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  • Singtel’s digital ad division Amobee acquires Turn for $310M


    advertising technology Amobee just announced that it has agreed to acquire adtech company Turn for $310 million.Amobee used to be a mobile ad startup itself, before a 2012 acquisition by Singtel, where it remains a subsidiary. Since then, Singtel and Amobee have continued to make make more acquisitions on the digital ad side, including Gradient X, Adconion and Kontera.Turn, meanwhile, operates both a data… Read More
  • Tech coalition slams Homeland Security proposal to collect social media passwords


    facebook mobile login screen With national immigration policies in flux, tech’s privacy advocates aren’t wasting any time rallying around common causes. This week, the Center for Democracy & Technology announced a coalition to oppose efforts by Homeland Security to collect social media passwords from individuals wishing to enter the United States. Read More
  • New details emerge about Palantir’s custom software for spy agencies


    The National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland, as seen from the air, January 29, 2010. (Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images) A new report by The Intercept provides some compelling specifics on collaboration between Palo Alto’s secretive big data shop Palantir and the intelligence agencies that it keeps on its client roster. While some broad strokes are known about Palantir’s relationship with spy agencies, the finer points seldom see daylight. Read More
  • Elon Musk says he doesn’t think Tesla unionization is “likely to occur”


    FEBRUARY 4, 2015 FREMONT, CA Workers assemble cars on the line at Tesla's factory in Fremont. (Photo by David Butow/Corbis via Getty Images) Tesla CEO Elon Musk addressed on the company’s earnings call on Wednesday alleged efforts on behalf of employees at its Fremont factory to unionize. Read More
  • Wireless earbud startup Earin gets $3.5 million in funding as its readies new product


    earin-1 Headphone startup Earin announced today that it’s scored $3.5 million in funding, hot on the heels of announcing its second-generation wireless earbuds back at CES. The new round will go to fund the release of the M-2, due to be released at retail this spring. The move marks a shift for the company, which took to Kickstarter to fund its first headphones back in 2015, ahead of the recent… Read More
  • Tesla wants to offer vehicles with one price, including insurance and maintenance


    Tesla Model S P85D Tesla has begun offering customers in Asia a package that includes in the purchase price the cost of insurance and maintenance, the company noted on its earnings call today. This is how they’d like to offer vehicles across their markets in the future. Read More
  • SocialRank Realtime helps marketers get more proactive on social media


    SocialRank Realtime SocialRank co-founder Alex Taub classifies most brand interactions on social media into two broad categories. They’re either broadcasting to all of their followers or, if they’re communicating individually, it’s usually in a reactive way, like responding to a complaint. With the just-launched SocialRank Realtime, Taub and his team are trying to enable something different. Read More
  • Tesla CFO Jason Wheeler is leaving, former CFO Deepak Ahuja returns


    204296294_1280x720 Tesla announced on its earnings call that CFO Jason Wheeler has decided to leave the company in April to pursue opportunities in public policy. He’ll be replaced by Deepak Ahuja, who was Tesla’s first CFO when he joined the company in 2010 after 15 years of experience at Ford Motor Company. Elon Musk sounded upbeat and jocular about the news on the call, and he also noted, as… Read More
  • Fitbit reveals it paid $23 million to acquire Pebble’s assets


    Fitbit Flex 2 Among the tidbits found in Fitbit’s disappointing new financial filing is the fact that it apparently picked up Pebble’s assets for a relative song. Although the company didn’t reveal the actual numbers when the acquisition was announced, reports pegged it at upwards of $40 million. According to today’s filing, the amount Fitbit paid is actually $23 million. Read More
  • Square beats the street thanks to growth of new products


    Jack Dorsey While Twitter continues to struggle as a public company, Jack Dorsey’s other business seems to be doing pretty well. Today payments company Square announced earnings, beating the street with a narrower loss than expected — $0.04 per share — on revenues of $452 million for the fourth quarter 2016. Read More
  • EFF: Half of web traffic is now encrypted


    cyber-security-data-sharing Half of the web’s traffic is now encrypted, according to a new report from the EFF released this week. The rights organization noted the milestone was attributable to a number of efforts, including recent moves from major tech companies to implement HTTPS on their own properties. Over the years, these efforts have included pushes from Facebook and Twitter, back in 2013 and 2012… Read More
  • Waze Carpool targets more U.S. cities, Latin America for expansion


    screen-shot-2017-02-22-at-3-01-29-pm Waze’s Carpool ridesharing features might be coming to a city near you relatively soon. The Google-owned crowdsourced navigation app piloted carpooling features first in its home country of Israel, and then in San Francisco and the Bay Area – and now it’s looking to spread it further, including in additional U.S. cities, and in Latin American markets. That’s according… Read More
  • Knotel raises $25M to expand its “headquarters as a service” approach to office space


    Knotel Flatiron lobby Knotel announced today that it has raised $25 million in Series A funding.Founded in 2015, the company offers what co-founder and CEO Amol Sarva described as “headquarters as a service” — a flexible office space that can be customized for each tenant while also growing or shrinking as needed.This might sound like it’s addressing the same need as WeWork and other… Read More
  • The LG G6 has a hidden face, and it’s impossible to unsee


    c5sl1fjwmaaniti Images of the LG G6 leaked today and overall it looks like a solid phone with soft lines, very little bezel and a face on the backside made up of the dual lenses and power button. It looks surprised and maybe a little shocked.LG will likely reveal all the details of the phone next week at Mobile World Congress. Read More
  • Freshly FCC-approved LTE-U wireless rolls out on T-Mobile this spring


    various offices connected via light trails in city The FCC has given several companies the go-ahead to activate a wireless technology called LTE-U in their base stations; if all goes as planned, devices will be able to communicate cellular data over unlicensed frequencies technically overlapping with Wi-Fi’s. Read More
  • NASA found 7 “Earthlike” planets just under 40 light years away


    5_lineup_pia21422-png NASA has discovered seven planets with Earth-like qualities orbiting a nearby star making them among the strongest candidates in the continued search for extraterrestrial life among  known exoplanets, or planets that exist outside of our own solar system. These new planets all inhabit another solar system which includes seven planets that have a relatively warm climate, as well as rocky… Read More
  • India’s Snapdeal to lay off 500-600 as it battles Flipkart and Amazon


    snapdeal-desktop Snapdeal, one of India’s big online marketplaces connecting sellers of a range of goods with consumers looking to buy them, is feeling the pinch of competition from Flipkart, Amazon and a host of startups that have emerged with the rise of e-commerce in the country. The startup — backed by the likes of eBay, Alibaba and Softbank and last valued at $6.5 billion — issued a… Read More
  • The dramatic rise in hacktivism


    rogue-wikil 2016 was the year hacktivists disrupted cyberspace like never before. The December launch of the new movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was well-timed — epitomizing outsiders banding together to bring down powerful enemies against long odds to steal confidential plans. This plot is similar to hacktivist agendas over the past year. Read More
  • Turn anything into a nightmare cat with this machine learning tool


    screen-shot-2017-02-22-at-12-26-56-pm Machine learning has the potential to solve many of our regular human problems, like for instance having too few nightmarish, oddly cat-filled crude images to gaze upon. Luckily, Christopher Hesse created the edges2cats web-based tool to address exactly that issue. The machine learning software uses Google’s Tensorflow to translate one image to another, using training data provided by… Read More
  • Reminder: Sign up to display in Startup Alley’s featured pavilions for free


    disruptny2017_466x269 For many promising young startups, displaying in the Startup Alley at TechCrunch Disrupt is one of the best decisions they can make. At Disrupt NY 2017, we’re giving startups the opportunity to participate in the Alley free of charge.TechCrunch rolled out our featured pavilions at Disrupt SF and Disrupt London last year, but for New York, we’re taking the concept to a whole new level. Read More