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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

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Apple Music's first new personalized playlist wants you to Chill

Jun 28, 2:45AM

 This week Apple is beginning to roll out the first new personalized playlist under Apple Music’s ‘For You’ section. The playlist, entitled ‘Chill’ is muxed based on editorial curation and algorithmic interpretation of your musical tastes. A small number of test users got the new playlist yesterday evening. An updated Chill playlist will be delivered every Sunday… Read More



Crunch Report | A bad day for cybersecurity

Jun 28, 2:30AM

Today’s Stories A massive new ransomware attack is spreading around the globe Target’s next-day essentials delivery service opens to customers in pilot test Cloudflare launches app development platform, announces $100M investment fund Uber now lets you request a ride for someone else Credits Written and Hosted by: John Mannes Filmed by: Joe Zolnoski Edited by: Gregory… Read More



Cannabis delivery startup Eaze confirms theft of some user data from service provider

Jun 28, 12:44AM

 An anonymous source tipped off Crunchbase News that Eaze, the Series B-stage cannabis delivery startup with over $24 million in venture funding, has experienced a security incident. Some of its user data may have been stolen by a former employee of Don Davidson, MD, a medical service provider that provides patient consultations and medical cannabis recommendations (the equivalent of a… Read More



Magic Wormhole is a clever way to send files easily and securely

Jun 27, 10:52PM

 If you need to transfer a couple hundred megs to a coworker or friend across the country, you aren’t short on options. In fact, options are thick on the ground, and all have their own issues. Don’t you wish you could just speak a few magic words and send stuff directly to them, no intermediate upload, no web interface, no login? Magic Wormhole is a clever way to do just that. Read More



Andy Rubin-backed AR hardware startup CastAR reportedly shuts down

Jun 27, 10:36PM

 An augmented reality headset startup founded by former Valve employees and funded by Android co-creator Andy Rubin’s Playground Global is shutting down after it failed to receive further investment. CastAR was building a headset device that projected holographic images into the field-of-view of a user, similar to products being built by companies like Microsoft and Magic Leap. Read More



Japan's SNES Classic gets Famicom look and tweaked game selection

Jun 27, 10:11PM

 Everyone’s excited about the SNES Classic Edition, what with its twee 90s look and fantastic selection of games. But as with its NES predecessor, the Japanese version of the device is significantly different, outside and in — here are the differences between the two. Read More



There's a war brewing in Japan, and the banks should pay attention

Jun 27, 10:00PM

 People often use the term “time machine model” in Japan. It refers to the lag with Silicon Valley when it comes to startups and innovation. When a time machine model gains momentum locally, usually it means war. The most notable recent example of this is the war of the news apps. Now there is a similar war brewing in Japan; this time it is for mobile P2P payments. Read More



Google News gets a fresh coat of paint

Jun 27, 10:00PM

 After years of sticking with essentially the same design, nobody was going to accuse Google News of looking modern. While the rest of the company’s portfolio received major facelifts in recent years, Google News started looking a bit neglected (and cluttered). That’s all changing today. Read More



Boundless, Navigator CRE and Off the Record take prizes at TechCrunch's Seattle pitch-off

Jun 27, 9:53PM

 It was a lovely day for a meetup in Seattle, and the Showbox SoDo was packed as TechCrunch’s annual pitch-off in my home town took place last week. But as impressive as our 10 contestants were, only three would leave with tickets to Disrupt SF. And here they are. Read More



Someone claiming to be a VC admits he doesn't hire women out of fear he'll get sued

Jun 27, 9:01PM

 On KQED’s Forum show today host Queena Sook Kim discussed venture capital’s sexist culture. But during the call, someone claiming to be a VC emailed the show to say he would not hire a woman “out of fear that we will get sued.” Not hiring women capable of filling a role at your workplace simply because they are female is illegal. Read More



Credit Karma touts $500 million in revenues

Jun 27, 9:00PM

 It turns out that you can make a lot of money by giving stuff away for free. That’s the lesson from Credit Karma, which today is announcing that it’s running its business profitably after earning $500 million in revenues last year. Read More



Ford GoBike launches in the Bay Area starting tomorrow

Jun 27, 8:44PM

 Ford’s GoBike dock-based bike-share program kicks off tomorrow, June 28 in the Bay Area. The program is being run in collaboration with Motivate, a platform operator and service provider for bike-sharing networks, and will offer up 3,500 bikes by summer’s end throughout San Francisco, the East Bay and San Jose. By the end of 2017, the plan is to have the network cover 546 stations… Read More



Twitter has a new VP of inclusion and diversity

Jun 27, 7:46PM

 A few months after Jeffrey Siminoff left his position as VP of diversity and inclusion at Twitter, the company has brought on Candi Castleberry Singleton to lead Twitter’s diversity efforts. Read More



Today's huge ransomware attack has only made about $7,500 so far

Jun 27, 7:46PM

 Ransomware attacks are bigger than ever, but the payouts appear to be shrinking. While the ransomware suspected to be a variant of Petya makes headlines around the world, whoever set it loose isn’t really making a whole lot of money, especially if they paid for the software to begin with. Read More



MIT's gas-powered drone is able to stay in the air for five days at a time

Jun 27, 7:45PM

 Last month, a team of MIT engineers launched Jungle Hawk Owl from the back of a compact car. It was the first flight for the 24-foot-wide drone, which the team believes is capable of staying in the air for five days on a single tank of gas. The craft was designed to address a challenge posed by the U.S. Air Force. Read More



Dating apps are embracing video

Jun 27, 7:30PM

 Dating apps are, in their own way, a form of social networking – especially as they expand into new areas like friend-finding or professional networking. So it only makes sense that they would adopt video as well, given the growing popularity of the format on social apps like Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat, as well as the industry’s larger embrace of “Stories” as a… Read More



StdLib just raised $2 million to connect businesses via APIs

Jun 27, 5:46PM

 Keith Horwood wants to be known in tech circles as an agent for good, and he seems to be working toward that end with StdLib, his roughly two-year-old startup that abstracts away infrastructure using “serverless” architecture, allowing developers to write everything from simple functions to complex business logic, then deploy their code as scalable, fully­ documented web APIs. Read More



Token has made one ring to rule all your passwords, payments and physical access

Jun 27, 5:35PM

 Token’s ring uses a combination of fingerprinting and an optical proximity sensor to ensure that a user’s credentials can’t be accessed by a third party. Using an app, Tokenites can pair the ring and their biometric information with anything from their credit cards to their car keys. Read More



Facebook now has 2 billion monthly users… and responsibility

Jun 27, 5:06PM

 Thirteen years after launching and less than five years after hitting 1 billion, Facebook now has 2 billion monthly active users. If getting to 1 billion was about building a product, and getting to 2 billion was about building a user base, Facebook’s responsibility is to build empathy between us at it reaches for 3 billion. Read More



A massive new ransomware attack is spreading around the globe

Jun 27, 4:25PM

 A month after the WannaCry ransomware attack paralyzed connected systems worldwide, a new threat appears to be spreading quickly. As reports emerge, today’s attack paints a picture of businesses and governments around the world held hostage by a second major wave of ransomware. Read More




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