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Tencent-backed fleet manager G7 racks up $320M in funding – TechCrunch

Tencent-backed fleet manager G7 racks up $320M in funding – TechCrunch A sizable funding round is poised to heat up a race to automate China’s logistics infrastructure. Beijing-based fleet management company G7 announced on Monday that it has banked $320 million to drive technological development, bringing its total capital raised to …

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Salesforce wants to deliver more automated field service using IoT data – TechCrunch

Salesforce wants to deliver more automated field service using IoT data – TechCrunch Salesforce has been talking about the Internet of Things for some time as a way to empower field service workers. Today, the company announced Field Service Lightning, a new component designed to deliver automated IoT data to …

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Russia goes all-in on buzzwords, builds solar-powered blockchain drone boat

Russia goes all-in on buzzwords, builds solar-powered blockchain drone boat A new Russian solar-powered drone boat is designed to take smart sensor readings and save them to the Ethereum blockchain. Why? To battle the effects of water pollution, of course. The post Russia goes all-in on buzzwords, builds solar-powered blockchain …

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How cities can fix tourism hell – TechCrunch

How cities can fix tourism hell – TechCrunch A steep and rapid rise in tourism has left behind a wake of economic and environmental damage in cities around the globe. In response, governments have been responding with policies that attempt to limit the number of visitors who come in. We’ve …

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Smart home makers hoard your data, but won’t say if the police come for it – TechCrunch

Smart home makers hoard your data, but won’t say if the police come for it – TechCrunch A decade ago, it was almost inconceivable that nearly every household item could be hooked up to the internet. These days, it’s near impossible to avoid a non-smart home gadget, and they’re vacuuming …

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Twilio launches a new SIM card and narrowband dev kit for IoT developers – TechCrunch

Twilio launches a new SIM card and narrowband dev kit for IoT developers – TechCrunch Twilio is hosting its Signal developer conference in San Francisco this week. Yesterday was all about bots and taking payments over the phone; today is all about IoT. The company is launching two new (but …

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Banksy’s rigged art frame was supposed to shred the whole thing – TechCrunch

Banksy’s rigged art frame was supposed to shred the whole thing – TechCrunch In the connected future will anyone truly own any thing? Banksy’s artworld shocker performance piece, earlier this month, when a canvas of his went under the hammer at Sothebys in London, suggests not. Immediately the Girl with Balloon …

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SpankChain spanked – TechCrunch

SpankChain spanked – TechCrunch SpankChain, a cryptocurrency aimed at decentralized sex cams, has announced that a hacker stole about $38,000 from their payment channel thanks to a broken smart contract. They wrote: At 6pm PST Saturday, an unknown attacker drained 165.38 ETH (~$38,000) from our payment channel smart contract which …

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