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 Tesla has a new, larger battery option for the Model S and Model X line of electric vehicles, which includes an improved Ludicrous Mode that boasts a 2.5 second 0-60 mph time on the Model S, which is 0.1 second faster than the Model S’s previous max, and only 0.2 seconds off one of the fastest accelerating production cars available. The 100kWh battery option isn’t just for speed,… Read More

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 One of the few new top-level domains that actually makes sense, .blog, is starting the process of registration. Automattic, which runs WordPress and a number of other useful web apps, owns .blog and is handling applications at get.blog and, confusingly, dotblog.wordpress.com. Read More

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 PlaySation Now, the all-you-can game subscription service that provides access to classic PlayStation titles on-demand, is making its way to Windows PCs, starting now in Europe and rolling out soon in North America. Sony’s also making it easier to game on your PC, with a DualShock 4 USB wireless controller adapter, letting you use your PlayStation 4 gamepads on both Mac and Windows… Read More

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 As the venture funding landscape continues to flourish, entrepreneurs who want to build a sustainable business should proceed with caution before heading down the VC path. As a veteran in the startup space, I’ve done and seen a lot. As a result, I’ve become educated about the pros and cons of venture funding, along with the keys to understanding when it’s the right time to… Read More

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 Disrupt SF 2016 is right around the corner, and soon thousands of the best and brightest entrepreneurs and tech enthusiasts will make their way to San Francisco’s Pier 48 for the show. But one of our favorite parts of Disrupt actually happens before the show floor opens up for the week — the Disrupt Hackathon. We’re happy to announce that the third wave of tickets to the… Read More

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 One user’s bloatware is another’s feature. And really, depending on where you fall on Microsoft productivity software, this could go either way, really. Lenovo announced today that it’ll be preloading the software giant’s offerings on future handsets – namely Office, Skype and OneDrive. No word on specific hardware, only that the deal includes… Read More

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 A controversial data-sharing agreement between Google-owned AI company DeepMind and the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) has caught the eye of the National Data Guardian — the government appointee who works with the Department of Health to try to ensure citizens’ confidential health data is safeguarded and used properly. Read More

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 Google today announced two major changes related to its mobile search results. The one you’ll probably notice first is that Google is removing the “mobile-friendly” label that highlighted pages that were easy to read on mobile from its mobile search results pages. In the long run, though, the second change may be more wide-reaching: starting on January 10, 2017, the company… Read More

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 Comcast entered the cord cutting fray last fall with the launch of its online and mobile streaming service Watchable, which offered a variety of videos from popular websites like VICE and Vox, in an effort to reach the growing number of younger subscribers opting out of paying for cable TV. However, much of its content could be found elsewhere online, and there wasn’t really a… Read More

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 In-flight VR entertainment and security guard drones were amongst our favorites from the 44 startups that launched at Y Combinator’s Summer 2016 Demo Day 1. After querying investors and our writers, here are TechCrunch’s picks for the 7 most promising companies from the first half of the batch, plus an honorable mention. Check back later for all the startups and our picks from… Read More

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 Pinterest said today that it would be acquiring the team behind Instapaper, which will continue operating as a separate app. The Instapaper team will both work on the core Pinterest experience and updating Instapaper. Pinterest’s logic here is that one of the company’s core tenets is bookmarking — much like Instapaper’s primary goal with its app. The company has been on… Read More

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 We first covered Remind back in 2011, when it launched as a way for K-12 teachers to broadcast communications to a classroom full of parents. But over the past 5 years the company has evolved into an all-encompassing communication tool for teachers, parents and students in  over 75% of U.S school districts. And all of this has been free for users – Remind has raised about… Read More

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 Google is set to launch Daydream VR sometime “in the coming weeks,” according to Bloomberg, after laying the groundwork for its launch with the official debut of Android 7.0 this week. The new report says Google is investing big in original content to accompany the launch of its VR platform, which will be built-in to upcoming Android smartphone handsets that meet the recommended… Read More

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 Half a year after debuting a prototype at CES, Parrot’s finally ready to show off the final version of its next radical entry in the rapidly expanding drone space. The Disco marks a noted departure from both the French company’s earlier effort sand the consumer drone space in general, trading in the standard rotored configuration for a fixed wing variety designed to soar speeds up… Read More

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 Something meets boy, and something meets girl and they both look the same and they’re overjoyed in this world. But how much more overjoyed would the be if they could on a Skeletonized Androgyne Royale from Manufacture Royale? This wild watch costs a mere $61,000 and might be good for your father but not for your dad. What is this monster, exactly? Basically it is a… Read More

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 Elon Musk is going to unveil some Tesla product news at noon PT (3 PM ET) today, and the market is liking the potential, despite the CEO not providing any details. Share price for Tesla is up over 2 percent on the NASDAQ as of this writing, in anticipating of whatever Tesla is preparing to unveil. Tesla product announcement at noon California time today — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August… Read More

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 Researchers at MIT’s CSAIL research lab might help future network hardware better keep pace with ever-increasing network data demands. Where typical network router hardware directing traffic in larger server farms prioritize speed, they often feature hardwired algorithms, but the new CSAIL design are making programmable routers that don’t sacrifice speed, but can be updated if… Read More

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 Facebook today is rolling out a number of improvements to its “Slideshow” ads, announced last fall as a means of offering an alternative to video ads in developing markets where bandwidth may be limited. The company this morning says that advertisers will now be able to create these ads right from their phones, as well as take advantage of new features like the ability to add text… Read More

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 At Harvard Business School, students pay top dollar to learn everything from how to manage international trade to scaling technology ventures. They’re also schooled in the art of venture capital. Among the case studies they learned last year is the story of Rothenberg Ventures (RV), a four-year-old seed stage firm. Whether the San Francisco firm should have been part of their curriculum… Read More

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 Project management service Trello today announce that its Power-Ups, which are essentially third-party integrations, are now available to all of its users, including those who are on the service’s free tier. Until now, only paying users were able to use this feature, which includes integrations with products like SurveyMonkey, join.me, Github and Slack, among many others. With… Read More

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 Karmic Bikes today began accepting pre-orders for their newest model, the Karmic Kyoto, a “pedelec” (or pedal electric bike) designed for women. The upright street bike features a 500Wh battery, Shimano’s SLX 11-speed components, a step-through frame, fenders, lights, and hydraulic disc brakes. It is available in white, light blue, and purple. The Kyoto was created in… Read More

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 Content marketing company ScribbleLive announced today that it has acquired Linkdex. In a blog post, ScribbleLive’s Geoffrey Gualano said the deal will combine his company’s content marketing platform with Linkdex’s capabilities in search engine optimization: This acquisition streamlines content marketing and SEO software to empower an all-in-one marketing platform.… Read More

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 Slice, a company best known to consumers for its mobile shopping assistant that helps you find the best deals, track packages, organize your receipts, and more, is out today with a new service aimed at helping online shoppers save. Called Slice Watch, its latest app lives in your web browser instead, allowing you to track price drops on items you find online. The idea is something akin to a… Read More

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 Centricient, a new customer service messaging management toolkit, is throwing its hat into the increasingly crowded market of companies competing to help businesses transition to using messaging platforms as a key point of contact for customer service. To say that messaging — whether via sms or tools like Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp, or WeChat — has become the dominant medium… Read More

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 Mobileye, a key supplier of components like image processing  and computer vision systems for automakers, announced a partnership with self-driving software and hardware provider Delphi today to be able to bring Level 4 and 5 automation ready for market to car makers by 2019. The two companies are coming together with the intend of giving OEMs an end-to-end solution they can use to bring… Read More

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