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Wing It is a Facebook Messenger bot meant to get you out of the house

“I should go on a weekend trip,” you think to yourself. “I’ll go to the mountains!” And then the weekend comes and all the hotels are booked and you’re tired and th

User data leaks at Facebook pull tech further into political debate

New revelations from The New York Times and an admission from Facebook about the improper use of user data by Cambridge Analytica have once again thrown a spotlight on the technology industry’s

Aalo is do-it-yourself, customizable, re-purposable furniture

Buying furniture sucks. Getting rid of it later is worse. Aalo, part of the Y Combinator Winter 2018 class, is trying to fix both sides of that equation. They want you to design and build your own fur

Phlur, a fragrance startup launched by a former Ralph Lauren exec, is raising fresh funding

There’s no shortage of ideas being backed when it comes to direct-to-consumer e-commerce companies that are cultivating their own brands. We’ve seen everything from slippers to toothbrush

What it’s like using the Owl car security camera

When you get a new car, and you’re feeling like a star, the first thing you’re probably going to do is ghost ride it. This is where the Owl camera can come in. I’ve been testing Ow

Here are the top states and cities for startups in the South

Jason Rowley Contributor Jason Rowley is a venture capital and technology reporter for Crunchbase News. More posts by this contributor Where did venture capitalists go to college? ICOs delivered at le

EdTech is having a renaissance, powered by the emerging world

So-called ‘EdTech’ has seen many false dawns over the years. After being lauded as the teaching platforms of the future, most MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course platforms) have not quite li

Everything is terrible: an explanation

Facebook is a breeding ground for fake news and polarized outrage, accused of corrupting democracy and spurring genocide. Twitter knows it has become a seething battleground of widespread, targeted ab

Facebook’s latest privacy debacle stirs up more regulatory interest from lawmakers

Facebook’s late Friday disclosure that a data analytics company with ties to the Trump campaign improperly obtained — and then failed to destroy — the private data of 50 million users is gen

YouTube is reportedly introducing your kids to conspiracy theories, too

In a recent appearance by YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki at the South by Southwest Festival, she suggested that YouTube is countering the conspiracy-related videos that have been spreading like wildfire o

The Cambridge Analytica Debacle is not a Facebook “Data Breach.” Maybe It Should Be.

Ido Kilovaty Contributor Share on Twitter Ido Kilovaty is a Cyber Fellow at the Center for Global Legal Challenges and Resident Fellow at the Information Society Project, Yale Law School. More posts b

Qualcomm’s war may be over, but the casualties are just starting to be calculated

The epic battle between Qualcomm and Broadcom seems to have reached its armistice, with President Trump using the power of CFIUS to block the transaction this past week, ending what would have been th

Trump blocks Broadcom bid for Qualcomm

President Trump has blocked Broadcom’s proposed buyout of Qualcomm. The combination of the two chipmakers would have potentially been the biggest tech merger ever.

The rise of experiential commerce

Sunny Dhillon Contributor Sunny Dhillon is a partner at Signia Venture Partners. More posts by this contributor Approaching e-commerce investments in the age of Amazon Mixed reality arcades are the ne

VR, presence and the case of the missing killer app

Compelling virtual reality shipped to developers and consumers nearly two years ago. The first flagship headsets arrived from Oculus and HTC back in the spring of 2016, offering enough resolution, fra

Amid the greatest NCAA basketball upset ever, a Twitter hero emerges

Happy Saturday, everyone! While many things in the world are very bad today, if you were on the Internet last night, you probably caught wind of a pretty cool historic moment in college basketball: UM

Late-blooming startups can still thrive

Joanna Glasner Contributor More posts by this contributor Corporate bio VCs are backing more rounds and making bigger bets Front-door tech is hot, and it’s not just Amazon who wants in It seems like

Aerones makes really big drones for cleaning turbines and saving lives

Enthusiasts will talk your ear off about the potential for drones to take over many of our dirtiest, dullest and most dangerous tasks. But most of the jobs we’ve actually seen drones perform are foc

Tinder owner Match is suing Bumble over patents

Drama is heating up between the dating apps. Tinder, which is owned by Match Group, is suing rival Bumble for patent infringement and misuse of intellectual property. The suit alleges that Bumble &#82

VR startup Upload shuts down its offices as funding from Palmer Luckey runs out

Upload, the VR startup which was rocked by a sexual harassment suit exactly one year ago, is shutting down both its San Francisco office and its 20,000 sq. foot Los Angeles co-working space as it stru
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