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Hackers conquer Tesla's in-car web browser and win a Model 3  

A pair of security researchers dominated Pwn2Own, the annual high-profile hacking contest, taking home $375,000 in prizes including a Tesla Model 3 — their reward for successfully exposing a vulnerability in the electric vehicle’s infotainment system. Tesla handed over its new Model 3 sedan to Pwn2Own this year, the first time a car has been […]

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2019-03-24 03:16:58



How Nuro plans to spend Softbank's $940 million  

Autonomous delivery startup Nuro is bursting with ideas since SoftBank invested nearly $1 billion in February, new filings reveal. A recent patent application details how its R1 self-driving vehicle could carry smaller robots to cross lawns or climb stairs to drop off packages. The company has even taken the step of trademarking the name “Fido” […]

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2019-03-23 18:24:32



A family tracking app was leaking real-time location data  

A popular family tracking app was leaking the real-time locations of more than 238,000 users for weeks after the developer left a server exposed without a password. The app, Family Locator, built by Australia-based software house React Apps, allows families to track each other in real-time, such as spouses or parents wanting to know where […]

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2019-03-23 15:38:05



Planning for the uncertain future of work  

In a recently published, roughly 75-page report, British non-profit organization The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts (RSA) outlined several scenarios for how the UK labor market will be impacted by frontier technologies such as automation, AI, AVs and more. The analysis titled "The Four Futures of Work" was conducted in collaboration with design […]

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2019-03-23 12:15:35



Flying taxi startup Blade is helping Silicon Valley CEOs bypass traffic  

Blade, backed by Lerer Hippeau and Airbus, has begun chauffering the Bay Area's elite.

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2019-03-23 11:41:56



Startups Weekly: A much-needed unicorn IPO update  

In this week's newsletter: Details on Pinterest, Lyft, Uber and Zoom's upcoming IPOs, plus Glossier and Rent The Runway's big rounds.

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2019-03-23 10:38:52



A week of game streaming and earthquakes  

From Extra Crunch We hope all of you enjoyed the conversation with Eric Peckham and Lucas Matney on GDC and game streaming. For those who couldn't join, a transcript should be coming shortly. Our enterprise reporter Ron Miller has a dive into how Salesforce became the model for enterprise SaaS companies, with some great early […]

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2019-03-23 10:07:11



The damage of defaults  

Apple popped out a new pair of AirPods this week. The design looks exactly like the old pair of AirPods. Which means I’m never going to use them because Apple’s bulbous earbuds don’t fit my ears. Think square peg, round hole. The only way I could rock AirPods would be to walk around with hands […]

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2019-03-23 05:47:14



Corporate biotech venture funding rises again  

Biotech venture funding has been on a tear for the past couple of years, and corporate investors in the space are doing their part to boost the totals.

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2019-03-23 04:08:08



This is how much money Pinterest execs made last year  

Silicon Valley is known for its massive wealth. When these companies file to go public, we all finally get to know how much money these executives take home each year, and the millions they’ll take home after the IPO. In Pinterest’s S-1, which it filed earlier today, we see that co-founder and CEO Ben Silbermann […]

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2019-03-22 21:59:59



GM investing $300 million to build a new electric Chevy in the US  

GM announced Friday it will invest $300 million into a Michigan factory to produce a new Chevrolet electric vehicle, reversing a decision to build the EV outside of the United States. The announcement comes on the heels of recent job cuts and plant closures by GM, moves that have complicated bargaining with union workers over […]

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2019-03-22 20:37:20



What to expect from Apple's 'Show Time' event  

The biggest surprise about next week's Apple event may be the fact that the company has anything left to announce. This week, several core pieces of Apple hardware received upgrades, including the iPad Air and mini, iMac and AirPods. Given the company's rush to get all of that out the door, we don't expect to […]

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2019-03-22 19:59:25



Respondology helps brands and influencers hide toxic comments  

“Don’t read the comments” is one of those cliches that sticks around because it’s still good advice — maybe the best advice. But the team at Respondology is trying to change that. The company started out by helping brands find and respond to messages on social media. Senior Vice President of Sales Aaron Benor explained […]

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2019-03-22 18:07:05



Zoom, a profitable unicorn, files to go public  

Zoom posted $330 million in revenue in the year ending January 31, 2019, a remarkable 2x increase year-over-year

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2019-03-22 15:06:26



Pinterest drops its IPO filing  

The visual search engine will go public on the NYSE under the ticker symbol "PINS."

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2019-03-22 12:57:07



Crunchyroll raises its monthly subscription price to $7.99  

Crunchyroll is announcing its first major price increase since the anime streaming service launched in 2006. Prices for its premium subscription will go up in the United States, Great Britain, Australia and the Nordics — in the U.S. and Australia, the monthly price will increase from $6.95 to $7.99 (or $79.99 per year), while British […]

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2019-03-22 12:13:25



Drone analytics startup Aria Insights suddenly shutters  

Earlier this year, Helen Greiner-founded drone startup CyPhy Works announced a major change. The company was rebooting and renaming itself Aria Insights, a move that arrived with a newfound AI/data-driven focus. Now, just over two months later, the company is no more. Reports that Aria had shuttered began surfacing earlier this week. Moments ago, the […]

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2019-03-22 11:50:36



Elon Musk defends tweets in SEC's contempt proceedings  

Tesla CEO Elon Musk argued Friday that his Twitter use did not violate a settlement agreement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and that the agency’s request to have him held in contempt is based on a “radical interpretation” of the order, according to court papers filed in Manhattan federal court. The SEC has asked […]

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2019-03-22 11:44:06



Daily Crunch: Facebook admits password security lapse  

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 admits it stored 'hundreds of millions' of account passwords in plaintext Prompted by a report by cybersecurity reporter Brian Krebs, […]

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2019-03-22 10:57:28



How Salesforce paved the way for the SaaS platform approach  

When we think of enterprise SaaS companies today, just about every startup in the space aspires to be a platform. That means they want people using their stack of services to build entirely new applications, either to enhance the base product, or even build entirely independent companies. But when Salesforce launched Force.com, the company’s Platform […]

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2019-03-22 10:47:39



Mailchimp and Shopify break up  

Mailchimp today announced that the Mailchimp app, which let its users use their Shopify data to create targeted email campaigns, for example, is no longer available in the Shopify marketplace. The reason for this, Shopify itself says, is that it “had growing concerns about Mailchimp's app because of the poor merchant experience and their refusal […]

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2019-03-22 09:59:49



Talk about the big news from GDC with TechCrunch writers  

The Game Developers Conference concludes today in San Francisco but that doesn’t mean our coverage is over. TechCrunch writer Lucas Matney and Extra Crunch contributor Eric Peckham were at the Moscone Center and got a first-hand glimpse into what is coming up for gamers and developers alike. And at noon PT today they’ll be sharing […]

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2019-03-22 09:06:10



Equity Shot: Pinterest and Zoom file to go public  

In the latest Equity Shot, Kate Clark and Alex Wilhelm take a closer look at Pinterest and Zoom's IPO filings.

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2019-03-22 07:50:18



What's the cost of buying users from Facebook and the other ad networks?  

This post reveals the cost of acquiring a customer on every ad channel my agency has tested.

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2019-03-22 07:15:19



Gates-backed Lumotive upends lidar conventions using metamaterials  

Pretty much every self-driving car on the road, not to mention many a robot and drone, uses lidar to sense its surroundings. But useful as lidar is, it also involves physical compromises that limit its capabilities. Lumotive is a new company with funding from Bill Gates and Intellectual Ventures that uses metamaterials to exceed those limits, perhaps setting a new standard for the industry.

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2019-03-22 03:44:19



Asia's AnyMind pulls in another $8M and expands into outdoor advertising  

Asia-focused marketing startup AnyMind Group has landed a further $8 million in funding to close out its Series B round and expand into new verticals. The company announced a $13.4 million raise back in November, but that has now expanded to $21.4 million thanks to an additional injection from VGI Global Media, a Thailand-based firm […]

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2019-03-22 03:08:52



Firefox is now a better iPad browser  

Mozilla today announced a new iOS version of Firefox that has been specifically optimized for Apple’s iPad. Given the launch of the new iPad mini this week, that’s impeccable timing. It’s also an admission that building a browser for tablets is different from building a browser for phones, which is what Mozilla mostly focused on […]

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2019-03-22 02:59:40



Clark, a venture-backed tutoring platform, will now help tutors build their own sites  

A couple of years ago, Clark, a New York-based startup, appeared on the scene with tutoring software that aimed to both make it easier for educators to start and manage a tutoring business by handling on its platform all the work that tutors struggle to find time to do, from drumming up students, to managing […]

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2019-03-22 02:06:17



Could Walmart be the next big company to launch a game streaming service?  

Google stole the spotlight at this year's GDC with the launch of Stadia. What the game streaming service lacked in specifics, it more than made up for in buzz. The software giant certainly isn't the only one eyeing the space, however. A new report from US Gamer puts Walmart in the running, as well. The […]

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2019-03-22 02:02:01



Tesla's customer referral program is back weeks after it was killed off  

Tesla killed off its customer referral program way back on Feb. 1, 2019 because the popular program was getting too costly to maintain. But now, less than two months later, Tesla is bringing it back with new incentives aimed at rewarding its customers, and bringing in new ones. Tesla’s customer referral program had offered a […]

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2019-03-22 01:33:37



Our 9 favorite startups from Y Combinator W19 Demo Day 2  

Heathcare kiosks, a home-cooked food marketplace, and a way for startups to earn interest on their funding topped our list of high-potential companies from Y Combinator’s Winter 2019 Demo Day 2. 88 startups launched on stage at the lauded accelerator, though some of the best skipped the stage as they’d already raised tons of money. […]

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2019-03-22 01:08:35



Robotics process automation startup UiPath raising $400M at more than $7B valuation  

The company, which is more than doubling its valuation, is expected to do $450 million in ARR in 2019, TechCrunch has confirmed.

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2019-03-21 21:39:21



Streaming site Kanopy exposed viewing habits of users, researcher says  

On-demand video-streaming site Kanopy has fixed a leaking server that exposed the detailed viewing habits of its users. Security researcher Justin Paine discovered the leaking Elasticsearch database last week and warned Kanopy of the exposure. The server was secured two days later, on March 18, a spokesperson told TechCrunch. “We are currently investigating the scope […]

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2019-03-21 21:14:16



Gig workers need health & benefits — Catch is their safety net  

One of the hottest Y Combinator startups just raised a big seed round to clean up the mess created by Uber, Postmates and the gig economy. Catch sells health insurance, retirement savings plans and tax withholding directly to freelancers, contractors, or anyone uncovered. By building and curating simplified benefits services, Catch can offer a safety […]

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2019-03-21 20:26:25



How to develop a brand identity system (like Intercom)  

[Editor’s note: This is the first of a series of articles that we're writing about branding for startups. It's part of our latest initiative to find the best brand designers and agencies in the world who work with early-stage companies — nominate a talented brand designer you've worked with.]   When designer Ryan Hubbard joined Intercom, […]

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2019-03-21 17:52:59



Introducing the Extra Crunch Stage at Disrupt SF 2019  

Every year we dig deep to make the next TechCrunch Disrupt bigger, bolder and better than before. Disrupt San Francisco 2019, on October 2-4, is no exception. One of the many upgrades we're proud to announce is the Extra Crunch Stage. Hold up a second — need a ticket to Disrupt SF 2019? Get one […]

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2019-03-21 16:35:39



Facebook's AI couldn't spot mass murder  

Facebook has given another update on measures it took and what more it’s doing in the wake of the livestreamed video of a gun massacre by a far right terrorist who killed 50 people in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Earlier this week the company said the video of the slayings had been viewed […]

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2019-03-21 16:27:04



Tencent Q4 profit disappoints, but cloud and payments gain ground  

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

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2019-03-21 13:48:05



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

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

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2019-03-21 13:38:17



How to save the third wave of technology from itself  

The next wave of technology is arriving, transforming cities, healthcare and finance. But the regulatory landscape has become difficult to navigate. Regtech will ease these burdens.

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2019-03-21 13:16:33



Rent the Runway hits a $1 billion valuation  

Rent the Runway just closed a $125 million round led by Franklin Templeton Investments and Bain Capital Ventures. This round values the company at $1 billion. In total, Rent the Runway has raised $337 million in venture funding. "Shared, dynamic ownership is a movement that Rent the Runway has pioneered over the last decade and […]

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2019-03-21 12:44:06



Windows Virtual Desktop is now in public preview  

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

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2019-03-21 12:31:51



MoviePass parent's CEO says its rebooted subscription service is already (sort of) profitable  

Two days after MoviePass announced the return of the company's unlimited ticket plan, Ted Farnsworth, CEO of its parent company Helios and Matheson Analytics, sat down with TechCrunch to offer insight into the state of the beleaguered service. According to the executive, MoviePass Uncapped is already seeing positive results. While he didn't share concrete numbers, […]

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2019-03-21 12:05:39



Razer hooks up with Tencent to focus on mobile gaming  

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

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2019-03-21 11:34:21



Microsoft Defender comes to the Mac  

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

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2019-03-21 10:59:49



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

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

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2019-03-21 10:15:02



Nintendo's Labo: VR Kit is not Virtual Boy 2.0  

Even the most successful tech company is going to have a stumble from time to time. Nintendo's 45 years in the video game industry is spotted with a few doozies, but none are more infamous than the Virtual Boy. The 1994 portable console was marketed as an early home entry into virtual reality, but in […]

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2019-03-21 09:57:38



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

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

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2019-03-21 09:25:03



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

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

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2019-03-21 08:52:40



This is what the Huawei P30 will look like  

You can already find many leaked photos of Huawei's next flagship device — the P30 and P30 Pro. The company is set to announce the new product at an event in Paris next week. So here's what you should expect. Reliable phone leaker Evan Blass tweeted many different photos of the new devices in three […]

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2019-03-21 08:50:03



Why it's no surprise that pro rata rights don't mean what they used to  

Yesterday, renowned investor Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures observed in a blog post that fewer founders in today’s go-go market have been honoring what are called pro rata rights, or the right of an earlier investor in a company to maintain the percentage that he or she (or their venture firm) owns as that […]

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2019-03-21 08:42:32



How Amazon and Walmart are putting robots to work behind the scenes  

This week Brian Heater, fresh off a trip to Pittsburgh to visit a handful of robotics companies, led a discussion about the current state of robotics and how startups are integrating the machines into our lives. When it comes to our home lives, we really only have the Roomba, that circular disc that moves about our floors on its own sweeping up the dust and dirt. In fact, the jobs being performed behind the scenes are the ones robots are digging into.

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2019-03-21 08:25:02



Paris to tax scooter and bike services  

According to the City of Paris, there are 15,000 free-floating vehicles of all forms and shapes in the city, from electric scooters to fluorescent bikes and motorcycle-like scooters. And the City of Paris announced today that companies that operate free-floating services will have to pay a tax depending on the size of their fleet. If […]

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2019-03-21 08:11:46



UK's Police Federation hit by ransomware  

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

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2019-03-21 07:34:23



Aurora's Sterling Anderson, Uber ATG's Raquel Urtasun to discuss self-driving cars and AI at TC Sessions  

We’re just weeks away from our TC Sessions: Robotics + AI event at UC Berkeley on April 18. Some of the best and brightest minds are joining us for the day-long event, including Marc Raibert, Colin Angle, Melonee Wise and Anthony Levandowski . Last week, we added to the list of marquee guests and announced a panel with roboticist Ken Goldberg, […]

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2019-03-21 06:56:01



Trump promotes Michael Kratsios to US Chief Technology Officer  

More than two years into the Trump administration, the long vacant post of U.S. Chief Technology Officer will be filled. Bloomberg first reported that today Trump is elevating Michael Kratsios, current deputy U.S. CTO, to the nation’s top tech position. Prior to his experience within the Trump administration, Kratsios served as chief of staff at […]

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2019-03-21 06:28:29



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

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

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2019-03-21 05:48:54



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

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

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2019-03-21 05:48:01



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

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

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2019-03-21 05:05:19



Daily Crunch: The new iPad mini, reviewed  

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. Review: Apple's new iPad mini continues to be mini Matthew Panzarino tried out Apple’s new tablet with Apple Pencil support, and […]

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2019-03-21 04:48:34



Ludlow Ventures raises $45m for third fund  

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

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2019-03-21 04:10:07



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

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

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2019-03-21 03:55:01



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

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

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2019-03-21 03:27:49



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

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

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2019-03-21 03:18:01



Tech regulation in Europe will only get tougher  

European governments have been bringing the hammer down on tech in recent months, slapping record fines and stiff regulations on the largest imports out of Silicon Valley. Despite pleas from the world’s leading companies and Europe’s eroding trust in government, European citizens' staunch support for regulation of new technologies points to an operating environment that […]

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2019-03-21 02:51:08



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

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

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2019-03-21 02:50:52



Taxes on VC and electric buses harming oil prices  

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

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2019-03-21 02:07:17



To fund Y Combinator's top startups, VCs scoop them before Demo Day  

Meet the startups that raised venture capital, or got acquired, before Demo Day.

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2019-03-21 01:41:24



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

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

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2019-03-21 01:35:48



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

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

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2019-03-21 01:27:07



Tesla sues former employees, Zoox for alleged trade secret theft  

Tesla has filed a pair of lawsuits against a handful of former employees who went to work at self-driving vehicle startup Zoox and Chinese EV automaker Xiaopeng. The separate lawsuits filed late Wednesday allege former Tesla employees stole trade secrets and used them at their new places of employment. Tesla declined to comment on either […]

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2019-03-21 01:14:01



Nigerian fintech startup OneFi acquires payment company Amplify  

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

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2019-03-21 01:10:41



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

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

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2019-03-20 20:01:13



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

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

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2019-03-20 15:17:18



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

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

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2019-03-20 14:53:35



Daily Crunch: Apple unveils new AirPods  

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Apple announces new AirPods The new AirPods are fitted with the H1 chip, which is meant to offer performance efficiencies, faster […]

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2019-03-20 14:10:54



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

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

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2019-03-20 14:08:48



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

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

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2019-03-20 13:49:21



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

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

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2019-03-20 13:34:06



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

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

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2019-03-20 13:19:53



Microsoft warns Windows 7 users of looming end to security updates  

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

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2019-03-20 13:09:53



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

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

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2019-03-20 13:06:41



Amazon updates the $90 Kindle with a front light  

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

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2019-03-20 13:04:21



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

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

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2019-03-20 12:04:41



Apple announces new AirPods  

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

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2019-03-20 11:14:41



Morphin instantly Deepfakes your face into GIFs  

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

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2019-03-20 10:35:35



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

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

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2019-03-20 09:25:58



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

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

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2019-03-20 09:16:26



Erectile pharmacy app Ro launches telehealth service for women  

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

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2019-03-20 09:06:26



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

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

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2019-03-20 08:59:11



Disney closes its $71.3B Fox acquisition  

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

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2019-03-20 08:52:38



Serena Williams joins Bumble's investment fund as an investor  

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

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2019-03-20 07:58:28



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

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

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2019-03-20 07:47:59



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

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

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2019-03-20 07:34:19



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

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

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2019-03-20 06:48:42



Movius raises $45M for its business communications service  

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

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2019-03-20 06:31:19



Postmates' newest feature is like Uber POOL for food delivery  

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

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2019-03-20 06:29:42



Opera's VPN returns to its Android browser  

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

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2019-03-20 05:58:02



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

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

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2019-03-20 05:30:26



Peloton hit with $150 million music licensing suit  

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

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2019-03-20 05:29:17






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