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Belvo scores $10M from Founders Fund and Kaszek to scale its API for financial services  

Belvo, a Latin American fintech startup which launched just 12 months ago, has already snagged funding from two of the biggest names in North and South American venture capital. The company is aiming to expand the reach of its service that connects mobile applications in Mexico and Colombia to a customer’s banking information and now […]

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2020-05-29 05:42:35



Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz is out  

Magic Leap talked a big game, and few were more responsible for fostering a cult of hype and excitement around its vision of the future than the company’s founder and CEO Rony Abovitz. Today, the CEO announced that the company has indeed secured a new bout of funding, but that the company will be attempting […]

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2020-05-29 05:24:29



Rivian's Amazon electric delivery van still on track as factory reopens  

Rivian, the electric vehicle company backed by Amazon, Cox Automotive and Ford, has resumed work at its factory in Normal, Ill. following a temporary shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Construction on the factory, which will eventually produce its R1T and R1S electric vehicles for consumers as well as 100,000 delivery vans for Amazon, has […]

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2020-05-28 20:49:16



BeeHero smartens up hives to provide 'pollination as a service' with $4M seed round  

Vast monoculture farms outstripped the ability of bee populations to pollinate them naturally long ago, but the techniques that have arisen to fill that gap are neither precise nor modern. Israeli startup BeeHero aims to change that by treating hives both as living things and IoT devices, tracking health and pollination progress practically in real […]

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2020-05-28 19:11:18



Extra Crunch Live: Join Box CEO Aaron Levie for a live Q&A right now  

Aaron Levie is a luminary of the SAAS world; the chief executive of Box, a company that helped revolutionize the collaborative office environment; and the leader of a team that had worked remotely before COVID-19 made it a necessity rather than a luxury. He’s also going to be joining us later today on Extra Crunch Live, […]

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2020-05-28 18:21:17



3 bearish takes on the current edtech boom  

Edtech is booming, but a short while ago, many companies in the category were struggling to break through as mainstream offerings. Now, it seems like everyone is clamoring to get into the next seed-stage startup that has the phrase "remote learning" on its About page. And so begins the normal cycle that occurs when a […]

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2020-05-28 17:55:13



TechCrunch's Early Stage, Mobility and Space events will be virtual, too  

You may have heard the news: We're taking Disrupt virtual. As you would expect, we are taking three of our other events this year virtual, too. The virtual version of TC Early Stage will retain its focus on giving founders the opportunity to absorb direct, practical knowledge about how to grow and develop their startups. […]

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2020-05-28 17:49:43



The Simpsons can now be watched in 4:3 aspect ratio on Disney+, as nature intended  

The greatest comedy in television history became a part of the Disney family when the mega-corporation gobbled up Fox last year, like so many forbidden donuts. Beyond having to make nice with the cartoon mouse American's family had so openly antagonized over the decades, the deal meant that The Simpsons would have a permanent home […]

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2020-05-28 14:40:24



Video news startup Stringr raises $5.75M from Thomson Reuters and others  

Stringr, a video-focused startup that says it can help news organizations adapt to the challenges of COVID-19, is announcing that it’s raised $5.75 million in new funding. When I wrote about the the company at the end of 2015, it was creating a marketplace that connected news organizations with videographers who could provide them with news […]

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2020-05-28 13:56:46



6 leading mobility VCs discuss the road ahead  

Millions of consumers sheltering in place to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus sent shockwaves through the global economy. Transportation-related companies were not spared in the upheaval. Mobility startups consolidated, pulled back from some markets and reduced headcount. And yet, the industry — and the VCs who invest in it — is still rolling […]

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2020-05-28 13:40:23



Researchers use biometrics, including data from the Oura Ring, to predict COVID-19 symptoms in advance  

A team of researchers from the West Virginia University (WVU) Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute (RNI), along with WVU’s Medicine department and staff from Oura Health have developed a platform they say can be used to anticipate the onset of COVID-19 symptoms in otherwise healthy people up to three days in advance. This can help with screening […]

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2020-05-28 12:12:23



Daily Crunch: Twitter vs. Trump  

Tensions escalate between President Trump and his favorite social media platform, Google and Microsoft considering investing in the Indian telecom market and the Raspberry Pi foundation announces a new Raspberry Pi. Here’s your Daily Crunch for May 28, 2020. 1. Jack Dorsey explains why Twitter fact-checked Trump's false voting claims After Twitter flagged a pair […]

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2020-05-28 11:32:10



Storage marketplace Warehouse Exchange raises $2.2M  

Warehouse Exchange, a startup that describes itself as the Airbnb of warehouse space, has raised $2.2 million in seed funding. The company was founded Jonathan Rosenthal (CEO of Saybrook Management) and Dan Pimentel (previously CFO/COO of startup Hub TV). They recently brought on former eHarmony CEO Grant Langston as the Warehouse Exchange’s chief executive. Langston […]

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2020-05-28 10:19:16



Tesla board certifies Elon Musk's payday worth more than $700 million  

Tesla’s board certified a financial milestone that unlocks the first tranche — worth more than $700 million — of an unprecedented multi-billion-dollar pay package for CEO Elon Musk, according a document filed Thursday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The milestone allows Musk to purchase the first grouping or tranche of nearly 1.69 million shares […]

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2020-05-28 09:53:11



Tia Health gets over $24 million to build a network of holistic health clinics and virtual services for women  

Tia Health, the developer of a network of digital wellness apps, clinics and telehealth services designed to treat women’s health holistically, has raised $24.275 million in a new round of funding. The company said the financing would support the expansion of its telehealth and clinical services to new markets, although co-founder and chief executive Carolyn […]

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2020-05-28 09:52:32



How Grab adapted after COVID-19 hit its ride-hailing business  

The COVID-19 pandemic is taking a heavy toll on ride-hailing services, like Uber and Lyft. Grab, Southeast Asia’s largest ride-hailing company, has also been impacted, but the company has adapted by quickly transitioning many of its ride-hailing drivers to its on-demand delivery verticals and expanding services needed by customers during social distancing measures. The company […]

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2020-05-28 08:57:40



Trump signs an executive order taking direct aim at social media companies  

On Thursday, President Trump signed an executive order targeting the legal shield that internet companies rely on to protect them from liability for user-created content. That law, known as Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, is essential to large social platforms like Twitter, YouTube and Facebook, the kind of companies the president has long […]

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2020-05-28 07:57:49



Amazon expands use of SNAP benefits for online grocery to 11 more states  

Amazon customers in nearly a dozen more U.S. states are now able to use their SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits to purchase groceries online, the retailer announced on Thursday. The news represents a significant expansion of a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) pilot program introduced in 2019 that aimed to open up online grocery shopping […]

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2020-05-28 07:56:43



Mirantis releases its first major update to Docker Enterprise  

In a surprise move, Mirantis acquired Docker’s Enterprise platform business at the end of last year and while Docker itself is refocusing on developers, Mirantis kept the Docker Enterprise name and product. Today, Mirantis is rolling out its first major update to Docker Enterprise with the release of version 3.1. For the most part, these […]

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2020-05-28 07:27:49



2020 Lotus Evora GT Review: A thrilling, analog weekend racer  

Why’s this on TechCrunch? We hear that occasionally when posting things outside of our general programming. Generally, there’s a tech hook; there isn’t here with this $100,000 2020 Lotus Evora GT. The Lotus Evora GT is supersized go-kart with nary an advanced technical feature. And I love it. While most cars are coming equipped with […]

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2020-05-28 07:11:18



HBO Max was downloaded by 87K new users yesterday (Sensor Tower)  

How did yesterday’s launch of HBO Max go? We don’t have official numbers from WarnerMedia, but app store intelligence firm Sensor Tower says HBO Max was downloaded by nearly 87,000 new users across Apple’s App Store and Google Play. That number might seem pretty low compared to other streaming launches — like the 4 million […]

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2020-05-28 07:08:43



SpaceX gets FAA permission to fly its Starship spacecraft prototype  

SpaceX has received authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fly suborbital missions with its Starship prototype spacecraft, paving the way for test flights at its Boca Chica, Texas site. SpaceX has been hard at work readying its latest Starship prototype for low-altitude, short-duration, controlled flight tests, and conducted another static engine fire test […]

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2020-05-28 06:45:01



Meditation and mindfulness apps continue their surge amid pandemic  

The coronavirus pandemic has led to a surge in downloads of mental wellness, and specifically, those focused on meditation, dealing with anxiety and helping users fall asleep. According to a new report from app store intelligence firm Sensor Tower, the world’s 10 largest English-language mental wellness apps in April saw a combined 2 million more […]

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2020-05-28 06:30:06



Former Lime exec launches Cabana, a company that merges #vanlife and hotels  

Is it glamping on wheels? Hotel #vanlife? It’s Cabana, a new startup from a former Lime executive that’s bringing tricked out vans with all the amenities of a Holiday Inn hotel room to cities on the West Coast starting in Seattle. “Because of Lime I spent 54 consecutive weeks on the road staying at hotels,” […]

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2020-05-28 06:15:02



Carry1st has $4M to invest in African mobile gaming  

Gaming development startup Carry1st has raised a $2.5 million seed round led by CRE Venture Capital . That brings the company’s total VC to $4 million, which Carry1st will deploy to support and invest in game publishing across Africa. The startup — with offices in New York, Lagos, and South Africa — was co-founded in […]

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2020-05-28 05:59:25



Google makes sharing Plus Codes easier in a push to simplify addressing system globally  

Two years ago, Google open-sourced Plus Codes, a digital addressing system to help billions of people navigate to places that don't have clear addresses. The company said today it is making it easier for anyone with an Android device to share its rendition of an address — a six-digit alphanumeric code. Google Maps users on Android […]

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2020-05-28 05:52:46



Presso shifts focus to clothing disinfecting for film studios amid COVID-19 concerns  

The Presso team first piqued my interest in a trip to Hong Kong last summer. The startup promised a clever approach to dry cleaning that involved setting up robotic kiosks in hotel hallways. The product is aimed at traveling business people looking for a quick clean of rumpled up clothing ahead of an important business […]

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2020-05-28 05:46:43



Join GGV's Hans Tung and Jeff Richards for a live Q&A: June 4 at 3:30 pm EDT/12:30 pm PDT  

What does a global mindset look like in a world where most of us no longer travel? And what does it mean to be local when everyone is connected? Those are the first questions we had in mind when we read GGV Capital’s Twitter bio, which asserts that the investing shop with offices in five […]

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2020-05-28 05:46:12



Join us June 3 for a contact-tracing and exposure-notification app development and deployment forum  

Exposure notification and contact tracing are two related but distinct measures many public health authorities are either considering or already implementing. Contact tracing is a practice almost as old as epidemiology itself, but today’s technology means the way that we go about tracking the spread of a contagious illness within and between communities is changing […]

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2020-05-28 05:43:54



Netflix, Disney+ or HBO Max? The best streaming service for your watching habits  

Gone are the days of not having enough time to catch up on all of those movies and TV shows you've been meaning to get around to. For the foreseeable future, at least, many of us have nowhere to go and nothing but time on our hands. We've already offered a few suggestions for ways […]

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2020-05-28 05:43:30



Cookware startup Caraway raises $5.3M as it eyes new product categories  

Caraway, a direct-to-consumer startup selling ceramic pots and pans, is announcing that it has raised $5.3 million in seed funding. Founder and CEO Jordan Nathan (previously a brand manager at e-commerce holding company Mohawk Group) told me that he became interested in cookware after burning a Teflon pan and learning more about the dangers of […]

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2020-05-28 05:29:25



Hulu launches a new Watch Party feature for virtual viewing parties and chat  

Hulu today is introducing a new feature called “Hulu Watch Party,” its first social feature that will allow viewers to virtually watch Hulu together at the same time while in separate locations and chat with one another within the Hulu app. The feature is being tested first on Hulu.com for Hulu’s “No Ads” subscribers for […]

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2020-05-28 05:28:19



Raspberry Pi Foundation announces Raspberry Pi 4 with 8GB of RAM  

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has released a new version of its flagship model, the Raspberry Pi 4. In addition to the models that come with 2GB and 4GB of RAM, there's a new 8GB model. This model costs $75, which makes it the most expensive Raspberry Pi out there. As always, you get a single-board […]

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2020-05-28 05:20:48



Dishcraft Robotics is using robots to save reopening restaurants from creating more waste  

Dishcraft Robotics has a simple pitch to corporate kitchens and restaurants that could potentially save tons of single use plastic, non-compostable takeout containers, dishware and cutlery from ending up landfills. Use its cleaning service that will drop off all the clean, reusable dishware and cutlery a restaurant or corporate kitchen could possibly need in the […]

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2020-05-28 05:20:46



Audient's EVO 4 is a sleek, modern USB audio interface with useful smart features  

The USB audio interface is a fairly standardized device - for those who might not know, that’s the hardware you use to take a microphone or instrument that uses an XLR or 1/4″ output and get that into your computer via a USB connection for recording or streaming. There are a lot of choices in […]

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2020-05-28 05:19:30



Plex launches a co-watching experience for its on-demand library and users' personal media  

Virtual viewing parties that let people watch video together remotely have become a popular way to stay connected with friends and family amid the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier today, Hulu announced the addition of a new “Watch Party” feature for its site to make a virtual viewing experience a built-in feature of its service. Now, media […]

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2020-05-28 05:12:56



Truthset raises $4.75M to help marketers score their data  

Data, the cliche goes, is the new oil of the digital economy. But Truth{set} co-founder and CEO Scott McKinley wants to know: “Why does no one care about the quality of that fuel?” That’s an issue McKinley saw in his seven years as an executive at Nielsen, where he said he realized that marketing data […]

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2020-05-28 04:39:48



YouTube introduces Video Chapters to make it easier to navigate longer videos  

If you’ve ever found yourself scrubbing your way through a long YouTube video to get to the “good” part, you’ll appreciate the new feature YouTube is launching today: Video Chapters. The feature uses timestamps that creators apply to their videos, allowing viewers to easily jump forward to a specific section of the video or rewatch […]

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2020-05-28 04:27:42



Win a Wild Card to compete in Startup Battlefield at Disrupt 2020  

Ready to take advantage of every opportunity to keep your startup on track and moving forward? Yes, yes you are. Exhibiting in Startup Alley during Disrupt SF 2020 is nothing but opportunity. It offers founders beaucoup benefits, but there's one more whopper waiting for two standout startups. We're talking about the Wild Card entry to […]

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2020-05-28 03:58:25



Amazon says it will offer full-time jobs to 125,000 temporary workers  

In a blog post today, Amazon announced plans to offer permanent jobs to around 70% of the 175,000 temporary workers it brought on to meet demand amid a COVID-19-fueled surge. Initially filled as seasonal positions, the company will be transferring 125,000 people to full-time roles next month, as the pandemic-fueled push theoretically dies down. Those […]

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2020-05-28 03:57:16



The secret to trustworthy data strategy  

To avoid common data insight killers, leaders can ensure their strategies identify key needs, prioritize, make their partners' workflows better — and ultimately serve customers.

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2020-05-28 03:21:29



Existing backers put another £40M into UK challenger bank Starling  

Starling Bank, the U.K.-based challenger bank founded by banking veteran Anne Boden, has raised an additional £40 million in funding, TechCrunch has learned. The round is led by existing backers, Harry McPike's JTC and Merian Chrysalis Investment Company Limited, and adds to the £60 million raised in February this year. Now boasting 1.4 million accounts, […]

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2020-05-28 02:29:59



Vaya Africa launches electric ride-hail taxi network  

Vaya Africa, a ride-hail mobility venture founded by Zimbabwean mogul Strive Masiyiwa, has launched an electric taxi service and charging network in Zimbabwe with plans to expand across the continent. The South Africa headquartered company has acquired a fleet of Nissan Leaf EVs and developed its own solar powered charging stations. The program goes live […]

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2020-05-28 02:13:57



DHL acquires stake in Link Commerce developed by MallforAfrica  

DHL has acquired a minority stake in Link Commerce, a turn-key e-commerce company that grew out of MallforAfrica.com — a Nigerian digital-retail startup. Link Commerce offers a white-label solution for doing digital-sales in emerging markets. Retailers can plug into the company's e-commerce platform to create a web-based storefront that manages payments and logistics. With the […]

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2020-05-28 01:55:09



Nuro's self-driving vehicles to deliver prescriptions for CVS Pharmacy  

Nuro, the autonomous robotics startup that has raised more than $1 billion from Softbank Vision Fund, Greylock and other investors, said Thursday it will test prescription delivery in Houston through a partnership with CVS Pharmacy. The pilot, which will use a fleet of the startup’s autonomous Toyota Prius vehicles and transition to using its custom-built […]

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2020-05-28 01:53:22



Going to war with Twitter, Trump threatens critical social media legal protections  

Accusing Twitter of censorship for adding a contextual label to false claims he made about the 2020 election process, President Trump has again declared war on social media companies. After the White House told reporters that the president would soon announce an executive order "pertaining to social media," the draft of that order is out […]

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2020-05-28 01:49:04



Meniga, the digital banking tech provider, raises €8.5M led by French bank Groupe BPCE  

Meniga, the London-headquartered fintech that provides digital banking technology to some of the world's largest banks, has closed a €8.5 million in additional funding. Described primarily as a “strategic investment,” the round is led by Groupe BPCE, the second-largest banking group in France, alongside Portugal's Grupo Credito Agrícola and long-standing strategic partner UniCredit. All three […]

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2020-05-28 01:42:28



Meet News Break, the news app trending in America founded by a Chinese media veteran  

TikTok isn’t the only new media app with a Chinese background that’s making waves in the U.S. News Break, a news app founded by China’s media veteran Jeff Zheng with teams in Beijing, Shanghai, Seattle and Mountain View, has ranked No. 1 among all free iPhone news apps on the U.S. App Store several times […]

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2020-05-28 01:33:13



German federal court squashes consent opt-outs for non-functional cookies  

Yet another stake through the dark-patterned heart of consentless online tracking. Following a key cookie consent ruling by Europe’s top court last year, Germany’s Federal Court (BGH) has today handed down its own ‘Planet49’ decision — overturning an earlier appeal ruling when judges in a district court had allowed a pre-checked box to stand for […]

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2020-05-28 01:29:22



Jack Dorsey explains why Twitter fact-checked Trump's false voting claims  

After Twitter flagged a pair of President Trump’s tweets with a fact-checking label on Tuesday, tensions between the president and his favored social media platform are running high. On Wednesday night, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey—rarely one to pick a political fight—took to his own platform to clarify the company’s decision. Fact check: there is someone […]

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2020-05-28 01:03:03



Amazon offers more details about why HBO Max isn't on Fire TV  

WarnerMedia’s new streaming service HBO Max launched today with a couple of conspicuous absences from the list of supported devices — Max is not yet available on Roku or Amazon’s Fire TV. It sounds like this isn’t just a technical issue that will be fixed imminently. WarnerMedia’s vice president of communications Chris Willard told USA Today […]

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2020-05-27 20:27:31



Canada court finds against Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou on double criminality; extradition trial to continue  

In a closely watched decision today, the Supreme Court of British Columbia published a key decision in the extradition case of Meng Wanzhou, the CFO of Huawei Technologies, China's largest telecommunications company and a frequent target of U.S. policymakers. In its ruling, the court said that the case met the standard for “double criminality,” and […]

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2020-05-27 20:23:09



SpaceX's first astronaut launch is scrubbed due to weather – next attempt set for Saturday  

UPDATE: SpaceX and NASA made the call to scrub the launch today since there were a couple of weather issues that prevented the attempt from taking place. The next window for the launch is Saturday, May 30 at 3:22 PM EDT (12:22 PM PDT). SpaceX is set to mark a huge milestone in its own […]

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2020-05-27 20:05:34



Up close with the fresh new spacesuits astronauts will soon wear in orbit for the first time  

Inside the first American spacecraft to take humans to orbit since the Space Shuttle, launching today, are, well, humans. And those humans are wearing brand new spacesuits that are also making a historic debut. Ahead of today’s launch (which you can watch here), NASA and SpaceX gave a fresh look at the new suits, which […]

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2020-05-27 20:03:25



Fintech regulations in Latin America could fuel growth or freeze out startups  

Regulatory consistency, legislation that tunes in with sector capabilities and forward-thinking agile startups will give continued growth and innovation the biggest chance of success.

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2020-05-27 18:43:09



Angling to be eyewear's next big thing, Futuremood launches with mood-altering sunglasses  

Austin Soldner and Michael Schaecher, the co-founders of the new sunglasses brand Futuremood, met at the newly formed San Francisco research and development lab created by the high-end audio tech developer Bose. The two were tasked with working on Bose’s sunglasses wearable and bonded over a shared interest in sneakers and fashion. Over many conversations […]

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2020-05-27 17:35:32



Rivian is building an in-house insurance agency  

Rivian is hiring an insurance agency data manager, a job posting that suggests the all-electric automaker is planning to offer its own insurance to customers. The job was first posted by RivianForums, which also reached out to TechCrunch with the tip. Roadshow/CNET also reported about this new position. Rivian wouldn’t provide more details about its […]

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2020-05-27 17:06:05



Appeals court rules in favor of Google, Apple, Facebook and Twitter in anti-conservative bias suit  

The same day Donald Trump took to Twitter to threaten to regulate or shut down social media sites, the U.S. appeals court in Washington, D.C. dismissed a lawsuit accusing top tech companies of silencing conservative voices. Filed in 2018 by nonprofit Freedom Watch and right-wing gadfly Laura Loomer, the suit accused Apple, Facebook, Twitter and […]

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2020-05-27 17:05:02



Tesla cuts prices across EV lineup, ends free supercharging for Model S, Model X  

Tesla slashed prices across its electric vehicle portfolio overnight as the automaker aims to boost sales in an economy beaten down by the COVID-19 pandemic. Reuters and Electrek were the first to report the changes. The base price of Model 3 standard range plus is now $37,990, a $2,000 reduction. But the biggest cuts were […]

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2020-05-27 15:32:38



Chan Zuckerberg Initiative drops $3.8M on 23 biomedical open source projects  

The philanthropic arm of the Zuckerberg fortune is infusing $3.8 million worth of grants into nearly two dozen open source software projects in biomedical research. It’s the second such disbursement of funds, and a third will be open for applications next month. The grants range in size from $50,000 to $250,000 and any biomed-centric project […]

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2020-05-27 13:55:42



Instagram to test new revenue streams, including Badges and IGTV ads  

Instagram today is launching new tools that enable video creators to make money, including badges that viewers can purchase during Instagram Live videos and the introduction of IGTV ads. Both launches are considered a test as the company is limiting the features’ availability during its experimentation phase, it says. Badges will give viewers a way […]

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2020-05-27 13:43:37



After Twitter fact-check, Trump threatens to regulate or close down social media platforms  

Once again, Donald Trump has doubled down. Following the addition of a fact-checking warning label added to his tweet about mail-in ballots, Trump took to the platform yet again to denounce it. In what may be his strongest words to date against a service that has largely given him free rein to this point, the […]

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2020-05-27 13:30:37



Take a look inside Crew Dragon, SpaceX's first human spacecraft, ahead of its historic launch  

SpaceX is in the process of preparing for its historic first astronaut launch, with a mission to demonstrate its human spaceflight capabilities by flying NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken to the International Space Station. That flight is set to happen at 4:33 PM EDT (1:33 PM PDT), weather permitting, but meanwhile SpaceX has […]

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2020-05-27 13:28:37



Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg shares his COVID-19 strategy and tactics  

This week, Verizon Communications CEO Hans Vestberg joined us for an episode of Extra Crunch Live. Vestberg is leading the company through the midst of one its biggest rollouts to date with the push into 5G connectivity. In our discussion, he spoke about how he’s managing the organization during this global crisis, his thoughts on […]

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2020-05-27 13:13:17



Siren raises $11.8M for its limb-saving smart socks  

Can a pair of socks help those with diabetes avoid foot amputations? That's one of the ideas behind Siren, a company that's building smart, washable fabric wearables — the first of which is a pair of socks meant to help those with diabetes monitor their foot health and detect dangerous injuries early. They've just raised […]

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2020-05-27 12:50:32



Gmail's new feature makes it easier to personalize your inbox  

Google is introducing a new “quick settings” menu in Gmail aimed at helping users browse, discover and use different themes and settings to customize their Gmail experience. These options include the ability to change the density of text, select from different inbox types and add reading panes and options to theme your inbox. They are […]

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2020-05-27 12:32:58



Onboarding employees and maintaining culture in a remote work environment   

How do you get someone up to speed when you've never actually met them? How do you maintain culture when many people are never in the same place?

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2020-05-27 11:50:47



5G, AI, cybersecurity and renewable energy set for investment boost under EU coronavirus recovery plan  

The European Commission is proposing to direct billions of euros of financial relief into high tech and green investments to help the bloc recover from the coronavirus crisis. Technologies such as 5G, AI, cloud, cybersecurity, supercomputing and renewable energy look set to benefit from a €750BN pan-EU support package set out today — aligning with […]

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2020-05-27 11:35:33



RudderStack raises $5M seed round for its open-source Segment competitor  

RudderStack, a startup that offers an open-source alternative to customer data management platforms like Segment, today announced that it has raised a $5 million seed round led by S28 Capital. Salil Deshpande of Uncorrelated Ventures and Mesosphere/D2iQ co-founder Florian Leibert (through 468 Capital) also participated in this round. In addition, the company also today announced […]

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2020-05-27 11:14:40



Toro snags $4M seed investment to monitor data quality  

Toro’s founders started at Uber helping monitor the data quality in the company’s vast data catalogs, and they wanted to put that experience to work for a more general audience. Today, the company announced a $4 million seed round. The round was co-led by Costanoa Ventures and Point72 Ventures with help from a number of […]

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2020-05-27 10:58:46



We throw away 80% of our content ideas, and you should too  

Plenty of ideas have merit, but when it comes to which ones you move forward with, make sure you're investing time and budget into the ideas with the highest probability of value and success.

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2020-05-27 10:16:04



Google expands tools to help businesses impacted by COVID-19  

Google is rolling out a series of updates aimed at helping local businesses adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic while continuing to serve their customers across Google Maps and Search. Since the outbreak, Google has made it possible for businesses to communicate to customers things like their revised operating hours or temporary closures, among other things. […]

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2020-05-27 09:54:39



Bang & Olufsen's latest Beoplay E8 fully wireless earbuds offer top sound and comfort  

Bang & Olufsen has an excellent reputation in home audio, and its original Beoplay E8 fully wireless headphones were a category leader when there was barely a category to lead. The company recently launched the third version of the E8, a new generation of hardware that comes with a number of improvements for better audio […]

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2020-05-27 09:22:46



HBO Max launches today, here's what you need to know  

HBO Max, the HBO -plus-other-stuff streaming service from WarnerMedia, is finally here. At $14.99 per month, the service — initially available to subscribers in the United States — is more expensive than competing offerings like Netflix and Disney+. But from another angle, it’s still a pretty sweet deal, since you’re getting HBO, plus a whole […]

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2020-05-27 08:57:05



ICE used 'stingray' cell phone snooping tech hundreds of times since 2017  

Newly released documents show U.S. immigration authorities have used a secretive cell phone snooping technology hundreds of times across the U.S. in the past three years. The documents, obtained through a public records lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union and seen by TechCrunch, show that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deployed cell site […]

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2020-05-27 08:42:45



Investors say emerging multiverses are the future of entertainment  

The COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating the adoption of new technologies and cultural shifts that were already well underway. According to a clutch of heavy-hitting investors, this dynamic is particularly strong in gaming and extended reality. Unlike other segments of the startup and tech world, where valuations have been slashed, early-stage companies focused on building new […]

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2020-05-27 07:38:09



Census raises $4.3M seed to put product info in cloud data warehouses to work  

Companies spend inordinate amounts of time and money building data warehouses and moving data from enterprise applications. But once they get the data in, how do they get specific information like product data back out and distribute it to business operations, who can use it to better understand customers? That’s where Census comes in. It […]

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2020-05-27 07:26:32



Instagram's AR filters are getting more dynamic  

Augmented reality filters on Instagram are picking up some new tricks with the latest update to Facebook’s Spark AR platform. Spark AR has been making pretty consistent updates to the feature sets developers can play with in creating AR filters since it exited closed beta on Instagram last year. Today, Facebook added some new functionality […]

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2020-05-27 07:10:53



Rise Gardens raises seed funding for an indoor hydroponic gardening system  

You don't need a green thumb and a big backyard to grow baskets of fresh produce. In fact, according to Chicago-based Rise Gardens, you probably just need a bookshelf's worth of space in your living room and an app. Rise Gardens, an indoor hydroponic gardening system, has raised $2.6 million in seed funding for home-grown […]

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2020-05-27 06:52:11



Docker expands relationship with Microsoft to ease developer experience across platforms  

When Docker sold off its enterprise division to Mirantis last fall, that didn’t mark the end of the company. In fact, Docker still exists and has refocused as a cloud-native developer tools vendor. Today it announced an expanded partnership with Microsoft around simplifying running Docker containers in Azure. As its new mission suggests, it involves […]

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2020-05-27 06:51:29



An hourly home-sharing startup in San Francisco finds itself in the city's crosshairs  

Emmanuel Bamfo is used to fighting uphill battles. Still, his latest fight, with the city of San Francisco, may well destroy his business if he doesn’t win it, and quickly. Bamfo is the co-founder and CEO of Globe, a year-old, six-person startup that connects customers with rooms in people’s mostly urban homes. Think Airbnb, except […]

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2020-05-27 06:47:09



French contact-tracing app StopCovid passes first vote  

Following a debate in the National Assembly, the lower house of the French parliament, deputies have voted in favor of the release of contact-tracing app StopCovid and the decree related to the app. While a vote in the parliament wasn't a mandatory step, the government wants to rally as many people as possible around the […]

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2020-05-27 06:27:24



Kentik raises $23.5M for its network intelligence platform  

Kentik, the company once known as CloudHelix, today announced that it has raised a $23.5 million growth funding round led by Vistara Capital Partners, with existing investors August Capital, Third Point Ventures, DCVC, and Tahoma Ventures also participating. With this round, Kentik has now raised a total of $61.7 million. The company’s platform allows enterprises […]

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2020-05-27 06:24:45



GoBear raises $17 million to expand its consumer financial services for Asian markets  

Singapore-based fintech startup GoBear has raised $17 million from returning investors Walvis Participaties, a Dutch venture capital firm, and Aegon N.V., a life insurance and asset management provider. The funding brings GoBear's total funding so far to $97 million, and will be used to expand its consumer financial services platform, which is available in seven […]

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2020-05-27 05:42:48



With $84 million in new cash, Commonwealth Fusion is on track for a demonstration fusion reactor by 2025  

Commonwealth Fusion Systems closed on its latest $84 million in new funding two weeks ago. The U.S. was still very much in the lockdown phase and getting a deal done, especially a multi-million dollar investment in a new technology aiming to make commercial nuclear fusion a reality after decades of hype, was “an interesting thing” […]

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2020-05-27 05:42:36



ChatableApps launches its hearing assistance app  

ChatableApps is launching its hearing assistance app on iOS today, with a wider Android release to follow shortly. Backed by Mark Cuban, and based on the work of auditory neural signal processing researcher Dr. Andy Simpson, the app removes background noise in near real-time so that one-to-one conversations can be heard more clearly. And, unlike […]

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2020-05-27 04:57:49



Google outlines plan to get some employees back to the office  

In a blog post, Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai gave an overview of the company’s plan to return its workforce to some semblance of normalcy—or at least a new normal. Google will begin opening some of its office buildings in various cities starting on July 6, allowing a small amount of its employees who […]

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2020-05-27 04:57:49



Facebook launches Collab, a mix-and-match app for making collaborative music videos  

Facebook’s internal R&D group, NPE Team, is rolling out yet another new app today called Collab after having just launched a new group audio calling app, CatchUp, on Tuesday. With Collab, the focus has now returned to video, and specifically, the concept of watching, mixing and matching original videos together, beginning with music. In Collab, […]

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2020-05-27 04:55:46



CryptoKitties developer launches NBA TopShot, a new blockchain-based collectible collab with the NBA  

When Dapper Labs launched CryptoKitties back in November 2017, the company’s take on Tamagotchi was seen as the first popular use of blockchain-based applications. It was the first popular use case outside of Bitcoin as a speculative investment. Like all fads, CryptoKitties didn’t last, but the app proved that Dapper Labs could build a compelling […]

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2020-05-27 04:11:25



Indonesian startup Delman raises $1.6 million to help companies clean up data  

Delman, a Jakarta-based data management startup, has raised $1.6 million in seed funding. The round was led by Intudo Ventures, with participation from Prasetia Dwidharma Ventures and Qlue Performa Indonesia, and will be used to establish a research and development center and hire software engineers and data scientists. Delman was founded in 2018 by chief […]

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2020-05-27 03:51:42



Ola Electric acquires Etergo, to launch own line of electric two wheelers this year  

Ola Electric, the EV business that spun out of the ride-hailing giant Ola last year, has acquired an Amsterdam-based electric scooter startup as the Indian firm looks to locally produce and launch its own line of two wheelers as soon as this year. The Indian firm said Wednesday it had acquired Etergo, a Dutch firm […]

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2020-05-27 03:36:28



Crypto Startup School: Capturing value in crypto through network effects and mechanism design  

Week three of a16z's Crypto Startup School focuses on understanding how to capture value and design proper incentives within the decentralized framework. We learn how familiar ideas like network effects and mechanism design can hold unique power for crypto networks.

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2020-05-27 03:27:48



YouTube Kids app is now available for Apple TV  

YouTube Kids, the video platform's version of its service that lets families set age categories, viewing timers and other controls, is now available on Apple TV. Country availability is listed here, with more to be added later. YouTube says that safety controls still need to be set through the mobile version of the app. YouTube […]

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2020-05-27 03:24:19



Google removes millions of negative TikTok reviews amid backlash in India  

ByteDance's TikTok app, which has gained hundreds of millions of users in India with its short-form videos, is facing criticism in its biggest overseas market after disturbing videos surfaced on the platform. Phrases such as BanTikTok, DeleteTikTok, and BlockTikTok have trended on Twitter in India in the past three weeks after numerous users expressed disgust […]

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2020-05-27 02:55:47



Zipline begins US medical delivery with UAV program honed in Africa  

Drones are being deployed in the fight to curb COVID-19 in the U.S. Novant Health and California based UAV delivery startup Zipline have launched distribution of personal protective gear and medical equipment in North Carolina. Novant is a non-profit healthcare provider with a network in the Southeastern United States. Through the partnership, Zipline’s drones will […]

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2020-05-27 02:45:47



Walmart partners with fashion consignment marketplace thredUP  

Walmart is continuing its foray into fashion e-commerce, announcing a strategic partnership with fashion resale marketplace thredUP to list a large number of the items on Walmart's digital storefront. With this partnership over 750,000 items from thredUP will be available on walmart.com/thredup, starting today. Notably, only clothing items and shoes marked as "new" or "like […]

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2020-05-27 02:34:15



Quibi inches toward usability by adding AirPlay streaming support  

When it launched in April, Quibi carried the express mission statement of offering short-form videos designed to watch on-the-fly. The service's narrow focus rubbed a lot of potential subscribers the wrong way, with many requesting a more traditional method for watching the service's series. Quibi founder Jeffrey Katzenberg blames coronavirus for the streaming app’s challenges […]

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2020-05-27 02:16:03



Extra Crunch Live: Join Initialized's Alexis Ohanian and Garry Tan for a live Q&A on Tuesday at 2pm EDT/11am PDT  

Extra Crunch Live is on fire, and the hits keep rolling! Next week, we’ll sit down with Initialized’s Alexis Ohanian and Garry Tan. You can catch the chat live on Tuesday, June 2 at 2 p.m. EDT/11 a.m. PDT. Alexis Ohanian is the founder and former CEO of Reddit, and his investment portfolio includes Flexport, […]

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2020-05-27 01:56:30



Smart home company Savant set to acquire GE Lighting  

Massachusetts-based smart home company Savant Systems this morning announced a deal to require GE Lighting. The division has existed as part of General Electric since 1911, with its origins reaching back even further to Thomas Edison's work in the space. Today's GE Lighting portfolio still largely revolves around bulbs, with some push into more modern […]

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2020-05-27 01:50:07



Daily Crunch: HBO Max launches in the US  

WarnerMedia unveils its new streaming service, Donald Trump is mad at Twitter and GE Lighting has a new owner. Here’s your Daily Crunch for May 27, 2020. 1. HBO Max launches today, here's what you need to know At $14.99 per month, the service — initially available to subscribers in the United States — is […]

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2020-05-27 01:35:45






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