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  • Snag your super early-bird passes for Disrupt Berlin 2018
    by Leslie Hitchcock on June 24, 2018 at 9:00 am

    Der frühe vogel fängt den wurm! Yikes, if we’re trotting out our tortured German to say “the early bird catches the worm,” it can mean only one thing, folks. It’s time for all you European startup fans to go catch super early-bird tickets to TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin 2018 on November 29-30. Our pricing tiers start at €595 […]

  • In Army of None, a field guide to the coming world of autonomous warfare
    by Danny Crichton on June 24, 2018 at 12:21 am

    The Silicon Valley-military industrial complex is increasingly in the crosshairs of artificial intelligence engineers. A few weeks ago, Google was reported to be backing out of a Pentagon contract around Project Maven, which would use image recognition to automatically evaluate photos. Earlier this year, AI researchers around the world joined petitions calling for a boycott […]

  • Tomorrow's Cities: Can start-ups solve city issues?
    on June 24, 2018 at 12:15 am

    Every city wants to have a striving tech start-up scene but why is it so important? […]

  • Maps reveal hidden truths of the world's cities
    on June 24, 2018 at 12:15 am

    A new website lets people delve into data on the world's cities. […]

  • Open source sustainability
    by Danny Crichton on June 23, 2018 at 7:25 pm

    Open source sustainability has been nothing short of an oxymoron. Engineers around the world pour their sweat and frankly, their hearts into these passion projects that undergird all software in the modern internet economy. In exchange, they ask for nothing in return except for recognition and help in keeping their projects alive and improving them. […]

  • Are scooter startups really worth billions?
    by Natasha Lomas on June 23, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    It’s been hard to miss the scooter startup wars opening fresh, techno-fueled rifts in Valley society in recent months. Another flavor of ride-sharing steed which sprouted seemingly overnight to clutter up sidewalks — drawing rapid-fire ire from city regulators apparently far more forgiving of traffic congestion if it’s delivered in the traditional, car-shaped capsule. Even […]

  • How backups, backups, backups protect NYC’s cellular infrastructure
    by Danny Crichton on June 23, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    The infrastructure that underpins our lives is not something we ever want to think about. Nothing good has come from suddenly needing to wonder “where does my water come from?” or “how does electricity connect into my home?” That pondering gets even more intense when we talk about cellular infrastructure, where a single dropped call […]

  • Codebreaking Bombe moves to computer museum
    on June 23, 2018 at 12:13 am

    Designed by Alan Turing, the machine helped uncover how German forces had scrambled key messages. […]

  • Bag Week 2018: Timbuk2’s Launch featherweight daypack is tough and tiny
    by Taylor Hatmaker on June 22, 2018 at 11:41 pm

    If you need something small, lightweight and indestructible, Timbuk2’s Lightweight Launch Backpack ($129) might be right up your alley. The pack, constructed from famously tough Tyvek, can fit a 13″ laptop comfortably and plenty else. At only 18L, it sounds small, but due to its drawstring-top design and large main compartment, it holds more than […]

  • Bag Week 2018: P.MAI’s women’s leather laptop bag is luxury packed with utility
    by Samantha Stein on June 22, 2018 at 10:25 pm

    Welcome to Bag Week 2018. Every year your faithful friends at TechCrunch spend an entire week looking at bags. Why? Because bags — often ignored but full of our important electronics — are the outward representations of our techie styles, and we put far too little thought into where we keep our most prized possessions. […]