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Tesla drops request for restraining order against allegedly dangerous short seller  

Tesla has withdrawn its request for a court-ordered restraining order against Randeep Hothi, documents submitted to the court where the complaint was filed revealed Friday. Hothi, an individual who is very vocal on social media about his short position in Tesla, had gone to extreme and potentially dangerous lengths in his avid attempts to collect […]

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2019-07-20 01:32:58



Deadline extended! Apply to the All Raise female founder program at Disrupt SF 2019  

We've got great news for all the time-strapped female founders out there. Yeah, we're looking at you, sister. We're extending the application deadline to apply for the All Raise "ask me anything" (AMA) sessions at Disrupt SF 2019. Don't miss this rare opportunity to meet with a leading female VC and, well, ask her anything. […]

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2019-07-19 20:31:36



Moon bricks could keep the lights on and the heat up in Lunar colonies  

There may be no "dark side" of the Moon, but when and where it is dark, it's dark — and stays that way for two weeks. If we're going to have colonists up there, they'll need to stay warm and keep the lights (among other things) on for the long lunar night. Turns out bricks made of Moon dust could be part of the solution.

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2019-07-19 19:33:57



Google is adding Find My Device and battery features to Fast Pair headphones  

Introduced a few I/Os back, Fast Pair is Google's attempt to make its own mark on the post-AirPod headphone landscape. Many of the features are similar to Apple's offerings, but Google's got a leg up in one key way: third-party hardware. Like Android, the company's focused on bringing Fast Pair to as many manufacturers as […]

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2019-07-19 17:06:03



India's Oyo valued at $10B after founder purchases $2B in shares  

Ritesh Agarwal has reportedly purchased back $2 billion in shares from VC firms Sequoia and Lightspeed Venture Partners.

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2019-07-19 14:04:16



Virgin Orbit signs agreement to launch small satellites for the UK's Royal Air Force  

Virgin Orbit, the small satellite launch company backed by billionaire Richard Branson, has signed an initial agreement to develop small satellite launch capabilities for the U.K.’s Royal Air Force (RAF). The deal, which is part of the RAF’s Artemis project, will see Virgin Orbit aim to launch hardware provided by Guildford, U.K.-based Surrey Satellites in […]

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2019-07-19 11:51:34



China's Tiangong-2 space station is officially no more  

Chinese space station Tiangong-2 has officially ended its mission, and the orbital research facility’s entire existence. The platform de-orbited and burned up as planned at just after 9 AM ET on Friday, coming down over the South Pacific Ocean, as confirmed by the official Chinese space agency. The station weighed around nine U.S. tons at […]

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2019-07-19 11:19:05



Tiny UK startup takes on Google's Wing in the race to a drone traffic control system  

A future where drones can easily and cheaply do many useful things such as deliver packages, undertake search and rescue missions and deliver urgent medical supplies, not to mention unclogging our roads with flying taxis, seems like a future worth shooting for. But before all this can happen, we need to make sure the thousands […]

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2019-07-19 11:17:39



Lexion raises $4.2M to bring AI to contract management  

Contract management isn’t exactly an exciting subject, but it’s a real pain point for many companies. It also lends itself to automation, thanks to recent advances in machine learning and natural language processing. It’s no surprise then, that we see renewed interest in this space and that investors are putting more money into it. Earlier […]

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2019-07-19 10:41:04



Huawei's new OS is for industrial use, not Android replacement  

Seems Hongmeng isn't the Android replacement it's been pitched as, after all. The initial story certainly tracked, as Huawei has been preparing for the very real possibility of life after Google, but the Chinese hardware giant says the operating system is primarily focused on industrial use. The latest report arrives courtesy of Chinese state news […]

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2019-07-19 09:52:18



Google's SMILY is reverse image search for cancer diagnosis  

Spotting and diagnosing cancer is a complex and difficult process even for the dedicated medical professionals who do it for a living. A new tool from Google researchers could improve the process by providing what amounts to reverse image search for suspicious or known cancerous cells. But it's more than a simple matching algorithm.

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2019-07-19 09:26:47



How to go to market in middle America  

There comes a time for many startup companies where they either realize they need to do a nationwide roll-out, or they need to actively target buyers in the middle of the country...

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2019-07-19 09:16:14



Nvidia recreates the Apollo 11 landing with real-time ray tracing  

It’s the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Apollo 11 Moon landing, and Nvidia is using the anniversary to show off the power of its current GPU technology, using the RTX real-time ray tracing, which was the topic of the day at its recent GTC Conference. Nvidia employed its latest tech to make big improvements to […]

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2019-07-19 08:18:44



TikTok tests an Instagram-style grid and other changes  

Short-form video app TikTok, the fourth most downloaded app in the world as of last quarter, is working on several new seemingly Instagram-inspired features — including a Discover page, a grid-style layout similar to Instagram Explore, an Account Switcher and more. The features were uncovered this week by reverse-engineering specialist Jane Manchun Wong, who published […]

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2019-07-19 07:22:49



Mylk Guys wants to be the online vegan grocery store that non-vegans can love  

Gaurav Maken, the chief executive officer of the online vegan grocery store, Mylk Guys, doesn’t think of his company as a place to just buy food. For him, it’s a testing ground and platform for all of the new food products he expects to be developed as startup entrepreneurs and established food companies start tackling […]

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2019-07-19 07:19:51



VertoFX raises $2M for its African and EM currency trading platform  

VertoFX, an Africa and emerging markets-focused currency trading and payment startup, has raised a $2.1 million seed round, led by Accelerated Digital Ventures. The London-based company, with a subsidiary in Lagos, Nigeria, has created a platform that allows businesses and banks to exchange and make payments in exotic foreign currencies that don’t often convert or […]

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2019-07-19 06:11:35



After Baidu tie-up, BMW taps Tencent for autonomous driving in China  

China is BMW’s largest market, and the German automaker knows in order to capture the country’s demanding consumers, its future models must support robust autonomous driving capability. But to build it itself in China is hardly possible. The success of autonomous driving relies in part on high-definition mapping, a process that requires an expansive collection […]

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2019-07-19 05:49:52



Twitter tests a new way to label replies  

Twitter is testing a new way to make conversation threads easier to follow, with the launch of a new test that labels notable replies with special icons. If the original poster replies somewhere in the thread, their tweet will have a small microphone icon next to their profile picture. Other tweets may be labeled, as […]

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2019-07-19 05:09:42



Can you really predict the next generation of unicorns?  

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch's venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines.

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2019-07-19 04:49:13



Huawei 5G indecision is hitting UK's relations abroad, warns committee  

The U.K.’s next prime minister must prioritize a decision on whether or not to allow Chinese tech giant Huawei to be a 5G supplier, a parliamentary committee has urged — warning that the country’s international relations are being “seriously damaged” by ongoing delay. In a statement on 5G suppliers, the Intelligence and Security committee (ISC) […]

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2019-07-19 04:11:06



Medallia stock up 76% following first day trading on the NYSE  

Sequoia's Medallia stake was worth upwards of $1.8 billion on Friday.

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2019-07-19 03:50:46



Self-driving startup AutoX expands beyond deliveries and sets its sights on Europe  

AutoX, the Hong Kong and San Jose, Calif.-based autonomous vehicle technology company, is pushing past its grocery delivery roots and into the AV supplier and robotaxi business. And now, it’s taking its business to Europe. AutoX has partnered with NEVS — the Swedish holding company and electric vehicle manufacturer that bought Saab’s assets out of […]

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2019-07-19 03:46:33



Parrot's getting out of the low-end drone business  

Parrot announced the AR.Drone back at CES 2010, three years before DJI's Phantom 1. It was a seemingly odd move by a company best known for making bluetooth speakers and headsets, but over the years it's continued to release fairly novel takes on the growing category. Two years back, the French company announced its intentions […]

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2019-07-19 02:14:51



Powering the brains of tomorrow's intelligent machines  

Sense and compute are the electronic eyes and ears that will be the ultimate power behind automating menial work and encouraging humans to cultivate their creativity. 

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2019-07-19 02:07:06



Lyft expands its PIN feature for airport pickups to LaGuardia  

Lyft has announced an expansion of its new program designed to make airports pickups less confusing for riders and drivers alike, by directing riders to a designated pickup spot where they’ll show the driver a PIN code. The program is launching this weekend at New York’s LaGuardia Airport, the company says, and the plan to […]

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2019-07-19 01:39:14



Twitter to attempt to address conversation gaps caused by hidden tweets  

Twitter’s self-service tools when it comes to blocking content you don’t want to see, as well as a growing tendency for users to delete a lot of the content they post, is making some of the conversations on the platform look like Swiss cheese. The company says it will introduce added “context” on content that’s […]

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2019-07-19 01:13:52



Tesla's new V3 Supercharger can charge up to 1,500 electric vehicles a day  

Tesla has opened a massive next-generation electric vehicle charging station in Las Vegas that combines the company’s core products into one sustainable energy ecosystem, fulfilling a vision CEO Elon Musk laid out nearly three years ago. The new V3 Supercharger, which supports a peak rate of up to 250 kilowatts, is designed to dramatically cut […]

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2019-07-19 01:04:33



Blue Origin CEO Bob Smith joins Disrupt SF to talk about bringing the Moon within reach  

Private spaceflight company Blue Origin has its sights set on the Moon, and in May unveiled a new lander to help it get there. This October, Blue Origin CEO Bob Smith will join us onstage at Disrupt SF 2019 to talk about how the company plans to get to the Moon, and beyond — and […]

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2019-07-18 19:32:55



Chinese space station Tiangong-2 is about to burn up over the Pacific  

The final hours for China's Tiangong-2 space station are at hand, as the 8-ton piece of hardware will fall to earth, or rather sea, some time in the next 20 hours or so in a controlled deorbit manuever.  But unlike with its predecessor, it isn't a mystery where this particular piece of space debris is going to fall.

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2019-07-18 19:11:03



Hardware startups take center stage for Hardware Battlefield at TC Shenzhen  

Software grabs so much attention that it even has its own catchphrase — there's an app for that. It's not a bad thing, but we know nothing happens without hardware. That's why we're hunting for the best early-stage hardware startups to take center stage at Hardware Battlefield at TC Shenzhen on November 11-12 in China. Apply […]

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2019-07-18 18:42:57



This is one way Toyota plans to shuttle people around during the 2020 Olympics  

When thousands of people converge on Tokyo for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the city’s infrastructure will be tested. Toyota is getting into the mix to handle some of the ways people will get around the city and the Olympics venue. Toyota unveiled Thursday a new product called APM, or Accessible People Mover, which […]

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2019-07-18 17:48:36



VMware acquires ML acceleration startup Bitfusion  

VMware today announced that it has acquired Bitfusion, a former participant in our Startup Battlefield competition. Bitfusion was one of the earliest companies to help businesses accelerate their complex computing workloads on GPUs, FPGAs and ASICs. In its earliest iteration, over four years ago, the company’s focus was less on AI and machine learning and […]

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2019-07-18 14:23:57



How US national security agencies hold the internet hostage  

Team Telecom, a shadowy US national security unit tasked with protecting America's telecommunications systems, is delaying plans by Google, Facebook and other tech companies for the next generation of international fiber optic cables. Team Telecom comprises representatives from the departments of Defense, Homeland Security, and Justice (including the FBI), who assess foreign investments in American […]

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2019-07-18 14:12:55



Uber and Lyft drivers demand better pay, workplace protections and driver-led unions  

As Assembly Bill 5 makes its way through the California state legislature, Uber and Lyft drivers are voicing their demands for better pay, basic workplace protections and the right to organize through unions. Tomorrow, Lyft and Uber drivers will convene outside Uber’s San Francisco headquarters to make their voices heard. As established in Dynamex Operations […]

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2019-07-18 14:10:52



SpaceX shares video of multiple Crew Dragon parachute recovery system tests  

SpaceX is providing a closer look at some of its Crew Dragon parachute recovery system testing, with a new video compiling footage of a number of tests, including those flown from a cargo plane and a high-altitude balloon. The video shows a test version of their Crew Dragon capsule falling through the sky over desert […]

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2019-07-18 13:52:33



CrowdStrike impresses with first earnings report  

CrowdStrike sees revenue growth of more than 100% year-over-year in first earnings report.

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2019-07-18 13:19:38



How Carl Pope helped drive a $500 million pledge to push the U.S. “Beyond Carbon” (Part 2)  

Billionaire businessman and philanthropist Michael Bloomberg recently pledged to rapidly spend $500 million in a bid to push the U.S. "Beyond Carbon," aiming to end this country's use of coal and natural gas power in a generation or less. In another recent piece, I featured an in-depth interview with Carl Pope, the veteran environmental leader […]

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2019-07-18 12:58:15



VComply raises $2.5 million seed round led by Accel to simplify risk and compliance management  

Risk and compliance management platform VComply announced today that it has picked up a $2.5 million seed round led by Accel Partners for its international growth plan. The funding will be used to acquire more customers in the United States, open a new office in the United Kingdom to support customers in Europe and expand […]

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2019-07-18 12:55:46



Haus, the real estate startup founded by Garrett Camp, raises $7.1M  

Haus, a startup aiming to make home ownership more affordable and flexible, is announcing that it has raised $7.1 million in new funding. This amount combines a $4.1 million seed equity investment led by Montage Ventures and $3 million in debt, which will help finance Haus’ new co-investment model. Haus was created by Uber co-founder […]

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2019-07-18 11:03:36



Only 24 hours left to apply for TC Top Picks at Disrupt SF 2019  

Early-stage startup founders, you have just 24 hours left to complete one small task — a task that holds the potential to shift your venture into hyperdrive. Apply to be a TC Top Pick and the chance to exhibit for free at Disrupt San Francisco 2019 in October. There's no time left to drag your […]

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2019-07-18 10:21:18



ISRO's Chandrayaan-2 Moon lander mission launch reset for July 22  

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) was all set to launch its Chandrayaan-2 mission to deliver a rover to the Moon’s South Pole last week, but a “technical snag” observed during the last hour of launch prep put a hold on those plans. Now, ISRO has officially set a new date for the launch: Monday, […]

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2019-07-18 10:03:44



Slack resets user passwords after 2015 data breach  

Slack will reset the passwords of users it believes are affected by a historical data breach that affected the company more than four years ago. In 2015, the company said it was hit by hackers who gained access to its user profile database, including their scrambled passwords. But the hackers inserted code that scraped the […]

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2019-07-18 09:28:17



Azure revenue continues to slow down for Microsoft  

Microsoft reported in its FY19, Q4 earnings report today that Azure, the company’s infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offering, grew at 64%. It may feel like a large number, but was part of a downward trend Microsoft has been experiencing throughout the entire fiscal 2019 earnings cycle. The growth rates for FY19 were, Q1: 76%, […]

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2019-07-18 09:23:40



Google teams up with Apollo 11 astronaut to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing  

It’s the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing, so it’s no surprise that Google’s daily doodle celebrates this milestone today. To mark the event, Google teamed up with NASA and Michael Collins, the astronaut who piloted the command module while Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin descended to the Moon. Besides the usual doodle and animation, […]

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2019-07-18 08:23:07



Last chance! Apply for the All Raise female founder program at Disrupt SF 2019  

Newsflash for all female founders of the early-stage startup variety. Your chance to meet with leading women VCs at Disrupt SF 2019 on October 2-4 ends on July 19 at 5 p.m. (PT). Apply for an AMA session before the deadline expires. We're serious when it comes to supporting women in tech, which is why we partnered with All […]

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2019-07-18 07:38:29



Intel announces deep, multi-year partnership with SAP  

Intel announced a deep partnership with SAP today around using advanced Intel technology to optimize SAP software tools. Specifically the company plans to tune its Intel Xeon Scalable processors and Intel Optane DC persistent memory for SAP’s suite of applications. The multi-year partnership includes giving SAP early access to emerging Intel technologies and building a […]

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2019-07-18 07:38:28



The climate is our biggest threat. Carl Pope is fighting to change our fate  

Michael Bloomberg is an unrepentant capitalist who, as he says in his 2017 book A Climate of Hope, is "not exactly your stereotypical environmentalist." Yet over the past decade, Bloomberg has become arguably the biggest environmental philanthropist in the world — especially given the $500 million investment Bloomberg announced last month that he would soon […]

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2019-07-18 07:16:20



Inside Harley Davidson's EV shift with a ride on its LiveWire  

Harley-Davidson will release its first production electric motorcycle in September, the LiveWire. Yes, the American symbol for internal combustion, chrome and steel is going all in on two-wheeled EVs. Founded in Milwaukee in 1903, Harley Davidson opened a Silicon Valley office in 2018 with plans to add a future line-up of electric vehicles—from motorcycles to […]

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2019-07-18 07:06:59



Facebook accused of contradicting itself on claims about platform policy violations  

Prepare your best * unsurprised face *: Facebook is being accused of contradicting itself in separate testimonies made on both sides of the Atlantic. The chair of a UK parliamentary committee which spent the lion’s share of last year investigating online disinformation, going on to grill multiple Facebook execs as part of an enquiry that […]

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2019-07-18 06:54:07



The FTC looks to change children's privacy law following complaints about YouTube  

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is considering an update to the laws governing children’s privacy online, known as the COPPA Rule (or, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act). The Rule first went into effect in 2000 and was amended in 2013 to address changes in how children use mobile devices and social networking sites. Now, […]

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2019-07-18 06:52:58



Instagram will now warn you before your account gets deleted, offer in-app appeals  

Instagram this morning announced several changes to its moderation policy, the most significant of which is that it will now warn users if their account could become disabled before that actually takes place. This change goes to address a longstanding issue where users would launch Instagram only to find that their account had been shut […]

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2019-07-18 06:34:05



How autonomous vehicles and hyperloop are scooting along  

Will transportation technologies become the industry disruptors many pundits suggested they would?

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2019-07-18 06:26:23



Qualcomm hit with $271M EU fine over predatory pricing of baseband chips  

A long-running European antitrust investigation into whether Qualcomm used predatory pricing when selling UMTS baseband chips about a decade ago has landed the chipmaker with a fine of €242 million (~$271M) — aka, 1.27% of its global revenue for 2018. The EU regulator concluded Qualcomm used abusive pricing to force its main rival at the […]

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2019-07-18 05:37:53



Plaid introduces Liabilities to create debt-tracking apps, starting with student loans  

Plaid has always been about helping developers build financial applications. Up until now that has involved standard checking and savings, and more recently investments. Today, they are introducing a new product called Liabilities endpoint to help developers build applications around debt. For starters, they are taking aim at a big problem in the US, student […]

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2019-07-18 05:27:13



Boeing set to take $4.9 billion Q2 charge on 737 Max grounding  

Boeing’s 737 Max fiasco has cast a dark shadow over the company’s reputation and is impacting the company’s financials in a major way, as well. The Seattle aviation company announced that it will be taking a hefty $4.9 billion post-tax hit in its second quarter due to the continued grounding of the 737 Max fleet. […]

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2019-07-18 05:07:53



Storytelling community Wattpad launches Paid Stories and its ad-free subscription globally  

Online storytelling community Wattpad, also now a content feeder for streaming services and other media companies, is taking its two consumer-facing paid products global. Wattpad Premium, the ad-free subscription tier, first launched in 2017 and has only been available in a handful of countries to date. It’s now available to Wattpad’s 70 million-plus worldwide users, […]

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2019-07-18 05:04:08



InCountry raises $15M for its cloud-based private data storage-as-a-service solution  

The rise of data breaches, along with an expanding raft of regulations (now numbering 80 different regional regimes, and growing) have thrust data protection — having legal and compliant ways of handling personal user information — to the top of the list of things that an organization needs to consider when building and operating their […]

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2019-07-18 04:55:48



Congressional testimony reveals some faults in Facebook's digital currency plans  

As Facebook continues to lay the foundation for getting some of the world’s largest payment processing and technology companies a seat at the global monetary policy table, the company faces significant obstacles to enacting its plans from both sides of the Congressional aisle. In the second of what’s sure to be many (many many many) […]

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2019-07-18 04:44:07



Submittable raises $10M to help publishers and other organizations manage their submissions  

Submittable is announcing that it has raised $10 million in Series B funding. When I first wrote about the company in 2012, it was focused on helping literary magazines manage their submissions — useful, but maybe not the kind of thing that venture capitalists write big checks for. Since then, Submittable raised a $5 million […]

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2019-07-18 03:54:14



Southeast Asian cloud communications platform Wavecell acquired by 8×8 in deal worth $125 million  

Wavecell, a cloud-communications platform for companies in Southeast Asia, announced today that it has been acquired by 8×8 in a deal worth about $125 million. The acquisition will help San Jose, California-based 8×8 expand in Asia, where Wavecell already has offices in Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Hong Kong. Wavecell's cloud API platform, which […]

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2019-07-18 03:53:56



Rent the Backyard wants to build a studio apartment in your yard  

Rent the Backyard is one of the rare startups with a name that perfectly suits what it does. The company, which is part of Y Combinator’s current batch, builds studio apartments in homeowners’ backyards, which are then rented out for income. Of course, if you already own a house with a yard, you could theoretically […]

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2019-07-18 03:53:06



Google creates massive-scale tribute to Apollo 11 software lead Margaret Hamilton  

Google has a number of different celebrations of the 50-year anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing going on right now, but one organized by the Maps team might be the most grandiose in terms of scale and effect. At the Ivanpah Solar Facility in the Mojave Desert, Google set about creating a huge portrait […]

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2019-07-18 03:48:18



WeWork CEO Adam Neumann has reportedly cashed out of over $700 million ahead of its IPO  

Adam Neumann, the co-founder and chief executive of the international real estate co-working startup, WeWork, has reportedly cashed out of more than $700 million from his company ahead of its initial public offering. The size and timing of the payouts, made through a mix of stock sales and loans secured by his equity in the […]

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2019-07-18 03:26:51



iOS 13: Here are the new security and privacy features you might've missed  

In just a few weeks Apple’s new iOS 13, the thirteenth major iteration of its popular iPhone software, will be out — along with new iPhones and a new iPad version, the aptly named iPadOS. We’ve taken iOS 13 for a spin over the past few weeks — with a focus on the new security […]

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2019-07-18 03:10:09



YouTube Music now lets you seamlessly switch between songs and music videos  

Google today announced an update to YouTube Music on iOS and Android that will make it easier to seamlessly switch between merely listening to the audio and watching a song’s music video. To do so, you only have to tap a button at the top of the screen. This should work for almost every song […]

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2019-07-18 02:59:29



EBay picks 5.5% stake in India's Paytm Mall  

EBay said today it is buying a 5.5% stake in e-commerce marketplace Paytm Mall as the global firm makes another push to gain footprint in India's fast-growing e-commerce market. The two firms did not disclose financial terms of the deal, but a source familiar with the matter told TechCrunch that EBay has invested between $150 […]

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2019-07-18 02:54:31



Georgia Tech's ant-sized micro-robots move through vibration  

The above image is a shot of Georgia Tech's latest robot posed next to a penny. The 3D printed bot is roughly two millimeters in length — or about the size of the world's smallest ants, per the school. The tiny devices are designed to move using vibration from a variety of sources, ranging from […]

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2019-07-18 02:17:25



Toys 'R' Us taps tech startup b8ta to bring its stores into the future  

b8ta, the retail as a service startup that has partnered with the likes of Google and Macy’s, is getting into the kids’ toys space. As part of a new joint venture with Tru Kids Brands, which owns Toys “R” Us, b8ta will bring its expertise in experiential retail to the iconic children’s toy store. Both […]

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2019-07-18 02:12:41



Banking startup N26 raises another $170 million at $3.5 billion valuation  

Fintech startup N26 is raising $170 million a few months after raising $300 million. While it's technically structured as a new round, the company considers today's new funding as an extension of the Series D round. N26 has only reached out to existing investors. All the investors in the Series D round are investing again, […]

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2019-07-18 02:04:32



Investor Jocelyn Goldfein to join us on AI panel at TechCrunch Sessions: Enterprise  

Artificial intelligence is quickly becoming a foundational technology for enterprise software development and startups have begun addressing a variety of issues around using AI to make software and processes much more efficient. To that end, we are delighted to announce that Jocelyn Goldfein, a Managing Director at Zetta Venture Partners will be joining on us […]

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2019-07-18 01:26:04



Google will now pay bigger rewards for discovering Chrome security bugs  

Bug hunting can be a lucrative gig. Depending on the company, a serious bug reported through the proper channels can earn whoever found it first tens of thousands of dollars. Google launched a bug bounty program for Chrome in 2010. Today, they’re increasing the maximum rewards for that program by 2-3x. Rewards in Chrome’s bug […]

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2019-07-18 01:23:44



Daily Crunch: Netflix has a rough quarter  

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. Netflix reports net subscriber loss in the US, misses global subscriber growth predictions Netflix's price hikes might finally be convincing some […]

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2019-07-18 01:18:26



How a Hong Kong startup gets caught up in US-China trade war  

Taylor Host has been operating his artificial intelligence startup out of Hong Kong for more than two years. The American entrepreneur has clients from Europe, North America and Asia, but he settled in the city for its adjacency to Southeast Asia and mainland China’s massive market. Miro, which Host co-founded in 2017 with British software […]

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2019-07-18 01:16:15



Twitter launches the 'Hide Replies' feature, in hopes of civilizing conversations  

Twitter today is beginning its test of a radical and controversial change to its service with the launch of a new “Hide Replies” feature. Effectively, this option gives users the ability to wrestle back control over a conversation they’ve started by hiding any replies they feel aren’t worthy contributions — for example, replies that are […]

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2019-07-17 18:34:18



Instagram will now hide likes in 6 more countries  

Would the internet be a better place if we all paid a little less attention to fake internet points? Instagram is still trying to figure it out. Just a few months back, Instagram started testing a design tweak that would no longer show the total number of “likes” other users’ posts had received. You could […]

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2019-07-17 17:07:08



Daily Crunch: Neuralink prepares for brain-computer testing  

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. Elon Musk's Neuralink looks to begin outfitting human brains with faster input and output starting next year Musk said that in […]

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2019-07-17 16:16:01



HBO Max is bringing back 'Gossip Girl'  

“Gossip Girl,” the soapy CW drama about wealthy teenagers behaving badly in New York City’s Upper East Side, is returning to TV thanks to HBO Max. Specifically, the streaming service has placed a 10-episode, straight-to-series order for an updated version of the show. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Joshua Safran (a writer and executive producer […]

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2019-07-17 16:01:43



FaceApp gets federal attention as Sen. Schumer raises alarm on data use  

It's been hard to get away from FaceApp over the last few days, whether it's your friends posting weird selfies using the app's aging and other filters, or the brief furore over its apparent (but not actual) circumvention of permissions on iPhones. Now even the Senate is getting in on the fun: Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has asked the FBI and the FTC to look into the app's data handling practices.

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2019-07-17 15:50:59



For World Emoji Day, the Unicode Consortium redesigns its site to be more user-friendly  

Ahead of World Emoji Day on Wednesday, July 17, Apple and Google announced plans to bring an expanded set of emoji to their respective platforms. Today, the Unicode Consortium, the nonprofit organization responsible for determining which emoji get the green light, is relaunching its website with an updated, modern design that aims to make its […]

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2019-07-17 14:49:02



Facebook's regulation dodge: Let us, or China will  

Facebook is leaning on fears of China exporting its authoritarian social values to counter arguments that it should be broken up or slowed down. Its top executives have each claimed that if the U.S. limits its size, blocks its acquisitions or bans its cryptocurrency, Chinese company’s absent these restrictions will win abroad, bringing more power […]

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2019-07-17 13:10:50



Peloton's new automated vehicle system gives one driver control of two trucks  

The trucking world has been inundated in recent years by startups and large companies alike pitching an array of automated driving technology and business strategies, all aiming to solve the big three problems with freight: safety, fuel costs and driver shortages. For Peloton Technology, a Silicon Valley company that launched in 2011, the answer doesn’t […]

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2019-07-17 12:48:14



SpaceX's 'Starhopper' bursts into flames during static fire test  

SpaceX's test vehicle, a small-scale demonstration craft for some Starship components, caught fire after what appears to be a fuel leak or dump following an otherwise successful static fire test last night. It's not clear why the craft suddenly burst into flames, or whether it was seriously or even superficially damaged.

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2019-07-17 12:21:58



Dust Identity secures $10M Series A to identify objects with diamond dust  

The idea behind Dust Identity was originally born in an MIT lab where students developed a system of uniquely identifying objects using diamond dust. Since then, the startup has been working to create a commercial application for the advanced technology, and today it announced a $10 million Series A round led by Kleiner Perkins, which […]

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2019-07-17 11:50:37



Netflix reports first net subscriber loss in the US, misses global subscriber growth predictions  

Netflix’s continued subscription price hikes might finally have reached the end of some customers’ patience in the U.S., judging from an overall paid subscriber decline the company reported in its quarterly earnings for its fiscal second quarter 2019 results. The company’s overall growth for paid subscribers climbed by 2.7 million worldwide, but it actually added […]

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2019-07-17 11:46:14



Netflix will roll out a lower-priced subscription plan in India  

Netflix said on Wednesday that it will roll out a cheaper subscription plan in India, one of the last great growth markets for global companies, as the streaming giant scrambles to find ways to accelerate its slowing growth worldwide. The company added 2.7 million new subscribers in the quarter that ended in June this year, […]

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2019-07-17 11:23:19



DJI introduces a Ronin stabilizer for mirrorless cameras  

The camera stabilizer has been an interesting piece of DJI's product play. A kind of offshoot of the company's advanced drone-based imaging systems, the Ronin line has allowed it to appeal to photographers and videographers of the terrestrial variety. And as with its drone line, the accessories have grown at an impressive rate, becoming one […]

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2019-07-17 11:02:33



Apple gives a sneak peek of its new Peanuts series with 'Snoopy in Space' trailer  

As the U.S. commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing, Apple took to the internet to give audiences a peek into the first of its new Peanuts series, “Snoopy in Space.” The series will follow Charles M. Schulz’s characters as they take a field trip to a NASA location where Snoopy and Woodstock are […]

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2019-07-17 10:12:38



Peer-to-peer car sharing marketplace Turo raises $250M at over $1B valuation from IAC  

Car-sharing startup Turo has raised $250 million in a Series E round of funding from IAC, the internet media company that owned and spun out Match.com, and OKCupid. This round pushes Turo into Unicorn territory, with its valuation now “past the billion-dollar” mark according to Turo CEO Andre Haddad. This late round of funding brings […]

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2019-07-17 10:11:29



Amazon amends seller terms worldwide after German antitrust action  

Amazon has agreed to make a raft of changes to the business terms it offers sellers on its marketplaces following an intervention by Germany’s Federal Cartel Office (FCO). The regulator instigated an investigation in November last year after receiving a large number of complaints from sellers pertaining to Amazon’s German marketplace, amazon.de: The largest of […]

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2019-07-17 09:58:45



Snyk brings in new CEO to help lead future expansion  

Startup founders typically face a management challenge. They often began their careers in technical engineering jobs, and are thrust into the CEO role when starting a company. Sometimes it makes sense to bring in a more experienced executive to guide a fast-growing startup, and that is what Snyk announced it’s doing today, shifting founder/CEO Guy […]

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2019-07-17 09:41:26



Toyota locks in more than a supply of EV batteries in deal with China's CATL  

Toyota needs more than a secure and steady supply of batteries if it hopes to meet its ambitious global sales goal for electric vehicles. If it hopes to compete, the Japanese automaker will need better quality lithium-ion batteries that don’t squeeze profit margins. The automaker is turning to Chinese EV battery supplier CATL for the […]

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2019-07-17 09:14:51



Altitude Angel launches an API for safer drone flights  

Altitude Angel, a U.K. startup that provides safety, data and traffic management systems for drones, is launching a de-confliction service for drone flights — available via its developer API platform. “The dynamic system will continuously monitor the airspace around an aircraft for the 'unexpected' such as other aerial vehicles or changes to airspace (such as […]

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2019-07-17 09:07:21



Coinbase tells you if top holders are buying or selling a crypto asset  

Coinbase is taking advantage of its significant user base to give you more information about trading behavior and price correlation. Given that there are now 15 cryptocurrencies on Coinbase that you can trade, the new features should provide some signals. In addition to price and variation information, you can see what Coinbase customers with large […]

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2019-07-17 08:46:46



Amazon sells over 175M items during Prime Day 2019, more than Black Friday & Cyber Monday combined  

Amid worker protests and antitrust investigations, Amazon’s Prime Day sales event carried on as usual — and that means it again set new records for the online retailer. This time, Amazon says Prime Day 2019 was bigger than both Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined, as Prime members purchased more than 175 million items during […]

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2019-07-17 08:37:17



How much HR does a scale-up need?  

Nora Jenkins Townson Contributor Share on Twitter Nora is an unconventional HR expert based in Toronto. After helping successful startups like FreshBooks and Wealthsimple grow, she founded Bright + Early, an HR consultancy focused on helping scaling companies build impactful people programs. There is a special chaos that happens when a startup reaches 30 employees. […]

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2019-07-17 08:26:17



Microsoft has warned 10,000 victims of state-sponsored hacking  

Microsoft said it has notified close to 10,000 people in the past year that they have been targeted by state-sponsored hackers. The tech giant said Wednesday that the victims were either targeted or compromised by hackers working for a foreign government. In almost all cases, Microsoft said, enterprise customers were the primary targets — such […]

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2019-07-17 08:21:42



Fifth Wall Ventures raises $503M for second real estate fund  

Fifth Wall Ventures, an investor in Clutter, b8ta, ClassPass, Lime and others, has raised $503 million for its sophomore venture capital fund. The firm, which closed on $212 million for its debut fund in May 2017, prefers to invest in the burgeoning real estate industry but has made opportunistic investments in other sectors. The Los […]

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2019-07-17 08:04:19



Google's Area 120 launches Byteboard to improve technical interviews  

Area 120, Google’s lab for experimental projects, is launching Byteboard today, a new tool that aims to make the technical interview experience less tedious and more effective. The team argues that today’s interview process for software engineers just doesn’t cut it since it doesn’t really measure how well somebody would do in a day-to-day engineering […]

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2019-07-17 07:56:02



10x Ascend aims to help tech talent with job negotiations  

10x Ascend is a new firm that helps software development, cybersecurity and data science professionals negotiate for better deals. Founders Michael Solomon and Rishon Blumberg started out in talent management for the music industry (their clients still include musicians like Vanessa Carlton), then moved into representing tech freelancers with their firm 10x Management. More recently, […]

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2019-07-17 07:50:34



Crowdfunded spacecraft LightSail 2 snaps amazing photos ahead of solar sail deployment  

LightSail 2 may still have at least a few days to go before it begins its primary purpose, by unfurling the solar sail it has on board and finding out more about propelling a spacecraft using only the force of photons, but it’s not wasting any time on its orbital voyage. New photos from the […]

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2019-07-17 06:38:54






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