Reports are coming in that Amazon’s Alexa service is down in parts of UK, Spain, Germany and Austria. According to Down Detector and Twitter, the problem started surfacing around 8am local time and still continues. Interestingly, some users are reporting the issue is isolated to Echo Dot 2 models and while other Echo devices are […]

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Virtual reality is largely an expensive hobby for Facebook and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg today, but the company hopes that within the decade, it can build out an entire VR empire for the social media giant to conquer. Later this morning, we’ll get a taste of the future of VR from Facebook at the Oculus […]

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Say hello to the Bandwidth Alliance, a new group led by Cloudflare that promises to reduce the price of bandwidth for many cloud customers. The overall idea here is that customers who use both Cloudflare, which is turning eight years old this week, and a cloud provider that’s part of this alliance will get a […]

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Verbinden wie nie zuvor! Very roughly translated that means “connect like never before.” If you’re planning to attend Disrupt Berlin 2018 on November 29-30, we’re happy to tell you that networking will be easier and more exacting than ever. How? We’re making our CrunchMatch platform available to all attendees. Not familiar with CrunchMatch? It’s our free business […]

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Didi Chuxing, China’s largest ride-hailing firm, is rolling out new security systems one month after a female customer was raped and murdered by a driver, the second such fatality on its Hitch service this year. Today the company said it introduced a number of new safety features which include random biometric ID testing for drivers […]

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Google has responded to blowback about a privacy hostile change it made this week, which removes user agency by automating Chrome browser sign-ins, by rowing back slightly — saying it will give users the ability to disable this linking of web-based sign-in with browser-based sign-in in a forthcoming update (Chrome 70), due mid next month. The […]

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Instana, an application performance monitoring (APM) service with a focus on modern containerized services, today announced that it has raised a $30 million Series C funding round. The round was led by Meritech Capital, with participation from existing investor Accel. This brings Instana’s total funding to $57 million. The company, which counts the likes of […]

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Earlier this year, Google announced its revamped Google Maps, which puts a stronger emphasis on discovery. Some of the features the company announced back then have already launched, including many of the promised discovery and exploration tools, but the one feature that was still missing was group planning. But you won’t have to wait much longer […]

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Maven has raised a $27 million Series B co-led by Sequoia and Oak HC/FT, bringing its total raised to date to $42 million.

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Disrupt Berlin 2018, Europe’s most exciting tech conference, takes place on November 29-30 and plays host to hundreds of early-stage startups and thousands of attendees. We’re talking boundary-pushing founders, investors, hackers and tech leaders. Not to mention legendary events like Startup Battlefield, the startup competition that’s launched more than 750 companies. Does your early-stage startup have […]

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Binance, the one-year-old startup that appeared from nowhere to become the world’s top crypto exchange, is making major moves as it enters the next phase of its business. That includes a plan to offer fiat-to-crypto trading in international markets and the release of a decentralized exchange to complement its current trading site. The company routinely […]

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Coinbase aspires to be the New York Stock Exchange of crypto, and it is taking a small — but not insignificant – step to offering a lot more cryptocurrencies after it revamped the process of listing new digital assets. The exchange currently only supports just five cryptocurrencies — Ethereum, Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum Classic and […]

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Even as Magic Leap has cleared the milestone of its first hardware release, the augmented reality startup still has big challenges ahead as it aims to entice developers to build the content for its wild new device. The $2,295 Magic Leap One headset is a very polished-looking developer kit, but it didn’t ship with a […]

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Mars rover Opportunity has been operating on the surface of the Red Planet since 2004, but a dust storm this summer may prove to be the mission's toughest challenges. The enormous storm caked Opportunity in dust and blocked out the sun, its source of energy — and there's no guarantee the batteries aren't dead for good. But now that the skies have cleared, we at least have our first look at the workhorse rover from orbit.

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Tinder has partnered with nonprofit Rock the Vote for a second time, in the hopes of driving young people to the polls through in-app messaging. The company claims a young adult user base where more than half are in the 18 to 24 demographic, and believes it’s well-positioned to mobilize younger voters during the 2018 […]

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