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Porsche has a new, cheaper version of the all-electric Taycan (lun., 14 oct. 2019)
Porsche introduced Monday the Taycan 4S, a third version of its all-electric vehicle. The 4S, which will offer a performance battery plus option, looks like the Taycan that Porsche unveiled in September. And indeed, inside all of the Taycans, including the 4S, are the same chassis and suspension, permanent magnet synchronous motors and other bits. […]
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Facebook should ban campaign ads. End the lies. (Mon, 14 Oct 2019)
Permitting falsehood in political advertising would work if we had a model democracy, but we don’t. Not only are candidates dishonest, but voters aren’t educated, and the media isn’t objective. And now, hyperlinks turn lies into donations and donations into louder lies. The checks don’t balance. What we face is a self-reinforcing disinformation dystopia. That’s […]
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SoftBank reportedly preps a package to take control of WeWork parent company (Mon, 14 Oct 2019)
SoftBank Group, the multi-billion dollar Japanese technology conglomerate and investment firm, has put together a  bid that would save WeWork parent company We Co., just weeks before the co-working real estate company’s imminent collapse, The Wall Street Journal reports. With the collapse of the company’s planned initial public offering, We Co. is facing a cash […]
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Original Content podcast: For better or for worse, ‘The Politician’ is absolutely bonkers (Sun, 13 Oct 2019)
We all agree: “The Politician” is a crazy show that tries to do everything at once. After all, why settle for a fast-talking satire about a high school election; a more serious treatment of wealth, illness and emotional turmoil; or a showcase for the musical talents of “Dear Evan Hansen” star Ben Platt? Instead, why not […]
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Fortnite is just a black hole right now (Sun, 13 Oct 2019)
Fortnite just blew up its entire map and all that’s left is a black hole. Some are speculating that this is simply a teaser for a new Fortnite map, but it’s unclear when that new map will arrive. On Epic Games’ status page, it says Fortnite is currently experiencing a minor service outage, noting “anomaly detected.” […]
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Kik says it’s ‘here to stay,’ following shutdown reports (Sun, 13 Oct 2019)
It’s been a rough run for Kik of late. The once mighty messaging service announced in late September that it would be shutting down its app. CEO Ted Livingston noted in a blog post that the startup would be trimming its headcount from over 100 people to “an elite 19 person team,” following a protracted […]
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Samsung’s Galaxy Fold concierge service is live in the US for those who need it (Sun, 13 Oct 2019)
Part of Samsung’s reboot of the Galaxy Fold was the announcement of a Premiere Service. Along with a reinforced version of the phone and a lot more warning labels, the company announced that it would also be a 24/7 care service…just in case something happened with the device. I had some issues with my in […]
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Week in Review: The ‘smart home’ is still so, so stupid (Sun, 13 Oct 2019)
Hey everyone. Thank you for welcoming me into you inbox yet again. Last week was a short one, but I talked about the merger of a couple of the worst adtech companies in the world. If you’re reading this on the TechCrunch site, you can get this in your inbox here, and follow my tweets […]
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AI-based firefighter safety startup Prometeo wins IBM Call for Code Challenge (Sun, 13 Oct 2019)
During an event at the United Nations Delegates Dining Room in New York City, IBM unveiled the winners to its annual  Call for Code Global Challenge. The competition, which is targeted at computing solutions for global problems, crowned five winners, ranging from first responders to health care info. Prometeo took the top price for its […]
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Why each Libra member’s mutiny hurts Facebook (Sun, 13 Oct 2019)
There’s a strategic cost to the defection of Visa, Stripe, eBay, and more from the Facebook -led cryptocurrency Libra Association . They’re not just names dropping off a list. Each potentially made Libra more useful, ubiquitous, or reputable. Now they could become obstacles to the token’s launch or growth. Fearing regulators’ inquiries not just into […]
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Google’s Pixel 4 briefly went up for preorder on Best Buy Canada (Sat, 12 Oct 2019)
The Pixel 4 is set to be unveiled at an event on Tuesday. This much we know for sure. We know a bunch more, too, (as outlined in this rumor roundup from yesterday), thanks to both official reveals and unofficial leaks. How much of this was planned is hard to say, but Google seemingly doesn’t […]
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Samsung’s Galaxy Watch Active 2 is a solid smartwatch for Android users (Sat, 12 Oct 2019)
Samsung makes good, underrated smartwatches. It’s just been difficult to get much attention in a category so utterly dominated by a single player. Even still, the company has managed to hold onto the number two spot in global market share, according to recentish numbers. At 11.1 percent, it’s a little less than a third of […]
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California’s Privacy Act: What you need to know now (Sat, 12 Oct 2019)
This week California’s attorney general, Xavier Becerra, published draft guidance for enforcing the state’s landmark privacy legislation. The draft text of the regulations under the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) will undergo a public consultation period, including a number of public hearings, with submissions open until December 6 this year. The CCPA itself will take […]
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The Yeti X brings real-time level monitoring to the popular USB mic (Sat, 12 Oct 2019)
It’s clear why Logitech bought Blue back in July 2018. The Southern Californian audio company (an acronym for “Baltic Latvian Universal Electronics,” incidentally) has become synonymous with USB microphones since releasing the first Snowball back in 2005. What seemed like a niche at the time has since become a cultural touchstone, positioning the company well […]
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Startups Weekly: YC grad Revel’s plan to connect women over 50 (Sat, 12 Oct 2019)
In this week's newsletter: Uber buys Cornershop and two startups named Revel raised VC dollars.
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VC Brad Feld on WeWork, SoftBank, and why venture firms may have to slow down their pacing in 2020 (Sat, 12 Oct 2019)
Yesterday, we had a chance to talk with longtime venture investor Brad Feld of Foundry Group, whose book “Venture Deals” was recently republished for the fourth time, and for good reason. It’s a storehouse of knowledge, from how venture funds really work to term sheet terms, from negotiation tactics to how to choose (and pay […]
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Pegging Libra to just the $ could soothe regulators, a16z says (Sat, 12 Oct 2019)
What if Libra wasn’t backed by a basket of international currencies, but only the dollar? Regulatory pushback to the Facebook-led cryptocurrency Libra has caused major partners — including Visa, Mastercard, PayPal and eBay — to pull out of the Libra Association. But one of the remaining members has floated a major change to the stablecoin […]
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Amid security concerns, the European Union puts 5G — and Huawei — under the microscope (Sat, 12 Oct 2019)
The European Union is putting under the microscope the rollout of new, high-speed mobile networking technologies known as 5G in a move that could affect the technology’s dominant company — Huawei. Regulators focused on specific security threats linked to technology providers headquartered in countries with “no democratic and legal restrictions in place,” according to a […]
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Confirmed: Nike has picked up Russell Wilson’s Tally/TraceMe in a rare acquisition (Sat, 12 Oct 2019)
Nike has long been synonymous with premium sneakers and other sports gear, but now the company could be extending its brand into another area — digital media — thanks to the rumored acquisition of a Seattle-based startup. TechCrunch has learned and confirmed that the multibillion-dollar sports giant has acquired TraceMe, which originally built an app […]
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Apple creates its own TV studio, will produce WWII drama ‘Masters of Air’ (Sat, 12 Oct 2019)
While Apple has a long list of new programming lined up for its TV+ subscription streaming service, the company won’t actually own any of the announced shows — until now. That’s changing because Apple has formed its own in-house studio, which will produce “Masters of Air,” a follow-up to “Band of Brothers” and “The Pacific,” […]
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