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Smart running shoes won't make you faster, but they could help you avoid getting hurt

Apr 15, 7:41PM

 Altra’s Torin IQ were inevitable. Sensors integrated into articles of clothing have long been acknowledged to be the next step in wearable tech, and the Utah-based footwear maker just happened to beat most of its competition to the finish line with a pair of running shoes that bake tracking directly into the sole. But unlike the scads of smart clothing that’s almost certainly on… Read More

A new on-demand battle is speeding toward the US, and VCs are seeing dollar signs

Apr 15, 5:44PM

 The battle isn’t over car sharing. It’s not over bus sharing, either, though that, too, is a growing focus for investors and automotive companies that are desperate to understand how cities and transportation are changing. This clash is over the latest wrinkle in urban bike-sharing – dockless bike sharing. And it has founders and VCs around the globe seeing dollar signs,… Read More

Microsoft says exploits leaked by Shadow Brokers were addressed by prior patches

Apr 15, 5:03PM

 Microsoft researchers were working late into the hours the Friday before this holiday weekend looking to address yesterday’s Shadow Brokers dump of Windows exploits. In a message sent to TechCrunch overnight, the company said it has addressed the issue for systems running Windows 7 and later. “We’ve investigated and confirmed that the exploits disclosed by the Shadow Brokers… Read More

A conversation about digital copyright reform

Apr 15, 2:00PM

 The European Union is in the process of reforming copyright laws that date back to 2001, as part of a wider strategy to establish a Digital Single Market across the 28 Member States of the bloc, aiming to break down regional barriers to ecommerce. Read More

Your customer's online journey is only part of the story

Apr 15, 1:28PM

 For years we’ve been hearing about the promise of customer experience management, the notion that you can understand your customer at a highly detailed level and serve them the content, products, services and even ads that matter (or at least make sense) to them. Today’s marketing software is bringing that idea closer to reality. But technology is only part of the brand-consumer… Read More

Report: UberRush will stop handling restaurant deliveries

Apr 15, 6:55AM

 Uber plans to close its UberRush courier service to restaurant deliveries, according to a report in Quartz. Instead, restaurants will be encouraged to use UberEats, the company’s food delivery service, instead. Read More

Crunch Report | 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Trailer…Woooah

Apr 15, 3:00AM

The Last Jedi Star Wars trailer is released, Facebook runs ads in French newspapers educating people on fake news and Apple gets permission from the DMV to start testing self-driving cars. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

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

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