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Crunch Report | Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Resigns

The CEO of Uber, Travis Kalanick, resigns from the company, Tesla gets a new lead, Andrej Karpathy, for their autopilot program, University of Michigan students get driverless shuttles and Snapchat introduces Snap Maps. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

Crunch Report | Uber Adds Tipping

Netflix launches a “choose your own adventure” style cartoon for children, Uber adds tipping as the first change in its “180 days of change” campaign, Skype outage causes connectivity issues and Boom has 76 pre-orders for its supersonic Jet. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

Crunch Report | Pokemon Go “Big Summer Update”

Pokemon Go has a big summer update, Vice Media raises $450 million, the FTC wants to block the FanDuel-DraftKings merger and Blue Apron is looking to raise $586 million in its IPO. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

Crunch Report | Amazon Bids to Buy Whole Foods for $13.7 Billion

Amazon bids to buy Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, Walmart buys Bonobos for $310 million, Mobike, a ride-sharing company in China, raises $600 million. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

Crunch Report | Twitter Redesigns Desktop and Mobile

Twitter gets a redesign to their Desktop and mobile expereince, Slack is raising $500 Million at a $5 billion valuation, Musically starts creating original content and Careem raises $150 Million. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

Surface Pro review: Incremental improvement isn’t enough

Enlarge / Surface Pro with a Cobalt Blue Type Cover.

Every new Surface Pro has been the best Surface Pro yet. The new fifth-generation Surface Pro—unnumbered, Microsoft having dropped numeric suffixes—continues that trend. It is as good as or better than its predecessor, the Surface Pro 4, in every way.

And yet, the new machine strikes me as unambitious in a way that older models weren't.

The 2017 Surface Pro is an extremely incremental update. What was once a Skylake processor is now a Kaby Lake chip, which brings a healthy improvement in battery life and additional GPU features such as accelerated 4K HEVC video decoding. Overall, the new Surface Pro runs a bit faster and lasts longer away from the wall socket. The screen size and resolution remain the same (a beautiful 12.3" display with a strange 2736×1824 resolution), pen latency is lower, and parallax error seems improved. The pen itself is better.

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Element Raises $102 Million | Crunch Report

Element AI raises $102 Millon, Another board member resigns from Uber and Chan Zukerberg Initiative invests $5 million into Landed to help teachers afford housing in Palo Alto. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

Crunch Report | Uber CEO Takes Leave of Absence

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is taking a leave of absence, Verizon closes on its $4.5 billion acquisition of Yahoo and Marissa Mayer is leaving the company, Tim Cook discusses more of Apple’s car plans and Amazon launches Prime Reload. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

Crunch Report | Microsoft Reveals The Xbox One X

Uber moves forward with Holder report reccomendations, Microsoft reveals the Xbox One X, Snap Spectacles 2.0 might have augmented reality built in and Jaguar Land Rover bets on Lyft. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

Crunch Report | Big Layoff Coming to AOL and Yahoo

Big layoff coming to AOL and Yahoo after the merger, Microsoft buys Hexadite, Erica Baker is now director of engineering at Kickastarter and Essential raises $300 Million. All this on Crunch Report. Read More