• The new Pokémon just went live in Pokémon GO and the servers are melting again

    The new Pokémon just went live in Pokémon GO and the servers are melting again

    The good news: the 80+ new Pokémon that were supposed to hit Pokémon GO “later this week”? They just went live. I caught a Chikorita! The bad news: If you were a player in the early days, things might look pretty familiar right now… in that you might just be looking at an error screen. The server seems to be having a hard time at the moment, with players reporting… Read More

  • Loom helps entrepreneurs lure freelance developers with equity

    Loom helps entrepreneurs lure freelance developers with equity

    According to Loom founder Chase White, there’s a familiar cycle that tech entrepreneurs go through: When they’re first getting started, they sell equity to angel investors, then they use the money to hire developers to actually build the product. Read More

  • What Betsy DeVos means for edtech Crunch Network

    What Betsy DeVos means for edtech

    Betsy DeVos was barely confirmed last week as the new Secretary of Education –- or should I say bearly. In her welcome address to the Department of Education on Wednesday, Secretary DeVos made light of her remark about schools needing guns to protect children from grizzly bears: “For me, personally, this confirmation process and the drama it engendered has been a … bit of a… Read More

  • Facebook plans customizable filters for nudity and violence

    Facebook plans customizable filters for nudity and violence

    Facebook wants to give you the power to define what is and isn’t objectionable, and influence the local defaults of those who don’t choose voluntarily. You’ll eventually be able to select how much nudity, violence, graphic content and profanity you’re comfortable seeing. Read More

  • Trucks will talk to each other using Peloton Technology

    Trucks will talk to each other using Peloton Technology

    Many studies have been done on the potential effects of semi trucks being able to travel in platoons. It could be more fuel efficient, it could be safer, it could be easier on the drivers. And now, it could be coming to a highway near you. Peloton Technology has partnered with Omnitracs, a fleet management company, to provide platooning technology this year. Read More

  • Transcend VR sues investor Mike Rothenberg for fraud and breach of contract

    Transcend VR sues investor Mike Rothenberg for fraud and breach of contract

    Mike Rothenberg has been in a heap of trouble over a series of purportedly fraudulent transactions within his investment firm Rothenberg Ventures and his virtual reality startup River Studios. Now Transcend VR, as first reported in The Wall Street Journal, is suing the venture capitalist on allegations of fraud, breach of contract and deceptive diversion of funds. Read More

  • Twitter makes another anti-abuse update

    Twitter makes another anti-abuse update

    Twitter will no longer notify you about replies in conversations started by people you’ve either blocked or muted, Twitter said today. You will, however, still get notified if someone you follow directly mentions you in the thread. Twitter made this decision after hearing “consistent feedback from the safety community regarding notifications from conversations started by… Read More

  • Trump supporters boycott Meetup after company creates #Resist groups, makes its politics known

    Trump supporters boycott Meetup after company creates #Resist groups, makes its politics known

    Meetup, the site that helps people organize get-togethers like hiking trips and cooking classes, is taking a very solid political stance in the face of the new administration’s policies here in the U.S. — a move that has angered Trump supporters, who are deleting their accounts and calling for a boycott. While Meetup’s platform is open to anyone on both sides of the… Read More

  • LG reveals even more details about the G6 ahead of launch

    LG reveals even more details about the G6 ahead of launch

    LG is doing a downright terrible job keeping the lid on the G6 ahead of its launch at Mobile World Congress in a couple of weeks. Numerous leaks involving the handset have popped up recently, and today the company just went ahead and offered up a whole slew of information through its official channels — confirming a number of reports and adding some new insight into what the handset… Read More

  • Why Snap would lowball its IPO valuation

    Why Snap would lowball its IPO valuation

    The short answer for why Snap lowballed its initial valuation for its initial public offering is that it probably won’t be that low for long. Normally these prices are set by expectations the underwriters and executives can divine from their conversations with Wall Street. It’s essentially a matching game — how does Snap and its underwriters figure out where to price the… Read More

  • This baby monitor uses radar to detect infant breathing patterns

    I’ll be honest, hearing about what Raybaby does made me happy I don’t have kids. The mere thought of needing a device to monitor a child’s breathing stresses me out. But it’s a legitimate concern, and the Hax graduates are offering a solution that may well provide some extra peace of mind for concerned parents of newborns. Read More

  • After Puzder withdraws, Trump names his new pick for labor secretary

    After Puzder withdraws, Trump names his new pick for labor secretary

    Less than 24 hours after his first pick to head the Department of Labor withdrew his nomination over intense scrutiny of his various professional and personal controversies, President Trump is ready to throw a new name into the mix: Alexander Acosta. By most accounts, Acosta makes for a less controversial choice than Puzder, a fast food executive decried by opponents as anti-worker. Acosta… Read More

  • How Alphabet’s Project Loon balloons learned to loiter

    How Alphabet’s Project Loon balloons learned to loiter

    When Google launched Project Loon a few years ago, the plan was to provide internet access to underserved areas with the help of a series of balloons that would constantly circumnavigate the earth. When one balloon moved out of range, another would move in behind it. Today, Google is still Google but it’s also Alphabet — and as Alphabet’s “Captain of Moonshots” at… Read More

  • Dobby’s foldable pocket drone is the perfect mix of portability and functionality

    Dobby’s foldable pocket drone is the perfect mix of portability and functionality

    Most consumer drones available on the market today fit in one of two categories: full-fledged UAVs like DJI’s Inspire, Phantom or Mavic, or portable “selfie” drones like Hover that prioritize size and convenience over features. So what about “in-between” drones? Drones that are easy to carry, typically under the weight that requires FAA registration but still have… Read More

  • Hivy is an office management service to manage all those startup perks

    Hivy is an office management service to manage all those startup perks

    Have you ever wondered why the snack bowls on the second floor of your fancy startup office never runs out of snacks? Your office manager is most likely in charge of all of this, and sometimes it can be hard for them to keep track of all requests and make sure everything is running smoothly. Hivy plans to be the only service office managers ever need. The company is participating in Y… Read More

  • Boston’s new hub, MassRobotics, is like a WeWork for robotics startups

    Boston’s new hub, MassRobotics, is like a WeWork for robotics startups

    If you’re building drones, personal delivery vehicles or robots that can perform surgery, a desk in a coworking community like WeWork or RocketSpace probably won’t be enough for you. Now, the city of Boston has opened a new facility just for robotics startups. The nonprofit hub, MassRobotics, is located at 12 Channel Street in Boston’s Seaport Innovation District. According… Read More

  • Microsoft Office hits the MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar

    Microsoft Office hits the MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar

    The new MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar arrived with some pretty strong first-party support, but it was clear that it would take some key partners to really make the secondary Retina Display sing. Photoshop compatibility arrived late-last year, and now Microsoft is finally ready to go live with Office support , which along with Adobe’s offering, was announced at launch, but not quite ready… Read More

  • Twitter starts putting abusers in “time out”

    Twitter starts putting abusers in “time out”

    Twitter is putting online bullies in “time out.” As one of the company’s many new anti-abuse measures, users whose accounts have been identified engaging in abusive behavior will have the reach of their tweets temporarily restricted. During this time, the abuser’s tweets will only be shown to their followers, Twitter says. The change was spotted by BuzzFeed and… Read More

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