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Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp just hit iOS and Android a day early

No doubt hoping to get a jump on that holiday traffic, Nintendo‘s latest mobile opus, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp has hit iOS and Android a day ahead of schedule. The latest installment of one of the game company‘s most adorable franchises was first announced this time last month. In spite of some skepticism, early looks at the title were complimentary, noting that the title Read More

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YouTube TV gets picture-in-picture support

Google‘s YouTube TV app has received a recent update that allows for picture-in-picture on Android phones running Nougat or Oreo. Google first announced YouTube TV back in February, and rolled the service out in April, launching in five major U.S. cities. YouTube TV is meant to kill the cable box, offering popular cable channels like ABC, Fox, CBS, CW, NBC, Disney, ESPN and 40+ more for Read More

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FCC officially moves to unwind net neutrality rules

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai today made good on his long-standing pledge to tackle regulations established in the last administration designed to protect the distribution of internet content. On Tuesday Pai distributed a draft of his suggested rule changes under the auspices of the Restoring Internet Freedom Order to the other commissioners at the FCC. The Read More

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Google‘s non-profit arm donates another 7.5 million to advance racial justice

Google.org is donating 7.5 million to racial justice organizations Vera Institute for Justice, LatinoJustice, The Leadership Conference and R Street‘s Justice for Work Coalition. This brings Google.org‘s total amount funding to racial justice organizations to 32 million since 2015. Google.org‘s racial justice portfolio arc has focused on what Justin Steele, principal at Read More

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Company raises 347K ICO, vanishes

A company called Confido raised a small ICO by selling special CFD designed to allow safe and trustless cryptocurrency payments. According to ICODrops they raised their goal of about 400,000 and quickly disappeared, taking the cash with it. The site is currently a parked web server that points to nothing. The apparent founder and former eBay employee, Joost van Doorn, posted a message to Read More

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Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom has backed the U.K. challenger bank Monzo

Monzo, one of a number of challenger banks in the U.K. aiming to re-invent the current account, is assembling quite an array of backers, many with a U.S. bent. It‘s most recent round, which gave the startup a 280 million post-money valuation, saw the likes of Goodwater Capital, Stripe, and Michael Moritz invest, and before that Thrive Capital became a backer. Now Read More

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Sonos One users can now ask Alexa to play Spotify music

In October, Sonos launched the Sonos One, raising the bar on what is already the gold standard in wireless whole-home audio. The big new feature? An integrated microphone that added support for Amazon‘s Alexa. However, there was one big caveat: While Alexa was integrated to control music services like Apple Music, Google Play Music, Soundcloud and others, it was missing a major player in Read More

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Grindr updates its app to be more inclusive of transgender and non-binary users

Grindr is updating its popular queer dating app to be more inclusive of transgender and non-binary users. In an announcement timed to mark the end of Transgender Awareness Week, Grindr said changes will include new profile fields for gender identity and the use of gender-neutral language throughout its app and website. Read More

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Android devices seen covertly sending location data to Google

An investigation by Quartzhas revealed that Android devices send cell tower location data to Google even if the user has disabled location services for apps in their device settings. Read More

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With Dabbl, you can earn gift cards for interacting with ads

Dabbl is giving users a straightforward reason to interact with ads the ads earn them money in the form of gift cards. For example, when I signed up for Dabbl this morning, I was presented with a menu of several different campaigns. The first one that I chose was from Oreo, where I answered a bunch of questions about how I feel and what I know about Oreo products. The whole thing Read More

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Hear about the future of space propulsion at Disrupt Berlin

If hardware is hard, rockets must be even harder. Natalya Bailey should know. She‘s the co-founder and CEO of Accion Systems, a startup spun out of MIT‘s Space Propulsion Laboratory that is developing a new type of propulsion for spacecraft. Today we‘re announcing she‘ll take the Disrupt Berlin stage along with Shasta Ventures founder and managing director Rob Read More

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Capital One begins journey as a software vendor with the release of Critical Stack Beta

If every company is truly a software company, Capital One is out to the prove it. It was one of the early users of Critical Stack, a tool designed to help build security into the container orchestration process. In fact, it liked it so much it bought the company in 2016, and today it‘s releasing Critical Stack in Beta. This is a critical step toward becoming a commercial product, giving Read More

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Misfit‘s new hybrid smartwatch offers a better notification system

Hybrid smartwatches are a weird category right now. No one‘s really mastered the perfect balance between the smart and dumb, though a handful of products have done a decent job, most notably Withings/Nokia‘s Steel/Steel HR line. Fossil-owned wearables company Misfit has made some valiant efforts, as well, including the Phase though the model was a bit of a mixed bag. Read More

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Sellers can now invoice buyers through PayPal‘s new chat extension for Messenger

PayPal and Facebook are expanding their integrations today with the launch of an extension for Messenger that allows PayPal sellers to invoice buyers directly through private messaging. The feature is ideal for use with Facebook‘s numerous Buy and Sell groups as well as Facebook Marketplace, in addition to being an easy way to send PayPal invoices in general. The launch comes on the heels Read More

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You can virtually inhabit Toyota‘s new humanoid robot

Toyota has a new, third-generation humanoid robot bears the charming name T-HR3 and is designed to be a helpful and safe assistant to humans. It also features a so-called master maneuvering systems, which is essentially a VR-powered remote operating platform that a human can use to have the T-HR3 mirror its movements. Yes, kind of like a jaeger from kaiju movie Read More

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Investors, find Disrupt Berlin Startup Alley companies here

Listen up, investors at Disrupt Berlin 2017. This one‘s for you. We‘re thrilled to announce that you can now peruse the companies that will be on display in the Startup Alley at Disrupt Berlin 2017 on our handy Startup Alley Hub. The hub is separated into days and categories, making it simpleto keep track of the companies you‘re interested in talking to. Read More

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Baidu and electric vehicle startup NIO lead 195M investment in Chinese limo booking app

Chinese internet giant Baidu is continuing its push into the automotive space after it led a RMB 1.3 billion (195 million) Series B investment inShouqi Limousine Chauffeur, an offshoot of the state-ownedShouqi Group which was Beijing‘s first licensed ride-hailing app. NIO Capital, the investment arm of billion-dollar electric car startup NIO, and Silk Road Huachuang joined Read More

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HPE adds recommendations to AI tech from Nimble acquisition

When HPE acquired Nimble Storage in March for a cool billion dollars, it knew it was getting some nifty flash storage technology. But it also got Nimble‘s InfoSight artificial intelligence capabilities that not only monitored the underlying storage arrays, but all of the adjacent datacenter technology. Today, the company announced it has enhanced that technology to provide Read More

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Home decorating gets a new AR toolkit thanks to Intellectual Ventures‘ new incubator

Taking another step toward shedding its reputation as the tech industry‘s most notorious patent troll, Intellectual Ventures is launching the first company from its incubator. The company‘s ISF Incubator has licensed technology to LexSet to roll out a suite of augmented reality tools for interior design and furniture assembly. Read More

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HopSkipDrive raises another 7.4 million for its Uber for kids business

Uber and Lyft have made it easier to get around town, but the service isn‘t designed for young people. Unaccompanied passengers under the age of 18 are forbidden from ordering cars. So how are children supposed to go from one activity to the next when theirparents are busy? Well, there‘s carpools or nannies, but a ridesharing startup called HopSkipDrive is combining these concepts Read More

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Uber fined 8.9M in Colorado for driver screening failures

Uber has been slapped with an 8.9 million fine in Colorado after state criminal investigators found it had allowed 57 individuals with past criminal or motor vehicle offenses to drive and pick up passengers on its platform over the past year and a half. Read More

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Disrupt Berlin ticket prices increase in 48 hours

Disrupt Berlin, Europe‘s best technology conference and startup competition, kicks off in less than two weeks. And because we want every procrastinator and every last-minute decision-maker to get the best possible price, we extended our deadline for early-bird ticket pricing to the breaking point. Alas, that opportunity ends in just 48 hours. Read More

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Tether, a startup that works with bitcoin exchanges, claims a hacker stole 31M

Bitcoin cruised past 8,000 for the first time this week, but it hasn‘t been smooth sailing for all afterTether a company that helps exchanges convert fiat currency to token said today that a hacker snatched 31 million of its coins. Tether operatesUSDT, acryptocurrency asset that it backs via the U.S. dollar. The company said that30,950,010-worth of USDT was Read More

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Japanese pawn shop app Cash acquired for 62.2M by DMM

DMM, one of Japan‘s largest Internet and e-commerce conglomerates, announced today that it will pay 7 billion yen (about 62.2 million) for pawn shop app Cash. Launched this summer, Cash‘s software automatically appraises an item‘s value based on user photos and offers a cash advance using it as collateral. Read More

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