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Sidecar says Uber 'took illegal steps to undermine' competitors in new lawsuit  

Sidecar, an early player in the ride-hailing market, is suing Uber: "It was never a fair fight. That's why Sidecar failed," says former Sidecar CEO Sunil Paul.

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2018-12-11 17:23:33



Coffee Meets Bagel goes anti-Tinder with a redesign focused on profiles, conversations  

How do other dating apps compete with Tinder? By further distancing themselves from Tinder’s “hot-or-not” user interface design to focus on differentiating features — like conversation starters, commenting and richer profiles. Today, another anti-Tinder app is doing the same. On the heels of its $12 million Series B announced earlier this year, the oddly named […]

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2018-12-11 17:00:56



Google launches Istio on GKE  

Google today announced an update to GKE, the Google Kubernetes Engine, that brings integrated support for the Istio service mesh to service. Istio support is currently in beta. While Istio isn’t yet the household name that Kubernetes has become in recent years, for many enterprises it’s an important building block for building their cloud-native platforms. […]

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2018-12-11 17:00:44



The Cloud Native Computing Foundation adds etcd to its open-source stable  

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), the open-source home of projects like Kubernetes and Vitess, today announced that its technical committee has voted to bring a new project on board. That project is etcd, the distributed key-value store that was first developed by CoreOS (now owned by Red Hat, which in turn will soon be […]

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2018-12-11 17:00:14



National Geographic is working with YouTube and DayDream on its latest VR series  

National Geographic and YouTube are launching a new series of virtual reality experiences starting today with a virtual exploration of the Okavango Delta in Botswana. Dubbed one of the “last wild places on earth,” the virtual reality trip through Okavango is the first of three immersive experiences that National Geographic has planned with YouTube . The […]

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2018-12-11 16:57:10



Lydia introduces credit lines  

French startup Lydia announced a partnership with Banque Casino today for small credit lines. Starting tomorrow, Lydia users in France will be able to borrow as much as €1,000 in just a few seconds. While Lydia started as a peer-to-peer money transferring app, fintech startups always end up offering credit at some point. It's hard […]

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2018-12-11 16:55:57



Google CEO Sundar Pichai thinks Android users know how much their phones are tracking them  

Google CEO Sundar Pichai thinks Android users have a good understanding of the volume of data Google collects on them, when they agree to use the Android mobile operating system. The exec, who is testifying today in front of the House Judiciary committee for a hearing entitled “Transparency & Accountability: Examining Google and its Data […]

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2018-12-11 16:17:00



DigitalOcean launches its container service  

It’s KubeCon/CloudNativeCon this week, the world’s largest confab for all things cloud-native, containers, Kubernetes and DevOps. Every company that’s doing anything remotely related to those topics is announcing news at the sold-out event. That includes the popular cloud hosting service DigitalOcean, which is announcing the launch of its Kubernetes-as-a-Service offering to all developers today. This […]

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2018-12-11 16:00:28



Daimler is buying nearly $23 billion of battery cells to power its electric vehicle offensive  

Daimler plans to buy $23 billion worth of battery cells by 2030 as the maker of Mercedes-Benz vehicles and commercial trucks prepares to bring dozens of electric and hybrid vehicles to market. The German automaker didn’t disclose which companies would supply them with batteries. However, Daimler does have supply deals with LG Chem and SK […]

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2018-12-11 15:58:05



Huawei, Google and the tiring politics of tech  

The defining question of the 21st century is pretty simple: who owns what? Who owns the telecommunications infrastructure that powers our mobile devices? Who owns the OS that powers those devices? Who owns our data? Today, we see these intersecting arcs with two prominent tech leaders mired in legal and political processes. TechCrunch is experimenting […]

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2018-12-11 15:25:46



Verizon to take a charge of up to $6.7B due to Oath and redundancies  

Verizon, the telecoms giant that is the parent of Oath (and therefore owns TechCrunch), has been through the re-organizational ringer in recent quarters and today it announced the full financial effect of that process. According to an SEC filing, the company will take charges of up to $6.7 billion as a result of a voluntary […]

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2018-12-11 14:48:01



Watch Google CEO Sundar Pichai testify in Congress — on bias, China and more  

Google CEO Sundar Pichai has managed to avoid the public political grillings that have come for tech leaders at Facebook and Twitter this year. But not today. Today he will be in front of the House Judiciary committee for a hearing entitled: Transparency & Accountability: Examining Google and its Data Collection, Use and Filtering Practices. […]

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2018-12-11 14:41:16



Dell votes to buy back VMware tracking stock and go public again  

Dell announced it has agreed to buy back the VMware tracking stock from the EMC acquisition. The company confirmed the buy-back price of $120 per share for a total of $23.9 billion. With today’s move, Dell will return to being publicly traded starting on December 28th. Sixty-one percent of shareholders voted in favor of the deal. It’s […]

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2018-12-11 14:37:20



AppOnboard raises $15 million to let Android users try before they buy apps on Google Play  

Pitching app developers with a new way to convert app browsers into actual customers, AppOnboard has raised $15 million in a new round of funding, the company said. Based in Los Angeles, AppOnboard sees itself as one of a new breed of LA startup that’s steeping itself in the local ecosystem and trying to be […]

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2018-12-11 14:05:49



Spotinst launches budget serverless offering for containers  

Spotinst has made a living finding budget resources on cloud platforms and reselling them to developers at a deep discount over cloud vendor retail pricing. Today, it announced a new budget serverless product for containerized workloads. The new product, called Ocean, gives developers deploying containers a cheaper option. Much like any serverless product, you deploy […]

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2018-12-11 14:00:22



TechSee nabs $16M for its customer support solution built on computer vision and AR  

Chatbots and other AI-based tools have firmly found footing in the world of customer service, used either to augment or completely replace the role of a human responding to questions and complaints, or (sometimes, annoyingly, at the same time as the previous two functions) sell more products to users. Today, an Israeli startup called TechSee […]

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2018-12-11 13:53:49



Capture lets you grab real 3D models with your iPhone X's powerful camera  

Three dimensional modeling used to be hard. It used to require something at least as big as the Xbox Kinect to get really high quality scans you needed high-powered laser sensor systems. Now all you need is your phone and Capture. Capture is a proof-of-concept for a company called Standard Cyborg led by Jeff Huber […]

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2018-12-11 13:41:34



InVision, valued at $1.9 billion, picks up $115 million Series F  

“The screen is becoming the most important place in the world,” says InVision CEO and founder Clark Valberg . In fact, it’s hard to get through a conversation with him without hearing it. And, considering that his company has grown to $100 million in annual recurring revenue, he has reason to believe his own affirmation. […]

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2018-12-11 13:36:32



Supermicro says investigation firm found no spy chips  

Supermicro has sent a letter to its customers saying that it has found no evidence of malicious chips on its motherboards. The company asked third-party company Nardello & Co to audit Supermicro's hardware. On October 4, a Bloomberg report claimed that China's spies managed to conceal tiny malicious chips on Supermicro motherboards. Those chips would […]

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2018-12-11 13:24:28



Carolina Brochado leaves Atomico to join Softbank's Vision Fund  

In the latest instalment of VC revolving doors, Carolina Brochado, a Partner at European venture capital firm Atomico, is joining Softbank’s Vision Fund. According to sources, Brochado informed Atomico portfolio companies earlier this week that she was joining Softbank where she’ll be based at the mega-fund‘s London office. Noteworthy, Brochado came to prominence in the […]

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2018-12-11 13:05:58



Molotov creates a VR coffee shop to watch TV together  

French startup Molotov is slowly becoming the leading platform to stream TV in France. With a single account, you can watch TV on your phone, tablet, computer and set-top box. The company is about to release a VR app that lets you watch TV using a virtual reality headset — but there's a twist. The […]

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2018-12-11 08:10:01



Introducing the startups and agenda for Startup Battlefield Africa  

At 9:30 AM local time, we kick off TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa, where 15 companies will take the stage, along with panels from industry investors, Main One, and speakers from Facebook (our partner on the event through the FB Start program). If you can’t be here with us in Lagos, Nigeria, we’ve got you covered. Check […]

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2018-12-11 08:00:34



Apple says iPhones remain on sale in China following court injunction  

Apple has filed an appeal to overturn a court decision that could ban iPhone sales in China, the company said on Monday, adding that all of its models remain available in its third-largest market. The American giant is locked in a legal battle in the world’s biggest smartphone market. On Monday, Qualcomm announced that a […]

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2018-12-11 06:27:56



Walmart partners with Rakuten to open its first e-commerce store in Japan  

Walmart is continuing its strategy of revamping its businesses in Asia after the U.S. retail giant opened its first e-commerce store in Japan, where it is working with local retail giant Rakuten. The companies first announced a collaboration in January when they agreed to team up on the launch of an online grocery service in Japan […]

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2018-12-11 05:05:44



Report: A manager at Uber's self-driving unit warned executives about safety issues just days before fatal crash  

Less than a week before a Uber self-driving SUV prototype struck and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona last March, a manager sent executives an email cautioning that its autonomous vehicle unit needed to "work on establishing a culture rooted in safety," reports The Information. Robbie Miller, then a manager in the unit's testing operations, […]

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2018-12-11 05:05:06



GoPro will move production of most U.S.-bound cameras out of China by next summer  

China and the United States have been slapping each other with massive tariffs and more may come if the trade war continues to escalate, prompting some companies to move manufacturing out of China. One of the latest is GoPro, which announced it will move production of most U.S.-bound cameras out of China by summer 2019. […]

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2018-12-11 02:49:03



Google Lens arrives in iOS search app  

Google is bringing its Lens visual search feature to the iOS Google app, giving iPhone users a new way to search the web on mobile. By tapping on the Google Lens icon, you dive straight into the camera at which point if Google recognizes something in the space that you tap on, the app will […]

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2018-12-11 00:56:33



HypeHop is a product to fix sponsored videos  

I’ve been thinking hard about the concept of sponsored content — you can find some of it on TechCrunch if you look hard enough, and it appears almost everywhere else. It’s an important consideration, because as an online journalist I’ve heard everything from “How much did Apple pay you to post this?” to “How much […]

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2018-12-10 22:08:24



Doom is 25 and co-creator John Romero is putting out a giant expansion for it  

25 years ago, anyone old enough to navigate DOS was likely playing Doom every spare minute, assuming their parents weren't around. A quarter century after its release, the game's legacy is unquestionable — but it could always use a few new levels. So co-creator John Romero made some. They come with a silver statue of his head on a pike.

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2018-12-10 22:06:29



Google's search data shows YouTube's influence over this season's hottest toys  

If there was any doubt about YouTube’s power to influence children, look no further than this year’s list of the hottest holiday toys, based on Google shopping search data. According to the search giant, at least four of the top 10 most searched toys were among those heavily featured in YouTube unboxing videos — subsequently […]

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2018-12-10 21:57:48



SoftBank invests in parking startup ParkJockey pushing valuation to $1 billion  

SoftBank continues to invest in the future of transportation — this time in ParkJockey, a startup that has built a technology platform aimed at monetizing parking lots. And ParkJockey, which was founded in 2013, is already using that capital to scale up. Along with the SoftBank investment news, ParkJockey also announced that it was acquiring two […]

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2018-12-10 21:33:29



Equifax breach was 'entirely preventable' had it used basic security measures, says House report  

A House Oversight Committee report out Monday has concluded that Equifax’s security practices and policies were sub-par and its systems were old and out-of-date, and bothering with basic security measures — like patching vulnerable systems — could’ve prevented its massive data breach last year. It comes a little over a year after Equifax, one of […]

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2018-12-10 21:20:10



CTRL-labs' first dev kit is a gesture-tracking neural controller  

The race to replace the mouse and keyboard has yielded a lot of weird tech, but as various hardware startups try to find the missing link between what we have now and some sort of embedded brain chip, we’re seeing some fascinating solutions surface. New York-based CTRL-labs just announced its first developer kit that’s aiming to […]

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2018-12-10 20:25:59



Google employees demand the end of forced arbitration across the tech industry  

On the heels of an employee-led protest against Google, a group of 35 Google employees is banding together to take it a step further and end the practice of forced arbitration across the entire tech industry. Forced arbitration ensures workplace disputes are settled behind closed doors and without any right to an appeal. These types of […]

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2018-12-10 19:50:57



US tech giants decry Australia's 'deeply flawed' new anti-encryption law  

A group of U.S. tech giants, including Apple, Google and Microsoft, have collectively denounced the new so-called “anti-encryption” law passed by the Australian parliament last week. The bill was passed less than a day after the ruling coalition government secured the votes from opposition Labor lawmakers, despite strong objection from tech companies and telcos. “The […]

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2018-12-10 19:32:50



Google Fit gets improved activity logging and a breathing exercise  

Google Fit, Google’ s activity-tracking app for Android, is getting a small but meaningful update today that adds a few new features that’ll likely make its regular users quite happy. Some are pretty basic, like the launch of a Fit widget for your Android home screen, while others introduce new features like a breathing exercise […]

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2018-12-10 19:15:58



Krisp reduces noise on calls using machine learning, and it's coming to Windows soon  

If your luck is anything like mine, as soon as you jump on an important call, someone decides it's a great time to blow some leaves off the sidewalk outside your window. 2Hz's Krisp is a new desktop app that uses machine learning to subtract background noise like that, or crowds, or even crying kids — while keeping your voice intact. It's already out for Macs and it's coming to Windows soon.

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2018-12-10 18:43:54



Pew: Social media for the first time tops newspapers as a news source for US adults  

It’s not true that everyone gets their news from Facebook and Twitter. But it is now true that more U.S. adults get their news from social media than from print newspapers. According to a new report from Pew Research Center out today, social media has for the first time surpassed newspapers as a preferred source […]

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2018-12-10 18:43:50



AR startup Blippar in danger of becoming a blip as shareholders fight over future funding  

Blippar, the U.K.-based AR startup that raised more than $130 million, may be nearing the end of the road. The company has been burning through cash in a bid to pivot in search of a profitable AR business model, and now shareholders are in dispute over whether to throw Blippar any more money to aid […]

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2018-12-10 18:38:33



Voyager 2 joins its twin in interstellar space  

Voyager 2, the multi-planetary exploratory probe launched in 1977, has finally entered interstellar space, some six years after its twin, Voyager 1, did the same. It's now about 11 billion miles from Earth, the second-farthest-out human-made object in space.

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2018-12-10 18:23:16



Instagram launches walkie-talkie voice messaging  

You’d think Facebook would be faster at copying itself. Five years after Facebook Messenger took a cue from WhatsApp and Voxer to launch voice messaging, and four months after TechCrunch reported Instagram was testing its own walkie talkie feature, voice messaging is rolling out globally on Instagram Direct today. Users can hold down the microphone […]

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2018-12-10 17:59:23



Google+ bug gave developers access to non-public data from 52.5M users  

Google+ was a bit of a disaster for the company when it was still alive, and now that it’s walking dead, it’s becoming even more of a stone around its neck. After disclosing a major security bug in October that affected just under half a million users, it announced that the service would shut down […]

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2018-12-10 17:32:10



Kong launches its fully managed API platform  

API platform Kong, which you may remember under its previous name of Mashape, is launching its new Kong Cloud service today. Kong Cloud is the company’s fully managed platform for securing, connecting and orchestrating APIs. Enterprises can deploy it to virtually any major cloud platform, including AWS, Azure and Google Cloud, and Kong will handle […]

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2018-12-10 17:00:02



Original Content podcast: We sing the praises of 'The Ballad of Buster Scruggs'  

Controversial opinion here: The Coen Brothers are very good filmmakers, and their latest movie, “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” is also very good. Still, it’s not hard to see why the movie was made by Netflix, rather than a major Hollywood studio. “Buster Scruggs” is one of the Coens’ less commercially promising films, an anthology […]

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2018-12-10 16:45:37



Alexa gains support for location-based reminders and routines, calling features and more  

Amazon Alexa is gaining new capabilities, including support for location-based reminders and routines, the ability to call local businesses by voice and the ability to check your email, hands-free, on supported Alexa devices, among other things. These features were previously introduced this fall at Amazon’s Echo event in Seattle, alongside a host of other capabilities […]

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2018-12-10 16:34:55



Verizon announces 10,400 employees will voluntarily leave the company  

Verizon today announced 10,400 employees are taking buyouts to leave the company. That’s about 7 percent of the company’s worldwide workforce. This is part of an effort to trim the telecom giant’s workforce ahead of its push toward 5G. I still have a job. Everyone at TechCrunch, which is part of the Verizon Media Group, […]

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2018-12-10 16:34:15



Trello acquires Butler to add power of automation  

Trello, the organizational tool owned by Atlassian, announced an acquisition of its very own this morning when it bought Butler for an undisclosed amount. What Butler brings to Trello is the power of automation, stringing together a bunch of commands to make something complex happen automatically. As Trello’s Michael Pryor pointed out in a blog […]

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2018-12-10 16:26:21



Solo.io raises $11M to help enterprises adopt cloud-native technologies  

Solo.io, a Cambridge, Mass-based startup that helps enterprises adopt cloud-native technologies, is coming out of stealth mode today and announcing both its Series A funding round and the launch of its Gloo Enterprise API gateway. Redpoint Ventures led the $11 million Series A round, with participation from seed investor True Ventures . Like most companies […]

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2018-12-10 16:00:35



Q&A with Diversity VC's Check Warner on newly launched Diversity & Inclusion guide for tech companies  

If the last few years has seen a growing consensus that the tech industry has a diversity and inclusion problem, then what is clearly needed next are practical solutions. While most people agree that building a diverse and inclusive company culture is easier to achieve the earlier you set out to do so, for startups […]

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2018-12-10 15:56:29



Let's meet in Poland next week  

I'm heading back to Europe to run a pitch-off in Wroclaw and Warsaw, Poland. Are you ready? The Wroclaw event, called In-Ference, is happening on December 17 and you can submit to pitch here. The team will notify you if you have been chosen. The winner will receive a table at TC Disrupt in San Francisco. […]

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2018-12-10 15:48:26



How Uber will become an ad company, starting with Eats Pool  

Where there is discovery in an app, there is paid discovery. Google helped you choose between links, then sold ads that promote a few. Facebook helped you choose between pieces of content, then sold ads that promote a few. And eventually, as Uber helps you choose between restaurants, it will sell ads that promote a […]

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2018-12-10 15:14:47



Google Maps' new personalized suggestions come to iOS  

A more personalized version of Google Maps is now arriving on iOS. At Google’s I/O developer conference earlier this year, the company introduced a series of new features designed to help Google Maps users learn what’s happening around them, track area businesses to receive updates about their events and promotions and receive personalized suggestions of […]

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2018-12-10 14:59:00



Verve, the word-of-mouth selling platform, acquires Campus Vacations for $7M  

Verve, the word-of-mouth selling platform, has acquired Campus Vacations, a provider of “unforgettable” travel experiences to students across North America. The thinking behind the acquisition is to increase Verve's market share and competitive positioning in the North America and Canada markets. Specifically, Verve says it will provide the company with an entrance into the ski […]

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2018-12-10 14:13:40



Google has acquired one of India's most popular train tracking apps  

Google is increasing its efforts in India after it snapped up the team behind popular transportation app ‘Where is my Train.’ The app claims 10 million registered users and, as the name suggests, it helps commuters track arrivals and departures as well as buying seats. That’s no small job given that India is estimated to operate […]

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2018-12-10 09:47:49



Waggel launches 'fully digital' pet insurance  

Waggel, a new ‘insurtech’ startup in the U.K., is officially launching today to offer what it describes as “fully digital” pet insurance. Founded by Andrew Leal, and Ross Fretten (a contestant of The Apprentice 2017), the company wants to offer more transparent cover for your pet, where you’ll know exactly how much you’re paying and […]

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2018-12-10 09:00:23



China's JD.com teams up with Intel to develop 'smart' retail experiences  

Months after it landed a major $550 million investment from Google, China’s JD.com — the country’s second highest-profile investor behind Alibaba — has teamed up with another U.S. tech giant: Intel. JD and Intel said today that they will set up a “lab” focused on bringing internet-of-things technology into the retail process. That could include […]

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2018-12-10 08:23:56



Tencent Music sued by investor ahead of $1.2 billion US IPO  

China’s largest music streaming service has had a whirlwind year. With 800 million monthly users across multiple apps and a profitable business, Tencent Music Entertainment is gearing up for one of this year’s most anticipated initial public offerings in the US. But the firm has landed in hot water in the months leading up to […]

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2018-12-10 06:12:17



Africa Roundup: Terragon's Asia acquisition, Twiga Foods' $10M raise, SimbaPay's China payment service  

Jake Bright Contributor Jake Bright is a writer and author in New York City. He is co-author of The Next Africa. More posts by this contributor Nigerian logistics startup Kobo360 raises $6M, expands in Africa SimbaPay launches Kenya to China payment service over WeChat Nigerian consumer data analytics firm Terragon Group  acquired Asian mobile marketing company Bizense in a […]

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2018-12-10 05:30:14



Some things Jack Dorsey didn't mention in his Myanmar meditation travelogue  

Twitter co-founder and chief executive officer Jack Dorsey recently went on a birthday trip to Myanmar. As Dorsey recounted in a series of tweets to his 4.1 million followers, he studied Vipassana meditation. The practice’s "singular objective is to hack the deepest layer of the mind and reprogram it," Dorsey wrote, and it is "likely […]

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2018-12-10 04:35:43



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

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 around $500 million. G7, which runs a proprietary connected platform for trucks, shippers, fleet manager and […]

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2018-12-10 03:16:36



Alibaba Group takes majority control of loss-making movie unit Alibaba Pictures with $160M share purchase  

Alibaba Group announced today that it will increase its stake in Alibaba Pictures from 49% to 50.92%, making it the loss-making movie production company’s controlling shareholder. Under the agreement, Alibaba Pictures will issue one billion new shares, priced at HKD $1.25 each share for a total of HKD $1.25 billion (about $160 million), to Alibaba […]

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2018-12-10 03:05:20



Payment service Toss becomes Korea's newest unicorn after raising $80M  

South Korea has got its third unicorn startup after Viva Republica, the company beyond popular payment app Toss, announced it has raised an $80 million round at a valuation of $1.2 billion. This new round is led by U.S. firms Kleiner Perkins and Ribbit Capital, both of which cut their first checks for Korea with this […]

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2018-12-10 00:00:38



JIRA is an antipattern  

Atlassian’s JIRA began life as a bug-tracking tool. Today, though, it has become an agile planning suite, “to plan, track, and release great software.” In many organizations it has become the primary map of software projects, the hub of all development, the infamous “source of truth.” It is a truism that the map is not […]

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2018-12-09 14:00:47



Awaken offers meditations focused on healing from systems of oppression  

A mindful, contemplative approach to internalized racism and sexism is a necessary piece of the puzzle of dismantling systems of oppression, Awaken founder and CEO Ravi Mishra says. That’s the entire point of Awaken, a mindfulness and meditation app specifically geared toward helping people cope with the harsh realities of today’s society. Awaken got its […]

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2018-12-08 19:54:04



Why you need a supercomputer to build a house  

When the hell did building a house become so complicated? Don't let the folks on HGTV fool you. The process of building a home nowadays is incredibly painful. Just applying for the necessary permits can be a soul-crushing undertaking that'll have you running around the city, filling out useless forms, and waiting in motionless lines […]

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2018-12-08 18:38:30



Apple Watch's ECG feature is already proving its worth  

When Apple announced its latest Series 4 Watch with electrocardiogram features, my mom took a sigh of relief, and then proceeded to set a reminder to order one for my dad. That’s because we found out last year, by chance, that he has atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation is an irregular heartbeat, often times rapid heart rate […]

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2018-12-08 18:28:16



Dallas-based TXV Partners targets $50M for its debut fund  

These first-time VCs want to raise $50M for a Dallas-based, Millennial-focused venture firm.

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2018-12-08 17:00:07



SoftBank's Vision Fund inches closer to $100B  

Much has been said about the SoftBank Vision Fund, mostly in awe of the size of the investment vehicle. Today, however, the Vision Fund inched yet closer to that twelve-figure goal.

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2018-12-08 16:47:14



The nation-state of the internet  

The internet is a community, but can it be a nation-state? It's a question that I have been pondering on and off this year, what with the rise of digital nomads and the deeply libertarian ethos baked into parts of the blockchain community. It's clearly on a lot of other people's minds as well: when […]

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2018-12-08 15:50:14



Coinbase abandons its cautious approach with plan to list up to 30 new cryptocurrencies  

Coinbase is the most conservative exchange in cryptoland, largely because it operates in the U.S. under the watchful eye of the SEC. The $8 billion-valued company trades fewer than ten cryptocurrencies to consumers but on Friday announced it announced a major expansion that could see it list up to 30 new tokens. The company said it is […]

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2018-12-08 06:14:48



Uber files confidentially for IPO  

The ride-hailing giant is expected to go public in early 2019.

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2018-12-08 01:49:51



Report: Slack is prepping an IPO for next year, with Goldman Sachs as its lead underwriter  

Slack, the workplace messaging company, has hired investment bank Goldman Sachs to lead its IPO next year, according to a Reuters report. Reuters’ sources say the company is hoping to nab a valuation of “well over $10 billion.” The WSJ reported back in September that Slack was “actively preparing” for an IPO in the first […]

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2018-12-08 00:47:34



Qualcomm lays off 269 employees in North Carolina and California  

Qualcomm's struggling data center business was hit another massive blow as the company laid off hundreds. The news, first revealed by the Information, has since been confirmed by TechCrunch. The chipmaker laid off 269 employees in all, including 144 in Raleigh, North Carolina, where its data center business is located, and an additional 125 in […]

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2018-12-07 23:33:29



Listen to the soothing sounds of Martian wind collected by NASA's InSight lander  

The InSight Mars lander accomplished a perfect landing last week on the Elysium Planitia region of the planet, where it is hard at work preparing to drill into the surface (and taking selfies, of course). But one "unplanned treat" is a recording of the wind rolling across the Martian plains — which you can listen to right here.

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2018-12-07 22:22:31



Huawei CFO, accused of fraud, faces up to 30 years in prison  

New details have emerged surrounding Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou's arrest in Vancouver.

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2018-12-07 21:52:13



AI desperately needs regulation and public accountability, experts say  

Artificial intelligence systems and creators are in dire need of direct intervention by governments and human rights watchdogs. Surprisingly, it looks like the tech industry just isn't that good at regulating itself.

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2018-12-07 21:44:47



Gift Guide: So your [friend, partner, kid, parent] wants to be a Twitch streamer…  

Though many people still scratch their head at the idea of watching people play video games, Twitch and its content creators have proven that the platform is attractive to (even beloved by) tens of millions of people. Got a friend or loved one who believes they have the skill, personality and wide open schedule to […]

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2018-12-07 20:08:15



Leica releases the CL Street Kit for all of your decisive moments  

Leica’s pricey — but sexy — CL camera is the closest thing you can get to an original portable luxury shooter without spending more than a used Toyota Corolla. The CL, which launched last year, is essentially a pared-down M series camera that has gotten rave reviews over the past year. Now, in time for […]

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2018-12-07 19:58:49



Here's what caused yesterday's O2 and SoftBank outages  

It appears that most mobile carriers, including O2 and SoftBank, have recovered from yesterday’s cell phone network outage that was triggered by a shutdown of Ericsson equipment running on their networks. That shutdown appears to have been triggered by expired software certificates on the equipment itself. While Ericsson acknowledged in their press release yesterday that expired […]

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2018-12-07 19:26:26



Google Translate gets rid of some gender biases  

Google is by no means perfect when it comes to issues relating to gender, but it’s clear the company is trying. Google recently made some important changes to its Translate tool — reducing gender bias by providing both masculine and feminine translations for gender-neutral words. Previously, Google would default gender-neutral words to the masculine form. […]

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2018-12-07 18:56:54



Netflix just had a record-breaking November on mobile  

Netflix just broke new records on consumer spending in its mobile apps, according to new data app intelligence firm Sensor Tower has shared with TechCrunch. In November, Netflix pulled in an estimated $86.6 million in worldwide consumer spending across its iOS and Android apps combined — a figure that’s 77 percent higher than the $49 […]

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2018-12-07 18:06:45



Google warns app developers of three malicious SDKs being used for ad fraud  

A few days ago, Google removed popular Cheetah Mobile and Kika Tech apps from its Play Store following a BuzzFeed investigation, which discovered the apps were engaging in ad fraud. Today, as a result of Google’s ongoing investigation into the situation, it has discovered three malicious ad network SDKs that were being used to conduct of […]

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2018-12-07 17:17:16



Essential acquires email startup CloudMagic  

Andy Rubin's Essential has acquired CloudMagic, makers of the Newton email app, for an undisclosed sum. The news, first reported this morning, has since been confirmed by TechCrunch. An Essential spokesperson offered the following admittedly open-ended statement, "We are always on the lookout for companies with great technology and talent to help accelerate our product […]

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2018-12-07 17:15:02



Pivotal announces new serverless framework  

Pivotal has always been about making open-source tools for enterprise developers, but surprisingly, up until now, the arsenal has lacked a serverless component. That changed today with the alpha launch of Pivotal Function Service. “Pivotal Function Service is a Kubernetes-based, multi-cloud function service. It's part of the broader Pivotal vision of offering you a single […]

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2018-12-07 17:11:39



Audi e-tron first drive: Quick, comfortable and familiar  

Even after a few minutes behind the wheel, it’s easy to forget the Audi e-tron is electric. The SUV is not outrageous or radical, but rather pedestrian and effortless. Audi didn't invent something new with the e-tron. The German car company stuck a competent electric powertrain in an SUV, and, in the process, created a […]

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2018-12-07 17:00:54



This DIY Enigma machine fits inside a pocket watch  

The year is 1940. Through the use of arcane atomic technologies, the Axis have brought back modern technology from the year 2018. Their main prize? This amazing Enigma Pocket Watch. This tiny watch, created by a maker calling himself asciimation, uses an Arduino Pro Micro and a small OLED screen to recreate the Enigma machine […]

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2018-12-07 15:56:31



2 Milly files a lawsuit against Fortnite maker Epic Games over dance move  

Rapper 2 Milly is suing Epic Games over Fortnite’s use of his dance move, the Milly Rock. The lawsuit claims direct infringement of copyright, contributory infringement of copyright and violation of the Right of Publicity under California Common Law, among other things. From the filing: Defendants capitalized on the Milly Rock's popularity, particularly with its […]

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2018-12-07 15:40:49



IBM selling Lotus Notes/Domino business to HCL for $1.8B  

IBM announced last night that it is selling the final components from its 1995 acquisition of Lotus to Indian firm HCL for $1.8 billion. IBM paid $3.5 billion for Lotus back in the day. The big pieces here are Lotus Notes, Domino and Portal. These were a big part of IBM’s enterprise business for a long […]

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2018-12-07 15:33:12



Amazon's cashier-free Go stores may be coming to airports  

According to a new report from Reuters, Amazon is looking at several top U.S. airports for potential locations for its cashier-free Go stores. The service cites public request records from airport operators suggesting meetings with the head of the retail service. Both the San Jose and Los Angeles airports have confirmed Amazon's interest. Dallas appears […]

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2018-12-07 15:31:02



Apple acquired Platoon, a platform for musicians to create and distribute work  

Spotify has made some significant moves to bypass record labels and work directly with artists, and there are signs that Apple could be eyeing up a similar approach to get a bigger share of original content. According to a report in Music Business Worldwide and also confirmed by us with sources close to the deal, Apple […]

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2018-12-07 15:24:09



Walmart acquires art and wall décor retailer Art.com  

Walmart’s acquisition spree continues. Only a couple of months after picking up apparel and lingerie brands ELOQUII and Bare Necessities, respectively, the company on Thursday announced its plans to acquire the assets from online art and wall decor retailer Art.com. The all-cash deal is expected to close in early 2019, and includes Art.com’s catalog, IP, trade […]

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2018-12-07 14:55:15



The next Avengers movie has a title and a cryptic first trailer  

 If you’re reading this post, you probably want to watch the first trailer for the new Avengers movie. So go ahead, watch it. I’ll wait. It doesn’t show much that viewers of “Avengers: Infinity War” hadn’t already guessed (spoilers!): Namely, that the galactic warlord Thanos has succeeded in his plot to eliminate half the […]

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2018-12-07 14:51:44



Lyft's going public, Uber's eyeing Bird, Utah's tech scene and trade tensions  

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch's venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week we had Connie Loizos in the studio along with Kate Clark, myself and a special guest. The special guest was fitting, as it was a special episode. Why? Because this is our 100th episode, a milestone […]

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2018-12-07 14:05:42



Nigerian logistics startup Kobo360 raises $6M, expands in Africa  

Jake Bright Contributor Jake Bright is a writer and author in New York City. He is co-author of The Next Africa. More posts by this contributor SimbaPay launches Kenya to China payment service over WeChat Africa’s agtech wave gets $10 million richer as Twiga Foods raises more capital Nigerian trucking logistics startup Kobo360 has raised $6 million […]

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2018-12-07 14:05:34



Grab invests $100M into India's OYO to expand its budget hotel service in Southeast Asia  

Southeast Asian ride-hailing firm Grab has made its most ambitious investment to date after it backed India-headquartered budget hotel network OYO to the tune of $100 million. The investment was part of a $1 billion Series E round led by SoftBank’s Vision Fund that closed back in September. The deal was first made public via a […]

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2018-12-07 12:50:51



TikTok parent ByteDance said to raise $1.45 billion for AI and content  

ByteDance, the Chinese company behind the immensely popular video app TikTok, is in talks to raise $1.45 billion for a new fund, The Information reported on Friday, citing sources. The fresh vehicle will help power artificial intelligence and media content for the $75 billion startup, which reportedly leapfrogged Uber’s valuation after raising $3 billion in October. ByteDance declined […]

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2018-12-07 11:43:46



Ex-Facebook exec Kirthiga Reddy becomes first female investor at SoftBank's Vision Fund  

Following speculation that SoftBank is hiring a China-based team, so the Japanese investment giant has brought on a first venture partner (and first female) for its $100 billion Vision Fund. Kirthiga Reddy, a former executive with Facebook, has taken the role and, in doing so, she becomes the first female member of SoftBank’s Vision Fund […]

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2018-12-07 11:38:04



The Epic Games Store is now live  

It’s a busy week for Epic Games . Fresh from pushing out a major season 7 update for Fortnite, so the gaming giant has taken the wraps off its own games store. First announced earlier this week, the Epic Games Store is targeted squarely at Steam — the giant in the digital game commerce space […]

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2018-12-07 07:32:04



Fortnite gets into Christmas mode with snow, planes and ziplines in season 7  

Fortnite, the world’s most popular game, is getting into the festive period after it released its much-anticipated Season 7 update which includes lots of Christmasy touches. The new season sees an iceberg smash into the island where the battle royale smash hit is located, that means there’s frozen terrain in the form of places like Frosty […]

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2018-12-07 05:32:51



7 things to think about voice  

Voice won't change everything but it will be part of a movement that heralds a new way to think about our relationship with devices, screens, our data and interactions.

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2018-12-06 23:00:50






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