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Hyundai to bring three new EVs to market under spin-off brand Ioniq  

Hyundai has launched a dedicated EV brand called Ioniq with plans to bring three all-electric vehicles to market over the next four years. The Ioniq brand is part of the Korean automaker’s broader strategy to sell 1 million battery electric vehicles — and take a 10% share of the EV market — by 2025. If […]

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2020-08-10 20:29:32



Max Q: SpaceX takes a big hop forward in Starship development  

It wasn't the busiest week in space tech news -- much like a lot of the industry, it feels like we're entering into a bit of a summer doldrums period, when things slow down considerably.

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2020-08-10 20:27:26



Reddit CEO defends allowing Trump ads ahead of presidential election  

Reddit is gearing up to run ads for President Donald Trump ahead of the 2020 presidential election despite concerns from employees, TechCrunch has learned. Reddit CEO Steve Huffman addressed some of these employee concerns during an all-hands meeting last week, viewed by TechCrunch. “I know for many of you, [Trump] is simply a symbol of […]

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2020-08-10 20:07:45



Amazon tops 1 million Prime subscribers in India; reports record seller participation in Prime Day  

Amazon has amassed at least 1 million subscribers for its Prime loyalty program in India, the e-commerce giant revealed today in a long rundown of how its platform fared during last week's Prime Day in the world’s second largest internet market. More than a million Prime subscribers in India shopped from small businesses in the […]

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2020-08-10 18:47:31



Trump administration announces major midband spectrum auction for 5G  

5G is increasingly coming into focus as a set of technologies that has the potential to dramatically expand the quality, bandwidth and range of wireless connectivity. One of the major blocks to actually rolling out these technologies though is simply spectrum: there just isn't enough of it available for private use. 5G needs spectrum at […]

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2020-08-10 16:43:26



Seed funding tips and tricks from Uncork Capital founder Jeff Clavier  

Angel funding, seed investing and generally focusing on earlier stage investing is a huge business in the world of startups these days — it helps investors get in early to the most promising companies, and (because of the smaller size of the checks) allows for even the less prolific to spread their bets. There was […]

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2020-08-10 14:04:26



IFA cancels Global Markets event, but organizers say rest of show planning is in 'full swing'  

Late last-month, CES's organizers called an audible, canceling the in-person tech show for 2021. The news seemingly caused the forces behind Berlin-based IFA to double down on the messaging for their upcoming event. Ahead of the September show, IFA has been particularly aggressive in attempting to get the word out. Take the August 4 press […]

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2020-08-10 13:38:19



DoubleVerify says ad fraudsters are using public domain content to create fake TV apps  

The team at DoubleVerify, a company that helps advertisers eliminate fraud and ensure brand safety, said that it’s recently identified a new tactic used by ad fraudsters seeking to make money on internet-connected TVs. Senior Vice President of Product Management Roy Rosenfeld said that it’s harder for those fraudsters to create a legitimate-looking TV app […]

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2020-08-10 13:37:19



The Station: Uber eats rides, the next micromobility trend, Levandowksi's day in court  

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every Saturday in your inbox. Hello and welcome back to The Station, a newsletter dedicated to all the present and future ways people and packages move from Point A to Point B. A […]

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2020-08-10 13:36:04



Nikola stock surges on order for 2,500 electric garbage trucks  

Electric truck maker Nikola announced an order for 2,500 garbage trucks, which sent the startup's stock soaring today. The order is expected to begin construction in 2023, with on-road testing scheduled for 2022. Republic Services placed the order, which is expandable up to 5,000 trucks. The company is said to be the second-largest recycling and […]

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2020-08-10 13:11:06



Rep. Zoe Lofgren to talk privacy and policy at Disrupt 2020  

We’re excited to announce that Rep. Zoe Lofgren is coming to Disrupt 2020 this September 14-18. Lofgren, a Democrat congresswoman and California native, has served at the heart of Silicon Valley since she was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1995, under which she’s served four presidents — and impeached exactly half […]

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2020-08-10 12:20:09



Amazon relaunches Twitch Prime as Prime Gaming  

Amazon Prime is highlighting its offerings for gamers today with the launch of a service called Prime Gaming. This is a new version of Twitch Prime, a service that Amazon launched four years ago tied to the popular game streaming service that it acquired in 2014. In both its old and new incarnations, Twitch Prime/Prime […]

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2020-08-10 11:02:45



CA judge grants preliminary injunction forcing Uber and Lyft to reclassify drivers as employees  

California Superior Court Judge Ethan Schulman has granted a preliminary injunction forcing Uber and Lyft to reclassify its drivers as employees. This order is set to go into effect in 10 days. “The Court is under no illusion that implementation of its injunction will be costly,” Judge Schulman wrote in the order. “There can be […]

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2020-08-10 10:59:37



Equity Monday: The TikTok saga rolls on as earnings season starts to wrap  

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch's venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This is Equity Monday, our weekly kickoff that tracks the latest big news, chats about the coming week, digs into some recent funding rounds and mulls over a larger theme or narrative from the private markets. You can […]

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2020-08-10 10:27:04



CakeResume, which wants to become Asia's largest tech talent pool, raises $900,000 seed round  

CakeResume is a startup creating an alternative for the tech industry to job search platforms like LinkedIn. The Taipei-based company, founded in 2016, announced today that it has raised $900,000 in seed funding from Mynavi, one of the largest staffing and public relations companies in Japan. The round will be used to expand CakeResume's operations […]

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2020-08-10 10:18:21



Three growth marketing experts share their best tools and strategies for 2020  

At last month’s Early Stage virtual event, channel growth experts joined TechCrunch reporters and editors for a series of conversations covering the best tools and strategies for building startups in 2020. For this post, I’ve recapped highlights of talks with: Ethan Smith, founder and CEO, Graphite Susan Su, startup growth advisor, executive-in-residence, Sound Ventures Asher […]

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2020-08-10 10:13:57



U.S. gaming industry records another excellent quarter as pandemic fuels sales  

The COVID-19 pandemic has utterly decimate a number of industries over the the past several months, but the U.S. gaming industry continues to benefit as people continue to be stuck at home. Yet another report from NPD highlights an excellent quarter, with spending hitting a new Q2 record in the States. According to the figures, […]

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2020-08-10 09:59:53



Minecraft: Education Edition comes to Chromebooks  

Microsoft today announced that Minecraft: Education Edition is now available on Chromebooks. Now, if you were hoping that this means that the standard Minecraft game is now available on Chromebooks, too, I’m afraid I’ll have to disappoint you. The Education Edition not only requires a Microsoft 365 for Education (A3 or A5) license, it’s also […]

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2020-08-10 09:21:45



Shares of Uber, Lyft drift lower after California judge says that contract drivers are employees  

Shares of Uber and Lyft dipped modestly after a California judge granted a preliminary injunction that TechCrunch reports could force the two American ride-hailing companies to reclassify drivers as employees in the state. Uber’s stock is off about 1.3% following the cessation of normal trading hours after dipping around 2% in regular trading. Lyft’s stock […]

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2020-08-10 08:47:51



Watch the trailer for Netflix's new family space drama about a mission to Mars  

As deep space missions and Mars colonies continue to shift from science fiction to potential near-future reality, it’s not surprising to see Hollywood think about different types of stories to tell about space exploration. “Away,” a new series from Netflix premiering on September 4, looks like that kind of story. The show stars Oscar-winner Hilary […]

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2020-08-10 07:49:35



With a renewed focus on creative skills, online learning company Skillshare raises $66M  

Skillshare CEO Matt Cooper said 2020 has been a year of rapid growth — even before the pandemic forced large swaths of the population to stay home and turn to online learning for entertainment and enrichment. Cooper (who became CEO in 2017) told me that the company decided last year to “focus on our strength,” […]

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2020-08-10 07:38:43



Unpacking Duck Creek Technologies' IPO and hoped-for $2.7B valuation  

Tech stocks retain their highs as the second quarter’s earnings season begins to fade into the rearview mirror, and there are still a number of companies looking to go public while the times are good. It looks like a smart move, as public investors are hungry for growth-oriented shares — which is just what tech […]

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2020-08-10 07:18:03



Beware bankers talking TikTok  

The next few weeks is going to be a critical time for ByteDance-owned TikTok. The company is weeks away from a ban signed by President Trump, and while the company is expected to sue the U.S. federal government this week to block it, clearly the company's future has at least storm clouds on the horizon. […]

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2020-08-10 07:06:52



Apple watchOS 7 preview  

Of the big three Apple operating systems, watchOS arguably gets the least love. That goes double in a year that sees macOS getting its biggest overhaul in recent memory. On the whole, the Apple Watch's software is often overlooked, as smartwatch users tend to focus attention on the addition of new hardware sensors and the […]

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2020-08-10 05:31:56



Extra Crunch Partner Perk: Members save 20% on Canva Pro  

We’re excited to announce an update to an existing Partner Perk from design platform Canva . Starting today, annual and two-year members of Extra Crunch can receive 20% off an annual plan for Canva Pro. Canva empowers users to create social media graphics, presentations, posters and other visual content. Featuring a simple drag-and-drop user interface […]

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2020-08-10 04:58:25



Daily Crunch: Trying on Apple's watchOS 7  

The public beta of watchOS 7 is here, Amazon may be looking to turn malls into distribution centers and Skillshare raises $66 million. This is your Daily Crunch for August 10, 2020. The big story: Trying on Apple’s watchOS 7 Brian Heater walks us through all the changes coming in watchOS 7. It sounds like […]

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2020-08-10 04:29:54



iOS 14 redirects web links from News+ publishers directly to the Apple News app  

Apple’s still-in-beta operating systems will automatically redirect News+ subscribers to the Apple News app when they click on links from a News+ publisher. In other words, if you click or tap on a link to a paywalled story published by a News+ partner — including stories from our own Extra Crunch membership program — iOS […]

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2020-08-10 04:23:21



Mux raises $37M Series C as its API-based video streaming service scales  

This morning, Mux, a startup that provides API-based video streaming tooling and analytics, announced that it has closed a $37 million Series C round of capital. Andreessen Horowitz led the round, which included participation from Accel and Cobalt. Prior to this funding round, Mux most recently raised a roughly $20 million round in mid-2019. In […]

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2020-08-10 04:11:10



Y Combinator President Geoff Ralston shares actionable advice for startup founders  

Running a startup accelerator comes with a number of occupational hazards, but “skepticism is the easiest thing to fall into when you’ve seen too many companies,” said Y Combinator President Geoff Ralston, “and it’s the thing you have to avoid the most.” Ralston joined me last week for an hour-long Extra Crunch Live interview where […]

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2020-08-10 03:52:59



Polestar 1 Review: A hybrid grand tourer worthy of its $155,000 price  

The Polestar 1 is stunning inside and out. But it drives even better than it looks. This is a driver’s car. The Polestar 1 is an electric hybrid sports car, and yet it doesn’t feel like a hybrid. The power plant in the Polestar 1 is fascinating and delivers power in a way that’s different […]

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2020-08-10 03:49:29



Google Maps comes to Apple's watchOS and CarPlay dashboard  

Google Maps is now also available on the Apple Watch so you can get your walking, biking and driving directions right on your wrist. Don’t expect to get a full-blown Maps app on your wrist, though. The new app is mostly focused on giving you directions to known places (think home, work, etc.). To start […]

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2020-08-10 03:35:19



A Faraday Future prototype hits the auction block  

Faraday Future has yet to produce a production vehicle. The company burst out of nowhere in 2015 with wild claims of upsetting the electric vehicle market ruled by Tesla. That hasn’t happened yet, either. Instead, the company has fallen flat with its founder declaring personal bankruptcy, the company losing most of its founding team, and […]

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2020-08-10 03:25:41



ByteDance valuation under huge pressure as TikTok sale nears  

As it reached an estimated valuation of $100 billion this year, TikTok’s parent company ByteDance solidified its status as the most valuable startup in private markets. Its success outside China has also become a source of envy and inspiration among its local peers. Now, the company’s price tag is under tremendous pressure as it’s set […]

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2020-08-10 03:01:31



SpaceX reveals plans for a Texas spaceport resort in new job ad  

SpaceX has big plans for its Boca Chica, Texas site - where it’s currently building and testing Starship, the company’s next-generation passenger and cargo spacecraft. A new job posting spotted by CNBC’s Micheal Sheetz seeks a “Resort Development Manager” to be based out of Brownsville, the nearest neighboring town to the small Boca Chica area […]

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2020-08-10 02:32:26



VPN booms as countries around the world mull TikTok bans  

As countries around the world ban or threaten to restrict TikTok, interest in virtual private networks has spiked. The use of VPNs can let users access an online service from an encrypted tunnel and thus bypass app blocks. “We are seeing an increasing number of governments around the world attempting to control the information their […]

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2020-08-10 02:23:08



Creators need better community tools. Circle wants to fill the gap  

Entrepreneurial creators have to do a lot with limited time. They need to, well, create, but then they also need to build their marketing funnels, convert users to their paid products, and manage business operations. Yet, perhaps the most important task they face is keeping their existing fans engaged, since ultimately, that engagement ties directly […]

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2020-08-10 01:46:38



Abandoned mall department stores may become Amazon's next fulfillment center  

One of the largest owners of shopping mall real estate in the United Stages, Simon Property Group, has been talking to Amazon about transforming its anchor department stores into Amazon distribution hubs, according to the Wall Street Journal. In the case of Simon Property, the anchor tenants like J.C. Penney and Sears that used to […]

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2020-08-09 18:05:56



New bidders reportedly emerge for TikTok in the US as powerful critics assail the process  

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that TikTok and Twitter have held talks about a potential merger, even as the video sharing company defends itself against President Donald Trump’s pressure to force the sale of the business or potentially ban it. As the internationally distributed video streaming version of Chinese technology developer Bytedance’s social media […]

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2020-08-09 16:08:22



Original Content podcast: 'The Umbrella Academy' returns for a messy-but-delightful second season  

The first season of “The Umbrella Academy” had its flaws, but empathetic portrayals of its seven superhero siblings (all adults bearing the emotional scars of an upbringing under their strict adoptive father Reginald Hargreeves) more than made up for its meandering plot. In season two, which recently launched on Netflix, the Umbrella Academy has been […]

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2020-08-09 10:58:39



Gillmor Gang: Tic Talks  

The Gillmor Gang — Frank Radice, Michael Markman, Keith Teare, Denis Pombriant, Brent Leary, and Steve Gillmor . Recorded live Sunday, August 2, 2020. For more, subscribe to the Gillmor Gang Newsletter and join the notification feed here on Telegram. Produced and directed by Tina Chase Gillmor @tinagillmor @fradice, @mickeleh, @denispombriant, @kteare, @brentleary, @stevegillmor, @gillmorgang […]

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2020-08-09 10:28:56



VenoStent has a new technology to improve outcomes for dialysis patients  

Timothy Boure and his co-founder Geoffrey Lucks were both near broke when they moved to Dallas to join the first accelerator they entered after forming VenoStent, a company that aims to improve outcomes for dialysis patients. Failed dialysis surgeries occur in roughly 55% to 65% of patients with end-stage renal disease, according to the company. […]

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2020-08-09 10:08:14



TikTok is reportedly planning to challenge the Trump Administration ban  

TikTok, the video-sharing app that’s moved to the center of the economic conflict between the US and China, is planning to challenge the executive order issued by President Donald Trump that would force the sale or ban the service in the United States. According to a report from National Public Radio yesterday, TikTok could file […]

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2020-08-09 08:56:55



Apple goes to war with the gaming industry  

Most gamers may not view Apple as a games company to the same degree that they see Sony with PlayStation or Microsoft with Xbox, but the iPhone-maker continues to uniformly drive the industry with decisions made in the Apple App Store. The company made the news a couple times late this week for App Store […]

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2020-08-09 07:44:44



IPO mistakes, fintech results, and the Zenefits 'mafia'  

Welcome back to The TechCrunch Exchange, a weekly startups-and-markets newsletter for your weekend enjoyment.

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2020-08-09 04:19:36



Moft is back with a clever laptop sleeve that converts into a stand  

Moft is a clever company that makes clever products. For a while there, I was sporting their laptop stand. It was a head-turner when I used to unfold it during meetings — back when we used to do those in-person. The truth is, I ended up having to tear it off the bottom. It lasted […]

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2020-08-09 01:42:13



Startups Weekly: What countries want your startup?  

They say business needs certainty to succeed, but new tech startups are still getting funded aggressively despite the pandemic, recession, trade wars and various large disasters....

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2020-08-08 15:23:52



How I accidentally gatecrashed a startup's morning meeting  

There’s a certain kind of panic that at some point gets us all. You just got to work but did you leave the oven on at home? The gut-punch “call me ASAP” message from your boss but now they’re not answering their phone. Or that moment you unexpectedly see your camera light flash on your […]

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2020-08-08 13:59:59



Share Ventures, an LA-based studio for company creation, is MoviePass co-founder Hamet Watt's next act  

Nearly eight years ago, Hamet Watt and Stacy Spikes launched MoviePass, the subscription-based movie ticketing service that captured the minds and dollars of investors and brought thousands of cinephiles a too-good-to-be-true deal for all-you-can watch movie passes. Watt, who came to MoviePass as an entrepreneur in residence at True Ventures, previously founded the brand and […]

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2020-08-08 04:13:34



Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ hands-on  

During an Unpacked event that featured the announcement of five key new devices, the Galaxy Tab S7 didn't get a ton of love. Understandable, perhaps. It doesn't quite have the star power of the Note line, nor does it have the novelty of a new foldable or Bluetooth earbuds. Tablets in general just aren't exciting […]

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2020-08-07 21:31:37



A look inside Gmail's product development process  

Google has long been known as the leader in email, but it hasn’t always been that way. In 1997, AOL was the world’s largest email provider with around ten million subscribers, but other providers were making headway. Hotmail, now part of Microsoft Outlook, launched in 1996, Yahoo Mail launched in 1997 and Gmail followed in […]

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2020-08-07 13:49:10



Human Capital: Uber and Lyft's ongoing battle with the law and a brief history of diversity at Snap  

Welcome back to Human Capital (formerly known as Tech at Work), which looks at all things labor in tech. This week presented Uber and Lyft with a fresh labor lawsuit as a judge heard arguments from Uber, Lyft and lawyers on behalf of the people of California in a separate suit brought forth by California's […]

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2020-08-07 12:50:35



Wendell Brooks has resigned as president of Intel Capital  

When Wendell Brooks was promoted to president of Intel Capital, the investment arm of the chip giant, in 2015, he knew he had big shoes to fill. He was taking over from Arvind Sodhani, who had run the investment component for 28 years since its inception. Today, the company confirmed reports that Brooks has resigned […]

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2020-08-07 11:43:18



Extra Crunch Live: Join Eric Hippeau for a live Q&A on August 13 at 11am PT/2pm ET  

The media landscape is changing rapidly. Even before COVID, media companies were looking at new revenue models beyond your standard banner ad, all the while trying to navigate the oft-changing world of social media and search, where a minor algorithm change can boost or tank traffic. Anytime an industry is in the midst of a […]

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2020-08-07 10:11:45



How to access 'America's Seed Fund,' the $3 billion SBIR program  

One of the best-kept secrets in the world of capital is that the federal government has billions of dollars it’s dying to give away to early-stage founders and inventors — and all you have to do is ask. Well, there’s a bit more to it than that, so here’s a guide to getting in the […]

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2020-08-07 09:38:02



R&D Roundup: Supercomputer COVID-19 insights, ionic spiderwebs, the whiteness of AI  

I see far more research articles than I could possibly write up. This column collects the most interesting of those papers and advances, along with notes on why they may prove important in the world of tech and startups. This week: supercomputers take on COVID-19, beetle backpacks, artificial spiderwebs, the “overwhelming whiteness” of AI and […]

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2020-08-07 09:15:59



LivingPackets hopes to nurture a circular economy with its smart parcels  

More than ever before, people are getting life’s essentials delivered — good news for Amazon, but bad news for the environment, which must bear the consequences of the resulting waste. LivingPackets is a Berlin-based startup that aims to replace the familiar cardboard box with an alternative that’s smarter, more secure and possibly the building block […]

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2020-08-07 08:44:06



The rules of VC are being broken  

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch's venture capital-focused podcast (now on Twitter!), where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. As ever, I was joined by TechCrunch managing editor Danny Crichton and our early-stage venture capital reporter Natasha Mascarenhas. We had Chris on the dials and a pile of news to get through, so we […]

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2020-08-07 08:36:10



Civic tech platform Mobilize launches a census hub for the 2020 count's critical final stretch  

With the already narrow window of remaining time to complete a census count abruptly cut short by the Trump administration, getting every person living in the U.S. to fill out the form, already a scramble in a normal census year, is a compound challenge in 2020. The critical once-a-decade count determines everything from Congressional representation […]

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2020-08-07 08:17:43



Conversational analytics are about to change customer experiences forever  

Today, companies can capture intent data through conversational interfaces for proactive customer interactions and hyper-personalized experiences.

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2020-08-07 07:33:53



Hypotenuse AI wants to take the strain out of copywriting for e-commerce  

Imagine buying a dress online because a piece of code sold you on its ‘flattering, feminine flair’ — or convinced you ‘romantic floral details’ would outline your figure with ‘timeless style’. The very same day your friend buy the same dress from the same website but she’s sold on a description of ‘vibrant tones’, ‘fresh […]

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2020-08-07 07:15:39



Federal judge approves ending consent decrees that prevented movie studios from owning theaters  

A federal judge has approved the Department of Justice’s efforts to end the Paramount Consent Decrees — 70-year-old court orders that prevented movie studios from engaging in a variety of anti-competitive behaviors, including ownership of movie theaters. U.S. District Court Judge Analisa Torres cited the rise of streaming services like Netflix as one of the […]

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2020-08-07 06:26:17



Hear how working from home is changing startups and investing at Disrupt 2020  

Let's just say it has been a year. While a few ambitious startups like InVision and GitLab built their corporate cultures and talent hiring with a remote-first mentality, the reality is that the vast majority of founders never thought they would have to be socially distant from all of their employees. And it isn't going […]

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2020-08-07 05:41:28



mmhmm, the virtual presentation software from Phil Libin, launches its Beta 2  

mmhmm, the latest project from Evernote founder Phil Libin and All Turtles, has today announced the launch of the mmhmm Beta 2. The 100,000-strong waitlist of people who have requested access are getting their invite to the platform today. Also part of the beta 2: a handful of new features for the video presentation software. […]

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2020-08-07 05:39:39



As the world stays home, edtech's Q2 venture totals rose sharply  

My friend and colleague Natasha Mascarenhas has been reporting on the edtech beat quite a lot in 2020. So far reading her coverage, I’ve discovered that not only is edtech less dull than I anticipated, it’s actually somewhat interesting on a regular basis. This week, for example, India’s Byju bought WhiteHat Jr., another Indian edtech […]

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2020-08-07 05:10:49



Last chance to save on Disrupt 2020 passes  

It's last call startup fans, last call. We're not talking about International Beer Day (which is a thing and it's today — look it up). No, we mean August 7 is your absolute last chance to save up to $300 on a pass to Disrupt 2020. Beat the clock, buy your early-bird pass before 11:59 […]

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2020-08-07 05:09:47



Survey: Tell us what you think of Extra Crunch  

Since launching our membership product Extra Crunch 1.5 years ago, we've added a number of new features at the request of our community. This includes improvements to login stability, introducing the video Q&A series Extra Crunch Live, launching over a dozen Partner Perks and revamping our newsletters. We also listened to the community for where […]

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2020-08-07 05:02:27



Here are a few ways GPT-3 can go wrong  

Because algorithmic bias is rarely straightforward, many GPT-3 applications will act as canaries in the growing coal mine that is AI-driven applications.

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2020-08-07 04:57:01



IoT and data science will boost foodtech in the post-pandemic era  

Leveraging data, hardware and biological solutions can help brick-and-mortar stores remain relevant and continue churning out cash.

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2020-08-07 04:40:54



Netflix's latest effort to make inroads in India: Support for Hindi  

Only about 10% of India's 1.3 billion people know English. Yet, scores of firms operating in the country offer their services only in English. Netflix, one such company, said on Friday it's aiming to break through the language barrier. The American on-demand video streaming giant today rolled out support for Hindi, a language spoken by […]

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2020-08-07 04:21:50



Mashroom raises £4M for its 'end-to-end' lettings and property management service  

Mashroom, the London proptech that offers an “end-to-end” lettings and property management service, has raised £4 million in new funding. Backing comes from existing unnamed private investors and matched funding from the U.K. taxpayer-funded Future Fund. It brings total funding to date for the company to £7 million. Pitching itself as going “beyond the tenant-finding […]

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2020-08-07 03:54:17



Daily Crunch: Trump bans transactions with ByteDance and Tencent  

Trump escalates his campaign against Chinese tech companies, Facebook extends work from home until the middle of 2021 and Netflix adds support for Hindi. Here’s your Daily Crunch for August 7, 2020. The big story: Trump signs orders banning US business with TikTok owner ByteDance and Tencent's WeChat Both orders will take effect in 45 […]

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2020-08-07 03:53:08



Clean.io raises $5M to continue its battle against malicious adtech  

Clean.io, a startup that helps digital publishers protect themselves from malicious ads, recently announced that it has raised $5 million in Series A funding. The Baltimore-based company isn’t the only organization promising to fight malvertising (such as ads that force visitors to redirect to another website). But as co-founder wrote Seth Demsey told me last […]

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2020-08-07 03:47:18



How to pick the right Series A investors  

Early-stage startup founders who are embarking on a Series A fundraising round should consider this: their relationship with the members of their board might last longer than the average American marriage. In other words, who invests in a startup matters as much — or more — than the total capital they’re bringing with them. It’s […]

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2020-08-07 03:40:02



Do's and Don'ts of Working with the Press – Sign up to attend  

If you're exhibiting in Digital Startup Alley during Disrupt 2020 — or you plan to — do not miss this opportunity to sharpen your media skills. The first of our three-part interactive webinar series takes place on August 12th with, The Dos and Don'ts of Working with the Press. Pro tip: Our August webinar series […]

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2020-08-07 02:51:49



Sign up for the next Pitchers & Pitches competition on 8/13  

Here's a shout out to all the early-stage founders attending Disrupt 2020. Don't forget to register for our next Pitchers & Pitches — on August 13 — and get ready to hone your 60-second pitch to a razor's edge. If you're not in the know, our ongoing Pitchers and Pitches webinar series is a pitch-off-masterclass-mashup. It's […]

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2020-08-07 02:25:47



Facebook extends coronavirus work from home policy until July 2021  

Facebook has joined Google in saying it will allow employees to work from home until the middle of next year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. “Based on guidance from health and government experts, as well as decisions drawn from our internal discussions about these matters, we are allowing employees to continue voluntarily working […]

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2020-08-07 01:43:26



Trump signs orders banning US business with TikTok owner ByteDance and Tencent's WeChat  

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Thursday banning transactions with ByteDance, the parent company of popular app TikTok . The White House also announced that he signed a similar order banning transactions with WeChat, the messaging app owned by Tencent that is ubiquitous in China, but has a much smaller presence than TikTok […]

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2020-08-07 01:15:44



Daily Crunch: Twitter and Facebook take action against Trump  

Facebook and Twitter are taking a stronger stand against pandemic misinformation, we preview the latest version of macOS and a mental health startup raises $50 million. Here’s your Daily Crunch for August 6, 2020. The big story: Twitter, Facebook take action against Trump misinformation Facebook and Twitter both took action against a post from President […]

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2020-08-06 20:57:05



Google launches the final beta of Android 11  

With the launch of Android 11 getting closer, Google today launched the third and final beta of its mobile operating system ahead of its general availability. Google had previously delayed the beta program by about a month because of the coronavirus pandemic. Since Android 11 had already reached platform stability with Beta 2, most of […]

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2020-08-06 19:59:20



Can learning pods scale, or are they widening edtech's digital divide?  

Lucia, a six-year old, hides from Zoom calls and has rejected every edtech tool from Seesaw to Khan Academy. She will spend all of first grade in quarantine. Her mother, Claire Díaz-Ortiz, says her daughter fits squarely into the “distance learning death zone.” The idea is that younger children are too young to do distance […]

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2020-08-06 19:18:52



Google to roll out its digital learning platform to 23 million students and teachers in India's Maharashtra state  

Google has partnered with one of the largest states in India to provide its digital classroom services to tens of millions of students and teachers, the search giant said today, as it makes a further education push in the world's second largest internet market. The company, which recently announced plans to invest $10 billion in […]

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2020-08-06 17:35:32



Cadillac reveals Lyriq, its all-electric SUV flagship loaded with luxury and tech  

GM unveiled Thursday the Cadillac Lyriq, an all-electric crossover dripping in luxury, tech-forward touches and promising more than 300 miles of range that aims to propel the brand into a new electrified era. That new era for Cadillac will have to wait though. The company said the Lyriq will go into production in the U.S. […]

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2020-08-06 17:19:09



Judge says Uber, Lyft preliminary injunction ruling to come in 'a matter of days'  

California Superior Court Judge Ethan P. Schulman heard arguments from Uber and Lyft, as well as lawyers representing the people of California, regarding the request for a preliminary injunction that seeks to force Uber and Lyft to immediately reclassify their drivers as employees. Schulman did not make a ruling today but said we could all […]

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2020-08-06 14:34:54



Casa pivots to provide self-custody services to secure bitcoin  

Casa, a Colorado-based provider of bitcoin security services, is launching a managed service allowing customers to buy and hold their own bitcoin, rather than using an external custodian like Coinbase. “With self-custody using Casa it’s impossible to be hacked and nearly impossible to have your bitcoin stolen,” wrote chief executive Nick Neuman in an email. […]

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2020-08-06 14:23:01



Crossbeam announces $25M Series B to keep growing partnerships platform  

As sales teams partner with other companies, they go through a process called account mapping to find common customers and prospects. This is usually a highly manual activity tracked in spreadsheets. Crossbeam, a Philadelphia startup, has come up with a way to automate partnership data integration. Today the company announced a $25 million Series B […]

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2020-08-06 13:45:01



Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Tyler Mitchell to talk Imagine Impact at Disrupt 2020  

The world is changing quickly. It seems to be growing more complicated by the minute. Throughout the centuries, humans have used storytelling to make sense of the world around them. That is perhaps more true today than it ever was, as we have access to more stories (via the internet) than we ever have in […]

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2020-08-06 13:41:38



6 VCs on the future of Michigan's startup ecosystem  

The Michigan startup scene is growing and venture capitalists see several key areas of opportunities. What follows is a survey of some of the top VCs in the state and how they see COVID-19 affecting the growth of Detroit, Ann Arbor and all of Michigan’s startup ecosystem. According to the Michigan Venture Capital Association (MVCA), […]

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2020-08-06 12:37:26



Extra Crunch Live: Join a live Q&A with Max Levchin today at 1pm PT/4pm ET  

Money makes the world go round, as the saying goes. But how and where we spend it are still very much up for grabs. One person who has been pondering that question and providing answers very successfully is Max Levchin, and we’re very excited to have him as our special guest today on Extra Crunch […]

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2020-08-06 12:28:37



Uber's delivery business is now larger than ride-hailing  

Uber reported its second-quarter earnings Thursday, and buried in the blizzard of less-than-rosy numbers is a stunning figure that illustrates how much the company has changed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Uber’s delivery business — better known as Uber Eats — is now bigger than its original and core ride-hailing division, based on adjusted net revenue. […]

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2020-08-06 11:16:48



UK reported to be ditching coronavirus contacts tracing in favor of 'risk rating' app  

What’s going on with the UK’s coronavirus contacts tracing app? Reports in the national press today suggest a launch of the much delayed software will happen this month but also that the app will no longer be able to automatically carry out contacts tracing. The Times reports that a repackaged version of the app will […]

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2020-08-06 11:10:22



macOS 11.0 Big Sur preview  

I honestly can't remember when I first started writing about the mobile creep in macOS. It has happened little by little, update after update. My earlier fears that it would fully surrender to the influence of iOS have thus far not come to fruition, but the iPhone's operating system continues to be the clearest indicator […]

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2020-08-06 10:45:20



Apple 27-inch iMac review  

At its first virtual World Wide Developers Conference back in June, Apple unveiled a huge piece of news about the future of the Mac. After years of rumors, the company finally confirmed plans to wean itself off of Intel processors in favor of its own in-house ARM-based chips. Apple noted that the process would be […]

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2020-08-06 10:43:28



WordPress.com launches new P2 to take on internal communication tools  

WordPress.com, a division of Automattic, is launching a new product called P2. And this time, it's all about improving internal communications for private groups. As a remote company, Automattic has been using P2 internally for years to communicate asynchronously. It's a place to share long-form posts, a repository to keep onboarding documents and other important […]

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2020-08-06 10:41:14



On-demand mental health service provider Ginger raises $50 million  

Ginger, a provider of on-demand mental healthcare services, has raised $50 million in a new round of funding. The new capital comes as interest and investment in mental health and wellness has emerged as the next big area of interest for investors in new technology and healthcare services companies. Mental health startups saw record deal […]

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2020-08-06 10:10:28



Twitter adds labels for government officials and state-controlled media  

Twitter is introducing new labels for accounts and tweets tied to government officials and “state-affiliated media.” “Twitter provides an unmatched way to connect with, and directly speak to public officials and representatives,” the company wrote in the blog post announcing these changes. “This direct line of communication with leaders and officials has helped to democratize […]

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2020-08-06 07:49:40



Robinhood's Q2 soars  

Robinhood’s huge, two-part Series F round came partially in Q2 and partially in Q3. The app-based trading platform announced the first $280 million  in early May, valuing the company at around $8.3 billion, up from a prior price tag of around $7.6 billion. Then in July, Robinhood tacked on $320 million more at the same […]

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2020-08-06 07:02:42



Eight trends accelerating the age of commercial-ready quantum computing  

Quantum computing will represent the most fundamental acceleration in computing power that we have ever encountered, leaving Moore's law in the dust.

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2020-08-06 06:05:05



Security bugs let these car hackers remotely control a Mercedes-Benz  

Few could ever forget back in 2015 when security researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek remotely killed a Jeep’s engine on a highway with a Wired reporter at the wheel. Since then, the car hacking world has bustled with security researchers looking to find new bugs — and ways to exploit them — in a […]

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2020-08-06 05:45:06



Uber shares drop 4% after it loses more money than expected in Q2  

Today after the bell, American ride-hailing giant Uber released its second-quarter results. The company’s revenue fell compared to both the year-ago quarter (Q2 2019), and the sequentially preceding period (Q1 2020). Investors had anticipated Uber’s declines due to COVID-19, and the company had spent time earlier this year assuring the investing public that it had […]

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2020-08-06 05:41:50



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You won't find a better deal than this on Disrupt 2020 passes, but you won't find it at all if you don't take action within 48 short hours. The opportunity to save up to $300 dollars on your pass disappears when the early-bird deadline expires. Wake up, smell the savings and buy your Disrupt pass […]

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2020-08-06 05:35:55






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