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New research shows successful founders are far older than the Valley stereotype

There is a classic stereotype of the Silicon Valley entrepreneur: often a computer science nerd, almost certainly male, ambitious and, most importantly, young — very young. Founders who have been covered extensively by the media, like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg, started their …

Silicon Valley

Tanzania imposes strict social media regulations to stop 'moral decadence'

Tanzania has finally signed into law their eyebrow-raising new regulation that will govern social media and blogging. The regulation known as the Electronic and Postal Communications (Online Content) Regulations 2017, was initially published by the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority …

Regulation

PayPal wants to give you a debit and ATM card

PayPal is looking to round its digital wallet service with the introduction of debit cards that you can use to make payments and withdraw cash at ATMs, reports The Wall Street Journal.<p>That’s in addition to other banking services like being able to deposit a check to your account by taking a picture …

FinTech

Amazon tracks everything you buy. Here's how to make that work for you.

View your history and get better recommendations.<p>Given all of the time we spend shopping on Amazon, the retailer picks up some major hints about our lives: Our hobbies, the phones and gaming consoles we own, our taste in books, the toys our kids play with, our garden equipment, and even our …

eCommerce

Apple names Oliver Schusser as head of Apple Music division as the service now surpasses 40 million subscribers

The last we heard, Apple Music had surpassed 38 million subscribers back in March. Now we’re hearing that the service has now surpassed 40 million subscribers. That’s 2 million subscribers in just about a month.<p>But that’s not all, <i>Variety</i> reports that Apple is also shuffling up its Apple Music team …

Apple Music

Weird quantum physics is key to keeping your credit card safe

US government researchers figure out a new way to generate provably random numbers, a key foundation to modern computer security protections.<p>Using the bizarre rules of quantum physics, US government researchers have developed a new way to generate random numbers that play a key role in protecting …

Quantum Mechanics

Now Cortana for Android beta can read your texts out loud

Cortana for Android has just made it easier to use your phone hands-free -- so long as you're a beta tester for the voice assistant on the platform, that is. Microsoft has given Cortana's beta version the power to read text messages aloud, less than a month after the stable version of the app got …

Google app teardown gives us a peek at where Google will go with app design

• An APK teardown of the latest Google app update revealed some possible design changes.<br>• These changes affect the Google app itself and the Pixel Launcher’s Google Feed.<br>• Because they were found in a teardown, these changes are not guaranteed to show up in a future update.<p>With Google remaining …

Google

Upcoming Twitter Changes to Disable Key Features in Third-Party Apps [Updated]

Twitter is making changes to its API on June 19, and third-party Twitter clients are worried about the impact and Twitter's lack of communication about the issue.<p>The developers behind popular third-party Twitter apps that include Tweetbot, Twitterrific, Talon, and Tweetings today teamed up to warn …

Apps

How to stream Apple Music on Apple Watch Series 3 without iPhone

Apple’s strategy for Music control on watchOS has changed significantly over the years, and as of watchOS 4.3, the company has finally added support for the full Apple Music library back onto the Apple Watch’s Music app.<p>While it’s not completely obvious, it is now possible to stream your entire …

Apple Watch

Facebook will crack down on unwanted ad targeting by email

Facebook is still determined to limit data access in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. <i>TechCrunch</i> has learned that the social network is launching a certification tool requiring advertisers to pledge that they've obtained your permission before using your email address for ad targeting. …

Cambridge Analytica

This new privacy tool would speed up your internet, too

It's no joke how much data your internet service provider can collect about you. A new service from Cloudflare aims to change that.<p>These days, you may wish you had a magic switch you could flip to keep your data more secure.<p>The misuse of Facebook user data by Cambridge Analytica is only the latest …

Privacy

Here's how to find out if your employer can spy on your Slack conversations

Slack caused a bit of a panic last week when it warned users of updates that could allow employers to access and download conversations — including those sent via direct message or in private channels.<p>In an email, Slack noted the changes to both its Privacy Policy and a preexisting tool for …

Exports

Apple Music's Jimmy Iovine says streaming services are 'too similar'

<b>Apple Music executive Jimmy Iovine says streaming services are too similar - and need to diversify to survive.</b><p>"The streaming services are all charging $9.99 and everyone has the same music," he told the BBC.<p>"And it's really nice. You get whatever song you want, you get your playlists - but there's …

Apple Music

Facebook has been collecting call history and SMS data from Android devices

iOS devices appear to be unaffected<p>Facebook has been collecting call records and SMS data from Android devices for years. Several Twitter users have reported finding months or years of call history data in their downloadable Facebook data file. A number of Facebook users have been spooked by the …

Privacy

Learn the secret tricks of Google Analytics

We make no secret of how we keep the AATowers fridge stocked: We find <b>great deals</b> on things you might like, some of <b>you like them</b>, you buy them, and we get a little kick-back. <b>It’s win-win</b>.<p>What might not be so obvious to the uninitiated is how we know which products you respond to and which you don’t. …

Google Analytics

Tech Giants Set to Face 3% Tax on Revenue Under New EU Plan

Large digital companies operating in the European Union, such as Alphabet Inc. or Twitter Inc., could face a 3 percent tax on their gross revenues …

European Union

Facebook may have violated FTC privacy deal, say former federal officials, triggering risk of massive fines

Two former federal officials who crafted the landmark consent decree governing how Facebook handles user privacy say the company may have violated that decree when it shared information from tens of millions of users with a data analysis firm that later worked for President Trump’s 2016 …

Privacy

Russia claims foreign hackers are trying to interfere with its election

Russia, a country which has been accused numerous times of attempting to interfere with elections overseas, has claimed that its own presidential contest is under attack from foreign hackers.<p>Officials in Moscow said that the Russian Central Election Commission's website was hit by a coordinated …

Russia

Microsoft’s Slack competitor is getting Cortana integration and message translation

Microsoft’s Slack competitor, Microsoft Teams, is turning a year old this week and to celebrate the company is unveiling some new features today. Perhaps the most interesting are Cortana integration and inline message translation. Cortana integration is coming to Microsoft Teams soon, with support …

Software

Opening a bank is a genius move for Amazon

Amazon is reportedly looking at getting into the retail banking space. According to The Wall Street Journal, the company is contemplating launching a new checking account that would cater to young people and “the unbanked” — those defined as having struggled to gain access to traditional financial …

Alexa is down, and everyone is making Super Bowl jokes

Bad news, Amazon Echo owners: In a weird case of life imitating art, Alexa appears to have actually lost her voice.<p>A widespread issue appears to be …

Instagram seemingly nearing launch of new audio & video calling feature

Instagram appears to be preparing to compete with one of Snapchat’s most popular features. TechCrunch has dug up icons in the Android version of the Instagram application that suggest the company is hard at work on developing a new video calling feature…<p>As you can see in the below screenshot, there …

Encrypted SIKURPhone protects data and cryptocurrency

The security-focused Granite Phone captured the interest of even non-corporate customers when it came out in 2015. Now the folks at Sikur are back with a next-generation SIKURPhone, promising the first fully encrypted, hack-proof smartphone that can safely store cryptocurrencies. Only 20,000 units …

Cyril Ramaphosa declared president of South Africa

Former anti-apartheid activist sworn in as president hours after Jacob Zuma’s dramatic resignation<p>Cyril Ramaphosa has taken over as president of South Africa , immediately vowing to fight corruption in a direct reference to accusations levelled against his predecessor, Jacob Zuma.<p>Ramaphosa’s …

South Africa

Major new iOS bug can crash iPhones and disable access to apps and iMessages

Here we go again<p>Apple had a shockingly bad week of software problems just before the end of 2017, and it looks like 2018 isn’t starting so well either. A new bug has been discovered in iOS 11 that lets people send a specific character that will crash an iPhone and block access to the Messages app …

Apps

Litecoin surges ahead of upcoming hard fork

Litecoin (LTC) has had a rough few months. From its all-time high of $375 in December, the Bitcoin fork dropped to a mere $105 just nine days ago. Along the way it seemingly lost support from its creator, Charlie Lee, who sold all of his holdings late last year. But things are looking up again.<p>From …

Google explains how its Chrome ad filter will work

Tomorrow, Chrome will deploy its built-in ad filter that can keep the most annoying types of ads on the internet out of sight even if you don't use an ad blocker. In a post on the Chromium blog, Google has revealed more details about the filter before it drops, going under the hood to explain how …

Apple sold more watches than Rolex, Swatch, and the rest of the Swiss watch industry combined

Apple is one of the biggest watchmakers in the world.<p>How big? Based on newly available statistics, it now seems certain that Apple outsold the entire Swiss watch industry combined last quarter.<p>Yep. The company best known for making iPhones outsold Rolex, Omega, and even Swatch last quarter — …

Apple Watch

U.S. Spies, Seeking to Retrieve Cyberweapons, Paid Russian Peddling Trump Secrets

BERLIN — After months of secret negotiations, a shadowy Russian bilked American spies out of $100,000 last year, promising to deliver stolen National Security Agency cyberweapons in a deal that he insisted would also include compromising material on President Trump, according to American and …

Russia