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Google is working on a new social app for small groups to edit photos together

While Google continues to add more features to its two social communication apps Allo and Duo, TechCrunch has learned that it has quietly been working on least one more social app. Google has been developing a new social app that lets small groups edit photos together and then organise them for future enjoyment: think Path meets Snapchat-style filters and edits meets […]

Samsung is aiming to widen access to contactless payments

While Samsung’s most high profile contactless payment push is the eponymous Samsung Pay — aka its mobile payments product, which competes with the likes of Apple Pay and Android Pay — the company is today bigging up another approach it’s backing, with the not so catchy name of Contactless Companion Platform (CCP). The initiative, which is a partnership […]

Startups downplay tobacco as they talk up cannabis

Shops patronized by pot smokers have a long tradition of labeling their pipes and vaporizers “for tobacco use only.” But startups developing smoking and vaping gear are basically asking customers to put their weed in it. Self-described cannabis product companies are raising capital in droves, while funding for startups in the e-cigarette space has all […]

WikiLeaks will give tech giants CIA zero-day exploits after they meet mystery demands

When it became clear that the organization possessed documents that detail exploits affecting a handful of major tech companies, it looked like Julian Assange would play nice. Now, a week has passed since Assange said he would disclose information about those vulnerabilities to the companies affected — standard practice for the discovery of zero day exploits […]

Veem, formerly Align Commerce, gets $24M from GV, others for its Venmo for SMBs

Remittances — the business of money transfers — is a fragmented and huge market, currently estimated to be worth some $25 trillion annually. Now, one of the more interesting startups in the field — which combines “alternative” financial rails like the blockchain with more traditional bank rails to provide faster and cheaper remittance services for small and […]