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Softbank invests 460M in Germany‘s Auto1 car dealer platform

Softbank‘s Vision Fund has made another investment: The Japanese conglomerate has agreed to invest 460M in Berlin-based online car dealer Auto1. Read More

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Alibaba blames politics as Taobao retains place on US government naughty list

It hasn‘t been a great couple of weeks for Alibaba in the U.S.. First affiliate Ant Financial‘s proposed acquisition of MoneyGram collapsed due to objections from the U.S. government, now its Taobao service has the dubious honor of again featuring on the USTR (United States Trade Representative) naughty list. Taobao, Alibaba‘s hugely popular marketplace, is among 25 Read More

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London proptech startup Goodlord appoints LoveFilm co-founder William Reeve as CEO

London proptech‘ startup Goodlord, which offers cloud-based software to help estate agents, landlords and tenants manage the rental process, has announced the appointment of serial entrepreneur and investor William Reeve as CEO. It follows a recent restructuring of the company that saw nearly 40 people laid off, and the stepping down of co-founder Richard White, news that Read More

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‘The Handmaid‘s Tale‘ returns to Hulu on April 25 (and here‘s a new trailer)

The first season of The Handmaid‘s Tale has been a home run for Hulu the series has been embraced byawards voters, and it was one of the streaming service‘s most-watched dramas last year. This weekend, Hulu has been working to build up up anticipation for the 13-episode second season, with the release of the first images and the announcement that the show will return Read More

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The state of Israel‘s cybersecurity market

The Equifax breach, WannaCry, NotPetya, the NSA leak, and many more cyber incidents - 2017 was certainly a busy year for hackers, illustrating yet again just how vital innovative cybersecurity solutions are in the fight against cyber threats. Second only to the U.S., in terms of cybersecurity investment 2017 was another excellent year for Israeli cybersecurity startups, with dozens of Read More

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A cartoon for these tech times

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Brit + Co had a round of layoffs this month as part of a ‘reorganization‘

Brit + Co laid off some employees earlier this month as part of a reorganization, TechCrunch has learned. Brit + Co declined to comment on the number laid off, but the women‘s lifestyle and digital media company‘s employee base went from 92 people in September 2017 to just 78 today, according to its team page. It‘s been a very unpredictable time in the media industry, Read More

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Everyone hates us, and it‘s not because of our sex parties

It was, briefly, the zeitgeist‘s perfect Silicon Valley story: a sex-and-drugs party hosted hosted by since-ousted top-tier VC Steve Jurvetson, at an official Draper Fisher Jurvetson event,attended by multiple billionaires including Elon Musk. So said Paul Biggar, founder of CircleCI, in a widely read Medium post, expanding on Vanity Fair‘s excerpt of Emily Chang‘s new book. Read More

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Gillmor Gang: Smart Speakers

The Gillmor Gang Doc Searls, Frank Radice, Denis Pombriant, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, January 12, 2018. G3: Last Hope Mary Hodder, Halley Suitt Tucker, Francine Hardaway, Tina Hui, and Tina Chase Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, January 12, 2018. @stevegillmor, @dsearls, @fradice, @kteare, @DenisPombriant Produced and directed by Tina Chase Gillmor Read More

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Why is health care so damn expensive?

Never has there been more talk of innovation and yet more disappointment in the future than in the health care industry. AngelList shows almost a thousand startups just in the digital health space alone, and VCs invested 3.5 billion in digital health startups in just the first half of 2017 according to Rock Health‘s industry analysis. There are dozens of health innovation conferences Read More

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The secret to avoiding CES cynicism is never really going

I‘ve been going to CES for almost ten years now, and it amazes me that really, nothing has changed. The same people are saying the same things on the same stages, selling the same people the same junk with well, slightly different numbers attached. But this year I had a great time and found some amazing companies because I avoided at all costs actually stepping foot on Read More

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‘Inexcusable‘ false ballistic missile alert in Hawaii was caused by human error

Hawaiian residents were briefly but intensely disturbed this morning by a state-wide alert via TV and phone warning of an incoming ballistic missile. It was, however, shortly afterwards confirmed to be a mistake caused by human error. Hawaiian Senator Brian Schatz called the false alarm inexcusable and said to expect tough and quick accountability and a Read More

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US & Canada VCs favor late-stage giants over upstarts in Q4

Startup investors in the U.S. and Canada have been putting a little less money to work across a lot fewer deals in recent months. After three quarters of rising investment at early through growth stage, VCs have cut back in the fourth quarter of 2017. We look at some of the key data points for the just-ended quarter and year, including early and late-stage funding, round counts, MA and IPOs. Read More

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Irish startup SoapBox Labs is building speech recognition tech for kids

Irish startup SoapBox Labs is on a mission to create what it calls the world‘s most accurate and accessible speech technology for children, tech it plans to offer to third-party hardware and app developers. These span educational apps that support reading and language development, children‘s voice-control for IoT devices in the home, smart toys, and AR/VR experiences. Read More

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Hulu announces April release date for The Handmaid‘s Tale

Hulu on Friday released the first images of the next season of The Handmaid‘s Tale, announcing that the next season will be released in April. Unfortunately, they weren‘t any more specific than that. Another lingering question is whether or not Hulu will continue on with its weekly release of episodes for Season 2. In the first season, Hulu released the first three episodes at Read More

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CTRL+T podcast: Diversity and its discontents

No one is down with how diversity is unfolding in Silicon Valley. Depending on how one looks at it, they‘re going to have an issue with it. White men are crying foul, saying they‘re being left out of these conversations and initiatives. However,actualmarginalized people are, rightfully so, saying not enough is being done to diversify the industry and foster inclusion. If you Read More

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SpaceX‘s Dragon capsule returns from the International Space Station

SpaceX‘s Dragon capsule has returned from the International Space Station as planned, after spending around a month docked at the orbital facility. This Dragon spacecraft was previously flown on an ISS resupply mission, meaning it‘s done the round trip successfully twice in its lifetime now. Dragon decoupled and departed from the space station around six hours ago, and finished Read More

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Google Assistant had a good CES

Celine Dion at Caesar‘s, David Copperfield at the MGM Grand, Google at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The company wallpapered the Vegas monorail and plastered the words Hey Google on every rentable screen in town. Take that, Donny and Marie. That crazy booth in the Convention Center parking lot seemed like a terrible idea on Tuesday when the rains opened up and Read More

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Apple says iCloud China data migration notice sent to some users in error

Apple says that an email sent to users with Apple IDs with locations not set to China that their iCloud data was being moved to a Chinese company‘s servers was done so accidentally. The Cupertino tech giant had announced Wednesday that next month it will begin the process of moving Chinese users‘ iCloud data to servers hosted in China by state-ownedGuizhou-Cloud Big Data (GCBD) as Read More

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Apple says iCloud data migration notice sent to users outside China was done in error

Apple says that an email sent to users with Apple IDs outside of China that their iCloud data was being moved to a Chinese company‘s servers was done so accidentally. The Cupertino tech giant had announced Wednesday that next month it will begin the process of moving Chinese users‘ iCloud data to servers hosted in China by state-ownedGuizhou-Cloud Big Data (GCBD) as it complies Read More

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Google temporarily bans addiction center ads globally following exposure of seedy referral deals

Google is temporarily halting advertisements worldwide for addiction and rehabilitation centers, following a report last week showing it was acting as a platform for shady referral services earning huge undisclosed commissions. Read More

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