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MallforAfrica and DHL launch MarketPlace Africa global e-commerce site

Jake Bright Contributor Jake Bright is a writer and author in New York City. He is co-author of The Next Africa. More posts by this contributor Nigerian logistics startup Kobo360 accepted into YC, raises 1.2 million Breaking down France‘s new 76M Africa startup fund MallforAfricaand DHL are giving African merchants a global stage. This week []

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Sales of PCs just grew for the first time in six years

Don‘t look now, but the PC might not be dead. According to Gartner, collector of marketshare and industry metrics, worldwide shipments of personal computers just experienced the first year-over-year growth since 2012. Shipments totaled 62.1 million units, which is a 1.4 percent increase from the same time period in 2017. The report states experienced some []

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Instacart taps Postmates to help with deliveries in SF during peak demand

Instacart has tapped Postmates to offer better delivery services during peak hours in a San Francisco pilot. While Instacart will still handle all the shopping for its customers, it will hand off some deliveries to Postmates at times when there is high demand on the Instacart platform. Postmates, obviously, has offered delivery-as-a-service for merchants and []

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Adobe could bring Photoshop to the iPad

Adobe currently has three dozens apps in the App Store. But one app is still missing. According to a report from Bloomberg, the company could be working on a full-fledged version of Photoshop for the iPad. And it makes sense for a ton of reasons. First, it‘s clear that the iPad has become powerful enough []

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Blue Origin could charge 200k-300k for a trip to space

How much would you pay to leave our dumpster fire of a world for just a few minutes? Blue Origin is considering charging 200,000 to 300,000 according to a Reuters report. For that price, passengers would get a seat on Blue Origin‘s New Shepard, the commercial space vehicle from Jeff Bezos‘ rocket company. The rocket []

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The Rising STAR robot can run, flip, and crawl

A clever little robot made by researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev can roll around, flip itself over, and even crawl like a turtle through rough terrain. The robot uses wheels, a set of star-shaped rollers, and cleverly-articulated arms to ride along at various speeds. The robot, called Rising STAR, uses wheels and spoked []

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Pieter van der Does of Adyen joins us at Disrupt Berlin in November

TechCrunch Disrupt coming back to Berlin on 29-30 November 2018. We‘re delighted to announce that Pieter van der Does, CEO and co-founder of European online payments giant Adyen, will be joining us on stage. A leading expert with over 15 years experience in the payments industry, Pieter van der Does was CCO before co-founding Adyen []

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Guru announces new AI and Sync features for knowledge sharing platform

It‘s one thing to have a great business idea, but connecting all of the disparate pieces of information and people needed to build it can be a frustrating growing pain and one that the internal knowledge sharing company Guru is trying to fix. Guru launched in 2015 as a Chrome extension to help revenue []

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Uber gets into scooters, every VC is raising, and why private equity loves SaaS

Hello and welcome back toEquity, TechCrunch‘s venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week we had the full crew in the studio along with a friend. The excellent Connie Loizos hosted, and Matthew Lynley and I were both on as well, along with our guest this week:Graham Brown, a partner []

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Headout lands 10M Series A to help tourists book last-minute outings

Imagine being in a new city with a few hours to kill, but no idea what to do. Headout is a travel app that enables tourists to book outings at very short notice, in most cases on the same day. The startup announced today that it‘s raised a 10 million Series A led by returning []

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Facebook would make a martyr by banning Infowars

Alex Jones‘ Infowars is a fake news-peddler. But Facebook deleting its Page could ignite a fire that consumes the network. Still, somecritics are asking why it hasn‘t done so already. This week Facebook held an event with journalists to discuss how it combats fake news. The company‘s recently appointed head of News Feed John Hegeman []

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Researchers find that filters don‘t prevent porn

In a paper entitled Internet Filtering and Adolescent Exposure to Online Sexual Material, Oxford Internet Institute researchers Victoria Nash and Andrew Przybylski found that Internet filters rarely work to keep adolescents away from online porn. It‘s important to consider the efficacy of Internet filtering, said Dr, Nash. Internet filtering tools are expensive to develop and []

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Machine learning boosts Swiss startup‘s shot at human-powered land speed record

The current world speed record for riding a bike down a straight, flat road was set in 2012 by a Dutch team, but the Swiss have a plan to topple their rivals - with a little help from machine learning. An algorithm trained on aerodynamics could streamline their bike, perhaps cutting air resistance by enough to set a new record.

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Octi raises 7.5M to create augmented reality that understands human movement

The team at Octi says it‘s building a crucial piece of the augmented reality puzzle - the ability to understand the human body and its movement. Co-founder and CEO Justin Fuisz told me that most existing AR technologies (including Apple‘s AR Kit) tend to be plane-based - in other words, while they can make something []

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For the first time, Netflix tops HBO for most Emmy nominations

Netflix has broken HBO‘s 17-year streak as the most nominated network at the Emmy Awards. In the nominations released this afternoon, Netflix came out slightly ahead, with 112 nominations compared to HBO‘s 108. Those include Best Comedy nods for GLOW and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, as well as Best Drama nominations for The Crown and Stranger []

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A new hope: AI for news media

To put it mildly, news media has been on the sidelines in AI development. As a consequence, in the age of AI-powered personalized interfaces, the news organizations don‘tanymore get to define what‘s real news, or, even more importantly, what‘s truthful or trustworthy.

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The Department of Justice isn‘t done fighting the AT&T-Time Warner merger

The U.S. Department of Justice has filed to appeal a federal judge‘s decision to approve ATT‘s acquisition of Time Warner. Back when he was campaigning for the presidency, Donald Trump said his administration would block the deal, and indeed, the DOJ sued to stop the merger, arguing it would hurt competition. Last month, however, U.S. []

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Robinhood CEO Baiju Bhatt to talk fintech at Disrupt SF

Robinhood has gone from being a little consumer-facing fintech app to an absolutely giant consumer-facing fintech app. The company, which launched in 2013, has ballooned to a 5.6 billion valuation on the heels of a 363 million Series D financing round led by DST Global. The app has also grown to 4 million users with []

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Google‘s Apigee teams up with Informatica to extend its API ecosystem

Google acquired API management service Apigee back in 2016 but it‘s been pretty quiet around the service in recent years. Today, however, Apigee announced a number of smaller updates that introduce a few new integrations with the Google Cloud platform, as well as a major new partnership with cloud data management and integration firm Informatica []

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Ransomware technique uses your real passwords to trick you

A few folks have reported a new ransomware technique that preys upon corporate inability to keep passwords safe. The notes - which are usually aimed at instilling fear - are simple: the hacker says I know that your password is X. Give me a bitcoin and I won‘t blackmail you. Programer Can Duruk reported getting []

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As product development incorporates more feedback, development toolkit productboard raises 8M

Since its debut on the TechCrunch Disrupt stage in September 2016, demand for a service likeproductboard,which gives companies a wholistic view of product development and encourages input from across an organization, has only gotten more acute, according to company chief executive Hubert Palan. Now, with an 8 million commitment from Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers []

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Intel acquires eASIC to take its chipsets deeper into IoT and other future technologies

In the wake of Broadcom failing to complete its takeover of Qualcomm, Intel is buying another chip company as it works on adjusting its own its business to fit the next generation of computing. Today, the company is announcing that it is acquiring eASIC, a fabless semiconductor company that makes customisable eASIC chips for use []

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Intel acquires eASIC to take its chipsets deeper into IoT and other next-generation computing

In the wake of Broadcom failing to complete its takeover of Qualcomm, Intel is buying another chip company as it works on adjusting its own its business to fit the next generation of computing. Today the company is announcing that it is acquiring eASIC, a fabless semiconductor company that makes customisable eASIC chips for use []

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Microsoft launches new wide-area networking options for Azure

Microsoft is launching a few new networking features today that will make it easier for business to use the company‘s Azure cloud to securely connect their own offices and infrastructure using Azure and its global network. The first of these is the Azure Virtual LAN service, which allows businesses to connect their various branches to []

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