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Everything coming to Netflix, Amazon Prime, and HBO Now in July

July 1, 2018 Alex 0

We’re in the middle of summer-movie season, but while you may want to catch splashy, big-screen-friendly movies like The Incredibles 2, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and the upcoming Ant-Man and The Waspin theaters, there’s also still plenty of new programming on your streaming service of choice. This July, Netflix is adding a sixth season of Orange is the New Black to its lineup, as well as Extinction, the new science fiction / horror film from Hounds of Love writer-director Ben Young. The original Jurassic Park trilogy will also be arriving on the service as of July 1st, and for something more cerebral, Spike Jonze’s excellent AI love story Her will come to the service on July 29th.

Amazon Prime will once again add a number of…

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A cold case is reopened in the BBC and NRK’s podcast Death in Ice Valley

July 1, 2018 Alex 0

There are a ton of podcasts out there, but finding the right one can be difficult. In our new column Pod Hunters, we cover what we’ve been listening to that we can’t stop thinking about.

On November 29th, 1970, a family discovered the body of a woman in Norway’s Isdalen Valley in Bergen. It was a strange scene: the body was burned, and an autopsy later found at least 50 sleeping pills in her stomach. Investigators discovered a pair of suitcases at a nearby train station, loaded with money, clothing without labels, eight fake passports, and some other objects, only to have the case abruptly closed.

To this date, the so-called Isdal Woman has never been identified, and the case has stoked the interest of journalists, mystery authors, and…

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Fallout 76 won’t have cross-platform play because of Sony

July 1, 2018 Alex 0

Earlier this month at E3, Bethesda unveiled a new Fallout game: Fallout 76, an online, multiplayer survival game. The game will be available on the Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PCs when it’s launched this November, but according to the game’s director, it won’t allow for cross-play, because of Sony.

Todd Howard told GameStar.de (via CNet) that “we would love to do [cross-play]” in Fallout 76, “but right now that’s not possible.” The reason, he says, is Sony, which is “not as helpful as everyone would like it.”

Sony has already irritated fans by blocking cross-play on Fortnite between Playstation 4 and Nintendo Switch players, and during E3, issued a statement saying that “we’re always open to hearing what the PlayStation community is…

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Here’s 12 fantastic science fiction and fantasy novels that you should check out this July

July 1, 2018 Alex 0

Robots are a regular staple in science fiction, from Isaac Asimov’s book I, Robot to the latest episode of Westworld. So while I was at an event in Boston, I picked up Generation Robot: A Century of Science Fiction, Fact, and Speculation by Terri Favro. It’s an interesting and funny book about the intersection of science fiction and reality, and Favro blends memoir, tech reporting, and even a bit of science fiction to look at where robots have come from, and where they could be going in the coming decades. It’s a quick, light read, and it’s a good chaser to Paul Scharre’s fantastic Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War.

Here’s 12 science fiction and fantasy books hitting stores this month that you should check out.

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The five best reasons you don’t want to miss Disrupt SF this September

July 1, 2018 Alex 0

TechCrunch’s Disrupt SF (Sept. 5-7) is our most ambitious event ever. And if we’re sure of one thing, it’s that people in the startup scene will extract more insights and inspiration from this Disrupt than any before. Here’s why…

More, better programming. For the first time ever at Disrupt, we have two stages, plus two additional off-stage “Q&A” areas where Disrupt attendees can ask questions directly to speakers. Sequoia’s Doug Leone, Bumble’s Whitney Wolfe Herd, Sinovation’s Dr. Kai-Fu Lee, 23andMe’s Anne Wojcicki are just a few of the stellar interviews TechCrunch editors will conduct on stage. Disrupt will be live streamed, but only Disrupt pass holders will be able to catch sessions they missed via video-on-demand.
Precision-guided networking. We spent years refining CrunchMatch, TechCrunch’s founder-investor matching and meeting system, and we’ve got it down to a science that has already produced thousands of meetings. Investors, use the CrunchMatch/Brella app to find the the fo..

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Hydrate, intoxicate, caffeinate, repeat: Meet the startups pouring the future

July 1, 2018 Alex 0

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These days, it seems like everyone with extra cash has some kind of pricey drinking habit. It might be fine wine, craft beer or cocktails. Or it could come in the form of coconut water, cold-pressed juice or the latest frothy caffeinated concoction.

No matter what your preference, startups and their backers likely have you covered.

In a follow-up to our story earlier this month about food startups gobbling up venture funding, Crunchbase News is taking a look at beverage companies guzzling capital. We found that while drinkables receive a smaller portion of funding than edibles, it’s still a sector that draws hundreds of millions of dollars in annual investment.

Where are investors pouring all that money? Some unlikely places. For instance, it appears the largest funding recipient so far this year..