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With Watch GT, Huawei ditches Google for its own OS

LG‘s strange new hybrid Watch W7 marked a small but important victory for Wear OS. But this morning in London, Google lost a key ally in the smartwatch wars - for this model, at least. Huawei‘s latest wearable, the Watch GT ditches the Google operating system for its own in-house brew, LiteOS. The move marks []

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Timex builds its first automatic watch in decades

Leave your smartwatch on the counter because Timex is back with its first automatic watch in decades. Called the Marlin, this 21-jewel timepiece that hearkens back to the days of Takes a licking, keeps on ticking. The Marlins cost 249 and come in multiple styles. This particular model, in a rich burgundy, looks like something []

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Discord‘s new game store rolls out to the rest of the world today

When Discord first launched its new built-in game store just a few weeks back, there was one big caveat: at first, it was available to only a tiny, tiny slice of its 150M users. 50,000 of them, to be exact - all of them in Canada. Today it‘s going global. Discord says that access to []

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Walmart‘s Vudu may add subscription video channels to its streaming service

Walmart appears to have big plans for its video streaming service, Vudu . On the heels of a partnership with MGM for original content, new reports claim the retailer is now in discussions with various video services, in the hopes of making them accessible through Vudu itself. That move would make Vudu more like Amazon‘s []

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Huawei‘s new phone can wirelessly charge the competition

Make no mistake, Huawei‘s going after the big dogs here. The company‘s taken a Samsung-esque approach to the world of flagship smartphones with a beast of a handset that delivers everything and the kitchen sink. The Mate 20 Pro is a 6.4 inch powerhouse with features and specs to spare. It‘s a combination of the []

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The new Kindle Paperwhite is thinner and waterproof

The Voyage may be dead, but the Kindle line still has some life left in it. This time last year, Amazon upgraded the high-end Oasis model, and now the mid-range Paperwhite is getting a little love.The workhorse of the company‘s devoted e-reader line just got a handful of upgrades that will give users a more []

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Journal raises 1.5 million to bring Google-like search to your personal life

In today‘s world of Slack, email and a gazillion other web apps and services, it‘s become increasingly hard to search for information. Did your boss Slack you or email you that information about your bonus? Or did they share it via a Google Doc? Who knows? Clearly not you, but Journal knows. Journal, a machine []

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Instacart raises another 600M at a 7.6B valuation

D1 Capital Partners has led the 600 million round for Instacart.

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Hinge is first dating app to actually measure real world success

Dating app Hinge is today launching a new feature aimed at improving its recommendations, based on whether or not matches had successful real-world dates. The feature may also help to address one of the major problems with today‘s dating apps: that no one knows how well they actually work. After all, it‘s one thing to []

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MongoDB switches up its open source license

MongoDB is a bit miffed that some cloud providers especially in Asia are taking its open source code and are offering a hosted commercial version of its database to their users without playing by the open source rules. To combat this, MongoDB today announced that it has issued a new software license, the []

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Paperspace scores 13M investment for AI-fueled application development platform

Paperspace wants to help developers build artificial intelligence and machine learning applications with a software/hardware development platform powered by GPus and other powerful chips. Today, the Winter 2015 Y Combinator grads announced a 13 million Series A. Battery Ventures led the round with participation from SineWave Ventures, Intel Capital and Sorenson Ventures. Existing investor Initialized []

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On-demand pharmacy startup NowRx raises 7 million Series A round through crowdfunding

NowRx, an on-demand pharmacy solution of sorts, just closed a 7 million Series A round via the SeedInvest crowdfunding platform. The company had previously raised a 3 million seed round. As the on-demand industry flourished and NowRx co-founder Cary Breese surrounded himself with people from the pharmacy industry, Breese said it became clear to him []

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Gartner picks digital ethics and privacy as a strategic trend for 2019

Analyst Gartner, best known for crunching device marketshare data; charting technology hype cycles; and churning out predictivelisticles of emergent capabilities at software‘s cutting edge has now put businesses on watch that as well as dabbling in the usual crop of nascent technologies organizations need to be thinking about wider impacts next year on both []

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Temasek acquires Sygnia, an Israeli cybersecurity startup, for 250M

Temasek, the Singaporean government-controlled company that is one of the world‘s biggest investors, is today announcing an acquisition to beef up its cybersecurity business. It is acquiring Sygnia, a startup out of Israel that keeps a low profile, but has built technology and services to help large organizations respond to cyber threats. The price of []

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Mighty, the iPod Shuffle for Spotify, gets a bigger battery and better bluetooth

Technology, like so much of life, is cycle. Gadget evolve, leaving holes in our lives that some fresh new startup is waiting in the wings to fill. There are few better examples of the phenomenon than the Mighty. Introduced last year, the product built a pretty solid reputation as ‘the iPod Shuffle for Spotify.‘ The []

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Lyft‘s 299 subscription plan is launching to the masses

Lyft has been testing versions of an all-access monthly subscription plan since March. Now, it‘s ready to make it available to everyone in the U.S. Starting today, U.S.-based riders can sign up for the plan. It will be available to everyone in the U.S. by the end of the week.Lyft‘s All-Access plan costs 299 per []

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See Spot dance: Watch a Boston Dynamics robot get a little funky

In this fun video the Boston Dynamics Spot dances, wiggles, and shimmies right into our hearts. This little four-legged robot - a smaller sibling to the massive Big Dog - is surprisingly agile and the team at Boston Robotics have taught the little robot to dance to Bruno Mars which means that robots could soon []

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CIA, NSA and the Pentagon still aren‘t using a basic email security feature

Some of the most sensitive U.S. government departments and agencies still aren‘t using a basic email security feature that would significantly cut down on incoming spam or phishing emails. Fifteen percent of all U.S. government domains still aren‘t employing DMARC, or domain-based message authentication, reporting, and conformance policy on their domains, which email systems use []

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Video-based recruitment startup JobUFO scores 2M seed

JobUFO, the Berlin-based startup that has built a video focussed app to help facilitate better job applications, has raised 2 million in seed funding. Leading the round is IBB and Hevella Capital, with the investment to be used for growth. Claiming to re-invent the way companies handle the application process, JobUFO has developed an online/mobile []

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Announcing the Disrupt Berlin Agenda

TechCrunch Disrupt is the world‘s biggest and most impactful tech startup conference, and we can‘t wait to bring the hype to Berlin. We‘re very proud of the show we‘ve put together and are thrilled to give you a look at what‘s in store. Editor‘s Note: Not all of our speakers are included on this agenda []

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Amazon puts 10M in Closed Loop Fund to make recycling easier in more American cities

Amazon announced today that it has invested 10 million inClosed Loop Fund, which finances the creation of recycling infrastructure and services in U.S. cities. In a statement, the e-commerce behemoth claimed that its investment will keep one million tons of recyclable material out of landfills and ‘eliminate the equivalent of two million metric tons of []

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks publicly for the first time about its censored China search engine

Commenting publicly for the first time about Google‘s censored search engine for China, CEO Sundar Pichai said onstage at the WIRED 25 summit in San Francisco that the company is taking ‘a longer-term view‘ about the country. Codenamed Project Dragonfly, the controversial development has been public knowledge since a report in August by the Intercept, []

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Syncron, a SaaS to help manufacturers move to a service model, raises 67M

Syncron, a Stockholm-headquartered company that offers a SaaS to help equipment and other product manufacturers move to a service model, has raised 67 million, its first ever funding round despite being over 15 years old. Leading the round is growth equity firm Summit Partners, while a source close to Syncron pegs the post-money valuation at []

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Uber and Lyft are responsible for about half of SF‘s rise in traffic since 2010, SFCTA says

Uber and Lyft are often times the ones to blame for the rise in traffic and congestion in cities. In San Francisco, the two ride-hailing services are undoubtedly partially to blame, but not entirely to blame, according to a new study from the San Francisco County Transportation Authority. The gist is that while ride-hailing companies []

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