Spotify might not suppress search, but that doesn’t mean artists with exclusives get treated equally
Posted: 26 August 2016 | 10:47 pm

 Accusations that Spotify has been punishing artists for signing exclusives with other streaming services hit the internet in full force this morning, originating from a Bloomberg article.  When confronted by TechCrunch, a Spotify spokesperson gave the same response they have been giving since the story broke — that the accusations about burying search results are “unequivocally… Read More

The monetization promise and pitfalls of Pokémon Go
Posted: 26 August 2016 | 10:00 pm

 Pokémon Go has been downloaded more than 100 million times since its July debut, making it the biggest-growing mobile game ever. Naturally, the phenomenon has drawn much commentary about what this means for marketing, but I am more interested in what it teaches us about making money. Read More

HopSkipDrive wants to be the Uber for kids
Posted: 26 August 2016 | 9:17 pm

 TechCrunch recently went down south to Los Angeles for our mini-meetup and to catch up with the region’s burgeoning tech scene. One of the startups that caught our attention is HopSkipDrive, which aims to be an Uber for picking up your kids. Uber passengers need to be at least 18-years of age to ride alone, so HopSkipDrive hopes to solve a transportation problem for busy… Read More

Microsoft announces new resources to reduce hate speech
Posted: 26 August 2016 | 8:27 pm

 Microsoft today pushed out in a blog post for users of its consumer services new resources to reduce hate speech. Users will now be able to communicate directly with the company to report hate speech, and petition for reinstating content via new online forms. Most people are familiar with efforts by social networks like Twitter and Facebook to ensure safety within their respective online… Read More

Growing up in the intelligence era
Posted: 26 August 2016 | 8:00 pm

 IT is shifting from the SaaS workflow applications that characterized the cloud computing era to those that help customers make decisions: the intelligence era. The source of competitive advantage is shifting from code to unique data + self-learning code. This brings a change in the expectations of investors. Here we review the requirements of enterprise software investors in the intelligence era. Read More

ShakeAlert provides earthquake early warning system
Posted: 26 August 2016 | 7:34 pm

 The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and a series of university partners are developing an earthquake early warning system called ShakeAlert, which aims to provide the general public with alerts up to 10 seconds before an earthquake hits. The system is not yet public, but it is now undergoing testing in California, Oregon and Washington. “There is a similar test effort for an earthquake… Read More

Student projects leapfrog governments and industry in ‘Data Science for Social Good’ program
Posted: 26 August 2016 | 6:57 pm

 Big data is hardly new at this point — nor has it wrought anywhere near its potential effects on many companies and institutions insulated by inertia and red tape. A summer program at the University of Washington called Data Science for Good shows that fresh eyes and good code can make more in 10 weeks than some have done in as many years. Read More

Tracking Instagram’s money-flipping scammers
Posted: 26 August 2016 | 6:42 pm

 Trying to get more followers on Instagram? If you follow a few verified banks and financial institutions, you’ll suddenly end up with dozens of new followers. There’s just one drawback: Your new followers are trying to scam you. Instagram has become a hotbed for so-called “money flipping,” according to a study by the social media security firm ZeroFox. Read More

Russia’s Google equivalent is building a self-driving shuttle
Posted: 26 August 2016 | 5:24 pm

 The Google equivalent in every major market where Google doesn’t really play is making a self-driving car of some kind, and Russia is the latest to join the fray. Yandex is the company in question, which operates Russia’s leading search engine, along with a host of other going concerns. Add to that list a driverless minibus, which the tech company is creating in partnership with… Read More

Plowz and Mowz raise $1.5 million from LA-based Science for on-demand landscaping services
Posted: 26 August 2016 | 5:00 pm

 Launching with a marketplace for landscaping, snow plowing and other home care and repair services, Plowz & Mowz has raised $1.5 million from the Los Angeles-based startup studio Science and undisclosed angel investors. On the heels of the firm’s successful exit from Dollar Shave Club, Science has turned to the marketplace industry for its next investment. The idea for the… Read More

Facebook ditches helpful Trending Topic descriptions for global scale
Posted: 26 August 2016 | 4:38 pm

 Twitter’s “Trends” are often confusing. Why is #MPBMS or #TechMunch trending? You had to click through and figure it out for yourself. When Facebook copied Twitter’s trends in 2014, it vastly improved them by adding human-written descriptions right below so you knew if you cared or not. Today Facebook is removing those descriptions, and claims it’s to increase… Read More

Gillmor Gang LIVE 08.26.16
Posted: 26 August 2016 | 4:12 pm

 This is a LIVE recording session of The Gillmor Gang – today with: Robert Scoble, Frank Radice, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. Today’s LIVE recording has concluded. Our live chat stream during the show broadcast Gillmor Gang’s Facebook page HERE G3’s archive on ustream G3’s Facebook page HERE Read More

Newly proposed rules for foreign entrepreneurs will help some, but not all, found U.S. startups
Posted: 26 August 2016 | 3:59 pm

 The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, an office under the Department of Homeland Security, put forward a proposal today that would allow the U.S. Government to offer parole (temporary permission to be in the country) to foreign entrepreneurs starting their businesses in the United States. The proposal specifies that a founder can qualify if they started a company in the U.S. in… Read More

Google Wallet debuts automatic transfers so you can skip “cashing out”
Posted: 26 August 2016 | 2:58 pm

 Google today is stepping up its battle with Venmo, Square Cash and other person-to-person payment applications with an update to its Google Wallet mobile app, which now allows for automatic transfers to your bank account. That is, transfers will no longer require you to cash out money from your Wallet balance first. This will speed up the time it takes for Wallet users to gain access to… Read More

Flirtey flies pies for Domino’s in New Zealand
Posted: 26 August 2016 | 2:26 pm

 Domino’s Pizza Enterprises has demonstrated delivery of hot pizzas by drone in Auckland, New Zealand. The company has a long history of embracing high-tech concepts. Last year, they tested out a four-wheeled, driverless pizza delivery vehicle. And in 2012, Domino’s launched a casual build-a-pizza game that also let players order the pizza they built digitally for real life… Read More

StudySoup raises $1.7M to help students buy and sell class notes
Posted: 26 August 2016 | 2:08 pm

 San Francisco-based education startup StudySoup, which calls itself “a peer-to-peer learning marketplace,” announced it has raised $1.7 million in seed funding. The company works as an online study group where students can sell or purchase class notes and study guides. “We realized that a lot of students come to college on very different levels,” Sieva Kozinsky, 26… Read More

WhatsApp-Facebook data-sharing deal probed by UK privacy watchdog
Posted: 26 August 2016 | 1:57 pm

 Well that was fast. Just one day after WhatsApp revealed a sea-change in its attitude to user data, by detailing plans to share the mobile numbers and last seen status of its users with parent company Facebook for ad-targeting and marketing purposes, the UK’s data protection watchdog has fired a warning shot across Zuckerberg’s bows by announcing it intends to investigate the… Read More

Rheo, a personalized video app designed by ex-Apple product vets, scores $2.3 million
Posted: 26 August 2016 | 1:30 pm

 A personalized video channel for Apple TV, Rheo, has now closed on $2.3 million in seed funding, the company announced this week. It has also updated its application and expanded its content lineup, thanks to a new deal with Vimeo which brings the network’s catalog of short videos, including its “Staff Picks,” short films, animations, music and more, to Rheo’s service.… Read More

Mobile ad startup AppLovin in talks for $1.5 billion acquisition
Posted: 26 August 2016 | 1:26 pm

 Mobile ad startup AppLovin is in talks with a Chinese buyer for an acquisition of around $1.5 billion, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the company. We have not confirmed the identity of the acquirer. The deal is not yet finalized and details may change. Founded in 2012 by CEO Adam Foroughi along with Andrew Karam and John Kyrstynak, San Francisco-headquartered AppLovin operates… Read More

Google hires Airbnb’s Shaun Stewart to help bring self-driving cars to market
Posted: 26 August 2016 | 1:02 pm

 Google has a new director at its self-driving car unit: Shaun Stewart, former head of Airbnb’s vacation rentals business, and CEO at TripAdvisor prior to that. Stewart’s entire career has essentially been spent in the hospitality industry, which makes him an interesting pick for the role at Google, where his role will be to help with the commercializations of Google’s… Read More

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