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This Week in Apps: Black Friday's boost, security news and the year's biggest apps  

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. What are developers talking about? What do app publishers and marketers need to know? How are politics impacting the App Store and app businesses? And which apps […]

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2019-12-07 15:00:09



Real X-Wings took flight at Disney's new Star Wars ride grand opening thanks to Boeing  

Boeing might be taking the last crucial steps to prepare for its first crewed Starliner capsule spaceflight, but it’s also busy turning sci-fi into reality right here on Earth - by helping Disney build X-Wing large-scale starfighters to celebrate the opening of the ‘Rise of the Resistance’ ride at Disney World in Florida. Earlier this […]

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2019-12-07 13:48:54



Startups Weekly: U.S. VCs eye European startups  

In this week's newsletter: Vroom nabs $254M, the Away scandal and "inevitable takedown of a female CEO" and American investment overseas.

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2019-12-07 13:00:32



Reddit links UK-US trade talk leak to Russian influence campaign  

Reddit has linked account activity involving the leak and amplification of sensitive UK-US trade talks on its platform during the ongoing UK election campaign to a suspected Russian political influence operation. Or, to put it more plainly, the social network suspects that Russian operatives are behind the leak of sensitive trade data — likely with […]

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2019-12-07 10:59:00



Facebook sells off Oculus Medium to Adobe  

Facebook is selling Oculus Medium — a 3D virtual reality sculpting tool for creatives — to Adobe. The team was an expensive effort for Oculus and its sale signifies a broader rethinking within Facebook in what virtual reality projects they tackle in-house. It’s clear that Oculus pumped an awful lot of money into Medium over […]

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2019-12-07 10:56:15



See Atomico's most senior VCs on stage at Disrupt Berlin  

Atomico is among the most widely respected venture firms in Europe, ranking right up there with friendly rivals like Accel London and Index Ventures. It’s also just 13 years old at this point, compared with its more established peers. It’s easy to overlook this, considering the impact the firm has made on the European startup […]

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2019-12-07 06:00:07



Elon Musk found not liable in case brought against him by British diver  

After a three-day trial, Elon Musk was found not liable for defamation in a federal court today in Los Angeles, where Musk reportedly owns a cluster of six homes as well as oversees the operations of both SpaceX and Tesla. British diver Vernon Unsworth had brought the suit against Musk in the fall of 2018 […]

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2019-12-06 23:26:18



To measure sales efficiency, SaaS startups should use the 4×2  

Unlike many derived SaaS metrics, the 4x2 chart is based on very simple numbers, thus "the figures don't lie."

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2019-12-06 22:33:40



Boeing Starliner crew capsule and Atlas V rocket complete dress rehearsal ahead of test flight  

Boeing and launch partner United Launch Alliance (ULA) completed a key step today in pursuit of launching U.S. astronauts aboard their commercial spacecraft. The Boeing CST-100 Starliner crew capsule was atop the ULA Atlas V rocket at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Launch Complext 41 in Florida, with the rocket fully fuelled while the combined […]

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2019-12-06 22:23:00



Bird lays off several Scoot employees  

Bird has laid off less than two dozen employees, The San Francisco Chronicle first reported. The layoffs affect employees Bird brought on board as part of its ~$25 million acquisition of Scoot earlier this year. Those affected were salaried employees and/or people with technical backgrounds, according to Bird. “The integration of Bird and Scoot does not […]

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2019-12-06 21:56:21



The inevitable takedown of the female CEO  

Sara Mauskopf Contributor Share on Twitter Sara Mauskopf is the CEO and co-founder of Winnie, a marketplace for daycare and preschool helping over 4 million parents across the U.S. Prior to founding Winnie, Sara held product leadership roles at Postmates, Twitter, YouTube and Google. Four years ago when I founded Winnie, I set out to […]

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2019-12-06 21:30:27



Will the 2020s be online advertising's holistic decade?  

With less than two months left in the decade, advertising is again entering a new phase of rapid expansion with customer experience front and center.

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2019-12-06 21:04:26



Raising VC in Silicon Valley as a female POC  

"Despite the fact that I went to MIT, despite the fact that I managed a billion-dollar product at JPMorgan Chase and even built a huge digital product, I was still a Silicon Valley outsider."

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2019-12-06 20:26:36



Daily Crunch: Uber reveals sexual assault numbers  

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. Uber reveals thousands of sexual assault reports last year Uber just released its first-ever safety report, stating that it received 2,936 […]

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2019-12-06 19:50:41



Gift Guide: VR gear you won't feel stupid for buying  

There have been holiday gift guides for VR for the past five years or so and for most of that time, buying a VR headset was generally a bad call.

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2019-12-06 19:00:03



Report: Magic Leap's early device sales aren't looking good  

Magic Leap just announced that they’re in the midst of closing a Series E round of funding, but it sounds like they’re going to have to clinch that investment with some pretty troubling sales numbers for their only device on the market. The Information‘s Alex Heath is reporting that Magic Leap managed to sell just […]

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2019-12-06 18:49:54



Dutch startup Meatable is developing lab-grown pork and has $10 million in new financing to do it  

Meatable, the Dutch startup developing cruelty-free technologies for manufacturing cultured meat, is pivoting to pork production as a swine flu epidemic ravages one quarter of the world’s pork supply — and has raised $10 million in financing to support its new direction. When the company unveiled its technology last year, it was one of several […]

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2019-12-06 17:22:46



Move over Slack — Space is a new project management platform for developers  

While file sharing, time tracking, email integration, Gantt charts and budget management are usually some of the most requested features in the average project management platform, we still have a proliferation of tools taking a multiplicity of approaches to the problem of just managing something. Most people in tech are by now familiar with Slack, […]

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2019-12-06 17:06:06



Essential tools for today's digital nomad  

There could be as many as 1 billion remote workers by 2035, but the world isn't ready for the digital nomad movement.

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2019-12-06 15:37:26



Canva introduces video editing, has big plans for 2020  

Canva, the design company with nearly $250 million in funding, has today announced a variety of new features, including a video editing tool. The company has also announced Canva Apps, which allows developers and customers alike to build on top of Canva. Thus far, Dropbox, Google Drive, PhotoMosh and Instagram are already in the Canva […]

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2019-12-06 15:10:20



Closing the race and gender funding gap  

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch's venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines.

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2019-12-06 14:01:16



Reelgood raises $6.75 million for its universal streaming guide  

Streaming aggregator Reelgood capitalized on the overabundance of streaming services available today by offering consumers a universal dashboard where you can track what you’re watching and discover your next binge. It then translated the activity from its over 10 million users into data it licenses to major companies, including Roku, Microsoft, smart TV makers, NYPost […]

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2019-12-06 14:00:17



This Lego Cybertruck is one even Elon can love  

Lego already debuted its own take on the divisive Tesla Cybertruck design, but theirs was purely for the lols. This Lego Cybertruck, however, submitted to the official Lego Ideas crowdsourcing website, is actually a remarkably faithful representation, and comes complete with fully articulating tailgate and “frunk” (front trunk, for the uninitiated). The design, by Lego […]

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2019-12-06 13:45:39



Rocket Lab launches 10th Electron mission with successful rocket booster re-entry  

Rocket Lab launched its tenth Electron spacecraft on Friday morning, successfully delivering payloads for clients Spaceflight and Alba Orbital. The launch company also had an important secondary mission for this launch: testing the guidance, control and navigation systems of their first-stage rocket recovery system. Rocket Lab announced earlier this year that it would be aiming […]

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2019-12-06 12:45:57



Style Theory, a fashion rental startup in Southeast Asia, raises $15 million led by SoftBank Ventures Asia  

Style Theory, a platform for renting designer apparel in Indonesia and Singapore, announced today it has raised $15 million in Series B funding. The startup says this is the first closing of the round. It was led by SoftBank Ventures Asia, the early-stage venture arm of SoftBank Group, with participation from other investors, including Alpha […]

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2019-12-06 12:36:17



Used-car marketplace Vroom nabs $254M to take its growth up a gear  

There have been a lot of bumps in the road for startups building used-car marketplaces, but now one of the longer-standing of them has closed a major round of funding — a clear sign of the mileage left in this category. Vroom has raised $254 million, a Series H that it plans to use to […]

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2019-12-06 12:00:34



Netflix earmarks $420M to fight Disney in India  

Netflix continues to bet heavily on India, one of the world’s largest entertainment markets, where it competes with more than three dozen rivals, including Disney. Reed Hastings, the chief executive of Netflix, said on Friday that the company is on track to spend 30 billion Indian rupees, or $420.5 million, on producing and licensing content […]

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2019-12-06 11:37:13



No Libra-style digital currencies without rules, say EU finance ministers  

European Union finance ministers have agreed to a de facto ban on the launch in the region of so-called global “stablecoins” such as Facebook’s planned Libra digital currency until the bloc has a common approach to regulation that can mitigate the risks posed by the technology. In a joint statement, the European Council and Commission […]

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2019-12-06 10:06:58



Uber's fatal accident tally shows low rates but excludes key numbers  

Uber's U.S. Safety Report sets forth in some detail the number of fatal accidents, and the good news is that the overall rate per mile is about half the national average. But the report makes some puzzling choices as far as what is included and excluded from its counts.

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2019-12-06 01:27:16



Uber reveals thousands of sexual assault reports last year  

Uber just released its first-ever safety report that covers sexual assault. Let’s jump right in. In 2017, Uber received 2,936 reports pertaining to sexual assault, and received 3,045 in 2018. Despite the increase in raw numbers, Uber saw a 16% decrease in the average incident rate, which it suggests may correlate with the company’s increased […]

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2019-12-06 00:22:25



Why AWS is selling a MIDI keyboard to teach machine learning  

Earlier this week, AWS launched DeepComposer, a set of web-based tools for learning about AI to make music and a $99 MIDI keyboard for inputting melodies. That launch created a fair bit of confusion, though, so we sat down with Mike Miller, the director of AWS’s AI Devices group, to talk about where DeepComposer fits […]

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2019-12-06 00:00:29



Scammers peddling Islamophobic clickbait is business as usual at Facebook  

A run-of-the-mill money-making operation used tawdry, hateful clickbait and evaded Facebook's apparently negligible protections.

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2019-12-05 23:32:40



Driving the track-ready, race-banned McLaren Senna GTR  

The McLaren Senna GTR shouldn’t exist. This feat of engineering and design isn’t allowed on public roads. It’s built for the track, but prohibited from competing in motorsports. And yet, the GTR is no outlier at McLaren. It’s part of their Ultimate Series, a portfolio of extreme and distinct hypercars that now serve as the […]

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2019-12-05 22:38:33



Elizabeth Warren is reportedly drafting legislation to allow gig workers to unionize  

A key ask from gig workers this year has been the right to unionize. Now, Senator (and presidential candidate) Elizabeth Warren is reportedly drafting a bill that would enable gig workers to do just that, CNBC reports. In collaboration with Congressperson David Cicilline, the legislation would also ban “mega mergers” between companies where one has […]

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2019-12-05 22:25:51



Niantic is working with Qualcomm on augmented reality glasses  

We’ve known for a while that Pokemon GO creator Niantic feels a bit limited in what it can do with augmented reality today. Between the latency limitations of 4G cellular networks and the need for players to wave a smartphone around to do anything in AR, the tech just isn’t where Niantic wants it to […]

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2019-12-05 22:25:00



NFL-AWS partnership hopes to reduce head injuries with machine learning  

Today at AWS re:Invent in Las Vegas, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell joined AWS CEO Andy Jassy onstage to announce a new partnership to use machine learning to help reduce head injuries in professional football. “We’re excited to announce a new strategic partnership together, which is going to combine cloud computing, machine learning and data science […]

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2019-12-05 22:24:22



Gift Guide: Gifts for the promising podcaster  

Spotify reportedly spent nearly $500 million on podcasts in 2019. The good news is that the rest of us can get into that world for considerably less. In fact, the low barrier of entry has always been one of podcasting's primary selling points. Before we go any further, I'd recommend everyone check out our on-going series "How I Podcast," in which top podcasters give a peek behind the curtain at their podcasting rigs. The standard disclaimer applies here, as ever: there's no one size f...

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2019-12-05 21:05:25



New tweet generator mocks venture capitalists  

"The S-1 is going to be MOST disrupted FASTEST in the next 3 YEARS? Caps for effect."

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2019-12-05 20:50:38



Google's AI-powered voice recorder and transcription app comes to older Pixel phones  

Google’s AI-powered voice recorder app introduced at Google’s October hardware event was one of the company’s more impressive demos. The new app taps into advances in AI, speech processing and speech recognition in order to automatically transcribe a voice recording with few mistakes, in real time as the person is speaking. Unfortunately, Google’s Recorder app […]

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2019-12-05 20:34:52



A look at Latin America's emerging fintech trends  

Because many Latin American gig economy workers don't have access to basic financial services like bank accounts, personal loans and insurance, fintechs are springing up to serve them.

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2019-12-05 20:28:44



Daily Crunch: Imgur launches an app for gaming memes  

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. 300M-user Imgur launches Melee, a gaming meme app Melee, the company's first app beyond its flagship product, lets users subscribe to […]

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2019-12-05 19:38:35



Rocket Lab readies Electron for its first launch with rocket recovery systems on board  

Update: Running Out of Fingers has launched successfully! We’ll know more about the results of the recovery system study soon. Rocket Lab is getting ready to fly its tenth mission, delayed from its first launch window last week and now making its second attempt. Aside from being a milestone 10th mission (dubbed ‘Running Out of […]

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2019-12-05 19:20:57



Qualcomm launches the XR2 platform for 5G-connected AR and VR devices  

At its Snapdragon Boondoggle Summit in sunny Maui, Hawaii, Qualcomm today announced the launch of its XR2 platform, which it describes as the “world's first 5G-supported extended reality (XR) platform.” The company’s older XR1 platform, which already powers a number of VR and AR devices, will remain in the market and is now branded as […]

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2019-12-05 19:00:00



Einride to launch commercial pilot of driverless electric pods with Coca-Cola European Partners  

Autonomous robotic road-riding cargo pod startup Einride has signed a new partner for a commercial pilot on Sweden’s roads, which should be a great test of the company’s electric driverless transportation pods. Einride will be providing service for Coca-Cola European Partners, which is the official authorized bottler, distributor, sales and marketing company for Coca-Cola branded […]

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2019-12-05 18:39:21



Airbnb officially bans all open-invite parties and events  

One month after Airbnb confirmed plans to verify all of its listings, the home-sharing giant has announced additional efforts to protect its hosts and guests.

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2019-12-05 18:35:03



Future iPhones could drop charging ports altogether  

Here's a little early Christmas present for you. Apple analyst extraordinaire Ming-Chi Kuo is out with his latest Apple opus. Per usual, it's got a lot of fascinating nuggets, this time projecting as far as 2021 in its look at iPhones to come. Let's skip right to that bit, shall we? It seems that 2021 […]

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2019-12-05 18:33:37



Chirp debuts a faster, feature-filled Twitter app for Apple Watch  

Chirp, a Twitter client preferred by hundreds of thousands of Apple Watch users, is getting its biggest upgrade since its arrival last year. Now redesigned for watchOS 6, the new version of Chirp includes a rebuilt timeline feature that allows you to endlessly scroll through tweets much more quickly than before, along with other enhancements, […]

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2019-12-05 18:33:18



AI-enabled assistant robot returning to the Space Station with improved emotional intelligence  

The Crew Interactive Mobile Companion (or CIMON, for short) recorded a number of firsts on its initial mission to the International Space Station, which took place last November, including becoming the first-ever autonomous free-floating robot to operate aboard the station, and the first-ever smart astronaut assistant. But CIMON is much more than an Alexa for […]

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2019-12-05 18:32:18



Inside VSCO, a Gen Z-approved photo-sharing app, with CEO Joel Flory  

Long before Instagram toyed with removing “likes,” VSCO, an Oakland-based photo-sharing and editing app, built a community devoid of likes, comments and follower counts. Perhaps known to many only because of this year’s “VSCO girl” meme explosion, the company has long been coaxing the creative community to its freemium platform. Turns out, if you can […]

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2019-12-05 18:29:40



Waymo robotaxi app arrives on the App Store  

Hailing one of Waymo’s self-driving minivans is about to get a little easier. One year after launching its Waymo One self-driving car service in the Phoenix area, the company is launching an app on iOS, the latest signal that the company is inching towards large-scale commercial service. Now, Phoenix residents can download the Waymo app to […]

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2019-12-05 18:00:38



SpaceX successfully launches re-used Dragon cargo capsule for its third trip to the Space Station  

SpaceX has launched its nineteenth resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) on behalf of NASA. The launch took place at 12:29 PM EST (9:29 AM PST) from Cape Canaveral in Florida, with a Falcon 9 blasting off with a Dragon cargo capsule on top carrying around 5,200 lbs of payload destined for the […]

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2019-12-05 17:37:45



Apple says its ultra wideband technology is why newer iPhones appear to share location data, even when the setting is disabled  

This week, security reporter Brian Krebs asked why the newest iPhone 11 Pro appeared to be sending out a user’s location even when the user disabled Location Services in their phone’s settings, in conflict with Apple’s privacy policy and the express wishes of the user. Apple told Krebs it was “expected behavior” and that there […]

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2019-12-05 17:30:54



Uniform Teeth raises $10 million for its teeth-straightening operations  

Uniform Teeth, the teeth straightening startup that helped me figure out I needed a root canal, has just raised a $10 million round of funding led by Canaan Partners. This brings Uniform Teeth’s total funding to $14 million. With the new funding, Uniform Teeth plans to open up two more locations, one in Seattle and […]

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2019-12-05 17:00:16



Figma launches Auto Layout  

Figma, the design tool maker that has raised nearly $83 million from investors such as Index Ventures, Sequoia, Greylock and Kleiner Perkins, has today announced a new feature called Auto Layout that takes some of the tedious reformatting out of the design process. Designers are all too familiar with the problem of manually sizing content […]

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2019-12-05 16:30:26



Spotify Wrapped expands to include your favorite music from the decade, plus podcaster metrics  

Spotify’s annual “Wrapped” feature, which allows listeners to look back on their favorite music from the year, is expanding in 2019 to include a whole decade’s worth of favorite tunes, the company announced today. In addition, the feature is for the first time being made available to podcasters, in addition to Spotify users and Spotify […]

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2019-12-05 16:29:08



Design may be the next entrepreneurial gold rush  

With the shift in the way designers fit into organizations and the way design fits into business overall, the design ecosystem is following the same path blazed by enterprise SaaS companies in recent years.

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2019-12-05 15:37:30



Justice Dept. charges Russian hacker behind the Dridex malware  

U.S. prosecutors have brought computer hacking and fraud charges against a Russian citizen, Maksim Yakubets, who is accused of developing and distributing Dridex, a notorious banking malware used to allegedly steal more than $100 million from hundreds of banks over a multi-year operation. Per the unsealed 10-count indictment, Yakubets is accused of leading and overseeing […]

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2019-12-05 15:29:18



Volvo invests in autonomous vehicle operating system startup Apex.AI though its VC arm  

Volvo is making an investment in Palo Alto-based Apex.AI, a startup working on developing a robotic operating system qualified for use in production automobiles. Apex.AI, founded by automated systems engineers Jan Becker and Dejan Pangercic, raised $15.5 million in a Series A last November, and revealed that its focus is on developing an enterprise-focused version […]

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2019-12-05 15:00:45



Apostrophe raises $6 million to let you see a dermatologist from your phone  

Ben Holber and Ryan Hambley grew up together. Hambley, the son of a dermatologist, always had clear skin. But Holber struggled with acne from the time he was a teenager. The two saw first-hand the difference it makes to have a dermatologist on demand. Apostrophe was born. Apostrophe, a new startup that makes it easier […]

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2019-12-05 15:00:35



300M-user Imgur launches Melee, a gaming meme app  

Ten years after its debut, 300-million-monthly-user Imgur is one of the last massively popular yet unpersonalized home pages on the internet. Because everyone sees the same upvoted posts when they open Imgur, it creates a shared experience full of inside jokes and running gags. But while you can switch to a feed of topics and […]

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2019-12-05 14:32:41



GM, LG Chem to invest $2.3 billion in EV battery joint venture  

GM chairman and CEO Mary Barra said Thursday morning that the automaker is forming a joint venture with LG Chem to mass produce battery cells for its electric vehicles, a portfolio that will include a new battery-electric truck coming in the fall of 2021. The two companies said they will invest up to a total […]

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2019-12-05 14:11:48



GV spinout Plexo Capital closes $42.5 million fund  

Plexo Capital, the fund founded by former GV partner Lo Toney, has closed its first fund of $42.5 million. The plan is to invest in both startups and emerging VC funds, with 60% to 65% of the capital going toward venture capital funds as a limited partner, and 35% to 40% going directly to startups, […]

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2019-12-05 14:00:45



SpaceX nears milestone on key crew launch system test  

SpaceX is keeping relatively close to schedule on one of the bold timelines pronounced by its CEO Elon Musk — an unusual but welcome twist from the company’s track record of sticking to its predicted timelines. Specifically, SpaceX notes that it has now completed seven system tests of the latest, upgraded version of the parachutes […]

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2019-12-05 13:23:28



Watch SpaceX launch a new 'robot hotel' and more to the Space Station live  

It’s take two for SpaceX’s CRS-19 mission, the 19th Commercial Resupply Mission (see how that works?) it’s flying under contract with NASA. The goal of these missions is to ferry supplies, experimental materials and other equipment to the International Space Station, where it’ll be unloaded by the astronauts living and working aboard the orbiting research […]

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2019-12-05 12:40:04



Most of the largest US voting districts are vulnerable to email spoofing  

Only 5% of the largest voting counties in the U.S. are protected against email impersonation and phishing attacks, seen as a key attack method by hackers who officials say want to disrupt the upcoming presidential election. The findings come less than a year before millions of Americans are set to go to the polls to […]

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2019-12-05 12:00:04



Check out the prizes for TC Hackathon at Disrupt Berlin  

We've got a packed house for the TC Hackathon that kicks off at Disrupt Berlin 2019 in just six days. We may have limited the number of participants to 500 people, but there's no limit on the skills, creativity and dogged determination of these coders. Hold up now, there's still time to save money and buy […]

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2019-12-05 09:50:17



Flipkart leads $60M investment in logistics startup Shadowfax  

Walmart's Flipkart has backed Indian startup Shadowfax in a new $60 million financing round as the retail giant works to strengthen its logistics network in the nation. Flipkart led the Series D financing round for the four-year-old Bangalore-based startup, Shadowfax co-founder and chief executive Abhishek Bansal told TechCrunch in an interview. Existing investors Eight Roads Ventures, […]

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2019-12-05 08:35:07



Huawei sues FCC over “unconstitutional” ban on the use of federal subsidies to buy its equipment  

Huawei said today it is suing the Federal Communications Commission, asking to overturn a ban on carriers from using money from the Universal Service Fund (USF) to buy equipment from Huawei and ZTE. The $8.5 billion USF supports the purchase of equipment to build communications infrastructure, especially in rural communities. Huawei is asking the United […]

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2019-12-05 06:15:24



Apple Music dives deeper into concert streaming with Billie Eilish  

As music streaming apps struggle to differentiate, Apple is making concert video a more central part of its strategy with tonight’s big Billie Eilish show at its HQ’s Steve Jobs Theater. The Apple Music Awards concert will be streaming live and then on-demand to Apple Music’s 60 million subscribers. Apple would like to do more […]

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2019-12-05 01:49:14



AWS Outposts begins to take shape to bring the cloud into the data center  

When AWS announced Outposts last year, a private cloud hardware stack they install in your data center, there were a lot of unanswered questions. This week at AWS re:Invent in Las Vegas, the company announced general availability as the vision for this approach began to become clearer. AWS CEO Andy Jassy, speaking at a press […]

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2019-12-05 00:13:57



Brazil's new fintech startup Cora raised $10 million on the strength of its founding team  

It didn’t take much for the founders of Cora, Brazil’s newest startup to tackle some aspect of the broken financial services industry in the country, to raise their first $10 million. Igor Senra and Leo Mendes had worked together before — founding their first online payments company, MOIP, in 2005. That company sold to WireCard […]

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2019-12-04 23:52:27



What we know about Qualcomm's next-gen Snapdragon 865 and 765 chips  

Qualcomm's holding its big annual get-together this week in Hawaii, portioning off Snapdragon news, piece by piece. Yesterday's event was the big unveiling of the Snapdragon 865 and 765, the chips that will power most of next year's premium and mid-tier handsets, respectively. Today, the components came into sharper focus. Expect more from both tomorrow, […]

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2019-12-04 23:48:13



How to build or invest in a startup without paying capital gains tax  

You may be able to exclude up to 100% of your federal capital gains taxes from selling the stake in a venture-backed tech startup.

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2019-12-04 23:09:27



The Urban.Us and BMW Mini accelerator focused on urban innovation names its latest cohort  

URBAN-X, the accelerator program focused on companies developing technologies to increase the sustainability, resiliency and efficiency of cities, has selected seven companies for its latest cohort. Operating as a partnership between BMW’s Mini brand and the early-stage investment fund Urban.Us since 2017, the accelerator has backed 51 companies, which have raised more than $100 million […]

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2019-12-04 22:59:28



A Sprint contractor left thousands of US cell phone bills on the internet by mistake  

A contractor working for cell giant Sprint stored on an unprotected cloud server hundreds of thousands of cell phone bills of AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile subscribers. The storage bucket had more than 261,300 documents, the vast majority of which were phone bills belonging to cell subscribers dating as far back as 2015. But the bucket, […]

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2019-12-04 22:29:50



These new data sources are creating high-impact tools for investors  

VCs tout themselves as frontier technology investors, but most are using the same tools we've used for the past 20+ years — Excel and recent college grads searching Google.

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2019-12-04 19:39:13



Daily Crunch: Google's founders step back  

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. Google CEO Sundar Pichai is taking over as CEO of Alphabet Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin announced that Google CEO […]

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2019-12-04 19:17:09



Finally, an official Craigslist app  

Fancy websites and services come and go, but Craigslist endures. And now one of its main shortcomings is fixed: there's an official app. Currently available for iOS and in beta for Android, the app provides a true-to-form Craigslist experience: useful, unfussy, and anonymous.

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2019-12-04 18:42:30



Nintendo's Switch just had its best sales week in the US  

Nintendo today noted that the Switch just had its best-ever sales week in the States. Over the course of Thanksgiving week, the three-year-old console moved more than 830,000 units. That brings the system up to a combined 17.5 million units in the U.S., by Nintendo's count. It's pretty impressive momentum for a mature console. Back […]

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2019-12-04 18:39:33



YouTube warns creators of subscriber count declines amid purge of closed accounts  

YouTube is warning creators they may see their subscriber numbers decline this week as the result of a purge that will remove closed accounts from YouTube metrics. Closed accounts could refer to those that were willingly shut down by users or those that YouTube shut down for policy violations — like spam or abuse, for […]

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2019-12-04 18:22:14



GitGuardian raises $12M to help developers write more secure code and 'fix'GitHub leaks  

Data breaches that could cause millions of dollars in potential damages have been the bane of the life of many a company. What's required is a great deal of real-time monitoring. The problem is that this world has become incredibly complex. A SANS Institute survey found half of company data breaches were the result of […]

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2019-12-04 17:07:17



Korean e-commerce leader Coupang hires Alberto Fornaro as its new chief financial officer  

Korean e-commerce giant Coupang has a new chief financial officer. The company announced today that it has hired Alberto Fornaro, who previously served the same role at International Gaming Technology (IGT PLC), the multinational gaming machine company. Fornaro succeeds Richard Song, who joined Coupang in 2011 and is retiring. Coupang is Korea's largest e-commerce platform. […]

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2019-12-04 16:54:52



Instagram finally launches 13+ age checkups  

Instagram is done playing dumb about users’ ages. After 9 years, Instagram is finally embracing more responsibility to protect underage kids from the problems with social media. It will now ask new users to input their birthdate and bar users under 13 from joining. However, it won’t be asking existing users their age, so Instagram […]

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2019-12-04 16:31:41



Reddit's monthly active user base grew 30% to reach 430M in 2019  

In a year-end retrospective released this morning, Reddit says its user base grew 30% this year to reach 430 million monthly active users, as of the end of October. Its users also contributed 199 million posts, 1.7 billion comments, and 32 billion upvotes, the company says. Last year, Reddit reported 330 million monthly active users […]

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2019-12-04 15:52:14



Dataiku is now worth $1.4 billion following secondary round  

Enterprise AI company Dataiku has announced some changes in its capitalization table. CapitalG (formerly Google Capital), Alphabet's growth equity investment fund, is investing in the startup by buying out some of Serena Capital's shares. Serena Capital has been an investor in Dataiku since 2014. "Serena was looking for a bit of liquidity. They invested in […]

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2019-12-04 15:37:26



Dataiku is now worth $1.4 billion following secondary round  

Enterprise AI company Dataiku has announced some changes in its capitalization table. CapitalG (formerly Google Capital), Alphabet's growth equity investment fund, is investing in the startup by buying out some of Serena Capital's shares. Serena Capital has been an investor in Dataiku since 2014. "Serena was looking for a bit of liquidity. They invested in […]

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2019-12-04 15:37:26



Toyota leads $50 million investment in autonomous shuttle startup May Mobility  

May Mobility, a Michigan-based startup that is operating autonomous shuttle services in three U.S. cities, has has raised $50 million in a Series B round led by Toyota Motor Corp. The funding, which comes less than a year after May Mobility raised $22 million, will be used to expand every aspect of the company, including […]

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2019-12-04 15:12:28



Kustomer raises $60M for its omnichannel-based CRM platform  

Kustomer, a CRM startup that’s taking on the likes of Zendesk, Salesforce, and many other bigger and older providers, has closed yet another round of funding — no less than its third fundraise of the year — as it continues to double down on its new approach to managing customers in today’s digital world. The […]

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2019-12-04 14:29:41



Delphia wants to turn your data into investment capital through collective action  

A lot of companies talk about the value of your data, and about helping you get more control over the information you share, but Toronto-based Delphia is unique in aiming to build a viable, sustainable and scalable way to take a person’s data and turn that into real monetary gain. It’s not aiming to do […]

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2019-12-04 14:27:45



Plex launches a free, ad-supported streaming service in over 200 countries  

Plex today is launching its own ad-supported streaming service, a rival to The Roku Channel, Tubi, Crackle, Vudu’s Movies on Us, and others that offer a way to stream movies and TV for free without a subscription. The service will feature several thousand movies and shows from studios like MGM, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, […]

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2019-12-04 14:00:43



Pandora's revamped, more personalized app rolls out to all users  

Pandora’s redesigned mobile app experience is today available to all users, following a limited rollout that began in October. The update expands on Pandora’s personalization capabilities with the addition of a new “For You” tab offering an entirely unique experience for each Pandora user, along with more station customization features, and other changes. Pandora hopes […]

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2019-12-04 14:00:41



Flow raises $37M to simplify international e-commerce  

Flow, a startup that helps brands and retailers build a cross-border e-commerce business, has raised $37 million in Series B funding. CEO Rob Keve said that thanks to the magic of social media and digital marketing, many direct-to-consumer brands are reaching consumers around the world. However, the actual shopping experience for those consumers often leaves […]

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2019-12-04 14:00:02



Android's 'Focus Mode' exits beta, adds new scheduling features  

Google is expanding its suite of “Digital Wellbeing” tools for Android devices with a new feature, Focus Mode, launching today. This feature allows users to turn off distractions — like social media updates or email notifications — for a period of time, so you can get things done without interruption. Focus Mode was first announced […]

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2019-12-04 14:00:00



Watch SpaceX launch a twice-flown Dragon capsule to the ISS live  

[UPDATE: The launch has been scrubbed for today due to upper atmosphere wind conditions, so we’ll look to Thursday at 12:29 PM EST and their backup launch opportunity for another attempt.] SpaceX is set to launch its 19th Commercial Resupply Mission (CRS) for the International Space Station today, with a liftoff time scheduled for 12:51 PM […]

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2019-12-04 12:56:42



Lessons from M-Pesa for Africa's new VC-rich fintech startups  

Over the least decade, Africa has been in the midst of a startup boom accompanied by big growth in VC and improvements in internet and mobile penetration.

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2019-12-04 12:42:39



Disrupt Berlin 2019 opens in just one week  

Synchronize your watches, dust off your passports and pack your bags, startuppers. Disrupt Berlin 2019 kicks off in just seven short days. Thousands of you — representing more than 50 countries — will arrive in Berlin ready to learn, exhibit, compete and network for two action-packed days. Good news for professional procrastinators and last-minute decisions […]

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2019-12-04 10:08:53



Prolific wants to challenge Amazon's Mechanical Turk in the online research space  

Prolific, a U.K.-based startup that wants to make it easier to conduct online research, has raised $1.2 million in seed funding. The round is co-led by Silicon Valley-based Pioneer Fund, and Altair Capital, with support from various angel investors based in the Bay Area. Prolific is also a graduate of Y Combinator and presented at […]

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2019-12-04 09:00:44



Otta picks up £850,000 seed to match you to relevant jobs  

Otta, one of the latest startups aiming to fix what it sees as a broken job search and recruitment market, has picked up £850,000 in seed funding. Backing the young London company is LocalGlobe, along with a number of U.K. angel investors and founders. The latter includes Paul Forster (co-founder of Indeed), Shakil Khan (an […]

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2019-12-04 09:00:38



Meet Europe's top VCs at Disrupt Berlin  

Learn from top European and U.S. venture capitalists at Disrupt Berlin next week.

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2019-12-04 06:11:06



In a first, Amazon launches a battery-powered portable Echo speaker in India  

After launching nearly a dozen Echo speaker models in India in two years, Amazon said on Wednesday it is adding a new variant to the mix that addresses one of the most requested features from customers in the nation: Portability. The e-commerce giant today unveiled the Echo Input Portable Smart Speaker Edition, a new variant […]

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2019-12-04 05:11:58






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