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The tech angle in dogs, mac and cheese and working out

Welcome back to TechCrunch Mixtape, the podcast where Megan Rose Dickey and I, Henry Oliver Pickavet, talk about some of the stories of the week that we feel like talking about. This week it was dogs, working out and mac and cheese. BarkBox creators Bark and Co. decided that Nashville, Tenn., needed a place for []

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Gaming in Asia may be crypto‘s killer decentralized app

As money and talent flows into the crypto and blockchain worlds, a persistent question keeps coming up: what is going to be the killer app that drives adoption for these nascent technologies? The answer may well be quite simple: gaming in Asia. That‘s the theory forCryptokitties, the notable purveyor of cute cats. The company has []

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Gaming in Asia may be crypto‘s killer dApp

As money and talent flows into the crypto and blockchain worlds, a persistent question keeps coming up: what is going to be the killer app that drives adoption for these nascent technologies? The answer may well be quite simple: gaming in Asia. That‘s the theory forCryptokitties, the notable purveyor of cute cats. The company has []

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Global unicorn exits hit multi-year high in 2018

Unicorn exits are taking flight. With the IPO window wide open, an apparent record number of venture-backed companies privately valued over 1 billion have launched public offerings this year.

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Distributed teams are rewriting the rules of office(less) politics

When we think about designing our dream home, we don‘t think of having a thousand roommates in the same room with no doors or walls. Yet in today‘s workplace where we spend most of our day, the purveyors of corporate office design insist that tearing down walls and bringing more people closer together in the []

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Only 48 hours left: Apply to Startup Battlefield at Disrupt Berlin

The action you take within the next 48 hours could change your life. That‘s how much time you have left to apply to TechCrunch Startup Battlefield, our world-renowned pitch competition, which takes place atDisrupt Berlin 2018on November 29-30. The application deadline expires on August 20th at 9 p.m. PST. Don‘t waste another minute - apply []

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The public finance opportunity

If you‘re a certain age, it‘s likely that you‘ve never given a second thought to buying a municipal bond or the process of bond buying, even if you‘ve intuited, rightly, that‘s it‘s an intentionally opaque business. Yet there could be a big opportunity for startups, and for people looking for places to invest, and for []

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The future of public finance

If you‘re a certain age, it‘s likely that you‘ve never given a second thought to buying a municipal bond or the process of bond buying, even if you‘ve intuited, rightly, that‘s it‘s an intentionally opaque business. Yet there could be a big opportunity for startups, and for people looking for places to invest, and for []

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The overlooked opportunity in tackling public finance

If you‘re a certain age, it‘s likely that you‘ve never given a second thought to buying a municipal bond or the process of bond buying, even if you‘ve intuited, rightly, that‘s it‘s an intentionally opaque business. Yet there could be a really big opportunity for startups, and for people looking for places to invest, and []

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It‘s Friday so relax and watch a hard drive defrag forever on Twitch

It‘s been a while since I defragged - years, probably, because these days for a number of reasons computers don‘t really need to. But perhaps it is we who need to defrag. And what better way to defrag your brain after a long week than by watching the strangely satisfying defragmentation process taking place on a simulated DOS machine, complete with fan and HDD noise?

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Y Combinator invests in non-invasive breast cancer screening bra EVA

According to a report by the American Cancer Society, an estimated266,120 women will be newly diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States this year and (according to a 2016 estimate) can expect to pay between 60,000 and 134,000 on average for treatment and care. But, after hundreds of thousands of dollars and non-quantifiable emotional []

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Tesla lost nearly 8 billion in shareholder value this week and its board should be ashamed

Over the last five days, Tesla shareholders have watched the value of their stock decline by roughly 16% and seen nearly 8 billion in value erased, as the company‘s celebrity chief executive, Elon Musk, has what amounts to a very public breakdown. However, Musk is not the only person responsible for the collapse of Tesla‘s []

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Movado Group acquires watch startup MVMT

The Movado Group, which sells multiple brands including Lacoste, Tommy Hilfiger and Hugo Boss, has purchased MVMT, a small watch company founded by Jacob Kassan and Kramer LaPlante in 2013. The company, which advertised heavily on Facebook, logged 71 million in revenue in 2017. Movado purchased the company for 100 million. The acquisition of MVMT []

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The Automatica automates pour-over coffee in a charming and totally unnecessary way

Most mornings, after sifting through the night‘s mail haul and skimming the headlines, I make myself a cup of coffee. I use a simple pour-over cone and paper filters, and (in what is perhaps my most tedious Seattleite affectation), I grind the beans by hand. I like the manual aspect of it all. Which is why this robotic pour-over machine is to me so perverse... and so tempting.

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YC-backed Mutiny helps B2B business personalize their website for each visitor

Mutiny, which is part of the current batch of startups at accelerator Y Combinator, helps business-to-business, software-as-a-service companies present a message that‘s customized to each visitor on their website. Co-founder and CEO Jaleh Razaei said this concept is alive and well in the analog world: When she was at VMware, sales reps were given materials []

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6 million users had installed third-party Twitter clients

Twitter tried to downplay the impact deactivating its legacy APIs would have on its community and the third-party Twitter clients preferred by many power users, by saying that less than 1% of Twitter developers were using these old APIs. Twitter is correct in its characterization of the size of this developer base, but it‘s overlooking []

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YC-backed Sterblue aims to enable smarter drone inspections

As government regulation for commercial drone usage seems to be trending in a very positive direction for the companies involved, there is an ever-growing opportunity for drone startups to utilize artificial intelligence to deliver insights without requiring much human efforts. Sterblue, a French drone software startup that is launching out of Y Combinator‘s latest class []

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Sino-US investment firms are targeting over 4 billion for new funds launched this year

As limited partners increasingly demand greater exposure to emerging market opportunities, venture capital firms with a focus on Asia are bulking up their funds and chasing deals in an increasingly competitive race to own stakes in the next generation of local startups with global aspirations. Over the last year, firms, including DCM Ventures, GGV Capital,Matrix []

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Incentivai launches to simulate how hackers break blockchains

Cryptocurrency projects can crash and burn if developers don‘t predict how humans will abuse their blockchains. Once a decentralized digital economy is released into the wild and the coins start to fly, it‘s tough to implement fixes to the smart contracts that govern them. That‘s why Incentivai is coming out of stealth today with its []

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Sino-U.S. investment firms are targeting over 4 billion for new funds launched this year

As limited partners increasingly demand greater exposure to emerging market opportunities, venture capital firms with a focus on Asia are bulking up their funds and chasing deals in an increasingly competitive race to own stakes in the next generation of local startups with global aspirations. Over the last year, firms including DCM Ventures, GGV Capital,Matrix []

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Netflix tests video promos in between episodes, much to viewers‘ dislike

Netflix is testing video promos that play in between episodes of shows a viewer is streaming, the company confirmed to TechCrunch. The promos are full-screen videos, personalized to the user, featuring content Netflix would have otherwise suggested elsewhere in its user interface - like on a row of recommendations, for example. The promos also displace []

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Gillmor Gang: Private Lives

The Gillmor Gang - Frank Radice, Keith Teare, Michael Markman, and Steve Gillmor . Recorded live Tuesday, August 7, 2018. Waiting for the midterms, Twitter meets the Constitution, uncommon carriers, straw man superheros. G3: Helping Hands - Elisa Camahort Page, Francine Hardaway, Maria Ogneva, and Tina Chase Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, August 3, 2018. @stevegillmor, []

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A new foreign investment bill will impact venture capital and the US startup ecosystem

President Trump‘s time in office has been punctuated by rising tension with China on a host of economic issues. He‘s received bipartisan criticism for the impact of tariffs on Chinese goods and the resulting retaliation against American exports.

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Kiiroo launches an adventure in bi-directional teledildonics

In the future everyone will be naked for fifteen minutes. It‘s with this novel thought in mind that I connect with a model named Nazanin who will walk me through the new world of bi-directional teledildonic cam life. I was there to test a new device from Kiiroo called the Kiiroo Launch. This novel sex []

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