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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Cloud opens to developers its DeepMind-developed text-to-speech engine that it uses for Assistant and its Google Maps directions   —  Text-to-speech synthesis has made great strides over the course of the last few years, up to the point where many modern systems almost sound like a real person is reading a text.
Mar 27, 2018, 1:00 PMIn context
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
MariaDB acquires Bulgaria-based big data business analytics company MammothDB for an undisclosed price; MammothDB had raised a $1.8M seed round in 2015   —  MariaDB is best known as a drop-in replacement for the popular MySQL database.  But the MariaDB Corporation, which was founded …
Mar 27, 2018, 9:25 AMIn context
Jon Evans / TechCrunch:
Dear blockchain startups: do not promise decentralized Internet, you don't have to scale to the size of Facebook, just think small and build viable applications   —  Dear blockchain people: this is your hour.  Abandon your transparently greedy get-rich-quick schemes, turn away from your casinos …
Mar 26, 2018, 7:35 PMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
YouTube TV signs multiyear deal with the NBA, will become the first-ever presenting sponsor of the NBA Finals, following similar deal with MLB   —  YouTube TV announced this morning it will become the first-ever presenting sponsor of the 2018 NBA Finals as the result of a multi-year partnership focused …
Mar 26, 2018, 12:25 PMIn context
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Wikimedia says Google has contributed $1M+ this year with Apple, Facebook, Microsoft donating ~$50K in matching gifts; corporations account for ~4% of donations   —  YouTube's plan to combat conspiracy videos with information sourced from Wikipedia got push back from a number of different quarters …
Mar 26, 2018, 8:10 AMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
New complicated privacy and transparency regulations might be a mere speed bump for Facebook but an insurmountable burden for startups   —  You know what tech startups hate?  Complicated legal compliance.  The problem is, Facebook isn't a startup any more, but its competitors are.
Mar 25, 2018, 9:25 PMIn context
Katie Roof / TechCrunch:
Dropbox closes up 36% on first day of trading after raising $756M in its IPO and is now valued at $11B+   —  Dropbox was off to the races on its first day as a public company.  —  After pricing above the range at $21 per share, raising $756 million, Dropbox kicked off its first day soaring to $31.60, and closing the day at $28.48.
Mar 23, 2018, 4:13 PMIn context
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Telegram announces it has surpassed 200M MAUs, after passing 100M MAUs in February 2016   —  Another usage milestone for messaging platform Telegram: It's announced passing 200M monthly active users “within the last 30 days”.  —  The platform passed 100M MAUs back in February 2016 …
Mar 23, 2018, 4:05 PMIn context
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Tumblr confirms 84 accounts linked to Internet Research Agency and has begun emailing users who interacted with them; accounts were ID'd and deleted last fall   —  Tumblr has confirmed that Kremlin trolls were active on its platform during the 2016 US presidential elections.
Mar 23, 2018, 2:40 PMIn context
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Four lawsuits against Facebook by its users and shareholders have been filed in federal courts so far after Cambridge Analytica revelations   —  The lawsuits are piling up against Facebook in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data misuse and political ad targeting scandal.
Mar 23, 2018, 1:20 PMIn context

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