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Logic Pro X's latest update turns the Touch Bar into a piano and drum set

Jan 18, 7:40PM

logic-pro-macbookpro-touchbar-top-view The new Touch Bar MacBooks were pretty well stocked with first-party software support when they launched last year. One proprietary program that was notably absent from the shiny new input device, however, was Logic Pro X, Apple’s pro-level audio editor, with the company promising delivery in early 2017. On cue, Cupertino has dropped an update that brings the functionality to the… Read More

Facebook agreed to pay a lot more for Oculus than we realized; here's why

Jan 18, 7:20PM

Mark Zuckerberg Disrupt Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified in a Dallas court yesterday as part of a lawsuit claiming that Oculus VR, the startup Facebook acquired for roughly $2 billion, was based on stolen technology. Unsurprisingly, Zuckerberg defended Oculus and in the process revealed a number of new details about the negotiations involved in purchasing the company. Among them: that Facebook agreed to… Read More

Facebook replaces its old inbox with the web version of Messenger

Jan 18, 6:45PM

Facebook Messenger For Mac Just under two years ago, Facebook introduced a web interface for its private chat application, Messenger. Now, Facebook is integrating that same web app into the desktop version of Facebook, where it replaces the older messaging experience. The change has been spotted by a number of users in multiple markets – including also TechCrunch staff in the U.S. and Europe – which… Read More

Drone delivery startup Flirtey raises $16 million to become a next-gen UPS

Jan 18, 6:40PM

Flirtey's delivery drone. Drone delivery startup Flirtey has raised $16 million in Series A funding to bring its high-flying service to new customers, companies and possibly countries. Earlier, the startup raised $120,000 in seed funding and participated in the Y Combinator accelerator. Flirtey was also the first company to attain FAA approvals to conduct a drone delivery in the US in 2015. That fact helped it… Read More

Department of Labor sues Oracle over discriminatory pay and hiring practices

Jan 18, 6:38PM

oracle-earnings The U.S. Department of Labor has sued Oracle for discriminatory employment practices, the government body announced on Wednesday. The Department of Labor specifically states that the company has “a systemic practice” in place of paying white male workers more than others in the same role, including “women, African American and Asian employees.” The suit also alleges… Read More

Google acquires Fabric developer platform and team from Twitter

Jan 18, 6:16PM

static1-squarespace Google is taking over Twitter’s mobile app developer platform Fabric, as well as its Crashlytics crash reporting system, Answers mobile app analytics, Digits SMS login system, and FastLane development automation system. Twitter launched Fabric as a modular SDK in 2014 to allow developers to pick and choose different tools to improve their apps, and it now serves apps reaching 2.5… Read More

Deepgram open sources Kur to make DIY deep learning less painful

Jan 18, 6:15PM

screen-shot-2017-01-18-at-10-09-36-am Deepgram, a YC backed startup using machine learning to analyze audio data for businesses, is open sourcing an internal deep learning tool called Kur. The release should further help those interested in the space get their ideas off the ground more easily. The startup is also including 10 hours of transcribed audio, spliced into 10 second increments, to expedite the training process. Similar… Read More

A look back at a decade of the Crunchies

Jan 18, 6:15PM

crunchies-ad-awards It’s hard to believe that the Crunchies is already 10 years old. Time really does fly when you’re having fun, and the Crunchies is (almost) always fun! The 10th Annual Crunchies Awards goes down on February 6 at the SF War Memorial Opera House and tickets are still available. If you want to hang out with our host Chelsea Peretti, our wonderful presenters such as Marissa Mayer,… Read More

Tidal rolls out a track editing feature for mobile users

Jan 18, 6:02PM

img_7233 Tidal’s latest feature has arrived with as little fanfare as humanly possible. The music service has snuck in a new Track Edit, accessible by opening the Option menu while playing a song. Available on the music service’s mobile app, the new feature lets users trim down tracks viewable in a wave format, setting the beginning and end at specific time, fading in and out and even… Read More

Slack launches threaded messaging to take conversations off to the side

Jan 18, 6:00PM

slack thread Slack has spent most of its life as a dead-simple workplace communications tool, with small changes happening here or there. But to keep things dead simple means that you have to be very careful when you decide to make any big changes — even if it’s something users have wanted for a long time. Today, Slack is finally starting to roll out one of those major changes in threaded… Read More

Netflix's The Discovery posits a dark outcome from proving the afterlife exists

Jan 18, 5:45PM

screen-shot-2017-01-18-at-12-41-06-pm Netflix is really tapping into the appetite of its sci-fi audience, with another trailer for a new film that imagines a weird future. In the first teaser for The Discovery, a film soon coming to the streaming service, we get a glimpse into a love story unfolding in a world where Robert Redford has proven the afterlife is real, and suicides are spiking as a result. It looks kind of like a… Read More

The TC Meetup + Pitch-off is heading to D.C. and Miami! Apply now!

Jan 18, 5:28PM

TC Meetup pitch off USE The clock is ticking down, and you only have a few more days to submit an application to participate in the TC Meetup + Pitch-offs in D.C. and Miami. The events go down on February 21 (Washington D.C.) and February 23 (Miami) respectively, and only ten companies will be competing, so don’t tarry! If you’re wondering what I’m talking about, let me get you up to speed. The… Read More

Obama's parting message on whistleblowers: It's The Daily Crunch

Jan 18, 5:19PM

daily-crunch-2x1 Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday our daily guided tour of the biggest tech stories from the past 24 hours will appear here on To get The Daily Crunch in your inbox every day of the week, sign up here. Obama’s clemency, the true size of Facebook’s bet on VR and Theranos in trouble again. All that and more in The Daily Crunch for January 18, 2017. And if a… Read More

Mastercard launches 2KUZE agtech platform in East Africa

Jan 18, 5:02PM

possible-background Small-plot farmers in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania can now go digital―coordinating sales, payments, and distribution of crops thanks to a pilot program called 2KUZE launched by Mastercard. The pilot program for the agricultural technology app was announced this week. 2KUZE, which means “let’s grow together” in Swahili,  was developed at Mastercard’s Nairobi Labs… Read More grabs $2.25 million for its stand-up comedy streaming service

Jan 18, 4:34PM

laughly-beta A streaming service for stand-up comedy called, which publicly launched this past August, has now closed on $2.25 million in seed funding led by New York Angels, the company announced today. Available for both iOS and Android devices, is the first to offer an extensive library of comedians’ stand-up sets, with content from top names in the biz, including Kevin Hart,… Read More

DataSift connects with LinkedIn as its latest social marketing partner

Jan 18, 3:59PM

LinkedIn app on smartphone. DataSift, which taps and structures data from social networks to provide more insights into it, has added a new partner to its own network. The company has linked up with LinkedIn — the social network for the working world with 467 million users that was acquired by Microsoft recently for $26.2 billion — to help develop a stronger marketing profile for LinkedIn by parsing its… Read More

ComiXology launches original comics with Adventure Time spin-off

Jan 18, 3:39PM

atmls_cover Amazon’s ComiXology is delivering on the promise it made last year to create original content exclusively for users of its platform and Kindle customers, with Adventure Time Marshall Lee Spectacular, an Adventure Time tale focusing on the Vampire King from the franchise’s alternate gender-swapped story universe. The Marshall Lee story is available as a $3.99 one-time purchase,… Read More

Iris Automation raises $1.5 million to help drones sense and avoid obstacles

Jan 18, 3:38PM

Founding employees of Iris Automation Inc. Iris Automation Inc. has raised $1.5 million to bring “sense and avoid” technology, and truly self-flying capabilities, to drones used for industrial tasks. Even for human pilots, identifying obstacles and deciding precisely how to maneuver a fast-flying aircraft around them poses a serious challenge. Iris’ technology analyzes and draws insights from videos captured by… Read More

Hulu launches user profiles on mobile

Jan 18, 3:29PM

hulu-shows-movies In December, Hulu announced the debut of user profiles in order to make its streaming TV service more personalized to end users, offering each user their own Watchlist, viewing history and recommendations based on their activity and interests. At the time of launch, the feature wasn’t broadly available, however. That’s now changing, as Hulu has just rolled out user profiles to… Read More

Microsoft to double its Montreal AI R&D office and invest $7M in academic research

Jan 18, 3:09PM

Microsoft-Cortana-Build-2014-000 Microsoft is following its acquisition of Montreal-based Maluuba with additional investment in the city that’s become quite the artificial intelligence hotbed. Microsoft announced in Davos on Wednesday that it will be growing its research and design office there (which is what Maluuba will be, post-acquisition) to double the size over the course of the next two years. Microsoft will also… Read More

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