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Oculus CTO says ZeniMax copyright infringement claims were 'just not true'

Feb 02, 8:18PM

John Carmack Quake As the dust settles from yesterday’s $500 million verdict against Oculus VR and Facebook, Oculus CTO John Carmack still has some things he wants to get off his chest. “Being sued sucks,” he said in a Facebook post he published this morning. Though Carmack avoided paying any damages in the final verdict, unlike Oculus founder Palmer Luckey and former-CEO Brendan Iribe, he was… Read More

Elemeno Health is a personal assistant for hospital staff

Feb 02, 8:13PM

screen-shot-2017-01-09-at-9-09-58-am Elemeno Health started building something akin to a personal assistant for hospital staff while in Y Combinator last summer. It helps hospitals gather best practices, checklists and videos doctors and nurses need to reference in a snap, all in one place. Often these materials are locked in binders and papers that staff must find and then make copies of if they want to share with… Read More

All new cars could have V2V tech by 2023

Feb 02, 8:03PM

V2V Illustration The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently published a proposed rule to require all new vehicles to have vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication capabilities. It’s not an official requirement yet, but if it goes into effect in 2019 — a likely timeline for rules like this — manufacturers would be able to phase the technology into their fleets over a… Read More

How other cities can benefit from Silicon Valley

Feb 02, 8:00PM

Silicon Valley from above Startup ecosystems are taking root across the country, and they’re all looking to copy the formula Silicon Valley made so successful. While these startup ecosystems are growing, nothing compares to Silicon Valley. So the question these cities must ask themselves is, “How can we tap into Silicon Valley’s resources to improve our economy?” Read More

Plex users can now play their movies, TV shows and music just by asking Alexa

Feb 02, 7:33PM

plex-and-echo Plex is getting voice-activated. The popular media player software maker just launched voice control through a new Plex Skill for Alexa-powered devices. That means you can ask Alexa via your connected Echo speaker, Fire tablet or Fire TV to play your favorite content from your Plex media library, without having to use a remote control. For example, you could say, “Alexa, ask Plex to… Read More

This neural network-based software will automatically color in your line art

Feb 02, 7:28PM

screen-shot-2017-02-02-at-2-13-38-pm Maybe you enjoy sketching as a hobby, but you’re not so crazy about the work that goes into colouring in your work, or you’re just lacking in the talent department when it comes to that side of the digital art equation. Check out this tool based on Chainer, a flexible neural network framework that can support a number of different uses. The so-called PaintsChainer project can take… Read More

Cuban: "Just plain stupid" to not go public

Feb 02, 7:12PM

PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 04:  Businessman Mark Cuban speaks during a campaign rally for Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at The Great Hall at Heinz Field on November 4, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. With less than a week to go until election day, Hillary Clinton is campaigning in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban spoke on stage at the Upfront Summit in Los Angeles on Thursday, where he voiced concern about the lack of tech IPOs recently. “I don’t understand the reticence to going public,” he said. “It’s just plain stupid.” After a slow 2016, there have yet to be any tech IPOs in 2017. AppDynamics was supposed to debut in January… Read More

Disrupt NY Startup Battlefield applications are due in two weeks

Feb 02, 7:08PM

vurb-battlefield-winner Applications for Startup Battlefield at Disrupt NY are now open and due on February 18. That’s just over two weeks away. We’re searching for new, up-and-coming startups to launch and compete on the TechCrunch Disrupt NY stage. Why Apply? Your team will get to pitch for six minutes and then face Q&A from an all-star list of judges. Past Battlefield judges have… Read More

Layoffs hit Mozilla as it shifts attentions away from commercial products

Feb 02, 7:02PM

Firefox OS — The Adaptive Phone — Great Smartphone Features, Apps and More — Mozilla-1 Mozilla’s push to grow beyond browsers hit a major hurdle this week as the Firefox-maker dissolved its Connected Devices initiative, laying off what CNET reports as around 50 people in the process. The nonprofit org confirmed the layoffs with TechCrunch, though won’t comment on specific numbers. The move is a further sign of struggle for Mozilla, whose Firefox browser has seen a… Read More

Index-backed Hutch puts $5.5M in the tank to rev up its mobile gaming engines

Feb 02, 6:54PM

hotwheelsraceoffmainimage UK-based indie free-to-play mobile games developer studio, Hutch, is gearing up to step on the gas and strap a bunch more players into its clutch of racing themed titles, fueled by a $5.5M expansion round of seed funding… The cash injection is co-led by Index Ventures and early stage London-based fund Backed VC. Read More

Sources: Spotify may delay IPO to 2018 as it rethinks licensing deals

Feb 02, 6:40PM

spotify Spotify — the music streaming company with over 100 million users (40 million of them paying) — has long been seen as one of the more likely candidates among larger tech startups to go public in 2017, but it looks like this plan may be shifting. TechCrunch has heard from multiple sources that the company is now weighing a plan to delay an IPO until 2018. The delay would give… Read More

Outlook for iOS adds support for third-party extensions

Feb 02, 6:28PM

artboard-1 Microsoft launched a major update to Outlook for iOS today that, for the first time, brings add-ins to a mobile version of Outlook. While Microsoft prefers the word “add-ins,” these are essentially third-party extensions for Outlook. Microsoft worked with the likes of Evernote, Giphy (yay!), Nimble, Trello and Smartsheet to connect their services with Outlook and integrate them… Read More

Apple shareholders make another push to increase diversity at the senior and board levels

Feb 02, 6:28PM

apple-wwdc-20150411 Apple shareholder Tony Maldonado is calling on Apple again to implement an “accelerated recruitment policy” in order to increase diversity at the senior management level and board of directors, according to Apple’s latest proxy statement. The proposal, co-written by shareholder Zevin Asset Management, specifically calls for an increase in the number of Hispanic, black,… Read More

Visual search startup Clarifai beefs up its AI team with a new San Francisco office

Feb 02, 6:27PM

Andrea Frome google clarifai Clarifai — a startup that gives companies and developers a way to implement visual search into their products — said today it was hiring former Google Brain developer Andrea Frome as the company’s new head of research. Frome received her Ph. D. from Berkeley and worked at Google for more than seven years — 3 years of which were working on street view figuring out how… Read More

Snapchat reportedly hit 160M daily users and $400M revenue in 2016

Feb 02, 6:26PM

snapchat-ads Some Snap Inc stats have leaked ahead of its expected IPO filing today, and they show strong progress in earning money, but slowed user growth. The Information (paywalled) reports that Snapchat has 160 million daily users, up from 130 million at the end of Q1 2016, and the 150 million number Bloomberg reported in June. Their source indicated user growth slowed in the second half of 2016.… Read More

Samsung said to be looking to get on Trump's good side by mulling a new US plant

Feb 02, 6:09PM

shutterstock samsung What’s the best way to get on the new president’s good side if you’re a tech company? Open a manufacturing plant in the States. Or at the very least, have someone report that you’re considering it. Samsung’s pretty noncommittal about a new Reuters report that the South Korean electronics giant is looking to open a new US-based plant for manufacturing… Read More

Propulse employs deep learning to power product recommendations for retailers

Feb 02, 5:58PM

Overhead view of travel packing with blue shirt, retro camera, training shoes, smartphone and notebook Propulse Analytics is launching today with $1.4 million in seed financing to equip retailers with deep learning for product recommendations. Backed by Wobemail Online Services LLP and Stradigi Ventures, the Canadian startup is leveraging the features of product images to better grasp customers’ tastes and ultimately increase sales for retailers. The inspiration for Propulse came… Read More

Microsoft asks for exemptions to Trump's immigration order for visa holders

Feb 02, 5:30PM

microsoft_logo Microsoft isn’t ending its general opposition to Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration from last week, but it is more formally requesting the granting of immediate exceptions that would help its own employees, as well as the employees of other tech companies who are lawful visa holders but still affected by the ban. In a blog post, Microsoft President and Chief Legal… Read More

Comcast will treat Rokus like CableCARDs, not set-top boxes

Feb 02, 5:08PM

xfinity-roku-beta-featured-menu-change There’s a bit of confusion over how cable operator Comcast will treat Roku devices on its network, in terms of the pricing. As Variety spotted when the new Xfinity TV app went live earlier this week, it appears that additional fees would be levied for those using Roku devices to access Comcast’s TV service, thanks to a note on the support pages on Comcast’s website.… Read More

Dropcam cofounder Aamir Virani joins Felicis, becoming a VC

Feb 02, 5:00PM

attach_28620427847d79eafa201fff6c857ac0 Last week, we learned that Dropcam cofounder Greg Duffy has headed over to Apple. Today, Felicis Ventures, the early-stage venture firm, is disclosing it has brought aboard Dropcam’s other cofounder, Aamir Virani, as its newest partner. The move seems a perfect fit for both sides. Felicis wrote one of the earliest checks to Dropcam, an internet-connected security camera company that… Read More

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