DraftKings and FanDuel strike a deal with NCAA to suspend all college contests

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shutterstock_130179461 DraftKings and FanDuel, the two largest providers of daily fantasy sports in the U.S, have simultaneously announced that they reached a deal with the NCAA to temporarily suspend college sports on both platforms after this weekend’s March Madness tournament ends. While the contests weren’t necessarily a large portion of each platform (NCAA contests constitute just three percent… Read More

Tesla will unveil the more affordable Model 3 tonight. Here’s where to watch.

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3z After years of rumors, Tesla will unveil the Model 3 tonight. At a target price of $35,000 before incentives, the Model 3 is meant to be Tesla’s first car affordable by those of us (read: most of us) who can’t drop $70-$100k on a Model S or $80-$130k for a Model X. Besides the price target, there’s not much else we know. Tonight that changes, and they’re streaming it… Read More

Xamarin CEO Nat Friedman on getting acquired by Microsoft

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Microsoft-Xamarin-930x517 Microsoft announced in February its plans to acquire the cross-platform development platform Xamarin; the deal closed about two weeks ago. Even though the ink on the contracts has barely dried, Microsoft already made Xamarin the center of attention at its annual Build developer conference today by announcing its plans to roll Xamarin into every Visual Studio tier, including the free… Read More

Snapchat is down after Chat 2.0 boosts interest

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snapchat-down Snapchat isn’t working for many users, with Stories failing to load and snaps not sending. The outage comes just days after Snapchat released its big Chat 2.0 update that brought stickers and other new features, but possibly more traffic that the service could handle. DownDetector shows a massive increase in problem reports over the past few hours. Users also appear to be having… Read More

Yahoo loses another SVP, talent hunter Sandy Gould, as compensation issues rile staff

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Yahoo is expected to lose yet another major executive, this time Sandy Gould, who is currently SVP of talent acquisition and development at the company. It is not clear where the well-regarded exec is headed, said sources close to the situation (are there any other kind?).

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Uber is starting to raise fares in some small and mid-sized cities

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Uber is raising its fares 10 percent in Pittsburgh, the city where the company is currently building a gigantic facility to build and test self-driving cars. The story was first reported by a reporter from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, who also tweeted that Uber cited the need for drivers to earn more money in its explanation to customers. A week before, it raised fares in a handful of smaller cities, like Louisville, Kentucky, Fayetteville, Arkansas, and Ventura and Fresno, both in California.

Last January, the ride-hail company said it was slashing fares in 100 cities…

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Postmates is launching a subscription service with free deliveries

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On-demand delivery startup Postmates announced a monthly subscription service today called Plus Unlimited. It will cost $9.99 a month and come with free delivery on orders over $30 from the company’s growing list of partners. The move is part of longer term strategy for Postmates to beat competing services big and small and become the de facto delivery method for local goods. Last year, the company launched a preferred merchant program to partner with retailers and restaurants, and just last month, it kickstarted its Plus service, which caps delivery fees at $3.99.

Now, with Plus Unlimited, Postmates hopes heavy users will pay $10 every month to cut down on how much they spend on delivery costs and order more from the app in turn. If it…

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Hulu, Nickelodeon, and NASCAR will make Windows 10 apps for Xbox One

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Last year when Microsoft rolled out Windows 10, one of the biggest promises of the new operating system was the support of universal apps, meaning that developers would be able to make simple changes to their apps to enable them to run across multiple Microsoft platforms. It’s taken some time, but we’re finally starting to hear more about how this might affect Xbox.

During Microsoft’s annual Build developers conference today, the company said that Nickelodeon, Hulu, Dailymotion, and NASCAR all plan to bring Windows 10 Universal apps to the Xbox One gaming console. Microsoft hasn’t said exactly when this will happen, but there’s a chance it could be timed to the merging of the Windows 10 and Xbox app stores pegged for this summer.

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Tesla Model 3 preorders will begin at 7:30PM PT, an hour earlier than planned

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Due to significant demand, Tesla will begin taking online orders for its upcoming Model 3 electric car an hour earlier than planned. Orders will begin at Tesla.com at 7:30PM PT / 10:30PM ET this evening, in order to ensure that Tesla’s servers aren’t overloaded.

Tesla Model 3 buyers have been able to go to their local Tesla dealership to place an order for the Model 3 for a $1,000 deposit since this morning, leading to long lines at locations around the world. With that much demand, it’s possible that Tesla’s own website — where the company will also be…

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Skype For Linux: Dead? Or Just Resting?

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New submitter somebearouthere writes: Skype for Linux was updated in 2014 to v4.3 and has since sat there without an update while its counterpart on other platforms has been receiving updates. Sometime in 2015, Microsoft quietly abandoned that version of the product, showing back to Linux users who had paid for subscriptions with the expectation that one day they too would be able to finally use group video chat, have a real 64-bit version available and get an improved UI. Skype developers have just thrown in the towel and it has left the user base frustrated. Last month many users reported that Microsoft had broken the app’s ability to join calls. Two Linux enthusiasts penned the issue in a blog signed by “lots of angry Linux users.” I have contacted Microsoft numerous times over the past few weeks but it remains tight-lipped on the matter. I have a feeling Microsoft isn’t going to update Skype for Linux.

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Whistle’s “Fitbit for dogs” acquired by Mars Petcare

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Whistle Whistle, the “Fitbit for dogs,” has found a home at Mars Petcare, TechCrunch has learned.  The maker of Snickers and M&M’s also has a large pet division and has plans to integrate Whistle’s animal technology. “Whistle is excited to join the Mars Petcare family. This opportunity connects the industry’s global and technology leaders, enabling a new era… Read More

Beatie Wolfe shows off her NFC-powered musical jacket

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beatie wolfe The days of CDs and vinyl might be (mostly) over, but singer-songerwriter Beatie Wolfe is making music physical again, in a very literal way. Wolfe stopped by the TechCrunch New York office to show off her a jacket designed by Mr. Fish, who also created designs for legends like David Bowie and Mick Jagger. Not only does the jacket look pretty spectacular — it also uses NFC technology,… Read More

Vergecast will be live today at 4:30PM ET

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This week on the Vergecast, Nilay, Dieter, Jake, and Nicola review the reviews! The iPad Pro 9.7, the iPhone SE, and the Microsoft Build developer conference; we’re covering all the top tech news this week. If you liked our video reviews this week, then tune in live to hear in our in depth coverage.

We’ll be live at our usual time today  — 4:30PM ET / 11:30PM PT / 8:30PM GMT. You can watch via the YouTube Live stream embed above. And if you miss the live show, you can always watch the replay (using the embed above) or download the audio version on iTunes. And speaking of iTunes, be sure to rate us five stars if you enjoyed the show. We’ll do our best to make sure you do.

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Lionsgate and Kevin Hart team up for a comedy-only streaming service

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Kevin Hart is gearing up to serve comedy all day, every day. Canadian-American entertainment company Lionsgate announced today that it is entering a partnership with Hart’s company Hartbeat Digital to launch Laugh Out Loud — a video-on-demand service just for comedy content.

Hart will prank people as an undercover Lyft driver

The platform will house a variety of content created by Hart, including an original series where he’ll be playing an undercover driver for Lyft, the app-based ride-hailing service. The VOD service won’t show Hart’s live tours and theatrical performances.

“Lionsgate has always been a great partner of mine, and I’m more than excited to take our business and creative relationship to new levels,” Hart said in a…

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Wealthfront is updating its service with multiple integrations to give a more holistic view into financial health

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Screen Shot 2016-03-31 at 12.43.01 PM Wealthfront, the West Coast robo-advisor battling Betterment for the top spot in tech-enabled wealth management, is launching a new version (and vision) of its wealth management service.
The Redwood City, Calif.-based company is integrating with tools like Venmo and Redfin, to get an even more complete picture of its customers financial holdings. Read More

Apply now for Include Office Hours with Sequoia Capital

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include-featured2 TechCrunch Include Office Hours are happening on April 15th! Bryan Schreier and Bill Coughran from Sequoia Capital will join TechCrunch to provide valuable advice and feedback to startups. Launched in 2014, Include is TechCrunch’s diversity program, aimed at facilitating opportunities for underrepresented groups in tech to take their startups to the next level. The Office Hours program… Read More

Microsoft’s new tools let businesses integrate Skype into their own web and mobile apps

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skype-logo Following yesterday’s news about bringing bots to the Skype platform, Microsoft today unveiled two more SDKs for its Skype platform which will allow businesses and application developers a way to integrate Skype’s capabilities into their own applications. On stage at its annual Build conference, the company took the wraps off two new toolkits for developers: the Skype Web SDK and… Read More

DiResta: Cube Twist Drawer Pull

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Screenshot 2016-03-29 18.18.00In this video you can see me make what is called a “cube twist” drawer pull.  It is a simple technique often demonstrated by blacksmiths to make handles and tools. Lately I have been watching my youtube Blacksmith teacher Rory May in a recent video he goes into detail on the […]

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In FBI hacks, tech firms get left in the dark as feds resist call to divulge secrets

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Even when courts compel law enforcement agencies to reveal the ways they hack into technology products, it’s criminal suspects — not the makers of hardware or software — who are most likely to learn the details.

As Apple Inc. considers legal tactics that could force the FBI to share how it unlocked…

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