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Twitter announces new live shows from the WNBA, BuzzFeed, Viacom and more

May 02, 12:00AM

 Looks like Twitter’s streaming video news deal with Bloomberg was just the first of more than a dozen content partnerships that it’s announcing today. The company unveiled the full slate at the NewFronts, where online publishers pitch their content to advertisers. (This was the first time Twitter’s held its own NewFronts presentation.) Read More

Twitter partners with Live Nation to livestream video of concerts

May 01, 11:43PM

 Twitter might have killed off its Music app but now it’s working with the world’s top concert promoter. Today at the NewFronts conference in New York, Twitter announced it is partnering with Live Nation to exclusively livestream video of concerts. Artists including Train, Portugal The Man, August Alsina, and Marian Hill are slated to have shows streamed on Twitter. The first will… Read More

Alex Hardiman, former VP of product at The NY Times, will take the lead on Facebook's news products

May 01, 11:24PM

 Facebook’s role in spreading news, especially fake news, has been in the spotlight since last year’s presidential election. Now it’s promoting Alex Hardiman to lead its news efforts on the product side. Hardiman worked at The New York Times, most recently as vice president of news products, until joining Facebook last year. Read More

Cisco scoops up yet another cloud company, acquiring SD-WAN startup Viptela for $610M

May 01, 10:14PM

Cisco headquarters. Cisco has been rather acquisitive in recent years, buying 19 companies since 2015; today it announced it was acquiring cloud-based SD-WAN vendor Viptela for $610 million in cash. Viptela was founded in 2012 and had raised more than $108 million, including its most recent $75 million round just last May. The $610 million price tag appears to be a nice return for investors. Read More

Judge argues net neutrality violates the free speech rights of … internet providers

May 01, 9:28PM

 In perhaps the most absurd attack on net neutrality yet attempted, a federal judge argues that the rules established in 2015 by the FCC violate the first amendment rights of… internet service providers. Fortunately, this line of reasoning is as ineffectual as it is mistaken. Read More

V-Moda's Crossfade II are the all-around headphones I didn't know I'd like, but with a catch

May 01, 9:12PM

 V-Moda has been making audio hardware since 2004, but the Crossfade II is only their second over-ear Bluetooth pair. Read More

2017 tech IPOs are on a tear compared to last year

May 01, 8:33PM

 By this time last year, one tech company had gone public. Already this year, nine tech companies have gone public on U.S. exchanges. Needless to say, public exits are looking up. That comparison becomes starker when you compare SecureWorks, 2016’s first IPO, to Snap, which went public in 2017. SecureWorks priced under range, and it has since fallen nearly 38 percent from its IPO price. Read More

Facebook gives its Marketplace a colorful redesign

May 01, 8:06PM

 Facebook has given its Marketplace a bit of a visual overhaul, with new colorful icons and improved search and filtering features. The Craigslist competitor is Facebook’s major entry point into local commerce. Today, the Marketplace sits in a dedicated tab at the bottom of Facebook’s app, where its ever-present red badge forces you to click through. (Or is that just me?) Read More

Equinix completes $3.6 billion deal to buy 29 data centers from Verizon

May 01, 7:27PM

Data center Equinix, an international data center company based in Redwood City, California, announced today that it has completed the purchase of 29 data centers from Verizon for $3.6 billion. The acquisition greatly expands Equinix’s footprint, including giving it access to Latin America through a data center in Bogota, Colombia, along with a new presence in Houston, Texas and Culpeper, Virginia. Read More

Awesomeness is launching a news division aimed at Gen Z

May 01, 7:26PM

 Awesomeness, the digital media company programming content for a young, YouTube-obsessed audience, is getting into news. The company announced a new project called Awesomeness News. The editorial brand will focus on stories aimed at the “Gen Z” audience, including those on issues they care about, like politics, social justice and the environment. Read More

Theranos reaches settlement with investor Partner Fund Management

May 01, 7:04PM

 Beleaguered blood diagnostics startup Theranos has reached a settlement with hedge fund management firm Partner Fund Management. Terms of the settlement are confidential, but PFM had sought to recoup its investment in the case and was also asking for damages. Read More

With Series A funding from Benchmark, Prefer takes the wraps off its new marketplace

May 01, 6:44PM

 Between Thumbtack, Yelp, Angie’s List and Amazon, it wouldn’t appear that the world needs a new platform that matches customers with service professionals. That’s not the way Julio Vasconcellos sees it, clearly. Vasconcellos has spent the last year-plus working on a services platform called Prefer. Read More

This neural network could make animations in games a little less awkward

May 01, 6:14PM

 The graphical fidelity of games these days is truly astounding, but one thing their creators struggle to portray is the variety and fluidity of human motion. An animation system powered by a neural network drawing from real motion-captured data may help make our avatars walk, run and jump a little more naturally. Read More

'Facebook Rewards' QR codes dangle discounts for offline purchases

May 01, 5:35PM

 Facebook wants to prove it drives brick-and-mortar foot traffic with its latest feature test. TechCrunch has discovered a previously unreported Facebook feature where users can scan a personalized QR code to score discounts or bonuses when they buy something in-person at certain shops. Read More

Airbnb settles lawsuit with San Francisco

May 01, 5:27PM

 Airbnb Head of Global Policy Chris Lehane announced today that the company has settled its lawsuit with the city of San Francisco. Last year, Airbnb sued San Francisco over the city’s new rental legislation. Read More

Hulu scores deal with NBCU for its live TV service, will now carry all four major broadcast networks

May 01, 5:00PM

 Just ahead of the launch of Hulu’s forthcoming live TV service, the company today announced a new deal with NBCUniversal that will bring NBC and Telemundo-owned television stations to the new service. The agreement greatly expands Hulu’s live TV lineup with the addition of top networks, including NBC, Telemundo, USA, Syfy, Bravo, E!, MSNBC, CNBC, NBCSN, Sprout and others. Read More

Fitbit's upcoming smartwatch has reportedly been a giant mess

May 01, 4:43PM

 Yahoo Finance has nabbed a couple of photos reported to show Fitbit’s upcoming smartwatch, along with a handful of reports that make the whole undertaking sound like one big fiasco. Sources are talking complaints about design, production delays, antenna issues and software problems. Read More

SoftBank makes it easier to customize Pepper the robot's greeting skills

May 01, 4:00PM

 Until now, Pepper the robot has required programming knowledge to control, a fact that’s proven a pain point toward wider adoption (well, that and the fact that it hasn’t started shipping widely here in the U.S.). This morning, the company debuted Promoter, a browser-based solution that lets anyone customize the robot’s movements — albeit within a fairly limited scope. Read More

Startup step-by-step: Why I'm doing another startup

May 01, 3:01PM

 The desire to create is a hard one to kill. I’ve had it all my life, from the comic books and music I made with my grade school friend Rick to the books I wrote and tried to write to the projects I built over the years. Now it’s become easier and, in a way, harder, to make something meaningful online, so after shutting down one startup last year, I’ve decided to work on… Read More

Mailbox founder Gentry Underwood on productivity, collective intelligence and building a $100M email app

May 01, 3:00PM

 Gentry Underwood is the co-founder of Mailbox. In our 12th episode, we talk on design being a “we” vs an “I” issue, how to be your most productive self, and discuss what it took to turn Mailbox into a $100 million acquisition within 30 days of being launched. Design doesn’t have to be approached as a “we,” according to Underwood. However, when… Read More

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