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Only one week left to apply to Startup Battlefield MENA 2018

Procrastination is the mother of missed opportunities, and if you still haven’t submitted your early-stage startup to compete in TechCrunch Startup Battlefield MENA 2018 , then it’s time to get moving. You have only one week left before the July 17 deadline. Apply right now for your shot at being chosen as “the Middle East and North Africa’s Most Promising Startup.” This is our first time hosting our premier startup competition in the Middle East and North Africa, and we couldn’t be more excited. TechCrunch Startup Battlefield MENA 2018 takes place in Beirut, Lebanon on October 3 at the Beirut Digital District. We can’t wait to see the exciting startups and entrepreneurs coming out of this vital, growing tech ecosystem. Does your pre-Series A startup qualify to apply? We’re so glad you asked. Here are the criteria that startups must meet to compete: Have an early-stage company in “launch” stage Be headquartered in one of these eligible countries: Algeria, Armenia, Bahrain, Egypt, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE, Yemen Have a fully working product/beta reasonably close to, or in, production Have received limited press or publicity to date Have no known intellectual property conflicts Apply by July 17, 2018, at 5 p.m. PST Now that you know your startup is good to go, let’s talk about how Startup Battlefield works and what you stand to gain by participating. Our experienced TechCrunch editors will review every application — they’ve been doing this process since 2007, and they’re experts at finding the best of the best — and then select 15 startups to vie for the top prize. The competition begins with three preliminary rounds — five startups per round will each have six minutes to pitch and present their demo. The judges have six minutes following each pitch to ask the team questions. Five of the 15 startups will be chosen to move on to the finals and pitch a second time and, from that elite group, the judges will name the winner of TechCrunch Startup Battlefield MENA 2018 . The founders of the winning startup will receive US$25,000 in no-equity cash, plus a trip for two to compete in the Startup Battlefield at TechCrunch Disrupt in 2019 (assuming the company still qualifies to compete at the time).

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Launch your early-stage company at Startup Battlefield MENA 2018

If you’re looking for a way to launch your pre-Series A startup to the world, there’s no better platform for that than TechCrunch’s premier startup-pitch competition, Startup Battlefield . And now, for the first time ever, founders of early-stage startups across the Middle East and North Africa can take advantage of that awesome launch pad. You read that right. Thanks to our sponsor, Facebook , we’ll be in Beirut on October 3 for  TechCrunch Startup Battlefield MENA 2018 . Think your startup has what it takes to win it all? Applications are now open, so  apply today for your chance to join us in Lebanon at the Beirut Digital District. Here’s what you need to know about competing in Startup Battlefield MENA. Before we can consider your startup, it must meet certain eligibility requirements. Let’s get these pesky details out of the way and then move on to what Battlefield competitors will experience. To be considered for Startup Battlefield MENA 2018, you must: Have an early-stage company in “launch” stage Be headquartered in one of these eligible countries: Algeria, Armenia, Bahrain, Egypt, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE, Yemen Have a fully working product/beta reasonably close to, or in, production Have received limited press or publicity to date Have no known intellectual property conflicts Apply by July 17, 2018, at 5 p.m. PST Now then, let’s get on with the exciting stuff. TechCrunch editors, highly experienced in all things related to Startup Battlefield, will vet the applications and choose 15 pre-Series A startups to compete. Each competing team receives top-notch pitch coaching from our editors — at no charge — so they’ll be primed and ready come the big day. Teams have six minutes to pitch their company and present a product demo to the Startup Battlefield judges, who then follow up with hard-hitting questions. All of this nerve-wracking action takes place in front of a live, enthusiastic audience filled with startup fans, investors, tech founders and media outlets

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Startup Battlefield is coming to the Middle East and North Africa, apply today

TechCrunch is hosting its first startup competition for entrepreneurs across the Middle East and North Africa! We’ve wanted to bring TechCrunch to the region for a long time, and now thanks to our sponsor Facebook , TechCrunch is bringing the Startup Battlefield competition to Beirut on October 3 this year, hosted at the Beirut Digital District (BDD), in the heart of the Lebanese startup scene. We’re looking for the Middle East and North Africa’s best innovators, makers and technical entrepreneurs to participate in TechCrunch Startup Battlefield MENA 2018 . Startups of all kinds shooting for an exit or IPO should apply. TechCrunch will host the event at BDD in Beirut in front of a live audience and top judges, and the show will be covered on TechCrunch. The judges will choose a winner, “The Middle East’s Most Promising Startup,” whose founders will win US$25,000 in no-equity cash plus a paid trip for two to compete in the Startup Battlefield at TechCrunch Disrupt 2019 (assuming the company still qualifies to compete at this time). If you want to throw your hat in the ring  apply today . Science, technology and innovation have deep roots in the Middle East and North Africa, where the world’s first university was founded in Morocco in 859, and the world’s first medical center was founded in Cairo in 972. The startup world is increasingly focused on applications for artificial intelligence, whose algebraic roots date back to ancient Syria and Iraq. Past and present, the region is known for rich cultures producing great works of art, culture and scientific discovery. Today, venture investment and startup ecosystem development are on the rise across the region. Careem, a Middle East unicorn and ride-hailing app, is creating hundreds of thousands of jobs, while training female drivers in Saudi Arabia. Last summer, Amazon acquired Souq.com for $580 million, while regional investors poured a billion dollars into a local competitor, Noon. TechCrunch is eager to take part in covering the Middle East and North Africa’s burgeoning tech sector more fully.

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Livongo, which helps patients manage diabetes and hypertension via connected devices and a cloud based platform, raises $105M Series E at $800M+…

Jeff Buchanan / Xconomy : Livongo, which helps patients manage diabetes and hypertension via connected devices and a cloud based platform, raises $105M Series E at $800M+ valuation   —  Livongo Health, a startup that develops connected devices and software for patients with diabetes and other chronic conditions …

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Sony announces Xperia XZ2 Premium with 5.8-inch 4K HDR display and dual cameras focusing on ultra-low-light performance, with photos of up to ISO…

Chris Welch / The Verge : Sony announces Xperia XZ2 Premium with 5.8-inch 4K HDR display and dual cameras focusing on ultra-low-light performance, with photos of up to ISO 51,200   —  ISO 51200 sensitivity  —  Less than two months after unveiling the Xperia XZ2 at Mobile World Congress, Sony is back again with the Xperia XZ2 Premium.

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Baidu launches Totem, a stock photo service that uses blockchain to timestamp submissions and track ownership of each original photograph (Wolfie…

Wolfie Zhao / CoinDesk : Baidu launches Totem, a stock photo service that uses blockchain to timestamp submissions and track ownership of each original photograph   —  Chinese internet search giant Baidu has launched a blockchain-based stock photo service in bid to protect image intellectual property in China.

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Review of Macs’ eGPU support, new with macOS 10.13.4: performance gains are decent, especially for Metal, but support is limited to Thunderbolt 3 and…

Samuel Axon / Ars Technica : Review of Macs' eGPU support, new with macOS 10.13.4: performance gains are decent, especially for Metal, but support is limited to Thunderbolt 3 and AMD cards   —  Performance doesn't disappoint, but lack of strong software support does.  —  When Apple released macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 on March 29 …

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Fallout from data collection scandal has not spread much beyond Facebook to include other platforms because it is hard to pinpoint harm from privacy…

Richard Waters / Financial Times : Fallout from data collection scandal has not spread much beyond Facebook to include other platforms because it is hard to pinpoint harm from privacy violations   —  It is nearly four weeks since the Cambridge Analytica scandal erupted, and something surprising has happened.  —  Or rather, not happened.

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Facebook should let users share their social graph with any competing network and offer friend lists in a useful, interoperable format from its data…

Josh Constine / TechCrunch : Facebook should let users share their social graph with any competing network and offer friend lists in a useful, interoperable format from its data export tool   —  It's time to free the social graph  —  Twitter, Vine, Voxer, MessageMe.  Facebook has repeatedly cut off competitors …

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Sensor Tower: US iPhone users spent an average of $58 each on in-app purchases in 2017, up 23% YoY; entertainment apps spending up 57%, lifestyle apps…

Sarah Perez / TechCrunch : Sensor Tower: US iPhone users spent an average of $58 each on in-app purchases in 2017, up 23% YoY; entertainment apps spending up 57%, lifestyle apps up 110%   —  Games, dating apps and streaming services contributed to a rise in consumer spending in iPhone apps last year …

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Mutual assured dronestruction

Western airstrikes on the Middle East: déjà vu all over again. Twenty years ago, the USA attacked Sudan and Afghanistan with Tomahawk cruise missiles. Two days ago, the USA attacked Syria with … Tomahawk cruise missiles. Aside from the (de)merits of each attack, isn’t it a bit surprising that technology hasn’t really changed small-scale strategic warfare in that time? Just you wait. In the next decade, that strategic calculus will change a lot , and probably not in a good way. Consider this sharp one-liner from Kelsey Atherton last week: the future of war is million-dollar gray triangles hunting hundred-dollar quadcopters — Kelsey D. Atherton (@AthertonKD) April 9, 2018 Of course cheap drones are already being used on the battlefield in small-scale ways: by Daesh , by Hezbollah , by Hamas , by drug cartels , and of course by traditional nation-state militaries worldwide. But those are piloted drones, used in short-range, often improvisational ways; interesting but not really strategically significant. Meanwhile, across the world, we are in the midst of a Cambrian explosion of artificial intelligence and automation technology. Consider Comma.ai, the startup that began as a literal one-man self-driving-car project . Consider the truly remarkable Skydio , a self-flying drone that can follow you wherever you go, avoiding obstacles enroute. …Do you see where we’re going here?

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How UN’s Building Blocks program is using permissioned blockchain based on open source Ethereum code to distribute UN-facilitated food aid to…

Russ Juskalian / MIT Technology Review : How UN's Building Blocks program is using permissioned blockchain based on open source Ethereum code to distribute UN-facilitated food aid to recipients   —  A few times a month, Bassam pushes a shopping cart through the aisles of a grocery store stocked with bags of rice, a small selection of fresh vegetables, and other staples.

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