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Twitter is down again for some (ven., 20 avril 2018)
Rough week to be in Twitter support. Three days after the site experienced downtime across the globe, the site was hit by another outage. Twitter’s own Status site is currently listing a “active incident,” leaving many users unable to tweet. In other cases, the site isn’t loading at all, instead serving up internal server errors […]
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Kubernetes and Cloud Foundry grow closer (ven., 20 avril 2018)
Containers are eating the software world — and Kubernetes is the king of containers. So if you are working on any major software project, especially in the enterprise, you will run into it sooner or later. Cloud Foundry, which hosted its semi-annual developer conference in Boston this week, is an interesting example for this. Outside […]
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iOS 11’s new App Store boosts downloads by 800% for featured apps (ven., 20 avril 2018)
When Apple launched its new App Store in iOS 11 back in September, it aimed to offer app developers better exposure, as well as a better app discovery experience for consumers. A new study from Sensor Tower out today takes a look at how well that’s been working in the months since. According to its […]
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Watch how Steven Spielberg framed ‘Ready Player One’ shots in VR (ven., 20 avril 2018)
Despite plenty of skepticism over early trailers and the source material itself, Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One has been doing very well at the box office. En mi opinion, it made a lot of quality shifts from the book that made it a quality popcorn flick that wasn’t too nerdishly pretentious. A lot of people […]
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RealSelf, a community for cosmetic treatments, raises $40 million (ven., 20 avril 2018)
RealSelf, an online community where people can ask questions, share their experiences and connect with doctors providing cosmetic treatments, has raised $40 million in new funding — its first round of financing since the $2 million raised in 2008, two years after its founding. The round was led by Elephant, a VC firm co-founded by […]
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Facebook starts its facial recognition push to Europeans (ven., 20 avril 2018)
Facebook users in Europe are reporting that the company has started giving them the option to turn on its controversial facial recognition technology. Jimmy Nsubuga, a journalist at Metro, is among several European Facebook users who have reporting getting notifications asking if they want to turn on face recognition technology. Facebook has previously said an opt-in […]
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AT&T CEO says a new $15-per-month, sports-free streaming service is launching in a few weeks (ven., 20 avril 2018)
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson revealed on Thursday the carrier’s plans to launch another live TV service called “AT&T Watch,” which would offer a cheap, $15-per-month bundle of channels for customers, and be provided to AT&T Wireless subscribers for free. At this price point, the service would be one of the lowest on the market — […]
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This robot can build your IKEA furniture (ven., 20 avril 2018)
There are two kinds of people in the world: those who hate building IKEA furniture and madmen. Now, thanks to IkeaBot, the madmen can be replaced. IkeaBot is a project built at Control Robotics Intelligence (CRI) group at NTU in Singapore. The team began by teaching robots to insert pins and manipulate IKEA parts, then, […]
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Equity podcast: Coinbase buys a startup, Discord’s a unicorn and Netflix soars (ven., 20 avril 2018)
Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week TechCrunch’s Katie Roof and Crunchbase News’s Alex Wilhelm sat down with Science Inc’s Michael Jones to dig through the latest in the world of technology and money. And goddamn was there some stuff to get through. On […]
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Twitter doesn’t care that someone is building a bot army in Southeast Asia (ven., 20 avril 2018)
Facebook’s lack of attention to how third parties are using its service to reach users ended with CEO Mark Zuckerberg taking questions from congressional committees. With that in mind, you’d think that others in the social media space might be more attentive than usual to potentially malicious actors on their platforms. Twitter, however, is turning the […]
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Musiio uses AI to help the music industry curate tracks more efficiently (ven., 20 avril 2018)
A former streaming industry exec and an AI specialist walk into a bar… they leave starting an AI company for the music industry. That’s not exactly how Singapore-based startup Musiio was formed, but it’s close enough — and the outcome is the same. Co-founders Hazel Savage, formerly of Pandora and Shazam, and Swedish data scientist […]
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Google changes its messaging strategy again: Goodbye to Allo, double down on RCS (ven., 20 avril 2018)
Google’s long-and-winding road to figuring out messaging is taking yet another change of direction after the company called time on Allo, its newest chat app launch, in order to double down on its vision to enable an enhanced version of SMS. The company told The Verge that it is “pausing” work on Allo, which was only launched […]
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Don’t just stir; Stircle (ven., 20 avril 2018)
Although I do my best to minimize the trash produced by my lifestyle (blog posts notwithstanding), one I can't really control, at least without carrying a spoon on my person at all times, is the necessity of using a disposable stick to stir my coffee. That could all change with the Stircle, a little platform that spins your drink around to mix it.
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Technique to beam HD video with 99 percent less power could sharpen the eyes of smart homes (ven., 20 avril 2018)
Everyone seems to be insisting on installing cameras all over their homes these days, which seems incongruous with the privacy crisis — but that's a post for another time. Today, we're talking about enabling those cameras to send high-definition video signals wirelessly without killing their little batteries. A new technique makes beaming video out more than 99 percent more efficient, possibly making batteries unnecessary altogether.
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The making of a hardware founder (jeu., 19 avril 2018)
Working in tech, it’s hard to avoid the many stories and congratulatory tweets about the latest company to close a funding round, and little wonder. It’s a milestone worth celebrating before getting back to work. Yet what’s happening in the trenches before those funding announcements roll out is often more instructive. How does one decide […]
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LinkedIn’s AutoFill plugin could leak user data, secret fix failed (jeu., 19 avril 2018)
Facebook isn’t the only one in the hot seat over data privacy. A flaw in LinkedIn’s AutoFill plugin that websites use to let you quickly complete forms could have allowed hackers to steal your full name, phone number, email address, ZIP code, company and job title. Malicious sites have been able to invisibly render the […]
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Square acquires corporate catering startup Zesty (jeu., 19 avril 2018)
Square has acquired elements of corporate catering startup Zesty . Square, which already owns on-demand food delivery service Caviar, plans to use Zesty’s assets to strengthen Caviar’s corporate ordering business, Caviar for Teams. Neither company disclosed financial terms of the deal, but the plan is for Caviar and Zesty to operate independently in the short […]
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Announcing how startups can exhibit for free at Disrupt SF with Top Picks (jeu., 19 avril 2018)
TechCrunch’s top goal at Disrupt SF (September 5-7) is to help early-stage founders get lots of attention, which is why every year we introduce more and better ways to make that happen. This year we’re adding TC Top Picks, a new program that will provide 60 top founders the opportunity to exhibit free of charge for […]
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Do you need a blockchain? (jeu., 19 avril 2018)
Blockchain technology is set to have a profound impact on a wide variety of industries, ranging from capital markets to the music business. While some use cases may seem obvious, the technology is still surrounded by its fair share of hype and uncertainty. As a manager, how should you approach the subject, and when should you put your money where your mouth is and actively aim to implement blockchain technology?
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Centrify gives states a deal on identity management software to secure midterm elections (jeu., 19 avril 2018)
To secure U.S. election systems from the very real threat of targeted cyberattacks, states might need to reframe their security practices to look more like they would in a tightly controlled corporate environment. To that end, Centrify, an enterprise cloud-based identity management company, is extending its security offerings to help states cover their bases as […]
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