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  • Hack on 8 adult websites exposes oodles of intimate user data A recovered 98MB file underscores the risks of trusting personal info to strangers. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new ...
  • China is funding the future of American biotech Silicon Valley is in the midst of a health craze, and it is being driven by “Eastern” medicine. It’s been a record year for US medical investing, but investors in Beijing and Shanghai are now increasingly leading the largest deals for US life science and biotech companies. In fact, Chinese venture firms have invested more this ...
  • Rocket Report: Why SpaceX stays in LA, Russia moves on, buy a missile silo “THIS IS THE SURVIVALIST DREAM PROPERTY.” Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in ...
  • Stocks To Watch: Tech Earnings Bellwethers Set To Test Rally Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)
  • Collapse of ancient city’s water system may have led to its demise Extreme weather events led to cascading failure of critical water infrastructure. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to ...
  • In State Tectonics, an explosive ending for the future of democracy An omnipotent data infrastructure and knowledge-sharing tech organization has spread across the planet. Global conspiracies to disseminate propaganda and rig elections are ever present. Algorithms determine what people see as objective truth, and terrorist organizations gird to bring down the monopoly on information. Malka Older faces a problem few speculative science fiction authors face in ...
  • Hackers breach Healthcare.gov system, taking files on 75,000 people A government system used by insurance agents and brokers to help customers sign up for healthcare plans was breached, allowing hackers to siphon off sensitive and personal data on 75,000 people. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services confirmed the breach in a late Friday announcement, but revealed few details about the contents of the ...
  • Microsoft’s problem isn’t how often it updates Windows—it’s how it develops it Buggy updates point at deeper problems. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in ...
  • Gearing up to step into virtual reality For the past two years, we’ve been closely following the advances of new VR experiences. Much of this gear is still in development, but if you’re eager to dive in and get a sense of what’s available right now, we’ve put together our current recommendations for mobile, PC, console and budget VR headsets. Share this:Click to ...
  • Review: Istanbul: The Dice Game rules the bazaar Like chucking dice? Check this game out. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens ...
  • This business card-sized Japanese phone bucks the giant-phone trend Its simple design argues that, sometimes, a phone can just be a phone. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new ...
  • Tesla quietly drops “full self-driving” option as it adds $45,000 Model 3 260-mile range cars use same battery pack but fewer cells to cut the cost. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in ...
  • Two orbiters begin their long journey to Mercury Friday night Only in March 2026 will science activities begin in earnest at Mercury. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click ...
  • Twilio shops, Uber and Lyft IPO scuttlebutt, and Instacart raises $600M Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week we had the Three Excellent Friends (Connie Loizos, Danny Chrichton, and Alex Wilhelm) on hand to kick things about with Scale Venture Partner’s own Rory O’Driscoll. As I’ve written the last few weeks, what a pile ...
  • Another Defender bites the dust as Netflix cancels Luke Cage Harlem’s hero is the latest casualty as Netflix does a little housecleaning. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click ...
  • New material could up efficiency of concentrated solar power Could allow us to generate electricity using supercritical carbon dioxide. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share ...
  • PayPal and American Express expand partnership, will allow use of points for PayPal purchases PayPal this week announced an expanded relationship with American Express that will allow cardholders to use their Membership Rewards points when shopping from PayPal merchants, as well as more integrated experience within both PayPal and the Amex apps, among other things. The deal is similar to those PayPal earlier struck with Visa and MasterCard., and follows a series ...
  • Ars on your lunch break: Theaterwide biotoxic and chemical warfare The interview with Sam Harris wraps up with plenty of existential doom. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click ...
  • Microsoft’s new expense tracker Spend hits the App Store The team behind mileage-tracking app MileIQ, a company Microsoft acquired a few years ago, is out with a new application. This time, the focus isn’t on tracking miles, but rather expenses. The new app, simply called “Spend,” arrived on the App Store on Thursday, offering automatic expense tracking for work reimbursement purposes or for taxes. ...
  • PlayStation Vue is first US pay TV provider to integrate with Apple’s TV app Sony’s live TV streaming service, PlayStation Vue, announced this week it has become the first U.S. pay TV provider to integrate with Apple’s TV app. Until now, Apple’s TV app has featured content from both free and paid on-demand streaming apps like Hulu, Prime Video, HBO NOW, PBS Kids, The CW and others, along with ...
  • Google to charge Android OEMs as much as $40 per phone in EU After the EU ruling, OEMs can unbundle Google’s Android apps, but it will cost them. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens ...
  • Smart home makers hoard your data, but won’t say if the police come for it A decade ago, it was almost inconceivable that nearly every household item could be hooked up to the internet. These days, it’s near impossible to avoid a non-smart home gadget, and they’re vacuuming up a ton of new data that we’d never normally think about. Thermostats know the temperature of your house, and smart cameras ...
  • Comcast gigabit cable ($105 with 1TB data cap) now available in 39 states Comcast gigabit cable rollout is nearly done, but uploads are limited to 35Mbps. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new ...
  • Watch BepiColombo’s twin spacecraft launch tonight on a mission to Mercury Humanity is about to return to the hottest planet in the solar system. BepiColombo is a mission to Mercury conducted jointly by the European and Japanese space agencies, due to launch in just a few hours aboard an Ariane 5 rocket. But while there’s just the one launch, there are two spacecraft. Share this:Click to email ...
  • Lessons from building Brex into a billion-dollar startup When I think about my experience as an immigrant and entrepreneur in Silicon Valley, I remember growing up in Brazil and how we saw tech founders and CEOs as kings. We imagined what it would be like to assume the throne. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on ...
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook calls on Bloomberg to retract its Chinese spy story “We were very clear with them that this did not happen,” Cook tells BuzzFeed. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in ...
  • Convene uses landlord partnership model to outclass WeWork Recent reports that Softbank may take a majority stake in WeWork has added fuel to the already hot market for start-ups in the workspace and property tech sectors. One of the more compelling companies that stands to benefit from this trend is New York-based Convene. Started by co-founders Ryan Simonetti (CEO) and Chris Kelly (President), ...
  • More exclusive than a supercar: A beginner’s guide to buying a GT3 race car Automakers are selling hundreds of these turn-key racing supercars. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on ...
  • Entire broadband industry sues Vermont to stop state net neutrality law State law says ISPs must follow net neutrality to get government contracts. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click ...
  • Facebook launches ‘Hunt for False News’ debunk blog as fakery drops 50% Facebook hopes detailing concrete examples of fake news it’s caught — or missed — could improve news literacy, or at least prove it’s attacking the misinformation problem. Today Facebook launched “The Hunt for False News,” in which it examines viral B.S., relays the decisions of its third-party fact-checkers and explains how the story was tracked ...
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 review: War games, now with battle royale! Even with new modes and without single-player, it’s still just Call of Duty. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new ...
  • Hiver lets you manage shared email addresses from Gmail Meet Hiver, a service that lets you collaborate on generic email addresses, such as jobs@yourcompany.com, support@, sales@, etc. Hiver isn’t the only company working on shared inboxes. But compared to Front, everything happens in Gmail directly. To be fair, Front has been doing a fantastic job when it comes to multiplayer email — and the company ...
  • Vivaldi 2.0 review: The modern Web browser does not have to be so bland Vivaldi says about half of all the 2.0 features come from user feedback and suggestions. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens ...
  • Embracing multimodality, Uber pioneers ride recommendations For the first time, Uber will make contextual, personalized suggestions about the best way to get from point A to point B. The startup offers more than just cars now, and it’s starting to understand the trade-offs between price, speed, convenience and comfort amidst its multi-modal fleet. Most noticeably, you’ll soon see JUMP bikes get ...
  • Video: What to expect from the Oculus Quest Sam Machkovech details six important points about the $400 standalone VR headset. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click ...
  • What watching Forrest Gump tells us about how we store memories People’s brains respond most strongly to transitions between events. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on ...
  • Funderbeam CEO to talk about disrupting startup funding at Disrupt Berlin Startup funding hasn’t changed much in the past decade. Funderbeam is an interesting company trying to turn everything upside down using a marketplace approach, a modern syndication system and a blockchain-based platform. I’m excited to announce that Funderbeam founder and CEO Kaidi Ruusalepp will come to TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin. The first boom of venture capital ...
  • The Petit Le Mans: More proof we’re in a golden age for sportscar racing This year’s IMSA championships were sealed over a nail-biting 10-hour finale. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to ...
  • “There’s more in the making”—Apple announces October 30 event Reports suggest iPad Pros will headline, and new Macs are possible, too. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click ...
  • Jane.VC, a new fund for female entrepreneurs, wants founders to cold email them Want to pitch a venture capitalist? You’ll need a “warm introduction” first. At least that’s what most in the business will advise. Find a person, typically a man, who made the VC you’re interested in pitching a whole bunch of money at some point and have them introduce you. Why? Because VCs love people who’ve ...
  • Samsung launches Snapdragon 850-powered Windows 2-in-1 Snapdragon 850 is Qualcomm’s first chip explicitly for PC form factors. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to ...
  • Twilio launches a new SIM card and narrowband dev kit for IoT developers Twilio is hosting its Signal developer conference in San Francisco this week. Yesterday was all about bots and taking payments over the phone; today is all about IoT. The company is launching two new (but related) products today that will make it easier for IoT developers to connect their devices. The first is the Global ...
  • Dealmaster: Hot deals on an Asus ROG gaming laptop and more Plus deals for Tiles, the new Intel i9-9900K CPU, and Audible. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to ...
  • E-moto startup Alta Motors reportedly powers down Brisbane, California based e-motorcycle startup Alta Motors has ceased operations, TechCrunch has confirmed.  Earlier today Asphalt and Rubber — and several subsequent outlets — reported the company stopped operating this morning, fired its staff, and may be looking for a buyer. Alta has yet to comment on the situation. “As of this morning I no longer represent ...
  • New study argues against some of the oldest evidence for life Are these 3.7 billion-year-old fossils or just messed-up bedrock? Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on ...
  • Why figuring out what’s behind a big gender paradox won’t be easy But historical relationships between countries haven’t been taken into account. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share ...
  • 6D.ai opens up its beta After wrestling for more than a decade with the development of a technology that would create a three-dimensional map of the physical world, the team at 6D.ai is finally ready to open up to developers its toolkit that the company says has done exactly that. When company chief executive Matt Miesnieks announced the launch of ...
  • Twitter publishes dump of accounts tied to Russian, Iranian influence campaigns Archive for researchers provides picture of Internet Research Agency’s influence ops. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to ...
  • Amazon says it will add 1,000 more employees in the UK, bringing the total to 28,500, bucking the Brexit chill A lot of uncertainty hangs over the U.K. as it continues its slow march out of the European Union, but today one of the world’s biggest companies announced plans to expand its presence in the country. Amazon today said it would add another 1,000 workers in the U.K., including establishing its first corporate and R&D ...
  • Ajit Pai killed rules that could have helped Florida recover from hurricane Pai blames carriers, but he killed rules that were spurred by Hurricane Sandy. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new ...
  • Orkney Islands routes are front-runners for first commercial electric flights The eight-seat passenger aircraft could be retrofitted to go all-electric. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share ...
  • Microsoft making more of the Windows 10 built-in apps removable Sadly, Candy Crush looks set to remain. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens ...
  • Google improves Android App Bundles and makes building Instant Apps easier Google is launching a number of new features for Android app developers today that will make it easier for them to build smaller apps that download faster and to release instant apps that allow potential users to trial a new app without having to install it. Android App Bundles, a feature that allows developers to modularize their ...
  • Essential circles the drain, lays off 30 percent of staff Essential loses staff, keeps pivoting from one internal product to another. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to ...
  • Some of this year’s best microscopy images Some of this year’s best images, courtesy of Nikon. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on ...
  • Proxxi saves workers from getting electrocuted There are some gadgets that are nice to have – iPhones, sous vide wands – and some gadgets that you must have. Proxxi fits in the latter camp. Proxxi is an always-on sensor that buzzes when it gets too close to high voltage electricity. Its worn by mechanics and electricians and warns them when they ...
  • Rocket Lab reveals new factory and launch site, aims for 16 flights next year “We’re not focusing on the next rocket. We’re focusing on the next 100 rockets.” Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in ...
  • Review: The BMW X4 can’t decide what it wants to be The X4 is an odd bird: Fun to drive but with serious compromises. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new ...
  • Take a video tour of Facebook’s election security war room Beneath an American flag, 20 people packed tight into a beige conference room are Facebook’s, and so too the Internet’s, first line of defence for democracy. This is Facebook election security war room. Screens visualize influxes of foreign political content and voter suppression attempts as high-ranking team members from across divisions at Facebook, Instagram, and ...
  • Fortnite, GTA V hackers face legal action for online cheating Take-Two, Epic Games use lawsuits, search warrants in battle against cheaters. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to ...
  • Ars on your lunch break: Getting high and breaking faith Part two of a chat with Sam Harris takes us on an MDMA-fueled journey to enlightenment. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ ...
  • After $5 billion EU antitrust fine, Google will start charging for Android apps Google announces a number of Android licensing changes in response to the EC’s ruling. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in ...
  • Cryptocurrency wallet startup Cobo raises $13M Series A to enter the U.S. and Southeast Asia Cobo, a cryptocurrency wallet startup headquartered in Beijing, has raised a $13 million Series A to enter new international markets. The round was led by DHVC and Wu Capital, a family office based in China. Cobo plans to expand in the United States and Southeast Asia, in particular Vietnam and Indonesia. Cobo is also now ...
  • Meet Helm, the startup taking on Gmail with a server that runs in your home Fee-based service couples the security of a private server with the reliability of the cloud. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens ...
  • MIT researchers say memory splitting breakthrough could prevent another Meltdown or Spectre Virtually every modern computer processor was thrown under the bus earlier this year when researchers found a fundamental design weakness in Intel, AMD and ARM chips, making it possible to steal sensitive data from the computer’s memory. The Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities — which date back to 1995 — punched holes in the walls that ...
  • PwC staves off disruption with immersive emerging tech training The big accounting firms are under pressure from digital disruption just like every industry these days, but PwC is trying a proactive approach with a digital accelerator program designed to train employees for the next generation of jobs. To do this, PwC is not just providing some additional training resources and calling it a day. ...
  • Up to 9.5 million net neutrality comments were made with stolen identities NY AG subpoenas lobby firms, says fake comments “distort public opinion.” Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to ...
  • New 100-mile electric van matches diesel vans on price, Workhorse says Ohio company is low-key delivering on electric promises. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest ...
  • Spotify comes to Wear OS with stand-alone app, Spotify Connect support Browse, play, and add songs to your library from Spotify’s new on-wrist app. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new ...
  • Gillette partners with Formlabs to 3D print razor handles 3D printing for manufacturing is one of those things that gets talked about a lot, but we’ve yet to see a lot of truly mainstream applications for the technology. A new partnership between Gillette and MIT-born startup Formlabs offers an interesting potential peek into such a future. Granted, customized razor handles is probably more of ...
  • Report: Former top Waymo engineer altered code to go on “forbidden routes” The New Yorker releases blockbuster story about Waymo’s origins. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on ...
  • Building a great startup requires more than genius and a great invention Shahin Farshchi Contributor Shahin Farshchi is a partner at Lux Capital. More posts by this contributor The dos and don’ts of crafting frontier-tech companies Five billion-dollar businesses for the driverless future Many entrepreneurs assume that an invention carries intrinsic value, but that assumption is a fallacy. Here, the examples of the 19th and 20th century ...
  • How did Easter Islanders survive without wells or streams? The ancient Rapanui captured fresh groundwater where it seeped into the sea. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click ...
  • Essential lays off nearly one-third of its staff Layoffs are never an easy pill to swallow, but for Essential, it seems the writing was on the wall for a while with this one. After months of reports highlighting its struggles, the Andy Rubin-led smartphone startup has announced some major layoffs. All told, the company will be losing around 30 percent of its staff. ...
  • Mad scientists flip the Earth’s spin in climate models, watch water go nuts A fun climate model experiment shows how much depends on Earth’s rotation. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click ...
  • Crypto Quantique unveils its ‘quantum driven secure chip’ for IoT devices With Gartner estimating that there will be 150 billion connected devices by 2030 — many of them mission critical, such as powering major national infrastructure — the risk and realisation that these devices aren’t secured properly is leading some cyber security experts to predict that there is a large-scale disaster waiting to happen. And the ...
  • Hulu’s Live TV service may add ‘skinnier’ bundles of news, sports and entertainment programming Hulu is planning to change up its live TV service by dropping channels from its core offering to instead create smaller “bundles” of sports, news, and entertainment programming, according to an interview with Hulu CEO Randy Freer in The Information. The changes, which would make Hulu more of a direct competitor to skinny bundle providers ...
  • Tesla buys 210-acre site for factory in Shanghai A factory would help Tesla compete with cheaper local electric vehicles. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to ...
  • Epsagon emerges from stealth with serverless monitoring tool Epsagon, an Israeli startup, launched today with a new serverless tool that helps customers monitor infrastructure, even when they don’t know where or what that is. That’s the nature of serverless of course. It involves ephemeral resources. Developers build a series of event triggers and the cloud vendor spins up the necessary resources as needed. ...
  • Volvo’s new V60 is proof the station wagon must never die Or, “why the Volvo V60 is almost entirely unlike the most dangerous Group B rally car”. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ ...
  • Applied gets $2M to make hiring fairer — using algorithms, not AI London-based startup Applied has bagged £1.5M (~$2M) in seed funding for a fresh, diversity-sensitive approach to recruitment that deconstructs and reworks the traditional CV-bound process, drawing on behavioural science to level the playing field and help employers fill vacancies with skilled candidates they might otherwise have overlooked. Fairer hiring is the pitch. “If you’re hiring for ...
  • Dealmaster: Get a Google Daydream View VR headset for $40 Plus deals on AMD processors, storage, the Nvidia Shield, and more. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to ...
  • Cognata raises $18.5M as race to deploy autonomous vehicles quickens Cognata has raised $18.5 million in a funding round led by Scale Venture Partners, fresh capital that the Israeli autonomous simulation startup will use to meet demand for technology that will help companies speed up the deployment of self-driving vehicles. Cognata founder and CEO Danny Atsmon told TechCrunch the company, which has 28 employees, will ...
  • Advertisers allege Facebook hid the fact that no one watches video ads If no one watches Facebook video ads, then advertisers won’t spend money on them. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in ...
  • Roborace wants the future of racing to be AI plus humans, working together After a successful pilot in Berlin, races will see teams of human and AI drivers. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens ...
  • Smule raises $20M, with plans to expand India operations App maker turned music social network Smule has raised another $20 million. The latest round follows a $54 million raise in May of last year, led by Tencent, intent on helping the company expand Asia operations. This time out, funding is arriving via Times Bridge, the VC wing of India media conglomerate The Times Group. ...
  • An interactive MTV Real World is coming to Facebook Watch The world’s first hit reality show “The Real World” is being reimagined for Facebook Watch 26 years after it debuted on cable. Come Spring 2019, fans will get a chance to vote on who’ll join as the final cast member and connect with the housemates through Facebook Watch Party’s synchronized viewing chat rooms as they ...
  • European late-stage FinTech startups get a boost with new Corviglia fund In a boost to late-stage funding for FinTech startups looking to scale-up without having to leave Europe, what claims to be the largest growth equity fund for Fintech in Europe launches today. The Corviglia Capital Fund will be deployed from Luxembourg and has secured $250M as a first closing for its first three years of ...
  • 21-year-old who created powerful RAT software sentenced to 30 months DOJ says Colton Grubbs “has no respect for the law.” Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share ...
  • Starlink: Battle for Atlas review: Cool toys, solid spacefaring No Man’s Sky in miniature, plus some neat miniature spaceship toys. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to ...
  • Samsung acquires network analytics startup Zhilabs to help its transition to 5G Samsung Electronics is betting that acquiring Zhilabs, a real-time networks analytics startup based in Barcelona, will ease its transition from 4G to 5G technologies. Financial details of the deal, which was announced today, have not been disclosed. Zhilabs will be fully owned by Samsung, but it will continue to operate independently under its own management. ...
  • Trump’s coal rescue is getting more complicated Politico report says political will to bail out coal plants is weak at the White House. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ ...
  • YouTube has been down for more than an hour No, it’s not just you. As of Tuesday evening Pacific Time, YouTube was down for many users. The outage appears to have begun some time around 6:15 p.m., making this a pretty long outage for such a major site. Thanks for your reports about YouTube, YouTube TV and YouTube Music access issues. We’re working on ...
  • Bug in libssh could make it amazingly easy for hackers to gain root access How many servers have been affected remains unclear. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest ...
  • Google tweaks Android licensing terms in Europe to allow Google app unbundling — for a fee Google has announced changes to the licensing model for its Android mobile operating system in Europe,  including introducing a fee for licensing some of its own brand apps, saying it’s doing so to comply with a major European antitrust ruling this summer. In July the region’s antitrust regulators hit Google with a recordbreaking $5BN fine for ...
  • Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla come together to end TLS 1.0 Almost everyone has now migrated to TLS 1.2, and a few have moved to TLS 1.3. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ ...
  • Netflix shares are up after the streaming service adds nearly 7M new subscribers in Q3 After a disappointing second quarter, Netflix is back in Wall Street’s good graces. The company just released its third quarter earnings report, and as of 5:30pm East Coast time, the stock is up 12 percent in after hours trading. The most important number here is subscriber growth, and that’s where Netflix came in way ahead ...
  • Ajit Pai slams carriers for slow restoration of cell service after hurricane Verizon network still in bad shape—FCC demands refunds and will investigate. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to ...
  • Coinbase now lets you buy and sell ZRX Coinbase’s newest asset is live. On Tuesday the popular U.S.-based cryptocurrency platform added support for ZRX, the token representing the 0x Project. On Coinbase, ZRX joins the rarified ranks of Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Ethereum Classic and Litecoin. ZRX is launching at https://t.co/bCG11KveHS and in the iOS and Android apps within the next 15 minutes. ...
  • Comcast complains it will make less money under Calif. net neutrality law Comcast fears it won’t be able to charge online platforms for interconnection. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click ...