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Crunch Report | Uber Might Have To Support In-App Tipping

Apr 18, 12:00AM

Crunch Report April 17 Today’s Stories  New York’s Taxi commission to propose in-app tipping requirement for Uber Google reaches $7.8 million settlement in its Android antitrust case in Russia Facebook issues statement after murder suspect shares video of shooting in Cleveland Instagram now lets you organize bookmarks into private collections Steve Jobs’ custom Apple I and other historic machines… Read More

The Mercury Effect

Apr 17, 11:55PM

 Facebook hosted a murder. But for all the talk about content moderation, machine learning, flag-monitoring algorithms, the problem isn’t the platform, and it isn’t one that can be solved by the platform. That’s because the problem is people. Read More

Uber's VP of global vehicle programs is out

Apr 17, 11:55PM

 Uber has lost yet another executive to continue the exodus of departures at the transportation company, Automotive News reports. This time, it’s Uber VP of Global Vehicle Programs Sherif Marakby, who helped launch Uber’s self-driving program in Pittsburgh. “Sherif’s deep experience and knowledge of the automotive industry have helped us tremendously in working to… Read More

Facebook releases timeline of Cleveland shooting videos

Apr 17, 11:25PM

 Facebook is facing backlash after a Cleveland man uploaded a video of himself shooting someone to the social network, and followed it with a Live video confessing to the murder. The slaying and its subsequent distribution across Facebook has raised questions about how the company moderates violent content. Justin Osofsky, Facebook’s vice president of global operations, released a… Read More

10 years of hope and hard lessons on the Facebook Platform

Apr 17, 9:37PM

 One of the biggest tech concepts we take for granted today was essentially unheard of before Facebook launched its Platform 10 years ago. While there were “social networks,” the rest of the web didn’t care much about who you were or who you were friends with. Read More

Netflix misses its growth targets but expects to hit 102M subscribers next quarter

Apr 17, 8:12PM

 Netflix whiffed today in its first-quarter earnings when it came to subscriber growth, missing the expectations it set at the beginning of the year for the first quarter. Still, Netflix said it is expecting to add 600,000 domestic subscribers and 2.6 million international subscribers in the second quarter. That would bring it over the hump to get it past that 100 million mark that —… Read More

Accelerating the future of space technology

Apr 17, 7:30PM

 At this moment there are over 500,000 pieces of space debris hurtling around the Earth. Traveling at speeds of up to 40,000 kilometers per hour, a satellite collision with these fragments is enough to damage and even destroy our communications networks. Accion Systems is building the technology to prevent that. The company, which spun out of MIT in 2014, manufactures ion engines that… Read More

PSA: Going to a music festival? Keep your phone close

Apr 17, 7:23PM

 There are rules that every seasoned concert-goer knows: Drink lots of water. If you see someone who looks like they’re about to faint after a day of being blasted by the sun, help them. Don’t be a jerk. Seems it’s time to add another to the list: watch your phone! Concerts and music festivals are like heaven for pick pockets. Cram a few thousand people elbow-to-elbow for hours… Read More

PicoBrew blindsides Kickstarter backers with surprise stretch goal

Apr 17, 7:20PM

 PicoBrew has been making beer brewing easy for a while. The company’s current Kickstarter campaign has been running for a couple of weeks. Today, the company announced a surprise upgrade option to its campaign — a whole new appliance. The PicoStill is a small still to make hard liquor from the beer you made with the PicoBrew C. I’m not sure these types of surprises are a… Read More

CBS's streaming service CBS All Access gains movies

Apr 17, 7:19PM

 CBS has quietly expanded the scope of its streaming and on-demand TV service, its own competitor of sorts to Hulu, to now include movies. The lineup at launch is fairly small with just 18 films becoming available, on top of its existing library of 8,500 on-demand episodes of current shows, prior seasons and classic shows from the network’s archive, as well as its CBS All Access… Read More

Cloudera expects market cap to be less than half private valuation

Apr 17, 6:43PM

 Cloudera, the enterprise big data company that’s received significant backing from Intel, has released the expected price range for its IPO. The company says it plans to price its shares between $12 and $14. The price will get finalized the night before Cloudera debuts on the stock market, which is expected to happen later this month. The proposed price is a significant disappointment… Read More

Bustle acquires Elite Daily

Apr 17, 6:38PM

Bryan Goldberg Elite Daily, the online publisher that (still) describes itself as “The Voice of Generation Y,” has been acquired by Bustle. The news was first reported by Business Insider. The Daily Mail previously acquired Elite Daily as a way for the British news publisher to connect with a millennial audience. At the end of 2016, however, The Daily Mail wrote down a $31 million loss on… Read More

You can now live stream to YouTube from your phone if you have at least 1,000 subscribers

Apr 17, 6:36PM

 Back in February, YouTube gave people the ability to live stream directly to their channel from their phones… with one catch: it was only open to folks with 10,000 subscribers or more. If you’ve been dying to hop on the live streaming train but haven’t hit that 10k mark yet, good news: they’ve dropped the requirement to 1,000 subscribers as opposed to 10,000.… Read More

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn is coming to Disrupt NY

Apr 17, 6:06PM

 The last few years have seen the FCC move to the foreground of the tech world with some far-reaching decisions that were aimed at protecting the open internet — but also made the agency some powerful enemies. Commissioner Mignon Clyburn is still holding the net neutrality torch, and she’ll be joining us at Disrupt NY to talk about it. Read More

Google adds real-time updates from the NHL & NBA directly to its search results

Apr 17, 6:00PM

 Google announced this afternoon it’s adding new features to both Google Search and Google Play Newsstand that will help people keep up with their favorite teams and their standings during the NBA and the NHL playoffs. In Search, you’ll now find Knowledge Panels with information directly from the teams, like highlights, photos or GIFs, for NHL, NBA as well as MLB teams. Meanwhile… Read More

TechCrunch's first-quarter tech earnings season prop bets

Apr 17, 5:38PM

 Here at TechCrunch, we tend to pay close attention to the earnings reports of the big companies. And for good reason! It gives us some insight into major technology trends and some signals that can help us not only predict what products are going to be around in a few years (not mentioning any names), but also directionally what kinds of startups might be successful. But! Sometimes these… Read More

SpaceX's second Hyperloop pod competition will focus on top speed

Apr 17, 5:25PM

 SpaceX is hosting its second Hyperloop Pod Competition this August, during the weekend spanning the 25th through the 27th. Participants will include those who successfully tested their pods during the first competition in January, as well as some who weren’t able to compete during that trial either due to time constraints or designs that didn’t quite meet SpaceX’s… Read More

Steve Jobs' custom Apple I and other historic machines are on display at Seattle museum

Apr 17, 5:14PM

 Long ago, Apple was a handful of people working in an industry that was only just beginning to take the idea of personal computing seriously. In the earliest days of those early days, Steves Wozniak and Jobs made their first device together: the Apple I. Few of these were sold, and fewer still survive — but a museum in Seattle managed to get three. And one of them was Jobs’… Read More

New York's Taxi commission to propose in-app tipping requirement for Uber

Apr 17, 4:54PM

 The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) will move forward with a proposal to require any car services that accept payment exclusively via credit card to offer a tipping option via the same means, the New York Times reported Monday. The proposal seems designed mostly to force Uber’s hand, requiring the ride hailing service to offer an in-app tipping option, something… Read More

Pittsburgh's Kerf Cases enrobes your phone in fine wood

Apr 17, 4:16PM

 One iPhone case is much like the other unless it’s made of figured walnut wood from a retired woodworker in California and feels like the surface of a finely-sanded and well-made piece of antique cabinetry. That’s why Kerf Cases, a Pittsburgh-based manufacturer, is so cool. The founder, Ben Saks, has been working in wood for most of his life. While working at Carnegie Mellon… Read More

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