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Instagram PR director Gabe Madway exits, replaced by Facebook’s Anna White

By |June 29th, 2018|

Facebook likes to keep it in the family. Gabe Madway, Instagram’s director of comms who’s run its day-to-day efforts for the past four years, is departing to work for a new company later this summer, and he’ll be replaced by Anna White from Facebook’s internal PR team. She’ll report to Kristina Schake, Instagram’s Global Comms director --> READ MORE

Sign up for the Disrupt SF Virtual Hackathon today

By |June 29th, 2018|

Developers and creators, this is your shot to flex your technical building skills for a chance to win free passes to Disrupt SF 2018 — and maybe even $10,000! Sign up today to participate in the TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2018 virtual hackathon! Here’s how the virtual Disrupt SF Hackathon works. Our expert judges will review, evaluate and score every eligible --> READ MORE

Tinder bolsters its security to ward off hacks and blackmail

By |June 29th, 2018|

This week, Tinder responded to a letter from Oregon Senator Ron Wyden calling for the company to seal up security loopholes in its app that could lead to blackmail and other privacy incursions. In a letter to Sen. Wyden, Match Group General Counsel Jared Sine describes recent changes to the app, noting that as of --> READ MORE

A robotic astronaut named CIMON is on its way to the ISS

By |June 29th, 2018|

There’s a new astronaut on its way to the International Space Station this morning aboard SpaceX’s most recent resupply launch, and it’s only the size of a medicine ball. CIMON (Crew Interactive Mobile Companion) is an artificial intelligence assistant designed by Airbus and IBM to assist the European Space Agency’s astronauts in everyday tasks aboard --> READ MORE

YouTube’s picture-in-picture mode is live for all US Android users

By |June 29th, 2018|

YouTube has confirmed that picture-in-picture mode — previously a paid-only feature — has now rolled out to all U.S. YouTube users on Android on supported devices. The feature, which works on Android 8.0 (Oreo) or higher, had been slowly rolling out to non-Premium subscribers since this April we understand, and the full rollout completed on --> READ MORE

These 50 founders and VCs suggest 2018 may be a tipping point for women: Part 1

By |June 29th, 2018|

For the last several years, we’ve compiled profiles of women founders and investors at the end of each year because they’ve either raised substantial amounts of money or otherwise achieved notable milestones. This year, we don’t want to wait until December. We’re too excited about the progress we’re witnessing, with women-led startups getting seed, Series --> READ MORE

Amazon’s Echo Dot Kids Edition adds support for Spotify

By |June 29th, 2018|

Amazon is addressing one of the larger issues with its Echo Dot Kids Edition — support for Spotify’s streaming music service, with the option to filter out explicit lyrics. The news was announced on Friday alongside new content from Disney for the Kids Edition device. However, Amazon says the Spotify support would not be available until --> READ MORE

Electric scooter startup Spin is finalizing a $125 million security token offering

By |June 29th, 2018|

Spin, an electric scooter startup, is raising around $125 million via a blockchain-based security token offering (STO), Axios first reported and TechCrunch has independently learned. Spin, which declined to comment for this story, has previously raised just $8 million. The idea with Spin’s security token offering is to raise money from accredited investors, who will --> READ MORE

Thousands of cryptocurrency projects are already dead

By |June 29th, 2018|

Two sites that are actively cataloging failed crypto projects, Coinopsy and DeadCoins, have found that over a 1,000 projects have failed so far in 2018. The projects range from true abandonware to outright scams, and include BRIG, a scam by two “brothers,” Jack and Jay Brig, and Titanium, a project that ended in an SEC --> READ MORE

Leena AI builds HR chatbots to answer policy questions automatically

By |June 29th, 2018|

Say you have a job with a large company and you want to know how much vacation time you have left, or how to add your new baby to your healthcare. This usually involves emailing or calling HR and waiting for an answer, or it could even involve crossing multiple systems to get what you --> READ MORE