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Uber cuts 600 jobs in India  

Uber is cutting 600 jobs in India, or 25% of its workforce in the country, it said on Tuesday as it looks to cut costs to steer through the coronavirus pandemic. The job cuts, which affect teams across customer and driver support, business development, legal, policy, marketing, and finance, are part of the company's global […]

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2020-05-26 02:21:39



China's food delivery giant Meituan hits $100B valuation amid pandemic  

Meituan’s shares hit a record high on Tuesday, bringing its valuation to over $100 billion. The Hong Kong-listed giant, which focuses on food delivery with smaller segments in travel and transportation, is the third Chinese firm to reach the landmark valuation. Tencent and Alibaba respectively topped the number back in 2013 and 2014. Tencent-backed Meituan […]

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2020-05-26 01:36:50



Virgin Orbit's first orbital test flight cut short after rocket released from carrier aircraft  

On Monday, Virgin Orbit attempted the first full flight of its orbital payload launch system, which includes a modified Boeing 747 called ‘Cosmic Girl’ that acts as a carrier aircraft for its air-launched rocket LauncherOne. While Virgin Orbit has flown Cosmic Girl and LauncherOne previously for different tests and demonstrations, this was the first end-to-end […]

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2020-05-25 19:52:46



Jabra's Elite Active 75t earbuds offer great value and sound for both workouts and workdays  

Technology improvements over the past few years mean that most fully wireless earbuds are a lot better than they used to be. That has led to something of a narrowing of the field among competitors in this arena, but some of the players still stand out - and Jabra have definitely delivered a standout performer […]

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2020-05-25 07:09:19



Newton Mail founder returns with launch of personal net worth tracker, Kubera  

Serial entrepreneur Rohit Nadhani, who last sold his Newton email app to Essential in 2018— an app so popular it’s been saved from shutting down multiple times — is today launching a new startup, Kubera. The service aims to offer an alternative to using a spreadsheet to keep track of your assets, investments, cryptocurrencies, debts, […]

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2020-05-25 05:42:29



Max Q: Huge week ahead for SpaceX and Virgin Orbit  

This week could be the biggest week to date for private spaceflight, with landmark launch attempts coming from both Virgin Orbit and SpaceX . Virgin Orbit is looking to join the elite club of private launch companies that have actually made it to space, with a full flight test of its combined Cosmic Girl and […]

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2020-05-25 04:59:06



A massive database of 8 billion Thai internet records leaks  

Thailand’s largest cell network AIS has pulled a database offline that was spilling billions of real-time internet records on millions of Thai internet users. Security researcher Justin Paine said in a blog post that he found the database, containing DNS queries and Netflow data, on the internet without a password. With access to this database, Paine […]

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2020-05-25 01:46:30



Work collaboration unicorn Notion is blocked in China  

Notion, the fast-growing work collaboration tool that recently hit a $2 billion valuation, said on Twitter Monday that its service is blocked in China. The productivity app has attracted waves of startups and tech workers around the world — including those in China — to adopt its all-in-one platform that blends notes, wikis, to-dos, and […]

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2020-05-25 01:38:36



NASA and SpaceX confirm SpaceX's first ever astronaut launch is a 'go'  

NASA and SpaceX are closer than ever to a moment both have been preparing for since the beginning of the Commercial Crew program in 2010. SpaceX’s Falcon 9 and Crew Dragon spacecraft are now set to fly with NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken onboard, making a trip to the International Space Station, and […]

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2020-05-25 01:30:28



China set to launch Mars probe and rover mission in July  

China’s space program will launch a Mars mission in July, according to its current plans. This will include deploying an orbital probe to study the red planet, and a robotic, remotely-controlled rover for surface exploration. The U.S. has also been planning another robotic rover mission for Mars, and it’s set to take off this summer, […]

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2020-05-25 01:28:05



Living and working in a worsening world  

Jon Evans Contributor Jon Evans is the CTO of the engineering consultancy HappyFunCorp; the award-winning author of six novels, one graphic novel, and a book of travel writing; and TechCrunch's weekend columnist since 2010. More posts by this contributor Why are people who cite videos always wrong? Seven viral futures Not long ago we lived […]

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2020-05-24 13:12:03



The Station: Hertz files for bankruptcy, hailing “self-driving” scooters, Memorial Day travel  

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every Saturday in your inbox. Hi and welcome back to The Station. Memorial Day is this coming Monday, a holiday meant to honor military personnel who died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. […]

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2020-05-24 09:07:34



China Roundup: A blow to US-listed Chinese firms and TikTok's new global face  

Hello and welcome back to TechCrunch's China Roundup, a digest of recent events shaping the Chinese tech landscape and what they mean to people in the rest of the world. It’s been a tumultuous week for Chinese tech firms abroad: Huawei’s mounting pressure from the U.S., a big blow to U.S.-listed Chinese firms, and TikTok’s […]

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2020-05-24 08:16:33



As fashion has its metaverse moment, one app looks to bridge real and virtual worlds for sneakerheads  

Fashion is having its moment in the metaverse. A riot of luxury labels, music, and games are vying for attention in the virtual world. And as physical events and the entertainment industry that depends on them shuts down, virtual things have come to epitomize the popular culture of the pandemic. It’s creating an environment where […]

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2020-05-24 04:41:55



Hackers release a new jailbreak that unlocks every iPhone  

A renowned iPhone hacking team has released a new “jailbreak” tool that unlocks every iPhone, even the most recent models running the latest iOS 13.5. For as long as Apple has kept up its “walled garden” approach to iPhones by only allowing apps and customizations that it approves, hackers have tried to break free from […]

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2020-05-24 03:41:41



R&D Roundup: 'Twisted light' lasers, prosthetic vision advances and robot-trained dogs  

I see far more research articles than I could possibly write up. This column collects the most interesting of those papers and advances, along with notes on why they may prove important in the world of tech and startups. In this edition: a new type of laser emitter that uses metamaterials, robot-trained dogs, a breakthrough […]

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2020-05-24 03:25:34



JioMart, the e-commerce venture from India's richest man, launches in additional cities  

The rationale behind the deluge of dollars flooding into billionaire Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Jio Platforms is beginning to become more clear as his e-commerce venture JioMart starts rolling out to more people across India. An e-commerce venture between the nation's top telecom operator Jio Platforms and top retail chain Jio Retail, JioMart just launched its […]

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2020-05-23 19:39:32



Here's what Virgin Orbit hopes to achieve with their first full orbital test launch on Sunday  

Virgin Orbit held a press briefing on Saturday hosted by CEO Dan Hart and VP of Special Projects Will Pomerantz. The company aims to fly its first ever orbital test launch on Sunday, at roughly 9:30 AM PT (12:30 PM ET), though there’s flexibility for that to move depending on preparations and weather. If it […]

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2020-05-23 16:32:25



Elon Musk: the Tesla Cybertruck isn't getting any smaller  

In the days and weeks after Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed the cybertruck — a post-apocalyptic inspired vehicle made of cold-rolled steel — there was a lot of speculation about whether it would be smaller once it actually made it to market. Production of the Cybertruck is still a long ways off. There isn’t even […]

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2020-05-23 16:11:34



This Week in Apps: Facebook takes on Shopify, Tinder considers its future, contact-tracing tech goes live  

We continue to look at how the pandemic is impacting the world of mobile apps. Notably, we saw the launch of the Apple/Google exposure notification API with the latest version of iOS.

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2020-05-23 14:30:32



Original Content podcast: The new 'Kimmy Schmidt' special is pointlessly interactive  

In many ways, Netflix’s new “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” special “Kimmy vs. the Reverend” is a delight. For fans of the show, it’s a chance to catch up with Kimmy (Ellie Kemper), Titus (Titus Burgess) and all their other friends/nemeses on the eve of Kimmy’s wedding to Prince Frederick (Daniel Radcliffe). Creators Robert Carlock and Tina […]

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2020-05-23 11:10:21



UK government reverses course on Huawei's involvement in 5G networks  

Conservative members of the United Kingdom’s government have pushed Prime Minister Boris Johnson to draw up plans to remove telecom equipment made by the Chinese manufacturer Huawei from the nation’s 5G networks by 2023, according to multiple reports. The decision by Johnson, who wanted Huawei’s market share in the nation’s telecommunications infrastructure capped at 35 […]

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2020-05-23 08:07:25



Startups Weekly: SoftBank portfolio results show which tech sectors are still thriving  

Remember when the top investors and companies in tech were reacting to SoftBank's every move? These days, we are picking through the latest results from the Japanese conglomerate and its Vision Fund to see how things went wrong, and where it is still succeeding with its startup portfolio.

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2020-05-23 06:12:15



Anything less than nationwide vote by mail is electoral sabotage  

The global pandemic has cast a light on decades of cumulative efforts to manipulate and suppress voters, showing that the country is completely unprepared for any serious challenge to its elections system. There can be no more excuses: Every state must implement voting by mail in 2020 or be prepared to admit it is deliberately […]

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2020-05-23 05:21:10



'Fallout Shelter' joins Tesla arcade in latest software update  

Nearly a year ago, Todd Howard, the director of Bethesda Games, said that the company's "Fallout Shelter" game would be coming to Tesla displays. It arrived, via the 2020.20 software update, this week, which was first noted at driver’s platform Teslascope. Fallout Shelter is the latest — and one of the more modern games — […]

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2020-05-23 02:06:24



What the hell, SaaS valuations?  

SaaS stocks are at it again, and I think I’ve got it figured it out. More precisely I think I’ve figured out what other people think is going on. After rigorous fact-checking by both reading tweets, making VCs talk to me on the phone, and chatting with the CEO of a $27 billion cloud company […]

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2020-05-22 21:55:39



SpaceX's first crewed spacecraft launch is officially cleared to proceed for May 27 target  

SpaceX has received approval on its mission to launch NASA astronauts for the first time ever on May 27, having passed a key Flight Readiness Review (FRR) conducted by the agency to ensure everything is go for launch. This final stretch check, conducted over the past few days after the Crew Dragon spacecraft was mounted […]

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2020-05-22 18:54:58



The FBI is mad because it keeps getting into locked iPhones without Apple's help  

The debate over device encryption isn't dead, it was merely resting. And it just won't go away.

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2020-05-22 17:21:28



Minecraft Dungeons has charm and potential, but needs lot more time in the furnace  

Minecraft is one of the most popular games on the planet, so it’s natural that Microsoft, after buying creator Mojang some years back, would attempt to apply the genre’s playful, blocky aesthetic to other genres. After modest success with the Story Mode adventure game and Pokemon GO-like Minecraft Earth, they’ve tried their hand at a […]

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2020-05-22 14:47:56



Scale AI releases free lidar data set to power self-driving car development  

High-quality data is the fuel that powers AI algorithms. Without a continual flow of labeled data, bottlenecks can occur and the algorithm will slowly get worse and add risk to the system. It’s why labeled data is so critical for companies like Zoox, Cruise and Waymo, which use it to train machine learning models to […]

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2020-05-22 14:28:20



First major GDPR decisions looming on Twitter and Facebook  

The lead data regulator for much of big tech in Europe is moving inexorably towards issuing its first major cross-border GDPR decision — saying today it’s submitted a draft decision related to Twitter’s business to its fellow EU watchdogs for review. “The draft decision focusses on whether Twitter International Company has complied with Articles 33(1) […]

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2020-05-22 13:23:10



Xiaomi's investment house of IoT surpasses 300 companies  

Xiaomi, the Chinese comapny famous for its budget smartphones and a bevy of value-for-money gadgets, said in a filing on Thursday that it has backed more than 300 companies as of March, totaling 32.3 billion yuan ($4.54 billion) in book value and 225.9 million yuan ($32 million) in net gains on disposal of investments in […]

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2020-05-22 11:54:12



New York Auto Show canceled for 2020, pushed to spring 2021  

Organizers of the New York International Auto Show, once hoping to hold the rescheduled event in August, have decided to scrap the entire year. The show has been officially canceled for 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers announced Friday. The next show will take place April 2 to April 11, 2021. Press days will […]

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2020-05-22 11:27:49



Clubhouse proves that time is a flat circle  

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch's venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. First, a big thanks to everyone who took part in the Equity survey, we really appreciated your notes and thoughts. The crew is chewing over what you said, and we’ll roll up the best feedback into show tweaks […]

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2020-05-22 11:12:24



How to make the most of your at-home videoconference setup: Microphone edition  

Working from home isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, and a slew of companies just announced longer-term initiatives to make their remote work practices either extend or permanent. That means for some it’s the perfect time to take their at-home videoconferencing setup even further, so we’re going to take a closer look at various core elements […]

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2020-05-22 09:53:16



IBM confirms layoffs are happening, but won't provide details  

IBM confirmed reports from overnight that it is conducting layoffs, but wouldn’t provide details related to location, departments or number of employees involved. The company framed it in terms of replacing people with more needed skills as it tries to regroup under new CEO Arvind Krishna. “IBM's work in a highly competitive marketplace requires flexibility […]

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2020-05-22 09:20:42



3 views on the life and death of college towns, remote work and the future of startup hubs  

The global pandemic has halted travel, shunted schools online and shut down many cities, but the future of college-town America is an area of deep concern for the startup world. College towns have done exceedingly well with the rise of the knowledge economy and concentrating students and talent in dense social webs. That confluence of […]

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2020-05-22 09:08:27



Cake brings a Swedish take on e-motorcycle design to the US  

Cake has crafted the Swedish edition of electric motorcycle design starting in the dirt. The Stockholm-based mobility startup's debut, the Kalk OR, is a 150-pound, battery-powered two-wheeler engineered for agile off-road riding and available in a street-legal version. In appearance, Cake's Kalk has a minimalist stance and doesn’t evoke “motorcycle” in any conventional sense. That […]

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2020-05-22 07:57:20



Steve Case and Clara Sieg on how the COVID-19 crisis differs from the dot-com bust  

Steve Case and Clara Sieg of Revolution recently spoke on TechCrunch’s new series, Extra Crunch Live. Throughout the hour-long chat, we touched on numerous subjects, including how diverse founders can take advantage during this downturn and how remote work may lead to growth outside Silicon Valley. The pair have a unique vantage point, with Steve […]

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2020-05-22 07:36:35



Box will let employees work from home until at least 2021  

Another tech company is joining the list of those planning on going remote for the long haul: Box . Box CEO Aaron Levie announced this morning that the company will “remain a digital-first organization” moving forward. While it sounds like they’re still working out exactly what that entails, one key aspect is that Box employees […]

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2020-05-22 07:34:51



Apple's handling of Siri snippets back in the frame after letter of complaint to EU privacy regulators  

Apple is facing fresh questions from its lead data protection regulator in Europe following a public complaint by a former contractor who revealed last year that workers doing quality grading for Siri were routinely overhearing sensitive user data. Earlier this week the former Apple contractor, Thomas le Bonniec, sent a letter to European regulators laying […]

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2020-05-22 07:21:15



An eighth Amazon warehouse employee has died from COVID-19  

An eighth Amazon employee has died of COVID-19. The news comes as the company is under scrutiny for failing to be more transparent about the wider number of infections among its warehouse workers. A spokesperson confirmed the reports of the death, telling TechCrunch, "We are saddened by the loss of an associate who had worked […]

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2020-05-22 07:07:40



New nonprofit from Google Maps co-creator offers temporary 'safe' passes to aid COVID-19 reopening effort  

There are a number of different technologies both proposed and in development to help smooth the reopening of parts of the economy even as the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic continues. One such tech solution launching today comes from Brian McClendon, co-founder of Keyhole, the company that Google purchased in 2004 that would form the […]

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2020-05-22 07:07:10



Daily Crunch: Facebook embraces remote work  

Facebook takes more steps to support and expand a remote workforce, IBM announces layoffs and TechCrunch’s big annual conference is going virtual. (I know, I know — I have mixed feelings about it, too.) Here’s your Daily Crunch for May 22, 2020. 1. Facebook makes big remote work moves with plan for new hubs in […]

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2020-05-22 06:25:55



Strategies for surviving the COVID-19 Series B squeeze  

The next few quarters will be the most challenging time that many founders have experienced. More so than ever, survival is not a given.

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2020-05-22 05:58:50



KKR to invest $1.5 billion in India's Reliance Jio Platforms  

Billionaire Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio Platforms has agreed to sell 2.32% stake to U.S. equity firm KKR in what is the fifth major deal the top Indian telecom operator has secured in just as many weeks. On Friday, KKR announced it will invest $1.5 billion in the top Indian telecom operator, a subsidiary of India’s […]

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2020-05-22 05:25:05



Netflix's beloved animated series Tuca & Bertie is getting a second life on Adult Swim  

Tuca & Bertie was wonderful. It was a hilarious and heartfelt examination of adult relationships, coupled with whimsical animated visuals. And like most good things in this world, it was simply too beautiful to live. The Netflix series, which starred comedians Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong as two mismatched bird best friends was canceled after […]

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2020-05-22 04:58:20



Startup Battlefield is going virtual with TechCrunch Disrupt 2020  

You read that right. The big announcement came yesterday — TechCrunch Disrupt is now fully virtual. What does this mean for Startup Battlefield? More opportunity. The best companies from across the globe, an even bigger launch platform, the eyes of more investors from around the world and press exposure at the biggest conference TechCrunch has […]

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2020-05-22 04:53:58



Statespace, the platform that trains gamers, raises $15 million  

Statespace has today raised a $15 million Series A financing round led by Khosla, with partner Samir Kaul joining the board. Existing investors, such as FirstMark Capital, Lux and Expa, also participated in the round, as well as newcomer June Fund. Statespace launched out of stealth in 2017 with a product called Aim Lab, which […]

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2020-05-22 03:23:16



M17 sells its online dating assets to focus on live streaming  

M17 Entertainment announced today that it has sold its online dating assets to focus on its core live streaming business in Asia and other markets. Paktor Pte, which operates Paktor dating app and other services, was acquired by Kollective Ventures, a venture capital advisory firm. The value of the deal was undisclosed. In its announcement, […]

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2020-05-22 02:58:11



API startups are so hot right now  

Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the gray space in between. A cluster of related companies recently caught our eye by raising capital in rapid-fire fashion. TechCrunch covered a few of them, and I read coverage of others. Looking back through my notes and the media […]

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2020-05-22 02:57:21



Thriva raises £4M from Target in an era when at-home blood testing is more crucial than ever  

Thriva emerged in 2016 as an at-home blood-testing startup allowing people to check, for instance, cholesterol levels. In the era of a pandemic, however, at-home blood testing is about to become quite a big deal, alongside the general trend towards people pro-actively taking control of their health.  It's now has secured a £4 million extension to its Series […]

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2020-05-22 01:36:50



Magic Leap has apparently raised another $350 million, in spite of itself  

Magic Leap has reportedly received a $350 million lifeline, a month after slashing 1,000 jobs and dropping its consumer business. Noted by Business Insider and confirmed by The Information, CEO Rony Abovitz sent a note to staff announcing the funding, courtesy of unnamed current and new investors. The who — and more importantly, why — […]

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2020-05-21 19:20:05



PathSpot sells a scanner that fact checks your handwashing efficacy  

The novel coronavirus disease has reminded millions that handwashing is a great way to avoid preventable diseases. Christine Schindler, the CEO and co-founder of PathSpot, has been preparing for the past three months for the past three years. "I've been obsessed with handwashing," Schindler said, who has a background in biomedical engineering and public health. […]

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2020-05-21 18:22:18



Facebook's Workplace, now with 5M paying users, adds drop-in video Rooms and more  

One of the biggest technology takeaways of the last couple of months has been that organizations need confident, wide-ranging digital strategies to stay afloat, and Facebook — in its wider bid to build products to serve businesses — is taking note. In the same week that the social network doubled down on business tools for […]

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2020-05-21 17:32:18



Virtual events startup Run The World just nabbed $10.8 million from a16z and Founders Fund  

Run The World, a year-old startup that's based in Mountain View, Calif., and has small teams both in China and Taiwan, just nabbed $10.8 million in Series A funding co-led by earlier backer Andreessen Horowitz and new backer Founders Fund. It’s easy to understand the firms’ interest in the company, whose platform features every functionality […]

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2020-05-21 15:09:39



Google highlights accessible locations with new Maps feature  

Google has announced a new, welcome and no doubt long-asked-for feature to its Maps app: wheelchair accessibility info. Businesses and points of interest featuring accessible entrances, bathrooms and other features will now be prominently marked as such. Millions, of course, require such accommodations as ramps or automatic doors, from people with limited mobility to people […]

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2020-05-21 14:29:25



VergeSense grabs $9M for its people-counting sensor tech as offices eye COVID changes  

Facilities management looks to be having a bit of a moment, amid the coronavirus pandemic. VergeSense, a US startup which sells a ‘sensor as a system’ platform targeted at offices — supporting features such as real-time occupant counts and foot-traffic-triggered cleaning notifications — has closed a $9M strategic investment led by Allegion Ventures, a corporate […]

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2020-05-21 13:42:38



Create a 90-day timeline after fundraising to strengthen investor-founder ties  

Your first 90 days will ideally set the foundation for a rich and productive partnership between you and your investors.

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2020-05-21 13:25:12



6 CISOs share their game plans for a post-pandemic world  

CISOs have shifted their roles quickly and dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic, but many have had to fight fires they never expected.

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2020-05-21 11:37:39



Extra Crunch Live: Discuss work and raising cash in a downturn with Revolution's Steve Case and Clara Sieg at 12pm PT/3pm ET  

This afternoon, we're chatting with Steve Case and Clara Sieg of Revolution as part of our new interview series, Extra Crunch Live. Topping our agenda, we will talk about jobs — in Silicon Valley, on the coasts and in the heartland. The technology sector is suffering through a contraction caused by the COVID-19 global health […]

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2020-05-21 11:30:58



With an ex-Uber exec as its new CEO, digital mental health service Mindstrong raises $100 million  

Daniel Graf has had a long career in the tech industry. From founding his own startup in the mid-2000s to working at Google, then Twitter, and finally Uber, the tech business has made him extremely wealthy. But after leaving Uber, he wasn’t necessarily interested in working at another business… at least, not until he spent […]

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2020-05-21 10:35:39



The Trash app's new features can create AI-edited music videos and more  

The team behind Trash, an app that uses artificial intelligence to edit your video footage, launched a number of new features this week that should make it more useful for anyone — but especially independent musicians. I wrote about the startup last summer, when CEO Hannah Donovan told me that her work as Vine’s general […]

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2020-05-21 10:07:24



Daily Crunch: Twitter tests limiting replies  

Twitter is giving users tools to avoid abusive or annoying replies, MakeSpace raises $55 million and Sphero gets a new CEO and a new spinoff. Here’s your Daily Crunch for May 21, 2020. 1. Twitter is testing a feature that limits who can reply to your tweets Users can pick from one of three options: […]

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2020-05-21 09:54:29



Extra Crunch Live: Join Box CEO Aaron Levie May 28th at noon PT/3 pm ET/7 pm GMT  

We’ve been on a roll with our Extra Crunch Live Series for Extra Crunch members, where we’re talking to some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley about business, investment and the startup community. Recent interviews include Kirsten Green from Forerunner Ventures, Charles Hudson from Precursor Ventures and investor Mark Cuban. Next week, we’re pleased […]

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2020-05-21 09:47:42



Skyflow raises $7.5M to build its privacy API business  

Skyflow, a Mountain View-based privacy API company, announced this morning that it has closed a $7.5 million round of capital it describes as a seed investment. Foundation Capital’s Ashu Garg led the round, with the company touting smaller checks from Jeff Immelt (former GE CEO) and Jonathan Bush (former AthenaHealth CEO). For Skyflow, founded in […]

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2020-05-21 09:26:14



Netflix to start cancelling inactive customers' subscriptions  

Netflix said Thursday it will ask customers who have not watched anything on the on-demand video streaming service in a year or more if they wish to maintain their subscription — and will cancel their membership if it does not hear back. The company said it has started to notify customers who have’t watched anything […]

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2020-05-21 09:06:35



Spotify will let employees work from home through the end of year  

Spotify this week joined a growing number of tech giants expanding their work from home policies as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to drag on. While not as radical as Twitter's recent decision to let staff work from home forever, the music streaming service's move does represent increased openness to the arrangement. First noted by Variety, […]

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2020-05-21 09:04:22



12 VCs share their thoughts on enterprise startup trends and opportunities  

Compared to other tech firms, enterprise companies have held up well during the pandemic. If anything, the problems enterprises were facing prior to the economic downturn have become even more pronounced; if you were thinking about moving to the cloud or just dabbling in it, you’re probably accelerating that motion. If you were trying to […]

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2020-05-21 07:41:52



The Webby Awards polish up their gallery of internet history  

The winners of the Webby Awards were announced earlier this week, and anyone visiting the Webby website to browse the winning work might have noticed that it has gotten a fresh look. The awards’ executive director Claire Graves told me that while the existing gallery was already “a source of inspiration for anyone who wants […]

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2020-05-21 07:36:36



Facebook makes big remote work moves with plan for new hubs in Dallas, Denver and Atlanta  

In a live-streamed town hall, Mark Zuckerberg gave an overview for what he expects in the near future as Facebook pursues accommodations to keep workers productive and safe during the COVID-19 crisis. The move comes as large tech companies reassess the viability of their iconic Silicon Valley campuses, now empty as the pandemic keeps most […]

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2020-05-21 07:10:54



Boulder Care opioid treatment platform picks up traction during coronavirus  

With the regulations around telehealth changing rapidly during the COVID-19 pandemic, an opioid treatment platform with a digital component is finally finding a strong market foothold after facing a mountain of regulatory hurdles. Boulder Care was founded by Stephanie Papes, a former associate at Apple Tree Partners. She first became interested in opioid treatment after […]

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2020-05-21 06:44:24



The future of flight can be energy-efficient  

Can eVTOL vehicles be green? Specifically, can eVTOL vehicles be more energy-efficient than cars?

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2020-05-21 05:53:21



Ecwid raises $42M from Morgan Stanley and PeakSpan  

In the same week that Facebook announced a redoubled effort to make a bigger mark in e-commerce, one of its long-time partners has closed a large round of funding. Ecwid, the startup that sells e-commerce tools directly and via third parties like Square and Wix, letting businesses build e-commerce experiences on their own websites and […]

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2020-05-21 04:47:05



Indianapolis' venture studio High Alpha launches new business bringing studio model to corporations  

The Indianapolis-based venture studio High Alpha has created a new business line called High Alpha Innovation to bring its startup spin-up approach to big business. So far the firm has managed to sign on clients like the financial services firm Silicon Valley Bank, the industrial manufacturer Cummins and the security hardware and services company Allegion. […]

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2020-05-21 04:44:54



How I Podcast: Articles of Interest's Avery Trufelman  

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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2020-05-21 04:44:48



Facebook's new safety feature for women in India: Easily lock the account from strangers  

Facebook has rolled out a new safety feature in India that will enable users to easily lock their account so that people they are not friends with on the platform cannot view their posts and zoom into and download their profile picture and cover photo. The feature is especially aimed at women to give them […]

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2020-05-21 04:20:20



Automattic pumps $4.6M into New Vector to help grow Matrix, an open, decentralized comms ecosystem  

Automattic, the open source force behind WordPress .com, WooCommerce, Longreads, Simplenote and Tumblr, has made a $4.6M strategic investment into New Vector — the creators of an open, decentralized communications standard called Matrix. They also develop a Slack rival (Riot) which runs on Matrix. The investment by Automattic, which is at a higher valuation than the […]

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2020-05-21 04:17:24



Beware mega-unicorn paper valuations  

Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the gray space in between. There’s a famous old post going around Twitter this week by entrepreneur and developer David Heinemeier Hansson (@DHH). DHH is a critic of certain elements of the startup world, especially wild valuations. This entry from […]

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2020-05-21 03:59:29



Fitbit launches a COVID-19 early detection study, and you can join from the Fitbit app  

Fitbit’s activity-tracking wearable devices are already being used by a number of academic institutions to determine if they might be able to contribute to the early detection of COVID-19 and the flu, and now Fitbit itself is launching its own dedicated Fitbit COVID-19 Study, which users can sign up for from within their Fitbit mobile […]

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2020-05-21 03:36:34



Enjoy some 4K TV with your nature on Samsung's new outdoor sets  

Like most of us, you've probably been stuck inside for months now. Sitting around, pacing your home, watching a lot of bad television. Would anything possibly be better than finally getting some time outdoors to commune with nature and catch a little ultra high-def television? Up to now, outdoor sets have largely been the realm […]

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2020-05-21 02:32:28



What airport security looks like if you fly during the pandemic  

As segments of the country begin the process of reopening, many antsy Americans are no doubt itching to travel during the Memorial Day weekend. With the holiday fast approaching, the TSA is outlining new security measures for those flying during the pandemic. Some have already been in place amid limited flight schedules, and, for the […]

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2020-05-21 01:59:47



Mapbox and SoftBank form joint venture to provide mapping tech to Japanese developers  

SoftBank Corp. and Mapbox, the mapping data company that competes with Google and Here, announced that they have established a joint venture called Mapbox Japan. The JV will provide Mapbox's mapping platform, including APIs and data services, to developers in Japan. Between June 1 and September 30, Mapbox Japan will also provide up to three […]

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2020-05-21 01:46:17



Founder Collective barrels forward, closing its fourth and newest fund with $85 million  

Founder Collective, a seed-stage fund formed 11 years ago in Cambridge, Ma., has closed its newest fund with $85 million. Earlier today, we talked with the firm’s general partners — Eric Paley, David Frankel, Micah Rosenbloom — to learn more about it. Among our first questions: whether the three are themselves the largest investors in […]

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2020-05-21 01:30:19



TechCrunch Disrupt 2020 is going virtual  

The headline says it all. TechCrunch's big yearly event, Disrupt, is going fully virtual in 2020. As you can imagine, this is largely due to the impact that the coronavirus has had on the world. But it also gives us a chance to make our event even more accessible to more people than ever before, […]

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2020-05-21 01:26:08



Personal finance tracker Copilot adds support for Apple Card spreadsheet imports  

When Apple added the ability to export transactions via spreadsheet to its credit card, Matthew hit up the folks at Copilot, asking whether they planned to support the feature. The answer was essentially “not yet, but soon.” This week, however, it's finally official. The makers of the personal finance tracking app announced that users can […]

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2020-05-21 01:16:13



Autonomous aviation startup Xwing raises $10M to scale its software for pilotless flights  

Autonomous aviation startup Xwing locked in a $10 million funding round before COVID-19 hit. Now the San Francisco-based startup is using the capital to hire talent and scale the development of its software stack as it aims for commercial operations later this year — pending FAA approvals. The company announced Wednesday its Series A funding […]

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2020-05-20 20:32:51



Virgin Orbit sets first orbital launch for May 24  

Virgin Orbit has been preparing for this moment for years, but it’s now officially ready to launch its small satellite delivery vehicle to orbit for the first time. This key demonstration mission, taking off from Mojave Air and Space Port in California, will replicate the actual operational launch experience that Virgin Orbit hopes to provide […]

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2020-05-20 17:45:25



Tesla drops lawsuit against Alameda County over Fremont factory reopening  

Tesla has officially dismissed a lawsuit filed earlier this month against Alameda County that sought to force the reopening of its factory in Fremont, Calif. The dismissal, which was granted Wednesday, closes the loop on a battle between Tesla CEO Elon Musk and county health and law enforcement officials. The lawsuit, filed May 9 hours […]

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2020-05-20 17:40:01



The NTWRK, the Live Nation-backed shopping app for Gen Z, is launching a virtual festival  

SXSW may be cancelled, but the commodification and commingling of multinational corporations and youth and street culture is assured to be alive and well in the COVID-19 era thanks to events like TRANSFER, the new virtual festival from NTWRK — GenZ’s answer to the Home Shopping Network. The FootLocker, Live Nation, and Main Street Advisors-backed […]

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2020-05-20 16:53:11



Conversa pitches its modified chat-based tool to monitor employee health in the wake of COVID-19  

Conversa Health, the automated chat technology for healthcare updates, is pitching a modified version of its service specifically to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. The company’s personalized automated chat asks about employees’ potential exposure to the novel coronavirus and then asks about potential symptoms. Once employees complete the survey they are either cleared to go […]

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2020-05-20 16:14:57



What people tend to get wrong about remote work  

What do people tend to get wrong about remote work? And how can companies make it work better for them? While just about every tech company on the planet has become remote over the last few weeks, GitLab has been at this a while — since pretty much day one of its existence back in […]

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2020-05-20 16:02:57



Apple and Google launch exposure notification API, enabling public health authorities to release apps  

Apple and Google today made available the first public version of their exposure notification API, which was originally debuted as a joint contact-tracing software tool. The partners later renamed it the Exposure Notification system to more accurately reflect its functionality, which is designed to notify individuals of potential exposure to others who have confirmed cases […]

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2020-05-20 15:53:22



GoPro releases a flashlight for some reason  

Today GoPro entered the cutthroat business of personal lighting. This is the GoPro Zeus Mini; it looks like a rad little light, though it's a curious product from an action camera company. The waterproof Zeus Mini costs $69.99 and ships with a magnetic spring clip. GoPro says the light is also compatible with all of […]

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2020-05-20 15:41:16



With BuzzFeed's new feature, you can take a Quiz Party with friends  

It’s been a rough couple months for BuzzFeed (and media in general), but the company is still releasing fun new features. Today’s addition offers a new, more social take on the quizzes that the site is known for. Instead of taking a quiz on your own and then sharing the results on social media (or […]

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2020-05-20 14:12:05



GE's soft robot bores holes like a giant earthworm  

A giant earthworm robot was not on the list of things I expected to see when I logged in this morning. But it's here, and I'm here for it. Designed by a team at GE Research, the robot in question nabbed a $2.5 million award as part of DARPA's Underminer. The program was created to […]

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2020-05-20 13:25:11



Hulu's biggest redesign in years offers a more standardized experience, improved navigation and discovery  

Hulu today will begin rolling out its largest redesign in years. The company is moving towards a more standardized, even Netflix-like user interface featuring collections laid out vertically within the Home screen, while tiles within the collections are laid out horizontally, in scrollable rows. However, the end result is not a Netflix clone, as Hulu […]

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2020-05-20 13:02:19



Democratic senators flag Uber's possible Grubhub deal over antitrust concerns  

In a new letter to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice, a group of Democrats in the Senate urge regulators to “closely monitor the negotiations” between Uber and Grubhub and to initiate an antitrust investigation if a rumored deal between the two companies comes to pass. In a letter signed by […]

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2020-05-20 12:59:19



Crypto Startup School: How to scale companies using crypto  

In week two of a16z's Crypto Startup School, three company-builders provide real-world advice on using the qualities of crypto to create new business models and networks.

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2020-05-20 12:25:25



Twitter is testing a feature that limits who can reply to your tweets  

Twitter today acknowledged that it's begun testing a new setting that let users limit who can reply to tweets. The setting was first noted earlier this year. Similar to Facebook's post view settings, the current implementation features a small glove icon in the corner. Tapping on it brings up a "Who Can Reply?" window. From […]

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2020-05-20 11:55:08






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