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iPadOS preview

Microsoft drew a line in the sand with Windows 10, presenting an operating system designed for both PCs and tablets alike. The move fostered hardware designers to go all in on convertibles - devices that performed double duty as laptops or slates, with adjustable keyboards to match. For most of its history, the iPad has []

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Hackers are stealing years of call records from hacked cell networks

Security researchers say they have uncovered a massive espionage campaign involving the theft of call records from hacked cell network providers to conduct targeted surveillance on individuals of interest. The hackers have systematically broken in to more than 10 cell networks around the world to date over the past seven years to obtain massive amounts []

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Amazon Prime Day 2019 expands to become a 48-hour sale on July 15-16

Amazon is preparing for its longest Prime Day ever. The company announced today it will host a 48-hour Prime Day sales event this year, starting at midnight on Monday, July 15 and extending for two full days. The Amazon sales holiday its own version of a Black Friday-type sale will feature over a []

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JD.com‘s logistics arm raises a 218 million investment fund

The logistics division of JD.com, Alibaba‘s closest e-commerce competitor in China, has raised 1.5 billion yuan (about 218 million) to invest in logistics-related companies and technology. Limited partners in the new fund include JD Logistics and JD.com, as well as undisclosed listed companies and government-led funds, reported Reuters. JD Logistics, which became a standalone subsidiary []

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Monzo, the UK challenger bank, raises 113M Series F led by YC‘s Continuity fund at a 2B post-money valuation

Monzo, the fast-growing U.K.-based challenger bank with more than two million account holders, has raised 113 million (~144m) in additional funding. Confirming TechCrunch‘s scoop in April, the Series F round is led by Y Combinator‘s Continuity growth fund, and gives the company a new 2 billion (~2.5b) post-money valuation. That‘s double the 1 billion valuation []

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At last, a camera app that automatically removes all people from your photos

As a misanthrope living in a vibrant city, I‘m never short of things to complain about. And in particular the problem of people crowding into my photos, whatever I happen to shoot, is a persistent one. That won‘t be an issue any more with Bye Bye Camera, an app that simply removes any humans from photos you take. Finally!

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Drone Racing League is raising 50 million

The enterprise drone space has been heating up over the past couple years, but a startup in the entertainment drone space is raising the big cash now. The Drone Racing League is in the process of raising up to 50 million from investors in a Series C round according to SEC docs published today. The []

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Apple says Spotify exaggerated how much ‘App Store tax‘ it pays

In March, Spotify filed a complaint against Apple with the European Commission over the so-called Apple tax and claims of restrictive rules regarding the App Store. In the time since, Apple has responded with the launch of a website that takes aim at the anti-trust, anti-competitive claims against it, and most recently, a deep dive []

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This robot crawls along wind turbine blades looking for invisible flaws

Wind turbines are a great source of clean power, but their apparent simplicity - just a big thing that spins - belie complex systems that wear down like any other, and can fail with disastrous consequences. Sandia National Labs researchers have created a robot that can inspect the enormous blades of turbines autonomously, helping keep our green power infrastructure in good kit.

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Reminder: Meet TechCrunch in NYC tomorrow

And we‘re back! TechCrunch is returning to NYC for a Meet and Greet tomorrow at The Yard in Herald Square. It‘s been a couple years since we‘ve held an event in NYC and we‘ve missed it. Join Managing Editor Jordan Crook, Battlefield Host and Senior Writer Anthony Ha, Head of Startup Battlefield Neesha Tambe, and []

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WordPress management site WP Engine acquires Flywheel as it moves to a 1B valuation and IPO

WordPress now accounts for 34 percent of all websites globally, and today one of the key companies that helps handle the creation and management of some of those WP-hosted sites is getting a little bigger through some consolidation in the wider ecosystem. WP Engine, which works with businesses to build and manage their WordPress-hosted sites, []

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Daily Crunch: Details on the new Raspberry Pi

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. The Raspberry Pi Foundation unveils the Raspberry Pi 4 While the Raspberry Pi first started as a simple computer designed to []

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What startup names are most effective?

Entrepreneurs take a long journey when naming their brainchild, comparable to a parent naming their own flesh and blood. There are many reasons behind naming...

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Apple just released the first iOS and iPadOS 13 beta to everyone

This is your opportunity to get a glimpse of the future of iOS -and iPadOS. Apple just released the first public beta of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, the next major version of the operating systems for the iPhone and iPad. Unlike developer betas, everyone can download those betas without a 99 developer account. But []

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iOS 13 brings many much needed quality-of-life improvements

In developer lingo, quality-of-life updates are all about refining things that already work. Thanks to these incremental improvements, it should make the end user experience much more enjoyable. And with iOS 13, it feels like Apple‘s main focus is on this concept. Dark Mode is basically the only new flashy feature of iOS this year. []

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Only 24 hours left to apply to Startup Battlefield at Disrupt SF 2019

Early-stage startup founders it‘s now or never, it‘s do-or-die, it‘s [insert your preferred time-crunch clich here. The application deadline for the Startup Battlefield atDisrupt San Francisco 2019expires in just 24 hours. If you‘re ready to go up against a cadre of approximately 15-30 outstanding startups on the Disrupt Main stage, then apply to compete in []

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Argo AI is investing 15 million into a self-driving car research center at CMU

Argo AI will invest 15 million over five years to create a center for autonomous vehicle research at Carnegie Mellon University, one of the latest efforts by the Ford-backed company to accelerate the development of self-driving cars. The center, Carnegie Mellon University Argo AI Center for Autonomous Vehicle Research, will focus on advanced perception and []

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5 really, really good reasons to attend TC Sessions: Mobility

It‘s stunning how fast emerging new technologies can coalesce around a simple human need and suddenly change everything, not to mention spur billions in investment. That‘s what has happened in the past five years to the basics of humans getting around town, or ‘mobility‘ in the shorthand of Silicon Valley. And that‘s the first of []

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macOS 10.15 Catalina preview

There might be no better microcosm of 2019 Apple than Catalina. The latest version of macOS arrives during a transitional time for the company. The desktop is a showcase for increased focus on content, a continued push toward cross-platform compatibility and a renewed push to court creative professionals. For a few years now, the desktop []

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Google brings together BigQuery and Kaggle in new integration

Google bought Kaggle in 2017 to provide a data science community for its big data processing tools on Google Cloud. Today, the company announced a new direct integration between Kaggle and BigQuery, Google‘s cloud data warehouse. More specifically, data scientists can build a model in a Kaggle Jupyter Notebook, known as Kaggle Kernels in the []

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The next service marketplace wave: Vertical market-networks

Ivan Smolnikov Contributor Ivan Smolnikov is the CEO and founder of Smartcat, the market network platform for the translation industry. The last few decades have produced many successful marketplaces. We went from goods marketplace pioneers such as eBay and Amazon to simple service marketplaces such as Uber, Lyft, Doordash, Upwork, Thumbtack, TaskRabbit, and Fiverr. But []

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Trash uses AI to edit your footage into a fun, short videos

Trash is a new startup promising to make it easier for anyone to create well-edited videos. Social video is an area that CEO Hannah Donovan knows well, having previously served as general manager at Vine (the video app that Twitter acquired and eventually shut down). She said that in user research, even though people had []

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Scientists discover a new way to provide plants the nutrients they need to thrive

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have discovered a new method for delivering key nutrients to plant roots without having to ensure they‘re present in the soil where the plants are growing. The landmark study greatly increases the efficiency of surface delivery of nutrients and pesticides to plants. Currently, when crops are sprayed with stuff []

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Comscore raises 20M with an option to bump it to 50M, in a bid to rebuild its digital measurement business

Comscore‘s name is usually in the news because of its widely-cited research and stats around media traffic and other analysis charting digital consumer behavior. More recently, it‘s been coming up for another reason: ongoing corporate upheaval and its tumbling stock price. Today comes the latest development in that story: the company announced that it has []

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