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Wright Electric unveils its commercial electric plane business

Mar 21, 10:07PM

 Gas is the biggest cost for airlines. The easiest way to reduce these costs? Don’t use gas at all. That was the pitch from Wright Electric, a startup building an commercial passenger plane that runs on batteries and can handle flights under 300 miles. These short-haul trips make up 30 percent of all flights and a $26 billion market. Today Wright Electric gave its first preview to the… Read More

Uber details early steps to change culture, and ongoing COO search

Mar 21, 9:43PM

 Uber held a special press call on Tuesday, hosted by board member Arianna Huffington and staffed with three of its highest ranking female staff. The call was pretty clearly an attempt to counter-message some of the negative press Uber has faced, specifically around its culture and accusations of sexism. Read More

Wanna hack your car? Macchina is a plug-and-vroom solution

Mar 21, 9:38PM

 You can hack your IKEA furniture to be more awesome. You can hack video games to make your fellow gamers hate your guts. And with the help of Macchina — now on Kickstarter — you can teach your car a few new tricks, too. What could possibly go wrong? Read More

The Mednet launches its 'Quora for cancer,' an online medical knowledge base

Mar 21, 9:31PM

 A New York City startup called The Mednet today launched a platform that gives physicians a knowledge-sharing tool that’s as easy to use as Quora, but provides them with expert answers about the latest research in their field. The site has focused, so far, strictly on cancer. Read More

Uber says rides grew more in early 2017 than in early 2016 despite issues

Mar 21, 9:01PM

 Uber held a press conference on Tuesday to discuss some of its ongoing issues, including what it’s doing to rectify its workplace cultural problems and the state of its business. The press conference also saw Uber share some details about the business impact of its string of bad news from early in 2017. Read More

Kindle for iOS finally gets the "Send to Kindle" feature, challenging Pocket and Instapaper

Mar 21, 7:39PM

 Amazon has quietly rolled out the “Send to Kindle” feature to its Kindle for iOS application that allows you to save to the app articles and documents found on the web. That means your Kindle device or app can replace your preferred “read it later” application — like Pocket or Instapaper, for example — apps where regular web readers often store the longer… Read More

Here's how to watch NCAA March Madness in VR

Mar 21, 6:28PM

 Want to watch March Madness in VR? You’re in luck. Six games — including the Final Four national semifinals and National Championship game — will be streamed in VR. The games will be available via the new NCAA March madness Live VR App available on the Oculus Store, which will work with Gear VR devices. Read More

What happened to tablet sales?

Mar 21, 6:24PM

 Apple and Samsung have refreshed their flagship tablets for the first time since 2014. Much has changed in the space — mostly for the worse, as overall sales have continued to slip. There’s room for debate as far as precisely how down the overall market is, but there seems to at least be a consensus that early predictions of the tablet space eclipsing PCs missed the mark. Read More

Twitter nixed 635k+ terrorism accounts between mid-2015 and end of 2016

Mar 21, 6:13PM

 Twitter has revealed it suspended a total of 376,890 accounts between July 1 through December 31 last year for violations related to promotion of terrorism. It says the majority of the suspensions (74 percent) were surfaced via its own “internal, proprietary spam-fighting tools.” Read More

Coinbase has added margin trading to its bitcoin exchange

Mar 21, 5:46PM

 GDAX, the cryptocurrency exchange run by Coinbase, has added margin trading to the platform. Eligible traders can now trade up to 3X leveraged orders on Bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin order books. Read More

The Gladius underwater drone will shoot in 4K as it reaches the briny deep

Mar 21, 5:31PM

 First drones took to the air. Now they take to the sea! The Gladius is basically a remote-controlled submarine with a 4K camera that can dive to 100 meters. A big, yellow double-barreled monster, the beast is controlled via a phone-connected remote and it is semi-tethered, which means it can roll out about 500 meters with the right gear. Read More

UK also bans large electronics on flights from 6 Middle Eastern and Northern African countries

Mar 21, 5:05PM

 After the U.S. today instituted a ban on bringing any electronics larger than a smart phone into the passenger cabin of direct flights that leave from 10 airports in the Middle East and North Africa, the U.K. today followed suit with a very similar ban. Read More

Google launches the first developer preview of Android O

Mar 21, 5:00PM

 It’s been just about a year since Google unexpectedly announced the first preview of Android Nougat. Today, the company is launching the first developer preview of the next version of its mobile operating system, currently code-named Android O (but we’re really hoping it’ll become Android Oreo once it’s released). Read More

NASA's pop-up robot can tackle tight spots where rovers can't reach

Mar 21, 4:59PM

 NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is pretty much a non-stop source of amazing things, and the latest is the PUFFER, or Pop-Up Flat Folding Robot. The design of the robot is inspired by origami, and folding is its specialty. Read More

Amazon's Music VP Steve Boom will tell TechCrunch Disrupt how the future sounds

Mar 21, 4:55PM

 Alexa voice control and Prime’s subscriber base have suddenly made Amazon a real contender in music alongside Spotify, Apple and YouTube. But what does it really take to come out on top in the crowded space of streaming music? At TechCrunch’s Disrupt NY conference in May, we’ll ask that very question to the most aptly named executive in tech, Amazon’s VP of Music… Read More

DeepScale raises $3 million for perception AI to make self-driving cars safe

Mar 21, 4:55PM

 Automakers are scrambling to develop cars with advanced driver-assistance systems that are so good they’re “crash-proof,” or fully autonomous vehicles, each safer than the next. But automakers are somewhat limited by the computational resources onboard their vehicles. DeepScale has raised $3 million to help automakers use low-wattage processors to power more accurate perception. Read More

Pit.ai puts a financial twist on reinforcement learning to outperform hedge funds

Mar 21, 4:43PM

 Most hedge funds don’t make money. This hasn’t stopped a growing list of startups from trying their hands at employing machine learning to tip the scales in their favor. But Pit.ai, a new machine learning-powered hedge fund, adopted into the YC W17 class, thinks it can best Numerai, Quantopian and others with its own unique recipe for automating money making. Read More

In push for more live video, Twitter officially announces the Producer API

Mar 21, 4:16PM

 Twitter officially announced the launch of a new tool for live video aimed at larger media publishers and broadcasters. The Producer API, as it’s called, will allow professional publishers to connect their equipment to Twitter in order to stream live video directly to its network. Read More

Reddit plans a profile page redesign reminiscent of Facebook and Twitter (updated)

Mar 21, 3:27PM

 Reddit has been trying to make its site more accessible to a wider pool of users, and today the company is planning to show off one of the ways it plans to do that: by making the service a little bit more like Facebook and Twitter. Read More

Apple finally kills off 16GB iPhone SE, now you get 32GB for $399

Mar 21, 3:04PM

 Rejoice lovers of petite-sized iPhones, for Apple is granting additional storage bounty — announcing today it’s doubling the current storage capacity of the iPhone SE. Read More

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