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The RealReal‘s CEO says the company‘s goal is to IPO

The RealReal CEO Julie Wainwright tells TechCrunch in a video interview that she‘s preparing the luxury consignment e-tailer to go public someday. That‘s the goal, she saidwhen asked about IPO plans. We really aren‘t in the mood to sell the business, we‘re in the mood to go public at some point in the future. It makes sense that a Read More

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SoFi loses another senior executive, as Chief Revenue Officer Michael Tannenbaum departs

Online finance startup SoFi has lost yet another senior executive, TechCrunch has learned. Chief revenue officer Michael Tannenbaum is the latest exec to leave, following a string of departures in the company‘s senior ranks. Read More

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Playbuzz unveils a new editor for writing articles chock full of interactive content

Playbuzzhelps online publishers make their content more interactive by adding elements like polls and galleries. Until recently, those elements have taken the form of widgets that publishers can embed into their stories, but that‘s changing with the launch of Playbuzz‘s new Storytelling platform, where writers are creating entire articles, not just one-off widgets. While it Read More

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Why the future of deep learning depends on finding good data

In the second part of our A Mathless Guide to Neural Networks, we‘ll take a look at why high-quality, labeled data is so important, where it comes from, how it‘s used, and what solutions our eager-to-learn machines can expect in the near-term future. Read More

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Sami Atiya from ABB says industrial robots will add jobs, not take them away

In and interview earlier this week at theTechCrunch Robotics Sessionheld on the MIT campus in Cambridge, MA, Sami Atiya, president of ABB‘s Robotics and Motion division, said he believes bringing robots into the manufacturing process actually adds jobs instead of killing them. ABB certainly has some data points with over 300,000 industrial robots installed worldwide, and Atiya Read More

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SF city attorney seeks court order to force Lyft and Uber to hand over driver data

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera is seeking a court order to force both Uber and Lyft to share records on driver safety, disability access and other operations, in compliance with the City Attorney‘s subpoenas from last month. The subpoenas, which Herrera issued on June 4,are an attempt for the city to ensure drivers for both companies are not creating a public nuisance Read More

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Playkey raises 2.8M to fund its US expansion

Playkey, a game streaming service we saw earlier this year at Disrupt NY, has just closed an additional 2.8 million round of funding from Russia‘s Internet Initiatives Development Fund (IIDF). Created at the suggestion of Vladimir Putin in 2013, the IIDF has invested in 293 companies to-date with the objective to strengthen infrastructure for Russian businesses. However, the investment Read More

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Silent Echo lets you chat with Alexa over Slack

Want to chat with Alexa via Slack? A new bot called Silent Echo now makes that possible. The idea is that there are times when you want to interact with Amazon‘s virtual assistant, Alexa, but you don‘t want to do it by voice. For example, if things are too noisy in the room for Alexa to properly hear you, or, alternately, if you need things to be very quiet. The service Read More

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Dropbox CTO Aditya Agarwal is leaving

Aditya Agarwal, who came in to Dropbox from its acquisition of Cove way back in 2012 and was given the CTO role last year, will be leaving the company. He announced he would be departing in a Facebook post today. Agarwal held the CTO role for about 9 months and was previously the VP of engineering. That kind of five-year tenure at a startup in Silicon Valley alone is pretty long, to be sure Read More

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Experience the future of reality simulations at Disrupt SF 2017 with Unity and Improbable

Video games have never been just games, but as developers grow their ambitions, thanks to evolving, powerful game development tools, the line between real life and simulation has been growing much murkier. To hear more about what‘s enabling these brave new virtual worlds, join us at Disrupt SF 2017 where we‘ll be chatting with John Riccitiello, the CEO of Unity, and Herman Narula, Read More

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GM now lets developers test their in-car apps running in actual cars

GM has been doing a lot to try to make it easier for developers to create software for use in their vehicle infotainment systems. Back in January, it opened up access to a wide range of data points from the vehicle, and made it possible to develop using a simulator on the desktop, instead of having to use very specific developer hardware based in Detroit. Now, GM is introducing GM Dev Client, Read More

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Graphcore‘s AI chips now backed by Atomico, DeepMind‘s Hassabis

Is AI chipmaker Graphcore out to eat Nvidia‘s lunch? Co-founder and CEO Nigel Toon laughs at that interview opener perhaps because he sold his previous company to the chipmaker back in 2011. Read More

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Netflix drops the full trailer for ‘Bright,‘ its 90M+ potential blockbuster hit

Netflix may have its first blockbuster movie on its hands. The new, full-length trailer for the upcoming Will Smith movie, Bright, from Suicide Squad director David Ayer dropped during San Diego‘s Comic-Con yesterday. The trailer gives viewers a longer look into the upcoming film, which takes place in a futuristic world where magical creatures like orcs and Read More

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Snap tests the retail waters by selling Spectacles in Harrods

There‘s no arguing that the Snapbot is an impressive display of retail technology, But if Snap wants to achieve widespread distribution of Spectacles (and presumably other forthcoming hardware devices), it eventually had to expand beyond the Snapbot. So yesterday the camera company opened a pop-up shop inside the famous London department store Harrods, which marks the first time you can Read More

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Lyft launches a new self-driving division and will develop its own autonomous ride-hailing technology

Lyft is betting the future of the road centers on sharing autonomous vehicles. It aims to be at the forefront of that technology with a new self-driving division and a self-driving system vehicle manufacturers could integrate into their self-driving cars. The company expects to hire hundreds of people for the new division by the end of the year and has just signed a lease for Read More

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Y Combinator is reportedly raising a 1 billion fund

Silicon Valley startup accelerator Y Combinator is raising up to 1 billion for a new venture capital fund, Axios is reporting this morning. The fundraising comes less than two years after YC announced the close of its first big investing vehicle, a 700 million growth fund called the Y Combinator Continuity fund that it hired Ali Rowghani to oversee. Rowghani was once the COO of Twitter; he Read More

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Optoma‘s UHD60 projector delivers great, affordable 4K performance

If you‘re among those who use a projector for your home theater, you haven‘t really had a great option for jumping on the 4K bandwagon, and you might be feeling left out now that the high-resolution tech is more common among TV manufacturers. But now there‘s a great, relatively affordable way to get onboard 4K with a projection-based setup, thanks to Optoma‘s new UHD60. Read More

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AngelList co-founder Babak Nivi out ‘for my own reasons‘

Mr. Nivi has no role at the company AngelList COO Graham Jenkin told TechCrunch in reponse to questions regarding the curious absence of the investment platform‘s co-founder. It‘s atypical for the creator of such a high-profile company to seemingly disappear without any form of announcement. Nivi still lists himself on LinkedIn as presently working at AngelList as Read More

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Hulu‘s Live TV service arrives on Amazon Fire TV

Hulu‘s Live TV service, the expanded version of Hulu launched in May which provides access to live television in addition to Hulu‘s existing on-demand library, is now available on Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. This is the first major platform expansion since the service‘s debut, as it was initially available on iOS, Android, Chromecast, Apple TV and Xbox One. Amazon Fire Read More

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Sledgehammer reveals Zombies trailer for Call of Duty: WWII

The next installment of Call of Duty is coming on November 4, and with it the franchise is returning to its boots-on-the-ground roots. The company has already revealed that the game, developed by Sledgehammer, is centered around WWII, and we‘ve seen trailers and even gotten our own chance to play Multiplayer at E3 this year. But today, at San Diego Comic-Con, Sledgehammer has revealed Read More

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Fintech startup Klarna taps Permira for around 250M at 2.5B valuation

Klarna, the Swedish startup that works with e-commerce businesses and retailers to provide financing and other payment services, today announced that it has picked up yet another large investment, its third inside of two months. Permira, the private equity firm and prolific late-stage tech investor, has taken a minimum 10 percent stake in the fintech business. Klarna and Permira are not Read More

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Equity podcast: Roku‘s IPO, Netflix‘s momentum and Shyp‘s layoffs

Roku is doing an IPO this year, Netflix shares soared after an earnings beat and Shyp is throwing in the towel everywhere but San Francisco. Cord-cutting was the theme of the latest episode of TechCrunch‘s Equity, a podcast about tech business news. This week, our special guest was Roy Bahat, head of Bloomberg Beta. TechCrunch‘s Silicon Valley editor Connie Read More

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Stargate returns with Stargate Origins series, an MGM streaming exclusive

Stargate is the epic, storied TV and movie sci-fi franchise that gets the least amount of credit, overshadowed by the likes of Star Trek and Star Wars. But fans of the series know the truth: Stargate is a deep well of space adventure fiction that you can lose yourself in, and it‘s fantastic that it‘s coming back with Stargate Origins, a new series coming to MGM‘s Read More

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Hong Kong is showing promise as a destination for tech IPOs

The U.S. tech IPO window may have reopened in 2017 following a lull last year, but the outlook is also looking rosier for another listing platform located on the other side of world. The Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKSE) is experiencing a renaissance of sorts among the tech industry. Selfie app company Meitu held the largest listing from a tech company for nearly a decade in December Read More

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