US driverless car lead vanishing as China and UK put pedal to the metal


The question is no longer “when are driverless cars coming,” but where While the US and China are locked in a head-to-head showdown to see which will flood its roads with safe AI-driven vehicles, a dark horse emerges Before we can talk about the Queen’s plans, however, we’ll need to bring up last year’s most improved player in the space: China The strategy also indicates China hopes to bring 90...

Google says it sold a Google Home device every second since October 19


Google today announced that it sold “tens of millions of Google devices for the home” over the course of the last year and that it sold “more than one Google Home device every second since Google Home Mini started shipping in October” With roughly 675 million seconds since October 19 (the day the Home Mini officially went on sale), chances are that we’re talking close to 75 million Google Homes...

App revenue climbed 35 percent to $60 billion in 2017


Global app revenue climbed 35 percent in 2017 to reach nearly $60 billion, according to a new report today from app intelligence firm Sensor Tower, which measured paid apps, subscriptions, and in-app purchases across both Apple’s App Store and Google Play $265 billion is the money paid out to developers – after Apple’s 30 percent cut Sensor Tower’s report looks at estimated gross spending before...

Reddit admits its email provider was hacked to steal Bitcoin Cash tips


Following a brigade of spooked Redditors reporting hacked accounts and missing Bitcoin Cash tips, Reddit has now revealed the results of its internal investigation – and it doesn’t look good Reddit says it is working with Mailgun to identify all affected accounts, adding that the overall number of confirmed impacted users is currently less than 20 “We have been working to investigate the issue...

Amazon’s a la carte TV service, Amazon Channels, adds CBS All Access


Amazon’s a la carte TV subscription service, Amazon Channels , just added another big name to its lineup Amazon Channels first launched in the US back in 2015 as the less-catchy “Amazon Streaming Partners” It later rebranded and expanded to select European markets last year The goal with the service – which today is exclusive to Prime subscribers and Prime Video members – is to offer premium...

How Much Water Is on the Moon?


In contrast to widespread belief, this estimate is still valid eight years after the event, and has not been adjusted Adjustments have been made to estimates of ejected volatiles from the Lyman Alpha Mapping Project (LAMP) experiment on LRO Near IR and far UV spectra suggest abundances at the 2-10 wt% levels; this ejecta comes from depths of 2-5 meters Neutron mapping only detects hydrogen—it...

Original Content podcast: Netflix’s ‘Bright’ offers dumb fun with orcs and elves in modern LA


As Darrell put it: “I don’t regret watching it” To be clear, it’s a very silly movie, combining Lord of the Rings -style high fantasy with the kind of morally ambiguous police drama that director David Ayer ( Training Day ) is known for Will Smith stars as Daryl Ward, a human police officer, who’s unwillingly paired up with Nick Jacoby (played by Joel Edgerton), the LAPD’s first orc To read the...

Use social media like a marketing pro, and learn how for only $29


In its relatively brief history, social media has already established a pretty sparkling track record for establishing brand identity and getting even the most intricate marketing campaigns off the ground There are plenty of examples of small to mid-range companies using the right social platform exposure to fuel dizzying growth This package includes 12 courses, each loaded with videos, quizzes...

Equity podcast: Spotify’s impending debut, Uber’s done deal, and Nasdaq 7,000


Hello and welcome back to Equity , TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines This episode, the first of 2018, saw our own Katie Roof and your humble servant ( Alex ) joined by Atish Davda , CEO and founder of EquityZen Matthew Lynley is off this week (Davda’s firm put together a landing page for Equity, which we thought was neat) This week saw...

Multiple Bitcoin debit card providers suspend service under orders of Visa


The Bitcoin community is reeling after several pre-paid crypto debit card providers abruptly suspended service The companies affected include Bitwala, Cryptopay, Wirex, and TenX These services allow individuals to spend cryptocurrencies — predominantly Bitcoin — in traditional brick-and-mortar establishments through a debit card issued by one of the major providers, Visa and MasterCard A tweet...

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