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Dovetale wants to let brands of any size use influencer marketingDovetale%20wants%20to%20let%20brands%20of%20any%20size%20use%20influencer%26nbsp%3BmarketingTeenage girl with a perfect smile taking a selfiefitzteppermanagesearchrecsmeasurepay

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:00:27 +0000

(image)  Influencer marketing is red hot right now. Whether you realize it or not, a material percentage of your Instagram feed today is probably content posted by people getting paid….a lot. It’s not unheard of for the platform’s most popular accounts to get paid over $100,000 per post, and major brands collectively are spending an estimated $255 million per month on sponsored… Read More(image)


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Scout helps take the pain out of recruitingScout%20helps%20take%20the%20pain%20out%20of%26nbsp%3Brecruitingscoutryanlawlerprofile

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:00:03 +0000

(image)  New York-based Scout wants to take the pain out of hiring, by automating search and outreach for companies. The company is able to reduce friction associated with recruiting by presenting hiring managers with qualified candidates and making it easier to reach them. The company was founded to help simplify the process of finding and recruiting top talent. That’s something founder and… Read More(image)


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Kubernetes on Microsoft’s Azure Container Service is now generally availableKubernetes%20on%20Microsoft%26%238217%3Bs%20Azure%20Container%20Service%20is%20now%20generally%26nbsp%3BavailableAerial View Of Cargo Containers At Commercial Dockfredericlardinois

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:00:01 +0000

(image)  Kubernetes, the Google-incubated open source container orchestration system, is quickly becoming the de facto standard for managing large container deployments. Microsoft launched a preview of support for Kubernetes in its Azure Container Service last year; today it is taking this service out of beta and making it generally available. Read More(image)


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Windows 10 privacy settings still worrying European watchdogsWindows%2010%20privacy%20settings%20still%20worrying%20European%26nbsp%3Bwatchdogswindows10-laptopnelomaswindows-10-privacy-2-1024x812

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:49:28 +0000

(image)  European Union data protection authorities continue to have privacy-related concerns about Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system, despite the company making some tweaks to privacy settings for users of the OS after criticism and concerns were raised last year. Read More(image)


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After data breaches, Verizon knocks $350M off Yahoo sale, now valued at $4.48BAfter%20data%20breaches%2C%20Verizon%20knocks%20%24350M%20off%20Yahoo%20sale%2C%20now%20valued%20at%26nbsp%3B%244.48Byahoo-verizoningridlunden

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:35:50 +0000

(image)  After the disclosure of two massive data breaches last year, today Yahoo and Verizon finally confirmed new terms for the sale of Yahoo to Verizon: Verizon will pay $350 million less than originally planned, working out to a price of $4.48 billion to acquire Yahoo. The two have also agreed to share legal and regulatory liabilities after the massive data breach at Yahoo, which affected some… Read More(image)


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Cosmunity brings the geek convention experience onlineCosmunity%20brings%20the%20geek%20convention%20experience%26nbsp%3BonlineCosmunity graphicanthha

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:00:43 +0000

(image)  Cosmunity is a new social network for people who want to keep the experience of Comic Con (or another geek event of your choosing) going all year long. Co-founder and CEO Cole Egger recalled attending a Dallas Comic Con (now known as Fan Expo Dallas) and being “blown away by the size.” However,  he found fans who were “frustrated” by the difficulty of staying… Read More(image)


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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 210 will add support for Android Things later this yearQualcomm%E2%80%99s%20Snapdragon%20210%20will%20add%20support%20for%20Android%20Things%20later%20this%26nbsp%3Byearsnapdragon 210bheater

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:30:31 +0000

(image)  When it launched Android Things back in December, Google announced a handful of hardware partners for its Android-based internet of things operating system, including Intel Edison, NXP Pico and the Raspberry Pi 3. Qualcomm, naturally, wanted in on the action, releasing its own straightforward, if vague, response to the announcement, titled, “Qualcomm Intends to Collaborate with Google… Read More(image)


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Meitu’s new phone includes a dual pixel front camera and AI-powered beautificationMeitu%26%238217%3Bs%20new%20phone%20includes%20a%20dual%20pixel%20front%20camera%20and%20AI-powered%26nbsp%3Bbeautificationdazzlingblue2Jonmeitu-selfie-2meitu-selfie-3meitu-selfie-4meitu-t8-selfie

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:31:49 +0000

(image)  Selfie app and phone company Meitu has unveiled its latest smartphone, which doubles down its focus on selfie cameras and beautification. Meitu went public in December with a Hong Kong listing that was fairly tepid but nevertheless the country’s largest tech IPO since 2007. It started out making selfie apps but branched into selling ‘selfie-optimized’ smartphones in 2013.… Read More(image)


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Meltwater acquires Oxford Uni spin-out Wrapidity to add AI to media monitoring capabilitiesMeltwater%20acquires%20Oxford%20Uni%20spin-out%20Wrapidity%20to%20add%20AI%20to%20media%20monitoring%26nbsp%3Bcapabilitieswrapidity-founders-at-shack-15-meltwaterSteve O'Hear

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:00:40 +0000

(image)  Meltwater, the self-described ‘media intelligence’ company, has acquired Wrapidity, a U.K.-based AI startup that has built technology to automate the extraction of data from unstructured web-based content. Read More(image)


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Facebook on course to be the WeChat of the West, says GartnerFacebook%20on%20course%20to%20be%20the%20WeChat%20of%20the%20West%2C%20says%26nbsp%3BGartnerwhatsapp-messengernelomas

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:30:07 +0000

(image)  It’s the beginning of the end for smartphone apps as we have known and tapped on them, reckons Gartner. The analyst is calling the start of a “post-apps” era, based on changes in consumer interactions that appear driven, in large part, by the rise of dominant messaging platforms designed to consume more and more of mobile users’ time and attention. Read More(image)


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Alibaba’s Ant Financial expands to Korea with $200M investment in Kakao PayAlibaba%26%238217%3Bs%20Ant%20Financial%20expands%20to%20Korea%20with%20%24200M%20investment%20in%20Kakao%26nbsp%3BPaydaum kakaoJon

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 04:19:44 +0000

(image)  Alibaba affiliate Ant Financial is making yet another M&A deal. The firm is investing $200 million into a fintech project belonging to Kakao, the $5 billion firm that runs Korea’s dominant messaging service. Ant Financial, which manages payments service Alipay and Alibaba’s digital banking business, will invest the capital into Kakao Pay, a soon-to-launch Kakao fintech division. Read More(image)


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Uber’s Travis Kalanick details independent investigation regarding sexual harassmentUber%26%238217%3Bs%20Travis%20Kalanick%20details%20independent%20investigation%20regarding%20sexual%26nbsp%3BharassmentUber CEO Travis Kalanick Attends The Third Netease Future Technology Conferencemdickey

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 23:59:20 +0000

(image)  Uber CEO Travis Kalanick sent a memo to employees today following allegations of sexual harassment from former Uber engineer Susan Fowler. In the memo, obtained by TechCrunch, Kalanick said the company has tapped former US Attorney General Eric Holder and Tammy Albarran, partners at law firm Covington & Burling, to independently investigate the workplace issues Fowler spoke about in her… Read More(image)


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Samsung takes a big hit in new US reputation pollSamsung%20takes%20a%20big%20hit%20in%20new%20US%20reputation%26nbsp%3BpollSAMSUNG galaxy note 7 batterybheater

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 23:30:26 +0000

(image)  Last year was rough on just about everyone. Samsung seemed to get it especially bad, as the Note 7 saga stretched out over several months and two separate recalls. Somewhere in there, the electronic giant’s washing machines got caught up in the madness with a recall of their own, while its executives got tangled up in some questionable governmental dealings. To the surprise of many,… Read More(image)


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Uber is not the only tech company that mishandles sexual harassment claimsUber%20is%20not%20the%20only%20tech%20company%20that%20mishandles%20sexual%20harassment%26nbsp%3Bclaimsuber-harrassment2mdickey

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 22:20:24 +0000

(image)  On Sunday, a female former Uber engineer detailed her experiences of sexual harassment at the multibillion-dollar company. The engineer, Susan Fowler, said she experienced sexual harassment and had reported it to Uber’s human resources department but to no avail. Unfortunately, Fowler’s experience with sexual harassment at Uber does not seem to be uncommon in the tech industry, Read More(image)


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In San Francisco, lease prices hold steady, but landlords offer more perksIn%20San%20Francisco%2C%20lease%20prices%20hold%20steady%2C%20but%20landlords%20offer%20more%26nbsp%3BperksSan Francisco Cable Carconnieloizos

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 22:20:21 +0000

(image)  Leasing commercial space in San Francisco is as expensive as ever, but prices are mostly holding steady for the first time in a long time —  not rising. That shift has landlords offering more perks and brokers wondering what’s next. Their obvious concern: that good times can’t last forever, especially for venture-backed companies that aren’t IPO candidates and… Read More(image)


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App Store bug boosts paid apps over subscriptions in the top chartsApp%20Store%20bug%20boosts%20paid%20apps%20over%20subscriptions%20in%20the%20top%26nbsp%3Bchartsapple-app-store-iossarahintampaunnamed

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 22:15:49 +0000

(image)  A number of smaller, paid applications scored a spot on the App Store’s Top Grossing chart over the weekend in what may have been either the test of a new App Store algorithm or a fairly significant bug. The issue began on Friday, and only seemed to affect the Top Grossing apps, but not the other charts, like Top Free or Top Paid apps. However, the Top… Read More(image)


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Legislation to stop U.S. border agents from demanding passwords and logins is on the wayLegislation%20to%20stop%20U.S.%20border%20agents%20from%20demanding%20passwords%20and%20logins%20is%20on%20the%26nbsp%3Bway6208920458_5158bfb56b_btaylortechcrunch

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 21:39:07 +0000

(image)  Privacy advocates aren’t happy with proposals for enhanced digital prying at U.S. borders, and now that issue could be taken up in the Senate. In a letter to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden called for accountability around reports that U.S. Customs and Border agents are obtaining the passwords to locked devices that belong to detainees at the border. Read More(image)


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New Zealand High Court upholds Kim Dotcom extradition rulingNew%20Zealand%20High%20Court%20upholds%20Kim%20Dotcom%20extradition%26nbsp%3BrulingInternet Party Founder Kim Dotcom Attends Townhall Event Ahead Of New Zealand Electionryanlawler

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 20:55:50 +0000

(image)  Kim Dotcom, founder of Mega and Megaupload, has suffered another defeat in court. In the latest ruling, New Zealand High Court judge Murray Gilbert upheld an earlier decision finding that Dotcom and business associates could be extradited to the U.S. to face charges. Read More(image)


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Disrupt NY Startup Battlefield applications are due in a weekDisrupt%20NY%20Startup%20Battlefield%20applications%20are%20due%20in%20a%26nbsp%3Bweektc-disrupt2mjburnsy

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 20:29:09 +0000

(image)  It takes about 15 minutes to fill out an application for Startup Battlefield and they’re due in a week. Stop procrastinating and submit your startup. Applications for Startup Battlefield at Disrupt NY are now open. We’re searching for new, up-and-coming startups to launch and compete on the  TechCrunch Disrupt NY stage. Why Apply? Your team will get to pitch for six minutes and… Read More(image)


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Alienware’s 13 R3 is testament to small and powerful VR-capable laptopsAlienware%26%238217%3Bs%2013%20R3%20is%20testament%20to%20small%20and%20powerful%20VR-capable%26nbsp%3Blaptopsl1010254Stefl1010269l1010254l1010276l1010257l1010152l1010154l1010216l1010220l1010287l1010181

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:51:42 +0000

(image)  Alienware’s latest offering is the smallest powerhouse laptop produced by the company. The 13 R3 is extremely compact for a VR-compatible system, but portability comes at a premium. Even so, the laptop has a lot to offer for gamers and everyday users outside of virtual reality. Especially since its performance is akin to a small gaming desktop rather than a gaming laptop. Read More(image)


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