How GM’s Maven car sharing service got to over 4.2M miles driven in 7 months
Posted: 24 August 2016 | 8:57 am

 In January, GM did something somewhat unusual for a company founded in 1908 – it began a car sharing operation, offering customers a fleet of new vehicles on-demand, for use in exchange for an hourly fee. The car sharing company GM started, Maven, began in earnest in earlier this year as a 40 person operation, tiny relative to GM’s overall 216,000 employee organization, but in… Read More

North Korea launches a Netflix-style streaming service called Manbang
Posted: 24 August 2016 | 8:39 am

 Some days, life just throws you a giggle. Today is one of those days. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (aka North Korea) has announced a new Netflix-style on-demand streaming service. It’s called Manbang. In Korean, ‘manbang’ means ‘everything.’ In English-speaking countries, it has some different connotations. Obviously. The service is being… Read More

Encryption under fire in Europe as France and Germany call for decrypt law
Posted: 24 August 2016 | 7:40 am

 A fresh chapter of the crypto wars looks to be opening up in Europe, after the French and German interior ministers took to a podium yesterday to lobby for a law change that would enable courts to demand that Internet companies decrypt data to help further criminal investigations. Read More

DroneDeploy raises $20 million to help any business put drones to work
Posted: 24 August 2016 | 6:00 am

 A San Francisco-based startup called DroneDeploy has raised $20 million in Series B funding to grow their drone data management platform. The drone tech startup closed its Series B deal just before the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is scheduled to implement new rules governing commercial and industrial drone use. The Part 107 rules, announced by the FAA in June this year, will take hold… Read More

Extra early-bird Disrupt tickets end 9/19
Posted: 24 August 2016 | 5:00 am

 Attention, startup fans in the U.K. and around the world. While December may seem like a long way away, TechCrunch Disrupt London will be here before you know it, so it’s time to start thinking about getting your tickets to the best startup show in Europe. Tickets to Disrupt London are available now through September 19 for the extra early-bird price point of just £800, a full £400 of… Read More

Prisma adds offline mode to its crazy popular art filter app
Posted: 24 August 2016 | 4:06 am

 Art filter app sensation Prisma, which has revved up from nothing to an incredible 55 million+ downloads for its iOS and Android apps in just two months this summer, has now added an offline mode. Read More

PowerEgg, the ovoid flying robot, lands this October for $1,288
Posted: 24 August 2016 | 4:04 am

 Today, Beijing-based PowerVision made its ovoid camera drone, the PowerEgg, available to international customers via pre-order on the company’s website for $1,288. Customers who pre-order a PowerEgg will also get a backpack designed to fit the drone, its charging station, decorative stand and remote controls along with their orders. The company says the backpack is valued at… Read More

Stratasys debuts new 3D printing tech, partnerships with Ford and Boeing
Posted: 24 August 2016 | 4:00 am

 Stratasys has one of those classic founder stories. According to the company, inventor S. Scott Crump got the bright idea to make a toy frog for his daughter using a hot glue gun full of plastic and candle wax. That goofy little experiment marked both the birth of the company and the creation of FDM — fused deposition modeling – the technology that forms the basis of most… Read More

Leap Motion shows off Interaction Engine for their VR hand-tracking tech
Posted: 24 August 2016 | 2:31 am

 VR makes the most sense when you don’t have to learn the controls and stuff just works. Today, Leap Motion dropped an early access beta version of their Interaction Engine which makes it easier for developers to build VR environments can adroitly manipulate with their hands. In a blog post, the company calls the engine “a layer that exists between the Unity game engine and… Read More

Crunch Report | New Tesla Model S Upgrade
Posted: 23 August 2016 | 11:14 pm

Tesla Model S Range P100D, Google Strikes Silicon Valley advertisers, Y Combinator demo day companies, all this and more on Crunch Report Read More

The 48 startups that launched at Y Combinator S16 Demo Day 2
Posted: 23 August 2016 | 11:05 pm

 The world’s most prestigious startup school launched 48 companies today at part 2 of its Summer 2016 Demo Day. Nanoparticle analytics and delivery robots were amongst the products revealed in the B2B, biotech, enterprise, edtech, fintech, and hardware verticals. You can check out our write-ups of all 44 startups that launched yesterday, and TechCrunch’s picks for the top 7 from… Read More

Tech is primed for an upswing
Posted: 23 August 2016 | 10:00 pm

 The past 15 months has created a lot of confusion around where the technology sector is going. I’m constantly being asked by entrepreneurs if the timing is right to start a new business and would I invest in these current markets? Yes and yes. Read More

Listen to the premiere of TCBC, a new podcast from TechCrunch
Posted: 23 August 2016 | 9:44 pm

 TechCrunch has a new podcast, and it’s TCBC, a show where I speak to a different writer on staff each week about their beat, the stories they’re following, and the tech news that’s most important to them right now. It’s something new we’re trying, and hopefully it helps bring home the stories we cover here at TechCrunch, giving you additional context that can be… Read More

Live video minus Facebook equals Alively
Posted: 23 August 2016 | 7:57 pm

 SMS is terrible, yet it’s still the way more than half of video gets shared on mobile. Meanwhile, Facebook is trying to turn everyone into famous broadcasters when most people just want to show close friends what they’re up to. That’s why Facebook’s product manager for Live, Vadim Lavrusik, defected from the social network to start his own video streaming iOS app… Read More

Narrative Science can now describe your Tableau charts for you
Posted: 23 August 2016 | 7:21 pm

 Tableau Software‘s shares soared 13 percent on Tuesday following the announcement that the data analytics provider has partnered with Narrative Science, a Chicago-based company that develops natural language generation (NLG) tools. The result of the partnership is Narratives for Tableau, a free Chrome extension that automatically creates written explanations for Tableau… Read More

White House LGBTQ Tech and Innovation Briefing addresses national issues
Posted: 23 August 2016 | 7:06 pm

 The country faces a plethora of issues that affect millions of people every day. Although there has been some progress as a society around pro-LGBTQ legislation and healthcare, there is a lot left to be done around poverty, criminal justice reform, federal statistics around LGBTQ people, youth solutions, mental health, the environment, education and inclusion in tech. Today at the White… Read More

New York Times journalists reportedly targeted by Russian hackers
Posted: 23 August 2016 | 6:18 pm

 The FBI is reportedly looking into hacking attempts against U.S. journalists that may have been orchestrated by Russian intelligence services. New York Times journalists were among those targeted, CNN and the AP report. The New York Times confirmed that its Moscow bureau was targeted, but said the paper has no reason to believe the attack was successful. It’s not yet clear why the… Read More

NSF puts $110 million toward building out the XSEDE national computing initiative
Posted: 23 August 2016 | 5:59 pm

 It’s in the country’s best interest to stay at (or at least near) the forefront of advanced computing techniques, and the National Science Foundation has just put $110 million down to make sure that happens. Read More

YC-backed CoinTent says it can help publishers deal with ad blockers
Posted: 23 August 2016 | 5:13 pm

 CoinTent might be the solution for publishers worried about the money they’re losing to ad blockers. The San Francisco-based company started with a focus on paywalls, but it’s recently moved into offering publishers (including GQ) a broader range of solutions to deal with ad blockers. That doesn’t just mean inserting more ads. CEO Bradley Ross described CoinTent as… Read More

Hollywood’s take on cybersecurity
Posted: 23 August 2016 | 5:00 pm

 It can be tough going to the movies as a cybersecurity expert. Films handling the very real issues of internet security and modern computer science are overwhelmingly unrealistic. As we get our tickets and popcorn ready for “Snowden,” it’s a good time to take a look at the handful of film and TV projects that actually got hacking, and the complicated business of security in… Read More

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