Why you should choose a cheap place to live

While visiting Raleigh earlier this month, I spent a morning with my pal Justin (from the excellent Root of Good blog) and his wife. As we sipped our coffee and nibbled our bagels, the conversation turned to cost of living. (Money nerds will be money nerds, after all.) “Things are cheaper here in North Carolina than they are in Portland,” I said. “Food is cheaper. Beer is cheaper. Hotel rooms are cheaper. Your homes are cheaper too. Last night, as I was walking through the neighborhood next to my hotel,…

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Fitbit will use Google Cloud to make its data available to doctors – TechCrunch

Fitbit this morning announced plans to utilize Google’s new Cloud Healthcare API, in order to continue its push into the world of serious healthcare devices. It’s a bit of a no-brainer as far as partnerships go. Google announced Cloud for Healthcare, taking a major step into the world of health, which comprised around $3.3 trillion in U.S. spending in 2016 alone. Unchecked, that number is expected to balloon even further over the next several years. For its part, the company is leveraging existing cloud offerings to create an information sharing…

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Coinbase CTO Balaji Srinivasan joins the speakers at TechCrunch’s first blockchain event – TechCrunch

Boom, boom, boom! We’re announcing another big name for our upcoming blockchain event in Zug, Switzerland, on July 6 after Coinbase CTO Balaji Srinivasan joined the line-up. The event — TC: Sessions Blockchain — will be TechCrunch’s first show dedicated to blockchain, it takes place in the world’s “Crypto Valley” and we’ll be joined by a host of top names. Some of those include Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin, Roham Gharegozlou, the founder of smash-hit blockchain game CryptoKitties, Brian Behlendorf, executive director of the Hyperledger Project, and OmiseGo CEO Jun Hasegawa. Don’t miss it! Tickets are…

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Baidu brings group of PE firms into its financial services business via $1.9B investment – TechCrunch

Baidu has turned to the financial industry to bolster its consumer finance business. The Chinese search giant confirmed that it has sold a majority share in its Financial Services Group (FSG) business to a consortium of private equity firms in a deal worth $1.9 billion. The business is in the consumer finance space and its services include credit and wealth management. Its competition, beyond traditional financial businesses, includes digital efforts from the likes of Tencent and Alibaba. The deal — which had been speculated at the end of last year — sees FSG renamed to Du…

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Google investe nello streaming di Chushou

Negli ultimi mesi si è molto discusso se gli e-sport, ovvero i videogame giocati a livello competitivo e professionistico, possano essere considerati degni di entrare a far parte delle competizioni olimpiche. Anche Google sembra si sia interessata all’argomento e infatti come riporta Reuters ha finanziato Chushou, piattaforma di streaming cinese che si occupa proprio della trasmissione di contenuti dedicati agli sport elettronici. La cifra investita da Big G, che alla fine ha deciso di chiudere per sempre Project Tango, non è stata resa pubblica ma sarebbe piuttosto consistente. Chushou è…

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T-Mobile and Sprint have finally announced a merger agreement – TechCrunch

Sprint and T-Mobile, after years of going back and forth as to whether they are going to tie up two of the largest telecom providers in the U.S., have announced that the two companies have entered a merger agreement this morning. The merger will be an all-stock transaction, and will now be subject to regulatory approval. That latter part is going to be its biggest challenge, because it will not only tie up the No. 3 and No. 4 carriers into the U.S. into a single unit, but also that…

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Blue Origin’s New Shepard skims space in successful 8th test launch – TechCrunch

Blue Origin conducted the 8th launch of its New Shepard sub-orbital rocket and crew capsule today out in Texas, and things couldn’t have gone better for the growing space tourism company. The rocket ascended into a cloudless sky, reaching a max velocity of about 2,200 MPH, and delivered its capsule to the edge of space, where its occupant, “Mannquin Skywalker,” will have had a lovely view of the Earth. New Shepard isn’t meant to deliver things into orbit, of course; Blue Origin has a different purpose and technology from the…

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Burning Man’s Larry Harvey passes after opening tech’s imagination – TechCrunch

Larry Harvey normalized the abnormal, expanding the boundaries of what creators could attempt. That’s why there’s a special bond between Silicon Valley and Black Rock City, the desert settlement where Burning Man transpires. Both ditch “what are we supposed to do?” for “what can we do?”. Both encourage risky expression that appears insane to outsiders. And by establishing an open canvas just a few hours’ caravan from San Francisco, Harvey helped entrepreneurs come back freshly invigorated to make change. Harvey passed away this weekend at age 70. But the sub-culture…

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Black Founders Matter wants to raise $10 million to fund black-led startups – TechCrunch

A few months ago, Marceau Michel met up with a fellow entrepreneur, Kathryn Brown of ScoutSavvy, to discuss their triumphs and tribulations of their time in the tech industry. That’s when the two discovered they were running into the same issue: lack of funding. Unfortunately, Michel, an African-American founder, is not alone. Just one percent of venture-backed companies are led by black founders. In an attempt to address this problem, Michel is looking to engage the public to help in an area where traditional investors seem to lack the willingness.…

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