Thursday, July 27, 2017

In 1963, Mattel fielded a teen-pregnancy Barbie toy

Midge is a semi-disavowed character in the Barbieverse, created in 1963 to counter claims that Barbie was oversexualized; weirdly, Mattel then made the decision to release a version of the doll,...

Completed wants to take on LinkedIn with a Yelp-style rating model

If Black Mirror is anything to go by, rating everyone around you isn’t always a great idea, but Completed wants to make it easier to rate and rank the business professionals...

Announcing the TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2017 agenda

Disrupt NY is right around the corner, and we are delighted to reveal the agenda for the conference, which returns to Manhattan this year. Tech luminaries, TechCrunch’s famed Startup Battlefield Competition,...

‘Take that for data!’ Coach’s rant after NBA Playoffs loss is an instant internet...

Can we make David Fizdale coach of the year, please? His Memphis Grizzlies lost the game, but coach David Fizdale definitely won the internet. So, uh, take that for data! Fizdale's...

Microsoft acquires Intentional Software and brings old friend back into fold

Microsoft announced today that it was acquiring Bellevue-based Intentional Software for an undisclosed amount of money. With the purchase, Charles Simonyi, Intentional founder, Chairman, and CTO, who helped develop some of...

Elk is a zero clutter currency converter app

There’s no shortage of currency converter apps for travelers to load onto their iPhones, but there’s also no shortage of badly designed currency converter apps — so the simplicity and speed...

Volkswagen doubles down on China with $180M investment in smart technology for cars

Volkswagen is doubling down on China and AI in one fell swoop after the automaker announced a $180 million investment in Chinese startup Mobvoi to bring smart technology into its cars....

Zoë Quinn’s book about Gamergate is available for preorder

Zoë Quinn, creator of punk games, knows more than most about the sharp end of online harassment. But she also knows what it takes to fight back, an important skill now...

Amazon launches Amazon Cash, a way to shop its site without a bank card

Amazon this morning announced the launch of Amazon Cash, a new service that allows consumers to add cash to their Amazon.com balance by showing a barcode at a participating retailer, then...

Baidu’s AI team taught a virtual agent just like a human would their baby

Baidu’s artificial intelligence research team has achieved a significant milestone: teaching a virtual agent ‘living’ in a 2D environment how to navigate its world using natural language commands, by first teaching...

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge will be available in Black Pearl color...

Behold: The Black Pearl Galaxy S7 Edge The rumors were true: Samsung has launched a glossy black variant of its Galaxy S7 Edge smartphone....

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