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  • VetTechTrek is creating an e-learning platform to help veterans build careers in the tech industry
    VetTechVisit VetTechTrek is a nonprofit founded last year with the goal of helping military veterans network with the technology industry. Over the last 12 months they have worked toward this goal by hosting multiple “treks” that brought more than 180 veterans and spouses to meet with veterans who work at more than 60 technology startups in New York, Silicon Valley and Washington, DC.… Read More

  • Hate the games, not the players
    chess Imagine that you are lead strategist for the Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump campaign (take your pick). Your job is to maximize voter turnout in November. You hypothesize that more people would vote if doing so were fun. If your campaign could turn rallies and voting into a game, you’d drive more people to the polls, right? Not exactly. Read More

  • International startups: Sign up for a country pavilion at Disrupt SF
    disrupt startup alley london 2014 We’re just a few short months away from Disrupt SF 2016. Soon thousands of entrepreneurs, innovators and investors will flock to the beautiful Pier 48 for the best startup show in the Bay Area. Will you and your budding international startup be joining them? Read More

  • Iran forces messaging apps to move data to Iranian servers
    whatsapp encryption Companies behind popular messaging apps have a year to move all the data they have on Iranian users onto servers in Iran, according to Reuters. This raises concerns about privacy. The Iranian government wants to be able to track private and semi-private conversations on messaging apps. Many social networks are already blocked in Iran, but it looks like the government wants even more control. Read More

  • Buy tickets to the Austin and Seattle pitch-offs now
    TC Meetup pitch off USE It’s time for a little friendly competition among startups. TechCrunch is coming to Austin and Seattle in two weeks, and we’re bringing the TC pitch-off with us. Ten companies will have exactly 60 seconds each to pitch their wares to a panel of expert judges, including TC editors and local VCs. After all the presentations, the judges will determine our winners. First place will… Read More

  • Bitcoin price jumps 21 percent over 4 days, reaching a 21-month high
    bitcoin Bitcoin is back! Or at least, there are positive signs indicating that bitcoin might not be as dead as everybody thought. Bitcoins are now trading at $547.40 on Bitfinex (the largest USD/bitcoin exchange according to Bitcoinity). And it represents a big 21.4 percent price jump over just four days. Read More

  • Watch Microsoft Accelerator?s Machine Learning Demo Day here
    Seattle Skyline TechCrunch is pleased to bring you Microsoft Accelerator’s Machine Learning Demo Day this Thursday, June 2 from the Showbox SoDo in Seattle. The Microsoft Accelerator is an immersive three- to six-month program aimed at helping entrepreneurs get through the challenges of building a company, finding customers and scaling to global markets. There are seven accelerators located around… Read More

  • French financial prosecutor went dark for a year to investigate Google France
    DUBLIN, IRELAND - APRIL 19:  (FRANCE OUT) A general view the Google European headquarters, on April 19, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Vincent Isore/IP3/Getty Images) Google was caught by surprise. Last week, nearly 100 of France’s equivalent of the IRS (Direction générale des Finances) raided Google’s office in Paris for a tax non-compliance investigation. Read More

  • Facebook set to foster popularity of branded content
    branded Branded content was already becoming more attractive to many marketers and publishers trying to navigate the shoals of the online media ecosystem. Now, thanks to Facebook, it’s set to really take off. I think this sector will grow quickly, and in some interesting new directions. Read More

  • Nestor focuses on delivering lunch for office workers in Paris
    tomatoes-and-carrots-picjumbo-com French startup Nestor just raised $1 million (?900,000) from business angels through Anaxago, and TheFamily. The startup competes in the incredibly fierce market of food delivery startups in Paris. Compared to its competitors, Nestor has a full-stack approach and focuses on weekday lunches for office workers. Read More

  • Diane Greene wants to put the enterprise front and center of Google Cloud strategy
    Diane Greene, Google When Google bought bebop Technologies last fall for $348 million, it got more than a stealthy startup. It also landed Diane Greene as executive vice president of Google Cloud Enterprise — and that perhaps was the bigger prize. Greene brought with her years of industry experience, having co-founded and been CEO at VMware for a decade, building it into a virtualization powerhouse. In… Read More

  • FirstMark Capital?s Matt Turck on the big data landscape
    Big Data Graphic Today, the big data sector amounts to more than 7.5 percent of total venture investments. So where are we in the world of big data, and is the recent obsession with AI still fundamentally related to big data? Read More

  • Vote now in The Europas Conference & Awards for European startups
    awards1 In partnership with TechCrunch, The Europas Conference & Awards, which I founded, has come up with a new kind of tech conference. Think of it as a relaxed, summer prelude to the heat of a Disrupt, followed by an all-out celebration of startups. Admittedly, it’s how we like to do things in Europe… The Europas includes a public vote to determine the industry’s favorites.… Read More

  • Robots add real value when working with humans, not replacing them
    handshake In the popular media, we talk a lot about robots stealing jobs. But when we stop speculating and actually look at the real world of work, the impact of advanced robotics is far more nuanced and complicated. Issues of jobs and income inequality fade away, for example — there aren’t remotely enough robots to affect more than a handful of us in the practical sense. Read More

  • Human obsolescence: Are we ready for an artificially intelligent future?
    2708124956_82c2da0fea_b “Enjoy your com-FORT-able stay,” says a robot front-desk clerk at Japan’s Robot Hotel. Do you thank the robot for its awkward salutation? Or maybe you hesitate for a moment before shuffling off in silence. If our digital screens are separating us from human interaction, you better believe AI will further tear that tenuous social fabric. Read More

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