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Crunch Report | Uber Adds Tipping

Jun 21, 3:00AM

Netflix launches a “choose your own adventure” style cartoon for children, Uber adds tipping as the first change in its “180 days of change” campaign, Skype outage causes connectivity issues and Boom has 76 pre-orders for its supersonic Jet. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

Tesla hires deep learning expert Andrej Karpathy to lead Autopilot vision

Jun 21, 12:21AM

 Tesla has hired deep learning and computer vision expert Andrej Karpathy in a key Autopilot role. Karpathy most recently held a role as a researcher at OpenAI, the artificial intelligence nonprofit backed by Elon Musk. He has an extensive background in AI-related fields, having completed a PhD at Stanford University in computer vision. Read More

Uber is implementing tipping, but how well it works will be critical

Jun 20, 11:36PM

 On the heels of what must feel to employees like the longest six months in Uber’s eight-year history, this morning the company introduced an initiative that it’s calling “180 Days of Change” and announced, most notably, that it will start allowing riders to tip drivers in the app. This is no small thing. Read More

Twitch nabs exclusive streaming deal with Blizzard for 20+ major e-sports events

Jun 20, 11:11PM

 Twitch, the popular game-streaming site owned by Amazon, just inked a deal with one of the most popular game developers to broadcast a host of game tournaments exclusively on the service. The two-year deal between Twitch and Blizzard surrounds some of the biggest titles in e-sports. More than 20 events will be hosted exclusively on Twitch as part of this deal. Read More

Soldo, a London fintech startup that offers a multi-user spending account, raises $11M led by Accel

Jun 20, 11:01PM

 Soldo, the London-based fintech startup that offers a multi-user spending account, first launched for consumers and since tailored to businesses too, has raised $11 million in Series A funding. Read More

Tickets are now available for the TechCrunch Summer Party at August Capital

Jun 20, 11:00PM

 The TechCrunch Summer Party is a thing of tradition and we hope you can make it out this year. As in years past we’ll gather on the spacious grounds of August Capital in Menlo Park and enjoy an evening of cocktails and the spirit of entrepreneurship. Read More

Google Cloud Platform launches in Sydney

Jun 20, 11:00PM

 Nobody can accuse Google of not moving as fast as it can to make up the considerable gap in available cloud regions between its Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and its two biggest competitors: AWS and Microsoft Azure. Today, the company is launching its previously announced Sydney region. This marks yet another step in Google’s expansion of GCP’s footprint in the Asia Pacific region.… Read More

This device will automatically enter how much you chew

Jun 20, 10:58PM

 Eating too much? A Dartmouth researcher thinks he may have a solution for all those who hate manually writing into an app all the foods they eat throughout the day — a wearable system that detects how much you chew and enters it for you. Read More

These undergrads built a Generative Adversarial Net that creates art

Jun 20, 9:45PM

 I can’t tell you for sure if we’ve reached peak GAN, but there are far more people messing around with them than a year ago. Two undergrads at Williams College taught themselves introductory machine learning and read a lot of papers on the now almost mainstream Generative Adversarial Network before embarking on a project with a professor to build one that could generate art. Read More

Fetch launches self-service truck rentals to help you move the big stuff

Jun 20, 8:42PM

 Moving furniture generally sucks. Fetch wants to be there for those moments when you need to transport something that won’t fit in the trunk of an Uber XL. The service, which allows users to easily rent trucks or vans for hours or days at a time, is launching in Atlanta to help people move whatever they need to. Read More

Zenefits will pay $3.4 million in unpaid overtime to 743 employees

Jun 20, 8:11PM

 Insurance software startup Zenefits has agreed to pay $3.4 million in unpaid overtime to 743 of its account executives and sales representatives in California and Arizona, according to the Department of Labor. Zenefits also agreed to let the DOL monitor its practices to ensure the company does not violate the Fair Labor Standards Act. Read More

Final: One credit card account to rule them all

Jun 20, 8:00PM

 A startup called Final wants to change the way people use credit cards — or rather, the company wants to change the credit card industry to fit consumers’ lifestyles. With a 1% cash-back bonus and no annual fee, Final offers a competitive credit card product, but it really excels in the flexibility it provides in the way consumers can manage virtual cards across multiple vendors.  Read More

HuMoTech's robotic feet make it easier to test drive a bunch of different prosthetics

Jun 20, 7:18PM

 There are white boards lining the walls covered in complex formulas and earlier iterations of the company’s robotic leg are scattered in pieces on and underneath tables. You can practically chart the company’s half-decade of development with a quick look around the room, from Caputo’s 2010 PhD work on robotic feet to its first product offerings: a pair of devices designed to… Read More

Apple releases new iPhone ad focused on the 'Memories' feature

Jun 20, 7:11PM

 Apple first introduced the “Memories” tab in iOS 10. This feature automatically scans your photo library and creates smart albums depending on the date, location and content of the photos on your device. For instance, iOS is going to put together an album about your last vacation in Moscow, or an album of your kids growing up. Your iPhone can also generate emotional videos by… Read More

Sony soft-launches an educational robotics coding kit on Indiegogo

Jun 20, 6:23PM

 Every tech and toy company, from Apple to Hasbro, has an educational coding offering these days. Sony’s Koov kit has been kicking around Japan for a while now, and should be pretty familiar to anyone who’s spent time with Lego’s educational initiatives — it’s a set of blocks, sensors, motors and actuators that pair with a mobile app. Now Sony is ready to bring the… Read More

No straight answer on encryption from Europe's incoming digital chief

Jun 20, 5:57PM

 Mariya Gabriel, the EC’s commissioner-designate for the digital economy and society brief, was asked for a clear position on encryption during a Q&A session in the European Parliament today. Yet, once again, no straight answer was forthcoming.  Read More

Intel's former chief diversity and inclusion officer has left the company

Jun 20, 5:34PM

 Danielle Brown, who spent nearly three years as Intel’s chief diversity and inclusion officer, has left the company, TechCrunch has learned. Read More

Uber adds tipping

Jun 20, 5:29PM

 After years of refusing to add a tipping option for drivers, Uber is finally adding tips to its app as part of an outreach program to riders and passengers. The company is extending this olive branch as part of a series of steps meant to calm a public that has grown increasingly restive about the company’s many missteps. Read More

Udacity's latest Nanodegree will teach React

Jun 20, 5:03PM

 In its quest to reduce persistent skills gaps, Udacity has been designing condensed courses to get students up to speed on trendy topics to improve employment outcomes. The startup’s “Nanodegrees,” as they call them, span VR, robotics, deep learning and other key technical and non-technical skills. Today Udacity is announcing its latest addition to the lineup —… Read More

Google makes splitting the cost of Project Fi group plans easier

Jun 20, 5:00PM

 Every carrier offers group plans that allow you to share your wireless plan with multiple friends, family members or, if you are so inclined, random strangers. That means you’re only getting a single bill for all of these people, though, which means you have to find a way to repay the main account holder every month. For a service like Google’s Project Fi, where every user may… Read More

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