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    TechCrunch » UK report warns DeepMind Health could gain ‘excessive monopoly power’


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    Posted 7 months ago

    DeepMind’s foray into digital health services continues to raise concerns. The latest worries are voiced by a panel of external reviewers appointed by the Google-owned AI company to report on its operations after its initial data-sharing arrangements with the U.K.’s National Health Service (NHS) ran into a major public controversy in 2016. The DeepMind Health Independent Reviewers’ 2018 report flags ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Crown, a new app from Tinder’s parent company, turns dating into a game


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    Posted 7 months ago

    If you’re already resentful of online dating culture and how it turned finding companionship into a game, you may not be quite ready for this: Crown, a new dating app that actually turns getting matches into a game. Crown is the latest project to launch from Match Group, the operator of a number of dating sites and apps including Match, ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Teaching computers to plan for the future


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    Posted 7 months ago

    As humans, we’ve gotten pretty good at shaping the world around us. We can choose the molecular design of our fruits and vegetables, travel faster and farther and stave off life-threatening diseases with personalized medical care. However, what continues to elude our molding grasp is the airy notion of “time” — how to see further than our present moment, and ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Elizabeth Holmes reportedly steps down at Theranos after criminal indictment


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    Posted 7 months ago

    Elizabeth Holmes has left her role as CEO of Theranos and has been charged with wire fraud, CNBC and others report. The company’s former president, Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani, was also indicted today by a grand jury. These criminal charges are separate from the civil ones filed in March by the SEC and already settled. There are 11 charges; two are ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Judge says ‘literal but nonsensical’ Google translation isn’t consent for police search


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    Posted 7 months ago

    Machine translation of foreign languages is undoubtedly a very useful thing, but if you’re going for anything more than directions or recommendations for lunch, its shallowness is a real barrier. And when it comes to the law and constitutional rights, a “good enough” translation doesn’t cut it, a judge has ruled. The ruling (PDF) is not hugely consequential, but it ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Machines learn language better by using a deep understanding of words


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    Posted 7 months ago

    Computer systems are getting quite good at understanding what people say, but they also have some major weak spots. Among them is the fact that they have trouble with words that have multiple or complex meanings. A new system called ELMo adds this critical context to words, producing better understanding across the board. To illustrate the problem, think of the ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Apple and Oprah sign a multi-year partnership on original content


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    Posted 7 months ago

    Apple announced today a multi-year content partnership with Oprah Winfrey to produce programs for the tech company’s upcoming video-streaming service. Apple didn’t provide any specific details as to what sort of projects Winfrey would be involved in, but there will be more than one it seems. Apple shared the news of its deal with Winfrey in a brief statement on ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Kustomer gets $26M to take on Zendesk with an omnichannel approach to customer support


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    Posted 7 months ago

    The CRM industry is now estimated to be worth some $4 billion annually, and today a startup has announced a round of funding that it hopes will help it take on one aspect of that lucrative pie, customer support. Kustomer, a startup out of New York that integrates a number of sources to give support staff a complete picture of ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » With its new in-car operating system, BMW slowly breaks with tradition


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    Posted 7 months ago

    When you spend time with a lot of BMW folks, as I did during a trip to Germany earlier this month, you’ll regularly hear the word “heritage.” Maybe that’s no surprise, given that the company is now well over 100 years old. But in a time of rapid transformation that’s hitting every car manufacturer, engineers and designers have to strike ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Showcase your country or state’s startups at Startup Alley


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    Posted 7 months ago

    Disrupt SF is just a few months away (September 5-7 at Moscone Center West) and we’re looking for delegations of international startup groups, government innovation centers, incubators and accelerators to organize a country, state or regional pavilion in Startup Alley. Are you ready to step on a world stage, show off your emerging companies and be recognized as a leader ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Lemonade files lawsuit against wefox for IP infringement


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    Posted 7 months ago

    Lemonade, the insurance platform based out of NYC, has filed a lawsuit against German company ONE Insurance, its parent company wefox, and founder Julian Teicke. The complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court Southern District of NY, alleges that wefox reverse engineered Lemonade to create ONE, infringing Lemonade’s intellectual property, violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and breaching its ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Uber’s unrelenting desire to be everything


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    Posted 7 months ago

    Welcome back to CTRL+T, the TechCrunch podcast where Megan Rose Dickey and I talk about stories from the week that we either found interesting or hated and had more to say about. This week we talked about Uber . Uber, Uber, Uber. This company wants everything. The rideshare market! Autonomous vehicles! Flying vehicles! And now? Scooters. And to be able ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Apple Maps outage disrupts search and navigation for all users [Update: resolved]


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    Posted 7 months ago

    Apple Maps is experiencing a widespread outage, according to the company’s System Status page. Maps routing, navigation and search are impacted by the outage, which is affecting all users, the page informs. [Update: the problems were resolved at 1:05 PM ET.] The issues were first noticed by the Apple news site MacRumors, before Apple’s own website confirmed the outage starting ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » European and Indian regulators team up to defend net neutrality


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    Posted 7 months ago

    Representatives of Europe’s BEREC (Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications) and India’s TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) met up yesterday to sign a joint statement to promote an open internet. This short document describes a set of rules to guarantee net neutrality. Those are some basic rules, such as equal treatment of internet traffic, a case-by-case assessment of ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Venmo is discontinuing web support for payments and more


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    Posted 7 months ago

    PayPal-owned, peer-to-peer payments app Venmo is ending web support for its service, the company announced in an email to users. The changes, which are beginning to roll out now, will see the Venmo .com website phasing out support for making payments and charging users. In time, users will see even less functionality on the website, the company says. The message ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Fitbit employees charged with stealing Jawbone trade secrets


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    Posted 7 months ago

    Six current and former Fitbit employees have been hit with a federal indictment over the theft of trade secrets from one-time rival, Jawbone. All had worked for Jawbone for at least a year between 2011 and 2015, before jumping ship and getting hired by the company’s chief competitor. The allegations have been floating around for a while. Look, we even ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Gmail proves that some people hate smart suggestions


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    Posted 7 months ago

    Gmail has recently introduced a brand new redesign. While you can disable or ignore most of the new features, Gmail has started resurfacing old unanswered emails with a suggestion that you should reply. And this is what it looks like: The orange text immediately grabs your attention. By bumping the email thread to the top of your inbox, Gmails also ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Adobe could be the next $10 billion software company


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    Posted 7 months ago

    Adobe reported its Q2 FY’18 earnings yesterday and the news was quite good. The company announced $2.2 billion in revenue for the quarter up 24 percent year over year. That puts them on an impressive $8.8 billion run rate, within reach of becoming the next $10 billion software company (or at least on a run rate). Revenue was up across ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Apple’s new Mac ads show that even Grimes uses dongles


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    Posted 7 months ago

    Apple has launched a new advertising campaign for the Mac called “behind the Mac”. In this campaign, the company is sharing user stories of people using Mac for work, creative projects and accessibility reasons. The Mac is a versatile platform. People use it for boring tasks, such as checking emails and browsing the web. But you can also use it ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » YC alum Modern Health, a startup focused on emotional wellbeing, gets $2.26M seed funding


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    Posted 7 months ago

    About one year ago, a note from a CEO thanking his employee for using sick days to take care of her mental health went viral. It was a reminder to Alyson Friedensohn of what she wants to accomplish with Modern Health, the emotional health benefits startup she founded last year with neuroscientist Erica Johnson. “We want that to be normal. ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Tainted, crypto-mining containers pulled from Docker Hub


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    Posted 7 months ago

    Security companies Fortinet and Kromtech found seventeen tainted Docker containers that were essentially downloadable images containing programs that had been designed to mine cryptocurrencies. Further investigation found that they had been downloaded 5 million times, suggesting that hackers were able to inject commands into insecure containers to download this code into otherwise healthy web applications. The researchers found the containers ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » AT&T completes its acquisition of Time Warner


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    Posted 7 months ago

    AT&T has sealed the deal to buy Time Warner in a major piece of media and technology consolidation. The deal — which is $85.4 billion and a total of $108 billion with debt — was first announced in October 2016 and, having passed a court approval earlier this week, it was completed on Thursday. That’s a long cycle to complete ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » China’s Didi Chuxing continues its international expansion with Australia launch


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    Posted 7 months ago

    Didi Chuxing, China’s dominant ride-hailing company, is continuing its international expansion after it announced plans to launch in Australia this month. The company — which bought Uber’s China business in 2016 — said it will begin serving customers in Melbourne from June 25 following a month-long trial period in Geelong, a neighboring city that’s 75km away. The business will be ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » NXP-Qualcomm $44B deal to clear China as Trump authorizes $50B tariffs


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    Posted 7 months ago

    The U.S.-China trade battle enters an important new phase. The South China Morning Post is reporting that China’s Ministry of Commerce will clear Qualcomm’s pending $44 billion acquisition of NXP Semiconductors. One independent source also conveyed the same news to TechCrunch, although there has been no official word from Qualcomm, NXP or China at time of publication. That acquisition was ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Purdue’s PHADE technology lets cameras ‘talk’ to you


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    Posted 7 months ago

    It’s become almost second nature to accept that cameras everywhere — from streets, to museums and shops — are watching you, but now they may be able to communicate with you, as well. New technology from Purdue University computer science researchers has made this dystopian prospect a reality in a new paper published today. But, they argue, it’s safer than ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » AI edges closer to understanding 3D space the way we do


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    Posted 7 months ago

    If I show you a single picture of a room, you can tell me right away that there’s a table with a chair in front of it, they’re probably about the same size, about this far from each other, with the walls this far away — enough to draw a rough map of the room. Computer vision systems don’t have ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Facebook’s longtime head of policy and comms steps down


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    Posted 7 months ago

    A prominent figure that helped shape Facebook public perception over the course of the last decade is on the way out. In a Facebook post today, Elliot Schrage, vice president of communications and public policy, announced his departure. Schrage joined the company in 2008 after leaving his position in the same role at Google. He had come under fire over ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Developers, hack your way to free passes to Disrupt SF 2018


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    Posted 7 months ago

    You’ve heard how TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2018 is going to be the biggest, most ambitious Disrupt ever — and we’re serious. So serious, in fact, that we’re super-sizing the Hackathon, taking it online and making it global. Thousands of the world’s most talented developers, programmers, hackers and tech makers can participate and submit their hacks from anywhere in the ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » The problem with ‘explainable AI’


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    Posted 7 months ago

    The first consideration when discussing transparency in AI should be data, the fuel that powers the algorithms. Companies should disclose where and how they got the data they used to fuel their AI systems’ decisions. Consumers should own their data and should be privy to the myriad ways that businesses use and sell such information, which is often done without ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Google releases first diversity report since the infamous anti-diversity memo


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    Posted 7 months ago

    Google has released its first diversity report since the infamous James Damore memo and the fallout that resulted from it. Those are both long stories but the TL;DR is that Damore said some sexist things in a memo that went viral. He got fired and then sued Google for firing him. That lawsuit, however, was shot down by the National ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » 3,000 journalists covering Kim-Trump this week is WTF is wrong with media


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    Posted 7 months ago

    Media businesses are in the dumper. Every week, we hear of new layoffs, budget cuts, diminished editorial quality and more, way more. And yet, somehow, miraculously, more than 3,000 journalists managed to find the funds to travel to Singapore to cover the Kim-Trump Summit Extraordinaire this week. How many journalists got to see the summit activity? From Politico: “Most notably, ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Reflections on E3 2018


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    Posted 7 months ago

    After taking a year off, I returned to E3 this week. It’s always a fun show, in spite of the fact that the show floor has come to rival Comic-Con in terms of the mass of people the show’s organizers are able to cram into the aisles of the convention center floor. We’ve been filing stories all week, but here ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Samsung announces a push for renewable energy


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    Posted 7 months ago

    Samsung has announced that it will use 100 percent renewable energy for all its factories and offices in the U.S., Europe and China. This is the first time Samsung has announced a public commitment for renewable energy. Greenpeace and environmental activists have been calling out Samsung for months as many tech companies have already started switching to renewable energy. Samsung ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Get your ticket to the TechCrunch Summer Party at August Capital


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    Posted 7 months ago

    We’re sentimental softies when it comes to tradition, and one of our favorites is the TechCrunch Summer Party at August Capital. This marks the thirteenth year of this Silicon Valley soiree, and we’d love to see you there. Tickets are released in batches, and the first round is available now on a first-come, first-served basis. They always sell out quickly, ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » SEC says Ether isn’t a security, but tokens based on Ether can be


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    Posted 7 months ago

    “In cases where there is no… central enterprise being invested in or where the digital asset is sold only to be used to purchase a good or service available through the network on which it was created,” that digital asset is “out of the purview of U.S. securities laws”, according to William Hinman, the director of the division of corporation ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Feast your eyes on these uniquely beautiful indie games from E3


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    Posted 7 months ago

    The AAA games on display at E3 this year have, as usual, an amazing array of beautiful, nearly photorealistic graphics — and while they’re amazing in their own way, I always find it fun to highlight a few games that take a totally different approach to their art. Here are a few that caught my eye this time around. Sable ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » ZTE has few cards left to play to avoid ‘death penalty’


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    Posted 7 months ago

    It’s not every day you see a company that employs 75,000 and once had a market cap of $20 billion facing instant doom on an hour-by-hour basis. But that’s the situation that Chinese telecom firm ZTE finds itself in right now. Following revelations that the company sold equipment with U.S. technology to Iran and North Korea in violation of U.S. ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Seattle reverses controversial tax Amazon opposed, just a month after approving it


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    Posted 7 months ago

    In an embarrassing and mystifying about-face, the Seattle City Council has repealed a tax it passed unanimously just a month ago that would require large companies to pay a fixed amount per employee; the money would have been used to combat homelessness. Amazon was the most high-profile opponent of the tax, but not the only one by far, and apparently ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Netflix’s latest hit ‘The Kissing Booth’ is a Wattpad success story


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    Posted 7 months ago

    One of the most popular movies in the U.S. is a terrible teen rom-com called “The Kissing Booth,” and it’s not in theaters. Instead, this Netflix Original with its paltry 17 percent critics’ score on Rotten Tomatoes, shot up to become the No. 4 movie on IMDb, before more recently dropping down to No. 9. Its leads, Jacob Elordi and ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Telemundo, Universal and TreasureHunt are launching a shootout game in time for the World Cup


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    Posted 7 months ago

    Just in time for the World Cup, Telemundo Deportes, Universal Brand Development and the startup TreasureHunt have launched a shootout game for the Instant Games platform on Facebook and Messenger. Telemundo Deportes is putting out the game in conjunction with its Spanish-language coverage of 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. GOAL! SHOOTOUT (WHICH IS CLEARLY VERY EXCITING) lets players vie for ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » By automating code compliance, UpCodes AI is “the spellcheck for buildings”


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    Posted 7 months ago

    For many architects, the hardest part of their job starts after they finish designing a building, when the onerous process of code compliance begins. Written to ensure the safety and accessibility of buildings, codes dictate everything from the height and depth of stairs and where railings end, to the amount of floor space in front of toilets and the height ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Ford buys historic Detroit train depot to house advanced technology groups


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    Posted 7 months ago

    Michigan Central Station long stood as a symbol of Detroit’s decline. Now, thanks to Ford, it could represent Detroit’s return. Today at an press conference in front of the Detroit icon, it was announced that Ford’s bid to purchase the train depot was accepted and the deal was done. The large building will be at the center of Ford move ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Prime savings to reach around half of Whole Foods Market stores this week


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    Posted 7 months ago

    Amazon and its grocery store chain Whole Foods announced this morning that savings for Prime members will make their way to ten more stores across the U.S. this week, including Arizona, Georgia, Oregon, North Carolina and Washington, among others. The tie-up gives Amazon shoppers another reason to join the Prime membership program – 10 percent off on-sale grocery items at ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Canvs brings its emotion analysis tool to surveys


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    Posted 7 months ago

    Jared Feldman, CEO of Canvs, said he has a big goal: “I think there needs to be a Google for emotions … where you can see how people feel about everything.” Feldman argued that creating such a product, Canvs can not only help businesses make better decisions, but also contribute to “a more empathetic world.” (When I pointed out that ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Ford tests autonomous on-demand delivery with Postmates


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    Posted 7 months ago

    Ford is teaming up with startup Postmates to pilot test autonomous on-demand delivery in Miami and Miami Beach, Fla. The pilot program includes 70 businesses like Coyo Taco Ford is also testing vehicle designs with multiple lockers in order to be able to serve more than one customer per delivery route. Since Postmates handles anything from food to hardware, the ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Splunk nabs on-call management startup VictorOps for $120M


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    Posted 7 months ago

    In a DevOps world, the operations part of the equation needs to be on call to deal with issues as they come up 24/7. We used to use pagers. Today’s solutions like PagerDuty and VictorOps have been created to place this kind of requirement in a modern digital context. Today, Splunk bought VictorOps for $120 million in cash and Splunk ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Uber applies for patent that would detect drunk passengers


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    Posted 7 months ago

    While Uber has changed the way that many think about transportation, it’s also changed the way that many drunk people find their way home at night. Rather than haphazardly hailing a cab or driving home under the influence, Uber provides a relatively safer way to get from point A to B on an indulgent evening. The company has been curious ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Workday acquires financial modelling startup Adaptive Insights for $1.55B


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    Posted 7 months ago

    Workday, the cloud-based platform that offers HR and other back-office apps for businesses, is making an acquisition to expand its portfolio of services: It’s buying Adaptive Insights, a provider of cloud-based business planning and financial modelling tools, for $1.55 billion. The acquisition is notable because Adaptive Insights had filed for an IPO as recently as May 17. Workday says that ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Pan-European seed fund firstminute hits a final fund close of $100M


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    Posted 7 months ago

    New UK early stage VC firstminute Capital launched in June last year to the tune of $60m, with European VC Atomico as its first cornerstone investor. They were joined by 30 unicorns founders from Europe and the US. Last September they brought in the huge China-based company, Tencent reaching a fund size of $85m. Today firstminute capital, the London-based pan-European ... [Link]



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    TechCrunch » Xiaomi posts $1.1B quarterly loss ahead of much-anticipated IPO


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    Posted 7 months ago

    A month after it filed for a much-anticipated Hong Kong IPO, Xiaomi has revealed a little more financial information after a monster 621-page document disclosed a $1.1 billion (seven billion RMB) loss for the first quarter of the year. The IPO, which could raise up to $10 billion value Xiaomi at high as $100 billion, is set to be the ... [Link]



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Most of the funds will be used to increase housing for low- to middle-income workers across the Puget Sound region.</p> <p>“At some level we as a region are going to need to either say there are certain areas where we’re comfortable having more people live, or we just want to permanently force the people who are going to teach our kids in schools, and put out the fires in our houses, and keep us alive in the hospital, to spend four hours every day getting to and from work,” Smith told the newspaper. “That is not, in our view, the best outcome for the community.”</p> <p>Smith added that he hopes the pledge will help create “tens of thousands of units.” In addition to being the largest pledge ever made by Microsoft, which holds $135 billion in cash reserves and short-term investments, the company says it is one of the largest housing contributions ever by a private corporation.</p> <p>The money will be used in three ways: $225 million will be loaned at below-market interest rates to developers building units for households making between $62,000 to $124,000 a year; $250 million will be used for market-rate loans to support the construction of affordable housing for people making up to 60 percent of the local median income, or about $48,150 for a two-person household; and the rest of the money, $25 million, will be donated to services for low-income and homeless people. 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As he told us in a call yesterday, &#8220;There was a lot of interest in having us raising a larger fund, but that would require a shift in strategy, and we want to stick with what we do.&#8221; What that is, exactly: investing &#8220;very early, in some cases, pre-product and pre-launch.&#8221; Says Hirshland, &#8220;Much of the seed-stage industry has become more focused on early signs of traction, but we&#8217;re really still betting on teams.&#8221;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Hirshland points to OpenDoor, calling its team so &#8220;phenomenal&#8221; that it &#8220;didn&#8217;t take a genius to say yes to that one.&#8221;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Greenhouse was meanwhile &#8220;two guys and a really crappy PowerPoint&#8221; when Resolute met with the team. Founders Daniel Chait and Jon Stross &#8220;wildly impressed&#8221; Hirschland, but their pitch also resonated. Says Hirshland, &#8220;There was nothing special or sexy about this big recruiting jobs market&#8221; the company was chasing. But Chait and Stross had &#8220;both done a bunch of stuff at large companies&#8221; and &#8220;seemed like the perfect team. Daniel was very CEO-like. He had a technical background but also knows how to run a business; Jonathan was the quintessential product guy.&#8221;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;OpenDoor was most recently valued at &lt;a href=&#39;https://techcrunch.com/2018/09/27/opendoor-just-raised-400-million-in-funding-from-softbanks-vision-fund/&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;roughly $2 billion&lt;/a&gt;. Greenhouse has not disclosed its valuation, but it has raised &lt;a href=&#39;https://techcrunch.com/2018/07/12/intelligent-recruiting-platform-greenhouse-picks-up-another-50m/&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;$110 million&lt;/a&gt; to date, including from Riverwood Capital and Benchmark.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&#8220;On the spectrum,&#8221; says Hirshland, &#8220;we lean toward going with a team. However, we fundamentally need to believe in the market opportunity.&#8221; Yet even then there are exceptions to the rule, he says. One case in point is BarkBox, the New York-based pet supplies company that is surviving and &#8212; says Hirshland &#8212; thriving on customers who pay it a monthly subscription fee.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Founder Matt Meeker, who previously founded Meetup.com, had &#8220;had worked with me [when I was with Polaris],&#8221; says Hirshland, and &#8220;I did not like the idea. I didn&#8217;t think a subscription doggy business would be a big one. But,&#8221; he continues, &#8220;I&#8217;d back Matt any day of the week, and now BarkBox is enjoying hundreds of millions of dollars in annual revenue, so we know who was right and wrong about that one.&#8221;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Resolute looks to fund between 30 and 35 companies with each fund. Its median size check is $750,000. 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We are building the Starship prototypes locally at our launch site in Texas, as their size makes them very difficult to transport.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&mdash; Elon Musk (@elonmusk) &lt;a href=&#39;https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1085679367374524417?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;January 16, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;script async src=&quot;https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js&quot; charset=&quot;utf-8&quot;&gt;&lt;/script&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;p&gt;SpaceX is centering some of its next-generation development not its Los Angeles-area headquarters but in south Texas facilities, the company said today. Development of at least the test versions of its next-generation Starship and Super Heavy launch vehicle will take place in Texas, while Falcon 9 and Dragon work will remain at Hawthorne. The L.A. 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But as evident not just from today&#8217;s news, but the actual presence of the eye-catching steel hopper in Texas, that will no longer be the case.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;SpaceX offered the following statement:&lt;/p&gt; &lt;blockquote&gt;&lt;p&gt;To streamline operations, SpaceX is developing and will test the Starship test vehicle at our site in South Texas. This decision does not impact our current manufacture, design, and launch operations in Hawthorne and Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Additionally, SpaceX will continue recovery operations of our reusable Falcon rockets and Dragon spacecraft at the Port of Los Angeles.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt; &lt;p&gt;It&#8217;s a soft way of saying that they&#8217;ll keep the old (but still very important and active) SpaceX stuff at Hawthorne but that it&#8217;s putting the rest of its eggs in the Texas basket.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Update&lt;/strong&gt;: Technically SpaceX&#8217;s statement only says that the &lt;em&gt;test vehicle&lt;/em&gt; will be developed in Texas, not necessarily the full-scale Starship and Super Heavy vehicles. That said it is rather hard to imagine that the company would build, assemble, and test it in Texas, with all the enormous and specialized equipment and personnel that requires, and relocate afterwards. 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Each shows an interesting new way in which robots can improve their interactions with the real world.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt;On the other hand&#8230;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;a href=&#39;https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/dexnet40.jpg&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;&lt;img src=&#39;https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/dexnet40.jpg&#39; width=&#39;1024&#39; height=&#39;643&#39; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;First there is the question of using the right tool for a job. As humans with multi-purpose grippers on the ends of our arms, we&#8217;re pretty experienced with this. We understand from a lifetime of touching stuff that we need to use this grip to pick this up, we need to use tools for that, this will be light, that heavy, and so on.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Robots, of course, have no inherent knowledge of this, which can make things difficult; it may not understand that it can&#8217;t pick up something of a given size, shape, or texture. A new system from Berkeley roboticists acts as a rudimentary decision-making process, classifying objects as able to be grabbed either by an ordinary pincer grip or with a suction cup grip.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;A robot, wielding both simultaneously, decides on the fly (using depth-based imagery) what items to grab and with which tool; the result is extremely high reliability even on piles of objects it&#8217;s never seen before.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;It&#8217;s done with a neural network that consumed millions of data points on items, arrangements, and attempts to grab them. If you attempted to pick up a teddy bear with a suction cup and it didn&#8217;t work the first ten thousand times, would you keep on trying? This system learned to make that kind of determination, and as you can imagine such a thing is potentially very important for tasks like warehouse picking for which robots are being groomed.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;a href=&#39;https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/dexnet_toy.gif&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;&lt;img src=&#39;https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/dexnet_toy.gif&#39; width=&#39;720&#39; height=&#39;405&#39; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Interestingly, because of the &#8220;black box&#8221; nature of complex neural networks, it&#8217;s difficult to tell what exactly Dex-Net 4.0 is actually basing its choices on, although there are some obvious preferences, explained Berkeley&#8217;s Ken Goldberg in an email.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&#8220;We can try to infer some intuition but the two networks are inscrutable in that we can&#8217;t extract understandable &#8216;policies,&#8217; &#8221; he wrote. &#8220;We empirically find that smooth planar surfaces away from edges generally score well on the suction model and pairs of antipodal points generally score well for the gripper.&#8221;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Now that reliability and versatility are high, the next step is speed; Goldberg said that the team is &#8220;working on an exciting new approach&#8221; to reduce computation time for the network, to be documented, no doubt, in a future paper.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt;ANYmal&#8217;s new tricks&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;a href=&#39;https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/anymalruns.gif&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;&lt;img src=&#39;https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/anymalruns.gif&#39; width=&#39;640&#39; height=&#39;320&#39; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Quadrupedal robots are already flexible in that they can handle all kinds of terrain confidently, even recovering from slips (and of course cruel kicks). But when they fall, they fall &lt;em&gt;hard&lt;/em&gt;. And generally speaking they don&#8217;t get up.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;The way these robots have their legs configured makes it difficult to do things in anything other than an upright position. But ANYmal, a robot developed by ETH Zurich (and which you may recall from its &lt;a href=&#39;https://techcrunch.com/2018/12/27/watch-the-anymal-quadrupedal-robot-go-for-an-adventure-in-the-sewers-of-zurich/&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;little trip to the sewer recently&lt;/a&gt;), has a more versatile setup that gives its legs extra degrees of freedom.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;What could you do with that extra movement? All kinds of things. But it&#8217;s incredibly difficult to figure out the exact best way for the robot to move in order to maximize speed or stability. So why not use a simulation to test thousands of ANYmals trying different things at once, and use the results from that in the real world?&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;img src=&#39;https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/anymal_sim-e1547671072292.jpg&#39; width=&#39;886&#39; height=&#39;443&#39; /&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;This simulation-based learning doesn&#8217;t always work, because it isn&#8217;t possible right now to accurately simulate all the physics involved. But it can produce extremely novel behaviors or streamline ones humans thought were already optimal.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;At any rate that&#8217;s what the researchers did here, and not only did they arrive at a faster trot for the bot (above), but taught it an amazing new trick: getting up from a fall. Any fall. 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