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Last Build Date: Thu, 18 Jan 2018 19:54:37 +0000


Uber’s big SoftBank deal has officially closedUber%26%238217%3Bs%20big%20SoftBank%20deal%20has%20officially%26nbsp%3BclosedHONG KONG-UBER-TAXI-COURTetherin

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 19:34:59 +0000

(image)  SoftBank’s $1.2 billion primary direct investment deal has officially closed, according to Uber itself, which confirmed the deal closure and provided the following statement to TechCrunch via a spokesperson: We’re proud to have SoftBank, Dragoneer and the entire consortium in the Uber family. This is a great outcome for our shareholders, employees and customers, strengthening… Read More(image)

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Dell announces partnership with AR headset-maker Meta to start selling its dev kitDell%20announces%20partnership%20with%20AR%20headset-maker%20Meta%20to%20start%20selling%20its%20dev%26nbsp%3Bkit50 new jobs at Dell Research & Development centre in Dublinlucasmatney2015

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 19:22:45 +0000

(image)  Dell is about to start selling an augmented reality headset that seeks to rival Microsoft’s HoloLens. The $1,495 augmented reality headset dev kit comes from the startup Meta and will soon be available for purchase on Dell’s website. It had previously only been available for order on Meta’s site. Read More(image)

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Assembla acquires Cornerstone, a Subversion client for MacOSAssembla%20acquires%20Cornerstone%2C%20a%20Subversion%20client%20for%26nbsp%3BMacOSBricklayingfredericlardinois

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 18:29:53 +0000

(image)  Assembla, which offers a version control service for the enterprise with a strong focus on Subversion, today announced that it has acquired Cornerstone, one of the most popular Subversion clients for MacOS. Read More(image)

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A new date for Startup Battlefield DubaiA%20new%20date%20for%20Startup%20Battlefield%26nbsp%3BDubailogo-burj-khalifa1samantharosestein

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 18:00:42 +0000

(image)  We’re thrilled to be heading to Dubai, but as it turns out, it will be a little later than expected. Because of scheduling changes, Startup Battlefield Dubai, originally slated for April 2018, will now take place in January 2019. This will give us even more time to make this an incredible event in a truly exciting region for tech and startups. Read More(image)

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WhatsApp officially launches its app for businesses in select marketsWhatsApp%20officially%20launches%20its%20app%20for%20businesses%20in%20select%26nbsp%3Bmarketswhatsapp-money1sarahintampa

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:29:47 +0000

(image)  WhatsApp today officially launched its new WhatsApp Business app in select markets, including Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, the U.K. and the U.S., ahead of its planned worldwide rollout. The addition of business profiles and new messaging tools aimed at business customers is part of the company’s broader plan to generate revenue by charging larger enterprises for advanced tools to… Read More(image)

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Slack comes to Linux as a snapSlack%20comes%20to%20Linux%20as%20a%26nbsp%3Bsnapslack-vc-collabingridlunden

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:06:23 +0000

(image)  Slack’s ambition to become the default, go-to place for employees chat to each other and link into hundreds of other applications to get work done is getting one more step up today by becoming available on a new platform. From today, Slack will be available as a Snap, an application package that’s available across a range of open-source-based Linux environments. This opens the app… Read More(image)

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Twitch partners with Disney Digital Network on content, adds software for broadcasting pre-recorded videosTwitch%20partners%20with%20Disney%20Digital%20Network%20on%20content%2C%20adds%20software%20for%20broadcasting%20pre-recorded%26nbsp%3Bvideostwitch-logosarahintampa

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:00:08 +0000

(image)  On the heels of Twitch’s exec shakeup yesterday which saw the Amazon-owned streaming site adding a new COO, the company today announced a multi-year partnership with Disney Digital Network to bring several top creators to its site. The company also debuted new software for all creators that will allow them to broadcast pre-recorded content to their channels. Disney Digital Network is… Read More(image)

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Spotify launches ‘Spotlight,’ a new podcast format with visual elementsSpotify%20launches%20%26%238216%3BSpotlight%2C%26%238217%3B%20a%20new%20podcast%20format%20with%20visual%26nbsp%3BelementsSpotify app icon on iPhoneetherin

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 16:50:13 +0000

(image)  Spotify has been working on building out its podcast business, and now offers a large catalog of shows (including our own Original Content, which you should definitely check out). Today, it’s debuting a new “multimedia format” that adds visual elements to podcasts (as well as audiobooks, news bites, and other audio, but for the sake of simplicity, let’s just call all… Read More(image)

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Bringing luxury perks to co-living life, Ollie raises cash to expandBringing%20luxury%20perks%20to%20co-living%20life%2C%20Ollie%20raises%20cash%20to%26nbsp%3Bexpandpasted image 0 (39)shieberj

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 16:39:23 +0000

(image)  As rents continue to soar in America’s most desirable cities, companies like New York-based Ollie are angling to transform the real estate market with an updated version of an old model of co-living spaces.  Read More(image)

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Microsoft’s new drawing bot is an AI artistMicrosoft%26%238217%3Bs%20new%20drawing%20bot%20is%20an%20AI%26nbsp%3Bartistdrawing-bot-feature-3sarahintampa

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 16:35:05 +0000

(image)  Microsoft today is unveiling new artificial intelligence technology that’s something of an artist – a “drawing bot.” The bot is capable of creating images from text descriptions of an object, but it also adds details to those images that weren’t included the text, indicating that the AI has a little imagination of its own, says Microsoft. “If you go to Bing… Read More(image)

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Fortnite Battle Royale gets an updated mapFortnite%20Battle%20Royale%20gets%20an%20updated%26nbsp%3BmapScreen Shot 2018-01-18 at 11.15.21 AMjordanrcrook

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 16:27:06 +0000

(image)  Fortnite, which has topped 50 million players, has released an update to the game in the form of version V.2.2.0. The patch is significant in that it brings a long-awaited update to the Battle Royale map. Fortnite Battle Royale quite literally takes a page out of the PUBG playbook. In it, 100 players are dropped into a map, where they loot for gear and try to take down the competition. But… Read More(image)

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Group Nine Media hires Stacy Green as its first chief people officerGroup%20Nine%20Media%20hires%20Stacy%20Green%20as%20its%20first%20chief%20people%26nbsp%3BofficerDodo officeanthhaStacy Green

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:41:41 +0000

(image)  Group Nine Media has hired Stacy Green to lead its human resources team. The company was created at the end of 2016 by the merger of Thrillist, The Dodo, NowThis and Seeker. CEO Ben Lerer said that at the time, he assumed there would be a “Lego-like” process of combining the best teams from each organization — and since Thrillist had the largest HR staff, it seemed natural… Read More(image)

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Adidas joins Carbon’s board as its 3D printed shoes finally dropAdidas%20joins%20Carbon%26%238217%3Bs%20board%20as%20its%203D%20printed%20shoes%20finally%26nbsp%3BdropIMG_8725bheater

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:16:58 +0000

(image)  In its three and a half years of existence, Carbon has become a leading light in the industry-wide push to bring 3D printing to manufacturing. The company’s proprietary CLIP tech has sped up the process of additive manufacturing by leaps and bounds. It’s also found the perfect partner in Adidas, whose Futurecraft 4D shoes are about as good a poster child for the tech as one… Read More(image)

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Education quiz app Kahoot says it’s now used by 50% of all US K-12 students, 70M users overallEducation%20quiz%20app%20Kahoot%20says%20it%26%238217%3Bs%20now%20used%20by%2050%25%20of%20all%20US%20K-12%20students%2C%2070M%20users%26nbsp%3Boverallkahoot-screeningridlunden

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:48:04 +0000

(image)  With HQ Trivia continuing its viral and popular run, and education remaining a perennially strong category in app stores, it was only a matter of time before someone came along that combined elements of both to hitmaking effect. Kahoot, an app based out of Oslo, Norway that aims to teach its users across a wide variety of subjects and ideas by way of quizzes that they take in competition… Read More(image)

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Drone comes to the rescue of two swimmers in AustraliaDrone%20comes%20to%20the%20rescue%20of%20two%20swimmers%20in%26nbsp%3BAustraliadrone-dropetherin

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:43:41 +0000

(image)  One day, they may yet turn against us, but for now, they’re still our allies: A drone rescued two teenage swimmers in distress off the coast of New South Wales in Australia, according to a new report. The drone spotted two teenagers in trouble around a half-a-mile out from shore, and then dropped a flotation device it carries for the purpose to give them something to hang on to (via… Read More(image)

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Amazon reveals top 20 city candidates for its second HQAmazon%20reveals%20top%2020%20city%20candidates%20for%20its%20second%26nbsp%3BHQamazon seattleetherin

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:13:41 +0000

(image)  Amazon has reviewed the proposals from potential candidate cities for its second North American headquarters location, and it found 20 of those the most promising. The mayors of these top 20 cities will now fight to the death in a Battle Royale-style island arena… er wait, no actually they’ll just move on the next portion of Amazon’s submission phase, which includes… Read More(image)

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Facebook appoints American Express CEO to board of directorsFacebook%20appoints%20American%20Express%20CEO%20to%20board%20of%26nbsp%3Bdirectorskenneth chenaultmdickey

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:00:54 +0000

(image)  Facebook announced today the addition of Kenneth I. Chenault, CEO of American Express, to its board of directors. His appointment becomes effective Feb. 5, 2018. “I’ve been trying to recruit Ken for years,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a press release. “He has unique expertise in areas I believe Facebook needs to learn and improve — customer service,… Read More(image)

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Birch raises $1 million to help you reap the best credit card rewardsBirch%20raises%20%241%20million%20to%20help%20you%20reap%20the%20best%20credit%20card%26nbsp%3BrewardsBirchmdickey

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:00:36 +0000

(image)  Birch Finance, a TechCrunch Disrupt 2016 Battlefield alum, has raised a $1 million seed round from AGP Miami, Kevin Johnson, the former CEO of Ebates and Frank Azor, founder of Alienware. The plan is to grow Birch Finance’s user base and increase its opportunities for monetization. Birch Finance aims to help people make the most of the credit cards in their wallets by telling them… Read More(image)

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Audience data provider Eyeota raises $12.5MAudience%20data%20provider%20Eyeota%20raises%26nbsp%3B%2412.5MTwo businessmen lifting funnelanthha

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:00:27 +0000

(image)  Eyeota is looking to sell audience data to advertisers around the world, and it’s announcing that it’s raised $12.5 million in Series B funding for further growth. The company was actually founded back in 2010, but it didn’t raise its Series A until two years ago. CEO Kevin Tan admitted that the company had been “difficult for early-stage investors to wrap their head… Read More(image)

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Peugeot plans 100 percent electrified vehicle lineup by 2025Peugeot%20plans%20100%20percent%20electrified%20vehicle%20lineup%20by%26nbsp%3B2025bd-peugeot-g17-coupole-3-4-avetherin

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:54:04 +0000

(image)  European automaker PSA Peugeot Citroen plans to offer electric and hybrid electric powertrain options for all of its vehicles by 2025, according to CEO Carlos Tavares. The chief executive also said that PSA will seek to re-enter the U.S. market, according to Reuters, and revealed that they company aims to offer partial autonomous driving features on 80 percent of its car lineup by 2030, with… Read More(image)

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