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Actualizing the Internet of Things all starts with wireless

Jan 31, 8:00PM

iot internet of things city While it seems “smart” everything is in full swing, the full realization of the Internet of Things is in essence still on standby mode. Homes are smarter than ever and VR, AR, personal drones and a dizzying array of wearables and medical devices flood the market, but there is still potential for more. Indeed, much of the technology is already baked in, just waiting to be actualized. Read More

Coin will shut down its product services at the end of February

Jan 31, 8:00PM

coin This was all inevitable, of course. Fitbit has made its plans for Coin clear since it bought the mobile payment company back in May of last year. At the time, the wearable maker announced that it was shutting down the Coin Developer Program, though cards would remain active until their batteries finally gave up the ghost. The company has since announced via its blog that product services will… Read More

Zoopla to buy house price valuer Hometrack for £120M to beef up its data services

Jan 31, 7:33PM

Hometrack UK property listings site Zoopla is splashing out £120 million in cash (~$150M) on a big purchase of its own — announcing its intention today to acquire real estate analytics firm Hometrack as it looks to expand its data and analytics services. Read More

Tact brings intelligent sales assistant to new Slack enterprise edition

Jan 31, 7:00PM

Business people standing in conference room shaking hands Tact, the AI-driven sales tool that uses software smarts to simplify sales tasks, today announced integration with the newly announced Slack enterprise product, Slack Enterprise Grid. Tact, which currently has a mobile app and Amazon Echo integration (along with in-car integration in private Beta), sees messaging tools like Slack as a logical extension of the platform. It can help automate… Read More

Facebook changes feed to promote posts that aren't fake, sensational, or spam

Jan 31, 6:59PM

fb-arbiter-of-truth Facebook is prioritizing “authentic” content in News Feed with a ranking algorithm change that detects and promotes content “that people consider genuine, and not misleading, sensational, or spammy.” It’s also giving a boost to stories that are going viral in real-time right now that could help it compete with Twitter for in-the-moment news sharing To build the… Read More

Chevrolet ends production of the Spark EV now that the Bolt EV is out

Jan 31, 6:31PM

Chevy Spark EVs Chevrolet is putting its electrified bets on the Bolt EV, as the company announced today that it’s ending production of the Spark EV, the compact car with a relatively meager 82 miles of electric range. The decision to end production of the car likely has a lot to do with the Bolt EV’s much more attractive options, which include 238 miles of EPA rated range. The price delta… Read More

Google open-sources Chrome for iOS

Jan 31, 6:19PM

chrome Google today announced that the code for Chrome for iOS is now part of its Chromium open source project. On iOS, Chrome has to use Apple’s WebKit rendering engine instead of Google’s own Blink engine. Because of this, Google didn’t add the Chrome for iOS code to the Chromium code base before. Supporting both rendering engines in the same code base, after all, adds quite a bit… Read More

Elaine Chao is officially the new U.S. Secretary of Transportation

Jan 31, 6:17PM

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 11:  Elaine Chao arrives for her confirmation hearing to be the next U.S. secretary of transportation before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill January 11, 2017 in Washington, DC. The wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Chao, who has previously served as secretary of the Labor Department, was nominated by President-elect Donald Trump.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Donald Trump’s pick for U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao received the confirmation of the full Senate on Tuesday. That’s the last hurdle for Chao, who now becomes the head of the Department of Transportation, replacing the outgoing Secretary Anthony Foxx, who was nominated by Barack Obama in 2013 and served until Trump’s inauguration on January 20. Chao served as… Read More

French Government to promote gender equality in the tech ecosystem

Jan 31, 6:06PM

c3gkvcoxaaexqd3 The French Government announced a new initiative today in order to promote gender equality in the tech ecosystem in France with the help of 15 organizations. Like in many other countries, there are less women working in French startups than men. This is a key issue when it comes to recruiting the best talent and addressing the right market. Other organizations like StartHer have done a lot… Read More

Slack takes aim at the corporate sector with Enterprise Grid, adds bots from SAP

Jan 31, 6:03PM

enterpriseasset-01 Slack, the business app that lets teams of users communicate, share files from other services, and work on them with each other, has taken off like wildfire since launching three years ago, with 5 million daily users, 1.5 million of them paying today. Now, Slack is embarking on the next step in its ambition to be the go-to platform for all workplace collaboration, no matter how big the… Read More

Trump's draft cybersecurity order raises policy questions

Jan 31, 5:57PM

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks before signing an executive order surrounded by small business leaders in the Oval Office of the White House January 30, 2017 in Washington, DC. Trump said he will "dramatically" reduce regulations overall with this executive action as it requires that for every new federal regulation implemented, two must be rescinded. (Photo by Andrew Harrer - Pool/Getty Images) President Trump is expected to sign an executive order today on cybersecurity that will commission a review of the federal government’s capabilities and defenses, similar to reviews ordered by Obama when he took office and again last year. A White House official acknowledged the similarities between Trump’s order and the Obama administration’s previous work during a briefing. Read More

Snapchat now lets you make QR Snapcodes that open websites

Jan 31, 5:50PM

Snapchat Snapcodes Facebook gave businesses the Like button connected to their Page, and now Snapchat is giving websites their own QR Snapcodes. With today’s iOS update and Android beta, users can create a unique Snapcode for a website, which will open inside Snapchat when they scan it with the app’s camera. This could create a powerful way for businesses and other sites to promote themselves… Read More

Google will soon open-source Google Earth Enterprise

Jan 31, 5:47PM

2017-01-31_0935 Google Earth Enterprise, which originally launched over ten years ago, was Google’s tool for businesses that wanted to build and host private versions of Google Earth and Google Maps for their internal geospatial applications. In 2015, the company announced that it would shut the service down in March 2017 but in what is becoming a pretty standard move for deprecated products, Google… Read More

Researchers teach cars to work together with or without drivers via Wi-Fi

Jan 31, 5:36PM

driverless-fleet Academics from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have created a working system that allows vehicles to drive autonomously at highway speeds, while navigating multi-lane traffic in real-world settings, using wireless communication based on basic Wi-Fi standards. The study was meant to show how communication between vehicles enabled by tech built-in to most modern cars,… Read More

Today is the last day to save on Crunchies tickets

Jan 31, 5:30PM

The 9th Annual Crunchies Awards at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco, CA on February 8, 2016. Photo by Max Morse for TechCrunch TechCrunch is getting ready to celebrate some of the most compelling startups and innovations of 2016 at the 10th Annual Crunchies Awards. Will you be joining us? The Crunchies are just one short week away, and if you want to party in style for the cheapest possible price at the event best described as the Oscars of Tech, the time to act is now. Today is the last day to save 10 percent on… Read More

Zenefits launches new tools for employee compliance and looks to simplify pricing

Jan 31, 5:00PM

zenefits documents app Zenefits today said it would be introducing new pricing tiers in an effort to simplify them, as well as add new tools for HR managers to ensure that employees are getting their documents in and they are compliant with regulations. The new tools — and pricing — are another way that Zenefits is trying to differentiate itself as an all-in-one platform for managing employee records… Read More

Google gives G Suite admins more control over security

Jan 31, 5:00PM

securityicons Over three million businesses now pay for Google’s G Suite productivity apps. Today, the company is launching a number of new security features that aim to keep these businesses’ data safe on its platform. Admins can now, for example, force their users to use physical security keys from companies like Yubico to access their data. They will also be able to manage the deployment of… Read More

Facebook launches a marketing mix modeling portal for comparing Facebook ads to TV, print & more

Jan 31, 4:56PM

facebook-video-money Facebook today announced a laundry list of updates regarding its measurement partnership program, including expanded partnerships with Nielsen and comScore, and the addition of a new partner, DoubleVerify. The company also offered details on the status of current integrations, and the launch of a new online portal to help marketers see how their Facebook ads perform, in comparison with… Read More

ACLU enrolls in startup school Y Combinator

Jan 31, 4:30PM

y-combinator-logo The American Civil Liberties Union will learn how to turn the $24 million it raised over the weekend into growth and progress with help from top Silicon Valley startup accelerator Y Combinator. The ACLU will be part of the winter batch of companies in YC, where it will receive mentorship, a network of powerful connections in tech and a chance to present itself to investors on Demo Day. Y… Read More

Touch Bar MacBook Pros are being banned from bar exams over predictive text

Jan 31, 4:23PM

macbookprotouchbarpictures When it launched late last year, the new MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar was largely reliant on first-party applications to show off what it could do. Since then, a number of other companies have jumped on board, helping the secondary screen grow into something more than novelty. Of course, as with any new technology, there’s going to be some unanticipated downside. Test taking… Read More

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