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Heading for a national healthcare wallet

Later this year, Anthem, Cigna, Aetna and Humana will all argue their respective mergers don’t run afoul of antitrust laws. Aetna also announced it was pulling out of 538 of the 778 county health insurance exchanges in 2017 due to lack of profit potential. After a honeymoon period, corporate …


Doctor Strange’s science consultant talks about consciousness and the multiverse

Why does <i>Doctor Strange</i> need a science consultant?<p>The Marvel Cinematic Universe isn’t exactly known for its scientific accuracy, and with his psychedelic, magic powers, the character of Doctor Strange (created by Steve Ditko and Stan Lee, and played in the film by Benedict Cumberbatch) goes even …

Marvel Universe

The science behind the magical Doctor Strange

The restaurant table(t) is getting crowded

Square opened its point-of-sale platform to competitors. There are rumors that IBM will buy Revel.<p>For anyone following the changes in payments and the restaurant industry, these are interesting strategic moves. Many of us have tried new services, like online food ordering, subscription meals and …

Food & Dining

Your experience is probably worth a lot less than you think

Do you work in software? Do you have more than a decade of experience? You do? I’m sorry to hear that. That means there’s a strong possibility that much of what you know is already obsolete. Worse yet, there’s a good chance that you’re set in anachronistic ways, hidebound with habits which are now …


How massive DDoS attacks are undermining the Internet

On Friday morning, I awoke to find that our company-wide single sign-on and cloud storage was disrupted due to the massive distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack against domain host Dyn.<p>This attack was big, disrupting consumer services like Spotify and Netflix, all the way to enterprise-grade …


Announcing the startups pitching in the TC Pitch-off in Seoul!

TechCrunch is coming to Seoul next week for the TC Meetup + Pitch-off, and today we’re proud to announce the startups participating in the pitch-off.<p>These companies will have exactly sixty seconds to pitch their wares to a panel of expert judges, including TC editors and local VCs.<p>First place wins …


Huge DDoS Attack on Major Websites

<b>Today’s Stories</b><p>Large DDoS attacks cause outages at Twitter, Spotify, and other sites<br>• Board of Hampton Creek said to be investigating buyback allegations<br>• This Russian project will detect a face in any TV channel in real-time<br>• AT&T said to be “in advanced talks” to purchase Time Warner<br>• Weebly hacked, 43 …

Web Sites

Six reasons to be hyped for the Nintendo Switch (and four reasons to worry)

Yesterday saw the introduction — after many leaks and rumors — of the Nintendo Switch, the company’s next game console. It isn’t due to arrive until March of next year, which is infinitely frustrating because it looks amazing for several reasons, not all of them obvious. Here’s why I’m more excited …


Huge DDoS Attack on Major Websites | Crunch Report

With its first VR series, CollegeHumor gives a completely accurate overview of presidential history

How do you make things funny in virtual reality? That’s the question CollegeHumor is exploring with 1600 in 360, a new video series depicting some of the, um, highlights of US presidential history.<p>Apparently, Google approached CollegeHumor about creating 360-degree content for YouTube and for its …

Virtual Reality

Zwift merges indoor fitness with massive multi-player online gaming

Aibnb sues New York City

Another city, another Airbnb lawsuit.<p>Airbnb sued the city of New York, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, and Mayor Bill DeBlasio today over legislation that would make it illegal to advertise accommodations that can’t legally be rented out for less than 30 days. The bill was passed in June and …

New York City

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff on the key to equality

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff took the stage at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing today to talk about diversity and equality. This comes just weeks after Salesforce brought on board Tony Prophet, its first-ever Chief Equality Officer. Equality, Benioff said, has to be something that …


The reality of AR/VR competition

Virtual, augmented and mixed reality have a competition problem.<p>But while most AR/VR companies will tell you how much better they are than their nearest direct competitor, they’re picking the wrong fight. The main event isn’t between Oculus, HTC, Sony, Samsung and Google for VR, or Microsoft, Magic …

Virtual Reality

Zwift merges indoor fitness with massive multi-player online gaming

At its core, Zwift is indoor cycling software. But layered on top of its functionality is a community, that in the two years the company has been operating, has grown in both scale and shear strength. At an event at Rapha’s cycling in SF, I found myself surrounded by core users proudly flaunting …

Online Life

SoundShare’s new iMessage app lets you text your friends entire songs

A new iMessage app from the music-focused social network SoundShare will now let you share entire tracks with your friends over text messaging. Of course, there are already a number of ways to text friends your favorite music, thanks to the launch of the iMessage App Store. Apple Music has a …


Facebook Live broadcasting up 4X since May, gets TV and outdoor promo

Facebook wants you to know Live broadcasting isn’t just for celebrities. Facebook has bought a new series of US and UK TV, web, billboard, bus, and baggage claim ads that suggest you go Live when you see something cool, want to show off a talent, or just have something important to say.<p>The campaign …


This smart sock adds sensations to prosthetic limbs

The future of prosthetics is fast arriving, with 3D printed construction, advanced materials, and embedded sensors replacing the unadorned wood and plastic of yore. But like the rest of the future, it’s not equally distributed. In order to bridge the gap for users who can’t afford or get at these …


Applications are open now for our Hardware Battlefield at CES 2017

Do you make the hardest of things, hardware? We want you to compete in our Hardware Alley, our premier startup competition at CES 2017 in Las Vegas. You will have the chance to show your amazing products to representatives from major retailers, VCs, and other notables and you’ll climb far above the …


Lenovo’s Yoga Book is a fascinating attempt to reinvent the hybrid tablet

No mainstream electronics manufacture is making more interesting, innovative and downright bizarre products than Lenovo. Between its contorting efforts under the Yoga banner and the modular handsets being produced by Motorola, the Chinese company is taking the sort of form factor risks we rarely …


XYZPrinting’s CEO still believes in 3D-printing ubiquity

Weekly Roundup: Tesla’s self-driving tech progress, Apple announces MacBook event

This week, Tesla made a major announcement about the availability of its self-driving tech, Apple revealed when its next MacBooks are going to be announced, and we reviewed Google’s new Pixel XL. These are the top stories to catch you up on this crazy week in tech.<p><b>1.</b> Elon Musk made an announcement …


Alexa can now fact check the 2016 election

Having a heated argument while discussing the presidential elections with friends? Good news: Alexa can now fact check the 2016 campaign, answering questions about the candidate’s claims right on the spot. This includes statements made by Clinton and Trump, as well as other candidates and …


Watch all the quirky new commercials for Facebook Live

7/13<p>Tour Bus<p>Bus Ad<p>8/13<p>Baggage Claim<p>Baggage Claim Ad<p>9/13<p>Bus Shelter: Food<p>Bus Shelter Ad – Food<p>10/13<p>Bus Shelter: Friends<p>Bus Shelter Ads – Friends<p>11/13<p>Bus Shelter: Animals<p>Bus Shelter Ad – Animals<p>12/13<p>Moving billboard<p>13/13


Facebook plans to reduce censorship, show more offensive but newsworthy content

Facebook will soon display more graphic content including violence and nudity that would normally violate its community standards as long as they’re newsworthy or important enough<p>Facebook’s VP of global policy writes “Our intent is to allow more images and stories without posing safety risks or …


Scientists made babies from mouse skin cells

A group of Japanese scientists from Kyushu University has successfully turned mouse skin cells into baby mice without the use of egg cells.<p>The technology skips over the usual method of fertilizing egg cells with sperm and instead uses a method to grow the cells with the necessary chromosomal pairs …


Researchers sabotage 3D printer files to destroy a drone

Researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU), the University of South Alabama, and Singapore University of Technology and Design have successfully injected malicious code into a computer which, in turn, added invisible commands to a file containing a 3D model of a drone propeller. When …


VR and inclusivity

For Brits of our generation, the first understanding of virtual reality might have been the VR glasses used by Lister in the TV series Red Dwarf to have “sex.” Those a little older might remember the 1960s invention the Sensorama machine, which played stereoscopic 3D films accompanied by sound, …

Virtual Reality

DJI says it’s starting to ship its folding drone

Looks like DJI may beat GoPro’s ship date yet. After nearly a week of delay due to unspecified manufacturing reasons, the company’s eagerly anticipated folding photography drone looks to finally be heading out to early purchasers.<p>Three days after chalking the MIA Mavic Pro’s delay up to “amazingly …