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Mozilla launches Firefox Focus, a private web browser for iPhone

Nov 17, 4:05PM

firefox-focus-ios The makers of Firefox are today introducing a new mobile web browser for iOS users that puts private browsing at the forefront of the user experience. Called Firefox Focus, the mobile browser by default blocks ad trackers, and erases your browsing history, including also your passwords and cookies. The end result is simplified browser that may load web pages more quickly, the company… Read More

Dog Parker, because even your dogs deserve a smart home

Nov 17, 4:00PM

dog-parker_july2016_brooklynnyc_08 Everyone says that dogs are a huge responsibility, but it’s hard to feel the weight of that responsibility until you own one. Dog Parker, a new startup out of ERA, is looking to take out some of the stress of owning a dog in New York. As you might imagine from the name, Dog Parker is a service that lets you park your dog outside of a grocery store or coffee shop while you are inside.… Read More

Eero's WiFi system adds Alexa commands

Nov 17, 3:42PM

eero A week or so after Luma announced Alexa integration, it’s Eero’s turn. It’s not really all that surprising that the former got the head start here, of course – after all, the company lists Amazon among its big investors, but in the push to make its AI assistant a ubiquitous presence in high tech homes, the retail giant isn’t likely to turn down too many… Read More

Apple to offer free 'Hour of Code' workshops for full week

Nov 17, 3:37PM

tim cook Apple has opened up registration for its Hour of Code workshops in partnership with This year, Apple will host Hour of Code workshops every day for one week — in conjunction with Computer Science Education Week — from December 5 to December 11 at all of its nearly 500 Apple retail stores across the world. In the past, Apple offered just one day’s worth of… Read More

Mi Box is an affordable 4K HDR streamer, but dragged down by Android TV

Nov 17, 3:21PM

mi-box_09 The Mi Box is Chinese smartphone company Xiaomi’s play to take on devices like Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, and Fire TV. Priced at only $69, and sporting features like integrated Google Cast and voice search, the 4K- and HDR-supporting device seems worth a look. But at the end of the day, Mi Box is still an Android TV player, and subject to limitations of that platform, which are… Read More

Sprinklr acquires LittleBird, a tool for finding experts on anything via Twitter

Nov 17, 3:09PM

twitter-impressionist New York marketing tech firm Sprinklr has acquired Portland-based LittleBird, according to Sprinklr founder and CEO Ragy Thomas. LittleBird was founded in 2011 to help researchers quickly find the top experts and influencers on any given subject via Twitter. It raised $4.8 million in venture capital to build its analytics platform from Mark Cuban, Jason Calacanis, Oregon Angel Fund and… Read More

Snapchat's Spectacles vending machine lands in Santa Monica

Nov 17, 3:03PM

screen-shot-2016-11-17-at-10-00-17-am Another day, another seemingly random location drop for Snapbot, your friendly neighborhood Snapchat Spectacles vending machine. Today’s lucky destination is Santa Monica, bucking the recent trend of out-of-the-way spots for one just up the coast a bit from its original Venice Beach location in LA. Snap, Inc. began selling Spectacles without much in the way of warning last Friday,… Read More

Apple patent shows Siri inside iMessage to help with scheduling, payments and more

Nov 17, 3:01PM

siri Google’s smart virtual helper Google Assistant is finding its way into everything from the company’s chat app Allo to Pixel smartphones and its Amazon Echo rival, Google Home. Now it appears that Apple is considering following suit in at least one of those areas. A newly unearthed Apple patent indicates the company is looking into integrating Siri into its own messaging platform… Read More raises a $5m Series A, led by Mosaic Ventures, to sort out the mess in the Cloud

Nov 17, 3:00PM

The adoption of the Cloud is booming (of course). But at the same time SaaS services are exploding. That means companies need developer resources to integrate all these inter-locking services. But there’s a problem. They spend huge amounts of time and money manually transferring data between services and are, once again, hamstrung by a lack of developer resources. Playing in this… Read More

Uber's new restaurant guide uses trip data to tell you where to eat

Nov 17, 3:00PM

1479234307-italian_horizontal_r_1 Uber’s trip data tells it a lot about how to optimize its services, including routing and pickup spots, but the info also reveals incidental patterns that don’t necessarily apply to its core goals of delivering transportation services, but that are useful nonetheless. That’s why it’s putting some of its data to work with its new Uber Restaurant Guide, a Michelin for… Read More

Slow Ventures launches a new $145M fund and adds Scott Marlette as a partner

Nov 17, 3:00PM

kevincollerandavemorin Slow Ventures — a previously small-ish fund founded by former Facebook employees — is raising a much larger fund as it looks to grow into something more like a traditional venture firm. Founded by Kevin Colleran and Dave Morin — with former Facebooker Sam Lessin also recently joining — Slow Ventures has raised $145 million for its latest fund. While Slow will continue… Read More

Managed By Q inks exclusive deal with Staples

Nov 17, 3:00PM

screen-shot-2016-11-17-at-9-46-09-am Managed By Q, the office management platform for products and services, has today inked a new deal with Staples. As part of the partnership. Staples customers will now have access to Managed By Q’s full suite of services, including IT specialists, handyman, cleaning services and even workplace yoga. The idea here is two-fold: Staples’ small- and medium-sized business clients will… Read More

CodeFights raises $10M Series A round for its skills-based recruiting platform

Nov 17, 3:00PM

Software developer programming code on computer. Abstract computer script source code. CodeFights brings together coding challenges and skills-based recruiting. The company, which competes with the likes of HackerRank, today announced that it has raised a $10 million Series A round led by As CodeFights CEO and founder Tigran Sloyan told me, the company’s user base has grown 10x since it announced its $2.4 million seed funding round last April. He attributes… Read More

AOL lays off 500 employees after adding 1,500 employees over the last 12 months

Nov 17, 2:25PM

tcdisrupt_NY16-4806 AOL CEO Tim Armstrong just announced internally that there will be layoffs across AOL’s global workforce (AOL is TechCrunch’s parent company). The company will focus on mobile, video and data across two business units — media and platforms. While the company doesn’t say exactly how many people will be affected by these layoffs, it is going to impact different teams… Read More

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 will be built with Samsung, featuring faster and safer charging

Nov 17, 2:16PM

LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 06:  Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf speaks during a press event at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center for the 2014 International CES on January 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. CES, the world's largest annual consumer technology trade show, runs from January 7-10 and is expected to feature 3,200 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to about 150,000 attendees.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Qualcomm’s got a new chip just over the horizon, built in collaboration with Samsung, utilizing the electronics giant’s 10-nanometer FinFET process that promises to improve performance and energy over the Snapdragon 820 and 821’s 14nm FinFE. The new chip will replace the 821 as Qualcomm’s flagship when it starts arriving in devices at some point during the first half… Read More

Coca-Cola made a selfie bottle but luckily humans only have 1,000 years left

Nov 17, 2:02PM

cw-twtwukaqpiac Coca-Cola may be thinking of Snapchat Spectacles with its latest marketing ploy, a selfie snapping bottle that features a camera in what can only be described as a bottle boot with USB out for transferring your images. The red bootie shoots a selfie whenever it tips past a 70-degree angle, giving you a down-angle image of your face as you slurp that sweet sugar sauce down your gullet. The… Read More

Kubernetes founders launch Heptio with $8.5M in funding to help bring containers to the enterprise

Nov 17, 2:00PM

Kepple Terminal with cityscape For years, the public face of Kubernetes was one of project’s founders: Google group product manager Craig McLuckie. He started the open source container management project together with Joe Beda, Brendan Burns and a few other engineers inside of Google, which has since brought it under the guidance of the newly formed Cloud Native Computing Foundation. Beda became an entrepreneur in… Read More

Meet the new Nom, a food lover's photo sharing dream

Nov 17, 1:59PM

Hot and sour soup with freshly picked nasturtium from Mister Jiu's in San Francisco. People will never stop talking about what’s for dinner on the internet. The massive reach and engagement of new media properties like Tastemade, which offers short video cooking lessons, or BuzzFeed’s Tasty channel are proof the trend is still going strong in the U.S. So perhaps it’s no surprise to see YouTube cofounder Steve Chen, and former YouTube engineering lead Vijay… Read More

The Great Brexit Standoff — Korski, Hilton and Burbidge duke it out at Disrupt, Dec 5-6

Nov 17, 12:44PM

mexican-standoff The issue of Brexit looms large not just over the UK, but Europe and the US as well, as startups and investors juggle the daily changing headlines with their overall strategy. That’s why we’re making it one of the major themes of TechCrunch Disrupt London (Dec 5-6) (grab your tickets here). As part of this, not only are we running two major panels on the issue, but we’re… Read More

Tesla Model S P100D to get a 2.4-second 0-60mph time via an Easter Egg

Nov 17, 12:43PM

tesla-model-s Tesla easter eggs are a lot more interesting than most of those found in video games: case in point, its next one will boost the acceleration of the P100D variant of its Model S up to a 2.4-second 0-60mph time with Ludicrous Mode, with a quarter mile achievable in as little as 10.6 seconds. The P100D Model X will also get a slight boost, with 0.1 second shaved off both times. The current… Read More

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