This startup is bringing Alipay-style QR code payments to Indonesia

 The growth of digital payments and banking in China, where it has become mainstream and spawned numerous on-demand industries, is inspiring companies to pursue similar opportunities across. Indonesia, the world’s fourth largest population and Southeast Asia’s largest economy is a primary focus for many. Beyond bigger players such as Alibaba, which has a joint fintech… Read More ...

Watch Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 Unpacked event live right here

 Today is Samsung day. The company is about to unveil its new big phone — the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. While there have been leaks of the new device, the company could surprise everyone with new software features and new components. The event will start at 11 AM in New York, 8 AM on the ...

Here is Uber’s first pitch deck

 On the ninth anniversary of the founding of Uber, its co-founder Garrett Camp shared the company’s initial pitch deck via a personal Medium post. The deck, and the short post, comes off quite sentimental because of how much has happened to the company since it was created. But company growth and drama aside, there’s a lot ...

Ticket applications now open for Startup Battlefield Africa

 Calling all startup fans in Sub-Saharan Africa: TechCrunch is heading your way. We will be in Nairobi on October 11 to host Startup Battlefield in partnership with Facebook! Keep reading to see what we’ve been up to. Since we last posted, the TechCrunch team has been hard at work arranging what is going to be a ...

Walmart and Google partner on voice-based shopping

 Walmart and Google are today announcing a new partnership that will enable voice shopping through Google Assistant, Google’s virtual assistant that lives on devices like its smart speaker, Google Home. Specifically, consumers will now be able to take advantage of Walmart’s “Easy Reorder” feature through an integration with Google’s shopping service, Google Express. Read More ...

This European country may hold an ICO and issue its own cryptocurrency

 We’ve officially hit peak ICO. Estonia, a small country in Northern Europe, just floated the idea of potentially raising money by issuing a token called “estcoins“. So why Estonia? The country is pretty forward thinking when it comes to technology – they are the first nation to offer an e-Residency program.  The program is almost like ...

Billionaire Netscape founder Jim Clark is back with a new, self-funded startup

 Jim Clark just can’t quit starting companies. The billionaire cofounder of Silicon Graphics, Netscape, myCFO, Healtheon, and Shutterfly, moved to Florida roughly 16 years ago to dive into the Miami real estate market. Now Clark, a native Texan who dropped out of high school, is back with a new tech startup: CommandScape, a home-automation and ...

Pepper the robot can perform funerary rites, but it shouldn’t

 It’s not really clear just what “humanoid” robots are actually for. I’ve seen them do all kinds of things, but almost none of them well; at our recent Robotics event in Boston, several leading experts in the field questioned their necessity. But we grew up with Data and Robby and Cylons, and so now we ...

DOJ backs down from request for IP addresses that visited Trump protest website

 The Department of Justice has dropped its request for the IP addresses of visitors to an anti-Trump inauguration protest website. The news is a win for DreamHost, which went public with the situation last week, riling privacy advocates who decried the DOJ request for IP addresses that had visited disruptj20.org as dangerously broad. Read More Source: ...

Microsoft Brainwave aims to accelerate deep learning with FPGAs

 This afternoon Microsoft announced Brainwave, an FPGA-based system for ultra-low latency deep learning in the cloud. Early benchmarking indicates that when using Intel Stratix 10 FPGAs, Brainwave can sustain 39.5 Teraflops on a large gated recurrent unit without any batching. Read More Source: TechCrunch