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Google Podcasts app review

Apple has essentially owned podcasts since their inception. Hell, even the format‘s name betrays its close tie to the company‘s once ubiquitous player. At best, Google has reluctantly embraced the form, incorporating podcasts into the broader scope of Play, leading many of Android‘s billions of users to rely on third-party solutions. There are plenty of []

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Amazon rolls out Hub delivery lockers to apartment buildings across the country

Hub by Amazon has been around for about a year now. The company introduced its package delivery lockers for apartment dwellers with little fanfare, as it no doubt worked out some of the kinks in the process. This morning, it seems, the company is finally ready to officially announce the product, as it begins rolling []

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Cisco buys July Systems to bring digital experience to the real world

Customer experience management is about getting to know your customer‘s preferences in an online context, but pulling that information into the real world often proves a major challenge for organizations. This results in a huge disconnect when a customer walks into a physical store. This morning, Cisco announced it has bought July Systems, a company []

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Pondering an IPO, cyber security company CrowdStrike raises 200 million at over 3 billion valuation

CrowdStrike, the developer of a security technology that looks at changes in user behavior on networked devices and uses that information to identify potential cyber threats, has reached a 3 billion valuation on the back of a new 200 million round of funding. The company‘s hosted endpoint security technology has seen tremendous adoption worldwide and []

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Bag Week 2018: Pad & Quill Heritage Satchel is a modern leather classic

Welcome to Bag Week 2018. Every year your faithful friends at TechCrunch spend an entire week looking at bags. Why? Because bags - often ignored but full of our important electronics - are the outward representations of our techie styles, and we put far too little thought into where we keep our most prized possessions. []

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Crate.io raises 11M and launches its hosted IoT data platform.

Crate.io, the winner of our Disrupt Europe 2014 Startup Battlefield competition, today announced that it has raised an 11 million Series A round. In addition, the company also launched its Crate Machine Learning Platform‘ today, a new hosted solution for businesses that want to use the company‘s SQL-based database platform for working with IoT data. []

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Bag Week: Pad & Quill Heritage Satchel is a modern leather classic

Welcome to Bag Week 2018. Every year your faithful friends at TechCrunch spend an entire week looking at bags. Why? Because bags - often ignored but full of our important electronics - are the outward representations of our techie styles, and we put far too little thought into where we keep our most prized possessions. []

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Adobe debuts Project Rush, its new all-in-one video editor

Adobe today announced the launch of Project Rush, a new video editor that takes the core features of its pro tools like Premiere Pro, After Effects and Audition and combines them into a single, more accessible tool. Don‘t get too excited yet, though, the new tool will only be available later this year (and my []

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Yahoo Mail aims at emerging markets and casual users, launches versions for mobile web and Android Go

The days for Yahoo Messenger are now numbered, but Yahoo and its parent Oath (which also owns TC) are still counting on growth for other communications services, specifically Yahoo Mail. Today, the company announced two new versions of Yahoo Mail, optimised for mobile web and an app forAndroid Go, a version of Android specifically tailored []

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Sherpa, the Spanish personal assistant, launches an API for its predictive AI with Porsche as 1st customer

Sherpa, a personal assistant startup that has carved out a niche for itself by focusing on the Spanish-language market (alongside English) and predictive suggestions, is expanding. The company is launching a set of APIs called the Sherpa Platform, which will let other businesses tap into its predictive recommendations and use them in their own consumer-facing []

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Brex picks up 57M to build an easy credit card for startups

WhileHenrique Dubugras andPedro Franceschi were giving up on their augmented reality startup inside Y Combinator and figuring out what to do next, they saw their batch mates struggling to get even the most basic corporate credit cards - and in a lot of cases, having to guarantee those cards themselves. Brex, their new startup, aims []

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Amazon launches an Alexa system for hotels

Alexa is coming to your hotel room. Amazon this morning is announcing a new program called Alexa for Hospitality, designed to bring its voice assistant technology to everything from chain hotels to vacation rentals. The system can be customized to include key guest information, like checkout time or pool hours; allows guests to request services []

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Peek raises 23M and inks partnership with Google in push to digitize travel activities

Peek, a U.S. startup aiming to digitize the travel activities industry, has pulled a23 million Series B round of financing and uncorked a partnership with Google that will help increase its visibility. Founded in 2012 byRuzwana Bashir (CEO) and Oskar Bruening (CTO), the startup describes itself as OpenTable for the activities market in that it []

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Xiaomi postpones plan to sell shares in China alongside Hong Kong IPO

Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi has shelved a plan to sell shares in China in conjunction with its imminent Hong Kong IPO. The company will instead go public in Hong Kong firstand consider the potential for a Chinese offering at a later date. The change in strategy was confirmed ina messageposted to Xiaomi‘s Weibo account without []

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Apple slapped with 6.6M fine in Australia over bricked devices

Apple has been fined AUS9M (~6.6M) by a court in Australia following a legal challenge by a consumer rights group related to the company‘s response after iOS updates bricked devices that had been repaired by third parties. TheAustralian Competitor and Consumer Commission (ACCC) invested a series of complaints relating to an error (‘error 53‘) which []

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Talentry scores 6M for its ‘social recruitment and marketing‘ platform

Talentry, a startup based in Munich that has developed a social recruitment and marketing platform, has closed 6 million in Series A funding. Leading the round is Nauta Capital, the pan-European VC focused on SaaS, with participation from Rocket Internet‘s GFC, Allgeier SE, and number of angel investors. I also understand that GFC previously backed []

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Penta, the bank account for SMEs, adds multi-card support to manage expenses

Penta, the German fintech startup that offers a digital bank account targeting SMEs, has launched multi-card support to make it easier to manage company expenses. Dubbed Team Access,‘ the new feature which affords similar functionality to the likes of Pleo, Spendesk, and Soldo lets business owners issue multiple MasterCards to employees who need []

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Veriff raises 7.7M Series A to become the ‘Stripe for identity‘

Veriff, the Estonian startup that wants to become something akin to the Stripe for identity‘, has raised 7.7 million in Series A funding. Leading the round is Mosaic Ventures, joining an impressive list of backers that include Taavet Hinrikus, Ashton Kutcher, Paul Buchheit, Elad Gil, SV Angel, ACE Ventures, and Superangel. Mosaic‘s Simon Levene, and []

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ezCater raises 100M as it looks to own office catered meals around the world

Everyone at the office needs lunch (or in some cases dinner) - but for salespeople trying to entice a potential lead or convince an architect to pick up their project, they might need to use a free meal as a bit of a lure to get them in the room to make that pitch. It []

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Microsoft says it is ‘dismayed‘ by the forced separation of migrant families at the border

Amid calls for a boycottand employee dissentover its cloud-computing deal with the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE),Microsoft issued a statement saying that the company is dismayed by the forcible separation of children from their families at the border. The ICE is currently under fire from both sides of the political spectrum for separating []

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GameStop reportedly discussing buyout with private equity firms

Struggling retail chain GameStop is discussing a potential buyout with private equity firms, according to Reuters. The report says that one of the private equity firms is Sycamore Partners and that GameStop has hired a financial advisor to help with the talks, though there‘s no guarantee that a deal will come to fruition. Founded in []

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What‘s under those clothes? This system tracks body shapes in real time

With augmented reality coming in hot and depth tracking cameras due to arrive on flagship phones, the time is right to improve how computers track the motions of people they see - even if that means virtually stripping them of their clothes. A new computer vision system that does just that may sound a little creepy, but it definitely has its uses.

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US Armed Forces is getting a Space Force over the objections of the Secretary of Defense

President Donald J. Trump intends to create a new Space Force within the U.S. Armed Forces. The surprise announcement came today at the third meeting of the White House‘s newly reconvened Space Council. We are going to have the Air Force and we are going to have the Space Force - separate but equal. It []

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SurveyMonkey has filed confidentially to go public

The IPO window continues to remain open as SurveyMoney, which last raised money in 2014 at a 2 billion valuation, announced today that it has confidentially filed to go public. SurveyMonkey can file confidentially with the SEC through the JOBS act signed in 2012, which allows those companies to test the waters before they formally []

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