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Drink-a-day startup Hooch adds a perk-filled premium membership plan – TechCrunch

Hooch, the subscription startup that allows members to claim one free drink per day from hundreds of different bars and restaurants, is adding a new membership level called Hooch Black. Signing up for Hooch Black will cost you significantly more than the regular subscription — instead of $9.99 per month, it’s $295 per year. And you don’t just get in ...

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Google beats expectations again with $31.15B in revenue – TechCrunch

Alphabet, Google’s parent company, reported another pretty solid beat this afternoon for its first quarter as it more or less has continued to keep its business growing substantially — and is growing even faster than it was a year ago today. Google said its revenue grew 26% year-over-year to $31.16 billion in the first quarter this year. In the first ...

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Bluedot Innovation gets $5.5 million in funding to track smartphone users more precisely – TechCrunch

When it comes to the promises of persistent location hyper-awareness, the promises of mobile have largely fallen flat. While this has been a bummer for consumers looking for more contextual services from the apps they have installed, this also has been a pain for marketers keen to get their hands on more quality user data. Bluedot Innovation wants to tackle ...

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iOS 11’s new App Store boosts downloads by 800% for featured apps – TechCrunch

When Apple launched its new App Store in iOS 11 back in September, it aimed to offer app developers better exposure, as well as a better app discovery experience for consumers. A new study from Sensor Tower out today takes a look at how well that’s been working in the months since. According to its findings, getting a featured spot ...

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AT&T CEO says a new $15-per-month, sports-free streaming service is launching in a few weeks – TechCrunch

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson revealed on Thursday the carrier’s plans to launch another live TV service called “AT&T Watch,” which would offer a cheap, $15-per-month bundle of channels for customers, and be provided to AT&T Wireless subscribers for free. At this price point, the service would be one of the lowest on the market — less than Sling TV’s entry-level, ...

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Motorola introduces four new phones – TechCrunch

Motorola’s phones aren’t always the flashiest, but there sure are a lot of them. And today, there are even more. The Lenovo-owned brand is launching not one, but four new handsets for your budget-phone-buying pleasure. The new handsets were launched at an event in São Paulo, Brazil. We, sadly, were not there. Instead, we played around with the things at ...

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eBay’s mobile app can now fill out your listings for you – TechCrunch

Ebay is rolling out an app update designed to make it easier to list items for sale on its online marketplace. Instead of filling out detailed forms on your mobile phone’s small screen, you can now scan the barcode on the item in question or type a description, choose the item’s condition, then click “list your item” to make the ...

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Technique to beam HD video with 99 percent less power could sharpen the eyes of smart homes – TechCrunch

Everyone seems to be insisting on installing cameras all over their homes these days, which seems incongruous with the ongoing privacy crisis — but that’s a post for another time. Today, we’re talking about enabling those cameras to send high-definition video signals wirelessly without killing their little batteries. A new technique makes beaming video out more than 99 percent more ...

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mParticle hires Adobe’s John Sedlak as chief revenue officer – TechCrunch

mParticle, which helps companies like Airbnb and Spotify manage their customer data, has hired four new executives — including John Sedlak, most recently a vice president at Adobe, who’s joining the company as chief revenue officer. In addition, Kiran Hebbar (formerly CFO of Social Tables) is joining as chief financial officer, Will Rogers (previously an engineer at Etsy) has been named ...

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Tony Fadell is worried about smartphone addiction – TechCrunch

This weekend, former Apple engineer and consumer gadget legend Tony Fadell penned an op-ed for Wired. In it, he argued that smartphone manufacturers need to do a better job of educating users about how often they use their mobile phones, and the resulting dangers that overuse might bring about. Take healthy eating as an analogy: we have advice from scientists ...

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Here’s the 23rd batch of 500 Startups companies – TechCrunch

500 Startups may soon be coming up on the one-year mark for the end of a tumultuous saga involving its founder, but its accelerator classes still continue to plug along — and its next batch is now getting ready to roll. The firm’s 23rd batch of startups this year consists of the usual mix of business to business and consumer ...

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Snapchat now lets advertisers sell products directly through Lenses – TechCrunch

This week Snapchat is rolling out Shoppable AR, a new feature that makes it even easier for advertisers to sell goods through sponsored lenses. The new offering builds on top of the Sponsored Lenses the service rolled out in late-2015, which let advertisers create branded filters, bringing product placements to selfies. Now companies can essentially close that shopping loop, while ...

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