Google Pay takes its QR sound-box to small merchants in India after trial run
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by Manish Singh
39m ago
Google said Thursday it plans to roll out the SoundPod, its portable speaker designed to instantly validate and announce successful payments, to small merchants across India over the coming months. The Google Pay expansion in India, where the company is among the mobile payment market leaders, comes even as the firm winds down some of […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only ..read more
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Starbucks Odyssey’s community lead sees NFTs as the best way to build brand loyalty
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by Jacquelyn Melinek
39m ago
The NFT space may be down substantially from all-time highs, but brands and loyalty programs looking to reach fans in new ways can still find value, said Steve Kaczynski, co-author of the book “The Everything Token” and community lead for Starbucks Odyssey. “Brand anchors” to gated areas like reward programs is something that companies will […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only ..read more
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As VCs slow gaming investments, Frost Giant turns to community for fresh capital
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by Alex Wilhelm
39m ago
The company's decision to test the waters for an equity crowdfunding round comes after it sold several million dollars worth of goodies to its fanbase on Kickstarter earlier this year. © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only ..read more
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Almost half of adults on TikTok have never posted a video, research shows
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by Amanda Silberling
39m ago
Adults on TikTok lean camera-shy, a new study from Pew Research Center suggests. A survey of 2,745 adults who use TikTok revealed that 48% of respondents have never posted a video, and a typical user hasn’t even updated their bio. It’s not abnormal to prefer lurking to making original content on social media. In fact, […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only ..read more
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Chrome gets a built-in AI writing tool powered by Gemini
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by Frederic Lardinois
39m ago
Google Chrome is getting a new AI writing generator today. At its core, this Gemin-powered tool is essentially the existing “Help me write” feature from Gmail, but extended to the entire web and powered by one of Google’s latest Gemini AI models. The company first announced this new tool in January and it remains in […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only ..read more
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Rabbit’s Jesse Lyu hops into StrictlyVC LA on February 29
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by Robert Frawley
39m ago
We’re announcing an exciting addition to our speaker lineup for StrictlyVC Los Angeles on February 29. Jesse Lyu, founder and CEO of rabbit Inc., will be joining us and showcasing rabbit r1, the pocket-sized AI hardware assistant that took CES — and the broader news cycle — by storm last month.  Lyu is an entrepreneur […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only ..read more
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Locker organizes your shopping links into virtual wish lists and collages
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by Lauren Forristal
39m ago
After years of copying and pasting shopping links into spreadsheets and taking screenshots of products to share with her friends and family, Kristine Locker finally decided to launch a social shopping platform (which she named after herself) that could take her endless tabs and organize them into a shareable, virtual wish list all in one […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only ..read more
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Spotify follows Meta, YouTube and others by offering AUX, a service to connect brands and creators
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by Sarah Perez
2h ago
Facebook, Instagram, Snap, YouTube, and other social networking companies offer programs to connect creators with brands, and now Spotify is doing the same. The company announced the launch of AUX, its new in-house “music advisory agency” for brands. While not necessarily a creator marketplace, the program has a similar aim — it will facilitate connections […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only ..read more
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Women in AI: Krystal Kauffman, research fellow at the Distributed AI Research Institute
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by Kyle Wiggers
2h ago
To give AI-focused women academics and others their well-deserved — and overdue — time in the spotlight, TechCrunch is launching a series of interviews focusing on remarkable women who’ve contributed to the AI revolution. We’ll publish several pieces throughout the year as the AI boom continues, highlighting key work that often goes unrecognized. Read more […] © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only ..read more
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The women in AI making a difference
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by Kyle Wiggers
2h ago
As a part of a multi-part series, TechCrunch is highlighting women innovators — from academics to policymakers —in the field of AI. © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only ..read more
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