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Can the CIA hack your iPhone? What you need to know about the WikiLeaks dump.

The CIA has put quite a bit effort into figuring out ways to hack Apple devices.That’s the takeaway from the latest batch of documents dumped ...

Twitter floats the idea of a service like Tweetdeck, but you pay for it

Why give something away for free if you can charge for it? The Twitterverse was set aflame this afternoon with news that the company is ...

Google partners with Howard University to launch program for black engineers

Bonita Stewart, Google’s vice president of global partnerships, says the tech industry barely talked about diversity when she joined the company around 10 years ago. ...

Here's what Apple had to say about those WikiLeaks files on hacked Macs and iPhones

Apple has responded to the latest crop of WikiLeaks documents that allege the CIA had a number of projects meant to compromise Apple products.  “Based ...

How to block 'Game of Thrones' spoilers, curse words and eggplant emoji on Twitter

Finally, some peace and quiet on social media.  Twitter rolled out some new muting options today, which will allow Android and web users to hide ...

Zero Motorcycles CTO Abe Askenazi on the future of two-wheeled EVs

 Electric cars and buses have already begun to take over the world, but the motorcycle industry has been much slower to put out all-electric and ...

Instacart agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit for $4.6 million

 On the heels of a $400 million round at a $3.4 billion valuation, Instacart has agreed on a $4.65 million fee to settle a class-action lawsuit ...

How Everette Taylor went from a homeless college dropout to chief marketing officer at Skurt

 There are roughly 58,000 homeless students on college campuses in the United States (according to the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth ...

Post Intelligence says it can make your tweets better

 Social media can be hard. I’m not speaking hypothetically here. There have definitely been days where I’ve thought, Shoot, it’s been way too long since ...

Tests show 10 of 54 passwords are valid in sample set from hackers claiming to have 250M iCloud records; users should change passwords (Zack Whittaker/ZDNet)

Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:Tests show 10 of 54 passwords are valid in sample set from hackers claiming to have 250M iCloud records; users should change ...

Google partners with Howard University to open a school branch on Google's campus for black engineering students, accepting 740 students over five years (Jacob Kastrenakes/The Verge)

Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:Google partners with Howard University to open a school branch on Google’s campus for black engineering students, accepting 740 students over ...

Revolut launches a premium subscription and starts raising a new round

 Fintech startup Revolut has been a free service and that’s not going to change. But the company is adding a premium tier with more features for ...

Instacart will pay $4.6M to settle a class-action lawsuit with independent contractors and change its description of a service fee often mistaken as a tip (Jason Del Rey/Recode)

Jason Del Rey / Recode:Instacart will pay $4.6M to settle a class-action lawsuit with independent contractors and change its description of a service fee often ...

Twitter confirms it is considering a paid TweetDeck subscription service with new features including analytics and breaking news alerts for brands and news orgs (Casey Newton/The Verge)

Casey Newton / The Verge:Twitter confirms it is considering a paid TweetDeck subscription service with new features including analytics and breaking news alerts for brands ...

Hands-on with Nomadic's VR experience, which uses rooms and real-world objects to immerse the user; the firm hopes its experiences will be available Q4 2017 (Daniel Terdiman/Fast Company)

Daniel Terdiman / Fast Company:Hands-on with Nomadic’s VR experience, which uses rooms and real-world objects to immerse the user; the firm hopes its experiences will ...

India says no to most of Apple's demands

Apple is not getting any special treatment from the Indian government.  Despite the company’s imminent plans to begin manufacturing iPhones in the country, the Indian ...

A whole state in India is giving all college students free internet access

Indian state governments are joining technology giants and central government in pushing internet connectivity to more people.  The latest instance of this comes from the ...

3 reasons to worry about the FBI's facial recognition program

The FBI quietly developed a facial recognition network that allows law enforcement to identify people in the United States without their knowledge. Now lawmakers want ...

This formula explains why NYC is great for ride-sharing and Sydney is terrible

The ebb and flow of a city may feel entirely unique, but it turns out there are universal laws that may govern the chaos of ...

Facebook struggles to prevent violence on Facebook Live

Mark Zuckerberg has repeatedly said that live video is the future of Facebook, but what if that future is terrifying and full of violence? What ...

Causes of the global water crisis and 12 companies trying to solve it

 It’s World Water Day. Time to wake up and take shorter showers. That is, if we’re fortunate enough to have them. Water scarcity and pollution are ...

Zendesk is also partnering with startup megacampus Station F

 Station F is going to be the world’s biggest startup campus. A thousand startups are going to work in this huge building. And Station F ...

The News Lens raises Series B to challenge Asia’s traditional media companies

 The News Lens, an online journalism startup that aims to be the voice of reason in Asia’s raucous media landscape, will focus on creating more ...

Let’s meet up for a Micro-Meetup in Boulder next Wednesday

 I’ll be in Boulder for a few weeks and would love to hear some pitches and maybe give out some tables for Disrupt. I’ll be ...

Android 2016 security report: 50% of devices in use at the end of 2016 had not received a platform security update in one year (Kate Conger/TechCrunch)

Kate Conger / TechCrunch:Android 2016 security report: 50% of devices in use at the end of 2016 had not received a platform security update in ...

Plug and Play launches 9 new accelerator programs

 The Plug and Play network of accelerators and corporate partnerships is launching nine new cohorts in various industry verticals. It’s the largest group ever for ...

Twitter partnering with IBM's Watson team to "identify abuse patterns" among users on Twitter before the behavior starts, says VP of data strategy Chris Moody (Geof Wheelwright/GeekWire)

Geof Wheelwright / GeekWire:Twitter partnering with IBM’s Watson team to “identify abuse patterns” among users on Twitter before the behavior starts, says VP of data ...

Canada reveals new budget that redefines ride-sharing firms as taxi companies, ending Uber's tax advantage (Dan Burns/Reuters)

Dan Burns / Reuters:Canada reveals new budget that redefines ride-sharing firms as taxi companies, ending Uber’s tax advantage  —  The new national budget unveiled Wednesday ...

Apple acquires Workflow, an automation tool for iOS, will keep three-person team and make app freely available in the App Store today (Matthew Panzarino/TechCrunch)

Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:Apple acquires Workflow, an automation tool for iOS, will keep three-person team and make app freely available in the App Store today  ...

Universe, a mobile-only website builder, launches an iOS app and announces $3.2M in funding led by Box Group (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)

Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:Universe, a mobile-only website builder, launches an iOS app and announces $3.2M in funding led by Box Group  —  The business of ...

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