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The Orii smart ring lets you control your smartphone using only your voice

Orii is a new smart ring that gives you full hands-free control of your smartphone. The device connects to your phone with Bluetooth and it can be used to provide crystal clear audio, which makes it an interesting tool for those with sight or hearing issues. It works using bone conduction technology so that, when wearing the ring, simply putting a finger to your ear will give clear and Read More

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Microsoft is quietly fighting a clever war against Russian hacking group Fancy Bear

While the White House mulls striking up a joint cyber program with Russia, an unlikely vigilante is taking care of business. As the Daily Beast reports, Microsoft has been waging a quiet war against the hacking entity known as Fancy Bear, which is believed to be associated with the GRU, Russia‘s covert military intelligence agency. In 2016, Microsoft‘s legal team sued Fancy Bear Read More

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Crunch Report | Elon Musk Wants To Make Infrastructure Great Again

Legendary Pokmon come to Pokmon GO, Elon Musk says he has verbal OK to build tunnel on the East Coast, YouTube Live launches in 10 more markets and Intel launches deep learning on a stick with Movidius technology. All this on Crunch Report! Read More

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Only one more day to apply to Startup Battlefield Africa

Alright, sub-Saharan African startups, if you want to get in on our inauguralStartup Battlefield Africa, the time to act is now. Seriously. Right now. Tomorrow is the last day to submit an application to the Battlefield, so be sure to get over to our application page right now and get your application in. Read More

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The long-term cost of sexual harassment

When news recently broke that multiple women have accused 500 Startups founder Dave McClure of sexual harassment, I felt like I‘d been punched in the stomach. In 2015, I was propositioned and groped by a 500 Startups venture partner named Tristan Pollock during an event here in Taipei while working as a contributor for TechCrunch. After 500 Startups conducted an internal investigation Read More

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Mobile savings and investment service Acorns is on track to do 1 billion trades in 2017

Acorns is quickly turning into an oak tree in the financial services space. The company now boasts more than 2 million investment accounts (with 600,000 opened in 2017 alone) and is on track to do 1 billion trades in 2017 through the proprietary broker-dealer that it created. Read More

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Shake Shack‘s CEO is joining Square‘s board of directors

Square just announced that Randy Garutti, the CEO of Shake Shack is joining the payment company‘s board of directors. Garutti has been with Shack Shack since before they opened their first location in 2004, and led the company public in their 2015 IPO. Garutti has spend his entire career in the hospitality business, and will undoubtedly come to Square with a insider‘s perspective. Read More

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Samsung‘s Unpacked event happens August 23, likely bringing the Galaxy Note 8 with it

Samsung‘s next Unpacked event is arriving right on schedule and all signs about to it bringing the Galaxy Note 8 along for the ride. The big show lines up with the phablet‘s traditional release schedule, and the graphic appears to show an Infinity Display version of the Galaxy Note 8, along with the requisite S-Pen. While it‘s far from the first big event the company Read More

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The very first question to answer when taking on new investors

Fundraising is a stressful process. You do all you can to impress prospective investors by honing the story, optimizing key metrics and making your company look as attractive as possible. But before you decide the amount of money you raise and the type of investor you want on board, you must decide the kind of relationship you intend to have with your new partner. Read More

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Watch all of the panels from TC Sessions: Robotics right here

Earlier this week, we were honored to host many of the greatest minds in the field on the MIT campus the birthplace of much of this robotic innovation. Industry and university leaders joined us at TC Sessions: Robotics, including Amazon Robotics‘ Tye Brady, Disney Robotics‘ Martin Buehler, MIT CSAIL director Daniela Rus, ABB‘s Sami Atiyaand all three iRobot Read More

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Shyp is reducing headcount and suspending all operations outside of SF

Shyp, the on-demand shipping service launched in 2013, has announcedin a blog post that they are withdrawing from all but one city and reducing headcount at headquarters in an effort to prove their business model and set Shyp up for long-term success. As of today the company will suspend operations in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York, and only operate in Read More

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EBay shares sink after posting financial results

EBay shares were down about 4% in initial after hours trading, after posting second quarter financial results. But in terms of revenue and net income, the company‘s results were in line with expectations. According to Yahoo! Finance,analysts were forecasting an adjusted 45 cents per share and revenue of 2.31 billion, which is the same as the 45 cents per share and the 2.3 billion Read More

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Microsoft earnings beat expectations thanks to strong cloud performance

Following its longstanding tradition of reporting quarterly earnings for its fourth financial quarter of the year in July, Microsoft today announced non-GAAP revenue of 24.7 billion and GAAP earnings per share of 0.83 (and non-GAAP earnings per share of 0.98) for the last three months. Wall Street expected revenues of around 24.3 billion, which was pretty aggressive to begin with given Read More

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YouTube launches its counter-terrorism experiment for would-be ISIS recruits

Google‘s big experiment in digital counter-terrorism begins rolling out today. Collaborating with its own in-house think tank Jigsaw, the new effort seeks to bury ISIS-related propaganda on YouTube. Now, when a potential ISIS recruit searches for known extremist content using a predefined set of keywords, they‘ll instead be redirected to videos that deconstruct and confront the Read More

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Mobile savings and investment services Acorns is on track to do 1 billion trades in 2017

Acorns is quickly turning into an oak tree in the financial services space. The company now boasts more than 2 million investment accounts (with 600,000 opened in 2017 alone) and is on track to do 1 billion trades in 2017 through the proprietary broker-dealer that it created. Read More

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Watch this teaser for Pacific Rim: Uprising that looks like a Jaeger commercial

Your next ride could be a huge, amazing combat robot designed to fight monsters: That‘s the message behind this new teaser for Pacific Rim: Uprising, the sequel to Guillermo Del Toro‘s 2013 Kaiju movie. The new instalment is set to star Star Wars‘ John Boyega, and it‘s arriving in theaters next February. This teaser isn‘t a straight up trailer - it‘s Read More

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Watch this teaser for Pacific Rim: Uprising that looks like a Jaegar commercial

Your next ride could be a huge, amazing combat robot designed to fight monsters: That‘s the message behind this new teaser for Pacific Rim: Uprising, the sequel to Guillermo Del Toro‘s 2013 Kaiju movie. The new instalment is set to star Star Wars‘ John Boyega, and it‘s arriving in theaters next February. This teaser isn‘t a straight up trailer - it‘s Read More

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Alexa is coming to the Amazon app on Android, starting this week

This spring, Amazon introduced Alexa to a wider audience by making the virtual assistant a feature that could be accessed within the retailer‘s main shopping app. However, that integration - which allows you to ask Alexa about news, weather, basic facts, or use the assistant‘s add-on skills, among other things - was available only for iPhone users. Read More

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Uber‘s SVP of leadership and strategy says she hasn‘t seen any toxicity

Uber SVP of Leadership and Strategy Frances Frei is optimistic about the future of Uber, despite the allegations of sexual harassment, greyballing and an executive accessing a rider‘s medical records. In fact, Frei wears an Uber t-shirt every day and plans to wear one every day until every single one of Uber‘s 15,000 employees feels proud about wearing one,she said at a live Read More

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Dote raises 7.2 million for its mobile shopping app

While consumers are increasingly turning to Amazon to buy everything from home goods to electronics, a newly launched app called Dote believes there‘s an opportunity to compete with the e-commerce giant‘s fashion business. There are brands that don‘t want to put their stuff on Amazon because it degrades their brand, claims founder and CEO Lauren Farleigh. Read More

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Cargo wants to put a vending machine in every Uber

How many times have you been in an Uber or Lyft and wanted a few Advil, or a 5-hour Energy? While some enterprising ridesharing drivers occasionally try to sell essentials (or non-essentials like tablets and digital cameras), there really isn‘t a structured way to facilitate this until now. Enter Cargo, a startup that wants to turn drivers‘ vehicles into little mobile shops. Read More

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Apple adds Disney and Pixar characters to Clips

Apple‘s super simple video editing app Clips just got its first significant upgrade since launching in April. There are a couple of feature updates in the mix, but the biggest additions are content including, most notably, a bunch of licensed characters from the Disney/Pixar universes, adding animated overlays and transitions starring familiar faces like Mickey and Woody. Content Read More

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YouTube TV triples its footprint with launches in 10 more U.S. markets

YouTube TV, Google‘s entry in the crowded market of live TV streaming services, is now available in ten more U.S. metros, the company announced this morning. In nine of the ten markets, the service will include the live local feeds from all four major broadcasters - ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC. The ability to watch live television from major broadcasters has been one of YouTube Read More

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Google Cloud gets a new networking algorithm that boosts Internet throughput

Google today announced that TCP BBR, a new congestion control algorithm that it has used to improve network throughput from google.com and YouTube by about four percent globally (and by more than 14 percent in some countries), is now also available to its Cloud Platform users. The general idea here is to improve on the existing congestion control algorithms for Internet traffic, which have Read More

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