• Former NASA engineer thwarts porch pirates again with 'Glitter Bomb 2.0'
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    Former NASA engineer thwarts porch pirates again with 'Glitter Bomb 2.0'

    YouTuber and former NASA engineer Mark Rober is at it again with the Glitter Bomb 2.0 designed to give porch pirates some stinky karmic justice. After experiencing a package theft last year, Rober decided to exact revenge by creating the original glitter bomb. It looked like a real delivery and was designed

  • Google pauses Chrome update for Android after reports of app data loss
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    Google pauses Chrome update for Android after reports of app data loss

    Chrome updates are normally good things, but some Android users have good reason to complain about the latest release. Google has paused the rollout for Chrome 79 on Android after reports of the update 'wiping' data from third-party apps that use the WebView framework. The data is technically

  • Google Maps helps you find EV chargers that work with your car
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    Google Maps helps you find EV chargers that work with your car

    Google Maps can help you find available EV charging stations, but that doesn't mean they're stations you can use -- and that might be a problem if you show up at the wrong station with a low battery. Thankfully, Google might help you avoid that slip-up in the future. It recently updated Maps

  • China Roundup: GitHub's China ambitions and WeWork rival's big hopes
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    China Roundup: GitHub's China ambitions and WeWork rival's big hopes

    Hello and welcome back to TechCrunch’s China Roundup, a digest of recent events shaping the Chinese tech landscape and what they mean to people in the rest of the world. This week, we are looking at how WeWork's largest rival in China -- UCommune -- is pulling ahead with its initial public offering

  • RCS messaging is now available to all Android users in the US
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    RCS messaging is now available to all Android users in the US

    After years of delays and very limited rollouts, next-generation texting is finally available to all Android users in the US. Android Messages product manager Sanaz Ahari has confirmed that the American RCS rollout completed on December 9th, or a few weeks ahead of Google's end-of-2019 target.

  • PewDiePie is 'taking a break' from YouTube in 2020
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    PewDiePie is 'taking a break' from YouTube in 2020

    One of YouTube's best-known stars is close to taking a hiatus. PewDiePie (aka Felix Kjellberg) has used a video critiquing YouTube's new harassment policy to announce that he's "taking a break" from the site in early 2020. While he said a more detailed explanation would come later

  • Max Q: Blue Origin launches a New Shepard and Rocket Lab officially opens U.S. launch site
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    Max Q: Blue Origin launches a New Shepard and Rocket Lab officially opens U.S. launch site

    Max Q is a new weekly newsletter all about space from TechCrunch. This is it – the very first edition of Max Q: TechCrunch's space newsletter. Between launches real and metaphorical, there's plenty of activity to catch up on.

  • Ferrari won't produce an EV until after 2025
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    Ferrari won't produce an EV until after 2025

    Just because Ferrari unveiled its first production plug-in hybrid doesn't mean it's ready to completely embrace electric cars. Company chief Louis Camilleri told reporters that he didn't expect the Italian supercar brand to produce an EV until sometime after 2025. It's not due to hostility

  • Uber all set to sell UberEats' India business to Zomato
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    Uber all set to sell UberEats' India business to Zomato

    Uber is in advanced stages of talks to sell its food delivery service UberEats' India business to local rival Zomato as the American ride-hailing giant looks to cut its global spending, three people familiar with the matter told TechCrunch. The deal currently values UberEats' India business

  • Ads on Facebook are spreading misinformation about anti-HIV drugs
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    Ads on Facebook are spreading misinformation about anti-HIV drugs

    While many are focused on Facebook's unwillingness to curb false political ads, there appears to be another misinformation campaign going unchecked. The Guardian and GLAAD have noted that personal injury law firms continue to run Facebook ads making false claims about the risks of Truvada, a drug

  • VW will roll out self-driving electric shuttles in Qatar's capital
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    VW will roll out self-driving electric shuttles in Qatar's capital

    If you visit Qatar in the next few years, you might find yourself riding in a driverless vehicle. Volkswagen and Qatar have struck a deal that will bring self-driving electric vehicles to the public transportation network in the capital city of Doha before the end of 2022. A total of 35 autonomous

  • Two men plead guilty to running large illegal streaming sites
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    Two men plead guilty to running large illegal streaming sites

    It didn't take long for federal officials to convict people operating two of the largest pirate streaming sites in the US. Darryl Polo and Luis Villarino have pleaded guilty to copyright infringement charges (and money laundering for Polo) for operating iStreamItAll and Jetflicks, streaming sites

  • After Math: Microsoft pulls back the cover on Project Scarlett
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    After Math: Microsoft pulls back the cover on Project Scarlett

    What a week for gaming and entertainment news! While Sony was showing off a slew of new games that will be hitting its console over the next year, Microsoft finally revealed its next-gen gaming system. If you still pine for the chunky stylings of a mid-90's desktop PC, you're going to love the

  • Spotify spent a lot of money on podcasting, so it wants you to start listening, please
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    Spotify spent a lot of money on podcasting, so it wants you to start listening, please

    Spotify’s tired of screwing around here. This week, Spotify is introducing a new button to help kickstart the habit. First noted by The Verge, the feature is coming to users in a number of markets, including the U.S., U.K., Brazil, Mexico, Ireland, New Zealand and Australia, limited to those users

  • Week in Review: Pet startups will be the death of Silicon Valley
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    Week in Review: Pet startups will be the death of Silicon Valley

    If you're reading this on the TechCrunch site, you can get this in your inbox here, and follow my tweets here. Just as Pets.com symbolized the ridiculousness that came to frame the tech industry preceding the Dotcom bubble burst at the start of the century, dog-walking startup Wag might symbolize

  • With $4B food delivery acquisition, Korea poised to enter upper tier of startup hubs
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    With $4B food delivery acquisition, Korea poised to enter upper tier of startup hubs

    Seoul and South Korea may well be the secret startup hub that (still) no one talks about. While often dwarfed by the scale and scope of the Chinese startup market next door, South Korea has proven over the last few years that it can — and will — enter the top-tier of startup hubs. Case in point: Baedal

  • FDA clears an interoperable, automated insulin pump
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    FDA clears an interoperable, automated insulin pump

    It might soon be decidedly easier for Americans to manage diabetes -- the FDA has approved the sale of an interoperable, automated insulin pump for the first time. Tandem Diabetes Care's updated t:slim X2 can pair with a Dexcom G6 glucose monitor to dynamically adjust your insulin levels and keep

  • Study suggests vapers are 1.3 times more likely to develop lung disease
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    Study suggests vapers are 1.3 times more likely to develop lung disease

    As debate continues around how e-cigarettes should be legislated, vaping companies promote their products as less health-damaging than smoking regular cigarettes. However, a new three-year study from UC San Francisco shows that vaping is associated with an increased risk of developing lung diseases like

  • Senators ask credit agencies why they don't report FBI data requests
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    Senators ask credit agencies why they don't report FBI data requests

    Tech companies have long disclosed the number of national security letters (NSLs) they get from authorities, but the credit reporting agencies that often dictate your financial future have been silent -- and Congress wants answers. Senators Elizabeth Warren, Ron Wyden and Rand Paul have sent letters

  • 'Red Dead Redemption 2' photo and story modes come to PS4
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    'Red Dead Redemption 2' photo and story modes come to PS4

    This weekend's Red Dead Redemption 2 update isn't just about running a moonshine business -- it's also about bringing more parity between PC and console players. PS4 players now have access to the Photo Mode and Story Mode features that premiered first on computers. The photo option is

  • TiVo's iPhone app finally streams shows using cellular data
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    TiVo's iPhone app finally streams shows using cellular data

    Believe it or not, TiVo has required that iOS users stream recordings on WiFi for the past seven years. Yes, despite the rise of fast and (theoretically) unlimited mobile data, you couldn't catch up on shows during your commute. Reason has prevailed at last, however. TiVo has updated its iOS app

  • Volkswagen to bring self-driving electric shuttles to Qatar by 2022
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    Volkswagen to bring self-driving electric shuttles to Qatar by 2022

    Volkswagen Group and Qatar have agreed to develop a public transit system of autonomous shuttles and buses by 2022 for the capital city of Doha. The agreement signed Saturday by VW Group and the Qatar Investment Authority is an expansive project that will involve four brands under VW Group, including

  • House panel asks Apple, Google if app makers must reveal foreign ties
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    House panel asks Apple, Google if app makers must reveal foreign ties

    The US is growing increasingly suspicious of foreign-made apps. House national security subcommittee chairman Rep. Stephen Lynch has sent letters to Apple and Google asking whether or not they require app developers to disclose "potential overseas affiliations" before software shows up in

  • Fortnite gets lightsabers, courtesy of 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' promo
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    Fortnite gets lightsabers, courtesy of 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' promo

    The final installment of the sequel trilogy is getting a lot of creative promotion — even by Star Wars standards. With The Rise of Skywalker out in just under a week, J.J. Abrams (and some spotty server issues) paid a visit to Fortnite. As The Verge notes, there are a bunch of other in-game Star Wars

  • 'Fortnite' adds lightsabers following Star Wars event
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    'Fortnite' adds lightsabers following Star Wars event

    If you wanted to attend Fortnite's Star Wars event but missed out, you're probably experiencing a twinge of regret right now. The event included an expected Rise of Skywalker clip and a virtual appearance by director J.J. Abrams, but it also gave people lightsabers (and blasters) -- and yes