Nintendo’s bringing DIY robots and more to the Switch using cardboard

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 22:11:32 +0000
 Nintendo’s big new surprise interactive experience for the Switch is now official, and it’s basically a maker kit for the portable console which uses cardboard component pieces to allow people to build a range of different creations and play with them using the console to power games that interact with the DIY components. NintendoLabo is like a next-level Lego, with kits that let… Read More
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Chariot expands to Columbus, Ohio with JPMorgan Chase commuter shuttle

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 22:00:13 +0000
 Ford’s Chariot shared commuter shuttle service is expanding to its latest new market: Columbus, Ohio. The Columbus launch is in partnership with JPMorgan Chase, and initial service in the area will be specifically a shuttle for the company’s 400 Corporate Center employees located within the city. Chariot will operate daily shuttles for these employees staring on January 22, and… Read More
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Volumetric photogrammetry — big words, bigger impact on VR

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 21:00:25 +0000
 Virtual reality: Most people have at least a rudimentary understanding of what the term means. For consumers, VR generally means strapping on a head-mounted display, stepping into a new world and enjoying the experience. The enveloping nature of VR allows people to explore environments in 360-degrees, but for most, how these immersive worlds are created is a mystery. Read More
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Google is rolling out a fix for those Home-related Wi-Fi issues

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:56:30 +0000
 In the latest of a recent spate of bugs plaguing Google’s most recent hardware offerings, a number of Home and Chromecast users have been reporting issues around their devices’ Wi-Fi connectivity this week. Google has since acknowledged the issue on its support page, noting that “In certain situations, a bug in the Cast software on Android phones may incorrectly send a… Read More
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The Last Mile is launching its coding program at a women’s prison in Indiana

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:49:35 +0000
 The Last Mile, a coding program that first launched inside California’s San Quentin State Prison, has expanded to its first out-of-state prison. Yesterday, The Last Mile announced its plans to launch at the Indiana Women’s Prison with support from Governor Eric J. Holcomb. Read More
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Apple greenlights new Reese Witherspoon-backed comedy series starring Kristen Wiig

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:36:43 +0000
 Apple has landed its first half-hour comedy series, according to a new report from The Hollywood Reporter. The series, which will be exec-produced by and star SNL vet Kristen Wiig, hails from Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine. This is the third project from Hello Sunshine that Apple has picked up to aid in its streaming TV ambitions. Read More
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Giphy builds transparent GIF library for Instagram Stories

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:26:18 +0000
 Instagram now lets some users slap background-less GIFs sourced from Giphy onto their Instagram Stories. Rolling out for wider testing with a Giphy-branded design, the new GIF sticker engine could further differentiate Instagram Stories from Snapchat, which has yet to embrace the animation trend. Read More
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Study shows software used to predict repeat offenders is no better at it than untrained humans

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:23:26 +0000
 COMPAS, a piece of software commonly used in the justice system to predict which offenders will find themselves behind bars again, is no better than soliciting random people on Mechanical Turk to determine the same thing, a new study has found. Oh, and they’re both racially biased. Read More
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Twitch co-founder Kevin Lin exits COO role, now filled by former Pandora COO Sara Clemens

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:00:20 +0000
 Twitch today announced its co-founder Kevin Lin will be stepping down from the COO role at the company, amid a series of new executive hires. Lin will continue to work at Twitch in a newly developed, and still unnamed, role leading “Culture, Strategy & Innovation,” which reports directly to Twitch CEO Emmett Shear. Replacing Lin as COO is former Pandora COO Sara Clemens. Read More
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Amazon’s Echo, Alexa and Music Unlimited are hitting Australia and New Zealand next month

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:57:49 +0000
 Amazon announced its intentions to launch the Echo down under during its big AWS Re:Invent show back in November. Details were pretty light on the offering at the time, but now the company’s back with specifics a few weeks ahead of availability. Read More
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Apple pledges $350 billion investment in US economy over next five years

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:07:09 +0000
 Apple is about to give the U.S. economy a huge boost in the form of a $350 billion five-year investment. As part of that, it will commit $55 billion this year alone and plans on adding 20,000 new jobs over that time frame. Following in the footsteps of Amazon, it also plans to add a new campus somewhere in the U.S. this year. There is a lot of news here. Read More
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Siri’s podcast-promoting ‘Give me the News’ feature is now out of beta

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:41:49 +0000
 A few weeks back, Apple added “Give me the news” to Siri’s repertoire of tricks in the latest beta version of iOS. The feature comes as the company is readying its smart assistant for the imminent arrival of the HomePod, the company’s first smart assistant-driven device. The feature is now out of beta here in the States and the U.K. Asking Siri for the news will default… Read More
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Join TechCrunch at our 1st Annual Winter Party

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:34:06 +0000
 If you’re based in the SF Bay Area, you’re likely familiar with the annual party we host with August Capital every summer. After 12 years, that event still sells out fast and gathers top investors and founders in Silicon Valley for an evening of networking and fun. In keeping with that spirit, TechCrunch will be hosting our 1st Annual Winter Party in San Francisco and add a… Read More
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Company builder Entrepreneur First is expanding to Berlin

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:30:35 +0000
 Entrepreneur First (EF), the London-headquartered company builder that invests in individuals “pre-team, pre-idea” to help create new technology startups, is continuing to expand internationally. Following adding an outpost and program in Singapore, in addition to London, the so-called talent-first investor is setting up shop in Berlin, kicking off its first German program this April. Read More
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Google will make page speed a factor in mobile search ranking starting in July

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:19:02 +0000
 Google today announced a significant change in how it ranks websites for mobile searches: it will now take page speed into consideration as one of its signals, the company says. The change, which Google is referring to as the “Speed Update,” will go into effect in July 2018, and will downrank very slow websites under certain conditions. Though speed will become more of a factor… Read More
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Planning your startup’s acquisition just got easier with Slack’s private shared channels

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:00:34 +0000
 A few months ago Slack launched a beta feature called Shared Channels, which let two organizations share a common channel. So for example a startup could have a channel that it shared with its PR firm or lawyers. But sometimes discussions between two companies are too sensitive for the entire company to see, so today slack is rolling out Private Shared Channels. Also still in beta, the… Read More
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Facebook “Watch Party” lets Groups view videos simultaneously

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:00:20 +0000
 Facebook’s turning its push for well-being through active, not passive, content consumption into a feature with its new test of “Watch Party”. It allows Group admins to pick any public video on Facebook and show it to their members at the same time with a dedicated comment reel to create a “shared viewing experience”. Live videos on Facebook generate six times… Read More
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Natural home products startup Grove Collaborative bets niche wins over the Amazonization of everything

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:45:47 +0000
 Who needs Amazon when you can make your own online distribution channel? At least, that’s the idea behind Grove Collaborative, a natural home care products company that ships natural cleaning brands like Method and Mrs. Meyer’s. Co-founder Stuart Landesberg started the company in 2014 after working with retail brands during his time as an investor at TPG. He noticed how limited… Read More
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Mark Zuckerberg wants you to call your congressperson in support of DACA

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:40:24 +0000
 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants you to call your congressperson to act on DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). Since 2012, 800,000 undocumented immigrants have received DACA status. “Every day that Congress doesn’t act more DACA recipients are losing their status,” Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post this morning. If President Donald Trump has his way, DACA… Read More
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The Ocean Solutions Accelerator will nurture companies looking to keep our planet blue

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:28:58 +0000
 You can’t swing a cat in the Bay Area without hitting some startup accelerator or another, but it can be hard to find one with a mission. That’s the easy part with the Ocean Solutions Accelerator, a new program that aims to help advance startups in tech and conservation relating to… you guessed it, the big blue. They’re now accepting applications for their first wave… Read More
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