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Friday, August 18, 2017

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Virtual telescope company Slooh is ready for the eclipse

Aug 18, 4:18AM

 Slooh, a Connecticut-based company, makes it easy and now free to look at the night sky through any one of dozens of telescopes around the world. To use the service you simply log in and pick a telescope. If you want to take control you can begin to point the telescope at various spots in space or you can simply go along for the ride while a professional astronomer takes the reins. Slooh… Read More



Crunch Report | Essential Phone Now Available to Order

Aug 18, 3:00AM

Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone is now available to order and ships soon, ZeroCater expands to providing snacks and Fat Lama is my new favorite startup name. All this on Crunch Report! Read More



Alt-social network Gab booted from Google Play Store for hate speech

Aug 17, 11:59PM

 Gab, the conservative social network that has acted as a haven for people banned from the usual platforms, has been removed from the Google Play Store for violating the company’s hate speech policy, the company announced on Twitter. Apple removed it from the App Store in June for similar reasons. Read More



An iOS 11 feature could let you quickly disable TouchID and keep cops out

Aug 17, 11:53PM

 TouchID has always been a legal grey area when it came to cops and border patrol asking you to fork over your phone. But with the new update in iOS 11, that no longer seems to be a problem. Read More



Original Tech helps banks offer better loan applications

Aug 17, 11:00PM

 Americans apply for more than 250 million new financial products each year, but the majority of those applications are completed on paper or over the phone. A startup called Original Tech wants to change that by providing white-label software to improve loan applications completed online. Read More



'Airbnb for boats' startup Boatsetter buys competitor Boatbound

Aug 17, 10:20PM

 You don’t have to be rich or T-Pain to be “on a boat.” You can rent one plus a captain for the day from Boatsetter. And now it’s got boats in more than 300 locations around the U.S. since it just acquired rival maritime marketplace Boatbound. Read More



Changing the security landscape for entrepreneurs

Aug 17, 10:00PM

Digital security key concept background with binary data code Cloud computing and the IoT have given rise to seemingly intractable security exposure. The good news is that a new technological advance could unleash the full promise of cloud computing and put IoT on the verge of everyday use by U.S. intelligence agencies and in the private sector. Called “homomorphic encryption,” it allows data to be queried and analyzed without decrypting it. Read More



New Star Wars movie focused on Obi-Wan Kenobi is in the early stages

Aug 17, 9:18PM

 The next standalone spin-off series set in the Star Wars universe could be focused on Obi-Wan Kenobi, the Jedi who took Luke Skywalker under his wing in the original series, and who also helped train the child who would become Darth Vader. Variety reports that Disney is in the early stages of development on the project, with Stephen Daldry in talks to potentially direct. Read More



LiftIgniter raises $6.4M to bring website personalization to the rest of the internet

Aug 17, 9:00PM

 You’ve probably had the experience of going to a website and seeing a lot of content that’s not really relevant. For the most part, a lot of this is organized in a way that’s either pre-defined or based on a limited number of signals that aims to sort of personalize the experience for a normal user. But as time goes on and the competition for eyeballs continues to heat up,… Read More



Forever Labs preserves young stem cells to prevent your older self from aging

Aug 17, 8:41PM

 Stem cells have the potential to become any type of cell needed in the body. Forever Labs, a startup in Y Combinator’s latest batch, is preserving adult stem cells with the aim to help you live longer and healthier. Read More



First round of Disrupt SF Hackathon tickets now available

Aug 17, 8:05PM

 The wait is over, hackathon fans. Disrupt SF 2017 is right around the corner, and with just a few short weeks until we kick off the best startup show in the Bay Area, we thought it was high time we released the first batch of tickets to the Disrupt SF Hackathon. Read More



Independent inquiry called for in FCC's secretive cyberattack claims

Aug 17, 7:30PM

 The FCC’s claim that its commenting system was attacked on the night of May 7 has been the subject of considerable controversy, but not because of the attack itself. The agency has been so reluctant to release any substantive details about the attack or the countermeasures it has taken since that Congress is calling for an independent investigation by the Government Accountability Office. Read More



Cloudflare CEO calls for a system to regulate hateful internet content

Aug 17, 7:11PM

 Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince has called for the implementation of a framework to govern how the internet’s gatekeepers deal with cases like The Daily Stormer. This comes after a number of tech companies have revoked support for the neo-Nazi website for its close association with the violent far-right demonstrations in Charlottesville. Seven-year-old Cloudflare took the step of… Read More



Survey adds detail to patterns of sexism and harassment in the tech industry

Aug 17, 6:17PM

 The problem of sexism is front and center in the technology industry right now, but for those not directly affected (read: men like me) the problem can languish in the middle: too close to see the scale of it, but not close enough to see the details. A new survey of tech workers fills out this picture nicely, and identifies interesting — and depressing — contrasts in… Read More



YouTube TV now available to 50% of U.S. households

Aug 17, 5:44PM

 Following July’s expansion which tripled its footprint, Google today announced that YouTube TV is now available to 50 percent of U.S. households, thanks to a rollout to 14 new markets. The company is also pre-announcing its plans to move into 17 more major metros in the weeks ahead, as it continues its rapid march towards nationwide coverage. YouTube TV is one of many “skinny… Read More



Apple's ARKit could be huge for virtual car showrooms and online sales

Aug 17, 5:41PM

 Apple’s iOS 11 includes ARKit, developer tools that make it surprisingly easy to build great quality augmented reality experiences. This could have an impact in the automotive world, since it makes it a lot easier to bring virtual showroom experiences to potential car buyers and automakers via ordinary consumer devices. Here’s an example of what that could look like: Developer… Read More



Steve Jurvetson on why the digital divide needs to be addressed now

Aug 17, 5:39PM

 Space and autonomous driving are longtime areas of interest for Steve Jurvetson, as is the digital divide that technology has helped create between the haves and the have-nots. We’re delighted to be able to explore these issues with Jurvetson during a fireside chat at our upcoming Disrupt SF show. Read More



Reddit rolls out its own video platform

Aug 17, 5:25PM

 Reddit today is officially launching its own native video hosting across both desktop and mobile. The platform, still in beta, was one of the company’s promised initiatives following its recent $200 million round of funding that valued its business at $1.8 billion, announced earlier this summer. Video today, along with GIFs, make up a major part of the content shared across… Read More



Bitcoin wallet 'Blockchain' adds Ethereum support

Aug 17, 5:09PM

 This isn’t a game of bingo, the company called Blockchain is maintaining the world’s most popular bitcoin wallet. And starting today, Blockchain users will also be able to create Ethereum wallets and hold ethers. Blockchain isn’t a centralized exchange like Coinbase or Kraken. It is simply a wallet so that you can safely story all your cryptocurrencies. Compared to many… Read More



Social Capital adds a new partner to the mix: Mike Ghaffary

Aug 17, 5:06PM

 If you’ve worked in tech in the Bay Area over the last decade or more, you quite possibly know Mike Ghaffary, a USC grad who nabbed both his MBA and JD from Harvard before beginning to work his way through a number of well-known institutions. Read More




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