• 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

  • Google’s new project aims to clean up comment sections

    Google’s new project aims to clean up comment sections

    If you read stuff on the internet (and obviously you do because hi, you’re reading a blog) then you know the golden rule: never read the comments. Scrolling past the end of a story is an adventure into a realm of racism, conspiracy theories and ad hominem attacks that will quickly make you lose your faith in humanity. But instead of encountering Godwin’s Law in the comments, you… Read More

  • SocialWall aims to be a smarter way for brands to display social media mentions

    SocialWall aims to be a smarter way for brands to display social media mentions

    Born out of technology designed to help price a musician or band’s live performance, based on their social media presence, SocialWall aims to be a smarter way for brands to display social media mentions at events or in venues. Like so many social media management products, the promise is less noise and more signal. Read More

  • Google.org is committing $11.5 million to racial justice

    Google.org is committing $11.5 million to racial justice

    There is generally a lack of data in the criminal justice system. At the national level, for example, there is very little data about police behavior and criminal sentencing. That’s why Google.org is re-upping its commitment to racial justice through its $11.5 million in new grant money to ten racial justice organizations. This comes after Google.org awarded $3 million to… Read More

  • Samsung to unveil massive Galaxy S8 handset

    Samsung to unveil massive Galaxy S8 handset

    Samsung is about to release a version of the S8 with an even bigger screen than the Note 7. According to this leaked spec page, the S8+ will have a 6.2-inch curved screen. That’s about the size of a phone book. The phone is apparently called the S8+ and is said to be a variant of the S8 — sort of like what Apple offers with the iPhone and iPhone Plus. Samsung, always the creative… Read More

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