Beyoncé, Jay Z, and a bunch of other stars are playing a Tidal charity concert

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Tidal and HTC are throwing a massive charity concert in Brooklyn this October, and its lineup is full of the site’s most popular and successful artist partners. Head honcho Jay Z, Beyoncé, Prince, Usher, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, and a dozen-plus other artists are set to play Tidal X: 1020 Amplified by HTC (yes, that’s the official name) when it hits Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on October 20th.

It’s the first in a series of Tidal-affiliated “philanthropic music events… aimed at raising awareness, funds, conscious engagement, and dynamic action for transformative and positive social impact worldwide.” Tidal is matching all of the proceeds from ticket sales and funnelling the money to selected charities through the New World Foundation,…

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This Week On Bullish: The Automation Revolution

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BullishLogoSample1 Hello friends, and welcome back to another episode of Bullish, TechCrunch’s first talk show. This time around we dug into the idea of automation, working to understand where to draw the line between intelligent hardware and robots. That, and whether machine learning fused to learning systems is something that we should embrace or fear. To help us dig into the topic, we had Brady… Read More

Mobile Savings App Ibotta Scores $40 Million

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ibotta-shopping1 Mobile shopping app Ibotta, which got its start as an alternative means of saving money while grocery shopping without having to clip coupons, has now closed on $40 million in Series C funding to continue to scale its business. A testament to building something practical and useful for the everyday consumer, Ibotta has seen over 10 million downloads to date and a user base that has saved a… Read More

Is Google’s future in television in Chromecast, or is it in Android TVs?

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Chromecast is officially a thing. What started out as a simple streaming stick two years ago has now become a product that Google can boast about, with 20 million devices sold since launch. And today, we saw not one but two new versions of Chromecast, a video-streaming stick that supports modern WiFi standards and another that now turns home speakers into WiFi-connected, cast-enabled audio devices. Google has kept it at an accessible price — $35 per dongle — and the intent is clear: We’re going to be in your living room, one way or another.

But despite how simple the Chromecast is to use, the question still remains: Why is Google making Chromecast and forging ahead with Android TV? Sure, the use cases are different right now; one is a…

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Microsoft’s flagship New York City store opens its doors on October 26th

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Microsoft is opening its first flagship store in New York City later next month. Located just a few blocks away from Apple’s iconic cube on Fifth Avenue, Microsoft’s new retail location will replace an old Fendi store at 677 Fifth Avenue and serve as the company’s first full retail store in Manhattan. “These flagship stores have been in the making for six years,” explains David Porter, Microsoft’s head of retail and online stores. “We are eager to open our doors to those in Manhattan. The five-floor, 22,269 square foot location will be a premier venue to learn about, experience and shop for the products and services from Microsoft and our partners.”

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Samsung’s Gear S2 smartwatch will be available starting this Friday

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Samsung today announced that its new Gear S2 smartwatch will be available for purchase in the US starting this Friday, October 2nd. The Gear S2 comes in two versions, a sportier standard model and a dressier “Classic” version, and they will be priced at $299.99 and $349.99, respectively. You’ll be able to buy it direct from Samsung’s website, in addition to Amazon, Best Buy, and select Macy’s stores.

The Gear S2 is Samsung’s first round smartwatch, following the footsteps of Motorola’s Moto 360, LG’s G Watch R and Watch Urbane, and the Huawei Watch. But unlike those models, the Gear S2 doesn’t run Android Wear; instead, Samsung’s proprietary smartwatch software built on Tizen is what powers it. The S2 also features a unique rotating…

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Nvidia’s game streaming service launches tomorrow for $7.99 a month

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Nvidia’s game streaming service has a new name — and a price. The service, previously called Grid, was available as a free beta to Shield TV users, but starting October 1st the full version will launch with a new monthly subscription fee. Rebranded as Geforce Now, the streaming service will cost $7.99 per month, though the first three months will be free. Geforce Now will be available on the company’s Shield devices, including the new Android-powered Shield TV set-top box.

Like many streaming services, Nvidia describes Geforce Now as “the Netflix for games,” though at launch the library leaves quite a bit to be desired, with just over 50 titles available for streaming. In addition to that, however, users will also be able to buy some…

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Foursquare Taps Button For Deeper Integration With OpenTable

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btn_ot-mockup_1a Foursquare is getting a touch closer to OpenTable through deeper integrations via Button. Users on the Foursquare app will now be able to see available tables (from OpenTable) right within the Foursquare app, as well as have the ability to book tables. Button, which helps different applications work more seamlessly together, is powering the integration. Foursquare has already taken steps… Read More

Farmigo Raises $16M For A New Approach To The Farmers’ Market

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Farmigo Kitchen Farmigo, a startup rethinking the local farmer’s market, has raised $16 million in series B funding. Founder and CEO Benzi Ronen said the company started out by building software for farmers, but its focus has shifted to a consumer marketplace where you can order farm-fresh groceries, then pick them up from local “food communities,” such as a nearby school or office.… Read More

Twitter Expands ‘Buy’ Buttons To Bigcommerce, Demandware, Shopify… And Best Buy

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brit buy now twitter A year after Twitter launched its first commerce product in the form of “buy now” buttons in Tweets, get ready to start seeing a whole lot more of them in your feed. The social media company today is expanding the service in partnership with Bigcommerce, Demandware, and Shopify, three big and well-used commerce platforms, so that merchants using them to run their own… Read More

ShopFully Scores Further €10M To Drive More Customers To Physical Stores

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Shopfully_in_use Italy headquartered startup ShopFully, which helps drive customers to physical retail stores with a digital alternative to the humble paper flyer, has raised a further €10 million. Backing comes from Highland Capital Partners Europe and brings total raised over the last three years to €20 million. Previous backers include Principia SGR, 360 Capital Partners and Merifin. Read More

Microsoft Store accidentally lists new Lumia 950 flagships online

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Microsoft has accidentally listed two new Lumia flagships on its online store. The Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL are both listed as unlocked models, with confirmation of some of the leaked specifications. Microsoft lists the Lumia 950 as a 5.2-inch handset with a 20-megapixel camera and 32GB of storage. While the larger Lumia 950 is 5.7 inches with the same camera and storage.

Microsoft is expected to announce both handsets at a special Windows 10 event in New York City next week. Previously leaked photos and specifications of the devices also reveal that Microsoft’s new Lumias will support a Continuum feature to turn them into PCs, and Windows Hello to unlock the phones with just your face. Microsoft’s Lumia 950 XL is also rumored to…

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Poll: Are you buying a new Nexus?

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The rumors were true and now the LG-built Nexus 5X and Huawei-built Nexus 6P are official. That’s 5.2- and 5.7-inches to love, respectively, straight from the heart of Android.

Now that you’ve digested the details and compared the new Nexii with the iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, Galaxy S6, Note 5, and Moto X Style, what’s it going to be? Have you made your buying decision or will you wait to see what phones LG (tomorrow), Microsoft (October 6th), and HTC (October 20th) have up their sleeves?

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AboutLife, Focused on Personal Finance, Debuts With $3 Million in Funding from Kleiner

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1024x512_aboutLife logo There’s no shortage of services trying to drive traditional financial planners into extinction. Think Wealthfront, Personal Capital, Betterment and Intuit-owned Mint.com, among them. Today, another company personal finance tools company is waving its own flag: AboutLife, a three-year-old, San Francisco-based eight-person startup that quietly raised $3 million in Series A funding from… Read More

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