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CRV, the venture firm, campaigns against Trump in new statement
Posted: 24 August 2016 | 1:27 pm

 The U.S. presidential elections are fast approaching, and a growing number of VCs who’ve historically shied from making taking sides publicly, are tweeting, talking with reporters, and blogging about who they are backing and why. The early-stage venture firm CRV, formerly known as Charles River Ventures, is taking things a step further, having just published a tranquil little… Read More

Dyson adds a heater to its combo bladeless fan/air purifier
Posted: 24 August 2016 | 12:45 pm

 Dyson’s been on something of a product launching roll, of late – hair dryers, robotic vacuums, it’s a diverse portfolio to put it mildly. The latest launch from the company, however, isn’t so much new territory as it is fusing together of a few of its existing lines into a single device. As its name implies, there’s a lot going on with the Pure Hot+Cool Link. The… Read More

Pokémon Go is boosting competitor in-app purchase revenue, too
Posted: 24 August 2016 | 12:34 pm

 While Pokémon Go is definitely the primary benefactor of its own success, that doesn’t mean it’s hurting its competition in the mobile gaming space. New data from mobile commerce provider DOCOMO Digital has found that in fact, the Google Play Store’s top four grossing apps have seen a 10 percent increase in overall revenue from their games in Europe since the debut of… Read More

Microsoft’s Word Flow keyboard takes on Google with integrated GIF and Bing search
Posted: 24 August 2016 | 12:02 pm

 If customized keyboards for mobile devices are to be the next-gen interface for accessing the wider web – including information you’d normally turn to a search engine to find – then Microsoft today has stepped up its fight with Google with the rollout of a new version of its predictive keyboard app Word Flow. While the app previously offered intelligent word suggestions… Read More

SelfScore raises $7.1 million to help international students get credit in the U.S.
Posted: 24 August 2016 | 12:00 pm

 A startup called SelfScore has raised $7.1 million in new venture funding to help bring much-needed financial services to international students at U.S. colleges and universities. SelfScore co-founder and CEO Kalpesh Kapadia grew up in India, but moved to the U.S. for graduate school in 1995. That’s when he first noticed the challenges of assimilating into what he says is the… Read More

Genius launches Q+A for song pages
Posted: 24 August 2016 | 11:48 am

 Genius, the service that lets users add annotations and context to other docs, has today announced the launch of Questions and Answers, or Q+A. Genius originally launched as a rap lyrics data trove, where users could add interesting context and insights about various rap lyrics. Eventually, the company expanded (and not without some growing pains) to all types of documents, like public… Read More

China shows off the rover it plans to send to Mars in 2020
Posted: 24 August 2016 | 11:38 am

 China’s got some lofty space plans lined up for the next couple of decades, culminating with a manned moon landing by 2036. Meantime, the country is looking even further out, geographically speaking, toward the red planet, detailing a mission to send a rover to Mars at around July or August 2020. This week, China revealed some key computer generated images from the ambitious mission… Read More

SkyGiraffe raises $6M for its enterprise mobility platform
Posted: 24 August 2016 | 11:00 am

 SkyGiraffe helps enterprises give their employees access to their line-of-business apps and enterprise data from virtually any device. The company today announced that it has raised a $6 million funding round led by SGVC, with participation from Trilogy Equity Partners and a number of angel investors, including Heroku founder and CEO James Lindenbaum, Lookout founder and CTO Kevin… Read More

YouTube gets a new TV app
Posted: 24 August 2016 | 10:47 am

 With more people than ever cutting the cord, watching via smart TVs, and turning to streaming media players like Roku and others, YouTube decided it was time to update is TV application to be easier to use on the big screen. A new version of the application rolling out now will feature a different look and improved organization of categories, in order to better fit in with how people… Read More

Amazon launches the Kindle Reading Fund to expand digital reading around the world
Posted: 24 August 2016 | 10:11 am

 Amazon today announced a new program called the Kindle Reading Fund which is aimed at making digital books more easily available worldwide. The Fund will donate a number of Kindle e-readers, Fire tablets as well as e-books to communities around the world, in conjunction with various partner organizations. In addition to schools, libraries, PTAs, hospitals and other nonprofits, Amazon is also… Read More

Sliver.tv is a VR Twitch for your favorite eSports titles
Posted: 24 August 2016 | 10:01 am

 VR’s content problem has been baffling more than a fair share of co-founders in the space looking to create experiences or networks in the space. Sliver.tv wants to create the Twitch of VR and to do that, they’re building tech that turns 2D eSports title live streams into immersive spherical footage viewable on VR headsets and mobile devices. Sliver.tv does all of this by relying… Read More

The new paradigm for human-bot communication
Posted: 24 August 2016 | 10:00 am

 Chatbots offer the promise of frictionless access to goods, services and information, but creating effective bots can be deceptively tricky. The flip side of the opportunity to interact with users in a seamless, natural way is that user expectations can be prohibitively high. Bots need to be smart and provide greater convenience than apps. Read More

John Gruber and pals shut down Vesper, their syncing notes app for iOS
Posted: 24 August 2016 | 9:51 am

 In what amounts to a very detailed and very heartfelt whitepaper on building and shutting down a business, John Gruber has written about shutting down Vesper, his iOS notes app and syncing service. Vesper was one of the most elegant and usable pieces of software I’ve used. Sadly, it was too easy to abandon once syncing came to nearly everything in iOS and, although the product had a… Read More

Authentication startup Auth0 raises $15M as it beefs up security features
Posted: 24 August 2016 | 9:38 am

 “Identity-as-a-service” startup Auth0 (pronounced “auth zero”) has raised $15 million in Series B funding. CEO Jon Gelsey said that for many website and mobile app developers, integrating with different login systems can turn into a big headache — and also create security risks. So the company helps those developers manage identity and authentication, whether… Read More

How GM’s Maven car sharing service got to over 4.2M miles driven in 7 months
Posted: 24 August 2016 | 8:57 am

 In January, GM did something somewhat unusual for a company founded in 1908 – it began a car sharing operation, offering customers a fleet of new vehicles on-demand, for use in exchange for an hourly fee. The car sharing company GM started, Maven, began in earnest in earlier this year as a 40 person operation, tiny relative to GM’s overall 216,000 employee organization, but in… Read More

North Korea launches a Netflix-style streaming service called Manbang
Posted: 24 August 2016 | 8:39 am

 Some days, life just throws you a giggle. Today is one of those days. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (aka North Korea) has announced a new Netflix-style on-demand streaming service. It’s called Manbang. In Korean, ‘manbang’ means ‘everything.’ In English-speaking countries, it has some different connotations. Obviously. The service is being… Read More

Encryption under fire in Europe as France and Germany call for decrypt law
Posted: 24 August 2016 | 7:40 am

 A fresh chapter of the crypto wars looks to be opening up in Europe, after the French and German interior ministers took to a podium yesterday to lobby for a law change that would enable courts to demand that Internet companies decrypt data to help further criminal investigations. Read More

DroneDeploy raises $20 million to help any business put drones to work
Posted: 24 August 2016 | 6:00 am

 A San Francisco-based startup called DroneDeploy has raised $20 million in Series B funding to grow their drone data management platform. The drone tech startup closed its Series B deal just before the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is scheduled to implement new rules governing commercial and industrial drone use. The Part 107 rules, announced by the FAA in June this year, will take… Read More

Extra early-bird Disrupt tickets end 9/19
Posted: 24 August 2016 | 5:00 am

 Attention, startup fans in the U.K. and around the world. While December may seem like a long way away, TechCrunch Disrupt London will be here before you know it, so it’s time to start thinking about getting your tickets to the best startup show in Europe. Tickets to Disrupt London are available now through September 19 for the extra early-bird price point of just £800, a full £400 of… Read More

Prisma adds offline mode to its crazy popular art filter app
Posted: 24 August 2016 | 4:06 am

 Art filter app sensation Prisma, which has revved up from nothing to an incredible 55 million+ downloads for its iOS and Android apps in just two months this summer, has now added an offline mode. Read More

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