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Rediscover Your Favorite Music with Daily Mix

Today we’re putting your personal music taste front and center with the launch of Daily Mix, a series of playlists with near endless playback that …

Zomato acquires Sparse Labs to give restaurants and customers real-time delivery-tracking data

Restaurant search service Zomato has acquired fellow Indian company Sparse Labs, a logistics technology startup specializing in helping restaurants track delivery drivers, allocate orders to the most suitable person based on location, and show customers where their order is in real time.<p>Founded in …

Restaurants

Canvas Ventures launches $300 million fund for early-stage software and services startups

Canvas Ventures has announced a new $300 million fund, as the Silicon Valley VC firm looks to continue investing in early-stage U.S. startups, with a focus on software and services firms in the Valley.<p>Founded out of Portola Valley, California, in 2013, Canvas Ventures has hitherto invested in …

Venture Capital

The first pop song ever written by artificial intelligence is pretty good, actually

We already know that artificial intelligence systems can work in law firms and beat the world champion at a game of Go. Now it turns out that AI can write some pretty good pop songs, too.<p>Researchers at Sony have been working on AI-generated music for years, and has previously used AI to create …

Intelligence

Sorry, moochers: Netflix won’t let you move profiles into separate accounts

So you've recently ended a long relationship and want to split your Netflix profiles? Or you're thinking about stepping up and getting your own account after years of mooching?<p>Bad news: Netflix still won't let you move your profile to a new account.<p>"We have discussed that, but no plans at the …

Netflix

LinkedIn is about to look a lot different

SAN FRANCISCO — LinkedIn unveiled a redesigned version of its website Thursday, which adds new messaging features — including bots — as well as a simplified feed.<p>The company also introduced a new educational product called LinkedIn Learning and previewed new messaging bots.<p>The redesigned website is …

LinkedIn

Gfycat raises $10 million to help creatives fire up the memes

A startup called Gfycat (which is pronounced “Jiffy Cat”) has raised a mammoth $10 million seed round to turn its already popular user-generated content platform into a revenue generating concern.<p>On the content creation side of its business, the startup reports that 2.5 million unique users have …

Startups

Scale Model, the betaworks-backed tool for audience targeting, goes self serve

Scale Model, the betaworks-backed marketing platform for better audience targeting, has today announced the launch of its fully-baked V2.<p>Scale Model hooks into the Twitter Ads API to help brands and influencers better understand their audience, and the way that their own follower community, or …

Marketing

Facebook miscalculation significantly inflated average video view times for years

Facebook has come clean on a slight error in how it presented video view time on its platform. A mismatch in how average video view time is <i>calculated</i> and how it is <i>defined</i> — resulting in that number being reportedly inflated by half or more, for a short period of two years.<p>The issue came to light in …

Facebook

Researchers say iOS 10 backups can be cracked 2,500 times faster

iOS 10 comes with more than a redesigned iMessage and widgets. It also ships with a serious design defect that makes it vastly easier to crack password-protected backups.<p>Moscow-based ElcomSoft discovered the flaw, which is centered around local password-protected iTunes backups. On iOS 10, these …

Security

The world's first hydrogen-powered passenger train is coming to Germany

This week, French transit company Alstom unveiled the world’s first hydrogen-powered passenger train, which will begin making trips in Germany at the end of the 2017. The news was first reported by German newspaper <i>Die Welt</i>.<p>The super-quiet Coradia iLint passenger train is powered by hydrogen fuel …

Germany

Apple Is Testing Its Echo Rival

Amazon Echo could soon see its rival from Apple.Apple appears to be relying on Siri to take on Amazon’s Alexa-enabled Echo speaker system. The …

Amazon

iOS 10.0.2 update fixes bugs in headphones, Photos

A glitch that could cause the controls on Lightning AirPods to time out has been fixed.<p>Even if you've already updated to iOS 10, Apple has released its first official update for its mobile/TV operating system. Bugs that could shut down the Photos app when turning on iCloud Photo Library and disable …

Apple News

You can finally buy Nikon's 360-degree 4K camera

Ready or not, Nikon's getting into the action camera business with a new series called KeyMission.<p>RelatedNikon Coolpix AW120 Digital Camera Review<p>The</b> …

Maluuba wants to make chatbots smarter by teaching them how to read

Maluuba launched its first Siri-like personal assistant at TC Disrupt San Francisco four years ago. Since then, the company has raised $11 million and has licensed its technology to a number of handset manufacturers that now use it to power their own personal-assistant features.<p>As Maluuba’s head of …

Chatbots

iPhone 7's Ugly Battery Fix Highlights Apple's Greedy Design

As expected, Apple has released an updated iPhone Smart Battery Case alongside the release of the iPhone 7. As expected it addresses the key issue of the 4.7 inch iPhone not having enough battery power to make it through a decent day’s work. And as expected, upgrading users who have the iPhone 6 …

Apple News

Hacker faces 20 years in prison for helping ISIS

Ardit Ferizi is the first hacker prosecuted in the US for an act of terrorism.<p>The US just broke new ground in its bid to fight pro-terrorist hackers. A judge has sentenced Kosovo citizen Ardit Ferizi to 20 years in prison for hacking a US company in order to collect information about 1,300 …

Prison

Twitter sees 34% more viewers in its second NFL Thursday Night Football livestream

Thursday’s night National Football League (NFL) contest may have resulted in the New England Patriot’s 27 to 0 shutout of the Houston Texans, but how did Twitter fare? According to the sports league, Twitter produced an average viewing audience of 327,000, which is a 34 percent weekly increase. In …

Soccer

iTunes 'Spoken Editions' podcasts will read you written news

But they're not actually available yet.<p>It looks like Apple is getting ready to launch a new iTunes offering, and someone pulled the trigger a bit too early. <i>TechCrunch</i> has spotted podcasts branded "Spoken Editions" on the service, which seem to be short programs reading written news from select …

iTunes

Brexit warning: US bank bosses from Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and BlackRock threaten Theresa May with relocation

The bosses of several of America’s biggest banks and corporations have warned Theresa May they will pre-emptively shift operations into Europe unless she can provide early clarity on the future shape of EU-UK relations, The Telegraph has learned.<p>The ultimatum was delivered at a round-table meeting …

Conservative Party

No CEOs at Fortune 100 Companies Are Backing Donald Trump

But almost a third of them supported Republican nominee Mitt Romney in 2012<p>No chief executives at <i>Fortune</i> 100 companies have donated to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign through August, according to a new report.<p>According to a <i>Wall Street Journal</i> analysis of campaign donations, this is a drastic …

Donald Trump

China's Dalian Wanda opens $5.1 billion tourism park

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Dalian Wanda Group, the Chinese entertainment giant owned by the country's richest man, opened the first phase of a sprawling 34 billion yuan ($5.1 billion) tourism park in the eastern city of Hefei on Saturday.<p>Wanda is building similar projects around the country, betting that …

China

Yale Endowment Earned 3.4% in a Year When Many Peers Lost

At a time when many university endowments have been reporting lackluster or even negative returns, Yale has turned in a winning year.<p>The university said on Friday that its endowment earned 3.4 percent for the fiscal year ended June 30, putting its value at $25.4 billion.<p>The Yale endowment, under …

New Haven

Yahoo could pay for breach negligence in lower-priced Verizon deal

SAN FRANCISCO — Yahoo's trouble over its massive data breach is far from over.<p>The first of what is expected to be multiple lawsuits linked to the breach was brought in San Jose, Calif. Friday by a customer accusing Yahoo of failing to adequately protect his personal information from data breaches …

Yahoo

Leaked video could offer details on Snapchat's secret glasses project

It’s been a badly kept secret that Snapchat is hard at work on sunglasses. CEO Evan Spiegel was even photographed wearing them on a beach back in June.<p>Snapchat’s not hiding its hardware ambitions. In March, CNET pointed to a string of notable hires in the space, as well as eyewear designer Lauryn …

Snapchat

Google updates Penguin, says now runs in real-time within the core search algorithm

en_US<p>article<p>The latest announced release, Penguin 4.0, will also be the last, given its new real-time …

Google

How to outsource your love life

Because your best just isn't good enough.<p>It's 5PM on a Friday. I pour myself a glass of three-day-old white wine and wait for my wing woman to call. Her name is Ally. She has a soothing voice and a gentle demeanor. She lives in Temecula, California, somewhere between Los Angeles and the …

Tinder

You can now have webcam sex with someone that looks just like you

Today in things nobody in their right mind would ever want to do: finding your porn doppelganger on a webcam porn site.<p>Thanks to the magic of facial recognition technology, sex search engine Megacams is making it possible to fulfill your weirdest dreams. When you upload a portrait of yourself or …

Search

Review: Beyerdynamic DT1990PRO - Addictive

<i>Disclaimer: The review sample of the Beyerdynamic DT1990PRO was sent to us by Beyerdynamic on loan for one month. It’s going back to Germany right</i> …

Audiophile

Fair criticism of iPhone 7 camera might not matter to photographers

I was raised by careful shoppers in a home where <i>Consumer Reports</i> magazine was like a second Bible. Cars, a new washer and dryer, and a vacuum cleaner to handle the then-new orange shag carpeting were not purchased without first consulting this venerable institution of objective product testing.<p>So I …

iPhone