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Think fast – this system watches you answer questions to make sure you’re human

TechCrunch - 7 hours 13 min ago
 The machines are getting smarter and facial recognition may not be enough to tell you’re a human. Machines can make faces, too, but they’re not so good at answering questions with them. That could lead to a new, more effective type of CAPTCHA. Read More
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Watch Jessica Jones grapple with being a hero in Netflix’s Season 2 trailer

TechCrunch - 7 hours 16 min ago
 Netflix’s Jessica Jones is coming back for its second streaming season very soon, and there’s a new trailer you can watch to whet your appetite for the Marvel superhero show. This season looks like it picks up right where the last one left off (it includes some clips from the first series, in fact), but will focus even more on following Jones as she deals with her reluctance to adopt… Read More
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Mixer, Microsoft’s Twitch competitor, adds game sales

TechCrunch - 7 hours 20 min ago
 Twitch has long since allowed its streamers to generate revenue from their channels through things like subscriptions, virtual tipping and game sales. Microsoft is adopting one of those features for its own game streaming service, Mixer, with today’s launch of “Direct Purchase.” Read More
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Ultrasound could waken a sleeping smart home

TechCrunch - 8 hours 18 min ago
 The home of the future, we are assured, will be swarming with tiny sensors: security cameras, carbon monoxide detectors, speakers and everything else. Few need to be running all the time — but how do you wake them up when they’re needed if they’re off in the first place? Ultrasound. Read More
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Adecco Group acquires recruiting startup Vettery for $100M

TechCrunch - 8 hours 26 min ago
 The Adecco Group, a global HR services firm headquartered in Switzerland, announced today that it has acquired Vettery. The financial terms were not disclosed, but a source with knowledge of the deal told us that the price was a little over $100 million. (It’s not clear how much of that is cash versus stock.) Read More
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Facebook’s plan to unite AR, VR and News Feed with 3D posts

TechCrunch - 8 hours 26 min ago
 What if you could digitally sculpt a 3D object and share it on Facebook, play with it in virtual reality or insert it into your world with augmented reality? Facebook is polishing up stages one and two today after debuting posts of interactive 3D models in News Feed in October that you can move and spin around. Read More
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Sonos One is the speaker to beat for those who want great sound and smarts

TechCrunch - 8 hours 53 min ago
 The connected speaker wars are upon us, and one day they will be detailed in history books for all to remember. But here, now, it can be hard to cut through the various narratives surrounding the options out there and pick a winner. Now that the cards are on the table in terms of offerings from the major players, it’s pretty clear that Sonos has the best option available for most people. Read More
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Instagram Direct one-ups Snapchat with replay privacy controls

TechCrunch - 9 hours 1 min ago
 Messaging is the heart of Snapchat, so after cloning and augmenting Stories, Instagram is hoping to boost intimate usage of Direct with privacy controls not found elsewhere. Now when you send an ephemeral photo or video from the Instagram Direct camera, you can decide whether recipients can only view it once, replay it temporarily or see a permanent thumbnail in the chat log. Read More
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Fox News to launch an over-the-top streaming service, Fox Nation

TechCrunch - 9 hours 10 min ago
 Fox News is going over-the-top. The Fox News Channel officially announced today the upcoming launch of an over-the-top streaming service called Fox Nation that will include live exclusive daily programming as well as long-form content available only to subscribers. Fox Nation also will include access to exclusive events and more than 20 years of Fox News Channel programming, the company says.… Read More
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Tenor hits 12B searches in its GIF keyboard every month

TechCrunch - 9 hours 27 min ago
 David McIntosh’s startup Tenor builds a GIF keyboard — but he actually hopes you’ll spend as little time searching on it as possible. Instead, Tenor’s aim has been to collapse the amount of time it takes you to find a GIF you like and send it to a friend. Read More
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Edtech company Kidaptive raises $19.1 million for its adaptive learning platform

TechCrunch - 10 hours 8 min ago
 Edtech startup Kidaptive, an adaptive-learning company that begin its life with a suite of curriculum-focused iPad games for kids, announced today it has closed on $19.1 million in Series C funding, in a round led by Formation 8 and Korean education company Woongjin ThinkBig. Read More
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Stride, Atlassian’s Slack competitor, opens its API to all developers

TechCrunch - 10 hours 27 min ago
 The arrival of Stride, Atlassian’s Slack competitor, was probably the company’s biggest launch of 2017. While the company generally allows developers to easily integrate with its products, Stride’s API remained in closed beta for significantly longer than the product itself, which exited beta last September. Today, however, Atlassian is opening the Stride API to all developers. Read More
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Hypergiant helps big brands look beyond the AI buzzwords

TechCrunch - 10 hours 50 min ago
 Artificial intelligence and machine learning are phrases that get tossed around a lot these days, to the point where they’re starting to seem meaningless. Ben Lamm has seen the problem firsthand at his chatbot startup Conversable — so he founded a new startup called Hypergiant to work with large brands and enterprises to address what he described as “this hunger for pragmatism… Read More
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Tresorit adds file restore to its e2e encrypted cloud storage service

TechCrunch - 10 hours 59 min ago
 Europe-based cloud storage startup Tresorit which mainly focuses on selling to small to medium size businesses has added a file restore feature to its e2e encrypted cloud storage platform which it’s touting as a helpful feature if you’re trying to recover from a ransomware attack. Read More
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xMatters snares $40 million Series D led by Goldman Sachs Private Capital Investing

TechCrunch - 11 hours 27 min ago
 When a crisis happens and your system is down, it’s easy for panic and chaos to ensue. Large companies use a range of tools to monitor system health, and finding the source of the problem and ensuring the proper personnel are involved is not always easy. That’s where xMatters comes in. It acts as an uber monitoring tool allowing you to understand the source of your problem and… Read More
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Qualcomm now plans to close the NXP acquisition for $44 billion as quickly as possible

TechCrunch - 11 hours 30 min ago
 Qualcomm, Broadcom and NXP are on a boat. Broadcom wants to acquire Qualcomm, Qualcomm wants to acquire NXP. While Qualcomm has planned on buying NXP for over a year, NXP shareholders were a bit disappointed by Qualcomm’s initial price. Qualcomm just raised its bid and is now willing to pay $127.50 per share instead of $110 per share. It values NXP at $44 billion instead of $38… Read More
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Snapchat adds GIF stickers via Giphy, plus new Friends and Discover screen tabs

TechCrunch - 11 hours 33 min ago
 Snapchat is bringing one of the best recent features of Instagram Stories to its own app, with the ability to add GIF stickers from Giphy to your posts. This is a notable reversal of the typical pattern we’ve seen of Instagram cloning Snapchat features, but it’s a good one for users since GIF stickers for Stories are basically the greatest thing ever invented on social media. The… Read More
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Chariot co-founder and CEO Ali Vahabzadeh left Ford at the beginning of February

TechCrunch - 12 hours 3 min ago
 As automakers continue to work on their strategies for the next generation of transportation, one of the biggies is making a change to its leadership structure. Ali Vahabzadeh, the CEO and co-founder of ride-sharing startup Chariot, which Ford acquired in September 2016, has left the company. “We thank Ali for his passion and dedication to building Chariot into the growing mobility… Read More
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Say goodbye to Android Pay and hello to Google Pay

TechCrunch - 12 hours 27 min ago
 As we reported last month, Google is uniting all of its different payment tools under the Google Pay brand. On Android, however, the Android Pay app stuck with its existing brand. That’s changing today, though, with the launch of Google Pay for Android. With this, Google is rolling out an update to Android Pay and introducing some new functionality that the company hopes will make… Read More
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Spotify job listing hints the company’s ‘first physical products’ are coming

TechCrunch - 12 hours 28 min ago
 Spotify so far has been content to partner far and wide on hardware, via its Spotify Connect platform, which allows anyone building a connected speaker, mobile device or piece of AV equipment to turn their gadget into a Spotify speaker. But a new job listing suggests it will soon build hardware of its own, and it’s looking for people to help make that happen. The job listing, spotted by… Read More
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