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Snag your super early-bird passes for Disrupt Berlin 2018

Der frhe vogel fngt den wurm! Yikes, if we‘re trotting out our tortured German to say ‘the early bird catches the worm,‘ it can mean only one thing, folks. It‘s time for all you European startup fans to go catch super early-bird tickets to TechCrunchDisrupt Berlin 2018on November 29-30. Our pricing tiers start at 595 []

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In Army of None, a field guide to the coming world of autonomous warfare

The Silicon Valley-military industrial complex is increasingly in the crosshairs of artificial intelligence engineers. A few weeks ago, Google was reported to be backing out of a Pentagon contract around Project Maven, which would use image recognition to automatically evaluate photos. Earlier this year, AI researchers around the world joined petitions calling for a boycott []

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Open source sustainability

Open source sustainability has been nothing short of an oxymoron. Engineers around the world pour their sweat and frankly, their hearts into these passion projects that undergird all software in the modern internet economy. In exchange, they ask for nothing in return except for recognition and help in keeping their projects alive and improving them. []

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Are scooter startups really worth billions?

It‘s been hard to miss the scooter startup wars opening fresh, techno-fueled rifts in Valley society in recent months. Another flavor of ride-sharing steed which sprouted seemingly overnight to clutter up sidewalks drawing rapid-fire ire from city regulators apparently far more forgiving of traffic congestion if it‘s delivered in the traditional, car-shaped capsule. Even []

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How backups, backups, backups protect NYC‘s cellular infrastructure

The infrastructure that underpins our lives is not something we ever want to think about. Nothing good has come from suddenly needing to wonder ‘where does my water come from?‘ or ‘how does electricity connect into my home?‘ That pondering gets even more intense when we talk about cellular infrastructure, where a single dropped call []

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Bag Week 2018: Timbuk2‘s Launch featherweight daypack is tough and tiny

If you need something small, lightweight and indestructible, Timbuk2‘s Lightweight Launch Backpack (129) might be right up your alley. The pack, constructed from famously tough Tyvek, can fit a 13 laptop comfortably and plenty else. At only 18L, it sounds small, but due to its drawstring top design and large main compartment, it holds more []

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Bag Week 2018: P.MAI‘s women‘s leather laptop bag is luxury packed with utility

Welcome to Bag Week 2018. Every year your faithful friends at TechCrunch spend an entire week looking at bags. Why? Because bags - often ignored but full of our important electronics - are the outward representations of our techie styles, and we put far too little thought into where we keep our most prized possessions. []

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Apple will repair busted keyboards on recent MacBooks and MacBook Pros for free

Back in 2016, Apple redesigned the MacBook Pro‘s keyboard. It hasn‘t gone as well as they probably hoped. Complaints quickly started popping up of failing keys. Some keys had a tendency to get stuck in place; others move freely, but simply don‘t respond. Two years and a lawsuit later, Apple is officially acknowledging the issue []

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Apple will repair busted keyboards on recent MacBook and MacBook Pros for free

Back in 2016, Apple redesigned the MacBook Pro‘s keyboard. It hasn‘t gone as well as they probably hoped. Complaints quickly started popping up of failing keys. Some keys had a tendency to get stuck in place; others move freely, but simply don‘t respond. Two years and a lawsuit later, Apple is officially acknowledging the issue []

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VC Brian O‘Malley jumps from Accel to Forerunner Ventures

Brian O‘Malley may be the most-poached venture capitalist in Silicon Valley. While rising through the ranks at the global investment firm Battery Ventures, where O‘Malley had led deals in Hotel Tonight among others, he was plucked out of the firm by Accel Partners in 2013, where both O‘Malley and Accel thought he could be even []

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A look back at the best tech ads of the last 35 years

Last week the Association of Independent Commercial Producers announced the winners of its annual awards honoring the best moving image marketing of the year and Apple‘s ‘Welcome Home‘ ad took home the prize for Advertising Excellence in the single commercial category. Directed by Spike Jonze, the person behind movies like Her and Being John Malkovich, []

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Reddit launches a ‘News‘ tab into beta testing

Reddit is rolling out its news tab into beta, the company announced this week. The expansion follows on Reddit‘s initial test of a news-related feature that began this May, when an alpha version shipped to some users of Reddit‘s iOS app. At the time, Reddit explained it wanted to give news its own dedicated home []

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Konsus looks to give companies a way to get specially designed documents in under a day

Fredrik Thomassen as a consultant used to have the resources to offload the annoying project tasks - like making PowerPoint presentations - but now that it‘s gone, he and his team wanted to make that available for everyone. Now the startup, called Konsus, wants to turn that around even faster. Konsus is a design marketplace []

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Your second chance for Startup Battlefield at Disrupt SF

If you missed the deadline last week to apply for the infamous Startup Battlefieldat Disrupt SF, have no fear. There is still one more chance at being part of the action! Out of all of the early-stage companies exhibiting atDisrupt, threeStartup Alley companies will have the opportunity to be selected as one of the ‘Wild []

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Konsus looks to give companies a way to get specially-designed documents in under a day

Fredrik Thomassen as a consultant used to have the resources to offload the annoying project tasks - like making PowerPoint presentations - but now that it‘s gone, he and his team wanted to make that available for everyone. Now the startup, called Konsus, wants to turn that around even faster. Konsus is a design marketplace []

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Facebook mistakenly leaked developer analytics reports to testers

Set the days without a Facebook‘s privacy problem counter to zero. This week, an alarmed developer contacted TechCrunch, informing us that their Facebook App Analytics weekly summary email had been delivered to someone outside their company. It contains sensitive business information including weekly average users, page views, and new users. After two days of Facebook []

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Uber safety driver of fatal self-driving crash was watching Hulu, not the road

A safety driver operating an Uber self-driving vehicle looked down at a phone that was streaming The Voice on Hulu 204 times during a 43-minute test drive that ended when pedestrian Elaine Herzberg was struck and killed in Tempe, Arizona, according to a 318-page police report reviewed by TechCrunch. The Tempe Police Department released late []

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WordPress.com parent company acquires Atavist

Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, WooCommerce, Longreads, Simplenote and a few other things, is acquiring Brooklyn-based startup Atavist. Atavist has been working on a content management system for independent bloggers and writers. With an Atavist website, you can easily write and publish stories with a ton of media. You might think that this isn‘t particularly []

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Lime scooters are live in Paris

Lime is the hot new thing in San Francisco, but will it work in other countries? The company just launched its electric scooter service in Paris. This isn‘t the first European city as Lime is also operating in Berlin, Bremen, Frankfurt and Zurich. But it‘s a significant launch as alternative mobility solutions have all been []

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Amazon FreeTime Unlimited finally lands on Apple‘s App Store

Five and half years after it launched, one of the more popular apps for kids‘ reading and entertainment has finally arrived on the iOS. Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, the e-commerce giant‘s subscription service for children 3-12 that gives unlimited access to 10,000 books, movies and TV shows for 2.99 per month for up to four users []

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Sphero acquires a music education startup

It‘s hard to say precisely how Sphero‘s pivot to education is going in these early stages, but it recently got an infusion of funding and is already out acquiring new startups. The BB-8 maker announced this morning that it‘s picked up Specdrums the fellow Boulder, Co-based startup is a Kickstarter success story that lets []

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Facebook prototypes tool to show how many minutes you spend on it

Are you ready for some scary numbers? After months of Mark Zuckerberg talking about how ‘Protecting our community is more important than maximizing our profits, Facebook is preparing to turn that commitment into a Time Well Spent product. Buried in Facebook‘s Android app is an unreleased Your Time On Facebook feature. It shows the tally []

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Supreme Court decision requires warrant to obtain cellphone records for tracking

The United States Supreme court issued a decision this morning required police to obtain a warrant from a judge in order to track individuals through cellphone records. The 5-4 ruling is being regarded as a win for privacy advocates in the U.S. The decision derived from a 2011 case in which FBI agents used three []

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Citymapper lets you find Ofo, Mobike and scooters around you

Urban transportation app Citymapper quietly rolled out an app update that lets you find many alternative mobility services in the app. You can now find the nearest dockless bike or electric scooter around you (not the Bird and Lime kind, the motorcycle kind). The integrations are already live in many cities. The company didn‘t add []

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