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Google Maps now lets users add wheelchair accessibility details for locations

Jul 08, 9:33PM

 Back in December, Google finally added accessibility details to Maps. It was a long awaited addition, but an extremely welcome one for the more than three million people in the U.S. who require wheelchair accessibility. As we noted at the time, however, the available information still left a lot to be desired. Maps has currently collected accessibility data for almost seven million places,… Read More

Why SAFE notes are not safe for entrepreneurs

Jul 08, 6:00PM

 The shortcomings of SAFE notes are coming home to roost; ironically, entrepreneurs are paying the price. Y Combinator invented the notes with a noble goal: “we intend the SAFE to remain fair to both investors and founders.” But many SAFE notes that entrepreneurs are quick to issue now have a nasty bite: much more dilution than the issuers thought when they signed those documents. Read More

Here's how to get a refund if you registered your drone with the FAA

Jul 08, 4:44PM

 If you’ve been following the drone registration saga in the United States, you may remember that in May a Federal Appeals Court struck down the FAA’s drone registration requirement. The registration requirement, which mandated hobbyists pay $5 and submit their personal information into an FAA database and attach a registration number to their drone, was relatively mild. However… Read More

These South Bay and Peninsula cities are raking in venture capital

Jul 08, 4:00PM

 Though the region known as Silicon Valley covers dozens of municipalities, a few cities get outsized attention in tech circles. Everyone knows Palo Alto, Mountain View, San Jose and San Francisco as hotbeds for startup innovation. But they’re not the only ones. Less-talked-about cities in the region are also raking in funding. Read More

Google is funding the creation of software that writes local news stories

Jul 08, 3:50PM

 Google’s Digital News Initiative has committed £622,000 ($805,000) to fund an automated news writing initiative for UK-based news agency, The Press Association. The money will help pay for the creation of Radar (Reporters And Data And Robots), snappily named software designed to generate upwards 30,000 local news stories a month. The Press Association has enlisted UK-based news startup… Read More

Inside Station F, the startup megacampus that just opened in Paris

Jul 08, 8:17AM

 Station F is the world’s biggest startup campus. Thousands of entrepreneurs are currently moving into the new building here in Paris. But if you’re still wondering what it actually looks like, we visited Station F and interviewed the two persons behind it — Roxanne Varza and Xavier Niel. Station F is a massive building that has been completely renovated and now features… Read More

Crunch Report | Launches Panda

Jul 08, 3:00AM launches its new product (Panda), Roche buys mySugr app and Tesla’s making the largest battery storage facility. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

Waymo drops most patent claims in Uber self-driving car lawsuit

Jul 07, 11:50PM

 There were a few big breaks in the case between Waymo and Uber over self-driving car technology today. As a result, the scope of the case is starting to come into focus as both companies prepare for a trial set to begin in October. Read More

Amazon wasn't the only company that tried to buy Whole Foods

Jul 07, 9:50PM

 A new filing confirms that there were other suitors trying to buy Whole Foods, but that Amazon put pressure on Whole Foods not to talk to them. The document cites a “Company X” that expressed interest in having exploratory conversations in mid-April, but did not make a formal offer. Read More

Fake news is a war effort humans need to lead

Jul 07, 9:00PM

 Of all the challenges we face in 2017 and beyond, “fake news” has certainly made its way to the top of the list. Can technology solve this issue head-on? In short, my answer is no. Technology will play a role in the fake news fight, but ultimately, humans created fake news — and it it will take human intervention to stop it. Read More

'Chinafrica' is a macro megatrend set to impact everything from Silicon Valley to Wall Street

Jul 07, 8:00PM

 While VCs and startup founders often are the earliest to know about cutting-edge technological advances bubbling from the bottom up (while public-market hedge fund and global macro investors find out about them only later), they often are the last to know about global macro forces that may impact them. Read More

In NASA speech, Mike Pence shoots for the Moon (and Mars)

Jul 07, 7:57PM

 Taking a break from touching pieces of sophisticated technology labeled “do not touch” in a Kennedy Center clean room, Vice President Mike Pence made a speech to NASA yesterday that further signaled the Trump administration’s apparent enthusiasm toward space exploration. The one where Vice President Mike Pence visits the Orion clean room… Read More

Nielsen: on-demand audio streaming hits record high, is up 62.4% over last year

Jul 07, 7:33PM

 A new report from Nielsen out this week paints a picture of the booming on-demand audio streaming business, pointing to a significant increase in consumers’ use of streaming services and record numbers of streams being served. According to the mid-year report, which focuses only on the U.S. market, on-demand audio streams surpassed the 7 billion figure for the first time ever during March… Read More

Nuclear facility hacks remain fairly superficial for now, say DHS and FBI

Jul 07, 6:46PM

 While U.S. nuclear and energy facilities are increasingly aware of the cyberthreats to their systems, we can expect to see more hacks testing the limits of critical infrastructure systems, both in the U.S. and abroad. Read More

What it's like to drive a car while it's being hacked

Jul 07, 5:46PM

Ever been driving a car when both the brake and the gas pedal failed, and the dashboard go nuts? I just have, and it isn’t fun. What are we going to do when our cars are targets for hackers? The problem with most modern cars is that to offer many more kinds of services (live traffic data for sat navs, etc.) they need to be connected. Once that happens then they are, by definition, hackable. Read More

YC-backed Vidcode raises $1.5M to teach teens to code using Snapchat filters, videos, memes and more

Jul 07, 4:50PM

 Vidcode, a Y Combinator-backed startup focused on teaching teens how to code, has raised $1.5 million in seed funding for its curriculum. While there are a number of learn-to-code platforms out there today, Vidcode’s approach is to make coding more interesting to teens by connecting it to their existing interests – like Snapchat filters and memes – while also allowing… Read More

Hear about China's growing influence on startups at Disrupt SF 2017

Jul 07, 4:45PM

 The tech communities in China and the U.S. are now talking to each other more than ever. Some of the most ambitious deals involve both American and Chinese founders and investors. TechCrunch has noticed this cross-pollination effect, and we feel Disrupt should reflect this trend. That’s why we’re so excited to host some of the best Chinese companies and investors at Disrupt SF… Read More

Diabetes platform mySugr exits to Roche for as much as $100M

Jul 07, 4:36PM

 mySugr, a popular digital diabetes management platform which emerged from Austria a few years ago, has been acquired by health giant Roche. It now becomes the heart of Roche Diabetes Care’s new patient-centered digital health services. Roche plans to maintain its acquisition as an open and independent platform for health insurance companies, medical technology companies, and… Read More

Ashton Kutcher plans to host an open dialogue on gender equality

Jul 07, 4:32PM

 Actor and startup investor Ashton Kutcher is gearing up to host a “live open dialog about gender equality in the work place and in tech in general.” He plans to host it with fellow Sound Ventures partner Effie Epstein via Facebook on either Monday or Tuesday of next week, according to his post. Read More

One week left to apply to Startup Battlefield SF 2017

Jul 07, 3:40PM

 Time waits for no entrepreneur, and you have exactly one week left to submit your application to the Startup Battlefield taking place at Disrupt San Francisco 2017. The event takes place September 18-20 at Pier 48, and there’s no better way to launch your early-stage startup. The clock is ticking. Put down the Red Bull, take a break from coding and apply today. Read More

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