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After beating the world's elite Go players, Google's AlphaGo AI is retiring

Google's AlphaGo , the AI developed to tackle the world's most demanding strategy game , is stepping down from competitive matches after defeating the world's best talent. The latest to succumb is Go's top-ranked player, Ke Jie, who lost 3-0 in a series hosted in China this week. The AI, ...

Spotify settles lawsuits, adds board members as it gets ready to go public

Spotify made a few moves this week that could put them in a better position to join the stock market. On Thursday, it was revealed that the company added four people to its board of directors. The music streaming startup has brought on former Disney COO Tom Staggs; Padmasree Warrior, a Cisco vet ...

Tragedy strikes as Uber CEO Kalanick loses mother in boating accident, father in serious condition

We've received word from Uber that the Kalanick family suffered a tragic event this weekend. CEO Travis Kalanick's parents were in a boating accident in Fresno yesterday and his mother Bonnie Horowitz Kalanick has passed away. His father Donald Kalanick was also injured. The company provided the ...

Chasing dreams may be the next sleeper hit for venture capitalists

After decades spent funding technologies tailored to deprive us of sleep , the venture capital industry has decided to direct its considerable capital reserves at helping us get more shut-eye.

British Airways extends London flight cancellations through Saturday amid IT failure

British Airways has yet to fix the IT outage that caused them to cancel all flights at London's Heathrow and Gatwick airports earlier Saturday. They originally thought they would be back online by about 6pm GMT, but they've now acknowledged that operations will remain suspended through the rest of ...

Silicon Valley law firm Gunderson Dettmer's legal advice for Pied Piper

Gunderson Dettmer is the law firm a good majority of tech startups turn to in the Valley for fundings, mergers, licensing and other deals and it's been in the business of offering tech companies everyday legal advice to everyone from Oracle to DoorDash since the dot-com boom. It was ranked the ...

Chaos as global IT failure takes out all British Airways flights out of London

British Airways has a problem. Its new IT system has completely crashed five times inside a year, and today it added a sixth global crash to the roster. All flights from Heathrow and Gatwick have been cancelled until at least 6pm in London tonight, affecting all BA flights globally. The airline is ...

Judah Vs. The Machines: The race for prowess against a toy car

In the latest installment of Judah vs The Machines, Judah ventures down to Anki, a company combining augmented reality and artificial intelligence to entertain fans of racing games. Anki utilizes smartphone cameras and a dedicated app to recreate the imagery of racing battles happening on a real ...

Silicon Valley law firm Gunderson Dettmer's legal advice for Pied Piper

Gunderson Dettmer is the law firm a good majority of tech startups turn to in the Valley for fundings, mergers, licensing and other deals and it's been in the business of offering tech companies everyday legal advice to everyone from Oracle to DoorDash since the dot-com boom. It was ranked the ...

Could the UK be about to break end-to-end encryption?

Once again there are indications the UK government intends to use the law to lean on encryption. A report in The Sun this week quoted a Conservative minister saying that should the government be re-elected, which polls suggest it will, it will move quickly to compel social media firms to hand over ...

Drones aren't having their mainstream moment yet

Write about technology for any amount of time, you'll get run through the hype wringer. It's impossible to avoid. After all, it's the excitement of new technologies that drew so many of us to this field in the first place. And when DJI debuts a product like the Spark, the word “game ...

Chaos as global IT failure takes out all British Airways flights out of London

British Airways has a problem. It's new IT system has completely crashed five times inside a year, and today it added a sixth global crash to the roster. All flights from Heathrow and Gatwick have been cancelled until at least 6pm in London tonight, affecting all BA flights globally. The airline is ...

Reid Hoffman, Bill Gates, Sam Altman invest $30 million in Change.org

LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman announced today that he's making a big bet on Change.org, the site for social justice petitions. Hoffman is leading a $30 million round, with other investors including big names like Bill Gates and Y Combinator president Sam Altman. “Change.org, the global ...

Crunch Report | Sprig Is Shutting Down

Sprig is shutting down, Sergey Brin is building a giant airship, Nielsen's latest data show a ton of people still watch content on TV and bitcoin experiences an outage from all the bitcoin ups and downs. All this on Crunch Report.

Reid Hoffman, Bill Gates, Sam Altman invest $30 million in Change.org

LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman announced today that he's making a big bet on Change.org, the site for social justice petitions. Hoffman is leading a $30 million round, with other investors including big names like Bill Gates and Y Combinator president Sam Altman. “Change.org, the global ...

Google has reportedly launched a new AI-focused venture capital program

Google has launched a new venture capital program focused on artificial intelligence, Axios is reporting. Google declined to comment on the report, which states that the initiative will be led by longtime Google VP of engineering Anna Patterson and involve a rotating cast of engineers instead of the ...

The 18 most memorable quotes of Disrupt New York 2017

TechCrunch Disrupt NY was one of the best yet, and we had a lineup of fascinating speakers discussing everything from CRISPR to online media. Here are a few of the highlights.

Weekly Roundup: DJI's Spark drone, Mark Zuckerberg addresses Harvard

This week, DJI announced a brand new drone, Mark Zuckerberg delivered the Harvard commencement speech and Airbnb's internal data science program was announced. These are the top stories of the week. This post is also a newsletter, so you can sign up to have it delivered to your inbox on Saturday ...

This robot arm's AI thinks like we do about how to grab something

Robots are great at doing things they've been shown how to do, but when presented with a novel problem, such as an unfamiliar shape that needs to be gripped, they tend to choke. AI is helping there in the form of systems like Dex-Net, which uses deep learning to let a robotic arm improvise an ...

Roborace autonomous car takes a lap in Paris

At the Formula E Paris ePrix over the weekend, the driverless Roborace navigated a lap of the 1.9 km course all by itself , all 14 turns.

On-demand food startup Sprig is shutting down today

The on-demand food business is tough, especially if you're trying to handle all elements of the experience, like sourcing the food, cooking the food and delivering it. It's a lot. That said, Sprig, the startup that makes and delivers its own food, is shutting down today.

Roborace autonomous car takes a lap in Paris

At the Formula E Paris ePrix over the weekend, the driverless Roborace navigated a lap of the 1.9 km course all by itself , all 14 turns. The autonomous car uses 5 lidar sensors, 2 radar sensors, 18 ultrasonic sensors, 2 optical speed sensors, 6 AI cameras, and satellite positioning information to ...

KidPass raises $5.1 million for its children's activity subscription service

KidPass, a monthly membership program that gives parents access to a variety of kid-friendly activities across their city, has raised $5.1 million in Series A funding, the startup reported this week. Currently live in New York, the new funds will allow the service to expand to new markets ...

On-demand food startup Sprig is shutting down today

Sprig, the startup that makes and delivers its own food, is shutting down today, The Information reports. TechCrunch has since obtained the copy of the email Sprig is sending to customers today. “It is with a heavy heart that my co-founders and I share that Sprig, Inc. will be shutting down ...

UK wants G7 to take collective action on online extremism

The UK Prime Minister is using the annual G7 summit of seven of the world's major industrialized democracies to push for more to be done about online extremism, including co-ordinating on ways to force social media platforms to be more pro-active about removing and reporting extremist content to ...

The Marc Newson Hourglass For Hodinkee shows us time is a nanoball

“Can anyone tell me what this is?” the teacher asked. Outside the rust rains had come again and the building reacted by assembling a nano sphere shield. They would be inside until it stopped. None of the children were old enough for the skin adaptation. She might as well keep them busy. ...

Sergey Brin's giant airship will be world's largest, serve humanitarian role

Google co-founder Sergey Brin is building a massive airship, we learned in April, and now The Guardian reports some additional details about the purpose and nature of the project. It'll be used both as a private luxury air yacht for Brin and his retinue, as well as for humanitarian aid purposes. ...

Insurance startup Quilt adds life insurance to its portfolio of products

The startup insurance application processor Quilt has added a life insurance product to its portfolio and has begun pitching its digital enrollment in 37 states across the country. In partnership with Generation Life , Quilt is looking to make the process of applying for life insurance easier so ...

Pickle is a TaskRabbit-style app for Generation Z

Share economy startups which allow someone to 'share' their labour or skills have proliferated over the last few years. Even simple 'share your skills' communities with no commercial model have appeared such as Impossible. Now these companies are joined by Pickle, a peer-to-peer mobile app that ...

For one new fund, the question isn't which corporate backer, but why not 10?

Engage Ventures is a new, Atlanta-based accelerator fund for early-stage deals. It isn't managing a ton of money , it just closed on $15 million for its debut effort , but it does have some interesting financial backers.

Snap said to leverage discounts to drive growth

After a painful first-quarter miss, Snap, the parent company of the popular social app Snapchat, is looking to avoid the same fate in the second. According to Digiday, Snap is working to drive new and increased business ahead of the end of its second quarter. To do so, the company is said to be ...

Judah vs. the Machines: For when you can't bring yourself to go shopping

You'd be forgiven if you can't be bothered to drag yourself to the store to shop for shoes and clothes and things. The internet is there for you, after all. But if you don't know what you want? Well, I guess there is an app for that. In this episode, Friedlander, a self-described shoe expert because ...

Stealthy Boxbot wins the Pear prize for UC Berkeley with a tech for autonomous last-mile delivery

It was a long road that took the two founders of Boxbot from drinks at Drake's Dealership to winning the prestigious Pear Berkeley Challenge, but both Austin Oehlerking and Mark Godwin are very at home on the road. The still-in-stealth technology they developed was so impressive that it won the Pear ...

MoneyLion's redesigned app gives personalized financial advice and instant access to personal loans

Personal finance management app MoneyLion was created to help users save money, reduce debt and improve their credit. Today the app is being updated to provide users with more personalized information about how they can improve their financial health, as well as even faster access to personal loans.

Riley raises $3.1M to help real estate agents rate and respond to their leads

Businesses usually spend lots of time and money trying of attract potential customers. Now a startup called Riley aims to help them prioritize those sales leads. Riley was part of the winter class at Y Combinator. The startup is announcing…

Nielsen: over 92% of viewing among U.S. adults still happens on the TV screen

U.S. consumers may be cutting the cord with pay TV, but that doesn't mean they've stopped watching the big screen, according to new data released by Nielsen this morning. In a report detailing the viewing habits of U.S. adults, the measurement firm found that 92 percent of all viewing among U.S. ...

MoneyLion's redesigned app gives personalized financial advice and instant access to personal loans

Personal finance management app MoneyLion was created to help users save money, reduce debt and improve their credit. Today the app is being updated to provide users with more personalized information about how they can improve their financial health, as well as even faster access to personal ...

Google's AlphaGo AI defeats team of five leading Go players

Are five human heads better than one computer brain? Not when it comes to playing Go. AlphaGo, the AI created to play the game of Go better than anyone alive, has defeated a team made up of five Go champions in a demonstration match on Friday. The team included Chen Yaoye, Zho Ruiyang, Mi Yuting, ...

Far Cry 5's launch trailer gives us a first look at its rural U.S. setting

Far Cry 5 developer Ubisoft is playing with fire - hellfire, that is, as it sometimes arises in America's more backwater regions. The Montana setting for the forthcoming Far Cry game is a very different type of locale for the series, which typically features tropical destinations as the backdrop for ...

Let's meet in Iceland next week

I'll be in Reykjavik next week and you know what that means… I want to meet you! So we'll be holding a small meetup at Bryggjan Brugghús, Grandagarði 8, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland. The event is being held on Tuesday, May 30, from 5 PM to 7 PM UTC. Event starts at 5pm and you can meet the ...

The League is bringing its exclusive dating app to 10 more cities this summer

The League, a dating app that prides itself on selectiveness and requires members to be approved before joining, has traditionally taken expansion pretty slow. Originally launched in early 2015, the app is still only in 7 cities - New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Washington D.C ...

Don't call BMW's futuristic new concept motorbike a scooter

This looks like a scooter, but it's actually the BMW Motorrad Concept Link, the latest in BMW's series of exhaustingly named Motorrad concept vehicles, which imagine a not-so distant future in which we all travel around in angular, sci-fi style. The Link offers an electric drive, which makes ...

Equity podcast: The largest tech fund in history, and where are the IPOs?

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch's venture capital-focused podcast where each week we tell jokes about other people's money. This week, Katie Roof, Matthew Lynley and I , Alex Wilhelm , were joined by Rick Kline, a partner at Goodwin. Kline is a lawyer focused on “M&A ...

Sana Health aims to stop insomnia with smart goggles

When Solar Impulse pilot Bertrand Piccard set out to fly around the world in a plane that uses no fuel, he knew he wasn't going to get much rest. During the journey, he would be able to sleep, at a maximum, three hours per day with rest meted out in twenty-minute intervals. The plane, which could ...

Nintendo shares hit 8-year high as cult title Monster Hunter is announced for Switch

Nintendo is unleashing a monster title on the Switch , quite literally , after Capcom revealed plans to bring its Monster Hunter franchise to the console with the upcoming Monster Hunter XX title. While it might not be mainstream in the West, Monster Hunter is a huge franchise in Japan. Where do ...

Payment firm Soft Space raises $5M to expand in Southeast Asia and Japan

Soft Space, a payment provider in Southeast Asia, has closed its $5 million Series A as it looks to expand across the region, and potentially into Japan. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia-based Soft Space works with large enterprise customers, typically banks, to offer customized solutions for mobile ...

Funding for real estate challenger Spruce shows New York's startup scene is thriving

Spruce, a new startup looking to speed up the mortgage closing process, has raised $4.5 million in its series A financing from Bessemer Venture Partners, Omidyar Network, and Third Prime Capital along with a slew of private angel investors. Founded by two former employees of the robo-advisory ...

Nintendo shares hit 8-year high as cult title Monster Hunter is announced for Switch

Nintendo is unleasing a monster title on the Switch , quite literally , after Capcom revealed plans to bring its Monster Hunter franchise to the console with the upcoming Monster Hunter XX title. While it might not be mainstream in the West, Monster Hunter is a huge franchise in Japan. Where do ...

Raspberry Pi Foundation and CoderDojo to code club together

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced it's merging with another code club charity, Dublin-based CoderDojo. The aim is to advance shared goals around furthering the march of computing education for young people.

Payment firm Soft Space raises $5M to expand in Southeast Asia and Japan

Soft Space, a payment provider in Southeast Asia, has close its $5 million Series A as it looks to expand across the region, and potentially into Japan. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia-based Soft Space works with large enterprise customers, typically banks, to offer customized solutions for mobile ...