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Naspers Plants a Flag in U.S., with New Venture Group

May 11, 7:01AM

Screen Shot 2016-05-11 at 12.57.14 AM Naspers, the 101-year-old, internet and entertainment group, is finally planting a flag in the U.S., establishing a Naspers Ventures unit that will operate largely out of San Francisco. The 30,000-person company, which is based in Cape Town, South Africa and tends to focus on less developed markets, including Latin America, Africa, India and even Russia, said its decision to come to the U.S.,… Read More

Software piracy claims can ruin your business and reward those responsible

May 11, 3:00AM

piracy There is a highly divisive and costly practice that software companies have inflicted on their customers for nearly a decade. This practice brings with it significant emotional duress, time investment and financial penalties — all of which divert meaningful resources from revenue-driving activities. And to add insult to injury, this practice very often rewards with financial gains the… Read More

WhatsApp launches desktop apps for Mac and Windows

May 11, 2:17AM

shutterstock whatsapp logo WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned messaging service that claims a billion users, has launched desktop clients for Mac and Windows. The release comes about 15 months after WhatsApp released its first web app. Read More

Hyperloop Technologies becomes Hyperloop One, pulls in $80 million and announces global partners

May 11, 12:52AM

Sunset in paradise The news comes just days after rival hyperloop builder Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) announced a licensing deal to power its own prototype with magnetic levitation technology. Both Hyperloop One (formerly Hyperloop Technologies) and HTT are based in L.A. and both are working on models of Elon Musk’s Hyperloop – a vacuum tube-based transportation technology promising… Read More

The TC Disrupt NY Battlefield Finalists are Bark, Beam, BitPagos, Ritual, SeaDrone, and WaterO

May 11, 12:30AM

26330211113_ca5ac58d6d_k Thus far at TC Disrupt NY, we’ve seen a handshake stalemate between IAB’s Randall Rothenberger and AdBlocker’s Till Faida. We’ve seen the Siri founders debut the next-generation of voice powered AI with . And we’ve seen Fred Wilson talk about New York. Twice. Tomorrow, we have a star-studded lineup that includes the likes of Jessica Alba, Carmelo Anthony… Read More

Please don't learn to code

May 11, 12:00AM

codecode There’s an idea that’s been gaining ground in the tech community lately: Everyone should learn to code. But here’s the problem with that idea: Coding is not the new literacy. We live in an ultra-competitive world, with people turning to all sorts of methods to make ends meet. Selling coding as a ticket to economic salvation for the masses is dishonest. Read More

Shaving for the Red Hook Initiative

May 10, 9:51PM

b4fae405-62d0-4624-990b-9aa969d13a18 We’re here in Red Hook, Brooklyn for TechCrunch Disrupt NY and Jon Shieber’s beard is getting out of control. It’s getting shaved for the Red Hook Initiative. Use this GoFundMe page to contribute to the cause or donate directly to the Red Hook Initiative. Jon is a gentle soul and a fine writer. As a Senior Editor he is tasked with organizing and managing Crunch Network. Read More

3Dprintler lets you order a 3D print via chatbot

May 10, 9:36PM

Slide3 (1) Who do you call if you want to 3D print something? Step forward 3Dprintler, a startup that has made a search engine for locating 3D printing services in your area. The team was chosen as the wildcard company from Startup Alley to present onstage in the 2016 Battlefield here at TechCrunch Disrupt New York. Read More

Uber says that 20% of its rides globally are now on UberPool

May 10, 9:34PM

tcdisrupt_NY16-4898 Uber, the world’s biggest unicorn, got its start as a limo service that typically cost more than traditional taxi services. But as Uber looks to add an ever more mainstream audience globally, it has added more lower-cost options, and those are now coming into their own. Uber today said that 20 percent of all of its rides globally are now on UberPool services. David Plouffe,… Read More

Birch gets your credit card rewards in order

May 10, 9:25PM

Birch Credit card reward programs can be confusing, and each can be totally different from the next. So managing all your points and rewards can quickly become a headache. Enter Birch, a service that helps users manage their rewards programs and points across multiple credit cards and accounts. Birch plugs into a bank account, looks at a user’s spending habits and recommends what kinds of… Read More

PlaceAVote wants to give voters a say in Congress

May 10, 9:17PM

PlaceAVote PlaceAVote wants you. The soon-to-launch startup brings together politically minded users to debate the bills currently before Congress. PlaceAVote, which is competing in Battlefield at Disrupt NY 2016, allows its users to discuss issues, write explanations of bills and even vote on them — and it aims to sell that data to Congressional leaders so they can see how voters in their… Read More

Bark helps parents keep kids safe online without invading their privacy

May 10, 9:02PM

Bark Launching today at TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2016 is a new service called Bark, aimed at parents who want to keep their kids safe online. Unlike traditional “parental control” software or net nanny-type watchdog applications, Bark’s goal is to strike the correct balance between respecting a child’s right to privacy and protecting them from online predators… Read More

Ritual wants to reinvent the vitamin

May 10, 8:54PM

Ritual Ritual has developed a beaded oil capsule vitamin for sustained release from what it says are the best ingredients found throughout the world to nourish your body. The company launched today onstage at Disrupt NY. Vitamins, even the sustainable release kind, sit within a crowded space. They come in pill, pack and powder form, are not hard to get online or off and are sometimes even handed out… Read More

Cujo is a firewall for the connected smart home network

May 10, 8:39PM

tcdisrupt_NY16-5000 “Cujo protects everything on your network,” the company’s CEO, Einaras Gravrock says, describing his product in the simplest terms ahead of its Disrupt NY launch this week. “Think of it as an immunity system for your network.” The Cujo is surprisingly unassuming, a small plastic stump with light-up eyes that stands in adorable contrast to its mad dog name and… Read More

Mozilla relaunches Firefox Test Pilot to experiment with new features like side tabs

May 10, 8:29PM

tcdisrupt_ny16-4653 Mozilla is bringing back its Test Pilot program for Firefox. The idea behind Test Pilot is to allow users — and Mozilla’s engineers — to test experimental browser features long before they arrive in the browser. A first version of Test Pilot first launched all the way back in 2009, but its focus was on studying how users interacted with their browser and not on testing new… Read More

Semi-driving the semi-autonomous 2016 Volvo XC90

May 10, 8:25PM

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The 2016 Volvo XC90 T6 R-Design has an all-new look and a powerful 2-liter supercharged engine with 316 horsepower. But this is TechCrunch, where we’re all about that tablet-like center console and pushing all the buttons to see how well the vehicle can drive on its own. Volvo’s goal is to eliminate injuries or fatalities in crashes in its vehicles by 2020, which means removing… Read More

SeaDrone simplifies underwater exploration and inspection

May 10, 8:00PM

SeaDrone It’s the year, or perhaps the decade, of the drone, and the popular craft are only getting cheaper, better and easier to control — but why should drones be limited to the air? The SeaDrone, demonstrated onstage at Disrupt NY today, brings the benefits and simplicity of multi-rotor airborne drones to underwater applications. Read More

Peter Thiel to back Trump as GOP presidential candidate

May 10, 7:54PM

peter-thiel5 Billionaire tech investor Peter Thiel has agreed to back Trump as a California delegate in Cleveland this summer. Thiel’s level of support for the Donald is unclear, but Thiel will be one of 172 selected Golden State delegates headed to the Republican National Convention, and a source tells us he has committed to back Trump as the GOP’s presidential nominee while there. Read More

BitPagos uses the blockchain to enable credit for online payments in emerging markets

May 10, 7:53PM

BitPagos The world is familiar with bitcoin being used for many things. Online payments, long-distance remittance, even a substitute for gold, but what about credit? Not so much — and that’s where BitPagos, a startup competing in the Battlefield pitch competition at TechCrunch Disrupt New York, wants to make its mark. Read More

Vrse CEO Chris Milk talks VR storytelling and the road to virtual reality's Citizen Kane

May 10, 7:51PM

tcdisrupt_NY16-4851 “Citizen Kane does not come in year two of VR.” Esteemed VR filmmaker/documentarian/founder/CEO Chris Milk took to the stage at TechCrunch Disrupt in NY to discuss the limitations and massive items of potential for the proliferation of VR content, still in its early early early stages. Read More

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