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Facebook keeps growing with 2.38B users in Q1, but saves 3B for FTC fine

A massive penalty hangs over Facebook‘s head, but it otherwise had a very strong Q1 earnings report. Facebook reached 2.38 billion monthly users, up 2.5 percent from 2.32 billion in Q4 2018 when it grew 2.2 percent, and it now has 1.56 billion daily active users, up 2.63 percent from 1.52 billion last quarter when []

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Microsoft beats expectations with 30.6B in revenue as Azure‘s growth continues

Microsoft reported its quarterly earnings for Q3 2019 today. Overall, Wall Street expected earnings of about 1 per share and revenue of 29.84 billion. The company handily beat this with revenue of 30.6 billion (up 14 percent from the year-ago quarter) and earnings per share of 1.14. With Microsoft focusing heavily on its cloud business, []

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NASA, FEMA and International Partners are planning an asteroid impact exercise

When it comes to planning for a potential asteroid strike on planet Earth, The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration and Federal Emergency Management Agency don‘t want to miss a thing. Alongside international partners like the European Space Agency‘s Space Situational Awareness-NEO Segment and the International Asteroid Warning Network (IAWN), NASA‘s Planetary Defense Coordination Office []

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41% of voice assistant users have concerns about trust and privacy, report finds

Forty-one percent of voice assistant users are concerned about trust, privacy and passive listening, according to a new report from Microsoft focused on consumer adoption of voice and digital assistants. And perhaps people should be concerned all the major voice assistants, including those from Google, Amazon, Apple and Samsung as well as Microsoft, employ []

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Network with CrunchMatch at TC Sessions: Mobility 2019

If you‘re planning to attend TC Sessions: Mobility 2019 on July 10, then get ready to network like never before. And by that, we mean easily. TC‘s day-long event - dedicated to the future of mobility and transportation - features discussions, demos and workshops with the brightest founders, technologists and investors in these industries. With []

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Robotics VCs on what‘s real, what‘s coming, and what to keep in mind

Last week, at TechCrunch‘s robotics event at UC Berkeley, we sat down with four VCs who are making a range of bets on robotics companies, from drone technologies to robots whose immediate applications aren‘t yet clear. Featuring Peter Barrett of Playground Global, Helen Liang of FoundersX Ventures, Eric Migicovsky of Y Combinator and Andy Wheeler []

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Airbnb wants to get into streaming media because why not?

Airbnb is looking to book a place in the streaming media business. The company best known for its controversial marketplace of on-demand accommodations is now plotting a foray into becoming a production studio, according to a report in Reuters. Tons of companies in Silicon Valley have taken to producing marketing features and print magazines as []

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LEGO Braille bricks are the best, nicest, and in retrospect most obvious idea ever

Braille is a crucial skill for children with visual impairments to learn, and with these LEGO Braille Bricks kids can learn through hands-on play rather than more rigid methods like Braille readers and printouts. Given the naturally Braille-like structure of LEGO blocks, it‘s surprising this wasn‘t done decades ago.

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Mary Meeker raises 1.25B for Bond, her debut growth fund

As the Kleiner Perkins empire crumbles, Meeker builds her own.

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Pinterest employee #1 launches blockchain art market MakersPlace

Pinterest is a great place to find digital art but a terrible place to sell it. The fact that anything online is infinitely copyable makes it tough for artists to establish a sense of scarcity necessary for their work to be perceived as valuable. Yash Nelapati saw this struggle up close as Pinterest‘s first employee. []

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MongoDB to acquire open-source mobile database Realm for 39 million

MongoDB announced today that it is acquiring Realm, an open-source database geared for mobile applications, for 39 million. The startup had raised just over 40 million before being acquired today. Not exactly a staggering return on investment. It‘s the kind of acquisition that makes a lot of sense from a tech perspective. Both companies are []

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Pew: US adult Twitter users tend to be younger, more Democratic; 10% create 80% of tweets

A new report out this morning from Pew Research Center offers insight into the U.S. adult Twitter population. The firm‘s research indicates the Twitterverse tends to skew younger and more Democratic than the general public. It also notes that the activity on Twitter is dominated by a small percentage most users rarely tweet, while []

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It‘s now easier to find work-from-home jobs in Google Search

Over the course of the last year or so, Google started adding more job search features to its search engine. Today, it‘s expanding this program by also making it easier to find work-from-home jobs. Typically, when you searched for a job like that, chances are you‘ll be bombarded with a bunch of low-quality or even []

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Bumble‘s ‘Private Detector‘ uses AI to detect dick pics

Dating apps are finally leveraging AI to clean up users‘ chat messages. Badoo has introduced a new feature coming to its network of dating apps, including most notably, Bumble. The penile detecting Private Detector feature will leverage deep learning to identify dick pics and other inappropriate photos and label them as such in chat, giving []

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Microsoft is considering dropping its Windows password expiration policy

Microsoft has proposed scrapping a policy in Windows that requires users to periodically change their login password. In a blog post, the software giant said its new draft security configuration baseline settings would no longer force users whose accounts are controlled by a network‘s group policy to change their passwords every few weeks or months. []

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Mark Zuckerberg has a podcast

In the future, everyone will have a podcast - and by ‘future,‘ I mean like mid-2020. But one step at a time, starting with Facebook founder, CEO and definite human person, Mark Zuckerberg . Facebook announced the podcast‘s Spotify link on Twitter. How‘s that for platform synergy? The rather dryly named ‘Tech and Society With []

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Vue.ai raises 17M to equip online retailers with AI smarts

Vue.ai, a U.S/India startup that develops an AI platform to help online retailers work more efficiently and sell more, has announced a 17 million Series B round. The investment is led by Falcon Edge Capital with participation from Japan‘s Global Brain and existing backer Sequoia Capital India. Parent company Mad Street Den was founded in []

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Are women better gamers than men? This startup‘s AI-driven research says yes

Last year the Gosu.ai startup, which has developed an AI assistant to help gamers play smarter and improve their skills, raised 1.9M. Using machine learning, it analyzes their matches and makes personal recommendations, and allows the gamer to be taught by a virtual assistant. Because they have this virtual assistant they can now do some []

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MongoDB to acquire open source mobile database Realm for 39 million

MongoDB announced today that is acquiring Realm, an open source database geared for mobile applications for 39 million. The startup had raised just over 40 million before being acquired today. Not exactly a staggering return on investment. It‘s the kind of acquisition that makes a lot of sense. Both companies are built on the premise []

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The Brave browser launches ads that reward users for viewing

With the latest desktop version of the Brave browser, users can now opt-in to the Brave Ads program. Brave is an ad-blocking web browser startup led by Brendan Eich, creator of JavaScript programming language and former Mozilla CEO. He‘s long maintained that the vision is bigger than an ad blocker, with a goal of finding []

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Huawei‘s P30 Pro excels on the camera front

It‘s been a month since Huawei unveiled its latest flagship device -the Huawei P30 Pro. I‘ve played with the P30 and P30 Pro for a few weeks and I‘ve been impressed with the camera system. The P30 Pro is the successor to the P20 Pro and features improvements across the board. It could have been []

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Indian court lifts ban on TikTok in India

An Indian state court has reversed its ban on TikTok, allowing the short video app to return to both Apple and Google‘s app stores, according to a report this morning from Reuters. Earlier this month, India‘s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology had ordered TikTok be removed from app stores, after a High Court in []

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A court ruling ‘chalking‘ unconstitutional makes way for more privacy-invasive tech

If you‘ve ever had a parking ticket, there‘s a good chance you know what chalking is. A federal appeals court ruled this week that the practice of marking a car tires unconstitutional, a violation of your Fourth Amendment rights against unwarranted searches and seizures. For years traffic enforcement officers have marked car tires with chalk []

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Managed By Q launches a new task management feature for office managers

Managed By Q, the office management platform recently acquired by WeWork, has today announced the launch of Task Management. The feature comes to Managed By Q by way of Hivy, a startup acquired by MBQ back in 2017, that focuses on connecting a company‘s employees to the office manager that handles their requests. Pre-Hivy, collecting []

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