapchat is a college favorite more than high school phenomenon. Only 20 percent of Snapchat's US users are under 18, down from 22 percent in 2016 as some of its early adopters have now aged up and headed to college. Appealing to older users was a big motive for its otherwise-disastrous redesign that do a […]

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Sep 25, 2018

Chef launches deeper integration with Microsoft Azure
DevOps automation service Chef today announced a number of new integrations with Microsoft Azure. The news, which was announced at Microsoft Ignite conference in Orlando, Florida, focuses on helping enterprises bring their legacy applications to Azure and ranges from the public preview of Chef Automate Managed Service for Azure to the integration of Chef's InSpec […]

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Sep 25, 2018

Mozilla's Firefox Monitor will now alert you when one of your accounts was hacked
Earlier this year, Mozilla announced Firefox Monitor, a service that tells you if your online accounts were hacked in a recent data breach. All you have to give it is your email address and it'll use the Have I Been Pwned database to show you if you need to worry and what data was compromised. Today, […]

TechCrunch
Sep 25, 2018

LinkedIn steps into business intelligence with the launch of Talent Insights
LinkedIn may be best known as a place where people and organizations keep public pages of their professional profiles, using that as a starting point for networking, recruitment and more — a service that today that has racked up more than 575 million users, 20 million companies and 15 million active job listings. But now […]

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Sep 25, 2018

Salesforce, AWS expand partnership with secure data sharing between platforms
Salesforce and Amazon's cloud arm, AWS, have had a pretty close relationship for some time, signing a $400 million deal for infrastructure cloud services in 2016, but today at Dreamforce, Salesforce's massive customer conference taking place this week in San Francisco, they took it to another level. The two companies announced they were offering a […]

TechCrunch
Sep 25, 2018

Facebook's plan to let companies it buys live independently has failed
Mark Zuckerberg was quick to realize that Facebook, the largest social network in the world, doesn't have a monopoly on all users nor can it bank on holding its position as top dog forever. Thus he instituted a policy of buying up promising rivals and integrating them into the Facebook ‘group' in a strategy designed […]

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Sep 25, 2018

Facebook's plan to let companies it buys live independently is over
Mark Zuckerberg was quick to realize that Facebook, the largest social network in the world, doesn't have a monopoly on all users nor can it bank on holding its position as top dog forever. Thus he instituted a policy of buying up promising rivals and integrating them into the Facebook ‘group' in a strategy designed […]

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Sep 25, 2018

Snyk raises $22M on a $100M valuation to detect security vulnerabilities in open source code
Open source software is now a $14 billion market and growing fast, in use in one way or another in 95 percent of all enterprises. But that expansion comes with a shadow: open source components can come with vulnerabilities, and so their widespread use in apps become a liability to a company's cybersecurity. Now, a […]

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Sep 25, 2018

Facebook sends Sphero robots so classrooms can apply coding education
Program a robotic toy to move and you could be hooked on coding for life. That's the idea behind Facebook's newest educational initiative called CodeFWD. It provides online coding tutorials for teachers and students powered by Code.org, and if classrooms finish those, they can apply to be sent a free Bolt robot from Sphero, makers […]

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Sep 25, 2018

Applications for TC Top Picks at Disrupt Berlin 2018 close Friday
If you've even vaguely considered applying to be a TechCrunch Top Pick at Disrupt Berlin 2018, which takes place on 29-30 November, you need to act now. The application window closes on Friday 28 September, so get moving and apply to be a TC Top Pick today. Why would you want to be selected as a […]

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Sep 25, 2018

India's budget hotel startup OYO raises $1B for international growth
OYO, the India-based startup that operates a network of budget hotels, has pulled in $1 billion in new funding to grow its business in China and expand into other international markets. The majority of the funding — $800 million, to be exact — was led by SoftBank's Vision Fund with participation from Lightspeed, Sequoia and Greenoaks Capital. OYO […]

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Sep 25, 2018

Picfair gives every photographer on its marketplace their own store
Picfair, the photo marketplace that competes with Getty and Shutterstock by giving photographers a fairer deal, is adding a major update to its offering today. The London-based startup is launching Picfair Stores, giving the 35,000 photographers on its marketplace the ability to create their own free independent online store. Customers who buy from a Picfair […]

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Sep 25, 2018

Apply for a Country Pavilion at Disrupt Berlin 2018
On 29-30 November — in less than two short months — thousands of tech startup founders, investors, innovators and entrepreneurs will make their way to Germany to attend Disrupt Berlin 2018. It's an amazing showcase of the latest and greatest startups and technologies from across Europe and around the world. We're serious about international participation, […]

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Sep 25, 2018

Topia's Brynne Kennedy to speak on global talent at Disrupt Berlin this November
TechCrunch is returning to Europe with Disrupt Berlin to talk with the best and brightest people in tech from Europe and the rest of the world. In addition to fireside chats and panels, new startups will participate in the Startup Battlefield Europe to win the coveted Battlefield cup. You should grab your ticket to Disrupt […]

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Sep 25, 2018

Chinese electric scooter startup Niu files for $150M U.S. public offering
Chinese electric scooter startup Niu Technologies has filed for an initial public offering on Nasdaq to raise up to $150 million. In its form, Niu said it is "the largest lithium-ion battery-powered e-scooters company in China," according to data from China Insights Consultancy, and also a market leader in Europe based on sales volume. Founded […]

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Sep 25, 2018

BlaBlaCar is on the path to profitability
French startup BlaBlaCar just released some interesting metrics. The company has reached profitability if you look at revenue between January 2018 and today. BlaBlaCar forecasts that 50 million people will book a ride on BlaBlaCar in 2018, which represents a 40 percent increase compared to 2017. BlaBlaCar is a marketplace for long-distance rides. People driving […]

TechCrunch
Sep 24, 2018

Google CEO Sundar Pichai will reportedly meet with Republican lawmakers this week
Google CEO Sundar Pichai will meet in private with Republican lawmakers on Friday to discuss issues including its work in China and alleged political bias, reports the Wall Street Journal. The meeting was organized by House Majority leader Kevin McCarthy, who has accused Google of "controlling the internet" by boosting negative news stories about conservatives […]

TechCrunch
Sep 24, 2018

Instagram's founders are reportedly resigning from Facebook
Eight years after launching Instagram and six years after selling it to Facebook, Instagram co-founders CEO Kevin Systrom and CTO Mike Krieger are leaving the company, according to The New York Times. The founders apparently did not give a reason for their departure when they informed the company today that they're resigning and that they'll […]

TechCrunch
Sep 24, 2018

Why Instagram's founders are resigning: independence from Facebook weakened
Facebook promised Instagram autonomy, but reduced it over time leading to today's bombshell revelation. Eight years after launching Instagram and six years after selling it to Facebook, Instagram co-founders CEO Kevin Systrom and CTO Mike Krieger are leaving the company, according to The New York Times. The founders apparently did not give a reason for […]

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Sep 24, 2018

Car-sharing network Turo expands service in UK
Turo — the peer-to-peer car-sharing marketplace sometimes referred to as the ‘Airbnb of cars' — is expanding to the UK. And this time, everyday car owners can actually use it. The San Francisco-based company expanded to the UK once before in 2016. But at the time, the Turo platform was only offered to small rental […]

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Sep 24, 2018

As English burns, Scrabble plays the fiddle adding 300 words like Bitcoin, botnet and emoji
Attention, Scrabble enthusiasts! A whopping 300 new words have been added to Merriam-Webster's Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, including a few that are sure to satisfy millennials and aggravate everyone else: Bitcoin, emoji and botnet. Merriam-Webster likes to keep up with the hip, younger crowd and often adds words that began as slang but infiltrated the average person's vocabulary.  […]

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Sep 24, 2018

After extradition to Texas, 3D-printed gunmaker Cody Wilson is out on bail
Last week, after Hatreon creator and 3D-printed gun activist Cody Wilson was charged with the sexual assault of a minor, he managed to evade arrest briefly in Taipei. On Friday, authorities successfully located Wilson and extradited him back to Texas, booking him into a Harris County jail. Now, Wilson is out on a $150,000 bond. Facing […]

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Sep 24, 2018

TC Sessions: AR/VR early-bird sale extended to Friday
You heard it here first! Early-bird ticket sales are extended till September 28 for TechCrunch Sessions: AR/VR on October 18 at UCLA. Don't miss out on the biggest savings for this event — book your $99 tickets here. Students, get your tickets for just $45 when you book here. What's going to happen at TC […]

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Sep 24, 2018

MetroPCS is now Metro by T-Mobile
It's been five years since T-Mobile picked up MetroPCS, and now the prepaid service is finally getting a fresh coat of paint. The "PCS" bit is getting the old heave ho, while the brand's owners are letting you know who's boss with the new Metro by T-Mobile brand name. The new name involves some new […]

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Sep 24, 2018

You can play Alto's Adventure on your Mac now
Everyone's favorite endless, serene snowboarding game just made the leap from mobile to the Mac App Store. Available now for $9.99, Alto's Adventure for Mac is a desktop port of the side-scrolling snowscape game that's won hearts and accolades since it first hit iOS in 2015. Earlier this year, the team behind Alto's Adventure introduced […]

TechCrunch
Sep 24, 2018

Mike Curtis, Airbnb's VP of engineering, is leaving
Airbnb's head of engineering will leave the company before the end of 2018 to pursue other projects and focus on his family. The news was first reported by The Information and later confirmed to TechCrunch by Airbnb. Curtis joined the home-sharing platform in 2013 after about two years as the director of engineering at Facebook. […]

TechCrunch
Sep 24, 2018

The 7 most important announcements from Microsoft Ignite today
Microsoft is hosting its Ignite conference in Orlando, Florida this week. And although Ignite isn't the household name that Microsoft's Build conference has become over the course of the last few years, it's a massive event with over 30,000 attendees and plenty of news. Indeed, there was so much news this year that Microsoft provided […]

TechCrunch
Sep 24, 2018

Technology doesn't have to be disposable
Dust off your old Bose 501 speakers. New devices are coming that will give traditional audio equipment a voice. Amazon recently announced a mess of new Echo devices and among the lot are several small, diminutive add-ons. These models did not have a smart speaker built into the devices but rather turned other speakers into […]

TechCrunch
Sep 24, 2018

Zoho pulled offline after phishing complaints, CEO says
Zoho.com was pulled offline on Monday after the company's domain registrar received phishing complaints, the company's chief executive said. The web-based office suite company, which provides customer relationship and invoicing services to small businesses, tweeted that the site was "blocked" earlier in the day by TierraNet, which administers its domain name. In an email to TechCrunch, […]

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Sep 24, 2018

iPhone XS Max is reportedly dramatically outselling the XS
According to some early numbers from Apple analyst extraordinaire, Ming-Chi Kuo, the iPhone Max XS is currently running laps around its smaller counterpart. In a note posted by MacRumors, Kuo suggested that the 6.5-inch handset sold three to four time as well as the XS during its inaugural weekend. "We have determined that the demand […]

TechCrunch
Sep 24, 2018

Sleep Cycle adds ‘snore detection' to its sleep-tracking Android app
Sleep-tracking app Sleep Cycle is bringing a new feature to its Android app to help snoring users track the sleep effects of their rather loud ailment. Sleep Cycle is a great little app that helps you learn about your quality of sleep and helps wake you up at a time where you're more likely to […]

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Sep 24, 2018

BloomThat pauses on-demand flower services
Following an acquisition by FTD Companies earlier this year for a reportedly small amount of cash, on-demand flower service BloomThat is pausing its services as it works "to figure out how to best integrate BloomThat as part of the FTD portfolio of brands," the founders wrote to its customers a few days ago. "Before we […]

TechCrunch
Sep 24, 2018

Alaska Airlines is trying to make VR part of its first class experience
When it comes to public areas where you are most free to surrender self-awareness and self-consciousness, lounging on a multi-hour airline flight is probably prime territory. Coincidentally, it's also a venue where virtual reality companies see an opportunity to open people to a world of VR content. Today, Alaska Airlines announced that it will be […]

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Sep 24, 2018

Alaska Airlines is trying to make VR part of its first-class experience
When it comes to public areas where you are most free to surrender self-awareness and self-consciousness, lounging on a multi-hour airline flight is probably prime territory. Coincidentally, it's also a venue where virtual reality companies see an opportunity to open people to a world of VR content. Today, Alaska Airlines announced that it will be […]

TechCrunch
Sep 24, 2018

Here's everything Google announced today at its "Future of Search" event
Google has changed a lot in 20 years. What started as an index of "just" a few million pages is now reaching into the hundreds of billions; what was once a relatively simple (if very clever!) search engine is now an impossibly complex brew of machine learning, computer vision, and data science that finds its […]

TechCrunch
Sep 24, 2018

China splits the internet while the U.S. dithers
There are few stories as important right now as the internet being ripped asunder by the increasing animosity between the U.S. and China. Eric Schmidt, the former chairman of Alphabet, said last week at a private event in San Francisco that "I think the most likely scenario now is not a splintering, but rather a […]

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Sep 24, 2018

Google and Yandex may collaborate on a real-time blacklist of all known pirated works
A meeting on the status of anti-piracy efforts at search engines has produced a collaborative approach to better addressing the issue of pirated works appearing in search results. An international collective of search giants thinking of creating a blacklist of all known pirated works, which will be compared with search results every five minutes and any matches removed.

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Sep 24, 2018

Walmart is betting on the blockchain to improve food safety
Walmart has been working with IBM on a food safety blockchain solution and today it announced it's requiring that all suppliers of leafy green vegetable for Sam's and Walmart upload their data to the blockchain by September 2019 . Most supply chains are bogged down in manual processes. This makes it difficult and time consuming […]

TechCrunch
Sep 24, 2018

Snapchat lets you take a photo of an object to buy it on Amazon
See, snap, sale. In a rare partnership for Amazon, the commerce giant will help Snapchat challenge Instagram and Pinterest for social shopping supremacy. Today Snapchat announced it's slowly rolling out a new visual product search feature, confirming TechCrunch's July scoop about this project codenamed "Eagle". Users can use Snapchat's camera to scan a physical object […]

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Sep 24, 2018

Mode raises $3M Series A to put sensor data in the cloud
True Ventures has led the $3 million round for Mode, a real-time database that gives companies instant access to sensor data. GigaOm founder and True Ventures partner Om Malik has joined the startup's board of directors as part of the deal. Sensor data is collected from vehicles, cell phones, appliances, medical equipment and other machines. Businesses deploying these […]

TechCrunch
Sep 24, 2018

VW's Porsche drops diesel for good
Porsche will no longer make diesel-powered vehicles, opting instead to invest more money into electric and hybrid technology, the company said over the weekend. Porsche has never been as committed to diesel as other automakers under its parent company VW Group. Porsche has offered some diesel versions of its models, including the Porsche Cayenne. But […]

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Sep 24, 2018

Google Lens is coming to Google Image Search to help you figure out what you're seeing
At a small press event in San Francisco today, Google dropped a mention of a big new feature on the way: Google Lens support is coming to Google Image Search. For the unfamiliar, Google Lens (previously available as a dedicated app, and as part of Google Photos) taps the company's computer vision work to figure […]

TechCrunch
Sep 24, 2018

Match Group responds to Bumble lawsuit: ‘This has no substance'
News broke this morning that Bumble would be taking Tinder parent company, Match Group, to court. Its lawsuit alleges that Match Group fraudulently obtained trade secrets, publicly disparaged Bumble, and impacted Bumble's other investment and acquisition offers at a time when Match Group itself was trying to acquire Bumble's business. Now, Match Group has responded to […]

TechCrunch
Sep 24, 2018

Stripe is testing cash advances, following Square and PayPal's moves into business finance
Stripe, the fast-growing payments startup that is now worth over $9 billion, is working on a new product to help it fill out some of the gaps in its product suite as it bids to become the go-to financial services partner to startups and other businesses. It has been testing a new cash advance service, […]

TechCrunch
Sep 24, 2018

The Surface Go is the laptop of the year
As a nearly constant traveler I've been looking for something like the Surface Go all my life. I've lugged around everything from massive ThinkPads to iPad Pros and I've always found myself stuck in one of two situations - the laptops that made the most sense were too heavy to be comfortably portable and the […]

TechCrunch
Sep 24, 2018

macOS Mojave is now available
Enjoy reading lots of words about new operating systems? Good news! There are plenty of those here. Enjoy actually downloading and running said new operating systems? Gooder news! macOS 10.14 Mojave is now available in final public form over at the Mac App Store. As with the last several versions of the desktop OS, Mojave's […]

TechCrunch
Sep 24, 2018

macOS 10.14 Mojave review
Against my better judgement and repeat warnings from those who knew better, I went ahead and installed Mojave on my work computer the first chance I got. Sure, there were certain standard beta bugs and capability issues that made me regret the decision on occasion, but the only way to sufficiently test a product like […]

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Sep 24, 2018

License caps and CCTV among ride-hailing rule changes urged in report to UK gov't
Uber and similar services could be facing caps on the number of licenses for vehicles that can operate ride-hailing services in London and other UK cities under rule changes being recommended to the government. CCTV being universally installed inside licensed taxis and private hire vehicles for safety purposes is another suggestion. A working group in […]

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Sep 24, 2018

Slack acquires Astro to conquer email
Slack announced today that it has acquired Astro, the Bay Area startup behind email assistant, Astrobot. The deal, which marks Slack's largest to date, will go a ways toward helping the popular enterprise chat platform achieve its vision of fully integrating workplace mainstays like email and calendars into its channels. As Slack notes, the company […]

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Sep 24, 2018

Security researcher claims macOS Mojave privacy bug on launch day
A security researcher has claimed a new vulnerability in the latest version of macOS — just hours before the software is due to be released. Patrick Wardle, chief researcher officer at Digita Security, tweeted a video Monday of an apparent privacy feature bypass that's designed to prevent apps from improperly accessing a user's personal data. […]

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Sep 24, 2018

Sony is bundling Red Dead Redemption 2 with a 1TB PlayStation 4 Pro
Considering it's been eight years since Red Dead Redemption came out, it's no surprise that fans of the franchise are ravenous for the next installment of the game, which launches October 26. Last week, Rockstar Games offered some publications the opportunity to preview the game, giving gamers even more to salivate over. But Sony is […]

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Sep 24, 2018

FabFitFun expands its video reach with a new experiment in live programming
The Los Angeles-based women's subscription box and media business FabFitFun is expanding its video catalog with the launch of new live programming set to coincide with the launch of its latest seasonal box. FabFitFun is creating a new slate of live programming which will air every day on its Facebook page from 11 a.m. to 1 […]

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Sep 24, 2018

Facebook expands its video Ad Breaks to 21 new countries
Facebook Ad Breaks, the social network's pre-roll and mid-roll video ads, are launching in 21 new countries. Facebook announced that Ad Breaks were generally available last month in five countries: the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Now it's adding territories in Europe, Latin and South America and Asia to the list. […]

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Sep 24, 2018

Apple closes its $400M Shazam acquisition and says the music recognition app will soon become ad free
Last year, we broke the news that Apple was buying the music recognition startup and app Shazam for about $400 million, and nearly one year later, the deal has finally closed. Today, Apple announced that it has completed the acquisition, and that it would soon be making the service ad free to use for everyone, […]

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Sep 24, 2018

Hulu is first to live stream TV to Amazon's Echo Show
Amazon's Echo Show will apparently also work like a little TV, not just a visual interface for Alexa and her many apps. When the newly announced 10-inch HD screen Echo Show begins shipping next month, it will offer support for Hulu - the first live streaming TV service to work on the screen-based Alexa device. […]

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Sep 24, 2018

Adobe introduces AI assistant to help Analytics users find deeper insights
Adobe Analytics is a sophisticated product, so much so that users might focus on a set of known metrics at the cost of missing key insights. Adobe introduced an AI-fueled virtual assistant called Intelligent Alerts today to help users find deeper insights they might have otherwise missed. John Bates, director of product management for Adobe […]

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Sep 24, 2018

Bumble is taking Match Group to court, says it's pursuing an IPO
Bumble is officially serving the papers in the suit against Tinder parent, Match Group. Bumble had said in March it was filing a suit of $400 million against Match Group for fraudulently obtaining trade secrets, following Match's suit filed only weeks before, which had claimed patent infringement and misuse of intellectual property. Match's original lawsuit […]

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Sep 24, 2018

Bumble serves countersuit to Match Group, says it's pursuing an IPO
Bumble is officially serving the papers in the suit against Tinder parent, Match Group. Bumble had said in March it was filing a suit of $400 million against Match Group for fraudulently obtaining trade secrets, following Match's suit filed only weeks before, which had claimed patent infringement and misuse of intellectual property. Match's original lawsuit […]

TechCrunch
Sep 24, 2018

UberEats UK couriers striking over pay changes
Groups of UberEats couriers are continuing to strike over pay and calling for a minimum £5 per delivery fee. Several strikes have been reported in London over the past few days, as well as other UK cities including Glasgow, Cardiff and Plymouth. Late last week Uber revealed a new pay structure which shrinks the per […]

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Sep 24, 2018

Microsoft, SAP and Adobe take on Salesforce with their new Open Data Initiative for customer data
Microsoft, SAP and Adobe today announced a new partnership: the Open Data Initiative. This alliance, which is a clear attack against Salesforce, aims to create a single data model for consumer data that is then portable between platforms. That, the companies argue, will provide more transparency and privacy controls for consumers, but the core idea […]

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Sep 24, 2018

Security experts say Chrome 69's ‘forced login' feature violates user privacy
A new feature in the latest version of Google Chrome that logs users into the browser when they sign in to a Google site has come under fire. Until recently, it was the user's choice to log-in to the browser. Now, any time that you sign in to a Google site in Chrome 69 — […]

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Sep 24, 2018

Watch this self-solving Rubik's cube march its way across a table
This wild, 3D-printed self-solving Rubik's cube is amazing. To make it work, a Japanese inventor used servo motors and Arduino boards to actuate the cube as it solves itself. Sadly, there isn't much of a build description available but it looks to be very compact and surprisingly fast. There is a description of the project […]

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Sep 24, 2018

Zencargo raises a Seed Plus round led by London's LocalGlobe to tackle global freight
International shipping has changed little in the last century - it's slow and opaque, with many processes carried out manually and on paper. Most supply chain teams still rely on phone calls and emails to do their job. The whole things stuck in the 20th Century. It's estimated that the average shipper spends over 40 […]

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Sep 24, 2018

Salesforce partners with Apple to roll deeper into mobile enterprise markets
Apple and Salesforce are both highly successful, iconic brands, who like to put on a big show when they make product announcements. Today, the two companies announced they were forming a strategic partnership with an emphasis on mobile strategy ahead of Salesforce's enormous customer conference, Dreamforce, which starts tomorrow in San Francisco. For Apple, which is […]

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Sep 24, 2018

Microsoft's Quantum Development Kit adds a chemical simulation library
During last September's Ignite conference, Microsoft heavily emphasized its quantum computing efforts and launched both its Q# programming language and development kits. This year, the focus is on other things, and the announcements about quantum are far and in between (and our understanding is that Microsoft, unlike some of its competitors, doesn't have a working quantum […]

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Sep 24, 2018

Microsoft Azure gets new high-performance storage options
Microsoft Azure is getting a number of new storage options today that mostly focus on use cases where disk performance matters. The first of these is Azure Ultra SSD Managed Disks, which are now in public preview. Microsoft says that these drives will offer "sub-millisecond latency," which unsurprisingly makes them ideal for workloads where latency […]

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Sep 24, 2018

VC firms of Kevin Durant and Snoop Dogg back Dutchie, a new cannabis delivery service
Ross Lipson, the chief executive officer and co-founder of the on-demand marijuana and cannabis delivery service, Dutchie, had thought he was done with the online delivery business. Instead, he's launched a new delivery service that has just raised $3 million from Casa Verde Capital, the $45 million venture firm founded by hip hop impresario Snoop Dogg, and […]

TechCrunch
Sep 24, 2018

Microsoft hopes enterprises will want to use Cortana
In a world dominated by Alexa and the Google Assistant, Cortana suffers the fate of a perfectly good alternative that nobody uses and everybody forgets about. But Microsoft wouldn't be Microsoft if it just gave up on its investment in this space, so it's now launching the Cortana Skills Kit for Enterprise to see if […]

TechCrunch
Sep 24, 2018

Microsoft OneDrive's on-demand files come to the MacOS Finder
If you live and work in the Microsoft Office ecosystem but often use a Mac, here is some good news: OneDrive Files On-Demand is now available in public preview for MacOS. Files-On Demand was one of the marquee features of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. The general idea here is you can store your […]

TechCrunch
Sep 24, 2018

Microsoft's massive Surface Hub 2 whiteboards will launch in Q2 2019
The Surface Hub 2, the successor to Microsoft's first set of giant Windows 10 touchscreen displays for collaboration, will launch in Q2 2019, the company announced today. Previously, the company had only said that it was targeting 2019 for the launch. The company also today provided a roadmap beyond that, though. First, it will launch […]

TechCrunch
Sep 24, 2018

Microsoft updates its planet-scale Cosmos DB database service
Cosmos DB is undoubtedly one of the most interesting products in Microsoft's Azure portfolio. It's a fully managed, globally distributed multi-model database that offers throughput guarantees, a number of different consistency models and high read and write availability guarantees. Now that's a mouthful, but basically, it means that developers can build a truly global product, […]

TechCrunch
Sep 24, 2018

Roku brings down the cost of 4K streaming with its new Premiere players
Roku is expanding its lineup of streaming media players in an attempt to bring down the cost of 4K-ready devices, and plug every hole in the market. The company announced this morning the launch of two new devices, the Roku Premiere and a Walmart exclusive version, the Roku Premiere . Previously, Roku's lowest price 4K-ready device […]

TechCrunch
Sep 24, 2018

Microsoft wants to put your data in a box
AWS has its Snowball (and Snowmobile truck), Google Cloud has its data transfer appliance and Microsoft has its Azure Data Box. All of these are physical appliances that allow enterprises to ship lots of data to the cloud by uploading it into these machines and then shipping them to the cloud. Microsoft's Azure Data Box […]

TechCrunch
Sep 24, 2018

Microsoft Office gets smarter
Microsoft used its Ignite conference in Orlando, Florida, today to announce a number of new features that are coming to Office 365. Given the company's current focus on AI, it's no surprise that most of these new features are powered by AI in one form or another. That means all of your Office apps, on- and […]

TechCrunch
Sep 24, 2018

Microsoft Teams gets bokeh and meeting recordings with transcripts
If you've ever attended a video meeting and wished that the speakers used really expensive cameras and lenses that allowed for that soft classy background blur of a portrait photo, then Microsoft wants to make that wish come true. The company announced a number of updates to Microsoft Teams today, and one of those is […]

TechCrunch
Sep 24, 2018

Microsoft's SQL Server gets built-in support for Spark and Hadoop
It's time for the next version of SQL Server, Microsoft's flagship database product. The company today announced the first public preview of SQL Server 2019 and while yet another update to a proprietary database may not seem all that exciting at first glance, Microsoft is trying to do a few rather interesting things with this […]

TechCrunch
Sep 24, 2018

Microsoft's machine learning tools for developers get smarter
It's a big day for Microsoft today, which announced a slew of updates across virtually all of its product lines at its Ignite conference today. Unsurprisingly, one theme this year is artificial intelligence and machine learning. Microsoft is launching new tools to bring its Cortana assistant to the enterprise, but there is also a number […]

TechCrunch
Sep 24, 2018

Microsoft Azure bets big on IoT
At its Ignite conference in Orlando, Florida, Microsoft today announced a plethora of new Internet of Things-focused updates to its Azure cloud computing platform. It's no secret that the amount of data generated by IoT devices is a boon to cloud computing services like Azure — and Microsoft is definitely aiming to capitalize on this […]

TechCrunch
Sep 24, 2018

Microsoft's new Windows Virtual Desktop lets you run Windows 10 in the cloud
There are plenty of third-party solutions for running a Windows desktop in the cloud, but until now, Microsoft itself seemed hesitant to offer the same kind of user experience. Today, however, the company announced Windows Virtual Desktop, a new Azure-based service that provides a full virtualized multi-user Windows 10 experience, together with Office 365 ProPlus, […]

TechCrunch
Sep 24, 2018

Middle East's Careem is the latest ride-sharing unicorn to get an India-based tech team
India is the new tech outsourcing destination for ride-hailing companies. Southeast Asia's Grab and Go-Jek both have sizable engineering teams in the country, and now that duo is joined by another billion-dollar company. Careem, which is based in the Middle East and valued at over $1 billion, has entered the fray after it snapped up the […]

TechCrunch
Sep 24, 2018

Tile names GoPro vet CJ Prober new CEO, adds Comcast as investor and new product partner
There's a changing of the guard, and a new strategic partnership, over at Tile, the startup that helps you keep tabs on the location of your things by way of small tracking devices. Today, the company is announcing that CJ Prober — a longtime exec at GoPro who had most recently been the COO — […]

TechCrunch
Sep 24, 2018

SiriusXM to acquire Pandora for $3.5 billion
SiriusXM and Pandora have announced acquisition plans before the stock market opens. SiriusXM is offering to acquire Pandora for $3.5 billion in stock, or $10.14 per share. Pandora would continue to exist as an independent service. For Pandora shareholders, this offer represents a 13.8 percent premium over the volume-weighted average share price of the past […]

TechCrunch
Sep 24, 2018

WhatsApp hires ‘grievance officer' to help combat false information in India
Following widespread criticism of the way its service is used to spread false information and news in India, WhatsApp has hired a "grievance officer" for the country. U.S-based Komal Lahiri is the lead who handles complaints about the service from users, law enforcement and other government officials, according to Mint. WhatsApp did not respond to a […]

TechCrunch
Sep 24, 2018

Yubico's new security keys now support FIDO2
Yubico, the company behind the popular Yubikey security keys, today announced the launch of its 5 Series keys. The company argues that these new keys, which start at $45, are the first multi-protocol securities keys that supports the FIDO2 standard. With this, Yubico argues, the company will be able to replace password-based authentication, which is […]

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