FBI says state election boards targeted by hackers
Posted: 29 August 2016 | 1:39 pm

 The FBI warned states to check the security of their election systems after hackers stole voter data from one state election board earlier this summer and attempted to access another this month. The attacks were revealed in an FBI bulletin sent to the agency’s private industry partners and obtained by Yahoo News. One state’s election board was compromised in June, according to… Read More

New rules for commercial drone use take effect today in the U.S.
Posted: 29 August 2016 | 1:01 pm

 The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration put new rules into effect today regulating the commercial use of small, unmanned aircraft systems, or drones. The rules apply to drones that weigh up to 55 pounds and that are being used for business purposes, whether that’s scientific research, education, media, or inspection and surveying of land, traffic, prisons, stadiums or anything else.… Read More

Google opens up registration for its first-ever indie games festival
Posted: 29 August 2016 | 12:59 pm

 Google is kicking off registration for its first-ever festival aimed at celebrating indie games on Android. The company is now taking sign-ups for those who want to attend the Google Play Indie Games Festival in San Francisco, and it’s announcing the exhibitor line-up. This includes 30 games, half of which have yet to be released to the general public, or are still in a limited beta.… Read More

T-Mobile tweaks their One unlimited plans but they still might confuse you
Posted: 29 August 2016 | 12:38 pm

 Recently, T-Mobile came under fire for its new One plan. For those of you unaware, T-Mobile’s original One plan gave you unlimited on-device data, but only 480p resolution was covered for video. On top of that, mobile hotspot features would cost you considerably more. Being somewhat committed towards hearing customer complaints, T-Mobile revised the plan(s) today to reflect that. The… Read More

Female founders, apply now for Include Office Hours with Greylock
Posted: 29 August 2016 | 12:17 pm

 It’s happening! On Friday, September 9th from 4-6 p.m, Greylock Partners will join TechCrunch in hosting Include Office Hours. Apply now. Unlike previous sessions, the upcoming office hours are solely focused on teams with at least one female founder. To sweeten the deal, teams that are selected for office hours will also be invited to an exclusive Women in Tech(Crunch) event, also… Read More

Apple will unveil the next iPhone on September 7
Posted: 29 August 2016 | 12:15 pm

 Apple just sent out invites for a press conference on Wednesday, September 7. The company will most likely unveil the next iPhone. The invite doesn’t say much. Apple usually likes to give hints — but this time, it just says “See you on the 7th.” The event will be held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. This large venue has already been used for the… Read More

Mark Zuckerberg meets Pope Francis, gives him a drone
Posted: 29 August 2016 | 12:06 pm

 On Monday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan met with Pope Francis, as part of Zuckerberg’s trip of Italy, announced following the devastating earthquake that hit the country last week, killing hundreds. After discussing the importance of connecting people in the world without internet access, Zuckerberg presented the Pope with a drone – but, alas, not a… Read More

In Utero 3D lets you touch your baby before it’s born
Posted: 29 August 2016 | 11:15 am

 A Polish company, In Utero 3D, is doing something really sweet. They’re printing 3D models of babies in the womb so blind mothers can feel their children before they’re born and experience the same joy sighted mothers have when viewing ultrasounds. Their project, called Waiting Without Barriers, is based in northern Poland but is available in Europe. For 1PLN or 1 Euro they will… Read More

Sony’s new smartwatch features an e-ink display on the watch *and* the band
Posted: 29 August 2016 | 11:12 am

 Sony announced an update to the curious-looking FES Watch with a new design. The FES Watch U features an e-ink display and pairs with your phone. But the surprising part is that the band is also a flexible e-ink display, opening a brand new world of design possibilities — what an exciting time to be alive. Sony is using the FES brand name for this watch as the company wants to emphasize… Read More

GOAT raises $5 million to help sneakerheads buy and sell covetable kicks
Posted: 29 August 2016 | 10:55 am

 Los Angeles startup GOAT (incorporated as 1661 Inc.) has raised $5 million in new venture funding to grow its mobile-only marketplace for used and collectible sneakers. The GOAT app features everything from Adidas’ Yeezys to Nike’s Jordans and Flyknits, in men’s or women’s sizes, new and used condition. Instead of operating like an open marketplace such as E-bay, letgo… Read More

Brazilian pet-sitting marketplace DogHero raises $3.1 million
Posted: 29 August 2016 | 10:30 am

 The Brazilian Airbnb for pet-sitting, DogHero, has raised $3.1 million in financing as pet care spending in Brazil starts to take bigger and bigger bites out of consumers’ wallets. Brazil already accounts for $8.16 billion in global spending for pets, according to Brazilian pet care association Abinpet. And the country’s pet-owners are beginning to open their wallets for more… Read More

Leak points to refreshed Roku devices sporting new names, HDR support
Posted: 29 August 2016 | 10:14 am

 Roku’s popular media players will be getting a refresh later this fall, according to a new report, as well as a rebranding which will see the device models renamed from those sporting numerical characters (e.g. Roku 1, Roku 2, Roku 3, Roku 4) to names like “Premiere,” “Ultra,” “Express,” and others. It appears that select devices will also receive… Read More

The last thing the API economy needs is copyright friction
Posted: 29 August 2016 | 10:00 am

 The Oracle versus Google verdict set a positive precedent for the future of the API economy, but will it last? What is at stake if the decision is reversed? While on the surface Oracle versus Google might seem like a battle for profit between two tech giants, the implications are much more significant. This is a battle for interoperability and the merit-based making of entire markets. Read More

HBO’s new Westworld trailer shows AI ethical questions made flesh
Posted: 29 August 2016 | 9:55 am

 HBO has what looks like an expansive new epic TV series on the way, only this time it’s swapping fantasy, swords and castles for androids, AI and western duds. Westworld is a new sci-fi series coming to the cable network beginning in October, based on the Michael Crichton film from 1973. In the original, a high-tech theme park with western, medieval and ancient Roman-themed sections… Read More

Square brings payment and capital offerings to TouchBistro and Vend customers
Posted: 29 August 2016 | 9:00 am

 Square is turning point-of-sale companies that at one time could’ve been considered enemies into allies, with two new partnerships with Vend and TouchBistro. Square will now offer Vend and TouchBistro‘s restaurant, retail and other business owner clients full access to Square’s platform, including its hardware, payments infrastructure and financial service offerings (like… Read More

Fitbit’s new Charge brings much-welcomed features without breaking much ground
Posted: 29 August 2016 | 8:44 am

 Since 2013, the human wrist has served as the company’s primary domain. That year Fitbit offered up the Flex, a simple wearable designed to keep track of activity and sleep. A year later, it launched the Charge, a more sophisticated take on the space that introduced more advanced connected features like mobile notifications. The Charge has since become the company’s best-selling… Read More

Fitbit shows off sequels to the Charge and Flex, updates Blaze and Alta software
Posted: 29 August 2016 | 8:44 am

 Fitbit is kicking the week off right with a slew of announcements that affect a large number wearable company’s offerings. The biggest updates are coming to the company’s best selling lines, the Charge and Flex, both of which are getting sequels. The Charge 2 brings a larger display to the manufacturer’s most popular offering, along with a more modular design that makes… Read More

Microsoft teases what looks like a black Surface Book 2
Posted: 29 August 2016 | 8:01 am

 Generally, you don’t see the first spy shots of a new device coming from the company itself, but Microsoft isn’t really following all that many of the rules with its Surface lineup of house-built Windows hardware. That’s why it makes a certain kind of sense that the first look at what could be a Surface Book 2 comes from none other than Microsoft’s own official… Read More

Helix Sleep raises $7.4 million to sell made-to-order mattresses online
Posted: 29 August 2016 | 7:00 am

 A New York City startup called Helix Sleep Inc. raised $7.35 million in Series A funding to grow its bespoke mattress business, according to cofounder Adam Tishman. With 20 full-time employees today, the company sells directly to consumers online, and via its office and showroom in Manhattan’s Flatiron District. Helix’s mission is to “deliver unprecedented comfort to people… Read More

Chemi Peres makes predictions for Israel’s tech scene
Posted: 29 August 2016 | 3:25 am

 TechCrunch had the opportunity to speak with Chemi Peres, co-founder of Pitango Venture Capital, about Israel’s tech scene. In the above video, Peres explained why he believes digital health, drones and autonomous driving startups will emerge in the region. “The digital wave is disrupting industry one after another,” said Peres. Israel has long been known for its work in… Read More

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