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


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    Posted 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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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Almost no one who we reached for comment wanted to participate in the story, though behind the scenes, we heard the same things from different sources who have a vested interest in keeping the peace with the country and its Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman: <em>There is no proof. </em><em>We’re waiting to see what happens. </em><em>You’re naive if you think this is the only regime that both funds Silicon Valley and tortures its own people.</em><em> </em><em>I would rather scale my company using Saudi money then cap my opportunity by trying to ensure that my funding sources are pure.</em></p> <p>In fairness, Silicon Valley companies are used to <a href='https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/19/technology/facebook-cambridge-analytica-explained.html' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'>getting away</a> with a lot. 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According to this same Turkish official, it was suggested by a doctor of forensics who’d been brought along for the dissection that the agents put on headphones and listen to music as they worked.</p> <p>That isn’t enough for President Trump, who has defended the crown prince, known as MBS, as having been unfairly accused. However, Softbank — the Japanese conglomerate that has been shoveling billions of dollars of Saudi dollars into tech and other companies — seems to be having second thoughts. <a href='https://www.ft.com/content/56e10c56-d14a-11e8-a9f2-7574db66bcd5' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'>According to the Financial Times</a>, Softbank’s COO Marcelo Claure has said for the first time that there is “no certainty” that SoftBank will launch another Vision Fund, the $93 billion vehicle it is currently investing and that received roughly half of its capital from MBS and company.</p> <p>SoftBank is “watching developments” to “see where this goes,” Claure added.</p> <p>If Softbank or other recipients of Saudi Arabia’s capital are hoping for a surprising turn of events, they should watch what they wish for. If there’s a twist at all, it may well be that a journalist who many in Silicon Valley had never heard of until two weeks ago causes its long economic boom to bust.</p> <p>It may sound farfetched; it isn’t. Consider that a <a href='https://www.wsj.com/articles/saudi-backlash-threatens-u-s-startups-1539707574' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'>huge percentage</a> of the money flowing into Silicon Valley in recent years has come from the kingdom. That’s been just fine with founders and investors, who’ve grown fat and happy off that flow of capital. Indeed, while some have suggested these sophisticated businesspeople were somehow tricked by the charming price, it’s more likely they had a different rationale: that if and when the market turned, it would be Saudi Arabia left holding the bag.</p> <p>In the meantime, that money has sustained countless startups with round after round of funding. In tandem, rounds sizes have gone up. The amount of money that VCs manage has gone up. The number of years that it takes venture-backed companies to go public has gone up. In many ways, Saudi Arabia has changed the very nature of the venture industry.</p> <p>Without those riches — and it’s going to be pretty hard to return to that well now — startups will have to look elsewhere. Some might try their luck on the public markets. 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Since there are no ads yet, it hasn’t made a dollar either. &lt;span style=&quot;font-weight: 400&quot;&gt;But, it offers Facebook the opportunity to dominate a new category of premium video, and to develop a subscription business that better aligns with high-quality content.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-weight: 400&quot;&gt;Facebook worked with numerous media brands and celebrities to shoot high-quality, vertical videos for IGTV’s &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href=&#39;https://techcrunch.com/2018/06/20/igtv/&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-weight: 400&quot;&gt;launch on June 20&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-weight: 400&quot;&gt;, as both a dedicated app and a section within the main Instagram app. But IGTV has been quiet since. I’ve heard repeatedly in conversations with media executives that almost no one is creating content specifically for IGTV and that the audience on IGTV remains small relative to the distribution of videos on Snapchat or Facebook. Most videos on it are repurposed from a brand’s or influencer’s Snapchat account (at best) or YouTube channel (more common). Digiday heard &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href=&#39;https://digiday.com/media/many-question-marks-publishers-arent-yet-ready-commit-resources-instagrams-igtv/&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-weight: 400&quot;&gt;the same feedback&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-weight: 400&quot;&gt;.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;div id=&quot;attachment_1680867&quot; style=&quot;width: 1034px&quot; class=&quot;wp-caption aligncenter&quot;&gt;&lt;img src=&#39;https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Instagram-IGTV-Screenshots.png&#39; width=&#39;1024&#39; height=&#39;881&#39; /&gt;&lt;p&gt;Instagram announced IGTV on June 20 as a way for users to post videos up to 1 hour long in a dedicated section of the app (and separate app).&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-weight: 400&quot;&gt;Facebook’s goal should be to make IGTV a major property in its own right, distinct from the Instagram feed. To do that, the company should follow the concept embodied in the “IGTV” name and re-envision what television shows native to the format of an Instagram user would look like. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-weight: 400&quot;&gt;Its team should leverage the playbook of top TV streaming services like Netflix and Hulu in developing original series with top talent in Hollywood to anchor their own subscription service, but do in it a new format of shows produced specifically for the vertically-oriented, distraction-filled screen of a smartphone.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;Mobile video is going premium&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-weight: 400&quot;&gt;Of the &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href=&#39;https://theoutline.com/post/4781/we-spend-more-time-on-our-phone-than-ever&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-weight: 400&quot;&gt;6+ hours per day&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-weight: 400&quot;&gt; that Americans spend on digital media, the majority on that is now on their phone (most of it on social and entertainment activities) and video viewing has grown with it. In addition to the decline in linear television viewing and rise of “over-the-top” streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, we’ve seen the creation of a whole new category of video: mobile native video.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-weight: 400&quot;&gt;Starting at its most basic iteration with everyday users’ recordings for Snapchat Stories, Instagram Stories, and YouTube vlogs, mobile video is a very different viewing environment with a lot more competition for attention. Mobile video is watched as people are going about their day. They might commit a few minutes at a time, but not hour-long blocks, and there are distracting text messages and push notifications overlaid on the screen as they watch.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;div id=&quot;attachment_1720631&quot; style=&quot;width: 690px&quot; class=&quot;wp-caption aligncenter&quot;&gt;&lt;img src=&#39;https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Stories-Users-Facebook-Instagram-WhatsApp-Snapchat.png&#39; width=&#39;680&#39; height=&#39;316&#39; /&gt;&lt;p&gt;&#8220;Stories&#8221; on the major social apps have advanced vertically-oriented, mobile native videos as their own content format.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-weight: 400&quot;&gt;When I spoke recently with Jesús Chavez, CEO of the mobile-focused production company Vertical Networks in Los Angeles, he emphasized that successful episodic videos on mobile aren’t just normal TV clips with changes to the “packaging” (cropped for vertical, thumbnails selected to get clicks, etc.). The way episodes are written and shot has to be completely different to succeed. Chavez put it in terms of the higher “density” of mobile-native videos: packing more activity into a short time window, with faster dialogue, fewer setup shots, split screens, and other tactics.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-weight: 400&quot;&gt;With the growing amount of time people spend watching videos on their social apps each day—and the flood of subpar videos chasing view counts—it makes sense that they would desire a premium content option. We have seen this scenario before as ad-dependent radio gave rise to subscription satellite radio like SiriusXM and ad-dependent network TV gave rise to pay-TV channels like HBO. What that looks like in this context is a trusted service with the same high bar for riveting storytelling of popular films and TV series—and often featuring famous talent from those—but native to the vertical, smartphone environment.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-weight: 400&quot;&gt;If IGTV pursues this path, it would compete most directly with &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href=&#39;https://www.quibi.com&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-weight: 400&quot;&gt;Quibi&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-weight: 400&quot;&gt;, the new venture that Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman are raising $2 billion to launch (and was temporarily called NewTV until their announcement &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href=&#39;https://video.vanityfair.com/watch/the-new-establishment-summit-combining-the-very-best-of-silicon-valley-and-the-very-best-of-hollywood-to-create-quibi?c=series&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-weight: 400&quot;&gt;at Vanity Fair’s New Establishment Summit&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-weight: 400&quot;&gt; last Wednesday). They are developing a big library of exclusive shows by iconic directors like Guillermo del Toro and Jason Blum crafted specifically for smartphones through their upcoming subscription-based app.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-weight: 400&quot;&gt;Quibi&#8217;s funding is coming from the world’s largest studios (Disney, Fox, Sony, Lionsgate, MGM, NBCU, Viacom, Alibaba, etc.) whose executives see substantial enough opportunity in such a platform—which they could then produce content for—to write nine-figure checks.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-weight: 400&quot;&gt;TechCrunch’s Josh Constine &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href=&#39;https://techcrunch.com/2017/02/16/snapchat-shows/&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-weight: 400&quot;&gt;argued last year&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-weight: 400&quot;&gt; Snapchat should go in a similar “HBO of mobile” direction as well, albeit ad-supported rather than a subscription model. The company indeed seems to be stepping further in this direction with last week’s &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href=&#39;https://techcrunch.com/2018/10/10/snapchat-originals/&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-weight: 400&quot;&gt;announcement of Snapchat Originals&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;, although it has announced &lt;a href=&#39;https://qz.com/522772/snapped-shut-snapchat-is-axing-its-original-content-plans/&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;and then canceled&lt;/a&gt; original content plans before&lt;span style=&quot;font-weight: 400&quot;&gt;.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;div id=&quot;attachment_1730391&quot; style=&quot;width: 1379px&quot; class=&quot;wp-caption aligncenter&quot;&gt;&lt;img src=&#39;https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Snapchat-Originals1.png&#39; width=&#39;1369&#39; height=&#39;903&#39; /&gt;&lt;p&gt;Snapchat announced its Snap Originals last week.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;Facebook is the best positioned to win&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-weight: 400&quot;&gt;Facebook is the best positioned to seize this opportunity, and IGTV is the vehicle for doing so. Without even considering integrations with the &lt;a href=&#39;https://crunchbase.com/organization/facebook&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;Facebook, &lt;span class=&quot;crunchbase-tooltip-indicator&quot;&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt; Messenger, or WhatsApp apps, Facebook is starting with a base of over &lt;a href=&#39;https://techcrunch.com/2018/06/20/instagram-1-billion-users/&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;1 billion monthly active users&lt;/a&gt; on Instagram alone. That’s an enormous audience to expose these original shows to, and an audience who don’t need to create or sign into a separate account to explore what’s playing on IGTV. Broader distribution is also a selling point for creative talent: they want their shows to be seen by large audiences.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-weight: 400&quot;&gt;The user data that makes Facebook rivaled only by Google in targeted advertising would give IGTV’s recommendation algorithms a distinct advantage in pushing users to the IGTV shows most relevant to their interests and most popular among their friends.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-weight: 400&quot;&gt;The social nature of Instagram is an advantage in driving awareness and engagement around IGTV shows: Instagram users could see when someone they follow watches or “likes” a show (pending their privacy settings). An obvious feature would be to allow users to discuss or review a show by sharing it to their main Instagram feed with a comment; their followers would see a clip or trailer then be able to click-through to the full show in IGTV with one tap.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-weight: 400&quot;&gt;Developing and acquiring a library of must-see, high-quality original productions is massively capital intensive—just ask Netflix about the $13 billion it’s spending this year. Targeting premium quality mobile video will be no different. That’s why Katzenberg and Whitman are raising a $2 billion war chest for Quibi and budgeting production costs of &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href=&#39;https://digiday.com/media/jeffrey-katzenberg-is-betting-big-that-he-can-figure-out-mobile-video-where-others-havent/&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-weight: 400&quot;&gt;$100,000-150,000 per minute&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt; on par with top TV shows&lt;span style=&quot;font-weight: 400&quot;&gt;. Facebook has &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href=&#39;https://investor.fb.com/investor-news/press-release-details/2018/Facebook-Reports-Second-Quarter-2018-Results/default.aspx&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-weight: 400&quot;&gt;$42 billion in cash&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-weight: 400&quot;&gt; and equivalents on its balance sheet. It can easily outspend Quibi and Snap in financing and marketing original shows by a mix of newcomers and Hollywood icons.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-weight: 400&quot;&gt;Snap can’t afford (financially) to compete head-on and doesn’t have the same scale of distribution. It is at &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href=&#39;https://investor.snap.com/~/media/Files/S/Snap-IR/reports-and-presentations/earnings-slides-q2-18.pdf&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-weight: 400&quot;&gt;188 million daily active users&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-weight: 400&quot;&gt; and no longer growing rapidly (up 8% over the last year but DAUs actually shrunk by 3 million last quarter). Snapchat is also a much more private interface: it doesn’t enable users to see each others’ activity like Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube, Spotify, and others do to encourage content discovery. Snap is more likely to create a hub for ad-supported mobile-first shows for teens and early-twentysomethings rather than rival Quibi or IGTV in creating a more broadly popular Netflix or Hulu of mobile-native shows.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h2&gt;&lt;b&gt;It’s time to go freemium&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-weight: 400&quot;&gt;Investing substantial capital upfront is especially necessary for a company launching a subscription tier: consumers must see enough compelling content behind the paywall from the start, and enough new content regularly added, to find an ongoing subscription worthwhile. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-weight: 400&quot;&gt;There is currently no monetization of IGTV. It is sitting in experimentation mode as Facebook watches how people use it. If any company can drive enough ad revenue solely from short commercials to still profit on high-cost, high-quality episodic shows on mobile, it’s Facebook. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-weight: 400&quot;&gt;But a freemium subscription model makes more sense for IGTV. From a financial standpoint, building IGTV into its own profitable P&amp;L while making substantial content investments likely demands more revenue than ads alone will generate. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-weight: 400&quot;&gt;Of equal importance is incentive alignment. Subscriptions are defined by “&lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href=&#39;https://www.cnbc.com/2018/08/01/facebook-and-instagram-time-well-spent-features.html&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-weight: 400&quot;&gt;time &lt;/span&gt;&lt;i&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-weight: 400&quot;&gt;well&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/i&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-weight: 400&quot;&gt; spent&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-weight: 400&quot;&gt;” rather time spent and clicks made: quality over quantity. This is the environment in which premium content of other formats has thrived too; SiriusXM as the breakout on radio, HBO on linear TV, Netflix in OTT originals. The type of content IGTV will incentivize, and the creative talent they’ll attract, will be much higher quality when the incentives are to create must-see shows that drive new subscribers than when the incentives are to create videos that optimize for views.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;div id=&quot;attachment_1317488&quot; style=&quot;width: 3120px&quot; class=&quot;wp-caption aligncenter&quot;&gt;&lt;img src=&#39;https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/netflix-ios.jpg&#39; width=&#39;3110&#39; height=&#39;1749&#39; /&gt;&lt;p&gt;Could there be a &#8220;Netflix for mobile native video&#8221; with shows shot in vertical format specifically for viewing on smartphone?&lt;/p&gt;&lt;/div&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-weight: 400&quot;&gt;The optimization for views (to drive ad revenue) have been the model that media companies creating content for Facebook have operated on for the last decade. The toxicity of this has been a top news story over the last year with Facebook acknowledging many of the issues with clickbait and sensationalism and vowing changes. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-weight: 400&quot;&gt;Over the years, Facebook has dragged media companies up and down with changes to its newsfeed algorithm that forced them to make dramatic changes to their content strategies (often with layoffs and restructuring). It has burned bridges with media companies in the process; especially after &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href=&#39;https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/11/facebook-time-well-spent/&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-weight: 400&quot;&gt;last January&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-weight: 400&quot;&gt;, how to reduce dependence on Facebook platforms has become a common discussion point among digital content executives. If Facebook wants to get top producers, directors, and production companies investing their time and resources in developing a new format of high-quality video series for IGTV, it needs an incentives-aligned business model they can trust to stay consistent.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-weight: 400&quot;&gt;Imagine a free, ad-supported tier for videos by influencers and media partners (plus select “IGTV Originals”) to draw in Instagram users, then a $3-8/month subscription tier for access to all IGTV Originals and an ad-free viewing experience. 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He&#8217;s also a &lt;a href=&#39;https://www.linkedin.com/in/nielsprovos/&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;blacksmith&lt;/a&gt; who makes swords and knives (another kind of security tool, I suppose).&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;From what I understand, Provos had been talking to Stripe about the job for a while before leaving Google.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;“Over the last twenty years, I have applied myself to improving and advancing the security of the Internet not only for billions of users but also for businesses who are in critical need of a secure foundation,” he said in a statement. “I believe that what Google was to search, &lt;span class=&quot;il&quot;&gt;Stripe&lt;/span&gt; will be to commerce: global infrastructure that’s remaking what’s possible online. 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But it&#8217;s been a long-term process there, not just involving hiring talent but launching products like &lt;a href=&#39;https://techcrunch.com/2018/04/18/stripe-debuts-radar-anti-fraud-ai-tools-for-big-businesses-says-it-has-halted-4b-in-fraud-to-date/&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;Radar&lt;/a&gt; for fraud prevention.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Interestingly, from what I understand Provos was hired by another security star, Mudge, who &lt;a href=&#39;https://www.recode.net/platform/amp/2017/5/8/15557846/stripe-peiter-mudge-zatko-jon-kaltwasser-security-hire&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;joined Stripe in May 2017&lt;/a&gt;, also to be its head of security. How does that square up? 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In the future, though, this could enable businesses to create a personalized bot for every customer and give them exactly the right kind of experience that will make them feel more positive about a brand (feel free to start a discussion about the ethics of this in the comments).&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;img src=&#39;https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/ezgif.com-video-to-gif-12.gif&#39; width=&#39;600&#39; height=&#39;375&#39; /&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;When things go awry and the bots have to give up, then Autopilot can automatically transition the conversation to a human. 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It turned out, they had grown up in the same neighborhood, no more than 5 blocks apart.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Years later, both Santana and Robinson were working six-figure jobs in the tech practices of elite corporations but were disheartened by the homogeneity of their surroundings.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;The tech industry is the &lt;a href=&#39;https://techcrunch.com/2017/01/27/the-future-of-american-jobs-lies-with-the-tech-industry/&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;primary generator of new jobs in the US,&lt;/a&gt; &lt;span class=&quot;s1&quot;&gt;but the inaccessibility of resources and practical education left students in neighborhoods like Jessica and Evin&#8217;s unprepared and unqualified in the eyes of recruiters.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;So the pair met at a local Starbucks and on the back of a napkin, they outlined what would become New York on Tech (NYOT).&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;By offering comprehensive computational courses and a broad professional network, NYOT hopes to provide under-resourced students in New York City with the skills and infrastructure needed for a successful career in tech.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;h1&gt;Real skills have led to real results&lt;/h1&gt; &lt;p&gt;What began as a passion project with just 20 students has blossomed into an organization helping more than 1000 students across the city.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Unlike the higher-level computer science classes Santana and Robinson saw offered in schools, NYOT aims to focus on more functional skills that are applicable to the day-to-day work of tech professionals.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;The program caters its curriculums specifically towards areas it believes are in high demand from today&#8217;s hiring managers, including front-end and back-end web development, mobile development and UX design.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-size: 1.125rem;letter-spacing: -0.1px&quot;&gt;Classes are located at the offices of corporate partners, where students get direct mentorship from engineers and observe how &lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-size: 1.125rem;letter-spacing: -0.1px&quot;&gt;technical skills are actually implemented in various roles&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-size: 1.125rem;letter-spacing: -0.1px&quot;&gt;. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-size: 1.125rem;letter-spacing: -0.1px&quot;&gt;Graduates of NYOT are then given the opportunity to interview for internships at each partner organization, where they can gain practical experience and bolster resumes to be more competitive for future recruiting.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;The organization points to successes both inside and outside the classroom, noting 100% of graduates in 2016 received admission into four-year colleges, many with scholarships to top engineering programs.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;NYOT students have also landed paid internships and jobs with major companies that include Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley, and others.&lt;span class=&quot;Apple-converted-space&quot;&gt; And while the organization admits corporate partners were initially hard to come by, NYOT’s partnership roster now includes some of the most influential names in tech and business, such as Google, NBCUniversal and FactSet.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;To date, NYOT has been built largely without city government sponsorship, funded mainly by corporate partnerships, schools, and philanthropic donations.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;The company offers its programs for free and partners with schools in high poverty areas of New York City where 50% of students or more are eligible for free lunch.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;But NYOT thinks of itself not just as a non-profit providing educational training but as a deep-impact talent accelerator, supplying already capable students with the key resources they lack.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;“People automatically think these students are disconnected youth because we say low income and people of color. 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It&#8217;s beginning to let people&lt;a href=&#39;https://blog.beomni.com/introducing-xrp-cash-outs-on-omni-2ec168d79821&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt; get paid in the coin&lt;/a&gt; when they rent their stuff to fellow Omni users. Their balance of earnings is held in USD, but they can cash out to XRP at any time with no fee.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&#8220;In every other crypto investment scenario, you have to risk your cash — this way you can put items you already own to work for you and have them earn XRP while you relax,&#8221; says McLeod. &#8220;With this integration, you can basically double dip on ownership-as-investment by both unlocking liquidity early and investing some or all of the proceeds back into the crypto markets.&#8221;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;img src=&#39;https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/BCFF0D2E-1D59-4A8D-A460-6DEDDE3E3E4B.jpeg?w=680&#39; width=&#39;680&#39; height=&#39;403&#39; /&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Many users may not want XRP or to have anything to do with crypto. They can luckily ignore the feature. But they won&#8217;t be able to ignore Omni&#8217;s aggressive push to get people renting their stuff out.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Omni began as a just a storage service, now available in San Francisco and Portland. You schedule a pick up, its reps come to your place, they photograph the condition of your items, and haul them away to be stored in warehouses where space is cheaper than inside the city at users&#8217; homes. The insane convenience of the service is you can request any of your items to be returned in as little as a few hours, so it&#8217;s almost like they never left your place. Most traditional self-storage units aren&#8217;t open 24/7 and it&#8217;s a big hassle to go pick up your stuff, often requiring a truck.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Omni is essentially Amazon Web Services for physical goods. And the thought is that once self-driving vehicles and warehouse robots improve, much of the work to schlep your stuff around would be automated. The monthly recurring storage fees created a reliable business model, and suddenly having to make room for all your goods at home kept users from churning.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;But long-term, Omni sees rentals as its cash cow. Instead of the items you store just sitting in the warehouse, it&#8217;s created a two-sided marketplace where anyone can rent those items without causing any additional work for the owner, who simply gets paid while Omni keeps a cut.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;img src=&#39;https://techcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/omni-rental-marketplace1.png?w=680&#39; width=&#39;680&#39; height=&#39;403&#39; /&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Unfortunately, Omni is now trying to pressure users into storing goods separately so they can be rented instead of as plastic bins or suitcases full of goods. So at the start of 2019 it&#8217;s doubling the monthly cost of storing a large closed container, box or bag from $7.50 to $15 per month. That&#8217;s pretty steep, and a significant hike.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&#8220;Marketplace is driving Omni growth, and has always been the core of the long-term vision,&#8221; says McLeod. &#8220;Closed containers don&#8217;t grow the business, but move almost as much. We&#8217;re basically the same price as competitors now for them. It also makes it potentially more likely that small items will be itemized. We&#8217;re going to launch kits/playlists that will allow for grouping in the coming months.&#8221;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;The XRP integration could potentially save Omni money on transaction fees. 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According to Wirtschaftswoche, it’s quite easy to create an account with a fake ID document.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;“One or two people got through with a fake ID document. And we detected that afterward. Unfortunately, we didn&#39;t detect it in real time,” co-founder and CEO Valentin Stalf told me. “Unfortunately, it can happen.”&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;But Stalf also insisted that it’s not a widespread problem and that all banks face the same issue. According to him, &lt;a href=&#39;https://crunchbase.com/organization/n26&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;N26 &lt;span class=&quot;crunchbase-tooltip-indicator&quot;&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt; complies with all regulations when it comes to onboarding.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Currently, N26 has three different procedures depending on the country and works with a third-party company called &lt;a href=&#39;https://www.safened.com&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;SafeNed&lt;/a&gt; for some of the verification procedures.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;In many countries, you can initiate a video call with someone so that they can check your ID and compare it with your face. In Germany, you can also print a document, go to the post office with an ID document and make a post employee check that you are actually you.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;In some countries, you can open an N26 account by uploading a photo of your ID document and a selfie. Other banks also take advantage of this procedure. For instance, it’s a common process in the U.K.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;More generally, other banks also have to deal with fake ID documents. But security is never perfect. That’s why you can’t simply eradicate the issue. You can try to keep the fake ID rate as low as possible.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;“Security is our top priority at N26, which is why secure identification processes and constant review of our security and monitoring mechanisms to prevent identity theft are of great importance to the company,” the company told me in a statement.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;In other words, N26 monitors this fake ID rate. And N26 also has ongoing transaction monitoring for those who have already opened a bank account. The company tries to detect fraudulent activity as quickly as possible.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;You might think that uploading a photo of your ID document leads to more fraudulent activity. But N26 has noticed that there’s a higher fraud rate for customers who go to the post office to check their ID document.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;So fraud is nothing new in the banking industry. Nobody has eradicated fraud, and nobody will. In fact, many startups (such as &lt;a href=&#39;https://www.dreamquark.com&#39; target=&#39;_blank&#39; rel=&#39;nofollow&#39;&gt;DreamQuark&lt;/a&gt;) are working on improving fraud detection using machine learning and more sophisticated processes. But even artificial intelligence won’t solve this problem altogether.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;All eyes are on N26 because it’s the hot new thing. But if you look at what’s happening, it’s a pretty boring story. “In one of the articles they said we used weaker method to grow faster. This is complete bullshit,” Stalf told me.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;This story is a great example that it can be tough to manage your startup’s reputation. Building trust takes a long time. But it can go away much more quickly. That might be why N26 debunked the issue so intensely.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Here’s N26’s full statement:&lt;/p&gt; &lt;blockquote&gt;&lt;p&gt;Security is our top priority at N26, which is why secure identification processes and constant review of our security and monitoring mechanisms to prevent identity theft are of great importance to the company. &lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;After the customer’s identity is verified, we carry out ongoing transaction monitoring along with numerous other security measures, in a bid to prevent criminal activity such as money laundering and terrorist financing. &lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;We therefore take the findings put forward by Wirtschaftswoche very seriously, will analyse the facts and take appropriate measures if necessary. &lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Contrary to the statement in Wirtschaftswoche, the use of photo verification by N26 is legally compliant. N26 works with a regulated payment service provider, SafeNed, in this regard. SafeNed is a UK business which is authorised and regulated by the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) with regards to the prevention of money laundering and terrorist financing. SafeNed verifies its customers using the Photo Ident process, which is compliant with UK law.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;According to the German Money Laundering Act, N26 is allowed to use a third party regulated in the EU, in this case a payment service provider in the UK, for the verification of customers (Section 17 (1) GwG). The respective verification procedure is then determined by the law applicable to the third party (in the above example, therefore, by UK law). 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