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Artie aims to bring you closer to your digital idols with autonomous AR avatars

If you spend enough time scrolling through manicured photos of manicured lives on social media, you might come to the realization that maybe the fakeness of the online world has started to look too real. → Read More

Magic Leap loses two women from top executive positions

Magic Leap’s executive team is pretty heavy on the dudes these days. → Read More

Where Facebook AI research moves next

Five years is an awful lot of time in the tech industry. Darling startups find ways to crash and burn. Trends that seem unstoppable putter-out. In the field of artificial intelligence, the past five years have been nothing short of transformative. → Read More

Facebook announces dates for 2019 F8 conference

Facebook was in the news a bit more than they would have preferred in 2018, but the company’s leadership will be taking to the stage to talk about its next product evolutions for consumers and developers. → Read More

Fortnite-maker aims for Steam’s head with Epic Games Store

Fortnite-maker Epic Games is capping off their insanely successful 2018 with an even more ambitious product launch, a desktop games store built to take on Valve’s Steam Store. → Read More

Reddit had a pretty solid 2018

2018 was a big year for Reddit . The company executed an almost comically overdue redesign, continued to clean up toxic communities and promoted new features that are pushing the company towards new areas of growth. → Read More

Apple Music is getting native Android tablet support

Bringing Apple Music to Android tablets probably wasn’t Apple’s biggest priority, but three years after launching support for Android phones, the bigger screens are getting some love. → Read More

Google is building digital art galleries you can step into

Google wants to help you to take a closer look at the art world. The company’s Arts and Culture app has long been one of the company’s cooler niche apps and one that I often feel guilty about overlooking every time I rediscover it. → Read More

Tumblr will delete all porn from its site

Tumblr, a blogging service that’s impact on internet culture has been distinctively massive, is preparing for a massive change sure to upset many of its millions of users. → Read More

South Korea indicts group for leaking Samsung flexible display tech to Chinese company

Prosecutors in South Korea have indicted the chief executive and eight other employees of Toptec Co for allegedly selling information about Samsung’s flexible OLED displays to a Chinese company. → Read More

Microsoft wins $480M military contract to outfit soldiers with HoloLens AR tech

Microsoft is readying its HoloLens augmented reality tech for combat. The company just won a $480 million military contract with the U.S. government to bring AR headset tech into the weapon repertoires of American soldiers. → Read More

Nintendo’s Switch fortunes persist

The Nintendo Switch continues to prove itself as quite the formidable little console. Today, Nintendo shared a press release of victory lap brags from its Thanksgiving weekend sales. → Read More

Following report on sluggish demand, Apple VP says iPhone XR is its most popular model

In the wake of a report from the WSJ last week that detailed low demand for Apple’s latest iPhones was prompting the company to cur orders for the devices, particularly the iPhone XR, an Apple VP is detailing that the XR is the company’s best-selling model available right now. The discl… → Read More

Instagram is using object recognition tech to describe photos for visually impaired users

Instagram is a visual service, it’s a feed of photos and videos and memes that users take in, but the company is rethinking how to optimize a visual service for users with visual impairments via a couple new features. → Read More

Phiar raises $3 million for an AR navigation app for drivers

Augmented reality is a very buzzy space, but the fundamental technologies underpinning it are pushing boundaries across a lot of other verticals. → Read More

Robinhood hires 20-year Amazon veteran to CFO role as high-flying startup eyes IPO

Robinhood, the zero-fee stock trading app and cryptocurrency exchange is bringing on a former Amazon finance exec to help the company prepare for an eventual public debut. → Read More

Bitcoin sinks below $4,000 as the crypto market takes another hefty beating

As we hang out with family and friends this holiday season, it’s interesting to look back on the Bitcoin mania that we endured one Thanksgiving ago. → Read More

Musca is the winner of TechCrunch Battlefield Tokyo 2018

TechCrunch is in the heart of Japan and we’ve been hearing from some of Tokyo’s brightest entrepreneurs competing to win the Battlefield startup competition here. → Read More

YouTube VR finally lands on the Oculus Go

Today, Google’s YouTube VR app arrives on the $199 Oculus Go, bringing the largest library of VR content on the web to Facebook’s entry-level VR device. YouTube brings plenty of content in conventional and more immersive video types. → Read More

Can the startup building a Fortnite for VR become the Fortnite of VR?

Virtual reality hasn’t proven itself to be the lucrative escape of the every-man but the medium has done a fairly good job enticing the gaming community and keeping that niche (mostly) happy. → Read More