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Instagram Location Stories appear in Explore. Is Story Search Coming?Instagram%20Location%20Stories%20appear%20in%20Explore.%20Is%20Story%20Search%26nbsp%3BComing%3FInstagram Story Searchjoshsc

Mon, 22 May 2017 19:04:06 +0000

(image)  It’s taking Instagram less and less time to copy Snapchat. Less than two months after Snapchat launched its Stories Search feature for seeing what’s going on at a location or related to a topic, Instagram is rolling out Location Stories to its Explore page. Last week, TechCrunch broke the news that Instagram was testing Location Stories, which aggregate the publicly posted… Read More(image)

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Toyota pushes into blockchain tech to enable the next generation of carsToyota%20pushes%20into%20blockchain%20tech%20to%20enable%20the%20next%20generation%20of%26nbsp%3Bcarsinternetcarsshieberj

Mon, 22 May 2017 18:57:33 +0000

(image)  On the same day that Ford officially ousted its chief executive in a bid to remake itself as future-focused vehicle manufacturer, Toyota announced its own steps to embrace technology’s next wave. Andwhile Ford is looking to catch up to the leaders in autonomous and electric vehicle manufacturing, Toyota (through the Toyota Research Institute) appears to be taking the next fork in the… Read More(image)

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Amazon’s Echo Look companion app goes liveAmazon%26%238217%3Bs%20Echo%20Look%20companion%20app%20goes%26nbsp%3BliveScreen Shot 2017-05-22 at 2.15.09 PMsarahintampa

Mon, 22 May 2017 18:22:22 +0000

(image)  Amazon’s odd foray into the world of selfie cameras via the Echo Look is now complete with the launch of a companion application for iOS and Android devices that works with the new connected camera. The app allows Echo Look owners to view live previews from the Look’s camera, take a picture, survey their outfits, mark favorites, compare styles and more. The company had… Read More(image)

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Here’s the teaser for the mini-drone DJI is announcing this weekMay-22-2017 13-32-56fitztepper

Mon, 22 May 2017 18:07:31 +0000

(image)  DJI has released a video teaser for the new drone they are announcing at their event in NYC this Wednesday. When the company sent out an invite we assumed it was to announce a new mini-drone, and this video seems to confirm that. Read More(image)

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Sayspring raises $1.5M for software that lets designers prototype and test voice apps without codingSayspring%20raises%20%241.5M%20for%20software%20that%20lets%20designers%20prototype%20and%20test%20voice%20apps%20without%26nbsp%3Bcodingsayspring-laptop-devicesarahintampa

Mon, 22 May 2017 17:34:31 +0000

(image)  Sayspring, a startup that enables designers to create voice-enabled apps without code ahead of handing over projects to development, has just raised $1.5 million in funding for its efforts, the company is announcing today. The round was led by Compound (formerly Metamorphic Ventures), with participation from strategic angels including Scott Belsky, Alan Chung, and Peter Stern. The startup… Read More(image)

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Postmates CEO will testify before Congress about the promise of robots and dronesPostmates%20CEO%20will%20testify%20before%20Congress%20about%20the%20promise%20of%20robots%20and%26nbsp%3Bdronespostmates bastian lehmanmdickey

Mon, 22 May 2017 17:28:18 +0000

(image)  Postmates CEO Bastian Lehmann is testifying before Congress tomorrow in a hearing called “Disrupter Series: Delivering to Consumers.” The emergence of deliveries via robots and drones has sparked regulatory concerns around safety, as well as fears around the displacement of human workers. In his written testimony, Lehman makes a case for delivery via robots and drones. Read More(image)

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Disrupt SF 2017 is headed back to Pier 48Disrupt%20SF%202017%20is%20headed%20back%20to%20Pier%26nbsp%3B48TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2014emmacomeau

Mon, 22 May 2017 17:22:44 +0000

(image)  We are excited to announce that Disrupt SF 2017 will once again be held at the lovely Pier 48, which is right down the road from AT&T Park — the home of the San Francisco Giants. While the baseball Giants may be playing a game of fall ball down the street, the giants of the startup industry will be filling the halls of the 80,000-square-foot venue for the best startup show in the… Read More(image)

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Auto1 Group, a young used-car marketplace serving Europe, is now worth $2.8 billionAuto1%20Group%2C%20a%20young%20used-car%20marketplace%20serving%20Europe%2C%20is%20now%20worth%20%242.8%26nbsp%3Bbillionline of carsconnieloizos

Mon, 22 May 2017 17:06:12 +0000

(image)  Auto1 Group, a nearly five-year-old, Berlin-based used-car marketplace, just announced a huge round — €360 million ($404 million) in debt and equity financing that includes €75 million ($84.2 million) from Princeville Global, itself a Hong Kong-based investment firm with a second office in San Francisco. Why the excitement over Auto1? Momentum, seemingly. The company, which values… Read More(image)

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This concept video shows some great improvements for iOS 11image_shelfromaindillet

Mon, 22 May 2017 17:00:08 +0000

(image)  2017 is no different — I still hate concept videos. But Federico Viticci and Sam Beckett teamed up once again to design some of the changes they’d like to see with iOS 11. It’s more convincing than your average concept video. In particular, this video focuses on iOS for the iPad. The Shelf is an interesting new feature. You can pull it down from the top of the screen and… Read More(image)

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Judah Vs. The MachinesJudah%20Vs.%20The%26nbsp%3BMachinesJudah Friedlander carjordanrcrook

Mon, 22 May 2017 16:15:01 +0000

(image)  And now we present to the world: Judah Vs. The Machines, an eight-episode web series that follows comedian Judah Friedlander as he takes on the world’s most sophisticated artificial intelligence systems to see who truly reigns supreme. The series was produced by The Onion, in collaboration with TechCrunch, and is an excellent combination of informative content and hilarity. Read More(image)

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Dish integrates with Amazon Alexa for hands-free TVDish%20integrates%20with%20Amazon%20Alexa%20for%20hands-free%26nbsp%3BTVScreen Shot 2017-05-22 at 11.44.49 AMsarahintampa

Mon, 22 May 2017 16:03:58 +0000

(image)  TV provider Dish Network is today rolling out new technology that will make watching television a hands-free experience, via a new integration with Amazon Alexa. The company says that its pay TV customers using either its Hopper or Wally receivers will now be able to search for programs, change channels, as well as pause, rewind and fast forward television just by speaking. These options… Read More(image)

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Apple Pay now supports higher value transactions at most UK contactless tillsApple%20Pay%20now%20supports%20higher%20value%20transactions%20at%20most%20UK%20contactless%26nbsp%3Btillsapple paynelomas

Mon, 22 May 2017 16:01:39 +0000

(image)  If the UK’s £30 contactless payment limit was holding back greater adoption of Apple’s biometric contactless payment tech, Apple Pay, the company should expect to see uplift in usage as it believes that a majority of UK contactless POS now supports limitless transactions. Read More(image)

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Uber debuts a “smarter” UberPool in ManhattanUber%20debuts%20a%20%26%238220%3Bsmarter%26%238221%3B%20UberPool%20in%26nbsp%3BManhattanuberpoolsarahintampa

Mon, 22 May 2017 15:13:17 +0000

(image)  Uber announced this morning a series of under-the-hood changes to its ride-sharing service UberPool in Manhattan, with the goal of improving its matching algorithms, as well as its pickup and dropoff processes in the city. The company says the updates are based on incorporating driver and rider feedback into its algorithms, and come following last year’s redesign of the service in… Read More(image)

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Citi Global head of design on how design is actually a blue-collar professiontechcrunchimageep15CP

Mon, 22 May 2017 15:00:24 +0000

(image)  Stephen Gates is the Global Head of Design at Citi. In our 15th episode, we talk about how design and creativity are actually blue collar professions, what it’s like to approach design for an industry as old as banking, and what it takes to become a design leader, regardless of where you are in your design career. Design is not easy work and it’s not solely comprised of… Read More(image)

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Google’s new website explains Syrian refugee crisis with 360 degree photos, satellite imagery, video & moreGoogle%E2%80%99s%20new%20website%20explains%20Syrian%20refugee%20crisis%20with%20360%20degree%20photos%2C%20satellite%20imagery%2C%20video%20%26amp%3B%26nbsp%3BmoreSFS_BlogPost_Family_Shot_ZPjLS65.width-1630sarahintampa

Mon, 22 May 2017 14:09:04 +0000

(image)  The charitable arm of Google and the UN have teamed up on a new website aimed at helping people better understand the Syrian refugee crisis through the combination of data from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) along with satellite imagery, 360 degree photos and stills, videos, stories from refugees, and more. The new site, called “Searching for Syria,”… Read More(image)

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Ford names Jim Hackett CEO to take its connected car plans up a gearFord%20names%20Jim%20Hackett%20CEO%20to%20take%20its%20connected%20car%20plans%20up%20a%26nbsp%3BgearFord Motor vehicles signingridlunden

Mon, 22 May 2017 13:52:48 +0000

(image)  After a day of speculation, automaker Ford has announced a significant regime change to underscore its ambitions in connected and self-driving cars: Jim Hackett — who had been running Ford’s Smart Mobility business — is taking over as the company’s CEO, replacing Mark Fields, who is retiring. The move is a bold attempt to push Ford into what many see as the next… Read More(image)

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Co-living gets more cash as shared housing developer HubHaus raises $1.4 millionCo-living%20gets%20more%20cash%20as%20shared%20housing%20developer%20HubHaus%20raises%20%241.4%26nbsp%3Bmilliontcdisrupt-ny17-0099shieberj

Mon, 22 May 2017 13:32:26 +0000

(image)  It’s an old story for anyone moving out to a new place, but for Merchant, and others like her, the idea that there can be a better way to move to a place, and live in a city, has led to the creation of new co-living spaces. In the old days, these spaces (once called communes by a generation less capitalized but perhaps no less idealistic) grew organically around shared interests and… Read More(image)

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Echodyne homes in on $29 million to give drones and self-driving cars ‘radar vision’Echodyne%20homes%20in%20on%20%2429%20million%20to%20give%20drones%20and%20self-driving%20cars%20%26%238216%3Bradar%26nbsp%3Bvision%26%238217%3Bbattle-droneslorakolodnytc

Mon, 22 May 2017 13:10:23 +0000

(image)  Autonomous vehicles all need sensors that can help them detect and avoid objects in their environment. And to operate at high speeds, these sophisticated machines need to identify objects ahead precisely, and early enough, that they can avoid crashing into them. Existing systems have included light ranging and detection systems and cameras, primarily. But the effectiveness of both LiDAR and… Read More(image)

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CornerJob bags $19M to keep growing its blue-collar hiring platformCornerJob%20bags%20%2419M%20to%20keep%20growing%20its%20blue-collar%20hiring%26nbsp%3BplatformCornerJobnelomas

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:02:02 +0000

(image)  Barcelona-based blue-collar recruitment app CornerJob has closed a $19 million Series C. The new financing will be used for product development, says CEO David Rodriguez, as well as bolstering its position in “strategic markets” and expanding into some new ones. Read More(image)

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