Whirlpool crowdfunds a beer maker

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Asian indie film platform Viddsee signs content deal with Discovery

Viddsee, a streaming platform for independent short films in Asia, and Discovery Networks announced a content partnership today. The agreement is noteworthy because this is not only the biggest deal o

Jeff Bezos on space, free speech and creating shows to sell more shoes

When it came to discussing Peter Thiel’s involvement in the ongoing Gawker trial that’s raised questions surrounding free speech, Jeff Bezos quoted Confucius: “Seek revenge and you s

Crunch Report | Marketo Bought For $1.8 Billion

Marketo bought by Vista Equity partners for $1.79 Billion dollars, Paypal is halting operations in Turkey after not being able to get a license, Iran wants messaging apps to throw Iranian citizens dat

This Facebook bot will pick your next movie for you

As we’ve discussed, Facebook’s bot platform is still in its early stages, and most apps aren’t ready yet to become part of your everyday life. This is mainly due to shortfalls in nat

Xiaomi inks Microsoft patent deal and agrees to pre-install Office apps on its phones

Xiaomi is moving closer to launching its smartphones in the U.S. market. Today the Chinese company announced a partnership with Microsoft that includes a cross-license and patent transfer agreement an

SeedPlus is an early-stage fund focused on finding global startups in Southeast Asia

There's a new early-stage fund in town -- town being Southeast Asia. Singapore-based Jungle Ventures, the VC firm that launched a $100 million fund last year, today announced a new fund focused on see

Is civic technology the killer app for democracy?

Smartphone apps have improved convenience for public transportation in many urban centers. In Washington, DC, riders can download apps to help them figure out where to go, when to show up and how long

Get fit for summer with these workout apps

Summer is almost here, which means... it’s time to download some workout apps! TechCrunch tested out dozens of the best fitness apps and we narrowed it down to our three favorites.

After years of bootstrapping Vendini raises $20 million for its ticketing platform

Nearly fifteen years after chief executive Mark Tacchi launched his ticketing services Vendini to compete with the likes of TicketMaster, the company has raised its first $20 million in outside capita

Depth-sensing walker monitors and connects the elderly and mobility impaired

The so-called Internet of Things is often underwhelming — who really needs a tweeting oven? — but inspiring applications of embedded sensors and ubiquitous connectivity still appear, and sometimes

Not all startups need the bright lights of the big city

In an office park overlooking a lake in Southern New Hampshire, Rajesh Mishra is working to change how cell networks are created. Rajesh and his company, Parallel Wireless, along with a dozen or so ot

Facebook spares humans by fighting offensive photos with AI

Facebook’s artificial intelligence systems now report more offensive photos than humans do, marking a major milestone in the social network’s battle against abuse, the company tells me. AI

Robots date, mate, and procreate 3D printed offspring in ‘Robot Baby’ project

Researchers in the Netherlands claim to have created the world’s first “robots that procreate.” What does that mean exactly? Well, child, when two robots’ fitness evaluation al

Periscope introduces real-time comment moderation

Livestreaming app Periscope is rolling out a new experiment with real-time comment moderation, the company announced today. While its parent company Twitter has struggled over the years with spam an

Y Combinator announces basic income pilot experiment in Oakland

Y Combinator announced today that it would launch its first basic income experiment in Oakland, CA. The startup accelerator began researching the concept of basic income last fall and will soon start

Energysquare is a wireless phone charging pad that doesn’t use induction

Meet <a target="_blank" href="http://www.energysquare.co">Energysquare</a>, a thin charging pad made so that you don’t have to plug in your phone charger ever again. Energysquare doesn’t rely on i

Inventory shortages may herald rebirth of Apple’s aging Thunderbolt Display

Apple’s Thunderbolt Display, first introduced in the summer of 2011, may be getting a refresh at WWDC, if inventory shortages at retail stores are any indication. Just try getting one at your lo

Xbox One price drops to $299 just in time before unveiling slim Xbox One at E3

Recently confirmed Myspace hack could be the largest yet

You might not have thought of – much less visited – Myspace in years. (Yes, it’s still around. Time, Inc. acquired it and other properties when it bought Viant earlier this year.) Bu
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