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Is Uber selling its Southeast Asia business to Grab?Is%20Uber%20selling%20its%20Southeast%20Asia%20business%20to%26nbsp%3BGrab%3FHONG KONG-UBER-TAXI-COURTJon

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 06:52:07 +0000

(image)  If you read the tech press, you might have seen reports that Uber is pursuing a sale in Southeast Asia that would see Grab, its Singapore-headquartered rival valued at $6 billion, acquire Uber’s business in the region. Rumors of such a tie-in have been rife for a while. Uber sold its China business in exactly such an arrangement in 2016, and it made a similar exit from Russia last year.… Read More(image)


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Nissan and DeNA will begin testing a self-driving taxi service in Japan next monthNissan%20and%20DeNA%20will%20begin%20testing%20a%20self-driving%20taxi%20service%20in%20Japan%20next%26nbsp%3BmonthNissan Motor Co. And DeNA Co.'s To Begin Test On Robot Taxicatherineshu

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 05:49:46 +0000

(image)  Nissan Motor and DeNA announced today that field tests of Easy Ride, the self-driving taxi service they developed together, will begin next month in Japan. This means that Nissan and DeNA now rank among Uber, Lyft, GM, Didi Chuxing and other companies pioneering self-driving taxi pilots, with the goal of launching commercially within the next few years. Read More(image)


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Angry Birds maker craters on bad guidance, losing half its market valueAngry%20Birds%20maker%20craters%20on%20bad%20guidance%2C%20losing%20half%20its%20market%26nbsp%3Bvalue90th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Paradelucasmatney2015

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 01:28:11 +0000

(image)  Angry Birds maker Rovio’s stock price tanked cratered after their latest quarterly earnings report painted a dismal future for the game maker. The stock is down 50 percent after the company sent investors a warning in their latest earnings report that revenues were likely to suffer in 2018. Despite a strong over reliance on the Angry Birds brand, which seems to have been integrated into… Read More(image)


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Apple devices are butt dialing 911 from its refurbishing facility – 20 times per dayApple%20devices%20are%20butt%20dialing%20911%20from%20its%20refurbishing%20facility%20%26%238211%3B%2020%20times%20per%26nbsp%3BdayApple Watch Series 3sarahbuhr

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 00:54:15 +0000

(image)  Since October, emergency responders in Elk Grove and Sacramento County, California have received over 1,600 false alarm 911 calls coming from an Apple repair and refurbishing site in the area. It’s not clear if the calls are coming from Apple’s iPhones or Watches but each time a call originates out of the Elk Grove facility, there’s no one on the other end of the line and… Read More(image)


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Split raises $17M for its product experimentation platformSplit%20raises%20%2417M%20for%20its%20product%20experimentation%26nbsp%3BplatformAnalytical chemistry - sample being pipetted into test tube for analysis in laboratoryanthha

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 00:52:41 +0000

(image)  Split announced this morning that it’s raised $17 million in Series B funding. The round was led by Lightspeed Venture Partners, with participation from Accel Partners and new investor Harmony Partners. Split has now raised a total of $26.8 million. The startup allows companies to test out new features and deliver them in a targeted way to select groups of users. Co-founder and CEO… Read More(image)


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Snap CEO Evan Spiegel got a $637 million bonus last yearSnap%20CEO%20Evan%20Spiegel%20got%20a%20%24637%20million%20bonus%20last%26nbsp%3ByearEvan Spiegelroofkatie

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 22:09:52 +0000

(image)  Snap’s stock investors haven’t made much money since the company went public last year, but CEO Evan Spiegel still got a hefty payday. According to an SEC filing, he was granted an RSU of 37,447,817, which vested at the time of the IPO. In other words, that was worth nearly $636.6 million. His salary for the year was $98,078, and he had over $1 million in other benefits, so all in… Read More(image)


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Visualizing the slave insurance industryVisualizing%20the%20slave%20insurance%26nbsp%3BindustrySlaves With Cotton Ginmdickey

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 21:07:09 +0000

(image)  Similar to the way people insure their cars, houses and lives, slave-owners would sometimes insure their slaves. Fearful of not getting their money’s worth from their slaves, owners would sometimes take out insurance policies on them. In the 1800s, for example, some slave-owners who rented out their slaves would insure them so that, in the event their slaves died or were severely injured… Read More(image)


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Announcing TC Sessions: Robotics with UC Berkeley, May 11 at Zellerbach HallAnnouncing%20TC%20Sessions%3A%20Robotics%20with%20UC%20Berkeley%2C%20May%2011%20at%20Zellerbach%26nbsp%3BHallsessions-robotics-uc-berkeleyneddesmond101

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 20:34:52 +0000

(image)  Robotics is an incredibly demanding field because robots demand the best of everything technology has to offer. For that reason, there is no better subject for one of TechCrunch’s single-day, single-topic events, and we’re excited to announce that TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics is slated for May 11 at UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall. Read More(image)


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Bump is a peer-to-peer marketplace for streetwearBump%20is%20a%20peer-to-peer%20marketplace%20for%26nbsp%3BstreetwearusingFilter@3xfitztepper

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 20:09:27 +0000

(image)  As the streetwear and sneaker industry continues to explode in popularity, we’re seeing more and more startups popping up to service the industry — all from slightly different angles. Meet Bump, a peer-to-peer take on a streetwear marketplace. Founded six months ago in the U.K. and now part of Y Combinator’s Winter ’18 batch, the startup already has more than 200,000 users. Read More(image)


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Facebook says it’s clarifying its ad metricsFacebook%20says%20it%26%238217%3Bs%20clarifying%20its%20ad%26nbsp%3Bmetricsfacebook icon on iosanthha

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 19:09:17 +0000

(image)  Facebook is looking to clean up and clarify the way advertisers measure their campaign performance. Over the past couple of years, the company has had to acknowledge multiple mistakes in its ad metrics. So making these kinds of tweaks (and taking other steps to increase transparency) could help restore advertisers’ confidence in the company’s numbers. Read More(image)


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Snap stock falls as Kylie tweets, but banker ratings are in the mix tooSnap%20stock%20falls%20as%20Kylie%20tweets%2C%20but%20banker%20ratings%20are%20in%20the%20mix%26nbsp%3BtooKylie Jenner Appearance At Sugar Factory American Brasserielucasmatney2015

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 18:53:04 +0000

(image)  At this point, if you haven’t accepted the celebrity influence of the Kardashian/Jenner machine, you probably haven’t been paying attention to pop culture at large. Snap is definitely paying attention. Yesterday, Kylie Jenner tweeted a pretty brutal takedown of Snapchat with the nonchalance that only a celebrity who has mastered social media better than most can do. Read More(image)


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Amazon’s latest Prime perk is free shipping on its deals site Woot!Amazon%26%238217%3Bs%20latest%20Prime%20perk%20is%20free%20shipping%20on%20its%20deals%20site%26nbsp%3BWoot%2116 Amazon Primesarahintampa

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 18:29:13 +0000

(image)  Eight years after Amazon snatched up the daily deals site Woot!, the retailer is now leveraging the site to serve as another perk for Prime members. Woot! this morning announced that it will begin offering free shipping on purchases from its site to all Amazon Prime members. Read More(image)


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Snips brings its privacy-focused voice assistant to carsSnips%20brings%20its%20privacy-focused%20voice%20assistant%20to%26nbsp%3Bcarsvoice-assistantsromaindillet

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 18:03:02 +0000

(image)  French startup Snips is announcing two things for its voice assistant SDK. First, the company is showing off an interesting use case in Nuremberg with a Snips-powered voice assistant in a car. Second, you can now build voice assistants in German. Read More(image)


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MyBagCheck lets you drop off your bags anywhereMyBagCheck%20lets%20you%20drop%20off%20your%20bags%26nbsp%3BanywhereIMG_0486john

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 18:01:58 +0000

(image)  MyBagCheck is a clever system that ensures you’ll be able to spend those extra few hours in a foreign city without having to lug around 50 pounds of Samsonite. The founder, Micah B. Lewis, created the app to allow people who have bags to get those bags picked up and stored during the day, something every traveler would love. The app is self-funded and Lewis spent $60,000 of his own money… Read More(image)


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Google says more than 40 carriers and device manufacturers now use its platform for RCS, the next generation of SMSGoogle%20says%20more%20than%2040%20carriers%20and%20device%20manufacturers%20now%20use%20its%20platform%20for%20RCS%2C%20the%20next%20generation%20of%26nbsp%3BSMSCommunication, dialog, conversation on an online forum and internet chatting concept.fredericlardinois

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 18:00:04 +0000

(image)  Rich Communication Services (RCS) is basically the standard for the next generation of text messaging, with apps like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, LINE and others now offering features that go far beyond the standard SMS-based messaging apps that tend to ship with your phone — unless, of course, you are an Apple and iMessage user. Read More(image)


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Airbnb is rolling out a new tier aimed at higher-end travelersAirbnb%20is%20rolling%20out%20a%20new%20tier%20aimed%20at%20higher-end%26nbsp%3BtravelersPopular Smart Phone Apps Of 2016matthewlynley

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 17:52:45 +0000

(image)  Airbnb is rolling out a few new additions to their home-booking system, including new tiers that are aimed at higher-end customers, called Airbnb Plus and Beyond by Airbnb. The new Airbnb Plus tier has homes that are verified for “quality and comfort.” The luxury tier, called Beyond by Airbnb, is built around whole trips including hospitality, custom experience and, of course… Read More(image)


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Stealth space catapult startup SpinLaunch is raising $30MStealth%20space%20catapult%20startup%20SpinLaunch%20is%20raising%26nbsp%3B%2430MSpinLaunch Hangarjoshsc

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 17:20:23 +0000

(image)  What if instead of blasting cargo into space on a rocket, we could fling it into space using a catapult? That’s the big, possibly crazy, possibly genius idea behind SpinLaunch. TechCrunch has learned from three sources that SpinLaunch is raising a massive $30 million Series A to develop its catapult technology. And we’ve scored an interview with the founder after four years in stealth. Read More(image)


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Honcker raises at least $15M from IAC as it takes on the car-leasing-on-demand marketHoncker%20raises%20at%20least%20%2415M%20from%20IAC%20as%20it%20takes%20on%20the%20car-leasing-on-demand%20markethonckeringridlunden

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 17:05:39 +0000

(image)  The car leasing and rental market is forecast to be worth $124 billion in 2022, and today a startup that is hoping to get a piece of that action by making the process of leasing a car easier is announcing a Series A in its effort to get there. Honcker has raised funding from IAC, the media and marketplace giant behind services like Angie’s List and Tinder, as well as Daily Beast and Vimeo. Read More(image)


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Esports teams need more data about their fans, and FanAI wants to give it to themEsports%20teams%20need%20more%20data%20about%20their%20fans%2C%20and%20FanAI%20wants%20to%20give%20it%20to%26nbsp%3Bthemleagueoflegendsshieberj

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 17:02:43 +0000

(image)  It turns out that while esports may be growing in popularity, the fans of different video games don’t spend the same way as fans for traditional sports. To try to figure out ways to part fans from their hard-earned money, teams are beginning to turn to the types of data monitoring tools used to map and predict customer spending online. Enter FanAI. Read More(image)


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Customer service bot startup Agent IQ announces $6.3 million Series A led by Sierra VenturesCustomer%20service%20bot%20startup%20Agent%20IQ%20announces%20%246.3%20million%20Series%20A%20led%20by%20Sierra%26nbsp%3BVenturesChairs, computers and headset in a modern officeronjourn

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 17:00:21 +0000

(image)  If you’ve tried to deal with a bot before you can speak to a human customer service rep, you know how frustrating that process can sometimes be. Sure, there are basic tasks that can free up a human rep to handle the more difficult matters, but it can be exasperating when there is no easy way to talk to a person. Agent IQ, a startup that has developed customer service bots, acknowledges… Read More(image)


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