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'Am I as brave as I think I am?' MIT Media Lab student Arwa Mboya on the aftermath of a scandal  

It's been another hard week at MIT. Our campus has been divided by revelations of inappropriate fundraising, coverups, and the harboring of far too many tech geniuses who seemingly put their own interests and careers over the safety of women, among other marginalized groups. As a chaplain to students and faculty at the Institute, but […]

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2019-09-20 21:12:09



Here are the security sessions you can't miss at Disrupt SF  

Security is in everything, it’s everywhere and it’s everyone’s responsibility. What part are you playing? At TechCrunch Disrupt SF on October 2-4, we’re proud to have onstage some of the smartest security executives and highest-ranking officials ready to talk shop. Security will be front and center of Disrupt SF, with our panels and experts ready […]

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2019-09-20 16:40:12



Publicis Sapient's John Maeda explains how big companies can think like startups  

John Maeda has been a professor at the MIT Media Lab, president of the Rhode Island School of Design, designer partner at venture firm Kleiner Perkins and most recently served as the head of computational design and inclusion at Automattic. So perhaps it’s no surprise that he made another big leap with his latest job, […]

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2019-09-20 16:39:03



Take cover, it's a drone with a nail gun!  

The FAA has warned against equipping your drone with weapons such as flamethrowers and handguns. But can a nail gun really be considered a weapon — that is, outside of Quake? Let's hope not, because roboticists at the University of Michigan have made a roofing drone that uses that tool to autonomously nail shingles into place.

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2019-09-20 16:19:20



Amazon Prime adds free mobile game content to its perks, starting with PUBG Mobile  

Amazon today is introducing a new perk for Prime members: free mobile game content. The company, which already offers Twitch Prime benefits through its subsidiary, will now give its Prime members various in-game items for PUBG Mobile, the popular battle royale title from Tencent. The items launching today include an exclusive Infiltrator Mask, Infiltrator Jacket, […]

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2019-09-20 13:55:51



Lookiero closes $19M led by MMC Ventures to be the Stitch Fix for Europe  

Lookiero, the online personal shopping service for clothes and accessories, has closed a $19 million funding round led by London-based VC MMC Ventures with support from existing investor All Iron Ventures, and new investors Bonsai Partners, 10x and Santander Smart. The company will use the backing to expand in its main markets of Spain, France […]

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2019-09-20 13:33:48



Clutter acquires The Storage Fox for $152M to add self-storage to its on-demand platform  

The world of on-demand storage has seen some ups and downs, with some of the biggest hopefuls pivoting into new areas, some as unrelated as cryptocurrency, in the search for better product-market fit. One that found its groove early on, however, is today announcing an acquisition to expand its existing business into a new market category. […]

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2019-09-20 13:02:11



Facebook has suspended 'tens of thousands' of apps suspected of hoarding data  

Facebook has suspended “tens of thousands” of apps connected to its platform which it suspects may be collecting large amounts of user profile data. That’s a sharp rise from the 400 apps flagged a year ago by the company’s investigation in the wake of Cambridge Analytica, a scandal that saw tens of millions of Facebook […]

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2019-09-20 11:57:15



Mitsubishi Heavy Industries resets ISS mission H-IIB rocket launch for September 24  

After a setback last week due to a fire on the launch pad, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) is ready to take another shot at its HTV-8 mission to deliver supplies and other payloads to the International Space Station. The launch was originally scheduled for September 11, but the fire caused a scrub and led to […]

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2019-09-20 11:31:07



The cult of the founder and Silicon Valley's lack of moral authority  

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

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2019-09-20 11:27:52



Update: Walmart is pulling electronic cigarettes from store shelves  

Walmart is planning to pull electronic cigarettes from its stores. “Given the growing federal, state and local regulatory complexity and uncertainty regarding e-cigarettes, we plan to discontinue the sale of electronic nicotine delivery products at all Walmart and Sam's Club U.S. locations,” a company spokesman said in an email. “We will complete our exit after […]

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2019-09-20 11:22:21



Fujifilm's upcoming X-Pro3 camera has a unique design sure to appeal to film photographers  

Fujifilm is teasing its forthcoming X-Pro3, the successor to its popular digital rangefinder mirrorless camera, ahead of its official full introduction on October 23. During its X Summit event going on today, the company showed off the X-Pro3 in detailed images (via Fujirumors), revealing for the first time its innovative new rear display design. The […]

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2019-09-20 10:57:24



Alchemist Accelerator is launching a European program  

Enterprise-focused startup accelerator Alchemist is expanding its footprint this morning with the launch of an initiative focused on European startups. While Alchemist was happy to accept European companies into their US program before — they tell me they’ve had about 25 European startups go through Alchemist already — it hasn’t been a focus. With the […]

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2019-09-20 09:48:07



Get advice on the latest growth tactics from Demand Curve at Disrupt SF  

We’re going to try something new at Disrupt this year, based on the great response we’ve been getting to our startup how-to coverage. We’re going to put service provider experts on our Q&A stage, where you can talk to them directly in-person about key topics like growth, fundraising and recruiting. To help kick off this […]

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2019-09-20 08:29:20



YouTube CEO says it 'missed the mark' with verification overhaul  

Less than 24 hours after YouTube announced that it would be changing its creator verification process, CEO Susan Wojcicki admitted that the news hasn’t gone over very well. “To our creators & users - I'm sorry for the frustration & hurt that we caused with our new approach to verification,” Wojcicki tweeted. “While trying to […]

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2019-09-20 07:23:58



Vianai emerges with $50M seed and a mission to simplify machine learning tech  

You don’t see a startup get a $50 million seed round all that often, but such was the case with Vianai, an early stage startup launched by Vishal Sikka, former Infosys managing director and SAP executive. The company launched recently with a big check and a vision to transform machine learning. Just this week, the […]

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2019-09-20 06:41:09



Chef CEO says he'll continue to work with ICE in spite of protests  

Yesterday, software development tool maker Chef found itself in the middle of a firestorm after a Tweet called them out for doing business with DHS/ICE. Eventually it led to an influential open-source developer removing a couple of key pieces of software from the project, bringing down some parts of Chef’s commercial business. Chef intends to […]

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2019-09-20 06:31:47



Want to crush competitors? Forget SoftBank, Blackstone suggests; it can write $500 million checks, too  

Back in January, Blackstone — the investment firm whose assets under management surpassed a jaw-dropping half a trillion dollars earlier this year — quietly began piecing together a new, growth equity platform called Blackstone Growth, or BXG. Step one was hiring away Jon Korngold from General Atlantic, where he’d spent the previous 18 years, including […]

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2019-09-20 06:02:16



Ten questions for 2020 presidential candidate Tom Steyer  

In November 2020, America will go to the polls to vote in perhaps the most consequential election in a generation. The winner will lead the country amid great social, economic and ecological unrest. The 2020 election will be a referendum on both the current White House and the direction of the country at large. Nearly […]

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2019-09-20 05:48:23



At TechCrunch Disrupt, insights into key trends in venture capital  

Learn from top VCs at TechCrunch Disrupt.

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2019-09-20 05:23:52



Matchstick Ventures raises $30M to back startups in the northern US and the Rockies  

Matchstick Ventures, a seed-stage firm that says it invests in “rapidly growing, yet underserved startup ecosystems,” announced this week that it has raised $30 million for its second fund. That’s a lot more money than the firm’s $5 million seed round. This time, Matchstick says it will write initial checks of around $500,000, and in […]

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2019-09-20 05:06:48



An Indian startup that uses WhatsApp to serve thousands with chronic disease raises $5.5M seed round  

Another startup in India is cashing in on the popularity of WhatsApp, the most popular app in the country with more than 400 million users, to build a business around it. Digi-Prex is a seven-month old startup that runs an eponymous online subscription pharmacy in Hyderabad and serves patients with chronic diseases. Patients share their […]

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2019-09-20 04:50:18



Beats headphones will get iOS 13 audio sharing next week  

Audio sharing is among the more delightful features arriving as part of Apple's iOS 13 update. With it, users will be able to share songs across nearby device — a sort of 2019 version of buying a headphone splitter or handing someone your earbud. Beats pinged TechCrunch this morning to let us know that the […]

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2019-09-20 03:31:52



Tinder's interactive series 'Swipe Night' could bring a needed boost to user engagement  

On Sundays in October, Tinder is launching in its dating app an “interactive adventure” called “Swipe Night” that will present a narrative where users make a series of choices in order to proceed. This sort of choose-your-own-adventure format has been more recently popularized by Netflix and others as a new way to engage with digital […]

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2019-09-20 03:05:06



Tonic launches a personalized news reader that respects user privacy  

Personalization technology can lead to better experiences as it allows apps to customize their content for each individual user. But it can also chip away at user privacy. A company called Canopy wants to change that. It has developed a personalization engine that works without requiring users to log in or even provide an email. […]

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2019-09-20 02:58:27



How Kobalt is betting on music's middle class and DIY stars  

Streaming services have made music ubiquitous, driving more exploration by consumers who don't have to pay for each song or album individually. Musicians are correspondingly able to find their own niche of fans scattered around the world. (This is the third installment of our EC-1 series on Kobalt Music Group and changes in the music […]

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2019-09-20 02:28:54



Google is investing $3.3B to build clean data centers in Europe  

Google announced today that it was investing 3 billion euro (approximately $3.3 billion USD) to expand its data center presence in Europe. What’s more, the company pledged the data centers would be environmentally friendly. This new investment is in addition to the $7 billion the company has invested since 2007 in the EU, but today’s […]

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2019-09-20 02:11:34



Twitter discloses another 10,000 accounts suspended for fomenting political discord globally  

Twitter’s ongoing, and possibly Sisyphean, effort of policing and removing nefarious content disseminated on its platform is taking another step forward today. The company’s safety team has disclosed the removal of another 10,112 accounts across six countries that were found to be actively spreading misinformation and encouraging unrest in politically sensitive climates. The accounts noted […]

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2019-09-20 01:29:22



Facebook employee dies after apparent suicide at company's Menlo Park headquarters  

An employee of Facebook died by apparent suicide Thursday morning, Menlo Park police reported and the company confirmed. “We were saddened to learn that one of our employees passed away at our Menlo Park headquarters earlier today,” a Facebook spokesperson told TechCrunch in an email. The male employee was pronounced dead at the scene, which […]

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2019-09-19 21:19:39



The emergence of super apps in Latin America  

Because of its vast population distributed in more or less similar countries regarding language, culture and religion, Latin America is an especially compelling region for the emergence of super apps.

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2019-09-19 20:50:24



Finding sustainable success with Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman  

"We were so low that people would take advantage of us. People we knew well would just lie to us. One of my favorites was a company we did an enormous amount of work for and really helped save. We then went to see the CEO and he said, 'I really love you guys but […]

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2019-09-19 19:32:01



YouTube overhauls its problematic verification program  

YouTube’s verification program is getting a massive overhaul, the company announced today, which will likely result in a number of less prominent creators losing their verification status. Previously, YouTube allowed any channel that reached 100,000 subscribers to request verification. That limit is being removed, with a change to the verification program that rolls out in […]

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2019-09-19 19:05:44



iOS 13 pushes the envelope across the board  

Apple released iOS 13, the new major version of iOS. This isn't a groundbreaking release that is going to change the way you use your phone. But Apple has done some tremendous work across the board to improve some low-level features, as well as most Apple apps. In many ways, iOS 13 feels like a […]

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2019-09-19 16:49:58



Readying an IPO, Postmates secures $225M led by private equity firm GPI Capital  

Postmates is expected to unveil its IPO prospectus this month.

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2019-09-19 16:39:05



Subscription email app Tempo hits the right minimalist notes  

Email will likely never die, but if new apps can change how we think about using it, maybe it will feel like the worst parts have croaked. In the wake of popular apps like Inbox and Mailbox being sunsetted, like many, I’ve been left rudderless trying to find an email client that fills the void. […]

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2019-09-19 16:34:32



Nintendo Switch Lite review  

Let me preface this by saying: I realize that I'm not necessarily the target user for the original Nintendo Switch. First: I don't own a TV, and haven't since high school. Second: I travel all the time for this damn job. The combination of these things have made the device's convertible form factor a bit […]

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2019-09-19 13:31:41



HappyOrNot raises $25M for its customer satisfaction terminals for stores and other locations  

Customer experience in they physical world has been getting a major infusion of tech in recent years. We now have systems being built to replace cashiers, sensors in stores and other physical locations to track where customers are walking, and smart mirrors that suggest items you might like to try on. Today, one of the […]

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2019-09-19 13:02:20



Is that supplement safe to take? This AI tool scours research to find out  

Dietary supplements are used by millions who accept the occasionally scarce evidence they help out with some condition or another. But also scarce is documentation of potential harmful interactions with other supplements or drugs. A new tool called Supp.ai looks through years of health research papers to extract potential conflicts that may not be listed anywhere else.

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2019-09-19 12:52:44



Quilt Data launches from stealth with free portal to access petabytes of public data  

Quilt Data‘s founders, Kevin Moore and Aneesh Karve, have been hard at work for the last four years building a platform to search for data quickly across vast repositories on AWS S3 storage. The idea is to give data scientists a way to find data in S3 buckets, and then package that data in forms […]

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2019-09-19 12:30:54



Airbnb says it will go public next year  

Airbnb has said that it will have its initial public offering in 2020. The company is one of the last of the big unicorn herd that grew up roughly a decade ago and includes Uber, Lyft, the We Company, and Postmates, to declare its public market intentions. Yesterday evening the company announced that it had […]

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2019-09-19 12:22:10



Google announces 18 new renewable energy deals  

Google today announced its largest package of renewable energy deals yet. Worth a total of 1,600-megawatts, the package includes 18 deals in the U.S., Chile and Europe. This brings Google’s current set of wind and solar agreements to about 5,500 megawatts (MW) and the company’s number of total renewables projects it’s involved in to 52. […]

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2019-09-19 12:19:57



Darkstore raises $21 million Series B round  

Darkstore, the tech-driven fulfillment solution to enable e-commerce companies to offer same-day delivery, just raised a $21 million Series B round led by EQT Ventures. The deal will bring EQT Principal Laura Yao to Darkstore’s board of directors. This Series B round comes less than one year after Darkstore raised a $7.5 million Series A […]

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2019-09-19 12:13:23



How Automattic wants to build the operating system of the web  

Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, WooCommerce, Longreads, Simplenote and soon Tumblr, is now worth $3 billion. But its founder and CEO Matt Mullenweg has a bigger goal. He wants to make the web better, more open and diverse. With the rise of social networks and closed platforms, Automattic's mission statement has never sounded so important. […]

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2019-09-19 12:08:51



Daily Crunch: Automattic raises $300M  

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. Automattic raises $300 million at $3 billion valuation from Salesforce Ventures Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, WooCommerce and soon Tumblr, has […]

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2019-09-19 11:14:44



Lime is shutting down car rental service, LimePod  

Transportation startup Lime is shutting down LimePod, its car-sharing service that it launched last November in Seattle. Lime plans to start removing its vehicles from the streets of Seattle next month and will completely shut down the service by the end of the year. The news was first reported by GeekWire. Lime has operated a […]

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2019-09-19 10:56:26



Thinkful confirms data breach days after Chegg's $80M acquisition  

Thinkful, an online education site for developers, has confirmed a data breach, just days after it confirmed it would be acquired. “We recently discovered that an unauthorized party may have gained access to certain Thinkful company credentials so, out of an abundance of caution, we are notifying all of our users,” said Erin Rosenblatt, the […]

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2019-09-19 10:17:59



Ginkgo Bioworks' dev shop for genetic programming is now worth $4 billion  

Ginkgo Bioworks is now worth $4 billion after a $290 million capital infusion that will give the company the cash to dramatically expand its developer shop for genetic programming. The Boston-based company is one of a handful of U.S.-based early-stage companies that are on the forefront of developing the tools to modify genetic material for […]

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2019-09-19 10:04:10



'The best VC on Instagram' is now VC-backed  

@thingtesting wants to become the ultimate review platform for D2C products.

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2019-09-19 09:42:35



Groww, an investment app for millennials in India, raises $21.4M  

Of the 1.3 billion people who live in India, more than 100 million of whom are using digital payment apps each day, only about 20 million today invest in mutual funds and stocks. An Indian startup that is betting on changing that figure by courting millennials has just received a big backing. Groww, a Bangalore-based […]

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2019-09-19 09:36:55



Twitter launches its controversial 'Hide Replies' feature in the US and Japan  

Twitter’s controversial “Hide Replies” feature, aimed at civilizing conversations on its platform, is launching today in the U.S. and Japan after earlier tests in Canada. The addition is one of the more radical changes to Twitter to date. It puts people back in control of a conversation they’ve started by giving them the ability to […]

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2019-09-19 09:26:01



Facebook expands its playable and AR ad formats  

Ahead of Advertising Week, Facebook is the announcing the expansion of three interactive ad formats. First, it says that poll ads (which you may already have seen in Instagram Stories) are moving to the main feed of the Facebook mobile app. Second, the augmented reality ads that Facebook has already been testing are moving into […]

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2019-09-19 09:12:07



Payments giant Stripe is raising another $250M at a $35B pre-money valuation  

After a week of launching new services to bring payments giant Stripe into the areas of lending and credit, the company is announcing another big step forward to fuel its growth: it’s raising another $250 million in funding at a pre-money valuation of $35 billion, money to fuel more international expansion, launching more products and […]

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2019-09-19 09:07:18



Rocket Lab moves closer to opening U.S. launch facility with landing pad completion  

Rocket Lab is nearing completion of its second launch facility - its first in the U.S., located on Wallops Island in Virginia. The company announced that it has finished installing the launchpad at Launch Complex 2, which is set to finish construction as early as the end of this year, with the first launches taking […]

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2019-09-19 08:55:50



Inside Apple's reimagined Fifth Ave. store  

After two years of work, the wrapper comes off the giant glass cube this week, as Apple's Fifth Avenue flagship opens to the public this Friday. The big reveal coincides with the company's latest releases, including new iPhones and an Apple Watch — an appropriately grandiose homecoming for new gear. This morning, the company offered […]

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2019-09-19 08:51:16



The Mate 30 is a moment of truth for Huawei  

We've known this day would come for a long time now. Over the past several months, however, it feels like it has arrived in slow motion. Seemingly legitimate concerns over security and sanction violations have been muddled by chest-puffing and braggadocio and large-headed leaders promising to do deals. Executives were arrested in Canada and the […]

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2019-09-19 07:34:55



Amazon orders 100K electric delivery trucks from Rivian as part of going carbon neutral by 2040  

Amazon will be stepping up its efforts to reduce its climate impact, CEO Jeff Bezos announced on Thursday. The company will be ordering 100,000 electric delivery trucks from Michigan’s Rivian as part of this commitment, Bezos said. The commerce giant will seek to meet its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2040 - 10 years […]

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2019-09-19 06:18:18



Ricoh's Theta Z1 is the first truly premium consumer 360 camera  

Ricoh has a well-earned good reputation when it comes to building smart, technically excellent photographic equipment — including the almost legendary Ricoh GR series of pocketable APS-C cameras, which are a favorite among street photographers everywhere. Earlier this year, the company released the Ricoh Theta Z1, which builds on its success with its pioneering Theta […]

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2019-09-19 06:08:47



iOS 13: Here are the new security and privacy features you need to know  

It’s finally here. Apple’s new iOS 13, the thirteenth major iteration of its popular iPhone software, is out to download. We took iOS 13 for a spin with a focus on the new security and privacy features to see what’s new and how it all works. Here’s what you need to know. You’ll start to […]

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2019-09-19 05:37:10



Wing will test drone delivery in the US with Walgreens and FedEx  

Wing, the drone delivery company that started its life within the Google X lab before spinning out into its own thing under the Alphabet umbrella, is prepping for takeoff. The company announced this morning that it’s launching a test program in Virginia with Walgreens, FedEx and local retailer Sugar Magnolia. As part of the program, […]

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2019-09-19 04:55:08



Private search engine Qwant's new CEO is Mozilla Europe veteran Tristan Nitot  

French startup Qwant, whose non-tracking search engine has been gaining traction in its home market as a privacy-respecting alternative to Google, has made a change to its senior leadership team as it gears up for the next phase of growth. Former Mozilla Europe president, Tristan Nitot, who joined Qwant last year as VP of advocacy, […]

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2019-09-19 04:50:52



Shipper, a platform for e-commerce logistics in Indonesia, raises $5 million  

Indonesia has one of the fastest-growing e-commerce markets in the world, but the logistics industry there is still very fragmented, creating headaches for both vendors and customers. Shipper is a startup with the ambitious goal of giving online sellers access to "Amazon-level logistics." The company has raised $5 million in seed funding from Lightspeed Ventures, […]

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2019-09-19 04:34:20



Silicon Valley is terrified of California's privacy law. Good.  

Silicon Valley is terrified. In a little over three months, California will see the widest-sweeping state-wide changes to its privacy law in years. California’s Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) kicks in on January 1 and rolls out sweeping new privacy benefits to the state’s 40 million residents — and every tech company in Silicon Valley. California’s […]

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2019-09-19 04:22:53



An explosive breach of contract lawsuit against former Sequoia Capital partner Michael Goguen has been dropped  

Three-and-a-half years ago, a lawsuit hit the San Mateo, Ca. county courthouse that briefly attracted the attention of the worldwide venture capital community given its salacious nature. The defendant: longtime VC Michael Goguen, who’d spent 20 years with Sequoia Capital in Menlo Park, Ca. The plaintiff: a former girlfriend who described him through the filing […]

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2019-09-19 03:52:05



Founders, get to Disrupt SF for answers to the really hard questions  

One lesson from TechCrunch’s Disrupt SF is that founders can’d get enough programming on the really hard questions.  How do I get into Y Combinator? How do I hire a technical lead? How do I raise my first round? That’s why we created a special stage at Disrupt SF for the sole purpose of bringing […]

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2019-09-19 03:35:37



Google is bringing Assistant to people without internet access  

Google Assistant, the digital assistant from the global search giant, is available to users through their smartphones, laptops, and smart speakers. Earlier this year, the company partnered with KaiOS to bring Assistant to feature phones with internet access. Now Google is going a step further: Bringing its virtual assistant to people who have the most […]

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2019-09-19 03:01:22



Impossible Foods will debut in SoCal grocery stores on Friday as first step in phased national rollout  

Congratulations Southern California Gelsons store shoppers, you’re getting Impossible Foods on your grocery shelves. The meatless ground meat substitute will be appearing in stores across the Southern California as the first step in a phased nationwide rollout on Friday. With the step into groceries, Impossible Foods moves into direct competition with its bigger, publicly traded […]

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2019-09-19 02:41:12



Cannabis logistics startup Wayv launches dynamic distribution platform  

Supply chain logistics is a headache and a half across any industry, but the difficulty level goes way up within the world of cannabis. Because of federal laws, FedEx, UPS and USPS are not an option. Distributors need a variety of licenses and must operate within specific regulation. For example, cannabis brands must either become […]

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2019-09-19 02:33:57



iOS 13 is now available to download  

Apple has just released the final version of iOS 13. This update brings many much needed quality-of-life improvements — and there are also a bunch of new features. The update is currently rolling out and is available both over-the-air in the Settings app, and by plugging your device into iTunes for a wired update. Many […]

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2019-09-19 01:58:39



Marissa Mayer and Alfred Lin are coming to Disrupt SF 2019  

Twenty+ startups, each with six minutes to tell the world what they’re about. If they can prove to our panel of judges that they’re the best of the best, they’ll walk away with $100,000 and their name forever etched on the Disrupt cup. That’s the core idea behind the Startup Battlefield, a pillar of TechCrunch […]

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2019-09-19 01:49:04



Google chases businesses to maintain its payments lead in India  

Google said today it is bringing its mobile payments app — Google Pay — to businesses in India as the Android-maker rushes to maintain its lead in one of its key overseas markets before its global rival Facebook sets off its payments play in the nation. Even as more than 400 million people in India […]

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2019-09-19 01:47:35



The man behind Tesla's Powerwall is now pitching an all-in-one power management system for homes  

Arch Rao, the former head of product at Tesla who was behind the company’s Powerwall home energy storage is system, is back with a new company pitching energy management and efficiency for homes. SpanIO is looking to upgrade the electrical fusebox for homes with a digital system that integrates into the existing circuit breaker technology […]

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2019-09-19 01:13:34



Amazon's “climate pledge” commits to net zero carbon emissions by 2040 and 100% renewables by 2030  

In Washington today, Amazon announced a series of initiatives and issued call for companies to reduce their carbon emissions ten years ahead of the goals set forth in the Paris Agreement as part of sweeping effort to reduce its own environmental footprint. "We're done being in the middle of the herd on this issue—we've decided […]

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2019-09-19 01:01:56



Stephen Curry Brings SC30 Inc. to Disrupt SF  

Startup founders are hard-pressed to find the right investors — not only to fund their businesses but to help their businesses grow. These days, investors represent a variety of backgrounds and industries — traditional venture capital, Hollywood, even the NBA. When Golden State Warriors point guard and two-time MVP Stephen Curry isn’t playing basketball, he’s […]

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2019-09-18 20:43:38



How to profit from valuable peer referrals hiding in Slack  

Brands often act like the person who searches for their keys under the streetlight simply because that is where the light is better. However, when brand marketers focus only on engaging with...

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2019-09-18 20:29:33



California Governor Gavin Newsom signs gig worker bill AB-5 into law  

California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed into law gig worker protections bill AB-5. This comes shortly after AB-5 passed in the California State Assembly and Senate. "Today, we are disrupting the status quo and taking a bold step forward to rebuild our middle class and reshape the future of workers as we know it," bill […]

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2019-09-18 11:58:15



The founders of Robin Healthcare think doctors need smart assistants, too  

Robin Healthcare,  a new startup founded by serial entrepreneurs Noah Auerhahn and Emilio Galan, is hoping to harness the power of personal assistants to make the business of healthcare easier for the physicians who practice it The company’s technology, which works much the same way as a Google Home or Amazon Alexa or Echo, is […]

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2019-09-18 11:36:24



GitHub acquires code analysis tool Semmle  

Microsoft’s GitHub today announced that it has acquired Semmle, a code analysis tool that helps developers and security researchers discover potential vulnerabilities in their code. Semmle takes a lot of the manual work out of security testing and instead offers a query language that allows researchers to test their code, using the service’s analysis engine. […]

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2019-09-18 11:07:57



Salesforce is building an app to gauge a company's sustainability progress  

Salesforce has always tried to be a socially responsible company, encouraging employees to work in the community, giving 1% of its profits to different causes and building and productizing the 1-1-1 philanthropic model. The company now wants to help other organizations be more sustainable to reduce their carbon footprint, and today it announced it is […]

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2019-09-18 09:49:01



Amazon is bringing a cash-based checkout option, Amazon PayCode, to the U.S.  

Amazon is making it easier for customers to pay with cash for their online purchases. The retailer today announced the U.S. arrival of Amazon PayCode, a new checkout option that will allow online shoppers to pay for Amazon.com purchases at one of 15,000 Western Union locations. Separately from this, Amazon said that its Amazon Cash […]

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2019-09-18 09:27:05



Video ad company Eyeview names Rob Deichert as its new CEO  

After 13 years at the helm of video advertising company Eyeview, founder Oren Harnevo is stepping down as CEO. The company’s new chief executive is Rob Deichert, who was most recently COO at digital advertising company 33Across. The company is also announcing two other new hires — Sean Simon as senior vice president of sales […]

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2019-09-18 09:21:24



Netflix cofounder Marc Randolph on the company's earliest days, the streaming wars, and moving on  

Netflix is today a company whose valuation hovers around $130 billion, but it was, of course, once a little startup, and in his new book “That Will Never Work,” Netflix’s cofounder and its first CEO Marc Randolph takes readers on a fun and surprisingly vivid journey through the streaming giant’s earliest days. It’s also instructive, […]

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2019-09-18 09:08:20



DxOMark's night and wide-angle camera tests push today's smartphones to their limits  

Sure, you could take Apple’s word for it that the new iPhone’s cameras are amazing — or you could let some obsessive pixel-peepers perform some (mostly) objective tests and really get into the nitty-gritty. Pixel peepers in extraordinary DxOMark are here to help, with new tests focused on evaluating the latest gadgets’ night modes and […]

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2019-09-18 08:15:18



Out of the box influencer strategies to accelerate awareness for your startup  

For new brands, growing awareness and gaining consumer trust are two of the most important yet challenging marketing objectives. But startups don't have the budget to activate mega-influencers...

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2019-09-18 07:54:32



Facebook launches Portal TV, a $149 video chat set-top box  

Facebook wants to take over your television with a clip-on camera for video calling, AR gaming and content co-watching. If you can get past the creepiness, the new Portal TV lets you hang out with friends on your home’s biggest screen. It’s a fresh product category that could give the social network a unique foothold […]

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2019-09-18 07:52:39



Walmart launches two new credit cards offering 5% back on digital purchases  

Walmart is partnering with Capital One to launch a new credit card program, which rolls on September 24, and includes both co-branded and private-label cards. The former, the Capital One Walmart Mastercard, includes 5% back on purchases made on Walmart.com or paid for in-store using Walmart Pay (the latter for the first 12 months.) The […]

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2019-09-18 07:49:30



Startup growth hacks, high-frequency trading, startup security, privacy and Adobe  

Full Disrupt SF agenda posted We have an amazing slate of speakers stopping by TechCrunch Disrupt SF this year, including two full days scheduled for the debut of our Extra Crunch stage, which will focus on how founders can overcome the challenges they face through discussions of tactics with some of the most successful founders […]

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2019-09-18 07:33:50



India bans e-cigarettes citing youth health concerns  

India’s government has announced an immediate ban on e-cigarettes — citing youth-focused public health concerns. In a news statement following a cabinet meeting today finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the ban covers production, manufacturing, import, export, transport, sale, distribution, storage and advertising of e-cigarettes. Sitharaman suggested India’s youth are viewing e-cigarettes as a “style statement”, […]

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2019-09-18 07:25:24



As it readies a test for vaping additives, cannabis testing company Cannalysis raises $22.6 million  

Cannalysis, a testing company for cannabis, has raised $22.6 million in a new round of financing as it prepares to bring a new test for vaping additives to the market. The test, which the company is preparing to unveil later this week, will test for the presence and amount of Vitamin E acetate, a chemical […]

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2019-09-18 07:21:42



Tableau update uses AI to increase speed to insight  

Tableau was acquired by Salesforce earlier this year for $15.7 billion, but long before that, the company had been working on its Fall update, and today it announced several new tools including a new feature called ‘Explain Data’ that uses AI to get to insight quickly. “What Explain Data does is it moves users from […]

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2019-09-18 06:59:34



Get your Startup Alley Exhibitor package plus bonus hotel stay  

It’s getting down to the wire for your opportunity to show off your early-stage startup in Startup Alley at TechCrunch Disrupt SF this October 2-4. There's simply no better way to place your ideas and technology in front of influential change agents that can help you propel your business forward and set the stage for future success. […]

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2019-09-18 06:19:47



On-demand plant food startup Simple Feast raises $33M B round to push its climate credentials  

At Greta Thunberg heads back to Europe from the US after radicalizing a generation, entrepreneurs are quickly realizing that there is a zeitgeist to be gotten hold of here. With food production a major contributor to climate change, tt's no surprise then that on-demand food startups are appearing to cater to this new audience. Simple […]

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2019-09-18 06:09:18



Festicket enables group festival bookings with 'Pay with Friends'  

Festicket, the U.K.-headquartered festival booking platform, is launching a new feature that allows users to pay for festival tickets as a group. Described as removing the the pain of being the lead booker, “Pay with Friends” lets a single user reserve tickets for a whole group while only having to pay for part of the […]

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2019-09-18 05:49:31



Daily Crunch: Facebook announces Portal TV  

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. Facebook launches Portal TV, a $149 video chat set-top box The Portal TV lets you hang out with friends using your […]

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2019-09-18 04:47:20



North now offers Focals smart glasses fittings and purchases via app  

North’s Focals smart glasses are the first in the category to even approach mainstream appeal, but to date, the only way to get a pair has been to go into a physical North showroom and get a custom fitting, and then return once they’re ready for a pick-up and final adjustment. Now, North has released […]

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2019-09-18 04:22:51



The portrait of an avatar as a young artist  

Alice Lloyd George Contributor Share on Twitter Alice Lloyd George is an early stage investor based in New York and the host of Flux, a series of podcast conversations with leaders in frontier technology. More posts by this contributor Matt Cauble on changing consumption with Soylent and Kin Elysium and the quest to bottle the […]

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2019-09-18 04:18:21



PlayVS picks up $50 million Series C to build out high school esports  

PlayVS, the platform that allows high school students to compete on varsity esports teams through their school, has today announced the close of a $50 million Series C led by existing investor NEA. Battery Ventures, Dick Costolo and Adam Bain of 01 Advisors, Sapphire Sport, Michael Zeisser, Dennis Phelps of IVP and cofounder of CAA […]

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2019-09-18 03:55:57



Podcast app Pocket Casts is now available for free, with an optional $0.99 subscription  

Anyone who wants to download the podcast app Pocket Casts can now do so for free. Previously, you had to pay a one-time fee of $3.99 to access the Android or iOS apps, but CEO Owen Grover said this approach seemed increasingly at odds with Pocket Casts’ goals, and with the vision of the public […]

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2019-09-18 03:47:13



Normative closes a $2.1M seed to help companies automate carbon reporting  

Normative, a startup that lets companies automate their carbon reporting — and in turn help them decrease their environmental footprint — has picked up $2.1 million in seed funding. Backing the Stockholm-based company is ByFounders, with participation from Soundcloud co-founder Eric Wahlforss, Luminar Ventures, and Wave Ventures. The modest injection of capital will be used […]

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2019-09-18 03:43:20



Salesforce brings AI power to its search tool  

Enterprise search tools have always suffered from the success of Google. Users wanted to find the content they needed internally in the same way they found it on the web. Enterprise search has never been able to meet those lofty expectations, but today Salesforce announced Einstein Search, an AI-powered search tool for Salesforce users that […]

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2019-09-18 03:30:48



Indonesia's Julo raises $10M to expand its P2P lending platform  

Julo, a peer-to-peer lending platform in Indonesia, said on Wednesday it has extended its $5 million Series A raise to $15 million as it looks to scale its business in the key Southeast Asian market. The $10 million Series A2 round for the Jakarta-headquartered startup was led by Quona Capital, with Skystar, East Ventures, Provident, […]

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2019-09-18 03:29:47






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