Online bank Simple makes things harder by removing bill pay

With a growing number of challenger banks taking on the U.S. market, one of the original startup banks, Simple — now owned by BBVA — has taken the unusual step of removing a core banking feature: bill pay. The company claimed the feature was under-utilized and usage was trending downwards,

Facebook has acquired Servicefriend, which builds ‘hybrid’ chatbots, for Calibra customer service

As Facebook prepares to launch its new cryptocurrency Libra in 2020, it’s putting the pieces in place to help it run. In one of the latest developments, it has acquired Servicefriend,

Meet Facebook’s latest fake

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, a 35-year-old billionaire who keeps refusing to sit in front of international parliamentarians to answer questions about his ad business’ impact on democracy and human rights around the world, has a new piece of accountability theatre to sell you: An “Oversight Board“.

Here are the 22 companies from Alchemist Accelerator’s Demo Day XXII

Alchemist Accelerator, a startup incubator which focuses on enterprise companies, held a demo day yesterday for its 22nd batch. Each company got 5 minutes to tell a theater full of investors who they are, what they’re building, and why they might be the best to build it.

Zoox CEO Aicha Evans to talk self-driving cars at Disrupt SF 2019

Aicha Evans, CEO of self-driving startup Zoox, is joining us at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco in just two short weeks. Evans came on board to Zoox earlier this year following the unexpected firing of co-founder and former CEO Tim Kentley-Klay in August. At the time of the announcement,

Startups Weekly: Upfront Ventures bets on a bus service

In this week's newsletter: Airbnb, WeWork and Postmates prep IPOs.

Want to crush competitors? Forget SoftBank, Blackstone suggests; it can write $500 million checks, t

Back in January, Blackstone — the investment firm whose assets under management surpassed a jaw-dropping half a trillion dollars earlier this year — quietly began piecing together a new, growth equity platform called Blackstone Growth, or BXG.

Chef CEO says he’ll continue to work with ICE in spite of protests

Yesterday, software development tool maker Chef found itself in the middle of a firestorm after a Tweet called them out for doing business with DHS/ICE. Eventually it led to an influential open source developer removing a couple of key pieces of software from the project,

The U.S. Senate is coming after ‘loot boxes’

Gamers feel passionately about loot boxes, turns out some elected officials do too. A new Senate bill was formally introduced today with bipartisan support and it could categorically shift how today’s top platforms and distribution platforms monetize the titles they sell.

Lime’s founding CEO steps down as his co-founder takes control

Brad Bao, a Lime co-founder and long-time Tencent executive, will assume chief responsibilities.

Canopy’s upscale co-working business adds a new location in SF on the heels of strategic funding

Canopy, an upscale, profitable developer of co-working spaces, has expanded its footprint in San Francisco to a third location on the heels of a strategic financing round.

天猫试水C2B定制 承包小家电生产线阻击京东

在电商改革进入深水区之时,阿里巴巴旗下平台天猫开始向家电领域发起进攻。

日本科学家同意撤销有争议干细胞论文

在对自己创建多能干细胞的简单新方法(STAP)进行了几个月的激烈捍卫后,日本理化研究所(RIKEN)发育生物学中心的小保方晴子同意撤销发表在《自然》杂志上的两篇论文。

Softbank 花钱花不完,2.5 亿与 Legendary 结盟

早前才报导过 Softbank 有意收购梦工场的消息,今天它就公布了与另一家电影制作公司 Legendary Entertainment 组成战略合作关系。Softbank 将会投放 2.5 亿美元,用以在网上和移动装置推广有关作品...

让泰迪熊“说话”,人工智能玩具厂商ToyTalk完成1500万美元B轮融资

我们此前报道过的“活”玩具ToyTalk是将玩具与人工智能Siri结合的例子,最近,它又完成了一笔1500万美元的B轮融资,Khosla Ventures领投。

Does Showing a Horrific Video Serve a Legitimate Journalistic Purpose?

HughPickens.com writes: Erik Wemple writes at the Washington Post that Fox News recently took the controversial step of posting a horrific 22-minute video online that shows Jordanian pilot Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh being burned to death.

Tesla probably ticked off some of its stockholders with its April Fools' joke

At least a few Tesla investors probably aren't laughing right now.Four minutes before the end of the trading day, Tesla put out a tweet and blog post with the headline: "Announcing the Tesla Model W.

[图]Windows 10 Build 10049:改善后的电池指示

本周早些时候,微软面向Windows Insider用户推送了版本号为10049的Windows 10技术预览版,当时我们将主要的目光都瞄准了首次亮相的Spartan浏览器,不过新版系统中同样在很多细节方面进行了调整,其中就包括电池指示。

Part of A Rocket Engine Landed in This Guy's Living Room

Part of a rocket engine crashes through the roof of a house in northeast China’s Shanxi province early Friday morning. Read more...

从自由职业者到创始人

编者注:这是一个从自由职业者到成为公司创始人的追梦故事。里面的流水账值得看看,可以知道创业要迈过哪些坑。从IBM资深的软件工程师到做开发的自由职业者,我有了一个相当不错的职业生涯起点。我一直都梦想着开自己的公司,去年这个梦想终于实现了。是的,这个梦实现得有点出乎意料。下面就是我的故事。我从来都没有感觉到退出自由职业的紧迫性。我喜欢这种自由。现在还是。当你过上得体生活的同时还享受着最大限度的自由时,你知道,你掌握了你的艺术。没有代理,没人管你:只有你,你的客户和你的作品。我职业生涯一开始就投入了很多时间用尽可能最好的办法去学习编程。我成为了一名相当出色的开发者。

Oculus Rift更新屏蔽HTC Vive访问其独占游戏路径

据外媒报道,日前,Oculus Rift在向用户推送的更新中屏蔽了一款叫做Revive的软件,这款软件可以让用户在HTC Vive运行Rift的独占游戏。Revive在1个月前发布,安装了这款软件之后,用户就能用HTC Vive玩《Lucky's Tale 》和《Oculus Dreamdeck》,而这2款游戏本应该是Oculus Rift独享的。Oculus Rift这么做的意图非常明显,尽一切可能不让自己的游戏为竞争对手服务。

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