Nintendo’s Labo: VR Kit is not Virtual Boy 2.0

Fri, 22 Mar 2019 01:00:18 +0000
Even the most successful tech company is going to have a stumble from time to time. Nintendo’s 45 years in the video game industry is spotted with a few doozies, but none are more infamous than the Virtual Boy. The 1994 portable console was marketed as an early home entry into virtual reality, but in […]
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Trump promotes Michael Kratsios to US Chief Technology Officer

Thu, 21 Mar 2019 23:33:52 +0000
More than two years into the Trump administration, the long vacant post of U.S. Chief Technology Officer will be filled. Bloomberg first reported that today Trump is elevating Michael Kratsios, current deputy U.S. CTO, to the nation’s top tech position. Prior to his experience within the Trump administration, Kratsios served as chief of staff at […]
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Tech regulation in Europe will only get tougher

Thu, 21 Mar 2019 22:22:20 +0000
European governments have been bringing the hammer down on tech in recent months, slapping record fines and stiff regulations on the largest imports out of Silicon Valley. Despite pleas from the world’s leading companies and Europe’s eroding trust in government, European citizens’ staunch support for regulation of new technologies points to an operating environment that […]
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To fund Y Combinator’s top startups, VCs scoop them before Demo Day

Thu, 21 Mar 2019 21:25:23 +0000
Meet the startups that raised venture capital, or got acquired, before Demo Day.
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Gig workers need health & benefits — Catch is their safety net

Thu, 21 Mar 2019 21:10:27 +0000
One of the hottest Y Combinator startups just raised a big seed round to clean up the mess created by Uber, Postmates and the gig economy. Catch sells health insurance, retirement savings plans and tax withholding directly to freelancers, contractors, or anyone uncovered. By building and curating simplified benefits services, Catch can offer a safety […]
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Facebook’s AI couldn’t spot mass murder

Thu, 21 Mar 2019 20:51:23 +0000
Facebook has given another update on measures it took and what more it’s doing in the wake of the livestreamed video of a gun massacre by a far right terrorist who killed 50 people in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Earlier this week the company said the video of the slayings had been viewed […]
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Robotics process automation startup UiPath raising $400M at more than $7B valuation

Thu, 21 Mar 2019 20:42:51 +0000
The company, which is more than doubling its valuation, is expected to do $450 million in ARR in 2019, TechCrunch has confirmed.
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How to develop a brand identity system (like Intercom)

Thu, 21 Mar 2019 20:08:19 +0000
[Editor’s note: This is the first of a series of articles that we’re writing about branding for startups. It’s part of our latest initiative to find the best brand designers and agencies in the world who work with early-stage companies — nominate a talented brand designer you’ve worked with.]   When designer Ryan Hubbard joined Intercom, […]
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Why it’s no surprise that pro rata rights don’t mean what they used to

Thu, 21 Mar 2019 20:05:16 +0000
Yesterday, renowned investor Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures observed in a blog post that fewer founders in today’s go-go market have been honoring what are called pro rata rights, or the right of an earlier investor in a company to maintain the percentage that he or she (or their venture firm) owns as that […]
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How to save the third wave of technology from itself

Thu, 21 Mar 2019 20:00:01 +0000
The next wave of technology is arriving, transforming cities, healthcare and finance. But the regulatory landscape has become difficult to navigate. Regtech will ease these burdens.
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Streaming site Kanopy exposed viewing habits of users, researcher says

Thu, 21 Mar 2019 18:55:44 +0000
On-demand video-streaming site Kanopy has fixed a leaking server that exposed the detailed viewing habits of its users. Security researcher Justin Paine discovered the leaking Elasticsearch database last week and warned Kanopy of the exposure. The server was secured two days later, on March 18, a spokesperson told TechCrunch. “We are currently investigating the scope […]
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MoviePass parent’s CEO says its rebooted subscription service is already (sort of) profitable

Thu, 21 Mar 2019 18:06:32 +0000
Two days after MoviePass announced the return of the company’s unlimited ticket plan, Ted Farnsworth, CEO of its parent company Helios and Matheson Analytics, sat down with TechCrunch to offer insight into the state of the beleaguered service. According to the executive, MoviePass Uncapped is already seeing positive results. While he didn’t share concrete numbers, […]
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