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  • Google open sources Embedding Projector to make high-dimensional data more manageable

    Google open sources Embedding Projector to make high-dimensional data more manageable

    This morning, Google announced that it was open sourcing its data visualization tool, Embedding Projector. The tool will help machine learning researchers to visualize data without having to install and run TensorFlow. Dimensionality, and vectors in general, is not something that most of us find easy to understand. The problem is that we all live in a three-dimensional world. We are… Read More

  • Used-car marketplace Beepi shuts down outside of CA, merges with stealth Fair.com

    Used-car marketplace Beepi shuts down outside of CA, merges with stealth Fair.com

    After going through nearly $150 million in funding, peer-to-peer used-car marketplace Beepi.com is shifting gears. TechCrunch has learned and confirmed that the startup is shutting down its operations outside of California, laying off 180 staff, and merging its remaining business with Fair.com, a new venture co-founded by several car industry veterans that has yet to launch. The reduced size… Read More

  • CNote looks to upend traditional savings with the help of good timing

    CNote looks to upend traditional savings with the help of good timing

    Believe it or not, the money you have in your savings account right now is probably losing you money. In today’s economy, inflation outpaces the interest rates that banks pay to encourage saving money — this makes penny pinching less prudent than many might think. Catherine Berman, a former Managing Director at Charles Schwab and founder of a new YCombinator Fellowship backed… Read More

  • Trakz is a Fitbit with GPS tracking technology for your dog or cat

    We love our pets and want to keep track of them, make sure they’re eating well and getting the exercise they need and U.K.-based Trakz wants to help us do that with technology products for keeping track of your dog and cat. The startup has a GPS and fitness tracking device that can be inserted in your pooch’s or kitty’s collar and a feeding bowl tracker to keep track of how… Read More

  • Sequoia-backed video chat app Tribe spammed its customers’ address books

    Sequoia-backed video chat app Tribe spammed its customers’ address books

    Can mobile app startups please stop building SMS invite systems into their apps already? The latest example of a venture-backed startup getting dinged by customers for having spammed their entire address book without permission is Sequoia portfolio company Tribe. The video chat app hit the App Store last year, and had been well-received until now. With a number of clever twists on standard… Read More

  • Circle removes ability to buy and sell Bitcoin as it doubles down on mobile payments

    Circle removes ability to buy and sell Bitcoin as it doubles down on mobile payments

    Launched in 2013, Circle is a consumer finance company originally built with the goal of using the Bitcoin blockchain as a payments platform. Part of that was achieved by offering customers the ability to buy and sell Bitcoin on the platform. Since then, the company has raised over $70M and slowly but surely turned in the direction of social payments. But today the company is fully… Read More

  • Google, HTC, Oculus, Samsung, Sony join forces to create Global VR Association

    Google, HTC, Oculus, Samsung, Sony join forces to create Global VR Association

    After a couple years of being driven primarily by the startups, the virtual reality industry is growing to be one increasingly dominated by the big dogs. There’s still a sizable amount of fragmentation in the industry as well a high chance of failure for many of the efforts currently being undertaken. For these reasons some of the biggest names in the industry, Google, HTC, Oculus… Read More

  • Watch Pitch@Palace Global Now

    Watch Pitch@Palace Global Now

    TechCrunch is pleased to bring you the Pitch@Palace Global, live from St. James’s Palace. Established by The Duke of York in 2014, Pitch@Palace offers entrepreneurs the opportunity to present their business in front of an audience of influencers. During 2016, the initiative has expanded internationally, with the aim of developing links between U.K. and overseas entrepreneurs in a number… Read More

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