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Roots Studios‘ ‘Shutterstock for cultural art‘ could transform rural communities

Many of us have worn T-shirts or clothes bearing patterns which look ethnic in their design. Maybe you bought a really nice bed-spread with a design from India. Mostly we assume it‘s just something a designer dreamt up somewhere, but in reality, many of these beautiful images and designs could never be created by people in developed countries. We just don‘t have Read More

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Twitter replaces board member who left for Microsoft with ex-Google CFO

Crossing the social media divides isn‘t common in Silicon Valley, so it‘s notable that Twitter and Microsoft have played a spot of musical chairs with their boards. Twitter board memberHugh Johnston day job: Pepsi vice chairman and CFO has left Twitter‘s board to join Microsoft‘s board as of today. Johnston‘s replacement at the microblogging Read More

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Does Siri sound different today? Here‘s why

Did you notice that Siri sounds a little more sprightly today? Apple‘s ubiquitous virtual assistant has had a little virtual work done on her virtual vocal cords, and her newly dulcet-ized tones went live today as part of iOS 11. Read More

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EggXYt is bringing gene editing to poultry farms to save chicks and resources

Poultry farms are focused on getting female eggs, but currently there‘s no way for them to determine sex in a non-invasive way before going through the incubation process. EggXYt is tackling this problem through a gene-editing solution that allows chicken farms to detect the sex of an egg pre-incubation. The startup is launching today at TechCrunch Disrupt Startup Battlefield. Read More

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CryptoMove protects sensitive data by fragmenting it and moving it around

CryptoMove thinks that data encryption is not enough. If you want to protect your data against hackers, the startup is using a new strategy by fragmenting your data, encrypting it and moving it around so that it doesn‘t stay still on a server somewhere. CryptoMove is participating in the Startup Battlefield at TechCrunch Disrupt SF. At the same time, CryptoMove doesn‘t try to Read More

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EggXYt is bringing gene-editing to poultry farms to save chicks and resources

When it comes to poultry farming, the dudes aren‘t really that useful. The market is split up into broilers and layers, i.e. chickens for people to eat and chickens that lay eggs. Hens are obviously the only egg-layers but they‘re also much more fast-growing when it comes to meat. Because of this, poultry farms are really focused on getting female eggs but currently there‘s Read More

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Hulu‘s new look and Live TV service go live on Roku

Good news, Hulu subscribers with a Roku. (Or bad news, maybe, if you‘re not a fan of Hulu‘s big makeover.) The streaming service announced today its new Live TV service is now available on the Roku platform, including Roku streaming players, Roku Streaming Stick, and all Roku TV models. Specifically, the list of supported devices includes the Stick, Express/Express+ Read More

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Google‘s Pixel 2 XL leaks in two colorways, reportedly priced at 849

Google‘s big Pixel 2 event is coming up very soon - it‘s set for October 4. The Pixel 2 XL has leaked, however, with pictures of both a black and a white color option, and the Pixel 2 XL name is apparently going to be the official one, too, according to a new report from Droid Life. The smartphone looks like the original, but with a sleeker rear two-tone look, with what Read More

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Ourotech is taking the guesswork out of cancer treatment

Every day spent with late stage cancer matters that‘s why it‘s so important to get treatments right the first time. Unfortunately, despite having dozens of cancer treatments available, we don‘t have great processes for determining what treatments to prioritize. The consequence of this is that we often miscalculate and waste critical time pursuing the wrong path. Read More

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How NOT to invest in ICOs

The early days of ICOs are even more speculative than the dot-com bubble and Google ads clearly aren‘t your friend. Read More

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O-Robotix spruces up its SeaDrone underwater robo-craft

At last year‘s Disrupt SF, SeaDrone made it to the Battlefield finals with its simple, robust, and affordable underwater drone. With a few customers and a year of feedback under their belts, the engineers behind the robo-sub are putting out a version 2.0 with a few improvements. Read More

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Walmart will allow EBT customers to order their groceries online

This summer, Amazon debuted a new program that made it easier for those on government assistance programs to join Prime at a reduced cost. Today, rival Walmart is announcing a change that will benefit that same demographic of low income shoppers. The retailer says it will allow customers using EBT benefits to use its Online Grocery Pickup service to pay for their groceries with their Read More

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Let‘s talk about Sebastian Thrun‘s puppy

Sebastian Thrun is one of the godfathers of autonomous driving. More importantly, he has a puppy: We have very strong feelings about this puppy. Strong enough to completely derail a discussion about Matthew Panzarino‘s thoughts on the iPhone 8, which is not the iPhone X and will likely be not as good. As a quick reminder, this is the puppy we are discussing: Here is an inside look on Read More

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See what Facebook ads you actually clicked in ‘Recent Ad Activity‘

You might think you‘re impervious to Facebook‘s ads, but you probably do get seduced every once in a while. But since ads aren‘t always permanently available anywhere, it can be impossible to find a Facebook ad that led somewhere you want to revisit. Now Facebook has a solution called Recent Ad Activity for when (if) you click an ad and want to see it again. TechCrunch Read More

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How living in Silicon Valley has made Kevin Durant a better investor

Today at Techcrunch Disrupt SF 2017 Warriors player Kevin Durant and his partner Rich Kleiman took the stage to tell the crowd about The Durant Company. While The Durant Company has made about 30 investments to date, Kleiman and Durant were hesitant to call it a VC firm. Instead they likened it a private equity fund that takes stakes in startups like Postmates, but also hospitality companies Read More

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This could be the Google Home Mini

There have been rumors for weeks about Google nearing the release of a smaller version of the Google Home. DroidLife just posted what it claims is the upcoming Google Home Mini. If true, the design speaks the same language of the Google Home. The little puck uses the same cloth covering found on larger version. Gone are the multi-colored lights and instead there are four soft-white lights on Read More

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Apple‘s Lisa Jackson says the EPA hasn‘t changed, leadership has changed

Apple‘s Vice President Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives Lisa Jackson has a lot to say about the Environmental Protection Agency. She served as the administrator of the EPA during Obama‘s first term, and she now thinks Donald Trump‘s administration is causing a great threat to the agency. The Environmental Protection Agency is, to me, an extension of the Read More

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A new ARKit app from Houzz brings 500,000 objects to moveable life

With the launch of iOS 11 today from Apple, one of the most anticipated developments is the rush of new augmented reality apps that will be hitting the market, leveraging Apple‘s new ARKit development platform. Houzz, the design and home renovation community, is among them, with a new version ofView in My Room 3D, with a catalog of 500,000 images for people to view, move and install Read More

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The technology, benefits, risks and regulatory measures you need to know about ICOs now

Organizations have raised more than 1.8 billion through initial coin offerings (ICO) since January 2017. For the first time, this June, Blockchain entrepreneurs raised more money through ICO than traditional venture capital investment. If you haven‘t heard of ICOs, it‘s the new fundraising phenomenon that has caught almost every investor‘s attention. Read More

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Kevin Durant explains his Twitter meltdown

Golden State Warriors small forward Kevin Durant had a bit of a scuffle on Twitter yesterdaycalling out his former organization, the Oklahoma City Thunder. Given his status as one of the most prominent figures in basketball, it got quite a bit of attention. Durant is a pretty prolific Twitter userand was on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017 to give a short explanation of what happened. Read More

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The technology, benefits, risks, and regulatory measures that you need to know about ICOs now

Organizations have raised over 1.8 billion through initial coin offerings (ICO) since January 2017. For the first time this June, Blockchain entrepreneurs raised more money through ICO than traditional venture capital investment. If you haven‘t heard of ICOs, it‘s the new fundraising phenomenon that has caught almost every investor‘s attention. An ICO, also called a token Read More

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Agent AI aims to turbocharge its AI tools by offering free CRM

Agent AI is looking to automate more of the customer service process. To do that, it‘s built its own customer relationship management product, as well as AI tools that sit on top and now it‘s making the CRM part available for free. While giant software businesses have been built around CRM, CEO Fred Hsu said the market has changed, with the software becoming less Read More

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Luno raises 9M to bring its bitcoin wallet, exchange and services to Europe

Luno, a bitcoin wallet and exchange based out of Singapore, is riding the crypto wave into Europe after it closed a 9 million Series B round for market expansion. The funding was led by new investor Balderton Capital, with participation from existing backerDigital Currency Group. South Africa‘sAlphaCode also a new arrival on the cap table joined the deal which Read More

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Google‘s AI chief thinks reports of the AI apocalypse are greatly exaggerated

John Giannandrea from Google had many great things to say about artificial intelligence at TechCrunch Disrupt SF. In particular, he thinks that people are too scared about general purpose artificial intelligence. A few years ago, Giannandrea compared artificial intelligence to a 4-year-old child. Today, he revised his statement and said that it‘s even worse than that. Read More

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