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CardMunch founder returns with HiHello, a new app aiming to replace business cards

A new app called HiHello is taking aim at business cards. While plenty of apps in the past have tried to kill the business card , they never achieved critical mass. Mainly, this is because most required that both parties — the business card holder and recipient — have their app installed. HiHello is different. Instead of forcing everyone to download its app, it simply generates a QR code that can be scanned by anyone with a modern smartphone. HiHello specifically takes advantage of the fact that today’s smartphones now have QR code readers built in — users no longer need to download a separate QR code scanner app to exchange information over this format. On iPhone, you can use the native iOS Camera app to scan QR codes. And on Android, Google Lens (a part of Google Assistant)  offers similar functionality. (Although this should really be in its camera, too, ahem .) What this means is that when a HiHello user wants to share their contact information with another person, all they need to do is have the recipient scan the QR code the HiHello app generates. The recipient doesn’t have to download or install anything, and is able to quickly save the contact information right into their phone’s address book.

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Google launches experimental feature for Assistant users in the US that shares stories from Solutions Journalism Network when asked "tell me…

Patricia Hernandez / The Verge : Google launches experimental feature for Assistant users in the US that shares stories from Solutions Journalism Network when asked “tell me something good”   —  Good news, literally  —  Trying to keep up with the news might be aspirational, but these days, it can also be depressing.

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Announcing the latest additions to the agenda for Disrupt SF (Sept. 5-7)

TechCrunch Disrupt SF (September 5-7) , we said from the start, was going to be the most ambitious ever, and when it comes to programming, there’s no question the Disrupt SF agenda eclipses anything we’ve done in the past. There are two BIG stages, plus two speaker Q&A stages, workshops and a Startup Showcase stage, where the top exhibiting startups will tell their stories. We published the agenda back in early July, but we’ve also added dozens of sessions since then for a total of 77 on the Disrupt stages. You can always check out the complete and up-to-date agenda.  Here is a sampling of what you might have missed since we originally posted the agenda. On the Disrupt stages: Alex Stamos , former head of security at Facebook and Yahoo, on security in an insecure world Aileen Lee (Cowboy Ventures), Megan Quinn (Spark Capital) and Sarah Tavel (Benchmark) on the state of venture Dario Gill (IBM) and Chad Rigetti (Rigetti Computing) on quantum computing Laurie Yoler (Zoox), Reilly Brennan (Trucks VC) and  Chris Urmson (Aurora) on all things autonomous Jason Robbins (DraftKings) on the changing worlds of online fantasy and gambling Hans Tung (GGV) and Ti Wang (Liulishuo) on the Chinese startup road to U.S. markets Rachel Haurwitz (Caribou Biosciences) and  Trevor Martin (Mammoth Biosciences) on CRIPSR Rich Mahoney (Seismic) on wearable (and fashionable) robotics Rob Coneybeer (Shasta Ventures), Tess Hatch (Bessemer) and  Matt Ocko (Data Collective) on investing in space Robin Berzin (Parsley Health) and  Aaron Patzer (Vital Software) on the future of health Colin Angle (iRobot) on the next generation of home robotics Brian Brackeen (Kairos), Patrick Ball and Kristian Lum (HRDAG) on data and human rights In the 30 audience-driven Q&A sessions with speakers, including.. Building on DLT: Mance Harmon (Hedera) and Brian Behlendorf (Hyperledger) From Funding to Fintech: Nikolay Storonsky (Revolut) Inside the Blockchain:  Joe Lubin, Amanda Gutterman and Sam Cassatt (ConsenSys) Building Brands: Emily Heyward (Red Antler), Philip Krim (Casper) and Tina Sharkey (Brandless) Gaming’s Culture: Jason Citron (Discord) and Delane Parnell (PlayVS) Healthtech on the Horizon : Robin Berzin (Parsley Health) and Aaron Patzer (Vital Software) In the workshops : All Raise ‘s Women Founders Roundtable and AMA Verizon 5G: The Fourth Industrial Revolution (Sponsored by Verizon) Bringing NASA Technology Down to Earth (Sponsored by NASA) Hacking Human Performance (Sponsored by Red Bull ) Running a Node on a Distributed Ledger: Live Demo (Sponsored by Constellations Labs ) This is just a fraction of what you’ll be able to experience at Disrupt SF . There’s still time for you to grab your pass and save up top $500 — get yours here  today.

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Braavo, a startup that provides financing to mobile app developers and gets paid back with a fixed percentage of future earnings, raises $6M Series A…

Anthony Ha / TechCrunch : Braavo, a startup that provides financing to mobile app developers and gets paid back with a fixed percentage of future earnings, raises $6M Series A   —  Braavo, a startup that provides financing to mobile app developers, is announcing that it has raised $6 million in Series A funding.

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