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Startups, high-speed rail and California‘s infrastructure future

California is home to two very different innovation worlds. For the readers of TechCrunch, there is the familiar excitement of the startup world, with startups working on longevity and age extension, rockets to Mars, and cars that drive themselves. Hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs, engineers, and product managers are building these futures every day, often on shoestring budgets all in Read More

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Diversifying the blockchain

The consensus is that because blockchain is so niche and it‘s mostly early adopters who come from tech and finance, that it‘s actually less diverse than those industries that are already struggling to be representative of the population at large, Raine Revere, co-founder of blockchain education startup Maiden, told me on an episode of the CTRL+T podcast. In Read More

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2018 might be Amazon‘s year to take a leading role in online advertising

With WPP‘s over 200,000 employees and a 75 billion media book, Sir Martin Sorrell has a uniquely privileged insight into the future of the online advertising industry. And he believes that 2018 might be the year that a third company joins what he calls the Facebook/Google duopoly in online advertising and search. Read More

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Inside Amazon‘s surveillance-powered no-checkout convenience store

By now many have heard of Amazon‘s most audacious attempt to shake up the retail world, the cashless, cashierless Go store. Walk in, grab what you want, and walk out. I got a chance to do just that recently, as well as pick the brain of one of its chief architects. My intention going in was to try to shoplift something and catch these complacent Amazon types napping. But it became clear Read More

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Sex, the final frontier: Cindy Gallop raises 2M from mysterious investor for social sex tech

Everything‘s a battle, Cindy Gallop sighs, although ti‘s clear she relishes those battles. What she means is that the entire Internet has long been divided into two separate, walled fiefdoms: one labelled pornography, the other marked with those three dread words no adult content. The territory between those two worlds, which she is trying Read More

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Why inclusion in the Google Arts & Culture selfie feature matters

The app was launched in 2016 by Google‘s Cultural Institute, but the art selfies made it go viral for the first time. The feature is currently available only in parts of the United States (a spokesperson said Google has no further plans to announce at this time for other locations), but it still managed to take Google Arts Culture to the top ofthe most-downloaded Read More

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The Chinese think Palo Alto is dumpy

Good news! The great Raw Water Story of 2017 is finally over. Google tells me that searches went up ten-fold over the raw water craze, but thankfully, humans seem to have filtered out any more stories or follow ups. Silicon Valley can rest easy. But wait! There is another crisis brewing, and it isn‘t the animal fecal matter in your algae water. Over the past few days, we‘ve seen Read More

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Mike Moritz and the declining America worker

Storied Sequoia investor Mike Moritz threw fire into the tech Twitter gumbo with his observations of hard-working Chinese workers and slothful Silicon Valley engineers. Moritz, a billionaire, clearly needs page views to fund his retirement. The major money quote about Silicon Valley is this: In recent months, there have been complaints about the political sensibilities of speakers Read More

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Katalyst.Ventures, a new firm led by Susan Choe, has raised 34 million

There aren‘t a lot of venture funds that are led by a single general partner who happens to be a woman. Sonja Hoel Perkins is one. The longtime Menlo Ventures managing director founded her own venture firm two years ago. Cindy Padnos,who spent four years with Outlook Ventures as a director before founding her own firm, Illuminate Ventures, nine years ago, is another. Now Silicon Valley Read More

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Katalyst Ventures, a single-GP fund led by Susan Choe, has raised 34 million

There aren‘t a lot of venture funds that are led by a single general partner who happens to be a woman. Sonja Hoel Perkins is one. The longtime Menlo Ventures managing director founded her own venture firm two years ago. Cindy Padnos,who spent four years with Outlook Ventures as a director before founding her own firm, Illuminate Ventures, nine years ago, is another. Now Silicon Valley Read More

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Join the TechCrunch Meetup in Davos #TCDavos

TechCrunch is holding an informal meetup during the World Economic Forum‘s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Grab a free ticket here. The event precedes our TechCrunch Meetup the week after in Zug, Switzerland, the so-called Crypto Valley. You can grab a ticket here. The Davos meetup will be co-hosted by Samantha Stein, TechCrunch‘s Director of Special Projects Startup Read More

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Startup fundraising and exits look bullish for bio and health

After nearly a year, venture capitalists nabbed their first U.S. acquisition for more than a billion dollars. And it wasn‘t a tech startup. Nor was it a company on the list ofknown unicorns. And it had nothing to do with blockchain. Read More

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Women‘s March embraces collaborative social app Crunchet

Today‘s nationwide Women‘s March attendees will advocate for voter registration through every conceivable social network, so one of its planning organizations has allied with a new app that lets you combine posts from across apps. Crunchet will help the Women‘s March Alliance and Chicago march create collages of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Twitch, YouTube, Spotify, and Read More

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WTF is GDPR?

Within a matter of months, the General Data Protection Regulation will apply across the EU and business processing citizens‘ data will need to be sure they‘re compliant. We explain the major changes incoming and take a look at some possible impacts Read More

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CTRL+T podcast: From Tide Pods to the blockchain

Blockchain has become the latest buzzword in the technology industry, but many people are still in the dark about just what exactly it means. Thanks to Raine Revere, we have a bit of a better grasp on what the blockchain entails as well as some of its implications. As Revere so eloquently put it, blockchain is a technology that allows for peer to peer transactions, she explained Read More

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Apple‘s enterprise evolution

Back in 2010, Apple‘s iconic co-founder Steve Jobs was not entirely enthralled with the enterprise. In fact, Jobs is famously quoted as saying, What I love about the consumer market, that I always hated about the enterprise market, is that we come up with a product, we try to tell everybody about it, and every person votes for themselves. Read More

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Scammers are cashing in on Telegram‘s upcoming ICO

Desperate for an opportunity to jump aboard in the next big thing, cryptocurrency owners arelosing money by investing blindly in fake Telegram ICO websites. Chat appTelegram‘s upcoming ICO promises to break records with a target raise of 1.2 billion, which may be extended to 2 billion according to new reports. The public sale component isn‘t scheduled to launch until March, Read More

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Join the TechCrunch Meetup at the World Economic Forum #TCDavos

TechCrunch is holding an informal meetup during the World Economic Forum‘s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Grab a free ticket here. The event precedes our TechCrunch Meetup the week after in Zug, Switzerland, the so-called Crypto Valley. You can grab a ticket here. The Davos meetup will be co-hosted by Samantha Stein, TechCrunch‘s Director of Special Projects Startup Read More

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Crunch Report | Google and Tencent ink patent agreement

Google inks a patent deal with Tencent, Tile lays off 30 people and Apple hires the tech team from Silicon Valley Data Science (SVDS). All this on Crunch Report. Read More

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Yes, cities should indeed fight for tech jobs

Few events have jolted the urban planning crowd quite like Amazon‘s process for selecting the company‘s new second headquarters (dubbed HQ2). The company put up a massive carrot of 50,000 jobs and 5 billion in investment, and then proceeded to demand proposals from cities across North America (lovingly written up by Clickhole). Perhaps unsurprisingly, Amazon received 238 Read More

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Sundance doc ‘Our New President‘ presents psychedelic vision of US election through a fake news lens

If the feeling at the fairly liberal leaning Sundance Film Festival held last year after Trump‘s election but before the inauguration was one of impending doom, this year it‘s all about prophecy fulfilled. Read More

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Spend a week fielding sensitive HR complaints in ‘Grayscale‘ web game

If you‘re looking for a way to close out your week that‘s entertaining, edifying, and looks like you‘re doing real work, check out Chimeria:Grayscale, a game where you act as an HR person dealing with everyday office problems via email. Okay, maybe it doesn‘t sound that exciting, but there‘s more to it than that. Read More

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Twitter updates total of Russia-linked election bots to 50,000

Twitter has provided updated details on its investigation into Russian election interference on its platform in 2016. Its identification of more than 13,000 more Russian-linked bots that made election-related tweets puts the total over 50,000. In addition, about 3,800 (up 1,000 from Twitter‘s data in the fall) were associated with the now-notorious Internet Research Agency. Read More

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Google CEO: ‘I don‘t regret‘ firing James Damore

Google CEO Sundar Pichai sayshe still believes that it was appropriate to fireJames Damore. I don‘t regret it, said Pichai, in an interview with Recode‘s Kara Swisher and MSNBC‘s Ari Melber. It was the right decision, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, echoed on stage. It‘s been almost six months since the company dismissed the engineer, who Read More

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