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Short film 'The Moderators' takes a look at the thankless job of patrolling the web

Apr 14, 11:33PM

 If you have 20 minutes to spare before you begin your weekend — or after, for that matter — you might enjoy this short film about a small team of content moderators in India. Thousands of such people make sure you don’t come across gore and porn while on social or dating sites, so the least you can do is see what their job is like! Read More

Early-Bird ticket deadline extended until April 21

Apr 14, 10:01PM

 Want to attend Disrupt NY 2017 but missed the Early-Bird ticket deadline? You’re in luck! We’re giving you another week to get your hands on these deeply discounted Disrupt tickets, so you now have until Friday, April 21 to secure your spot at the best startup show in New York. Read More

Simple is closing some customer bank accounts, and users are mad as hell

Apr 14, 9:23PM

 Simple, the online banking service that promised to be a better alternative to big banks like Chase or Citibank, is falling short of some users’ expectations. This time, it comes as a result of the sudden and surprising notice customers received alerting them that their accounts would be closed next month. Read More

Uber shares growing financials to distract from negative publicity

Apr 14, 9:07PM

 Uber, the popular ride-hailing startup, shared a grip of new financial metrics with Bloomberg today. The numbers indicate that the company is still growing at an impressive pace, and that despite staggering losses may be getting a handle on its cash burn. The company’s numbers have leaked in various quantities before, but today’s disclosure is a welcome dose of sunlight. That Uber… Read More

LeEco pulls the plug on its EcoPass video service as stories of US struggles mount

Apr 14, 8:54PM

 LeEco’s coming to America tale has been fraught with one bad piece of press after another. The company added to the laundry list this week by announcing that it formally pulled the plug on its EcoPass content package earlier this month. Read More

Facebook announces victory over a spam operation after six months of combat

Apr 14, 8:47PM

 Facebook proudly announced today that it has — it thinks — put an end to the nefarious doings of a “sophisticated,” “coordinated operation” that has been spamming the site for the last six months. Read More

Weekly Roundup: Uber's Hell-ish week, Tesla's plans for trucking

Apr 14, 8:41PM

 Just as Uber is under fire once again, Lyft confirms a huge new funding round, Elon Musk reveals plans for electric trucks and Apple is diving into secret special projects. These are the top tech stories of the week. Read More

GM plans to deploy hundreds of autonomous vehicles across the country for testing

Apr 14, 8:05PM

 GM is looking to leapfrog its competitors in the autonomous driving space by deploying a larger fleet of cars than any of them — perhaps as many as 300, according to documents obtained by IEEE Spectrum. Read More

Robot tutor Musio makes its retail debut in Japan

Apr 14, 7:29PM

 A cute, robotic language tutor called Musio, has made it from crowdfunding campaign to full-fledged product with a debut in stores this week in Japan. Priced at JPY 98,000 (about US $900), Musio is now sold online through SoftBank’s marketplace and Amazon Japan, and through a handful of brick-and-mortars stores. Read More

Can podcasting save the world?

Apr 14, 7:24PM

 As writers resort to attention-getting headlines to maintain readership it’s clear that the educated, mobile, and bored reader is now turning into a listener. While written news continues to flood us from every conceivable angle there is one small, quiet voice still speaking to us from our earbuds: the podcaster speaking truth to power, bullshitting about movies, or spinning long… Read More

Alphabet's Verily offers a more serious take on health monitoring wearables with the Study Watch

Apr 14, 6:42PM

 Designed with long-term medical research in mind, the Study Watch has a vastly different set of hardware requirements than your standard smartwatch. The device was designed by Verily, the “V” in Google’s Alphabet, which is devoted to serious medical studies like MS observation and contact lenses capable of monitoring wearers’ glucose level. Read More

First round of Disrupt NY Hackathon tickets now available

Apr 14, 5:21PM

 The wait is over, hackathon fans. Disrupt NY 2017 is right around the corner, and with just a few short weeks left until we kick off the best startup show in the Big Apple, we thought it was high time we released the first batch of tickets to the Disrupt NY Hackathon. The hackathon takes place May 13-14 at Manhattan’s Pier 36. Those of you looking to spend the weekend before Disrupt hard… Read More

Apple gets permit to test autonomous cars in California

Apr 14, 5:09PM

 It’s no secret, Apple has been working hard on a self-driving car. Today, the California DMV has released an updated list of companies allowed to test autonomous vehicles on the roads of California. The last name on the long list is Apple. Read More

Google's parental control software Family Link hits iOS

Apr 14, 4:39PM

 In March, Google introduced its own parental control software for parents of kids with Android devices called Family Link – but there was a bit of a catch. In order for the system to work, it required that both parent and child use Android. That has now changed, as the parents’ app for configuring and monitoring the child’s device usage has just arrived on iOS devices. That… Read More

Crowdfunding platforms take a data-driven approach to state political campaigns

Apr 14, 4:17PM

 Like most candidates vying for a state seat, Delaware state Senate candidate Stephanie Hansen spent the months leading up to her February election fundraising. And she got a surprising boost from a newly launched site called Flippable, which raises funds online for candidates in districts that could flip from Republican to Democratic. The organization raised one-third of Hansen’s… Read More

The Shadow Brokers are back with exploits for Windows and global banking systems

Apr 14, 4:14PM

 It’s been several months since their last major exploit, but the hacking group dubbed Shadow Brokers is back. The group, which last year dumped malware it had allegedly stolen from The Equation Group, a hacking team associated with the NSA, posted new files over the weekend and followed up today with a dump of Windows exploits. The latest files contain tools apparently designed to… Read More

Watch the first trailer for 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'

Apr 14, 4:10PM

The Last Jedi We’re finally going to hear Luke Skywalker’s voice again. After making us wait months longer than we did for the first Force Awakens teaser, Disney has released a teaser trailer for the sequel, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Read More

Let's Watch It! allows friends to watch & react to videos together on iMessage

Apr 14, 2:39PM

 A new application for iMessage called “Let’s Watch It!” introduces an easy way for you to share and watch YouTube or Twitch videos with friends to watch together, as well as react to them, and even voice or video chat while viewing. The iMessage App Store doesn’t yet have a lot of breakout hits at this point, but group video chatting seems to be an exception. Last month,… Read More

Today is the last day to save $1,000 on Disrupt NY tickets

Apr 14, 1:25PM

 Seriously, Disrupt fans, you guys have procrastinated long enough. Today is the last day to get your hands on Early Bird tickets to Disrupt NY 2017 — so if you want to go to the best startup show in New York for the cheapest possible price, the time to act is now. Like right now. Now now. Get your tickets now. Phew! Now that you’ve gotten your ticket and the pressure is off… Read More

Equity podcast: Capital in, capital out and Arlan Hamilton's venture thesis

Apr 14, 1:05PM

 Welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast where we dive into the numbers behind the story. This week, Arlan Hamilton, founder and managing partner of a Backstage Capital, joined co-hosts Katie Roof, Matthew Lynley and myself. We discussed the interesting and slightly disappointing $630 million RetailMeNot acquisition, Yext’s above-range IPO… Read More

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