Inside Tencent’s ambition to create a Triple A console game

Tencent, the biggest social networking and video games company in China, hasn’t really managed to scale its popular products in the Western mainstream. The behemoth’s international expansion for the most part has been achieved by investing in companies outside China, but now it’s …

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Party Round’s rebrand is banking on founder bank accounts

Party Round is rebranding to Capital, in a new play to refresh founder banking account services. Co-founder Jordi Hays tells TechCrunch more.

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White House proposes voluntary safety and transparency rules around AI

The White House proposed what it calls an "AI Bill of Rights" to protect against algorithmic ills. But it's voluntary -- and far from the first of its kind.

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Russia debates staying on ISS past 2024 despite tensions

Russia is discussing continuing its participation on the ISS beyond 2024, despite threatening to pull out of the station.

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China officially bans fruit flavorings in e-cigarettes

China has joined a handful of countries in banning flavored vapes to combat underage use of nicotine. Starting October 1, e-cigarette companies are only allowed to sell tobacco-flavored vapes in the country, an effort by the government to “standardize” the production, sales, and consumption of the novel tobacco product. China’s c-cigarette makers had a short-lived […]

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Daily Crunch: Blocking VLC player downloads violates Indian law, claims VideoLAN in legal challenge

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Just before Musk backtracked, a judge said Twitter could hunt for secret chats with whistleblower

Late Monday, a judge weighed in on Twitter's request to search for hidden conversations between Musk's team and Peiter “Mudge” Zatko.

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Kickstarter CEO Everette Taylor on blockchain, inclusion, unions and the future of crowdfunding

Less than a week after being named Kickstarter CEO, Everette Taylor discusses his plans for the crowdfunding service.

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Tesla is now building Model 3 and Model Y vehicles without ultrasonic sensors

Tesla is removing ultrasonic sensors from Model 3 and Model Y vehicles, the next step in CEO Elon Musk's Tesla Vision plan.

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Duolingo makes its first official acquisition, with more to come

Duolingo, a popular language learning app, has bought Gunner. Over a year after going public, this marks its first acquisition to date.

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Google Japan’s outlandish keyboards might be the best running joke in tech

Google Japan may be the only tech team capable of a funny April Fool's joke, partly because they fully commit to these ridiculous keyboards.

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