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Kavanaugh defends his net neutrality dissent in Senate hearing – CNET

Supreme Court nominee says he was just following legal precedent when he sided with large ISPs over killing the FCC’s 2015 net neutrality rules.
Source: CNET

Nintendo reveals new details on 3DS and Switch games: How to watch live – CNET

The latest Nintendo live stream could also discuss Nintendo’s new online service.
Source: CNET

23andMe might soon offer a more comprehensive $749 DNA service

23andMe is testing out a $749 ‘premium’ service for deeper health insights, according to several customers who saw a test page for the new product and posted about it on Reddit.

First spotted by CNBC, the company served up a test web page to several customers telling them about a service that would allow them to look at their “whole genome data.” However, when they clicked on the link provided, nothing happened. A few Redditors even posited the notification may have been a mistake as the link led nowhere.

But, according to the company there’s no error here. 23andMe later confirmed to TechCrunch it sent out a test page to some customers to “gauge interest” in such a product. However, there’s “nothing planned” at this time for such a service, according to a 23andMe spokesperson.

The consumer DNA company charges $299 for it’s highest package right now, and includes a breakdown of both health and ancestry using all 23 of your chromosomes (hence the name). The cost to sequence your whole genome is currently just under $1,000 so it’s not clear if 23andMe would lower the price to sequence all of a customer’s DNA or if they would offer a comprehensive analysis of a good chunk of your genome.

One other possibility is that the company was exploring diving back into next-generation sequencing, which it abandoned in 2016. Next generation sequencing was regarded as too complex at the time and the company wanted to focus on a technique that would speed up research efforts as it was cozying up to the drug research market.

However, 23andMe tells TechCrunch that’s not the case and that it has no plans to get back into next generation sequencing, instead sticking to genotyping, which offers much richer data on specific traits consumers may be interested in such as if they’re prone to get fatter than average or if they’re a carrier for Alzheimer’s disease.

We don’t know if 23andMe will produce this particular product but we do know the company is thinking up other streams of revenue in the future and, according to the company, working on something more comprehensive than genotyping. We’ll be sure to let you know if and when they can tell us more about what they’re spinning up.


Source: TechCrunch

Myki raises $4M Series A to decentralize identity management for enterprises

Myki, a startup based between Beirut and New York which offers both a consumer and enterprise identity management solution to store sensitive information offline, today announced at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco that it’s raised a $4 million Series A to scale its operations.

The round was led by Dubai-based VC BECO Capital with participation from Beirut-based LEAP Ventures and B&Y Venture Partners, all of which are returning investors. Myki plans to expand its U.S. operations with its “decentralised Identity Management” solution for enterprise.

Priscilla Elora Sharuk, who co-founded the startup with Antoine Vincent Jabberer in 2015, said: “Online security and data privacy is not a privilege, it is a right, and that is why at Myki we empower our users with the tools to securely manage their digital identity.”

Myki actually launched on the TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield stage in September of 2016, and has since gone on to win several plaudits from tech industry outlets for its free and powerful password management, and amassing more than 250,000 users worldwide.

Back in May, on the TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin stage, Myki announced a partnership with self-sovereign identity application Blockpass to combine self-sovereign identity and offline password security.

Myki is going after the consumer password space, with biometric authentication such as touch ID and Face ID; the enterprise with “Myki for Teams”; and a solution for Managed Service Providers.


Source: TechCrunch

Vivo V11 midrange wonder uses an underscreen fingerprint scanner – CNET

Proving you don’t need flagship specs to sport the latest tech.
Source: CNET

The US is losing out to the rest of the world on blockchain, warn crypto figures

America’s reluctance to regulate crypto is costing the country on startups and potentially the future of technology.

That’s the view of two major names in the crypto space, Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse — whose company created cryptocurrency XRP — and Michael Arrington, the founder of TechCrunch who runs a dedicated crypto fund, who shared their thoughts at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco today.

While there’s been no breakout blockchain company so far — excluding those that service the industry through crypto exchanges or mining — nearly every major tech company has a stance on blockchain, and is actively looking into how it can work with it. While big companies as diverse as Facebook, IBM and Google are looking hard at what’s possible, most startups — which also bring innovation — are being developed elsewhere in the world.

“We have a few good U.S. investments,” Arrington said of his $100 million Arrington XRP fund. “But 80-90 percent of our investments are in Asia, Europe and Israel right now because they are actually countries where there’s enough regulatory certainty that entrepreneurs feel safe starting token or blockchain companies there.”

“Here [in the U.S.] they don’t. There’s so much regulatory uncertainty, add to that the tax burden and the visa burden of coming here and then our current federal government’s stance on immigration in general, they’re just saying ‘Fuck it’ and they’re staying in Singapore or Israel or Europe instead of coming here and starting companies,” he added.

In more stronger terms, Arrington said the lack of clarity is “single-handedly fucking the next stage of technology development.”

“The SEC needs to get their act together,” he added. “If they had done that with the internet in 1994-1995, TechCrunch/none of us would be here, we’d all be living in Shanghai or somewhere else, wherever had managed to get their act together.”

Garlinghouse echoed those statements, whilst adding that there is certainly a need for intervention from a regulator.

“There are unequivocally bad actors in the ICO ecosystem,” he said. “There have been frauds and massive scams — hundreds of millions of dollars, if not billions, have been heisted — if anything I’m surprised the SEC hasn’t been more aggressive.

“The clarity [around regulation] would be very helpful, there’s a risk that a lot of this developments ends up not being in the U.S.,” Garlinghouse explained. “The impact on the United States economy for having the internet that we think of today being very U.S.-centric in many ways has been very, very positive for the United States.”

Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse said he’s confident that XRP isn’t a security

While there’s been plenty of speculation around what tokens that the SEC might deem to be securities, Garlinghouse said that he isn’t concerned about a clampdown on XRP.

“We joked at an all-hands meeting recently — and some people didn’t find it funny — that if Ripple shutdown tomorrow, the XRP ledger would continue to operate. So if XRP is a security, it is a security of what?” he said.

“The facts are pretty clear: XRP is not a security… I don’t spend a lot of time worrying about that.”

Note: The author owns a small amount of cryptocurrency. Enough to gain an understanding, not enough to change a life.


Source: TechCrunch

At $1 Trillion, Amazon Should Fear Regulators More Than Rivals

Amazon accounts for a smaller share of retail sales than you might think, so it has plenty of room to grow—unless governments rise up.
Source: Wired

Hacked Chrome extension disguised as legitimate version steals logins

Cloud service Mega.nz recently discovered that hackers had uploaded a fake copy of its Chrome extension to Google’s web store. The hacked extension was designed to steal web login credentials from unsuspecting users.

The post Hacked Chrome extension disguised as legitimate version steals logins appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

N26 launches N26 Black for freelancers

Challenger bank N26 is launching a premium plan for professional accounts. N26 already had a free plan for freelancers and the self-employed, called N26 Business. N26 Business Black introduces the same perks as N26 Black, but for freelancers and the self-employed.

The new plan costs the same for regular users and business users. The company recently raised the price of N26 Black, so you’ll now have to pay €9.99 per month for N26 Black or N26 Business Black.

In addition to regular N26 features, N26 Business Black lets you withdraw money anywhere in the world without any conversion fee. You also get the Allianz insurance package, which includes travel insurance, mobile phone and ATM theft protection and an extended warranty on things you buy.

In order to sweeten the deal, N26 is offering three months of Zervant for customers based in Austria, Germany and France, and three months of Debitoor for everyone. Those are invoicing and accounting platforms for freelancers and small companies.


Source: TechCrunch

La tecnología que hizo de Taiwán un ejemplo de democracia participativa

vTaiwan y Join son dos plataformas en las que cualquiera puede expresar su opinión sobre un tema y el resto vota a favor o en contra hasta que se alcanza un consenso. El país ya las ha utilizado con éxito para regular Uber. ¿El problema? El resultado de las votaciones no es vinculante
Source: MIT

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