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Andrew Ng announces Deeplearning.ai, his new venture after leaving Baidu

Andrew Ng, the former chief scientist of Baidu, announced his next venture, Deeplearning.ai, with only a logo, a domain name and a footnote pointing to an August launch date. In an interesting twist, the Deeplearning.ai domain name appears to be registered to Baidu‘s Sunnyvale AI research campus the same office Ng would have worked out of as an employee. It‘s unclear Read More

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For Binary Capital‘s investors, a public apology may fall short

In May of last year, venture capitalist Justin Caldbeck of Binary Capital tweeted:Big believers in addition by subtraction‘ for company culture. Bad apples impact others, and rest of team will thank you when they‘re gone. We may never know what company Caldbeck was referencing, but certainly, his messaging seems ironic in light of a detailed reportabout his Read More

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Uber has seen a sharp drop in new driver retention this year: Apptopia

Uber has seen a sharp drop in retention rates for new drivers in the U.S., according to analysis of the Uber driver app provided to TechCrunch by app analytics firm Apptopia. Read More

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Walmart reportedly won‘t bid for Whole Foods after Amazon‘s huge offer

Walmart isn‘t actively considering a bid for Whole Foods, which Amazon said it would purchase for 13.7 billion last week, according to a report by Reuters. If so, that would remove a major obstacle to Amazon‘s bid to acquire the grocery chain. Whole Foods has hundreds of stores across the U.S., which could give Amazon a foothold in the grocery business and possibly food Read More

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VC Justin Caldbeck is taking an indefinite leave of absence, apologizes to the women he ‘made feel uncomfortable‘

In light of allegations of sexual harassment and unwanted sexual advances, Binary Capital co-founder and managing Partner Justin Caldbeck is taking an indefinite leave of absence. In a statement provided to TechCrunch, Caldbeck apologized for his behavior, directing it first to those women who I‘ve made feel uncomfortable in any way, at any time - but also to the greater Read More

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42 percent of smart speaker owners have bought a second device (or more)

Here‘s a promising metric for Amazon, in terms of its ability to maintain its current lead in the voice computing market: 42 percent of smart speaker owners have two or more devices, according to Edison Research. This figure is seemingly growing, too. Last year, there were about 1.18 Amazon Echo devices per Alexa household, but this new finding pushes the number to around 1.5 to 1.6 Read More

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SpaceX successfully launches reused Falcon 9 rocket, recovers first stage

SpaceX has successfully launched a Falcon 9 to orbit during its BulgariaSat-1 mission Friday. The launch reused a first stage booster first employed during an Iridium Communications mission in January of this year, after that Falcon 9 first stage was recovered and refurbished. The mission on Friday was to delivery Bulgaria‘s first ever geostationary communications satellite into orbit, Read More

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Watch a tiny virus take a constitutional under a laser-powered 3D microscope

If you‘re anything like me, you spend a significant portion of the day wondering about the paths viruses take when they‘re cruising around your internals. Luckily for us, a newly developed microscope from Duke researchers can show the exact path taken by the little critters (?), down to the micrometer. Read More

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Female founders accuse VC Justin Caldbeck of making unwanted advances

Yesterday The Information reported on allegations made by half a dozen women working in the tech industry who say they have faced unwanted and inappropriate advances from Silicon Valley venture capitalist, Justin Caldbeck, co-founder and managing partner of Binary Capital. Read More

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42 percent of Amazon Echo owners have bought a second device (or more)

Here‘s a promising metric for Amazon, in terms of its ability to maintain its current lead in the voice computing market: 42 percent of Amazon Echo owners have two or more devices, according to Edison Research. This figure is seemingly growing, too. Last year, there were about 1.18 Amazon Echo devices per Alexa household, but this new finding pushes that number to around 1.5 to 1.6 Read More

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Samsung‘s Galaxy Note8 will reportedly be the company‘s most expensive smartphone yet

Samsung is preparing to launch its most expensive smartphone yet this September, VentureBeat reports. Notably, this launch timeline for the Galaxy Note8will station it in the path of when the new iPhones will likely be revealed. The phone will retail for999 according to the report, a number which will likely translate to around 900 stateside considering past pricing differentials. Read More

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New algorithm lets you make anything in origami

They say if you fold 1,000 origami cranes out of individual sheets of paper your deepest wishes will be granted. I tried it once - I was a lonely college kid - and I ended up with pink eye. However, a new paper out of MIT describes a way to possibly make 1,000 origami cranes out of one piece of paper, a unique feat that is now a possibility thanks to a new origami algorithm. Read More

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Google now has all the data it needs, will stop scanning Gmail inboxes for ad personalization

Here‘s a surprise announcement from Google: the company today said that it will stop scanning the inboxes of Gmail‘s free users for ad personalization at some point later this year. Google already doesn‘t do this for business users who subscribe to its G Suite services, but until now, it routinely scanned the inboxes of its free users to better target ads for them. It then Read More

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Google now has all the data it needs, will stop scanning Gmail inboxes

Here‘s a surprise announcement from Google: the company today said that it will stop scanning the inboxes of Gmail‘s free users for ad personalization at some point later this year. Google already doesn‘t do this for business users who subscribe to its G Suite services, but until now, it routinely scanned the inboxes of its free users to better target ads for them. It then Read More

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Local businesses can now post on Google with Posts on Google

Until now, Posts on Google only allowed a small number of celebrities, sports teams, sports leagues, movie studios and museums to post social network-style updates about their activities right to Google‘s search result pages. Using this, these organizations and individuals could post images, videos, GIFs and text and use that to drive traffic to their sites. Starting now, local Read More

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A month with the Catalyst Fermentation System

I‘ve been following the multiple easy brewing systems available online for a while now and have never found one that truly spoke to me. Devices like the Minibrew seem great but price and shipping problems have always kept them out of my boozy little hands. So, rather than wait for the perfect automatic system, I decided to look at the Catalyst Fermentation System, a 199 Read More

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Satellogic raises 27M for affordable, high-resolution imaging satellites

Space tech company Satellogic has raised 27 million in a Series B round led by Chinese internet giant Tencent, and with participation by CrunchFund (disclosure: co-founded by TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington). The company also launches its sixth micro-satellite into orbit on June 15, aboard a Long March-4B rocket that took off from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. What Satellogic Read More

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YouTube‘s mobile app will soon better display all video formats, add messaging

On the heels of a major redesign of its desktop site which delivered an overall cleaner look-and-feel and a dark mode for nighttime watching, YouTube this week announced it will soon roll out an update to its mobile app, as well. The new app will better support video shot in other formats and orientations, by dynamically adapting its player to whatever video you‘re Read More

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Nissan‘s ProPILOT driver assist features coming to the new LEAF EV

Nissan will be bringing its ProPILOT Assist ADAS features to the brand new Nissan LEAF, the redesigned version of its pioneering EV, which is still coming soon and mostly still a secret. We do, however, expect it to have around 200 miles of range on some models, which is more than double the current version. The ProPILOT features will provide semi-autonomous acceleration, braking Read More

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Watch SpaceX launch a re-used Falcon 9 rocket live right here

SpaceX is attempting to re-launch a Falcon 9 it used first in January, taking off from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center with a two-hour launch window opening at 2:10 PM EDT today. The mission, BulgariaSat-1, will attempt to deliver a geostationary orbital commercial comms satellite, the first in Bulgaria‘s history, to orbit. The broadcast above should kick off around 15 Read More

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YouTube TV expands to 10 more U.S. markets, adds more YouTube Red series

YouTube TV, Google‘s 35 per month streaming service aimed at a younger demographic of cord cutters and cord-nevers, is expanding to ten more markets, the company announced this week at VidCon. The service had initially launched in April offering streaming live TV and DVR functionality to just five major metros:San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Philadelphia. In just Read More

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Logitech‘s Slim Combo for iPad Pro really boosts your portable productivity power

Logitech has a long history of making keyboard accessories for iPad, and it has a new product out in time for the release of the latest iPad Pro 10.5 and 12.9 updates. The Slim Combo, which is available for either size device, includes a back cover case with an integrated Apple Pencil sleeve, and a keyboard that uses the iPad‘s Smart Connector. The two piece approach results in a slim Read More

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Equity podcast: Too much damn Uber news and Jeff Bezos buys a grocery chain

Hello and welcome back to Equity, a weekly podcast of high finance gossip and low GAAP intrigue. It‘s TechCrunch‘s show focused on all things venture capital. This week,Katie Roof,Matthew Lynleyand I Alex Wilhelm were joined by Cyan Banister, a prolific investor on her own (Uber, Postmates, the list goes on), and partner at Founders Fund, a team with more Read More

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Watch this guy play Super Mario Bros. IRL in Central Park using HoloLens

Super Mario Bros. is iconic, so it‘s a natural target for augmented reality development, where everything nostalgic is new again. This demo, created by Abhishek Singh, really is amazing, however. Singh recreated the first level of Super Mario Bros. as an augmented reality game on Microsoft HoloLens, giving himself a first-person perspective into a unique 3D look inside the classic Read More

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