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Robinhood’s 3% interest checking & savings may not be properly insured (ven., 14 déc. 2018)
Robinhood’s new high-interest, zero-fee checking and savings feature seems to be too good to be true. Users’ money may not be fully protected. The CEO of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation, a non-profit membership corporation that insures stock brokerages, tells TechCrunch its insurance would not apply to checking and savings accounts the way Robinhood claims. “Robinhood […]
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The new Palm is almost the MP3 player I want (Fri, 14 Dec 2018)
The iPod Classic still looms larger as my favorite gadget of all time. Sure, plenty have lapped the device in terms of technology, while any lingering concerns about not owning the music I listen to have faded for the ubiquity of Spotify, but the iPod lives on in the perfect sweet spot for my own […]
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Facebook open sources PyText NLP framework (Fri, 14 Dec 2018)
Facebook AI Research is open sourcing some of the conversational AI tech it is using to power its Portal video chat display and M suggestions on Facebook Messenger. The company announced today that its PyTorch-based PyText NLP framework is now available to developers. Natural language processing deals with how systems parse human language and are […]
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Starbucks adding delivery services to more than 2,000 stores via Uber Eats (Fri, 14 Dec 2018)
Starbucks is expanding its partnership with Uber Eats to more than 2,000 stores in the United States next year, about a quarter of all of the company’s locations in the country. The relationship bolsters Uber’s mission for its on-demand food delivery service, Eats. Uber has said it plans to cover more than 70 percent of […]
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GE’s digital future looking murkier with move to spin off Industrial IoT biz (Fri, 14 Dec 2018)
When I visited the GE Global Research Center in Niskayuna, New York in April 2017, I thought I saw a company that was working hard to avoid disruption, but perhaps the leafy campus, the labs and experimental projects hid much larger problems inside the company. Yesterday GE announced that it is spinning out its Industrial IoT […]
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Last call for Polish pitch-offs (Fri, 14 Dec 2018)
I’m heading back to Europe to hang out in Wroclaw and Warsaw so it’s last call for pitch-off applications. I’ll be at a Wroclaw event, called In-Ference, which is happening on December 17; you can submit to pitch here. The team will notify you if you have been chosen. The winner will receive a table at TC […]
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9 smart gifts for a smarter home (Fri, 14 Dec 2018)
Smart home items make great gifts and what follows are some of the best. From faster Wifi to smart meat thermometers, there’s something here for everyone on your list. I use everything listed here and can attest to their quality. That’s important to me. I’m not going to recommend something I do not use. Throughout […]
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Influential Apple analyst cuts iPhone shipment estimates (Fri, 14 Dec 2018)
TF International Securities Apple analyst extraordinaire Ming-Chi Kuo delivered a less than stellar iPhone forecast this week with the straightforwardly titled note, “2019 iPhone shipments likely to be under 190 million units.” The letter puts the number of Apple handsets well below previous analyst predictions of 212 million for next year. Kuo is largely regarded […]
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This drone shrinks to fit (Fri, 14 Dec 2018)
Researchers at the University of Zurich and EPFL have created a robot that shrinks to fit through gaps, a feature that could make it perfect for search and rescue missions. The researchers initially created a drone that could assess man-made gaps and squeeze through in seconds using only one camera. This extra feature — a […]
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Facebook bug exposed up to 6.8M users’ unposted photos to apps (Fri, 14 Dec 2018)
Reset the “days since the last Facebook privacy scandal” counter, as Facebook has just revealed a Photo API bug gave app developers too much access to the photos of up to 5.6 million users. The bug allowed apps users had approved to pull their timeline photos to also receive their Facebook Stories, Marketplace photos, and […]
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Ridesharing IPOs and $850M for Luckin, Plaid and Zymergen (Fri, 14 Dec 2018)
Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week we had the regular crew back together, which was good fun. Connie took point, we had Danny mic’d up in New York and I was onsite to help the crew natter along with Bubba Murarka, a former VC […]
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Facebook Portal adds games and web browser amidst mediocre Amazon reviews (Fri, 14 Dec 2018)
After receiving a flogging from privacy critics, Facebook is scrambling to make its smart display video chat screen Portal more attractive to buyers. Today Facebook is announcing the addition of a web browser, plus some of Messenger’s Instant Games like Battleship, Draw Something, Sudoku and Words With Friends. ABC News and CNN are adding content […]
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UK video games workers unionize over ‘wide-scale exploitation’ and diversity issues (Fri, 14 Dec 2018)
Working in video games might sound like a dream job to a 12-year-old Fortnight-loving kid, but the day-to-day reality of grinding in the industry can be as unrelenting as fighting an end of level baddie. Games devs are routinely corralled to “crunch” to hit sequential release target deadlines to ensure a project gets delivered on […]
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China’s BYD further drives into Chile with 100 electric buses (Fri, 14 Dec 2018)
Over the past few years, Chinese automaker giant BYD has been on a partnership spree with cities across China to electrify their public transportation systems, and now it’s extending its footprint across the globe. On Thursday, BYD announced that it has shipped 100 electric buses to Santiago, the capital city of Chile. The step marks […]
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Jack Dorsey and Twitter ignored opportunity to meet with civic group on Myanmar issues (Fri, 14 Dec 2018)
Responding to criticism from his recent trip to Myanmar, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said he’s keen to learn about the country’s racial tension and human rights atrocities, but it has emerged that both he and Twitter’s public policy team ignored an opportunity to connect with a key civic group in the country. A loose group […]
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International money transfer company TransferGo scores $17.6M Series B (Fri, 14 Dec 2018)
TransferGo, the London-based international money transfer startup, has raised just over $17.6 million in Series B funding, including an earlier tranche of funding closed in May. The round is led by Vostok Emerging Finance and Silicon Valley’s Hard Yaka, with participation from Revo Capital, U-Start Club and Practica Capital. The figure also includes around $830,000 […]
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Netflix is testing a new feature that lets you instantly replay scenes (for some reason) (Fri, 14 Dec 2018)
Netflix loves to test new ideas, and its latest experiment is an odd new feature that lets viewers watch a scene again. A selection of Netflix subscribers noticed the new addition, which serves a pop-up asking if they want to “watch this scene again” after certain “highlight” scenes in a show. The streaming giant confirmed […]
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A former Ofo exec is launching his own scooter startup (Fri, 14 Dec 2018)
With €20 million in VC backing, Dott plans to release a fleet of multi-colored e-scooters in Paris in early-2019.
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LemonBox, which brings US vitamins to Chinese consumers, raises $2M (Fri, 14 Dec 2018)
LemonBox, a Chinese e-commerce startup that imports vitamins and health products from the U.S., has raised $2 million to develop its business. The company graduated from Y Combinator’s most recent program in the U.S. and, fueled by the demo day, has pulled in the new capital from 10 investors, which include Partech, Tekton Ventures, Cathexis […]
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Distinguished VCs back wholesale marketplace Faire with $100M at a $535M valuation (Fri, 14 Dec 2018)
Kirsten Green of Forerunner Ventures, Keith Rabois of Khosla, Alfred Lin of Sequoia and Alex Taussig of Lightspeed are backers of Faire.
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