Author: Anthony Ha

Crunch Report | Self-Driving Company Waymo Launches Public Test

TECHCRUNCH Google’s Sergey Brin said to be working on a zeppelin-like airship 1 minute ago by Darrell Etherington Crunch Report | Self-Driving Company Waymo Launches Public Test 10 minutes ago by Anthony Ha Airbnb’s new open source library lets you design with React and render to Sketch 13 minutes ago by John Mannes A chat with Imzy co-founder Jessica Moreno on building a kinder online community 1 hour ago by Sarah Buhr Uber seeks information from Larry Page in Waymo court case 1 hour ago by Darrell Etherington, Kate Conger BrickerBot is a vigilante worm that destroys insecure IoT devices 1 hour ago by John Biggs FaceApp apologizes for building a racist AI 1 hour ago by Natasha Lomas Be the alien you want to see in the theaters with the new Alien: Covenant VR experience 2 hours ago by Jonathan Shieber Palantir settles racial discrimination lawsuit with the Department of Labor 2 hours ago by Megan Rose Dickey Google is fixing up Chromecast’s ‘Cast a tab’ feature and you can try the new version now 2 hours ago by Greg...

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Axios co-founder Mike Allen will discuss the evolution of media at Disrupt NY

TECHCRUNCH Thanks to his work at Politico, Mike Allen has been described as “The Man the White House Wakes Up To.” But he left the site last year and teamed up with Politico’s Jim VandeHei to launch Axios, a media startup that combines brevity with real reporting. Axios (the name comes from the Greek word for “worthy”) isn’t the only site focusing on short, punchy stories. But in just a few months the media site has become known for its distinctive style, which is heavy on bullet points and “why it matters” summaries. On the tech side, it’s hired big names like...

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Collaboration startup Splice introduces sound effects to its library

TECHCRUNCH At his startup Splice, Steve Martocci said he’s aiming to build “the creative hub for the modern musician.” And with the latest addition to the service, he’s looking to work with sound designers and sound editors, too. Splice offers both collaboration tools and a library of royalty-free music samples, which it calls Splice Sounds. More recently, it’s expanded that library beyond music, to include sound effects. The company says there are already almost 100,000 effects in Splice Sounds, sourced from independent producers like Ric Viers of Blastwave FX, J.R. Fountain of Big Room Sound and Coll Anderson of C.A. Sound. The dashboard currently highlights things like animal sounds, household noises and even more science fictional sounds like lasers and aliens. The new sound effects are included in a Splice Sounds subscription, where pricing starts at $7.99 per month. The startup says that Splice Sounds are already generating significant revenue for musicians and independent labels — it’s making payments totaling $1 million each quarter. And while Martocci (who previously co-founded GroupMe) told me he’s hoping that this will help Splice reach new customers, he also said the move was inspired by the musicians who already work with the startup. “They put their hands into a lot of different things,” he said. “They might be doing some film scoring or podcasting or game audio … There is just this huge additional need for audio.” For example, the...

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Crunch Report | Uber Responds to iPhone Tracking Report

TECHCRUNCH Crunch Report | Uber Responds to iPhone Tracking Report 10 minutes ago by Anthony Ha Jimmy Wales’ Wikitribune to combat fake news with wiki-powered journalism 30 minutes ago by Mike Butcher Juicero may be the absurd avatar of Silicon Valley hubris, but boy is it well-engineered 36 minutes ago by Devin Coldewey AI report fed by DeepMind, Amazon, Uber urges greater access to public sector datasets 36 minutes ago by Natasha Lomas Dairy might have snuck into Soylent 1.8 powder, prompting recall 59 minutes ago by Jordan Crook LoveCrafts, a social network and marketplace for makers, raises $33M 1 hour ago by Ingrid Lunden...

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Now you can buy TV ads through Google’s DoubleClick

TECHCRUNCH Google is announcing that advertisers can now buy traditional TV advertising through the DoubleClick Bid Manager. Bid Manager is the main DoubleClick ad-buying product, so Google is pitching this as a way to manage TV and online ad campaigns from the same place. “Historically, TV and digital advertising have been bought and measured through different systems and currencies,” Google writes. “By adding traditional TV buying into DoubleClick Bid Manager, we are taking the first step towards allowing advertisers and agencies to manage their video campaigns across digital and linear TV, in a more efficient and effective way.” Google has dabbled...

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Crunch Report | Quora Valued At Around $1.8B

TECHCRUNCH Crunch Report | Quora Valued At Around $1.8B 10 minutes ago by Anthony Ha YouTube says it fixed the problem with Restricted Mode that was filtering LGBTQ+ content 4 hours ago by Sarah Perez Analyzing the spectrum of corporate innovation from R&D to VC 4 hours ago by Scott Lenet Using wearable technology to detect conflict in couples before it occurs 5 hours ago by Brian Heater Theranos says it has been mischaracterized in allegations the company faked tests 5 hours ago by Sarah Buhr Weekly Roundup: Facebook’s F8, Confide hit with lawsuit 5 hours ago by Anna Escher Of course Microsoft is working on its own version of the Chromebook 5 hours ago by Brian Heater Q&A app Quora valued around $1.8 billion in $85 million fundraise 5 hours ago by Josh Constine Machine intelligence is the future of monetization for Facebook 6 hours ago by John Mannes The death of retail is greatly exaggerated 6 hours ago by John...

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Crunch Report | Google Home Gets More Personal

TECHCRUNCH Uber employees thought it’d be a good idea to paint a ‘#Undelete’ mural 7 minutes ago by Megan Rose Dickey Crunch Report | Google Home Gets More Personal 10 minutes ago by Anthony Ha Apple releases a bit of code to let you put Live Photos on your sites 58 minutes ago by Greg Kumparak Ambient noise could be your next multi-factor authentication token 1 hour ago by Devin Coldewey Juicero CEO promises refunds for any dissatisfied customers while defending the company’s tech 2 hours ago by Anthony Ha Another smart card bites the dust, as Plastc ends operations and leaves pre-orders unfulfilled...

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Juicero CEO promises refunds for any dissatisfied customers while defending the company’s tech

TECHCRUNCH Jeff Dunn, the former Coca Cola executive who became CEO of Juicero last year, has responded to a wave of coverage suggesting that the company’s juice press isn’t all that was promised — and he’s offering dissatisfied customers their money back. A Bloomberg report showed that Juicero’s packs could be squeezed by hand, no expensive juicer required. Dunn’s response? He doesn’t deny that hand-squeezing is a very real possibility, but he does quibble about what you’ll find inside, saying it’s “nothing but fresh, raw, organic chopped produce” — see, it’s not juice yet because it hasn’t been pressed. “What you...

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