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Palmer Luckey’s new defense company Anduril looks interested in AR and VR on the battlefield

TechCrunch - 55 min 9 sec ago
 Palmer Luckey’s new defense startup Anduril has aspirations well beyond a high tech border wall. According to new information on the company’s website and its hires, Anduril intends to apply its virtual reality pedigree to “real-time battlefield awareness for soldiers,” among other defense-centric specialties. As California records show, the company was incorporated in… Read More
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Twitter bans “Hateful Display Names” and shares Safety roadmap

TechCrunch - 1 hour 9 min ago
 Twitter has comitted to a specific timeline for rolling out changes to its Safety features and announced new policies including a ban on hateful display names, and improvements for second-hand “witness reporting” of abuse. By January Twitter plans to have implemented all the abuse changes outlined in the internal email published by Wired earlier this week, as well as the new… Read More
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Quest to depict CG sperm leads to real biological advances

TechCrunch - 1 hour 20 min ago
 An effort to make a 3D animated sperm for a short film has ended up producing a model of unprecedented detail and considerable scientific value. If you were ever curious what goes on inside those things, this is probably the best depiction yet. Read More
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What washing dishes, driving a truck and working in a cemetery taught me about the power of ‘blue-collar’ software

TechCrunch - 1 hour 32 min ago
 I work in VC. But it wasn’t long ago that I stocked shelves, drove a truck, washed dishes, waited tables and even hauled dirt at a cemetery. This isn’t the usual route to a job in tech and VC, but it opened my eyes to a corner of the tech world I think has the chance to create the next Salesforce, Oracle or LinkedIn: software targeting those who do their jobs outside corporate offices. Read More
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Here’s everything Adobe announced at its MAX conference this week

TechCrunch - 1 hour 34 min ago
 Adobe is hosting its MAX conference this week in Las Vegas, and even though the company has long moved to a subscription model with regular updates, it still uses the event to launch its most important updates and new products. Here is our rundown of the biggest announcements, which range from new tools for designers, a completely new version of Lightroom and a few crazy experiments. Read More
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Atlassian is on one heck of a run

TechCrunch - 2 hours 17 min ago
 When Atlassian went public at the end of 2015, it was a bit of an anomaly: a tech IPO whose numbers looked quite good with some profitability. It’s been almost two years since that IPO, and since then, the company’s valuation is at around $9 billion. The company popped 32% on its first day and hit a valuation of $5.8 billion. A lot of that is thanks to an insane run this year so… Read More
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Facebook attacks Pinterest with ‘Sets’ of posts

TechCrunch - 2 hours 24 min ago
 Identity is prismatic. You show different sides of yourself to different friends in your life. Now Facebook wants to let you share the niches of your interests while stealing thunder from Pinterest’s boards. Facebook is now testing a feature called Sets that lets you select several status updates, photos or videos and share them as a themed collection to everyone or specific friends. Read More
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Nintendo nabs two-thirds of monthly game hardware sales thanks to Switch

TechCrunch - 2 hours 45 min ago
 Nintendo has managed to lead the industry in video game hardware sales – by a wide margin – for September, which is a very promising sign going into the holiday shopping season. The Nintendo Switch helped this immensely, leading the industry as the top-selling console for the third straight month, and the fifth month overall since its introduction seven months ago. Switch’s U.S. Read More
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Amazon’s original Echo gets a much-needed upgrade

TechCrunch - 3 hours 1 min ago
 It’s been nearly two full years since the first Echo was made available to Amazon Prime subscribers. In that time, the company added six new members to the Echo family (seven if you count the Tap, which Amazon kind of, sort of does) — and in the case of the Echo Dot, did one full product refresh. Google entered the space in a big way with Home, and both Apple and Microsoft have… Read More
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PayPal’s quarter exceeded expectations across the board

TechCrunch - 3 hours 13 min ago
 PayPal, the digital payments company, shared its growing financials after the bell on Thursday. Shares ticked up about 4 percent in initial after-hours trading. Read More
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Stitch Fix has filed for an IPO, and the numbers look good

TechCrunch - 3 hours 13 min ago
 Stitch Fix has filed to go public, finally revealing the financial guts of the startup which will be a test of modern e-commerce businesses that are looking to hit the market — and the numbers look pretty great! Let’s start off really quick with profits: aside from the last two quarters, Stitch Fix posted a six-quarter streak of positive net income. We talk a lot about companies… Read More
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MongoDB finishes up 34% in database IPO

TechCrunch - 3 hours 28 min ago
 New York-based MongoDB went public on the Nasdaq on Thursday, finishing the day at $32.07, up 34 percent above its IPO price of $24. This is also above the proposed range of $20 to $22, which had been increased from $18 to $20. Read More
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Apple makes the case that even its most banal features require a proficiency in machine learning

TechCrunch - 4 hours 5 min ago
 Amidst narratives of machine learning complacency, Apple is coming to terms with the fact that not talking about innovation means innovation never happened. A detailed blog posting in the company’s machine learning journal makes public the technical effort that went into its “Hey Siri” feature — a capability so banal that I’d almost believe Apple was trying to make… Read More
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Apple’s enterprise strategy begins to take shape

TechCrunch - 4 hours 6 min ago
 When Apple announced its partnership with GE this week, it would have been easy to dismiss it as another random collaboration from a company people don’t generally associate with the enterprise. After all, Apple killed off their enterprise server product years ago. You might rightly ask, what exactly do they have to do with the enterprise these days? But if you consider the notion of… Read More
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Bipartisan bill seeks to regulate political ads on Facebook, Twitter and Google

TechCrunch - 5 hours 17 min ago
 A new bipartisan bill known as the Honest Ads Act is the first major attempt to regulate online platforms that sell ads with rules akin to those that apply to more traditional advertising on TV, radio and in print. The bill imposes regulations on social platforms, websites, ad networks and other online entities with more than 50 million unique users per month. Read More
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Data is the name of the game, as Intel Capital puts $60M in 15 startups, $566M in 2017 overall

TechCrunch - 5 hours 17 min ago
 Intel Capital, the investment arm of the processor giant, is today announcing its latest tranche of investments, a total of nearly $60 million going in to 15 startups that are working on solving different problems in the bigger area of big data (with a full rundown below). The investments come on the back of a big year for the group: In 2017 so far, Intel says that it’s invested $566… Read More
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The first episode of ‘Bubbleproof’ sets the stage for chaos on Sand Hill Road

TechCrunch - 5 hours 38 min ago
 Bubbleproof is a new mockumentary series following the misadventures of Reputation.com founder Michael Fertik and venture capitalist David Cowan as they launch a new fund. Watch the first episode of Bubbleproof… and if you like it, good news: We’ve already published the next three episodes. Read More
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SendGrid files for marketing email IPO

TechCrunch - 6 hours 18 sec ago
 Denver-based SendGrid has filed for an IPO. The company, which helps marketers send emails to customers, says in its S-1 that it has processed more than “one trillion emails.” Read More
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Two Google alums just raised $60M to rethink documents

TechCrunch - 6 hours 10 min ago
 When you open a Google doc or a spreadsheet, you get a blank spreadsheet and some documentation as to what you can do with it — and that’s pretty much where we’ve been for quite some time. But two MIT graduates, coming in from Microsoft and Google, have built up a team that for the past three years has quietly been trying to rethink how we approach documents. CEO Shishir… Read More
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Chinese local services giant Meituan-Dianping raises $4B led by Tencent and Priceline

TechCrunch - 6 hours 11 min ago
 There’s a huge funding round from one of the top local services companies in China. Meituan-Dianping, a company formed by a multi-billion dollar merger in 2015, said today that it has raised a $4 billion Seres C round from a group of investors led by existing backer Tencent. Others involved include Sequoia, GIC, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, Trustbridge Partners, Coatue, IDG,… Read More
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