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Founders, get advice from top experts at Disrupt Berlin this Dec. 11-12  

What are the best strategies today for raising your startup’s first funding round, finding users and building your team? How can you best handle major new challenges like Brexit and global trade wars? These are the some of the key questions we will be answering this year at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin, as part of a […]

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2019-10-16 08:29:35



Brazilian unicorn Ebanx will hit $2 billion in payments processed by the end of the year  

Ebanx, the newly minted Brazilian financial services unicorn, expects to process $2 billion in payments by the end of the year and is looking to expand its offerings into domestic payments as it grows. Since its launch in 2012, Ebanx has primarily focused on helping international merchants sell locally in Brazil. The Brazilian business accounts […]

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2019-10-16 08:00:52



Only 3 days left: Apply to TC Top Picks @ Disrupt Berlin 2019  

Deadline countdowns are relentless, and the application window to our TC Top Picks program is rapidly shrinking. The countdown ends and the window slams shut in just three days on 18 October at 12 p.m. (PT). If you want a shot at winning a free Startup Alley Exhibitor Package at Disrupt Berlin 2019, then take […]

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2019-10-16 08:00:49



Booqed, a Hong Kong-based platform for on-demand work spaces, raises $1.675 million in seed funding  

Booqed, a Hong Kong-based platform for booking short-term work spaces, announced today that it has raised $1.675 million in seed funding. Participants included Colliers International, the commercial real-estate management company, Techstars and Lazard Korea. The company participated in Proptech Accelerator, the Toronto-based accelerator program for property and real estate startups run by Colliers and Techstars, […]

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2019-10-16 07:47:52



Healx raises $56M Series B to use AI to find treatments for rare diseases  

Healx, a Cambridge, U.K.-based startup using AI to help discover new treatments for rare diseases, has raised $56 million in Series B funding. Leading the round is London-base VC firm Atomico, with participation by Intel Capital, Global Brain and btov Partners. All previous investors, including Balderton Capital, Amadeus Capital Partners, and Jonathan Milner have also […]

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2019-10-16 07:00:22



Databricks brings its Delta Lake project to the Linux Foundation  

Databricks, the big data analytics service founded by the original developers of Apache Spark, today announced that it is bringing its Delta Lake open-source project for building data lakes to the Linux Foundation and under an open governance model. The company announced the launch of Delta Lake earlier this year and even though it’s still […]

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2019-10-16 04:01:41



Brazilian unicorn Ebanx will hit $2 billion in payments processed by the end of the year  

Ebanx, the newly minted Brazilian financial services unicorn, expects to process $2 billion in payments by the end of the year and is looking to expand its offerings into domestic payments as it grows. Since its launch in 2012, Ebanx has primarily focused on helping international merchants sell locally in Brazil. The Brazilian business accounts […]

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2019-10-15 23:51:52



Google Nest Mini hands-on  

Two years after the release of the Home Mini, Google's back with the sequel. Well, "sequel" might be a bit strong. The Nest Mini is more like one of those 1.5 movies they release on home video with a little extra footage than the theatrical release. That's not a compliant, exactly. The truth is there […]

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2019-10-15 23:13:23



SpaceX files paperwork to launch up to 30,000 more Starlink global internet satellites  

SpaceX has filed documents with the International Telecommunication Union, which governs international use of global bandwidth, to launch up to 30,000 more satellites for its Starlink global broadband constellation, SpaceNews reports. That’s on top of the 12,000 it already has permission to launch. Why so many? SpaceX says that it’s about ensuring its network can […]

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2019-10-15 22:50:40



LinkedIn gets physical, debuts Events hub for people to plan in-person networking events  

LinkedIn, the Microsoft-owned social network for the working world with around 650 million users, is known best as a place where people connect with each other online either to build work connections, for recruitment, or for professional development. Now, the company is taking a step to bring its networking features into the physical world: the […]

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2019-10-15 22:50:34



The Station: A new self-driving car startup, Inside Tesla's V10 software, Lilium's big round  

If you haven’t heard, TechCrunch has officially launched a weekly newsletter dedicated to all the ways people and goods move from Point A to Point B — today and in the future — whether it's by bike, bus, scooter, car, train, truck, flying car, robotaxi or rocket. Heck, maybe even via hyperloop. Earlier this year, […]

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2019-10-15 21:18:29



Flowhub raises $23 million for its retail management software for cannabis dispensaries  

As cannabis dispensaries flourish across the country alongside the push to legalize medicinal and recreational marijuana use, demand for tools to manage the specificities of the weed retail business continues to increase. Looking to address that need, Flowhub, a cannabis retail management software vendor, has raised $23 million from a consortium of investors including e.ventures, […]

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2019-10-15 20:59:42



Twitter says it will restrict users from retweeting world leaders who break its rules  

Twitter said it will restrict how users can interact with tweets from world leaders who break its rules. The social media giant said it will not allow users to like, reply, share or retweet the offending tweets, but instead will let users quote-tweet to allow ordinary users to express their opinions. The company said the […]

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2019-10-15 20:50:01



David Sacks's Craft Ventures just closed its second fund with $500 million  

Craft Ventures, the venture firm launched in 2017 by serial entrepreneur David Sacks, has closed its second fund with $500 million in capital commitments, an amount the firm was said to begin targeting roughly a year ago. Craft’s debut fund had closed with $350 million. The outfit — which Sacks runs with other serial entrepreneurs […]

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2019-10-15 20:40:54



With Alibaba, Pivotal and Lightbend on board, Reactive flexes its ROI muscle in the microservices world  

The Linux Foundation recently announced the launch of the Reactive Foundation. Its founding members are Alibaba, Lightbend, Pivotal and Netifi. So what exactly is this?

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2019-10-15 20:00:13



AMC Theatres launches its own on-demand streaming service  

AMC Theatres announced a new service today called AMC Theatres On Demand — a marketplace where members of AMC’s Stubs loyalty program can buy or rent individual movies to watch at home. The launch of an iTunes-style, à la carte movie marketplace seems almost quaint at a time when all the major media companies seem […]

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2019-10-15 19:40:41



Will unreliable research bury your healthcare startup?  

For healthtech founders and funders, scientific claims and conclusions are more than policy — business models depend upon the lucid appraisal of clinical problems, evaluating inadequacies in current standards of care, a clear understanding of disease pathways, and designing superior interventions.  At each step along this value chain, founders stand on the shoulders of the […]

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2019-10-15 19:39:33



Hands-on with the new Pixel 4  

After the onstage presentation at Made by Google 2019, we got our hands on a Pixel 4. In this video, you can watch us do a quick run-through of the major new features — like Motion Sense, which provides gesture controls that don’t require you to touch your phone, and improved Night Sight, which allows […]

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2019-10-15 19:27:19



Product lessons from building our subscription service Extra Crunch  

Subscription has been all the rage in media circles as the industry searches for new, sustainable business models. We've seen companies from infrastructure plays like Substack and Pico to brand verticals like Holloway and The Athletic receive venture funding, all with the goal of changing the economics of news, information and entertainment. Every day, I […]

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2019-10-15 19:01:53



ZeroDown, valued at $150M, plans to take on Zillow  

ZeroDown launches a home search engine.

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2019-10-15 18:49:06



NASA's new Artemis spacesuits make it easier for astronauts of all sizes to move on the Moon  

NASA revealed new spacesuits, specifically created for the Artemis generation of missions, which aim to get the first American woman and the next American man to the surface of the Moon by 2024. The new design’s toppling feature is greater mobility and flexibility, in basically every respect. NASA unveiled both a full suit designed for […]

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2019-10-15 18:42:46



Walmart launches in-home grocery delivery in three cities: Kansas City, Pittsburgh & Vero Beach  

Walmart will bring your groceries to you and put them away in the fridge, with the launch of its new service, InHome. The retailer is today debuting its new in-home grocery delivery service in three cities: Kansas City, (Missouri and Kansas); Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Vero Beach, Florida. Customers in these markets can subscribe to InHome […]

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2019-10-15 18:36:44



Up close with Google's budget Chromebook, the Pixelbook Go  

The Chromebook has been a marked hit for Google — well, for Google's hardware partners, at least. Low-cost devices have flooded the market, with a stranglehold on the educational category in particular. Google's own first-party offerings, on the other hand, have been a bit more curious. Devices like the Pixelbook and Pixel Slate have pushed […]

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2019-10-15 17:43:03



Thirty-one women who 'run the world' and what can be learned from them  

Today, a new book called “Girls Who Run the World” hits real and virtual bookshelves, and for anyone with a middle-school aged kid or looking to inspire a high-schooler, it might be worth checking out. Featuring 31 women who are the CEOs of companies that they have created themselves — think Spanx, Glossier, Caribou Sciences […]

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2019-10-15 17:36:22



How Lockheed Martin Ventures manages its early-stage $200M fund  

In niche markets like aerospace, where the traditional VC model might not yield an abundance of available funding, corporate venture funds can offer entrepreneurs an interesting alternative. Unlike traditional VCs, firms like Lockheed Martin Ventures are in constant contact with internal business units about challenges they need solved, or improvements they’re seeking that cannot be […]

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2019-10-15 17:13:34



Kabuto is building smart suitcases for geeks  

French company Kabuto is launching a Kickstarter campaign today for the second generation of its smart carry-on suitcase. The company was previously known as Xtend. If you think about smart suitcases, chances are you picture a suitcase with a battery pack in it and that's it. In other words, they are not that smart. Kabuto […]

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2019-10-15 17:00:18



TikTok taps corporate law firm K&L Gates to advise on its U.S. content moderation policies  

As TikTok continues its rapid U.S. growth, the company is being challenged to better explain its content moderation choices. Why, for example, is the short-form video app censoring the Hong Kong protests but not U.S. political content? Why is it banning political ads, but supports hashtags like #trump2020 and #maga, each with millions, or even […]

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2019-10-15 16:16:41



Up close with Google's new Pixel 4  

This is the Pixel 4, the handset that literally everyone saw coming. Even by Google’s standards, the handset leaked like crazy. Some was almost certainly by design as the company looked to hype up its new flagship amid slowing smartphone sales. That said, showing up for preorder on two different sites in the past few […]

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2019-10-15 16:04:45



Watch OpenAI's 'human-like' robot solve a Rubik's Cube one-handed  

There’s always been something so annoying about people who found the need to stack additional challenges onto solving a Rubik’s Cube quickly, whether it was doing it blind-folded or while juggling or one-handed. While it might have just been a challenge for them, it also seemed like a need to show off. OpenAI is clearly […]

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2019-10-15 16:00:50



Uber, Lime and Spin scooters are now legal in SF  

Uber, Lime and Spin have officially deployed their electric scooters on the streets of San Francisco as part of the city’s permitting program. Last month, the city announced Uber’s JUMP, Lime, Ford’s Spin and Scoot were granted permits to operate the shared electric scooter services. Scoot, however, has operated in the city since last year. […]

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2019-10-15 16:00:40



Spearhead will give $1M to 15 founders to invest freely  

Applications to Spearhead's third cohort open this week.

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2019-10-15 16:00:34



Entrepreneur First, the 'talent investor', pulls out of Hong Kong  

Entrepreneur First (EF), the Greylock-backed "talent investor" that recruits and backs individuals pre-team and pre-idea to enable them to found startups, is pulling out of Hong Kong, TechCrunch has learned. According to sources, the London HQ’d company builder has told provisional candidates for its 2020 Hong Kong cohort that they should instead apply to one […]

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2019-10-15 15:58:34



Annie Leibovitz used the Pixel 4 to shoot a new collection of photos  

Google ended today’s hardware event by going deep on the photo technology in its new Pixel 4, and brought out someone who’s actually been using the camera — legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz. The company announced that it’s working with Leibovitz back in October 2018. Today, she spoke about the experience of working with the Pixel 3 […]

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2019-10-15 15:35:27



Google aims to change the definition of good photography with Pixel 4's software-defined camera  

Google’s new Pixel 4 camera offers a ton of new tricks to improve its photographic chops, and to emphasize the point, it had Professor Mark Levoy, who leads camera technology development at Google Research, up on stage to talk about the Pixel 4’s many improvements, including its new telephoto lens, updated Super Res Zoom technology […]

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2019-10-15 15:26:22



Amazon migrates more than 100 consumer services from Oracle to AWS databases  

AWS and Oracle love to take shots at each other, but as much as Amazon has knocked Oracle over the years, it was forced to admit that it was in fact a customer. Today in a company blog post, the company announced it was shedding Oracle for AWS databases, and had effectively turned off its […]

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2019-10-15 15:21:46



Here's everything Google just announced at the Made By Google 2019 event  

  Google held its annual “Made By Google” hardware event this morning in New York City, where they launched all sorts of new gear back to back to back. Didn’t have time to watch the whole stream, but still want to know the bulletpoints of what’s new? We’ve got you covered. Stadia Launch Stadia, Google’s […]

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2019-10-15 15:20:04



Headless CMS company Strapi raises $4 million  

French startup Strapi has raised a $4 million seed round led by Accel and Stride.vc. The company has been working on an open-source Node.js headless content management system. That's a lot of technical words in a row, but it's not that hard to understand what Strapi is. Content management systems, or CMS, are web applications […]

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2019-10-15 15:20:02



Google Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL not launching in India  

The Pixel 4 and Pixel XL smartphones, that Google just unveiled at a press conference in New York, won't launch in India, one of the company's key overseas markets, the Android-maker said on Tuesday. The bottleneck lies in the headline feature Project Soli, a radar-based motion-sensing chip baked into the new Pixel smartphones that relies […]

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2019-10-15 15:19:15



Google's new voice recorder app transcribes in real-time, even when offline  

At Google’s hardware event this morning, the company introduced a new voice recorder app for Android devices which will tap into advances in real-time speech processing, speech recognition and A.I. to automatically transcribe recordings in real-time as the person is speaking. The improvements will allow users to take better advantage of the phone’s voice recording […]

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2019-10-15 15:03:19



Google overhauls Nest Aware cloud recording plan  

Google is updating the Nest Mini today, the device formerly known as Google Home Mini. And the company used this opportunity to announce an update to its home awareness product, Nest Aware. If you have Nest security cameras, you can subscribe to a Nest Aware plan. It currently costs $5 a month for 5-day video […]

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2019-10-15 14:53:25



Google launches Nest Wifi mesh router and extender with built-in Google Assistant  

Today at its Google hardware event, Google introduced new mesh routers called Nest Wifi. This is a successor tot he Google Wifi product it introduced a couple of years ago, but with a number of improvements. The new Nest Wifi consists of two types of devices, one a router that plugs into your modem, and […]

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2019-10-15 14:44:39



Google's Pixel 4 ships October 24, starting at $799  

The rumors and leaks have been pretty relentless. In fact, over the past three days, the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL have gone up for preorder on at least two different sites. While it’s true that Google’s never been particularly great at keeping this stuff under wraps, this was pretty silly. Anyway, the Pixel […]

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2019-10-15 14:43:34



The Apple TV app arrives on Roku, ahead of Apple TV+ streaming service launch  

Ahead of the arrival of Apple TV+, the brand-new Apple TV app is launching on Roku devices, starting today. The app currently allows Apple customers to access their iTunes video library and subscribe to Apple TV channels directly from Roku devices. And, on November 1, it will also be home to the Apple TV+ streaming […]

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2019-10-15 14:36:56



Google Home Mini is now Nest Mini  

Google this morning unveiled the long awaited follow up to the Home Mini. The latest version of the company’s wildly popular entry-level smart speaker has been rebranded the Nest Home Mini, in keeping with the branding refresh of its smart home offerings. The new version of the device looks a lot like its predecessor, but […]

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2019-10-15 14:33:54



Google launches the $649 Pixelbook Go Chromebook  

At its annual hardware event, Google today announced the launch of the Pixelbook Go, the latest iteration of its first-party Chromebook lineup. Starting at $649, the Pixelbook Go marks a return to the standard laptop format after last year’s Pixelbook with a 180-degree hinge and the Pixel Slate 2-in-1. The Go will come with a […]

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2019-10-15 14:31:01



For $164, Jaguar will let you co-pilot its I-Pace race taxi around the Nürburgring   

The Green Hell, as the famed Nürburgring Nordschleife was nicknamed back in the late 1960s, is a 73-corner nearly 13-mile track in Germany that can challenge even the most accomplished professional race car drivers. Now, for about $164, thrill seekers can be a passenger for one lap. Jaguar announced a RACE eTAXI promotion that customers […]

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2019-10-15 14:18:15



True Balance raises $23M to bring its payments app to more small cities and towns in India  

South Korean startup True Balance, which operates an eponymous financial services app aimed at tens of millions of users in small cities and towns in India, has closed a new financing round as it looks to court more first time users in the world's second largest internet market. True Balance said on Tuesday that it […]

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2019-10-15 07:04:17



Watch Google unveil the Pixel 4 live right here  

Google is about to unveil its new smartphone lineup, the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. And if you're an Android fan, you know that the Pixel is one of the most interesting Android phones out there thanks to a bloatware-free operating system and some incredible cameras. The conference starts at 10 AM Eastern Time […]

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2019-10-15 07:00:15



South Korea-based Mathpresso, developer of tutoring app Qanda, raises $14.5 million Series B  

Seoul-based education technology startup Mathpresso announced today that it has raised $14.5 million in Series B funding. The company's flagship app is Qanda, which provides students with math and science help and tutoring. Participants in the round include Legend Capital, InterVest, NP Investments and Mirae Asset Venture Investment. This brings Mathpresso's total funding so far […]

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2019-10-15 06:22:31



GoFundMe launches free platform for nonprofits and charities, rolls out button to donate anywhere  

GoFundMe has made its name primarily as a platform for individuals to create fundraisers for personal causes — a service that has seen hundreds of campaigns go viral through social media to raise collectively well over $5 billion in funding to date. Now, the startup is taking the next step in its ambition to build […]

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2019-10-15 04:00:18



Surfing the reverse mullet with Alexis Ohanian  

For many years the allure of Silicon Valley was contingent on the ability to move here. Its ecosystem didn’t work remotely. “We see a very strong indication that where you’re located does matter… come to Silicon Valley,” intoned Joe Kraus of Google Ventures at the first Disrupt conference I ever intended, speaking for essentially all […]

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2019-10-15 02:08:37



Bird's chief legal & policy officer is leaving the company  

David Estrada, who was hired last year from Kitty Hawk, is joining another mobility business.

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2019-10-15 00:35:36



Harley pulls plug on LiveWire production shortly after EV debut  

Harley-Davidson has halted production and delivery of its first electric motorcycle, the LiveWire, after discovering what the Milwaukee-based manufacturer described as a non-standard condition. Harley-Davidson told TechCrunch it is not recalling LiveWire motorcycles already on the road. Reuters was the first to report that Harley-Davidson had stopped production and deliveries. “We recently discovered a non-standard condition […]

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2019-10-14 23:00:20



Libra claims 180 potential replacements for 7 mutineers  

Attempting to signal its popularity despite high-profile defections from Visa, Stripe and more, the Facebook-led cryptocurrency Libra Association announced that 1,500 organizations have expressed interest in joining the Libra project — 180 of those meet eligibility requirements to become members, which could replace the seven companies that dropped out of the Association this month, including […]

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2019-10-14 21:59:33



Leo Labs and its high-fidelity space radar track orbital debris better than ever — from New Zealand  

Ask anyone in the space business and they'll tell you that orbital debris is a serious problem that will only get worse,but dealing with it is as much an opportunity as it is a problem. Leo Labs is building a global network of radar arrays that can track smaller debris than we can today, and with better precision — and the first of its new installations is about to start operations in New Zealand.

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2019-10-14 21:14:01



WeWork pulls thousands of phone booths out of service over formaldehyde scare  

WeWork, the co-working empire once valued at $47 billion before reality struck, plunging the business and its investors into crisis, has another problem to add to its growing pile — one which doesn’t exactly reflect well on its core business of kitting out and maintaining modern working environments. The problem is a safety concern affecting […]

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2019-10-14 20:04:58



Hulu rolls out 4K content to Xbox One, with Amazon Fire TV and others coming 'soon'  

Hulu this summer finally brought back 4K content to its service, after abruptly removing it in 2018 while it focused on other priorities. Initially, its 4K content was only available on Apple TV 4K and Chromecast Ultra. Today, Hulu says it’s available on Xbox One devices, with support for Amazon Fire TV and LG WebOS […]

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2019-10-14 19:45:09



Jackson Square Ventures just closed its third fund with $193 million; here's how it plans to invest it  

Jackson Square Ventures (JSV), an eight-year-old, San Francisco-based early-stage venture firm that takes its name from the neighborhood in San Francisco where it’s headquartered, has closed its third fund with $193 million in capital commitments — a sizable step up from its first two funds, which had both rounded up roughly $120 million from the […]

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2019-10-14 18:26:26



Announcing TechCrunch Robotics & AI on March 3, 2020 at UC Berkeley  

Robotics is back! We are excited to announce that on March 3 next year TechCrunch will host its fourth annual TC Sessions: Robotics & AI at UC Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall. Last year, 1,500 founders, technologists, engineering students and investors turned up for a day of main stage interviews with the top figures in AI and […]

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2019-10-14 17:39:43



Uber lays off another ~350 across Eats, self-driving and other departments  

Uber has just laid off around 350 employees across a variety of teams within the organization, marking what the company says is its third and final phase of layoffs of the process it began earlier this year, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said to employees today in an email obtained by TechCrunch (full email below). Those […]

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2019-10-14 17:10:10



Founder's guide to the pre-IPO secondary market  

The increase in activity in the pre-IPO secondary market means that founders, early employees, and investors are receiving liquidity much sooner in a company's lifecycle than ever before...

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2019-10-14 16:57:03



Daily Crunch: Facebook has a weak stance on political ads  

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Facebook should ban campaign ads. End the lies. Facebook recently formalized its approach to political advertising, declaring, “We don’t believe, however, […]

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2019-10-14 16:56:13



Shipping giant Pitney Bowes hit by ransomware  

Shipping tech giant Pitney Bowes has confirmed a cyberattack on its systems. The company said in a statement that its systems were hit by a “malware attack that encrypted information” on its systems, more commonly known as ransomware. “At this time, the company has seen no evidence that customer or employee data has been improperly […]

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2019-10-14 16:29:36



Disney+ tweets all the movies and shows coming to its streaming service  

In an impressive bit of pre-launch marketing, Disney today announced basically every movie and TV show coming to its upcoming streaming service Disney+ by way of a massive Twitter thread. The thread, which was posted in chronological order starting with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937, reveals not just Disney’s best-known titles but […]

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2019-10-14 16:05:50



Google updates its Titan security keys with USB-C  

Google has revealed its latest Titan security key — and it’s now compatible with USB-C devices. The latest Titan key arrives just weeks after its closest market rival Yubico — which also manufactures the Titan security key for Google — released its own USB-C and Lightning compatible key, but almost two years after the release […]

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2019-10-14 16:00:21



Fortnite's black hole stunt is the kind of alpha energy we're here for  

As you are likely already aware, Epic Games is pulling a massive PR stunt that has shrunk the world’s most popular game down to a single black hole. As part of Fortnite’s Season 10 live event, called “The End”, the entire Battle Royale Island was sucked into a black hole, with every Fortnite social media […]

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2019-10-14 15:37:17



India's Reliance Jio unveils video call assistant to help businesses automate customer support  

Before Google moves to bring its human-sounding robot calling service Duplex to help users automate their interactions with businesses to international markets, an Indian giant is deploying its own solution to get a jumpstart on the local market. Reliance Jio today unveiled AI-powered Video Call Assistant service that will allow businesses to automate their customer […]

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2019-10-14 15:28:01



UK biotech startup Mogrify injects $16M to get novel cell therapies to market soon  

Cambridge, UK-based biotech startup Mogrify, which is working on systematizing the development of novel cell therapies in areas such as regenerative medicine, has closed an initial $16 million Series A. The raise follows a $4M seed in February — taking its total raised to date to $20M. Put simply, Mogrify’s approach entails analysis of vast […]

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2019-10-14 15:10:53



Samsung opens Android 10 One UI beta ahead of final launch  

After pushing back a planned early-October launch, Samsung has introduced the Android 10 beta of its One UI. The 2.0 version of the Android skin follows a little under a year after the first version's beta (released in November 2018). The concept goes counter to the earliest Android overlays, instead intending to create a simpler […]

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2019-10-14 14:59:59



Reddit now lets iOS users share to Snapchat  

Reddit users can now share their favorite content from the site to Snapchat, thanks to a new integration that allows sharing of text, link, and image-based posts on iOS from Reddit’s “Safe for Work” communities. The move makes Snapchat the first platform partner that Reddit is testing content sharing integration with, the company says, and […]

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2019-10-14 14:23:44



DoorDash opens a shared kitchen in Redwood City  

DoorDash is opening its first shared commissary kitchen in Redwood City, Calif., bringing new delivery and pickup options to customers in Peninsula towns including Atherton, Menlo Park and Palo Alto. This is part of a broader trend of companies like Deliveroo opening shared kitchens that allow restaurant partners to expand their delivery footprint without dealing […]

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2019-10-14 14:02:26



Pelion Venture Partners adds Jeff Kearl as a managing director, opens Southern California presence  

The Salt Lake City-based Pelion Venture Partners is opening an outpost in Southern California and has added Jeff Kearl as a managing director to head up operations in the region. Kearl was the chief executive officer of Stance, a direct-to-consumer retailer selling socks and clothing basics, and has a long history of investing in startup […]

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2019-10-14 13:30:22



Thoma Bravo makes $3.9 billion offer to acquire security firm Sophos  

Sophos announced this morning that private equity firm Thoma Bravo, has agreed to buy the British company for £3.1 billion ($3.9 billion USD). The price is based on $7.40 USD per share and the company indicated that the board of directors will recommend that shareholders accept the offer. Sophos CEO Kris Hagerman, as you would […]

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2019-10-14 13:11:06



Opendoor appoints CFO, CPO  

Opendoor has named Gautam Gupta chief financial officer and chief business officer.

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2019-10-14 13:00:24



State-run IRCTC delivers India's best trading debut in 2 years  

Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), a state-run firm that offers train ticketing and catering services in India, more than doubled on its first day of trading in what was the best public debut for a local firm in two years. The firm, fourth public company to come out of Indian Railways, sold 20.1 […]

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2019-10-14 13:00:03



Foodvisor automatically tracks what you eat using deep learning  

Meet Foodvisor, a startup that has built a mobile app that helps you log everything you eat in order to lose weight, follow a diet or get healthier. You can add data by capturing a photo of your plate before you eat. "We’ve spent a little over two years doing research and development before we […]

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2019-10-14 08:10:18



Friday deadline alert: Apply to TC Top Picks @ Disrupt Berlin 2019  

We dedicate this countdown post to all the early-stage startup founders who hunger for an opportunity to break new ground. This is the final week you can apply to be a TC Top Pick and exhibit your startup — for free — in Startup Alley at Disrupt Berlin 2019 on 11-12 December. The application window […]

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2019-10-14 08:00:06



Porsche has a new, cheaper version of the all-electric Taycan  

Porsche introduced Monday the Taycan 4S, a third version of its all-electric vehicle. The 4S, which will offer a performance battery plus option, looks like the Taycan that Porsche unveiled in September. And indeed, inside all of the Taycans, including the 4S, are the same chassis and suspension, permanent magnet synchronous motors and other bits. […]

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2019-10-14 07:01:55



Facebook should ban campaign ads. End the lies.  

Permitting falsehood in political advertising would work if we had a model democracy, but we don't. Not only are candidates dishonest, but voters aren't educated, and the media isn't objective. And now, hyperlinks turn lies into donations and donations into louder lies. The checks don't balance. What we face is a self-reinforcing disinformation dystopia. That’s […]

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2019-10-13 23:59:47



SoftBank reportedly preps a package to take control of WeWork parent company  

SoftBank Group, the multi-billion dollar Japanese technology conglomerate and investment firm, has put together a  bid that would save WeWork parent company We Co., just weeks before the co-working real estate company’s imminent collapse, The Wall Street Journal reports. With the collapse of the company’s planned initial public offering, We Co. is facing a cash […]

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2019-10-13 22:19:23



Original Content podcast: For better or for worse, 'The Politician' is absolutely bonkers  

We all agree: “The Politician” is a crazy show that tries to do everything at once. After all, why settle for a fast-talking satire about a high school election; a more serious treatment of wealth, illness and emotional turmoil; or a showcase for the musical talents of “Dear Evan Hansen” star Ben Platt? Instead, why not […]

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2019-10-13 21:11:20



Fortnite is just a black hole right now  

Fortnite just blew up its entire map and all that’s left is a black hole. Some are speculating that this is simply a teaser for a new Fortnite map, but it’s unclear when that new map will arrive. On Epic Games’ status page, it says Fortnite is currently experiencing a minor service outage, noting “anomaly detected.” […]

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2019-10-13 19:32:37



Kik says it's 'here to stay,' following shutdown reports  

It's been a rough run for Kik of late. The once mighty messaging service announced in late September that it would be shutting down its app. CEO Ted Livingston noted in a blog post that the startup would be trimming its headcount from over 100 people to “an elite 19 person team,” following a protracted […]

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2019-10-13 15:50:12



Samsung's Galaxy Fold concierge service is live in the US for those who need it  

Part of Samsung's reboot of the Galaxy Fold was the announcement of a Premiere Service. Along with a reinforced version of the phone and a lot more warning labels, the company announced that it would also be a 24/7 care service…just in case something happened with the device. I had some issues with my in […]

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2019-10-13 13:50:20



Week in Review: The 'smart home' is still so, so stupid  

Hey everyone. Thank you for welcoming me into you inbox yet again. Last week was a short one, but I talked about the merger of a couple of the worst adtech companies in the world. If you’re reading this on the TechCrunch site, you can get this in your inbox here, and follow my tweets […]

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2019-10-13 12:00:55



AI-based firefighter safety startup Prometeo wins IBM Call for Code Challenge  

During an event at the United Nations Delegates Dining Room in New York City, IBM unveiled the winners to its annual  Call for Code Global Challenge. The competition, which is targeted at computing solutions for global problems, crowned five winners, ranging from first responders to health care info. Prometeo took the top price for its […]

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2019-10-13 01:00:32



Why each Libra member's mutiny hurts Facebook  

There's a strategic cost to the defection of Visa, Stripe, eBay, and more from the Facebook -led cryptocurrency Libra Association . They're not just names dropping off a list. Each potentially made Libra more useful, ubiquitous, or reputable. Now they could become obstacles to the token's launch or growth. Fearing regulators' inquiries not just into […]

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2019-10-12 23:07:37



Google's Pixel 4 briefly went up for preorder on Best Buy Canada  

The Pixel 4 is set to be unveiled at an event on Tuesday. This much we know for sure. We know a bunch more, too, (as outlined in this rumor roundup from yesterday), thanks to both official reveals and unofficial leaks. How much of this was planned is hard to say, but Google seemingly doesn't […]

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2019-10-12 19:28:28



Samsung's Galaxy Watch Active 2 is a solid smartwatch for Android users  

Samsung makes good, underrated smartwatches. It's just been difficult to get much attention in a category so utterly dominated by a single player. Even still, the company has managed to hold onto the number two spot in global market share, according to recentish numbers. At 11.1 percent, it's a little less than a third of […]

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2019-10-12 19:06:50



California's Privacy Act: What you need to know now  

This week California’s attorney general, Xavier Becerra, published draft guidance for enforcing the state’s landmark privacy legislation. The draft text of the regulations under the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) will undergo a public consultation period, including a number of public hearings, with submissions open until December 6 this year. The CCPA itself will take […]

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2019-10-12 17:00:28



The Yeti X brings real-time level monitoring to the popular USB mic  

It's clear why Logitech bought Blue back in July 2018. The Southern Californian audio company (an acronym for "Baltic Latvian Universal Electronics," incidentally) has become synonymous with USB microphones since releasing the first Snowball back in 2005. What seemed like a niche at the time has since become a cultural touchstone, positioning the company well […]

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2019-10-12 15:45:15



Startups Weekly: YC grad Revel's plan to connect women over 50  

In this week's newsletter: Uber buys Cornershop and two startups named Revel raised VC dollars.

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2019-10-12 12:00:14



VC Brad Feld on WeWork, SoftBank, and why venture firms may have to slow down their pacing in 2020  

Yesterday, we had a chance to talk with longtime venture investors Brad Feld of Foundry Group, whose book “Venture Deals” was recently republished for the fourth time, for good reason. It’s a storehouse of knowledge, from how venture funds really work to term sheet terms, from negotiation tactics to how to choose (and pay for) […]

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2019-10-12 00:42:50



Pegging Libra to just the $ could soothe regulators, a16z says  

What if Libra wasn’t backed by a basket of international currencies, but only the dollar? Regulatory pushback to the Facebook-led cryptocurrency Libra has caused major partners including Visa, MasterCard, PayPal, and eBay to pull out of the Libra Association. But one of the remaining members has floated a major change to the stablecoin that could […]

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2019-10-11 23:53:00



Amid security concerns, the European Union puts 5G — and Huawei — under the microscope  

The European Union is putting under the microscope the rollout of new, high-speed mobile networking technologies known as 5G in a move that could affect the technology’s dominant company — Huawei. Regulators focused on specific security threats linked to technology providers headquartered in countries with “no democratic and legal restrictions in place,” according to a […]

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2019-10-11 23:47:57



Source: Nike has picked up Russell Wilson's Tally/TraceMe in a rare acquisition  

Nike has long been synonymous with premium sneakers and other sports gear, but now it seems that the company could be extending its brand into another area — digital media — thanks to the rumored acquisition of a Seattle-based startup. TechCrunch has learned from a source that the multibillion-dollar sports giant has acquired TraceMe, which […]

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2019-10-11 22:47:46



Apple creates its own TV studio, will produce WWII drama 'Masters of Air'  

While Apple has a long list of new programming lined up for its TV+ subscription streaming service, the company won’t actually own any of the announced shows — until now. That’s changing because Apple has formed its own in-house studio, which will produce “Masters of Air,” a follow-up to “Band of Brothers” and “The Pacific,” […]

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2019-10-11 22:03:49



Cryptocurrency's bad day continues as the SEC blocks Telegram's $1.7 billion planned token sale  

Cryptocurrency’s bad news day continues to get worse as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has said it has filed an emergency action and received a restraining order for the $1.7 billion planned token offering of Telegram’s blockchain. The move from the SEC follows the continued dissolution of the corporate alliance that was supporting Facebook’s […]

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2019-10-11 21:39:25



Why it might have been time for new leadership at SAP  

SAP CEO Bill McDermott announced he was stepping down last night after a decade at the helm in an announcement that shocked many. It’s always tough to measure the performance of an enterprise leader when he or she leaves. Some people look at stock price over their tenure. Some at culture. Some at the acquisitions […]

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2019-10-11 21:35:47



Alexa now speaks Spanish, including in multi-lingual mode  

At Amazon’s hardware event last month in Seattle, the company announced plans to launch multi-lingual modes for its Alexa devices in the U.S., Canada, and India, where the smart voice assistant would be able to speak a combination of English and Spanish, French and English, and Hindi and English, respectively. Today, Amazon says the multi-lingual […]

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2019-10-11 21:09:10






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