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Art19 gets 7.5 million in funding to build out its podcasting platform

Even in many podcasting circles, Art19 isn‘t exactly a household name. The startup has largely operated behind the scenes, without much in the way of active promotion. Even so, the companies that have enlisted its hosting and ad technologies are among some of media‘s largest. The New York Times, Vox and iHeartMedia all take advantage of its services, which are akin to something Read More

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Truss raises 7.7M for its commercial real estate tech platform

Truss, a Chicago-based commercial real estate (CRE) tech platform, today announced that it has raised a 7.7 million Series A round led by Navitas Capital, with participation from Hyde Park Angels, which also invested in Truss‘ seed round. The round also includes debt financing from The PrivateBank. This round brings Truss‘ total funding to 9 million. Commercial real estate, just Read More

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Sliver.tv raises 9.8M to make eSports spectating less passive

Twitch and YouTube Gaming have reigned supreme in the eSports viewing space, but the services have struggled to find ways to make the action of watching other people play video games into a more interactive experience. Sliver.tv is bringing 360-degree views to traditional 2D eSports PC content via their patented technologies which gives viewers courtside seats to the match, allowing them to Read More

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Danny Glover (yes, *that* Danny Glover) is now advising Airbnb

Actor Danny Glover, known for his roles in Lethal Weapon,‘ and, my personal favorite, Angels in the Outfield,‘ is working with Airbnb in an advisory role to help engage communities of color. I know Airbnb has had its own share of challenges in this arenabut working with them, I‘ve seen first-hand how committed they are to getting it right,” Read More

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BAE Systems‘ new radiation-hardened computer is ready to serve in space

Aerospace and defense technology company BAE Systems is debuting its next-generation hardened computer designed for space-based use. The new RAD5545 single-board computer beats its predecessor in size, speed and efficiency, BAE says, with exponential improvements in all categories - all in a package that‘s hardware hardened against ambient radiation, which means it Read More

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Forward Networks nets 16M to help prevent network outages

As IP networks continue to grow and become ever more complex, and people become ever more dependent on them staying up all the time, a startup that is building software tools to help administrators keep networks running has landed a round of funding. Forward Networks a startup that only emerged from stealth last November and has built a platform aimed at service providers and Read More

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Nintendo‘s SNES Classic Mini will let you rewind games to tackle tricky spots

The SNES Mini is already causing heaps of FOMO anxiety thanks to pre-orders that are selling out near-instantly, but if any of us DO end up getting our hands on one, the console will have a neat trick up its sleeve for players: In-game rewind. This would allow players to set a suspend point (up to four can bet set at one time per game), and then rewind their gameplay to try to improve their Read More

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Apple said to be prepping self-driving employee shuttle service

Apple‘s first real-world use of some of the autonomous driving technology it‘s working on could be a self-driving shuttle, according to a new report from The New York Times. The Times‘ detailed progress (and some missteps) in Apple‘s self-driving car ambitions, and one of those which still seems on track is a plan to create an autonomous shuttle to ferry employees from Read More

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Live from Samsung‘s Galaxy Note 8 press conference

Welcome to the event many never thought would happen. After the Galaxy Note 7 turned from flagship phone to airline PA warning and tech blogger punchline, many wondered if there would be a follow up. But here we are at Samsung Unpacked in New York, and every teaser and leak points to the return of the company‘s phabled phablet. As far as what the expect from the Galaxy Note 8, Read More

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Elon Musk shares first photo of SpaceX‘s new spacesuit

We now have our first look at the spacesuit SpaceX plans to use for its first crewed missions, courtesy of Elon Musk. The SpaceX CEO shared the image via Instagram, revealing that the picture was not a mockup, but an actual shot of a fully functional suit, which could withstand double the pressure of the vacuum of space. Musk noted that getting the right balance of form and function was Read More

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Watch Samsung‘s Galaxy Note 8 Unpacked event live right here

Today is Samsung day. The company is about to unveil its new big phone the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. While there has been leaks of the new device, the company could surprise everyone with new software features and new components. The event will start at 11 AM in New York, 8 AM on the West Coast, 4 PM in London, 5 PM in Paris and midnight in Seoul. It is going to be live-streamed by Read More

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This startup is bringing Alipay-style QR code payments to Indonesia

The growth of digital payments and banking in China, where it has become mainstream and spawned numerous on-demand industries,is inspiring companies to pursue similar opportunities across. Indonesia, the world‘s fourth largest population andSoutheast Asia‘s largest economy is a primary focus for many. Beyond bigger players such as Alibaba, which has a joint fintech venture Read More

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Here is Uber‘s first pitch deck

On the ninth anniversary of the founding of Uber, its co-founderGarrett Camp shared the company‘s initial pitch deck via a personal Medium post. The deck, and the short post, comes off quite sentimental because of how much has happened to the company since it was created. But company growth and drama aside, there‘s a lot to be learned from Uber‘s 25 slide deck. Enjoy the Read More

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Ticket applications now open for Startup Battlefield Africa

Calling all startup fans in Sub-Saharan Africa: TechCrunch is heading your way. We will be in Nairobi on October 11 to hostStartup Battlefield in partnership with Facebook! Keep reading to see what we‘ve been up to. Since we last posted, the TechCrunch team has been hard at work arranging what is going to be a fantastic event. We reviewed over 700 applications and we are down to Read More

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Walmart and Google partner on voice-based shopping

Walmart and Google are today announcing a new partnership that will enable voice shopping through Google Assistant, Google‘s virtual assistant that lives on devices like its smart speaker, Google Home. Specifically, consumers will now be able to take advantage of Walmart‘s Easy Reorder feature through an integration with Google‘s shopping service, Google Express. Read More

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This European country may hold an ICO and issue its own cryptocurrency

We‘ve officially hit peak ICO. Estonia, a small country in Northern Europe, just floated the idea of potentially raising money by issuing a token called estcoins. So why Estonia? The countryis pretty forward thinking when it comes to technology - they are first nation to offer an e-Residency program. The program is almost like a digital citizenship, and lets Read More

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New wearable tracker can transmit vital signs from a soft, tiny package

Body sensors have long been bulky, hard to wear, and obtrusive. Now they can be as thin as a Band-Aid and about as big as a coin. The new sensors, created by Kyung-In Jang, professor of robotics engineering at South Korea‘s Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology, and John A. Rogers, Northwestern University, consists of a silicone case that contains 50 components Read More

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Billionaire Netscape founder Jim Clark is back with a new, self-funded startup

Jim Clark just can‘t quit starting companies. The billionaire cofounder of Silicon Graphics, Netscape Communications Corporation, myCFO, Healtheon, and Shutterfly, moved to Florida roughly 16 years ago to dive into the Miami real estate market. Now Clark, a native Texan, who‘d dropped out of high school, is back with a new tech startup: CommandScape, a 24-person, home-automation Read More

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All the companies from Y Combinator‘s Summer 2017 Demo Day (Day 2)

We once again braved the traffic of the 101 to bring you all the companies presenting on the second of Y Combinator‘s day of demos, for what is the 25th batch of startups that have gone through the program. Read More

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Crunch Report | First Day YC S17 Wraps Up

LinkedIn now allows anyone to upload video to the platform, Databricks raises 140 million and Druva raises 80 million, the first day of Y Combinator‘s Summer 2017 Demo Days wraps up and Verizon throttles down to 480p for its unlimited plan. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

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Pepper the robot can perform funerary rites, but it shouldn‘t

It‘s not really clear just what humanoid robots are actually for. I‘ve seen them do all kinds of things, but almost none of them well; at our recent Robotics event in Boston, several leading experts in the field questioned their necessity. But we grew up with Data and Robby and Cylons, and so now we have Pepper. Performing funeral rites for cash-strapped people in Japan. Read More

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DOJ backs down from request for IP addresses that visited Trump protest website

The Department of Justice has dropped its request for the IP addressesof visitors to an anti-Trump inauguration protest website. The news is a win for DreamHost, which went public with the situation last week, riling privacy advocates who decried the DOJ request for IP addresses that had visited disruptj20.org as dangerously broad. In its reply to the court, the Justice Department modified Read More

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Microsoft Brainwave aims to accelerate deep learning with FPGAs

This afternoon Microsoft announced Brainwave, an FPGA-based system for ultra-low latency deep learning in the cloud. Early benchmarking indicates that when using Intel Stratix 10 FPGAs, Brainwave can sustain 39.5 Teraflops on a large gated recurrent unit without any batching. Microsoft has been pouring resources into FPGAs for a while now, deploying large clusters of thefield-programmable Read More

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MIT‘s Robogami lets you build custom 3D-printable robots from standard, folding parts

Flat-pack furniture made Ikea a global powerhouse, and the same principles may help create a new generation of robots. Interactive Robogami is a project from MIT that lets users create ambulatory robots from a library of pieces that fold and fit together like origami. Read More

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