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Sayspring raises $1.5M for software that lets designers prototype and test voice apps without coding

 Sayspring, a startup that enables designers to create voice-enabled apps without code ahead of handing over projects to development, has just raised $1.5 million in funding for its efforts, the company is announcing today. The round was led by Compound (formerly Metamorphic Ventures), with participation from strategic angels including Scott Belsky, Alan Chung, and Peter Stern. The startup… Read More
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Postmates CEO will testify before Congress about the promise of robots and drones

 Postmates CEO Bastian Lehmann is testifying before Congress tomorrow in a hearing called “Disrupter Series: Delivering to Consumers.” In his written testimony, Lehman makes a case for delivery via robots and drones, with the hopes that Congress will consider advancing a budget that “prioritizes improving STEM teaching and supportive active learning; Expanding access to… Read More
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Disrupt SF 2017 is headed back to Pier 48

 We are excited to announce that Disrupt SF 2017 will once again be held at the lovely Pier 48, which is right down the road from AT&T Park — the home of the San Francisco Giants. While the baseball Giants may be playing a game of fall ball down the street, the giants of the startup industry will be filling the halls of the 80,000-square-foot venue for the best startup show in the… Read More
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Auto1 Group, a young used-car marketplace serving Europe, is now worth $2.8 billion

 Auto1 Group, a nearly five-year-old, Berlin-based used-car marketplace, just announced a huge round — €360 million ($404 million) in debt and equity financing that includes €75 million ($84.2 million) from Princeville Global, itself a Hong Kong-based investment firm with a second office in San Francisco. Why the excitement over Auto1? Momentum, seemingly. The company, which values… Read More
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This concept video shows some great improvements for iOS 11

 2017 is no different — I still hate concept videos. But Federico Viticci and Sam Beckett teamed up once again to design some of the changes they’d like to see with iOS 11. It’s more convincing than your average concept video. In particular, this video focuses on iOS for the iPad. The Shelf is an interesting new feature. You can pull it down from the top of the screen and… Read More
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Judah Vs. The Machines

 And now we present to the world: Judah Vs. The Machines, an eight-episode web series that follows comedian Judah Friedlander as he takes on the world’s most sophisticated artificial intelligence systems to see who truly reigns supreme. The series was produced by The Onion, in collaboration with TechCrunch, and is an excellent combination of informative content and hilarity. Read More
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Apple Pay now supports higher value transactions at most UK contactless tills

 If the UK’s £30 contactless payment limit was holding back greater adoption of Apple’s biometric contactless payment tech, Apple Pay, the company should expect to see uplift in usage as it believes that a majority of UK contactless POS now supports limitless transactions. Read More
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Citi Global head of design on how design is actually a blue-collar profession

 Stephen Gates is the Global Head of Design at Citi. In our 15th episode, we talk about how design and creativity are actually blue collar professions, what it’s like to approach design for an industry as old as banking, and what it takes to become a design leader, regardless of where you are in your design career. Design is not easy work and it’s not solely comprised of… Read More
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Citi Global head of design on how design is actually a blue-collar profession

 Stephen Gates is the Global Head of Design at Citi. In our 15th episode, we talk about how design and creativity are actually blue collar professions, what it’s like to approach design for an industry as old as banking, and what it takes to become a design leader, regardless of where you are in your design career. Design is not easy work and it’s not solely comprised of… Read More
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Feast It lets you book ‘street food’-styled catering for your next corporate or social event

 London-based Feast It, an online marketplace that lets you book ‘street food’-styled catering for your work or social event, has picked up $440,000 in seed funding. Read More