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Group-edited weblog about technology start-ups, particularly the Web 2.0 sector.'s drones take flight to Japan in partnership with Rakuten  

Chinese e-commerce company is taking its drone delivery system to Japan. Rakuten, the Japanese e-commerce giant, just announced a partnership with JD that will see its drones and unmanned vehicles become a part of Rakuten’s own unmanned delivery service efforts. JD has been operating drones in its native China for a number of years, […]

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2019-02-21 05:49:20

Companies including Nestle, Epic and reportedly Disney suspend YouTube ads over child exploitation concerns  

Days after a YouTube creator accused the platform of enabling a "soft-core pedophilia ring," several companies have suspended advertising on the platform, including Nestle, Epic, and reportedly Disney and McDonald's. Nestle told CNBC that all of its companies in the U.S. have paused advertising on YouTube, while a spokesperson for Epic, maker of the massively […]

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2019-02-21 04:53:17

Global smartphone growth stalled in Q4, up just 1.2% for the full year: Gartner  

Gartner’s smartphone marketshare data for the just gone holiday quarter highlights the challenge for device makers going into the world’s biggest mobile trade show which kicks off in Barcelona next week: The analyst’s data shows global smartphone sales stalled in Q4 2018, with growth of just 0.1 per cent over 2017’s holiday quarter, and 408.4 […]

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2019-02-21 03:03:36

Clutter confirms SoftBank-led $200M investment for its on-demand storage service  

There’s plenty of speculation right now around apparently disgruntled investors in SoftBank’s Vision Fund, but the drum continues to beat and the checks continue to be written. The latest deal for the $100 billion mega-fund is Clutter, an on-demand storage company that pulled in $200 million in new financing for growth. Eagled-eyed viewers will recall that […]

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2019-02-21 02:03:34

Security token offerings aren't looking much better in 2019  

Pressed to explain who is using them, and why, 99 percent of cryptocurrencies let out all their air, go flying around the room making a raspberry sound, hit the wall and fall behind the couch forever. The party is over. A few, however, can present a credible use case. "Tokenized securities" could be one of […]

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2019-02-20 20:17:36

Lyft launches surge-free, shared rides  

Somewhat similar to Uber’s Express Pool option, Lyft just launched Shared Saver to help people spend less money for shared rides. But what makes Lyft’s option more attractive is that riders will never experience surge pricing. “You'll lock in the lowest prices, always — even when it's busy,” Lyft wrote in a blog post today. […]

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2019-02-20 19:47:16

This robotics museum in Korea will construct itself (in theory)  

The planned Robot Science Museum in Seoul will have a humdinger of a first exhibition: its own robotic construction. It’s very much a publicity stunt, though a fun one — but who knows? Perhaps robots putting buildings together won’t be so uncommon in the next few years, in which case Korea will just be an […]

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2019-02-20 19:33:07

Lyft reportedly plans to debut on Nasdaq next month  

Ride-hailing company Lyft plans to file its initial public offering in March, possibly beating rival Uber to the milestone. Two reports, one from Reuters, the other from WSJ, indicate Lyft plans to list its shares on Nasdaq next month. The WSJ, citing unnamed sources, reported Lyft may make the filing public as early as next […]

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2019-02-20 17:53:02

This custom 'hyperfisheye' lens can see behind itself  

If you're doing ordinary photography and videography, there's rarely any need to go beyond extreme wide angle lenses — but why be ordinary? This absurd and unique custom fisheye lens has a 270 degree field of view, meaning it can see behind the camera it's mounted on — or rather the camera mounted on it.

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2019-02-20 16:43:23

Highlights & transcript from Zuckerberg's 20K-word ethics talk  

Mark Zuckerberg says it might be right for Facebook to let people pay to not see ads, but that it would feel wrong to charge users for extra privacy controls. That’s just one of the fascinating philosophical views the CEO shared during the first of his public talks he’s promised as part of his 2019 […]

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2019-02-20 16:37:49

Samsung's Galaxy S10 has a built-in Instagram mode  

After weeks of leaks, Samsung still managed to save some surprises for today's event. One of the most interesting among them is a partnership with Instagram that brings Stories directly to the camera app. It's an interesting partnership, and mutually beneficial for both parties. For some, it could signal a kind of return to pre-loaded […]

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2019-02-20 15:53:20

The Samsung Galaxy S10 can wirelessly charge other phones  

Hole punches aside, Wireless PowerShare is the S10 line's marquee feature. Samsung's new flagship isn't the first handset with the feature — the Huawei Mate 20 Pro beat it to it by a few months — but it's a cool new addition, nonetheless. And perhaps more importantly, Samsung's beat Apple to the punch here. From […]

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2019-02-20 15:12:57

On-demand shuttle startup Via enters South American market  

Via, the on-demand shuttle startup backed by Daimler, has expanded into South America. The company launched a service in Goiânia, Brazil with HP Transportes Coletivos, one of the country’s largest public transportation operators. Via says the service, called CityBus 2.0, is the first on-demand shuttle system operated by a public transit operator to launch in Latin […]

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2019-02-20 15:04:15

Facebook adds new background location privacy controls to its Android app  

Facebook is updating its privacy settings on Android to make it easier for users to control what location data is sent to and stored by the company. In its announcement, Facebook acknowledged that Android users have expressed concern over the app’s ability to continuously log location data in the background. Due to Android’s all-or-nothing system of […]

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2019-02-20 13:40:33

Uber fixes bug that exposed third-party app secrets  

Uber has fixed a bug that allowed access to the secret developer tokens of apps that integrated with the ridesharing service, according to the security researchers who discovered the flaw. In a blog post, Anand Prakash and Manisha Sangwan explained that a vulnerable developer endpoint on Uber’s back-end systems — since locked down — was […]

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2019-02-20 13:27:24

Why Daimler moved its big data platform to the cloud  

Like virtually every big enterprise company, a few years ago, the German auto giant Daimler decided to invest in its own on-premises data centers. And while those aren’t going away anytime soon, the company today announced that it has successfully moved its on-premises big data platform to Microsoft’s Azure cloud. This new platform, which the […]

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2019-02-20 13:02:11

Samsung's Bixby-powered Galaxy Home speaker will arrive 'by April'  

Samsung announced a lot today. Like a lot, a lot. But the company was pretty quiet on the Bixby side of things, and the Galaxy Home smart speaker it announced mid-last year was nowhere to be seen. In an interview with mobile CEO DJ Koh, however, CNET was able to get a bit of a […]

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2019-02-20 12:54:52

The headphone jack lives!  

Reports of the headphone jack's death are greatly exaggerated. Or more accurately, premature. All of the latest versions of Samsung's Galaxy phones are equipped with a 3.5mm port, bucking the trend set by Apple and followed by Google. While the headphone jack might eventually die, right now, in 2019, it's alive and could be a […]

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2019-02-20 12:14:27

QuizUp founder launches Teatime, a mobile gaming platform with built-in video chat  

At the end of 2016, Plain Vanilla founder Thor Fridriksson left the company he founded with the intent to take at least a year off of work. His product QuizUp, a social trivia game that raised more than $40 million and said it had more than 100 million users, never truly found a way to […]

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2019-02-20 12:10:01

eMarketer predicts digital ads will overtake traditional spending in 2019  

This is the year when the money spent on digital advertising will finally overtake spending on traditional ads — at least according to the latest forecast from eMarketer. The research firm is predicting that U.S. digital ad spend will increase 19.1 percent this year, to $129.3 billion, while traditional advertising will fall 19 percent, to […]

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2019-02-20 11:34:20

Xiaomi's Mi 9 includes a triple lens rear camera and wireless charging  

Mobile World Congress, the mobile industry’s annual shindig, is next week, but Xiaomi can’t wait to reveal its newest top-end phone. The Chinese company instead picked today to unveil the Mi 9. Once again Xiaomi’s design ethic closely resembles Apple’s iPhone, with a minimal bezel and notch-like front-facing camera, but Xiaomi has gone hard on […]

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2019-02-20 11:23:29

On-demand logistics startup Lalamove raises $300M for Asia growth and becomes a unicorn  

Lalamove, a Hong Kong-based on-demand logistics startup, has closed a $300 million Series D round as it seeks expansion across Asia. In doing so, the company has officially entered the unicorn club. Founded in 2013 by Stanford graduate Shing Chow, Lalamove provides logistics and delivery services in a similar style to ride-hailing apps like Uber […]

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2019-02-20 11:18:57

Here's how you can save $500 on Disrupt SF 2019  

TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2019 returns to the Moscone North Convention Center for three action-packed days devoted to early-stage startups. On October 2-4, more than 10,000 tech founders, investors, developers, engineers and startup fans from around the world will converge and create a veritable breeding ground of opportunity. And here's the best part — you […]

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2019-02-20 10:17:05

Twitter opens applications for its 'prototype' program, first tests to focus on fixing conversations  

Twitter today is opening up applications for its new testing program, first announced at CES in January. The program potentially can cover any and every aspect of the Twitter experience, but the first set of tests will focus on how interactions between people, and specifically replies, appear on Twitter. They will include a new design […]

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2019-02-20 10:12:38

Timing and why we're all VCs  

Timing is the single most valuable skill of the modern economy, but I would argue its's the least understood and also the least practiced. Capitalism is fundamentally about timing, since market competition is about finding opportunities before others. When should you start a company? What company should you start? When should a VC invest? When […]

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2019-02-20 09:46:59 founder Ning Li launches cosmetics startup Typology  

Meet Typology, a new Paris-based startup that designs and sells directly to consumer quality skincare and cosmetics products. The startup has been founded by co-founder Ning Li and is officially launching today. "Typology is a relatively ambitious project. We want to challenge FMCG [fast-moving consumer goods] brands with a digital pure player," Ning Li […]

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2019-02-20 09:39:26

Google says Nest's secret microphone was 'never intended to be a secret'  

Google said there’s absolutely, positively, nothing to worry about the secret microphone in your Nest Secure smart home hub that it didn’t tell you about. Nope, not at all. Just an oversight, said Google. No need to be alarmed. Everything is just fine. When Google announced earlier this month that its Nest Secure would double-up as […]

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2019-02-20 09:26:16

Menlo Ventures just raised a new $500 million fund to invest in Series B and C rounds  

Menlo Ventures, the 43-year-old venture firm with offices in Menlo Park and San Francisco, is currently investing a $450 million fund to invest primarily in early-stage consumer, enterprise and frontier technologies that it closed in 2017. Now, it has a $500 million later-stage fund, too, the firm is announcing this morning. Dubbed by its “inflection” fund, […]

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2019-02-20 08:59:14

MLG co-founder Mike Sepso joins 100 Thieves board of directors  

Mike Sepso has joined the board of directors for 100 Thieves, an esports and content creation brand. Sepso co-founded Major League Gaming in 2002, bringing the first true semblance of infrastructure to competitive gaming. MLG became the biggest independent esports league in the world, and played a big part in the evolution of esports as […]

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2019-02-20 08:46:10

Daily Crunch: Google tries to explain that secret microphone  

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Google says Nest's secret microphone was 'never intended to be a secret' When Google announced earlier this month that its Nest […]

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2019-02-20 08:29:49

Arm expands its push into the cloud and edge with the Neoverse N1 and E1  

For the longest time, Arm was basically synonymous with chip designs for smartphones and very low-end devices. But more recently, the company launched solutions for laptops, cars, high-powered IoT devices and even servers. Today, ahead of MWC 2019, the company is officially launching two new products for cloud and edge applications, the Neoverse N1 and E1. […]

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2019-02-20 08:12:21

UK's extended 5km airport drone 'no-fly' zones in force next month  

The UK’s Department for Transport has said today that an expansion of drone ‘no-fly’ zones to 5km around airport runways will come into force on March 13. Anyone caught and convicted of flying a drone inside the restricted zones could face a fine and years in prison. Last month the government said it would tighten […]

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2019-02-20 07:59:34

Google's managed hybrid cloud platform is now in beta  

Last July, at its Cloud Next conference, Google announced the Cloud Services Platform, its first real foray into bringing its own cloud services into the enterprise data center as a managed service. Today, the Cloud Services Platform (CSP) is launching into beta. It’s important to note that the CSP isn’t — at least for the […]

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2019-02-20 07:27:48

Here's everything announced at Samsung's Galaxy S10/Galaxy Fold event  

Missed today’s Samsung Unpacked event in San Francisco? In all, we have five new phones — one of them a foldable — some new earbuds, a virtual assistant and a watch. Here’s everything you need to know. Samsung's Galaxy Fold launches April 26, starting at $1,980 The last time we saw Samsung's foldable onstage, it was, […]

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2019-02-20 06:54:42

Resooma launches Resooma Bills to help 'generation rent' manage household expenditure  

Resooma, the U.K. accommodation booking platform, is entering the fintech and utilities space with the launch of Resooma Bills, a new product to help “gen rent” manage household expenditure. The Cardiff, Wales-based company’s core offering is an accommodation marketplace primarily targeting students and other renters aged 18-30. Previously trading under the brand name of University […]

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2019-02-20 05:20:43

Can you guess which face is real, and which is computer generated?  

Computers have recently gotten much, much better at a somewhat unsettling skill: generating fake human faces. As in, creating an image of a human who has never existed before. We saw the concept go a bit viral this week with ThisPersonDoesNotExist, a website hooked to a machine that generates a new face every few seconds. […]

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2019-02-20 05:13:28

Selfie app maker Meitu eyes overseas gaming market with $340 million deal  

China’s largest selfie app maker Meitu has been busy working to diversify itself beyond the beauty arena in China. On Wednesday, the Hong Kong-listed company announced in a filing that it has agreed to pay about HK$2.7 billion ($340 million) for a 31 percent stake in game publishing company Dreamscape Horizon. Dreamscape Horizon, a subsidiary of […]

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2019-02-20 04:58:58

Binance releases a first version of its decentralized crypto exchange  

Binance, the world’s largest crypto exchange, has launched an initial version of its highly-anticipated decentralized trading service (dex) today which is available now at The launch — which is initially a testnet as the URL suggests — has been a long time coming and it is designed to complement the main Binance exchange, which does […]

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2019-02-20 04:22:51

German insurance giant Allianz increases its VC fund to $1.1 billion  

Allianz X, the venture capital arm attached to German insurance giant Allianz, has increased the size of its fund to €1 billion, around $1.1 billion, according to an announcement made today. The fund was initially €430 million, or around $490 million, when it launched in 2016. This new injection comes directly from parent Allianz SE, the 124-year-old […]

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2019-02-20 04:04:21

Samsung's new Galaxy Watch Active tracks blood pressure  

You've got to hand it to Samsung. The company sure threw a LOT at us during today's Unpacked event — five phones (including the foldable), earbuds, a fitness tracker and the Galaxy Watch Active, the company's latest smartwatch. The biggest news on the watch front finds the company embracing user health, much like the rest […]

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2019-02-20 04:01:31

StarOfService switches business model for its independent contractor marketplace  

French startup StarOfService has recently switched its business model and has been profitable for the month of January 2019. The company operates a marketplace for independent contractors, a sort of Thumbtack for the rest of the world. If you're looking for a plumber, a music teacher or a DJ for a wedding, StarOfService can help […]

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2019-02-20 03:43:57

How to watch Samsung unveil the Galaxy S10  

Today's the day we finally see the Galaxy S10 — well, officially, at least. As is the tradition with Samsung product launches, the news has already been leaking out at a furious pace. Here's a decent breakdown of what we expect from the new flagship — though to be fair, plenty more leaks have surfaced […]

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2019-02-20 02:57:24

Xage brings role-based single sign-on to industrial devices  

Traditional industries like oil and gas and manufacturing often use equipment that was created in a time when remote access wasn’t a gleam in an engineer’s eye, and hackers had no way of connecting to them. Today, these devices require remote access, and some don’t have even rudimentary authentication. Xage, the startup that wants to […]

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2019-02-20 02:43:08

New conflict evidence surfaces in JEDI cloud contract procurement process  

For months, the drama has been steady in the Pentagon’s decade long, $10 billion JEDI cloud contract procurement process. This week the plot thickened when the DOD reported that it has found new evidence of a possible conflict of interest, and has reopened its internal investigation into the matter. “DOD can confirm that new information […]

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2019-02-20 02:32:15

Mixmax brings LinkedIn integration and better task automation to its Gmail tool  

Mixmax today introduced version 2.0 of its Gmail-based tool and plugin for Chrome that promises to make your daily communications chores a bit easier to handle. With version 2.0, Mixmax gets an updated editor that better integrates with the current Gmail interface and that gets out of the way of popular extensions like Grammarly. That’s […]

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2019-02-20 02:29:59

Netflix says new episodes of “Arrested Development” will debut on March 15  

It's time for another hit off the juice box. Netflix announced today that it will release the remaining eight episodes of "Arrested Development’s” fifth season on March 5, ten months after the first half premiered. In the intervening time, however, the show has dealt with several controversies revolving around accusations of abusive behavior from star […]

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2019-02-20 01:36:50

Trustpilot is revealing more data about how businesses flag reviews  

Review site Trustpilot says it’s creating more transparency around how businesses respond to consumer reviews. Founder and CEO Peter Mühlmann told me that while “the vast majority of companies” are using their ability to flag questionable reviews in “exactly the right way,” there’s a small minority that are potentially “ruining it for everyone” by aggressively […]

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2019-02-20 01:25:01

Sports streaming service fuboTV expands its lineup with Viacom's entertainment channels  

Sports streaming service fuboTV and Viacom this morning announced a new carriage deal that will see fuboTV carry Viacom’s entertainment networks as a part of its TV packages. The deal includes channels like MTV, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., BET, CMT, Comedy Central, VH1, Paramount Network, TeenNick and many others. A selection of these will be added […]

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2019-02-20 01:23:49

Image recognition startup ViSenze raises $20M Series C  

ViSenze, a startup that provides visual search tools for online retailers like Rakuten and ASOS, announced today that it has raised a $20 million Series C. The round was co-led by Gobi Ventures and Sonae IM, with participation from other backers including returning investors Rakuten and WI Harper. Founded in 2012, ViSenze has now raised […]

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2019-02-20 01:21:14

Here's how all of Samsung's new Galaxy S10s compare  

Samsung just announced not one, not two, but four new additions to its flagship Galaxy line: the S10e, S10, S10+, and S10 5G. Want a quick at-a-glance breakdown of how they all compare? We've got you covered.

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2019-02-20 01:03:13

Airtable CEO Howie Liu on the continued importance of getting a 'unicorn' valuation  

When in 2015, Slack raised money at a $1 billion valuation, founder Stewart Butterfield spoke candidly about why it was important to him, and why if Slack wasn’t assigned a valuation north of that number at that point in time, Slack wouldn’t raise anything. Said Butterfield, speaking to Fortune, it “means that we're a part […]

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2019-02-19 21:28:23

Porsche Taycan production forecast may be 'conservative'  

Porsche’s production forecast for its first all-electric vehicle may be too conservative, the company’s head of production said this week. Porsche has targeted 20,000 Taycan electric vehicles for the first year of production. But interest in the vehicle could push those estimates higher, Albrecht Reimold, Porsche’s board member in charge of production, said in an internally […]

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2019-02-19 20:28:35

Watch the historic first private mission to the Moon launch Thursday night  

For the first time later this week, a privately developed moon lander will launch aboard a privately built rocket, organized by a private launch coordinator. It’s an historic moment in space and the Israeli mission stands to make history again if it touches down on the Moon’s surface as planned on April 11. The Beresheet […]

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2019-02-19 16:04:07

Macquarie Capital Venture Studio adds three new companies to infrastructure tech portfolio  

Macquarie Capital Venture Studio, the infrastructure-focused accelerator affiliated with the nearly $500 billion-dollar investment firm Macquarie Group, has added three companies to its portfolio. The companies, AirMap, Envoy Technologies and Teralytic, provide services in airspace management for drones, electric vehicle sharing services and soil analysis, respectively. Through the venture studio, Macquarie tries to bring the […]

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2019-02-19 15:38:13

Cybersecurity 101: Five settings to secure your iPhone or iPad  

iOS 12, Apple’s latest mobile software for iPhone and iPad, is out. The new software packs in a bunch of new security and privacy features you’ve probably already heard about. Here’s what you need to do to take advantage of the new settings and lock down your device. 1. Turn on USB Restricted Mode to […]

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2019-02-19 14:12:57

Slack off. Send videos instead with $11M-funded Loom  

If a picture is worth a thousand words, how many emails can you replace with a video? As offices fragment into remote teams, work becomes more visual, and social media makes us more comfortable on camera, it’s time for collaboration to go beyond text. That’s the idea behind Loom, a fast-rising startup that equips enterprises […]

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2019-02-19 13:45:52

Thumbtack now offers benefits to independent contractors  

The gig economy has been under much scrutiny as of late due to the way it pays — or, skirts around paying — its independent contractors. Thumbtack, a platform for finding professionals to do anything from home maintenance do DJing a party, is now offering benefits to some of its independent contractors. “In a time […]

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2019-02-19 13:18:37

Daily Crunch: Huawei founder remains defiant  

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. 'There's no way the U.S. can crush us,' Huawei founder claims In a rare interview with the BBC, Ren Zhengfei defiantly […]

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2019-02-19 13:06:37

The SEC is looking to make it easier for any company to test the IPO waters  

Under the leadership of its newest chairman, Jay Clayton, the SEC has for the last two years made it clear that it wants more companies to go public already. A new proposal, revealed today, may get it closer to that objective. Specifically, the agency has proposed giving any company that’s exploring a potential IPO a […]

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2019-02-19 12:56:04

Movable Ink adds augmented reality to email marketing arsenal  

Movable Ink has always helped marketers create highly customizable, visually interesting emails. Today, the company announced a new capability for marketers who want to introduce light-weight augmented reality (AR) to their campaigns. Movable Ink co-founder and CTO Michael Nutt says the company was looking for a way to provide customers with AR experiences with less […]

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2019-02-19 12:42:48

Amazon's Audible expands its original programming with new comedy series  

Over the past few years, Amazon -owned Audible has been expanded beyond audiobooks to include more original content, like the short-form audio programming offered through Audible Channels, for example. Today, the company announced a new partnership for original comedy projects, in collaboration with Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video. The first production from this effort is “Heads Will […]

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2019-02-19 12:38:32

Palo Alto Networks to acquire Demisto for $560M  

Palo Alto Networks announced today that it intends to acquire security startup, Demisto, for $560 million. The company sees a tool that can help enhance the Palo Alto security portfolio by adding a higher level of automation. “The addition of Demisto’s orchestration and automation technologies will accelerate Palo Alto Networks Application Framework strategy and serve […]

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2019-02-19 12:37:23

Startup Law A to Z: Corporate Matters  

Founders are a special breed — independent, self-reliant, and resourceful. Yet these same attributes, critical in taking an idea from zero to one, can eventually cause first-time founders to misjudge situations and tackle problems without appropriate guidance. This is particularly true (sometimes tragically so) in the legal arena, where founders generally have little or no […]

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2019-02-19 11:55:12

This is the best VR headset I've ever demoed  

Before Oculus kickstarted a lot of the fervor around consumer headsets, the VR headsets that were being built for enterprise rigs were multi-thousands-dollar rigs that still sucked. As Oculus and HTC expanded their platforms, a lot of these enterprise-focused VR companies shriveled up or were forced to significantly retool how they approached fat-wallet customers. Things […]

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2019-02-19 11:18:59

SoundCloud adds a music distribution service to its premium subscriptions  

Last year, Spotify took a stake in music distribution service DistroKid. Apple acquired Platoon. And today, SoundCloud announced it’s adding its own music distribution tools to its premium accounts aimed at artists, SoundCloud Pro and SoundCloud Pro Unlimited. With SoundCloud Premier distribution, artists can upload their tracks to all major music services, including Amazon Music, […]

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2019-02-19 11:18:57

Nauto, a Softbank-backed mobility startup, acquires Newton  

Nauto, the transportation company that aims to make human drivers safer and train autonomous vehicles for all types of scenarios, has acquired Newton Technologies for an undisclosed amount. Newton Technologies aims to reduce the number of driving-related deaths to zero by leveraging AI to create solutions geared toward connected mobility, safety mapping and driver behavior […]

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2019-02-19 11:13:38

Deeply discounted student tickets for TC Sessions: Robotics + AI 2019  

Are you a student within striking distance of Berkeley, California? Do you have a burning passion for robots and artificial intelligence? We have great news for you. We're offering deeply discounted student tickets to TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics + AI 2019, which takes place at UC Berkeley on April 18. Immerse yourself in our day-long event […]

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2019-02-19 11:10:21

Samsung's ad for the Galaxy S10 leaks  

If you think you knew everything there's to know about the Samsung Galaxy S10, the company's Norwegian ad has now leaked on YouTube. The Verge first spotted the ad — a Verge reader was watching TV and it accidentally aired on commercial TV. It matches up with devices that have already leaked over the past couple […]

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2019-02-19 10:27:56

Invest in AI's ethical future  

I recently talked to a group of kids about AI. I asked them to come up with ideas for how AI could be used. I was struck by their genuine interest in creating AI solutions that would help people.

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2019-02-19 10:12:33

Audi's new V2I feature helps drivers hit every green light  

Audi has added a new feature to the vehicle-to-infrastructure technology embedded in its newer models that’s designed to help drivers catch every green light. The tech, called GLOSA, or Green Light Optimized Speed Advisory, is part of the automaker’s built-in traffic light-reading technology. And Audi says it’s the first automaker to include this GLOSA feature in its […]

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2019-02-19 09:37:54

When surveillance meets incompetence  

Last week brought an extraordinary demonstration of the dangers of operating a surveillance state — especially a shabby one, as China's apparently is. An unsecured database exposed millions of records of Chinese Muslims being tracked via facial recognition — an ugly trifecta of prejudice, bureaucracy, and incompetence.

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2019-02-19 09:09:29

Orai raises $2.3M to make you a better speaker  

Orai, a startup building communication coaching tools, is announcing that it has raised $2.3 million in seed funding. CEO Danish Dhamani said that he co-founded the company with Paritosh Gupta and Aasim Sani to address a need in his own life — the fact that he was “held back personally and professionally” by lackluster “communications […]

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2019-02-19 08:56:39

Introducing the Verified Experts of Extra Crunch  

TechCrunch is launching something a little different today. We're going to help startup founders find the best outside experts to work with — so you can build a better company, faster. From lawyers to accountants to executive coaches and a dozen more categories, the mesh network of service providers in Silicon Valley and other startup […]

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2019-02-19 07:37:37

How and why you should work with a startup lawyer  

Ask any attorney what kind of lawyer they are and they’re likely to respond, “the good kind.” Certainly, there are “good” lawyers and there are “bad” lawyers, but aside from avoiding the truly unscrupulous scriveners, much of the issue here is simply making sure you have grabbed the right tool for the job and by […]

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2019-02-19 06:50:58

Space Force will be a Marines-like branch under Air Force authority  

President Trump is expected to sign into creation the Space Force today, as a special branch of the military overseen by the Air Force Department, according to a report in The Washington Post. The president’s decision is considered a win for the Air Force and Defense Department broadly, which had argued against setting up an independent […]

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2019-02-19 06:26:22

Lenovo leads $10M investment in 6-legged robot maker Vincross  

Vincross, the company behind the six-legged robot Hexa, said on Tuesday that it’s picked up $10 million in a Series A+ funding round led by Lenovo Capital, the startup fund managed by Lenovo Group. Returning investor GGV Capital and newcomer Seekdource Capital also participated. The company declined to disclose its latest valuation but said the […]

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2019-02-19 05:52:18

Twitter names first international markets to get checks on political advertisers  

Twitter has announced it’s expanding checks on political advertisers outside the U.S. to also cover Australia, India and all the member states of the European Union. This means anyone wanting to run political ads on its platform in those regions will first need to go through its certification process to prove their identity and certify […]

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2019-02-19 05:47:57

Walmart's U.S. e-commerce sales up 43% in Q4, thanks to growing online grocery business  

Walmart this morning posted strong holiday sales growth for its holiday quarter, with U.S. sales up 4.2 percent over the same time last year, and a 43 percent rise in Walmart’s U.S. e-commerce sales. The retailer topped analyst expectations, with $138.8 billion in revenue for the quarter, just ahead of the forecasted $138.76 billion; and […]

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2019-02-19 05:02:01

Netflix cancels “Friends From College” after two seasons  

Netflix comedy series "Friends From College" will not return for a third season. The show's co-creator Nicholas Stoller announced the news earlier today on Twitter. Friends from College will not be returning for a third season. Thanks to everyone who watched it. Happy Presidents' Day! — nicholasstoller

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2019-02-19 04:34:50

You can now register .dev domains  

Google today announced that you can now register .dev domain names. Google acquired the .dev top-level domain when ICANN opened up the web to new generic top-level domains (gTLD) a few years ago. At the time, Google acquired gTLD’s like .app, .page and .dev (for some reason, Google also owns .soy). Right now, the .dev […]

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2019-02-19 04:27:46

'There's no way the US can crush us,' Huawei founder claims  

Huawei’s founder has come out fighting against the U.S. government after he claimed that “there’s no way the US can crush us.” Ren Zhengfei, who founded the telecom company in 1987, doesn’t often make public statements, but, in a rare interview with the BBC, he defiantly claimed that Huawei’s business is growing stronger amid pressure […]

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2019-02-19 04:20:29

Antescofo's Metronaut adds an orchestra when you play music  

Meet Metronaut, an app for smartphones and tablets that could change the way you play classical music. The startup behind the app, Antescofo, raised a $4.5 million funding round (€4 million) and has attracted 160,000 downloads. Daphni and OneRagTime are leading the round, with Nobuyuki Idei, Yann LeCun, Sophie Gasperment and Thibault Viort also participating. […]

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2019-02-19 04:16:06

Why can't we build anything?  

Last week, California governor Gavin Newsom announced that he was intending to aggressively scale back plans for the state's high-speed rail system, which in its most ambitious routing would have connected Sacramento to San Diego. The immediate cause was ballooning costs, which have risen from $33 billion to $77 billion and looked likely to exceed […]

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2019-02-19 04:15:46

FDA warning brings controversial young blood transfusion company to a halt  

On Tuesday, the FDA issued a warning to anyone who might be inclined to give their old bones a jolt with fresh blood harvested from the young. The idea is pretty far from mainstream, even in Silicon Valley, where the ultra-wealthy have a keen interest in the cutting edge of life-extension science. Still, there’s apparently […]

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2019-02-19 04:14:36

Samsung's foldable phone? Meet the Galaxy Fold  

Samsung's promised a much better look at its foldable phone at tomorrow's big S10 event. We already caught a glimpse of the product late last year at the company's developer conference, but among the many uncertainties with the product is what the hell the company will name the thing. After all, the device essentially represents […]

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2019-02-19 03:53:10

India's state gas company leaks millions of Aadhaar numbers  

Another security lapse has exposed millions of Aadhaar numbers. This time, India’s state-owned gas company Indane left exposed a part of its website for dealers and distributors, even though it’s only supposed to be accessible with a valid username and password. But the part of the site was indexed in Google, allowing anyone to bypass […]

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2019-02-19 03:46:28

Litho is a finger-worn controller for augmented reality, IoT and other 'spatial' interactions  

I first encountered the founders of Litho, a new hardware and software startup developing a new finger-worn controller, at London’s Pitch@Palace last April. The event sees startups pitch in front of the British royal family and other esteemed guests, and naturally the company’s young founders, 24-year-old Nat Martin (CEO) and 25-year-old Charlie Bruce (CTO), were […]

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2019-02-19 03:43:17

EF raises $115M new fund, aiming to create another 300-plus startups in the next three years  

Entrepreneur First (EF), the London-headquartered “talent investor” that recruits and backs individuals pre-team and pre-idea to enable them to found startups, has raised a new fund of its own to continue scaling globally. The $115 million first close was led by a number of leading (mostly unnamed) institutional investors across the U.S., Europe and Asia, […]

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2019-02-19 03:37:42

Google acquires cloud migration platform Alooma  

Google today announced its intention to acquire Alooma, a company that allows enterprises to combine all of their data sources into services like Google’s BigQuery, Amazon’s Redshift, Snowflake and Azure. The promise of Alooma is that handles the data pipelines and manages for its users. In addition to this data integration service, though, Alooma also helps […]

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2019-02-19 03:19:05

212 holds a $34 million close to invest in Turkey and Eastern Europe's growing technology scene  

Eight years after raising its first $30 million fund, 212 is back in the market with a $30 million first close for its latest fund focused on investments in Turkish and Eastern European startups.  Looking to invest in business-to-business software as a service startups, financial services technologies, and marketplace businesses, the firm has already launched four […]

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2019-02-19 03:18:08

Kairos gets a $4 million lifeline for its facial recognition software  

Kairos, the facial recognition startup that found itself in turmoil following the ouster of founder and then-CEO Brian Brackeen last October, has raised $4 million in funding from E. Jay Saunders, CEO of Domus Semo Sancus. This brings Kairos’s total funding to $17 million. As of November, Kairos had just enough money to get through […]

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2019-02-19 03:16:37

IFTTT co-founder Linden Tibbets steps down as CEO, replaced by turnaround specialist Chris Kibarian  

After raising $24 million in funding led by Salesforce in April 2018, the startup IFTTT — which provides an API platform so that people can create short scripts for apps to work together — has announced that its co-founder Linden Tibbets has stepped down as CEO after 10 years leading the company. Chris Kibarian, who […]

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2019-02-19 03:09:16

Meet a great startup lawyer: Cynthia Hess  

In late December, we launched our startup lawyer survey and to date we’ve received more than 1700 responses from startup leaders about hundreds of lawyers around the country and the world. Today we begin to publish the results of that survey, beginning with our first verified expert, a seasoned Silicon Valley attorney who has been […]

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2019-02-19 03:08:03

YouTube revamps its strike system to include a one-time warning, consistent penalties  

YouTube today announced a significant change to its strike system – the penalty system used when YouTube’s reviewers identify a video has violated the site’s Community Guidelines. These strikes could be issued against videos containing nudity or sexual content, violent or graphic content, harmful or dangerous content, hateful content, threats, spam, scams, or misleading metadata. […]

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2019-02-19 02:42:13

Nissan's old Leaf batteries can power this smart pop-up camper for one week  

Nissan has turned its old Leaf batteries into an off-grid camping companion. The automaker’s Nissan Energy subsidiary worked with camper manufacturer Opus to create the ultimate “smart” pop-up trailer that integrates cells recovered from its first-generation electric vehicles to provide off-grid power. Add in one to two recharges of the accompanying 400W solar panel accessory and […]

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2019-02-19 02:20:55's clipping service allows gamers to share the moments of their digital lives  

As online gaming becomes the new social forum for living out virtual lives, a new startup called has raised $3.5 million for its in-game clipping service to capture and share the Kodak moments and digital memories that are increasingly happening in places like Fortnite or Apex Legends. Digital worlds like Fortnite are now far more […]

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2019-02-19 02:17:07

Flipkart co-founder Sachin Bansal invests $92M in Ola  

The money is starting to flow from India’s largest startup exit. Ola has added a major name to its ongoing financing round after it confirmed that Flipkart co-founder Sachin Bansal has invested 650 crore INR (around $92 million) into the Indian ride-hailing business. The deal rumored in January when, an intelligence service that sifts through company […]

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2019-02-19 01:44:20

These hyper-efficient solar panels could actually live on your roof soon  

The clean energy boffins in their labs are always upping the theoretical limit on how much power you can get out of sunshine, but us plebes actually installing solar cells are stuck with years-old tech that's not half as good as what they're seeing. This new design from Insolight could be the one that changes all that.

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2019-02-19 01:33:42

VPN protocol WireGuard now has an official macOS app  

WireGuard could be the most promising VPN protocol in years. It lets you establish a connection with a VPN server that is supposed to be faster, more secure and more flexible at the same time. The developers launched a brand new app in the Mac App Store today. WireGuard isn't a VPN service, it's a […]

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2019-02-18 21:42:34

What an American artificial intelligence initiative really needs  

The American AI Initiative as it stands does little to blunt the fears that America will fall behind in its technological edge. In fact, its lack of particulars sends exactly the opposite message.

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2019-02-18 20:44:59

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