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Amazon’s 2017 Prime Day sale will be July 11th
Amazon just announced its third annual Prime Day, the retailer’s answer to Black Friday that originally started to celebrate its 20th anniversary. While Amazon had previously said they would be doing a third year of Prime Day, this is the first time we’re getting the actual date and previews of ...
Just a few more weeks to apply for Startup Battlefield Africa
Startups in sub-Saharan Africa, your time is running out. You have just a few short weeks to apply for TechCrunch’s inaugural Startup Battlefield Africa competition, so those looking to participate in the competition should apply soon. Startups can apply to one of three categories: social good/p...
The Eero Beacon is the perfect addition to its family of mesh WiFi products
Since launching two years ago, wireless networking startup Eero has sought to make it easier for consumers to blanket their homes in strong WiFi. With the its newest hardware products, Eero took a step forward in that goal, in part by introducing a small-footprint Beacons that can be placed near...
In aftermath of Petya, congressman asks NSA to stop the attack if it knows how
Today Democratic Congressman Ted Lieu of California wrote to the NSA in an appeal for the agency to do anything in its power to stop the spread of the global ransomware (or potentially just disguised as ransomware) attack that began yesterday. Lieu seeks to hold the NSA accountable for its leake...
It’s not your imagination, you are waiting longer for an UberPOOL using your commuter card
Use a commuter benefits card to take UberPOOL? You might have noticed you have a much longer wait time to get a ride than those using just a regular credit card. We first received a tip that this might be happening to commuters, so I asked around and found out several other commuter card-carryin...
Crunch Report | Tinder Unveils New Gold Subscription
Today’s Stories Tinder’s new subscription, Tinder Gold, lets you see who already likes you Google unveils Advr, an experimental Area 120 project for advertising in VR Equal Rights Center sues Uber for denying equal access to people who use wheelchairs Waymo’s self-driving van hits the desert to...
Teaching robots to learn about the world through touch
Slowly, but surely, the Baxter robot is learning. It starts as a series of random grasps — the big, red robot pokes and prods clumsily at objects on the table in front of it. The robot is learning through tactile feedback and trial and error — or, as the Carnegie Mellon computer science team beh...
Nutanix introduces two new tools in quest to simplify hybrid cloud management
Nutanix began as a storage company, but always had a broader view of the computing world. As company president Sudeesh Nair told me, they started with storage because they believed legacy storage was holding back data center transformation. Today the company made another step beyond that initial...
Lawsuit claims Uber ignored attempted murder conviction of driver who later raped passenger
A passenger who says she was raped by an Uber driver in Kansas City has filed a lawsuit against the company, alleging that Uber ignored previous warnings that the driver was not fit to drive for the company. Read More
Twitch’s mobile app is adding live streaming, dark mode and more
Amazon-owned game-streaming site Twitch today announced a series of changes coming soon to its mobile application, the most notable of which is the ability for broadcasters to stream directly to their channel from the app itself. That doesn’t mean you can live stream gameplay as of yet, though. ...
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Top Catholic official charged with sexual assault offenses
Cardinal George Pell, one of the most senior officials in the Catholic Church, has been charged with multiple historical sexual assault offenses in his home country of Australia, police said Thursday.
Hong Kong activist arrested ahead of Chinese leader's visit
Chinese President Xi Jinping will arrive in Hong Kong amid unprecedented security Thursday, his first official visit as leader, as the city marks 20 years of Chinese rule on Saturday.
Ivanka Trump shoe factory investigators released
The Chinese government has freed three activists who were detained while investigating working conditions at a company that made shoes for the Ivanka Trump brand, according to an advocacy group.
Helicopter that dropped grenades on Venezuela court found
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has condemned what he called an "armed terrorist attack," which saw gunfire and grenades launched from a helicopter over the capital's Supreme Court building.
Boaty McBoatface returns with 'unprecedented' data
We may not all live in a yellow submarine, but Boaty McBoatface -- the internet's favorite golden-hued robotic submersible -- returned home to the United Kingdom last week with "unprecedented data" about some of the coldest and deepest ocean waters on the planet that may help scientists better un...
ISIS leaves death and destruction in Mosul
What stands out most when you enter the Old City of Mosul is the smell.
China's new warship seen as challenge to Asia rivals
China launched its newest warship on Wednesday, a large guided-missile destroyer touted as the latest in naval technology and seen as a challenge to naval rivals in Asia.
Cyberattacks will only get worse
Yet another major cyber extortion campaign is wrecking computer networks all over the world -- and we need to start thinking about cyber safety more comprehensively and include users in solving the problem. This effort must begin with an assessment of user risk, not just technical risk -- because...
Woman delays flight with 'lucky' coin-throw into engine
Bad weather, crowded skies and military drills...and now add coin-tossing to the growing list of reasons for China's notorious flight delays.
Massive malware attack: Who's been hit
Some of the world's biggest companies have been hit by a huge cyberattack that has disrupted their businesses.