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Twitch will now give Prime users free games each month

 A bit of fun news for Amazon/Twitch Prime users: you’re going to get some free games each month. Twitch has just announced Free Games With Prime, a program in a similar vein as Microsoft’s Games with Gold on Xbox Live, or Sony’s offerings alongside PlayStation Plus. In short: each month, they’ll offer a selection of PC games. Download them within the offering window,… Read More

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Here are some real things people said about brain preservation startup Nectome

 Regular TechCrunch readers have probably noticed an uptick in Y Combinator-related profiles over the last few days, as founders rush to get press coverage before next week’s Demo Day. Today, the MIT Technology Review gave us the details of one of the most ambitious and science fictional-sounding ones yet. The startup in question is Nectome, which promises to preserve people’s… Read More

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Legal tech is opening the system to those who need legal representation the most

 Jane (whose name changed for privacy purposes) had been living with her elderly mother for more than 20 years in a rent-stabilized apartment in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. But three years ago, Jane’s landlord began filing frivolous lawsuits against her and her mother in an effort to evict them from their home. While Jane was delinquent with rent, her apartment was in… Read More

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Universe, an Instagram for building mobile websites, nabs funding from YC

 As social media sites grow more massive and all-encompassing, one startup is looking to bring back the friendly customization of Myspace to a new generation of users looking to define their online presence in a unique way. Universe is a mobile-based website builder for the social media era, eschewing complicated templates for easily customizable website “filters” that pin… Read More

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Snoop Dogg’s venture firm just closed its debut fund with $45 million

 Snoop Dogg, the rapper, entertainer, and businessman, can claim another small victory in a long string of career highlights. The venture firm that he cofounded a couple of years ago, Casa Verde Capital, has closed its debut fund with $45 million. The money was raised in earnest last year, says managing partner Karan Wadhera, an alum of both Goldman Sachs and Nomura Securities who joined… Read More

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A+E exec Nancy Dubuc confirmed as Vice Media’s new CEO

 Vice Media has announced that Nancy Dubuc is leaving her role A+E Networks CEO and taking over as the digital media company’s chief executive. Co-founder and outgoing CEO Shane Smith will become executive chairman. Variety first reported yesterday that Dubuc was in talks for the job, with Disney and Hearst (A+E’s parent companies) confirming her departure. Dubuc already serves… Read More

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Apple’s WWDC returns to San Jose, June 4-8

 Apple’s World Wide Developer 2018 is now officially offical. The company posted the dates on its site, noting that its big annual developers conference will be returning to San Jose on June 4. This marks the second year in a row WWDC has been held in the South Bay, after a long run at San Francisco’s Moscone Center. As we noted when the dates were announced in February of last… Read More

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Ecobee’s new voice-powered light switch moves closer to whole-home Alexa

 Alexa is already everywhere in a lot of homes, thanks to the affordability and ease of installation/setup of the Echo Dot. But Alexa could become even more seamlessly integrated into your home, if you think about it. And Canadian smart home tech maker ecobee did think about it, which is how they came up with the ecobee Switch+. Ecobee is probably most known for their connected thermostats,… Read More

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Google Assistant arrives on iPad

 Google Assistant is launching today on iPad, allowing customers to control their smart home, make calls, send texts, set reminders, and more, from their Apple tablet. The smart assistant was first launched on iOS at Google I/O 2017, following its earlier introduction on Android devices, led by Google’s Pixel phone. At the time, however, it had only been available in English. Today… Read More

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Apple Music now has 38 million paid members

 Here’s another tidbit from Eddy Cue’s content-packed SXSW appearance yesterday. Along with a dive into Apple’s video content strategy, the company’s SVP offered up some insight into the health of its music streaming service. Cue noted that Apple Music has hit 38 million paid subscribers — an increase of two million since the company reported last month. It’s… Read More

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IKEA U.S. launches a furniture assembly service from TaskRabbit

 You can now pay IKEA to help you put together its confusing furniture. The company announced this morning it’s rolling out the new TaskRabbit At-Home Assembly service in select U.S. markets where TaskRabbit is available, and in six stores in New York and San Francisco. The service is a result of IKEA’s acquisition of the contract labor marketplace TaskRabbit last September for… Read More

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YouTube’s mobile app gets a dark mode

 YouTube’s mobile app is getting a dark mode. The company announced this morning its dark theme, first introduced on its desktop site last year, is launching today on the YouTube iOS app and arriving soon after on Android. With the setting enabled, YouTube’s background turns from white to black throughout the YouTube experience as you navigate, search and browse its app. The setting… Read More

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Hulu outbids rivals for ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ from Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington

 Hulu outbid major players in cable and streaming to obtain the rights to develop “Little Fires Everywhere,” a new limited series produced by Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine, producer of the Emmy-winning “Big Little Lies” on HBO. The show is based on Celeste Ng’s 2017 bestselling book by the same name, and will star both Witherspoon and Kerry Washington.… Read More

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