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 Disrupt SF approaches with just a couple days until we kick things off. Here are all the deets you need to make for a stellar conference experience. Checking-In Doors open to attendees at 7:00am on Monday and Tuesday and 7:30am on Wednesday. Programming begins at 9am each day. Print out your Universe ticket or pull it up on a mobile device for quick entry into Disrupt. Please bring your… Read More

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Patreon is raising at a $450 millon valuation, Chrome mutes autoplaying videos and Hulu is spending $2.5 billion for original content. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

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 Well, that didn’t take long. Yesterday, China’s longest running bitcoin exchange, BTC China, announced it will suspend its local trading service at the end of this month, and today the country’s two other major exchanges — Huobi and OKCoin — followed suit to say they will cease at the end of October. The writing was on the wall when The Wall Street Journal… Read More

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 The Disrupt SF Hackathon kicks off this Saturday, September 16 at Pier 48. Check out these prizes being awarded from our partners, in addition to the overall “best of” prize awarded from TechCrunch – a sweet $5K to the winning team. Accenture The Accenture Hackathon Social Impact Challenge tasks you with building an app that helps improve the lives of those affected after… Read More

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 Nike just announced the “Nike NBA Jersey with NikeConnect”, a connected jersey that allows wearers to get highlight reels, scores, stats and exclusive content from and about their favorite players and teams with a tap of their phones on the jersey’s tag. Read More

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 Apple isn’t backing down from a new approach that limits how web visitors can be tracked by online advertisers. The new feature in Safari, called Intelligent Tracking Prevention, was first announced at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June. It incorporates a number of different ways that Apple is trying to cut back on ad-tracking, for example by limiting the use of… Read More

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 An official for Facebook told TechCrunch that the company is “continuing to cooperate with the relevant U.S. authorities,” as investigations into the Russian hack of last year’s presidential election continue to expand. In the latest development, authorities are now investigating how agents used online advertising on social networks and search platforms, and tech companies… Read More

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 FutureFuel.io, the company offering student loan payment management services as an employee benefit, is adding new features to make it easier for companies to manage the loan repayment process. The company is offering real time account linking and updates on loan repayments through the fintech company Quovo. And through a partnership with Credible, will provide information on the lending… Read More

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 What a difference one year makes. Since showing noteworthy signs of a maturing tech ecosystem last summer, corporate venture in Latin America has begun to crescendo in just 12 months, led by Brazil. Read More

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 To wrap up our series of looks into the IPOs of tech’s Big 5, we turn to Apple. Being the first of five to go public, what can we learn from Cupertino’s debut? Heading back in time as we are, we lack readily accessible S-1 documents that the younger entrants to the group have posted. So what was Apple’s story as it raced to the public markets? Read More

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 Remember Angry Birds? Well, apparently enough people are still playing it to justify an IPO. Rovio Entertainment, the Finnish parent of the popular smartphone game, is getting ready to go public on the Helsinki Nasdaq in two weeks. And it’s set the price range for an IPO that would value the company at about $1 billion, a lot less than the over $2 billion they were said to be hoping… Read More

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 Top executives at Equifax are retiring effective immediately according to WSJ. Susan Mauldin was the company’s Chief Security Officer and David Webb was the Chief Information Officer. The report says the executives are retiring though, in the wake of the company’s major security breach, “retire” feels like an euphemism for “fired”. We reached out to… Read More

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 What do you and researchers on Google’s Brain Team have most in common? You both probably spend a lot of time triaging email. In a Reddit AMA, 11 Google AI researchers took time to share the activities that consume the greatest chunks of their days. Email was a frequent topic of conversation, in addition to less banal activities like skimming academic papers and brainstorming with… Read More

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 Spotify has long been linked with going public in the U.S. — it is speculated to be preparing for an IPO-less listing next year — but it has emerged that the company rebuffed the opportunity to sell to a major tech name earlier this year: Tencent, the Chinese internet giant valued at $380 billion. Tencent is said to have approached Spotify with a view to acquiring the company to… Read More

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 Oh, Bodega. The newly launched startup’s insensitivity hit some pretty tender nerves during a time when cultural and societal tensions are high. The first article published about Bodega read almost like a Silicon Valley parody. Read More

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 There’s no shortage of angst in Silicon Valley. Tech leaders are still reeling from the outcome of the U.S. presidential election. Their increasingly rich companies are coming to be viewed as more and more sinister, thanks in part to the jobs they look to the automate. Calls to break up some of the biggest companies are starting to take on some urgency for the first time in nearly 20… Read More

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 As artificial intelligence creeps deeper into each and every industry vertical, demand for experienced technical talent only continues to increase. Now online education tools like Udacity and Coursera are being thrust into the spotlight as potential solutions to the problem. But even as course enrollment in AI classes balloons, Fortune 2000 companies are still paying an unsustainable premium… Read More

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 This is one of the minor dangers of owning an Amazon Echo. Most anyone can activate the device by just saying the wake word including Cartman. And in the season opener of South Park, that’s exactly what happened. Watch. South Park messing with Alexa #SouthPark #Alexa pic.twitter.com/4qtJkwQJ6R — Moritz Wittmann (@MoritzWittmann) September 14, 2017 If someone watched that episode… Read More

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 Face ID is easily the most hot-button topic to come out of Apple’s iPhone event this week, notch be damned. As people have parsed just how serious Apple is about it, questions have rightly begun to be raised about its effectiveness, security and creation. To get some answers, I hopped on the phone with Apple’s SVP of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi. Read More

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 American Vandal takes the investigative approach of shows like Making a Murderer and applies it to something a little less serious — not a murder, but the spraypainting of dicks on teachers’ cars at a fictional California high school. Yes, it’s a Netflix series parodying a format that was popularized, in part, by Netflix. The snake eats its own tail! American Vandaal was… Read More

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 Entrepreneur First (EF), the company builder and “talent first” investor, has just held Demo Day for its eighth London cohort, seeing 14 newly-formed startups pitch their wares onstage to investors, press and other actors in the European tech scene. What’s particularly interesting about EF is that it backs individuals “pre-team, pre-idea” — meaning that, as… Read More

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 Tesla is still exploring options to make swapping vehicle battery packs easier and faster. This patent filed in May reveals one option that would allow technicians to change out packs in less than 15 minutes. This isn’t the first of such ideas. Back in 2014 Tesla briefly played with an automated system that swapped Model S battery packs in less than 90 seconds. That idea seemed to be… Read More

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 The tech community and students need each other to thrive and compete and fuel innovation in this country. That’s why it is more important than ever to invest in America’s youth, and that starts with education and building opportunities for students and young grads across the U.S.    At Disrupt SF, we’re hosting a conversation with one of the country’s most… Read More

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 Credit Karma said it will add Equifax to its credit monitoring service as part of its free product, which proactively notifies members of significant changes to their credit report. It includes a whole suite of notifications for significant changes in credit queries, such as opening new accounts, a change in the status of an account, new personal information or a hard inquiry or application… Read More

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 Hulu is spending around $2.5 billion on content this year, according to a report from Variety, citing remarks made by Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins at an event this week at the Paley Center for Media in New York. The streaming service, which has now earned its first Emmy nods with over a dozen nominations for “The Handmaid’s Tale,” will also launch seven new original series, arriving… Read More

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