• Instamojo raises $7M to help SMEs and 'micro-entrepreneurs' in India sell online
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    Instamojo raises $7M to help SMEs and 'micro-entrepreneurs' in India sell online

    In India, startups are quietly building the tools and platforms to enable a different kind of gig economy: one that allows 'micro-entrepreneurs' to tap growing access to the internet to sell goods and services online. One such figure helping this burgeoning economy is Instamojo, a seven-year-old

  • Cord cutting has grown by 50 percent in the last eight years
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    Cord cutting has grown by 50 percent in the last eight years

    Apparently, 16 million homes no longer have traditional cable or satellite TV subscriptions, which means 14 percent of all households with TVs in the US exclusively watch over-the-air programming. According to Nielsen, the 6.6 million homes that exclusively rely on antenna have a median age of 55 and

  • YC-backed Upsolve is automating bankruptcy for everyone
    TechCrunch33 minutes ago

    YC-backed Upsolve is automating bankruptcy for everyone

    The popular image of a Chapter 7 bankruptcy might be a large company like Enron failing, or maybe some lazy drifter trying to shirk their financial responsibilities. Today in America, the most common reason for bankruptcy is to discharge egregious sums of medical debt [1], which might have been incurred

  • Tesla’s Navigate on Autopilot was my CES road trip companion
    Engadget34 minutes ago

    Tesla’s Navigate on Autopilot was my CES road trip companion

    I love a good road trip. I've spent hundreds of thousands of miles in cars during my life, and the best times were when I knew it would be hours or even days before I reached my destination. Typically a friend (or friends) or family members would accompany me, but on a few occasions, it was just

  • Bloomberg39 minutes ago

    WeWork Defends Its Practices for Related-Party Transactions

    The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that Chief Executive Officer Adam Neumann has made millions of dollars by leasing multiple properties in which he has an ownership stake back to WeWork. “Those transactions are reviewed and approved by the board, and they are disclosed to investors,” WeWork

  • Facebook is launching political ad checks in Nigeria, Ukraine, EU and India in coming months
    TechCrunch47 minutes ago

    Facebook is launching political ad checks in Nigeria, Ukraine, EU and India in coming months

    Facebook is launching some of its self-styled 'election security' initiatives into more markets in the coming months ahead of several major votes in countries around the world. In an interview with Reuters the social networking giant confirmed it's launching checks on political adverts

  • OMRON's redesigned ping pong robot no longer holds back
    Engadget1 hour ago

    OMRON's redesigned ping pong robot no longer holds back

    OMRON is best known for its healthcare products like thermometers and blood pressure monitors -- now in the form of a smartwatch, even. The machine is now in its fifth generation and packed with some surprising upgrades -- let's just say my parents would be disappointed in me if they were there

  • Fiserv is buying First Data in a $22B fintech megadeal
    TechCrunch1 hour ago

    Fiserv is buying First Data in a $22B fintech megadeal

    While we will continue to see a lot of consolidation among smaller startups in the area of financial technology, or fintech, there are also some much bigger combinations at play to help tap into economies of scale against current and future competition. Today, Fiserv announced that it would acquire

  • Apple expands its reach with free Apple Music on Verizon Wireless
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    Apple expands its reach with free Apple Music on Verizon Wireless

    Verizon Wireless is now offering free access to Apple Music. The music streaming service is available on select Verizon Wireless plans starting on January 17, 2019. Previously, Verizon and Apple offered a free 6-month trial to the streaming service.

  • Deezer's new app serves up 30,000 radio stations for free
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    Deezer's new app serves up 30,000 radio stations for free

    Deezer has unveiled a new app that will give users access to 30,000 radio stations around the world. Deezer is hoping you'll use the radio app with its main streaming app. Deezer is far from the first app to offer radio stations, as the now defunct Rdio, along with iHeartRadio, Pandora, Apple and

  • Tesla unveils first home charging station that can be plugged into a wall outlet
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    Tesla unveils first home charging station that can be plugged into a wall outlet

    Tesla today is launching a new home charging station designed for the modern home. The new Wall Connector is the auto maker's first home charging solution that can be plugged into a wall outlet rather than being hardwired into the home's electrical system. This is a departure from Tesla'

  • Sony is replacing its awful camera photo transfer app
    Engadget2 hours ago

    Sony is replacing its awful camera photo transfer app

    Many photographers use a DSLR or mirrorless camera to win on Instagram, but let's face it, camera-to-smartphone transfer apps are generally lousy. Sony has acknowledged as much with the release of Imaging Edge, a new transfer app that replaces the PlayMemories, announced alongside its new A6400

  • Fortnite bugs put accounts at risk of takeover
    TechCrunch2 hours ago

    Fortnite bugs put accounts at risk of takeover

    The flaws, if exploited, would have stolen the account access token set on the gamer's device once they've entered their password. Once stolen, that token could be used to impersonate the gamer and log in as if they were the account holder, without needing their password. The researchers say

  • Swiss Data Backup Startup Veeam Raises $500 Million
    Bloomberg3 hours ago

    Swiss Data Backup Startup Veeam Raises $500 Million

    The funding round, the largest startup financing since last summer, comes just one day after rival Rubrik Inc. announced it had raised $261 million—underscoring investors’ extreme interest in the data management industry. Veeam is the latest richly backed startup to delay an initial public offering

  • The Morning After: Netflix raises prices and fights over Fyre Festival
    Engadget3 hours ago

    The Morning After: Netflix raises prices and fights over Fyre Festival

    Good luck choosing your preferred source for a Fyre Festival documentary, as Hulu and Netflix are battling for the crown this week. At the same time, we're learning that Netflix's prices will go up again, and, in non-streaming news, Nike has unveiled its first self-lacing basketball kicks.

  • Tesla releases a plug-in EV charger you can take with you
    Engadget3 hours ago

    Tesla releases a plug-in EV charger you can take with you

    Tesla has released its first non-hardwired Wall Connector with a NEMA 14-50 plug for EV charging. Boasting 40 amps (9.6kW) of power, Tesla says the home charging device can juice up Model S, Model X and Model 3 cars 25 percent faster than the company's Gen 2 Mobile Connector, which comes as standard

  • Wrest control from a snooping smart speaker with this teachable "parasite"
    TechCrunch3 hours ago

    Wrest control from a snooping smart speaker with this teachable "parasite"

    What do you get when you put one Internet connected device on top of another? The Raspberry Pi-powered, fungus-inspired blob's mission is to whisper sweet nonsense into Alexa's (or Google Home's) always-on ear so it can't accidentally snoop on your home. The middleman IoT device has

  • Everybody Wants to Be the Next Elon Musk (at Least in China)
    Bloomberg4 hours ago

    Everybody Wants to Be the Next Elon Musk (at Least in China)

    Tesla Inc. is now hiring in China, and China Inc. is hiring in Tesla’s backyard. A ground-breaking in Shanghai attended by Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk last week marked what will become the first factory in the nation entirely owned by a foreign automaker. In Tesla’s Silicon Valley neighborhood

  • Oppo teases smartphone cameras with 10x hybrid zoom
    Engadget4 hours ago

    Oppo teases smartphone cameras with 10x hybrid zoom

    In fact, earlier today, Oppo teased a new and improved design that offers 10x hybrid zoom, ranging from an equivalent of 15.9mm all the way to 159mm. This is all thanks to a new triple-camera setup, starting from an ultra-wide camera, then a main camera in the middle, and then a periscope to top it

  • Researcher shows how popular app ES File Explorer exposes Android device data
    TechCrunch6 hours ago

    Researcher shows how popular app ES File Explorer exposes Android device data

    Why is one of the most popular Android apps running a hidden web server in the background? ES File Explorer claims it has over 500 million downloads under its belt since 2014, making it one of the most used apps to date. It's simplicity makes it what it is: a simple file explorer that lets you