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YouTeam is a marketplace for offshore developer talent

While software is said to be eating the world, software developers and other technical talent remains in short supply. Not only is this seeing major tech companies compete hard to hire the best engineers, but it has also meant a rise in the use of remote working freelancers or turning to offshore agencies. The problem []

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IBM‘s Verifier inspects (and verifies) diamonds, pills and materials at the micron level

It‘s not enough in this day and age that we have to deal with fake news, we also have to deal with fake prescription drugs, fake luxury goods, and fake Renaissance-era paintings. Sometimes all at once! IBM‘s Verifier is a gadget and platform made (naturally) to instantly verify that something is what it claims to be, by inspecting it at a microscopic level.

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Startups can now apply to take part in Google‘s first Demo Day event in Asia

Google is bringing its Demo Day event to Asia for the first time this September and now the search giant has opened applications for startups wanting to take part. Google‘s Demo Day are akin to a short version of an early-stage startup program. As the name suggests its a Demo Day but without themonths-long program []

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Edge Sense is starting to come into its own with HTC‘s U12+

Edge Sense has always been a gimmick - but who can blame HTC for embracing a gimmick. The company‘s mobile division has been struggling in recent years, so why not embrace the novelty of a squeezable side input? The tech got a bit more support when Google embraced it for the Pixel 2, renaming it []

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Meet the judges and hackmasters for the TC Hackathon at VivaTech

On May 25-26, hundreds of Europe‘s best and brightest coders, hackers, tech makers and programmers will descend upon Paris to take part inTechCrunch Hackathon at VivaTechand compete for a5,000 grand prize. But who are the people who will determine who gets that prize? Without further ado the judges for the TC Hackthon: Nicolas Bacca, CTO, []

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Meet the speakers at The Europas, and get your ticket free (July 3, London)

Excited to announce that this year‘s The Europas Unconference Awards is shaping up! Our half day Unconference kicks off on 3 July, 2018 at The Brewery in the heart of London‘s Tech City‘ area, followed by our startup awards dinner and fantastic party and celebration of European startups! The event is run in partnership []

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Luminaries from across Israel‘s tech ecosystem are joining us onstage in Tel Aviv

Tickets are going fast for our inaugural Tel Aviv event and no one should miss out on the opportunity to see some the nation‘s rising stars discuss the challenges and opportunities ahead for mobility technologies. Hear from some of the architects and creators of Israel‘s latest technology marvels like Orit Nissan Messing, the co-founder and []

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FBI reportedly overestimated inaccessible encrypted phones by thousands

The FBI seems to have been caught fibbing again on the topic of encrypted phones. FBI director Christopher Wray estimated in December that it had almost 7,800 phones that investigators were unable to access from 2017 alone. The real number is likely less than a quarter of that.

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Zuckerberg didn‘t make any friends in Europe today

Speaking in front of EU lawmakers today Facebook‘s founder Mark Zuckerberg namechecked the GDPR‘s core principles of control, transparency and accountability claiming his company will deliver come Friday, when a new European Union data protection framework, GDPR, starts being applied, finally with penalties worth the enforcement. However there was little transparency or accountability on []

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Amazon facial recognition software raises privacy concerns with the ACLU

Amazon hasn‘t exactly kept Rekognition under wraps. In late 2016, the software giant talked up its facial detection software in a relatively benign AWS post announcing that the tech was already being implemented by The Washington County Sheriff‘s Office in Oregon for suspect identification. The ACLU of Northern California is shining more light on the []

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The birth of the Universal Digital Profile

It is a well-known fact that Europeans are generally more concerned about privacy than some other countries.

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Watchdogs ask Googlers to stop it favoring its own search results

A new coalition of activist groups led by Yelp and TripAdvisor are renewing the fight to get Google to give a fair opportunity to all sites instead of putting its Knowledge Cards atop the results for subjective search queries. The alliance that includes Fight For The Future and Consumer Watchdog.org has assembled tens of thousands []

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Alexa gets smarter about calendar appointments

As digital assistants improve, we‘re learning new things to expect from them, but the tasks that a real life assistant may have handled before can still a bit of a challenge to home assistants. Amazon‘s Alexa voice assistant is gaining functionality to help it get smarter about working with your calendar. The new abilities will []

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Zuckerberg avoided tough questions thanks to short EU testimony format

Mark Zuckerberg got to cherry-pick the questions he wanted to answer from EU Parliament after it spent an hour taking turns rattling off queires before leaving just a half-hour for his responses. Zuckerberg immediately trotted out his dorm room story of not expecting Facebook‘s current duty to safety and democracy, and repeated his pledge to []

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Baidu spins out its global ad business to sharpen its focus on artificial intelligence

Baidu, the Chinese search giant, is spinning out its business unit responsible for utility apps and its mobile ad business to sharpen its focus on artificial intelligence. As part of the spin-out, Baidu is selling a large chunk of its equity in the Global DU‘ business to as-yet-undisclosed investors. The plan is to sell a []

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The Kata Containers project launches version 1.0 of its lightweight VMs for containers

The Kata Containers project, the first non-OpenStack project hosted by the OpenStack Foundation, today launched version 1.0 of its system for running isolated container workloads. The idea behind Kata Containers, which is the result of the merger of two similar projects previously run by Intel and Hyper, is to offer developers a container-like experience with []

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Watch SpaceX launch the GRACE-FO and Iridium NEXT satellites here

Today‘s the day for SpaceX‘s launch of Iridium‘s NEXT communications satellites and a pair of twin birds from NASA that will monitor the fresh water on the surface of the Earth. You can watch the launch right here.

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Drink-a-day startup Hooch raises 5M as it plans blockchain initiative

Right on the heels of launching its concierge service Hooch Black, Hooch announced today that it has raised 5 million in seed funding. The company‘s basic subscription of 9.99 gets you one free drink per day from a variety of partner bars and restaurants. Hooch Black (which you have to apply for, and which costs []

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Twitter is killing several of its TV apps, too

Twitter is shutting down its TV apps on Roku, Android TV and Xbox starting on May 24, the company announced this morning. The news of the apps‘ closure comes at a time when Twitter is now trying to steer its users to its first-party mobile apps and its desktop website by killing off apps used []

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Slack introduces Actions to make it easier to create and finish tasks without leaving

As Slack tries to graduate beyond a Silicon Valley darling tothe go-to communications platform within a company, it‘s had to find ways to increasingly pitch itself as an intelligent Swiss Army knife for companies - and not just a simple chat app - and it is trying to continue that today once again with a []

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Stickman is Disney‘s new headless acrobatic robot

The team at Disney Research never fails to deliver fascinating (if not always particularly useful) experiments. Take Stickman. The robot is essentially one long limb, capable of some cool acrobatic maneuvers. The system, detailed in a new paper from DR titled ‘Towards a Human Scale Acrobatic Robotic,‘ has two degrees of freedom and a pendulum []

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Real Vision, a media platform for finance and business, raises 10 million

Real Vision is entering the crowded business and financial new space with a bang. The company, which recently raised a 10 million Series B after a 5 million A, is working on a number of new initiatives including distribution on Apple TV, a content distribution partnership with Thomson Reuters and an upcoming documentary on PBS. []

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Po.et launches lab for developers to build apps on publishing blockchain

Po.et is an open source, not-for-profit publishing network built on the blockchain with the broad ambition of changing how we distribute, license and monetize content on the internet. Today, it announced it was opening the Po.et Development Labs, a place for developers to experiment with new ideas on the po.et platform. It also announced the []

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‘Solo‘ is a serviceable Star Wars story

In the trailer for Solo, Chewbacca dangles for dear life from a high speed train barreling through a snowy landscape. ‘Chewie!‘ the young Han shouts, as the Wookiee‘s head comes within spitting distance of a rocky mountainside, moments before everything goes black. For those with even a passing familiarity with the Star Wars universe, it‘s []

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