John Carmack steps down at Oculus to pursue AI passion project ‘before I get too old’ – TechCrunch

John Carmack steps down at Oculus to pursue AI passion project ‘before I get too old’ – TechCrunch

Legendary coder John Carmack is leaving Facebook’s Oculus after 6 years to focus on a personal project — no…

Messaging app Wire confirms $8.2M raise, responds to privacy concerns after moving holding company to the US – TechCrunch

AWS, Salesforce join forces with Linux Foundation on Cloud Information Model – TechCrunch

Atlassian expands Jira Service Desk beyond IT teams – TechCrunch

Facebook wants you to pay people on Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp with Facebook Pay – TechCrunch

Dutch court orders Facebook to ban celebrity crypto scam ads after another lawsuit – TechCrunch

D2C companies deliver customer delight and simplicity – TechCrunch

Facebook machine learning aims to modify faces, hands, and… outfits – TechCrunch

Facebook finally lets you banish nav bar tabs & red dots – TechCrunch

Amazon to open its first non-Whole Foods grocery store in 2020 – TechCrunch

Instagram to test hiding Like counts in US, which could hurt influencers – TechCrunch

I ran digital ads for a presidential campaign, and Twitter is right to ban them – TechCrunch

Alpaca nabs $6M for stocks API so anyone can build a Robinhood – TechCrunch

Every startup is a bank–or wants to be – TechCrunch

Legislators from ten parliaments put the squeeze on Facebook – TechCrunch

AWS announces new savings plans to reduce complexity of reserved instances – TechCrunch

Yandex is now testing a self-driving sidewalk cargo delivery robot – TechCrunch

Solar based ISP startup Tizeti launches 4G LTE network in Nigeria – TechCrunch

California accuses Facebook of ignoring subpoenas in state’s Cambridge Analytica investigation – TechCrunch

Amazon is planning a $40M robotics hub near Boston – TechCrunch

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The case against Grace Hopper Celebration – TechCrunch

The case against Grace Hopper Celebration – TechCrunch

Raksha Muthukumar Contributor Raksha is a software engineer at Google who is passionate about social justice and liberation through…

Mozilla partners with Intel, Red Hat and Fastly to take WebAssembly beyond the browser – TechCrunch

Alibaba’s Singles’ Day sales top $38 billion – TechCrunch

Twitter drafts a deepfake policy that would label and warn, but not always remove, manipulated media – TechCrunch

Apple’s star-studded ‘Morning Show’ gets off to a bumpy-but-promising start – TechCrunch

Microsoft uses AI to diagnose cervical cancer faster in India – TechCrunch

A look at the top trends exciting NYC’s consumer VCs – TechCrunch

Corporate, public investments spur interest in Pacific Northwest startups – TechCrunch

How Microsoft is trying to become more innovative – TechCrunch

Former Twitter employees charged with spying – TechCrunch

Older Samsung smart TVs to lose Netflix support next month – TechCrunch

Saudi Arabia reportedly recruited Twitter employees to steal personal data of activists – TechCrunch

Microsoft has big plans for its new Edge browser – TechCrunch

Veterans can now use an iPhone to pull up their health records – TechCrunch

Twitter suspends accounts affiliated with Hamas and Hezbollah – TechCrunch

An interview with economist Thomas Philippon, author of ‘The Great Reversal’ – TechCrunch

Microsoft Azure gets into agtech with the preview of FarmBeats – TechCrunch

Adobe’s Fresco drawing app is now available on Windows – TechCrunch

Microsoft’s Chromium-based Edge browser gets new privacy features, will be generally available January 15 – TechCrunch

You can now use Azure to manage resources anywhere, including on AWS and Google Cloud – TechCrunch

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Apple’s Mac Pro ships in December with maximum 8TB of storage – TechCrunch

Apple’s Mac Pro ships in December with maximum 8TB of storage – TechCrunch

Apple is making its Mac Pro and Apple Pro Display available in December, it announced today. The machine was announced earlier this year but no availability window had been set. In addition to the previously…

Google to offer checking accounts in partnership with banks starting next year – TechCrunch

Google to offer checking accounts in partnership with banks starting next year – TechCrunch

Google is the latest big tech company to make a move into banking and personal financial services: The company is gearing up to offer checking accounts to consumers, as first reported by the Wall Street…

Samsung’s Space Monitor is handsome and minimal — if you have the desk for it – TechCrunch

Samsung’s Space Monitor is handsome and minimal — if you have the desk for it – TechCrunch

When Samsung announced the Space Monitor, I knew in an instant that it was going to be something I had to try out in person. Now that I’ve had time to do so, I’m happy…

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Facebook pilloried over iPhone ‘secret camera access’ bug – TechCrunch

Facebook pilloried over iPhone ‘secret camera access’ bug – TechCrunch

Facebook has faced a barrage of concern over an apparent bug that resulted in the social media giant’s iPhone app…

Instagram Stories launches TikTok clone Reels in Brazil – TechCrunch

Instagram Stories launches TikTok clone Reels in Brazil – TechCrunch

Instagram is launching a video-music remix feature to finally fight back against Chinese social rival TikTok. Instagram Reels lets you…

Facebook’s first experimental apps from its ‘NPE Team’ division focus on students, chat & music – TechCrunch

Facebook’s first experimental apps from its ‘NPE Team’ division focus on students, chat & music – TechCrunch

This July, Facebook announced a new division called NPE Team which would build experimental consumer-facing apps, allowing the company to…

Popular Android phones can be tricked into snooping on their owners – TechCrunch

Popular Android phones can be tricked into snooping on their owners – TechCrunch

Security researchers have found several popular Android phones can be tricked into snooping on their owners by exploiting a weakness…

iOS 13.2.2 fixes bug that kills your background apps prematurely – TechCrunch

iOS 13.2.2 fixes bug that kills your background apps prematurely – TechCrunch

Does it feel like your iPhone is being a little quick to shut down apps running in the background lately?…

T-Mobile sugar-coats Sprint merger with promises of free data — but only if it’s approved – TechCrunch

T-Mobile sugar-coats Sprint merger with promises of free data — but only if it’s approved – TechCrunch

The planned $26 billion merger between T-Mobile and Sprint has been approved by the Justice Department and the FCC, but…

Spotify’s podcasting app Anchor now helps you make trailers – TechCrunch

Spotify’s podcasting app Anchor now helps you make trailers – TechCrunch

Spotify’s simple podcasting suite, Anchor, is today introducing a new feature designed to help creators promote their podcast: trailers. On…

With $6.5M in funding, Aircam offers a fast, easy way to share photos at events – TechCrunch

With $6.5M in funding, Aircam offers a fast, easy way to share photos at events – TechCrunch

Aircam is a new startup that allows anyone to get instant access to pictures taken by professional photographers at weddings,…

Tinder’s interactive video series ‘Swipe Night’ is going international next year – TechCrunch

Tinder’s interactive video series ‘Swipe Night’ is going international next year – TechCrunch

Tinder’s big experiment with interactive content — the recently launched in-app series called Swipe Night — was a success. According to Tinder parent company…

Apple refreshes its privacy site with new technical whitepapers – TechCrunch

Apple refreshes its privacy site with new technical whitepapers – TechCrunch

For the fourth year in a row, Apple has updated its privacy pages. Every year the tech giant’s refreshes the…

FCC approves T-Mobile/Sprint merger despite serious concerns – TechCrunch

FCC approves T-Mobile/Sprint merger despite serious concerns – TechCrunch

The FCC has given its stamp of approval to T-Mobile and Sprint’s proposed merger, saying the deal will “enhance competition”…

AT&T will pay $60 million over fake unlimited data ‘bait and switch scam’ – TechCrunch

AT&T will pay $60 million over fake unlimited data ‘bait and switch scam’ – TechCrunch

AT&T is being punished at last for its shady claims of plans with “unlimited data” but were in reality nothing…

Huawei calls hackers to Munich for secret bug bounty meeting – TechCrunch

Huawei calls hackers to Munich for secret bug bounty meeting – TechCrunch

Chinese tech giant Huawei has asked some of the world’s best phone hackers to a secret meeting in Munich later…

Brazilian mobile phone insurance technology startup Pitzi is now worth over $100 million – TechCrunch

Brazilian mobile phone insurance technology startup Pitzi is now worth over $100 million – TechCrunch

With roughly one million customers across Brazil and a new round of financing, the mobile phone insurance provider Pitzi now…

Gradeup raises $7M to expand its online exam preparation platform to smaller Indian cities and towns – TechCrunch

Gradeup raises $7M to expand its online exam preparation platform to smaller Indian cities and towns – TechCrunch

Gradeup, an edtech startup in India that operates an exam preparation platform for undergraduate and postgraduate level courses, has raised…

Adobe’s Photoshop Camera is an AI-powered photo editor for your phone – TechCrunch

Adobe’s Photoshop Camera is an AI-powered photo editor for your phone – TechCrunch

Instagram and Snapchat have changed the way people look at photo editing. What was once a task limited to those…

Adobe launches Photoshop for iPad – TechCrunch

Adobe launches Photoshop for iPad – TechCrunch

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TikTok expands its influence to third-party apps with new developer program – TechCrunch

TikTok expands its influence to third-party apps with new developer program – TechCrunch

TikTok is looking to expand its influence by integrating with popular third-party video creation and editing apps. The company today…

AI in E-Commerce: Risk or Competitive Advantage?

AI in E-Commerce: Risk or Competitive Advantage?

If AI lets you implement discriminatory pricing or restrict access to a product based on a customer’s race, age or…

Mario Kart Tour will test real-time multiplayer in December – TechCrunch

Mario Kart Tour will test real-time multiplayer in December – TechCrunch

The mobile version of Nintendo’s iconic racing franchise, Mario Kart Tour, will soon support multiplayer races, bringing the game closer…

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Cyber-skills platform Immersive Labs raises $40M in North America expansion – TechCrunch

Cyber-skills platform Immersive Labs raises $40M in North America expansion – TechCrunch

Immersive Labs, a cybersecurity skills platform, has raised $40 million in its Series B, the company’s second round of funding…

Echo Studio is Amazon’s lower-cost answer to the HomePod – TechCrunch

Echo Studio is Amazon’s lower-cost answer to the HomePod – TechCrunch

Amazon’s kickstarted the smart speaker market with the original Echo, way back in late-2014. Like many of the company’s hardware…

Coveo raises $227M at $1B+ valuation for AI-based enterprise search and personalization – TechCrunch

Coveo raises $227M at $1B+ valuation for AI-based enterprise search and personalization – TechCrunch

Search and personalization services continue to be a major area of investment among enterprises, both to make their products and…

How Europe overtook the US in championing free markets – TechCrunch

How Europe overtook the US in championing free markets – TechCrunch

The deregulation of major U.S. industries like telecom and energy in the 1970s and 80s sparked competition that lowered consumer…

Seismic acquires Percolate to expand its marketing tools – TechCrunch

Seismic acquires Percolate to expand its marketing tools – TechCrunch

Seismic is announcing that it’s acquiring Percolate in a deal that it says is combining “two essential pillars of the…

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Asian markets weak after China data disappoints: Asian market latest

Asian markets weak after China data disappoints: Asian market latest

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Harry Meghan Christmas: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to skip Christmas with royal family

U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo congratulates Bolivia’s interim president

Morales’ shadow looms large in Bolivia as clashes test new leader

Antibiotic-resistant infections killing twice as many Americans as once thought

Protests swell in Bolivia as new interim leader challenged

Machelle Hobson, Of Fantastic Adventures YouTube Series, Who Used Pepper Spray On Children, Beat Them, Dies

Trump juggles statecraft and impeachment on a historic day

South China Sea warning revealed: ‘We’ll see how frightened America is!’ | World | News

Diplomats call freezing aid to Ukraine a threat to national security

Deval Patrick to announce run for president

Death toll in Australia bushfires rises to four

Australian bushfires death toll rises to four, Karratha blaze being monitored

They bought a 1 euro house in Italy — here’s what happened next

Former NSW fire chief says Coalition ‘fundamentally doesn’t like talking about climate change’ – politics live | Australia news

Venice floods: Mayor blames climate change as rush is on to build defences | World | News

Trump, Erdogan talks conclude with no agreement on disputed Russian defence system – National

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8th Wall’s new Cloud Editor helps customers quickly build mobile AR experiences – TechCrunch

8th Wall’s new Cloud Editor helps customers quickly build mobile AR experiences – TechCrunch

The world of phone-based AR has involved a lot of promises, but the future that’s developed…

Apple Card users can now finance iPhone purchases for 24 months, interest-free – TechCrunch

Facebook shares rise on strong Q3, users up 2% to 2.45B – TechCrunch

Spotify launches a dedicated Kids app for Premium Family subscribers – TechCrunch

Samsung teases a clamshell foldable form factor – TechCrunch

LA-based gaming studio Scopely raises $200M at a $1.7B valuation – TechCrunch

Facebook staff demand Zuckerberg limit lies in politcal ads – TechCrunch

Why Design Thinking Will Save Businesses From Themselves

GameClub offers mobile gaming’s greatest hits for $5 per month – TechCrunch

Here’s what the Pixel 4’s radar chip looks like – TechCrunch

Mobile banking app Current raises $20M Series B, tops half a million users – TechCrunch

Netflix launches $4 mobile-only monthly plan in Malaysia – TechCrunch

India to spend $6 billion to revive telecom operators BSNL and MTNL – TechCrunch

OnePlus’ second 5G phone will be a T-Mobile exclusive – TechCrunch

Streaming service Quibi sells out of its $150M in first-year ad inventory – TechCrunch

Lowlights from Zuckerberg’s Libra testimony in Congress – TechCrunch

Huawei’s foldable Mate X is launching in China next month – TechCrunch

Snapchat beats in Q3, adding 7M users & revenue up 50% – TechCrunch

Todoist releases major update to simplify task management – TechCrunch

YouTube founder secretly building sports fan game GreenPark – TechCrunch

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Chronosphere launches with $11M Series A to build scalable, cloud-native monitoring tool – TechCrunch

Chronosphere launches with $11M Series A to build scalable, cloud-native monitoring tool – TechCrunch

Chronoshere, a startup from two ex-Uber engineers, who helped create the open source M3 monitoring project…

Google launches OpenTitan, an open-source secure chip design project – TechCrunch

Workday to acquire online procurement platform Scout RFP for $540M – TechCrunch

Ben Horowitz on shocking rules and dramatic object lessons – TechCrunch

Facebook’s new branding distinguishes app from acquisitions – TechCrunch

Robocorp announces $5.6M seed to bring open source option to RPA – TechCrunch

Sumo Logic acquires JASK to fill security operations gap – TechCrunch

Microsoft launches Power Virtual Agents, its no-code bot builder – TechCrunch

Twitter’s political ads ban is a distraction from the real problem with platforms – TechCrunch

Amazon now sells movie tickets in India – TechCrunch

Turning Google traffic into leads, and what’s new in SEO – TechCrunch

Zuckerberg defends political ads that will be 0.5% of 2020 revenue – TechCrunch

Google launches TensorFlow Enterprise with long-term support and managed services – TechCrunch

Facebook agrees to pay UK data watchdog’s Cambridge Analytica fine but settles without admitting liability – TechCrunch

Yext Answers helps businesses provide better site search – TechCrunch

Amazon Echo Buds review – TechCrunch

WeFarm rakes in $13M to grow its marketplace and network for independent farmers – TechCrunch

Amazon axes $14.99 Amazon Fresh fee, making grocery delivery free for Prime members to boost use – TechCrunch

Facebook is failing to prevent another human rights tragedy playing out on its platform, report warns – TechCrunch

International Astronautical Congress 2019 recap edition – TechCrunch

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Adobe is bringing Illustrator to the iPad in 2020 – TechCrunch

Adobe is bringing Illustrator to the iPad in 2020 – TechCrunch

Adobe will be bringing another of its desktop-class imaging and graphics apps to the iPad: Illustrator,…

Microsoft launches the first public preview of its Fluid Framework for collaborative editing – TechCrunch

Adobe Photoshop arrives on the iPad – TechCrunch

TikTok stumbles in the US and Huawei shipments continue to surge – TechCrunch

Airbnb to ban ‘party houses’ in wake of Halloween shooting that left 5 dead – TechCrunch

Los Angeles-based BuildOps, subcontracting software for real estate, raises $5.8 million – TechCrunch

Apple TV+ now live, with one year free for new iOS, Apple TV and Mac purchases – TechCrunch

Lightspeed’s Jeremy Liew is on the hunt for always-on media startups – TechCrunch

Twitter says government demands for user data continue to rise – TechCrunch

Twitter is banning political ads – TechCrunch

Hackers can steal the contents of Horde webmail inboxes with one click – TechCrunch

For the first time in two years, the smartphone market shows signs of life – TechCrunch

Driving license tests just got smarter in India with Microsoft’s AI project – TechCrunch

Twitter banning political ads is the right thing to do, so it will be attacked mercilessly – TechCrunch

Apple beats on Q4 earnings after strong quarter for wearables, services – TechCrunch

Jack Dorsey says Twitter will ban all political ads – TechCrunch

Apple TV+ will be free with an Apple Music student subscription – TechCrunch

A week-long iOS App Store bug wiped out over 20M ratings – TechCrunch

Samsung ramps up its B2B partner and developer efforts – TechCrunch

Wearable spending forecasted to increase 27% in 2020 – TechCrunch