Zoox raises $200 million at $1 billion valuation for its self-driving cars


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Zoox self-driving cars TechCrunch has confirmed reports that auto startup Zoox is raising about $200 million at a $1 billion valuation. We’ve also learned that investors Lux Capital and DFJ are involved in the round. The Palo Alto-based startup founded by Tim Kentley-Klay and Jesse Levinson, has been deliberately quiet about what they are working on presumably for competitive reasons, but the Zoox team has… Read More

Capitalizing on foundations of innovation


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phone Two of the most important technological advances, which helped fueled much of the country’s record economic growth in the post-WWII era, were ubiquitous computing devices and modern communications technologies. Most of the companies covered on TechCrunch certainly would not exist if not for the development and commercialization of microprocessors and the Internet. Read More

IBM’s Cognitive Social Media Command Center is bringing Wimbledon to you


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Screen Shot 2016-06-30 at 7.59.08 AM Most tennis fans would salivate over the chance to witness Serena Williams attempt to win Wimbledon and tie Steffi Graf’s 22 Grand Slams, pulling within two of Margaret Court’s 24 for the most major singles titles in women’s tennis history.
But for those unable to make the trip to London to witness the prestigious tournament, which is currently in full swing, IBM is doing… Read More

Zenefits halves its previous valuation to $2B to head off investor lawsuits


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Fireside Chat With Yammer Founder and CEO, David Sacks Zenefits is executing a change in its current ownership structure that will increase the overall ownership of the company for late-stage investors, in a move that revalues the company’s Series C round at $2 billion and looks to placate investor concerns over the company’s regulatory investigations. As part of accepting the new ownership changes, the investors participating will… Read More

Apple might buy Jay Z’s Tidal music app


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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 17:  Jay-Z (L) and Memphis Bleek perform during TIDAL X: Jay-Z B-sides in NYC on May 17, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Live Nation) If you can’t beat ’em, buy ’em. Apple is in discussions with Tidal about acquiring its music streaming app, which offers exclusives and early releases from big artists like Beyonce and Kanye West. The Wall Street Journal reports that the talks are still early and might not end in a deal, but Apple wants those exclusives to bolster its Apple Music streaming app that’s… Read More

NFL star Martellus Bennett on his new children’s book and app, Hey A.J.


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Screen Shot 2016-06-30 at 12.53.38 PM It’s not everyday that a 6 ft. 7 in. NFL star says he is going to spend his offseason designing and launching a new interactive children’s app. So to learn more, we sat down with Martellus Bennett, tight end for the New England Patriots and founder of The Imagination Factory, a multimedia production company designed to bring Martellus’ ideas to life. The first product out… Read More

Trulia can now help you find a place to rent near public transport


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Trulia Rent Near Transit Boston Trulia, the online real estate search engine now owned by Zillow, launched an interesting new feature today that allows you to quickly find rental homes and apartments that have good public transport access. Rent Near Transit, as the new feature is called, is essentially an additional search filter that removes all houses that are more than a 15-minute walk away from a major transit station.… Read More

IoT and Bluetooth: Winning over developers with new features


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As the mobile industry begins to stagnate, the Internet of Things (IoT) has become the new market that networking giants are looking at to push them through the next few years.

Bluetooth, the open network standard, is also adapting its short-range technology to become a leader in connecting IoT devices together. In 2016, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) announced a range of new features critical for IoT devices.

The three key features are extended range, increased speed, and mesh networking. Bluetooth SIG expects the changes to win over some IoT hardware makers, that may have chosen a proprietary networking technology if Bluetooth didn’t invest time into building IoT features.

“Bluetooth has been adopted by countless developers and manufacturers as their connectivity solution of choice for the IoT,” said executive director of Bluetooth SIG, Mark Powell. “The new functionality we will soon be adding will further solidify Bluetooth as the Continue reading “IoT and Bluetooth: Winning over developers with new features”

First self-driving auto fatality falls on Tesla


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The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today said it opened a preliminary investigation into all of Tesla’s Model S cars after a death involving one vehicle while in “Autopilot” mode.

According to CNBC, NHTSA noted the accident, involving a 2015 Model S that was operating with autonomous driving features engaged, “calls for an examination of the design and performance of any driving aids in use at the time of the crash.”

The accident happened in Florida in May of this year, as a big rig truck moved into the Tesla’s lane. The car collided with the side of the truck and went underneath it. Its Autopilot system may have had difficulty seeing the truck’s white sides against an overcast sky.

In a blog post, Tesla said the incident was “the first known fatality in just over 130 million miles where Autopilot was activated,” and they pointed out the Continue reading “First self-driving auto fatality falls on Tesla”

Facebook throws out the news Paper


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Facebook Paper Trash Facebook Paper could have given publishers the reach they lost yesterday in the News Feed, but no one wanted the standalone news reading app. Facebook has pulled the Paper app from the app store and will discontinue support for existing downloads of it on July 29th, according to a message show to all user. Despite it’s eye-catching, progressive design, the experience proved unnecessary… Read More

How Mexico went from telecom laggard to mobile trailblazer


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mexico city skyline Twenty years ago only one out of 10 people in Mexico had a telephone of any kind. Today, more than 100 million people have cell phones and, more amazingly, more than 70 percent of those are smartphones. To keep up the torrid growth, scrappy competitors are offering smartphones for every budget and plans that let users choose right from their handsets which services they want and how much they… Read More

How to Deal with Frustrating Workplace Bureaucracy


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Working in a big corporate office can be a blessing and a curse. On one hand, you have tons of resources at your disposal—technical help, creative teams, mentors, a well-stocked supply room, and anything else you need just a purchase order away. But on the other hand, the bureaucracy of a corporate setting can easily put a damper on new ideas and slow down the work you need to get done.

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Government regulators are looking into fatal Tesla crash involving Autopilot


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Tesla Autopilot Tesla announced today that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into a recent fatal crash of a Model S with the company’s Autopilot feature activated. The carmaker has offered an account of the event in a blog post title “A Tragic Loss” that went up today, detailing the crash, an “extremely rare circumstance,” which… Read More

Firefox’s Experimental Containers Feature Lets You Log Into Multiple Accounts on the Same Services at Once


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Let’s say you have multiple Twitter accounts, or several Google accounts, or even a few different bank accounts. It sucks to have to switch between those accounts in your browser. Firefox is testing out a new feature called Containers in its beta channel that hopes to fix this.

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New York’s longstanding Apple retailer Tekserve is closing up shop


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Tekserve After nearly 30 years of dutiful serve to New York City’s Apple community, Manhattan-based retailer Tekserve will be closing its doors for the last time later this summer. It’s yet another sign of the times for a computer market that has shifted dramatically since Apple took computer selling into its own slick and well-lit hands back in 2001. “This is a cultural… Read More