SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Rocket Launches First Paid Mission, Lands All Three Boosters For the First Time

SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket has successfully launched its first-ever mission for a paying customer. It was also the first time the aerospace company managed to land all three rocket boosters after launch. CNN reports: The rocket took off Thursday from Kennedy Space Center in Florida just after 6 pm ET. It delivered a pricey communications satellite into orbit for Saudi Arabia-based firm Arabsat. For the first time ever, all three Falcon Heavy rocket boosters returned to Earth after launch: The ...
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Disney+ Streaming Service To Launch In November, Priced At $6.99 Monthly

Disney has announced that its highly anticipated new streaming service, Disney+, will launch in the U.S. on November 12 with a price of $6.99 per month. Variety has more details: The subscription VOD service represents Disney's next major foray into the video-streaming wars. By pricing it well below Netflix, the Mouse House is betting it can rapidly drive up Disney+ customer base with a melange of content that appeals to multiple demographics, including movies and TV shows from its Marvel, Star ...
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Business and Education: How Nanodegrees Are Changing Things

Nanodegrees are the new face of education and career training. While a four-year-degree can never hurt, businesses are more interested in your on the job skills than whether or not you finished all your gen ed classes. Online learning sources that provide technical education taught by industry experts in very specific areas have gained popularity as a proven career path to high paying positions in business, web development and design and information technology. Are Nanodegrees Recognized? Let...
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Apple's TV Box Will Probably Get Disney+, Despite Rival Platform

The new Disney+ app will “in all likelihood be available through traditional app distributors, Apple being one of them,” Disney chief Bob Iger said in an interview with Bloomberg Television’s Emily Chang. While the studio behind “Star Wars” and Marvel movies said during an earlier presentation that consumers will be able to subscribe on Roku and PlayStation, it held back from naming others.
Tags: Apple, Science, Disney, Roku, Emily Chang, Bloomberg Television, Bob Iger

How To Set Metrics And Review Analytics Data With Your Clients

Metrics and analytics data are some of the most important tools of your business. These numbers essentially show you how your business is doing, where you stand in the market, and what kinds of changes need to be made. When you’re sharing analytics data with clients, there are a few different ways to go about it. 1. Find The Right Medium Step one to sharing analytics and setting metrics is to pick the right medium to do so. You can utilize email to send information, but often times info...
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Gmail Becomes First Major Email Provider To Support MTA-STS, TLS Reporting

Google announced today that Gmail has become the first major email provider to support two new security standards, namely MTA-STS and TLS Reporting. Both are extensions to the Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP), the protocol through which all emails are sent today. ZDNet reports: The purpose of MTA-STS and TLS Reporting is to help email providers establish cryptographically secure connections between each other, with the main goal of thwarting SMTP man-in-the-middle attacks. The two new standa...
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An Emergency Car Battery Starter That Actually Works

This Imazing IM25 unit will probably come to the rescue the next time your car battery dies. Last week we reported on two small rechargeable batteries that claimed they could be used to jumpstart a car with a dead battery.  One of them utterly failed to do so, and the other one had ambiguous results.We suggest you should (re)read that review, because it includes a more general discussion on the topic of emergency starting a car with a dead battery.  What follows here is simply another review wit...
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Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi is part of a family of impressive tech leaders, founders, and CEOs — here's who they are

Led by CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber filed for an initial public offering on Thursday. The IPO could be one of the biggest in years. For Khosrowshahi, being a superstar in the tech industry is a family business. Khosrowshahi's cousins, uncle and brothers all made their marks within Silicon Valley and beyond. Here's everything you need to know about Dara Khosrowshahi's impressive family. Visit for more stories. Led by CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, ride-sharing startup Uber filed for...
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Uber spent $457 million on self-driving and flying car R&D last year

Uber spent $457 million last year on research and development of autonomous vehicles, flying cars (known as eVTOLs) and other “technology programs” and will continue to invest heavily in the futuristic tech even though it expects to rely on human drivers for years to come, according to the company’s IPO prospectus filed Thursday. R&D costs at Uber ATG, the company’s autonomous vehicle unit, its eVTOL unit Uber Elevate and other related technology represented one-third of its total R&D spen...
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Two senior execs at Thoma Bravo's Apttus, including the controversial head of revenue, have left without immediate replacements

Apttus Chief Revenue Officer Raj Verma has left the company, according to a memo obtained by Business Insider. Verma was a contentious figure at Apttus, where current and former employees accused him of creating a culture of bullying and fear. His departure comes just six months after Apttus was bought by private equity firm Thoma Bravo and nearly a year after founding CEO Kirk Krappe left the company following allegations of sexual misconduct. Visit for more stories. The ...
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NPM Apologizes For the Way It Handled Recent Staff Layoffs

JavaScript library manager NPM on Wednesday apologized for its handling of a contentious round of recent layoffs. The Register reports: The company statement, which comes a week after product manager Rebecca Turner resigned in protest, is co-signed by chief executive officer Bryan Bogensberger, chief product officer Isaac Schlueter and chief data officer Laurie Voss. "Recently, we let go of five people in a company restructuring," the statement says. "The way that we undertook the process, unfor...
Tags: Tech, Cto, Isaac, NPM, Rebecca Turner, Isaac Schlueter, Laurie Voss, Bryan Bogensberger, Silverio

Disney+ streaming service launches on November 12, with a price of $6.99 per month

Disney’s direct-to-consumer streaming strategy took center stage today at the company’s investor day. That strategy includes Hulu (where the recently-closed Fox acquisition has given Disney a contyrolling stake), ESPN+ and the Indian streaming service Hotstar, but executives spent most of their time hyping the upcoming launch of Disney+. The company said the service will launch in the United States on November 12, and will have a monthly streaming price of $6.99 per month. Executives confirmed t...
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Disney shows off its upcoming Disney+ streaming service

Disney’s direct-to-consumer streaming strategy took center stage today at the company’s investor day. That strategy includes Hulu (where the recently-closed Fox acquisition has given Disney a contyrolling stake), ESPN+ and the Indian streaming service Hotstar, but executives spent most of their time hyping the upcoming launch of Disney+. For one thing, they confirmed that unlike Hulu and ESPN+, Disney+ will be entire ad-free, making all its money from subscriptions. Kevin Mayer, Disney’s direct-...
Tags: Media, Entertainment, Marvel, Disney, Tech, Fox, Espn, Hulu, Latin America, Mayer, Kevin Feige, The Walt Disney Company, Netflix Disney, ESPN Disney, Michael Paull, Cassian Andor

YouTube’s plan to reward ‘quality’ content has some problems

After a turbulent year, YouTube is allegedly doing some damage control with its advertisers. According to a report from Bloomberg, the company is looking for a way to reward constructive and quality content. The problem is that’s not something that can be done by algorithms. That’s something that’s going to take human eyeballs, looking at every video if the company doesn’t want another scandal. Bloomberg reports the company is testing internal metrics to find videos with good “quality watch time...
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Disney unveils new streaming service to debut late this year

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Disney is raising the curtain on a hotly anticipated video steaming service that’s aiming to topple industry pioneer Netflix, once a valuable ally. The service, called Disney Plus, has been in the works for more than year, but Thursday marked the first time that the longtime entertainment powerhouse has laid out […]
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Google's New Currents App Is Its Enterprise Replacement For Google+

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Now that Google+ is history, today, Google unveiled what will be offered to G Suite users in its place: Currents. The new app "enables people to have meaningful discussions and interactions across your organization, helping keep everyone in the know and giving leaders the opportunity to connect with their employees." The company says Currents has a new look and feel compared to Google+ -- it seems somewhat similar to my eyes -- and it's been st...
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Equity Shot: A deep dive into the Uber S-1

 Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. It’s time for another Equity Shot, a quick-take episode centered around a breaking news event. This time, as you already guessed, Kate Clark and I sat down to dig into the Uber S-1. It’s a huge, complex document, but we did our best to summarize what’s inside. First, we talked through yearly results, looking back a half-decade into Uber’s revenue growth. In t...
Tags: Apple, Startups, TC, Transportation, Uber, Finance, Ipo, Softbank, Chief executive officer, Tech, Economy, Transport, Venture Capital, Commuting, Travis Kalanick, Carsharing

Uber may owe another $128 million to Google for awards related to Uber vs. Waymo (GOOGL)

Uber may owe Google $128 million related to arbitration demands against Uber's former VP of Engineering Anthony Levandowski. The awards stem from Google v. Levandowski & Ron, and Google v. Levandowski. These two cases are separate from, but related to, the Uber vs. Waymo case that kept both companies in the spotlight last spring. The $227 million awards, issued on March 26, were disclosed Thursday in Uber's S-1 filing to go public.  Uber could be held liable for the awards granted against Leva...
Tags: Google, Uber, Trends, Ron, Otto, Waymo, Waymo Uber, Anthony Levandowski, Levandowski, Lior Ron, Levandowksi, Levandowski Uber, Levandowski Ron

The importance of seating at the investor meeting

Alex Cornell Contributor Share on Twitter Alex Cornell is former Facebook employee whose still-in-stealth company was part of the Y Combinator 2019 Winter cohort. We just finished YCombinator. Surrounding Demo Day, we went to a lot of investor meetings. Such conversations are usually well-choreographed and methodical but their physical conditions can be variable and random. The following will massively (though subtly) im...
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Tesla, Panasonic Are Freezing Plans To Add More Battery Production Lines At Gigafactory

Tesla and Panasonic are reportedly freezing their plans to add more battery production lines at Gigafactory 1, its massive factory outside of Reno, Nevada that is a cornerstone to the automaker's business. "The partners had planned to increase capacity by 50 percent next year, but financial problems have forced a rethink," reports TechCrunch, citing a report from Nikkei. "Nikkei also reported that Panasonic was suspending a planned investment in Tesla's automotive battery and EV plant in Shangha...
Tags: Tech, Tesla, Bloomberg, Shanghai, Panasonic, Gigafactory, Reno Nevada, Kazuhiro Tsuga, Tesla Panasonic

Colourful bin bags help robots sort trash

A city with impressive recycling credentials has a unique waste system involving seven coloured bags.
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What is Google Fi and how does it work?

Fi is a compelling, wallet-friendly service. But before you try this dark-horse carrier, here’s a brief rundown of its pros and cons.
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Trifecta! SpaceX launches first mission on Falcon Heavy and lands all three boosters

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy launch vehicle successfully undertook its first commercial mission today, taking a communications satellite to orbit and proving the viability of its heavy-lift rocket platform. And as a piece de resistance, all three rocket cores autonomously landed themselves back on Earth and will soon be ready to fly again. The mission is still underway, but the most dangerous moments are over with, and the system passed with flying colors. It’ll be some time before the next second s...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Science, Tech, Earth, Falcon Heavy, Cape Canaveral, Arabsat

Robocaller firm Stratics Networks exposed millions of call recordings

If you’ve ever had a voicemail appear out of nowhere, there’s a good chance Stratics Networks was involved. The Toronto-based company is the self-proclaimed inventor of “ringless voicemails,” providing its customers a way of auto-dialing a list of phone numbers and dropping voicemails without leaving a missed call. The system uses a backdoor voicemail number typically reserved by the carrier to leave a voicemail directly in a person’s mailbox. The company once claimed it can process up to 10,000...
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Twin astronaut study suggests interplanetary travel may not be a health risk

The human body “remains robust and resilient” after almost a year in space, according to a long-term, multi-institutional study of twins, one of whom lived aboard the International Space Station for 340 days while the other remained on Earth. These heartening results remove a potential barrier to crewed interplanetary missions — and just in time for us to start planning them. The study, conducted by NASA and its partners on the American astronauts Scott and Mark Kelly, minutely monitored the ...
Tags: Health, Space, Science, Government, Tech, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Mars, Astronauts, Iss, Scott Kelly, Space Station, Scott, Mark Kelly, Human Research Program

Today Only: 2-Pack Of TP-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plugs For $21.99 Shipped From BH

Today Only: 2-Pack Of TP-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plugs For $21.99 Shipped From BH Remotely Turn On/Off Two Devices 2.4 GHz Wireless Frequency Customized Scheduling Away Mode Energy Monitoring 100-120 VAC Input and Output Wi-Fi Connectivity Remote Access via iOS and Android Apps Works with Alexa and Google Assistant
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Uber says its future is riding on the success of self-driving cars, but warns investors that there's a lot that can go wrong (UBER)

The future of Uber's business is riding on self-driving cars. The transportation startup has warned that if its rivals develop the tech at scale before it does, everything from its ride-hailing to its food delivery efforts are at risk. On Thursday, the company finally filed to go public in what is expected to be one of the biggest IPOs of all time. Uber's financial disclosures provide an unprecedented look at the inner workings of the firm, and how it's thinking about its future. Visit Busines...
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Marvel confirms upcoming streaming shows about Loki, Scarlet Witch and the Falcon

At today’s Disney Investor Day, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige outlined the superheroic side of the upcoming streaming service Disney+. That includes a number of original shows: “Wanda Vision,” which will star Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch and Paul Bettany as The Vision; “Falcon and the Winter Soldier” starring Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan as the titular characters; a Loki series starring Tom Hiddleston and an animated “What if?” series telling out-of-continuity stories, startin...
Tags: TC, Marvel, Disney, Tech, Netflix, Marvel Studios, Vision, Tom Hiddleston, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Falcon, Peggy Carter, Kevin Feige, The Walt Disney Company, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan

How To Stop Amazon From Listening To Your Alexa Recordings

Yesterday, Bloomberg dropped a bombshell report revealing that Amazon employs thousands of people around the world to listen to voice recordings captured in Echo owners' homes and offices, and uses them to improve its Alexa digital assistant. "The recordings are transcribed, annotated and then fed back into the software as part of an effort to eliminate gaps in Alexa's understanding of human speech and help it better respond to commands," the report says. "A screenshot reviewed by Bloomberg show...
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Uber relies on Google Maps for its business and spent $58 million on it over three years (GOOGL, GOOG)

Uber filed to go public on Thursday, and its paperwork shows that Uber spent $58 million on Google Maps between 2016 and 2018. Uber sees Google Maps as "critical" to its business, it says in the filing.  If Google and Uber were to end their agreement, this could harm Uber's business because other mapping services may be expensive, inferior, or just not exist.  Uber filed to go public on Thursday, and its S-1 paperwork revealed that from the beginning of 2016 to the end 2018, Uber spent s...
Tags: Google, Lyft, Uber, Trends, Google Maps, Aston Martin, Amazon Web Services, Alphabet, Alphabet Google, David Drummond, Lagonda, Dara Khosrowshahi, Waymo, IPO Uber

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