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Netflix is falling off a cliff

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 20:36:05 +0000
Netflix didn’t add as many subscribers as expected by a bunch of people on Wall Street who, on a quarterly basis, govern whether or not it’ll be more valuable than Comcast — and that is probably a bad thing, as it’s one of the primary indicators of its future potential for said finance folk. While it’s […]
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Uber is being investigated for gender discrimination in a federal probe

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 20:11:41 +0000
As Uber tries to chart a new course, it still can’t manage to outrun news that paints its corporate culture in an ugly light. As The Wall Street Journal reports, Uber is being investigated by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for gender disparities pertaining to hiring practices and pay. The EEOC probe began in August […]
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0x lets any app be the Craigslist of cryptocurrency

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 20:06:15 +0000
Centralized crypto exchanges like Coinbase are easy but expensive because they introduce a middleman. Not-for-profit project 0x allows any developer to quickly build their own decentralized cryptocurrency exchange and decide their own fees. It acts like Craigslist, connecting traders without ever holding the tokens itself. And instead of having to bootstrap their way to enough […]
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Lyft outlines bike and scooter plans

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 19:35:12 +0000
On the heels of Lyft’s acquisition of bike-share company Motivate, the company is gearing up to fully integrate bicycle and scooter sharing into the app. There’s no word on exactly when this will happen, but it’s likely this will happen soon. Lyft is also investing $1 million to advance transportation equity to people in underserved […]
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Prime Down: Amazon’s sale day turns into fail day

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 19:15:53 +0000
Update: Here’s how to get around Amazon’s error. Use smile.amazon.com. TechCrunch confirmed this workaround works. It’s not just you. Amazon Prime Day started 15 minutes ago, and so far, it’s not going well for Amazon. The landing page for Prime Day does not work. When most links are clicked, readers are sent to an error […]
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Nuraphones get active noise cancelling via software update

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 19:00:28 +0000
I like the Nuraphones a lot. In fact, I named the sound-adapting headphones one of my favorite things of 2017. Clearly I’m not alone in that enthusiasm, eithe — the Melbourne-based startup scored $4.7 million to expand its market early last year. Nura announced this week that it’s making its headphones even better, courtesy of […]
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CRISPR DNA editing may cause serious genetic damage, researchers warn

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 18:56:22 +0000
CRISPR-Cas9, the gene editing tool that is currently the darling of biotech and many other fields, may not be quite as miraculous as early tests suggested. A new study finds that what scientists thought of as a scalpel may be more like a felling axe, causing damage hundreds of times what was previously observed.
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Hear BMW’s Dieter May explain the connected car at Disrupt SF 2018

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 18:23:10 +0000
Mobility is undergoing a radical transformation and the topic will be thoroughly examined at Disrupt SF this September. We’re excited to have BMW’s Dieter May speak on the main stage about how the German car company is addressing the connected car while still building, what they say is, the ultimate driving machine. And bonus! May […]
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Apple’s App Store revenue nearly double that of Google Play in first half of 2018

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 18:21:07 +0000
Apple’s App Store continues to outpace Google Play on revenue. In the first half of the year, the App Store generated nearly double the revenue of Google Play on half the downloads, according to a new report from Sensor Tower out today. In terms of dollars and cents, that’s $22.6 billion in worldwide gross app […]
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Uber’s head of policy for flying taxis and autonomous vehicles leaves for self-driving car startup Voyage

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 18:13:02 +0000
Uber’s head of policy for autonomous vehicles and urban aviation, Justin Erlich, has left the company to join self-driving car startup Voyage, TechCrunch has learned. To lead its policy efforts for autonomous vehicles, Uber recently brought on Miriam Chaum, previously of Philanthropy University. “We wish Justin all the best with his new opportunity at Voyage,” […]
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‘Serious concerns’ at FCC threaten to halt Sinclair-Tribune merger

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 17:56:15 +0000
The FCC has been under serious scrutiny by citizens, advocates, and politicians alike due to its laissez-faire attitude towards, in particular, the proposed Sinclair Broadcasting merger with Tribune. But the agency is showing some backbone today with a no-nonsense declaration that the merger can't go through unless a few "serious concerns" are addressed.
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Instapaper is leaving Pinterest, two years after being acquired

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 17:05:45 +0000
Back in August of 2016, Pinterest acquired Instapaper, the read-it-later bookmarking service originally built by Marco Arment. Just shy of two years later, Instapaper is going back to being independent. In a blog post published this afternoon, the team clarifies that a new company called “Instant Paper, Inc.” has been formed to oversee Instapaper, and […]
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Apple emoji will soon include people with curly hair, white hair and superpowers

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 17:00:08 +0000
In honor of World Emoji Day (yes, that’s a thing), Apple is previewing some of its upcoming emoji. Later this year, Apple’s emoji set will feature people with a variety of hairstyles and colors, including curly hair, red hair and white hair. What you’re about to see are simply Apple’s take on emoji that were […]
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Google Cloud’s LA region goes online

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 16:51:03 +0000
Google Cloud’s new region in Los Angeles is now online, the company announced today. This isn’t exactly a surprise, given that Google had previously announced a July launch for the region, but it’s a big step for Google, which now boasts five cloud regions in the United States. It was only three years ago that […]
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When In Rome is the first Alexa-powered board game

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 16:19:44 +0000
Years ago, in the heyday of home video, I played a boardgames that used VHS tapes and electronic parts to help spur the action along. From Candy Land VCR to Captain Power, game makers were doing the best they could with a new technology. Now, thanks to Alexa, they can try something even cooler – […]
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Kapwing is Adobe for the meme generation

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 16:06:30 +0000
Need to resize a video for IGTV? Add subtitles for Twitter? Throw in sound effects for YouTube? Or collage it with other clips for the Instagram feed? Kapwing lets you do all that and more for free from a mobile browser or website. This scrappy new startup is building the vertical video era’s creative suite […]
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Fastly raises another $40 million before an IPO

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 16:01:37 +0000
Last round before the IPO. That’s how Fastly frames its new $40 million Series F round. It means that the company has raised $219 million over the past few years. The funding round was led by Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners with participation from Sozo Ventures, Swisscom Ventures, and existing investors. Fastly operates a content delivery […]
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Skype 8.0 launches on desktop with HD video, and soon encryption & call recording

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 15:57:40 +0000
Skype’s redesign launched last year was met with mixed reviews, but the company is forging ahead by rolling out a number of its new features to other platforms, including the desktop. Microsoft today is launching Skype version 8.0 that will replace version 7.0 (aka Skype classic), the latter which will no longer function after September […]
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Klang gets $8.95M for an MMO sim sitting atop Improbable’s dev platform

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 15:30:04 +0000
Berlin-based games studio Klang, which is building a massive multiplayer online simulation called Seed utilizing Improbable’s virtual world builder platform, has just bagged $8.95M in Series A funding to support development of the forthcoming title. The funding is led by veteran European VC firm Northzone. It follows a seed raise for Seed, finalized in March 2018, and […]
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Netflix experiments with promoting its shows on the login screen

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 14:49:04 +0000
Netflix is testing a new way to promote its original shows – right on the login screen. A company spokesperson confirmed the streaming service is currently experimenting with a different login screen experience which replaces the black background behind users’ names and profile thumbnails with full-screen photos promoting a Netflix Original series or special, like […]
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