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Startup founders share why they attend TechCrunch Disrupt  

On 11-12 December, thousands of savvy startuppers will flock to Germany for Disrupt Berlin 2019. Disrupt events, the premiere technology conferences hosted by TechCrunch, are known the world over as the place to launch, network, invest in and collaborate with the international early-stage startup community. Disrupt offers plenty of startup action — world-class speakers, Startup […]

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2019-10-23 08:13:52



Amazon expands its in-store pickup service, Counter, to thousands more stores  

Amazon Counter’s, the online retailer’s in-store pickup option that launched this summer at 100 Rite Aid locations in the U.S., is now expanding. The company announced today the service will reach thousands more locations with the additions of new partners GNC, Health Mart, and Stage Stores. GNC is the well-known health and nutrition chain. Health Mart […]

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2019-10-23 07:01:02



Have we reached the tipping point?  

Limited partners or  LPs  — the pension funds, the university endowments, the family offices that largely provide venture firms with their spending money — are receiving a lot of attention from venture capitalists, some of it unwanted. VCs have begun knocking down their doors with requests for fresh capital commitments so they’ll have money to […]

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2019-10-23 05:13:25



WeWork confirms an up to $8 billion lifeline from SoftBank Group; names new executive chairman  

Confirming earlier reports, The We Company and SoftBank Group agreed to a new capital infusion which will see SoftBank committing $5 billion in new financing and issuing a tender offer for another $3 billion in buybacks for shareholders. The company also said it would accelerate an existing commitment to put $1.5 billion into the short-term […]

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2019-10-23 03:11:23



Salesforce Ventures's John Somorjai warns N.C.'s politics could dampen its tech hub potential  

North Carolina has been rising as an entrepreneurial hub. It’s now home to massive deals, like IBM buying Red Hat for $34 billion and Fortnite maker Epic Games raising a landmark $1.25 billion, both which helped to put the state — and the Triangle region, in particular — on the map. And now it’s just […]

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2019-10-23 00:29:08



Verizon is giving its customers 12 free months of Disney+  

On November 12 Verizon will begin offering 12 months of Disney+ to all of its new and existing 4gLTE and 5G unlimited wireless customers, the companies said today in a joint statement. It’s a great way for Disney to juice its early subscriber numbers and for Verizon to add a tantalizing perk as competition heats […]

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2019-10-23 00:21:50



Somehow, 'Dark Fate' got me excited about the Terminator again  

The release of a new Terminator sequel has become a familiar ritual: The latest filmmakers acknowledge the greatness of the first two movies, then mumble awkwardly about the other sequels — which are inevitably ignored, because they assure us that this time, they’ve created the sequel we’ve been waiting for. I can’t tell you whether […]

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2019-10-22 23:33:44



Drift CEO shares insights from 20+ years of startup experience  

Why do serial entrepreneurs keep jumping back in? What things might you learn the third, fourth, or fifth time around? To find out, Extra Crunch Managing Editor Eric Eldon spoke to Drift CEO and founder David Cancel at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco. Cancel has spent more than 20 years founding SaaS companies, with exits including […]

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2019-10-22 23:28:31



LabGenius raises $10M to use AI for protein drug discovery  

LabGenius, a London-based startup applying AI and “robotic automation” to protein drug discovery, has raised $10 million in Series A funding. The round is led by Lux Capital and Obvious Ventures, with participation from Felicis Ventures, Inovia Capital, Air Street Capital and existing investors. Also investing is Recursion Pharmaceuticals' founder and CEO Chris Gibson, as […]

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2019-10-22 23:01:14



Electric vehicle charging software EV Connect raises $12 million  

EV Connect, the Los Angeles-based company that sells software to manage electric vehicle charging, has raised $12 million in a Series B round led by investors Mitsui & Co. and Ecosystem Integrity Fund. The company has raised $25 million to date. EV Connect’s cloud-based platform has an open standard architecture that is designed to be […]

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2019-10-22 22:53:11



How I Podcast: Let's Talk About Cats' Mary Phillips-Sandy and Lizzie Jacobs  

The beauty of podcasting is that anyone can do it. It's a rare medium that's nearly as easy to make as it is to consume. And as such, no two people do it exactly the same way. There are a wealth of hardware and software solutions open to potential podcasters, so setups run the gamut […]

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2019-10-22 22:50:02



In latest $10B JEDI contract twist, Defense secretary recuses himself  

The JEDI drama never stops. The $10 billion, decade-long cloud contract has produced a series of twists and turns since the project was announced in 2018. These include everything from court challenges to the president getting involved to accusations of bias and conflict of interest. It has had all this and more. Today, in the […]

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2019-10-22 22:27:04



Venture capital firm Redpoint hires a 'head of founder experience'  

"The founder is the center of the solar system," says Redpoint's new hire Travis Bryant.

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2019-10-22 22:26:43



Former SAP CEO Bill McDermott taking over as ServiceNow CEO  

When Bill McDermott announced he was stepping down as CEO at SAP a couple of weeks ago, it certainly felt like a curious move — but he landed on his feet pretty quickly. ServiceNow announced he would be taking over as CEO there. The transition will take place at year-end. If you’re wondering what happened to […]

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2019-10-22 20:51:43



SoftBank reportedly ends WeWork ownership debacle with a potential $1.7 billion windfall for Adam Neumann  

After erasing more than $30 billion in projected shareholder value, Adam Neumann could walk away from the We Company with a windfall of as much as $1.7 billion, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. This is how the company will end, not with the pop of a successful public offering, but with […]

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2019-10-22 20:42:14



How tech companies measure 'legal'  

In a working environment obsessed with metrics dashboards, key performance indicators, and objectives and key results, the legal function presents an elusive target. Compared to sales, marketing and product, "legal" in a growing tech company can seem an inaccessible alchemy of risk, contracting and policy.

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2019-10-22 20:38:22



Snapchat beats in Q3, adding 7M users & revenue up 50%  

The Snap-back continues. Snapchat blew past earnings expectations for a big beat in Q3, as it added 7 million daily active users this quarter to hit 210 million, up 13% year-over-year. Snap also beat on revenue, notching $446 million, which is up a whopping 50% year-over-year, at a loss of $0.04 EPS. That flew past […]

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2019-10-22 20:10:07



The present and future of food tech investment opportunity  

There is no bigger industry on our planet than food and agriculture. But despite a stalwart customer base, the food industry is facing unprecedented challenges in production, demands and regulation.

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2019-10-22 20:00:11



Databricks announces $400M round on $6.2B valuation as analytics platform continues to grow  

Databricks is a SaaS business built on top of a bunch of open-source tools, and apparently it’s been going pretty well on the business side of things. In fact, the company claims to be one of the fastest growing enterprise cloud companies ever. Today the company announced a massive $400 million Series F funding round […]

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2019-10-22 18:14:43



Facebook commits $1B to tackle affordable housing in California, other locations  

California is in the midst of a serious housing crisis with ramifications that stretch across the state. In the Bay Area, the crisis is often at its most visible due to the presence of tech mega-corps and the influx of highly paid tech workers that have exacerbated the problem. It hasn’t been uncommon for some […]

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2019-10-22 17:52:56



Penske is getting into the car-sharing business, starting with Washington, DC  

Transportation services giant Penske Corp. is backing a new car-sharing service called Penske Dash that launched Tuesday in Washington, D.C. and Arlington, Va. The service is debuting at an awkward time for the industry. While some car-sharing operations, particularly peer-to-peer services, have expanded, others have struggled in the past year. GM’s Maven, BMW’s ReachNow, Car2Go and […]

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2019-10-22 17:16:33



Amazon is rolling out a news aggregation app for Fire TV and tablets  

Beginning today, Amazon will be rolling out a news aggregation app for Fire TV users in the U.S. The app serves up a customizable news experience from a number of different outlets. The list includes nearly 20 names (a number of which are Yahoo sub-sites), including bigger partners like Reuters, CBS, Sports Illustrated and HuffPo. […]

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2019-10-22 17:08:50



Google has used contract swaps to get bulk access terms to NHS patient data  

New Scientist has obtained a legal agreement between Google’s health division and the UK National Health Service (NHS) that includes provision to pass five years’ worth of patient data in bulk as part of a contract novation process. If you’re feeling a sense of deja vu that’s quite right: Back in 2016 it emerged — […]

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2019-10-22 17:03:49



Obvious Ventures makes CBD sporty with beam, which sells cannabis products to the GNC set  

Athletes looking to take a break from all their worries over prescription painkillers and anyone who’s hankering to try out the new cannabinoid-based treatments for their conditions (without worrying about potentially getting dosed with some THC) can now turn to beam. The Boston-based company founded by two former athletes (who were friends at Boston College) […]

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2019-10-22 16:41:47



Slack announces new features to help ease app integration pain  

As Slack has grown in popularity, one of the company’s key differentiators has been the ability to integrate with other enterprise tools, but as customers use Slack as a central work hub, it has created its own set of problems. In particular, users have trouble understanding what apps they have access to and how to […]

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2019-10-22 16:30:35



Daily Crunch: Facebook fights (some) election lies  

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. New Facebook features fight election lies everywhere but ads Facebook made a slew of announcements designed to stop 2020 election interference […]

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2019-10-22 16:13:34



Food Network Kitchen brings live, interactive cooking classes to Echo Show, Fire TV & more  

Someone is finally putting the Echo Show to good use. Today, Discovery announced the U.S. launch of its Food Network Kitchen subscription service which will bring daily live and on-demand cooking classes as well as on-demand classes, step-by-step instructional cooking videos, and more to Amazon Echo devices, including the smart screen Echo Show, as well […]

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2019-10-22 16:11:42



Bird-owned Scoot deploys new electric mopeds  

Scoot, owned by Bird, has just unveiled what it’s calling the Scoot Moped. At first glance, it appears to be Bird’s two-seater vehicle. In June, Bird unveiled the Cruiser, which can seat up to two people and be pedal-assist or just have a peg, depending on the market. While the Scoot Moped is meant for […]

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2019-10-22 16:00:53



Squarespace acquires social media authoring startup Unfold  

Over the past year or two, Squarespace has been expanding beyond website-building with new products like email marketing and its first acquisition (of an online scheduling tool) . Today, it’s announcing a move into social media content creation with the acquisition of Unfold, which offers templates for creating stories on Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat — you […]

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2019-10-22 16:00:45



New York's Facebook antitrust investigation now has 46 other attorneys general onboard  

New York Attorney General Letitia James is turning up the heat on the state’s antitrust investigation into Facebook, which i seeking “to determine whether Facebook's actions may have endangered consumer data, reduced the quality of consumers' choices, or increased the price of advertising.” Her coalition previously consisted of attorneys general from a total of 8 […]

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2019-10-22 15:41:00



Don't wait to plan your exit, even if it's years away  

Startup founders have a million things to worry about every day. Finding product-market fit, great talent and and a sustainable plan for constant growth are top of mind, but perhaps most importantly, they need to keep the lights on, whether it’s by raising venture capital or managing cash flows while bootstrapping. The flip side to […]

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2019-10-22 15:26:26



LG's dual-screen phone bundle arrives in the US November 1, starting at $699  

Announced this summer at IFA in Berlin, LG's G8X ThinQ offers yet another take on the folding/dual-screen phenomenon. Rather than the outright foldable display of the Samsung Galaxy or the dual-screen of the forthcoming Microsoft Surface Duo, the device sneaks in additional screen real estate through an accessory. Available here in the States starting November […]

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2019-10-22 15:05:14



Medium says it will compensate writers based on reading time, not claps  

Medium is announcing significant changes to its Partner Program, where subscribers pay for access to exclusive content, and the revenue gets split with writers. The biggest change is that writers will now be compensated based “primarily” on reading time, rather than claps. In a post, Medium’s Emma Smith describes reading time as “a closer measure […]

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2019-10-22 15:03:42



Figma's Community lets designers share and remix live files  

As designers grow both in sheer numbers and within the hierarchy of organizations, design tool makers are adapting to their evolving needs in different ways. Figma, the web-based collaborative design tool, is taking a note from the engineering revolution of the early aughts. “What if there were a GitHub for designers?” mused Dylan Field, early […]

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2019-10-22 15:00:31



Arianespace will offer the first rocket rideshare mission to the Moon in 2023  

European launch provider Arianespace announced some exciting news regarding its ambitions for the Moon at the International Astronautical Congress today. Arianespace CEO Stephane Israël revealed on stage that its forthcoming space launch vehicle, the Ariane 6, will aim to deliver the first rideshare mission to the Moon in four years. "By 2023 we are ready to […]

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2019-10-22 14:53:28



Roku buys adtech platform dataxu for $150 million  

Roku is beefing up its advertising business with the acquisition of Boston-based dataxu, a demand-side platform that will allow marketers to plan, buy and optimize their video ad campaigns that run on Roku’s devices and services. The deal, a mixture of cash and stock, is for $150 million and has been approved by each company’s […]

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2019-10-22 14:48:34



Firefox gets personalized privacy reports  

Mozilla today announced that its Enhanced Tracking Protection feature for Firefox, which launched in July (and became the default in September), has now blocked a total of over 450 billion third-party tracking requests from the thousands of companies that try to track you as you browse the web. That’s a big number, but with today’s […]

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2019-10-22 14:28:47



FTC settles with Devumi, a company that sold fake followers, for $2.5M  

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has put an end to the deceptive marketing tactics of Devumi, a company that sold fake indicators of social media influence — like Twitter followers, retweets, YouTube subscribers and views, and more — which was also the subject of a 2018 investigation by The New York Times into the world […]

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2019-10-22 14:18:49



Sphero's STEM robotics kit goes on sale  

Following a crowdfunding campaign that raised an impressive $1 million earlier this year, Sphero's STEM/STEAM kit RVR is now on sale. Announced back in February as part of the Colorado company's first-ever Kickstarter campaign, RVR presents a bit of a change for Sphero in a number of key ways. For starters, it's a move away […]

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2019-10-22 14:14:56



Koio, the D2C luxury sneaker brand, raises $6 million  

Koio, the high-end sneakers brand led by Chris Wichert and Johannes Quodt, has today raised an additional $6 million in Series A funding, bringing total Series A funding to $9 million. The round was led by Founders Fund, with participation from existing investors Acton Capital Partners and Brand Foundry, among others. The direct-to-consumer product was […]

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2019-10-22 14:00:10



Learn how to win customers and influence consumers at Disrupt Berlin  

Every startup is a story and every startup’s success depends — on some level — on how well they can either tell that story or get that story told. The best stories are the ones that create an instant brand. One that sparks a relationship or a moment of inspiration with customers and consumers alike. […]

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2019-10-22 13:29:50



Early stage privacy startup DataGrail gets boost from Okta partnership  

When Okta launched its $50 million Okta Ventures investment fund in April, one of its investments was in an early stage privacy startup called DataGrail. Today, the companies announced a partnership that they hope will help boost DataGrail, while providing Okta customers with a privacy tool option. DataGrail CEO and co-founder Daniel Barber says that […]

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2019-10-22 13:19:14



Aurora Insight emerges from stealth with $18M and a new take on measuring wireless spectrum  

Aurora Insight, a startup that provides a “dynamic” global map of wireless connectivity that it built and monitors in real time using AI combined with data from sensors on satellites, vehicles, buildings, aircraft and other objects, is emerging from stealth today with the launch of its first publicly-available product, a platform providing insights on wireless […]

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2019-10-22 12:55:54



Google picks up Microsoft veteran, Javier Soltero, to head G Suite  

Google has hired Microsoft’s former Cortana and Outlook VP, Javier Soltero, to head up its productivity and collaboration bundle, G Suite — which includes consumer and business tools such as Gmail, Hangouts, Drive, Google Docs and Sheets. He tweeted the news yesterday, writing: “The opportunity to work with this team on products that have such […]

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2019-10-22 08:43:38



Don't miss the Q&A Sessions at Disrupt Berlin 2019  

The early-stage startup community knows that the Disrupt Main Stage is the place to hear and learn from iconic founders, technologists and investment leaders. And the speakers you'll hear at Disrupt Berlin 2019 on 11-12 December will follow that grand tradition. Hold up a sec. Don't have a ticket yet? Buy your early bird pass today and […]

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2019-10-22 08:31:01



Dara Khosrowshahi says Uber remains committed to India but offers no concrete plans  

Uber said on Tuesday that it has won a bid to work with government-run subway system in India's capital in one of its rare announcements in India, a key overseas market where it is facing a fierce battle with local giant Ola. The ride-hailing giant said it has partnered with Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) […]

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2019-10-22 07:56:50



Supermercato24 acquires Szopi, an on-demand grocery delivery service in Poland  

Supermercato24, the Italian same-day grocery delivery service, has acquired Szopi.pl, an on-demand grocery delivery service in Poland. Terms of the deal remain undisclosed, although I understand it is a mixture of cash and stock. Szopi had raised €1.7M from various investors, including Impera Alfa. The acquisition sees the two companies join forces to speed up […]

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2019-10-22 07:15:35



Lilium releases new flight footage and details factory plans for 2025 launch  

Lilium, the Munich-based startup developing an on-demand "air taxi" service, has released its latest flight video — this time demonstrating a successful transition from vertical flight (liftoff) to horizontal flight. The company is also announcing the completion of its first manufacturing facility and plans for a much larger second factory in preparation for a 2025 […]

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2019-10-22 07:00:56



Signal AI taps $25M for public data-based market intelligence that spots trends and risks  

Media monitoring — where news sources and other public information outlets are scanned regularly for mentions of specific organizations — is a well established service used by companies for market intelligence and to measure sentiment around their businesses. Today, London-based Signal AI, which has built a substantial operation in the area, has raised $25 million funding […]

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2019-10-22 06:29:30



Magento begins to integrate more deeply into the Adobe stack  

When Adobe acquired Magento, the e-commerce platform aimed at SMBs, last May for $1.68 billion, you knew it would only be a matter of time before the company would begin integrating its new purchase into the Adobe technology stack. Today, at the MagentoLive customer conference in Amsterdam, Magento announced some new integrations with Adobe. Perhaps […]

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2019-10-22 06:00:10



Luge Capital raises $85M to invest in Canadian fintech startups  

There are 831 financial technology startups headquartered in or operating in Canada, according to data collected by Fintech Growth Syndicate, yet only a handful of venture capital funds specializing in the region and sector. Luge Capital, a fintech and AI-focused venture capital fund headquartered in Montreal and Toronto, is looking to close that gap. The […]

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2019-10-22 05:00:43



FT launches a new consulting arm focused on helping businesses use consumer data  

As more and more news businesses turn to paywalls and subscriptions, The Financial Times looks like an early model and success story — a few months ago the organization announced that it’s passed 1 million paying readers, with digital subscribers accounting for more than three-fourths of its circulation. Now The FT is looking to share […]

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2019-10-22 04:00:38



Former Stitch Fix COO Julie Bornstein is rewriting the e-commerce playbook  

Backed by Forerunner Ventures, NEA and True Ventures, The Yes is an AI-powered shopping platform.

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2019-10-22 04:00:13



Here's the very last trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker  

And there we have it: the very last trailer for a Star Wars movie focusing on the Skywalkers. After 42 long years of Jedi returning, clones attacking, and Force awakenings… the three pack of trilogies that is the “Skywalker saga” comes to an end this December with the release of Episode IX: The Rise of […]

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2019-10-22 01:49:27



Through partnerships and a new software toolkit, Nvidia looks to surf the 5G wave  

Nvidia is making a hard pitch at this year’s Mobile World Congress Los Angeles that the future of software defined 5G networks should be powered by its chipsets. Through the launch of a new software development toolkit and a series of partnerships announced today with Ericsson (for networking); Microsoft (for its cloud computing); and Red […]

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2019-10-22 01:01:36



India moves closer to regulating internet services as it fears 'unimaginable disruption to democracy'  

India said on Monday that it is moving ahead with its plan to revise existing rules to regulate intermediaries — social media apps and others that rely on users to create their content — as they are causing "unimaginable disruption" to democracy. In a legal document filed with the country's apex Supreme Court, the Ministry […]

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2019-10-21 21:58:58



'People fix things. Tech doesn't fix things.'  

Veena Dubal is an unlikely star in the tech world. A scholar of labor practices regarding the taxi and ride-hailing industries and an Associate Professor at San Francisco's U.C. Hastings College of the Law, her work on the ethics of the gig economy has been covered by the New York Times, NBC News, New York […]

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2019-10-21 21:54:05



Report: SoftBank is taking control of WeWork at an ~$8B valuation  

SoftBank expected to inject as much as $5B in the struggling business.

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2019-10-21 20:00:35



6 tips founders need to know about securing their startup  

If you’ve read anything of mine in the past year, you know just how complicated security can be. Every day it seems there’s a new security lapse, a breach, a hack, or an inadvertent exposure, such as leaving a cloud storage server unprotected without a password. These things happen, but they don’t have to; aecurity […]

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2019-10-21 20:00:16



NASA's Jim Bridenstine says 2035 is doable for human landing on Mars — provided budget is there  

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine took part in a joint presentation by the chiefs of a number of international space agencies at the annual International Astronautical Conference on Monday. At the end of the event, a question was put to the entire group — when do we get to Mars? After a joke answer of “Tuesday” […]

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2019-10-21 19:33:11



The Station: Volvo evolves, Skip trips and touchscreen tech  

The Station is back for another week of news and analysis on all the ways people and goods move from Point A to Point B — today and in the future. As always, I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior reporter at TechCrunch. Portions of the newsletter will be published as an article on the main […]

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2019-10-21 19:21:28



Daily Crunch: We review the Pixel 4  

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. Pixel 4 review: Google ups its camera game Brian Heater was impressed by the improvements in Google’s latest smartphone, including camera […]

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2019-10-21 19:14:02



Is there room for a US equivalent to China's No. 1 news app?  

In China, Toutiao is literally big news. Not only has its parent company ByteDance achieved a $75 billion valuation, two of its apps — Toutiao, a news aggregator, and Douyin (Tik Tok in China) — are chipping into WeChat's user engagement numbers, no small feat considering the central role WeChat plays in the daily lives […]

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2019-10-21 18:57:37



New Facebook features fight election lies everywhere but ads  

Heaven forbid a political candidate’s Facebook account gets hacked. They might spread disinformation…like they’re already allowed to do in Facebook ads… Today Facebook made a slew of announcements designed to stop 2020 election interference. “The bottom line here is that elections have changed significantly since 2016,” and so has Facebook in response, CEO Mark Zuckerberg […]

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2019-10-21 18:36:44



Twitch hires former Zynga exec Doug Scott as chief marketing officer  

Amazon-owned game streaming service Twitch has snagged Zynga’s chief marketing officer, Doug Scott, to join as its own CMO, the company announced today. At Zynga, Scott led global marketing for just over three years. Prior to that, he was CMO at the music startup BandPage and the VP, Marketing and Revenue at mobile game publisher, […]

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2019-10-21 18:35:27



Superhuman founder seeks to raise debut venture fund  

The founder of one of 2019's most buzzworthy startups is putting on his VC hat.

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2019-10-21 17:35:48



Microsoft acquires Mover to help with Microsoft 365 cloud migration  

Microsoft wants to make it as easy as possible to migrate to Microsoft 365, and today the company announced it had purchased a Canadian startup called Mover to help. The companies did not reveal the acquisition price. Microsoft 365 is the company’s bundle that includes Office 365, Microsoft Teams, security tools and workflow. The idea […]

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2019-10-21 17:14:22



Shine Bathroom raises $750K for a smart home add-on that flushes away your toilet doldrums  

One ongoing theme in the world of smart homes has been the emergence of gadgets and other tools that can turn “ordinary” objects and systems into “connected” ones — removing the need to replace things wholesale that still essentially work, while still applying technology to improve the ways that they can be used. In the […]

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2019-10-21 17:09:32



Africa can list more gazelles at home than unicorn IPOs abroad  

At the recent TechCrunch Disrupt SF, Senegalese VC investor Marieme Diop suggested that Silicon Valley’s unicorn IPO model might not be right for African startups. The is largely because the continent’s startups face a vastly different macro business environment, Diop explained during a discussion of investing in Africa with 500 Startups’ Sheel Mohnot and IFC’s […]

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2019-10-21 17:00:23



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 HKmap.live 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






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