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Michigan's 335-acre Willow Run autonomous car test facility breaks ground

Nov 22, 4:03PM

acm_willow-run_1 Michigan’s new American Center for Mobility at the historic Willow Run one-time manufacturing complex broke ground this week, paving the way for the launch of the technologically advanced testbed for autonomous and connected vehicles. The 335-acre site will play host to a new facility designed to help automakers and other stakeholders globally test their cars, connected infrastructure… Read More

Doppler Labs delays launch of Here One smart earbuds, won't ship until February

Nov 22, 4:00PM

3_here_one_both_colors Wireless earbuds are still in their infancy, and there still seem to be some tough issues left to nail when it comes to mass production. Doppler Labs CEO Noah Kraft tells me that the because of manufacturing issues, the company will be delaying the release of their Here One smart earbuds until February 2017. Kraft tells TechCrunch that the company has received nearly 10,000 pre-orders for… Read More

Amazon announces new Dash-powered devices that can auto-reorder your coffee, air filters, and more

Nov 22, 3:53PM

amazon-drs Amazon is expanding the lineup of devices that will automatically reorder their supplies for you through the retailer’s Dash Replenishment service. The program, which brings instant reordering to connected devices – like washing machines that order your detergent, or printers that order your ink – now includes a new handful of Dash-enabled products from companies like… Read More

Facebook downsizes small business sales in Europe, cuts 30 jobs in Germany

Nov 22, 3:34PM

BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 24:  Coffee mugs adorned with the Facebook logo stand 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) As Facebook’s advertising business continues to grow globally, the social network is also streamlining operations in certain markets. TechCrunch has learned that Facebook is consolidating sales operations in Europe focused on small and medium businesses. In the process it is laying off around 30 people including employees in Hamburg, according to a source among those cut. 30 is a… Read More

Most students can't tell fake news from real news, study shows

Nov 22, 3:13PM

reading newspaper with ostrich If you thought you heard the last on fake news, you were sadly mistaken. A Stanford study found that the majority of middle school students can’t tell the difference between real news and fake news. In fact, 82 percent couldn’t distinguish between a real news story on a website and a “sponsored content” post. Of the 8,704 students studied (ranging in age from middle… Read More

Apple teases a one-day Black Friday sale, a reversal from last year's decision to sit out

Nov 22, 3:02PM

screen-shot-2016-11-22-at-9-56-19-am Apple has changed its stance on Black Friday. The company, which is now teasing its upcoming one-day deals via a new web page, will again participate in the holiday shopping event after having famously sat out last year, then touting its decision as part of its mission to be “good to…employees.” The new site doesn’t detail what deals will be available, but does promote… Read More

Uber launches in Bangladesh to continue its emerging market push

Nov 22, 2:20PM

uber taxi With a global presence that already spans more than 450 cities worldwide, it isn’t often that Uber expands into new countries, but today the U.S. ride-sharing giant drove into Bangladesh. Read More

Vivaldi's updated browser syncs smart light bulbs to 'the color of the web'

Nov 22, 2:14PM

screen-shot-2016-11-22-at-9-10-14-am I’m going to go out on a limb and say it’s probably pretty tough getting the public to notice your new browser. Most internet users are pretty set in their ways at this point. There are some pretty good options out there, and really, switching is a pain once you’ve got everything set to your liking. Launched last year by an ex-Opera chief exec, Vivaldi is targeted at power… Read More

Disney launches free Moana-themed coding tutorials

Nov 22, 2:00PM

moana As part of Code.org’s Hour of Code program, Disney is releasing “Moana: Wayfinding with Code,” a free online tutorial to teach kids the basics of computer science. The tutorial features characters from Moana, Disney’s upcoming animated feature film. In the past, the company has created coding tutorials featuring characters from Frozen and Star Wars. Through those… Read More

Tesla and SolarCity made this whole island solar-powered in under a year

Nov 22, 1:59PM

dji_0159-1 Tesla and SolarCity’s union is still very fresh, but the combined companies are already highlighting what they’ve been able to accomplish even just as partners. The SolarCity blog details a project in which SolarCity power generation and Tesla Powerpack-based storage helped the small island of Ta’u in American Samoa fix its spotty power problem and cut its reliance on a… Read More

Volkswagen will begin making electric cars in North America in 2021

Nov 22, 1:20PM

volkswagen-iq Volkswagen’s EV plans include manufacturing in North America starting in 2021, according to the company. The new production expansion is part of VW’s goal to ramp up to sales of 1 million electric vehicles globally by 2025, as electric becomes “the strategic core of the VW brand,” according to Volkswagen brand lead Herbert Diess speaking to Automotive News. Part of… Read More

Tech recruitment startup Yborder finds interest in the UK has almost halved since EU ref

Nov 22, 1:09PM

yborder With Brexit now the ‘favorite’ topic of the UK media, for good or for ill, you’d think there would be a lot of interest in whether companies are moving or staying in the UK. And, of course, there is. What is much harder to discern however is where the talent is moving, or intending to move. Especially ‘millennial’ talent which is so mobile and nomadic these days. Read More

Aye Finance raises $10.3M to supply micro-loans to small companies in India

Nov 22, 12:01PM

wallet amex Aye Finance, a startup that specializes in micro-loans in India, has landed $10.3 million in new funding of its own led LGT and existing investors SAIF Partners and Accion. Read More

The team behind Cookies is joining Klarna

Nov 22, 11:39AM

klarna All the work that went into creating peer-to-peer payment app Cookies isn’t disappearing forever. After filing for bankruptcy, Swedish tech company Klarna approached the team behind Cookies so that they can join another fintech company. The entire Cookies team except one co-founder is joining Klarna. I don’t think the two co-founders can work together again after the big meltdown… Read More

Mobile SDK management platform SafeDK raises $3.5M

Nov 22, 11:00AM

safedk Israeli startup SafeDK, which offers a mobile SDK management platform to help app developers stay on top of the multiple SDKs their apps increasingly rely on, has closed $3.5 million in Series A funding. Read More

Ola, Uber's rival in India, launches an in-car entertainment platform for passengers

Nov 22, 10:20AM

ola-play-1 Ola, Uber’s main rival in India, has launched a connected car entertainment platform for its vehicles. Read More

Nicole Eagan, CEO of Darktrace, to speak at Disrupt London, Dec 5-6

Nov 22, 8:47AM

eagon TechCrunch Disrupt in London is on December 5-6! Grab tickets here. Today we’re delighted to say Nicole Eagan, Chief Executive Officer, Darktrace is also speaking. Nicole has led the company since 2014, and rapidly grown it into a global leader in cyber defense. Winner of ‘Woman of the Year’ award at The Cyber Security Awards 2016, Ms. Eagan has an extensive career in… Read More

Crunch Report | Oracle Acquires Dyn "Thanksgiving Special"

Nov 22, 5:05AM

The Thanksgiving edition of Crunch Report: What I’m thankful for… disappearing live video and messages in Instagram, Nutonomy hits the streets in Boston, Oracle acquires DNS provider Dyn and Ed Zitron is here to hang out on the show. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

The NTSB is investigating the 'structural failure' of Facebook's Aquila internet drone

Nov 22, 1:08AM

Facebook's drone Aquila can beam connectivity down to remote areas Say what you will about the merits of Facebook’s Internet.org and Free Basics — it’s pretty cool that they’re building a huge, solar-powered, laser-shooting drone to deliver it. But a “structural failure” that occurred on the Aquila’s first test flight may be more serious than Facebook made it out to be: The NTSB is conducting an investigation,… Read More

IBM expands its UK presence with 4 new data centers

Nov 22, 12:01AM

BRUSSELS - JANUARY 12:  IBM headquarters stands January 12, 2003 in Brussels, Belgium. IBM developes and manufactures information technologies including computer systems, software, networking systems, storage devices and microelectronics.  (Picture by Mark Renders/Getty Images) IBM today announced that it is launching four new data centers in the U.K. This brings IBM’s total data center footprint in the U.K. to six, in addition to 16 other locations across Europe. This is yet another example of the company’s increasing infrastructure investment. The first of these new U.K. locations in Fareham will go online in December, with the other three U.K.… Read More

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