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Uber only has itself to blame for London license loss

The tech industry‘s over-processed supply of irony might not be enough to service all the ramifications of Uber being stripped of its London license by the city‘s transport regulator. Read More

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Russia targeted election systems in 21 states, successfully hacking some

On Friday, the Department of Homeland Security notified nearly half of the U.S. states that their election systems were targeted by Russia-affiliated hackers in an attempt to influence the 2016 election. In most of the states targeted, the hackers were engaged in preliminary activities like scanning. In other states hackers attempted to infiltrate systems and failed, but in a small selection Read More

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iPhone 8 teardown reveals few surprises, but more camera details

The always hotly anticipated iFixit teardown of the iPhone 8 has arrived, and while it doesn‘t harbor much in the way of surprises, there are a few tidbits you may want to know about hiding in there. Especially if you like hearing about things like pixel pitch. Read More

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Forget what you‘ve been told about edtech

Investors are incessant in their hunt for the next emerging market. The investment de jour? Edtech. The tastemaker in this case is an article from David Bainbridge claiming, Edtech is the next fintech. While most of us can appreciate the wordplay, comparing edtech to fintech, or other hot industries, is a dangerous game one that that can severely damage Read More

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I have an SNES Classic Edition, and it rules

Just in time for a weekend during which I had already planned to do nothing productive, a small package from Nintendo containing what will likely be its hottest item since the NES Classic Edition which is to say, of course, the SNES Classic Edition. Read More

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Facebook drops no-vote stock plan, Zuck will sell shares to fund philanthropy

Mark Zuckerberg has gotten so rich that he can fund his philanthropic foundation and retain voting control without Facebook having to issue a proposed non-voting class of stock that faced shareholder resistance. Today Facebook announced that it‘s withdrawn its plan to issue Class C no-vote stock and has resolved the shareholder lawsuit seeking to block the corporate governance Read More

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CRISPR breakthrough could drop miscarriage rates

Gene-editing technology CRISPR has revealed a clue in how human embryos begin to develop, possibly reducing the risk of miscarriage in those crucial first few weeks of pregnancy. CRISPR Cas9 can modify or snip out genetic defects thought to contribute to miscarriage but until now it wasn‘t clear why some embryos continued to form into a fetus and others did not. However,findings, Read More

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iPhone 8 and 8 Plus cameras get top marks from testing outfit DxOMark

If our review didn‘t convince you that the cameras in the latest iPhones are something special, perhaps DxOMark‘s lab-heavy evaluation process will do the trick. The camera testing site unequivocally states that the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus have the best smartphone cameras it‘s ever tested though they aren‘t without their flaws. Read More

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A taster of Startup Alley from this week‘s TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco

At TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco we always have a huge and varied array of companies presenting. Here‘s a taster of the Startup Alley from this year, featuring companies from pavilions covering German startups, South Korea, Brussels and Health / Biotech. Enjoy! Read More

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Facebook drops no-vote stock plan, Zuck will sell share to fund philanthropy

Mark Zuckerberg has gotten so rich that he can fund his philanthropic foundation without Facebook having to issue a proposed non-voting class of stock that faced shareholder resistance. Today Facebook announced that it‘s withdrawn its plan to issue no-vote stock and has resolved the shareholder lawsuit seeking to block the corporate governance overhaul. Instead, Zuckerberg says that Read More

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How TBH hit #1 by turning anonymity positive

The innovation of tbh, teen-speak for To Be Honest, was getting rid of the typing. Whether asking or answering questions, open text fields invite abuse when combined with anonymity. Even an innocuous question like What do you think of me? can lead to mean-spirited comments if responders don‘t have their names, and therefore any accountability, attached. So tbh writes the Read More

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Google launches crowdsourced TV show and movie reviews, but only in India

Google has added a new feature that allows web users to contribute their own movie and television reviews right within Google search results - a step towards the possible implementation of Google‘s own Rotten Tomatoes or IMDB-like reviews service. But before you get too excited about this, be aware that the feature is currently only available in India. The addition was first spotted Read More

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Automated telemedicine is coming, for everyone

The irony of strict regulation is that while it drives up the quality of care, it also drives up costs, making it unreachable for those without health insurance. The fact that few for-profit screening services exist outside of health insurance ecosystems suggests the cost of FDA approval makes it prohibitively expensive to develop low-cost solutions. This leaves no options for the poor. Read More

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TC‘s Original Content podcast watches the Emmys and goes to Disrupt

This week, we‘re mixing up the format on TechCrunch‘s Original Content podcast. Your hosts Darrell Etherington and Anthony Ha were both at the Disrupt SF conference this week, which meant that they were able to record the news recap in person. We discussed Hulu‘s big victories at the Emmy Awards, other Emmy wins for Netflix and Hulu and CBS‘ new Star Trek series, Read More

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iTunes finally offers 48-hour rentals in the US

Praise the Apple gods. If you rent a movie on iTunes in the U.S., you now have 48 hours to start watching and finishing it. And you can watch the movie as much as you want during that 48-hour window. As always, you have 30 days to start watching the movie. iTunes has previously offered 48-hour rentals elsewhere throughout the world, but the rules were different in the U.S. Up until now, you had Read More

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How to run a token sale

Seed funding is drying up. Accelerators are scrambling for revenue. Things are changing drastically in the startup ecosystem. So how do you raise money when your product needs more than some Django code and an AWS instance? You run an ICO, right? Read More

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Logitech‘s MX Ergo made me a trackball convert

Some geeks of my vintage have a nostalgic fondness for trackballs, but I never managed to form such an association. Instead, I‘ve been pretty much a dedicated mouse user since the mouse first became an option. But Logitech‘s MX Ergo wireless trackball has changed all that - and I‘m not sure I‘ll ever go back. The new trackball has some highlight features including Read More

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Despite all odds, Hyperloop One just raised another 85 million

Hyperloop One, a three-year-old, L.A.-based company working to create near-supersonic trains that can whisk both passengers and cargo in giant pneumatic tubes at speeds of many hundreds of miles per hour, has raised 85 million in fresh funding, as first reported in Recode. The round, which comes from DP World, Caspian VC Partners, WTI andOurCrowd.com, brings the company‘s total funding Read More

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Netflix adds HDR support on iOS for iPhone 8, iPhone X and 2017 iPad Pro

Netflix has updated its iOS application with HDR support for newer devices, including the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, as well as the forthcoming iPhone X. It also works on the iPad Pro 12.9 and 10.5 from 2017, if you happen to have one of those devices. Netflix HDR streaming requires a premium subscription plan, as well as more recent hardware. Some of the newest Android phones have already offered Read More

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Reelgood‘s app for cord cutters helps you find something new to watch

Reelgood, a service aimed at helping cord cutters find new shows and movies to watch from across streaming services, is now available on mobile devices. The company this week launched on iOS - its first mobile application - which allows you to search and browse content from over 250 streaming services, including those that are available to stream for free with ads. After abandoning Read More

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iPhone 8 and Apple Watch Series 3 hit stores today

A week and a half after being unveiled on stage at the new Steve Jobs Theater, the iPhone 8/8 Plus and Apple Watch Series 3 have hit just hit store shelves. As ever, eager fans were queued up at stores across the globe to be among the first to get their hands on the new products, though a number of outlets are reporting that the crowd size is significantly sparser than past launches. According Read More

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Music and Muzak

We are facing a firehose. Data spews at us from all angles, inundating us with ideas, culture, and creativity. We produce terabytes of information a year, changing the world as we know it. We are the most culturally-aware generations in existence. Or are we? An interesting recent post on Marginal Revolution post gives lie to the idea that the world is moving faster than ever. In fact, they Read More

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Preschoolers get their own Pokmon game with launch of Pokmon Playhouse

A new app called Pokmon Playhouse from the Pokmon Company, released this week, is bringing Pikachu and friends to preschoolers. Unlike the augmented reality game Pokmon Go, a collaboration between Niantic and Nintendo by way of the Pokmon Company, this latest game is not focused on capturing Pokmon, battling and raids. Instead, it‘s filled withactivities appropriate for Read More

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Ford is now designing cars in mixed reality using Microsoft HoloLens

Ford is making cars using Microsoft‘s HoloLens mixed reality headset, as part of a new test project the automaker is rolling out globally. The mixed reality design trial allows for rapid prototyping in a virtual environment, instead of having to create new physical models to see what new materials and angles will look like on a final design. Old clay models aren‘t going the way of Read More

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