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We need startups to build democracy tech

 It’s time to actually make the world a better place. Silicon Valley was birthed from an existential threat to the world. Nazi radar defense technology was decimating the Allied air forces. But American engineers heeded the call, and in a Harvard lab led by Stanford professor Fredrick Terman, invented radar jammers that helped win the […]

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Netflix engineers hacked a brain-controlled interface

 This is pretty much the definition unnecessary, but then, that’s part of the fun of hack days. A quartet of Netflix designers have given the world “MindFlix,” by way of a short video, highlighting the hack’s use of a the Muse headband to control the movie streaming site’s familiar interface. “Instead of implanting chips in […]

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Facebook’s Parse developer platform is shutting down today

 One year ago Facebook made the surprising announcement that it was shuttering Parse, the development platform that it purchased in 2013. While the company said they would keep the service online for a year so developers could migrate their apps to a new backend, that time has finally come. In what is probably the last ever […]

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NVCA chair on immigration orders: “If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu”

 Venky Ganesan, managing director of $4.4 billion venture capital firm Menlo Ventures and current chairman of the National Venture Capital Association, is walking a political tightrope and trying not to fall off. The venture capital industry, financiers to many tech giants, relies on immigrant talent to launch startups, help them thrive, and drive their continued success. Right […]

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Google employees rally against Trump’s immigration ban

 Google employees are currently rallying against President Donald Trump’s executive order that bans immigration from seven majority Muslim countries. Googlers all over the country, including at campuses in Mountain View, New York and Seattle are rallying against the immigration ban. An employee at one of the #GooglersUnited rallies in Mountain View told TechCrunch Google CEO Sundar… […]

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Buy tickets to the Crunchies using our Facebook Messenger bot

 Here’s a fast and easy way to buy tickets to the 10th Annual Crunchies Awards in San Francisco: TechCrunch’s Messenger bot. Type the word “crunchies” into our Messenger bot or click here to purchase tickets with just a few clicks. After purchasing the ticket, the bot will also send a scannable QR code. Everything is […]

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Razer acquires Nextbit, the startup behind the Robin smartphone

 Three months after acquiring iconic audio tech company THX, Razer is making another move to expand its business beyond hardware and software for the gaming community. The company has acquired Nextbit, the startup behind the Robin smartphone, founded by Android veterans who had set out with high hopes (and some decent funding) to rethink how to build a […]

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Trump’s immigration order send ripples of dismay through UK tech community

 Reactions to President Trump’s Executive Order placing a three-month ban on entry to the U.S. from seven majority Muslim countries have been rippling out across the Atlantic over the past 48 hours — with figures from the UK tech industry adding their voices to a general chorus of dismay. Read More

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Arkamys creates space-age safety sounds for EVs

 In 2014, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration established the very cool-sounding “Minimum Sound Requirements for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles,” which does exactly what it says. It requires that 100 percent of all EVs and hybrids make some noise at low speeds by 2019. If a vehicle can move forward or in reverse without engaging […]