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The Sony A9 inches the mirrorless camera market forward

 Having a variety of prime, telephoto, macro, sport and the like, all with distinctive shooting characteristics is what give lenses their charm. However, Sony just took Nikon’s spot as number two in the full-frame camera industry — Canon holds pole position. Currently, only 24 full-frame E-mount lenses exist compared to the dozens that Canon has in each category. Still,… Read More

Posted on 25 June 2017 | 6:46 am

Headstart wants to better analyze candidates to fit them with the best jobs

 Nicholas Shekerdemian has a pretty typical startup story: he dropped out of college, met up with a technical co-founder and then ended up starting a company. But Shekerdemian, who at the time was helping match English teachers with Chinese citizens, wanted to start a company that would solve his own problem: actually getting a job at a cookie cutter company where everyone else applies. So… Read More

Posted on 25 June 2017 | 5:30 am

Tumblr says it fixed the ‘Safe Mode’ glitch that hid innocent posts, including LGBTQ+ content

 Tumblr this week introduced a “safe mode” for its service, which combines the company’s previously available “safe search” functionality with a new filter that would hide “sensitive” content from the site’s main Dashboard, using an overlay. However, Tumblr quickly came under fire for hiding “sensitive” content that was anything but… Read More

Posted on 25 June 2017 | 4:45 am

Coinbase is reimbursing losses caused by the Ethereum flash crash

 Earlier this week, GDAX, the digital currency exchange run by Coinbase, experienced a flash crash in its USD – Ethereum market. Within seconds the price of ETH crashed from ~$320 to as low as $0.10. While the price recovered quickly, the rapid price movement caused many traders to experience margin calls or stop loss orders, resulting in potentially severe losses. While many… Read More

Posted on 25 June 2017 | 4:32 am

Relevnt launches a publisher-centric news app

Relevnt Florida startup Relevnt is experimenting with a new approach to online publishing. Founder and CEO Winder Hughes said that it’s become unrealistic to expect readers to download an app for every publication that they follow, or even to type a bunch of URLs into their mobile browser. At the same time, when publishers rely on big platforms like Facebook and Google for… Read More

Posted on 25 June 2017 | 4:28 am

5 burning questions Blue Apron’s IPO is about to answer

 Blue Apron will be going public in short order, kicking off the second big major consumer IPO of 2017. It’s nowhere near as big as Snap, but the company at the top end of its IPO pricing will be valued at around $3.2 billion as it looks to raise nearly $600 million. The company’s IPO comes at an interesting time as we approach the midpoint for 2017, which has seen a big wave of… Read More

Posted on 25 June 2017 | 4:00 am

Not a minimalist? Startups will gladly store, manage and deliver your items

 If our civilization collapses and archaeologists return centuries later to excavate our ruins, what will they make of our storage facilities? Will they see these compact cubicles stuffed with old furniture and memorabilia as a testament to our prosperity? Or will they see in our compulsion to store a penchant for procrastination and hoarding? Read More

Posted on 25 June 2017 | 4:00 am

Crunch Report | Google To Stop Scanning Inboxes

Crunch Report June 23 Today’s Stories  Google now has all the data it needs, will stop scanning Gmail inboxes for ad personalization Samsung’s Galaxy Note8 will reportedly be the company’s most expensive smartphone yet YouTube TV expands to 10 more U.S. markets, adds more YouTube Red series Tesla said to be in talks to create its own streaming music service Credits Written and Hosted by:… Read More

Posted on 24 June 2017 | 12:00 pm

Seattle Police Department suspends its Twitch channel following Charleena Lyles controversy

 Facing backlash on its handling of the officer-involved shooting death of Charleena Lyles, the Seattle Police Department will shut down its official Twitch channel. The department started experimenting with community outreach over the game streaming platform earlier this year. Read More

Posted on 24 June 2017 | 11:17 am

Five building blocks of a data-driven culture

 To be data-driven requires an overarching data culture that couples a number of elements, including high-quality data, broad access and data literacy and appropriate data-driven decision-making processes. In this article, we discuss some of the key building blocks. Read More

Posted on 24 June 2017 | 11:00 am

Andrew Ng announces Deeplearning.ai, his new venture after leaving Baidu

 Andrew Ng, the former chief scientist of Baidu, announced his next venture, Deeplearning.ai, with only a logo, a domain name and a footnote pointing to an August launch date. Read More

Posted on 24 June 2017 | 10:59 am

For Binary Capital’s investors, a public apology may fall short

 In May of last year, speaking on behalf of his firm, venture capitalist Justin Caldbeck of Binary Capital tweeted: “Big believers in ‘addition by subtraction’ for company culture. Bad apples impact others, and rest of team will thank you when they’re gone.” His messaging seems ironic in light of a detailed report about his own predatory behavior toward at least… Read More

Posted on 24 June 2017 | 10:49 am

Uber has seen a sharp drop in new driver retention this year: Apptopia

 Uber has seen a sharp drop in retention rates for new drivers in the U.S., according to analysis of the Uber driver app provided to TechCrunch by app analytics firm Apptopia. Read More

Posted on 24 June 2017 | 9:42 am

Walmart reportedly won’t bid for Whole Foods after Amazon’s huge offer

Jeff Bezoz, CEO of Amazon. Walmart isn’t actively considering a bid for Whole Foods, which Amazon said it would purchase for $13.7 billion last week, according to a report by Reuters. If so, that would remove a major obstacle to Amazon’s bid to acquire the grocery chain. Whole Foods has hundreds of stores across the U.S., which could give Amazon a foothold in the grocery business — and possibly food… Read More

Posted on 24 June 2017 | 9:39 am

VC Justin Caldbeck is taking an indefinite leave of absence, apologizes to the women he ‘made feel uncomfortable’

 In light of allegations of sexual harassment and unwanted sexual advances, Binary Capital co-founder and managing partner Justin Caldbeck is taking an indefinite leave of absence, he said in a statement provided to TechCrunch. Read More

Posted on 24 June 2017 | 8:08 am

SpaceX successfully launches reused Falcon 9 rocket, recovers first stage

 SpaceX has successfully launched a Falcon 9 to orbit during its BulgariaSat-1 mission Friday. The launch reused a first stage booster first employed during an Iridium Communications mission in January of this year, after that Falcon 9 first stage was recovered and refurbished. The mission on Friday was to delivery Bulgaria’s first ever geostationary communications satellite into orbit,… Read More

Posted on 24 June 2017 | 7:23 am

Watch a tiny virus take a constitutional under a laser-powered 3D microscope

 If you’re anything like me, you spend a significant portion of the day wondering about the paths viruses take when they’re cruising around your internals. Luckily for us, a newly developed microscope from Duke researchers can show the exact path taken by the little critters (?), down to the micrometer. Read More

Posted on 24 June 2017 | 7:13 am

Female founders accuse VC Justin Caldbeck of making unwanted advances

 Yesterday The Information reported on allegations made by half a dozen women working in the tech industry who say they have faced unwanted and inappropriate advances from Silicon Valley venture capitalist, Justin Caldbeck, co-founder and managing partner of Binary Capital. Read More

Posted on 24 June 2017 | 6:56 am

Watch SpaceX launch a re-used Falcon 9 rocket live right here

 SpaceX is attempting to re-launch a Falcon 9 it used first in January, taking off from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center with a two-hour launch window opening at 2:10 PM EDT today (UPDATE: The launch is now set for 3:10 PM EDT as SpaceX will be conducting additional ground checks). The mission, BulgariaSat-1, will attempt to deliver a geostationary orbital commercial comms satellite,… Read More

Posted on 24 June 2017 | 6:45 am

42 percent of smart speaker owners have bought a second device (or more)

 Here’s a promising metric for Amazon, in terms of its ability to maintain its current lead in the voice computing market: 42 percent of smart speaker owners have two or more devices, according to Edison Research. This figure is seemingly growing, too. Last year, there were about 1.18 Amazon Echo devices per Alexa household, but this new finding pushes the number to around 1.5 to 1.6… Read More

Posted on 24 June 2017 | 6:27 am