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Will Smith invests in esports organization  Windows Central · 8 hours
Will Smith joined the server Esports organization Gen. G has raised $46 million in funding with big name Will Smith part of the group of investors. This move comes as China looks to capitalize on esports... more
Doctor-services firm says private data of patients exposed  ABC NEWS · 1 day
Physician-services company EmCare says a breach exposed personal information about some patients more
No one knows how to hire, plus brand design and African tech  TechCrunch · 1 day
Editor’s Note: No one knows how to hire Hiring is the lifeblood of the world. Few people do truly singular work; instead, nearly every... more
Acquisitions, more than IPOs, will create Africa’s early startup successes  TechCrunch · 1 day
Africa has made its global IPO debut. Pan-African e-commerce company Jumia—a $1 billion-valued company—began trading live on the NYSE last week. The stock offering made Jumia the first... more
The company behind the dual-screen YotaPhone is bankrupt  THE VERGE · 2 days
We’ve been following Russia’s YotaPhone since 2012, but it seems like the saga of the power-sipping E Ink-backed dual-screen handset... more
Leica censored in China for ad that dramatizes the Tiananmen Square protests  THE VERGE · 2 days
German camera maker Leica is facing heat from Chinese censors and nationalistic internet users who are leaving angry comments after it launched an ad... more
We looked through all the Acer monitors to bring you the best  Windows Central · 2 days
Acer has been in the business of making displays for many years and are worth considering should you be on the hunt for a... more
Apply now to be a TC Top Pick at Disrupt San Francisco 2019  TechCrunch · 2 days
Psst! We’re looking at you, early-stage startup founders. How would you like your startup to be a media and investor darling at... more
Apple Pulls 4K LG UltraFine Displays From Online Apple Store in U.S.  MacRumors · 2 days
Apple has removed the 4K LG UltraFine Displays from its online Apple Store in the United States, continuing a trend of pulling the display... more
Marijuana legalization looks promising, but plenty of questions remain  THE VERGE · 2 days
This year, April 20th feels different. Marijuana enthusiasts have long celebrated 4/20, but now that businesses are seeing... more
Microsoft's PWA Builder hits version 2.0 with new design and more  Windows Central · 2 days
PWA Builder 2.0 has a fresh new look and much more in store for developers. Microsoft this week launched version 2.0 of its Progressive Web App... more
Create, host, and manage a website with this $30 SSDPage bundle  Windows Central · 2 days
It should come as no surprise that having an engaging and powerful website is perhaps the most important element of building a brand or business online.... more
Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine is considering book-themed subscription boxes  TechCrunch · 2 days
Reese Witherspoon’s media company Hello Sunshine already has its hands in movies, television, Apple TV+ shows, podcasts, Audible originals, books and more. Now it’s weighing an entry into the subscription... more
Verified Expert Brand Designer: Ramotion  TechCrunch · 2 days
Ramotion is a remote branding and product design agency that has worked with Bay Area tech startups since 2014. While they typically do branding for funded, fast-growing startups, Ramotion has helped companies ranging from Bitmoji’s early brand identity... more
Ancestry pulls slavery-era ad after backlash  ABC NEWS · 2 days is apologizing after an ad for the DNA testing company that showed a white man and black woman discussing escaping to the North during the Civil War era drew widespread criticism online more
ProcessOut improves payment data visualization  TechCrunch · 2 days
ProcessOut has grown quite a lot since I first covered the startup. The company now has a ton of small and big clients, from Glovo to Vente-Privée and Dashlane. The company has become an expert on payment providers... more
How designer NikoNice’s Serbian roots helped build his collaborative workspace  THE VERGE · 2 days
Art director Nikola “NikoNice” Crnobrnja has worked on some amazing projects over the years, from directing... more
Sequoia reveals first cohort for its ‘Surge’ accelerator program in India and Southeast Asia  TechCrunch · 3 days
Back in January, Sequoia India announced plans for its first early-stage startup accelerator program in India and Southeast Asia, and... more
Chrome Canary picks up a distraction-free Reader Mode  Windows Central · 3 days
Reader Mode is now live in the Canary build, coming to beta channel soon. Google Chrome is getting a built-in reader mode on the desktop, similar to what you get on Safari,... more
Breeze Automation is building soft robots for the Navy and NASA  TechCrunch · 3 days
San Francisco soft robotics startup Breeze Automation made its debut today onstage at TechCrunch’s TC Sessions: Robotics + AI event at UC Berkeley. Co-founder and CEO... more
Amazon Music’s free ad-supported tier goes live, but only for Alexa users  THE VERGE · 3 days
Amazon has launched a free tier of its music streaming service in the US that is ad-supported and available to use through the company’s... more
Snap CEO Evan Spiegel will reappear at Disrupt SF  TechCrunch · 3 days
He invented modern social media, then had it stolen from him. So how does Evan Spiegel feel about it, and how will he turn Snapchat’s product leadership into a profitable... more
Amazon launches ad-supported music service to Echo owners  TechCrunch · 3 days
Amazon today announced the launch of a free, ad-supported music service in the U.S. that will be available to anyone who wants to play free music on their Echo speaker. Until today,... more
Working backwards to uncover key success factors  TechCrunch · 3 days
Ed Byrne Contributor Share on Twitter Ed Byrne is an entrepreneur, investor and co-founder of Scaleworks. More posts by this contributor Netflix is still too cheap Don’t fear the big company ‘kill zones’ If... more
Microsoft acquires Express Logic to boost IoT efforts  Windows Central · 3 days
Express Logic's ThreadX real-time operating system will be offered alongside Azure Sphere for IoT devices. Microsoft today announced that it has acquired Express Logic, a firm focused on creating real-time operating systems... more
YouTube Music’s free tier now available on Google Home speakers  9to5Google · 3 days
Following Home’s new “Gentle Sleep & Wake” feature yesterday, Google speakers and Smart Displays now support... more
YouTube Music is now free with ads on Google Home devices  TechCrunch · 3 days
Following reports that Amazon is preparing to launch a free, streaming music service for Echo owners, Google today announced YouTube Music will be free on its... more
Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel will reappear at Disrupt SF  TechCrunch · 3 days
He invented modern social media, then had it stolen from him. So how does Evan Spiegel feel about it, and how will he turn Snapchat’s product leadership into a profitable... more
Google Home adds support for YouTube Music’s free ad-supported tier  THE VERGE · 3 days
Google Home smart speakers can now play music from YouTube Music’s free ad-supported tier. Previously, in... more
Soylent now sells solid snack bars  TechCrunch · 3 days
Soylent is leaving liquids behind as it journeys deeper into the packaged food business with a selection of snack sized bars. The 100 calorie bar has 5 grams of plant protein, 36 nutrients and probiotics for... more
Y Combinator grad, Fuzzbuzz lands $2.7M seed round to deliver fuzzing as service  TechCrunch · 3 days
Fuzzbuzz, a graduate of the most recent Y Combinator class, got the kind of news every early-stage startup wants to hear when... more
Google Removes Popular App From Play Store After Reported Large Scale Ad Fraud  Gadgets 360 · 4 days
BuzzFeed News reports that the fraudulent DU Group apps used to draw ad clicks even they weren’t running in the background draining... more
Amazon will reportedly close its Chinese online store - CNET  CNET · 4 days
Shoppers in the world's most populous nation won't be able to buy from local sellers from July, Reuters reported. more
Galaxy Fold screens are breaking, UK age verification starts this summer video - CNET  CNET · 4 days
Today's major tech headlines include a number of issues with some reviewers' Galaxy Fold screens, Microsoft's turning down of a... more
Lenovo Z6 Pro Pre-Orders Begin; 48-Megapixel Sensor, Quad Rear Cameras, 4,000mAh Battery Teased  Gadgets 360 · 4 days
Lenovo Z6 Pro promotional video and a slew of posters were also shared by VP Chang Cheng ahead of the launch confirming... more
Apple Expands Mobile Phone Billing to Thailand and Chile  MacRumors · 4 days
Apple has expanded mobile phone billing to additional countries and carriers, according to an updated support document on... more
Marketing platform startup Adverity raises $12.4M in round led by Felix Capital  TechCrunch · 4 days
Marketers get a lot of incoming from the data they have to deal with, bound up in hundreds of spreadsheets and reports, making it... more
Weengs, the UK logistics startup for online retailers, collects £6.5M Series A  TechCrunch · 4 days
Weengs, the U.K. logistics startup for e-commerce businesses that need a more convenient way of getting online orders to customers, has raised £6.5 million... more
How 5G Drove Moves by Apple, Qualcomm, and Intel  Gadgets 360 · 4 days
Apple and Qualcomm on Tuesday settled an acrimonious two-year legal dispute. Shortly afterwards, Intel said it will exit the smartphone modem chip business. more
Amazon to close its online store in China  Sky News · 4 days
Amazon has announced that it is closing its online store in China after struggling to gain a foothold in the world's most populous nation. more
Bankin’ raises $22.6 million for its financial coach  TechCrunch · 4 days
French startup Bankin’ is raising a new $22.6 million funding round (€20 million). The company has managed to attract 2.9 million users in France and wants to become the only app you... more
Microsoft Surface Hub 2S 50-inch Digital Collaboration PC for Businesses Launched at $8,999  Gadgets 360 · 4 days
Microsoft has announced its sleek new 50-inch Surface Hub 2S all-in-one PC for business collaboration and communication. more
Spotinst, the startup enabling companies to purchase and manage excess cloud capacity, acquires StratCloud  TechCrunch · 4 days
Spotinst, the cloud automation and optimization startup founded in Tel Aviv but now with offices in San Francisco, New York,... more
Phantom Auto raises $13.5M to expand remote driving business to delivery bots and forklifts  TechCrunch · 4 days
Remote driving startup Phantom Auto has raised $13.5 million of financing in a Series A round led by Bessemer Venture... more
Apple Accused of Securities Fraud Over Hiding iPhone Sales Drop in US Lawsuit  Gadgets 360 · 4 days
Apple was accused in a new lawsuit of securities fraud for concealing a slump in demand for iPhones, particularly in China, leading... more
Starbucks challenger Luckin’s fundraising spree continues with $150M investment  TechCrunch · 4 days
Coffee startup Luckin is continuing its fundraising spree as it sets its sight on becoming an alternative to Starbucks in China. The a-year-and-a-half old company announced on Thursday that it... more
Amazon Said to Close Its Chinese Online Store by Mid-July  Gadgets 360 · 4 days
Amazon shoppers in China will no longer be able to buy goods from third-party merchants in the country, but they still will be able to order from the... more
TikTok Download Ban in India Worries Wider Tech Industry  Gadgets 360 · 4 days
TikTok has become a sensation in India, where it has been downloaded by nearly 300 million users so far, according to analytics firm Sensor Tower, out of more than 1... more
Consumers get another digital home health offering as Tyto Care and Best Buy launch TytoHome  TechCrunch · 4 days
Best Buy is partnering with the Israeli technology Tyto Care to become the official retailer for the company’s... more
Zoom, the profitable tech unicorn, prices IPO above range  TechCrunch · 4 days
The video conferencing business will go public on the Nasdaq tomorrow, the same day as fellow tech unicorn Pinterest. more
Salesforce is buying MapAnything, a startup that raised over $84 million  TechCrunch · 4 days
Salesforce announced today it’s buying another company built on its platform. This time it’s MapAnything, which as the name implies, helps companies build location-based workflows, something... more
Audi self-driving unit taps newcomer Aeva for its unique lidar  TechCrunch · 4 days
Audi’s self-driving unit has tapped a startup with a unique approach to lidar as it ramps up testing in Munich using a fleet of autonomous electric e-tron crossover... more
Genesis made a miniature mint green electric car for the urban future  THE VERGE · 4 days
Genesis is not a well-known brand in the US — only around 100 dealers feature the automaker’s cars on their lots — but the... more
2020 Lincoln Corsair brings smart luxury design to New York - Roadshow  CNET · 4 days
Lincoln's MKC replacement embodies the brand's so-called "Quiet Flight" design mantra. more
Aggressive new terrorist content regulation passes EU vote  THE VERGE · 4 days
European Union lawmakers today approved controversial legislation that would require platforms to take down terrorist content within one hour of... more
Microsoft rejected facial recognition tech sales over human rights worries  Windows Central · 4 days
Concerns over human rights led Microsoft to deny a California law enforcement agency's request to equip officers with its facial recognition technology. Microsoft President Brad Smith this week... more
Google Cloud, McDonald’s big tech acquisition, and motivating an engineering team  TechCrunch · 4 days
Our live conference call on Google Cloud Next Last week at its conference in San Francisco, Google Cloud unveiled a bevy of new features, and we... more
The Exit: an AI startup’s McPivot  TechCrunch · 4 days
Five years ago, Dynamic Yield was courting an investment from The New York Times as it looked to shift how publishers paywalled their content. Last month, Chicago-based fast food king McDonald’s bought the Israeli company for... more
Help TechCrunch find the best startup growth marketing agencies  TechCrunch · 4 days
While billions of people are now online, thousands of companies large and small are using every channel they can to reach them. Companies like Slack, Airbnb, Pinterest, Instagram, and Dropbox... more
EAT Club acquires Taro to expand its corporate lunch program  TechCrunch · 4 days
EAT Club, the lunch delivery service that counts companies like Facebook, Postmates and others as customers, has acquired meal delivery service Taro. Financial terms of the deal were... more
Verified Expert Brand Designer: Lake Buckley  TechCrunch · 4 days
In 2017, Lake Buckley turned down an in-house role at Patagonia to launch her freelance design career in a 400 sq. ft studio in Brooklyn, NY. Since then, the RISD-trained designer and art director has helped... more
The Aston Martin Rapide E ditches the V12 for an all-electric drive video - Roadshow  CNET · 4 days
Aston Martin will have an all-electric brand by 2020 in Lagonda, but meanwhile, the Rapide E shows what... more
Airbase launches with $7M Series A to simplify spending control systems  TechCrunch · 4 days
Airbase is a startup with a plan to change the way you think about accounting around spending. Instead of multiple workflows, it wants to create a... more
iPad Pro Diary: The 12.9-inch model has cured my Kindle Paperwhite envy  9to5Mac · 4 days
It will surprise no-one that I was an early adopter of the Kindle, buying one almost the moment they went on sale back in... more
iPhone shipments lower than expected during Q2 2019, supply chain analyst claims  9to5Mac · 4 days
Apple is set to report its fiscal Q2 2019 earnings at the end of this month. Ahead of that release, analysts are offering their... more
Meet the first judges for The Europas Awards (27 June) and enter your startup now!  TechCrunch · 4 days
I’m excited to announce that The Europas Awards for European Tech Startups is really shaping up! The awards... more
Alsid raises $14.7 million to secure your Active Directory installation  TechCrunch · 4 days
French startup Alsid has raised a $14.7 million funding round (€13 million). The company is working on a security solution to protect your Microsoft Active Directory installation and... more
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