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The most chilling part of Donald Trump’s message to the media

United States President-elect Donald Trump points his finger when he speaks at a press conference at Trump Tower in New York City on January 11 2017. Donald Trump's first press conference as the president-elect of the U.S. started off with a rarity: Praise for the media, or at least some of it. It ended...

Cops arrest man for meth, but it was actually just kitty litter

Image: Harris County Sheriff’s Office A #lifehack fooled police into thinking that a man had a sock full of meth in his car. Ross Lebeau, 24, from Texas was pulled over for a routine traffic stop after he allegedly failed to use a turn signal on Dec. 5. After getting pulled over, the police...

Karhoo rides again: Nissan/Renault buys failed on-demand ride startup

So much for more consolidation in the world of on-demand transportation startups. TechCrunch has learned and confirmed that Karhoo — a failed on-demand offering that aggregated drivers and ride options from hundreds of existing fleets of car services in an Uber-like app — has been brought out of administration. It will be relaunched by...

Karhoo rides again: Nissan/Renault buys failed on-demand ride startup

So much for more consolidation in the world of on-demand transportation startups. TechCrunch has learned and confirmed that Karhoo — a failed on-demand offering that aggregated drivers and ride options from hundreds of existing fleets of car services in an Uber-like app — has been brought out of administration. It will be relaunched by...

Xiaomi boss says company has grown ‘too fast’

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi won't be saying how many smartphones it sold in the last year. The company typically spins out its blockbuster phone sales, which easily demonstrated its growth over the years. It sold 7.2 million phones back in 2012, but by 2014 it sold 61 million units. That incredible growth has stalled....

NHTSA Chief Counsel Paul Hemmersbaugh has left the agency

Paul Hemmersbaugh, Chief Counsel for the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), has left the agency. NHTSA confirmed Hemmersbaugh’s departure after TechCrunch learned of the top lawyer taking leave of the federal organization. Hemmersbaugh is another high-ranking departure at the agency ahead of Trump’s inauguration, after NHTSA chief Mark Rosekind indicating...

Microsoft expands its experimental projects program The Garage to Cambridge, India & China

The Garage – Microsoft’s home to experimental projects like smart news apps, Android launchers, productivity add-ons, smartphone keyboards, and yes – even that app that tells you what sort of dog you look like – is expanding to three new locations including Cambridge, Massachusetts, India and China. In total, there are seven Garage locations...

Off-the-beaten-path innovation could rejuvenate Twitter

How to join the network With rumors swirling that Twitter may (or should) sell, it’s time to ask: Is that for the best? Will it maximize what Twitter can — and should — become? In short, no. Twitter doesn’t need to sell. Instead of going external for a shot in the arm, the networking...

New Senator from California can’t explain why she didn’t prosecute Trump’s Treasury pick when she was AG

Kamala Harris was just sworn in as a senator from California, but her last gig was as California's Attorney General, and in that role, she decided not to prosecute Trump Treasury Secretary pick Steve Mnuchin, whom her office had identified as presiding over "widespread misconduct" in foreclosing on Californians -- that is, stealing their...

Intel’s self-contained VR headset has a launch date

Image: raymond wong/mashable LAS VEGAS — Intel gave everyone a status update on Project Alloy, the all-in-one, "merged reality" wireless VR headset that the chipmaker announced last year. As per Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, Intel will "productize" Project Alloy by Q4 2017. The company's working with top device partners to help them create their...
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