More than 3,000 tech employees are volunteering their skills to turn the tables politically

 There have always been outliers, people in tech who are willing to volunteer to help certain candidates. An even smaller percentage of techies quit their jobs to join campaigns. Still, it’s probably safe to say that most tech employees, who are also U.S. citizens, have long viewed the extent of their obligation as Americans to vote for their preferred candidate — then get back… Read More


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Barry Diller takes shots at VCs, startup valuations

 Media mogul and IAC chairman Barry Diller had some choice words for venture capitalists when he took the stage at WSJ D.Live in Laguna Beach on Tuesday. “These valuations don’t bear reality,” said Diller, speaking about the high multiples that some startups are generating. “They’re truly made up.” He quipped that it’s the “absence of dealing… Read More


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Microsoft looks to iOS and Android for its path forward in mobile

 Between the release of Windows 10 Fall Creators Edition and the announcement of a new Surface Book, today’s Microsoft news was firmly focused on the desktop. But as the company works to build its future ecosystem, it’s keenly aware that no play in the space is complete without a mobile strategy. What shape that strategy will take, however, has been pretty unclear in the wake of… Read More


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Magic Leap confirms $502 million Series D round

 Mixed reality slash augmented reality startup Magic Leap announced today that it raised a $502 million Series D round led by Temasek with participation from EDBI, Grupo Globo, Janus Henderson, Alibaba Group, Fidelity Management and others. Just last week, a Delaware filing confirmed that Magic Leap authorized up to $1 billion in new shares. “We’re excited to welcome Temasek and… Read More


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Announcing the agenda for TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield Australia, Sydney Nov 16

 Hard to believe that TechCrunch’s first Startup Battlefield Australia is just one month away.  The Sydney event on Nov. 16 at ATP’s Locomotive Workshop will present a tremendous day of programming and an epic competition to find early stage best startup across Australia and New Zealand. TechCrunch and our partner, Elevacao, are very pleased to announce the agenda for the big… Read More


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Facebook acquires anonymous teen compliment app tbh, will let it run

 Facebook wants tbh to be its next Instagram. Today, Facebook announced it’s acquiring positivity-focused polling startup tbh and will allow it to operate somewhat independently as it’s done with Instagram and WhatsApp. tbh had scored 5 million downloads and 4 million daily active users in the past 9 weeks with its app that lets people anonymously answer kind-hearted… Read More


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Google revamps its Security Checkup feature with personalized suggestions for your account

 Google today is rolling out a revamped version of its longtime Security Checkup feature – a service that helps users make sure their Google accounts are safe by checking those items that could impact your account’s security. This includes connected apps, connected devices, account permissions and other things. Now, Security Checkup will be improved by offering more personalized… Read More


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Silenced by “free speech”

 There’s a fundamental incongruency between being pro ‘free speech’ and operating a global social network for civil public discussion. Twitter is struggling with it. Facebook is struggling with it too. And it can’t be solved by a little more transparency or by hoping average citizens will do the right thing. The principle of free speech on which the United States was… Read More


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The end of oversharing

 The early 2000s were the era of user-generated content. Companies like Associated Content and Shareasale rewarded content producers richly – one friend of mine made millions on YouTube in 2004 because he was one of the few serial content producers on the platform. The future was going to be broadcast in all of its gritty glory. Bloggers would win forever and ever. The voices of the… Read More


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Airbnb eyes expansion with affiliate program for sites with 1M+ users, new API

 While Expedia and Priceline roll out ways to encroach on Airbnb’s space with their own private home listings for travellers, the $31 billion venture-backed Airbnb is also looking at new ways to boost its own traffic and bookings. Airbnb is now rolling out a new call for affiliate partners, where high-traffic sites with over 1 million visitors can embed Airbnb property listings and… Read More


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