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Daily Crunch: Well Facebook, you did it again

By | Apps, Daily Crunch, Facebook, Fundings & Exits, Gadgets, Hack, Hardware, Mobile, Security, Social, Startups, WeWork

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here: 1. Facebook is the new crapware  Well Facebook, you did it again. Fresh off its latest privacy scandal, the troubled social media […]

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Facebook Portal adds games and web browser amidst mediocre Amazon reviews

By | Apps, Facebook, facebook messenger, Facebook Portal, Gadgets, Hardware, Media, privacy, smart displays, Social, TC, Video

After receiving a flogging from privacy critics, Facebook is scrambling to make its smart display video chat screen Portal more attractive to buyers. Today Facebook is announcing the addition of a web browser, plus some of Messenger’s Instant Games like Battleship, Draw Something, Sudoku and Words With Friends. ABC News and CNN are adding content […]

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Facebook Portal needs more. At least it just added YouTube

By | Amazon, Amazon Echo Show, Apps, Facebook, Facebook Portal, Gadgets, Google, Google Assistant, Google Home Hub, Hardware, Media, Social, TC, YouTube

To offset the creepiness of having Facebook’s camera and microphone in your house, its new Portal video chat gadget needs best-in-class software.  Its hardware is remarkably well done, plus Messenger and the photo frame feature work great. But its third-party app platform was pretty skimpy when the device launched this week. Facebook is increasingly relying […]

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So I sent my mom that newfangled Facebook Portal

By | Apps, Facebook, facebook messenger, Facebook Portal, facebook privacy, Gadgets, Hardware, Social, TC, video chat

“Who am I going to be worried about? Oh Facebook seeing? No, I’m not worried about Facebook seeing. They’re going to look at my great art collection and say they want to come steal it? No, I never really thought about it.” That’s my 72-year-old mother Sally Constine’s response to whether she’s worried about her […]

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Facebook confirms it’s building augmented reality glasses

By | Augmented Reality, augmented reality glasses, Facebook, Gadgets, Hardware, Oculus, Social, TC, Virtual reality

“Yeah! Well of course we’re working on it,” Facebook’s head of augmented reality Ficus Kirkpatrick told me when I asked him at TechCrunch’s AR/VR event in LA if Facebook was building AR glasses. “We are building hardware products. We’re going forward on this . . . We want to see those glasses come into reality, […]

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Smart home makers hoard your data, but won’t say if the police come for it

By | Amazon, Apple, computer security, Facebook, Gadgets, Google, Government, Hardware, Internet of Things, law enforcement, national security, privacy, Security, smart home devices, television, transparency report

A decade ago, it was almost inconceivable that nearly every household item could be hooked up to the internet. These days, it’s near impossible to avoid a non-smart home gadget, and they’re vacuuming up a ton of new data that we’d never normally think about. Thermostats know the temperature of your house, and smart cameras […]

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Facebook is building a camera TV set-top box

By | Facebook, Facebook Portal, facebook Ripley, Gadgets, Hardware, privacy, set top box, Social, TC

A mysterious product called “Ripley” appeared hidden beside Facebook’s new Portal smart displays in Facebook for Android’s code. Dug up by frequent TechCrunch tipster Jane Manchun Wong a week ago, Ripley’s name squared with Facebook’s VP of Portal Rafa Camargo telling us that “we’re already investing in expanding the product line with more products we want […]

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A fictional Facebook Portal videochat with Mark Zuckerberg

By | Advertising Tech, Amazon, Artificial Intelligence, Facebook, Gadgets, Hardware, machine learning, Mark Zuckerberg, Messenger, portal, privacy, Security, smart home, Social, TC, video calling

TechCrunch: Hey Portal, dial Mark Portal: Do you mean Mark Zuckerberg? TC: Yes Portal: Dialling Mark… TC: Hi Mark! Nice choice of grey t-shirt. MZ: Uh, new phone who dis? — oh, hi, er, TechCrunch… TC: Thanks for agreeing to this entirely fictional interview, Mark! MZ: Sure — anytime. But you don’t mind if I […]

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Google’s smart home sell looks cluttered and incoherent

By | Amazon, Artificial Intelligence, ChromeOS, Facebook, Gadgets, Google, Google Hardware Event 2018, Hardware, Home Automation, Internet of Things, Made by Google, PIXEL, pixel 3, smart home, smart speaker, smartphone, smartphones, Speaker, tablet computer, Technology

If any aliens or technology ingenues were trying to understand what on earth a ‘smart home’ is yesterday, via Google’s latest own-brand hardware launch event, they’d have come away with a pretty confused and incoherent picture. The company’s presenters attempted to sketch a vision of gadget-enabled domestic bliss but the effect was rather closer to […]

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