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Are you ready? This is all the data Facebook and Google have on you | Dylan Curran

The harvesting of our personal details goes far beyond what many of us could imagine. So I braced myself and had a look Want to freak yourself out? Im going to show just how much of your information the likes of Facebook and Google store about you without you even realising it. Google knows where youve been Google stores your location (if you have location tracking turned on) every time you turn on your phone. You can see a timeline of where youve been from the very first day you…

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Everyone Hates Silicon Valley, Except Its Imitators

Do not let their names fool you. The silicon places—Silicon Slopes, Silicon Prairie, Silicon Beach, Silicon Peach, Silicon Bayou, Silicon Shire, Silicon Desert, Silicon Holler, Silicon Hill and, separately, Silicon Hills—do not aspire to become “the next Silicon Valley.” Sure, the country’s burgeoning tech enclaves in Utah and Kentucky and Oregon draw inspiration from the original. And sure, they’d love to have even a tiny fraction of the wealth, power, and jobs provided by a massively successful tech company. And sure, the only proven way to do that is to…

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Crunch Report | Benchmark Sues Travis Kalanick

Benchmark sues former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Facebook buys computer vision startup focused on adding objects to video Credits Written by: Tito Hamze, John MannesHosted by: Tito HamzeFilmed by:Tito hamzeEdited by: Tito Hamze Notes: I dont know what to wear on Crunch Report (Its a hard decision and I suck at dressing myself). If you are a startup andwant to me to wear something mail me an XL T-shirt and Ill wear it in an episode. Im not going to mention the company on the shirt in the episode but…

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Google reportedly fires author of anti-diversity memo

CEO Sundar Pichai says internal document that criticised efforts to promote women and under-represented minorities is contrary to our basic values Google reportedly fired a software engineer on Monday after a in a memo to employees. It is contrary to our basic values and our code of conduct. The firing of the memos author, who identified himself as James Damore in an email to the Guardian, was first reported by tweeted a link to further comments by Pichai: Our co-workers shouldnt have to worry that each time they open their…

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Secrets of Silicon Valley review are we sleepwalking towards a technological apocalypse?

Are the idealists good guys who are challenging the old order or are they really tax-minimising corporations that threaten our future? Antonio Garca Martnez has seen the future and it is terrifying. Which is why he is going to set up home (this is the drone room right here) on a small island north of Seattle and live out the ravages of post-America, self-sufficiently, with acomposting toilet and an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle. He is nervy and fast-talking, like asurvivor who has seen unimaginably horrific things. And he has he was…

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Crunch Report | Coinbase Reverses Stance on Bitcoin Cash

Coinbase says it will support Bitcoin Cash after all but it isnt committed to trading yet Toyota takes stake in Mazda, invests more in self-driving and AI Credits Written by: Tito Hamze, John MannesHosted by: Tito HamzeFilmed by:Mitch EasonEdited by: Joe Zolnoski Notes: I dont know what to wear on Crunch Report (Its a hard decision and I suck at dressing myself). If you are a startup andwant to me to wear something mail me an XL T-shirt and Ill wear it in an episode. Im not going to mention…

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Crunch Report | SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch Planned for November

Smallest spacecraft ever launched make it to low-earth orbit Stitch Fix has confidentially filed for an IPO Credits Written by: Tito Hamze, John MannesHosted by: Tito HamzeFilmed by:Joe ZolnoskiEdited by: Veanne Cao Notes: I dont know what to wear on Crunch Report (Its a hard decision and I suck at dressing myself). If you are a startup andwant to me to wear something mail me an XL T-shirt and Ill wear it in an episode. Im not going to mention the company on the shirt in the episode but it…

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Crunch Report | Y Combinator Wants In On The 3-Comma Club

Lyft launches a new self-driving division and will develop its own autonomous ride-hailing technology Y Combinator is reportedly raising a $1 billion fund Credits Written by: Tito Hamze, John MannesHosted by: Tito HamzeFilmed by:Tito HamzeEdited by: Chris Gates Notes: I dont know what to wear on Crunch Report (Its a hard decision and I suck at dressing myself). If you are a startup andwant to me to wear something mail me an XL T-shirt and Ill wear it in an episode. Im not going to mention the company on the…

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Crunch Report | Fastest Drone Ever World Record Set

Researchers 3D print a soft artificial heart that works a lot like a real one Vertu is dead Credits Written by: Tito Hamze, John MannesHosted by: Tito HamzeFilmed by:Joe ZolnoskiEdited by: Veanne Cao Notes: I dont know what to wear on Crunch Report (Its a hard decision and I suck at dressing myself). If you are a startup andwant to me to wear something mail me an XL T-shirt and Ill wear it in an episode. Im not going to mention the company on the shirt in the episode but…

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Crunch Report | Comma.ai Launches Panda

Comma.ai launches an $88 universal car interface called Panda Tesla will build worlds largest battery storage facility for Australian wind farm Credits Written by: Tito Hamze, John MannesHosted by: Tito HamzeFilmed by:Joe ZolnoskiEdited by: Chris Gates Notes: I dont know what to wear on Crunch Report (Its a hard decision and I suck at dressing myself). If you are a startup andwant to me to wear something mail me an XL T-shirt and Ill wear it in an episode. Im not going to mention the company on the shirt in…

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The engineer behind the Not Hotdog app from Silicon Valley put a lot of thought into AI

It would have been easy for a show like HBOs Silicon Valley to show off a machine learning app that classifies hotdogs with some clever post processing drop in some fake static screenshots and call it a day. If the team wanted to create a real app for branding purposes they could have strung together a few APIs in hackathon fashion and moved on to the next silly gag. But to their credit, Tim Anglade, the engineer behind the viral spoof app Not Hotdog,probably put more thought thought into his…

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VC Justin Caldbeck raised funding in email to accuser ahead of scandal breaking

TechCrunch has reviewed an email allegedly sent by VC Justin Caldbeck, of Binary Capital, to one of the female founders who have accused him of inappropriate behavior which suggests he tried to use his influence as an investor to encourage the woman to drop the allegations against him. The email, dated June 8 of this year, was published earlier by Pando, and was sent to Evertoonfounder Niniane Wang, who shared it with us. It has the subject line: Catching up. According to the email metadata it was sent from a…

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Trump tells tech CEOs that Washington needs to ‘catch up with the revolution’

At a meeting with top tech leaders Trump promised a transformation of outdated federal technology, which astonishingly still includes floppy disks Donald Trump called for sweeping transformation of the federal governments technology during the first meeting of the American Technology Council, established by executive order Recode. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, for example, called on the government to take advantage of the type of commercial technology that Amazon sells. Palantir CEO Alex Karp said that big data analysis, the kind Palantir offers, could help stop fraudulent federal spending. Apples Tim Cook…

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