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Crunch Report | Apple Rolls Out Early Version Of Its Safe Driving Feature

Jun 23, 12:00AM

Crunch Report June 22 Today’s Stories  Do Not Disturb While Driving feature rolls out in Apple’s newest iOS 11 beta Sean Parker has left Spotify’s board; Padmasree Warrior, Thomas Staggs join in lead up to IPO Trump might kill next month’s new startup visa before it takes effect Facebook is testing a feature to prevent profile pictures being abused by other users Tantan, China’s… Read More

The Kaggle data science community is competing to improve airport security with AI

Jun 22, 11:58PM

 Despite being slow and invasive, the TSA doesn’t have a great record at catching threats. With the help of the Kaggle data science community, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is hosting an online competition to build machine learning-powered tools that can augment agents, ideally making the entire system simultaneously more accurate and efficient. Read More

Honda Clarity grows from one-shot to series

Jun 22, 11:44PM

Honda Clarity times three For years, the Honda Clarity has been one thing: a hydrogen fuel-cell-powered sedan available for lease to a vetted group of early adopters in California. Now in its third generation, the Honda Clarity fuel-cell car is still basically that. But it’s getting a couple of friends. This year, the Honda Clarity adds two new versions: an all-electric car and a plug-in hybrid. Read More

YouTube has 1.5 billion logged-in monthly users watching a ton of mobile video

Jun 22, 11:00PM

 This year at VidCon, YouTube shared some new metrics that really drive home how much it’s dominating mobile video usage and how quickly its service is gaining viewers on TVs. Read More

At the White House's emerging tech event, drones are one of the day's big topics

Jun 22, 10:21PM

 Tech leaders gathered today at the White House for a series of focused sessions on hot topics in tech. Thursday’s event, titled “American Leadership in Emerging Technology,” is the second big piece of the White House’s Technology Week, continuing on from Tuesday’s discussion about modernizing government technology. Read More

As Uber's value slips on the secondary market, Lyft's is rising

Jun 22, 9:08PM

 It’s been happening for months. The value of Uber’s shares has been falling on the secondary market, hammered by a barrage of press attention paid to its real and perceived misdeeds. Meanwhile, Lyft’s stock is on the rise. It’s hard to know if these trend lines will continue, but sharks are circling, with prospective buyers trying to gauge fear in the market — and… Read More

Periscope vows fix for broadcasters mad that they forfeit tips by deleting replays

Jun 22, 9:05PM

 Periscope’s new Super Hearts tipping feature that launched yesterday quickly sparked a backlash from the creators it was designed to help earn money. Read More

HEBI is trying to make building custom robots as easy as playing with LEGO

Jun 22, 8:49PM

 The X-Series Actuator doesn’t look like much. Actually, if I’m being honest, it kind of looks like a red metal scotch tape dispenser with ribbed sides and a couple of ethernet ports. The product is scattered all over HEBI’s one-room Pittsburgh office in various states of disarray. The palm-sized metal component is the startup’s primary product — its entire reason… Read More

YouTube chops 360 video in half with new VR180 format

Jun 22, 8:15PM

 YouTube is showing off a brand new file format for creators who want to check out VR but are intimidated by taking the full plunge with all the crazy hardware and production issues. It’s called VR180, and it’s half of a spherical video. It’s a simple evolution, but it makes some notable compromises that give traditional and VR viewers some new gains. Read More

After three days, Skype's outage is resolved

Jun 22, 8:10PM

 After three days of connectivity issues that prevented some Skype users from being able to log in, make calls or send and receive messages, the company says it has now fully resolved the problem. What it isn’t saying — at least not yet — is what exactly happened. Read More

Africa's "Shark Tank" for startups is Rwanda's new show "Face The Gorillas"

Jun 22, 7:30PM

 African startups can now score capital commitments real time―so long as they convince a venture capitalist to give it to them in front of a live audience. That’s the format for Face The Gorillas, a Rwandan IT pitch series that runs several times a year on local TV, YouTube, and at select events. The competition was originally conceived in 2013 by Yariv Cohen and wife Angela… Read More

ABBYY's new version of TextGrabber is a super useful OCR and translation app

Jun 22, 6:45PM

ABBYY has been being doing optical character recognition software since forever, but it’s now brought its software to mobile. If you want to capture text and make it actionable (click on links or ping out to map directions) this is an extremely useful app. Its new ABBYYs TextGrabber 6.0 for iOS has just gone live on the Apple App store and it has real-time recognition capabilities and… Read More

Tesla said to be in talks to create its own streaming music service

Jun 22, 6:39PM

 Tesla might be a music service operator soon, in addition to a maker of electric cars and solar energy products. That’s according to a new report from Recode, which says that Tesla has been talking to music labels to make this happen. The planned offering could start with a free, Pandora-like streaming radio option, which theoretically would be tied to Tesla vehicle ownership, one imagines. Read More

Facebook announces dates for its Oculus Connect 4 conference

Jun 22, 6:14PM

 Facebook’s Oculus is returning to San Jose on October 11-12 this year to share some news about the future of VR at the company’s Oculus Connect 4 developers conference. Facebook has slowly been bringing the Oculus name and leadership under its own core brand. With the amount of VR news popping up at F8, some wondered whether Oculus Connect’s days were numbered. Apparently not. Read More

The company called Blockchain raises $40 million

Jun 22, 5:50PM

 Blockchain (the company) just raised a $40 million Series B funding round led by Lakestar. Blockchain has been working on the most popular bitcoin wallet in the world. You can open a wallet on the company’s website or through its mobile apps. GV, Nokota Management, Digital Currency Group and existing investors Lightspeed Venture Partners, Mosaic Venture Partners, Prudence Holdings,… Read More

Looking for a few smart investors who want a free Disrupt ticket; must like meeting equally smart founders

Jun 22, 5:30PM

 TechCrunch Disrupt has always been a fruitful meeting ground for founders and investors, and every year TechCrunch makes it easier for the right folks to connect. A year ago we launched our CrunchMatch program and this year it helped facilitate 450 curated meetings in May at Disrupt NY. And then there’s ‘featured pavilions’ in Startup Alley, where selected startups in the… Read More

The e-Mosquito bites you to monitor glucose levels

Jun 22, 5:28PM

 Researchers at the University of Calgary have released the latest version of their “Wearable Microsystem for Minimally Invasive, Pseudo-Continuous Blood Glucose Monitoring,” a watch-like wearable that “bites” you every few hours to draw blood and test your glucose levels. The system uses a shape memory alloy actuator which contracts when heated and then snaps back into… Read More

Some Uber employees are reportedly petitioning for Travis Kalanick to stay

Jun 22, 5:22PM

 There’s a petition circulating among Uber employees asking the board of directors to let Travis Kalanick return to the company, Recode reports. The email going around talks about how Kalanick is “critical” to the company’s future success. It ultimately asks employees to show their support for Kalanick and push for him to get reinstated in an operational role. Read More

Scaleway doubles down on ARM-based cloud servers

Jun 22, 5:04PM

 Iliad’s cloud hosting division Scaleway has been betting on ARM chipsets for years because they believe the future of hosting is going to be based on ARM’s processor architecture. The company just launched more powerful ARMv8 options and added more cores to its cheapest options. Read More

Future Family wants to give women a more affordable option in fertility treatments

Jun 22, 4:52PM

 More women are having kids in their 30s than in their 20s. However, those closer to 40 than 30 face higher risks than their younger counterparts. Add to that 1 in every 8 couples in the U.S. have some type of fertility issue. More couples are looking at IVF and other fertility treatments. But those treatments can be costly. A new Bay Area startup, Future Family, hopes to change that. Read More

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