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Spotify spent a lot of money on podcasting, so it wants you to start listening, please  

Listen. Spotify's tired of screwing around here. The company spent a lot of money on podcasts. Like, a lot, a lot. And it really needs you to start listening to things, because it's almost certainly going to spend even more in the coming years. I mean, music is good, too, don't get it wrong, but […]

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2019-12-15 15:50:29



Week in Review: Pet startups will be the death of Silicon Valley  

Hey everyone. Thank you for welcoming me into your inboxes yet again. I’m in Berlin where TechCrunch just pulled off another great Disrupt event, we’ve got a lot of great Europe-focused startup content on the site so get to scrolling if your interest is piqued. If you’re reading this on the TechCrunch site, you can […]

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2019-12-15 13:00:37



With $4B food delivery acquisition, Korea poised to enter upper tier of startup hubs  

Seoul and South Korea may well be the secret startup hub that (still) no one talks about. While often dwarfed by the scale and scope of the Chinese startup market next door, South Korea has proven over the last few years that it can — and will — enter the top-tier of startup hubs. Case […]

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2019-12-15 12:57:14



Volkswagen to bring self-driving electric shuttles to Qatar by 2022  

Volkswagen Group and Qatar have agreed to develop a public transit system of autonomous shuttles and buses by 2022 for the capital city of Doha. The agreement signed Saturday by VW Group and the Qatar Investment Authority is an expansive project that will involve four brands under VW Group, including Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Scania, its […]

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2019-12-14 22:56:09



Fortnite gets lightsabers, courtesy of 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' promo  

The final installment of the sequel trilogy is getting a lot of creative promotion — even by Star Wars standards. With The Rise of Skywalker out in just under a week, J.J. Abrams (and some spotty server issues) paid a visit to Fortnite. The director showed off an exclusive clip from the upcoming film featuring […]

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2019-12-14 22:27:25



Let's talk Samsung Galaxy S11  

We've officially entered the mid-December hardware doldrums. Obviously no major hardware maker in its right mind is going to be announcing anything major in the next few weeks, for fear of preemptively cannibalizing holiday sales. Things will, however, heat up immediately after the new year with the kick off of CES. Then, a little over […]

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2019-12-14 20:24:08



New Orleans declares state of emergency following ransomware attack  

New Orleans declared a state of emergency and shut down its computers after a cyber security event, the latest in a string of city and state governments to be attacked by hackers. Suspicious activity was spotted around 5 a.m. Friday morning. By 8 a.m., there was an uptick in that activity, which included evidence of […]

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2019-12-14 20:04:58



Gift Guide: Gifts for the commuters in your life  

Remote working has become a new normal in the life of an employee. Spurred by ubiquitous broadband and mobile connectivity, lighter and smaller computers, and everything you need in the cloud, a lot of people have felt a lot less of a need to be in the same physical space as everyone else, day in day out, to get things done. And yet, there remains a critical mass of people in and near big towns and cities who continue to commute.

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2019-12-14 19:40:16



FBI secretly demands a ton of consumer data from credit agencies. Now lawmakers want answers  

Recently released documents revealed the FBI has for years secretly demanded vast amounts of Americans’ consumer and financial information from the largest U.S. credit agencies. The FBI regularly uses these legal powers — known as national security letters — to compel credit giants to turn over non-content information, such as records of purchases and locations, […]

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2019-12-14 16:04:54



Wearable band shipments grew globally, driven by Xiaomi  

Apple may dominate the wearable conversation here in the States, but things look a fair bit different on the other side of the world. In Asia, Xiaomi is the giant in the room. According to new numbers form Canalys, the Chinese manufacturer was the key driver in global growth. Wearable band shipments grew 65%, year […]

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2019-12-14 15:07:28



Startups Weekly: This year in startups  

In this week's newsletter: The moments that defined venture capital and startups in 2019.

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2019-12-14 13:00:41



Apple and Spotify's podcasts come to Echo devices in the US  

Amazon Alexa can now play podcasts from Apple, making Amazon’s line of Echo devices the first third-party clients to support the Apple Podcasts service without using AirPlay. Before, this level of support was limited to Apple’s HomePod. According to Amazon, the addition brings to Alexa devices Apple’s library of more than 800,000 podcasts. It also […]

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2019-12-13 21:44:05



Grading the final tech IPOs of 2019  

As the holiday slowdown looms, the final U.S.-listed technology IPOs have come in and begun to trade. Three tech, tech-ish or venture-backed companies went public this week: Bill.com, Sprout Social and EHang. Let’s quickly review how each has performed thus far. These are, bear in mind, the last IPOs of the year that we care […]

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2019-12-13 21:34:47



This Week in Apps: Apple Arcade's new franchise, Fortnite takes on Google Play, the Disney+ app footprint  

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, with 194 billion downloads last year and more than $100 billion in consumer spending. People spend 90% of their mobile time in […]

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2019-12-13 20:48:52



Consumer sous vide startup Nomiku is winding down operations  

Founded in 2012, Nomiku became a plucky Silicon Valley darling by bringing affordable sous vide cooking to home kitchens. A Kickstarter project that same year generated $750,000, several times its $200,000 goal. The company scored a glowing TechCrunch profile the following year, as well, thanks in part to a great backstory. Today, however, the company […]

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2019-12-13 19:38:32



Adobe turns it up to 11, surpassing $11B in revenue  

Yesterday, Adobe submitted its quarterly earnings report — and the results were quite good. The company generated a tad under $3 billion for the quarter, at $2.99 billion, and reported that revenue exceeded $11 billion for FY 2019, its highest-ever mark. “Fiscal 2019 was a phenomenal year for Adobe as we exceeded $11 billion in […]

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2019-12-13 19:24:52



India shuts down internet once again, this time in Assam and Meghalaya  

India maintained a shutdown of the internet in the states of Assam and Meghalaya on Friday, now into 36 hours, to control protests over a controversial and far-reaching new citizen rule. The shutdown of the internet in Assam and Meghalaya, home to more than 32 million people, is the latest example of a worrying worldwide […]

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2019-12-13 18:23:56



When and how to build out your data science team  

Contrary to popular belief, successfully implementing AI to drive impactful decisions requires a diverse team with expertise in several skill sets.

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2019-12-13 16:56:01



The newest members of the $100M ARR club  

Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the grey space in between. Today we're taking stock of a cohort of special companies: still-private startups that have reached $100 million in annual recurring revenue (ARR). Our goal is to understand which startup companies are actually exceptional. This late […]

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2019-12-13 16:42:12



Bonobos founder Andy Dunn to leave Walmart in 2020  

Andy Dunn, the founder of menswear site Bonobos which sold to Walmart in 2017 for $310 million, is now parting ways with the retail giant. The executive, who joined Walmart as SVP of digital consumer brands at the time of the acquisition, officially announced his departure in a LinkedIn post titled “A Love Letter to […]

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2019-12-13 14:26:46



Chicago's Sprout Social prices IPO mid-range at $17 per share, raising $150M  

On the heels of Bill.com’s debut, Chicago-based social media software company Sprout Social priced its IPO last night at $17 per share, in the middle of its proposed $16 to $18 per-share range. Selling 8.8 million shares, Sprout raised just under $150 million in its debut. Underwriters have the option to purchase an additional 1.3 […]

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2019-12-13 14:12:12



Equity Dive: Direct Listings  

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

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2019-12-13 14:00:57



Porsche and Lucasfilm co-designed a new starfighter for the Star Wars universe  

Porsche typically concerns itself with terrestrial vehicle designs, but for a new project it worked with Lucasfilm designers in collaboration on a new starfighter for the Star Wars universe. The starfigher, called the Tri-Wing S-91x Pegasus, obviously doesn’t exist in full-scale flyable form, but it is being built out as a five-foot-long highly-detailed sub-scale model, […]

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2019-12-13 11:46:53



Xbox Series X is Microsoft's next-gen console, arriving late-2020  

If you didn't watch last night's Game Awards, you may have missed it. But Xbox Series X is the company’s  next-generation console, and will be arriving in late 2020. Thankfully, Microsoft has kindly cataloged all of the images, media and even a little information online. Oh, and we'll almost certainly be hearing a LOT more […]

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2019-12-13 11:10:47



Bluespace.ai, a startup focused on AV technology for mass transit, gets $3.5 million in seed funding  

Bluespace.ai, a new autonomous driving startup focused on mass transit, announced today that it has raised $3.5 million in seed funding led by Fusion Fund. Other investors include YouTube co-founder Steve Chen; UMC, the Taiwanese semiconductor foundry; Kakao Ventures; GDP Ventures; Atinum; Wasabi Ventures; Blue Ivy Ventures; Plug n Play; and SLV Capital. The startup […]

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2019-12-13 11:00:22



Sleek raises $5M to help companies incorporate and operate in Singapore and Hong Kong  

Sleek, a startup that is making it easier for other startups and companies to incorporate and operate in Singapore and Hong Kong, said today it has extended its seed financing round to raise $5 million. The extended seed round for the two-year-old startup was led by private investors Pierre Lorinet and Fabio Blom, and MI8, […]

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2019-12-13 08:38:33



Reliance Industries acquires a majority stake in SaaS startup NowFloats for $20M  

Reliance Industries, one of India’s largest industrial houses, has acquired a majority stake in NowFloats, an Indian startup that helps businesses and individuals build online presence without any web developing skills. In a regulatory filing on Thursday, Reliance Strategic Business Ventures Limited said (PDF) it has acquired an 85% stake in NowFloats for 1.4 billion Indian […]

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2019-12-13 00:20:18



Salesforce promotes Bret Taylor to president and COO  

Salesforce announced today that it has named Bret Taylor as president and chief operating officer of the company. Prior to today’s promotion, Taylor held the position of president and chief product officer. In his new position, Taylor will be responsible for a number of activities, including leading Salesforce's global product vision, engineering, security, marketing and […]

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2019-12-13 00:00:26



Why Bill.com didn't pursue a direct listing  

Bill.com went public today after pricing its shares higher than it initially expected. The B2B payments company sold nearly 10 million shares at $22 apiece, raising around $216 million in its IPO. Public investors felt that the company’s price was a deal, sending the value of its equity to $35.51 per share as of the […]

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2019-12-12 22:42:39



Carbon's new CEO discusses local manufacturing, funding and a potential IPO  

Last month, Carbon announced its first new CEO in the company's history. With $260 million worth of investments and a $2.5 billion, it's a big job. But Carbon's 500-person headcount is small potatoes compared to Ellen Kullman's last gig. For six years, Kullman headed up DuPont, the culmination of a nearly 30-year career at the […]

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2019-12-12 22:40:00



Pandora launches interactive voice ads  

Pandora has begun to test a new type of advertising format that allows listeners to respond to the ad by speaking aloud. In the new ads, listeners are prompted to say “yes” after the ad asks a question and a tone plays. The ads will then offer more information about the product or brand in […]

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2019-12-12 20:06:04



DataRobot is acquiring Paxata to add data prep to machine learning platform  

DataRobot, a company best known for creating automated machine learning models known as AutoML, announced today that it intends to acquire Paxata, a data prep platform startup. The companies did not reveal the purchase price. Paxata raised a total of $90 million before today’s acquisition, according to the company. Up until now, DataRobot has concentrated […]

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2019-12-12 19:00:35



Join TechCrunch for our 3rd Annual Winter Party  

After last year's stellar turn out of almost 1,000 Silicon Valley shakers and movers, TechCrunch is returning with the 3rd Annual Winter Party at Galvanize in San Francisco on February 7. The party will feature tasty beers, wine and canapes, party games and activities, plenty of photo ops (and our infamous karaoke), giveaways and some […]

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2019-12-12 18:46:43



Google makes moving data to its cloud easier  

Google Cloud today announced Transfer Service, a new service for enterprises that want to move their data from on-premise systems to the cloud. This new managed service is meant for large-scale transfers on the scale of billions of files and petabytes of data. It complements similar services from Google that allow you to ship data […]

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2019-12-12 18:33:56



The last decade in real estate, and a peek into the next one  

New real estate technology 2.0 entrants would do well to learn from the mistakes of their 1.0 predecessors as they scale in coming years.      

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2019-12-12 18:22:35



Is Facebook dead to Gen Z?  

Olivia Moore Contributor Share on Twitter Olivia Moore is a venture investor at CRV and co-founded Cardinal Ventures alongside her sister, Justine. More posts by this contributor After a breakout year, looking ahead to the future of podcasting What VidCon means for the future of social media platforms Justine Moore Contributor Share on Twitter Justine […]

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2019-12-12 17:30:35



Kepler to launch two batches of nanosatellites aboard SpaceX's Falcon 9  

Small satellite startup Kepler Communications is teaming up with SpaceX to make good on its deployment goals for its first nanosatellite constellation. SpaceX will carry two separate batches of nanosatellites from Kepler aboard its Falcon 9 launch vehicles. Kepler Communications, a Toronto-based space startup, will be building out a low-power, direct IoT connectivity satellite-based network, […]

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2019-12-12 17:11:26



Hulu launches its viewer-friendly 'binge watch ads'  

Hulu today is launching a new kind of ad experience that allows brands to specifically target binge-watchers — that is, viewers who are watching multiple episodes of a favorite program over a long stretch of time. These “binge watch ads” utilize machine learning techniques to predict when a viewer has begun to binge watch a […]

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2019-12-12 17:00:27



Atlassian launches new serverless cloud development platform  

Atlassian has a portfolio of developer tools like Bitbucket, Jira and Confluence. It also has a marketplace with hundreds of add-ons, but what it lacked was a development platform to call its own. Today, that changed when the company announced the Forge platform. “Forge will empower developers to more easily build and run enterprise-ready cloud […]

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2019-12-12 17:00:22



Twitter is bringing back Election Labels to identify 2020 U.S. election candidates  

With just under a year until U.S. Election Day, Twitter is bringing back its Election Labels, which provide information about political candidates — including what office they’re running for and their state and district number. The labels will also have a small ballot box icon to accompany this information. The feature was first launched during […]

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2019-12-12 16:59:57



Rocket Lab cuts the ribbon on its US launch facility, with the Air Force as its first customer  

Launch provider Rocket Lab has opened the doors on LC-2, its first launch facility in the U.S., adding capacity and versatility for providing trips to orbit. And LC-2 already has its first customer: the U.S. Air Force’s Space Test Program. The company had a little shindig today at the facility, located on Wallops Island in […]

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2019-12-12 16:48:12



Amazon launches Audible Suno free app featuring short-stories in India  

Amazon is having another go at expanding its reach to listeners in India. The company, which launched pay-to-use Audible in the country last year, today introduced a new service called Audible Suno that offers free access to "hundreds of hours of audio entertainment, enlightenment and learning." And it's banking on major Indian celebrities to draw […]

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2019-12-12 16:23:45



Samsung has sold 1 million Galaxy Fold smarthphones  

Today at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin, Samsung Electronic’s President Young Sohn revealed the company had sold 1 million foldable Galaxy Fold smartphones. Estimates from October pegged sales at that time at 500,000 units. “And I think that the point is, we’re selling [a] million of these products,” Sohn said. “There’s a million people that want to […]

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2019-12-12 16:12:59



And the winner of Startup Battlefield at Disrupt Berlin 2019 is… Scaled Robotics  

Startups participating in the Startup Battlefield have all been hand-picked to participate in our highly competitive startup competition. They all presented in front of multiple groups of VCs and tech leaders serving as judges for a chance to win $50,000 and the coveted Disrupt Cup. After hours of deliberations, TechCrunch editors pored over the judges' […]

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2019-12-12 16:01:36



Chatbots spotlight machine learning's trillion-dollar potential  

The directional trends are clear: chatbots are an important component of our AI-driven future, and the C-suite is taking notice.

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2019-12-12 15:26:07



The IPO window is open  

Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the grey space in between. This morning we’re digging into the current IPO market, asking ourselves how much damage WeWork really did to other companies hoping to go public. Is the IPO window closed, and if not, what sort of companies […]

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2019-12-12 15:15:14



Waymo buys Latent Logic, drives deeper into simulation and Europe  

Waymo has acquired Latent Logic, a U.K. company that spun out of Oxford University’s computer science department, as the autonomous vehicle company seeks to beef up its simulation technology. The acquisition also marks the launch of Waymo’s first European engineering hub, which will be in Oxford, U.K. This likely won’t be the end of Waymo’s […]

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2019-12-12 15:05:42



Interpreter, Google's real-time translator, comes to mobile  

After rolling out on smart speakers and displays earlier this year, Google's interpreter real-time translation mode finally landing on mobile. A far more handy application for such functionality, the feature arrives on both Android and iOS handsets globally, starting today. The feature works in tandem with Assistant. Say something like, "Hey Google, be my German […]

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2019-12-12 15:00:34



Robinhood lets you invest as little as 1 cent in any stock  

One share of Amazon stock costs over $1700, locking out less wealthy investors. So to continue its quest to democratize stock trading, Robinhood is launching fractional share trading this week. This lets you buy 0.000001 shares, rounded to the nearest penny, or just $1 of any stock with zero fee. The ability to buy by […]

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2019-12-12 15:00:31



Facebook's Messenger adds Star Wars-themed features and AR effects  

Star Wars has come to Facebook’s Messenger app. Facebook today announced a new set of Star Wars-themed features for Messenger users, including a chat theme, reactions, stickers and AR effects. The features were developed in partnership with Disney to help promote the upcoming film, “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” which premieres nationwide on December […]

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2019-12-12 14:54:06



Conductor execs buy their company back from WeWork  

It’s been less than two years since WeWork announced the acquisition of SEO and content marketing company Conductor — but those two years have been bumpy, to say the least. Briefly: Parent organization The We Company’s disastrous attempt to go public resulted in the ouster of CEO Adam Neumann, an indefinite delay of its IPO […]

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2019-12-12 14:30:24



Klarna CEO says 'maybe' of taking public Europe's most valuable fintech next year (but he's not ruling out another round, either)  

Yesterday at TechCrunch Berlin, we sat down with Sebastian Siemiatkowski, the co-founder and CEO of Klarna, a 15-year-old company that’s currently the most highly valued privately held fintech in Europe, following a $460 million investment that pegged the company’s worth at $5.5 billion back in August. (Asked yesterday to confirm that the company has raised […]

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2019-12-12 14:25:01



Bill.com's IPO pricing is good news for unprofitable startups  

Business-to-business payments company Bill.com priced its IPO today at an above-range $22 per share. The firm, selling 9.82 million shares in its offering, will raise around $216 million at a roughly $1.6 billion valuation. The company’s IPO pricing comes during a modestly uncertain time for unprofitable companies looking to go public. Following the WeWork IPO […]

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2019-12-12 13:35:12



Atom Finance's free Bloomberg Terminal rival raises $12M  

If you want to win on Wall Street, Yahoo Finance is insufficient but Bloomberg Terminal costs a whopping $24,000 per year. That’s why Atom Finance built a free tool designed to democratize access to professional investor research. If Robinhood made it cost $0 to trade stocks, Atom Finance makes it cost $0 to know which […]

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2019-12-12 13:00:05



Northrop Grumman lands customer for first OmegA rocket launch in 2021  

Space industry heavyweight Northrop Grumman has signed a customer for the launch of its first OmegA rocket, a medium/heavy-lift launch vehicle that it’s currently readying for flight with a target of spring 2021 for its first-ever flight. OmegA will unlock additional payload capacity versus the launch systems that Northrop Grumman has developed and flown previously, […]

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2019-12-12 12:36:28



Aeva snags VW investment with smaller, longer range lidar  

Lidar startup Aeva has deepened its relationship with VW Group with a new investment from Porsche Automobili Holding SE, thanks to a next-generation sensor that is headed for the ID Buzz AV, an electric reboot of the automaker’s iconic bus that will be used as autonomous taxis. Aeva’s newest lidar product called Aeries has a […]

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2019-12-12 09:45:55



Glovo's Sacha Michaud: “I think there will be consolidation”  

Many companies realized that there was a huge opportunity when it comes to on-demand delivery of food and groceries. And apparently, too many companies as Glovo co-founder Sacha Michaud expects some consolidation in the space in the near future. At TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin, the General Manager of Northern, Central and Eastern Europe for Uber Eats […]

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2019-12-12 09:36:53



Portify raises £7M Series A for its fintech app for 'modern' or gig economy workers  

Portify, the London fintech startup that offers an app and various financial products to help gig economy and other modern, flexible or “self-employed” workers better manage their finances, has raised £7 million in Series A funding. The round, which comes a year after the company raised £1.3 million in seed investment, is led by Redalpine […]

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2019-12-12 09:00:24



Watch Disrupt Berlin Day 2 live right here  

Good morning! Disrupt Berlin Day 2 begins now, and boy do we have a show for you! Today, we’ll hear from Justin Drake (Ethereum Foundation), Carolina Brochado (Softbank Investment Advisors) and Andrei Brasoveanu (Accel), Young Sohn (Samsung), and Matthew Prince (Cloudflare), live from the Main Stage. On the Extra Crunch stage, panelists will discuss important […]

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2019-12-12 08:37:23



Yubo raises $12.3 million for its social app for teens  

French startup Yubo has raised a $12.3 million funding round led by Iris Capital and Idinvest Partners. Existing investors Alven, Sweet Capital and Village Global are also participating. The startup has managed to attract 25 million users over the years — there are currently tens of thousands of people signing up to the platform every […]

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2019-12-12 06:00:34



Blue Origin moves closer to human spaceflight with 12th New Shepard launch  

Jeff Bezos-founded Blue Origin has recorded another successful mission for its New Shepard sub-orbital launch vehicle, which is a key step as it readies the spacecraft for human spaceflight.

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2019-12-11 23:06:34



Atomico VCs say that 'everybody cares' in Europe about where the startup dollars are coming from  

Today at TechCrunch Berlin, four of Atomico’s most senior partners took the stage together for the first time, flying into the city from London, Stockholm and Geneva to talk about a wide range of issues. Among the many things we discussed with the four — including Sophia Bendz, Siraj Khaliq, Niall Wass and Hiro Tamura […]

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2019-12-11 22:23:07



'Disney Plus' was Google's top US trending search term in 2019  

Google today released its annual “Year in Search” data that takes a look back at some of the most notable searches of 2019. Specifically, Google looked at the biggest trends — meaning, search terms that saw the largest spikes in traffic over a sustained period in 2019 compared to 2018. In the U.S., Disney’s new […]

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2019-12-11 21:14:44



Here are the five Startup Battlefield finalists at Disrupt Berlin  

Fourteen startups presented onstage today at Disrupt Berlin, giving live demos and rapid-fire presentations on their origin stories and business models, then answering questions from our expert judges. Now, with the help of those judges, we’ve narrowed the group down to five startups working on everything from productivity to air pollution. These finalists will be […]

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2019-12-11 20:30:09



Gtmhub raises $9M from CRV after posting 400% ARR growth in the last year  

This week Gtmhub announced a $9 million Series A led by CRV. The investment was not a large round, even for an A. But the capital found its way into one of the fastest-growing SaaS companies that we’ve spoken with recently, which made it interesting all the same. And, the firm was willing to talk […]

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2019-12-11 20:15:39



Many smart home device makers still won't say if they give your data to the government  

A year ago, we asked some of the most prominent smart home device makers if they have given customer data to governments. The results were mixed. The big three smart home device makers — Amazon, Facebook and Google (which includes Nest) — all disclosed in their transparency reports if and when governments demand customer data. […]

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2019-12-11 20:00:53



Spotify's founding story is going to be a Netflix series  

Facebook’s founding got the movie treatment with Aaron Sorkin’s “The Social Network.” The story of how Snapchat came to be will be a flagship series on the upcoming streaming service, Quibi. Today, Spotify is the latest startup to get its story told on screen — this time, as a new Netflix show. Netflix says it’s […]

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2019-12-11 18:03:56



Join TechCrunch for our 3rd Annual Winter Party  

After last year's stellar turn out of almost 1,000 Silicon Valley shakers and movers at our inaugural Winter Party, TechCrunch is returning with the 3rd Annual Winter Party in San Francisco on February 7. The party will feature tasty cocktails and canapes, party games and activities, plenty of photo ops, giveaways and some fun surprises. […]

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2019-12-11 18:03:43



Daily Crunch: Apple adds new iPhone parental controls  

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. The iPhone's new parental controls can limit who kids can call, text and FaceTime and when With the release of iOS […]

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2019-12-11 17:53:48



Peleton's stock sinks 7% as the ad saga continues to weigh on the company  

Shares of popular home exercise company Peloton are off 7% in regular trading today as the company continues to reel in the wake of an advertisement it released that went viral for the wrong reasons. The ad is to blame for Peloton being in the public eye for the wrong reasons, but can’t be framed […]

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2019-12-11 17:32:47



YouTube's tougher harassment policy aims to address hate speech, veiled threats and repeat offenders  

In YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki's quarterly letter last month, the exec said the company was working to develop a new harassment policy. Today, YouTube is sharing the results of those efforts with the release of an updated policy which now takes a stronger stance against threats and personal attacks, addresses toxic comments, and gets tougher […]

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2019-12-11 17:24:43



Apply to the pitch-off at TC Sessions: Robotics+AI 2020  

Mark your calendars and dust off your public-speaking skills. This year, there's an exciting new opportunity at TC Sessions: Robotics + AI, which returns to UC Berkeley on March 3, 2020. We've added a pitch-off specifically for early-stage startups focused on AI or robotics. You heard right. In addition to a full day packed with […]

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2019-12-11 17:03:02



Google Cloud gets a new family of cheaper general-purpose compute instances  

Google Cloud today announced the launch of its new E2 family of compute instances. These new instances, which are meant for general purpose workloads, offer a significant cost benefit, with saving of around 31 percent compared to the current N1 general purpose instances. The E2 family runs on standard Intel and AMD chips, but as […]

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2019-12-11 17:00:43



The electric Porsche Taycan Turbo has an EPA range of 201 miles  

The Porsche Taycan Turbo, one of several variants of the German automaker’s first all-electric vehicles, has an EPA estimated range of 201 miles, according to government ratings posted Wednesday. This is the first variant of the Taycan — Porsche’s first all-electric vehicle — to receive an estimated range from the EPA. The range, which indicates […]

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2019-12-11 16:41:05



MindAffect wants to let us control devices with our minds  

MindAffect, a team which presented in today's TechCrunch Disrupt Startup Battlefield, wants to explore whats possible when we can control the devices around us with our minds — and to let others explore the possibilities, too. MindAffect was selected as a wildcard entry into the Startup Battlefield from the companies exhibiting at the show. One […]

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2019-12-11 16:37:02



Acquia nabs CDP startup AgilOne, which raised $41M  

Acquia announced it has acquired customer data platform (CDP) startup AgilOne today. The companies did not disclose the purchase price. CDPs are all the rage among customer experience vendors, as they provide a way to pull data from a variety of channels to build a more complete picture of the customer. The goal here is […]

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2019-12-11 16:36:46



Slack's share price and the future of direct listings  

Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the grey space in between. Today we’re starting off with a venture capital Q&A, a quick look at Slack’s share price stability and some thoughts on direct listings and their possible future frequency. Bu before we do, I wanted to […]

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2019-12-11 16:20:22



Arcona uses machine learning to compose adaptive soundtracks in real time  

Arcona Music took to the stage at Disrupt Berlin today to showcase its adaptive music service. The local startup utilizes machine learning to create musical beds capable of adapting to different contexts in real-time. The user simply needs to input a handful of parameters, and the service will adjust accordingly. "Give it a style, an […]

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2019-12-11 16:15:26



PayPal's exiting COO Bill Ready to join Google as its new president of Commerce  

In June, PayPal announced its Chief Operating Officer Bill Ready would be departing the company at the end of this year. Now we know where he’s ending up: Google. Ready will join Google in January as the company’s new commerce chief, reporting directly to Prabhakar Raghavan, SVP, Ads, Commerce and Payments. Ready’s role at Google […]

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2019-12-11 16:15:22



Intel's latest RealSense lidar camera is designed for inventory logistics  

Intel today introduced the latest addition to its RealSense line. The L515 is roughly the size of a tennis ball, targeted specifically for warehouse logistics — a hugely important and increasingly automated aspect of global trade. Other potential applications for the new camera include retail, healthcare, 3D scanning and robotics. The little hockey puck is […]

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2019-12-11 16:00:38



Childcare benefits startup Kinside launches with $4 million from investors including Initialized Capital  

Childcare is one of the biggest expenses for American parents and it's not just families who are taking a hit. Childcare issues cost the United States' economy an estimated $4.4 billion in lost productivity each year and also impacts employee retention rates. Kinside wants to help with a platform that not only enables families to […]

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2019-12-11 16:00:28



ACLU sues Homeland Security over 'stingray' cell phone surveillance  

One of the largest civil liberties groups in the U.S. is suing two Homeland Security agencies for failing to turn over documents it requested as part of a public records request about a controversial cell phone surveillance technology. The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit against Customs & Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration & Customs […]

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2019-12-11 16:00:05



BMW says 'ja' to Android Auto  

BMW today announced that it is finally bringing Android Auto to its vehicles, starting in July 2020. With that, it will join Apple’s CarPlay in the company’s vehicles. The first live demo of Android Auto in a BMW will happen at CES 2020 next month and after that, it will become available as an update […]

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2019-12-11 15:52:43



Wotch is building a creator-friendly video platform  

The team at Wotch has created a new social video platform — but wait, don’t roll your eyes quite yet. “Obviously, we're very used to someone creating a new internet video-sharing platform,” said co-CEO Scott Willson. “It must be very irritating for everyone to hear that.” And yet Willson and his co-founder/co-CEO James Sadler have […]

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2019-12-11 15:51:31



The vast majority of US consumers aren't spending $1,000+ on phones  

Pricing in the smartphone wars has taken a sharp turn in recent years on the premium end of the spectrum. Ever since the arrival of the iPhone X, flagship devices have often arrived in excess of $1,000, as company push toward more premium components in order to remain competitive. Likely surprising no one, most consumers […]

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2019-12-11 15:29:08



Arthur announces $3.3M seed to monitor machine learning model performance  

Machine learning is a complex process. You build a model, test it in laboratory conditions, then put it out in the world. After that, how do you monitor how well it’s tracking what you designed it do? Arthur wants to help, and today it emerged from stealth with a new platform to help you monitor […]

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2019-12-11 15:11:29



Daimler and Bosch take a mixed mobility approach to autonomous vehicles  

A fleet of Mercedes-Benz S Class vehicles are now plying the roads of San Jose, California as part of a robotaxi pilot project that Daimler and Bosch have been developing for two and a half years, but the launch itself could be chalked up as a mere blip on the autonomous vehicle scene. At last […]

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2019-12-11 09:41:41



Watch Disrupt Berlin Day 1 live right here  

Good morning, and welcome to another Disrupt! Today, we come to you from beautiful (and cold) Berlin, Germany, for Day 1 of Disrupt Berlin. On the Main Stage, we’ll hear from European tech leaders like Hiroki Takeuchi (GoCardless), Sebastian Siemiatkowski (Klarna) and the senior partners at Atomico, including Sophia Bendz, Siraj Khaliq, Hiro Tamura and […]

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2019-12-11 09:00:11



Accel and Index back Tines, as the cybersecurity startup adds another $11M to its Series A  

It was just a couple of months ago that Tines, the cybersecurity automation startup, raised $4.1 million in Series A funding led by Blossom Capital, and now the Dublin-based company is disclosing an $11 million extension to the round. This additional Series A funding is led by venture capital firm Accel, with participation from Index […]

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2019-12-11 09:00:11



Twitter will now preserve JPEG quality for photo uploads on web  

Twitter is changing the way it processes uploaded images, and the new way of doing things will be much-appreciated by any photographers sharing their work on the platform. Twitter engineer Nolan O’Brien shared that the platform will now preserve JPEG encoding when they’re uploaded via Twitter on the web, instead of transcoding them, which results […]

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2019-12-11 08:23:11



Introducing the TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin Startup Battlefield companies for 2019  

Every year, TechCrunch dives deep into the international startup scene to find innovative startups to compete in Startup Battlefield – TechCrunch's famous global startup competition. Today, at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin 2019, 14 companies will face off for the infamous Disrupt Cup, $50,000 USD equity free prize money and the attention of investors and press from […]

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2019-12-11 08:04:39



Wayv launches Payments, the first all-digital payment solution for the cannabis market  

Wayv is taking a big step towards mainstreaming the cannabis industry. Wayv Payments, launching today, is said to be the first digital, compliant payment solution for the cannabis supply chain. From growers to distributors to consumers, this solution should reduce the entire industry’s reliance on stacks of cash by providing a credit-card like transaction to […]

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2019-12-11 08:01:42



Wefox, the Berlin-based insurtech, raises $110M Series B extension at a $1.65B pre-money valuation  

Wefox Group, the Berlin-based insurtech startup behind the consumer-facing insurance app and carrier One and the insurance platform Wefox, is disclosing $110 million in a second tranche of Series B funding. Sources tell TechCrunch that this gives the company a pre-money valuation of $1.65 billion. WeFox Group declined to comment on the financials. The Series […]

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2019-12-11 07:00:41



Introducing 'Dear Sophie,' an advice column for US-bound immigrant employees  

We're excited to announce the launch of an advice column with answers for all your questions on attracting, hiring and retaining immigrant employees.

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2019-12-11 06:00:30



Electric vehicle startup Nio lays off 141 employees at its North American headquarters  

Electric vehicle startup Nio is laying off 141 people at its North American headquarters. According to a filing from Employment Development Department of California, the employees at its San Jose office received notice on December 6. Nio, whose global headquarters are in Shanghai, announced last month that it is partnering with Intel's Mobileye to develop […]

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2019-12-11 03:12:33



Carsome raises $50M for its used-car sales platform in Southeast Asia  

Carsome, a Malaysia-based marketplace for trading users cars, has closed a new $50 million financing round to fend off its rivals and grow its business in Southeast Asian markets. The new financing round, dubbed Series C, was funded by MUFG Innovation Partners (MUIP), the corporate venture capital arm and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi UFJ […]

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2019-12-11 01:07:56



Ada Ventures launches with a $34M fund aimed at super-charging diverse global founders  

According to Atomico's recent "State of European Tech, 2019" – widely considered by the European tech industry to be a reliable annual study – at present, 92 in every 100 dollars invested in Europe goes to all-male teams, 83% founders are white, 82% are university educated, in the UK, a quarter of investment committees saw […]

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2019-12-11 00:00:48



D-Wave partners with NEC to build hybrid HPC and quantum apps  

D-Wave Systems announced a partnership with Japanese industrial giant NEC today to build what they call “hybrid apps and services” that work on a combination of NEC high-performance computers and D-Wave’s quantum systems. The two companies also announced that NEC will be investing $10 million in D-Wave, which has raised $204 million prior to this, […]

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2019-12-10 23:31:48



The $100M ARR club  

Hello and welcome to a lightweight series I’m writing while I recapture my footing at TechCrunch. It’s lovely to be back, and I’m excited to chat about what’s going on with private companies, public markets and the space between the two. I wonder what the average revenue (trailing, say) of a unicorn is today, and […]

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2019-12-10 21:22:46



The iPhone's new parental controls can limit who kids can call, text and FaceTime and when  

An update to Apple’s iOS operating system, out today, will give parents a new set of tools to fight back against kids’ iPhone addiction. With the release of iOS 13.3, parents will for the first time be able to set limits over who kids can talk to and text with during certain hours of the […]

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2019-12-10 20:48:43






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