Josh Constine le 20/03/2018

Here are 64 startups that launched today at Y Combinator’s W18 Demo Day

Biotech, robotics, and fintech startups took the spotlight today at Y Combinator’s 26th Demo Day. This batch features 141 total companies from 23 countries, with presentations spread over two days. The house was packed at Mountain View’s Computer History Museum with wealthy investors forced to stan

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Brian Heater le 20/03/2018

Jeff Bezos, friend to robots

Today marks the kickoff of Amazon’s annual semi-secret MARS Conference in Palm Springs, which means two things. No, you weren’t invited.The start of several days of pictures featuring Jeff Bezos palling around with his best robot friends.Last year the ‘bot loving billionaire wowed the internet with

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Connie Loizos le 20/03/2018

Billionaire Larry Ellison has a new consumer wellness company called Sensei

It’s not every day that Oracle’s billionaire founder, chairman and CTO Larry Ellison launches a new business, but such is the case today. That new company? Sensei, a new L.A.-based wellness brand that will focus first on developing hydroponic farms and later . . . well, details are scant, but they’r

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Sarah Perez le 20/03/2018

eBay’s new AR tool helps sellers find the right box for their item

It looks like someone found a practical use case for AR that’s not about trying on makeup or catching Pokémon. Ebay today introduced a new AR-powered feature that helps sellers figure out the best box to use for shipping their items to buyers. The technology works with a range of products, the comp

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Anthony Ha le 20/03/2018

The Podcast App aims to be the simplest way to listen to podcasts

While it sometimes feels like everyone has a podcast nowadays, the truth is that most Americans still don’t listen to podcasts regularly. The Y Combinator-backed team behind The Podcast App is planning to change that.And yes, that’s the app’s real name. Co-founder and CEO Martín Siniawski argued tha

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Taylor Hatmaker le 19/03/2018

Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos may leave Facebook over disinformation drama

Facebook’s latest public controversy may have claimed its first major casualty. According to reporting from The New York Times, the social media giant is poised to part ways with its high-profile chief security officer, Alex Stamos. That story suggests that Stamos created friction within Facebook b

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Devin Coldewey le 19/03/2018

Internet Archive adds trove of cheap LCD handhelds to its emulation collection

During CES, the single piece of electronics I spent the most time with, apart from my laptop and camera, was a Mattel Dungeons & Dragons Computer Fantasy Game handheld. This decades-old device held the attention of John Biggs and myself through quite a few drinks as we navigated its arcane interface

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Josh Constine le 19/03/2018

Marijuana soda startup California Dreamin’ wants to replace booze

“Enjoy a light, social high,” says the funky bottle of California Dreamin’ cannabis -infused sparkling pomegranate juice. Launching today at Y Combinator Demo Day, California Dreamin’ is serving up an alcohol alternative that still gets you lit, but without the same hangover or health issues.Each bo

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Megan Rose Dickey le 19/03/2018

Government agencies react to Uber’s fatal self-driving car accident

Earlier today, news broke of a fatal crash involving one of Uber’s self-driving cars in Tempe, Arizona. In response, Uber halted its self-driving car programs where it currently operates, including in Pittsburgh, Toronto, San Francisco and Phoenix. The U.S. Department of Transportation National Hig

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Jonathan Shieber le 19/03/2018

Facebook hired a forensics firm to investigate Cambridge Analytica as stock falls 7%

Hoping to tamp down the furor that erupted over reports that its user data was improperly acquired by Cambridge Analytica, Facebook has hired the digital forensics firmStroz Friedberg to perform an audit on the political consulting and marketing firm.In a statement, Facebook said that Cambridge An

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Devin Coldewey le 19/03/2018

Here’s how Uber’s self-driving cars are supposed to detect pedestrians

A self-driving vehicle made by Uber has struck and killed a pedestrian. It's the first such incident and will certainly be scrutinized like no other autonomous vehicle interaction in the past. But on the face of it it's hard to understand how, short of a total system failure, this could happen when

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Devin Coldewey le 19/03/2018

IBM working on ‘world’s smallest computer’ to attach to just about everything

IBM is hard at work on the problem of ubiquitous computing, and its approach, understandably enough, is to make a computer small enough that you might mistake it for a grain of sand. Eventually these omnipresent tiny computers could help authenticate products, track medications and more.Look closel

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Josh Constine le 19/03/2018

Instagram Stories gets ‘quote tweet’-style feed post resharing

Instagram’s next big Stories feature could let you compliment or trash talk other people’s feed posts, or embed a “see post” button to promote your own. A TechCrunch reader sent us these screenshots of the new feature, which Instagram confirmed to us is appearing to a small subset of users. “We’re

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Brian Heater le 19/03/2018

Microsoft is adding a bunch of accessibility features to Windows 10

Microsoft plans to bring a number of new features for users with visual impairment to Windows 10, the company announced in a blog post earlier today. Chief among the updates, which are due out with the next version of the desktop software, are additions to the Ease of Access setting panel. The updat

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John Biggs le 19/03/2018

Sierra Leone government denies the role of blockchain in its recent election

The National Electoral Commission Sierra Leone has come out with a clarification to – and, an outright condemnation – of the news that theirs was one of the first elections recorded to the blockchain. While the blockchain voting company Agora claimed to have run the first blockchain-based election,

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Ingrid Lunden le 19/03/2018

Meltwater has acquired DataSift to double down on social media analytics

In a week when all eyes are on Facebook and the subject of how data about us on social media platforms gets used without us knowing, there’s been some consolidation afoot in the world of media-based big data services. DataSift, the London-based company that pulls data from conversations across socia

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Danny Crichton le 19/03/2018

Tech industry comes out swinging against potential Trump tariffs

Over the weekend, the Information Technology Industry Council and 44 other trade associations banded together and published a letter demanding that the Trump administration take “measured” steps to stop China’s unfair trade practices and voiced its opposition to unilateral tariffs that could damage

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