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Tencent Q4 profit disappoints, but cloud and payments gain ground  

China’s Tencent reported disappointing profits in the fourth quarter on the back of surging costs but saw emerging businesses pick up steam as it plots to diversify amid slackening gaming revenues. Net profit for the quarter slid 32 percent to 14.2 billion yuan ($2.1 billion), behind analysts’ forecast of 18.3 billion yuan. The decrease was […]

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2019-03-21 13:48:05



Epic Games CEO says Apex Legends hasn't made a dent in Fortnite  

In the wake of Apex Legends, which has briskly grown to 50 million players, many have wondered whether Fortnite has felt the impact. But Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney told GamesBeat that Apex hasn’t really made a dent. Without being asked about Apex Legends, Sweeney said “an Apex Legends worth” of players have come over […]

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2019-03-21 13:38:17



Windows Virtual Desktop is now in public preview  

Last year, Microsoft announced the launch of its Windows Virtual Desktop service. At the time, this was a private preview, but starting today, any enterprise user who wants to try out what using a virtual Windows 10 desktop that’s hosted in the Azure cloud looks like will be able to give it a try. It’s […]

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2019-03-21 12:31:51



Razer hooks up with Tencent to focus on mobile gaming  

Razer is summoning a big gun as it bids to develop its mobile gaming strategy. The Hong Kong-listed company — which sells laptops, smartphones and gaming peripherals — said today it is working with Tencent on a raft of initiatives related to smartphone-based games. The collaboration will cover hardware, software and services. Some of the […]

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2019-03-21 11:34:21



Microsoft Defender comes to the Mac  

Microsoft today announced that it is bringing its Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) to the Mac. Previously, this was a Windows solution for protecting the machines of Microsoft 365 subscribers and assets of the IT admins that try to keep them safe. It was also previously called Windows Defender ATP, but given that it […]

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2019-03-21 10:59:49



LogRocket nabs $11M Series A to fix web application errors faster  

Every time a visitor experiences an issue on your website, it’s going to have an impact on their impression of the company. That’s why companies want to resolve issues in a timely manner.  LogRocket, a Cambridge, MA startup, announced an $11 Million Series A investment today to give engineering and web development teams access to […]

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2019-03-21 10:15:02



Veteran tech journalist Dan Frommer launches his own subscription publication, The New Consumer  

Dan Frommer has worked at some of the best-known publications in tech and business journalism — he was editor in chief of Recode, an editor at Business Insider and he’s even done some writing and chart-making for TechCrunch. But he’s also started his own things, including the tech news site SplatF and the mobile travel […]

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2019-03-21 09:25:03



Facebook admits it stored 'hundreds of millions' of account passwords in plaintext  

Flip the “days since last Facebook security incident” back to zero. Facebook confirmed Thursday in a blog post, prompted by a report by cybersecurity reporter Brian Krebs, that it stored “hundreds of millions” of account passwords in plaintext for years. The discovery was made in January, said Facebook’s Pedro Canahuati, as part of a routine […]

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2019-03-21 08:52:40



UK's Police Federation hit by ransomware  

The U.K.’s Police Federation has confirmed it’s been hit by a cyberattack. The union-like organization, representing 119,000 police officers across the 43 forces in England and Wales, described the event as ransomware in a statement shared on Twitter. The ransomware attack hit computers at the federation’s Surrey headquarters on March 9, but was only revealed […]

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2019-03-21 07:34:23



Review: Apple's new iPad mini continues to be mini  

The iPad mini is super enjoyable to use and is the best size tablet for everything but traditional laptop work. It's very good and I'm glad Apple updated it. Using Apple Pencil is aces on the smaller mini, don't worry about the real estate being an issue if you like to scribble notes or make […]

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2019-03-21 05:48:54



HoneyBook, a client management platform for creative businesses, raises $28M Series C led by Citi Ventures  

HoneyBook, a customer-relationship management platform aimed at small businesses in creative fields, announced today it has raised a $28 million Series C led by Citi Ventures. All of its existing investors, including Norwest Venture Partners, Aleph, Vintage Investment Partners and Hillsven Capital, also returned for the round. Citi is a strategic partner for HoneyBook and […]

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2019-03-21 05:48:01



Marqeta files to raise $250M on a $1.9B valuation  

The world of digital payments continues to power ahead — fuelled by the continuing growth of e-commerce and fintech — and now one of the bigger startups making waves in the secotr is raising a huge round of funding. TechCrunch has learned that Marqeta — a payment processing company that works in the area of […]

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2019-03-21 05:05:19



Ludlow Ventures raises $45m for third fund  

Ludlow Ventures raised another $45 million to invest in young startups. The Detroit-based venture firm is today announcing it closed its third fund since the firm's founding in 2010. Founding and managing partner Jonathon Triest tells TechCrunch the firm set out to raise another $45M and were immediately oversubscribed. Triest says Ludlow Ventures, with its […]

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2019-03-21 04:10:07



MoviePass co-founder's new startup PreShow gives you free movie tickets for watching ads  

As founding CEO of MoviePass, Stacy Spikes has already changed the way we think about paying for movie tickets. Now he’s pursuing a new approach — providing a free ticket to people who watch 15 to 20 minutes of ads. Spikes told me that when it comes to watching movies outside the theater, there are […]

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2019-03-21 03:55:01



Slowdown or not, China's luxury goods still seeing high-end growth  

Despite well-documented concerns over an economic slowdown in China, the country's luxury goods market is still seeing opulent growth according to a new study. Behind secular and demographic tailwinds, the luxury sector is set to continue its torrid expansion in the face of volatility as it's quickly becoming a defensive economic crown jewel. Using proprietary […]

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2019-03-21 03:27:49



The Plum Guide raises $18.5M to expand its 'vacation homes for the elite' service  

Fancy knowing how “the other half” lives? Well, part of it is down to tools that have been built specifically for them. Michelin Guide will tell you about the best restaurants on the planet. Similarly, the The Plum Guide bills itself as the "Michelin Guide for Homes" as it picks from more than 25 different […]

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2019-03-21 03:18:01



Guesty, a tech platform for property managers on Airbnb and other rental sites, raises $35M  

The growth of Airbnb — and likewise other platforms like Booking.com, VRBO and Homeaway for listing and renting short-term accommodation in private homes — has spawned an ecosystem of other businesses and services, from those who make money renting their homes, to cleaning companies that make properties “Airbnb-ready”, to those who help design listings that […]

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2019-03-21 02:50:52



Taxes on VC and electric buses harming oil prices  

From Extra Crunch A lot of subscribers got to hear from TechCrunch hardware guru Brian Heater, who has been meeting with (too many) robotics companies as we prepare for TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics. If you weren't able to join us, a transcript will be available in the next 48 hours. We have Lucas Matney and Eric […]

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2019-03-21 02:07:17



PicsArt hits 130 million MAUs as Chinese flock to its photo editing app  

If you’re like me, who isn’t big on social media, you’d think that the image filters that come inside most apps will do the job. But for many others, especially the younger crowd, making their photos stand out is a huge deal. The demand is big enough that PicsArt, a rival to filtering companies VSCO […]

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2019-03-21 01:35:48



Xbox One S is reportedly getting a disc-free version in May  

The writing has been on the wall for physical media for a while now. In May, Microsoft is reportedly set to hammer another nail into that coffin with the launch of the Xbox One S All-Digital. As advertised, the latest version of the console will drop the Blu-ray drive in favor of an all downloadable […]

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2019-03-21 01:27:07



Nigerian fintech startup OneFi acquires payment company Amplify  

Lagos based online lending startup OneFi is buying Nigerian payment solutions company Amplify for an undisclosed amount. OneFi will take over Amplify's IP, team, and client network of over 1000 merchants to which Amplify provides payment processing services, OneFi CEO Chijioke Dozie told TechCrunch. The move comes as fintech has become one of Africa's most […]

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2019-03-21 01:10:41



What latency feels like on Google's Stadia cloud gaming platform  

After peppering Google employees with questions regarding Stadia’s latency, pricing and supported devices, to mostly no avail, I got my hands on one of their new controllers and pressed play on the Doom 2016 gameplay they were showing off on a big-screen TV. Things started off pretty ugly. The frame rate dropped to a fast-paced […]

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2019-03-20 20:01:13



Ford will invest $850 million to add more production capacity for EVs  

Ford plans to invest more than $850 million to add more production capacity at a second U.S. factory for its next-generation battery-electric vehicle program. The investment, which will be made through 2023, will focus on expanding Ford’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant in southeast Michigan. The plant investment also includes funding to build the next-generation Mustang […]

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2019-03-20 15:17:18



Hands-on with the Oculus Rift S: the 'S' stands for Subpar  

The Oculus Rift S is a bit of an odd one. Three years after the Rift’s initial launch, Oculus has released a product that feels like a lateral move rather than a leap forward. It’s better in a few ways and worse in a few ways. After spending some time playing with it and spending […]

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2019-03-20 14:53:35



Daily Crunch: Apple unveils new AirPods  

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. Apple announces new AirPods The new AirPods are fitted with the H1 chip, which is meant to offer performance efficiencies, faster […]

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2019-03-20 14:10:54



Amify raises its first venture round on a promise: to boost revenue for third party sellers on Amazon  

Small businesses have a complicated relationship with Amazon . While they fear the company because they have no control over it, Amazon’s platform is also a great way to reach shoppers, particularly small businesses that rise to the top of its results pages. Amify, a nine-year-old, Alexandria, Va.-based company, says it can get them there, […]

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2019-03-20 14:08:48



Amazon Pay inks Worldpay integration as it branches out in the wider world of e-commerce  

Amazon rules the roost when it comes to e-commerce marketplaces in countries like the U.S., but today it’s announcing a deal that it hopes will be a start to its plan to have that same kind of ubiquity outside of its walled garden. The company has inked a deal with Worldpay for the latter to […]

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2019-03-20 13:49:21



Dyson launches a vacuum with better battery, a desk lamp and a personal air purifier  

Dyson's got a very specific way of doing things. The British company makes super-high-quality products for a world where price isn't an option. Using their devices is a bit like driving a sports car for the first time. You've got no idea why someone would pay that much money for something until you actually try […]

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2019-03-20 13:34:06



Despite short-term questions, games software/hardware to top $200 billion by 2023  

While being contrarian to market sentiment is always risky, it's also possible that folks might be taking a long-term solution to a short-term problem.

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2019-03-20 13:19:53



Microsoft warns Windows 7 users of looming end to security updates  

Microsoft has rolled out a patch that will warn Windows 7 users that security updates will soon come to an end. The patch rolled out Wednesday warning users of the impending deadline, January 14, 2020, when the software giant will no longer roll out fixes for security flaws and vulnerabilities. The deadline comes some 10 […]

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2019-03-20 13:09:53



The Oculus Rift S is real and arrives in spring for $399  

After years of high-profile onstage announcements, Oculus has decided to quietly deliver the successor to its flagship Rift virtual reality headset, confirming most bits of our October report with the release of the new Oculus Rift S. As we first reported, the biggest improvements to the Oculus Rift S are a move to the company’s […]

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2019-03-20 13:06:41



Amazon updates the $90 Kindle with a front light  

Cost has always been a big part of the Kindle line's appeal at the low end. Amazon's very good at undercutting the competition, while still managing to provide a workhorse e-reader in the process. Of course, paying $90 for the device comes with a number of cut corners, not the least of which has been […]

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2019-03-20 13:04:21



Seven Africa-focused startups present at Y Combinator's Demo Day  

The seven African-focused companies which presented as part of Y Combinator’s Winter 2019 class of 200 startups may seem like a small percentage for such a large class, but it represents the growing significance of African ventures in YC's universe. Since 2016, the Silicon Valley accelerator—that provides seed funds and mentorship for early stage startups—has […]

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2019-03-20 12:04:41



Apple announces new AirPods  

Apple has just announced the second-generation AirPods. The new AirPods are fitted with the H1 chip, which is meant to offer performance efficiencies, faster connect times between the pods and your devices, and the ability to ask for Siri hands-free with the “Hey Siri” command. Because of its performance efficiency, the H1 chip also allows […]

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2019-03-20 11:14:41



Morphin instantly Deepfakes your face into GIFs  

Want to star in your favorite memes and movie scenes? Upload a selfie to Morphin, choose your favorite GIF and your face is grafted in to create a personalized copy you can share anywhere. Become Tony Stark as he suits up like Iron Man. Drop the mic like Obama, dance like Drake or slap your […]

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2019-03-20 10:35:35



The World Health Organization is setting up rules and oversight for human gene editing  

Yesterday, the World Health Organization wrapped up its first meeting of a new advisory committee set up to create global governance and oversight standards for human gene editing. The committee was hastily pulled together in December after the revelation last year that a Chinese scientist had genetically modified two embryos using CRISPR technology to remove the […]

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2019-03-20 09:25:58



Iterable lands $50M Series C investment to expand cross-channel marketing platform  

Iterable, a startup that helps companies build complex marketing campaigns across channels to reduce churn and increase usage, announced a $50 million Series C round today. Investors include Blue Cloud Ventures, CRV, Harmony Partners, Index Ventures and Stereo Capital. Today’s investment brings the total raised to $80 million. Company co-founder and CEO Justin Zhu says […]

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2019-03-20 09:16:26



Erectile pharmacy app Ro launches telehealth service for women  

Called Rory, the new line will target menopausal women with treatments for hot flashes, insomnia and more.

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2019-03-20 09:06:26



Music's next big startup Splice raises $57.5M to sell samples  

Tech has a bad reputation for pulling money out of musicians’ pockets, but Splice is changing that. The audio sample marketplace and music production collaboration tool has now paid out $15 million to artists since 2013, doubling in the last year. Splice lets musicians sell their sounds for royalty-free use, and songs by Eminem, Ariana […]

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2019-03-20 08:59:11



Disney closes its $71.3B Fox acquisition  

As of 12:02am Eastern today, Disney has closed its acquisition of 21st Century Fox . The goal of the enormous deal is to help Disney position itself for a streaming-centric future. The company has already taken a step in that direction with the ESPN+ streaming service, and it has plans to launch another service called […]

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2019-03-20 08:52:38



Serena Williams joins Bumble's investment fund as an investor  

Serena Williams, the global sports and fashion icon and investor, is doubling down on her relationship with the dating app Bumble with today’s announcement that she will serve as an investor in its Bumble Fund.  Launched in 2018, the Bumble Fund backs early-stage businesses founded and led by women of color and underrepresented groups. The […]

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2019-03-20 07:58:28



Skymind raises $11.5M to bring deep learning to more enterprises  

Skymind, a Y Combinator-incubated AI platform that aims to make deep learning more accessible to enterprises, today announced that it has raised an $11.5 million Series A round led by TransLink Capital, with participation from ServiceNow, Sumitomo’s Presidio Ventures, UpHonest Capital and GovTech Fund. Early investors Y Combinator, Tencent, Mandra Capital, Hemi Ventures, and GMO […]

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2019-03-20 07:47:59



Opendoor raises $300M on a $3.8B valuation for its home marketplace  

Last month, we reported that Opendoor — the startup that is taking on the real estate industry with its own platform for buying up homes and selling them on to interested buyers — filed to raise $200 million on a $3.7 billion valuation. Now, we can confirm that the round has closed, and it has […]

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2019-03-20 07:34:19



Optimus Ride brings self-driving cars to private communities in NY and CA  

If you work in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, you could be one of the first consumers to ride in a self-driving car in the state of New York. That’s thanks to autonomous vehicle startup Optimus Ride, which today announced its plans to deploy self-driving vehicles to the 300-acre development in Brooklyn. The development houses 400 […]

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2019-03-20 06:48:42



Movius raises $45M for its business communications service  

Atlanta-based Movius, a company that allows companies to assign a separate business number for voice calls and texting to any phone, today announced that it has raised a $45 million Series D round led by JPMorgan Chase, with participation from existing investors PointGuard Ventures, New Enterprise Associates and Anschutz Investment company. With this, the company […]

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2019-03-20 06:31:19



Postmates' newest feature is like Uber POOL for food delivery  

Postmates is launching a new feature called Postmates Party that lets customers within the same neighborhood pool their orders. In return, these customers get the food delivered for free, eliminating a major pinch point for potential Postmates users. The feature illustrates how Postmates, one of the earlier entrants to the billion-dollar food delivery wars, is […]

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2019-03-20 06:29:42



Opera's VPN returns to its Android browser  

Opera had a couple of tumultuous years behind it, but it looks like the Norwegian browser maker (now in the hands of a Chinese consortium) is finding its stride again and refocusing its efforts on its flagship mobile and desktop browsers. Before the sale, Opera offered a useful stand-alone and built-in VPN service. Somehow, the […]

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2019-03-20 05:58:02



Abstract, a versioning platform that helps designers work like developers, raises $30M  

Design and engineering are two sides of the same coin when it comes to building software and hardware, and yet — unlike engineers, who can use services like GitHub, Bitbucket, GitLab or many others to help manage their development process — it’s traditionally been slim pickings for designers when it comes to tools to manage […]

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2019-03-20 05:30:26



Peloton hit with $150 million music licensing suit  

Streaming video is the key to Peloton's success. But like any good spin class, it's the soundtrack that really does the heavy lifting. A new suit filed by The National Music Publishers’ Association alleges that the wildly successful exercise startup used north of 1,000 songs in its classes without the proper licensing. The suit features […]

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2019-03-20 05:29:17



Doctolib is now a unicorn with new $170 million round  

French startup Doctolib has raised a new round of funding of $170 million (€150 million). The round is led by General Atlantic, with existing investors Accel, Eurazeo, Kernel and Bpifrance also participating. Some German healthcare entrepreneurs are also joining the round — the company isn't detailing the names of those investors. But Doctolib is detailing an […]

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2019-03-20 05:17:48



Extra Crunch Daily: Exascale Computing  

From Extra Crunch Patreon, the focus of our first EC-1, has now announced the new pricing tiers that they telegraphed in our deep dive. New reports discuss the growing demand for foreign talent and consumer annoyance with media fragmentation (i.e. can't everything just be on Netflix?) One of our Verified Expert lawyers, Jose Ancer, discusses […]

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2019-03-20 04:24:08



Former Oath CEO Tim Armstrong is exiting Verizon with a payout worth more than $60 million  

Tim Armstrong will leave Verizon Communications with an awards and benefits package worth more than $60 million. The Wall Street Journal calculated the total amount based on a securities filing from last Monday by combining Armstrong's compensation in 2018, severance and a special incentive package he was given by Verizon when it acquired AOL in […]

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2019-03-20 04:10:40



Starbucks will anchor the new $400 million food-focused Valor Siren Ventures fund  

Starbucks is serving up a steaming hot $100 million cash commitment to anchor a new food-focused fund in partnership with the consumer and tech-focused focused private equity firm Valor Equity Partners. The behemoth of burnt-coffee said that its commitment to the Valor Siren Ventures fund is an attempt to focus on “new ideas and technologies […]

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2019-03-20 04:03:45



Skedulo raises $28M for its mobile workforce management service  

Skedulo, a service that helps businesses manage their mobile employees, today announced that it has raised a $28 million Series B funding round led by M12, Microsoft’s venture fund. Existing investors Blackbird and Castanoa Ventures also participated in this round. The company’s service offers businesses all the necessary tools to manage their mobile employees, including […]

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2019-03-20 03:43:08



Tandem Bank launches 'Autosavings' account  

Tandem Bank, the U.K. challenger bank, is launching a new savings account powered by its “Autosavings” feature designed to make it easier to save. Paying 0.5 percent interest, the Tandem Autosavings account is effectively a flexible savings bank account built on top of Tandem’s existing bank account aggregation app and the various credit cards it […]

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2019-03-20 03:39:02



Portworx raises $27M Series C for its cloud-native data management platform  

As enterprises adopt cloud-native technologies like containers to build their applications, the next question they often have to ask themselves is how they adapt their data storage and management practices to this new reality, too. One of the companies in this business is the four-year-old Portworx, which has managed to attract customers like Lufthansa Systems, […]

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2019-03-20 03:05:43



How CrunchMatch helped Yoolox increase distribution  

German startup Yoolox, makers of a portable wireless charger for smartphones, tablets and laptops, exhibited in Startup Alley at Disrupt with the goal of spreading awareness of their first products, Yoolox 10k and 16k. Given Disrupt's global brand exposure, Yoolox decided it would be the perfect place to debut what they had been working on: […]

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2019-03-20 02:43:20



Here are the 88 companies that launched at YC's W19 Demo Day 2  

Today was the second half of Y Combinator’s two-day Demo Day for its Winter 2019 class. Over 85 startups pitched on stage yesterday, and another huge batch launched today. Previously held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, this YC Demo Day instead took over a massive warehouse in San Francisco. Like yesterday’s pitches, […]

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2019-03-20 02:39:37



Spotify rival Tencent Music posts maiden quarter loss of $130M on one-off costs  

Tencent Music Entertainment Group, the Chinese answer to Spotify that Tencent spun out and floated on the New York Stock Exchange in December, reported a net loss of 876 million yuan ($127 million) in its first set of quarterly results since going public. The loss, which TME forecasted in its prospectus filed ahead of the IPO, […]

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2019-03-20 02:39:09



Here's the first trailer for Stranger Things Season Three  

Yes. We’re as stoked as you are.

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2019-03-20 02:31:12



Welcome Pickups lands €3.3M funding to offer 'in-destination' travel services  

Welcome Pickups, an Athens-based startup offering a range of “in-destination” travel services from the point of pickup onwards, has raised €3.3 million in Series A funding. The backing comes from VentureFriends, MarketOne, Howzat, Jabbar, and Openfund. Also participating is Alejandro Artacho, who founded Spotahome, and John Tsioris, founder of Instashop. Launched in Greece in 2015, […]

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2019-03-20 02:15:26



These ad execs have a venture fund they'd like to sell you  

Mike Duda comes from the world of advertising. In fact, he spent 13 years at the renowned ad agency Deutsch, becoming the youngest partner in the company's history until another creative, Brent Vartan, came along and stole the title. Little wonder that in 2010, when Duda struck out on his own to create Bullish (formerly […]

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2019-03-20 01:44:21



Ahead of third antitrust ruling, Google announces fresh tweaks to Android in Europe  

Google is widely expected to be handed a third antitrust fine in Europe this week, with reports suggesting the European Commission’s decision in its long-running investigation of AdSense could land later today. Right on cue the search giant has PRed another Android product tweak — which it bills as “supporting choice and competition in Europe”. […]

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2019-03-20 01:44:14



Uber Freight is expanding into Europe  

Uber Freight, the newly spun out Uber business unit that helps truck drivers connect with shipping companies, is kicking off its global expansion plans. The company said Wednesday it is launching the app in Europe, starting with the Netherlands. Local carriers and drivers will be able to book and move their first loads with Uber […]

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2019-03-20 01:32:35



Original Content podcast: 'Shrill' stays positive, despite bad boyfriends and terrible bosses  

Many of the themes and stories found in Hulu’s “Shrill” will be familiar to fans of writer Lindy West — after all, it’s based on her book “Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman,” and she’s a writer on the series. But “Shrill” has mined the autobiographical material in West’s book to tell a fictionalized story […]

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2019-03-20 01:27:11



Attend TC Sessions: Mobility, a one-day event on the future of transportation  

The way people and packages move from Point A to Point B is in the midst of a remarkable transformation driven by technological innovations in AI, robotics, electric battery development, digital platforms and manufacturing. A mobility revolution is in the making. And TechCrunch is here — and we’re not just along for the ride. We’re […]

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2019-03-20 01:04:14



Discount student tickets still available for TC Sessions: Robotics + AI 2019  

Here's a shout-out to students fascinated by the world of robots and artificial intelligence. There’s a limited supply of discounted tickets left for TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics + AI, a one-day conference that takes place at UC Berkeley on April 18. Apply now to reserve your $45 student ticket, and spend a full day learning from […]

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2019-03-19 21:53:25



Media fragmentation is annoying consumers  

Deloitte’s Technology, Media and Telecommunications division published its 13th-annual Digital Media Trends survey, focused on identifying changes in the ways US consumers engage with various types of media. Led by an independent research firm, the survey had roughly 2,000 consumer respondents across demographics – with the report categorizing respondents based on age (Gen-Z: ages 14-21, […]

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2019-03-19 21:11:56



Why a top antitrust lawmaker thinks it's time to break up Facebook  

When the newly-minted chair of a congressional antitrust committee calls you out, it’s probably time to start worrying. In an op-ed for the New York Times, Rhode Island Representative David N. Cicilline has called on the Federal Trade Commission to look into Facebook’s behavior for potential antitrust violations, citing TechCrunch’s own reporting that the company […]

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2019-03-19 21:02:15



Camera maker Insta360 raises $30M as it eyes 2020 IPO  

Insta360, one of the pioneers in making 360-degree cameras, just raised $30 million in a Series C+ funding round from Chinese investors, including Everest Venture Capital, MG Holdings and Huajin Capital. The Shenzhen-based camera maker declined to disclose its latest valuation. It plans to use the fresh proceeds in research and development, marketing and after-sales services […]

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2019-03-19 20:08:45



Cities are getting more serious about micromobility data  

Gone are the days when cities and tech startups are constantly at odds with each other. Passport, a mobility management startup, has partnered with Charlotte, N.C., Detroit, Mich. and Omaha, Neb. to create a framework to apply parking principles, data analysis and more to the plethora of shared micromobility services. “For many cities, the only […]

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2019-03-19 18:20:09



Alcohol e-commerce startup Thirstie raises $7M  

Thirstie announced today that it has raised $7 million in Series A funding, and that it’s partnering with Drinkworks to power the e-commerce experience for the cocktail-making machine created by Keurig and Anheuser-Busch. Co-founder and CEO Devaraj Southworth suggested that this is emblematic of the company’s current direction — rather than building a consumer app […]

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2019-03-19 16:26:56



Here's how you'll access Google's Stadia cloud gaming service  

Google isn't launching a gaming console. The company is launching a service instead: Stadia. You'll be able to run a game on a server and stream the video feed to your device. You won't need to buy new hardware to access Stadia, but Stadia won't be available on all devices from day one. “With Google, […]

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2019-03-19 16:11:42



Apply to be a TC Top Pick at Disrupt San Francisco 2019  

Savvy early-stage startup founders are making plans to attend our flagship event, Disrupt San Francisco 2019, on October 2-4 at Moscone North. It's three jam-packed days of connection, inspiration and discovery that you don't want to miss. But here's a hot tip for founders who want to wring every drop of opportunity out of their […]

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2019-03-19 15:53:18



Salesforce finally embedding Quip into platform, starting with Sales and Service Cloud  

When Salesforce bought Quip in 2016 for $750 million, it was fair to wonder what it planned to do with it. While company founder Bret Taylor has moved up the ladder to chief product officer, Quip remained a standalone product. Today that changed when the company announced it was embedding Quip directly into its sales […]

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2019-03-19 15:42:21



The 9 biggest questions about Google's Stadia game streaming service  

Google's Stadia is an impressive piece of engineering to be sure: Delivering high definition, high framerate, low latency video to devices like tablets and phones is an accomplishment in itself. But the game streaming services faces serious challenges if it wants to compete with the likes of Xbox and PlayStation, or even plain old PCs and smartphones. Here are our 9 biggest questions about the new platform.

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2019-03-19 14:15:14



Aluminum manufacturing giant Norsk Hydro shut down by ransomware  

Norsk Hydro, one of the largest global aluminum manufacturers, has confirmed its operations have been disrupted by a ransomware attack. The Oslo, Norway-based company said in a brief statement that the attack, which began early Tuesday, has impacted “most business areas,” forcing the aluminum maker to switch to manual operations. “Hydro is working to contain […]

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2019-03-19 13:42:35



Simulations, SAFEs, and China beats America in AI patents  

Editor's Note The most consistent feedback we have gotten from Extra Crunch members is that I write too much, and the Daily emails are too long for mortals (and apparently my mother) to read. This is great feedback: a huge focus for Extra Crunch is to create signal from noise. To that end, we are […]

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2019-03-19 13:39:19



Google is creating its own first-party game studio  

Google unveiled its cloud gaming platform, Stadia, at a conference in San Francisco. While most of the conference showcased well-known games you can play on your PC, Xbox One or PlayStation 4, the company also announced it is launching its own first-party game studio, Stadia Games and Entertainment. Jade Raymond is going to head the […]

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2019-03-19 12:55:01



Launching from YC, Eclipse Foods casts a long shadow over the $336 billion dairy industry  

Eclipse Foods may be the company that finally takes milk out of the dairy business. Ever since the acquisition of WhiteWave Foods by the French dairy giant Danone for over $10 billion investors have been thirsting for a technology that would give consumers a better tasting, more milky (for lack of a better word), milk […]

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2019-03-19 11:38:39



Ford-owned Spin will bring electric scooters to 100 new cities and college campuses this year  

Spin, the electric scooter startup that Ford bought earlier this year for around $100 million, is gearing up to launch in 100 cities by the end of the year. This is thanks to a new partnership with Zagster, a dockless mobility startup that got its start with bike-share solutions for cities. "A solid operations infrastructure […]

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2019-03-19 11:26:37



Trello aims for the enterprise  

Trello, Atlassian’s project management tool, is doubling down on its efforts to become a better service for managing projects at work. To do so, the team is launching thirteen new features in Trello Enterprise today, making this one of the company’s biggest feature releases since the launch of the enterprise version in 2015. As the […]

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2019-03-19 11:04:58



Daily Crunch: 85+ startups launch at YC Demo Day 1  

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. Here are the 85+ startups that launched at YC's W19 Demo Day 1 With more than 200 companies, the Winter 2019 […]

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2019-03-19 10:59:35



Quantum-safe communication over the internet infrastructure? Yeah, that's doable  

We're close to the deployment of a commercial quantum computing system. We need a security scheme that will protect data exchanged between quantum computers on the existing internet infrastructure.

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2019-03-19 10:52:04



Kickstarter CEO Perry Chen steps down  

Kickstarter CEO Perry Chen issued an open letter on the site's blog today, noting that he will be stepping down from his role. The executive served as one of three co-founders for the service, launching the site in 2009, with Yancey Strickler and Charles Adler. He served as CEO for Kickstarter's first five years and […]

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2019-03-19 10:35:32



Founders Fund invests in Tibber, a Norwegian AI to smartly manage energy  

You probably have one electricity supplier for your house. But these days the average household could probably buy from several such companies; it just can’t easily access the marketplace of possible suppliers. Wouldn't it be smarter if you had an AI in your house that could purchase energy from these producers, including those within the […]

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2019-03-19 10:34:45



AI has become table stakes in sales, customer service and marketing software  

Artificial intelligence and machine learning has become essential if you are selling sales, customer service and marketing software, especially in large enterprises. The biggest vendors from Adobe to Salesforce to Microsoft to Oracle are jockeying for position to bring automation and intelligence to these areas. Just today, Oracle announced several new AI features in its […]

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2019-03-19 10:31:26



Xiaomi Q4 sees strong growth in overseas shipment and internet services  

Xiaomi, the Chinese company known for its cheap handsets and a vision to drive revenues by selling internet services, has come in ahead of analysts’ estimates in its fourth-quarter profit although revenues missed expectations. The Hong Kong-listed company more than tripled its net profit to 1.85 billion yuan ($276 million), exceeding the 1.7 billion yuan […]

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2019-03-19 10:27:01



Custom framing startup Framebridge is opening two retail stores  

For a long while, you couldn’t swing a bag of cats around without hitting a retailer looking to create a digital presence. Now, the inverse is growing in popularity, with many digital-first retail brands looking to set up a brick-and-mortar shop. The latest is Framebridge, a custom framing startup that has raised more than $67 […]

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2019-03-19 10:26:57



The top 10 startups from Y Combinator W19 Demo Day 1  

Electric-vehicle chargers, heads-up displays for soldiers and the Costco of weed were some of our favorites from prestigious startup accelerator Y Combinator’s Winter 2019 Demo Day 1. If you want to take the pulse of Silicon Valley, YC is the place to be. But with more than 200 startups presenting across two stages and two […]

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2019-03-19 10:25:45



Why convertible notes are safer than SAFEs  

As the saying goes, where you stand on an issue often rests on where you sit. Translated into startup law and finance, your views on how to approach fundraising are often heavily influenced by where your company and your investors are located. As a startup lawyer at Egan Nelson LLP (E/N), a leading boutique firm focused on tech markets outside of Silicon Valley -- like Austin, Seattle, NYC, Denver, etc. -- that's the perspective I bring to this post. 

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2019-03-19 10:08:13



MoviePass brings back its unlimited movie plan, with a limited time price of $9.95  

MoviePass is bringing back a version of the plan that made it so popular in the first place — a subscription where you pay a monthly fee and get an unlimited number of 2D movie tickets. MoviePass Uncapped will have a regular price of $19.95 per month, but the company is offering cheaper deals for […]

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2019-03-19 09:22:46



Waymo is gearing up to put a lot more self-driving cars on the road  

Waymo is opening another technical service center in the Phoenix area, an expansion that will allow the autonomous-vehicle technology startup to double its capacity in the area as it prepares to grow its commercial fleet. The new 85,000-square-foot center will be located in Mesa and is expected to open sometime in the second half of […]

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2019-03-19 09:07:16



Apple updates iMac Pro options  

While Apple refreshed the iMac lineup this morning, the default iMac pro that you can buy for $4,999 remains the same. But Joe Rossignol from MacRumors spotted some changes in the configure-to-order options. You can now buy an iMac Pro with 256GB of 2,666MHz DDR4 ECC memory — not storage, RAM. But that will cost […]

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2019-03-19 08:47:04



Firefox now automatically blocks autoplaying audio and video  

Mozilla today released version 66 of its Firefox browser. It features all of the usual tech updates and bug fixes, but there’s also a clear theme here: reducing online annoyances. With this update, Firefox can now automatically block autoplaying audio and video — the scourge of the modern web. The way Mozilla has implemented this […]

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2019-03-19 08:01:18



Instagram launches shopping checkout, charging sellers a fee  

Instagram is opening a whole new revenue stream. Now the 130 million people who tap Instagram’s product tags on shopping posts will be able to buy those items without leaving the app thanks to stored payment info. “Checkout with Instagram” launches today in the US with more than 20 top brands including Adidas, Kylie Cosmetics, […]

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2019-03-19 07:30:06



Apple upgrades the iMac line with boosted processors and graphics  

For a company hosting a big event next week, Apple's sure got a lot of news bubbling up these days. It kicked off the week by unveiling upgrades to the iPad line, and now just revealed a handful of upgrades to its bedrock iMac line. The perennial favorite all-in-one is getting some key upgrades that […]

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2019-03-19 06:21:24



Here are the 85+ startups that launched at YC's W19 Demo Day 1  

Y Combinator’s incubator classes have gotten huge. With over 200 companies, the Winter 2019 class is by far YC’s largest yet. Meanwhile, the incubator prepares to shift its headquarters from Mountain View to San Francisco. It’s so large, in fact, it’s had to change the way it does Demo Day. Rather than all pitches happening […]

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2019-03-19 05:29:46



Ola raises $300M as part of a new electric vehicle partnership with Hyundai and Kia  

Ride-hailing platform Ola announced today that it has raised $300 million from Hyundai and Kia as part of a strategic partnership focused on electric vehicle development. This brings the company's total raised to $3.8 billion according to Crunchbase. Ola's last funding was announced just three weeks ago, when the company said it had raised $56 […]

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2019-03-19 05:24:05



Snap is under NDA with UK Home Office discussing how to centralize age checks online  

Snap is under NDA with the UK’s Home Office as part of a working group tasked with coming up with more robust age verification technology that’s able to robustly identify children online. The detail emerged during a parliamentary committee hearing as MPs in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) questioned Stephen Collins, […]

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2019-03-19 05:17:24






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