The FCC has reportedly approved the T-Mobile-Sprint merger

Wed, 16 Oct 2019 18:23:58 +0000
Today, the Federal Communications Commission formally approved the merger of Sprint and T-Mobile in a 3-2 vote falling along party lines, The Verge reports. We’ve reached out to the FCC for comment. In April, T-Mobile and Sprint announced the proposed $26 billion deal, which unsurprisingly garnered a lot of questions around anticompetitiveness pretty much immediately. […]
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Volvo unveils its first electric car, the XC40 Recharge

Wed, 16 Oct 2019 18:07:46 +0000
Volvo Cars introduced Wednesday the XC40 Recharge, its first electric car under a new EV-focused brand that kicks off a company-wide shift toward electrification. “It’s a car of firsts and it’s a car of the future,” CTO Henrik Green said. The Volvo XC40 Recharge is the first electric vehicle in the automaker’s portfolio. It’s also […]
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&Open helps businesses distribute gifts to reward customer loyalty

Wed, 16 Oct 2019 17:40:07 +0000
&Open is a startup with an unusual name, and one that fills an unusual niche in the business world. It has built a gift giving platform, so that businesses can reward loyalty with a small token of appreciation. The gift depends on the business and the circumstances, but it could be something like a book […]
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a16z’s Andrew Chen on the opportunities today for consumer tech startups

Wed, 16 Oct 2019 17:26:40 +0000
What’s happening in consumer tech? At TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco last week, Extra Crunch managing editor Eric Eldon sat down with Andrew Chen, a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz. Andrew focuses on consumer tech, with investments in companies like Barkbox, Boba Guys, Tinder, Substack and more. They talked about everything from design trends, to marketing, […]
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In the Accelerator over the Sea

Wed, 16 Oct 2019 17:10:33 +0000
In our oceans the scale of disasters is measured in millions, billions, and trillions, while solutions amount to single digits: individuals or institutions working to impact a chosen issue with approaches often both brilliant and quixotic. Putting such individuals in close contact with both whales and billionaires is the strange alchemy being attempted by the Sustainable Ocean Alliance's Accelerator at Sea.
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Hulu ramps up its personalization efforts, starting with launch of Like / Dislike buttons

Wed, 16 Oct 2019 16:56:13 +0000
Hulu says it’s working on several product changes to make its service more personalized to viewers. It recently launched an enhanced recommendation engine that now accounts for not just what you watch, but also when. And today, it’s introducing the first of what will be many more personalization-focused improvements, with the addition of Like and […]
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Daily Crunch: LinkedIn now supports real-world events

Wed, 16 Oct 2019 16:40:18 +0000
The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. LinkedIn gets physical, debuts Events hub for people to plan in-person networking events LinkedIn is bringing its professional networking features into […]
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This brilliant app waits on hold for you

Wed, 16 Oct 2019 16:35:58 +0000
DoNotPay helps you get out of parking tickets and cancel forgotten subscriptions, and now it can call you when it’s your turn in a customer service phone queue. The app today is launching “Skip Waiting On Hold.” Just type in the company you need to talk to, and DoNotPay calls for you using tricks to […]
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Uber integrates electric moped service Cityscoot in Paris

Wed, 16 Oct 2019 16:06:50 +0000
Uber wants to become a super app by providing multiple services in a single app. That’s why the company is announcing an integration with French startup Cityscoot. Cityscoot is a free-floating electric scooter service (moped scooters). Just like other free-floating mobility services, you can open an app, locate the nearest vehicle around you, unlock it […]
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Autify raises $2.5M seed round for its no-code software testing platform

Wed, 16 Oct 2019 16:00:50 +0000
Autify, a platform that makes testing web application as easy as clicking a few buttons, has raised a $2.5 million seed round from Global Brain, Salesforce Ventures, Archetype Ventures and several angels. The company, which recently graduated from the Alchemist accelerator program for enterprise startups, splits its base between the U.S., where it keeps an […]
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Microsoft launches new open-source projects around Kubernetes and microservices

Wed, 16 Oct 2019 16:00:44 +0000
Microsoft today announced two new open-source projects: Dapr, a portable, event-driven runtime that takes some of the complexity out of building microservices, and the Open Application Model (OAM), a specification that allows developers to define the resources their applications need to run on Kubernetes clusters and which Microsoft developed in cooperation with Alibaba Cloud. As […]
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Foursquare CEO calls on Congress to regulate the location data industry

Wed, 16 Oct 2019 15:27:25 +0000
The chief executive of Foursquare, one of the largest location data platforms on the internet, is calling on lawmakers to pass legislation to better regulate the wider location data industry amid abuses and misuses of consumers’ personal data. It comes in the aftermath of the recent location sharing scandal, which revealed how bounty hunters were […]
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