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NSF may shut down West Virginia's Green Bank Telescope and people aren't happy

Nov 11, 4:17PM

green-bank-telescope Tight budgets have forced the National Science Foundation to consider shutting down and deconstructing the Green Bank Telescope, the largest steerable telescope in the world. This consideration has caused controversy among astronomers and members of the general public alike. Located in Green Bank, West Virginia, the GBT was opened in 2001 and is a state-of-the-art radio telescope primarily used… Read More

A standalone Apple Support app is rolling out to the iOS App Store

Nov 11, 3:59PM

apple-support-app Apple has quietly rolled out a new Apple Support app to the iOS App Store, which allows customers to read about product information, get tips, schedule repair appointments at an Apple Store or with an authorized third-party, as well as chat, email, or schedule a call with an Apple Support technician. However, although the app is available in English, it’s not yet showing in the Apple U.S. Read More

More Android devices are running Gingerbread than Nougat 7.0

Nov 11, 3:28PM

Android Nougat Slowly but surely, the news of Nougat updates are starting to roll in. The OnePlus 3 and Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge will be getting beta versions in the near future, and ZTE recently announced an update for the Axon 7 arriving in January. But aside from some high profile devices like the LG V20, Google’s own Pixel (which sports the new 7.1) and some newer Nexus devices, the… Read More

Facebook will disable "ethnic affinity" targeting for housing, employment and credit-related ads

Nov 11, 3:25PM

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at the company's headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., Thursday, April 4, 2013. Zuckerberg says the company is not building a phone or an operating system. Rather, Facebook is introducing  a new experience for Android phones. The idea behind the new Home service is to bring content right to you, rather than require people to check apps on the device.   (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) It may be tough to remember given all the discussion about the role that Facebook’s News Feed may have played in getting Donald Trump elected, but the company was also criticized recently for its “ethnic affinity” ad targeting. Today, Facebook announced that it’s making some changes. The targeting allows advertisers to focus on users whose Facebook activity… Read More

Telegram names first winners of its 'fast and useful' bot competition

Nov 11, 2:27PM

Telegram bots Messaging app Telegram has named the first wave of bots to win prizes via a $1 million BotPrize competition it announced back in April. Read More

Photos in Daydream VR offers a powerful trip down memory lane

Nov 11, 1:46PM

daydream-view-1 I’ve resolved to take a lot more panorama images from now on, and Daydream View is the reason why. Google’s new mobile VR headset, which makes it possible to use Daydream VR in Android 7.1 on the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, is an easy and enjoyable way to try out virtual reality, and its most powerful feature might be your boring old photo library. We’ve already… Read More

TechCrunch Disrupt London Brexit Sentiment Update: U.K. Policy

Nov 11, 1:18PM

Brexit is a bummer. Startups are beginning to leave London, enticed by the lure of Berlin and other EU cities.  “Brexit imposes a certain risk of visa requirements for non-Brits,”  Julian Baladurage, co-founder of MBJ, one of the firms headed to Berlin, told the Financial Times. “Our team is very international so we can’t risk having to apply for 100… Read More

Alibaba smashes its sales record on Singles' Day, despite concerns of slowing growth

Nov 11, 12:34PM

alibaba-jack-ma-beckham It’s November 11 — 11/11, or Singles’ Day — which is China’s biggest shopping day. A day for records. A big promotion day for Alibaba, which surpassed its sales total from last year’s event despite concerns around how sustainable its sales growth is. Read More

HTC's Vive VR headset gets unplugged via $220 wireless add-on

Nov 11, 10:21AM

tpcast14 HTC’s PC-powered VR rig is set to get one of the plusses of cheaper mobile virtual reality systems early next year, after the company announced a wireless add-on that will let users untether the headset from the gaming PC required to power it. Read More

Contrary to reports, Grubhub CEO never called for Trump voters to resign

Nov 11, 8:03AM

Matt Maloney, co-founder and chief executive officer of GrubHub Inc., listens during a Bloomberg television interview at the Goldman Sachs Technology And Internet Conference in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015. Maloney discussed the company's success and recent restaurtant delivery services acquisitions. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images Emotions remain high as the country closes out its second day with a President-elect Donald Trump. Startup founders are struggling to instill confidence among employees that the culture of openness at their companies will not be affected by a President Trump. Unfortunately, some media outlets aren’t helping. Earlier this evening, Fox news published that Grubhub CEO Matt Maloney had… Read More

Crunch Report | Snapchat Starts Selling Spectacles

Nov 11, 4:21AM

Instagram adds some new features to Stories, Snapchat starts selling Spectacles out of vending machines, Facebook has a misinformation problem, Tusk Holdings tries to find silver lining in Trump and Nasty Gal files for bankruptcy. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

You could become a pilot in the Drone Racing League if you're good at this racing simulator

Nov 11, 3:50AM

img_0649 Today the Drone Racing League, a league that has a deal with ESPN to broadcast races this season, launched a drone racing simulator game. And perhaps even more interesting, the league will be teaming up with Bud Light to host Drone Racing League tryouts on the simulator, with the winner receiving a $75,000 contract to compete in the 2017 season. The simulator itself is pretty basic –… Read More

Zuckerberg denies Facebook News Feed bubble impacted the election

Nov 11, 2:41AM

Techonomy16 conference in Half Moon Bay, California, Thursday, November 10, 2016.  (Photo by Paul Sakuma Photography) In the aftermath of the U.S. Presidential election, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg took the stage at Techonomy16 to address concerns that the company didn’t do enough to stop the proliferation of fake news on News Feed. Zuckerberg insisted that more can always be done to improve the quality of the News Feed experience, but that Facebook could not have influenced the outcome of… Read More

Yahoo admits employees discovered hack in 2014

Nov 11, 1:34AM

marissa mayer Yahoo admitted today that some of its employees were aware of the theft of 500 million users’ data as early as 2014 — years before Yahoo publicly acknowledged the hack. The hack, which Yahoo has attributed to an unnamed “state-sponsored actor,” occurred in late 2014, and according to today’s filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, it seems Yahoo… Read More

Five industries that should take a cue from Netflix and crowdsource parts of its tech

Nov 11, 12:00AM

light bulb, connection, idea, crowdsourcing By crowdsourcing for solutions using machine learning to utilize the abundant data available across these five industries, we can find relevant signals and patterns among the noise and make these industries not only more efficient, but also more integral to improving our lives. Read More

Snowden says tech companies should protect privacy no matter who is president

Nov 10, 11:46PM

four-snowden Edward Snowden gave an extended interview today touching on numerous topics, from the Trump Presidency to his own future. Overall his message was clear: it’s not about thwarting one leader or even one government, but using technology that guarantees rights across borders and administrations. In other words: don’t hate, innovate. Read More

Slice makes it easy for you to order from your favorite pizzeria

Nov 10, 11:05PM

slice Does the world need another food ordering app? No? Well, what about an app that’s all about pizza? The startup formerly known as MyPizza has already been working with independent pizzerias by helping them to accept online orders. (It’s also provided pizza at TechCrunch meetups.) Recently, it rebranded as Slice and launched a Slice app for iPhone. The goal is to make it as easy… Read More

Luke Beatty departs AOL

Nov 10, 10:38PM

DENVER, CO - MARCH 1:  Luke Beatty talks with guest while recording their  Denver and Boulder tech podcast Turnpikers from the Postmodern Company studios in Denver on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Their guest was Mac Freeman an executive  from the Denver Broncos.  (Photo by Cyrus McCrimmon/ The Denver Post) AOL’s president of media brands Luke Beatty is stepping down from his position today to spend more time with family. Beatty ran AOL’s tech blogs — including TechCrunch and Engadget — as well as several other online media properties for the company. He came to AOL from TechStars after serving as Yahoo’s vice president and general manager. Beatty also founded… Read More

How auto unlock makes the Mac more accessible

Nov 10, 10:30PM

watch-mac-unlock My workflow is predominantly iOS-centric, but, lately, I’ve been turning more to the Mac — my girlfriend’s 15” MacBook Pro — to get work done. I’ve enjoyed getting reacquainted with Apple’s desktop operating system. I like the Mac. While it’s true the 12.9” iPad Pro is generally more accessible than a laptop due to iOS’s… Read More

A USB stick that can test HIV levels in under 30 minutes

Nov 10, 10:28PM

1-hivtestperfo Scientists at Imperial College of London have teamed with UK biotech company DNA Electronics to develop a USB stick-based HIV test capable of sophisticated detection in a fraction of the time of a standard test. The computer plug-in just needs a single drop of blood to go to work, measuring the levels of HIV-1, changing the acidity and transmitting the results as an electrical signal that can… Read More

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