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Y Combinator Learns Basic Income Is Not So Basic After All

More than two years after revealing plans to give people a guaranteed monthly income, the incubator now says it hopes to begin the study in 2019.
Source: Wired

So Long, Fall TV: Big Year-Round Releases Flip the Script

Ever-morphing movie and marquee-show releases have upended conventional wisdom about when new content hits screens.
Source: Wired

Elegant 3-D Drawings Show NYC Subway Stations Are Places, Too

New York City architect Candy Chan wants city residents to think more deeply about their fascinating, complex mass transit system.
Source: Wired

Facebook bans Myanmar military accounts for ‘enabling human rights abuses’

Facebook is cracking down on the military leadership in Myanmar, the Southeast Asian country where the social network has been identified as a factor contributing to ethnic tension and violence.

The U.S. company said today that it removed accounts belonging to Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, who is commander-in-chief of the armed forces, and the military-owned Myawady television network.

In total, the purge has swept up 18 Facebook accounts, 52 Facebook Pages and an Instagram account after the company “found evidence that many of these individuals and organizations committed or enabled serious human rights abuses in the country.”

Some 30 million of Myanmar’s 50 million population is estimated to use Facebook, making it a hugely effective broadcast network. But with wide reach comes the potential with misuse, as has been most evident in the U.S.

But the Facebook effect is also huge far from the U.S. A report from the UN issued in March determined that Facebook had played a “determining role” in Myanmar’s crisis. The situation in the country is so severe that an estimated 700,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees are thought to have fled to neighboring Bangladesh following a Myanmar government crackdown that began in August. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has labeled the actions as ethnic cleansing.

Facebook’s action today comes a week after an investigative report from Reuters found more than 1,000 posts, comments and images that attacked Rohingya and other Muslim users on the platform.

“During a recent investigation, we discovered that they used seemingly independent news and opinion Pages to covertly push the messages of the Myanmar military. This type of behavior is banned on Facebook because we want people to be able to trust the connections they make,” Facebook said in a statement.

“While we were too slow to act, we’re now making progress – with better technology to identify hate speech, improved reporting tools, and more people to review content,” it added.


Source: TechCrunch

The MacBook’s keyboard sucks, so use this mechanical keyboard instead

Not all Mac fans appreciate the low-travel keyboards on their devices. The Taptek keyboard offers an alternative with mechanical switches, fancy lighting, and compact design that looks great sitting next to a MacBook.

The post The MacBook’s keyboard sucks, so use this mechanical keyboard instead appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Snag your ticket to Startup Battlefield MENA 2018 today

Every Startup Battlefield is an absolute thrill ride, but we get even more charged up when it all goes down in a region where the tech startup ecosystem is taking rapid shape. TechCrunch Startup Battlefield MENA 2018 — our first pitch competition in this region — is the perfect example.

It’s time to shine the spotlight on the best early-stage startups in the Middle East and North Africa, and we want you to join us on October 3 in Beirut, Lebanon to cheer them on. Attending our premier startup pitch competition costs $29, and tickets are on sale here.

Chances are you haven’t had the pleasure of witnessing Startup Battlefield. Here’s what to expect. Up to 15 teams will compete in three preliminary rounds — five startups per round. Those teams each get six minutes to present a live demo to a panel of tech and VC experts. The judges have six minutes after each pitch to ask tough, pointed questions.

Only five teams move on to the final round, and that means another pitch and Q&A session with a fresh set of equally qualified judges. One startup will earn the title of best startup in the Middle East and North Africa and reign as champion of TechCrunch Startup Battlefield MENA 2018. Oh, and the founders also win a US$25,000 no-equity cash prize, plus a trip for two to compete in the Startup Battlefield at TechCrunch Disrupt in 2019 (assuming the company still qualifies to compete at the time).

This fast-paced action takes place live in front of an enthusiastic audience (that’s where you come in) of entrepreneurs, startup founders, investors and tech heads. Who knows? Maybe you’ll be inspired to compete in the next Startup Battlefield.

TechCrunch Startup Battlefield MENA 2018 takes place in the Beirut Digital District in Lebanon on October 3. Come experience the fun, the excitement and the sheer joy of seeing the very future of technology unfold right in front of you. Not a bad way to spend $29. Click right here to purchase your ticket.


Source: TechCrunch

Top 5 iPhone rumors video – CNET

We’ve gone through all the reports. Find out what features the next iPhone is likely to have right here.
Source: CNET

Hey, Netflix: Call Disney’s streaming service by its new name – CNET

That name: “Disney Play.”
Source: CNET

Travelstop brings business travel management to SMEs and startups in Southeast Asia

Travelstop is a new startup in Singapore that aims to bring the benefits of business travel management to SMEs and other smaller companies in Southeast Asia.

The company launched its product today after being founded in November 2017 by three entrepreneurs who worked at TravelMob, the Singapore startup bought by HomeAway in 2013. Prior to TravelMob, the trio — Prashant Kirtane (CEO), Vijay Aggarwal (CTO) and Altaf Dhamani (CPO) — worked together at Yahoo Southeast Asia. They all moved over to HomeAway, which was later bought by Expedia for $3.9 billion in 2015 and Travelstop is their first independent venture following that spell.

That’s a huge amount of experience for a newly-formed startup in Southeast Asia, and already it has assembled a team of 12 with more vacancies open.

Kirtane told TechCrunch in an interview that 90 percent of business travel in Asia is unmanaged. That’s surprising since the region accounts for 40 percent of the $1.2 trillion global business travel market. He said that he and his co-founders can also recall the pain of unmanaged or rigid travel and expense systems and are vowing to solve it with Travelstop.

The focus is on simplicity — Kirtane said Slack is its role model for design — with features such as clean UI, automated expense reporting, flexible travel policy, and data-based insight to allow business teams to analyze travel and expense costs. The service includes desktop and mobile apps.

All of these are still missing in Southeast Asia — at least at the price that can appeal to SMEs and startups — while often global services, such as Concur, aren’t sufficiently localized to cover low-cost airlines or a wider array of hotels. (On this, I can agree!)

“Many other tools corporate tools are still rudimentary and haven’t progressed,” Kirtane added. “We’re looking to reach mid-size tech companies first, but the – longer-term proposition is to let employees onboard themselves.”

Travelstop is letting early customers use its product for free, but the business model that will arrive soon will be Saas-based. The team is also working to integrate existing systems, including Expensify, and other third-party services to let Travelstop users book travel and claim expenses off-platform.

The company has raised $1.2 million to kick things off, and Kirtane said the startup may look to raise more in early 2019 as it begins to expand its engineering and sales teams and launch local offices.

The seed round was led by SeedPlus, the early-stage firm connected with Jungle Ventures, and an unnamed travel-focused firm in the U.S. Travelstop said angel participants included Dan Lynn and Vikram Malhi, ex-Expedia senior business leaders and founders of Zuzu Hospitality Solutions, David Ko, who is president and COO of Rally Health, and Jarrod Howe, who is regional operations director at Hyper Island
Singapore.


Source: TechCrunch

The Sharp Objects finale post-credits scenes, explained – CNET

The HBO miniseries, like the Gillian Flynn book it’s based on, races toward the finish, so you might have missed a thing or two.
Source: CNET

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