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Honest Co. is reformulating its soaps after ingredients controversy

The consumer products startup founded by Jessica Alba, The Honest Co., on Friday told the Wall Street Journal that it plans to reformulate its dish soap, laundry detergent and other cleaners after an earlier controversy over their ingredients.<p>The Honest Co. markets its products as gentler, …

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Facebook Snapchat Clone in Poland

<b>Today’s Stories</b><p>Facebook “Messenger Day” is the chat app’s new Snapchat Stories clone<br>• PewDiePie’s new game “Tuber Simulator” hits the top of the App Store, crashes<br>• Andreessen: “I feel 50 pounds lighter” without Twitter<br>• Yahoo open sources its porn-detecting neural network<br>• Nutanix up 131% on first day of …

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The Cancer Moonshot needs a heavy dose of computational infrastructure

Top cancer researchers recently reported their findings and recommendations to President Obama and Vice President Biden’s Cancer Moonshot task force. To my surprise, all 10 recommendations in the Blue Ribbon Panel’s report heavily concentrate on enabling computational infrastructure. Each …

Cancer

Here’s how you can stop jumping back and forth between Google’s Calendar and Map apps

Logistics are difficult, especially when every day you’re trying to keep track of 9 meetings, 13 phone calls, a dinner, a post dinner, and a post post dinner.<p>In a new update, Google has decided to do its part to make daily logistics easier by more fully integrating its Maps and Calendar offerings …

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Facebook Snapchat Clone in Poland | Crunch Report

Meerkat, star of 2015, is officially dead

Remember Meerkat? It came out of nowhere in early 2015 — a star of SXSW, in particular — and was on everyone’s tongue for weeks. Then came Periscope, a strikingly similar competitor built mostly in stealth mode, and word that Twitter had acquired it for nearly $100 million dollars before much of …

Meerkat

Nutanix up 131% on first day of trading

Nutanix made its stock market debut with a bang. After pricing shares at $16<b>,</b> the enterprise data storage company saw 131% gains on its first day of trading.<p>With clients like Toyota and Best Buy, Nutanix aims to make it easier for businesses to manage their data centers. Its cloud offerings are …

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Twitch announces TwitchPrime, Loyalty Badges, and video uploads

Twitch, the video game live streaming service acquired by Amazon for nearly a billion dollars back in 2014, kicked off its annual TwitchCon conference this afternoon with a keynote. With keynotes generally come a bit of news… and sure enough, here’s whats new:<p><b>Twitch Prime:</b> As we scooped right …

Loyalty

Rosetta goes out in a blaze of glory — and science

Let’s all take a moment and pour one out metaphorically for Rosetta, the pioneering spacecraft that gave our newly spacefaring race its first comet landing. The orbiter performed its final task early this morning, making a controlled crash into the comet’s surface, destroying itself in the process …

Rosetta Mission

Weekly Roundup: Snapchat’s new Specs, Beyoncé is a tech investor and SpaceX’s plans to colonize Mars

This week, Elon Musk revealed SpaceX’s plan for humans to inhabit Mars, Google rebranded its cloud services and rumors swirled about a Twitter bid. These are the top stories of the week, and you can also receive them in your inbox.<p><b>1.</b> The little blue bird may find a new home soon. Word is that …

Snapchat

Apple is screwing up HomeKit; here’s how they can fix it

The real magic of the Internet of Things happens when devices work together.<p>It will be magic when Siri, on your iPhone, can adjust your thermostat or confirm that you locked the back door; when your door lock can tell your sound system you’re home and you don’t even have to push a button to start …

Apple News

Twitch appears to be getting its own version of Amazon Prime, called “Twitch Prime”

It appears that Twitch-integrated games is not the only thing Amazon has been working on with the live-streaming site it owns. A small number of Twitch users are now reporting seeing a new section called “Twitch Prime” pop up in their profiles. According to a banner ad spotted by one user, Twitch …

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Nintendo shows off some highly nerdy features of the NES Mini

Nintendo has further taken the wraps off the must-have gaming gadget of the holidays — which is to say, the one we’re all buying ourselves as soon as it’s available. An aggressively retro-themed video released today visually demonstrates three of the the NES Mini’s features. Brace yourselves, it’s …

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PewDiePie’s’s new game “Tuber Simulator” hits the top of the App Store, crashes

What happens when the world’s biggest YouTube star Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg tells his 48 million YouTube subscribers to download and play his new mobile game? The game promptly shoots up to the top of the App Store, and the servers crash under the load. That’s what happened, at least, following …

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Apply now for Include Office Hours with First Round Capital!

TechCrunch Include Office Hours are happening this October 10th! Phin Barnes and Bill Trenchard from First Round Capital in San Francisco will join TechCrunch to provide valuable advice and feedback to startups.<p>Launched in 2014, Include is TechCrunch’s diversity program, aimed at facilitating …

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Yahoo open sources its porn-detecting neural network

Ever wonder how things get marked NSFW on the internet? It’s Yahoo. Yahoo does it — with their special-made, smut-trained, porn-detecting neural network. And now you can, too, because the team behind the system has made it open source. I guess you could say they’re down to fork.<p>I jest, of course: …

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Atomic is like Google Docs for interface prototyping

Meet Atomic, a prototyping service for your next mobile app or website. It works in your browser, but it’s a lot more powerful than you’d expect. Atomic handles animations and lets you make interactive designs. And you can collaborate on your designs with your team in real time.<p>The startup launched …

Google Docs

Facebook “Messenger Day” is the chat app’s new Snapchat Stories clone

Facebook is stealing the Stories format and invading countries where Snapchat isn’t popular yet. Today in Poland it launched “Messenger Day”, which lets people share illustrated filter-enhanced photos and videos that disappear in 24 hours, just like on Snapchat.<p>By using the international popularity …

Facebook

Aura rethinks the digital picture frame with smarter software, sensors & gesture control

We’re taking more digital photos than ever, but we’re not very good about printing them out to enjoy them in our homes. Meanwhile, the digital picture frame market has filled with cheap products that haven’t kept up with technology developments, like ubiquitous Wi-Fi, better photo quality, and …

Software

Paint with your friends in VR with new Google Tilt Brush update

One of the more fun usages of virtual reality to already emerge is Google’s Tilt Brush. The VR 3D painting simulator is often the first thing I demo to people to show off the platform and it really allows people to lost themselves in a VR world and make it whatever they want it to be.<p>Art is more …

Virtual Reality

So now we have a federal CISO

So now we have a federal CISO (Brigadier General [retired] Gregory J. Touhill) as part of the OMB (Office of Management and Budget). But what does that really mean?<p>We have had a series of leaders who have played a similar role over the years. Do you remember our first “Cyber Czar,” Richard Clarke? …

Government

9 tricks to appear smart in brainstorming meetings

<i>The following is an excerpt from Sarah Cooper’s new book,</i> <i>100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings (October 4, Andrews McMeel)</i><p>In a brainstorming meeting, the pressure of coming up with incredible new ideas can be debilitating. Luckily, the last thing most corporations want is new ideas.<p>During these …

Brainstorming

Garmin makes fitness trackers for kids now

I’m doing my best to resist the urge to go all Andy Rooney here and complain about kids these days. You’ve heard that one before. And besides, with all of those new VR tools and Pokemon Going, kids are probably getting a better work out than they have in a generation, right?<p>Also, let’s be honest, …

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Trocafone unlocks Latin America’s smartphone market selling certified, pre-owned phones

Sometimes it’s a startup business, and not political power, that grows out of the barrel of a gun.<p>At least, that’s the story behind Trocafone, a Brazilian startup that just raised $7 million for its services buying, refurbishing, and re-selling smartphones across Latin America. The company’s …

Latin America

Print and ebook revenue down as Amazon slashes prices

It’s good news and bad news for the publishing industry. The good news is that print revenue was up 3.4 percent in April, primarily in trade paperbacks, with some solid grown in young adult print and religious titles. The bad news is that revenue is down 4.3 percent year-to-date with a 7 percent …

Amazon

Camp David, from the makers of Milk Studios, brings co-working to BK’s Industry City

Brooklynites looking for a place to build their wares now have yet another option in the form of Camp David.<p>Camp David comes to us via Milk Studios founders Mazdack Rassi and Erez Shternlicht, who have experience in bringing this type of space to life in the studio production world. With Camp …

The new LIFX smart bulb emits infrared light to help security cameras see better

California-based lighting startup LIFX has released a number of smart lightbulbs since completing a successful Kickstarter campaign back in early 2013. The latest from the company is pretty straightforward as far as such things go, offering up the kind of features we’ve long come to expect from the …

Security

Amazon shows its first games integrated with Twitch

Amazon Games Studios this week showed off the first games that will be integrated with live-streaming site Twitch, which Amazon acquired for over $1 billion in 2014. The new games will run on Lumberyard, the game engine powered by Amazon Web Services, that debuted earlier this year. These …

Amazon

Teddy Ruxpin returns with eyes that can rend the bonds of space and time

In this, the 3000th Year Since The Coming Of The Wanderer (All Praise His Mercy), we are greeted by the fifth Potentate, a Teddy Ruxpin with LCD eyes and iPad connectivity. Teddy Ruxpin, or, as his followers in the Cities of Refuge called him, Ted, is a robotic toy that reads to children and then …

The last time Logitech released a webcam, Obama was running for re-election

The last time Logitech released a webcam, the year’s hit song was by a fresh-faced Canadian newcomer named Carly Rae, Ryan Lochte was most famous for swimming, and we were all pretty sure the world was going to end in December. Sure that last bit still seems like 50/50, Mayan prophecies aside, but …

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