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India-based music streaming service Gaana raises $115M led by Tencent

By |February 28th, 2018|

 Chinese internet giant Tencent is continuing to put its money in India and in music streaming services after it agreed to lead a $115 million investment in India’s Gaana. Gaana is a music streaming service that was started by Times Media, the company behind the Times of India newspaper and tech incubator Times Internet among --> READ MORE

Global tech firms and investors are reshaping Latin America’s startup environment

By |February 28th, 2018|

 Latin America is emerging as the new battleground for the global tech giants, and some of Silicon Valley and Asia’s biggest investors—from Sequoia Capital to SoftBank—are taking notice. International investment in Latin American startups has more than doubled since 2013, with 25 new investors entering the region in 2017 alone, including SoftBank, Didi Chuxing and… --> READ MORE

New, new, new TechCrunch

By |February 28th, 2018|

 In the beginning, there was TechCrunch. Then there was new TechCrunch. And, if you’ve been reading TechCrunch for the last five years or so, you’re used to seeing new, new TechCrunch. Our last redesign, launched in 2013, was conceived when iOS was still Skeuomorphic and responsive web design was forward thinking. It’s served us well, --> READ MORE

Warrantless surveillance law proves it’s time to take privacy into our own hands

By |February 27th, 2018|

 The warrantless surveillance law gained attention in 2013 when Edward Snowden leaked that the NSA was using it to spy on Americans’ text messages, phone calls, emails and internet activity — all legally, and without warrants. That bill has been passed by the U.S. Senate for another six years and has been signed into law by President --> READ MORE

Square’s bets beyond a register brought in $253M last year as it posts a largely positive fourth quarter

By |February 27th, 2018|

 Square posted a largely successful fourth quarter that showed continuing growth with its Cash App — with users spending around $90 million on its Cash card in December, putting it on a potentially $1 billion run rate. That would offer another significant avenue for Square to snap up additional customers as it looks to chip --> READ MORE

IBM Watson CTO Rob High on bias and other challenges in machine learning

By |February 27th, 2018|

 For IBM Watson CTO Rob High, the biggest technological challenge in machine learning right now is figuring out how to train models with less data. “It’s a challenge, it’s a goal and there’s certainly reason to believe that it’s possible,” High told me during an interview at the annual Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Read --> READ MORE

Sonos One’s Alexa support comes to Canada

By |February 27th, 2018|

 Sonos One users in Canada can now join their peers south of the border in yelling requests at their connected speakers – a free update issued today enables Amazon Alexa on the Sonos One. The One launched with Alexa support in the U.S., but while the speaker has been available to Canadian buyers since late --> READ MORE

Amazon is buying smart doorbell maker Ring

By |February 27th, 2018|

 With Nest’s first smart video doorbell right around the corner, Amazon is busy buying up the competition. After acquiring Blink just two months ago, Amazon is now acquiring Ring, makers of the self-titled Ring doorbell (plus a bunch of other security gear, like solar security cameras, floodlight cams and an in-home alarm system). Read More --> READ MORE

Apple adds an M. Night Shyamalan thriller to its roster of original shows

By |February 27th, 2018|

 Apple will apparently have every kind of show from anyone with any kind of name working in Hollywood when it launches its updated approach to original video content: The latest original on its slate is a 10-episode, half-hour thriller series order that will be executive produced by M. Night Shyamalan, who is also going to --> READ MORE

Senator Markey officially introduces legislation to reestablish net neutrality

By |February 27th, 2018|

 Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) has introduced legislation to reverse the FCC’s recently published order and reestablish 2015’s net neutrality rules. Although the bill has little chance of reaching the president’s desk, let alone being signed into law, it’s an important step in the long-term battle over how the internet is to be regulated. Read More --> READ MORE