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Week in Review: Snapchat beats a dead horse

Hey. This is Week-in-Review, where I give a heavy amount of analysis and/or rambling thoughts on one story while scouring the rest of the hundreds of stories that emerged on TechCrunch this week to surface my favorites for your reading pleasure. Last week, I talked about how Netflix might have some rough times ahead as []

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Voyage‘s driverless future, ghost work, B2B growth strategies, and Black Hat takeaways

Inside Voyage‘s plan to deliver a driverless future In the autonomous vehicle space, startups have taken radically different strategies to building our AV future. Some companies like Waymo have driven all across different types of environments in order to rack up the datasets that they believe will be needed to effectively maneuver without a human []

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NASA and SpaceX practice Crew Dragon evacuation procedure with astronaut recovery vessel

NASA and SpaceX continue their joint preparations for the eventually astronaut crew missions that SpaceX will fly for the agency, with a test of the emergency evacuation procedure for SpaceX‘s GO Searcher seaborne ship. The ship is intended to be used to recover spacecraft and astronauts in an actual mission scenario, and the rehearsals this []

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Ikea doubles down on smart home tech with new business unit

Ikea‘s smart home investments to date have been smart but scattered now the Swedish home goods brand says it‘s going to amp up its smart home bets with a brand new dedicated business unit. The company‘s smart home endeavors began in 2012, and focused on wireless charging and smart lighting. It‘s iterated in both []

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SoftBank reportedly plans to lend employees as much as 20 billion to invest in its VC fund

SoftBank has a plant to loan up to 20 billion to its employees, including CEO Masayoshi Son, for the purposes of having that capital re-invested in SoftBank‘s own Vision venture fund, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal. That‘s a highly unusual move that could be risky in terms of how much []

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Privacy researchers devise a noise-exploitation attack that defeats dynamic anonymity

Privacy researchers in Europe believe they have the first proof that a long-theorised vulnerability in systems designed to protect privacy by aggregating and adding noise to data to mask individual identities is no longer just a theory. The research has implications for the immediate field of differential privacy and beyond - raising wide-ranging questions about []

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Next Apple Watch could include new ceramic and titanium models

Apple‘s next Apple Watch revision could include new materials for the case, including titanium and ceramic. That‘s according to new assets pulled form the latest watchOS beta release, as uncovered by Brazilian site iHelp.br(via 9to5Mac). The new screens discovered in the beta show graphics used to pair the Apple Watch during setup, and list Titanium []

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Startups Weekly: The mad dash to the public markets

In this week‘s newsletter: Meet the soon-to-be Y Combinator graduates

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ review

It‘s true, you‘ve got the Galaxy Note to thank for your big phone. When the device hit the scene at IFA 2011, large screens were still a punchline. That same year, Steve Jobs famously joked about phones with screens larger than four inches, telling a crowd of reporters, ‘nobody‘s going to buy that.‘ In 2019, []

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Flexible stick-on sensors could wirelessly monitor your sweat and pulse

As people strive ever harder to minutely quantify every action they do, the sensors that monitor those actions are growing lighter and less invasive. Two prototype sensors from crosstown rivals Stanford and Berkeley stick right to the skin and provide a wealth of phsyiological data.

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ClearBrain launches analytics tools focused on connecting cause and effect

Businesses need to understand cause-and-effect: If someone did X and it increased sales, or they did Y and it hurt sales. That‘s why many of them turn to analytics - but Bilal Mahmood, co-founder and CEO of ClearBrain, said existing analytics platforms can‘t answer that question accurately. Every analytics platform today is still based on []

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ClearBrain launches analytics tools focused connecting cause and effect

Businesses need to understand cause-and-effect: If someone did X and it increased sales, or they did Y and it hurt sales. That‘s why many of them turn to analytics - but Bilal Mahmood, co-founder and CEO of ClearBrain, said existing analytics platforms can‘t answer that question accurately. Every analytics platform today is still based on []

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LA-based Upfront Ventures has two new general partners, bringing its GP count to eight

Upfront Ventures, the 23-year-old, LA-based venture capital firm, is gearing up for far more deal-making. In addition to filing paperwork with the SEC this summer to raise its third growth-stage investment fund (it is also investing a 400 million early-stage fund and probably announcing another soon), the firm just added two new general partners to []

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L.A.-based Upfront Ventures has two new general partners, bringing its GP count to eight

Upfront Ventures, the 23-year-old, L.A.-based venture capital firm, is gearing up for far more deal-making. In addition to filing paperwork with the SEC this summer to raise its third growth-stage investment fund (it is also investing a 400 million early-stage fund and probably announcing another soon), the firm just added two new general partners to []

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Daily Crunch: Cloudflare is going public

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch‘s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you‘d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Cloudflare files for initial public offering The web infrastructure company has recently found itself at the center of political debates around []

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SmileDirectClub files to go public amid concerns from dental associations

SmileDirectClub, the at-home teeth-straightening service, is on its way to becoming a public company. SmileDirectClub is seeking to raise up to 100 million in its IPO, according to its S-1 filed today. The number of shares and price range for the offering have yet to be determined. Prior to this, SmileDirectClub reached a 3.2 billion []

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How ‘ghost work‘ in Silicon Valley pressures the workforce, with Mary Gray

The phrase pull yourself up by your own bootstraps was originally meant sarcastically. It‘s not actually physically possible to do - especially while wearing Allbirds and having just fallen off a Bird scooter in downtown San Francisco, but I should get to my point. This week, Ken Cuccinelli, the acting Director of the United States []

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Slack co-founder Cal Henderson and Spark Capital‘s Megan Quinn are coming to Disrupt SF

If there was one company at the top of everyone‘s mind this year, it was Slack. The now-ubiquitous workplace messaging tool began trading on the New York Stock Exchange in June after taking an unusual route to the public markets known as a direct listing. Slack bypassed the typical IPO process in favor of putting []

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Lumineye helps first responders identify people through walls

Any first responder knows that situational awareness is key. In domestic violence disputes, hostage rescue, or human trafficking situations, first responders often need help determining where humans are behind closed doors. That‘s why Megan Lacy, Corbin Hennen and Rob Kleffner developed Lumineye, a 3D printed radar device that uses signal analysis software to differentiate moving []

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Google discloses its acquisition of mobile learning app Socratic as it relaunches on iOS

Google publicly disclosed its acquisition of homework helper app Socratic in an announcement this week, detailing the added support for the company‘s A.I. technology and its relaunch on iOS. The acquisition apparently flew under the radar Google says it bought the app last year. According to one founder‘s LinkedIn update, that was in March []

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Startup ads are taking over the subway

If you‘re a New Yorker, one of the easiest ways to keep up-to-date on the latest consumer products - furniture, beauty products, mobile apps, you name it - is to hop on the subway. Even before you board, you may find yourself walking through a station filled with colorful startup ads. And once you‘re actually []

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Showcase your startup in Startup Alley at Disrupt SF 2019

What‘s the lifeblood of any early-stage startup? Money and media coverage. Opportunities to acquire both abound at Disrupt San Francisco 2019, our flagship tech conference that takes place on October 2-4. It‘s all about networking and making the right connections to make your startup dreams come true, and there‘s no better networking mecca than Startup []

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Amazon customers say they received emails for other people‘s orders

Users have said they are receiving emails from Amazon containing invoices and order updates on other customers, TechCrunch has learned. Jake Williams, founder of cybersecurity firm Rendition Infosec, raised the alarm after he received an email from Amazon addressed to another customer with their name, postal address, and their order details. Williams said he ordered []

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Northrop Grumman to build its OmegA rocket at NASA‘s VAB as first commercial tenant

NASA is celebrating alongside Northrop Grumman at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, as the latter becomes the first commercial partner to make use of the Vehicle Assembly Building on-site at the base. The VAB, as its more commonly known, is a cavernous building that‘s used to build and test rockets ahead of rolling them out []

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