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  • Google’s iOS Keyboard gets the one feature it really lacked: voice typing

    I really like Gboard. It’s been my primary iOS keyboard since Google launched it back in May of 2016, and it’s pretty much the only third party iOS keyboard that I’ve stuck with for more than a week.But it was missing one glaring feature that iOS’ own keyboard has offered for years: voice transcription. Not anymore!Google …

  • MyKronoz reveals a full-color smartwatch with mechanical watch arms @ TechCrunch - Thu, Feb 23, 2017 6:52 AM EST
    MyKronoz reveals a full-color smartwatch with mechanical watch arms

    This is a first. MyKronoz just introduced the ZeTime, a hybrid smartwatch with arms like those found on traditional watches. Essentially the company put a watch movement behind the touchscreen, drilled a hole, and let gears stick through. At this point, the watch is not available for purchase though the company says it …

  • Early Uber investors say they’re ‘disappointed’ in the company’s response to sexual harassment claims

    Freada Kapor Klein and Mitch Kapor, two early investors in Uber, are feeling “disappointed” and “frustrated” in light of Uber’s response to claims of sexual harassment at the company, the two wrote on Medium today.Earlier this week, Uber said it had hired US Attorney General Eric Holder and Tammy Albarran, partners at law …

  • Thistle launches meal kits to make nutritious baby food at home @ TechCrunch - Thu, Feb 23, 2017 6:12 AM EST
    Thistle launches meal kits to make nutritious baby food at home

    Food delivery startup Thistle was never been in the business of making meal kits, those boxes of pre-measured ingredients and recipes to help customers cook at home. The startup’s married cofounders, Ashwin Cheriyan and Shiri Avnery, thought that prepared meals, ready-to-heat or raw and ready-to-eat, were a better fit for …

  • Why we need diverse founder and funding teams and how to find them @ TechCrunch - Thu, Feb 23, 2017 6:00 AM EST
    Why we need diverse founder and funding teams and how to find them

    Diverse teams perform better. First Round Capital found that, over 10 years, teams with at least one female co-founder performed 63 percent better than male-only teams. Racially diverse teams also perform 35 percent better than their industry peers. Yet only 8 percent of venture capital money is going to women-led companies, …

  • Facebook’s new profile photo flags and Zuck’s idea of ‘community’

    Mark Zuckerberg believes we should be “coming together not just as cities or nations, but also as a global community.” That’s why Facebook’s latest feature feels a bit confusing.Facebook has added nearly 200 flags to its Profile Frames feature, which lets you overlay imagery filters atop your profile photo. Facebook first …

  • Stealth startup Privacy Labs raises $4M to give consumers ‘control’ of their data

    Privacy Labs, a stealth-stage startup that wants to enable internet users to “regain control” of their personal data, has landed a $4 million seed funding round.The company doesn’t have a product right now and is cagey about what it will eventually release, but nonetheless its promise has persuaded Initialized Capital to …

  • Apple, Google and more speak out against Trump revoking guidelines protecting trans students

    Once again, tech companies are again finding themselves in the midst of a culture war in response to action by the Trump administration.On Wednesday, the administration rescinded guidance for transgender students in public schools, repealing a similar letter which the Obama administration had issued in May 2016 to allow …

  • The Hardlight VR Suit will vibrate all of your bodily buttons @ TechCrunch - Thu, Feb 23, 2017 4:28 AM EST
    The Hardlight VR Suit will vibrate all of your bodily buttons

    Have you ever wanted to feel smack of the punches coming at you from sweaty aliens? The whang of bullet hitting your guts? The feeling of hitting the deck as pirates stream over the virtual bow? The subtle vibration of the VR sexual encounter with a many-tentacled sex robot? Well here we go. The Hardlight VR Suit is ready …

  • A new way for founders to connect with the right VCs @ TechCrunch - Thu, Feb 23, 2017 4:15 AM EST
    A new way for founders to connect with the right VCs

    A young Silicon Valley venture firm is taking the wraps off a piece of software that it says makes it a cinch for founders to figure out which VCs are worth approaching, based on stage, sector, and a variety of other factors.It’s called Signal, and it’s the first project of NFX Guild Labs, an offshoot of the venture firm …

  • Revcontent acquires Rover for better content recommendation tech @ TechCrunch - Thu, Feb 23, 2017 4:03 AM EST
    Revcontent acquires Rover for better content recommendation tech

    Revcontent, a self-funded company powering content recommendations for publishers like Forbes and The Atlantic, has acquired Rover.That’s not Rover the pet-sitting marketplace, but rather the content discovery app formerly known as Flipora and Infoaxe. CEO John Lemp told me that Revcontent is paying “north of $30 million” …

  • DeepCoder builds programs using code it finds lying around @ TechCrunch - Thu, Feb 23, 2017 4:02 AM EST
    DeepCoder builds programs using code it finds lying around

    Like all great programmers I get most of my code from StackOverflow questions. Can’t figure out how to add authentication to Flask? Easy. Want to shut down sendmail? Boom. Now, thanks to all the code on the Internet, a robot can be as smart as a $180,000 coder.The system, called DeepCoder, basically searches a corpus of …

  • FOSSA scores $2.2M to help developers manage open source licenses @ TechCrunch - Thu, Feb 23, 2017 4:00 AM EST
    FOSSA scores $2.2M to help developers manage open source licenses

    FOSSA wants to help developers manage the tricky terrain of open source license management, and today it announced a $2.2 million seed round. The company also announced that its license management product by the same name was available in open Beta.Let’s start with the funding, which was led by Bain Capital Ventures along …

  • Facebook tests ad breaks in all types of videos, giving creators a 55% cut

    Facebook today announced it has begun testing ad breaks that interrupt on-demand video, using a small set of partners who will earn a 55 percent ad revenue share while Facebook keeps 45 percent. That could change the way creators make video content so they tease viewers enough to sit through the ads, while luring more producers …

  • Hiatus raises $1.2M in seed funding to track and negotiate your reoccurring bills

    Hiatus, a New York-based startup that helps you identify (and potentially cancel) your monthly reoccurring subscriptions, has raised $1.2M in seed funding.Founded in 2015, Hiatus first connects to your bank account and identifies your paid reoccurring subscriptions, some of which you may have forgotten you’re even paying …

  • Spotify expands its push into original content with new podcasts @ TechCrunch - Thu, Feb 23, 2017 3:53 AM EST
    Spotify expands its push into original content with new podcasts

    Spotify is expanding its podcast selection today, with the announcement that it’s adding three new original podcast series on its service, with plans for more originals to arrive later this year. The series, which are produced in partnership with other media partners like Slate spin-off Panoply Studios, Gimlet Media, and …

  • Amazon cites First Amendment protection for Alexa in Arkansas murder case

    Late last year, it was revealed that Amazon’s Echo had become a key piece of evidence in an on-going murder investigation in Arkansas dating back to 2015, as police sought access to voice recordings from the smart home assistant. Now the tech giant is firing back, arguing that both user commands and Alexa’s responses c …

  • Security researchers announce “first practical” SHA-1 collision attack

    Security researchers at the CWI institute in Amsterdam working with a team from Google Research say they have found a faster way to compromise the SHA-1 hash algorithm — announcing what they describe as “the first practical technique for generating a SHA-1 collision” in a blog post today.A ‘collision’ here refers to being …

  • Rethinking contributors on TechCrunch @ TechCrunch - Thu, Feb 23, 2017 3:00 AM EST
    Rethinking contributors on TechCrunch

    After a very successful two-year run, we’re going to be changing the way that contributions work on TechCrunch. When we started the Crunch Network experiment, the goal was to bring a wide array of voices to the site that were delivering deep domain-related experience that augmented the work of our staff writers.The startup …

  • Politwoops adds realtime stats for politicians’ deleted tweets across 54 countries

    Today Politwoops, the service that tracks politicians’ deleted tweets in an effort to hold elected officials accountable for the statements they’ve made on social media, announced it’s now up-and-running in 54 countries worldwide and has added the ability to show realtime statistics. That is, you’re able to see how fast …

  • This is your last chance to buy tickets to the Miami Meetup + Pitch-off!

    Tonight is the night! The Miami Meetup + Pitch-off kicks off at 6pm and this is your last chance to get in on the fun!If you have no idea what I’m talking about, then please let me explain:The Meetup + Pitch-off is a regional event we hold to get to know the local community. As part of the program, we’ll be joined on stage …

  • Google’s new project aims to clean up comment sections @ TechCrunch - Thu, Feb 23, 2017 2:48 AM EST
    Google’s new project aims to clean up comment sections

    If you read stuff on the internet (and obviously you do because hi, you’re reading a blog) then you know the golden rule: never read the comments.Scrolling past the end of a story is an adventure into a realm of racism, conspiracy theories and ad hominem attacks that will quickly make you lose your faith in humanity. But …

  • SocialWall aims to be a smarter way for brands to display social media mentions

    Born out of technology designed to help price a musician or band’s live performance, based on their social media presence, SocialWall aims to be a smarter way for brands to display social media mentions at events or in venues. Like so many social media management products, the promise is less noise and more signal.The scenario …

  • Google.org is committing $11.5 million to racial justice @ TechCrunch - Thu, Feb 23, 2017 2:00 AM EST
    Google.org is committing $11.5 million to racial justice

    There is generally a lack of data in the criminal justice system. At the national level, for example, there is very little data about police behavior and criminal sentencing. That’s why Google.org is re-upping its commitment to racial justice through its $11.5 million in new grant money to ten racial justice organizations. …

  • Samsung to unveil massive Galaxy S8 handset @ TechCrunch - Thu, Feb 23, 2017 1:44 AM EST
    Samsung to unveil massive Galaxy S8 handset

    Samsung is about to release a version of the S8 with an even bigger screen than the Note 7. According to this leaked spec page, the S8+ will have a 6.2-inch curved screen. That’s about the size of a phone book.The phone is apparently called the S8+ and is said to be a variant of the S8 — sort of like what Apple offers with …

  • Lyft launches in 54 more cities across the U.S. @ TechCrunch - Thu, Feb 23, 2017 1:40 AM EST
    Lyft launches in 54 more cities across the U.S.

    Lyft said it was going to grow fast in 2017, and on Thursday it doubled down on that promise with a launch across 54 cities in the U.S. The launch is the largest simultaneous expansion for the ride-hailing company, second to its earlier kick-off in 40 U.S. cities announced in January, which is also when it first made clear …

  • SpaceX’s Dragon cargo spacecraft successfully attaches to the ISS @ TechCrunch - Thu, Feb 23, 2017 1:18 AM EST
    SpaceX’s Dragon cargo spacecraft successfully attaches to the ISS

    SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft, which launched on Sunday and is filled with 5,500 pounds of supplies and experiment materials for the crew of the International Space Station has successfully docked. The Dragon craft had missed its first attempt at meeting up with the station, due to a GPS error.It’s the first time since 2012 …

  • Indoor farming startup Bowery raises $7.5 million from investors including ‘Top Chef’ Tom Colicchio

    As pollution, extreme weather, and over-population threaten the viability of large, outdoor farms, a startup called Bowery Farming Inc. has raised $7.5 million in total venture funding to grow food indoors, even in the middle of a city. The startup’s high-tech approach uses robotics, LED lighting, computer vision, sensors …

  • Now part of Nielsen, Gracenote has unified its video, music and sports databases

    Media metadata company Gracenote is looking to be the one-stop data provider for TV providers, device manufacturers and various media distribution services. To do so, the company has unified its vast stores of music, video and sports data into a single database with a common schema and set of APIs to access it.Gracenote …

  • ColorWare will paint your Apple AirPods any color @ TechCrunch - Thu, Feb 23, 2017 12:09 AM EST
    ColorWare will paint your Apple AirPods any color

    White AirPods are fine. I guess. If you like boring. But for the rest of us, ColorWare is now offering its aftermarket painting service for Apple’s wireless earbuds and there’s a multitude of color options. The company will even paint the case for an extra few dollars.ColorWare has been around since the early 2000s. These …

  • Website builder Wix acquires art community DeviantArt for $36M @ TechCrunch - Thu, Feb 23, 2017 12:00 AM EST
    Website builder Wix acquires art community DeviantArt for $36M

    Wix.com has made another acquisition to build out the tools that it provides to users to build and administer websites: it has acquired DeviantArt, an online community for artists, designers and art/design enthusiasts with some 325 million individual pieces of original art and more than 40 million registered members, for …

  • AirMap raises $26 million to manage air traffic as drone use surges @ TechCrunch - Wed, Feb 22, 2017 11:33 PM EST
    AirMap raises $26 million to manage air traffic as drone use surges

    Lower airspace isn’t crowded with drones quite yet. But as drones become more pervasive, a startup called AirMap is building software and systems to help drone operators fly only where it’s safe and legal to do so.The task will prove completely different from that of managing airliners as we do today, says AirMap CEO and …

  • Qualcomm announces new VR dev kit and headset accelerator program @ TechCrunch - Wed, Feb 22, 2017 11:30 PM EST
    Qualcomm announces new VR dev kit and headset accelerator program

    The near-future of VR is definitely mobile, and for the time-being nobody has more control of the guts of mobile devices than Qualcomm does.It’s definitely in the company’s best interest then to foster VR development amongst ODMs (original design manufacturers) around the globe. The future isn’t just slot-in mobile phone …

  • K2 Global’s $183 million VC fund aims to decentralize Sand Hill Road

    K2 Global is announcing a $183 million venture capital fund targeted at early stage startups with global aspirations. The fund is closing significantly larger than the $58 million the firm initially raised. With a decentralized team and no Sand Hill Road office, K2 Global aims to bring Valley hustle to international technology …

  • Messaging app Viber adds e-commerce button to sell you items inspired by your chats

    Messaging app Viber is today announcing a new feature that taps into the bigger trend of messaging apps becoming multi-functional platforms, and also its ownership by e-commerce company Rakuten. Viber will start to present users with items for sale, inspired by your current chat, when you press a small shopping bag icon …

  • Indonesia’s Printerous raises $1.4M to digitize traditional printing

    Printerous, an Indonesia startup that is bringing the country’s printing industry into the digital era, has raised $1.4 million. The round was led by Golden Gate Ventures with participation from U.S. firm Sovereign’s Capital and Indonesian conglomerate Gunung Sewu Kencana.The two-year-old company is using the internet to …

  • Trump and the EU-US privacy shield laws @ TechCrunch - Wed, Feb 22, 2017 10:30 PM EST
    Trump and the EU-US privacy shield laws

    On January 25, the Trump administration injected a whole new level of uncertainty into the already-fragile EU-US data flow agreement, known as the Privacy Shield.With the stroke of a pen, President Trump signed an executive order entitled “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States,” which directed agencies …

  • Confirmed: UK challenger bank Monzo raises £19.5M with another £2.5M in crowdfunding planned

    Monzo, one of a number of so-called “challenger” banks in the U.K. aiming to re-invent the current account, has disclosed a new funding round.Confirming most of the details from our report earlier this week, the startup has raised £19.5 million from U.S.-based Thrive Capital, London’s Passion Capital, and Orange Digital …

  • Indonesia’s Kejora announces first close of $80M fund for Southeast Asia

    Indonesia-based early-stage investment firm Kejora has announced the first close of a second fund which is targeted at $80 million for investments in Southeast Asia.Kejora, which is known for its Ideabox accelerator program in Jakarta, has secured one-third of its target, with investment from LPs that include Indonesia’s …

  • India’s top mobile operator Airtel is buying smaller rival Telenor India

    Less than a month after Vodafone confirmed it is in talks to merge with Idea Cellular and create India’s largest mobile operator, one piece of M&A has been confirmed in that space. Bharti Airtel has gobbled up smaller player Telenor India in a deal announced today.The Airtel-Telenor deal is subject to regulatory approvals, …

  • Apple’s New Campus Will Open in April | Crunch Report @ TechCrunch - Wed, Feb 22, 2017 3:01 PM EST

    Apple’s new campus will open in April, never-ending turnover at Twitter, Instagram adds a carousel feature and Snapdeal to lay off 500-600 people. All this on Crunch Report.

  • Crunch Report | Apple’s New Campus Will Open in April @ TechCrunch - Wed, Feb 22, 2017 3:00 PM EST

    Today’s Stories Apple’s new campus ‘Apple Park’ will open in AprilNow Twitter loses head of entertainment talent and director of financeInstagram lets you post up to 10 photos or videos as 1 swipeable carouselIndia’s Snapdeal to lay off 500-600 as it battles Flipkart and AmazonCreditsWritten by: Tito Hamze, John Mannes …

  • Airbnb finalizes deal to buy social payments startup Tilt @ TechCrunch - Wed, Feb 22, 2017 2:51 PM EST
    Airbnb finalizes deal to buy social payments startup Tilt

    Airbnb has finalized its deal to buy social payments startup Tilt, TechCrunch has confirmed. We reported on the acquisition talks last month, but now everything has been made official.We are told that investors will be getting back about $12 million in cash, but the deal value is tens of millions of dollars higher if you …

  • Heal plans nationwide expansion for doctor house calls on demand @ TechCrunch - Wed, Feb 22, 2017 12:46 PM EST
    Heal plans nationwide expansion for doctor house calls on demand

    Already a hit in the limited California regions that it serves, doctor-on-demand startup Heal is planning to take its house call service to more cities across the country.Today, the company announced that it would be expanding into cities in Florida, Texas, New York and Pennsylvania by the end of the year.It has been only …

  • Research heralds better and bidirectional brain-computer interfaces @ TechCrunch - Wed, Feb 22, 2017 12:43 PM EST
    Research heralds better and bidirectional brain-computer interfaces

    A pair of studies, one from Stanford and another from the University of Geneva, exemplify the speed with which brain-computer interfaces are advancing; and while you won’t be using one instead of a mouse and keyboard any time soon, even in its nascent form the tech may prove transformative for the disabled.First comes work …

  • The great app roll-up is coming and Maple Media is leading the charge @ TechCrunch - Wed, Feb 22, 2017 12:08 PM EST
    The great app roll-up is coming and Maple Media is leading the charge

    For the better part of the last year, tech pundits have been writing about the demise of the app.Once thought to be the savior of consumer-facing software, apps are now ubiquitous, underused, underappreciated and underwhelming.Enter the Los Angeles-based startup Maple Media. The new company is hoping to breathe new life …

  • Singtel’s digital ad division Amobee acquires Turn for $310M @ TechCrunch - Wed, Feb 22, 2017 11:48 AM EST
    Singtel’s digital ad division Amobee acquires Turn for $310M

    Amobee just announced that it has agreed to acquire adtech company Turn for $310 million.Amobee used to be a mobile ad startup itself, before a 2012 acquisition by Singtel, where it remains a subsidiary. Since then, Singtel and Amobee have continued to make more acquisitions on the digital ad side, including Gradient X, …

  • Tech coalition slams Homeland Security proposal to collect social media passwords

    With national immigration policies in flux, tech’s privacy advocates aren’t wasting any time rallying around common causes.This week, the Center for Democracy & Technology, a nonprofit “dedicated to driving policy outcomes that keep the Internet open, innovative, and free,” announced a coalition to oppose efforts by Homeland …

  • New details emerge about Palantir’s custom software for spy agencies

    A new report by The Intercept provides some compelling specifics on collaboration between Palo Alto’s secretive big data shop Palantir and the intelligence agencies that it keeps on its client roster.While some broad strokes are known about Palantir’s relationship with spy agencies, the finer points seldom see daylight. …

  • Elon Musk says he doesn’t think Tesla unionization is “likely to occur”

    Tesla CEO Elon Musk addressed on the company’s earnings call on Wednesday alleged efforts on behalf of employees at its Fremont factory to unionize. Musk said he’s going to publish in his own blog post the results of his own investigation into conditions at the factory and employee attitudes toward unionization, but he …

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