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This is the tech that NFL players are excited about in 2018

With the NFL season now over, players finally have time to focus on their passions and side projects, which can be anything from an externship on Capital Hill to angel investing in startups. Some of these activities are facilitated through the NFL Player‘s Association, which actually runs a tech accelerator designed to trade player licensing rights for equity. The accelerator is called Read More

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Snapchat responds to the Change.org petition complaining about the app‘s redesign

Snapchat has posted an official response to users who signed a petition on Change.org asking the company to reverse its controversial update, which people say makes the app more difficult to use. In the response, Snapchat promises to make a few more changes to the Friends and Discover section in order to address user complaints. These changes were announced yesterday, along with GIF stickers Read More

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This bizarre reality special from Netflix tries to get people to commit ‘murder‘

Netflix‘s original programming is some of the best content out there, but an upcoming reality special called The Push looks bizarre at best and disturbing at worst. The company just released a trailer detailing the premise of the show, which you can watch below. According to host Derren Brown, a mentalist and illusionist (who, in the words of his website, has become synonymous Read More

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‘Alto‘s Odyssey‘ is now available on iOS and it‘s wonderful

Alto‘s Adventure could be my most-played game on iOS. I spent countless hours on flights getting lost in the serene landscape offered in the game. To me it‘s a satisfying mix of adventure and mindless pleasure. The sequel is now available on iOS and it‘s even better than the first. As Darrell explains here, the new game has the same magic as the original but this time Alto Read More

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Sling TV now has 2.2M subscribers, making it the largest internet-based live TV service

Dish-owned streaming TV service Sling TV now has 2.21 million subscribers at the end of the fourth quarter, the company announced this morning. This is the first time that Dish has broken out its Sling TV subscribers separately from its larger pay TV subscriber base, and confirms earlier estimates that Sling TV had grown to north of 2 million users. This also put Sling TV in the lead, ahead Read More

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Outsourcing management startup 4me announces 1.65 million seed investment led by Storm Ventures

4me, a startup that helps companies organize and track their IT outsourcing projects, announced a 1.65 million seed investment led by Storm Ventures. The company, which launched in 2010, would seem to be a bit long in tooth to warrant a seed investment round, but co-founder and CEO Cor Winkler Prins explained that the founders both had successful exits from previous service management Read More

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Crunchbase opens a marketplace for 3rd-party data in bid to be the ‘master database for companies‘

Last year, when tech-company database Crunchbase (once a part of TechCrunch but since spun out) announced a funding round of 18 million, it previewed plans for a new marketplace where it would sell access to third-party data to supplement its own information. Now nearly one year later, it‘s taking the wraps off that project. Today the company announced a new service called Crunchbase Read More

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Here‘s how to make Alexa control a toilet because why not

Alexa-controlled toilets are a thing in 2018 but cost thousands. An enterprising person can make their own by following these instructions. It takes a bit of work, multiple components and about 750 (plus the cost of the toilet) but the end result is a voice controlled toilet and everyone needs that in their life. The trick is buying a bidet that has an IR remote and then using a Adafruit Read More

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Buttrcup is a risque image site that pays creators

A site like Buttrcup [NSFW] is hard to explain. Because the world is awash in risqu photography, why should we pay creators? And why does the world need another site dedicated to sexy, risqu and yet not too explicit content? Sure, because good, well-lit content that can actually benefit models is almost impossible to find. Created by Molly Murphy and Michael Read More

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AT&T names Atlanta, Dallas and Waco first of 12 US cities to get 5G wireless

ATT wireless announced on Tuesday the first cities to get its 5G network. The carrier plans on installing 5G in twelve cities by the end of 2018 and on top of the list is Atlanta, Georgia, and Dallas and Waco, Texas. The remaining cities will be announced at a later date. Several carriers have been trialing 5G networks for sometime. ATT says this rollout will be based on the 3GPP Read More

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Cognoa‘s AI platform for autism diagnosis gets first FDA stamp

Cognoahas gained regulatory recognition for its machine learning software as a class II diagnostic medical device for autism meaning the digital health startup is now positioned to submit an application for full FDA clearance. Read More

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Intello scores 1.3 million seed round for SaaS management platform

While the cloud removes much of the hassle and complexity associated with maintaining and managing an application, that ease of use means you can lose control of your usage and spending just as easily. Intello wants to help your company track and manage all of that information in a dashboard. Today, it announced 1.3 million in seed funding. Up until now, companies tend to track this data using Read More

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Bike-share startup Zagster raises 15 million

Zagster, the bike-share company behind the Pace brand, has raised a 15 million round led by Edison Capital Partners. The startup has also unveiled its new bike parking system for both shared and personal bikes. Bikes have always locked to things, Zagster CEO Tim Ericson said in a press release. Cities have been willing to experiment with dockless bikes that don‘t Read More

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3D printing marketplace Shapeways names a new CEO

After months of searching, Shapeways announced today the appointment of Gregory Kress as CEO of the 3D printing marketplace. Kress, the former president and COO of online learning service Open Education, becomes the New York-based company‘s second chief officer, replacing co-founder Peter Weijmarshausen, who stepped down in August to pursue other opportunities. Read More

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With 10M in funding, Mabl brings machine learning to software testing

Mabl, a startup that‘s coming out of stealth today, uses machine learning to make functional testing for developers as easy as possible. Mabl users don‘t have to write extensive (and often brittle) tests by hand. Instead, they show the application the workflow they want to test and the service performs those tests and even automatically adapts to small user interface changes. Read More

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Amazon expands its TechStars Alexa Accelerator to London, starts search for second cohort

Amazon continues to tap into the developer community to expand the ubiquity of its Alexa voice-based assistant, and it‘s taking the strategy international. Today the company opened applications for the Alexa Accelerator, the program for startups building solutions and services for voice-based assistants, which Amazon runs in conjunction with TechStars. Most notably, as part of this Read More

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Meet crypto authors Michael Casey and Paul Vigna in New York next week

A reminder that I‘m going to have Paul Vigna and Michael Casey, authors of The Truth Machine, onstage with me next week at Knotel, a co-working and event space in Manhattan. I‘d love for you to come. You can RSVP here and space is limited.It‘s happening on February 28 at 7pm and will feature a 35-minute talk with two of the top writers in crypto. These guys literally wrote Read More

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Facebook Messenger now lets you add more people to in-progress calls

Facebook Messenger now lets you add more people to a voice or video call without hanging up first. The new feature is available with the latest Android and iOS Messenger update. Read More

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Moovit raises another 50M led by Intel for its urban transit app, plans Mobileye collaboration

The race for pole position in the next generation of transportation services continues to gain speed, and today a startup providing data on how best to navigate transit in urban environments is announcing a significant round and partnership to help it get out in front. Moovit the Israeli startup whose iOS, Android andWebapps are now used by 120 million people globally across Read More

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Qualcomm launches its premium 820E embedded platform for IoT developers

When you think of Qualcomm these days, chances are you are either thinking about Broadcom‘s hostile attempts to buy the company or its mobile chips, which power most Android-based smartphones. Chances are we‘ll hear quite a bit more about the former in the near future, but beside mobile chips, Qualcomm has also spent the last few years on bringing its chips to a wider range of Read More

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Google debuts AdSense ‘auto ads‘ with machine learning to make placement and monetization choices

Google is today unveiling a new ad unit for AdSense that taps into the company‘s big push to add more artificial intelligence into its business, and to potentially bring on more publishers who might consider ramping up their advertising efforts but don‘t have the time or other resources to manage them. Google is debuting Auto Ads not commercials for cars, but Read More

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Nintendo accused of illegally denying refunds on pre-orders in Europe

Nintendo has been accused of breaking European law by not allowing consumers to obtain refunds on pre-ordered games. Read More

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Uber officially launches Uber Express POOL, a new twist on shared rides

Uber has launched Uber Express POOL officially after a lengthy trial period that kicked off in San Francisco last November, and has until now remained available only in that market. Starting today, it‘s coming to DC, LA, Miami, Philadelphia, San Diego and Denver, and more cities will be added over the next few weeks and months across the U.S. The Express POOL launch brings a change to Read More

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Facebook inks music licensing deal with ICE covering 160 territories, 290K rightsholders on FB, Insta, Oculus and Messenger

Facebook today took its latest step towards making good on paying out royalties to music rightsholders around tracks that are used across its multiple platforms and networks. The company has signed a deal with ICE Services a licensing group and copyright database of some 31 million works that represents PRS in the UK, STIM in Sweden and GEMA in Germany to provide music Read More

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