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DoorDash raises another $250M, nearly triples valuation to $4B

By |2018-08-16T19:06:04+00:00August 16th, 2018|Categories: Tech News|

Food delivery startup DoorDash announced this afternoon that it has raised $250 million, just five months since the company announced a $535 million round. Why raise more money so soon? CEO Tony Xu told Axios that he wasn’t actively looking for additional investment, but was open to investor interest because it could help the company expand more [...]

Facebook cracks down on opioid dealers after years of neglect

By |2018-08-16T15:55:15+00:00August 16th, 2018|Categories: Tech News|

Facebook’s role in the opioid crisis could become another scandal following yesterday’s release of harrowing new statistics from the Center for Disease Control. It estimated there were nearly 30,000 synthetic opioid overdose deaths in the U.S. in 2017, up from roughly 20,000 the year before. When recreational drugs like Xanax and OxyContin are adulterated with the [...]

Twitter company email addresses why it’s #BreakingMyTwitter

By |2018-08-16T12:52:35+00:00August 16th, 2018|Categories: Tech News|

It’s hard to be a fan of Twitter right now. The company is sticking up for conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, when nearly all other platforms have given him the boot, it’s overrun with bots, and now it’s breaking users’ favorite third-party Twitter clients like Tweetbot and Twitterific by shutting off APIs these apps relied on. Worse still, [...]

Coinbase acquires Distributed Systems to build ‘Login with Coinbase’

By |2018-08-15T16:11:17+00:00August 15th, 2018|Categories: Tech News|

Coinbase wants to be Facebook Connect for crypto. The blockchain giant plans to develop ‘Login with Coinbase’ or a similar identity platform for decentralized app developers to make it much easier for users to sign up and connect their crypto wallets. To fuel that platform, today Coinbase announced it has acquired Distributed Systems, a startup founded [...]

Square can now process chip cards in two seconds

By |2018-08-15T14:22:18+00:00August 15th, 2018|Categories: Tech News|

If you’ve made any payments with a chip card, you’ve probably had awkward moments — those long seconds after you’ve inserted the card and everyone behind you is (literally or metaphorically) tapping their foot, waiting for the card to be processed. Well, Square has been working on this problem for a while now. Last fall, for [...]

HQ Trivia’s downloads spiral downwards as it hits Apple TV

By |2018-08-14T15:21:13+00:00August 14th, 2018|Categories: Tech News|

HQ Trivia’s app store ranking has continued to sink the past three months, but it’s hoping a new version on your television could revitalize growth. HQ today launched an Apple TV app that lets users play the twice-daily live quiz game alongside iOS Android players. “Everything about the game is still the same – same questions, [...]

MoviePass says those cancellation bugs have been fixed

By |2018-08-14T15:21:12+00:00August 14th, 2018|Categories: Tech News|

MoviePass is about to roll out its new subscription plan, which will keep prices at $9.95 while imposing a new limit of three movies per month. But it seems that the transition hasn’t been going entirely smoothly. The Verge reports that several users have complained about previously canceling their plans, only to receive emails from the [...]

Tinder founders sue parent companies Match and IAC for at least $2B

By |2018-08-14T13:24:34+00:00August 14th, 2018|Categories: Tech News|

A group of Tinder founders and executives has filed a lawsuit against parent company Match Group and its controlling shareholder IAC. The plaintiffs in the suit include Tinder co-founders Sean Rad, Justin Mateen and Jonathan Badeen — Badeen still works at Tinder, as do plaintiffs James Kim (the company’s vice president of finance) and Rosette Pambakian [...]

Facebook buys Vidpresso’s team and tech to make video interactive

By |2018-08-13T17:00:17+00:00August 13th, 2018|Categories: Tech News|

Zombie-like passive consumption of static video is both unhealthy for viewers and undifferentiated for the tech giants that power it. That’s set Facebook on a mission to make video interactive, full of conversation with broadcasters and fellow viewers. It’s racing against Twitch, YouTube, Twitter, and Snapchat to become where people watch together and don’t feel like [...]