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 When Instagrammers don’t get enough likes or think their posts look boring, they sometimes impetously delete them. But they can later regret this common emergent behavior which also deprives Instagram of monetizable content and your history in images that could keep you locked into the service. So Instagram is rolling out a new feature called “archive” that lets you hide any… Read More

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 Entrepreneur Bre Pettis and Berkeley-based Other Machine seem like a match made in heaven. The MakerBot founder has been through the ringer once already, leaving the company he co-founded and ran after selling it to 3D printing colossus, Stratasys. But now he’s doing the buying. Other Machine founder and CEO Danielle Applestone tells TechCrunch that her CNC Milling startup has… Read More

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 Shenzhen-based Kuang-Chi Group is investing $5 million in SkyX Systems Corp., according to the drone tech startup’s founder and CEO Didi Horn. A former fighter pilot with the Israeli Air Force, Horn started SkyX in 2015 to help public and private companies monitor energy infrastructure from on high, using increasingly powerful drones and big data analytics. Read More

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 Today’s Stories: Ford names Jim Hackett CEO to take its connected car plans up a gear, Dish integrates with Amazon Alexa for hands-free TV, Patreon doubles in a year to 1 million paying patrons and 50,000 creators and Verse grabs $20.5 million to take its P2P payments play beyond Europe. Read More

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 Sad! Patent trolls, who’ve benefited from a 30-year-old legal standard that made it possible for patent holders to sue companies in almost any U.S. jurisdiction — including a federal district in east Texas that’s notorious for serving as a favorable venue for patent holders — just lost their ability to bring infringement lawsuits in such plaintiff-friendly places. In… Read More

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 As mobile developers and publishers wrestle with how to keep users engaged with their apps, Mavin Motion co-founder and CEO Shailesh Nalawadi said it’s time for new strategies. The startup started out by building engagement products for mobile apps in India, but today it’s announcing its US launch — as well as a $3 million seed round from Mousse Partners and Montane… Read More

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 There’s another new hire for Twitter was announced today, but this one is tied more closely to its big push into live video as part of its efforts to differentiate itself from other platforms. Twitter COO Anthony Noto said today that the company has hired Todd Swidler as its Global Head of Live Business. Most recently he was at ESC Games as CEO, but prior to that was the global head… Read More

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 Netflix is about to make all of our dreams come true. It’s turning what started as a meme about actress Lupita Nyong’o and Grammy Award-winning singer Rihanna playing scammers and computer geniuses into a reality, Entertainment Weekly reports. Netflix reportedly beat out several other bidders at the Cannes Film Festival to snag a deal to create a movie starring Nyong’o… Read More

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 Newly-minted unicorn Quora has even bigger ambitions than text questions-and-answers. And it’s not going to let video giants or startups disrupt its future. This week Quora began testing video answers, because sometimes it’s a lot easier to show someone how something works, the best way to complete a task, or why one thing is better than another than try to write it out for them.… Read More

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 Impossible Foods has raised over $200 million to make a burger that tastes at least as good as ground beef but which is engineered from plants. The CEO of the five-year-old food startup, Patrick O. Brown, is a famed Stanford geneticist who previously started the nonprofit Public Library of Science. The company’s many backers— among them Bill Gates, Li Ka-Shing, UBS, Khosla Ventures… Read More

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 It’s taking Instagram less and less time to copy Snapchat. Less than two months after Snapchat launched its Stories Search feature for seeing what’s going on at a location or related to a topic, Instagram is rolling out Location Stories to its Explore page. Last week, TechCrunch broke the news that Instagram was testing Location Stories, which aggregate the publicly posted… Read More

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 On the same day that Ford officially ousted its chief executive in a bid to remake itself as future-focused vehicle manufacturer, Toyota announced its own steps to embrace technology’s next wave. Andwhile Ford is looking to catch up to the leaders in autonomous and electric vehicle manufacturing, Toyota (through the Toyota Research Institute) appears to be taking the next fork in the… Read More

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 Amazon’s odd foray into the world of selfie cameras via the Echo Look is now complete with the launch of a companion application for iOS and Android devices that works with the new connected camera. The app allows Echo Look owners to view live previews from the Look’s camera, take a picture, survey their outfits, mark favorites, compare styles and more. The company had… Read More

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 DJI has released a video teaser for the new drone they are announcing at their event in NYC this Wednesday. When the company sent out an invite we assumed it was to announce a new mini-drone, and this video seems to confirm that. Read More

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 Sayspring, a startup that enables designers to create voice-enabled apps without code ahead of handing over projects to development, has just raised $1.5 million in funding for its efforts, the company is announcing today. The round was led by Compound (formerly Metamorphic Ventures), with participation from strategic angels including Scott Belsky, Alan Chung, and Peter Stern. The startup… Read More

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 Postmates CEO Bastian Lehman is testifying before congress tomorrow in a hearing called “Disrupter Series: Delivering to Consumers.” In his written testimony, Lehman makes a case for delivery via robots and drones, with the hopes that Congress will consider advancing a budget that “prioritizes improving STEM teaching and supportive active learning; Expanding access to… Read More

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 We are excited to announce that Disrupt SF 2017 will once again be held at the lovely Pier 48, which is right down the road from AT&T Park — the home of the San Francisco Giants. While the baseball Giants may be playing a game of fall ball down the street, the giants of the startup industry will be filling the halls of the 80,000-square-foot venue for the best startup show in the… Read More

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 Auto1 Group, a nearly five-year-old, Berlin-based used-car marketplace, just announced a huge round — €360 million ($404 million) in debt and equity financing that includes €75 million ($84.2 million) from Princeville Global, itself a Hong Kong-based investment firm with a second office in San Francisco. Why the excitement over Auto1? Momentum, seemingly. The company, which values… Read More

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 2017 is no different — I still hate concept videos. But Federico Viticci and Sam Beckett teamed up once again to design some of the changes they’d like to see with iOS 11. It’s more convincing than your average concept video. In particular, this video focuses on iOS for the iPad. The Shelf is an interesting new feature. You can pull it down from the top of the screen and… Read More

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 And now we present to the world: Judah Vs. The Machines, an eight-episode web series that follows comedian Judah Friedlander as he takes on the world’s most sophisticated artificial intelligence systems to see who truly reigns supreme. The series was produced by The Onion, in collaboration with TechCrunch, and is an excellent combination of informative content and hilarity. Read More

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 TV provider Dish Network is today rolling out new technology that will make watching television a hands-free experience, via a new integration with Amazon Alexa. The company says that its pay TV customers using either its Hopper or Wally receivers will now be able to search for programs, change channels, as well as pause, rewind and fast forward television just by speaking. These options… Read More

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 If the UK’s £30 contactless payment limit was holding back greater adoption of Apple’s biometric contactless payment tech, Apple Pay, the company should expect to see uplift in usage as it believes that a majority of UK contactless POS now supports limitless transactions. Read More

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 Uber announced this morning a series of under-the-hood changes to its ride-sharing service UberPool in Manhattan, with the goal of improving its matching algorithms, as well as its pickup and dropoff processes in the city. The company says the updates are based on incorporating driver and rider feedback into its algorithms, and come following last year’s redesign of the service in… Read More

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 Stephen Gates is the Global Head of Design at Citi. In our 15th episode, we talk about how design and creativity are actually blue collar professions, what it’s like to approach design for an industry as old as banking, and what it takes to become a design leader, regardless of where you are in your design career. Design is not easy work and it’s not solely comprised of… Read More

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 London-based Feast It, an online marketplace that lets you book ‘street food’-styled catering for your work or social event, has picked up $440,000 in seed funding. Read More

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