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YouTube founder secretly building sports fan game GreenPark  

Chad Hurley is hunting for what comes after fantasy sports. He envisions a new way for fans to play by watching live and cheering for the athletes they love. Beyond a few scraps of info the YouTube co-founder would share and his new startup’s job listings revealed, we don’t know what Hurley’s game will feel […]

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2019-10-21 16:48:05

Sydney's AirTree Ventures closes $275M fund as Aussie unicorns gather pace  

The Australian scene industry has, in the last few years, started to generate a swathe of startups that have broken through internationally. Prior to this current era, Australia was scene has very much a local market in tech terms, with only occasional breakouts, like Atlassian . In fact, it's now gaining a reputation as a […]

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2019-10-21 16:35:11

Moon's browser extension lets you pay with bitcoin on Amazon  

Meet Moon, a three-person startup that lets you pay for stuff on Amazon using bitcoin via the Lightning Network, bitcoin, Litecoin or Ether. The company has released a desktop browser extension for Google Chrome, Brave and Opera. While some e-commerce retailers let you pay with cryptocurrencies, the biggest e-commerce platforms have yet to accept cryptocurrencies. […]

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2019-10-21 16:34:23

Nielsen says it can now measure Amazon Prime Video  

Nielsen announced this morning it will now be able to measure the viewing taking place on Amazon Prime Video, through its Subscription Video on Demand Content Ratings solution. This product, first launched two years ago, was originally focused on measuring Netflix’s viewing numbers with promises to add support for measuring Prime Video in 2018. Though […]

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2019-10-21 16:16:08

Apple's control over the App Store is no longer sustainable  

Last week, Apple caved to the Chinese government and pulled an app called that was being used by Hong Kong protestors to crowdsource the location of police forces. While Apple CEO Tim Cook defended Apple's stance, the move is a reminder that Apple is the only judge and jury regarding what's acceptable in the […]

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2019-10-21 15:53:41

Digital ad spend reached $57.9B in the first half of 2019, but growth has slowed (IAB report)  

During the first six months of 2019, advertisers spent $57.9 billion on U.S. digital advertising, according to the latest report prepared by PwC for the Interactive Advertising Bureau (an online advertising trade group). That’s a 17% increase compared to the same period in 2018, and the most spending IAB has ever seen in the first […]

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2019-10-21 15:09:31

EU contracts with Microsoft raising 'serious' data concerns, says watchdog  

Europe’s chief data protection watchdog has raised concerns over contractual arrangements between Microsoft and the European Union institutions which are making use of its software products and services. The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) opened an enquiry into the contractual arrangements between EU institutions and the tech giant this April, following changes to rules governing […]

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2019-10-21 14:38:21

Netflix to raise $2 billion in debt to fund more content spending  

For the second time this year, Netflix is offering $2 billion in debt to fund its investment in content, including original programming, content acquisitions, investments, and more. The news was announced on Monday morning, and was followed by a slight dip in Netflix’s stock price. The decision to increase its investment in content production follows […]

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2019-10-21 14:34:57

NordVPN confirms it was hacked  

NordVPN, a virtual private network provider that promises to “protect your privacy online,” has confirmed it was hacked. The admission comes following rumors that the company had been breached. It first emerged that NordVPN had an expired internal private key exposed, potentially allowing anyone to spin out their own servers imitating NordVPN. VPN providers are […]

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2019-10-21 14:15:28

Veteran enterprise exec Bob Stutz is heading back to SAP  

Bob Stutz has had a storied career with enterprise software companies including stints at Siebel Systems, SAP, Microsoft and Salesforce. He announced on Facebook last week that he’s leaving his job as head of the Salesforce Marketing Cloud and heading back to SAP as president of customer experience. Constellation Research founder and principal analyst Ray […]

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2019-10-21 14:07:32

AT&T TV Now streaming service gets yet another price hike  

AT&T’s streaming service is again raising prices. AT&T’s TV Now, the service previously known as DirecTV Now, is bumping up its prices yet again — by as much as 30%, Bloomberg reported and AT&T confirmed. Subscribers who were on the $50 Plus tier will now have to pay $65, while those on the $70 Max […]

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2019-10-21 13:57:28

Don't miss out: Apply for the TC Hackathon at Disrupt Berlin 2019  

The popular TC Hackathon is back in action at Disrupt Berlin 2019 on 11-12 December. We're limiting the competition to 500 participants and seats are going fast. Don't miss your chance to put your creative skills to the test and compete against some of the world's top code poets. Oh, you’ll love this part — it […]

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2019-10-21 13:18:29

Pixel 4 review: Google ups its camera game  

Google's first-party hardware has always been a drop in the bucket of global smartphone sales. Pixel devices have managed to crack the top five in the U.S. and Western Europe, but otherwise represent less than 1% of the overall market. It's true, of course, that the company got a late start, largely watching on the […]

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2019-10-21 13:00:43

The Surface Pro 7 is a competent upgrade with USB-C, refreshed processors, but little else that's new  

I’ll be the first to admit that when the first generation Surface two-in-one launched, I wasn’t sure this was a device that people actually wanted to use. But Microsoft was clearly on to something, as the proliferation of Surface Pro’s among coffee shop dwellers clearly shows. Earlier this month, Microsoft announced both the seventh generation […]

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2019-10-21 13:00:37

Rocket Lab aims to deliver small satellites to the Moon and beyond  

Rocket Lab kicked off the International Astronautical Congress with the news that it'll begin offering small satellite delivery service to orbits beyond low Earth orbit, where it currently operates - including delivering payloads all the way to the Moon. The longer-range service will be provided via its Photon spacecraft, which it'll pair with a new […]

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2019-10-21 12:51:38

Spiff pitches a way to automate sales commissions calculations  

Spiff, a Salt Lake City-based company pitching a new service for calculating sales commissions for salespeople around the world, has raised $6 million in funding to sell its own product to the millions of Willie Lohman’s looking for an end to needless paperwork. Spiff’s management team kicked in $500,000 for the new round, which also […]

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2019-10-21 11:30:42

Commercetools raises $145M from Insight for Shopify-style e-commerce APIs for large enterprises  

Global retail e-commerce is expected to be a $25 trillion business this year, and today one of the companies that has built a set of tools to help larger enterprises to sell to consumers online has raised a large growth round to meet that demand. Commercetools, a German startup that provides a set of APIs […]

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2019-10-21 07:45:24

Gojek founder and CEO Nadiem Makarim resigns to join Indonesian cabinet; Soelistyo and Aluwi to be new co-CEOs  

Nadiem Makarim, founder and CEO of Gojek, said on Monday he has stepped down from his role at the ride-hailing startup to join Indonesia president Joko Widodo's cabinet. The announcement, which has taken many by surprise, comes a day after Widodo was sworn in for a second term. Widodo has previously said that he wants […]

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2019-10-21 05:40:45

In a big reversal, Libra reportedly could peg its cryptocurrencies to national currencies  

Facebook is willing to reverse course on its plans to tie its digital currency project to a synthetic currency tied to a basket of global currencies. Reuters is reporting that Facebook’s head of the Libra project, David Marcus, told a group of bankers that the company’s main goal was to create a better payments system […]

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2019-10-20 23:19:06

Should we rethink the politics of 'blocking'?  

Jillian C. York Contributor Share on Twitter Jillian C. York is the director for international freedom of expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Years ago, I wrote a piece criticizing a cover story by a well-known writer and political commentator that I'd met a few times, with whom I'd occasionally sparred on Twitter. The piece […]

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2019-10-20 22:30:57

Original Content podcast: 'El Camino' provides a quiet coda to 'Breaking Bad'  

When a TV show gets turned into a movie, it often represents a big change of pace, with a standalone plot, a bigger budget, all made for a bigger (or at least more casual) audience. “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Story” — which premiered a week ago on Netflix —doesn’t take that approach at all. […]

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2019-10-20 21:04:19

The Los Angeles Fire Department wants more drones  

As it looks to modernize its operations, the Los Angeles Fire Department is turning to a number of new technologies including expanding its fleet of drones for a slew of new deployments. One of the largest fire departments in the U.S. next to New York and Chicago, the LAFD has a budget of roughly $691 […]

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2019-10-20 18:36:52

Max-Q: This week in space  

Space is becoming a major area of startup and commercial investment, and so I’ve decided to start providing a weekly round-up of the biggest news in aerospace, space science and space-related technologies. Let me know if you appreciate this or have suggestions, and I’ll make sure it evolves as needed to be useful resource. This […]

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2019-10-20 16:36:46

Week in Review: The web's free speech conundrum  

Hey everyone. Thank you for welcoming me into you inbox yet again. Last week, I talked about the eternal dumbness of the smart home and how Google had a big chance to lay out their vision this past week. Guess what? They did not, instead we got a new more expensive Google Wifi that falls […]

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2019-10-20 16:21:22

China Roundup: Tencent's NBA test, TikTok parent deepens education push  

Welcome to TechCrunch’s China roundup, a digest of events that happened at major Chinese tech companies and what they mean to tech founders and executives around the world. The talk about U.S.-China relationships over the past two weeks has centered heavily on the NBA controversy, which has put the interest of some of China’s largest […]

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2019-10-20 13:30:25

Facebook isn't free speech, it's algorithmic amplification optimized for outrage  

This week Mark Zuckerberg gave a speech in which he extolled “giving everyone a voice” and fighting “to uphold a wide a definition of freedom of expression as possible.” That sounds great, of course! Freedom of expression is a cornerstone, if not the cornerstone, of liberal democracy. Who could be opposed to that? The problem […]

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2019-10-20 13:00:07

IPOs are the beginning, not the end  

Earlier this month at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco, we sat down with Box’s Aaron Levie and PagerDuty’s Jennifer Tejada to discuss their respective companies’ paths to an IPO, the general IPO landscape and the pros and cons of going public. With a lot of recent IPOs faltering and increased pressure on startup valuations, now is […]

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2019-10-19 22:12:02

MediaLab acquires messaging app Kik, expanding its app portfolio  

Popular messaging app Kik is, indeed, “here to stay” following an acquisition by the Los Angeles-based multimedia holding company, MediaLab. It echoes the same message from Kik’s chief executive Tim Livingston last week when he rebuffed earlier reports that the company would shut down amid an ongoing battle with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Livingston […]

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2019-10-19 20:47:01

This Week in Apps: League of Legends goes mobile, Tim Cook talks to China and more  

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support, and the money that flows through it all. The app industry in 2018 saw 194 billion downloads and more than $100 billion in purchases. Just in the past quarter, consumer spending exceeded $23 billion and installs topped 31 billion. […]

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2019-10-19 18:00:40

HuffPost is reportedly on the auction block  

Late last night the Financial Times reported that HuffPost, arguably one of the crown jewels of Verizon Media Group’s remaining network of media properties (which includes TechCrunch), is up for sale. Verizon has been shedding media properties in a retreat from the strategy that it had begun to execute with the acquisition of AOL for […]

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2019-10-19 17:29:36

The new iPhone is ugly  

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a bit old-fashioned when it comes to phones. Everyone scoffs at my iPhone SE, but the truth is it’s the best phone Apple ever made — a beautiful, well designed object in just about every way. But damn is the iPhone 11 Pro ugly. And so are […]

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2019-10-19 16:45:02

Mercedes-Benz app glitch exposed car owners' information to other users  

Mercedes-Benz car owners have said that the app they used to remotely locate, unlock and start their cars was displaying other people’s account and vehicle information. TechCrunch spoke to two customers who said the Mercedes-Benz’ connected car app was pulling in information from other accounts and not their own, allowing them to see other car […]

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2019-10-19 15:05:24

HTC releases a cheaper blockchain phone  

Whatever you might say about HTC (and believe me, there's plenty to say), at least the company takes some fascinating chance. As newly minted CEO Yves Maitre admitted to me at Disrupt a couple of weeks back, the once mighty smartphone giant has lost the thread in recent years. But if nothing else, the Exodus […]

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2019-10-19 13:22:14

Startups Weekly: The unicorn from down under, an Uber TV show and All Raise's expansion  

In this week's newsletter: Pendo raises $100M, 'cloud kitchens' is an oxymoron and 'Super Pumped' is hitting the small screen.

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2019-10-19 12:00:20

Apple's China stance makes for strange political alliances, as AOC and Ted Cruz slam the company  

In a rare instance of bipartisanship overcoming the rancorous discord that’s been the hallmark of the U.S. Congress, senators and sepresentatives issued a scathing rebuke to Apple for its decision to take down an app at the request of the Chinese government. Signed by Senators Ron Wyden, Tom Cotton, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Congressional […]

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2019-10-19 00:26:35

AI is helping scholars restore ancient Greek texts on stone tablets  

Machine learning and AI may be deployed on such grand tasks as finding exoplanets and creating photorealistic people, but the same techniques also have some surprising applications in academia: DeepMind has created an AI system that helps scholars understand and recreate fragmentary ancient Greek texts on broken stone tablets.

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2019-10-18 23:24:27

Adam Neumann planned for his children and grandchildren to control WeWork  

WeWork co-founder Adam Neumann didn’t plan for his family’s control of WeWork to end at his death but instead expected to pass that control to future generations of Neumanns, too, says Business Insider. The outlet reports that in a speech Neumann gave to employees in January of this year, footage of which it says it […]

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2019-10-18 22:22:17

VR/AR startup valuations reach $45 billion (on paper)  

Despite early-stage virtual reality market and augmented reality market valuations softening in a transitional period, total global AR/VR startup valuations are now at $45 billion globally — include non-pure play AR/VR startups discussed below, and that amount exceeds $67 billion. More than $8 billion has been returned to investors through M&A already, with the remaining […]

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2019-10-18 21:09:16

Tilting Point acquires game monetization startup Gondola  

Tilting Point announced yesterday that it has acquired Gondola, a company that aims to increase game monetization by optimizing in-game offers and video ads. Tilting Point CEO Kevin Segalla described his company’s model as “progressive publishing” — usually, mobile game developers start working with Tilting Point because they need help with user acquisition, and then […]

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2019-10-18 21:04:44

Where are US fintech's next billion-dollar startups?  

As fintech investments soar to new heights, investors are looking at the bottom and top levels of the services stack to find the next billion-dollar startups. That’s the word from seasoned investors like Andreessen Horowitz’s managing director, Angela Strange, who has invested in a number of successful financial services technology companies. For Strange and Chris […]

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2019-10-18 20:14:41

Alphabet's Wing begins making first commercial drone deliveries in the US  

Alphabet -owned drone delivery spin-out Wing is starting to service U.S. customers, after becoming the first drone delivery company to get the federal go-ahead to do so earlier this year. Wing is working with FedEx Express and Walgreens on this pilot, and their first customers are Michael and Kelly Collver, who will get a “cough […]

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2019-10-18 18:49:59

Daily Crunch: Zuckerberg has thoughts on free speech  

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. Zuckerberg on Chinese censorship: Is that the internet we want? The Facebook CEO spoke yesterday at Georgetown University, sharing his thoughts […]

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2019-10-18 18:44:01

Harley-Davidson has resumed production of the LiveWire  

Harley-Davidson has resumed production and deliveries of its electric LiveWire motorcycle after determining an issue with charging was isolated to a single vehicle. Harley-Davidson halted production and delivery of its first electric motorcycle earlier this week after discovering what it described at the time as a “non-standard condition.” Harley-Davidson didn’t recall any of the LiveWire […]

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2019-10-18 18:18:20

Who will own the future of transportation?  

Autonomous vehicles are often painted as a utopian-like technology that will transform parking lots into parks and eliminate traffic fatalities — a number that reached 1.35 million globally in 2018. Even if, as many predict, autonomous vehicles are deployed en masse, the road to that future promises to be long, chaotic and complex. The emergence […]

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2019-10-18 18:18:10

$35B face data lawsuit against Facebook will proceed  

Facebook just lost a battle in its war to stop a $35 billion class action lawsuit regarding alleged misuse of facial recognition data in Illinois. Today it was denied its request for an en banc hearing before the full slate of ninth circuit judges that could have halted the case. Now the case will go […]

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2019-10-18 17:53:29

Bloomberg Beta, now six years old, closes its third $75 million fund  

Bloomberg Beta, a San Francisco-based outfit that uses Bloomberg LP’s money to make bets on startups, has closed its third fund with $75 million, according to Roy Bahat, who’d previously run the online media company IGN and who operates the fund as an equal partnership with Karin Klein and James Chan. (Klein formerly ran Bloomberg’s […]

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2019-10-18 17:44:20

YellowHeart allows musicians and concert organizers to take more control of resold tickets  

YellowHeart is trying to solve a problem that should be familiar to anyone who’s ever tried to buy a ticket for a popular concert: Those tickets will often get snatched up by scalpers, who then resell them at a much higher price. In fact, the startup’s CEO, Josh Katz, said he founded the company because […]

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2019-10-18 16:05:42

Exclusive: 2019 HAX report reveals hardware startup trends  

Hardware startups are expanding from the world of consumer tech; global hardware accelerator HAX knows this better than most and details the latest trends in its yearly report. One of the most active early-stage hardware investors, the group today released exclusively to TechCrunch its yearly report with insights on hardware startups. The report highlighted several […]

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2019-10-18 16:04:56

Former Oracle co-CEO Mark Hurd has passed away  

Mark Hurd, who until last month was one of two CEOs leading the database software giant Oracle, has passed away at age 62, one month after telling employees in a letter that he was taking a leave of absence owing to health reasons. Staffers, who were notified that Hurd died earlier this morning, have been offering […]

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2019-10-18 16:01:32

A set of new tools can decrypt files locked by Stop, a highly active ransomware  

Thousands of ransomware victims may finally get some long-awaited relief. New Zealand-based security company Emsisoft has built a set of decryption tools for Stop, a family of ransomware that includes Djvu and Puma, which they say could help victims recover some of their files. Stop is believed to be the most active ransomware in the […]

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2019-10-18 15:00:51

Three of the best tackle the thorny issue of Brexit for startups at Disrupt Berlin  

The turbulence of Brexit has left both UK and European startups alike wondering about the best path forward. From recruiting to acquiring investment to scaling into other parts of Europe, the challenges seem to be mounting. By December, who knows what will have happened on the Brexit landscape, such is the chaos. At Disrupt Berlin […]

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2019-10-18 14:29:57

T-Mobile partners with Jeffrey Katzenberg's mobile streaming service Quibi  

On the heels of getting the FCC’s proposal to merge with Sprint, T-Mobile announced a plan to partner with Jeffrey Katzenberg’s mobile streaming service, Quibi. According to statements provided to the LA Times, and confirmed by Variety, Quibi CEO Meg Whitman specifically called out T-Mobile’s “impressive 5G road map” as a good fit for the […]

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2019-10-18 13:51:11

Greylock GP Sarah Guo is as bullish on SaaS as ever  

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch's venture capital-focused podcast where each week we discuss other people's money and what sense their investment choices make (or don't).

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2019-10-18 13:00:25

Volvo creates a dedicated business for autonomous industrial and commercial transport  

Volvo Group has established a new dedicated business group focused on autonomous transportation, with a mandate that covers industry segments like mining, ports and moving goods between logistics hubs of all kinds. The vehicle maker has already been active in putting autonomous technology to work in these industries, with self-driving projects — including at a […]

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2019-10-18 11:23:19

Japan will participate in NASA's Lunar Gateway project for the Artemis program  

Japan has officially announced that it will participate with NASA’s Lunar Gateway project (via NHK), which will seek to establish an orbital research and staging station around the Moon. The Lunar Gateway is a key component of NASA’s Artemis program, which aims to land the first American woman and the next American man on the […]

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2019-10-18 10:50:46

Watch NASA's first-ever all-woman spacewalk live  

NASA astronauts Christina H. Koch and Jessica Meir will make history this morning as they take part in the first-ever spacewalk in the agency’s history featuring only women. The two astronauts will be venturing outside of the International Space Station in order to effect a repair on a failed power controller for the station, with […]

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2019-10-18 10:24:23

Last few hours to apply: TC Top Picks @ Disrupt Berlin 2019  

This is it, startup founders. Today, October 18, is the last day and your final opportunity to be chosen as a TC Top Pick, to score a free Startup Alley Exhibitor Package and to shine a bright spotlight on your company at Disrupt Berlin 2019 on 11-12 December. You have only a few hours left to beat […]

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2019-10-18 08:00:39

Mobile game startup Madbox raises $16.5 million after 100 million downloads  

French startup Madbox is raising a $16.5 million (€15 million) Series A funding round from Alven. The company is developing mobile games and handles everything from start to finish, from game design to publishing and user acquisition. Madbox is a young player in the mobile game space. The company is the result of the merger […]

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2019-10-18 07:10:57

Kenyan telco Safaricom's Alpha incubator faces uncertain future  

Safaricom’s Nairobi based Alpha innovation incubator may have an uncertain future, according to sources. With two high-level departures, and the passing of Safaricom’s CEO Bob Collymore, there are questions on how or if Alpha will continue to operate. The space was established in 2017 to spur new product development for Safaricom, which is Kenya’s largest […]

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2019-10-18 05:34:42

Catalan separatists have tooled up with a decentralized app for civil disobedience  

Is our age of ubiquitous smartphones and social media turning into an era of mass civil unrest? Two years after holding an independence referendum and unilaterally declaring independence in defiance of the Spanish state — then failing to gain recognition for la república and being forced to watch political leaders jailed or exiled — Catalonia’s […]

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2019-10-18 00:48:22

Swarm gets green light from FCC for its 150-satellite constellation  

Swarm Technologies aims to connect smart devices around the world with a low-bandwidth but ever-present network provided by satellites — and it just got approval from the FCC to do so. Apparently the agency is no longer worried that Swarm's sandwich-sized satellites are too small to be tracked.

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2019-10-18 00:33:57

Airbnb's WeWork problem  

Airbnb may be another overvalued 'unicorn,' but it's no WeWork. 

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2019-10-17 23:55:51

Every state but Alaska has reported vape lung victims, now numbering 1,479 nationwide  

A lung condition apparently caused by vaping has been reported in every state but Alaska, the CDC has announced. The total number of suspected and confirmed cases has risen to 1,479, and at least 33 people have died as a result of the affliction.

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2019-10-17 23:10:16

Nintendo Switch hits another sales milestone  

Nintendo’s North American Switch unit sales have already surpassed the lifetime worldwide unit sales of the Wii U. The company announced Thursday that they had sold 15 million units of the popular handheld console in North America, further noting that the Switch had been the most popular console in the U.S. for 10 months in […]

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2019-10-17 23:07:34

Getting press for your startup: the true role of communications  

Welcome to this edition of The Operators, a recurring Extra Crunch column produced by insiders with executive experience.

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2019-10-17 22:26:00

The battle to become the Mexican Nubank just started  

Although the market is still in its early stage with just a handful of neobanks with running services, the stage is set for an amusing upcoming battle.

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2019-10-17 21:00:29

Atlassian acquires Code Barrel, makers of Automation for Jira  

Atlassian today announced that it has acquired Code Barrel, the makers of Automation for Jira, a low-code tool for easily automating many aspects of Jira that’s also one of the most popular add-ons for Jira Software and Jira Service Desk in Atlassian’s marketplace. The two companies did not disclose the price of the acquisition. Sydney-based […]

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2019-10-17 20:00:23

Bosch's new 'ear' for the Space Station's Astrobee robot will let it 'hear' potential mechanical issues  

Bosch is set to launch a new AI-based sensor system to the International Space Station that could change the way astronauts and ground crew monitor the ISS’s continued healthy operation. The so-called “SoundSee” module will be roughly the size of a lunch box, and will make its way to the ISS via Northrop Grumman’s forthcoming […]

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2019-10-17 19:37:06

How Unity built the world's most popular game engine  

What do BMW, Tencent, Pokemon Go creator Niantic, movie director Jon Favreau and construction giant Skanska have in common? They're all using the same platform to create their products. Founded in a small Copenhagen apartment in 2004, Unity Technologies' makes a game engine — a software platform for building video games. But the company, which […]

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2019-10-17 19:17:11

Zubale, founded in Mexico City by two HBS grads, just raised $4.4 million to put locals to work over their phones  

A year ago, at a demo day south of San Francisco, we watched a number of recently formed startups pitch investors on their companies. One that stood out to us at the time was Zubale, a Mexico City-based outfit whose founders were looking to connect big corporations with Latin Americans eager to address tasks on […]

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2019-10-17 19:10:20

New Nvidia Shield Android TV streaming device leaks via Amazon listing  

The fact that Nvidia is updating its Shield TV hardware has already been telegraphed via an FCC filing, but a leak earlier today paints much more of a detailed picture. An Amazon listing for a new Nvidia Shield Pro set-top streaming device went live briefly before being taken down, showing a familiar hardware design and […]

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2019-10-17 19:08:17

HBO Max scores all 21 Studio Ghibli films  

HBO’s streaming services have long succeeded on the strength of original programming, but in a post-AT&T acquisition world, the company is having to create a streaming service supergroup of exceptional content to lure consumers into coughing up more cash. HBO has been on a shopping spree for its HBO Max service. It bought the rights […]

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2019-10-17 18:20:51

Zuckerberg on Chinese censorship: Is that the internet we want?  

China is exporting its social values, political ads are an important part of free expression and the definition of dangerous speech must be kept in check, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg argued today in a speech at Georgetown University. He criticized how American companies that do business with China were becoming influenced by the country’s values. […]

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2019-10-17 17:47:57

Google Maps adds more Waze-like features, including driving-incident reports  

Google Maps is starting to look a lot more like Waze. Google today announced a series of new features that will allow drivers using the Maps app on iOS to report accidents, speed traps and traffic jams. And on both iOS and Android, users will be able to report other driving hazards and incidents, like […]

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2019-10-17 17:31:17

Juul will stop selling mango, creme, fruit and cucumber pod flavors in the US  

Juul has stopped selling a number of its flavored nicotine products — mango, creme, fruit and cucumber — in the U.S., pending a review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Now, the vaping company will only sell in the U.S. the flavors that taste like tobacco, mint or menthol, the company announced today. “We […]

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2019-10-17 17:00:45

Luna Display now supports older Macs as a secondary screen  

Secondary display companies are among the latest to get a taste of Sherlocking, after Apple introduced Sidecar as part of the recent Catalina update. Honestly, the feature is far and away the best thing about the latest version of MacOS and, as a number of third-party app developers have discovered over the decades, it's hard […]

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2019-10-17 17:00:30

Tesla gets green light to start producing EVs in China  

China’s industry ministry has add Tesla to a government list of approved automotive manufacturers, a designation that allows the electric automaker to begin producing vehicles in the country. Tesla’s inclusion on the list published by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology was reported by Reuters. A Chinese tech site also reported the news and […]

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2019-10-17 16:46:21

The Information will launch Ticker, a tech news app that costs $29 per year  

Since it was founded by journalist Jessica Lessin in 2013, The Information has stood out in the tech news landscape for its focus on an ad-free, subscription-driven business model (a focus that seems increasingly prescient). Now, the upcoming launch of an app called Ticker suggests that the company is looking to expand its audience while […]

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2019-10-17 16:30:58

'Cloud kitchens' is an oxymoron  

The biggest wave in consumer products right now has all the hallmarks of another bubble of misplaced investor expectations and sadly lower margins. Cloud kitchens (the category, and not just CloudKitchens the startup service) is essentially WeWork for restaurant kitchens. Instead of buying an expensive restaurant site on a heavily-walked street, a cloud kitchen is […]

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2019-10-17 16:16:20

MIT develops a way for robots to grasp and manipulate objects much faster  

Picking stuff up seems easy, right? It is - for humans with powerful brain computers that instantly and intuitively figure out everything needed to get the job done. But for robots, even advanced robots, the compute required is surprisingly complex, especially if you want the robot to not, you know, break the thing it’s grabbing. […]

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2019-10-17 16:08:32

Venmo to launch its first credit card in 2020  

Venmo announced today its plans to launch its first-ever credit card. The card is being issued partnership with Synchrony, already the issuer behind Venmo parent company PayPal’s Extras Mastercard and Cashback Mastercard, in an expanded relationship. The move is meant to help Venmo, a still unprofitable arm of PayPal’s larger business, generate more revenue. PayPal’s […]

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2019-10-17 15:21:26

Latest IBM partnership looks to improve seafood safety with blockchain  

IBM has been working with a number of different industries to help improve food safety with the help of blockchain technology. Today it announced its latest effort, a partnership with Massachusetts firm, Raw Seafoods, Inc, to bring this approach to seafood starting with scallops. While business blockchain buzz has quieted recently, the supply chain still […]

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2019-10-17 15:01:42

Popular app Snaptube caught serving invisible ads and charging users for premium purchases they haven't made  

A popular video downloader app for Android has been found generating fake ad clicks and unauthorized premium purchases from its users, according to a security firm. Snaptube, which boasts some 40 million users, allows users to download videos and music from YouTube, Facebook, and other major video sites. The app, developed in China, is not […]

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2019-10-17 15:00:12

Logitech's MX Master 3 mouse and MX Keys keyboard should be your setup of choice  

Logitech recently introduced a new mouse and keyboard, the MX Master 3 ($99.99) and MX Keys ($99.99) respectively. Both devices borrow a lot from other, older hardware in Logitech’s lineup - but they build on what the company has gotten really right with input devices, and add some great new features to make these easily […]

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2019-10-17 14:55:16

Farewell, Google Clips  

Amid a slew of updated hardware, Clips has gone missing from Google's online store. Odds are you probably don't remember what Clips is. If you do, odds are you're not surprised by this turn of events. We've reached out to company to confirm whether this is, indeed, definitively the end for the niche device. All […]

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2019-10-17 14:31:16

Snapchat goes after retailers and DTC brands with new Dynamic Ads  

Snap today is announcing a new kind of advertising product, Dynamic Ads, that will help it to better attract ad dollars from retail, e-commerce, and other direct-to-consumer brands — a group that today thrives on Instagram. With Dynamic Ads, advertisers can now automatically create ads in real-time based on extensive product catalogs that may contain […]

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2019-10-17 14:08:43

Sentons launches SurfaceWave, a processor and tech to create software-defined surfaces that supercharge touch and gesture  

As handset makers continue to work on ways of making smartphones more streamlined and sleek, while at the same time introducing new features that will get people buying more devices, a startup that is pioneering something called “software-defined” surfaces — essentially, using ultrasound and AI to turn any kind of material, and any kind of […]

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2019-10-17 14:00:31

Samsung confirms glaring S10 fingerprint reader flaw, promises fix  

Galaxy S10 users should turn on some alternative security features as Samsung works to address a major flaw with the device's in-screen fingerprint sensor. The consumer electronics giant noted the issue today after a British user reported the ability to unlock her device with unregistered fingerprints. The flaw was discovered after placing a $3.50 screen […]

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2019-10-17 13:58:11

ArsenalBio emerges from stealth with $85 million and a dream team to fight cancer  

The story behind ArsenalBio begins with Sean Parker’s Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy. Founded in 2016, the Institute has been instrumental in providing a space for the top researchers into cancer across different fields to collaborate and communicate on the latest breakthroughs in settings that range from formal meetings to informal retreats. It was at one […]

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2019-10-17 13:55:28

Microsoft accessibility grants go out to companies aiming to improve tech for people with disabilities  

The tech world has a lot to offer those with disabilities, but it can be hard to get investors excited about the accessibility space. That's why Microsoft's AI for Accessibility grants are so welcome: equity-free Azure credits and cash for companies looking to adapt AI to the needs of those with disabilities. The company just announced ten more, including education for the blind startup ObjectiveEd.

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2019-10-17 13:01:46

Work management platform Asana launches new automation tools  

Work management platform Asana today announced the launch of a new feature that will take the work out of some of the most mundane and repetitive tasks on its platform. Asana Automation, as the new feature is called, allows users to create their own “if this then that” rules, but also features a new voice […]

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2019-10-17 13:00:39

Ekos announces $8M Series A to build software for craft breweries  

Ekos, a Charlotte, N.C. startup that creates software to help craft breweries and other beverage companies organize their businesses, announced an $8 million Series A today led by Noro-Moseley Partners, an Atlanta  venture firm. Prior to taking this funding, the company had bootstrapped for the previous five years, building a business with 1,700 customers in […]

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2019-10-17 12:43:44

Galileo Financial raises $77 million for its fintech services that were 19 years in the making  

Clay Wilkes had already been retired for six years when he launched Galileo Financial Services in 2000. The serial entrepreneur, who had been an early pioneer in telecommunications technologies (like voice over internet protocols), saw the need for better connectivity between secondary services and financial institutions 19 years ago, just as new digital services around […]

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2019-10-17 12:01:53

Pendo scores $100M Series E investment on $1 billion valuation  

Pendo, the late-stage startup that helps companies understand how customers are interacting with their apps, announced a $100 million Series E investment today on a valuation of $1 billion. The round was led by Sapphire Ventures . Also participating were new investors General Atlantic and Tiger Global, and existing investors Battery Ventures, Meritech Capital, FirstMark, […]

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2019-10-17 10:00:09

How to radically change finance through startups at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin  

Fintech has been a very popular area for venture investment, and this is particularly true in Europe. Dozens of high-growth fintech startups have launched over the past decade, from challenger banks and neobanks to new payment services and better ways to save and invest wealth. Embedded finance, or why fintech mega VC rounds have become […]

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2019-10-17 09:50:15

TruTag raises $7.5 million Series C for tiny, edible barcodes that can be placed on pills, food and vaping systems  

TruTag Technologies, a company that creates microscopic, edible barcodes to authenticate medications, food, vaping pods and other products, has raised a $7.5 million Series C. The funding, led by Pangaea Ventures and Happiness Capital, will be used to further commercialize its technology and develop new solutions. Along with earlier rounds, this brings TruTag's total funding […]

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2019-10-17 07:38:55

TikTok makes education push in India  

China’s TikTok today launched an education program in India as the popular short-video app looks to expand its offering and assuage local authority in one of its biggest markets. TkTok, owned by the world’s most valued startup Bytedance, said it’s working with a number of content creators and firms to populate the platform with educational […]

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2019-10-17 07:28:56

Winnow raises $12M Series B for its food waste solution for commercial kitchens  

Winnow, the U.K. startup that has developed smart kitchen tech to help commercial kitchens reduce food waste, is disclosing $12 million in Series B funding. Backing the round is Ingka Group (a strategic partner to the IKEA franchisee system), Mustard Seed, Circularity Capital, D: Ax and The Ingenious Group. It follows a recent $8 million […]

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2019-10-17 07:15:03