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Twilio launches a new SIM card and narrowband dev kit for IoT developers  

Twilio is hosting its Signal developer conference in San Francisco this week. Yesterday was all about bots and taking payments over the phone; today is all about IoT. The company is launching two new (but related) products today that will make it easier for IoT developers to connect their devices. The first is the Global […]

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2018-10-18 17:00:02



A ton of people don't know that Facebook owns WhatsApp  

Americans looking to reduce their reliance on products from tech’s most alarmingly megalithic companies might be surprised to learn just how far their reach extends. Privacy-minded browser company DuckDuckGo conducted a small study to look into that phenomenon and the results were pretty striking. “… As Facebook usage wanes, messaging apps like WhatsApp are growing […]

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2018-10-18 16:57:22



Why so many tech companies are creating shows  

Editor’s note: Jay Acunzo is the author of the new book Break the Wheel, which explores how the world's best creators break from conventional thinking to think for themselves. He's a former digital media strategist at Google, head of content at HubSpot, and VP of brand at the seed VC, NextView. The deep tones of synth […]

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2018-10-18 16:18:50



Apple's holding another big event October 30  

  And here you thought hardware season was over. A month and a half after its last major event, Apple’s throwing a big party in Brooklyn on October 30. The event will likely suss out some of the technology that slipped through the cracks back in September, including, most likely, a new iPad and possibly […]

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2018-10-18 16:15:21



Square unveils the Square Terminal, designed to replace old keypad credit card machines  

Square is launching a new piece of hardware today — the Square Terminal. As explained to me by the company’s Head of Hardware Jesse Dorogusker, the Terminal fills a gap the company’s product lineup — unlike the basic card reader, it provides an all-in-one hardware experience (no phone or tablet required), but more affordable than the […]

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2018-10-18 16:07:52



Embracing multimodality, Uber pioneers ride recommendations  

For the first time, Uber will make contextual, personalized suggestions about the best way to get from point A to point B. The startup offers more than just cars now, and it’s starting to understand the tradeoffs between price, speed, convenience, and comfort amidst its multi-modal fleet. Most noticeably, you’ll now see JUMP bikes get […]

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2018-10-18 16:05:14



Google launches compose actions to streamline access to SaaS apps in Gmail  

Lately, Google has been all about shaving time off your everyday activities when sending emails. First they came out with smart responses that let you choose among several (sometimes) logical responses to the email. Next was type ahead, which guesses what you might want to type with remarkable accuracy. Today the company announced the general […]

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2018-10-18 16:03:31



Future Family raises $10M to make fertility treatments more affordable  

Future Family, a startup that helps families more easily afford fertility services like IVF and egg freezing, has raised $10 million in a Series A round. Just weeks back, Future Family switched up its offerings to feel less like a loan, and more like a monthly subscription. The end results might seem pretty similar — […]

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2018-10-18 16:00:16



Call for social media adtech to be probed by UK competition watchdog  

A British Conservative politician, who has called repeatedly for Mark Zuckerberg to come to parliament to answer questions about how Facebook fences fake news — only to be repeatedly rebuffed — has made a public call for the UK’s competition regulator to look into social media giants’ adtech operations. Damian Collins, the chair of the […]

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2018-10-18 15:55:01



Alexa's new Whisper Mode goes live  

At Amazon’s Alexa event last month in Seattle, the company teased a new feature soon coming to its voice assistant: the ability to whisper. The company demonstrated how whispering a request – like “play a lullaby” – to Alexa would trigger the voice assistant to respond in kind. Today, Amazon says Whisper Mode is officially […]

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2018-10-18 15:31:11



YouTube partners with Eventbrite to sell concert tickets on music videos  

YouTube is extending its ticketing initiative, already live with Ticketmaster, with the new addition of Eventbrite. The partnership, which was announced this morning, will see Eventbrite listings for live music performances across the U.S. when watching YouTube Official Artist Channels. Beneath these videos will be show listings and a “Tickets” button which users can click […]

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2018-10-18 15:30:39



Amplifyher Ventures launches to fund startups led by women  

Amplifyher Ventures is a new firm looking to invest in female founders. Amplifyher was created by Tricia Black, Facebook’s former vice president of advertising sales. Since her time at Facebook (where she was the seventh employee), Black has been angel investing, and she also co-founded Victress Capital. Black told me that Amplifyher allows her to […]

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2018-10-18 15:08:37



Atlassian launches the new Jira Software Cloud  

Atlassian previewed the next generation of its hosted Jira Software project tracking tool earlier this year. Today, it’s available to all Jira users. To build the new Jira, Atlassian redesigned both the back-end stack and rethought the user experience from the ground up. That’s not an easy change, given how important Jira has become for […]

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2018-10-18 15:00:03



Spotify's Premium app gets a big makeover  

Spotify has given its app a big makeover, with a focus on making the experience better for its paying subscribers. The company has simplified the app’s navigation by reducing the numbers of buttons and has revamped its Search page, which now incorporates elements previously found in “Browse,” like favorite genres or music to match a […]

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2018-10-18 14:48:16



Document editor Coda adds third-party integrations with G Suite, Slack, Twilio and more  

Coda, the smart collaborative document editor that breaks down the barriers between documents, spreadsheets, databases and presentations, is today launching one of its most important updates since its launch in 2017. With this update, users will be able to pull in data from third-party sources and send out messages to their teams on Slack or by […]

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2018-10-18 14:15:18



Daivergent connects people on the autism spectrum with jobs in data management  

Great startups normally come from a personal place. Byran Dai’s new company, Daivergent, is no different. Founded in December 2017, Daivergent looks to connect enterprise clients with folks on the autism spectrum who will help complete tasks in AI/ML data management. Dai’s younger brother, Brandon, is on the autism spectrum. Dai realized that his brother […]

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2018-10-18 14:13:58



Sam's Club to offer same-day grocery delivery via Instacart at over half its stores by month end  

Fresh off its $600 million round of new funding, grocery delivery service Instacart is expanding its relationship with Walmart, the companies announced this morning. The two first joined up in February to offer same-day grocery delivery at select Sam’s Clubs locations in the U.S. Today, Walmart says it plans to offer Instacart-powered grocery delivery in over half […]

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2018-10-18 14:09:28



Proxxi saves workers from getting electrocuted  

There are some gadgets that are nice to have – iPhones, sous vide wands – and some gadgets that you must have. Proxxi fits in the latter camp. Proxxi is an always-on sensor that buzzes when it gets too close to high voltage electricity. It’s worn by mechanics and electricians and alerts them when they’re […]

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2018-10-18 13:54:53



Seva snares $2.4M seed investment to find info across cloud services  

Seva, a New York City startup, that wants to help customers find content wherever it lives across SaaS products, announced a $2.4 million seed round today. Avalon Ventures led the round with participation from Studio VC and Datadog founder and CEO Olivier Pomel. Company founder and CEO Sanjay Jain says that he started this company […]

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2018-10-18 13:32:37



Sick of managing your Airbnb? Vacasa raises $64M to do it for you  

Airbnbing can be a ton of work. Between key pickups, tidying, and maintenance emergencies, renting out your place isn’t such a passive revenue source. But Vacasa equips owners with full-service vacation home management, including listings on top rental platforms like Airbnb and HomeAway, as well as local cleaners who come between guests. It now manages […]

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2018-10-18 13:00:40



Emma, the money management app, rolls out cryptocurrency support  

Emma, the U.K. money management app (or self-described “financial advocate”), is launching a cryptocurrency feature by integrating with a plethora of exchanges so that you can easily track your cryptocurrency balances. The idea is that a modern PFM type app should support cryptocurrency if it wants to provide insights into a user’s whole financial life, […]

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2018-10-18 08:00:25



Get your Disrupt Berlin 2018 passes before 24 October and save big  

Great news, startup fans. You still have time to save up to €500 on your pass to TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin 2018. Our premier tech conference focusing on the European startup scene takes place on 29-30 November, but the deadline for scoring passes at the best possible price arrives next week on 24 October. What budget-minded early-startup founder, […]

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2018-10-18 08:00:16



Announcing the TC Top Picks of Disrupt Berlin 2018  

We called on early-stage startup founders to apply for TC Top Pick status at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin 2018, which takes place on 29-30 November. We knew that many founders would heed the call but — holy smokes — the response was thunderous. Sheer volume combined with sheer brilliance to make our job of selecting up […]

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2018-10-18 08:00:15



Cryptocurrency wallet startup Cobo raises $13M Series A to enter the U.S. and Southeast Asia  

Cobo, a cryptocurrency wallet startup headquartered in Beijing, has raised a $13 million Series A to enter new international markets. The round was led by DHVC and Wu Capital, a family office based in China. Cobo plans to expand in the United States and Southeast Asia, in particular Vietnam and Indonesia. Cobo is also now […]

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2018-10-18 05:48:29



Some notable Facebook shareholders file (mostly symbolic) proposal to oust Mark Zuckerberg as chairman  

Several major Facebook shareholders have submitted a proposal calling for CEO Mark Zuckerberg to step down as chairman of the company's board. The filing is mainly symbolic, since Zuckerberg has almost total voting control, an arrangement that has earned the company’s board structure comparisons to a “dictatorship." The proposal is still noteworthy, however, because of […]

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2018-10-18 04:46:20



Twitter tests out 'annotations' in Moments  

Twitter is trying out a small new change to Moments that would provide contextual information within its curated stories. Spotted by Twitter user @kwatt and confirmed by a number of Twitter product team members, the little snippets appear sandwiched between tweets in a Moment.

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2018-10-18 04:08:19



MIT researchers say memory splitting breakthrough could prevent another Meltdown or Spectre  

Virtually every modern computer processor was thrown under the bus earlier this year when researchers found a fundamental design weakness in Intel, AMD and ARM chips, making it possible to steal sensitive data from the computer’s memory. The Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities — which date back to 1995 — punched holes in the walls that […]

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2018-10-18 04:00:10



YC grad Oh My Green gets $20M seed investment  

Oh My Green has raised $20 million from Initialized Capital, Powerplant Ventures and others to bring healthier foods to offices around the U.S.

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2018-10-18 03:39:24



Building a great startup requires more than genius and a great invention  

Many entrepreneurs assume that an invention carries intrinsic value, but that assumption is a fallacy.

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2018-10-17 20:45:55



Silicon Valley hoped the Khashoggi story would go away; instead, it may end an era  

It’s amazing how quickly things can change. Exactly a week ago, we wondered if Saudi Arabia’s money might finally become radioactive in light of the disappearance of Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Almost no one we reached for comment wanted to participate in the story, though behind the scenes, we heard the same […]

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2018-10-17 20:36:08



Gillette partners with Formlabs to 3D print razor handles  

3D printing for manufacturing is one of those things that gets talked about a lot, but we've yet to see a lot of truly mainstream applications for the technology. A new partnership between Gillette and MIT-born startup Formlabs offers an interesting potential peek into such a future. Granted, customized razor handles is probably more of […]

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2018-10-17 20:06:47



Why IGTV should go premium  

It's been four months since Facebook launched IGTV, with the goal of creating a destination for longer-form Instagram videos. Is it shaping up to be a high-profile flop, or could this be the company’s next multi-billion-dollar business? IGTV, which features videos up to 60 minutes versus Instagram’s normal 60-second limit, hasn't made much of a […]

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2018-10-17 20:00:45



Sidestepping App Stores, Facebook Lite and Groups get Instant Games  

HTML5 almost ruined Facebook when baking in the mobile web standard to speed up development slowed down the performance of the social network’s main iOS and Android apps. For a brief moment in 2011, Facebook even tried to build an HTML5 gaming platform codenamed Sparta to escape the taxes of Apple and Google’s mobile operating […]

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2018-10-17 20:00:43



PwC staves off disruption with immersive emerging tech training  

The big accounting firms are under pressure from digital disruption just like every industry these days, but PwC is trying a proactive approach with a digital accelerator program designed to train employees for the next generation of jobs. To do this, PwC is not just providing some additional training resources and calling it a day. […]

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2018-10-17 19:55:40



Postmates launches food delivery in 134 additional US cities  

Homebodies across the U.S. have reason to celebrate. Postmates — the on-demand food delivery service so popular in major cities that it’s a verb now — just launched in 134 new markets. Those 134 additional cities mean that Postmates has a presence in 550 cities total across the U.S, including places like Lubbock, Texas; Athens, […]

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2018-10-17 19:53:35



Investors see an opportunity framed in Lensabl's prescription lens fulfillment business  

Lensabl, the company that has built a business putting prescription lenses into any style of glasses frame, has raised $3.7 million in a new round of funding.  Lensabl makes it easy to put new lenses in a favorite pair of shades or glasses Based in Los Angeles, Lensabl already has an agreement inked with the […]

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2018-10-17 19:35:18



Essential lays off nearly one-third of its staff  

Layoffs are never an easy pill to swallow, but for Essential, it seems the writing was on the wall for a while with this one. After months of reports highlighting its struggles, the Andy Rubin-led smartphone startup has announced some major layoffs. All told, the company will be losing around 30 percent of its staff. […]

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2018-10-17 18:54:54



Tesla inks deal for Gigafactory 3 in China  

Tesla has secured the rights to about 210 acres of land in Lingang, Shanghai, the site of the electric automaker's planned factory and its first outside of the U.S.

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2018-10-17 18:47:04



This 3D-printed prosthetic hand combines speed and strength with simplicity  

Prosthetic limbs have come a long way from the heavy, solid hands and legs of yesteryear, but it's still difficult to pack a range of motion into them without complex or bulky machinery. But new research out of Cornell uses a cleverly designed 3D-printed mechanism to achieve speed and strength with simple construction — and it costs a lot less, too.

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2018-10-17 18:35:24



Next 10 Ventures is launching an incubator for YouTube personalities  

The EduCreator Incubator will seed 25 to 40 "emerging video creators" with $25,000 to $75,000 in seed funding.

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2018-10-17 17:56:03



Stripe hires Niels Provos away from Google to be its new head of security  

On the heels of raising new funding on a $20 billion valuation, payments and financial services startup Stripe is making a key hire to reinforce its message to the world that it’s taking security of its cloud-based services seriously. Today the company is announcing that it has hired Niels Provos as its new head of […]

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2018-10-17 17:03:05



Skully AR motorcycle helmlet returns from the dead under new ownership  

It’s been a long, bumpy road for the Skully augmented reality motorcycle helmet brand. But under the leadership of Ivan Contreras, who acquired the assets of Skully in 2017, the helmet is finally shipping to its early backers. That means anyone who paid $1,800 as part of the original Skully crowdfunding campaign will finally receive their […]

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2018-10-17 17:01:20



Twilio launches Autopilot to help developers build better bots  

Bots went through the hype cycle faster than a speeding roller coaster, as the promise of chatting with a computer quickly turned sour. Now, Twilio wants to take another stab at this market with the launch of Autopilot, a new developer service for building omnichannel bot experiences. ‘Omnichannel’ is a word only a marketer could […]

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2018-10-17 17:00:41



Twilio makes it easier to take payments over the phone  

Making a payment over the phone, maybe because you are trying to change an airline ticket or to pay a last-minute bill, still feels like an antiquated process. You read your credit card number to an agent, then your expiration date and then your security code. In the process, some number will inevitably get mixed […]

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2018-10-17 17:00:39



New York on Tech is helping under-resourced students become future tech leaders  

Jessica Santana and Evin Robinson were riding the subway home from a college leadership conference when they realized they were getting off at the same stop.  It turned out, they had grown up in the same neighborhood, no more than 5 blocks apart. Years later, both Santana and Robinson were working six-figure jobs in the tech […]

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2018-10-17 17:00:30



After raising $25M in XRP, Omni lets you earn it renting stuff out  

“I think any company scaling today has to have a crypto strategy. This is the start of ours” Omni founder and CEO Tom McLeod tells me. His on-demand property storage and rental marketplace raised $25 million in XRP coins back in January in what some saw as an opportunist move to capitalize on the cryptocurrency […]

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2018-10-17 16:50:19



N26 faces criticism regarding its identification processes  

Fintech startup N26 is growing quite rapidly. Building a startup is hard, but building a startup that manages your bank account is even harder given the increased scrutiny. German weekly magazine Wirtschaftswoche published an article that questioned N26's identification processes. According to Wirtschaftswoche, it's quite easy to create an account with a fake ID document. […]

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2018-10-17 16:48:32



Twitter makes it easier to see enforcement taken on reported tweets  

Twitter is making a change to how its tweet reporting procedures will work. Before, Twitter had experimented with both showing or hiding the tweet you reported, but users told the company they sometimes needed to refer back to the tweet – like when they’re trying to report it to law enforcement, for example. Now, Twitter […]

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2018-10-17 16:37:52



Tumblr says it's fixed a security bug, but says 'no evidence' any user data was exposed  

Tumblr has disclosed a security vulnerability on its site that in some cases could have exposed account information. The bug was found in the part of the site that recommends other Tumblr blogs to users, according to a blog post. The blogging site said the “recommended blogs” module — only visible to logged-in users — […]

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2018-10-17 16:34:26



Elon Musk plans to buy another $20 million in Tesla stock  

Tesla CEO Elon Musk, the company’s largest shareholder, intends to buy another $20 million in common stock, a move that appears to be in response to a recent settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, according to a filing Wednesday. The 8-K document detailed a settlement agreement between Musk, Tesla and the SEC over allegations […]

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2018-10-17 16:09:21



Crypto Quantique unveils its 'quantum driven secure chip' for IoT devices  

With Gartner estimating that there will be 150 billion connected devices by 2030 — many of them mission critical, such as powering major national infrastructure — the risk and realisation that these devices aren’t secured properly is leading some cyber security experts to predict that there is a large-scale disaster waiting to happen. And the […]

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2018-10-17 16:01:57



UK health minister sets out tech-first vision for future care provision  

The UK’s still fairly new in post minister for health, Matt Hancock, quickly made technology one of his stated priorities. And today he’s put more meat on the bones of his thinking, setting out a vision for transforming, root and branch, how the country’s National Health Service operates to accommodate the plugging in of “healthtech” […]

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2018-10-17 16:01:50



Lyft hires former United Airlines exec to lead market expansion  

Lyft has brought on former United Airlines Chief Commercial Officer Julia Haywood to serve as its VP of Strategy. The plan is for her to own Lyft’s market expansion efforts and accelerate growth. "I'm excited to see Julia make a huge impact here at Lyft," said Jon McNeill, chief operating officer at Lyft. "We are in a […]

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2018-10-17 16:00:17



Spotify takes a stake in DistroKid, will support cross-platform music uploads in Spotify for Artists  

Spotify has taken a minority stake in music distribution service, DistroKid, a popular tool used by artists for uploading their music across platforms. The company didn’t confirm the size of its stake, only saying that it made a “passive minority investment.” As a result of the deal, Spotify will also upgrade its Spotify for Artists […]

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2018-10-17 15:57:43



How to download your data from Apple  

Good news! Apple now allows U.S. customers to download a copy of their data, months after rolling out the feature to EU customers. But don’t be disappointed when you get your download and find there’s almost nothing in there. Earlier this year when I requested my own data (before the portal feature rolled out), Apple […]

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2018-10-17 15:17:11



These are the most successful companies to emerge from Y Combinator  

A look at the 20 most successful companies to come out of Y Combinator.

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2018-10-17 15:05:39



Hulu adds a dark mode on the web  

Rejoice, dark mode fans. Hulu is joining YouTube and YouTube TV as the streaming video service to embrace a dark theme – something that gives video sites a more cinematic look and feel (as Netflix already knows). The company says it will begin to roll out its new “Night Mode” starting today to all users of Hulu on the […]

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2018-10-17 15:03:20



The new normal  

When we first started writing about startups at TechCrunch the idea of a startup – a small business with global ambitions – was a pipe dream. How could a side hustle like Twitter turn into a mouthpiece for heroes and villains? How could a video uploading service like YouTube destroy the media industry? How could […]

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2018-10-17 15:01:12



Apple overhauls its privacy pages, and now lets U.S. customers download their own data  

Apple has refreshed and expanded its privacy website, a month after its most recent iPhone and Mac launches. You’re not going to see much change from previous years — the privacy pages still state the same commitments that Apple’s long held, like that privacy is a “fundamental human right” and that your information is largely […]

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2018-10-17 15:00:17



Hulu's Live TV service may add 'skinnier' bundles of news, sports and entertainment programming  

Hulu is planning to change up its live TV service by dropping channels from its core offering to instead create smaller “bundles” of sports, news, and entertainment programming, according to an interview with Hulu CEO Randy Freer in The Information. The changes, which would make Hulu more of a direct competitor to skinny bundle providers […]

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2018-10-17 14:46:04



Memory raises $5M to bring AI to time tracking  

Memory, a startup out of Norway and maker of time tracking app Timely, has raised $5 million in further funding. Leading the round is Concentric, and Investinor, with participation from existing investor SNÖ Ventures. The company had previously raised $1 million in 2016 from 500 Startups, and SNÖ. Founded by Mathias Mikkelsen, a designer by […]

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2018-10-17 08:00:00



European late-stage FinTech startups get a boost with new Corviglia fund  

In a boost to late-stage funding for FinTech startups looking to scale-up without having to leave Europe, what claims to be the largest growth equity fund for Fintech in Europe launches today. The Corviglia Capital Fund will be deployed from Luxembourg and has secured $250M as a first closing for its first three years of […]

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2018-10-17 07:48:19



MTV's Real World will be revived with interactivity on Facebook Watch  

The world’s first hit reality show "The Real World" is being reimagined for Facebook Watch 26 years after it debuted on cable. Come Spring 2019, fans will get a chance to vote on who'll join as the final cast member and connect with the housemates through Facebook Watch Party’s synchronized viewing chat rooms as they […]

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2018-10-17 07:45:31



Roborace to replace F1 racing drivers with robots at Disrupt  

Formula E is so 2017. This year, it's all about Roborace, an upcoming F1-style competition. And the big new thing is that it's all about self-driving cars. I'm excited to announce that Roborace CEO Lucas DiGrassi will come to TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin to talk about this crazy idea. DiGrassi may sound like a familiar name […]

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2018-10-17 07:17:42



Samsung acquires network analytics startup Zhilabs to help its transition to 5G  

Samsung Electronics is betting that acquiring Zhilabs, a real-time networks analytics startup based in Barcelona, will ease its transition from 4G to 5G technologies. Financial details of the deal, which was announced today, have not been disclosed. Zhilabs will be fully owned by Samsung, but it will continue to operate independently under its own management. […]

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2018-10-17 04:10:34



Scribd and The New York Times announce a joint $12.99 subscription  

If you want to subscribe to both Scribd and The New York Times, you can now do it for a combined price of $12.99 per month — particularly impressive when you consider that a standard NYT digital subscription costs $15.99 on its own. You sign up and pay through Scribd, but once you do, you’ll […]

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2018-10-17 04:00:56



YouTube experiences a major outage lasting for more than an hour  

No, it’s not just you. As of Tuesday evening Pacific Time, YouTube was down for many users. The outage appears to have begun some time around 6:15 p.m., making this a pretty long outage for such a major site. Thanks for your reports about YouTube, YouTube TV and YouTube Music access issues. We're working on […]

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2018-10-17 02:26:15



Blockchain media startup Civil is issuing full refunds to all buyers of its cryptocurrency  

Many doubted The Civil Media Company's ambitious plan to sell $8 million worth of its cryptocurrency, called CVL. The skeptics, as it turns out, were right.

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2018-10-16 22:57:53



Google tweaks Android licensing terms in Europe to allow Google app unbundling — for a fee  

Google has announced changes to the licensing model for its Android mobile operating system in Europe,  including introducing a fee for licensing some of its own brand apps, saying it’s doing so to comply with a major European antitrust ruling this summer. In July the region’s antitrust regulators hit Google with a recordbreaking $5BN fine for […]

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2018-10-16 22:37:09



10 lessons from Marketo's growth to a multi-billion-dollar exit  

It's hard for entrepreneurs to know the trade-offs required when making the tough decisions -- especially early on. Here are some suggestions.

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2018-10-16 22:00:47



Netflix shares are up after the streaming service adds nearly 7M new subscribers in Q3  

After a disappointing second quarter, Netflix is back in Wall Street’s good graces. The company just released its third-quarter earnings report, and as of 5:30pm East Coast time, the stock is up 12 percent in after-hours trading. The most important number here is subscriber growth, and that’s where Netflix came in way ahead of expectations, […]

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2018-10-16 21:39:21



Passport, a customer service company focused on shipping, has raised $3 million in seed funding from some notable names  

Founders building a brand today are largely relying on new infrastructure to do it, though they’re still heavily reliant on legacy carriers like FedEx and DHL when it comes to international shipping. In fact, prohibitively high prices, along with not a lot of support or tools, are a few reasons why more American products aren’t […]

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2018-10-16 21:06:38



Facebook News Feed now downranks sites with stolen content  

Facebook is demoting trashy news publishers and other websites that illicitly scrape and republish content from other sources with little or no modification. Today it exclusively told TechCrunch that it will show links less prominently in the News Feed if they have a combination of this new signal about content authenticity along with either clickbait […]

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2018-10-16 21:02:00



Google Maps amplifies its app for electric vehicle owners  

Google Maps is beefing up its app to help electric vehicle owners find the most suitable and closest place to charge up. Google Maps said Tuesday it’s adding an EV charging feature to the app that will give users information about charging stations. Google has featured charging stations for a number of years now. But […]

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2018-10-16 20:21:54



Coinbase now lets you buy and sell ZRX  

Coinbase’s newest asset is live. On Tuesday the popular U.S.-based cryptocurrency platform added support for ZRX, the token representing the 0x Project. On Coinbase, ZRX joins the rarified ranks of Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Ethereum Classic and Litecoin. The addition doesn’t come as a surprise. Last week, Coinbase added ZRX to Coinbase Pro, the so-called “evolution […]

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2018-10-16 19:48:06



Periscope broadcasters can now assign their own chat moderators  

It’s going to be harder for trolls to disrupt Periscope broadcasts. The Twitter-owned live-streaming app has offered chat moderation capabilities for years, but it has so far relied on group moderation. That means when users flagged a comment as abuse, spam or harassment, Periscope would randomly select a few other viewers to take a look […]

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2018-10-16 19:40:50



Google-incubated AdLingo uses chatbot integration to create conversational ads  

“Conversational marketing” is a phrase that I hear a lot, but when the team at AdLingo uses it, they mean something specific — namely, bringing chatbots and other conversational assistants into online advertising. The startup is part of Google’s Area 120 incubator, and co-founder and general manager Vic Fatnani said he’s worked on advertising at Google […]

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2018-10-16 18:31:48



No, your Twitter was not hacked  

Twitter users on iOS were hit with a strange bug today. Instead of receiving notifications that included the tweet itself, they received a string of alphanumeric characters. The issue only affected iOS users, we confirmed with the company, and has since been resolved. Twitter was quick to address the problem, following complaints from Twitter users […]

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2018-10-16 18:29:02



Report: Lyft picks JPMorgan to lead IPO in 2019  

Lyft and Uber’s race to an IPO is heating up. Lyft has selected JPMorgan Chase & Co. as the lead underwriter of its initial public offering, along with Credit Suisse Group and Jefferies Group, the WSJ reported, citing “people familiar with the company’s plans.” Lyft declined to comment. Lyft is expected to file an IPO in […]

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2018-10-16 18:26:30



Macaw will curate Twitter for you, help expand your network  

Twitter today inserts activity-based tweets into your timeline, alerting you to things like the popular tweets liked by people you follow, or those Twitter accounts that a lot of people in your network have just started to follow. These alerts can be useful, but their timing is sporadic and they can be easily missed. Plus, […]

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2018-10-16 18:18:57



Keeps parent company Thirty Madison raises $15 million to fight male pattern baldness  

Men's hair loss brand Keeps has raised $15 million in a round co-led by Maveron and Northzone.

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2018-10-16 17:48:41



Pokémon GO update bringing 'mon from the Sinnoh region is live  

If you've been laying off the Pokemon Go for a while due to a lack of new monsters, prepare to be glued to your phone again. Niantic is now adding pokemon from the rugged Sinnoh region that first appeared in 2007's Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum games.

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2018-10-16 17:35:09



Arm launches Neoverse, its IP portfolio for internet infrastructure hardware  

Arm-based chips are ubiquitous today, but the company isn’t resting on its laurels. After announcing its ambitions for powering more high-end devices like laptops a few months ago, the company today discussed its roadmap for chips that are dedicated to internet infrastructure and that will power everything from high-performance servers to edge computing platforms, storage […]

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2018-10-16 17:30:01



GitHub launches Actions, its workflow automation tool  

For the longest time, GitHub was all about storing source code and sharing it either with the rest of the world or your colleagues. Today, the company, which is in the process of being acquired by Microsoft, is taking a step in a different but related direction by launching GitHub Actions. Actions allow developers to […]

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2018-10-16 17:00:49



Medical device maker Medtronic finally fixes its hackable pacemaker  

Medtronic, a maker of medical devices and implants, has pulled the plug on its internet-based software update system, which security researchers had found had a dangerous security vulnerability The company said in a notice this week that it’s switching off the software distribution network after researchers found that a hacker could update the pacemaker’s software […]

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2018-10-16 16:08:43



Facebook rolls out checks for UK political ads  

Facebook has announced it rolled out a system of checks on political ads run on its platform in the UK which requires advertisers to verify their identity and location to try to make it harder for foreign actors to meddle in domestic elections and referenda. This follows similar rollouts of political ad transparency tools in […]

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2018-10-16 16:05:36



Pinterest is turning more of its window shoppers into buyers with newest features  

Like many other leading social media companies, Pinterest is making it easier to purchase the products on its platform.

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2018-10-16 16:00:18



With $300M in new funding, Devoted Health launches its Medicare Advantage plan in Florida  

Andreessen Horowitz has led the $300 million Series B, with participation from Premji Invest and Uprising.

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2018-10-16 16:00:02



Facebook is building a camera TV set-top box  

A mysterious product called "Ripley" appeared hidden beside Facebook's new Portal smart displays in Facebook for Android's code. Dug up by frequent TechCrunch tipster Jane Manchun Wong a week ago, Ripley's name squared with Facebook's VP of Portal Rafa Camargo telling us that "we're already investing in expanding the product line with more products we want […]

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2018-10-16 15:29:23



Elon Musk's settlement with the SEC approved by judge, sending shares higher  

The saga between Tesla CEO Elon Musk and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which began with a now infamous “funding secured” tweet about taking the electric automaker private, is officially resolved. A federal judge has approved Musk’s settlement with the SEC over securities fraud allegations. Bloomberg was the first to report the judge’s approval. […]

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2018-10-16 15:25:14



Substack celebrates its first birthday with 25K paying newsletter subscribers  

It’s been a year since the launch of Substack, a platform that allows newsletter writers to build a subscription business. Today, on its first birthday, the startup has a simple message: Yes, people really are willing to pay for newsletters. In fact, the company says there are more than 25,000 paying subscribers for Substack -powered […]

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2018-10-16 15:15:57



With Watch GT, Huawei ditches Google for its own OS  

LG's strange new hybrid Watch W7 marked a small but important victory for Wear OS. But this morning in London, Google lost a key ally in the smartwatch wars — for this model, at least. Huawei's latest wearable, the Watch GT ditches the Google operating system for its own in-house brew, LiteOS. The move marks […]

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2018-10-16 14:33:52



Timex builds its first automatic watch in decades  

Leave your smartwatch on the counter because Timex is back with its first automatic watch in decades. Called the Marlin, this 21-jewel timepiece that hearkens back to the days of “Takes a licking, keeps on ticking.” The Marlins cost $249 and come in multiple styles. This particular model, in a rich burgundy, looks like something […]

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2018-10-16 14:16:38



Discord's new game store rolls out to the rest of the world today  

When Discord first launched its new built-in game store just a few weeks back, there was one big caveat: it was available to only a tiny, tiny slice of its 150 million users; 50,000 of them, to be exact — all of them in Canada. Today it’s going global. Discord says that access to its […]

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2018-10-16 14:09:25



Walmart's Vudu may add subscription video channels to its streaming service  

Walmart appears to have big plans for its video streaming service, Vudu . On the heels of a partnership with MGM for original content, new reports claim the retailer is now in discussions with various video services, in the hopes of making them accessible through Vudu itself. That move would make Vudu more like Amazon’s […]

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2018-10-16 14:00:57



Huawei's new phone can wirelessly charge the competition  

Make no mistake, Huawei's going after the big dogs here. The company's taken a Samsung-esque approach to the world of flagship smartphones with a beast of a handset that delivers everything and the kitchen sink. The Mate 20 Pro is a 6.4 inch powerhouse with features and specs to spare. It’s a combination of the […]

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2018-10-16 13:54:35



Paperspace scores $13M investment for AI-fueled application development platform  

Paperspace wants to help developers build artificial intelligence and machine learning applications with a software/hardware development platform powered by GPUs and other powerful chips. Today, the Winter 2015 Y Combinator grads announced a $13 million Series A. Battery Ventures led the round with participation from SineWave Ventures, Intel Capital and Sorenson Ventures. Existing investor Initialized […]

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2018-10-16 13:12:25



MongoDB switches up its open-source license  

MongoDB is a bit miffed that some cloud providers — especially in Asia — are taking its open-source code and offering a hosted commercial version of its database to their users without playing by the open-source rules. To combat this, MongoDB today announced it has issued a new software license, the Server Side Public License […]

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2018-10-16 13:05:26



Hinge is first dating app to actually measure real world success  

Dating app Hinge is today launching a new feature aimed at improving its recommendations, based on whether or not matches had successful real-world dates. The feature may also help to address one of the major problems with today’s dating apps: that no one knows how well they actually work. After all, it’s one thing to […]

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2018-10-16 13:00:51



Instacart raises another $600M at a $7.6B valuation  

D1 Capital Partners has led the $600 million round for Instacart.

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2018-10-16 13:00:43






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