Time Out acquires events discovery and booking platform YPlan for as little as £1.6M
Posted: 21 October 2016 | 6:42 am

 YPlan, the events discover and booking platform, has been acquired by publicly-listed media company Time Out Group for an initial price of £1.6 million — significantly less than the approximately £31 million that the London startup had raised. The acquisition is an all-stock deal too. Read More

Talking diversity, going global at the TC Meetup + Pitch-off in Seoul
Posted: 21 October 2016 | 12:00 am

You might have already read about our forthcoming TC Meetup + Pitch-off in Seoul next week. But what you might not know is that we’re integrating more content into the program so you can hear from some of the most intelligent minds in the industry. As per usual, we’ll be holding the TC Pitch-off, where 10 companies will have exactly 60 seconds to pitch their wares to a panel of… Read More

Crunch Report | Nintendo’s Next Gaming Console
Posted: 20 October 2016 | 11:22 pm

Nintendo’s next gaming console, the Nintendo Switch, was shown today, Uber has 40 million monthly active riders, Bryan Johnson puts $100 millon behind neuroprosthesis, Jess Lee is Sequoia’s first female senior investor and Obama makes a joke about the Samsung Note 7. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

A failed lander and a working orbiter – everything we know about ESA’s ExoMars mission
Posted: 20 October 2016 | 8:15 pm

 Yesterday morning, the European Space Agency hoped to become the second entity in history to operate a robot on Mars. Unfortunately, things didn’t go as planned. ESA’s Schiaparelli rover is on the surface of Mars, but all signs point to a hard landing and a broken robot. The good news, however, is that Schiaparelli was only one part of ESA’s ExoMars mission. Schiaparelli,… Read More

Swarms of tiny, cute robots will one day bring you your phone, like this
Posted: 20 October 2016 | 7:30 pm

 Robots are taking over factories and warehouses, but their next stop might be your desktop or kitchen counter. These tiny “Zooids” work together at high speed to act as tools, display information or move things around like little ants. Read More

Enjoy the return and watch for unemployment
Posted: 20 October 2016 | 7:00 pm

 Those of us interested in marketplace lending have recently observed many pejorative headlines about P2P lending platforms, which mostly reported on Lending Club’s recent difficulties, but also criticized other platforms and the P2P lending model more broadly. Very few people anticipated this kind of a problem less than a year ago as investors were competing for allocations on platforms. Read More

A short list of some games we want to see on the Nintendo Switch
Posted: 20 October 2016 | 6:59 pm

 Nintendo showed off its new console, the Nintendo Switch, for the first time, in a video earlier today. It’s basically a tablet to which you connect two controllers when you’re carrying it around, and then you use a regular controller when the tablet is plugged into the TV. In other words, it’s a kind of hybrid console where you can play both while you’re on the move… Read More

Weebly hacked, 43 million credentials stolen
Posted: 20 October 2016 | 6:58 pm

 The web design platform Weebly was hacked in February, according to the data breach notification site LeakedSource. Usernames and passwords for more than 43 million accounts were taken in the breach, although the passwords are secured with the strong hashing algorithm bcrypt. Weebly said in an email to customers that user IP addresses were also taken in the breach. “We do not believe… Read More

Customers are still waiting for their folding DJI drone
Posted: 20 October 2016 | 6:45 pm

 As GoPro took to the stage in Squaw Valley to show off its long-awaited Karma Drone, DJI’s PR rep smirkingly tweeted, “I’m watching a competitor unveil a new product. I ain’t worried about a thing.” Within a matter of weeks, the company was showing off its own answer to the foldable drone — a smaller and more feature-packed offering that indeed afforded… Read More

XYZPrinting’s CEO still believes in 3D-printing ubiquity
Posted: 20 October 2016 | 6:31 pm

 Three years ago, the entire industry was bullish about the future of 3D printing. The future seemed astronomical, the possibilities limitless. The technology took over a floor at the Consumer Electronics Show and pundits were regularly discussing a future populated by 3D printers in every home like so many Star Trek replicators. But things stalled. The industry has largely been considered a… Read More

WikiLeaks reveals Barack Obama’s pre-presidential email address
Posted: 20 October 2016 | 6:14 pm

 R.I.P. Barack Obama’s inbox. Among the many secrets and not-so-secrets exposed by WikiLeaks in the dump of Clinton campaign head John Podesta’s emails is the president’s personal email address. Read More

Opternative sues South Carolina for the right to give online eye exams there
Posted: 20 October 2016 | 5:23 pm

 Telehealth startup Opternative filed a suit against South Carolina today over a law that bars consumers there from getting a prescription for new glasses or contacts with an online eye exam. Technically, the lawsuit is a constitutional challenge to the state’s statute. As TechCrunch previously reported, Opternative’s app generally allows users to take an eye exam from the comfort… Read More

360 photos and videos are coming to Facebook’s Instant Articles
Posted: 20 October 2016 | 5:09 pm

 Facebook’s Instant Articles — the format that displays publishers’ content in a faster-loading, distraction-free view when accessed by Facebook users on mobile devices — are about to get more interactive. The social network announced today that these articles will now support 360 videos and photos — meaning, publishers can include 360 content in-line, which… Read More

Obama roasts Samsung over burning phones
Posted: 20 October 2016 | 5:00 pm

 The president just made a joke about Samsung’s ongoing exploding-phone problem during a speech. If this isn’t peak Note 7, I don’t know what is. Read More

Microsoft’s Surface business skyrockets as the iPad’s slows
Posted: 20 October 2016 | 4:48 pm

 Microsoft saw revenue from its Surface line jump 38% over last year’s total, according to its most recent financial report. Released today, the report states that Surface revenue hit $926 million during the last quarter, up from $672 million last year. Even at this level, Apple’s iPad business is still much larger, though growing more slowly. Apple’s iPad business is still… Read More

A trip to Google’s New York City Pop-Up Shop
Posted: 20 October 2016 | 4:47 pm

 It might be reading too much into things to note, right off the bat, that Google’s new SoHo pop-up shop is a mere block or two from Apple’s own Prince st. location. After all, that five block radius has hosted brand stores ranging from Samsung to LittleBits. Beats had a flagship shop down there before, as well, being swallowed up by Apple. There’s even, weirdly enough, a… Read More

Microsoft’s cloud business bets pay off in Q1 as stock hits an all time high
Posted: 20 October 2016 | 4:41 pm

 Microsoft today reported earnings for its first fiscal quarter of 2017 (because fiscal quarters don’t have to correlate with the all-governing force of time). Long story short: Azure and other office-based products are fueling revenue growth, as Microsoft mostly gives up on mobile. Also of note: Shares popped to above $60 in after-hour trading on news of strong growth in the cloud… Read More

PayPal ramps up mobile payments business
Posted: 20 October 2016 | 4:16 pm

 PayPal reported third quarter earnings after the bell on Thursday. The global payments company reported an 18% increase in revenue at $2.67 billion, when analysts were expecting $2.65 billion. Adjusted earnings per share stood at 35 cents, in line with Wall Street expectations. However, some investors were disappointed to see that PayPal missed on total payment volume, a metric of total… Read More

Henrik Fisker teases upcoming EV’s “butterfly” doors
Posted: 20 October 2016 | 4:13 pm

 Well, damn. Henrik Fisker just took to Twitter and gave a lesson on teasing upcoming products. According to his tweet, the upcoming reborn Fisker EV will have wild butterfly doors — you know, the type of doors kids will put on their hand-me-down Honda Accords. He says in the tweet the crazy doors are for easier ingress and egress, but really he’s just throwing down with Elon Musk… Read More

5 supercar secrets starring the 2017 McLaren 570GT
Posted: 20 October 2016 | 4:06 pm

 Supercars are called super for a reason: these are not everyday sedans. They’re more powerful, more strikingly designed, and more expensive than the cars we usually drive to work. But there are some things you probably don’t know about supercars. I’ll use the 2017 McLaren 570GT to illustrate. You can’t just get in and out. Here’s how to enter and exit a supercar… Read More

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