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Broadband business Casa Systems up 11%, following downsized IPO

Andover, Massachusetts-based Casa Systems had a tough time pulling off its IPO this week. The broadband solutions company initially wanted to debut Thursday, but pushed its launch back to Friday, likely due to weak initial demand. Casa had planned to sell 8.4 million shares, but reduced it to 6 million, following the investorroadshow, where companies pitch institutional investors and other Read More

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Cities do want to rethink regulations and avoid tech clashes, and here‘s some proof

In Jakarta, Indonesia, only 50 percent of the population has access to the piped sewerage system. More than 500,000 residents practice open defecation, and more than one million people discharge wastewater directly into the river, resulting in deteriorated groundwater quality and putting residents at risk to waterborne diseases. The better news: the city has a master plan toimprove the Read More

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Mozilla‘s Mr. Robot promo backfires after it installs a Firefox extension without permission

If you‘re a Firefox user, then you may have noticed a weird new extension that suddenly showed up in your browser this week. The extension is called Looking Glass 1.0.3 and this is its description: MY REALITY IS JUST DIFFERENT FROM YOURS. Now that sounds ominous. It‘s really not, though. It‘s a promotional campaign between Firefox and the TV series Mr. Robot Read More

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Live-streaming app Spotlite raises 10 million from Sequoia Capital China to help singers make money

Described to me as American Idol meets musical.ly, startup Spotlite recently raised more than 10 million from Sequoia Capital and BlueRun Ventures. The plan is to use the funding to build out the product, make key hires and expand its marketing and advertising efforts. Read More

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Don‘t keep cell phones next to your body, California Health Department warns

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a warning against the hazards of cellphone radiation this week. Yes, the thing we are all addicted to and can‘t seem to put down is leaking electromagnetic radiation and now California has some guidance to safeguard the public. The CDPH asks people to decrease their use of these devices and suggests keeping your distance when Read More

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Apple picks up a new space drama from the creator of ‘Battlestar Galactica‘

What the frak is this? According to a report from Deadline, Apple may have actually gotten its hand on a good show - a new space drama from Battlestar Galactica‘s creator, Ronald D. Moore - to aid in its ambitions in building out its original video content. The still untitled series comes from Sony Pictures Television and Moore‘s Tall Ship Productions, and Read More

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Erik Huggers is stepping down as CEO of Vevo

Vevo, the music video service backed by major record labels, just announced that its CEO Erik Huggers is departing. Huggers previously worked at the BBC, at Verizon (which owns TechCrunch) and elsewhere. Hejoined Vevo in 2015. Under his leadership, Vevo was working to become less reliant on YouTube (which was its major syndication partner) by developing more apps and products like the Read More

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Finnish autonomous car goes for a leisurely cruise in the driving snow

It‘s one thing for an autonomous car to strut its stuff on smooth, warm California tarmac, and quite another to do so on the frozen winter mix of northern Finland. Martti, a self-driving vehicle system homegrown in Finland, demonstrated just this in a record-setting drive along a treacherous (to normal drivers) Laplandish road. Martti is one of two cars designed by VTT Technical Read More

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UPS bets on blockchain as the future of the trillion-dollar shipping industry

Freight and logistics in the U.S. alone account for nearly 1.5 trillion annually. As the world‘s economies scale up, that number is only expected to increase. The industry, however, is not prepared for growth, as it sits on top of an infrastructure prone to systematic inefficiencies and rampant fraud. However, disruption is coming in the form ofblockchaintechnology. Read More

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Alexa skills top 25,000 in the U.S. as new launches slow

Amazon this week officially launched the first skills for Alexa offering premium content that customers can purchase while using the voice apps - a move the company had announced was in the works back in November. The ability for developers to generate money from their skills comes at an opportune time, as it turns out, given that new data indicates the rate of skill growth is beginning Read More

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Dog-walking app Wag may be raising a huge round of funding

It looks like Wag may get another huge injection of cash following a big financing round earlier this year, according to a report by Recode, and also based onwhat we are hearing. We had heard a bit ago that Wag was looking to raise around 100 million, which the Recode report also suggests. But it now looks like Softbank is in talks to invest around 300 million in the dog-walking app Read More

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EyeEm‘s new products aim to understand brand aesthetics

EyeEm is unveiling new tools to help the brands and marketers using the site to source their images. Underlying these tools is a technology called EyeEm Vision, which we described in-depth earlier this year. The goal is to expand image recognition so that it‘s not just identifying the objects in the photo, but also its aesthetic qualities. EyeEm‘s co-founder and chief product Read More

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Live-streaming app Spotlite raises 10 million from Sequoia Capital to help singers make money

Described to me as American Idol meets musical.ly, startup Spotlite recently raised over 10 million from Sequoia Capital and BlueRun Ventures. The plan is to use the funding to build out the product, make key hires, and expand its marketing and advertising efforts. Spotlite is a direct-to-fan music platform for artists who want to make money and have direct access to their Read More

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Fitbit is having a bad day

Fitbit is, once again, not having a good day after spending the year in mostly middling status as it looks to prove there‘s a market for fitness trackers as well as its own smartwatch. The culprit today is a Wall Street firm slapping a sell rating on the company‘s stock, which often results in a resounding rejection of its potential going forward and sparks a sharp Read More

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Original Content podcast: Netflix‘s ‘Mudbound‘ offers a somber look at Mississippi in the 1940s

Mudbound, a Dee Rees-directed film currently streaming on Netflix, is both epic and intimate, telling the intertwined stories of two families (one black, one white) farming on the Mississippi delta. That description might make the movie sound like a home work assignment, or perhaps a too-neat dissection of race relations in the American South. On the latest episode of the Original Content Read More

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With 10M in new funding, Huddly launches its smart GO camera for video conferencing

Huddly has built a smart camera that only has one mission: make your video meetings more productive. Now for the most part, you probably don‘t think much about what camera you use for your video conferences. They are pretty much all the same, after all. But Norway-based Huddly thinks its smart wide-angle GO camera, which is now shipping for 499 through its resellers and which will be Read More

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Facebook adds a Snooze button for muting people, groups and Pages for 30 days

Facebook today is launching a new feature designed to give users more control over what content they see in their News Feed: a Snooze button. The option, which will become available via the top-right dropdown menu on a post, will mute content from a person, Page or group for 30 days. The new feature can serve as a way to dial down the content you don‘t want to see, Read More

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SpaceX launches a reused Dragon atop a reused Falcon 9 for the first time

SpaceX has moved one step closer to its dream of affordable, efficient reusable space flight: Today for its CRS-13 resupply mission for the International Space Station it managed to launch a previously-flown Dragon spacecraft atop a Falcon 9 rocket with a flight-proven first stage booster. That‘s the first time it‘s flown both types of reused equipment at the same time. The Read More

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Adobe had a record quarter, but still has substantial untapped potential

Adobe announced a record quarter yesterday with 2.01 billion in revenue for Q42017. That represents a healthy 25 percent year over year increase for the company, but about half of that continues to come from Creative Cloud. Experience Cloud, which includesAdobe Marketing Cloud, Adobe Analytics Cloud and Adobe Advertising Cloud in many ways represents promise for even greater revenue in Read More

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Alexa can now play the top songs in a city and similar tracks

Amazon Alexa can now play music that‘s popular in a given city through a new feature called Local Popularity. That means you can ask Alexa to play the top songs in Los Angeles or the hits in Tokyo, and the assistant will play different tracks every day, the company says. The goal with the addition is to aid in music discovery - by Read More

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AIM is officially dead

Say goodbye (in the AIM voice, if possible) to Aol Instant Messenger. Back in October, Oath (the combined entity of Yahoo and Aol) announced that it would shutter AIM on December 15. Yes, today is the day. All good things come to an end. On Dec 15, well bid farewell to AIM. Thank you to all our users! #AIMemories https://t.co/b6cjR2tSuU pic.twitter.com/V09Fl7EPMx Read More

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Equity podcast: Apple‘s 400M deals, Target buys a startup and uh-oh net neutrality

Hello and welcome back toEquity, TechCrunch‘s venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This weekKatie Roof,Matthew Lynleyand myself Alex Wilhelm were joined by Eric Liaw from IVP to dig through the pre-Christmas news. Normally, happenings are slow this time of the year. But, living up to its reputation as a year-apart, 2017 Read More

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Watch SpaceX launch its first re-flown capsule and rocket combo live here

SpaceX is taking another shot at a historic launch today, should everything go as planned. It‘s targeting a launch window of 10:36 AM EST (7:36 AM PST) this morning for its CRS-13 mission, which is its 13th resupply mission for the International Space Station. The mission will deliver a payload of around 4,800 lbs of supplies and experimentation materials for ISS research. It‘ll Read More

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Let‘s meet in New York to talk token sales

I‘ve been holding a few micro meet ups over the past few years and thought I‘d start it up again in honor of token/ICO mania. I‘d love to hear what you all are working on in the New York area so we‘ll all meet at Union Hall in Brooklyn next Wednesday at 7pm. The event is very informal and we‘ll plan the next few months of micro-meetups during the event. My goal is Read More

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