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Facebook to open Startup Garage at Station F in Paris (mar., 17 janv. 2017)
photo-jan-17-9-39-39-am Station F is better known as the world’s biggest startup campus. Based in Paris, the huge historical monument is going to have 3,000 desks for tech companies of all kinds. This morning, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg came to Paris to announce that Facebook is going to be one of Station F’s launch partners. Here are all the details. “We talked a lot with this ecosystem and a lot… Read More
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Timekit wants to make it easy to build your own online booking system (mar., 17 janv. 2017)
office Timekit, a Danish startup that offers a developer-friendly online booking platform, has closed $1.7 million in seed funding. The round was led by Connect Ventures, with participation from a group of rather noteworthy angel investors. Read More
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India’s Practo raises $55M to expand its healthcare platform to more emerging markets (mar., 17 janv. 2017)
Shashank-ND-Practo-CEO-and-Founder-with-Ramesh-Emani-Insta-CEO India-based Practo, a startup that helps consumers locate doctors and healthcare information, has closed a $55 million Series D funding round that will fuel expansion into more emerging markets worldwide. Read More
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An NFL player went on Facebook Live from the locker room and nothing good happened (mar., 17 janv. 2017)
KANSAS CITY, MP - JANUARY 15: Wide receiver Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is tackled by cornerback Marcus Peters #22 of the Kansas City Chiefs during the second half in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 15, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) Yesterday after the Steelers upset the Chiefs in an AFC playoff game, Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown decided to go on Facebook Live from the locker room to celebrate with his fans. And the fans loved it – he went live for 17 minutes and had almost 900,000 views within just a few hours, before the video was deleted. A player using technology to celebrate directly with his fans… Read More
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Former Microsoft executive and noted AI expert Qi Lu joins Baidu as COO (mar., 17 janv. 2017)
qi-lu-image Just a day after it opened an augmented reality lab, China’s internet giant Baidu has beefed up on its AI talent after it announced the hiring of former Microsoft executive Qi Lu as COO. Read More
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Scientists create 3D-printed objects that can change shape after they’re printed (mar., 17 janv. 2017)
mit-3d-printing-1_0 3D printed plastics tend to remain pretty stable over time. For example, your 3D-printed Yoda won’t turn into a Chewbacca head without some severe plastic trauma… until now. Scientists at MIT have created a 3D printing technique that allows you to change the polymers in an object after printing. This means you can grow or shrink and object, change its color, and even change its… Read More
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Clothing maker Scott Jordan talks about the future of fashion (mar., 17 janv. 2017)
screen-shot-2017-01-16-at-12-19-53-pm Scott Jordan never meant to make clothes. He was a lawyer by trade and wanted something he could wear to keep his Walkman from snagging on doorknobs. A few iterations later he invented the SCOTTeVEST, a vest with loads of pockets and secret channels for headphones and other cables. Now, after more than a decade in the business, he believes that while our clothing might seem more high-tech,… Read More
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StorePower helps groceries deliver like Instacart without giving away the keys to the store (mar., 17 janv. 2017)
StorePower's app helps grocers run on-demand delivery services on their own. A startup called StorePower wants to take a bite out of the grocery delivery business by giving supermarkets an alternative to working with courier marketplaces like Instacart, Postmates, Amazon Fresh or Google Express. The company has raised an undisclosed amount of early-stage funding from Exigent Capital and individual angels, according to co-founder and CEO Richard Demb.… Read More
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Gene Cernan, the last astronaut to walk on the moon, has died at 82 (mar., 17 janv. 2017)
s71-51308 On December 7, 1972, NASA’s Apollo 17 mission took off under the command of Gene Cernan. Four days later, the crew touched down on the lunar surface. It was Cernan’s third and final trip to space — and, as it would turn out, the final time to date that NASA would send a team to walk on the moon. For all the seemingly buttoned-down operations of a government organization… Read More
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A new lawsuit alleges anti-aging startup Elysium Health hasn’t paid its sole supplier (lun., 16 janv. 2017)
elysium health Chromadex, the sole supplier of anti-aging startup Elysium Health‘s two main product ingredients pterostilbene and Nicotinamide Riboside (NR), is suing the startup for failure to make payments on those ingredients and for breach of a trademark and royalties agreement. According to a document on Chromadex’s website, dated December 29, 2016, Elysium “made… Read More
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AT&T denies refunds for DirecTV Now customers, despite the service’s performance issues (lun., 16 janv. 2017)
DirecTV Now event A number of consumers report they’re unable to get a refund for their subscription to AT&T’s recently launched streaming service, DirecTV Now – something they’ve requested after being unhappy with the new service’s performance. According to several postings on AT&T’s official forums, customers found the only way to get help was through a… Read More
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Baidu opens augmented reality lab, begins integrating AR into search (lun., 16 janv. 2017)
baidu_ar_demo Chinese search giant Baidu is looking to further entrench itself in the world of augmented reality, announcing today that it is establishing an AR lab to research and build experiences that more tightly integrate the digital experiences we have on our devices with the world around us. The institution is the fourth such lab to be established under the Baidu Research division, joining the… Read More
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OpenAI has admirable intentions, but its priorities should change (lun., 16 janv. 2017)
Photo: asafta/iStock Artificial intelligence is one of the hottest topics in business and science. Developers and industry analysts are all-in, building castles in the sky with tales of an impending AI “awakening.” In preparation for this sea change, Elon Musk and Sam Altman founded OpenAI, a nonprofit with the dual mission of ensuring that AI stays safe and its benefits are widely and evenly distributed. Read More
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Twitter’s latest feature prompts you to tweet your updated profile picture (lun., 16 janv. 2017)
twitter-iphone-photo Twitter is rolling out a new feature designed to increase the amount of visual content in users’ timelines and encourage more tweets and replies: it’s prompting users who have just updated their profile picture to post a hashtagged tweet about the change. The tweet will be appended with #NewProfilePic, which can then be seen by all the users’ Twitter followers.… Read More
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Joe Lonsdale moves forward with 8VC’s new fund and more (lun., 16 janv. 2017)
Joe+Lonsdale+TechCrunch+Disrupt+NY+Day+3+LHxvIP6S9sxl Lonsdale declined to comment on 8VC’s fundraising last year. But last week, we spoke with him about the new fund and, to a much lesser extent, about Formation 8 Partners, which Lonsdale famously cofounded in 2011 with Stanford classmate Brian Koo and longtime venture investor Jim Kim before the three abruptly disbanded in 2015. One oft-cited reason for the firm’s demise:… Read More
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Understanding our new president’s priorities through Twitter (lun., 16 janv. 2017)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 26: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is interviewed following the grand opening ceremony at the new Trump International Hotel October 26, 2016 in Washington, DC. The hotel, built inside the historic Old Post Office, has 263 luxury rooms, including the 6,300-square-foot 'Trump Townhouse' at $100,000 a night, with a five-night minimum. The Trump Organization was granted a 60-year lease to the historic building by the federal government before the billionaire New York real estate mogul announced his intent to run for president. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) While President-elect Donald Trump built a campaign around making America great again, his public statements don’t seem to reflect a similar focus. Because Twitter seems to be the primary source of communication, it’s worth taking a look to see what Mr. Trump prioritizes for the public. Read More
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How tech companies are honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (lun., 16 janv. 2017)
Personalities, Civil Rights, USA, pic: 1965, Philadelphia, Black Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King showing his call for justice outside the "all white" Girard College (Photo by Rolls Press/Popperfoto/Getty Images) Happy Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day! In celebration of Dr. King’s birthday and his major contributions to the civil rights movement, Twitter, Asana, Etsy, Google, Box, Slack, GitHub and several other tech companies have closed their offices in honor of MLK Day, according to their employees. Some tech employees are taking that time to march in MLK Day parades. At Salesforce, the… Read More
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Bragi’s The Headphone is now shipping to all (lun., 16 janv. 2017)
bragi-headphone When we reviewed Bragi’s fully wireless earbuds back in November, we wrote, “using them feels a little like you’ve finally arrived” – turns out it was a bit of unintentionally ironic foreshadowing, as the headphones encountered a few snags along the way. Just ahead of the holidays, the startup sent a note to customers with the unfortunate news that the simply… Read More
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SpaceX sticks the landing – and the launch: It’s The Daily Crunch (lun., 16 janv. 2017)
daily-crunch-2x1 Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday our daily guided tour of the biggest tech stories from the past 24 hours will appear here on TechCrunch.com. To get The Daily Crunch in your inbox every day of the week, sign up here. SpaceX shows us a thing or two, Facebook fights fraudulent facts in German and drones are fulfilling their long-told prophecy. All that and more in The Daily Crunch for… Read More
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London startup launches chatbot to help renters exercise their rights (lun., 16 janv. 2017)
robot-customer-service London-based startup RentersUnion has created what it’s hoping will be a socially useful chatbot, pitching their web-based bot as a robot replacement for (expensive) housing lawyers. Read More
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