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Snapchat Spectacles 3 review: Pretty, pricey  

No one’s going to pay $380 for decent point-of-view video glasses and some trippy filters. But that’s kind of the point of Snapchat Spectacles 3. They’re merely a stepping stone towards true augmented reality eyewear — a public hardware beta for the Snap Lab R&D team that Apple and Facebook aren’t getting as they tinker […]

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2019-11-12 10:00:10



PacketAI predicts IT incidents by parsing large event data sets  

Meet PacketAI, a French startup that wants to alert you when there's something wrong with your app or service. The company uses machine learning to parse raw event data and find out if there's anything wrong. PacketAI can intercept incidents at many different levels. For instance, the service can tell you if your users can't […]

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2019-11-12 09:20:40



Introducing the TC Top Picks for Disrupt Berlin 2019  

Can we get a fanfare of trumpets, please? The time has come to introduce you to our TC Top Picks for Disrupt Berlin 2019. The ingenuity and creativity reflected in the international startup community can't be overstated, and narrowing the field from the hundreds of applications we received was no easy task. The program showcases […]

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2019-11-12 09:00:04



Angular Ventures outs $41M seed fund for European and Israeli enterprise and 'deep tech' startups  

Angular Ventures, the early-stage enterprise and “deep tech”-focused VC firm founded by former DFJ Esprit partner Gil Dibner, is announcing the closing of its debut fund at $41 million. Targeting startups in Europe and Israel, Angular Ventures has been operating in so-called “stealth mode” for almost two years, seeing its portfolio grow to 12 companies. […]

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2019-11-12 08:00:58



Disney officially launches its streaming 'crown jewel,' Disney+  

The centerpiece of Disney's streaming strategy is here. After an initial test in the Netherlands, Disney+ is officially launching in the United States and Canada today, with a lineup of original content that includes the first episode of the very first live action Star Wars series, "The Mandalorian," along with a deep library of Disney, […]

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2019-11-12 08:00:06



Nigeria's Interswitch confirms $1B valuation after Visa investment  

Nigerian digital payments firm Interswitch confirmed today it has reached unicorn status after Visa acquired a minority equity stake in the firm. “The investment makes Interswitch one of the most valuable African fintech businesses with a valuation of $1 billion,” Interswitch said in a release to TechCrunch. The Visa investment could create the first of […]

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2019-11-12 07:29:26



Balderton Capital raises new $400M fund to back European tech startups at Series A  

Balderton Capital, one of the so-called “big four” early-stage VC firms in London (the others being Accel, Atomico and Index), has raised a new $400 million fund to continue backing European tech startups at Series A. Dealroom recently released a report that pegged Balderton as the most active Series A investor in Europe (between 2014-2018), […]

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2019-11-12 00:00:47



A16Z-backed Shift.org announces veterans hiring pipeline partnership with Better.com  

While across much of Asia, November 11th is either "singles day" (a $38 billion Alibaba extravaganza this year) or Pepero Day (named because 11/11 looks like a bunch of chocolate dessert sticks), here in the United States and parts of Europe, November 11th also marks the end of World War I and the commemoration of […]

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2019-11-11 23:43:08



Smartphone maker Realme is taking India and other emerging markets by storm  

As Xiaomi widens its smartphone lead over Samsung in India, a new competitor is increasingly posing a challenge. Realme, a one-and-half-year-old smartphone vendor that spun out of Oppo, commanded 14.3% of the world’s second largest smartphone market in the quarter that ended in September, research firm IDC said on Monday. While Xiaomi, with 27.1% of […]

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2019-11-11 23:32:21



Uber CEO stokes #boycottuber fire with 'mistakes happen' comment  

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi’s comments during an interview with Axios — and his subsequent apology — have done more than hand the company’s critics more ammunition in the renewed #boycottUber campaign. (Although, mission accomplished on that front.) They also exposed a weakness that if left uncorrected threatens to bring back the toxic culture Khosrowshahi promised […]

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2019-11-11 23:11:38



Adidas backpedals on robotic shoe production with Speedfactory closures  

An expensive experiment in global distribution has been abandoned by Adidas, which has announced that will close its robotic "Speedfactories" in Atlanta and Ansbach, Germany, within 6 months. The company sugar-coated the news with a promise to repurpose the technology used at its existing human-powered factories in Asia.

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2019-11-11 22:38:17



D2C companies deliver customer delight and simplicity  

D2C brands personalize the buying experience, optimize customer delight, educate users at the right cadence and ultimately, help consumers successfully harvest the emotions they were seeking.

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2019-11-11 21:53:57



'Death Stranding' brings back appointment gaming  

Game launches these days are frequently the very worst time to play them. Plagued by bugs, server issues, balance problems, and a lack of content, many "games as a service" titles are best consumed after a month or two. Not so with Hideo Kojima's long-awaited Death Stranding, which if you're going to play at all... you should probably play now.

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2019-11-11 21:42:59



Facebook machine learning aims to modify faces, hands and… outfits  

The latest research out of Facebook sets machine learning models to tasks that, to us, seem rather ordinary — but for a computer are still monstrously difficult. These projects aim to anonymize faces, improvise hand movements and — perhaps hardest of all — give credible fashion advice. The research here was presented recently at the […]

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2019-11-11 20:53:03



Facebook finally lets you banish nav bar tabs & red dots  

Are those red notification dots on your Facebook home screen driving you crazy? Sick of Facebook Marketplace wasting your screen space? Now you can control what appears in the Facebook app’s navigation bar thanks to a new option called Shortcut Bar Settings. Over the weekend TechCrunch spotted the option to remove certain tabs like Marketplace, […]

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2019-11-11 19:43:00



Google Chrome to identify and label slow websites  

Is it the web page that’s slow or is it your network connection? In the future, Google’s Chrome web browser may have an answer for you. Google announced today a plan to identify and label websites that typically load slowly by way of clear badging. The company says it may later choose to identify sites […]

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2019-11-11 19:29:59



Amazon to open its first non-Whole Foods grocery store in 2020  

Amazon is opening its first non-Whole Foods grocery store in the L.A. neighborhood of Woodland Hills, the retailer today confirmed. The news of the new store was first reported by CNET, which spotted several job postings referencing the location including those for a zone leader, grocery associates, and a food service associate. Unlike Amazon’s growing […]

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2019-11-11 17:32:10



Salesforce Ventures invested $300M in Automattic while Salesforce was building a CMS  

In September, Salesforce Ventures, the venture of arm of Salesforce, announced a hefty $300 million investment in Automattic, the company behind WordPress, the ubiquitous content management system (CMS). At the same time, the company was putting the finishing touches on Salesforce CMS, an in-house project it released last week. The question is, why did it […]

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2019-11-11 17:27:03



ViacomCBS shakes up its content leadership teams following merger  

Following the merger of CBS and Viacom announced earlier this year, the combined company today confirmed its plans to restructure its content and digital leadership teams in order to streamline operations. Among the changes, which were first reported by The Wall St. Journal on Sunday, are the departures of Comedy Central Head Kent Alterman and […]

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2019-11-11 16:32:16



Stingray-inspired spacecraft could eventually probe the atmosphere of Venus  

NASA’s next Venus probe could be an atmosphere-skimming robotic stingray designed by the University of Buffalo. UB’s CRASH Lab, which is the institution’s Crashworthinesss for Aerospace Structures and Hybrids laboratory, has been selected by NASA to get early stage funding as part of a program the agency devised to come up with new and innovative […]

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2019-11-11 16:19:56



Alibaba's Singles' Day sales top $38 billion  

After 24 hours of frenzied buying and selling, and weeks of aggressive advertising and promotions before it, the Alibaba Group said today its sales hit another record high on Singles’ Day, the biggest shopping day on the planet. The Chinese e-commerce giant said its platforms sold goods worth 268 billion yuan, or $38.4 billion today, […]

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2019-11-11 16:13:18



Twitter drafts a deepfake policy that would label and warn, but not always remove, manipulated media  

Twitter last month said it was introducing a new policy to help fight deepfakes and other “manipulated media” that involve photos, videos or audio that’s been significantly altered to change its original meaning or purpose, or those that make it seem like something happened that actually did not. Today, Twitter is sharing a draft of […]

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2019-11-11 15:11:18



SpaceX launches re-flown fairing for the first time and breaks a Falcon 9 booster re-use record  

SpaceX successfully launched its first batch of production Starlink satellites today, sending 60 of the small satellites to their target orbit aboard a Falcon 9 rocket. These 60 satellites follow 60 launched in May, but whereas those, and two launched last year, were for testing purposes, this new batch is the first in a series […]

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2019-11-11 15:06:42



OpenText buys data security firm Carbonite for $1.42B  

Carbonite has agreed to a $1.42 billion purchase by OpenText, an enterprise information management giant, ending weeks of speculation about the anticipated buyout. The deal marks a 78% premium on Carbonite’s share price on September 5, when it was first rumored the company was preparing to buy the backup and data recovery company. Carbonite said […]

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2019-11-11 14:06:20



Watch live as SpaceX launches 60 Starlink satellites with a thrice-flown Falcon 9 rocket  

SpaceX has a big launch coming up this morning from Cape Canaveral in Florida - a Falcon 9 will carry a payload of 60 of its Starlink orbital communications satellites to space at 9:56 AM ET (6:56 AM PT). The Starlink satellites are the first non-test group of SpaceX’s new constellation heading up en masse, […]

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2019-11-11 12:35:54



OLX Group invests up to $400M in used car marketplace Frontier Car Group at $700M valuation  

Frontier Car Group, the Berlin-based startup building used-car marketplaces targeting high-growth, emerging markets, has picked up another significant round of funding from a strategic backer also focusing on the same geographical opportunity. Today, OLX, the online classifieds division Prosus (the digital division of Naspers that listed earlier this year in Europe) announced that it would […]

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2019-11-11 12:10:14



Prosus makes $6.3B hostile bid for Just Eat; Just Eat rejects deal in favor of Takeaway merger  

As Amazon-backed Deliveroo expands into click-and-collect and procurement services to grow its footprint with restaurants in Europe, a food fight among three other takeout and delivery players continues apace in an ongoing consolidation march to compete better against the likes not just of Deliveroo but also Uber Eats and more. Today, Prosus — the recently-listed […]

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2019-11-11 11:12:36



Deliveroo launches food orders for pick up  

Don’t Deliveroo . The UK-based on-demand food delivery service has expanded into not actually delivering orders by offering users a pick-up option, called ‘Pickup’, as an alternative to paying a delivery fee and waiting in for lunch to arrive. The new ‘click & collection’ service is live for 700+ eateries in 13 UK cities at […]

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2019-11-11 11:02:05



Join Jeremy Johnson from Andela at Disrupt Berlin  

Over the past few years, Andela has built a simple yet powerful answer to the talent shortage in Silicon Valley and other overheating tech ecosystems. The company helps you hire some of the most talented software developers in a handful of African cities. That's why I'm excited to announce that Andela co-founder and CEO Jeremy […]

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2019-11-11 09:00:03



A chat about UK deep tech and spin-out success with Octopus Ventures  

New research commissioned by UK VC firm Octopus Ventures has put a spotlight on which of the country’s higher education institutions are doing the most to support spin outs. The report compiles a ranking of universities, foregrounding those with a record of producing what partner Simon King dubs “quality spin outs”. The research combines and […]

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2019-11-11 08:50:34



The post-exponential era of AI and Moore's Law  

My MacBook Pro is three years old, and for the first time in my life, a three-year-old primary computer doesn’t feel like a crisis which must be resolved immediately. True, this is partly because I’m waiting for Apple to fix their keyboard debacle, and partly because I still cannot stomach the Touch Bar. But it […]

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2019-11-11 04:00:32



Voi raises another $85M for its European e-scooter service  

Voi Technology, the "micro-mobility" startup that operates an e-scooter service in a 38 cities across 10 European countries, has raised an $85 million in Series B funding. Backing the round is a mixture of existing and new investors. They include Balderton Capital, Creandum, Project A, JME Ventures, Raine Ventures, Kreos Capital, Inbox Capital, Rider Global, […]

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2019-11-11 00:00:08



China Roundup: facial recognition lawsuit and cashless payments for foreigners  

Hello and welcome back to TechCrunch's China Roundup, a digest of recent events shaping the Chinese tech landscape and what they mean to people in the rest of the world. This week, a lawsuit sparked a debate over the deployment of China’s pervasive facial recognition; meanwhile, in some good news, foreigners in China can finally […]

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2019-11-10 17:00:07



Can America ever rebuild its neighborhoods and communities?  

We talk a lot about startup ecosystems around these parts, and for good reason. Strong ecosystems have great reservoirs of talent congregated close together, a culture built around helping one another on ambitious projects, and sufficient risk capital to ensure that interesting projects have the resources to get underway. Strip off the ecosystem layer though, […]

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2019-11-09 22:16:36



Week in Review: Airbnb is just the beginning  

Hey everyone. Thank you for welcoming me into you inbox yet again. I got some awesome responses to the #DeleteLinkedIn newsletter last week, a few dozen emails (some of them angry) and plenty of tweets. Looking forward to chatting with some of you soon. On that note, I'm currently in China for a TechCrunch event […]

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2019-11-09 21:00:28



A browser bug was enough to hack an Amazon Echo  

Two security researchers have been crowned the top hackers in this year’s Pwn2Own hacking contest after developing and testing several high profile exploits, including an attack against an Amazon Echo. Amat Cama and Richard Zhu, who make up Team Fluoroacetate, scored $60,000 in bug bounties for their integer overflow exploit against the latest Amazon Echo […]

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2019-11-09 17:24:21



Original Content podcast: Apple's star-studded 'Morning Show' gets off to a bumpy-but-promising start  

We weren't sure what to expect from the launch of Apple's new subscription streaming service. There were reports that the company was committed to staying family friendly, rather than exploring the adult content and creative liberties that both premium cable and streaming can offer. Plus, most of the trailers were pretty underwhelming. For our 100th […]

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2019-11-09 17:09:39



Watch MIT's 'mini cheetah' robots frolic, fall, flip – and play soccer together  

MIT’s Biomimetics Robotics department took a whole herd of its new ‘mini cheetah’ robots out for a group demonstration on campus recently - and the result is an adorable, impressive display of the current state of robotic technology in action. The school’s students are seen coordinating the actions of 9 of the dog-sized robots running […]

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2019-11-09 14:31:21



This Week in Apps: Photoshop for iPad bombs, Google Play's new rewards program, iOS bug fixes  

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support, and the money that flows through it all. What are the developers talking about? What Do app publishers and marketers need to know? How is international politics playing out in the App Store? What […]

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2019-11-09 14:00:48



Startups Weekly: Airbnb's growing pains  

In this week's newsletter: Airbnb's new safety measures, Coveo's unicorn round and the TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin agenda.

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2019-11-09 13:00:46



Microsoft uses AI to diagnose cervical cancer faster in India  

More women in India die from cervical cancer than in any other country. This preventable disease kills around 67,000 women in India every year, more than 25% of the 260,000 deaths worldwide. Effective screening and early detection can help reduce its incidence, but part of the challenge — and there are several parts — today […]

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2019-11-09 13:00:27



Roku puts a remote on your wrist with new Apple Watch app  

The Roku remote is coming to your wrist. The company announced today the launch of an Apple Watch app that lets you control your Roku device, including Roku media players and select Roku TVs, with a tap — just like the Roku mobile app, but sized for your wrist. Considered the limited screen real estate, […]

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2019-11-09 03:03:14



China's news and data site 36Kr tumbles in its stock market debut  

36Kr, a Chinese news and data website that tracks startups, fell 10% in its Nasdaq debut on Friday. The disappointing debut followed 36Kr’s decision to slash the size of its offering from 3.6 million shares to 1.4 million and pricing its shares at $14.5, the bottom of marketed range. This meant that the firm, which […]

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2019-11-09 02:46:19



Instagram to test hiding Like counts in US, which could hurt influencers  

“We will make decisions that hurt the business if they help people’s well-being and health” says Instagram’s CEO Adam Mosseri. To that end, next week Instagram will expand its test of hiding Like counts from everyone but a post’s creator to some users in the United States. But there are major questions about whether the […]

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2019-11-09 00:25:57



Relocating Indonesian capital will impact nation's startup ecosystem  

A move to East Kalimantan would allow for further development in the startup industry, with a focus on ecommerce and sustainability-focused enterprises.

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2019-11-08 23:13:35



“Trump should not be our president” says Ex-Facebook CPO Chris Cox  

Chris Cox’s motivational speeches were at the heart of Facebook’s new employee orientation. But after 14 years at the social network, the chief product officer left in March amidst an executive shake-up and Facebook’s new plan to prioritize privacy by moving to encrypt its messaging apps. No details on his next projects were revealed. Now […]

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2019-11-08 22:08:31



Inside StockX's authentication center  

Joshua Luber runs a sneaker empire valued at more than $1 billion, but he thinks they're just now scratching the surface. The consumer marketplace recently expanded to include a fifth category (collectibles). "It's an evolution of eBay that works similar to the stock market," Luber states, "but at the core, it's around the concept of […]

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2019-11-08 22:00:59



Kenzie Academy is scaling up a coding program for 'the heartland'  

The crowded landscape of programs teaching non-technical people to become software developers has been a proving ground for a new model of education financing: income share agreements (ISAs). With an ISA, students avoid paying tuition upfront or taking out private loans, instead paying a percentage of their income for a time after graduation after they’re […]

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2019-11-08 21:55:39



Extension on early-bird sale to Disrupt Berlin 2019  

We won't bury the lead on this news, startup fans. We're giving all you professional procrastinators and time-delayed decision makers an extra week to pull yourselves together and score early-bird savings on passes to Disrupt Berlin 2019 (11-12 December). Early-bird pricing remains in play until 15 November at 11:59 p.m. (CEST). Don't let this last-chance clock […]

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2019-11-08 21:12:03



Facebook's first experimental apps from its 'NPE Team' division focus on students, chat & music  

This July, Facebook announced a new division called NPE Team which would build experimental consumer-facing apps, allowing the company to try out new ideas and features to see how people would react. It soon thereafter tapped former Vine GM Jason Toff to join the team as a product manager. The first apps to emerge from […]

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2019-11-08 21:05:38



Daily Crunch: YouTube redesigns its homepage  

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. YouTube's homepage redesign focuses on usability, giving you control over recommendations The company announced an updated, cleaner design that does away […]

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2019-11-08 20:32:30



Vape lung 'breakthrough' suggests lethal culprit in THC products could be vitamin E acetate  

Official word has come down from federal authorities on one potential cause of the mystery illness affecting vape users: Vitamin E acetate, a chemical found in some vaping products that has been demonstrated to linger in the lungs long afterwards. The finding has been called a “breakthrough” but is far from the last word on […]

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2019-11-08 20:23:23



I ran digital ads for a presidential campaign, and Twitter is right to ban them  

Jack Dorsey made a wise choice for both his bottom line and his country. Facebook and Google would do well to follow his lead.

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2019-11-08 19:16:38



Banning digital political ads gives extremists a distinct advantage  

While Jack Dorsey's policy sounds compelling, it's flawed in principle and, I fear, counterproductive.

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2019-11-08 19:16:19



Alpaca nabs $6M for stocks API so anyone can build a Robinhood  

Stock trading app Robinhood is valued at $7.6 billion, but it only operates in the U.S. Freshly funded fintech startup Alpaca does the dirty work so developers worldwide can launch their own competitors to that investing unicorn. Like the Stripe of stocks, Alpaca’s API handles the banking, security and regulatory complexity, allowing other startups to […]

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2019-11-08 19:06:35



Optimizing customer retention will be a priority in 2020  

Seven emerging trends will shape the way companies delight and retain customers in 2020.

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2019-11-08 18:09:24



Popular Android phones can be tricked into snooping on their owners  

Security researchers have found several popular Android phones can be tricked into snooping on their owners by exploiting a weakness that gives accessories access to the phone’s underlying baseband software. Attackers can use that access to trick vulnerable phones into giving up their unique identifiers, such as their IMEI and IMSI numbers, downgrade a target’s […]

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2019-11-08 18:00:27



African logistics startup Lori Systems raises Series A led by Chinese investors  

African on-demand trucking logistics company Lori Systems has raised a Series A round led by Chinese investors Hillhouse Capital and Crystal Stream Capital. Other participating investors included Nigeria and U.S.-based EchoVC, Flexport CEO Ryan Petersen and Nigerian founder Iyinoluwa Aboyeji. Lori Systems is not disclosing the amount of the Series A. DealStreet Asia reported the […]

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2019-11-08 16:47:14



Badoo's Andrey Andreev sells his stake in Bumble owner MagicLab to Blackstone, valuing the dating apps at $3B  

Bumble, the popular and profitable dating and networking app built around the ethos of women calling the shots on how connections get made and developed, has made a deal for some independence of its own. Andrey Andreev, the founder of Badoo, the controversial London-based company that owns a series of dating apps and was the […]

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2019-11-08 16:24:02



A look at the top trends exciting NYC's consumer VCs  

To learn more about the next wave of consumer startup investment outside Silicon Valley, I'm speaking to leading B2C-focused investors in various hubs about the trends they’re excited about right now.  Recently, I shared the responses from several London-based investors; today, we spoke to eight of New York's top consumer VCs: Rebecca Kaden, Partner at […]

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2019-11-08 16:09:47



Andreessen Horowitz launches free crypto startup school  

Last month, Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) general partner Chris Dixon announced at TechCrunch Disrupt that the VC firm would run a free crypto startup school. And the company is officially launching its school today. Applications are now open and you have four weeks to apply. With this initiative, a16z wants to democratize cryptocurrencies. Dixon and the […]

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2019-11-08 15:04:08



Every startup is a bank — or wants to be  

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

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2019-11-08 14:00:34



Lyft is adding Chrysler Pacificas to its AV fleet and opening a new dedicated self-driving test facility  

Lyft has another year of building out its autonomous driving program under its belt, and the ride-hailing company has been expanding its testing steadily throughout 2019. The company says that it’s now driving four times more miles on a quarterly basis than it was just six months ago, and has roughly 400 people worldwide dedicated […]

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2019-11-08 14:00:33



Alibaba to invest $3.3B to bump its stake in logistics unit Cainiao  

Alibaba is doubling down on its logistics affiliate Cainiao, two years after acquiring a majority stake in the firm. The Chinese giant said today it would invest an additional 23.3 billion yuan (about $3.33 billion) to raise its equity in Cainiao to 63% (from 51%). In a statement, Alibaba said it will subscribe newly issued […]

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2019-11-08 10:17:52



Prices increase tonight: Buy Disrupt Berlin 2019 early-bird passes now  

We get it. You're deep in the weeds starting your startup, building your business, expanding your empire. Startuppers are frequently overworked, prone to procrastination and last-minute decision making. We're here to tell you today's the last day you can score early-bird savings to Disrupt Berlin 2019. The early–bird deadline ends tonight at 11:59 p.m. (CEST). […]

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2019-11-08 09:15:00



Google hires former Disney and Star executive to head its India business  

Google said on Friday it has appointed Sanjay Gupta, a former top executive with Disney India and Star, as the manager and vice president of sales and operations for its India business. Gupta will be replacing Rajan Anandan, who left the company to serve VC fund Sequoia Capital India as a managing director in April […]

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2019-11-08 08:28:44



Sir Martin Sorrell's Silicon Valley charm offensive  

Sir Martin Sorrell is the kind of founder who people in Silicon Valley most prize. He has enjoyed huge success, having built the world’s biggest advertising conglomerate over 32 years, WPP. He’s also out for revenge. Soon after WPP’s board began investing an “allegation of misconduct” in the spring of last year — it later […]

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2019-11-08 05:22:04



Disney+ will launch in the UK, Germany, Italy, France and Spain in March 2020  

Disney+ will launch in the U.S., Canada and the Netherlands on November 12th, a bit shy of a week from today. On November 19th, it’ll expand to Australia and New Zealand. But what about the rest of the world? Disney has kept quiet about its plans for other countries, presumably because going live in another […]

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2019-11-08 00:38:52



Elon Musk says building the first sustainable city on Mars will take 1,000 Starships and 20 years  

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk went into a bit more detail about the timelines and vehicle requirements to not only reach Mars, but to set up a sustainable base on the Red Planet that can serve as an actual city, supporting a local population. That’s the long-term vision for Musk and his space technology company, after […]

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2019-11-07 23:13:36



Star Wars and Marvel content is most watched among Disney+ trial users, led by 'Avengers: Infinity War'  

Early adopters of Disney+ are mostly watching Marvel and Star Wars movies and TV shows, according to a new third-party report by SimilarWeb out today. The analytics firm measured Disney+ usage in its debut market, the Netherlands, where the service went live for a trial run back in September ahead of its global rollout, and […]

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2019-11-07 23:13:30



Corporate, public investments spur interest in Pacific Northwest startups  

Why are businesses and government organizations investing so much into the the strip of land down the West Coast from Vancouver, Canada to Portland, Oregon?

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2019-11-07 22:50:09



Sinclair leads $10.3M investment in rideshare advertising startup Octopus  

Octopus Interactive, a startup bringing an interactive TV and ad experience into Uber and Lyft rides, has raised a $10.3 million funding round led by Sinclair Digital Group. Backseat TVs mixing show snippets and commercials have become a common part of the taxi experience in New York City and elsewhere. Octopus is offering something of […]

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2019-11-07 22:25:07



How Microsoft is trying to become more innovative  

Microsoft Research is a globally distributed playground for people interested in solving fundamental science problems. These projects often focus on machine learning and artificial intelligence, and since Microsoft is on a mission to infuse all of its products with more AI smarts, it’s no surprise that it’s also seeking ways to integrate Microsoft Research’s innovations […]

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2019-11-07 21:52:30



This robotic arm slows down to avoid the uncanny valley  

Robotic arms can move fast enough to snatch thrown objects right out of the air… but should they? Not unless you want them to unnerve the humans they’re interacting with, according to work out of Disney Research. Roboticists there found that slowing a robot’s reaction time made it feel more normal to people. Disney has, […]

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2019-11-07 21:48:08



Legislators from ten parliaments put the squeeze on Facebook  

The third meeting of the International Grand Committee on Disinformation and ‘Fake News’, a multi-nation body comprised of global legislators with concerns about the societal impacts of social media giants, has been taking place in Dublin this week — once again without any senior Facebook management in attendance. The committee was formed last year after […]

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2019-11-07 21:47:27



DNA testing startup Veritas Genetics confirms data breach  

Veritas Genetics, a DNA testing startup, has said a data breach resulted in unauthorized access of some customer information. The Danvers, Mass.-based company said its customer-facing portal had “recently” been breached but did not say when. Although the portal did not contain test results or medical information, the company declined to say what information had […]

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2019-11-07 21:13:03



Libra's critics are missing the forest for the trees  

Critics of Facebook's proposed stablecoin are well-intentioned, but they're missing the forest for the trees.

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2019-11-07 20:20:51



iOS 13.2.2 fixes bug that kills your background apps prematurely  

Does it feel like your iPhone is being a little quick to shut down apps running in the background lately? Go update it. Apple has just released iOS 13.2.2, which patches up this issue (which caused background apps to “quit unexpectedly”), along with a handful of other annoyances. While it doesn’t offer up anything in […]

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2019-11-07 20:00:28



Daily Crunch: Former Twitter employees charged with spying  

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. Saudi Arabia reportedly recruited Twitter employees to steal personal data of activists Saudi Arabian officials allegedly paid at least two Twitter […]

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2019-11-07 19:57:24



T-Mobile sugar-coats Sprint merger with promises of free data — but only if it's approved  

The planned $26 billion merger between T-Mobile and Sprint has been approved by the Justice Department and the FCC, but it's not a sure thing yet. To sweeten the deal, T-Mobile is dangling three big free and cheap data initiatives that will only go through if the merger does. A little sugar helps the medicine go down.

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2019-11-07 19:52:36



Ubiquiti combines router and Wi-Fi access point with UniFi Dream Machine  

Ubiquiti is a well-known brand if you care about networking. Many companies, schools and public spaces use Ubiquiti access points to broadcast a Wi-Fi network across an entire building. Earlier this week, the company announced a new device called the UniFi Dream Machine. This new device is interesting as it addresses the prosumer segment directly. […]

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2019-11-07 18:49:00



Older Samsung smart TVs to lose Netflix support next month  

An unspecified number of smart TVs manufactured by Samsung will lose native support for Netflix next month, the companies said in an announcement this week. Netflix app-installed — or available for — Samsung smart TVs manufactured in 2010 and 2011 (C and D lineups) — and likely sold for many years after that — will […]

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2019-11-07 18:10:17



Ghost wants to retrofit your car so it can drive itself on highways in 2020  

A new autonomous vehicle company is on the streets — and unbeknownst to most, has been since 2017. Unlike the majority in this burgeoning industry, this new entrant isn’t trying to launch a robotaxi service or sell a self-driving system to suppliers and automakers. It’s not aiming for autonomous delivery, either. Ghost Locomotion, which emerged […]

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2019-11-07 18:01:48



MIT develops a robot that can grow like a plant when it needs some extra reach  

MIT has developed a new kind of robot that can essentially extend itself - ‘growing’ in a way that’s surprisingly similar to how a young plant grows upwards. The way researchers accomplished this uses a robot that is crucially not a soft robot, which means that it can both extend itself to reach up to a […]

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2019-11-07 17:57:13



Capital One replaces security chief after data breach  

Capital One has replaced its cybersecurity chief, four months after the company disclosed a massive data breach involving the theft of sensitive data on more than 100 million customers. A spokesperson for Capital One confirmed the news in an email to TechCrunch. "Michael Johnson is moving from his role as chief information security officer to […]

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2019-11-07 17:36:12



Spotify's podcasting app Anchor now helps you make trailers  

Spotify’s simple podcasting suite, Anchor, is today introducing a new feature designed to help creators promote their podcast: trailers. On the Anchor app for iOS and Android, podcasters will now be able to create a dedicated trailer for their podcast that combines an introduction and some background music, then turns it into an animated video […]

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2019-11-07 17:20:49



YouTube's homepage redesign focuses on usability, giving you control over recommendations  

YouTube’s homepage is getting a makeover. The company announced today an updated, cleaner design that does away with information density to instead give more room to the videos and their titles, plus other new features like an “Add to Queue” option on the desktop, a desktop version of YouTube’s stop suggesting feature, and more. The […]

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2019-11-07 17:00:13



WhatsApp's latest feature, Catalogs, caters to small businesses skipping the web for mobile  

WhatsApp is expanding the capabilities of its dedicated app for business owners who want to reach their customers on smartphones. The Facebook-owned company is today introducing a new “catalogs” feature to the WhatsApp Business app that will allow the businesses to showcase and share their products and services to potential customers, who can browse photos, […]

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2019-11-07 16:00:58



AWS announces new savings plans to reduce complexity of reserved instances  

Reserved instances (RIs) have provided a mechanism for companies, who expect to use a certain level of AWS infrastructure resources, to get some cost certainty, but as AWS’s Jeff Barr points out they are on the complex side. To fix that, the company announced a new method called Savings Plans. “Today we are launching Savings […]

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2019-11-07 15:57:31



Plant-based dairy replacements are coming to ice cream pints in San Francisco and New York  

Plant-based replacements are so hot right now, they’re even hitting the coolest thing in food — ice cream. The new plant-based dairy replacement maker, Eclipse Foods, has just signed a deal with hipster ice cream brands Humphry Slocombe and Oddfellows to put its dairy replacements into their mixes. Unlike other plant-based products which provide an […]

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2019-11-07 15:28:01



Amazon Ring doorbells exposed home Wi-Fi passwords to hackers  

Security researchers have discovered a vulnerability in Ring doorbells that exposed the password for the Wi-Fi network it was connected to. Bitdefender said the Amazon-owned doorbell was sending its owner’s Wi-Fi password in cleartext as the doorbell joins the local network, allowing for nearby hackers to intercept the Wi-Fi password and gain access to the […]

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2019-11-07 14:43:41



Reonomy, a massive database of commercial property intel, raises $60M  

The property industry — covering people and businesses that invest in, build, purchase or rent, and maintain property — is hugely fragmented when it comes both to data sources, and the companies that work within it. Today, a New York-based startup that is building a database that helps bring all of that together is raising […]

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2019-11-07 14:42:51



With $6.5M in funding, Aircam offers a fast, easy way to share photos at events  

Aircam is a new startup that allows anyone to get instant access to pictures taken by professional photographers at weddings, parties and other events. The company was founded by brothers Evan and Ryan Rifkin, who previously co-founded Burstly, the company behind mobile app-testing service TestFlight (which was acquired by Apple). In addition to officially launching […]

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2019-11-07 14:39:46



LogRocket lands $15M Series B, announces new tool to track customer metrics  

LogRocket is a startup on a mission to help companies root out and fix website app errors quickly and efficiently, and it seems to be going well. Today, the company announced a $15 million Series B investment led by Battery Ventures. The company also announced a new tool called LogRocket Metrics to help developers understand […]

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2019-11-07 14:32:57



Volocopter and John Deere team up for a crop-spraying autonomous agricultural drone  

Autonomous drone-based transportation startup Volocopter has revealed its first partner for its new VoloDrone industrial and commercial electric vertical take-off and landing craft: John Deere . The agricultural and industrial heavy equipment company is working with Volocopter on a VoloDrone-based aerial crop-dusting system. VoloDrone, which Voloctoper unveiled at the end of last month, has 18 […]

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2019-11-07 14:27:16



Nightfall emerges from stealth with $20M for a cloud-native data loss prevention platform  

Sensitive data leakage is one of the biggest negative side-effects of cloud-based apps and services. Today, a startup that has built an AI-based platform that can detect and take action on that data is coming out of stealth with funding to tackle the issue head-on. Nightfall — which integrates with and then automatically scans structured […]

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2019-11-07 13:26:33



Yandex is now testing a self-driving sidewalk cargo delivery robot  

Add another one to the list of companies piloting small, wheeled, autonomous robots for small-package and food delivery: Yandex . Russia’s search and services giant has expanded its ambitions in the world of autonomous transportation, building on its work with self-driving cars to deploy a six-wheeled robot that adopts the popular cooler on wheels style […]

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2019-11-07 13:21:02



Salesforce announces new content management system  

Salesforce has its fingers in a lot of parts of the customer experience, so why not content management? Today, the company announced a brand new tool called Salesforce Content Management System, which it says is designed from the ground up to deliver a quality customer experience across multiple channels. The idea is to provide a […]

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2019-11-07 13:13:43



Microsoft's HoloLens 2 starts shipping  

Earlier this year, at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Microsoft announced the second generation of its HoloLens augmented reality visor. Today, the $3,500 HoloLens 2 is going on sale in the United States, Japan, China, Germany, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Australia and New Zealand, the same countries where it was previously available for pre-order. […]

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2019-11-07 13:00:49



Kepler achieves a world-first for satellite broadband with 100Mbps connection to the Arctic  

Small-satellite startup Kepler has done something never before accomplished with satellite-based broadband connectivity: providing a high-bandwidth to the Arctic. Kepler’s nanosatellites have successfully demonstrated achieving over 100Mbps of network speed to a German icebreaker sea vessel that acts as a mobile lab for the MOSAiC research expedition. This is the first time there’s been a […]

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2019-11-07 13:00:45






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