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FoxNext and Chris Milk's Within partner for 'Planet of the Apes' AR/VR experience

Jan 19, 7:24PM

new-video-explains-what-happened-to-humanity-after_dk6e-1920 Slowly but surely huge entertainment companies are throwing major resources into virtual reality plays. Fox took part in Within‘s $12.5 million Series A in June, and now the group’s newly formed “immersive, next generation entertainment” arm, FoxNext, will be partnering with the VR studio headed by the innovative filmmaker Chris Milk to begin crafting custom… Read More

With a $1.5M seed round, Eloquent Labs mixes AI and Mechanical Turk to fix customer service

Jan 19, 7:11PM

widget_on_store Keenon Werling would be the first to agree that conversational AI is regularly overhyped. So instead of taking the traditional approach and gloating about a glitzy new deeper learning algorithm to pitch his new venture Eloquent Labs, Werling instead opted to differentiate by optimizing something far more low-tech, people. The startup’s special sauce is embracing a mix of AI,… Read More

Tesla Model S P100D runs a 2.389-second 0-60mph time with Ludicrous+ update

Jan 19, 7:07PM

tesla-speed Tesla’s Model S P100D can already match the still unreleased Faraday Future FF91’s top 0 to 60 mph time, and that’s using a stock car with software available to any driver right now. The Ludicrous+ software Easter Egg update pushed out by the automaker late last year has resulted in a 0 to 60 mph time of just 2.389 seconds, a hair faster than Tesla’s own claims about… Read More

In the future, AI could also mean auto insurance

Jan 19, 7:05PM

Solaria Labs API Solaria Labs, Liberty Mutual Insurance’s tech incubator, has created an API developer portal to bring together public data and “proprietary insurance information” to help users find potentially safer routes — and help them assess damage when that doesn’t work out. The AI in the API gives users repair estimates post-crash. “The AI Auto Damage Estimator… Read More

Brazil: A look into Latin America's largest startup ecosystem

Jan 19, 7:00PM

Botafogo bay, Rio de Janeiro Brazil is the most populous country in South America, as well as its largest market. Internet penetration and use are high — Brazil trails only the US in total Facebook, Twitter and YouTube users — and the country has more mobile devices than human inhabitants. Brazil is uniquely positioned to capitalize on regional markets and is artificially devoid of international competition. Read More

Shopify's new R&D office in Toronto points to huge expansion ambitions

Jan 19, 6:19PM

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Well on its way to becoming the most influential tech company in Canada, Shopify is growing – and growing fast. The e-commerce platform company just opened its second Toronto office, Shopify R&D located in the city’s downtown, a short walk from its primary headquarters in the commerce capital of the country. Toronto Mayor John Tory attended the opening, hailing the city as… Read More

Announcing the 10th Annual Crunchies Board Members

Jan 19, 6:07PM

crunchiesballot With a little over two weeks until the 10th Annual Crunchies Awards, it is our pleasure to announce the Crunchies Board members. This group of investors, entrepreneurs, business leaders, technologists and TechCrunch writers and editors are charged with the exciting and challenging job of choosing the winners for each Crunchies award category. The official Crunchies ballot was sent to board… Read More

Russia-backed RT unblocked on Facebook, claims Dataminr also revoked access

Jan 19, 6:02PM

rt-logo Russian state-funded media company RT (previously Russia Today) was temporarily banned from posting content to Facebook — a move that would have prevented the organization form posting articles, photos or video to the social network until Saturday, the day after Trump’s inauguration. However, Facebook says now that it has lifted the ban, and will look into the reasons behind… Read More

Dish's Air TV set-top box is half-baked at launch

Jan 19, 5:51PM

airtv At this year’s CES, Dish introduced a 4K-ready streaming media player called Air TV, which is designed to combine Sling TV’s internet television service with over-the-air channels pulled in through your digital antenna, along with Netflix. The promise of the box, then, is one of an integrated experience – where all your favorite cable channels from Sling are accessible… Read More

Sign Up To Buy Limited 2-For-1 Tickets To Disrupt NY 2017

Jan 19, 5:20PM

Chris Thorne and Jessica Alba of The Honest Company We’re giving you an unprecedented opportunity to purchase a limited supply of tickets at a special rate of two for the price of one. Only 50 pairs of tickets will be released on January 27 to those who sign up. To take advantage of these limited-supply tickets, sign up at our website here. After you sign up, you’ll get an email with a link to purchase, so don’t miss out! Read More

NHTSA's full final investigation into Tesla's Autopilot shows 40% crash rate reduction

Jan 19, 5:10PM

Hadrian/Shutterstock The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released its full findings following the investigation into last year’s fatal crash involving a driver’s use of Tesla’s semi-autonomous Autopilot feature. The report clears Tesla’s Autopilot system of any fault in the incident, and in fact at multiple points within the report praises its design in terms of… Read More

Audible's iTunes exclusivity ends following antitrust pushback in Europe

Jan 19, 5:02PM

amazon-audible-channels Since 2003, Amazon-owned Audible has been the sole proprietor of audiobook on iTunes, a deal that has ruffled plenty of publishing feathers and raised some antitrust red flags around the world. According to The European Commission, the two tech giants have agreed to put an end to their exclusivity agreement, opening up iTunes to content from other third-party providers. The move comes as both… Read More

Apply now for TechCrunch Include Office Hours with Betaworks in New York

Jan 19, 5:02PM

include-featured2 TechCrunch Include Office Hours are back and will take place in New York on January 25th from 3-5 p.m. Betaworks partner Matt Hartman will be hosting private feedback sessions for startups. For a chance to participate, apply here. In 2014 TechCrunch started Include, our diversity program designed to provide opportunities for underrepresented groups in tech to gain access to networks,… Read More

Deliveroo begins UK trial of subscription service for restaurant food delivery

Jan 19, 5:01PM

Deliveroo Restaurant food delivery company Deliveroo has begun trialing a subscription service in the U.K. — presumably targeted at its most frequent and loyal customers. Read More

Twitter doesn't have quite as many white employees as it did last year

Jan 19, 5:00PM

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 11: (AUSTRALIA OUT) Jack Dorsey, co-founder and CEO of Square and Twitter, poses for a portrait at Black Velvet Espresso on April 11, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Paul Jeffers/Fairfax Media via Getty Images) But there are still a lot. Twitter just released its first diversity report since hiring Jeffrey Siminoff, the former director of worldwide inclusion and diversity at Apple, in December 2015. Overall, Twitter is 57% white, 32% Asian, 3% black, 4% Hispanic/Latinx, 3% multi-racial, less than one percent American Indian and Native Hawaiian in the U.S. and 37% female worldwide, up from 34% in… Read More

U.S. traffic safety agency to close Tesla Autopilot investigation without recall request

Jan 19, 4:31PM

Tesla Autopilot The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will close the investigation it began six months ago into a driver death that occurred while using Tesla’s Autopilot highway semi-autonomous driving feature, Reuters reports. The investigation did not find cause for a recall of Tesla vehicles with Autopilot, the report claims. There’s no dispute from anyone involved… Read More

Report: $12BN invested in European startups last year, but fewer $30M+ deals

Jan 19, 4:24PM

europelitup Investment in European startups held up last year despite fears of a slowdown, with some $12 billion invested during the year, according to an annual report compiled by French investment advisors Clipperton, working with Digimind’s WhoGotFunded database. Read More

SeatGeek's new Pano feature gives ticketbuyers a 360-degree view of the stadium

Jan 19, 4:15PM

SeatGeek Pano SeatGeek is launching a new way to give ticketbuyers a better sense of exactly what they’ll see from a given seat. The new feature, called Pano, offers a 360-degree view of the empty venue — you can look around in all directions, Street View-style, and you can also jump to different parts of the stadium to compare the view from the different seats. “It’s super… Read More

Oracle boosts cloud offering with Apiary API management tool acquisition

Jan 19, 4:07PM

Oracle Office Buildings at Silicon Valley Headquarters (Photo by ?? Christopher J. Morris/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images) Oracle acquired API management startup Apiary today for an undisclosed amount. Apiary, which launched in 2011 and has raised a modest $8.5 million, helps companies manage APIs, which is an increasingly important job. As every company becomes a software company, they are building platforms and providing ways for customers and third-parties to build applications using their technologies.… Read More

Yext hires new president as it looks to IPO

Jan 19, 4:00PM

attending the Yext Launch Party at 1 Madison Ave., NY on Oct 1, 2015 Photo By: (Ken Arcara/Guest of a Guest) Yext, the company that helps businesses make sure that their location data appears correctly in search results, is announcing that Jim Steele will be joining the company full-time as president and chief revenue officer. Steele was previously on the board at Yext and was most recently at InsideSales. “I found a new younger Mark Benioff and I’m really excited,” Steele says… Read More

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