• DeepCoder builds programs using code it finds lying around

    DeepCoder builds programs using code it finds lying around

    Like all great programmers I get most of my code from StackOverflow questions. Can’t figure out how to add authentication to Flask? Easy. Want to shut down sendmail? Boom. Now, thanks to all the code on the Internet, a robot can be as smart as a $180,000 coder. The system, called DeepCoder, basically searches a corpus of code to build a project that works to spec. It’s been used… Read More

  • FOSSA scores $2.2M to help developers manage open source licenses

    FOSSA scores $2.2M to help developers manage open source licenses

    FOSSA wants to help developers manage the tricky terrain of open source license management, and today it announced a $2.2 million seed round. The company also announced that its license management product by the same name was available in open Beta. Let’s start with the funding, which was led by Bain Capital Ventures along with an all-star list of participants including Salesforce… Read More

  • Facebook tests ad breaks in all types of videos, giving creators a 55% cut

    Facebook tests ad breaks in all types of videos, giving creators a 55% cut

    Facebook today announced it has begun testing ad breaks that interrupt on-demand video, using a small set of partners who will earn a 55 percent ad revenue share while Facebook keeps 45 percent. That could change the way creators make video content so they tease viewers enough to sit through the ads, while luring more producers to Facebook. On-demand video publishers will get to select where… Read More

  • Hiatus raises $1.2M in seed funding to track and negotiate your reoccurring bills

    Hiatus raises $1.2M in seed funding to track and negotiate your reoccurring bills

    Hiatus, a New York-based startup that helps you identify (and potentially cancel) your monthly reoccurring subscriptions, has raised $1.2M in seed funding. Founded in 2015, Hiatus first connects to your bank account and identifies your paid reoccurring subscriptions, some of which you may have forgotten you’re even paying for. Each month it will notify you before an auto-payment happens… Read More

  • Spotify expands its push into original content with new podcasts

    Spotify expands its push into original content with new podcasts

    Spotify is expanding its podcast selection today, with the announcement that it’s adding three new original podcast series on its service, with plans for more originals to arrive later this year. The series, which are produced in partnership with other media partners like Slate spin-off Panoply Studios, Gimlet Media, and Loudspeaker Network, aim to help further differentiate… Read More

  • Amazon cites First Amendment protection for Alexa in Arkansas murder case

    Amazon cites First Amendment protection for Alexa in Arkansas murder case

    Late last year, it was revealed that Amazon’s Echo had become a key piece of evidence in an on-going murder investigation in Arkansas dating back to 2015, as police sought access to voice recordings from the smart home assistant. Now the tech giant is firing back, arguing that both user commands and Alexa’s responses constitute protected speech. In a lengthy filing issued late… Read More

  • Security researchers announce “first practical” SHA-1 collision attack

    Security researchers announce “first practical” SHA-1 collision attack

    Security researchers at the CWI institute in Amsterdam working with a team from Google Research say they have found a faster way to compromise the SHA-1 hash algorithm — announcing what they describe as “the first practical technique for generating a SHA-1 collision” in a blog post today. Read More

  • Rethinking contributors on TechCrunch Crunch Network

    Rethinking contributors on TechCrunch

    After a very successful two-year run, we’re going to be changing the way that contributions work on TechCrunch. When we started the Crunch Network experiment, the goal was to bring a wide array of voices to the site that were delivering deep domain-related experience that augmented the work of our staff writers. The startup community is rich with people thinking hard about a lot of… Read More

  • Politwoops adds realtime stats for politicians’ deleted tweets across 54 countries

    Politwoops adds realtime stats for politicians’ deleted tweets across 54 countries

    Today Politwoops, the service that tracks politicians’ deleted tweets in an effort to hold elected officials accountable for the statements they’ve made on social media, announced it’s now up-and-running in 54 countries worldwide and has added the ability to show realtime statistics. That is, you’re able to see how fast a tweet has been deleted by a politician or… Read More

  • This is your last chance to buy tickets to the Miami Meetup + Pitch-off!

    This is your last chance to buy tickets to the Miami Meetup + Pitch-off!

    Tonight is the night! The Miami Meetup + Pitch-off kicks off at 6pm and this is your last chance to get in on the fun! If you have no idea what I’m talking about, then please let me explain: The Meetup + Pitch-off is a regional event we hold to get to know the local community. As part of the program, we’ll be joined on stage by ten startups. Each of these startups will have… Read More

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