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Salesforce was one of the most active VCs last year — but it suddenly stopped making big bets on startups

According to Salesforce's latest quarterly filing, the company only spent $22 million in "strategic investments," which is mostly tied to Salesforce Ventures, marking the lowest spend since the October 2014 quarter.<p>It's a big step down from the same quarter of last year, when Salesforce spent …

Venture Capital

The CEO of Google's £400 million AI startup is going to meet with tech leaders to discuss ethics

The AI ethics meeting will be held at New York University in January and attended by the heads of big tech firms, according to Hassabis.<p>It's not clear at this stage exactly which individuals or which companies will attend but global technology giants such as Facebook and Apple are likely candidates …

Artificial Intelligence

Netgear accidentally published this guide showing its customers how to transfer pirated movies

The support guide, which was spotted by TorrentFreak, guides customers through the "Turbo Transfer" feature of Netgear's "Genie" software. It's meant to make it easy to transfer video files between devices.<p>But it seems that Netgear didn't pay attention to the screenshots it uploaded, and so the …

Netgear

Why Microsoft, Uber And 500 Startups Went To Downtown Cairo

CAIRO — Outside the entrance of the GrEEK Campus, the line to get into the third RiseUp Summit was an hour long at 9 a.m., but everyone was waiting more-or-less patiently.<p>Sobhieh Yaafury had come from Lebanon with her three daughters, 26, 24 and 10. The two older daughters already work in …

Venture Capital

MRI Study Helps Solve the Puzzle of Blame & Credit

New research helps explain the paradox of why we are quick to blame people for their actions, but slower to give them credit.<p>It all comes down to …

Why aren't vibrators as good as other gadgets?

Strip away the erotic associations, and vibrators are, fundamentally, just another gadget — and a rather simple one at that: just a motor, power supply, controls, and housing. Yet many of the products that make it to the market are badly designed and poorly executed; adding insult to injury is the …

Electrical Brain Stimulation May Help Patients Lose Weight

Satisfying the brain could help treat obesity<p>Many factors can cause obesity, including genes, lifestyle and environment. But there’s some evidence to suggest that quirks of the brain might be a factor, too. In fact, doctors may be able to stimulate the brain so that patients lose weight, according …

On the Red Couch with Science of Happiness Writer Eric Barker

<i>What’s the secret to a happy life? Vacation—as long as you’re accruing “experiences,” according to wellness and science of happiness writer Eric Barker. On his blog, Barking Up The Wrong Tree, this former philosophy student and screenwriter explores humanity’s big questions (including “how to be</i> …

13 Annoying Email Mistakes Even Smart People Make

Top executives reveal their chief complaints about the email they receive.<p>How good are you at email? We all complain about getting too much of it, and we all try to cut down the time we spend on it. Yet in our email-driven business world, it remains a primary form of communication, something we …

Writing

These tiny robots can turn into submarines for search-and-rescue missions

Now, the same minature robots are capable of diving and swimming in water, potentially providing a new tool for future search-and-rescue missions.<p>The RoboBee was originally created to act as a spy of sorts. Early funding for the project was provided by DARPA in an effort to create a literal fly on …

Robotics

Apple and Google are the world’s top two most valuable brands

Consultancy firm Interbrand has released its latest listing of the world’s most valuable brands, and Apple, Google, Microsoft, and IBM have landed at the top of the chart for at least the fifth consecutive year.<p>Apple and Google remain in the top spots – the third year in a row that they’ve been in …

Amazing

Scientists can draw very different meanings from the same data, study shows

Crowdsourcing research 'gives space to dissenting opinions'<p>Giving the same information to multiple scientific teams can lead to very different conclusions, a report published today in <i>Nature</i> shows. And that's exactly why two researchers think scientists should share their data with others — well …

The World’s First Fully Robotic Farm Opens In 2017

A better kind of factory farm<p>Robots will be the farmers of the future. A company in Japan is building an indoor lettuce farm that will be completely tended by robots and computers. The company, named Spread, expects the factory to open in 2017, and the fully automated farming process could make the …

Instructions

Your walls could talk<p>Wearable technology does a fine job of keeping tabs on your personal fitness. But to measure the health of the place where you live, you need a different tool. This device monitors the temperature, humidity, noise, and light level for any room. It can even track the number of …

Terms And Conditions Are The Biggest Lie Of Our Industry

THE LEGAL AGREEMENTS SET OUT BELOW GOVERN YOUR USE OF THIS TECHCRUNCH POST (“TECHCRUNCH”). TO AGREE TO THESE TERMS, CLICK “AGREE.” IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THESE TERMS, DO NOT CLICK “AGREE,” AND DO NOT USE THE SERVICES.<p><b>A. TERMS & CONDITIONS ARE WAY TOO LONG SO THAT YOU DON’T READ THEM AND JUST CLICK</b> …

Surprising Mosaics Revealed in Ancient Synagogue in Israel

HUQOQ, Israel<p>Archaeologists puzzle over depictions of dancers, elephants, and a mysterious figure that may be Alexander the Great.<p>At the end of last month, amid the murmured chatter of archaeologists and the scraping of picks and trowels on rocks, a shout suddenly rang out. "Get Jodi! More mosaics!"<p>…

Archaeology

Top 10 books about spies

The literature of espionage, like its subjects, is often not to be trusted. These are some of the accounts you can believe<p>Betrayal, seduction and subterfuge: these devilish arts are central to the ancient craft of spying. And, whether in fact or fiction, the literature of espionage continues to …

N.Y. prison break: Mitchell used baked goods to help killers, source says

<b>Cadyville, New York (CNN) —</b> For months before a pair of convicted murderers made their brazen escape from the Clinton Correctional Facility, prison tailor Joyce Mitchell used baked goods to win favors for Richard Matt and David Sweat, going so far as to ask prison officials to move the inmates' …

Crime

Dell's latest thin-bezel laptop fronts a wave of new Windows 10 devices

After Microsoft recapped all of the major themes from the Build conference at its Computex keynote today, it tried another tactic to promote Windows 10: showing off sexy new devices. Microsoft Corporate Vice President Nick Parker revealed for the first time a 15-inch version of Dell's XPS with its …

Humans 'will become God-like cyborgs within 200 years'

The amalgamation of man and machine will be the ‘biggest evolution in biology’ claims Professor Yuval Noah Harari<p>Wealthy humans are likely become cyborgs within 200 years as they gradually merge with technology like computers and smart phones, a historian has claimed.<p>Yuval Noah Harari, a professor …

Singularity

Unorthodox Sprite drone tolerates abuse and actually flies

When you picture a consumer drone, something bulky with four or six props <i>à la</i> DJI probably pops to mind. But the folks behind a new model on Kickstarter think that such UAVs have two big problems -- namely, they're hard to carry and break easily if you mess up. They built The Sprite to overcome …

Set up a personalized start page on your own domain that works everywhere

There are several browser add-ons to add frequently visited sites and other features to your blank New Tab page, but I prefer using a custom start page hosted on my domain instead.<p>It’s a simple page that just contains a bunch of links in columns, along with a clock and a Google search box. I run …

Web Development

US military trials British navigation tech to combat GPS jamming

The US military is exploring whether eLoran, a navigation technology that was pioneered in Britain, could protect against GPS jamming attacks<p>The US military is testing a new type of navigation technology that was developed in Britain, in the hope that it that could prevent criminals from hijacking …

Iran Reveals Small Armed Robot Car

Robotic death on four chunky wheels<p>Iran’s new Nazir robot car has a deadly secret. Inside the unmanned ground vehicle, there’s a mechanical arm and what appears to be the cylindrical casings for two missiles. A camera turret mounted on a pivot at the front of the vehicle provides a way for remote …

Google defends its business as EU sanctions loom

<b>At a press conference at 11:00 BST today, it is expected that the European Union's competition commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, will outline the case against Google's dominant position in the search market.</b><p>It is likely to allege that the technology firm uses that position to direct search traffic …

Margrethe Vestager

Create better 3D models by waving your smartphone around

Sure your smartphone makes for a passable 3D scanner, but it still can't determine the size of an item. Fortunately, Carnegie Mellon researchers are able to discover the scale of an object using a smartphone's camera and its IMU (inertial measurement unit). They just have to make sure to move the …

Amazon moves towards 'internet of things' shopping with Dash

New re-ordering device reduces need to ever leave the house again with a one-touch button for when products run out<p>Have you ever been stuck on the toilet with no toilet roll? An end to that nightmare might soon be in sight. Amazon’s next big thing in the “internet of things” lets you order a new …

Hisense And Haier Launch $149 Chromebooks

A few weeks ago Google made headlines with the launch of the new Chromebook Pixel, the highest-end Chromebook on the market (and with a price to show for it). Today, the Chrome OS laptop ecosystem is launching two products that are the exact opposite: the Haier Chromebook 11 (now available online …

Volvo's reflective bike paint helps cars spot you at night

Want to feel nervous? Try riding a bike at night alongside a busy road. Even if you're festooned in lights and reflectors, there's a real chance that a less-than-attentive driver will smack into you. Volvo may have a better way to keep cars at a distance, however. Its new LifePaint spray is …