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Pew: Mobile and social media users in emerging markets have more diverse social networks  

The latest study from Pew Research Center takes a look at the impact mobile technology, including the use of smartphones and social media, is having on the diversity of people’s social network in emerging markets. For the purpose of the study, Pew surveyed mobile users in 11 key markets: Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia, South Africa, Kenya, […]

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2019-08-22 20:38:14



Workplace digital assistant startup Capacity raises $13.2M from Midwestern VCs  

Solving information scatter inside enterprises seems to be the founding idea behind dozens of enterprise software startups. Capacity, which recently rebranded from Jane.ai, is raising new cash to tackle the issue with its corporate data search platform. The company just closed a $13.2 million Series B, funded entirely by Midwestern private investors and angels. Jane.ai […]

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2019-08-22 18:58:15



Hulu and Amazon Prime Video chip away at Netflix's dominance  

Netflix is still the No. 1 subscription streaming service in the U.S., according to a new report from eMarketer, but rivals, including Amazon Prime Video and Hulu, are starting to cut into its market share. The analyst firm forecasts 182.5 million U.S. consumers will subscribe to over-the-top streaming services this year, or 53.3% of the […]

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2019-08-22 18:54:57



Frontier technologies are moving closer to the center of venture investment  

As the technologies that were once considered science fiction become the purview of science, the venture capital firms that were once investing at the industry’s fringes are now finding themselves at the heart of the technology industry. Investing in the commercialization of technologies like genetic engineering, quantum computing, digital avatars, augmented reality, new human-computer interfaces, […]

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2019-08-22 17:55:08



VMware acquires Carbon Black for $2.1B and Pivotal for $2.7 billion  

VMware today announced that it is acquiring Carbon Black, a publicly traded security company that focuses on securing modern cloud-native workloads. The price of the acquisition is about $2.1 billion. In addition, VMware also confirmed the acquisition of Pivotal, which will have a value of about $2.7 billion. VMware’s revenue for the last quarter was […]

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2019-08-22 16:12:36



DoorDash reveals details of its new tipping model  

DoorDash announced last month that it would be changing its controversial tipping model. Today it’s revealing the basics of how the new system will work. Under the past model, Dashers (DoorDash drivers and other delivery people) were guaranteed a minimum payment per delivery, with DoorDash paying a $1 base, then providing an additional payment boost […]

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2019-08-22 15:08:27



Tumblr's next step forward with Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg  

After months of rumors, Verizon finally sold off Tumblr for a reported $3 million — a fraction of what Yahoo paid for the once mighty blogging service back in 2013. The media conglomerate (which also owns TechCrunch) was clearly never quite sure what to do with the property after gobbling it up as part of […]

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2019-08-22 13:31:49



Hey students, launch your startup this year with this special Extra Crunch discount  

Entrepreneurship is on the rise, and nowhere is that more true than on college campuses. Students are ditching boring office jobs to seek out their own opportunities, whether that is launching a bootstrapped app, contributing to an open-source project, or building a venture-scalable startup. Here at Extra Crunch, our mission is to go behind the […]

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2019-08-22 12:57:01



Oracle directors give blessing to shareholder lawsuit against Larry Ellison and Safra Catz  

Three years after closing a $9.3 billion deal to acquire NetSuite, several Oracle board members have written an extraordinary letter to the Delaware Court, approving a shareholder lawsuit against company executives Larry Ellison and Safra Catz over the 2016 deal. Reuters broke this story. According to Reuters’ Alison Frankel, three board members, including former U.S. […]

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2019-08-22 12:48:15



Enterprise software is hot — who would have thought?  

Once considered the most boring of topics, enterprise software is now getting infused with such energy that it is arguably the hottest space in tech.

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2019-08-22 12:25:11



HP CEO steps down, citing 'family health matter'  

HP Inc. announced this afternoon that Dion Weisler is stepping down as president and CEO. The executive cited a "family health matter" in his decision, noting that he will be returning home to Australia. The company already has a successor lined up, as its president of Imaging, Printing and Solutions, Enrique Lores, got unanimous approval […]

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2019-08-22 12:18:44



This Thiel Fellow thinks he can help scooters, drones and delivery robots charge themselves with sunlight  

From the time he was a high school student, Rohit Kalyanpur thought it was peculiar that although it’s possible to create energy from a solar panel, the panels have long been used almost exclusively on rooftops and as part of industrial-scale solar grids. “I hadn’t seen [anything solar-powered] in the things people use every day […]

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2019-08-22 12:15:29



Mobile gaming is a $68.5 billion global business, and investors are buying in  

By the end of 2019, the global gaming market is estimated to be worth $152 billion, with 45% of that, $68.5 billion, coming directly from mobile games.

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2019-08-22 11:16:41



AmazonFresh expands to three key markets: Houston, Minneapolis and Phoenix  

AmazonFresh, one of two main grocery delivery services Amazon operates, is expanding to new markets, the retailer announced this morning. The service will now be available to Prime members in Houston, Minneapolis and Phoenix. Notably, this list includes a test market for Walmart’s new grocery subscription service, Delivery Unlimited; Target’s corporate headquarters; and an early […]

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2019-08-22 09:22:49



FCC approves $4.9B in funding for rural broadband improvements  

The FCC has just approved nearly five billion dollars in subsidies for rural broadband operators to be paid out over the next ten years. Recipients of this windfall will have to "maintain, improve, and expand" their broadband infrastructure, especially in underserved areas.

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2019-08-22 09:22:32



Spotify matches Apple Music's 3-month trial  

Spotify’s battle with Apple Music is continuing to heat up. On Monday, the company introduced upgrades to its Premium Family plan which now offers parental controls and other exclusive features, like a family playlist. Today, Spotify is going head-to-head with Apple on its free trial offer. Previously, new users to the Spotify Premium subscription could […]

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2019-08-22 08:59:06



Verizon is teaming with Boingo to bring 5G inside  

We've long known that 5G rollout wouldn't happen overnight. But now that carriers have gotten things started, they've been confronted with pushback against the next-gen wireless technology's limitations. Among the bigger issues is spotty coverage indoors — you know that place where most of us spend most of our time? Verizon's looking to address the […]

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2019-08-22 08:34:59



Inside the Porsche Taycan's minimalist, 911-inspired interior  

Porsche has taken the wraps off the interior of the all-new, all-electric Porsche Taycan ahead of its world debut September 4. Gone are the buttons and the clutter. This is a sleek interior for the modern digital age. Porsche released several images of the interior on Thursday. Earlier this week, TechCrunch was among numerous media […]

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2019-08-22 08:05:17



Remediant lands $15M Series A to disrupt privileged access security  

Remediant, a startup that helps companies secure privileged access in a modern context, today announced a $15 million Series A led by Dell Technologies Capital and ForgePoint Capital. Remediant’s co-founders, Paul Lanzi and Tim Keeler, worked in biotech for years and saw a problem first-hand with the way companies secured privileged access. It was granted […]

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2019-08-22 07:24:20



How Oculus squeezed sophisticated tracking into pipsqueak hardware  

Making the VR experience simple and portable was the main goal of the Oculus Quest, and it definitely accomplishes that. But going from things in the room tracking your headset to your headset tracking things in the room was a complex process. I talked with Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer ("Schrep") about the journey from "outside-in" to "inside-out."

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2019-08-22 06:59:37



Verified Expert Growth Marketing Agency: 3Q Digital  

With 12 offices and 350 employees around the world, 3Q Digital is a giant among growth marketing agencies. They've worked with companies like Brandless, Opendoor, and Warby Parker, but they also have an internal business unit called 3Q Incubate to work with startups in their pre-launch phase. 3Q Digital gets tech and that's a testament […]

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2019-08-22 06:43:15



Google says China used YouTube to meddle in Hong Kong protests  

Google has disabled 210 YouTube accounts after it said China used the video platform to sow discord among protesters in Hong Kong. The search giant, which owns YouTube, followed in the footsteps of Twitter and Facebook, which earlier this week said China had used their social media sites to spread misinformation and discord among the […]

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2019-08-22 06:34:04



NASA's new HPE-built supercomputer will prepare for landing Artemis astronauts on the Moon  

NASA and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) have teamed up to build a new supercomputer, which will serve NASA’s Ames Research Center in California and develop models and simulations of the landing process for Artemis Moon missions. The new supercomputer is called “Aitken,” named after American astronomer Robert Grant Aitken, and it can run simulations at […]

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2019-08-22 06:23:28



Daily Crunch: Apple plans Pro iPhones  

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 reportedly launching new iPhone Pro and iPads with better cameras, 16-inch MacBook Pro and new AirPods Here come the leaks […]

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2019-08-22 05:51:12



On-demand parking startup SpotHero raises $50 million  

SpotHero, the Chicago-based company that has developed an on-demand parking app, has raised $50 million in a Series D round led by Macquarie Capital. Union Grove Venture Partners participated in the round, along with existing investors including Insight Venture Partners, Global Founders Capital, OCA Ventures, AutoTech Ventures and others, according to the company. SpotHero has […]

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2019-08-22 05:46:53



Amazon is acquiring a 49% stake in India's Future Coupons  

Amazon, which has invested more than $6 billion in India’s growing internet market, just invested a little more as it moves to expand its presence in the country’s brick and mortar space that drives much of the sales in the nation. The U.S. e-commerce giant is acquiring a 49% stake in Future Coupons, a group […]

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2019-08-22 05:31:49



Herschel's Retreat brings classical simplicity to the laptop backpack  

It's finally Bag Week again! The most wonderful week of the year at TechCrunch. Just in time for back to school, we're bringing you reviews of bags of all varieties: from backpacks to rollers to messengers to fanny packs. I've been meaning to check out a Herschel bag for a while now, just to see what all […]

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2019-08-22 05:07:54



Lenovo's Smart Clock gets more useful with latest Google update  

I liked the Lenovo Smart Clock when I reviewed it back in June. It's a pretty minimalist take on the smart screen designed for the very specific purpose of living next to your bed. The streamlined features are very much by design — rather than the kitchen sink approach, the clock is built around a […]

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2019-08-22 04:35:57



Densify update helps finance make more intelligent cloud buying decisions  

Densify has been a company that helps engineers buy cloud resources in a cost-effective way, but the company wanted to show this cloud spending data to finance as well. This week it announced a new product called Cloud Cost Intelligence (CCI), which has been designed to give finance teams greater visibility into a company’s cloud […]

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2019-08-22 04:17:38



Silicone 3D printing startup Spectroplast spins out of ETHZ with $1.5M  

3D printing has become commonplace in the hardware industry, but because few materials can be used for it easily, the process rarely results in final products. A Swiss startup called Spectroplast hopes to change that with a technique for printing using silicone, opening up all kinds of applications in medicine, robotics, and beyond.

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2019-08-22 04:16:52



The CareVoice raises $10 million to develop better tech for insurance providers in Asia  

The CareVoice, a Shanghai-based health insurance software startup with ambitions to expand throughout Asia, announced today that it has raised about $10 million in Series A funding. The investment was led by LUN Partners Group and an undisclosed global investment manager that specializes in financial services, with participation from DNA Capital and returning investors SOSV […]

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2019-08-22 04:07:46



Who gets to own your digital identity?  

Even though anonymity is still a hot topic and sought after in the online world, times have changed.

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2019-08-22 03:52:57



Watch YC CEO Michael Seibel chat startups, prices and tech's center of gravity  

YC's Michael Seibel joins us on a special episode of Equity, TechCrunch's venture-capital-focused podcast. Given that we had Seibel to chat with at YC Demo Day, we decided to drop the regular format and riff interview-style about what the accelerator program is up to.

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2019-08-22 03:37:46



Hundreds of Uber and Lyft drivers to launch a protest caravan across California  

If you're like me, chances are good you just distractedly clicked on this article while scrolling through your feed in, or while waiting for, a Lyft. Maybe, like me, you need that app to get to back-to-back meetings in different locations today, as you're well on your way to at least a 60-hour workweek between […]

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2019-08-22 03:33:10



Bose's new portable home speaker sports Alexa and Google Assistant  

Bose's portable speaker offerings have tended toward the cheaper end of the spectrum — bringing colorful competition for companies like JBL. With the dryly named Portable Home Speaker, however, the company looks to split the difference between portable and premium. And it's certainly priced for the latter. The $349 speaker looks to something of a […]

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2019-08-22 02:52:04



Google ditches desserts as Q becomes Android 10  

The dessert naming scheme was one of the best-loved legacies from Google past (though some were notably better than others). Every time the company got ready to release a new version of the mobile operating system, speculation would mount about which sweet foodstuff on which the company would ultimately settle. But while P offered confections […]

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2019-08-22 02:40:04



Overstock CEO resigns after 'deep state' comments  

Overstock.com announced today that CEO Patrick Byrne has resigned from his role as chief executive and board member. Another board member, Jonathan Johnson, will be taking over as Overstock’s interim CEO. This follows the company’s eyebrow-raising press release earlier this month titled “Overstock.com CEO Comments on Deep State, Withholds Further Comment,” in which Byrne said […]

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2019-08-22 02:29:57



Google proposes new privacy and anti-fingerprinting controls for the web  

Google today announced a new long-term initiative that, if fully realized, will make it harder for online marketers and advertisers to track you across the web. This new proposal follows the company’s plans to change how cookies in Chrome work and to make it easier for users to block tracking cookies. Today’s proposal for a […]

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2019-08-22 02:20:10



How do you build a secure startup? Find out at TechCrunch Disrupt SF  

Security is everything — more so than ever in startup land. But with the constant pressures to launch and scale, how do you build a secure startup from the ground up without slowing growth? Whether you’re starting out small or you’re a multinational unicorn, your customers and their data will be your greatest asset. We’re […]

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2019-08-22 01:26:59



Justice Department indicts 80 individuals in a massive business email scam bust  

The Justice Department have indicted dozens of individuals accused of their involvement in a massive business email scam and money laundering scheme. Thom Mrozek, a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorneys Office for the Central District of California, confirmed more than a dozen individuals had been arrested during raids on Thursday — mostly in the Los […]

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2019-08-22 01:21:40



Our 12 favorite startups from Y Combinator's S19 Demo Day 2  

After two days of founders tirelessly pitching, we’ve reached the end of YC’s Summer 2019 Demo Days. TechCrunch witnessed more than 160 on-the-record startup pitches coming out of Y Combinator, spanning healthcare, B2B services, augmented reality and life-extending. The full list is worth a gander, you can read about the 84 startups from Day 1 […]

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2019-08-21 20:46:56



Splunk acquires cloud monitoring service SignalFx for $1.05B  

Splunk, the publicly traded data processing and analytics company, today announced that it has acquired SignalFx for a total price of about $1.05 billion. Approximately 60% of this will be in cash and 40% in Splunk common stock. The companies expect the acquisition to close in the second half of 2020. SignalFx, which emerged from […]

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2019-08-21 20:15:17



Daily Crunch: DoorDash acquires Scotty Labs  

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. DoorDash acquires autonomous driving startup Scotty Labs DoorDash seems to be very interested in self-driving technology — not only did it […]

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2019-08-21 19:42:42



Apple warns against storing the Apple Card in leather and denim  

First of all, keep it out of the light. It hates bright light, especially sunlight, it’ll kill it. Second, don’t give it any water, not even to drink. But the most important rule, the rule you can never forget, no matter how much it cries, no matter how much it begs, never feed it after […]

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2019-08-21 19:37:22



Should you raise equity venture capital or revenue-based investing VC?  

Most founders who are raising capital look first to traditional equity VCs. But should they? Or should they look to one of the new wave of revenue-based investors?

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2019-08-21 19:35:09



Classic Hangouts will hang in there a bit longer  

Earlier this year, Google said it would transition all Hangouts users on G Suite to Hangouts Chat and Meet by October 2019 and then retire the classic version of Hangouts. But a lot of G Suite users love their classic Hangouts, so Google has now revised Hangouts’ retirement date to “no sooner than June 2020.” […]

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2019-08-21 19:29:41



YC is doubling down on these investment theses in its most recent batch  

Changes at YC, trends in the startup universe and a breakdown of the accelerator's latest batch.

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2019-08-21 19:22:08



T-Mobile customers report outage, can't make calls or send text messages  

T-Mobile customers across the U.S. say they can’t make calls or send text messages following an apparent outage — although mobile data appears to be unaffected. We tested with a T-Mobile phone in the office. Both calls to and from the T-Mobile phone failed. When we tried to send a text message, it said the […]

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2019-08-21 16:47:39



After a breakout year, looking ahead to the future of podcasting  

2019 has been a breakout year for podcasting. According to Edison Research's Infinite Dial report, more than half of Americans have now listened to a podcast, and an estimated 32% listen monthly.

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2019-08-21 16:35:39



ThredUp, whose second-hand goods will start appearing at Macy's and JCPenney, just raised a bundle  

ThredUp, the 10-year-old fashion resale marketplace, has a lot of big news to boast about lately. For starters, the company just closed on $100 million in fresh funding from an investor syndicate that includes Park West Asset Management, Irving Investors and earlier backers Goldman Sachs Investment Partners, Upfront Ventures, Highland Capital Partners and Redpoint Ventures. […]

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2019-08-21 15:03:08



Porsche invests in 'low visibility' sensor startup TriEye  

Porsche’s venture arm has acquired a minority stake in TriEye, an Israeli startup that’s working on a sensor technology to help vehicle driver-assistance and self-driving systems see better in poor weather conditions like dust, fog and rain. The strategic investment is part of a Series A financing round that has been expanded to $19 million. […]

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2019-08-21 13:22:52



Only 3 days left: Get your 2-for-1 passes to Disrupt Berlin 2019  

Holy sonderangebot, startup fans — yet another special offer you don't want to miss! You've got just three days left to take advantage of our a 2-for-1 summer flash sale on passes to Disrupt Berlin 2019. Imagine scoring two Innovator, Founder or Investor passes for the price of one. That's some mighty big ROI. Don't […]

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2019-08-21 12:20:45



Crossbeam gets $12.5M Series A to help companies organize their partnerships  

When Crossbeam CEO and co-founder Bob Moore was working at previous startups, he noticed a problem around sharing information with potential partners. In fact, it was so acute he decided to create a startup to solve that problem, and today, Crossbeam announced a $12.5 million Series A round led by FirstMark Capital with participation from […]

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2019-08-21 11:56:09



Apple exec Susan Prescott is coming TechCrunch Sessions: Enterprise  

Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of markets, apps and services, has been at Apple since 2003. She worked with the company’s mythical co-founder Steve Jobs, and has witnessed such milestones as the launch of the iPhone and the iPad. Susan will be coming to TechCrunch Sessions: Enterprise in San Francisco on September 5 to discuss […]

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2019-08-21 11:21:05



Bring your posse to Disrupt SF 2019 with group discounts  

Disrupt San Francisco 2019, our flagship event on October 2-4, features three full days of programming, more than 10,000 attendees, over 1,200 exhibiting startups and sponsors — and that's just for starters. That's a lot of ground to cover. Here's a hot tip: take advantage of group discounts, saddle up and bring your whole posse […]

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2019-08-21 11:20:03



Second docking adapter for commercial crew vehicles installed on International Space Station  

The International Space Station is now more than ready for crew-carrying spacecraft flown by commercial companies to pay it a visit: The second planned International Dock Adapter (IDA) was installed on the Space Station during a spacewalk by NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Andrew Morgan earlier today. The dock adapter is actually IDA-3, as the […]

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2019-08-21 11:17:48



Box introduces Box Shield with increased security controls and threat protection  

Box has always had to balance the idea of sharing content broadly while protecting it as it moved through the world, but the more you share, the more likely something can go wrong, such as misconfigured shared links that surfaced earlier this year. In an effort to make the system more secure, the company announced […]

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2019-08-21 10:40:52



Workspace provider Knotel secures $400M, putting it in WeWork's rear-view mirror  

While some analysts are calling WeWork's IPO filing as a 'masterpiece of obfuscation' and the esteemed tech observer Professor Scott Galloway simply calls it “WeWTF” There is another company which is coming up fast in the "WeViewMirror" – if you will – and that's Knotel. Also a ‘flexible workspace provider' Knotel has reversed the WeWork […]

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2019-08-21 10:36:39



Volocopter reveals its first commercial aircraft, the VoloCity air taxi  

It’s a race to the skies in terms of which company actually deploys an on-demand air taxi service based around electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft - for its part, German startup Volocopter is taking another key step with the revelation of its first aircraft designed for actual commercial use, the VoloCity. The VoloCity is […]

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2019-08-21 10:34:34



Cosi raises €5M for its 'full-stack' hospitality alternative to boutique hotels  

Cosi, a new Berlin-based startup operating in the hospitality space with an alternative to boutique hotels and managed short-stay apartments, has picked up €5 million in seed funding pre-launch. Leading the round are venture capital firms Cherry Ventures and e.ventures, with participation from a number of travel, real estate and hospitality entrepreneurs and experts. They […]

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2019-08-21 10:27:47



Eminem's publisher accuses Spotify of copyright infringement in new lawsuit  

Eminem’s music publisher Eight Mile Style has filed a lawsuit against Spotify, accusing the service of “blatant copyright infringement” in streaming “Lose Yourself” and other Eminem songs. As explained by The Hollywood Reporter, the suit is tied Spotify’s implementation of the Music Modernization Act, which was signed into law last year. Under the MMA, Spotify […]

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2019-08-21 10:06:01



Google denies reports of unannounced changes to Android app review process  

Multiple reports this week claimed Google had quietly rolled out a more in-depth app review process to all developers — changes designed to keep the Play Store safer from spam, malware and copycat apps. Those reports are inaccurate, Google tells TechCrunch. Instead, the company is giving itself more time to review apps from new, unestablished […]

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2019-08-21 08:47:46



Hear THX's new Deep Note right here  

The THX Deep Note is changing and it can be heard here first. The iconic audio track has long proceeded movies certified by THX and features the now-familiar crescendo that showcases the movie’s audio capability. This time around THX built the intro to feature 4K video as much as audio as it will be available […]

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2019-08-21 08:44:48



Deadline extended one week: apply to Hardware Battlefield @ TC Shenzhen  

Whether you're a time-crunched procrastinator or a last-minute decision-maker we have great news for early-stage hardware startup founders! You get one more week to apply to compete in Hardware Battlefield at TC Shenzhen on November 11-12 in China. Did we just hear a collective sigh of relief? Take advantage of the reprieve and grab this […]

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2019-08-21 08:20:45



YouTube is closing its private messages feature…and many kids are outraged  

People love to share YouTube videos among their friends, which is why in mid-2017 YouTube launched a new in-app messaging feature that would allow YouTube users to private send their friends videos and chat within a dedicated tab in the YouTube mobile app. That feature is now being shut down, the company says. After September […]

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2019-08-21 08:19:45



Twitter picks up team from narrative app Lightwell in its latest effort to improve conversations  

Twitter’s ongoing, long-term efforts to make conversations easier to follow and engage with on its platform is getting a boost with the company’s latest acquihire. The company has picked up the team behind Lightwell, a startup that had built a set of developer tools to build interactive, narrative apps, for an undisclosed sum. Lightwell’s founder and […]

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2019-08-21 08:11:41



Kobiton raises a $5.2M Series A round for its mobile testing platform  

Kobiton, an Atlanta-based mobile testing platform that helps developers test their apps on real devices using the open-source Appium automation framework, today announced that it has raised a $5.2 million Series A round. The round was led by BIP Capital, with support from seed investors KMS Technology and Kinetic Ventures, as well as BetterCloud executive […]

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2019-08-21 07:49:31



SiriusXM undercuts rivals with a $4 per month student subscription  

SiriusXM is making its streaming service more affordable for younger consumers with the launch of a new subscription package for college students. While SiriusXM’s Premier package is $12.99 per month, the new streaming-only student offering will be just $4 per month — a 69% discount. This comes in a dollar less than competitors’ student plans, […]

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2019-08-21 07:11:14



Peak Design's Travel Duffel 35L is as simple or as powerful as you need it to be  

A good, solid duffel bag is a mainstay for many travelers — especially those who like packing up a car for a weekend away, or frequent flyers who disdain the thought of checking a bag. Peak Design introduced its own take on the duffel bag this year, with a couple of different twists on the […]

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2019-08-21 06:46:03



Verified Expert Growth Marketing Agency: We Are Off The Record  

Unlike most agencies, We Are Off The Record's (WAOTR) mission is to advise and train in-house growth teams to scale their business. CEO and founder Bas Prass prides his team’s "train and transfer method" because it has allowed them to work with tech startups and giant corporations from all around the world. WAOTR is based […]

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2019-08-21 06:24:33



How Dropbox, Nike, Salesforce, MailChimp, Google and Pepsi welcome their new hires  

The first day of work at a new job can be very stressful. Different companies have their own traditions to help make this period of transition more comfortable and memorable for new hires...

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2019-08-21 05:59:16



Google updates to a cleaner, simpler Play Store design [Updated]  

[Update: the Music tab has been relocated] Google’s Play Store has gotten a big visual makeover, the company announced today, with changes that include a cleaner look-and-feel, new navigation, an easier way to to see app information and more. Most notably, however, is that Google has taken a page from Apple’s playbook with the priority […]

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2019-08-21 05:35:21



Watch live as NASA astronauts spacewalk to install a new automated docking ring on the ISS  

NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Andrew Morgan are setting out today to perform the installation of a new International Docking Adapter (IDA) on the International Space Station that will provide another way for future crew craft flown by commercial providers to bring astronauts to the orbital research platform. This is the second IDA to be […]

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2019-08-21 05:07:32



PayPal-backed money lender Tala raises $110M to enter India  

Tala, a Santa Monica, Calif.-headquartered startup that creates a credit profile to provide uncollateralized loans to millions of people in emerging markets, has raised $110 million in a new financing round to enter India’s burgeoning fintech space. The Series D financing for the five-year-old startup was led by RPS Ventures, with GGV Capital and previous […]

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2019-08-21 05:06:29



BuzzFeed's new MoodFeed recommends content based on how you're feeling  

BuzzFeed is offering readers a new approach to finding content that fits the way they’re feeling right now. It’s not the boring old approach of following a link on social media or search, or of typing BuzzFeed.com into your browser.  Instead, on MoodFeed, readers can identify their mood, then they’ll get a list of articles […]

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2019-08-21 04:23:57



Xiaomi launches Mi A3 Android One smartphone with 48MP rear camera in India for $181  

Google has found a committed Android One partner in Xiaomi. The Chinese electronics giant today announced the launch of the Mi A3, an Android One smartphone, in India as the company looks to expand its handset offering in its most important market. The Mi A3, the third Android One handset from Xiaomi, features mid to […]

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2019-08-21 03:30:35



Fresh out of Y Combinator, Tandem lands millions from Andreessen Horowitz  

Tandem is amongst the most sought after companies of Y Combinator's summer batch.

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2019-08-21 02:08:29



Europe's top data protection regulator, Giovanni Buttarelli, has died  

Europe’s data protection supervisor, Giovanni Buttarelli, has died. His passing yesterday, aged 62, was announced by his office today — which writes: It is with the deepest regret that we announce the loss of Giovanni Buttarelli, the European Data Protection Supervisor. Giovanni passed away surrounded by his family in Italy, last night, 20 August 2019. […]

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2019-08-21 02:04:50



Apple, Google and Mozilla block Kazakhstan's browser spying tactics  

Apple, Google and Mozilla have taken the rare step of blocking an untrusted certificate issued by the Kazakhstan government, which critics say it forced its citizens to install as part of an effort to monitor their internet traffic. The browser makers said in a joint statement Wednesday it deployed “technical solutions” to block the government-issued […]

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2019-08-21 02:03:55



Andrew Ng's AI companies expand to Medellin, Colombia  

After his tenure as Chief Scientist at Baidu, Andrew Ng, the founder of the Google Brain project and former CEO of Coursera, set up a number of different proejcts that all focus on making AI more approachable. These include the education startup Deeplearning.ai, the AI Fund startup studio for building AI companies and Landing.ai, which […]

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2019-08-21 01:34:45



Waymo releases a self-driving open data set for free use by the research community  

Waymo is opening up its significant stores of autonomous driving data with a new ‘Open Data Set’ it’s making available for the purposes of research. The data set isn’t for commercial use, but its definition of ‘research’ is fairly broad, and includes researchers at other companies as well as academics. The data set is “one […]

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2019-08-21 01:05:13



Waxed canvas bags from Waterfield, Manhattan Portage, Saddleback and more  

It's Bag Week again! And here for your consideration are a handful of bags from a variety of makers who specialize (or dabble) in waxed canvas, my favorite material. It's natural, it's durable, and it looks great — what's not to like?

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2019-08-20 20:23:53



Should your new VC fund use revenue-based investing?  

David Teten Contributor Share on Twitter David Teten is a Venture Partner with HOF Capital. He was previously a Partner for 8 years with HOF Capital and ff Venture Capital. David writes regularly at teten.com and @dteten. More posts by this contributor Why are revenue-based VCs investing in so many women and underrepresented founders? Who […]

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2019-08-20 20:05:30



MoviePass exposed thousands of unencrypted customer card numbers  

Movie ticket subscription service MoviePass has exposed tens of thousands of customer card numbers and personal credit cards because a critical server was not protected with a password. Mossab Hussein, a security researcher at Dubai-based cybersecurity firm SpiderSilk, found an exposed database on one of the company’s many subdomains. The database was massive, containing 161 […]

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2019-08-20 19:01:13



Researchers look into keeping autonomous vehicles from becoming mobile vomitoriums  

If you're like me, and I'm just going to assume most of you are, motion sickness is a serious consideration on any car trip where you're not driving. So what are we supposed to do in self-driving vehicles? Researchers are finally looking into this question with an experiment designed to see just what makes people like us so sick.

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2019-08-20 18:38:34



The 11 best startups from Y Combinator's S19 Demo Day 1  

tY Combinator, the genesis for many of the companies that have shaped Silicon Valley including Airbnb, PagerDuty and Stripe, has minted another 200 some graduates. Half of those companies made their pitch to investors today during Day 1 of Y Combinator’s Summer 2019 Demo Day event and we’re here to tell you which startups are […]

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2019-08-20 18:14:29



Why are revenue-based VCs investing in so many women and underrepresented founders?  

A new wave of revenue-based investors are emerging who are using creative investing structures with some of the upside of traditional VC, but some of the downside protection of debt.

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2019-08-20 16:14:46



Shazam data is powering Apple Music's newest chart, the Shazam Discovery Top 50  

Apple continues to make use of Shazam, the music recognition app it acquired for $400 million in 2018. Earlier this month, Apple publicly launched its Music for Artists dashboard, which included insights powered by Shazam data. Today, Apple announced that Shazam data will also now power a new Apple Music chart: the Shazam Discovery Top […]

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2019-08-20 15:13:51



DoorDash acquires autonomous driving startup Scotty Labs  

DoorDash has been on an acquisition tear of late, with Scotty Labs as its latest target. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but this comes after DoorDash acquired Caviar in a deal worth $410 million. Scotty Labs, a tele-operations company that is working on technology to enable people to remotely control self-driving cars, raised […]

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2019-08-20 14:56:40



IBM is moving OpenPower Foundation to The Linux Foundation  

IBM makes the Power Series chips, and as part of that has open-sourced some of the underlying technologies to encourage wider use of these chips. The open-source pieces have been part of the OpenPower Foundation. Today, the company announced it was moving the foundation under The Linux Foundation, and while it was at it, announced […]

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2019-08-20 13:38:14



The American AI Initiative: A good first step, of many  

When the global economy starts to feel the shift ushered in with mass-adoption of AI, the United States needs to be leading the charge as opposed to chasing the pack.

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2019-08-20 12:15:25



H2O.ai announces $72.5M Series D led by Goldman Sachs  

H2O.ai‘s mission is to democratize AI by providing a set of tools that frees companies from relying on teams of data scientists. Today it got a bushel of money to help. The company announced a $72.5 million Series D round led by Goldman Sachs and Ping An Global Voyager Fund. Previous investors Wells Fargo, NVIDIA […]

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2019-08-20 11:54:49



Timbuk2's Parker is a commuter backpack made for the long haul  

It's finally Bag Week again! The most wonderful week of the year at TechCrunch. Just in time for back to school, we're bringing you reviews of bags of all varieties: from backpacks to rollers to messengers to fanny packs. Honestly, I'd thought I'd have grown out of backpacks by this point in my life. I had a […]

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2019-08-20 11:42:52



IAC acquires nursing marketplace NurseFly for $15M  

NurseFly, a startup that’s created a job marketplace for short-term nursing positions, is announcing its acquisition by holding company IAC. While the companies aren’t disclosing the deal terms, a source with knowledge of the acquisition said the price was $15 million. Co-founder and CEO Parth Bhakta told me that hospitals often hire travel nurses (signed […]

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2019-08-20 11:42:46



Facebook unveils new tools to control how websites share your data for ad-targeting  

Last year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the company would be creating a “Clear History” feature that deletes the data that third-party websites and apps share with Facebook. Today, the company is actually launching feature in select geographies. It’s gotten a new name in the meantime: Off-Facebook Activity. David Baser, the director of product […]

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2019-08-20 11:29:52



Waymo self-driving cars head to Florida for rainy season  

Waymo is taking some of its autonomous vehicles to Florida just in time for hurricane season to begin testing in heavy rain. The move to Florida will focus on testing how its myriad of sensors hold up during the region’s rainy season as well as to collect data. All of the vehicles will be manually […]

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2019-08-20 11:27:41



YC-backed Stoic is a journaling app with a focus on understanding your feelings  

The process of using the Stoic journaling app is simple: You open the app in the morning and the evening, when you’ll be prompted to answer a couple of questions and perform a few simple exercises. For example, this evening the app asked me to rate my current level of fulfillment and to identify what […]

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2019-08-20 11:26:34



SpaceX's spacefaring Tesla Roadster has made a full trip around the Sun  

Somewhere in space, a mannequin wearing a SpaceX spacesuit and driving a cherry red original Tesla Roadster that once belonged to Elon Musk is celebrating its first trip around the Sun. The absurd “Starman” and Roadster combo was launched last year aboard the first Falcon Heavy test flight from Kennedy Space Center, and has now […]

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2019-08-20 10:36:37



Here are the 82 startups from day 2 of Y Combinator's S19 Demo Days  

Team TechCrunch was back for Day 2 of Y Combinator’s Summer 2019 Demo Days where we heard from another massive chunk of startups that are taking disruption very seriously, even if they’re aiming to upend companies that only launched in Y Combinator a few classes ago. The total class of on-record Demo Days launches came […]

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2019-08-20 10:07:14



Microsoft's new Chromium-based Edge browser is now in beta  

Microsoft today launched the first beta builds of its new, Chromium-based Edge browser for Windows and Mac. The new beta channel, which will see a new update roughly every six weeks, will join the existing dev and canary channels, which will continue to see daily and weekly updates, respectively. Over the course of the last […]

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2019-08-20 10:05:07






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