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Here’s what’s going on with Hawaii’s erupting volcano

Enlarge / Lava pouring from a fissure in the Leilani Estates neighborhood. (credit: USGS) Recent events in Hawaii have been producing some remarkable images. But if you’re not a geologist—or resident of Hawaii—you might be wondering what the heck is going on. We’re here to...

Tech

Formula 1 finally launched its livestream—and it was a total mess

This week, Formula 1's long-anticipated Internet streaming service went live just ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix. The introduction of its own online stream was a huge priority for Liberty Media, the sport's owner, which is trying to bring the 21st...

Hardware

Lifx smart light (A19/A60)

Smart lighting is without a doubt one of the most useful – and most fun – elements of the smart home. The ability to make your lights turn on, dim, and even change color, all just using your voice, starts off as incredibly novel, and swiftly becomes a staple smart home feature....

Tech

VC firm SparkLabs launches a security token to let anyone invest in its accelerator programs

Ardent crypto enthusiasts believe ICOs and cryptocurrencies will replace venture capital, but what if VC investors absorb crypto into their existing operations? That’s the thesis that SparkLabs, a U.S.-Korean firm that runs multiple global funds and early-stage accelerator programs, is putting...

Tech

Why Snapchat’s re-redesign will fail and how to fix it

Snap screwed it all up jumbling messages and Stories, banishing creators to Discover, and wrecking auto-advance. Prideful of his gut instincts, Snap CEO Evan Spiegel refused to listen to the awful user reviews and declining usage. Now a YouGov  study shows a 73% drop in user sentiment towards...

Tech

ConsenSys, Enigma, Monaco, EximChain and Benetech join TechCrunch’s blockchain event

Let’s talk events… TechCrunch events: we’re confirming five more names for our upcoming blockchain show on July 6. Joe Lubin, a co-founder of Ethereum and the founder of ConsenSys, Enigma founder and CEO Guy Zyskind, Monaco CEO and co-founder Kris Marszalek, EximCha...

Tech

The Block 5 version of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket goes for attempt #2

Enlarge / The Block 5 version of the Falcon 9 rocket stands on a launch pad at Kennedy Space Center on Thursday. (credit: SpaceX) On Thursday, a few hours before SpaceX was due to launch a new version of its Falcon 9 rocket, company CEO Elon Musk admitted he was nervous. SpaceX had significantly...

Tech

Genghis Khan’s Mongol horde probably had rampant Hepatitis B

Enlarge / The battle of Liegnitz, 1241. From a medieval manuscript of the Hedwig legend. (credit: Wikimedia Commons) Next time you picture a Mongol horde sweeping across the Asian steppes on horseback, imagine that about two-thirds of them have liver disease. Hepatitis B is a virus that attacks t...

Tech

AT&T says hiring Trump lawyer was “big mistake,” forces top lobbyist out

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | ljhimages) AT&T has told employees that hiring President Trump's personal lawyer was a "big mistake." AT&T is also reportedly forcing its chief lobbyist to retire. "Our company has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons these last few days and our...

Tech

Here’s what Elon Musk’s 2.7-mile tunnel in LA looks like

Enlarge (credit: Boring Company) Elon Musk's Boring Company is nearing completion of its first tunnel—a 2.7-mile span in West Los Angeles. In a Thursday evening Instagram post, the mogul showed off a fly-through video: "Pending final regulatory approvals, we will be offering free ride...


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