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Facebook Dating will be a feature, not an app. Here’s a peek – TechCrunch

Facebook Dating doesn’t plan to launch a standalone dating app, which should temper expectations about how deeply it’s diving into Tinder and Match Group’s territory. The feature will be based inside of Facebook’s main app, alongside its many other utilities buried beyond the homescreen. It’s not ready for the public yet, but company employees are […]

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Rentlogic lands millions to grade NYC real estate for renters and landlords – TechCrunch

A company called Rentlogic has raised $2.4 million to take the guesswork out of determining whether that cheap, beautiful New York apartment is actually a deathtrap wrapped in a brownstone’s clothing. Renting in New York is murder already, but using Rentlogic, apartment hunters can figure out if their new housing situation could actually kill them (or put them […]

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EA apologizes for ‘unfortunate mistake’ of cutting Colin Kaepernick reference from ‘Madden’ – TechCrunch

EA became the subject of online scrutiny this week when it was discovered that the gaming giant deleted a reference to Colin Kaepernick on the soundtrack for Madden 19. The former 49ers quarterback was name-checked by rapper Big Sean on a verse of the YG song “Big Bank,” only to have the mention deleted. The […]

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Kin expands its celebrity-driven ‘neighborhood’ model for online video – TechCrunch

Digital media company Kin has announced  a slate of new video series from singer/actress Jordin Sparks, Bachelorette JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers (who successfully proposed to Fletcher over on the series). The company also revealed more details about its programming with Vanessa Lachey (who had already signed on with her husband Nick). She’ll be hosting a […]

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GameFly to shutter streaming service this month – TechCrunch

GameFly, the video game rental company, will be shutting down its streaming service at the end of the month, Variety reported earlier this week. This closure comes just over three years after the streaming service launched in 2015. GameFly, the no-console streaming service for gamers, offered packages for $7 and $10 per month that gave users unlimited access […]

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Sagewise pitches a service to verify claims and arbitrate disputes over blockchain transactions – TechCrunch

Sometimes smart contracts can be pretty dumb. All of the benefits of a cryptographically secured, publicly verified, anonymized transaction system can be erased by errant code, malicious actors, or poorly defined parameters of an executable agreement. Hoping to beat back the tide of bad contracts, bad code and bad actors, Sagewise, a new Los Angeles-based startup […]

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JetLenses aims to save you a bunch of money on your contacts – TechCrunch

A Y Combinator-backed startup, JetLenses, is taking on the major contact lens e-commerce sites, like 1-800-Contacts, Lens.com, and other online ordering systems offered by major retailers, such as Walmart. The startup’s goal is to bring down the cost of prescription products by automating the overhead associated with these businesses, in areas like prescription verification, order […]

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NASA names first astronauts for the inaugural commercial flights to the ISS – TechCrunch

NASA has announced the names of the first astronauts who’ll fly to the International Space Station on American-made, commercial spacecraft. The crews will fly to the space station on rockets built by NASA commercial partners Boeing and SpaceX. “Today, our country’s dreams of greater achievements in space are within our grasp,” said NASA administrator Jim […]

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