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Delphi and LiDAR-maker Innoviz partner on self-driving techDelphi%20and%20LiDAR-maker%20Innoviz%20partner%20on%20self-driving%26nbsp%3Btech03.04.2017 InnovizOne Updated_JPGetherin

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 20:00:10 +0000

(image)  Automotive supply giant Delphi, which recently shifted focus to target autonomous and high-tech solutions more specifically, has signed a new partnership with Innoviz, an Israeli tech company building LiDAR tech for autonomous driving. The team-up includes a new minority investment from Delphi in Innoviz, the full financial details of which haven’t been released. The commercial… Read More(image)

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Monster brings a music-centric voice assistant to its headphone lineMonster%20brings%20a%20music-centric%20voice%20assistant%20to%20its%20headphone%26nbsp%3Blinemonsterheadphonesmelodylucasmatney2015

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:33:43 +0000

(image)  Monster isn’t exactly regarded as the most innovative force in tech, but it has decided to get in on the voice assistant game by baking support for a helper called Melody directly into their headphones. Speak Music, which makes the Melody voice assistant included on this model of Monster’s Elements headphones line, has basically designed the feature around Siri’s musical… Read More(image)

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Teenage bitcoin millionaire is back with a better BotangleTeenage%20bitcoin%20millionaire%20is%20back%20with%20a%20better%26nbsp%3BBotangleScreen Shot 2017-08-18 at 10.50.36 AMshieberj

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:13:14 +0000

(image)  Erik Finman gained notoriety and a certain fame as a 14-year-old entrepreneur and bitcoin investor who’d managed to turn a $1,000 investment in the cryptocurrency into more than a million dollars and a chance to never see the inside of a college institution. Now, several years after its sale, Finman is buying back his original startup: Botangle. Read More(image)

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Trump approves Obama-era plan for a more independent US Cyber CommandTrump%20approves%20Obama-era%20plan%20for%20a%20more%20independent%20US%20Cyber%26nbsp%3BCommandDefense Secretary Carter Visits U.S. Cyber Command At Fort Meadedevin

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:48:06 +0000

(image)  President Trump has given the go-ahead for a plan dating from the Obama administration to elevate US Cyber Command to the level of Unified Combatant Command, giving it more operational independence from the National Security Agency. The statement also raised the possibility of splitting off CyberCom from the NSA entirely. Read More(image)

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Infiniti’s Prototype 9 is a modern electric car with 1940s retro racer rootsinfiniti-prototype-9etherin

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:30:26 +0000

(image)  Days of thunder future past? Infiniti’s newest race car prototype is actually inspired by vintage race vehicles of the 1940s, with a torpedo-style sleek cylindrical body and offset wheels at the end of extended axes. The drivetrain of the so-called ‘Prototype 9,’ however, is all 2017: It’s an electric motor, combined with a 30 kWh battery pack. Here’s what I… Read More(image)

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Y Combinator-backed VIDA turns artwork into fashion, accessories and moreY%20Combinator-backed%20VIDA%20turns%20artwork%20into%20fashion%2C%20accessories%20and%26nbsp%3Bmorevidasarahintampa

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:51:58 +0000

(image)  VIDA, an e-commerce startup that allows artists to upload their designs to be printed on real-world materials – like fabric, leather, metal and more – which are then sold as unique products, has grown its community of artists to over 100,000 members since its launch a few years ago. The company is now participating in startup accelerator Y Combinator, following its recent… Read More(image)

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How Facebook prioritizes privacy when you dieHow%20Facebook%20prioritizes%20privacy%20when%20you%26nbsp%3BdieWhat happens on facebook when you diejoshsc

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:01:11 +0000

(image)  Should your parents be able to read your Facebook messages if you die? Facebook explained why it won’t let them in a post in its Hard Questions series today about social networking after death. Facebook admits it doesn’t have all the answers, but it has come up with some decent solutions to some issues. Read More(image)

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Google Home now works with Spotify free accountsGoogle%20Home%20now%20works%20with%20Spotify%20free%26nbsp%3Baccountsgoogle-home-DSCF0506lucasmatney2015

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:48:06 +0000

(image)  For all the talk of how voice assistants could be the future of IoT or computing in general, the only consistently engaging use of home assistants like Echo or Google Home seems to be audio playback. Today, Google is making it a bit easier for the cheapos to get in on the action, as it’s beginning to roll out support for Spotify free accounts on its Home platform. Read More(image)

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NASA is using Intel’s deep learning to find better landing sites on the moonNASA%20is%20using%20Intel%E2%80%99s%20deep%20learning%20to%20find%20better%20landing%20sites%20on%20the%26nbsp%3Bmoonunnamedbheater

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:46:33 +0000

(image)  NASA collects a lot of data. It’s one of the main things it does when it’s not landing things on other things. But actually deriving useful information from all the data it collects is another issue entirely, so the space agency has begun enlisting some big tech names like Intel to crunch some of those numbers. That partnership includes Nervana, the deep learning startup the chip… Read More(image)

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Google to livestream Android O launch event timed for total solar eclipseGoogle%20to%20livestream%20Android%20O%20launch%20event%20timed%20for%20total%20solar%26nbsp%3Beclipseoreo-android-oetherin

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:39:56 +0000

(image)  Google is using a astronomical event to debut its newest Android operating system update: Android O is set to arrive on August 21, with a livestreamed unveiling event timed for 2:40 PM ET in NYC – which is roughly when the maximum solar eclipse is set to occur for New York. Android O will get a full reveal at that time, which seems like kind of a weird time to do it since a lot of… Read More(image)

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Apple and Hollywood said to continue talks around early digital movie rentalsApple%20and%20Hollywood%20said%20to%20continue%20talks%20around%20early%20digital%20movie%26nbsp%3Brentalsappletv-4gen-movies-wishlist-addetherin

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:25:55 +0000

(image)  Movie studios including Warner Bros. and Universal Pictures continue to hold talks with Apple and Comcast about plans to introduce premium digital rentals for new movies only a few weeks after their theatrical debut, Bloomberg reports. The talks continue even though powerful players in the mix aren’t on board – theater chain operators, who still have a lot of sway over Hollywood… Read More(image)

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Airbnb is asking hosts to offer free housing in Barcelona for people affected by the attackAirbnb%20is%20asking%20hosts%20to%20offer%20free%20housing%20in%20Barcelona%20for%20people%20affected%20by%20the%26nbsp%3BattackAirbnb Inc. Chief Executive Officer Brian Chesky Speaks At The Economic Club Of New Yorkmdickey

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:51:56 +0000

(image)  Airbnb has activated its disaster response tool to help people affected by the recent attacks in Barcelona. Airbnb’s tool offers free housing to anyone who urgently needs a place to stay. At the time of publication, more than 80 people have opened up their homes free of charge. Read More(image)

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Netflix’s new trailer for ‘The Punisher’ depicts a concrete killerpunisher-logo-compressoretherin

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:47:40 +0000

(image)  With the release of ‘The Defenders’ today, Netflix has also released a new trailer for ‘The Punisher,’ the spin-off focused on Daredevil villain/ally Frank Castle, portrayed by The Walking Dead’s Joe Bernthal. The trailer is only available via the streaming service right now, but it’s also showing up all over YouTube via third-parties. The Punisher as played… Read More(image)

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Twitch acquired video indexing platform ClipMine to power new discovery featuresTwitch%20acquired%20video%20indexing%20platform%20ClipMine%20to%20power%20new%20discovery%26nbsp%3Bfeaturestwitchsarahintampa

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:09:12 +0000

(image)  In an announcement about a set of new discovery tools, Amazon-owned video game streaming site Twitch also unveiled that it recently acquired Palo Alto-based video indexing platform ClipMine. The startup’s technology is now being put to use to translate visual information in videos – like objects, text, logos and scenes – into metadata that can help people more easily find… Read More(image)

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NASA launches satellite to relay data from Hubble, ISS and other spacecraftNASA%20launches%20satellite%20to%20relay%20data%20from%20Hubble%2C%20ISS%20and%20other%26nbsp%3Bspacecraftula-launch-compressoretherin

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:54:25 +0000

(image)  NASA launched a new satellite on Friday morning, aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral. The launch occurred at just before 8:30 AM ET, after a brief delay from its original planned launch due to a minor technical issue with the booster that was promptly corrected by the launch team. The satellite, TDSRS-M, will make its way to orbit and then add its… Read More(image)

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Google and ProPublica team up to build a national hate crime databaseGoogle%20and%20ProPublica%20team%20up%20to%20build%20a%20national%20hate%20crime%26nbsp%3BdatabasePolice Officer Fatally Shoots Black Man During Traffic Stop Near St. Paultaylortechcrunch

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:00:40 +0000

(image)  Few things are certain in 2017’s fraught national climate, but hate certainly doesn’t look to be going away. In partnership with ProPublica, Google News Lab is launching a new tool to track hate crimes across America. Powered by machine learning, the Documenting Hate News Index will track reported hate crimes across all 50 states, collecting data from February 2017 onward. Data… Read More(image)

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TechCrunch’s Original Content takes on ‘The Defenders’defendersanthha

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:51:07 +0000

(image)  What the heck is this?? Two episodes of Original Content in one week??? Well, we’re still figuring out the scheduling. More importantly, we wanted to get you our review of Netflix and Marvel’s new series The Defenders — their street-level version of The Avengers, bringing together Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and (sigh) Iron Fist to battle Sigourney… Read More(image)

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Equity podcast: Uber’s board mess, the Angry Birds IPO and MongoDB files to go publictc-equity-podcast-iosalexjameswilhelm

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:10:17 +0000

(image)  Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s running attempt to make venture capital cool, despite the best efforts of the industry in question to fight back. Each week we try to de-obfuscate the opaque and arcane world of startup finance with the help of someone from the industry. This week, Trinity Ventures’ Dan Scholnick was in the studio to assist us. Read More(image)

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Get your Disrupt SF tickets before prices increase tonightGet%20your%20Disrupt%20SF%20tickets%20before%20prices%20increase%26nbsp%3BtonightDisrupt sf 17emmacomeau

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:05:35 +0000

(image)  Okay Disrupt fans, you’ve procrastinated long enough. Today is the last day to get early-bird tickets to Disrupt SF 2017 — so if you want to go to the best startup show in San Francisco for the cheapest possible price, now is the time to act. Seriously, you need to go and get your tickets now. Like, now now. Read More(image)

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Hands on with Andy Rubin’s Essential PhoneEssential Phonegregkumparak

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:00:20 +0000

(image)  It’s a pretty captivating pitch: Andy Rubin, one of the guys who founded Android (and who lead the project within Google for eight years!) has a new company… and he’s building an Android phone. The “Essential Phone,” as it’s known. I’ve been carrying around an Essential Phone for a few days now. Here’s what I think so far. Read More(image)

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