November 13, 2019

The budding industry of cannabis tech

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By Brian Kateman From TechCrunch From food and drink to health and wellness and beyond, there’s one plant we can’t seem to get enough of: cannabis. It seems like every consumer product nowadays is taking part in reefer madness. Home cooks are taking edibles to new heights. In places like Denver and California, you can take cooking classes […]

Brexit means clear your cookies for democracy

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By Natasha Lomas From TechCrunch Brexit looks set to further sink the already battered reputation of tracking cookies after a Buzzfeed report yesterday revealed what appears to be a plan by the UK’s minority government to use official government websites to harvest personal data on UK citizens for targeting purposes. According to leaked government documents obtained by the news […]

September’s Mate 30 launch could be a major test for Huawei

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By Brian Heater From TechCrunch Apple isn’t the only smartphone manufacturer planning a big September launch. Huawei’s got a big event on the books as well, set for September 18 in Munich, just over a week after the new iPhones are unveiled. For Huawei, however, the Mate 30 announcement is about more than just smartphones. The […]

Ford says its autonomous cars will last just four years

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By Connie Lolzos From TechCrunch The automotive industry has been promoting self-driving cars as a kind of panacea that will solve numerous problems that modern society is grappling with right now, from congestion to safety to productivity (you can work while riding!). Unfortunately, a very big question that has been almost entirely overlooked is: how […]

India’s 9-month-old CRED raises $120M to help people improve their financial behavior

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By Manish Singh From TechCrunch Many Silicon Valley companies and fintech startups in India today share a common mission: They all want to bring their financial services to the next billion users. Dozens of fintech startups that we have spoken to in recent months have told us that they all want to address much of […]

US: As FTC cracks down, data ethics is now a strategic business weapon

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By Daniel Wu From TechCrunch Five billion dollars. That’s the apparent size of Facebook’s latest fine for violating data privacy.  While many believe the sum is simply a slap on the wrist for a behemoth like Facebook, it’s still the largest amount the Federal Trade Commission has ever levied on a technology company.  Facebook is clearly […]

SpaceX contracted by NASA to launch black hole and neutron star research craft

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By Derrell Etherington From TechCrunch SpaceX  has been awarded a new contract by NASA to launch the agency’s Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer, or IXPE. This research spacecraft will study polarized light from sources including neutron stars, pulsar wind nebulae and supermassive black holes, and provide much more imaging than existing space-based observation resources. The mission will help scientists […]

Gadget of the week

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These ‘microbe-grown’ headphones could be the future of sustainable electronics By Devin Coldewey From TechCrunch The culture of planned obsolescence in electronics produces a huge amount of toxic waste unlikely to go anywhere but a landfill for the next millennium or so. Nature produces some of the strongest and most versatile substances we’ve ever encountered, […]

Yes, Americans can opt-out of airport facial recognition — here’s how

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By Zack Whittaker From TechCrunch Whether you like it or not, facial recognition tech to check in for your flight will soon be coming to an airport near you. More than a dozen U.S. airports are already rolling out the technology, with many more to go before the U.S. government hits its target of enrolling […]

The FBI searched the offices of microbiome startup uBiome

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By Jonathan Shieber From TechCrunch Last Friday (26), agents from the FBI searched the offices of uBiome, the medical testing company that sells analyses of an individual’s microbiome — the bacteria that live in the gut,according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. The FBI is reportedly investigating uBiome’s billing practices, the WSJ reported. “I […]