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Crunch Report | Try Amazon Alexa In A Web Browser

May 28, 3:00AM

Amazon Alexa can now be used in a web browser to test it out. Facebook starts selling offsite ads. Apple pay wants to expand into more countries in both Asia and Europe. Nick Denton from Gawker challenges Peter Thiel to a public debate and Twilio is looking to IPO soon. All this fun stuff on todays Crunch Report! Read More

The sweep of the Internet of Things, garbage cans and all

May 28, 1:00AM

smart-garbage Who could imagine being wowed by a garbage can? Not much floors us anymore in our age of technological whiz-bang, but I couldn’t stop thinking about the lowly garbage can. Embedded with smart sensors, it alerts city workers when it’s ready to be emptied, which slashes fuel costs and avoids unnecessary pickups. That may not sound so impressive, but when the dumbest of items gains… Read More

Review: VAIO's Z Flip ultrabook shows little learned

May 28, 12:09AM

L1030057 It’s been a long journey for the VAIO brand: sold off from Sony in 2014 to investment firm Japan Industrial Partners, the deal saw all of its then-new products disappear. Read More launches for livestreaming

May 27, 11:16PM is expanding beyond music videos with the launch of, its live stream platform. Users will be able to broadcast through the app, and the streams will be viewable on Launched last year, is growing fast with about 80 million young teens using it around the globe. The app makes it easy to create music videos, by allowing users to dub over their… Read More

13 TechCrunch stories you don't want to miss this week

May 27, 11:05PM

weekly roundup USE This week, Google successfully defended itself against the the $9 billion fair use court case against Oracle, Snapchat’s financials were leaked, Twilio revealed its IPO filing and more. These are the top stories of the week to catch you up on all things tech. 1. Closing out a $9 billion case that has stretched across many years, a jury found that Google’s implementation of… Read More

Comixology CEO shows off new Unlimited subscription service

May 27, 11:00PM

comixology Comixology recently launched Comixology Unlimited, a subscription plan that offers unlimited access to thousands of digital comics for just $5.99 per month. Given the “all you can read” model, it’s natural to compare the new service to Netflix, but CEO David Steinberger told me that Amazon Prime’s video offerings are a closer match — and no, not because of the… Read More

The UE Roll 2 speakers bring rugged Bluetooth audio poolside

May 27, 10:58PM

UE Roll 2 The UE Roll 2 is fun. How do I know it’s fun? Look at all of the press images on the side of the box. It’s gone skiing, bike riding, mountain climbing and rolling around in the mud with a bunch of attractive product models. Even more telling, the product ships with its very own miniature inner tube, which is a pretty fun thing to do. Also inside the box is a bright yellow USB cable… Read More

Maison de Mode takes its online ethical luxury fashion brand to an offline pop-up in San Francisco

May 27, 10:36PM

Founders of Maison de Mode San Francisco’s fashion staple seems to be ripped jeans and a hoodie. But just between the edgy All Saints and Paris designer St. Laurent on San Francisco’s Maiden Lane is a rare, high-end fashion pop-up called Maison de Mode. The shop boasts ethical fashion for the luxury buyer with hard to find artisanal items from globally sourced brands you’d normally only find at… Read More

HP sheds some more light on the Omen X VR PC backpack

May 27, 10:32PM

OMEN X VR Pack_Heroic_FrontLeft The Omen X by HP VR PC is nothing if not compelling. The company showed off a picture of the concept earlier today and let slip a smattering of details around the backpack PC but not much else. No press release, no product page. It was a fairly usual announcement for HP. The hardware company’s VP of Consumer PC & Solutions Mike Nash agreed to shed a bit more light on the upcoming… Read More

SpaceX launches a communications satellite and sticks another landing

May 27, 9:58PM

SpaceXMay27Launch It’s been a good week for SpaceX. Earlier this week we learned that the company won a lucrative contract with the National Reconnaissance Office, the tight-lipped government organization that runs America’s reconnaissance satellites. Today, with the launch of Orbital ATK-built communications satellite THAICOM 8 from Kennedy Space Center’s Space Launch Complex 40, SpaceX has… Read More

EU mandates open access for all publicly funded research by 2020

May 27, 9:15PM

eu comp council (2) European Union officials announced today that, starting in 2020, any research that owes its existence in some way to public funding must be freely accessible and reusable. Recommendations were also made to encourage investment and ease the passage of startup founders between various European states. The decision arose from a meeting of EU ministers at the Competitiveness Council in Brussels; in… Read More

Pierre Omidyar involved in effort to help Gawker in its appeal

May 27, 8:54PM

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28:  Founder of eBay Pierre Omidyar (L) and producer Jeffrey Skoll attend the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Randy Shropshire/Getty Images) Well, this story keeps getting more and more interesting. According to a newly published account in the New York Post, Pierre Omidyar, the billionaire founder of eBay, is involved in an effort to help Gawker Media in its appeal of a $140 million judgement that was awarded to Hulk Hogan following Gawker’s release of a sex tape involving the former wrestler. Specifically, First Look Media,… Read More

Gillmor Gang LIVE 05.27.16

May 27, 8:09PM

Gillmor Gang Artcard Gillmor Gang – Dan Farber, Keith Teare, Frank Radice, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor. LIVE recording session today, May 27 2016, starting at 1pmPT/4pmET. Our live chat stream during the show broadcast Gillmor Gang’s Facebook page HERE G3’s archive on ustream G3’s Facebook page HERE Read More

Trump's wall misses the mark: We need a cyber wall, not a physical one

May 27, 8:00PM

cyber-wall It’s 2016. There isn’t a wall high enough to keep out the fastest-growing threat to our national security: Cyberterrorism. It follows that our vulnerable corporate networks constitute the border we most urgently need to secure. Read More

Amazon puts Alexa in the browser with

May 27, 7:26PM

amazon-echo Amazon has put Alexa, the voice-powered AI software found in the Echo, Dot and Tap, right inside the browser with the launch of After logging in with an Amazon account, anyone can start asking Alexa questions by clicking and holding on the mic button. Amazon’s Alexa is able to answer basic questions around information, weather, news and music and control other gadgets in… Read More

Two-year, $25M study finds positive effect of cell phone radiation on some cancers in male rats

May 27, 7:18PM

smartphone shutterstock A major study conducted by the National Toxicology Program has found a slight, but significant, positive correlation between radio-frequency radiation exposure (like that given off by phones) and certain cancers in rats — though only male ones. Read More

Copyright questions remain after Google's fair use victory

May 27, 7:01PM

oracle v google If you didn’t already know the jury’s decision in Oracle’s long-running lawsuit against Google, you wouldn’t have been able to guess it from looking at either company’s legal team yesterday. Moments after the verdict was read, both sets of high-powered intellectual property lawyers huddled up and spoke softly, without any outward signs that Oracle had just lost… Read More

Applications are open for Startup Battlefield at Disrupt SF 2016!

May 27, 6:35PM

startup-battlefield1600 Applications for the Startup Battlefield at Disrupt SF are now open. We’re looking for new, yet-to-launch startups to debut on the Disrupt Stage. For those of you who don’t yet know, the Startup Battlefield is a world-renowned startup competition. It’s like the gymnastics portion of the Summer Olympics. It’s like March Madness for tech geeks. It’s quite literally… Read More

Skillz snags Chief Product Officer Bill Mooney from EA Mobile

May 27, 6:13PM

A Bubble Shooter champion and his cash prize won via Skillz. A San Francisco startup whose technology can turn any video game into a tournament played for cash prizes, Skillz, has a new Chief Product Officer, ex-Electronic Arts’ mobile vice president Bill Mooney. Skillz quietly brought Mooney on in February this year. Earlier, at EA Mobile, he managed teams that were responsible for games in the Simpsons and Star Wars franchise. And before that,… Read More

Fovo wants to help women shop by shape, not size

May 27, 5:01PM

Screen Shot 2016-04-20 at 1.56.01 PM One of the challenges with clothes shopping online is that it doesn’t mirror the real-world experience where you can try on items for fit. And even though a number of today’s retailers offer free returns, there’s nothing quite as disheartening as ordering a piece online, only to find it won’t work for your body type, size or shape after it arrives. A new startup… Read More

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