Launching a “Google for sound”, Deepgram raises $1.8 million

music data equalizer visualization Deepgram co-founders, 20-year-old wunderkind Noah Shutty and his University of Michigan lab supervisor Scott Stephenson, definitely have faith in sound. The two left behind promising research in particle physics, researching the creation of Dark Matter in the bowels of underground Chinese bunkers, to develop what they call a “Google for sound”. Much as the Google search engine… Read More

Google expands its initiative to provide free Wi-Fi hotspots in emerging markets

screenshot-2016-09-27-18-12-59 Google today announced a collection of updates that are aimed at helping get ‘the next billion’ internet users in India and emerging markets online. One of the more subtle yet interesting components to that push is the launch of Google Station, a project to enable public Wi-Fi hotspots. Read More

Google launches data-friendly YouTube app for India and other emerging markets

youtube-go-app Google has introduced a new version of YouTube that is dedicated to users in emerging markets. Read More

Lenovo’s gutting of Motorola is nearly complete

downtown-office My first cell phone was a Sanyo. But only because I couldn’t afford a Motorola. I wanted a StarTAC. All the cool kids had a StarTAC. My Sanyo said loud and clear I was not a cool kid. Sometime later, I spent around $650 to be one of the first people to get the RAZR. People didn’t stand in line back then, but I purchased it at the store the first day it was available. I was finally… Read More

If Google buys Twitter, there’s a perfect spot for it in YouTube

google-acquires-twitter If you combined the fastest and slowest types of social media, the result could be both must-see and never-forgotten. YouTube lacks short-form, frequently updated content, but is synonymous with video and that popularity brings in lucrative ads. Twitter is struggling with growth and monetization, but it’s the pulse of the planet, generating tons of real-time content and engagement.… Read More

Google said to debut Android/Chrome OS hybrid on tablet, convertible notebook

Android apps on Chrome Google is planning hybrid devices that run both Android and Chrome OS, including one convertible laptop, and one Huawei Nexus-branded tablet, according to a new report from 9to5Google. The report backs up another from Android Police today that says a convertible notebook is on the way. The Andromeda project bakes Chrome OS features into Android, giving you the best of both worlds in one… Read More

Google adds Spanish-language voting guides to Search

voterregistration_en Google is continuing its push to get more Americans registered to vote ahead of the upcoming presidential elections, by expanding its voter information guides in Google Search to Spanish. While the company was already providing web searchers with details on how to get registered and how to vote, based on your current location, those guides were only triggered by searches for English phrases… Read More

FreshDirect raises $189 million for grocery delivery

Image of grocery cart full of products in supermarket FreshDirect, a popular online grocery service on the East Coast, is arming itself with $189 million in additional funding.  The round was led by J.P. Morgan Asset Management, with W Capital and AARP Innovation Fund investing as well. The new capital will be used to help FreshDirect build up its “manufacturing capacity” and “open up some new geographies,” according… Read More

Google embraces the log-in, leaving cookies behind in new advertising updates

crossdevice_halloween-ads-loop_128-1_091616_v2-1 Google has been focusing for years now on finding better ways to track and measure ads as we switch from one device to another to consume media like TV, music or written articles like this one. And now, to coincide with Ad Week in New York this week, Google is revealing its latest moves in that effort: over the next few months the company will expand Brand Lift from measuring online… Read More

A Google self-driving car crashed in Mt. View today

Google's self-driving Lexus RX 450h A Google self-driving Lexus RX 450h was involved in a crash with a van in Mountain View, Calif. on Friday afternoon, according to local police. Thankfully, nobody was injured in the accident. TechCrunch has reached out to Google for more information. Two local TV stations, KRON and KPIX, reported that the Google autonomous vehicle had been “in control,” or in its self-driving mode… Read More
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