Tempow’s Bluetooth stack can improve your TV setup

Fri, 20 Jul 2018 15:12:04 +0000
French startup Tempow has been working on improving the Bluetooth protocol at a low level to make it more versatile. The company is introducing a new audio profile for your TV or set-top box. TV and set-top box manufacturers can license Tempow’s software and integrate new features in their devices. It works with regular Bluetooth […]
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Prices for Disrupt SF 2018 passes increase in a few days

Fri, 20 Jul 2018 15:00:27 +0000
There isn’t a business person alive who doesn’t appreciate an advantage, but sometimes folks need to be reminded of an advantage that’s staring them right in the face. This is that reminder. Your opportunity to save up to $1,200 on passes to Disrupt San Francisco 2018, which takes place on September 5-7, comes to an end […]
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Dish is the first TV provider to offer support for Apple’s Business Chat

Fri, 20 Jul 2018 14:30:02 +0000
Dish today announced it’s becoming the first TV provider to offer customer support over Apple’s Business Chat. Launched earlier this year, Business Chat allows companies to communicate with their customers over iMessage in order to answer questions, provide customer service, or even enable purchases. In Dish’s case, the TV provider says its customers can use […]
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Facebook, Google and more unite to let you transfer data between apps

Fri, 20 Jul 2018 13:08:17 +0000
The Data Transfer Project is a new team-up between tech giants to let you move your content, contacts, and more across apps. Founded by Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Microsoft, the DTP today revealed its plans for an open source data portability platform any online service can join. While many companies already let you download your […]
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Zoox’s fresh $500M, how to spend $6.3B and Microsoft’s fine fiscal year

Fri, 20 Jul 2018 13:00:23 +0000
Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week we had another full house which made for a good time. Our own Connie Loizos, Matthew Lynley and I were joined by Renata Quintini, a partner at Lux Capital. Today’s episode is a grab bag of topics, including […]
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Blavity raises $6.5 million Series A round led by GV

Fri, 20 Jul 2018 12:35:32 +0000
Blavity, the digital lifestyle media company geared toward black millennials, recently closed a $6.5 million Series A round led by GV with participation from Comcast Ventures, Plexo Capital and Baron Davis Enterprises. As part of the investment, GV Partner John Lyman is joining Blavity’s board of directors. As the media landscape continues to change, with […]
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EBay paid $573M to buy Japanese e-commerce platform Qoo10, filing reveals

Fri, 20 Jul 2018 11:16:30 +0000
EBay is a very distant second behind Amazon when it comes to e-commerce sales in the U.S., but abroad — and in particular in Asia — it is willing to invest to grow its footprint in a targeted way. In February, eBay paid a total of $573 million to acquire Qoo10, a Japanese sales platform, […]
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WhatsApp limits message forwarding in bid to reduce spam and misinformation

Fri, 20 Jul 2018 06:57:14 +0000
In a bid to cut down on the spread of false information and spam, WhatsApp recently added labels that indicate when a message has been forwarded. Now the company is sharpening that strategy by imposing limits on how many groups a message can be sent on to. Originally, users could forward messages on to multiple […]
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AnyVision AI startup locks in $28M for its body and facial recognition tech

Fri, 20 Jul 2018 00:56:46 +0000
As image recognition advances continue to accelerate, startups with a mind towards security applications are seeing some major interest to turn surveillance systems more intelligent. AnyVision is working on face, body and object recognition tech and the underlying system infrastructure to help companies deploy smart cameras for various purposes. The tech works when deployed on most […]
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Public shareholders got high today on Tilray, the first marijuana company to IPO on Nasdaq

Fri, 20 Jul 2018 00:22:46 +0000
Tilray, a five-year-old, British Columbia-based medical cannabis company that sells its products to patients, researchers, pharmacies and even governments, saw its shares get high (sorry) on the Nasdaq today, after the company priced 9 million shares at $17 apiece and watched them soar, closing at $22.39, a jump of slightly more than 32 percent. It […]
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Disney to debut its first VR short next month

Thu, 19 Jul 2018 23:50:46 +0000
Walt Disney Animation Studio is set to debut its first VR short film, Cycles, this August in Vancouver, the Association for Computing Machinery announced today. The plan is for it to be a headliner at the ACM’s computer graphics conference (SIGGRAPH), joining other forms of VR, AR and MR entertainment in the conference’s designated Immersive Pavilion. This […]
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Shared electric scooters probably won’t return to SF until August

Thu, 19 Jul 2018 23:34:53 +0000
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is still reviewing the 12 applications from companies to operate electric scooters in the city. In early June, companies like Uber, Lime, Bird, Lyft and others applied for permits to operate electric scooter-share services in San Francisco. San Francisco’s permit process came as a result of Bird, Lime and Spin deploying their […]
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