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And the winner of Startup Battlefield at Disrupt Berlin 2018 is… Legacy

At the very beginning, there were 13 startups. After two days of incredibly fierce competition, we now have a winner. Startups participating in the Startup ...

N26 says it now has more than 2M customers

N26 announced today that it now has more than 2 million customers — up from 1.5 million in October. The German fintech startup’s CEO Valentin ...

Floyd Mayweather and DJ Khaled to pay SEC fines for flogging garbage ICOs

Floyd Mayweather Jr. and DJ Khaled have agreed to “pay disgorgement, penalties and interest” for failing to disclose promotional payments from three ICOs, including Centra ...

Google's Pixel Slate shows that tablets need an optimized OS because using Android apps designed for phones on a Chrome OS meant for laptops is a buggy mess (Vlad Savov/The Verge)

Vlad Savov / The Verge:Google’s Pixel Slate shows that tablets need an optimized OS because using Android apps designed for phones on a Chrome OS ...

Sources: EU's antitrust regulators sent questionnaires to Google rivals last month, asking for details on Google's practices and impact on competing services (Foo Yun Chee/Reuters)

Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:Sources: EU’s antitrust regulators sent questionnaires to Google rivals last month, asking for details on Google’s practices and impact on competing ...

Source: Google Hangouts for consumers will be shutting down sometime in 2020 (Stephen Hall/9to5Google)

Stephen Hall / 9to5Google:Source: Google Hangouts for consumers will be shutting down sometime in 2020  —  According to source familiar with the product’s internal roadmap, ...

DHS proposes H-1B visa rule changes that would prioritize workers with US advanced degrees and make it harder for outsourcers to hire cheaper staff from abroad (Melia Russell/San Francisco Chronicle)

Melia Russell / San Francisco Chronicle:DHS proposes H-1B visa rule changes that would prioritize workers with US advanced degrees and make it harder for outsourcers ...

Venafi, which protects machine identities like cryptographic keys and digital certificates to minimize harm after a network is breached, raises $100M (Martin Coulter/Financial Times)

Martin Coulter / Financial Times:Venafi, which protects machine identities like cryptographic keys and digital certificates to minimize harm after a network is breached, raises $100M  ...

Sheryl Sandberg asked Facebook staff to research George Soros: report

Facebook’s chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg has been accused of being directly involved in the company’s (once) covert investigation into billionaire George Soros. As reported ...

In pouring rain, self-driving delivery vans show off autonomous skills

A little rain didn’t dampen ThorDrive, a self-driving car platform based in Seoul, from launching its self-driving delivery service.  Starting Thursday, driverless vans will drop ...

Floyd Mayweather and DJ Khaled hit with massive fines for pumping crypto ICOs

Well that certainly backfired.  Professional boxer Floyd Mayweather and music producer DJ Khaled are on the receiving end of substantial fines today. The SEC announced ...

Embarrassing PDF fail reveals Facebook considered selling access to data

It turns out Facebook did at one point consider selling its users’ data. We now know this not because Facebook executives had a sudden urge ...

Starved for attention, banned Twitter troll handcuffs herself to the company’s NY office doors

Twitter is facing the unforeseen consequence of banning a right-wing troll from its platform. Laura Loomer, a known conspiracy theorist,  handcuffed herself to the front ...

Insurance startup Bright Health raises $200M at ~$950M valuation

A flurry of digital-first insurers are betting they can surpass industry incumbents with a little help from technology and a lot of help from venture ...

Meet the five Startup Battlefield finalists at Disrupt Berlin 2018

Thirteen companies took the stage today at Disrupt Berlin, delivering six-minute pitches and demos, then answering free-for-all questions from expert judges. Now that the judges ...

Lyft’s pink-wheeled shareable bikes will be available to rent soon

Lyft has finally given us a glimpse of its forthcoming line of shareable bikes, which the ridesharing company says will be available to rent within ...

Legacy freezes your sperm so you don’t have to

Legacy is tackling an interesting problem: the reduction of sperm motility as we age. By freezing our sperm, this Swiss-based company promises to keep our ...

Koo! is a social network for short-form podcasts

Alexandre Meregan says that music, and audio in general, has always been core to his life. But one day on his five-minute commute to work, ...

Sources say Sandberg asked Facebook staff to research George Soros's finances, though she denied knowledge of hiring Definers, the firm tasked to research Soros (New York Times)

New York Times:Sources say Sandberg asked Facebook staff to research George Soros’s finances, though she denied knowledge of hiring Definers, the firm tasked to research ...

FBI arrests Jared Rice, Sr., CEO of cryptocurrency platform AriseBank, for defrauding investors out of $4M+ and charges him with securities and wire fraud (Yogita Khatri/CoinDesk)

Yogita Khatri / CoinDesk:FBI arrests Jared Rice, Sr., CEO of cryptocurrency platform AriseBank, for defrauding investors out of $4M+ and charges him with securities and ...

Local reports say Apple has removed 700+ apps, including apps by Sogou and Pinduoduo, from the Chinese App Store for pushing app updates without Apple's review (James Titcomb/Telegraph)

James Titcomb / Telegraph:Local reports say Apple has removed 700+ apps, including apps by Sogou and Pinduoduo, from the Chinese App Store for pushing app ...

Intel to start distributing drivers for its graphics chips as Universal Windows Drivers, a single driver package that can run on different device types (Dan Thorp-Lancaster/Windows Central)

Dan Thorp-Lancaster / Windows Central:Intel to start distributing drivers for its graphics chips as Universal Windows Drivers, a single driver package that can run on ...

A Nielsen report says US viewers spend nearly 8B hours per month streaming content via connected devices like Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:A Nielsen report says US viewers spend nearly 8B hours per month streaming content via connected devices like Roku, Apple TV, and ...

Amazon faces backlash after running shady baby registry ad campaign

Amazon is apparently getting really good at ripping off your friends and family.  The e-commerce giant faced widespread backlash today following a Wall Street Journal ...

Google got rid of 'Smart Compose' pronouns because humans are sexist

Unlike a lot of email signatures these days, Gmail doesn’t specify its preferred pronoun. To avoid perpetuating gender bias, Gmail stopped its “Smart Compose” text ...

Apple chimes in on iPhone XR sales but offers no specifics

Apple mixed things up with now fewer than three new iPhones this year — all of them incorporating Face ID and the iPhone X design ...

YouTube Originals will soon be free to watch for everyone

YouTube is changing its original content strategy. Starting next year, YouTube will make its original content free to watch on the platform. Previously, the company’s ...

Cyber Monday sale extension: Get up to 90% off Udemy online courses through Nov. 29

If you ever felt like you needed a change in your life, or you feel like you’re in a dead-end job that’s going nowhere, then ...

Revolut is ready to launch in Singapore and Japan

Fintech startup Revolut has been teasing Asian market expansions for more than a year, but it sounds like it might finally happen. The company has ...

Phiar raises $3 million for an AR navigation app for drivers

Augmented reality is a very buzzy space, but the fundamental technologies underpinning it are pushing boundaries across a lot of other verticals. Machine learning, object ...

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