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Researchers created fake footage of Obama speaking — and the results are scary

Researchers at the University of Washington designed a program that can take video of someone talking and replace their audio with something else. The result is surprisingly realistic — and completely fake. Follow Tech Insider: On Facebook Join the conversation about this story »

The 9 worst-run cities in the US

From managing public transit to deciding whether to raise taxes, running a city is a huge responsibility. As more Americans move to metropolitan areas, cities are getting larger. (In 26 metropolitan areas, populations grew by more than...Show More Summary

The exec who oversees Match, OKCupid, and Plenty of Fish says online dating hasn't solved the hardest part of finding love (MTCH)

My experience with online dating was not great. I met guys who never texted back after one seemingly awesome meet-up, guys who ghosted after seven seemingly awesome meet-ups, and guys who looked … different from their profile pictures. I...Show More Summary

Facebook is turning video sounds on by default — here's how to turn them off (FB)

Facebook loves video. You've probably noticed loads of auto-playing videos in your News Feed. But until recently, those videos played with the sound off. Now, Facebook is turning the sound on by default. It's rolling out to users now, and you'll get a notification when it hits your phone that looks like this: Easier? Uh, not really. Show More Summary

Americans are having less sex — and helicopter parenting is partly to blame

Compared to the early 1990s, Americans in 2014 had sex nine fewer times per year, on average, new survey data show. A surplus of time-strapped, over-anxious parents could be a major reason why. In a report published in the Archives of...Show More Summary

Cheap catalyst takes sunlight and carbon dioxide, makes methane

It's not especially efficient, but we haven't had time to optimize the reaction.

A recruiter for some of the hottest tech companies shares the biggest hiring mistake companies can make

Hiring the wrong person can be an expensive mistake. Twenty-seven percent of US employers surveyed by CareerBuilder said that just one bad hire cost their company more than $50,000. And Zappos CEO Tony Hseih once estimated his own bad...Show More Summary

Nauto raises $159M to fuel expansion of its autonomous driving data platform

Nauto, a Palo Alto company focused on retrofitting existing vehicle fleets with networked safety camera-equipped devices, has raised $159 million in a Series B round led by SoftBank. The company’s products focus on gathering data about human drivers and their behavior in order to improve safety practices. Read More

Facebook and Disney teamed up for a new game that lets you be Deadpool like never before (DIS, FB)

Last weekend, Disney announced "Marvel Powers United VR," a new virtual reality game designed in conjunction with Facebook's Oculus VR subsidiary, which will launch exclusively for the Oculus Rift headset in 2018. At the time, Disney...Show More Summary

Self-driving robot AI company Brain Corp raises $114M

A San Diego-based company that believes “tomorrow’s robots will be intelligent autonomous machines that can take care of us,” which will be “as commonplace as computers and mobile phones are today” has raised $114 million in Series C funding led by SoftBank’s Vision Fund, with participation from Qualcomm Ventures. Read More

Amazon shipped broken TVs to some people who bought its best TV deal on Prime Day (AMZN)

Amazon’s first foray into smart TVs seems to have been one of Prime Day’s hottest sellers. The ecommerce giant said its 55-inch Amazon Fire TV Edition — which is built by affordable TV brand Element but runs Amazon’s Prime-friendly Fire...Show More Summary

Mangrove raises $170M for its new fund to invest in Europe and Israeli startups

Luxembourg-based Mangrove Capital Partners, one of Europe’s leading early-stage venture capital firms, has raised $170 million for its latest fund. Mangrove V will be used to invest across Europe and Israel. The amount matches that of its previous funds, and was completed inside two months with 90 percent coming from returning investors, said the firm. Read More

You can now buy the Samsung Galaxy S8 in a gorgeous new color

Samsung on Wednesday announced a new color available for its Galaxy S8 flagship phone: coral blue. The creamy blue color — a mix between baby blue and silver — joins the S8's color lineup in the US, which already includes arctic silver,...Show More Summary

A Florida-based entrepreneur is selling his enormous home — complete with 'Star Trek' room — for just shy of $30 million

Marc Bell, a financier, producer, and former CEO of adult networking site FriendFinder Networks (best-known as the corporate parent of Penthouse), is once again selling his massive South Florida home. Even at a discounted $29.95 million,...Show More Summary

Augmented reality app Blippar is embracing licensing as it faces competition from Apple and Google

Augmented reality startup Blippar has brought facial recognition technology to its app, some seven months after first announcing it. In a major strategic shift, Blippar also said it would license the new technology to third parties to...Show More Summary

LiveStories nabs $10M to organise, analyse and visualise fragmented civic data

Big data analytics continues to be a key driver in how organisations utilise their vast quantities of information to run their businesses, and now a startup that has built a big data platform specifically focusing on data from the public...Show More Summary

Eero's new mesh WiFi system is very good, but it's not as easy to recommend this time

Here it is, the second generation of one of my favorite devices. The original Eero mesh WiFi system delivered fast and strong WiFi throughout my home, even in places that were considered WiFi dead-zones. The Eero devices also provedShow More Summary

A Luxembourg VC has raised a $170 million fund to invest in European and Israeli startups

Luxembourg-headquartered venture capital firm Mangrove announced on Wednesday that it has raised a $170 million (£130 million) fund to invest in European and Israeli startups. Mangrove has raised four other funds of the same size and...Show More Summary

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