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City of Portland may subpoena Uber for details on Greyball programCity%20of%20Portland%20may%20subpoena%20Uber%20for%20details%20on%20Greyball%26nbsp%3BprogramUber lets customers plan rides a month aheadtaylortechcrunch

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 01:01:14 +0000

(image)  The Rose City isn’t happy with Uber… again. After the company failed to turn over details on its deeply sketchy “Greyball” software by Portland’s deadline, the city may seek to compel Uber to hand it over with a subpoena. Those intentions, reported by the Oregonian, were articulated by Portland Commissioner Dan Saltzman, who oversees the city’s Bureau… Read More(image)


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Former NSA director explains why the spy agency will end a controversial surveillance techniqueFormer%20NSA%20director%20explains%20why%20the%20spy%20agency%20will%20end%20a%20controversial%20surveillance%26nbsp%3BtechniqueGeneral Michael Haydenkateconger

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 00:22:26 +0000

(image)  Earlier today, the NSA announced its intentions to limit a surveillance technique that had a nasty side effect of sweeping up communications to and from Americans. In a rare unprompted press statement, the NSA explained that it would halt “any upstream internet communications that are solely ‘about’ a foreign intelligence target,” restricting its surveillance to… Read More(image)


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Amazon is shutting down its ‘Underground Actually Free’ program that gives away free Android appsAmazon%20is%20shutting%20down%20its%20%26%238216%3BUnderground%20Actually%20Free%26%238217%3B%20program%20that%20gives%20away%20free%20Android%26nbsp%3BappsAmazon Undergroundsarahintampa

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 00:11:09 +0000

(image)  Amazon announced it will be shutting down its “Underground Actually Free” program, which offers customers free versions of Android apps that would typically cost money, including those that relied on in-app purchases but were otherwise free downloads. Though it promised long-term support when it debuted back in August 2015, Amazon today says the “Actually Free” program… Read More(image)


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Jack Dorsey just spent $9.5M buying more Twitter stockJack%20Dorsey%20just%20spent%20%249.5M%20buying%20more%20Twitter%26nbsp%3BstockJack Dorsey Portrait Shootjmannes16

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 00:00:15 +0000

(image)  Jack Dorsey is at it again — after purchasing $7 million in Twitter stock back in February, the Twitter CEO bought another $9.5 million today. After making his purchase, Dorsey posted the news on Facebook Twitter, sparking a one percent gain in the company’s share price in after-hours trading. According to an SEC filing, Dorsey purchased 574,002 shares of Twitter stock… Read More(image)


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Someone scraped 40,000 Tinder selfies to make a facial dataset for AI experimentsSomeone%20scraped%2040%2C000%20Tinder%20selfies%20to%20make%20a%20facial%20dataset%20for%20AI%26nbsp%3BexperimentsPeople of Tinder datasetnelomas

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 23:21:43 +0000

(image)  Tinder users have many motives for uploading their likeness to the dating app. But contributing a facial biometric to a downloadable data set for training convolutional neural networks probably wasn’t top of their list when they signed up to swipe. Read More(image)


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Tencent to open AI research center in SeattleTencent%20to%20open%20AI%20research%20center%20in%26nbsp%3BSeattle3rd World Internet Conference - Day 1jmannes16

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 23:03:02 +0000

(image)  Chinese tech conglomerate Tencent will be opening a new AI research center in Seattle, according to The Information. The company has long had a core office in Palo Alto, but this will be its first major machine intelligence R&D effort in the country. Earlier this week Tencent announced that it would open its first data center in Silicon Valley. Read More(image)


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Yik Yak shuts down after Square paid $1 million for its engineersYik%20Yak%20shuts%20down%20after%20Square%20paid%20%241%20million%20for%20its%26nbsp%3Bengineersyik-yak-hivelorakolodnytc

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 22:56:28 +0000

(image)  Yik Yak co-founders Tyler Droll and Brooks Buffington published a farewell note to users on Friday, announcing they would shut down their once-popular anonymous social network this week. The app allowed people to connect with other users within a certain radius, and was widely marketed in and used on college campuses. Read More(image)


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Data management startup Rubrik confirms $180M round at a $1.3B valuationData%20management%20startup%20Rubrik%20confirms%20%24180M%20round%20at%20a%20%241.3B%26nbsp%3BvaluationData cloud over computers with flying numbersingridlunden

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 22:11:48 +0000

(image)  Rubrik, a startup that provides data backup and recovery services for enterprises across both cloud and on-premises environments, has closed a $180 million round of funding that values the company at $1.3 billion. The news confirms a report we ran earlier this week noting that the company was raising between $150 million and $200 million. Read More(image)


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Auto site Carvana tumbles 26% in stock market debutAuto%20site%20Carvana%20tumbles%2026%25%20in%20stock%20market%26nbsp%3BdebutCarvanaDeliveryroofkatie

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 21:28:23 +0000

(image)  Carvana, the site for buying and selling cars, had a rough first day in the public markets. After pricing its IPO at $15 per share, it ended the day down 26 percent, at $11.10. Bankers typically recommend a price that would cause the shares to go up about 20 percent or so on the first day. But Carvana maximized every last dollar in its $225 million offering, at the cost of new investors. Read More(image)


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California orders RydenGo to shut down its websiteCalifornia%20orders%20RydenGo%20to%20shut%20down%20its%26nbsp%3Bwebsiterydengohallgeisler

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:54:14 +0000

(image)  On April 13, the state of California issued a cease and desist letter to RydenGo, saying that the company had to take down its website. The letter stated that the ride-hailing startup was operating without a permit from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The problem with the order, according to RydenGo CEO Michael Pappas, is that the company is not yet operating. Read More(image)


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Cloudera finishes up 20% in stock market debutCloudera%20finishes%20up%2020%25%20in%20stock%20market%26nbsp%3BdebutNYSEroofkatie

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:15:42 +0000

(image)  After pricing its IPO at $15 per share, Cloudera, the enterprise big data company, closed the day up more than 20 percent, at $18.09. This also is above the range of $12 to $14 for which Cloudera was preparing. Read More(image)


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Apple offers feedback on California’s proposed driverless testing rule changesApple%20offers%20feedback%20on%20California%26%238217%3Bs%20proposed%20driverless%20testing%20rule%26nbsp%3Bchanges-1x-1 (1)etherin

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:46:08 +0000

(image)  Apple has offered feedback to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) concerning its proposed new rule changes regarding autonomous vehicle testing on state roads. The formal feedback provided by Apple is relatively short and to the point, contained in a letter submitted to the DMV and embedded below, signed by Apple Director of Product Integrity Steve Kenner (who also authored… Read More(image)


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Microsoft hires former FTC figure for new privacy roleMicrosoft%20hires%20former%20FTC%20figure%20for%20new%20privacy%26nbsp%3Brolemicrosoft_logotaylortechcrunch

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:42:16 +0000

(image)  On Friday, Microsoft announced that it will create a new role for former Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill. Brill will take the lead on privacy, data protection and regulatory issues at Microsoft as the corporate vice president and deputy general counsel for its Privacy and Regulatory Affairs group. Read More(image)


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Tumblr just added a switch in the iOS Settings that lets you turn the porn back onTumblr%20just%20added%20a%20switch%20in%20the%20iOS%20Settings%20that%20lets%20you%20turn%20the%20porn%20back%26nbsp%3Bontumblr-nsfwsarahintampa

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:23:23 +0000

(image)  Here’s an interesting change: Tumblr’s iOS application just received an update which now lets you turn on or off adult-oriented, NSFW search results just by toggling a switch in iOS’s Settings. That’s right: you can now switch on or off the Tumblr porn with ease. Weirder still, Tumblr’s note about the change in the App Store update text says this was… Read More(image)


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Exploring Virtualities, a Utah VR arcade and theater startup taking over a dying mallExploring%20Virtualities%2C%20a%20Utah%20VR%20arcade%20and%20theater%20startup%20taking%20over%20a%20dying%26nbsp%3BmallScreen Shot 2017-04-28 at 11.38.47 AMsarahbuhr

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:17:14 +0000

(image)  Virtualities founder Ryan Burningham has a new idea for abandoned retail spaces — VR. VR theaters and arcades like Virtualities are starting to pop up in warehouses and other empty spaces around the U.S., including Burningham’s startup, located in what used to be a Hot Topic on the second floor of the Gateway Mall on Salt Lake City’s west side. Read More(image)


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Elon Musk teases Tesla electric semi truck, up to 4 new Gigafactory locationsElon%20Musk%20teases%20Tesla%20electric%20semi%20truck%2C%20up%20to%204%20new%20Gigafactory%26nbsp%3BlocationsTesla Trucketherin

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:03:50 +0000

(image)  Elon Musk was on stage at the 2017 TED Conference in Vancouver on Friday, and he revealed some of his tunnel work and aspirations, but he also talked about a few ongoing Tesla projects he’s referenced before. The multi-CEO showed a shadowy image that gives us our first look at what his forthcoming electric Semi Truck will look like, and also let drop the suggestion that Tesla will… Read More(image)


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NSA ends controversial collection of Americans’ emails that mention foreign targetsNSA%20ends%20controversial%20collection%20of%20Americans%26%238217%3B%20emails%20that%20mention%20foreign%26nbsp%3BtargetsNSA Headquarters Ft Meadetaylortechcrunch

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 18:53:53 +0000

(image)  Privacy advocates are finally getting (a little bit) of what they want. Friday, The New York Times reported that the NSA will end its practice of collecting texts and emails by American citizens sent or received by individuals abroad that mention foreign surveillance targets. Read More(image)


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Watch how Elon Musk’s Boring Company tunnels will move cars fasterelevator-boring-companyetherin

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 18:33:54 +0000

(image)  Just what does Elon Musk’s Boring Company want to accomplish? This might be our clearest picture yet – a video shown during Musk’s TEDTalk from Friday morning, which includes a rendering of a future underground transit network where cars travel on crisscrossing layers of tunnels that include sleds shuttling vehicles around on rails at around 130 mph. Musk’s vision… Read More(image)


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Deep Sentinel raises $7.4M to bring deep learning to home securityDeep%20Sentinel%20raises%20%247.4M%20to%20bring%20deep%20learning%20to%20home%26nbsp%3BsecurityApril 2017_Deep Sentinel Teamjmannes16

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 18:09:39 +0000

(image)  Deep Sentinel, a home security startup, today announced that it had closed a $7.4 million Series A led by Shasta Ventures with participation from Bezos Expeditions, Lux Capital and UP2398. Founded by serial entrepreneur David Selinger, Deep Sentinel is betting that its emphasis on user experience can provide needed differentiation in the crowded space. Over tea in the… Read More(image)


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