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Lilium, a German company building an electric ‘air taxi,‘ makes key hires from Gett, Airbus and Tesla

Lilium is almost as ambitious as European startups come. The Munich-based company is developing an all-electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) jet, which it hopes will one day power an on-demand air taxi service, arguably making flying cars a reality. Read More

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Blue Apron implements a partial hiring freeze and lays off 14 recruiters

Blue Apron is chugging along on its post-IPO bumpy road. For starters, The meal-kit company‘s VP of human resources and talent, Kate Muzzatti, has left the company, Bloomberg first reported.In light of Muzzatti‘s departure, Blue Apron is looking for a chief human resources officer, which is an entirely new role at the company, TechCrunch has learned. Blue Apron has also put Read More

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Salesforce slides past its 10B annual run rate target

Earlier this year it looked as though Salesforce was starting to position itself as a company that would hit 10 billion in annual revenue run rate later this year and, if all seems well, it looks like it may hit that target. Salesforce reported its second-quarter earnings today, saying it brought in 2.56 billion in revenue on earnings of 33 cents per share. This is a beat on both Read More

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This 23-year-old just closed her second fund - which is focused on aging - with 22 million

Laura Deming is not your typical venture capitalist. Then again, she isn‘t typical in many ways. For starters, the 23-year-old, New Zealand native was home schooled, where she developed a love of math and physics and, perhaps most interestingly, the biology of aging. In fact, she became so preoccupied with the last that at age 11, Deming wrote to Cynthia Kenyon, a renowned molecular Read More

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Users dump AccuWeather iPhone app after learning it sends location data to a third party

AccuWeather‘s iOS app may be up to something fishy. Security researcher Will Strafach published a warning about the popular weather app‘s behavior on Medium and users appear to be paying attention. I would find this less concerning if the AccuWeathers permission dialog mentioned tracking your home/work location, where you travel, etc. Will Strafach (@chronic) August Read More

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HP caters to gaming enthusiasts with new overclockable OMEN X laptops

HP has been producing some solid gaming hardware as of late the OMEN 17 laptop I reviewed and the cube desktop built by Maingearare good examples. However, HP has yet to go all out with their OMEN X brand the X denoting the upper echelon of its high-performance brand until now, with two new laptops. The OMEN X laptop comes in 15-inch and 17-inch Read More

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Hear what founders and investors say about CrunchMatch, a key feature at Disrupt SF

Scoring the right meeting at TechCrunch Disrupt SF used to be like finding a needle in a hay stack, But our CrunchMatch program makes it dramatically easier for investors to find the founders they are looking for. And it‘s not just the investors who benefit fromCrunchMatch. Founders can fast-forward their fundraising efforts and get invaluable feedback from investors. Read More

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This 3D-printed sign language robot can translate speech on the fly

Guy Fierens, Stijn Huys and Jasper Slaets realized that finding sign-language interpreters in Belgium - or anywhere, really, was wildly difficult. Their solution? A 3D-printed hand that recreates sign language automatically. Called Project Aslan (Antwerp‘s Sign Language Actuating Node), the hand is available for printing and you can also have it printed for you by 3DHubs. Read More

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Industrial hack can turn powerful machines into killer robots

When we imagine the existential threat to the humanity posed by automation, we usually think of the negative impact on the workforce, not robots quite literally bludgeoning us to death. In a post titled Exploiting industrial collaborative robots, security researchers at IOActive detail how popular models of consumer and industrial robots have already been compromised in such a Read More

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Lilium, a German company building an electric ‘air taxi‘, makes key hires from Gett, Airbus and Tesla

Lilium is almost as ambitious as European startups come. The Munich-based company is developing an all-electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) jet, which it hopes will one day power an on-demand air taxi service, arguably making flying cars a reality. Read More

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The Village Voice will no longer publish a print edition

The Village Voice, the oldest and best-known of the alternative weekly newspapers, announced today that it will no longer publish a print edition. The decision was made by new owner Peter Barbey, who emphasized that this isn‘t the end of The Voice itself the company says the publication will maintain its iconic progressive brand with its digital platform and a variety of Read More

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CrashPlan shuts down its popular cloud backup service to focus on business customers

Code42, the company behind CrashPlan, just announced that it would stop selling home subscriptions in order to focus on business and education clients. CrashPlan has been a popular cloud backup service for years. Customers have a little bit more than a year to find an alternative. Chances are that you‘re already backing up your computer to an external hard drive using Apple‘s Read More

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LinkedIn opens video uploads to all as part of a bigger video push

Video is the name of the game in social networking: sites like Facebook and Twitter have been doubling down on the medium in recent years to drive more traffic and engagement from users, and also as a platform to snare in more premium advertising away from traditional television broadcasters; Snapchat put video at the core of its service from day one. Now Microsoft-owned LinkedIn is hoping Read More

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LG to build U.S.-based factory for EV components in Michigan

LG is building a new factory in Detroit suburb Hazel Park to supply electric vehicle components, the company announced on Tuesday. The facility will be a 250,000-square foot manufacturing plant, and should result in almost 300 new jobs, LG says, with a 25 million price tag from the company and 2.9 million in grand money supplied by Michigan over the next four years. LG‘s EV Read More

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Hear what founders and investor say about CrunchMatch, a key feature at Disrupt SF

Scoring the right meeting at TechCrunch Disrupt SF used to be like finding a needle in a hay stack, But our CrunchMatch program makes it dramatically easier for investors find the founders they are looking for. But don‘t take our word for it; Michael Kocan, Managing Partner of Trend Discovery Capital Management, told us, I get the most value from Disrupt at CrunchMatch. At Read More

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Walmart expands its grocery delivery business, powered by Uber

Walmart is expanding a test of its grocery delivery service, powered by Uber, the company announced this week. The retailer is now offering grocery delivery in two new markets - Dallas and Orlando - which join Tampa and Phoenix as locations where consumers can shop online for grocery items, then opt to have them come to their home for an additional 9.95 fee. Grocery delivery has Read More

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Hulu adds Live TV to Xbox 360

Starting today, Xbox 360 will support Hulu‘s Live TV service. Hulu launched the highly-anticipated streaming service earlier this May, which provides access to live television as well as Hulu‘s library of original and streaming content for just under 40 per month. The service was originally available on iOS, Android, Chromecast, Apple TV and Xbox One. However, Hulu added Live TV Read More

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Google Maps suggests BlaBlaCar for long-distance rides

Google Maps on Android and iOS now has a new transportation option. If you‘re living in a country where French startup BlaBlaCar operates, you can now open the BlaBlaCar app and book a ride straight from Google Maps. Google isn‘t adding a new tab just for BlaBlaCar. Instead, BlaBlaCar appears as a new option in the public transportation tab. For instance, if you‘re looking Read More

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16 Things CEOs Should Do Before an IPO

The recent disdain in pursuing an IPO is misplaced. Most of the enduring companies that make a dent in the universe (to borrow from Steve Jobs) are public. In fact, the five most valuable companies in the U.S. as of this writing are all public tech companies: Amazon, Apple, Alphabet (Google), Facebook, and Microsoft. Read More

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Over a third of millennials say they‘ll pay for Disney‘s streaming service, survey finds

Beyond the fact that it‘s Disney, a brand with innumerable assets to be leveraged and a studio production arm ready to pump out exclusive content, Disney‘s forthcoming streaming service may be able to carve out a niche for itself because choosing a subscription service is not a zero-sum game. A number of recent studies have already indicated that today‘s consumers are willing Read More

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Google launches Chrome Enterprise subscription service for Chrome OS

Google is launching a new enterprise service for large businesses that want to adopt Chrome OS devices. The new Chrome Enterprise subscription, which will cost 50 per device and year, is essentially a rebrand of Chromebooks for Work, but with a number of additional capabilities. Even though the name would make you think this is about the Chrome browser, this program is actually all about Read More

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Google launches Chrome Enterprise for businesses that want to use Chrome OS

Google is launching a new enterprise service for large businesses that want to adopt Chrome OS devices. The new Chrome Enterprise subscription, which will cost 50 per device and year, is essentially a rebrand of Chromebooks for Work, but with a number of additional capabilities. Even though the name would make you think this is about the Chrome browser, this program is actually all about Read More

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Uber adds more driver-friendly features as it hits 50M in tips

Uber has made some changes to its driver experience, as part of its ongoing 180 Days of Change‘ campaign. Uber introduced the 180 days effort in June, with its decision to finally add tipping to its app as the first in a series of changes designed to improve the driver experience and reduce turnover among that important user group. Now, Uber is adding a few new features, Read More

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Nintendo adds PayPal support to the Nintendo Switch

Nintendo has added a new payment option for eShop purchases on the Nintendo Switch and on its website. Starting today, you can now link your Nintendo account to your PayPal account and pay for future purchases using your PayPal balance or any payment method already linked to your PayPal account. This update is only about the Switch. If you‘re still using a WiiU or Nintendo 3DS, Read More

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