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Dot lets you invest in property without the hassle of a traditional mortgage

Dot, a new U.K. startup de-cloaking today, aims to make it easy to invest in property without the hassle of taking out a traditional buy to let‘ mortgage. The company is founded by Gray Stern, who previously co-founded London-based Buy to Let mortgage lender Landbay, and so knows at least a thing or two about []

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Facebook, Google face first GDPR complaints over ‘forced consent‘

After two years coming down the pipe at tech giants, Europe‘s new privacy framework, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), is now being applied and long time Facebook privacy critic, Max Schrems, has wasted no time in filing four complaintsrelating to (certain) companies‘ take it or leave it‘ stance when it comes to consent. []

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Take a look at your Twitter timeline 10 years ago

Here‘s a fun thing for a Friday: go back and see what your Twitter timeline looked like 10 years ago. Twitter has pretty powerful search settings, but Andy Baio of Kickstarter fame and more did the heavy-lifting for us all by sharing a link that let‘s you look at your timeline exactly a decade []

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Lime, Bird and Spin have to temporarily remove scooters from SF

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has officially made available its permit application for electric scooters to operate in the city as part of a one-year pilot program. Part of that means companies like Bird, Lime and Spin will need to at least temporarily remove their scooters from city sidewalks while their applications are being []

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Jury finds Samsung owes Apple 539M in patent case stretching back to 2011

A patent case that began back in 2011 has reached a conclusion, with Samsung ordered to pay about 539 million to Apple over infringements of the latter‘s patents in devices that are now long gone. The case has dragged on for years as both sides argued about the finer points of how much was owed per device, what could be deducted, and so on. It‘s been eye-wateringly boring, but at least it‘s over now. Maybe.

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Snapchat launches less creepy Send and Request Location features

Snapchat is taking another shot at location after its always-on coordinate-broadcasting Snap Map proved a bit invasive for some users. Snapchat now lets you send your on-going real-time location to a friend, or request theirs, which show up on the Snap Map and within your message thread. Essentially, this is location sharing built for the []

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Andy Rubin‘s Essential is reportedly up for sale and has cancelled work on its next smartphone

Essential, the smartphone company helmed by Android co-creator Andy Rubin is trying to sell itself and has cancelled development of its next phone, Bloomberg reports. The report states the Essential has hired Credit Suisse Group AG to advise them on potentially selling itself. The company raised 330 million from investors including Rubin‘s own Playground Global, []

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OpenStack in transition

OpenStack is one of the most important and complex open-source projects you‘ve never heard of.It‘s a set of tools that allows large enterprises ranging from Comcast and PayPal to stock exchanges and telecom providers to run their own AWS-like cloud services inside their data centers. Only a few years ago, there was a lot of []

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This family‘s Echo sent a private conversation to a random contact

A Portland family tells KIRO news that their Echo recorded and then sent a private conversation to someone on its list of contacts without telling them. Amazon called it an "extremely rare occurrence."

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GOAT launches electric scooters in Austin

GOAT, a dockless electric scooter company, has launched in Austin, after receiving official permits from the city‘s transportation department for its pilot program. Unlike what‘s happened in San Francisco with startups Bird, Lime and Spin, GOAT says it wants to work in tandem with city officials in Austin. GOAT is currently bootstrapped, but says it []

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Facebook and Instagram launch US political ad labeling and archive

Facebook today revealed that it‘s chosen not to shut down all political ads because that could unfairly favor incumbents and candidates without resources to buy pricey TV ads. Instead, it‘s now launching its previously announced paid for by labels on political and issue ads on Facebook and Instagram in the U.S. and its publicly searchable []

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Netflix magic market number larger than big cable company‘s magic market number

Netflix‘s market cap is now larger than Comcast, which is pretty much just a symbolic thing given that the companies are valued very differently but is like one of those moments where Apple was larger than Exxon and may be some kind of watershed moment for technology. Or not. A couple notes on this largely []

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The AI in your non-autonomous car

Sorry. Your next car probably won‘t be autonomous. But, it will still have artificial intelligence.

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Twitter unveils new political ad guidelines set to go into effect this summer

Following the unrelenting wave of controversy around Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, Twitter announced new guidelines today for political advertisements on the social networking site. The policy, which will go into effect this summer ahead of midterm elections, will look towards preventing foreign election interference by requiring organizations to self-identify and certify that []

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Hitlist‘s new premium service puts a travel agent in your pocket

Hitlist, a several-years old app for finding cheap flights has begun rolling out a subscription tier that will turn it into something more akin to your own mobile travel agent. While the core app experience which monitor airlines for flight deals will continue to be free, the new premium upgrade will unlock a handful of []

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Navigating the risks of artificial intelligence and machine learning in low-income countries

Aubra Anthony Contributor Aubra Anthony is the strategy and research lead for the Center for Digital Development within the US Agency for International Development. On a recent work trip, I found myself in a swanky-but-still-hip office of a private tech firm. I was drinking a freshly frothed cappuccino, eyeing a mini-fridge stocked with local beer, []

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Family claims their Echo sent a private conversation to a random contact

A Portland family tells KIRO news that their Echo recorded and then sent a private conversation to someone on its list of contacts without telling them. Amazon called it an "extremely rare occurrence."

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Reddit adds a desktop night mode as it continues rolling out major redesign

For being one of the most visited websites on the web, Reddits product has rocked a notoriously basic design for much of its existence. The site is in the process of slowly rolling out a major desktop redesign to users, and today the company announced that part of this upgrade will be native support for []

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And the winner of Startup Battlefield Europe at VivaTech is Wingly

At the very beginning, there were 15 startups. After a morning of incredibly fierce competition, we now have a winner. Startups participating in the Startup Battlefield have all been hand-picked to participate in our highly competitive startup competition. They all presented in front of multiple groups of VCs and tech leaders serving as judges for []

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Some low-cost Android phones shipped with malware built in

Avast has found that many low-cost, non-Google-certifed Android phones shipped with a strain of malware built in that could send users to download apps they didn‘t intend to access. The malware, called called Cosiloon, overlays advertisements over the operating system in order to promote apps or even trick users into downloading apps. Devices effected shipped []

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Uber in fatal crash detected pedestrian but had emergency braking disabled

The initial report by the National Transportation Safety Board on the fatal self-driving Uber crash in March confirms that the car detected the pedestrian as early as 6 seconds before the crash, but did not slow or stop because its emergency braking systems were deliberately disabled.

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Facebook and Instagram launch U.S. political ad labeling and archive

Facebook today revealed that it‘s chosen not to shut down all political ads because that could unfairly favor incumbents and candidates without resources to buy pricey TV ads. Instead, it‘s now launching its previously announced paid for by labels on political and issue ads on Facebook and Instagram in the US, and its publicaly searchable []

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Google opens its G Suite for Education to home-school co-ops

Google today announced that it is changing the eligibility guidelines of its free G Suite for Education service to include home-school co-ops. Parents and teachers who run home-schoolco-ops will be able to sign up for it in the coming weeks. G Suite for Educations includes all of Google‘s usual online productivity toolsand then layers a []

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Dog-sitting startup Rover just raised 155M

Rover, a dog-walking and dog-boarding service that merged with DogVacay around this time last year, is now the second of such startups this year to raise a massive new round of funding with its announcement of a 155 million financing round. While competitor Wag has become a juggernaut, there seems room for both room for []

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