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Uber‘s chief people officer is out following racial discrimination investigation

Uber SVP and Chief People Officer Liane Hornsey has resigned from the transportation company, Reuters reports. Hornsey‘s resignation comes after a previously unreported investigation into Hornsey‘s alleged systematic dismissals of racial discrimination complaints within Uber. In Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi‘s email to staff, obtained by TechCrunch, he did not provide specific reasons for her departure. []

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Valimail makes it harder for hackers to impersonate your boss over email

Valimail, a company that focuses on preventing fake and fraudulent emails from reaching your inbox, today announced that it is extending its anti-impersonation platform with a couple of new features that will make it even harder for hackers to pretend they are somebody they are not. While Valimail‘s original focus was mostly on ensuring that []

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Facial recognition startup Kairos acquires Emotion Reader

Kairos, the face recognition technology used for brand marketing, has announced the acquisition of EmotionReader. EmotionReader is an Limerick, Ireland-based startup that uses algorithms to analyze facial expressions around video content. The startup allows brands and marketers to measure viewers emotional response to video, analyze viewer response via an analytics dashboard, and make different decisions []

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Timehop admits that additional personal data was compromised in breach

Timehop is admitting that additional personal information was compromised in a data breach on July 4. The company first acknowledged the breach on Sunday, saying that users‘ names, email addresses and phone numbers had been compromised. Today it said it that additional information, including date of birth and gender, was also taken. To understand what []

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AT&T takes stake in AR company Magic Leap with exclusive distribution deal

After spending the last couple of weeks closing the deal to buy TimeWarner for 85 billion and buying ad firm AppNexus for up to 2 billion, today ATT announced a key distribution move in its new bid to be a media powerhouse: it‘s taking a strategic investment into Magic Leap, the high profile augmented reality []

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Opera adds a crypto wallet to its mobile browser

The Opera Android browser will soon be able to hold your cryptocurrencies. The system, now in beta, lets you store crypto and ERC20 tokens in your browser, send and receive crypto on the fly, and secures your wallet with your phone‘s biometric security or passcode. You can sign up to try the beta here. The []

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AT&T takes strategic stake in AR company Magic Leap in its latest push into digital media

After spending the last couple of weeks closing the deal to buy TimeWarner for 85 billion and buying ad firm AppNexus for up to 2 billion, today ATT announced a key distribution move in its new bid to be a media powerhouse: it‘s taking a strategic investment into Magic Leap, the high profile augmented reality []

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Summer road trip tech essentials and extras

Makula Dunbar Contributor Makula Dunbar is a writer with Wirecutter. More posts by this contributor Gear for making outdoor fitness more enjoyable The best home Wi-Fi and networking gear Editor‘s note: This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter‘s independently chosen editorial picks, Wirecutter and TechCrunch may earn affiliate []

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You can now stream to your Sonos devices via AirPlay 2

Newer Sonos devices and rooms now appear as AirPlay 2-compatible devices, allowing you to stream audio to them via Apple devices. The solution is a long time coming for Sonos which promised AirPlay 2 support in October. You can stream to Sonos One, Sonos Beam, Playbase, and Play:5 speakers and ask Siri to play music []

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Pinterest is adding a way for users to collaborate on boards

Pinterest is trying to further tap its popularity as a place to plan events, this time adding ways for users to collaborate across boards that are baked directly into the app. Group boards will have their own designated feed, where users will be able to communicate with others collaborating on that board and also get []

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Penrose Studios nabs 10M as the startup continues to create some of VR‘s most beautiful stories

It‘s been an interesting past few years for the virtual reality industry and while there is still plenty for insiders to pin their hopes on in 2018, it‘s no secret that things have largely been progressing a bit slower than the more bullish parties would have hoped for. Yet for all of what potential still []

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Next Insurance, an insurtech targeting small businesses, scores 83M Series B led by Redpoint

Next Insurance, the Israeli digital insurance startup that helps small businesses get cover, has raised a significant new funding round, adding another 83 million to its balance sheet. The Series B round is led by Silicon Valley‘s Redpoint Ventures, and will be used by the company to continue expanding across the U.S., where it now []

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Box opens up about the company‘s approach to innovation

Most of us never really stop to think about how the software and services we use on a daily basis are created. We just know it‘s there when we want to access it, and it works most of the time. But companies don‘t just appear and expand randomly, they need a well defined process and []

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Xara Cloud is an easy to use design tool to help businesses create better looking content

Xara is on a mission to help businesses create better looking content, and in turn save us all from having to consume visually unappealing marketing and comms material. The German startup has developed Xara Cloud, a design tool that resides in the cloud and attempts to bridge the gap between professional design and business content []

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China‘s Pony.ai nabs 102M at nearly 1B valuation to take its self driving platform up another gear

Autonomous cars are fast-approaching, and so are those building the platforms that will help operate them. Today, Pony.ai the startup whose autonomous driving platform powers the first fully self-driving fleet in China announced that it has raised 102 million in funding a follow-on round that comes about seven months after its previous []

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Aurora Labs raises 8.4 million to bring its self-healing software to cars

Aurora Labs, a company that has created predictive tools that will automatically fix problems with software in cars, has raised 8.4 million in a Series A round of financing led by Fraser McCombs Capital. Previous investor MizMaa Ventures also joined the round. The Tel Aviv-based company, which just came out of stealth a few months []

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Facebook under fresh political pressure as UK watchdog calls for ‘ethical pause‘ of ad ops

The UK‘s privacy watchdog revealed yesterday that it intends to fine Facebook the maximum possible(500k) under the country‘s 1998 data protection regime for breaches related to the Cambridge Analytica data misuse scandal. But that‘s just the tip of the regulatory missiles now being directed at the platform and its ad-targeting methods and indeed, at []

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Xiaomi‘s former head of international Hugo Barra lands IPO windfall

Xiaomi‘s IPO in Hong Kong may not have been the smash hit that the company was hoping for, but the listing is a major financial windfallfor one former employee: Xiaomi‘s ex-head of international Hugo Barra. Barra joined Xiaomi in 2013 from Google, where he had been a senior executive in charge of Android, buthe departed []

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Monday.com raises 50M at a 500M valuation led by Stripes for its workplace collaboration tools

The more that we digitise our interactions with work colleagues, the more we will need tools to help handle that process more smoothly. Today, Monday.com one of the wave of startups that works in the larger category of workplace collaboration tools is announcing a significant growth round that speaks to this demand. The []

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Olio, the app that lets you share unwanted food items with your neighbours, picks up 6M Series A

Olio, the hyperlocal food sharing app that wants to help tackle the world‘s food waste epidemic, has picked up 6 million in Series A funding. The U.K. startup offers a location-based app and website that lets you list and post a photo of unwanted food items to be shared with other people in the same []

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BYD and Generate Capital launch 200M electric bus leasing JV in the US

There are 345,000 electric buses in use today across the world, but the US accounts for only 300 of them. Now, Chinese electric vehicle company BYD is launching a new JV in the country in an attempt to boost that number: in partnership with clean-energy financing company Generate Capital, BYD is starting a leasing program []

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HTC‘s blockchain phone is real, and it‘s arriving later this year

HTC isn‘t gone just yet. Granted, it‘s closer than it‘s ever been before, with a headcount of fewer than5,000employees worldwide - that‘s down from 19,000 in 2013. But in spite of those ‘market competition, product mix, pricing, and recognized inventory write-downs,‘ the company‘s still trucking on. And while its claim to being ‘the leading innovator []

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Aspire Capital offers fast finance for SMEs in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia‘s digital economy is tipped to grow more than six-fold to reach more than 200 billion per year, according to a report co-authored by Google, with e-commerce accounting for the dominant share. The emergence of e-commerce platforms like Alibaba‘s Lazada and U.S.-listed Shopeehave enabled online entrepreneurship across the region, but still financial support for []

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GrubMarket gobbles up 32M led by GGV for its healthy grocery ordering and delivery service

As consumers become more discerning about the food that they are eating, a wave of startups has emerged that are catering to that demand with convenient alternatives to the more ubiquitous options that are available today. One of these, GrubMarket which sources organic and healthy food directly from producers and then and delivers it []

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