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 As developers build apps, the hard part becomes not only attracting sufficient audience to justify the exercise, but also finding ways to keep that audience engaged and coming back to your app. Today, Amazon announced a new tool called Amazon Pinpoint designed to let developers send highly targeted push notifications, that can help them stay connected to the audience. Amazon CTO Werner… Read More

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 Hit songs of the season ask: why can’t we make everyday a holiday? The answer is that we can. By giving loved ones a subscription-based gift that has new parcels, experiences or digital content arriving every season, we can spread the cheer across the year. Read More

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 A Redwood City, Calif. startup called Neurotrack Technologies Inc. has created a brain health app that is helping scientists unravel the mysteries of memory, and work to find a cure for Alzheimer’s. Its simple browser-based app screens users for signs of cognitive decline based on their eye movement as they watch a few images presented on their screens. These tests used to take about… Read More

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 Just a reminder that after Disrupt in London I’ll be heading over to Wroclaw, Poland for a double dose of meet-up fun. The meetups coincided with a few events in Wroclaw and you’re welcome to come to one or both. The first meetup is part of ImpactCEE and will be held on Wednesday, December 7. You can RSVP here. It’s primarily Fintech-related but, again, you’re… Read More

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 DevOps teams will be happy to hear that Amazon is launching its own dashboard for Amazon Web Services. Personal Health Dashboard, as the company calls it, is its latest release from the stage of re:Invent 2016 to support more advanced cloud apps monitoring. The tool puts critical infrastructure data in one place. The dashboard will automatically notify teams of failures and allow them… Read More

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 At its re:Invent developer conference, Amazon today announced AWS Shield, a DDoS protection service for web apps that run on Amazon’s cloud computing service. AWS Shield is generally available today and is already turned on (for free) for all web applications that currently run on AWS — no action by the developer required. The service is based on the work Amazon has done with… Read More

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 Amazon today is rolling out a tool to help developers dive deep into their existing applications to diagnose each element of the application’s processes in order to get a full snapshot of how an application is performing. Called X-Ray, developers can use the tool to dive into individual processes in order to identify bottlenecks or see individual performance of functions within an app.… Read More

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 SpaceX hasn’t had a launch since one of its Falcon 9 rockets exploded on a launch pad during pre-flight checks in September, but it’s hoping to resume activities with a December 16 mission for client Iridium Communications. The proposed launch was announced by Iridium on Thursday, and still requires Federal Aviation Administration clearance before it gets a full green light.… Read More

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 Amazon is hosting the second of two major keynotes at its re:Invent developer conference in Las Vegas today. TechCrunch has received detailed notes on the contents of today’s keynote, which will be delivered by Amazon CTO, Werner Vogels. We already knew he was going to talk about DevOps and containers today, but here are a few more details of what to expect. The keynote is scheduled to… Read More

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 Math. Math. Oh and perhaps some more math. That’s the gist of the advice to students interested in AI from Facebook’s Yann LeCun and Joaquin Quiñonero Candela

 who run the company’s Artificial Intelligence Lab and Applied Machine Learning group respectively. Tech companies often advocate STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), but today’s tips… Read More

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 Annapurna Pictures, the production company behind films including Zero Dark Thirty and Her, is launching a new division focused on video game development and publishing. Annapurna was founded by Megan Ellison, daughter of Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison, and has developed a reputation for writing relatively large checks for arty, director-driven films — though it’s also faced… Read More

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 A new app called 1600 will build a virtual White House on a real one dollar bill before your very eyes using augmented reality – and it’s the product of the White House itself. Created by the product team headed by ex-Facebook employee and current White House product director Joshua Miller, the free app for iOS and Android contains a history lesson as well as interactive… Read More

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 AngelList, the LinkedIn for startups just bought Product Hunt, the platform where people vote up or down on startup products, for an undisclosed amount. Product Hunt was rumored to be raising its next round for the past several months but, as founder Ryan Hoover tells TechCrunch, AngelList seemed like the best option for the future of the company and now the two are combining forces. Hoover… Read More

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 There is a huge disconnect between the way users engage with content on platforms like Instagram and the way that they shop online. Without native links in Instagram posts, influencers are looking for other ways to monetize their posts through services like RewardStyle and now, Geenee. Geenee is a platform that lets users shop on Instagram by simply taking a snapshot of the post they like… Read More

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Way back in 2012, at the 6th Annual Crunchies Awards, GZA presented an award with then-writer Drew Olanoff. And then he performed. The video is above. Excuse the audio. It’s really bad for some reason. This February TechCrunch will host another Crunchies award show. This is the 10th year. A lot has changed about the show over the years so we’re going to spend some time looking back… Read More

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 First Round Capital just published its second-ever State of Startups report, and it’s chock full of interesting sentiments from a survey of more than 700 founders — some of whom have ties to the early-stage venture firm and some who operate outside it. Taken altogether, it suggests that founders remain highly optimistic about their chances of success, but they also sense that… Read More

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This year’s TechCrunch Disrupt London Hackathon is set to be the best yet. We’re mere days away from the main event and are bursting with excitement. As we’ve been releasing information about the event this week, we wanted to whet our hacker’s appetites with details about spectator tickets, our sponsors, and their awesome prizes. Hackathon tickets The last round of… Read More

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 It’s been a rough decade or so for Nokia’s smartphone business. In 2011, then-CEO Stephen Elop famously described the company’s situation as a “burning platform” in a memo to his staff. That same year, the company plunged into the icy waters of a deal to make Windows Phone 7 its primary operating system. The partnership didn’t do much to curb the… Read More

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 Apple is putting a lot of effort to improve its Apple Maps data and design. According to a new report from Bloomberg, the company plans to use drones to track changes and improve mapping data over time. It would apparently be faster to use a fleet of drones rather than vans with sensors. Apple already admitted that mapping data is a harder problem than the company first anticipated. You need… Read More

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 It’s getting a lot easier to live outside the loving embrace of a cable or satellite TV subscription – Amazon just added HBO and Cinemax to its Channels selection of add-on packs for Prime video members. HBO is an additional $14.99 per month, and Cinemax is $9.99 monthly, with both offering 30-day free trials. Channels offers over 70 additional add-on packs for Prime video… Read More

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 A few months ago, iHeartRadio announced that it would beadding paid subscriptions for on-demand music. Today it’s releasing more details about its plans — and launching beta versions of those paid offerings. iHeartMedia, the company behind iHeartRadio, has its roots in traditional radio (it owns 858 stations), and until now, the app was largely a way for you to listen to radio on… Read More

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 Assassin’s Creed is basically a story about a guy plugged into VR doing crazy thing in his own family’s long-dead past, so it’s only fitting that the movie would come with a VR experience which puts fans and viewers themselves in the middle of the action. Assassin’s Creed’s movie VR experience will arrive on both Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR, as well as in… Read More

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 When SuperAwesome acquired Mind Candy’s PopJam — a sort of ‘Instagram for kids’ — last year, the stated plan was to marry SuperAwesome’s expertise and reach in kid-friendly advertising with PopJam’s growing user base of kids and brands in order to monetize the app. But actually the vision that SuperAwesome founder Dylan Collins had for PopJam was… Read More

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 Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT), the counterpart startup to Hyperloop One, which is also building a prototype of Elon Musk’s hyperloop system, says it has raised a little over $108 million dollars to build the tech aiming to zip us from San Francisco to Los Angeles in under half an hour. To be clear, the company has raised a total of $31.8 million in cash from investors… Read More

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 What is going to be the impact of Brexit on UK startups and the wider European tech ecosystem as a whole? TechCrunch wanted to find out. So, in the last 3 weeks TechCrunch has polled 300 members of the startup community in London and the wider UK, 150 startups and 150 investors. The survey has been sent out three times in the last four weeks asking the same questions weekly, but adding any… Read More

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