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Crunch Report | Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Resigns

The CEO of Uber, Travis Kalanick, resigns from the company, Tesla gets a new lead, Andrej Karpathy, for their autopilot program, University of Michigan students get driverless shuttles and Snapchat introduces Snap Maps. All this on Crunch Report. Read More
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Apple goes after clones and spam on the App Store

 Every time Apple’s developer conference rolls around we get a smattering of changes to the App Store Review guidelines. This corpus of rules can be, in turns, opaque and explicit, and has caused a decent amount of consternation over the years for developers as they try to read into how Apple might interpret one rule or another. Read More
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Founder’s Corner: Wealthfront’s Andy Rachleff on growing a business

 Omidyar Network’s Emerging Tech team has launched the second season of its podcast, Founder’s Corner, with lessons from today’s premier founders and CEOs. We will be speaking with some of the top executives in tech. Read More
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Crunch Report | Uber Adds Tipping

Netflix launches a “choose your own adventure” style cartoon for children, Uber adds tipping as the first change in its “180 days of change” campaign, Skype outage causes connectivity issues and Boom has 76 pre-orders for its supersonic Jet. All this on Crunch Report. Read More
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This company is using recycled materials to make magnets you didn’t know you needed

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Urban Mining Company is cleanly manufacturing rare earth permanent magnets, which are need for everything from refrigerators to computers. These magnets are essential for modern technology to function, and this company is making them with recycled materials. Read more...

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TC Sessions: Robotics to feature talks from Rod Brooks, DARPA and MIT CSAIL

 The agenda for TC Sessions: Robotics just keeps getting more irresistible. We are happy to announce that Rod Brooks, co-founder of Rethink Robotics and iRobot, will join us on stage at TechCrunch’s first ever robotics show, July 17 at MIT’s Kresge auditorium. Brooks is a former director of MIT’s CSAIL program as well as an author and prognosticator on the future of robots.… Read More

Now, tech company Pioneer wants to fix those dreaded conference call sound trouble with its new Lightning-powered conference speaker, called Rayz Rally. 

The speaker is tiny — it fits in your pocket — and it can connect to your iPhone, Mac, PC, iPad or iPad touch to help amplify sound. And despite its small size, the itsy-bitsy speaker boasts enough noise to broadcast your conference meeting throughout the whole boardroom. The room-wide volume from such a tiny device comes from Averna Corporation's patent-pending analog and acoustic audio technology.  Read more...

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This tiny iPhone speaker could revolutionize workspace conference calls

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Boardroom meetings in the office look a lot different today than they used to. With new tech like video calling, iPhones, etc, it's easier now than ever to call into or broadcast a conference meeting. But the age old conference question still stands: can everybody be heard?

Now, tech company Pioneer wants to fix those dreaded conference call sound trouble with its new Lightning-powered conference speaker, called Rayz Rally. 

The speaker is tiny — it fits in your pocket — and it can connect to your iPhone, Mac, PC, iPad or iPad touch to help amplify sound. And despite its small size, the itsy-bitsy speaker boasts enough noise to broadcast your conference meeting throughout the whole boardroom. The room-wide volume from such a tiny device comes from Averna Corporation's patent-pending analog and acoustic audio technology.  Read more...

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Crunch Report | Pokemon Go “Big Summer Update”

Pokemon Go has a big summer update, Vice Media raises $450 million, the FTC wants to block the FanDuel-DraftKings merger and Blue Apron is looking to raise $586 million in its IPO. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

Maybe, and I'm not a doctor, but could it be because you were forced to pay homage to The Great Orange One at the inaugural June 19 meeting of Trump's American Technology Council?

Or possibly, and I'm just spitballing here, you look like you just swallowed a first-generation iPhone simply because you had to sit quietly and listen to the president boast about his great and many successes? 

While we can't be sure what kept your frown pointed down, some more photos might help us, the American people, get to the bottom of this great mystery.  Read more...

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Tim Cook’s barf face at Trump’s big tech meeting says it all

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Damn, Tim. You're not looking so hot. 

Maybe, and I'm not a doctor, but could it be because you were forced to pay homage to The Great Orange One at the inaugural June 19 meeting of Trump's American Technology Council?

Or possibly, and I'm just spitballing here, you look like you just swallowed a first-generation iPhone simply because you had to sit quietly and listen to the president boast about his great and many successes? 

While we can't be sure what kept your frown pointed down, some more photos might help us, the American people, get to the bottom of this great mystery.  Read more...

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So what if we made it illegal?

This is the thinking behind the Colorado nonprofit  Parents Against Underage Smartphones, which is pushing a proposed 2018 state ballot measure that would ban the sale of smartphones to children 12 and under. What's more, reports the Coloradoan, if successfully placed on the ballot and voted into law, the measure would require phone retailers to ask their customers who the primary user of a smartphone will be. If the answer is a kid, the company would be required to decline the sale.  Read more...

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Why banning the sale of smartphones to kids is a bad idea

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Kids and their smartphones ... amirite? 

Parents around the world are acutely aware that once a child gets his or her tiny hands on a cellphone, it's practically impossible to pry those sticky little fingers free. And, we're told, this is unhealthy and bad. 

So what if we made it illegal?

This is the thinking behind the Colorado nonprofit  Parents Against Underage Smartphones, which is pushing a proposed 2018 state ballot measure that would ban the sale of smartphones to children 12 and under. What's more, reports the Coloradoan, if successfully placed on the ballot and voted into law, the measure would require phone retailers to ask their customers who the primary user of a smartphone will be. If the answer is a kid, the company would be required to decline the sale.  Read more...

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