Bored of the coins

Sun, 17 Nov 2019 20:00:10 +0000
Something strange is afoot in the world of cryptocurrencies. For the first time since Satoshi dropped Bitcoin on us like a benevolent bomb, this painfully new, highly bizarre field has become … well … boring. The true believers will tell you that great strides are being made, and the mainstream breakthrough is just around the […]
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China Roundup: Alibaba’s Hong Kong listing and Tencent’s new fuel

Sun, 17 Nov 2019 17:00:28 +0000
Hello and welcome back to TechCrunch’s China Roundup, a digest of recent events shaping the Chinese tech landscape and what they mean to people in the rest of the world. The earnings season is here. This week, long-time archrivals in the Chinese internet battlefield — Alibaba and Tencent — made some big revelations about their […]
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The man behind Bezos’ next lunar guidance system talks future tech

Sun, 17 Nov 2019 16:58:24 +0000
Draper, the MIT spin-off engineering lab, is famed for developing the Apollo 11 Guidance Computer (not Draper Esprit, I hasten to add). Ken Gabriel, President and CEO, also recently made a major announcement. Blue Origin has now partnered with Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman to build elements of the company’s human-rated lunar lander, and Draper […]
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Iran shuts down country’s internet in the wake of fuel protests

Sun, 17 Nov 2019 11:58:20 +0000
Iran, one of the countries most strongly identified with the rise cyber terrorism and malicious hacking, appears now to be using an iron fist to turn on its own. The country has reportedly shut down nearly all internet access in the country in retaliation to escalating protests that were originally ignited by a rise in […]
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Army photogrammetry technique makes 3D aerial maps in minutes

Sat, 16 Nov 2019 20:45:22 +0000
Aerial imagery is a common asset in military matters, but 3D maps can be difficult to collect on short notice without specialized equipment. This new photogrammetry technique from the Army Corps of Engineers, however, can make accurate 3D maps from ordinary aerial footage in just minutes. Photogrammetry is the process of comparing multiple photos of […]
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‘Magic: The Gathering’ game maker exposed 452,000 players’ account data

Sat, 16 Nov 2019 19:28:09 +0000
The maker of Magic: The Gathering has confirmed that a security lapse exposed the data on hundreds of thousands of game players. The game’s developer, the Washington-based Wizards of the Coast, left a database backup file in a public Amazon Web Services storage bucket. But there was no password on the storage bucket, allowing anyone […]
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This Week in Apps: Apple’s vaping app ban, Disney+ gets installed, apps gear up for Black Friday

Sat, 16 Nov 2019 15:41:05 +0000
Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support, and the money that flows through it all. What are developers talking about? What do app publishers and marketers need to know? How are politics impacting the App Store and app businesses? And which […]
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The House and Senate finally agree on something: Robocalls

Fri, 15 Nov 2019 23:48:50 +0000
In these times of political strife, it's nice that despite our differences we can still band together as a nation in the face of a catastrophe that affects us all equally. I speak, of course, of robocalls, and it seems that the House and Senate have put their differences aside for the present in order to collaborate on a law combating this scourge.
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Those crappy pre-installed Android apps can be full of security holes

Fri, 15 Nov 2019 23:00:25 +0000
If you’ve ever bought an Android phone, there’s a good chance you booted it up to find it pre-loaded with junk you definitely didn’t ask for. These pre-installed apps can be clunky, annoying to remove, rarely updated… and, it turns out, full of security holes. Security firm Kryptowire built a tool to automatically scan a […]
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Facebook’s Libra code chugs along ignoring regulatory deadlock

Fri, 15 Nov 2019 21:50:13 +0000
“5 months and growing strong” the Libra Association announced today in a post about its technical infrastructure that completely omits the fierce regulatory backlash to its cryptocurrency. Forty wallets, tools and block explorers plus 1,700 GitHub commits have how now been built on its blockchain testnet that’s seen 51,000 mock transactions in the past two […]
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Why Salesforce is moving Marketing Cloud to Microsoft Azure

Fri, 15 Nov 2019 21:30:48 +0000
When Salesforce announced this week that it was moving Marketing Cloud to Microsoft Azure, it was easy to see this as another case of wacky enterprise partnerships. But there had to be sound business reasons why the partnership came together, rather than going with AWS or Google Cloud Platform, both of which are also Salesforce […]
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D-Wave sticks with its approach to quantum computing

Fri, 15 Nov 2019 21:00:16 +0000
Earlier this month, at the WebSummit conference in Lisbon, D-Wave and Volkswagen teamed up to manage a fleet of buses using a new system that, among other things, used D-Wave’s quantum technology to help generate the most efficient routes. While D-Wave’s 2000Q only played a small part in this process, it’s nevertheless a sign that […]
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VC Cyan Banister on who decides what at Founders Fund (and much more)

Fri, 15 Nov 2019 20:28:28 +0000
Cyan Banister is an American success story. A homeless teenager who originally supported herself by making hemp necklaces, then silk-screen T-shirts, she went on to become a self-taught engineer and to later hold several management roles at the security startup IronPort. It was a life-changing experience for her. She made an early fortune when it […]
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Daily Crunch: TikTok starts experimenting with commerce

Fri, 15 Nov 2019 20:20:33 +0000
The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. TikTok tests social commerce The short-form video app said it’s allowing some users to add links to e-commerce sites (or any […]
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Three of Apple and Google’s former star chip designers launch NUVIA with $53M in series A funding

Fri, 15 Nov 2019 20:08:44 +0000
Silicon is apparently the new gold these days, or so VCs hope. What was once a no-go zone for venture investors, who feared the long development lead times and high technical risk required for new entrants in the semiconductor field, has now turned into one of the hottest investment areas for enterprise and data VCs. […]
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Twitter makes its political ad ban official

Fri, 15 Nov 2019 19:45:45 +0000
The ban on political ads announced by Twitter two weeks ago has come into effect, and the rules are surprisingly simple — perhaps too simple. No political content as they define it may be promoted; Candidates, parties, governments or officials, PACs, and certain political nonprofit groups are banned from promoting content altogether.
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You’ve heard of CRISPR, now meet its newer, savvier cousin CRISPR Prime

Fri, 15 Nov 2019 19:42:00 +0000
CRISPR, the revolutionary ability to snip out and alter genes with scissor-like precision, has exploded in popularity over the last few years and is generally seen as the standalone wizard of modern gene-editing. However, it’s not a perfect system, sometimes cutting at the wrong place, not working as intended and leaving scientists scratching their heads. […]
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Hulu increases price for live TV by $10, to $55 per month

Fri, 15 Nov 2019 19:35:37 +0000
Hulu just sent an email to subscribers of its Hulu + Live TV plan announcing that the price of the basic live TV plan will increase from $44.99 per month to $54.99 per month. This is Hulu + Live TV’s second price hike this year, with a $5 increase in January, followed by this twice-as-large […]
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More layoffs at pivoting London ed tech startup pi-top

Fri, 15 Nov 2019 18:28:29 +0000
London ed tech startup pi-top has gone through another round of layoffs, TechCrunch has learned. Pi-top confirmed that eight jobs have been cut in the London office, saying the job losses resulted from “restructuring our business to focus on the U.S. education market.” In August we broke the news that the STEM hardware-focused company had […]
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Know your startup’s value so you can communicate it to investors

Fri, 15 Nov 2019 18:19:51 +0000
Understanding whether you’re creating or destroying value is the first step in communicating to investors why your company is worth their money.
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