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Why achieving diversity in tech requires firing the industry’s ‘cultural fit’ mentality

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 18:00:17 +0000

Lekan Olawoye Contributor Lekan Olawoye is the lead executive, Talent Program & Ecosystem Engagement at Toronto-based MaRS Discovery District. If you have interviewed for a technology job, there’s a good chance the words “culture” and “fit” made an appearance during the phone-screen phase, or in early rounds of interviews. It is no longer enough for […]

MIT’s new device can pull water from desert air

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 17:54:24 +0000

When it comes to Star Wars Universe-style tech breakthroughs, lightsabers, holograms and hyperdrive get all the love. But spare a thought, if you will, for the poor moisture farmers of Tatooine. Granted *spoiler* it didn’t end to well for Aunt Beru and Uncle Owen, but the idea of pulling water from the desert air was […]

IBM can’t stop milking the Watson brand

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 17:50:32 +0000

More than seven years after IBM Watson beat a couple of human Jeopardy champions, the company has continued to make hay with the brand. Watson, at its core, is simply an artificial intelligence engine and while that’s not trivial by any means, neither is it the personified intelligence that their TV commercials would have the […]

Cambridge Analytica’s Nix recalled by fake news probe

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 17:43:48 +0000

Stock up on the popcorn — the currently suspended CEO of the firm at the center of a data handling and political ad-targeting storm currently embroiling Facebook, Cambridge Analytica, has been recalled by a UK parliamentary committee that’s running a probe into the impact of fake news because it’s unhappy with the quality of his […]

Gwynnie Bee is bringing subscription clothing rental to traditional retailers with launch of ‘CaaStle’

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 17:27:04 +0000

Gwynnie Bee, a subscription service offering women an “unlimited closet” of clothing for rent, believes its model is one that can be expanded to traditional retailers, too. And today, it’s officially taking the wraps off a new technology platform which will allow retailers to offer a subscription clothing rental business alongside their existing channels. The […]

Trump announces $60 billion tariff on Chinese high-tech and other goods

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 17:26:36 +0000

Following months of investigations by the U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, the Trump administration announced today at a White House briefing that the administration intends to place about $60 billion of tariffs on Chinese goods, with the bulk of them likely to be focused on the high-tech industry. The White House will announce a final […]

Alphabet’s Outline lets you build your own VPN

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 17:06:30 +0000

Alphabet’s cybersecurity division Jigsaw released an interesting new project called Outline. If I simplify things quite a lot, it lets anyone create and run a VPN server on DigitalOcean, and then grant your team access to this server. I played a bit with Outline and it’s an interesting product. There are two components, a managing […]

Discounted tix to Disrupt SF ’18 for students, nonprofits, government & military

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 17:00:15 +0000

TechCrunch Disrupt ranks as the premier event in the startup landscape, and our flagship event, Disrupt San Francisco 2018, which takes place September 5-7, will be our biggest and best Disrupt ever. If you haven’t heard, we’re moving to the Moscone Center West, tripling the floor space and featuring four stages of unique programming — […]

Airbnb hosts can kick you out after you’ve checked in

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 16:39:51 +0000

Last month, Logan Kugler checked into the home of a Los Angeles-based Airbnb host. The plan was to stay there for about one month, but Kugler found himself checking out just three days after checking in. That’s not because he wanted to, but because the host cancelled his reservation. This story is not about any […]

YouTube Red’s Karate Kid sequel ‘Cobra Kai’ drops new trailer

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 16:32:55 +0000

Cobra Kai never dies, and the resurgence of the rogue karate dojo in the upcoming YouTube Red original series reboot of The Karate Kid shows former sensei John Kreese was true to his mantra in the 1984 classic. The series, set to air May 2 on YouTube’s paid subscription service, YouTube Red, will see Ralph […]

Marc Raibert, Melonee Wise and more will be speaking at TC Sessions: Robotics May 11 at UC Berkeley

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 16:00:18 +0000

We’re gearing up for our big upcoming TC Sessions: Robotics event May 11 on the UC Berkeley campus, and we’ve got a lot to talk about. We’ve already announced Berkeley professors Pieter Abbeel and Robert Full, Android/Playground Global founder Andy Rubin and VCs Chrissy Meyer, Renata Quintini and Rob Coneybeer. Here are a few more […]

GitLab adds support for GitHub

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 15:48:08 +0000

Here is an interesting twist: GitLab, which in many ways competes with GitHub as a shared code repository service for teams, is bringing its continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD) features to GitHub. The new service is launching today as part of GitLab’s hosted service. It will remain free to developers until March 22, 2019. After […]

Instagram will show more recent posts due to algorithm backlash

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 15:39:49 +0000

Instagram isn’t quite bringing back the chronological feed, but it will show more new posts and stop suddenly bumping you to the top of the feed while you’re scrolling. “With these changes, your feed will feel more fresh, and you won’t miss the moments you care about” Instagram writes. It should be more coherent to […]

Internet Association wants in on the lawsuit challenging net neutrality repeal

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 15:05:10 +0000

The Internet Association has filed to intervene in the ongoing lawsuit against the FCC challenging the repeal of net neutrality protections. The Internet Association is a trade association that represents some of the world’s biggest internet companies, including Google, Facebook, Amazon, Dropbox, and Netflix. The IA’s motion focuses primarily on why the IA, and the […]

Bell & Ross creates a transparent tourbillon

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 15:01:05 +0000

It’s spring and that means it’s time for Basel, the definitive international watch show. Around this time every year all of your favorite brands – and brands you’ve never heard of – launch unique timepieces that cost more than a few dozen Honda Accords and look like something made by Doctor Manhattan during one of his […]

Google Assistant on phones now lets you send and receive money

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 15:00:53 +0000

“Hey Google, send Brian $15 for breakfast today.” Starting today, you can use this command to tell the Google Assistant on your phone to send money to people with Google Pay, the re-branded version of what you may still think of as Android Pay. And if Brian, as usual, forgets to pay you back, you […]

Twitch’s extensions come to mobile

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 14:23:26 +0000

Twitch’s extensions – the tools that allows streamers to customize their channel pages with interactive experiences, including leaderboards, polls, schedules, and more – are now available on mobile. The game streaming company announced this highly requested feature at the Game Developers Conference this week, along with the launch of a web app for developers that […]

Huawei’s U.S. plans hit major setback as Best Buy said to stop sales

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 14:09:45 +0000

Huawei can’t catch a break in the States. Just at the company was set to announce a big carrier deal at CES, AT&T reportedly switch gears last minute. Now, a week before the company is set reveal its next big flagship at an event in Paris, Best Buy is reportedly planning to stop sales of […]

Entrepreneur First, the London-based company builder backed by Greylock, expands to Hong Kong

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 14:00:44 +0000

When Silicon Valley’s Greylock Partners led Entrepreneur First‘s $12.4 million funding round in September, Greylock’s Reid Hoffman said he could see the company builder expanding to “20 or 30 or 40 cities, maybe even 50“. Since then, EF has expanded to Berlin, in addition to existing programmes in London and Singapore, and today the so-called […]

Watch Deadpool introduce the X-Force in new Deadpool 2 trailer

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 13:56:35 +0000

It’s the most anticipated Josh Brolin-starring Marvel movie coming out this year – no, not that one. The one with the dick jokes. Deadpool 2 arrives in theaters on May 18, and you can check out the longest look we’ve had yet at what’s in store for the highly anticipated sequel above. Looks like it’s not […]