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Twitter hits back again at claims that its employees monitor direct messages

Twitter is pushing back against claims made by conservative activist group Project Veritas that its employees monitor private user data, including direct messages. In a statement to BuzzFeed News, a Twitter representative said we do not proactively review DMs. Period. A limited number of employees have access to such information, for legitimate work purposes, and we enforce strict Read More

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Startup events platform Tech.co acquired by digital marketing firm MVF

Tech.co, an online platform and events organizer for startups, announced today that it has been acquired by digital marketing firm MVF. The deal‘s terms were undisclosed. Read More

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Apple‘s MacBook Air turns 10

Ten years ago today, Steve Jobs triumphantly held up a manilla interoffice mail envelope to a round of applause at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco. It was a silly gimmick, but it got the point across. A year after introducing the Macworld crowd to the iPhone, the company was about to add another cornerstone product to its repertoire. Ten years and seven generations later, Read More

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The best gadgets we saw at CES 2018

Another CES is in the books. The country‘s biggest consumer electronics show featured some 3,900 exhibitors spread out over 2.75 million square feet, making it the largest floor in the show‘s history, according to the CTA. Our bodies and brains are exhausted from all the new gadgets, but before we cast off the show for good, let‘s take a look at some of the best things we saw Read More

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Inside Telegram‘s ambitious 1.2B ICO to create the next Ethereum

We have even more information about messaging app Telegram‘s plans for cashing in on its popularity within the crypto community with the massive ICO for its proposed Telegram Open Network (TON) project (that we first reported),after obtaining the whitepaper and investor prospectuses in full. From the documents, it is clear that Telegram isn‘t content with sitting on a platform Read More

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A modest primer for Ethereum programming

The world is full of web programmers, but there‘s a real paucity of cryptocurrency developers, and the chasm between the two fields is hard to cross. So I thought I‘d take what I‘d learned from architecting and building out our own Ethereum-based projects, and turn it into an open-sourced tutorial for web devs, in the hopes of encouraging a little more actual development Read More

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PSA: No, you can‘t order a Batman toy by yelling ‘Batman‘ at your Echo

There are a number of reasons why one may take issue with White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders using the official @PressSec Twitter to register a personal complaint about a consumer product in her household, as she recently did with a tweet about Amazon Alexa. But the one issue we‘re going to mention here on TechCrunch is that she‘s incorrectly characterizing how Amazon Read More

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India‘s Razorpay nabs 20M led by Tiger Global for its Stripe-like payment gateway

E-commerce remains among the biggest tech opportunities in India, one of the world‘s most populated countries whose economy continues to rapidly evolve and now has over 500 million people connecting to the Internet. And today, a startup that is playing in this space aiming to make it easier to take and make payments online has announced a significant round of Read More

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Researchers find that one person likely drove Bitcoin from 150 to 1,000

Researchers Neil Gandal, JT Hamrick, Tyler Moore, and Tali Oberman have written a fascinating paper on Bitcoin price manipulation. Entitled Price Manipulation in the Bitcoin Ecosystem and appearing in the recent issue of the Journal of Monetary Economics the paper describes to what degree the Bitcoin ecosystem is controlled by bad actors. To many it‘s been obvious that Read More

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The portion of VC-backed startups founded by women stays stubbornly stagnant

It was a tumultuous year for the technology industry, withsexual harassment,pay gaps andunder-representation of womenoften dominating the headlines. And while sexism was not born in Silicon Valley, sexual harassment is proving to be toxic for business. As part of ourlarger Q4 and 2017 coverage, let‘s see how the venture industry invested in women last year. Read More

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Researchers finds that one person likely drove Bitcoin from 150 to 1,000

Researchers Neil Gandal, JT Hamrick, Tyler Moore, and Tali Oberman have written a fascinating paper on Bitcoin price manipulation. Entitled Price Manipulation in the Bitcoin Ecosystem and appearing in the recent issue of the Journal of Monetary Economics the paper describes to what degree the Bitcoin ecosystem is controlled by bad actors. To many it‘s been obvious that Read More

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Toyota and Lexus vehicles will finally start getting CarPlay this year

Toyota has been a holdout from CarPlay, Apple‘s in-dash infotainment system that works with your iPhone. The automaker and its luxury brand Lexus have yet to offer it in any models, despite most other car companies giving in on at least a few vehicles (which tends to later to broader rollout thereafter). The new 2019 Toyota Avalon will have CarPlay on board, however. The vehicle was Read More

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Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin has left VC firm Fenbushi Capital

Vitalik Buterin, the high-profile co-founder of Ethereum, has cuts ties with China-based investment firm Fenbushi Capitaland quietly left the firm, TechCrunch understands. Fenbushi was founded in 2015 and its 50 million fund was one of the first to actively put capital into blockchain companies through seed investments and participation in ICOs. As one of the most visible funds, it picked Read More

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Nissan Xmotion concept blends sci-fi and serenity and includes a fish friend

Nissan has a brand new concept vehicle it unveiled at CES this year, called the Xmotion.‘ The crossover SUV concept vehicle features sleek exterior lines with sharp angles to accentuate details like the headlights, and inside blends touchscreen displays, innovative control mechanisms and spare accents to provide a look that‘s both futuristic, and strangely rural and Read More

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AI researcher Monty Barlow teaches a computer to figure out American accents

Monty Barlow is a researcher at Cambridge Consultants and his recent work involves teaching a computer to discern between British and American accents. The project, which Barlow sees as part of a suite of machine-learning solutions that will grow to encompass true AI, appeared at CES last week. Barlow said that AI revolutions tended to come and go, appearing on the horizon and Read More

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GV co-leads 27.1M Series A in Oxford Uni life sciences spinout Vaccitech

Leaning on its in-house life sciences expertiseGV has backed another biotech startup in the UK, co-leading a 20 million (27.1M) Series A in Oxford University spinout Vaccitech, which is developing a universal flu vaccine. Read More

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The Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept is the everything-to-everyone crossover

Lexus is showing off a new luxury crossover concept at the North American International Auto Show this week: The LF-1 Limitless,‘ which has a sleek, sporty look, and a range of features designed around alternatives tailored to a potential owner‘s drivetrain preferences and more. The Lexus LF-1 is designed to potentially house either a fuel cell, plug-in hybrid, gasoline Read More

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India‘s Razorpay nabs 20M led by YC, Tiger Global for its Stripe-like payment gateway

E-commerce remains among the biggest tech opportunities in India, one of the world‘s most populated countries whose economy continues to rapidly evolve and now has over 500 million people connecting to the Internet. And today, a startup that is playing in this space aiming to make it easier to take and make payments online has announced a significant round of Read More

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Swedish fashion e-commerce company NA-KD raises 45M Series B

NA-KD, the Swedish fashion e-commerce company that sells women‘s clothes direct to consumers, has raised 45 million in Series B funding. Noteworthy, 5 million of that is secondary investment as some early shareholders, not including the founders or management team, partially cash in. Read More

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Ford will boost electric vehicle spending to 11B and offer 40 electrified models by 2022

Ford Motor will boost its investment in electric vehicles to 11 billion by 2022, said chairman Bill Ford at the Detroit Auto Show today. This is a huge increase from the 4.5 billion by 2020 the automaker announced in December 2015 that it planned to invest. Read More

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True Fit, the personalisation platform for apparel and footwear, raises 55M Series C

If the funding fits, keep it. True Fit, the Boston-based personalisation platform for apparel and footwear that helps online shoppers find clothes that fit and are to their liking, has raised 55 million in Series C funding. Leading the round is Georgian Partners, with participation from Cross Creek Captial. Existing backers Jump Capital, Signal Peak Ventures, and Intel Capital Read More

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One year old Pony.ai raises 112 million Series A to build autonomous car future

No that‘s not a typo. Yes, that is larger than the median IPO fundraise last year. But few problems are as daunting as trying to build a fully autonomous car, particularly without the large resources of technology giants like Google, Uber, or Baidu behind you. So for Pony.ai, which was founded a little more than a year ago in late 2016 by James Peng and Tiancheng Lou, the company decided Read More

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PSA: Google‘s art selfie feature is US only for now

Google‘s Arts Culture app has been around for about a year and half. But it‘s taken an art selfie feature to generate a bit of viral interest in the app Read More

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Rappler, a new media organization critical of the Philippines government, faces closure

Rappler, a high-profile new media news organization in the Philippines, is facing closure after theSecurities and Exchange Commission (SEC) revoked its registration for an alleged breach of the country‘sconstitution. Rappler was started in 2012 byFilipino journalistMaria Ressaand it is a global case study for media in the 21st century with a digital-first platform and focus Read More

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