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Original Content podcast: 'The Lovebirds' has charming leads and not much else  

“The Lovebirds” was originally slated for a theatrical release, but with movie theaters closed, Paramount decided to release the film through Netflix instead. But even without a global pandemic, a Netflix release was probably the right call. As we discuss latest episode of the Original Content podcast, this doesn’t feel like a movie that would […]

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2020-05-30 10:53:11



Watch live as SpaceX launches its first ever spacecraft with people on board  

SpaceX is once again preparing to make history - the private spaceflight company is set to launch its Crew Dragon Demo-2 mission in collaboration with NASA today. This is the second time they’ve prepared to launch this mission, after an attempt on Wednesday last week was scrubbed due to bad weather. Today’s attempt is set […]

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2020-05-30 10:08:25



This Week in Apps: Facebook launches trio of app experiments, TikTok gets spammed, plus coronavirus impacts on app economy  

We continue to look at how the coronavirus outbreak is impacting the world of mobile apps, with fresh data from App Annie about trends playing out across app categories benefiting from the pandemic.

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2020-05-30 03:29:50



Amid unprecedented growth on its platform, Acorns cuts roles and shuts down an office  

Acorns, which helps millions of people invest their spare change in the stock market, has laid off between 50 to 70 people, TechCrunch has learned from multiple sources. The Irvine, Calif.-based company would not confirm the total number of people laid off, but did confirm that there were cuts at the company as a result […]

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2020-05-30 01:58:20



Jeremy Conrad left his own VC firm to start a company, and investors like what he's building  

When this editor first met Jeremy Conrad, it was in 2014, at the 8,000-square-foot former fish factory that was home to Lemnos, a hardware-focused venture firm that Conrad had co-founded three years earlier. Conrad — who as a mechanical engineering undergrad at MIT worked on self-driving cars, drones and satellites — was still excited about […]

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2020-05-29 21:48:04



Aaron Levie: 'We have way too many manual processes in businesses'  

Box CEO Aaron Levie has been working to change the software world for 15 years, but the pandemic has accelerated the move to cloud services much faster than anyone imagined. As he pointed out yesterday in an Extra Crunch Live interview, who would have thought three months ago that businesses like yoga and cooking classes […]

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2020-05-29 21:15:16



4 views on the future of retail and the shopping experience  

While the present is largely bleak, preparing for the future has retailers adopting technologies faster than ever. Their resilience and innovation means retail will look and fee different when the world reopens.

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2020-05-29 20:23:10



Toyota's first plug-in hybrid RAV4 Prime priced a skosh under $40,000  

When Toyota unveiled the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime in November, the vehicle garnered a lot of attention because it achieved two seemingly conflicting goals. It was Toyota’s most fuel efficient and one of its most powerful vehicles. Now, it’s getting praise for managing a base price under $40,000. Toyota said Friday that the standard trim […]

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2020-05-29 18:55:02



Sony will show off the first PlayStation 5 games on June 4th  

Sony has been dishing out details on the PlayStation 5 piece-by-piece, rather than dropping all of the details at one big mega event. First came word of the Holiday 2020 release window. Then came an overview of the specs — like that it’ll have a super-fast solid-state drive by default. Most recently, they showed off […]

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2020-05-29 17:05:03



SpaceX's Starship SN4 launch vehicle prototype explodes after static engine fire test  

SpaceX had just conducted yet another static fire test of the Raptor engine in its Starship SN4 prototype launch vehicle on Friday when the test vehicle exploded on the test stand in Boca Chica, Texas. This was the fourth static fire test of this engine on this prototype, so it’s unclear what went wrong versus […]

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2020-05-29 14:42:37



Google's latest experiment encourages social distancing through AR  

Several months into this pandemic, you can no doubt already eyeball six feet/two meters with the best of them. But if you're still having trouble — and happen to have an Android device handy — Google's got you covered, I guess. The latest project out of the company's Experiments with Google collection, Sodar is a […]

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2020-05-29 12:25:26



Tech talent is flocking to smaller cities, but investors aren't  

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch's venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week’s show took a break from regularly scheduled programming. Our co-host Alex Wilhelm, who usually leads us through the show, was on some much-deserved vacation, so Danny Crichton and Natasha Mascarenhas took the reigns and invited […]

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2020-05-29 12:18:43



Audi launches high-tech car unit Artemis to fast-track a 'pioneering' EV to market  

Audi has created a new business unit called Artemis to bring electric vehicles equipped with highly automated driving systems and other tech to market faster — the latest bid by the German automaker to become more agile and competitive. The traditional automotive industry, where the design to start of production cycle might take five to […]

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2020-05-29 12:08:57



Salesforce stock is taking a hit today after lighter guidance in yesterday's earning's report  

In spite of a positive quarter with record revenue that beat analysts’ estimates, Salesforce stock was taking a hit today because of lighter guidance. Wall Street is a tough audience. The stock was down $8.29/share, or 4.58%, as of 2:15 pm ET. The guidance, which was a projection for next quarter’s earnings, was lighter than […]

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2020-05-29 12:03:32



TinyML is giving hardware new life  

Today and going forward, billions of tiny devices will act as an extension of our brains, feelings and emotions as a natural extension of everyday life.

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2020-05-29 11:47:35



Cisco to acquire internet monitoring solution ThousandEyes  

When Cisco bought AppDynamics in 2017 for $3.7 billion just before the IPO, the company sent a clear signal it wanted to move beyond its pure network hardware roots into the software monitoring side of the equation. Yesterday afternoon the company announced it intends to buy another monitoring company, this time snagging internet monitoring solution […]

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2020-05-29 11:22:20



The best investment every digital brand can make during the COVID-19 pandemic  

Customers don't just forget about the companies that treated them well — and post-crisis, they'll be more likely to return to the vendors who gave them a good experience.

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2020-05-29 10:45:24



Facebook takes on Twitter with Venue, a 'second screen' companion for live events  

Facebook’s R&D group, NPE Team, is launching Venue, a new app for engaging fellow fans around live events. This is the third new app to launch this week from Facebook’s internal team focused on experimenting with new concepts in social networking. With Venue, the company aims to offer a digital companion for live events, starting […]

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2020-05-29 10:30:16



Bunq adds donations to charities and tests redesign  

Challenger bank Bunq is adding a new feature that lets you donate to charities directly from the app. In addition to that, Bunq is also in the process of redesigning its app. The company is launching a public beta test to get feedback from its users. Other fintech startups, such as Revolut and Lydia, have […]

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2020-05-29 10:11:48



Zuckerberg explains why Facebook won't take action on Trump's recent posts  

In a statement posted to Facebook late Friday afternoon, Mark Zuckerberg offered up an explanation of why his company did not contextualize or remove posts from the accounts associated with President Donald Trump that appeared to incite violence against American citizens. “We looked very closely at the post that discussed the protests in Minnesota to […]

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2020-05-29 09:54:21



Twitter screens Trump's Minneapolis threat-tweet for glorifying violence  

After applying a fact-checking label Tuesday to a misleading vote-by-mail tweet made by U.S. President Donald Trump, Twitter is on a roll and has labeled another of the president’s tweets — this time screening his words from casual view with what it calls a “public interest notice” that states the tweet violated its rules about glorifying […]

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2020-05-29 09:46:53



Daily Crunch: Trump takes aim at social media companies  

President Trump follows through on his threat to challenge the legal protections enjoyed by social media and internet companies, Magic Leap’s CEO is stepping down and China sees its biggest autonomous driving round yet. Here’s your Daily Crunch for May 29, 2020. 1. Trump signs an executive order taking direct aim at social media companies […]

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2020-05-29 09:13:48



Uber UK launches Work Hub for drivers to find other gig jobs during COVID-19  

Uber U.K. has launched a Work Hub for drivers to view a selection of temporary work opportunities with other companies as a way to supplement pandemic-hit ride-hailing earnings during the coronavirus crisis. The Work Hub sits within the Uber driver app and displays offers of work from third party providers — including jobs that involve […]

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2020-05-29 08:45:07



Echo Looks will cease functioning in July, as Amazon discontinues the camera  

Introduced in mid-2017, the Look was one of the more obscure — and, honestly, kind of bizarre — entries in the Echo line. It was a small camera designed to take videos and selfies of its owner, using machine learning to help choose outfits. No surprise, really, that it never caught fire. And now, three […]

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2020-05-29 08:27:10



Brex, the credit card for startups, cuts staff amid restructuring  

Brex, last valued at $2.6 billion, is restructuring its credit card for startups business and cut 62 staff members, the co-founders Pedro Franceschi and Henrique Dubugras said in a blog post. “Today we’re restructuring the company to better align our priorities with this new reality, while simultaneously accelerating our product vision. With that, I have […]

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2020-05-29 07:57:56



Uber's latest feature lets riders book by the hour and make multiple stops  

Uber is bringing a new feature to the U.S. that lets users book rides for $50 an hour and make multiple stops as the ride-hailing company tries to respond to changing consumer needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The hourly booking feature, which is already available in a handful of international cities in Australia, Africa, Europe […]

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2020-05-29 07:10:21



Twitter, Reddit challenge US rules forcing visa applicants to disclose their social media handles  

Twitter and Reddit have filed an amicus brief in support of a lawsuit challenging a U.S. government rule change compelling visa applicants to disclose their social media handles. The lawsuit, brought by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, the Brennan Center for Justice and law firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, seeks to undo […]

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2020-05-29 06:52:59



How to upgrade your at-home videoconference setup: Lighting edition  

In this installment of our ongoing series around making the most of your at-home video setup, we’re going to focus on one of the most important, but least well-understood or implemented parts of the equation: Lighting. While it isn’t actually something that requires a lot of training, expertise or even equipment to get right, it’s […]

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2020-05-29 05:45:45



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

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

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2020-05-29 05:42:35



Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz is out  

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

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2020-05-29 05:24:29



SoftBank led $500M investment in Didi in China's biggest autonomous driving round  

The race to automate vehicles on China’s roads is heating up. Didi, the Uber of China, announced on Friday an outsized investment of over $500 million in its freshly minted autonomous driving subsidiary. Leading the round — the single largest fundraising round in China's autonomous driving sector — is its existing investor Softbank, the Japanese […]

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2020-05-29 05:18:31



How startups can leverage elastic services for cost optimization  

The landscape shifts quickly, but managed services providers enable organizations to repurpose full-time staff members from impacted operations to more strategic product lines or initiatives.

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2020-05-29 04:17:37



As wildfire season approaches, AI could pinpoint risky regions using satellite imagery  

The U.S. has suffered from devastating wildfires over the last few years as global temperatures rise and weather patterns change, making the otherwise natural phenomenon especially unpredictable and severe. To help out, Stanford researchers have found a way to track and predict dry, at-risk areas using machine learning and satellite imagery. Currently the way forests […]

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2020-05-29 01:58:50



YouTube and Tribeca's global online film festival starts today  

Today, the online film festival We Are One is kicking off 10 days of films, talks, musical performances and VR experiences. The event is a collaboration between Tribeca Enterprises (the organization behind the Tribeca Film Festival) and YouTube, with help from 21 film festivals from around the world. Think of it as an attempt to […]

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2020-05-29 01:12:54



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

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

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2020-05-28 20:49:16



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

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

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2020-05-28 19:11:18



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

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

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2020-05-28 18:21:17



3 bearish takes on the current edtech boom  

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

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2020-05-28 17:55:13



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

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

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2020-05-28 17:49:43



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

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

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2020-05-28 14:40:24



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

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

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2020-05-28 13:56:46



6 leading mobility VCs discuss the road ahead  

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

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2020-05-28 13:40:23



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

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

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2020-05-28 12:12:23



Daily Crunch: Twitter vs. Trump  

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

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2020-05-28 11:32:10



Storage marketplace Warehouse Exchange raises $2.2M  

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

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2020-05-28 10:19:16



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

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

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2020-05-28 09:53:11



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

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

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2020-05-28 09:52:32



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

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

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2020-05-28 08:57:40



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

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

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2020-05-28 07:57:49



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

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

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2020-05-28 07:56:43



Mirantis releases its first major update to Docker Enterprise  

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

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2020-05-28 07:27:49



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

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

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2020-05-28 07:11:18



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

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

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2020-05-28 07:08:43



SpaceX gets FAA permission to fly its Starship spacecraft prototype  

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

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2020-05-28 06:45:01



Meditation and mindfulness apps continue their surge amid pandemic  

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

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2020-05-28 06:30:06



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

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

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2020-05-28 06:15:02



Carry1st has $4M to invest in African mobile gaming  

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

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2020-05-28 05:59:25



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

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

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2020-05-28 05:52:46



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

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

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2020-05-28 05:46:43



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

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

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2020-05-28 05:46:12



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

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

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2020-05-28 05:43:54



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

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

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2020-05-28 05:43:30



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

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

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2020-05-28 05:29:25



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

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

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2020-05-28 05:28:19



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

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

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2020-05-28 05:20:48



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

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

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2020-05-28 05:20:46



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

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

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2020-05-28 05:19:30



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

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

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2020-05-28 05:12:56



Truthset raises $4.75M to help marketers score their data  

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

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2020-05-28 04:39:48



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

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

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2020-05-28 04:27:42



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

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

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2020-05-28 03:58:25



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

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

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2020-05-28 03:57:16



The secret to trustworthy data strategy  

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

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2020-05-28 03:21:29



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

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

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2020-05-28 02:29:59



Vaya Africa launches electric ride-hail taxi network  

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

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2020-05-28 02:13:57



DHL acquires stake in Link Commerce developed by MallforAfrica  

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

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2020-05-28 01:55:09



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

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

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2020-05-28 01:53:22



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

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

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2020-05-28 01:49:04



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

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

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2020-05-28 01:42:28



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

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

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2020-05-28 01:33:13



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

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

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2020-05-28 01:29:22



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

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

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2020-05-28 01:03:03



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

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

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2020-05-27 20:27:31



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

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

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2020-05-27 20:23:09



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

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

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2020-05-27 20:05:34



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

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

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2020-05-27 20:03:25



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

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

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2020-05-27 18:43:09



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

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

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2020-05-27 17:35:32



Rivian is building an in-house insurance agency  

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

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2020-05-27 17:06:05



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

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

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2020-05-27 17:05:02



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

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

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2020-05-27 15:32:38



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

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

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2020-05-27 13:55:42



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

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

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2020-05-27 13:43:37



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

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

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2020-05-27 13:30:37



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

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

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2020-05-27 13:28:37



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

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

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2020-05-27 13:13:17



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

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

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2020-05-27 12:50:32



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

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

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2020-05-27 12:32:58



Onboarding employees and maintaining culture in a remote work environment   

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

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2020-05-27 11:50:47



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

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

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2020-05-27 11:35:33






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