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Twitter reports progress on weeding out users advocating violence.

BRUSSELS - Twitter Inc said that its internal controls were allowing it to weed out accounts being used for "promotion of terrorism" earlier rather than responding to government requests to close them down.

- Reuters - US

Make a 3D model of your face with a selfie and AI.

It's incredibly difficult to construct a 3D face from a two-dimensional photograph. That's because a single image makes it very hard to approximate different facial expressions across lighting conditions. But now, a team at The University of Nottingh...

- Engadget - US

TalkIQ raises $14 million Series A to give enterprises AI insights into voice communication.

There's no shortage of startups building their brands around AI for enterprise. And within the enterprise, few spaces are as competitive as AI-powered voice analytics. TalkIQ is the latest company in the space to carry home a large round of financing with promise. With $14 million in Series A funding, the TalkIQ team is ...

- TechCrunch - US

Uber Cali goes ballistic, calls ad firm's work atrocious.

Remember, bros, you're sitting on the 'plaintiff' side of the room this time Uber has filed suit against one of its advertising partners, alleging it bilked the ride-sharing giant out of "tens of millions" of dollars.…

- TheRegister - UK

New 'Wolfenstein' trailer is a reminder to always fight fascism.

Nazis are the perfect video game enemy because they have zero redeeming qualities. It's something the Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus development team at Machine Games knows and the marketing department at publisher Bethesda Softworks is keen to cap...

- Engadget - US

YouTube's Twitch-like subscriptions are available to any channel.

YouTube just stepped up its efforts to compete with the likes of Twitch and Mixer. As of today, YouTube Gaming's sponsorships are open to any eligible creator. So long as you run a gaming channel that's enabled for livest...

- Engadget - US

Pee on a postcard to determine if you have a UTI.

Among the many startups on display at the TechCrunch Disrupt hall in San Francisco this week are companies focused on health and biotech. The products ranged from smart exercise bikes to breast pumps that look like they're from a science-fiction film...

- Engadget - US

Bosch partners with startup Nikola on electric long-haul truck.

DETROIT - Bosch, the German auto components supplier, is partnering with startup Nikola Motor Co to bring two hydrogen-electric, long-haul, heavy-duty truck models to market by 2021, the companies said on Tuesday.

- Reuters - US

8fit, a health and fitness app that offers tailored workout and meal plans, closes $7M Series A.

8fit, a popular health and fitness app that offers tailored workouts and meals plan, has raised $7 million in Series A funding. Backing the round are VCs Creandum and Eight Road Ventures. It brings total funding for the Berlin-based startup to $10 million.

- TechCrunch - US

Google's mini Home speaker and Pixel 2 XL leak ahead of October event.

If Google was trying to keep all its October 4th announcements under wraps, it just failed in spectacular fashion. Droid Life has obtained images and details for three of the headliners, and it's clear that there are a few surprises even if you've b...

- Engadget - US

Neo-Nazi site finds home in Iceland.

The neo-Nazi Daily Stormer site, chased off the internet in the wake of Charlottesville, has found a company willing to host it in Iceland.

- BBC - UK

Electric bus sets record with 1,101-mile trip on a single charge

Think it was impressive when a Tesla club drove a Model S nearly 670 miles? It has nothing on what Proterra just managed. The startup just drove a Catalyst E2 Max electric bus a whopping 1,101.2 miles on a single charge. That's the furthest any EV ha...

- Engadget - US

Ethereum will have transaction chops of Visa in 'a couple of years', founder claims

Starcraft on the blockchain? What a time to be alive Blockchains might be a bit slow today, but one of Ethereum's founders predicts that in "a couple of years" the popular network will have the same transaction capacity scale as Visa.…

- TheRegister - UK

Salesforce Ventures launches $50 M fund to encourage AI development on Salesforce platform

Salesforce Einstein, the AI toolset for Salesforce.com, turned one today and to celebrate Salesforce Ventures announced a $50 million fund to encourage startups to build AI-fueled applications on top of Salesforce. Over the years many successful companies have been built on top of Salesforce including ...

- TechCrunch - US

macOS High Sierra more like 'Cry Sierra' for Mac-wielding beta testers

Early issues arise with new version of OS X 10.13 Apple's next version of the macOS, High Sierra, aka 10.13, is due for general release next week, and users running the beta have already noticed a pair of issues that could cloud the rollout.…

- TheRegister - UK

Twitter now displays popular articles from your timeline

Twitter keeps looking for ways to improve its service to better meet the needs of its diverse and, er, passionate audience. Last September, code in the Android app pointed to an experimental "tweetstorm" feature aimed at helping longer-form content m...

- Engadget - US

AR helmet startup Skully may have risen from the dead

It seems Skully, the AR helmet company that crashed and burned in July of 2016 after the former CEO Marcus Weller refused to sign a confidentiality deal with investors is trying to make a comeback. A letter sent to those who had previously subscribed to the Skully email list, and obtained by TechCrunch, says new company ...

- TechCrunch - US

Stack Overflow + Salary Calculator = your worth

In case you were wondering what Git, SQL and JS skills will get you, new online tool measures your value Developers may be no more curious about salaries than any other set of workers, but their high degree of variation in terms of education, skillset and experience – not to mention the often ill-defined nature of their ...

- TheRegister - UK

Now EE's challenging UK regulator's mobile spectrum proposals

Joins Three in telling Ofcom: See you in court EE has officially launched its legal challenge against Ofcom's spectrum proposals, a move prompted by Three's judicial review formally submitted earlier this month.…

- TheRegister - UK

Zack Snyder Left *Justice League*—Then He Made an iPhone Movie

The director's new 4-minute short was released today.

- Wired Magazine - US

Stack Overflow's developer salary calculator tells you how much money you should be making

Stack Overflow, the popular developer community and job board, is launching a new tool for developers today that will allow them to find out what other developers in their area are making. The data behind the new developer salary calculator is based on information from the Stack Overflow community and the site's annual ...

- TechCrunch - US

Roku might be building its own smart speaker

Roku could be next in line to create its very own smart speaker. The company's latest batch of job offers, and recent hires, have got Variety speculating that it may be prepping an Amazon Echo clone. Roku is currently advertising for multiple roles,...

- Engadget - US

Google boosts Cloud Natural Language API with automatic content classification and deeper sentiment analysis

With the likes of Amazon's Alexa, Google's Assistant, Apple's Siri, and Microsoft's Cortana all vying for our attention through myriad voice-enabled connected devices and smart speakers, it makes sense that tech companies would invest heavily in natural language processing . After all, what's the point of asking Alexa or ...

- VentureBeat - US

Inept bloke who tried to sell military sat secrets to Russia gets 5 years

Bumbling fool not so much Jason Bourne as Johnny English A contractor who tried to sell trade secrets on military communication satellites to the Russians has been sent down for five years. Incredibly, it could have been longer after prosecutors alleged that he was also planning to kill his wife.…

- TheRegister - UK

Salesforce to launch $50 million artificial intelligence fund

SAN FRANCISCO - The venture wing of Salesforce.com Inc is launching a $50 million fund to invest in start-ups employing artificial intelligence, the cloud computing firm told Reuters on Tuesday.

- Reuters - US

Younited Credit raises $48 million to fuel international expansion of its crowdlending platform

Paris-based Younited Credit announced today that it has raised a $48 million round of venture capital as the fintech startup seeks to extend its reach across Europe. Younited offers a crowdsourced lending model for small businesses in France, Spain, and Italy. Including this latest round, the company has now raised ...

- VentureBeat - US

Nikola and Bosch team on powertrain design for hydrogen electric long-haul trucks

Nikola Motor Company, the Utah-based company that is working on building heavy-duty transport trucks using hybrid hydrogen-electric powertrains, announced today that it's partnering with global automotive industry supply leader Bosch to design and build said powertrains. The company also revealed the first ever image of its ...

- TechCrunch - US

AppsFlyer launches Protect360 to deal with billion-dollar ad fraud problem

EXCLUSIVE: Mobile tracking and marketing firm AppsFlyer announced today its Protect360 platform to help mobile advertisers deal with the cost of mobile ad fraud. AppsFlyer believes that a common form of fraud , DeviceID reset fraud , cost advertisers $1.1 billion to $1.3 billion in the past year, and it accounts for ...

- VentureBeat - US

Real-time data analytics startup Incorta raises $15M Series B led by Kleiner Perkins

Incorta, the startup that wants to speed up big data analytics by eliminating the need for data warehouses, has raised a $15 million Series B led by new investor Kleiner Perkins. Existing investors GV and Ron Wohl, former executive vice president of applications development at Oracle, also participated.

- TechCrunch - US

Former BBC Worldwide exec is taking the reins at Mitú, a digital media company focused on the hispanic audience

Chalk up another coup for digital media hiring as the media company mitú, focused on digitally distributed content for hispanic audiences, has managed to score the longtime entertainment executive Herb Scannell as its new chief executive. Scannell comes to mitú from BBC Worldwide, where he served as the President of its ...

- TechCrunch - US

Pepe the Frog creator in copyright fight

The creator of the cartoon character says it has been hijacked by nationalists.

- BBC - UK

iOS 11 is here with improved multitasking and AR

With multitasking, ARKit and more AI smarts, iOS 11 is one of Apple's biggest iOS updates yet. It just started rolling out around the world, so don't be surprised to see a message on your iPhone or iPad soon. If you've been procrastinating, now would...

- Engadget - US

GGV's Jenny Lee says Xiaomi doesn't need to come to the U.S.

Xiaomi is one of the most valuable startups in the world and has become a big icon in smartphone design, sometimes suggested as an analog to Apple in China. The company's flagship phones receive a ton of press in the U.S., too, but they aren't available in the U.S. just yet. Instead, Xiaomi is looking to emerging markets ...

- TechCrunch - US

WT2 real-time translation earpieces look to crowdfund first run

This summer the TC team took a brief trip to Shenzhen, where I met Wells Tu, whose company TimeKettle has made an earpiece that translates spoken Chinese to English and vice versa in near real time. Having created a functioning prototype he and the team are now heading to Kickstarter to raise the money for their first run ...

- TechCrunch - US

ARKit games roundup: What's coming to the Apple App Store and iOS 11

Apple showed off some upcoming augmented reality apps at last week's keynote event. With the iOS 11 launch today, people will be able to download and give AR a try for themselves. Earlier this year, Apple tried to hype up developers by unveiling its ARKit software development kit at its Worldwide Developers Conference and ...

- VentureBeat - US

iOS 11 review: A big deal for iPads, but not iPhones

Last year's iOS 10 was all about refining Apple's mobile experience -- it was "like polishing a pearl," I noted at the time. Now, with iOS 11, Apple is focusing even more on its big-screen iPad experience, but at the same time, it's leaving the iPhon...

- Engadget - US

Subscription art crowdfunder Patreon confirms $60M fundraise

Patreon upgrades content creation from a passion to a profession by paying artists 95% of subscription payments from fans instead of 55% of skimpy ad revenue like Facebook and YouTube. Now Patreon itself is getting paid with today's official announcement of the big series C funding round TechCrunch broke news of last week. ...

- TechCrunch - US

Apple Music's Android app adds voice search and social features

Apple announced that it would bring your friends' listening habits to Apple Music at WWDC this past summer. iOS users who use the streaming music service will be able to start using the feature after updating to iOS 11. Now, Android-using Apple Music...

- Engadget - US

Google parks old pay-to-play auction in front of European Commission – reports

You want a remedy? Here's our remedy Google appears to have revived an "auction-based fix" to vertical search competition complaints, according to Reuters.…

- TheRegister - UK

Google's search app now makes suggestions of other things to read

Google's search app for iOS is today introducing a feature that will keep users browsing the web, instead of exiting back to their homescreen to use other mobile application. The app is being updated to include a “related content” section that will appear at the bottom of the web pages you visit while using the ...

- TechCrunch - US

iOS 11 is now available to download

Apple has just released the final version of iOS 11. This update is packed with new features for the iPad and new core frameworks for the iPhone. The update is currently rolling out and is available both over-the-air in the Settings app, and by plugging your device into iTunes for a wired update. Many people try to download ...

- TechCrunch - US

Cue the CleverBot is a coding robot for older kids

Kids' robotics company Wonder Workshop is launching two new robots designed to introduce children to coding in a fun, hands-on way. First up is Cue, the slightly older sibling of the company's 2014 robot offering Dash (or at the very least it's Dash...

- Engadget - US

Is Amazon recommending bomb ingredients?

What are Amazon's algorithms recommending when it comes to purchasing the ingredients to make a bomb?

- BBC - UK

iOS 11 is a fresh start for the iPad

After reading back the preview I wrote back in June, the dominant tone was that iOS 11 is so different that it takes a while to get used to it: I'm not going to lie to you. It takes time to get used to those new gestures. I'm not there yet, and I often find myself thinking about what I'm supposed to do to pull up Spotlight, ...

- TechCrunch - US

Twitter suspended over 935,000 terror-related accounts since 2015

In a blog post today about its twice yearly Transparency Report, Twitter outlined some numbers regarding its actions against accounts linked to terrorism. Those include accounts that "actively incite or promote violence associated with internationall...

- Engadget - US

Amazon's new tablet doubles as a cheap Echo Show with hands-free Alexa

Amazon doesn't really care how Alexa gets out into world, so long as it gets out there. The smart assistant has been available on the company's Fire tablets for some time now, but this latest implementation on the new Fire HD 10 presents an interesting new use for Alexa. Hands-free Alexa is admittedly a bit counterintuitive ...

- TechCrunch - US

Finnish marketing automation startup Smartly.io targets U.S. growth after $20M secondary funding

Smartly.io, a Helsinki-based company that makes automated marketing software for Facebook advertisers, announced today that it has raised $20 million in secondary funding by selling existing stakeholder's shares to venture capital firm Highland Europe.

- TechCrunch - US

How Andy Serkis' games studio created Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier

Andy Serkis made his name playing digital characters in films such as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings and Caesar in the Planet of the Apes reboots. And so it is fitting that Serkis' digital effects studio, The Imaginarium Studios, and his game division, The Illuminati Studios, are creating a new video game based

- VentureBeat - US

Udacity adds a new 'Intro to Self-Driving Cars' Nanodegree

You likely won't be surprised when I tell you that building a self-driving car is difficult and complex. Udacity has tried to help address that difficulty with flexible, online education for self-driving engineers through its Self-Driving Cars Nanodegree program, and now it's expanding its offerings with a new Intro to ...

- TechCrunch - US

T-Mobile won’t throttle unlimited data until you use 50GB

Carriers throttling user speeds is now the reality we live in, but most mobile plans only squeeze your rate once you've downloaded an arbitrary amount of data. T-Mobile is raising the threshold at which they optionally throttle customers' data from 3...

- Engadget - US