Is it worse if a robot instead of a human is used to deter the homeless from setting up camp outside places of business? One such bot cop took over the outside of the San Francisco SPCA, an animal advocacy and pet adoption clinic in they city’s Mission district,... Read more
 Real estate heavyweights clearly don’t want to be left in the dust by tech startups that see opportunities to do things more efficiently, more transparently and more affordably than has previously been possible in the long clubby, expensive and opaque world of real estate. Just one indicator is their... Read more
 Lost amid the furor over the Federal Communications Commission’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad decision to reverse net neutrality regulations is another, equally awful ,decision on a program to provide subsidies for broadband internet subscriptions to low-income households in cities and tribal regions around the country. Read More Read more
 “We plan on making Bitmoji obsolete” says Akash Nigam, CEO of Genies. Bragging about beating one of the world’s top apps before his has even launched is emblematic of Nigam’s and Genies‘ brash style. But with $15 million in funding at a valuation over $100 million, top investors like... Read more
 After a Senate vote on Tuesday, Kirstjen Nielsen has now been confirmed as John Kelly’s replacement to lead the Department of Homeland Security. The top position at the DHS has remained open since Kelly left to join the White House as chief of staff in late July. Nielsen, a... Read more
 The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged Canadian crypto company PlexCorp with violating securities laws by selling up to $15 million in an initial coin offering (ICO). ICOs have seen explosive growth over the past year as fledgling companies have used them to raise more than $3 billion in... Read more
 It’s been a bugged-filled couple of months for Google’s hardware team. The list of issues hitting devices announced at the company’s Pixel 2 event in October just grew by another, as users have begun reporting Home Mini crashes when the smart speaker is played at maximum volume. Slashgear spotted... Read more
 Alibaba announced a massive $15 billion research ‘DAMO Academy’ project focused on R&D last month, and it is laying the groundwork for an office in Tel Aviv through a deal to acquire technology and talent from Israeli startup Visualead. Visualead developed a new kind of ‘dot-less’ QR code that Alibaba had... Read more
 Andy Rubin has taken a leave of absence from Essential. The phone maker’s founder and CEO will be taking time off from the company to “deal with personal matters,” a spokesman for the company confirmed with TechCrunch this morning. According to a statement, Rubin announced his intention at a... Read more
 A bit of a surprise just dropped for everyone poking around Pokémon GO this holiday season: a new legendary Pokémon, Ho-Oh. Niantic usually debuts legendary Pokémon (the massive, super strong Pokémon that require groups of up to 20 players to take down and capture) with a bit of fanfare,... Read more