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Google Street View now lets you explore the International Space Station

Google Street View now lets you explore the International Space Station (ISS). This marks Street View‘s first foray into space and gives those of us who will likely never get to visit the ISS a chance to explore all of its 15 modules. The new imagerylets you walk (drift?) through the different modules and given the complexity of the ISS, Google thankfully provides explanations for some Read More

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Amid a tough field, Vyking.io wins the TechCrunch London Pitch-Off

Well the TechCrunch London Meetup + Pitch-Off in London is over for another year, and this one was arguably the best vintage ever in terms of quality of startups and the sheer enthusiasm from the attendees! Hundreds of startups entered the competition, creating a very competitive field. We packed out the Old Truman Brewery in East London with over 500 people, to hear the pitches of the Read More

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Citymapper will offer actual paid bus service in London this year

Citymapper has long been a top option for navigating in major urban centers thanks to its app, but now it‘s getting even closer to the heart of the problem - by operating its own buses, starting with its first commercial bus route in London. The inaugural route is a nighttime one, running between 9 PM and 5 AM on weekend nights in East London, which Citymapper identified as Read More

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GoDaddy sells PlusServer for 456M, kills off its AWS-style cloud services

As web hosting and domain registration business GoDaddy prepares to report its quarterly results in a couple of weeks, the company is making some moves to reorganise its business. Earlier this week it confirmed that it would sell its European PlusServer business to London-based private equity firm BC Partners for 456 million (397 million). And separately, we have learned that GoDaddy is Read More

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Petcube Bites treat camera lets you monitor and reward your pet from afar

Petcube‘s existing pet camera iss basically an advanced video camera and voice intercom, but the new Petcube Bites is also a treat flinging machine that gives you more ways to interact with your pet while you‘re not at home. The Petcube Bites has a reservoir that can hold up to two pounds of treats for either dogs or cats - and it can fling those treats at different ranges Read More

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Luma launches a home tech support service for 5 a month

The Luma was a compelling product when it was announced back in late-2015 we even went so far as declaring the WiFi-extending home mesh system, fun. That descriptor doesn‘t really apply the startup‘s new offering, and indeed, Luma Guardian feels a bit out of left field for the networking hardware-maker. The system is a lot of things rolled into one: a VPN Read More

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US lifts laptop ban for all remaining airlines and airports

The U.S. has now lifted entirely a controversialban on laptops in hand luggage for passengers flying to the country from the Middle East or via certain Middle Eastern airlines, with the Department of Homeland Security professing itself satisfied with enhanced security measures in place. Read More

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Chinese brands have invaded Indonesia‘s fast-growing smartphone market

If you‘re looking for a market with smartphone sales growth potential then India usually comes to mind, but the market is moving forward with much promise in Indonesia, the world‘s sixth largest country. A new report from IDC shows that smartphones sales in the country accelerated by 13 percent year-on-year during the first quarter of 2017. A total of 7.3 million devices shipped Read More

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Microsoft unveils a Cortana-powered thermostat

The latest addition to the smart thermostat space is a product that includes Microsoft‘s Cortana virtual assistant. We‘re all familiar with the rise of the internet-enabled thermostats, thanks to the development of companies like Nest, and now Microsoft is entering the space after it partnered withJohnson Controls to develop a product called GLAS. The rather stunning looking Read More

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Mighty Networks founder Gina Bianchini on building a business in silicon valley

In episode two of Founder‘s Corner, Gina Bianchini, the founder and CEO of Mighty Networks, joins host and Omidyar Network partner Shripriya Mahesh to discuss her mission of empowering people to connect around their passions and pulls back the curtain on how she runs the business and manages her days as CEO. [Embed Soundcloud:] Gina has a storied history building social networks and Read More

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Crunch Report | NBC Launches News Broadcast for Snapchat

NBC launches news broadcast for Snapchat, Tim Draper invests in an Iron Man suit and SoftBank invests massively in three startups. All this on Crunch Report! Read More

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Google opens Expeditions VR education app to the public

Google has long sold its Cardboard VR format as a super accessible platform for getting people into virtual reality. One of their major initiatives for it has been in education markets through its Google Expeditions program, which allows students to get in the center of 360 photos and 3D scenes with historical importance. The program has enabled trips to the TaJ Mahal, Colosseum and behind Read More

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LinkedIn Lite launches as an Android app in India, coming to 60+ countries soon

LinkedIn, the social network for the working world with over 500 million members that is now owned by Microsoft, is today taking its next step in its bid to court more users in emerging markets. The company has released an Android app for LinkedIn Lite, a pared-down version of its original LinkedIn mobile app that is developed for users in markets where data networks are slower and relatively Read More

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A huge new survey shows that teens are bullied most on Instagram and Facebook

According to British anti-bullying organization Ditch The Label‘s new annual survey, Instagram is the network of choice for cyberbullies in 2017 with Facebook close behind. This year‘s survey collected results from 10,020 people between the ages of 12 and 20, making for a respectably robust data set that sheds some light into the damaging phenomenon endemic to internet communities. Read More

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Here‘s what robotics investors say they‘re looking for in startup pitches

Robotics investing has taken off in recent years. Though it still represents a small fraction of overall VC spending, related deals are increasing in both frequency and size, with roughly 520 million invested across 40 deals in the first quarter alone, compared with roughly the same amount invested in 130 companies across all of 2014. This week, we sat down with top robotics investors Josh Read More

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Qualcomm has some trouble on its hands

Qualcomm‘s finances are taking heavy hits over its licensing dispute with Apple and analysts are expressing concern. Today, the company reported its Q3 earnings and front-and-center were the company‘s various legal disputes which are causing its profits and revenues to dive. The earnings report showcased a whopping 40 percent decline in year-over-year profits with Q3 net income Read More

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Under Tillerson, the State Department may put cyber diplomacy on the chopping block

According to newreports by Politico and Bloomberg, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to merge or eliminate its cybersecurity office, long tasked with representing U.S. cyber interests abroad. The Office of the Coordination for Cyber Issues, created in 2011 by former President Obama, was established as a State Department liaison on a full spectrum of cyber-related issues Read More

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Tech‘s 5 biggest players now worth 3 trillion

Tech‘s most valuable players today crossed the 3 trillion aggregate market cap mark according to Google Finance data. It‘s a feat that marks a new threshold for tech amidst the current boom. The current market rally is, in some ways, a technology rally. Let‘s examine the number, how we got here and why it matters. Read More

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Facebook tries to prove Instant Articles beat mobile web

One-third of all link clicks on Facebook already go to its self-hosted Instant Articles. Facebook claims they drive more referral traffic click for click because people don‘t abaondon them mid-click as they do with slow-loading mobile websites. Now Facebook is teaming up with Nielsen to prove that individual publishers benefit when they post with the Instant Articles format. Today Read More

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The virtual used car dealership Shift raises 38 million

Shift,the online used car reseller that takes the crappy dealership out of the sales experience, has raised 38 million in its latest round of funding. The company, which is wildly popular among millennials that still buy cars, managed to raise the money from investors led byBMW i Ventures, which has been on an investment tear recently. Read More

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Facebook ‘Groups for Pages‘ unlocks fan clubs

With Facebook‘s newest feature, a musician could run an on-site fan club, a brand could organize its ambassadors, and a newspaper could discuss articles with just its top readers. Today Facebook globally launched Groups For Pages, allowing the 70 million Pages on Facebook to create their own distinct communities and feeds. Facebook first quietly tested the feature in March, but today Read More

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The final 75 tickets are now available for the TechCrunch Summer Party at August Capital

The TechCrunch Summer Party is a thing of tradition and we hope you can make it out this year. As in years past we‘ll gather on the spacious grounds of August Capital in Menlo Park and enjoy an evening of cocktails and the spirit of entrepreneurship. The deck around August Capital‘s office is large but cannot hold all of Silicon Valley, so tickets are very limited and released on Read More

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Run your startup the Toyota way

Toyota is known for its manufacturing efficiency. We‘ve probably all heard that if a worker on the Camry line sees a problem, they have the authority to stop the line and address it. At the end of the day, teams meet to discuss what went wrong and what fixes actually fixed things. It‘s called the Toyota Production System, or TPS, and like any tech cult, it‘s got lots of lingo Read More

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Billionaires make it rain on Plenty, the indoor farming startup

SoftBank Vision Fund, the huge tech-investment vehicle helmed by Japanese billionaire Masayoshi Son, has led a 200 million investment into indoor farming startupPlenty. Joining Son are notable tech billionaires Eric Schmidt and Jeff Bezos. Plenty farms can grow anything except tree fruit and root vegetables, and produce crops at yields 530x greater than a typical field. Read More

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