• Facebook denies bias in Trending Topics, but vows changes anyway

    Facebook denies bias in Trending Topics, but vows changes anyway

    Facebook responded today to official queries regarding its Trending Topics feature, specifically allegations made over the last few weeks that the team responsible for it was deliberately suppressing conservative views and arbitrarily elevating stories with little oversight. It denied the accusations, but nevertheless announced changes it would make to the process. Read More

  • Wherein I Suck On an iPhone to Fix It

    It's a tragic tale told time and time again. Coffee plus hardware plus toddler equals coffee soaked devices. Gadget reviewer Doug Aamoth uses his mouth to fix an iPhone that thinks headphones are always plugged in.

  • Facebook ditches Bing, 800M users now see its own AI text translations

    Facebook ditches Bing, 800M users now see its own AI text translations

    Machine learning is accomplishing Facebook’s mission of connecting the world across language barriers. Facebook is now serving 2 billion text translations per day. Facebook can translate across 40 languages in 1,800 directions, like French to English. And 800 million users, almost half of all Facebook users, see translations each month. That’s all based on Facebook’s own… Read More

  • Tim Cook admits ‘prices are high’ for iPhones in India

    Tim Cook admits ‘prices are high’ for iPhones in India

    Apple CEO Tim Cook made an uncharacteristic admission today in an interview with Indian news channel NDTV — that iPhones are too expensive. He immediately qualified it, and the context really is important, but it’s just one of those things you don’t hear very often. Read More

  • How to get a show on TechCrunch

    How to get a show on TechCrunch

    I’m pretty excited and happy to announce that today I’m taking over Crunch Report. “I am the captain now.” I edited over 150 episodes of Crunch Report back when Sarah Lane hosted the show and I learned a lot: how to be super efficient at editing, learning what I personally liked and disliked about Crunch Report and basically eating, breathing and living this… Read More

  • Ex-Twitter VP Brian “Skip” Schipper lands at Yext

    Ex-Twitter VP Brian “Skip” Schipper lands at Yext

    In January, Twitter revealed that several of its key executives were leaving the company. We learned that former product head Kevin Weil landed at Instagram, and now Brian “Skip” Schipper, the former vice president of human resources at Twitter, is joining Yext, the fast-growing location data management company. Schipper will serve as Chief People Officer, overseeing global HR for… Read More

  • Lyft will now let you schedule trips ahead of time

    Lyft will now let you schedule trips ahead of time

    Ridesharing platform Lyft heard the people and the people wanted to schedule rides ahead of time. Starting today, Lyft is adding a new feature to let you schedule in advance that ride to the airport or crucial business meeting for which you need to be on time. Gett, a ridesharing service in New York, has offered this feature for more than a year and we’ve heard rumors Uber has toyed… Read More

  • We need more driverless car accidents Crunch Network

    We need more driverless car accidents

    A driverless car was involved in a traffic accident on a California city street earlier this year. No one was hurt in the small fender bender, but the accident does signal we are making incredible leaps forward on the road toward driverless cars. It may sound counterintuitive, but this crash shows just how far autonomous technology has come in such a short time. Read More

  • ZModo’s Pivot gives you 24/7 monitoring on the cheap Crunch Network

    ZModo’s Pivot gives you 24/7 monitoring on the cheap

    We’ve come a long way from the days of pale beige IP webcams with wonky interfaces and limited recording times. Today’s webcams, like the ZModo Pivot, are motion-sensing, low-light seeing, and notification-rich cylinders that hide out in secret places and store video for days at a time. In essence webcams have morphed from wonky toys to actual tools and, in the process, have gone… Read More

  • Facebook enables Continuous Live Video to power puppycams and more

    Facebook enables Continuous Live Video to power puppycams and more

    Live mobile video is evolving beyond selfie-stream rants and citizen journalism. Facebook will now allow non-stop, long-form broadcasting as long as the creators don’t mind that they won’t be able to permanently save and share the video. The new Continuous Live Video API enables persistent streams like nature feeds, 24-hour windows into major landmarks or cameras trained on a pit… Read More

  • Spice up your Snapchats with Stickers, not just emojis

    Spice up your Snapchats with Stickers, not just emojis

    Snapchat just rolled out an update that lets users decorate their Snaps with the 200+ stickers they released as part of Chat 2.0. The new feature works exactly like emojis — they even live inside the same button on the camera screen. Just like the emoji feature you can drag, resize and reposition any sticker on your photos or videos. The stickers even work with Snapchat’s new… Read More

  • Amazon no longer offers price match refunds on anything but TVs

    Amazon no longer offers price match refunds on anything but TVs

    Amazon has quietly ended its price protection policy on all products except for televisions. The change to the company’s policy comes at a time when a handful of startups have launched to help consumers automate the process of requesting refunds when prices change on online sites, including Amazon and dozens of other e-commerce stores. For example, newcomer Earny recently debuted… Read More

  • Penny raises $1.2M in seed funding for its personal finance bot

    Penny raises $1.2M in seed funding for its personal finance bot

    Penny, a personal finance bot we reviewed last fall, has raised $1.2 million in seed funding from Social Capital. As a refresher, the app offers a chat-based interface that offers advice tailored to your personal finances. This advice includes things like how much you spend on food each week, how this month’s spending compares to last month’s and even income graphs. One unique… Read More

  • SyndicateRoom raises $4.5M Series A to push for growth in equity capital markets

    SyndicateRoom raises $4.5M Series A to push for growth in equity capital markets

    SyndicateRoom today announced a £3.1 million ($4.5 million) Series A from a number of heavy hitting angel investors. The round was led by Abcam founder Jonathan Milner, who noted he is excited about the company’s “superb leadership and a brilliant company culture.” Unicorn AIM VCT was the largest investor in this round, putting down a $1.4 million bet on the… Read More

  • Kleiner is raising two new funds totaling upwards of $1.3 billion

    Kleiner is raising two new funds totaling upwards of $1.3 billion

    Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, long a leading venture firm, is talking with investors about two new funds that would total roughly $1.3 billion, CNBC reported earlier today and TechCrunch has confirmed. Roughly two-thirds of the money would go toward a new growth stage fund; the rest would be invested through a new, early-stage fund. The firm may have a slightly harder go of it than in… Read More

  • Zzish wants to make it easier to create educational apps and use them in the classroom

    Zzish wants to make it easier to create educational apps and use them in the classroom

    London-based edtech startup Zzish is on a mission to unlock the potential of apps for learning, by making it easier to first create educational apps and then use them properly in the classroom. Read More

  • Wickr Foundation invests in Whistler, an app dedicated to helping activists and citizen reporters

    Wickr Foundation invests in Whistler, an app dedicated to helping activists and citizen reporters

    Earlier today at the Oslo Freedom Forum, the Wickr Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to private communication and uncensored information, announced its first investment in a new secure communications and education app for human rights activists and citizen reporters called Whistler. Around the world, thousands of citizen activists have turned to the Internet and social media as… Read More

  • Get ready for the Xiaomi drone

    Get ready for the Xiaomi drone

    On Wednesday, Xiaomi is going to unveil a new product. While details are still thin, it looks like the electronics company is about to announce a drone. Xiaomi is a well-known phone manufacturer. But the company now also manufactures all sorts of devices, from Android TV set-top boxes to smart rice cookers. And then, there’s Read More

  • Instagram’s code hints at option to pay to boost posts

    Instagram’s code hints at option to pay to boost posts

    We’ve known for some time that Instagram will soon be introducing business profiles, analytics and features intended to improve the ad-buying experience on the Facebook-owned photo-sharing network. Now, a number of other undocumented, non-public features have been uncovered, following a decompiling of the latest Instagram application, including one that hints that Instagram plans to offer… Read More

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