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Five days of Etsy payment processing outages have merchants flipping

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An employee arrives at Etsy Inc. headquarters in the Brooklyn borough of New York, U.S., on Monday, May 4, 2015. Etsy Inc., a marketplace for handmade and vintage goods, raised $267 million in its initial public offering. Photographer: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg via Getty Images Those hoping to snag some handmade July 4th cookies and home-made vegan sunblock might have woken up to an empty stomach and sunburn after a serious payment processing outage on e-commerce site Etsy. Over the last five days, a large number of Etsy transactions have been disrupted by “third party” payment processing outages. As of 6pm PST July 5th, over 4,000 messages of… Read More

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Drivers are warming up to autonomous cars. Mostly.

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Volvo Autonomous Sensors The results of two new studies — one big, one really big — on what consumers want in autonomous cars have been released recently. The answer of both is, in a nutshell, we want to be able to let a car drive on its own when driving is monotonous or annoying, like during the daily commute. But we also definitely want to have the ability to take control of the car if something goes wrong. Read More

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Homee raises $5M from Founders Fund and Tinder CEO to help you furnish your place

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Homee Let’s face it, you’re never going to win the HGTV Dream Home. My family has entered the maximum number of times for the last decade and has nothing to show for it. At some point every millennial has to take responsibility for the fact that their bedroom looks like a government records building. Homee is jumping into the conversational commerce trend to keep the design process… Read More

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Twilio now helps AWS send texts

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LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 08:  Co-Founder & CEO at Twilio Inc. Jeff Lawson during TechCrunch Disrupt London 2015 - Day 2 at Copper Box Arena on December 8, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images for TechCrunch) *** Local Caption *** Jeff Lawson Twilio today announced a new collaboration with Amazon’s AWS platform. The company says it is “helping AWS provide the delivery of SMS messages through the Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS)” and notes that SNS users will now benefit from Twilio’s experience in sending bulk messages. What exactly does that mean? We weren’t sure either, so we asked the company. Read More

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FBI recommends no charges for Hillary Clinton over use of personal email servers

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hillary-clinton-shutterstock While noting that Hillary Clinton and her staff were “extremely careless” in using a series of personal e-mail servers during her time as Secretary of State, the FBI recommended the Department of Justice bring no formal charges against the presumptive Democratic nominee, FBI Director James Comey said today in a press conference. During its investigation, the FBI wasn’t able… Read More

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New transmission

car-in-ice-lomo-fi What’s the first car you remember wanting? Was it a reasonably priced mid-sized sedan with ample leg room for passengers in the back? Was it a small, well-equipped compact SUV with room for all the kids’ bags and all-wheel drive for better control in adverse conditions? Was it even a two-door sports car with exaggerated curves and more power than any public road could ever need? Read More

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Twitter adds former Facebook CTO Bret Taylor to its board

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Bret Taylor, co-founder and chief executive officer of Quip, speaks during a Bloomberg West television interview in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015. Taylor and John Lilly, a Greylock partner, discussed venture capital funding and Jack Dorsey's stake in Square.  Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images Twitter announced today that Bret Taylor is joining its board of directors. Taylor is best-known as one of the founders of social networking startup FriendFeed — and then as the chief technology officer of Facebook, which acquired FriendFeed in 2009. After departing Facebook three years later, he became co-founder and CEO at mobile word processing company Quip. News!: @btaylor is… Read More

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