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YouTube demonetizes anti-vaccination videos

YouTube will demonetize channels that promote anti-vaccination views, after a report by BuzzFeed News found ads, including from health companies, running before anti-vax videos. The platform will also place a new information panel that links to the Wikipedia entry on ‘vaccine hesitancy‘ before anti-vax videos. Information panels (part of YouTube‘s efforts to combat misinformation) about []

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Briq, the next building block in tech‘s reconstruction of the construction business, raises 3 million

Bassem Hamdy has been in the construction business for a long time. He spent the last few years at the construction software business Procore, now a 3 billion dollar company developing technology for the construction industry, and now Hamdy is ready to unveil his next act as chief executive and co-founder of Briq, a new []

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Twitter co-founder Ev Williams to step down from the company‘s board

Ev Wiliams is stepping down from Twitter‘s board of directors effective at the end of the month, according to documents submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday.

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Latchel wants to make maintenance easier for landlords and property managers

Relationships between landlords and their tenants don‘t need to be fraught ones. With Y Combinator -backedLatchel,landlords and property managers can access a 24/7 maintenance service that takes requests from tenants and deploys the right professional to fix the things that need fixing. At first we thought of doing a high-tech property management system, Latchel founder []

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Elon Musk finally hosted meme review with the co-creator of Rick and Morty

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has been teasing - and his fanbase has been making pleas - to host a meme review. And after tweeted hints, meme review has arrived via YouTube star PewDiePie. Musk tweeted last month a photo and a question Host meme review? Host meme review? pic.twitter.com/k2SFtIUh1k Elon Musk (@elonmusk) []

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Apple confirms its plans to close retail stores in the patent troll-favored Eastern District of Texas

Apple has confirmed its plans to close retail stores in the Eastern District of Texas - a move that will allow the company to better protect itself from patent infringement lawsuits, according to the Apple news site MacRumors which broke the news of the stores‘ closures. Apple says that the impacted retail employees will be []

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Report: Zoom, the video conferencing company, may be a public company as early as April

The video conferencing company Zoom is aiming to file a public S-1 by the end of March, according to a new report in Business Insider that adds the company could go public as soon as April. Business Insider reported last month that Zoom had filed confidentially with the SEC to go public, just months after []

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Fortnite goes big on esports for 2019 with 100 million prize pool

Epic Games, maker of the ultra popular Battle Royale game Fortnite, is putting up another 100 million in prize cash for competitive tournaments in 2019. The company made waves in the esports world last year, announcing 100 million prize pool for the 2018 competitive year, dwarfing every other competitive title in one fell swoop. This []

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Pinstagram? Instagram code reveals Public Collections feature

Instagram is threatening to attack Pinterest just as it files to go public the same way the Facebook-owned app did to Snapchat. Code buried in Instagram for Android shows the company has prototyped an option to create public Collections to which multiple users can contribute. Instagram launched private Collections two years ago to let you []

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Sebastian Thrun initiates aggressive plan to transform Udacity

I‘m a fighter.I believe in our people, I believe in our mission, and I believe that it should exist and must exist. Sebastian Thrun is talking animatedly about Udacity, the 1 billion online education startup that he co-founded nearly eight years ago. His tone is buoyant and hopeful. He‘s encouraged, he says over an occasionally []

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Verified Expert Lawyer: Jos Ancer

Jos Ancer is first of all a startup lawyer, with a client portfolio of startups of various stages based around Texas and other similar ecosystems outside of Silicon Valley. He‘s also the CTO of Egan Nelson LLP, a boutique firm, where he actively is also building automation software to help the firm compete against larger []

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Opera Touch brings website cookie blocking to iOS

Last fall, Opera introduced Opera Touch for iOS - a solid alternative to Safari on iPhone, optimized for one-handed use. Today, the company is rolling out a notable new feature to this app: cookie blocking. Yes, it can now block those annoying dialogs that ask you to accept the website‘s cookies. These are particularly problematic []

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Update regulations on medical AI, experts plead

The field of medicine is, like other industries and disciplines, in the process of incorporating AI as a standard tool, and it stands to be immensely useful - if it‘s properly regulated, argue researchers. Without meaningful and standardized rules, it will be difficult to quantify benefits or prevent disasters issuing from systematic bias or poor []

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Daily Crunch: Pinterest files to go public

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch‘s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you‘d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Pinterest files confidentially to go public The business has confidentially submitted paperwork to the Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial []

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Daimler and BMW invest 1.1 billion in urban mobility services

Daimler AG and BMW Group officially agreed to merge their urban mobility services into a single holding company back in March 2018 with a 50 percent stake each. And now, they want to unify their services under 5 categories by creating 5 joint ventures - Reach Now, Charge Now, Park Now, Free Now and Share []

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Japan‘s Hayabusa 2 has landed on an asteroid, shot it with a special bullet and returned to space

The Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa 2 has just completed the next phase of its multi-part, multi-year mission by shooting a bullet into the asteroid it had been circling and returning to space. Hopefully, the spacecraft has been able to collect samples of asteroid material kicked off from the surface by the impact from the specially made []

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Can we ever evaluate technical debt?

Every couple of months, I talk to an entrepreneur who is interested in building a marketplace for buying and selling app businesses (i.e. the actual IP and ownership of an app or other piece of software). These markets always seem to suffer from a lack of liquidity, and one reason why is that it‘s really []

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Roku on track for 1 billion in revenue in 2019

Roku plans to be a billion-dollar company in 2019, the company said on Thursday as part of its announcement of strong earnings. The company beat analyst estimates and reported strong growth in active users and streaming hours with earnings of 0.05 per share, compared with the 0.03 analysts had estimated, and revenues of 276 million, []

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Inside Tesla‘s solar energy astroturfing

Tesla has been masking its lobbying efforts on solar panels and battery storage through the Energy Freedom Coalition of America, a trade association that is little more than a front for the automaker and alternative energy company, public documents suggest. SolarCity, which Tesla bought in 2016, began the practice of using the EFCA to promote []

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TechStyle hits 5 million members for its retail empire

TechStyle Fashion Group, the company behind Kate Hudson‘s Fabletics; the children‘s brand FabKids; Rihanna‘s lingerie brand, Savage X Fenty; and the shoe retailer Shoedazzle, has amassed 5 million members for its discount retail program. Those members were a large driver behind the 750 million in transactions the company saw for 2018, according to co-chief executive []

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Venmo launches a ‘limited edition‘ rainbow debit card for its payment app users

Hoping to entice more users to attach the Venmo MasterCard to their account, Venmo this morning announced it‘s launching a special edition rainbow-colored version of its debit card that will only be available in limited quantities. Clearly, the idea here is to generate a sense of urgency around ordering the Venmo MasterCard as well as []

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Showfields raises 9M for a more flexible approach to brick-and-mortar retail

Showfields,which helps online brands move into offline, brick-and-mortar retail, is announcing that it‘s raised 9 million in seed funding. Our thesis was simple: Make the process of becoming physical as easy as becoming digital, co-founder and CEO Tal Zvi Nathanel told me. I‘ve written about other companies, like Bulletin, promising a more flexible approach to []

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Circle raises 20m Series B to help even more parents limit screen time

Circle makes a fantastic screen time management tool and today the company announced a round of funding to help fuel its growth. The 20 million series B included participation from Netgear and T-Mobile, along with Third Kind Venture Capital and follow-on investments from Relay Ventures and other Series A participants. With this round of funding, []

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Pinterest and Lyft move closer to IPO, and LPs question the Vision Fund‘s investment strategy

Hello and welcome back toEquity, TechCrunch‘s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. What a week. It had looked a bit quiet with just a few big rounds to cover. I was looking forward to a relaxed episode, frankly. But no, as Kate and I were prepping the show notes, the []

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