December 2017

Pinterest integrates deeper with Facebook with a new bot and messenger extension

By | December 5th, 2017|Technology|

As Pinterest looks to further expand beyond just the audience you’d expect to use it, it’s going to have to start chasing down users and meet them on different territories — and that includes messaging apps. So today Pinterest is launching a pair of updates that is going to help it tap into that audience [...]

With your help, Code First: Girls wants to teach 20,000 young women to code by 2020

By | December 5th, 2017|Technology|

Over the last few years, and arguably punching way above its weight, Code First: Girls has been doing important work. The U.K. social enterprise, which originally spun out of company builder Entrepreneur First, has already taught more than 5,000 women to code, with the broader aim of helping to close the gender gap in the [...]

Two Democratic senators donate funds from Shervin Pishevar to charities for women

By | December 5th, 2017|Technology|

Two Senate Democrats will donate funds they received from Shervin Pishevar to charitable organizations after the venture capitalist was accused of sexual harassment and assault by multiple women. According to Bloomberg, which first reported on the allegations against Pishevar last week, U.S. Senators Kamala Harris of California and Cory Booker of New Jersey will give [...]

SEC’s new cyber unit takes its first action to halt an initial coin offering ‘scam’

By | December 5th, 2017|Technology|

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged Canadian crypto company PlexCorp with violating securities laws by selling up to $15 million in an initial coin offering (ICO). ICO’s have seen explosive growth over the past year as fledgling companies have used them raise more than $3 billion in capital through various cryptocurrencies. However, experts have [...]

You can now import your Instagram contacts into Messenger

By | December 4th, 2017|Technology|

Facebook and Instagram have begun testing a feature that allows you to more easily bring your Instagram contacts into Messenger. The experience, which is entirely opt-in for the app’s users, is the latest in a series of integrations between Instagram and Facebook’s properties, which has earlier included the cross-posting of Instagram Stories to Facebook as [...]

Prisma adds to its armoury, integrating GagBot’s AI meme-generator

By | December 4th, 2017|Technology|

Ever get stuck for that perfect gag-line on a photo of your friends? You want to turn even an ordinary photo into an internet meme, but maybe you just can’t think of that hilarious caption. Well, now you too can outsource your creative brain to the coming Artificial Intelligence overlords. Yes, indeed there is an [...]

Watch the sixth annual Breakthrough Prize awards live right here!

By | December 4th, 2017|Technology|

As we head into awards season, one of the first shows to lead the pack is all about science. The Breakthrough Prize, a cumulative $22 million in awards that go to superstars in the fields of physics, life sciences, and mathematics, is going into its sixth year. The show was founded by Yuri and Julia [...]

People have spent over $1M buying virtual cats on the Ethereum blockchain

By | December 4th, 2017|Technology|

Launched a few days ago, CryptoKitties is essentially like an digital version of Pokemon cards but based on the Ethereum blockchain. And like most viral sensations that catch on in the tech world, it’s blowing up fast. Built by Vancouver and San Francisco-based design studio AxiomZen, the game is the latest fad in the world of [...]

Cheer My Friend lets you motivate runners with voice messages

By | December 3rd, 2017|Technology|

Another neat hack idea being demoed here at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin is an app for helping support runners during races by sending personal voice messages to keep them feeling motivated. The Cheer My Friend app doesn’t need supporters to download an app in order to work — only the runner needs the app on their [...]