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Giphy, the platform for all things GIF, raises $72 million in new funding

Oct 31, 3:40PM

alex chung Giphy, the NY-based search engine and platform for GIFs, has raised $72 million in funding led by Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Institutional Venture Partners and China Media Capital. This brings Giphy’s total funding to just short of $151 million, according to Crunchbase, with a valuation reported at $600 million by the WSJ. Giphy started as part of a Hacker-in-Residence program at… Read More

Brave, the browser with built-in ad blocking, tries again on Android

Oct 31, 3:24PM

brave-android Brave, the new web browser company co-founded by former Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich, has launched a do-over on Android. The earlier version of the ad-blocking browser utilized an odd user interface involving floating link bubbles, which didn’t sit well with all users. The design made the experience more cumbersome and confusing, when what people really wanted was an alternative browser… Read More

So long to Apple's startup chime

Oct 31, 2:56PM

MacBook Pro Lost among all the talk streamlined ports, missing function keys and MagSafeless power, was mention of the fact that the company has also quietly ditched one of the more iconic pieces of the Apple ecosystem for the new MacBook Pro. The F-sharp chime that has greeted users on startup since 1998 is a casualty of the new laptop’s instant boot up. The change was spotted on an Apple FAQ… Read More

Volvo won't mark its first self-driving cars to avoid trolling by humans

Oct 31, 2:20PM

Volvo XC90 Drive Me Volvo has little confidence that human drivers will be reliably kind and courteous to the first robot cars to hit the road: The carmaker plans to leave its first road-faring self-driving cars, a pilot group of 100 SUVs leased to users in London sometime in 2018, completely unmarked. Details of the plan come from Volvo senior technical lead Erik Coelingh, who shared the info with The… Read More

Outlook's mobile app gets a built-in meeting scheduler

Oct 31, 2:18PM

outlook2013 Microsoft Outlook users on mobile will now have an easier way to schedule meetings from their smartphone, with the launch of a new scheduling assistant that helps you find a time that works for everyone. The feature, which is rolling out today to the iOS version of Outlook’s mobile app, will show your coworkers’ availability so you can quickly pick a date and time when everyone… Read More

MIT helped make a nightmare machine

Oct 31, 2:05PM

scary-facse-nightmare-machine-data61-csiro Some scientists devote themselves to curing diseases. Others are researching an end to famine or global climate change. And some spend their time making nightmare machines, deep learning algorithms that utilize Artificial Intelligence to tap into humans’ deepest and darkest fears. Like Google’s Deep Dream, only with way more dangling, bloodied flesh. MIT teamed up with… Read More

Toyota partners with Getaround on car-sharing

Oct 31, 2:00PM

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 24:  (L to R) Tony Conrad, Elliot Kroo, Jessica Scorpio, and Sam Zaid of Getaround attend TechCrunch Disrupt New York May 2011 at Pier 94 on May 24, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Joe Corrigan/Getty Images for AOL) *** Local Caption *** Elliot Kroo; Jessica Scorpio; Sam Zaid; Tony Conrad Carmakers continue to look at the future of transportation and invest in alternatives to individual ownership: Toyota is the latest to make a bet on a mobility model espoused by a startup, with a strategic investment in SF-based car sharing provider Getaround. Toyota’s investment also comes with integration with Getaround’s platform on the technology and finance side,… Read More

More info on Microsoft's partner VR headsets coming in December

Oct 31, 1:46PM

windows-10-vr-headset-partners Microsoft revealed that partners including Asus, Dell, Lenovo and others are going to be building VR headsets for use with the Windows 10 Creators Update, and that these would start at $299, but we don’t know much beyond that about this third party-supported push into Windows VR. Microsoft told Polygon we’ll find out more in December, however, including possibly what a ranged lineup… Read More

Samsung's new startups include a wearable 360 cam and a humming app

Oct 31, 1:18PM

c-lab_projects_humon_main_1 Samsung continues its in-house startup incubator program, called “C-Lab,” which encourages employees to build their own business and spin them out as startups on occasion. Previous C-Lab standouts include the Welt, a smart belt with health tracking features, and a new crop of six C-Lab projects includes similarly out-there concepts. This batch includes Hum On!, a music app for… Read More

Checklist for a U.S.-Russia Cyberwar

Oct 31, 12:30PM

Russians hacked electronic voting machine, showing a red warning window withhammer and sickle icon at a polling station decorated in red, white and blue with an American flag in the background. This is a new form of cyber warfare. Following the hack of the Democratic National Committee, many in Congress and elsewhere have called on the United States to retaliate against Russia, the country the Obama administration says is the perpetrator. The administration is reported to be seriously contemplating a response. While doing so may be satisfying and worthwhile, whether and how to respond is hardly a simple matter. Read More

Vine founders' Hype app blends live video into a rich multimedia mix

Oct 31, 12:00PM

Hype app Does the world need another live video app? Meerkat’s demise might suggest not, but that hasn’t stopped Vine’s co-founders from screwing their courage to the sticking place and stepping into a highly contested space with the launch of an iOS app called Hype — days after Twitter announced it would be shuttering their looping video app, apparently without even doing them… Read More

Rwanda's tech initiatives prove African governments can catalyze innovation

Oct 31, 10:30AM

10561922545_76439b5f5b_o Throughout Africa’s shift away from economic disconnection to integration with the global economy and technologic advancement, Rwanda has been a standout. The country has adopted e-government service initiatives, aggressively courted partnerships with international investors, and significantly reformed its private sector. Read More

Early-bird ticket sales to Disrupt London end November 4

Oct 31, 8:00AM

TechCrunch Disrupt London 2015. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media Planning on attending the best startup show in Europe? Disrupt London 2016 is just over a month away, but an important Disrupt deadline is later this week. You have just five more days to get discounted early bird tickets to Disrupt London for just £950, a full £250 less than they’ll be if you wait until Saturday, November 5. You can get your early-bird tickets here. That ticket… Read More

Encore wants to make it easy to book a musician or band for your event

Oct 31, 8:00AM

screen-shot-2016-10-28-at-12-40-16 Encore, a U.K. startup and graduate of Entrepreneur First, is another example of a company attempting to disrupt the traditional agency model. Read More

Facebook tried to buy Asian Snapchat clone Snow

Oct 31, 7:27AM

BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 24:  The Facebook logo is displayed at the Facebook Innovation Hub on February 24, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. The Facebook Innovation Hub is a temporary exhibition space where the company is showcasing some of its newest technologies and projects.  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images) Here’s fuel to the fire for those who believe that Facebook will buy anything that looks, smells or moves like Snapchat. The U.S. social networking giant this summer made an unsuccessful bid to acquire Snow, a Snapchat-like service from Naver, the $25 billion-valued Korean firm behind chat app Line, a source close to the company told TechCrunch. Read More

AI-powered scheduler startup Konolabs wins the TechCrunch Pitch-Off in Seoul

Oct 31, 4:55AM

techcrunch-seoul-meetup Artificial intelligence was the big winner from the TechCrunch Pitch-Off in Seoul, Korea, last week. Konolabs, a company that uses AI and big data to power a virtual assistant that handles your calendar, took the top prize after winning a 10-company pitch competition at the event. Read More

WTF is the dark web?

Oct 31, 3:00AM

wtf-is-dark-web Maybe you heard your LinkedIn, Tumblr or Dropbox password was floating around there. Or maybe you read a news story about that guy who got busted for running Silk Road, that site that sold drugs and other illicit goods. Chances are, you’ve seen the words “dark web” splashed in a headline or heard them mentioned by a friend. But WTF is the dark web? How do you get there? And… Read More

In a knowledge economy corporate learning is necessary to survive

Oct 31, 2:31AM

education technology If you were an employee on Henry Ford’s assembly line in Detroit in the 1920s, you received a high degree of training and preparation before you ever set foot in the factory. You learned what your role was, and were given all the tools you needed to accomplish your job from Day One. From then on, your role never changed—you did your part to move a product forward along the… Read More

The rise of new automotive companies

Oct 30, 6:00PM

Six Bugatti Royales belonging to the Schlumpf Collection parked in the courtyard of the National Automobile Museum. The first Bugatti Type 41 Royale was designed and built by Ettore Bugatti (1881-1947) in 1926. (Photo by Bruno De Hogues/Sygma via Getty Images) The Cité de l’Automobile in Mulhouse, France, is an amazing place. It has the largest collection of automobiles on display, thanks to the Swiss brothers Hans and Fritz Schlumpf and their obsession with cars. The money they needed for their collecting came from their business; the brothers owned a spinning mill for woolen products. Read More

Gillmor Gang: October Surprise

Oct 30, 5:00PM

Gillmor Gang Artcard The Gillmor Gang — Doc Searls, Robert Scoble, Keith Teare, Frank Radice, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Saturday, October 29, 2016. 10 days to go to the election, as Twitter cuts and runs from Vine and its passionate fan base. Makes one wonder whether this is how Twitter itself melts down. @stevegillmor, @dsearls, @scobleizer, @fradice, @kteare Produced and directed by @tinagillmor Read More

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