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Apple's head of legal says it refused China's request for its source code

Apr 20, 5:11AM

china-ios-malware Apple’s head of legal has denied a long-standing rumor that it has collaborated with the Chinese government to provide its source code. Read More

Samsung Pay will launch in Singapore "as early as Q2 2016"

Apr 20, 4:18AM

Samsung Pay Demo 01 Samsung has already said it will launch Samsung Pay in Singapore this year, but today it set a more definite timeline–sort of. The company announced that the service will be available in retail stores “as early as Q2 2016,” the day after rival Apple Pay rolled out in Singapore for the first time. Read More

How paid journalism must work online — and why Blendle can't

Apr 20, 3:00AM

newsmoney I write. I work with writers. I studied English — many of my friends became journalists. The future of being able to charge for quality material online is really important to me. However, to make progress in this area, I think the industry needs to stop pinning its hopes on the same dead ends that come up again and again. To me, one of these is microtransactions for material. Read More

Tech coalitions pen open letter to Burr and Feinstein over bill banning encryption

Apr 20, 1:39AM

encryption-1 A group of tech coalitions has written an open letter to Senators Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), concerning their bill requiring all encryption to be breakable on command, which achieved infamy in record time following the leak of a draft earlier this month. Read More

Apple is finally adding full web previews for tvOS apps

Apr 20, 12:04AM

tvos screenshot itunes Apple is finally getting around to adding web previews for tvOS apps — correcting a rather baffling and prolonged omission. Read More

Snapchat's crazy "3D Stickers" just came to iOS. Here's how to use them

Apr 19, 11:06PM

Snapchat 3D Stickers About a week ago, Snapchat flipped on a new feature: the ability to “pin” emojis to objects in your videos, and have those emojis track that object and move around with them. It was only for Android users when it launched last week, but it’s hitting iOS today. Here’s how to use them. Read More

PillDrill is a home medication scanning system for keeping track of prescriptions

Apr 19, 9:35PM

PillDrill The fight to drag the healthcare system kicking and screaming into the 21st century often overlooks the little picture in favor of larger systematic fixes. But for many users on multiple meds, the only thing standing between them and an incorrect or missed dosage is a big, plastic box from the drugstore sporting embossed letters of the days of the week. Read More

Mad scientist shrinks Arduino to size of an AA battery

Apr 19, 9:30PM

aaduino-back The hardware tinkerers and prototype mavens out there will invariably have stumbled across the Arduino platform. Completely open source and always pushing the limits for collaboration, there are a ton of different development boards available, but none are as awesome as Johan Kanflo’s AAduino. Behind the delightfully punny name, you’ll find an Arduino-compatible board the size of an… Read More

EFF sues DOJ for access to secret court orders on decryption

Apr 19, 9:12PM

WASHINGTON - MARCH 09:  The seal of the F.B.I. hangs in the Flag Room at the bureau's headquaters March 9, 2007 in Washington, DC. F.B.I. Director Robert Mueller was responding to a report by the Justice Department inspector general that concluded the FBI had committed 22 violations in its collection of information through the use of national security letters. The letters, which the audit numbered at 47,000 in 2005, allow the agency to collect information like telephone, banking and e-mail records without a judicially approved subpoena.   (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Does the government secretly force companies to decrypt their customers’ messages, build backdoors or hand over their source code so that law enforcement officials can pick through it for vulnerabilities? Those are the questions at the center of an Electronic Frontier Foundation lawsuit filed today against the Justice Department. Read More

TechCrunch launches a personalized news recommendations bot on Facebook Messenger

Apr 19, 9:07PM

tc-messenger-bot-new We’re excited to announce the launch of the first cross-platform and personalized news recommendations bot on Facebook Messenger. The bot is part of Facebook’s “Agents for Messenger” program revealed at F8, and it will help our readers get the news they want from us in a more conversational way. Read More

OneWeb will mass-produce historic number of satellites with new Florida factory

Apr 19, 9:05PM

Illustration of OneWeb satellite / Image courtesy of OneWeb OneWeb Satellites, the joint venture between OneWeb LLC and Airbus Defense and Space, has selected Florida to be the home of their satellite manufacturing facility. Located in Exploration Park near NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, the factory will turn out most of OneWeb’s 900 satellites that will be used to provide global Internet coverage. OneWeb satellite factory to be located… Read More

Yahoo reports flat earnings amid acquisition talks

Apr 19, 8:27PM

marissa-mayer-writing Wall Street is watching Yahoo today, but not just because of its first quarterly earnings announcement that was reported after the bell. The company is for sale and reportedly has a slew of bidders, including TechCrunch’s parent, Verizon. Yahoo’s Board of Directors has been considering what’s called a “reverse spin,” to separate Yahoo’s core assets from… Read More

Intel announces it's slashing 12,000 jobs

Apr 19, 8:12PM

Intel booth at a conference. Intel just announced it was slashing its workforce by 11 percent, calling it in all its corporate press-speak glory “a restructuring to accelerate its transformation.” Sure. What it means in real human terms is that 12,000 people will be losing their jobs worldwide, and that is never a good thing to hear. Read More

Banks and fintech in 2025: An unlikely alliance

Apr 19, 7:00PM

banktech Banking as we know it is in the midst of its first fundamental remaking in centuries. What’s driving this transformation? Two major shifts: our transition to interacting with money digitally instead of physically, which opened finances to tech disruption, and a tech wave that has changed the way consumers define ease and convenience. Read More

Postmates launching 15-minute food delivery service in NYC tomorrow

Apr 19, 6:54PM

postmates pop On-demand delivery startup Postmates is launching Pop, its 15-minutes-or-less food delivery service, in New York City tomorrow at 11am ET. With Pop, which launched in San Francisco back in October, Postmates features a daily curated list of lunch items that you can receive in 15 minutes or less. Pop will be available from 34th street down to the Bowery in New York. Upon launch, there will be… Read More

Apple and the FBI spar at Congressional hearing on encryption

Apr 19, 6:40PM

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 1: Bruce Sewell, Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Apple, Inc., is sworn in prior to testifying during a House Judiciary Committee hearing titled "The Encryption Tightrope: Balancing Americans' Security and Privacy," on Capitol Hill, March 1, 2016 in Washington, DC. Apple is fighting a court order requiring them to assist the FBI in opening the encrypted iPhone belonging to San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images) The FBI’s legal battle with Apple over an iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters was rehashed today before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which heard testimony from law enforcement officials and technologists about the role encryption plays in criminal investigations. The FBI’s executive assistant director for science and technology, Amy Hess, and… Read More

Tech fatigue

Apr 19, 6:25PM

tEREUy1vSfuSu8LzTop3_IMG_2538 This isn’t a rant post. But if you have worked in tech for long enough, you know this feeling — tech fatigue. At some point, everything new feels old, everything different feels dumb. If you get stuck in this circle of endless cynicism, you need to ask yourself the important questions. Read More

'Steve – The Jumping Dinosaur' is a simple game you can play from the iOS Notification Center

Apr 19, 6:24PM

steve Casual gaming, say hello to super-duper casual gaming. A mobile game that you can play in your iPhone’s Notification Center — yes, without even unlocking your phone — is now the No. 15 top game in Apple’s U.S. App Store and is flirting with becoming a top 50 Overall app. Called “Steve – The Jumping Dinosaur Widget Game,” the game is a very simple… Read More

Mesosphere open sources its data center OS

Apr 19, 5:47PM

logo-horizontal-styled-800x600 Mesosphere‘s Data Center Operating System (DC/OS) aims to allow developers and admins to treat a data center as a single computer that runs applications in software containers. It’s based on a number of open-source projects, including the Apache Mesos cluster manager and projects like the Chronos scheduler and the Marathon container orchestration platform. Now, Mesosphere is… Read More

Capital One open sources Cloud Custodian AWS resource management tool

Apr 19, 5:39PM

CapitalOne Bank branch Capital One is a huge organization with lots of compliance issues related to being a financial services company. It also happens to be an Amazon Web Services customer and it needed a tool to set rules and policies in an efficient way around AWS usage. Last July it started developing the tool that would become Cloud Custodian; today it announced at an AWS event in Chicago that it was making… Read More

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