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Why did ProtonMail vanish from Google search results for months?

Oct 27, 3:21PM

google logo If you’re the maker of a popular, zero access encrypted webmail product and suddenly discover your product is no longer featuring in Google search results for queries such as ‘secure email’ and ‘encrypted email’ what do you conclude? That something is amiss for sure. Read More

Here's the full schedule of NBA games that will be shown in VR this season

Oct 27, 2:58PM

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 19:  Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors reacts after scoring a three-point basket against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 19, 2016 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) Last week the NBA announced they would be partnering with NextVR to stream one game a week in VR all season long. Today they confirmed an exact list of matchups and dates, and the good news is that each team will appear at least once throughout the season. This doesn’t mean it’s exactly equal – the Warriors will play four times in VR, while the Sixers appear only once.… Read More

Amazon sues more sellers for buying fake reviews

Oct 27, 1:58PM

Amazon, the US e-commerce and cloud computing giant is said to hire 1,000 people in Poland. The company already hires almost 5,000 people in Poland and has service centers in Gdansk, Wroclaw and Poznan ON 14 April 2016. (Photo by Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Amazon is continuing its efforts to crack down on fraudulent reviews across its site with new lawsuits aimed at two U.S. sellers, and one from the E.U., which claim to have evidence customer review abuse. That is, the defendants created fake reviews for their products, which could have influenced customers’ buying decisions. These suits, like those that preceded them, are meant to… Read More

Uber to host a summit on making on-demand air transit affordable

Oct 27, 1:50PM

1ukvvl-_a9np2cxmyo5y91g Uber has released a detailed white paper outlining the virtues and current blocking factors of what it calls “on-demand aviation,” or a network of small vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) craft that would make it possible for users to summon flying transport whenever they want to easily get around when community in within and between cities. The white paper is summarized by… Read More

GifCities is a search engine for classic GIFs

Oct 27, 1:39PM

screenshot-2016-10-27-at-15-06-11 GIFs may be hot today and some people may even think that they are a relatively new thing on the Internet. If you’re an Internet users of a certain age, though, chances are you were already using GIFs to spice up your cool GeoCities or Tripod pages with a few spinning arrows and flashing “under construction” signs back in the mid-90s. To celebrate its 20th birthday, the… Read More

Seedcamp-backed Twine launches marketplace for creatives

Oct 27, 1:35PM

img_7032 Having made headway in building out its community for creatives, Twine recently flicked the monetization switch by adding a marketplace to its wares. This lets businesses post creative briefs and the type of specialism they are looking for from which Twine’s community can pitch for the advertised work. Read More

Twitter plans to get up close and personal, surfacing content for your special interests

Oct 27, 1:27PM

twitter-140-media In Twitter’s Q3 earnings call today, executives dodged a question from an analyst about whether the company could give details about any “big, revolutionary” product changes that might move the needle on Twitter’s sluggish growth. But they did open the curtains on what might be one of the “hundreds of small changes” it’s planning in coming… Read More

What to expect from the Tesla solar roof event on October 28

Oct 27, 1:20PM

elon-musk-tesla Tesla is hosting an event this coming Friday in L.A., and it’s doing so in tandem with SolarCity. This will be a sort of preview of what we can expect from the companies once they combine into one under the Tesla umbrella, which should happen soon provided investors are on board. We know that Tesla will show off a new roofing material with integrated solar panels, with an integrated… Read More

Facebook launches augmented reality selfie "masks" for Live video

Oct 27, 1:00PM

livemasksnewsroomhero_ Copying Snapchat and capitalizing on the acquisition of MSQRD, today Facebook finally integrated augmented reality selfie lenses it calls “Masks” into its main app. Starting with Halloween-themed skeleton, witch, and pumpkin masks, some Facebook users can now start to use the special effects when they go Live. Masks simultaneously make Facebook feel more modern, lure users to Live… Read More

Samsung acquires Tachyon to extend enterprise mobile device management

Oct 27, 1:00PM

samsung-AP-sm Samsung’s mobile operation has taken a big hit of late, with profits plunging 30% in the last quarter in the wake of the Note 7 recall. But today, the company is announcing an acquisition of a wireless enterprise startup that speaks to how it wants to grow other areas of its business to offset setbacks like this, as well as the larger overall slowdown in handset sales globally. Samsung… Read More

BrainCheck raises $3 million for app to monitor brain health

Oct 27, 1:00PM

active brain A Houston-based startup called BrainCheck has raised $3 million in seed funding for an app that helps users understand, by simply playing some games on an iPad, if they or a loved one may have suffered a concussion. Founded in 2014 by Dr. David Eagleman, a neuroscientist at Baylor College of Medicine, BrainCheck adapts the accepted assessments that neuropsychologists and neurologists… Read More

Qualcomm to acquire NXP Semiconductor for $47 billion

Oct 27, 12:22PM

Qualcomm2-shutterstock Qualcomm will acquire NXP Semiconductor in a deal worth around $47 billion in a cash deal. The two chip-making giants were said to have reached an agreement last week, but today’s announcement from Qualcomm makes it official. The acquisition will create a combined company with annual revenue north of $30 billion, and give Qualcomm additional expertise in security, identity and… Read More

Prisma demos its art filters working in real-time on Facebook Live video

Oct 27, 11:50AM

Prisma Facebook Live video test Yesterday Facebook demoed a stylized filter feature that it says will be coming to soon to the real-time processing options it offers for its Live Video broadcast feature. Not to be outdone, Prisma — the app that popularized the art filter craze when it launched this summer, racking up more than 70 million downloads by October — conducted its own demo yesterday. Read More

Twitter lays off 9% of its workforce as it posts a desperately-needed positive Q3

Oct 27, 11:06AM

SUN VALLEY, ID - JULY 6: Jack Dorsey, co-founder and chief executive officer of Twitter, attends the annual Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference, July 6, 2016 in Sun Valley, Idaho. Every July, some of the world's most wealthy and powerful businesspeople from the media, finance, technology and political spheres converge at the Sun Valley Resort for the exclusive weeklong conference. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) With Twitter’s acquisition hopes essentially dead, the company now seems it’s on its own to fend for itself and needs to figure out a way to build a reasonable and profitable business. Today, it got a much-needed good Q3 performance by largely beating Wall Street’s expectations across the board. The company also confirmed that it would lay off roughly 9 percent of its staff as… Read More

LG's mobile division reports another loss making quarter, revenue down 23% y-o-y

Oct 27, 10:37AM

lg-g5 (3 of 14) LG has reported another tough quarter for its mobile division, with revenues for the unit coming in at KRW 2.5 trillion ($2.3BN) in its Q3 2016, 23 per cent lower than in the same quarter in 2015, and a quarterly operating loss of RW 436.4 billion ($389.4M). Read More

Come hear Ole Harms on Volkswagen's future of mobility

Oct 27, 8:00AM

ole-harms-vw The automotive industry is now  shifting into high gear to win in the next generation of mobility services — whether that involves building a great connected car, leading in the world autonomous driving technology, or playing a central role in the car ownership models of the future. This December, at TechCrunch Disrupt in London, come hear how Volkswagen, the world’s biggest… Read More

JayBird slims down the profile and pricing for its X3 Bluetooth earbuds

Oct 27, 7:01AM

JayBird X3 By Bluetooth headphone standards, JayBird’s new X3 aren’t very sexy. Compared to the company’s recently released Freedom earbuds, they’re big and bulky. But that’s somewhat beside the point. The headphones are notably smaller than their predecessors, and more importantly, they’re significantly cheaper, with a $130 asking price. Compare that to the $180… Read More

Where to watch the live stream for today's Apple MacBook Pro press conference

Oct 27, 7:01AM

mac Apple is holding a press conference today on its campus in Cupertino, and the company is expected to unveil the new MacBook Pro (yes, the one with the insane mini display above the keyboard that already leaked) as well as an updated 13-inch MacBook Air. At 10 AM PT (1 PM in New York, 6 PM in London, 7 PM in Paris), you’ll be able to watch the event on all Apple devices. Apple is likely… Read More

Carousell prepares to monetize after acquiring automotive classifieds startup

Oct 27, 4:36AM

Carousell hero image_10june Singapore-based Carousell has complete its second piece M&A following the Craigslist-like mobile commerce company’s $35 million Series B round in August. Read More

A founder seizes on anti-Trump sentiment to market women-friendly workflow software

Oct 27, 3:56AM

backops_21161_f2 Earlier this year, Kristen Koh Goldstein merged two of her companies, three-year-old Scalus and six-year-old BackOps into a new company called HireAthena, a back-office-as a service startup that also sells fully automated workflow software. From the start, the company has aggressively marketed itself to both customers and employees who are women, and it’s smartly playing up to them… Read More

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