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Upload exec tasked with turning things around at the troubled VR startup has already quit | #VentureCanvas

Lucas Matney | TechCrunch


 The executive tasked with building back community trust in Upload, the VR startup shaken by a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a former employee earlier this summer, has quit less than six weeks after officially announcing she had joined the team as COO, multiple sources tell TechCrunch. Anne Aloha Ward joined as COO of Upload, which runs co-working spaces in its LA and SF offices as well as… Read More

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Source: Upload exec tasked with turning things around at the troubled VR startup has already quit

Mapping the blockchain project ecosystem | #VentureCanvas

Josh Nussbaum | TechCrunch


 It’s easy to miss the forest for the trees without a comprehensive view of what the proverbial forest looks like. As a result, here’s a compiled a list of all of the decentralized blockchain-based projects that I have been following, and was able to dig up through research, along with recommendations from friends in the ecosystem. Read More

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Netflix’s original content costs are ballooning | #VentureCanvas

Matthew Lynley | TechCrunch


 Netflix today once again showed that its subscriber growth is on a tear — especially its growth internationally — but a note in the report may indicate one of the biggest challenges the company faces going forward. Netflix took home 20 Emmy awards this year, and that’s thanks to its enormous investments in original content. Shows like “Stranger Things,”… Read More

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Source: Netflix’s original content costs are ballooning

Alphabet’s Project Wing now delivers burritos by drone in southeastern Australia | #VentureCanvas

Frederic Lardinois | TechCrunch


 It’s been a while since we last heard from Project Wing, X‘s moonshot drone delivery project. But after a few fallow months, the team posted an update today and it looks like the project has made quite some progress. Alphabet’s X unit is now testing the Project Wing drones in southeastern Australia, where its flying machines are making deliveries right to people’s… Read More

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Source: Alphabet’s Project Wing now delivers burritos by drone in southeastern Australia

Netflix crushes its own expectations for subscription growth again | #VentureCanvas

Matthew Lynley | TechCrunch


Reed Hastings Netflix is still on its rounded-up-to-pretty-great run as it continues to add more and more subscribers, and once again is outstripping its own estimates for growth. Today the company said it added 5.3 million new total subscribers, with 850,000 coming in the U.S. and 4.45 million coming from international markets. Netflix is spending very aggressively on original content, and so far it looks… Read More

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Source: Netflix crushes its own expectations for subscription growth again

Facebook acquires anonymous teen compliment app tbh, will let it run | #VentureCanvas

Josh Constine | TechCrunch


 Facebook wants tbh to be its next Instagram. Today, Facebook announced it’s acquiring positivity-focused polling startup tbh and will allow it to operate somewhat independently as it’s done with Instagram and WhatsApp. tbh had scored 5 million downloads and 4 million daily active users in the past 9 weeks with its app that lets people anonymously answer kind-hearted… Read More

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Source: Facebook acquires anonymous teen compliment app tbh, will let it run

Google revamps its Security Checkup feature with personalized suggestions for your account | #VentureCanvas

Sarah Perez | TechCrunch


 Google today is rolling out a revamped version of its longtime Security Checkup feature – a service that helps users make sure their Google accounts are safe by checking those items that could impact your account’s security. This includes connected apps, connected devices, account permissions and other things. Now, Security Checkup will be improved by offering more personalized… Read More

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Source: Google revamps its Security Checkup feature with personalized suggestions for your account

Silenced by “free speech” | #VentureCanvas

Josh Constine | TechCrunch


 There’s a fundamental incongruency between being pro ‘free speech’ and operating a global social network for civil public discussion. Twitter is struggling with it. Facebook is struggling with it too. And it can’t be solved by a little more transparency or by hoping average citizens will do the right thing. The principle of free speech on which the United States was… Read More

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The end of oversharing | #VentureCanvas

John Biggs | TechCrunch


 The early 2000s were the era of user-generated content. Companies like Associated Content and Shareasale rewarded content producers richly – one friend of mine made millions on YouTube in 2004 because he was one of the few serial content producers on the platform. The future was going to be broadcast in all of its gritty glory. Bloggers would win forever and ever. The voices of the… Read More

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Airbnb eyes expansion with affiliate program for sites with 1M+ users, new API | #VentureCanvas

Ingrid Lunden | TechCrunch


 While Expedia and Priceline roll out ways to encroach on Airbnb’s space with their own private home listings for travellers, the $31 billion venture-backed Airbnb is also looking at new ways to boost its own traffic and bookings. Airbnb is now rolling out a new call for affiliate partners, where high-traffic sites with over 1 million visitors can embed Airbnb property listings and… Read More

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Source: Airbnb eyes expansion with affiliate program for sites with 1M+ users, new API

MIT’s The Engine wants to fuel bold tech ideas in Boston | #VentureCanvas

Ron Miller | TechCrunch


 Boston and its surrounding universities are jam-packed with big ideas, but the problem is that many of them never get out of the lab. MIT president Rafael Reif recognized this and decided the city needed an engine to push those ideas and The Engine — part venture capital firm, part business incubator — was born. When smart people are working on hard problems inside a lab, they… Read More

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7 huge business storylines for this quarter’s earnings season | #VentureCanvas

Matthew Lynley | TechCrunch


 It’s that time of the year again: Earnings season. It’s a finance nerd’s dream, but for the rest of the world, it’s important because some of the biggest technology companies in the world spill their guts to the public. We get to see who’s winning, who’s losing, what’s going wrong and how much Twitter’s monthly active user count dropped. In… Read More

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Source: 7 huge business storylines for this quarter’s earnings season

Minecraft now lets you export your creations in 3D — but only on Windows 10 | #VentureCanvas

Devin Coldewey | TechCrunch


 Minecraft players will now be able to easily save their in-game creations as 3D models. A new update adds the capability, but it’s among the few features that can only be enjoyed by players on the Windows 10 edition of the game. Read More

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Source: Minecraft now lets you export your creations in 3D — but only on Windows 10

Google Photos gets more pet-friendly | #VentureCanvas

Sarah Perez | TechCrunch


walking the dog If you’re a pet owner who uses Google Photos, you’ve probably typed in “dog” or “cat” before in order to surface photos of your furry pal – like anytime someone asks you about your pet, for example, which clearly means they would like to see a picture of Mr. Fluffypants. Today, Google is introducing an easier way to aggregate your pet photos in its… Read More

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The HOLD 10 Index is a passively managed fund of the top 10 cryptocurrencies | #VentureCanvas

Fitz Tepper | TechCrunch


 This year the market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies has grown from about $13 billion to well over $150 billion, fueled by infusions of capital from all different types of investors. But irregardless of this extreme growth, it’s still very complicated for most people to invest in cryptocurrency. So one startup is launching a private index fund designed to let you passively hold… Read More

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Source: The HOLD 10 Index is a passively managed fund of the top 10 cryptocurrencies

Google Maps now lets you explore your local planets and moons, too | #VentureCanvas

Frederic Lardinois | TechCrunch


 Google today announced a fun update to Google Maps that’ll allow you to virtually visit a dozen additional planets and moons in our solar system. The company has added imagery of Pluto, Venus and several moons to its lineup and also made it easier to find them in Maps. In total, Google Maps now features imagery of sixteen celestial bodies. It’s worth noting that while Google has… Read More

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Source: Google Maps now lets you explore your local planets and moons, too

North Korea reportedly hacked UK’s Channel 4 over ‘slanderous’ TV series | #VentureCanvas

Jon Russell | TechCrunch


 North Korea’s cyber forces may never top the scalp of hacking Sony, an attack that successfully derailed plans to release a movie viewed as critical of the country, but the totalitarian state also performed a similar hit on British broadcaster Channel 4, it has emerged.
A detailed New York Times report on the development of North Korea’s cyber hacking prowess, which was once… Read More

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Source: North Korea reportedly hacked UK’s Channel 4 over ‘slanderous’ TV series

Here’s what you can do to protect yourself from the KRACK WiFi vulnerability | #VentureCanvas

Natasha Lomas,Romain Dillet | TechCrunch


 Security researcher Mathy Vanhoef shared a serious vulnerability in the WPA2 encryption protocol. Most devices and routers currently rely on WPA2 to encrypt your WiFi traffic, so chances are you’re affected.
But first, let’s clarify what an attacker can and cannot do using the KRACK vulnerability. The attacker can intercept some of the traffic between your device and your router. Read More

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Source: Here’s what you can do to protect yourself from the KRACK WiFi vulnerability

IBM launches two new services to help businesses move to the cloud | #VentureCanvas

Frederic Lardinois | TechCrunch


 IBM today announced two new services that are meant to make it easier for businesses to move their data and applications to the cloud. The company says the IBM Cloud Migration Services and IBM Cloud Deployment Services will make it easier and more affordable to migrate their existing workloads to the public cloud. Cloud Migration Services, as the name implies, helps businesses get ready to move… Read More

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Source: IBM launches two new services to help businesses move to the cloud

Spanish bank BBVA launches money transfer app Tuyyo, initially focused on U.S. to Mexico remittances | #VentureCanvas

Sarah Perez | TechCrunch


 BBVA, Spain’s second-largest bank that snatched up mobile banking startup Simple for $117 million back in 2014, is now entering the mobile money transfer business with today’s launch of a new app called Tuyyo. The app, which is available on both iOS and Android, is focused on the $73 billion annual market for remittances to Latin America and the Caribbean from the U.S. However,… Read More

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Source: Spanish bank BBVA launches money transfer app Tuyyo, initially focused on U.S. to Mexico remittances

Terminal makes it easy for companies to open international offices | #VentureCanvas

John Mannes | TechCrunch


 Born out of a frustration with recruiting within the peninsula-trapped City of San Francisco, Terminal is a platform allowing companies to tap into talent abroad. Starting with campuses in Kitchener-Waterloo, Montreal and Vancouver, the startup aims to plant physical flags in as many of the world’s global talent centers as possible. Terminal is being run by… Read More

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Samsung’s new connected tags monitor pets or kids for week on a single charge | #VentureCanvas

Jon Russell | TechCrunch


 Samsung has something worth your time if you like to keep tabs on kids, pets or other cherished items. The Korea electronics giant just announced Connect Tag, a small internet-enabled device that tracks location and lasts a week between charges. In other words, this is a similar offering to existing electronic tagging devices from the likes of Tile, the U.S. startup that pulled in $25… Read More

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Source: Samsung’s new connected tags monitor pets or kids for week on a single charge

It’s just gotten a lot easier to reprint keys from photographs | #VentureCanvas

John Biggs | TechCrunch


 If you’re in the business of opening locked doors for business or pleasure, it just got a little easier. Using a parametric file for SCAD, you can easily recreate a Kwikset key with a few keystrokes. Kwikset is particularly vulnerable because it has only five pins and five positions – 1 being not cut at all and 5 being cut very deeply. This means you can look at an image of a… Read More

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Astro’s Luna Display will turn your iPad’s front camera into a clever button | #VentureCanvas

Darrell Etherington | TechCrunch


 Astro’s Luna Display hardware dongle is a dream for anyone who wants their iPad to act as a second screen for their Mac – wirelessly. Now, the company has revealed a clever update that turns the front-facing camera of your iPad into a neat, contextual button that gives you access to a range of features without cluttering up your user interface. In case you missed it, Luna Display is… Read More

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Source: Astro’s Luna Display will turn your iPad’s front camera into a clever button

Substack helps writers turn blogs and newsletters into subscription businesses | #VentureCanvas

Anthony Ha | TechCrunch


 Substack is looking to help writers make money in a way that CEO Chris Best described as “diametrically opposed to the broader Internet news model.”
In other words, while large digital media companies are chasing “a lot of engagement, a lot of clicks and eyeballs,” Best (who was previously co-founder and CTO at Kik) said Substack has built subscription tools for… Read More

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Source: Substack helps writers turn blogs and newsletters into subscription businesses

eBay takes on The RealReal and other fashion resellers with launch of authentication program | #VentureCanvas

Sarah Perez | TechCrunch


 eBay is going after high-end clientele in search of luxury goods with today’s launch of eBay Authenticate, a new program that will allow sellers to opt in to have their goods verified as authentic. Initially, the service will focus on luxury handbags and wallets across 12 high-end brands, including Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Hermes, Gucci, Prada, Burberry, Dior, Fendi, Balenciaga, Goyard… Read More

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Source: eBay takes on The RealReal and other fashion resellers with launch of authentication program

Sorry SNES Classic: Analogue’s Super Nt is the ultimate Super Nintendo | #VentureCanvas

Darrell Etherington | TechCrunch


 You may or may not have scored an SNES Classic from Nintendo, but either way, you don’t have the true retro gaming fan’s SNES reboot – yet. That’s because it’s not out yet, and it’s not even made by Nintendo: It’s the Super Nt, the next reference quality console recreation from Analogue, the same gadget maker that created the Nt Mini to play NES games… Read More

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Source: Sorry SNES Classic: Analogue’s Super Nt is the ultimate Super Nintendo

Apple denied motions in VirnetX patent infringement case, slapped with a $440M final judgement | #VentureCanvas

Ingrid Lunden | TechCrunch


 Apple lost a retrial a year ago in an ongoing patent dispute with VirnetX over secure communications protocols in FaceTime and other applications, and today the latter company announced the total amount Apple finally will be required to pay up, after the court that heard the case — United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas — denied all of Apple’s… Read More

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Source: Apple denied motions in VirnetX patent infringement case, slapped with a $440M final judgement

The CoD: WWII live action trailer is out | #VentureCanvas

Jordan Crook | TechCrunch


 In approximately three weeks, Call of Duty is taking the franchise back to WWII, with some good old-fashioned boots-on-the-ground gameplay. So it’s not surprising that the live action trailer is focused on reassembling the squad. It’s no Destiny 2 live action trailer, but it has its own charm. Instead of dressing actors up in WWII garb and trying to depict actual gameplay, the… Read More

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Source: The CoD: WWII live action trailer is out

We Heart It says a data breach affected over 8 million accounts, included emails and passwords | #VentureCanvas

Sarah Perez | TechCrunch


 We Heart It, an image-sharing site used by 40 million teens as of a couple of years ago, is informing users their personal data may have been compromised. The company was alerted to a possible security breach last week that involved over 8 million accounts, it said on Friday. The breach took place a few years ago and includes email addresses, usernames and encrypted passwords for We Heart… Read More

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Source: We Heart It says a data breach affected over 8 million accounts, included emails and passwords