Apple addresses \u2018Touch Disease\u2019 with reduced cost repair for iPhone 6 Plus

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Many an iPhone 6 Plus has been struck down by the scourge known as “Touch Disease,” but Apple has not acknowledged the problem was systematic or widespread — until now. In what we have to imagine is as close to a mea culpa as Apple is likely to offer, iPhone 6 Plus devices exhibiting flickering ..

Hardware and robots to watch at the HAX IX demo day

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An accelerator for hardware and robotics startups called HAX is holding its 9th Demo Day in San Francisco today. Startups pitching investors there span industries from education to agriculture and medicine. Examples include: FLASH Robotics’ “social robot” EMYS that teaches kids how to speak ..

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Three UK suffers major data breach via compromised employee login

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Update: Three has now said it believes information was obtained from a total of 133,827 customer accounts — and has confirmed that “no bank details, passwords, pin numbers, payment information or credit/debit card information was stored on the upgrade system in question”. “We believe the primary ..

Events app maker DoubleDutch downsizes again, lays off 40 percent of staff

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DoubleDutch, a startup providing mobile apps and analytics for events and conferences is downsizing again. The company has just announced another round of layoffs, affecting roughly 40 percent its workforce, TechCrunch learned and DoubleDutch confirmed. Around 70 positions were eliminated, including ..

Daniel\u00a0Gross of Apple leaves to become Y Combinator’s newest partner

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Daniel Gross, the founder of YC-backed Cue, a search engine for personal content, is joining Y Combinator as a partner. Coming hot off a stint as a Director at Apple focusing on machine learning, Gross will be bringing some fresh AI flair to YC’s existing team. Gross first found his way to Apple after ..

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Here’s the 19th batch of 500 Startups companies

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500 Startups just wrapped up its 18th batch of company launches last month — which means it’s already looking forward to the next one. This time around, in its 19th batch, the program (no longer called an accelerator, ironically) has 44 companies, ranging from business-to-business software to beauty ..

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ZBoard is an electric skateboard that doesn’t need a controller

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There’s no arguing that electric skateboards aren’t efficient and fun. But most modern electric skateboards like the Boosted Board and InBoard M1 are operated by hand-held controllers that connect to the board via Bluetooth. But ZBoard, a Los-Angeles based startup, focuses on boards that eschew a controller ..

Translation startup pulls off the ultimate pivot… to porn

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As you watch your favorite adult films – I particularly enjoy My Dinner With Andre – I suspect you often wonder how foreign porn dialogue (“Yur kumberbund haz gefallent unto minna lutefisk,” for example) is translated, dubbed, or subtitled properly (“Take me now, you hunk of fermented fish,” ..

App abandoment is on the rise as consumers stick to the apps they know

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It’s getting harder to get people to try new mobile applications, according to a new state of the industry report out now from Adobe, as consumers are sticking to what they know when it comes to the apps on their smartphones. App abandonment is also climbing, and app installs are only up 6 percent ..

The outlook for Bay Area startup space in 2017

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Kim-Mai Cutler Contributor Kim-Mai Cutler is an operating partner for Initialized Capital, an early-stage venture firm and was previously a journalist covering technology, finance and policy issues at TechCrunch — best-known for her long-form work on the Bay Area. Justin Bedecarre Contributor Justin ..