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microsoft offering legal help to employees affected by trump immigration order


at first, president trump’s immigration order looked like it would mostly affect refugees from seven majority muslim nations (which itself is shameful). the order is so sweeping, however, that it also includes any green card and visa holders from these countries. so if you were a citizen of these countries (iran, iraq, syria and sudan. libya, yemen and somalia) and had the bad luck of… read more






crunch report: twitter’s ad revenue stalls


today’s stories  twitter’s advertising business is stalling zenefits is laying off 45% of its workforce airbnb is buying luxury retreats for around $200m facebook can now replace your weather app the analogue nt mini is the perfect nes console for video game lovers credits written and hosted by: anthony ha edited by: joe zolnoski filmed by: matthew mauro teleprompter: tomas… read more






crunch report | snap files publicly for its m ive ipo


snap files publicly for its m ive ipo, uber will pause its service in taiwan starting february 12th, pokémon go crosses $1 billion in revenue, facebook lets you search images by content and licking county government gets its offices shut down by ransomware. all this on crunch report! read more






crunch report | tech’s rough day on wall street


travis kalanick quits the trump advisory board, domino’s updates its facebook messenger bot in time for the super bowl, gopro and amazon have a rough day on wall street and medium plans to monetize. all this on crunch report. read more






berlin’s jobspotting acquired by sf’s smartrecruiters for undisclosed sun


a couple of years ago jobspotting, out of berlin, decided job sites were dull and pretty useless (right?) so they put a modern search interface on top of results from third-party recruitment sites, weaved in your social accounts and applied an algorithm to give users better results. but although they raised a $500k seed round, they entered a tough market where similar players like adzuna in the… read more






crunch report | galaxy s8 coming in march


the trump administration names its manufacturing council, tesla is suing an ex-employee for reportedly stealing proprietary autopilot information and poaching talent, samsung galaxy s8 is reportedly launching in march and apple is using icloud to improve siri. all this on crunch report! read more






crunch report | hbo now p es 2 million subscribers


hbo now p es 2 million subscribers, trident capital cybersecurity raises a $300 million fund, pinterest adds new visual search features and y combinator now takes recommendations from anyone. all this on crunch report! read more






crunch report: prince returns to spotify


today’s stories  prince returns to spotify and napster this weekend whatsapp now supports two-step authentication amazon’s tap speaker gets a hands-free update in defiance of its name beats x bring apple’s wireless headphone tech to a tethered form factor credits written and hosted by: anthony ha edited by: joe zolnoski filmed by: matthew mauro teleprompter: tomas… read more






crunch report | kickstarter acquires huzza


kickstarter acquires video streaming company huzza, amazon is planning to build a $1.5 billion air cargo hub and mit creates a robot with a soft touch. all this on crunch report. read more






crunch report | waze carpool grows in bay area


twitter rolls out updates to combat abuse on its platform, youtube launches mobile live stream and super chat exits beta, waze carpool grows in the bay area, apple beats are expected to drop february 10th and a recap from the 10th annual crunchies. all this on crunch report. read more






smart smb bank tide comes out of the gate with bags of features


many startups in fintech are attempting to disrupt the banking world with consumer-focused apps, but the real prize and the most lucrative is going to be in the small business space. especially since main street / high street banks don’t really care enough about small businesses as they are small fry compared to much of the rest of the business. uk startups tide, out of the uk, is doing… read more






smart smb bank tide comes out of the gate with bags of features


many startups in fintech are attempting to disrupt the banking world with consumer-focused apps, but the real prize and the most lucrative is going to be in the small business space. especially since main street / high street banks don’t really care enough about small businesses as they are small fries compared to much of the rest of the business. uk startups tide, out of the uk, is… read more






the swift is a programmable robotic arm for the m es


 as a child i always lusted after the armatron robotic arm. oh, the amazing things i would have done! i could have embled miniature cars! pinched my sister remotely! gently squashed bugs to paste! but, alas, the armatron was too expensive and i never got one. now that i’m old and wizened i can finally get one. or at least something like it. the swift by ufactory is a crowdfunded… read more






pinterest begins rolling out search ads for keywords and shopping paigns


pinterest is adding another piece to its arsenal of advertising services, opening up search advertising to its partners and with companies advertising through the kenshoo marketing suite. with pinterest looking to continue to grow into a must-have tool for advertisers, it’s begun building more and more products to capture all parts of a person’s buying behavior. pinterest users… read more






uber apologizes for “confusion” at jfk during immigration protest


uber issued an apology following backlash over a decision to saying that uber p engers could ride to and from jfk international airport in new york without surge pricing amid calls immigration protests. after the enactment of an executive order barring refugees and visa holders from seven countries from entering the u.s., protests gathered at jfk international and the ny taxi workers… read more






mobile carrier three buys uk broadband for up to $373m in spectrum grab


after getting its proposed merger with o2 blocked by regulators last year, today three uk announced another strategy for increasing its presence in the market, specifically by growing spectrum capacity. the carrier is acquiring uk broadband in a transaction valued at £300 million ($373 million) — £250 million up front with “a deferred £50 million “made available as a… read more






powur’s jonathan budd talks about the future of solar power


jonathan budd sees solar power as a money-making opportunity. his new company, powur, essentially lets people add solar to their homes with no upfront costs. while there isn’t much technology in his solution he does have some interesting ideas about the future of solar. in this podcast we talk about when he expects solar to overtake fossil fuels – not for a long time – and… read more






crunch report | aclu enrolls in y combinator


we are joined by the ceo of product hunt, which was just acquired by angellist, the aclu enrolls in y combinator, daimler builds a self-driving car for uber and top poker players lose to an ai developed by carnegie mellon. all this on crunch report. read more






ina fried joins politico co-founder’s axios media as chief tech correspondent


axios media — a new media venture founded by former politico executives — is beefing up its tech team with the new hiring of longtime reporter ina fried as its chief tech correspondent in san francisco. fried said her job will be to take some of the largest technology stories of the day — whether it’s about a new smartphone, some major shift in the political landscape… read more






berlin’s jobspotting acquired by sf’s smartrecruiters for undisclosed sun


 a couple of years ago jobspotting, out of berlin, decided job sites were dull and pretty useless (right?) so they put a modern search interface on top of results from third-party recruitment sites, woven into your social accounts and applied an algorithm to give users better results. but although they raised $1.5m, they entered a tough market where similar players like adzuna in the uk had… read more






crunch report | tech execs are matching donations to aclu


tech execs are matching donations to the aclu, starbucks unveils a virtual istant, dropbox touts a $1 billion revenue run rate, robots are making coffee and fitbit cuts six percent of its workforce. all this on crunch report. read more






crunch report | 100 companies file opposition to trump’s immigration order


100 companies file opposition to trump’s immigration order, zenefits gets a new ceo, snap partners with to get planet earth ii on its platform and darpa’s sidearm simplifies military drone landings. all this on crunch report. read more






thieves now use “shimmers” to grab chip/pin card data


just when you thought it was safe to slip your card in a slot atm skimmers have gotten just a bit smarter. new devices called shimmers can now read your card number and, in certain instances, access your card’s chip. while the technique isn’t new – shimmers began appearing in 2015 – they are still a huge security hole and far more dangerous than standard skimmers.… read more






berlin’s jobspotting acquired by sf’s smartrecruiters for undisclosed sun


 a couple of years ago jobspotting, out of berlin, decided job sites were dull and pretty useless (right?) so they put a modern search interface on top of results from third-party recruitment sites, weaved in your social accounts and applied an algorithm to give users better results. but although they raised jobandtalent raised $1.5m, they entered a tough market where similar players like adzuna… read more






pixl is the child-proof smartphone case that masquerades as a era


 as a father i try to remember two things: my biological mission is complete and i am essentially fodder for the grave and my kids will probably destroy my smartphone. that’s why pixlplay is particularly interesting. the pixlplay is a smartphone case that looks like a big, bulky era. you stuff the phone inside – it works with ios phones for now – and plug a cable into… read more






google officially brings webvr to chrome


 virtual reality is coming to the web. using vr on your phone has always been a pretty deliberate decision, you slot your phone into a headset, navigate the internal menus and home screens and launch apps and experiences from within the headset. now, google is making it easier to discover vr content spontaneously by bringing webvr to chrome. previously chrome lacked mobile browser support… read more






researchers teach cars to work together with or without drivers via wi-fi


 academics from the école polytechnique fédérale de lausanne (epfl) have created a working system that allows vehicles to drive autonomously at highway speeds, while navigating multi-lane traffic in real-world settings, using wireless communication based on basic wi-fi standards. the study was meant to show how communication between vehicles enabled by tech built-in to most modern cars,… read more






watch indiebio accelerator’s demo day today


 techcrunch is pleased to bring you indiebio’s accelerator’s demo day today, february 9th at 3:00pm to 5:00pm pst located in heart of san francisco, indiebio is the largest seed-stage biotech accelerator. twice a year, indiebio runs a 4-month accelerator. this year’s batch of companies is focused on deep science. the 14 companies, primarily led by scientists come to san… read more






watch cruise’s self-driving bolt ev navigate smoothly to sf’s dolores park


 gm-owned cruise automation wants you to be able to see the progress it’s making with its self-driving car tests, in a way that’s more tangible than looking at boring lists of disenga ent reports. that’s why it’s been publishing videos of its cruise test cars navigating real city streets, and a new episode of that video series is available now, showing a bolt ev… read more






clearmotion lands $100m to swap software for car shocks and boost self-driving u


 clearmotion, a company that’s building an alternative ch is for vehicle makers that replaces traditional physical shock absorbers with digital, software-driven adaptive actuators, has readied $100 million in a series c round, led by a group of clients advised by j.p. morgan’s et mana ent wing and with participation from nea, qualcomm ventures and more. the company claims to… read more






clearmotion lands $100m to swap software for car shocks and boost self-driving u


 clearmotion, a company that’s building an alternative ch is for vehicle makers which replaces traditional physical shock absorbers with digital, software-driven adaptive actuators, has readied $100 million in a series c round, led by a group of clients advised by j.p. morgan’s et mana ent wing and with participation from nea, qualcomm ventures and more. the company claims… read more






techcrunch include crunchie award goes to project include


 project include set out in 2016 to change the way the tech industry approaches diversity. rather than identify underrepresented groups that are often the target of unfair hiring practices or the victims of discrimination on the job, the organization is attempting to teach ceos and their teams how to foster environments of inclusion. the 10th annual crunchies award winner of the techcrunch… read more






keymetrics is a node.js monitoring tool for your server infrastructure


 french startup keymetrics just raised $2 million from alven capital and runa capital to build the best monitoring tool for your node.js infrastructure. the startup’s founder and ceo alexandre strzelewicz also created the popular open source node.js process manager pm2. how do you turn a popular open source project into a successful startup? this question has so many different answers… read more






watch netflix’s new trailer for marvel’s iron fist, coming march 17


 netflix’s last marvel series focused on a member of supergroup the defenders is here, and it gives us our first extended look at the world of danny rand, aka iron fist. it’s a world that he shares with fellow new york-based superheroes and netflix series stars jessica jones, luke cage, and daredevil, all of whom he’ll be teaming up with in netflix’s upcoming… read more






techcrunch include crunchie award goes to project include


 project include set out in 2016 to change the way the tech industry approaches diversity. rather than identify underrepresented groups that are often the target of unfair hiring practices or the victims of discrimination on the job, the organization is attempting to teach ceos and their teams how to foster environments of inclusion. the 10th annual crunchies award winner of the techcrunch… read more






logitech releases a $200 web that shoots 4k video


 newly emboldened by its return to web mery last september, logitech is going big with the brio, a new 4k model. it’s hard to say precisely why one would need that sort of resolution for videoconferencing – for some of us even hd feels like pushing it when beaming out images of our face to world. but here it is, and it’s a pretty affordable $199. of course, there may be… read more






watch how portal would work in the real world thanks to microsoft hololens


 valve’s portal series is one of the more beloved in pc gaming, thanks to its debut of unique puzzle mechanics to inject some fresh life in the tired first-person action genre. the game looks even more interesting when you’re using its unique mechanics overlaid on the real world, with virtual objects interacting seamlessly with concrete things like tables, walls and floors.… read more






attack of the apps


 mobile surveillance by ad-sponsored smartphone apps is intrusive and creepy — and it can easily compromise your enterprise’s data. read more






techcrunch takes manhattan. again.


 after spending 2016 in brooklyn, techcrunch is returning to manhattan for disrupt ny 2017. for this year’s show, we’ll be taking over the beautiful pier 36, a m ive, state-of-the-art sports and entertainment facility right on the east river. pier 36 hosts 700,000 visitors per year, and has been home to some major events like the 2015 pandora holiday concert, the 2012… read more






digitalbridge lets you “try on” home décor products before purchasing


 digitalbridge is a u.k. startup based in manchester and backed by john lewis via the 150 year-old apartment store’s accelerator. the company is taking a different and, on the surface at least, simpler approach to letting you “try on” home décor products before purchasing. read more






all new cars could have v2v tech by 2023


 the national highway traffic safety administration (nhtsa) recently published a proposed rule to require all new vehicles to have vehicle-to-vehicle (v2v) communication capabilities. it’s not an official requirement yet, but if it goes into effect in 2019 — a likely timeline for rules like this — manufacturers would be able to phase the technology into their fleets over a… read more






jawbone looks to drop consumer wearables for clinical services


 make way for one more pivot from jawbone. the fitness band maker that originally started out in headsets and later made speakers, has abandoned selling and supporting consumer hardware following a deluge poor reviews and media reports that it has run out of money. techcrunch has learned and confirmed that jawbone is preparing to shift its business yet again — moving from a focus… read more






jawbone looks to drop consumer wearables for health services


 make way for one more pivot from jawbone. the fitness band maker that originally started out in headsets and later made speakers, has abandoned selling and supporting consumer hardware following a deluge poor reviews and media reports that it has run out of money. techcrunch has learned and confirmed that jawbone is preparing to shift its business yet again — moving from a focus… read more






wtf is a backdoor?


 for the authorities, encryption is a calamity. where once they could pry open drawers to find incriminating letters, or force a company to reveal private records, now everything depends on the owner’s willingness to allow their data to be decrypted. so since they can’t go through the front door, they have asked repeatedly for a back door. but what exactly is a backdoor, and why… read more






tinder rival paktor launches ‘labs’ division to experiment with the future of so


 it turns out that asian dating app paktor’s quiet acquisition of down was more than just a one night stand. the deal, which techcrunch broke news of last week, was part of a number of acquisitions that has led to the creation of paktor labs, an experimental division that is led by down founder colin hodge. paktor, best known as a tinder rival in asia, has been pushing to diversify… read more






reddit bans r/altright over doxing


 reddit has banned the r/altright subreddit for “the proliferation of personal and confidential information.” that’s a rather clinical way of describing what’s often called doxing: posting details (docs) like the home phone number and address of someone a community wishes to har . read more