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Crunch Report | Uber Responds to iPhone Tracking Report

Apr 25, 12:00AM

Crunch Report April 24 Today’s Stories  Uber responds to report that it tracked devices after its app was deleted LinkedIn hits 500M member milestone for its social network for the working world Amazon’s driverless tech team focuses not on building it, but on how to use it DJI’s new FPV goggles let you control your drone with head movements The NYT brings its news – and a mini crossword… Read More

Jimmy Wales' Wikitribune to combat fake news with wiki-powered journalism

Apr 24, 11:39PM

 With fake news continuing to dominate the discussion about the future of the media and role of social networks in spreading it, many in the tech world have tried to come up with ways to fight this new cancer. Various pronouncements have been made by Google, Facebook and Twitter about tweaking their algorithms. But it’s hard to get away from the fact that human beings are probably going… Read More

AI report fed by DeepMind, Amazon, Uber urges greater access to public sector datasets

Apr 24, 11:33PM

 What are tech titans Google, Amazon and Uber agitating for to further the march of machine learning technology and ultimately inject more fuel in the engines of their own dominant platforms? Unsurprisingly they’re after access to data. Lots and lots of data. Read More

Juicero may be the absurd avatar of Silicon Valley hubris, but boy is it well-engineered

Apr 24, 11:33PM

 The Juicero story is a funny one in some ways and a sad one in others, so let’s just assume they cancel each other out and admire the machine itself in a nice judgment-free moral vacuum. Read More

Dairy might have snuck into Soylent 1.8 powder, prompting recall

Apr 24, 11:10PM

 Soylent, the meal replacement drink/powder that frees people from the pesky task of eating so they can “use less, do more,” has recalled its Soylent 1.8 powder over the potential presence of dairy. Soylent 1.8 is specifically listed on the company’s website as “lactose-free.” Whoops. Read More

LoveCrafts, a social network and marketplace for makers, raises $33M

Apr 24, 11:09PM

 Facebook may have the generalist, mass-market social network on lock down, but when it comes to communities based around special interests, the playing field remains full of promise. Today, a UK startup called LoveCrafts, aimed at knitters and other home craft makers with a platform that is part social-network and part e-commerce marketplace, is announcing a significant growth round of… Read More

Seattle grapples with Airbnb in proposal to limit hosts to two properties

Apr 24, 10:57PM

Seattle skyline Seattle will move forward with plans to restrict how many units its residents can list on short-term rental platforms like Airbnb and VRBO. Keeping things a little more lax than cities that have adopted a one-host, one-home policy, Seattle’s proposal would allow each short-term rental host to list their own place of residence coupled with one extra housing unit. Read More

FCC chairman will address the future of net neutrality on Wednesday

Apr 24, 10:53PM

 So it begins: FCC Chairman Ajit Pai appears to be showing his cards regarding his promised rollback of net neutrality rules. He is slated to speak on “the future of internet regulation” on Wednesday. Pai previously said at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that he considers the FCC’s approach to regulating the internet heavy-handed and old-fashioned. Read More

Creepy facial projections, 3D hair capture, digital creepers and more from Eurographics 2017

Apr 24, 10:48PM

 The Eurographics conference is underway in Lyon and among the more technical offerings from computer graphics specialists are a few cool enough for just about anyone to appreciate. Unless you’re afraid of clowns. In that case, don’t click. Read More

Uber gets sued over alleged 'Hell' program to track Lyft drivers

Apr 24, 9:41PM

 Uber has another lawsuit on its hands. This time, it’s about Uber’s alleged use of a program called “Hell.” The plaintiff, Michael Gonzales, drove for Lyft during the time Uber allegedly used the software. He’s seeking $5 million in a class action lawsuit. Read More

Scrumpt now offers fresh, healthy lunches for kids

Apr 24, 8:24PM

 Scrumpt, the healthy lunch for kids startup that debuted at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco in 2015, recently launched lunch meal kits with fresh food. Before, Scrumpt was only focused on non-perishable foods and required parents to supplement the lunches with items from home. Read More

Flush with funding, Instacart accelerates US expansion

Apr 24, 8:12PM

 Grocery delivery startup Instacart recently closed a $400 million Series D round of funding at a valuation of $3.4 billion. Now, the company is putting that capital to work by accelerating its expansion across the U.S., and offering free Instacart Express memberships to entice new users wherever it goes. Read More

Federal court decides that Adobe can't stay under a gag order over search warrant forever

Apr 24, 8:05PM

Adobe Systems world headquarters in downtown San Jose, California According to newly unsealed documents, a federal court in California ruled that it is unlawful for Adobe to remain under an indefinite gag order regarding a search warrant for one of its users. In the ruling, the Los Angeles court concluded that the government had not made a sufficient argument to support the ongoing nature of a gag order it issued to Adobe in 2016. Read More

'Scanner Sombre' arms you with lidar for a gorgeous, creepy explore-'em-up

Apr 24, 7:53PM

 Something about the polychromatic pointillism of lidar imagery has always intrigued me, but as a writer I can’t say I have many opportunities to use the technology. That’s why I’m excited about a lovely looking new game from the creators of Prison Architect in which you are exploring a pitch-black cave with nothing but lidar. Read More

Samsung says the Galaxy S8 easily outsold the S7

Apr 24, 6:38PM

 The Galaxy S8 experience is something of a mixed bag – but it’s certainly not a bomb. As ever, Samsung isn’t giving out exact numbers, but the company is happily reporting that the new flagship has seen a 30-percent increase in pre-orders over its predecessor, here in the States. The new sales figures technically account for two separate handsets – the S8 and S8+… Read More

Mercedes-Benz expands car sharing service Croove beyond pilot phase

Apr 24, 6:34PM

 Mercedes-Benz started testing out a new car sharing service in December of last year, debuting Croove in a limited pilot allowing people to rent out their cars on-demand for short stints in Munich. The program has proven successful enough for Mercedes to expand it to other German cities, including Berlin, where it began operations in mid-April. The Daimler-owned car brand’s program is… Read More

Apple cuts App Store affiliate commission from 7% to 2.5%

Apr 24, 6:32PM

 Apple just sent an email to members of the App Store affiliate program saying that App Store commissions will be reduced from 7 percent to 2.5 percent on May 1st — that’s a 64 percent cut. While this change will have no effect on App Store users, it has some implications on the App Store ecosystem. Many websites from the Apple community link to App Store downloads with a unique… Read More

An Instagram bug has been preventing users from disabling their accounts for months

Apr 24, 6:07PM

 A number of Instagram users have found they’re no longer able to temporarily disable their accounts – a feature, similar to Facebook’s, that allows you to take a break from the social network for a period of time, but stops short of a full account deletion. The bug has been spotted in the wild since at least February, and is the subject of a number of complaints across… Read More

Instagram is down around the world [Update: anddd it's back]

Apr 24, 6:03PM

 Reports of the Instagram outage began around 10:35am Pacific, though by 11:04am some users in the states and U.K. were regaining access to the website. At that time, Instagram tweeted that it is aware of and working on the issue. Read More

Inside Boom's efforts to build a new generation of supersonic commercial jets

Apr 24, 6:01PM

 Boom has set itself with arguably one of the most ambitious tasks taken on by a startup: To restore the age of the Concorde, but bigger, better, and more sustainable than ever. We took a trip to Colorado and visited Boom’s airport HQ to find out exactly what it looks like to be a company with fewer than fifty employees trying to make supersonic consumer flight a practical reality. We got… Read More

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