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Google's new experimental apps focus on reducing screen time — including one that uses a paper envelope  

In October, Google debuted experimental apps focused on digital wellbeing, including one that offered a notification mailbox, another that tracked how long you went between phone unlocks, and even one that let you print out the information you needed from your phone for the day so you wouldn’t have to use it, to name a […]

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2020-01-22 13:51:26



Inside Skip's plan to appeal San Francisco's scooter permit decision  

Electric scooter operator Skip is gearing up to appeal San Francisco’s decision to deny the company a permit to operate in the city. When the Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) announced the permit grantees in September, it came as a surprise to Skip, which had previously received a permit to operate as part of the city’s […]

what do you think?

2020-01-22 13:29:36



Can a time machine offer us the meaning of life?  

We are continuing our discussion of Ted Chiang's Exhalations. Today (and one day late thanks to the MLK holiday), I give some thoughts on the first short story of the collection, "The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate" and kick off the discussion for the second short story of the collection, the eponymous "Exhalation." Previous editions […]

what do you think?

2020-01-22 13:24:05



Amazon Music passes 55M customers across its free and paid tiers, but still lags behind Spotify and Apple  

Amazon Music, the streaming music service from the e-commerce and cloud giant that competes against the likes of Spotify and Apple Music, announced a milestone in its growth today: it has passed 55 million customers across the six different pricing tiers that it offers for the service, ranging from $15 per month through to a […]

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2020-01-22 13:15:25



Tesla could soon sell and service its vehicles in Michigan  

Tesla reportedly reached a settlement with the State of Michigan regarding the sales and service of its vehicles. According to the AP, this settlement would end the automaker’s lawsuit against the state, which barred Tesla and others from selling vehicles directly to consumers. This would lead to consumers being able to purchase, take delivery and […]

what do you think?

2020-01-22 13:11:01



Daily Crunch: Saudis probably hacked Bezos' phone  

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. UN calls for investigation after Saudis linked to Bezos phone hack United Nations experts are calling for an investigation after a […]

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2020-01-22 12:55:05



Amazon Music passes 55M customers across its free and paid tiers, but still lags behind Spotify and Apple  

Amazon Music, the streaming music service from the e-commerce and cloud giant that competes against the likes of Spotify and Apple Music, announced a milestone in its growth today: it has passed 55 million customers across the six different pricing tiers that it offers for the service, ranging from $15 per month through to a […]

what do you think?

2020-01-22 12:04:33



Bear Robotics, a company making robot waiters, just raised a $32 million round led by SoftBank  

Back in August, we flagged a filing for you that we’d found interesting, one for a now 2.5-year-old, 40-person Redwood City, Calif.,-based startup called Bear Robotics that’s been developing robots to deliver food to restaurant customers. The filing listed a $35.8 million target; Bear Robotics founder and CEO John Ha now tells us the final […]

what do you think?

2020-01-22 11:37:47



Industrial technologies get a big backer with Anzu Partners' new $190 million fund  

Advances in biology, biochemistry, sensors and automation have the potential to reshape the ways manufacturing in America is done and a relatively new firm called Anzu Partners has just raised $190 million to invest in companies turning these scientific achievements into new products and services. Far from Silicon Valley, Anzu is investing in technology companies […]

what do you think?

2020-01-22 11:24:37



UN calls for investigation after Saudis linked to Bezos phone hack  

United Nations experts are calling for an investigation after a forensic report said Saudi officials “most likely” used a mobile hacking tool, such as one built by the NSO Group, to hack into the phone of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. Remarks made by U.N. human rights experts on Wednesday said mobile spyware was likely used […]

what do you think?

2020-01-22 11:11:21



Inside Skip's plan to appeal San Francisco's scooter permit decision  

Electric scooter operator Skip is gearing up to appeal San Francisco’s decision to deny the company a permit to operate in the city. When the Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) announced the permit grantees in September, it came as a surprise to Skip, which had previously received a permit to operate as part of the city’s […]

what do you think?

2020-01-22 10:48:50



Shared inbox startup Front raises $59 million round led by other tech CEOs  

Front is raising a $59 million Series C funding round. Interestingly, the startup hasn't raised with a traditional VC firm leading the round. A handful of super business angels are investing directly in the productivity startup and leading the round. Business angels include Atlassian co-founder and co-CEO Mike Cannon-Brookes, Atlassian President Jay Simons, Okta co-founder […]

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2020-01-22 10:45:36



Where top VCs are investing in adtech and martech  

Lately, the venture community’s relationship with advertising tech has been a rocky one. Advertising is no longer the venture oasis it was in the past, with the flow of VC dollars in the space dropping dramatically in recent years. According to data from Crunchbase, adtech deal flow has fallen at a roughly 10% compounded annual […]

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2020-01-22 10:07:24



Shared inbox startup Front raises $59 million round led by other tech CEOs  

Front is raising a $59 million Series C funding round. Interestingly, the startup hasn't raised with a traditional VC firm leading the round. A handful of super business angels are investing directly in the productivity startup and leading the round. Business angels include Atlassian co-founder and co-CEO Mike Cannon-Brookes, Atlassian President Jay Simons, Okta co-founder […]

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2020-01-22 09:55:44



Small Door, the OneMedical for pets, launches NYC location  

Small Door, a veterinary services membership startup, today announced the grand opening of its NYC location at 15 Seventh Ave. Small Door soft-launched the space in November of 2019. The vet startup first came onto the scene in April of 2019 with a $3.5 million seed round led by Lerer Hippeau Ventures, with participation from […]

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2020-01-22 09:51:23



Netflix is still saying 'no' to ads  

Despite ongoing speculation and investor pressure, Netflix is still declining to adopt an advertising-based business model as a means to boost its revenue, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings confirmed on Tuesday. The company on its Q4 earnings call again shot down the idea of an ad-supported option, with Hastings explaining there’s no “easy money” in an […]

what do you think?

2020-01-22 09:28:21



Boeing partners with Tactical Robotics to develop VTOL tech  

Boeing has signed a new agreement with Israel-based Tactical Robotics, an exploratory deal that will see the two companies work together jointly on “developing, producing and marketing” aircraft with vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capabilities based on Tactical Robotics’ “Fancraft” enclosed rotor technology. Already, the Urban Aeronautics-owned Tactical Robotics has developed “Cormorant,” an autonomous flying […]

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2020-01-22 09:09:43



Industrial technologies get a big backer with Anzu Partners' new $190 million fund  

Advances in biology, biochemistry, sensors and automation have the potential to reshape the ways manufacturing in America is done and a relatively new firm called Anzu Partners has just raised $190 million to invest in companies turning these scientific achievements into new products and services. Far from Silicon Valley, Anzu is investing in technology companies […]

what do you think?

2020-01-22 08:59:15



The $100M ARR club welcomes four new members  

Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the gray space in between. Today we're adding a few names to the $100 million annual recurring revenue (ARR) club. The new entrants come after we kicked off 2020 with a previous four new members. So far in January, we’ve […]

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2020-01-22 08:43:49



Substack builds multi-author support into its hybrid publishing, newsletter service  

Substack announced today that it has built support for multiple authors into its service. The company provides a publishing tool that blends blogs and email newsletters into a single entity, with a focus on subscription monetization. The day’s updates also include a number of publisher-friendly tools, like shared access and homepage features closer to those […]

what do you think?

2020-01-22 08:21:57



Where top VCs are investing in adtech and martech  

Lately, the venture community’s relationship with advertising tech has been a rocky one. Advertising is no longer the venture oasis it was in the past, with the flow of VC dollars in the space dropping dramatically in recent years. According to data from Crunchbase, adtech deal flow has fallen at a roughly 10% compounded annual […]

what do you think?

2020-01-22 07:24:32



Boeing partners with Tactical Robotics to develop VTOL tech  

Boeing has signed a new agreement with Israel-based Tactical Robotics, an exploratory deal that will see the two companies work together jointly on “developing, producing and marketing” aircraft with vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capabilities based on Tactical Robotics’ “Fancraft” enclosed rotor technology. Already, the Urban Aeronautics-owned Tactical Robotics has developed “Cormorant,” an autonomous flying […]

what do you think?

2020-01-22 06:41:06



Octi launches a social network built around augmented reality  

Octi has created a new social network that uses augmented reality to connect the act of seeing your friends in real life with viewing digital content, like their favorite YouTube videos and Spotify songs. When I wrote about the startup in 2018, it was building AR technology that could do a better job of recognizing […]

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2020-01-22 06:40:09



The $100M ARR club welcomes four new members  

Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the gray space in between. Today we're adding a few names to the $100 million annual recurring revenue (ARR) club. The new entrants come after we kicked off 2020 with a previous four new members. So far in January, we’ve […]

what do you think?

2020-01-22 06:10:34



Tesla could soon sell and service its vehicles in Michigan  

Tesla reportedly reached a settlement with the State of Michigan regarding the sales and service of its vehicles. According to the AP, this settlement would end the automaker’s lawsuit against the state, which barred Tesla and others from selling vehicles directly to consumers. This would lead to consumers being able to purchase, take delivery and […]

what do you think?

2020-01-22 05:53:29



Unearth the future of agriculture at TC Sessions: Robotics+AI with the CEOs of Traptic, Farmwise and Pyka  

Farming is one of the oldest professions, but today those amber waves of grain (and soy) are a test bed for sophisticated robotic solutions to problems farmers have had for millennia. Learn about the cutting edge (sometimes literally) of agricultural robots at TC Sessions: Robotics+AI on March 3 with the founders of Traptic, Pyka, and […]

what do you think?

2020-01-22 05:38:10



Substack builds multi-author support into its hybrid publishing, newsletter service  

Substack announced today that it has built support for multiple authors into its service. The company provides a publishing tool that blends blogs and email newsletters into a single entity, with a focus on subscription monetization. The day’s updates also include a number of publisher-friendly tools, like shared access and homepage features closer to those […]

what do you think?

2020-01-22 05:20:43



Can a time machine offer us the meaning of life?  

We are continuing our discussion of Ted Chiang's Exhalations. Today (and one day late thanks to the MLK holiday), I give some thoughts on the first short story of the collection, "The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate" and kick off the discussion for the second short story of the collection, the eponymous "Exhalation." Previous editions […]

what do you think?

2020-01-22 05:06:25



Google's new experimental apps focus on reducing screen time — including one that uses a paper envelope  

In October, Google debuted experimental apps focused on digital wellbeing, including one that offered a notification mailbox, another that tracked how long you went between phone unlocks, and even one that let you print out the information you needed from your phone for the day so you wouldn’t have to use it, to name a […]

what do you think?

2020-01-22 04:45:50



Ophelia Brown's Blossom Capital raises new $185M European early-stage fund  

Blossom Capital, the early-stage VC firm co-founded by ex-Index Ventures and LocalGlobe VC Ophelia Brown, is announcing a second fund, less than 12 months since fund one was closed. The new fund, which is described as “heavily oversubscribed,” sits at $185 million. That’s up from $85 million first time around. Blossom’s remit remains broadly the […]

what do you think?

2020-01-22 04:28:21



UN calls for investigation after Saudis linked to Bezos phone hack  

United Nations experts are calling for an investigation after a forensic report said Saudi officials “most likely” used a mobile hacking tool, such as one built by the NSO Group, to hack into the phone of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. Remarks made by U.N. human rights experts on Wednesday said mobile spyware was likely used […]

what do you think?

2020-01-22 04:23:02



Fortnite just officially became a high school and college sport  

Fortnite, one of the world’s most popular games, will now be an official high school sport and college sport, thanks to an LA-based startup called PlayVS. The company has partnered with Epic Games to bring competitive league play to the collegiate and high school level. This also marks PlayVS’s entry into colleges and universities. PlayVS launched […]

what do you think?

2020-01-22 03:58:15



Unearth the future of agriculture at TC Sessions: Robotics+AI with the CEOs of Traptic, Farmwise and Pyka  

Farming is one of the oldest professions, but today those amber waves of grain (and soy) are a test bed for sophisticated robotic solutions to problems farmers have had for millennia. Learn about the cutting edge (sometimes literally) of agricultural robots at TC Sessions: Robotics+AI on March 3 with the founders of Traptic, Pyka, and […]

what do you think?

2020-01-22 03:55:09



LumApps raises $70M Series C led by Goldman Sachs  

LumApps, the cloud-based social intranet for the enterprise, has closed $70 million in Series C funding. Leading the round is Goldman Sachs Growth, with participation from Bpifrance via its Growth Fund Large Venture. Others participating include Idinvest Partners, Iris Capital, and Famille C (the family office of Courtin-Clarins). The round brings the total raised by […]

what do you think?

2020-01-22 03:38:51



Bear Robotics, a company making robot waiters, just raised a $32 million round led by SoftBank  

Back in August, we flagged a filing for you that we’d found interesting, one for a now 2.5-year-old, 40-person Redwood City, Calif.,-based startup called Bear Robotics that’s been developing robots to deliver food to restaurant customers. The filing listed a $35.8 million target; Bear Robotics founder and CEO John Ha now tells us the final […]

what do you think?

2020-01-22 03:37:34



Daily Crunch: Saudis probably hacked Bezos' phone  

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. UN calls for investigation after Saudis linked to Bezos phone hack United Nations experts are calling for an investigation after a […]

what do you think?

2020-01-22 03:16:38



Goldman Sachs's CEO just called WeWork's pulled IPO — which Goldman was underwriting — proof that the market works  

It’s hard to put a positive spin on terrible situation, but that didn’t stop Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon earlier today. Asked during a session at the World Economic Forum in Davos about WeWork’s yanked IPO in September,  Solomon suggested it was proof that the listing process works, despite that the CFO of Goldman — […]

what do you think?

2020-01-22 03:03:29



Netflix is still saying 'no' to ads  

Despite ongoing speculation and investor pressure, Netflix is still declining to adopt an advertising-based business model as a means to boost its revenue, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings confirmed on Tuesday. The company on its Q4 earnings call again shot down the idea of an ad-supported option, with Hastings explaining there’s no “easy money” in an […]

what do you think?

2020-01-22 02:59:37



Nigeria's Paga acquires Apposit, confirms Mexico and Ethiopia expansion  

Nigerian digital payments startup Paga has acquired Apposit, a software development company based in Ethiopia, for an undisclosed amount. That’s just part of Paga’s news. The Lagos based startup will also launch its payment products in Mexico this year and in Ethiopia imminently, CEO Tayo Oviosu told TechCrunch The moves come a little over a year […]

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2020-01-22 02:43:31



Cruise unveils Origin, an electric driverless vehicle designed for sharing  

Cruise unveiled Tuesday evening a “production ready” driverless vehicle called Origin, the product of a multi-year collaboration with parent company GM and investor Honda that is designed for a ride-sharing service. The shuttle-like vehicle — branded with Cruise’s trademark orange and black colors — has no steering wheel or pedals and is designed to travel […]

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2020-01-22 02:33:58



Ophelia Brown's Blossom Capital raises new $185M European early-stage fund  

Blossom Capital, the early-stage VC firm co-founded by ex-Index Ventures and LocalGlobe VC Ophelia Brown, is announcing a second fund, less than 12 months since fund one was closed. The new fund, which is described as “heavily oversubscribed,” sits at $185 million. That’s up from $85 million first time around. Blossom’s remit remains broadly the […]

what do you think?

2020-01-22 02:31:56



Cruise unveils Origin, an electric driverless vehicle designed for sharing  

Cruise unveiled Tuesday evening a “production ready” driverless vehicle called Origin, the product of a multi-year collaboration with parent company GM and investor Honda that is designed for a ride-sharing service. The shuttle-like vehicle — branded with Cruise’s trademark orange and black colors — has no steering wheel or pedals and is designed to travel […]

what do you think?

2020-01-22 02:17:17



Should tech giants slam the encryption door on the government?  

Reuters reported yesterday, citing six sources familiar with the matter, that the FBI pressured Apple into dropping a feature that would allow users to encrypt iPhone backups stored in Apple’s cloud. The decision to abandon plans to end-to-end encrypt iCloud-stored backups was reportedly made about two years ago. The feature, if rolled out, would have […]

what do you think?

2020-01-22 02:03:57



Fortnite just officially became a high school and college sport  

Fortnite, one of the world’s most popular games, will now be an official high school sport and college sport, thanks to an LA-based startup called PlayVS. The company has partnered with Epic Games to bring competitive league play to the collegiate and high school level. This also marks PlayVS’s entry into colleges and universities. PlayVS launched […]

what do you think?

2020-01-22 01:54:32



Nigeria's Paga acquires Apposit, confirms Mexico and Ethiopia expansion  

Nigerian digital payments startup Paga has acquired Apposit, a software development company based in Ethiopia, for an undisclosed amount. That’s just part of Paga’s news. The Lagos based startup will also launch its payment products in Mexico this year and in Ethiopia imminently, CEO Tayo Oviosu told TechCrunch The moves come a little over a year […]

what do you think?

2020-01-22 01:52:56



LumApps raises $70M Series C led by Goldman Sachs  

LumApps, the cloud-based social intranet for the enterprise, has closed $70 million in Series C funding. Leading the round is Goldman Sachs Growth, with participation from Bpifrance via its Growth Fund Large Venture. Others participating include Idinvest Partners, Iris Capital, and Famille C (the family office of Courtin-Clarins). The round brings the total raised by […]

what do you think?

2020-01-22 01:34:35



Should tech giants slam the encryption door on the government?  

Reuters reported yesterday, citing six sources familiar with the matter, that the FBI pressured Apple into dropping a feature that would allow users to encrypt iPhone backups stored in Apple’s cloud. The decision to abandon plans to end-to-end encrypt iCloud-stored backups was reportedly made about two years ago. The feature, if rolled out, would have […]

what do you think?

2020-01-22 01:23:51



Goldman Sachs's CEO just called WeWork's pulled IPO — which Goldman was underwriting — proof that the market works  

It’s hard to put a positive spin on terrible situation, but that didn’t stop Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon earlier today. Asked during a session at the World Economic Forum in Davos about WeWork’s yanked IPO in September,  Solomon suggested it was proof that the listing process works, despite that the CFO of Goldman — […]

what do you think?

2020-01-22 01:02:36



Spotify's new test lets influencers post Stories to introduce their own playlists  

Spotify is testing a new Stories feature that will allow select influencers to incorporate video elements into their public playlists, TechCrunch has learned and Spotify confirmed. The first influencer to test the feature is makeup and fashion YouTube star Summer Mckeen, who currently has a social media fan base that includes 2.33 million YouTube subscribers, […]

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2020-01-21 21:07:40



Google Cloud lands Lufthansa Group and Sabre as new customers  

Google’s strategy for bringing new customers to its cloud is to focus on the enterprise and specific verticals like healthcare, energy, financial service and retail, among others. Its healthcare efforts recently experienced a bit of a setback, with Epic now telling its customers that it is not moving forward with its plans to support Google […]

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2020-01-21 19:23:19



Google Cloud lands Lufthansa Group and Sabre as new customers  

Google’s strategy for bringing new customers to its cloud is to focus on the enterprise and specific verticals like healthcare, energy, financial service and retail, among others. Its healthcare efforts recently experienced a bit of a setback, with Epic now telling its customers that it is not moving forward with its plans to support Google […]

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2020-01-21 18:56:12



2020 will be a moment of truth for foldable devices  

Phones were not the centerpiece at the recently wrapped Consumer Electronics Show; I'll probably repeat this point a few more times over the course of this piece, just so we're clear. This is due, in no small part, to the fact that Mobile World Congress has mostly usurped that role. There are always a smattering […]

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2020-01-21 18:50:36



Adblock Plus's Till Faida on the shifting shape of ad blocking  

Publishers hate ad blockers, but millions of internet users embrace them — and many browsers even bake it in as a feature, including Google's own Chrome. At the same time, growing numbers of publishers are walling off free content for visitors who hard-block ads, even asking users directly to be whitelisted. It’s a fight for […]

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2020-01-21 18:35:25



Canonical's Anbox Cloud puts Android in the cloud  

Canonical, the company behind the popular Ubuntu Linux distribution, today announced the launch of Anbox Cloud, a new platform that allows enterprises to run Android in the cloud. On Anbox Cloud, Android becomes the guest operating system that runs containerized applications. This opens up a range of use cases, ranging from bespoke enterprise apps to […]

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2020-01-21 17:34:22



Female Founders Alliance absorbs Monarq accelerator to better promote women and non-binary founders  

Seattle's Female Founders Alliance, which runs the Ready Set Raise accelerator for women and non-binary founders, has acquired New York's Monarq, an incubator with similar goals and origins. The latter will be integrated into the former, but it seems to be a happy collaboration rather than a consolidation of necessity.

what do you think?

2020-01-21 16:57:33



Netflix adds 8.8M subscribers despite growing competition  

Netflix grew by 8.8 million net subscribers in the fourth quarter of 2019, according to its latest earning report, putting its growth well ahead of its forecast of 7.6 million. The company says it has 167 million paid memberships worldwide, with more than 100 million outside the United States. It also reported stronger-than-expected financials, with […]

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2020-01-21 15:49:08



Huawei's answer to life after Google Maps? TomTom  

Losing access to Google software and services understandably threw Huawei for a loop. The Chinese hardware giant has clearly been working on a contingency plan to deal with the loss of access to things like Android and the Play Store, but Google's offering formed so much of the devices' software core — as they do […]

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2020-01-21 15:46:49



Netflix adds 8.8M subscribers despite growing competition  

Netflix grew by 8.8 million net subscribers in the fourth quarter of 2019, according to its latest earning report, putting its growth well ahead of its forecast of 7.6 million. The company says it has 167 million paid memberships worldwide, with more than 100 million outside the United States. It also reported stronger-than-expected financials, with […]

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2020-01-21 15:19:31



Corporate relocation startup Shyft raises $15M  

Shyft is announcing it has raised $15 million in Series A funding to make the moving process less painful — specifically in the situations where your employer is paying for the move. Other startups are looking to offer concierge-type services for regular moving — I used a service called Moved last year and liked it. […]

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2020-01-21 15:06:22



Spotify's new test lets influencers post Stories to introduce their own playlists  

Spotify is testing a new Stories feature that will allow select influencers to incorporate video elements into their public playlists, TechCrunch has learned and Spotify confirmed. The first influencer to test the feature is makeup and fashion YouTube star Summer Mckeen, who currently has a social media fan base that includes 2.33 million YouTube subscribers, […]

what do you think?

2020-01-21 13:51:29



Hot off the press: New tickets to the 3rd Annual Winter Party at Galvanize  

Party on, startuppers. We've just printed up a fresh batch of tickets to our 3rd Annual Winter Party at Galvanize in San Francisco on February 7. If you haven't snagged yours yet, don't wait, because tickets to this event fly off the proverbial shelf. Buy your ticket right now. Our annual winter soiree features 1,000 of Silicon […]

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2020-01-21 13:31:35



Skylo raises $103 million to affordably connect the Internet of Things to satellite networks  

One of the biggest opportunities in the new space economy lies in taking the connectivity made possible by ever-growing communications satellite constellations and making that useful for things and companies here on Earth. Startup Skylo, which emerged from stealth today with a $103 million Series B funding announcement, is one of the players making that […]

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2020-01-21 13:29:27



Cruise doubles down on hardware  

Ten months ago, Cruise declared it would hire at least 1,000 engineers by the end of the year, an aggressive target — even for a company with a $7.25 billion war chest — in the cutthroat autonomous vehicle industry, where startups, automakers and tech giants are battling over talent. What Cruise didn't talk about then […]

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2020-01-21 13:28:33



Cann, the cannabis-infused drink company, moves 150,000 units and raises $5 million  

Since its launch in May of last year, the cannabis-infused drink company Cann has sold 150,000 cans of its THC and CBD-infused, alcohol-free intoxicants, in a sign of success that’s bucking current industry trends. On its way to that milestone, the company has sold out multiple times as it wrestled with manufacturing facilities that simply […]

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2020-01-21 13:18:32



Female Founders Alliance absorbs Monarq accelerator to better promote women and non-binary founders  

Seattle's Female Founders Alliance, which runs the Ready Set Raise accelerator for women and non-binary founders, has acquired New York's Monarq, an incubator with similar goals and origins. The latter will be integrated into the former, but it seems to be a happy collaboration rather than a consolidation of necessity.

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2020-01-21 13:14:23



Disney's 'Myth: A Frozen Tale' should be a case study for anyone filmmaking in VR  

This week, on my way to check out a little ride debuting at Disneyland in California, I stopped by Walt Disney Animation Studios in Burbank to check out “Myth: A Frozen Tale.” Myth is a new VR experience created by a team working at the studio that debuted with the movie but has not yet […]

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2020-01-21 12:54:54



Snyk snags $150M investment as its valuation surpasses $1B  

Snyk, the company that wants to help developers secure their code as part of the development process, announced a $150 million investment today. The company indicated the investment brings its valuation to more than $1 billion (although it did not share the exact figure). Today’s round was led by Stripes, a New York City investment […]

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2020-01-21 12:50:36



Nebia's co-founder talks about finding product/market fit  

Finding the right product/market fit is challenging for any company, but it’s just a little harder for hardware startups. I recently visited the San Francisco offices of Nebia to chat with co-founder and CEO Philip Winter, whose eco-friendly hardware startup has received funding from Apple CEO Tim Cook, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and Fitbit […]

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2020-01-21 12:45:10



Apple TV+ scores Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Meryl Streep, announces release dates for new shows  

Apple has scored more big names for its newly launched streaming service, Apple TV+, including “Veep” and “Seinfeld” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus, as well as Meryl Streep, the latter who’s attached to an animated short film about Earth Day, set to premiere on April 17. In addition, Apple has now announced several new series for Apple […]

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2020-01-21 11:42:59



Lego made an International Space Station kit, including Space Shuttle and robotic arm  

Lego is releasing an official International Space Station kit, which includes a scale model of the orbital platform, along with a miniature dockable Space Shuttle, a deployable satellite and two astronaut mini figurines. The kit is made up of 864 pieces, and celebrates the science station’s more than 20 years in operation. It was originally […]

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2020-01-21 11:37:42



Roku expands to Brazil, launches Roku TV featuring Globoplay in partnership with AOC  

Roku announced this morning it’s expanding into Brazil, a sizable market that could have a notable impact on the streaming device maker’s advertising business. The company last summer was said to be considering a Brazil expansion, at a time when more than 90% of its advertising business’s revenue came from the U.S. Since then, Roku […]

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2020-01-21 11:10:30



Skylo raises $103 million to affordably connect the Internet of Things to satellite networks  

One of the biggest opportunities in the new space economy lies in taking the connectivity made possible by ever-growing communications satellite constellations and making that useful for things and companies here on Earth. Startup Skylo, which emerged from stealth today with a $103 million Series B funding announcement, is one of the players making that […]

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2020-01-21 10:51:02



Canonical's Anbox Cloud puts Android in the cloud  

Canonical, the company behind the popular Ubuntu Linux distribution, today announced the launch of Anbox Cloud, a new platform that allows enterprises to run Android in the cloud. On Anbox Cloud, Android becomes the guest operating system that runs containerized applications. This opens up a range of use cases, ranging from bespoke enterprise apps to […]

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2020-01-21 10:39:51



Boom Supersonic partners with Flight Research to test its XB-1 supersonic aircraft  

Supersonic aviation startup Boom is making progress on its XB-1 demonstrator aircraft, the airplane that will prove out its tech and pave the way for construction of its future production commercial supersonic passenger jets. The Denver-based startup has partnered with Flight Research, Inc., a company that specializes in flight testing and certification, as well as […]

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2020-01-21 10:39:09



Disney's 'Myth: A Frozen Tale' should be a case study for anyone filmmaking in VR  

This week, on my way to check out a little ride debuting at Disneyland in California, I stopped by Walt Disney Animation Studios in Burbank to check out “Myth: A Frozen Tale.” Myth is a new VR experience created by a team working at the studio that debuted with the movie but has not yet […]

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2020-01-21 10:22:34



Why is everyone making OKR software?  

Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the gray space in between. Today we’re taking a moment to discuss the amount of money going into startups building OKR software. After covering WorkBoard’s recent round, I’ve noticed OKR software and services everywhere, even in Twitter ads that I […]

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2020-01-21 10:15:53



Capella Space reveals new satellite design for real-time control of high-resolution Earth imaging  

Satellite and Earth observation startup Capella Space has unveiled a new design for its satellite technology, which improves upon its existing testbed hardware platform to deliver high-resolution imaging capable of providing detail at less than 0.5 meters (1.6 feet). Its new satellite, code-named “Sequoia,” also will be able to provide real-time tasking, meaning Capella’s clients […]

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2020-01-21 10:13:47



Roku expands to Brazil, launches Roku TV featuring Globoplay in partnership with AOC  

Roku announced this morning it’s expanding into Brazil, a sizable market that could have a notable impact on the streaming device maker’s advertising business. The company last summer was said to be considering a Brazil expansion, at a time when more than 90% of its advertising business’s revenue came from the U.S. Since then, Roku […]

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2020-01-21 10:03:58



Apple Card users can now download monthly transactions in a spreadsheet  

One of the big questions I got around the time the Apple Card launched was whether you'd be able to download a file of your transactions to either work with manually or import into a piece of expenses management software. The answer, at the time, was no. Now Apple is announcing that Apple Card users […]

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2020-01-21 09:44:39



Equity: Uber sells its Eats business in India, Qonto raises, and Tesla says no  

 Good morning, friends, and welcome back to TechCrunch's Equity Monday, a short-form audio hit to kickstart your week. Equity’s regular, long-form shows still land each and every Friday, including this entry from just a few days ago. This morning, coming to you early from the frozen tundra of the American East Coast, it’s Tuesday. […]

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2020-01-21 09:15:14



FloQast raises $40M Series C led by Norwest on record of strong ARR growth, ACV expansion  

This morning FloQast, an LA-area startup, announced that it closed a $40 million Series C led by Norwest Venture Partners. The company also told TechCrunch in an interview that it raised a $20 million inside round between today’s investment and its 2017 Series B. Including today’s infusion, the firm has raised a little over $90 […]

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2020-01-21 09:04:17



Venmo woos retailers with branded, animated stickers for its newsfeed  

Venmo’s newsfeed is about to get more interesting. Historically, the PayPal-owned app’s users would comment on their transactions using text, or, as is more common, emoji. But now the company is planning to add support for custom, animated stickers, as well. These animations were designed in partnership with Holler so they’re unique to the Venmo […]

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2020-01-21 08:49:26



Hot off the press: New tickets to the 3rd Annual Winter Party at Galvanize  

Party on, startuppers. We've just printed up a fresh batch of tickets to our 3rd Annual Winter Party at Galvanize in San Francisco on February 7. If you haven't snagged yours yet, don't wait, because tickets to this event fly off the proverbial shelf. Buy your ticket right now. Our annual winter soiree features 1,000 of Silicon […]

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2020-01-21 08:22:07



Corporate relocation startup Shyft raises $15M  

Shyft is announcing it has raised $15 million in Series A funding to make the moving process less painful — specifically in the situations where your employer is paying for the move. Other startups are looking to offer concierge-type services for regular moving — I used a service called Moved last year and liked it. […]

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2020-01-21 08:03:13



Nebia's co-founder talks about finding product/market fit  

Finding the right product/market fit is challenging for any company, but it’s just a little harder for hardware startups. I recently visited the San Francisco offices of Nebia to chat with co-founder and CEO Philip Winter, whose eco-friendly hardware startup has received funding from Apple CEO Tim Cook, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and Fitbit […]

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2020-01-21 07:49:29



Lego made an International Space Station kit, including Space Shuttle and robotic arm  

Lego is releasing an official International Space Station kit, which includes a scale model of the orbital platform, along with a miniature dockable Space Shuttle, a deployable satellite and two astronaut mini figurines. The kit is made up of 864 pieces, and celebrates the science station’s more than 20 years in operation. It was originally […]

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2020-01-21 07:36:22



Glovo exits the Middle East and drops two LatAm markets in latest food delivery crunch  

The new year isn’t even a month old and the food delivery crunch is already taking big bites. Spain’s Glovo has today announced it’s exiting four markets — which it says is part of a goal of pushing for profitability by 2021. Also today, Uber confirmed rumors late last year by announcing it’s offloading its […]

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2020-01-21 07:22:20



India likely to force Facebook, WhatsApp to identify the originator of messages  

New Delhi is inching closer to recommending regulations that would require social media companies and instant messaging app providers operating in the nation to help law enforcement agencies identify users who have posted content — or sent messages — it deems questionable, two people familiar with the matter told TechCrunch. India will submit the suggested […]

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2020-01-21 07:17:30



India likely to force Facebook, WhatsApp to identify the originator of messages  

New Delhi is inching closer to recommending regulations that would require social media companies and instant messaging app providers operating in the nation to help law enforcement agencies identify users who have posted content — or sent messages — it deems questionable, two people familiar with the matter told TechCrunch. India will submit the suggested […]

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2020-01-21 07:05:23



As retail robotics heats up, Berkshire Grey raises $263M  

In recent years, the retail category has become one of the biggest and best-funded robotics categories — particularly when coupled with connected verticals like warehouse fulfillment and logistics. Berkshire Grey has flown mostly under the under the radar, but is kicking 2020 off with some pretty sizable funding news. The Massachusetts-based company just announced a […]

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2020-01-21 06:55:18



Huawei's answer to life after Google Maps? TomTom  

Losing access to Google software and services understandably threw Huawei for a loop. The Chinese hardware giant has clearly been working on a contingency plan to deal with the loss of access to things like Android and the Play Store, but Google's offering formed so much of the devices' software core — as they do […]

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2020-01-21 06:20:53



As retail robotics heats up, Berkshire Grey raises $263M  

In recent years, the retail category has become one of the biggest and best-funded robotics categories — particularly when coupled with connected verticals like warehouse fulfillment and logistics. Berkshire Grey has flown mostly under the under the radar, but is kicking 2020 off with some pretty sizable funding news. The Massachusetts-based company just announced a […]

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2020-01-21 06:15:59



Adblock Plus's Till Faida on the shifting shape of ad blocking  

Publishers hate ad blockers, but millions of internet users embrace them — and many browsers even bake it in as a feature, including Google's own Chrome. At the same time, growing numbers of publishers are walling off free content for visitors who hard-block ads, even asking users directly to be whitelisted. It’s a fight for […]

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2020-01-21 06:12:11



Apple Card users can now download monthly transactions in a spreadsheet  

One of the big questions I got around the time the Apple Card launched was whether you'd be able to download a file of your transactions to either work with manually or import into a piece of expenses management software. The answer, at the time, was no. Now Apple is announcing that Apple Card users […]

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2020-01-21 06:05:06



Lame LPs, founder referenceability, and the future of VC signaling  

I'm still going through some of the comments I received on last week's articles about the heightened competition among VCs for the best (typically SaaS) venture deals. Some more notes on whether large funds investing in small rounds causes VC signaling risk in a moment, but first, a fun anecdote about how lame LPs (still) […]

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2020-01-21 05:47:53



Intezer raises $15M for its DNA-style 'genetic' approach to identifying and tracking malware code  

As the total cost of cybercrime reaches into trillions of dollars and continues to rise, an Israeli firm called Intezer — which has built a way to analyse, identify and eradicate malware by way of an ordering system similar to what’s used when mapping out DNA — has raised $15 million to double down on growth. The […]

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2020-01-21 05:32:44



Personio, the German HR platform for SMEs, raises $75M Series C at a $500M valuation  

Personio, the Germany-founded HR platform for SMEs, has raised $75 million in Series C funding in a round led by Accel. I understand the investment values the company at around $500 million. Also joining is Lightspeed Venture Partners, alongside Lars Dalgaard (the founder and former CEO of SuccessFactors). Existing investors Index Ventures, Northzone, Rocket Internet’s […]

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2020-01-21 05:26:35



FloQast raises $40M Series C led by Norwest on record of strong ARR growth, ACV expansion  

This morning FloQast, an LA-area startup, announced that it closed a $40 million Series C led by Norwest Venture Partners. The company also told TechCrunch in an interview that it raised a $20 million inside round between today’s investment and its 2017 Series B. Including today’s infusion, the firm has raised a little over $90 […]

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2020-01-21 05:21:40



Snyk snags $150M investment as its valuation surpasses $1B  

Snyk, the company that wants to help developers secure their code as part of the development process, announced a $150 million investment today. The company indicated the investment brings its valuation to more than $1 billion (although it did not share the exact figure). Today’s round was led by Stripes, a New York City investment […]

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2020-01-21 05:15:17



Glovo exits the Middle East and drops two LatAm markets in latest food delivery crunch  

The new year isn’t even a month old and the food delivery crunch is already taking big bites. Spain’s Glovo has today announced it’s exiting four markets — which it says is part of a goal of pushing for profitability by 2021. Also today, Uber confirmed rumors late last year by announcing it’s offloading its […]

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2020-01-21 05:13:56






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