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The Moto Z’s Alexa Smart Speaker is mostly useless

The Moto Z is a phone built around a strong gimmick, but it’s a gimmick nonetheless. A little over a year after release, the company has added some interesting Mods to its selection, but none have offered an entirely compelling justification for the phone’s modular system. That certainly applies to ...

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Check out the 2017 TechCrunch Holiday Gift Guide

It’s hard to believe, but it’s already time for the Holidays again. Time to untangle the lights, dust off the wreath, and start figuring out what the heck you’re going to get everyone. Need ideas? We can help! We here at TechCrunch spend most of our days thinking about whatever ...

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Silicon Valley could be the next hotspot for SEC whistleblowers

Jordan A. Thomas Contributor Jordan A. Thomas, chairman of the whistleblower representation practice at Labaton Sucharow, is a former assistant director in the SEC’s Enforcement Division and had a leadership role in the development of the SEC Whistleblower Program. In recent years, the SEC has had greater success policing wrongdoing ...

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Code2040 raises $5.6 million from The Knight Foundation and others

Code2040, founded by Laura Weidman Powers and Tristan Walker, recently raised $5.6 million to advance its diversity and inclusion efforts in technology. The latest funding comes from The Knight Foundation, The Sara and Ev Williams foundations and others, and brings Code2040’s total funding raised to over $7 million. Code2040’s Fellows ...

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Williams-Sonoma, Inc. acquires AR 3D imaging startup Outward for $112M

Furniture and kitchenware giant Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (WSI) is acquiring augmented reality startup Outward in an all-cash deal for $112 million. The furniture mega-brand, which operates stores like Williams Sonoma, Pottery Barn, West Elm and others, will be using the startup’s 3D imaging tech to “enhance and extend its high-touch customer service ...

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A disappointing debut for Google’s Pixel Buds

The Pixel Buds are an inevitability. The headphones were born out of necessity when Google embraced the smartphone zeitgeist and dropped the headphone jack with the Pixel 2. The company’s first Bluetooth headphones are a $159 attempt to ease that transition, and another chance to get Assistant out into the ...

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