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Walmart launches free, 2-day shipping without a membership on purchases of $35 or more

 Walmart has just issued its strongest response to the growing Amazon threat, since its acquisition of e-commerce newcomer Jet.com last summer. Starting today, Walmart will begin offering free, two-day shipping on over 2 million items, with no need for a membership fee. The range of items will include “everyday essentials,” like household products, baby needs, pet […]

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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 […]