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Coinbase says it will support Bitcoin Cash after all — but it isn't committed to trading yet

Aug 04, 4:56AM

 Coinbase, one of the world’s largest (if not the) largest cryptocurrency exchanges, has reversed its stance on Bitcoin Cash and said it will introduce support for the fork next year. Coinbase was among numerous exchanges to opt out of trading Bitcoin Cash after it came into existence on August 1 on the grounds that it wasn’t proven or safe. Beyond refusing to facilitate trading… Read More

Crunch Report | Virtual Reality Star Wars Experience Is Coming to Disney Parks

Aug 04, 3:00AM

VR Star Wars Experience is coming to Disney, Vector launches micro-satellites into orbit and iPhone 8 will take even better photos. All this on Crunch Report! Read More

Mamoon Hamid is heading from Social Capital to Kleiner Perkins

Aug 03, 8:53PM

 Mamoon Hamid, a longtime partner at U.S. Venture Partners who went on to co-found Social Capital with Chamath Palihapitiya in 2011, is reportedly moving on to Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Read More

FBI arrests WannaCry hero for alleged role in Kronos banking malware

Aug 03, 8:40PM

 A malware researcher hailed as a hero earlier this year has been arrested by the FBI for his alleged role in distributing the banking malware known as Kronos. Marcus Hutchins, also known as @malwaretechblog, was detained and then arrested by the bureau at the airport as he was leaving the Def Con hacking conference in Las Vegas. Read More

Etsy lives to fight another day as new leadership shaves costs and delivers an earnings beat

Aug 03, 8:38PM

 Etsy went ahead and DIYed its Q2 2017 earnings report this afternoon and fortunately things turned out fairly well for the company. Etsy announced revenue of $101.69 million with earnings per share of 10 cents. The finance gods prognosticated revenue of $101.14 million and a loss of $0.01 per share, making this quarter a slight beat for the company. Read More

Yelp is selling Eat24 to GrubHub for $287.5M and the stock is skyrocketing

Aug 03, 8:32PM

 Two huge pieces of news today from Yelp, the company that shows up first in your Google search for a restaurant: first, GrubHub is acquiring food delivery service Eat24 from the company in a big partnership for $287.5 million; second, the company reported its second-quarter earnings… and they look pretty good. Read More

FCC fills vacant seats as Jessica Rosenworcel and Brendan Carr are confirmed by Senate

Aug 03, 8:30PM

 You might not think it from the amount of controversy the agency has generated recently, but the FCC has been operating on a skeleton crew of three commissioners since the beginning of the year. That will soon no longer be the case, however, as the Senate has just confirmed Jessica Rosenworcel and Brendan Carr into the vacant positions, bringing the Commission to its five-person maximum. Read More

GoPro actually had a good quarter and the stock is spiking 15%

Aug 03, 8:29PM

 GoPro is flying high and mighty after releasing its 2017 second-quarter earnings. The camera company took in $297 million in revenue equaling a non-GAAP loss of 9 cents per share. This was way above Wall Street’s expectations, as the general consensus was that GoPro would report revenue of $269 million with a loss of 25 cents per share. That’s growth any way you slice it. Read More

Google reportedly offered $30 billion to acquire Snapchat

Aug 03, 8:18PM

 Nerdy Google has failed at social time and time again, so it considered buying teen sensation Snapchat. According to reports, the search giant held informal talks with Snap and floated an offer of $30 billion in 2016 before Snap’s last funding round, and just before its IPO this year. That offer was apparently an open secret inside Snap, and was on the table after the IPO, too. Read More

Cadillac's Super Cruise 'autopilot' is ready for the expressway

Aug 03, 7:18PM

 “Wait for the green light and let go,” the Cadillac engineer instructed. That’s it. The car was driving itself. I, the person behind the steering wheel, was no longer the driver. Cadillac’s Super Cruise system was driving. The 2018 Cadillac CT6 sped along US-23 under the direction of Super Cruise. Traffic was light and the weather was perfect. The system held the… Read More

>From barter to blockchain: A history of money

Aug 03, 7:05PM

 The Big Bang brought the universe into existence 13.7 billion years ago. Life first appeared on our planet 3.8 billion years ago. Earth witnessed a hominid species, Home erectus, walking upright for the first time 1.9 million years ago. And, 7,000 years ago, money was invented. Read More

LinkedIn is rolling out a free service to pair users with mentors

Aug 03, 7:00PM

 LinkedIn, the Microsoft-owned social network for the working world with over 500 million users, has put a lot of effort into new areas of business like content, education and bringing on new users in emerging markets; but today it’s embarking on the roll out of a new service that plays squarely into the bread and butter of its business: looking for work. Today, the company is debuting a… Read More

Micro satellite launcher Vector flies first rocket from Spaceport Camden

Aug 03, 6:45PM

 Micro satellite launch startup Vector, which is founded by a team of alumni from SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, Boeing and other aerospace leaders, competed its first suborbital launch and flight of a full-scale test version of its Vector-R launch rocket. The launch is also a first for Georgia’s Spaceport Camden, which was previously a NASA static test fire site for solid state rockets in… Read More

High schooler makes 3D-printed, machine learning-powered eye disease diagnosis system

Aug 03, 6:36PM

 If you’re one of those people that worries that you haven’t accomplished much in your life, you probably shouldn’t read this profile of Kavya Kopparapu, a teenager who has probably done more in her time at high school than I’ve done since I graduated. Read More

Edge computing could push the cloud to the fringe

Aug 03, 5:22PM

 Peter Levine has an interesting working theory. He believes cloud computing is going to take a back seat to edge computing — and we will soon see the majority of processing taking place at the device level. Levine says it’s based on sound analysis of where he sees computing going — and his job as an investor is to recognize where the industry is heading before it happens. Read More

Zumper Select wants to make renting an apartment as easy as booking a hotel

Aug 03, 5:05PM

 When Zumper raised $18M in Series B funding last fall, the rental search engine explained that the funding would be used to grow the company beyond search – and assist renters with the entire leasing process. So today Zumper is announcing what they call Zumper Select, which is an end-to-end platform that works with renters and landlords to manage the entire rental process, from search… Read More

Meditation app Headspace brings on former Netflixer Dolores Tersigni as chief people officer

Aug 03, 5:04PM

 Dolores Tersigni was hoping she would be taking a long-overdue vacation after leaving Netflix earlier this year — instead, she was spending a lot of time talking to the team over at meditation app Headspace. Now she’s landed a job there as the chief people officer, starting full-time this week. Read More

Microsoft makes content on Remix 3D more remixable

Aug 03, 5:00PM

 Remix 3D is Microsoft’s community site for sharing 3D models from Paint 3D and other 3D modeling tools. Given the company’s focus on mixed and virtual reality, it’s no surprise that the company wants to get people to think about building the kind of 3D models that bring these new experiences to life. The premise of Remix 3D, as the name implies, has always been that it’s… Read More

Google Play will now downrank poorly performing apps

Aug 03, 5:00PM

 Google today announced it’s rolling out a change to its Play Store so that better-performing apps – meaning those that experience fewer crashes and those that don’t drain your smartphone battery – will be ranked higher than apps with bugs and other performance issues. The goal with this new ranking algorithm is to ensure that the best apps are being promoted, which in… Read More

HelloPlant tells you if your ficus is firsty

Aug 03, 4:58PM

 Plants, like humans, need food, water, beer, and television. What better way to tell if your plant is hungry or thirsty (or bored) than a little nubbin that sits inside its pot and send you notifications when things are amiss. That’s why you need a HelloPlant. The system lets you name your plants and then watch them as they grow. When the soil is too dry you get a notification and you… Read More

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