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Consumer Reports knocks Tesla‘s Navigate on Autopilot, calls new feature ‘far less competent‘ than a human driver

Consumer Reports is calling the automatic lane-change feature on Tesla‘s Navigate on Autopilot far less competent than a human driver and cautioned it could pose safety risks. The consumer advocacy organization posted its review Wednesday on the newest version of Tesla‘s advanced driver assistance system. Navigate on Autopilot is an active guidance system that is []

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Modsy scores 37M to virtually redesign your home

Modsy has raised some new cash as the computer vision startup looks to get physical and build more of the furniture it recommends. The startup announced that they have closed 37 million in Series C funding led by TCV. They‘ve now raised north of 70 million to date. The service combines computer vision tech with []

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My desk doesn‘t deserve the 600 Dyson Lightcycle lamp

Like many of you, I‘m assuming, my desk was purchased at Ikea and is the center of my life. Such as it is, the desk is littered with bits of crackers, memory cards, branded Moleskin notebooks and countless coffee cups. I‘m not a slob. I just live here. The desk is clean enough. Then Dyson []

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Vignette is a handy new app that keeps your iOS contact photos up to date

If there‘s a special place in your heart for single-purpose utilities that solve a nagging problem, then you‘re going to want to skip your daily Starbucks coffee and instead buy yourself a copy of the new iOS contacts utility Vignette. The new app is focused on doing one thing well: finding photos for your contacts []

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Review of Elon Musk‘s DC-to-Baltimore ‘Loop‘ system reveals safety concerns

The Boring Company‘s Loop transit system that aims to shuttle people in autonomous electric vehicles between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. fails to meet several key national safety standards, a review of its proposal reveals. The underground system appears to lack sufficient emergency exits, ignore the latest engineering practices and proposes passenger escape ladders that one []

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Getting a seat at the VC table

Monique Villa Contributor Share on Twitter Monique Villa is an investor at Mucker Capital, a seed and ‘pre-seed‘ stage fund investing in companies powering a software-enabled world. She is also the Founder of Nashville-based ModernCapital, a community of startup founders and ecosystem partners committed to company building in the Southeast (#BuildInSE). We are witnessing the []

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Getaround, Facebook, AI chips, Nvidia, Africa, and immigration

Who helped your startup grow? Nominate a growth marketing agency. For those who have been members of Extra Crunch for a while now, you have seen us go through two cycles of Verified Experts, covering startup attorneys and brand designers. Now, we turn our attention to our third community of startup professionals: growth marketers / []

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Nectar‘s sonar bottle caps could save 50B in stolen booze

Bars lose 20 percent of their alcohol to overpours and free drinks for friends. That amounts to 50 billion per year in booze that mysteriously disappears, making life tough for every pub and restaurant. Nectar wants to solve that mystery with its ultrasound depth sensing bottle caps that measure how much liquid is left in []

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Amazon has turned warehouse tasks into a (literal) game

Working at an Amazon fulfillment center is tough and tedious. Stories of problematic working conditions have plagued the company for years now, and pressure has likely only increased as the retail giant is pushing to get packages out even faster. To give the company some credit, it has worked to improve conditions, including the addition []

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Gender, race and social change in tech; Moira Weigel on the Internet of Women, Part Two

Tech ethics can mean a lot of different things, but surely one of the most critical, unavoidable, and yet somehow still controversial propositions in the emerging field of ethics in technology is that tech should promote gender equality. But does it? And to the extent it does not, what (and who) needs to change? In []

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Seven years later, the OUYA is dead for real

Remember the OUYA? As a cheap Android-powered game console, it was pitched as being able to open the last closed platform: the TV. It was one of the first huge Kickstarter campaigns, raising nearly 9 million dollars on the site in 2012. Even half a decade later, it remains one of the biggest campaigns []

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Subscription fatigue hasn‘t hit yet

U.S. consumers are still embracing subscriptions. More than a third (34%) of Americans say they believe they‘ll increase the number of subscription services they use over the next two years, according to a new report from eMarketer. This is following an increase to 3 subscription services on average, up from 2.4 services five years ago. []

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Google‘s lead EU regulator opens formal privacy probe of its adtech

Google‘s lead data regulator in Europe has opened a formal investigation into its processing of personal data in the context of its online Ad Exchange, TechCrunch has learnt. This follows a privacy complaint pertaining to adtech‘s real-timing bidding (RTB) system filed under Europe‘s GDPR framework last year. The statutory inquiry into Google‘s adtech that‘s being []

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These startups are locating in SF and Africa to win in global fintech

To become a global fintech player, locate your company in San Francisco and Africa. That‘s the approach of payments company Flutterwave, digital lending startup Mines, and mobile-money venture Chipper Cash-Africa-founded ventures that maintain headquarters in San Francisco and operations in Africa to tap the best of both worlds in VC, developers, clients, and the frontier []

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Daily Crunch: New MacBook Pros have a keyboard fix

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. Apple announces new MacBook Pros with a keyboard fix, oh, and more powerful processors Apple says it‘s taking three steps to []

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Amazon shareholders reject facial recognition sale ban to governments

Amazon shareholders have rejected two proposals that would have requested the company not to sell its facial recognition technology to government customers. The breakdown of the votes is not immediately known. A filing with the vote tally is expected later this week. The first proposal would have requested Amazon to limit the sale of its []

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DuckDuckGo founder Gabriel Weinberg is coming to Disrupt

2019 is the year Facebook announced a pivot to privacy‘. At the same time, Google is trying to claim that privacy means letting it exclusively store and data-mine everything you do online. So what better time to sit down at Disrupt for a chat about what privacy really means with DuckDuckGo founder and CEO Gabriel []

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Invites are out for Apple‘s June 3 WWDC keynote - there will be unicorns

Apple‘s WWDC keynote invites just went out, with only a couple of weeks to spare. The company‘s graphic designers appear to be having some fun this time out, with a mind-blown rainbow unicorn, losing the Apple, Swift and App Store icons among others. iOS 13, watchOS 6 and macOS 10.15 are no doubt on the []

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Reserve your demo table for TC Sessions: Mobility 2019

Early-stage startup ingenuity is one of the driving forces shaping the rapid, radical changes taking place in mobility and transportation. Come July 10, TechCrunch will host more than 1,000 movers, shakers and makers in San Jose for TC Sessions: Mobility 2019 for a day-long exploration of the technologies and challenges upending both industries. Talk about []

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N26 faces banking regulator order about fraudulent transactions

Fintech startup N26 received an order from BaFin, the German banking regulator. According to the regulator, N26 hasn‘t been doing enough when it comes to money laundering and terrorist financing. The company has a specific period of time to implement changes and rectify its internal processes. ‘Today, BaFin published an order for N26 Bank GmbH. []

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Google‘s new look for mobile search results puts site owners and publishers first

Google today unveiled a new look for its mobile search results which gives sites a way to showcase their own branding, instead of looking like every other blue link. Before, the search results were blue and the source a publisher‘s site, for example would appear below in a smaller, green font. Now, it‘s []

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Thousands of vulnerable TP-Link routers at risk of remote hijack

Thousands of TP-Link routers are vulnerable to a bug that can be used to remotely take control the device, but it took over a year for the company to publish the patches on its website. The vulnerability allows any low-skilled attacker to remotely gain full access to an affected router. The exploit relies on the []

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Now at Google, Facebook‘s former teen-in-residence launches new social game Emojishot

Facebook‘s former teen-in-residence Michael Sayman, now at Google, is back today with the launch of a new game: Emojishot, an emoji-based guessing game for iOS, built over the past ten weeks within Google‘s in-house incubator, Area 120. The game, which is basically a version of charades using emoji characters, is notable because of its creator. []

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DJI is adding receivers to help drones avoid plane and helicopter collisions

At an event in Washington D.C. today, DJI unveiled plans to help avoid potentially life-threatening drone disasters. At the top of the list is the company‘s promise to add AirSense technology to all of its models weighing more than 250 grams (~half a pound), which goes into effect January 1 of next year. The feature []

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