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Facebook should ban campaign ads. End the lies.
Sunday Oct 13, 2019 11:59 PM

Permitting falsehood in political advertising would work if we had a model democracy, but we don’t. Not only are candidates dishonest, but voters aren’t educated, and the media isn’t objective. And now, hyperlinks turn lies into donations and donations into louder lies. The checks don’t balance. What we face is a self-reinforcing disinformation dystopia. That’s […]

SoftBank reportedly preps a package to take control of WeWork parent company
Sunday Oct 13, 2019 10:19 PM

SoftBank Group, the multi-billion dollar Japanese technology conglomerate and investment firm, has put together a  bid that would save WeWork parent company We Co., just weeks before the co-working real estate company’s imminent collapse, The Wall Street Journal reports. With the collapse of the company’s planned initial public offering, We Co. is facing a cash […]

Original Content podcast: For better or for worse, ‘The Politician’ is absolutely bonkers
Sunday Oct 13, 2019 9:11 PM

We all agree: “The Politician” is a crazy show that tries to do everything at once. After all, why settle for a fast-talking satire about a high school election; a more serious treatment of wealth, illness and emotional turmoil; or a showcase for the musical talents of “Dear Evan Hansen” star Ben Platt? Instead, why not […]

Fortnite is just a black hole right now
Sunday Oct 13, 2019 7:32 PM

Fortnite just blew up its entire map and all that’s left is a black hole. Some are speculating that this is simply a teaser for a new Fortnite map, but it’s unclear when that new map will arrive. On Epic Games’ status page, it says Fortnite is currently experiencing a minor service outage, noting “anomaly detected.” […]

Kik says it’s ‘here to stay,’ following shutdown reports
Sunday Oct 13, 2019 3:50 PM

It’s been a rough run for Kik of late. The once mighty messaging service announced in late September that it would be shutting down its app. CEO Ted Livingston noted in a blog post that the startup would be trimming its headcount from over 100 people to “an elite 19 person team,” following a protracted […]

Samsung’s Galaxy Fold concierge service is live in the US for those who need it
Sunday Oct 13, 2019 1:50 PM

Part of Samsung’s reboot of the Galaxy Fold was the announcement of a Premiere Service. Along with a reinforced version of the phone and a lot more warning labels, the company announced that it would also be a 24/7 care service…just in case something happened with the device. I had some issues with my in […]

Week in Review: The ‘smart home’ is still so, so stupid
Sunday Oct 13, 2019 12:00 PM

Hey everyone. Thank you for welcoming me into you inbox yet again. Last week was a short one, but I talked about the merger of a couple of the worst adtech companies in the world. If you’re reading this on the TechCrunch site, you can get this in your inbox here, and follow my tweets […]

AI-based firefighter safety startup Prometeo wins IBM Call for Code Challenge
Sunday Oct 13, 2019 1:00 AM

During an event at the United Nations Delegates Dining Room in New York City, IBM unveiled the winners to its annual  Call for Code Global Challenge. The competition, which is targeted at computing solutions for global problems, crowned five winners, ranging from first responders to health care info. Prometeo took the top price for its […]

Why each Libra member’s mutiny hurts Facebook
Saturday Oct 12, 2019 11:07 PM

There’s a strategic cost to the defection of Visa, Stripe, eBay, and more from the Facebook -led cryptocurrency Libra Association . They’re not just names dropping off a list. Each potentially made Libra more useful, ubiquitous, or reputable. Now they could become obstacles to the token’s launch or growth. Fearing regulators’ inquiries not just into […]

Google’s Pixel 4 briefly went up for preorder on Best Buy Canada
Saturday Oct 12, 2019 7:28 PM

The Pixel 4 is set to be unveiled at an event on Tuesday. This much we know for sure. We know a bunch more, too, (as outlined in this rumor roundup from yesterday), thanks to both official reveals and unofficial leaks. How much of this was planned is hard to say, but Google seemingly doesn’t […]