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Bipartisan bill seeks to regulate political ads on Facebook, Twitter and Google

A new bipartisan bill known as the Honest Ads Act is the first major attempt to regulate online platforms that sell ads with rules akin to those that apply to more traditional advertising on TV, radio and in print. The bill, introduced today by Democratic Senators Mark Warner and Amy Klobuchar with a bipartisan boost from Republican Senator John McCain, imposes regulations on social Read More

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Bipartisan bill seeks to regulate ads on Facebook, Twitter and Google

A new bipartisan bill known as the Honest Ads Act is the first major attempt to regulate online platforms that sell ads with rules akin to those that apply to more traditional advertising on TV, radio and in print. The bill, introduced today by Democratic Senators Mark Warner and Amy Klobuchar with a bipartisan boost from Republican Senator John McCain, imposes regulations on social Read More

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Data is the name of the game, as Intel Capital puts 60M in 15 startups, 566M in 2017 overall

Intel Capital, the investment arm of the processor giant, is today announcing its latest tranche of investments, a total of nearly 60 million going in to 15 startups that are working on solving different problems in the bigger area of big data (with a full rundown below). The investments come on the back of a big year for the group: in 2017 so far, Intel says that it‘s invested 566 Read More

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The first episode of ‘Bubbleproof‘ sets the stage of chaos on Sand Hill Road

Bubbleproof is a new mockumentary series following the misadventures of Reputation.com founder Michael Fertik and venture capitalist David Cowanas they launch a new fund. Watch the first episode of Bubbleproof and if you like it, good news: We‘ve already published the next three episodes. Read More

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Google will pay you 1,000 to hack some of Android‘s most popular apps

Details are light at the moment, but a bit of news out of Google‘s Playtime developer event this morning: the company is launching a Google Play bug bounty program that‘ll encourage researchers to poke around and look for vulnerabilities in some of Android‘s most popular third-party apps. Read More

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SendGrid files for marketing email IPO

Denver-based SendGrid has filed for an IPO. The company, which helps marketers send emails to customers, says in its S-1 that it‘s processed more than one trillion emails. Revenue for last year was 79.9 million, compared with 58.5 million in 2015 and 42.3 million the year before. The business is unprofitable, losing 3.9 million in for 2016, compared to 5.9 million Read More

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Two Google alums just raised 60M to rethink documents

When you open a Google doc or a spreadsheet, you get a blank spreadsheet and some documentation as to what you can do with it and that‘s pretty much where we‘ve been for quite some time. But two MIT graduates, coming in from Microsoft and Google, have built up a team that for the past three years has quietly been trying to rethink how we approach documents. CEO Shishir Read More

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Chinese local services giant Meituan-Dianping raises 4B led by Tencent and Priceline

There‘s a huge funding round from one of the top local services companies in China. Meituan-Dianping, a company formed by a multi-billion dollar merger in 2015, said today that it has raised a 4 billion Seres C round from a group of investors led by existing backer Tencent. Others involved includeSequoia, GIC, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, Trustbridge Partners, Coatue, IDG, Read More

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Facebook is now testing paywalls and subscriptions for Instant Articles

A few months ago we reported that Facebook may begin testing paywalls and subscriptions for Instant Articles beginning in October.Well now it‘s October, and surprise - Facebook has started testing subscription support for instant articles! Here‘s how it will work: Facebook will start with two paywalled options for publishers to choose from: The first option is a metered Read More

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Facebook Messenger lets games monetize with purchases and ads

Facebook is finally giving developers a reason to build games for Messenger while also opening a new revenue stream for the chat app. After launching HTML5 Instant Games‘ inside Messenger like Pac-Man, Space Invaders, and Words With Friends Frenzy in November 2016, today Facebook is allowing developers to add in-app purchases as well as interstitial and rewarded video ads. Players Read More

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Google Play adds Android Instant Apps via a ‘Try it Now‘ button, among other changes

Google today is announcing a number of changes to its Google Play app store, the most notable being a new way to try apps immediately without having to first install them on your mobile device. The new feature takes advantage of Android Instant Apps technology - Google‘s attempt at bridging the mobile web world with that of native applications. Instant Apps were Read More

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Romeo Power unveils its first consumer power packs

Romeo Power has just released what looks to be the mobile charging device of my dreams. It‘s wand shaped Saber, using the company‘s proprietary power management technology, is a compact little charger which seems ideal for keeping my three-year-old, busted up, MacBook running when I‘m on the go. My computer shuts down within five minutes if it‘s separated Read More

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Google will pay you 1000 to hack some of Android‘s most popular apps

Details are light at the moment, but a bit of news out of Google‘s Playtime developer event this morning: the company is launching a Google Play bug bounty program that‘ll encourage researchers to poke around and look for vulnerabilities in some of Android‘s most popular third-party apps. Called the Google Play Security Reward program, the new program aims to Read More

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Adobe‘s Project SonicScape lets VR film editors see sound

Adobe is hosting its Max conference this week and as usual, it‘s using the event to show off some of its latest experiments. Indeed, Adobe even has a special keynote just to show off its craziest demos, but the company apparently has so much to show, that it decided to demo one prototype early: Project SonicScape. The idea here is simple: how can VR/AR editors best edit their Read More

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Cisco to buy Perspica and fold engineering team into AppDynamics

Cisco announced today that it intends to acquire Perspica, a machine learning-driven operations analytics firm that has raised 8.5 million. Cisco intends to fold Perspica‘s team into AppDynamics, the company it purchased earlier this year for 3.7 billion. Cisco did not share the Perspica purchase price. All of these machinations have a purpose. Cisco is of course at its heart a Read More

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Slack co-founder Cal Henderson to talk on Slack‘s progress at Disrupt Berlin

While Yammer (launched at TechCrunch Disrupt, BTW) might have pioneered what was, at the time, dubbed Twitter for work, it wasn‘t until Slack came along that people started to realise just hour powerful this method of communication could be. From open source integration to new kinds of collaborative tools built by developers on its platform, Slack has become the gateway drug Read More

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PayKey raises 10M for its millennial-targeted ‘social banking‘ smartphone keyboard

Banks face an increasingly crowded battlefield in the fight for millennial customers. Not only do they have to compete with services like Venmo, but many messaging apps are adding their own peer-to-peer payment services. Tel Aviv-based startup PayKey thinks it has the solution with a smartphone keyboard that lets bank customers access financial services without having to log onto a banking app. Read More

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Consumer report warns over safety of kids‘ smartwatches

A report by an EU consumer watchdog has flagged up myriad problems with smartwatches designed for children, including security flaws, privacy concerns,and risks posed by unreliable features. Read More

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MongoDB shares pop 25% in its public market debut

MongoDB made its public debut with a bang, with jumping more than 25%, today after spending the past several days revising up its expectations throughout the IPO process which seems to have landed on the right spot. The company provides open-source technology that can be attractive for early-stage startups that want to get off the groundand then seeks to convert those companies to Read More

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Women of color at tech companies are few and far between

Thanks to an analysis of EEO-1 data by Reveal News, we have a clear picture of just how many women of color (Native American, black, Latina, Pacific Islander, or two or more races) work at major tech companies. When tech companies release their diversity reports, they rarely, if ever, report intersectional data such as the percentage of women of color they employ. In early 2016, Slack became Read More

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Watch the new trailer for ‘The Punisher,‘ coming to Netflix Nov. 17

Netflix‘s The Punisher finally has a solid release date: November 17. That‘s not too far away, but in case you‘re still impatient, check out this trailer for it, a brand new one released today that goes into the backstory of Frank Castle (aka The Punisher) in more detail than we‘ve seen before, in either previous trailers or in his first appearance in season two of Read More

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Streaming service VidAngel declares bankruptcy after losing legal battles with studios

VidAngel, a streaming service that altered copyrighted works to edit out adult language, nudity and violence, has declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the company announced on Wednesday. The Utah-based service had been sued by major studios, including Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, Disney, and others, who said VidAngel was operating as an unlicensed streaming service, and was offering films to Read More

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Lyft raises 1 billion at 11 billion valuation led by Alphabet‘s CapitalG

Ride-hailing company Lyft has raised a new 1 billion funding round, putting its post-money valuation at 11 billion total. The round was led by Alphabet‘s CapitalG, its growth-focused investment fund, and CapitalG partner David Lawee will join Lyft‘s board as part of the transaction. Lyft shared the news in an official blog post, and noted that it has run over 500 million rides Read More

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Flickr exits the photo book business, shuts down wall art orders

Flickr, the once Yahoo-owned photo-sharing site that‘s now a part of Verizon*, is getting out of the photo book printing business, and is shutting down the feature that allowed users to turn photos into professional-quality wall art. In an email sent to users this week, Flickr said that it was turning over photo books to publishing service Blurb as of October 16, 2017, but the wall Read More

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