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  • News discovery app SmartNews valued at $1.1B August 5, 2019
    A $28 million financing has made SmartNews, an AI-powered news aggregation app, a unicorn. Japan Post Capital has led the Series E round, which brings the company’s total investment to $116 million and pushes its valuation to $1.1 billion. Existing investors in SmartNews include Development Bank of Japan, SMBC Venture Capital and Japan Co-Invest L.P.… […]
  • Google Assistant now reads replies from third-party messaging apps August 5, 2019
    Source: Android Police, 91mobiles In this article: android, chat, gear, google, google assistant, internet, io, messaging, mobile, text to speech, text-to-speech, voice assistant All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links,… […]
  • Original Content podcast: ‘Years and Years’ takes an unsettling look at the next decade – TechCrunch August 4, 2019
    “Years and Years” is an unusual show. It’s a co-production of HBO and the BBC, and in the course of six hourlong episodes, it covers a span of more than 10 years in our near future. During that time, we see the rise of a terrifying Trump-style politician in the United Kingdom named Vivian Rook… […]
  • StockX hack reportedly stole 6.8 million records August 3, 2019
    TC verified the claims by contacting people from a sample of 1,000 records using information only they would know.We've asked the company for comment.While the intruders don't appear to have taken particularly sensitive info, like payment cards, it's still a significant breach -- especially when the seller intends to make the data available through the… […]
  • Unpacking DoorDash’s $410M Caviar acquisition August 2, 2019
    Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week Kate and Alex were back to dig through a surprising number of fresh rounds and new funds along with a little breaking news. The traditional VC summer is nowhere to be seen in 2019, so expect… […]
  • Chinese video-game censorship doesn’t end with ‘Devotion’ August 2, 2019
    It's hard to overstate how large Tencent is as a tech company or how much influence it exerts on the video-game industry every day, in a million silent ways. Tencent lingers around the back of the list of top 10 companies in the world, consistently valued at well over $300 billion. Tencent Interactive Entertainment covers… […]
  • With the acquisition closed, IBM goes all in on Red Hat – TechCrunch August 1, 2019
    IBM’s massive $34 billion acquisition of Red Hat closed a few weeks ago and today, the two companies are now announcing the first fruits of this process. For the most part, today’s announcement further IBM’s ambitions to bring its products to any public and private cloud. That was very much the reason why IBM acquired… […]
  • Amazon will fine sellers who ship products in oversized packaging August 1, 2019
    If you've ever received a gargantuan cardboard box with one tiny USB stick inside, you'll know that packaging can be very wasteful. In response to this issue, Amazon's Frustration-Free Packaging Program aimed to give customers "minimal, protective and functional packaging" to keep items safe without adding unnecessary waste packaging. The company hopes the program's new… […]
  • Samsung posts 55.6% drop in second-quarter profit as it copes with weak demand and a trade dispute July 31, 2019
    As it forecast earlier this month, Samsung reported a steep drop in its second-quarter earnings due to lower market demand for chips and smartphones. The company said its second-quarter operating profit fell 55.6% year-over-year to 6.6 trillion won (about $5.6 billion), on consolidated revenue of 56.13 trillion won, slightly above the guidance it issued three… […]
  • HBO Max orders Greek mythology series ‘Circe’ July 31, 2019
    The show will be written and executive-produced by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. The duo previously worked on Jurassic World and Planet of the Apes, and are currently working on the live-action remake of Disney's Mulan and the upcoming Avatar sequels. Chernin Entertainment is producing in partnership with Endeavor Content.The show is told from the… […]