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Nielsen announces new division unit to measure e-sports sponsorships

44 min 9 sec ago
 Another sign that e-sports are turning into a big business: Nielsen is launching a new division focused providing research and consulting to the industry. The measurement firm already has a unit focused on gaming — in fact, Nicole Pike, Nielsen’s vice president of gaming, said Nielsen Esports was created in response to growing interest from the firm’s gaming clients. One of… Read More

Uber’s new head of Asia is a former Goldman exec who once climbed Mount Everest

2 hours 10 min ago
 Regular run-ins with government regulators and battles with well-funded local rivals have made Asia challenging terrain for Uber. The challenge is such that it’s fitting that the U.S. ride-sharing giant has hired a man who once scaled the summit of Mount Everest to lead its business in the region. Brooks Entwistle, a former Chairman of Goldman Sachs Southeast Asia, was announced today… Read More

Tim Cook says he ‘disagrees’ with Donald Trump’s response to Charlottesville violence

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 23:45
Apple CEO Tim Cook has criticized U.S. President Trump’s reaction to the violent events that took place over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, which left one woman dead. “I disagree with the president and others who believe that there is a moral equivalence between white supremacists and Nazis, and those who oppose them by standing up for human rights. Equating the two… Read More

Startup initiatives from down under may offer inspiration to the failing US Postal Service

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 23:30
 Earlier this week, the US Postal Service reported another dismal quarter of financial results. It’s the latest in a string of bad news for a national service that has been in slow decline since private carriers began emerging to challenge its dominance in the marketplace, and email rendered the written letter all but obsolete. According to a report from ABC News the Postal Service last… Read More

Crunch Report | Apple Spending $1 Billion on Original Content

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 23:00
Apple is spending $1 billion to acquire original content, Workday acquires Pattern, Google Home now lets you make free phone calls and Andrew Ng is starting an AI fund. All this on Crunch Report! Read More

Tech is not winning the battle against white supremacy

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 21:54
 Content warning: This post contains racial slurs, homophobic language and very graphic depictions of racism and violence.  If you were just paying attention to press releases, this week it’d be easy to believe that tech companies are winning the war on hate. Responding to the violence in Charlottesville, Mark Zuckerberg solemnly reflected that there is “no place for hate in… Read More

Run to the rock

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 21:30
 The past week has been a tough one for lovers of freedom. Slippery slopes have been slid down and a side of the human mind that once remained in shadow has reared its head. Charlottesville is just the first step down a dark road. In real life, on the public square, our support of freedom of speech and public assembly – a freedom that has long helped hater and lover alike – is in… Read More

The TechCrunch Podcast: Augmented reality’s promise

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 19:30
 Welcome back to the TechCrunch Podcast, where we take a deeper dive into the hottest topics coming down tech’s pike. In this episode, Founders Fund partner Cyan Banister and Super Ventures managing partner Matt Miesnieks joined TechCrunch editor-in-chief Matthew Panzarino to talk the past, present and future of augmented reality. Read More

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 refurbished batteries get recalled due to overheating concerns

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 19:00
 This is probably the last bit of news Samsung wanted to pop up in headlines in the weeks leading up to the Note 8 launch. Though, to be fair, this latest battery recall isn’t on Samsung. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a recall for refurbished Galaxy Note 4 batteries. However, the fault appears to fall at the feet of potentially counterfeited batteries supplied by FedEx. Read More

Protecting 3D printers from cyberattacks could be as simple as listening carefully

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 18:52
 As 3D printers grow smarter and continue to embed themselves in manufacturing and product creation processes, they are exposed to online malefactors just like every other device and network. Security researchers suggest a way to prevent hackers from sabotaging the outputs of 3D printers: listen very, very carefully. Read More

Digital Ocean and Cloudflare ditch neo-Nazi client, The Daily Stormer

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 18:31
 Following the violent far right demonstrations in Charlottesville at the weekend, another two web services companies have terminated their business relationships with the Nazi propaganda website, The Daily Stormer. Read More

Google acquires AIMatter, maker of the Fabby computer vision app

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 17:43
 Computer vision — the branch of artificial intelligence that lets computers “see” and process images like humans do (and, actually, often better than us), and then use those images to help run programmes — is at the heart of how the next generation of tech is developing, and this week Google made an acquisition this week to help it along with its own efforts in this… Read More

Nvidia invests in Chinese autonomous trucking startup TuSimple

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 17:23
 Nvidia has invested in TuSimple, the graphics card maker revealed today. It’s investing in a $20 million round led by Sina, the Chinese check giant behind Weibo, and it’s also providing TuSimple with Nvidia tech to power its self-driving platform, including NVIDIA GPUs, its Drive PX 2 autonomous computer, Jetson TX2 and more. Read More

Roku cracks down on private channels

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 16:22
 Roku has begun to crack down more on private channels – a feature originally intended to allow developers to test their channels ahead of submission to Roku’s channel store, but which soon became a means for channels streaming pirated content to reach Roku’s user base. According to several reports, the company has recently begun to display warning messages when users add a… Read More

Ofo comes to the US, joining the bike-share fray in Seattle

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 16:15
 Seattle seems like an unlikely venue for a duel between bike-sharing companies: it’s rainy, hilly, its residents can’t drive and another bike-share program recently went belly-up publicly and ignominiously. But Ofo, one of several Chinese giants in the space, is the third company to launch in the city in a month. It’s the company’s first foray in the States. Read More

Color Genomics has raised $52 million in equity financing

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 16:06
 Genetic health screening startup Color Genomics has raised $52 million so far in what could end up totaling just over $81 million in equity financing, according to a recent SEC filing. Color is similar to other genetics startups in that it provides information to you based on the DNA given in a spit tube test. Read More

Only 3 days left to save big on Disrupt SF tickets

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 16:05
 Time to pay attention, would-be Disrupt SF 2017 attendees. Time is quickly running out if you want to get your hands on some deeply discounted tickets to the best startup show in the Bay Area. Now through Friday, August 18, tickets will run you just $1,995 each, a cool $1,000 off the final retail price. Read More

Crowdfunded reMarkable e-paper tablet ships on August 29

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 15:18
 The idea of using technology to replicate the simplicity and versatility of paper is an enduring one, but no device has nailed it just yet. That may change with the reMarkable, a unique and ambitious tablet that aims to do what paper does, but better. And four years after the concept was first proposed, the team is finally shipping its first devices on August 29. Read More

Netflix’s ‘What Happened to Monday’ looks like Orphan Black-style sci-fi

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 15:01
 Netflix has a new original sci-fi film called What Happened to Monday available to stream on Friday, starring Noomi Rapace playing seven different characters. The movie’s fictional world has a global law against having more than one child, to stem overpopulation, but the father of Noomi’s characters goes against the grain when he has identical septuplets. A sci-fi movie where… Read More

Amazon’s private label business is booming thanks to device sales, expanded fashion lines

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 13:59
 Amazon has been doubling down on its private label business in recent months, though many of its own brands aren’t easily identifiable to consumers as they don’t indicate they’re Amazon-made products. But these private labels have been gaining steam, according to a new report out this week from 1010data. Several Amazon brands have been seeing tremendous growth, it found… Read More

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