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Want to learn about African immigrants? Mr. President, meet Africa?s tech sector
 President Trump’s comments about immigrants coming from “shithole” countries are continuing to stir up a shitstorm internationally. And while the language itself is bad enough, the President and his advisors need to also reboot their assumptions about the African continent — not just for the immigration debate but for U.S. foreign policy considerations. Among other… Read More
Source : | 23-Jan-2018 01:05

Android 8.1 can now display Wi-Fi speeds before connecting
 Oreo was a bit of a lackluster update on first launch, but the mobile operating system is getting some nice new tricks with 8.1’s updates. The new Speed Labels feature is one of the more compelling of the bunch, offering estimated network signals prior to logging on. Starting this week, users with 8.1 installed will see one of four qualifiers next to open Wi-Fi networks: Very Fast, Fast,… Read More
Source : | 22-Jan-2018 23:16

The Bowers & Wilkins PX headphones offer big sound at a high price
 The PX headphones are Bowers & Wilkins’ first noise-cancelling headphones. While Bowers & Wilkins is more known for its premium work with high-end speakers, its first foray into noise-cancelling headphones is a win. Overall the Bowers & Wilkins PX wireless headphones boast big sound and a sharp design, but they come at a high price compared to similar offerings by competitors. Read More
Source : | 22-Jan-2018 23:14

Netflix is now worth more than $100B
 Netflix crossed a fun milestone today, crossing the $100 billion mark for its market cap as it once again surprised industry observers with better-than-expected growth in its subscribers. We’ll get to the financial numbers in a minute but, as usual, the big story here is that it continues to wow Wall Street with impressive growth in its subscriber numbers. The company said it added… Read More
Source : | 22-Jan-2018 22:20

Rupert Murdoch wants Facebook to pay for the news
 Rupert Murdoch, the executive chairman of News Corporation, today issued a statement calling for Facebook and Google to subsidize the news traveling through their platforms. In the statement, Murdoch calls on Facebook to pay a carriage fee, as cable companies do with pay TV, to trusted publishers that are posting their content on the social media platform. Read More
Source : | 22-Jan-2018 22:12

AltspaceVR CEO joins Facebook months after selling his startup to Microsoft
 After selling his social virtual reality startup to Microsoft in October, Eric Romo, the co-founder of AltspaceVR, is joining the competing social VR team at Facebook as its product director, where he will be “exploring how VR can help communities connect.” Romo is joining the team that has built Facebook Spaces, a social virtual reality app for chatting and collaborating. Read More
Source : | 22-Jan-2018 22:00

Another short-lived, overfunded startup is shutting down: Primary Data
 A startup that’s operating in stealth mode raises an almost stunning amount of money before it releases a product. Investors write outsized checks to the outfit anyway because of the people involved in it, but before you know it, poof, the company is imploding, and the capital is gone. Read More
Source : | 22-Jan-2018 21:52

Montana governor?s executive order could force ISPs to follow net neutrality rules
 The FCC’s wildly unpopular decision to kill net neutrality has sent legislators, companies and individuals scrambling for ways to keep the Obama-era regulations in place. A new bid by Montana Governor Steve Bullock would cut through much of the red tape and force internet service providers to abide by earlier net neutrality rules. Read More
Source : | 22-Jan-2018 21:47

Linus Torvalds declares Intel fix for Meltdown/Spectre ?COMPLETE AND UTTER GARBAGE?
 The always outspoken Linus Torvalds, best known for his continuing work on the innermost code of Linux systems, has harsh words to say and accusations to level against Intel. His evaluation of Intel’s latest proposed fix for the Meltdown/Spectre issue: “the patches are COMPLETE AND UTTER GARBAGE.” Read More
Source : | 22-Jan-2018 21:24

Apple debuts a dashboard for artists that tracks both streams and purchases
 Apple today launched a new dashboard that will allow artists on Apple Music to track fans’ listening and buying habits and view a variety of analytics about their music, according to Billboard, which had the launch exclusive from Apple. The dashboard, called Apple Music for Artists, is currently available only for select beta users ahead of a broader launch planned for later this spring. Read More
Source : | 22-Jan-2018 20:50

Ex-Uber Maps exec Brian McClendon running for office
 Brian McClendon, a notable engineering executive at startups and large tech companies, including Google and Uber, has announced his candidacy to run for the open seat of secretary of state of Kansas. He will compete in the Democratic primary scheduled for August 7th. McClendon has been a lifelong engineer, growing up in the state and receiving his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering… Read More
Source : | 22-Jan-2018 20:37

Ziro?s robotics kit for kids now works with Alexa
 Ziro is a nifty programmable robotics kit for kids that had a successful Indiegogo campaign last year. And the company behind it, ZeroUI, is still adding new features. By default, Ziro kits come with a smart glove to control your robots. You can use the mobile app to configure gestures based on hand movements. Ziro now also works with Alexa. Read More
Source : | 22-Jan-2018 20:07

Unbound?s Polly Rodriguez talks about the future of sexuality
 Unbound is a self-described sextech webshop for rebellious women, and its founder, Polly Rodriguez, is a unique and fascinating representative for the site. In this Technotopia podcast I talk to Rodriguez about the future of sex toys and why sex robots probably won’t win us over. It’s refreshing to hear someone like Rodriguez talk about the future of human-to-human content and what… Read More
Source : | 22-Jan-2018 19:45

Google is launching an AI research center in France and expanding its office
 Google CEO Sundar Pichai wrote a blog post about Google’s investments in France. In addition to growing Google’s current teams, the company is going to create a new research center dedicated to artificial intelligence and create Google Hubs with local partners around France. Read More
Source : | 22-Jan-2018 19:43

Waymo heads to Atlanta to test its self-driving cars
 Waymo continues to expand the pool of locations where it’s testing its autonomous vehicle tech, and the latest destination is metro Atlanta. The former Google self-driving car company revealed the news on Twitter, noting that it’s expanding considerably its geographic testing footprint now that it’s got fully driverless test vehicles on the road in Phoenix. Read More
Source : | 22-Jan-2018 19:32

How MyHeritage found a new business in DNA
 At first glance, genealogy may seem like a quiet hobby you take up in your retirement, but it’s also a big industry, with the likes of Ancestry, MyHeritage, Helix and others all vying for new users. You’d think that there isn’t much these companies can do to really differentiate themselves from each other, but they all offer a slightly different spin on the core theme of… Read More
Source : | 22-Jan-2018 19:00

YouTube TV and Hulu Live TV now have hundreds of thousands of subscribers, says report
 Hulu and YouTube are battling for subscribers for their respective live TV streaming services, according to a CNBC report out this morning, which says that Hulu Live has grown to 450,000 paying subscribers and YouTube TV has just over 300,000. Both are still trailing competitors, including Dish’s Sling TV and AT&T’s DirecTV Now. Read More
Source : | 22-Jan-2018 18:39

Coinbase hires a new VP of Operations to lead its customer service effort
 Coinbase just announced they’re hiring Tina Bhatnagar as VP of Operations and Technology to lead all operational teams at Coinbase and GDAX. But perhaps most relevant right now is the fact that her responsibilities will include overseeing the fast-growing startup’s customer service division. It’s no secret that Coinbase is in need of some help when it comes to support and… Read More
Source : | 22-Jan-2018 18:15

LA investors smell a winner in direct-to-consumer perfumer Skylar Body
 The consumer investment train keeps rolling through Los Angeles, with organic perfumer Skylar Body becoming the latest brand that investors here are banking on for a big win. The company raised $3 million late last year in a round led by Upfront Ventures, with participation from serial entrepreneur-turned-investor Brian Lee and other top-tier local investors. Read More
Source : | 22-Jan-2018 18:00

How to price cryptocurrencies
 Predicting cryptocurrency prices is a fool’s game, yet this fool is about to try. The drivers of a single cryptocurrency’s value are currently too varied and vague to make assessments based on any one point. News is trending up on Bitcoin? Ethereum looking sluggish? So how do you invest? Or, more correctly, on which currency should you bet? Read More
Source : | 22-Jan-2018 17:54

D-ID nabs $4M to protect images from being read by facial recognition algorithms
 As people become more aware of how their data is used — and abused — in our digital world; and regulations (like GDPR in Europe) are leading more organizations to implement better data protection policies, a startup that is hoping to protect that data found in images — by making it impossible for algorithms to read it — has raised a seed round to help it bring its… Read More
Source : | 22-Jan-2018 13:00

Korea?s Kakao eyes overseas acquisitions following $1 billion raise
 Korea’s Kakao, the internet giant behind the country’s top messaging app, is actively seeking overseas investment opportunities after it raised $1 billion via a placement. Kakao is valued at over $7 billion and its services are used by more than 40 million people. The company, which counts Tencent as an early investor, now appears to be making good on its long-standing plan to… Read More
Source : | 22-Jan-2018 11:50

ViViDoctor raises ?400,000 to bring teleconsultations to Belgium hospitals
 ViViDoctor, a healthtech startup out of Brussels that offers teleconsultations with doctors, has raised €400,000 in seed funding as it continues to sell its service into hospitals. The company enables patients to consult with doctors and other specialists online, including via video conference. Read More
Source : | 22-Jan-2018 10:41

Selfie app Snow, once a Snapchat clone, raises $50M from SoftBank and Sequoia China
 It’s been a while since we heard from Snow, the Snapchat clone app in Asia that Facebook once tried to buy, but today the company behind it has scooped up a $50 million investment from SoftBank and Sequoia China. Snow was started by Naver, the Korean firm behind popular messaging app Line, and it had proven popular in Japan, Korea, China and other markets in Asia thanks to a focus on… Read More
Source : | 22-Jan-2018 07:23

Grab is adding bike-sharing to its ride-hailing service in Southeast Asia
 Grab, Uber’s chief rival across Southeast Asia, appears to be getting into bike-sharing after plans for a joint service with oBike surfaced in Singapore. Last week, an eagle-eyed resident in Singapore shared photos of Grab Cycle bikes — which show an oBike logo, too — being loaded into a van. Grab declined to comment when we asked about an integration, but it wouldn’t be… Read More
Source : | 22-Jan-2018 06:01

Apple partners with Malala Fund to help girls receive quality education
 Apple has teamed up with Malala Fund to support girls’ education, becoming Malala Fund’s first Laureate partner. Founded by Yousafzai and her father, Ziauddin, the Malala Fund aims to empower young girls and help them access the quality education they deserve. With the support of Apple, Malala Fund expects to double the number of grants awarded through its Gulmakai Network and… Read More
Source : | 22-Jan-2018 06:00

Sphero lays off dozens as it shifts focus to education
 Sphero was ready to conquer the world last year. The company quintupled its product release schedule, flying high with the help of a Disney licensing deal that gave the world several Star Wars droids and talking Spider-Man and Lightning McQueen robots. But following a holiday season that failed to live up to expectations, the company recently laid off 45 staff members globally, TechCrunch… Read More
Source : | 22-Jan-2018 00:19

Startups, high-speed rail and California?s infrastructure future
 California is home to two very different innovation worlds. For the readers of TechCrunch, there is the familiar excitement of the startup world, with startups working on longevity and age extension, rockets to Mars, and cars that drive themselves. Hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs, engineers, and product managers are building these futures every day, often on shoestring budgets all in… Read More
Source : | 21-Jan-2018 21:35

Diversifying the blockchain
 “The consensus is that because blockchain is so niche and it’s mostly early adopters who come from tech and finance, that it’s actually less diverse than those industries that are already struggling to be representative of the population at large,” Raine Revere, co-founder of blockchain education startup Maiden, told me on an episode of the CTRL+T podcast. In… Read More
Source : | 21-Jan-2018 18:54

2018 might be Amazon?s year to take a leading role in online advertising
 With WPP’s over 200,000 employees and a $75 billion media book, Sir Martin Sorrell has a uniquely privileged insight into the future of the online advertising industry. And he believes that 2018 might be the year that a third company joins what he calls the Facebook/Google “duopoly” in online advertising and search. Read More
Source : | 21-Jan-2018 18:30

Inside Amazon?s surveillance-powered no-checkout convenience store
 By now many have heard of Amazon’s most audacious attempt to shake up the retail world, the cashless, cashierless Go store. Walk in, grab what you want, and walk out. I got a chance to do just that recently, as well as pick the brain of one of its chief architects. My intention going in was to try to shoplift something and catch these complacent Amazon types napping. But it became clear… Read More
Source : | 21-Jan-2018 16:01

Sex, the final frontier: Cindy Gallop raises $2M from mysterious investor for social sex tech
 “Everything’s a battle,” Cindy Gallop sighs, although it’s clear she relishes those battles. What she means is that the entire Internet has long been divided into two separate, walled fiefdoms: one labelled “pornography,” the other marked with those three dread words “no adult content.” The territory between those two worlds, which she is trying… Read More
Source : | 21-Jan-2018 15:00

Why inclusion in the Google Arts & Culture selfie feature matters
 When Google Arts & Culture’s new selfie-matching feature went viral earlier this week, many people of color found that their results were limited or skewed toward subservient and exoticized figures. In other words, it pretty much captured the experience of exploring most American or European art museums as a minority. Read More
Source : | 21-Jan-2018 14:00

The Chinese think Palo Alto is dumpy
 Good news! The great Raw Water Story of 2017 is finally over. Google tells me that searches went up ten-fold over the raw water craze, but thankfully, humans seem to have filtered out any more stories or follow ups. Silicon Valley can rest easy. But wait! There is another crisis brewing, and it isn’t the animal fecal matter in your algae water. Over the past few days, we’ve seen… Read More
Source : | 20-Jan-2018 22:09

Mike Moritz and the declining America worker
 Storied Sequoia investor Mike Moritz threw fire into the tech Twitter gumbo with his observations of hard-working Chinese workers and slothful Silicon Valley engineers. Moritz, a billionaire, clearly needs page views to fund his retirement. The major money quote about Silicon Valley is this: “In recent months, there have been complaints about the political sensibilities of speakers… Read More
Source : | 20-Jan-2018 21:17

Katalyst.Ventures, a new firm led by Susan Choe, has raised $34 million
 There aren’t a lot of venture funds that are led by a single general partner who happens to be a woman. Sonja Hoel Perkins is one. The longtime Menlo Ventures managing director founded her own venture firm two years ago. Cindy Padnos, who spent four years with Outlook Ventures as a director before founding her own firm, Illuminate Ventures, nine years ago, is another. Now Silicon Valley… Read More
Source : | 20-Jan-2018 20:59

Startup fundraising and exits look bullish for bio and health
 After nearly a year, venture capitalists nabbed their first U.S. acquisition for more than a billion dollars. And it wasn’t a tech startup. Nor was it a company on the list of known unicorns. And it had nothing to do with blockchain. Read More
Source : | 20-Jan-2018 19:10

Women?s March embraces collaborative social app Crunchet
 Today’s nationwide Women’s March attendees will advocate for voter registration through every conceivable social network, so one of its planning organizations has allied with a new app that lets you combine posts from across apps. Crunchet will help the Women’s March Alliance and Chicago march create collages of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Twitch, YouTube, Spotify, and… Read More
Source : | 20-Jan-2018 18:05

 Within a matter of months, the General Data Protection Regulation will apply across the EU and business processing citizens’ data will need to be sure they’re compliant. We explain the major changes incoming and take a look at some possible impacts… Read More
Source : | 20-Jan-2018 18:00

CTRL+T podcast: From Tide Pods to the blockchain
 Blockchain has become the latest buzzword in the technology industry, but many people are still in the dark about just what exactly it means. Thanks to Raine Revere, we have a bit of a better grasp on what the blockchain entails as well as some of its implications. As Revere so eloquently put it, “blockchain is a technology that allows for peer to peer transactions,” she explained… Read More
Source : | 20-Jan-2018 17:30

Apple?s enterprise evolution
 Back in 2010, Apple’s iconic co-founder Steve Jobs was not entirely enthralled with the enterprise. In fact, Jobs is famously quoted as saying, “What I love about the consumer market, that I always hated about the enterprise market, is that we come up with a product, we try to tell everybody about it, and every person votes for themselves.” Read More
Source : | 20-Jan-2018 15:30

Scammers are cashing in on Telegram?s upcoming ICO
 Desperate for an opportunity to jump aboard in the next big thing, cryptocurrency owners are losing money by investing blindly in fake Telegram ICO websites. Chat app Telegram’s upcoming ICO promises to break records with a target raise of $1.2 billion, which may be extended to $2 billion according to new reports. The public sale component isn’t scheduled to launch until March,… Read More
Source : | 20-Jan-2018 11:12

Join the TechCrunch Meetup at the World Economic Forum #TCDavos
 TechCrunch is holding an informal meetup during the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Grab a free ticket here. The event precedes our TechCrunch Meetup the week after in Zug, Switzerland, the so-called Crypto Valley. You can grab a ticket here. The Davos meetup will be co-hosted by Samantha Stein, TechCrunch’s Director of Special Projects & Startup… Read More
Source : | 20-Jan-2018 11:00

Crunch Report | Google and Tencent ink patent agreement
Google inks a patent deal with Tencent, Tile lays off 30 people and Apple hires the tech team from Silicon Valley Data Science (SVDS). All this on Crunch Report. Read More
Source : | 20-Jan-2018 05:00

Yes, cities should indeed fight for tech jobs
 Few events have jolted the urban planning crowd quite like Amazon’s process for selecting the company’s new second headquarters (dubbed HQ2). The company put up a massive carrot of 50,000 jobs and $5 billion in investment, and then proceeded to demand proposals from cities across North America (lovingly written up by Clickhole). Perhaps unsurprisingly, Amazon received 238… Read More
Source : | 20-Jan-2018 03:15

Spend a week fielding sensitive HR complaints in ?Grayscale? web game
 If you’re looking for a way to close out your week that’s entertaining, edifying, and looks like you’re doing real work, check out Chimeria:Grayscale, a game where you act as an HR person dealing with everyday office problems via email. Okay, maybe it doesn’t sound that exciting, but there’s more to it than that. Read More
Source : | 20-Jan-2018 01:18

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