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Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube collaborate to remove ‘terrorist content’ from their services

Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube today announced they would cooperate on a plan to help limit the spread of terrorist content online. The companies said that together they will create a shared industry database that will be used to identify this content, including what they describe as the …

You Tube

HackerNews calls for “political detox,” critics cry censorship

Can social media even exist without political debate? What about trolls? HackerNews, the social news site run by Y Combinator, is trying to find out.<p>The head of the HackerNews community since 2014, Daniel Gackle (whose HN handle is “dang”) on Monday initiated a site-wide “Political Detox Week.”<p>To …

Detoxification

Fitbit’s up and Apple’s down in IDC’s latest wearable market numbers

IDC’s latest world wide wearable numbers are in, and everything looks to be coming up Fitbit. As smartwatches numbers declined, the larger wearable space is up overall all, thanks in no small part to the Charge manufacturer.<p>According to IDC’s numbers, Fitbit commanded nearly a quarter of the entire …

Gear & Gadgets

The clever, absurd RokBlok rides your vinyl’s grooves like a hipster race car

Sometimes you see a gadget and think simultaneously, “that’s insanely clever,” but also just “that’s insane.” The RokBlok was one of those situations for me: who but a mad genius would have thought of a record player that propels itself along the groove like a little remote control car?<p>That’s it in …

Hipsters

Why education should become more like artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence is all around us. It’s in our cars, our homes and our pockets. IBM is teaching Watson to understand, reason and even to learn — helping to translate information into knowledge that can help drive more informed decision-making in medical care.<p>Leading tech companies ship AI …

Computer Science

Netflix becomes the Top Grossing iPhone app for the first time

Netflix’s decision to introduce an in-app subscription option in its iOS app over a year ago has helped the streaming service steadily gain more subscribers, and surge up the Top Grossing charts in the Apple App Store. Back in November of last year, the app hit the Top Grossing chart for the first …

Apple News

The latest Android Nougat update brings a piece of Pixel to Nexus phones

Android 7.1.1 starts going live today as an over-the-air update – a roll out that will continue through the next several weeks to a select number of Google approved devices, including the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus Player, Pixel C and General Mobile 4G (Android …

Android News

OpenAI’s Universe is the fun parent every artificial intelligence deserves

Every parent’s worst nightmare is a student spending more time playing video games and surfing the web than studying for school. But the team over at OpenAI believes that a “fun parent” approach could actually bring us all one step closer to elusive generalized intelligence. Its new tool, Universe, …

Computer Science

Flutterwave aims to unify Africa’s fragmented payment systems and empower small businesses

There’s no shortage of entrepreneurs in Africa, but their ambitions are often hampered by the lack in many countries of reliable and affordable digital payment systems. Moneywave, from Y Combinator-incubated Flutterwave, wants to empower individuals and small merchants to take part in the thriving …

Africa

The TC Disrupt London Startup Battlefield finalists are InsideDNA, LiftIgniter, OxeHealth, PhenixP2P and Seenit

Disrupt London Day 1 was a massive success.<p>DeepMind’s Mustafa Suleyman taught us about the future of AI. Autonomy founder Dr. Michael Lynch mocked HP’s $5 billion lawsuit against him. And Boston Dynamics’ Marc Raibert showed off his four-legged robotic friend, SpotMini.<p>But the heart of Disrupt has …

Startups

How blockchain can help fight cyberattacks

Imagine a computing platform that would have no single point of failure and would be resilient to the cyberattacks that are making the headlines these days. This is the promise behind blockchain, the distributed ledger that underlies cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum and challenges the …

Security

Tyson Foods launches new venture fund to back food and agriculture startups

Tyson Foods Inc., one of the world’s largest makers and marketers of meat products, has announced the formation of a $150 million venture capital fund to back food and agriculture startups.<p>According to Tyson’s Executive Vice President of Strategy and New Ventures, Monica McGurk, the fund will seek …

Venture Capital

VCs remain optimistic even as the industry enters a wait and see moment

While the IPO window might be quite a little more narrow these days and there’s plenty of uncertainty, it doesn’t necessary mean the end of the venture capital world — at least, not yet.<p>Instead, it would seem that a lot of the VC world is in a holding pattern while they wait for everything to shake …

Venture Capital

StrongDM raises $3M to keep database info from leaking out

When companies are looking to secure the information they have in their databases, it’s a pretty big challenge no matter how you slice it. Unless you have a large security budget that can manage permissions and figure out who is doing what, you are probably cobbling together whatever technology you …

Security

Shopify acquires digital studio Tiny Hearts, makers of Wake Alarm, Next Keyboard & more

E-commerce company Shopify is doubling down on its mobile product ambitions with today’s acquisition of digital product studio Tiny Hearts. The studio has released a number of mobile apps, games and bots over the past several years, including popular consumer-facing apps like Quick Fit, Next …

Life Sciences

Netflix goes big on unscripted programming with 20 original shows planned for 2017

Netflix is making headway on its ambitions to fill half its library with original content. According to Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos, the company is planning to release about 20 unscripted series next year, bringing it closer to its goal of having 1,000 annual hours of original …

Entertainment

WorldRemit’s Ismail Ahmed thinks mobile money accounts are the future

WorldRemit founder and CEO Ismail Ahmed took the stage at TechCrunch Disrupt London to talk about his company and his views on the future of remittances.<p>While you might be more familiar with companies like Western Union, MasterCard and TransferWise, WorldRemit has become an essential service when …

Money

Digital chief-of-staff app Accompany raises $20M and launches a UK Beta

Accompany, an app that Amy Chang bets will be able to replace the chief-of-staff or personal assistant of an executive, launched just a few months ago. The app had been in the works for a while, and now it’s finally starting to pick up steam — and it’s launching in the United Kingdom as a beta …

United Kingdom

“Bullsh*t and spin”: Autonomy founder mocks HP’s $5B fraud suit against him

How could Dr Michael Lynch raise a $1 billion venture capital fund while being sued for $5 billion over alleged fraud in the $11 billion sale of his company Autonomy to HP? “The reality is, that doesn’t take much time” since he has a team of lawyers on the case, Lynch said on stage during …

Fraud

Watch Boston Dynamics’ founder and his robot SpotMini join us on stage to discuss the company’s future

What <i>is</i> Boston Dynamics?<p>The easy answer for that: a company that makes crazy advanced robots that can walk — be it on two feet or four — better than just about any other robot in the world. We’ve seen this in countless YouTube videos of the company’s robots stomping its way across countrysides, …

Robotics

With Station F, Paris will have the world’s biggest startup campus

Station F (formerly known as la Halle Freyssinet) is quite an ambitious project and is bound to change the face of the tech ecosystem in Paris. Financed by Xavier Niel and directed by Roxanne Varza, Station F is going be the world’s biggest startup campus with companies like Facebook and TechShop …

Startups

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Startup Alley Roaming Day 1 at Disrupt London 2016 with Josh Constine

Open As App turns boring business data into a mobile app instantly

Cloud computing has made collaboration across coworkers easier than ever, but that doesn’t mean that workers are as productive as possible when they’re on the go. Open As App aims to change all that.<p>Launching today in the Startup Battlefield at TC Disrupt London, Open As App offers a platform that …

Business

Vault is automating investment to offer affordable retirement plans beyond 401(k)

Former JP Morgan financial advisor Randy Fernando got the idea for his fintech startup Vault — selected as audience choice for the startup battlefield here at Disrupt London — after his mum asked him whether there were any retirement plan benefits she could offer staff as a hiring incentive at her …

Finance

Taking Colocation Exponential with Station F's Roxanne Varza at Disrupt London 2016

Startup Alley Roaming at Disrupt London 2016 with John Biggs

Oxehealth uses cameras to monitor your heartbeat from across the room

Meet Oxehealth, a startup that plans to turn any regular security camera into a health monitor. The British company wants to make it easier to monitor patients in a hospital, police station, psychiatric hospital or an assisted living residence. It’s a non-intrusive way to make sure that everybody …

Startups

Ex-GV CEO Bill Maris said to be launching health care investment fund, Section 32

Section 32, the new healthcare-focused venture fund reportedly being launched by Bill Maris, was apparently named in homage to Section 31, an intelligence agency from the Star Trek universe. If that’s not a bit of pre-emptive nerd cred, I don’t know what is.<p>According to a report from Recode, the GV …

Health

Sapphire, TCV, and FJ Labs on Impacts and Uncertainties at Disrupt London 2016