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 A class action lawsuit has been filed against Uber, claiming that the company hasn’t done enough to inform the public about alleged harassment and assault by drivers. The legal complaint, filed by Wigdor LLP on behalf of two plaintiffs, alleges that “thousands of female passengers have endured unlawful conduct by their Uber drivers including rape, sexual assault, physical violence… Read More

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 While the UK continues to try to find solid ground to begin its contentious Brexit negotiations, the government has launched several initiatives to try to shore up support to (and from) the country’s technology industry. Prime Minister Theresa May and Chancellor Philip Hammond today announced that the UK would double the number of visas issued to “the brightest and best”… Read More

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 Though lots of moving parts have to be corralled together in order to found, expand and manage a business as large as Audible.com, founder Donald Katz would argue that the key component to his company’s success is this: People love a good story and they love it even more when it’s delivered conversationally. Read More

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 On Thursday, November 16th in Sydney, Australia, the first Startup Battlefield Australia kicks off with 15 startups competing to win the competition, $25,000 Australian dollars cash, plus an all-expense-paid trip to Disrupt SF 2018. Read More

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 Last Friday, Bloomberg reported a sheaf of Lyft’s financials that paint a reasonably-sharp picture of the ridesharing company’s past and expected business performance. The short version, as you certainly expected, is that Lyft is growing quickly and loses money. The company, as you certainly expected, also expects to keep expanding its revenue while slowing its losses,… Read More

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 At last month’s Twitchcon, the game-streaming site Twitch’s annual conference, the company unveiled a suite of new tools for video creators on its platform designed to help them grow their online channels and make more money. Two of those tools — Achievements and Stream Summaries — are today going live, the company announced this afternoon. Read More

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 A couple of years ago while a guest of Marc Benioff on stage at Salesforce’s Dreamforce customer conference, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said something that seemed to signal a new period of amicable cooperation for his company. Several pieces of evidence seem to suggest that the period of friendly cooperation that was in full bloom in 2015 could be over, and not just with Salesforce. At… Read More

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 With the launch of Firefox Quantum, Mozilla released what’s probably the most important update to its browser in recent years. It’s faster, lighter and you should give it a try. And as you do so, you’ll notice another change: Google is now the default search engine again — at least if you live in the U.S., Canada, Hong Kong and Taiwan. In 2014, Mozilla struck a deal… Read More

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Kenya has a waste management problem, especially in the country’s capital of Nairobi. As of 2016, Nairobi was producing around 2,400 tons of waste every day but only 38 percent of that trash was collected and less than 10 percent was recycled, according to Kenya’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources. That resulted in the remaining 62 percent being left on illegal dumpsites… Read More

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 Twitter has been under fire lately (slash always) for its methods to deal with harassment and abuse on its platform. In an effort to provide some insight into its thinking, Twitter has added some new articles to its help center that detail how the company reviews and enforces rules, as well as the factors it considers in its decision-making process. In a subtopic on “legitimate public… Read More

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 When goTenna put out their Mesh device earlier this year, I thought the off-grid gadgets would be great for an emergency kit or back country hike. But it turns out that I underestimated the demand for a resilient, user-powered mesh network: dedicated nodes now populate cities across the country, and volunteers are using them to get Puerto Rico back online after a devastating hurricane season. Read More

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 CES is a horrible, god-awful experience that will shave years off your life. The casinos, the food, the people, the germs. Horrible. All of it. But we love it! And we’re sending a huge contingent to the show again this year and want to see your gadgets, toys and products. TechCrunch cares much more for the hardware startups than the big CE players. We want to see the future FitBits and… Read More

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 DJ Patil, the chief data scientist under President Barack Obama, has joined Venrock Capital as an adviser. Patil has long been a proponent of using data science and artificial intelligence to solve some of the nation’s biggest problems around areas including medicine, policing and the criminal justice system. “My primary focus is building new models to improve healthcare and… Read More

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 In August we reported from our sources that Match Group made an offer to acquire Bumble for $450M. Bumble declined the offer, and at the time a source close to the company suggested to TechCrunch that Bumble was actually valued at $1 billion. Now we’ve learned that these talks are still ongoing, with recent discussions centered around a valuation of “well over” $1B.  The… Read More

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 Something weird is about to happen on Reddit. Starting at 10 a.m. PT on Tuesday, an AI-powered robot the size of a computer mouse will star in a live event that’s part reality show, part interactive puzzle and all an homage to the internet’s premier repository of dank memes. The, uh, thing (event? livestream? brand activation?) is known as “Cozmo Lost in Reddit” and… Read More

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 Poshmark, the app for fashion consignment, has raised another $87.5 million in funding led by Singapore-based Temasek. Menlo Ventures, GGV Capital, Mayfield and others also participated. Having raised $160 million to date, the startup is well-capitalized and plans to use the money to build out its stylist-matching technology. Poshmark is launching voice integration with Amazon’s Alexa… Read More

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 Cloud Spanner, Google’s globally distributed cloud database got an update today that includes multi-region support, meaning the database can be replicated across regions for lower latency and better performance. It also got an updated Service Level Agreement (SLA) that should please customers. The latter states Cloud Spanner databases will have 99.999% (five nines) availability, a level… Read More

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 Looking for what to wear is one of the bigger use cases on Pinterest, but as the company looks to make the process of getting the right content to users more seamless, it’s been increasingly focusing on its interface with the real world with the camera. Now the company is going a step further by letting users tap the camera’s visual search technology with clothes that are already… Read More

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 If you are walking around a retailer, you might have seen a sign or something along those lines posted to check out its Pinterest account for additional content or products — but there was not really a seamless way to get to that account. Taking a cue from the prevalence of QR codes around the world, Pinterest is rolling out its own variation of QR codes for retailers and brands. Read More

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 Dropbox announced a couple of products today to make it easier for Autodesk users to access and share large design files. The products include an integrated desktop app for opening and saving Autodesk files stored in Dropbox and an app for viewing design files without the need for owning Autodesk. These products are long overdue given that Dropbox’s Ross Piper, who is head of ecosystem… Read More

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 YouTube today announced a partnership with Ticketmaster that will see the Google-owned video network connecting fans with concert tickets and tour information directly on artists’ YouTube video pages. Starting today, YouTube will begin featuring hundreds of artists’ upcoming U.S. tour dates on their YouTube videos beneath the video’s description. This added integration… Read More

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 The iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X all support wireless charging using the Qi standard. It means that iPhones are now compatible with hundreds of chargers out there. But iPhone Qi charging is currently limited to 5W, or the slowest wireless charging speed. Apple is currently working on iOS 11.2 — this update is going to support 7.5W charging. Wireless charging is nice if you… Read More

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 Twitter tried to mend its relationship with developers earlier this year with the launch of a new API platform which focused on streamlining APIs and the promise of additional tiers of access. Twitter said it would offer free APIs for testing ideas, self-serve access, as well as paid access for increased functionality, in addition to its enterprise APIs. Today, Twitter is delivering on its… Read More

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 BuzzFeed has obtained a statement from Facebook in which the tech giant admits, for the first time, that some Russia-linked accounts may have used its platform to try to interfere in the UK’s European Union referendum vote in June 2016. Read More

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 Philo, a streaming service backed by cable TV content providers, today launched a low-cost, sports-free live TV service priced at just $16 per month. That’s undercutting today’s live TV streaming rivals, like Sling TV, DirecTV Now, PlayStation Vue, Hulu Live TV, and YouTube TV, all of which are more expensive due to the way they’ve crafted their content line-ups. Philo instead… Read More

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