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Prime Day boosted other large retailers' sales by 54%, says report

Amazon’s Prime Day again broke records this year, but the sales holiday also boosted sales across the broader U.S. e-commerce industry. According to Adobe Analytics data released this morning, larger retailers – meaning those with over a billion in annual revenue – saw a 54 percen…

Sarah Perez | 2018-07-18T17:43:57Z
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Lego made James Bond's Aston Martin, complete with working ejector seat

There’s a new Aston Martin D85 on the market and it’s everything you’d expect from the vehicle used by James Bond in the movie Goldfinger. The only drawback: it’s too small to drive. Lego has created a replica of the Aston Martin DB5 used by super spy James Bond, but in mini…

Kirsten Korosec | 2018-07-18T17:40:11Z
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Apply for TechCrunch Include Office Hours with August Capital

TechCrunch is partnering with August Capital for Include Office Hours on July 27. From 3:30-5:00 pm (before the Summer Party), founders will have the opportunity to get key insight and feedback from Villi Iltchev, Lisa Marrone and Abie Katz. Founders can apply here. Founded in 2014, the TechCrunch …

Neesha A. Tambe | 2018-07-18T17:00:02Z
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Top VCs Megan Quinn, Sarah Tavel and Aileen Lee are coming to Disrupt SF

In many ways, it’s the best of times and the worst of times to be a venture capitalist. While money continues to flood into Silicon Valley, the math keeps getting harder to square. At what point do rising valuations stop making sense? How much mental bandwidth does one spend on blockchain tec…

Connie Loizos | 2018-07-18T16:42:30Z
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Hu-manity wants to create a health data marketplace with help from blockchain

Imagine a world where you could sell your medical information to a drug company on your terms for a specific purpose like a drug trial. Then imagine you could restrict the company from using that data for anything else, including selling it to other medical data brokers, and enforcing those ownersh…

Ron Miller | 2018-07-18T16:28:15Z
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What Amazon Lost (and Made) On Amazon Prime Day

Amazon Prime Day is over and what a ride it was this year. Widespread technical glitches in the first hours of Amazon’s massive annual Prime Day promotion cost the e-commerce giant an estimated $1.2 million a minute, according to One Click Retail founder Spencer Millerberg. The total loss is …

Kirsten Korosec | 2018-07-18T16:26:26Z
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Brat raises $30 million to reboot scripted television for the Gen Z crowd

We are in the era of peak TV. Hundreds of expensive, scripted television shows are splayed across streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime. Netflix itself is now expected to spend $13 billion on original content this year. And yet, these networks can struggle to reach viewers outside of th…

Danny Crichton | 2018-07-18T16:19:11Z
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Blue Origin successfully lands both booster and crew capsule after test launch

Today, at its Texas launch facility, Blue Origin preformed its most critical test to date. It preformed a live separation test of its crew capsule from the rocket booster and everything preformed as expected. The crew capsule fired its escape motor at the right time, sending the capsule higher than…

Matt Burns, Brian Heater | 2018-07-18T15:24:21Z
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Prices for Disrupt SF 2018 passes increase next week

It’s not easy for budget-conscious founders to part with cold, hard cash. Or for time-strapped investors to push a to-do item higher up the priority list. But do it you must if you plan to attend Disrupt San Francisco 2018 on September 5-7 (and if you aren’t planning to go, you have some splainin’ …

Emma Comeau | 2018-07-18T15:00:28Z
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Watch Blue Origin's most critical rocket launch right here

The launch is scheduled for 11:00 am EDT on July 18, 2018. Blue Origin is about to preform a critical rocket test. For the first time Jeff Bezos’ rocket company will send send its New Shepard rocket to its red line at the edge of space and then fire the escape motor on the capsule […]

Matt Burns | 2018-07-18T14:57:06Z
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