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Gillmor Gang: Reality Bites

Dec 11, 4:00PM

Gillmor Gang Artcard The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Keith Teare, Frank Radice, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Saturday, December 10, 2016. Augmented reality meets the Beatles, Twitter-in-chief, Netflix does downloads, Snap go the Glasses, and Apple floats a two week window. What, no Mitt Romney? @stevegillmor, @scobleizer, @kevinmarks, @fradice, @kteare Produced & directed: @tinagillmor Read More

Death to JIRA

Dec 11, 2:00PM

death-to-smoochy I have long held that Atlassian’s ubiquitous JIRA bug-tracker / feature-planner serves a valuable purpose in the software biz: it gives project teams a common enemy to bond together against. Alas, it’s not worth it. JIRA’s design is fundamentally antithetical to good software development, if it is used for anything more than simple bug tracking. Allow me to propose a better way. Read More

5 unexpected sources of bias in artificial intelligence

Dec 10, 11:00PM

robot-blinders-alt We tend to think of machines, in particular smart machines, as somehow cold, calculating and unbiased. For some of us, this is a bug: Machines should not be empathetic outside of their rigid point of view. For others, it is a feature: They should be freed of human bias. But in the middle, there is the view they will be objective. Of course, nothing could be further from the truth. Read More

Soccer fans can watch the MLS Cup live in VR tonight

Dec 10, 8:46PM

img_1158 Sure it’s sometimes tough being a soccer fan in America. For instance, the MLS Cup (the championship game for the major soccer league in America) hasn’t even been broadcast live on an English-language network since 2008! But tonight that changes. Fox is airing the MLS Cup tonight between Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders starting at 8pm ET. And to make up for the lack of… Read More

Software is due for a bundling event

Dec 10, 7:00PM

Overhead shot of a small group of people, wearing monochromatic colors, pulling at ropes from opposing directions We are approaching a new phase of enterprise software, where every niche of Software-as-a-Service has been filled and cloud companies are being consolidated into larger companies. Markets have a tendency to cycle from bundling to unbundling, and software is due for a bundling event. Read More

Delivery Hero acquires Foodpanda as Rocket Internet shuffles online takeout pack once again

Dec 10, 12:29PM

Delivery Hero Rocket Internet has shuffled the online takeout pack of cards once again. This time the publicly-listed German ‘startup factory’ and investor is selling foodpanda to its much larger rival Delivery Hero, of which it also holds a significant stake. Read More

Commerce Dept. to send "digital attachés" to Mexico, South Korea and four other nations

Dec 10, 1:52AM

The 38th U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker at TechCrunch in San Francisco. The U.S. Department of Commerce is opening six new international markets for its Commercial Digital Attaché program, according to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, who spoke with TechCrunch today in San Francisco. The attaché program, which began in March this year, establishes commercial officers in countries where U.S. businesses seek to export their digital goods and… Read More

Oculus releases developer preview of Carmel WebVR product

Dec 09, 11:37PM

carmel-oculus-webvr Many in the industry believe the next frontier for VR is web-based experiences that can be visited and absorbed across platforms. There are still quite a lot of unknowns when it comes to WebVR but Oculus is looking to start shedding some of the mystery through its own browser. Today, the company launched the Carmel Developer Preview, giving devs some early tools and APIs to begin building… Read More

Data minimization — the new design rules for startups

Dec 09, 11:00PM

minimize-data Wait, what? Yes, you read correctly. “Data” and “minimization,” two words that have rarely been used in the same sentence, now represent one of the critical product design rules we must apply if we’re to build products that deliver value, meaning and engagement to the human beings we aim to serve. A little confused? Not to worry — let’s start with why. Read More

The 15 most memorable quotes from Disrupt London 2016

Dec 09, 9:56PM

London bus_Big Ben_Proxama From Brexit to bionic arms, our lineup of speakers at Disrupt London 2016 gave us awesome insight into a variety of different topics. In case you missed it, the TechCrunch social team compiled the 15 most memorable quotes from the event. Read More

Segment adds Google BigQuery to expand its customer data platform

Dec 09, 8:39PM

Segment BigQuery Segment helps businesses manage all their data from services like Google Analytics, Mixpanel and Salesforce — and send that data to a variety of destinations, whether it’s an attribution product or a data warehouse. The company announced yesterday that it’s expanding its offerings by integrating with BigQuery, Google’s data warehousing service. This might seem like… Read More

How our AI called a scenario for Trump being elected and the 'why' behind it

Dec 09, 7:00PM

FAYETTEVILLE, NC - DECEMBER 06:  President-elect Donald Trump addresses an audience at Crown Coliseum on December 6, 2016 in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Trump took time off from selecting the cabinet for his incoming administration to celebrate his victory in the general election. (Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images) As the world was collectively watching results of the 2016 election ,  we got a barrage of emails from people congratulating our AI for predicting a Trump win. To be very clear, our AI did not call a Trump win, per se, but rather conditions that would support a Trump or a Hillary win. Read More

Obama orders review of Russian election hacking

Dec 09, 6:46PM

US President Barack Obama speaks at the White House Frontiers Conference at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, on October 13, 2016. / AFP / JIM WATSON        (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images) President Obama has ordered intelligence agencies to conduct a complete review of the hacks and leaks that led up to and may have influenced the presidential election, according to White House homeland security and counterterrorism adviser Lisa Monaco. “The President has directed the Intelligence Community to conduct a full review of what happened during the 2016 election… Read More

Sixa secures $3.5M as it launches its cloud computer for developers

Dec 09, 5:41PM

screen-shot-2016-12-09-at-9-26-06-am The promises of the cloud era have been many, but when it comes to hardware, most people have preferred to keep their personal PCs on-hand or on-location. Sixa is aiming to free the PC and move computing to the cloud with its low-latency virtual machines geared toward developers. The recent Y Combinator grad just closed a $3.5 million round of seed funding led by Tandem Capital. More… Read More

New Michigan law prepares for autonomous future

Dec 09, 5:36PM

Chevy Tahoe autonomous test rig Michigan Governor Rick Snyder visited the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn, MI, which honors the automotive past, to sign a bill that aims to enable the automotive future. The law creates regulations for testing, using and selling autonomous vehicles in the state and clarifies how these vehicles will be used on public roads. The law specifically allows vehicles that have no human… Read More

Verizon won't push Samsung's Note 7 bricking update, but the other carriers will

Dec 09, 5:29PM

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Early this morning Samsung announced plans to finally extinguish the on-going fire that is the Note 7 once and for all here in the States by way of a software update that won’t allow the troubled phone to charge at all. Apparently not everyone involved is onboard with the move. Verizon (the parent company to TechCrunch’s parent company) quickly issued a follow up statement, citing… Read More

Gamer chat app Discord hits 25 million users, can now be used in developers' own games

Dec 09, 5:06PM

og_gamebridge Jason Citron, who previously founded and sold the early mobile social gaming network OpenFeint, returned to gaming startups with the launch of Discord in May 2015. This voice and text chat app for gamers — a challenger to incumbents like Skype and Teamspeak — has since grown to 25 million registered users, who are sending 100 million messages per day across its platform.… Read More

Super Mario Run needs a constant internet connection to run

Dec 09, 4:50PM

img_0586 It a bit of news that will surely shift the value proposition of Mario’s long-awaited iPhone debut for legions of underground commuters, Shigeru Miyamoto confirmed this week that Super Mario Run will only work on a device with a constant internet connection. The legendary game creator chalked up the decision to security concerns, fears that an offline mode would make the game unstable… Read More

Occipital shows off a $399 mixed reality headset for iPhone

Dec 09, 4:23PM

dsc_2782 Mobile VR is an Android game, but as more and more rumors flourish about the next iPhone, some companies are looking to get developers ready to bring iOS users into the world of VR. Occipital announced today that it is launching a mixed reality platform built upon its depth-sensing technologies called Bridge. The headset is available for $399 and starts shipping in March; eager developers can… Read More

Samsung's latest software update stops the Note 7 from charging altogether

Dec 09, 4:12PM

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 As the prolonged garbage fire that is 2016 draws to a close, Samsung seems to finally be putting the final nails in the coffin of the Note 7 saga. Admittedly, the last couple of months have mostly been a few isolated death rattles, but believe it or not there are still some devices in the wild, in spite of the company’s best efforts to get them all back. New numbers posted today have… Read More

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