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December 2017

Coinbase hits top spot on Apple’s US App Store despite struggling to handle bitcoin demand

By | December 8th, 2017|Technology|

Ignoring recent price rises for a second, if you can — there’s no greater sign of bitcoin fever than an app that lets you buy the cryptocurrency becoming the most downloaded app in the App Store. That’s exactly what happened on Thursday when Coinbase, the $1.6-billion-valued company behind what is arguably the world’s best-known exchange for [...]

Even if Section 702 expires, White House says warrantless surveillance is fine for a while

By | December 8th, 2017|Technology|

The fight over a critical loophole in U.S. surveillance law may not be resolved in Congress before the year ends, but the Trump administration appears to have no qualms about keeping it open, even if the law expires. The law, known as Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), is set to expire [...]

The price of Bitcoin has doubled in two weeks, now above $16k

By | December 7th, 2017|Technology|

Bitcoin prices are hockey-sticking on a hockey stick. The cryptocurrency’s gains Thursday morning hit new heights striking well above $18k across widely varying exchanges, coming to rest above $16,000 while the popular Coinbase exchange briefly suffered issues due to “record high traffic.” Bitcoin was trading below $8,000 two weeks ago. This is a truly, truly [...]

Prose raises $5.2 million for custom shampoo

By | December 7th, 2017|Technology|

Whether your hair is straight, curly, color-treated or oily, the texture is unique. And a newly launched startup called Prose thinks your hair products should be, too. Prose is working with hair salons and stylists to build custom formulations for clientele. They’ll not only take into account a person’s hair type but whether their city has [...]

WorldRemit nabs $40M at a $670M valuation to boost its money transfer business

By | December 7th, 2017|Technology|

WorldRemit, a London-based startup with some 2 million users that offers a quick way for people to send money to each other with a focus on developing markets, has raised more funds to help it take on the likes of Western Union in the remittances market, estimated by the World Bank to be worth some [...]

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 focuses on AI, VR and battery life

By | December 7th, 2017|Technology|

Qualcomm teased its new flagship smartphone chip at day one of its Summit in Maui, and, as expected, the company’s got a lot more to offer us on day two. The Snapdragon 845 is the latest premium processor, due out next year. And like its predecessor, the 835, you can expect the thing to be [...]

Lyft’s self-driving pilot with nuTonomy begins rolling out in Boston

By | December 6th, 2017|Technology|

Lyft is beginning its self-driving car pilot with self-driving car company nuTonomy in Boston as it looks to ramp up its self-driving efforts, and is now matching its riders with self-driving vehicles in parts of Boston, nuTonomy said today. Lyft announced its partnership with nuTonomy in June this year, indicating that the pilots would begin in [...]

PiTunnel connects your Raspberry Pi to the world

By | December 6th, 2017|Technology|

Raspberry Pis are usually very lonely. These tiny, single-board computers sit quietly under desks or inside 3D printed cases, staring wistfully into the far distance while waiting for a little attention. Now, thanks to a side project by a programmer named Dimitri Raftopoulos, an app called PiTunnel ensures your Pi need not be alone anymore. [...]

These are the 10 best tech companies to work for in the U.S., according to Glassdoor

By | December 6th, 2017|Technology|

Glassdoor just released its top 100  U.S.-based companies to work for next year. Since we cover technology over here at TechCrunch, we broke out the top 10 tech companies from the list. The rankings are based on employee feedback from companies with more than 1,000 employees. Through Glassdoor, employees rate companies based on things like [...]

Microsoft shows off Windows PCs that run on Qualcomm chips

By | December 6th, 2017|Technology|

Intel’s stumbles in the mobile arena grew to become Qualcomm’s gains with its Snapdragon platform, but now it appears that Qualcomm intends to upend their dominance in entry-level PCs as well. Today, Microsoft and Qualcomm announced that Windows would begin running on systems powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon mobile chipsets. This isn’t entirely earth-shattering given that [...]