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NASA is using Intel‘s deep learning to find better landing sites on the moon

NASA collects a lot of data. It‘s one of the main things it does when it‘s not landing things on other things. But actually deriving useful information from all the data it collects is another issue entirely, so the space agency has begun enlisting some big tech names like Intel to crunch some of those numbers. That partnership includes Nervana, the deep learning startup the chip Read More

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Equity podcast: Uber‘s board mess, the Angry Birds IPO and MongoDB files to go public

Hello and welcome back toEquity, TechCrunch‘s running attempt to make venture capital cool, despite the best efforts of the industry in question to fight back. Each week we try to de-obfuscate the opaque and arcane world of startup finance with the help of someone from the industry. This week, Trinity Ventures‘Dan Scholnick was in the studio to assist us. Read More

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Google to livestream Android O launch event timed for total solar eclipse

Google is using a astronomical event to debut its newest Android operating system update: Android O is set to arrive on August 21, with a livestreamed unveiling event timed for 2:40 PM ET in NYC - which is roughly when the maximum solar eclipse is set to occur for New York. Android O will get a full reveal at that time, which seems like kind of a weird time to do it since a lot of Read More

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Apple and Hollywood said to continue talks around early digital movie rentals

Movie studios including Warner Bros. and Universal Pictures continue to hold talks with Apple and Comcast about plans to introduce premium digital rentals for new movies only a few weeks after their theatrical debut, Bloomberg reports. The talks continue even though powerful playesr in the mix aren‘t on board - theater chain operators, who still have a lot of sway over Hollywood Read More

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Airbnb is asking hosts to offer free housing in Barcelona for people affected by the attack

Airbnb has activated its disaster response tool to help people affected by the recent attacks in Barcelona. Airbnb‘s tool offers free housing to anyone who urgently needs a place to stay. At the time of publication, over 80 people have opened up their homes free of charge. Airbnb has activated our Disaster Response Tool to assist those affected by the tragic events in Read More

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Airbnb is offering free housing in Barcelona for people affected by the attack

Airbnb has activated its disaster response tool to help people affected by the recent attacks in Barcelona. Airbnb‘s tool offers free housing to anyone who urgently needs a place to stay. At the time of publication, over 80 people have opened up their homes free of charge. Airbnb has activated our Disaster Response Tool to assist those affected by the tragic events in Read More

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Netflix‘s new trailer for ‘The Punisher‘ depicts a concrete killer

With the release of The Defenders‘ today, Netflix has also released a new trailer for The Punisher,‘ the spin-off focused on Daredevil villain/ally Frank Castle, portrayed by The Walking Dead‘s‘ Joe Bernthal. The trailer is only available via the streaming service right now, but it‘s also showing up all over YouTube via third-parties. The Read More

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Twitch acquired video indexing platform ClipMine to power new discovery features

In an announcement about a set of new discovery tools, Amazon-owned video game streaming site Twitch also unveiled that it recently acquired Palo Alto-based video indexing platform ClipMine. The startup‘s technology is now being put to use to translate visual information in videos - like objects, text, logos and scenes - into metadata that can help people more easily find Read More

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NASA launches satellite to relay data from Hubble, ISS and other spacecraft

NASA launched a new satellite on Friday morning, aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral. The launch occurred at just before 8:30 AM ET, after a brief delay form its original planned launch due to a minor technical issue with the booster that was promptly corrected by the launch team. The satellite, TDSRS-M, will make its way to orbit and then add its Read More

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TechCrunch‘s Original Content takes on ‘The Defenders‘

What the heck is this??Two episodes of Original Contentin one week??? Well, we‘re still figuring out the scheduling. More importantly, we wanted to get you our review of Netflix and Marvel‘s new seriesThe Defenders their street-level version of The Avengers, bringing together Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and (sigh) Iron Fist to battle Sigourney Read More

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Equity podcast: Uber‘s board mess, the Angry Birds IPO, and MongoDB files to go public

Hello and welcome back toEquity, TechCrunch‘s running attempt to make venture capital cool, despite the best efforts of the industry in question to fight back. Each week Katie Roof, Matthew Lynley, and myself Alex Wilhelm try to de-obfuscate the opaque and arcane world of startup finance with the help of someone from the industry. This week, Trinity Read More

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Hands on with Andy Rubin‘s Essential Phone

It‘s a pretty captivating pitch: Andy Rubin, one of the guys who founded Android (and who lead the project within Google for 8 years!) has a new company and he‘s building an Android phone. The Essential Phone, as it‘s known. I‘ve been carrying around an Essential Phone for a few days now. Here‘s what I think so far. (I‘m considering this Read More

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Get your Disrupt SF tickets before prices increase tonight

Okay Disrupt fans, you‘ve procrastinated long enough. Today is the last day to get early-bird tickets to Disrupt SF 2017 so if you want to go to the best startup show in San Francisco for the cheapest possible price, now is the time to act. Seriously, you need to go and get your tickets now. Like, now now. Read More

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Immersv raises 10.5M to shake up mobile advertising with some VR flair

While VR has shown consumers a great deal of what‘s possible when it comes to immersive experiences, the world of potential that VR opens to advertisers has not been explored so heavily, Immersv, a mobile 360 VR ad network, wants to use the strengths of VR to bring improve mobile advertising, not only on headset but smartphones as well.For now, the startup is focusing on pre-roll Read More

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Instagram adds a new creative way to reply to a photo or story

Instagram inception, here we come. If somebody sends you a photo or video in a private conversation on Instagram, the app will now let you play around with the original photo so that you can reply in a creative way and keep the context of the conversation. If you receive a photo or video, there‘s now a reply button in the conversation thread. If you tap on this button, the original photo Read More

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Watch the Australia Post Regional Pitch Finals right here, right now

It was only a year ago that Di Somrville held the first Regional Pitchfest in the can‘t-be-really-named-but-is-really-named town of Wagga Wagga. At the time, the event founder and entrepreneurially minded Somerville had no idea that the eyes of Australia Post were on her, and eager to help grow the pitch competition into a national event. Now, only a year later, all of you night owls Read More

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New Apple videos explain how iOS 11 and its multi-tasking features work on the iPad

iOS 11, the next version of Apple‘s mobile operating system, is quite the game-changer for iPad owners. We wrote that the software effectively turns an iPad into a mobile computerthrough a number of new features that go beyond previous limits with afocus on multi-tasking. The new iOS is currently in beta, but when it is released to all it will bring a very different experience to Read More

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Travis Kalanick strikes back against Benchmark lawsuit, calling it a ‘public and personal attack‘

Uber co-founder, former CEO and current board member Travis Kalanick fired back at Benchmark Capital in legal documents filed Thursday, arguing that the venture capital firm‘s lawsuit was initiated as part of its public and personal attack on him. The legal filing, first spotted by Axios, also positsthat Benchmark‘s claims are subject to mandatory arbitration, and Read More

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Virtual telescope company Slooh is ready for the eclipse

Slooh, a Connecticut-based company, makes it easy and now free to look at the night sky through any one of dozens of telescopes around the world. To use the service you simply log in and pick a telescope. If you want to take control you can begin to point the telescope at various spots in space or you can simply go along for the ride while a professional astronomer takes the reins. Slooh Read More

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Crunch Report | Essential Phone Now Available to Order

Andy Rubin‘s Essential Phone is now available to order and ships soon, ZeroCater expands to providing snacks and Fat Lama is my new favorite startup name. All this on Crunch Report! Read More

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Alt-social network Gab booted from Google Play Store for hate speech

Gab, the conservative social network that has acted as a haven for people banned from the usual platforms, has been removed from the Google Play Store for violating the company‘s hate speech policy, the company announced on Twitter. Apple removed it from the App Store in June for similar reasons. Read More

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An iOS 11 feature could let you quickly disable TouchID and keep cops out

TouchID has always been a legal grey area when it came to cops and border patrol asking you to fork over your phone. But, with the new update in iOS 11 that no longer seems to be a problem. The new feature is being referred to in some circles as a cop button because it allows the iPhone owner to set up a provision in the update allowing you to choose whether to keep TouchID on Read More

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Original Tech helps banks offer better loan applications

Every year Americans apply for more than 250 million new financial products each year, but the majority of those applications are completed on paper or over the phone. A startup calledOriginal Techwants to change that, by providing white-label software to improve loan applications completed online. Read More

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‘Airbnb for boats‘ startup Boatsetter buys competitor Boatbound

You don‘t have to be rich or T-Pain to be on a boat. You can rent one plus a captain for the day from Boatsetter. And now it‘s got boats in more than 300 locations around the U.S. since it just acquired rival maritime marketplace Boatbound. Read More

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