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Now is the time for Walmart to strike at Amazon Prime – TechCrunch

July 21, 2018

Amazon Prime has been an enormous influence on e-commerce, but this online juggernaut is beginning to show cracks. Now is the time for arch-rival Walmart to swoop in with a Prime-like offering that strikes at the weaknesses Amazon has introduced into its formidable loyalty program: price, a lack of focus, and competing subscription services. Here’s […]

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While tech waffles on going public, biotech IPOs boom – TechCrunch

July 21, 2018

For people who make investment decisions based on revenues and projected earnings, biotech IPOs are kind of a non-starter. Not only are new market entrants universally unprofitable, most have zero revenue. Going public is mostly a means to raise money for clinical trials, with red ink expected for years to come. That pattern may be […]

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With its goofy video loops, YC backed Splish wants to be the ‘anti-Instagram’ – TechCrunch

July 21, 2018

Is there any space on kids’ homescreens for another social sharing app to poke in? Y Combinator backed Splish wants to have a splash at it (😊) — with a super-short-form video and photo sharing app aimed at the under-25s. The SF-based startup began bootstrapping out of their college dorm rooms last July, playing around with […]

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Data breach exposes trade secrets of carmakers GM, Ford, Tesla, Toyota – TechCrunch

July 21, 2018

Security researcher UpGuard Cyber Risk disclosed Friday that sensitive documents from more than 100 manufacturing companies, including GM, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, Tesla, Toyota, ThyssenKrupp, and VW were exposed on a publicly accessible server belonging to Level One Robotics. The exposure via Level One Robotics, which provides industrial automation services, came through rsync, a common file transfer protocol […]

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Indie gem Stardew Valley will get multiplayer on August 1st – TechCrunch

July 20, 2018

Stardew Valley, the popular indie farming simulator (it’s more fun than “farming simulator” makes it sound, I promise) is quite possibly the chillest game of all time. But, without any multiplayer aspect, it can get … a bit lonely. From farming, to fishing, to exploring mines, it’s always felt like a game that would be […]

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CowryWise micro-savings service opens high-yield government bonds to everyday Nigerians – TechCrunch

July 20, 2018

In emerging market countries where economic volatility is a way of life, there aren’t a lot of relatively safe options for members of the burgeoning middle class to park their money. For instance, countries like Nigeria have experienced a tremendous growth in the number of citizens entering the middle class, which now accounts for about […]

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What next? Oh yes, turning a luxury car into a non-fungible token – TechCrunch

July 20, 2018

We’ve seen more than one project use the immutability of blockchain to verify important physical things. So, for instance, a pioneer in the space, Verisart, has brought blockchain certification of high art to leading galleries worldwide, and other players are now entering this growing market. Codex Protocol is a new startup also putting art on […]

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What should competitive Fortnite look like? – TechCrunch

July 20, 2018

Last weekend, Epic Games put forth its first true effort at official competitive Fortnite Battle Royale. It was a disaster. The private hosts used for the tournament were about as laggy as could be, with pro players getting eliminated simply because they couldn’t move. This tournament was for a total prize of $250K. That’s big […]

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James Gunn fired from ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 3’ after offensive tweets resurface – TechCrunch

July 20, 2018

Disney fired director James Gunn from the set of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, the company confirmed at Comic-Con this week. The move came after highly offensive joke tweets dating from between 2008 and 2011 resurfaced. The tweets, which have since been deleted, make light of topics ranging from molestation and rape to pedophilia. […]

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Facebook suspends analytics firm Crimson Hexagon over data use concerns – TechCrunch

July 20, 2018

As part of its ongoing mission to close the barn doors after the cows have got out, Facebook has suspended the accounts of British data analytics firm Crimson Hexagon over concerns that it may be improperly handling user data. The ominously named company has for years used official APIs to siphon public posts from Facebook, […]

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