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Facebook launches Groups for Pages, unlocking fan clubs and street teams

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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Elon Musk offers updates on Falcon Heavy, Dragon 2 and Mars mission

During a talk at the ISS RD conference on Wednesday, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk provided a number of updates about progress on the Falcon Heavy rocket, crewed Dragon capsule development and his vision for an eventual crewed mission to Mars with the ultimate goal of human colonization of the red planet. Spoiler alert for those looking forward to the Falcon Heavy‘s inaugural flight Read More

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The TechCrunch Podcast: Silicon Valley‘s low emotional EQ and, no, not Zuck for president

Om Malik, the venerable entrepreneur, writer and now investor, joined TechCrunch editor-in-chief Matthew Panzarino for our second episode of The TechCrunch Podcast. In 2006, Malik turned his personal tech blog GigaOm into a business to track the tech industry. In that time he watched the industry evolve rapidly with the pace of innovation. But there‘s a problem with that pace, he says, Read More

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SpaceX targets 24-hour first stage rocket re-use turnaround by 2018

In a talk at the ISS RD conference on Wednesday, Elon Musk shared some more insight into SpaceX‘s path to fast and full rocket reusability. The company hopes to achieve its 24-hour turnaround window for used Falcon 9 rockets sometime next year, he said, and there is already a technical path in place to achieving that. Some of its reuse efforts aren‘t Read More

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Facebook launches comparison tool 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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Elon Musk clarifies that AI regulation should follow observation and insight

Elon Musk made headlines over the weekend with comments calling for government controls around artificial intelligence, which he has said repeatedly he believes is an existential threat to humanity if left unchecked. Musk was at the International Space Station RD conference today, and during a fireside chat explained more about his views on the matter in response to an audience member Read More

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NerdWallet has laid off 9 percent of its workforce this year

NerdWallet, a personal finance company, laid off six people from its marketing team this week, TechCrunch learned and has since confirmed with NerdWallet.This latest round of layoffs means NerdWallet has cut nine percent of its workforce this year. Back in April, laid off over 40 people, which represented eight percent of NerdWallet‘s staff. As part of the changes in April, NerdWallet Read More

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Franklin Robotics‘ Tertill wins the pitch-off at TC Sessions: Robotics

We‘re pleased to report that a so-called Roomba for weeds, Franklin Robotics‘ Tertill, won the TC Sessions: Robotics pitch-off. Because if there‘s a task that should be relegated to a robot, it‘s weeding a garden. For winning the pitch-off,Franklin Robotics was awarded an exhibit table in Disrupt SF‘s Startup Alley. We actually tried to get away from Read More

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Hulu‘s new 20th Century Fox deal brings 3,000 more TV episodes to its streaming service

Hulu today announced a sizable content deal with 20th Century Fox Television Distribution that will allow Hulu to add nearly 3,000 more episodes of popular TV shows, including dramas and comedies, to Hulu‘s streaming service. The deal will give Hulu the streaming rights to several well-known titles, such as How I Met Your Mother, Burn Notice, Read More

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Four robot demos you missed at TC Sessions: Robotics

TC Sessions: Robotics featured robots for as far as the eye could see, and several took the stage for special demonstrations. We were honored to play host as these innovative companies and teams showed off their latest creations. The videos are below are well worth your time. The latest version of MIT‘s Cheetah robot made its stage debut at TC Sessions: Robotics. It‘s a familiar Read More

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Google‘s brave new friendless feed

It‘s like Facebook without all those annoying friends. Instead of having to look at what weird things other people are interested in, like their babies, Google shows me the weird things I‘m interested in, like Legend Of Zelda and Elon Musk. It‘s a fundamental shift in content consumption from curation based on our explicit choices to curation based on our Read More

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Leading VC Tim Draper invests in Gravity‘s ‘Iron Man‘ flight suit, on a 100 bill

You‘re a bored former finance guy who decides one day to strap on some micro-jet engines and see if you can become Iron Man. Hey it happens all the time. Or maybe not. But that‘s what British entrepreneur Richard Browning decided to do and just this year found himself demoing his flight suit‘ to venture capitalist Tim Draper in the parking lot of Boost VC. Moments Read More

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Google‘s right to be forgotten appeal heading to Europe‘s top court

Europe‘s right to be forgotten‘ ruling, which allows private citizens in the region to make requests that search engines delist incorrect, irrelevant or out of date information returned by an online search for their full name, is set to return to the region‘s top court to settle an ongoing dispute between Google and the French data protection agency, CNIL. Read More

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This famous roboticist doesn‘t think Elon Musk understands AI

Earlier this week, at the campus of MIT, TechCrunch had the chance to sit down with famed roboticist Rodney Brooks, the founding director of MIT‘s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, and the cofounder of both iRobot and Rethink Robotics. Brooks had a lot to say about AI, including his overarching concern that people including renowned AI alarmist Elon Musk Read More

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LiveStories nabs 10M to organise, analyse and visualise fragmented civic data

As big data analytics continues to be a key driver in how organisations utilise their vast quantities of information to run their businesses, a startup that has built a big data platform specifically focusing on data from the public sector, has raised a round of funding. LiveStories, a Seattle-based company that works with governments and other public entities to structure and visualise Read More

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Amazon‘s ‘Treasure Truck‘ deals program is expanding nationwide

Amazon‘s Treasure Truck, the retailer‘s deal programs that offers discounts on select items paid for online then picked up in person from an actual truck, is expanding across the U.S. First announced back in 2015 in Seattle, then rolled out the following year, Treasure Truck initially appeared to be some sort of one-off marketing experiment, but its recently granted patent and Read More

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Zego raises 1M to give gig-economy drivers a pay-as-you-go insurance platform

The gig economy, as we know, is big and just getting bigger. But companies like Uber and Deliveroo have a huge problem and it‘s called insurance. How do you insure all these workers and how to the workers cover themselves in the gig economy? Step in Zego. This London startup has just raised just over 1 million in seed funding from investors, including LocalGlobe, with FTSE 100 Read More

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Amazon Pay Places lets you pay for real-world shopping using your Amazon info, starting with TGI Friday‘s orders

Amazon is today introducing a new feature called Amazon Pay Places, that allows customers to pay for in-store and order ahead shopping experiences using their Amazon app. That is, instead of using cash, check, credit or debit while shopping out in the real world, you can just use your Amazon account information instead. The first implementation of Pay Places involves a partnership with the Read More

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Jeremy Bloom‘s Integrate raises 8 million for marketing software

You may know Jeremy Bloom from his days as an Olympian on the U.S. ski team or from when he was a professional football player. These days, he‘s busy running an enterprise software startup for marketers. With clients like Salesforce and Dell, Phoenix-based Integrate has raised 8 million in funding from Iron Gate Capital and existing investors, including Foundry Group, Comcast Ventures Read More

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AI data-monopoly risks to be probed by UK parliamentarians

The UK‘s upper house of parliament is asking for contributions to an enquiry into the socioeconomic and ethical impacts of artificial intelligence technology.Among the questions the House of Lords committee will consider are how can the data-based monopolies of some large corporations, and the winner-takes-all‘ economics associated with them, be addressed? Read More

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Amazon Pay Places lets you pay for real-world shopping using your Amazon info, starting with TGI Friday‘s to-go orders

Amazon is today introducing a new feature called Amazon Pay Places, that allows customers to pay for in-store and order ahead shopping experiences using their Amazon app. That is, instead of using cash, check, credit or debit while shopping out in the real world, you can just use your Amazon account information instead. The first implementation of Pay Places involves a partnership with the Read More

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Four robot demoes you missed at TC Sessions: Robotics

TC Sessions: Robotics featured robots for as far as the eye could see, and several took the stage for special demonstrations. We were honored to play host as these innovative companies and teams showed off their latest creations. The videos are below and are worth your time. The latest version of MIT‘s Cheetah robot made its stage debut at TC Sessions: Robotics. It‘s a familiar Read More

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Apple launches machine learning research site

Apple just launched a blog focused on machine learning research papers and sharing the company‘s findings. The Apple Machine Learning Journal is a bit empty right now as the company only shared one post about turning synthetic images into realistic ones in order to train neural networks. This move is interesting as Apple doesn‘t usually talk about their research projects. The Read More

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NBC News launches ‘Stay Tuned,‘ a twice-daily Snapchat news broadcast

NBC News is bringing news broadcasts to Snapchat, the company announced today, with the launch of a twice-daily headline news show it‘s calling Stay Tuned. The show aims to connect with younger viewers who no longer get their news from traditional television, nor connect with a trusted anchor during a nightly broadcast, as the generations before them once did. Instead, the Read More

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