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Facebook and Twitter remove hundreds of accounts linked to Iranian and Russian political meddling (mer., 22 août 2018)
Facebook has removed hundreds of accounts and pages for what it calls "coordinated inauthentic behavior," generally networks of ostensibly independent outlets that were in fact controlled centrally by Russia and Iran. Some of these accounts were identified as much as a year ago.
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CardMunch founder returns with HiHello, a new app aiming to replace business cards (mer., 22 août 2018)
A new app called HiHello is taking aim at business cards. While plenty of apps in the past have tried to kill the business card, they never achieved critical mass. Mainly, this is because most required that both parties — the business card holder and recipient — have their app installed. HiHello is different. Instead […]
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Announcing the latest additions to the agenda for Disrupt SF (Sept. 5-7) (mar., 21 août 2018)
TechCrunch Disrupt SF (September 5-7), we said from the start, was going to be the most ambitious ever, and when it comes to programming, there’s no question the Disrupt SF agenda eclipses anything we’ve done in the past. There are two BIG stages, plus two speaker Q&A stages, workshops and a Startup Showcase stage, where […]
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Study ties Facebook engagement to attacks on refugees (mar., 21 août 2018)
A study of circumstances and demographics attendant on attacks against refugees and immigrants in Germany has shown that Facebook use appears to be deeply linked with the frequency of violent acts. Far from being mere trolling or isolated expressions of controversial political opinions, spikes in anti-refugee posts were predictive of violent crimes against those groups.
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Why the next CryptoKitties mania won’t be about collectables (mar., 21 août 2018)
The legacy of CryptoKitties is still in development, but most can agree that the project raised awareness (and attracted development talent) to new uses for blockchain tokens.
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HI, TECHCRUNCH HERE WITH AN AMAZING NEW PRODUCT, BRIZZLY (mar., 21 août 2018)
Are you trying to stay off social media, but just can’t seem to stop yourself from posting? When random thoughts pop into your head, do you find yourself launching Twitter and typing before you remember you’re trying to quit? Well, now there’s a better way. Hello, Brizzly. Brizzly is a revolutionary new app designed just […]
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On Tesla’s path to privatization, Morgan Stanley halts equity coverage of electric automaker (mar., 21 août 2018)
Morgan Stanley is no longer providing equity coverage on Tesla’s stock, the second firm to drop its stock rating on the electric automaker since CEO Elon Musk announced plans via Twitter to take the company private. Tesla declined to comment. Morgan Stanley could not be reached for comment to explain why it dropped Tesla. However, […]
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Kuri maker Mayfield Robotics will cease operations in October (mar., 21 août 2018)
This likely won’t come as a surprise to anyone who saw the news late last month, but Mayfield Robotics, maker of the adorable home robot Kuri announced today that it’s ceasing operations. The company, which began life as a part of Bosch, will close its doors by the end of October this year. In July, Mayfield […]
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Say ‘Aloha’: A closer look at Facebook’s voice ambitions (mar., 21 août 2018)
Facebook has been a bit slow to adopt the voice computing revolution. It has no voice assistant, its smart speaker is still in development, and some apps like Instagram aren’t fully equipped for audio communication. But much of that is set to change judging by experiments discovered in Facebook’s code, plus new patent filings. Developing […]
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Elkrem is a blockchain dev board for tinkerers (mar., 21 août 2018)
Creators of the 1Sheeld, a tool designed to connect smartphones to Arduino boards, have created something even more interesting. Their latest product, the Elkrem, is a smart kit for creating blockchain IoT devices and they have raised $250,000 from Endure Capital and Consensys to build the project. The founders are Amr Saleh and Islam Mustafa […]
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From ICO to SEC: Join us for a panel on regulation at TechCrunch Disrupt (mar., 21 août 2018)
Capital, crypto, and regulation go together like bread, peanut butter, and jelly. And what better way to make a great sandwich than to bring them all together at TechCrunch Disrupt. I’ll be leading a panel with Avichal Garg of Electric Capital, Arianna Simpson of Autonomous Partners, and Valerie Szczepanik of the SEC in San Francisco. […]
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The Palette 2 lets any 3D printer output color (mar., 21 août 2018)
The Mosaic Manufacturing Palette 2 – an upgrade the original Palette – is a self-contained system for full color 3D printing. It works by cutting and splicing multiple filament colors and then feeding them through as the object is printed. The system uses a unique and internal cutter called the Splice Core that measures and […]
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Facebook is removing over 5,000 ad targeting options to prevent discriminatory ads (mar., 21 août 2018)
Facebook announced this morning it’s making a change to how its ad targeting system works in order to tackle the misuse of its platform to discriminate and exclude audiences based on factors like ethnicity and religion. The company says it’s now removing over 5,000 ad targeting options that could have been misused to place discriminatory […]
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Uber finally hires a CFO as it heads for an IPO (mar., 21 août 2018)
Uber’s search for a chief financial officer — and the person who will steer the company toward an IPO — is over. The ride-hailing company said Tuesday its new CFO is Nelson J. Chai, the former CEO of insurance and warranty provider Warranty Group. Chai has the kind of experience Uber will need to navigate a successful […]
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TraceLink, which helps pharma companies trace drugs through the supply chain, just raised $93 million (mar., 21 août 2018)
TraceLink, a nine-year-old, software-as-a-service platform for tracking pharmaceuticals and trying to weed out counterfeit prescription drugs in the process, has raised $93 million in Series D funding. Most of the money — $60 million — was used to buy primary shares, with another $33 million used to buy up the shares of previous shareholders. Georgian Partners […]
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Apple could release an updated MacBook Air (mar., 21 août 2018)
According to a report from Bloomberg, Apple has been working on multiple new Macs. In particular, Apple could be planning to release a new entry-level laptop to replace the aging MacBook Air. This isn’t the first rumor about a MacBook Air refresh. While Apple has released a 12-inch retina MacBook, it’s not nearly as cheap […]
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Facebook assigns you a fake-news-flagging trustworthiness score (mar., 21 août 2018)
A new way to attack Facebook is to fraudulently report a news story as false in hopes of reducing its visibility, either because someone wants to censor it or just doesn’t agree with it. Sometimes known as “brigading,” a concerted effort by trolls to flag a piece of content can reduce its visibility. Facebook now […]
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23andMe’s ancestry tools are getting better for people of color (mar., 21 août 2018)
23andMe is beefing up its African, East Asian and Native American ancestry capabilities — something it has sorely lacked. Specifically, 23andMe has added 12 new regions across Africa and East Asia to its database . When I first tried 23andMe a few years ago, it told me I was 71 percent West African, which tells […]
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HTC announces a wireless adapter for the Vive headset (mar., 21 août 2018)
HTC continues to bet big on VR, today announcing the launch of pre-orders for the Vive Wireless Adapter. The adapter allows Vive and Vive Pro owners to cut the cord, so to speak, and allow users to tether wirelessly to their PC. The Base Adapter works with both the Vive and Vive Pro, though the […]
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Twenty-two states ask appeals court to bring back net neutrality (mar., 21 août 2018)
Early this year, the attorneys general of 22 states and the District of Columbia filed a suit attempting to block the Federal Communications Commission’s controversial revesal of Obama era net neutrality regulations. The old team is back together, filing a brief that asks  the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to reverse the […]
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