There are now more tickets available for the TechCrunch Summer Party at August Capital

There are now more tickets available for the TechCrunch Summer Party at August Capital
 The TechCrunch Summer Party is a thing of tradition and we hope you can make it out this year. As in years past we’ll gather on the spacious grounds of August Capital in Menlo Park and enjoy an evening of cocktails and the spirit of entrepreneurship. Read More


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A.C. Slater hosts ex-reality stars playing competitive Candy Crush. What?

A.C. Slater hosts ex-reality stars playing competitive Candy Crush. What?
 A CBS creative team must’ve done a lot of acid while bingeing 90s TV on their smartphones – that’s the only conceivable reason this Candy Crush TV series, hosted by Mario Lopez and featuring contestants pulled from past seasons of Survivor and Big Brother exists. That or CBS looking to learn a few tricks from MTV’s The Challenge, while also picking up some brand… Read More


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Toyota launches venture capital fund targeting artificial intelligence startups

Toyota launches venture capital fund targeting artificial intelligence startups
 Toyota is the latest Fortune 500 company to launch an AI focused venture capital fund. The initial early-stage fund will deploy $100 million and operate as a subsidiary of the Toyota Research Institute. The automaker has strategiclly positioned itself as an ROI rather than strategic focused fund — meaning that it aims to profit like any other VC firm. Jim Adler will serve as… Read More


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Astronomer raises $3.5M to make data analytics more accessible

Astronomer raises .5M to make data analytics more accessible
 Astronomer aims to ease the pain around data analytics. Collecting data is just part of the operation. After the data has been collected, it needs to be assembled and organized and sometimes that’s the most time-consuming part of the process. Astronomer says its solution helps with this process, freeing up engineering resources to actually analyze the data. The Cincinnati-based company… Read More


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This scorecard shows which tech companies protect user data from the government (and which don’t)

This scorecard shows which tech companies protect user data from the government (and which don’t)
 The Electronic Frontier Foundation’s newest “Who Has Your Back?” report details what exactly tech giants are doing — or not — to protect their users from potentially invasive government data requests. The annual report includes a solid who’s who of tech’s most established players. Some of the winners and losers are who you’d expect, though… Read More


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Google bans its ads on sites that use those annoying ‘pop-unders’

Google bans its ads on sites that use those annoying ‘pop-unders’
 Google today clarified a change to its ad policies, which have now been updated to include a ban on Google advertisements on any websites that utilize “pop-under” advertisements. These obnoxious, irritating and often spammy advertisements are those that load “under” your current window – meaning you don’t see them until you minimize your browser. “We… Read More


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Early chatbot believers Howdy and Bot Metrics join forces to deliver on the promise of bots

Early chatbot believers Howdy and Bot Metrics join forces to deliver on the promise of bots
 Two of the largest communities for chatbot developers are joining forces with the belief that bots are only just getting started.
Howdy, a company backed by Bloomberg Beta and Slack among others, announced that it has acquired Bot Metrics, a year-old company funded by Social Capital and Graph Ventures.
The deal is undisclosed, and it will see Bot Metrics founders Arun Thampi and Sandeep… Read More


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Audi’s new A8 will have Level 3 autonomy via ‘traffic jam pilot’

Audi’s new A8 will have Level 3 autonomy via ‘traffic jam pilot’
 The new Audi A8 revealed by the automaker today features a new level of self-driving for production vehicles – Level 3 autonomy, which actually allows drivers to stop monitoring the vehicle under certain conditions – and where allowed by law to do so. Level 3 is one that some autonomous experts have argued shouldn’t even exist, since it requires a driver to still be ready… Read More


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Datatron raises $2.7M to help companies query real-time and historical data

Datatron raises .7M to help companies query real-time and historical data
 Fresh out of 500 startups, Datatron has raised $2.7 million in seed financing for its data savvy assistant Emma. But under the somewhat trite coating of an assistant, Datatron is a making it easier for employees to gather insights from the complex web of historical and real-time data. Businesses generate hordes of data on uneven timelines. Some data is updated less frequently, like the number… Read More


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Facebook Messenger globally tests injecting display ads into inbox

Facebook Messenger globally tests injecting display ads into inbox
 Messaging is the center of mobile, and Facebook wants ads in front of all those eyes. After seeing “promising results from Australia and Thailand”, Facebook Messenger is expanding its display ad beta test that lets businesses buy space between your chat threads. Later this month, a small percentage of users will start seeing ads in the Messenger app’s home tab. Facebook… Read More


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