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Tesla pitches a solar rental program to boost its renewable energy business  

Tesla is pitching customers on a new rental offering for solar power as a way to revive the flagging fortunes of its renewable energy business. Once among the largest installers of renewables in the country through SolarCity, Tesla has seen its share of the market decline significantly since its acquisition of SolarCity three years ago. […]

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2019-08-18 19:54:56

The mainstream media have still not learned the lessons of Gamergate  

This week the New York Times published a five-years-later retrospective on Gamergate and its aftereffects, which is chilling and illuminating, and you should go read it. It makes an excellent case — several excellent written cases, actually — that “everything is Gamergate,” that it and its hate-screeching online mobs were the prototype for all the […]

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2019-08-18 10:46:36

Week in Review: Snapchat beats a dead horse  

Hey. This is Week-in-Review, where I give a heavy amount of analysis and/or rambling thoughts on one story while scouring the rest of the hundreds of stories that emerged on TechCrunch this week to surface my favorites for your reading pleasure. Last week, I talked about how Netflix might have some rough times ahead as […]

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2019-08-18 10:42:23

Original Content podcast: Netflix's 'Wu Assassins' is a punching, kicking delight  

When we reviewed “Another Life” last week, we described it as an old-fashioned science fiction space show, something that’s been absent from TV for the past decade or so. “Wu Assassins” is another new Netflix series, and it’s also is a kind of a throwback — this time to ’90s martial arts series like “Vanishing […]

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2019-08-18 06:12:40

The Bugatti Centodieci is a $8.9 million homage to the early 90s EB110 supercar  

The Bugatti Centodieci is the French automaker’s most powerful supercar yet — coming in a skosh above the Chiron at 1,600 horsepower. But it’s not just the power — or the $8.9 million price tag — that makes the Centodieci stand out. The angular supercar, still dotted with the signature Bugatti design elements, tips its […]

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2019-08-18 04:04:48

Voyage's driverless future, ghost work, B2B growth strategies, and Black Hat takeaways  

Inside Voyage's plan to deliver a driverless future In the autonomous vehicle space, startups have taken radically different strategies to building our AV future. Some companies like Waymo have driven all across different types of environments in order to rack up the datasets that they believe will be needed to effectively maneuver without a human […]

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2019-08-17 15:30:18

Privacy researchers devise a noise-exploitation attack that defeats dynamic anonymity  

Privacy researchers in Europe believe they have the first proof that a long-theorised vulnerability in systems designed to protect privacy by aggregating and adding noise to data to mask individual identities is no longer just a theory. The research has implications for the immediate field of differential privacy and beyond — raising wide-ranging questions about […]

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2019-08-17 12:02:22

Startups Weekly: The mad dash to the public markets  

In this week's newsletter: Meet the soon-to-be Y Combinator graduates

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2019-08-17 10:42:14

Ikea doubles down on smart home tech with new business unit  

Ikea’s smart home investments to date have been smart but scattered - now the Swedish home goods brand says it’s going to amp up its smart home bets with a brand new dedicated business unit. The company’s smart home endeavors began in 2012, and focused on wireless charging and smart lighting. It’s iterated in both […]

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2019-08-17 07:57:15

Next Apple Watch could include new ceramic and titanium models  

Apple’s next Apple Watch revision could include new materials for the case, including titanium and ceramic. That’s according to new assets pulled form the latest watchOS beta release, as uncovered by Brazilian site (via 9to5Mac). The new screens discovered in the beta show graphics used to pair the Apple Watch during setup, and list “Titanium […]

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2019-08-17 06:34:31

SoftBank reportedly plans to lend employees as much as $20 billion to invest in its VC fund  

SoftBank has a plant to loan up to $20 billion to its employees, including CEO Masayoshi Son, for the purposes of having that capital re-invested in SoftBank’s own Vision venture fund, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal. That’s a highly unusual move that could be risky in terms of how much […]

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2019-08-17 05:58:52

NASA and SpaceX practice Crew Dragon evacuation procedure with astronaut recovery vessel  

NASA and SpaceX continue their joint preparations for the eventually astronaut crew missions that SpaceX will fly for the agency, with a test of the emergency evacuation procedure for SpaceX’s GO Searcher seaborne ship. The ship is intended to be used to recover spacecraft and astronauts in an actual mission scenario, and the rehearsals this […]

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2019-08-17 01:50:03

How 'ghost work' in Silicon Valley pressures the workforce, with Mary Gray  

The phrase “pull yourself up by your own bootstraps” was originally meant sarcastically. It's not actually physically possible to do — especially while wearing Allbirds and having just fallen off a Bird scooter in downtown San Francisco, but I should get to my point. This week, Ken Cuccinelli, the acting Director of the United States […]

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2019-08-16 20:13:07

Lumineye helps first responders identify people through walls  

Any first responder knows that situational awareness is key. In domestic violence disputes, hostage rescue or human trafficking situations, first responders often need help determining where humans are behind closed doors. That’s why Megan Lacy, Corbin Hennen and Rob Kleffner developed Lumineye, a 3D-printed radar device that uses signal analysis software to differentiate moving and […]

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2019-08-16 18:01:28

Northrop Grumman to build its OmegA rocket at NASA's VAB as first commercial tenant  

NASA is celebrating alongside Northrop Grumman at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, as the latter becomes the first commercial partner to make use of the Vehicle Assembly Building on-site at the base. The VAB, as it’s more commonly known, is a cavernous building that’s used to build and test rockets ahead of rolling them out […]

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2019-08-16 14:50:11

Motorola has GoPro aspirations for its latest budget handset  

Good on Motorola for keeping it interesting. At the end of the day, I'm not sure how large a market there is for a budget "action camera" phone, but in a world of samey electronics, at least the Lenovo-owned brand continues to shade in interesting corners. Honestly, I'm surprised more phones didn't attempt to position […]

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2019-08-16 11:36:20

SmileDirectClub files to go public amidst concerns from dental associations  

SmileDirectClub, the at-home teeth-straightening service, is on its way to becoming a public company. SmileDirectClub is seeking to raise up to $100 million in its IPO, according to its S-1 filed today. The number of shares and price range for the offering have yet to be determined. Prior to this, SmileDirectClub reached a $3.2 billion […]

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2019-08-16 11:20:53

How should B2B startups think about growth? Not like B2C  

Over the years, we've seen a lot of B2B companies apply ineffective demand generation strategies to their startup. If you're a B2B founder trying to grow your business, this guide is for you...

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2019-08-16 11:15:40

LA-based Upfront Ventures has two new general partners, bringing its GP count to eight  

Upfront Ventures, the 23-year-old, LA-based venture capital firm, is gearing up for far more deal-making. In addition to filing paperwork with the SEC this summer to raise its third growth-stage investment fund (it is also investing a $400 million early-stage fund and probably announcing another soon), the firm just added two new general partners to […]

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2019-08-16 10:07:05

8 million Android users tricked into downloading 85 adware apps from Google Play  

Dozens of Android adware apps disguised as photo editing apps and games have been caught serving ads that would take over users’ screens as part of a fraudulent money-making scheme. Security firm Trend Micro said it found 85 individual apps downloaded more than eight million times from the Google Play — all of which have […]

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2019-08-16 09:44:37

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ review  

It's true, you've got the Galaxy Note to thank for your big phone. When the device hit the scene at IFA 2011, large screens were still a punchline. That same year, Steve Jobs famously joked about phones with screens larger than four inches, telling a crowd of reporters, "nobody's going to buy that." In 2019, […]

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2019-08-16 08:52:21

Y Combinator-backed Narrator wants to become the operating system for data science  

"We're effectively your data team," explains Narrator co-founder Matthew Star.

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2019-08-16 08:41:33

Twitter to test a new filter for spam and abuse in the Direct Message inbox  

Twitter is testing a new way to filter unwanted messages from your Direct Message inbox. Today, Twitter allows users to set their Direct Message inbox as being open to receiving messages from anyone, but this can invite a lot of unwanted messages, including abuse. While one solution is to adjust your settings so only those […]

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2019-08-16 08:24:10

Amazon customers say they received emails for other people's orders  

Users have said they are receiving emails from Amazon containing invoices and order updates on other customers, TechCrunch has learned. Jake Williams, founder of cybersecurity firm Rendition Infosec, raised the alarm after he received an email from Amazon addressed to another customer with their name, postal address and their order details. Williams said he ordered […]

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2019-08-16 08:18:23

YouTube shuts down music companies' use of manual copyright claims to steal creator revenue  

YouTube is making a change to its copyright enforcement policies around music used in videos, which may result in an increased number of blocked videos in the shorter term — but overall, a healthier ecosystem in the long term. Going forward, copyright owners will no longer be able to monetize creator videos with very short […]

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2019-08-16 08:14:11

Postmates lands permit to test its Serve autonomous delivery robots in SF  

Postmates has officially received the green light from the city of San Francisco to begin testing its Serve wheeled delivery robot on city streets, as first reported by the SF Chronicle and confirmed with Postmates by TechCrunch. The on-demand delivery company told us last week that it expected the issuance of the permit to come through […]

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2019-08-16 07:55:04

How-to: Exhibit for free in Startup Alley at Disrupt Berlin 2019  

We love a good how-to, especially one that saves early-stage startup founders money and positions them for mad success. We're talking about how to apply to be a TC Top Pick and exhibit at Disrupt Berlin 2019 — for free. Our TC Top Picks program is what we call a pre-Disrupt competition. If you're a […]

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2019-08-16 07:37:27

Google discloses its acquisition of mobile learning app Socratic as it relaunches on iOS  

Google publicly disclosed its acquisition of homework helper app Socratic in an announcement this week, detailing the added support for the company’s AI technology and its relaunch on iOS. The acquisition apparently flew under the radar — Google says it bought the app last year. According to one founder’s LinkedIn update, that was in March […]

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2019-08-16 07:11:50

YC-backed Lokal wants to bring local news, classifieds to 900 million Indians in their regional languages  

Each month millions of Indians are coming online for the first time, making India the last great growth market for internet companies worldwide. But winning them presents its own challenges. These users, most of whom live in small cities and villages in India, can't speak English. Their interests and needs are different from those of […]

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2019-08-16 06:39:54

Y Combinator-backed Holy Grail is using machine learning to build better batteries  

For a long, long time, renewable energy proponents have considered advancements in battery technology to be the Holy Grail of the industry. Advancements in energy storage has been among the hardest to achieve economically, thanks to the incredibly tricky chemistry that’s involved in storing power. Now, one company that’s launching from Y Combinator believes it […]

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2019-08-16 06:16:53

Slack co-founder Cal Henderson and Spark Capital's Megan Quinn are coming to Disrupt SF  

If there is one company at the top of everyone’s mind this year, it is Slack. The now-ubiquitous workplace messaging tool began trading on the New York Stock Exchange in June after taking an unusual route to the public markets, known as a direct listing. Slack bypassed the typical IPO process in favor of putting […]

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2019-08-16 06:05:31

Why startups ads are taking over the subway  

If you're a New Yorker, one of the easiest ways to keep up-to-date on the latest consumer products — furniture, beauty products, mobile apps, you name it — is to hop on the subway. Even before you board, you may find yourself walking through a station filled with colorful startup ads. And once you’re actually […]

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2019-08-16 05:42:24

China's Transsion and Kenya's Wapi Capital partner on Africa fund  

Chinese mobile-phone and device maker Transsion is teaming up with Kenya’s Wapi Capital to source and fund early-stage African fintech startups. Headquartered in Shenzhen, Transsion is a top-seller of smartphones in Africa that recently confirmed its imminent IPO. Wapi Capital is the venture fund of Kenyan fintech startup Wapi Pay—a Nairobi based company that facilitates digital […]

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2019-08-16 03:51:34

Protein replacement startups are coming for food additives as Shiru launches from Y Combinator  

Shiru, a new company that’s launching from the latest batch of Y Combinator-backed startups, is joining the ranks of the businesses angling for a spot at the vanguard of the new food technology revolution. The company was founded by Jasmin Hume, the former director of food chemistry at Just (the company formerly known as Hampton […]

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2019-08-16 03:32:02

ClearBrain launches analytics tools focused on connecting cause and effect  

Businesses need to understand cause and effect: Someone did X and it increased sales, or they did Y and it hurt sales. That’s why many of them turn to analytics — but Bilal Mahmood, co-founder and CEO of ClearBrain, said existing analytics platforms can’t answer that question accurately. “Every analytics platform today is still based […]

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2019-08-16 02:47:46

Twitter leads $100M round in top Indian regional social media platform ShareChat  

Is there room for another social media platform? ShareChat, a four-year-old social network in India that serves tens of million of people in regional languages, just answered that question with a $100 million financing round led by global giant Twitter . Other than Twitter, TrustBridge Partners, and existing investors Shunwei Capital, Lightspeed Venture Partners, SAIF […]

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2019-08-16 02:41:35

Flexible stick-on sensors could wirelessly monitor your sweat and pulse  

As people strive ever harder to minutely quantify every action they do, the sensors that monitor those actions are growing lighter and less invasive. Two prototype sensors from crosstown rivals Stanford and Berkeley stick right to the skin and provide a wealth of phsyiological data.

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2019-08-16 02:16:11

Daily Crunch: Cloudflare is going public  

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. Cloudflare files for initial public offering The web infrastructure company has recently found itself at the center of political debates around […]

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2019-08-16 02:06:15

Showcase your startup in Startup Alley at Disrupt SF 2019  

What's the lifeblood of any early-stage startup? Money and media coverage. Opportunities to acquire both abound at Disrupt San Francisco 2019, our flagship tech conference that takes place on October 2-4. It's all about networking and making the right connections to make your startup dreams come true, and there's no better networking mecca than Startup […]

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2019-08-16 01:55:35

Look inside Virgin Galactic's shiny new Spaceport America  

For a couple years now Virgin Galactic's Spaceport America was more aspirational than functional, but now it's been built out with the necessaries for commercial spaceflight — mainly coffee. The company just showed off the newly redesigned space from which it plans to launch flights... sometime.

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2019-08-15 20:47:12

Local governments are forcing the scooter industry to grow up fast  

Gone are the days when tech companies can deploy their services in cities without any regard for rules and regulations. Before the rise of electric scooters, cities had already become hip to tech’s status quo (thanks to the likes of Uber and Lyft) and were ready to regulate. We explored some of this in “The […]

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2019-08-15 20:30:46

Walmart Canada rolls out nationwide grocery delivery through Instacart  

Walmart’s relationship with Instacart deepened today with an expansion of their partnership across Canada for grocery delivery. Walmart Canada had previously run a 17-store pilot program with Instacart, starting last September, in both the Greater Toronto area and Winnipeg. With the expansion, Walmart Canada will offer same-day grocery delivery from nearly 200 Walmart stores nationwide. […]

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2019-08-15 19:02:33

Cloudflare files for initial public offering  

After much speculation and no small amount of controversy, Cloudflare, one of the companies that ensures that websites run smoothly on the internet, has filed for its initial public offering. The company, which made its debut on TechCrunch’s Battlefield stage back in 2010, has put a placeholder value of the offering at $100 million, but […]

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2019-08-15 17:53:07

Traces AI is building a less invasive alternative to facial recognition tracking  

With all of the progress we’ve seen in deep learning tech in the past few years, it seems pretty inevitable that security cameras become smarter and more capable in regards to tracking, but there are more options than we think in how we choose to pull this off. Traces AI is a new computer vision […]

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2019-08-15 17:26:44

Corey Weiner is taking over as CEO of mobile ad company Jun Group  

After 18 years at the helm, Mitchell Reichgut is stepping down as CEO of Jun Group, with COO and president Corey Weiner taking over as chief executive. The news comes just about a year after Jun Group was acquired by Advantage Solutions, but Reichgut said the acquisition was a “non-factor” in his decision. “I think […]

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2019-08-15 16:59:44

These robo-shorts are the precursor to a true soft exoskeleton  

When someone says "robotic exoskeleton," the power loaders from Aliens are what come to mind for most people (or at least me), but the real things will be much different: softer, smarter, and used for much more ordinary tasks. The latest such exo from Harvard is so low-profile you could wear it around the house.

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2019-08-15 16:02:55

Media software Plex launches a new desktop app for Mac and Windows  

Plex today is launching a new desktop application for Mac and Windows, with the goal of eventually replacing Plex Media Player as the company’s only desktop solution. The app’s arrival also signals a change in direction for the company, which will also now remove its existing Windows Store application and end support for the traditional […]

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2019-08-15 15:53:21

GradJoy is a Y Combinator-backed fintech to help you knock out your student loans  

The right people to solve the trillion-dollar student debt crisis might be the ones who are suffering from it the hardest. If you’re a recent college graduate, there’s a 50% chance you took on debt when you moved off campus. If you’re like the average student borrower, you graduated with $29,800 of loan debt, and […]

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2019-08-15 15:18:22

Apple is suing Corellium  

Apple is suing virtualization software company Corellium, according to documents filed today in Florida. Corellium allows customers to create and interact with virtual iOS devices — a software iPhone, for example, running actual iOS firmware, all within the browser. Apple says this is copyright infringement, and is demanding Corellium stops “all uses of” its iOS […]

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2019-08-15 14:33:50

How about earning crypto tokens to carbon-offset your Uber rides?  

Most of us, by now, are aware that all sorts of crazy stuff is happening to the planet's climate, and the blame is pretty much universally recognized as lying with humans pumping more and more carbon into the atmosphere. Scientists are now saying tree planting, for instance, has to happen very, very quickly if we […]

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2019-08-15 13:22:04

UPS takes minority stake in self-driving truck startup TuSimple  

UPS said Thursday it has taken a minority stake in self-driving truck startup, TuSimple, just months after the two companies began testing the use of autonomous trucks in Arizona. The size of minority investment, which was made by the company’s venture arm UPS Ventures, was not disclosed. The investment and the testing comes as UPS […]

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2019-08-15 13:19:41

The renaissance of silicon will create industry giants  

With the end of Moore's Law, new semiconductors are required for a cloud-native, data-dominated, AI-powered, IoT world. The rise of new players will put silicon back into Silicon Valley.

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2019-08-15 12:52:47

US legislator, David Cicilline, joins international push to interrogate platform power  

US legislator David Cicilline will be joining the next meeting of the International Grand Committee on Disinformation and ‘Fake News’, it has been announced. The meeting will be held in Dublin on November 7. Chair of the committee, the Irish Fine Gael politician Hildegarde Naughton, announced Cicilline’s inclusion today. The congressman — who is chairman […]

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2019-08-15 12:16:45

Toolkit for digital abuse could help victims protect themselves  

Domestic abuse comes in digital forms as well as physical and emotional, but a lack of tools to address this kind of behavior leaves many victims unprotected and desperate for help. This Cornell project aims to define and detect digital abuse in a systematic way.

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2019-08-15 12:09:10

Microsoft Azure CTO Mark Russinovich will join us for TC Sessions: Enterprise on September 5  

Being the CTO for one of the three major hypercloud providers may seem like enough of a job for most people, but Mark Russinovich, the CTO of Microsoft Azure, has a few other talents in his back pocket. Russinovich, who will join us for a fireside chat at our TechCrunch Sessions: Enterprise event in San […]

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2019-08-15 10:56:25

YouTube's new AR feature lets you virtually try on makeup while watching videos  

Earlier this summer, YouTube announced its plans for a new AR feature for virtual makeup try-on that works directly in the YouTube app. Today, the first official campaign to use the “Beauty Try-On” feature has now launched, allowing viewers to try on and shop lipsticks from MAC Cosmetics from YouTube creator Roxette Arisa's makeup tutorial […]

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2019-08-15 10:48:48

Microsoft tweaks privacy policy to admit humans can listen to Skype Translator and Cortana audio  

Microsoft is the latest tech giant to amend its privacy policy after media reports revealed it uses human contractors to review audio recordings of Skype and Cortana users. A section in the policy on how the company uses personal data now reads (emphasis ours): Our processing of personal data for these purposes includes both automated […]

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2019-08-15 10:39:13

Elon Musk: Spotify is “coming” to Tesla vehicles in North America  

Tesla owners in the U.S. and Canada may finally get that free Spotify Premium integration they’ve been asking for. Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted late Wednesday night that Spotify premium integration is “coming.” Musk, who has talked about bringing Spotify to owners in North America before, did not provide a timeline. In other words, the […]

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2019-08-15 09:43:42

What security pros need to know from Black Hat & Def Con 2019  

Black Hat and Def Con came and went as quickly as it ever does. The week-long pair of back-to-back conferences, referred to as “hacker summer camp,” draws in the security crowd from across the world onto Las Vegas, where startups tout their technologies as hackers and researchers reveal their findings. This year we saw ordinary-looking […]

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2019-08-15 09:35:05

Flower delivery startup UrbanStems raises $12M to fund national expansion  

UrbanStems is announcing that it has raised $12 million in Series B funding. CEO Seth Goldman told me the startup has already been using the money to expand nationally. He explained that UrbanStems now has two delivery models — there are bike couriers who deliver plants and flowers within two hours in New York City […]

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2019-08-15 08:43:49

US Cyber Command has publicly posted malware linked to a North Korea hacking group  

U.S. Cyber Command, the sister division of the National Security Agency focused on offensive hacking and security operations, has released a set of new samples of malware linked to North Korean hackers. The military unit tweeted Wednesday that it had uploaded the malware to VirusTotal, a widely used database for malware and security research. It’s not […]

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2019-08-15 08:27:13

Alibaba cloud biz is on a run rate over $4B  

Alibaba announced its earnings today, and the Chinese ecommerce giant got a nice lift from its cloud business, which grew 66 percent to more than $1.1 billion, or a run rate surpassing $4 billion. It’s not exactly on par with Amazon, which reported cloud revenue of $8.381 billion last quarter, more than double Alibaba’s yearly run […]

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2019-08-15 08:22:57

Cloudflare, in its IPO filing, thanks a third cofounder: Lee Holloway  

Not every co-founder is acknowledged at the companies that they help to launch. Sometimes, they quit or they’re elbowed out. Often, they’re conveniently written out of the company’s history. In the case of Cloudflare, a third co-founder who began the company with its higher-profile CEO, Matthew Prince, and its COO, Michelle Zatlyn, is little known […]

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2019-08-15 08:20:32

Instagram says growth hackers are behind spate of fake Stories views  

If you use Instagram and have noticed a bunch of strangers watching your Stories in recent months — accounts that don’t follow you and seem to be Russian — well, you’re not alone. Nor are you being primed for a Russian disinformation campaign. At least, probably not. But you’re right to smell a fake. TechCrunch’s […]

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2019-08-15 07:23:26

Elysium and the quest to bottle the fountain of youth  

A discussion with Eric Marcotulli, the co-founder of Elysium, a life sciences company developing consumer-facing health products based on aging research.

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2019-08-15 07:16:18

Fitz Frames, with $2.5M in seed funding, wants your kid to have custom glasses  

Fitz Frames is today launching out of beta to offer affordable, custom-made glasses for families, and in particular, for children. The company, which has raised $2.5 million in seed funding, was founded by Heidi Hertel is led CEO Gabriel Schlumberger. The company declined to disclose its investors, but shared that it was a mix of […]

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2019-08-15 06:49:54

Incorta raises $30M Series C for ETL-free data processing solution  

Incorta, a startup founded by former Oracle executives who want to change the way we process large amounts of data, announced a $30 million Series C today led by Sorenson Capital. Other investors participating in the round included GV (formerly Google Ventures), Kleiner Perkins, M12 (formerly Microsoft Ventures), Telstra Ventures and Ron Wohl. Today’s investment […]

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2019-08-15 06:47:36

Daily Crunch: Microsoft admits humans can listen to Skype, Cortana audio  

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. Microsoft tweaks privacy policy to admit humans can listen to Skype Translator and Cortana audio The change comes after a recent […]

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2019-08-15 05:55:53

Cloudflare says cutting off customers like 8chan is an IPO 'risk factor'  

Networking and web security giant Cloudflare says the recent 8chan controversy may be an ongoing “risk factor” for its business on the back of its upcoming initial public offering. The San Francisco-based company and former Battlefield finalist, which filed its IPO paperwork with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday, earlier this month took […]

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2019-08-15 05:51:40

What will Tumblr become under the ownership of tech's only Goldilocks founder?  

This week, Automattic revealed it has signed all the paperwork to acquire Tumblr from Verizon, including its full staff of 200. Tumblr has undergone quite a journey since its headline-grabbing acquisition by Marissa Mayer's Yahoo in 2013 for $1.1 billion, but after six years of neglect, its latest move is its first real start since […]

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2019-08-15 05:51:14

YC-backed Eden Farm wants to cut out the middlemen between farmers and restaurants in Indonesia  

Eden Farm is a startup with the ambitious goal of building a food distribution network for Indonesia, where many restaurants currently rely on markets for fresh ingredients. But this means high markups and unreliable supplies for restaurant owners and lower profits for farmers, co-founder and CEO David Gunawan tells TechCrunch. The company, part of Y […]

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2019-08-15 05:24:21

New $47M fund, Fil Rouge Capital, is ready to boost Croatia's growing startup scene  

Croatia has not exactly been known for a huge startup scene in the past, and probably its most famous tech company out of there in recent years has been Rimac Automobili, the $125.9M-raised startup out of Zagreb which created an electric supercar to rival anything Porsche might make. But the technical talent in the country […]

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2019-08-15 03:42:59

Kitty Hawk's Flyer personal VTOL has now flown over 25,000 times  

Flying cars, or at least their functional equivalent, edge closer to reality every day — and startup Kitty Hawk wants you to know it’s putting in the flying time to make it happen. The company, led by former Google self-driving car visionary Sebastian Thrun, has now flown its first aircraft, the one-person Flyer, more than […]

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2019-08-15 03:33:10

The New Soundboks is a massive, pro-level, battery-powered Bluetooth speaker  

The New Soundboks is impressive. It has everything: a sturdy housing, Bluetooth, large battery, XLR-inputs and several methods to connect multiple Soundboks. Indoor or out, the New Soundboks sounds great. The Soundboks isn't shy. It's an extrovert. This speaker will stand tall among strangers and be the loudest in the room. It doesn't try to […]

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2019-08-15 02:57:28

The Google Assistant now lets you annoy your family members with assignable reminders  

Do you sometimes have to nag your significant other to take out the trash on Monday night? Now, you can do so in a more passive-aggressive way by sending them a reminder through the Google Assistant instead of in person. “Hey Google, remind Alex to take out the trash at 8pm," is all it takes. […]

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2019-08-15 02:51:54

Apple, Samsung continue growth as North American wearables market hits $2B  

New numbers out of Canalys show strong continued growth for the North America wearables market for Q2. The market hit $2 billion value for the quarter, according to the firm, marking a 38% year over year growth. It's not exactly earth-shattering, but it's steady for a category that felt almost dead in the water a […]

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2019-08-15 02:23:36

Birth control delivery startup Nurx approaches $300M valuation  

Nurx raises $52 million in debt and equity funding in a round co-led by Kleiner Perkins and USV.

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2019-08-15 02:11:32

Amazon launches a new program to donate unsold products from third-party sellers to charity  

Amazon will make it easier and more affordable for its third-party sellers to donate of their unwanted excess inventory and returns, rather than having the items sent back or destroyed. The company on Wednesday announced the launch of a new program, Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) Donations, which will distribute excess and returned products to charitable […]

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2019-08-15 01:50:09

How Facebook does IT  

If you have ever worked at any sizable company, the word “IT” probably doesn’t conjure up many warm feelings. If you’re working for an old, traditional enterprise company, you probably don’t expect anything else, though. If you’re working for a modern tech company, though, chances are your expectations are a bit higher. And once you’re […]

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2019-08-15 01:48:56

Spotify will reportedly test a price hike for its premium service in some markets  

Spotify is set to test a price increase for its family plan, upping the cost by around 13% in some Scandinavian markets, Bloomberg reports. The price increase is designed as a limited test to figure out whether it might be able to roll out higher pricing for its service globally. The report notes that the […]

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2019-08-15 01:19:31

TransferWise's debit card launches in Australia and New Zealand, with Singapore to follow  

International money transfer startup TransferWise's debit card is now available in Australia and New Zealand, with a Singapore launch expected by the end of this year as the company expands its presence in the Asia-Pacific region. TransferWise's debit card, which features low, transparent fees and exchange rates, first launched in the United Kingdom and Europe […]

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2019-08-14 21:10:56

Credit Karma glitch exposed users to other people's accounts  

Users of credit monitoring site Credit Karma have complained that they were served other people’s account information when they logged in. Many took to a Reddit thread and complained on Twitter about the apparent security lapse. “First time logging in it gave me my information, but as soon as I refreshed the screen, it gave […]

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2019-08-14 20:45:03

Artificial intelligence can contribute to a safer world  

Whether primitive or cutting-edge, in the wrong hands, technology can empower bad actors and put our society at risk, creating a sense of helplessness and frustration.

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2019-08-14 20:29:40

Every TC Sessions: Enterprise 2019 ticket includes a free pass to Disrupt SF  

Shout out to all the savvy enterprise software startuppers. Here's a quick, two-part money-saving reminder. Part one: TC Sessions: Enterprise 2019 is right around the corner on September 5, and you have only two days left to buy an early-bird ticket and save yourself $100. Part two: for every Session ticket you buy, you get […]

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2019-08-14 20:19:50

VMware says it's looking to acquire Pivotal  

VMware today confirmed that it is in talks to acquire software development platform Pivotal Software, the service best known for commercializing the open-source Cloud Foundry platform. The proposed transaction would see VMware acquire all outstanding Pivotal Class A stock for $15 per share, a significant markup over Pivotal’s current share price (which unsurprisingly shot up […]

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2019-08-14 17:42:13

Fantasy football startup Sleeper nabs VC funding to take on ESPN  

Sleeper is looking to take on fantasy league apps from major players like ESPN and has amassed venture funding from Silicon Valley investors to take them down. The Bay Area startup is aiming to treat a fantasy football league more like a social platform than a loose jumble of league mechanics, distinguishing itself as a […]

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2019-08-14 14:05:32

WeWork's S-1 misses these three key points  

No startup is as polarizing as WeWork, and for good reason. The company, whose relentless growth has seen it open 528 locations across 111 cities in just about nine years, has never been entirely forthcoming on exactly how the unit economics add up at its locations. And so we have had a beautiful Rorschach test […]

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2019-08-14 13:27:19

Peer-to-peer boat rental marketplace Boatsetter raises $10M as it looks to grow globally  

Obviously, not everyone owns a boat, and boat ownership is far more unique than car ownership — which makes it maybe an ideal category for peer-to-peer marketplace rentals. P2P boat rental startup Boatsetter recognized this opportunity, and is now announcing a $10 million Series A “extension” funding round to help it grow its business, with […]

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2019-08-14 13:23:54

A new app can detect Bluetooth credit card skimmers on gas pumps  

A team of computer scientists has built a new app that can wirelessly detect credit card skimmers, often found discreetly placed on gas pumps and bank ATMs. Gone are the days where entire card skimmers would take over the front facade of an entire cash machine. Credit card skimmers are tiny, almost invisible — and […]

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2019-08-14 13:20:40

Racial bias observed in hate speech detection algorithm from Google  

Understanding what makes something offensive or hurtful is difficult enough that many people can't figure it out, let alone AI systems. And people of color are frequently left out of AI training sets. So it's little surprise that Alphabet/Google-spawned Jigsaw manages to trip over both of these issues at once, flagging slang used by black Americans as toxic.

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2019-08-14 11:30:04

Audi e-tron becomes the first all-electric vehicle to earn IIHS top safety rating  

The 2019 Audi e-tron has become the first battery-electric vehicle to earn a top safety rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an achievement that Tesla and other electric models like the Chevy Bolt have not been able to capture. Scoring an IIHS top safety award isn't easy. A vehicle has to earn good ratings […]

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2019-08-14 10:37:45

Pandora opens up podcast submissions to all creators  

The battle for podcasters among music streaming services continues. A day after Spotify announced the launch of its podcast analytics dashboard, Pandora is today expanding its own podcasting efforts with the arrival of a self-service online hub for creators. The new Pandora for Podcasters will allow creators to submit their shows for inclusion on the […]

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2019-08-14 09:57:47

Misfit releases a new Wear OS smartwatch  

It's almost certainly no coincidence that Misfit's new smartwatch bears more than a passing resemblance to the Fossil devices announced a week or two back. The one-time modular fitness startup has been part of the Fossil family since 2015, introducing its first full-on smartwatch two years later. The lines have continued to blur between the […]

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2019-08-14 09:52:31

Oyo to invest $335M in vacation rental business in Europe push  

Indian budget hotel booking startup Oyo will invest 300 million euros ($335 million) in its vacation home rental business, it said Wednesday, as it looks to expand its footprint in Europe and possibly closely compete with global giant Airbnb, one of its investors. The Gurgaon-based startup, which acquired Amsterdam-based holiday rental company Leisure in May […]

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2019-08-14 09:16:22

'Private' and 'hidden' mean different things to Facebook  

Facebook’s leadership made a pretty heavy-handed indications this year that it believes Facebook Groups are the future of the app, they announced all of this alongside their odd declaration that “The future is private.” Now, Facebook is changing the language describing the visibility of privacy of groups. As the Groups feature comes front-and-center in recent […]

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2019-08-14 09:01:09

Slack announces new admin features for larger organizations  

Slack has been working to beef up the product recently for its larger customers. A couple of weeks ago that involved more sophisticated security tools. Today, it was the admins’ turn to get a couple of new tools that help make it easier to manage Slack in larger settings. For starters, Slack has created an […]

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2019-08-14 07:51:45

Procore brings 3D construction models to iOS  

Today, Procore, a construction software company, announced Procore BIM (Building Information Modeling), a new tool that takes advantage of Apple hardware advances to bring the 3D construction model to iOS. Dave McCool, senior product manager at Procore, says that for years architects and engineers have been working with 3D models of complex buildings on desktop computers […]

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2019-08-14 07:28:52

AT&T and T-Mobile team up to fight scam robocalls  

Two major U.S. carriers, AT&T and T-Mobile, announced this morning a plan to team up to protect their respective customer bases from the scourge of scam robocalls. The two companies will today begin to roll out new cross-network call authentication technology based on the SHAKEN/STIR standards — a sort of universal caller ID system designed […]

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2019-08-14 07:21:07

With $40 million in funding and a $200 million valuation, will the only museums be Museums of Ice Cream?  

Call the rollers of big rounds, The well-capitalized ones, and have them back makers of rooms themed like concupiscent curds. Let the influencers gather in the styles they love to wear, and let other startups throw away their term sheets like last month’s newspapers. Let be be finale of seem. The only museum is the […]

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2019-08-14 07:20:07

Ajit Pai formally recommends T-Mobile/Sprint merger approval  

Ajit Pai has long signaled that he would approve a T-Mobile/Sprint merger, but today the FCC Chairman made it official. In spite of widespread opposition suggesting that the combining of the country’s third and fourth largest carriers would reduce competition in the marketplace, Pai takes the stance that such a move would actual promote competition. […]

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2019-08-14 07:15:41

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