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ICO funding hit a record $800 million in Q2 2017

If a ban initiated by China’s central bank this week marks an end to the first era of ICOs — the early gold rush before the regulators arrive — then Q2 2017 may turn out to be a peak quarter in the history of the industry. The total amount raised by ...

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China has banned ICOs

It is looking like a new era is coming for ICOs, at least those in China for now. The SEC has issued official warnings around the risks of ICOs, also known as token sales, but the Chinese government looks set to beat it to issuing regulation around the rapidly growing ...

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Disrupt Berlin 2017 Startup Battlefield applications are now open!

Startup Battlefield applications for Disrupt Berlin are now open. TechCrunch is hunting for innovative startups to launch on the famous Disrupt stage this December. For those of you who don’t know, Startup Battlefield is TechCrunch’s startup launch competition. Winners compete for the illustrious Disrupt Cup, a check for $50,000 and international ...

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Pium’s smart diffuser wants to design a new user experience for your nose

When Google Home was unveiled, many people immediately noted the smart speaker’s striking resemblance to a home fragrance diffuser. Now there’s a smart home fragrance diffuser that looks like a smart speaker. Pium, a self-described “next-generation smart diffuser,” is currently participating in Samsung Electronic’s Creative Square incubator program. Visitors to ...

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Sony knocks $50 of their full PlayStation VR bundle

Virtual reality is getting (a bit) cheaper everywhere you look. Today, Sony is the one delivering the deals. In U.S. and Canada, Sony’s PlayStation VR is getting a new bundle which brings the headset and PS Camera together for $399 while the full bundle which includes a pair of Move ...

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