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Auto giant Continental buys Singapore-based Quantum Inventions for 29M

German automotive giant Continental is furthering its push into the future of transportation after it got its check book out to acquireQuantum Inventions, a Singapore-based company that specializes in mobility data services. The deal was announced in June with little fanfare andit is officially undisclosed, but a source told TechCrunch that it is around the SG40 million mark Read More

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N26 now has 500,000 customers for its bank of the future

Fintech startup N26 is getting more and more customers. The company reported 300,000 customers back in March. It now has 500,000 customers across Europe. More importantly, growth seems to be accelerating as the startup announced that it was adding a thousand customers every day back in March. Now, around 1,500 customers sign up every day. More than 60 percent of our growth is still Read More

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HTC drops price of Vive by 200 as it looks to compete with Facebook‘s aggressive VR pricing

Just as reality appears to be getting worse by the day, VR companies are doing the lord‘s work and making the price of escaping it a bit more accessible. HTC is dropping the price of its Vive virtual reality system from 799 to 599 as the Taiwanese tech giant seeks to compete with aggressive price cuts coming from Facebook-owned Oculus and their Rift headset. At the beginning of the Read More

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Microsoft‘s speech recognition system hits a new accuracy milestone

Microsoft announced today that its conversational speech recognition system has reached a 5.1% error rate, its lowest so far. This surpasses the 5.9% error rate reached last yearby a group of researchers from Microsoft Artificial Intelligence and Research and puts its accuracy on par with professional human transcribers who have advantages like the ability to listen to text several times. Read More

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Beyond Amazon and Alibaba: what‘s next for e-commerce?

Even with advantages, can startups truly outsmart Alibaba and Amazon? The answer is yes, and the reason is the massive amount of growth that remains to be realized in e-commerce. Amazon and Alibaba may be gobbling up the lion‘s share of the two markets, but e-commerce still amounts to just8% and 16%of the total ~9 trillion retail market in the U.S. and China respectively. Read More

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For its latest trick, watch this Tesla Model X smoke a Lamborghini supercar

The Ludicrous Teslas are ludicrous indeed. And this video posted to YouTube by DragTimes is just the latest in a series of evidentiary exhibits that proves it. In the video, a Tesla Model X P100D crossover SUV is pitted against a 530,000 Lamborghini Aventador. Spoiler alert: the Tesla beats it by .05 of a second, leaving the Lambo crying Mercy. At 5,4000 pounds, Read More

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Yesterday‘s ‘plastics‘ are today‘s crypto tokens

What The Graduate can teach about today‘s cryptocurrencies Read More

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Microsoft kicks off Xbox One X pre-orders today with a limited ‘Project Scorpio‘ edition

Microsoft just pulled the trigger on Xbox One X pre-orders, offering up the souped up version of its console for 499. Unveiled back at E3 in June after a year‘s worth of teasers, the latest Xbox One features more memory and improved processing designed for 4K playback. The company is also using its platform at the Gamecom conference in Cologne, Germany to debut a limited edition version Read More

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Taxes in the gig economy

The first generation of gigeconomycontractors is essentially riding shotgun as an entirely new industry defines itself. While they enjoy flexibility and a convenient way to supplement a primary income, they also must act as guinea pigs uncovering the shortcomings of the industry‘s support network. One issue in particular has become a clear gap forgigeconomyworkers: taxes. Read More

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Google needs to pay Apple a small fortune to remain the default search engine on iOS

Apple and Google could be the biggest frenemies in tech. While they both compete like there‘s no tomorrow, they also partner on some very specific deals. For instance, Google is paying a ton of money to remain the default search engine on iOS. As CNBC first reported, according to a Bernstein analyst, Google could pay as much as 3 billion a year just to remain the default option in Read More

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Gillmor Gang: Ah-Clem

The Gillmor Gang Philip Proctor, Frank Radice, Kevin Marks, Denis Pombriant, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Saturday, August 19, 2017. The Firesign Theatre‘s Phil Proctor joins the Gang. Topics preclude: will the realDonaldTrump please step down, what is reality, Siri‘s Easter egg, and other mysteries from the vaults of time. @stevegillmor, @FIRESIGNPHIL, Read More

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Let‘s review some of tech‘s big second quarter financial stories

Now that the second-quarter earnings season when all of the biggest public tech companies spill their financial guts to the public is over, and it was filled with a lot of weird stories that seemed a little outside of the mold that we normally see. There weren‘t any blockbuster product launches, huge advertising beats, wildly surprising numbers (outside Read More

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Cryptowestworld

Let me tell you a story. Once upon a time there lived a mysterious, brilliant inventor, now lost to history, who created a kind of autonomous zone wherein the traditional rules of governments and law did not apply. It was scoffed at as escapism, but over time it drew an ever-growing crowd who used it primarily to indulge their greed and lust. A few, though, believed it could be more than an Read More

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The Daily Stormer was back online for a quick second

Neo-Nazi site The Daily Stormer is running out of options to stay online. There has been a public outcry against tech companies helping websites, such as The Daily Stormer. On August 18th, the team behind The Daily Stormer found a way to put the website back online. But now that NameCheap has taken down the website‘s new domain name, it is back offline for most people. If you want to host Read More

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Watch Microsoft‘s Xbox One X Gamescom conference live right here

Microsoft is about to share the last details on the Xbox One X with a press conference ahead of the Gamescom in Cologne, Germany. You can watch it live right here at 12 PM on the West Coast, 3 PM on the East Coast, 8 PM in the U.K., 9 PM in Germany. The company already said on Twitter that we can expect to hear more details about pre-orders for the Xbox One X: #XboxOneX pre-order info is Read More

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Former GE CEO Jeff Immelt close to becoming Uber‘s CEO

The long and dramatic process for naming a new Uber CEO may be coming closer to an end. First reported by Kara Swisher, our sourcesare also telling us that former General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt is still being seriously considered and the board vote is expected to happen soon. The talks were first reported several weeks ago. Co-founder and CEO Travis Kalanick was asked to resign in June Read More

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Leaked image suggests a new Nest thermostat is on the way

Alphabet-owned Nest has taken some pretty safe choices in the IoT space, building products that rely on a their Internet connectedness to function. Their most recognizable product, the Nest Learning Thermostat hasn‘t gotten a cosmetic upgrade since it was released nearly six years ago, though it has received some hardware tweaks to make setup and connection more simple. A leaked image Read More

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Leaked image shows off new version of Nest thermostat

Alphabet-owned Nest has taken some pretty safe choices in the IoT space, building products that rely on a their Internet connectedness to function. Their most recognizable product, the Nest Learning Thermostat hasn‘t gotten a cosmetic upgrade since it was released nearly six years ago, though it has received some hardware tweaks to make setup and connection more simple. A leaked image Read More

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Here are the top schools among founders who raise big dollars

You don‘t need a fancy university degree to launch a startup and secure venture capital. But looking at the data on who gets funded, alumni affiliation sure seems to be a big contributing factor. Read More

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The Huger Tech Racer electric skateboard proves fast doesn‘t mean first place

The pursuit of finding the best electric skateboard continues, with a startup based out of Orange County, California called Huger Tech. The board in question, named the Racer, is supposed to be the most bang for your buck, but with better performance than the two current leading electric skateboards the Boosted Board and Inboard. Read More

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Prisma shifts focus to b2b with an API for AI-powered mobile effects

The startup behind the Prisma style transfer app is shifting focus onto the b2b space, building tools for developers that draw on its expertise using neural networks and deep learning technology to power visual effects on mobile devices. Read More

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Crunch Report | Benchmark vs Kalanick Goes Sour

Reddit is rolling out its own video platform, VR adtech company Immersv raises 10.5 million and Benchmark versus Kalanick goes sour. All this on Crunch Report Read More

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These solar glass blocks would make great skylights for your solar roof

If you‘re going to be decking your roof out with solar tiles, there‘s a possibility that you may forgo what might be the best placement of a skylight in favor of more solar cell square footage. Luckily solar glass is fast becoming an option, and these clever glass blocks are the best option I‘ve seen yet. Read More

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New malware masquerades as a ride-sharing app

An update to the venerable Faketoken.q Android malware has made it easier for the program to steal your credit card information from ride-sharing apps. Faketoken attacks Russian ride-sharing apps by overlaying text boxes on the credit card information pages that can capture your credit number and other important information. Kaspersky writes: After getting onto a smartphone (judging by the Read More

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