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Analysts think Petya ‘ransomware’ was built for targeted destruction, not profit

SOURCE:techcrunch.com The description of the Petya infections hitting computers worldwide as “ransomware” may be a misnomer, security analysts suggest. The malicious software’s code and other evidence indicate that the profit motive may have been a camouflage for an act of cyber-espionage targeting Ukraine. Ransomware fundamentally works on the idea that if you pay the attacker, you get your data back. …

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Diabetes management platform Glooko raises $35 million

SOURCE:techcrunch.com Glooko, a startup selling data management healthcare service on top of a device-agnostic platform to make it easier for doctors to remotely monitor patients, has pulled in $35 million Series C funding. It had previously raised $20 million, bringing the total up to $55 million. The startup was shy about how many were using the platform last time TechCrunch wrote about the …

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Facebook Messenger launches Discover as it takes on chatbots (again)

SOURCE:techcrunch.com Facebook isn’t done with chatbots quite yet, today, the company is launching Discover, a hub inside Messenger for discovering new and interesting chatbots to message with. The section which Facebook announced at F8 is going live for users stateside and the company is billing it as an opportunity for people to interact with businesses and brands in more useful …

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The engineer behind the Not Hotdog app from ‘Silicon Valley’ put a lot of thought into AI

SOURCE:techcrunch.com It would have been easy for a show like HBO’s Silicon Valley to show off a machine learning app that classifies hotdogs with some clever post processing — drop in some fake static screenshots and call it a day. If the team wanted to create a real app for branding purposes they could have strung together a few APIs …

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Equal Rights Center sues Uber for denying equal access to people who use wheelchairs

SOURCE:techcrunch.com The Equal Rights Center is suing Uber for denying equal access to its services for people with disabilities. According to the lawsuit, the ERC alleges that Uber has chosen not to include wheelchair-accessible cars as an option in its standard UberX fleet of vehicles, and excludes people who use wheelchairs in Washington, D.C. The ERC’s lawsuit alleges that Uber …

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LendUp gets strategic investment from PayPal and adds to its executive team

SOURCE:techcrunch.com LendUp has built business providing personal loans to customers that traditional financial institutions wouldn’t touch. As it looks to expand into credit cards and other services, the company has raised some strategic funding from PayPal and also has expanded its executive ranks. LendUp wants to provide better financial products for the people who most need them, serving a demographic that most …

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Even a $2.2 billion investment couldn’t solve LeEco’s money problems

SOURCE:techcrunch.com LeEco wanted too much too fast, and its overzealousness caught up with it almost immediately. Chairman Jia “YT” Yueting has long acknowledged the company’s cash problems in the wake of its rapid growth, but while PR has tried to backtrack and otherwise spin his statements in the past, new comments this week paint an even bleaker picture of the …

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Watch Microsoft Accelerator’s Tel Aviv demo day right here

SOURCE:techcrunch.com TechCrunch is pleased to offer Microsoft Accelerator’s Tel Aviv demo day event today at 6:30 p.m. local time, 8:30 a.m. PST. The Microsoft Accelerator is an immersive three- to six-month program aimed at helping entrepreneurs get through the challenges of building a company, finding customers and scaling to global markets. There are seven accelerators located around the world, from Seattle to …

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Tablo’s new Android TV app turns the Nvidia Shield into a cord-cutter’s DVR

SOURCE:techcrunch.com On the heels of launching its next-gen DVR for cord cutters who want to record TV over-the-air from a digital antenna, the maker of the Tablo DVR is today releasing a new app for Android TV owners, for recording live TV without the need for additional DVR hardware. The app, Tablo Engine, initially works with the Nvidia Shield. Of …

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Amazon disputes claims that Echo Show’s Drop-In feature is a security risk

SOURCE:techcrunch.com Drop-In is a strange and mostly ill-advised feature. It’s a way of offering instant communication between Echo devices — essentially a phone call that doesn’t require the receiver to pick up in order to initiate. Hence, “dropping in.” Amazon introduced it with the new Show and is rolling it out to older Echo devices as a way of facilitating …

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