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In aftermath of Petya, congressman asks NSA to stop the attack if it knows how

Jun 29, 1:00AM

Padlock over binary background. Today Democratic Congressman Ted Lieu of California wrote to the NSA in an appeal for the agency to do anything in its power to stop the spread of the global ransomware (or potentially just disguised as ransomware) attack that began yesterday. Lieu seeks to hold the NSA accountable for its leaked exploit, known as EternalBlue, which appears to have facilitated the malware’s spread.… Read More

It's not your imagination, you are waiting longer for an UberPOOL using your commuter card

Jun 29, 12:18AM

 Use a commuter benefits card to take UberPOOL? You might have noticed you have a much longer wait time to get a ride than those using just a regular credit card. We first received a tip that this might be happening to commuters, so I asked around and found out several other commuter card-carrying friends were experiencing the same thing. This morning I had one of these friends test it out and… Read More

Crunch Report | Tinder Unveils New Gold Subscription

Jun 29, 12:00AM

Crunch Report 6.28 Today’s Stories  Tinder’s new subscription, Tinder Gold, lets you see who already likes you Google unveils Advr, an experimental Area 120 project for advertising in VR Equal Rights Center sues Uber for denying equal access to people who use wheelchairs Waymo’s self-driving van hits the desert to see if it can stand the heat The latest in the Binary Capital blowup —… Read More

Teaching robots to learn about the world through touch

Jun 28, 11:01PM

 Slowly, but surely, the Baxter robot is learning. It starts as a series of random grasps — the big, red robot pokes and prods clumsily at objects on the table in front of it. The robot is learning through tactile feedback and trial and error — or, as the Carnegie Mellon computer science team behind the project puts it, it’s learning about the world around it like a baby. Read More

Nutanix introduces two new tools in quest to simplify hybrid cloud management

Jun 28, 10:00PM

 Nutanix began as a storage company, but always had a broader view of the computing world. As company president Sudeesh Nair told me, they started with storage because they believed legacy storage was holding back data center transformation. Today the company made another step beyond that initial vision, introducing two new products that they see as part of a larger hybrid cloud operating system. Read More

Lawsuit claims Uber ignored attempted murder conviction of driver who later raped passenger

Jun 28, 9:50PM

 A passenger who says she was raped by an Uber driver in Kansas City has filed a lawsuit against the company, alleging that Uber ignored previous warnings that the driver was not fit to drive for the company. Read More

Twitch's mobile app is adding live streaming, dark mode and more

Jun 28, 9:05PM

 Amazon-owned game-streaming site Twitch today announced a series of changes coming soon to its mobile application, the most notable of which is the ability for broadcasters to stream directly to their channel from the app itself. That doesn’t mean you can live stream gameplay as of yet, though. Read More

Analysts think Petya 'ransomware' was built for targeted destruction, not profit

Jun 28, 8:30PM

 The description of the Petya infections hitting computers worldwide as “ransomware” may be a misnomer, security analysts suggest. The malicious software’s code and other evidence indicate that the profit motive may have been a camouflage for an act of cyber-espionage targeting Ukraine. Read More

In new filing, Uber says it was unaware of Waymo data theft prior to lawsuit

Jun 28, 8:21PM

 In response to a series of questions posed by District Judge William Alsup, Uber claims that no one there was aware of any proprietary information taken from Waymo until that company had filed its lawsuit. Read More

While investment firms ponder ICOs, this team is barreling ahead with a $100 million ICO fund

Jun 28, 8:17PM

 Most investors are trying to get a handle on initial coin offerings, which have begun racing through the tech ecosystem like a fire, causing excitement and confusion and some degree of terror. One San Francisco-based firm is barreling full steam ahead into the world of ICO investing: Pantera Capital. Read More

Diabetes management platform Glooko raises $35 million

Jun 28, 7:49PM

 Glooko, a startup selling data management healthcare service on top of a device-agnostic platform to make it easier for doctors to remotely monitor patients, has pulled in $35 million Series C funding. It had previously raised $36 million in various rounds, bringing the total up to $71 million. The startup was shy about how many were using the platform last time TechCrunch wrote about… Read More

Facebook Messenger launches Discover as it takes on chatbots (again)

Jun 28, 7:04PM

 Facebook isn’t done with chatbots quite yet; today, the company is launching Discover, a hub inside Messenger for discovering new and interesting chatbots to message with. The section is going live for users stateside, and the company is billing it as an opportunity for people to interact with businesses and brands in more useful ways. Read More

Sign up for a free Featured Pavilion exhibit at Disrupt SF

Jun 28, 6:30PM

 Startup Alley is at the center of TechCrunch’s Disrupt events, and this year at Disrupt SF (September 18-20) we are taking it to the next level! We are looking for 30 outstanding startups to participate in one of our Featured Pavilions, exhibit your startup and attend Disrupt SF for free. Read More

The engineer behind the Not Hotdog app from 'Silicon Valley' put a lot of thought into AI

Jun 28, 6:05PM

 It would have been easy for a show like HBO’s Silicon Valley to show off a machine learning app that classifies hotdogs with some clever post processing — drop in some fake static screenshots and call it a day. If the team wanted to create a real app for branding purposes they could have strung together a few APIs in hackathon fashion and moved on to the next silly gag. But to… Read More

9 promising at-home lab test startups for everything from fertility to STDs

Jun 28, 6:01PM

 It’s easier than ever to skip the doctor and go straight for the at-home test these days, thanks to updated regulations and the technology to match — and for many, it’s the answer to invasive and expensive hospital visits. A new army of startups has popped up in the last couple of years to offer you low-cost options for everything from breast cancer inheritance to HIV.… Read More

Pornhub now supports interactive toys, proving porn paves the way

Jun 28, 6:00PM

 Pornhub, an adult content site, has announced compatibility with interactive sex toys like the Kiiroo Onyx – essentially an articulated sex jar – and the Fleshlight Launch – also essentially an articulated sex jar. Certain pre-coded videos played on Pornhub will send signals to these wireless devices, recreating the action on screen with motors and actuators. The company… Read More

Google Photos adds smarter sharing, suggestions and shared libraries

Jun 28, 5:50PM

 Google today will begin rolling out new sharing functionality in Google Photos, first unveiled at the company’s I/O developer conference in May. Specifically, it’s launching the AI-powered Suggested Sharing feature along with Shared Libraries, both of which are designed to make the Google Photos app a more social experience, rather than just a personal collection of photo… Read More

Equal Rights Center sues Uber for denying equal access to people who use wheelchairs

Jun 28, 5:37PM

 The Equal Rights Center is suing Uber for denying equal access to its services for people with disabilities. According to the lawsuit, the ERC alleges that Uber has chosen not to include wheelchair-accessible cars as an option in its standard UberX fleet of vehicles, and excludes people who use wheelchairs in Washington, D.C. Read More

A look back at Amazon's 1997 IPO

Jun 28, 5:30PM

 Amid tech’s current rally, Seattle is enjoying the updraft. Amazon, one of the area’s two critical tech companies, is busy setting records. Shares of Amazon, the e-commerce and cloud computing leader, have busily risen, recently cresting the $1,000 per-share mark. That per-share price is up from Amazon’s 52-week low of $682 and change. Driving that valuation is continued… Read More

LendUp gets strategic investment from PayPal and adds to its executive team

Jun 28, 5:00PM

 LendUp has built business providing personal loans to customers that traditional financial institutions wouldn’t touch. As it looks to expand into credit cards and other services, the company has raised some strategic funding from PayPal and also has expanded its executive ranks. Read More

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