• Crunch Report | Apple Rolls Out Early Version Of Its Safe Driving Feature

    Crunch Report June 22 Today’s Stories  Do Not Disturb While Driving feature rolls out in Apple’s newest iOS 11 beta Sean Parker has left Spotify’s board; Padmasree Warrior, Thomas Staggs join in lead up to IPO Trump might kill next month’s new startup visa before it takes effect Facebook is testing a feature to prevent profile pictures being abused by other users…[Read more]

  • The Kaggle data science community is competing to improve airport security with AI

     Despite being slow and invasive, the TSA doesn’t have a great record at catching threats. With the help of the Kaggle data science community, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is hosting an online competition to build machine learning-powered tools that can augment agents, ideally making the entire system simultaneously more accurate and…[Read more]

  • Periscope vows fix for broadcasters mad that they forfeit tips by deleting replays

     Periscope’s new Super Hearts tipping feature that launched yesterday quickly sparked a backlash from the creators it was designed to help earn money. Read More

  • HEBI is trying to make building custom robots as easy as playing with LEGO

     The X-Series Actuator doesn’t look like much. Actually, if I’m being honest, it kind of looks like a red metal scotch tape dispenser with ribbed sides and a couple of ethernet ports. The product is scattered all over HEBI’s one-room Pittsburgh office in various states of disarray. The palm-sized metal component is the startup’s primary product —…[Read more]

  • The company called Blockchain raises $40 million

     Blockchain (the company) just raised a $40 million Series B funding round led by Lakestar. Blockchain has been working on the most popular bitcoin wallet in the world. You can open a wallet on the company’s website or through its mobile apps. GV, Nokota Management, Digital Currency Group and existing investors Lightspeed Venture Partners, Mosaic…[Read more]

  • Future Family wants to give women a more affordable option in fertility treatments

     More women are having kids in their 30s than in their 20s. However, those closer to 40 than 30 face higher risks than their younger counterparts. Add to that 1 in every 8 couples in the U.S. have some type of fertility issue. More couples are looking at IVF and other fertility treatments. But those treatments can be costly. A new Bay Area…[Read more]

  • Facebook equips admins to protect and analyze their Groups

     Facebook sees Groups as the core of its push to “build community,” as Mark Zuckerberg detailed in his 6,000-word humanitarian manifesto. So today at its Communities Summit in Chicago, where it assembled 300 admins of top Groups, Facebook is making good on Zuckerberg’s promise to give admins more tools to manage their flocks. Read…[Read more]

  • Facebook changes mission statement to ‘bring the world closer together’

     “Making the world more open and connected” had one fundamental flaw: it didn’t push for any specific positive outcome from more connection. Technically, it could encompass digital voyeurism via the News Feed, trading in-person friendship for online acquaintanceship or the filter bubbles and echospheres that have further polarized the United…[Read more]

  • Construction tech company Aproplan closes €5 million Series A

     Not so long ago the administration needed to run a major construction project relied almost entirely on pen, paper, excel spreadsheets and faxes. That has provided a huge opportunity for startups to take a stab at digitising the construction industry. Brussels-based Aproplan, which bills itself as akin to “Salesforce for construction,” is one…[Read more]

  • JD.com invests $397M into luxury marketplace Farfetch as part of a new strategic partnership

     JD.com, China’s second-largest e-commerce company after Alibaba, is pumping $397 million into Farfetch, a marketplace for luxury brands, as part of a new strategic partnership. JD.com founder and CEO Richard Liu will take a seat on Farfetch’s board as part of the deal, which makes JD.com one of its largest shareholders. Read More

  • Facebook is testing a feature to prevent profile pictures being abused by other users

     Facebook is introducing a new feature to give users peace of mind around how their profile photo can be used and accessed by others.
    The social network today announced a pilot program in India that is designed to protect users who are concerned about other people gaining access to their profile image. The new ‘photo guard’ feature has a range of…[Read more]

  • Mercari hires John Lagerling from Facebook’s management team to guide its U.S. strategy

     When Mercari became Japan’s first startup unicorn with a $75 million round last year, the funding was earmarked to fuel its goal of becoming the top secondhand marketplace app in the U.S. Now Mercari is doubling down on its efforts to succeed where no other Asian e-commerce company has. Today it launched a refreshed version of its American app…[Read more]

  • Trump might kill next month’s new startup visa before it takes effect

     The Trump administration may rescind or indefinitely delay the International Entrepreneur Rule, widely regarded as the U.S. version of a startup visa. Overseen by the Department of Homeland Security, the rule is intended to “increase and enhance entrepreneurship, innovation, and job creation in the United States.” Read More

  • Trump might kill next month’s new startup visa before it takes effect

     According to a report by the San Francisco Chronicle, the Trump administration may rescind or indefinitely delay the International Entrepreneur Rule, widely regarded as the U.S. version of a startup visa. Overseen by the Department of Homeland Security the rule is intended to “increase and enhance entrepreneurship, innovation, and job creation in…[Read more]

  • Snapchat acquires social map app Zenly for $250M to $350M

     Snapchat’s newest feature, Snap Map, is based on its latest acquisition, social mapping startup Zenly. TechCrunch has learned that Snapchat has bought Zenly for between $250 million and $350 million in mostly cash and some stock in a deal that closed in late May. Snapchat will keep Zenly running independently, similar to how Facebook lets…[Read more]

  • Founder’s Corner: Wealthfront’s Andy Rachleff on growing a business

     Omidyar Network’s Emerging Tech team has launched the second season of its podcast, Founder’s Corner, with lessons from today’s premier founders and CEOs. We will be speaking with some of the top executives in tech. Read More

  • Snap copied location sharing app Zenly to build Snap Map

     Snap just announced a brand new feature today called Snap Map, which lets you view your friends on a map in real time and browse stories around you. If this sounds familiar, it’s because French startup Zenly has been working for years on a location sharing app so that you can see what your friends have been up to. According to multiple sources,…[Read more]

  • Ticketmaster’s chatbot for Facebook is actually not terrible

     A lot of chatbots have launched on Facebook in recent months, but the Ticketmaster bot launching today is among the best that I’ve been forced to work with. Normally I avoid reaching out to businesses through Facebook (it still doesn’t seem like a natural channel to me), but there’s real utility in Ticketmaster’s bot if you’re willing to give up…[Read more]

  • Facebook open sources its IT management tool for distributing Adobe’s Creative Cloud tools to employees

     At Facebook, IT isn’t called “IT.” It’s referred to as the “enterprise engineering organization,” because at a company that operates at the scale of Facebook, IT has to be about more than pushing buttons on a vendor product. To emphasize this, the company today open sourced one of its internal IT management services for giving users access to…[Read more]

  • Argentina’s government is wooing entrepreneurs with a new law

     Despite years of economic uncertainties and the lack of a proper legal framework to help promising startups obtain capital, Argentine entrepreneurs are building a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem. The country is home to many of Latin America’s biggest startup success stories, and with the introduction of one new law, the pathway to success is…[Read more]

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