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LinkedIn opens video uploads to all as part of a bigger video push

 Video is the name of the game in social networking: sites like Facebook and Twitter have been doubling down on the medium in recent years to drive more traffic and engagement from users, and also as a platform to snare in more premium advertising away from traditional television broadcasters; Snapchat put video at the core of its service from day one. Now Microsoft-owned LinkedIn is hoping… Read More

Posted on 23 August 2017 | 6:13 am

LG to build U.S.-based factory for EV components in Michigan

 LG is building a new factory in Detroit suburb Hazel Park to supply electric vehicle components, the company announced on Tuesday. The facility will be a 250,000-square foot manufacturing plant, and should result in almost 300 new jobs, LG says, with a $25 million price tag from the company and $2.9 million in grand money supplied by Michigan over the next four years. LG’s EV… Read More

Posted on 23 August 2017 | 5:40 am

Hear what founders and investor say about CrunchMatch, a key feature at Disrupt SF

 Scoring the right meeting at TechCrunch Disrupt SF used to be like finding a needle in a hay stack, But our CrunchMatch program makes it dramatically easier for investors find the founders they are looking for. But don’t take our word for it; Michael Kocan, Managing Partner of Trend Discovery Capital Management, told us, “I get the most value from Disrupt at CrunchMatch.  At… Read More

Posted on 23 August 2017 | 5:36 am

Walmart expands its grocery delivery business, powered by Uber

 Walmart is expanding a test of its grocery delivery service, powered by Uber, the company announced this week. The retailer is now offering grocery delivery in two new markets – Dallas and Orlando – which join Tampa and Phoenix as locations where consumers can shop online for grocery items, then opt to have them come to their home for an additional $9.95 fee. Grocery delivery has… Read More

Posted on 23 August 2017 | 5:23 am

Hulu adds Live TV to Xbox 360

 Starting today, Xbox 360 will support Hulu’s Live TV service. Hulu launched the highly anticipated streaming service earlier this May, which provides access to live television as well as Hulu’s library of original and streaming content for just under $40 per month. Read More

Posted on 23 August 2017 | 4:54 am

Google Maps suggests BlaBlaCar for long-distance rides

 Google Maps on Android and iOS now has a new transportation option. If you live in a country where French startup BlaBlaCar operates, you can now open the BlaBlaCar app and book a ride straight from Google Maps. Google isn’t adding a new tab just for BlaBlaCar. Instead, BlaBlaCar appears as a new option in the public transportation tab. Read More

Posted on 23 August 2017 | 4:45 am

16 things CEOs should do before an IPO

twitter nyse ipo The recent disdain in pursuing an IPO is misplaced. Most of the enduring companies that “make a dent in the universe” (to borrow from Steve Jobs) are public. In fact, the five most valuable companies in the U.S. as of this writing are all public tech companies: Amazon, Apple, Alphabet (Google), Facebook, and Microsoft. Read More

Posted on 23 August 2017 | 4:30 am

Over a third of millennials say they’ll pay for Disney’s streaming service, survey finds

 Disney’s forthcoming streaming service may be able to carve out a niche for itself because choosing a subscription service is not a zero-sum game. A number of recent studies have already indicated that today’s consumers are willing to pay for multiple services in this market. But that’s especially true for millennials, according to new research out today from Morning Consult. Read More

Posted on 23 August 2017 | 4:19 am

Uber adds more driver-friendly features as it hits $50M in tips

 Uber has made some changes to its driver experience as part of its ongoing “180 Days of Change” campaign. Uber introduced the 180 days effort in June, with its decision to finally add tipping to its app as the first in a series of changes designed to improve the driver experience and reduce turnover among that important user group. Now, Uber is adding a few new features. Read More

Posted on 23 August 2017 | 4:00 am

Google launches Chrome Enterprise subscription service for Chrome OS

 Google is launching a new enterprise service for large businesses that want to adopt Chrome OS devices. The new Chrome Enterprise subscription essentially is a rebrand of Chromebooks for Work, but with a number of additional capabilities. Even though the name would make you think this is about the Chrome browser, this program is actually all about Chrome OS. Read More

Posted on 23 August 2017 | 4:00 am

Nintendo adds PayPal support to the Nintendo Switch

 Nintendo has added a new payment option for eShop purchases on the Nintendo Switch and on its website. Starting today, you can now link your Nintendo account to your PayPal account and pay for future purchases using your PayPal balance or any payment method already linked to your PayPal account. Read More

Posted on 23 August 2017 | 3:51 am

A look back in IPO: Facebook’s trailing profit and mobile intrigue

 In our series A Look Back In IPO, we’re diving back into the S-1 documents of tech’s biggest players. What were today’s giants like back when they first filed to go public? After looking into Amazon, Microsoft and Google, we’re peeking at Facebook.  Read More

Posted on 23 August 2017 | 3:45 am

Cambridge Cancer Genomics offers a better way to gauge effective cancer treatments

 John Cassidy’s family has been at the forefront of cancer research for three generations now. The Cambridge-educated co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of cancer diagnostics company Cambridge Cancer Genomics was just following in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps when he took up researching the disease in college. Cassidy’s father was head of cancer therapies… Read More

Posted on 23 August 2017 | 3:30 am

The top 7 startups from Y Combinator S’17 Demo Day 1

 A stem cell cryobank, self-flying personal planes, and an augmented reality data platform were amongst the highlights of the prestigious Y Combinator startup accelerator’s Summer 2017 Demo Day part 1. You can read about all 50 startups that launched today in verticals like AI and biotech, and check back later for the full list and favorites from day 2. For now, based on investor buzz… Read More

Posted on 23 August 2017 | 3:06 am

Uber said to have considered automaker joint ventures for self-driving

 Uber was reportedly approached by an unnamed automaker about a potential acquisition of its self-driving business, according to The Information. The idea was shot down by Uber execs, but the approach did prompt debate at the ride hailing company around potentially partnering with an automaker on development of self-driving tech, possibly even through the formation of a joint venture.… Read More

Posted on 23 August 2017 | 2:44 am

Verizon throttles video for good with its not-so-unlimited plan

 It turns out that providing unlimited data is quite expensive. Ars Technica spotted that Verizon is revamping its plans and now sells you two kinds of unlimited data — Go Unlimited and Beyond Unlimited. (Disclosure: Verizon owns Oath, which owns TechCrunch.) And the biggest change is probably that mobile video is now capped at a maximum resolution of 480p. You won’t be able to… Read More

Posted on 23 August 2017 | 2:19 am

Walmart’s streaming service Vudu hits Apple TV

 As reported earlier this month, Walmart’s streaming service Vudu has now arrived on Apple TV… with a few limitations. The new app allows you to watch the movies and shows saved to your Vudu library, including those you’ve added by way of UltraViolet, the digital video “cloud locker” technology that lets you watch digital versions of your DVDs and Blu-rays.… Read More

Posted on 23 August 2017 | 2:19 am

Latch adds HomeKit-approved smart lock to its enterprise suite

 Enterprise-grade smart lock startup Latch has added a third product to its portfolio. The ‘Latch C’ is notable as its first smart lock to be certified to work with Apple’s HomeKit. Read More

Posted on 23 August 2017 | 2:00 am

Netflix’s Stranger Things will be back for a third season

 Stranger Things, the Netflix show that become a surprise megahit thanks to its appeal to 80s babies and mix of horror, charm and general weirdness, will return for a third season. The show’s second season has yet to arrive (it’s coming October 27th), but co-creators Matt and Ross Duffer told Vulture that the third season has been approved already. Netflix likely has little to… Read More

Posted on 23 August 2017 | 1:51 am

Ford outlines plan to build self-driving cars at scale to deploy with partners

Ford Fusion autonomous test vehicle Ford’s autonomous driving vision includes fleet manufacturing, and then deploying vehicles at scale with partners working in commercial service areas like taxi and delivery. The core of this plan starts with building cars tailor-made to “improve the movement of people and goods,” according to Ford VP of Autonomous Vehicles and Electrification Sherif Markaby. Marakby,… Read More

Posted on 23 August 2017 | 1:32 am