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SeaBubbles shows off its 'flying' all-electric boat in Miami  

We were promised flying cars but, as it turns out, flying boats were easier to build. SeaBubbles, a “flying” boat startup that uses electric power instead of gas, hit Miami this weekend to show off one of its five prototype boats — or six, if you count an early, windowless white boat they’ve lovingly dubbed […]

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2019-02-17 21:54:40



What business leaders can learn from Jeff Bezos' leaked texts  

Joel Wallenstrom Contributor Joel Wallenstrom is president and chief executive of Wickr, a secure communications company. Before Wickr, Joel co-founded iSEC Partners, one of the world's leading information security research teams, later acquired by NCC Group, and served as Director for Strategic Alliances at @stake, one of the very first computer security companies in the […]

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2019-02-17 18:18:57



Stop saying, “We take your privacy and security seriously”  

In my years covering cybersecurity, there’s one variation of the same lie that floats above the rest. “We take your privacy and security seriously.” You might have heard the phrase here and there. It’s a common trope used by companies in the wake of a data breach — either in a “mea culpa” email to […]

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2019-02-17 15:15:10



Please stop marking yourself safe on Facebook  

Let me begin by saying that Facebook’s Crisis Response pages do a lot of good. They are a locus for donations and offers of help. But that said, for the love of humanity, when something bad happens, please stop marking yourself safe on Facebook. They don’t mean to prey on our anxieties. They mean to […]

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2019-02-17 08:01:13



OpenAI built a text generator so good, it's considered too dangerous to release  

A storm is brewing over a new language model, built by non-profit artificial intelligence research company OpenAI, which it says is so good at generating convincing, well-written text that it’s worried about potential abuse. That’s angered some in the community, who have accused the company of reneging on a promise not to close off its […]

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2019-02-17 06:51:58



VCs aren't falling in love with dating startups  

Coinciding with Valentine's Day, Crunchbase News took a look at the state of that most awkward of pairings: startups and the pursuit of finding a mate.

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2019-02-17 05:48:01



UK parliament calls for antitrust, data abuse probe of Facebook  

A final report by a British parliamentary committee which spent months last year investigating online political disinformation makes very uncomfortable reading for Facebook — with the company singled out for “disingenuous” and “bad faith” responses to democratic concerns about the misuse of people’s data. In the report, published today, the committee has also called for […]

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2019-02-17 01:45:37



Investor momentum builds for construction tech  

Although it's not the sexiest of industries, the hefty construction sector in 2018 attracted not only the attention but, more importantly, the dollars of investors.

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2019-02-16 18:58:24



ClassPass, Gfycat, StreetEasy hit in latest round of mass site hacks  

In just a week, a single seller put close to 750 million records from 24 hacked sites up for sale. Now, the hacker has struck again. The hacker, whose identity isn’t known, began listing user data from several major websites — including MyFitnessPal, 500px and Coffee Meets Bagel, and more recently Houzz and Roll20 — earlier this week. […]

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2019-02-16 14:55:43



Uber sues NYC to contest cap on drivers  

Uber filed a lawsuit against New York City, The Verge reported. The company wants to overturn New York City's rule that caps the number of new ride-hailing drivers. Last summer, the city approved legislation that halts the issuing of new licenses to drivers for 12 months. It has been a multi-year fight between Uber and […]

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2019-02-16 11:40:50



Visa and Mastercard could raise interchange fees  

According to a report from the WSJ, Visa and Mastercard are considering raising interchange fees on card transactions in the U.S. Visa and Mastercard generate most of their revenue from these small processing fees, and it could have implications for merchants and fintech startups. When you pay with a credit or debit card, merchants pay […]

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2019-02-16 08:58:09



Vision system for autonomous vehicles watches not just where pedestrians walk, but how  

The University of Michigan, well known for its efforts in self-driving car tech, has been working on an improved algorithm for predicting the movements of pedestrians that takes into account not just what they're doing, but how they're doing it. This body language could be critical to predicting what a person does next.

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2019-02-16 08:05:15



Transportation Weekly: Didi woes, how Nuro met Softbank, Amazon's appetite  

Welcome back to Transportation Weekly; I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch. This is the second edition and seriously people, what happened this week? Too much. Too much! Never heard of TechCrunch’s Transportation Weekly? Catch up here. As I’ve written before, consider this a soft launch. Follow me on Twitter @kirstenkorosec to ensure you […]

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2019-02-16 04:40:37



Startups Weekly: Is Y Combinator's latest cohort too big?  

Plus, e-scooter subscription services are a thing now, the Vision Fund is betting big on autonomous delivery and Facebook almost bought Unity.

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2019-02-16 02:38:50



How to read fiction to build a startup  

"The book itself is a curious artefact, not showy in its technology but complex and extremely efficient: a really neat little device, compact, often very pleasant to look at and handle, that can last decades, even centuries. It doesn't have to be plugged in, activated, or performed by a machine; all it needs is light, […]

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2019-02-16 01:22:44



GoTrendier raises $3.5 million to take on Spanish-language fashion marketplaces  

Thanks to environmentally conscious young buyers, throwaway culture is dying not only in the U.S., but also in Latin America — and startups are poised to jump in with services to help people recycle used clothing. GoTrendier, a peer-to-peer fashion marketplace operative in Mexico and Colombia, has raised $3.5 million USD to do just that. […]

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2019-02-15 20:31:48



Steve Jurvetson tells all: about his new $200 million fund, his new partner, his new shopping list, and more  

Steve Jurvetson is staging a comeback, disclosing today that his new San Francisco-based, early-stage venture firm Future Ventures, has raised $200 million for its debut fund. “It’s good to be back in the saddle again,” says Jurvetson, whose career was somewhat famously derailed in the fall of 2017 when a former girlfriend wrote a Facebook […]

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2019-02-15 17:13:40



Apple acquires talking Barbie voicetech startup PullString  

Apple has just bought up the talent it needs to make talking toys a part of Siri, HomePod, and its voice strategy. Apple has acquired PullString, also known as ToyTalk, according to Axios’ Dan Primack and Ina Fried. TechCrunch has received confirmation of the acquistion from sources with knowledge of the deal. The startup makes voice […]

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2019-02-15 15:34:40



Marriott now lets you check if you're a victim of the Starwood hack  

Hotel chain giant Marriott will now let you check if you’re a victim of the Starwood hack. The company confirmed to TechCrunch that it has put in place “a mechanism to enable guests to look up individual passport numbers to see if they were included in the set of unencrypted passport numbers.” That follows a statement […]

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2019-02-15 15:26:07



Amazon leads $700M round in electric automaker Rivian  

Rivian, the electric automaker that debuted its first two vehicles just three months ago, has raised $700 million in a round led by Amazon . The news follows a report earlier this week by Reuters that GM and Amazon were in talks to invest in the electric vehicle company. "We're inspired by Rivian's vision for […]

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2019-02-15 13:37:04



As GE and Amazon move on, Google expands presence in Boston and NYC  

NYC and Boston were handed huge setbacks this week when Amazon and GE decided to bail on their commitments to build headquarters in the respective cities on the same day. But it’s worth pointing out that while these large tech organizations were pulling out, Google was expanding in both locations. Yesterday, upon hearing about Amazon’s decision […]

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2019-02-15 13:02:16



Peloton pedals toward an IPO, self-driving is big business and SaaS's new highs  

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch's venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week was a treat. We had TechCrunch’s own Connie Loizos in the studio along with your humble servant and General Catalyst’s Niko Bonatsos. A fine group for a busy week. We had to pare our topic list […]

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2019-02-15 12:35:13



Dubai airport briefly halts flights after drone spotted  

Earlier today, Dubai's International airport shut down flights for roughly half an hour, owing to the sighting of a drone flying nearby. Departures were halted from 10:13 a.m. to 10:45 a.m over "suspected drone activity,” though arriving flights were still able to land.  The airport's social team took to Twitter to update the situation, while […]

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2019-02-15 10:32:32



Even years later, Twitter doesn't delete your direct messages  

When does "delete" really mean delete? Not always, or even at all, if you're Twitter.

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2019-02-15 09:43:18



Daily Crunch: Amazon scraps HQ2 plans in NYC  

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Did New York lose anything with Amazon's rejection? It's complicated. Amazon announced yesterday that it's taking its ball and going home, […]

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2019-02-15 09:42:21



Opendoor files to raise another $200M at a $3.7B valuation, documents show  

The housing market is predicted to cool this year, but the market for startups selling houses? It seems to be heating up. Opendoor, the company that aims to bypass real estate agents and brokers by providing an online platform — by way of a mobile app — for people to buy and sell properties direct, has […]

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2019-02-15 08:54:25



How to decarbonize America — and the world  

The Green New Deal has burst onto the American stage, spurring more conversation about - and aspiration for - ambitious climate policy than at any point in at least a decade.

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2019-02-15 07:28:55



Palmetto gets $20 million credit line for its solar and energy efficiency installation marketplace  

For homeowners that want to go green, but have trouble figuring out how to do it, Palmetto Clean Technologies has the answer. The company has an army of salespeople to pitch the benefits of solar power and energy efficiency, and will connect would-be clean energy consumers with financing options, installers, and software to monitor and manage […]

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2019-02-15 07:14:41



Deploy the space harpoon  

Watch out, starwhales.

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2019-02-15 06:53:43



Uber reports $3B in Q4 revenue, rising operating losses  

Ahead of its anticipated initial public offering this year, Uber reported a net loss of $865 million in the fourth quarter. That figure, however, was aided by a tax benefit that saved the company from reporting a $1.2 billion net loss in the period. On an adjusted, pro-forma basis, Uber's net loss in the final […]

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2019-02-15 06:30:42



Samsung's new tablet sports Bixby 2.0  

Bixby's been on a bunch of phones and several appliances. Until now, however, Samsung's smart assistant has been largely MIA on the company's tablets. Of course, I've never pretended to have the faintest idea of the company's strategy here. Anyway, just ahead of MWC and its own Unpacked (S10) event, the company just dropped a […]

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2019-02-15 06:28:55



Coinbase users can now withdraw Bitcoin SV following BCH fork  

If you're a Coinbase user, you may have seen some new tokens on your account. The Bitcoin Cash chain split into two different chains back in November. It means that if you held Bitcoin Cash on November 15, you became the lucky owner of Bitcoin SV and Bitcoin ABC. And Coinbase just started handing out […]

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2019-02-15 05:47:58



Kleiner's Mamoon Hamid thinks we could be in a 15-year-long bull market (and other insights from the firm)  

Late last month, the venture firm Kleiner Perkins began an official reboot, with a new, $600 million fund, as well as some new faces blazing the trail for the outfit going forward, including Mamoon Hamid and Ilya Fushman, investors who joined Kleiner from Social Capital and Index Ventures, respectively. Their roles at the 47-year-old firm […]

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2019-02-15 05:21:54



BRCK acquires ISPs EveryLayer and Surf to boost Africa's public Wi-Fi  

Kenyan communications hardware company BRCK has acquired the assets of Nairobi-based internet provider Surf and its U.S. parent EveryLayer in a deal of an undisclosed amount.

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2019-02-15 04:45:56



Samsung is preparing to launch a sports smartwatch and AirPods-like earbuds  

Samsung’s newest product launch happens next week, but already the Korean tech giant has revealed its entire upcoming range of wearable devices that will seemingly be unveiled alongside the Galaxy S10. That’s because the company’s Galaxy Wearable’s app was uploaded today with support for a range of unreleased products which include wireless earbuds, a sports-focused smartwatch, and […]

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2019-02-15 04:30:42



Twitter considering a tweet 'clarifying' function  

Clarification hasn't always been Twitter's strong suit. Fittingly, there's a bit of confusion around the longstanding suggestion that the service could add an "edit" button in order to save users from silly typos and, well, much, much worse. At a Goldman Sachs event this week, Jack Dorsey clarified that, rather than adding a controversial edit […]

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2019-02-15 04:26:28



Alibaba takes an 8% stake in Tencent-backed anime streaming site Bilibili  

Ecommerce giant Alibaba is continuing its push into the world of youth culture after it scooped up an 8 percent stake in anime streaming and game publishing company Bilibili. According to a securities filing on Thursday, Alibaba’s Taobao marketplace has acquired about 24 million shares in Bilibili, the Shanghai-based firm that has captured 93 million monthly users […]

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2019-02-15 03:49:37



Spotify says it paid $340M to buy Gimlet and Anchor  

Spotify doubled down on podcasts last week with a double deal to buy podcast networks Gimlet and Anchor. Those acquisitions were initially undisclosed, but Spotify has quietly confirmed that it spent €300 million, just shy of $340 million, to capture the companies. That’s according to an SEC filing — hat tip Recode’s Peter Kafka — which reveals that […]

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2019-02-15 03:46:27



3DEN raises $2M to create pay-as-you-go urban spaces  

3DEN is building spaces for what it calls the “in-between moments” of your day. The name (pronounced “Eden”) comes from the idea of the “third place” — a space that’s neither home nor work. Founder and CEO Ben Silver told me the goal is to create a space that people can use if, say, they’ve […]

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2019-02-15 03:20:58



China's Didi is laying off 15% of its staff  

China’s largest ride-hailing firm Didi plans to let go 15 percent of its employees or about 2,000 people this year, sources told TechCrunch. The cut comes as the beleagured transportation giant copes with a stricter regulatory environment that puts a squeeze on driver supply and backlash from two high-profile passenger murders last year. Chief executive Cheng […]

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2019-02-15 02:49:11



Urban unicorn renewal  

Three cities, three dead urban unicorn renewal projects. In just the past few days, we've had Foxconn renege on Wisconsin, Amazon renege on NYC and GE renege on Boston. Each followed the Anna Karenina principle that every unhappy economic development deal is unhappy in its own way: for Foxconn, it was trade tariffs and slowing […]

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2019-02-15 01:41:17



ChargedUp picks up £1.2M seed to grow its mobile charging network across UK  

ChargedUp, a U.K. startup that offers a mobile charging network that takes inspiration from bike-sharing, has closed £1.2 million in seed investment. Leading the round is Sir John Hegarty's fund The Garage, and the ex-Innocent Smoothie founders fund JamJar. The funding will be used to grow the offering across the U.K. and for international expansion. […]

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2019-02-15 01:01:01



Did New York lose anything with Amazon's rejection? It's complicated.  

Now that Amazon has said that it's taking its ball and going home rather than deal with mean, pushy New Yorkers, outside observers are giving off the sense that the city (and its local politicians) are losing out for their recalcitrance. They’re wrong. New York City is running at about a 4.3 percent unemployment rate […]

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2019-02-14 20:41:41



Zendesk just hired three former Microsoft, Salesforce and Adobe execs  

Today, Zendesk announced it has hired three new executives — Elisabeth Zornes, former general manager of global support for Microsoft Office, as Zendesk's first chief customer officer; former Adobe executive Colleen Berube as chief information officer and former Salesforce executive Shawna Wolverton as senior vice president, product. The company emphasized that the hirings were about […]

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2019-02-14 20:36:08



When do you go native?  

So you’re a startup founder. Or you’re in charge of a new project at a big company. (Or maybe you just imagine being either of these things.) And you suddenly realize: you have to make a whole slew of massive decisions right now, based on imperfect information, which will reverberate for months or years, and […]

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2019-02-14 19:55:58



New York politicians slam Amazon as it drops HQ2 plan  

Like the initial HQ2 plan, today's news that Amazon will no longer be setting up shop in Queens has been met with a flood of mixed reactions. Business advocacy and real estate are decrying the retail giant's decision to pack up and leave. I know I've been flooded with responses from various corners all afternoon. […]

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2019-02-14 19:04:35



Facebook may face a record-setting multi-billion-dollar fine from the FTC  

The Washington Post is reporting that Facebook’s row with the FTC could result in fines an order of magnitude larger than any levied against a tech company by the regulatory body before. While the talks appear to be ongoing, The Washington Post spoke with two people familiar with the situation who said the FTC is […]

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2019-02-14 17:15:50



Citizen expands its crime-tracking alert app to Baltimore  

Depending on who you ask, Citizen is either a useful urban safety tool or a menacing glimpse into a self-surveilled police state, but either way, the app is coming to Baltimore. Citizen, formerly known as Vigilante, is a crime tracking app that offers geo-targeted alerts that notify users of dangers lurking nearby, from carjackings to […]

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2019-02-14 17:14:48



DriveNets emerges from stealth with $110M for its cloud-based alternative to network routers  

Software is eating the world, and today a startup that’s taking this maxim to the world of telecoms has raised a big round of funding as it comes out of stealth. DriveNets, a company out of Israel that builds cloud-based networking services that provide a cheaper and simpler alternative to the functions of traditional routers […]

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2019-02-14 17:13:41



Uber Freight snags Airbnb, Box veterans as it eyes global expansion  

Uber Freight, which helps truck drivers connect with shipping companies, has made two high-profile hires this month as it continues to scale up its app and plans for a global expansion. The company has hired Andrew Smith, one of Box’s early employees, to head up global sales at Uber Freight, and Bar Ifrach, formerly of Airbnb, to lead […]

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2019-02-14 16:39:03



Why your startup may not be as great as everyone says  

Not all validation is created equal. It is crucial that founders differentiate between meaningful validation and vanity "wins" that do little more than make you feel good.

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2019-02-14 14:59:58



StayTuned Digital helps video creators publish and measure everywhere  

If you’re a video creator in 2019, you’re probably thinking about a long list of publishing destinations: YouTube, of course, but also Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and more. StayTuned Digital is a new startup trying to help video creators and publishers push their content to multiple platforms. The company, which bills itself as “content’s best […]

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2019-02-14 14:09:44



Amazon's NYC educational investments will continue, despite cancellation of New York HQ2  

Amazon’s plans to invest in New York-area engineering training programs and other local educational initiatives are not being canceled, despite Amazon’s announcement today that it will no longer open one of its HQ2 locations in New York City. The retailer decided to end its plans for the New York headquarters after significant backlash from local politicians […]

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2019-02-14 13:58:01



Ebay restructures regional operations, lays off a percentage of its workforce  

E-commerce marketplace eBay has been rethinking its operations in a bid to bring the company back to growth amid strong competition from the likes of Amazon and a plethora of other online marketplaces. Today came the latest chapter in that development. The company announced that it would be reorganizing its business units, and specifically consolidating […]

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2019-02-14 13:26:17



Biotech AI startup Sight Diagnostics gets $27.8M to speed up blood tests  

Sight Diagnostics, an Israeli medical devices startup that’s using AI technology to speed up blood testing, has closed a  $27.8 million Series C funding round. The company has built a desktop machine, called OLO, that analyzes cartridges manually loaded with drops of the patient's blood — performing blood counts in situ. The new funding is […]

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2019-02-14 13:22:58



DigitalOcean launches its managed database service  

DigitalOcean started as an affordable but basic virtual private server offering with a pleasant user interface. Over the last few years, the company started adding features like object and block storage, load balancers and a container service. Today, it’s expanding its portfolio once again by launching a feature that was sorely missing in its lineup: […]

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2019-02-14 13:13:09



Daily Crunch: Facebook (possibly) considered buying Unity  

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Facebook mulled multi-billion-dollar acquisition of gaming giant Unity, book claims Less than a year after making a $3 billion investment into […]

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2019-02-14 12:57:05



Netflix office goes on lockdown over report of a potential shooter, suspect now in custody  

Alarming reports popped up on Twitter late Thursday of incident involving an armed individual at Netflix’s Hollywood office on Sunset Blvd. TechCrunch has confirmed with the Los Angeles Police Department that a call reporting a man with a gun first came in at 3:53 Pacific Time. According to the LAPD, there were no shots fired, […]

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2019-02-14 11:59:33



Marc Raibert will be speaking at TC Sessions: : Robotics + AI April 18 at UC Berkeley  

So, we've already announced that Anca Dragan, Alexei Efros, Hany Farid, Melonee Wise, Peter Barrett, Rana el Kaliouby, Arnaud Thiercelin and Laura Major will all be appearing at April's big robotics show on April 18 at UC Berkeley (Early Bird sale is on now!) This week we've got another big name to add to the […]

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2019-02-14 11:57:28



Amazon Moments lets developers reward customers with actual gifts, not just virtual ones  

App and web developers are always trying to figure out better ways of keeping their users engaged on their platforms for longer. Today, Amazon is launching a service that it hopes those developers will use to do just that. Amazon Moments — as it is called — will let developers create actions — “moments” — […]

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2019-02-14 11:31:09



LEGO launches eight AR-focused sets  

LEGO's long been a leader among traditional toy companies when it comes to embracing tech trends, from mobile apps to robotics. The toy maker's been talking up its plans to embrace augmented reality since a couple of WWDCs ago, and now it's finally ready to go all-in with the launch of eight AR-focused sets. All […]

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2019-02-14 10:56:38



Hacker who stole 620 million records strikes again, stealing 127 million more  

A hacker who stole close to 620 million user records from 16 websites has stolen another 127 million records from eight more websites, TechCrunch has learned. The hacker, whose listing was the previously disclosed data for about $20,000 in bitcoin on a dark web marketplace, stole the data last year from several major sites — […]

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2019-02-14 10:45:23



Pinpoint grabs $13.5M Series A to bring data discipline to engineering  

Sales and marketing are steeped in data to explain just how well they are doing, but engineering, the department charged with creating the products these departments sell has lacked the tools to measure engineering effectiveness. Pinpoint wants to change that by making engineering a more data-driven endeavor. Today it announced a $13.5 million Series A […]

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2019-02-14 10:13:47



Everything you need to know about GM's new electric bikes  

General Motors announced last year it was getting into the electric bike business. But besides a crowdsourcing name competition and a few teasers, details were scant. Now, GM has given this new brand a name — ARĪV — as well as names for its two electric bikes, and some information about its go-to-market plan. The name […]

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2019-02-14 10:12:42



Firefox for iOS gets persistent private browsing tabs  

Firefox for iOS is getting an update today that brings a new layout for its menu and settings, as well as new organization settings in the New Tabs features to iPhone and iPad users. But more importantly, it is also introducing persistent Private Browsing tabs that allow you to keep private browsing tabs alive across […]

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2019-02-14 10:04:11



TikTok spotted testing native video ads  

TikTok is testing a new ad product: a sponsored video ad that directs users to the advertiser’s website. The test was spotted in the U.S. TikTok app, where a video labeled “Sponsored” from the bike retailer Specialized is showing up in the main feed, along with a blue “Lean More” button that directs users to […]

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2019-02-14 09:33:30



Walmart tech incubator Store No. 8 launches VR startup Spatial&  

Walmart’s tech incubator Store N°8 today launched its next startup, a VR merchandising company called Spatial&. The company offers VR experiences that enable customers to connect with merchandise, and is kicking things off by collaborating with DreamWorks Animation VR tour. At select Walmart locations across the U.S., Spatial& will set up a VR experience in the parking […]

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2019-02-14 09:21:48



Boston and NY share high-tech losses as GE and Amazon bail on same day  

Boston and New York have been sporting rivals for decades, constantly fighting over bragging rights across all four major sports, but today the two cities had something in common neither was probably hoping for. Both had major tech companies back out of massive deals on the same day. It turns out, however, the two cities […]

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2019-02-14 08:44:36



Amazon, WesternUnion debut PayCode to sell goods in emerging markets and let shoppers pay in cash  

While Amazon has been methodical (read: a little slow) in launching local versions of its site for various global markets, it has now embarked on a secondary track to snag more business outside the 14 countries where it has built out full operations. Amazon has partnered with WesternUnion to set up a service called PayCode, […]

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2019-02-14 07:32:11



Figma gets $40 million Series C to put design tools in the cloud  

With more industries and organizations recognizing design as a pillar of business, a battle is brewing among makers of design tools. And with a fresh $40 million in Series C funding, Figma is ready to fight. Cofounder and CEO Dylan Field explains that when he and cofounder Evan Wallace started the company, in 2012, IBM […]

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2019-02-14 07:21:10



A ridiculously rare copy of Super Mario for NES just sold for over $100,000  

An extra special copy of Super Mario for NES just sold for a mind-boggling $100,150. Before you go digging through the attic to find your old copy to throw up for auction, you should know: the version in question here is super, super rare. So what makes it special? Super Mario has been released and […]

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2019-02-14 07:13:04



Amazon drops plans for New York HQ2  

In a surprise turn, Amazon has announced that it's pulling out on plans to open one of two HQ2 locations in New York City. The move follows much push back from local government and citizens, who have pushed back on the company's proposed Long Island City location, cited tax breaks and Amazon's long-standing anti-unionization policies. […]

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2019-02-14 06:52:01



Postscript wants to be the Mailchimp for SMS  

Email is certainly not dead, despite many such exclamations, but there’s no question that it’s a bloated, seeping hog of a platform on which it’s incredibly difficult for businesses to develop meaningful relationships with customers. Postscript, a startup launching out of Y Combinator’s latest class, wants to learn from what email marketing got right and […]

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2019-02-14 06:10:59



First look at Twitter's Snapchatty new Camera feature  

Twitter has been secretly developing an enhanced camera feature that’s accessible with a swipe from the home screen and allows you to overlay captions on photos, videos, and Live broadcasts before sharing them to the timeline. Twitter is already used by people to post pictures and videos, but as it builds up its profile as […]

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2019-02-14 06:03:57



Zoho's office suite gets smarter  

As far as big tech companies go, Zoho is a bit different. Not only has it never taken any venture funding, it also offers more than 40 products that range from its online office suite to CRM and HR tools, email, workflow automation services, video conferencing, a bug tracker and everything in-between. You don’t often […]

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2019-02-14 05:48:58



Indonesia-focused Intudo Ventures raises new $50M fund  

Intudo Ventures, a VC firm focused on Indonesia, has closed a new $50 million fund. This is Intudo’s second fund to date following its $20 million debut last year. The firm is a relative newcomer to Southeast Asia but a key differentiator is that it is solely focused on Indonesia, which is the world’s fourth most populated country […]

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2019-02-14 05:05:43



Peltarion raises $20M for its AI platform  

Peltarion, a Swedish startup founded by former execs from companies like Spotify, Skype, King, TrueCaller and Google, today announced that it has raised a $20 million Series A funding round led by Euclidean Capital, the family office for hedge fund billionaire James Simons. Previous investors FAM and EQT Ventures also participated, and this round brings […]

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2019-02-14 05:03:31



Wattpad's latest deal will turn its stories into TV shows and movies in Korea  

Wattpad’s ambitions to grow beyond a storytelling community for young adults took another leap forward today with the announcement of a new partnership that will help expand its reach in Asia. The company has teamed up with Huayi Brothers in Korea, which will now be Wattpad’s exclusive entertainment partner in the region. The two companies […]

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2019-02-14 04:56:50



Apple is selling the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 in Germany again  

Two older iPhone models are back on sale in Apple stores in Germany — but only with Qualcomm chips inside. The iPhone maker was forced to pull the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 models from shelves in its online shop and physical stores in the country last month, after chipmaker Qualcomm posted security bonds to enforce a […]

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2019-02-14 04:51:29



Romance scams cost more money than any other type of consumer fraud, says the Federal Trade Commission  

The Federal Trade Commission has released data that shows romance scams cost more money than other types of consumer fraud reported to the agency last year—and the problem is getting worse. Romance scammers target people through dating sites and apps or social media, often using fake profiles and sob stories to convince victims to send […]

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2019-02-14 04:36:39



Nintendo announces Super Mario Maker 2 for Switch, so goodbye forever  

Nintendo has ruined my life, and all our lives, by announcing Super Mario Maker 2, the sequel to the level-constructing game on Wii U that produced thousands of devious levels for those who think the "real" games aren't hard enough. Gamers have been asking for this basically since the Switch was first rumored.

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2019-02-14 04:28:30



Nintendo is releasing a free battle royale version of Tetris  

It came right in the middle of the Nintendo Direct announcement this afternoon: “99 players… but only one reigns supreme.” It could be a tagline for just about any of the run-and-gun shoot ’em up battle royale games that are so popular right now, à la Fortnite or Apex. Instead, it’s the tagline for the […]

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2019-02-14 04:22:51



Thailand's Jitta raises $6.5M to develop an algorithm-powered wealth fund  

Jitta, a Bangkok-based fintech startup, has announced a $6.5 million round as it prepares to launch an investment fund for consumers in what would be a first for the Thai market. The deal, which is described as pre-Series A, is one of the largest in Thailand for some time and it was led by Beacon […]

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2019-02-14 04:20:45



China's Didi reportedly lost a staggering $1.6 billion in 2018  

China’s largest car-hailing company is facing relentless pressure from all fronts. Beijing-based Didi Chuxing reportedly lost a staggering 10.9 billion yuan ($1.6 billion) in 2018, according to financial data that Chinese news site 36Kr obtained. For some context, Uber posted a net loss of $939 million on a pro forma basis and an EBITA loss at $527 million during […]

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2019-02-14 04:09:49



GoEuro rebrands as Omio to take its travel aggregator business global  

European multimodal travel booking platform GoEuro has announced a change of name and destination: Its new ambition is to go global, scaling beyond its regional grounding to tackle the challenge of intercity travel internationally — hence needing a more expansive brand name. The name it’s chosen is Omio, pronounced with the stress on the ‘me’ […]

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2019-02-14 03:57:25



Brightcove acquires Ooyala's video business for $15M  

Brightcove just announced that it’s acquiring Ooyala’s online video platform business. The deal brings together two long-lasting players in the online video industry. Brightcove was founded in 2004 and went public in 2012, while Ooyala was founded in 2007 and was acquired by Telstra before management bought back the company last fall. (Back when it […]

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2019-02-14 03:47:12



Tesla 'Dog mode' and 'Sentry mode' are now live to guard your car and pets  

Tesla has officially released two features for its electric vehicles aimed at protecting what owners love: their car and pets, as the company looks to leverage its ability to deliver a continuous stream of new capabilities via over-the-air software updates. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been tweeting about these two features, known as Dog mode […]

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2019-02-14 03:32:11



Opera teases new desktop browser design  

Browser maker Opera has been teasing a new project called R3 or 'Reborn3'. The new project is now available as a beta version — and it's a brand new design for the company's desktop browser. For now, the new design is only available in the developer version of Opera. But that doesn't mean we can't […]

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2019-02-14 03:32:07



China's Alipay digital wallet is entering 7,000 Walgreens stores  

China’s payments heavyweights have been following tourists abroad as their home market gets crowded. Ant Financial, Alibaba’s financial affiliate with a said valuation of $150 billion, now sees its virtual wallet Alipay handling transactions at 3,000 Walgreens stores in the U.S. and is eyeing to reach a roster of 7,000 locations by April. The alliance will […]

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2019-02-14 02:46:05



Facebook mulled multi-billion-dollar acquisition of gaming giant Unity, book claims  

Less than a year after making a $3 billion investment into the future of virtual reality with the purchase of Oculus VR, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was considering another multi-billion-dollar bet to ensure that his company dominated the VR platform, buying Unity, the popular game engine that’s used to build half of all gaming titles. […]

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2019-02-14 02:44:31



AWS announces new bare metal instances for companies who want more cloud control  

When you think about Infrastructure as a Service, you typically pay for a virtual machine that resides in a multi-tenant environment. That means, it’s using a set of shared resources. For many companies that approach is fine, but when a customer wants more control, they may prefer a single tenant system where they control the […]

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2019-02-14 02:43:14



Qloo acquires cultural recommendation service TasteDive  

Qloo announced this morning that it has acquired TasteDive. The two companies sound pretty similar — according to the announcement, Qloo is “the leading artificial intelligence platform for culture and taste,” while TasteDive is “a cultural recommendation engine and social community.” What’s the difference? Well TasteDive is a website where you can create a profile, […]

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2019-02-14 02:33:03



William Barr confirmed to lead the Justice Department  

On Thursday, the Senate voted to confirm Trump nominee William Barr as the next head of the Justice Department. Barr was nominated to replace former Attorney General Jeff Sessions who fell out of favor with the Trump administration and resigned last year. Barr will step in for acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, who controversially stepped […]

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2019-02-14 02:23:46



Bill Gates-backed Vicarious Surgical adds a virtual reality twist to robots in the operating room  

In an operating room in rural Idaho, doctors prep a patient for surgery. They make a tiny, thumb-sized incision into the patient and insert a small robot while across the country a surgeon puts on a virtual reality headset, grabs their controllers and prepares to operate. While this scene may seem like science fiction now, […]

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2019-02-14 02:17:19



Nintendo makes the old new again with Mario, Zelda, Tetris titles for Switch  

The afternoon brought an eventful series of announcements from Nintendo in one of its Direct video promos, and 2019 is looking to be a banner year for the Switch. Here's everything the company announced, from Super Mario Maker 2 to the unexpected remake of Game Boy classic Link's Awakening.

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2019-02-14 02:17:18



The infosec reckoning has arrived  

2018 represented a record year for venture capital investment into information security, but this isn't a positive trend - and it definitely doesn't mean we're more secure. An unwarranted percentage of solutions being funded are not solving the problems defenders face the most. And with high numbers of lackluster information security startups failing to meet […]

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2019-02-14 02:07:42



Happy Valentine's Day: your dating app account was hacked, says Coffee Meets Bagel  

Good news for love-seekers this Valentine’s Day. In a bit of odd timing, users of the dating app Coffee Meets Bagel woke up this morning to find an email in their inboxes warning that their account information had been stolen by a third-party who gained unauthorized access to the company’s systems. The email keeps most […]

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2019-02-14 01:57:31



Malt raises $28.6 million for its freelancer platform  

French startup Malt is raising a $28.6 million funding round (€25 million) with Idinvest Partners leading the round and existing investors ISAI and Serena also participating. Overall, the company has raised $36.6 million since its creation (€32 million). Malt has created a marketplace for engineers working as freelancers and companies. There are currently 100,000 freelancers […]

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2019-02-14 01:50:47



Lime loses appeal to operate electric scooters in SF  

Lime, similar to its competitors Spin and JUMP, just got word that while its appeal to operate electric scooters in phase one of San Francisco’s pilot program was denied, it may be able to deploy scooters during phase two. This comes following San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Neutral Hearing Officer James Doyle’s decision regarding Ford’s […]

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2019-02-14 01:47:24



Fitness startup Eastnine picks up £2M from LocalGlobe, Cherry Ventures, Niklas Zennström and others  

Eastnine, a new fitness startup and app co-founded by London entrepreneur and investor Jason Goodman, is de-cloaking today, including disclosing that it has raised £2 million in seed funding. Leading the round is London-based LocalGlobe and Berlin-based Cherry Ventures, who are joined by a list of prominent angel investors that includes Niklas Zennström, co-founder of […]

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2019-02-14 01:42:57






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