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Match's pop-up coffee shop will 3D print your date's face on a drink

Jan 13, 7:18PM

espresso-yourself In what is clearly a (very cool) publicity stunt, Match is opening a pop-up coffee shop where it will 3D print the face of single users on the foam of your latte. Specifically, you’ll be able to show up and pick your drink – each will feature one of eight single Match users – four male and four female. Your drink will then come with their face 3D-printed on your coffee, and… Read More

Fiat Chrysler under investigation by U.S. Justice Department over emissions

Jan 13, 6:30PM

jp015_063gc__mid Thursday we learned that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is investigating Fiat Chrysler U.S. (FCA) regarding alleged software-based circumvention of emissions standards. On Friday, Bloomberg reported that the U.S. Department of Justice is also looking into that same alleged failure of its responsibility to disclose the use of emissions altering software for possible criminal… Read More

Why white men are diversity's missing stakeholders

Jan 13, 6:00PM

Chain of paperdoll cutouts in spotlight We need to evolve the tech industry’s approach to diversity and inclusion. Despite the best of intentions, our expectations have been unrealistic — and Silicon Valley has started to recognize its own idealism. It’s time to get real, and that means acknowledging a very sobering fact: We need white men on our side and active in the diversity discussion if we’re ever going… Read More

Tesla update rolls back speed limit cap for Autopilot on undivided roadways

Jan 13, 5:47PM

autopilot-image Tesla’s latest software update rolls back a change it implemented only recently, removing a hard cap on Autopilot on undivided roadways that meant drivers could not set the cruising speed above the posted limit for the road. The limit enforcement changed from a previous cap at 5 mph above the legally defined ceiling, and it was a tweak that was greeted with dismay by a number of Tesla… Read More

Social media startup CultureSphere sues HCL, alleges misuse of confidential information

Jan 13, 5:19PM

culturesphere Acquisition talks fall through all the time, but a new lawsuit from social media startup CultureSphere accuses global IT company HCL of something more serious — using those talks as a way to get access to confidential information for use in a competing product. HCL, meanwhile, has said the CultureSphere’s allegations are “totally baseless.” We wrote about… Read More

Hands-on with the Nintendo Switch

Jan 13, 5:12PM

Nintendo Switch Moments after Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé finishes his presentation, another exec takes the stage to announce how things will go. The room is broken up into different sections, each following a staff member with Mario character on a placard. We’re each ushered off to a game – some semblance of organization before it all invariably erupts into chaos.… Read More

Moon Express raises $20M in Series B-1, fully funds trip to the Moon

Jan 13, 4:59PM

Illustration of Moon Express lander / Image courtesy of Moon Express Moon Express, a company competing in the Google Lunar X-Prize, has raised $20 million in a Series B-1 round and announced that they’ve now fully financed their maiden mission to the moon. With the latest round of funding, Moon Express has raised over $45 million in private investment from individuals and venture funds including Founders Fund, Collaborative Fund, and Autodesk. In July… Read More

Foursquare adds list search to make its app more useful, as Google prepares its rival

Jan 13, 4:53PM

foursquare-restaurant-image Google Maps is preparing to roll out a list-making feature that lets you star places, favorite places, and make bucket lists. That has led Foursquare to now respond by making its own lists feature more useful. The company announced this morning it’s introducing a new way to seek out lists on its app, through the launch of list search. This is a surprisingly late addition for the… Read More

Meet TechCrunch at Davos

Jan 13, 4:37PM

The logo of the World Economic Forum (WEF) is seen on the building of the Davos Congress center as the sun sets on January 29, 2011 in Davos. Some 2,500 political and industry leaders are gathered in the small alpine village for the forum, which ends on January 30. (Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images) The World Economic Forum — held in the mountain village of Davos, Switzerland every year — is increasingly attended by technology companies. And this year the theme of ‘responsible governance’ for the WEF conference is clearly going to be high on the agenda, especially in the era of ‘fake news’ and Brexit. Software might be ‘eating the world’… Read More

Microsoft acquires Maluuba, a startup focused on general artificial intelligence

Jan 13, 4:32PM

screen-shot-2017-01-13-at-11-26-33-am Microsoft has acquired Canadian startup Maluuba, a company founded by University of Waterloo grads Kaheer Suleman and Sam Pasupalak that also participated in TechCrunch’s 2012 San Francisco Startup Battlefield competition. Maluuba focuses on natural language processing, in service of pursuing general artificial intelligence, or building computers that can think like people. The… Read More

Naver will soon begin testing self-driving cars on Korean roads

Jan 13, 4:16PM

naver-car South Korean internet giant Naver is in the final stages of receiving sign-off from the top Korean transportation regulator to begin tests of its self-driving vehicle technology on public roads. The company confirmed to TechCrunch that it will begin testing its self-driving tech on roads as soon as it receives final approval, which Yonhap reports could be as early as next month, according… Read More

Deekit closes seed round for its 'infinite whiteboard' platform for remote teams

Jan 13, 4:03PM

deekit Estonia-based Deekit has now closed a seed round of €400,000 in angel investment from investors around Europe, with Spring Capital from Estonia being the lead investor. Among the angel investors are Mark Gillett (former Skype CTO), Copenhagen Business Angel network represented by Ole Andresen (a regional managing director at Apple) and the Estonian Business Angel network members. Founded by… Read More

Encrypted messaging platform WhatsApp denies "backdoor" claim

Jan 13, 3:56PM

whatsapp encryption A security issue has been flagged in the hugely popular mobile messaging app WhatsApp that could allow for messages sent via the encrypted platform to be intercepted and read. Read More

Fabby grabs $2M in seed funding for its app, which can put any background behind you

Jan 13, 3:43PM

fabby_entertainment What is it about Belarus that keeps producing image filter startups? MSQRD was famously acquired by Facebook last year for instance and it also produce the PRISM imaging app. Now new startup Fabby has managed to pull in a $2m funding round – which will go a long way in Belarus, I can tell you. The seed round of funding was led by Haxus Venture Fund. Haxus knows what it is doing in terms… Read More

WalkMe acquires to add mobile A/B testing and engagement

Jan 13, 3:38PM

walkme After raising $50 million last year on a $400 million valuation, WalkMe — a company that offers on-screen site guidance and engagement analytics — has made an acquisition to beef up its presence in mobile. The startup has acquired Abbi, specialists in mobile A/B testing and app engagement (“Abbi” is both a reference to A/B testing and BI, business intelligence). Terms… Read More

Spotify, Netflix, LINE, Pandora & HBO NOW top the list of 2016's biggest apps by revenue

Jan 13, 3:37PM

2016-top-apps-hero According to a new year-end report from Sensor Tower detailing the top apps of 2016, streaming services dominated when it came to which apps, outside of games, pulled in the most revenue over the past year. At the top of the list is Spotify, which not only scored the number one spot on the iTunes App Store, but also was the number one revenue earner across both platforms, including both… Read More

Will the last person to leave social media please turn off the light?

Jan 13, 3:21PM

fb-dark-stage1 After the early, exciting expository years of the Internet – the Age of Jennicam where the web was supposed to act as confessional and stage – things changed swiftly. This new medium was a revelation, a gift of freedom that we all took for granted. Want to post rants against the government? Press publish on Blogspot. Want to yell at the world? Aggregate and comment upon some… Read More

GM's Bolt is actually a platform that will be used for several new EVs

Jan 13, 3:18PM

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV The Bolt EV is GM’s answer to Tesla’s rising influence, and it’s impressive by all early accounts. The affordable electric car with a class-leading range isn’t the sum of GM’s interest in electric vehicles, however – it’s just the beginning. GM plans to release a range of electric vehicles based on the Bolt platform, but they won’t be announced… Read More

Take a guided tour of the White House with Barack and Michelle in virtual reality

Jan 13, 3:00PM

who_obama-11444 As one presidential administration ends and another begins, it seems much easier to pause and reflect on all of the changes that have defined the last eight years of the Obama presidency. A constant throughout time, however, is the dwelling where many of the United States’ most important policy decisions have been made. 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is one of the most recognizable… Read More

Here are the first 11 Nintendo Switch game trailers

Jan 13, 1:58PM

mario Nintendo continues to roll out Switch details. A lot of questions remain, but the company released the first game trailers. And boy do they look good. Watch the first set here. Read More

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