Peek into an empty Steve Jobs Theater before tomorrow’s big Apple event

Sun, 24 Mar 2019 20:10:09 +0000
What are you up to this afternoon? If your answer is anything “watching the livestream of an empty Steve Jobs Theater,” honestly, I’m not sure how you call yourself an Apple fan. A day before the company’s event in Cupertino, Apple’s streaming video of what looks to be an empty theater, bathed in darkness, with […]
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Meet the Texas startup that wants to decarbonize the chemical industry

Sun, 24 Mar 2019 19:30:18 +0000
Solugen, a startup that has set itself up with no less lofty a goal than the decarbonization of a massive chunk of the petrochemical industry, may be the first legitimate multi-million dollar company to start out in a meth lab. When company co-founders Gaurab Chakrabarti and Sean Hunt began hunting for a lab to test […]
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Apple could charge $9.99 per month each for HBO, Showtime and Starz

Sun, 24 Mar 2019 18:34:02 +0000
The Wall Street Journal has published a report on Apple’s media push. The company is about to unveil a new video streaming service and an Apple News subscription on Monday. According to The WSJ, you’ll be able to subscribe to multiple content packages to increase the video library in a new app called Apple TV […]
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Apple could announce its gaming subscription service on Monday

Sun, 24 Mar 2019 16:45:33 +0000
Apple is about to announce some new services on Monday. While everybody expects a video streaming service as well as a news subscription, a new report from Bloomberg says that the company might also mention its gaming subscription. Cheddar first reported back in January that Apple has been working on a gaming subscription. Users could […]
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Transportation weekly: Nuro dreams of autonomous lattes, what is a metamaterial, Volvo takes the wheel

Sun, 24 Mar 2019 16:45:24 +0000
Welcome back to Transportation Weekly; I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch. We love the reader feedback. Keep it coming. Never heard of TechCrunch’s Transportation Weekly? Read the first edition here.  As I’ve written before, consider this a soft launch. Follow me on Twitter @kirstenkorosec to ensure you see it each week. […]
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Where did social media go wrong?

Sun, 24 Mar 2019 16:34:14 +0000
For most of my life, the Internet, particularly its social media — BBSes, Usenet, LiveJournal, blogosphere, even MySpace, early Twitter and Facebook — consistently made people happier. But roughly 5 years ago it began to consistently make people more miserable. What changed? I posted that question to Twitter a week ago, and the most notable […]
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It’s not so obvious that this VC firm is focused on impact

Sun, 24 Mar 2019 16:06:25 +0000
Obvious Ventures was founded in 2014 by Ev Williams, Vishal Vasishth and James Joaquin. Its mission? To invest in startups that make a positive impact on the world.
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MoviePass parent’s CEO discusses the service’s rocky year

Sun, 24 Mar 2019 16:03:05 +0000
In the space of a few months, MoviePass went from being the hottest startup on the block to a cautionary tale about growing too big, too fast. By the time the summer of MoviePass came to an end, the company that was going to permanently disrupt the box office was hemorrhaging money. It changed its […]
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The ethics of internet culture: a conversation with Taylor Lorenz

Sun, 24 Mar 2019 14:58:08 +0000
Taylor Lorenz was in high demand this week. As a prolific journalist at The Atlantic and about-to-be member of Harvard’s prestigious Nieman Fellowship for journalism, that’s perhaps not surprising. Nor was this the first time she’s had a bit of a moment: Lorenz has already served as an in-house expert on social media and the […]
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Hackers conquer Tesla’s in-car web browser and win a Model 3

Sun, 24 Mar 2019 00:44:12 +0000
A pair of security researchers dominated Pwn2Own, the annual high-profile hacking contest, taking home $375,000 in prizes including a Tesla Model 3 — their reward for successfully exposing a vulnerability in the electric vehicle’s infotainment system. Tesla handed over its new Model 3 sedan to Pwn2Own this year, the first time a car has been […]
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Flying taxi startup Blade is helping Silicon Valley CEOs bypass traffic

Sat, 23 Mar 2019 19:34:30 +0000
Blade, backed by Lerer Hippeau and Airbus, has begun chauffering the Bay Area's elite.
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A family tracking app was leaking real-time location data

Sat, 23 Mar 2019 19:13:36 +0000
A popular family tracking app was leaking the real-time locations of more than 238,000 users for weeks after the developer left a server exposed without a password. The app, Family Locator, built by Australia-based software house React Apps, allows families to track each other in real-time, such as spouses or parents wanting to know where […]
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A week of game streaming and earthquakes

Sat, 23 Mar 2019 18:01:34 +0000
From Extra Crunch We hope all of you enjoyed the conversation with Eric Peckham and Lucas Matney on GDC and game streaming. For those who couldn’t join, a transcript should be coming shortly. Our enterprise reporter Ron Miller has a dive into how Salesforce became the model for enterprise SaaS companies, with some great early […]
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Planning for the uncertain future of work

Sat, 23 Mar 2019 17:35:31 +0000
In a recently published, roughly 75-page report, British non-profit organization The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts (RSA) outlined several scenarios for how the UK labor market will be impacted by frontier technologies such as automation, AI, AVs and more. The analysis titled “The Four Futures of Work” was conducted in collaboration with design […]
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Corporate biotech venture funding rises again

Sat, 23 Mar 2019 17:33:37 +0000
Biotech venture funding has been on a tear for the past couple of years, and corporate investors in the space are doing their part to boost the totals.
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The damage of defaults

Sat, 23 Mar 2019 17:00:01 +0000
Apple popped out a new pair of AirPods this week. The design looks exactly like the old pair of AirPods. Which means I’m never going to use them because Apple’s bulbous earbuds don’t fit my ears. Think square peg, round hole. The only way I could rock AirPods would be to walk around with hands […]
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How Nuro plans to spend Softbank’s $940 million

Sat, 23 Mar 2019 15:30:49 +0000
Autonomous delivery startup Nuro is bursting with ideas since SoftBank invested nearly $1 billion in February, new filings reveal. A recent patent application details how its R1 self-driving vehicle could carry smaller robots to cross lawns or climb stairs to drop off packages. The company has even taken the step of trademarking the name “Fido” […]
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Startups Weekly: A much-needed unicorn IPO update

Sat, 23 Mar 2019 12:00:25 +0000
In this week's newsletter: Details on Pinterest, Lyft, Uber and Zoom's upcoming IPOs, plus Glossier and Rent The Runway's big rounds.
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Elon Musk defends tweets in SEC’s contempt proceedings

Sat, 23 Mar 2019 01:00:36 +0000
Tesla CEO Elon Musk argued Friday that his Twitter use did not violate a settlement agreement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and that the agency’s request to have him held in contempt is based on a “radical interpretation” of the order, according to court papers filed in Manhattan federal court. The SEC has asked […]
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What’s the cost of buying users from Facebook and 13 other ad networks?

Sat, 23 Mar 2019 00:30:57 +0000
This post reveals the cost of acquiring a customer on every ad channel my agency has tested.
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