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 There are plenty of reasons to keep an eye on Twilio‘s initial public offering, like whether or not it will open the door for more tech IPOs. Here’s a small-but-fun one: The company has organized a live coding event from the New York Stock Exchange. So tomorrow morning, Twilio will bring three developers to the NYSE floor, where they’ll be trying to build as many apps as… Read More

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 Here’s a neat little add-on for folks looking to get a little more out of their GoPro. The Vitrim is a big metal add-on created by Chicago-based startup Fantem that brings 3D video capture to the action camera. The device features a plastic GoPro case affixed to a big lens with mirrors that split light, creating separate images for the left and right eyes. Two stereoscopic videos are… Read More

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 WowWee, the Hong Kong-based manufacturer behind that old RadioShack stalwart, RoboSapien, showed off a couple of promising high tech toys due out in the fall. COJI is one of the company’s more compelling products in a while. The little robot, which made its first public appearance at ToyFair earlier this year, is designed with the noble task of making coding more accessible for… Read More

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 Space fiends who are also couch potatoes, rejoice! NASA’s all-purpose app for finding and watching content from the cosmos has arrived on Apple TV. Read More

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 Hasselblad picked a rather unique location — the Absolut Elyx house — in the Meatpacking District for me to meet their reps and play with the new X1D. For a quick refresher, it’s the world’s first compact medium format camera which was announced just this morning. Given that the X1D is still in pre-production until its launch in August, I wasn’t allowed to shoot… Read More

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 If you’ve got more than a handful 3D printers or other devices running at a time, it’s a full time job keeping them going — removing and packaging products, tweaking settings, pushing “OK” after minor errors, that sort of thing. Why not have a robot do it for you? Read More

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 House Democrats are staging a sit-in today in an effort to push their Republican colleagues to vote for a gun control bill that would exclude suspected terrorists from purchasing automatic weapons. Led by Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, the Representatives sat down on the chamber floor, chanting “No bill, no break,” and calling for a vote. The beginning of the dramatic protest was… Read More

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 Hi! That new macOS X Sierra thing is almost out! There are so many new cool features. You can talk to your computer in humanish language. You can pay for stuff with your iPhone because if you have a Mac and an Android phone what are you doing with your life? There’s a thing that your friend’s TV had where you can watch two footy games at once but that he never really used. Read More

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 Digital media company Purch has acquired Business.com — which, in addition to being a pretty great URL, offers advice and other content for small businesses and operates a marketplace for business products and services. Purch owns a number of product-focused sites, including Tom’s Guide and AnandTech. It raised a $135 million round last year and has continued to grow its… Read More

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 Poisoned trust. Yearnings for transparency. The cyber Pearl Harbor. Executives from Google, Facebook, Dropbox, and other major tech companies met with the president’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity at UC Berkeley yesterday. The discussion was laced with moments of high drama as industry representatives asked the Commission to recommend reforms and technological advances… Read More

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 Michelle Obama has joined Snapchat. The First Lady announced yesterday that she is joining the platform so users can see a behind-the-scenes look at her life in the White House. You can add her using the QR code above, or by manually adding “MichelleObama”. In addition to her daily life, she’ll be Snapchatting her upcoming Let Girls Learn trip to Liberia, Morocco, and Spain… Read More

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 The Internet of Things genie is out of the bottle and growing at an accelerating pace. According to Gartner, 6.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide in 2016, up 30 percent from 2015. This number will soar to more than 20 billion by 2020. Here are some of the changes we’ll face as IoT becomes more ingrained in our lives — and how the tech community is getting prepared… Read More

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 TechCrunch is pleased to bring you Microsoft Accelerator’s Bangalore Demo Day today, Wednesday June 22nd starting at 11:35pm PT. The Microsoft Accelerator is an immersive three- to six-month program aimed at helping entrepreneurs get through the challenges of building a company, finding customers and scaling to global markets. There are seven accelerators located around the world,… Read More

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 Watching 360-degree videos alone on your Gear VR is about to get a little less lonely. Oculus just rolled out the ability for users to see and leave Facebook’s five emoji reactions on 360 Videos within Gear VR’s video app. While Reactions started as a risky attempt at tampering with Facebook’s iconic Like button, they’ve become a popular way to convey emotion and… Read More

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 Let me be very clear – when the right company wants to go public, market conditions just don’t matter. Read More

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 SoundCloud is launching a new feature that aims to help its users find new tracks and artists they’ll love, based on their activity and listening history. Called “Suggested Tracks,” the addition is essentially SoundCloud’s attempt at personalizing the service to its individual users in order to keep them engaged and listening to more music and audio content in the… Read More

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 Pinterest today said it was acquiring the team behind tote, a shopping app that highlights products that are suggested by fashion influencers and friends. The tote founders are joining Pinterest’s growth and monetization team. This isn’t the only talent acquisition Pinterest has made even this month as well: Just last week, Pinterest acquired the team behind the custom keyboard… Read More

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 A coworker just walked into the office and made fun of me for wearing the Ropes. Sure, he probably would have zeroed in on something else had I not put them on this morning, but they’re a pretty easy target. Which is to say, while I admire Roam for taking a novel approach to Bluetooth headphone form factor, I really, really don’t think this is for me. The Ropes are a pair of… Read More

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 You’ve got a great workspace set up and the best gear for getting things done, so why do you feel your favorite coffee shop calling to you? Because you’re craving a chance to drop the stress of your usual desk, your computer, and the people around you. Because you’ve created a habit of blaming your environment for distracting you. Because your brain needs novelty. Read More

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 Google wants more people to learn to program — especially for its Android platform. While the company already offered a few programming courses, they were typically geared toward students with at least some rudimentary programming experience. Starting today, the Google Android Basics Nanodegree class is available on the online learning platform Udacity. It’s the first Android… Read More

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 Who needs the sun? Many Silicon Valley startups pride themselves on long, grueling work hours, toiling from the crack of dawn till late into the night. But that work pride has a toll – they likely suffer from a serious lack of vitamin D. Most U.S. office workers do these days and Nootrobox co-founder Geoff Woo says that’s affecting our brains. Vitamin D plays an… Read More

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 A routine engineering push was the source of a 15-minute long global YouTube outage this morning, not a hack or DDOS attack. The issue has since been resolved, but was surprising given how reliable the Google-owned service has historically been. At the time of the outage, users who visited the site were met with a “500 Internal Server Error,” blank screens, or other error… Read More

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 The stress of running a startup guided founder Yunha Kim to her next idea: a mindfulness app called Simple Habit, offering five-minute audio meditations so that busy people can squeeze a little tranquility into their day. Read More

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 Dropbox today is releasing a slew of new enterprise features as it continues to try to woo larger businesses in an effort to build a strong new line of business. The most interesting new feature is probably a tool in its mobile application that allows business users to scan documents and upload them directly into Dropbox. The idea is that there is still a lot of activity and business… Read More

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 A new streaming service from Viacom is hitting the international market today: BET Play, a video-on-demand application aimed at an adult audience, offering access to programming from the entertainment-focused BET cable television channel. This is only the second streaming service to emerge from Viacom, but the first for adults. The company previously launched Noggin, which includes a… Read More

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