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Apple is 'working rapidly' to launch Apple Pay in more countries in Asia and Europe

May 27, 5:35AM

apple pay Apple Pay may only be available in a handful of countries right now, but the iPhone maker is working hard to extend the footprint of its digital payment services into new parts of the world. Read More

Facebook starts selling offsite ads targeting non-users too

May 27, 5:18AM

Facebook Shutterstock Facebook’s advertising network is already a colossal business — it helped the social network bring in $5.38 billion in revenue during its most recent quarter alone — but it is about to take a step towards become the internet’s advertising exchange after announcing that it will start showing ads to non-users across the web. Read More

Intel buys computer vision startup Itseez to improve navigation in self-driving cars

May 27, 3:29AM

shutterstock cars Intel has acquired computer vision and machine learning startup Itseez to develop better navigation for self-driving cars. The value of the deal was undisclosed. Read More

Quora loses its public face, Marc Bodnick

May 27, 3:13AM

Marc Bodnick Quora’s been at the Q&A game for 7 years now but still is only starting to monetize. It’s growing, but momentum could take a hit tonight as long-time head of business and community Marc Bodnick is leaving to return to the investing world or found his own startup. Bodnick tells me “I’m ready to be part of something that I start, or that I start with others.”… Read More

Crunch Report | Snapchat Raises 1.8 Billion Dollars

May 27, 3:00AM

Snapchat raises 1.8 billion dollars, Microsoft and Facebook team up to build a trans-atlantic cable, Peter Thiel is trying to cripple Gawker, Reddit launches their own photo uploader, and Treat is an on demand Vet service. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

This algorithm could make DNA origami as simple as 3D printing

May 27, 1:28AM

MIT-DNA-Origami-1_0 If you want to print something a few inches tall, extruded plastic is a good medium. But when you need something at the nanometer scale, DNA is a better bet — but who has the time to design and assemble it base by base? New research lets would-be DNA origami masters design the shape — while an algorithm determines where to put our friends A, T, G, and C. Read More

Tesla's patent strategy opens the road to sustainability for transport and for itself

May 27, 1:00AM

freebirds What makes Tesla unique? How about everything. Mention patents to most people and their eyes glaze over. Worse, they think of patent “trolls” that some say are harming American businesses. But everyone appreciates one fundamental fact: Patents, and intellectual property generally, mean value. Read More

Gawker's Nick Denton to billionaire Peter Thiel: Let's take it outside (of court)

May 27, 12:38AM

Monday, July 16th, 2012. Aspen, CO, USA    7:00 PM    DINNER AND DEBATE  What is the future of Silicon Valley and the technology industry? Two of the Valley's most successful thinkers and doers debate.    Speakers:  Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman, Google  Peter Thiel, Technology Entrepreneur, Investor, and Philanthropist    Referee: Adam Lashinsky, Fortune    Photograph by Kevin Moloney/Fortune Brainstorm Tech Tech investor, billionaire and Donald Trump-backer Peter Thiel has been locked in a legal battle by proxy with Gawker Media that amounts to a First Amendment test which could potentially put Gawker out of business. The media company that consistently challenges and pokes at the powers that be in technology and venture capital has, according to The Wall Street Journal, “hired an… Read More

ForcePhone adds pressure sensitivity to any phone using ultrasonics

May 27, 12:27AM

force-feeling-phone-software-lets-mobile-devices-sense-pressure-orig-20160526 Force touch may be a feature exclusive to the latest iPhones, but something like it is now possible on pretty much any phone out there, thanks to research from engineers at the University of Michigan. Read More

Will Twilio reopen tech IPO window?

May 26, 11:28PM

Jeff Lawson (Twilio) (2 of 5) Twilio, the cloud communications platform, has revealed its IPO filing, signifying that it could enter the public markets as early as next month. If the company ends up going through with its plans, it would likely be just the third tech IPO of the year. This has been the worst year for public offerings since the 2009 recession. Twilio has been rumored to be entering the public markets for… Read More

KitSplit brings its peer-to-peer, creative equipment rentals to Washington, D.C.

May 26, 9:58PM

video greenscreen KitSplit aims to help creative professionals rent the equipment they need, whether it’s basic video gear or something a little more high-tech, say a 360-degree camera or an Oculus Rift. The service launched last year in New York, and now it’s ready to expand, starting with its launch in Washington, D.C., followed by Philadelphia and Boston. Co-founder Kristina Budelis said KitSplit… Read More

Twitter tunes into Spotify to soundtrack its audio cards

May 26, 9:22PM

Spotify Twitter Whistle while you tweet with the new partnership between Twitter and Spotify. Now you can listen to 30-second previews of songs in your timeline and Moments thanks to Twitter’s audio cards that now support Spotify. Twitter first launched audio cards in 2014 with iTunes previews and later worked with SoundCloud. Now the most popular on-demand subscription streaming service will lend your… Read More

We want you to be the next Startup Battlefield Manager!

May 26, 9:04PM

startup battlefield logo TechCrunch is looking for a Startup Battlefield Manager! TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield is the world’s preeminent startup competition and is at the very heart of Disrupt. At each event selected startups have an opportunity to pitch in front of top-notch investors, compete for $50K and the Disrupt Cup. More than that, teams get lots of public visibility, which is great for… Read More

Bang & Olufsen's Beoplay A1 packs a lot of sound into a little Bluetooth speaker

May 26, 8:59PM

Beoplay Some days it’s hard to get excited about Bluetooth speakers. That’s not a statement of judgment, really, it’s just that the space has been flooded with a lot of like-minded devices that are honestly pretty tough to tell apart. And then something like the Beoplay A1 comes along and gives you hope that maybe there’s still a little more excitement left in the category… Read More

Jury finds Google's implementation of Java in Android was fair use

May 26, 8:12PM

oracle v google Software developers can breathe a massive sigh of relief — a jury found today that Google’s implementation of 37 Java APIs in Android qualified as fair use. However, Oracle attorneys have already indicated that they will appeal the decision. “Today’s verdict that Android makes fair use of Java APIs represents a win for the Android ecosystem, for the Java programming… Read More

The omnichannel customer experience is poised to take off in regulated industries

May 26, 8:00PM

online health care The omnichannel customer experience is nothing new, especially in the consumer and retail industries. Many companies and brands are using data and automation technologies to engage seamlessly with their customers at any time and place and across any device. At the same time, omnichannel doesn’t mean digitizing every aspect of the customer journey without regard to which channel is… Read More

The circle is complete: Minecraft is getting a deathmatch mode

May 26, 7:58PM

minecraft_feature Minecraft, a game that skyrocketed to unprecedented levels of popularity among all ages because of its open-ended gameplay, infinite worlds, and limitless possibilities for creation and collaboration, is getting a deathmatch mode. Read More

Protect your pet with Treat's on-demand vet visits

May 26, 7:19PM

Treat Vets Your pet gets sick and you don’t know what to do. Google has a thousand conflicting answers and it could be a week until you can get an appointment with a veterinarian. But Treat can let you chat live with a licensed vet instantly or get them to come for a same-day in-home visit to check on your furry friend. Treat can also hook you up with the best pet products, training and… Read More

Airbnb + HotelTonight = new startup Overnight

May 26, 6:10PM

OVernight Logo Final Need a place to crash last-minute but don’t want to pay for a pricey, cookie-cutter hotel? Overnight can hook you up with a local to stay with right away. Request a room and Overnight averages just 45 seconds until you get a response, and in LA, the startup says its spots are 23% cheaper than equivalent dwellings on HotelTonight. Overnight is Airbnb for people who don’t plan ahead. Read More

Adobe is bringing content-aware cropping to Photoshop

May 26, 6:07PM

Screen-Shot-2016-05-24-at-10.45.27-AM-1200x675 If you’ve every tried to crop a photo (and in the age of Instagram, who hasn’t?) or simply adjust the horizon line, you know how hard it can be to find just the right crop that allows you to focus on what you want to highlight in a picture without cutting other important parts out of it or leaving you with white edges. If you’re a Photoshop user, you may soon have to maker… Read More

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