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 Intuit has confirmed to TechCrunch that the company has laid off 399 people, or just under 5% of the company’s roughly 8,000 employees, in a re-alignment of the company. Patrick Barry has also stepped back from leading Demandforce, though he remains an employee of Intuit. We had heard a few stories about layoffs within the company over the past few days. Of course, layoffs and… Read More

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TechCrunch has an unofficial tradition of welcoming people back into the fold. We like to think that they go out into the cold, realize how warm and toasty it is by our fire and want to get themselves some more of that. Today, we’re continuing the tradition by welcoming back Drew Olanoff to TechCrunch as a Senior Writer. I worked with Drew previously at The Next Web, where he wrote some… Read More

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 It’s Friday, so you deserve a modest respite. Happily, the Chairman of the FCC, Tom Wheeler, gave a speech today to The Brookings Institution that should provide sufficient argument fodder for the full weekend, at least among policy wonks. Read More

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Parrot unveiled 13 new minidrones this week, all for under $149. The terrestrial “Jumping” drone got a major upgrade, with LED lights for nighttime driving, an internal 4GB memory to record video, and a “boost mode” that brings its top speed to 8mph. The new “Airborne” quadcopter now has LED lights as well, in addition to an optional LEGO attachment… Read More

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 You might think that YouTube has the kid video demographic locked down, particularly since it launched a dedicated video app for kids, but a company out of Brazil would challenge that. And it’s putting $15 million where it’s mouth is, too. Read More

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 The Y Combinator-incubated Meteor JavaScript application platform today announced that it has acquired Percolate Studio, a design and engineering shop with a lot of experience in building and supporting Meteor-based applications. Meteor is going to use Percolate’s expertise for its commercial developer support subscription, which is also launching today. Read More

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 Although the Apple Watch boasts the ability to instantly notify users with important updates — breaking news stories, changes to their bank account or the achievement of a fitness goal — its 42mm screen can be a major constraint for developers and designers. Read More

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 Early adopters who signed up for Project Fi, Google’s recently announced initiative to provide its own cellular service, can now keep better tabs on the status of their requested invite thanks to a new online tool Google rolled out this week. Potential Project Fi customers were alerted to the availability of the tool by way of an email which informed them that they could now track… Read More

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 Lyft has acqui-hired the team behind Leo, a disappearing messaging app for one-on-one or group conversations. We’re told the deal was finalized this past weekend and that co-founders Carlos Whitt, Austen Broyles and Jisi Guo started their new jobs at Lyft on Monday. Lyft declined to disclose the terms of the deal, but Whitt, who’s startup raised $1.5 million from investors, did… Read More

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 This week, Taylor Swift went head to head with Apple, anti-Uber protests took place in France, and Amazon Echo went up for pre-order. These are the stories to catch you up on everything that happened this week in tech. Read More

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 There’s a lot to love about being a venture capitalist. You meet with smart people every day. You make money regardless of whether or not your investments work. People assume you have smart opinions about things. Strange as it may seem, however, a growing number of illuminati are passing up the chance to work with established firms to do their own thing. Among the newest of them:… Read More

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 Livestreaming app Meerkat has launched an embeddable player so that content being broadcast to the app can be embedded into and viewed on other digital services. The first implementation of the player is with the Discovery Channel, for its annual Shark Week multi-platform event — which begins July 5. Read More

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 French startup Snips just raised $6.3 million (€5.6 million) in a seed round led by The Hive, with participation from Eniac Ventures, 500 startups, Brent Hoberman, Xavier Niel and Bpifrance. The company wants to add some sort of artificial intelligence layer on top of your smartphone so that you can use your phone more efficiently. In pragmatical terms, Snips will release in the near future… Read More

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 Disney has now somewhat belatedly joined the ranks of the numerous app publishers offering their own custom keyboards for iOS 8 users with the launch of an iOS application called Disney Gif. The new app is a mobile keyboard extension that lets you share Disney and Pixar-themed GIFs via text messaging as well as email and social networks. At launch, the app includes over 200 GIFs, the… Read More

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 The Apple Watch is expanding beyond the launch group of countries today, shortly after the device first became available for in-store purchase at Apple Retail with a reservation. The international sales expansion includes Italy, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland and Taiwan as of today, and the next group includes the Netherlands, Sweden and Thailand starting July 17.… Read More

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 Kindle e-book reader owners will now have a new way to socialize with their friends about their favorite books or book quotes by way of mobile messaging apps, including Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, texting, and more. The change is indicative of the trend toward private sharing as the preferred means of connecting with friends, versus larger, more public social media platforms like Facebook… Read More

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 One in five Americans suffers from a diagnosable mental health or substance disorder, but 70 percent are undiagnosed. This fact prompted David Ebersman, former CFO of Facebook and Genentech, to launch Lyra Health earlier this year. Read More

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 Some of you may know that I hail from Canada, the country to the north of most of you that only occasionally enters your consciousness when someone mentions Drake or Bieber. Our nation’s symbolic birthday is July 1, next week, and so some #brands are looking to capitalize. Molson, maker of ‘Canadian’ beer, is one such #brand, but its project involved some real technical… Read More

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 U.K. startup Naturebytes is bringing a different emphasis to the tech-plus-education space. It’s aiming to combine hackable technology with a mission to spark kids’ curiosity in the great outdoors. Read More

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 Researchers at the University of Tokyo have created a single-step process to print conductive material on cloth, allowing manufacturers to build stretchable wearables that can test vital signs like heart rate and muscle contraction. From the release: Now, Professor Takao Someya’s research group at the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Engineering has developed an… Read More

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 In what could be the most interesting conspiracy theory of the morning, the folks at ABlogToWatch have found a watch that could have been the inspiration for Apple Watch. It’s a Patek Philippe Ellipse Ref. 3582 (3582G) made in the 1970s and usually sold through high end watch stores. The piece, which is amazingly rare in white gold, almost perfectly matches the case shape of the Apple… Read More

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 JD.com has become the latest internet company in China to venture into the consumer credit space, after the Nasdaq-listed online retailer — a rival to Alibaba — launched a joint venture alongside LA-based financial services company ZestFinance. Read More

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 Sophos, the security company that makes antivirus software, firewall hardware and other products for networks, individual users and servers, is going public this morning on the London Stock Exchange, with Sophos Group plc to trade as “SOPH.” In its initial public offering, the company will sell 34.8% of its shares at 225 pence each (or 156,521,740 shares). It plans to raise… Read More

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 Playbasis, a company that offers gamification solutions for business and enterprises, has closed a $1.85 million Series A round as it bids to broaden its services and develop new technology such as virtual reality for companies. Read More

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 You may know Alibaba for its huge e-commerce business in China and the record-breaking U.S. IPO that it held last year. But there’s a lot more to the Hangzhou-based company than that, and, as of this week, that includes an online bank. Read More

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