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Amazon Fresh spoils in several markets, shuts down in all but the biggest cities

Amazon may feel like an unstoppable force, what with its incredible inertia as it expands across the fashion, food, and even delivery industries. But …

'Live Message' on the Galaxy Note 8 lets you draw all over photos

While Samsung used to be known for loading up its smartphones with all manner of gimmicky software of questionable utility, the company has pulled back on its Android customizations in recent years. But with today's unveiling of the Galaxy Note 8, Samsung couldn't resist showing off a new trick to …

Blue Apron Is a Bloodbath and Is Still Bottoming

Shares of Blue Apron Holdings Inc. (APRN) have had a bumpy ride since going public.<p>Blue Apron stock priced its IPO at $10 per share in late-June. …

Investing

5 key takeaways from Apple’s surprising Q3 earnings call

Apple posted its second-highest Q3 earnings ever today, surprising investors with $45.4 billion in revenue powered by strong iPhone, iPad, Mac and services revenues.<p>CEO Tim Cook sounded pleased during Apple’s earnings call, but he wasn’t just looking back on the past three months. By the end of the …

YouTube’s live TV streaming service goes live in five US cities for $35 per month

Back in February YouTube announced YouTube TV, a $35 TV streaming service it hopes might kill your cable box. At the time, they didn’t say exactly when it’d launch — just that it’d be “soon.”<p>“Soon,” it seems, means today. YouTube is rolling out the service in five major US cities this …

FriendFinder Networks hack reportedly exposed over 412 million accounts

If you have an account on AdultFriendFinder, Cams.com, Penthouse, Stripshow and/or iCams.com — and reused it on other sites — you should probably change your password. FriendFinder Networks, the parent company of those sites, has reportedly been hacked, resulting in the leak of of over 412 million …

DJI improves the performance of its largest drone

DJI sure seems to be squeezing a lot out of the final months of the year. While other hardware makers are working to push holiday gifts out the door, the company is making some upgrades to products that likely won’t end up under too many trees this December –though flying into them is another story …

A new app from Channels brings live TV to your iOS device

Channels has grown to become one of the more popular applications for cord cutters who want to watch, pause, rewind and fast-forward live television on their 4th-generation Apple TV. Now that same functionality is arriving on iOS in a new app, launched this week. In addition to letting you watch …

Facebook crushes Q2 earnings, hits 1.71B users and record share price

Coming off an all-time high stock price of $123.34, Facebook in Q2 2016 smashed earnings again. The social network continued steady growth just slightly slower at 3.63% compared to last quarter’s 3.77%, adding 60 million monthly users this quarter to reach 1.71 billion. It scored $6.44 billion in …

Verizon is close to buying Yahoo assets: sources

The protracted question of who is buying beleaguered Yahoo may finally have an answer.<p>According to three reports published today, and our own sources, Verizon (which owns TechCrunch by way of AOL) is now the most likely company to snap up the company’s core assets — which include its search, …

Pokemon Go T&Cs strip users of legal rights

Players of Pokemon Go are not only giving up their right to act like sane human beings in public, as they walk around, zombie-esque, reaching into the phones held in front of their faces, they are also likely to be waiving legal rights if they don’t take a very close look at Niantic Labs’ Terms of …

Zore X is a smart gun lock that raised almost $250K on Indiegogo

An unlocked gun can ruin more than one life. In fact, The Trace reports that toddlers shot an average of one person per week for the 2015 year, often injuring or killing themselves, because they were able to get on their hands on a gun.<p>Zore, like many new products on the market, aims to change all …

3 Oil Stocks That Could Rocket if Crude Keeps Rising

Image source: Getty Images.<p>Crude's dive into the $20s earlier this year exposed a big problem for a trio of Canadian oil producers. At less than $50 a barrel, <b>Penn West Petroleum</b> , <b>Baytex Energy</b> , and <b>Pengrowth Energy</b> do not make enough money to sustain their operations. So with crude slumping well …

Oil

True Foodies wants to turn you into a true foodie

Joanne Carter worked for McDonald’s for 15 years. But she always prefered <i>foie gras</i> to cheeseburgers.<p>Her new job as co-founder and CEO of For True Foodies Only — a bootstrapped company that’s about to launch an app for chefs and foodies — is probably more consistent with her culinary inclination.<p>A …

Foodies

A running tab of what tech people think about whether we’re living in a simulation

Are we living in a simulation?<p>For whatever reason, this is a hot topic in Silicon Valley these days. It all more or less started when Tesla Motors CEO (and soon to be SolarCity CEO — check one off for the simulation argument there) Elon Musk made a claim at the Code Conference that there’s such a …

Costco switches to Visa: It stops taking American Express credit cards

A longtime checkout-line hassle for many<p>Costcoshoppers has ended, as the popular wholesale club has flipped the switch on its new credit card policy. It has stopped accepting American Express and started taking only Visa — a dramatic changeover for a merchant with about 81 million members worldwide.<p>…

Personal Finance

Facebook could soon decide the fate of its board member who waged a secret legal war against Gawker

The media organization has been brought low by a lawsuit by Hulk Hogan after its flagship title — the often-controversial Gawker — posted a sex tape of the former wrestler.<p>But billionaire investor and Facebook board member Peter Thiel was secretly pulling the strings behind the scenes, bankrolling …

Silicon Valley

Uber intros ‘pause,’ discounts, and other quality-of-life features on new driver-focused blog

The debut post on Uber’s new driver-focused “Behind the Wheel” blog brings with it several features those very drivers may find useful — especially when clocking out.<p>A “pause” switch lets drivers temporarily turn off new ride requests so they can grab a coffee or take a break. Hitting pause also …

The $599 ASUS Zenbo robot is just trying to help out around the house

ASUS is going big at Computex this year with the launch of new additions to ZenBook, Transformer and ZenFone lines. But the biggest new piece to the company’s unfortunately named “Zenvolution” puzzle is this bright-eyed little guy who’s something along the lines of a cross between Wall-E and Sico, …

French financial prosecutor went dark for a year to investigate Google France

Google was caught by surprise. Last week, nearly 100 employees of France’s equivalent of the IRS (Direction générale des Finances) raided Google’s office in Paris for a tax non-compliance investigation. French financial prosecutor Éliane Houlette told Europe 1 that her team had been secretly …

GM and Cruise Automation admit they're testing self-driving Chevy Bolts

Cruise Automation, the self-driving car startup recently acquired by GM, just updated its home page with a photo of an electric Chevy Bolt prototype fitted with a sensor array on the roof. Behind the wheel appears to be Cruise co-founder Kyle Vogt. "We are testing our autonomous technology on the …

Automation

Waze brings its carpooling service to the Bay Area

Google-owned navigation app Waze is expanding its ride-sharing ambitions with the launch of a pilot program in the San Francisco Bay area which will allow employees of select companies to carpool to and from work via Waze’s carpooling service. This program is similar to the service Waze began …

Uber denies plans to kill surge pricing in the U.S.

Despite the headlines today, Uber says it does not have plans to nix surge pricing in the U.S.<p>It did away with surge in Delhi, India, but has now reinstated the feature there as well.<p>An earlier report from NPR claimed Uber would be doing away with surge, a feature on the Uber app that bumps prices …

Comcast to buy DreamWorks Animation for $3.8 billion

(Reuters) - Comcast Corp, the owner of NBCUniversal, said on Thursday it would buy Hollywood studio DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc for $3.8 billion to boost its family-friendly offerings and help it take on media conglomerate Walt Disney. The acquisition will add major children's franchises to …

Animation

New Model 3 will extend Tesla’s reach into India, Brazil and other global markets

Tesla finally unveiled its Model 3 today. The $35,000 car drew a staggering 150,000-plus orders — $115 million in deposits and $4 billion in potential sales — before it had even been unveiled, but another interesting point to note is that it will be Tesla’s first to be sold in India, Brazil and …

Microsoft knows we will lose in robot war, argues for coexistence

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, a respected leader of one of the world's largest and most important technology companies, speaks as if humanity lives on the cusp of science-fiction. At today's Microsoft Build press conference, Nadella said of the not-so-distant-future, "It’s not going to be about man …

Company Invents Gun That Folds Up to Look Like a Cellphone

A Minnesota company has invented a handgun that folds up to look just like a smartphone.<p>The .380-caliber pistol, called Ideal Conceal, will be available later this year and "will be virtually undetectable because it hides in plain sight," Ideal Conceal says on its website.<p>In locked position, the …

Guns

Review: The ProDrone BYRD

The public’s taste in drones is growing more sophisticated. The industry is improving so quickly that major new features are released every year, if not every few months.<p>If a company wants to sell to the increasingly savvy entry-level quadcopter space, it needs to build a drone that can do more …

Boom, the startup that wants to build supersonic planes, just signed a massive deal with Virgin

Have you heard about Boom?<p>Boom is a relatively new startup that’s aiming to build something pretty crazy. They’re not building an app… or a social network… or even some new gadget for the Kickstarter crowd.<p>Boom wants to build planes. Really, really, <i>really</i> fast planes.<p>Specifically, they’re trying to …

Watch how easy it is for someone to hack your iPhone

With all the hoopla surrounding the FBI-Apple controversy, it may surprise you how easy it is to hack into an iPhone. In this video, Skycure CEO Adi Sharabani demonstrated how simple it was to access my device. He also offered some tips for keeping your smartphone secure.<p>Related …