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How Twitter is handling the 2021 US presidential transition  

Twitter has set out its plans for US Inauguration Day 2021, next Wednesday, January 20, when president-elect Joe Biden will be sworn into office as the 46th US president and vice president-elect Kamala Harris will become VP. “This year, multiple challenging circumstances will require that most people experience this historic ceremony virtually,” the social media […]

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2021-01-15 13:03:17



As home sales skyrocket and IPO looms, Diane Yu joins fintech Better.com as CTO  

The pandemic might have wiped out whole swaths of the economy, but one area that is pulsating with activity is home sales. Driven by remote work and changing commute patterns, home sales skyrocketed last year, with the National Association of Realtors predicting that the total volume when fully calculated will be the highest in 14 […]

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2021-01-15 12:41:44



EMA warns over doctored COVID-19 vaccine data hacked and leaked online  

The European Medical Agency (EMA) has warned that information on COVID-19-related medicines and vaccines, which was stolen in a cyber attack last December and leaked online earlier this week, includes correspondence that’s been manipulated prior to publication “in a way which could undermine trust in vaccines”. It’s not clear exactly how the information — which […]

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2021-01-15 12:28:44



Apple said to be planning new 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros with MagSafe and Apple processors  

Apple has planned new upgraded MacBook Pros for launch “later this year” according to a new report from Bloomberg. These new models would come in both 14-inch and 16-inch sizes, with new and improved Apple Silicon processors like those that Apple debuted on the new MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro model late last year. […]

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2021-01-15 11:37:38



Rapid growth in 2020 reveals OKR software market's untapped potential  

Today, let's peek at new and historical growth numbers from Gthmhub, Perdoo, WorkBoard, Ally.io, Koan and WeekDone.

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2021-01-15 09:57:53



A security researcher commandeered a country's expired top-level domain to save it from hackers  

In mid-October, a little-known but critically important domain name for one country’s internet space began to expire. The domain — scpt-network.com — was one of two nameservers for the .cd country code top-level domain, assigned to the Democratic Republic of Congo. If it fell into the wrong hands, an attacker could redirect millions of unknowing […]

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2021-01-15 08:41:36



Samsung's Galaxy Buds Pro are a solid AirPods alternative  

I suspect it will be a while before I get excited over wireless earbuds. It's not for a lack of trying on the part of manufacturers. In fact, quite the contrary. The category actually matured quite quickly, compared to various other verticals in the consumer electronics space. The truth is, most major hardware makers have […]

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2021-01-15 08:23:15



Everlywell raises $75M from HealthQuest Capital following its recent $175M Series D round  

At-home health testing kit startup Everlywell has raised $75 million, following the close of the $175 million Series D it announced in December. The new funding comes from HealthQuest Capital, and sees the fund’s founder and managing partner Dr. Garheng Kong join the company’s board of directors. The new funding is a secondary sale, with proceeds […]

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2021-01-15 08:16:35



Bumble files to go public  

The dating and networking service Bumble has filed to go public. The company, launched by a former co-founder of the IAC-owned Tinder, plans to list its share on the Nasdaq stock exchange, using the ticker symbol “BMBL.” Bumble’s planned IPO was first reported in December. Whitney Wolfe Herd doesn't care what she's supposed to do Bumble […]

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2021-01-15 06:03:50



Want a job in tech? Flockjay pitches its sales training service as an on-ramp to tech careers  

“Most people don’t even know that a job in tech sales is even a possibility,” says Shaan Hathiramani, the founder and chief executive of Flockjay, a company offering a tech sales training curriculum to the masses. Hathiramani sees his startup as an on-ramp to the tech industry for legions of workers who have the skillsets […]

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2021-01-15 04:37:11



OneWeb has now raised $1.4B, with $400M from SoftBank and Hughes, to help fund its first satellite fleet  

After a troubled year that saw broadband satellite operator OneWeb file for bankruptcy, get rescue finance from the U.K. government and Bharti, and then emerge out of that with a launch of part of its fleet last month, the London-based company today announced that it’s closed $1.4 billion in funding — money that it says […]

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2021-01-15 04:33:57



Trump Administration adds Xiaomi to military blacklist  

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is the latest to be added to the Trump Administration’s military blacklist. On Thursday, the Department of Defense added nine more companies to its list of alleged Chinese military companies, including Xiaomi. Xiaomi was the world’s third-largest smartphone maker as of Q3 last year, coming ahead of Apple and trailing behind […]

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2021-01-15 04:20:22



Uber planning to spin out Postmates' delivery robot arm  

Another Uber spinout is in the works. Postmates X, the robotics division of the on-demand delivery startup that Uber acquired last year for $2.65 billion, is seeking investors in its bid to become a separate company, according to several people familiar with the plans. The startup is being referred to as Serve Robotics, a nod […]

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2021-01-15 04:17:29



Crossbeam raises $25M to back startups built on 'platform economies'  

While many venture capitalists might hope to fund the next Amazon or Shopify, Crossbeam is a new firm focused on backing the startups built on top of these platforms. And it recently closed its $25 million first fund. We’ve written about well-funded startups like SellerX, Perch and Heroes that acquire and grow Amazon businesses, and […]

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2021-01-15 02:41:11



Corporate credit card platform Moss raises $25.5 million  

German startup Moss has raised a $25.5 million (€21 million) funding round led by Valar Ventures. Existing investors Cherry Ventures and Global Founders Capital are also participating. Moss provides credit cards and a spending platform to small and medium businesses in Germany. The company has developed its own risk engine to come up with a […]

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2021-01-15 01:45:38



Amazon's newest product lets companies build their own Alexa assistant for cars, apps and video games  

Amazon is selling access to the underlying technology stack of Alexa to let companies — starting with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles — build their own intelligent assistants with unique voices, skills and wake words. The new Alexa Custom Assistant product, which was announced Friday, can coexist and cooperate with the Alexa assistant. Theoretically, this means an […]

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2021-01-15 01:38:07



Video game spending increased 27% in 2020  

If you've been following the gaming space — or just the state of the world, generally — over the past 12 months, this shouldn't come as a major surprise. Spending saw big increases pretty much across the board in 2020 as a homebound populace sought comfort and distraction in gaming. This comes in stark contrast […]

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2021-01-15 01:29:16



Swimm raises $5.7M to help teams document their code  

Most developers don’t enjoy writing documentation for their code and that makes life quite a bit harder when a new team member tries to get started on working on a company’s codebase. And even when there are documentation or in-line comments in the source code, that’s often not updated, and, over time, that information becomes […]

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2021-01-14 21:07:38



Daily Crunch: Samsung unveils Galaxy S21 line  

Samsung lowers prices with its latest Galaxy S phones, Google completes its Fitbit acquisition and Beyond Meat is coming to Taco Bell. This is your Daily Crunch for January 14, 2021. The big story: Samsung unveils Galaxy S21 line Samsung’s new line of phones includes the S21, S21+ and S21 Ultra, priced at $799, $999 […]

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2021-01-14 19:40:41



iSpot expands its ad measurement platform by acquiring Ace Metrix  

ISpot.tv announced today that it has acquired Ace Metrix, a deal that brings two TV and video ad measurement companies together. ISpot founder and CEO Sean Muller said that the companies have complementary solutions. After all, he said, “In simple terms, there are only two reasons why brands buy advertising — one is to deliver business […]

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2021-01-14 19:32:03



12 'flexible VCs' who operate where equity meets revenue share  

A dozen active investors who offer funding via revenue-based, compensation-based and blended-return streams.

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2021-01-14 19:12:24



Medium acquires social book reading app Glose  

Medium is acquiring Paris-based startup Glose for an undisclosed amount. Glose has been building iOS, Android and web apps that let you buy, download and read books on your devices. The company has turned reading into a multiplayer experience, as you can build a bookshelf, share notes with your followers and start conversations in the […]

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2021-01-14 16:53:16



5 consumer hardware VCs share their 2021 investment strategies  

"Tesla is arguably the most interesting connected consumer hardware company since Apple exploded in scale with the success of the iPhone."

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2021-01-14 15:43:36



A theory about the current IPO market  

Lots of demand, little supply, boom goes the price.

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2021-01-14 14:42:36



Exclusive: Tiger Global is raising a new $3.75 billion venture fund, one year after closing its last  

According to a recent letter sent to its investors, Tiger Global Management, the New York-based investing powerhouse, is raising a new $3.75 billion venture fund called Tiger Private Investment Partners XIV that it expects to close in March. The fund is Tiger Global’s thirteenth venture fund, despite its title — the partners might be superstitious […]

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2021-01-14 14:05:30



This new module keeps Philips Hue bulbs connected even when the wall switch gets flipped  

Philips Hue bulbs are pretty great, but they have a mortal enemy: the humble light switch. If you’ve got a Hue bulb tied to a standard light switch, flipping that switch means the Hue bulb loses power completely… along with any fancy tricks like controlling the bulb through your phone or a voice assistant. A […]

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2021-01-14 13:57:55



Harness snags $85M Series C on $1.7B valuation as revenue grows 3x  

Harness, the startup that wants to create a suite of engineering tools to give every company the kind of technological reach that the biggest companies have, announced an $85 million Series C today on a $1.7 billion valuation. Today’s round comes after 2019’s $60 million Series B, which had a $500 million valuation, showing a […]

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2021-01-14 13:54:34



Confusion over WhatsApp's new T&Cs triggers privacy warning from Italy  

Confusion over an update to Facebook-owned chat platform WhatsApp’s terms and conditions has triggered an intervention by Italy’s data protection agency. The Italian GPDP said today it has contacted the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) to raise concerns about a lack of clear information over what’s changing under the incoming T&Cs. In recent weeks WhatsApp […]

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2021-01-14 13:17:36



WhatsApp faces legal challenge over privacy in its biggest market  

WhatsApp is facing a legal challenge in India, its biggest market, after a petition was filed Thursday before Delhi High Court over the upcoming change in the Facebook-owned app's data sharing policy. The petition alleges the new terms that WhatsApp requires its roughly 450 million users in the country to accept is a violation of […]

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2021-01-14 13:07:40



Gemini is launching a credit card with bitcoin rewards  

Cryptocurrency exchange company Gemini is acquiring Blockrize and announcing a new product today based on Blockrize's work. Later this year, the company is launching a credit card that works like a regular credit card — but you earn bitcoin rewards based on your purchases. The credit card will work like any other credit card and […]

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2021-01-14 12:49:29



Samsung's Galaxy S21 line arrives with camera bumps, price drops and S Pen compatibility  

Samsung wasted no time this year. With Mobile World Congress pushed back six or so months, the hardware maker hitched its wagon to the tail end of the CES whirlwind — though unlike its press conference earlier in the week, the company is very much on its own for the latest Unpacked. And why not? […]

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2021-01-14 12:40:46



Mosaic raises $18.5M Series A from GC to rebuild the CFO software stack  

CFOs are the supposed omniscient owners of a company. While the CEO sets strategy, messages, and builds culture, the CFO needs to know everything that it is going on in an organization. Where is revenue coming from, and when will it arrive? How much will new headcount cost, and when do those expenses need to […]

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2021-01-14 12:03:26



Google's Fitbit acquisition is official  

Following regulatory scrutiny on both sides of the pond, Google this morning announced that it has completed its acquisition of wearables pioneer, Fitbit. Google's use of the vast amount of user health data has long been the key sticking point of regulatory concern of the deal. After all, targeted advertising continues to be at the […]

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2021-01-14 11:51:51



Amazon's Ring Neighbors app exposed users' precise locations and home addresses  

A security flaw in Ring’s Neighbors app was exposing the precise locations and home addresses of users who had posted to the app. Ring, the video doorbell and home security startup acquired by Amazon for $1 billion, launched Neighbors in 2018 as a breakaway feature in its own standalone app. Neighbors is one of several […]

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2021-01-14 11:51:47



Watch Blue Origin launch a rocket with an upgraded crew capsule live  

Blue Origin is launching its New Shepard suborbital rocket for the first time in 2021, with a liftoff planned for 9:45 AM CST (10:45 AM EST/7:45 AM PST) [Update: Now targeting 10:57 AM CST (11:57 AM EST/8:57 AM PST)] from its launch facility in West Texas. This is the 14th flight of New Shepard, and […]

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2021-01-14 11:44:08



Blue Origin successfully launches and lands key crew capsule test in first mission of 2021  

Blue Origin launched its first mission of 2021, flying its New Shepard rocket in West Texas to a medium height of just over 350,000 feet. This is the first flight for this particular booster, and for the capsule it carried, which was equipped with a range of new passenger safety, control and comfort systems that […]

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2021-01-14 11:31:07



X1 Card raises $12 million for its credit card with limits based on your income  

X1 Card is raising a $12 million funding round. The company is building a credit card that sets limits based on your current and future income, not your credit score. Spark Capital is leading the round with Jared Leto, Aaron Levie, Jeremy Stoppelman, Max Levchin and Ali Rowghani also participating. American Express veteran Ash Gupta […]

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2021-01-14 10:39:10



The end of Plaid-Visa, and Palantir's growing startup mafia  

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch's venture-capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week we — Natasha and Danny and Alex and Grace — had a lot to get through, as the news volume in early 2021 has been rapid and serious. Sadly this means that some early-stage rounds missed the […]

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2021-01-14 10:08:17



Carbyne raises $25M for a next-generation platform to improve emergency 911 responses  

Emergency services continue to be a major force when it comes to coping with the Covid-19 health pandemic, and today a company that is building technology to help them run better is announcing a round of funding to continue expanding its business. Carbyne — an Israeli startup that has built a cloud-based platform aimed at […]

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2021-01-14 10:02:57



Nuclear fusion tech developer General Fusion now has Shopify and Amazon founders backing it  

In a brief announcement today, the Canadian nuclear fusion technology developer General Fusion announced that the investment firm created by Shopify founder Tobias Lütke has joined the company’s cap table. The size of the investment made by Lütke’s Thistledown Capital was not disclosed, but with the addition, General Fusion has the founders of the two […]

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2021-01-14 09:10:51



2020 was one of the warmest years in history and indicates mounting risks of climate change  

It’s official. 2020 was one of the warmest years on record, either edging out or coming in just behind 2016 for the warmest year in recorded history according to data from U.S. government agencies (The National Aeronautics and Space Administration had the year just tied with 2016, while the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration put […]

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2021-01-14 06:47:13



Lumiata raises $14 million for its service to predict healthcare outcomes  

Healthcare systems are always looking out for ways to save money and a startup called Lumiata has just raised $14 million to continue building out its service that aims to help them do it.  The company, already backed by Khosla Ventures and Blue Venture Fund raised its latest round from Defy.vc and AllegisNL Capital.  The company’s […]

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2021-01-14 06:41:11



Tech and health companies including Microsoft and Salesforce team up on digital COVID-19 vaccination records  

A new cross-industry initiative is seeking to establish a standard for digital vaccination records that can be used universally to identify COVID-19 vaccination status for individuals, in a way that can be both secure via encryption and traceable and verifiable for trustworthiness regarding their contents. The so-called ‘Vaccination Credential Initiative’ includes a range of big-name […]

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2021-01-14 06:19:24



Germany's Xentral nabs $20M led by Sequoia to help online-facing SMBs run back offices better  

Small enterprises remain one of the most underserved segments of the business market, but the growth of cloud-based services — easier to buy, easier to provision — has helped that change in recent years. Today, one of the more promising startups out of Europe building software to help SMEs run online businesses is announcing some […]

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2021-01-14 05:55:06



Samsung unveils its newest Tile competitor, the Galaxy SmartTag  

Alongside its other announcements at Samsung’s event today, the company introduced its new Galaxy SmartTag Bluetooth locator, a lost item beacon for Samsung owners and a competitor with Tile. Like Tile and Apple’s forthcoming AirTags, the beacon can be attached to keys, a bag, a pet’s collar or anything else you want to track. Initially, […]

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2021-01-14 05:26:08



3Drens helps fleet operators use their vehicles more efficiently  

3Drens' IoT mobility management platform not only lets fleet operators track where their vehicles are, but also produces data that helps them make business decisions. The company began operating in Taiwan, where it is based, before expanding into Southeast Asia. Currently presenting at CES' Taiwan Tech Arena, 3Drens is focused on the increased demand for […]

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2021-01-14 04:56:54



Origami Labs' OFLO is a smart walkie talkie for frontline workers  

OFLO is a voice communication system designed to replace traditional walkie talkies. Its hardware is more compact and lightweight, with a bone conduction headset, and capable of covering unlimited distances and multiple channels. Created by Origami Labs, OFLO is also connected to software that features auto logging and productivity tools for teams who don't have […]

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2021-01-14 04:40:21



Minna Technologies, a subscription management tool for banking customers, raises $18.8M  

With the proliferation of subscription services, combined with our lives becoming almost 100% digital, there's a rising need to be able to manage these services. But most banks don't have much of an answer. Step in Minna Technologies, which sells in its subscription management services into banking apps. It's now raised $18.8 million (€15.5m / […]

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2021-01-14 04:26:06



Home services platform Porch acquires four companies  

Only a few weeks after its SPAC IPO, Porch today announced that it has made four acquisitions, worth a total of $122 million. The most important here is probably the acquisition of Homeowners of America for $100 million, which gets Porch deeper into the home insurance space. In addition, Porch is also acquiring mover marketing […]

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2021-01-14 04:23:21



YC-backed Blabla raises $1.5M to teach English through short videos  

Short, snappy, entertaining videos have become an increasingly common way for young people to receive information. Why not learn English through TikTok-like videos too? That was what prompted Angelo Huang to launch Blabla. Originally from Taiwan, Huang relocated to Shanghai in 2019 to start Blabla after working in Silicon Valley for over a decade. A […]

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2021-01-14 04:13:55



E2E encrypted email providers also see sign-ups surge as chat app users flock to Signal and Telegram in search of privacy  

Privacy concerns that have been driving app users to alternative chat apps like Signal and Telegram in recent weeks, since Facebook-owned WhatsApp announced a T&Cs change, appear to also be generating some uplift for end-to-end encrypted email providers. Two Europe-based Protonmail and Tutanota have reported an uptick in sign ups in recent weeks. Protonmail founder […]

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2021-01-14 04:03:23



Beyond Meat shares soar after inking deal with Taco Bell on new menu items  

Shares of Beyond Meat are soaring on news that the company will be working with Taco Bell on new menu items. The company’s stock was up $17.13, or 13.67%, to $142.48 and climbing in midday trading after Taco Bell announced that it would embrace Beyond Meat to come up with new menu items due to […]

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2021-01-14 03:51:54



Madrona promotes Anu Sharma and Daniel Li as Partners  

Fresh off the announcement of more than $500 million in new capital across two new funds, Seattle-based Madrona Venture Group has announced that they’re adding Anu Sharma and Daniel Li to the team’s list of Partners. The firm, which in recent years has paid particularly close attention to enterprise software bets, invests heavily in the […]

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2021-01-14 03:25:24



Grab Financial Group raises $300 million Series A led by Hanhwa Asset Management  

Grab Financial Group said today it has raised more than $300 million in Series A funding, led by South Korean firm Hanhwa Asset Management, with participation from K3 Ventures, GGV Capital, Arbor Ventures and Flourish Ventures. The Financial Times reports that the funding values Grab Financial, a subsidiary of ride-hailing and delivery giant Grab, at […]

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2021-01-14 03:09:20



Samsung answers Apple with the $199 Galaxy Buds Pro  

Even before the leaks, we all saw the Galaxy Buds Pro coming. It was a given that the company was planning to deliver its own take on Apple's AirPods Pro, with improved sound quality and active noise canceling. The real secret weapon here, however, may be the price. This morning's S21 announcement found Samsung dropping […]

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2021-01-14 02:50:52



Capsule raises $2 million for its collaborative video platform aimed at brands  

Capsule, a video Q&A platform aimed at brands, emerged last year in direct response to the challenges companies were facing in terms of reaching consumers during the pandemic. Now, the business has closed on $2 million in pre-seed funding. The round was led by Array Ventures and included participation from Bloomberg Beta and other angels. The […]

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2021-01-14 02:27:03



Digital road freight forwarder Sennder raises $160M Series, plans European expansion  

Sennder, a large digital road freight forwarder based out of Germany, has raised $160m in Series D financing. The round was led by an unnamed party, but round participants included Accel, Lakestar, HV Capital, Project A and Scania. Sources say Hedosophia may be the unnamed growth investor, although Sennder declined to comment. To date, Sennder […]

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2021-01-14 02:15:27



Thimble teaches kids STEM skills with robotics kits combined with live Zoom classes  

Parents with kids stuck learning at home during the pandemic have had to look for alternative activities to promote the hands-on learning experiences kids are missing out on due to attending class virtually. The New York-based educational technology startup Thimble aims to help address this problem by offering a subscription service for STEM-based projects that […]

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2021-01-14 01:47:51



Google cracks down on personal loan apps in India following abuse and outcry  

Google said on Thursday it has pulled some personal loan apps from Play Store in India and was implementing stronger measures to prevent abuse following reports that said several firms were targeting vulnerable borrowers in the country and then going to extreme lengths to recover their money. The Android-maker said users and government agencies in […]

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2021-01-14 01:40:46



Poshmark is pushing into the public market at a high-end valuation as the resale market sizzles  

Poshmark, the nine-year-old, Redwood City Ca.-based online marketplace for second-hand clothing, beauty, and home decor products, is set to start trading as a public company on the Nasdaq tomorrow after tonight pricing 6.6 million shares higher than originally planned, according to Bloomberg. Per its report, the company, which earlier expected to sell shares at between […]

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2021-01-14 01:22:42



Plaid CEO touts new 'clarity' after failed Visa acquisition  

According to Plaid CEO Zach Perret, the COVID-19 pandemic triggered a "sea change" in consumer behavior.

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2021-01-14 01:05:15



Poshmark prices IPO above range as public markets continue to YOLO startups  

Poshmark priced its IPO at $42 per share last night, comfortably ahead of its $35 to $39 range that already greatly boosted the company's valuation.

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2021-01-14 01:02:53



Robotic exoskeletons promise increased mobility and job assistance  

The last several years have seen a substantial increase of ability for robotic exoskeleton technology. Completely understandable. For one thing, it's that rare technology you encounter that really feels like it's going to change lives for the better the first time you see it. I've had a number of demos with companies that frankly took […]

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2021-01-13 18:03:43



These robo-fish autonomously form schools and work as search parties  

Researchers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have created a set of fish-shaped underwater robots that can autonomously navigate and find each other, cooperating to perform tasks or just placidly school together. Just as aerial drones are proving themselves useful in industry after industry, underwater drones could revolutionize ecology, shipping and other areas […]

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2021-01-13 17:47:36



Pat Gelsinger stepping down as VMware CEO to replace Bob Swan at Intel  

In a move that could have wide ramifications across the tech landscape, Intel announced that VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger would be replacing interim CEO Bob Swan at Intel on February 15th. The question is why would he leave his job to run a struggling chip giant. The bottom line is he has a long history […]

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2021-01-13 16:04:04



Venture capitalists react to Visa-Plaid deal meltdown  

Most of the takes we received were bullish regarding Plaid's chances now that it's no longer being acquired.

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2021-01-13 15:35:54



Zocdoc founder returns with Shadow, an app that finds lost dogs  

Every year, around 10 million pets go missing in the U.S., and millions of those end up in shelters where they aren’t always reunited with their owners, due to their lack of identification or a microchip. A new mobile app, Shadow, aims to tackle this problem by leveraging a combination of a volunteer network and […]

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2021-01-13 15:18:25



UK on-demand supermarket Weezy raises $20M Series A led by NYC's Left Lane Capital  

Weezy — an on-demand supermarket that delivers groceries in as fast as 15 minutes — has raised $20 million in a Series A funding led by New York-based venture capital fund Left Lane Capital. Also participating were U.K.-based fund DN Capital, earlier investors Heartcore Capital and angel investors, notably Chris Muhr, the Groupon founder. Although […]

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2021-01-13 15:05:23



Snapchat permanently bans President Trump's account  

Quite a bit has happened since Snap announced last week that it was indefinitely locking President Trump’s Snapchat account. But after temporary bans from his Facebook, Instagram and YouTube accounts as well as a permanent ban from Twitter, Snap has decided that it will also be making its ban of the President’s Snapchat account permanent. […]

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2021-01-13 13:49:19



Two-year-old NUVIA sells to Qualcomm for $1.4 billion  

You know what's great? Becoming a unicorn in two years. You know what's even better? Exiting at unicorn status in two years. This morning, Qualcomm announced that it was buying high-performance computing startup NUVIA for $1.4 billion, minus some coverage of working capital and debt. The startup, which we extensively profiled on its launch after […]

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2021-01-13 13:09:52



Gainful raises $7.5M for personalized sports nutrition  

Gainful, a startup offering personalized subscriptions to protein powders and hydration products, is announcing that it has raised $7.5 million in Series A funding. COO Eric Wu, who founded the company with CTO Jahaan Ansari, told me that Gainful began with his own experience experimenting different protein powders and eventually finding the combination that worked […]

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2021-01-13 13:04:28



GoPro makes stopping and starting simpler with motion, power, QR triggers  

GoPro may have started out at the intersection of capability and affordability in the action cam space, but since then it has increasingly leaned towards use by professionals or deployment by businesses. The latest features, announced at CES, underline that priority, making the cameras simpler and more automated for rentals and hands-free operation. If you’ve […]

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2021-01-13 12:33:03



Survey: Help shape the future of TechCrunch  

We're always looking to make TechCrunch better, and part of that is regularly gathering feedback from the people that matter most — our readers. We've compiled a short survey, and we’d appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to respond.  The survey can be found here. We look forward to hearing your product […]

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2021-01-13 11:49:36



An argument against cloud-based applications  

The cloud isn't some omnipotent enemy here, but it is the excuse and tool that allows the mass collection of our personal data.

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2021-01-13 11:45:13



Intuitive Machines taps SpaceX for second lunar lander mission  

The first commercial lunar landers are set to start making their trips to the Moon as early as this year, and now another one has a confirmed ride booked: Intuitive Machines is sending its second lander aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9, with a projected launch timeframe happening sometime around 2022 at the earliest. Intuitive Machines […]

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2021-01-13 11:32:16



Wall Street hugs Affirm as it starts life as a public company  

We could be looking at a 2021 IPO market that resembles last year's heated results.

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2021-01-13 11:27:53



Daily Crunch: Airbnb cancels all DC bookings during inauguration week  

Airbnb takes a big step to avoid violence at the inauguration, Intel gets a new CEO and Affirm goes public. This is your Daily Crunch for January 13, 2021. The big story: Airbnb cancels all DC bookings during inauguration week Airbnb said today that “in response to various local, state and federal officials asking people […]

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2021-01-13 10:10:26



Dear Sophie: What's the new minimum salary required for H-1B visa applicants?  

I hear the random H-1B lottery will be replaced with a new system that selects H-1B candidates based on their salaries. How will this new process work?

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2021-01-13 09:39:12



E-commerce optimization startup Tradeswell raises $15.5M  

After launching in October, Tradeswell is announcing today that it has raised $15.5 million in Series A funding. Co-founder and CEO Paul Palmieri previously led digital ad company Millennial Media (now owned by TechCrunch’s parent company Verizon Media), and he said the e-commerce market today is similar to the online ad market when he was […]

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2021-01-13 09:07:39



Will startup valuations change given rising antitrust concerns?  

The United States has, over the past few decades, been extremely lenient on antitrust enforcement, rarely blocking deals, even with overseas competitors. Yet, there have been inklings that things are changing. Yesterday, we learned that Visa and Plaid called off their combination after the Department of Justice sued to block it in early November. We […]

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2021-01-13 08:55:50



Drata raises $3.2M for its compliance audit platform  

Drata, a startup that helps businesses get their SOC 2 compliance, today announced that it has raised a $3.2 million seed round led by Cowboy Ventures and that it is coming out of stealth. Other investors include Leaders Fund, SV Angel and a group of angel investors. Like similar services, Drata helps businesses automate a […]

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2021-01-13 08:49:19



Iziwork raises $43 million for its temporary work platform  

French startup Iziwork has raised a $43 million funding round. Cathay Innovation and Bpifrance's Large Venture fund are participating in this funding round. The company has been building a platform focused on improving temporary employment. While it's a relatively large funding round, the startup is quite young. It was founded in September 2018 and it […]

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2021-01-13 06:43:14



Blue Origin set to launch a New Shepard rocket outfitted with crew upgrades as it readies for astronaut flight  

Blue Origin is set to launch one of its New Shepard rockets as early as tomorrow, January 14 at 9:45 AM CST (10:45 AM EST) for its first mission of 2021. This is a big one for the Jeff Bezos-founded space company, too - it includes upgrades to the crew capsule atop the rocket that […]

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2021-01-13 06:42:11



Tokyo-based SODA, which runs Japan's largest sneaker resell platform, lands $22 million led by SoftBank Ventures Asia  

Tokyo-based SODA, which runs sneaker reselling platform SNKRDUNK, has raised a $22 million Series B led by SoftBank Ventures Asia. Investors also included basepartners, Colopl Next, THE GUILD and other strategic partners. Part of the funding will be used to expand into other Asian countries. Most of SNKRDUNK's transactions are within Japan now, but it […]

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2021-01-13 06:37:24



Facial recognition reveals political party in troubling new research  

Researchers have created a machine learning system that they claim can determine a person’s political party, with reasonable accuracy, based only on their face. The study, from a group that also showed that sexual preference can seemingly be inferred this way, candidly addresses and carefully avoids the pitfalls of “modern phrenology,” leading to the uncomfortable […]

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2021-01-13 06:32:32



Telegram blocks 'dozens' of hardcore hate channels threatening violence  

With many social networks suddenly reevaluating their policies in light of recent political violence in the U.S., the popular messaging app Telegram is implementing a crackdown of its own. Telegram confirmed to TechCrunch that it has removed “dozens” of public channels over the course of the last 24 hours after those accounts, some of which […]

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2021-01-13 05:47:18



Feds asks Tesla to recall 158,000 vehicles over failing touchscreen displays  

U.S. safety regulators have asked Tesla to recall 158,000 vehicles over media control unit failures that cause the touchscreen displays to stop working, following a months-long investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Office of Defects Investigation unit of the agency determined that the failure of the media control unit is a safety […]

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2021-01-13 05:41:51



Molotov starts its international expansion with seven African countries  

French startup Molotov provides an OTT TV streaming service in France with live TV, premium channels, a cloud DVR and on-demand content. While the service has managed to attract 13 million users in France, it has yet to expand to other countries. Molotov is starting its international expansion this year with a dozen countries on […]

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2021-01-13 05:29:29



Glassdoor: Best tech companies to work for in 2021  

Glassdoor just released its annual ranking of the best companies to work for in 2021. We broke out the top 10 tech companies from the list of large businesses (1,000+ employees) as well as from the small to medium-sized business list. For the large business list, the rankings are based on employee feedback from companies […]

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2021-01-13 05:17:33



Yo-Kai Express introduces Takumi, a smart home cooking appliance  

Yo-Kai Express is known for autonomous restaurant technology for venues like office campuses, malls and hotels. As people continue staying home because of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, the company is introducing a smart home cooking appliance with multiple functions. Called Takumi, it includes a coffee maker, high induction cooktop and a steamer for sanitizing utensils […]

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2021-01-13 05:05:34



App stores saw record 218 billion downloads in 2020, consumer spend of $143 billion  

Mobile adoption continued to grow in 2020, in part due to the market forces of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to App Annie’s annual “State of Mobile” industry report, mobile app downloads grew by 7% year-over-year to a record 218 billion in 2020. Meanwhile, consumer spending grew by 20% to also hit a new milestone of […]

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2021-01-13 04:37:08



Amazon makes education push in India with JEE preparation app  

Amazon on Wednesday launched Amazon Academy, a service that will aim to help students in India prepare for entry into the nation's prestigious engineering colleges. The American firm is the latest entrant to this market where scores of startups and institutes have launched digital offerings in recent years. The e-commerce giant, which has invested more […]

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2021-01-13 04:31:16



Chinese facial recognition unicorn Megvii prepares China IPO  

Megvii, one of China’s largest facial recognition startups, is gearing up for an initial public offering in Shanghai. The company is working with CITIC Securities to prepare for its planned listing, according to an announcement posted by the China Securities Regulatory Commission on Tuesday. The move came more than a year after Megvii, known for […]

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2021-01-13 04:02:48



Affirm doubles after starting to trade despite strong IPO pricing  

Today shares of Affirm, a buy-now-pay-later unicorn, started trading above $90 per share, far above its $49 per-share IPO price, a figure that was already miles above the company's early expectations. The pop comes after Affirm raised its pricing range earlier this week, to $41 to $44 per share, up from an initial range of […]

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2021-01-13 04:02:15



Foxconn, Geely team up to build electric, autonomous and shared vehicles for automakers  

The electric, autonomous vehicles of the future might be manufactured by Apple’s main supplier Foxconn and Chinese automaker Zhejiang Geely Holding Group. The two companies have agreed to form a joint venture focused on contract manufacturing for automakers, with a specific focus on electrification, connectivity and autonomous driving technology as well as vehicles designed for […]

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2021-01-13 03:48:35



Dell's 40-inch curved monitor is perfect for a home office command center  

Dell’s kicking off 2021 with a new addition to its monitor lineup that aims to hit a variety of sweet spots. The Dell UltraSharp 40 Curved WUHD monitor offers 39.7″ of screen real estate, with a 5120 x 2160 resolution that matches the pixel density of 4K resolution on a 32-inch conventional widescreen display. It […]

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2021-01-13 03:26:41



Pace launches out of private beta with a plan to scale virtual group therapy  

One in five people have a mental health illness. Pace, a new startup founded by Pinterest and Affirm executives, wants to pay attention to the other four in that statistic. "Nobody is perfectly mentally healthy all the time," said Jack Chou, Pace co-founder. "It's a non-existent idea, everyone is sort of swimming in between being […]

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2021-01-13 03:20:22



Numbers Protocol's blockchain camera Capture App safeguards the integrity of photos  

The spread of misinformation and fake news online has a dangerous impact on public well-being. Misinformation is difficult to fight, and 73% of Americans surveyed by Pew Research ahead of the presidential election expressed little or no confidence in the ability of major tech companies to keep their platforms from being misused. The open-source Starling […]

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2021-01-13 03:17:35



Business trip platform TravelPerk buys YC-backed rival NexTravel  

Barcelona-based TravelPerk has scooped up US-based rival NexTravel as the pandemic drives consolidation in one of the sector’s hardest hit by COVID-19. It’s not disclosing how much it’s shelling out for NexTravel, which has some 700 customers globally and has processed around 300,000 trips since being founded back in 2013, but says the deal is […]

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2021-01-13 03:09:13



Flo gets FTC slap for sharing user data when it promised privacy  

The FTC has reached a settlement with Flo, a period- and fertility tracking app with 100M+ users, over allegations it shared users’ health data with third party app analytics and marketing services like Facebook despite promising to keep users’ sensitive health data private. Flo must obtain an independent review of its privacy practices and obtain […]

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