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Shyp is reducing headcount and suspending all operations outside of SFShyp%20is%20reducing%20headcount%20and%20suspending%20all%20operations%20outside%20of%26nbsp%3BSF%EF%BB%BFUSA, California, San Francisco, Pacific Heights, cyclistfitztepper

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 20:41:58 +0000

(image)  Shyp, the on-demand shipping service launched in 2013, has announced in a blog post that they are withdrawing from all but one city and “reducing headcount at headquarters” in an effort to “prove their business model and set Shyp up for long-term success”. As of today the company will suspend operations in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York, and only operate in… Read More(image)

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EBay shares sink after posting financial resultsEBay%20shares%20sink%20after%20posting%20financial%26nbsp%3BresultseBay-Berlinroofkatie

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 20:25:53 +0000

(image)  EBay shares were down about 4% in initial after hours trading, after posting second quarter financial results. But in terms of revenue and net income, the company’s results were in line with expectations. According to Yahoo! Finance, analysts were forecasting an adjusted 45 cents per share and revenue of $2.31 billion, which is about the same as the 45 cents per share and the $2.33… Read More(image)

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Microsoft earnings beat expectations thanks to strong cloud performanceMicrosoft%20earnings%20beat%20expectations%20thanks%20to%20strong%20cloud%26nbsp%3Bperformancemicrosoft-earningsfredericlardinois

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 20:13:02 +0000

(image)  Following its longstanding tradition of reporting quarterly earnings for its fourth financial quarter of the year in July, Microsoft today announced non-GAAP revenue of $24.7 billion and GAAP earnings per share of $0.83 (and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.98) for the last three months. Operating income was $7.0 billion non-GAAP. Wall Street expected revenues of around $24.3 billion, which… Read More(image)

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YouTube launches its counter-terrorism experiment for would-be ISIS recruitsYouTube%20launches%20its%20counter-terrorism%20experiment%20for%20would-be%20ISIS%26nbsp%3Brecruitsshot of a laptop computer as the screen glows in the darknesstaylortechcrunch

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 20:07:31 +0000

(image)  Google’s big experiment in digital counter-terrorism begins rolling out today. Collaborating with its own in-house think tank Jigsaw, the new effort seeks to bury ISIS-related propaganda on YouTube. Now, when a potential ISIS recruit searches for known extremist content using a predefined set of keywords, they’ll instead be redirected to videos that deconstruct and confront the… Read More(image)

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Mobile savings and investment services Acorns is on track to do 1 billion trades in 2017Mobile%20savings%20and%20investment%20services%20Acorns%20is%20on%20track%20to%20do%201%20billion%20trades%20in%26nbsp%3B2017acorns1shieberj

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:33:46 +0000

(image)  Acorns is quickly turning into an oak tree in the financial services space. The company now boasts more than 2 million investment accounts (with 600,000 opened in 2017 alone) and is on track to do 1 billion trades in 2017 through the proprietary broker-dealer that it created. Read More(image)

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Watch this teaser for Pacific Rim: Uprising that looks like a Jaeger commercialpacific-rim-uprisingetherin

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:25:06 +0000

(image)  Your next ride could be a huge, amazing combat robot designed to fight monsters: That’s the message behind this new teaser for Pacific Rim: Uprising, the sequel to Guillermo Del Toro’s 2013 Kaiju movie. The new instalment is set to star Star Wars’ John Boyega, and it’s arriving in theaters next February. This teaser isn’t a straight up trailer – it’s… Read More(image)

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Alexa is coming to the Amazon app on Android, starting this weekAlexa%20is%20coming%20to%20the%20Amazon%20app%20on%20Android%2C%20starting%20this%26nbsp%3Bweekamazon-alexa-android (1)sarahintampa

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:46:46 +0000

(image)  This spring, Amazon introduced Alexa to a wider audience by making the virtual assistant a feature that could be accessed within the retailer’s main shopping app. However, that integration – which allows you to ask Alexa about news, weather, basic facts, or use the assistant’s add-on “skills,” among other things –  was available only for iPhone users.… Read More(image)

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Uber’s SVP of leadership and strategy says she hasn’t seen any toxicityUber%26%238217%3Bs%20SVP%20of%20leadership%20and%20strategy%20says%20she%20hasn%26%238217%3Bt%20seen%20any%26nbsp%3Btoxicityuber frances freimdickey

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:37:28 +0000

(image)  Uber SVP of Leadership and Strategy Frances Frei is optimistic about the future of Uber, despite the allegations of sexual harassment, greyballing and an executive accessing a rider’s medical records. In fact, Frei wears an Uber t-shirt every day and plans to wear one every day until every single one of Uber’s 15,000 employees feels proud about wearing one. Read More(image)

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Dote raises $7.2 million for its mobile shopping appDote%20raises%20%247.2%20million%20for%20its%20mobile%20shopping%26nbsp%3Bappdote-iosroofkatie

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:25:10 +0000

(image)  While consumers are increasingly turning to Amazon to buy everything from home goods to electronics, a newly launched app called Dote believes there’s an opportunity to compete with the e-commerce giant’s fashion business. Read More(image)

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Cargo wants to put a vending machine in every UberCargo%20wants%20to%20put%20a%20vending%20machine%20in%20every%26nbsp%3BUberHero_1fitztepper

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:24:42 +0000

(image)  How many times have you been in an Uber or Lyft and wanted a few Advil, or a 5-hour Energy? While some enterprising ridesharing drivers occasionally try to sell essentials (or non-essentials like tablets and digital cameras), there really isn’t a structured way to facilitate this… until now. Enter Cargo, a startup that wants to turn drivers’ vehicles into little mobile shops. Read More(image)

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Apple adds Disney and Pixar characters to ClipsApple%20adds%20Disney%20and%20Pixar%20characters%20to%26nbsp%3BClipsScreen Shot 2017-07-20 at 11.13.49 AMbheater

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:05:25 +0000

(image)  Apple’s super simple video editing app Clips just got its first significant upgrade since launching in April. There are a couple of feature updates in the mix, but the biggest additions are content — including, most notably, a bunch of licensed characters from the Disney/Pixar universes, adding animated overlays and transitions starring familiar faces like Mickey and Woody. Content… Read More(image)

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YouTube TV triples its footprint with launches in 10 more U.S. marketsYouTube%20TV%20triples%20its%20footprint%20with%20launches%20in%2010%20more%20U.S.%26nbsp%3Bmarketsyoutube-unpluggedsarahintampa

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:00:52 +0000

(image)  YouTube TV, Google’s entry in the crowded market of live TV streaming services, is now available in ten more U.S. metros, the company announced this morning. In nine of the ten markets, the service will include the live local feeds from all four major broadcasters – ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC. The ability to watch live television from major broadcasters has been one of YouTube… Read More(image)

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McDonald’s is offering branded lazywear to celebrate you truly giving upMcDonald%26%238217%3Bs%20is%20offering%20branded%20lazywear%20to%20celebrate%20you%20truly%20giving%26nbsp%3Bupmcdelivery-collectionetherin

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:33:31 +0000

(image)  McDonald’s is offering delivery across North America through UberEATS, and in case you wanted to fully embrace what it means to order McDelivery to your home instead of mustering the energy to leave your shadowy lair for 15 minutes, it’s offering a special collection of branded loungewear that says “I earned this on-demand Big Mac with my suffering and self-neglect.”… Read More(image)

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Google Cloud gets a new networking algorithm that boosts internet throughputGoogle%20Cloud%20gets%20a%20new%20networking%20algorithm%20that%20boosts%20internet%26nbsp%3BthroughputTraffic on Bay Bridge, San Franciscofredericlardinois

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:30:35 +0000

(image)  Google today announced that TCP BBR, a new congestion-control algorithm is now available to its Cloud Platform users. The general idea here is to improve on the existing congestion-control algorithms for internet traffic, which have been around since the 1980s and which typically only take packet loss into account (when networking buffers fill up, routers will discard any new packets). Read More(image)

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The IAB finalizes its new ad standardsThe%20IAB%20finalizes%20its%20new%20ad%26nbsp%3Bstandardsmobile paymentsanthha

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:21:14 +0000

(image)  The Interactive Advertising Bureau, a trade group representing online publishers and advertisers, has released new standards around mobile and web advertisers. Not every publisher and advertiser will follow these standards, but the standards are important because they help establish best practices around what is and isn’t acceptable for the industry. If done right, they help maintain… Read More(image)

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Legendary Pokémon are headed to Pokémon Gopokemon-go-legendaryetherin

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:13:21 +0000

(image)  Pokémon Go’s getting Legendary Pokémon, those ultra rare, ultra powerful pocket monsters that typically figure prominently in the narrative arc for the main series console games. The Legendary Pokémon will appear as Eggs at gyms, and they’ll act as bosses for the new Raids that the game recently introduced – once defeated, you’ll get a chance to catch them, much like… Read More(image)

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Truphone now offers iPad data plans in the UK through the Apple SIMTruphone%20now%20offers%20iPad%20data%20plans%20in%20the%20UK%20through%20the%20Apple%26nbsp%3BSIMiPadProwideingridlunden

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:08:54 +0000

(image)  Apple has yet to make any moves to expand the Apple SIM to devices beyond the iPad (despite occasional flurries of rumors to the contrary), but the number of carriers that work with the Apple SIM is growing, potentially laying the groundwork for a time when it might. Today comes the latest development on that front. Truphone, a UK startup that crafts low-cost calling and data plans for users… Read More(image)

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Anti-drone radio wave startup SkySafe secures $11.5M from AndreessenAnti-drone%20radio%20wave%20startup%20SkySafe%20secures%20%2411.5M%20from%26nbsp%3BAndreessenskysafejoshsc

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:07:21 +0000

(image)  Drones are a threat to both military and public safety, whether flown by a terrorist or just a reckless pilot. SkySafe’s radio wave technology can detect and stop rogue drones from entering unauthorized areas like military bases, stadiums, prisons and airports. Read More(image)

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PayPal expands partnerships with Citi and Chase to include reward points and morePayPal%20expands%20partnerships%20with%20Citi%20and%20Chase%20to%20include%20reward%20points%20and%26nbsp%3Bmorepaypalsarahintampa

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:48:30 +0000

(image)  PayPal today announced an expanded partnership with two of the largest bank issuers, Chase and Citibank. The agreements include a number of increased integrations between the companies, including easier access to Chase and Citibank cards in the PayPal wallet; permitting Chase and Citi customers to take advantage of cards’ rewards points anywhere PayPal is accepted; integrations with… Read More(image)

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Wire launches e2e encrypted team messaging in betaWire%20launches%20e2e%20encrypted%20team%20messaging%20in%26nbsp%3Bbetawire-iosnelomas

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:47:26 +0000

(image)  End-to-end encrypted messaging platform Wire is targeting Slack’s territory with a new messaging for teams product, called Teams. Read More(image)

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