Fiat Chrysler joins BMW, Intel and Mobileye in developing self-driving platform

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:26:22 +0000
 The joint effort by Mobileye, Intel and BMW to develop an autonomous driving platform that can be used by other automakers has a new partner: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). FCA and the group signed a memorandum of understanding to work together, which opens the door for FCA to contribute to the progress the team has already made. Already, BMW, Intel and Mobileye (which Intel subsequently… Read More
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Apple said to be spending $1 billion on original content in 2018

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:51:56 +0000
 Apple’s ambitions around creating original content seem set to grow: The Wall Street Journal reports that it has a budget of around $1 billion to spend on creating its own programming next year. That’s a budget that begins to approach those of dedicated content creators like HBO, which spent just around twice that last year on its own shows. Apple’s first forays into… Read More
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Tencent posts record $2.7B profit as mobile game revenue tops PC for first time

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:36:47 +0000
 Tencent, Asia’s highest valued technology company, posted a record quarterly profit of $2.7 billion (18.2 billion RMB) thanks to explosive growth from mobile games. The firm’s profit in Q2 2017 rocketed 70 percent year-on-year on the back of the success of Tencent’s mobile games, particularly smash hit Honour of Kings which claims over 200 million registered users. Honour… Read More
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SpaceX’s Dragon capsule successfully attached to ISS

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:35:20 +0000
 SpaceX’s latest International Space Station Resupply mission has completed its latest step, with the Dragon capsule launched on Monday loaded with over 6,400 pounds of supplies successfully docked. Dragon met up with the ISS early Wednesday morning, roughly 36 hours after launching from Kennedy Space Center aboard a Falcon 9 rocket. The Dragon capsule, whose payload includes… Read More
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Global cybersecurity spending to grow 7% to $86.4BN in 2017, says Gartner

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:16:56 +0000
 Analyst Gartner is projecting that worldwide spending on IT security products and services will grow seven per cent, year over year, to reach a total of $86.4 billion in 2017. Read More
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Alipay partners with Yelp to continue its pursuit of Chinese tourist money

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:36:37 +0000
 Ant Financial, the Alibaba affiliated valued at $60 billion, is continuing to follow Chinese tourists and their wallets overseas after it inked a deal with Yelp in the U.S.. The partnership allows Alipay users — and there are over 500 million registered in China — to make payment through the service when they use Yelp for restaurant bookings. The launch initially covers… Read More
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Uber suspends its service in the Philippines following ban over unregistered drivers

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:40:38 +0000
 Uber has suspended its services in Philippines after the national regulator banned it from operating for one month. The country’s Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) ordered a cease and desist against the U.S. ride-hailing firm on Monday over its apparent flouting of a ban on new drivers. The company initially lodged an appeal and continued with its service,… Read More
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Babbel teams up with Cambridge English to launch new language test

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:03:23 +0000
 The Berlin-based language learning service Babbel today announced that it has teamed up with Cambridge English, one the world’s leading providers of English assessments, to launch the aptly named “Babbel English Test powered by Cambridge English.” The new test, which will cost €39, is meant to assess the reading and listening skills of beginning and intermediate students. Read More
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Ghost, the open source blogging system, is ready for prime time

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 04:00:44 +0000
 Four long years ago John O’Nolan released a content management system for bloggers that was as elegant as it was spooky. Called Ghost, the original app was a promising Kickstarter product with little pizazz. Now the app is ready to take on your toughest blogs. O’Nolan just released version 1.0 of the software, a move that updates the tool with the best of modern blogging tools. You… Read More
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Crunch Report | Uber Agrees to 20 Years of Privacy Audits

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 03:00:56 +0000
Amazon debuts instant pickup to order and pick up your stuff within two minutes, Uber agrees to 20 years of privacy audits, Casper’s new mattress and Microsoft buys Cycle Computing. All this on Crunch Report. Read More
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Andrew Ng is raising a $150M AI Fund

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 02:50:08 +0000
 We knew that Andrew Ng had more than just a series of deep learning courses up his sleeve when he announced the first phase of his last week. It’s clear now that the turn of Ng’s three part act is a $150 million venture capital fund, first noted by PEHub, targeting AI investments. Ng, who formerly founded Google’s Brain Team and served as chief scientist at… Read More
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Social virtual reality startup AltspaceVR may not be dead after all

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 02:03:13 +0000
 What is dead in VR may never die, perhaps? Social VR startup AltspaceVR may not be shutting down after all. The company, which raised more than $15 million in funding from GV, Comcast Ventures and others, announced last month that it was unexpectedly closing its virtual doors after a funding deal fell through “at the last second.” But oddly, less than a month later, the startup… Read More
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Privacy advocates advise Supreme Court to protect phone location data under the 4th Amendment

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 01:21:35 +0000
 Among the Supreme Court’s many upcoming cases is Carpenter v. United States, which will settle the question of whether your location and movements, as determined by the ordinary interactions of your phone with the network, are protected by the Fourth Amendment. Dozens of companies, advocates, experts and interested parties just weighed in ahead of the hearing. Read More
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Uber’s head of developer product leaves citing Kalanick’s ouster

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 01:08:31 +0000
 Without the heavyweight backing for the platform from former CEO Travis Kalanick, Uber’s head of developer product Chris Saad is leaving the company. It’s unclear where the platform will rank in Uber’s revised priorities as it tries to right the ship, and so he tells me he is moving on to a company where working with outside developers is a central focus. Saad stressed… Read More
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TechCrunch launches ‘Original Content,’ a podcast about streaming TV, movies and more

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 23:40:34 +0000
 Each week, TechCrunch’s Anthony Ha and Darrell Etherington talk about what’s new in original streaming shows, movies, comics and more on ‘Original Content.’ Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime – if it’s new, original, and available to stream on the web or mobile, you’ll hear about it on this podcast first (or at least second). Plus, we’ll talk to the… Read More
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Database provider MongoDB has filed confidentially for IPO

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 23:11:28 +0000
 MongoDB has filed confidentially for IPO, sources tell TechCrunch. The company has submitted an S-1 filing in the past few weeks and is aiming to go public before the end of the year. New York-based MongoDB helps companies including Adobe, eBay and Citigroup manage databases. Some of its offerings include its name-bearing MongoDB open source database and the Atlas database-as-a-service… Read More
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FCC’s favors for Sinclair are the natural byproduct of a pro-industry agenda

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 22:21:12 +0000
 Several Representatives are asking for an explanation for why so many of the FCC’s actions seem to benefit Sinclair Broadcast Group, and a New York Times report details a rather cozy relationship between the two. There’s no big conspiracy, though. Sinclair benefits because the FCC is deregulating these industries at their request and on their terms — as Chairman Pai has… Read More
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Separating fiction from feasibility in the future of drone delivery

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 22:00:36 +0000
 From donuts to life-saving anti-venom, drone delivery draws attention to what the technology might look like in a few short years. While the full potential of drones extends beyond transport, there’s little doubt that the fledgling technology will turn consumer package delivery upside down. Read More
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Calling all teachers, educators and mentors: apply to bring your class to Disrupt SF

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 21:05:06 +0000
 Applications are now open for student groups to attend Disrupt SF at Pier 48 on September 19 or September 20. The program is part of Include, TechCrunch’s diversity program aimed at facilitating opportunities for underrepresented groups in tech to gain better access to the startup scene. Read More
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What Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and others are doing to tackle hate speech

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 21:05:01 +0000
 For all the talk about the internet as a great uniter across geographical and ideological divides, it’s just as often used as a tool to deepen divides, as many users are content to stay within their ideological echo chambers. There’s no easy fix, but when hateful rhetoric begins to manifest itself as real-world violence, a failure to take a stand moves beyond theoretical. Read More
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