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  • “Wolf’s jaw” star cluster may have inspired parts of Ragnarok myth Passing comets and eclipses may have stoked fears of pending apocalypse 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 ...
  • Tinder tests ‘Swipe Surge’ in US to connect users during peak times Tinder today announced the test of a new in-app experience it’s calling “Swipe Surge,” that will send notifications to users when there’s a spike in Tinder usage in their area. The feature is designed to allow Tinder to better capitalize on real-world events that drive increased usage – like music festivals, parties, or spring break ...
  • Pokémon Let’s Go fits surprisingly well into my grown-up gaming life Review also explores whether Poké Ball Plus is worth an extra $40. (Answer: maybe.) 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 ...
  • Facebook has other ties to Definers, the GOP-led opposition research group In the wake of a fairly catastrophic behind the scenes glimpse into Facebook’s high-level decision making, one question remains: Who brought a controversial Republican opposition research firm into the fold? In a long call with reporters on Thursday, Mark Zuckerberg denied any knowledge of his company’s own dealings with Definers Public Affairs, the firm in ...
  • Musca is the winner of TechCrunch Battlefield Tokyo 2018 TechCrunch is in the heart of Japan and we’ve been hearing from some of Tokyo’s brightest entrepreneurs competing to win the Battlefield startup competition here. We’ve whittled down the group of 20 startups that have presented onstage for our judges, and we’re proud to announce the winner of TechCrunch Tokyo 2018. The winner is Musca! ...
  • Why aren’t chip credit cards stopping “card present” fraud in the US? Fraud is on the rise despite a move to chip cards. 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 ...
  • Wireless throttling: Senators ask four major carriers about video slowdowns Research found throttling of YouTube, Netflix, Amazon, and Skype. 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 ...
  • Court filings accidentally reveal charges against Julian Assange In a turn of events that reads like a plot point from an unreleased Coen Brothers script, information has surfaced revealing that prosecutors have charged embattled Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange. The information came to light as part of the recently unsealed filing of a seemingly unrelated sex crimes case. How Assange’s name and fate appeared ...
  • Africa’s agtech wave gets $10 million richer as Twiga Foods raises more capital Jake Bright Contributor Jake Bright is a writer and author in New York City. He is co-author of The Next Africa. More posts by this contributor Nigerian data analytics company Terragon acquires Asian mobile ad firm Bizense Africa Roundup: Local VC funds surge, Naspers ramps up and fintech diversifies Kenya’s Twiga Foods has raised $10 million from ...
  • New anti-gonorrhea drug called “metal as f–k” Multi-drug resistant gonorrhea is a rapidly growing threat. 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 ...
  • Alibaba and Amazon move over, we visited JD.com connected grocery store in China The arms race to build the future of grocery stores is heating up in China. To no one’s surprise, the main contestants are the country’s ecommerce titans Alibaba and JD.com, which are turning offline for growth. Online retail has flourished in China, but it still accounts for less than 20 percent of the nation’s overall consumption, according ...
  • Former NASA administrator says Lunar Gateway is “a stupid architecture” “We should be, with all deliberate speed, returning to the Moon.” 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 ...
  • Tidal arrives on the Amazon Echo One key thing the HomePod has on the competition: streaming service synergy. It’s an important advantage at the heart of the premium smart speaker. While both Amazon and Google have their own streaming options, they pale in comparison to the top services, so third-parties are really the way to go. Amazon’s just added another key ...
  • Sony is skipping E3 2019 Sony: “We are exploring new and familiar ways to engage our community in 2019.” 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 ...
  • Fallout 76 is online and lonelier than ever Out of the gate, real people somehow make Fallout feel a little emptier. 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 ...
  • Amazon launches ‘Alexa-hosted skills’ for voice app developers Amazon on Thursday launched a new service aimed at Alexa developers that automatically provisions and helps them to manage a set of AWS cloud resources for their Alexa skill’s backend service. The service is intended to help developers speed the time it takes to launch their skills, by allowing them to focus on their skills’ ...
  • E3 slouches towards irrelevance again as Sony announces it’s skipping the show I like E3. I really do. But it’s also monumentally dumb: game companies spending millions to show off essentially faked content to an increasingly jaded audience. And it’s increasingly out of step with how the gaming industry works. So it should come as no surprise that Sony will be skipping the show more or less ...
  • Apple inks deal with A24 studio to produce original, feature-length films Apple’s TV streaming service is rumored to debut in the first half of 2019. 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 ...
  • Judge rejects neo-Nazi’s First Amendment argument in harassment case Victim was flooded with hundreds of violent and anti-Semitic messages. 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 ...
  • Overnight success now requires a little more time Building a great consumer company is harder these days. Try anyway. 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 ...
  • FCC tells SpaceX it can deploy up to 11,943 broadband satellites Initial launch of 4,425 satellites to be followed by 7,518 closer to the ground. 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 ...
  • Citrix pays $200M to acquire Sapho, which connects legacy software with ‘micro apps’ As large organizations grapple with adopting modern work practices without throwing out all of their legacy software, a company that works with them is making an acquisition that it hopes will help with that process. Citrix today is announcing that it has acquired Sapho, a startup that develops “micro apps” for legacy software so that workers ...
  • Facebook changes algorithm to demote “borderline content” that almost violates its policy Facebook has changed its News Feed algorithm to demote content that comes close to violating its policies prohibiting misinformation, hate speech, violence, bullying, clickbait so it’s seen by fewer people even it’s highly engaging. In a 5000-word letter by Mark Zuckerberg published today, he explained how a “basic incentive problem” that “when left unchecked, people ...
  • Dealmaster: Get a 27-inch Dell UltraSharp 1440p monitor for $300 Plus $10 off a NES or SNES Classic, $40 off an Nvidia Shield TV, 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+ ...
  • OpenStack regroups Only a few years ago, OpenStack was the hottest open-source project around, with a bustling startup ecosystem to boot. The project, which gives enterprises the tools to run the equivalent of AWS in their own private data centers, ran into trouble as it tried to tackle too many individual projects at the same time and ...
  • This video shows just how much quicker the new Formula E car is The new car doesn’t just look better, it goes better, 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 to ...
  • Google partners with MotherCoders to bring tech training to moms in New York City Diversity and inclusion is a topic that all too often starts and ends with white women. MotherCoders, while targeting women, aims to support moms of all backgrounds — whether they be LGBTQ, single and/or people of color. “If you look at our cohorts, they tend to be really represented,” MotherCoders founder Tina Lee told TechCrunch. ...
  • Rookout launches its live Kubernetes debugger Rookout, a startup that offers debugging tools for applications that run on modern container and serverless platforms, is launching a new feature today that brings the equivalent of breakpoints to Kubernetes. “Traditional debuggers leave developers helpless on Kubernetes, because they can’t debug multiple ephemeral, shifting, distributed concurrent instances of code,” the company argues in its ...
  • Rookout launches its live Kubernetes debugger Rookout, a startup that offers debugging tools for applications that run on modern container and serverless platforms, is launching a new feature today that brings the equivalent of breakpoints to Kubernetes. “Traditional debuggers leave developers helpless on Kubernetes, because they can’t debug multiple ephemeral, shifting, distributed concurrent instances of code,” the company argues in its ...
  • Open mind, wide open throttle: We go to our first NASCAR race F-15s, Impossible Burgers, and plenty of attention to detail stand 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 ...
  • Spotify alums create Canopy content suggester that won’t steal your data Personalization comes at a steep price. All your data gets sucked up into a company’s servers where they can do whatever they want with it. But Canopy is a new content discovery startup that’s invented impressive technology that lets it learn about you anonymously while all your data stays on your device. Built by the ...
  • SpaceX seeks to tie its record for most launches in a year on Thursday Company will attempt to loft a geo communications satellite at 3:46pm ET. 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 trailer for Disney’s live-action Dumbo captures magic of original Director Tim Burton brings his signature style to a classic animated tale. 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 ...
  • Long on tradition, Japan grapples with a rapidly changing rocket industry On SpaceX: “We are very much confident to compete against 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 new window)Click to ...
  • Standard Cognition raises $40M to replace retailers’ cashiers with cameras The Amazon Go store requires hundreds of cameras to detect who’s picking up what items. Standard Cognition needs just 27 to go after the $27 trillion market of equipping regular shops with autonomous retail technology. Walk into one of its partners’ stores and overhead cameras identify you by shape and movement, not facial recognition. Open ...
  • Mozilla adds website breach notifications to Firefox Mozilla is adding a new security feature to its Firefox Quantum web browser that will alert users when they visit a website that has recently reported a data breach. When a Firefox user lands on a website with a breach in its recent past they’ll see a pop up notification informing them of the barebones ...
  • Cave acoustics can help sculpt more realistic sounds in digital space Mammoth Cave served as “nature’s muse” for audio engineer Yuri Lysoivanov. 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 ...
  • Legrand acquires smart home startup Netatmo French hardware startup Netatmo got acquired by the biggest manufacturer of switches and sockets in the world, Legrand. Terms of the deal are undisclosed. Legrand and Netatmo already collaborated together on some products. Back in 2017, the company announced that it would work with industrial groups to connect everything in your home, starting with Legrand ...
  • Urban Massage re-brands to ‘Urban’ as it launches wellness services beyond massage Urban Massage, the London-headquartered startup that lets you book a vetted massage therapist “on-demand”, is expanding into new wellness services in addition to changing its name. Now simply called Urban, the company, which operates in several U.K. cities along with Paris, is adding the ability to book an expert nail technician, GOsC-regulated osteopath, or skin ...
  • Comcast forced to pay refunds after its hidden fees hurt customers’ credit AG: Comcast tricked customers into long-term contracts, then raised bills 40%. 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 ...
  • 48-hours only: Early-bird prices for Disrupt Berlin 2018 Das ist super geil — this is awesome! Early-bird prices for Disrupt Berlin 2018 passes have returned to the roost. But you need to act fast, because our time-sensitive offer expires in just 48 hours. This opportunity translates to serious savings in any language — up to €500. Here’s even more good news. During this ...
  • Galaxy mergers hide ravenous supermassive black holes Galaxy mergers create gas cloud that hides glowing supermassive black hole. 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 ...
  • These temporary electronic tattoos could redefine wearables Wearables are great, sure, except you have to wear them. Wouldn’t it be nice if that functionality was printed right onto your skin? Well, even though it’s not for everybody, it sounds like it might soon be a possibility: CMU researchers have created a durable, flexible electronic temporary tattoo that could be used for all ...
  • Essential will sell your phone’s missing headphone jack back to you for $150 Essential’s “handcrafted,” “limited edition” audio adapter is made of 100% titanium. 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 ...
  • Sweet Escape connects travelers to photographers for truly Insta-worthy holiday pics The rise of smartphone cameras and social media in recent years has fuelled a new level of marking and sharing memories using photos, but one startup is betting that people are prepared to go the next level and spend money to hire professional photographers to make their photos even better. Focused on travel, Sweet Escape ...
  • Microsoft wants Azure to be the multiplayer server solution for every platform PlayFab’s Multiplayer Server service means that every developer can handle the crushing load of a big hit. 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 ...
  • To complement the new Windows 10 dark theme, Microsoft is adding a light theme It looks pretty good, 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 to share on Pinterest (Opens in new ...
  • Dolby releases branded wireless headphones Dolby’s been making a bigger push for consumer recognition in the last few years, so it was really just a matter of time before it released a branded product. As far as those things go, headphones make as much sense as anything. Even so, the over-ear bluetooth headphone market is a tough on to crack, ...
  • Imminent Bitcoin Cash schism triggers cryptocurrency selloff Bitcoin’s value falls below $5,500 for the first time since 2017. 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 ...
  • Sweetgreen is officially a unicorn Salad startup and retailer Sweetgreen recently raised a $200 million Series H round led by Fidelity that valued the company at more than $1 billion. This round brings Sweetgreen’s total amount of funding to $365 million. With this additional $200 million in funding, Sweetgreen is setting its eyes on other food categories and looking to ...
  • A powerful NASA telescope looked for ‘Oumuamua and didn’t find it No, it’s not aliens. It’s probably not ever going to be aliens. 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 ...
  • Pirate Studios raises $20M from Talis Capital for its ‘self-service’ tech-enabled music studios Pirate Studios, the music technology company that operates fully automated and self-service 24 hour music studios, has secured $20 million. The investment was led by Talis Capital, the London-based VC family office. Talis was already an existing backer of Pirate Studios, with Talis’ Matus Maar also named as a co-founder of the startup. Other investors ...
  • US travel ban blocking students from presenting their research Dampening international collaboration is damaging to everyone, scientists say. 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 ...
  • Airbnb hosts offer free housing to evacuees displaced by California wildfires With California’s recent cluster of devastating wildfires destroying homes and claiming lives, Airbnb is offering some shelter to displaced residents in its home state. This week, the company added free housing listings to serve evacuees affected by the Hill and Woolsey Fires outside Los Angeles and the Camp Fire in northern California. The free Airbnb ...
  • Sun’s closest solo star may have company A large planet appears to be orbiting out near the system’s snow line. 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 ...
  • Uber continues to lose money as it scales scooters, bikes and other newer businesses Uber, which is expected to go public sometime next year, just released its Q3 2018 financial results. Uber’s net losses increased 32 percent quarter over quarter to $939 million on a pro forma basis, though Uber expected these losses as it continues to invest in future growth areas. On an earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation ...
  • Gift Guide: 10 suitcase-friendly gifts for frequent flyers I’ve been traveling a lot this year — more than any year in the past. It’s been both a blessing and a curse, so thanks TechCrunch for that. Honestly, I should probably be packing for Asia instead of writing this. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook ...
  • Original Command & Conquer devs will remaster series’ first games in one package Ex-Westwood devs have “gotten the band back together,” insist “no microtransactions.” 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 ...
  • iBanFirst raises $17 million to help companies move money around the world French startup iBanFirst is raising another $17 million (€15 million) from Serena Capital and Breega Capital, with existing investor Xavier Niel putting more money as well. iBanFirst solves a very specific problem. If you operate a company that works with suppliers all over the world, chances are you waste a ton of money exchanging and ...
  • Here’s the teaser trailer for Niantic’s Pokémon GO-style Harry Potter game The good news: Niantic/WB Games/Portkey has released a trailer for Wizards Unite, the Harry Potter game built in the same spirit as Pokémon GO. The bad news: It… doesn’t show much. If you were hoping for gameplay footage or really anything detailing how the game will work, you’re out of luck. Alas! It’s just a ...
  • Ahh, summer—ramlibacter season A catalog of the living things that float through the air. 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 ...
  • Walmart agrees to work with Ford on self-driving grocery delivery pilot Pilot project will be in Miami, where Ford is already testing self-driving cars. 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 ...
  • Mozilla ranks dozens of popular ‘smart’ gift ideas on creepiness and security If you’re planning on picking up some cool new smart device for a loved one this holiday season, it might be worth your while to check whether it’s one of the good ones or not. Not just in the quality of the camera or step tracking, but the security and privacy practices of the companies ...
  • Spotify officially releases first version of its Apple Watch app Spotify’s standalone Wear OS and Garmin Connect IQ apps debuted last month. 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 ...
  • UK watchdog has eyes on Google-DeepMind’s health app hand-off The shock news yesterday that Google is taking over a health app rolled out to UK hospitals over the past few years by its AI division, DeepMind, has caught the eye of the country’s data protection watchdog — which said today that it’s monitoring developments. An ICO spokesperson told us: “An ICO investigation and an ...
  • The great Amazon swindle Amazon has confirmed that it will open two massive new offices in New York City and Crystal City, Va., to complement its already massive headquarters in Seattle. And the verdict on the company’s decision is disgust. Amazon played everyone involved in the process: the governments that pandered to it and the media that covered it ...
  • Memristors built with 2-nanometer-thick parts A 9-bit crossbar array works great, but it uses platinum. 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 ...
  • Jam City signs mobile game development deal with Disney Mobile gaming company Jam City is announcing a multi-year deal to create mobile games based on Pixar and Walt Disney Animation characters and films. As part of the agreement, Jam City is taking over development of the match-three puzzle game Disney Emoji Blitz, which launched in 2016. Jam City says that everyone at Disney’s Glendale game ...
  • AT&T CEO: State net neutrality and privacy laws are a “total disaster” AT&T’s proposed law would ban blocking and throttling, allow paid prioritization. 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 ...
  • Google adds always-on VPN to its Project Fi cellular service Project Fi’s VPN will encrypt all your traffic, everywhere, on LTE and Wi-Fi. 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 ...
  • Discover the next messaging giant at Disrupt Berlin Truecaller may already be a familiar name, but many of you probably don’t know that it’s slowly becoming a significant messaging app. That’s why I’m excited to announce that Truecaller co-founder and CEO Alan Mamedi will join us at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin. Truecaller first started as a call screening app. Some countries are more affected ...
  • Amazon is getting more than $2 billion for NYC and Virginia expansions Much-hyped selection process ends in the least surprising way possible. 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 ...
  • Canonical’s Mark Shuttleworth says he has no plans to sell anytime soon After IBM announced its plans to acquire Red Hat for $34 billion, pundits quickly started speculating about when Red Hat competitors like Suse and Canonical would sell, as well. Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth, though, doesn’t seem to have any interest in selling — at least for the time being. “I value my independence,” he told ...
  • Indonesia 737 crash caused by “safety” feature change pilots weren’t told of 737 Max safety bulletin revealed changes to system that pilots never knew about. 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 ...
  • DeepMind hands off role as health app provider to parent Google DeepMind’s recent foray into providing software as a service to U.K. hospitals has reached the end of its run. The Google -owned AI division has just announced it will be stepping back from providing a clinical alerts and task management healthcare app to focus on research — handing off the team doing the day to day ...
  • Windows 10 October 2018 Update is back, this time without deleting your data Microsoft is opening up about some of its testing procedures, 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 to ...
  • Man pleads guilty to swatting attack that led to death of Kansas man Prosecutor: Tyler Barriss’ “disregard for the safety of other people was staggering.” 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 ...
  • Senators urge FTC to look into shady ad practices in apps for kids For us jaded adults, the long-running trend toward making apps and games free to download but stuffing them with paid options is just an annoyance or perhaps a logical progression of the business model. But kids haven’t developed our cynicism and wariness of manipulation — and they’re getting targeted nevertheless. Several Senators have asked the ...
  • Blue Apron lays off 4 percent of employees as it seeks profitability next year Meal kit company Blue Apron announced small layoffs today as part of its Q3 2018 financial results. The layoffs, which affected four percent of Blue Apron’s workforce, are part of Blue Apron’s path to profitability. “We are taking decisive actions to prioritize our highest-impact opportunities and build a stronger, sustainable business,” Blue Apron CEO Brad ...
  • This $199 PS4 and ‘Spider-Man’ Black Friday bundle has my bargain-sense tingling I’m calling it — this is the best deal of this year’s Black Friday season. It’s bonkers. Sony is selling a PlayStation 4 Slim with the new “Spider-Man” game for $199. That’s way too little money. Share this:Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click ...
  • Spectre, Meltdown researchers unveil 7 more speculative execution attacks Systemic analysis reveals a range of new issues and a need for new mitigations. 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 ...
  • Roivant Sciences, a four-year-old biotech holding company, just raised $200 million in fresh funding at a whopping $7 billion valuation Roivant Sciences has had a bumpy couple of years, but that isn’t stopping investors from pouring more money into the four-year-old company, which aims to one day be a giant holding company for dozens of independent biopharmaceutical spinoffs — and is fulfilling that vision by creating one independent company at a time. Roivant’s newest financing ...
  • Thermal power plants use a lot of water, but that’s slowly changing Renewable energy and combined cycle gas turbines have helped. 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 ...
  • What is going on with California’s horrific fires? The last two years should be understood within the context of climate change. 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 ...
  • Facebook Lasso app lead Brady Voss leaves for Netflix right after launch Facebook Lasso has a steep uphill climb ahead as it hopes to chase the musical video app it cloned, China’s TikTok (which merged with Musically). Lasso lets you overlay popular songs on 15-second clips of you lip syncing, dancing, or just being silly — kind of like Vine with a soundtrack. It’s off to a ...
  • We unbox the $200 “power armor” Fallout ’76 version so you don’t have to Find out exactly what Bethesda is charging $200 for—and how it fits on our heads. 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 ...
  • Dealmaster: Take 22% off an Nvidia Shield TV 4K media streamer Plus $100 off a DJI Mavic Air drone, a 500GB Samsung SSD for $80, 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+ ...
  • Juul Labs reveals its plan to combat underage vape use Juul will be removing non-tobacco flavored pods from all stores, including convenience stores and vape shops, according to a new plan the company released today. This comes exactly 60 days after the FDA demanded a more comprehensive plan from big e-cig makers to deal with the growing problem of underage use of these products. Juul ...
  • Here’s the first teaser for the final season of Game of Thrones No new footage, but it gives a quick tour of major highlights from seasons past. 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 ...
  • Facebook takes on LinkedIn as a career portal with e-learning, expanded mentorship and jobs features Over the last year or so, Facebook has slowly been encroaching on LinkedIn’s territory as the go-to platform for people who want to leverage their networks of contacts to expand their career prospects with the launch of a way for people to connect with each other in mentoring relationships, and to look for jobs. Now, ...
  • Digital ad spending grew to $49.5B in the first half of 2018, according to IAB The online advertising business continues to grow at double digit rates, according to the latest report from the Interactive Advertising Bureau (a trade group for online advertisers and publishers). According to the report, which was prepared for the IAB by PricewaterhouseCoopers, digital ad revenue in the U.S. reached $49.5 billion in the first half of ...
  • Movile raises $400 million for its iFood delivery business The Brazilian technology conglomerate Movile has just raised one of the largest rounds ever recorded for a Latin American startup, pulling in an additional $400 million for its iFood subsidiary from existing investors including Naspers and Innova Capital. Founded roughly 20-years ago by chief executive officer Fabricio Bloisi, the company which began as a digital ...
  • Russian space leader suggests engineers test spacecraft Stalin’s way “If the constructor survived, it was a good machine.” 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 ...
  • The Ars Holiday Gift Guide 2018—tech and gear for travel that we’d buy The first of our 2018 holiday gift guides focuses on tech you can take on the go. 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 ...
  • Poynt raises $100M for its smart payment terminal Palo Alto-based Poynt was launched in 2014 by the former head of Google Wallet and longtime PayPal executive Osama Bedier.  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 ...
  • Apple’s T2 chip will block some third-party repairs of new devices If a certain diagnostic software isn’t present, your machine could be bricked. 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 ...
  • Calm heads to the airport, invests $3 million in XpresSpa Wellness app Calm has today announced a $3 million equity investment in XpresSpa Group, a fast-spa service you may have noticed in your local airport. Calm sees the investment as a way to expand its offline presence, growing awareness of the app as well as its retail products like Sleep Mist and the Calm Book. ...
  • Kaspersky starts processing threat data in Europe as part of trust reboot Security firm Kaspersky Labs has opened its first self-styled ‘Transparency Center’ and begun processing threat-related data from European users in data centers located in Switzerland — flipping the switch on the start of a relocation commitment it announced late last year in the face of suspicion that its antivirus software had been compromised by the Russian government ...
  • Rocket Lab now has a fully operational small satellite launcher “Rapid and reliable access to space is now a reality for small satellites.” 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 ...
  • Chinese WeWork rival Ucommune raises $200M to go after international growth China’s Ucommune, the country’s largest rival to WeWork, has been on a busy acquisition spree to build out its domestic business and now it is looking at overseas opportunities after it closed a $200 million Series D funding round. The new round was led by Hong Kong-based All-Stars Investment with participation from Chinese investment bank ...