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Crunch Report | David Letterman Is Coming to Netflix

Aug 09, 3:00AM

David Letterman is coming to Netflix, Didi Chuxing backs Careem in the Middle East, Crusie is running an autonomous ride-hailing service and Andrew Ng launches All this on Crunch Report. Read More

FBI account of tracking and arresting an online 'sextortionist' is grimly satisfying

Aug 09, 2:11AM

 Tales of internet trolls and worse things are common to hear about — that is, if you’re not experiencing their effects yourself, as many are. But while those stories often end in the victim uselessly soliciting the help of Facebook management or clueless law enforcement, this one ends up with the perpetrator in question, a low-rent script kiddie who targeted girls, completely owned… Read More

BAMTech valued at $3.75 billion following Disney deal

Aug 09, 1:22AM

 BAMTech, the company that powers streaming for MLB, HBO, NHL, WWE, and now, Disney’s and ESPN’s upcoming streaming services, is valued at $3.75 billion following Disney’s new investment. This afternoon, Disney announced it would acquire an additional 42 percent stake in the streaming infrastructure provider for $1.58 billion. The company last year had invested $1 billion… Read More

Disney has done streaming before, but its new try could be huge

Aug 09, 12:27AM

 Disney announced this afternoon that it’s doing the inevitable. It’s launching its own streaming service in 2019, and will pull its movies from Netflix that same year. But this is not Disney’s first streaming service, as you might recall –  just the first that will be available to consumers in the U.S. The company is already running an on-demand subscription video… Read More

Former CIA operative Valerie Plame says privacy is precious — and she should know

Aug 08, 11:59PM

 Back in 2003, Valerie Plame was working for the CIA overseas trying to protect the world from rogue nuclear proliferation — nothing too important or anything. Unbeknownst to her, she was about to become a pawn in a dangerous political game between the CIA and the Bush White House. It eventually escalated to the point where her identity was publicly exposed by an unnamed White House source… Read More

Welltory packs a lot of science into its app to measure your stress levels

Aug 08, 10:03PM

 There’s a lot of talk about the quantified self, but one of the grey areas remains working out your levels of stress. Usually this requires hardware devices. Now a New York-based startup thinks it’s come up with an approach based on specially developed algorithms and machine learning using simple heartbeat readings taken with a smartphone app. Read More

U.S. Trade Commission now investigating Apple in Qualcomm patent dispute

Aug 08, 9:41PM

 The U.S. International Trade Commission is investigating Qualcomm’s claims that Apple is violating several of its patents related to mobile technologies in several of its iPhone models. Qualcomm is seeking a ban on imports of the iPhone models that allegedly infringe on its IP. Read More

The new wave of Brazilian SaaS innovators

Aug 08, 9:00PM

 The SaaS market in Brazil is booming. It mirrors the rapid adoption of SaaS as the dominant cloud computing type in a global public cloud services market that’s forecast to reach more than $122B in 2017. Earlier this year, we embarked on an inaugural survey of more than 400 executives of Brazil-based SaaS companies. Here are some of the most interesting things we learned. Read More

What we know about CBS's upcoming streaming service for sports

Aug 08, 8:40PM

 Cord cutters have another reason to get excited, as CBS this week announced it’s planning to launch a live streaming service for sports. The news was discussed on the company’s Q2 earnings call, and though details are light, the service could potentially go a long way to fill a gap that’s not currently well-covered by live TV streaming services and on-demand subscription video. Read More

Disney is ditching Netflix in 2019 to launch its own streaming service

Aug 08, 8:26PM

 Bad news if you were just getting used to all of the new Disney stuff hitting Netflix: that deal is on the way out. Disney has just announced plans to end its distribution agreement with Netflix in 2019, instead opting to launch its own streaming service sometime during that same year. Read More

More pseudo-ransomware attacks are probably on the way

Aug 08, 6:38PM

 The last few months saw some major malware moments, most notably the WannaCry and NotPetya (a.k.a. ExPetr/Nyetya/Petya) attacks. Kaspersky Labs’ quarterly report suggests that the trend is likely here to stay for now, as waves of increasingly sophisticated hacks further the veiled aims of shadowy individual actors and governments alike. Read More

Here's the 22nd batch of 500 Startups companies

Aug 08, 5:30PM

 500 Startups is ramping up its next batch of companies in its early-stage startup program, which this time consists of 36 startups. The firm’s pitch to companies entering the accelerator has generally been that it can better help support growth and marketing efforts. So a lot of the companies in this batch are ones that align neatly with those needs. Read More

Airbnb is banning people trying to attend a white supremacist rally

Aug 08, 5:05PM

 Ahead of a white supremacist rally this Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia, Airbnb has deactivated the accounts of some people who are trying to attend the event, Gizmodo first reported. It’s not clear how many accounts Airbnb has deactivated (we asked and the company told us there are no numbers to share). Read More

Audioburst launches a web and mobile search engine for audio news

Aug 08, 5:01PM

 Audio is beginning to play an increasingly important role in how consumers connect with information, thanks to the popularity of podcasts and other short-form audio programming, improvements in voice technologies, and the growing consumer adoption of smart home devices like the Amazon Echo and Google Home. Today, a company called Audioburst is unveiling a new search engine designed to connect… Read More

Microsoft launches a faster, smarter into public beta

Aug 08, 5:01PM

 Microsoft is launching a new opt-in beta program for today that will give users access to a faster and more personalized email experience, as well as an overhauled design. Over the next few weeks, the team will roll out to all users a new toggle for opting into the beta. Those who don’t like the new look and feel can easily switch back to the old version. Read More raises $10M funding round to expand its home improvement service to more cities

Aug 08, 5:00PM started out as a marketplace that wanted to connect homeowners with home improvement and renovation professionals. Today, however, the company is a tech-centric general contractor with licenses in Washington state and California — and it’s also probably one of the best-funded general contractors. The company today announced that it has raised a $10 million growth… Read More

BlueJeans Network names industry vet Quentin Gallivan as CEO

Aug 08, 5:00PM

 BlueJeans Network, the cloud video and collaboration company, announced today that Quentin Gallivan, an industry veteran who has helped run several tech companies, will be taking over as CEO. Former CEO and company founder Krish Ramakrishnan will remain with the company and take on the role of executive chairman. He will also continue to lead strategy and innovation. Ramakrishnan doesn’t… Read More

Latest Xbox update begins rolling out to Xbox Insiders today

Aug 08, 4:50PM

 Xbox is changing up its user interface on Xbox in a major way again, and Xbox Insiders can check out the latest switch-em-up now. The new interface includes big changes for Xbox One users, as well as tweaks to Windows 10 PCs using the Xbox app. The new interface focuses on a custom home screen that users can create themselves, which is a good way to hopefully help make that initial launch… Read More

David Letterman returns to TV with six-episode Netflix deal

Aug 08, 4:45PM

David Letterman David Letterman has signed a deal to host six episodes of a new program for Netflix. The company hasn’t released many details of the topics, format or guests, but it sounds like it won’t just be a standard in-the-studio talk show — Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement, “David Letterman is a true television icon, and I can’t wait… Read More

TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017 is all in on artificial intelligence and machine learning

Aug 08, 4:31PM

 As fields of research, machine learning and artificial intelligence both date back to the 50s. More than half a century later, the disciplines have graduated from the theoretical to practical, real world applications. We’ll have some of the top minds in both categories to discuss the latest advances and future of AI and ML on stage and Disrupt San Francisco in just over a month.… Read More

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