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Samsung plans to recover 157 tonnes of rare metals, including gold, from Galaxy Note 7s

Samsung Electronics announced today that it will recycle parts from Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, which gained notoriety last year after a battery defect caused several to burst into flame. The company said in a statement on its Korean site(via Google Translate) that it also expects to recover 157 tonnes of rare metals, including gold, from the devices. Read More

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Crunch Report | Disney‘s Epic Star Wars Hotel

Disney plans to open an epic Star Wars hotel, new emoji are being released to the world, Amazon could be the latest to get into the meal delivery kit business and the latest Atari game console. All this on Crunch Report! Read More

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Amidst probe of alleged sexual misconduct, AngelList partner Lee Jacobs on leave

An investigation into an alleged sexual misconduct at an event in 2013 has led to AngelList partner Lee Jacobs going on indefinite paid leave of absence, sources tell TechCrunch and the company has now confirmed. AngelList was informed of the incident two weeks ago. According to a source familiar with AngelList‘s internal working, on July 13th, AngelList told employees via Slack that Read More

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WeWork will launch in Japan with the help of SoftBank

WeWork is gearing up to launch its co-working spaces in Japan, thanks to a joint-venture with SoftBank, SoftBank said today. As part of the arrangement, SoftBank and WeWork will each own 50 percent of the joint-venture, which will go by WeWork Japan. WeWork Japan‘s first location will launch early next year in Tokyo. In addition to the U.S., WeWork operates co-working spaces in 16 Read More

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Disney showed us the inner workings of its Avatar robot and it‘s just incredible

Back at the end of May, Disney opened an Avatar-themed area (Pandora: World of Avatar) within its Animal Kingdom park. Given that it‘s only been open for a few weeks, most folks still haven‘t been inside but if you do go, do yourself a favor and take the time to check out the Na‘vi River Journey ride. The end of the ride features an animatronic Na‘vi Read More

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Porsche Design‘s Book One is the industrial convertible laptop that needs fixing

Porsche Design‘s Book One laptop is a prime example of when aesthetics completely take over when other parts of the device suffer and you lose focus on how well it actually works. The form factor set by Microsoft‘s Surface Book is probably one of the best approaches to a convertible laptop. Why? Simplicity: the screen detaches from the body to become a tablet, then can Read More

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Comcast‘s FCC filing pits pet economists against net neutrality rules

Comcast has filed its official commentary on the FCC‘s proposal to roll back 2015‘s Open Internet Order, and it‘s about what you‘d expect: a selectively thorough takedown that relies heavily on analysis by friendly economists to support the ISP‘s view. Read More

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Beginning this week, automated savings app Digit will start charging users 3 a month

In April, Digit announced that in 100 days it would begin charging 2.99 a month to people using its service to automatically save for a rainy day or help pay their bills. Well 100 days have almost passed, and it‘s almost time for those changes to go into effect. Read More

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This ‘shape-display‘ robot follows your hand and simulates the surface you‘re touching in VR

Touch. When it comes to virtual reality, it‘s a problem no one has quite cracked. You can crank a VR headset‘s resolution as high as you want and push the frame rate past what the human eye can see but when the user reaches out and feels nothing but air, that sense of immersion is lost. At TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics this afternoon, a researcher out of MIT demonstrated a Read More

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Tesla adds James Murdoch and Linda Johnson Rice to its board

Tesla has added two new independent directors to its board, including 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch and Johnson Publishing Company CEO and Chairman Linda Johnson Rice. The two new board members were added just a few months after Tesla confirmed it was seeking additional independent directors without ties to CEO and founder Elon Musk. Until now, Tesla‘s board included five (of Read More

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Gillmor Gang: Net Flakes

The Gillmor Gang Doc Searls, Denis Pombriant, Kevin Marks, Frank Radice, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, July 14, 2017. Apologies for the annoying echo G3: Culture Club recorded live Thursday, July 13, 2017 with Mary Hodder, Elisa Camahort Page, Halley Suitt Tucker, Kristie Wells, and Tina Chase Gillmor. @stevegillmor, @dsearls, @kevinmarks, @fradice, DenisPombriant / @tinagillmor Read More

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Netflix‘s subscribers are surging as it blows away Wall Street‘s expectations

For the second quarter in a row, Netflix has handily beaten industry watchers and its own expectations in adding a mountain of additional new subscribers. Netflix today said it added 5.2 million additional new subscribers this quarter, a number well above the 3.2 million new subscribers additions that it set itself and the stock promptly jumped nearly 9%. More than 4 Read More

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Every member of Hampton Creek‘s board has stepped down except for the CEO

Hampton Creek is in the news again and not for the reasons it would like to be. Hampton Creek‘s entire board of directors have left, except for CEO Josh Tetrick. Five board members left just in the last month after some serious disagreement with how Tetrick was running things, according to Bloomberg, which first reported the departures. They include Bon Apptit Management Co. Read More

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The solar-powered Tertill robot keeps weeds in check

This September marks the 15th anniversary of the first Roomba but in spite of the device‘s massive popularity, no companies have managed to successfully follow in its footsteps with another mainstream home robot. The Tertill, however, could be the product to change that, drawing on a number of the Roomba‘s lessons and applying to to an outdoor setting for regular garden Read More

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Reelgood helps cord cutters find, track and watch content from across streaming services

Reelgood, a service making it easier for cord cutters to find something new to watch and keep track of their favorite shows, is today exiting beta with the launch of a new site that aggregates content from across over 250 streaming services in a single interface. The end result is something of a TV guide for the new streaming age. The startup first got off the ground in 2015 as an iPhone Read More

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Reach Robotics closes 7.5M Series A for its augmented reality bots

After years of research and development, Reach Robotics has closed a 7.5 million Series A, co-led byKoreaInvestment Partners (KiP) and IGlobe, to bring its augmented reality bots to market in a big way. The Bristol-based startup is looking to expand into the U.S. and the team is exploring opportunities for growth into other European and Asian markets. Reach Robotics first product, Read More

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Leap Motion nabs 50M for its VR/AR hand-tracking tech

Headset-based VR and AR may be a bit slower out of the gates then many had hoped, but investors are still pouring money into startups looking to change how consumers interact with the digital world. Leap Motion, a hand-tracking company based in San Francisco, has raised 50 million in Series C funding led by clients advised by J.P. Morgan Asset Management, the WSJ reports. The startup has Read More

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NASA tests astronaut ocean exit process for Orion crew capsule

NASA has a long and thorough safety certification process for any vessels hoping to transport astronauts to space and back - and its Orion crew capsule is no exception. The vehicle, which is aiming to first launch with a crew aboard the Space Launch System (SLS) heavy lift rocket sometime between 2021 and 2023, underwent water exit testing (via Space) in the Gulf of Mexico, to see how Read More

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Okoli connects you with tour guides around the world

Okoli is new service by developer Jack Deneut which aims to replace those ugly little cards you find in tourist hotels. The web app, which currently works in Prague, Budapest, Berlin, and Paris, lets you reserve a nearly private tour with a professional guide and you‘re guaranteed groups of no bigger than eight people. It is live now. Standard tour groups depend on large numbers of Read More

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Google responds to academic funding controversy - with a GIF

Last week, an advocacy group called Campaign for Accountability(CfA) released a list of academics and policy experts who had received funding from Google in the last few years. That created quite a stir, especially because many of the scholars on the list didn‘t think they should have been included in this list in the first place often because the funding they received from Read More

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Blue Apron is having another awful day and its shares are crashing

Since going public last month, things have not gone particularly well for Blue Apron thanks to the specter of Amazon and its 13.7 billion acquisition bid for Whole Foods. The bad news, again, continues to roll in as what may have been a competitor in theory now seems more and more like an existential threat. Blue Apron‘s shares are down another 10% today, continuing a streak of mistrust Read More

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Party City invests 4 million in Punchbowl, which now powers its digital invites platform

Party City, the party goods supplier and retail chain, has taken a minority stake in digital invitations platform Punchbowl, the companies announced today. The deal sees Punchbowl‘s technology now being used to power an online invitation platform on Party City‘s e-commerce site, opening up Punchbowl to an influx of new customers. While the official announcement didn‘t Read More

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Faraday Future answers mounting challenges with high-profile CTO hire

Faraday Future is an electric car company with a very uncertain future, following news that it would be ending its effort to build an assembly plant for its vehicles in Nevada. The company‘s primary backer, China‘s LeEco, is in dire financial straits, and the would-be Tesla challenger is facing its own heat as a result. Now, however, the company is revealing a big-name hire Read More

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Trademarks show Amazon has sights on meal-kits, ‘single cow burgers‘ and other fast food options

Amazon has made no secret of its ambitions to expand into more fresh food services, from its own, homegrown efforts like AmazonFresh for groceries (first launched in 2013) and Amazon Restaurants for restaurant delivery (first launched in 2014), through to its most recent plan to acquire Whole Foods for 13.7 billion. In fact, the company has its sights set on a number of other culinary areas, Read More

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