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Fat Lama is a platform to lend and borrow anything

Part of YC‘s Summer ‘17 class, Fat Lama wants to be a rental marketplace for anything. Launched late last year in London, the startup has gained early traction among professionals needing short-term rentals of creative gear - like drones, cameras or DJ equipment. But the platform is also filled with weirder goods - like a tuxedo, camper van or popcorn machine. Items Read More

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Watch the new trailer for The Defenders before it hits Netflix on Friday

If you‘re a fan of Marvel‘s Netflix television universe, you‘ve got to be excited about The Defenders,‘ the mini-series arriving on the streaming subscription platform on Friday, August 18. In case you‘re not hyped enough, however, Netflix has released one final trailer to whet your appetite. This trailer is mostly about Sigourney Weaver lecturing heroes Read More

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Nintendo‘s Splatoon 2 Switch bundle will be a Walmart exclusive

Want those snazzy neon green and pink Switch controllers you‘ve been coveting? In the U.S. and Canada, you‘ll have to head to Walmart to pick up the Splatoon 2 Switch console bundle - at least initially. The bundle, announced today by Nintendo, will include Neon Pink and Neon Green right and left Switch controllers, as well as Splatoon 2, the console and the dock, along with Read More

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Can the security community grow up?

As the times change, the security community needs to adapt. We live in an imperfect world, as Alex Stamos, Chief Information Security Officer of Facebook pointed out in his recent BlackHat 2017 keynote address. Instead of trying to punish each other, hackers and innovators need to work closely to ensure a higher order. Other security thought leaders have echoed similar sentiments. Amit Read More

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Teen bitcoin millionaire Erik Finman is launching Taylor Swift‘s ‘1989‘ into space

Erik Finman made headlines earlier this summer for becoming a bitcoin millionaire at the tender age of 18. He now tells TechCrunch he‘s working on a project with NASA to launch a mini satellite into space with the recordings of regular folks, tech leaders and top artists including pop idol Taylor Swift. The launch is in celebration ofthe 40th anniversary of Carl Read More

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Ripcord‘s 40 million Series B will pay for more file digitizing robots and human jobs

Bay Area startup Ripcord just scored a 40 million Series B, following its successful launch earlier this year. By all accounts, the company has apparently hit the ground running with its decidedly unsexy goal of using robots to digitize paper records for large corporations and organizations. According to CEO Alex Fielding, Ripcord already has a number of Fortune 100 companies on board, Read More

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Skype‘s much-debated redesign hits the desktop

In June, Microsoft introduced a completely revamped version of its Skype app, designed with a heavier focus on media-sharing, and other social expression tools, like emoji, reactions, and even a Snapchat-like stories feature. Now that new experience is rolling out to desktop users, but in a more limited fashion, Microsoft announced this morning. The new desktop app introduces an updated Read More

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Amazon opens up access to developer tools for adding Alexa to commercial products

Amazon wants to make its virtual assistant Alexa available on more devices, instead of just its own hardware. To that end, the company today is broadly opening up access to developer tools that will allow commercial device makers to build products powered by Alexa. With the launch of the Alexa Voice Service Device SDK, as the toolset is called, companies can add a fully functional version of Read More

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Essential Phone now available to order, ships soon to pre-sale customers

The Essential Phone has arrived, a bit later than originally announced. The first smartphone from the new company founded by Android creator Andy Rubin is now available to order, via Essential‘s own site, Best Buy, and Sprint. The phone is still listed as a pre-order in all three spots, with shipping information to be conveyed later, but this is the closest people have been able to get Read More

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Applications for betaworks‘ newest accelerator, Visioncamp, open September 6

On the heels of formally announcing betaworks ventures, the startup shop is today introducing its third camp‘. betaworks Visioncamp is the latest accelerator-style program out of betaworks, and will focus on camera-first‘ applications and services, including augmented reality and computer vision. The program will include mentorship from the leadership at betaworks Read More

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Nielsen announces new division to measure esports sponsorships

Another sign that e-sports are turning into a big business: Nielsen is launching a new division focused providing research and consulting to the industry. The measurement firm already has a unit focused on gaming in fact, Nicole Pike, Nielsen‘s vice president of gaming, said Nielsen Esports was created in response to growing interest from the firm‘s gaming clients. One of Read More

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Applications for betaworks newest accelerator, Visioncamp, open September 6

On the heels of formally announcing betaworks ventures, the startup shop is today introducing its third camp‘. betaworks Visioncamp is the latest accelerator-style program out of betaworks, and will focus on camera-first‘ applications and services, including augmented reality and computer vision. The program will include mentorship from the leadership at betaworks Read More

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CoreOS‘s Tectonic container platform gets full support for Microsoft Azure

CoreOS today announced the general availability of Microsoft Azure support for its Kubernetes-based Tectonic container management platform. It previously only fully supported container deployments on bare metal servers and AWS. Beta support for Azure launched in Marchand with this new release, Tectonic now offers hybrid support for multi-cloud deployments across its three supported Read More

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Alibaba leads 1.1B investment in Indonesia-based e-commerce firm Tokopedia

Alibaba has continued its push into Southeast Asia after it led a 1.1 billion investment in Tokopedia, an e-commerce firm based in Indonesia. A valuation for the deal was not announced, but the companies did say that Alibaba has become a minority shareholder. Tokopedia, which was founded in 2009, operates a marketplace that allows small retailers and large brands to sell to consumers in Read More

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Codacy, a platform that helps developers check the quality of their code, raises 5.1M

Codacy, a startup based in Lisbon, Portugal that offers what it calls an automated code review platform, has raised 5.1 million in Series A funding. EQT Ventures led the round, with participation from existing investors Faber, Caixa Capital, Join Capital, and Seedcamp. Read More

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Alibaba‘s profit doubles to 2.1B after another huge quarter of business

Alibaba had another blockbuster quarter of business as its profits almost doubled. The Chinese e-commerce giant reported net profit of4.7 billion RMB (2.1 billion) for its recent quarter that finished June 30 that‘s up 94 percent year-on-year. Total revenue grew 56 percent to reach50.2 billion CNY (7.4 billion), easily exceeding estimates, with the firm reporting 466 Read More

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Nielsen announces new division to measure e-sports sponsorships

Another sign that e-sports are turning into a big business: Nielsen is launching a new division focused providing research and consulting to the industry. The measurement firm already has a unit focused on gaming in fact, Nicole Pike, Nielsen‘s vice president of gaming, said Nielsen Esports was created in response to growing interest from the firm‘s gaming clients. One of Read More

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Android newbie HMD‘s Nokia 8 flagship lets you livestream ‘frontbacks‘

Rebooting the venerable Nokia smartphone brand has not been a rush job for HMD Global, the Foxconn-backed company set up for the purpose of licensing the Nokia name to try to revive its fortunes on smartphones. But after starting with basic and mid-tier smartphones, it‘s finally outted a flagship Android handset. Read More

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DigitalOcean and Cloudflare ditch neo-Nazi client, The Daily Stormer

Following the violent far right demonstrations in Charlottesville at the weekend, another two web services companies have terminated their business relationships with the Nazi propaganda website, The Daily Stormer. Read More

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Google is testing a data-friendly version of its Search app

Google might soon release a data-friendly version of its search app for mobile. That‘s because the company is currently piloting such an app in Indonesia, as the eagle-eyed team at Android Police first spotted. Search Lite which TechCrunch understands is not the name of the app, but it is certainly an accurate description of it is essentially a modified Read More

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Digi.me and Personal merge to put you in control of the nascent ‘personal data ecosystem‘

Digi.me and Personal, two companies that broadly play in the personal data space by offering apps to securely store and share various data about yourself, are announcing a merger. Terms of deal remain undisclosed. Read More

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Alibaba, Tencent, Didi and other tech firms pour 12B into mobile operator China Unicom

China is about to take net neutrality to the next level after a group of influential tech companies that includes Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent, Didi Chuxing and JD.com agreed to invest nearly 12 billion into state-run mobile operator China Unicom. China Unicom is the country‘s second largest operator with 269 million mobile customers, which makes it one of the largest in the world. The Read More

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Nielsen announces new division unit to measure e-sports sponsorships

Another sign that e-sports are turning into a big business: Nielsen is launching a new division focused providing research and consulting to the industry. The measurement firm already has a unit focused on gaming in fact, Nicole Pike, Nielsen‘s vice president of gaming, said Nielsen Esports was created in response to growing interest from the firm‘s gaming clients. One of Read More

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Uber‘s new head of Asia is a former Goldman exec who once climbed Mount Everest

Regular run-ins with government regulators and battles with well-funded local rivals have made Asia challenging terrain for Uber. The challenge is such that it‘s fitting that the U.S. ride-sharing giant has hired a man who once scaled the summit of Mount Everest to lead its business in the region. Brooks Entwistle, a former Chairman of Goldman Sachs Southeast Asia, was announced today Read More

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