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WeWork acquires Waltz, an app that lets users access different spaces with a single credential  

WeWork announced today that it will acquire Waltz, a building access and security management startup, for an undisclosed amount. Waltz's smartphone app and reader allows users to enter different properties with a single credential and will make it easier for WeWork's enterprise clients, such as GE Healthcare and Microsoft, to manage their employees' on-demand memberships […]

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2019-06-26 04:19:02



Twitter's underrated Lists feature finally gets some attention  

Twitter Lists have never gotten the attention they deserve. A feature largely adopted by Twitter power users, lists allow you to create custom timelines by adding only those users whose tweets you want to track. And this can be done without having to also follow those Twitter accounts, which keeps your main timeline clutter-free. But […]

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2019-06-26 03:42:57



Huawei says two-thirds of 5G networks outside China now use its gear  

As 5G networks begin rolling out and commercializing around the world, telecoms vendors are rushing to get a headstart. Huawei equipment is now behind two-thirds of the commercially launched 5G networks outside China, said president of Huawei’s carrier business group Ryan Ding on Tuesday at an industry conference. Huawei, the world’s largest maker of telecoms […]

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2019-06-26 03:35:49



Boeing is going to work with Kitty Hawk on flying cars and safety  

Kitty Hawk, the flying car company backed by Google’s Larry Page and led by Udacity co-founder Sebastian Thrun, has struck a deal with aerospace giant Boeing. The terms of the strategic partnership are vague. But it appears the two companies will collaborate on urban air mobility, particularly around safety and how autonomous and piloted vehicles […]

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2019-06-26 02:31:37



Forerunner just led a $3.5 million round for Homeroom, a software platform for after-school enrichment programs  

San Francisco-based Forerunner Ventures is best known for its long string of bets on successful and fast-growing consumer companies. Now, its newest partner, Brian O’Malley, who has a knack for finding startups that straddle both the consumer and enterprise worlds, has written his first check on behalf of the firm, and it’s largely in that […]

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2019-06-26 02:23:48



The Office is leaving Netflix in 2021 because NBC wants it back  

Well, it’s official: The Office is leaving Netflix . Michael Scott and the rest of Dunder Mifflin will be heading for another streaming service come January 2021. By far the most popular show on Netflix in 2018, The Office was bound to leave the service eventually — or, at the very least, see some HUGE […]

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2019-06-26 01:33:18



San Francisco takes the final steps toward becoming the first U.S. city to ban vaping product sales  

San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an ordinance today that prohibits the sale of e-cigarettes within the city. If signed into law, the new legislation would amend the city's health code, making it illegal for stores to sell vaping products or for online retailers to ship them to San Francisco addresses, which means it […]

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2019-06-26 01:06:43



'This is Your Life in Silicon Valley': Former Pinterest President, Moment CEO Tim Kendall on Smartphone Addiction  

Welcome to this week's transcribed edition of This is Your Life in Silicon Valley. We're running an experiment for Extra Crunch members that puts This is Your Life in Silicon Valley in words - so you can read from wherever you are. This is Your Life in Silicon Valley was originally started by Sunil Rajaraman and […]

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2019-06-25 20:54:36



The changing nature of venture capital  

The venture industry is likely to consolidate significantly in the next decade as funding confers greater advantage to large venture investors.

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2019-06-25 20:50:19



Facebook may finally let you turn off those annoying notification dots  

Sick of those anxiety-inducing red dots constantly appearing on the Groups, Watch, or other tabs in your Facebook app? Well the social network may be easing up a little in its unending war for your attention. Facebook is now testing a toggle to turn off the red in-app notification dots on its homescreen. Until now […]

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2019-06-25 20:28:26



Facebook's searchable political ads archive is now global  

Facebook has announced it’s rolled out a basic layer of political ads transparency globally, more than a year after launching the publicly searchable ads archive in the US. It is also expanding what it dubs “proactive enforcement” on political ads to countries where elections or regulations are approaching — starting with Ukraine, Singapore, Canada and […]

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2019-06-25 20:05:27



How to scale a start-up in school  

Julianna Keeling Contributor Julianna Keeling is the founder of Terravive (sustainable packaging company). Formerly Product at Juicero. If you're serious about starting and scaling your business in school, treat your time in school like an extended incubator. While you may experience high levels of academic stress, your "real world" financial stress and transition to adulthood […]

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2019-06-25 18:28:44



Wedding dress customizer Anomalie raises $13M as bridal stores crumble  

David’s Bridal once owned 50% of the $36 billion wedding gown market before it filed for bankruptcy last year. Brides were growing sick of the lack of styles and sizes plus high prices at expensive brick & mortar shops. The industry was destined for disruption by software that would replace overhead costs and inflexibility with […]

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2019-06-25 16:32:19



With a portfolio including Acorns, Sweetgreen and Ro Health, Torch Capital raises $60M for its first fund  

Jonathan Keidan, the founder of Torch Capital, had already built a portfolio that included Acorns, Compass, Digital Ocean and Sweetgreen, before he raised single dollar for his inaugural venture capital fund, which just closed with $60 million. Keidan, a consummate networker who began his professional career as a manager working with acts like The Nappy […]

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2019-06-25 16:31:20



AI services startup Hypergiant brings on Bill Nye as an advisor  

Hypergiant, a startup launched last year to address the execution gap in bringing applied AI and machine learning technologies to bear for large companies, has signed on a high-profile new advisor to help out with the new ‘Galactic Systems’ division of its services lineup. Hypergiant founder CEO Ben Lamm also serves as an Advisory Council […]

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2019-06-25 16:17:08



U.S. Senator and consumer advocacy groups urge FTC to take action on YouTube's alleged COPPA violations  

The groups behind a push to get the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to investigate YouTube’s alleged violation of children’s privacy law, COPPA, have today submitted a new letter to the FTC that lays out the appropriate sanctions the groups want the FTC to now take. The letter comes shortly after news broke that the FTC […]

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2019-06-25 12:42:34



Google Drive beta test expands offline support to non-Google files in Chrome  

Google Drive’s offline capabilities are getting an upgrade. Currently, you can use Google Chrome to make your Docs, Sheets, and Slides available offline. On Tuesday, the company announced the launch of a beta test that will expand offline capabilities to other content as well, including PDFs, images, Microsoft Office files, and other non-Google file formats. […]

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2019-06-25 12:20:44



Live like a robber baron for a night with Airbnb Luxe  

Airbnbs are a mixed bag. Pictures only tell half the story, and sometimes you don't really know what you're getting into until you get there. Say what you will about Airbnb's new white glove Luxe service, but the company does seem to go out of its way to ensure that users get what the pay […]

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2019-06-25 11:43:55



Peter Thiel-backed auto commerce startup Drive Motors has a new name and $5M in capital  

Not that long ago, visiting the website of an auto dealership was a little like going to a store without a cash register. The retailer’s website might list all the cars, trucks and SUVs in its inventory, but there would be no way to actually buy one online. A digital commerce startup called Drive Motors […]

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2019-06-25 11:25:28



Microsoft adds an extra security layer to its OneDrive storage service  

Microsoft today announced OneDrive Personal Vault, a new security layer on top of its OneDrive online file storage service that adds additional security features to keep your files save. The security features ensure that the only way to access these files is with a strong authentication method or two-step verification, which can include a fingerprint […]

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2019-06-25 10:46:29



Daily Crunch: We preview new Apple operating systems  

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. iPadOS preview Brian Heater checks out the new, forked version of iOS with tablet-specific features like a richer Home Screen, support […]

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2019-06-25 09:54:22



BMW's next-gen cruise control stops at red lights  

At its NextGen event, BMW today premiered the next generation of its adaptive cruise control system, which will be able to detect and automatically stop at red lights. This isn’t exactly autonomous driving just yet, but it’s clearly an effort to bring some of these advanced cruise control features from highway driving to a more […]

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2019-06-25 09:21:35



Cameo raises $50M to deliver personalized messages from celebrities & influencers  

With new money from Kleiner Perkins, Cameo plots a global expansion.

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2019-06-25 08:55:50



Barbershop management platform Squire raises $8 million Series A round  

Squire, a Y Combinator-backed business management platform for barbershops, just raised an $8 million Series A round led by Trinity Ventures. Since launching in 2016, Squire has grown to operate in 28 cities across three countries with more than $100 million in transactions processed to date. Across the 28 cities where Squire operates, the company […]

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2019-06-25 07:44:45



Indonesia's Kopi Kenangan raises a sweet $20M to expand its coffee business  

Kopi Kenangan, a startup that wants to make quality, fresh coffee affordable to Indonesian consumers, has raised $20 million as it begins to consider overseas expansion in Southeast Asia. The round comes courtesy of Sequoia India and Southeast Asia, via the $695 million investment fund it closed last year. Kopi Kenangan previously raised $8 million […]

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2019-06-25 07:17:40



Millennials don't want to get drunk. What do they want? Apéritifs.  

Haus launches today with $1 million in pre-seed funding.

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2019-06-25 07:02:10



FTC, Justice Dept. takes coordinated action against robocallers  

Federal authorities have announced its latest crackdown on illegal robocallers — taking close to a hundred actions against several companies and individuals blamed for the recent barrage of spam calls. In the so-called “Operation Call It Quits,” the Federal Trade Commission brought four cases — two filed on its behalf by the Justice Department — […]

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2019-06-25 07:01:26



Telegram adds location-flavored extras and full group ownership transfers  

Messaging platform Telegram has added a new bunch of location-based features via an update. Users of the latest version of the app will find an ‘Add People Nearby’ setting which they can use to quickly exchange contact details without the need to type in digits. Coupled with a prior update, which lets Telegram users control […]

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2019-06-25 06:59:36



SoftBank-backed Getaround acquires Norwegian car rental startup for $12M  

Fueled by its $300 million Series D round led by Softbank last August, Getaround is making its second-ever acquisition this year with a $12 million purchase of Norwegian car rental startup Nabobil. This acquisition brings Getaround into seven European countries. In April, Getaround made its first acquisition when it bought European car rental startup Drivy […]

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2019-06-25 06:36:46



SpaceX records another first for reusable rocketry by catching Falcon Heavy fairing with a boat  

SpaceX has managed to do another thing that seemed audacious and highly unlikely after a few early botched attempts. It used a ship at sea to catch the falling nosecone that shielded the cargo aboard its Falcon Heavy rocket during launch. The maneuver saw a SpaceX -owned barge called Ms. Tree rigged with a giant […]

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2019-06-25 06:27:45



Lightyear One debuts as the first long-range solar-powered electric car  

Electric cars are better for the environment than fossil fuel-burning vehicles, but they still rely on the grid, which can be variously dirty or clean depending on what sources it uses for its energy. The new Lightyear One is a prototype vehicle that would improve that by collecting the power it needs to run from […]

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2019-06-25 06:24:43



Walmart now accepts SNAP for online grocery orders at all 2,500+ pickup locations  

Walmart has been working to address the needs of low-income shoppers for some time. More recently, it’s been introducing new ways to serve customers on public assistance. In fall 2017, the retailer began a small test allowing customers to pay for online grocery orders using their SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits — more casually […]

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2019-06-25 06:13:12



Join raises $4M seed round to build a better construction planning platform  

Startup Join wants to modernize the back office for an industry that’s everywhere, but maybe not top of mind, especially when it comes to project management software: Commercial construction. The company has raised a $4 million seed round, co-led by Signalfire and Building Ventures and including participation by existing investor Bolt. The startup’s core product […]

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2019-06-25 05:53:15



Orderful nabs $10M from A16Z to modernise the B2B supply chain network  

The march of globalization continues unabated, and with it comes a growing demand for companies of all sizes to communicate with and sell to each other, regardless of the distance or any other barrier. Now, a startup that has built a platform to help them do that better and more cheaply is announcing a round […]

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2019-06-25 05:52:08



FedEx sues the Department of Commerce after incident involving misrouted Huawei packages  

FedEx is suing the United States Department of Commerce, claiming that it has been “essentially deputize[d]” to enforce its trade blacklist. The lawsuit comes a month after Huawei said it is reassessing its relationship with the delivery giant after several packages meant for shipment within Asia were instead diverted, or erroneously marked for delivery, to […]

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2019-06-25 04:51:30



iPadOS preview  

Microsoft drew a line in the sand with Windows 10, presenting an operating system designed for both PCs and tablets alike. The move fostered hardware designers to go all in on convertibles — devices that performed double duty as laptops or slates, with adjustable keyboards to match. For most of its history, the iPad has […]

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2019-06-25 04:43:50



Indonesia's KoinWorks raises $12 million to grow its P2P SME lending platform  

KoinWorks, an Indonesian startup that helps small and medium-sized businesses secure financial services through its online peer-to-peer platform, has raised $16.5 million SGD ($12 million USD) in a new funding round as money continues to flow in what has become a hot space for investors. The Series B round for the three-year-old startup was led […]

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2019-06-25 04:36:37



Dirty Lemon parent Iris Nova will fund and distribute third-party beverages  

Iris Nova, the Coca-Cola-backed startup that creates Dirty Lemon beverages, is announcing plans to spend $100 million over the next three to five years to expand its offerings. Founder and CEO Zak Normandin said the money will go towards launching new beverage brands developed internally at Iris Nova, as well as investing in beverages created by other […]

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2019-06-25 04:10:18



Used car marketplace Motorway picks up £11M Series A  

Motorway, the U.K. used car marketplace, has raised £11 million in Series A funding. Leading the round is Marchmont Ventures, the fund managed by Hugo Burge and Alan Martin (the former CEO and CFO of Momondo Group, respectively), along with participation from existing backer LocalGlobe. Founded by the team behind Top10 — the mobile and […]

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2019-06-25 03:50:44



Only 100 seats left: Apply to hack at the TC Hackathon at Disrupt SF  

Hustle up, hackathon fans. The TechCrunch Hackathon at Disrupt San Francisco 2019 on October 2-4 may be more than three months away, but it's filling up fast. There's no application deadline. Instead, we're capping the number of participants at 800 — and we have approximately 100 spots left. Don't get shunted to the waiting list. Apply to the Hackathon […]

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2019-06-25 03:31:17



Here is BMW's new electric motorcycle concept  

BMW has a long history of building motorcycles, but it hasn’t done all that well in the electric motorcycle department. Clearly, though, this is something the company is thinking hard about and today, at its inaugural NextGen event, the company showed its newest electric concept bike, the BMW Motorrad Vision DC Roadster. As usual, there’s […]

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2019-06-25 03:25:33



BMW says its running ahead of its electrification goals  

At its NEXTGen event in Munich, BMW today announced that it is running ahead of schedule in its efforts to offer at least 25 electrified vehicles. Previously, the German luxury car manufacturer was shooting for 2025, but it now says that it will offer these 25 vehicles by 2023. As BMW’s Klaus Fröhlich stressed at […]

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2019-06-25 02:35:04



Sidewalk Labs' blueprint for a 'mini' smart city is a massive data mine  

Sidewalk Labs, the smart city technology firm owned by Google’s parent company Alphabet, released a plan this week to redevelop a piece of Toronto’s eastern waterfront into its vision of an urban utopia — a ‘mini’ metropolis tucked inside a digital infrastructure burrito and bursting with gee-whiz tech-ery. A place where high-tech jobs and affordable […]

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2019-06-25 02:29:03



Why eVTOLs could be providing regional air service sooner than you think  

At Uber’s Elevate summit in Washington, DC earlier this month, researchers, industry leaders and engineers gathered to celebrate the approaching advent of on-demand air service. For Dr. Anita Sengupta, co-founder and Chief Product Office at Detroit’s Airspace Experience Technologies (abbreviated ASX), it was an event full of validation of her company’s specific approach to making […]

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2019-06-25 02:19:11



Snowflake co-founder and president of product Benoit Dageville is coming to TC Sessions: Enterprise  

When it comes to a cloud success story, Snowflake checks all the boxes. It’s a SaaS product going after industry giants. It has raised bushels of cash and grown extremely rapidly — and the story is continuing to develop for the cloud data lake company. In September, Snowflake’s co-founder and president of product Benoit Dageville […]

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2019-06-25 02:09:22



Self-driving startup Drive.ai is closing down  

Drive.ai, the autonomous vehicle tech startup once valued at $200 million, is shutting down after four years, according to a state regulatory filing. The closure was first reported by the San Francisco Chronicle. The company is not responding to media inquiries, a PR rep told TechCrunch. The company’s Mountain View headquarters will close down on Friday, […]

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2019-06-25 01:53:20



Yelp adds portfolios and highlights to its business profiles  

Yelp is announcing two new ad products for business owners — portfolios and “business highlights.” Those highlights are basically a way for businesses to point out their most distinctive and attractive characteristics, using short phrases like “locally-owned & operated” and “X years in operation.” Director of Product Management Alon Shiran emphasized that this is […]

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2019-06-25 01:50:02



SpaceX successfully launches Falcon Heavy rocket with two flight-proven booster cores  

SpaceX has succeeded in launching its third mission with the Falcon Heavy high-capacity rocket it first launched successfully last year. The rocket’s STP-2 mission took off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida towards the end of a four-hour launch window that opened at 11:30 PM EDT on Monday, with liftoff taking place at 2:30 AM […]

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2019-06-25 01:47:16



Tundra, the zero-fee wholesale marketplace, picks up $12 million  

Tundra, a new zero-commission wholesale marketplace, has today announced the close of $12 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Redpoint’s Annie Kadavy, with participation from investors such as Initialized Capital, Peterson Ventures, FJ Labs, Switch Ventures and Background Capital. Tundra was founded by married couple Arnold and Katie Engel who previously […]

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2019-06-25 01:42:32



Amazon Prime Day 2019 expands to become a 48-hour sale on July 15-16  

Amazon is preparing for its longest Prime Day ever. The company announced today it will host a 48-hour Prime Day sales event this year, starting at midnight on Monday, July 15 and extending for two full days. The Amazon sales holiday — its own version of a Black Friday-type sale — will feature over a […]

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2019-06-25 01:32:22



Learn 'How-To' at the Extra Crunch Stage at Disrupt Berlin 2019  

Technology never stops evolving and neither do we. That's why we're excited to tell you about the new Extra Crunch Stage at Disrupt Berlin 2019. Our premiere tech conference dedicated to early-stage startups takes place 11-12 December. Now's the time to book your super early-bird ticket, because the earlier you buy, the more you save. Okay, […]

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2019-06-25 01:22:28



JD.com's logistics arm raises a $218 million investment fund  

The logistics division of JD.com, Alibaba's closest e-commerce competitor in China, has raised 1.5 billion yuan (about $218 million) to invest in logistics-related companies and technology. Limited partners in the new fund include JD Logistics and JD.com, as well as undisclosed listed companies and government-led funds, reported Reuters. JD Logistics, which became a standalone subsidiary […]

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2019-06-25 01:17:59



Hackers are stealing years of call records from hacked cell networks  

Security researchers say they have uncovered a massive espionage campaign involving the theft of call records from hacked cell network providers to conduct targeted surveillance on individuals of interest. The hackers have systematically broken in to more than 10 cell networks around the world to date over the past seven years to obtain massive amounts […]

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2019-06-25 01:04:37



Argo AI is investing $15 million into a self-driving car research center at CMU  

Argo AI will invest $15 million over five years to create a center for autonomous vehicle research at Carnegie Mellon University, one of the latest efforts by the Ford-backed company to accelerate the development of self-driving cars. The center, Carnegie Mellon University Argo AI Center for Autonomous Vehicle Research, will focus on advanced perception and […]

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2019-06-24 21:46:51



Apple just released the first iOS and iPadOS 13 beta to everyone  

This is your opportunity to get a glimpse of the future of iOS — and iPadOS. Apple just released the first public beta of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, the next major version of the operating systems for the iPhone and iPad. Unlike developer betas, everyone can download those betas without a $99 developer account. But […]

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2019-06-24 21:13:05



Daily Crunch: Details on the new Raspberry Pi  

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. The Raspberry Pi Foundation unveils the Raspberry Pi 4 While the Raspberry Pi first started as a simple computer designed to […]

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2019-06-24 19:10:10



What startup names are most effective?  

Entrepreneurs take a long journey when naming their brainchild, comparable to a parent naming their own flesh and blood. There are many reasons behind naming...

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2019-06-24 16:31:22



Only 24 hours left to apply to Startup Battlefield at Disrupt SF 2019  

Early-stage startup founders it's now or never, it's do-or-die, it's [insert your preferred time-crunch cliche here]. The application deadline for the Startup Battlefield at Disrupt San Francisco 2019 expires in just 24 hours. If you're ready to go up against a cadre of approximately 15-30 outstanding startups on the Disrupt Main stage, then apply to compete in […]

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2019-06-24 16:20:24



5 really, really good reasons to attend TC Sessions: Mobility  

It's stunning how fast emerging new technologies can coalesce around a simple human need and suddenly change everything, not to mention spur billions in investment. That's what has happened in the past five years to the basics of humans getting around town, or "mobility" in the shorthand of Silicon Valley. And that's the first of […]

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2019-06-24 16:04:01



Apple says Spotify exaggerated how much 'App Store tax' it pays  

In March, Spotify filed a complaint against Apple with the European Commission over the so-called “Apple tax” and claims of restrictive rules regarding the App Store. In the time since, Apple has responded with the launch of a website that takes aim at the anti-trust, anti-competitive claims against it, and most recently, a deep dive […]

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2019-06-24 15:08:32



macOS 10.15 Catalina preview  

There might be no better microcosm of 2019 Apple than Catalina. The latest version of macOS arrives during a transitional time for the company. The desktop is a showcase for increased focus on content, a continued push toward cross-platform compatibility and a renewed push to court creative professionals. For a few years now, the desktop […]

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2019-06-24 14:43:35



WordPress management site WP Engine acquires Flywheel as it moves to a $1B valuation and IPO  

WordPress now accounts for 34 percent of all websites globally, and today one of the key companies that helps handle the creation and management of some of those WP-hosted sites is getting a little bigger through some consolidation in the wider ecosystem. WP Engine, which works with businesses to build and manage their WordPress-hosted sites, […]

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2019-06-24 14:38:14



Samsung releases a trio of smart home products  

Samsung's approach to the smart home has been — “uneven” seems like a nice way of putting it. None of this has really been helped along by the fact that Bixby and the company's long-promised smart speaker, the Galaxy Home, are still lost in the woods. SmartThings, the home automation startup the company acquired in […]

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2019-06-24 12:55:44



Echo Show 5 review  

The Echo team must have started sweating when the Lenovo Smart Clock was announced during CES. Deep inside Seattle's Day One building, Amazon was reading the release of the Echo Show 5, a pint-sized version of the company's smart screen that bore more than a passing resemblance to Lenovo's Google Assistant device. Amazon, of course, […]

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2019-06-24 12:35:09



Byju's-owned Osmo education startup enters pre-schoolers market  

Osmo, a Palo Alto-based education startup acquired by Indian unicorn Byju's for $120 million this year, is expanding its product lineup to serve a new and largely untapped market: pre-schoolers. Osmo today announced Osmo Little Genius Starter Kit, a set of tools that aims to help children that have yet to enter schools to understand […]

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2019-06-24 12:30:41



Sam's Club launches alcohol delivery through Instacart  

Walmart -owned Sam’s Club is expanding into same-day alcohol delivery, the retailer announced this morning. The delivery service is being powered by Sam’s Club partner Instacart and is currently live in 215 stores across 12 U.S. states, with plans to reach other cities and markets in the months ahead. At launch, the list of states […]

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2019-06-24 12:20:40



FedEx lures online sellers with two-day air shipping at ground rates after Amazon contract ends  

International shipping giant FedEx is showing it’s serious about attracting the ecommerce crowd after a high-profile termination of one of its contracts with Amazon to provide delivery using its express air service in the US. FedEx is now offering the same two-day express air shipping direct to some customers for the same price it usually […]

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2019-06-24 12:14:22



DJI looks to assemble drones in California as government concerns mount  

With increased pressure on Chinese manufacturers like Huawei and ZTE, Shenzhen-based drone giant DJI has no doubt had cause for concern of late. In late-2017, the U.S. government's Immigration and Customs Enforcement office raised concern that the company's camera-equipped flying machines could be sending data back to China. A few weeks back, the Department of […]

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2019-06-24 11:47:27



Watch SpaceX's spectacular first Falcon Heavy night launch live  

SpaceX is going to launch a Falcon Heavy rocket for only the third time ever tonight, should all go according to the current mission plan. The launch, set to take place during a four-hour launch window that opens at 11:30 PM EDT (8:30 PM PDT) tonight, will lift off from Launch Complex 39A at Florida’s […]

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2019-06-24 11:19:48



The next service marketplace wave: Vertical market-networks  

Ivan Smolnikov Contributor Ivan Smolnikov is the CEO and founder of Smartcat, the market network platform for the translation industry. The last few decades have produced many successful marketplaces. We went from goods marketplace pioneers such as eBay and Amazon to simple service marketplaces such as Uber, Lyft, Doordash, Upwork, Thumbtack, TaskRabbit, and Fiverr. But […]

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2019-06-24 11:13:22



SpaceRyde wants to make access to space more available and more affordable  

Life can be tough for a small satellite operator - it may be relatively cheap and easy to build small sats (or CubeSats, as they’re sometimes called), but arranging transportation for those satellites to get to orbit is still a big challenge. That’s why SpaceRyde is pursuing a novel way of launching light payloads, that […]

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2019-06-24 11:07:51



Scientists discover a new way to provide plants the nutrients they need to thrive  

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have discovered a new method for delivering key nutrients to plant roots - without having to ensure they’re present in the soil where the plants are growing. The landmark study greatly increases the efficiency of surface delivery of nutrients and pesticides to plants. Currently, when crops are sprayed with stuff […]

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2019-06-24 10:37:45



At last, a camera app that automatically removes all people from your photos  

As a misanthrope living in a vibrant city, I'm never short of things to complain about. And in particular the problem of people crowding into my photos, whatever I happen to shoot, is a persistent one. That won't be an issue any more with Bye Bye Camera, an app that simply removes any humans from photos you take. Finally!

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2019-06-24 09:35:36



iOS 13 brings many much needed quality-of-life improvements  

In developer lingo, quality-of-life updates are all about refining things that already work. Thanks to these incremental improvements, it should make the end-user experience much more enjoyable. And with iOS 13, it feels like Apple's main focus is on this concept. Dark Mode is basically the only new flashy feature of iOS this year. But […]

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2019-06-24 08:11:54



Drone Racing League is raising $50 million  

The enterprise drone space has been heating up over the past couple years, but a startup in the entertainment drone space is raising the big cash now. The Drone Racing League is in the process of raising up to $50 million from investors in a Series C round according to SEC docs published today. The […]

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2019-06-24 07:45:47



Cricket World Cup highlights just how big video streaming is in India  

As hundreds of millions of people turn their attention to the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup tournament, many of them are using an Indian streaming service to follow the ins and outs of the game. More than 100 million users tuned in to Hotstar, an on-demand streaming service owned by Disney, on June 16, the […]

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2019-06-24 07:26:27



This robot crawls along wind turbine blades looking for invisible flaws  

Wind turbines are a great source of clean power, but their apparent simplicity — just a big thing that spins — belie complex systems that wear down like any other, and can fail with disastrous consequences. Sandia National Labs researchers have created a robot that can inspect the enormous blades of turbines autonomously, helping keep our green power infrastructure in good kit.

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2019-06-24 06:48:13



Climate change, AI and ethical leadership in 'big tech', with Amazon principal UX design lead Maren Costa  

"I just want to be proud of the company that I work for," Maren Costa told me recently. Costa is a Principal UX Design Lead at Amazon, for which she has worked since 2002. I was referred to her because of her leadership in the Amazon Employees for Climate Justice group I covered earlier this […]

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2019-06-24 05:54:24



Reminder: Meet TechCrunch in NYC tomorrow  

And we’re back! TechCrunch is returning to NYC for a Meet and Greet tomorrow at The Yard in Herald Square. It’s been a couple years since we’ve held an event in NYC and we’ve missed it. Join Managing Editor Jordan Crook, Battlefield Host and Senior Writer Anthony Ha, Head of Startup Battlefield Neesha Tambe, and […]

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2019-06-24 05:25:26



Google's new media literacy program teaches kids how to spot disinformation and fake news  

Google announced this morning it’s expanding its two-year-old digital safety and citizenship curriculum for children, “Be Internet Awesome,” to now include media literacy — specifically, the ability to identify so-called “fake news” and other false content. The company is launching six new media literacy activities for the curriculum that will help teach kids things like […]

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2019-06-24 04:06:41



Gartner finds RPA is fastest growing market in enterprise software  

If you asked the average person on the street what Robotic Process Automation is, most probably wouldn’t have a clue. Yet new data from Gartner finds the RPA market grew over 63% last year, making it the fastest growing enterprise software category. It is worth noting, however, that the overall market value of $846.2 million […]

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2019-06-24 03:55:56



Trash uses AI to edit your footage into a fun, short videos  

Trash is a new startup promising to make it easier for anyone to create well-edited videos. Social video is an area that CEO Hannah Donovan knows well, having previously served as general manager at Vine (the video app that Twitter acquired and eventually shut down). She said that in user research, even though people had […]

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2019-06-24 03:47:26



Carrefour sale shifts the balance of power in China's new retail battle  

Hot on the heels of Amazon’s decision to shutter its local marketplace, Carrefour — another global commerce giant — is switching up its approach to China, and shifting the balance of power between the country’s tech giants. Carrefour, which is Europe’s largest retailer, sold a majority 80% stake in its China-based business to Chinese retailer […]

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2019-06-24 03:14:35



EU-US Privacy Shield legal showdown now set for July 9  

A legal challenge to a data transfer mechanism that’s used by thousands of companies to authorize taking European citizens’ personal data to the US for processing has been delayed. As we reported last month, the General Court of the EU had set a date of July 1 and 2 to hear the complaint brought by […]

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2019-06-24 02:42:05



Monzo, the UK challenger bank, raises £113M Series F led by YC's Continuity fund at a £2B post-money valuation  

Monzo, the fast-growing U.K.-based challenger bank with more than two million account holders, has raised £113 million (~$144m) in additional funding. Confirming TechCrunch’s scoop in April, the Series F round is led by Y Combinator’s “Continuity” growth fund, and gives the company a new £2 billion (~$2.5b) post-money valuation. That’s double the £1 billion valuation […]

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2019-06-24 02:36:51



Cloudflare outage affecting numerous sites on Monday AM [Update: fixed]  

Cloudflare, a company providing performance and security to websites, is having network problems of its own this morning — and taking down a lot of its customers’ sites and apps in the process. Affected companies include podcast app Overcast, chat service Discord, managed hosting provider WP Engine, eCommerce hosting provider Sonassi, public web front-end CDN […]

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2019-06-24 02:34:27



Comscore raises $20M with an option to bump it to $50M, in a bid to rebuild its digital measurement business  

Comscore’s name is usually in the news because of its widely-cited research and stats around media traffic and other analysis charting digital consumer behavior. More recently, it’s been coming up for another reason: ongoing corporate upheaval and its tumbling stock price. Today comes the latest development in that story: the company announced that it has […]

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2019-06-24 02:10:28



Creandum closes $300M fund for early-stage investments out of Europe  

As one European VC raises a fund to double down on bigger growth rounds in Europe, another has closed a fund to continue focusing on early-stage investments. Stocklhom-founded Creandum, an early backer of companies like Spotify and iZettle, has closed a fifth fund €265 million ($300 million). The plan is to use the money to […]

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2019-06-24 01:39:14



Google brings together BigQuery and Kaggle in new integration  

Google bought Kaggle in 2017 to provide a data science community for its big data processing tools on Google Cloud. Today, the company announced a new direct integration between Kaggle and BigQuery, Google’s cloud data warehouse. More specifically, data scientists can build a model in a Kaggle Jupyter Notebook, known as Kaggle Kernels in the […]

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2019-06-24 01:27:12



Gillmor Gang: Cash Machine  

The Gillmor Gang — Frank Radice, Michael Markman, Keith Teare, Esteban Kolsky, and Steve Gillmor . Recorded live Sunday June 23, 2019. Streamed live to Twitter, or just slightly after the fact. Debates and free media, or how Facebook could take crypto global with Libra and the Democrats the White House in 2020. Produced and […]

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2019-06-23 16:36:41



Two days left to apply to Startup Battlefield at Disrupt SF 2019  

What do early-stage startups Forethought, Pi and Recordgram have in common with successful tech companies like Dropbox, Mint and TripIt? They all competed in Startup Battlefield, our epic pitch competition. If you're ready to step up, go big and launch your startup to the world, you need to get moving. We stop accepting applications in […]

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2019-06-23 14:15:15



Week-in-Review: YouTube's awful comments and Google's $1B tech-free investment  

Hello, weekend readers. This is Week-in-Review where I give a heavy amount of analysis and/or rambling thoughts on one story while scouring the rest of the hundreds of stories that emerged on TechCrunch this week to surface my favorites for your reading pleasure. Last week, I talked about how the top gaming industry franchises were […]

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2019-06-23 09:47:42



Who's going to use the big bad Libra?  

There is so much to write about Libra, and so much which has already been written misses the mark, mostly, I think, because most pundits haven’t spent much time in the developing world, which is very clearly the target market here. Just look at its launch video: I’ve seen apocalyptic reactions warning of Libra ushering […]

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2019-06-23 08:24:59



Harry Potter: Wizards Unite goes live in Canada, Germany, and 23 other countries  

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite (think Pokemon GO, but with wands and giant spiders instead of pokeballs and Pikachus) officially launched earlier this week, but with a catch: it was only available in the US, UK, Australia, and New Zealand. Why? Amongst other reasons, a country-by-country rollout helps Niantic ensure that their servers stay stable. By […]

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2019-06-22 19:14:24



While people puzzle over WeWork, niche co-working spaces continue gaining traction  

This week, a young, New York-based startup called Alma raised $8 million in funding to expand its “co-practicing community of therapists, coaches, and wellness professionals,” which it first launched from a space on Madison Avenue last fall. As CNN was first to report, the company is charging psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical social workers and acupuncturists $165 […]

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2019-06-22 17:46:27



Ray Dalio, Niantic, Adobe, Dropbox, remote work, Northzone, and Slack  

Ray Dalio on the Extra Crunch stage at Disrupt SF 2019 This year at Disrupt SF, we will be hosting a special Extra Crunch stage focused on the issues that confront startup founders in building their companies. I am pleased to announce that Ray Dalio of Bridgewater fame will be sitting down for a fireside […]

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2019-06-22 07:45:06



Original Content podcast: Netflix's 'When They See Us' is difficult-but-essential viewing  

“When They See Us,” a new miniseries on Netflix, can be so infuriating that it’s hard to watch — especially its first hour, which depicts the arrest of the teenaged boys who became known as The Central Park Five, and shows police detectives coercing them into confessing to a brutal rape. We review the series […]

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2019-06-22 07:24:03



NASA's Curiosity rover finds levels of gas on Mars that could suggest possibility of life  

NASA’s Curiosity Rover has detected high levels of methane output during its mission on the Martian surface, the New York Times reports. The discovery, found during a measurement taking on Wednesday by the robot and observed by NASA researchers, could indicate that microbial lifeforms may have taken up residence underground on Mars. Methane is often […]

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2019-06-22 06:29:01



Netflix is testing a pop-out floating video player on desktop  

Netflix is testing out a new feature that could mean you never have to stop watching, not even while you work - it’s a pop-out video player, similar to the one you may be used to from iOS and macOS for any website or app that supports Safari’s native video player. Basically, that means you […]

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2019-06-22 06:23:39



Equity transcribed: Slack's IPO, the VCs behind Facebook Libra, founder salaries and trouble in scooter-land  

Welcome back to this week's transcribed edition of Equity. This week, TechCrunch’s Danny Crichton filled in for co-host Alex Wilhelm – who was out in preparation for his wedding this weekend – joining Kate to cover the big news of the week. Kate and Danny dive straight into Slack’s IPO and the implications of its direct […]

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2019-06-22 03:50:32






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